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One Dutch court upholds ban on Pirate Bay, another says an all out ban would be inappropriate
Tulisa N-Dubz burgled
Former Big Star bassist Andy Hummel dies
Reunions & Splits
Pearl Jam publicist denies hiatus rumour
Artist Deals
Tony Christie signs to Acid Jazz
In The Studio
Tom Jones to record with Killers frontman
Release News
Raekwon to expand Cuban Linx
Gigs & Tours News
These New Puritans announce one-off album performance
Vampire Weekend UK tour dates
The Script announce September tour
Festival News
The Quietus announce Field Day competition winner
Festival line-up update
Album review: The Art Of Noise - Influence (Salvo)
Brands & Stuff
GU Medicine and penguin collaborate for Jagermeister
The Music Business
PRS extend deadline on live royalty consultation
The Digital Business
Distributor Ditto offers 24 hour iTunes upload
The Media Business
Express owner favourite to buy Five
South Bank Show goes to Sky
Lorna Clarke appointed Radio2/6 network manager
The Saturdays land ITV2 show
Kid Jensen made freeman of London
Chart Of The Day
Total Rock World Album Chart
And finally...
Arise Lord Sharkey of Teenage Kicks
Lars Ulrich calls Metallica doc a mistake

Trained at the Sorbonne and armed with a masters degree in musicology, Émilie Simon makes electronic pop music nowhere near as stuffy as her qualifications might suggest. As well as three studio albums, she also recorded the soundtrack for the original release of 'March Of The Penguins', which was sadly cut from the repackaged english language version. Her new album, 'The Big Machine', is out this week, and you can catch her live at London's Cargo tonight.

Q1 How did you start out making music?
I've been playing music since I was a child, I started at seven, and was involved in a lot of classical music in my home town. Since then I've been in several bands, attended jazz school and explored different music by attending different schools. I'm very curious of different genres and styles of music.

Q2 What inspired your latest album?
New York really inspired 'The Big Machine', that's where I'm living now and that's where I've been for two and a half years. The city gave me a lot of inspiration, it has an energy that is very unique which I didn't realise until I lived here - I'd played shows here but it wasn't until I moved here that I realised it had this crazy energy. Some of the album was already written before I came to New York, but the city really added inspiration and direction for the rest of it.

Q3 What process do you go through when creating a track?
It depends on the song or the project I'm working on. For instance, it's a different process when I'm working on music for movie soundtracks. For studio albums, I try to be as creative as I can, I don't really like it when I gain too many habits. Although, it's normal to have good and bad habits, I like to putting myself in different environments. For 'The Big Machine', I was composing a lot of it directly into a computer, so once that had been done I decided to leave it for a while - I wanted to leave them open for a few years and keep the songs free so that I could go away and come back to them.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
It's difficult to say as it's never something that I plan. With 'The Big Machine', New York had such an influence on me, going to exhibitions etc, so it's things that you process and take in but are difficult to pinpoint exactly what they are. Kate Bush was one of the first artists I listened to as a child, so she has been a major influence and I have a lot of admiration for her. I'd love to be able to thank her, as I think she has a freedom with her music, which I think opened doors for a lot of artists. I have close sensibilities to her music and can really understand it, but again it's not something that is planned, it is just apart of my bones from listening as a child.

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
Try to listen to it carefully, listen to a few songs from the same album and try to listen to it with a good quality of sound, especially the first album as it has lots of layers. I'd say close your eyes and see if you can picture the song and picture the colours, as that's what I do when I write them.

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest album, and for the future?
I don't really make or have any plans. I usually play things by ear all the time. I guess it's easy for me to say that, as I write a lot, so it's easy for me to think there will be another new album at some point. I don't like to plan as I'd rather it be about the moment, if I start using too much of my brain to think about what I'm going to be doing next, then I have less room to think about writing. But I'm interested in different aspects of music, so it could be anything from touring, writing for a movie again, or going back into the studio. I think ultimately I want to carry on expressing myself the best I can with the music. I'm so lucky to have that ability in me, it's like having a garden and making it grow into something beautiful. I'd like to try and be a genuine artist in this world, I'm lucky in that I'm able and free to do the music that I want, so I want to make sure that's something I do by focusing on getting better and just being as genuine as possible.

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Two years in the making, producer and DJ Wrongtom's long-awaited collaboration with Roots Manuva, 'Duppy Writer', will finally be released by Big Dada on 6 Sep. Tom was originally only asked to turn in a remix of 'Buff Nuff', the first single from Roots' 2008 album 'Slime & Reason', but so impressed were the label with what he delivered that they asked him to do some more, eventually adding a whole bonus disc of Wrongtom mixes to that album before asking him to create a complete album spanning Roots' career.

In creating the album, Tom tried to re-imagine each track as an 'original' version from an earlier decade, taking the album back through 80s dancehall to classic reggae. He and Roots even found time to record a brand new track, 'Jah Warriors', which features guest vocals from Ricky Ranking. That track is available as a single now, and can be streamed on Spotify along with another new track, 'Bashment Bogle' and that original rework of 'Buff Nuff', retitled 'Rebuff'.


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These are voluntary roles, but you get to work alongside leading media professionals, who will provide formal training and on-the-ground advice and guidance. You'll also get to be part of a hugely exciting Edinburgh Fringe project and may have the option to review a show or two.

To apply send a CV, 100 words on why you want to join the team and a 120 word review of something cool to recruitment@unlimitedmedia.co.uk. Put 'Editorial Team' in the subject line.

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Mixed results in the Dutch courts last week for anti-piracy organisation BREIN in their ongoing and much previously reported fight against The Pirate Bay.

First, one court upheld a previous ruling that The Pirate Bay and its founders are liable for copyright infringement, and that the people running the rogue BitTorrent service should block access to it from anyone accessing the net in The Netherlands.

The ruling, originally made last summer, set a fine in motion of $42,300 per day for every day TPB continued to be available in the country. But nearly a year on - and despite the mounting fines and the appeal court upholding the original ruling - TPB continues to be available in the Netherlands.

Which is why BREIN have, in a separate case, been trying that other trick of attempting to force internet service providers to block access to The Pirate Bay. As previously reported, they most recently targeted an ISP called Ziggo, who fought efforts to force them to block TPB arguing that it is not their role to police the net.

And in another Dutch court last week judges sided with the net firm, though based - I think - more on the argument that some people, probably two weird people somewhere, use The Pirate Bay to access legitimate content (ie content made available via BitTorrent by its actual owners) and therefore it would be inappropriate to block access to the site to everyone.

Said argument sort of contradicts the other ruling that is advocating an all out ban on accessing TPB, albeit from the Bay's end rather than via ISPs blockades. But, for Ziggo and the other net firms backing them in their case against BREIN, last week's ruling was good news.

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The home of N-Dubz singer Tulisa Contostavlos has been burgled just days after being shown on Channel 4 in an episode of the band's fly-on-the-wall documentary series, 'Being N-Dubz'. In the show, aired last Monday, Tulisa gave her bandmates - and the audience at home - a guided tour of her house near Watford. Someone was apparently taking notes.

Police confirmed to BBC Newsbeat that they were investigating a break-in which had taken place at the singer's home on 17 Jul. Meanwhile, N-Dubz are due to fly back to the US later this week to record new material for their first album for Universal's Def Jam label.

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Former Big Star bassist Andy Hummel, a founder member of the band, died yesterday after a two year battle with cancer, exactly four months to the day after the sudden death of the band's frontman Alex Chilton. Hummel was 59.

Hummel formed Big Star in 1971 with Chilton, guitarist Chris Bell (who died in a car crash in 1978) and drummer Jody Stephens. The band released their debut album, '#1 Record', the following year. Due to tensions within the band, the follow-up, 'Radio City', was not released until February 1974 after a number of break-ups and the departure of Bell. Hummel himself left the band before the album's release. Chilton and Stephens recorded a third album, but it was shelved after it failed to gain label interest and the band finally split in at the end of 1974.

Chilton and Stephens reformed the band in 1993 with The Posies' Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow taking the places of Bell and Hummel respectively. It was Stringfellow who yesterday broke the news of Hummel's death via Twitter, saying: "Another sad loss for Big Star fans as Andy Hummel passes away after long illness".

Media Relations Manager at Rhino Records, Big Star's current label, Jason Elzy then confirmed to MTV News: "Sadly, I can confirm this is true. Andy has passed away".

A memorial service is reportedly due to be held near Hummel's home in Weatherford, Texas tomorrow.

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Pearl Jam's US publicist has denied rumours that the band are about to go on hiatus.

As previously reported, local press in Portugal reported earlier this month that frontman Eddie Vedder had told the audience at the Optimus Alive festival in Lisbon earlier this month: "Thank you for coming to our last show; not our last ever, but our last in a long time".

However, Nicole Vandenberg, head of Vandenberg Communications, told Seattle Weekly: "He says that at the end of all tours, because the tour has ended. The remark may have gotten a little lost in translation".

This doesn't change the fact that Pearl Jam really should go on hiatus.

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Tony Christie has signed a new record deal with the Acid Jazz label to release his new album, 'Now Is The Time!', which has been written for the singer by Jarvis Cocker.

Acid Jazz boss Eddie Piller told CMU: "Ever since I heard 'Avenues And Alleyways' as a kid, which Christie recorded for Gerry Anderson's cult TV programme 'The Protectors', I've wanted to get him into the studio, and at last I've done it. The massive success of 'Amarillo' a few years ago cemented Tony Christie's iconic status, he's working in his first musical on the West End stage and has put down some killer tunes. I am extremely excited, and once you've heard the material, I reckon you will be too. The spread on the album is amazing, quite filmic but with some nods to Johnny Cash, spaghetti westerns and a classic soul sound".

The album will be released in January next year.

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Tom Jones has revealed that he is planning to record a song with Killers frontman Brandon Flowers in the near future.

Speaking to the NME at last weekend's Latitude festival, Jones said: "I've spoken to Brandon Flowers. He said he admired what I'd done in my career. There's a connection there because he's from Las Vegas, and of course I've performed there so many times over the years".

He added that he couldn't speculate on when the recording might be completed as he didn't want to rush into anything: "The material has to be right. That's always been my main concern, with whichever people I've worked with".

Jones releases his new album, 'Praise & Blame', on 26 Jul.

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Wu-Tang member Raekwon has announced that he will release an expanded version of his second solo album, 'Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Part II', which was originally released last year.

The rapper told Hip Hop DX: "I'm really excited about that. There's gonna be some new material and stuff that y'all never heard before. I'm just trying to secure my fanbase. I'm letting them know that Rae is here. I'm not trying to do no five-year hiatus no more. I'm trying to be as relevant as I can right now".

The new version of the album is apparently due for release next month. As previously reported, Raekwon will also be in the UK next month to perform two shows with the reunited Wu-Tang Clan.

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Normally when you see These New Puritans live, you just get the four of them shuffling around the stage trying as hard as they can to recreate the sounds found on their albums. But when their last album, 'Hidden', features a fifteen-piece brass and woodwind ensemble, multiple prepared pianos, Japanese Taiko drums and various sound effects, this isn't always easy.

Hence, the band have announced a special performance on 23 Oct at The Barbican in London, which will see them joined by the full ensemble of instruments which appear on 'Hidden' (and a load of people who know how to play them). This will be the only UK performance of the show, though there will be two more shows at the Crossing Border festival in Holland and at Paris' Pompidou Centre.

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Vampire Weekend have announced some tour dates. They will happen in the UK in November and December. Tickets for them go on sale on Friday.

Tour dates:

25 Nov: Blackpool, Empress Ballroom Arena
26 Nov: Wolverhampton, Civic Hall
28 Nov: Edinburgh, Corn Exchange
29 Nov: Sheffield, Academy
1 Dec: Brighton Centre
2 Dec: London, Alexandra Palace

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The Script sold 1.8 million copies of their debut album, which would suggest that someone will actually be interested in these dates. That someone may also be interested to know that the band have a new single out, called 'For The First Time', on 5 Sep, followed by their second album, 'Science & Faith' on 13 Sep. Don't worry, your secret is safe with us.

Tour dates:

11 Sep: Liverpool, University
12 Sep: Leeds, Academy
13 Sep: London, Hammersmith Apollo
15 Sep: Edinburgh, Corn Exchange
16 Sep: Leicester, De Montfort Hall
17 Sep: Portsmouth, Guildhall

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The Quietus will host the Village Mentality stage at this year's Field Day festival, which takes place at the end of the month.

Amongst those appearing on the stage will be Gruff Rhys and Tony Da Gattora, Amiina, Archie Bronson Outfit, Esben & The Witch and Mouse On Mars. But the all important slot is the very first of the day. To fill this position the website launched a competition to find an unsigned band who were up to the job.

Yesterday it was announced that the winners are Runners, a band from Leeds who have not yet recorded anything but impressed the judges with a handful of YouTube videos filmed at recent gigs.

You can check out Runners and the competition's runners-up here: thequietus.com/articles/04654-runners-win-our-play-field-day-competition

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THE LITTLE LONDON FIELDS FESTIVAL, London Fields, London, 7 Aug: Anna Calvi, Cat Disco and John McIvor are amongst the last bunch of acts announced to play at this new free boutique fest in London. www.littlelondonfields.co.uk

UNDERAGE, Victoria Park, Hackney, London, 1 Aug: Pulled Apart By Horses, Fnord and Mat Horne have been confirmed to play at this summer's Underage fest, along with Fugative, Hot Horizon, Devlin and Connan Mockasin. www.underagefestivals.com

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ALBUM REVIEW: The Art Of Noise - Influence (Salvo)
Whilst previous Art Of Noise compilations have tended to be based on either their ZTT or post-ZTT output; this lovingly-curated selection spans their entire career, from the groundbreaking early work, via the collaborative hits with Duane Eddy and Tom Jones, through to 1999's under-rated John Hurt-narrated comeback album 'The Seduction of Claude Debussy'. Compiling the "hits, singles, moments, treasures" on two CDs gives both the casual fan and the completist plenty to enjoy, with the lush sleevenotes being a particularly good example of the genre.

Although the celebrated triptych of 'Moments In Love', 'Beatbox' and 'Close (To The Edit)' still sound as innovative, quirky and compelling as they did 25 years ago, in truth, the likes of 'Peter Gunn' with Eddy and their cover of Prince's 'Kiss' with Jones sit slightly uneasy with the rest of the fearlessly inventive output that either precedes or follows it.

As for the second CD, comprised of wholly unreleased material, it's inevitably a mixed bag of interesting curios and unfinished diversions, but the likes of 'Cassandra' and 'Beep Beep' hold up well.

From the sublime to the ridiculous, this is a veritable treasure trove of enigma-wrapped riddles and deranged fun. MS

Physical release: 19 Jul
Press contact: Let It Beep

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After the success of the collaboration between Fightstar and Lethal Bizzle, which saw the two acts write and record the song 'For All Out Enemies' for Jagermeister's first 'Serve Ice Cold' session, the drinks brand has announced its next music pairing. This time around, GU Medicine will be recording a track with, er, a penguin.

Ricky, a rockhopper penguin from London Zoo, will be heading down to the Strongroom Studios in Shoreditch for two days at the beginning of next month to record his 'vocals'. It's not clear if Ricky has yet had any thoughts on what he might sing about, but it seems all involved are very excited.

Ryan Senior from GU Medicine told CMU: "When I was younger I visited London Zoo and saw the penguins but I never imagined that one day I would actually get the opportunity to record a song with one of them! I thought feeding them would be the closest I ever got! Bring it on!"

One of Ricky's keepers, Adrian Walls added: "Ricky has a big personality as visitors to our zoo and staff will testify, and although he has never worked with a music group before I'm sure he will be in fine voice on 3 Aug".

GU Medicine are not the first band to work with a bird on vocals, death metal band Hatebeak is fronted by a parrot named Waldo. An album from them is reportedly being prepared for release right now. In the meantime, check out such classics as 'God Of Empty Nest' on this MySpace fanpage: http://www.myspace.com/beak666

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PRS For Music has extended the deadline on the consultation part of its review of live music licensing. As previously reported, the songs collecting society is currently reviewing the rates it charges the promoters of live events to cover the copyright royalties due on the songs that are performed.

The live sector fear the review is really part of a plan to increase the rates promoters are charged. PRS will probably point out that as the live sector is now in better health than the recorded music sector it is appropriate the music publishers get a bigger share of their revenues.

But promoters will say that, because PRS get a percentage of revenues under the current system, they are already benefiting from the growth of the live business. But, they will add, if PRS up their royalty fees, just as VAT goes up to 20% next year, that growth could falter, meaning the song owners get less money overall, even if their percentage share is higher.

PRS insist the consultation exercise is a genuine effort to assess the viewpoints of the wider songwriter and live music communities, including big and grass root players, and that no decisions have been made regarding possible changes to the current live royalty system.

Either way, lots of people have been responding to the consultation, it seems, and some have asked for more time than the original twelve week window to get their thoughts in. To that end, PRS announced yesterday that it would now extend the deadline for input to 31 Oct.

PRS's Debbie Mulloy told CMU: "PRS For Music realises that the original consultation period overlaps with the busy summer season for some of our customers. We're happy to extend the consultation period by eight weeks to make sure all our customers have the opportunity to let us know their views and ideas".

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Independent digital distribution people Ditto Music have announced they will be offering their clients 24 hour 'iTunes turnaround', compared to the apparent industry standard of four to five weeks.

It means that the independent or unsigned artists who upload their content to the Ditto distribution system can expect to see their music available for sale via the Apple download store within 24 hours, rather than having to wait weeks. Ditto will also offer pre-sale functionality for their clients, something previously only available to major labels.

Ditto Music's Lee Parsons told CMU: "This is tremendously exciting for unsigned artists. To think that through Ditto artists can release a chart eligible single to iTunes in just 24 hours is a staggering testament to the progress of technology, and we are proud to be a part of this. Artists can literally compose a song Monday, release it on Tuesday and be in the charts by Sunday".

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Richard Desmond, the owner of the Daily Express, Daily Star and OK! magazine, is currently favourite to acquire Channel Five in a £100 million deal which could be signed as soon as next week. It makes sense really, Five is the TV equivalent of Desmond's print media if you think about it, you know, full of shit. And should Five return to its roots and use soft porn to pull in a late night audience, well, Desmond owns a whole load of telly porn. Though, possibly none of it soft enough for a terrestrial station.

Desmond stepped in as a bidder for loss-making Five soon after current owners RTL Group formally put the channel up for sale. As previously reported, ITV, Channel 4, BSkyB and various US TV networks were all tipped as possible buyers too. According to The Guardian, Channel 4 and a US firm - either Time Warner or NBC Universal - are all also still in the running, though Desmond is reportedly RTL's favourite buyer, mainly because his acquisition of Five would not require any regulator approval, so could be a quick deal.

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Sky has bought 'The South Bank Show', the iconic arts programme that aired for 33 years on ITV until it was cancelled by their Director Of Television Peter Fincham last year on the basis the programme's makers had made absolutely no effort to incorporate a viewer phone vote into the format, or at the very least to add a weekly slot presented by a former Spice Girl.

The Melvyn Bragg fronted show will now air of Sky Arts, the one entertainment outpost on the satellite telly firm's network that doesn't operate to the "best TV from America meets the very shittest from the UK" formula. The new deal will also see the South Bank Show Awards resurrected, and given a prime time TV airing.

Bragg, who only relatively recently acquired the rights to the 'South Bank Show' name as part of a deal with former ITV chief Michael Grade, apparently told Fincham of his decision to take the programme to Sky yesterday, before announcing to the world: "The South Bank Show lives again".

He later told reporters: "I hope to get the old team together. I just think it's terrific, and that we can continue to have the awards, which is the only one that looks across all the arts, pop music, classical music, comedy, TV drama, ballet, basically what the 'South Bank Show' has been doing. We show what all these people are doing, and put them on screen. Sky Arts are really starting to punch above their weight, increasing their involvement all the time, in live operas, plays, 'The Book Show'. They have a growing footprint".

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Lorna Clarke, formerly Head Of Programmes at 1Xtra and most recently the boss of the BBC's Electric Proms, has been handed a new role as Network Manager for both Radio 2 and the now saved (it seems) BBC 6music.

She will oversee the strategy, finances, and commercial and creative development of the two stations reporting to Radio2/6 controller Bob Shennan, who doesn't sound like he's got much left to do. Although a new role, it takes on a lot of the tasks of the old Radio2/6 MD, Antony Bellekom, who left back in March.

The Electric Proms, which have been streamlined somewhat in the last couple of years, will now be overseen by Radio 2/6 music man Jeff Smith.

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Burglars take note, The Saturdays have been given their own show on ITV2, which will see a camera crew follow them around the country as their promote their music.

You'd think they might reconsider parts of this given the fate befallen by N-Dubz's Tulisa Contostavlos over the weekend, but The Saturdays doc will go ahead following the warbling Top Shop models "in their dressing rooms, at home and on the red carpets". So, three lots of insight for wannabe burglars, assuming there's a good trade in red carpet on the black market these days.

That said, perhaps a rethink won't be necessary, because it seems the show's makers have built in a safety mechanism to ensure all burglars tune out before too many points of entry are shown to the camera. Only the hardest of Saturdays devotees will be able to stick out an entire episode, because, programme makers tell us: "In each episode the girls will burst into song to perform their latest hits".

'Just Can't Get Enough' will launch in the autumn.

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David 'Kid' Jensen, you know, "It's the Network Chart with Nescafe" right? Yes, him. Morning show DJ on Global's Gold network and co-host of the Rick Wakeman Saturday show on Planet Rock. Well, he's become a Freeman of the City Of London.

He was granted the honour in recognition of his charity projects and all his work flogging instant coffee to pop music fans back in the day at a ceremony at The Guildhall in London. I think it means he can now drive his sheep across London Bridge without asking first. How he's managed thus far without that right isn't clear.

The Kid, aged 60, told reporters: "I have always been fascinated by all aspects of the rich and colourful history of the City of London and so this honour is very special and will be treasured by me".

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It's this week's Total Rock World Album Chart, as counted down on Total Rock last weekend - www.totalrock.com. New entries and re-entries marked with a *.

1. AC/DC - Iron Man 2 (Sony)
2. Ozzy Osbourne - Scream (Sony)
3. Train - Save Me, San Francisco (Sony/Columbia)
4. Rolling Stones - Exile On Main Street (Universal)
5. Slash - Slash (Warner/Roadrunner)
6. Nickelback - Dark Horse (Warner/Roadrunner)
7. Muse - The Resistance (Warner Bros)
8. Godsmack - The Oracle (Universal/Republic)
9. Guns N Roses - Greatest Hits (Universal/Geffen)
10. Bullet For My Valentine - Fever (Sony)
11. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Mojo (Warner Bros) *
12. Shinedown - The Sound Of Madness (Warner/Atlantic)
13. Foo Fighters - Greatest Hits (Roswell)
14. Kiss - Sonic Boom (Warner/Roadrunner)
15. Journey - Greatest Hits (Sony)
16. Queen - Absolute Greatest (EMI)*
17. Vince Neil - Tattoos & Tequila (Frontiers)*
18. Daughtry - Leave This Town (Sony/RCA)*
19. Against Me! - White Crosses (Warner Bros)*
20. Stone Temple Pilots - Stone Temple Pilots (Warner/Atlantic)

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That crazy boy David 'Kid' Cameron is considering offering that groovy uncle of the bizness of rock, Master Feargal Sharkey, a seat in the House Of Lords. Well, we all need to sit down from time to time.

According to The Mirror, the Cam man is considering handing the Shark a peerage in recognition of his work supporting the music industry, most recently as the boss of cross-sector trade body UK Music.

If he took the seat, Sharkey would most likely be a 'cross-bencher', ie with no party affiliations, given his personal politics are thought to be somewhat to the left of Cameron. Still, the cross-benchers are where it's all at in the House Of Lords, so that would be a sensible move.

A senior government source told The Mirror: "David Cameron is deeply impressed with Feargal and his knowledge, leadership and commitment when it comes to representing the music business. He would be a welcome addition to the House of Lords or in a role advising the government, although nothing has been finalised yet".

The tab also cites friends of Sharkey who say that, despite his left leaning politics, the one time Undertone would accept a seat in the House Of Lords from Cameron, or a part time job advising the coalition government on music matters, believing it would aid him in his lobbying role for the music biz as UK Music chief.

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Metallica Drummer Lars Ulrich has admitted that allowing a documentary film crew to film the band behind the scenes during the recording of their 2003 'St Anger' album was a mistake. The resulting film, 'Some Kind Of Monster', released in 2004, sees the band hire a therapist to help them work together and gradually descends into a farce of 'Spinal Tap' proportions.

My favourite bits are when Ulrich tells lead guitarist Kirk Hammett that guitar solos are out of fashion and he shouldn't play any on this album (essentially making him redundant) and their group therapy session with former guitarist (and now frontman of Megadeth) Dave Mustaine to discuss how he felt when he was sacked. Oh, and when the therapist tells the band that he's going to leave his family and come to live with them. It's a work of unrivalled genius.

Ulrich told the Sydney Herald Sun last week: "Every time I see Noel Gallagher he quotes lines from that movie back to me. That thing has taken on a life of its own. I had to live that shit for three fucking years! The whole thing was a mindfuck. I am aware a lot of other musicians seem to have lived a lot of those moments. They weren't necessarily stupid enough to film them like we were and share them with the rest of the world".

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