CMU Daily - on the inside Monday 4th February
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Pirate Bay men charged
- Spears to be held for a fortnight
- Amy Winehouse spent night in hospital
- Spice Girls won't reschedule postponed dates
- Morrissey won't reschedule postponed dates
- Jackie Orsaczky dies
- U2 not splitting from Universal ok?
- Supermodel and some lizards do the Thriller dance during Superbowl
- Canada Indie Awards nominations announced
- Albarn: Lily Allen collaboration a bad idea
- Allen to be a cartoon
- Kylie video axed
- Gang Of Four news
- Van Morrison update
- Underworld added to Rockness bill
- The Boosh Chill
- No more T On The Fringe
- Web world responds to Microsoft's Yahoo! takeover bid
- Real music cuts
- SonyBMG settle with XM over Inno
- Amazon buy Audible
- Irish counterfeit CD seller jailed
- Could producer/writers deal be close in US?
- Global Radio told to put up or shut up over GCap deal
- TourDates magazine plans national roll out
- Chart update
- playlist
- Total Rock world album chart
- Cheryl takes advice from Posh
- Doors door on eBay
- Fiddy upsets Paris


So, February is upon us already, who'd have thought?

We are doing another one of those big overhauls of the directory on the CMU Music Network website, so if you're already listed expect a phone call checking your information sometime this week.

If you are a record label or PR company not currently listed (you can check the current directory at then send all the information we need (company name, address, phone number, website, email contacts) to [email protected] If you have emailed stuff to that address in the last couple of months then it will already be on our system and we'll be making the relevant changes and additions in the next week also.

This time round we will also be adding a retail section featuring record shops and download stores, so if you are one of them send us your name, address, contact name, number and email, web address, and details of what you do to [email protected] and we'll get you listed too.



FREE CV WORKSHOPS, the new graduate careers website run by the team behind CMU, is launching a programme of free careers seminars for students and recent graduates. The first is an interactive CV workshop led by Financial Times columnist Mrs Moneypenny. The workshops will be held at the HQ in Shoreditch on Wednesdays 13 and 27 Feb. This free 2-hour workshop will help anyone embarking on their career to compile the best possible CV. Places are limited. To come, email your name, a contact phone number and details of which date you want to attend, to [email protected]


Even though it's late in the hype stakes for Hercules And Love Affair, they merit an inclusion as today's SNAP thanks to their brilliant mix of Goldfrapp's new single, 'A&E', which refuses to budge from its position at the top of my weekly playlist. That their own record, 'Blind', featuring Anthony Hegarty of Anthony And The Johnsons on vocals, is also a mind-altering slice of 70's disco (think the legendary Arthur Russell et al) makes the expectation for their album, out 10 Mar through DFA, all the greater. Start your investigation with a visit to their MySpace today.


As expected, the guys behind the controversial BitTorrent tracker The Pirate Bay have been charged by the Swedish public prosecutor for all sorts of copyright crimes.

As much previously reported, The Pirate Bay has long been a valuable resource for those looking for illegal sources of music online, though attempts by the record and movie industries to have the site closed down have been so far unsuccessful, with the people behind the Bay always claiming they are not violating any copyright laws because they themselves are not hosting any unlicensed content.

When reports that Swedish authorities were about to take action began to circulate last week Sweden's Public Prosecutor Hakan Roswall told reporters: "[The Pirate Bay is] not merely a search engine. It's an active part of an action that aims at, and also leads to, making copyright protected material available. It's a classic example of accessory - to act as intermediary between people who commit crimes, whether it's in the physical or the virtual world".

But a spokesman for The Pirate Bay called Roswall's action "idiotic" telling Reuters that "there is no legal ground" for the charges.

Nevertheless, charges were issued against Carl Lundstrom, Peter Sunde, Frederik Neij and Gottfrid Svartholm Warg last week, and the four reportedly face up to two years in prison if found guilty of the allegations against them. The Pirate Bay has allies all over the world, of course, so even if their Swedish hub was closed down there is a chance the service could continue. However, if the four founders did get jail time it could make others providing support or servers for The Bay rethink their involvement.

Welcoming the prosecutions, John Kennedy of the International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry told reporters: "The operators of The Pirate Bay have always been interested in making money, not music. The Pirate Bay has managed to make Sweden, normally the most law abiding of EU countries, look like a piracy haven with intellectual property laws on a par with Russia".


According to reports, doctors at the UCLA Medical Center's psychiatric hospital have decided to hold Britney Spears for another fourteen days. As previously reported, the singer was committed for seventy two hours last week to determine whether Spears is a danger to herself or others, and now, it seems, staff at the hospital have indeed decreed that the pop star needs further help.

Meanwhile, all of Britney's assets have been temporarily given into the care of her father. The court can create what's known as a conservatorship, which means that care of Spears' own body and welfare, plus care of her estate, have been handed over to another party, in this case her dad, James Spears. Court commissioner Reva Goetz made the order, saying that Spears would be under conservatorship until 4 Feb, meaning that a further hearing will be held today. The same court also placed a restraining order on the singer's sometime manager, Sam Lutfi (who had been claiming the singer had entrusted her affairs to him) and also gave the conservators permission to change the locks at her home, and remove anyone resident there.

Meanwhile, in the UK, Spears' troubles have been the focus of a one-off fourteen minute ballet performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on Friday night. The performance, named 'Meltdown', was staged by the Rambert Dance Company, and portrayed Britney's relationship with the ever-present paparazzi, the time she shaved her hair, and culminated with her being carried off from her home in a stretcher, a representation of that incident earlier in the month when she refused to give her two sons back into the care of husband Kevin Federline. Choreographer Hubert Essakow, explaining why he chose Britney as his subject, explained that her life is "a modern day tragedy. You can't open a newspaper without her being in it. I became obsessed by every detail of her life".


Amy Winehouse's dad Mitch has confirmed that his daughter spent a night in hospital on a drip during her current course of treatment for drug addiction, because she needed to be re-hydrated after she'd been vomiting, and the rehab facility she's at doesn't have sufficient medical facilities. "Everything is going according to plan and she's perfectly OK," Winehouse senior told 1Xtra. It's still looking doubtful that she'll appear at the Grammys, at which she's nominated for six awards.


So, "family and personal commitments" are behind The Spice Girls' decision to cancel planned concerts in Beijing, Sydney, Cape Town and Buenos Aires, and it's got nothing to do with a lack of demand for tickets in those cities, OK? Good.

Reunion concerts in those cities had been originally planned for January, but were postponed when high demand for tickets in the UK led to an extension of the Girls' run at London's The O2. Promoters announced on Friday that those dates will not now be rescheduled, because the Girls are just too busy.

A spokesman for the group told reporters: "Sadly, the tour needs to come to an end by the end of February due to family and personal commitments for Emma, Geri, Mel B, Melanie C and Victoria. It was announced in June that, as well as the Europe and the US, the girls planned to visit Australia, China, South Africa and Argentina. Due to the phenomenal demand for tickets in the UK and the US, along with the touring logistics for such a massive production, it was not possible to fit everything in".

A joint statement from the Girls themselves said: "It was all so mad the first time round, so we've really been able to appreciate it properly this time. There have been so many highlights and good times that we know it will be hard to be apart [once the tour is over]. Really sorry if we didn't get to see you this time round. We all have other commitments in our lives now, but who knows what will happen next".


Morrissey made a similar announcement to the Spice Girls on Friday, though his could well piss off more people, given these shows had already sold out, and one was pulled half way through.

As previously reported, Morrissey had to stop one of his recent shows at the Roundhouse in London after he lost his voice five songs in. Two further sold out gigs due to take place the following weekend were also cancelled. Promoters announced on Friday that attempts to reschedule those gigs had been unsuccessful.

The statement read thus: "The organisers [of the Morrissey tour] regret to announce that it has not been possible to reschedule Morrissey's 3 postponed January shows at the Roundhouse. The original 6 night run was completely sold out and the three shows that did take place were historic. The artiste and promoters tried strenuously to reschedule the three shows but it proved impossible. We would like to extend our apologies to all of Morrissey's loyal fans over this unavoidable situation".

Ah well, at least they tried "strenuously". Ticket holders for any of the cancelled gigs, including those who attended the gig that was cut short, will get complete refunds.


Bass player Jackie Orszaczky has died at the age of 59, from cancer. A well known artist in the Australian music industry, during the course of his career he worked with the likes of Savage Garden, Tim Finn, The Whitlams and Grinspoon. He was also a prolific producer for artists such as David Lane, The Millers Tale, Tibor Tatrai and his own partner, Tina Harrod.

Orszaczky was born in Budapest in 1948, emigrating to Australia in 1974 and becoming a session musician for the aforementioned Australian music stars. He was a big star in his own right back in Hungary, however, commanding crowds of up to 30,000 at his live shows. His final album, 'Family Lore', was released in August.


U2's people have denied reports circulating last week, via Fox US's usually reliable Roger Friedman in particular, that the mega-band were considering quitting the Universal Music Group.

Those reports seem to have stemmed from U2 manager Paul McGuinness' speech at MIDEM last week which, as previously reported, was predictably critical of the major record companies. However, McGuinness says his comments should not be interpreted as an indication that the band are considering ending their current major label relationship - which is with Mercury (they having switched from Universal's Island label to Mercury in 2006). He's quoted by HitsDailyDouble thus: "This [reports of U2 splitting from Universal] is untrue. As I said in my MIDEM speech, U2 has an excellent relationship with Universal. We have recently re-licensed both masters and copyrights to them".

Word has it U2 have recently re-signed to Universal and have four more albums to deliver as part of that deal.


So, I'm told this weekend's Super Bowl was most remarkable for actually being a good game. I'm sure the New York Giants fan on team CMU would agree, though he's wisely taking the day off after a night of Super Bowl related partying, so I don't know for certain. As for the usual commercial machine that surrounds the US's big game, much talk was of a Pepsi ad that featured Naomi Campbell and a cast of lizards re-enacting the famous 'Thriller' dance routine, presumably backed by Jackson's people because it helps raise expectations for the upcoming 25th anniversary re-release of the classic album. The Thriller themed ad was presumably where rumours last week that Jackson may appear at the Superbowl came from. The half time show was headlined by a dependable Tom Petty who will presumably be hoping his appearance at the big game will have a similar effect on his record sales as that enjoyed by Prince after last year's half time show (his greatest hits went from 31 to number 2 on the Billboard catalogue chart the week after the game).


The nominees for Canada's Indie Awards, which take place during Canadian Music Week next month, have been announced, with Feist leading the proceedings with four nominations. Other nominees include Arcade Fire, The Weakerthans and Emerson Drive. Performances confirmed for the 8 Mar awards bash include the New Pornographers, Tokyo Police Club, Besnard Lakes, Young Galaxy, and the Cliks. Info on the whole thing is available at


Damon Albarn says that he and Lily Allen recently attempted a collaboration, after apparently being persuaded by their label EMI, but nothing came of it, and Albarn doesn't think there'll be a repeat session. He says: "She came down to my studio and she said normally she would just sit around and listen to a musician and come up with some ideas. I jumped on the piano and played some mad stuff and she just looked at me - it didn't exactly go well. She's a really talented kid but it was a bad idea".

Albarn has also commented on the much talked of talk of a full Blur reunion. He says the rest of the band hate him so it's never going to happen. Hate is a very strong word. I can't help feeling that he doesn't really mean hate. But who knows, maybe they do hate him. Well, here's what he says, according to The Sun: "I had dinner with the guys recently and it was a laugh but there's no way they want to work with me again - they all hate me. A reunion is not going to happen. The only reason people would do it is for the money - but I don't need the money".


And talking of Lily Allen, an animated version of the singer is set to feature in a new informational cartoon which will be screened at music festivals such as Glastonbury. The animation short is a promotional video for the TUC's learning and skills organisation, Unionlearn, which aims to encourage workers to learn new skills. Entitled 'Kate and Umar's Incredible Learning Journey', the short film also features a cartoon version of The Levellers.

Unionlearn's director Liz Smith says: "Through showing this DVD at events such as Glastonbury and other music festivals we will be able to encourage people from all walks of life to consider how their unions can help them with their education. There has been a quiet revolution in the workplace, in which trade unions and union learning reps are helping to improve the workforce's skills, which benefits employers, individuals, and the economy."


Kylie Minogue's latest pop promo, for new single 'Wow', has been barred from the television because of strobe lighting effects, leading to the video being re-edited. It was set to premiere on Channel 4 on Wednesday night, but the strobes broke rules set by Ofcom and so it wasn't permitted to air.

Someone from C4 says this: "We are waiting for the new version to be ready. It will be shown on E4's Music Playlist".


Gang Of Four have been talking about their first new material for fifteen years. As previously reported, the band reformed back in 2005 to re-record old material, and enjoyed it so much they decided to do some new stuff.

Bassist Dave Allen says: "We realised we had a lot of fun together - more than we thought we would. So far, [the new songs] aren't a huge departure from what we've done before. The biggest surprise is that we've been capable of getting back to our roots. A whole bunch that we've done sounds like [1979 debut LP] 'Entertainment!'. It's more aggressive, more angular".

He went on to explain that drummer Hugo Burnham has not been involved because of "a very personal issue that will be discussed at a later date".


Following the news on Friday that Van Morrison had to postpone two dates on a Spanish tour because of a chest infection, we've had confirmation over the weekend that [a] no other dates on Morrison's current tour will be affected and [b] the two postponed gigs in Castellon have already been rescheduled, for 21 and 22 Jun. Which is all rather good news.


Did you hear Underworld's Superchunk mix on the Xfm Remix show on Friday night? Classic. Go to and listen again if you missed it. Underworld are mentioned today because they have just been added to the bill of Scotland's Rockness festival which, as previously reported, takes place from 7-8 Jun this year.


You know how music magazines always like to jump on the 'we got there first' bandwagon for buzzy bands, well, can I just mention we were interviewing The Mighty Boosh in our sister title, Edinburgh Festival whatnot ThreeWeeks, way back in 1999? Which is why you should always check out the ThreeWeeks website during August for all the latest comedy nonsense. Anyway, the Boosh are relevant this morning because it's just been announced they'll be on the bill at this year's Big Chill festival, which also takes place in August, from 1-3 Aug at Eastnor Castle Deer Park in the Malvern Hills. Other early additions to the Big Chill bill for 2008 include Thievery Corporation, Random Dance, The Portico Quartet and the always good Norman Jay.


Talking of the Edinburgh Festival, news about this year's T On The Fringe or, rather, not. Lager brand Tennent's and concert promoters DF Concerts have announced that they will not be repeating their partnership at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe, though the latter will be relaunching its high profile Fringe music programme under a new name, tbc, and the two companies will continue to collaborate on the seminal music festival that is T In The Park.

Confirming the move, Tennent's sponsorship chief George Kyle told CMU: "T On The Fringe has been a fantastic event that Tennent's has co-created and shaped over the past 8 years, and has seen huge successes with many landmark gigs taking place as part of the festival. Our thanks go to DF Concerts, and all the audiences who have made the event the success that it is. Tennent's investment in music will continue at the same level, and we are working on plans to delight music fans with genuinely innovative activity in the year ahead. We look forward to carrying on our productive relationship with our long term partners DF Concerts on T in the Park, and with 2008 being the festival's 15th year, we hope to deliver a memorable and exciting event to mark this special occasion".

DF's Dave Corbet added: "Over the last eight years, T on the Fringe has been hugely successful bringing some incredible performances to more than 130,000 music fans each year. Our thanks go to Tennent's Lager for helping us to build the event to its current level. We are excited about taking the music strand of the Edinburgh Festival forward in 2008 under a new name and can confirm that more details for 2008 will be announced soon. Furthermore, we look forward to continuing our fantastic working relationship with Tennent's Lager on T In The Park and we wish them all the best with their new initiatives in 2008".


Obviously, the big story in web-ville last week was the news that Microsoft had made a takeover approach to Yahoo!, a sure sign that the IT giant is increasingly insecure about the fact that, despite providing the operating system and primary software for the majority of PC users worldwide, they have failed to become the dominant service provider on the internet. Apple's dominance in the digital music space is known to irk some Microsoft execs, though it's the ever expanding Google that a combined Microsoft/Yahoo! would look to take on.

Yahoo! have not formally responded to Microsoft's $44.6 billion unsolicited acquisition offer, though an internal email from the web firm's CEO Jerry Yang, widely reported in the US press, admitted it was being considered, though he added it was "one of many options that we're evaluating".

Any merger of Microsoft's web ventures and Yahoo! would, of course, be of interest to competition regulators, in both the US and Europe. In fact, US Congress's Judiciary Committee have already announced they will consider Microsoft's takeover proposals this week, even before Yahoo! formally respond.

That said, the deal is likely to get more detailed scrutiny in the European Union, who have long criticised Microsoft for abusing its market dominance elsewhere in planet IT. EU Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes confirmed this weekend the Commission would investigate any Microsoft/Yahoo merger, though she stressed that any past EU rulings on Microsoft's allegedly anti-competitive practices would not be relevant, and that this proposal would be considered afresh.

Actually, experts reckon that should any Yahoo! takeover get to the EU regulator stage it would probably ultimately win approval, because Google is so big in the market a Microsoft owned Yahoo! would operate in that the Windows giant would not really be overly dominant. Still, Google are sure to oppose the deal, and have already gone on record with criticism of Microsoft's proposals, with their chief lawyer David Drummond writing on a Google blog this weekend: "This is about more than simply a financial transaction - it's about preserving the underlying principles of the internet: openness and innovation. [Would Microsoft use Yahoo! to exert the same] inappropriate and illegal influence over the internet that [they] did with the PC?".

Microsoft's takeover proposal followed that previously reported announcement from Yahoo! that they were to cut 1000 jobs worldwide, an announcement that has led to speculation of a cut back of the web firm's music services, especially in the US.


More downsizing in digital music, and RealNetworks has reduced its music team by 10-12 employees, according to The cuts, which related to Real's US based Rhapsody service, were made last month, but confirmed on Friday. The cuts come ahead of Real's latest earnings report, due later this week. The Rhapsody download service has enjoyed some success in the US, though, like Napster, it is primarily a subscription based operation, and subscription based digital music services remain of niche interest. Despite expectations that it would, Real has never launched Rhapsody over here.


US satellite radio types XM have announced that they have reached an out of court settlement with SonyBMG over their Pioneer Inno receiver.

As previously reported, the major record companies weren't too happy with the Inno device because it enables listeners to XM's music services to store tracks that have been played on one of their channels and then play them back on demand like an MP3 player. The labels argued that such a facility meant XM was in essence providing a download service, which wasn't covered by their broadcast licence. XM initially tried to have the case against them dismissed, arguing their service was protected under the 1992 US Audio Home Recording Act, but the courts disagreed and let the litigation continue.

Similar lawsuits from Universal and Warner have already been settled out of court, so the deal with SonyBMG last week isn't too big a surprise, though the specifics of these deals remain confidential.


Amazon has bought the spoken word download outfit Audible, a sign that the etailer's digital ambitions go further than just music. The Audible catalogue reportedly includes 80,000 downloads from 520 content partners, and includes audio versions of books, newspapers and magazines, plus some TV and radio programmes.

The deal is perhaps most interesting because Audible have an ongoing relationship with iTunes, a crucial relationship given that the audio book industry is still attached to DRM and that partnership enables Audible to provide iPod compatible downloads.

Amazon, of course, are potentially a big competitor to iTunes in the download space, though Apple's monopoly on iPod compatible DRMed files is potentially a major block to Amazon's ambitions in the space.

On the music side, of course, they have overcome that problem by persuading the record companies to forgo DRM, enabling them to sell music in the other iPod compatible format, MP3. The Audible deal may see Amazon persuade the audio book world to adopt a similar DRM-free strategy, thus overcoming Apple's competitive advantage in that area too.


The Irish Recorded Music Association scored a court win in Dublin last week when a man who had been caught selling counterfeit CDs and DVDs in 2005 was jailed for a year. Thomas Ward of Dublin was caught selling 112 bootleg CDs out of his car back in June 2005. Welcoming the strict sentencing for Ward's crime, IRMA Director General Dick Doyle told reporters: "We are delighted with this sentence. This sends out a strong warning to anyone involved in illegal counterfeiting and CD selling".


Rumour has it that informal talks between the Writers Guild Of America and the Alliance Of Motion Picture And Television Producers have been going quite well, and that some kind of deal may be in the offing to end the previously reported writers' strike which caused the cancellation of the Golden Globes awards show last month, and which nearly de-railed this month's Grammys.

As previously reported, a separate deal between the WGA and the Grammys producers has already ensured the music industry's big night out will go ahead, though speculation continues as to whether the ongoing industrial action could cause problems at the Oscars, also due to take place this month.

However, with US TV ratings reportedly in freefall as the networks run out of new editions of their hit dramas, word has it a deal could be reached this week regarding the WGA's grievances with regards the royalties being paid to writers for the online distribution of TV shows.


Global Radio have been told to put up or shut up regarding their plans to mount a takeover bid for rivals GCap. Rumour has been rife regarding Global's plans ever since GCap confirmed it had knocked back a previous takeover offer from the Heart/Galaxy/LBC owners.

GCap's board are keen to fight off any takeover attempts to give recently appointed CEO Fru Hazlitt a chance to turn round the fortunes of the radio firm, but are concerned that Global may be in backroom talks with some of the company's shareholders regarding staging a hostile takeover.

With that in mind they went to the City's Takeover Panel who have now called on Global to give a firm indication of its plans to bid for GCap before 5 Mar. If no bid is forthcoming before that date, the Panel wants Global to commit to make no further takeover approaches, directly or back door, for six months. Word has it Global have agreed to the Panel's terms.

It now remains to be seen if any new takeover approach is made in the next month.


Live music website has announced it is now distributing 25,000 copies of its free print spin off, LondonTourDates, across the capital each fortnight which, by their maths, puts them ahead of the NME in terms of London circulation. The latest circulation figures come ahead of plans to expand the TourDates magazine around the country.

TourDates director Dean G Hill told CMU: "This is a pivotal moment for us, it is lovely to take on the big boys and score a fantastic victory. The magazine was launched as a partner to the website, profiling the best unsigned acts alongside big name stars, the publication has continued that brave ethos, placing new stars of the future alongside A-list interviews. Our next target is to eclipse NME's national circulation figure - we will soon do that - we are establishing regional offices around the country and we are rolling the publication out as a major national release in 2008".


So, the still buzzy former BRIT schooler Adele is the big chart story this week, [a] by going straight in at the top of the album chart with '19', and [b] by having a 2007 single release - 'Hometown Glory' - enter the singles chart at 32, while current single 'Chasing Pavements' maintains its number two position.

Other new entries on the albums chart this week come from Bullet For My Valentine with 'Scream Aim Fire' at 5, Billy Fury with 'His Wondrous Story' at 15, Vampire Weekend with 'Vampire Weekend' at 22 and KD Lang with 'Watershed' at 35.

Singles wise, and not only does Adele stay at two with 'Chasing Pavements', but Basshunter and Nickelback's latest singles also stay put, at one and three respectively. New entries come from Hot Chip with 'Ready For The Floor' at 6, One Night Only with 'Just For Tonight' at 9, Elliot Minor with 'Still Figuring It Out' at 17, Mark Brown and Sarah Cracknell with 'The Journey Continues' at 24 and Urbnri with 'Young Free And Simple' at 34.


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

30 Seconds To Mars - From Yesterday (EMI/Virgin)
Adele - Chasing Pavements (Beggars/XL)
The Cribs - I'm A Realist (Wichita)*
Daft Punk - Harder Better Faster Stronger (Alive 2007) (EMI/Virgin)
The Feeling - I Thought It Was Over (Universal/Island)
Goldfrapp - A&E (EMI/Mute)*
Hot Chip - Ready For The Floor (EMI)
Joe Lean and The Jing Jang Jong - Lonely Buoy (Universal/Mercury)
Kelly Rowland - Work (Freemasons Mix) (SonyBMG/RCA)*
Laura Marling - Ghosts (EMI/Virgin)
Los Campesinos! - Death to Los Campesinos! (Wichita)
Mark Brown feat. Sarah Cracknell - The Journey Continues (EMI/Positiva)*
M.I.A - Paper Planes (Beggars/XL)
One Night Only - Just For Tonight (Universal/Vertigo)
Rihanna - Don't Stop The Music (Universal/Mercury)
Those Dancing Days - Hitten (Wichita)*

Alphabeat - Fascination (Charisma)
Attic Lights - Never Get Sick of the Sea (Universal/Island)
Basshunter - Now You're Gone (Hard2Beat)
Bishi - Never Seen Your Face (Gryphon)
Buffalo'77 - Won't Forget (Universal/Fallout)
The Coral - Put The Sun Back (SonyBMG/Columbia)*
Feist - My Moon, My Man (Universal/Polydor)
Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly - Find The Time (Warner/Atlantic)*
Mark Ronson feat. Alex Greenwald - Just (SonyBMG/Columbia)*
Operator Please - Get What You Want (Brille)*
The Rascals - Suspicious Wit (Deltasonic)*
Richard Hawley - Valentine (EMI/Mute)
Simple Plan - When I'm Gone (Warner/Atlantic)*
The Ting Tings - Great DJ (SonyBMG/Columbia)*
The Whitest Boy Alive - Golden Cage (Modular)
Yves Larock - Zookey (Defected)


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

1. Led Zeppelin - Mothership (Swan Song)
2. Foo Fighters - Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace (SonyBMG)
3. Linkin Park - Minutes To Midnight (Warner Bros)
4. Eagles - Long Road Out Of Eden (Universal)
5. Bon Jovi - Lost Highway (Universal/Mercury)
6. Nickelback - All The Right Reasons (Warner/Roadrunner)
7. Bruce Springsteen - Magic (SonyBMG/Columbia)
8. Paramore - Riot! (Warner/Atlantic)
9. Daughtry - Daughtry (SonyBMG)
10. Serj Tankian - Elect The Dead (Serjical Strike)
11. Queen - Greatest Hits Vols. 1, 2, 3 (EMI)
12. Avenged Sevenfold - Avenged Sevenfold (Warner Bros)
13. Godsmack - Good Times, Bad Times - Ten Years Of Godsmack (Republic)
14. Kid Rock - Rock - N Roll Jesus (Warner/Atlantic)
15. Buckcherry - 15 (Eleven Seven Music)
16. Fall Out Boy - Infinity On High (Universal/Mercury)
17. Nine Inch Nails - Year Zero Remix (Universal/Interscope)
18. Angels & Airwaves - I-Empire (Universal/Geffen)
19. Nightwish - A Dark Passion Play (Nuclear Blast)
20. 30 Seconds To Mars - A Beautiful Lie (EMI/Virgin)*


The News Of The World says that Cheryl Cole has been taking advice from Victoria Beckham following those tabloid kiss and tell revelations about her husband Ashley Cole. Posh has experience in footballer husband tabloid revelations, of course, due to that David Beckham/Rebecca Loos story back in 2004.

A 'source' says: "Victoria has strong views on this situation but feels she's in a good position to help Cheryl through it. She told her she has to be honest with herself and if she believes she can save the marriage to do everything to make that happen. She was clear that Cheryl should not bury herself away. She told her to get her hair done, put on some expensive make-up and buy an amazing new outfit to get out and face the world".


There's a door for sale on eBay; it was once part of a house in Florida where The Doors' Jim Morrison once lived. It's been painted with a 'Love Her Madly' theme, in reference to the band's 1971 track of that name. It's all part of a charity drive called The Jim Morrison Home Legacy Series which gets artists to use as canvases doors from the now demolished Clearwater property that belonged to Morrison's grandparents, and where the Doors frontman lived from 1944 - 1947, and then again during the early 1960s whilst attending college.

Proceeds from the latest door, painted by Doug Wright and featuring a doorbell which plays clips of the song in question will benefit the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and an anti-gang initiative.


According to reports, 50 Cent kicked Paris Hilton offstage at a pre-Super Bowl gig on Thursday, reducing her to tears. Apparently Hilton was hosting the Scottsdale event for 944 magazine, and after Fiddy namechecked her during his performance, she climbed up onto the stage to dance, but the rap star turned on her, telling her to "get the fuck off the stage". Onlookers say Hilton was crying. Which is a shame, even if she is a needless celebrity heiress who clearly thinks it's okay to crash someone else's gig.

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