CMU Daily - on the inside 1 Jul 2004
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Bowie forced to pull out of festival dates
- Canadian courts say ISPs not liable for royalty payments
- Album Review: Various - Fabric Live 17 Mixed By Aim
- TMBG on their political benefit compo
- HMV profits up
- Channel 4 close to appointing Talkback man to top job
- Chrysalis create new rights post
- Brazil industry association hope to crack down on piracy after damning report
- The Music tour
- PIAS appoint new boss
- Single Review: Dogs Die In Hot Cars - I Love You 'Cause I Have To
- More additions to Common Ground bill
- Movie soundtrack channel launches on Sky
- Madonna integrates her new religion with touring


David Bowie has been forced to cancel all his live dates in July, including his sets at the Oxegen, Roskilde and T in the Park festivals, because of that trapped nerve in his shoulder.

As previously reported, the injury first caused Bowie real problems when he had to cut short a concert in Prague last week after his shoulder pain became unbearable. It was hoped with some rest he could continue with his European tour, but after his set at the German Hurricane Festival he was admitted to hospital and a handful of European dates due to take place this week were postponed.

Yesterday a spokesman for Bowie confirmed the singer was going to have to cancel all forthcoming scheduled performances. In a posting on his website a statement read: "Due to the continuing pain and extreme discomfort from a trapped/pinched nerve in his shoulder and to prevent possible further injury, David Bowie has been advised by his doctors to cancel his performances at the 11 remaining European festival dates throughout July. Due to the unpredictable nature of the condition and in an effort to give fans as much warning as possible, (and indeed, to aid promoters in finding a replacement headliner in time for the festival dates) David Bowie very reluctantly agreed to take the advice. "David, and everybody involved with the tour, is very sorry for the hardship that this difficult decision may have caused."

Scottish music festival T in the Park and Irish festival Oxegen both wished Bowie well, and quickly announced British rock band The Darkness would take over his headline slot at their events. Organisers of the Roskilde festival confirmed Slipknot would take over Bowie's slot on their bill.

Commenting on the last minute line up change a spokesman for T in the Park told reporters: "We're disappointed by today's news that David Bowie will not be able to perform at this year's T in the Park due to ill health, and everyone at the festival sends him our best wishes for a speedy recovery. This year we have one of the strongest ever T in the Park line ups across all stages, and on Saturday night we'll see our other headliners The Darkness stepping up to close the Main Stage, which will be a real treat for the Balado audience."


The Canadian Courts have not been kind to the music industry. They were one of the first to rule that copyright legislation did not give the record companies the right to subpoena, off the internet service providers, the names of web users they suspected of illegally file sharing. Now they have ruled unanimously against attempts by the country's main publishing royalties body in their attempts to make the ISPs pay a levy for music that is downloaded or streamed across the internet.

In a somewhat ambitious lawsuit, the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) argued that the ISPs should pay a royalty fee for music accessed via their networks, oblivious of where that music came from. SOCAN probably hoped that, if successful, they would have a relatively simple way to secure royalty payments for music distributed online, only having to target a small number of large ISP companies rather than the hundreds of websites that actually make music available - some of which would be hard to find, and some of whom actually operate outside Canada.

But the nine judges hearing the case agreed unanimously with the Canadian Association of Internet Providers who argued they could not be responsible for the content that crossed their networks. Luc Lavoie of Quebec based communications company Quebecor Inc told reporters: "There's no difference between doing this [distributing music online] or using the telephone. "You cannot blame the telephone company because criminals are speaking to one another over the phone."

However the judges hearing the case did admit that Canadian copyright law needs updating in line with the US and some European countries because it is not currently designed to cope with copyright in the internet age. They also indicated that SOCAN does have the right to force royalty payments, though the courts, on individual websites who distribute music, even if they are not actually based in Canada.

While that task will be complex, SOCAN took those indications as a positive result from the court case. Paul Spurgeon, general counsel for the association, told reporters: "We're pleased. Now we can proceed with phase two of this process to have a royalty set. We're going full steam ahead."


ALBUM REVIEW: Various - Fabric LIVE 17 mixed by Aim (Fabric London)
Superclub Fabric cover all manner of styles with their mix series - and with their latest edition they bring us the mixing skills of Andy Turner aka Aim. This downbeat hip-hopster from Cumbria broke to fame in 98 with the fabulously lush 'Cold Water Music' on Grand Central - a sterling sophisticated downbeat adventure. Here he gets to pick out some of his faves from the crates and although there is some good stuff on here, several of his choices need a damn good blow to remove the dust while others seem a bit out of place. He scores points on diversity thought. This broken up ride (ie it's not a continuous mix) includes good hip hop from the likes of INI, Lewis Parker and Diverse. There's Lords of the Underground's funky 'Faith', some abstract jazz funk from Mint Source and highlight track 'Loungin' from Bloik. There's sixties stuff - Tony Scott's 'Today' is here (this is the track that was sampled in Pete Rock CL Smooth's 'TROY'), as is Village Callers 'Don't Need A Doctor' and a cut from The Byrds. Then back to modern day we get Ice Cube's 'Good Day', some latin from Tempo 70 and Fingathing's 'Lady Nebula'. As I say, a diverse selection, and much kudos to Fabric for giving their mixers just an eclectic free reign. But in this case it's a bit too diverse for its own good - especially the folky nuggets. PV
Release date: 16 Aug
Press contact: Fabric IH [all]


They Might Be Giants' John Flansburgh has compiled a new compilation album in aid of the MoveOn organisation which exists to champion the cause of democracy in the US (apparently America isn't quite as democratic as George W likes to claim). REM, Blink 182 and Fountains Of Wayne are among the artists who have donated tracks to the album - called 'Future Soundtrack for America' - which will be released through Seattle-based indie Barsuk Records on 10 Aug.

Speaking to Billboard Flansburgh explained: "I'm essentially a private person. I enjoy the renown that the band has gotten and I like walking into a music store and people being nice to me, but beyond that, I pretty much don't need to be any more famous. But, as a citizen, I felt like we're living in an extreme time and I feel I'm very nervous and unhappy with the state of the world and I wanted to do something other than just shake my fist at the TV."

Other artists on the album include Bright Eyes, Death Cab For Cutie, David Byrne, OK Go, Black Eyed Peas', TMBG, of course, and a track from the late singer/songwriter Elliot Smith

Asked about how he got so many artists involved Flansburgh continued: "I called people that I knew and people I knew who knew other people, and I have to say I was completely knocked out. Virtually everyone we approached was into it. This is a very different moment than a lot of others where moderate people, people with sensible, measured political opinions are more than a little outraged by what's happening. Everyone has to remember the events of the last election. Things have not gotten better since then; they've gotten worse. There's no reason that we cannot affect a basic change."

And hurrah to that - we'll let you know if the album is going to get a release over here. Meantime don't forget TMBG's new album 'The Spine' is out on 5 Jul on Cooking Vinyl - look out for our review tomorrow.


More upbeat news from the music retail sector who don't seem to have been too affected by growth of the download sector just yet. HMV yesterday reported a 22% jump in profits coming from a 5% rise in revenues. Although helped considerably by their bookselling operation Waterstones, revenues at HMV itself were up 4.9%.

Commenting on the figures HMV boss Alan Giles said: "These results reflect a very good year for the group including another impressive performance by our largest business, HMV UK & Ireland. We are especially pleased with the excellent improvement at Waterstone's, where we believe there is still more growth to come."


As we press send word is that Channel 4 are on the verge of appointing Talkback Thames boss Peter Fincham as their new Chief Executive, to replace Mark Thompson who jumped ship in May to take up the Director General job at the BBC. Fincham was reportedly a favourite at Channel 4 when Thompson was appointed, but was not chosen because of the cost that would have been involved in buying him out of his Talkback contract. Insiders reckon this time the channel will find a way to get him on board.


Chrysalis' publishing division's General Manager, Catherine Bell, has been promoted to the new job of Director Of Rights and will now deal exclusively with royalty collection issues. Her other business affairs responsibilities will now be handled by recent recruit Josh Smith.

Confirming the rejig Chrysalis MD Alison Donald told reporters: "This appointment recognises the plethora of new challenges we face in today's music industry, specifically in the ever burgeoning online environment. We believe it's crucial that the company's voice concerning rights issues is properly articulated and Catherine's extraordinary contribution to the culture of Chrysalis Music make her the perfect pioneer for this vital new role."


A long awaited report into music piracy in Brazil has implicated politicians, judges, civil servants and police in what it describes as a billion-dollar black market industry.

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industries, who have been targeting the Brazilian piracy industry for some time, reckon six out of ten of records sold in Brazil is pirated, and that piracy costs the music industry there in excess of $166 million a year.

The report by a specially-formed Congressional Investigatory Commission on Piracy confirmed that music piracy is rife in Brazil and that it is very much linked to organised crime. Naming certain individuals involved in the piracy sector, it proposed a number of measures that the Brazilian government should now take to tackle the problem - starting with the axing of the country's Inter-ministerial Committee to Fight Piracy, created three years ago, which the report says has not achieved its aims.

Welcomed by the music industry and Brazil and around the world, Paolo Rosa of the Brazilian music industry organisation APBD told reporters: "The Brazilian Congress has played a crucial role in the fight against piracy in our country. Now it is up to the federal administration to take the Congress recommendations seriously and to implement action immediately".


The Music have announced details of a UK tour, set to kick off in Sep to promote the band's as yet untitled second album. Dates as follows:

24 Sep: Cambridge Corn Exchange
25 Sep: Southampton Guildhall
26 Sep: Bristol Academy
28 Sep: Cardiff University
29 Sep: Nottingham Rock City
30 Sep: Sheffield Octagon
2 Oct: Blackburn St George's Hall
3 Oct: Newcastle Northumbria University
4 Oct: Edinburgh Corn Exchange
6 Oct: Birmingham Academy
7 Oct: London Hammersmith Palais

The band will also make available an album track - 'Welcome To The North' - for download via on 19 Jul.


The PIAS Group - which includes Vital Distribution, PIAS Recordings and Fat Cat Records - have appointed a new CEO. The group's Chief Operating Officer, Nick Hartley, will be promoted into the post.

Confirming the appointment Hartley told reporters: "It is fantastic to be part of a growing and flourishing business. Vital continues to be the best independent sales and distribution company and we continue to develop its offering and service to ensure independent record labels have the greatest opportunity for their artists. In Pias Recordings and Fat Cat Records, our artist rosters have been developing and we will continue to look for great artists with whom we can have long term success."


SINGLE REVIEW: Dogs Die In Hot Cars - I Love You 'Cause I Have To
Following on from the top thirty success of their excellent previous single 'Godhopping', the Scots re-release their debut single as a prelude to the release of debut album 'Please Describe Yourself' on 12 Jul. Fingers crossed this should increase their commercial potential - it's a short and snappy, ska-influenced piece of pop with a soaring chorus which should appeal to casual single buyers and the more discerning indie type alike. DDIHC have been described by some as combining the smart pop nous of XTC and Dexy's Midnight Runners. Certainly if you close your eyes, you can almost picture Kevin Rowland on vocals. But if you're going to be derivative, you may as well borrow from great and underrated bands like XTC and Dexy's. In the current music climate, the 1980s are being pilfered left, right, and centre, but whereas most bands borrow from the gloom-laden post-punk era, DDIHC have clearly been listening to, and have been influenced by, the more cerebral and dynamic pop bands. DDIHC, like The Futureheads, are creating intelligent, infectious, and eccentric pop music that defies current musical trends, which is a very good thing. Given the raised profile of the band after extensive touring and much support from the indie press surely this single will deliver the success they deserve. KW
Release date: 5 Jul
Press contact: Impressive


Clapham Common turns itself over to three days of festivals tomorrow. The finale of that threesome - the Common Ground Festival on Sunday - have just added more acts to their rather good line up. Both The Cuban Brothers and US hip hopper Diplo have been added to a bill that is headed up by Moloko and the Soul II Soul Soundsystem. More info at Press info from Letitia at Leyline.


A new TV channel dedicated to music from the movies has launched on Sky - sitting on channel 686. A long time in the making, the channel combines movie music videos with celeb and movie news. Word is the station's owners hope to get themselves shifted into a channel slot alongside MTV and The Box in the coming months.


More on Madonna's obsession with Judaism offshoot Kabbalah. MSNBC reckons that the singer's personal Rabbi, Phillip Berg, blesses her concert stage before each show. Meanwhile word is she has been giving blocks of 50 front row tickets to Kabbalah centres in each city she has performed in on her recent US tour. However, her commitment might wane slightly if rumours that said Kabbalah centres have been selling on the tickets to die hard Madonna fans for $300 - $600 a shot turn out to be true.

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