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CMU Info
TODAY'S NEWS
Top Stories
Fabric put up for sale
In The Pop Courts
Bronfman lawyer asks for Vivendi charges to be dismissed
Henley scores win in fight against political Eagle song spoofs
Reunions & Splits
Bourne says Busted reunion rumour "bullshit"
In The Studio
Velvet Revolver working on "heavier" songs
Release News
Slum Village preparing new album
Mars Volta man releases free EP
Radiohead man to release solo album
Gigs & Tours News
Quantic to play the Barbican
Public Image Ltd announce new UK dates
Reviews
Live Review: Sia at The Roundhouse in London on 27 May
The Music Business
EMI reportedly to close Benelux office
Bug Music for sale
The Digital Business
MySpace UK boss says subscription model not on horizon
Pandora secure new investment
Chart Of The Day
This week's Subtv playlist
And finally...
Mariah pregnant, source claims
Winehouse dating "normal bloke"
Jagger: the sixties are back, enjoy your poverty


 
THURSDAY 3RD JUNE
THE ANTLERS
The Antlers are an indie-rock band based in Brooklyn. They have their origins in a solo project from Peter Silberman, who initially recorded and released the album 'In The Attic Of The Universe' on his lonesome, before recruiting Michael Lerner and Darby Cicci and turning The Antlers into a fully-fledged band. The group subsequently recorded two EPs, 'Cold War' and 'New York Hospitals', and later released 'Hospice', their first album as a proper band, in 2009. We caught up with Silberman to ask the Same Six.

 
Q1 How did you start out making music?
When I was about six years old my father taught me to play guitar, and after that I was unable to focus on much else in my life. For better or worse, I began to direct every minute of every day toward music. I formed bands with my friends as early as nine years old and wrote songs and recorded albums in bedrooms and barns while ignoring more important things. Ultimately, I realised I wasn't interested in pursuing anything else.

Q2 What inspired your latest album?
'Hospice' is the result of a few unfortunate years of my life. The record is a telling of a dysfunctional relationship I was involved in, ruined by someone else's weighty past and inability to move forward from it. That period of time unfolded in such a way that it felt as if it was a story written by someone else. I decided that the best way to deal with the way in which my life had been put off-track was to turn this story into an album.

Q3 What process do you go through in creating a track?
First I find myself writing some lyrics and thinking of some sort of vocal melody in my head, but oftentimes this never becomes attached to anything until I've got another piece of music I'm working with. I more or less force the lyrics and vocals into this music in a way that seems appropriate so that the vocals complement the music and the music complements the vocals. At this point I do extensive editing on myself, because I often discover that I hate my lyrics after about two weeks of living with them.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
Musically, I can think of a huge number of artists that have been influential. Among them are Elliott Smith, Sigur Rós, Modeselektor, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Dirty Three, Caribou, Four Tet, The Beatles, Portishead, Pink Floyd, Neutral Milk Hotel, Cursive, and of course, Radiohead. But lyrically, I tend to gravitate more toward authors than songwriters. I think authors tend to be more fearless than songwriters, writing about ugly, complicated subjects without worrying about making people uncomfortable. Raymond Carver, Leonard Michaels, Paul Auster and James Baldwin are just a couple of these authors I consider extremely influential.

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
To that person, I would most likely say that our music may not speak to you right away, and it may never become something you care about or are at all interested in. But if you give our record some time you may find that there is something about it that you feel connected to, and honestly, all we are aiming to do is feel a connection with the people who hear us and find a way to relate to people. This is the most rewarding thing about music, and something that hopefully will continue and carry on through future albums we create and release and perform.

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest album, and for the future?
My ambitions for 'Hospice' have all been reached and surpassed to the extent that I'm unbelievably astonished and curious as to what could possibly happen next. My hope is that more and more people hear the record and that 'Hospice' finds a place in their heart, and that someday soon, when we record and finish a new record, after many many months of touring and readjustment to our new lives, that people hear that new record and care about it.

MORE>> www.antlersmusic.com

 
SUMMER CAMP
Not a new seven-piece band straight out of Sweden, as they claimed to be when they first appeared on MySpace late last year, but actually CMU favourite Jeremy Warmsley and Platform editor Elizabeth Sankey, Summer Camp released their very lovely debut single, 'Ghost Train', though the very lovely Moshi Moshi in April.

 
A wash of 80s new wave influenced pop, the track is the perfect introduction to the duo's small but perfectly formed canon. There are six songs currently up on MySpace, including the one which kick started the project, a cover of 'I Only Have Eyes For You' by The Flamingoes. A quick hunt around the internet will also throw up a "remix" of Active Child's 'Voice Of An Old Friend', which is worth hearing, too. Having gone out on their first tour last month, as support act to Slow Club, you can catch Summer Camp at various festivals over the summer months.

www.myspace.com/summercampmusic


 
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FABRIC PUT UP FOR SALE
Following all that speculation regarding the future of Fabric last week, it was confirmed yesterday that the London nightclub's parent company has indeed gone into administration and that the club is now up for sale.

A statement on the Fabric website, hidden in tiny font right at the bottom of each page, reads: "Mr David Chubb and Mr Colin Haig [from PriceWaterhouseCoopers] have been appointed as joint administrators of Fabric 591 Limited to manage its affairs, business and property as its agents. The administrators act as agents of the company without personal liability. Both are licensed in the United Kingdom to act as insolvency practitioners by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales".

As previously reported, Fabric bosses announced they would be shutting Matter, Fabric's spin off venue under the O2 Dome, for the summer months the week before last. Amid rumours Fabric had guaranteed multi-million pound loans taken out by the loss-making Matter, and that various staff had been made redundant overnight at Fabric HQ, there was wide speculation last week that the clubbing company was on the brink and both Fabric and Matter might shut as a result.

The company issued a statement on Friday that skirted around most of the rumours but said the main Fabric club would stay open as normal for now. It said: "The directors of Fabric are currently dealing with financial problems due to the result of the Jubilee Line closures at Matter. Consequentially, Matter will definitely remain closed throughout summer. However, Fabric will very much remain open as normal, business as usual".

Confirming that he was now handling the sale of the club, as a going concern, Colin White from property consultants Edward Symmons told Property Week yesterday: "Just 24 hours after being appointed, we have already received a number of enquiries from potential purchasers. We anticipate continued interest in the sale of Fabric, particularly from other major club operators in London and the south east, and we are confident that a purchase will be secured for the business as a going concern".

It's not yet clear what PWC plan to do with Matter, or the Fabric record label, though this will presumably become clear in the coming days. Given it seems it was Matter that plunged the otherwise successful Fabric enterprise into this mess, it seems unlikely anyone would want to buy that bit of the Fabric empire, meaning the nightclub under the Dome may now be shut for good. Whether the day-to-day operations of the Fabric club will be affected by the sale also remains to be seen.

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BRONFMAN LAWYER ASKS FOR VIVENDI CHARGES BE DISMISSED
A lawyer for Warner Music top man Edgar Bronfman Jr has asked a Paris court to drop the insider-dealing charges levelled against his client in relation to his time as Vice-Chair of Universal Music parent company Vivendi between 2000 and 2002.

As previously reported, the charges against Bronfman Jr are a side attraction to a criminal court case against Jean-Marie Messier, who was CEO of French conglom Vivendi until 2002, and who nearly drove the company into the ground amid allegations of mismanaging finances and misleading investors. Bronfman Jr was Vice-Chair of Vivendi after the French firm bought his family's company Seagram, which owned the various Universal entertainment companies, including Universal Music.

Legal man Georges Kiejman told a Paris court yesterday that Bronfman had been cleared of any wrongdoing by investigators, so the case against his client should never have been brought to trial. He added the judge hearing the case had been wrong to call Bronfman to court "without any explanation".

As also previously reported, while an investigation into Vivendi under Messier's command by French City regulators led to the former CEO being fined a million euros, Paris-based prosecutors, after seven years of investigations, advised against prosecuting the former top man or any of his board, but the judge hearing the case insisted the accused be brought to trial.

While legal reps for Bronfman and one other accused former Vivendi exec requested the cases against their clients be dismissed without delay, Messier's lawyer Olivier Metzner said he was optimistic his client would be cleared of all charges, if only because of the Paris prosecutor's previous statements. He told Bloomberg: "Strangely, the investigating judge decided to go over the prosecutor's advice. In the end, there will be strictly nothing left against Messier".

Messier could face up to five years in jail if he were found guilty of all the charges against him. The court hearing should be completed within the month, though a verdict won't be given until later in the year. It's not clear how soon the judge will respond to the request that the case against Bronfman be dismissed.

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HENLEY SCORES WIN IN FIGHT AGAINST POLITICAL EAGLE SONG SPOOFS
Eagles man Don Henley has scored a tentative win in his legal fight against Republican politician Chuck DeVore. Henley is the latest in a string of US musicians to complain when their music is appropriated for political campaigning, usually by Republicans.

While politicians can play music at political rallies without specific artist permission, using a blanket public performance licence, if they sync a track into a video posted on their websites without getting the permission of the artists or their label/publisher - as an increasing number of political types seem to do - then there is a case to sue under copyright law.

As previously reported, Jackson Browne reached an out of court settlement with John McCain after the former Presidential wannabe used one of his songs in a campaign video without permission, and David Byrne has just begun legal proceedings against Florida Governor Charlie Crist over his use of a Talking Heads track in a campaign video.

But in the Henley case, DeVore, as part of his campaign for a seat in the US Senate, rewrote the lyrics to Eagles song 'All She Wants To Do Is Dance' so it was called 'All She Wants To Do Is Tax', the "she" being his Democrat rival Barbara Boxer. He also wrote a version of 'The Boys Of Summer' that directly mocked the Eagles man for his support of Obama.

When Henley filed a legal complaint, DeVore argued that his songs were parody, in part parodying Hollywood's general support for liberal politicians. This is an important distinction, because parodies can fall under 'fair use' exemptions in US copyright law, meaning DeVore might be able to use one of Henley's songs without permission.

You might remember that the makers of 'Family Guy' got away with broadcasting a rework of Disney classic 'When You Wish Upon A Star' without the permission of the song's owners because they argued their spoof version, called 'I Need A Jew', in part mocked Walt Disney for his purported anti-Semitism. The song was therefore a parody, was protected by First Amendment free speech rights, and constituted fair use under copyright law.

But what about DeVore's Eagles reworks? Well, US Judge James Selna has said it could be argued the second song - which specifically mocked Henley for being a Democrat supporter - constituted parody, but that 'All She Wants To Do Is Tax', which mocked Boxer not Henley, is 'satire' not 'parody', and therefore does not enjoy the protection awarded to Team Family Guy with 'I Need A Jew'. Selna added that even the 'The Boys Of Summer' rework, while in part parody, should not be covered by fair use because it "goes far beyond what's necessary to hold the singer up to ridicule".

It's a tentative win for Henley because the judge's ruling is not final and therefore not binding, but usually tentative rulings like this are subsequently rubber stamped and become official, though arguments between both sides continue.

Henley's other argument that DeVore implied false endorsement by using reworks of his songs on his website was dismissed.

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BOURNE SAYS BUSTED REUNION RUMOUR "BULLSHIT"
Following those recent rumours that James Bourne and Matt Willis might reform Busted and use a reality talent show to find a replacement for Charlie Simpson, Bourne has told website Flecking Records that all talk of a reunion is "bullshit".

He did admit, however, that Willis had sounded Simpson out about the possibility of a Busted reunion with or without the Fightstar guy, but that Charlie had blocked both proposals. Bourne: "Matt actually asked Charlie if he would mind us using the name Busted without him. He said [we couldn't]. We invited him back, knowing he wouldn't be into it. He doesn't want to come back, but he doesn't want me and Matt to do it without him either".

Bourne, who is currently embarking on a solo project under the moniker Future Boy, also admitted he no longer had any contact with Simpson himself. Asked if his former bandmate was happier with his Fightstar career than his time in Busted, Bourne said: "I haven't talked to him since the press conference [where we announced Busted was splitting] so I have no idea".

In addition to Fightstar, Simpson is also planning a solo project which will be fan funded via the Pledge platform. He's already raised 117% of the funds he needs.

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VELVET REVOLVER WORKING ON "HEAVIER" SONGS
The next Velvet Revolver album, should they ever get around to hiring a new frontman, will be heavier than their previous two, says guitarist Slash. The band, of course, split from former vocalist Scott Weiland two years ago.

Speaking to MTV, Slash said: "As soon as we got off the road from the last tour and parted ways with Scott, we got together and wrote half a dozen really great, sort of heavy metal pieces of music. It's a lot heavier than what Velvet Revolver has put out [in the past], so I'm dying to put out the quintessential Velvet Revolver record".

He added: "When [former Guns N Roses bandmates] Duff [McKagan, bass] and Matt [Sorum, drums] and I first got together, we wrote a ton of material that never saw the light of day, and that was all very heavy. It's definitely our natural way of doing things. But when we started working with Scott, we started to lighten things up a lot, and we progressively got lighter. As much as I love the two records we did do, one of the things that was progressively more and more frustrating was the direction the band took".

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SLUM VILLAGE PREPARING NEW ALBUM
Slum Village are to release a new album next month, entitled 'Villa Manifesto', which will be the first to feature vocals from all four members of the group. And yes, you are correct, that is impressive, for reasons we will come on to.

Originally, Slum Village was made up of T3, Baatin and J Dilla. When Dilla left to pursue a solo career in 2002, he was replaced by Elzhi. Later that same year, Baatin also quit the group, citing health problems as his reason for leaving. As a result of all this coming and going, J Dilla and Elzhi, despite being key members of the group, never appeared on an album together. So, yes, it probably is about time all four of them got together and collaborated as a four piece. Except, as you've probably already noted, both J Dilla and Baatin are now dead, the former in 2006 and the latter last year.

Created with a mixture of old and new recordings, and featuring guest spots from Dwele, De La Soul, Little Brother and Phife Dawg, T3 says of the album: "I wanted to pull the whole squad together. The reason why we call it 'Villa Manifesto' is that it was a statement we want to give our people because we had been away for so long. What we're doing, what's going on, how we're feeling and where we're at today".

The album is due out in the US on 27 Jul via E1 Music.

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MARS VOLTA MAN RELEASES FREE EP
Mars Volta type Omar Rodriguez Lopez has released a free EP from his new band The Omar Rodriguez Lopez Quartet, which counts former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante amongst its number.

Although free, those downloading the EP do have the option to pay an amount of their choice for the EP, should they so chose. Any money raised will be given to the Keep Music In Schools charity. So remember, if you pay nothing, you are basically removing music from schools. It'll be all your fault when it's gone. I hate you.

Download it here, cheapskate: omardigital.rodriguezlopezproductions.com/album/sepulcros-de-miel

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RADIOHEAD MAN TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM
Radiohead drummer Philip Selway has announced that he will release his debut solo album, entitled 'Familial', later this year.

Produced by Ian Davenport, the album was recorded at Radiohead's Courtyard Studios with vocalist Lisa Germano, former Soul Coughing bassist Sebastian Steinberg, Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche and multi-instrumentalist Patrick Sansone.

'Familial' will hit stores on 30 Aug via Bella Union.

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QUANTIC TO PLAY THE BARBICAN
Will 'Quantic' Holland and his latest project, Combo Bárbaro, will perform at The Barbican in London on 24 Jun, it has been announced. The show will see the band performing the psychedelic and experimental Latin-influenced music found on their album, 'Tradition In Transition', released by Tru Thoughts last year. Support will come from The Bamboos, and Systema Solar will play a late show after the main event.

Tickets are available now, more info here: www.barbican.org.uk/music/event-detail.asp?ID=10541

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PUBLIC IMAGE LTD ANNOUNCE NEW UK DATES
John Lydon and those Public Image boys will be playing some more dates in the UK next month, which will be a whole lot of fun, I'm sure.

Tour dates:

19 Jul: London, Shepherds Bush Empire
20 Jul: Bristol, Academy
21 Jul: Oxford, Academy
23 Jul: Leeds, Academy
24 Jul: Liverpool, Academy
26 Jul: Glasgow, ABC

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LIVE REVIEW: Sia at The Roundhouse in London on 27 May
Sia holds an alarming amount of command for one little lady. Despite performing a set dominated by her new album, which sees the Aussie songstress take quite a new direction, she still excited her audience, getting what could have been a subdued crowd up and dancing, despite being initially hesitant of her song choices.

Before she was due to come on, being but a lonely music reviewer, I listened to a conversation between a couple beside me, where the female half despondently bemoaned that there was no visible piano onstage. But while things might have changed, the new music is far more exciting, and while we caught a glimpse of old favourites like 'Little Black Sandals' and the gorgeous 'Breathe Me', Sia looked and sounded far more comfortable showcasing the new material.

Amongst new songs performed were the crowd-pleasing, radio-friendly 'Clap Your Hands'; the song that was written for a "Will Smith movie" but rejected, 'Never Gonna Leave Me'; and 'We Are Born' opener 'The Fight'.

Donning a dress I can only describe as traffic tape crocheted and ruched to look like crepe paper, Sia bounced amongst neon lights and around a stage that was decorated with multi-coloured knitted quilts. A sight to behold, for sure, and an indicator that Ms Furler is very satisfied with the happiest work she's ever produced.

Overall, a fantastic night - never have I been moved so much by such a soaring, confident voice. TW

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EMI REPORTEDLY TO CLOSE BENELUX OFFICE
Following reports at the weekend that up to six MD-level Europe-based execs could be axed at EMI Music Publishing, Billboard has cited "well-placed sources" who say the music publisher is planning on shutting its offices in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxemburg completely.

Although EMI hasn't commented on the rumours of senior executive redundancies or office closures, it has admitted that it is currently reviewing its entire European business, seemingly with the aim of reducing the hierarchical borders that exist between its operations in different countries, so that the company is better equipped to service pan-European licensees of its catalogue. Which seems sensible.

A spokesman told Billboard: "It is very clear to us that the country-based structures that other music companies cling to are not delivering the kind of service that their artists need or the revenues that they deserve", adding that pending changes are "not about cost-cutting [but about] getting the right structure".

EMI Publishing, which has generally avoided the widespread cuts instigated by owners Terra Firma at the EMI record labels, has been reviewing its European operations for a while. Some had speculated that new efforts to downsize European operations were linked to reports Terra Firma was hoping to sell a 49% stake in EMI's publishing business to equity firm KKR and their music rights business BMG Rights Management.

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BUG MUSIC FOR SALE
Another music publisher for sale, though this one outright. LA-based music publishing firm Bug Music is on the market. City types JP Morgan Chase are coordinated the sale, with a reported asking rice of $300 million.

All of the major music publishers apart from EMI, and the aforementioned KKR/BMG alliance, are said to be interested.

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MYSPACE UK BOSS SAYS SUBSCRIPTION MODEL NOT ON HORIZON
The boss of MySpace UK, Christopher Moser, has been chatting about the state of his company, whether MySpace Music would go the subscription route, and what his opinions were of Facebook more aggressively entering the music space, in an interview with BBC 6music.

On MySpace's recent fortunes - it's widely known that a brief period of healthy ad revenues has ended as the social networking site sheds users and is widely written off by many as the social network of yesteryear - Moser admitted the service had not managed to grow its user base in the last eighteen months after an initial period of rapid growth, and that monetising the traffic the site did have is still a challenge. But, he added, "this is not just a MySpace problem, it is a generic question around content creators". He seemed cautiously optimistic MySpace could make things work.

On music, he said there were no active plans to make MySpace's pretty rubbish streaming music service subscription based. He told the BBC station: "Music subscription is something that is definitely interesting, but it's not a mass-market product at the moment - you're talking about a very tiny niche. Do we consider moving in to that space? Of course, but when the time is right and when we really believe that there's mass-market appeal".

Asked about whether he thought MySpace's big rival in social networking, Facebook, might move more aggressively into the music space - music being the one area where MySpace still has some decent market penetration - he said: "That would be great for the music industry. Artists need more outlets for their music where they can make money. If Facebook wanted to enter that area, we'd be very happy". He added that he was aware MySpace should be more flexible in letting artists make content hosted on their MySpace profiles accessible via Twitter and Facebook.

I'm not sure anyone at 6 asked Chris what it's like running one of the shittest websites on the internet. They're very polite over at 6.

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PANDORA SECURE NEW INVESTMENT
Pandora has just undertaken another bout of fundraising, according to Digital Music News. Money types GGV Capital have reportedly secured new investment to keep the US-based online music service in the money.

Tim Westergren's Pandora - a personalised online radio service of course - is seen by many as one of the few stable companies in the streaming-music space, it having out-lived numerous rivals and upstarts, and having claimed profitability last year.

That said, like most streaming music services, Pandora's licensing costs remain high and profit margins tight, which may mean the latest round of investment is designed to buy security rather than to fund any major expansion.

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THIS WEEK'S SUBTV PLAYLIST
Hey look, people, it's the music videos that are playing this week on the Subtv network of video screens in students' unions around the UK. New additions marked with a *. More info on all things Subtv from DavidLloyd@sub.tv.

A List
Alicia Keys - Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart
Christina Aguilera - Not Myself Tonight*
Dennis Ferrer - Hey Hey
Dizzee Rascal - Dirtee Disco
Drake - Over
The Drums - Forever and Ever, Amen
Ellie Goulding - Guns And Horses
Example - Kickstarts
Jason Derulo - Ridin' Solo
Kelis - Acapella
Ke$ha - Your Love Is My Drug
Kids In Glass Houses feat Frankie Sandford - Undercover Lover
LCD Soundsystem - Drunk Girls
The Pretty Reckless - Make Me Wanna Die
Taio Cruz feat Ke$ha - Dirty Pictures
Wiley - Electric Boogaloo (Find A Way)

B List
BOB feat Bruno Mars - Nothin' On You
Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip - Sick Tonight
Field Music - Let's Write A Book
Florence And The Machine - Cosmic Love
Hurts - Better Than Love
Jack Johnson - You And Your Heart
Kele - Tenderoni
Kid British - Winner*
The King Blues - Headbutt*
New Young Pony Club - We Want To
The Noisettes - Ever Fallen In Love
Pixie Lott - Turn It Up
Stornoway - Zorbing
Usher feat Nicky Minaj - Lil Freak*
We Are Scientists - Nice Guys

Tip List
Born Ruffians - What To Say
Bullet For My Valentine - Your Betrayal*
The Like - He's Not A Boy
Matt Abbott - I Love This City
NightBus - I Wanna Be You
Skepta - Rescue Me*
The Temper Trap - Love Lost

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MARIAH PREGNANT, SOURCE CLAIMS
Mariah Carey is pregnant, a source "close" to the singer and her husband Nick Cannon has "confirmed". Rumours have been doing the rounds since the singer pulled out of a new movie last week.

The source told RadarOnline: "They're both very excited and very happy. Mariah and Nick want to keep the pregnancy quiet as long as they can".

A spokesperson for Carey added: "I'm not at liberty to discuss Mariah's personal life at this time".

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WINEHOUSE DATING "NORMAL BLOKE"
We don't tend to report on all the ins and outs of Amy Winehouse's love life these days, but it's not every day a meaty story like this turns up. The singer is now dating a "bloke" who is "normal".

Winehouse's dad Mitch told STV: "I am happy she's got a new boyfriend... [a] normal bloke. I am happy she's moving on with her life. She's a wonderful family girl, she deserves to get on with her life and enjoy herself a little bit more... Things have been difficult for her".

See you back here for more 'Winehouse and Fielder-Civil to remarry' rumours next week?

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JAGGER: THE SIXTIES ARE BACK, ENJOY YOUR POVERTY
Mick Jagger has said that the period where it was possible for artists to make money out of recorded music is gone, making way for a return to the good old days when a bunch of other people pocketed all the cash.

He told the BBC: "People only made money out of records for a very, very small time. When The Rolling Stones started out, we didn't make any money out of records because record companies wouldn't pay you! They didn't pay anyone! Then, there was a small period from 1970 to 1997, where people did get paid, and they got paid very handsomely and everyone made money. But now that period has gone. So, if you look at the history of recorded music from 1900 to now, there was a 25 year period where artists did very well, but the rest of the time they didn't".

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