CMU Daily - on the inside Friday 14th January

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In today's CMU Daily:
- Busted split
- Fightstar add dates to tour
- Apple enjoy 400% growth thanks to iPod
- Napster subs up
- Apple update iTunes to cover up bug
- Elvis heading for 1000th number one slot
- Benefit organisers hit out at profiting touts
- Manchester bands stage series of fundraisers
- House DJs unite for Tsunami aid
- Oasis update
- REM update
- Razorlight add extra Glasgow date
- Ferdinand man to give lecture on Scottish music
- Support Beat 106's campaign for haggis flavour crisps!
- Yeah Yeah Yeahs aim for new sound
- Former Airplane drummer dies
- London studios open doors for film festival
- Lennon nearly gave up guitar because it was too difficult

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CMU FRIDAY TIPS

VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: Fathers of House Music at Pacha London
Must admit I've not been to Pacha's London outpost, but I hear it's not as pretentious as their Ibiza set up, though it is still a bit steep on the door. However, with recent HedKandi and Defected Records nights at the venue, Pacha London has increasingly been appearing on my club tip radar, and this night in particular, primarily due to the fact the legendary Marshall Jefferson is on the bill - he of Ten City fame, a Chicago house hero from way back in the day. Also DJing tonight are lesser knowns Dan Gallaby, Roland, Shuey, People Like Us and Shane Watcha with Jay doing drums and bongos live. The Funky Room has residents the Immaculate Boys, Radio 1's Timmi Magic, Anis from stable night Kinky Malinki and Klively from Funk Asylum among others. Line ups look good, and you can book a table or booth if you're going with a group, with is nice for those flusher clubbers out there celebrating summat special.

Sat 15 Jan, Pacha London, Terminus Place, Victoria, London, SW1V 1JR, 10-6am, a rather steep £20, tickets:020 7833 3139 or www.pachalondon.com

Think your club is good enough to take the tip?? Then email vigsy@unlimitedmedia.co.uk with the date of your club event in the header.

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BUSTED SPLIT
Hey breaking news! When Universal Records told us that Busted were just taking a break, they were referring to one of those breaks that last, erm, forever. Yep, after much much much speculation, Busted have finally announced they are calling it a day.
Rumours that a split was inevitable began way back when band member Charlie Simpson started work on his indie side project Fightstar (more on them in a minute). Before Christmas it was announced the Busted boys would take a break in early 2005 while Fightstar went on tour and released a debut EP. However it seems Simpson started getting serious about a permanent split at the end of last year, confirming that decision to Universal Records earlier this week.

Ahead of the band's formal announcement about half an hour ago, one source told the Mirror: "There have been problems in the Busted camp ever since Charlie announced he wanted to do Fightstar," says our insider. In the end, his heart just wasn't in Busted any more. Matt and James felt hurt and betrayed. They begged him to stay but Charlie was having none of it. They haven't really spoken to Charlie since their final gig at Wembley last month, when he threatened to call it a day there and then. The guys were hoping he'd have a rethink over Christmas. The sad thing is that they haven't been at the top very long and could have gone on for at least another year or two. But without Charlie, who is the one the girls all fancy, there's not much point in doing that. Now he's going around saying 'don't mention the B word'. But Matt and James have always been close and, after taking a break, they'll keep writing songs together."

Confirming Charlie's departure and the resulting split of Busted, the band's Matt Willis told fans: "It's a really sad day for all of us but we've always said that if one member left then we'd call it a day. The last three years have been unbelievable and I'd like to say a massive thank you to all our fans- you've been amazing."

Charlie added: "I'm incredibly proud of everything that we've achieved in Busted. We've enjoyed some of the best times in our lives together. I wouldn't change one single bit of it. This has been a really difficult decision and I hope the fans will understand"

Third bandmate James Bourne: "I'm devastated that Charlie has chosen to quit Busted, but I have to respect his decision and I fully support him and wish him all the best for the future. I would like to say a personal thank you to all the fans who have made the last three years the best years of my life. I'll remember these years forever."

The consensus is that, while Charlie dedicates his time to Fightstar, band mates Matt Jay and James Bourne will probably continue to write together, though whether they will record together under a new name remains to be seen. Also remains to be seen if Universal can cobble together a greatest hits compilation out of two studio albums and a live CD! And as for the Busted fans - it will be interesting to see if they graduate up to Rooster, regress back to V, stay loyal to Charlie and switch to Fightstar, or go for more of the same and shift loyalties to McFly.

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FIGHTSTAR ADD DATES TO TOUR
With Charlie having all that extra time on his hands now, his other band Fightstar have just added 13 extra dates to their forthcoming UK tour, timed to coincide with the release of their debut EP 'They Liked You Better When You Were Dead', due out on 28 Feb. Full tour dates now as follows:

14 Jan: Warwick Univ
16 Jan: Dublin Ambassador - supporting Taking Back Sunday
20 Jan: London Camden Underworld - supporting Planes Mistaken For Stars
28 Jan: Sheffield Corporation - supporting yourcodenameis:milo
30 Jan: Amsterdam Melkweg - supporting Taking Back Sunday
1 Feb: Leeds Met Univ
2 Feb: Coventry Jailhouse - supporting yourcodenameis:milo
4 Feb: Swansea Escape Club - supporting yourcodenameis:milo
5 Feb: Wrexham Central Station - supporting yourcodenameis:milo
6 Feb: Glasgow King Tuts
7 Feb: Aberdeen Lemontree
8 Feb: Edinburgh Venue
10 Feb: Hull University
19 Feb: Nottingham Rock City - Club night
1 Mar: Oxford Zodiac
3 Mar: Anglia Univerity
4 Mar: Leicester Charlotte
5 Mar: Swansea University Patti Pavilion
7 Mar: Bridegend Tuskers
8 Mar: Bristol Fleece and Firkin
9 Mar: Liverpool Academy
11 Mar: London Islington Academy
12 Mar: Birmingham Academy
14 Mar: Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
16 Mar: Manchester Academy 3
17 Mar: Stoke Sugarmill
18 Mar: Northumbria University

Press info from Mercenary PR

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APPLE ENJOY 400% GROWTH THANKS TO IPOD
Once again Apple Computer's entire business is booming thanks to its dominance in the digital music space. The computer firm yesterday announced that profits for the first quarter of its financial year were up fourfold on last year, largely thanks to the sale of 4.5 million iPods over the Christmas period. Those sales helped secure Apple quarter one revenues of $3.49 billion, a 74% increase from the $2 billion revenues a year ago. Net profit in turn rose to $295 million, compared to $63 millionlast year.

The iPod isn't Apple's only big seller - there was also a 26% increase in the sale of Apple Mac computers in the same period. However many reckon the surge in sales of Apple's computers is heavily influenced by the popularity of the company's digital music player - that is to say, as some of Apple's 10 million iPod customers look to buy a new computer their choice of music player influences their buying decision.

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NAPSTER SUBS UP
Presumably keen to ensure Apple didn't grab all the good news headlines yesterday, Napster have announced they had a 50% rise in paid subscribers in the last quarter of 2004. The download platform's boss, Chris Gorog, revealed his company now had 270,000 paid subscribers in the US, with 44,000 coming from their college programme. Gorog continued: "We believe this makes Napster the fastest-growing music subscription service in the industry. These results, combined with industry analysts' projections, continue to support our belief that the future of digital music is subscription services."

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APPLE UPDATE ITUNES TO COVER UP BUG
Back to Apple for a minute, and the computer firm have quietly released an upgrade for iTunes which stops a bug in the system which could allow a hacker to file a dodgy playlist file onto users computers which would then set about damaging the computer's system software. If you're interested in specifics Apple confirmed the upgrade "fixes a buffer overflow in the parsing of m3u and pls playlist files that could allow earlier versions of iTunes to crash and execute arbitrary code". So that's that cleared up.

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ELVIS HEADING FOR 1000TH NUMBER ONE SLOT
Elvis is pretty damn likely to score his 20th British number one this Sunday with re-released single 'One Night', in doing so grabbing the title of 1000th ever UK chart topper. Some music retailers report sales of 'One Night' are currently nine times that of nearest rival, the Manic Street Preacher's single 'Empty Souls'. With another 15 Elvis re-releases still to come some wonder whether any other artist will get a look in on the number one spot until some time in March - though it'll be interesting to see what happens if BMG have a priority act looking to top the charts in the meantime!

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BENEFIT ORGANISERS HIT OUT AT PROFITING TOUTS
Organisers of the tsunami-aid concert due to take place at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium next week have hit out at people reselling their tickets to the sell out event on the internet. Paul Sergeant, manager of the Stadium, called the people reselling their tickets online "mercenaries".

All sixty thousand tickets for the fundraiser, which yesterday added Stereophonics' Kelly Jones to a bill which already includes Eric Clapton, Keane, Snow Patrol and the Manic Street Preachers, sold out within days of them going on sale, selling for £15 - £30 a piece. A BBC report says there are now more than 50 people selling tickets to the benefit on auction website eBay for up to £200 each. While some of those sellers say they will give any profit to the tsunami-aid charity, others don't mention what they plan to do with their mark up.

While admitting ticket touting was completely legal, Sergeant said he felt reselling tickets to a benefit concert for personal profit was immoral, adding: "If there is a way for me to identify who these individuals are and not issue tickets, then I'll do it."

The boss of the organisation managing the tsunami-aid fundraising efforts in the UK, Brendan Gormley, also expressed his outrage at individuals possibly profiting from a benefit event: "I just think it's an absolute disgrace. I desperately feel that the people who are selling them feel sufficiently guilty to put every little profit they might get into the tins, to make sure that money goes to who it should go."

Meanwhile organisers of the event yesterday said they were examining whether they can manoeuvre extra capacity at the stadium for the fundraiser, as well as confirming that the BBC will screen the concert.

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MANCHESTER BANDS STAGE SERIES OF FUNDRAISERS
Talking of raising cash for the post-tsunami relief effort, a series of music events are being held in Manchester in aid of the appeal. Under the banner 'The Manchester Million', organisers hope to raise a million quid for the appeal through four weeks of gigs and events. It all kicks off on Sunday 30 Jan with a gig featuring Elbow, I Am Kloot, Durutti Column and Gold Blade at the Manchester Apollo. Details of that and other events planned can be found at http://www.manchestermillion.co.uk Press info on the project from Northern Lights Music on 020 7700 4277

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HOUSE DJS UNITE FOR TSUNAMI AID
One more tsunami-aid fundraiser to plug - the house world will do its bit for the appeal with a special fundraising night called United House on 27 Jan at London's Turnmills venue. On the bill so far are Sandy Rivera (Kings of Tomorrow), Bobby & Steve, Richard Earnshaw, Copyright, Audiowhores and Paul Farris, with live Pas from Kathy Brown and Robert Owens. Runs from 10pm to 3am, tickets with be £8. Press info from info@united-house.org

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OASIS UPDATE
Oasis have confirmed they will play at two German music festivals ahead of those UK tour dates later this year. They are set to appear on the bill with the likes of Audioslave, Rammstein and Die Aerzte at the Hurricane and Southside festivals on June 10-11, before kicking off their UK tour on 29 Jun. As for their UK dates Noel has told reporters they have "bagged some magnificent support bands" for the tour, but wouldn't be drawn on the specifics.

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REM UPDATE
REM will release 'Electron Blue' as the third single from their album 'Around The Sun'. The latest single release is likely to coincide with their UK tour dates, which kick off in London on 19 Feb.

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RAZORLIGHT ADD EXTRA GLASGOW DATE
Razorlight have added a second Glasgow date to their UK tour - they will now play the Glasgow Carling Academy on 7 Feb too after their 6 Feb date sold out. After the current tour the band plan to return to the studio to start work on a follow up to debut album 'Up All Night'.

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FERDINAND MAN TO GIVE LECTURE ON SCOTTISH MUSIC
Possibly keen to gain an insight from a leading player at the heart of the contemporary music scene, or possibly looking for a cheap way to get some mainstream media attention - either way, organisers of a talks programme called the Edinburgh Lectures have invited Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos to deliver a lecture on Scotland's role in making 21st Century music (it being so different to Scotland's role in making 20th Century music). Kapranos will give his lecture on 2 Feb at Edinburgh University's Reid Hall.

Commenting on the Franz Ferdinand front-man's role in the lecture series, Edinburgh's Lord Provost Lesley Hinds told reporters: "I hope that the input from Alex, who is at the cutting edge of popular culture, will capture the imagination of Edinburgh's young people."

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SUPPORT BEAT 106'S CAMPAIGN FOR HAGGIS FLAVOUR CRISPS!
Talking of serious campaigns to promote the intricacies of Scottish culture, Glasgow/Edinburgh radio station Beat 106 is lobbying Walkers crisps to add a Haggis flavour crisp to their 'Great British Dinners' range. The station's breakfast show presenters, Paul and Fraser, plan to petition the crisp maker to that effect and are looking for anyone with a genuine interest in the promotion of Scottish cuisine (as well as people looking to waste some time on a Friday afternoon) to go to the Beat 106 website, click on the haggis picture and add their name to the petition. So go on - get petitioning - http://www.beat106.com

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YEAH YEAH YEAHS AIM FOR NEW SOUND
Word is the Yeah Yeah Yeahs hope to find a new sound for the next album - the band's Karen O has told the NME she and her bandmates are trying to avoid just remaking 2003's 'Fever to Tell'. So now you know.

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FORMER AIRPLANE DRUMMER DIES
Former Jefferson Airplane drummer Spencer Dryden has died after loosing his fight with cancer. Although not a founding member of the band he played on some of their signature tunes, including 'White Rabbit' and 'Somebody To Love' before quitting in 1970.

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LONDON STUDIOS OPEN DOORS FOR FILM FESTIVAL
London's legendary Abbey Road studios will be opening to the public for the first time in March for a series of film screenings. The studio complex, best known as the home to most of the Beatles' recordings, will be recognising some of the prominent film scores that have been recorded at Abbey Road over the last two decades.

A spokesman for the studios told reporters yesterday: "In these unique surroundings, the season will give a glimpse of the role that Abbey Road plays in maintaining London's pre-eminence as the world's greatest centre for film scoring".

The season opens on 19 Mar with 'Raiders Of The Lost Ark' - the first movie scored at Abbey Road in 1981. The season will also include 'The Talented Mr Ripley', 'The Lord Of The Rings' trilogy and 'Gangs Of New York'. Aptly the season will close with two films linked to Abbey Road in a slightly different way - Beatles films 'A Hard Day's Night' and 'Yellow Submarine'.

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LENNON NEARLY GAVE UP GUITAR BECAUSE IT WAS TOO DIFFICULT
Staying with Beatles type news, and one of John Lennon's early bandmates has revealed the former Beatle very nearly gave up playing the guitar after just two lessons because it was too difficult! Colin Hanton, who was the drummer in Lennon's first band The Quarrymen, told the BBC World Service's Music Biz programme: "Once Eric [Griffiths, Quarrymen guitarist] and John Lennon actually tried to learn to play guitar properly, they went to a music teacher for two lessons - and decided it was going to take forever to play music properly. But then Lonnie Donegan came on the scene and said 'all you need is three chords and something you can bang' - a rhythm section or whatever - so overnight everybody joined a skiffle group. So they realised you didn't have to be particularly musical or talented, as long as you could keep a tune."

In the end it was the recruitment of Paul McCartney that helped Griffiths and Lennon learn to play the guitar properly. Quarrymen member Rod Davis tells the programme: "When Paul turned up, he eventually taught them how to play guitar chords. That was a great improvement to the sound."

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AND FINALLY...
In true Popbitch tradition, let's finish the week with one of our favourite jokes of old:

"Knock knock"
"Who's there"
"Busted"
"Busted who?"
"Short memories these teenager pop fans".

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