CMU Daily - on the inside Monday 24th January

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In today's CMU Daily:
- Mobile music dominates first day of MIDEM
- Job switches at Music Week
- Usher wins yet another gong at French music awards
- Radio 3 World Music awards winners announced
- Jacko update
- Tsunami-aid raises over a million
- Mcfadden to go to Sri Lanka to help with relief effort
- BPI reform subscription model in favour of independents
- Unofficial Chemicals remix album online
- PWL launch radio station
- Kylie sues Waterman company over unpaid royalties
- Bez wins Big Bro
- Chart update
- Scissor Sister disses US industry
- Single Review: Hal - What A Lovely Dance
- IFPI boss takes job at publishing company
- New boss at MCPS-PRS
- Coachella line up rumours
- Sun duped by up coming musicians *not* signed to Eminem's new label
- Capital and GWR share talent as they prepare for merger

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MOBILE MUSIC DOMINATES FIRST DAY OF MIDEM
Hey, it's only MIDEM time again. Yep, it's that time of the year when the creative juices of the global artist community are reengerised by, erm, sending all the label execs to the South of France for a few days by the sea.

As has been increasingly the case at music industry junkets of late, much of the talk so far has focused on technology, both at the pre-MIDEM digital music conference, and at the first day of MIDEM proper.

Yesterday centred on the relationship between the music industry and the mobile sector which, if Vodafone's Consumer Global Marketing Director Guy Laurence is anything to go by, is moving along just swell: "Why is the music industry constantly bickering? I've sat through industry meetings with two representatives from the same company who are arguing in front of us who was in charge of what".

Despite the bickering, the mobile sector is keen to develop its commitment to the music space (well, its commitment to making money from the music space anyway), and all the mobile firms were on hand in Cannes this weekend to encourage labels and publishers to play ball. Laurence: "If you have not invested in mobile yet or only in a small way you need to get on with it."

Not that the labels need much persuasion regarding the potential of the mobile music space, but Ericsson's Marketing Vice President Johan Bergendahl brought some tantalising financials to the table anyway. He revealed that mobile media services, which include music, were worth $60 billion in 2004, and he reckons the annual income will be up to $190bn by 2009.

More importantly, Bergendahl pointed out that while some 10 million iPods are likely to be sold this year, some 600 million mobile phones will be bought. What both Vodafone and Ericsson seemed to be keen to communicate was that, while mobile music customers are not the big spending music buyers that Apple are targeting, the tel cos' collective consumer base is so big that in the future revenues earned by the industry through the mobile music sector could well outstrip those earned through the online digital music domain.

And what of that online digital music domain? Well, the online music space now gets its own day ahead of the main MIDEM proceedings though, coming so soon after the Consumer Electronics Show and Apple's own Expo event in the US, most of the big news from the key digital music players has already been announced (though Microsoft did tell delegates that profit isn't their main priority in their music ambitions, which was interesting!).

Of most interest at the MidemNet day was probably the platform involving the independent sector on which Alison Wenham of the Association of Independent Music commented on the frustrations felt towards Apple's iTunes by many indie labels. She told delegates she felt Apple's disappointing record in dealing with European independents was down to misjudgement rather than any desire to rip them off. "Apple finds Europe very different to the US, to them we are series of federal states, with so many organisations to strike deals with. I suspect that the misjudgement was simply failing to understand that a US model just simply won't work here."

MIDEM continues through to Thursday 27 Jan - and if you care about these things you could do worse than follow Music Week's coverage. Especially as access to Music Week's website is free during MIDEM week - check it at http://www.musicweek.com

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JOB SWITCHES AT MUSIC WEEK
Talking of Music Week, there's been a couple of role changes over at the industry weekly. Executive Editor Martin Talbot has been promoted to the role of Editor, taking over from Ajax Scott who became Editor-In-Chief at the end of last year. Meanwhile Paul Williams has been promoted to the role of Group News Editor, reflecting his role in helping shape and develop the news content of Musicweek.com along with Online Editor Nicola Slade.

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USHER WINS YET ANOTHER GONG AT FRENCH MUSIC AWARDS
Back to Cannes for a minute, and the NRJ Music Awards, France's biggest music award event timed to coincide with MIDEM, took place this weekend which, needless to say, meant another gong for Usher.

Following a hugely successful 2004 he took the Best International Male prize at the event, with Avril Lavigne named Best International Female, Blue named Best International Group, Maroon 5 Best International Newcomer and Black Eyed Peas taking the award for Best International Album for their long player 'Elephunk'.

Among the native winners at the French awards, voted for by more than five million of NRJ's listeners, were Roch Voisine who took Best Male Artist, Jenifer who took the awards for Best Female Artist and Best Album, K-Maro who took the gong for Best Single for 'Femme Like U' and Emma Daumas, who was named Best Newcomer.

U2 picked up the Special Achievement Prize. On collecting his award Bono told his French audience: "I'm not from this country but I'll make a little confession to you - it's at the Cote d'Azur I feel at home."

Prior to the awards event Bono had defied his security team's wishes by cutting through the crowds gathered outside the awards in order to get to the red carpet entrance. Bad traffic had delayed the U2 frontman, and despite his bodyguards concerns, he figured the best way to ensure he got to the event on time was to leave his chauffeur driven car early and cut through the crowds of fans. One of his security team later told reporters: "Happily nobody was expecting him in the crowd, and he managed to reach the ceremony safely. It's very unusual and very risky for a star like Bono to act that way, but I guess his fans were more than happy to meet him that way."

Anyway, enough of that, here's the full list of winners:

Best International Male Artist: Usher
Best International Female Artist: Avril Lavigne
Best French Male Artist: Roch Voisine
Best French Female Artist: Jenifer
Best International Album: Black Eyed Peas For Elephunk
Best French Album: Jenifer For Le Passage
Best International Newcomer: Maroon 5
Best French Newcomer: Emma Daumas
Best International Single: Maroon 5 For This Love
Best French Single: K-Maro For Femme Like U
Best Video: Corneille For Parce Qu'on Vient De Loin
Best International Duo/Group: Blue
Best French Duo/Group: Passi + Calogero For Face A La Mer
Honnor Award: Bono.

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RADIO 3 WORLD MUSIC AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Staying with awards, and the winners of BBC Radio 3's World Music Awards have been announced. Among the winners are Senegalese musician Youssou N'Dour who won Album Of The Year for his album 'Egypt', Argentine Chango Spasiuk who was named Best Newcomer, and Cuban pianist Bebo Valdes and flamenco singer Diego El Cigala, who won an award in the 'Boundary Crossing' category for their critically acclaimed album 'Lagrimas Negrasmusic'.

A special Poll Winners concert, hosted by Eliza Carthy and Benjamin Zephaniah will now take place at The Sage in Gateshead on 5 Mar and will be broadcast on Radio 3 the following day.

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JACKO UPDATE
In what is sure to be a very regular feature in the coming weeks, more from the Jacko court case file. The judge overseeing the case, Judge Rodney Melville, has given the prosecution permission to present a child abuse expert as a witness. They hope the expert can explain why Jacko's accuser - who the singer's defence team have said had "a history of lying" - did not come forward quicker with his absuse allegations. Prosecutor Ronald Zonen said the expert would explain to the court "why a child might demonstrate affection or even love for the person who does the offence". Jacko's lawyers argue the expert's testimony might effect a jury's opinion even though s/he would be offering academic theory rather than hard evidence. But Melville gave the go ahead for the expert to appear in his courtroom, providing s/he did not comment specifically on whether Jackson fitted the profile of a child molester.

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TSUNAMI-AID RAISES OVER A MILLION
Organisers of Saturday's tsunami-aid fund-raising concert at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium have said they hope to better the £1.25 million already raised, possibly with the release of a commemorative CD and DVD of the event. Keane, Snow Patrol, Manic Street Preachers, Eric Clapton and Lulu were among the artists who performed at the mega seven hour gig, the biggest event of its kind in the UK since Live Aid.
The stadium's general manager, Paul Sergeant, paid tribute to the "phenomenal" response of the 61,000 music-lovers who bought tickets for the event, and the thousands more workers who volunteered to make it happen: "Everyone, from all the international artists who offered to play for free, to the production teams and countless volunteers, went flat out to make sure that the event was a day to remember as well as a massive fundraiser. We had a world-class line-up for what was a world-class event."

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MCFADDEN TO GO TO SRI LANKA TO HELP WITH RELEIF EFFORT
Talking of the post-tsunami relief effort, Brian McFadden, who took part in the Cardiff fundraiser, has said he now plans to fly to Sri Lanka himself to help with the rebuilding efforts. He told reporters: "Me and some friends are going to Sri Lanka to help. There is a lot of aid going out there but they are really short of manpower we could go and do something. Anyone who saw what happened in Asia will have been touched by it. I went to Thailand last year and the people were amazing."

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BPI REFORM SUBSCRIPTION MODEL IN FAVOUR OF INDEPENDENTS
The BPI has announced it is changing its subscription formula which, they say, should enable more independent labels to take advantage of their services. BPI members currently pay a subscription fee based on a percentage of turnover. For independents this will now change to a £50 registration fee plus 5% of the label's 'public performance revenue' as collected by royalties body PPL, a move that will cut the amount independent labels need to pay to join the BPI, as well as cutting the trade organisation's own administrative costs.

Announcing the new bid to make the organisation more open to independent labels, BPI boss Peter Jamieson told reporters: "For 30 years the BPI has been mandated to protect and promote the interests of the recorded music sector of our industry. Although its every action continues to be designed to benefit every company in the sector, irrespective of size, representation of the independent sector within its activities is not as strong or as representative as it could or should be. We will improve and strengthen every facet of our membership services to ensure a better deal for our members, and we are changing our subscription basis to facilitate increased membership. The more representative the BPI can become the more effective and united will be its voice within the wider music industry".

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UNOFFICIAL CHEMICALS REMIX ALBUM ONLINE
With the Chemical Brothers' excellent new album 'Push The Button' out today, the UK's bootleg remix community have launched a very special tribute - a completely unofficial remix album, available online. From the same people who produced the completely unofficial remix of the Prodigy's new album last year, the new project is called 'Flick The Switch' and is available to download (in return for a donation to the post-tsunami relief effort) from http://www.chemicalbrothersremixed.com.

No word on what the Chems themselves think about the project (their label EMI were, after all, so positive about DJ Danger Mouse's 'Grey Album'), though the people behind 'Flick The Switch' point out that Chemical Brother Ed Simons himself recently said: "We used to make cut-ups or DJ mixes for ourselves to play. Bootleg culture isn't a new thing. It's something people do - take snatches from other people's records and make a DJ mix."

The tracklisting of the unofficial remix album is as follows:
1. Galvanise (cry.on.my.console's galvatron remix feat. Katie Enlow)
2. The Boxer (Fujikato's Unusual remix)
3. Belive (Belief, Elektric Cowboy)
4. Hold Tight London (Dunproofin's Follow Me mix feat. Katie Enlow)
5. Come Inside (FakeID's Elektrophunk dub)
6. The Big Jump (Backflip, Will Rokier)
7. Left Right (JoolsMF Shoot'em Up mix)
8. Close Your Eyes (Idiotech remix)
9. Shake Break Bouce (McSleazy remix)
10. Marvo Ging (Big Bad Baz)
11. Surface To Air (Across the Air, Lenonlow, feat. Katie Enlow)

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PWL LAUNCH RADIO STATION
As you know, CMU exists to discover and champion innovative and alternative music, so you can imagine our joy when we discovered a new web radio station this weekend run by and dedicated to the Pete Waterman music company. Yep, a constant web stream based primarily round the cheesy pop music made by PWL - how cool is that? You can listen at http://www.pwlradio.com

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KYLIE SUES WATERMAN COMPANY OVER UNPAID ROYALTIES
In among the music on PWL radio you will find regular music news stories - though whether they are reporting on this one we're not sure. Kylie Minogue is suing Pete Waterman's Aussie company PAL over alleged unpaid royalties on the first Kylie best of. Ms Minogue claims she was underpaid by 10% on the royalties earned on the 1992 greatest hits release and that, while PAL have now paid her an extra £265,000, she thinks she is due damages for the mispayment. The case is due to go before Victoria's Supreme Court where PAL are expected to contest the damages claim.

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BEZ WINS BIG BRO
So, it seems, the Madchester faithful are still, well, faithful. And unlike the average Blazin Squad fan, most Happy Monday followers are now of an age where they don't have to ask for the permission of the bill payer before they call a premium rate vote line. All of which means that Bez, the original favourite to win Celeb Big Brother was, in the end, victorious, despite the fact the bookies, media and other housemates were convinced throughout much of the actual series that Blazin Squad's Kenzie would win.

Then again, while the sexually frustrated 19 year old rapper managed to go 18 days without a "shag" (a feat that dominated conversation on a number of occasions towards the end of the series), poor Bez went 18 days without a smoke, which (assuming the Holy Moly 'he smuggled in drugs' rumours aren't true) was surely the bigger achievement.

Plus, of course, while Bez takes home the prize money from the Big Brother contest, surely Kenzie got the biggest career boost from the show. And while the rapper seems fully committed to his Blazin Squad, surely any manager worth his 10% will be planning a side project solo career for the young Big Brother MC given his new audience of loyal fans.

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CHART UPDATE
Talking of last minute surprises this weekend, Elvis did not get his third consecutive number one yesterday after R&B newcomer Ciara beat him to the top spot at the last minute. The rerelease of Elvis' 'A Fool Such As I' went in at number two, followed by a string of other new entries: Chemical Brothers (3), Athlete (4), Feeder (5) and Lucie Silvas (6). Other new entries this week in the old singles chart stacked up as follows: Stonebridge featuring Therese (9), Ian Brown (15), The Others (21), Soulwax (27), Mercury Rev (28), Roots Manuva (33), Rachel McFarlane (36) and The Mooney Suzuki (38).

Albums wise, absolutely no change in the top five which still features five of 2004's bestest long player releases - The Killers, Scissor Sisters, Green Day, Kasabian and Franz Ferdinand. Only a few new entries on the album chart - Thirteen Senses at 14, Lucie Silvass at 16 and Ashlee Simpson at 33.

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SCISSOR SISTER DISSES US INDUSTRY
Talking of the Scissor Sisters, which we were fleetingly, and the band's Baby Daddy has been dissing the US music industry. He told reporters: "It took six months to get a label to release the album in America. And I don't know that we're as excited about having the same level of success in America. America has a tendency to chew things up and spit them out very quickly, especially if they're not mainstream enough."

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SINGLE REVIEW: Hal - What A Lovely Dance (Rough Trade)
Hal must be sick of being compared to The Thrills but the truth is that not only are both bands from the Emerald Isle, but they do have a very similar sound. Like The Thrills, Hal make very sweet, melodic songs influenced by the summery harmonies of the Beach Boys, although the latter have a much feyer sound than the brasher pop of the former. Some may find this too saccharine: singer Dave Allen rhymes "romance" with "dance", which is more Chris de Burgh than Brian Wilson. But nevertheless you'd have to be a cloth eared curmudgeon not to find at least a hint of gorgeousness in their tuneful music. The band's debut single has already skirted the top 40 and this could well do better. JW
Release date: 24 Jan
Press contact: Anglo [CR, RR, NR]

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IFPI BOSS TAKES JOB AT PUBLISHING COMPANY
The chairman of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, John Kennedy, has got himself a second job as a non-exec director with publishing firm Notting Hall Music - Kennedy says it is the only music related job he intends to take while running the IFPI.

Confirming the appointment, Notting Hill Music group chairman Andy McQueen told reporters: "Obviously, we are delighted to have someone as hugely experienced and knowledgeable as John joining us. His understanding of the global music industry is unparalled and he will be a key advisor as we plan our strategy for the next 10 years and beyond."

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NEW BOSS AT MCPS-PRS
Talking of music publishing, the MCPS-PRS Alliance has announced that Adam Singer, whose career to date has been in broadcasting, will take over as the royalty body's CEO following the retirement of John Hutchinson later this year.

Confirming his appointment Singer told reporters: "Music is the pioneering heart of the digital age and what could be more exciting than being part of the pivotal organisaton that keeps music vibrant, alive and rewarding, so that we can maintain a flourishing creative community of composers, songwriters and music publishers? To be part of the music industry is thrilling and I can't think of a better place where one can combine commercial skills with a love of the product."

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COACHELLA LINE UP RUMOURS
According to the NME, The Killers, Coldplay and Franz Ferdinand are all expected to play at California's Coachella Festival, which will take place on 30 Apr & 1 May.
Killers frontman Brandon Flowers says he hopes his next Coachella appearance will be better than his last one: "I had a terrible experience last year at Coachella. It wasn't something in particular. It was the last gig of an eight week tour, we hadn't been home and it was 113 degrees and the crowd just wasn't into it, so I'm looking forward to redeeming our Coachella experience this year."

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CAPITAL AND GWR SHARE TALENT AS THEY PREPARE FOR MERGER
As Capital and GWR go through the motions of merging, insiders say to expect a bit of informal 'talent sharing' between the two radio groups. The first such 'talent shares' have already been announced - Trevor Marshall, Andrew 'Cueball' Sames and Ros Webb from GWR's Milton Keynes station will be hosting a new weekend show on Capital, while Kam Kelly of GWR's Core Central has moved to Capital's early breakfast slot. While the two companies are still essentially operating as separate entities for the time being, insiders admit there may be more sharing of up and coming talent between the two groups in the next few months.

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SUN DUPED BY UP COMING MUSICIANS *NOT* SIGNED TO EMINEM'S NEW LABEL
The Sun has been duped by two aspiring musicians from Scunthorpe into running a story on their Bizarre page which claimed the two singers had been signed to a new record label being set up by Eminem and 50 Cent. The story about unknowns Grant Harvey and Daniel Brooker, leaked by the musicians themselves, ran: "Eminem and 50 Cent's latest prodigy is an R&B singer from the mean streets of... Scunthorpe. 50 believes Grant will be the first Brit to break into the massive urban market."

Explaining the hows and whys of the scam, Harvey told reporters this weekend: "There are so many obstacles for a guy from Scunthorpe making it all the way that we devised the publicity stunt to establish ourselves as artists. We decided to moon the Sun, the largest newspaper in the world. We scraped together a couple of photos of 50 Cent, put our name on his hat, took videotape of our journey living with prostitutes and sold them the story. The response from record labels has been crazy."

No word yet on whether the hoax story, which was republished by a number of online media (but not us - phew!), will help Harvey and Brooker get a real record deal, though if a label does sign them they might get a suspicious response to any press release announcing the deal.

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