CMU Daily - on the inside Monday 27th September
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Hendrix's brother loses legal fight for royalty share
- Channel 4 consider Radio 1 takeover
- Virgin launch download service
- BT announce digital awards nominees
- Bee Gee Robin plans tribute for brother Maurice
- Cat Stevens threatens actions against US
- Kylie unveils Scissor Sisters collaboration
- Bertlesmann boss says technology will combat downloading
- Macca asks Arnie to ban goose pate
- Prophets in demand
- Viacom buy more reach in China
- Supergrass and Razorlight plan Highland Fling
- Electric 6 return
- Ludes launch Club Hedonistic
- Dangermouse joins Gorillaz
- Fatboy Slim renames football ground
- Pavement release unheard tracks
- Album Review: Thirteen Senses - The Invitation
- US judge questions anti-bootlegging law
- Chart update
- US tour slows down patrol
- The Offspring cover the police
- Eastern Lane pig out
- Digital Music Awards nominations



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The brother of the late Jimi Hendrix has been unsuccessful in his attempt to gain a cut of the legendary singer's posthumous royalties. As previously reported, Hendrix's brother Leon claimed that he had been unfairly cut out of his father's will by his step sister Janie. Their father, Al Hendrix, had inherited the rights to Jimi's music, and Janie continues to run the estate through the Experience Hendrix company.

In Al Hendrix's original will Leon Hendrix was due to get 24% of the estate, with Janie Hendrix receiving 38%. However, in 1997 the will was changed cutting out Leon. He claims Janie forced their then infirm father to make that decision. Her legal people argue it was because of Leon's ongoing drugs problems, unwillingness to work and regular demands for money that Al Hendrix chose to change his will.

Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Ramsdell last week sided with Janie, telling the court: "Janie was the family member Al trusted the most."

Outside the court Janie told reporters: "The judge has upheld my dad's will and the way it was written. I had a great partnership with my dad, and now it's time to heal."

A spokesman for the Experience Hendrix company said: "Janie and [her cousin] Robert are happy that her father's wishes were honoured. They are a responsible company that tries to honour the legacy of Jimi Hendrix and they want to keep doing their job."

Criticising the court's decision, Leon Hendrix again stressed that Janie was not, in fact, a blood relative of Jimi - she was adopted by Al Hendrix and her mother, June Jinka, in 1968, just two years before Jimi's death. Leon told reporters: "This is the Hendrixes. This is the family right here, you know, bloodline".


One of the more bizarre proposals currently being considered by bosses at Channel 4 is a bid to take over Radio 1. According to the Guardian, Channel 4 has proposed a number of future developments to media regulator OfCom - including a merger with Channel Five, joint ventures with the BBC, and a move to take over the UKTV network. One of those ideas on the table is to persuade the government to give it the chunk of licence fee cash that is spent on Radio 1 so they can launch a public service youth station. That proposal would fit into reports that Channel 4 has ambitions to enter the radio space, however some say Radio 1 wouldn't really strengthen C4's business and that the proposal is therefore unlikely to get too much serious consideration.


Another day, another download service. The Virgin Group today launch their digital music platform in the US. Like Napster it will follow a subscription model - users will have unlimited access to the company's music catalogue for $7.99 a month. A premium service which allows users to move the tracks to their portable music players will be added soon. No news yet on a UK launch date.


Another day, another awards ceremony. BT announced the nominations for the Digital Music Awards on Friday. This is the event that awards artists and labels for their online activity.

Announcing the award BT Rich Media boss Andy Brown told reporters: "This year's awards have been designed to significantly increase participation from consumers. Music fans have just begun to seriously embrace digital music entertainment and we aim to celebrate the positive role the platform plays for the industry."

The awards will be presented at a ceremony at Shepherd's Bush Empire on 19 Oct. There's a full list of nominations at the bottom of today's Daily.


A tribute concert is being planned for the late Bee Gee Maurice Gibb. The event, due to take place in the US next year, is being organised by his brother Robin - word is Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake are among the artists who have been invited to perform. Robin is also organising a tribute album which will feature various singers performing covers of Bee Gee songs.


Yusuf Islam - aka Cat Stevens - is planning to take legal action against the US after they refused him entrance last week on the grounds of "security issues". As previously reported, Islam's flight from London to Washington was diverted half way there and the singer was turned back to Britain. In a statement Islam said on Friday: "Never would I believe that such a thing could happen in the 'land of the free' - unfortunately, it did. I am a man of peace and denounce all forms of terrorism and injustice; it is simply outrageous for the US authorities to suggest otherwise."

To be fair to the Americans, perhaps they refused him access because they'd heard he might be performing his new duet with Ronan Keating. Islam has recorded a version of his track 'Father And Son' with Keating - his first recording since 1974. According to The Sun bookies reckon that the track is a safe bet to be this year's Christmas number one. Great.


Kylie's collaboration with the Scissor Sisters will be released as her next single and will feature on her forthcoming greatest hits collection. 'I Believe In You', co-written with Scissor Sisters' Jake Shears and Babydaddy, will be released on 29 Nov.

The double-CD greatest hits collection, 'Ultimate Kylie', due out two weeks earlier, will also include another new song, 'Giving You Up'.

The album is Kylie's first compilation to feature her hits from the Stock, Aiken and Waterman period, her time with BMG's De-Construction Records and the more recent releases on EMI's Parlophone. It tracks Minogue's pop career from her debut Australian number one 'The Loco-Motion' in 1987 through to latest hit 'Chocolate'. Also included are her first UK number one 'I Should Be So Lucky', and six other British chart topping hits as well as her duets with Jason Donovan and with Nick Cave.

Commenting on the album, Kylie told reporters: "Since my first hit, I can't believe how quickly time has passed. This collection is very dear to me and holds a lifetime of memories. I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to experiment throughout the years and that my fans have embraced the need in me to try new approaches. I am just as excited about the new tracks featured here as I am about all the others on the record."


Bertlesmann boss Gunter Thielen gave some interesting insights into the future of the music business in an interview with the Wall Street Journal on Friday.

Firstly he spoke about the ongoing battle against illegal downloading, suggesting technology could, as yet, provide a solution. He told the paper: "I think the downloading problem won't be solved until we're able to electronically interfere with the process. There are some new technologies being tested, and I think they'll be ready pretty soon. In one or two years, we'll have taken care of the problem."

Secondly, on the changing relationship between labels and their artists, Thielen suggested record companies may soon be getting involved in other aspects of artists' careers than just recordings. "Companies should form "partnerships" from the start that involves all aspects of an artist's career, including live performances".

Finally, when asked why Bertlesmann was sticking with the music business despite the many commercial challenges, he pointed out: "You can question every media business. I could show you where the very existence of each of our businesses is at risk. In that sense, there is no business that isn't problematic. We'd have to get out of everything."


Paul McCartney is involved in a campaign urging California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to ban foie gras. Last month, California's state legislature approved a bill to outlaw foie gras, and it now awaits Schwarzenegger's assent.

According to the BBC, McCartney wants California to be the first US state to ban foie gras pate, which is made, of course, by force feeding geese and ducks. Other stars, including Martin Sheen, Chrissie Hynde and Kim Basinger, are also calling for Schwarzenegger to approve the bill to outlaw the sale and production of the pate.

Paul, who was asked to write the letter by animal rights group Viva! USA, said: "There is clearly nothing humane about mechanically inducing disease in a bird by forcing a pipe down its throat and making it consume such an abnormal quantity of food that its liver expands many times its normal size. I feel sure that your natural feelings of compassion will encourage you to sign this basic humane bill into law."


Lostprophets have added five more dates to their forthcoming winter tour of the UK and Ireland. Most of the band's previously announced dates have sold out so the band will now play three more dates in England and a further two in Ireland.The full tour dates are:

13 Nov: Glasgow SECC
14 Nov: Northumbria University
15 Nov: Wolverhampton Civic
17 Nov: London Hammersmith Apollo
20 Nov: Manchester Apollo
21 Nov: Cardiff Arena
23 Nov: Leeds University
24 Nov: Wolverhampton Civic
25 Nov: Manchester Apollo
27 Nov: Dublin Ambassador
28 Nov: Belfast Ulster Hall


Media conglom Viacom has done a deal with China's Beijing Television which means they can extend MTV into the Southern province of Guangdong. It's an important move given that it will increase the number of households receiving MTV there from 1 million to 3 million.


Razorlight and Supergrass are among the acts appearing at the New Year's Eve festival Highland Gathering in Edinburgh later this year.

Other acts confirmed for the Hogmanay event include Armand Van Helden, The Levellers, Erick Morillo, Jah Shaka, Miss Behavin', Seb Fontaine, Sister Bliss, Faithless, Future Shock, Lee Scratch Perry and Dave Pearce, with more acts to be announced shortly.

The event, which takes place at the Royal Highland Centre outside Edinburgh on 31 Dec, will involve VJ's, multi-cultural performance art, installations, light shows, exhibition spaces and a market place. The 12-hour music marathon kicks off at 8pm, promising an all night, indoor event for 25,000 people with buses to the location provided.


Electric 6 are to return with a subtly titled new single and a full UK tour including an intimate London gig.
Dick Valentine and his band are currently in the studio recording the follow-up to their 2003 album 'Fire', but will be making a brand new song available to fans in October. The track, 'Vibrator', will be available as an exclusive free download from 11 Oct from the band's official website

Following that, Electric 6 will finally be releasing their long awaited version of Queen's classic 'Radio Ga Ga' as a single on 13 Dec (didn't we say that this time last year?).

The full tour dates are:
12 Oct: London's Metro Club
27 Nov: Leadmill, Sheffield
28 Nov: Hull University, Hull
29 Nov: Rock City, Nottingham
1 Dec: MDH Hall, Manchester
2 Dec: Barrowlands Glasgow
3 Dec: UEA Norwich
4 Dec: Anson Rooms, Bristol
6 Dec: ULU London


Ludes are one of four bands playing at the launch of a free club night tonight (27 Sep). Redjetson, Riff Random and Hedon are also playing along with DJ Charlie No.4 at Club Hedonistic at The Archway from 7.00pm.

The new night hopes to showcase new talent and build up a proper community of music fans. New and upcoming bands are being encouraged to send demos in. Details are at

The venue is bang opposite Archway tube (Northern Line). The north London venue is expected to be quite busy, so best to turn up early to guarantee entry. The Boyfriends are expected up to play the second night, on Monday 18 Oct.


Damon Albarn is working with DJ Danger Mouse (he of 'The Grey Album') on the second Gorillaz album. There's a certain irony to that collaboration given that the Gorillaz are signed to EMI, the label that served an injunction against Danger Mouse over his Beatles mash up.

Albarn originally collaborated with Dan 'the Automator' on the Gorillaz 2001 self-titled debut album. The follow-up is due for spring 2005 and guest vocalists will include De La Soul.

Albarn told MTV the album is half finished: "We're pretty deep into it. We're both very excited about what's happening musically and I think it'll surprise a lot of people. But I don't really want to describe a sound for people to expect."

The album will once again include a visual component, but Albarn hasn't said whether the same artist, Jamie Hewlett, would be involved.


Fatboy Slim is to rename the ground of his favourite football team, Brighton and Hove Albion, 'Palookaville' after his new album. The club's Withdean ground will be rechristened for their match against Sheffield United on 2 Oct and fans inside the ground will hear a preview of the album two days before its official release on 4 Oct.

Norman Cook has been a fan of the team for years and his record label Skint have sponsored the club for six years. Brighton players will wear a specially designed shirt carrying the 'Palookaville' logo for the match. He said: "I have been a Brighton And Hove Albion fans for years. 'Palookaville''s coming home!" .

The club have been campaigning hard in recent years to move away from their temporary home at Withdean - which has a limited 7,000 capacity, to a new permanent home. They ended up there when the club's previous owners sold their old ground in 1997 - they have since been campaigning for planning permission to build a 22,000 seater stadium.

Brighton chairman Dick Knight said: "We've had a great relationship with Skint Records and Norman for over five years, during which time, like every Albion fan, they've experienced the quaint idiosyncrasies of our temporary home. So when Norman came up with the name of his new album - 'Palookaville' (a place for bums on cold wet seats and no shelter) it seemed totally appropriate to re-christen Withdean for the launch home game. It's a bit of fun and the irony won't be lost on everyone who knows why we need a proper stadium."


Lo-fi rockers Pavement are to release eleven never-before-heard tracks on the tenth anniversary edition of their album, 'Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain'.

According to Billboard the record, due 26 Oct, is a double-disc set with 14 additional unreleased versions of songs from the album, including a 1994 BBC Peel Session. The package will include a 40-page booklet with essays, rare Pavement photos and memorabilia.

Frontman Steve Malkmus said: "There's some things I would veto now and then, but Matador more than anything has been the driving force in digging up stuff and making these records into '90s classics. I mean, they're doing a 40-page booklet! I didn't even know there was that much stuff that you could use for this!"

Pavement split after 1999's 'Terror Twilight' with Malkmus going on to a solo career leading the band the Jicks. He says he wouldn't rule out a Pavement reunion some day, but it's not something he's anticipating in the near future: "It doesn't feel exactly right yet for me to do it I mean, it could. I guess you just know when it's right, just like so many other things in your life. Or, you force it due to financial reasons or someone telling you how much you could make. No one has told us that, so that's not an issue at all. But we all get along; no one is like a lawyer with a huge caseload or has lost an arm."


ALBUM REVIEW: Thirteen Senses - The Invitation (Universal/Vertigo)
Who could have predicted the huge success of Coldplay and Keane? Certainly not me, but this is evidence, it seems, that it's the quiet ones you have to watch. Thirteen Senses have been compared to both those bands (and indeed they share a producer, Danton Supple, with Chris Martin's band) but whether they achieve the giddy heights of either of those outfits is probably down to luck more than anything else. But the omens are certainly good. Their first limited edition single 'Thru the Glass' received daytime play on Radio 1 and Xfm, and sold out in its first week of release, while their follow up 'Do No Wrong' hit the top 40 in May. They've also garnered some approving reviews, most notably from the Daily Star who gave their Glasto appearance a rave review despite them not appearing at the festival. The four 21-year olds from Truro make big, ambitious music which is both more imaginative and subtle than either Coldplay or Keane. The aforementioned single 'Thru The Glass' has an impressive intro and a mellow, melodic sound reminiscent of Mercury Rev. 'Do No Wrong' is atmospheric, sombre and anthemic. Will South's vocals are particularly good on this one, managing to sound both delicate and glacial. Third single 'Into The Fire' completes an excellent trio; it's a seriously epic track with wonderful vocals and a great tune. 'Lead Us' has a quiet piano intro building up to an inspiring culmination and like much of the album has a feeling of melancholy whilst simultaneously being uplifting. Thirteen Senses have made a confident and strong debut. JW
Release date: 27 Sep
Press contact: Hall or Nothing [CP, RP, NP] Mercury IH [CR, RR, NR]


A US judge made an interesting decision last week when he dismissed charges against a Manhattan-based record dealer who had been found guilty of selling unofficial recordings of concerts. Jean Martignon was indicted by a federal grand jury back in October 2003 for selling "unauthorised recordings of live performances". However New York based Judge Harold Baer Jr last week overruled that decision on the basis that the law against the creation and sale of bootleg recordings could not stand because "it placed no time limit on the ban - unlike the limits placed on books or recorded music releases". Baer concluded that meant that US law unfairly granted "seemingly perpetual protection" to the original performances.

Prosecutors in the case are now "reviewing the decision", although the Recording Industry Association Of America were quick to criticise the judge's viewpoint. Spokesman Jonathan Lamy told reporters: "It stands in marked contrast to existing law and prior decisions that have determined that Congress was well within its constitutional authority to adopt legislation that prevented trafficking in copies of unauthorised performances of live music".


Well, Mr Donny Osmond was the only artist to get a new entry in the top ten this week - going in at 8 with 'Breeze On By'. Very little happening at the top of the singles chart, with Eric Prydz staying at the top. However some damn fine new entries lower down the chart - Groove Armada at 11, Fatboy Slim at 12, Muse at 14, Ian Brown at 18, Biffy Clyro at 24, The Ordinary Boys at 28 and Brian Wilson at 29 - hurrah to that.

Albums wise and a big hurrah to the news Green Day's 'American Idiot' goes straight in at the top. Other new entries come from Bryan Adams (4), The Music (8), Nick Cave (11), Jean Michel Jarre (14), Status Quo (16), The Clash London Calling re-release (26) and the 22-20s (40).


Snow Patrol are finding that extensive touring of the US means they have little time to write their new album, though they still hope to start recording their next album in the spring and aim to release the follow-up to this year's 'Final Straw' by autumn 2005.

Gary Lightbody has told Billboard that his gruelling touring schedule is affecting his songwriting progress: "We have maybe ten new songs. But we don't start an album without 40, so we're not anywhere near that yet. I can't do it [write while on the road]. I got wind that Franz Ferdinand have basically finished their new album and I was kind of green with envy, I have to say. If there's a UK band that had toured (the United States) more than us lately, it's Franz Ferdinand. Whenever we do get the odd few days off in Glasgow or Belfast, we try to do a wee bit of writing. But after you've done your washing and paid your bills, you really just want to sit in front of the TV!"

However Lightbody stands by his band's decision to undergo a gruelling US tour schedule. "Most British bands approach touring here with the wrong attitude. Coldplay toured and toured and toured. U2 basically came and lived here and worked so hard that it really paid off. That model is really the only model you can work from. If you're prepared to come and put in the time, people respect that. You can make fans for life here. People only really get to appreciate a band when they can see them face to face."

Snow Patrol are having success in the US with 'Final Straw' peaking at Number Five on Billboard's Heatseekers chart.


The Offspring are to release their greatest hits album in early 2005 and it will feature new material including a Police cover. Frontman Dexter Holland told Rolling Stone: "I've been messing around with it in the car, like, 'Can I hit that?' We're not doing 'Roxanne'. That's really up there."

The band have also worked on some other new tracks with Morrissey producer Jerry Finn. On the need for new material on a greatest hits album Holland continued: "I've gone back and forth about it and just decided that, unfortunately, the way the world works now, if you really want to get people to hear about a greatest hits record, you need that new song. People think of greatest hits like, 'Oh, does that mean you're going into acting?' But I really want to put out another record next year. All the new songs feel pretty good."


Fans of Berwick-Upon-Tweed's finest, Eastern Lane, will be in pig heaven next month when the band head out on a tour in support of their new single, 'I Said Pig On Friday', with hotly tipped Londoners The Paddingtons supporting on some of the dates. Dates as follows:

2 Oct: London, Frog at Mean Fiddler
3 Oct: Wolverhampton, Little Civic*
9 Oct: Peterborough, Met Lounge*
10 Oct: Brighton, Pressure Point
11 Oct: Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach *
12 Oct: Birmingham, Bar Academy *
13 Oct: Club NME at Koko (old Camden Palace)
14 Oct: Nottingham Rescue Rooms*
17 Oct: Manchester, Roadhouse *
18 Oct: Sheffield, Fez*
19 Oct: Glasgow, King Tuts*
20 Oct: Newcastle, Cluney*
21 Oct: Edinburgh, Bongo Club*

*plus guests The Paddingtons


Best Pop Artist: Brian McFadden -; Girls Aloud -; Kylie Minogue -; Natasha Bedingfield -; Peter Andre -

Best Rock/Indie Artist: Paul Weller -; Supergrass - and; The Concretes -; The Futureheads -; The Zutons -

Best Dance Artist: Faithless -; Fatboy Slim -; Goldfrapp -; John Digweed -; Prodigy -

Best Urban Artist: Estelle -; Goldie Lookin Chain -; Jamelia -; Lemar -; The Streets -

Best Artist Download: Anastacia - Left Outside Alone; Coldplay - 2000 Miles; George Michael - Amazing; Keane - Everybody's Changing; Mario Winans - I Don't Want To Know; Maroon 5 - This Love; OutKast - Hey Ya!; Scissor Sisters - Laura; The Rasmus - In the Shadows; The Streets - Dry Your Eyes

Best Music Download Service: iTunes -; - ; -; Napster - Sony Connect -

Best Radio Station Online: BBC 6 Music -; LAUNCHcast Radio -; Radio Magnetic -; Virgin Radio -; Xfm -

Best Web-based Music Game: Muse Space Fighter game; McFly game; Razorlight Olympics game; Rooster - Randy Rooster game; Shapeshifters Hall of Mirrors game

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