CMU Daily - on the inside Monday 8th October
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In today's CMU Daily:
- SonyBMG eager to tap into publishing revenues
- Lil Wayne arrested
- Diddy's jail suit
- Ray Charles' son sued
- Springsteen sued over a horse
- Ginuwine signs to non-existent record label
- Cribs singer hospitalised
- New Arcade Fire vid
- New Spice single
- Blur reunion update
- More Kyte news
- Queen vid named best ever
- Ebony & Ivory named worst collaboration
- Tony Wilson street for Manchester proposed
- Album Review: Commix - Call To Mind
- EMI to steal Warner chief?
- Midem honour Gabriel
- New chairman elected to merged German trade body
- Yahoo! Music not restructuring in Europe
- PRS sue Kwik-fit
- Play UK launch new radio streams
- BBC1 controller goes over Queen trailer
- Chart update
- Total Rock world album chart
- SUBtv playlist
- Single Review: Bumblebeez - Dr Love
- Spears support
- Bedingfield saved from drugs
- Lydon warns Doherty off drugs
- Cliff wishes he was Hugh Grant

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TOP BIT ANNOUNCEMENT
One last reminder on this - though I think most of you are fully up to date now - because we called you all last week to double check.

But for those of you that have missed it, a reminder that CMU HQ has just moved from Docklands to new offices on Shoreditch High Street - so you need to start sending press packs and review CDS and the likes to this address...

CMU, UnLimited Media, Unicorn House, 221-222 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6PJ.

Any label and PR types who are still to update, please do asap. We have a newly refreshed review team about to start reviewing new releases big time (CMU reviews return today - hurrah!), so get yours in asap.

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SONYBMG EAGER TO TAP INTO PUBLISHING REVENUES
SonyBMG is reportedly in talks with its parent companies about moving into the music publishing domain, even though that would put them in competition with another Sony company.

SonyBMG was created, of course, through the 2004 merger of Sony Corp and Bertelsmann's recorded music businesses - but the merger did not include the two media congloms' respective music publishing outfits, Sony/ATV and BMG Music Publishing.

The fact that the merged entity wasn't trading in the increasingly profitable music publishing sector no doubt helped persuade European Commission competition regulators to approve the merger, both in 2004 and when they reinvestigated the impact of the merger this year - a reinvestigation which reported last week, of course.

But while the lack of publishing assets may have helped SonyBMG avoid being split up by competition regulators forced to reconsider the original merger, it also puts the major at a disadvantage moving forward given that all three of its major competitors also own successful publishing businesses - which is useful for those competitors given that the publishing sector is not struggling in the same way as the recorded music sector.

SonyBMG's Sony Corp parent does own a successful publishing company, of course, in Sony/ATV, its joint venture with Michael Jackson, which is expanding under the leadership of recently appointed CEO Marty Bandier. Meanwhile, and as much previously reported, other parent Bertelsmann sold its publishing company to Universal Music, and they are currently barred from proactively trading in the publishing space by conditions of that sale, although they are known to be already considering new ventures in the sector as soon as those conditions come to an end.

Meanwhile, according to the Financial Times, SonyBMG chief Rolf Schmidt-Holtz has said he is "really close" to having agreement from both Sony and Bertelsmann to let him start to dabble in the publishing space. The FT quote him thus: "The shareholders are talking at the moment and I'm confident we will find a solution".

It is likely SonyBMG would begin by entering into publishing contracts with singer songwriters who are already signed to them as recording artists - ie by looking for so called 360 degree deals with its artists that give the major a share in revenue streams other than recordings in return for the appropriate investment. The FT reports that Schmidt-Holtz argues that SonyBMG will have to be in a position to enter into such deals because that is what artists will increasingly demand, adding: "I have a lot of artists who are also songwriters, and I have to keep them in my company". He also adds that by moving into publishing through such deals he won't end up "competing with my shareholder [ie Sony/ATV] for major catalogues".

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LIL WAYNE ARRESTED
Rapper Lil Wayne was arrested on Saturday morning in Idaho after performing at a concert in the State's capital city of Boise. The arrest seems to stem from drugs possession charges from last year, and seemingly followed a request for the hip hopper's detainment from authorities on the other side of the country in Georgia. While local police said they held off arresting the rap star until after his Friday night concert, the arrest meant he missed a second gig due to take place on Saturday night, something which reportedly led to hundreds of fans calling the local jail house to protest. Wayne was not immediately eligible for bail - he will be formally charged on Tuesday.

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DIDDY'S JAIL SUIT
P Diddy is being sued to the tune of $19 million by a former colleague who claims he is owed monies relating to a Notorious BIG recording from way back in the day in 1994.

The plaintiff is James Sabatino, previously a consultant for Diddy's Bad Boy Entertainment, who personally paid for Biggie, real name Christopher Wallace, to fly to Miami to perform live and record songs back in 1994. Because he paid for the trip, Sabatino had a deal with Wallace that he would own the recordings made that day.

After Wallace's untimely death in 1997, Diddy and Sabatino reached a deal in which the former pledged to buy the recordings for $200,000. The Bad Boy mogul paid $25,000 upfront, and reportedly pledged to pay the rest within sixty days. But then Sabatino was declared to be "of interest" to LA police investigating Wallace's murder, because the two had been meant to meet on the day Wallace was shot, but Sabatino had stood the rapper up.

Diddy promptly put his deal with Sabatino on ice, not keen to be seen to be doing a deal with someone being investigated for involvement in Biggie's shooting. Sabatino claims that he didn't take action to secure the rest of his money at the time because Diddy was interviewed by police investigating the murder, and he was frightened Diddy might make accusations against him if they were on bad terms (in fact Diddy seemingly told police he didn't believe Sabatino was in anyway involved in the shooting).

Anyway, Sabatino has since been cleared of any involvement in Biggie's murder, has subsequently been jailed over a totally unrelated matter, and, crucially, still hasn't been paid the outstanding $175,000 for those 1994 recordings. He claims that whenever he approaches Diddy's people they make promises that the money is forthcoming, but no cheque ever arrives. Hence the lawsuit.

Diddy is yet to comment on the litigation.

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RAY CHARLES' SON SUED
Also in the pop courts, Ray Charles' son is suing the legend's former manager over allegations he cheated him out of shares in the family's production company. The $10 million lawsuit claims music manager Joe Adams coerced him into giving up his shares after his father's death at a time when drug problems meant he was in no condition to be making such commitments. The deal gave Adams control of the company. Adams is yet to respond to the lawsuit.

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SPRINGSTEEN SUED OVER A HORSE
And more pop litigation, well, if you count rock icons being sued over horse purchases as pop litigation. Bruce Springsteen is being sued over allegations he reneged on a deal to buy a horse called Pavarotti for his daughter. Olympic equestrian Todd Minikus claims Springsteen and his wife Patti agreed to buy the horse for $650,000, but then pulled out of the deal. Minikus claims that put them in breach of contract, and that they now owe him for the horse, and for the horse's upkeep as the dispute rumbles on. Springsteen's people are yet to comment.

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GINUWINE SIGNS TO NON-EXISTENT RECORD LABEL
More pop litigation - though last bit promise. A US R&B singer called Ginuwine has said he was duped into signing a contract with a record company that doesn't exist, which is interesting, and slightly odd. The singer, previously signed to Epic, signed up to a record company supposedly called King Music Group run by his then friend Michael Bourne back in May, and was promised a $500,000 advance.

But no advance has been forthcoming, and now Bourne has investigated things further it seems King Music does not actually exist. This is a problem because, although the company doesn't exist, and therefore in theory his recording contract with King does not exist either, no other record company will want to sign the singer because there is still the risk King might sue them for signing one of their artists, even though they don't exist. If that makes sense.

Ginuwine's lawsuit is suing for $4 million in damages, accusing King Music and Bourne of breach of contract, fraud and negligent misrepresentation.

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CRIBS SINGER HOSPITALISED
The Cribs' Gary Jarman was hospitalised this weekend to be treated for blood poisoning. The singer was feeling ill before his gig at Sheffield University, but went ahead with the show anyway. It was only afterwards that someone pointed out that the marks on Jarman's arms could indicate the poisoning. Doctors confirmed that diagnosis, and quickly got him on antibiotics - it is thought he most likely contracted the poisoning after cutting himself on a bass string during a gig. Quite why the bass string was poisonous I'm not sure.

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NEW ARCADE FIRE VID
You know how we mentioned Arcade Fire were pointing people to a new website - http://www.Beonlineb.com - but without explaining what was on it? At the time the site just carried the date 6 Oct. Well, on 6 Oct the video for the title track of current album 'Neon Bible' went online, so now we know what it's for. It features just front man Win Butler or, to be more precise, just Butler's head and hands. Given the video has been made, people are assuming the track will now be released as a single.

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NEW SPICE SINGLE
Hurrah, yippee and all that cos The Spice Girls have revealed details of a new single, titled 'Headlines', which is [a] set to appear on their much previously reported upcoming greatest hits package and [b] set to be this year's Children In Need record. Geri Halliwell says it is a "big love song", and that the Girls are reet proud of it.

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BLUR REUNION UPDATE
Blur's official website has confirmed that the much talked about reunion lunch has taken place. The site reports: "Alex, Damon, Dave and Graham met for an enjoyable lunch on Monday". It all seems to have gone well though, despite all of Alex James' talk of that lunch leading to a new album, the website now says that "there are currently no other music plans for Blur". Which is a bit disappointing.

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MORE KYTE NEWS
We've mentioned Leicester band Kyte before cos they're good n all that, but if you need reminding just how good then you might want to take note that they're playing at Nottingham Rescue Rooms on Thursday (11 Oct) with recent Mercury nominees Maps. Possibly more so for those readers in Nottinghmam I guess. The love affair between Kyte and Maps goes deeper than touring partners, however, with Maps having remixed their song 'Secular Ventures' for the b-side to brilliant current single 'Planets'.

Kyte have other upcoming dates too, including a London date, details are at: http://www.myspace.com/kyteband

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QUEEN VID NAMED BEST EVER
Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' has been voted the UK's "best music video of all time" in a survey by O2, which is odd, I mean it was arguably a ground breaking video and all that, but it's hardly the best music video of all time. A more traditional winner in these kinds of polls - Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' - came second, followed by Justin Timberlake's 'Cry Me A River', which wasn't all that great in my opinion, unless I missed a crucial bit. The next two are genuinely great though - Aha's cartoontastic 'Take On Me' and OK Go's lo-fi running machine vid to 'A Million Ways'. Phone types O2 did the survey of 1051 adults as part of its sponsorship of the 'best video' category at the 2007 Q Music Awards.

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EBONY & IVORY NAMED WORST COLLABORATION
Elsewhere in the wacky world of pop surveys, Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder's 'Ebony & Ivory' has been named the worst duet in history, which seems a bit harsh, though they are harsh, those BBC 6Music listeners. They voted Bing Crosby and David Bowie's Christmas classic 'Little Drummer Boy' fourth worse, which seems even harsher - I really like that song.

A festive track also appeared in the list of best musical collaborations - The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl's 'Fairytale Of New York'. And another Bowie collaboration also got a 'best duet' mention - Queen & Bowie's 'Under Pressure'. Though for reasons I can't quite figure out Sinead O'Connor & The Chieftains' 'Foggy Dew' came top - actually it seems that Chieftains fans just got very organised in forcing the vote.

Anyway, here's the top fives, as revealed on 6Music this weekend...

Best Musical Collaborations
1. Sinead O'Connor & The Chieftains - Foggy Dew
2. Kirsty MacColl & The Pogues - Fairytale Of New York
3. Queen & David Bowie - Under Pressure
4. Nick Cave & Kylie Minogue - Where The Wild Roses Grow
5. Run DMC & Aerosmith - Walk This Way

Worst Musical Collaborations
1. Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder - Ebony & Ivory
2. Arthur Mullard & Hilda Baker - You're The One That I Want
3. Mick Jagger & David Bowie - Dancing In the Streets
4. Bing Crosby & David Bowie - Little Drummer Boy
5. Rene & Renata - Save Your Love

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TONY WILSON STREET FOR MANCHESTER PROPOSED
A street in central Manchester is set to be re-named in honour of late Factory Records chief Tony Wilson who, of course, died earlier this year. The proposal is to rename Whitworth Street West, the road where Wilson's legendary Hacienda club used to be. Tony Wilson Way, Anthony H Wilson Way or Wilson Street West have all been proposed in plans now being considered by the city council.

A council spokesman told the Manchester Evening News that the proposals still need to go through the procedure required for such things, though they are confident the idea will win support. The spokesman said: "We need two thirds of people to agree but I have gone round all the blocks and I am confident people will want to make history on that street".

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ALBUM REVIEW: Commix - Call To Mind (Metalheadz)
Commix are Cambridge based duo George Levings and Guy Brewer, and here they present their debut LP on Goldie's Metalheadz imprint. Run of the mill drum and bass album this is not - it's pretty eclectic stuff, though some of it works better than others. Opener 'Be True' is a simple roller, but then 'Belleview' is a tad off the mark with its disjointed bleeps and 'Burn Out', which lowers the bpms somewhat, has an odd rock feel to it. The title track, after a long intro, starts to deliver the goods though, with some fine breakbeats, and then we get some Bristolian leaning drum and bass with 'Change' and then the highlight in the form of 'Emiley's Smile', which takes us back to the kind of stuff you'd hear at Bukem's seminal 'Speed' club over a decade ago. Elsewhere there is the crisp, classy, atmospheric (if
slightly schmaltzy ending) cross over track 'How You Gonna Feel', with Spacek on vocals, and then the somewhat bland 'Japanese Electronics' before the next stand out - 'Satellite Type' - which really hits the mark. All in all, the highs outweight the not so highs making for a rather good, diverse album - well done to Metalheadz for delivering it and allowing this duo full creative licence. PV
Release date: 22 Oct
Press contact: Electric [all]

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EMI TO STEAL WARNER CHIEF?
Hmmm, interesting comments in The Times regarding rumours new EMI owners Terra Firma are considering trying to steal Warner Music chief Lyor Cohen to help them reinvent their new acquisition. Though the broadsheet doesn't seem convinced they'll get him. Here's what they say: "Lyor Cohen to run EMI? OK, probably not, but even the thought that the ultra-competitive American, currently running US recorded music for Warner, could come to EMI is irresistible. One consultant who has talked to Terra Firma says that they are underwhelmed by the executives they have not yet eased out, and as everybody in the record business knows, Mr Cohen's four-year deal runs until next March. But seeing as he was paid $6 million last year, owns 1.1% of Warner, and his boss Edgar Bronfman is reluctant to lose him, it could all prove far too costly".

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MIDEM HONOUR GABRIEL
European industry trade convention MIDEM has announced it will make Peter Gabriel its Personality Of The Year at next year's event. The former Genesis frontman is being recognised both for his music as well as his work in the digital music space - including his previously reported involvement in OD2, theFilter.com and most recently the We7 venture.

Confirming that Gabriel will be honoured at their Gala Dinner on 28 Jan next year, MIDEM CEO Paul Zilk told reporters: "Peter Gabriel is an outstanding musician with an international following of millions. He has also pioneered innovative methods of distribution in the digital environment and has explored new business models for his music and that of fellow artists. Throughout his career he has shown that music transcends pure entertainment and can be put to the service of important issues such as human rights".

Gabriel responded: "MIDEM has long been the central get together for the music business. I am honored to have been offered the Personality of the Year Award and look forward to coming down to Cannes in January 2008".

Previous recipients of the MIDEM Personality of the Year Award include Quincy Jones and the late Atlantic Records chief Ahmet Ertegun.

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NEW CHAIRMAN ELECTED TO MERGED GERMAN TRADE BODY
Dieter Gorny, Deputy Chairman of German record industry trade body BPW since 2006, has been elected chairman of Bundesverband Musikindustrie, Germany's new trade organisation, which has been created through the previously reported merger of BPW with the German branch of the International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry.

The merger took place under Edel chief Michael Haentjes, who was chairman of both trade bodies for a time, but he did not want to continue in that role in the merged organisation. Recognising his predecessor's role in creating the new organisation, Gorny said last week: "During the past two years Michael Haentjes has set the necessary course in the associations. The whole industry thanks Michael Haentjes for that".

The board of the new body confirmed Gorny's appointment, telling reporters: "With Dieter Gorny we have found the ideal person to represent the interests of the music industry internally and externally".

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YAHOO! MUSIC NOT RESTRUCTURING IN EUROPE
Yahoo!'s European music division has told reporters that all the talk of restructuring and downsizing of Yahoo! Music in the US does not apply to them thank you very much. They have issued a statement after rumours began to circulate that changes in America would be replicated over here. But Yahoo! Music Europe General Manager Ventura Barbra has told Music Week: "It basically affects the US market. There haven't been any changes in Europe, and even in the US there haven't been job losses".

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PRS SUE KWIK-FIT
Those PRS chaps are reportedly taking Kwik-Fit to court for not having a licence for their staff to listen to radio at work. Kwik-Fit argue that their staff aren't allowed to listen to radio at work which is why they aren't licenced, but PRS argue that workers at Kwik-Fit garages have personal radios which can be heard by colleagues, and therefore a licence is required. The collecting society is looking for £200,000 damages for the unlicenced radio listening.

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PLAY UK LAUNCH NEW RADIO STREAMS
Internet radio network Play UK has announced it is launching five new radio services, to be called Play Jazz UK, Play Reggae UK, Play Country UK, Play Love UK and Play Urban UK - the music policies of each is presumably easy to guess. Play Radio UK's Station Manager Marcus Quilter told reporters: "I am delighted that the expansion of Play Radio UK is happening alongside the launch of Play TV and it will inevitably help to raise our profile even further"

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BBC1 CONTROLLER GOES OVER QUEEN TRAILER
So this was quite a big story. BBC 1 Controller Peter Fincham has resigned over that incident where he told reporters that an upcoming documentary about the Queen would show the monarch storming out of a photo session. Actually the documentary showed no such thing - rather the show's trailer had been edited to look like it did. The whole debacle came as the BBC became embroiled in the whole phoney phone in scandal. A report into the Queen incident blamed "misjudgments, poor practice and ineffective systems" for allowing reporters to be misled about the programme, an independent production by RDF Media (whose chief has also quit over the incident). Confirming his decision to leave following the report, he told reporters: "From the outset it was clear as Controller of the channel I took responsibility for what had happened. I thought that was the right thing to do, the honourable thing to do".

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CHART UPDATE
Bruce Springsteen won the battle for album chart number one this week, with his new long-player 'Magic' outselling Katie Melua's 'Pictures'. The Boss' first album with the E Street Band since 2002, it included the free download single 'Radio Nowhere' and has garnered great reviews in the press - yep, even the notoriously hard to please ears of CMU liked it. Melua thus had to settle for number two, while Sprinsteen's label mates Foo Fighters fell from one to three with 'Echoes, Silence, Patience And Grace'. Pete Doherty proved he can still shift units, meanwhile, with new Babyshambles' album 'Shotter's Nation' charting at number 5. Further on down, Annie Lennox's 'Songs Of Mass Destruction' bows in at 7, another Dylan collection, titled 'Dylan', is at number 10, while Gabrielle just misses out on the top ten at 11.

Singles-wise, Sugababes stayed on top of a top ten that has shifted about a bit from last week, though without any new entry action. For new entries you have to go to 12 where Stereophonics' 'It Means Nothing' enters the Top 40. Then you get Elvis at 15 with 'King Creole', the Manics with 'Indian Summer' at 22, Kate Nash with 'Mouthwash' at 23, Mika with 'Happy Ending' at 29, Aly & AJ with 'Potential Break Up Song' at 33 and Lethal Bizzle with 'Police On My Back' at 37. Hurrah.

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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. HIM - Venus Doom (Warner Bros)
3. Korn - Untitled (Virgin)
4. Daughtry - Daughtry (Sony BMG)
5. Nickelback - All The Right Reasons (Roadrunner)
6. Atreyu - Lead Sails Paper Anchor (Roadrunner)
7. Dropkick Murphys - The Meanest Of Times (Born & Bred)*
8. Fall Out Boy - Infinity On High (Island)
9. Bon Jovi - Lost Highway (Mercury)
10. Paramore - Riot! (Atlantic)
11. Foo Fighters - Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace (Sony BMG)*
12. Eddie Vedder - Into The Wild OST (Columbia)*
13. Ozzy Osbourne - Black Rain (Epic)
14. T.Rex - Greatest Hits 1972-1977 (Polygram)
15. Velvet Revolver - Libertad (Sony BMG)
16. 30 Seconds To Mars - A Beautiful Lie (Virgin)
17. Motion City Soundtrack - Even If It Kills Me (Epitaph)*
18. As I Lay Dying - An Ocean Between Us (Metal Blade)
19. Queen - Greatest Hits Vols. 1, 2, 3 (EMI)
20. Iced Earth - Framing Armaggedon (Something Wicked - Part 1) (SPV)

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SUBTV PLAYLIST
Here they are again, the videos being played on the SUBtv video screen network in students' unions all over the UK. New entries marked with a *.

A-List
Biffy Clyro - Machines (Warner/14th Floor)
The Coral - Jacqueline (SonyBMG/Columbia)
Freemasons feat. Bailey Tzuke - Uninvited (Loaded)*
Foo Fighters - The Pretender (SonyBMG/Columbia)
The Holloways - Two Left Feet (TVT)
The Hoosiers - Goodbye Mr A (SonyBMG/RCA)
Ida Corr vs Fedde Le Grand - Let Me Think About It (Data)
Idlewild - A Distant History (EMI/Parlophone)*
Kings Of Leon - Charmer (SonyBMG/Columbia)
Laura Marling - New Romantic (EMI)
Mark Ronson - Valerie (SonyBMG/Columbia)
Oasis - Lord Don't Slow Me Down (Big Brother)*
Peter, Bjorn & John - Young Folks (Wichita)
Sonny J - Can't Stop Moving (EMI/Positiva)
30 Seconds To Mars - The Kill (EMI/Virgin)
The Wombats - Let's Dance To Joy Division (Warner/14th Floor)

B-List
Angels and Airwaves - Everything's Magic (Universal/Island)*
Blood Red Shoes - I Wish I Was Someone Better (V2)*
Bumblebeez - Dr Love (Universal/Island)*
Cold War Kids - We Used To Vacation (V2)
The Cribs - Don't You Wanna Be Relevant (Wichita)
CSS - Alcohol (Sub Pop / Sire)
Enjoy Destroy - Screamer (Fire One)*
Hundred Reasons - No Way Back (V2)*
Jack Rokka vs Betty Boo - Take Off (Gusto)*
Kevin Drew - Backed Out On The... (V2/Arts&Crafts)
LCD Soundsystem - Someone Great (EMI/DFA)*
Los Campesinos! - The International Tweexcore Underground (Wichita)
N-Dubz - You Better Not Waste My Time (Universal/Polydor)
The Satin Peaches - Well Well Well Well (Universal/Island)*
Tunng - Bullets (Full Time Hobby)
U.S.E - Open Your Eyes (Concept)

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SINGLE REVIEW: Bumblebeez - Dr Love (Modular)
More retro pop goodness from Modular, courtesy of some old skool style hip-hop inflected pop/rock from, er, Australia. With its slabs of p-funk synths, 80s drum machines and b-boy vocals, 'Dr Love' channels the same spirit as Chromeo's recent 'Fancy Footwork' album. It is, quite frankly, rather brilliant; clever but accessible, full of pop suss but never one dimensional and crammed full of killer hooks (including a telephone ringing, which could be really naff, but it just works perfectly). There's some remixes on offer too, and talking about them is as good a way as any to help fill the review word count, so I will. A-Trak speed things up a bit; injecting a sense of disco urgency into the track that contrasts with the laid back nature of the original, but is just as fun. Architecture In Helsinki, meanwhile, chuck Dr Love in the back of a truck and drive him out of the city into unfamiliar surroundings. More a cover than a remix, it's an intriguing prog-rock infused listen (with hints of Pink Floyd circa 68), the metronomic pulse of the original replaced by waves of languid percussion.
It seems the 80s revival has not run out of steam yet then, and this single suggests the forthcoming album could be as good (and important for the label) as NYPC's 'Fantastic Playroom'. MS
Release date: 15 Oct
Press contact: Bang On [O]

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SPEARS SUPPORT
Britney Spears' record label, SonyBMG's Jive, has announced that it will stand by the singer despite her recent troubles, a decision presumably taken because they're all such damn nice people and not because comeback single 'Gimme More' seems to be performing well, despite all the bad press and that notorious VMA performance. Or maybe both.

Label spokesman Allen Mayer, speaking to MTV.com, insinuated that the media might be partly to blame for her current problems, saying: "We're not pointing fingers - because the media and the paparazzi wouldn't exist if there weren't an appetite for it. But there's no question that when you have someone at this level of celebrity, they become like cartoons or soap-opera characters, and we forget that they're human beings. People say that's the trade you make, that you have to give up your privacy or the ability to lead a normal life, but sometimes you make that bargain before you realise what it entails and it's too late. Britney's a grown woman, and she makes her own choices, and we respect that. But she's been at a disadvantage [without a consistent team], and obviously that makes it harder to cope".

Despite the help Spears is now reportedly receiving in her personal life, she doesn't seem to need much assistance in the charts, having hit the Billboard digital number one this week with the aforementioned 'Gimme More', her first single for three years. This also led to her reaching number three in the overall chart, a position she might better with the physical release next week.

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BEDINGFIELD SAVED FROM DRUGS
The kinds of problems being experienced by poor old Britney are never likely to effect Natasha Bedingfield who, according to recent comments, has always avoided a lifestyle akin to Britney's of late because her parents were counselors and she has always known about the dangers of substance abuse. The pop star said: "I feel like in rock'n'roll it is really in at the moment to be really messed up. I've never been attracted to drugs or excessive alcohol probably because my parents counselled so many people getting over drugs and alcohol". So, erm, there you go.

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LYDON WARNS DOHERTY OFF DRUGS
Talking of drugs, John Lydon has warned Pete Doherty from continuing with his druggy lifestyle, claiming that he believes that the Babyshambles star could easily follow his former band mate Sid Vicious, who famously died from a heroin overdose in 1979. The singer, who, as previously reported, is set to front the Sex Pistols reunion tour soon, said: "Pete's got to realise Sid was a tragedy, and that's not an image to be wanting. You can get trapped in the drugs thing. They are only something you should use for entertainment and recreation. It's certainly not a way of life, and it is certainly not going to help him have any kind of future. He knows, but he's trapped in this publicity hype that he can't break out of".

Meanwhile, in other Doherty tales, there are reports that the band almost scrapped the whole of top five album 'Shotter's Nation' as a result of continuing disagreements between the Babyshambles frontman and the record's producer, Stephen Street. But drummer Adam Ficek stresses Doherty and Street always sorted out their differences in the end: "Did I think it might not ever get done? Yeah. They were difficult times. There were a lot of heart-to-hearts between Stephen and Pete. Each time Stephen was about to quit, they'd sit down and have a chat".

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CLIFF WISHES HE WAS HUGH GRANT
Cliff Richard has covered the song 'When You Say Nothing At All', which Ronan Keating covered for the movie 'Notting Hill'. The appearance of the song on the 'Notting Hill' soundtrack seemingly explains Richard's desire to cover it. He's quoted as saying: "Ever since I saw 'Notting Hill', this song got under my skin. How I'd have loved to have played the Hugh Grant role. That was never going to happen - so I've sung the song instead".

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