CMU Daily - on the inside Thursday 13th January

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In today's CMU Daily:
- Belle & Sebastian top Scottish bands poll
- Bloc Party reveal festival bookings
- Tony Wilson launches new Factory label
- Busted just on a break - OK?
- Marley body not to be moved
- Milo replace Head Automatica on The Used tour
- Weezer album nearly done
- Napster face patent lawsuit in US
- Korean P2P creators found not-guilty of copyright violation
- Steriogram change single release plans
- Sting plays benefit in Bangkok
- Keane and Church added to tsunami benefit
- New Kylie single due
- Virgin launch visual service on mobile
- Evans signed up for Radio Aid
- Kelis and Nas tie the knot
- Geri gets a half a million date
- Fifty favourite Scottish bands

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BELLE & SEBASTIAN TOP SCOTTISH BANDS POLL
Just ask Pete Waterman - Belle & Sebastian fans are good at getting the votes in whenever there is a public vote involving their favourite band - and we've no problem with that, especially when it puts a certain pop producer's nose out of joint by securing the outsiders a Brit Award over, say, Steps. And those B&S fans have been busy over the last three months getting their votes in for The List magazine poll to find the bestest Scottish band ever - in doing so securing them top place.

Yep, Belle & Sebastian top the poll, announced at a party in Glasgow last night. Travis and Idlewild closely followed in second and third place, with CMU's personal favourites (The Proclaimers of course) in at ten.

Unusually for these surveys, the current crop of music stars didn't seem to benefit from faddy voters with short memories - neither Snow Patrol nor Franz Ferdinand came top ten, they were voted 14th and 15th respectively.

Commenting on the awards, List music editor Mark Robertson told CMU: "The idea behind the project was simple - to rediscover the very best of Scottish music from the finest musical talent spanning from the age of 70's rock through to 80's pop right up to today's international stars. Everyone has strong opinions about who they believe deserves this prestigious accolade, and we wanted to open this up to the public to decide. The response was amazing, and we were delighted to be able to unveil the victors at such a special event this evening. Our thanks go to all artists who performed and attended the show, and to all those who worked with us over the course of the three months'

On their overall victory, Belle & Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch added: "We don't think for a moment that we are the best band in Scotland, but we are thrilled to be on a list with some of our favourite artists like Teenage Fanclub and the Cocteau Twins. I think it says more about the fans than it does about us. We have a very loyal fan base. We're absolutely delighted."

If you're interested, the full top 50, selected by The List and put in order by the public vote, is at the bottom of today's Daily. Browse through and see, if like us, you can't help asking "where the feck are Garbage?"

Meanwhile, press info on the poll from Material PR on 0141 204 7970 |

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BLOC PARTY REVEAL FESTIVAL BOOKINGS
Talking of Scottish bands, erm, Londoners Bloc Party have revealed they will be playing at the Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds festivals this year, adding that they are also in talks with the promoters of T in the Park and Oxegen - which means any dedicated 'got-to-see-every-gig' Bloc Party fans are going to have a very expensive summer.

Singer Kele Okereke has told virtualfestivals.com: "2004 was amazing for us and this year should be even better - provided we can stay sane! We've been booked to play Glastonbury, which we haven't done before, and Reading/Leeds. We're also in talks with T In The Park and Oxegen about playing those."
Bloc Party also tour the UK next month on the good old NME Awards Tour.

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TONY WILSON LAUNCHES NEW FACTORY LABEL
Anthony H Wilson (as he was known in his late night Granada talk show days) is setting up another record label. Yep, the man behind the legendary Factory Records, which launched the careers of Joy Division, New Order and The Happy Mondays, among others, is launching a new label called F4. The label's first release will be a single from Manchester's Raw-T (they're a Moss Side based Grime collective, don't you know), while an F4 download site will also release music from artists Vini Reilly and the Young Offenders Institute.

Once again Wilson's label will have a proudly independent stance - based, Wilson says, around the ethos of the founder of the legendary Sun Records, Sam Philips, who said in 1954: "'I try to open up the freedom within the artist himself, to help him discover what he believed his message to be ... to bring out that curiosity, to encourage that area of creative difference, to stifle not even the smallest element of exploration." Of course some would argue Wilson's innovative approach is what put the original Factory Records out of business, so the label's new signings will be hoping F4, with its distribution deal with Pinnacle, can successfully combine that ethos with a commercially viable business model.

Confirming his latest venture Wilson told reporters yesterday: "This is a confession of utter failure. I have completely failed to either grow up or calm down. I am as excited about Raw-T as I was about Joy Division or the Mondays. And as excited about technology and what F4 can do for my beloved Vini and the wonderful Young Offenders as that Tokyo night my mate Takao-san at Nippon Columbia handed me "Power Corruption and Lies", my first CD. F4 is a thrill and a privilege."

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BUSTED JUST ON A BREAK - OK?
With those 'Busted to split' rumours doing the rounds again yesterday, Universal Records have told reporters the band are planning on "taking a break" so that Charlie Simpson can work on his indie side project Fightstar. That the Busted boys were taking the first two months of 2005 off while Simpson and Fightstar went on tour was already known, so whether this is the same statement reissued again we're not sure, though there may be something telling in the comment that the band would "reconvene in due course" - which is less committal than "they'll be back in the studio in March". Ah well.

Meanwhile Busted's Matt Jay and James Bourne, who are rumoured to already be annoyed at their band-mate for prioritizing his Fightstar project, won't appreciate the BBC News Online report that referred to Simpson as the band's 'frontman'.

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MARLEY BODY NOT TO BE MOVED
Turns out those stories doing the rounds overnight regarding plans to exhume Bob Marley's body weren't true. The reports, which seemingly began with a story circulated by the Associated Press, said that Marley's family planned to move the singer's body to his 'spiritual home' in Ethiopia. The re-burial was to coincide with Marley's 60th birthday, which includes a programme of events in Ethiopia, it being the home of the late Emperor Haile Selassie, the spiritual leader of Marley's Rastafarian faith. However a spokesman for the Bob Marley Foundation this morning told Undercover News in Australia that there were, in fact, no plans to move Marley's body to the African country.

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MILO REPLACE HEAD AUTOMATICA ON THE USED TOUR
Head Automatica have again had to withdraw from live dates in the UK because vocalist Daryl Palumbo has been hospitalized with a recurrence of Crohn's Disease.

The band had been due to tour with The Used and then play a rescheduled headline date at London's Mean Fiddler - but all those dates have had to be cancelled. Palumbo will remain in London until he is well enough to fly back to New York. A spokesman for the band's label told CMU: "The band are devastated with the situation and can't apologise enough for the cancellation of the tour".

Promoters of The Used tour, meanwhile, yesterday announced that yourcodenameis:milo will take Head Automatica's place on their tour at all but the Dublin dates.

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WEEZER ALBUM NEARLY DONE
Weezer have said that most of the recording for their fifth album is now done, and work should be completed by the end of the month. Studious front man Rivers Cuomo plans to add his final touches to the album after the end of the fall semester at Harvard, where he attends college. No word yet on either a title for the album, or a planned release date.

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NAPSTER FACE PATENT LAWSUIT IN US
Napster is facing a lawsuit in the US from technology firm SightSound who claim the download platform has infringed one of its patents. It is not exactly clear as yet what SightSound think Napster has stolen from them, although they own the US patents on a number of tools used in the sale of digital audio and video content. Latest reports suggest Napster bosses are convinced they have done no wrong, and have asked the US Patent and Trademark Office to re-examine SightSound's patents prior to the scheduled court hearing on 3 Mar.

Elsewhere in Napster news and, following a sales boost over the Christmas period, the UK version of the download platform has announced it is cutting the cost of its pay-as-you-go service to bring it inline with iTunes. Non-subscribers were previously charged 99 pence per track and £9.95 per album. Those charges have now been cut to 79 pence and £7.95 respectively.

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KOREAN P2P CREATORS FOUND NOT-GUILTY OF COPYRIGHT VIOLATION
Two prominent P2P developers in South Korea were let off the hook this week after a long running copyright violation case. Brothers Yang Jung-hwan and brother Il-hwan were accused of copyright infringement back in 2002 for their part in creating P2P platform Soribada, a service dubbed the 'Korean Napster'. However, after a long legal battle, the Korean courts this week freed both brothers without charge.

But the music industry can take heart in the knowledge that that decision closely follows a different ruling in the Seoul High Court that ordered Soribada itself be closed down. While the court did not agree that the P2P platform's creators were guilty of copyright infringement personally, it ruled the service itself did encourage users to commit copyright violation and therefore should not be allowed to operate.

That is the kind of decision the Recording Industry Association of America has been looking to the US courts to make. They will continue that fight against the P2P Network's 'Betamax plea' (like the video maker, they argue a technology maker cannot be held liable for any copyright violation their technology enables) in the US Supreme Court later this year.

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STERIOGRAM CHANGE SINGLE RELEASE PLANS
EMI signed Steriogram have decided to not release their track 'Tsunami' as their next single as originally planned - instead the track 'On And On' will be the next single release off their album 'Schmack'.

In related news, Fightstar have changed the name of their debut EP and its title track - it was going to be called 'Swimming In The Flood', but with world events in mind the EP will now be called 'They Liked You Better When You Were Dead' while the title track will be billed as 'Palahniuk's Laughter'.

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STING PLAYS BENEFIT IN BANGKOK
Sting has become the first international star to perform in Thailand since the tsunami disaster. He has performed at a benefit gig in Bangkok in aid of the post-tsunami relief effort - the concert raised $50,000, including a $20,000 donation from Sting himself. Sting also plans to perform at similar benefits in Malaysia, India and Australia in the next month or so.

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KEANE AND CHURCH ADDED TO TSUNAMI BENEFIT
Talking of fundraising for the post-tsunami relief effort, Keane and Charlotte Church are the latest acts to be added to the bill of the sell-out tsunami-aid concert in Cardiff next week. They join a bill that already includes Eric Clapton, the Manic Street Preachers, Snow Patrol, Embrace, Feeder, Liberty X, Jools Holland, Craig David, Badly Drawn Boy, Lemar, Katherine Jenkins, and Aled Jones.

Confirming her involvement, Charlotte Church told reporters: "I was unbelievably touched by what happened, so I wanted to get involved in helping in any way I could. I know we have all seen the news footage but I just don't think it shows the enormity of what has happened."

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NEW KYLIE SINGLE DUE
EMI have confirmed Kylie will release original track 'Giving You Up' off her hits compilation album as a single to coincide with her Showgirl tour, which kicks off on 19 Mar in Glasgow. So now you know.

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VIRGIN LAUNCH VISUAL SERVICE ON MOBILE
The thing about radio is, you don't have to look at it. But that's not stopping Virgin Radio from launching a 'visual radio' service in association with Nokia phones. Actually, the service is more about interactivity than being visual. Listeners who tune into Virgin Radio via their Nokia mobile phone will be able to access an interface synchronised with the station's play list that will let them vote on songs, take part in competitions or (probably most important for the radio station) buy ringtones and tracks. The station will also use the interactive service to profile its mobile listeners and target them with advertising accordingly. Sounds awful if you ask me, but then again Virgin did lead the way in the UK radio sector when it came to webcasting, so no doubt everyone else will follow with similar services in due course.

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EVANS SIGNED UP FOR RADIO AID
And talking of Virgin Radio, the national station is likely to let one Chris Evans back on to its airwaves on Monday despite their highly public squabbles with the presenter ever since they fired him four years ago. But, Virgin bosses will be keen to stress, it's all in the name of charity.

Chris Evans is one of the radio presenters likely to appear for an hour in the breakfast show slot on the Radio Aid telethon, due to be broadcast by commercial stations across the UK - including Virgin Radio - on Monday. Word has it he will co-present an hour on the tsunami-aid fundraiser with X-factor host Kate Thornton.

Other presenters likely to appear during the day long radio-thon include Tony Blackburn, Johnny Vaughan, Davina McCall, Dermot O'Leary, Simon Bates and Robin Banks. Rumour has it former Capital host Chris Tarrant will also present an hour.

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KELIS AND NAS TIE THE KNOT
Just time to dip into the gossip files. First up, Kelis and rapper Nas have married in a small private ceremony in Atlanta. Only family and friends were invited, with their publicist Tony Ferguson telling the Evening Standard: "They really wanted to keep it out of the press. They wanted to make that day for just them," he added.

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GERI GETS A HALF A MILLION DATE
And finally, (random list of Scottish bands excluded - and where are Garbage, by the way?), news that Geri Halliwell is being paid half a million pounds by 72 year old billionaire Dickie Lugner to be his date at Austria's world-famous Opera Ball in Vienna. Dickie has a long history of buying dates with famous women - past purchases have included Duchess of York, Pamela Anderson, Sophia Loren and Grace Jones. On his choice of Geri he told reporters: "I chose Geri because of her wonderful smile. I'm delighted to have such a star guest as Ginger Spice, who has made such a successful career for herself."

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FIFTY FAVOURITE SCOTTISH BANDS
The 50 Best Scottish Bands Of All Time (as voted for by the public) are as follows:

1. Belle & Sebastian
2. Travis
3. Idlewild
4. Wet Wet Wet
5. Sensational Alex Harvey Band
6. Simple Minds
7.ĄTeenage Fanclub
8. Bay City Rollers
9. Primal Scream
10. The Proclaimers
11. Texas
12. Mull Historical Society
13. Big Country
14. Snow Patrol
15. Franz Ferdinand
16. Bis
17. Deacon Blue
18. Fish
19. Jesus And Mary Chain
20. Mogwai
21. Runrig
22. Trash Can Sinatras
23. Del Amitri
24. Orange Juice
25. Nazareth
26. Beta Band
27. Biffy Clyro
28. Altered Images
29. Aztec Camera
30. Eddi Reader
31. Goodbye Mr Mackenzie
32. Fire Engines
33. Delgados
34. Arab Strap
35. Vaselines
36. Associates
37. The Pastels
38. Eurythmics
39. Aereogramme
40. Blue Nile
41. Boards Of Canada
42. Rezillos
43. Incredible String Band
44. Cocteau Twins
45. Dogs Die In Hot Cars
46. Spare Snare
47. Average White Band
48. Lulu
49. Skids
50. Shamen

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