CMU Daily - on the inside Monday 11th June
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Man dies at Rockness
- Lots of festivals this weekend
- Michael, gets community service, opens Wembley Stadium
- Velvet Revolver under investigation for on stage smoking
- Sting cook compensation ruling put off
- Soul singer Freddie Scott dies
- Warmsley mugged
- There will be more Black Eyed Peas, OK?
- No Doubt going back into the studio, sans-Gwen
- New Pepe Deluxe, free Pepe Deluxe
- Outkast man to play Sammy Davis Jr
- The future's bright, apparently
- PPL chief joins Copyright Alliance board
- Starbucks ready unsigned bands initiative
- GCap marketing and interactive chief departs
- Osbourne presents Mojo breakfast
- Commercial radio do a Big Listen
- The Fly web revamp complete
- launches tomorrow
- Springer protects the kids from Morgan
- Chart update
- Total Rock world album chart
- Subshot playlist
- This week's Student Radio Chart
- B*witched Keavy on the bad times
- McCartney "surprisingly OK", OK?
- Gallows cause some instore mayhem
- Hilton back in the slammer
- Ash start split up speculation
- MCR respond to Manson diss


Hey, Monday morning, cloudy sky, another DRM Top Bit, hurrah! Now, this Top Bit centres on the fact that that there Universal Music Group has denied those rumours circulating last week that they were close to agreeing a deal with Apple that would see them - the world's largest record company let's not forget - sell their music without digital rights management technology via the much discussed iTunes Plus service set up to sell EMI's recently launched DRM-free catalogue.

As previously reported, sources were quoted in the media last week as saying that Universal was "actively discussing" getting involved in iTunes Plus as part of their ongoing licence renewal discussions with Apple. However, the company's Senior Vice President, Peter LoFrumento, told tech website Pocket-lint on Friday: "The rumor is completely untrue".

Despite that statement, many will no doubt continue to speculate that Universal are, in fact, considering launching their catalogue in a DRM-free format. I reckon Universal are considering launching their catalogue in a DRM-free format. Look, that was me speculating, despite Pete's statement.

But surely the use of DRM is being actively reviewed at Universal and their rivals Warner and SonyBMG, given that everyone I know in the industry, including people at those company's, seems to think that the abolition of DRM across the recorded music sector is now inevitable, albeit eventually. Without wanting to go all cliché, it is now not a question of 'if' but 'when'.

Though, all that said, having resisted the temptation to jump on the DRM-free bandwagon at the same time as EMI, it is perhaps to be expected that the remaining majors will wait a bit longer to see how EMI's DRM-free policy works out before making their own decisions. There's no real PR advantage for being 'second' to go DRM-free, so they might as well let EMI go through the teething problems before plussing their own iTunes presence. Which is, I guess, what at least some of those three other majors are currently doing.



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Now, I first became a fan of GusGus when Alastair, one of my fellow CMU founders, fixed up for me to interview one of the Icelandic combo's members without telling me. And without me having heard their music. We were as a professional a music media machine in those days as now, as you can see. So, keen to not do the interview in total ignorance, I got someone from 4AD (to whom they were signed at the time) to bike over their then latest album - 'This Is Normal' - and had a listen. Fortuitously I loved the album, so had plenty to talk to the band about once the call from Reykjavik came in (Alastair swore he knew I'd love the album from the start, but I was never that convinced, but all's well that ends well). Now, there's been several albums since then and, I'm pretty sure, a few line up changes (CMU favourite and former GusGus member Hafdís Huld is doing her own thing now, obviously), but their most recent album, 'Forever', was just as mesmerising yet catchy as its predecessors. I'm making them MSOTD today because [a] it's a bit of an oversight that we didn't do it when the aforementioned new album was released, and [b] they play 93 Feet East in London next week (21 Jun) with support from fellow Icelandic acts, plus one from Sweden (Hairdoctor, Daniel Agust and Petter And The Pix). Four tracks are previewing here. You should go listen to them, just in case one of your colleagues drops an interview with them on you with just a couple of hours notice.


A man has died after being found unconscious at the Scottish music fest Rockness, which took place next to Loch Ness this weekend. According to the Daily Record, friends of the man raised the alarm after he was found unconscious in his car at the festival site. The tabloid reports that the man was a "known drug user" and that it is thought he died of a heroin overdose, despite an intensive operation mounted by local police in a bid to stop drugs getting on the site.

The Record quotes a festival insider as saying: "We believe the person in question was a known drug user and tragically died on arrival at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness. We have been told that he was well known to police and had been involved in a drug-related incident in Dundee two weeks ago".

A spokesman for the local police force confirmed that a full investigation into the death would be conducted but added that: "There do not appear to be any suspicious circumstances".

Commenting on the death, a local councilor, Norrie Donald, who lives near the festival site, was keen to stress that festival organisers and police should be nevertheless congratulated for their efforts to reduce drug use at the festival, telling the paper: "Regardless of what efforts the organisers and the police take, it will happen. You can't see what they are doing in their tents or their cars, especially if they are injecting themselves. You can't lay any blame at the police's door, as I believe there were something like 400-officers on duty. It is saddening to hear of a death like this but it maybe gets the story through to people that it is dangerous to play around with drugs. This won't take anything away from what has been a very successful and well organised event".

Speaking for the police, Superintendent David O'Conner of the Northern Constabulary shared the councilor's sentiments, telling reporters: "Rockness 2007 has run exceptionally well and the carnival atmosphere has been reflected in that there have been no incidents of serious violence".


It was a busy weekend for music events, of course, with three of the summer's major music festivals taking place, meaning the festival season is now well and truly upon us.

Rockness was launched last year and, organisers say, is now the eighth biggest festival in the UK, with some 35,000 festival-goers visiting the site on each of the two days of this year's event. Headliners this year were The Chemical Brothers and the Manic Street Preachers, both of whom apparently rocked. As previously reported, this year's Rockness was preceded by the Go North music convention, previously held in Aberdeen, but this year staged in near-to-Rockness Inverness.

One of the other two big music fests of the weekend was the Isle Of Wight Festival, which, of course, featured The Rolling Stones' first UK festival set for more than three decades, plus what we hear were jolly good headline sets from Muse, Kasabian and Keane. Yeah, that's right, a good set from Keane. Remarkable.

The third of the fests was, of course, the suitably heavy Download Festival at Donington, headlined by Iron Maiden, who were also rather good, by all accounts. Perhaps our sources at all these festivals were just far too happy being back in festival mode to act as a critical eye of what was on offer. Or perhaps everyone was just brilliant.


The other big musical event of the weekend, of course, was George Michael's Wembley gigs, which were big news because he was the first singer to appear at the all new Wembley Stadium since it's official opening last month. We hear he was good also. Surely someone put in a bad show this weekend?

Michael's Wembley shows were also big news because they followed, of course, his rather high profile court appearance to sort out the sentencing relating to that incident last year when he was found slumped over the steering wheel of his Mercedes at a road junction in London. He had already pleaded guilty to 'driving while unfit', and went to Brent Magistrate's Court on Friday to get sentenced. There had been some talk of a custodial sentence - which would have impacted on the aforementioned Wembley shows - but in the end Judge Katherine Marshall deemed that that wasn't necessary, sentencing him to 100 hours community service and banning him from driving for two years.

The court heard the singer had a "therapeutic quantity" of an antidepressant in his system, as well as the illegal Class C drug GHB and cannabis, when he was found in his car. He told the judge he was "ashamed" that he had potentially put other drivers at risk by driving in that state, though his lawyers denied it was the illegal drugs that were responsible for causing that state.

Outside the court Michael told reporters: "I've been sentenced on the basis of unfit driving through tiredness and prescription medications which I fully accept responsibility for. I'm glad to put this behind me and now I'm off to do the biggest show of my life".


Officials in Cardiff are reportedly investigating claims that both Scott Weiland and Slash of Velvet Revolver smoked cigarettes while performing at the Cardiff International Arena on Thursday night, breaking new anti-smoking rules that came into effect at the start of April.

The new rules, which, of course, follow the introduction of similar rules in Scotland last year, and precede the arrival of such rules in England next month, ban people from smoking in any enclosed public premises, and apply as much to performers as audience members at concert halls and theatres. Anyone found breaking the rules can be fined £50, or up to £200 if officials decide to prosecute, while management at the venue where they smoke can face fines up to £2500.

Following reports that the Velvet Revolver rockers had smoked during their show in the city last week, a spokeswoman for the city's council, who administer the rules, told reporters: "The no-smoking ban seems to be operating well in Cardiff and so we are disappointed to hear that there may have been an incident of someone smoking on the stage at the CIA. We have yet to receive any formal complaints but we will be investigating the matter and arranging to meet with the management of the CIA urgently to explain that this kind of behaviour is not acceptable as well as seeking assurances that this will not happen again".

Gavin Allen of local newspaper South Wales Echo, who reviewed the gig, confirmed the smoking took place about half way through the band's set, telling reporters: "I don't think anyone in the crowd minded, and I didn't hear anyone complain. It's possible the fans didn't realise it was illegal. I'm not that surprised because with a band like that, you expect them to smoke fags - it's the only vice they have left since kicking the drugs".


In a slight update to a story on Friday, the chairman of the panel set to decide what damages Sting and his wife Trudie Styler must pay one of their former cooks who, an employee tribunal earlier ruled, they unlawfully dismissed, has put off making a decision, saying he will set a compensation figure at a yet to be specified later date. The Stings are already appealing the original ruling against them.


Soul singer and songwriter Freddie Scott died of undisclosed causes last week. Music journalist Phast Phreddie Patterson has reported that Scott recently suffered a heart attack and his death my be due to complications relating to that.

Although he began his career as a songwriter for Columbia Records, Scott enjoyed quite a bit of US chart success in his own right in the late sixties, most prominently with the song 'Hey Girl'. Although his biggest hits came in that period, he released four albums in the last fifteen years of his life, most recently in 2004, and contributed a version of 'Brown Eyed Girl' to the 2003 Van Morrison tribute album 'Vanthology'.


CMU favourite Jeremy Warmsley was mugged last Wednesday. The incident happened when he was with singer songwriter Fay Buzzard, and writing on his MySpace blog Warmsley recalls that the "bastard little cunting fucks ... ran up to us, punched me in the face, grabbed her bag and ran off again. I desire to squash the life from them with my fists but instead I will probably just brood thoughtfully".

On happier topics, Warmsley also reports that work is "progressing nicely" on his second album. He writes: "I'm recording twelve tracks, some that you will have heard at my live shows, some newer and more mysterious. I'm co-producing it with the legendary... actually I'm not sure if I'm allowed to say who it is just yet, but he's worked with some really cool people and is currently also co-producing some massive pop band with the help of some legendary producer. I'm really proud of my new songs and I'm pretty sure we're going to do them justice".


Elsewhere in 'work on new album' news, Black Eyed Peas' Fergie has said that while she and her bandmates have been busy with their own projects of late, they do intend to record some new music together as soon as they can. She told reporters last week: "We don't have an album yet, a Black Eyed Peas album. We haven't had time; everybody's been constantly working, as we always do. But we will have an album. We're not going away". The band will be back together in the live sense when they play the London bit of the Live Earth extravaganza next month.


No Doubt, meanwhile, are following up their recent promises to produce some new material together by going into the studio this week, or so we hear. That said, frontwoman Gwen Stefani is, of course, currently on tour, so she won't be there. Drummer Adrian Young explained all to Rolling Stone: "The three of us are going to lay down some songs with music only. When she gets done with the tour we'll all be there to do it. We've probably got four albums worth of ideas demoed". The new album, which, Young says, will be "unlike anything else we've ever made", is expected to be released next year.


Back with new music a bit sooner than all that are the brilliant Pepe Deluxe, who return with a new album via Catskills later this month - 25 Jun to be precise. And not only that, but to celebrate the new album they are making tracks from second album 'Beatitude' available for free download via AOL. Yes, free download. So get on over to now.


Film projects now, and Outkast man Andre 3000 is reportedly set to play the role of Sammy Davis Jr in a new movie about the music legend's relationship with actress Kim Novak, a controversial liaison at the time, him being black, she being white, and it being the mid-fifties.


The record labels reckon they are set to benefit big time from the growing mobile music market, having missed out for years on the bulk of the money generated from the lucrative ring tone market because, until real tones arrived, the only music people to get a cut of ring tone revenues were the publishers who owned the songs being recreated on a kids Casio keyboard for the mobile market.

I know this because the record industry's trade body - the BPI - has just said so, having compiled a bunch of stats that show that not only is the UK the biggest mobile music market in Europe, but that it is set to grow even more thanks to new developments in mobile technology. I'd give you an indepth analysis of the stats, but I'm finding it really really hard to care. Perhaps it's because I've drunk three jugs of coffee but not eaten any breakfast. So how about I just quote BPI boss Geoff Taylor instead?

Here's what he says: "The record industry's core business, working in partnership with artists to produce great new music, remains the same. But the ways in which record companies can generate returns on their investments has changed dramatically in a few short years and mobile is helping to drive that change. Just five years ago, CD sales were the recording industry's only significant source of income but digital distribution, mobile and online, has created a myriad of new business models that labels are now driving forward. Having already captured the imagination of UK music buyers, legal downloads have transformed the singles business; record labels are set to capitalise upon further developments in mobile technology in this rapidly changing business climate".


Fran Nevrkla - you know, Fran, top man at UK recording royalties place PPL - has just joined the board of a new US organisation called the Copyright Alliance, which is not-for-profit, non-partisan educational organisation consisting of representatives from all sorts of bodies and societies that represent copyright owners, and which is designed to promote the importance of copyright in achieving creative development, more jobs, economic growth, world peace and the perfect hair cut. Well, some of those things. He's the first European appointment within the new body.

Here's what he says about the appointment: "All politicians, law makers and business leaders are fully aware of the enormous global significance of transatlantic trade. A similar degree of awareness is developing in terms of the importance of intellectual property rights in the 21st Century global economy. I am thrilled for PPL to have been invited at this early stage to join the recently formed US Copyright Alliance and I am similarly delighted in a personal sense to have the privilege of serving on its main board".


Following their high profile venture with Paul McCartney, Starbucks' music division Hear Music is reportedly about to launch a scheme at the other end of the musical spectrum, recruiting unsigned talent.

Digital Music News reports that the coffee chain will pilot their new music venture, to be called the Starbucks Music Makers Competition, in the New England area. Bands will be encouraged to upload music to a Starbucks website, some of which will gain in-store promotion through the coffee shops. Judges will select finalists, who will get online exposure during the summer, where fans will be able to vote for their favourites. The most popular bands will then play at various New England venues before a final band is selected.

DMN says that the programme is starting in New England because it is a development of an existing new music initiative in the area originally sponsored by Starbucks. Whether the company plans to role out similar programmes across the US, or worldwide, is not yet clear.


Radio group GCap have confirmed that their Group Marketing And Interactive Director, Jim Cruickshank, is leaving the radio firm to go and work for Multimap. He won't be replaced until GCap London MD Fru Hazlitt has finished her current review of the company's interactive division.


The radio spin off of Mojo magazine will have Ozzy Osbourne presenting an hour long breakfast show each day this week in the run up to the magazine's Honours List awards thingimy, which takes place on 18 Jun. The Osbourne fronted specials will air each day at 8am. Here's what Mojo Radio producer Robert D'Ovidio says: "Mojo Radio is the home of the best in classic and new music, delivered with a surprising twist. It's an honour that Ozzy will be at the helm for a week and we hope everyone will enjoy it as much as we will". You can listen to Mojo Radio here:


The commercial radio sector are staging another one of those cross-sector initiatives this week. Called The Big Listen, listeners are being encouraged to take part in an online survey on the future of radio. The survey precedes a debate on the future of radio which will be aired on fifty commercial radio stations next Sunday. The initiative is being organised by commercial radio industry body RadioCentre which aims to get its own body of listener research together ahead of OfCom's Future Of Radio consultation.

RadioCentre boss Andrew Harrison says this: "This is about engagement with radio audiences on an unprecedented scale at a critical time for the future of radio. The Big Listen will involve all the different genres of radio station from music to talk, from local to national. We want to ensure that all our listeners of every age group and background have the chance to influence the future of their radio".


The Fly magazine have just finished a revamp of their website, and suggested we update you on the revamps, so here goes. The new look site includes a new news section, an online gig guide, monthly competitions, a messageboard, online archives of the print magazine and a regular podcast ("three wallies talking about the magazine", apparently). Oh yes, and a 'resource tool' for finding info on all the artists ever featured in the magazine - the Fly Artist Research Tool - a name that I believe linguists might refer to as a 'comedy bacronym'. It's all at


Talking of web revamps, the previously reported all new ITV website - you know, the one with simulcasts of the ITV channels and a watch again archive facility - will go live tomorrow. The simulcasts will be of ITVs 1-4, though much of ITV4's American content won't feature at launch due to licensing issues. GMTV also won't appear on the simulcast service, with an online only strand called the Best Of ITV airing on the ITV1 stream over breakfast. Which presumably confirms - if there was any doubt - that GMTV doesn't qualify as 'best anything' when it comes to ITV's output.


And talking of ITV, who are airing that 'Britain's Got Talent' nonsense every night this week, Jerry Springer has been criticising one of the show's judges - nasty nasty Piers Morgan - for laying into two wannabe kids who appeared on the US version of the Simon Cowell produced talent show ('America's Got Talent', obviously) by claiming that they had been forced onto the show by their mothers (which, to be fair, they quite probably had been).

Springer has been hosting the second series of the US version of the Opportunity Knocks rip off, and he apparently felt the need to step in when Morgan told a six year old hopeful: "You are not as good as Beyonce, you don't look like her, and, frankly, your mother probably pushed you out there". On the show itself Springer told Morgan: "Stop it, that's wrong", while on a blog on the show's website he wrote: "I really was upset with Piers. I think that was out of line". Asked about the incident by US mag TV Guide he added: "First, you do not attack a six-year-old. You also can't invite [kids] on the show and then attack them for coming. That is too much pressure".

Not that Springer's criticism stopped Morgan. He later told a nine year old wannabe called Breeze: "I feel it's not so much about you, but what your mum wants. She's pushed you into doing this [because] what she really wants is a million dollars and a new car". Springer stepped in again, giving the mother in question the chance to come on stage and defend herself, but Morgan wasn't up for backing down, remarking of the mother in question's explanation as to why she'd brought her daughter to the talent show: "I just don't believe a word of that". At that point Morgan's fellow judge, Sharon Osbourne, also lost it, telling Piers: "I've had it. We are putting her on trial. She is on trial. This is horrific, and I'm going".

Still, Springer shouldn't complain, there's a high chance those kids will be highly traumatized by the whole experience, making good fodder for future editions of his own show - "former Mirror editor ruined my life" and all that. Morgan, of course, is taking the role of the 'nasty judge' on both the UK and US versions of the show, and he sounds like he's doing his best to be amusing. I just hope Cowell has reminded him that, for his own safety, he needs to balance out the bitchiness with an occasional bit of 'championing the fat one', even if he knows full well she's got no chance of a pop career.


So, that Rihanna and her mate Jay-Z are still number one in the singles chart this week, with former Sugababe Mutya Buena doing a bad job of leaving the number two spot also. The still (I'm pretty sure) buzzy buzzy Mr Calvin Harris, meanwhile, slips into the top three for the first time with 'The Girl's moving up from 9 to 3. And so you have your singles Top 3, hurrah.

New entries in the Top 40 this week run thus: Enrique Inglesias with 'Do You Know' at 9, White Strips with 'Icky Thump' at 13, Unklejam with 'What Am I Fighting For' at 16, Queens Of The Stone Age with '3's & 7's' at 19, Chemical Brothers with 'Do It Again' at 25, Klaxons with 'It's Not Over' at 28, Ghosts with 'The World Is Outside' at 35 and Cornell/Lisa Marie Experience with 'Keep On Jumpin' at 37.

Rihanna is also top of the album chart, though that's a new thing, her long player 'Good Girl Gone Bad' going straight in at number one this week. Which is quite an achievement, because there's rather a lot of new entries in the album chart this week, with Biffy Clyro's 'Puzzle' at 2, The Twang's 'Love It When I Feel Like This' at 3, Paul McCartney's 'Memory Almost Full' (minus his coffee shop sales) at 5, Dizzee Rascal's 'Maths & English' at 7, Marilyn Manson's 'Eat Me Drink Me' at 8, Mutya Buena's 'Real Girl' at 10, Hank Marvin's 'Guitar Man' at 13, the Genesis hits package at 14, the Bruce Springsteen live album at 21, The Clash singles collection at 23 and Dream Theater's 'Systematic Chaos' at 25.


It's the Total Rock World Album Chart, as counted down on Total Rock over the weekend - New entries and re-entries marked with a *.

1. Linkin Park - Minutes To Midnight (Warner Bros)
2. Megadeth - United Abominations (Warner/Roadrunner)
3. Ozzy Osbourne - Black Rain (SonyBMG/Epic)
4. Fall Out Boy - Infinity On High (Universal/Island)
5. Rush - Snakes & Arrows (Warner/Atlantic)
6. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium (Warner Bros)
7. The Used - Lies For The Liars (Warner Bros.)
8. Nickelback - All The Right Reasons (Warner/Roadrunner)
9. Nine Inch Nails - Year Zero (Universal/Island)
10. Funeral For A Friend - Tales Don't Tell Themselves (Warner/Atlantic)
11. Hinder - Extreme Behavior (Republic)
12. Buckcherry - 15 (Warner/Eleven Seven Music)
13. Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory (Warner Bros)
14. 30 Seconds To Mars - A Beautiful Life (EMI/Virgin)
15. Good Charlotte - Good Morning Revival (SonyBMG/Epic)
16. Billy Talent - Billy Talent II (Warner/Atlantic)
17. Evanescence - The Open Door (SonyBMG)
18. Job For A Cowboy - Genesis (Metal Blade)
19. Dimmu Borgir - In Sorte Diaboli (Nuclear Blast)
20. Hellyeah - Hellyeah (SonyBMG/Epic)*


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 *

Air Traffic - Shooting Star (EMI/Tiny Consumer)
Calvin Harris - The Girls (SonyBMG/Columbia)
The Chemical Brothers - Do It Again (EMI/Virgin)
The Enemy - Had Enough (Warner)
Enter Shikari - Jonny Sniper (Ambush Reality)
Example - I Don't Want To (The Beats)
The Go! Team - Grip Like A Vice (Memphis Industries)
The Holloways - Generator (TVT)
Justice - Dance (Because)
Kelly Rowland feat. Eve - Like This (SonyBMG)
Maximo Park - Books From Boxes (Warp)
New Young Pony Club - Ice Cream (Modular)
Paramore - Misery Business (Fueled By Ramen)
Reverend and The Makers - Heavyweight Champion of the World (Wall Of Sound)
The Rumble Strips - Motorcycle (Fallout)
Scouting For Girls - It's Not About You (SonyBMG/Epic)

Alibi vs Rockefeller - Sexual Healing (Gusto) Architecture In Helsinki - Heart It Races (Cooperative)*
Blood Red Shoes - It's Getting Boring By The Sea (V2)
Charlotte Hatherley - Siberia (Little Sister)
Don Diablo - Blow (Gusto)
Electric Soft Parade - Misunderstanding (Truck)*
Fields - Song For The Fields (Warner/Atlantic)
Good Shoes - Morden (Brille)
The Horrors - She Is The New Thing (Universal/Polydor)
The Hoxtons - Gonna Make You A Star (Gut)
Loney, Dear - Saturday Waits (Regal)*
Queens Of The Stone Age - Sick Sick Sick (Universal/Interscope)
Simian Mobile Disco - I Believe (Wichita)*
Soulsavers feat. Mark Lanegan - Revival (V2)*
Super Mal feat. Lucianna - Bigger Than Big (Eye Industries)
Tokyo Police Club - Your English Is Good (Memphis Industries)*


The most played tracks on college radio this week, as compiled by the Student Radio Association. More info from

1. [1] White Stripes - Icky Thump
2. [21] Queens Of The Stoneage - 3's & 7's
3. [7] The Fratellis - Ole Black 'N' Blue Eyes
4. [3] Maroon 5 - Makes Me Wonder
5. [8] Snow Patrol - Signal Fire
6. [10] Maximo Park - Books from Boxes
7. [22] The Twang - Either Way
8. [12] Editors - Smokers Outside Hospital Doors
9. [NE] Kaiser Chiefs - Everything is Average Nowadays
10. [13] Funeral For A Friend - Into Oblivion
11. [1] Chemical Brothers - Do It Again
12. [16] Mutya Bueno - Real Girl
13. [4] Arcade Fire - Intervention
14. [14] Rihanna - Umbrella
15. [24] Gossip - Listen Up
16. [29] Reverend & The Makers - Heavyweight Champion of the World
17. [RE] Jamie T - Sheila
18. [5] Hello Goodbye - Here In Your Arms
19. [RE] Ghosts - Stay the Night
20. [18] Mumm-Ra - She's Got You High
21. [RE] Parka - If You Wanna?
22. [RE] Gym Class Heroes - Cupids Choke Hold
23. [RE] Regina Spektor - On the Radio
24. [NE] Enter Shikari - Johnny Sniper
25. [RE] Ne-Yo - Because of You
26. [NE] Operator Please - Just a Song About Ping Pong
27. [RE] Tiny Dancers - Hannah We Know
28. [RE] The Killers - For Reasons Unknown
29. [NE] Mr Hudson & The Library - Picture of You
30. [NE] Norah Jones - Until the End


Former B*witched girl Keavy Lynch (sister of former Boyzone boy Shane, if I remember rightly) has been talking to the Daily Star Sunday about the depression she experienced after the girl group collapsed after being dropped by Sony back in 2002.

She told the tabloid: "I went through severe depression. For the first two years I just sat on my sofa and cried nearly every day. I had no motivation and just felt awful about the whole thing. A lot of days I literally didn't want to get out of bed. Up until last year I was really messed up. I didn't like myself. I didn't know who I was and I just could not get to grips with myself. It was horrible. I thought about ending it all. But I would never do that to my family and friends".

Presumably she's starting to talk to the papers again because her and sister Edele (also a B*witched girl) are hoping to relaunch themselves as a duo - more on which at


Paul McCartney has said he's "surprisingly OK" despite his high profile and somewhat acrimonious divorce from Heather Mills. McCartney was talking about his personal life on ABC's 'Good Morning America' in an interview that aired just before that much reported and critically acclaimed intimate Macca show at Camden's Electric Ballroom (well, 'intimate' in the way that a gig in a sports hall sized venue can be 'intimate').

Asked about the divorce, he said: "It's very tough, you know, going through a separation. But I'm just trying to keep my dignity, trying to just move forward and not talk about it in interviews, really". Except that interview, presumably.


Ah, this is what we like, a bit of proper rock vandalism. The Watford based punk rockers Gallows apparently caused a problem or two while doing an instore at the Virgin Megastore on Oxford Street to promote new album 'Orchestra Of Wolves', which is out today. According to Xfm, frontman Frank Carter firstly addressed his audience of Virgin Megastore shoppers as a "bunch of fucking cunts", before grabbing a two grand guitar that was on sale near the stage (presumably from Sound Control, who operated a musical instrument store in the basement of the Megastore) and smashing it to bits. Rock n roll.


Ah, now I get it. They let Paris Hilton out of prison last week so she could make an idiot of herself in court. Good move there Mr American Prison System.

As previously reported, the LA County Sheriff's Department last week decided to let Hilton serve out her 45 day sentence for parole violation at home after just three days in jail, citing unqualified 'medical reasons' for not keeping her behind bars but, instead, tagging her so she was under house arrest. But the LA City Attorney Office proclaimed that it was for a judge and not the Sheriff's Department to decide where Paris should serve her sentence, and they forced the matter back into court on Friday where a judge ruled that there was no justification for Paris to not serve her whole sentence behind bars, like normal bad people.

Hilton apparently wept throughout the court hearing, before shouting "it's not right" on hearing the judge's decision. She then shouted out "Mom!" (to her mother, presumably, who was watching from the public gallery) before being dragged off screaming back to jail.

To be fair to Hilton, her main role at the court hearing seemed to be to add the melodrama, as her involvement in the legal proceedings regarding her fate was minimal - that consisting in the main of bickering between the judge and Hilton's lawyers as to whose job it was to decide whether the celebrity heiress could be given a home sentence if medical grounds suggested a jail sentence was too risky. Disagreeing that legal precedent gave that discretion to the LA County Sheriff's Department, Superior Court Judge Michael T Sauer seemed most pissed off with officers in that department who, he said, had earlier in the week said they wanted him to review medical papers on Hilton with a view to possibly allowing her to serve her sentence out of jail. Said papers, Sauer said, in a somewhat annoyed tone, never arrived and, rather, he then heard on the radio that he'd approved Hilton's release from prison, which he had not.

All of which is to say that Sauer seemed less concerned with whether or not Hilton's medical condition justified the Sheriff's Department's decision, but more why they hadn't followed protocol and delivered the papers they'd promised him. Hilton's medical condition wasn't seemingly discussed at all, mainly because her lawyers wouldn't discuss it in public session, and the judge refused their request for a private session. All of which meant poor old Paris was sent back to the slammer. Top quality entertainment Mr American Judicial System.

Despite the wailing as she left the court room, Paris has since issued a statement accepting her fate, telling reporters: "I want to thank the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and staff of the Century Regional Detention Center for treating me fairly and professionally. I am going to serve the remaining 40 days of my sentence. I have learned a great deal from this ordeal and hope that others have learned from my mistakes".

What I've learned from all this is that I've just spent far too long writing about a non-music news story. Apologies. We'll never mention Paris Hilton ever again. Even if she releases a come back album.


So, Ash caused some gossiping at the aforementioned Isle Of Wight Festival this weekend when frontman Tim Wheeler reportedly introduced their song 'Twilight Of The Innocence', the title track of their upcoming new long player, by saying: "This is the last song of our final album", implying, I think it's fair to say, that the band plan to call it a day after this album. The announcement followed what Gigwise are calling a "disjointed set" with an audience enthusiastic for the band's hits, but less so for their new material. Ah, so they were the ones with the mediocre set this weekend. Well, I'm glad we found it. Even if it does mean dissing one of my very favourite bands.


My Chemical Romance have laughed off those comments made by the very-mouthy-of-late Marilyn Manson in which he accused the band of copying his sound. MCR's Gerard Way says he's not taking any notice of Manson at the moment, assuming he's just saying contentious things in a bid to get attention for his new album 'Eat Me, Drink Me'. He told Rock Sound magazine: "If Elvis Costello said we sucked we would think about it a bit, but usually it is comments from someone with a new record to promote so the remarks ring hollow. We still haven't found someone that has knocked us down that we need to take seriously".

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