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Electric Eel Shock raise $20,000 on sellaband.com
Fiddy management call News Corp deal talk "rumour"
Confidential documents remain so: R Kelly trial update
DMX defamation case overturned
Tax avoiding Aussie manager freed from jail early
Winehouse and Doherty news
Daily Mail warn against emo
Jazzie B receives OBE
Al Green to get lifetime achievement gong at BET awards
Klaus Says I won the Red Stripe Award
New Kids reunite
Does Neverland deal include Jackson Vegas show plans?
Razorlight man auctions drum kit
Radiohead apologise for flooded gig
Coldplay donate piano to flooded school
Metallica deliver "nutty-ass" album
New Oasis album this autumn
Flaming Lips film completed
Bowie musical in development
Mighty Boosh announce first acts for festival
Gorillaz added to Creamfields
Single review: The Scaramanga Six - Walking Through Houses
Virgin GM stays with EMI
Polydor sales guy takes Universal wide role
Jammie Thomas P2P case may be retried
Chart company say digital growth strong
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MONDAY 19TH MAY

So CMU's favourite boy band McFly have "parted ways" with their record label, Universal/Island Records, and will self-release their next album – out in July – via their own new independent label Super Records.

   
"Parted ways with your label" is a much used euphemism in pop circles, of course, mainly for being dropped, though reports suggest it was actually McFly who chose not to re-do the deal with major record company Universal, rather than the other way round.

I am basing that mainly on a 'source' quoted in the Sun, who told the tab: "McFly are a huge money spinner for Island Records, so they were desperate for them to stay. They offered them better contracts with a bit more money, but the lads have grown up and realise the label don't want to take them in the same direction they do".

I'd question a little the suggestion that McFly are a "huge money spinner" for Universal/Island. While they are certainly a successful pop band, and have enjoyed considerable success in the singles charts, their album sales – where Island will make their money – are solid but not phenomenal. To be honest, I don't see losing Tom, Danny, Dougie and Harry causing too many headaches among the bean-counters at the major, even if it does mean the label no longer counts one of the UK's more successful pop bands of recent years on its roster.

But whatever, the other bit of that Sun source quote is actually more interesting. It's quite fashionable at the moment for established bands at the end of their recording contracts to go it alone, or do a deal with a company other than a label, mainly on the basis that the traditional record industry is in a bit of disarray at the moment, and some think that if you're an established band you're better off out of it. But if the Sun's source is to be believed, McFly have parted company with Universal/Island not because they feel the traditional record companies are all doomed (and it has to be said, if they are, Universal UK is probably least doomed), but because the label doesn't "want to take them in the same direction they do".

Now, what does that mean? Possibly that McFly – who have long vocally disliked being dubbed a 'boy band' – are desperate to be taken more seriously, while their (former) major label see more money to be made in continuing to market the band as an easy-on-the-ear, easy-on-the-eye teen pop band. 

I'm speculating wildly here of course, but that's because I've been wondering for a long time now if and how McFly – who have had quite a bit more longevity than I think most expected them to have – can successfully make the move from a teen band who make fine pop songs, to a national pop institution loved and enjoyed by all.

I'm being quite serious when I call McFly 'CMU favourites' – I really do love their music, and rate many of their songs as some of the best British pop of this decade – so really want that transition to happen. And if it does, I'm confident that the wider pop audience will realise there's a whole bunch of McFly songs that are a whole lot better than most people have so far appreciated.

But how to do it? Well, some McFly fans will point out that early pop bands like The Beatles, Beach Boys and The Who became more widely credible with time. Though whether the passing of time itself brought on that credibility, or whether the McFly boys will have to make an album en par with 'Sgt Pepper', 'Pet Sounds' or 'Tommy' to have their early work re-evaluated by the mainstream I'm not sure. More recently appointed pop institutions – most notably Kylie and Take That – managed to crossover simply through a well timed re-launch, a champion comeback single and, in Kylie's case, a killer pair of hot pants. Though McFly's product is more closely linked to those earlier examples, so I'm not sure Kylie or Take That are especially useful case studies.

So, what can Tom, Danny, Dougie and Harry do? Well, personally I'd suggest some clever collaborations and strategic gigging. An independent outlook label-wise might help too – but whichever band members and managers will be making the decisions in the new operation need to be clever. I hope they are, because I really want them to succeed. 'I'll Be OK', 'I Don't Know Why' and 'Too Close For Comfort' are pop classics, and I don't care what anyone else thinks.

Though if you've any thoughts on how McFly can make the transition – or perhaps you think it's never gonna happen – that I would be interested to hear...

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SYD MATTERS
French singer-songwriter Syd Matters, aka Jonathan Morali, has already made a firm imprint on his home country's listening, having been nominated for their equivalent of the Baftas, initiated a wave of hype at the inaugural Les Inrockuptibles awards (the awards show put on by the most influential French music/culture magazine) and, well, appearing on one of TV show The OC's mixtapes, the pinnacle of any career. Looking to eclipse his OC achievement now, he's set to release new album 'Ghost Days' in late Autumn, which from the three new Myspace offerings should sound like a less expansive Spiritualized fronted by Rufus Wainwright, though without the (often annoying) overtly operatic vocals. Making an art out of well crafted, delicate songs with just the right amount of post-rocking bombast (y'know, the quiet to loud formula), here's to hoping that this release helps him reach the wider audience he clearly deserves. The link, as per usual, is below.

www.myspace.com/sydmatters
   
 
 


RESEARCHER & ADMINISTRATOR AT UNICORNJOBS.COM
Based in Shoreditch, we are looking for a recent graduate to join our friendly team. You will support our recruitment offering and offer additional administrative support to the company as a whole, as well as being responsible for organising some of our events. You must be IT literate, have plenty of initiative and an eye for detail. This is a fabulous opportunity to make your first step onto the career ladder in a sociable and fun environment. To apply, send your CV and covering letter to jobs@unicornjobs.com quoting ref: SSRES

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DIGITAL AND MARKETING ASSISTANT
Cooking Vinyl, a leading independent record label, is looking for a digital and marketing assistant. The role will include working with the company's Digital Manager on digital marketing and distribution, online PR and website maintenance, as well as working with the Product Director organising promotional items, sales sheets and adverts. The candidate should be web savvy, with good IT skills and at least a basic knowledge of html. They will be up-to-date with the latest digital and music industry trends and have a passion for all things online. CVs should be sent to jobs@cookingvinyl.com, the closing date for application is the 21st May.

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ACCOUNTS ASSISTANT REQUIRED 18k - 20k AAE
Small independent record label is looking for a sharp & meticulous accounts assistant. The successful candidate will be a team player with a keen eye for detail, be brilliantly numerate & have a minimum of 12 months experience. You will have a varied role dealing with all accounts payable and sales ledger functions, perform all reconciliations, issue supplier payments and be responsible for general ad hoc duties, as well as assisting the financial accountant with the preparation of monthly reports. This is an excellent opportunity to join a well established music company who have huge plans to continue their successful growth. In return you will receive an excellent package with lots of opportunity to progress. Please email your c.v. to patsy@ninjatune.net and peter@ninjatune.net

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The Brighton Festival has entered its third week with another seven days of fine theatre, comedy, cabaret, dance, art and debate on the agenda. Plus lots of music. Our sister publication, ThreeWeeks, is covering it all - check out the coverage here. Meanwhile, Team ThreeWeeks/CMU provide their round ups on the big music bit of the Brighton Festival, last week's The Great Escape. Today, what went down on Thursday.

Sean's day...
After trawling the overcast Brighton streets in search of the elusive credible daytime act (Chris TT at the Arc did not fill the 'credible' shoes) we had made it to Audio in expectation of the The Laurel Collective. They did not disappoint, with a lively set, lots of jerky dancing and the utilisation of the synthesiser to its full potential, they set the bar for the evening. However, the real reason we were there, and why, it seemed, the rest of the crowd were there, was for the Libertine-esque Norwegian indie pop maestros, Ida Maria. Although clearly tour-weary, and not exactly giving it their all, they still managed to pull off an electric set: the captivating charismatic qualities of Ida Maria (the woman, not the band) showed Pete Doherty why he was originally famous. As they finished their insanely catchy single 'Oh My God' we quickly darted out the door to head up to Barfly, to see another Norwegian Act (what is it about Norway and this year's Great Escape?), the beautifully named Ungdomskulen. However, although their industrial sounds were bearable enough, the harsh Norwegian accent, which seemed cute with Ida, made for agonising listening with these boys. After much drinking in an attempt to remove the last fifteen minutes from our memories, we watched The Video Nasties from the back of the room, who, despite their best efforts, could not revive a crowd reeling from the aforementioned Norwegians. However, just as we thought everything was lost, four 'too cool for school' young whippersnappers entered the stage and with a perfect combination of electro, meaty bass lines and melodic choruses Late Of The Pier provided a truly memorable set. Our sweat dripping from the ceilings, we stumbled out on our merry way.
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Joel's day...
My Great Escape began at the Pavilion Theatre, unfortunately only in time for the close of Johnny Flynn's set, which sounded great. I was there to see Jeremy Warmsley though, up next, and timely by TGE standards. Although as good as ever, Warmsley was the first of those I saw this evening who were to suffer at the hands of TGE vagrants who give performers a look - because they are nearby, no doubt - but who were not respectful enough to honour them by actually listening. Some of the most vulnerable parts of Warmsley's set ended up competing with annoying chat. I headed from there to The Volks just in time for the beginning of Saul Williams' set, which began 40 minutes later. There wasn't a soul out of place there, however, and his reception was one from baying fans, front to back. I thought that I might hot foot it over and catch The Young Knives after but, in true TGE style, the Pavilion Theatre was closed doors before they even began. No chance. On a whim I nipped in to The Fratellis next door, but lasted one song because I think they're rubbish, and the whole thing felt like a Take That concert. What I should have done was try the other next door first, so that I could have seen more of Noah And The Whale at the Unitarian Church. As it is, I had to stand in the foyer with the other latecomers and watch them through a pane of glass. It was still worth it - in fact these guys can always fall back on gigs in post offices and banks if needs be. I rounded my night off in Komedia to the sound of The Recoils and then Derek Meins, who was as inspired as ever. Most definitely not the best day of the three, but an evening's worth of interesting music nonetheless.
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ELECTRIC EEL SHOCK RAISE $20,000 ON SELLABAND.COM
Japanese rock n rollers Electric Eel Shock have signed up to grass roots music investment website Sellaband.com and managed to raise over $20,000 in funds in their first week on there
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As previously reported, Sellaband encourages users to 'invest' in new bands by donating at least $10 to help featured artists pay for studio time and release an album. Any one featured band is taken into the studio by the venture when $50,000 is committed. Those who invest get a free copy of the album plus a cut of any advertising revenues generated by the band's page of the Sellaband website.

Sellaband's MD Johan Vosmeijer told CMU: "It is great to see that established bands are joining SellaBand. I'm very excited for Electric Eel Shock to join SellaBand, not only because of their talent and working ethics, but also because we share the same independent spirit".

The band's manager Bob Slayer added: "We have been watching SellaBand develop for some time and believe that now is a great time to get involved. Once recording is completed we will have many options open to us including total freedom to license the finished album where we like".

The band's bass player Kazuto Maekawa said: "The people that really understand EES are our fans. SellaBand enables us to work with fans, keep control of our music and give us a great basis for future success".

Check out Electric Eel Shock's progress at www.sellaband.com/eelshock

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FIDDY MANAGEMENT CALL NEWS CORP DEAL TALK "RUMOUR"
50 Cent's management have seemingly denied rumours that the rapper is in talks with News Corp about forming a joint venture through which all of Fiddy's music projects and ventures would be run - a deal which, reports suggested, would see the hip hopper release his albums through MySpace Records. I say Violator Management have denied any such deal is being discussed, actually they simply told AllHipHop.com that all talk of a Fiddy/News Corp deal was just "rumours". But "just rumours" can actually be true if I'm not mistaken. But AllHipHop.com seem to infer in this case there is no truth in the chatter.

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CONFIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS REMAIN SO: R KELLY TRIAL UPDATE
So, as the R Kelly child porn trial gets underway this week, we won't get to see those sealed court documents relating to the case, or get any official comment from lawyers involved in it, after the judge overseeing the affair refused that previously reported motion from news organisations to publish the court records and transcripts, and to lift the gagging order on those involved in the trial. Judge Vincent Gaughan said he wasn't trying to inhibit the press, but that now wasn't the time to give them access to these files, adding that he had refused the news firm's motion in a bid to ensure a fair trial.

As much previously reported, R&B star R Kelly is accused of videotaping himself having sex with an underage girl. He denies all the charges against him. Jury selection is now complete, and opening arguments are expected to begin tomorrow.

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DMX DEFAMATION CASE OVERTURNED
More from the pop courts, and some good news for rapper DMX, who has successfully overturned a costly defamation judgement made against him back in January. Well, his lawyers have.

As previously reported, DMX was sued by one Monique Wayne after an interview in which the rapper, real name Earl Simmons, responded to claims she had had his child after a one night stand. In the interview with US based Sister2Sister magazine, Simmons said that, while he didn't deny the child was his, Wayne must have become pregnant by raping him. He told the magazine: "She raped me. DNA says it is [my child]. I don't know. If I did [have sex with her] I would remember. It ain't like she's a pretty girl".

Wayne sued for defamation, and when the case came to court at the start of the year Simmons failed to defend himself. As a result Wayne won by default, and Simmons was ordered to pay her $518,400 in compensation plus $1 million in punitive penalties.

But Simmons claims he was unaware that the defamation case was due to be heard in court, and after the fact hired Baltimore based The Murphy Firm to dispute the ruling. And they did, successfully, last week. Murphy himself told AllHipHop.com: "Today a very large judgment was vacated by Judge Smith. The judge clearly agreed with us that Mr Simmons was never properly notified and therefore he threw out the judgment".

The ruling means that Simmons will not have to pay $1.5 million in relation to the case, though presumably the whole thing will now have to go back to court - adding another legal engagement for DMX, who is already facing various criminal charges.

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TAX AVOIDING AUSSIE MANAGER FREED FROM JAIL EARLY
More from the pop courts, and Australian artist manager Glenn Wheatley, best known for managing John Farnham and Delta Goodrem, has been released from jail ten months into a two year sentence in relation to previously reported tax avoidance offences. He has been released early subject to 24 conditions, the key one of which is that he must wear one of those electronic tag devices that will generally keep him housebound until the sentence is up. He must also not speak to or contact the media, which might be tricky given the degree of interest in the case amongst Australian media - according to Undercover there were news cameras a plenty in place as he left Beechworth Prison this morning. As previously reported, Wheatley fell victim to a crack down on so called white collar crime in Australia, though few expected him to get two years in jail after he pleaded guilty and cooperated with tax inspectors.

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WINEHOUSE AND DOHERTY NEWS
Amy Winehouse's mother has told reporters that she thinks her daughter will successfully overcome her demons, relaunch her career, and defy critics who assumed she was heading for an early grave. Janis Winehouse told the Daily Mail: "I don't think she's totally lost control. She's a girl who lives on the edge; she toys with it. But she has an awareness of it, too - and that will save her in the end. Maybe it's because I'm her mother, but I think Amy will have a resurrection, and everyone will say: 'I thought she was going to kill herself - but here she is'".

Elsewhere in Winehouse news, Amy has appeared in a YouTube video with fellow "troubled pop star" Pete Doherty in which the two singers can be seen playing with a litter of baby mice, one of which they compare to Johnny Borrell. Winehouse then provides voices for two of the mice, who deliver a message to the singer's incarcerated husband Blake Fielder-Civil - "Blake please don't divorce Amy, she loves you" said one, adding "wait my big brother wants to say something". Amy then makes the other mouse say: "If you divorce her you'll have me to deal with. I'm only a day old but I know what love is". Top stuff.

You can check part one of the video, and link to part two, at this YouTube link:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=bj2LALefnZM&feature=related

Elsewhere in Doherty news, Pete is reportedly keen to start seeing his son on a more regular basis, and is hoping to convince five year old Astile's mother Lisa Moorish that he is getting off the drugs for real this time. One of those 'sources' told the Mail On Sunday: "Lisa kept Pete away from Astile because of his drug habit. But she cares very deeply for both of them and Lisa wants to believe that Pete really has kicked his habit so he can enjoy a real relationship with his son".

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DAILY MAIL WARN AGAINST EMO
Following the previously reported suicide of a 13 year old My Chemical Romance fan, Hannah Bond, the Daily Mail have published an article warning parents of the dangers of emo. Entitled 'Why No Child Is Safe From The Sinister Cult Of Emo', the article features interviews with emo fans, concerned parents and gives various alarming (read: alarmist) details about the "cult", including pictures of Bond before and after she became an "emo".

"On the surface, it all sounds typically teenage - angst-ridden, over-dramatic and tribal," the article begins. "No different, in fact, to the Goth subculture that first emerged in Britain during the early 1980s. There is, though, growing concern that there is a deeply unhealthy undertone to the emo movement".

The mother of an 11 year emo fan is quoted as saying, "I was a punk rocker for a while ... but I don't feel it is like the punk rock movement. That was about a zest for living and seeing life from a different angle. We didn't harp on miserably about dying". The Mail adds, "Before Christmas, Lorraine bought her daughter a wardrobe of brightly-coloured designer clothes and jeans, but they have barely been worn".

The girl in question says: "I think many of the concerns around emos aren't true. To me, emos skateboard a lot, dress in darker colours and listen to alternative rock music. It's also true they probably think about feelings more than other people. I do get teased for being an emo because some people at school think it's just about suicide and self-harm. But I think you would have to be depressed already to self-harm - and I'm not depressed. I like going out dressed in emo clothes because it causes a stir. There aren't many emos where I live, so people look at you. It makes you feel individual".

The article goes on to explain how emo fans use the internet to discuss "about death and of the 'black parade' - a place where emos believe they go after they die".

Would it be completely wrong of me to suggest that people are attracted to dark music because of their feelings and not the other way around? And surely the black parade was the concept of a My Chemical Romance album, not the basis of a religion? Oh, whatever.

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JAZZIE B RECEIVES OBE
Soul II Soul's Jazzie B has been awarded an OBE by the Queen in honour of his contribution to British black music. The producer and DJ received the honour last Friday at Buckingham Palace.

Jazzie, real name Trevor Romeo, said: "To be here at the palace was not in my dreams at all. It is fantastic to be in this situation. I'm going to get a really special place for this on my shelf".

Soul II Soul began in the early 80s as a sound system, of course, but by the late 80s the group were making their own music. They shot to fame with their single 'Back To Life', which topped the charts worldwide. The group subsequently won various awards and enjoyed record sales in the millions. In the following years, Jazzie B set up the Back II Life festival in Antigua, became an internationally renowned DJ and hosts a show on BBC London. His latest compilation album, 'School Days' is released on Trojan Records on 9 Jun.

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AL GREEN TO GET LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT GONG AT BET AWARDS
More awards, and Al Green will get the lifetime achievement prize at the BET Awards in LA next month, while Quincy Jones will be given a special gong for his humanitarian work. In the main categories, R&B type T-Pain leads the nominations, appearing on no less than five shortlists, albeit all for his collaborations with other artists. The BET Awards, a bit like a US version of the MOBOs, is staged by the BET TV network, and will take place on 24 Jun.

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KLAUS SAYS I WON THE RED STRIPE AWARD
More awards of sorts - though a battle of the bands this time. And Klaus Says Buy The Record were proclaimed winners of the Red Stripe Music Award last week, beating fellow finalists Kiddo, The Down & Outs and O Fracas. As winner he got to play The Great Escape last week, and will now appear at both the Lovebox and Blissfields festivals. He also gets his MySpace published in the CMU Daily, which is surely the biggest prize of all.

www.myspace.com/klaussaysbuytherecord

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NEW KIDS REUNITE
Those New Kids On The Block are officially back after they performed together for the first time in 15 years last week. They sang a medley of their hits, including 'You Got It (The Right Stuff)' and 'Hangin Tough', at the Rockefeller Plaza in New York in a recording for NBC. Some fans had waited 48 hours to ensure they got a good view of the reunion. Some people are insane. Though said fans seemed to please the New Kids, with Joey McIntyre remarking: "I think the story is the fans more than anything and that's what makes us feel so good". The group will now release new single 'Summertime' before heading on a US tour in September.

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DOES NEVERLAND DEAL INCLUDE JACKSON VEGAS SHOW PLANS?
Gossipers in the US have pointed out that the finance firm that took on Michael Jackson's Neverland debts last week, stopping the infamous ranch from having to be sold, is owned by Tom Barrack Jr, who also owns the Las Vegas Hilton. Why is this relevant? Because some reckon it might mean that the long mooted Jackson Vegas show may be part of the deal between the singer and the money man.

I think there's some wild speculation going on here, but here is what TheVegasEye.com website says: "Connect the dots... An affiliate of the company that owns the Hilton agreed to hold the $23.5 million loan it acquired from Fortress Investment Group while it negotiates payment terms [with Jackson]. And Jackson confirmed he is in discussions with Colony and its founder, Tom Barrack Jr, with regard to the ranch and other matters. I wonder what they're negotiating about. Could it be a show? Are we correct in saying that Michael Jackson will sing and dance in the showroom of his former father-in-law, Elvis Presley?"

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RAZORLIGHT MAN AUCTIONS DRUM KIT
Razorlight's Andy Burrows is auctioning his "favourite drum kit of all time", which he used to record the band's eponymous second album, and featured prominently on the album's cover. The eBay auction will raise money for Winchester children's charity Naomi House, who will also receive money from the sales of Burrows' debut solo album, 'The Colour Of My Dreams'.

The auction went online at 6pm on Friday and will run until 26 May, the release date of the album. The winner will then be presented with the drum kit on stage at Burrows' show at Union Chapel in London on 28 May.

For the gig, Burrows will perform with a band made up of Razorlight bandmate Johnny Borrell, Guillemots' Fyfe Dangerfield, and The Boy Least Likely To. It will also have a school fete theme and a very special guest in charge of the catering.

Of the auction, a spokesperson for eBay said: "We are really excited that Andy has decided to sell his Drum Kit on eBay.co.uk. Not only will his video listing for the kit be an exclusive live performance by a member of one of the UK's most popular bands, but the auction is a unique opportunity for one fan to own a true one-off. With all proceeds going to such a worthy cause, we hope that it raises a large amount of money for Naomi House".

Put in your bid click here

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RADIOHEAD APOLOGISE FOR FLOODED GIG
Radiohead have thanked fans who braved a recent outdoor gig in Virginia on 11 May, which many fans failed to get into, due to flooding caused by torrential rain.

Posting on the band's website, bassist Colin Greenwood said: "To everyone who made it, and put up with the torrents on the lawn, and came early to catch the Liars and our show, thank you so much for braving the deluge. I hope you heard what you came for, the music and lights diverting you from the wet. We got out of there around three am. We've had floods at Bull Creek, lightning at the RFK stadium, so there must be some kind of Biblical fix between us and DC. Frogs next time?"

In a separate statement promoters Live Nation said that they would consider requests for refunds on "a case-by-case basis". They said: "Due to Sunday night's torrential rain storm and consequential multiple road closures, many fans were unable to reach the Nissan Pavilion. While acknowledging a lack of control over the ensuing flooding and detours, the members of Radiohead are nevertheless disappointed regarding this turn of events. For further inquiries, ticket holders who didn't get in are urged to contact: customerservice@nissanpavilion.com".

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COLDPLAY DONATE PIANO TO FLOODED SCHOOL
We're having a bit of a charity and flood-themed Daily today. Coldplay have donated money to a school in the Cotswolds to buy a new piano, after it lost all its music equipment in a flood in 2007. The band gave St David's School in Moreton £3072.

A teaching assistant at the school, Christina Windridge, told The Cotswold Journal that they were "just so grateful to them because we have been able to use this money. The money that we would have had to use to pay for the piano has been used to buy other keyboard equipment".

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METALLICA DELIVER "NUTTY-ASS" ALBUM
We're yet to ascertain from Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl, who recently wrote to Metallica requesting they make a "kick-ass" album, whether or not "nutty-ass" is close enough. Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich certainly seems excited about it, though.

Speaking at a press conference to promote the band's headline performance at Bonnaroo Music Festival next month, Ulrich said: "We've pretty much finished the music now, so all the next level stuff is just starting to go down. These are long songs ... we're talking seven-minute, eight-minute, nine-minute nutty-ass songs. We don't make them long or short on purpose; you just kind of do what feels natural. We're not really gonna edit them, so we're gonna lose another one at some point in the next month or so and probably end up with 10. It's definitely pretty all over the place. There's a lot of variation, a lot of fast, slow, melodic, kind of hardcore, nutty super-fast speed stuff. It's a little more like how some of the earlier records were a little more dynamic within the songs".

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NEW OASIS ALBUM THIS AUTUMN
Noel Gallagher has told Russell Brand's Radio 2 show this weekend that Oasis will have a new album out this Autumn, though he wouldn't be any more precise because "his manager would tell me off" if he revealed any specific date information. As previously reported, it was widely reported recently that three new songs off the new Oasis album had leaked onto the net, though if I remember rightly it turned out they were actually less well known existing Oasis tracks.

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FLAMING LIPS FILM COMPLETED
The Flaming Lips' film 'Christmas On Mars', which has been in production since 2001 with filming completed in 2005, will finally see the light of day this month when is premieres at the Sasquatch Film Festival on 25 May.

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BOWIE MUSICAL IN DEVELOPMENT
David Bowie has reportedly given the green light to one of those greatest hits musical type things using his music - word has it his songs will be used in a new stage show based around the plot to the 1976 Bowie-fronted movie ''The Man Who Fell To Earth'. The Sun says the show will be directed by Peter Schaufuss and open in his home country of Denmark this Autumn. A remake of the film - but without Bowie songs segued in - is also reportedly in development.

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MIGHTY BOOSH ANNOUNCE FIRST ACTS FOR FESTIVAL
Those Mighty Boosh boys have finally got around to booking some bands for their festival. The Charlatans, Gary Numan, White Denim and Polar Bear are the first acts to confirm their attendance at Hop Farm on 5 Jul.

The Boosh's Noel Fielding said: "Having Gary on board is mental! He is a hero of mine and was always a first choice, having him perform at our festival is almost surreal". He also revealed that the cast of The Mighty Boosh will headline the show. The comedian continued: "We've never played a music festival before and a comic has never headlined at a festival before so we are seizing the opportunity and doing both!"

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GORILLAZ ADDED TO CREAMFIELDS
The Gorillaz Sound System have just been added to the bill for this year's Creamfields, as have Cut Copy, Clik Clik, David E Sugar and Freelance Hellraiser. As previously reported, Kasabian and Underworld will headline this year's Creamfields, which takes place from 23-24 Aug in Cheshire.

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SINGLE REVIEW: The Scaramanga Six - Walking Through Houses (Wrath Records)
The Scaramanga Six (these days a five-piece) are, in my opinion, the kings of dark, theatrical rock music. And if it's proof of that fairly outlandish claim you want, then look no further than this new single, 'Walking Through Houses'. Taken from the band's forthcoming fifth album, 'A Pound Of Flesh', it creeps like a serial killer, threatening to explode. Then, exactly half way in, it does just that, smashing down the walls and shooting the roof three miles up into the sky with some groove-heavy riffs. B-side 'I Can See A Murder' comes on like a West End version of a Wild West showdown, in a very, very good way, before firing off in a more punky direction and lyrics about a murderer haunted by a group of crows who witnessed his crime. If Tim Burton made music, he'd be filling that dormant place in the Scaramanga Six line-up. AHM
Release Date: 19 May
Press Contact: Slutty Pup [All]

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VIRGIN GM STAYS WITH EMI
More EMI news, and Virgin Records General Manager Mark Terry is staying with the major, and has been given the new job of SVP Marketing for the whole of EMI Music UK & Ireland. According to Music Week he will take on the new job immediately.

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POLYDOR SALES GUY TAKES UNIVERSAL WIDE ROLE
More major label appointments, and Polydor Head Of Sales Adam Corke has been promoted to Head Of Group Sales for the whole of Universal Music UK. The major's UK sales and retail strategy will still be overseen by Commercial Director Brian Rose, who, I guess, Corke will report to. Music Week quote Rose thus: "Since I arrived here five years ago I have been hugely impressed by Adam's commitment and drive on behalf of both Polydor and Universal Music and crucially how well-respected Adam is by UK retailers who place huge value on his experience, knowledge and integrity. In a challenging retail environment Adam has continually delivered results on behalf of both Polydor and Universal Music UK".

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JAMMIE THOMAS P2P CASE MAY BE RETRIED
The long running Jammie Thomas P2P litigation over there in the US may still have some course to run.

As previously reported, Thomas was accused of infringing copyrights by sharing unlicensed music over Kazaa. Hers was the first P2P case to be heard by a jury, and that jury found her guilty last October, and she was ordered to pay the record companies $222,000 in damages.

But the judge who oversaw the case, Judge Michael Davis, has said he is considering offering Thomas a retrial because he thinks he may have incorrectly advised the jury. The issue on which he fears he got things wrong is one much discussed in P2P cases - whether making music available for distribution via P2P (ie moving the tracks into your Kazaa folder) in itself amounts to infringement, or whether the copyright owner has to prove the files were actually downloaded.

In the trial Davis advised the jury that making the files available was enough, but is now having second thoughts, mainly because another P2P court case - the previously reported case against Pamela and Jeffrey Howell in the Arizona courts - said actual distribution (ie download) of the files had to be shown.

The judge has asked both sides to provide their thoughts on the matter by 1 Jul on which Davis will decide whether to order a retrial. It may be that the RIAA has evidence that Thomas' files were download anyway (ie, it downloaded them), so the distinction could be irrelevant.

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CHART COMPANY SAY DIGITAL GROWTH STRONG
Despite that Speakerbox survey reported on last week which claims that the percentage of UK music fans regularly paying for downloads is in decline, figures released by the Official UK Chart Company shows that the digital music market continues to show strong growth. They say that in the first four months of this year sales of single digital tracks were up 42.3% year on year, while the sale of digital albums were up 69.3%.

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CHART UPDATE
So, as expected by all, I think, The Ting Tings are number one in the singles chart this week with their song 'That's Not My Name', which pushes next highest new entry, 'Take A Bow' from Rihanna, into second place. Last week's number one from Madonna and Justin Timberlake slips to third place.

Despite having two new entries at the top of the chart, the singles chart at large is quite low on new entries this week. The next one is at 30 from Taio Cruz, with 'I Can Be', and then there's Royworld with 'Dust' at 35 and the Fall Out Boy/John Mayer cover of 'Beat It' at 40.

On the albums chart, Neil Diamond, having topped the US charts for the first time last week, now gets his first UK number one with long player 'Home Before Dark'. He is just ahead of the mighty Pendulum, whose second album 'In Silico' goes in at two.

Lots of new entries on the album chart, albeit several of the hits album kind, all as follows - Jay Sean with 'My Own Way' at 6, the Frank Sinatra best of at 10, the Searchers best of at 11, the Iron Maiden best of at 14, the Bobby Vee best off at 18, Josh Groban with 'Awake - Live' at 22, Kelly Rowland with 'Ms Kelly - Deluxe Edition' at 23, Death Cab For Cutie with 'Narrow Stairs' at 24, Santogold with 'Santogold' at 26, Moby with 'Last Night' 28, Martha Wainwright with 'I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too' at 29, Dan Le Sac v Scoobius Pip with 'Angles' at 31, Flight Of The Conchords with 'Flight Of The Conchords' at 32, Isobel Campell and Mark Lanegan with 'Sunday At Devil Dirst' at 38 and Charlatans with 'You Cross My Path' at 39. Phew, that's a lot.

The charts, of course, are compiled by the The Official UK Charts Company - www.theofficialcharts.com.

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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 - www.totalrock.com. New entries and re-entries marked with a *.

1. Rolling Stones - Shine A Light (Universal)
2. Children Of Bodom - Blooddrunk (Spinefarm)
3. Linkin Park - Minutes To Midnight (Warner Bros)
4. Def Leppard - Songs From The Sparkle Lounge (Universal/Mercury)*
5. Whitesnake - Good To Be Bad (SPV)
6. Story Of The Year - The Black Swan (Epitaph)
7. Nickelback - All The Right Reasons (Warner/Roadrunner)
8. Panic At The Disco - Pretty. Odd (Warner/Atlantic)
9. Daughtry - Daughtry (SonyBMG)
10. In Flames - A Sense Of Purpose (Nuclear Blast)
11. Eagles - Long Road Out Of Eden (Universal)
12. Buckcherry - 15 (Eleven Seven Music)
13. Kid Rock - Rock - N Roll Jesus (Warner/Atlantic)
14. Foo Fighters - Echoes Silence Patience & Grace (Roswell)
15. Testament - The Formation Of Damnation (Nuclear Blast)*
16. Simple Plan - Simple Plan (Warner/Atlantic)
17. Paramore - Riot! (Warner/Atlantic)
18. Led Zeppelin - Mothership (Warner/Atlantic)
19. Mindless Self Indulgence - If (The End)*
20. Eddie Vedder - Into The Wild (SonyBMG/J Records)

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

A-List
Alphabeat - 10,000 Nights (Charisma)
Does If Offend You, Yeah? - Epic Last Song (EMI/Virgin)
Feist - I Feel It All (Universal/Polydor)
The Fratellis - Mistress Mabel (Universal/Island)*
The Futureheads - Radio Heart (Nul)
Guillemots - Falling Out Of Reach (Universal/Polydor)
Hot Chip - One Pure Thought (EMI)
Johnny Foreigner - Eyes Wide Terrified (Best Before)
Justice - DVNO (Ed Banger)
Kids In Glass Houses - Give Me What I Want (Warner/Roadrunner)
Mystery Jets - Two Doors Down (Warner/sixsevennine)
The Pigeon Detectives - This Is An Emergency (Dance To The Radio)
The Ting Tings - That's Not My Name (SonyBMG/Columbia)
We Are Scientists - Chick Lit (EMI/Virgin)
Wiley - Wearing My Rolex (Warner/Atlantic)
The Zutons - Always Right Behind You (Deltasonic)

B-List
Cazals - Somebody Somewhere (Kitsuné)*
The Duke Spirit - My Sunken Treasure (You Are Here)*
Fear Of Music - First To Go (SonyBMG/Columbia)*
Go:Audio - Made Up Stories (SonyBMG/Epic)
The Hazey Janes - New York (Roseangle)
Jacob Golden - On A Saturday (Echo)
Joe Lean and The Jing Jang Jong - Where Do You Go? (Universal/Mercury)
Late Of The Pier - Space And The Woods / Focker (EMI/Parlophone)
Laura Marling - Cross Your Fingers (EMI/Virgin)
Look See Proof - Discussions (Weekender)
The Metros - Last Of The Lookers (SonyBMG/1965)
Natty - Coldtown (Warner/Atlantic)
Rogue Wave - Lake Michigan (Brushfire)
Sonny J - Handsfree (If You Hold My Hand) (EMI/Positiva)*
The Subways - Alright (Warner)*
Toddla T - Sound Tape Killin (SonyBMG/1965)*

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STUDENT RADIO CHART
As played out live on air on student radio stations around the UK this Sunday at 3pm, it's the official Student Radio Chart from the Student Radio Association. More info at www.studentradiochart.com

1. [1] Hot Chip - One Pure Thought
2. [5] Pendulum - Propane Nightmares
3. [12] Death Cab For Cutie - I Will Possess Your Heart
4. [9] Goldfrapp - Happiness
5. [2] Coldplay - Violet Hill
6. [Re] Kylie - In My Arms
7. [New] Foals - Red Socks Pugie
8. [3] The Futureheads - Radio Heart
9. [16] We Are Scientists - Chick Lit
10. [8] Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds - More News From Nowhere
11. [7] Mystery Jets - Two Doors Down
12. [20] The Kooks - Always Where I Need To Be
13. [4] The Pigeon Detectives - This Is An Emergency
14. [13] Laura Marling - Cross Your Fingers
15. [New] Adele - Cold Shoulder
16. [6] Hercules And Love Affair - You Belong
17. [Re] Late Of The Pier - Space And The Woods
18. [15] M83 - Graveyard Girl
19. [New] Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. - Find The Time
20. [New] The Fratellis - Mistress Mabel

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WENTZ AND SIMPSON MARRIED
So, Fall Out Boy Pete Wentz did get married this weekend. Yes, he and fiancée Ashlee Simpson got wed at her parents' home in California. A statement on behalf of the couple reads: "We're delighted to confirm that Pete Wentz and Ashlee Simpson were married this evening in front of family and close friends". Simpson's father Joe, a Baptist minister, is believed to have conducted the service, while the reception reportedly had an Alice In Wonderland (and not Gremlins) theme.

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SKINNER GOES ON LONG WALK
The Streets man Mike Skinner will walk to the South of France for his next music video, which sounds like rather a big commitment to make. The trek seems to have been inspired by BBC traveller-in-chief Michael Palin. Writing on his blog, Skinner said: "For this work of creative moving imagery I have decided to walk to the south of France. I will be relaying the highlights of it with you over the next few weeks of my journey. From a grey Dover (Cliffs) I bid my English and Albion farewell. Long live Michael Palin". Footage from the walk will be used on the video to new song 'The Escapist' from a new long player due out later in the year.

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COLDPLAY CHRIS ON KYLIE
Coldplay's Chris Martin has told Q that label mate Kylie Minogue is "awesome" and "like Girls Aloud rolled into one", even though he decided to not use the song she made with him on new Coldplay album 'Viva La Vida'. He revealed Kylie had written a song for his band, and that they had done some recording together, but said that in the end it just wasn't right for the new long player. Keen to show that he did invest quite a bit of time into his Kylie collaboration before axing it from the album, he told the magazine: "I took apart the song she did with us, like a Corby trouser press".

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CYRUS RESPONDS TO SONG COPY CLAIMS - "I DON'T WRITE THEM"
US pop star Miley Cyrus has hit back at accusations that she has ripped off a song by LA band Lustra by politely pointing out that she doesn't write any of her own music, and that therefore any ripping off has been done by someone else hired by her label Disney. Lustra reckon Cyrus' song 'Rockstar' is a carbon copy of their song 'Scotty Doesn't Know' and have begun legal action. A spokesman for the 'Hannah Montana' star told reporters: "She doesn't write the songs - she sings them. We have referred this to Disney". Mr Mouse is yet to respond. I blame the duck.

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