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It's make or break week for EMI
Dame Dash relaunches Roc-A-Fella, Jay welcome if he wants in (he doesn't)
Awards & Contests
Classical BRITs to release single
Reunions & Splits
Carlos D quits Interpol
Leftfield man "blown away" by response to comeback
Artist Deals
Queen quit EMI for Universal
In The Studio
Kills man forms new band with Moss
Release News
No new Strokes til 2011
Festival News
NME Breakthrough offer Lovebox set
Reviews
Album review: David Holmes - The Dogs Are Parading (Universal)
Talks, Debates & Conventions
M For Montreal host showcase at TGE
It Came From Japan host showcase at TGE
The Music Business
Aussie file-sharers provide slightly rubbish excuses for piracy
The Digital Business
TuneCore reveal 2009 sales stats
Lokast downloaded lots of times
The Media Business
Hertbeat rebrands as Jack
Chart Of The Day
Chart update
And finally...
Amy and Blake reunion off
Fortune teller predicted Ewen's babes membership


 
MONDAY 10TH MAY
FIVE DAY FORECAST
Hello there. I hope you had an enjoyable weekend living under anarchy. John Lydon made it sound so raucous, turns out it just means extended news coverage. I suppose there was that rumour about Gordon Brown ranting at Nick Clegg on the phone, but nothing about attempts to destroy the passer-by. I don't know why David Cameron and Gordon Brown are bothering with Nick Clegg so much, though. Surely if they want to form a majority government so badly, they should be talking to each other. I mean, the three-party system doesn't seem much more fun than the two-party system, how about we try the one-party system that has worked so well from the Chinese? Anyone? Anyway, foolish political ideas aside, here's a quick look at the week ahead.

 
01: The end of EMI (maybe). If reports are correct, this is the all important week for EMI when the company must demonstrate that it is able to make its next loan fee payment to Citigroup - although the actual payment isn't due until next month. As previously reported, Guy Hands has been busy attempting to convince Terra Firma's investors to cough up the £120 million needed to stop the bank seizing control of the music company. Even if he does raise the cash, Hands still needs to get approval from three quarters of his investors in order to transfer the money from Terra Firma to EMI's bank account. As ever, CMU will be watching events closely.

02: The Great Escape. Hooray, it's nearly Great Escape time again, which means we get to head down to Brighton for three days, rub shoulders with the rest of the music industry and overdose on live music. CMU's Chris Cooke will be conducting three onstage interviews over the three days, with HMV CEO Simon Fox, legendary music lawyer Steven Machat and AIM head Alison Wenham. Some acts I'm particularly looking forward to seeing are Active Child, Here We Go Magic, Rolo Tomassi, Warpaint, Morning Benders, Bo Ningen and the mighty Broken Social Scene. So, now you know.

03: Sony Radio Academy Awards. It's the radio industry's big awards ceremony tonight, with this year's Sony Awards possibly drawing extra interest as the big winner could be BBC 6music. The possibly doomed station has picked up seven nominations, including Music Broadcaster Of The Year where both Steve Lamacq and Huey Morgan are amongst the nominees. If you're not down at the Grosvenor Hotel for the ceremony, you can follow it via a live webcast featuring interviews conducted by the marvellous Marsha Shandur, or wait for tomorrow's CMU Daily, where I would expect to find details of all the winners.

04: New releases. What a week this is for new albums. The National's 'High Violet' and Male Bonding's debut 'Nothing Hurts', both of which I have totally fallen in love with, hit the shelves this week. And there's also Swedish neo-classical composer Ólafur Arnalds, who returns with '...And They Have Escaped The Darkness', rapper Sage Francis' 'Li(f)e' album, which features collaborations with Yann Tiersen, Jason Lytle, the late Mark Linkous and more, Foals' second album, 'Total Life Forever', and 'Double Edge', the second single from the very brilliant Emika.

05: Gigs. Of course, it's not all about The Great Escape this week. Well, mainly it is. Bands are playing in other places around the country, though. If you're not in Brighton, you can catch Deftones and Atari Teenage Riot in London, plus Warpaint, Dinosaur Jr and Double Dagger all have shows in various UK locations this week, and the first of two Oui Love tours featuring hot new French bands kicks off; this week's has The Shoes, Bewitched Hands On The Top Of Our Heads and Jimi's Parade.

But, yes, The Great Escape. As mentioned above, CMU will be there in force. If you're there too, let us know. And to get you in the mood, here's a special playlist featuring ten artists who will be appearing at the festival put together by Jeff Hemmings, music editor of Brighton-based entertainment magazine Latest 7.

Andy Malt
Editor, CMU Daily

 
HAISUINONASA
Haisuinonasa are an experimental rock band from Tokyo signed to Under_Bar, an imprint of Japanese label Zankyo, which specialises in "artists which has original approaches, though features vocals". And while that may be an imperfect translation, it does sum up the band's music quite well, it being highly original and, er, featuring vocals.

 
Originally, though very briefly, an instrumental outfit formed by guitarist Yoshimasa Terui, bassist Atsumasa Terui, keyboardist Tomoyuki Tanaka and drummer Keisuke Nakamura, in 2004, the band were joined by vocalist Ai Kamano later in the same year. They released their debut mini-album 'Machi Ni Tsuite' ('About A City') last year, which showcases their unique blend of polyrhythms and pop, which are all topped off with Kamano's soaring vocals. Snippets of three tracks are available on the MySpace, which should have you gasping for more.

www.myspace.com/haisuinonasa


 
 

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Puffin publish best children's books ever list

Brad Bird to direct MI4
Tickets for Lloyd Webber's 'Oz' on sale tomorrow
 
BBC cuts leaker leaves the Corporation
Absolute and Absolut reach settlement
Bauer launch revamped online player
 
Evans offers a bit of oral for a Fringe Sunday

"Poetic simplicity and powerful transition" at Fringe exhibition

Latest Award winning Lynn Ruth Miller is back at the Brighton Fringe
 

IT'S MAKE OR BREAK WEEK FOR EMI
So, this is the week when Terra Firma and its top man Guy Hands must convince EMI's bankers Citigroup that the music major will be able to pay £120 million in loan fees (actually, different reports have the fees anywhere between £100 million and £120 million) at the start of next month. As EMI has no money, that means its owners Terra Firma must lend them the cash.

As previously reported, that means Hands needs to persuade some of his financial backers to hand over another £120 million, and then convince 75% of his investors to allow him to continue to bail out the music firm. The former seems to be more or less assured already, but some are speculating that Hands winning the support of three quarters of his backers is not a foregone conclusion, even though Terra Firma insiders say they are quietly confident their top man will get the support he needs for his big plan to keep hold of the music company. But it seems certain at least a handful of Terra Firma investors reckon now is the time to cut their losses on the EMI experiment, which has already resulting in the value of the equity group's overall portfolio being slashed.

US media have reported that if Hands can't demonstrate to Citigroup this week how the £120 million in fees will be paid next month then the bank will foreclose on their loan and prepare to put the major up for sale as soon as the middle of next month.

With that in mind, it was reported this weekend that Warner Music has stepped up its talks with that other music-obsessed equity group KKR about mounting a joint bid. As previously reported, there has been speculation Warner and KKR would bid together to buy EMI, with the former taking the London major's recordings catalogue and the latter it's more lucrative music publishing business. Whether KKR would look to merge that with BMG Rights Management, in which it has a 50% stake, is unclear.

Meanwhile, Sony Music top man has also indicated that, should EMI be up for sale, he too would look into making a bid. Rolf Schmidt-Holtz has been quoted - possibly out of context - as saying: "We are in a position that allows us to seize every opportunity in the market - including EMI".

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DAME DASH RELAUNCHES ROC-A-FELLA, JAY WELCOME IF HE WANTS IN (HE DOESN'T)
Damon Dash is going to relaunch the Roc-A-Fella hip hop label after signing a distribution deal with Universal Music's Island Def Jam division. Universal now owns the Roc-A-Fella label which was originally set up by Dash, Jay-Z and Kareem 'Biggs' Burke in 1996.

Mr Z will not be involved in the next generation of Roc-A-Fella, though Dame Dash says he'd be happy for Jay to have a role if he wanted one, even though Jay allegedly did a very good job of freezing Dash and Biggs out of the label venture following its acquisition by Universal in 2004. Which is very nice of the Dame. Though given that Jay-Z is currently reinventing the music industry via his multi-million joint venture with Live Nation - Roc Nation - I'm not sure he'd be all that interested in returning to an imprint of Def Jam, a Universal division he previously headed up.

Talking about the all new Roc-A-Fella, Dash told MTV that it all began with a plan for Universal and him to co-release music from rap newcomer Curren$y. He says: "Then we was like, 'Fuck it, let's put it out through Roc-A-Fella'. It was really more something he wanted to do. Basically, cos we havin such a good time, and the opportunity's there, we was like, 'Why not?'"

He continues: "Def Jam or [actually and] Universal bought the brand. I think the 'beef' with us and Jay-Z was that Jay made it clear he didn't want me or Biggs to be a part of it [after Universal bought the label]. That's really where it was at. Now that he doesn't work for Def Jam any more, he doesn't have the right to use the name. So there's no reason for us not to use it. It's there, and it's a brand that's not being used. So I was like, 'I'll take it'. It always meant something to me".

Asked about criticism in parts of the hip hop community about there being a Roc-A-Fella Records without Jay's involvement, he added: "If Jay wanna come through and do something, he can come holla at me. I ain't got no beefs with Jay. Just off the strength that it's Roc-A-Fella, I could never tell Jay he can't be a part of something he helped create. So maybe it felt ridiculous that he said me and Biggs couldn't be a part of Roc-A-Fella once we sold the company and a Roc-A-Fella purists didn't appreciate that. If I walked away from Roc-A-Fella, then that would be different. But the option should always be there. So the option is there for him. He helped build that. And I don't hold grudges. I think one of the most important things in evolving is forgiveness. If he did something wrong or if I did something wrong, we'd have to forgive each other, or we'd still be children".

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CLASSICAL BRITS TO RELEASE SINGLE
Organisers of the Classical BRIT Awards have announced they will release a charity single shortly after the awards show airs on ITV next week.

The single will be a recording of 'Nessun Dorma' by Blake, Camilla Kerslake and Howard Goodall's Enchanted Voices, who will perform together at the classical awards ceremony on Thursday. The choice of song was presumably motivated by the upcoming World Cup - the aria from the final act of Giacomo Puccini's opera 'Turandot' becoming linked with the football contest after the Three Tenors performance of it for the 1990 World Cup.

The boss of record label trade body and BRIT organisers the BPI, Geoff Taylor, told CMU: "This will be a memorable performance at the Classical BRIT Awards, and to have this track available in a World Cup year is perfect. If the nation takes the song, performed by this superb fresh classical talent, into their hearts for this year's World Cup we can hope to reprise the success of the song 20 years on."

The classical release in aid of the BRIT Trust follows the charity single that came out of the pop and rock BRIT Awards earlier this year, in which the Flo & The Machine and Dizzee Rascal mash-up performance was released as a download, selling 280,000 copies to date.

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CARLOS D QUITS INTERPOL
Interpol have announced that Carlos D, possibly the American post-rockers' most high profile member, has quit the band.

In a posting on their website, the band said this weekend: "He [Carlos] has decided to follow another path, and to pursue new goals. This separation is amicable, and we whole-heartedly wish him great happiness and success. We will remain, as always, deeply respectful fans of this blazingly talented individual".

So, now you know.

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LEFTFIELD MAN "BLOWN AWAY" BY RESPONSE TO COMEBACK
Leftfield's Neil Barnes says he has been "blown away" by the positive reception to his decision to take the outfit back on the road for some big festival sets, at Rockness and Creamfields for starters. It will be first time Leftfield have performed in over a decade. The positive reaction comes despite the news Barnes' former partner in crime Paul Daley won't be involved.

Talking about the reception to his planned festival sets, Barnes told 6music: "I have been completely blown away by it, I can't believe it. I wasn't sure at first, thinking 'who wants to listen to Leftfield again?' But it has spurred me on to put this show together and give people what they want".

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QUEEN QUIT EMI FOR UNIVERSAL
To add to EMI's woes this week, reports suggest Queen are the latest rock icons to end their career-long relationship with the London major and to jump ship to one of its rivals, namely Universal Music.

Even though Queen's current contract with EMI doesn't run out until the end of the year, The Times says they already have a new deal in place with Universal; a deal which presumably includes the band's hugely valuable back catalogue, given that Universal have reportedly put tens of millions on the table to secure a deal with the band.

Given the mega-bucks on the table, it seems likely the surviving members of Queen are moving to Universal not so much because they are concerned EMI might not exist by the end of the year, but because they quite fancy all that cash. And if May, Taylor et al were after money, EMI was never going to be able to outbid Universal.

Missing out on any new material from the Queen franchise probably isn't that big a deal, but the band's catalogue is certainly still very valuable and, in terms of morale, losing Queen is a bit of a blow for EMI bosses. I bet at least a few of Terra Firma's investors are big Queen fans, and you can't underestimate how important silly things like that are when you're trying to persuade rich dudes to keep bailing out a record company.

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KILLS MAN FORMS NEW BAND WITH MOSS
The Kills' Jamie Hince has reportedly formed a new band that features his girlfriend Kate Moss, which is exciting news for all those fans of tedious warbling who have been having withdrawal symptoms ever since Moss stopped joining in on the musical output of her ex, Pete Doherty.

According to the tabs, the new band is a five piece and they have already been in the studio recording, among other things, a Velvet Underground cover. It's not entirely clear what Moss's role is in the new band, though she's possibly just the runner. One of those sources told the Star that the supermodel had been helping out by "taking the session musicians out for dinner and giving her musical input".

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NO NEW STROKES TILL 2011
The Strokes frontdude Julian Casablancas has told Clash that the band's fourth album is taking longer than originally expected to record, but should be out at the start of next year. He said: "I think [it'll be out in] January. I was told not to predict anymore. But I'm pretty sure it should be out in January".

Regards inter-band relationships, he said that everyone is getting on just fine at the moment, but that it is when they go on tour things get fractious. He added: "I think time helped and more communication helped. We'll see, it's like 'to be continued'. We'll see if things are okay with the band when we're on tour. When we're not on tour, everyone's super nice and chilled and it's all great. It's just when you go on tour that things get weird".

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NME BREAKTHROUGH OFFER LOVEBOX SET
The Lovebox Festival has teamed up with NME to promote the music mag's new social network NME Breakthrough by enticing unsigned bands with the opportunity of a slot on the main stage at the London-based music fest on 16 Jul. Any band who signs up to the new artist profile network on the NME.com website will get info about how they can enter the competition to support the likes of Dizzee Rascal, Ellie Goulding and The Mystery Jets on day one of this year's Lovebox.

Bands can sign up at this here URL: music.nme.com/intro

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ALBUM REVIEW: David Holmes - The Dogs Are Parading (Universal)
Over twenty years David Holmes has carved out a unique position as a purveyor of memorable electronic music, and has transcended the dance scene from where he first found favour to become the man Steven Sodeberg gets to score his 'Oceans' films.

Cherry-picked by the man himself from his five studio albums, 'The Dogs Are Parading' is a timely collection that reminds us what a talent Holmes is. From the jazzy New York-influenced D&B downtempo of his 'Let's Get Killed' album to the blistering motorik Velvets/Primals garage pop of 2008's 'The Holy Pictures', Holmes straddles genres with ease, imbuing everything he does with a cinematic sheen that never feels clichéd.

New track 'The Girlfriend Experience' is an effortlessly funky slice of organic electro, though sadly there's only one track (the desolate but lush Sarah Cracknell-voiced 'Gone') from his techno-centric debut 'This Film's Crap Let's Slash The Seats' (there's another Holmes compilation yet to be collated - that of his singles, remixes and collaborations from the early 90s, which are a veritable treasure trove of piledriving, epic techno symphonies). But that's the only minor gripe in what is a very fine selection. MS

Phsysical release: 26 Apr
Press contact: Darling Dept

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M FOR MONTREAL HOST SHOWCASE AT TGE
So, it's The Great Escape in Brighton this week, and among the many band showcases that take place during the three day music convention are several showing off acts from certain parts of the world.

And among them this year you will find an event being hosted by the guys at M For Montreal, an organisation which "creates a window to the world for artists emerging from the Montreal and Canadian music scene", both with their own events, and via showcases at SxSW, CMJ, Canadian Music Week and, of course, The Great Escape.

Ahead of their TGE event, M For Montreal's Stéfane Campbell told CMU about the Canadian city's music scene: "For the past decade, Montreal has become the foundation of an alternative music movement that has won the attention and respect of critics all over the world. Patrick Watson, Duchess Says, Martha Wainwright, Champion, Malajube, Coeur de Pirate, Pierre Lapointe, Beast and many more have all benefited from the spotlight that has fallen on the largest French-speaking city in North America".

At their TGE showcase, at LIFE on Friday (14 May) from 2pm, M For M will present Final Flash, Let's Go To War and Think About Life. You can find out more about M For Montreal at
www.mpourmontreal.com.

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IT CAME FROM JAPAN HOST SHOWCASE AT TGE
For Team CMU, one of the most exciting international showcases at TGE this year is that being organised by Tokyo-based tour promoters It Came From Japan.

Daniel Robson of Flightpath Records & Tours, which operates ICFJ, told CMU: "Our basic aim is for Japanese music to take over the world. Or at least to become as widely accepted as British or American music. Japan is the world's second-largest music market (and the only to be still in the black), and its rich and thrilling music scene throws up some unique and compelling artists. Over the past five or six years, we've taken around 30 of these acts to tour the UK, US and parts of Asia".

He continues: "Although we've presented a Japan showcase every year since the first TGE as a fringe event, this year we are part of the official programme. We've levelled up in various ways, and we're thrilled to have Japanese music buff Iain Lee as compere this year. Plus, we offer free sushi and beer, anime projections courtesy of Manga Entertainment, and, of course, three great bands: post-pop solo artist Natccu, Sunset Drive and Lillies And Remains".

It Came From Japan will takeover The Basement venue on Saturday (15 May) from 1pm. You will find more info about ICFJ, plus one of Andy CMU's very favourite podcasts in the whole wide world, at www.itcamefromjapan.co.uk.

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AUSSIE FILE-SHARERS PROVIDE SLIGHTLY RUBBISH EXCUSES FOR PIRACY
Aussie file-sharers say they access music from illegal file-sharing networks rather than legit download stores because they want access to digital-rights-management-free MP3s and because file-sharing is more convenient. Which, as excuses go, are pretty poor.

While it's true that iTunes, although now DRM free, sells AAC files rather than MP3s, and while the MP3 download market is not as well established down under as it is here in the UK, it is possible to buy DRM-free MP3s from legit download stores in Australia, such as the 7Digital-powered and EMI-backed Musichead MP3. And, in the main, legit download stores are much more user-friendly these days than most file-sharing services.

As excuses go, they would have worked in 2004. It seems more likely that Aussie music fans aren't impressed with the current going rate for a single track download.

The News.com.au and CoreData survey of 5700 Australian file-sharers, all of whom had illegally downloaded music in the last year, and 70% of which said they did so on a regular basis, reports that 43% were using the DRM argument to justify their illegal downloading, while 37% said file-sharing was just more convenient.

When asked about the pricing of legit download stores, 66% said they would be willing to pay if legit download stores slashed their prices. iTunes tracks in Australia currently retail from AUS$1.19 to AUS$2.19, or 72p to £1.33 (so pretty much as in the UK allowing for slight currency fluctuations). According to the survey, 3% said they would actually consider buying at the current rates (though it wasn't clear why they weren't), 15% said they'd pay up to one Aussie dollar a track (so 60p), while 49% said they thought 50 cents (30p) would be a fair price.

While you have to be slightly suspicious when those who access most of their music for free from illegal sources say "oh well, if you reduced your prices I'd pay" - there's a real chance they wouldn't - there are some in the music industry who believe that if you slashed download unit prices to around 10p a track legit sales would boom, meaning more revenues would be generated overall. Though doing so would, of course, be a risky move.

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TUNECORE REVEAL 2009 SALES STATS
More 2009 sales stats, this time from TuneCore, the digital distribution firm that supplies music from a plethora of small indies and self-releasing artists to download stores and streaming music services.

They revealed last week that in 2009 they serviced 26.2 million downloads worldwide which grossed $35 million, which is nice. And downloads only accounted for 40% of the distributor's overall sales (though that's possibly in terms of units rather than revenue), with album sales accounting for just under 3% and streams for 60%. In other random TuneCore stats, Sunday is the busiest day for downloading, and rock accounted for the highest proportion of download sales whereas hip hop tracks where the most streamed.

In a call to arms for the unsigned artists they represent, TuneCore said on their company blog: "Many TuneCore artists are outselling and/or are making more money than 'signed' artists. This is a testament to their music. When you add access to digital stores and media outlets (like YouTube), and combine it with social networking sites like MySpace, Facebook and mass communication social networking technologies like Twitter, artists can, and are, selling hundreds of thousands, and in some cases, millions, of songs across their catalogue of work".

As previously reported, TuneCore is the digital distribution service that enables unsigned bands to earn from their plays on MySpace Music, following a deal between the distributor and the social networking flim flam late last year.

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LOKAST DOWNLOADED LOTS OF TIMES
US-based tech firm NearVerse says that the iPhone app for its location-based music sharing system LoKast, which it launched at South By Southwest earlier this year, has been downloaded over 125,000 times.

The LoKast app lets iPhone-owning music fans in close proximity to share music-based information and certain types of content (presumably in line with copyright rules), while signed up artists can pump out content to any LoKast-using fans in the audience at their gigs.

According to NearVerse thirty bands have signed up to do exactly that, including Echo & The Bunnymen and The Boxer Rebellion. Content partnership deals have also been done with US music marketing firm GiantStep and indie distributors The Orchard and IODA.

Music Week quote LoKast co-founder Boris Bogatin as follows: "An iPhone and beer money is all you need at live shows this spring. It's thrilling to see music artists choose mobile sharing of physical CDs, good for mobile networks since our data is shared locally and good for the environment, with less schwag to dispose of later".

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HERTBEAT REBRANDS AS JACK
A third UK local radio station has adopted the Jack FM moniker for its output, and will revamp its programming to the format used by the other Jack FM stations in Oxford and Bristol, and across North America: a mix of hits from the 60s onwards and a much bigger playlist than the average local FM station in the UK.

Hertfordshire-based Hertbeat FM will become Jack FM this morning, with a new breakfast show and stripped back daytime schedule. What is now Jack FM Hertfordshire is owned by independent company Shadow Radio Holdings Ltd, while the Bristol Jack FM franchise is run by Tomahawk Radio and the Oxford version by a subsidiary of Absolute Radio's local radio business.

Confirming the name and format change, the Hertfordshire station's MD Brett Harley told Radio Today that the rebrand was partly motivated because people assumed Hertbeat was part of Global Radio's Heart FM network. Though his official comment is slightly tongue in cheek.

Harley: "The feedback from listeners and advertisers gets better and better - however, the radio market in the south-east is full of Heart stations - and being Hertbeat we were often being grouped in the same category. So we decided to look at other names for the station. Leicester Sound, Rugby FM and BBC Leeds were all taken - so we picked 'Jack FM'".

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CHART UPDATE
So, atop the singles chart for the second week running are Roll Deep with 'Good Times', which features guest vocals from Jodie Connor alongside crew members Wiley, Breeze, Scratchy, Flow Dan, Danny Weed, Brazen, Manga, J2K and Target. In fact, there's no change in the top three at all, with Usher still at number two and Plan B refusing to budge at three. But to make up for it, numbers four and five are both new entries, with Pendulum's 'Watercolour' and Aggro Santos' 'Candy' going straight into those slots respectively.

Outside the top ten, Fyfe Dangerfield is new in the top 40 at number fourteen, leaping up from last week's 99, Sophie Ellis-Bextor enters the chart at 25, Rihanna is at 30 with 'Te Amo' after four weeks spent lower down the top 100, Kevin Rudolf's collab with Birdman and Jay Sean, 'I Made It (Cash Money Heroes)', is at 37, and Biffy Clyro have just slipped in with 'Bubbles' at 40.

Now, what can I say about the album chart this week? I thought we'd had this out when Diana Vickers reached number one in the singles chart. I thought that was the end of it. I thought everyone had agreed not to buy her records any more. And if that's the case, what the hell is she doing having a number one album? Her voice is completely unbearable on that one single, why would anyone want to stretch that pain over 47 minutes and ten seconds (yes, I looked up how long the album is)? I can only imagine that a lot of people's enemies have received copies as gifts.

Urgh. Well, also new in the top ten albums is 'Need You Now' by Lady Antebellum, while 'The Magic Of Mantovani' is straight in at 23, Deftones' sixth album 'Diamond Eyes' is in at 26, and Adam Lambert's 'For Your Entertainment' is at 36. There are a few re-entries in the top 40, too. Chipmunk's 'I Am Chipmunk' is at 31, The Stone Roses' eponymous debut pops up to 38 after a run of 207 weeks in the top 100, and Kasabian's 'West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum' is back in the chart at 39.

The charts are muddied with the presence of Diana Vickers by The Official Charts Company.

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AMY AND BLAKE REUNION OFF
I forget at which point in the on again off again on again off again story of Amy Winehouse and Blake Fielder-Civil we stopped reporting on every development.

I'm pretty sure we mentioned their divorce last summer, but I'm not sure if we've reported on the various "Amy and Blake are back together" and "they're only going to get married again" rumours that have followed. Well, anyway, despite previously seemingly having plans to tie the knot for a second time, it's all off again, apparently, after thuggy Fielder saw pictures of druggy Winehouse getting up close and personal with a neighbour.

According to a source cited by the Star: "Blake had his suspicions about the neighbour so when the pictures emerged of them together he confronted her. He's now in absolute bits. He thought that this time it was going to be forever but now he's convinced himself that she's up to no good and he's moved back up to Sheffield".

The unnamed source continues: "They had a massive row before he left and she did little to reassure him that their relationship would be okay. He was due to move into her new house and they were serious about having a baby. Amy's been ringing him but he's stopped answering. He just can't get the image of her cheating out of his head".

So, that's a nice new twist for act seven of the Amy-Blake opera that someone somewhere is surely writing.

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FORTUNE TELLER PREDICTED EWEN'S BABES MEMBERSHIP
Jade Ewen's recruitment into the Sugababes was predicted, apparently, by a fortune teller.

One time Eurovision warbler Ewen, who somewhat controversially joined the Babes last year, of course, after Keisha Buchanan was pushed out, has told The Sun: "I had a tea-leaf reading. She told me a woman whose name began with S would come to me with a life-changing offer, I'd meet two girls and my life would be completely different in ten months. She was right. Sarah's the Sugababes manager and everything changed in the time she said it would".

No word on what the tea leaf reader has to say about the outcome of the pending Sugababes trademark dispute between the current group and Mutya Buena.

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