CMU Daily - on the inside Monday 18th June
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Universal will embrace Sanctuary 360 approach if takeover successful
- Sony Connect closing
- Venice festival cancelled after freak storm
- 50 Cent won't have to testify in basketball brawl case
- The Band pianist dies
- Glasto chief gets CBE
- Jon Bon Jovi on bandmate's rehab
- Moby signed US deal with Mute
- Faithless leave SonyBMG
- Hard-fi return in September
- Ringo Starr catalogue going online
- Sonic Youth compilation coming via Starbucks
- The Smiths doc gets DVD release
- Single Review: The Knife - Heartbeats Live
- IFPI Germany target thousands of P2P-ers
- Blender goes to Quadrangle
- Nitin Sawhney to keynote at AIM AGM
- Chart update
- Total Rock world album chart
- Subshot playlist
- This week's student radio chart
- Rod Stewart ties the not
- Rowland didn't like rumours of her death
- Noel not impressed by others' Sgt Pepper covers


Wow, us Brits love buying CDs. Apparently. Much more so than any other nation, that's for sure. Which possibly means that, despite the iPod being everyone's favourite fashion accessory these days, deep down we're all a bunch of luddites who still don't entirely trust all those crazy new download platforms, preferring to buy our music on trusty CD. Possibly because when you buy Aztec Camera's 'Somewhere In My Heart' from iTunes they sell you a shoddy cover version without telling you. But let's not dwell on that again.

The UK's continuing love affair with the CD is in the news because the Entertainment Retailers Association has just revealed figures from the International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry which says that the average UK music fan bought more CDs than music fans in any other market last year. We all bought 2.7 CDs each, while in the next biggest CD markets, the US and Norway, each music fan bought just 2.1 CDs each. Quite what we're all doing with our .7 of a CD I'm not sure, but I bet it's a lot more useful than all those .1 of a CD that those mad Americans and Norwegians own.

Anyway, this is what ERA Director General Kim Bayley has to say about those stats: "The rise of downloading in the singles market may have captured the headlines over the past couple of years, but when it comes to albums, UK music fans still overwhelmingly prefer the convenience and flexibility of physical formats. Digital still accounts for less than one-twelfth of the UK music market. While many of our members are investing in digital operations, we also believe that physical stores will continue to be an important part of the music fan's experience".

Of course it's no secret that CD sales in the UK have not been anywhere near as badly hit by the arrival of new digital channels as in most other territories, which is why record label chiefs from the US and especially mainland Europe always seem so much more filled with doom and gloom than execs over here. Quite why CD album sales remain healthy over here isn't entirely clear, though Bayley reckons it's because we have such a "strong and diverse retail infrastructure" which means that "music is more accessible in the UK than in virtually any other country in the world".

That's possibly true. I suspect that it helps that shopping, in the real world, is one of the most popular British past times meaning that, while people download occasional tracks at home, they'll still go to the high street or out-of-town shopping complex on a weekend, and may be tempted to pick up a CD album while they're there. And the growth of the supermarket CD departments shouldn't be overlooked, which is possibly what Bayley means by "diverse retail infrastructure". While the supermarkets may have forced the profit margins on music down by moving so aggressively into CD sales, the supermarket CD departments mean that while more serious music fans may be switching to digital, casual music consumers who rarely frequented record shops in the past are now picking up occasional CDs in Asda or Tesco while they do their weekly food shop, helping compensate for sales declines elsewhere in the market.

All of which is good news for the UK record industry. Though I suspect the average age of a CD buyer in the UK is getting older all the time, because the kids seem increasingly less interested in the format. Which means that while the UK industry currently seems resilient to the slumps in CD sales being seen elsewhere in the world, I wouldn't assume that will always be the case.



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Gronland Records is looking for a UK Product Manager with responsibilities in A&R and label management. The position will become vacant in early July. We are looking for anyone with experience in this field who is looking for a new challenge, and who can fill the role with passion, and who has the ability to contribute significantly to the shape of the label in the coming years (musically as well structurally).

The duties will include a product management role - putting promotional teams in place for each release, monitoring results, initiating and co-ordinating marketing campaigns in the UK and with our distributor (Vital) and liaising between agents and band/band management; and an A&R role - which will include everything from finding artists to contributing to the selection process of artists / producers / songs etc for current and future projects. The applicant will also oversee online activities, and the label's website and online shop. In essence the applicant will learn the ins and outs of all the workings of a record label...

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Ladies and gentlemen, Scouting For Girls are my new favourite band. This fact was revealed to me on Thursday at the O2 Wireless Festival where I caught this keyboard/bass/drummer trio doing one of those Tiscali Sessions. Now, the fact I'd just drunk two cans of Red Bull after over six months off the fizzy drinks might have been a factor, but I'd not been so excited about a new band in a long time. They're great. And equally so on record and live, so you should check out both. Which is where the MySpace comes in. Firstly you can check out four tracks from them on the MySpace player thingimy, including three demo tracks and the lead track on their new EP, 'It's Not About You'. And then you can get one of the many upcoming gig dates listed here in your diary - including, if you're off to Glasto later this week, a set there. Hurrah. Actually, their best song so far, in my most humble opinion, is 'Mountains Of Navaho', which doesn't feature here, but if you follow the iTunes link at the top of the page you can buy a copy, and it would be a good use of 79 pennies, I tell you. Though if you're extra stingy, they did that one for the Tisacali Session, so I'll let you know if and when it appears on the Tiscali Sessions website and you can check it there. In the meantime, expect much SFG plugging round here in the coming months. Did I mention they're my new favourite band?


Sources close to the proposed Universal Music purchase of the London based Sanctuary Group have told Billboard that the major record company plans to "embrace" the independent firm's diverse range of music business interests, and not sell off those divisions outside the recording and publishing sectors in which Universal already operates. As reported Friday, Universal's proposed takeover of the struggling cross-sector music company received Sanctuary board approval last week, and the major will now attempt to take control of the company through its 20 pence per share offer.

Although Sanctuary own a valuable music catalogue, the Group's merchandising, management and booking agency businesses account for a large part of their overall operations - with management firms Trinifold and Twenty First Artists, merchandising enterprise Bravado and booking agents Helter Skelter all important parts of the Group. Although those are areas where Universal does not currently operate, insiders say the diverse range of interests at Sanctuary made the prospect of a takeover more attractive to them, because some senior Universal execs believe the cross-sector approach employed by Sanctuary is still a good strategy, despite the financial problems it caused the group.

Billboard quote one source as saying that Universal chiefs believe Sanctuary's problems have been down to an "appalling execution" of the so called 360 degree approach, and not because that approach was in itself a bad strategy. They quote the source as saying: "Clearly there's a great record catalogue but that's not really the reason why Universal is doing this. There are three business areas that Sanctuary is strong in: merchandising, the agency business and artist management. With the right execution and the right support, this will work well alongside [Universal's] other businesses".

Billboard also reports that Universal plan to leave Sanctuary as an autonomous entity for the time being, to be run by current CEO Frank Presland, although some expect Sanctuary's record labels and publishing company to be eventually incorporated into Universal's existing recorded music and publishing divisions, with the Sanctuary division concentrating on those other areas of business.

Sanctuary, of course, had been looking into selling off some of its assets at the same time as entertaining takeover offers. It's not clear if any of the planned divestitures will now be put on hold, although it is thought that the sale of Sacntuary's 49% stake in Rough Trade will still go ahead as planned. As previously reported, both the Beggars Group and Rough Trade founder Geoff Travis are said to be interested in acquiring that stake.


Reports this weekend suggest that Sony Corp are close to shutting down their download platform Sony Connect.

The reports seem to stem from the fact that the Sony Connect division in LA has been told it will no longer be servicing audio and video based download services, but will instead concentrate on servicing Sony PlayStation communities. The division is expected to lose about 20 of its 100 staff following the decision, including division chief Steve Banfield. reports that, following that announcement, Sony will now wind up its own audio and video services over the "next couple of months", although it is not entirely clear if Connect services in all territories will be affected.

As previously reported, Connect was Sony Corp's attempt to take on Apple in the digital music market, by launching its own iTunes style download service to provide content to a series of digital Walkmans.

However, despite the strength of the Walkman brand, neither the digital players nor the download platform really ever captured popular attention, while the software behind the content service - SonicStage and, later, the Connect Player - and Sony's proprietary codec ATRAC, frequently came in for criticism in techy circles.


Around 25 people were injured when a freak storm hit the site of a music festival in Venice on Friday. The Heineken Jammin Festival was called to a halt when sudden strong winds caused sound towers and stage scaffolding to collapse. A number of trees on the site were also uprooted and several vehicles overturned.

According to Venice Mayor Massimo Cacciari around about 25 people were injured by the havoc caused by the extreme weather, although only 19 were admitted to hospital, and only one of them with serious fractures.

Organiser Roberto De Luca quickly announced that the rest of the weekend festival was being cancelled after the storm, meaning sets by the likes of Aerosmith, The Smashing Pumpkins, Incubus, My Chemical Romance, The Killers, Linkin Park and headliners Pearl Jam were all canned.

Pearl Jam, who are no strangers to potential tragedies at music festivals, having been on stage when nine people were killed after a tragic crowd surge at the Roskilde Festival in 2000, told reporters this weekend that they were "grateful" that no one had been seriously hurt in Friday's incident, saying: "We're told that there are no critical injuries and for that we are grateful. Our hearts and thoughts are with all of you in Venice".


50 Cent will not be called to testify as part of litigation against US basketball star Allen Iverson. The NBA player is in court for his alleged involvement in a brawl in a Washington bar back in 2005. Two other customers at that bar are suing Iverson and his entourage over allegations they were assaulted during the brawl, with one of the plaintiffs claiming Iverson himself hit him with a bottle. It had been thought Fiddy might be called to testify at the trial because he knows some of the security guards employed by Iverson who have been implicated in the fracas. However, a US federal judge ruled last week that Fiddy need not testify, agreeing with the rapper's lawyer who argued that as the hip hop star was not involved in the brawl nor named in the lawsuit it would be unfair to make him travel from Connecticut to Washington in order to testify.


Legendary Canadian keyboardist Richard Bell, once a member of Janis Joplin's Full Tilt Boogie Band and keyboardist in the most recent incarnation of The Band, has died in Toronto aged 62 after a long fight with cancer.

Son of Leslie Bell, a leading choir conductor and composer in Canada, Richard began his professional music career in sixties Toronto-based band Last Words. He then collaborated with rockabilly star Ronnie Hawkins, before joining Joplin's backing band in 1969, and working with her in the year before her death in 1970, including appearing on her posthumously released album 'Pearl'.

He later worked with the likes of Bob Dylan, Bruce Cockburn, Bonnie Raitt, Judy Collins, Cowboy Junkies, Michael Kaeshammer and Joe Walsh before taking over the keyboardist role in The Band in 1991 following the death of Stan Szelest.


With Glastonbury just days away, Mr Glasto, Michael Eavis, has been made a Commander Of The British Empire, which sounds like a good plan to me. With all that experience controlling access to the Glastonbury site, they should put him in charge of immigration. Stop of the sale of British passports on eBay.

Eavis' CBE was presented as part of the Queen's traditional Birthday Honours List, which was announced this weekend. Other music names getting a gong include singer Joe Cocker, who becomes an Officer Of The British Empire, while from the classical domain Emma Kirkby, Stuart Burrows, Rosalind Plowright and composer Errollyn Wallen were also all honoured.

Other c'lebs getting the royal nod include comedian Barry Humphries, writer Stephen Poliakoff, actor and voice of Wallace Peter Sallis and Salman Rushdie - the latter of which, as you can imagine, has pissed off the Iranians somewhat. They humiliate our soldiers, we honour their literary enemies - seems like a fair swap to me.

Of course I still have a bit of a problem with a system that basically honours people for them having had well paid fun jobs, but that's not to say we won't say well done one and all for the latest honourees. And especially Mr Eavis, who, to be fair, has taken a fair few risks over the years to build the UK's most popular music festival. Here's what he said about his CBE: "I've spent 37 years running my show and trying to curry favour with the authorities just to make it happen. I'm so pleased not only for myself, but for the hundreds and perhaps thousands of people who have had faith in me and supported my ideas through thick and thin".


Jon Bon Jovi has been talking about bandmate Richie Sambora following the announcement earlier this month that the guitarist was going into rehab. The frontman has told the Mail: "Richie's OK, but he's a work-in-progress, you know. We've been in the band together for so long and gone through a whole range of experiences, but to be honest, we'd had no real strife until recently". Reports suggest that Sambora has been increasingly depressed of late following the death of his father and his split recently from Denise Richards. Things apparently came to a head regarding his role in the band during a shambolic performance on a TV show, leading to his decision to go into rehab.


Moby has announced he has signed a US deal with EMI's Mute. Although he has a long standing relationship with Mute outside North America, the former techno-head was until recently signed to V2 in the US. However, with that previously reported decision of V2 owners Sheridan Square to stop releasing new pop and rock music, he needed to look elsewhere for a recording deal moving forward, and picked Mute US because, he tells Billboard: "A: I live a few blocks from Mute US headquarters, B: the people at Mute US are my friends, and C: the people at Mute US are smart and love music", which all sounds fair enough to me. V2 will continue to manage the four Moby titles they released in the US.

The other high profile band to be affected by V2 US's change of direction, of course, were The White Stripes who, while signed to XL in the UK, were signed to V2 in North America. As previously reported, they found a new US home with Warner Bros.


Elsewhere in artists switching labels news, Faithless are parting company with SonyBMG, though they don't have another label to go to, and seemingly plan to manage their own releases moving forward.

The group's Sister Bliss has told the BBC: "We've been masters of the DIY ethic. There's something about not being under the pressure of a big corporation and not having to fill their coffers".

Quite what that means for Cheeky Records, the label founded by Faithless producer Rollo, and which has been primarily concerned with Rollo's creative projects ever since it was acquired by BMG in 1999, and in particular with releases from Faithless and Rollo's warbling sibling Dido, I don't know, though I get the impression it hasn't had an active A&R function for a while now.


New album news, and Hard-Fi have announced their second album will be called 'Once Upon a Time In The West' and will be released in September, which is exciting on all kinds of levels. The first single release off the new long player will be 'Suburban Knights' out of 30 Aug.


Following the recent arrival of the Paul McCartney solo catalogue in the digital domain, it was confirmed this weekend that Ringo Starr's solo catalogue will be available via all good download stores from the end of August through a new deal between the former Beatle and EMI. Although Starr's catalogue is probably the least in demand of all of the fab four's solo work, the arrival of Starr in the digital music world will be seen as another step towards getting the Beatles catalogue available via legit download channels.


A celeb selected Sonic Youth album is reportedly being released via the previously reported recently stepped up Starbucks owned record label HearMusic. Apparently famous names from the world of music, film and design will be invited to select their favourite Sonic Youth track for inclusion on the compo, and will provide some copy on why they like their chosen track so much. The band are also reportedly going to record one new track for the album. All of this comes from an interview with guitarist Thurston Moore published by Pitchfork last week, so it sounds pretty reliable, despite the slight oddity of a band like Sonic Youth aligning themselves with the coffee conglom.


A friend of The Smiths' Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce has made a documentary about the legendary Manchester band, and it's out on DVD on 16 Jul. The doc apparently tells The Smiths story from Rourke and Joyce's viewpoint, and includes quite a bit of commentary from the two band members. Kaiser Chiefs' Ricky Wilson and Nick Hodgson, New Order's Peter Hook, Buzzcocks' Pete Shelley, and Mark E Smith of The Fall, also all appear. The doc has been made by one Stephen Petricco and will get a screening at Manchester's TV and film hang out TV21 on 15 Jul and at Fopp's London TCR store on 18 Jul.


SINGLE REVIEW: The Knife - Heartbeats Live
I can't say I approve of live singles or albums, but if we must have them, then they might as well be from someone half decent, which is more than true in this case with The Knife - purveyors of wonderfully oblique electro-pop that sounds like Björk reimagined by the Aphex Twin on an alien glacier, or something. 'Heartbeats' is from their album 'Silent Shout' - which was my Album Of The Year for 2006, fact fans - which is getting some kind of deluxe repackaging and re-release, for reasons I won't go into (because I don't actually know, although I suspect the phrases "shifting units" might be something to do with it). Anyway, this live version is more graceful and stripped down than the original, although it's not quite the acoustic ballad that Jose Gonzales successfully turned it into to flog some posh TVs. Hardly a necessary release then, but it's a download only one (which doesn't count as a proper single in my book) and probably far better than anything else you've downloaded of late. MS
Release date: 25 Jun
Press contact: Bang On [all]


Well, they say you can't knock German efficiency, and it seems the German record industry is doing its best to out litigate the US industry, despite coming to the whole 'let's target individual downloaders' thing rather late in the day. According to the German arm of the International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry they have been taking action against suspected illegal downloaders at a rate of 5000 a month for the last five months - which means 25,000 file sharers have had a knock on the door.

To be fair to the RIAA, who have been busy launching hundreds of anti-P2P lawsuits every month for years now, it is slightly easier for the Germans because strict copyright laws there mean that all the IFPI have to do is report the IP addresses suspected of illegally file sharing to a public prosecutor, and they then issue copyright violation charges against the alleged sharer. The IFPI then steps back in to negotiate an out of court settlement. All of which speeds things up, compared to the US where the RIAA must go through the civil courts twice - once to win the identity of the IP address being used for file sharing, and then once to actual sue for copyright violation.

Commenting on their extensive anti-P2P action in recent months, an IFPI spokesman has told Billboard: "The IP addresses found on [file sharers'] computers are forwarded by IFPI to the public prosecutor's office, which then brings charges [under German copyright law]. On the basis of the illegally downloaded songs, it's easy to deduce that most of the suspects are young people. We then try to come to an out-of-court settlement on compensation with the parents, which can be between a few hundred and several thousand euros".

Meanwhile IFPI Germany Chairman Michael Haentjes, who is also CEO of independent music group Edel, has said that every one of the thousands of people targeted in the latest anti-P2P onslaught in Germany has settled out of court. But he admits that his country's copyright laws - and the threat of criminal charges - are helping with their campaign, meaning their success rates might not be matchable elsewhere. He says: "I don't know if our experience can be rolled out to other European countries because they each have different laws governing illegal downloads".


Following our short comment on Friday regarding the slight mystery that surrounded the fate of US music magazine Blender and sister titles Maxim and Stuff, which Dennis Publishing had sold but without confirming who to, as expected the buyer is Quadrangle Capital, a company headed up by former Wenner Media General Manager Kent Brownridge. So now you know.


The Association Of Independent Music has announced that Nitin Sawhney will keynote at their upcoming AGM, which, as I'm pretty sure we've already reported, takes place during the London Calling convention at Earls Court at the end of the month. So, consider yourself informed on that.


That Rihanna really doesn't want to leave the top spot in the singles chart, does she? She's still there. With her 'Umbrella'. Which will come in useful today. But, despite her continued dominance of the singles chart, the big chart story this week belongs to The White Stripes who, although at number two with new single 'Icky Thump', have, according to Music Week, just scored the best selling first week sales for a 7" single in 20 years. Which isn't probably all that surprising, 7" sales being very low these days, and that particular 7" aided by the covermount NME promotion, but still, well done them. The top three is completed with Enrique Inglesias, whose new single 'Do You Know' is at number three.

New entries this week on the singles chart from: Kelly Clarkson 'Never Again' at 9, Holloways 'Generator' at 14, Marillion 'Thankyou Whoever You Are' at 15, Lee Mead 'Any Dream Will Do' at 18, Koopa 'The One-Off Song For The Summer' at 21, Editors 'Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors' at 30, Erasure 'Sunday Girl' at 33 and The Gossip 'Listen Up' at 39.

Albums wise, and the previously reported Traveling Wilbury's compilation goes straight in at one, which I think deserves a 'hurrah'. They outsold Bon Jovi whose 'Lost Highway' goes in at 2 and The Police whose best of goes in at 3.

Other new entries albums chart wise come from Queens Of The Stone Age with 'Era Vulgaris' at 7, The Who with 'Then And Now' at 9 and Rod Stewart with 'The Seventies Collection' at 20, while Van Morrison's latest best of goes in at 23 and the new John Lennon best enters at 30.


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. Ozzy Osbourne - Black Rain (SonyBMG/Epic)
3. Megadeth - United Abominations (Warner/Roadrunner)
4. Fall Out Boy - Infinity On High (Universal/Island)
5. Rush - Snakes & Arrows (Warner/Atlantic)
6. Daughtry - Daughtry (SonyBMG)*
7. Nickelback - All The Right Reasons (Warner/Roadrunner)
8. The Used - Lies For The Liars (Warner Bros)
9. Nine Inch Nails - Year Zero (Universal/Island)
10. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium (Warner Bros)
11. Hinder - Extreme Behavior (Republic)
12. Buckcherry - 15 (Warner/Eleven Seven Music)
13. Marilyn Manson - Eat Me, Drink Me (Universal/Interscope)*
14. 30 Seconds To Mars - A Beautiful Life (EMI/Virgin)
15. Funeral For A Friend - Tales Don't Tell Themselves (Warner/Atlantic)
16. Good Charlotte - Good Morning Revival (SonyBMG/Epic)
17. Billy Talent - Billy Talent II (Warner/Atlantic)
18. My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade (Warner Bros)*
19. Hellyeah - Hellyeah (SonyBMG/Epic)
20. Dimmu Borgir - In Sorte Diaboli (Nuclear Blast)


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)
Bloc Party - Hunting For Witches (Wichita)*
Calvin Harris - The Girls (SonyBMG/Columbia)
The Chemical Brothers - Do It Again (EMI/Freestyle Dust)
The Enemy - Had Enough (Warner)
Enter Shikari - Jonny Sniper (Ambush Reality)
Example - I Don't Want To (The Beats)
Feist - 1234 (Universal/Polydor)*
The Go! Team - Grip Like A Vice (Memphis Industries)
The Holloways - Generator (TVT)
Justice - Dance (Because)
Maximo Park - Books From Boxes (Warp)
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)
The Horrors - She Is The New Thing (Universal/Polydor)
Lethal Bizzle - Bizzle Bizzle (V2)*
Loney, Dear - Saturday Waits (EMI/Regal)
Operator Please - Just A Song About Ping Pong (Brille)*
Pull Tiger Tail - Hurricanes (B-Unique)*
Simian Mobile Disco - I Believe (Wichita)
Soapbox Story - Lost and Found (Mod Art)*
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. [8] Editors - Smokers Outside Hospital Doors
3. [6] Maximo Park - Books from Boxes
4. [2] Queens Of The Stone Age - 3's & 7's
5. [7] The Twang - Either Way
6. [4] Maroon 5 - Makes Me Wonder
7. [10] Chemical Brothers - Do It Again
8. [19] Ghosts - Stay the Night
9. [3] The Fratellis - Ole Black 'N' Blue Eyes
10. [15] The Gossip - Listen Up
11. [NE] The View - Face for Radio
12. [10] Funeral For A Friend - Into Oblivion
13. [28] The Killers - For Reasons Unknown
14. [RE] Interpol - The Heinrich Maneuver
15. [RE] The Fray - Over My Head
16. [NE] The Wombats - Kill the Director
17. [RE] Gym Class Heroes - Cupids Choke Hold
18. [26] Operator Please - Just a Song About Ping Pong
19. [NE] Bloc Party - Hunting Witches
20. [13] Arcade Fire - Intervention
21. [23] Regina Spektor - On the Radio
22. [NE] Air - Mer Du Japon
23. [RE] Mark Ronson - Stop Me
24. [NE] Justice - D.A.N.C.E
25. [NE] The Bravery - Time Wont Let Me Go
26. [NE] Nickelback - If Everyone Cared
27. [NE] The Aliens - Robot Man
28. [NE] Bon Jovi - Make a Memory
29. [9] Kaiser Chiefs - Everything is Average Nowadays
30. [16] Reverend & The Makers - Heavyweight Champ of the World


As you might have seen in among all the coverage of footballer weddings this weekend, Rod Stewart has reportedly married model Penny Lancaster in a private ceremony on the Italian Riviera - certainly that's what the local press are saying.


Personally I'd quite like it if someone incorrectly reported I'd been killed, because I've always harboured an ambition to be able to deliver the "rumours of my death" line, but I can see Kelly Rowland's point in that such stories can be a bit stressful for family members not sure whether or not they are true. The former Destiny's Child singer has been criticising the media for reporting unsubstantiated and, as it happened, untrue rumours that she had been killed in a car crash in Singapore. The very much alive Rowland has told reporters: "I had been in Singapore, and was on an 18-hour flight home, so none of my family could get in contact with me. All they know is that it's all over the radio airwaves that I'm dead, that I was in a car accident in Singapore. I was like, 'That's so not funny': one, to play with life like that, and two to play with my family's emotions".


Noel Gallagher has been having a diss about some of the other artists who took part in that recent Sgt Pepper covers project designed to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the legendary Beatles album. He reckons his cover, of 'Within You Without You' was just fine, but that efforts put in by Kaiser Chiefs and Razorlight were pretty poor. He says: "I was watching Kaiser Chiefs and Razorlight on the documentary and with the greatest respect to those two bands, it was embarrassing. I was embarrassed for them". To be fair to Ricky Wilson and Johnny Borrell, though, they were at a bit of a disadvantage in the whole project not having spent their whole careers ripping off the Beatles.

Oh, look at me, with the predictable and rather cheap 'Oasis just rip of the Beatles' dig. Ozzy Osbourne won't be pleased. For reasons I'm not sure of he's been commenting on everyone accusing the Gallaghers of being Beatles imitators. And here's what he says: "It's dead easy to start a forest fire in this game. You say 'Ozzy's got a false nose' and all of a sudden, everyone [says it]. Same thing with Oasis. Everybody says they rip them [The Beatles] off, but I don't think so. Everyone just kept saying it and it stuck". Whatever you say Ozzy.

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