CMU Daily - on the inside Tuesday 8th May
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In today's CMU Daily:
- He was demonic: Spector trial update
- Ronnie Scott's stage inaugural awards
- Promoters say police over-reacted over Lloyd Banks close down
- Doherty scores new drugs charge
- Kroeger has run in with the law
- Verizon pull out of Stefani sponsorship over Akon routine
- Usher ends management relationship with his mom
- New Order have split for sure, says Hookie
- Larrikin Love split, Transgressive tour cancelled
- Oasis top indie anthem poll
- Jobs bartering variable pricing for end to DRM
- EMI enter into DRM free relationship with marketing firm
- EMI music chief moves role to launch new imprint
- EMI confirms more takeover approaches
- Warner planning downsize
- Honeyshot track dropped from Radio 1 after it's revealed as an ad
- Chart update
- Total Rock world album chart
- Subshot playlist
- This week's student radio chart
- Killers frontman to be dad
- Clarkson's label dispute denied
- Des'ree tops terrible lyric poll

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TOP BIT>>
Hello there, I trust you had yourself a damn fine Bank Holiday weekend? We had a very busy one, because the Brighton Festival 2007 kicked off on Saturday, beginning a three week frenzy of theatre, comedy, art, dance, talks, debate, cabaret and music taking place in venues all over our favourite seaside city. This makes us very busy because our sister publication, ThreeWeeks, is covering it all. I'm not mentioning this just to persuade you to all head on over to http://www.threeweeks.co.uk to check out all the latest coverage, though that's the main reason. The programme of stuff taking place there this year is simply brilliant, and if any of you out there in CMU land are day trip distance from Brighton, or are planning on heading there for the Great Escape convention later this month, may we suggest making the effort to take in some shows down there before the end of the month? For tips on what to see, you can't do better than checking out the ThreeWeeks site or, once you're in Brighton, picking up a copy of Latest 7 (free, and available all over town), inside which you will find the ThreeWeeks in Brighton magazine. Hurrah.

While we're talking ThreeWeeks, another blatant plug. As you all no doubt know by now (we plug it often enough), ThreeWeeks is our media project that exists to discover, champion, support and enable cultural innovation at the Brighton and Edinburgh Festivals. Behind it all is our very special media training programme that offers unique opportunities for students and aspiring journalists to gain on-the-ground media training by joining the ThreeWeeks review team. With Brighton under way at one end of the country, we are currently busy recruiting our team for that big festival up there towards the other end - the mighty Edinburgh Festival. If you are a student, or someone considering a career in the media, and you'd like to gain some brilliant on the ground training while experiencing the world's largest arts festival in a totally unique way, then check out this URL where full details of how to apply are posted. Closing date for applications is 31 May.

http://www.collegemedianetwork.co.uk/3weeksedinburgh

PS: MySpace Of The Day is taking a three week break to make way for our coverage of the Brighton Festival, but don't worry, it'll be back come June.

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JOBS & STUFF>>

CLUB PROMOTIONS ASSISTANT
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INTERNSHIPS & STUFF>>

BE A SPOONFED INTERN
Spoonfed.co.uk is a new live music and clubbing website. We need interns 3 to 5 days a week in our Hoxton office. Passion for music is essential as are good phone manners, tea making skills and attention to detail. You will research, write and publish the best music and events site on the net. CV and one paragraph on yourself please to contribute@spoonfed.co.uk, subject line 'CMU Changed My Life'.

GET INVOLVED IN UNIQUE MUSIC CHARITY PROJECT
Opportunity for a keen and enthusiastic self-starter who will be able to hit the ground running with this unique music industry charity project. Temporary work-experience role available at Docklands based music marketing company for the month of May, in the run up to a charity auction event. Any media/events/charity experience would be beneficial, but not essential. What is essential is a willingness to muck-in and get involved from the outset in this fast paced environment. The successful candidate will work on an exciting project which straddles the worlds of music, fashion and design. Please e-mail your CV and details of your availability to borntorock@bigtime.tv

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CLASSIFIEDS>>

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CMU AT THE BRIGHTON FESTIVAL

The Brighton Festival kicked off this weekend, with a fantastic three week programme of theatre, comedy, art, dance, talks, debate, cabaret and music, music music. CMU's sister publication, ThreeWeeks, is covering it all, and you can check the coverage at http://www.threeweeks.co.uk, with music reviews here each day in the CMU Daily. Look, here are some now.

Run Lola Run Featuring A Live Soundtrack By The Bays
Exhilarating and heart-pounding, experimental live-only band The Bays showcased their unique set of vibrant electronica via a dazzling performance at the Dome in which the group improvised a soundtrack to the BAFTA-nominated film 'Run Lola Run', which centres on the protagonist's nerve-wracking race to save her boyfriend in no more than twenty minutes. The Bays - using bass, drums, keyboards, decks and programming - certainly know how to push boundaries. They captivated their audience with an illuminating combination of electronic and acoustic sounds, a continuous concoction of house, breaks, hip hop, ambient jazz-tinged melodies, and an explosion of drum&bass. The music, like the film, was thrillingly dramatic, making this one of the most spine-tingling shows I've experienced in a long time.
Concert Hall, Brighton Dome, 5 May, 8:00pm, £16.00, festival pp11.
tw rating: 4/5
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Gypsy Squat Pop Project, Alice McLaughlin, Lana Music
The Gypsy Pop Squat Project: it's all in the name. A gypsy folk band with upbeat songs about illegal squat raves and wanting bigger tits, they brought the great atmosphere of this night to its all-clapping, all-dancing peak. First in the line-up came Alice McLaughlin, a young singer-songwriter whose emotive if somewhat formulaic songs were elevated by the rich, smooth timbre of her voice. Acting as a bridge between this more serious performer and the charismatic chaos of the Gypsy Squat Pop Project was Lana Music, whose tongue-in-cheek glamour and flirtatious bluesy stylings quickly won the audience's heart. Although none of the three acts were pushing any boundaries, their confident presence and light-hearted banter left genuine smiles on the faces of the crowd.
Joogleberry Playhouse, 6 May, 7:00pm, £7.00, fringe pp25.
tw rating 3/5
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ThreeWeeks in Brighton is only possible because of the kind support of Latest 7 - check it out at http://www.latest7.co.uk - plus tune into the Latest 7 radio show, every afternoon on Radio Reverb, listen online via http://www.latest7.co.uk/radio

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HE WAS DEMONIC: SPECTOR TRIAL UPDATE
We might have been enjoying one of those holidays of banks, but it was business as usual in the States yesterday, and the Phil Spector murder retrial resumed in LA after that previously reported delay caused by the illness of the legendary producer's main defence lawyer, Bruce Cutler.

And the main event of the day was the testimony of another of those women due to tell the court how Spector once threatened them at gun point. This time it was talent booker Dianne Ogden-Halder, who said that Spector had twice prevented her from leaving his home during their friendship in the 1980s. On the second of those occasions, in 1989, she said that Spector turned "demonic" and tried to rape her at gun point.

Ogden-Halder says that on that occasion, Spector refused her request to leave, and ordered her upstairs. There he pulled a gun on her, ordered her to remove some of her clothing, and then tried to have sexual intercourse with her by force. "He was talking, screaming, like he had been taken over by something. He was demonic", Ogden-Halder told the court, "it was not like it was him, it was like he wasn't Phillip".

Asked if Spector had tried to be 'intimate' before attempting rape, she continued: "He didn't have to do that, he could have been romantic but he did it by gunpoint. He wanted to rape me. I don't know why he was doing this. He had me take off some of my clothes, and he tried to have intercourse with me. It was just 'icky' because it wasn't him. I didn't want to make to love with him like that, with him telling me he was going to blow my brains out. That was not romantic to me".

Ogden-Halder says that no sex took place. She fell asleep after the ordeal, waking the next morning to hear Spector singing in the shower as if nothing had happened. "It was weird," she concluded, "I started wondering 'Did I just dream that?'"

Asked why she hadn't reported the incident to the police at the time, she said: "I thought it was an isolated incident and that he needed help. I couldn't call the police on him. Now I feel guilty... I don't know".

As previously reported, the prosecution are trying to demonstrate that Spector has a history of violent behaviour towards women when they are alone in his house, often pointing guns at them, hoping that that will convince the jury he pulled the trigger the night actress Lana Clarkson was shot dead at his Beverley Hills home. Spector denies murdering Clarkson, claiming she shot herself.

The case continues.

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RONNIE SCOTT'S STAGE INAUGURAL AWARDS
People often ask if we'll ever launch CMU awards, given that everyone else seems to have awards. It's not currently on the agenda (well, not very high up the agenda), but if we ever do I'd like to have an award evening like the inaugural Ronnie Scott's Awards that took place in London last night.

Celebrating the very best in jazz from across the UK and the world, the event not only benefited from the always fine surroundings of Ronnie Scotts, nor from the copious amount of alcohol that flowed, but because the event was celebrating those kind of artists that are able to just rock up on stage and jam with the house band, which meant that while not all the winners were presented with their awards on the night, most of those who were immediately launched into a performance to prove why they were worthy of their prize (including Mr Jamie Cullum, who put in a brilliant rendition of 'I've Got You Under The Skin' and especially Jeff Beck and Mica Paris, who both shook the walls of Soho, with their guitar and voice respectively).

So, top marks to Ronnie Scott's, and don't be surprised if we nick your format should we ever get around to those CMU awards. In the meantime, here's the long list of winners from the first ever Ronnie Scotts Awards...

International Trumpeter: Wynton Marsalis
International Male Singer: Van Morrison
International Female Singer: Jane Monheit
International Bassist: Kyle Eastwood
International Saxophonist: Scott Hamilton
International Most Promising Newcomer Of The Year (voted For By The Readers Of Jazzwise Magazine): [Em] - (Michael Wollny Trio)
International Pianist: Chick Corea
International Small Group: Yellowjackets

UK Male Singer: Jamie Cullum
UK Female Singer: Liane Carroll
UK Trumpeter: Guy Barker
UK Trombonist: Dennis Rollins
UK Bassist: Alec Dankworth
UK Pianist: James Pearson
UK Drummer: Clark Tracey
UK Saxophonist: Courtney Pine
UK Small Group: Ray Gelato Giants
UK Most Promising Newcomer Of The Year (voted For By The Readers Of Jazzwise Magazine): Fraud

UK Instrumental Album Of The Year: Stan Tracey - Let Them Crevulate
International Instrumental Album Of The Year: Eldar - Live At The Blue Note
UK Vocal Album Of The Year: Stacey Kent - The Lyric
International Vocal Album Of The Year: Nancy Wilson - Turned To Blue
UK Jazz Crossover Album Of The Year: Amy Winehouse - Back To Black
International Jazz Crossover Album Of The Year: Randy Crawford & Joe Sample - Feeling Good
UK Jazz Crossover Artist Of The Year: Sponsored By The William Morris Agency: Mica Paris
International Jazz Crossover Artist Of The Year: David Sanborn

Blues Album Of The Year: James Hunter - People Gonna Talk
Blues Artist Of The Year: Jeff Beck

Big Band Of The Year: BBC Big Band
Musical Services To The Club: Pete King
Greatest Living Jazz Legend: Clark Terry
Services To World Jazz: Manu Dibango

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PROMOTERS SAY POLICE OVER-REACTED OVER LLOYD BANKS CLOSE DOWN
Promoters of a Lloyd Banks gig in Derby have said they believe police acted "excessively" when they closed down the venue due to host the gig citing "security concerns". Police closed down the T5 Club in the city on Saturday, saying that a proper risk assessment had not been done ahead of the G-Unit-er's appearance and that they had real concerns about possible disorder at the event.

A Chief Inspector Gary Parkin was quoted in the media thus: "Unfortunately there have been a number of firearms-related incidents at similar events connected with this music genre in the East and West Midlands, London and Manchester. We accept the majority of people who attend are just there to enjoy themselves and sadly it is a small minority who cause significant problems. We have to balance this up against the security of all people visiting Derby's pubs and clubs and we have a duty to ensure they feel safe".

While accepting that public safety is paramount, promoters of the show say they felt the police's actions had been "excessive", especially in closing down the venue, as they claim they had offered to cancel the show once concerns had been raised. On those concerns, the promoters also added that they felt police had failed to properly investigate the logistical plans behind the event, telling reporters: "The police should have gone round the venue and seen it, seen what security measures there are for the concert but they didn't do it".

Another promoter involved questioned the logic of linking trouble at urban music events elsewhere in the country to their Lloyd Banks gig, saying: "There's been no previous trouble at any of his [Lloyd Banks] concerts that he's done in the past. We have some information on previous concerts he has done and there have been no issues that could have been brought up".

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DOHERTY SCORES NEW DRUGS CHARGE
That Pete Doherty has been - wait for it - arrested, on suspicion of - guess what - possession of a Class A drug. Genius. The Babyshambler was reportedly stopped in a car by police officers in the High Street Kensington area of London on Saturday night. Why they pulled him over I'm not sure, but it was drugs possession that got him dragged down to the local police station. He was remanded on bail until June. As previously reported, Doherty is working through a court ordered rehab programme and his progress on that programme has generally been commended by the court, and in particular Judge Jane McIvor, even though he is still taking some drugs.

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KROEGER HAS RUN IN WITH THE LAW
Chad Kroeger has also had another run in with the law, this time in Vancouver, where a local radio station has reported that the Nickelback frontman got into a fight with a heckler outside a club early Friday morning, after said heckler shouted abuse at Kroeger's band, all of which was kind of along the lines of "Nickelback sucks". Local police have confirmed that they were called to an altercation at the club, but have not given any more information, or commented on whether anyone will be charged in relation to the incident. As previously reported, Kroeger is awaiting trial on an impaired driving charge, and last month reportedly got into an altercation with a police officer at a strip club, though no charges stemmed from that incident.

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VERIZON PULL OUT OF STEFANI SPONSORSHIP OVER AKON ROUTINE
This is interesting. US telephone firm Verizon Wireless has pulled out of sponsoring the current Gwen Stefani Sweet Escape tour because of footage of her support act, Akon, recorded at an unrelated concert in Trinidad.

The footage in question, which surfaced online after being filmed at the Trinidad show, featured Akon dancing provocatively with a fifteen year old fan plucked from the audience. Fearing an outraged public response to that routine, and the PR challenges of having an association with the artist, the phone firm pulled out of the tour and also removed Akon ringtones from its mobile download platform.

Speaking to Billboard, Stefani's manager, Jim Guerinot said he was "surprised and shocked" at Verizon's decision to pull out of the tour sponsorship, a deal which could have been worth anything up to $3 million for Stefani and the tour's promoters, adding that his team were "just in the beginning stages of evaluating" the impact of Verizon's move.

Commenting on support act Akon, he added: "Akon has been a perfect gentleman on this tour. His show has at best been a PG show. Children of all ages have been attending. We have had no complaints - nothing but satisfied people. And I would say that we're shocked that Verizon would drop Gwen Stefani as part of this whole debate".

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USHER ENDS MANAGEMENT RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS MOM
Usher has ended his business relationship with his mother, Jonetta Patton, explaining that the move "means I now get to have my mother strictly as my mother with no added pressure". Patton has managed her son's career ever since he first began performing in 1994, but the star says he will now hire other management because: "at this time in my life, I am simply more interested in building the strength of my family. And in order to do that, I feel it's best to separate my business life from my personal life". So there you go.

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NEW ORDER HAVE SPLIT FOR SURE, SAYS HOOKIE
More on those reports and rumours that New Order have formally split up, which have been circulating for a while now. Well, Peter Hook has again seemingly confirmed the split, while talking about his involvement with Perry Farrell's new band Satellite Party.

Speaking to Xfm about the project he said: "I spoke to Perry, and he asked me to play bass, as he'd heard about New Order splitting up. Well yeah, me and Bernard [Sumner] aren't working together". Asked more about the split, and whether it was actually a split or just a break, he continued: "Bernard went off for a break with Electronic, but that was different. But it's like the boy who cried wolf this time".

Talking of New Order related things, the previously reported film about Joy Division, based on the book by Ian Curtis' widow Deborah, 'Touching From A Distance', for which New Order have recorded some material, will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival next week.

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LARRIKIN LOVE SPLIT, TRANSGRESSIVE TOUR CANCELLED
Talking of bands splitting, Larrikin Love have announced they are splitting up, despite their short time in the spotlight. The band announced their amicable split on Friday, saying: "Larrikin Love have announced today that they have split up. The band would like to thank all their fans for their support and love over the last two years and assure them that all is amicable between the four members. Further details of ongoing projects from all members will be announced in the fullness of time".

All of which means that an upcoming tour by record label Transgressive, due to be headlined by Larrikin Love, has been cancelled. The tour was due to visit Glasgow, Birmingham, Liverpool and Bristol this week. Confirming the cancellation, the label said yesterday: "It was a difficult decision, but without a headliner we weren't confident of bringing the full Transgressive live experience to you all. Despite our best efforts, we could not persuade them [Larrikin Love] to make these special gigs their farewell shows. Rest assured, we'll reschedule the dates with new headliners, probably for Freshers in September. Full refunds are available from point of purchase".

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OASIS TOP INDIE ANTHEM POLL
I'm making no comment on this whatsoever, except that while I might not agree with the result, I have to admit Noel's given a rather nice quote about his winning song. Oasis' 'Live Forever' has been named the greatest indie anthem ever by voters in an Xfm/NME survey. Asked about the song, Gallagher N told reporters: "It was written in the middle of grunge and all that and I remember Nirvana had a tune called 'I Hate Myself And I Want To Die' and I was like 'Well, I'm not having that'. I can't have people like that coming over here, on smack, saying that they hate themselves and they wanna die. That's just rubbish".

The top ten songs in the Xfm/NME indie anthem survey were as follows:

1. Oasis - Live Forever
2. Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
3. Pulp - Common People
4. The Smiths - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
5. The Libertines - Don't Look Back Into The Sun
6. The Libertines - Time For Heroes
7. The Smiths - How Soon is Now?
8. The Stone Roses - I Am The Resurrection
9. The Strokes - Last Nite
10. Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor

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JOBS BARTERING VARIABLE PRICING FOR END TO DRM
Word has it that Steve Jobs is willing to introduce variable pricing on iTunes if all the majors agree to make their music available without DRM, which isn't that surprising really, given that EMI's previously reported DRM-free deal with the Apple download platform will see the unrestricted tracks retailing at a higher price. Though whether Jobs is now considering full on variable pricing - where labels could set prices on a track by track basis depending on the popularity of an artist - isn't clear. Variable pricing and DRM-free music are two of the things being discussed in the ongoing licensing renegotiations currently going on between Apple and the majors.

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EMI ENTER INTO DRM FREE RELATIONSHIP WITH MARKETING FIRM
Talking of EMI's DRM free music, the major has announced a new partnership with TLC Marketing which will see the major providing access to DRM free tracks as part of brand promotions created by TLC. That is to say, TLC will put together promotions for various brands (past clients include Samsung, First Direct and British Gas) which enable those brands to offer their customers exclusive access to special DRM free EMI offers. The DRM free content is of more interest to brands looking to enter into these kind of partnerships, because DRM free tracks are accessible to all of any brand's consumers, not just consumers who own a compatible digital music player.

Confirming the TLC deal, EMI Music UK's Head Of Online Sales, Graeme Rogan, told CMU: "This is a fantastic opportunity for EMI and TLC to work on high profile third party promotions - a move EMI feels is key to our strategy of opening up new and incremental revenue streams in the digital world. TLC is a company with a proven track record and we are confident that our partnership with them will generate mutually beneficial results".

TLC Marketing Director Sharon Gold told CMU: "We are delighted to be working in partnership with EMI to give our blue chip clients the opportunity to boost their sales, launch new products and engender loyalty with this high value incentive. Music downloads netted a massive $2 billion worldwide in 2006 so with this burgeoning market we are anticipating that this new incentive will have both our clients - and their customers - dancing in the streets".

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EMI MUSIC CHIEF MOVES ROLE TO LAUNCH NEW IMPRINT
More EMI Music news, and the major's UK chief Tony Wadsworth announced on Friday that the label had entered into a new deal with Keith Wozencroft, who is currently President of the company's main recorded music divisions - Capitol and Virgin Music. Under the new deal Wozencroft will stand down from his current post in July and instead found a new joint venture imprint with EMI, enabling him to take on a more active A&R role within the major, though still reporting directly to Wadsworth.

Confirming his new deal, Wozencroft told reporters: "I've always considered the possibility of building my own label; giving me the opportunity to focus on the worldwide development of fewer artists. I love my current role at EMI but I feel that now is the right time to make this move. I'm very pleased that under this new arrangement I'm able to maintain a close working relationship with Tony Wadsworth, the EMI labels and an incredible roster of artists".

Wadsworth added: "Keith has made a lasting contribution to EMI Music UK and I'm delighted that we will continue to benefit from his talents in this new venture. He leaves EMI Records, Parlophone and Virgin UK in great shape, having overseen multi-platinum, international success in the last year from each label with artists including Corinne Bailey-Rae, Lily Allen and The Kooks. We have top class MDs and their labels continue to do what EMI UK has always done best; sign and break British acts across the world".

After Wozencroft takes on his new role, the MDs of EMI Music's record label divisions EMI, Parlophone and Virgin - Terry Felgate, Miles Leonard and Ferdy Unger-Hamilton - who currently report to Wozencroft, will report directly to Wadsworth.

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EMI CONFIRMS MORE TAKEOVER APPROACHES
And even more EMI. The EMI Group confirmed on Friday that it has received more acquisition approaches, though added that it is not clear if they will lead to an actual takeover offer. As previously reported, a number of private equity types have been looking into the possibility of acquiring EMI in the last year or so, after the London major's ultimately unsuccessful but nevertheless high profile merger/takeover talks with Warner Music. The Group said on Friday: "Further to recent speculation, EMI Group Plc confirms that it has received a number of preliminary indications of interest to acquire the Company. There can be no certainty that any offer will ultimately be made". Among the possible bidders reported in various media over the weekend were Fortress Investment Group, Cerberus Capital Management, LP, and One Equity Partners, LLC, a unit of JP Morgan Chase.

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WARNER PLANNING DOWNSIZE
Elsewhere in major label news, word has it that Warner Music is planning another major downsize which could lead to up to 400 job losses worldwide. The job losses in the more traditional parts of the company will be likely accompanied by new recruitment into the major's digital operations.

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HONEYSHOT TRACK DROPPED FROM RADIO 1 AFTER IT'S REVEALED AS AN AD
Radio 1 has confirmed it has banned a song that had been played by two of its specialist DJs after it emerged the track had been commissioned by an advertising agency to promote a new brand of hair gel.

The electro track, by Shocka featuring Honeyshot, was called 'Style, Attract, Play', and had featured on Radio 1 shows hosted by Judge Jules and Annie Nightingale, as well as shows on Xfm and Kiss. But the Guardian last week discovered that the band had been created by London ad agency Saatchi & Saatchi, and that the song's title was the slogan for one of its client's hair gel brands, most probably Shockwaves (actually, I think it might have been Popjustice that first spotted the song's ad status, but the Guardian then approached Radio 1).

When informed that the track was a promotional tool for a hair product, a spokesman for Radio 1 told the Guardian: "The track was presented to Radio 1 in the usual way, via a legitimate promotions company and we were not aware that it was a promotional tool for a hair product. As this is created by an advertising agency with the sole purpose of selling this product, and we do not play adverts, it is not something we would play again".

Neither Shockwaves nor Saatchi have commented on the song since the Guardian reported on its ad status, although the marketing media reported on the creation of pop group Honeyshot as a new marketing channel when Saatchi first advertised for group members via The Stage newspaper last year.

There is mixed opinion in music and marketing circles as to whether Honeyshot is the clever marketing device it was created to be, or whether consumers will backlash against the hair gel product when they realize they have been sold an advert as a pop song. One PR expert, Julian Henry of London based marketing agency Henry's House, told the Guardian: "I think it's a crass and slightly crap attempt to hoodwink the public and the press".

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CHART UPDATE
So, the Manics shot up the chart this week now that new single 'Your Love Alone Is Not Enough' is available in physical format, though not quite far enough to take the top spot off Beyonce and Shakira, whose collaboration, 'Beautiful Liar', is still number one in the singles chart. Gym Class Heroes also move up the chart to number three with 'Cupid's Chokehold'.

As for new entries on the singles chart, well, they come from Hellogoodbye with 'Here (In Your Arms)' at 10, Dada and Sandy Rivera and Trix with 'Lollipop' at 18, Jamie T with 'Shelia' at 34, Michael Buble with 'Everything' at 38, Funeral For A Friend with 'Into Oblivion' at 39 and Jojo with 'Anything' at 40.

Albums wise, and those Arctic Monkeys are still top with 'Favourite Worst Nightmare', while Michael Buble goes in a 2 with 'Call Me Irresponsible'. Other new entries as follows: Ne*Yo 'Because Of You' at 6, Natasha Bedingfield 'Nb' at 9, James 'Fresh As A Daisy' hits collection at 12, Rush 'Snakes & Arrows' at 13, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club 'Baby 81' at 15, Squeeze 'Essential' hit collection at 25 and Ocean Colour Scene with 'On The Leyline' at 37.

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TOTAL ROCK WORLD ALBUM CHART
It's the Total Rock World Album Chart, as counted down on Total Rock over the weekend - http://www.totalrock.com. New entries and re-entries marked with a *.

1. Nine Inch Nails - Year Zero (Universal/Island)*
2. Fall Out Boy - Infinity On High (Universal/Island)
3. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium (Warner Bros)
4. Good Charlotte - Good Morning Revival (SonyBMG/Epic)
5. My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade (Warner Bros)
6. Nickelback - All The Right Reasons (Warner/Roadrunner)
7. Hellyeah - Hellyeah (SonyBMG/Epic)
8. Hinder - Extreme Behavior (Republic)
9. Buckcherry - 15 (Warner/Eleven Seven Music)
10. Billy Talent - Billy Talent II (Warner/Atlantic)
11. 30 Seconds To Mars - A Beautiful Life (EMI/Virgin)
12. Black Sabbath - The Dio Years (Warner/Rhino)
13. Evanescence - The Open Door (SonyBMG)
14. Queen - Greatest Hits 1,2,3 (EMI)
15. The Doors - The Very Best Of The Doors (Warner/Rhino)
16. Razorlight - Razorlight (Universal/Vertigo)
17. Machine Head - The Blackening (Warner/Roadrunner)
18. Guns n Roses - Greatest Hits (Universal/Geffen)
19. Shadows Fall - Threads Of Life (Warner/Roadrunner)
20. Incubus - Light Grenades (SonyBMG/Epic)*

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SUBSHOT PLAYLIST
It's the Subshot playlist, the videos appearing on the SUBtv network of screens in students' union bars this week. New entries marked with a *.

A-List
Amerie - Take Control (SonyBMG)*
Booty Luv - Shine (Data/Hedkandi)
Biffy Clyro - Living Is A Problem Because Everything Dies (14th Floor)*
Feist - My Moon, My Man (Universal/Polydor)
The Fray - Over My Head (Cable Car) (SonyBMG/RCA)
Funeral For A Friend - Into Oblivion (Reunion) (Warner/Atlantic)
Hellogoodbye - Here (In Your Arms) (SonyBMG)*
Jamie T - Sheila (EMI/Virgin)
Kaiser Chiefs - Everything Is Average Nowadays (B-Unique)
LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends (EMI/DFA)*
Linkin Park - What I've Done (Warner)
Mutya Buena - Real Girl (Universal/Island)
The Pigeon Detectives - I'm Not Sorry (Dance To The Radio)
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Hump De Bump (Warner)
Tim Deluxe - Let The Beats Roll (Skint)
The Twang - Either Way (B-Unique)*

B-List
Candie Payne - I Wish I Could Have Loved You More (Deltasonic)*
Chungking - Love Is Here To Stay (Institute)
The Cribs - Men's Needs (Wichita)
CSS - Let's Make Love (& Listen To Death From Above) (Sub Pop/Sire)*
Duke Special - Last Night I Nearly Died (V2)*
Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton - Doctor Blind (Drowned In Sound)
Good Charlotte - The River (SonyBMG/Columbia)
Kharma 45 - Where's Your Spirit Man? (Warner)*
lights.action! - Satellites (Four)
Modest Mouse - Dashboard (SonyBMG/Columbia)
Mumm-Ra - She's Got You High (SonyBMG/Columbia)
Newton Faulkner - I Need Something (SonyBMG)
Shy Child - Noise Won't Stop (Wall of Sound)*
The Tigerpicks Disco Punk Electro Funk (Deltasonic)*
Unklejam - What Am I Fighting For? (EMI/Virgin)*
Willy Mason feat. KT Tunstall - We Can Be Strong (EMI/Virgin)*

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THIS WEEK'S STUDENT RADIO CHART
The most played tracks on college radio this week, as compiled by the Student Radio Association. More info from music@studentradio.org.uk.

1. [3] Artic Monkeys - Brianstorm
2. [NE] Funeral For A Friend - Into Oblivion
3. [NE] Biffy Clyro - Living is a Problem (Because Everything Dies)
4. [NE] Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Hump De Hump
5. [16] Bloc Party - I Still Remember
6. [1] Fall Out Boy - Thnks Fr the Mmrs
7. [RE] Arcade Fire - Keep the Car Running
8. [5] Groove Armada - Get Down
9. [NE] Gossip - Listen Up!
10. [8] Mark Ronson - Stop Me
11. [NE] CSS - Lets Make Love and Listen to Death From Above
12. [NE] The Fray - Over My Head
13. [11] Maximo Park - Our Velocity
14. [2] Kings Of Leon - On Call
15. [NE] The Maccabees - Precious Time
16. [12] Jamie T - Sheila
17. [23] Klaxons - Gravity's Rainbow
18. [10] Snow Patrol - Signal Fire
19. [NE] Bjork - Earths Intruders
20. [NE] 30 Seconds To Mars - The Kill
21. [NE] The Cribs - Man's Needs
22. [NE] Just Jack - Glory Days
23. [RE] The Rumble Strips - Alarm Clock
24. [4] The Noisettes - Scratch Your Name
25. [15] Muse - Invincible
26. [17] Dragonette - I Get Around
27. [22] Mika - Love Today
28. [NE] Patrick Wolf - The Magic Position
29. [RE] New Young Pony Club - Ice Cream
30. [7] Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Weapon of Choice

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KILLERS FRONTMAN TO BE DAD
Killers frontman Brandon Flowers is to become a father for the first time. The Sun has reported that his wife, Tana, is pregnant. They cite a source thus: "He's smitten, especially because it's a boy. It's going to be a Brandon Junior, I'm sure".

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CLARKSON'S LABEL DISPUTE DENIED
Insiders at SonyBMG in the US say there is no truth in rumours that appeared in the Daily Star and in blog land that the relationship between the major and former American Idol Kelly Clarkson was in freefall after disagreements over her new album. Rumour had it senior SonyBMG exec Clive Davis didn't like the album and that moves were a foot to axe its release. But insiders say that Davis has been busy bigging up Clarkson internally, and that the new long player is a priority release for the major. So, that's all alright then.

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DES'REE TOPS TERRIBLE LYRIC POLL
Des'ree, currently in dispute with Beyonce over her cover version of 'I'm Kissing You' of course, has just won the accolade of delivering the "worst pop lyric" ever. She won the honour for lyrics in the song 'Life', which go: "I don't want to see a ghost/It's the sight that I fear most/I'd rather have a piece of toast/Watch the evening news".

The survey was conducted by BBC6 Music's Marc Riley show, and listeners voted in second place the lyric from Snap's 'Rhythm Is A Dancer' which goes: "I'm as serious as cancer/When I say rhythm is a dancer". In third place was the line from Razorlight's song 'Somewhere Else' which goes "And I met a girl/She asked me my name/I told her what it was".

Commenting on the mad and bad lyrics of pop, Riley said: "Bad lyrics can come in all forms - some acceptable, some less so. For instance, in the right hands, defiantly dumb lyrics such as Manfred Mann's 'Do Wah Diddy Diddy' can be more than acceptable as part of the pop idiom. In fact, we embrace them - let's not forget it was a number one smash. But imagine the same words streaming from the crown prince of gloom, Leonard Cohen, accompanied only by a forlorn expression and a battered banjo. It would, quite rightly, be mocked and held up for much ridicule. In short, dumb is sometimes okay, whereas pious and pretentious and pompous are obviously never to be encouraged nor tolerated". He's right you know.

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