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Grooveshark settle with Merlin
In The Pop Courts
Times pays damages to Hendrix estate over covermount
In The Pop Hospital
Sum 41 man beaten in bar, but still plays gigs
Awards & Contests
NME announces music photography awards
Reunions & Splits
Tyondai Braxton quits Battles
Artist Deals
Skindred sign to BMG Rights Management
Libertine does deal with Power Amp
In The Studio
Mogwai working on new album
Massive Attack producer seeks collaborators
Release News
Caspa and Mr Hudson to release single
Maximo Park frontman announces debut album
Festival News
MIA cuts short Chill set after stage invasion
Festival review: Field Day 2010
The Music Business
BIMM have global plans thanks to investment
The Digital Business
Universal pull videos from MTV.com
Ono says no Beatles download deal imminent
Chart Of The Day
Chart update
And finally...
Halliwell planning Spice Girls v2.0
Robbie weds

Hello there. How are you all? No, please, speak one at a time, I can't understand a word you're saying. Oh, good, well that does sound nice. Me? Oh, I didn't really get up to much. Sat in the park, went to the pub, that sort of thing. Nothing that could reasonably fill a brief introduction to a weekly column, if that's what you're getting at. Let's just move on to looking at what is apparently going to happen this week instead.

01: ThreeWeeks in Edinburgh. The Edinburgh Festival is happening, then. I know this because I read about it in ThreeWeeks. Yes, our sister publication is up there in Scotland covering everything happening at the Fringe, through various outlets, including, of course, the flagship weekly newspaper. You can read the preview edition online here, or if you're up there in Edinburgh, pick one up in venues across the city.

02: ThreeWeeks audio. Of course, words are alright written down, but sometimes you want to use your eyes for other things, like looking where you're going or watching what the neighbours are doing. Don't worry, you can do all that and still know what's happening in Edinburgh. The ThreeWeeks radio show will be on air on Fresh Air every Tuesday and Saturday at 8.30pm until 24 Aug, and then available at www.ThreeWeeks.co.uk the next day via the wonders of MixCloud. You can also listen to the ThreeWeeks podcast every day until 27 Aug. The first one is online now and features poems and a comedy song as well as interviews, so that's exciting, isn't it?

03: Festivals. Edinburgh isn't the only place with a festival, although none of the music festivals happening this week match it in size or scope (sorry music festivals). If you have an aversion to Scotland, here are some festivals you might like to attend this week at very short notice: Summer Sundae, Øya (that one's in Norway), Bloodstock Open Air, Fairport's Cropredy Convention, Croissant Neuf Summer Party and Vintage at Goodwood.

04: New releases. There are some very excellent new albums out this week. Top of the list are Sleigh Bells' debut, 'Treats', which gets its official physical release this week, and Skream's new LP 'Outside The Box', both of which are absolute must-haves. Also on the shelves and well worth a look are 'Kryptonite' by DJ Fresh, 'My So-Called Life' by Venetian Snares and 'Own Side Now' by Caitlin Rose.

05: Gigs. Now, if I was going to go to some gigs, what gigs would I go to this week? Well, I'd probably see Sleigh Bells at The Lexington tonight and head back to the same venue on Thursday to see Housse De Racket. If I missed Sleigh Bells tonight, I might try to catch them playing an in-store at Rough Trade East on Tuesday. Oh, and on Wednesday I'd go and see Edwyn Collins at the 100 Club. I wouldn't try to see him at the Inverness Book Festival on Sunday, though. It's too far away.

Well, there you go. What an exciting week this is shaping up to be. Truly action packed, don't you think. How about we crowbar one more Edinburgh Festival reference in, eh? This week's Powers Of Ten playlist in CMU Weekly will be from Andrew Collins, journalist and broadcaster now turned stand-up comedian, who is performing a show up there at the Fringe.

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Editor, CMU Daily
The new single from Rubicks, 'Is This Love?', is about being in love with someone who is about to die and how that impacts on the relationship and your perception of love. And I can pretty much guarantee that the song you're now imagining is not the one currently blaring out of my speakers. The second single from the band's forthcoming second album 'Rise And Fall Of The Giddy', it's a pulsing, dramatic pop-rock song with a massive chorus that pushes vocalist Vanessa Redd's voice delightfully close to breaking point.

Rubicks released their debut album, 'In Miniature', in 2006 to pretty much universally positive reviews. They returned again last year with the also acclaimed 'Idiot Time' EP, but it's with 'Is This Love?' that they really stand to make their mark, especially if the rest of the new album reaches the same high standard. Released on 30 Aug, the band will official launch the single with a show at Koko in Camden on 14 Aug at a night promoted by The Playground and also featuring Kavinsky, Kap Bambino, autoKratz, Is Tropical and more.


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Popular if slightly rogue-ish US digital music site Grooveshark has reached a licensing deal with Merlin, meaning it will be able to offer legit access to music from the many independent labels represented by the digital rights body.

As much previously reported, Grooveshark is a US-based streaming music service which originally built its catalogue by allowing users to upload content to its servers. Its operators claim their service is legal, and that they operate a takedown system as required by America's Digital Millennium Copyright Act, though some content owners and rival digital music providers beg to differ.

That said, when EMI sued in June 2009 the major eventually reached a licensing deal with Team Grooveshark, and Merlin's dispute with the digital firm over the use of its labels' content has reached the same conclusion. Merlin members will get a payment for the past use of their music on Grooveshark, as well as an ongoing licence fee for future play.

Confirming a deal had been reached, Merlin top man Charles Caldas told CMU: "This is an important deal for Merlin's members, underlining that Merlin exists both to protect its member labels' content and to help create new legitimate revenue streams. Merlin was established not just to protect its members' rights, but also to make life easier for services who want to deal fairly with the thousands of independent labels that make up our membership. We wish Grooveshark all the best going forward and hope that this will be an important reminder to other music services looking to launch soon".

Grooveshark captain Sam Tarantino added: "We are thrilled to be working with Merlin and their extensive roster of artists. We look forward to working closely with Merlin's affiliated labels to provide new promotional opportunities and expanded fan-bases for their artists".

Grooveshark is particularly popular in those territories yet to get Spotify, especially the US, because, like Spot, it offers both an ad-funded free service as well as a premium option.

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Times newspapers will have to pay the Jimi Hendrix estate a reported £150,000 in damages over a covermount CD given away with the Sunday Times back in 2006.

The free CD, given away with the Sunday paper in 2006, featured ten tracks from a live performance by Hendrix and his band recorded at the Albert Hall in 1969. Although the paper licensed the music from what they assumed were legitimate content owners, the Hendrix estate, represented by the company Experience Hendrix, said the CD infringed their copyrights.

Complicating things somewhat, Team Hendrix argued that some of the recordings on the free CD were due to appear in a then in-development concert film and on an accompanying CD, and once the Times disk was out they had to delay that project. They also said they warned the publisher that the CD was not properly licensed ahead of its release in the paper.

The Times, while seemingly conceding their CD supplier may not have properly licensed the music on the disk, claimed that by the time they were made aware of the copyright issue the CD had already been bagged with the Sunday paper's supplements and pulling it at that stage would have been incredibly costly.

Experience Hendrix's lawsuit, filed in 2008, sought damages for the losses incurred by the delay in the film project, and on Friday a High Court judge ruled in their favour. He said that by delaying the Hendrix concert film a year, The Times should pay the guitarist's estate a year's worth of interest on the $5.8 million profit they earned on the movie (and would, in theory, have earned a year earlier had it not been for the covermount).

The two parties are currently working out what that interest payment would have been, though The Guardian reckons it could cost The Times up to £150,000.

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Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley performed a gig this weekend despite doctors advising him to rest after he was assaulted during a pub brawl in Japan last week.

He received treatment for a slipped disc after being set on by three men in a bar, he still took to the stage at Japan's Summersonic festival. A statement from the band said: "Despite doctor's instructions, he has decided to play today's show at Summersonic regardless".

Japanese authorities are reportedly investigating the attack.

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The all new NME Music Photography Awards, which will award people who take good pictures of musical stuff, in partnership with Nikon, will take place later this year, it has been announced. First, though, they need submissions.

The categories are to be split into Live, Portrait, Reportage, Festivals, Age Group 15-17, Age Group 14 and under, and Grand Prix (into which all entries are automatically entered). Professional photographers will also be judged in the Photographer Of The Year and Outstanding Contribution categories.

Entries will be judged by NME photo director Marian Paterson, alongside top music photographers Pennie Smith, Jill Furmanovsky and current NME photographer Dean Chalkley.

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Battles have parted company with frontman Tyondai Braxton. The band do, however, plan to continue without him, and finish work on their second album

In a statement, the band said: "Battles and Tyondai would like to let their fans know they have chosen to follow their own musical paths. Due to Battles' ambitions of finishing their second studio album followed by commitments to a full touring schedule in 2011, and Tyondai's own commitments as a solo artist and his desire not to tour, both Battles and Tyondai have decided to move on without each other. It is a sad but amicable split".

But if this means we get more solo albums from Braxton like last year's 'Central Market' then things are looking up.

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Ragga metallers Skindred have signed a worldwide publishing deal with BMG Rights Management, it has been announced.

The deal covers all songs written by the band to date, as well as their work individually, such as frontman Benji Webbe's co-songwriting credit on Bullet For My Valentine's 'Take It Out On Me'.

Skindred's manager Seven Webster of 7pm Management told CMU: "We are really excited to be working with Tony Moss and the worldwide BMG Rights Management team. After all the recent nominations the band have received at various awards in the last couple of weeks and seeing the band play to around 40,000 people at the weekend at Knebworth it helps highlight the importance of this act as a fast growing global concern and this deal is a key part in our strategy going forwards".

Tony Moss of BMG Rights Management added: "This is a great deal for us as we have nothing like them in the roster - but then I'm not sure there is anyone like them! They're a fantastic band with great songs and a phenomenal fanbase".

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That Carl Barat fella (described as "former Libertines frontman" in the press release, don't know if they know something we don't about the upcoming reunion) has done a deal with music investment types Power Amp Music, who take hard cash off city types and invest it directly into artist projects. Past investees (if there were such a word) include Madness and Charlotte Church.

The half a million deal will fund various Barat solo projects, and will see the investment vehicle share in various revenue streams generated. Says Power Amp top man Tom Bywater: "I am delighted to have agreed this new deal with Carl Barat who is one of the leading talents of his generation. I have great faith in Carl and his excellent management team at Various Artists - strong artist management is critical to Power Amp's 'artist-centric' model, where the managers effectively become CEO's of their artists own company".

David Bianchi of the there mentioned Various Artists Management added: "Of all the new models that are emerging Power Amp Music just made sense to Carl and I. Getting the level of investment needed whilst still being incentivised by earning from all income streams from day one is a no brainer really. The model allows Carl to hold onto all his rights both in terms of copyright and publishing which was very important to him and means we can do short term licence and admin deals in both areas where we see fit".

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Having just released their new live album 'Special Moves' and accompanying film 'Burning' last week, Mogwai have announced that they have begun work on their next studio album.

The band's Stuart Braithwaite told Spinner: "I think it's going to be an interesting record. Quite often, when we go into the studio our songs are nearly written. There's almost a tone of a song, but as the whole band, you haven't realised where it's going".

The album is currently pencilled in for a February release.

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Having worked closely with Massive Attack for the last fifteen years, producing their 1998 album 'Mezzanine', Neil Davidge is now branching out on his own for his first solo album, for which he is seeking collaborators.

Davidge told CMU: "The type of singer or writer I am looking for on this project needs to have the unique qualities of Nina Simone, Liz Fraser, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, PJ Harvey, Joanna Newsom, KD Lang, Kate Bush, or Nick Drake. I am really excited about my debut album just as much as when I started with Massive Attack on the 'Mezzanine' album, we're already talking to some really talented artists but I am also looking forward to finding and working with new talent".

With the album due for release next year, Davidge is accepting submissions from musicians interested in working with him. More information at www.neildavidge.com

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Dubstep producer Caspa and pop type Mr Hudson have announced that they will release a single together on 23 Aug, a new version of Caspa's previously instrumental track 'Back For The First Time', now called 'Love Never Dies'.

According to Tru To Sound, Caspa recently told Zane Lowe on Radio 1: "Normally I'm known for doing remixes so it's probably the biggest tune I've done by myself. I always find it frustrating when there's such a big instrumental around and people go, 'I'll tell you what, let's vocal it because we want to sell more records'. But this was really natural and I was thinking if the vocal overtakes the instrumental, I just don't want it to happen. It was weird because it worked so well, it stayed in my head and I just had to do something with it because it's such a nice track".

You can listen to a snatch of the original version at www.myspace.com/caspadubstep

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Frontman of Maximo Park, Paul Smith, has announced that he will release his debut solo album, entitled 'Margins', on 12 Oct via Billingham Records. The album features members of The Matinee Orchestra and Field Music.

However, this is not Smith turning his back on the band, he stresses: "I'm not 'going solo' - it's not like George Michael leaving Wham!"

Instead, he says, the album came about after he and The Matinee Orchestra's Andy Hodson began to work together in their spare time around four years ago. Smith explained: "After recording about five or six songs over the course of the last few years I realised I was making an album".

You can download a track from the album, 'North Atlantic Drift', right now at www.paulsmithmusic.eu

Here's the album's tracklist, as if it means anything to you:

North Atlantic Drift
The Crush and The Shatter
Strange Friction
While You're In The Bath
This Heat
I Drew You Sleeping
Alone, I Would've Dropped
Dare Not Dive
I Wonder If
Our Lady Of Lourdes
The Tingles

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MIA had to abandon her headline slot at the Big Chill festival on Saturday after a rather dramatic sounding stage invasion. According to reports (our Big Chill reporter is still chilling, so hasn't been able to verify this) some 200 festival-goers invaded the stage while Mathangi was doing her stuff.

Well, I say invaded, the singer did invite her audience up on stage, so I'm not sure that counts as an 'invasion'. But neither MIA nor Big Chill organisers seemingly expected quite so many people to accept the invite.

In a statement later tweeted, organisers said: "A spokesperson for MIA thanked the wonderful audience at the Big Chill for the fantastic reception received and apologised for having to cut the set short due to overwhelming demand for fans to come on stage when only a few were expected".

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London's most eclectic one day music festival returned to the expansive Victoria Park in Hackney, boasting five stages and some seriously eye-catching acts. Field Day has had a reputation in the past for being beset by organisational and technical problems but the good news this year was that the organisers had appeared to make genuine strides to make things better. Facilities had improved and the age-old issue of managing sound in a residential area seemed to have been addressed.

And now on to the bands. Faced with a schedule that spanned several stages and several hours, your humble critic had to choose wisely and make some bold decisions. It would have been simple to assume the headline acts were those to focus on but arriving punctually and checking out the lesser known bands turned out to be a wise choice.

Second on the bill at the Bugged Out tent (the most dance-orientated at the festival) was Golden Filter, a New York based electro duo that cite Saint Etienne and Pink Floyd as influences. Although the tent was only half-full, those who were there were treated to a band quietly creating a buzz for themselves (debut single, 'Solid Gold' is especially impressive).

On the same stage a short while later was Memory Tapes, who I saw at The Luminaire earlier this year. Obvious reference points are New Order but there are also hints of a more blissed-out shoegaze sound. 'Bicycle' remains one of the best tracks of recent years.

If I then said I skipped the great Mancunian indie survivors, The Fall, to check out These New Puritans and No Age on the Adventures In The Beetroot Field stage, I'd expect a few raised eyebrows. However, it was a decision that was vindicated. The former are an Essex-based art-rock outfit whose sound is influenced by myriad diverse genres. The latter, on the other hand, are a Los Angeles-based indie rock band that look to the DIY, underground American bands of the 1980s.

Then followed a quick diversion into the so-small-it's-claustrophobic XOYO Lock Tavern where Toro Y Moi were performing. Their Afro-pop sound immediately marks them in the mind as Vampire Weekend wannabes, but they're impressive in their own right. Certainly the audience jostled for space in a rush to watch them in action. Then finally to the main stage where two of the marquee acts (certainly those I most looked forward to) played back to back.

First, Canadian electro boffin Dan Snaith, aka Caribou, performed the bulk of his most recent album, the wonderful 'Swim', with a more fleshed out band than the record was originally recorded with.

Then came the headliners, Phoenix. It's been a wonderful last twelve months for the French band. Their stunning 2009 album, 'Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix' was the record they'd always threatened to make, effortlessly combining the more dancefloor-orientated sound the experimented with at the start of their career, with the more Strokes-influenced guitar-rock they developed on 2006's 'It's Never Been Like That'.

'Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix' was the band's commercial breakthrough in the US, winning a Grammy this year for Best Alternative Album. Naturally the set was derived mostly from this record, with a couple of nods to previous glories - 'Consolation Prizes', 'Long Distance Call' and 'If I Ever Feel Better'.

I last saw Phoenix in 2005 when they toured the brilliant 'Alphabetical' album. They're clearly a much more confident band now, adept at performing live to thousands (the band even claimed it was possibly the largest audience they'd ever played to) and hearing and watching the likes of 'Lisztomania' and '1901' keeping an audience thoroughly entranced was a great sight indeed. It was a perfect end to what had been a very impressive festival.

We're oversaturated by festivals these days. There's almost one every weekend throughout the summer but few, if any, will rival Field Day in pulling together such a diverse, exciting line-up. KW

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The Brighton Institute of Modern Music has secured £10 million in investment from a venture capital outfit called Sovereign Capital. The investment is part of the Institute's ambition to grow internationally. They currently have bases in Brighton and Bristol.

Confirming the investment, former V2 A&R director Kevin Nixon, one of the Institutes founders and directors, told Music Week: "We have worked very hard making BIMM a success and look forward to developing the college even further based on our original principles. The BIMM ethos will continue and with this investment, we can help more young musicians navigate the music business. From day one, we always felt that BIMM had international potential and this deal is all about unlocking that potential and turning BIMM into a worldwide brand".

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Universal Music has pulled its content from the MTV website (in the US at least), seemingly after licensing talks failed. The major label is now licensing video content to online platforms via Vevo, the video jukebox service it co-owns with Sony Music.

MTV's existing deal with Universal was up for renewal, and this is the first time they'd been negotiating with Team Vevo. Given Vevo and MTV.com compete in some ways, it is possible the former was being more demanding in its negotiations with the latter.

The break down in talks will not affect any of the MTV telly channels, but will also see Universal videos removed from the VH1 and CMT websites. In theory it should also affect the website of the MTV VMAs, though there does still seem to be music by Universal artists on that site. Whether this is the result of a side arrangement or an oversight isn't clear.

Confirming the fall out, a spokesman for MTV told Billboard on Friday: "During our recent discussions with Vevo, we were unable to reach a fair and equitable agreement for rights to stream Universal Music artists' music video content. As a result, Universal has elected to pull their music videos from our web sites. We are disappointed by this move and sincerely hope that Universal will work with us toward a fair resolution and allow their artists to once again connect with the millions of music fans who visit MTV.com, VH1.com and CMT.com every month".

Universal bounced this statement back: "MTV Networks has been unwilling to negotiate a fair syndication deal with Vevo to carry our artists' videos and consequently our videos will not be shown on their online properties. We believe that using Vevo as our online music video syndication platform is the best way to maximise revenue for our artists, our songwriters and ourselves, while bringing our videos to the widest possible audience".

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Yoko Ono has indicated that there is no imminent deal to get the Beatles catalogue onto licensed music platforms, while indicating that issues with market leading download store iTunes may be apart of the delay.

Asked about when the Fab Four's music would properly appear online, Ono said: "[Apple CEO] Steve Jobs has his own idea and he's a brilliant guy [but] there's just an element that we're not very happy about, as people. We are holding out. [So] don't hold your breath ... for anything!"

Paul McCartney has previously indicated that, despite them having past legal disputes over the 'Apple' trademark, the problem wasn't now between Beatles company Apple Corps and iTunes owners Apple Inc. Rather, there were still unresolved issues between Apple Corps and EMI, who together control the band's music. Although Ono didn't really comment on the London-based major in her Reuters interview, her comments imply there are issues outside the Apple Corps/EMI partnership.

She did, however, insist that past tensions between the owners of Apple Corps - her, Olivia Harrison, Ringo Starr and McCartney - were not to blame. She said that any internal fighting was a thing of the past because "we're older and more experienced" now.

Of course, even if no deal can be done over the Beatles digital catalogue, in the next few years many of their songs will be able to appear on European digital services anyway, because - change in copyright law pending - they'll start to come out of copyright.

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Right, charts. What's happening there, then? Well, there's a brand new number one single. How about we start with that?

Okay, the brand new number one single this week is 'Beautiful Monster' by Ne-Yo, a man who enjoys a hat. That's also the only new entry in the top ten, as The Hoosiers just missed out with the first single from their second album, 'Choices', which you'll find at number eleven. Last week's number one, 'All Time Low' by The (Not Really) Wanted (By Anyone) slips down to five, which doesn't show great staying power. It'll be interesting to see where that ends up next week.

The only other brand new entry in the singles chart is 'Gold Dust' by DJ Fresh, whose new album is out this week. That's sitting at 24. Meanwhile, 'Oh No' by Marina & The Diamonds has made its way into the top 40, moving from 50 up to 38 this week. Other than that, nothing notable happened in the singles chart this week, so let's just forget about it and move on.

There's a new number one in the album chart, as well. Arcade Fire hit the top of the UK charts for the first time with their third album, 'The Suburbs'. I've still not listened to it, so I can pass no comment, except that I'm assuming that, good or bad, it will still be a disappointment. A bit like 'Inception', which I still haven't seen, and which I would like very much for people to stop talking about.

Anyway, I digress. Arcade Fire knock Eminem back down to the number two position for the first time since Kylie managed it five weeks ago. We'll see next week if the rapper manages to reclaim the number one spot again, or if his time at the top really is over.

The rest of the album chart is as dull as a big dull thing that no one has ever even bothered to polish. There is one measly new entry in the whole thing, and it's 'Giants' by Chicane at 35. There are some re-entries, though. So, let's look at those. 'Do You Want The Truth Of Something Beautiful' by Paloma Faith is up from 41 to fifteen, 'The Family Jewels' by Marina & The Diamonds is up to 36 from 47, fairing a little better than her new single, and 'Contra' by Vampire Weekend is up to 37 from 56.

The charts are compiled by The Official Chart Company, now using a sales-based system rather than the old system of alphabetical ordering all new releases which gave Abba much of their early success

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Geri Halliwell is reportedly creating a next generation Spice Girls, and has already recruited five young wannabes for the project.

A source has told the News Of The World: "This is very exciting for her. She's been painstakingly putting together the new band. She wants to combine the energy and drive of the Spice Girls. She's been keeping it quiet because she doesn't want to jinx anything but she has told the other girls and they are very supportive".

Geri is apparently currently shopping the idea around record company execs. But on the up side, there's always an outside chance the world might end before one or another label bites.

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Robbie Williams married girlfriend Ayda Field this weekend. Everyone seems to think that Field signed a pre-nup and that she is pregnant. That is all.

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