CMU Daily - on the inside Friday 13th July
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Retailers appeal to ABC over Prince promotion
- Caplan takes to the stand: Spector trial update
- More Avril song stealing claims
- New book makes new claims about Jim Morrison's death
- King courts controversy with Shipman song
- Glasto might skew ticket sales to favour the teens
- SMD remix Bjork
- Spice Girls news
- Another day, another Winehouse cancellation
- Silverchair US plans rejigged
- Mika stages exhibition
- Xfm birthday gigs in the pipeline
- Secondary ticket sales generating £60 million a quarter
- Legendary Melbourne venue burns down
- Terra Firma offer approved by EU
- Warner do deal with Imeem
- European Radio Awards to launch
- EMAP consumer revenues down again
- Cowell promises best ever X-Factor
- Moss burns Doherty stuff
- McLachlan has baby
- Coral man not ready for the digital age
- Penate fined over graffiti
- Victoria Beckham thinks she's boring
- Copeland votes for Police management to be kept out of the family
- Media to blame for Lily's silence

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TOP BIT >>
I'm gonna give one last mention for the upcoming CMU Recommended Remix Night. I know I said the last Top Bit mention was the 'last one', but then Leyline went and added visual mash up kings Eclectic Method to the bill, so I have to give it one more nod.

As previously mentioned, Remix chief Eddy TM will be away, it being summer time and all, but he is leaving his recent collaborator and former The Cooper Temple Clause member Rhysmix in charge as the host with the most, so a good night will still be had by all. On the bill live set wise are Ben Westbeech and Shameless, while joining the aforementioned Rhysmix on the decks will be aforementioned Eclectic Method, who are storming DJs, let me tell you. Slim Jim will also be spinning some tunes.

It all takes place next Friday, 20 Jul at Cargo in East London from 9pm to 3am. Tickets are a tenner. So, get that in your diaries while I go and kick the dead Mac lap top which has been partly responsible in delaying the delivery of your CMU Daily today. Hurrah for technology. (And yes, I do realize it's Friday 13th so, yes, what did I expect?)

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CMU FRIDAY TIPS

VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: Chew The Fat! at The End
I tipped this a few weeks back, I know, but I had such a mad one down at the TCR breakbeat BBQ last weekend that I'm especially down with the breaks at the moment. This wicked venue, host to "the longest running breaks night, ever", will this weekend play host to Rogue Element, who has won Best Producer at Breakspoll, and who will be blurring purists' boundaries with his eclectic set. Meanwhile Audiojack will be shoring up the beats in the main room with Swede beatmeister Blende. Course organiser Paul Arnold, with Kid Blue, provide back up in the main room, while Fly Society have with the Dub Pistol's Barry Ashworth, Xfm's James Hyman and the Leisure All Stars laying down
the funk, hip hop, beats, alt beats and pieces in the other room.

Friday 13 May, 18 West Central Street, WC1A, 10pm-5am, £12 (£8 NUS), more at http://www.thefatclub.com, press info from anton@trailermedia.co.uk or alex@thefatclub.com

VIGSY'S LIVE TIP: Sleepwalker and Bembe Segue at the Jazz Cafe
Back to the Jazz Cafe once more, where the Japanese whirlwind jazz phenomenon that are Sleepwalker team up with Latin vocalist sensation Bembe Segue for a one off live UK date, preempting the release later this summer of a new album of their past work, new remixes and new recordings. This should be very, very special.

Saturday 14th May, Jazz Cafe, 5 The Parkway, Camden, London NW1 7PG, doors 7pm, £15 adv, more info at http://www.jazzcafe.co.uk.

VIGSY'S LIVE TIP: Anthony David at the Jazz Cafe
Hmm, can I get away with another Jazz Cafe tip? Hell, I'm going to try, because this is going to be another good night. Georgia based US singer / songwriter Anthony David blends old styled soul and nugrooves with a new Southern Fried flava. He collaborated with soulstress India Arie, co-writing bits for her album, before taking to the stage himself with his "rough, raspy Southern baritone" delivering his own penned lyrical charms ranging between melodic blues, soul, folk and even a slice of reggae, but all with an acoustic soul.

Thursday 19th July, Jazz Cafe, 5 The Parkway, Camden, London NW1 7PG, doors 7pm. £15 adv, more info at http://www.jazzcafe.co.uk.

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RETAILERS APPEAL TO ABC OVER PRINCE PROMOTION
Yep, more still on the UK's Entertainment Retailers Association campaign against the pesky Mail On Sunday and its decision to release the new Prince album as a free cover-mount. Now ERA is calling on the official newspaper circulation body to investigate the promotion, and ultimately to not count the sales of this Sunday's free CD edition of the Mail.

As previously reported, music retailers aint happy at the decision by Prince's management to make his new album initially available in the UK for free via the Sunday newspaper. The music retail sector, of course, oppose any promotions which prevent them from stocking high profile releases and, while HMV have agreed to stock the Mail On Sunday this weekend in a bid to gain some advantage from the promotion, other retailers have talked about boycotting all Prince catalogue. As also previously reported, in the label sector SonyBMG, who had been planning to release the album in the UK by conventional means, have pulled out of their deal.

Now ERA have sent an open letter to ABC, the authority which publishes circulation figures for UK newspapers and magazines, calling on them to not count sales of this week's Mail On Sunday because, they claim, the free Prince CD will warp sales figures and mislead advertisers about how many people actually read the weekly paper. Many Prince fans, they argue, will take the CD and immediately discard the paper, therefore not consuming any advertising in the main publication.

They write: "We believe that this promotion and others like it potentially distort the accuracy of ABC's audit in a way which could mislead advertisers and others using your data. We believe that if ABC allows such 'hyping' of a newspaper's circulation figures by the use of excessive incentives it can only undermine the currency of an ABC audit and ultimately undermine your greatest asset, your credibility".

Of course newspapers have used major promotions like this to "spike" their circulation figures for years, because it means their average quarterly circulation seems higher, enabling them to up their rate cards. ABC have never done anything to stop such spikes before, so I don't see them doing anything now, though some say they may consider the issues raised by ERA at a future general meeting.

But Mail On Sunday boss Stephen Miron doesn't seem too bothered. Responding to the ERA letter, he told Music Week: "From my perspective this is a sad and desperate and unfailingly ignorant move from an organisation which doesn't understand how newspapers are purchased".

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CAPLAN TAKES TO THE STAND: SPECTOR TRIAL UPDATE
So, Sara Caplan allowed her point of principle to fall yesterday in a bid to avoid being jailed. And I can't say I blame her.

As much previously reported, Caplan previously testified in a court session without the jury present that, as part of Phil Spector's initial defence team, she attended the legendary producer's Beverly Hills home with forensics expert Dr Henry Lee who she saw pick up and take a "small white fragment" that had been missed by police who had previously searched the premises. That fragment could, the prosecution argue, have been a piece of an acrylic fingernail, the presence of which, they also argue, might suggest some kind of struggle before actress Lana Clarkson was shot dead, backing their claim that Spector shot Clarkson, and throwing doubt on the defence's claim that Clarkson committed suicide.

Lee strongly denies taking any "fragment", but Judge Larry Paul Fidler concluded that Caplan was telling the truth. But when he then said Caplan should give her testimony to the full trial, in front of the jury, Caplan got cold feet, saying that to do so would violate the confidentiality pledge between her and her former client Spector. Fidler disagreed and held Caplan in contempt of court for refusing to testify, threatening to jail her. Caplan continued to refuse to testify until her attempts to appeal Fidler's ruling on the matter failed at the first hurdle this week (the California Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal). So yesterday she finally agreed to be questioned by the prosecution in the main court room of the Spector trial.

Clearly unhappy to be there, Caplan confirmed to the jury her previous claims about Lee, saying: "There was something white that I saw, it was about the size of my entire fingernail, and I do not know what it was. I have no idea what it was. I called Dr Lee's attention to it. He came over to it. He picked it up and put it in a vial. I do not know what happened to it. I don't remember where I saw it. I don't know what it was".

Caplan's testimony ñ favouring the prosecution, as it did - was yet another interruption in the defence's case, which was interrupted earlier in the week when the prosecution were able to call New York police detective Vincent Tannazzo, who had previously been ruled 'inadmissable' as a witness. Once they were back in the hotseat yesterday the defence called Angela Pileggi Silverstein, the sister of one of the prosecution's earlier witnesses, who said that her sibling had fabricated the story she had told the courtroom ñ of a 1991 incident when Spector had allegedly pulled a gun on her after she tried to leave his home after having dinner there.

Melissa Grosvenor's testimony was part of the prosecution's attempts to portray Spector as a gun wielding loon. But sister Silverstein says that Grosvenor fabricated the incident in order to get involved in the high profile trial, reporting that her sister had excitedly bragged about how she'd be on TV when giving her testimony. Cross-examined by the prosecution, Silverstein's own credibility was questioned, with prosecutors arguing that she was angry at her sister because she had taken her ex-husband's side in a bitter child custody dispute, and that she was, in fact, perjuring herself by making the perjury claims against her sister.

The case continues.

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MORE AVRIL SONG STEALING CLAIMS
Following the lawsuit claiming Avril Lavigne stole a chunk of a The Rubinoos song for her recent hit 'Girlfriend', now some fans of Peaches are claiming Avril's song 'I Don't Have To Try', which appears on recent album 'The Best Damn Thing', is a rip-off of the potty mouthed electrotrasher's track 'I'm The Kind Bitch', which would certainly explain why there's an "explicit version" of that Lavigne song doing the rounds. Lavigne, who responded angrily to The Rubinoos song stealing claim, is yet to respond to these new, more informal allegations.

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NEW BOOK MAKES NEW CLAIMS ABOUT JIM MORRISON'S DEATH
A new book is claiming not only that Doors frontman Jim Morrison died of a heroin overdose, but that it happened at a Paris club. The book alleges that two drug dealers then took Morrison back to his apartment and put him in his bath in a bid to revive him. Having been unsuccessful in that attempt, they left him there, to be found later by long term partner Pamela Courson.

That version of events contradicts the late Courson's story. At the time of Morrison's death she said that the couple had spent the evening together, before returning to the apartment to listen to records. They fell asleep, but he later awoke feeling unwell and decided to take a hot bath. She later found him in the bathroom dead. French police never conducted an autopsy on the singer because they were satisfied there was no foul play ñ so officially he simply died of "heart failure" - though there have been stories of a heroin overdose for years.

The claims that the overdose happened in the toilets of a Parisian club come in a book by Sam Bernett, who owned the club in question. He says that when Morrison's body was found he got a doctor to take a look at him. He continues: "When we found him dead, he had a little foam on his nose, and some blood too, and the doctor said, 'That must be an overdose of heroin'". Bernett, who went on to become a radio personality, rock biographer and even Vice President of Disneyland Paris, says he has been chased by journalists for his version of events for years, but that he kept silent until his wife suggested he write his own book last year.

Morrison biographer Stephen Davis reckons that both Courson and Bernett's stories maybe true ñ postulating that while Morrison may have OD'd on heroin at Bernett's club, that he survived the incident, though it may have caused the heart attack that later occurred at his flat when he was with Courson. He concludes: "It just seems likely that if he died in the toilet of a nightclub it would have come out before now".

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KING COURTS CONTROVERSY WITH SHIPMAN SONG
Jonathan King is courting controversy with a track that implies that serial killer Harold Shipman was the victim of media manipulation.

King, who claims, of course, that his 2001 paedophilia conviction was the result not of his guilt but of his celebrity status, has included a track entitled 'The True Story Of Harold Shipman' on his new album. He sings "police will inflate and the law says it's fine to accommodate tabloids with a solid headline/But a real psycho monster who's killing for fame would leave notes for acclaim to establish his name", and goes on to imply that Shipman was actually practicing euthanasia, with the lyrics "some people will sigh when they're waiting to die/Won't you please speed it up as I'm starting to cry/There's one thing he ain't and that's saviour or saint/But a pleading complaint didn't pass him by".

King has released a statement claiming that the song isn't really about Shipman, however. He writes: "It is actually not really about Harold Shipman. It's about the tendency of the media, the police and the CPS to inflate and exaggerate in order to get convictions and headlines and circulation and ratings increases". Barry Swann, the son of one of Shipman's victims, is meanwhile quoted as saying "We're talking about a convicted paedophile here. Who would want to buy this rubbish? I just can't comprehend his point of view. It's sensationalist rubbish".

The track, and a video montage featuring pictures of Shipman's victims, is currently streaming on YouTube.

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GLASTO MIGHT SKEW TICKET SALES TO FAVOUR THE TEENS
I'm a bit confused by this. Organisers of the Glastonbury Festival have said that they want more young people to come next year, because they've noticed that the average age of their ticket holders is increasing, as all those pesky thirty and forty somethings insist on attending the uber-festival. That bit makes sense. The bit I don't understand is that one proposal is to ensure a higher proportion of tickets are sold by phone, because it's thought teenagers do not enjoy the same fast internet connections as older music fans, which puts them at a disadvantage when buying tickets online.

As teenagers are presumably using their parent's internet connections, which aren't necessarily slower, and are probably a whole load more savvy when it comes to internet ordering, I'm not sure I buy that observation, but whatever. Perhaps they could ask everyone registering some tricky questions about the new bands playing at the festival and give priority to those who get them all right ñ that could filter out all but the real music fans in the older demographic.

Anyway, speaking to BBC Somerset Sound, Glasto chief Michael Eavis said: "The problem with the clientele at the moment is that they're becoming a bit older and a bit more clever and they've got the gear to buy the tickets as they have fast access to the ticket system and can buy more. These people are perfectly nice and adorable, but we want the late teens because they help to make the character of the festival so it's really important to get them on board. [One way would be for] 40% of tickets to go to people who book over the telephone. The ticket people aren't going to like it because it'll be a lot more difficult for them but we have to do it, it's absolutely essential".

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SMD REMIX BJORK
Bjork's new single 'Innocence', out 23 Jul, is set to feature a remix by the lovely Simian Mobile Disco. The original track, produced by Timbaland, is the second release to be lifted from Bjork's latest album, 'Volta', which came out earlier this year.

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SPICE GIRLS NEWS
According to BBC 1 controller Peter Fincham, the Spice Girls will feature in a new documentary this autumn, to coincide with their upcoming (and previously reported) reunion world tour. They're also getting involved with Children In Need, apparently, and may well be releasing a single for the charity telethon.

On the documentary, Fincham said: "We've got full involvement from all of them," adding that "they are all keen to get involved with Children In Need. They are recording two new songs and one of them might be a single".

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ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER WINEHOUSE CANCELLATION
Amy Winehouse has cancelled another festival appearance, which shouldn't actually come as too much of a surprise, given that the singer has, as previously reported, been ordered to rest by her doctor. This time she's pulled out of a festival in St Polten, Austria. Previous cancelled engagements include those at T In The Park, Oxegen, and Liverpool's Summer Pops series, though a rescheduled date was announced for the latter postponed gig.

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SILVERCHAIR US PLANS REJIGGED
Aussie rockers Silverchair have been forced to postpone upcoming US live engagements due to frontman Daniel Johns' bad case of laryngitis. According to reports, the band made what has been described as an "embarrassing performance" on Jay Leno's Tonight Show earlier in the week because of the singer's trouble with his throat. The band's management subsequently issued a statement which read: "Daniel caught the common viral infection of the throat earlier this week after flying Sydney/Los Angeles/Toronto/New York/Los Angeles over just four days. It severely impeded his vocal performance on the 'Tonight Show With Jay Leno' on Tuesday".

Four upcoming live dates in Anaheim, San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles have been postponed until November.

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MIKA STAGES EXHIBITION
Mika is staging an exhibition of artwork at London's Blink Gallery, a series of drawings and sketches inspired by his music set against a candy coloured backdrop. The singer told the BBC: "The one thing I said I wanted was to be able to eat the walls, and that's exactly how I feel".

He added: "When I write songs, I draw sketches to go with them. It's a visual world to step into and to have fun and to play with".

If you want to see it, you'll need to get a hustle on, however. You've got today and tomorrow.

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XFM BIRTHDAY GIGS IN THE PIPELINE
As previously reported, Xfm will celebrate its tenth birthday at the end of August, and to celebrate it is staging a series of events in the run up to the anniversary, which will include The Coral, Razorlight, Kaiser Chiefs, Stereophonics, The Kooks, Maximo Park and Babyshambles, tickets for which will only be available via competitions on the station. More on that when we get it.

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SECONDARY TICKET SALES GENERATING £60 MILLION A QUARTER
More than £60 million of revenues were generated by the so called secondary ticketing market in the second quarter of 2007 according to a UK based live entertainment research company called TixDaq.

As previously reported, secondary ticketing, essentially ticket touting, has increased greatly in recent years because of the ability to resell tickets for profit via auction websites like eBay, opening up touting to a much wider audience. Both politicians and the live sector have become increasingly concerned by the growth in secondary ticket sales, because it means that many consumers who do not get to official ticket sellers in time end up having to buy tickets at inflated prices from the touts. Promoters have introduced measures to try and make touting harder while politicians consider, albeit reluctantly, new rules to control touting. But in the meantime new auction sites like Viagogo and Seatwave, that specialise in ticket auctions, have launched, giving the whole domain of touting more perceived legitimacy.

With that in mind, and with the large amounts of revenues now being generated in online secondary ticket sales, TixDaq director Marc Marot says that the music business may now just have to accept the resale of tickets to their events as a reality. Music Week quote Marot as saying: "The music industry has buried its head in the sand on this issue for too long. The online secondary ticket market can provide fans with greater choice and better value. It is also clear that the industry stakeholders - including artists, concert promoters and venue owners - need not only to recognise this, but to embrace it by developing a commercial framework for participation".

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LEGENDARY MELBOURNE VENUE BURNS DOWN
A legendary music venue in Melbourne burned down this week, a month after its controversial closure. The Palace, in the Melbourne suburb of St Kilda, had been a popular live music venue in the city since it opened in 1972. What's more, it was built on the site of the city's former Palais de Danse, which also burned down, in 1968, so the site had over a century's worth of music heritage.

The venue closed down after a long running dispute between the venue's operators Bradto Pty Ltd and the local council who controlled the site. The area around the venue is earmarked for development and some fans of the venue claim the council forced its closure so that it could be demolished to make way for an apartment block. Others say that the council is actually planning a revamped entertainment complex on the site, which would maintain the area's musical history, but with improved facilities.

Either way, the venue was all but destroyed when a fire began there, in somewhat suspicious circumstances, earlier this week. It took seventy firefighters to bring the blaze under control on Wednesday afternoon. Arson experts are now reportedly on the site, which has been declared a crime scene, to ascertain whether the fire was started deliberately.

Commenting on the demise of the iconic venue, Australian music website Undercover wrote this week: "The recent closure of the 100 year old venue has been a political thorn in recent years following the local St Kilda council's conniving part in having the popular music venue shut down and torn down for the purpose of building apartments. The council, playing politics all the way through the process, even denied to Undercover that the closure would happen and insisted that the building would remain a music venue. But, like all political lies, the truth came out eventually. Now, Melbourne has finally lost the heritage venue under suspicious circumstances".

Bands to play the venue over the years included Nirvana, Elvis Costello, Sex Pistols, Midnight Oil, De La Soul, The Cult, Soundgarden, Public Enemy, Savage Garden, Muse, Foo Fighters, Billy Bragg, The White Stripes, Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand.

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TERRA FIRMA OFFER APPROVED BY EU
As expected, the European Commission has given the go ahead for Terra Firma's proposed acquisition of the UK based EMI Group, meaning that any takeover would not come with regulatory issues attached (of which there would potentially be many if Warner Music mounted a takeover bid). Of course EMI's major shareholders haven't shown quite as much enthusiasm re Terra Firma's offer as the major's board and EC officials, though they may slowly come onboard as the private equity firm's latest offer deadline, which is now 26 Jul, approaches.

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WARNER DO DEAL WITH IMEEM
Warner Music have done something of a u-turn regarding music based social networking website Imeem. As previously reported, the major were suing the networking site over allegations it encouraged its users to illegally share music, and that it had done nothing to monitor and restrict the distribution of unlicenced music over its platform. Imeem then shortly afterwards announced a new partnership with Snocap which would, in fact, monitor and restrict the distribution of music, and offer those labels who signed up the chance to earn ad revenues off any music they owned that was shared. And the first major to take advantage of that offer is, erm, Warner Music. So one assumes that means Warner's lawyers have taken Imeem off its target list.

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EUROPEAN RADIO AWARDS TO LAUNCH
Details have been announced about a European Radio Awards, which would pitch radio stations and presenters all across Europe against each other. The new competition is being set up by a company called Talkabout Media, who stage the International Radio Conference, and it seems to have the support of a number of potential contenders.

Julian Allitt, MD of JazzRadio 101.9 Berlin, told reporters this week: "It makes excellent sense to provide a new competition showcase of the best work by broadcasters across the European Union's diverse and dynamic radio markets. We all stand to gain from the opportunity".

Meanwhile Steve Martin, Editor and Business Change Manager of the BBC World Service said: "With its heritage of both publicly funded and commercial stations, European radio is as diverse and energetic as any on the planet. And it needs to be in order to satisfy the huge numbers of increasingly mobile and connected people in Europe. The European Radio Awards sounds like a great way to celebrate those stations that are rising to the challenges of today's digital planet".

The first awards will take place in a major European city later this year. Anyone wanting info on how to enter should register their interest at http://www.euradioawards.com.

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EMAP CONSUMER REVENUES DOWN AGAIN
Media major EMAP has announced its revenues were down for the first quarter of the new financial year, with the consumer side of the business still struggling. Good old B2B publications maintained their revenues, events went up 6%, and 'information products' went up 14%; but consumer mags were down 8% and radio was down 2%, meaning overall group wide revenues were down 2%, compared with a 1% decline over the previous financial year.

EMAP Consumer boss Paul Keenan reported that it was men's mags like FHM and Zoo that were especially suffering ñ he told the Media Guardian: "I think women have a more emotional relationship with magazines. There's a big endemic advertising market - toiletries, cosmetics, fashion and beauty - who are long-term buyers in the magazine medium. But some of these digital sites have turned heads in the young men's market, though we think some of it will come back".

Although EMAP is feeling the pinch from new online competitors, its own online and digital revenues were up 34%, so they are getting some benefits from the growth of digital. As previously reported, I'm pretty sure, the media firm is still looking for a new CEO following the sudden departure of Tom Moloney back in May.

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COWELL PROMISES BEST EVER X-FACTOR
Simon Cowell says the next season of X-Factor will be the best ever. But he would say that, really, wouldn't he? Speaking at ITV's autumn launch this week, he explained that the revamped show ñ now with four judges and a new category for 14-16 year olds ñ is "in a different league this year," saying that already a number of very talented individuals had been discovered.

He added, however, that the four judges ñ himself, Sharon Osbourne, Dannii Minogue, and the reinstated Louis Walsh (whose reinstatement I don't think we ever got round to reporting on, for some reason) ñ had also experienced some true horrors: "In the London auditions there was the worst act ever in any talent show", he said. "Beyond belief. They're like these mutants, like the aftermath of a nuclear bomb going off and this is what's left".

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MOSS BURNS DOHERTY STUFF
According to The Sun, Kate Moss has burned a stash of love letters, songs and poems given to her by (now definitely?) ex-boyfriend Pete Doherty. Which was foolish, she could have made a mint on eBay. Although, I suppose, being a supermodel and everything means that she could make a great deal more cash just by pouting. Anyway, according to some source or other, Moss felt the best way to move on from her car crash, sorry, relationship, was to clear all that memorabilia away.

The source told the tabloid: "Kate gathered quite a collection of Pete's ramblings over the two years. He used the lyrics from his song 'What Katie Did' - which was written about a totally different Kate - to pull her in the first place. It continued throughout the relationship. She has piles of love letters, poems, songs and paintings. Now Kate has decided to cleanse herself of him by burning the lot. It all stinks a bit of a high school break-up".

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MCLACHLAN HAS BABY
Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan has beaten me to it and given birth to a baby. Actually, this appears to have happened a while ago (22 Jun) but they've only just released news of it. Apparently, McLachlan's second child has been named Taa-Jah ñ the Hindi word for crown ñ which is interesting, to say the least.

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CORAL MAN NOT READY FOR THE DIGITAL AGE
According to Gigwise, The Coral's guitarist Lee Southall says he's not ready for all this new fangled digital downloading stuff, and thinks buying physical albums is much more exciting.

Southall is quoted as saying: "I don't use it the internet, seriously! But the other lads in the bands do and they can get some good things off it. It's good if you want to use it in that way."

He continues: "It's a magical thing when you go and buy and album, you get the album and you get the artwork and that. If people are just downloading it, then the magic's lost. I hope it doesn't turn into like, you go into a record shop and there's no CDs, you've got to download it onto your iPod. That would piss me off".

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PENATE FINED OVER GRAFFITI
According to reports, Jack Penate ended up paying a £200 fine last week, after he was accused of drawing graffiti on the walls of the Sub Club in Glasgow. The Daily Record notes that the graffiti was found on speakers, mirrors, walls and floors, and Penate was an immediate suspect. The venue called the police, but there was not enough evidence to press charges, so Penate returned his hotel. He was, however, forced to return to the club when staff discovered he'd left his phone behind, and allegedly threatened to call his mother. Once back there, he agreed to pay the £200 on the spot fine.

A member of staff told the tabloid: "He had marker pens in his pocket and ink all over his hands, so he was hauled into the office and the police were called. Jack might think this is rock 'n' roll, but it hasn't left him with many friends in Glasgow".

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VICTORIA BECKHAM THINKS SHE'S BORING
Victoria Beckham has told US network NBC that she thinks she's actually quite boring and Americans will discover that as time goes on. The, er, singer said: "Not as many people know who we are here, you know? It might be a bit crazy when we first get here because we're new, but then I think people will probably realise that, you know what? I'm actually quite boring".

Boring? I couldn't possibly comment.

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COPELAND VOTES FOR POLICE MANAGEMENT TO BE KEPT OUT OF THE FAMILY
Hmm, this is interesting. The Police have been deciding who to hire as their manager post-reunion. Reports suggest that Sting suggested Kathy Schenker, who has been managing his solo career. Andy Summers proposed the band's original manager Miles 'brother of Stewart' Copeland. Which left Stewart to take the casting vote on who to hire. Word has it he decided not to keep it in the family and has voted to hire Schenker. Something he and Sting actually agree on!

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MEDIA TO BLAME FOR LILY'S SILENCE
Lily Allen says she's not going to write on her MySpace blog any more because what she says is exploited by the media. What's surprising to me is that it would take her this long to come to this conclusion.

Ah well, here's what a recent entry says. "The thing is, I'm not going to write here so often now. This used to be one of my favourite things to do. I could come on here and vent how I feel honestly and get feedback from you guys. But the tabloid fucks have ruined it. Everything I write here gets twisted and rewritten by a bunch of lazy fucks who haven't got anything better to write about. And the truth is I don't want to be in their fucking stupid magazines and daily fuck rags. In fact I hate it. I don't want to be a celebrity. I am a singer - I write songs, that's it".

Right. So get on and write some.

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