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Global will take Heart nationwide through GCap acquisition

Porn sharing case could impact Viacom v Youtube
Dre junior's autopsy inconclusive
Suge Knight bailed
Muslims asked to protest Malaysian Lavigne gig
Sounds co-founder dies
Monkeys buy pub
Kaisers praise Noel Gallagher's PR skills
Album review: Broken Social Scene Presents: Brendan Canning - Something For All Of Us (Arts & Crafts)
Amanda Palmer seeks video extras
Two more dates on The Pogues Christmas tour
Pipettes announce free shows
Fuck Buttons in-store
Of Montreal announce single and UK show
Album review: The Tough Alliance - A New Chance (Sincerely Yours)
B-unique bosses consult for fans-fund-the-bands service
ASA question Apple's iPhone internet claims
Planet Rock to leave GCap HQ
Zane angry at Xfm suspension
Snowdon to co-host Capital breakfast
DiS founder confirms post-BSkyB plans
West Wing writer to make Facebook movie
Steve Jobs is not dead
Christian Guitar Hero announced
Sigurðsson hasn't produced Bjork or Sigur Ros
Britney is unstable: official
Ronson responds to Lohan's dad
Manuva and Blunt to collaborate
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FRIDAY 29TH AUGUST

THE BRUTE CHORUS
You probably don't need me to tell you that The Brute Chorus are a bit buzzy at the moment. They've been together since March last year and in that short time they've picked up a whole heap of favourable press coverage and some choice radio play - Steve Lamaq called them his "new favourite band". Their latest single, 'Grow Fins', is out now and they headline Twisted Licks at The Last Days Of Decadence in Shoreditch on 5 Sep. We spoke to frontman James Steele.

 

Q1 How did you start out making music?
I wrote my first song when I was five. It was about bombs and I was in my grandparents' house. They had lots of tin waste paper bins and I collected them all and turned them upside down to make a drum kit. My grandparents' house was in London (I lived in Wiltshire at the time) and full of my grandfather's war memorabilia. So this song was called 'The Bombing Of London'. Looking back, I think it was set to the tune of 'Walking On Sunshine' by Katrina & The Waves and it went something like "It's the bombing of London... woah ooh woah woah!..." Over and over and over. I made my Grandma listen to it. "That's very nice dear," she said.

Q2 What inspired your latest single 'Grow Fins'?
It came out of nowhere really. I've always been interested in the idea that everything we know will be flooded out by the time I'm old. Lots of our songs mention floods, biblical and otherwise. I was living on the sixteenth floor of a tower block when I wrote it, which is where the "Glory! Glory! Way up on the sixteenth storey..." comes from.

Q3 What process do you go through in creating an album?
I'll have to let you know.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
There's lots. I made a playlist for the van while we were touring recently. It's got ESG, Velvet Underground, Dirtbombs, Beck, Toots & The Maytals. They, among many others, have all had an influence on the music we make but we don't really sound like any of them. We try to listen to as much as we can and sound like all and none of it the same time.

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
Not much. We don't try to influence people's opinion of us or care what they think. We want the music to speak for itself. If they don't like it; no sweat. If they do; see you at the next gig. Bring yer mates.

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest single, and for the future?
We wanted this single to get more airplay than the first and it did. We just want to be able to keep making music and playing it to people everywhere.

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VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: Dance Concept at The Rhythm Factory
Well, this rather relaxed venue slapped right next to the Royal London Hospital used to have a good few sessions and now, with its late licence, seems set to be putting on a few more. Tonight the Dance Concept crew hit us with some drum & bass and a jungle set - it's actually advertised as 'jungle' kids!! - in Room 2. The Main Room has Chase and Status, Krust, Benny V, Social Sec, Vital Element with big playa Nicky Blackmarket, Demolition Kru and R-Type, alongside some big name MCs like Fearless, Shabba D, Eksman, Illmatik and Blaka. Room 2, as I say, gets all junglistic - it being hosted by Jungle Ambassadors and featuring DJ's Terry T, Souljah, Uncle Dug, iCandy with Ricochet, Stuff, Triptonite, Nicky Blunt and DJ FT, and 5ive-O, MC Yardie, Dmard on mic control duties. With some drinks promos before midders - it should be a right proper East Side knees up.

Friday 29 Aug, Rhythm Factory, 16-18 Whitechapel Rd, London E1, 10pm - 6am, £10, info from
info@rhythmfactory.co.uk or www.danceconcept.com

 


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MUZU TV PICK OF THE WEEK: GLASVEGAS
To mark the re-release this week of their rather fine single 'Daddy’s Gone', Glasgow's finest, Glasvegas, are making an exclusive live recording of the track available via MUZU TV. Filmed at the band's homecoming gig at Glasgow's ABC2 back in June, it's a chance to see why Alan McGee called these guys "the best Scottish band for 20 years". You can check out the live exclusive on the CMU Live playlist on the CMU-Tube right now, or by going to Glasvegas’ own MUZU TV channel at www.muzu.tv/glasvegas.


CURRENTLY PLAYING ON THE CMU-TUBE, with MUZU
Selected for your viewing pleasure on the CMU-Tube with MUZU TV this week, check out new videos from Atomic Hooligan, Frightened Rabbit, Kraak & Smaak, IAMX, G Love & Special Sauce and The Robocop Kraus, plus old favourites from Ben Folds, Scouting For Girls, Coldcut, Leftfield and Fiona Apple plus live performances from MGMT, The Futureheads and Glasvegas. Set the CMU-Tube in motion by heading to www.cmumusicnetwork.co.uk.

BECOME A CMU/MUZU COLLEGE CORRESPONDENT
MUZU TV has joined up with CMU and the College Media Network to set up a team of College Correspondents at universities across the UK and Ireland. We are looking for students interested in gaining skills and experience in music and media to work with the CMU team to help manage their local MUZU TV college channel. Correspondents will get to network with local music and media people, and influence the music played and artists featured on their local channel. They will also get loads of free training, and make lots of great contacts for a future career in the media or music industries. For more details and an application form go to www.collegemedianetwork.co.uk/muzu.
 


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GLOBAL WILL TAKE HEART NATIONWIDE THROUGH GCAP ACQUISITION
Following the news that new GCap owners Global Radio will relaunch Xfm Scotland as a dancey, urbaney, youth station within its Galaxy network, there are reports this morning that Global's key strategy of the moment is to give its Heart and Galaxy brands, previously confined to a handful of regions, something nearing national reach, which means the rebranding and repositioning of more of GCap's regional FM stations.

According to an Office Of Fair Trading report on the Global/GCap merger, reported on by Radio Today, GCap owned FM stations in all but the biggest cities will be turned into either a youthy Galaxy service or a cheesy-listening Heart station. Once the expanded Galaxy and Heart networks are in place greater syndication of programming will take place, with big name celebrities hired to host national shows that, Global bosses hope, will be popular with listeners and advertisers alike.

In some of the bigger cities the main FM licence will retain its local identity and continue to operate the generic FM pop station format epitomised by Capital Radio in London, though it's not yet clear in which cities this will be the case.

In London it's thought that GCap's Choice station will be rebranded as Galaxy, leaving Xfm to operate as is for the time being. Xfm is also likely to remain in Manchester where Global already has a Galaxy station, because any attempt to turn an Xfm station into a Heart service would require a considerable change in the remit clause of its OfCom licence.

As previously reported, in order to secure OFT approval for the merger, Global has committed to sell four stations in the West Midlands and to franchise out the existing East Midlands Heart station. The latter, however, will still be part of the national Heart network, and carry programming and advertising being syndicated nationally by Global.

Regarding the West Midland stations, the OFT says it would prefer Global to sell all four FM licences to one company, giving that company the clout to compete with the dominant Global GCap in the region.

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PORN SHARING CASE COULD IMPACT VIACOM V YOUTUBE
There was an interesting case in the Californian courts this week between a lesser-known video sharing service and a US porn company. It's interesting because it may set a precedent that is important in the high profile Viacom v YouTube legal dispute, which is still pending.

Adult entertainment firm Io Group sued video sharing platform Veoh after ten of its videos were uploaded to the sharing platform in 2006, despite Veoh removing the content as soon as Io told them it shouldn't be there. Io argued that by allowing the content to go live in the first place Veoh were guilty of copyright infringement, but the web firm argued that under the US's DCMA copyright laws they are protected from infringement charges providing they remove unlicensed content on their servers whenever they are made aware of its existence. Additionally Io argued that because Veoh "transcode" the video files users upload so that they will play through their flash based player (in common with most video sharing platforms), they were also guilty of primary infringement.

This is pretty much identical to the case being pursued by MTV owners Viacom against YouTube through the New York courts. So far this interpretation of US copyright laws that says YouTube and Veoh et al cannot be held liable for infringing content on their servers providing they take it down whenever they are made aware of it has been much disputed, with the net firms arguing that is clearly the case, whereas content owners say it is wrong the law should be interpreted in a way that puts the onus (and cost) of monitoring the distribution of unlicensed content onto them.

In the Io/Veoh case District Judge Howard Lloyd found in favour of the video sharing platform. He said that the DCMA does provide protection to video sharing sites who responsibly remove unlicensed content when told to do so, that Veoh had indeed done just that, and because the transcoding process was automatic and did not and could not screen content, that action was not relevant to the case.

It remains to be seen if this ruling can be used by YouTube owners Google to strengthen their defence against the Viacom lawsuit. Judges are often less helpful in protecting the interests of porn companies, so the New York courts may prove more helpful to a mainstream entertainment firm like Viacom. However, those in the web industry will be hoping the Veoh case strengthens YouTube's chances of a legal victory, and in doing so provide a clear message that legitimate video sharing sites are not liable for infringement in the same way P2P file sharing services like Grokster have previously been deemed to be.

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DRE JUNIOR'S AUTOPSY INCONCLUSIVE
An autopsy of Dr Dre's son Andre Young Jr has failed to find a cause of death. As previously reported, the hip hop mogul's son died last weekend - his mother found him in an "unresponsive" state at their Californian house on Saturday morning.

A spokesman for the LA authorities said yesterday: "We don't know yet why he died. There were no signs of trauma or foul play. We'll be doing toxicology and other tests, which will take up to six weeks". As usual the toxicology tests will determine whether alcohol or drugs played a part in Young's death.

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SUGE KNIGHT BAILED
Former hip hop mogul Suge Knight has been released on bail after being charged with assault with a deadly weapon, and misdemeanour charges of domestic violence, possession of a controlled substance and possession of dangerous drugs without a prescription. As previously reported, Knight was arrested on Wednesday morning for allegedly attacking his girlfriend with a knife after leaving a strip club in Las Vegas

In a statement, Las Vegas police said that Knight had punched his unnamed girlfriend in the head as they argued in their car. She then grabbed the steering wheel, causing the car to hit the curb, and ran away with Knight in pursuit. When police arrived on the scene, he was found standing over her holding a knife.

Police Lieutenant Chris Carroll said: "A citizen sees the beating in a parking lot, police get there fast, they see him beating her. It's a good solid case. This is a very large man. He was on top of her, actually in the act of violently beating her when the officers arrived, with the knife in his hand".

The woman is in hospital but her injuries are not thought to be life threatening. Knight will appear in court on 26 Sep to face the charges against him.

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MUSLIMS ASKED TO PROTEST MALAYSIAN LAVIGNE GIG
The youth wing of the Pan Malaysian Islamic Party [PAS] will protest outside that much reported Avril Lavigne gig in Malaysia, which we may have previously said had been cancelled. But everyone else said it have been cancelled, too. So, it's okay. It turns out that the Malaysian government gave the concert the go-ahead last week after all, provided it is "not a bad influence, especially on the young".

Anyway, Nasrudin Hassan of the PAS said: "A concert of this nature is not conducive to teach the younger generation to become good citizens, upright and competitive, but instead would weaken them morally and mentally. If the concert organisers do not heed this warning to cancel the concert, PAS youth will order all Muslim youth to turn up and protest the concert in order to prevent it from taking place".

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SOUNDS CO-FOUNDER DIES
A former Melody Maker editor and co-founder of Sounds magazine has died aged 80.

Jack Hutton edited Melody Maker in the sixties when it enjoyed a circulation nearing 300,000. He later co-founded his own company, Spotlight Publications, through which he launched both Kerrang! and the now defunct Sounds, the former originally a one-off supplement of the latter. Spotlight later acquired Music Week putting Hutton in charge of the music industry weekly for a time. As well as his media work, Hutton also worked as a music PR.

Paying tribute, Music Week quote Chris Poole, who knew Hutton as a publicist while he worked at the Daily Record, who says: "[Jack] was one of those doughty Scottish journalists that had a very tough exterior but inside he was a softy. His real love was jazz - he played the trumpet until he got ill four or five years ago".

Hutton's funeral will take place in North London next Tuesday.

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MONKEYS BUY PUB
Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helder and the band's original bassist Andy Nicholson have bought a pub, The Bowery, in their hometown of Sheffield, which will open next month. The building will also provide a base for Helders' clothing range, Supreme Being.

A source said: "Matt and Andy have had their eye on setting up a pub for ages. When the property came on the market they had to have it. It's perfect, Matt puts in most of the money and Andy can DJ there and manage it when Matt is off touring. All the lads can relax there and bring their mates".

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KAISERS PRAISE NOEL GALLAGHER'S PR SKILLS
Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson has praised Noel Gallagher's ability to get other bands to promote Oasis' new album for him. Gallagher recently slagged off Wilson's band, comparing them to The Monkees (which I'd take as a compliment, but apparently it wasn't supposed to be one).

Wilson told Chris Moyles on his Radio 1 show: "He's really clever because every interview I've done in the last week has mentioned Oasis. So I'm answering questions about their new record and he ends up in everybody's interviews. He is a publicity machine".

Look, it's happening again! Oasis release their new album, 'Dig Out Your Soul', on 6 Oct. Oh, and Kaiser Chiefs release their new album, 'Off With Their Heads', on 29 Sep. But did we mention that Oasis have a new album coming out?

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ALBUM REVIEW: Broken Social Scene Presents: Brendan Canning - Something For All Of Us (Arts & Crafts)
What with there being approximately 1 million members of Broken Social Scene, (well, nineteen, but it's close) it's very exciting to hear them produce solo work. This is especially true with Canning: he may be one half of the original duo (the other being Kevin Drew) which spawned into 'the more the merrier' BSS, but so far he's only ever taken the lead on three of their tracks. So, I hear you scream, what kind of crazy acid pop does Canning make? Well, let's be honest, this album isn't a complete side step from the usual noise Canning puts his hand to. But then again, why would you want it to be? 'Something For All Of Us' is just that - a little gift we can all enjoy. While it's true that a number of BSS members contributed to the recording of the album, it's obvious that this is a collection of tracks that come from all corners of his own brain. It's easy to identify, particularly in title track 'Something For All Of Us', that his time was spent adoring the likes of Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr, with fuzzy licks and melancholic yet uplifting riffs. Yet this album is also full of a perfect, heady mix of summery folk, such as 'Snowballs And Icicles', as well as the near disco-like 'Love Is New'. The gorgeous 'All The Best Wooden Toys Come From Germany' deserves praise all on its own, as it not only has a great title, but more importantly, it's one of those little nuggets of musical beauty that swallows you right in. This is raw Canning genius at its best, and with tracks 'Hit The Wall' and 'Antique Bull' creating that feeling of being filled right to the brim with sheer contentedness you get with BSS, it's very hard not to get totally lost in this album. DH
Release Date: 8 Sep
Press Contact: Triad Publicity [all]

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AMANDA PALMER SEEKS VIDEO EXTRAS
Hello London-based Amanda Palmer fans, here is a news story just for you. Dresden Dolls frontlady Amanda Palmer is shooting the video for her debut solo single, 'Leeds United', this Saturday. She would like you to come down and be in it. She would like some people dressed in an avant garde/performance art style, some people who like dressing up nice, and some guys who don't care too much for dressing up to act as football hooligans (Leeds United shirts will be provided). If any of that sounds up your street and you're free on Saturday from mid-morning to about 5pm, then email ikilledamandapalmer@irresistiblefilms.com.

Also, director Steven Mitchell Wright is looking for someone to come and make a documentary about the day. So, budding videographers, email steven@amandapalmer.net right now.

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TWO MORE DATES ON THE POGUES CHRISTMAS TOUR
We managed to miss out the first and last dates on The Pogues' Christmas tour in yesterday's Daily. So, sorry to all our Irish readers, who may have been feeling left out. You will be able to see the band, and here are the dates:

6 Dec: Belfast, Kings Hall
22 Dec: Dublin, RDS

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PIPETTES ANNOUNCE FREE SHOWS
The Pipettes have announced that their forthcoming free show at Koko in Camden has been cancelled. So, instead they are going to play a free three-night residency at The Fly on New Oxford Street.

The shows will take place between 1-3 Sep. To get your tickets, email pipettescontest@nettwerk.com putting 'The Fly', the date you want to attend and '+1' if you want to bring a friend, in the subject line. A limited number of tickets will also be available on the door.

The group will also tour in October (these shows aren't free, though):

11 Sep: Kingston, New Slang
23 Oct: Leeds, Cockpit
24 Oct: Derby, The Royal
25 Oct: Bristol, The Cooler
26 Oct: Oxford, Academy
28 Oct: Winchester, The Tower
29 Oct: Cambridge, The Soul tree
30 Oct: Leicester, The Charlotte
31 Oct: Darlington, Inside Out

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FUCK BUTTONS IN-STORE
Fuck Buttons will play an in-store show at Rough Trade East at 6.30pm on 1 Sep, to celebrate the release of their new single, 'Colours Move', on 8 Sep. Also playing will be Andrew Weatherall, who provides a remix of 'Sweet Love For Planet Earth' as the single's B-side. As usual with Rough Trade in-stores, wristbands for the event will be given away on a first-come-first-served basis an hour before the show. If you miss this one, you'll be able to catch them supporting Mogwai on their upcoming tour.

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OF MONTREAL ANNOUNCE SINGLE AND UK SHOW
Hip indie underground stars Of Montreal have announced details of a new single next month and one-off UK show in October. 'Id Engager' will be released on 8 Sep and is the first single to be lifted from new album 'Skeletal Lamping', out later this year on Polyvinyl Records. You can also download 'Id Engager' for free for a limited time from the band's MySpace page at www.myspace.com/ofmontreal. The band will also play Koko in Camden on 16 Oct as part of a European tour.

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ALBUM REVIEW: The Tough Alliance - A New Chance (Sincerely Yours)
I bought 'A New Chance' a year ago on import and was ecstatic when a British release came up for review. This Swedish duo form part of a trendy independent scene based around the Service record label (Jens Lekman, The Whitest Boy Alive) and like their labelmates past and present, their sound is predominantly lo-fi indie, though The Tough Alliance arguably add more electronic flourishes to their music. Much like Lekman, they inventively use vocal and musical samples (check the Middle Eastern vocals that start 'Something Special' and the near hooligan shouts on 'First Class Riot') and whilst their approach might sound as if they're throwing everything into the kitchen sink, it certainly works. They effortlessly hop from genre to genre. 'A New Chance' features a memorable and infectious piano break and sounds like something that would have been heard on a Balearic beach in the late 1980s, whilst 'Looking For Gold' is a successful turn at reggae, with choppy guitars combining well with the whistling that underpins the entire track. Although it's only an eight track album lasting barely half an hour, it's an economical effort with the band never short of ideas and always pursuing them to their logical conclusion. Their live shows have a reputation for farce, with the band often performing to backing tracks and swinging baseball bats, which is referenced in 'Neo Violence', rebutting accusations that they glorify violence. 'A New Chance' should finally gain the recognition it deserves, as one of the most imaginative pop records of recent years. KW
Release Date: 22 Sep
Press Contact: Darling Dept [all]

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B-UNIQUE BOSSES CONSULT FOR FANS-FUND-THE-BANDS SERVICE
Another one of those 'fans fund the bands' services, Bandstocks, has announced that the MDs of London label B-Unique will act as consultants to the operation. The label's Mark Lewis and Martin Toher will vet all unsigned artists who register with the online service, and act as A&R advisors to those who successfully raise enough investment via the site to record an album. The involvement of the label execs, who have experience of both the indie and major sector (the latter through B-Unique's alliances with Universal and, more recently, Warner), is seen by Bandstock as a way of distinguishing their service from other fan investment sites like SliceThePie and Sellaband.

Commenting on the service, its founder, music lawyer Andrew Lewis, told CMU: "We have worked really hard to get the details of Bandstocks right. The rules about offering investments to the public are the same whether you are asking people to put in £10 or £10,000 and we don't take any of this stuff lightly. We also take our responsibilities to artists extremely seriously. Twenty years of haggling over record deals as a lawyer gives you a pretty good idea of what artists want a record contract to say and the Bandstocks deal may well be the world's first record deal written deliberately from the artist's point of view. We want to make it easy for artists to sign up to a Bandstocks deal - there are plenty of websites for unsigned, unsignable bands, but www.bandstocks.com isn't one of them. It's not that we don't believe in democracy, it just works better if you don't put 10,000 names on the ballot paper".

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ASA QUESTION APPLE'S IPHONE INTERNET CLAIMS
The Advertising Standards Authority has told Apple to alter an advert for its iPhone 3G which claimed that the new version of the iPod-mobile combo could go to "all parts of the internet". The ASA were responding to two complaints that, because the mobile device has only limited Flash and Java facilities, that claim was untrue, because some Flash and Java driven web services would not work on the phone.

A statement from the ASA said: "We concluded that the ad gave a misleading impression of the internet capabilities of the iPhone. The ad must not be broadcast again in its current form".

Apple argued that their advert was designed to communicate that the iPhone is not restricted to just WAP or mobile specific web services, and could surf the net like a PC. They also countered that the phone could reach "all parts of the internet", it's just certain services may not work when you get there. The ASA noted their arguments, but still ruled against the computer firm.

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PLANET ROCK TO LEAVE GCAP HQ
Planet Rock, the digital radio station sold by radio giant GCap to an independent company led by Malcolm Bluemel, has confirmed it will leave its studios in GCap's Leicester Square HQ, and start using new facilities in the offices of UBC in Marylebone. The station's new owners hope to move to the new offices in October.

Bluemel told reporters: "Planet Rock is now completely in charge of its own destiny with our very own location in the heart of London. This is a dream come true for us. We can now provide rock fans with essential rock listening, artists can come into the station at any time we choose, we can do it our own way and give our listeners exactly what they want. There is a close knit passionate team at Planet Rock, headed up by Trevor White, and all of us look forward to building on the amazing progress this fantastic radio station has already made".

The boss of Planet Rock's new hosts, UBC Media CEO Simon Cole, added: "I'm proud to have been chosen to provide services to Planet Rock and especially to build a facility for them within our offices. The team at Planet Rock have a single minded vision and we want to do whatever we can to help them bring that to reality".

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ZANE ANGRY AT XFM SUSPENSION
Alex Zane has expressed anger at his week-long suspension from the Xfm Breakfast Show after he aired a risqué song he wrote with his production team called 'I Won't Take No For An Answer', which was reportedly about rape (though Zane, and others, seem to be disputing this now).

He told Broadcast Magazine that the station was "over-reacting in the extreme. The over-the-top response that we've had would suggest a station being overly cautious". He added that no listeners had complained and that Xfm's decision to suspend him had made the whole situation look worse than it actually was, especially after the negative press coverage.

Zane's agent Duncan Hayes added: "Xfm has treated its talent with blinding incompetence".

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SNOWDON TO CO-HOST CAPITAL BREAKFAST
More breakfast shows, and Capital Radio have confirmed that Lisa Snowdon will join Johnny Vaughan as co-presenter on its flagship morning show. She replaces, of course, Denise Van Outen, who quit the show recently just six months into a twelve month contract that was designed to improve Capital's fortunes in the breakfast ratings by reuniting the former Big Breakfast duo. Snowdon has been filling in since Van Outen's departure, and has now been given the gig permanently. Capital MD Paul Jackson told reporters: "Lisa has been outstanding in recent weeks and we have received an amazing response from our listeners".

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DIS FOUNDER CONFIRMS POST BSKYB PLANS
Drowned In Sound founder Sean Adams has responded to chatter regarding the future of the music website following the end of its partnership with BSkyB, who had been funding the development of both DiS and sister music sites The Lipster, Thrash Hits and The Quietus. Since the end of the partnership those sites have become independent concerns, while Adams will focus his attention back to the DiS site and its spin off DiS branded ventures.

Writing in the latest DiS emailer, Adams says: “DiS is not dying. We're having a small rethink and going back to our roots tho, for various reasons. Perhaps it's because something transcendental seems to happen every year after Reading Festival, because it is where, over several drinks, the plan to launch both my first email fanzine and Drowned In Sound were considered, concocted and confirmed. Things have changed both a little and a lot sense those heady teenage days, which have gone to prove, with enough enthusiasm, everything was and still is possible”.

He continued: “These past few weeks have been odd around DiS but I'd just like to take this opportunity to thank those we've sadly had to make redundant for all of their hard and wonderful work. A very special public thank you goes out to Mister Mike Diver who is utterly irreplaceable and will be missed (but will hopefully continue writing after his marriage). I'd also like to quash all rumours that DiS is likely to disappear in a puff of burning promo smoke. Some things can weather any storm and DiS really isn't going anywhere except onwards and upwards. In fact, there's a face-lift is going on behind the scenes to improve things, especially the community features”.

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WEST WING WRITER TO MAKE FACEBOOK MOVIE
Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin has been signed up by Sony and producer Scott Rudin to write a new movie about the founders of Facebook. Sorkin, who created 'The West Wing', amongst other things, admitted that he didn't really understand the social networking site but had opened an account.

On his newly made profile, Sorkin said: "I figured a good first step in my preparation would be finding out what Facebook is, so I've started this page". He also acknowledged that there were other "flattering more than creepy" profiles on the site, claiming to be his. He continued: "This is me. I don't know how I can prove that but feel free to test me. I honestly don't know how this works, which is why I'm here".

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STEVE JOBS IS NOT DEAD
Given all the speculation recently regarding the health of Apple boss Steve Jobs (which is concerning city types in particular, who reckon the computer firm's success is directly linked to Jobs being in the top job), people were quick to notice when Bloomberg accidentally published an obituary for the IT and entertainment entrepreneur this week. The article was incomplete so it was pretty obvious it had been posted by mistake, and Bloomberg quickly took it down, but not before other websites had noticed and grabbed the mistaken obit for us all to see.

The obit began: "Steve Jobs, who helped make personal computers as easy to use as telephones, changed the way animated films are made, persuaded consumers to tune into digital music and refashioned the mobile phone, has ____________. He was ____".

Having realised their mistake, and that it had been noted on the net, Bloomberg quickly issued a statement reading: "An incomplete story referencing Apple Inc was inadvertently published by Bloomberg News at 4:27 p.m. New York time today. The item was never meant for publication and has been retracted".

Falsely reporting someone's death, ha, you'd never catch us doing that. Angus Young, by the way, is still alive. I just checked.

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CHRISTIAN GUITAR HERO ANNOUNCED
Rocking out is so unseemly, don't you think? God certainly wouldn't like you to do it. Or Jesus. Or any vicar you might care to mention. Why can't someone come up with a way to rock without sending us all straight to hell? Well, now they have. Christian interactive media company Digital Praise have announced a Christian-friendly competitor to 'Guitar Hero' and 'Rock Band' called 'Guitar Praise', featuring "a playlist of today's most popular Contemporary Christian rock hits".

Announcing the game, Digital Praise CEO Tom Bean said: "'Guitar Praise' can be an exciting group event. Having the lyrics onscreen reinforces the positive messages present in [the game]'s roster of songs, and allows everyone to take part in the game".

The game will go on sale in the US on 25 Sep at a price of $99.95. The latest instalment of 'Guitar Hero' is also released next month. It remains to be seen which will be the most popular.

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SIGURÐSSON HASN'T PRODUCED BJORK OR SIGUR ROS
Following Bjork's blog on her official website earlier this week, correcting any and all journalists who have ever said that Valgeir Sigurðsson produced her 'Vespertin' album, Sigurðsson himself has confirmed what she said and added another correction of his own.

He wrote on his MySpace blog: "I was happy to read a post written by Björk on her website to correct a misunderstanding; that I had produced her 'Vespertine' album, when the truth is that I was one of the engineers/programmers on that album. I'm re-posting this here below and I agree with Björk. What I wish to add is that it might be an exaggeration to say that this has been going on for 7 years (since the release of 'Vespertine') but for some reason this confusion seems to have come up a few times since the release of my 'Ekvílibríum' album. I have made an effort to correct this whenever I get a chance, and will keep doing so if I have to. As professionals we (musicians, artists, producers, engineers) usually provide as detailed credit information as we can with each album. And I think that we are entitled to proper research work from those journalists that make it their living to write about what we do!"

He continued: "I do not want to receive a credit for something I have not done, and I wish to use this opportunity to correct another error I have seen a few times in the media when they talk about me or my work: I have never produced an album for Sigur Rós, nor am I their "son" (I've seen my name spelled Sigurósson - which I honestly find really funny). I love and respect them and their work, but I have no claim to it".

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BRITNEY IS UNSTABLE: OFFICIAL
Writer Ian Halperin has told In Touch magazine that Britney Spears is "highly unstable". Which she may be, though we should note Halperin has a vested interest in us thinking Britney is still a bit loopy, given he's just published a new book called 'Stalking Britney: Britney Under Siege'.

He told the US c'leb mag: "She's on a high right now, but her life goes in circles. It's like a roller coaster ride. She's a person who is highly sensitive, and just one little thing could set her off. There's no doubt, based on the last two years, that she is a highly unstable person. At 15, she had a huge breakdown and had to return home to Louisiana. She was very insecure and felt like she wasn't pretty".

So, now we know. Books like that written by Hapleroin presumably do much to help Spears remain stable.

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RONSON RESPONDS TO LOHAN'S DAD
Samantha Ronson has responded to those comments made by her girlfriend Lindsay Lohan's father, via the means of her MySpace blog, as is the norm in any family dispute.

As previously reported, Lohan senior said: "People like Samantha Ronson don't need to be around Lindsay. She shouldn't be dragging Lindsay around nightclubs. Who was Samantha Ronson before Lindsay Lohan? She was nobody. She is using her for her own gain. All these people have inserted themselves into her life like parasites, and it's not right. I'm done with them. Sam is using my daughter. My daughter isn't working because she's always with Sam. Even my ex-wife knows it. She just isn't doing anything about it".

In a post entitled, "SHUT THE F*** UP", Ronson wrote: "I really don't want to say anything because I feel like he wins - he, being the man who is so desperate for attention that he goes to the media whenever possible. I know I am being used, I am just a pawn - easy to sacrifice in order to feed his addiction. I was angry when I first read his attack on me, but - for me - I believe that actions speak louder than words... So now I just pity him. I am not standing in his way. I am not the reason that he has no contact with his daughter - he is. His need to throw a tantrum for the whole world to hear is. I am not going to go into a play by play defense. I feel no need to publicly defend my role in Lindsay's life. I'm just sorry that she likes me more than him".

She concluded: "P.S. I'm not the one that is so lost that I need to use my relationship with Lindsay to earn a living... I am, always will and always have been here for her for her - not for anything else... So I think it's safe to say that there is not now and never will be a tell all... written by me... When does your book come out Mr Lohan?"

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MANUVA AND BLUNT TO COLLABORATE
Roots Manuva has announced that he is set to collaborate with James Blunt. The rapper recently told The Guardian that he thought unlikely collaborations were the best, saying: "I wouldn't mind doing something with... what's his name again? James Blunt".

Now, Manuva has revealed to BBC 6music that him and 'what's his name' are getting ready to go into the studio together. He said: "We'll just get in the studio, have a few wines, eat some cake and go for it. It could be pretty soon, I've got some time off coming up soon so I'm gonna pursue it, I'm definitely gonna try and get something in the bag".

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