CMU Daily - on the inside 15 Sep 2004
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Yahoo acquire MusicMatch
- Sony BMG appoint new Global Marketing Chief
- Doherty lashes out at Barat
- U2 reveal album title
- The long-awaited return of Duran Duran
- Chris Martin joins REM at Oxfam Gig
- Single Review: Mark B Feat Tommy Evans - Move.. Now
- The Charlies announce short tour
- Gospel groups concerned at Kanye West nomination
- J-lo to receive humanitarian honour
- Brits hits
- Manics unveil new album tracklisting
- Travis announce hits tour
- Jay-Kay builds £100,000 go-kart track
- One off single expected from Franz
- Cutting-edge Scottish festival announces line-up
- Music Works line up
- Urban Music Seminar this weekend
- Borders will have first anologue switch off
- Single Review: Joss Stone - You Had Me
- C4 and UBC buy into Popworld
- Cargo promises brutal

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YAHOO ACQUIRE MUSICMATCH
Yahoo has begun an acquisition of US based download platform MusicMatch. The $160 million takeover is part of Yahoo's bid to compete with iTunes and Napster in the digital music arena.

MusicMatch currently has a catalogue of 700,000 songs available on a pay-per-track or subscription basis. The subscription service currently has 225,000 members, but the traffic that goes through the service is much higher than that. Yahoo hope that the acquisition will help them double their global music audience, which they reckon currently stands at 12.9 million people.

Dave Goldberg, General Manager of Yahoo's music division, told reporters that the MusicMatch acquisition would enable them to offer consumers a wider range of music-based services: "This really rounds out everything we do in music. We want to offer users a way to interact with digital music in any way that they want".

The takeover is likely to require the go ahead from competition authorities, meaning the acquisition won't be fully completed until the end of the year.

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SONY BMG APPOINT NEW GLOBAL MARKETING CHIEF
Sony BMG boss Andrew Lack will be hoping to keep the BMG side of his recently created music empire happy by appointing a Bertelsmann man to an influential senior marketing post.

Former BMG Chief Marketing Officer Tim Prescott has been named Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for the recently merged major, reporting directly to CEO Lack.

In the new post Prescott will have the task of creating a unified marketing approach for all of the major's artists, labels and repertoires around the world. Lack is also looking to Prescott to ensure Sony BMG is able to better respond to changes in the market place, and to ensure the company is getting full commercial return from its creative assets.

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DOHERTY LASHES OUT AT BARAT
Why we don't just rebrand as the Doherty Daily Update I don't know. Anyway, here's the latest.
Estranged Libertine Pete Doherty has written a new song with side-project Babyshambles in which he lays into bandmate Carl Barat and Libertines manager Alan McGee for chucking him out of the band, again.

The new track, which is already on line, is called 'Gang Of Gin' and features the lyrics: "I'll tell you my story / The treachery, it bores me / Carl and McGee both promised me / It would not happen this way / Carl is kept sedated / The frontman elevated."

He also finds time to slag off the music industry in general, singing: "In this industry of Fools / Musclemen and ghouls / If you're not a puppet or a muppet / Then you might as well call it a day."

As previously reported, Babyshambles will kick off their UK tour at Brighton Concorde 2 on 16 Sep. Meanwhile The Libertines release their new single 'What Became Of The Likely Lads' on 18 Oct.

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U2 REVEAL ALBUM TITLE
After much rumour on various fan websites, U2 have confirmed the title of their new album is 'How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb'. Rumour originally had it the album would be called 'Vertigo', but that is the name of the first single release off the new long player. The album is out on 22 Nov, the single on 8 Nov.

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THE LONG-AWAITED RETURN OF DURAN DURAN
Talking of long awaited new albums from old-timers, Duran Duran have confirmed they will release their first album with full original line up since 1983 on 11 Oct. The track listing for new album 'Astronaut' is as follows:

'(Reach Up For The) Sunrise'
'Want You More!'
'What Happens Tomorrow'
'Astronaut'
'Bedroom Toys'
'Nice'
'Taste The Summer'
'Finest Hour'
'Chains'
'One Of Those Days'
'Point Of No Return'
'Still Breathing'

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CHRIS MARTIN JOINS REM AT OXFAM GIG
Chris Martin joined headliners REM on stage at Oxfam's Make Trade Fair benefit at London's Hammersmith Apollo last night. The Coldplay singer came on stage unannounced halfway through 'Man On The Moon'.

According to the NME, Martin sang a verse and chorus before waving to the crowd who applauded enthusiastically. He then watched the rest of the set from the side of the stage.

The REM set also included classics such as 'Losing My Religion' and 'Bad Day', as well as forthcoming single 'Leaving New York'. REM's Peter Buck also played with The Thrills, while Jamelia and Razorlight singer Johnny Borrell covered a hastily rehearsed Blondie's 'Heart Of Glass'. Also on the bill were Minnie Driver making her live singing debut and Ricky Gervais, presumably not making his live singing debut (though surely time for a Seona Dancing reunion).

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SINGLE REVIEW: Mark B feat Tommy Evans - Move.. Now (PIAS/Genuine)
Those of you that always think of Mark B in the context of 'and Blade' are ignoring the solo credentials of both parties, which Blade demonstrated with his recent solo album of course, and which Mark B shows us with this one (that said, we hear a rumour another Mark B and Blade collaboration may be on the cards, which has to be a good thing). 'Move.. Now' has been a huge underground hit for a while and with the big push of national radio play it's sure to make a dent in the top 40. And how can't it? The infectious Bollywood beats and vocals, crossed-over with a hip-hop collaboration, is sensational. With the push it so rightly deserves, it could really do something (and a shout going out to our main man Zane Lowe for doing his bit in getting this as much airtime as possible). YN
Release date: 13 Sep
Press: PIAS IH [all]

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THE CHARLIES ANNOUNCE SHORT TOUR
The Charlatans have announced a short UK winter tour. Tickets go on sale on Saturday (18 Sep) at 9.30 am. The dates are:

14 Dec: Preston Guildhall
15 Dec: Norwich UEA
16 Dec: London Brixton Carling Academy
18 Dec: Leeds University

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GOSPEL GROUPS CONCERNED AT KANYE WEST NOMINATION
Here's a fun one. Some gospel groups in the US have expressed concern after rapper/producer Kanye West was included on the ballot for the Stellar Awards, an awards programme that exists to honour the best gospel artists and performers.

The rapper is up for nomination for his album 'The College Dropout', most probably for its specifically Christian rap 'Jesus Walks'. However, some in the gospel community have said it is an inappropriate album to appear on the ballot because other tracks have lyrics that might offend a congregation.

One Stellar Academy member, Jadda Gunn, told reporters: "It just seems that it shouldn't have gotten through. For this to be the Stellar Awards they should have known Kanye West, Roc-A-Fella records, that's not a gospel album."

Organisers of the Stellar Awards have said they will be reissuing ballot papers to their Academy with some changes, though they wouldn't confirm whether one change was the removal of the West album. Awards organiser Erma Davis simply explained that 'The College Dropout' had been included because her committee often picks artists who have popular albums on the music charts.

After the new ballot is issued Academy members will vote - with a final shortlist announced at the end of Oct and the awards themselves staged in Houston on 15 Nov.

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J-LO TO RECEIVE HUMANITARIAN HONOUR
Jennifer Lopez is to receive a special honour for her charity work for the Children's Hospital Los Angeles. She will be presented with the first annual 'Noche de Ninos' award on 2 Oct. by Leonardo DiCaprio at an awards ceremony hosted by Antonio Banderas.

On the hospital Lopez said recently: "Children's Hospital Los Angeles is a remarkable place. This top paediatric facility treats and cares for some of the sickest children, not just from California but from all over the world. These kids need our support and I feel blessed to be able to help."
Lovely.

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BRITS HITS
Phew, all that anticipation is over, Britney Spears has finally revealed the tracklisting for her forthcoming greatest hits album. Called 'Greatest Hits: My Prerogative', the album will be released in Nov and will include her cover version of Bobby Brown's 'My Prerogative' plus another new song called 'Do Somethin' and dance track, '(I've Just Begun) Having My Fun', which became a hit online after it was released as a bonus track on the European version of Spears' 'In the Zone' DVD.

The full tracklisting is:
'My Prerogative'
'Toxic'
'I'm a Slave 4 U'
'Oops! I Did It Again'
'Me Against the Music'
'Stronger'
'Everytime'
'Baby One More Time'
'(You Drive Me) Crazy (The Stop Remix!)'
'Boys'
'Sometimes'
'Overprotected (The Darkchild Remix)'
'Lucky'
'Outrageous'
'I'm Not A Girl, Not Yet a Woman'
'(I've Just Begun) Having My Fun'
'Do Somethin''

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MANICS UNVEIL NEW ALBUM TRACKLISTING
Talking of tracklistings, the line up for the new Manic Street Preachers album 'Lifeblood' has been confirmed. The band release their seventh album 'Life Blood' on 1 Nov with the single 'The Love Of Richard Nixon' preceding it on 18 Oct. Tracklisting as follows:

'1985'
'The Love Of Richard Nixon'
'Empty Souls'
'A Song For Departure'
'I Live To Fall Asleep'
'To Repel Ghosts'
'Emily'
'Glasnost'
'Always/Never'
'Solitude Sometimes Is'
'Fragments'
'Cardiff Afterlife'

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TRAVIS ANNOUNCE HITS TOUR
Travis have announced a relatively intimate UK tour to promote their forthcoming hits compilation. 'Travis: Singles' will feature all of the band's singles and will be released on 1 Nov. The album will feature a brand new track, 'Walking In The Sun', produced and mixed by Mike Hedges and Nigel Godrich, which will be released as a single on 18 Oct.

The dates are:
3 Oct: Newcastle Foundation
4 Oct: Glasgow Barrowland
7 Oct: Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
8 Oct: Cambridge Junction
10 Oct: Manchester Academy 2
11 Oct: Sheffield Leadmill
13 Oct: Bristol Bierkeller
14 Oct: London Mean Fiddler

Tickets go on sale at 11am on 18 Sep.

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JAY-KAY BUILDS £100,000 GO-KART TRACK
Jay Kay has had a £100,000 go-karting track built in the grounds of his Buckinghamshire mansion.

As previously reported, the singer was banned from driving for six months after being clocked doing 105mph. A friend told The Sun: "Driving is like a drug for Jay and this is the only way he can legally get around his ban. The track is brilliant. It's really professional, complete with ramps, a pit lane, crash barriers and a couple of nifty go-karts. He has already tried it out. He's like a kid with a new toy. He was devastated when he was caught speeding and was nearly in tears at the thought of his fleet of supercars gathering dust for the rest of the year."

Unfortunately the Jamiroquai singer forgot to apply for planning permission and has had to make an application to Wycombe District Council for the right to keep the track. Let's hope the authorities are more sympathetic this time round.

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ONE OFF SINGLE EXPECTED FROM FRANZ
Franz Ferdinand are expected to release a brand new single in Nov, ie not one from their eponymous debut album (which is shifting units by the bucketload post-Mercury Music Prize we hear). According to the band's web site the new song, 'Can't Stop Feeling', will be released as an interim single before Christmas. The track was apparently recorded in Malmo, Sweden last year for inclusion on the debut album, but was dropped at the last minute. The track has been remixed by producer Dan The Automator - who FF frontman Alex Kapranos worked with recently when he supplied vocals for a track by Automator's side project Handsome Boy Modeling School.

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CUTTING-EDGE SCOTTISH FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES LINE-UP
Scotland's largest experimental music event, Instal, which takes place at the Arches in Glasgow on 16 and 17 Oct, has unveiled this year's line-up. Artists playing include legendary underground folk act Current 93, eclectic American outfit Six Organs of Admittance, pioneering electronic artist Charlemagne Palestine, ambient Glasgwegian Richard Young C, Japanese artist Chie Mukai, Japanese rock group Vajra, avant-garde guitarist Derek Bailey performing with Norwegian percussionist Ingar Zach, plus more sonic experimentalists. Press info from Nicola at the Arches

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MUSIC WORKS LINE UP
Talking of fine music events in Scotland, Glasgow based Music Works have announced details of this year's MusicWorks International Cross-Media Convention which takes place from 27-29 Oct.
Seminars include:

28 Oct

Keynote Speaker: Gregor Erkel, Director of Online Music Services for Sony Connect asks the question "does the digital age mean the end of the music album?".

Guest Speaker: Feargal Sharkey, in his capacity as Chair of the Live Music Forum, will be looking at the changes in live touring.

Selling Music on the Internet: An in-depth investigation into how digital music services will develop over the next five years. Panellists include Mark Mooradian (MusicNet), Raman Sethi (Sony Connect), James Langley (Karma Download), Simon Wheeler (Beggar's Group) and Paul Brindley (MusicAlly).

The Modern Music Consumer - Who is buying music and how are they buying it? Eamonn Forde, Editor of Five 8 Magazine leads this investigation into the present state and future of music consumption with panellists Jerry Perkins (Word Magazine), Kimmo Pekari (Tezoma, Sweden),Jerry Roest (Shazam), Svante Holm (Sony Ericsson) and Gordon Montgomery (Fopp).

29 Oct

Guest speaker: Steve Schnur, Worldwide Executive of Music at Electronic Arts (USA), will be looking at the collaborative partnerships between musicians and games developers and asking the question "Are videogames the new rock 'n' roll?" (answer: quite probably).

Music in Advertising: how to make money from music in today's advertising industry, with Ian Neil (Ian Neil Consultancy), Ayla Masters (BBH/Leap Music), Sofie Sheen (10Q), Nicky Stein (Clintons), Dominic Caisley (Stream Agency) and Natasha Baldwin (Boosey & Hawkes).

How is Digital Radio working in the UK?: Led by some bloke called Chris Cooke from CMU and featuring panellists Matt Degan (GWR), Steve Stark (Totally Radio), Martin Campbell (Ofcom) Dougal Perman (Radio Magnetic) and Steve Piggot (GWR/Creation), this topical seminar looks at the current success and future potential of digital radio in the UK.

Earlybird registration is now open at £160 + VAT and is available until 1 October 2004. Full info and online registration at http://www.musicworksUK.com.

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URBAN MUSIC SEMINAR THIS WEEKEND
Talking of key music industry events, it is the ROC Urban Music Seminar at the Royal Festival Hall this weekend, as always a great event for anyone interested in making it in music. 15,000 odd people are expected to attend the seminars, workshops and showcases that are staged over the weekend. Full details, and a remarkable picture that makes the Royal Festival Hall look like a nice building, at http://www.urbanmusicseminar.co.uk.

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BORDERS WILL HAVE FIRST ANOLOGUE SWITCH OFF
Talking of digital broadcasting in Scotland (which I will be at MusicWorks on 29 Oct), word is the Scottish borders region, which includes the mainly rural areas North of the Lake District, and the border counties of Scotland, may well be the first place to lose terrestrial TV output.

OfCom is apparently considering the area as a testing ground for the switch over to exclusively digital TV. The area is a good testing ground because it has a relatively small population and confined TV signals (ie broadcasts from neighbouring transmitters don't spill into the region), however the local TV viewing audience aren't necessarily early adopters when it comes to investing in digital TV, plus the terrestrial digital signal (ie Freeview) isn't that great.

OfCom will be hoping Sky's new Freesat package, which allows consumers to receive free-to-air digital channels via a satellite without subscription (ie you just pay £150 at the outset to buy the kit) will help ensure the whole area can go digital in time for the analogue turn off. Then again, with ministers not willing to subsidise the sale of the Freesat system, it remains to be seen if the TV viewing public in the Borders region are willing to part with £150 just to let the government reach their analogue switch-off deadline.

Of course the whole digital switch over is still hampered by the fact that nearly every digital household (whether they use Freeview, cable or satellite) will still have additional TV sets accessing analogue broadcasts.

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SINGLE REVIEW: Joss Stone - You Had Me (EMI/Relentless Records)
Young Joss is one of the most discussed new artists in the UK this year, and not necessarily for the right reasons. For as many people praise her unique voice, which recalls the great soul singers of yesteryear, there are as many who treat her talents with suspicion. Questions are asked about her credibility, about how such a young, inexperienced girl can cover records about suffering and heartbreak. This isn't a debate I wish to enter; I'm judging her by her records, and the Mercury-nominated 'The Soul Sessions' was an impressive debut, certainly good enough to warrant the interest she's been getting. Keen to record original material, she's collaborated with Betty Wright on 'You Had Me', an up-tempo track which aspires to compare to the glory days of 70s Memphis soul. The guitar lick that sounds like it could have jumped off a Stevie Wonder album from that era, but it doesn't quite feel right. Stone's transition from covers to original material could have done with a slightly stronger track. Although Stone's vocals are naturally superb, this track seems a little too 'easy' and effortless; the lyrics, in particular, border on the clichéd. But still, it should sell well, and I'm confident that Stone can develop as a talent in the years to come. KW
Release date: 13 Sep
Press contact: APB [RP] DWL [NP] Virgin IH [CP, CR, RR] Relentless IH [NR]

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C4 AND UBC BUY INTO POPWORLD
Channel 4's Popworld show (you know, the one you always miss the start of cos it's on so damn early on a Sunday morning) is turning into something of a media empire in itself following the creation of an MTV spin-off earlier this year.

Both Channel 4 and Unique Broadcasting have bought a stake in the brand, which was created and is owned by Simon Fuller (who else?). Channel 4 have bought a 25% stake, Unique have taken a 12.5% stake with the option to take another 12.5% at some point before the end of the year.

A radio version of the show now seems likely, especially given that Channel 4 and Unique are already collaborating on a new radio station, albeit a speech based one.

Of course Popworld's cult appeal has a lot to do with its presenters - Simon Amstell and Miquita Oliver - and if they were to jump ship the brand might not be quite as valuable as it currently seems.

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CARGO PROMISES BRUTAL WRESTLING MATCHES
Presumably you're all going to Remix Night at Cargo tomorrow night, but if you are looking for something even more bizarre that the GLC perhaps you should try this night taking place at Cargo on 29 Sep.

The Rock and Metal Wrestling Action night returns with five wrestling matches in a full size ring plus Die So Fluid playing live and support from Tidalmind, Inner Rage and Mallory Knox. Special guest stars from the world of wrestling include 'Righteous' Paul Travell, Dominator and Leevil. Press info from Luke at Cargo.

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FATBOY BRIXTON DATE
There's the slightest chance we told you Fatboy Slim is playing the Brixton Academy on 26 Oct, when any fool knows Mr Cook's Brixton date is the 26 Nov.

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