CMU Daily - on the inside Tuesday 29th May
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In today's CMU Daily:
- BPI win substantial damages from CD-Wow
- It will all go forensics: Spector trial update
- Estefano critical after shooting
- Fiddy album release pushed back
- Fiddy profits from Coke's health drink purchase
- Fairbrass attacked in Moscow
- The View man has blood poisoning
- Music acts support cancer campaign
- Neil Tennant on Live Earth
- Weston on Africa ignorance
- Curtis film wins Cannes prize
- Quincy Jones too busy to work with Jacko
- Jeff Buckley was Smiths fan
- Timberlake launches label with Interscope
- Streisand cancels Rome concert
- CSS deny Muse reports
- Stones part company with business manager
- Universal complete BMG publishing purchase
- EMI felt Warner break-fee offer insufficient
- Warner Germany MD steps down
- Asda appoint E-UK for entertainment supplies
- HMV appoint head of online experience
- Zune passes a million sales
- Channel 4 slash Big Brother phone-in fees
- Chart update
- Total Rock world album chart
- Subshot playlist
- This week's Student Radio Chart
- Ulrich baby news
- McCartney: nobody matches up to Lennon
- Mills regrets McCartney split
- Ozzy says Sharon rips him off

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TOP BIT>>
Consider this to be what I believe marketing types like to call a "call to action". We're currently doing the last bit of processing of all those reader surveys you all filled out a few weeks back, and will feed back on the results next month. But one of the things people say they want more of is news of what is happening at and with all the many many independent labels, publishers, management firms and gig/club promoters out there, on a 'corporate level', which is something we've wanted to have more of for a while, hence the call to action. You out there in indie land are good at letting us know about your artists, but less good at letting us know about what is happening behind the scenes - new recruits, new divisions, new initiatives, business or marketing successes, all that jazz. Obviously, unlike those majors, you don't have PR departments tasked with talking up those things, but we don't need wordy press releases here at CMU. So if any of you run, own or work for any of those companies, we'd love it if you could drop us informal emails anytime you have some company news, however minor you might think it is, because someone out there in CMU land is probably interested. As I say, it doesn't need to be a formal release, just the basics and, if possible, a quote we can use. Send said stories to musicnews@unlimitedmedia.co.uk. We can't guarantee we'll run everything, but we'll include as much as we can. And then we can tick off one of our 'reader survey recommendations', which would be lovely. I'm going to sit here and await your emails while you go read the Daily.

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CMUTUBE OF THE DAY: THE ZIMMERS

You possibly saw coverage of this venture in the press over the weekend, but if you're yet to hear or see the results, well, good old MySpace and YouTube can help. Not that either MySpace or YouTube are "old" in any sense of the word, especially when put next to this project. A BBC documentary has got together forty of those senior citizen types, taken them to the Abbey Road Studios, and had them record a version of The Who's 'My Generation', which sounds like a very cool idea if you ask me. The lead singer on the track, 90 year old Alf Carretta, told reporters: "I can't believe this is happening. For me to have recorded a song in the same studio as the Beatles is just so exciting. I feel like the whole experience has brought me back to life. I was stuck in a rut and now I feel alive again". Which has to be a good thing. The single has now been released, and has the endorsement of The Who's Roger Daltrey who is encouraging everyone to buy a copy. If you want to check it out go to one of the following - the YouTube is better because it's more fun to watch than just listen to.

http://www.myspace.com/thezimmersband
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqfFrCUrEbY

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BPI WIN SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGES FROM CD-WOW
The BPI has announced that they last week won a substantial sum in damages, in the tens of millions of pounds, from their legal fight against music etailer CD-Wow.

As much previously reported, the trade body took legal action against the Hong Kong based web company earlier this year over allegations that they were violating UK copyright laws by sourcing CDs from suppliers outside the EU, which enables the company to undercut their rivals without affecting their profit margins because the wholesale price of CDs is cheaper in certain other parts of the world.

The BPI had previously taken legal action against CD-Wow regarding that practice in 2004, after which the etailer promised to adhere to UK copyright restrictions re the sourcing of wholesale CDs. But the BPI said it had evidence CD-Wow had continued to sell music sourced outside the EU. CD-Wow bosses argued that any cases of CDs sourced from outside the EU being sold to UK customers were isolated and down to human error, but the courts disagreed, ruling that there was "strong evidence that CD-Wow was committing widespread breach of the undertakings" and that the company "had taken no effective steps to ensure compliance with the undertakings even after an application for contempt had been served".

The court resumed last week to consider the damages due following that ruling back in March and although the exact figure due to the UK record industry has not been released, the BPI say it runs in to the "tens of millions".

Welcoming the damages ruling, BPI boss Geoff Taylor told reporters this weekend: "CD-Wow has been undermining the legitimate businesses of UK retailers and record companies by continuing to import CDs and music DVDs illegally from Asia, despite having signed given court undertakings that it would stop doing so. Illegal imports of this kind undermine the huge investments made by businesses here made in homegrown musical talent. This ruling illustrates the lengths that the rogue retailer went to flout the law and maximise its profits at the expense of British musicians and the record companies that supporting them. CD-Wow is no consumer champion; it is a rogue trader that now has to face the consequences of its actions. We have an extremely competitive record industry and retail sector here in the UK, and at an average price of around £8.50, CDs are better value than ever. The vibrancy of British music depends on a fair return on the investments that allow British talent to shine. This decision is an important step in ensuring that British music has a bright future."

No word from CD-Wow on the damages ruling and what impact it will have on their trading in the UK or elsewhere, though the BPI has said it has obtained a freezing order on the firm's Hong Kong bank accounts and assets in order to enforce the damages award, adding that they believe the etailer has been trying to hide assets.

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IT WILL ALL GO FORENSICS: SPECTOR TRIAL UPDATE
So, it should be all forensics when the Phil Spector trial resumes after the long weekend later today. After all those attempts by the prosecution to demonstrate that Spector has a tendency to go a bit weird (in the gun toting sense of the word) when alone with women late at night, and the testimonies of the people who saw Spector just before and immediately after actress Lana Clarkson was shot dead at the legendary producer's Beverly Hills home, now the prosecution lawyers are expected to turn to their attention to the crime scene and the gunshot residue and blood spatters left by the shooting, which all sounds a bit grim if you ask me. Of course the defence in the case have already said that they are confident that when it comes to forensics, things will go in their favour - ie, show that Spector cannot have been holding the gun that killed Clarkson - so it will be interesting to see just how many forensics experts the prosecution can present willing to conclude otherwise.

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ESTEFANO CRITICAL AFTER SHOOTING
Renowned Latin singer, songwriter and producer Estefano is in a critical condition in hospital in Miami after being shot at his home in the city on Friday night. According to local reports, the 39 year old was gunned down by his handyman, one Francisco S Oliveira, who has been charged with attempted second degree murder and is being held at Miami Dade County prison. Estefano was shot at his mansion, located in the up market Venetian Islands close to Miami Beach.

Colombian Estefano began his career as one half of pop duo Donato Y Estefano, but went on to gain fame as a songwriter, producer and solo artist. He recently produced albums for the likes of Chayanne and Jennifer Lopez, and has written songs for most of the Latin stars you can think of, including Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin and Julio Iglesias. He released his first solo album, 'Codigo Personal: A Media Vida' in 2005.

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FIDDY ALBUM RELEASE PUSHED BACK
The release date of the next 50 Cent album has been bumped from the end of next month to September to allow time to complete the tracks, which is always something you should try and do before your release date. Actually, I have a feeling it was always set for a September release in Europe, but the US release date was originally set at 26 Jun. Well, that's what I'm inferring from this statement issued by Fiddy regarding the moving of the release date: "I'm an international artist. My fans worldwide deserve to receive my album at the same time as my fans here in the US. Taking that into consideration moving the album to September was a necessary course of action". The new long player, called 'Curtis', features the likes of Dr Dre, Eminem and Timbaland on production duties, plus guest appearances from Eminem, Mary J Blige, Akon, Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke and Nicole Scherzinger from Pussycat Dolls.

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FIDDY PROFITS FROM COKE'S HEALTH DRINK PURCHASE
Of course the release date delay will mean Fiddy will have to wait a little bit longer to get any royalties off his new material, though I am guessing that won't matter too much given that a drinks company he had a 10% stake in has just been bought by Coca-Cola, earning the rapper an estimated $400 million.

Fiddy formed a relationship with Glaceau, makers of vitaminwater, in 2004, claiming that he wanted an association with a healthy drinks brand rather than the alcoholic or fizzy drinks brands that most hip hop starts formed alliances with. They launched a grape flavoured 'Formula 50' variety of their drink which name checked Fiddy on the label, and the rapper got his 10% stake as part of that deal.

Coke have now acquired the company for $4.1 billion.

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FAIRBRASS ATTACKED IN MOSCOW
Right Said Fred's Richard Fairbrass has been attacked, alongside gay rights and human rights activist Peter Tatchell, during a protest march in Moscow. The incident occurred after demonstrators attempted to appeal the ban on a gay rights march in the city, an event set to mark the fourteenth anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Russia. Fairbrass was punched in the face and kicked whilst speaking to a journalist. Tatchell, meanwhile, was attacked by several nationalists, shouting "death to homosexuals", which isn't very nice. He was subsequently taken away by riot police.

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THE VIEW MAN HAS BLOOD POISONING
The View's Kyle Falconer has ended up in hospital in Japan due to blood poisoning caused by a septic blister on his foot. Eugghhh. He's apparently getting better since being prescribed antibiotics. A spokesperson for the band says: "Kyle should be back on his feet for their gigs next week". Arf, arf.

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MUSIC ACTS SUPPORT CANCER CAMPAIGN
A number of high profile music stars are supporting a new campaign to raise awareness of testicular cancer. Bands such as Scissor Sisters, Dirty Pretty Things and Kings of Leon have been photographed wearing limited edition pin badges which have gone on sale at Topman this week to highlight the Everyman Male Cancer Awareness Month.

Testicular cancer, is of course, very common amongst young men aged 15-45 but recovery rates are high as long as the illness is detected in time. Speaking about the campaign, Topman's MD David Shepherd said: "As a leading male fashion brand in the UK, Topman is ideally placed to give out total support to the Everyman campaign and raise awareness within our target market of this serious issue".

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NEIL TENNANT ON LIVE EARTH
Neil Tennant has said that he's not down with the idea of the Live Earth concerts, either. I say either because of course, as previously reported, Bob Geldof and Roger Daltrey have both said they don't really approve of the concept.

Tennant is quoted as saying: "The Princess Diana concert is fair enough, but I feel more uneasy about the Al Gore thing. I've always been against the idea of rock stars lecturing people as if they know something the rest of us don't - it looks arrogant. It's not as if they have a private source of information. To state the obvious as if you are the only person that knows it is intellectually weak".

The singer also had a dig at celebrity activist Bono, saying "Bono uses his celebrity, but in doing so he increases his celebrity. I'm never even totally convinced that the rest of U2 feel comfortable with that".

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WESTON ON AFRICA IGNORANCE
US jazz composer and pianist Randy Weston has criticised that fact that people generally know so little about Africa and its music, despite its influence on jazz and other genres of music. Following an appearance at an international jazz fest in Senegal, he told reporters: "What's my sadness ... is how little is known about Africa and her people. It's very important to understand that the traditional music of Africa is our foundation. We'll never get away from that foundation".

"I am an African born in America," he continued. "My first composition for Africa was in 1954. It was called 'Zulu'. We play music of the black people of Morocco, blues music of Nigeria, of Egypt, of Congo. We take people on a trip to hear how African civilisation has civilised the world and music".

Despite the fact that he maintains people are ignorant of the African roots of modern music, he admits that African elements are starting to become more evident. At the start of his career, he says "this continent was little mentioned elsewhere in the world, particularly in the United States. Today, things have changed a lot. You see African culture everywhere now: you hear it in the music, in the sculpture, in fashion... you see Africa everywhere".

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CURTIS FILM WINS CANNES PRIZE
The new, much previously reported biopic of Joy Division's Ian Curtis has won the Best European Film award at the Cannes Film Festival. The jury said of 'In Control', directed by photographer Anton Corbijn: "This is a very impressive and assured debut from a renowned photographer, but he never allows the look of the film, beautiful though it is, to detract from the powerful story and character development. The performances are all excellent, not just the leading characters. We feel that this is a film that will strike a real chord with audiences around Europe, and not just with music lovers."

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QUINCY JONES TOO BUSY TO WORK WITH JACKO
Veteran producer Quincy Jones has told NME that he won't be working with Michael Jackson again any time soon because he's just too busy. Speaking at the Ivor Novello Awards last week, Jones - who produced 'Off The Wall' and 'Thriller', of course - said that he has been in touch with Jackson in recent months but he won't be getting involved with the pop singer's new album. "Man please, I've got enough to do", he said. "We already did that. I have talked to him about working with him again but I've got too much to do. I've got 900 products, I'm 74-years-old. Give me a break".

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JEFF BUCKLEY WAS SMITHS FAN
This doesn't come as a huge surprise, to be honest. Jeff Buckley's mother Mary Guibert has said that her son was a massive Smiths fan, and viewed Morrissey as a bit of a legend. He occasionally covered 'I Know It's Over' in his live sets, in fact, and a single featuring one of those versions is set to be released. I have to confess to listening to that track on repeat back in the day.

On the release of the track, Guibert says: "Jeff was a huge Smiths fan. He thought Morrissey was a living legend, so this song was a very meaningful choice".

Guibert went on to reveal her plans for the future release of more of her late son's material: "My philosophy is to allow Jeff's legacy to grow on a grassroots level with an orderly release of work, rather than letting it all be dumped on the market at the same time. Folks have seen that, and it has paid off - and I am very proud of that".

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TIMBERLAKE LAUNCHES LABEL WITH INTERSCOPE
Justin Timberlake has just launched a record label. And he's going to be chairman of it. And CEO. Which all sounds rather grand. Presumably he'll be at the Interscope offices every day at 10am to attend marketing meetings and monitor radio plays and review retail reports and consider DRM policy. One would hope so. One would hope he's not just being called CEO to give the new Interscope imprint a bit of cool and really he'll just attend occasional meetings and enjoy lavish dinners on expenses while Ken Losimar, the former Sony VP who will be President of the new venture, does all the work. I'm sure that's not the case.

Anyway, here's what Interscope boss Jimmy Iovine told reporters about Tennman, his new JV label with Timberlake: "Whenever you have the opportunity to get into business with someone as gifted as Justin Timberlake, you take it. We are thrilled to have his label as part of Interscope".

The gifted Timberlake added these words: "We are all excited about the talent we have to offer already on our roster and I cannot wait to introduce the world to my new discoveries". Can't wait. No, really, I can't. Actually, I really can't. Look, there's sincerity here. All kinds of sincerity.

No word on whether Timberlake's business partnership with the Universal Music Group affects his record label relationship with SonyBMG's Jive in anyway.

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STREISAND CANCELS ROME CONCERT
Now, can I just get this straight please? Barbra Streisand may have cancelled her upcoming Rome concert, but that is not, repeat not, anything to do with those protests last week by Italian consumer rights groups who said the publicly owned Stadio Flaminio should refuse to stage the concert because the ticket prices - between 150 euros (£100) and 900 euros (£600) - were, quite frankly, "absurd and shameful". Nor is it anything to do with reports in the Rome media that ticket sales for the over priced event were somewhat slow. It is entirely, 100%, completely and utterly to do with "production problems", and nothing else. At all. OK? Good.

As previously reported, consumer rights groups Adusbef and Codacons last week hit out and accused promoters of the event of ripping off consumers, adding that City Of Rome officials should not allow such extortion to happen at one of their venues. At the time of that protest, local media reported that ticket sales for the Rome concert were slow, and that all but the cheapest tickets were still available, compared to instant sell outs elsewhere in Europe. But when organisers of the event, on confirming the Rome concert was cancelled this weekend, were asked if the consumer rights groups' protests had been behind their decision, a spokeswoman said "Absolutely not".

Streisand's European tour will now start in Vienna on 21 Jun, and arrive in London on 18 Jul where there are seemingly enough idiots willing to buy tickets at similarly extortionate prices to justify a three night residency at the rather large The O2. The O2 is just one tube stop away from CMU HQ so I'm thinking of nipping over there and pick-pocketing all those Streisand fans. It would be easy - clearly these people have no awareness of when they're being robbed.

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CSS DENY MUSE REPORTS
CSS have denied reports that they're set to support Muse at one of their Wembley gigs. Of course, you lot will know that CSS are not supporting Muse at those dates, due to our recent, and, one hopes, accurate report, that on 16 Jun, the date CSS were alleged to be playing, Muse are in fact being supported by The Streets and Rodrigo Y Gabriela. Although new acts might be added to the bill, I suppose.

Anyway, CSS have pointed out that they're actually playing Wireless that day, so wouldn't be available, even if they had been asked.

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STONES PART COMPANY WITH BUSINESS MANAGER
The Rolling Stones announced on Friday that their long term business manager, Prince Rupert Loewenstein, would no longer handle their day to day affairs, but that he would maintain some contact with the band.

The statement said: "Prince Rupert Loewenstein is no longer taking care of the Rolling Stones day to day business but is currently retained on some aspects of their career".

Loewenstein worked for more than forty years with the Stones. There has been no word on who will replace him, though Billboard have cited sources close to the band who say he will not be replaced, with the tasks he performed taken over by other existing representatives of the band.

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UNIVERSAL COMPLETE BMG PUBLISHING PURCHASE
Universal Music have now completed their acquisition of BMG Music Publishing, which is great news for fans of redundancies. The takeover was given the go ahead by European Commission last week, of course. The merged venture will operate under the Universal Music Publishing Group banner. Just how much integration there will be between the two publishing companies is as yet unclear.

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EMI FELT WARNER BREAK-FEE OFFER INSUFFICIENT
Dow Jones say that EMI rejected Warner's "break-fee" offer last week because bosses there were not convinced the offer sufficiently covered the regulatory risk of pursuing an EMI Warner merger. Warner, of course, is still keen to merge with EMI and is increasingly confident it could get such a merger past EU competition regulators despite the current EC review of the SonyBMG merger (mainly because of their pact with pan-European indies trade body IMPALA). But EMI are still nervous about spending time and money on a merger and for it to then fail at the regulatory hurdle. Warner had made a break-fee offer, ie, a commitment that should merger talks falter at the EC approval stage it would pay EMI a sum of money to cover their costs to that point. However, insiders say EMI bosses didn't think Warner's offer was enough to cover its potential costs, which is one of the reasons they decided to back the offer to buy EMI by private equity firm Terra Firma (which has no regulatory issues) rather than further pursue a Warner deal. So, there you go.

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WARNER GERMANY MD STEPS DOWN
Warner Music Germany's MD, Alexander Maurus, has quit the major. The boss of Warner Germany / Switzerland / Austria, Bernd Dopp, says Maurus left of his own accord, telling reporters: "I have to accept Alexander's decision [to resign], but I regret that Warner Music looses such a qualified marketing capacity and a valuable team-player. Alexander had a substantial share at the success-story of Warner Music in the last [few] years". No word as yet on a successor.

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ASDA APPOINT E-UK FOR ENTERTAINMENT SUPPLIES
Those Associated Dairies (that's Asda, for those with poor knowledge of supermarket histories) have announced that they have entered into a deal with Woolworths' distribution company Entertainment UK for the supply of all their CDs, DVDs and video games, which is great news for E-UK, given Asda's not insignificant market share in the consumer entertainment market (except for CD singles, of course, which Asda have said they will no longer sell) - in fact, E-UK say the deal should add about £200 million to their annual turnover.

The new deal follows news last week that Asda was terminating its distribution contract with Handleman UK because the two parties couldn't reach "mutually beneficial terms". Welcoming the new deal, Woolies boss Trevor Bish-Jones told reporters: "We are delighted to have won the Asda business. It marks another important step in the development of E-UK. Over the past 18 months, through a series of contract wins and acquisitions, we have significantly improved the underlying quality of the E-UK business".

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HMV APPOINT HEAD OF ONLINE EXPERIENCE
More music retail. HMV has announced it has recruited former SEGA exec Justin Moodie to the new role of Head Of Online Experience. What that will entail, I have no idea. Webby type stuff I imagine.

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ZUNE PASSES A MILLION SALES
Microsoft has now sold over a million of those Zune type players. Compared to their competitors, and especially market leader iPod, it's a modest achievement, but has come a month ahead of their original, albeit also modest schedule, so well done them. Of course, the Microsoft iPod rival is yet to reach Europe, and some are now saying the European launch won't come until next year.

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CHANNEL 4 SLASH BIG BROTHER PHONE-IN FEES
Channel 4 has said it has halved the cost of phoning in to vote on Big Brother, and that it will not make any profits out of the phone voting, a move designed to combat all the recent and much previously reported criticism regarding rip off phone in features on TV shows. Calls will now cost 25 pence. 15p will go on admin fees, the rest to charity. A spokesman for the TV network said: "Given the recent focus on the use of premium-rate phone lines on TV, we want to ensure the audience has absolute confidence in the evictions, which are absolutely integral to the show's success".

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CHART UPDATE
So, no change atop the singles chart this week. At all. I'm not sure why anybody bothered counting. Rihanna is still number one with 'Umbrella', Maroon 5 are still at 2 with 'Makes Me Wonder' and Beyonce & Shakira are still at 3 with 'Beautiful Liar'. And there are no new entries in the top ten at all. Oh for those good old days where every single went straight into the top five and then crashed out of the charts the next week. Happy, happy days.

The new entries that are there are run like this: Pigeon Detectives with 'I'm Not Sorry' at 12, R Kelly with 'I'm A Flirt' at 18, Kaiser Chiefs with 'Everything It Average Nowadays' at 19, Dizzee Rascal with 'Sirens' at 20, The Twang with 'Either Way' at 33 and Reverand & The Makers with 'Heavyweight Champion Of The World' at 38.

Albums wise and there's a new entry at number one, from those intriguingly popular Maroon 5 fellas, with 'It Won't Be Soon Before Long'. They push last week's chart toppers, the undeniably popular Linkin Park, into second place. Other new entries in the LP countdown go like this: Sophie Ellis-Bextor with 'Trip The Light Fantastic' at 7, Ozzy Osbourne with 'Black Rain' at 8, Cribs with 'Men's Needs Women's Needs Whatever' at 13, Hellogoodbye with 'Zombies Aliens Vampires Dinosaurs' at 17, Erasure with 'Light At The End Of The World' at 29, and Used with 'Lies For The Liars' at 39. Lovely.

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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. Rush - Snakes & Arrows (Warner/Atlantic)
3. Fall Out Boy - Infinity On High (Universal/Island)
4. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium (Warner Bros)
5. Nickelback - All The Right Reasons (Warner/Roadrunner)
6. My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade (Warner Bros)
7. Buckcherry - 15 (Warner/Eleven Seven Music)
8. Hellyeah - Hellyeah (SonyBMG/Epic)
9. Hinder - Extreme Behavior (Republic)
10. Good Charlotte - Good Morning Revival (SonyBMG/Epic)
11. 30 Seconds To Mars - A Beautiful Life (EMI/Virgin)
12. Dimmu Borgir - In Sorte Diaboli (Nuclear Blast)
13. Linkin Park - Minutes To Midnight (Warner Bros)*
14. Billy Talent - Billy Talent II (Warner/Atlantic)
15. Razorlight - Razorlight (Universal/Vertigo)
16. Megadeth - United Abominations (Warner/Roadrunner)*
17. Evanescence - The Open Door (SonyBMG)
18. Queen - Greatest Hits 1,2,3 (EMI)
19. Guns n Roses - Greatest Hits (Universal/Geffen)
20. Black Sabbath - The Dio Years (Warner/Rhino)

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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
Bob Sinclar & Cutee B - Sound of Freedom (Defected)
Calvin Harris - The Girls (SonyBMG/Columbia)*
The Chemical Brothers - Do It Again (EMI/Virgin)
The Enemy - Had Enough (Warner)*
Example - I Don't Want To (The Beats)
The Holloways - Generator (TVT)
Justice - Dance (EMI/Because)
Kaiser Chiefs - Everything Is Average Nowadays (B-Unique)
Kelly Rowland feat. Eve - Like This (SonyBMG)
Los Campesinos! - You! Me! Dancing! (Wichita)
Maximo Park - Books From Boxes (Warp)*
Modest Mouse - Dashboard (SonyBMG/Columbia)
Reverend and The Makers - Heavyweight Champion of the World (Wall Of Sound)
Regina Spektor - On The Radio (Warner)
The Rumble Strips - Motorcycle (Fallout)
The Twang - Either Way (B-Unique)

B-List
Air Traffic - Shooting Star (EMI/Tiny Consumer)*
Annuals - Brother (EMI/Virgin)*
Ash - Polaris (Warner/Infectious)*
Blood Red Shoes - It's Getting Boring By The Sea (V2)*
Charlotte Hatherley - Siberia (Little Sister)*
Ghosts - The World Is Outside (Warner/Atlantic)*
Good Shoes - Morden (Brille)*
The Go! Team - Grip Like A Vice (Memphis Industries)*
Grace - Slowly (Angel)
The Hoxtons - Gonna Make You A Star (Gut)
The Little Ones - Lovers Who Uncover (EMI/Heavenly)
New Young Pony Club - Ice Cream (Modular)
Scouting For Girls - It's Not About You (SonyBMG/Epic)*
Tiny Dancers - Hannah We Know (EMI/Parlophone)
Tonight Is Goodbye - Black Dress (Tree Brain)
Unklejam - What Am I Fighting For? (EMI/Virgin)

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

1. [2] White Stripes - Icky Thump
2. [17] Maroon 5 - Makes Me Wonder
3. [18] Maximo Park - Books From Boxes
4. [4] Artic Monkeys - Brianstorm
5. [6] Editors - Smokers Outside Hospital Doors
6. [8] Manic Street Preachers - Your Love Is Not Enough
7. [1] Arcade Fire - Intervention
8. [20] Chemical Brothers - Do It Again
9. [11] Pigeon Detectives - I'm Not Sorry
10. [12] Funeral For A Friend - Into Oblivion
11. [Ne] Gym Class Heroes - Cupids Choke Hold
12. [Ne] Mutya Buena - Real Girl
13. [10] Gossip - Listen Up
14. [Ne] Rihanna - Umbrella
15. [5] Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Hump De Hump
16. [19] Groove Armada - Get Down
17. [13] Regina Spektor - On The Radio
18. [Re] Maccabees - Precious Time
19. [9] Snow Patrol - Signal Fire
20. [25] Willy Mason - We Can Be Strong
21. [Re] Hello Goodbye - Here In Your Arms
22. [3] Biffy Clyro - Living Is A Problem (Because Everything Dies)
23. [15] The Cribs - Man's Needs
24. [16] Lcd Soundsystem - All My Friends
25. [Ne] Juliette And The Licks - Purgatory Blues
26. [Ne] Hoosiers - Worried About Ray
27. [29] Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Weapon Of Choice
28. [Re] The Twang - Either Way
29. [Ne] Parka - If You Wanna?
30. [Ne] Reverend & The Makers - Heavy Weight Champ Of The World

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ULRICH BABY NEWS
Metallica's Lars Ulrich and partner, actress Connie Nielsen, have had a baby boy. Well, I expect Connie did most of the pushing, but ultimately, the child belongs to both of them. It's not the first child for either of them, as they both have offspring from previous relationships. According to reports, the baby's been named Bryce Thadeus Ulrich-Nielsen, which is a bit of a mouthful. Although, I suppose it could have been worse. They could have been as daft as that Swedish couple, and called it Metallicus, or something.

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MCCARTNEY: NOBODY MATCHES UP TO LENNON
Paul McCartney has said that his collaborations with John Lennon worked so well that it spoiled him for working with anyone else. The former Beatle told 6Music: "I'm a little bit wary of collaborating with other people because it doesn't happen as easily or as amazingly as it did with John".

He continued: "It's a funny subject the collaboration thing because I collaborated with John and you're a little bit spoiled after that. That was one hell of a collaboration. I've done it quite a bit since and, I think - and I hate to say it - there's inevitably a sense of disappointment because it was just so cool for John and me to be working together, because we started so young and knew each other's ways and minds."

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MILLS REGRETS MCCARTNEY SPLIT
Talking of McCartney, his ex (or soon to be ex?) Heather Mills is, according to 'friends', devastated by the divorce and would rather be still happily married than a rich divorcee.

One of these so called mates told the News of the World: "She said she'd been devastated by the divorce and has become an emotional wreck. Heather doesn't care about the huge load of money coming her way. She'd much rather be happily married than rich and miserable. She said she would gladly give back every penny for another shot at happiness with Paul. She loved being married to him and it was the biggest regret of her life that things became so awful between them that divorce was the only option".

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OZZY SAYS SHARON RIPS HIM OFF
Ozzy Osbourne says that his wife Sharon rips him off in her role as his manager - but that he'd rather she did it than anyone else. Which seems a bit of an obvious thing to say, but whatever.

The singer says: "When she talks to me about something, I have to work at whether she's talking to me as a loving wife or a fucking scumbag manager I'm not very good at understanding these fucking contracts, what they all mean. I have to let someone do it for me, and if someone's going to rip me off, I'd rather my wife do it than someone else".

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