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Ou Est Le Swimming Pool frontman commits suicide at Pukkelpop
Man commits suicide at Swell Season concert
In The Pop Courts
Lee Ryan accused of assaulting fiancée
N-Dubz drummer found guilty of sexual assault
Download scam group in court next month
Pop Politics
Haitian court says no to Jean's presidential plans, he will appeal
In The Studio
Travis Barker working with hip hop stars on solo album
Patrick Wolf changes album title
Release News
Kid Cudi announces new single
Sufjan Stevens releases new EP
Books News
Ricky Martin autobiography gets November release
Gigs & Tours News
Madonna offered $1 billion Vegas residency
Weezer reveal more about classic album tour plans
Beach House announce UK tour
Album review: Akabu - The Phuture Ain't What It Used To Be (Z Records)
Talks, Debates & Conventions
Speakers lining up for In The City
Brands & Stuff
Coyle latest act to do Tesco exclusivity deal
Chart Of The Day
Chart update
And finally...
West and swift could reunite at VMAs

I finally went to see 'Inception' yesterday, after weeks of not being able to find the time and carefully avoiding all mention of the film by everyone else in the world, you all having seen it at least twice by now. I've done so well, managing to find out almost nothing about it in advance, which I'm quite impressed by. Unfortunately, these skills of avoidance have developed to such a high level now that I managed to go to the wrong cinema, one that wasn't showing 'Inception' at all. So, please, if you see or speak to me in the next week, stay quiet a little longer. Here are some things you could use to occupy yourself while you refrain from spoiling the year's biggest film for me...

01: Popstars in court. This week, George Michael will be in court to answer charges of decimating the Hampstead branch of Snappy Snaps with his car, just the latest of a string of driving offences, while Bez will be in court to be sentenced for assaulting his former girlfriend Monica Ward. Blue's Lee Ryan is up in court on Friday charged with assaulting his fiancée, and N-Dubz drummer Aaron Fagan was convicted of sexual assault last week. You are all bad people (some of you allegedly).

02: Reading and Leeds. Hey, it's Reading and Leeds weekend, that's fun. Or not, I don't know, opinion seems divided. Though to add to the excitement this year, they've booked two bands famed for being unreliable. There's still a nagging twinge of doubt over Guns N Roses' headline slot, despite assurances otherwise, and who knows if The Libertines will bother? (Actually, I'm fairly sure they'll both play, but that's less fun to write).

03: One final ThreeWeeks plug. Hey, it's the last week of the Edinburgh Fringe, which can only mean one thing; yes, it's the final time I will shamelessly plug ThreeWeeks here. Since the beginning of August, our ThreeWeeks team have been covering the world's biggest cultural festival with news, reviews, features and interviews in four editions of a print newspaper, a daily reviews sheet, a daily email bulletin, a daily podcast and a twice-weekly radio show, all in order to cover more of the planet's biggest cultural event than anyone else. It's quite a feat. Find out more at www.ThreeWeeks.co.uk.

04: New releases. It's hard to pick one big release this week, there are so many possibles. Of course, Katy Perry's 'Teenage Dream' is the big pop release, but there's also the return of Klaxons and !!!, plus the new live album and DVD from Mogwai to consider. And let's not forget Caspa and Mr Hudson's 'Love Never Dies', which entered the chart on Sunday, but gets its official release this week. And I haven't even mentioned Efterklang's Leaf Label re-issues, Tracey Thorn's remix EP, or the new Minus The Bear album yet.

05: Gigs. Well, of course, the gig everyone's talking about this week is the first Libertines reunion show at The Forum - you're either desperately wishing you could get a ticket or professing loudly to anyone who will listen that you'll be giving Kentish Town a wide berth on Wednesday night. You could also be checking out Bad Religion in London and Manchester, Eels in Glasgow and Birmingham, Saint Saviour in London for Thursday's GustoGig, or Warpaint at CAMP Basement in London, also on Thursday.

You can read more ramblings from my brain in this week's CMU Weekly on Friday, but not here in the Daily again next week, as it's a bank holiday. There will be no Daily at all that day. In fact, there will be no Daily on Tuesday next week, either. But we'll be back in full force on Wednesday 1 Sep and you'll get your next Five Day Forecast in two weeks' time.

Andy Malt
Editor, CMU Daily
Sub Pop has caught up with the modern age and released its catalogue digitally through Amazon, dropping the price of all albums to £4.99 until the end of September. The releases stretch right back to the early days of the label, with classics from the likes of Green River, Tad and, of course, Nirvana. As well as that, the label has put together a free 22 track compilation, entitled 'Digital Bang', which is also available through the site.

Contained with 'Digital Bang' are 20 tracks, from acts new and old, musical and comedic. Amongst them are Nirvana, Pissed Jeans, Iron & Wine, The Postal Service, David Cross, Band Of Horses, The Shins, The Vaselines, Flight Of The Conchords, Male Bonding, Dum Dum Girls and more. Did I mention it's free? Oh, I did. Well, no harm in reminding you, is there? If you can't find something you like amongst the tracks on offer, I think I'm going to start to wonder if we can still be friends.


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Ou Est Le Swimming Pool frontman Charles Haddon committed suicide at the Pukkelpop festival in Belgium last week. He was 22.

The news was confirmed by Eddy Temple-Morris during his Xfm show on Friday night. As rumours of Haddon's death began to fly on Twitter, Temple-Morris sent a text message to the band's Joe Hutchinson, hoping to put an end to a hoax, but received the reply: "He killed himself early this evening after playing the best gig of his life to 5000 people".

An official statement published on the band's MySpace page the following day officially confirmed the news to fans, saying: "We are all so deeply saddened to confirm that our friend Charlie Haddon passed away yesterday, Friday 20 Aug".

According to reports, after the band's Friday afternoon performance, Haddon jumped from a satellite communications mast in the artists' parking area of the festival.

A statement on the Pukkelpop website reads: "After performing with his band Ou Est Le Swimming Pool, singer Charles Haddon decided to take his own life. Our thoughts and sympathies go out to his family and friends".

Ou Est Le Swimming Pool formed in 2009 in Camden and have released three singles to date, including their popular debut 'Dance The Way I Feel'. Following a number of festival dates and an Australian tour, the band were due to release their debut album, 'The Golden Years', and tour the UK in October. You can read CMU's Same Six Questions interview with Charles Haddon here.

Former frontman of 80s band The Call, Michael Been, also died at the festival. The father of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club frontman Robert Levon Been and a sound engineer for the band, he died after suffering a heart attack at the festival on Thursday.

The Call formed in 1980 and released eight albums between 1982 and 2000, before going on hiatus. Been also released a solo album in 1994 and appeared in a number of films, including Martin Scorsese's 'The Last Temptation Of Christ'.

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A man jumped to his death onto the stage at a Swell Season concert last Thursday in an apparent suicide.

The band, formed by frontman of The Frames Glen Hansard and Czech pianist Marketa Irglova, were performing at the Mountain Winery amphitheatre in Saratoga, California. According to witnesses, the man - named on Friday by the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office as 32 year old Michael Pickels from San Jose - climbed up onto the roof of the stage as the band were finishing a song. He then ran, jumped and fell around 30 feet to the stage, landing near Hansard.

One witness told SF Weekly: "Glen was joking about his new guitar player, poking fun at one of his songs, when a body shot down from above and slammed downstage left. The guy fell like a dead weight, not flailing, not screaming, just hitting the stage hard and bouncing from the impact. Even Glen didn't know what it was until he stood over it and realised a man had just launched himself from the top of the stone church-like building at the back of the stage".

Attempts were made to resuscitate Pickels, but he was pronounced dead shortly afterwards by a doctor who had been in the audience.

In a statement, the band expressed sadness for the death, but said they would continue their current US tour as planned: "The band, crew and all involved with them are shocked and saddened by the death that occurred at the 19 Aug show. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the deceased, his family and friends. Making and performing music is what the band has always done in good times and in bad. Our hope is that in this communal experience tonight [20 Aug] we can somehow help our own grieving process after what we just witnessed. The show will most certainly be different than any other we have ever played".

The statement added: "We wish to continue to be sensitive to family and friends of this individual and hope that in performing it is not viewed as a selfish act. We have not come to this decision lightly. We continue to have them at the forefront of our minds and hearts".

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Singer Lee Ryan was arrested last week and charged with common assault after allegedly punching his fiancée Samantha Millar, police have confirmed. The attack is said to have taken place while the couple were in a car in London's West End last Wednesday.

A spokesman for Ryan told the BBC: "Lee 100% denies common assault. He will be fighting theses charges in court".

The Blue member and solo artist will appear at the City Of Westminster Magistrates Court on Friday.

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N-Dubz's tour drummer Aaron Fagan has been found guilty of sexually assaulting two students at Strathclyde University in Glasgow last October. As previously reported, Fagan was in Glasgow with his bandmates for the MOBO Awards, and the group seemingly held their after show party at the university's students' union.

At an earlier hearing in July one of the victims told Glasgow Sheriff Court: "He asked if I wanted to go to an N-Dubz after party. He then put his arms over our shoulders and started leading us up the stairway. As we were climbing the stairs he took his hand away from my neck and put it on my bottom and started grabbing at it. We carried on climbing the stairs and he hit my friend on the bum, too. He then moved round behind me and with both arms reaching round from behind, started to grab my breasts".

Giving evidence at the trial himself, Fagan admitted that he is like "honey to a swarm of bees" when it comes to the band's female fans, but added that he would not have done something like this in Glasgow, which he said was "hardly a haven for models". Hmm, not always wise to diss the entire female population of Glasgow while facing charges in a Glasgow court room. He went on to claim his accusers had invented their account of events after one of the band's reps had called them "mingers" and refused them entry to the party.

However, handing down the guilty verdict Sheriff Joanna Johnston told Fagan: "I do not accept your account of events and I consider that you said what you did to try to avoid responsibility for your actions".

Leaving the dock, Fagan shouted: "This wasn't justice today!" Later, outside the court, he told reporters: "I'm a black man and I have been tried by a white jury. It's pretty clear what happened in that court and it's the opposite of justice. I've been convicted with no evidence, no CCTV or anything ... Tell me how many people could have been convicted for squeezing a girl's arse, nearly every guy could be up for that".

Fagan, who was not tried by jury, white or otherwise, will now be placed on the sex offenders register.

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Twelve people accused of involvement in an elaborate money laundering scam whereby they uploaded songs to legit download sites, including iTunes and Amazon MP3, and then bought them with stolen or cloned credit cards thus generating royalties for themselves (and, they hoped, nicely cleaned stolen loot) are due to begin their trial in London next month.

As previously reported, the group, who all hail from around the UK, though mainly Wolverhampton, were arrested in June last year in a joint operation between the Metropolitan Police and the FBI. Eight men aged between nineteen and 24 are accused of uploading around 20 tunes they'd produced to the digital music stores. They then went online using 1500 different stolen credit cards and bought their own music, spending over £450,000, and earning themselves £200,000 in royalties.

Four others will face charges related to the scam. The trial is due to begin at the City Of Westminster Magistrates' Court on 15 Sep.

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Wyclef Jean has said he will appeal a court ruling made late last week that banned him from running for the presidency of his home country Haiti.

As previously reported, Jean announced earlier this month his intent to run in the upcoming Haitian elections. However, his plans to stand needed court approval because the former Fugee does not pass requirements in the country's constitution regarding presidential candidates, mainly regarding citizenship and being resident in Haiti for five years before running. Being a US citizen and being mainly based in America also went against him.

The musician argued that his past work representing Haiti on the international stage should allow him to circumvent the constitutional requirements to stand, but last week the relevant court in Haiti - the 'election board' - disagreed and blocked his application to stand.

Jean confirmed to the Associated Press this weekend that his lawyers were preparing to appeal that ruling. He added that he was convinced his legal case for being able to stand was sound, and that last week's court ruling was politically motivated. He also argued that it was wrong of the election board to rule on his plans to stand on Friday before the country's National Electoral Dispute Office had ruled on the residency issue.

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Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker is reportedly working with a host of hip hop stars for his first solo album.

According to XXL, the album will feature Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne, RZA, Drake, TI, The Game, Pharrell Williams, Lupe Fiasco, Rick Ross, Bun, B, Beanie Sigel, Clipse, Yelawolf, The Cool Kids and more.

The as-yet-untitled album is reportedly set for release in October.

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Patrick Wolf has dropped 'The Conqueror' as the title of his currently-in-production new album, as the focus of the record has changed since it was originally announced last year.

As previously reported, 'The Conqueror' and Wolf's 2009 album, 'The Bachelor', were originally planned to be released together as a two-disc set, though he later decided to release them separately. The release of 'The Bachelor' was funded by £100,000 raised from fans via Bandstocks.

Wolf told fans via Twitter on Friday: "'The Conqueror' is no more the album title. I've grown up a lot from that battle aggression. Ideas of empathy are more important right now".

The musician also revealed last month that he had completed the first track for the album.

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Kid Cudi will release the first single from his second album next month. Entitled 'Erase Me', it also features guest vocals from the boss of his record label, GOOD Music, that Kanye West fella.

'Erase Me' will be released on 13 Sep, ahead of new album 'Man On The Moon 2: The Legend Of Mr Rager' on 25 Oct. The album also features collaborations with Best Coast's Beth Cosentino and Vampire Weekend's Rostram Batmanglij.

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Asthmatic Kitty Records last Friday released a new EP by Sufjan Stevens. Entitled 'All Delighted People', it features eight new tracks, including two versions of the title track, and is available through Stevens' Bandcamp page for $5.

The EP is also available through traditional download stores from today, and will be released on CD and vinyl later in the year.

Download it here: sufjanstevens.bandcamp.com


All Delighted People (Original Version)
Enchanting Ghost
From The Mouth Of Gabriel
The Owl And The Tanager
All Delighted People (Classic Rock Version)

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Ricky Martin's autobiography, 'Me', will hit stores on 2 Nov, it has been announced. As previously reported, the singer announced that he was writing the book in March, at the same time as confirming that he is gay.

In a statement, Martin said: "Writing this book allowed me to explore the different paths and experiences that have led me to be who I am today. I've had to tie up loose ends that I'd never attempted to tie up before, to work deeply into memories that were already erased from my mind".

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Madonna is reportedly in talks with promoters to sign up to a five year residency in Las Vegas, which could earn her $1 billion.

It's not clear which venue in the US city she is talking to, though it is likely to be the Caesars Palace hotel and casino. Cher is currently due to finish a three year residency at the venue next year, while Elton John completed at five year stint in 2009 and Stevie Nicks a three year run in 2007. Celine Dion's five year residency at Caesars Palace, also completed in 2007, reportedly drew almost three million people to see 717 performances. So successful was it, the Dion will return for another three year run in 2011. However, it's thought the Madonna could surpass Dion's success.

If Madonna agrees the deal, it would also make her the third highest paid female entertainer in the world, after Oprah Winfrey and Martha Stewart.

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Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo has revealed that the band are hoping to perform both of their first two albums live in their entirety.

As previously reported, bassist Brian Bell told Rock Sound last week: "We have a reissue of 'Pinkerton' coming out with new packaging and, I'm praying, a 'Pinkerton' tour, where we'll play all the songs off 'Pinkerton'".

However, speaking to MTV News, Cuomo said that the plans are even more exciting than that: "We have this really exciting idea to do a tour where we spend two nights in each city, and the first night, we play the entire 'Blue' album, and the second night, we play the entirety of 'Pinkerton'. We're just running it by promoters right now to see if there's sufficient interest in the markets to do something like that, and if they're on board, it's gonna happen".

Any promoter who doesn't think this is a good idea is an idiot.

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Beach House are playing in the UK in November. That's nice, isn't it?

Tour dates:

19 Nov: Manchester, Cathedral
20 Nov: Glasgow, Oran Mor
23 Nov: London, Shepherds Bush Empire
24 Nov: Bristol, Trinity
25 Nov: Brighton, Concorde 2

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ALBUM REVIEW: Akabu - The Phuture Ain't What It Used To Be (Z Records)
Akabu is yet another moniker for Dave Lee, aka Joey Negro or Sessamato or Raven Maize or Jakatta or Doug Willis, amongst others. This UK-based producer's music output is as prolific as his range of names, and he was arguably responsible for giving us the genre of disco house. I've seen him perform live with his Sunburst Band and take to the decks to DJ, and in both guises he impresses.

So, needless to say, I had high expectations for this album. To be honest, on first listen they really weren't met. And while it has improved with repeat listening - some of these tracks are definitely growers - this album is still a bit of a mixed bag.

It's at its best when Lee is taking us into the old school. In that vein, 'Crystalised' is awesome, with its nasty acid tweaks, thumping beat and moody vocals. The nice and spacious 'Little Bit Of Kaos' is also a great track, even if the intro is rather long, while the beatsy, minimal 'Hi Jaxx' is definitely worth checking out. Elsewhere, 'Another World' is classy, with its John Barry-esque sweeping vibe, and 'Another Generation' is ubercool - with plenty of little acid tweaks and beats that make this the stand out track for me.

But in amongst that lot there's some more average stuff. 'You Want It All' falls into this category. 'Behind Whe Mask' is a little tad drab, while 'Heatwave On Mars' is a touch bland. So, enough good stuff to ensure the Dave Lee brand - in all its incarnations - is capable of still impressing, though not enough good stuff to make this long player stand out. PV

Release date: 11 Oct
Press contact: Maoris

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Organisers of In The City have announced details of some more speakers who will appear at this year's event. First up, REM's attorney and manager Bertis Downs will be chatting to former Warner Music boss Rob Dickins.

REM, of course, have had a long relationship with Warner Music, and Dickins headed up the major's UK division during the band's hey day in the 1990s. Downs will be talking about what it's like to manage a major band on the worldwide stage, and about how the role of artist manager has changed and is still changing.

Elsewhere O2's music sponsorship boss Jasmine Skee, artist manager John Arnison, TAG Strategic's Ted Cohen and Stormcrowd's Steve Machin will all speak too.

In The City runs from 13-15 Oct in Manchester. More at www.inthecity.co.uk.

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Nadine Coyle is the latest singer to enter into an exclusivity deal with Tesco. Following on from Simply Red and Faithless, the Girl Aloud will make her debut solo album available exclusively via the supermarket giant. Coyle had originally been working with Universal Music on her solo debut, but sources say she opted for a deal with the retail firm instead because they were happy to leave her and her management to sort out the creative side of the venture.

The Mirror quotes a source as follows: "Being able to work on the music that she wants was the main reason for going with Tesco. She's decided who she's wanted to work with from the start. She's in control of every single decision - from the writers, the producers and the collaborators - and wants to produce her dream album. She didn't want to be a puppet for a record company".

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The club can't handle Flo Rida - that has been well established - but it seems the number one position can't handle him either, as it's spat him back down to number three after just one week. Replacing him are Roll Deep, with their second number one single in a row, having fought a close battle with Eminem and Rihanna's 'Love The Way You Lie', which is at number two.

As well as being the highest new entry in the chart, Roll Deep's 'Green Light' is also the only new entry in the top ten, as Chase & Status just missed out, getting to number eleven with 'Let You Go'. After them, Inna comes in at fourteen with 'Amazing', leaping up from last week's 176, One Night Only are in at 23 with 'Say You Don't Want It' (I don't). Mr Hudson and Caspa's 'Love Never Dies' just misses out on the top 40, coming in at 42. However, I wouldn't write it off just yet; I'm expecting to see a rise to the top ten in the next week.

In the album chart, Eminem continues to yo-yo back and forth from the number one position. Having reclaimed it again from Arcade Fire last week, he rapper has been knocked back down to number two by Iron Maiden, with their fifteenth studio album, 'The Final Frontier'. Below those two, The Saturdays' new mini-album 'Headlines' comes up brand new at three, while The Hoosiers are new at ten, with 'The Illusion Of Safety'.

Also new in the top 40 this week are David Gray with 'Foundling' at eighteen, Isobel Cameron & Mark Lanegan at 29 with 'Hawk', and former Razorlight drummer Andy Burrows at 38 with his debut solo album as I Am Arrows, 'Sun Comes Up Again', at 38. Also re-entering the chart are Bullet For My Valentine, whose 'Fever' album is at 34 this week, up from 91.

The trampoline Eminem seems to have got himself onto was placed underneath him by The Official Charts Company

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Kanye West and Taylor Swift could be reunited at this year's MTV VMAs, a year after the rapper hijacked the singer's acceptance speech for the Best Female Video award to tell the assembled audience that Beyonce's 'Single Ladies' video was actually better. This year's host, comedian Chelsea Handler, is hoping to get the pair back together on more friendly terms.

Handler told Ryan Seacrest on his KIIS-FM radio show: "I want to go and film some ridiculous stuff and see if Kanye, if we can do something with Kanye, because I always talk about Kanye, so he seems like he'd be in on the fun. I'd like to get [West and Swift] together. We've never really seen them together since [last year's VMAs]. They were supposed to be together on 'Saturday Night Live' but then that didn't end up happening. We'll try to think of something clever to do with them, because that would be really fun. We just had our first couple of meetings [with West in] the last couple of weeks, and then we'll figure out a plan".

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