CMU Daily - on the inside Wednesday 28th February
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Ministry demand AIM reject IMPALA/Warner deal
- SonyBMG recall Deep Purple album after frontman objections
- Acclaimed pianist's repertoire questioned after fraud admission
- Bobby Brown in jail until child support payment met
- Aztecs frontman dies
- Drummer Wallace dies
- Melly suffering from early stages of dementia
- Jacko update
- The Coral on the new album
- Portishead play new song at surprise gig
- The Pipettes sign US deal
- Maps release dates, tour dates
- Kaiser Chiefs to play Glasto
- More Great bands Escape
- Good Bad Queen to close Palais
- Album review: Patrick Wolf - The Magic Position
- Sony people confirm Bandier appointment
- RIAA to step up anti-P2P action on campus
- EMAP confirm job losses upcoming
- Chart Show TV plans expansion
- British Press Award nominations announced
- Blunt in car wheel foot squash scandal
- Posh signs up for US reality show
- Ditto not impressed at Moss' NME nom
- Borrell says no alienation between Razorlight bandmates


OK, time to update you on the CMU Recommended Insomniacs Ball again, the latest edition of which we formally announced last week. This is the all-night mini-festival staged in the bowels of London Bridge station at the cavernous seOne club, which offers you a simply storming line up of brilliant bands and DJs just ahead of that Easter weekend - on 5 Apr to be precise.

The initial band line up includes Brakes, Goose, These New Puritans, The Longcut, Fear Of Flying, Reverend And The Makers and Bolt Action Five - but that's just the start. More is to follow. Plus Wall Of Sound will be following up their recent Week That WoS with a special Shock Rock stage as part of the IB, which will feature live sets from A Human, Shakes and Shy Child, plus DJ sets from Riotous Rockers, Mekon, Alvin C and our good good friends Infadels.

As we mentioned last week, for this edition the seOne vaults will be dressed to impress for the proceedings, with velvet curtains, candle sticks and dodgy portraits, and Ball attendees are encouraged to dress accordingly - cravats, tweeds and bowlers for the boys and sequins and tiaras for the girls (or vice versa if you prefer, I doubt anyone will complain).

Tickets are a mere £21.50, with a limited number of student tickets available for NUS card holders at just £15. VIP golden tickets which offer access to an exclusive VIP area are also available for sixty quid. Ticket type stuff can be found at, line up info will appear over the coming weeks at, and for press type nonsense you need to drop an email to

Oh, and don't forget, team CMU is heading to the Electric Ballroom in Camden tomorrow for the big Big Strides gig. We have a couple of guest list spots left if you're interested, email asap if you want to come.


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This is a 'sort of' reader nominated MySpace Of The Day because a reader has nominated it, but I don't want the Headland boys to think that that's the only reason there getting a MSOTD big up - because I've been meaning to feature them here for a long time. But thanks to James Barton of Record Of The Day my slackness in not tipping these guys previously has been overcome. Here's what James says: "I heard you had a band called The Blendaholics as your MySpace featured artist of the day. I was at The Tube show on Sunday and the Blendaholics were indeed great. But I wondered if you would want to feature another artist that played the same show, who I think were even better - certainly Alex James loved them! The band's called Headland - we've supported them on Record of the Day - and they're actually a featured artist on MySpace right now - if this is relevant". It's good to see these guys getting all these plaudits because they really are one of the best new bands around at the moment. Oh, and I've just remembered they are playing the aforementioned Insomniacs Ball in April. So here's the thing - go and check them out on MySpace today then check them out at IB at Easter. Sorted.

Nominated by James Barton. You too can nominate your MSOTD - providing you don't work with the band your nominating. Send 100-150 words on why we should check out a band's MySpace to


So, it all kicked off yesterday, as the fall out of IMPALA's decision to support a Warner Music takeover bid for EMI (should such a bid actually be made) continued as Ministry Of Sound issued an open letter via their lawyers demanding that the Association Of Independent Music make available all documentation relating to the IMPALA decision and that, as affiliates of the European trade body, they oppose and overturn the Warner agreement.

As previously reported, Ministry announced on Friday that it was quitting AIM over the IMPALA decision, but in its letter yesterday they went further by implying that the association was legally bound, based on its own constitution, to block the IMPALA decision because, the indie's lawyers argue, supporting a Warner takeover of EMI was simply not in the interests of the majority of the trade body's member labels.

In a long letter, Ministry Of Sound also claim that the IMPALA/Warner deal was deliberately done behind closed doors so the arrangement could be announced before any independents opposing the move could have their say.

The letter claims that when MoS MD Lohan Presencer contacted AIM chair Alison Wenham shortly after IMPALA first announced its Warner deal last week, even she seemed to be in the dark regarding the agreement, despite also sitting on the IMPALA board. The letter also says that Konrad von Lohneysen, who represents independent labels on the board of the German branch of industry trade body IFPI, and who is usually in regular dialogue with IMPALA regarding issues such as major label mergers, was also not informed of the Warner arrangement. The suggestion or implication seems to be that the deal may have been done by certain AIM/IMPALA member labels primarily for the benefit of those labels' own commercial interests.

Ministry is now demanding that AIM make available to its members all minutes, submissions and correspondence relating to major label mergers and the Warner deal. Moreover, as an IMPALA affiliate, they say that AIM has the option to not ratify the Warner arrangement, and that they "require" the trade body to do just that, adding that AIM "has the right and indeed an obligation to seek to overturn the actions taken by IMPALA in approving this proposed merger".

AIM is yet to respond to the letter though, to be fair, as of late yesterday they hadn't officially received it yet. A Billboard report that we reported on yesterday said the trade body had called an emergency board meeting for today to discuss Ministry's objections to the IMPALA deal. That meeting hasn't, in fact, been formally confirmed, although insiders say discussions between AIM board members will take place this week in a bid assess the general opinion of its member labels regarding the IMPALA/Warner deal, and how to respond to Ministry's demands. More when we get it then.


SonyBMG has recalled a live album from metal pioneers Deep Purple after the band's lead singer, Ian Gillan, said he had not approved the release and asked fans not to buy it. The singer added that the concert featured, a 1993 concert at the Birmingham NEC, was one of the band's worst, explaining that growing tensions in the band at the time had impacted on the performance, adding: "It was coming to the end, it was awful".

Confirming the recall, a spokesman for SonyBMG told reporters yesterday: "SonyBMG is not in the business of releasing albums without the knowledge of the artists. It is in our interests to work with artists, so they can promote their records and continue to work with us". That said, the label noted that the live recording had been released previously, adding that they were unclear as to why the release had caused a problem this time but not previously.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4, Gillan said that the bands' performances at the time were affected by his falling out with guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, who quit the band shortly after the recording was made. Gillan: "It was one of the lowest points of my life - all of our lives, actually. In fact, it lasted five or six shows after that Birmingham show. Then Ritchie left the band. And we've had 13 years of stability ever since then".


Now, this is a bizarre story. Numerous classical recordings by pianist Joyce Hatto, who died last year, may have been fakes. Certainly some of them were. The pianist's husband, William Barrington-Coupe, who produced much of Hatto's later work, has admitted to inserting other people's recordings onto master tapes for albums that were then released by record company Concert Artist Records under Hatto's name. It is also possible the conductor credited on some of the recordings doesn't exist.

This has all come to light via a report in classical magazine Gramophone, and follows a chance discovery by an American financial analyst called Brian Ventura who noticed that when he played a Hatto recording on his PC the Gracenote music identification software recognised the recordings as belonging to other musicians or orchestras. He then checked the recordings Gracenote identified, and found them to be incredibly similar to those credited to Hatto.

He contacted Gramophone magazine and classical critic Jed Distler about his discovery. The editor of Gramophone put him in touch with an audio restoration business called Pristine Audio who analysed the Hatto tracks and the Gracenote identified recordings discovering that many were identical. When Distler first contacted Barrington-Coupe about the discovery the widower denied any knowledge of how the recordings could be the same, but then subsequently admitted to the boss of one of the label's whose music he had sampled on the recordings that some of Hatto's later work was not, in fact, her own.

In the letter to Swedish record company BIS, Barrington-Coupe explains that he first cut in segments of other classical recordings into his late wife's work because she was suffering so much from cancer her moans of pain could sometimes be heard on her own recordings. As he got better at inserting samples so that they would be unnoticed, he started to include lengthier pieces of other people's works. Presumably, given that the fraud was discovered because Gracenote recognised the sampled music, eventually he was including entire segments of other classical recordings.

In his letter to BIS he stressed that he sampled the other recordings not for commercial gain, but so to ensure his wife, whose long performing and recording career he felt was too often overlooked, could continue to appear in the public domain, despite her illness. He concluded: "It is self-evident that I have acted stupidly, dishonestly and unlawfully". Commenting on the letter BIS boss Robert von Bahr told reporters: "It is very touching and he does go through every detail and how he did it and he makes it very credible".

It is not clear how many of Hatto's recordings contained samples of others work, though she was noted for her prolific recording output towards the end of her life so their could be many. Sampled music has been identified in at least twenty Hatto recordings released by Concert Artist Records, but Barrington-Coupe seems unwilling to discuss the specifics of his fraud expressing the wish to see all affected recordings destroyed and to put the whole thing behind him. But some in the classical industry are now demanding a full account of the sampling activity, while the BPI is reportedly investigating whether they or labels whose work was stolen should take legal action. Though von Bahr confirmed to reporters this week that he did not intend to take action for the violation of his company's copyrights, observing: "I don't see how either myself or the industry can get any satisfaction for pure revenge. I think the whole thing is a deeply tragic story."

Commenting on the whole strange affair, Gramophone editor James Inverne told the BBC yesterday: "We wouldn't have known even to look had it not been for the accident where iTunes came up with the 'correct' title for the discs. All the recordings are now in doubt unless proved otherwise. We're talking about over 100 works she recorded and the only person who really will know - if even he has kept records - is William Barrington-Coupe, and he declines to give lists". Adding that it would now be "impossible" to properly assess how talented Hatto had been unless Mr Barrington-Coupe revealed the full scale of his deception, he concluded: "She'll go down in notoriety rather than fond memory, as it were, and that's a great shame".

And he's right of course, and I suspect it's a story that will continue to grow. I can't help thinking a film studio boss somewhere isn't thinking what a good movie this bizarre story would make.


Bobby Brown is being kept behind bars until his people cough up the $19,000 he owes in late child support payments and court fees. As reported yesterday, Brown was arrested at the weekend over his latest failure to pay child support to Kim Ward, the mother of his two teenage children. The singer's legal people told reporters they were trying to get the cash together, but said that Brown's continued failure to meet child support payments were not because of an unwillingness to pay, but because the size of the payments he was expected to make were now beyond his means.

Lawyer Phaedra Parks told reporters: "We're diligently working on getting those funds available from outside sources. Although this agreement was put in place when he was Bobby Brown the star, this agreement is being enforced when he is not always able to find work. He hasn't made an album in quite some years".

Parks had said she had hoped to have the money in place and therefore her client out of jail by the end of yesterday, though it is not clear whether that was in fact achieved.


The frontman of one of Australia's biggest 60s/70s hard rock groups, The Aztecs, has died following a heart attack, aged 60. British born Billy Thorpe was a founder member of The Aztecs, who first enjoyed success in 1964 with their cover of The Coaster's 'Poison Ivy', and enjoyed much acclaim, especially in Australia, through various incarnations of the band in the sixties and seventies. Thorpe's fame waned in the eighties, and he left Australia, becoming a session musician in California. But he later returned to Australia, and maintained a fanbase for his live shows right to the end - playing a gig in San Remo, Victoria the day before his death. He died at Sydney's St Vincent Hospital after suffering a heart attack at his home. As tributes poured in for Thorpe from across the Australian music business, his manager confirmed a public memorial service would be held in Sydney this Sunday.


And another Brit born rocker who sadly died this week, also aged 60, was drummer Ian Wallace, member of early seventies progressive rock group King Crimson but probably more noted for his extensive drumming career appearing on recordings and/or stage shows from the likes of Bob Dylan, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Stevie Nicks, Roy Orbison, Traveling Wilburys, Brian Eno and Jackson Browne. He also participated in a number of jazz projects, and founded the Crimson Jazz Trio. Wallace died last Thursday at an LA hospital following complications from esophageal cancer.


The wife of George Melly has revealed the veteran jazz singer is in the early stages of dementia, explaining that the condition had made him quite impatient and obsessive, but that it hadn't stopped him from performing.

Speaking to the BBC, Diana Melly explained: "I first noticed about two years ago, that his memory was really pretty awful. He's always been, as it were, the absent minded professor, so a lot of it was not easy to spot, because he's never been able to change a light bulb or do anything that most of us could do. But his memory just got very bad". Mrs Melly gave the interview as a report was published about the number of people in the UK who now suffer from the condition - which could exceed 1.7 million by 2051.

As previously reported, Melly caused health fears last month when he collapsed while performing at a gig in Hove, but Diana told reporters next day that it was a temporary health problem and that he had quickly recovered from it.


Michael Jackson's spokeswoman provided an update, of sorts, on the singer's upcoming Vegas plans yesterday, because obviously we all desperately wanted to know what he's going to be doing next. Actually, what I desperately want to know is whatever happened to that Jacko organised charity record in aid of the victims of Hurricane Katrina which various stars reportedly provided vocals for but which was never released. But, alas, Raymone K Bain made no comment on that.

What Bain did say was the Jackson is currently "reviewing and evaluating" various proposals to perform in Las Vegas, but that he hadn't reached any decisions and that he didn't feel the need to do so any time soon. Bain: "Mr. Jackson has been presented numerous proposals - proposals which he has not solicited, but were presented to him, several of which include performing in Las Vegas. Mr Jackson is currently reviewing and evaluating each proposal. He does not believe that he is under any time constraint for making his decisions".

Bain said she was issuing the release in response to rumours that Jackson, who has been in Vegas for a while now, had so far failed to find any interest in him taking a lucrative residency at one casino or another. She also denied rumours Jackson was about to appear on the American Idol TV show.

On Jacko's move to Vegas, she continued: "Mr Jackson did not move to Las Vegas to shop a Vegas show. Mr Jackson is in Las Vegas because he likes the city and found it a convenient location to record with the artists, songwriters and producers who are working with him in the studio".


Hoylake boys The Coral (I only mention Hoylake because that's where half my family are from, well actually they're from Meols, my family, not The Coral, I need to clarify that so that next time I mention Meols boys OMD you don't question me on my family's town of origin, there's a chance I'm getting off the point here, certainly these brackets have ended up being much longer than I intended, hope the rest of the sentence makes sense) have been blogging about their new album on their label's MySpace.

Here's what guitarist Bill-Ryder Jones says: "In all we spent about two months in Noel Gallagher's Wheeler End studio with Craig Silvey of Dr Barnabus at the helm. I'm not really too interested in giving much away about how we have (once again) revolutionised music but I'm sure you can picture it; if you can't then think Zappa sharing a jazz omelette with Gnarls Barkley. We're all excited to get out there gigging again, getting a little sweaty and moistening some of you lucky lovelies at your local discos".

Popular eighties sitcom Watching was set in Meols by the way. And John Lennon's first wife Cynthia was brought up in Hoylake. I can confirm this because my mum sat behind her at primary school. Hmm, if only I knew as much about The Coral than I do about The Wirral's claims to fame this would be a good story. What else can I tell you about The Coral? Well, Jones says the new album should be "in your grubby little hands very soon" but there is no release date as yet. Which isn't really telling you anything, is it? Julian Lennon grew up in Hoylake too by the way, but I guess that's not much of a surprise, given his mother lived there.


What was a surprise though was when Portishead, booked to DJ at a venue in Bristol last weekend, got up on stage and did a live show instead - including a performance of a brand new song. Here's what one audience member told Pitchfork of the trio's surprise performance, their first gig since a 2005 benefit event: "The second song was brand new, presumably from the forthcoming (if you believe the rumours, sometime this year) album. Rarely have I seen a room full of people all wear exactly the same facial expression, but when I looked at the crowd everyone had their mouths gaping and eyes wide open as if they were witnessing an alien landing. It was wonderful. The new song was completely gorgeous, carried by Beth's vocals and with very low-key instrumentation". The band's Geoff Barrow subsequently thanked fans who were in attendance for their support via his MySpace, and apologised for keeping the gig a secret, saying: "Sorry we didn't tell everyone about the gig but its good to do things like that every now and again, and its a tiny place".


The wonderful, lovely, talented, vibrant, infectious, polka-dotted, bebop-infused, slight embarrassing jig-initiating The Pipettes (adjectives (c) CMU, 2007) have signed a US deal with Universal's Cherrytree Records which means their 'insert your own adjectives this time but make them positive' debut album 'We Are The Pipettes', one of CMU's albums of 2006 of course, will most likely get a proper release in America for the first time (the Memphis Industries UK release was distributed via San Fran distributor Revolver, but only in limited quantities). All of which is 'no need to insert adjectives here but just imagine lots of words meaning great' news.


Maps, or James Chapman if you prefer, will release his debut album, 'We Can Create', via Mute on 14 May. Single 'It Will Find You' will precede on 30 Apr. We've already mentioned upcoming Maps live dates, including support slots, but here they are again in case you carelessly deleted that edition of your Daily...

2 Mar: London Hammersmith Palais (NME show Jamie T)
6 Mar: London Scala (with The Earlies)
18 Mar: Norwich Arts Centre (with The Longcut)
19 Mar: Southampton Joiners (with The Longcut)
21 Mar: Glasgow King Tuts (with The Longcut)
22 Mar: Newcastle Digital (with The Longcut)
23 Mar: Lancaster Transition (with The Longcut)
24 Mar: Sheffield leadmill (with The Longcut)
23 Apr: London ICA


What is it with these bands telling everyone once they're booked for a festival before that festival has officially announced their line ups? Don't they know we like the element of surprise festival promoters try to maintain? Anyway, Kaiser Chiefs have let it slip they're on the Glasto bill, telling the BBC in response to rumours they would play the festival: "All the rumours are flying around, and they're all true".

Still, it reminds me to remind you that if you want to go to Glastonbury this year you need to register with that website thingimy before midnight tonight. Oh, no, hang on, you've now got to Monday, 5 Mar, because the website has been so busy in the last 48 hours. Ah, so there is going to be big competition for tix when they go on sale on 1 Apr after all. Anyway, go register if you need to,


More additions to The Great Escape line up as follows: 1990s, Ali Love, Archie Bronson Outfit, Black Ghosts, Les Breastfeeders, Cherry Ghosts, Children Collide, Daniel Benjamin, The Draytones, The Envy Corps, Frank Turner, Ghosts, Good Shoes, Hello Saferide, The Hours, The Immediate, Indigo Moss, Lionheart Brothers, Magenta Skycode, The Metros, The Noisettes, Oh No Ono, Polarkreis 18, We Are The Physics and The Whip. And a new website has gone live for the Brighton based music fest and industry convention, which takes place from 17-19 May -


The Good, The Bad And The Queen will play the last ever gig at London's Hammersmith Palais before it gets bulldozed into the ground to make way for a lovely serviced office complex. As previously reported, council chiefs gave the OK for the iconic venue to be demolished last month, despite opposition from fans and locals to the plan. The Damon Albarn project will play the venue's finale gig on 31 Mar.

By the way, I forgot to say, those of you losing sleep over the thought of the SchoolDisco being homeless following the Palais' closure, fear not, London's long running pop night has already found a new home at the Forum in Kentish Town. Here's what SchoolDisco founder Bobby Sanchez told CMU: "SchoolDisco is thrilled to be invited to The Forum. As one of the most iconic music venues in the country, it has the right space, and is in a great location. It's the perfect destination for the lovers of music's best tunes that flock to SchoolDisco every week". Oh, and for those of you making ironic gestures towards our coverage of SchoolDisco, we hear they'll be something of a revamp of the night at its new home with guest sets from a number of very credible DJs. More on that when we get it.


ALBUM REVIEW: Patrick Wolf - The Magic Position (Loog)
Pop stars who dress brilliantly and sound like no-one but themselves are in short supply these days, when blandness is held up as a virtue (James Blunt, David about onomatopoeic surnames...James Boring is being given a record deal as we speak), and the plethora of stylists, brand managers and media trainers pop acts face dull them of any sharpness they might have had. Thank heavens then for Patrick Wolf, who continues to make thrillingly evocative music whilst dressing in garbs that make you marvel "is he really wearing that?" With his dramatic voice, use of arresting visual imagery and fondness for eclectic instrumentation, he manages to distil a disparate sum of genres (torch songs, synth-pop, classical, experimental) and sounds ('Bluebells' incorporates the sound of fireworks to good effect) here into something that you could probably bottle and call Essence Of Patrick Wolf. The discordant pop electronica of first single 'Accident And Emergency' is kept in abeyance for the rest of the album (only really resurfacing on 'Get Lost'), but there's plenty of mystical treasures to indulge in. 'Magpie' (which features a surprising guest appearance from Marianne Faithfull) is a lush soothing piano ballad that conjures up images of rolling hills and sweeping countryside yet maintains a nagging sadness at the heart of its pastoral beauty. 'Augustine', meanwhile, sounds a little too close to Dubstar's 'Just A Girl' in the verses, but we'll let him off, as the track is probably the best thing here: a dark yet tender, impassioned ballad that recalls Nick Cave at his most moving. Slightly less bonkers than some of his previous material (perhaps the move to a larger label has tamed him a bit, although only slightly, mind) but arguably his best album yet, you won't hear a better maverick pop album all year. MS
Release date: 26 Feb
Press contact: Loog IH [CP, RP, NP, CR, RR, NR] Bang On [O]


So, some quotes for you from important Sony types regarding their recruitment of former EMI Music Publishing chief Marty Bandier to run their Sony/ATV publishing outfit. And that includes one from a Mr Michael Jackson who, of course, owns a big slice of the publishing firm. As reported yesterday, Bandier will take over as CEO of Sony/ATV following his departure from EMI.

Confirming the appointment, Sony Corp CFO Rob Wiesenthal, who Bandier will report to on a day to day basis, told reporters: "Marty Bandier is a true legend in the music industry. His experience and stature are unparalleled. We are delighted that he is joining Sony/ATV at this critical time in the music publishing industry. His proven track record of innovative and highly effective business strategies will help us to continue to build this company and result in meaningful upside for all involved".

Sony Corp top dog Howard Stringer added: "We are very excited to have Marty take the helm at Sony/ATV in what we believe will be a transformative appointment. This sends a strong signal about how serious we are about music publishing and adds one of the most respected and accomplished executives in the music industry to our team. We expect Marty to do what he does best, grow this business and take it to the upper echelon of the industry".

And that Michael Jackson fella said: "I am thrilled that Mr Bandier has agreed to become Chairman and CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Marty has over 30 years experience in the music publishing industry, and not only brings with him a wealth of knowledge about the industry, but the vision and ability to take the company to new heights. I look forward to working with him. I just hope he doesn't mention that Hurricane Katrina benefit record - that would be embarrassing". Well, he said some of that.

Bandier himself added: "Sony/ATV Music Publishing has great assets, and also tremendous potential for growth and expansion. This move offers me the opportunity to participate in the growth of a major publishing entity and to build something in an entrepreneurial environment with a fantastic company".


The Recording Industry Association Of America is expected to announce today a stepping up of its campaign against illegal P2P file sharing at US universities. Despite reports last week that the RIAA was already sending out thousands of letters to colleges asking staff their to deal with identified file sharers, the trade body seems to think more needs to be done. Possibly because some colleges were being more proactive in responding to those letters than others. A press conference to be held by RIAA chair Mitch Bainwol and president Cary Sherman is expected to "outline new anti-piracy initiatives designed to deter theft and encourage greater legal music consumption on college campuses [while offering students] the opportunity to avoid a formal lawsuit by settling prior to a litigation being filed". The college community does seem to have become a particular target of late in the RIAA's long running and ultimately futile legal fight against P2P, presumably because file sharing continues to be the preferred route for many students to acquire new music.


EMAP has confirmed there will be job losses in its consumer magazines division, though I think everyone knew that already. The media company has told staff in its car mags division based in Peterborough that design and subbing teams from similar titles will be merged to create a 'design factory', thus reducing total head court. As previously reported, EMAP are looking to save £40 million over two years with its latest restructure which, if you think about it, is a lot. No word as yet as to how the cuts will affect music and entertainment titles within the group.


The Chart Show Group, which runs the Chart Show jukebox TV channel and recently acquired Sky's music stations, has announced it will launch a series of broadband spin-offs from its channels. International expansion is also reportedly planned. The new ventures follow the arrival of former BBC Director Of New Media David Docherty as CEO of the company after he led a multi-million pound takeover of the TV firm backed by private equity types Veronis Suhler Stevenson. Do you know, I found a load of segments of old ITV Chart Show programmes on You Tube the other day - ah how I loved those cheesy fairground ride graphics. And do you remember how they'd always finish with a rough cut of a not yet officially released pop promo? I liked the Chart Show.


The shortlists for this year's British Press Awards have been announced, and I suspect Piers Morgan and Matthew Freud are going to be pissed, because all of the UK's newspaper groups have entered the industry awards programme this year. As previously reported, several newspaper companies boycotted the Press Gazette's annual awards last year, officially because of the bad rep the awards event itself got after various journalists got very drunk and misbehaved, though Freud was always convinced another reason for the boycott was his ownership of the newspaper industry's trade mag. And given that now he's pulled out of the whole operation all the newspapers are back on board, he was probably right to suspect that was so. Though to be fair, the event itself did become less riotous last year, which might have also convinced some newspaper owners back. The awards will be presented at an event on 26 Mar. Nominations are online at


Big story this. Well, for the owner of the foot it is, presumably. Police are investigating reports that James Blunt ran over someone's foot as he was leaving a party last weekend, and then drove off, so sort of a squash and run. The victim apparently reported Blunt to the police over the incident. Said victim may or may not have been a paparazzi type - because Blunt's people say the foot squashing occurred by accident as the singer tried to navigate his car through a pack of photographers after leaving the party in the early hours of Saturday morning.

I do hope the victim's foot isn't too badly injured. Imagine if it had to be amputated, then I'd feel very bad about my slightly sarcastic headline. Still, said victim would get a disabled sticker for his car, so it wouldn't be all bad. Did you see that disabled groups have been kicking up because Paul McCartney's soon to be ex Heather Mills uses a disabled parking pass because of her false left leg, but is now appearing on the US equivalent of Strictly Come Dancing. Campaigners say that if she can compete in a TV dancing competition then she doesn't need to use disabled parking spaces at the shops. Still, that's not really music news is it?


Talking of which, I've just send a memo through to the CMU 'does this count as music news' committee to ask whether Vicki Beckham still counts as a music person. I haven't heard back yet, so will report this anyway, just in case. US TV network NBC have entered into a multi-million dollar deal with the former Spice Girl to film her and her family as they move to the US where hubby Dave is due to take up a new footballing role at LA Galaxy. According to a spokesman for the Beckhams, the new show will... oh, hang on, I've just got a ruling back from the DTCAMN committee and they say Victoria Beckham no longer counts as a music person, or at least until a Spice Girls reunion actually happens. So I've nothing more to say about her.


The DTCAMN team tell me Kate Moss doesn't count as a music person either, how ever much she pretends to be interested in that Pete Doherty fella. Which is The Gossip's Beth Ditto's point here. She's not sure why she is up against Moss for the Sexiest Female award at this week's NME Awards. Ditto reckons the New Musical Express should stick to awarding awards to Musical people. Here's what she told the Sun: "I think it's ridiculous she's nominated for an award in the NME. It's not the New Model Express. It should be about music. For Kate to be up for anything to do with music is absurd. I think the world needs positive influences. Role models for these kids should be people who have a strong place in the music industry as an artist not a sexy woman".


Razorlight's Johnny Borrell has denied rumours (or was it wishful thinking, I can't remember) that his band might split because of internal tensions. The rumours kind of started after Borrell and bassist Carl Dalemo had a show stopping on stage brawl at a French gig earlier this month. He told NME: "We had an argument on stage but what it was about was neither here nor there. The fact is that it was totally blown out of proportion by the all the papers - including yours. I haven't alienated anyone in my band. There certainly didn't seem to be much alienation evident on stage tonight".

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