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TODAY'S NEWS
Top Stories
Digital Economy Act goes to judicial review
Items stolen from Slipknot bassist's grave
In The Pop Courts
Black Rebel fined over eye injury accident
In The Pop Hospital
Rafferty hospitalised with kidney failure
Reunions & Splits
Mini Viva split
Release News
Jackson associates say new material is real
My Chemical Romance shelved "boring" album
Gigs & Tours News
Rodrigo y Gabriela to stream album performance tonight
NME Awards 2011 tour line-up and dates announced
Carl Barât announces Feb 2011 tour
Reviews
EP review: The Radio Dept - Never Follow Suit (Labrador)
The Music Business
HMV, vote of confidence from Russian billionaire, new trademark for possible fashionable future
UK Music and MMF to present to select committee review of government support for industry
Warner takes complete ownership of Roadrunner
The Digital Business
Sainsburys set to launch download store
The Media Business
Nearly a 1000 complaints over X-Factor vote
And finally...
Michaels denies fling with Miley's mum
Pink possibly pregnant
Richards hits critical reviewer
West v Swift to get porn treatment


 
THURSDAY 11TH NOVEMBER
THE CONCRETES
Formed in 1995 by Victoria Bergsman, Maria Eriksson and Lisa Milberg, The Concretes released their eponymous debut in 2004, having by then grown to an eight-piece band. When Bergsman left the group after the release of their second album, 'In Colour', in 2006, Milberg took over her position as lead singer. Their fourth album, 'WYWH', released this week, sees the band move away from their trademark indie-pop sound and take on disco. With a five date UK tour lined up for next month as well, we caught up with Milberg to ask the Same Six.

 
Q1 How did you start out making music?
Me and Maria wrote terrible songs on her mother's piano when we were kids. And then one day, when I was maybe sixteen, I fell in love with the drums, sat down behind the drum kit and played it very, very, very quietly.

Q2 What inspired your latest album?
The Bee Gees, Alessi Brothers, Frida from ABBA. The Rolling Stones, R Kelly, Womack & Womack. Marilyn Monroe's bottle of sleeping pills, the desert, summer nights. Dennis Wilson and his t-shirt's shade of blue. The sea, the punchy French snare drum, Bill Wither's bass player. Love and loss and longing. A poem by Philip Larkin called 'Love Songs In Age'.

Q3 What process do you go through in creating a track?
That depends on the track. Some I just find lying around in my mouth, others I have to lure out like you do with a cat; pretend you don't care and wait for it to come to you and snuggle up against your legs. Others still I have to take serious action to finish. I find myself doing things in my life I probably wouldn't have done if it wasn't for the sake of the chorus.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
Too many to mention. Usually in a fairly abstract sense though. I'll write a song that I want Maria in Joan Didion's book 'Play It As It Lays' to listen to. Or I will hear something and love it but if we tried to echo it I'd hate it. It's usually just about a feeling or a pace or a word or something even harder to pin down.

Having said that, I think Jim James from My Morning Jacket is a genius. He sings like an angel and is constantly pushing himself in new musical directions. Sometimes too far (listen to 'Highly Suspicious' off their last album) but that's the beauty of it. Our song 'Good Evening' is an ode to their song 'Touch Me I'm Going To Scream Part Two'. Sexual frustration bottled up in disco. So that's a pretty straightforward influence right there.

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
Nothing. Why would I talk during?

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest album, and for the future?
Ambitions are always the same. Make the best record ever. Or at least get said what I want said in the way I want it said. And stay on the line that I've painted.

MORE>> theconcretes.tumblr.com
 
FLORRIE - INTRODUCING EP
We last featured Florrie in the Approved column back in February, when she officially launched herself with a free download of the Fred Falke remix of her track, 'Call 911'. Now the 'drummer in Xenomania's house band turned pop star in her own right' is back with her debut EP, 'Introducing', following a string of low-key single track releases throughout the year.

 
As with everything she's released so far, it shows someone who could genuinely make a big mark on pop. The fact that she's chosen to remain independent (brushing off major label contracts left, right and centre, if her website is to be believed) is an interesting case study in building a fanbase and managing its growth before fully launching, particularly if she does eventually hit it big with a major.

'Introducing' is available as a free download from her website, or on iTunes, should you wish to bung her a little cash. A twelve-inch release is also planned.

florrie.com


 
  DOMINO RECORDING COMPANY - INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS MANAGER
Domino Recordings, home to some of the most exciting music around today including Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand, is seeking an International Promotions Manager. The successful candidate would be responsible for all aspects of international promotion including press, radio and TV for the whole label roster - working closely with our international partners and sometimes directly with the int'l media. Minimum two years experience with artists, managers, record labels and international media is required. The position is based in our London office.

Applicants should send their CV and cover letter to: internationalpromotions@dominorecordco.com
       
  THE ZEITGEIST AGENCY - SENIOR ACCOUNT MANAGER/DIGITAL MANAGER
The Zeitgeist Agency are flying. We are a fully integrated communications agency representing premium brands, festivals and artists and we need some help with the most exciting campaigns in music.

Are you the best?
We want the best...
Not the most experienced. Not the coolest. Not the most intelligent.
Just the best.

You need to be bursting with ideas, have unrivalled contacts, work your heart out and always be the last person standing. If you think you fit the bill for either of these roles then we want to hear from you. You have 200 words to impress. Please use them wisely and email paulkennedy@thezeitgeistagency.com
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DIGITAL ECONOMY ACT GOES TO JUDICIAL REVIEW
BT and TalkTalk's bid to take the Digital Economy Act to judicial review took a step forward yesterday when High Court judge Gary 'The Guy' Hickinbottom - no, I'm not going to start that - when Mr Justice Hickinbottom ruled that the two internet service providers had at least three sufficiently strong arguments as to why the controversial legislation should indeed be reviewed.

The net firms announced that they would take the DEA to judicial review back in July on the basis the new act, and in particular its copyright provisions, contravened various bits of European law, a fact parliamentarians had failed to consider - they argued - because of the way the last government rushed the legislation through the houses of Lords and Commons in a bid to ensure the bill became law before the General Election.

Hickinbottom said yesterday that the ISPs' claims that the DEA does not comply with European privacy laws or e-commerce rules, and that the Labour government failed to give the European Commission sufficient time to scrutinise the bill, are all worthy of consideration in court. He's still to say whether he'll let BT and TalkTalk's final claim, that the DEA infringes European free movement and human rights laws, be discussed.

Many key players in the internet service provider sector, most notably TalkTalk, have long let it be known they have no interest in getting involved in policing copyright infringement online. The DEA, of course, will force net firms to send warning letters to any of their customers who are believed by the content industries to be illegally file-sharing, and to then suspend the net access of those users who fail to heed the warnings.

As a general rule, under the British constitution parliament can do pretty much whatever it likes, but the courts may review its legislation in certain circumstances, mainly to do with conflicts between new laws and existing human rights legislation or commitments to the European Union.

Hickinbottom will most likely look to the European courts for guidance when the DEA goes before judicial review, probably next February. Though previously the European courts have been keen to leave it to national legislators and courts to navigate the tricky task of balancing the IP rights of content owners with the privacy rights of the world at large. Attempts in European circles to pass new legislation that specially forbids three-strikes style anti-piracy systems have been unsuccessful.

Although the DEA was a creation of the last Labour government, the new ConDem coalition continues to back the new law, with the government's Department For Business, Innovation And Skills telling The Guardian yesterday: "The government believes the Digital Economy Act is consistent with EU legislation and contains sufficient safeguards to protect the rights of consumers and internet service providers. The Digital Economy Act sets out to protect our creative economy from the threat of online copyright infringement, which industry estimates costs them £400m a year".

Prior the General Election, Lib Dem chief and current Deputy Prime Minister Nicky 'U-turn' Clegg said the DEA "badly needs to be repealed and the issues revisited", adding that a Lib Dem government would "take it off the statute book and replace with something better". All of which obviously means he now thinks the DEA is fantastic, and probably the greatest bit of legislation he's ever seen.

Needless to say, TalkTalk welcomed the news that its call for a judicial review of the DEA had been answered positively. The company's regulation man Andrew Heaney told reporters: "The provisions to try to reduce illegal file-sharing are unfair, won't work and will potentially result in millions of innocent customers who have broken no law suffering and having their privacy invaded. [This review] will properly assess whether the act is legal and justifiable, ensuring all parties have certainty on the law before proceeding".

On the other side of the equation, a spokesman for record label trade body the BPI, who lobbied hardest for the three-strikes provisions to be included in the DEA, told CMU: "Rightsholders, ISPs and government all agree that urgent action is needed to tackle online copyright infringement. Parliament enacted the Digital Economy Act to encourage innovation on the internet and to protect jobs in the creative industries, which are a key area of growth for the economy. It's disappointing that a couple of ISPs are trying to frustrate this and resist any action being taken to reduce illegal file-sharing on their networks".

He continued: "All that the court has done today is to allow BT and Talk Talk's legal challenge to go to a full hearing. We continue to believe that their case is misconceived and will fail. The Act remains in full force and we will continue to work with government, Ofcom and other stakeholders to implement it".

OfCom is believed to be close to finishing its report on how the three-strikes system enabled by the DEA should actually operate, a first draft of which was published earlier this year. It was originally thought that warning letters could start to be sent out as early as next January, though most now reckon that process will be held off until after the judicial review in February, further delaying the launch of three-strikes in the UK.

In sort of related news, parliament's Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee has announced it will review issues surrounding the protection of intellectual property rights online, including the new anti-piracy system put in place by the DEA. The Committee has invited written submissions on the issue from interested parties, which should be sent to chair John Whittingdale by 5 Jan.

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ITEMS STOLEN FROM SLIPKNOT BASSIST'S GRAVE
Slipknot have revealed that items left at the grave of bassist Paul Gray have been stolen.

In a statement issued on the band's website earlier this week, they said: "In a very upsetting turn of events we have learned that some gifts left for Paul at his grave site have been stolen. There were statues of a gargoyle as well as a Buddha that were placed at Paul's grave by his friends and family that were taken".

The band called on the thieves to return the items, and called on fans to come forward with any information they might have on the stolen knick-knacks

As previously reported, Gray's body was found at the Town Plaza Hotel in the Iowa city of Des Moines, where Slipknot were based, on 24 May by a member of hotel staff. The remaining members of the band later held an emotional press conference minus their trademark masks. Toxicology test results following a post mortem found that he died from an accidental overdose of morphine and fentanyl, a synthetic morphine substitute.

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BLACK REBEL FINED OVER EYE INJURY ACCIDENT
Robert Levon Been of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club has reportedly been fined 18,500 euros and given a three month suspended sentence in Germany after he accidently injured a fan at a gig in Munich back in May.

Been threw a water bottle from the stage across his audience at the gig, seemingly hoping it would land in a bin. But he missed - possibly because he reportedly threw the bottle over his shoulder - and instead the water container hit a 46 year old fan who suffered considerable damage to his eye. To make matters worse, the fan had already undergone a retinal transplant on the same eye when he was younger.

In the German court, Been said that he was very sorry for what had happened and added that he had already offered to cover any and all costs associated with his fan's injury.

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RAFFERTY HOSPITALISED WITH KIDNEY FAILURE
Gerry Rafferty, best known for his 1978 hit 'Baker Street' of course, has been hospitalised in Bournemouth, where he now lives, following sudden kidney failure last week, it has been reported.

According to Rafferty's fiancée Enzina Fuschini, doctors informed her that he stood little chance of survival and switched off his life support machine. However, his condition then began improving and it is now hoped that he can be transferred to a London hospital for specialist treatment.

Fuschini told reporters: "Gerry is my best friend. He's strong and I'm praying he pulls through".

As previously reported, in February 2009 it was revealed that Rafferty, who has struggled with alcoholism for many years, had disappeared from St Thomas's Hospital in London where he was being treated for a liver failure that had occurred six months previously. Initially it was feared that he had died, though as rumours began to circulate, Rafferty released a statement announcing that he was alive and well and living in Italy.

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MINI VIVA SPLIT
Pop duo Mini Viva, put together by pop production house Xenomania in 2008, have announced that they have split up. The duo reached the top ten with their debut single, 'Left My Heart In Tokyo', though two follow-up singles have both failed to crack the Top 40.

Yesterday, one half of the group, Britt Love, told fans: "First off all we would like to apologise for not being able to tell you sooner what was going on with Mini Viva. It was something we had to decide for ourselves first and of course it was a big decision. Both of us felt like the time was up for Mini Viva. We had tried so much and so had everyone who was supporting us. But sometimes things just don't work out the way you would like them to".

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JACKSON ASSOCIATES SAY NEW MATERIAL IS REAL
One of the producers involved in the new Michael Jackson album, and a former manager of the late king of pop, have both said they are 100% certain it is Jacko's vocals that appear on his new single 'Breaking News'.

As previously reported, some members of the Jackson family have raised doubts as to whether every song on the upcoming posthumous Jacko album 'Michael', including the first-to-be-aired track 'Breaking News', really contain vocals recorded by the late singer. The album brings together various songs the pop king had been working on in the years before his death, most finished off by producers and past collaborators since his passing.

It was nephews of Michael Jackson who first expressed doubts about the authenticity of 'Breaking News' via Twitter last weekend, while one of his brothers, Jackie, also expressed albeit more vague concerns about the new album. He also claimed John McClain, the record industry veteran who is a co-executor of the Michael Jackson estate, shared his concerns.

But Sony-owned label Epic, which is releasing the new Jackson album, insists that all vocals that will appear on the long player, including those in 'Breaking News', are 100% genuine. And producer Teddy Riley, a frequent collaborator with Jacko who has been involved in the making of the new album, says he is just as certain.

Speaking to the Associated Press, Riley said: "When I heard these songs, my heart cried hearing Michael again in good spirits. The vocals sounded very polished, very on key and processed. I have no doubts that these are Michael's vocals". He added that most of the Jackson family had been supportive of his work on 'Michael', concluding that: "I did what Michael would expect of me with the tools I had to work with. This is his legacy, let it live".

Meanwhile Frank Dileo, a former manager of Jackson who had started working with the singer again before his untimely death, says he spoke to Jacko while he was working with producers Eddie Cascio and James Porte back in 2007 on the sessions that have been used in 'Breaking News'.

He told reporters: "I spoke to Michael by telephone at the Cascios' home studio several times while he was recording with them, and he was excited and enthused by the music and the experience. While listening to the tracks, especially the ones not heard by the general public, you can hear that he was having a great time!"

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MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE SHELVED "BORING" ALBUM
My Chemical Romance have revealed that they came very close to releasing a follow-up to their 'Black Parade' album in 2008, but shelved the whole project at the last minute on the grounds that it was "boring".

Bassist Mikey Way explained to BBC Newsbeat: "We'd done interviews and photo-shoots, the singles were picked, we were booking shows - we were ready to go..."

"But", frontman Gerard Way added, "something didn't feel right. It was a record that went against everything about the band that was great. Which was like having ambition, being ambitious, being visual, being artists, being excited, being free, reckless and rock n roll. That stuff was gone and what was in its place was really boring".

As for why this had happened, Gerard said: "We were just a pretty damaged band. It wasn't damage between us - it was just we had toured too long, we'd over-worked, we'd over-shot in a lot of ways. Over exposed. We didn't have a semblance of real life at all. At that point Frank [Lero, guitarist] was the only one with a home and he never saw it. None of us had homes. None of us could drive a car anymore. None of us could do anything for ourselves. It had just ground down to dust by a billion and one things".

Having scrapped "probably 28 songs", the band re-evaluated the way they worked, said Gerard: "Before, no one wanted to be a complainer so we'd always work so hard. Now, it's like we've all told each other if something is too much just raise a flag. While we were making 'Danger Days' there was a couple of moments where I said, 'I have to go home today'".

My Chemical Romance's fourth album, 'Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys' is due for release on 22 Nov.

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RODRIGO Y GABRIELA TO STREAM ALBUM PERFORMANCE TONIGHT
Rodrigo y Gabriela will stream a special live performance of their '11:11' album from a secret location in Dublin via video website MUZU tonight. The event, if you hadn't already spotted, is timed to coincide with today's date, 11/11.

The show will begin at 8pm UK time and will be interactive, with fans able to join in with a live chat with the duo as well as watching them play. Head to www.muzu.tv/rodygab for more information and to tune in.

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NME AWARDS 2011 TOUR LINE-UP AND DATES ANNOUNCED
Crystal Castles, Magnetic Man, Everything Everything and The Vaccines have been announced as the line-up for next year's NME Awards Tour, which will make its way around the UK in February. Interestingly, it sees the tour take a more electronic turn than in previous years.

Announcing the line up, NME editor Krissi Murison said: "This is the most diverse and exciting NME Awards Tour line-up yet and really reflects the range of music that NME champions every week. From the UK's best new guitar band to dubstep's first supergroup, it represents the most cutting edge sounds of 2010 and beyond".

I'm not sure I'd necessarily call Everything Everything "the UK's best new guitar band", but I like the way she skirted around the fact that The Vaccines are on there.

Magnetic Man's Skream told CMU: "I think it's gonna work. It's kind of a sign of the times. You go to a club night now and you no longer have one-genre crowds, it's better for everyone and makes it more exciting".

Tour dates:

3 Feb: Glasgow, Academy
4 Feb: Manchester, Academy
7 Feb: Newcastle, Academy
8 Feb: Nottingham, Rock City
9 Feb: Leeds, Academy
11 Feb: Norwich, UEA
12 Feb: Birmingham, Academy
13 Feb: Cardiff, University Great Hall
15 Feb: Bristol, Academy
16 Feb: Bournemouth, Academy
17 Feb: Brighton, Dome
19 Feb: London, Brixton Academy

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CARL BARÂT ANNOUNCES FEB 2011 TOUR
Having just completed a sold out tour to promote his eponymous debut solo album, Carl Barât has announced another run of gigs for February. He is also due to release a new single, 'So Long My Lover', on 13 Dec.

Tour dates:

18 Feb: Norwich, UEA
19 Feb: Oxford, Academy
21 Feb: Bristol, Anson Rooms
22 Feb: Brighton, Concorde 2
24 Feb: Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms
25 Feb: Cambridge, Junction
26 Febr: Birmingham, Institute
27 Feb: Manchester, Academy 2
1 Mar: Glasgow, ABC
2 Mar: Sheffield, Leadmill

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EP REVIEW - The Radio Dept - Never Follow Suit (Labrador)
I played The Radio Dept's latest album 'Clinging To A Scheme' to death on its release in April. It was that go-to album that always seemed just right when I needed something to wake me up on the way to work, or, for that matter, to bring me back down when coming home; it was the kind of album that makes you realise: 'Hey, the world's not that shit after all'.

'Never Follow Suit' was undoubtedly my favourite song from that album, and when I heard the band were planning to release an EP under its name, I just had to hear it. Like 'Clinging To A Scheme', the EP is atmospheric and reflective, thoughtful and dreamlike. The songs that cushion track two 'Never Follow Suit' - 'The One' and 'Stay Off Route' - are climatic and ethereal, a brief dip into the vast sounds of the two songs that then follow, the airy 'On Your Side' and 'Never Swallow Fruit', the latter the Pistol Disco dub mix of the EP's main attraction, a mellowed-out trip into hazy, surreal soundscapes.

This EP has a wonderful way of drawing you in, even more so as each song is subtly weaved to the next and there really is no pause for breath. We don't need one, because quite frankly, this is music to drown in. TW

Physical release: 8 Nov
Press contact: Hermana

Buy from iTunes
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HMV, VOTE OF CONFIDENCE FROM RUSSION BILLIONAIRE, NEW TRADEMARK FOR POSSIBLE FASHIONABLE FUTURE
The HMV Group saw a little rise in its share price yesterday after it was revealed a Russian billionaire by the name of Alexander Mamut had increased his shareholding in the company to 3% at a reported cost of £5 million.

Although analysts pointed out that this size of investment wasn't so significant for someone as wealthy as Mamut, others admitted the share buy was a vote of confidence in the music and entertainment firm, which has seen its share price slump this year amid concerns about the future of entertainment retail on the high street.

HMV, of course, has been busy diversifying, expanding its product ranges in store, enhancing its online offering, and moving into live music, artist management and brand partnerships through its acquisition of the MAMA Group. It makes the wider HMV Group a very interesting company, though many in the City still struggle to see beyond its high street retail core.

Some City commentators have speculated that Mamut, who has been investing in digital companies in recent years, most notably buying blogging firm LiveJournal in 2007, reckons HMV's digital strategy, including its 50% stake in 7Digital, is stronger than many other investment types realise and therefore a share purchase now - while the price is relatively low - is a shrewd move.

According to City AM, Nick Bubb of Arden Partners said in a note yesterday: "An investment of five million pounds is chicken-feed to Mamut at this stage, but his ultimate intentions are unclear. [But perhaps he reckons] HMV's online investments are under-recognised and underpin the value of the business at this ultra-low level".

Or perhaps he just likes trendy t-shirts. HMV admitted earlier this week that it is considering launching its own fashion brand. The company extended the clothing departments in its stores in September, of course, beyond the traditional band t-shirts and are now selling other music-related fashion lines.

An HMV spokesman confirmed this week that the company has registered the trademark '363' - the address of their original Oxford Street store - for possibly future use on clothing. Though the spokesman stressed such plans are, so far, very provisional.

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UK MUSIC AND MMF TO PRESENT TO SELECT COMMITTEE REVIEW OF GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FOR INDUSTRY
The boss of UK Music, Feargal Sharkey, and the chairman of the Music Manager's Forum, Brian Message, have both been invited to give evidence to a parliamentary select committee which is reviewing the ways in which government supports industry though the provision of grants and loans and by encouraging the supply of credit to small and middle-sized companies. The Business, Innovation & Skills Committee is also reviewing the support given to growing businesses by UK Trade & Investments and the Export Credit Guarantee Department.

Both Sharkey and Message have previously called on government to provide more assistance to independent music companies, with Message in particular seeing initiatives such as the enterprise finance guarantee scheme as a possible alternative to the traditional major label record deal for managers looking to build a viable business around their new acts. Both men will present their viewpoints on how government could better support the growth of the music business to the parliamentarians on 30 Nov.

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WARNER TAKES COMPLETE OWNERSHIP OF ROADRUNNER
Warner Music has announced that it now completely owns rock label Roadrunner Records, having had a majority stake in the company since 2007.

A memo circulated to staff yesterday said that, despite now being a wholly owned subsidiary of the major, Roadrunner would continue to operate as a stand alone unit headed by founder and CEO Cees Wessels. That said, some jobs are expected to go as back-office departments at Roadrunner's HQ in the Netherlands are merged with equivalent units in the Warner Music Group.

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SAINSBURYS SET TO LAUNCH DOWNLOAD STORE
Sainsburys looks set to follow competitor Tesco into the download domain, adding digital music and movies to their online operation by the end of the year, with ebooks to follow next year. The news follows another Tesco copycat move by Sainsburys earlier this week which saw the supermarket chain launch a separate website for entertainment-based products. Though currently the new site - sainsburysentertainment.co.uk - only sells physical product by mail-order.

Commenting on his new entertainment-product-focused website, Sainsbury's entertainment chap Richard Crampton told reporters earlier this week: "Online enables us to offer much more than we can in-store. The new site will join seamlessly with our existing non-food online offer so customers can browse and discover their favourite music, films, books and games easily".

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NEARLY A 1000 COMPLAINTS OVER X-FACTOR VOTE
Nearly a thousand people, clearly with far too much time on their hands, have now complained to media regulator OfCom about last Sunday's 'X-Factor' vote.

As those of you who care will already know, and the rest of you don't need to know (I should probably just stop here), on Sunday night's edition of the pop talent show the two contenders with the least votes were Katie Waissel and Treyc Cohen, both mentored by judge Cheryl Cole.

The four judges get to vote on which of the two nearly-losers should stay on the programme, though if their votes are equally split - "deadlock" as X types like to call it - then the person who originally got the least votes from the public is kicked off the competition.

On Sunday Cheryl, not wishing to choose between her two mentorees, refused to vote, but indicated that if the score was 2-1 once all her fellow judges had given their view, she'd vote to force deadlock, thus allowing the public to decide who should stay and who should go.

But, when it turned out the score was indeed 2-1, in Waissel's favour, presenter Dermot O'Leary, following producer orders, declared her the winner (or, rather, Treyc Cohen the loser) without returning to Cole for her deadlock-forcing vote. This has proved contentious because, had he done so, Waissell would have been kicked off the programme, because she had less public votes overall.

This has led to accusations that 'X-Factor' producers changed the rules on the fly in order to keep Waissel in the programme, something said producers deny. The Sun claimed O'Leary himself had said the vote had been a fix, though he subsequently denied that on Twitter, saying: "Just thought I'd clear up the Sun story. Bless them. Wrong end of the stick, as always. No 'plot' as quoted ... We never know which way the judges are going to vote".

So, there you have it. Cohen's dad has declared foul play and 1000 people have complained to OfCom, who will hopefully lose said complaints down the back of the sofa and go back to more important matters.

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MICHAEL'S DENIES FLING WITH MILEY'S MUM
Poison man Bret Michaels has again denied he is "the other man" responsible for the separation of Billy Ray Cyrus and his wife Tish. As previously reported, gossipers suggested that a third party was involved in the break up of Miley Cyrus's parent's marriage, and others suggested it was Michaels who, they said, had had a fling with Tish after working with her daughter on a duet earlier this year.

A spokesman for Michaels had already denied the rumours, but yesterday the man himself rubbished the claims, telling US TV show 'Fox & Friends': "The answer is no. I've been friends with that family forever".

On his Miley duet, he continued: "It started out with me and Miley simply working on a song together. Her mom, Tish, likes 'Every Rose Has It's Thorn', the first concert Miley ever saw was Poison, and so they wanted to remake it for the new record".

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PINK POSSIBLY PREGNANT
Pink might be pregnant. She also might not be. But either way, we thought you'd want to know. I hope you're happy.

A source told Us Weekly that Pink is about twelve weeks into the (possible) pregnancy, telling the magazine: "She wanted to do it between tours, when she has some time off".

The source added that the singer had also wanted to be sure that her relationship with motocross racer Carey Hart - whom she married in 2006 but temporarily separated from in 2008 - was on solid ground. They said: "She was determined to make the relationship solid. Now she's really happy, and she's excited she got pregnant so fast! She'll be a brilliant mother".

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RICHARDS HITS CRITICAL REVIEWER
Bad write ups can affect the biggest stars, it seems. According to reports, Keith Richards earlier this week threatened and then hit a Swedish journalist who was interviewing him when he realised the hack was behind a 2/5 review of a Rolling Stones show in Gothenburg in 2007. Writer Markus Larsson called the Stones "amateurs" after seeing the 2007 gig.

On Larsson's meeting with Richards this week, Sweden's Aftonbladet newspaper reports: "The meeting ended with the rock star threatening Markus Larsson and hitting him in the head, before telling the journalist: 'You're lucky to get out of here alive'".

Larsson himself writes: "The mood of the rock star quickly changed. His eyes got black and he was absolutely furious. He stood up and asked if we would put out the lights and settle the disagreement straight away. At first I was just surprised, I thought he was pulling my leg, but then I realised he was serious and then I felt uncomfortable and I just wanted to get out of there pretty fast".

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WEST V SWIFT TO GET PORN TREATMENT
After much waiting, it has finally been announced that Kanye West's interruption of Taylor Swift's acceptance speech for Best Female Video at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards is to be adapted for the big screen. Or maybe not the big screen. Do they still have porn cinemas? Yeah, it's going to be a porn film.

Vivid Entertainment's Steve Hirsch told Celebuzz.com: "We're always analysing news stories for their movie potential. The Kanye/Taylor feud has high visibility, is filled with passion and is something we believe that fans of adult films would enjoy. We're reviewing script concepts and definitely want to include that famous moment at the Video Music Awards".

I'm astounded that there could be enough script concepts for a review to be necessary. Clearly this is going to be more than your average, 'something happens, then people have sex' porn film. I expect Oscar nominations.

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