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Last Updated: Tuesday, 29 July, 2003, 11:49 GMT 12:49 UK
Mercury brings sales fillip
The lesser-known artists nominated for the Mercury music prize are enjoying a huge boost in sales, figures showed on Wednesday.

Sales of the debut album of jazz saxophonist Soweto Kinch have shot up 318% at music chain HMV.

Folk singer Eliza Carthy has also received a major boost, with sales of her album Anglicana up 231%.

And R&B artist Terri Walker is enjoying a sales surge of 214% for her debut album Untitled.

Coldplay's A Rush Of Blood To The Head and Radiohead's Hail To The Thief are the bookies' favourites to win the prize, but they have already sold millions of copies each.

Ms Dynamite 'has baby boy'

R&B star Ms Dynamite has given birth to a baby boy, according to reports.

The star's fiancé Dwayne Seaforth was by her side as she gave birth at a London hospital on Thursday night, according to newspapers.

The singer - whose real name is Niomi McLean-Daley - is planning to take a break from the music business to devote herself to full-time motherhood.

Her many awards include the Mercury Music Prize for her debut album A Little Deeper.


Sir Cliff's wine goes on sale

Sir Cliff Richard's latest wine range could sell faster than the latest Harry Potter book when it goes on sale via the internet this week.

Last year, his Vida Nova range from his vineyard in Portugal sold out at a rate of one case per second when it first went on sale at Tesco.com.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is the website's current fastest seller but Vida Nova could beat that record.

"Once again, we've been besieged by fans wanting to know not just the day - but the very minute - the wine goes on sale, so they can be guaranteed a case," said David Clements, a spokesman for the supermarket.


Linkin Park singer talks of illness

Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington has said he is physically sick every time he sings due to a condition called hiatus hernia, say reports.

He will undergo surgery for the illness when the band have finished their summer tour, according to website Dotmusic.com.

The condition occurs when part of the stomach moves above the diaphragm, freeing stomach acid into the oesophagus.

"There's a lot of burning that happens every once and a while. But I'll pretty much be nauseous forever. It's going to be that way indefinitely," said Bennington.


Libertines singer on burglary charge

A singer with rock group The Libertines, Pete Doherty, has appeared in court on a burglary charge.

The vocalist and guitarist, who has been absent from the band's line-up in recent months because he was "unwell", is accused of burgling an address in Harley Street, central London.

He made a brief appearance at Horseferry Road Magistrates' Court on Monday, where he was listed as having no fixed address, and is reported to have been bailed to return on 11 August.

The Libertines are one of the most successful new British rock bands to appear over the last year, with four top 40 singles.


Bollywood star leaves hospital

Bollywood star Vivek Oberoi, who broke his shin while filming a motorbike stunt, has been discharged from hospital.

The actor was operated on successfully but developed lung complications before making a recovery.

His rehabilitation means that he will be away from work for three months, which could seriously affect the film he was working on, directed by Mani Ratnam.

"He will not be able to dance around for at least 90 days, but he might do less strenuous shooting before that," said Hinduja hospital doctor Sanjay Agarwala.


Rowling gives up shoes for charity

Harry Potter author JK Rowling is to auction off a pair of her shoes for charities which campaign against domestic violence.

Singer Barbara Dickson and Olympic curling star Rhona Martin are also among the group of famous Scottish women who are donating their shoes for YWCA Scotland, Women's Aid and Rape Crisis.

The pairs of empty shoes will be exhibited at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and represent the 104 women who die in Britain each year as a result of domestic violence.

Mary Dundas, of YWCA Scotland, told the Sunday Herald: "We consulted someone about how much JK Rowling's might be worth and they said they could go for around £3,500."


P Diddy goes to number one

Rapper P Diddy has claimed his third number one album in the US with his Bad Boys II soundtrack.

The album has sold 324,000 copies in its first week, and is the first soundtrack to debut at number one since Eminem's 8 Mile in October.

The success of the album coincides with Bad Boys II entering the US box office chart at number one in its opening week.

Rap artist Chingy came in at number two on the album chart with first-week sales of 157,000 copies.





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