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TODAY'S NEWS
DMX arrested. Yes, again
Doherty arrest warrant withdrawn
Yusuf Islam wins libel damages
Paul Simon sues over clock song
Jo Stafford dies
Russian emo fans protest against new school uniform rules
Cheeky Girl claims she had a miscarriage
Ronnie Wood is all messed up, reportedly
Britney and Kevin make new custody agreement
Shakira attempts to free hostages
Coldplay tickets printed on the wrong paper
Greenhaigh to make Lennon film
My Bloody Valentine not happy with their set
Live Nation chief to head up creative skills academy
Live Nation US appointments
HMV play down significance of VAT-avoiding instore kiosks
Tixdaq appoint former EMI exec
SonyBMG appoint Vodafone man to partnerships job
McBride advises new singer songwriter
Band opt for Dragons Den investment over record deal
Gaydar Radio revamp schedule
Cardiff community station closes down
Chart update
Total Rock world album chart
Ronson denies Joss Stone rejection
Timberlake claims to have wet himself with excitement
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MONDAY 21ST JULY

THE LEFT OUTSIDES
The Left Outsides was formed in 2003 by former members of The Eighteenth Day Of May, Mark Nicholas and Alison Cotton, with the aim of mixing their love of Syd Barret, Nico, The Brian Jonestown Massacre and Elliot Smith. This is no easy task, but they have certainly managed to pull it off. The duo released their debut EP, 'Leaving The Frozen Butterflies Behind', in 2006, following it a year later with their debut album, 'And Colours In Between'. More recently, they released a live album called 'Live At The Drop Out' and are currently working on their second album. More important than all of that, they have a new single, 'The Third Light', out today.

 

Q1 How did you start out making music?
We started the band to contribute to a Brian Jonestown Massacre tribute album - we recorded our version of their song 'The Ballad Of Jim Jones'. Playing together seemed to work so we carried on recording and writing our own songs from then onwards.

Q2 What inspired your latest single?
Our new single 'The Third Light' was inspired by the beauty of nature, The Beatles' 'A Taste of Honey' and fictional lost Echo And The Bunnymen demo recordings.

Q3 What process do you go through in creating an album?
Our debut album 'And Colours In Between' was recorded at home, over a nine month period. We'd start out with acoustic guitar and layer instruments over the top then finish with vocals. We write songs as we go.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
Julian Cope, Robin Hitchcock, Elliott Smith, John Cale, Syd Barrett, Six Organs Of Admittance.

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
Wait until midnight, turn the lights off and listen on headphones under your duvet in the dark.

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest single, and for the future?
For it to be heard by as many people as possible, and, as a lot of our music is about escapism, to go and play in remote areas where bands don't play so often.

MORE>> www.myspace.com/theleftoutsides

 

CRYSTAL FIGHTERS
Today's SNAP, Spanish electronic furrowers Crystal Fighters, lay claim to making "fast dance music with Basque instruments, synthesisers and our voices", a description I'm not sure found its way onto this column before. And though my limited knowledge of Basque music (ie outside of reading about it on Wikipedia) makes it difficult to comment on that influence, there are certainly traces of baille funk (Bonde do Role) and Angolan Kuduro (Buraka Som Sistema) in the mix. 'I Love London', for example, is the sound of hyperactive Spanish tourists celebrating the UK capital with a dub-heavy techno tune, plenty of cow bell and a limited vocabulary past the chorus of "I Love London!" Destined to appear in an edgy make-up ad over the next year, hear it first at the link below.

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DMX ARRESTED. YES, AGAIN
Well, I'm shocked, saddened, disappointed - and also slightly weary of reporting that Earl Simmons, or DMX as he's more popularly known, has been arrested. But he has indeed been arrested again, this time on suspicion of giving a false name and social security number to a hospital in order to avoid paying his medical bill. According to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Simmons received treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, back in April using the alias 'Troy Jones' and failing to pay his $7.5k bill.

Arpaio told reporters that these events came to light following the previously reported investigation into allegations of animal neglect in which the rapper was arrested and charged with felony drug possession and misdemeanour animal cruelty charges. Twelve pit bull dogs were seized at Simmons' Phoenix home, of course, whilst the remains of a further three were dug up. It's only the latest unpleasant incident, of course, in a very, very, very long line of run-ins with the law.

No comment from the DMX camp, but Arpaio is quoted as saying: "He's back in jail again. I don't know why judges keep letting this guy out. Every time he goes in there, he gets out on bond. I'm hoping this is the one time he's going to pay the penalty for his offense". He added that if Simmons remained incarcerated he would likely be separated from other inmates for his own safety. Why? "They may not like his music". Not sure if that was a joke, or not.

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DOHERTY ARREST WARRANT WITHDRAWN
That previously reported warrant for the arrest of Pete Doherty, issued when the singer failed to turn up to a hearing a Yeovil Magistrates' Court last Thursday to face charges of criminal damage, has been withdrawn. The allegations in this case relate to an incident which took place in August last year in which the Babyshambler is accused of chasing photographer Cath Mead into a shop after she tried to take a photo of Irina Lazareanu, his girlfriend at the time. Mead was not injured in the incident, but her camera was. A new court date has been set for 24 Jul.

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YUSUF ISLAM WINS LIBEL DAMAGES
Yusuf Islam, you know, he formerly known as Cat Stevens and all that, has won libel damages from news agency World Entertainment News Network over a report that claimed the singer - who famously converted to Islam in 1977 - would not talk to a woman because she was not wearing a veil. It also claimed Islam would only speak to women, other than his wife, through a third party.

The singer's lawyer, Adam Tudor, told the High Court in London last week: "Mr Islam has never had difficulties working with women, in his normal life, women feature among some of the most influential people in Mr Islam's team", while adding the stories had "created an utterly false impression of [his client's] attitude to women" while casting "serious aspersions, quite wrongly, on his religious faith, which is of the utmost importance to him".

Both WENN and Contactmusic.com, which syndicated the story, accepted the stories were completely untrue, and agreed to pay both damages and Islam's legal costs. The damages will be donated to the singer's charity Small Kindness.

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PAUL SIMON SUES OVER CLOCK SONG
More litigation, and Paul Simon is suing a musical clock distributor for using his song 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' on one of their clocks, allegedly without permission. His lawsuit, filed in New York, says the Georgia-based subsidiary of a Japanese clock maker, Rhythm USA Inc, knew or should have known they were violating his copyrights by using the song on some of their clocks. He reckons the company has old over 40,000 clocks featuring his song, and is suing for $10 million in damages. Which could buy a lot of clocks. Even musical ones.

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JO STAFFORD DIES
Veteran singer Jo Stafford has died at her home in Los Angeles at the age of 90. Stafford, who garnered the nickname 'GI Jo' after becoming a big hit with US servicemen during the second world war, had been in ill health for some months, finally succumbing to heart failure.

The singer was born in Coalinga, California, and began her career by performing with her sisters as The Stafford Sisters. When they married and gave up singing, she became the only female vocalist of a new group, The Pied Pipers. The group became very successful in the thirties and forties, working on local radio and film soundtracks, and backing Frank Sinatra on some early recordings, but Stafford went solo in 1944. Over the course of her career, 26 of her singles made the charts, many of which made the top ten, and she even had her own TV series. She also turned her hand to comedy, winning a Grammy for one of the number of comic albums she released with husband Paul Weston, under their alter-egos of Jonathan and Darlene Edwards.

Her son Tim Weston described her as a "reluctant star", saying that "she loved making records and really didn't crave the attention of personal appearances".

Stafford is survived by her son, a daughter, and four grandchildren.

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RUSSIAN EMO FANS PROTEST AGAINST NEW SCHOOL UNIFORM RULES
The emo kids have been out protesting again, this time not against the Daily Mail, but in Russia where the authorities are reportedly trying to ban emo and goth wear from the country's schools. A few dozen emo kids took to the streets in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk last week to protest at the new rules, which also ban the use of text messaging in schools. One protestor told the Associated Foreign Press: "How can you stop people from expressing themselves, from dressing how they like, from living a way of life that doesn't harm anyone?" Well, introducing stricter school uniform rules would be one way. Reports suggest the Russian authorities are banning emo wear from school because of this strange obsession with the idea that the emo scene is somehow linked to teenage suicide. Of course, telling angst-ridden suicidal teenagers they can't dress how they want is really going to help.

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CHEEKY GIRL CLAIMS SHE HAD A MISCARRIAGE
Gabriela Irimia has claimed that she miscarried Lembit Opik's child a few days before she ditched him. The Cheeky Girl apparently discovered that she was pregnant in June, but only told her sister, because she already had doubts about her relationship with the MP. She subsequently lost the pregnancy after taking part in a charity run with her sister, during the course of which she started to have stomach pains.

She told The News Of The World: "By the time we got back home it had turned into a chronic pain and I couldn't sit down. I dragged myself upstairs and ran a bath hoping it would go away. But it was like a knife stabbing me and I thought I was dying. I totally panicked and started screaming for my mum. She came rushing in, saw the blood and said, 'Oh my God!' I was in shock and knew something really bad was happening. But Mum didn't get hysterical, she just coped with everything and got me to bed. I didn't have to tell her I was pregnant, she knew. She thinks I must have been five or six weeks gone".

The couple split at the start of this month, and Irimia never told him what happened. She continued. "I know Lembit will be shocked reading this today. I just couldn't tell him any other way". I think a text might have been a bit kinder.

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RONNIE WOOD IS ALL MESSED UP, REPORTEDLY
It would seem that Ronnie Wood's a bit confused about some stuff. As previously reported, the Rolling Stone has gone into rehab for treatment for his alcoholism, but, as you know, there's also the problem of this Russian chick, 18-year-old Ekaterina Ivanova, who he's apparently been having an affair with. Now the News Of The World is saying that Wood doesn't know whether he wants to get back with his wife Jo, or go off with the teenager (well, she is of teen age).

The News of the World claims that he spoke to Jo this week and told her: "I love Ekaterina, I don't fucking love you any more", but only a few minutes later called back to say "I'm not gonna take anymore of this crap. I love you". A source told the tabloid: "Ronnie is in a real state. He's so confused he's forgetting what's happening for long periods". Clearly.

Whether Jo would welcome him back or not isn't clear - last week she apparently told friends that "Ronnie is welcome to that Russian tart. I have had enough now", but the latest gossip is that she might be open to a reunion - NOTW quote some person claiming to be close to these events as saying: "Ronnie and his wife are set to have counselling together, which is an integral part of his healing. I suppose there's going to be some hostility from Jo after what she's been through. But that's what the doctor's ordered".

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BRITNEY AND KEVIN MAKE NEW CUSTODY AGREEMENT
Britney Spears and ex husband Kevin Federline have finally come to an agreement in their custody case. The singer is reportedly set to pay her ex-husband, who will retain sole custody, £10k a month to care for their sons. Spears still has visitation rights - she gets two visits and one overnight stay each week, plus, a second overnight stay may be granted by the end of the year. A source told People.com: "All Britney was seeking was a formalisation of her increased visitation that she's obtained over recent weeks, and the additional overnight. She won both of those requests".

Federline's lawyer Mark Vincent Kaplan says: "Nobody could have anticipated the terms of events that have occurred. This was a two-year journey that will be halted at a point that is good for these children. Kevin's [objective] was not to get custody. Kevin's goal was to set up some kind of template so the mother of his children can co-parent".

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SHAKIRA ATTEMPTS TO FREE HOSTAGES
No, she didn't free any hostages, you're right. But what Shakira did do was to appear at a concert in her home country of Colombia at the weekend directly aimed at terrorist group FARC. The Independence Day gig was supposed to put pressure on the rebel organisation to release the estimated 700 people it has taken prisoner. No news yet as to whether any hostages have been released as a result of the gig. Ahem.

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COLDPLAY TICKETS PRINTED ON THE WRONG PAPER
Coldplay have withdrawn tickets for a December gig in Glasgow because - wait for it - they were printed on the wrong paper. Not sure what was wrong with it, but whatever. A cynic might say the withdrawal of tickets is a clever ruse to mess with those people who have bought their tickets via those unpopular-with-some secondary ticketing websites, because as promoters DF Concerts say "we are confident that Ticketmaster will be able to replace all tickets for their customers in advance of the gigs in December, however, it will be more difficult to replace tickets originally purchased through Ticketmaster and then sold on through the secondary ticket market". For those who have bought or sold touted tickets for the concert the promoters said: "[Secondary] ticket holders should contact their point of purchase. We urge these secondary sources to look after their customers at this time".

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GREENHAIGH TO MAKE LENNON FILM
Michael Greenhaigh, who produced Ian Curtis biopic 'Control' is to make a new film about the early life of John Lennon. The movie will be called 'Nowhere Boy' and is based on the book 'Imagine This: Growing Up With My Brother John Lennon' by the late Beatle's half-sister Julia Baird. The UK Film Council have reportedly granted Greenhaigh £35k towards the making of the film.

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MY BLOODY VALENTINE NOT HAPPY WITH THEIR SET
My Bloody Valentine did an interview with NME.com after playing a headline set at Benicassim at the weekend, and told them that they didn't feel too good about their performance at the Spanish festival. The band's Kevin Shields was quoted as saying: "The show was not so good. We are a bit disappointed. But the audience were pretty good. And the reaction so far to our tour has been pretty positive".

However, don't think it's all bad. They weren't happy with that set, but generally, they're happy. Honestly. We know because drummer Colm O'Coisoig added: "It's working out pretty well, we're happy".

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LIVE NATION CHIEF TO HEAD UP CREATIVE SKILLS ACADEMY
Paul Latham, the UK President of live music conglom Live Nation, has been named as Chairman of the new National Skills Academy For Creative & Cultural Skills, which will provide training for people considering a career in the creative industries, including live music production. The new body's Deputy Chairman comes from the more theatrical side, he being Ric Green, Technical Director of Opera North.

Announcing the appointments, Royal Opera House chief Tony Hall, who heads up the Skills Council committee behind the Academy, told reporters: "Paul promises to bring the resource of Live Nation behind the National Skills Academy and Ric will bring not only a huge amount of expertise and knowledge, but also an enormous amount of goodwill in the sector. I feel confident that these two people are going to make a big difference in defining this Skills Academy and ensure it really delivers the skills the sector needs".

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LIVE NATION US APPOINTMENTS
Talking of Live Nation, there were a number of appointments at the live music firm's US offices last week. First former Sony Music exec Harvey Leeds joined the company's New York team, in a deal which brings Leeds own music management and consultancy company Headquarters Media under the Live Nation banner. On the West Coast, Billboard reports that Rick Mueller, formerly President of San Francisco operations, has become President for the whole of California, while Nick Masters, previously President of Southern California, will become Chairman of that region.

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HMV PLAY DOWN SIGNIFICANCE OF VAT-AVOIDING INSTORE KIOSKS
According to Music Week, HMV is playing down the significance of the arrival of online ordering kiosks in some of its high street stores, and in particular the impact that has on VAT.

The facility to order CDs via HMV's online mail-order operation instore has VAT ramifications because the music retailer's online operations are based on the Channel Islands. As much previously reported, mail order services based on the Channel Islands can sell goods that cost under £18 without charging VAT, because of a tax loophole that exists between the UK and the Islands.

Independent and smaller retailers have long argued that that gives big companies like HMV and Play.com, who can afford to have mail order operations offshore, an advantage, because the VAT on an eight pound CD is £1.40, meaning the big retailers can undercut the little guys by that amount without losing any real income.

While the VAT loophole is an old story (though one that remains despite various pledges from Channel Islands and the UK governments to close the loophole), the arrival of the HMV Delivers mail order kiosks is arguably newsworthy because it brings the VAT loophole to the high street. The Guardian last week called the VAT-dodging HMV Delivery service "a fundamental challenge to the Government's direct taxation regime [which, if copied by other retailers] could divert hundreds of millions of pounds from the Treasury".

But Music Week quote an HMV spokesman thus: "The level of transactions from the handful of kiosks are negligible in terms of overall turnover. Our in-store HMV Delivers service enables customers to order titles that may be out of stock direct from our internet fulfilment centre. Had the value of these sales been subject to VAT last year, the VAT amount would only have been approximately £140,000. We expect this to remain an extremely marginal channel for sales, as the kiosks we are introducing will be to drive sales of fast growing digital downloads".

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TIXDAQ APPOINT FORMER EMI EXEC
The company behind ticket price checker whatnot Tixdaq.com have announced the appointment of former EMI exec Will Waddington to the job of COO and CFO. Or COFO if you like. Or CFOO, which I think I prefer.

Tixdaq.com founder Will Muirhead told CMU: "The live music industry never had the same quality of data and analysis as the record business until Tixdaq.com came along. We are seeing increasing demand for our data products and have now embarked on an aggressive strategy of licensing our data as widely as possible. We are delighted to have Will on board to help us in our transformation from a start-up into a fully-functioning operational business".

Waddington himself said: "Tixdaq.com is one of the most innovative new businesses operating in one of the most exciting and dynamic sectors in the UK. By capturing never-before-available data and creating intuitive analytical tools, we are offering real added value to both consumers and business stakeholders in the live entertainment sector".

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SONYBMG APPOINT VODAFONE MAN TO PARTNERSHIPS JOB
SonyBMG UK has appointed a former Vodafone Content Director, Graeme Ferguson, to the job of SVP Digital and Strategic Partnerships. I know this because SonyBMG UK boss Ged Doherty just said this: "We are determined to give music fans more and more ways to interact with our music. Graeme's understanding of brands and digital content will be invaluable to us in achieving that goal. I am delighted that he is joining our company".

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MCBRIDE ADVISES NEW SINGER SONGWRITER
Nettwerk chief Terry McBride gave his words of wisdom to aspiring London based singer songwriter James Yuill at that previously reported MusicTank 'Meet The Millennials' event last week. The event followed the publication of McBride's 'Meet The Millennials' report by MusicTank earlier this year, and saw the Nettwerk man and other industry experts put his philosophies regarding music marketing to the test in the context of a new artist - Yuill.

We'll have a report, including some of the words of wisdom that came up while planning Yuill's music career later in the week. In the meantime, one interesting McBride quote that came out of the day-long conference, as reported by Paidcontent.org. Talking about the importance of digital for his artists, like Avril Lavigne, he said record companies, while making some positive moves in the digital domain, still had a lot of work to do. For example on price point - he thinks the price for downloads should be 25 cents per track and two dollars an album, so to better compete with free. He told the conference: "You'd see a huge shift; we haven't even given kids the choice to show us this tipping point yet ... the profit margin in the digital space is about 300 percent that inside the physical space".

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BAND OPT FOR DRAGONS DEN INVESTMENT OVER RECORD DEAL
Whether McBride would recommend going on an investment-based reality TV show to launch your pop career I don't know, but that's what one band will do this week. Cambridge based indie band Hamfatter will be seen on 'Dragon's Den' this week trying to persuade Peter Jones to invest £75,000 in them in return for a 30% stake in their future earnings.

According to the Guardian, the band's manager Jamie Turner says he is seeking a venture capital style investor rather than a traditional record label deal to launch his band because it "doesn't make sense for artists to sign away their rights to a label". This way, he says, the band will make £3.50 per album, rather than 30p an album via a label deal.

The band will release a single, 'The Girl I Love', this week, hoping to boost sales on the back of appearing on the TV show. I have a feeling Jones will be the loser if no one buys it, but telling you that will ruin the outcome of the show, so forget I said anything.

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GAYDAR RADIO REVAMP SCHEDULE
Popular digital station Gaydar Radio has revamped its schedule, and parted company with former Big Brother contestants Richard Newman and Lea Walker, who have been working as presenters on the station. Also leaving as part of the revamp are Kris Di Angelis and Cliff Joannou. New shows include a Sunday night show hosted by DJ Gary H, a new Sunday morning programmed presented by Neil Sexton and Simon Le Vans, and the arrival of one Maria Peters as host of the weekend afternoon Jukebox Request show.

The station's Programme Controller, Robin Crowley, said the changes "reflect our shift towards a younger audience base of gay, lesbian and gay-friendly dance music lovers who want to be able to access the station across a variety of platforms of choice. Gaydar Radio's success is built on its interactivity with our community of users in the Gaydar chatrooms. The new weekend line-up in particular allows us to extend that dialogue with them further and reach an even wider audience".

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CARDIFF COMMUNITY STATION CLOSES DOWN
Radio Cardiff, a community radio station which launched in the Welsh capital late last year, has closed down, despite having a five year licence. The station's owners say a delay in funding from both the Welsh Assembly Government and Cardiff County Council led to the closure.

Radio Today observe that Radio Cardiff is the third new community radio station to disappear because of funding issues. London based TGR closed down less than a month ago, while a community service in Chelmsford also ceased broadcasting because of funding issues.

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CHART UPDATE
I think whoever wrote the headline on the Mail On Sunday yesterday saying the McFly album they were giving away included the "number one hit song 'One For The Radio'" probably shouldn't have been counting those chickens until the eggs had hatched. Unless they meant the song was number one in some list other than this week's singles chart.

Because CMU's favourite boy band didn't go top in this week's chart I'm afraid. Dizzee Rascal and Calvin Harris remain top, while McFly had to make do with number two. Ah well, they sold 3 million albums in one day yesterday. Many to people who'd never heard of them - which is something of an achievement.

New entries on the singles chart, by the way, are few and far between this week. The only one other than McFly is Noah & The Whale with their re-release of '5 Years Time' going in at 24.

Over on the albums chart Basshunter knocked those Coldplay types off the top, with 'Now You're Gone' the album going straight in at one. Coldplay's 'Viva La Vida' is at 2, ahead of the next highest new entry, the much talked about (well, she's been talked about a lot here for some reason) Sharleen Spiteri going in at three with 'Melody'.

The other two album new entries this week are as follows: Hold Steady with 'Stay Positive' at 15 and Nas with, erm, "that album", at 23. For fans of chart rule trivia, or Abba, I hear the 'Mamma Mia' film soundtrack is the best selling album this week, but doesn't appear in the chart because it's not allowed to, it being a film soundtrack. So, now you know.

The chart comes from the Official Chart 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. Linkin Park - Minutes To Midnight (Warner Bros)
2. Disturbed - Indestructible (Warner/Reprise)
3. My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade Is Dead (Warner Bros)*
4. Nickelback - All The Right Reasons (Warner/Roadrunner)
5. The Offspring - Rise And Fall, Rage And Grace (SonyBMG)
6. Judas Priest - Nostradamus (SonyBMG)
7. Motley Crue - Saints Of Los Angeles (Motley Records)
8. Kid Rock - Rock - N Roll Jesus (Warner/Atlantic)
9. Bon Jovi - Cross Road (Universal/Mercury)*
10. Daughtry - Daughtry (SonyBMG)
11. Guns n Roses - Greatest Hits (Universal/Geffen)
12. Disturbed - Ten Thousand Fists (Warner/Reprise)*
13. Foo Fighters - Echoes Silence Patience & Grace (Roswell)
14. Queen - Greatest Hits 1,2,3 (EMI)*
15. Journey - Revelation (Frontiers)
16. Alkaline Trio - Agony & Irony (SonyBMG/Epic)*
17. Atreyu - Leads Sails Paper Anchor (Warner/Roadrunner)*
18. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Best Of (Polytel)*
19. Whitesnake - Good To Be Bad (SPV)
20. Led Zeppelin - Mothership (Warner/Atlantic)

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RONSON DENIES JOSS STONE REJECTION
Mark Ronson has denied comments recently attributed to him that implied that he'd turned down Joss Stone, or at least denied that he meant Joss Stone when he made them. You remember the comments, we reported on it. Anyway, Ronson wrote on his MySpace blog: "I hate commenting on this bullshit but there's some story going around saying that I refused the sexual advances of Joss Stone and also said she was some 'boring, bland soul chick' or something. Let me set the record straight. I was definitely not referring to Joss Stone in that quote and I've never actually met her. I'm sure she's a nice person and she has a lovely voice so I wanted to address this rubbish story and apologise to Ms Stone, who kind of gets enough shit in the press as it is without being drawn into my tabloid drivel".

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TIMBERLAKE CLAIMS TO HAVE WET HIMSELF WITH EXCITEMENT
Justin Timberlake has claimed that he wet himself when he met his idol Michael Jordan. I expect he was joking. The singer said: "When I was young... I wanted to be Michael Jordan. It was weird, I heard [Gary Wright track] 'Dreamweaver' in my head when he walked in the room. He was like, 'Hey man, my kids and I, we're big fans of your music,' and I was like, 'That's cool...' Up until the point where he walked away and I realised I had peed a little".

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