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In today's CMU Daily:
- Heart drop Jono for Jamie
- Snoop Dogg sued over rape claims
- Franz Ferdinand top NME nominations
- Streets added to Brits bill
- Kings Of Leon on U2 support slots
- The Edge tries to stop papers covering ill relative
- Coachella line up
- Kylie to headline Glasto?
- Album Review: Hidden In Plain View - Life In Dreaming
- Apple and Wal-mart strike iPod promotion deal
- Apple top brands poll
- Great White man avoids giving evidence over fear of prosecution
- Universal consider new revenue models around music video
- Fopp unsigned award winners play at Bristol showcase
- Album Review: Various - Breakbeat Elite: Aid For Sudan
- Erasure plan Elvis and Marilyn tributes on tour
- Mortiis tour
- Embrace plan major open air gig in Leeds
- Mis-teeq split
- New F Mag online
- Busted boy is a Fightstar fan
- Mcfly to cameo in film
- NME Award nominations in full

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HEART DROP JONO FOR JAMIE
Well, there was a shift in London's breakfast show wars yesterday - no longer will it be a battle between Johnny and Jono, in the future the two main contenders will be Johnny and Jamie.

Having faced both disappointing RAJARs and sales figures last week, Chrysalis' London music radio outlet Heart 106.2 yesterday announced a major schedule change. After six years they are parting company with Jono Coleman, and have recruited one Jamie Theakston to take over on the station's flagship breakfast show.

It's a dramatic move from a station which, this time last year, seemed to be unstoppable in its bid to overtake Capital FM as London's favourite music station. If nothing else their choice of new breakfast show host (sitting, as he does, in the same ball park as Johnny Vaughan) shows that Chrysalis still see Capital as their main rival, even though it is EMAP's Magic that has been stealing most of their listeners.
Describing their new appointment as the ìlatest weapon in the fight to become London's No 1 radio station", Heart's MD Steve Parkinson said yesterday: "Jamie Theakston hails the beginning of an exciting next chapter for Heart 106.2, and this move presents a real opportunity for us to create a market-leading breakfast show and station. Jamie is an established personality who has been a part of many of our listeners' lives for a long time."

For his part Theakston told reporters: "I can't wait to get stuck in - it will great to be on Heart 106.2 and great to be back in radioî.

It is an interesting move by Heart - while Jono Coleman isn't everyone's cup of tea, it's doubtful he was really the station's weakest link. And one can only assume no one at Heart ever listened to any of Theakston's shows on Radio 1 which were generally dreadful - Jamie may have shined when paired off with Zoe Ball, but as a solo presenter he makes a good actor. It will be interesting to see how the Heart faithful take to his presenting style when his new show launches next month.

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SNOOP DOGG SUED OVER RAPE CLAIMS
Snoop Dogg has been sued for $25 million by a make up artist who claims he and his entourage drugged and raped her two years ago during a recording of the Jimmy Kimmel Live TV show on the ABC network. Needless to say, the rapper's spokesman has denied all the allegations, telling reporters that his accuser is "misusing the legal system as a means of extracting financial gain".

Snoops spokesman said: "Snoop will have the opportunity to prove in a court of law that the alleged victim is opportunistic and deceitful. We are confident that in this case, the alleged victim's claims against Snoop Dogg will be rejected."

The ABC network, who employed the accuser at the time of the alleged incident and who are also named as liable in the lawsuit, also denied that any attack took place.
The new lawsuit follows legal action taken by Snoop against another woman who, he claimed, was trying to blackmail him by threatening to make allegations that he assaulted her.

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FRANZ FERDINAND TOP NME NOMINATIONS
More good fortune for Franz Ferdinand yesterday as they received no less than five nominations for this year's Brats, sorry, I mean the Shockwaves NME Awards.

The band are nominated for Best British Band, Best Live Act, Best Single, Best Album and Best Video in the reader-voted poll. Commenting on that achievement the band's Alex Kapranos told reporters yesterday: "It's fantastic news. It's made all the more special by the fact that these have been voted for by the fans."

The Streets and The Libertines received four nominations each, both will compete with Franz Ferdinand for Best Album, while The Libertines are also up for Best British Band. Scissor Sisters and Razorlight each received three nominations, while other nominees include The Killers and Babyshambles. A full list of nominations is published at the bottom of today's Daily.

NME readers will now vote for overall winners from the shortlist - the awards will be presented at London's Hammersmith Palais on 17 Feb.

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STREETS ADDED TO BRITS BILL
Talking of awards and the Brits, sorry, I mean the BRIT Awards in association with MasterCard, have added The Streets to the line up of acts due to perform at this year's event. He joins a line up that already includes Scissor Sisters, Keane, Franz Ferdinand, Joss Stone, Snoop Dogg & Pharrell Williams, Green Day, Gwen Stefani, Lemar & Jamelia, Natasha & Daniel Bedingfield and Bob Geldof - which should make for quite a show. The Brits take place on 9 Feb, and are aired on ITV on 10 Feb.

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KINGS OF LEON ON U2 SUPPORT SLOTS
Kings of Leon have been telling reporters in the US how excited they are to be supporting U2 on the American bit of their world tour. Drummer Nathan Followill told reporters: "We did a TV show called 'CD:UK' in London, and U2 were on the show too. We played, and then they played, and then we were getting ready to leave and their publicist said 'Hey, Bono wants you guys to stay. He wants to meet you guys'. So we had some drinks, and he was pretty cool and complimentary of our record, but just like a normal, down-to earth guy. Like a month later, our manager called us and was like, 'We just got the U2 offer'. I still can't believe we're going to be opening for U2. They're the biggest band in the world. Since the news first came out, we've had calls and e-mails from about 300 of our friends and family asking us for tickets."

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THE EDGE TRIES TO STOP PAPERS COVERING ILL RELATIVE
Talking of U2, and The Edge is going to court to fight the Irish newspaper that delved rather deeply into the illness of one of his relatives, the illness that forced the band to postpone the launch of their world tour.

The Sunday World published the name and condition of the relative on 8 Jan. The Edge claims that constituted an ìunwarranted invasion of privacyî, and already has a temporary injunction in place to stop the Sunday World or any other Irish papers from printing the story (the Sunday World withdrew it from later editions when The Edge's lawyers initially called).

The Sunday World now want that injunction overturned, arguing that, because said relative's illness caused the postponement of U2's tour, their story is legitimately newsworthy. The Edge, meanwhile, wants the injunction to be made permanent so no paper can ever run the story again.

That argument will now go through the courts - more when we get it.

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COACHELLA LINE UP
The full line up has been announced for California's Coachella Festival, which takes place this year on 30 Apr and 1 May, and it's looking very very good with plenty of UK talent in there.

Having helped bring back together the Stooges and the Pixies for recent festivals, this year's Coachella will include reunions for Bauhaus and Cocteau Twins. On the latter, festival promoter Paul Tollett told NME: "With the Cocteau Twins - I just kept persevering. The same guy who helped me with Pixies, helped me with that one. We just want to have all different types of artists. We're not looking for bands that haven't been around necessarily, just different types of music that add up."

The full line up runs like this:

Saturday 30 Apr: Coldplay, Cocteau Twins, Weezer, The Chemical Brothers, Wilco, Cafe Tacuba, Keane, Rilo Kiley, Doves, Armin Van Buuren, The Raveonettes, Bloc Party, Hernan Cattaneo, DJ Peretz, Zap Mama, Amp Fiddler, M83, Ambulance LTD, Fantomas, Four Tet, MF Doom, Josh Wink, The Secret Machines, Tiga, Spoon, The Kills, Sage Francis, Boom Bip, Katie Melua, Shout Out Louds, Donavon, Frankenreiter, DJ Marky, Immortal Technique, Jean Grae, Razorlight, Swayzak, k-os, Buck 65, Eisley, Sexy Magazines

Sunday 1 May: Nine Inch Nails, New Order, Gang of Four, Bright Eyes, Prodigy, Black Star, The Faint, Snow Patrol, The Arcade Fire, Roni Size, Roots Manuva, DJ Krush, Junkie XL, MIA, British Sea Power, The Dresden Dolls, Miss Kitten, The Fiery Furnaces, The Perceptionists, Jem, Matthew Dear, Sixtoo, Tegan and Sara, Diplo, Subtle, Aesop Rock, Stereophonics, Matmos, Beans, The Bravery, The Futureheads, Wolf Eyes, The Blood Brothers, Kasabian, Radio 4, Sloan, Autolux, Gram Rabbit, Zion I

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KYLIE TO HEADLINE GLASTO?
Staying in the festivals file for a moment, and rumour has it that Kylie will be one of the headliners of this year's Glastonbury Festival. According to the Daily Mirror she will top the bill on the third day of the Festival. They quote a source as saying: "She's been in discussions for months, but it's only just been agreed. It's a huge thing for both Kylie and her fans that she'll not only be performing at her first Glastonbury Festival but in the headline slot as well."

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ALBUM REVIEW: Hidden In Plain View - Life In Dreaming (Sanctuary / Drive Thru)
Hidden In Plain View may not stand out a stylistic mile - or even a millimeter for that matter - but the five-piece clearly have their game down: it's tighter than a camels arse in a sand storm, heavier and denser than anti-matter and, well, you get it. HIPV's music has all the best bits of guitar noise: thrashy speed-chugging, muting and clean plucked chords. And a bunch of Lost Prophets sounding jungle beats lobbed in for stylistic variety and a bit of credibility. And it's nice to see the balance tipping back towards singing given the recent hardcore insistence on screaming. Everything. Screaming Everything. 'Life In Dreaming' is heavy and melodic - a popular combination that, if done right, can yield a lot more than critical acclaim. HIPV are well on their way. JG
Release date: 24 Mar
Press contact: Hero PR [all]

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APPLE AND WAL-MART STRIKE IPOD PROMOTION DEAL
While Wal-mart's own download platform is very much a Microsoft based service ("Note: NOT compatible with iPod"says their home page), the US supermarket giant is reportedly set to give Apple's economy line iPod Shuffle a real push in their American stores from Mar. Word is they are finalising a promotional deal right now with Apple which will see them give the new players priority positioning in 5000 stores plus profile in their monthly circulars. No word on whether the players will be stickered with the message "Note: NOT compatible with Walmart Music Downloads".

With similar deals reportedly being done with the likes of mainstream electronics retailer Best Buy, Apple seem to be aiming for the mainstream as they roll out their cheaper iPod in America.

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APPLE TOP BRANDS POLL
Talking of Apple, and more good news for the computer giant - well, good news for their egos if not their pockets. A survey of marketing types by branding consultancy Interbrand has awarded Apple the title of top brand of the moment. They take the top spot in the regular poll from Google, who have been ranked number one since 2002. Needless to say, the boost in perceived brand esteem is primarily thanks to the computer firm's successes in the digital music space.

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GREAT WHITE MAN AVOIDS GIVING EVIDENCE OVER FEAR OF PROSECUTION
The lead singer of rock band Great White is pleading the fifth (CMU's resident American is pretty sure it's the fifth) and refusing to give evidence in civil lawsuits brought against him following that tragic fire at one of the band's gigs back in 2003.

Jack Russell's lawyers say he won't answer allegations in the civil cases because he "faces a real possibility of criminal prosecution", and he is concerned that he might give self-incriminating evidence that will affect his case at any criminal hearing.

However a spokesman for the Attorney General who oversaw the investigation into the fire says there are no plans to prosecute anyone else following the grand jury investigation which indicted the two owners of the venue where the fateful gig took place, and the band's manager, on 200 counts of involuntary manslaughter relating to the blaze.

As previously reported, 100 people, including the band's guitarist Ty Longley, died when pyro-technics used at the Great White show in West Warwick, Rhode Island set the Station nightclub ablaze.

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UNIVERSAL CONSIDER NEW REVENUE MODELS AROUND MUSIC VIDEO
Rumour has it the Universal Music Group is looking to change the way it charges for the airing of its music videos, opting for a fee-per-stream model. That change would affect any media platform offering music video on demand, which currently includes Yahoo's Launch and AOL Music. The income would be split between the artist, songwriters and, of course, the label.

Although Universal is the only record company seemingly actively considering building new revenue models around the music video, insiders reckon that the other major labels would quickly adopt any new system that delivers new income.

There is an increasing feeling in the industry that pop promos are an untapped resource that labels too often write off as a mere marketing tool. Having discovered, mainly through the efforts of third parties, that considerable new revenues can be gained by delivering existing assets via new media (ie MP3 downloads and ringtones to date), there is a growing feeling that charging for video-on-demand might be the next new cash cow.

How those media platforms that offer the video-on-demand services will react to Universal's proposal remains to be seen. Many currently offer video-on-demand at no cost to consumers as a 'added-value' service - so they will be concerned about any plans to start charging per stream.

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FOPP UNSIGNED AWARD WINNERS PLAY AT BRISTOL SHOWCASE
I think we mentioned the Fopp Unsigned Bands competition briefly when we were reporting on the National Student Music Awards last week, but we forgot to fill you in with all the news, so, here we go...

As previously reported, independent retailer Fopp last year launched a new unsigned bands competition, the prize of which was to get your music put on CD and sold in Fopp stores. The retailer is in it for the long haul and will be staging a band search every year for the next four years, each year concentrating on a different bit of the country.

Last year the search was based in the South West of England and South Wales. This Thursday the six finalists of that search will all play at a special party in Bristol to mark the fact that their CDs are now on sale at Fopp. The bands - The Barnaby Ray Quartet, K-Diff Syndicate, The Room Orchestra, Angel Iles & Morris, Tanya Walker and Psychic Spies - will all play at the showcase event at Bristol's The Metropol. The next stage of the Fopp band search will then kick off in Mar.

Press info on the awards and the Bristol event from Burt Greener Communications on 0141 248 6007.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Various - Breakbeat Elite: Aid for Sudan (Shut Up and Dance Recordings)
Designed to help those affected by the "quiet tsunami" in Sudan, the break beat massive club together to make a double CD, with several exclusives thrown in. CD1 is mixed by the Shut Up and Dance Crew with PJ mixin and Smiley MCing. It's a solid journey from proto jungle with the likes of Boabinga, through their own track 'Anger Management' to the likes of 'Shine Eye' by The Ragga Twins, finding time for some trance styled beats with a remix of Ferry Corsten's 'Its Time'. Bournemouth's best Breaks crew ever - Aquasky - mix CD2, kickin off with the classic SUAD track - 'The Green Man' - before slowing it all down with some phat bass from the Hackney Soldiers - 'Bully'. That's followed up by an unreleased Stantons track (the banging 'Hope Time'), some Plumps ('Mantra'), and cuts from Soto and Hyper. Together the two CDs feature many good cuts and given the good cause this is a must buy. Big up all collaborators. PV
Release date: 7 Feb
Press contact: Trailer Media [all]

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ERASURE PLAN ELVIS AND MARILYN TRIBUTES ON TOUR
Erasure have revealed they will include tributes, of a sort, to Elvis and Marilyn Monroe on their upcoming UK tour. Andy Bell: "I'm going to be an angel and Elvis Presley. We also have black backing singers dressed up as Marilyn Monroe. We have kind of this fairy forest onstage and I thought, `Who would be trapped in the fairy forest?.' And, I thought of Elvis and Marilyn." Of course. The 17-date tour kicks off in Belfast on 24 Feb.

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MORTIIS TOUR
Staying with tours and the slightly scary (actually, make that very scary) Mortiis has announced a UK tour to coincide with the release of a second single from album 'The Smell Of Rain'. Dates as follows, press info from Earache IH.

19 Apr: Cardiff - Bar Fly
20 Apr: Cambridge - The Junction
21 Apr: Leicester - The Charlotte
23 Apr: Sheffield - The Corporation
24 Apr: London - The Garage
25 Apr: Leeds - The Cockpit
26 Apr: Liverpool - Academy
27 Apr: Glasgow- King Tuts
28 Apr: Dundee - The Reading Rooms
29 Apr: Manchester - Academy 3
30 Apr: Birmngham - Academy 2

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EMBRACE PLAN MAJOR OPEN AIR GIG IN LEEDS
Slightly less scary Embrace have announced they will play their biggest ever headline show in hometown Leeds on 28 May. The band will play an open air gig at the city's Millennium Square, supported by a number of guests tbc. The special gig will be called 'A Glorious Day'.

Commenting on the gig the band's Danny McNamara told CMU: ìWe've always wanted to put on a big open air gig in Leeds but we've never really been in a position to do it before. We want to make it a really special day and one to remember for our fansî.

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MIS-TEEQ SPLIT
Just so you're up to speed, Mis-Teeq have confirmed they are splitting up after eight years together and seven UK top ten hits. The three girls - Alesha Dixon, Sabrina Washington and Su-Elise Nash - all now hope to pursue solo careers. Their last release will be a cover of the Andrews Sisters 1940s classic 'Shoo Shoo Baby' which they have recorded for the soundtrack of the movie 'Valiant', due in cinemas next month.

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NEW F MAG ONLINE
The February edition of the rather sexy online music mag F Magazine is now live featuring all sorts of CMU favourites, including Feeder, Elefant, The Futureheads, Maximo Park and Stereophonics. There's also lots of lovely arty flash type stuff to enjoy. If you've never checked it out, then you really should, it's all online at http://www.fmagazine.com. Press info from FrankPR.

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BUSTED BOY IS A FIGHTSTAR FAN
Former Busted member Matt ('no longer Jay') Willis has been bigging up the new venture of former band mate Charlie Simpson. Commetning on Fightstar he told MTV: "His band kick ass. I've heard his EP and its fantastic. I'm actually a fan of his band. I went to his first gig, his second, his third, his fourth. Charlie is in an EMO band - a post hardcore band. He is not out there to make money. He is not out there to be Charlie, the face of Elle Girl... At the end of the day he is one of my best friends and I wish him all the best because I can see how happy he is." See, told you, bitter and twisted.

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MCFLY TO CAMEO IN FILM
McFly have got their first movie role - they will play themselves in a new film called 'Just My Luck', which is apparently a comedy about a lucky woman and a down-and-out man who swap fortunes. Although they play themselves, the band's Tom Fletcher says: "In the script I'm described as 'cool and remarkably talented", so obviously a bit of acting will be required. The boys will also perform six songs on the film's soundtrack.

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NME AWARD NOMINATIONS IN FULL

Best British Band: Kasabian, Snow Patrol, Muse, Franz Ferdinand, The Libertines

Best International Band: The Killers, Kings Of Leon, The Strokes, U2, Scissor Sisters

Best Solo Artist: Morrissey, Graham Coxon, The Streets, Ian Brown, Eminem

Best New Band: Bloc Party, The Killers, Razorlight, Kasabian, Babyshambles

Best Live Band: Muse, Razorlight, The Libertines, Franz Ferdinand, Babyshambles

Best Album: The Libertines - The Libertines, Scissor Sisters - Scissor Sisters, Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand, Green Day - American Idiot, The Streets - A Grand Don't Come For Free

Best Track: U2 - Vertigo, Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out, The Libertines - Can't Stand Me Now, Razorlight - Golden Touch, The Streets - Dry Your Eyes

Best Live Venue: Birmingham Academy, Brixton Academy, Glasgow Barrowlands, London Astoria, Manchester Academy

Best Live Event: Glastonbury, Carling Weekend, T In The Park, V2004, Download

Best Video: The Streets - Fit But You Know It, Interpol - Evil, Eminem - Mosh, Beastie Boys - Triple Trouble, Green Day - American Idiot

Best TV Show: Little Britain, Peep Show, Gonzo, The Mighty Boosh, Green Wing

Best Radio Show: Zane Lowe, Chris Moyles, Steve Lemacq, Christian O'Connell, Colin Murray and Edith Bowman

Best Film: Shaun Of The Dead, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Spiderman 2, School Of Rock, Lost In Translation

Best Website: www.thelibertines.org.uk, www.morrissey-solo.com, www.muse.mu, www.nme.com, www.u2.com

Hero Of The Year: Carl Barat, Bono, Pete Doherty, Morrissey, John Peel

Villain Of The Year: Tony Blair, George Bush, Pete Doherty, Justin Hawkins, Wolfman

Sexiest Man: Carl Barat, Pete Doherty, Brandon Flowers, Alex Kapranos, Morrissey

Sexiest Woman: Brody Dalle, Charlotte Hatherley, Ana Matronic, Karen O, Gwen Stefani

Best Dressed: Carl Barat, Pete Doherty, Brandon Flowers, Alex Kapranos, Morrissey

Worst Dressed: Pete Doherty, Goldie Lookin Chain, Har Mar Superstar, Justin Hawkins, Britney Spears

Worst Album: Busted - A Present For Everyone, Embrace - Out Of Nothing, Keane - Hopes And Fears, Lostprophets - Start Something, McFly - Room On The Third Floor
Worst Band: Busted, The Darkness, Keane, Maroon 5, McFly

Best Music DVD: Oasis - Definitely Maybe, The White Stripes - Live Under Blackpool Lights, Nirvana - With The Lights Out, Pixies - Pixies, Scissor Sisters - We Are Scissor Sisters And So Are You

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