CMU Daily - on the inside 16 Apr 2004
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In today's CMU Daily:
- BRMC leave Virgin Records
- Extra Glasto tickets sold out
- Xfm team up with New York station
- Air America off the air in LA and Chicago
- Beeb stream local output
- Ty dates
- Wilco cancel tours as Tweedy recovers
- Shazam forge US partnership
- Cream announce Fields line up
- All Saints Shaznay returns
- Rocket Science singer in coma
- Capital ready for Vaughan launch
- DJ Hell cancels dates
- Album Review: Various - Twos On 2
- Bimbos in limos
- Love trial continues
- Homme on his night club fracas
- C4 confirm new Freeview channel
- Houston vs Houston thrown out of court
- Cowell behind new music reality show
- More Sony BMG merger speculation
- Polyor make marketing appointments
- iPod helps Apple profits
- Real man offers deal to Apple man
- Academy Park gets radio chat show
- George Michael chats

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CMU'S FRIDAY TIPS

VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: Fabric Live at, erm, Fabric
The Farringdon super club's beats / breaks / bass night has been a quality offering ever since the place opened, and we're pleased to report it's still going from strength to strength - this time with Wall of Sound in the house presenting Bad Magic - and that means DJ Spinbad (hot from doing his Fabric Live compo), Ipswich 'Ip hoppers'(sic) Vinyl Dialect doing stuff from their debut LP, human Beatbox extrordinaire Killa Kela (this fella has to be seen to be believed) plus the Scratch Perverts, Skitz & Rodney P. In room two you get the Bristol drum and bass crew from Full Cycle records (Krust, DJ Die, Grooverider, Mampi Swift, the up and coming Clipz, Fierce, compered by MCs Dynamite, Navigator, Foxy) which is surely worth the entrance fee in itself! And then you get WoS presents The System in Room 3. Junior Sanchez, Switch, and The Visitor will be causing mayhem no doubt in a dub/dancehall stylee. Switch has just returned from a visit to Jamaica with Wall of Sound to record a track for that very exciting album project 'Two Culture Clash' (more on that in a forthcoming CMU Weekly), so even more buzz that usual. All in all, one very fine night - get there early, I have seen queues that stretch round the block that appear to go halfway to Shoreditch!
Fri 16 Apr, 9.30pm-5am, 77a Charterhouse Street, London, EC1, £12 £10 (NUS), tickets: 08709 020 001 or www.fabriclondon.com

Put your club night up for the tip - vigsy@unlimitedmedia.co.uk

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BRMC LEAVE VIRGIN RECORDS
Several artists and bands seem to have 'mutually parted company' with their (normally major) record labels recently, which always seems much more civilised than an artist being 'dropped'. Of course disappointing record sales often precede such mutual partings of company suggesting the former is essentially a euphemistic way of describing the latter.

Quite what the inside line is behind the latest 'parting of ways' - that between the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and the US bit of Virgin Records - we're not sure, though it's hard to believe the EMI imprint would want rid of a band who seem to be very much still on the rise. Either way, BRMC confirmed yesterday that its two album relationship with Virgin was over and, while stressing this was a 'mutual parting of company', bassist Robert Turner's comment that "we are free free free from Virgin Records" suggests band / label relationships weren't on top form.

Confirming 'freedom', Turner wrote to his fans: "We've been fighting to get out of our record contract for the last six months and are sorry we couldn't tell anyone about this but it was a very delicate thing that we didn't ever want it to become ugly. There are many reasons we wanted to leave Virgin but instead of going into that, and digging up the past, we'd rather just look forward. "

"We're going back to basics, when things felt right and we did things more ourselves. This is actually the greatest day in our band's somewhat short history. As a lot of people know being off a major record label can be crippling to tours and band's can lose all tour support and funding. But we never had tour support anyway and we've always found ways to get by, so we'll see you soon. And we have many plans for what we're going to do next and how and who with we're gonna release our records."

That said, plans for the release of 'In Like The Rose' - the third single from album 'Take Them On' due out imminently - are now in doubt. Turner continued: "The only thing that there is not to celebrate right now is that our third single 'In Like The Rose' could possibly fall between the cracks in all of this. We're trying to get help from outside promoters to get the single out there but it's hard. The support you [their fans - not you personally] give us now though is what we really need. Just calling up your radio station or whatever in the city you live in and asking to play the song is a big deal."

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EXTRA GLASTO TICKETS SOLD OUT
The good news, more Glastonbury tickets have gone on sale. The bad news, they've sold out. About 1000 extra tickets went on sale yesterday - they became available after it was revealed various mistakes had been made during the mad rush to buy tickets at the start of the month, meaning some people had more tickets allocated to them than they were actually allowed to buy. Ticket agency Aloud.com put the extra tickets on sale yesterday afternoon and they sold out almost immediately.

Following the many problems faced by music fans eager to book Glastonbury tickets via the phone and online booking lines who ended up facing a constant engaged tone or a cripplingly slow website, the festival's organiser has said he is considering a back to basics approach for ticket allocation next year. Michael Eavis told NME yesterday: "I just wonder whether the future is really low tech? Everybody writes in, we put the names in a big tombola and we pick 115,000 letters. I wonder whether that's the new approach we should consider. The high tech approach, the website and all that, it's all too big. Everybody gets on the websites and there's so many people out there. It seems to crash."

Another option to ease the booking line congestion in future years, Eavis says, would be switching the ticket sales day to a Sunday: "Someone said to me, 'Why don't you do it on a Sunday?' It's an extraordinary thing to say after the event. But there would have been more access to the exchange. One of the mistakes we made was not running on a Sunday, which I didn't even think or know about. Nobody told me until the Friday morning."

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XFM TEAM UP WITH NEW YORK STATION
Xfm and New York alternative station K-Rock are teaming up to create an exciting sounding new rock radio show. The new show - to be called Import:Export - will be presented by Xfm's Ian Camfield and K-Rock's DJ Danni and feature the biggest rock tracks in both the UK and the US. The show will air in London on Fridays and in New York on a Sunday - first UK airing is 30 Apr.

Calling the show "an absolute radio first", Xfm programme controller Andy Ashton explains: "With this show there is going to be massive potential for us to break up-and-coming British bands onto the New York market, and sometimes we are going to find ourselves in a situation of making them aware of a [US] band like Young Heart Attack, which is pretty weird."

On the timings of the show he continued: "We wanted to do a simultaneous broadcast but obviously the time difference buggers it up." Xfm hope the show may be taken up by K-Rock's LA sister station KROQ over time.

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AIR AMERICA OFF THE AIR IN LA AND CHICAGO
Much speculation as to why that new refreshingly liberal US radio network Air America disappeared off the air somewhat abruptly in LA and Chicago this week. Radio group MultiCultural - who were airing the station in the two cities - claims there are money disputes between themselves and the people behind the station, which only launched two weeks ago. But Air America dispute that claim adding: "MultiCultural Radio Broadcasting's conduct in this matter has been disgraceful. To shut off a broadcast that listeners rely on without warning and in the middle of discussions is the height of irresponsibility and a slap in the face of the media industry. In addition, it is a clear violation of their contractual obligations, and we are seeking legal remedies against them in court."

As previously reported, Air America aims to combat the right wing nature of talk radio in the US and is broadcasting in most major cities in America, as well as via satellite radio and webcasting online at http://www.airamericaradio.com. Word is the latter is proving very popular, with Real Networks (who provide the web stream service) reporting that the station has already broken the record for non-breaking-news streaming - with 50,000 people accessing a web stream on day one and some 2 million during its first week.

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BEEB STREAM LOCAL OUTPUT
Talking of webstreaming - the BBC has confirmed it will begin streaming all of its forty local radio stations later this year. Andy Griffee - controller of the Beeb's local radio output - told reporters yesterday: "More and more people are listening to radio through the internet, especially on their office desk tops. Until now local radio stations were not part of the BBC's online distribution. This breakthrough means that listeners across the UK now have greatly increased choice of BBC stations. It will also provide us with the opportunity to create new programme formats and content spanning different local stations."

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TY DATES
CMU favourite, Big Dada signed Ty has confirmed a UK tour for Apr/May to coincide with the release of new single 'O You Want More?' (out 26 Apr) which features label mate Roots Manuva. Dates as follows:

22 Apr: Po Na Na, Oxford
23 Apr: Vibraphonic Festival, Cavern Club, Exeter
24 Apr: Dedbeat
27 Apr: Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
28 Apr: University of Newcastle
29 Apr: Concorde II, Brighton
30 Apr: Wardrobe, Leeds
1 May: Custard Factory, Birmingham
2 May: Cheltenham Jazz Fest, Subtone, Cheltenham
3 May: River Lagan, Belfast
4 May: Tuesday Club, Sheffield
6 May: Old Firestation, Bournemouth
7 May: The Blue Room (formerly Holy City Zoo), Manchester (TBC)
9 May: Urban Music Festival, Earls Court, London
15 May: The Garag,e Glasgow
29 May: Homelands, Winchester Bowl
10 Jun: Warwick Uni, Warwick

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WILCO CANCEL TOURS AS TWEEDY RECOVERS
US band Wilco have now cancelled an eight date American tour to give lead singer Jeff Tweedy more time to recover from his addiction to painkillers. As previously reported, label Nonesuch have already pushed back the release of a forthcoming Wilco album after Tweedy checked himself into rehab. The tour was due to kick of on 21 Apr and climax with a set at the Coachella Festival. Refunds are available on all cancelled dates, bar Coachella of course - it is unclear in organisers of that festival will try and secure a replacement to fill the gap on the bill.

A statement on the band's website reads: "Our sincere apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. We fully expect all dates after May 1 to go off as scheduled."

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SHAZAM FORGE US PARTNERSHIP
Shazam - the people behind that service that can tell you the name of a track you are listening to via your mobile - have teamed up with US company Musiphone and AT&T Wireless to launch an American version of the service. It will initially be available exclusively to AT&T's mobile customers, but Shazam and Musiphone hope to roll it out to other networks soon. As with Shazam users dial a number, point their phone at a speak, and then get the name of the song text messaged to their mobile. They can later go online to order the CD or ringtone of that track - the US service hopes to also add a track download service to the mix.

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CREAM ANNOUNCE FIELDS LINE UP
The Cream people officially 'launched' Creamfields 2004 last night with a press event at their rather stylish Liverpool club bar Baby Cream. Full line up info next week, but here's some highlights - Goldfrapp will play the main stage; Circus and Underwater will run a tent featuring the likes of Tim Deluxe and Mutiny; a Tidy Arena will feature the likes of Lisa Lashes and BK; and there will be a DJ set from Mr Tim Westwood.

Commenting on this year's line up Cream man James Barton told reporters: "I think when people look at the history of Creamfields - ranging from live acts like Massive Attack right through to the Pet Shop Boys, and all the sorts of different types of DJs we've had on - they know we've always tried to offer something a bit different, and obviously Westwood will be able to do that this year. It'll be interesting to see how the big fella gets on, but I'm sure he'll go down really well."

As always Creamfields takes place in Liverpool on the August Bank Holiday weekend (28 Aug).

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ALL SAINTS SHAZNAY RETURNS
Well we all know that the All Saints were the quality girl group of their era, and we all know that Shaznay Lewis was the talent behind the All Saints. And so it is with some anticipation we await 19 Jul when Ms Lewis will finally release her debut solo album. London Records yesterday confirmed that the as yet untitled album will be preceded by the release of single 'Never Felt Like This Before' on 5 Jul. The album itself - we're told - features a collaboration with Basement Jazz, a guest appearance from old school rapper Biz Markie and co-writing/production input from K-Gee, Bacon and Quarmby and Trevor Jackson. More info from the WEA London press office.

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ROCKET SCIENCE SINGER IN COMA
The frontman with Aussie rock band Rocket Science - Roman Tucker - is seriously ill in hospital, seemingly after incurring head injuries when he fainted back stage prior to a gig in home town Melbourne.

A spokesman for the band told repoters: "Roman was rushed to hospital in a serious condition, and has been in a medically assisted coma in intensive care since the accident. Roman has sustained swelling on the brain and two small blood clots which both resulted from the fall, and while his condition is considered serious, he is currently listed as stable."

Needless to say, all the band's upcoming gig commitments are on hold.

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CAPITAL READY FOR VAUGHAN LAUNCH
Much anticipation over at Leicester Square as Capital Radio crosses all fingers that the launch of its new breakfast show on Monday proves successful and it can put the long standing insecurity over 'what happens when Tarrant goes' behind it. Station boss Keith Pringle has been talking up the new show, telling reporters Johnny Vaughan has long been his personal favourite to fill the morning slot, adding that Vaughan's (lack of) availability was one of the reasons hiring a full time replacement for Tarrant was put off a year (you'll remember Tarrant originally said he was leaving at the start of 2003, but then decided to stay on).

Pringle: "Had Johnny Vaughan arrived a year ago, that would have been a good thing. But he wasn't available and Chris was happy to continue. You don't want to put in a middle man for a year because things start to suffer." On the new show he said he "felt more confident with each passing day" adding: "People are actually talking about it. I think we will get a lot of people who don't normally tune in giving it a go. I think we will pick up a lot of listeners who have previously felt Capital was either too young or too old".

Vaughan himself again talked up the honour of taking over the long standing Tarrant slot: "Chris was waiting for a successor whom he felt could do the job. I've loved Chris since Tiswas. There are parallels between what he did and what I'm doing in moving from a successful morning show to an evening show that did less well, and then moving to mainstream radio and TV." Asked if he felt under pressure taking over such an important show for Capital, especially in their ratings war with younger rival Heart, he continued: "It's train drivers and electricians who are under pressure, but nobody constantly asks them whether they're feeling it. I'm really excited. We've been doing proper three-hour shows and it has all the good bits of TV with none of the hassle. Guests are more relaxed, they're not worried about what to do with their hands, it's just you and a microphone."

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DJ HELL CANCELS DATES
CMU favourite DJ Hell has had to cancel a number of dates on his UK tour after being taken ill over the Easter weekend - word is he is suffering from a herniated disc and is in hospital recuperating. This weekend's gigs in Edinburgh and Birmingham are definitely cancelled - word on future dates is expected early next week. More at http://www.djhell.co.uk

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ALBUM REVIEW: Various - Twos on 2 (Universal)
It's one of those popular pieces of pop trivia that Ultravox, T Rex and The Jam all missed out on the number one spot with some of their biggest tracks because of competing records by Joe Dolce, Clive Dunn and Musical Youth respectively. Getting a number one, after all, is more about marketing, release schedules and the unpredictable whims of mainstream opinion than the actual quality of a track. It is with that in mind that BBC Radio 2 air an occasional Richard Allinson fronted programme called Twos on 2 dedicated to those tracks you probably thought (or at least ought to have) topped the chart, but which actually peaked at number 2. And it is with that in mind that Universal release this compilation of such tracks. As dubious themes for compilations go, it's actually quite a good one - if only because what you get is an eclectic mix of tracks in terms of genre and era. Of course there are some tracks you'd scratch out if that were an option - tracks which you would have expected to top the charts because of, rather than despite, the importance of marketing, scheduling and dodgy public opinion. I'll just say Boyzone, Ronan Keating and The Corrs and you'll get the picture. But such tracks are in the minority and the rest provide a great collection of varied music including classics from James ('Sit Down'), Aha ('Take On Me'), Jackson 5 ('I Want You Back'), INXS ('Need You Tonight') and Pulp ('Common People') to name but a few - and even the good songs that The Osmonds, Liberty X and Sophie Ellis Bextor made. All in all, a great testament to the fact the single buying public rarely get it right. CC
Release date: 3 May
Press contact: PPR [all]

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BIMBOS IN LIMOS
The genius-yet-irritating track of Summer 2004 could well be this one - Tarka has recorded a version of a track called 'Bimbo In The Limo' which has been mashed up by producer Soulchild (the producer behind Electric Six among others). It's a storming little tune which will be released by Room 609 on 17 May - you can check it out at http://www.tarkamusic.com

Interestingly the track is originally by Scottish band Uncle Devil Show, and their version of the song appears on their debut album 'A Terrible Beauty' which is out on independent label P3 Music Records on Monday (there's a snippet at http://www.theuncledevilshow.com). The band, which is essentially a side project for former Del Amitri frontman Justin Currie, should be performing in London soon - more when we get it. Press info on UDS from Noble [NR], APB [CP, RP] or Red Alert [CR, RR, NR].

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LOVE TRIAL CONTINUES
More on the long long long running Courtney Love drugs trial. As previously reported, Love was charged with drugs offences when she was found acting erratically outside an ex-boyfriends house last October. Having missed various court hearings and sacked one legal team, Love's subsequent court case has rumbled on for some time - just last week her new legal team tried, unsuccessfully, to have various bits of police evidence dismissed. Those legal people were back in court yesterday trying again to get the case dismissed - this time on the grounds that Love has prescriptions for all the drugs she is being charged with possessing. However the court ruled that the police did have a decent case against Love and that the full trial should continue. On the authorities determination to see this one through to the end Love's attorney yesterday told reporters: "This is a celebrity and they want their moment in the sunshine."

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HOMME ON HIS NIGHT CLUB FRACAS
Perhaps keen for the media to move on from chatting about his falling out with former band mate Nick Oliveri, the Queen of the Stone Age's Josh Homme has been talking to a US magazine about a recent night club fracas. Some media reports said Homme had been beaten up in a New York Club after he got into a fight over girlfriend (and Distillers front-woman) Brody Dalle. While confirming such a fight had taken place Homme seemed very annoyed by the reported outcome - "The guy was talking to my girlfriend and her friend, so I asked him to leave. When he didn't, I knocked him out. Look at me. I don't have a scratch on me. Clear my dirty name!"

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C4 CONFIRM NEW FREEVIEW CHANNEL
Channel 4 have confirmed they will launch a new Freeview channel early next year. Called More 4 the channel will be programmed to appeal to" an older, wealthier demographic" than Channel 4 - whatever that means. Word is Channel 4 are planning on adding to their existing E4 and FilmFour channels with a number of new genre specific stations - though they are more likely to be broadcast via Sky and cable than the free-to-air terrestrial digital platform.

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HOUSTON VS HOUSTON THROWN OUT OF COURT
A New Jersey court has dismissed a lawsuit being filed against Whitney Houston by the company owned by her late father. As previously reported, John Houston Entertainment was suing Whitney's people over unpaid fees relating to representation they gave the singer around the time she was charged with marijuana possession in Hawaii. The long running court case was initiated in Sep 2002 by John Houston himself - although his spokesman stressed the action was aimed at Whitney's management rather than his daughter herself. As the case rumbled on John Houston himself died - but one of his business partners, Kevin Skinner, continued with the legal action.

However Whitney's lawyer this week told the courts that Skinner had failed to provide proof he had inherited John Houston's business or that the agency was still trading - plus he had refused to hand over other information relating to the case. On those grounds the court threw out the lawsuit.

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COWELL BEHIND NEW MUSIC REALITY SHOW
According to the Mirror, ITV is planning another music talent show in which bands represented by one of three pop pundits will battle it out for viewers' support. Apparently being produced by Simon Cowell's new TV company SiCo, the pundits apparently lined up to participate include Cowell himself, fellow pop mogul Louis Walsh and, for some unknown reason, former Spice Girl Mel B. An insider tells the paper: "The programme will follow a battle of the bands format - each judge will choose an act that will compete against the others. The show is different from Pop Idol in that the judges themselves are under scrutiny - they have to use their experience to guide their acts rather than just slag people off."

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MORE SONY BMG MERGER SPECULATION
Both Sony and BMG are keen to stress that the temporary pause in the EU's investigation into their merger proposals are routine and - while it may push back the timeline for European competition authorities making a decision on whether the merger should go ahead - it doesn't mean that decision is more likely to be negative than positive.

Others, however, reckon the pause to gather more information is a bad sign for the two majors. There is speculation Sony's ambitions to run an iTunes-esque download service in addition to manufacturing its own MP3 players and owning a huge catalogue of music has concerned some key decision makers in EU competition circles, and with that in mind it is unlikely they would approve a deal that greatly expands Sony's catalogue of music. It's all idle speculation of course, but it seems nothing is, as yet, certain regarding the continued consolidation of the music industry.

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POLYOR MAKE MARKETING APPOINTMENTS
Two new marketing appointments over at Universal division Polydor. Peter Loraine and Karen Simmonds have both been promoted to the top marketing posts at Polydor UK and Polydor Associated Labels respectively. Announcing the appointments Polydor MD David Joseph told reporters: "Karen and Peter are outstanding, highly creative executives whose teams have delivered an incredible breadth of projects, from Snow Patrol, Scissor Sisters and Black Eyed Peas to Daniel Bedingfield and Guns 'N' Roses. Their promotions are very well deserved."

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IPOD HELPS APPLE PROFITS
Sound problems aside, the iPod continues to deliver for Apple. The computer firm this week reported profits were up 230% for the first quarter this year - thanks predominantly to the 807,000 iPods the company sold between Jan and Mar. Insiders say the popularity of the Apple MP3 player and their iTunes download service may well also be helping rekindle mainstream interest in the firm's computers too.

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REAL MAN OFFERS DEAL TO APPLE MAN
Talking of Apple, reports in the New York Times this week that RealNetworks boss Rob Glaser has contacted Apple supremo Steve Jobs to suggest they should unite in order to shaft common enemy Microsoft. Apple and Real already use the same codec (file format) for their music platforms and word is Glaser wanted to access Apple's digital rights system so he could make his Rhapsody service compatible with the iPod. However gossipers say Jobs has make a lukewarm response to the suggestions - even though Glaser is hinting he will be forced into an alliance with Microsoft if Apple don't play ball.

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ACADEMY PARK GETS RADIO CHAT SHOW
Former Capital programming chief Richard Park - who earned some celeb status thanks to his role on Fame Academy - is fronting a new chat show for EMAP easy station Magic. As far as we can make out the show will revolve around Park interviewing his pop mates - beginning with George Michael. Park says: "I've been in the music business for a long time and the friends I have made along the way now rank among some of the biggest recording stars in the world. I aim to bring music fans interviews with the artists who have provided the soundtracks to their lives."

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GEORGE MICHAEL CHATS
Talking of which, the George Michael edition of the Park programme has already been recorded and in the interview he says one of the tracks on new album 'Patience' has been recorded especially for his gay fan base. He says of disco track 'Flawless' - "It's about time I made a record for the boys really, isn't it? This is definitely a big boystown record. I think there will be people dancing around their handbags to this one. The gay clubs will love this one."

He also confirmed his next project would be a duets album, probably available to download for free with an optional donation to charity. As to who the duets would be with, Michael says: "So far I have got two in mind, which is very exciting and I would be honoured with either of them."

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