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Last Updated: Tuesday, 24 February, 2004, 18:07 GMT
Beatles remix web protest
An album which remixes the Beatles' White Album and rapper Jay-Z's Black Album has been posted on several music websites in protest at record company EMI's order to stop it being sold.

DJ Danger Mouse created The Grey Album using Jay-Z's vocals and beats made by sampling music on The White Album by the Beatles, which is an EMI release.

Several hundred sites are involved in the 24-hour action, called Grey Tuesday.

"This first-of-its-kind protest signals a refusal to let major label lawyers control what musicians can create and what the public can hear," said organisers on website Greytuesday.org.


Conductor appeals for lost score

The conductor of The Royal Opera's upcoming production of Samson et Dalila has appealed for his musical score to be returned after he lost it on his way to the Royal Opera House.

Philippe Jordan believes he left his black leather bag containing the annoatated score, along with some batons, a CD player, metronome, in a black cab or on the pavement in John Adam Street, off the Strand.

The Royal Opera House has appealed for anyone who has found the items to call it on 020 7 212 9132.

Philippe Jordan, from Switzerland, made his debut with the Royal Opera House last season conducting Die Zauberflote. Samson et Dalila opens on 12 March.


Haunted Mansion tops box office

Eddie Murphy's comedy The Haunted Mansion has risen to the top of the UK and Ireland box office chart, as Sex Lives of the Potato Men entered in ninth place.

The Haunted Mansion took 1.57m between Friday and Sunday, knocking Cheaper By The Dozen into second place.

Featuring The Office stars MacKenzie Crook and Lucy Davies, Sex Lives of the Potato Men was savaged by critics but became the top 15's only new entry.

The Jack Black comedy School Of Rock remained in third place.


Radio DJ loses Diddy assault case

Sean "P Diddy" Combs has been found not guilty of assaulting a radio show host and stealing a tape of his interview.

Roger Mills said he was injured by Mr Combs' bodyguards after asking the hip hop producer about the death of rapper Notorious BIG.

The host sought an undisclosed sum for damage to his equipment, his neck and shoulder, but a Detroit jury found in favour of rap mogul Mr Combs.

Last week Mr Combs told the court that he could not recall the 1999 incident.


Andre on course for UK number one

Peter Andre is on course for a number one single in the UK next weekend, according to early sales figures.

The singer, who recently appeared on reality TV show I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here, has re-released his 1996 hit Mysterious Girl.

A spokesman for retailer HMV said the single "has been selling very strongly" on its first day of release.

Andre's main competition for next Sunday's Number One spot is Westlife's new single Obvious.


'Analyze' star Viterelli dies, 66

Pug-faced actor Joe Viterelli - best known as Robert De Niro's henchman Jelly in Analyze This and its sequel - has died at the age of 66.

According to his son Joseph, Viterelli died of complications from heart surgery in Las Vegas on 29 January.

Viterelli only began acting in his 50s when actor Sean Penn asked him to play a gangster in 1990's State of Grace.

He went on to appear in several dozen movies including Mickey Blue Eyes, Shallow Hal and Bullets Over Broadway.



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