CMU Daily - on the inside Tuesday 23rd October
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Universal reveal V2 plans - expect job cuts
- Radiohead EP appears on iTunes
- Ministry man pays tribute to Raven
- More Pavarotti will speculation
- Kid Rock arrested after waffle fracas
- Spears regains visitation rights
- Lil Wayne may sue high school over gig
- New Verve on nme.com
- Mars Volta tracklisting
- Chromeo's Bonafide Lovin'
- Sum 41 cancel gigs after Whibley is injured
- Underworld tour on hold
- Wu-tang dates on hold
- Travis to headline Aberdeen Hogmanay
- Arctic Horror live
- Sugababes tour
- Former Zomba chief launches new publishing firm
- OCC to launch new retail value chart
- Goldsmith says secondary ticketing could kill live industry
- Chrysalis hand cash to shareholders
- Another Spiralfrog deal
- Omnifone announce Hong Kong deal
- BBC criticised over Pop's paki shop remark
- Kershaw returns to 6music
- Sarpong quits T4
- Marr says Smiths might reform
- Has Sharon quit X-Factor?
- Jermaine don't like Justin
- Westlife don't want Brian back

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TOP BIT CALL TO ACTION
Hey, A&R types, don't forget we are currently putting together an all new CMU guide to making it as a band, and we plan to include a comprehensive guide to all the A&Rs out there in record label and music publishing land. If you're an A&R we'd greatly appreciate it if you could take two and half minutes to bung us an email and tell us the following:

- Your name, job title and label
- Your label's A&R policy - ie what kind of music you sign
- Approx how many new bands you sign a year
- Whether you welcome unsolicited demos
- If so, how you prefer them (CD, email, via web interface)
- Do you welcome bands contacting you to tell you about themselves, their gigs, their self-releases etc?
- If so, how should they get in touch (phone, email, via web interface)?
- What tips do you have for bands looking to be signing?

We're keen to get your info even if it is "don't send us anything or get in touch, we discover everything ourselves". So, Mr/Ms A&R, email us your answers to guide@cmumusicnetwork.co.uk. And we'll let you know more about our new guide to the music biz sometime very soon, promise.

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UNIVERSAL REVEAL V2 PLANS - EXPECT JOB CUTS
Universal Music has revealed more details of its plans for V2 Music, which it acquired off bank Morgan Stanley back in August. The former indie will become an imprint of Universal UK's Mercury division under its president Jason Iley.

V2's CEO Tony Harlow, a key player in the Universal acquisition, is expected to have a role in the reinvented label, though it isn't exactly clear quite what that role will be just yet. Elsewhere, about fifty of V2's existing staff are expected to stay on, either within the new V2 imprint or elsewhere in Universal, though the major admits that other V2 employees over and above that fifty will be made redundant, while it remains unclear what will happen to teams working in V2's smaller affiliates in France, Germany and Italy - they may or may not be absorbed into their local Universal Music companies.

Whether the workforce downsize will be accompanied by a roster cull still isn't clear. Bands like Stereophonics, currently number one in the album chart, will be safe, of course, and Universal say they remain committed to V2's Co-operative Music programme which works in partnership with smaller indies like Wichita, Bella Union and City Slang. But some reckon some of the former indie's less well performing artists are sure to be cut.

In a statement Universal said it was "confident that V2 and its artists have a strong future" adding that its commitment to the former indie was "international in scope" and would give "new resources and new energy to the V2 identity, its heritage and its artists".

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RADIOHEAD EP APPEARS ON ITUNES
Hmm, some confusion as to whether iTunes are or are not selling Radiohead. Well, one small slice of Radiohead anyway.

As previously reported, Radiohead's music is not available on iTunes because they are one of a handful of bands who still object to Apple's rule that artists must sell their albums track by track - ie you can't insist fans only buy full albums. As a result the only Radiohead tracks that appear on the Apple download service are five that appear on compilation albums, including the tracks they recorded for Warchild's 'Help' albums.

Or at least that was so until yesterday when, according to Music Week, a 1994 EP from the band suddenly appeared on iTunes, albeit as a downloadable bundle - ie you have to buy all four tracks that appear on it, perhaps suggesting Apple has decided to compromise on its 'no compulsory bundling' rule to get Thom Yorke et al onto the system. Although credited to Radio Head (not Radiohead) Music Week say they have downloaded the 'My Iron Lung EP' off iTunes and it is the genuine article. It is available in the iTunes Plus DRM free format - it being in EMI's catalogue, and they allowing such things.

However, when Music Week approached EMI's Murray Chalmers he said that no agreement had been reached between Apple and the band regarding the inclusion of their music on the download platform and that he would be alerting the band's management to the inclusion of the 'My Iron Lung EP' on the Apple store. However, as of half five this morning, when I checked, the EP was still available for iTunes download.

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MINISTRY MAN PAYS TRIBUTE TO RAVEN
Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen has told reporters he is in "total shock" after hearing that bass player Paul Raven had died. As previously reported, Raven was found dead this weekend after an apparent heart attack. Although best known for his work with Killing Joke, Raven appeared on two Ministry albums.

Jourgensen said yesterday: "I am in total shock. The world of music is a sadder, emptier place. Not only was Raven an extraordinary talent, but one of my closest dearest friends. Our condolences and prayers go to his immediate family. He will be truly missed by artists, musicians and his fans the world over. The one consolation is knowing Raven's already hooked up with the right people and started a new project in the After Life. God's speed, Raven. Rest In Peace, you fucking pirate".

A tribute page has been set up for Raven at http://www.thirteenthplanet.com/raven/

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MORE PAVAROTTI WILL SPECULATION
It seems Pavarotti's fortune may not be as big as originally thought, and while there are substantial properties in his estate, there is also the matter of about 18 million euros of debts which need to be paid off.

As previously reported, there has been much speculation, especially in the Italian press, regarding the size of the fortune Pavarotti left after his death last month, and also as to whether rumours he changed his will in the last month of his life to his second wife's advantage would lead to a legal challenge by the children of his first marriage.

Italian daily La Repubblica has now reported more details about Pavarotti's finances. It seems that at the time of his death the opera star's bank accounts were 11 million euros overdrawn, which is quite a lot, while there were another 7 million euros of unpaid loans.

In terms of property, all of the singer's US property - three apartments and several paintings worth an estimated 15 million euros - have been put in a trust for his second wife Nicoletta Mantovani and their daughter Alice. His daughters by first wife Adua Veroni are excluded from the trust, but will share an Italian villa and Monte Carlo apartment with Mantovani. It is not clear if any of those properties will need to be sold to pay off the debts.

Representatives of Pavarotti's family continue to deny reports that there is a dispute between his second wife and the daughters of his first marriage, though with the outstanding debts reducing the value of the singer's estate, and with the trust set up right at the end of Pavarotti's life giving so much to Mantovani, many continue to speculate the whole thing will ultimately end up in court.

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KID ROCK ARRESTED AFTER WAFFLE FRACAS
Kid Rock was arrested in the early hours of Sunday morning after an altercation in a waffle restaurant. Well, I suppose if you're going to have an altercation in the early hours of a Sunday morning, where better? Details of the fracas are a bit hazy, though it seems that it involved a fellow waffle eater called Harlen DeJon Akins who seemingly recognised a woman in Kid Rock's entourage and exchanged words with her. We don't know what words exactly, but fists soon seemingly began to fly both inside the waffle house and outside in the parking lot. Kid Rock et al fled the scene in their tour bus but were later stopped by police. He and five of his posse were taken into custody after the incident, and were held for much on the day, before being freed on $1000 bail. Akins, in case you wondered, was hospitalised but was later released after receiving treatment. No official word as yet from Rock's people.

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SPEARS REGAINS VISITATION RIGHTS
As expected, Britney Spears has been granted visitation rights to her children again. As previously reported, custody of Spears' children has been given to her ex Kevin Federline, on account of her being a bit loopy. Spears had been given visitation rights, but then she lost them for failing to comply with certain court obligations, but then she did comply, so now she has her visitation rights back. So, consider yourself up to speed on all things Spears and her kids. The next custody hearing is due to take place this Friday.

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LIL WAYNE MAY SUE HIGH SCHOOL OVER GIG
A promoter of a planned Lil Wayne gig at a North Carolina high school is threatening to sue the school because he says he was forced to cancel the gig because they had cancelled the gig even though they'd then uncancelled the gig. If that makes sense. Which it almost definitely doesn't.

Lil Wayne was due to play New Hanover High School in Wilmington, North Carolina on Sunday night. But as plans for the gig were underway the school got cold feet about the hip hopper playing at their venue, fearing it might escalate gang violence which had been occurring near the educational institution. The school's board called the event off, but then the gig's promoter sued claiming the board couldn't prove the concert would actual pose any threat to safety. Keen to avoid litigation, the school board went back on its original decision and said the gig could go ahead after all, but hired extra police offices to monitor the event. But then on the night, when it became clear only about a quarter of the tickets for the gig had been sold, Wayne pulled out at the last minute.

With hundreds of Lil Wayne fans now demanding refunds, the promoter is threatening a second lawsuit against the school, claiming that because of their original albeit temporary decision to cancel the event they prevented him from properly promoting the gig, hence the poor turnout. Whether there really is a case against the school isn't clear, though the promoter will be seemingly $10,000s out of pocket if and when he refunds the tickets that were sold.

Given that another recent Lil Wayne college gig in the US also led to litigation after two fans were injured by a crush that occurred in the crowd after the rapper threw cash into his audience, perhaps Wayne should just stop playing at venues with educational links.

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NEW VERVE ON NME.COM
Following their previously reported reunion, The Verve have been in the studio for the first time in a decade and the fruits of their labour, all fourteen minutes of it, can be downloaded via the NME website at http://www.nme.com/verve - all you have to give in return is your name, email address and mobile number (or someone's name, email address and mobile number, I guess). The download will be available for just seven days, though it's an MP3 so will presumably find its way into P2Pdom.

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MARS VOLTA TRACKLISTING
Tracklisting anyone? How about the tracklisting to the new Mars Volta album, ''The Bedlam In Goliath', due out early next year? Would you like that? Well, consider it done...

Aberinkula
Metatron
Ilyena
Wax Simulacra
Goliath
Tourniquet Man
Cavalettas
Agadez
Askepios
Ouroboros
Soothsayer
Conjugal Burns

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CHROMEO'S BONAFIDE LOVIN'
We like Chromeo and you should too. In fact, if you like great pop music and don't possess a copy of their latest record, 'Fancy Footwork', then you really should go and sit in a corner somewhere and have a good think about what you've done. Or not done. Anyway, new single 'Bonafide Lovin' should garner these guys some much deserved airplay, if only because of the video which harks back to Dire Straits' iconic 'Money For Nothing' video which the Chromeo press release reminds me was the first ever video to be ever be played on MTV UK. You can check it out here...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xew85L1xyC8&eurl=

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SUM 41 CANCEL GIGS AFTER WHIBLEY IS INJURED
Sum 41 have cancelled all upcoming gigs after frontman Deryck Whibley injured his back while on tour. The specifics of Whibley's injuries have not been revealed. The band's Canadian tour is effected.

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UNDERWORLD TOUR ON HOLD
Underworld postponed the third of their gigs at Camden's Roundhouse last week because of "severe illness" within the band. It is not clear if it is Karl Hyde or Rick Smith who is ill, nor what the illness is. A posting on their website, which says that all upcoming European dates are on hold, simply says: "It is with great regret that we have had to pull-out of the European leg of the current Underworld tour due to severe illness in the band. More details will follow, but in the meantime, we appreciated your patience and understanding".

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WU-TANG DATES ON HOLD
Upcoming Wu-Tang Clan dates have also been cancelled, though there's no injuries or illness here, just inter-band feuding. Apparently Ghostface Killah is in dispute with his band mates after they announced they would release new album '8 Diagrams' on the same day his solo long player 'The Big Dough Rehab'. And the row has reportedly led to Killah withdrawing from the Clan's live dates, leading to them being postponed. Or so we're told.

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TRAVIS TO HEADLINE ABERDEEN HOGMANAY
Travis are shunning home town Glasgow this New Years by playing at Aberdeen's Hogmanay celebrations. Chances are it will rain on them.

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ARCTIC HORROR LIVE
Continuing the tradition of picking excellent support bands, Southend goth-punks The Horrors have been announced as the special guest on the Arctic Monkeys upcoming UK tour, which will take in these dates...

8 Dec: London, Alexandra Palace
9 Dec: London, Alexandra Palace
11 Dec: Manchester Central
12 Dec: Manchester Central
14 Dec: Aberdeen AECC
15 Dec: Aberdeen AECC

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SUGABABES TOUR
Have we already listed the dates for Sugababes Spring 2008 tour? Have we? I don't think so, so here they are...

13 Mar: Brentwood Leisure Centre
14 Mar: Brighton Dome
16 Mar: Plymouth Pavilions
17 Mar: Oxford New Theatre
18 Mar: Southend, Cliffs Pavilion
20 Mar: London Royal Albert Hall
21 Mar: Derby Assembly Rooms
22 Mar: Portsmouth Guildhall
24 Mar: Carlisle, Sands Centre
25 Mar: Newcastle City Hall
26 Mar: Glasgow, Clyde Auditorium
28 Mar: Wolverhampton Civic Hall
29 Mar: Blackburn, King Georges Hall
31 Mar: Bradford, St Georges Hall
1 Apr: Manchester Apollo
4 Apr: Grimsby Auditorium
5 Apr: Bristol, Colston Hall
7 Apr: Sheffield City Hall
8 Apr: Cambridge Corn Exchange
9 Apr: Leicester, De Montford Hall

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FORMER ZOMBA CHIEF LAUNCHES NEW PUBLISHING FIRM
Former Zomba Music Publishing MD Steven Howard has announced he is going back into the wacky world of music publishing by launching a publishing division of his TCB Group, the company he launched after leaving Zomba in 2004 which currently has artist management and brand consultancy operations. The new publishing outfit, to be called TCB Music Publishing, obviously, will have a global administration partnership with Kobalt Music Publishing, and has already signed its first songwriters in the form of the band Unklejam.

Here's what Howard says: "I've spent over 25 years of my career in music publishing so establishing a music publishing company to complement our other activities feels like a very natural move. It is a great time to be independent. I feel very confident in being able to utilise contacts built up over many years, to offer a "hands-on" personal service to a select group of talented individuals. I'm very happy with our administration partner Kobalt Music and extremely excited about our signings so far".

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OCC TO LAUNCH NEW RETAIL VALUE CHART
You remember how last week we reported on how the German albums chart now bases itself not on units sold but on revenues generated - so that an album selling for twenty euros only has to sell half as many units as one selling for ten euros to get the same chart rating? Well, the UK's Official Charts Company is planning on doing something similar with a brand new chart that will ultimately offer the record industry with a guide to both the number of units sold and the total 'retail value' of any one release, and even a breakdown of that information by retailer type (specialist, indie, supermarket, online etc).

Music Week quote recently appointed OCC MD Martin Talbot thus: "Clients and subscribers have wanted a chart like it for a while and for the first time we'll be able to establish the value of the retail market. At a time when the entertainment sector is facing up to a series of changes within the retail and consumer environment, we are absolutely committed to providing our customers with the most comprehensive view possible of the markets they operate in".

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GOLDSMITH SAYS SECONDARY TICKETING COULD KILL LIVE INDUSTRY
I'm getting a bit bored about all this whining about the secondary ticket market, but whatever, Harvey Goldsmith has again been ranting on the topic, this time at In The City.

As much previously reported, Goldsmith is one of the most vocal critics of the growth of online ticket touting, and recently vowed to ensure any tickets for his Led Zeppelin reunion concert sold via eBay would be cancelled. Giving a keynote at In The City, he said he fear the growth of the secondary ticketing market, where touts unrelated to a concert profit by reselling tickets, could have a negative impact on the currently thriving live sector.

According to Billboard, he said: "eBay are the biggest tickets touts in the world currently, and underneath them is another group of horrible parasites called the secondary market, who go under this banner of being professional and helping the industry, and all they're doing is fucking the industry. We in the live industry are suddenly allowing all of these parasites to take over ... The truth is we don't need them. We never really needed them, but we let them come in and take over and it's big problem. It's something that's going to bubble up to the surface and if we don't get on top of it, it will take us over, and it will kill the industry".

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CHRYSALIS HAND CASH TO SHAREHOLDERS
Chrysalis Group, which now consists of Chrysalis Music and, erm, nothing else, so not much of a 'group', has announced a corporate reconstitution, to accommodate the lack of 'group-ness' in the company. It's good news for shareholders in the firm because they'll all be getting 57.5 pennies for every share they have as part of the move.

This all follows the previously reported sale of Chrysalis Radio to Global Radio. Chrysalis will create a new company - Chrysalis Plc - which will take complete ownership of Chrysalis Group. Shareholders in Chrysalis Group will receive two shares in the new company for every five they had in the old company. They will also get 287.5 pence in cash for every five shares. Which is nice.

Chrysalis now consists of a music publishing company, a CD/DVD distribution company and the Echo 'incubator record label'.

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ANOTHER SPIRALFROG DEAL
Ad-supported digital music platform SpiralFrog has reportedly finalised a licensing agreement with Sony/ATV Music Publishing, its latest deal to expand the amount of music available via the free music service which, of course, launched in North America last month.

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OMNIFONE ANNOUNCE HONG KONG DEAL
Omnifone have announced another deal which allows the further expansion of its MusicStation service, this time into Hong Kong. The service will be made available via tel co 3 Hong Kong. As previously reported, Omnifone hope to take on Apple's iPhone with its subscription based service which is being made available via different phone providers in different territories. In the UK it will be available via Vodafone.

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BBC CRITICISED OVER POP'S PAKI SHOP REMARK
Just FYI, the phrase "paki shop" is not, repeat, not acceptable. Got that Pop? I must admit being quite shocked the first time I heard the expression used, but it is quite a common phrase to describe corner shops run by Asian people in certain communities.

As previously reported, Iggy Pop used the expression in an interview during the BBC's Glastonbury coverage this year. Media regulator OfCom yesterday upheld complaints made against the broadcasting of the remark, and the failure of BBC presenters to immediately reject the term.

The BBC said that it regretted the "compliance lapse" but that Pop was "one of the wildest men in rock music", and that therefore features involving him had a "built-in content advisory warning". They added that as an American, Pop probably did not realise the expression had now passed out of "polite usage".

But OfCom held up the complaint saying that the BBC had failed in its responsibility to not issue an immediate apology.

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KERSHAW RETURNS TO 6MUSIC
Liz Kershaw will return to 6Music this weekend, her first show for the station since it was revealed a phone in feature had been faked on one of her past programmes. As previously reported, producer Leona McCambridge was fired after it was revealed listeners were encouraged to phone in on one edition of Kershaw's show even though it was a pre-recorded show and the phone in feature had already been pre-recorded using members of the production team. There had been speculation that Kershaw's show, which was off the air when the phone in scandal was revealed, would not be recommissioned, but the former Radio 1 presenter will return to the digital station this weekend. There won't, of course, be any phone ins, given that such things are still banned on BBC radio following all those dodgy phone in revelations.

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SARPONG QUITS T4
June Sarpong has quit Channel 4's T4 youth strand after five years of irritating the nation's youth between Hollyoaks and The OC. She will be replaced by new host Rick Edwards, who joins other T4ers Steve Jones, Miquita Oliver and Alexa Chung. A source says of Sarpong's decision: "June feels she's been doing the trendy teenage stuff for long enough. She's after something a little more serious to get her teeth into".

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MARR SAYS SMITHS MIGHT REFORM
Professor Johnny Marr says The Smiths could reform, even though different band members have said over the years that a reunion is a definite no go - Morrissey in particular. But Marr has told BBC Five Live's Victoria Derbyshire that "stranger things have happened so, you know, who knows?" adding: "It's no biggy. Maybe we will in 10 or 15 years time when we all need to for whatever reasons, but right now Morrissey is doing his thing and I'm doing mine, so that's the answer really".

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HAS SHARON QUIT X-FACTOR?
There is tabloid speculation as to whether Sharon Osbourne has quit the latest series of The X Factor after she seemingly walked off the show at the weekend after two of her contestants were voted off. The News Of The World has reported that producers of the show are still in the dark as to whether Osbourne has walked off for good, but that they have a contingency plan in place if she doesn't come back. A source told the tab: "At this point in time Sharon has said she is no longer a judge on The X Factor. We are hoping she will be able to sleep on her decision and calm down. Chris Moyles has made it clear he's on standby if Sharon or Louis Walsh walk out at short notice. Simon Cowell is likely to take him up on that offer".

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JERMAINE DON'T LIKE JUSTIN
Janet Jackson's other half, that Jermaine Dupri bloke, has criticised Justin Timberlake for failing to support Janet during the whole Nipplegate debacle. Jackson's infamous breast revealing routine occurred during a duet with Timberlake, of course. He was initially quite flippant about the routine - coining the 'wardrobe malfunction' phrase - until it became clear just how big the media backlash was going to be to the appearance of a boob during a Superbowl half time show, at which point he distanced himself from the routine completely. Something Dupri reckons was a very bad show.

Whether that incident has affected Durpi's general opinion on Timberlake I don't know, but here is what the rapper/producer has to say about the former Nsyncer's looks and style in his autobiography 'Young, Rich And Dangerous': "I think Justin Timberlake is a talented performer. But he's very ordinary-looking. He could be any skinny white kid from the suburbs of Orlando. You could go to the mall and find another Justin. He doesn't make his style interesting even when he's onstage. To me, he just doesn't look like a star". Ouch. Though he's right you know.

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WESTLIFE DON'T WANT BRIAN BACK
Talking of ordinary looking blokes, Westlife have been chatting about the departure of Brian McFadden from the boy band back in 2004. And they don't seem that bothered about it. Certainly they don't want him back.

Mark Feehily told the Mirror: "We don't miss Brian. He was never going to be another Robbie Williams because Robbie is unique".

On suggestions McFadden might join his former band for a tenth anniversary gig planned for next year, Shane Filan remarked: "No, Brian isn't in Westlife any more. Why would he be joining us? He will be there watching us perform, kicking and screaming inside that he left the band".

Well, that's him told.

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