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MONDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER


A MOBO SELECTION
This year's MOBO Awards take place on Wednesday at the SECC Arena in Glasgow. Always a big draw for major artists from across multiple genres that grew out of black music and culture, this year's nominees include Beyonce, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Eminem, Herbie Hancock, Dizzee Rascal, Keri Hilson, Amadou And Mariam, Baaba Maal, N-Dubz, Tim Westwood, and many more. Here are a few of CMU's favourites from this year's nominations.
 
01: Herbie Hancock - Rockit
Okay, let's start with a classic. Herbie Hancock is up for the Best Jazz Act award. But here's his 1983 single 'Rockit', a major early influence for turntablists like Mix Master Mike and DJ Qbert. Not jazz, but certainly an indicator of Hancock's talent as an innovator in music.

02: N-Dubz - Better Not Waste My Time
I think this is CMU's favourite N-Dubz track. We had a meeting about it. You can't choose these things lightly. I don't want you think we're just picking these things out of the air. We're also rooting for N-Dubz in the Best UK Act category.

03: Tinchy Stryder - Never Leave You (feat. Amelle)
Tinchy Stryder's album 'Catch 22' is really a lot more enjoyable than you'd perhaps expect. Which is possibly how it got a nomination for Best Album. Here's Tinch with Sugababe Amelle Berrabah being all catchy and that.

04: Chipmunk - Diamond Rings
This video features in the Best Video category, but maybe we shouldn't mention that, as Beyonce's 'Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)' is also in there, and I'd quite like to get through this playlist without Kanye West butting in.

05: Bashy - Kidulthood To Adulthood
Nominated in both the Best UK Act and Best Album categories, Bashy may not have the high number of nominations that some on this list have managed, but he's picked up the ones that really count, as he further establishes himself on the UK hip hop scene.

06: Eminem - We Made You
So, breaking from tradition, the first single from Eminem's latest album announces that he is back and then insults a load of other celebrities. Oh, Eminem, I'm not saying you're formulaic, but I'm feeling a little bit of deja vu here. Still, if it gets you nominated for Best International Act and Best Hip Hop Act, I guess it's working.

07: Kanye West - Gold Digger
I'm in a dilemma here. I feel like I should make some sort of Kanye/Beyonce/interruption joke here. But I kind of already made one, and those jokes were tired two weeks ago. So, what should I do? Oh, I've run out of space.

08: Sean Paul - Press It Up
Up for the Best Reggae Act gong, Sean Paul recently released his fourth studio album, 'Imperial Blaze', from which this track is taken. It's not his best work by a long shot, but it keeps things moving along nicely enough.

09: Nneka - Heartbeats
One of ten strong contenders for the Best African Act, Nneka is currently winning the award for my favourite track on this playlist. Released earlier this year, 'Heartbeats' is a fantastic piece of pop. It isn't nominated for Best Song at the MOBOs, though. I may turn up with my own handmade award to make up for this.

10: Beyonce - Crazy In Love
Any awards ceremony needs to go out with a bang, so let's finish our MOBO rundown with a live version of 'Crazy In Love'. If it's a showstopper you want, Beyonce is always your woman, which is one of the reasons she can be found in three MOBO categories.

And there you have it, a brief CMU guide to the 2009 MOBO Awards. Watch all these videos at www.theCMUwebsite.com/cmutube. And for more information on the MOBOs, check out www.mobo.com.

 
THROW ME THE STATUE
Signed to Secretly Canadian, Seattle's Throw Me The Statue make relentlessly upbeat college indie music that recalls the sunny pop of Apples In Stereo and, at times, Beck. 'About To Walk' is the highlight of their MySpace offerings, verging on anthemic with the initial buzzing synth and acoustic guitar overcome by crashing cymbals and an increasingly yearning vocal around the two minute mark. Visit them at the link below.

www.myspace.com/throwmethestatue
 

 
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ORANGE TO SELL IPHONE IN THE UK
Orange has announced that it will start selling Apple's iPhone later this year, in a move that brings to an end O2's exclusivity deal with the IT firm. It's not clear when Orange customers will be able to buy an iPhone linked to the mobile's network, though Mobile Entertainment magazine reports that O2's exclusivity period ends on 6 Oct.

As you all surely remember, Apple did exclusivity deals with different phone networks in each territory when it first launched its popular iPod/mobile hybrid. The deals meant that consumers could only buy an iPhone if they switched to Apple's chosen network partner, unless they were willing to acquire a phone off the approved tel co and then 'unlock' it.

It's not known what O2 paid for the exclusivity rights in the UK, nor whether they have secured sufficient new business to justify such an investment. Though, despite a slightly lacklustre start, the iPhone has become the must-have handset of the moment, and its association with the most high profile music phone certainly aided O2's efforts to position itself as the mobile network for music fans.

Presumably if Orange's planned merger of its UK operations with those of T-Mobile goes ahead, that will make the iPhone available to a rather large portion of the mobile using population. No word on whether Vodafone is also looking for an Apple deal in the UK also.

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WARNER MAY BE CLOSE TO RENEWING DEAL WITH YOUTUBE
Word has it that the Warner Music Group has settled its long running dispute with YouTube, meaning videos of music released by the major should be returning to the Google-owned video site.

As much previously reported, Warner ordered that all of its content be removed from YouTube at the end of last year after the company - despite having been the first music major to do a deal with the video platform back in the day - failed to renew is licensing arrangement, seemingly because of a dispute on rates. The squabble led to a serious cut in the amount of music videos available via YouTube, and hindered the video site's claim to be the internet's one-stop video jukebox.

As everyone commented at the time when contract talks between YouTube and Warner failed, a long term impasse was in neither company's interest. YouTube lost that one-stop video jukebox claim, while Warner lost a revenue stream that, while maybe not as big as they would like, is nevertheless important to increasingly digital dependent record companies.

That a Warner/YouTube deal has finally been done is, I think, as yet, speculation, though AdAge cite two unnamed executives as claiming an announcement is imminent. The mag also says Warner is getting close to signing up to Universal's new music video service Vevo.

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AEG BOSS TALKS JACKO MOVIE
The president of AEG has been talking about the 'This Is It' movie, the tour promoter's consolation prize after losing its biggest booking - Michael Jackson - to the big syringe in the sky. As previously reported, the movie uses backstage footage shot by AEG during rehearsals for the big residency that never happened. Some of Jackon's famously loony fans queued up in LA on Thursday just to be the first to get tickets to cinema screenings of the doc.

As tickets went on sale, AEG prez Tim Leiweke attended a press conference with some of those who had been involved in the planned Jacko show and who, of course, appear in the doc. According to Billboard, he said of the film: "You see the music, the studios, the rehearsals, the dancers, the auditions, the costumes. You see all of the behind-the-scenes, and then you finally see the last few days of the dress rehearsals, and you begin to see the genius of Michael: the dancing, the singing, the choreography, and his concept of creating a one-time performance that no one would ever forget".

Despite denying those recent claims that the doc was being deliberately edited to show AEG in a good light - amid allegations they were excessively pushing a frail Jackson - Leiweke admitted his company is portrayed positively in the film, and that it might address some of the allegations made against the firm since Jacko's demise.

Leiweke: "Some of the things that people have said about us, which are so untrue, this movie's going to restore his legacy, and prove that we, in fact, gave Michael a second chance here. And an opportunity to make the kind of comeback he was dreaming of. And that we created an environment for him that was probably the best environment that the guy had had in the last ten or fifteen years of his life. And I'm very proud of the way we treated Michael, and very proud of the partnership that we had with him. And this movie is an opportunity to celebrate that, and get past all of the gossip and all of the innuendo".

As the world awaits the official footage of Jackson's final days, most media are concentrating on various other tapes of the late king of pop that have been surfacing in recent weeks, recordings of various media interviews he gave over the years, the more controversial bits of which never made it through to final edits, presumably because editors feared falling out with the singer's people.

Disparaging comments about family members, detailed and intense allegations about the violent discipline he received at father Joe's hand, and some wacky remarks about Hitler made the tabloids last week, though in yesterday's News Of The World the unearthed interview of the day contained some interesting insights into the recording of his most acclaimed album, 'Thriller'.

In an interview from the eighties he said the initial mixes of the album "sucked" to such an extent he nearly canned the whole venture, but that watching some kids play inspired him to see it through to the end. Or something. Jackson: "'Thriller' sounded so crap. The mixes sucked. When we listened to the whole album, there were tears... I just cried like a baby. I stormed out of the room and said, 'We're not releasing this'. [But] one of the maintenance crew in the studio had a bicycle, and so I took it and rode up to the schoolyard. I just watched the children play. When I came back I was ready to rule the world. I went into the studio and I turned them songs out".

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DIDDY TO END WARNER PARTNERSHIP
As speculated last week, Sean 'Diddy' Combs has confirmed he is to end his recording and business relationship with Warner Music.

Gossipers last week said delays in the release of Diddy's own new album 'Last Train To Paris' had been caused by the hip hop mogul's plans to enter into a new business deal with another major - most likely Universal's Interscope - as his relationship with Warner reaches its completion.

The rapper told Billboard this weekend: "Now that the term of the Warner deal has ended, I have elected to accept an opportunity to move my recording career and future label ventures to another company".

Warner's relationship with Diddy covered his Bad Boy Records business as well as his own recordings. It's thought, somewhat confusingly, existing Bad Boy artists and the label's catalogue will stay within the Warner group, while any new Diddy signings will be part of whatever his next business venture is.

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REVEREND TALKS FILE-SHARING
Well, it was only a matter of time. Jon McClure of Reverend And The Makers has laid into the file-sharing debate, and he's not impressed with Lily.

As previously reported, the Featured Artists' Coalition, originally against the government's latest proposals to suspend the net connections of persistent file-sharers, last week altered its official line so that it is now in support of a "graduated response" to file-sharing, though with 'restricted' rather than 'suspended' net access as the ultimate sanction.

The change in heart came after Lily Allen spoke out against the FAC's original statement on the matter, and encouraged other artists to go public with their opinion on the file-sharing issue. That all led to a meeting of FAC members in London last week which resulted in the new statement.

But McClure reckons - echoing some of the FAC's original viewpoint - that the fight against file-sharing is unwinnable, and that artists and record companies should get over it and find new ways to make the record business pay. He also wants artists to channel their lobbying efforts into other political issues than one that is so closely linked to their own pay cheques.

Look, here's what the Reverend said, according to the Mirror: "It's complete and utter bullshit because I don't see how millionaire rock stars are in any position to be lecturing kids on stealing their music. I think downloading music is a fact of life, and I think the people that are supporting this [some sort of three-strike programme], like Take That and Lily Allen, that take the money from the kids when they're playing in stadiums, it's just an insult really".

He continued: "If they really want to save the world, or whatever, there are issues that are far more important. It's a crying shame that it's only kids stealing music on the internet that kind of brings these people out. The bankers are taking the Michael, the MPs are taking the mick, Afghanistan, Iraq, melting of the Earth, you know what I'm saying. It's a sad state of affairs if that's the only thing that gets them excited, if you ask me".

He concluded: "Rock and roll is about rebellion, so how can you start acting like people that sit at home and say: 'Don't do that kids'?"

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RAZOR & TIE SETTLE WITH LIMEWIRE
New York based independent record company Razor & Tie has settled its lawsuit with file-sharing company LimeWire.

The indie, perhaps best known in the US for its 'Kidz Bop' compilations for children, launched litigation against the file-sharing company last October, presumably accusing the firm of contributory copyright infringement for enabling others to illegally share music owned by the label. Their lawsuit echoed that launched by the Recording Industry Association Of America in 2006, one of the last big American P2P lawsuits that is still working its way through the courts.

According to reports, Razor & Wire have now asked that their lawsuit be dismissed after reaching some sort of deal with the P2P firm. Specifics of that deal are not known, but R&W confirmed it was planning some sort of partnership with LimeWire.

As previously reported, despite fighting the RIAA's lawsuit with many of the old school arguments used by the likes of Napster and Grokster back in the day, the P2P firm has been trying to build up a legit side to its business while the pending litigation hangs in the air. They have an a la carte download store to which some indies now licence their tunes, while they recently hired a former employee of Universal's TotalMusic venture, Jason Herskowitz, in a bid to boost their credentials as a legitimate digital music operator.

Razor & Tie's deal with LimeWire is unlikely to have any impact on the RIAA's ongoing litigation - and the future of the P2P company, even as a potential legit digital player, really hangs in the balance until that case goes to court.

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MORE SUGABABES FALL OUT
I said there'd be more of this, didn't I? And there is, because Sugababe Amelle Berrabah has finally come out and given her version of events following the group's line up rejig last week. And she's confirmed that a breakdown in her relationship with Keisha Buchanan, which left her feeling depressed, was one of the key reasons behind the rejig.

She told The Mirror last week: "I was depressed. You shouldn't have to go to work treading on eggshells. Before going to LA, I disappeared for three days and I got to the point where I just couldn't take any more. I needed to be on my own. Even my own family couldn't get hold of me. I hit that wall. Keisha didn't leave off her own back - me and Heidi couldn't carry on. Heidi completely supported me and knew what was going on within the band. But we all couldn't work together anymore. We weren't happy, me and Heidi, and it was a struggle to come into work. We didn't enjoy it".

However, she added that it was actually the group's management who suggested that Keisha be replaced, explaining: "We didn't think [our management would] want to carry on when we said we'd had enough. We met Jade for the first time on Sunday and we all got on well, it seemed natural. It's totally different - we have started enjoying ourselves again and I do feel a bit relieved".

So, everything might be hunky dory now, but that hasn't stopped bookmakers Paddy Power naming Berrabah as most likely to quit or be sacked from the group next, with odds of 5/4. Newbie Jade Ewen is seen as the second most likely to go, at 11/8, while Heidi Range will apparently stick it out to the bitter end, with her odds standing at 3/1. We're still waiting to hear back what odds we'd get on Vera Lynn joining the group next.

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PORTISHEAD ON NEW MATERIAL - NOT JUST AN ALBUM
Oh look, Portishead's Geoff Barrow has been talking to the NME. He has told the music mag that the band are getting ready to work on new material but, without any record deal commitments in place, may not produce a conventional album.

Barrow says the band have "big plans" and will approach their next music project "from a different angle". Confirming the band are out of contract with any music companies, he continued: "We are publishing-free and label-free at the moment, so we're kind of... well, we're free!"

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ERASURE ANNOUNCE ALBUM RE-RELEASE
Erasure have announced plans to release a 21st anniversary re-release of their 1988 album, 'The Innocents'. Their first to reach number one, it features one of the best bloody pop songs ever written, 'A Little Respect'. The two-disc re-issue will also feature b-sides, remixes and rarities, plus a DVD of live footage and music videos.

That'll be released on 26 Oct, and will be preceded by a remix EP, entitled 'The Phantom Bride EP', featuring brand new reworkings of some of the album's songs by the likes of Frankmusik and Erasure's own Vince Clark. Here's the tracklist for that:

Phantom Bride (2009 Remaster)
Hallowed Ground (Vincent Clarke's Big-Mix)
Chains Of Love (Almighty 12" Essential Mix)
Phantom Bride (Ghostly Groom Dub by FrankMusik)
A Little Respect (Wayne G & Alan Allder Hurdy Gurdy Club Mix)
Heart Of Stone (Joebot's Ounce Of Bounce Remix)
Phantom Bride' (Dogmatix's 12" Tearless Mix)
Chains Of Love (Plastic Operator Remix)

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BLACK EYED PEAS CELEBRATE GUINNESS' BIRTHDAY, ALL WELCOME
Black Eyed Peas played their gig in Malaysia this weekend as part of Guinness' 250th birthday celebrations.

As previously reported, there had been some controversy behind what was one of the key events in the beer brand's global celebrations, with Malaysia's Muslims initially being told by their leaders that they shouldn't attend the gig. Religious leaders seemed mainly concerned about the promotion of an alcohol brand at the concert. But a deal was done regarding the promotion of Guinness, and the availability of alcohol at the concert, and Fergie presumably agreed to keep her attire pretty low key, allowing the country's Muslims to officially attend.

Commenting on that deal at a press conference ahead of the gig, Will.i.am told reporters: "I'm so thrilled. When we go to Dubai, when we go to Philippines, it's Muslims, Christians, everyone. The Black Eyed Peas is everybody's music. It feels so good to be able to come here and everyone's able to see us. And we'll be able to see everyone".

Confirming she would dress down for the show, to placate those religious officials, Fergie commented: "I have had to change my costume, but I mean the woman's silhouette is still there, whether it's clothes or not, whether you see skin or you don't".

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PROGRAMME COMING TOGETHER FOR DUBAI SOUND CITY
I'm a very busy man, you all know that, but if anyone fancies flying me out to attend this music business bash I'll probably be able to find a gap in my hectic schedule. More details of Dubai Sound City have been announced, a new music convention modelled on the much previously reported Liverpool Sound City event but staged in the United Arab Emirates, which isn't that dissimilar to Merseyside I'm sure you'll agree (well, there's an oil refinery on the Mersey, and quite a lot of sand round Southport way).

Among the bands set to play DSC are classic acts like the Human League and Echo & The Bunnymen, alongside newer talent like Wave Machines and We Have Band. Meanwhile on the conference schedule are a host of music execs from around the world, including Indian festival promoter Bobby Talwar, Shun Mori from Japanese publishers Fujipacific and Hussain Spek Yoosuf of Fairwood Music Arabia.

Plus, from closer to home, the BPI's indies man Julian Wall, PRS For Music director Myles Keller and The Agency Group's Geoff Meall will all be in attendance while, with the Liverpool Sound City tie up, some Merseyside based music types will also be their, including Deltasonic Records' Alan Wills.

In the programme will be debates on social media and mobile downloads, plus sessions on music publishing and live music in the Middle East and elsewhere in Asia.

All this takes place from 5-7 Nov - more at www.dubaisoundcity.com.

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ALBUM REVIEW The Twilight Sad - Forget The Night Ahead (FatCat)
On a very bare but beautiful surface the second album from Scotland's best band since... actually, just make that Scotland's best band, is of similar, romantic, epic post-rock terror as their well-received and near perfect debut, 'Fourteen Autumns And Fifteen Winters'. The loud, distorted guitars are there, marching drums too, and don't forget James Graham's savage, unapologetic central Scotland bite, relating tales with similar obscure, almost extraneous titles. Look at those monikers though and you get a glimpse of what two years have done to Twilight Sad. 'I Became a Prostitute', 'The Neighbours Can't Breathe' and 'Made To Disappear' were never contenders for the latest Take That album, resonating a darkness that's been creeping on a band who perhaps didn't realise just how big their music could be. Lyrically too, thoughts are far from choruses sung by creepy puppets in Disneyland, with "you should be afraid, take it everywhere/or you could have the bruises, when the water's on its way" suggesting 'That Birthday Present' isn't one so willingly unwrapped. Andy MacFarlane's awesome song writing and production confirms the rubble that is this bleak Cumbernauld mindset, all quiet to loud bursts of energy, ominous rhythms and crippled, cursed melodies. This is the sound Sassoon had in his head when writing 'Suicide In The Trenches'. Gloom and despair, but vital. The world needs to hear. TM
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RHINO US DOWNSIZES
Warner's Rhino division in the US has laid off a fifth of its staff, which works out at about 30-40 job losses. The continued decline of physical sales - which will hit a catalogue label that specialises in boxsets more than most - has been blamed for the cutbacks.

Warner Music said this: "As a result of the fundamental transformation of the physical new release and catalogue business, Rhino Entertainment is evolving. Part of that evolution involves a shift from serving primarily as a catalogue and reissue company to one that handles WMG's global digital catalogue initiatives, [as well as] film, television, video game and commercial licensing, and name and likeness representation for legendary artists".

The statement continued: "Reflecting those changes, Rhino has also reduced a number of staff positions to focus resources in the fastest-growing areas of the business. This is consistent with our previously announced strategy to evolve the business in order to drive long-term growth at Rhino provide our artists with the most effective resources, and offer fans even more ways to experience great music".

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EMI PROMOTE TENNANDER
EMI Music Publishing has announced it has promoted its Scandinavian A&R director Johnny Tennander to the new role of VP of A&R (Europe), which, as you might have guessed, will give him a Europe-wide focus. The promotion follows the decision to give EMI Publishing UK man Guy Moot a Europe-wide creative remit earlier this year. Tennander will sit in Moot's team.

Look, here's what Guy has to say: "There is such strength in songwriting in Europe at the moment, and we want to make sure that we are finding the right artists and connecting them with a global audience. We have to be even smarter in the way we discover and develop songwriting talent, and the appointment of Johnny brings important additional resources to support the great work that our local teams are doing. Johnny's got a great track record in finding and nurturing songwriters with broad geographic appeal, and this new role is well-deserved recognition of his success at EMI Music Publishing to date".

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ITV END CEO TALKS WITH FORMER SKY BOSS
So, it all kicked off at ITV on Friday where attempts to get a new top guy in place were skuppered when negotiations with Tony Ball, the former Sky chief and favourite to get the job, ended somewhat abruptly.

The announcement came as current top man Michael Grade confirmed that he wouldn't just be stepping down as Chief Executive of ITV, but he'd be leaving the company altogether. It had originally been thought Grade would stay on as Chairman, for a while at least.

It's thought negotiations with Ball hit the rocks over the pay package he demanded, and his insistence he have the right to veto any candidates for the now soon to be vacant Chairman role. It's thought this latter requirement was significant because it's known Ball would have blocked the ITV top guard's current favourite for the Chair job, former Reed Elsevier boss Sir Crispin Davis.

According to The Guardian, with the Ball talks off, ITV now plans to appoint a new Chairman before pursuing once again the search for a new CEO. None of this will help the struggling broadcaster turn round its fortunes.

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CHART UPDATE
Well, after weeks of nobody being able to hold on to the number one spot in the singles chart, this week both number one and number two are non-movers, with Taio Cruz still at the top with 'Break Your Heart' and David Guetta just below. Jay-Z's 'Empire State Of Mind (feat. Alicia Keys)' is this week's number three, despite not being due for release as a single until next month.

So, Jay-Z has risen up the chart and broken into the top ten ('Empire State Of Mind' was last week's number fifteen), but the first brand new entry in this week's chart is Dizzee Rascal, who reaches number eleven with 'Dirtee Cash'. Further down, Basshunter is new at seventeen with 'Every Morning', Example is in at twenty with 'Watch The Sun Come Up' and the latest single from Jade Ewen the solo artist (possibly the last one of those we'll see for a while, now that she's joined the Sugababes), 'My Man' is at 35.

Over in the album chart, Madonna is swanning around equalling records set by Elvis, with both now the only solo artists in the history of the entire universe to have had eleven number one albums in the UK charts. Madonna's latest chart-topping album is her new 'best of' compilation, 'Celebration'.

Of course, she's a way off matching The Beatles' record of having fifteen number one albums, but it's yet another record for the most successful female solo artist in UK chart history. She's obviously now had more number one albums than any other female solo artist, but she's also spent more weeks at number one, had more number one singles, and simultaneously been at number one in both the single and album charts more often than any other female solo artist. And unless something quite drastic happens, it seems likely that she'll hold on to and better those records in the coming years.

But enough about Madonna, what about the rest of the album chart? Well, there are a fair few new entries again this week. Dizzee Rascal may only have managed to get to eleven in the singles chart, but he's all the way up at number three in the album chart, one place ahead of Mika at four. Cliff Richard and The Shadows are also new at six with their reunion album, 'Reunited', and Pearl Jam slip in at nine with their 700th studio album 'Backspacer'.

Madness go straight in at eleven with 'Total Madness', Richard Hawley is new at seventeen with 'True Love's Gutter', followed by Michael Bolton at nineteen and Tommy Steele at twenty two (not something you get to write very often). Bringing up the rear in new entry terms, Basement Jaxx's latest outing, 'Scars', is in at 37.

The charts are, disappointingly, never delivered to the CMU office in cake form by The Official Charts Company.

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DURST SPLITS FROM WIFE
It seems like hardly any time at all has passed since we were reporting on Fred Durst's marriage to his girlfriend Esther Nazarov. But, oh how time flies, they actually got hitched way back in July. So it's entirely understandable that the marriage has now run its course and the couple have decided to split.

Confirming the news on Twitter, Durst told fans: "For those of you enquiring, I will confirm that Esther and I have decided to go our separate ways and we both thank you for your support".

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PETER ANDRE STRUGGLES WITH DIVORCE
If Fred Durst wants some advice on how to cope with a tricky divorce, well, probably best to steer clear of Peter Andre. He's apparently not handling his break up from Katie Price as well as all the public appearances, OK! interviews and TV shows would suggest.

According to reports, Andre recently cried his way through at performance of his song, 'Unconditional', which he had dedicated to Price's son, Harvey. A source told Now: "Pete's been determined throughout his very public divorce not to let the cracks show and he's left the spitefulness to his ex-wife. But to say he's come through this unscarred is a mistake. He's lost his appetite, had panic attacks and is cracking under the immense pressure of keeping it together in the public eye. Sometimes it's all too much".

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