CMU Daily - on the inside 14 Jul 2004
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In today's CMU Daily:
- iTunes sells 100 millionth track
- Elton John first new fellow at songwriting academy
- Brit man finds Beatles treasure trove in Oz
- Canadian industry goes back to court over downloading
- Single Review: Grand National - Cherry Tree
- Avril's sudden departure causes problems at Party In The Park
- Industry petitions European Commision to extend copyright on recordings
- Q revamps for digital age
- Busted reality show in the pipeline
- Liles likely to not be replaced at Def Jam
- Eminem launches radio station
- Darkness and Keane start new pop feud
- Hope of the States tour
- Kid Rock not impressed with anti-Bush flick
- Live Review: Buck 65 & Feist at 100 Club
- Will Smith not too bothered by downloaders
- Bobby Brown shows up to face battery charges
- TOTP2 on hold
- Timbaland ends distribution deal with Universal
- McFadden signed to Griffiths, but not Sony

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ITUNES SELLS 100 MILLIONTH TRACK
Well, drinks all round at Apple this morning, thanks in the main to Zero 7 fan Kevin Britten of Hays, Kansas. Yesterday he downloaded the 100 millionth track from the iTunes service - a remix of Zero 7's 'Somersault'. With that download Apple passed a considerable milestone less than fourteen months after they launched their iTunes service in the US. Needless to say the news put Apple execs in a very good mood, with top man Steve Jobs again telling reporters: "iTunes has quickly outpaced the competition and is far and away the world's No. 1 online music service".

Hays won a 17-inch PowerBook computer, a 40-GB iPod music player and a voucher for 10,000 downloads for being the customer who made the landmark purchase. The fifty customers who previously had made each 100,000th purchase between 95 and 100 million tracks each won a 20-GB iPod.

Apple - whose iTunes service currently operates in the US, France, Germany and the UK - are now hoping they can maintain their market leader status as the download sector begins to expand into the mainstream. Apple have a natural affinity with early adopters. It remains to be seen if rivals Napster and Sony Connect, and the European download services powered by London based OD2, can make a dent in Apple's market share as less tech savvy consumers discover downloading.

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ELTON JOHN FIRST NEW FELLOW AT SONGWRITING ACADEMY
Following the news last week that the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters will appoint five 'fellows' over the next twelve months in the lead up to the Ivor Novello Awards' fiftieth anniversary next year, an announcement yesterday that the first of the five will be Mr Elton John. The appointment will be officially made during a TV special for the BBC, filmed later this year.

Commenting on the honour Elton told reporters yesterday: "I am honoured and humbled by this recognition. The Ivor Novello Awards are all about the art of songwriting which has always been my passion."

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BRIT MAN FINDS BEATLES TREASURE TROVE IN OZ
A British man on holiday in Australia has discovered a possibly priceless treasure trove of Beatles memorabilia why looking for a new suitcase in a flea market. The box of Beatles bootie includes original photos and documentation signed by the band, items which memorabilia experts reckon could be worth tens of thousands of pounds. But, crucially, the find also included some studio tapes. Those tapes are yet to be examined by experts, but early indications show they could well be original tapes from Abbey Road studios, perhaps containing unreleased material. If so the value of the find could be huge.

Talking about his find, Kent based Fraser Claughton told reporters: "I've been told that to collectors the photographs, books, magazines and documents alone are worth a fortune. The documents in the main are recording sheets for some of the best-known Beatles hits. And the tapes, if they turn out to be unheard material, could be almost priceless."

Fraser plans to sell the material in individual lots on internet auction sites.

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CANADIAN INDUSTRY GOES BACK TO COURT OVER DOWNLOADING
The Canadian Recording Industry Association was back in court yesterday in a bid to overturn the verdict of Judge Konrad von Finckenstein who back in Mar said that the country's existing copyright laws did not make the uploading of music files to shared folders on home computers illegal. That decision essentially gave Canadian consumers the green light to carry on using P2P services like Kazaa.

If nothing else, Finckenstein's decision stopped the CRIA from forcing the country's main internet service providers from revealing the identities of customers the record labels reckon are guilty of largescale copyright violation. The CRIA reckon that decision was an incorrect interpretation of the law, and hope the appeal courts will overturn Finckenstein's ruling. Whether they will succeed remains to be seen, although if the courts once again go against the record labels certain Canadian politicians are keen to alter copyright laws in their favour.

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SINGLE REVIEW: Grand National - Cherry Tree (Sunday Best)
Somehow managing to sound thrillingly 'now' despite releases that allude to all kinds of music from the last three decades, Grand National are one of the musical discoveries of the year. 'Cherry Tree' sounds neither like the two GN singles that preceded it, nor, in fact, anything else. Imagine, if you will, a chorus of joyous calypso music booming from someone's large but tinny stereo 20 years ago, fused with early '80s U2 icy guitar/piano motifs and vocals (not to mention gibberish lyrics) reminiscent of an extremely stoned Bernard Sumner and you're, well, about half way there. Proving you can meld disparate influences together and come up with cohesive music is not easy; it's particularly rewarding when the results are as effortless as GN make it sound. Pop has never sounded sound brilliantly perverse. MS
Release date: 19 Jul
Press contact: Sunday Best IH [CP, RP, NP] Anglo [CR, RR, NR]

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AVRIL'S SUDDEN DEPARTURE CAUSES PROBLEMS AT PARTY IN THE PARK
Organisers of this weekend's Party In The Park were reportedly sent into a frenzy when Avril Lavigne left the event straight after her set - Avril was meant to be sitting next to Prince Charles as he sat down to watch the finale of the show. Will Young was quickly grabbed to fill the vacant seat next to the Prince, who traditionally watches the closing part of the Party in the Park show, the proceeds of which go to the Princes Trust.

The official line on Avril's sudden departure is that she had a plane to catch, but an insider told the Sun yesterday that the singer made a quick getaway because she didn't want to be part of a publicity stunt. The insider told the paper: "The official line is that Avril had a plane to catch. But the truth is she is cripplingly shy and hates publicity stunts."

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INDUSTRY PETITIONS EUROPEAN COMMISION TO EXTEND COPYRIGHT ON RECORDINGS
Artists and labels are preparing to petition the European Commission in a bid to step up the time copyright exists on recorded music. Unlike the copyright on books and sheet music, which lasts for 70 years after an author or composer's death, the copyright on recordings last for just 50 years from the time the recording took place. That means in Europe whole catalogues of early rock 'n' roll recordings are about to come out of copyright - which means the artists who made the recordings and the labels that released them will no longer be entitled to royalties on any albums which feature the tracks. Before that happens key industry players are trying to alter European copyright law - either to bring recorded music copyright in line with books and sheet music, or at the very least to adopt the US system where recorded music stays in copyright for 95 years after recording (a system which would presumably satisfy the record labels until 2045).

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Q REVAMPS FOR DIGITAL AGE
EMAP's Q magazine is set for a relaunch next month, with a considerable redesign and an editorial shift to bring the magazine into the download age. That means a magazine traditionally focused primarily on album releases will take a much bigger interest in individual tracks - based on the fact people tend to download tracks more than albums. That will be demonstrated at launch with a list of the '1010 songs you must own'.

Confirming the revamp, editor Paul Rees told reporters: "There's been a change in the market since Q launched, when it was essentially the CD buyer's guide. We were the first in the market but now loads of magazines are covering music, from the Observer supplement to the men's mags."

In terms of what Q hopes to achieve with the revamp Rees continued: "Firstly, we want the ABC to go up, which is not easy in a market down 30%. The ABC will be down in August, which we're expecting, but we want to increase it by the end of the year. Secondly, we want to get Q's sense of authority back. There's been too much worrying about what other magazines are doing. We want a return of confidence. It's a magazine with a proud history and the challenge is to make people follow us."

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BUSTED REALITY SHOW IN THE PIPELINE
Word is Busted hope to break America by using the same model that revitalised the career of Ozzy Osbourne - an MTV reality show. Reports say the band are in talks to appear on a new reality programme which MTV will screen globally, helping to break the band in new territories.

A 'band insider' told the Sun: "The show could make them global stars. The boys are massive in the UK, Europe and Japan and this could widen the net to America. They are young, fun and up for it - all the ingredients that will make the show great viewing. Ozzy Osbourne might have the upper hand when it comes to swearing but Busted have a huge female following who will be glued to the screen. roducers like that the boys have really different personalities which will come across on the show".

If successful in increasing the Busted boys' profile in the US, presumably the band's record label would be keen to have McFly and V calling round for tea on a regular basis.

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LILES LIKELY TO NOT BE REPLACED AT DEF JAM
Word is that Kevin Liles, who quit as president of Def Jam last week, won't be replaced. Insiders reckon Island President Steve Bartels could well be given a wider remit that would include responsibility for the Def Jam division.

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EMINEM LAUNCHES RADIO STATION
Eminem's Shady Records enterprise will launch its own satellite radio station in a joint venture with US broadcaster Sirius Satellite Radio later this year. The new radio station promises a diverse range of programmes from across the hip hop landscape, with a number of shows created by leading artists and DJs.

Announcing his broadcasting plans, Eminem told reporters this week: "Once upon a time not too long ago, the feds wanted all my music off the air. Now we'll be on Sirius 24 hours a day, playing the best hip-hop ... not just from Shady Records, but from everywhere. We'll deliver an uncut hip-hop radio station like never before. I can't wait to start dropping new material, exclusive tracks and uncensored hip-hop featuring me and everyone else, freely saying whatever the hell we want."

The radio station will be over seen by Eminem, Paul Rosenberg of Shady Records and Jimmy Iovine of Shady Records' parent company, Universal division Interscope.

Giving his take on the venture, Rosenburg told reporters: "While our channel will not be solely limited to Shady artists, we plan on delivering exclusive, obscure and/or hard to find music from our acts. Also, the channel will give fans further access into our world with live show broadcasts, unique remote interviews and on-air artist segments. We are thrilled to be the first nationwide label-driven 24-hour music radio station."

The Slim Shady radio station should launch this Autumn and will be available for free to all existing Sirius subscribers.

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DARKNESS AND KEANE START NEW POP FEUD
Pop feud of the month seems to be between the Darkness and Keane, after Keane frontman Tom Chaplin told a journalist at T in the Park that the Darkness' reign as the biggest British band was coming to an end.

Darkness bassist Frankie Poulian responded with an amusing anti-Keane rant that ran thus: "What are those public schoolboys like? We used to call namby-pambys like that bedwetters - but now they've taken it to a whole new league. Keane are now more sheet-soilers than bedwetters and play music to suck your thumb to. I did try to have a word with their lead singer about all this but I just couldn't get his dummy off him - he has a very strong grip you know."

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HOPE OF THE STATES TOUR
Ahead of Wednesday's sell out gig at the London's Electric Ballroom, Hope of the States have announced a number of dates for Aug and Oct, which will follow the 16 Aug release of next single 'Nehemiah'. Dates as follows:

20 Aug: Reading, Fez Club
21 Aug: Staffs, V Festival (Music Choice Stage)
22 Aug: Chelmsford, V Festival (Music Choice Stage)
23 Aug: Edinburgh, Liquid Room (T On The Fringe)
17 Oct: Belfast, Queens University SU
18 Oct: Dublin, Music Centre
19 Oct: Glasgow Garage
21 Oct: Newcastle University
22 Oct: Leeds, Cockpit
23 Oct: Bristol University
25 Oct: Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
26 Oct: London, Astoria
27 Oct: Norwich, Waterfront
29 Oct: Birmingham, Academy 2
30 Oct: Manchester, Academy 2

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KID ROCK NOT IMPRESSED WITH ANTI-BUSH FLICK
Well, don't expect Kid Rock to donate a track to any anti-Bush compliation. Not if this story is true. Word is that the American rocker was among a party of artists and industry types who hit the town after P Diddy's 4th of July party. Said group decided to go to the cinema, and the movie of choice was Michael Moore's anti-Bush fest Fahrenheit 911. This sent Kid Rock into a frenzy. Refusing to watch the film, he ranted at hip hop mogul Russell Simmons thus: "Don't you understand, everything we got in this country, we got from fighting ... I'd rather go to the bar across the street". True to his word Kid Rock stormed off while the rest of the group went to see the film. On returning to his car Simmons found a note on his windscreen - allegedly in Kid Rock's handwriting - bearing the slogan "Vote Bush. Bush Rocks".

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LIVE REVIEW: Buck 65 & Feist at 100 Club on 7 Jul
Good lord. If people this talented were on show every night I'd have no complaints.

First up, Feist, a solo singer songwriter complete with guitar, effects pedal and drum machine. Feist fools you into thinking she is a sweet, angelic, heavenly type - but don't be fooled, there's no bittersweet tales of love's young dream in Feist's strupped-down, bluesy-modern pop-tinged package. Oh no, quite the opposite.

In fact Feist provided such a good support set, that Buck 65 felt the need to make a dramatic entrance to ensure he had our attention - decked out in a white boiler suit armed with cufflinks at the sleeves. A suitably surreal arrival for this country-meets-stand-up-meets-storytelling-meets-hip-hop man from Nova Scotia. Music wise Buck 65 is on form, but as always his ramblings between songs are as much a part of the show as the songs themselves. Everyone's in double boistrous mood tonight because the show is being filmed for an upcoming DVD - soaking in the enthusiasm Buck 65 proves what a truly great performer he is - carrying hip-hop to somewhere quite different. Brilliant. YN

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WILL SMITH NOT TOO BOTHERED BY DOWNLOADERS
Will Smith has reportedly told reporters he's not losing too much sleep over kids downloading music illegally. He is quoted as saying: "My take is, 'OK, there were pirates 1,000 years ago - there is no reason for us to think that we'll live without them in the year 2004.' It's always going to be there. In keeping with my intuitive comprehension of the universe, it would be foolish of me to upset myself with something that always has been and always will be."

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BOBBY BROWN SHOWS UP TO FACE BATTERY CHARGES
Bobby Brown was a good boy this weekend and showed up at the Fulton County jail on schedule to be formally charged on battery charges relating to that fracas with wife Whitney Houston last year. As reported yesterday, although Houston herself has not pressed charges over the incident, local state law says police can press charges if they feel domestic violence has taken place, even if the person who has been attacked chooses not to. A judge ordered in May that there was enough evidence to proceed with the charges, and that's why Brown was ordered back to the jail house this weekend. Having been officially charged Brown was given immediate $2000 bail. No word yet on when the case will reach court.

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TOTP2 ON HOLD
When the rumour arrived at CMU central that Top of the Pops was being axed we thought a big story was breaking - we knew ratings were down, but the axe? In the end it turned out it was classic tracks spin off Top of the Pops 2 which is being dropped - which is a shame, because as far as I can see that's the best of the various TOTP shows (perhaps I'm just getting old). New BBC2 boss Roly Keating has told the TOTP2 team that the show is on hold "for the foreseeable future", though a spokesman subsequently added that the channel was not "getting rid of it indefinitely" and stressed it may well return in the future.

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TIMBALAND ENDS DISTRIBUTION DEAL WITH UNIVERSAL
Hip hop producer Timbaland has reportedly ended the distribution deal between his Beat Club label and Universal division Interscope. Word is he will enter a similar arrangement with Sony.

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MCFADDEN SIGNED TO GRIFFITHS, BUT NOT SONY
Music manager Richard Griffiths yesterday confirmed that former Westlife boy Bryan McFadden had signed up to his company with the intention of releasing some solo material, but denied any marketing or distribution deal had been done with Sony. He said that McFadden was working with a number of songwriters - including Paul Barry, Guy Chambers and Phil Thornalley - but that no decision had yet been made on how to distribute any releases.

Meanwhile Kerry McFadden has told reporters she didn't know her husband intended to quit Westlife until five days before his departure was officially announced. She told reporters: "I swear I didn't know he was leaving until five days before it was announced. When he told me I thought, 'Oh my God, what on earth are you doing?' but Bryan is one of these people who, once he's made up his mind up - that's it. He'd mentioned it six months before but I never really thought anything of it. When he told me for real I was heartbroken - it has been our whole life. I reckon I was more upset than Bryan was!"

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