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Perata raises third-run cash; midwives raise hell; Tom Bates raises his public profile; and CMJ's rep has been razed.

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That experiment lasted two weeks. The company has since announced that it will chart albums by unrecognized artists -- such as East Bay country outfit Loretta Lynch -- but include an asterisk to indicate that CMJ hasn't confirmed the album's existence. The new policy should mollify CMJ's college-radio critics somewhat. But whether the company will recover from the certain damage the affair has wrought on its reputation is, well, unverified. -- Michael Mechanic

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