CMU Daily - on the inside Monday 25th June
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Glasto mud and madness
- Plenty of mud at Knowsley too
- Two deaths at this weekend's festivals
- Fiddy's baby mother wants more child support
- Fiddy's biz partner on loyalties
- Diddy hasn't dropped Cassie, okay?
- Someone other than Foxy Brown arrested in Foxy Brown fracas
- Blow supports anti N-word campaign
- Suge Knight's mansion up for sale
- The Donnas start their own label
- Hanson competition news
- New Jose Gonzalez album news
- DJ Mag celebrate best of British
- Live Earth Istanbul cancelled
- White Stripes play record shop
- Jesus and Mary at Meltdown
- George Harrison, RHCP to get Walk Of Fame stars
- Concern for Fopp, though chief remains optimistic
- Spanish record industry resurrects awards
- iTunes US is third biggest music seller
- New president for ICMP
- Cosmogirl! axed
- Chart update
- Total Rock world album chart
- This week's Student Radio Chart
- Murphy is Mel B's baby's father
- John Legend gives his all, believe it
- Lily Allen revives Tweedy feud at Glasto
- Paolo Nutini led on innocent gay person
- Matt Willis dropped?

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TOP BIT >>
So, hopefully this is good news for all of us in the 'For God's Sake, Drop The DRM' Brigade. Or the FGSDTDB, as we like to be called. A senior exec from EMI told a music industry conference in New York last week that, going by albeit early indications, it seems the London based record company's decision to break rank from the other major labels and to sell their music without digital rights nonsense attached may have led to a boost in digital sales.

As much previously reported, EMI announced its intention to start selling digital music without limiting DRM back in April, and the major's catalogue arrived DRM-free on the new iTunes Plus service at the end of last month. The DRM-free tracks, which also come in a higher sound quality, retail at a slightly higher price than standard iTunes tracks.

Speaking about the launch of the DRM free catalogue, EMI Senior VP Lauren Berkowitz told an industry audience last week that "the initial results of DRM-free music are good", adding that early stats from iTunes indicated that "DRM-free offerings may boost revenue from digital albums as well as individual songs". She cited Pink Floyd's classic album 'Dark Side Of The Moon' as one release which had seen a rise in digital sales since being available without DRM.

Of course, just because this is a policy decision that we approve of, we shouldn't take off our cynic hat. Berkowitz would be the first to admit, I'm sure, that really it is too soon to tell what the impact of going DRM-free really is. Certainly you'd expect a boost in sales when the DRM-free catalogue first goes on sale, especially given all the hype that has surrounded the launch of iTunes Plus, and the important stats will come two or three months in, when that hype has died down. EMI's digital sales at that point may well return to normal.

But then again, while early iTunes Plus sales may be boosted by a bit of hype in month one, on the flip side it is important to remember the DRM-free strand in iTunes is only one part of EMI's DRM-free plans. Other download platforms will come online with EMI DRM-free content in the next few months, and many making it available in the consumer popular MP3 format (iTunes Plus sells DRM-free AAC files). So the real boom in digital sales as a result of this policy decision could well come long after the iTunes Plus hype has died down, and not really via iTunes at all. Time will tell I guess.

Of course the other majors might be more interested in whether there is an increase in the distribution of EMI music via illegal file sharing networks as a result of their DRM-free decision. But given that pretty much every record on Warner, Universal and SonyBMG's catalogues are already up there on P2P - including many tracks as yet unreleased - I don't see how EMI going DRM-free will really make any difference. Though, presumably at some point some stats will come in that confirm that for sure.

Meantime, any positive messages from EMI re going DRM-free is definitely good news. It is inevitable that the other majors will go DRM-free sooner or later, but if EMI can find a workable route for doing it, then everyone will benefit in the long term.

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MYSPACE OF THE DAY: THE STRANGE DEATH OF LIBERAL ENGLAND
What a great name for a band. I wonder whether they went for initials for their MySpace because there is a limit on the number of characters in a MySpace page title, or because they didn't think anyone could ever be bothered to type in the whole name. People are lazy you know. Though not me. Look, I'm about to type in their whole name. The Strange Death Of Liberal England are MSOTD today because they have a new single out, right now. It's a double a-side featuring 'Oh Solitude' and 'The Forgotten Family'. I'll be honest and say I don't really know what either sounds like, cos neither are streaming here. But if they are like the tunes that are previewing, then I reckon I'll like them. I'll be honest and say that these guys might not be to everyone's taste, because the vocals are quite shouty and not 100% tuneful. But I found them rather rousing, and the slightly chantyish vocals over some very tuneful music somehow creates one of those nice juxtaposition things I especially like on a Monday morning. There are three tracks to preview here, plus a bucket load of upcoming gig dates to choose from. So go see.

www.myspace.com/tsdole

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GLASTO MUD AND MADNESS
So there were Arctic Monkeys covering Shirley Bassey. And mud. Shirley Bassey bigging up Arctic Monkeys for covering Shirley Bassey. And mud. And Manic Street Preachers paying tribute to Richey Edwards. And mud. And Iggy Pop causing havoc by inviting his audience on stage. And mud. And Lily Allen playing an extra set to fill in for the missing in action MIA. And mud. And Babyshambles and Dirty Pretty Things doing their stuff, though no Doherty/Barret reunion, though an extra Doherty solo set. And more mud. And The Who and The Chemical Brothers bringing the whole thing to a rousing finish on the Pyramid and Other Stages respectively. And then, for good measure, a bit more mud.

Yes, it was Glastonbury this weekend, just in case you failed to notice, and despite the rain and the mud (did we mention that?) a good time was seemingly had by the vast majority of the record breaking Glasto audience. And that was despite the problems with the new sound system on the Pyramid Stage which had some audience members shouting "turn it up" during various sets - though it turned out that the low volume during some sets was not, as initially thought, because of teething problems with the new speaker system, but rather because of complaints by local authorities that the noise pollution off site was too high (apparently the metrological conditions this weekend not only turned Worthy Farm into a mud bath, but also made the sound carry from the festival site more than usual).

Despite a few complaints about the noise, the local authorities seemed generally positive about the UK's flagship music festival this year. Despite early indications that crime was up at the start of the festival, yesterday local police said crime was actually down on 2005, despite the increase in capacity. By Sunday morning 236 crimes had been reported, compared with 267 at the same point the last time the festival was staged. Sgt Hardy Husain of Avon And Somerset Constabulary told reporters: "It proves that Glastonbury is a safer event. The organisers, the police and the local authority have worked very well together. Security has been improved everywhere across the site".

The only possible complaint from local authorities, other than the metrological noise issues, was that Bjork's set on the Other Stage on Friday night overran by 20 minutes (typical Bjork) meaning the stage was open past its half past midnight curfew, in breach of the festival's licence. Asked about that yesterday, the Planning And Environment Manager for Mendip District Council, Charles Uzzell, told reporters: "There could be a review of the licence, and the ultimate sanction is the removal of the licence but I don't see that as a possibility". As previously reported, Glasto organiser Michael Eavis earlier this year secured a four year licence for staging future Glastonbury Festivals.

Back to the mud for a moment, and reports suggest that up to 1200 people were injured as a result of the muddy conditions that fell upon the site almost as soon as festival goers arrived there last week. Most suffered cuts and bruises, with some getting strains and twists as a result of slipping on the muddy ground. About 23 required hospital treatment. Despite the mud, Eavis remained upbeat about the state of his farm, claiming that as a result of the previously reported £750,000 drainage system put in place since 2005 the situation on site was no where near as bad as last time. Eavis: "There's ground water, which has made the site muddy, but it's nothing like the situation in 2005 when camping areas flooded. Everyone seems to be having a good time and it's not washed out the spirit".

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PLENTY OF MUD AT KNOWSLEY TOO
Also dealing with a wet weekend were festival goers on Merseyside enjoying the inaugural Knowsley Hall festival, where The Who also delivered what has been hailed as a storming headline set. Other stand out sets at the event reportedly included Madness and one Joss Stone, despite her much reported twelve pages of rider demands. Some in the local press have been dwelling on the mud and reportedly long queues at the Knowsley event, staged by the people behind Creamfields and local promoters Loud Sound, but reports on the ground suggest that, as with Glasto, many a good time was had, despite the English summer weather.

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TWO DEATHS AT THIS WEEKEND'S FESTIVALS
The main bit of bad news from Glastonbury was the death of one festival-goer on Saturday, an unnamed 26 year old who died from a suspected drugs overdose. Police confirmed the fatality yesterday, reporting that the festival-goer had been rushed to Yeovil District Hospital after being found unconscious on site. A police spokesman told reporters: "The death is believed to be drug related and is not currently being treated as suspicious".

In similar news, another 26 year old died at the Knowsley Hall music festival, also on Saturday. That man reportedly came from Blackpool, and although few details have been released regarding the circumstances surrounding his death, police have said they were no suspicious circumstances.

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FIDDY'S BABY MOTHER WANTS MORE CHILD SUPPORT
Well, there are some stars of pop who aren't very good at keeping up their child support commitments (Bobby Brown anyone?), but you can't help feeling that given that 50 Cent is handing over $25,000 a month to the mother of his ten year old son he is doing better than most, despite his multi-million dollar business empire. But not good enough, it seems. Shaniqua Tompkins, mother of Fiddy's son Marquise Jackson, has taken the hip hop star to court in a bid to get a higher child support payment, arguing that her son's father is "worth tens and tens of millions of dollars" and that a larger portion of that fortune should be spent on the child's upbringing. Fiddy hasn't formally commented on Tompkins' demands, though his lawyer described her as being "insatiable", telling the New York Daily News: "Her demands keep escalating". The fact that Fiddy and Tompkins were in court to discuss child support last week presumably suggests they have been unable to reach agreement outside the court room. The closed doors hearing is expected to continue this week.

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FIDDY'S BIZ PARTNER ON LOYALTIES
Talking of Fiddy, his business partner in the G-Unit empire, manager Sha Money XL, has said that the rapper doesn't always get his priorities right between being an artist and being a label boss. Mr Money is quoted thus: "I love working with him as an artist. But artists aren't the best bosses. They don't realise when their project is conflicting with the artists that are signed to them. Their emotions won't always carry out executive decisions because they're thinking, 'I'm an artist, so just fuck it'. 50 doesn't see those corporate components because he is an artist and his heart doesn't reach out to other artists. For example, 50 will say to [Interscope president] Jimmy Iovine, 'Listen motherfucker, clear your roster and get your staff focused on me.' But no artist can say that to 50 [as boss of G-Unit Records]". Not sure what Fiddy would make of his business partner dissing him that way, though presumably his mind is on other things just now.

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DIDDY HASN'T DROPPED CASSIE, OKAY?
Sean Combs has denied reports that he's dropped his protegee Cassie from his Bad Boy Records label, because her debut album had sold only 300,000 copies. Speaking to MTV, Diddy said of the singer, who he signed back in 2005: "Cassie's definitely not dropped from Bad Boy. She's in the studio [working on her next album]. So many people are excited to be working with her. She was just in the studio with Kanye West. She's going to be doing some stuff with Pharrell [Williams]".

He continued: "People really understand that she does have some talent and it takes some time to mould it. Everybody's not perfect. I think she had some rough shows, just being nervous. Sometimes people have to break out of that. But she's out of that now. She went over to Europe with me and killed the MTV Europe Music Awards. She has her swagger on".

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SOMEONE OTHER THAN FOXY BROWN ARRESTED IN FOXY BROWN FRACAS
An arrest has been made following a fracas involving Foxy Brown, but on this occasion, it wasn't actually the rap artist herself facing charges. Reports are confusing on this, I have to say, but they agree on the fact that Brown, real name Inga Marchand, was attacked by four women in the early hours of 23 Jun, who pulled out her hair weave and her hearing aid, as well as stealing her bag and $500. One Roshawn Anthony was subsequently arrested and charged with robbery, assault and grand larceny. Her lawyer says she denies the charges. She will appear in court on Thursday.

It sounds as though it could be a random mugging, though some reports imply that the incident was in fact provoked by a male friend of the four women, a former boyfriend of Foxy Brown, who incited them to attack the hip hop star. It's also noted that, despite the fact that police have apparently confirmed the incident and that Marchand has identified Anthony as one of her assailants, she is now reportedly denying that the incident took place.

As previously reported, Foxy Brown is currently on probation over that nail salon incident back in 2004, and is due in court in September to face charges over her alleged assault of a beauty shop owner in Florida in February.

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BLOW SUPPORTS ANTI N-WORD CAMPAIGN
Rap pioneer Kurtis Blow has added his voice to the ongoing and much previously reported campaign to have the word 'nigger' expelled from hip hop, black culture in general and popular music business e-bulletins. Blow will participate in previously reported plans by the National Association For The Advancement Of Colored People to stage a mock funeral for the increasingly provocatively slang term at the Association's National Convention in Detroit next month. The rapper and NAACP officials had been expected to make an official announcement regarding the mock funeral in Detroit this weekend, but that announcement was cancelled after Blow became unable to attend.

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SUGE KNIGHT'S MANSION UP FOR SALE
Fancy a hip hop mogul's house? Got $6.2 million to spare? Well, you're in luck. According to the Associated Press, Suge Knight's Californian mansion is up for sale as part of the former Death Row Records chief's previously reported bankruptcy. As much previously reported, Knight filed for bankruptcy protection ahead of action by one of his label's original founders, Lydia Harris, who claimed she was owed her share of Death Row's profits. According to the AP, Knight's Californian home is in Malibu and was built to order in 2001 overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

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THE DONNAS START THEIR OWN LABEL
According to Billboard, US rock chicks The Donnas have set up their own label, a joint venture with Redeye Distribution, following their departure from Atlantic. They plan to release their next album in mid-September. The band had been through talks with other majors over a possible deal, but ultimately wanted more control over their work and more profit from their records, says the report. The new deal will guarantee them a 50/50 split of sales, but only includes distribution through North America, meaning the band will have to look for international distributors.

On their new material, bassist Maya Ford says: "I wouldn't say we did much of anything different after leaving Atlantic, though it helped that we had more time than we've ever had before to write it. It was very liberating not to have a deadline. We've always loved bands like Cinderella and [Motley] Crue, but we also always enjoyed pop music. We haven't deliberately moved in any direction".

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HANSON COMPETITION NEWS
To publicise their upcoming new album 'The Walk', Hanson have launched an online competition which will see the winner have a song written for and about them. The contest will basically reward whichever fan can help drive the most traffic to an album pre-order page on the band's website via banner ads, click-throughs and links. A free download of the track will also be given to anyone else who has entered the competition.

Drummer Zac said in a statement: "We are all music fans first so we know that inviting people to get a hold of the record early can only excite and motivate. If we are doing something we think is unique it is only natural to encourage our fans to help spread the word".

Brother Isaac added: "Being independent makes it possible to build a stronger relationship with our fans. Doing the presale is simply about giving our fans more".

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NEW JOSE GONZALEZ ALBUM NEWS
Jose Gonzalez has revealed details of his previously reported new album, the follow up to 2005's 'Veneer'. The singer has told Billboard that his new LP, entitled 'In Our Nature', is ten tracks long and was recorded in only three weeks. On the choice of tracks contained in the album, he says: "Almost all of the songs deal with questions of human nature - mostly the stupidness - and I'm either accusing myself or humanity as a whole for being stupid...but almost in a humoristic way. It's not something you might get from listening to the album".

He continued: "I ended up following discussions on religion and ethics, and they were always referring to our time where there is a lot of war, suffering, climate change - it is difficult to avoid those things".

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DJ MAG CELEBRATE BEST OF BRITISH
Have we mentioned the DJ Magazine Best Of British Party before? I think we have, but don't quote me on that. Anyway, this is a celebration of all things British dance music, and will centre on the inaugural DJ Mag Best Of British Awards. A whole host of awards will be presented on the night - including Best British DJ, Best British Live Act, Best British Large Club - plus some of the UK's best DJ talent will be on the decks, including Mr C, D Ramirez, the Streetlife DJs and Eddy TM, who will be presenting his Xfm Remix Show live from the event. Hurrah. The night takes place this Friday, 29 Jun, at the seOne club in London Bridge, kicks off at 10pm and goes on for most of the night. Tickets are a mere fiver on the door, with all profits going to the Royal National Institute For The Deaf's Don't Lose The Music campaign.

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LIVE EARTH ISTANBUL CANCELLED
The Istanbul leg of the Al Gore organised Live Earth concerts, due to take place on 7 Jul of course, has been cancelled due to a lack of sponsorship support from local businesses.

According to local press, a number of local businesses who might have been expected to help finance the global warming awareness raising concert have shied away from involvement because they are aware that their own environmental records are not great. Insiders say the companies feared that if they became sponsors of Live Earth environmental groups would accuse them of hypocrisy, and as a result their sponsorship would backfire and result in unfavourable coverage.

Among the acts booked to play the Istanbul leg of Live Earth were local talent Sebnem Ferah and Hayko Cepkin. They will no longer be involved in the awareness building event. Instead eight large screens will be erected around Istanbul showing coverage of Live Earth events elsewhere in the world.

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WHITE STRIPES PLAY RECORD SHOP
The White Stripes played a one off record shop gig - of sorts - in Los Angeles last week for just 200 fans to celebrate the release of their new album 'Icky Thump'. The band took over what used to be the city's branch of Tower Records, converting it for the evening to 'Icky Thump Records'. The band were introduced by actor and Tenacious D star Jack Black.

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JESUS AND MARY AT MELTDOWN
The Jesus And Mary Chain staged their latest reunion performance with a show at the Jarvis Cocker curated Meltdown at the weekend. Their audience at their first UK show in nine years included their former drummer, Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie, and My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields.

As previously reported, the gossip is that the band's founders William Reid and James Reid are planning a complete comeback, and are expected to head into the studio, accompanied by former Lush bassist Phil King and ex Ride drummer Loz Colbert, at some point in the near future.

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GEORGE HARRISON, RHCP TO GET WALK OF FAME STARS
Late Beatle George Harrison and Red Hot Chili Peppers are set to receive their own stars on Hollywood's Walk Of Fame. Christina Aguilera and Ricky Martin have also been recognised amongst the latest round of recipients.

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CONCERN FOR FOPP, THOUGH CHIEF REMAINS OPTIMISTIC
Much reporting today regarding independent music retailer Fopp after the company announced it was launching a 'strategic review' with its bankers, which involved an impromptu closing of the chain's fifty stores so that staff could undertake a stock check. That news followed correspondence between Fopp bosses and various book publishers telling them it would not be replenishing its book supplies for the near future. Needless to say, all that started quite a bit of worrying among Fopp fans, and their landlords and creditors. But the company's boss, and major shareholder, Gordon Montgomery, told reporters this weekend that, while the company is having some problems after experiencing falling sales, the company is not on the brink of collapse, and is not considering calling in the administrators. So there you go. As previously reported, Fopp took over the bulk of the stores belonging to its larger rival Music Zone when they collapsed earlier this year. Insiders say that takeover has had a big impact on the independent chain's cash flow, which has led to the current struggles.

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SPANISH RECORD INDUSTRY RESURRECTS AWARDS
The annual music awards event organised by Spanish record label association Promusicae will return this year after a four year break. The trade body has not held the awards event in recent years as a protest against the rampant music piracy that goes on in the country.

Although music piracy remains a big issue for the Spanish record industry, Promusicae's President Antonio Guisasola announced last week that the Premios Amigo awards would be held again this year, at an event on 27 Nov in Madrid. The exact format of the event is to be confirmed. Originally the Premios Amigo were a big awards event, but in the last two years they took place - 2002 and 2003 - the awards were distributed at a low key press conference.

Speaking last week, Guisasola told reporters: "The grand fiesta of music and music lovers will be back this year. Unfortunately, the [music] panorama is no more promising now than it was then [in 2003], but we want to say very loudly that we still believe in music as one of the most emotional, fascinating and enriching artistic expressions that we humans have been able to conceive".

As before, the Premios Amigo will celebrate both Spanish and international talent. This distinguishes it from the country's other main music awards, the publishing sector organised Premios de la Musica, which only presents awards to Spanish artists, or Latin artists signed to Spanish labels.

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ITUNES US IS THIRD BIGGEST MUSIC SELLER
According to new research by NPD Group, iTunes is now the third largest music retailer in the US after WalMart and BestBuy. So, well done them. That said, no one company really dominates US music sales - the top three's market shares are 15.8%, 13.8% and 9.8% respectively.

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NEW PRESIDENT FOR ICMP
The International Confederation Of Music Publishers, for there is such a thing, has announced a new president, Kjell-Ake Hamren of Swedish publishers' association SMFF. He takes over from composer Jean-Manuel de Scarano, who was a founding member of the ICMP (or CIEM to French members) and has been the organisation's president for the last four years.

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COSMOGIRL! AXED
Another demise in the world of teen mag publishing. Natmags are canning the Cosmo teen spin off Cosmogirl! With EMAP's Smash Hits! and Sneak now long gone, and the BBC's It's Hot closed down, the bottom has well and truly fallen out of the once booming teen girl mag market, presumably because the teen girls are all now consuming primarily digital media. The challenge, of course, is for traditional publishers to try and tap into that audience online. To that effect, Natmag will keep the Cosmogirl! digital spin off Jellyfishmag.com going despite the demise of its parent title.

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CHART UPDATE
Yeah, I'm bored of Rihanna and her 'Umbrella' being at number one. Which person who wants this single hasn't already bought it? Were confused Glastonbury-goers boosting sales after hearing they should take an 'Umbrella' with them this year? I don't know. But she is still number one, and in being so has prevented that Lee Mead bloke from enjoying any chart topping glory with his cover of what I think it is fair to call a 'Jason Donovan classic' 'Any Dream Will Do'. Still, the Joseph talent show winner has risen up to second place now that physical sales are in the mix. Will the next musical reality show be for 'Jesus Christ Superstar'? That would work. Lowly talented boy captures popular attention before being ultimately crucified by the public who voted for him. There's some kind of clever satire in that. They could call the show "Who Wants To Be The Son Of God?" I'd watch it. Actually this could really work. I'm copyrighting this idea, got that Webber and Cowell?

Also rising up the chart thanks to physical CD sales are those Editors with that hospital smoking song. It rises from 30 to 7. Super. New entries on the singles chart, meanwhile, go like this: Hoosiers with 'Worried About Ray' at 16, Take That with 'I'd Wait For Life' at 17, Muse with 'Map Of The Problematique' at 18, Justin Timberlake with 'Lovestoned' at 21, Gareth Gates with 'Angel On My Shoulder' at 22, Jack Penate with 'Torn On The Platform' at 25, Air Traffic with 'Shooting Star' at 30, Paramore with 'Misery Business' at 31, Ash with 'Polaris' at 32, Paul McCartney with 'Dance Tonight' at 34, My Chemical Romance with 'Teenagers' at 35, Simon Webbe with 'Grace/Ride The Storm' at 36 and Fergie with 'Big Girls Don't Cry' at 37. Which is rather a lot of new entries.

Albums now, and it's all White Stripes, who I thought were a bit rubbish at Wireless the other week, but who are still pretty darn popular don't you know. 'Icky Thump' goes straight in at one. Those Traveling Wilburys are at 2, with Enrique Iglesias making up the top three by going straight in at three with 'Insomniac'. Other new entries go as follows: Calvin Harris 'I Created Disco' at 8, Ghosts 'The World Is Outside' at 18 and Ray Lamontagne 'Till The Sun Turns Back' at 35. And that's it. Oh, by the way, following extensive investigation CMU can exclusively reveal that Calvin Harris did not create disco. In the bid for factual accuracy in album titles, we will be lobbying Sony to ensure Harris' second album is called 'Actually I didn't'.

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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. Linkin Park - Minutes To Midnight (Warner Bros)
2. Marilyn Manson - Eat Me, Drink Me (Universal/Interscope)*
3. Ozzy Osbourne - Black Rain (SonyBMG/Epic)
4. Dream Theater - Systematic Chaos (Warner/Roadrunner) *
5. Daughtry - Daughtry (SonyBMG)
6. Fall Out Boy - Infinity On High (Universal/Island)
7. Nickelback - All The Right Reasons (Warner/Roadrunner)
8. Megadeth - United Abominations (Warner/Roadrunner)
9. Nine Inch Nails - Year Zero (Universal/Island)
10. Rush - Snakes & Arrows (Warner/Atlantic)
11. Chris Cornell - Carry On (Universal/Suretone)*
12. The Used - Lies For The Liars (Warner Bros)
13. Hinder - Extreme Behavior (Republic)
14. Genesis - The Platinum Collection (EMI/Virgin)*
15. Poison - Poison'd (EMI)*
16. Bon Jovi - Lost Highway (Universal/Mercury)*
17. Queens Of The Stone Age - Era Vulgaris (Universal/Interscope)*
18. Buckcherry - 15 (Warner/Eleven Seven Music)
19. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium (Warner Bros)
20. Billy Talent - Billy Talent II (Warner/Atlantic)

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

1. [3] Maximo Park - Books from boxes
2. [NE] Mark Ronson - Oh My God (Ft. Lily Allen)
3. [1] White Stripes - Icky Thump
4. [16] The Wombats - Kill the Director
5. [6] Maroon 5 - Makes Me Wonder
6. [NE] Artic Monkeys - Fluorescent Adolescent
7. [19] Bloc Party - Hunting Witches
8. [13] The Killers - For Reasons Unknown
9. [4] Queens Of The Stone Age - 3's & 7's
10. [2] Editors - Smokers Outside Hospital Doors
11. [11] The View - Face for Radio
12. [NE] The Go! Team - Grip Like a Vice
13. [24] Justice - D.A.N.C.E
14. [RE] Paramore - Misery Business
15. [30] Reverend & The Makers - Heavyweight Champ of the World
16. [26] Nickelback - If Everyone Cared
17. [NE] Calvin Harris - Girls
18. [RE] Hello Goodbye - Here In Your Arms
19. [9] The Fratellis - Ole Black 'N' Blue Eyes
20. [NE] Sum 41 - Underclass Hero
21. [27] The Aliens - Robot Man
22. [NE] Abigail Hopkins - I'll Be Waiting for You by the Bus Stop
23. [NE] Mika - Big Girl (You're Beautiful)
24. [17] Gym Class Heroes - Cupids Choke Hold
25. [18] Operator Please - Just a Song About Ping Pong
26. [RE] Rihanna - Umbrella
27. [NE] Air Traffic - Shooting Star
28. [NE] Bobby - Anonymous
29. [RE] Hoosiers - Worried About Ray
30. [7] Chemical Brothers - Do It Again

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MURPHY IS MEL B'S BABY'S FATHER
As you may have seen much reported over the weekend, a DNA test has confirmed that Eddie Murphy is, in fact, the father of former Spice Girl Melanie Brown's recently born daughter, as Mel B had said from the word go. As previously reported, Murphy initially denied he was the father, although he is reported to have said he would fulfill his duties towards the child if a DNA test proved he was the father - although in the end Brown had to get a court order to force the actor and comedian to take the test. No comment yet from either party regarding the DNA test result, though US reports regarding the result were seemingly sourced via Mel B's PR.

Elsewhere in Spice Girls news, everyone seems to think that the latest talk of an upcoming reunion for the girl power five will actually result in a reunion. In fact the multi-million pound reunion is expected to be announced at a press conference later this week, and is expected to include a greatest hits album and 25 date world tour.

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JOHN LEGEND GIVES HIS ALL, BELIEVE IT
John Legend has said that he thinks music acts who don't give their all to their work are dicks. It's true. The r&b star, famed for his workaholism, says, "It's amazing to me, but when I talk to my label, they're like, 'Oh John, you work so hard!' It always amazes me that I stand out among other artists for working hard. Shouldn't everybody work hard? Why wouldn't they work hard?"

On those other artists, he continues: "[I think] 'You dick - this is your shot!' Ultimately, it's your career. If you don't seize the opportunity, it's going to go away. You might not be as smart or you might not have as good a record, but there should be no excuse for not working hard".

So get working hard, y'all. The Legend has spoken.

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LILY ALLEN REVIVES TWEEDY FEUD AT GLASTO
After saying she was over it and had better things to do than engaging in slanging matches with Girl Aloud Cheryl Cole nee Tweedy, Lily Allen revived the feud during her set at Glastonbury this weekend. Appearing on the Pyramid stage, she dedicated a song to someone "very unspecial" and changed the lyrics to berate her pop nemesis. So that was grown up of her.

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PAOLO NUTINI LED ON INNOCENT GAY PERSON
Paolo Nutini says that he got into an awkward situation with a gentleman admirer at a gig once, because he was advised to focus on random women in his audience and sing at them. The singer, who has a long term girlfriend, said "once when I did it a guy came up to me later and said, 'I saw you looking at me throughout that song'. I said: 'I'm sorry man, I think there was a girl right beside you,' And he went: 'Aww, it wasn't me?' It was the most awkward moment".

His admirer may not have been convinced, however. The singer adds: "Then he left his number in my hand! Ten out of ten for trying but ever since then I've not run the risk again!"

Well, to be frank, that's what you get for trying to make women in your audience think they've got a chance, and I'd suggest not doing it in future.

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MATT WILLIS DROPPED?
Now this we don't like - reports this weekend that former Busted boy Matt Willis has been dropped by Universal's Mercury after his debut solo effort 'Don't Let It Go To Waste' went to waste. Poor record sales, despite the album's release coinciding with Willis' high profile victory on the jungle show, mean the major have reportedly parted company with the singer and he, according to other reports, has all but given up on a music career, now looking for work in the TV presenting domain. Which is a crying shame. If anyone at Mercury is reading this, give me three months and a half decent marketing budget, and I'll get that damn album to number one.

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