CMU Daily - on the inside Monday 17th December
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In today's CMU Daily:
- McCartney says he dropped EMI because they were boring
- LA club owner accused of rape
- Fed lawyer critical of Spears no show
- Anthrax recruit unknown frontman
- Ike Turner's widow makes plea to Tina
- Dan Fogelberg dies
- Spice Girl reunion reaches the homeland
- Kenyan band win World Service prize
- Okereke on new Bloc Party
- Amos tells fans to fuck off
- CSS storm off stage after shoe missile incident
- Reverend to open new Sheffield Academy
- Cerys to headline Anglesey's St David's day festivities
- Mixmag best of 07
- DiS best of 07
- Single Review: Sebastien Tellier - Sexual Sportswear
- SonyBMG Australia buy into artist management
- Major job cuts update
- YouTube Led Zepp clips taken down by infringement agency, not Warner
- Competition Commission's Sky ITV stake report in
- Capital Marketing Director goes
- TOTP back for Christmas
- New look BBC iPlayer to launch on Christmas Day
- Chart update
- Total Rock world album chart
- Stone to appear in Flake ads
- X-Factor round up
- Police called after students sing Guns n Roses track
- Ronson and Allen talking again
- Barlow says no place for Robbie in Take That of today
- Posh says hubby's bulge is all his

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TOP BIT - ALBUMS OF THE YEAR #8
ELECTRELANE - NO SHOUTS, NO CALLS
Now, I can't say for sure that when Team CMU put forward their votes for this here Album Of The Year feature that there wasn't a subconscious hidden agenda when voting for this one. With Electrelane announcing they were on "indefinite hiatus" earlier this Autumn, I suspect we were hoping that a few more accolades for this brilliant Brighton fourpiece might persuade them to keep on going. But I should add that [a] we don't really believe we have that power and [b] this was already a definite favourite in CMU HQ before the news of the split reached our news desk. 'No Shouts, No Calls' was yet another quality Electrelane long player, despite being, and possibly because it was slightly more upbeat than its predecessors. The delicate guitar work, rumbling organs and bass-heavy drums were still there, but the songs seemed to present a more cheerful side to the band. Perhaps we should have realised that was an ominous sign of the impending break up, but we were too busy enjoying brilliant tracks like 'To The East' and 'Between A Wolf And A Dog' to notice. And having put the album back in the CD player after the split news broke, we discovered we liked it even more than first time round. Certainly it helped compensate for the depressing news. And while this is arguably not the band's best album to date, it is still a definite stand out of the year, and a worthy release to be dubbed the eighth CMU Albums Of 2007.

http://www.cmumusicnetwork.co.uk/albumsoftheyear

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JOBS N STUFF

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The position is based at our European headquarters in Berlin and comes with a competitive salary negotiable on experience. To apply for this position please supply us with a CV and a short covering letter specifying salary expectations. Closing date is January 6th 2008.

Email Stefanie.Franke@beatport.com

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CMU TRACK OF THE YEAR 2007
OK, this really is your very final chance to vote in the CMU Track Of The Year poll. At 5pm today we will close the voting, identify the ten most voted for tracks, and kick off stage two of the voting tomorrow. So, if you want to get your nomination in, do so now. Email the name of your fave track and a couple of sentences on why it's so great to 2007@cmumusicnetwork.co.uk.

Meanwhile, here's some votes already received...

Steve Jansen featuring David Sylvian - Playground Martyrs (Samadhi Sound)
"This is the stand-out track from Jansen's debut solo album 'Slope' released a mere 25 years after the demise of Japan. Two variants of this song, penned by Jansen and his brother and former bandmate David Sylvian, appear on his album. One is sung by Swedish singer Nina Kinert in a style reminiscent of Stina Nordenstam and the other by Sylvian. The two versions complement each other wonderfully (particularly given the gender/nationality differences) but it is the latter version that really shines through with David delivering one of the vocal performances of his career, heartbreaking and understated, backed with piano and electronics that tail off in to the ether. A song, and an album, likely to appeal to anyone with a soft spot for late period Talk Talk".
Kevin Milburn, Mercury Prize

Reverend And The Makers - Heavyweight Champion of the World
"Simply one of the best poets this year!"
Luke English, Vital

Vote for your track of the year - email the name of your fave track and a couple of sentences on why it's great to 2007@cmumusicnetwork.co.uk. Do it now!

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MCCARTNEY SAYS HE DROPPED EMI BECAUSE THEY WERE BORING
Paul McCartney has revealed that he decided to part company with EMI earlier this year because the people that worked there were a bunch of uncreative, formulaic tired old fuckers, and frankly he'd had enough of their uninspiring, depressing and ultimately useless marketing campaigns. I should stress I'm paraphrasing a bit here, but that's the gist of what Macca said in an interview with The Times last week, in which he discussed his decision to end his career long relationship with the London based major. The marketers, it seems, needed a few more shots of the strong stuff to rediscover their marketing edge, which is presumably why Macca decided to jump ship to the Starbucks backed Hear Music, where the marketing department is presumably never short of a shot of espresso or three.

Saying he "dreaded going to see" execs at his former label, McCartney told the Times: "Everybody at EMI had become part of the furniture. I'd be a couch; Coldplay are an armchair. Robbie Williams, I dread to think what he was". Whenever he had a new album to promote, he says, "I could guess what they were going to say. 'Love your record, Paul.' And I'd say, 'Well what should we do with it?' Then they'd go: 'Well, we think you ought to go to Cologne', which is what they always say. You go somewhere, speak to a million journalists for one day and you get all the same questions. So I started saying, 'God, we've got to do something else'". He concluded by complaining that when he had new music to release the major always said they'd need six months to plan the marketing campaign, adding: "Couldn't some bright people do that in two days? Look boys, I'm sorry, I'm digging a new furrow".

Of course EMI old timers might say that had Macca made some more interesting music they'd have marketed it in a more interesting way, though EMI new timers (ie Terra Firma types) would probably argue Macca's comments support their viewpoint that a radical cultural change is required at EMI if they are to succeed in the digital age. And, of course, McCartney would surely point to the relative commercial success of his first album for Starbucks, 'Memory Almost Full', though to be fair the mere decision to take his music to the coffee firm garnered enough media coverage to account for some of those sales.

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LA CLUB OWNER ACCUSED OF RAPE
The owner of a high profile celebrity hang out in LA, the Les Deux nightclub, has been caught up in a somewhat sensational rape allegation. Nineteen year old SkyeAnne Smith claims that Les Deux co-owner Lonnie Moore took her to the managers' lounge at the LA venue, which is frequented by the likes of Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan, and proceeded to rape her, anally and vaginally, before forcing her to "conduct oral copulation on him". Smith shouldn't have been in the club in the first place because it has an over-21s licence. Claiming she "verbally expressed her pain and said 'no'" during the alleged assault, she is suing Moore and his club for negligence, assault, battery, and sexual battery and is seeking damages in excess of £2.5 million.

A spokesman for the club denies all of Smith's allegations, describing the lawsuit as a "typical Hollywood shakedown". TMZ.com report that Smith has been on the LA 'party circuit' for years, and insiders at the club say that it was she that was making the moves on Moore on the night of the alleged attack. The club also argues that Moore has never been accused of any sexual indiscretion before, that the club operates a strict sexual harassment policy, and that Smith has failed to launch any criminal proceedings in relation to her allegations because they were deemed "not credible".

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FED LAWYER CRITICAL OF SPEARS NO SHOW
Talking of Britney, which we were, fleetingly, Kevin Federline's legal people have publicly criticised Spears' no show for a recent session in the couple's ongoing custody battle. As previously reported, Spears was due to attend a session at the Fed's lawyers' office last week, but phoned in sick at the last minute. Lawyer Mark Vincent Kaplan says that Spears should be more responsible in her actions relating to the custody battle. He told reporters: "It's not like the fourth grade where you get a doctor's note and it's all OK. If you don't obey a court order, you can be held in contempt, but we're not really interested in punishing her. We're interested in getting facts and information that are inconsistent with her position or consistent with my client's position".

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ANTHRAX RECRUIT UNKNOWN FRONTMAN
Metalheads Anthrax have announced they have recruited a little known new lead singer, and without any prime time TV search, what were they thinking? Anthrax have been without a frontman since Joey Belladonna, singer during the band's 'classic' era, and for the band's most recent reunion, announced he was standing down at the start of the year. For a while rumour had it Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor would take over, but contractual obligations prevented that from happening. Dan Nelson, former Devilsize singer, seemingly got the gig simply because he asked for it.

In a statement on the band's website, Nelson says: "I was actually looking for a band. Long Island, NY is a pretty dead scene. I was in Unbroken, and through that I met [Anthrax's] Rob [Caggiano] a couple years ago. I had gone through some stuff on a personal side where I took time off from the music. When I got back to the scene, I couldn't find a band, so I contacted Rob through MySpace and offered my services. We sent music back and forth, got together, and jammed for 10 hours straight. After 10 hours, he said, 'I think you'd be right for Anthrax".

Nelson's new bandmate, and Anthrax founding member, Scott Ian adds: "It feels great working with Dan. The first time we jammed, we ran through a bunch of old songs, songs from the John Bush/Joey Belladonna eras. Right from the first second Dan started 'Room For One More' we knew. We said, 'Now that we've got that, let's work his ass off'".

The all new Anthrax line up are now in the studio working on new material.

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IKE TURNER'S WIDOW MAKES PLEA TO TINA
Ike Turner's widow Jeanette Turner has called on her late husband's former wife Tina Turner to officially forgive her ex. Ike and Tina Turner's marriage was, of course, eventful, with the latter accusing the former of habitual spousal abuse. Ike later admitted to hitting Tina during their marriage, but denied he was guilty of the level of abuse implied through his ex-wife's famous autobiography.

Following Ike's death last week, Jeanette told EURweb: "I know that she was hurt. But there's something called forgiveness and I know Ike really forgave himself, which is really hard to do. I'm not defending what he did. I'm not saying he didn't do what he did when he was with Tina or me. But he was a human being. And being all of that, he's still a child-like person - pure and a good person always willing to help people. He was a human being and he helped Tina... he helped a lot of people".

Following Ike's death, a spokeswoman for Tina told reporters: "Tina is aware that Ike passed away. She has not had any contact with him in 35 years. No further comment will be made". Meanwhile her friends have told reporters she will not be attending her late former husband's funeral, with one quoted in the media thus: "Tina hasn't seen Ike for 35 years and last time she did see him he treated her appallingly, so there's no way she will be going to the service to pay tribute to him".

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DAN FOGELBERG DIES
Singer songwriter Dan Fogelberg, whose hits included 'The Power Of Gold' and 'Leader Of The Band', died this weekend, aged 56, following a battle with prostate cancer. A posting on Fogelberg's website read: "Dan left us this morning at 6:00 a.m. He fought a brave battle with cancer and died peacefully at home in Maine with his wife Jean at his side. His strength, dignity and grace in the face of the daunting challenges of this disease were an inspiration to all who knew him". Fogelberg enjoyed most success in the seventies and early eighties, though continued to work until diagnosed with the cancer in 2004, releasing his final album, 'Full Circle', in 2003.

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SPICE GIRL REUNION REACHES THE HOMELAND
So, I was in the building as the Spice Girls reunion arrived in the UK on Saturday night, though I should stress I was next door at The O2's IndigO2 venue enjoying the much more cultured 75th anniversary concert for the BBC World Service headlined by, erm, Katie Melua. But next door the Spices (including Emma Bunton, despite her injuring her ankle at a US show) performed to a packed out arena with many a celeb among the excitable fans (I stood next to Richard E Grant on the tube home, and I'm assuming the Spice World star was there to see his former co-stars rather then Melua). The show garnered generally positive reviews from those critic types, while fans posting on blogs and message boards all seemed much more excited about the return of the Girls than the lacklustre performance of comeback single 'Headlines' might have suggested.

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KENYAN BAND WIN WORLD SERVICE PRIZE
Talking of the World Service party, among the acts to play at the suitably international and refreshingly eclectic night (Ms Melua wasn't really representative) were a rather fine Kenyan group called Yunasi, who last week won the BBC station's annual global new music competition Next Big Thing. The eight piece won the annual pop contest with their song 'Ndi Ndi Ndi', which is apparently about the dangers of excess drinking. I have to say, if their three song set at the World Service party is anything to go by, they're really good, and well worth tracking down. A damn sight more exciting than Melua. And the Spice Girls.

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OKEREKE ON NEW BLOC PARTY
Bloc Party's Kele Okereke has said that the band's recent more electro single 'Flux' is not indicative of their next album. Speaking to BBC 6 Music he said: "'Flux' isn't an indication at all about the next record. The important thing about this record for me was that it showed we could do anything we wanted, we weren't going to settle for being any other guitar band of 2007. Luckily it was successful".

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AMOS TELLS FANS TO FUCK OFF
Tori Amos has surprised some of her fans by launching a verbal attack on two gig-goers at a show in San Diego last week. The two audience members reportedly kept leaving and returning to their seats during the show (which I must admit I find really irritating myself), and eventually Amos stopped a song half way through and declared: "Get the fuck out of my show! It's a privilege to sit in the front row and I reserve those seats for people who appreciate music, get the fuck out!" The fans were then escorted off the premises.

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CSS STORM OFF STAGE AFTER SHOE MISSILE INCIDENT
Also getting pissed off with rowdy gig goers were CSS, who cut short a gig in Brighton on Friday night after singer Lovefoxx was hit in the face by a flying shoe. The band stormed off stage after the shoe attack. One gig-goer told BBC Six Music: "It hit her square in the face. This sucked. They carried on until the end of the song without the singer, then that was it. The keyboard player said, 'Why would you throw a shoe at Lovefoxx?! You ruined the whole flipping show for everybody!'" I think perhaps we should introduce a licencing system for gig goers, so that only licenced music fans can get in. That way we could keep the idiots out.

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REVEREND TO OPEN NEW SHEFFIELD ACADEMY
Still pretty buzzy Reverend And The Makers will open the all new Sheffield Academy next April. As previously reported, the Academy Group are reopening the former Roxy nightclub in Sheffield as an Academy gig venue. Confirming that the local band will open the new space on 11 Apr, Matt Wooliscroft of SJM, one of the shareholders in the Academy Group, told reporters: "Sheffield is a great City, with not only a fantastic musical history but also a thriving and exciting current scene and the new Academy venue is a great addition to that. It's fantastic news that Reverend And The Makers, being such a high profile act, will launch Carling Academy Sheffield in April for a Yorkshire home-coming".

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CERYS TO HEADLINE ANGLESEY'S ST DAVID'S DAY FESTIVITIES
So, we managed to more or less completely ignore the most recent series of 'I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here' except to report on the initial list of c'lebs due to take part in the show, half of whom then didn't. However, I'm led to believe that while Christopher Biggins won the show, the lovely Cerys Matthews garnered most attention, thanks to her onscreen flirting with already attached Eastenders star Marc Bannerman. Promoters of this Welsh festival will presumably be hoping that all that ITV exposure will mean that their booking of Ms Matthews as their headliner will really pull in the crowds, given that those with short memories had seemingly forgotten the Catatonia star from her previous role as the queen of latter day Brit Pop.

Anyway, yes, Cerys will be headlining the St Davids Day Festival on good old Anglesey on 1 Mar (obviously). Bryn Fon and American singer-song writer Jeb Loy Nichols will also appear, and if my North Wales relations are anything to go by, a good old sing song is sure to result.

Confirming the line up, Anglesey's Principal Tourism And Marketing Development Officer, Gethin Morgan, who coordinates the festival despite his somewhat mundane job title, told reporters: "Cerys Matthews' presence is obviously a huge coup for us, especially given the increasing demands on her time since appearing on 'I'm A Celebrity'. On Anglesey, we're committed to making our St David's Day celebrations the best in Wales, and by attracting quality recording artists like Cerys Matthews to perform we're well on the way to achieving our aim".

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MIXMAG BEST OF 07
Dance mag Mixmag has announced its best of the year thingies in its latest edition, and the clubbing bible reckons Tune Of The Year 2007 was the Chemical Brothers' 'Saturate/Battle Weapon 8', even though it never got a full commercial release, because it went down so well in club land this year. Club Of The Year went to Manchester's The Warehouse Project, while Album Of The Year went to LCD Soundsystem's 'Sound of Silver'. The full list of Mixmag year end best ofs is in the latest edition.

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DIS BEST OF 07
Talking of other media's end of year lists, Drowned In Sound have announced their editorial team's albums of the year, which are LCD Soundsystem's 'Sound Of Silver', Battles' 'Mirrored', Panda Bear's 'Person Pitch', MIA's 'Kala' and Jamie T's 'Panic Prevention'.

DiS founder Sean Adams says this: "This year's DiS top five is very different to last year's mix of Joanna Newsom and Gallows but once again it represents uncompromised artistic visions and is music made without a calculated commerical purpose but to inspire people to react by dancing, thinking or creating."

So there you go. DiS has also asked its readers to vote for their favourite albums, and that list is due to be published this week.

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SINGLE REVIEW: Sebastien Tellier - Sexual Sportswear (Lucky Number)
Famed for his awesome moody Gallic singles 'Broadway' and 'La Ritournelle', this single from forthcoming album 'Sexuality' sees Monsieur Tellier return with something with a slightly progressive feel about it (in both senses of the word - rock and house). Its genius lies in the fact that the deft melodicism at hand is on the back of a tune that doesn't seem to do anything at all during its journey yet remains utterly captivating for the whole time. Retro-futurist synths bubble in and out, beats are exhaled like the smoke from a post-coital Gauloise, and, well, that's it, really. Think Jean Michel Jarre remixed by Daft Punk on the set of Bladerunner. (Meanwhile, the accompanying Sebastian remix tweaks things by way of some hefty, strutting phat beats, but keeps everything else intact, to equally thrilling effect, really). MS
Release date: 17 Dec
Press contact: Bang On [all]

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SONYBMG AUSTRALIA BUY INTO ARTIST MANAGEMENT
More major label diversification, anyone? SonyBMG Australia has moved into artist management through the acquisition of a 50% stake in a Sydney based company called Caplice Management, who manage various Australian performers, some of whom have risen to fame through the Australian Idol TV show, and most of which are signed to SonyBMG labels, some to a JV record label set up by Caplice and SonyBMG called Random Records. Among the artists represented by Caplice are David Campbell, Human Nature, Damien Leith, Young Divas, Dean Geyer, Paulini Curuenavuli and Tammin Sursok.

Caplice Management's founder David Caplice confirmed the deal last week, saying in a statement: "With a bigger infrastructure we can now develop more artists and careers and help our established acts, like Human Nature and David Campbell, find more opportunities here and overseas. It's a very exciting time for our business".

SonyBMG Australia is also reportedly in talks to take a stake in a second management firm, plus is also in the process of setting up a live music division which will be launched sometime early next year.

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MAJOR JOB CUTS UPDATE
More on the job cuts at Universal Music in the US which we've been reporting on of late. Following job losses earlier in the month at Universal's Island Def Jam division, the cuts last week were mainly taking place at Interscope and Geffen. According to MediaTakeOut.com sixty full timers were axed there during the week, which may or may not be true, but if it is that's somewhat more than initial indications. With jobs also disappearing over at SonyBMG US, reports of cuts coming in from Universal Music over here, and surely a cull due sometime soon at the all new EMI, it ain't a good time to be working at a major record company. Unless you have digital in your job title. Or you cleverly claimed to have artist management or touring experience when you last submitted a CV.

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YOUTUBE LED ZEPP CLIPS TAKEN DOWN BY INFRINGEMENT AGENCY, NOT WARNER
So, the official line on the previously reported removal of phone-filmed clips of last week's Led Zeppelin reunion concert off YouTube is that a digital infringement monitoring agency hired by Warner Music got ahead of themselves.

As previously reported, clips of the Led Zepp reunion posted on the video sharing site last week were quickly taken down by the YouTube infringement police. When challenged about it, YouTube bosses said that they were acting on the orders of Warner Music who own the Led Zepp catalogue. Some, meanwhile, noting that Warner normally allow their music to be posted on YouTube (because they have a royalty agreement in place with the site), speculated that it was actually the band themselves that had ordered the clips be removed. The disappearance of the clips garnered some criticism among Led Zepp's fanbase, and may have led to one daily music news bulletin or another - I can't remember which one - mocking Warner for their over reaction.

Well, the official line is that neither Warner nor the band themselves did, in fact, over-react. Rather, digital rights protection agency GrayZone, who are hired by Warner to monitor the appearance of music from the major's catalogue online, acted without the label or band's consent. A statement from the agency issued late last week and quoted by Digital Music News reads thus: "Grayzone regrets that it erroneously issued takedown notices to YouTube regarding footage of Led Zeppelin's December 10th concert. We acted without authorisation from the band or Warner Music Group". So that's that then.

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COMPETITION COMMISSION'S SKY ITV STAKE REPORT IN
The Competition Commission has submitted its final report on BSkyB's 17.9% stake in ITV. As previously reported, the Commission has previously raised some concerns regarding Sky's somewhat surprise decision to take a stake in its rival late last year which, despite not breaching media ownership rules, arguably gives the Rupert Murdoch owned broadcaster unfair influence over the UK television market. Virgin Media (then still NTL/Telewest) were the most vocal opponents of the purchase at the time, though ITV boss Michael Grade (appointed after the purchase) has since said he too opposes Sky have such a significant stake in the company. Anyway, the Commission has been investigating it all in more detail, and has now submitted its findings to Business Minister John Hutton, who has the power to force Sky to sell its ITV stake if [a] that's what the Commission recommends and [b] he's willing to take on Murdoch. The Commission have not revealed what is in its report, and Hutton is not obliged to tell us, so it remains to be seen what happens and what we're told.

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CAPITAL MARKETING DIRECTOR GOES
The executive rejig at London radio station Capital Radio following the arrival of new boss Paul Jackson continued last week with the announcement that Marketing Director Nick Button has been made redundant. That follows the earlier announcement last week that the station's Programme Director Scott Muller was also leaving the station, albeit to move to a role elsewhere in the GCap group.

Jackson himself, who has already instigated some big programming changes at the station, including the axing of high profile recruit Bam Bam, will take over responsibility for programming at the station. It remains to be seen if a new Marketing Director is appointed, though the Guardian reports that Button will be replaced in the short term by David Andrews, formerly a colleague of Jackson's at Virgin Radio, who will work on a part time consultancy basis. Button joined Capital from EMAP's Kiss FM where he had overseen the relaunch of the London youth station. Once at Capital he oversaw a station relaunch there too, including a new identity and new look advertising campaign.

There were exec changes at Virgin also, where recently appointed Programme Director David Lloyd expanded his role to take on responsibility for marketing, David Andrew's former domain, of course. Lloyd will be supported in the marketing area by Cat Macdonald and Clare Baker who have been promoted to Head Of Comms and Head Of Marketing respectively.

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TOTP BACK FOR CHRISTMAS
Axed pop show Top Of The Pops will return for one day only for its traditional Christmas Day review of the year show, featuring performances from the likes of Kaiser Chiefs, Girls Aloud, The Proclaimers, Kate Nash, Katie Melua and Robyn. To ensure that viewers don't get all nostalgic and start demanding the full time return of the legendary pop show, BBC bosses have brought Fearne Cotton back in to front the Christmas special, thus ensuring it will be shit. Good move.

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NEW LOOK BBC IPLAYER TO LAUNCH ON CHRISTMAS DAY
Talking of the BBC, and Christmas Day, the Beeb is set to launch its all new online on-demand web telly service, the iPlayer, on Christmas Day. The new version of the iPlayer plays through your browser using Flash, like YouTube, and so is, in theory, more user-friendly than the Beeb's previously released on demand web-TV service, which required an install. The new player is already available in beta form, though when I tried it the streams were faltering somewhat. Still, at least it works in Firefox, which is more than can be said for ITV.com's Microsoft based in-browser streaming service. You can test the beta BBC service for yourself at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/

As well as being available online, iPlayer will also be available via digital TV platforms. It will launch on the Virgin Media cable TV network in the New Year, which presumably means Beeb programmes will be available via a proprietary BBC on-demand service as well as via Virgin's own Virgin Central on-demand channel, though quite how it will all work I'm not sure. As previously reported, the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 are also collaborating on a totally separate on-demand service called Kangaroo, which is also set to launch next year. It too will have BBC content on demand though it seems that the plan is that programmes will appear on the BBC iPlayer first, and then move over to Kangaroo.

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CHART UPDATE
So, as expected, Katie Melua's charity duet with Eva Cassidy of 'What A Wonderful World' is number one in the singles chart, ending former X-Factor champion Leona Lewis' seven week supremacy in the singles chart. All money from the Melua/Cassidy track goes to the British Red Cross.

Elsewhere in the singles chart there were new entries from that Shaun The Sheep fella with 'Life's A Treat' at 20, Amy Macdonald with 'This Is The Life' at 28, Stereophonics with 'My Friends' at 32 and Foals with 'Balloons' at 39. Meanwhile Christmas songs being bought in downloads-ville dominate the singles chart again this week - even more so as Christmas approaches - with festive classics from John Lennon, Chris Rea, Band Aid, Slade, Wizzard, Wham, The Pogues and Mariah Carey all in the Top 40. Oh, and Michael Buble's 'Lost', released last month if I'm not mistaken, re-enters the chart at 19, possibly because of his appearance on 'X-Factor' the weekend before last.

Albums wise Leona Lewis is still in charge with 'Spirit' at number one. Westlife and 'Back Home' are at two, while Buble shoots back up this chart too with 'Call Me Irresponsible' at three - I don't know why, perhaps there's some special offer underway on the high street, or it's possible a new edition has just been released, or perhaps a lot of unimaginative children are getting their Mum's Buble for Christmas, possibly all three. No need to speculate as to why Led Zepp's 'Mothership' collection has moved back up to number four thought.

I'd now tell you about the new entries on the albums chart, if there were any. Quiet week for new music really - though no surprise given the time of year. Hey Mr Record Label, you won't be getting quiet Christmas periods when you turn into merchandising enterprises you know.

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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. Led Zeppelin - Mothership (Swan Song)*
2. Bruce Springsteen - Magic (SonyBMG/Columbia)
3. Foo Fighters - Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace (SonyBMG)
4. Eagles - Long Road Out Of Eden (Universal)
5. Linkin Park - Minutes To Midnight (Warner Bros)
6. Avenged Sevenfold - Avenged Sevenfold (Warner Bros)
7. Serj Tankian - Elect The Dead (Serjical Strike)
8. Daughtry - Daughtry (SonyBMG)
9. Nickelback - All The Right Reasons (Warner/Roadrunner)
10. Bon Jovi - Lost Highway (Universal/Mercury)
11. Kid Rock - Rock - N Roll Jesus (Warner/Atlantic)
12. Mudvayne - By The People, For The People (SonyBMG/Epic)*
13. Nightwish - Dark Passion Play (Nuclear Blast)
14. Fall Out Boy - Infinity On High (Universal/Mercury)
15. Rolling Stones - 40 Licks (EMI/Virgin)*
16. Nine Inch Nails - Year Zero Remix (Universal/Interscope)
17. Angels & Airwaves - I-Empire (Universal/Geffen)
18. Paramore - Riot! (Warner/Atlantic)
19. Goo Goo Dolls - Greatest Hits Volume One (Warner Bros)
20. Queen - Greatest Hits Vols. 1, 2, 3 (EMI)

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STONE TO APPEAR IN FLAKE ADS
Joss Stone is set to be the new 'Flake girl', the first non-model to take the famous ad role. So, there you go. Presumably she'll now adopt a chocolate accent.

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X-FACTOR ROUND UP
So, another reality show we've been doing our best to ignore of late is 'X-Factor', but it was the final this weekend so we probably best not ignore that, especially given that former winners of the pop reality show have been dominating the album charts so much of late.

Anyway, it was Leon Jackson, a "Scottish crooner" according to most reports I've seen, who took the overall 'X-Factor' gong for 2007, though only just, with one of the closest viewer votes in the show's history. My Mum tells me that second place Rhydian Roberts was actually favourite to win the show, and that she reckons Jackson only won because he got to duet with Kylie Minogue during the final, leading to Kylie fans voting for him. Though I should stress she doesn't watch 'X-Factor' so I've no idea where she gets this stuff from. Though a spokesman from Ladbrokes described the final vote in this series as "the biggest shock in the history of reality TV betting", so I'm assuming she's right about Jackson not being favourite to win. A spokesman for the bookies told reporters yesterday: "He saved us from a bumper payout. He'll definitely be top of our Christmas card list". As for why Jackson beat Roberts on the night, well some fans of the latter are claiming they experienced problems when trying to cast their phone votes, though we should stress ITV bosses have denied there were any issues with their phone vote system, and why would we ever have reason to doubt ITV bosses when they say their phone vote systems were sound.

Of course, if Jackson wanted to cause another betting shock he could try his best to not be Christmas number one, though that seems unlikely. His debut single, a cover of 'When You Believe' from the soundtrack to that Moses cartoon, is out today and if only a fraction of the 12 million who reportedly tuned in to the watch the 'X-Factor' final this weekend buy it then Jackson is safely assured to top spot in Sunday's Christmas chart.

Jackson now gets a recording deal with Simon Cowell's SonyBMG division SyCo, of course. Whether Roberts and the other finalists, the Cowell mentored Same Difference, get deals, with Cowell or elsewhere, remains to be seen.

Meanwhile, back to the more important 'X-Factor' related business of bickering among the judges. And Simon Cowell has criticised Sharon Osbourne for slagging off fellow judge Dannii Minogue on the Graham Norton chat show. Osbourne claimed Dannii was chosen as a judge and mentor on the show because of her looks rather than her music experience, something Cowell denies. He told the Mirror: "You see a grown-up Sharon behaving like this in public. I think it's wrong. Certain things should be done behind closed doors - the limelight shouldn't be taken from the contestants. I wish Sharon would ask my advice before she does things instead of trying to deal with it herself".

On Dannii's skills as a judge, he continued: "I was intrigued as to whether or not she could do the job. She's done a ton of songs, movies, 'Grease' and 'Home And Away'. That's exactly the sort of experience you need to be a judge. And she's worked harder with the artists than anyone else. She did 20-hour days".

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POLICE CALLED AFTER STUDENTS SING GUNS N ROSES TRACK
Police were called to a school in Connecticut after students sang the Guns N Roses track 'Welcome To The Jungle' over a PA System. The three students were at the school after hours because one of them worked as a cleaner there, and they assumed the building was empty when they began their school wide karaoke session. But one teacher was working late, and she got edgy after a voice she didn't recognise delivered the lyric "You're in the jungle baby; you're gonna die". Thinking the lyric was a threat she barricaded herself in her classroom and called the police. Six officers and three police dogs showed up to find the three teenagers playing with the PA system. The students were cuffed for fifteen minutes but were let off with a warning to only sing unthreatening rock songs when partaking in late night karaoke in the future.

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RONSON AND ALLEN TALKING AGAIN
The feud between Mark Ronson and Lily Allen is over, which is a relief, because the thought of us going into Christmas without this resolved was really bothering me. Ronson reportedly fell out with his sometime collaborator Allen when she failed to show at his Electric Proms gig back in October. But he has told reporters: "We are friends again - we've made up and everything is cool between us. I was hanging out with her on Tuesday night at [London club] Bungalow 8 and she was very nice". So, that's all lovely. The renewed friendship also apparently means we can expect a Ronson/Allen collaboration at next year's Brit Awards.

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BARLOW SAYS NO PLACE FOR ROBBIE IN TAKE THAT OF TODAY
Robbie Williams can, frankly, rot in hell, we're doing rather well without him thank you very much. Not my words, oh no, but the words of Gary Barlow. Actually, they are my words, I've been paraphrasing again you see. But Barlow has told the Big Issue that he doesn't now see his former bandmate ever rejoining Take That, because the reunited four now have such a special bond that bringing in member number five would just throw a spanner in the works. This contradicts past and even recent comments by Barlow in which he said the door was "always open" for Robbie to return.

Commenting on continued rumours that Williams would eventually rejoin the group, Barlow told the mag: "I think, when it comes down to it, he's just not going to be in the band again. I just don't think there's a place for him now here". And fellow Take Thater Mark Owen, also interviewed by the Big Issue, didn't seem especially bothered that Robbie would not now ever rejoin the group, observing: "We asked him [when we first regrouped], but he had other commitments - he had to walk his dog that day".

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POSH SAYS HUBBY'S BULGE IS ALL HIS
Does Victoria Beckham denying allegations recent pictures of David Beckham in his pants were, erm, "enhanced", count as music news? Ah well, I've started now. Posh Spice (as she is presumably known once more) was responding to the gossiping that followed the release last week of those new ads for Armani, which features her husband wearing a revealing pair of Armani briefs. Some gossipers postulated that the bulge in the pants had been enhanced with good old Photoshop, but Vicki B was having none of it, telling reporters: "I'm proud I still have a really good sex life with David. He is very much in proportion. He does have a huge one, though. He does. You can see it in the advert. It is all his. It is like a tractor exhaust pipe!" Yeah, thanks for that Vic.

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