CMU Daily - on the inside Monday 12th November
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Indian label gets court order against YouTube
- Winehouse's husband held in custody following house raid
- Arrest in Ramones manager murder inqury
- Kanye West's mother dies
- Loads more Mills Mccartney stuff
- Gym Class Heroes get Woodie Of The Year
- Note To Note reaches London
- BPI stage back stage event for young entrepeneurs
- Meat Loaf fan threatens legal action over cut short show
- Mclaren quits jungle show
- New Lupe Fiasco album
- Sting on possible new Police material
- GoodBooks remixed
- Album Review: Cassette Electrik - Electromagnetic
- Artist MySpace pages hacked
- Another BitTorrent tracker goes offline
- Polish piracy server closed down
- Xtaster announce new MD
- GCap get Oxfordshire digital multiplex
- EMAP asset review continues
- Chart update
- playlist
- Total Rock world album chart
- Jay-z equals Elvis chart record
- Fiddy definitely not quitting
- Preston dating ex-fiancee again
- Alicia Keys on her wild first name choice


So, have you got your iPhone yet? There seems to be mixed opinions on how well sales of the much hyped Apple iPod/mobile hybrid have gone since its arrival in the UK and mainland Europe on Friday - though 100 people did queue up all night outside the Apple Store on Regents Street to be first to get one, which is quite impressive given that winter is well and truly on us.

Official sale figures may or may not be released, unofficial figures are certain to surface though. And it will be interesting to see how the iPod sells, given certain limitations, not least the fact it's a 2G service (ie not 3G), it's very reliant on your PC to access music, and requires a change of network if you are not already with O2.

About 18 months ago I was at a MusicTank event discussing the future of mobile music. At the time receiving and playing music on your mobile was still very new, and was no competition at all for the burgeoning online download market. But - as it was pointed out at that event - global mobile phone ownership dwarfs MP3 player ownership by staggering ratios, and as soon as someone launches a half decent competitively priced mobile download service the mobile music sector could dominate digital music sales, and then go on to compete with physical sales. Many present at that event said that they awaited Apple's entry into the mobile market with anticipation, because by past experience they were probably the right people to launch such a half decent service.

Well, now Apple have entered that market. But I'm not 100% certain we do, as yet, have the half decent service that can capture widespread public imagination in the way iTunes did. The mobile music market - in terms of devices and download platforms - is much more crowded than the online music market was when the iPod/iTunes Music Store first surfaced. And the iPhone, while cute and clever and all that, has weaknesses that some of those competitors have already solved. Moreover - the mobile music space remains confusing - with both handset makers and network operators busy launching competing proprietary download platforms, all of which rely on consumers to have and stick with a certain make of phone or a certain phone network.

While the iTunes Music Store is generally tied to the iPod, you can access it from any computer using any internet service provider, and rip music from any CD into the iTunes player. Apple's mobile offer, like those of their competitors, isn't that userfriendly, and until someone launches an offer that is (which is more about negotiating the politics of exclusivity-obsessed manufacturers and networks than the need for new technology) then I don't think anyone will dominate the mobile music space, and in turn mobile music at large won't dominate in the wider digital music market.


Shy Child are one of my favourite new discoveries of 2007, but it occurs to me we've not been excessively plugging them at every possible opportunity, like we normally do with our favourite new discoveries, so I thought we'd make them SNAP Of The Day, in a bid to rectify that, and to put it on record how much we like these guys. Of course it's a bit embarrassing to admit we only discovered Shy Child at the start of this year, given that they've been doing the rounds for years, albeit mainly in hometown New York. But it's since they signed to Wall Of Sound late last year that they've appeared on our radar, and we're trying to make up for lost time by listening to everything they put out on repeat play. The next single from them is 'Drop The Phone' which is out next Monday - and you can preview it here. We recommend you do. a


One of India's biggest record and movie companies, Mumbai-based Super Cassettes Industries Ltd, has told local media that it has obtained a court order that prohibits YouTube India from carrying any of its music or videos. The order follows legal action taken by SCIL against YouTube and its parent Google earlier in the year.

SCIL said in a statement this weekend: "The business model of YouTube allows, encourages and profits from use of copyrighted work uploaded on the website without obtaining any license or permission from the rightful copyright owners and without paying them any royalty".

The company's MD, Bhushan Kumar, added: "There are websites that encourage unlicensed sharing and distribution of copyright content, which is a new form of piracy in the digital medium. Copyright is the engine of creative output of popular content. We have to ensure that the incentive to create and distribute popular content is protected from these large corporations, which are trying to profit by destroying the value of the hard work of thousands of artists, for whom their creative output is perhaps their only source of livelihood".

YouTube and Google India are yet to comment on the court order, though at the time of SCIL's original litigation they stressed their standard line on this issue - that their terms and conditions clearly tell users not to upload copyright content, and that they will always remove content if instructed to do so by copyright owners - something which, they claim, brings them inline with copyright laws. It is unclear if SCIL's court order will force YouTube to be more proactive in stopping the Mumbai firm's content from being uploaded, and if so how the web firm will go about stopping the uploads.

As previously reported, YouTube has avoided legal action from the major record companies by persuading them to licence their content in return for a cut of advertising sales. But there has been litigation from music publishers in Japan, and from the TV and movie industries in the US, most notably from MTV owner Viacom - that could prove to be a landmark case regarding the legalities of video sharing websites if and when it gets to court.


As you may well have seen on Friday, it has been confirmed that Amy Winehouse's husband Blake Fielder-Civil was arrested on Thursday ahead of a police raid on the couple's North London home. While it was known the police search of Winehouse's home was linked to the arrest of four men, it wasn't initially clear if Fielder-Civil was one of those men. But he was, and he was remanded in custody by magistrates on Saturday until at least 23 Nov.

Fielder-Civil and his four co-defendants - a fifth man was arrested this weekend - are accused of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice in relation to charges made against Winehouse's other half and another man following an incident last July. The two men were due to face grievously bodily harm charges, stemming from that incident, in court this week.


The personal assistant of former Ramones manager Linda Stein has been arrested in connection with her death. As reviously reported, Stein, now a property agent, was found dead at her New York apartment on 30 Oct. PA Natavia Lowery has reportedly been arrested after she "made statements implicating herself", though formal charges are yet to be made.


Kanye West's mother, Dr Donda West, has died, seemingly quite suddenly, in LA. She was 58. The cause of death is not clear, with a spokeperson for the family telling reporters: ''The family respectfully asks for privacy during this time of grief". Kanye had just arrived in London when he was told of his mother's death, and he immediately flew to LA to be with his family.

Donda West had managed her son's hip hop career since 2004, when she left her job as an English professor at Chicago State University. She was also CEO of the parent company to Kanye West Enterprises, and recently co-authored a book called 'Raising Kanye: Life Lessons From The Mother Of A Hip-Hop Superstar'.


Can you all take some more Heather Mills nonsense? You sure? OK, here goes. The former Mrs Macca claims she has a recording of Paul McCartney calling her a "one-legged bitch". Which you might say is simply a statement of fact on Macca's part, but you're not a nice person, and I reckon it's a hurtful slur.

The recording is in the "box of evidence" previously referred to by Mills which she claims proves she's the nice, sensible one and that the couple's marriage woes are all McCartney's fault. The box also allegedly contains recordings of McCartney admitting to hitting first wife Linda, other incidents of him mocking Heather's disability and a heated phone conversation between Mills and step-daughter Stella McCartney in which the latter says "I hope you lose your other fucking leg!" Now you might say that the fact Mills seems to have recorded every conversation she ever had with her ex-husband and his family doesn't help her claim to be the nice, sensible one. But, as we've already established, you're not a nice person. Personally I think it's entirely normal behaviour. I know I record all my conversations.

Anyway, here's what a friend of Mills told the News Of The World about the recordings: "There are other recordings Heather says prove Paul referred to her as a 'one-legged bitch'. She's hoping this shows people what she's had to put up with, and will let the public make up their own mind about who was to blame for their split".

Meanwhile, some more Mills bits for you...

First, she has denied reports she was "furious" at reports Paul had a new girlfriend in the form of married American millionaire Nancy Shevell, or at the fact he hadn't told her about his new partner personally. The Daily Mail last week said that Mills had called Macca after news of his new girlfriend broke, and that she had laid into him. They quoted a source thus: "She rang him and there was a huge row. Heather asked what the hell he thought he was up to. She was furious because he hadn't told her about Nancy himself. She asked him how he thinks their daughter Beatrice would feel to see her dad and his new girlfriend splashed all over the newspapers. Paul couldn't believe Heather thought she could take the moral high ground after viciously attacking him on TV last week". But Mills has denied it all. She said in a TV interview last week: "In that situation with Paul, there was no phone call, there was no tears and tantrums - there was nothing. Basically [when I saw him] I just said 'I wish you all the best' and that was it. It's none of anybody's business what happens in Paul's love life".

Second, Mills has lost her lawyer as well as her PR over those now infamous two days of TV ranting. As previously reported, PR Phil Hall quit as Mills' publicist ahead of her anti-tabloid rants, saying he couldn't support her plans to slag off all his friends in tabloids-ville. Now law firm Mishcon de Reya Solicitors have confirmed they are no longer representing Mills in her divorce battle with McCartney. They haven't commented on why they are no longer working for Heather, though gossipers say it is because they feel their former client's GMTV ranting has jeopordised her case. Despite that fact, Mills says she doesn't regret any of the TV rants, saying on yet another GMTV interview last week that she had found the whole experience "cathartic" and was pleased by the public response. Presumably the response of those members of the general public who think she has been misrepresented and treated badly by Macca and the tabloids. And not those members of the general public who think she's off her rocker.

Finally in this edition of Mills News, Heather has formerly replaced Phil Hall with "self-styled French aristocrat" Michele Elyzabeth, who will become Mills' worldwide spokeswoman. This is despite the fact Elyzabeth had to step down as Mills' US spokesperson after incorrectly telling TV show 'Extra' that Mills had been given full custody of her and Macca's daughter Beatrice, when she hadn't.


The Gym Class Heroes have walked away with the Woodie Of The Year award at MTV's annual Woodie Awards - the awards based on the music that is most popular in the US college community. The full list of winners goes like this...

Woodie of the Year: Gym Class Heroes
The Breaking Woodie: Boys Like Girls
The Left Field Woodie: Madvillain
Best Video Woodie: Say Anything
The Good Woodie: Guster
The Alumni Woodie: Spoon
Best Performing Woodie: Muse
Viral Woodie: The Academy Is...
Best Music On Campus Woodie: Stella By Starlight


Industry associations galore will be amassing at the MCPS-PRS's London HQ this Thursday for an event called Note To Note. AIM, BPI, MCPS-PRS, MMF, MPA and PPL will all take part - which is quite a collection of initials if ever I saw one. Note To Note events have been taking place all over the country for the last year, and are aimed at anyone interested in working in the music business or setting up a music company. Each industry body will give a short presentation, and then take questions from the floor and from one-to-one stalls. The London Note To Note event takes place on 15 Nov at the MCPS-PRS HQ at 29-33 Berners St. If you want to go you need to register by email to


In similar news, there's another event this week especially aimed at young music business entrepreneurs. The event, called Back Stage Pass, is being staged by the record labels and record label trade body the BPI as part of a thing called 'Enterprise Week', and aims to give young people invited from around the country advice on how to get established in the music industry.

BPI boss Geoff Taylor says this: "Through this event the BPI is encouraging young entrepreneurs to bring their energy, talent and passion into the music business. It's a unique opportunity for them to meet with people already working in music - at all levels and in a range of roles - and to talk about the industry, ask questions and make connections. Partnering with [Enterprise Week] has given us the ability to reach into new pools of talent across the UK and access young people who perhaps would not normally think about a career in our industry".


A ticket holder at that recent Meat Loaf concert in Newcastle Upon Tyne where the rock legend walked off stage early because he was suffering from what turned out to be a cyst on his vocal cords is planning legal action to force promoters to give ticket refunds, and he is encouraging others to join him.

Promoters have said that Meat Loaf had performed for 70 minutes before ill health forced him to leave the stage, and that as such they do not deem it necessary to refund ticket holders, even though he did not complete the whole planned concert.

However, one fan, Mike Fisher, who paid over £50 for his ticket, claims that Meat Loaf actually only performed for 40 minutes and that that is not enough to justify the ticket price. He says his calls to the venue, promoter and ticket seller Ticketmaster to discuss a refund have not been returned, and now he plans to take the case to the city's small claims court, and he hopes to persuade other ticket holders to back his action.

He told local newspaper The Northern Echo: "I am proposing that since we are not getting any reply, we start proceedings [together] at Newcastle County Court to get our money back. I am sure [claiming together] would add weight to the argument, rather than 200 or 300 people sending in individual claims, which would cost £80 each. I am sure they [the venue and promoters] will have been inundated with individual claims and they can fob them off".

When contacted by the paper, Paul Tappenden, the Marketing Director of the venue, the Metro FM Arena, stressed that the decision as to whether or not to give ticket refunds lay with the promoter: "They hire the venue for the day and we have no control over the show or the money - it goes to the promoter. Meat Loaf was on stage for one hour and ten minutes or so, and there was a support act. There is almost a rule that once a concert goes over an hour, it is perceived that a show has taken place".

Promoters Kennedy Street Enterprises are yet to comment.


Former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren has pulled out of the latest series of 'I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here' before the show has even begun, which is something of an achievement. A spokesman for the ITV show told reporters: "He flew 5,000 miles to take part but on the day they were due to go into the jungle he changed his mind". The show will carry on with the other nine sort of celebs.


Rapper Lupe Fiasco has a new album in the pipeline, set for release on 21 Jan next year. Released through Atlantic Records, it's been executive produced by that Jay Z and is called 'Lupe Fiasco's The Cool'. Lead single 'Superstar' seems to be standard fodder (at least lyrically) for a sophomore rap record, documenting his rise to fame and the discomfort he feels about it: "A fresh, cool young Lu / Trying to cash his microphone check, 2, 1, 2 / Wanna believe my own hype, but it's too untrue / The world brought me to my knees, what have you brung you?" However, having made an excellent debut album in 'Lupe Fiasco's Food and Liquor' we won't hold that against him.


Sting has been commenting on whether or not the reunited The Police will enter the studio after their reunion tour is completed. Apparently it all depends on Sting getting inspired. He told reporters: "I'm sure the other two would love for us to record some new material. It's just really a question of whether I feel inspired". I know at least one person who will be hoping no inspiration is forthcoming.


GoodBooks will release a remix version of their debut album 'Control' on 19 Nov including remixes from the likes of Crystal Castles, Kissy Sell Out and Lo Fi Fnk. The release will be followed with a show in hometown Tunbridge Wells on 20 Dec.


ALBUM REVIEW: Cassette Electrik - Electromagnetic
The success of Robyn's 'With Every Heartbeat' shows there's still an appetite for soulful electronic pop, though sadly it seems a case of "the public trying something different for once" rather than a mass acceptance of the genre once more. Cassette Electrik are your typical male/female synth duo - there's a boffin type (Oli Freke) doing all the music in the background, whilst glittery glamour is provided up front with the vocals of Lucy Bugiel (whose lyrics betray a spiky undertow of regret and bitterness). You could pitch them somewhere between the chilly detachment of Ladytron and the European robotics of Client; you'd be half right, but there's a warmth to CE's music (not readily apparent from the waves of metronomic beats and synth arpeggios) that effectively positions them as peers of Greek electropoppers Marsheaux (whose 'Peek-A Boo' album is one of the finest electronic treats of 2007) and London synthsters Schmoof. There's nods to Goldfrapp and Fischerspooner too (if CE had appeared a few years earlier, they'd probably have been feted as one of the leading lights of electroclash), plus an obvious customary debt to the early 80s progenitors of Visage, Depeche Mode, Soft Cell et al. There's a decent pop sensibility at work here (best featured on the lustrous 'The Smartest Bomb') and whilst it's all a bit derivative (but then what isn't?), 'Electromagnetic' is still no less fun for it. Fans of the genre will find much to enjoy. MS
Release date: Nov (digital release via iTunes etc)
Press contact: EB33 Artist Management


Hackers have reportedly targeted the MySpace pages of certain high profile artists and posted a link to a computer virus that fans are encouraged to download. Fans are told the software is needed to view a video file featuring the artist, but the download actually inserts various root kits into the user's computer system, giving hackers easier access to the computer.

Computer security firm Exploit Prevention Labs discovered the attacks, and they say pages affected include those of Alicia Keys, Scottish band The Dykeenies and French funk outfit Greements Of Fortune. The links to the virus were removed and the source of the hack blocked by MySpace, though the virus link reportedly temporarily returned to the Keys' page after that action had been taken.

One researcher at Exploit this weekend commented on his blog that MySpace was a prime target for these new kind of virus attacks because users are used to being asked to download bits of software in order to view certain audio or video streams.


Another BitTorrent tracker has bitten the dust. Canada based Demonoid has gone off line after action by the Canadian Recording Industry Association against the company who rented the tracker their servers. A notice on what was the Demonoid website admits it was CRIA action that has put the service on hold, though it is unclear whether those behind the tracker are hoping to find new servers or whether they will just give up. The notice reads: "The CRIA threatened the company renting the servers to us, and because of this it is not possible to keep the site online. Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for your understanding".

As much previously reported, BitTorrent trackers help users find BitTorrent sources of content, usually illegal music and movie content. One popular tracker, OiNK, was closed down by British authorities last month, and the music and movie companies seem to be stepping up their action against others, though there are many, and users of a tracker service that is closed down tend to migrate pretty quickly to others, with many blogs out there in P2Pland offering guidance on which trackers to choose.

One of the most high profile tracker services is, of course, The Pirate Bay, mainly because they are more blatant about their disregard for copyright laws and the major music and movie companies. There were reports this weekend that authorities in that service's home country, Sweden, are about to arrest one of the people involved in it, though The Pirate Bay continues to claim that Swedish copyright law does not support such action.


In related news, a computer server at a Polish university allegedly used for illegalling posting music on the internet, often before official release dates, has been closed down after a raid by local police. The 'HPN server' was at Wroclaw Technical University. Two people have also been arrested in relation to alleged copyright infringement on the server. We know this because of a statement issued by the International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry this weekend which said this: "People that post pre-release material onto the Internet are without doubt harming the music industry; one posting on a topsite [like HPN] can see an album appear in thousands of different locations across the internet in a matter of hours. The industry is highly focused on the problem of pre-release piracy, and these actions in Poland will not be the last of their kind".


Music marketing firm Xtaster have announced the appointment of a new MD - Ewan Grant - who was previously General Manager for Ministry Of Sound and has more recently worked for Riot Management and Universal Music.

Xtaster co-founder Stuart Knight told CMU: "Ewan brings an astonishingly varied range of experience to the team and is superbly positioned to develop music and brand properties. Combining his experience as a skilled music business executive, publisher and manager, Ewan compliments the Xtaster rounded approach to developing the business and realising revenue streams and driving sales into new areas".

Grant himself added: "This is an exciting time for everyone in music. The industry has changed so much over the last decade that new challenges seem to arise every day. Companies like Xtaster are at the forefront of these changes - their size and commitment to progress means that they are in an ideal position to capitalise on new markets and opportunities for bands and artists".


OfCom has awarded the digital radio multiplex thingimy for Oxfordshire to Now Digital, which is 75% owned by GCap, owners of Oxford's main commercial station Fox FM.


EMAP has confirmed that no one has come forward to buy the media company as a whole. As previously reported, EMAP has been inviting takeover offers as part of its "review of assets" which began back in July. It has been expected all along that it was most likely EMAP would have to be split up to enable a sale - into its business publishing, consumer publishing and broadcasting bits. That said, complete takeover offers were invited, and EMAP is still sounding out those who have expressed an interest in its most profitable division - business publishing - if they would consider taking over the whole company. That said, everyone now seems to thing a split up of the group is most likely.


So, no change at all at the top of the singles chart this week, where Leona Lewis' 'Bleeding Love' is still number one and Take That's 'Rule The World' is still number two. The first new entry doesn't come until number 12, where we find Kylie Minogue's pretty good cover of Kish Mauve's 'Two Hearts', which just misses out on the top ten, though presumably it will move up into it next week with the physical CD single out today. One slot down you get Elvis' 'In The Ghetto' which my Mum recommends any politician charged with combating the rise of gun crime give a listen too - get tough on the "causes of crime" and all that.

Other new entries this week go: Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger and Black Eyed Pea with 'Baby Love' at 14, Spice Girls with 'Headlines (Friendship Never Ends)' at 20, Kanye West and T-Pain with 'Good Life' at 23, Nickelback with 'Rockstar' at 34 and Celine Dion with 'Taking Chances' at 40.

Albums wise, Westlife's new collection of crap goes in at number one, pushing Eagles' 'Long Road Out Of Eden' back into second place. The Whitney hits collection moves up to number three, while McFly's greatest hits package enters at 4. Other new entries include Boyz II Men's 'Motown Hitsville USA' at 8, Wombats' 'A Guide To Love Loss & Desperation' at 11, Blake's 'Blake' at 18, Amy Winehouse's 'Back To Black: Cash In Edition' at 22, Sigur Ros' 'Hvarf/Heim' at 23, Angel & Airwaves' 'i-Empire' at 29, Jay-Z's 'American Gangster' at 30 and Chris Brown's 'Exclusive' at 31.


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

Bloc Party - Flux (Wichita)
Dizzee Rascal - Flex (Beggars/XL)*
Editors - The Racing Rats (SonyBMG/Columbia)
Foo Fighters - Long Road To Ruin (SonyBMG/Columbia)*
Gallows - Staring At The Rude Bois (Warner)*
Kaiser Chiefs - Love's Not A Competition (But I'm Winning) (B-Unique)
KT Tunstall - Saving My Face (EMI/Relentless)
Kylie - 2 Hearts (EMI/Parlophone)
The Kissaway Trail - 61 (Bella Union)
Madina Lake - One Last Kiss (Warner/Roadrunner)#
The Pigeon Detectives - I Found Out (Dance To The Radio)
Rihanna feat Ne-Yo - Hate That I Love You (Universal/Def Jam)
SE:SA feat. Sharon Phillips - Like This, Like That (EMI/Positiva)
Simian Mobile Disco - Hustler (Wichita)
Shy Child - Drop The Phone (PIAS/Wall of Sound)*
The Whip - Sister Siam (Southern Fried)

Delays - Love Made Visible (Universal/Fiction)
Cage The Elephant - Free Love (EMI/Relentless)*
The Dirty - Why, I Think It's Love (Brownpunk)*
Estelle - Wait A Minute (Just A Touch) (Warner/Atlantic)*
The Go! Team - Wrath of Marcie (Memphis Industries)
Good Shoes - Small Town Girl (Brille)*
Maximo Park - Karaoke Plays (Warp)
Operator Please - Leave It Alone (Brille)
Plain White T's - Hate (I Really Don't Like You) (EMI/Hollywood)*
Reverend and The Makers - Open Your Window (Wall of Sound)
The Rumble Strips - Time (Fallout)
Scouting For Girls - Elvis Ain't Dead (SonyBMG/Epic)*
Stateless - Bloodstream (!K7)
The Twang - Push The Ghosts (B-Unique)
Uniting Nations - Do It Yourself (Gusto)*
Vincent Vincent & The Villians - On My Own (EMI)


It's the Total Rock World Album Chart, as counted down on Total Rock over the weekend - New entries and re-entries marked with a *.

1. Bruce Springsteen - Magic (SonyBMG/Columbia)
2. Foo Fighters - Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace (SonyBMG)
3. Linkin Park - Minutes To Midnight (Warner Bros)
4. Coheed And Cambria - No World For Tomorrow (SonyBMG/Columbia)
5. Serj Tankian - Elect The Dead (Serjical Strike)*
6. Kid Rock - Rock - N Roll Jesus (Warner/Atlantic)
7. Jimmy Eat World - Chase This Light (Universal/Geffen)
8. Nightwish - Dark Passion Play (Nuclear Blast)
9. Nickelback - All The Right Reasons (Warner/Roadrunner)
10. Daughtry - Daughtry (SonyBMG)
11. Alter Bridge - Blackbird (Republic)
12. Bon Jovi - Lost Highway (Universal/Mercury)
13. Eagles - Long Road Out Of Eden (Universal) *
14. Queen - Greatest Hits Vols. 1, 2, 3 (EMI)
15. Velvet Revolver - Libertad (SonyBMG) *
16. Paramore - Riot! (Warner/Atlantic)
17. 30 Seconds To Mars - A Beautiful Lie (EMI/Virgin)
18. Guns n Roses - Greatest Hits (Universal/Geffen)
19. Ozzy Osbourne - Black Rain (SonyBMG/Epic) *
20. Eddie Vedder - Into The Wild OST (SonyBMG/J Records) *


American chart news, and another Elvis record is about to be broken. Well, equalled. While hip hop mogul Jay-Z only managed number thirty in the UK album chart with new long player 'American Gangster' this week, he is destined to top the US album chart with what will be his tenth straight number one album. That means he equals Elvis' record of straight number ones - he also had ten. So, well done Mr Zm.

This comes the week after it was revealed Garth Brooks had overtaken Elvis as best selling US solo artist ever, having sold 123 million units in total. Though Brooks has someway to go to become the best selling artist overall (ie including groups) because the Beatles sold 170 million units. Jay-Z too has someway to go to equal the Beatles in the straight number one stakes, them having had 19 number one albums in the US.


50 Cent has been commenting on the fact he hasn't quit the music industry, despite vowing to do so if his new album 'Curtis' didn't outsell Kanye West's new album 'Graduation', which it didn't. As you'll remember, a US Christian group called Resistance last week called on the rapper to honour his pledge to quit, observing that "the world will be a better place when this satanic piece of filth retires and stops making music". But Fiddy says he's going nowhere, observing that: "I don't know if it's possible for a rapper to retire, rappers are like fighters. They condition themselves to be the best. All rappers think they're the best. And they are just waiting for everyone else to recognise they are the best. You'll see them come back and back".


Ordinary Boy Samuel Preston has reportedly reunited with ex-fiancée Camille Aznar, who he famously dumped in favour of dimwit non-celeb celeb Chantelle Houghton after his stint on Celebrity Big Brother in 2006. As previously reported, Preston and Chantelle announced they were splitting back in June, less than a year after they married. And according to the Sunday Mirror, Preston is now back dating Aznar. They quote a source thus: "Camille found it hard to forgive Preston for the pain he caused her when they split. But they've never lost touch and although it drives Camille mad to admit it, she's always held a torch for her ex. It's early days and neither of them expects to slot back into the perfect relationship they had before. But they were a great couple and it seems the spark is still there. They're taking it one day at a time and seeing how it goes".


Alicia Augello-Cook has revealed that before opting for the stage name Alicia Keys she very nearly went with Alicia Wild. In an interview with Newsweek this week, promoting new album 'As I Am', Keys says she simply flicked through a dictionary when first charged with the task of finding a performing name, and her eyes were drawn to 'wild'. But she ran the name Alicia Wild past her mother who, clearly no fan of Kim, remarked "It sounds like you're a stripper" - a comment which sent the singer back to the dictionary anew, where she found and opted for 'keys', on which Alicia says: "It's like the piano keys. And it can open so many doors".

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