CMU Daily - on the inside Friday 18th February

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In today's CMU Daily:
- Franz Ferdinand win key categories at NME Awards
- Spector court date set
- New revelations in Jacko case
- Scissor Sisters writing love songs
- SXSW update
- Fanning to speak at Billboard conference
- Britney not impressed with publishing of honeymoon pics
- Monthlies do well in new ABC figures
- Loaded to relaunch
- Crazy frog single planned
- AOL dump WinAmp plugin that helps Napster hack
- Now they're downloading TV shows
- BPI add download sales into official figures
- Philips add intelligent sequencing to MP3 players
- Destiny's child single update
- Garbage album out in April
- Rooster tour
- The Subways tour
- New radio station is Ace
- Ninja release Skalpel remixes
- Has Beckham given birth to twins?
- Madonna to play the tranvestite who walked on the wild side
- Those NME Award winners in full

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CMU FRIDAY TIPS

VIGSY'S CLUB TIP : Knowwhere at The Fridge
Trance fans behold... Knowwhere will be fronted by DJ/producer K90 (aka Mark Doggett), he of the actually quite good 'Urban Anthems'. Doggett really rocks it when he does his live thing (he's been doing it for donkey's) so this should be something special. Knowwhere resident Matt Darey will also be on the decks, helped by "London's Best Trance DJ" Anthony Dean. Meanwhile Pathfinder (he who staged those Trance On Thames beach parties last summer) will be doing the second phase with Sassi while Funk-a-Tronic, with Planet Angel and Disco Patrick, will be doing funky trance (yep, funky trance) in the other room. The Fridge is a crazy place and had a refurb not so long ago, and this sounds like as good a night as any to go and check it out.
Friday 18 Feb, 10-6am, The Fridge, 1 Town Hall Parade, Brixton SW2, tickets: £15 (£12 in advance, members free). Info from www.clubknowwhere.co.uk or info@clubknowwhere.co.uk

CHRIS'CLUB TIP: Remix Night at Cargo
Goes without saying really. Safely in its new Friday night slot, Xfm's Remix present the Scratch Perverts playing live with special guest MC Dynamite, plus guest DJ sets from the Backstage Sluts and the Infadels plus, of course, Eddy TM. Will be storming.
Friday 18 Feb, 8pm - 3am, Cargo, Rivington Street, tickets £6 b4 9pm, £10 after, info from Leyline.

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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FRANZ FERDINAND WIN KEY CATEGORIES AT NME AWARDS
If the full list of winners included at the bottom of today's Daily is anything to go by then NME readers do generally have a good taste in music - except when it comes to voting for worst band and worst album, on which issue they know nothing.

Anyway, good night for Franz Ferdinand at yesterday's NME Awards who, following their disappointments at last weekend's Grammys, demonstrated their appeal to the British Indie faithful by taking two of the key awards. NME readers voted the band's eponymous debut Best Album of the year, while their single 'Take Me Out' took the award for Best Track.

The Libertines were named Best Band, although Mr. Pete Doherty was not in attendance so there was no awkward 'should he go up with the rest of the band to collect the award' moment. The official reason for Pete's non-attendance was that he was ill - though, as previously reported, the Mirror said earlier this week that bosses of the rehab clinic where the former Libertine is currently being treated had threatened to throw the singer out if his did attend the awards event. No word yet on whether Doherty's illness will affect those two Babyshambles gigs due to take place next week.

But anyway, back to the NME Awards, and other winners included Green Day who got Best Video for 'American Idiot', Muse who won Best Live Band and former Blur guitarist Graham Coxon who was named Best Solo Artist. The Killers were named Best International Band and Razorlight Best New Band. The late great John Peel won a special award for his lifetime services to music, while The Others won the new John Peel Award For Musical Innovation.

Full list of winners at the bottom.

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SPECTOR COURT DATE SET
Given that the Jacko trial is only expected to last six months, and Pete Doherty will presumably be dead by the end of the summer (sorry, I mean he will be fully rehabilitated and living a quiet life), what are we going to write about in the CMU Daily in September? Actually, we'll be too excited about the Bestival (9-11 Sep) to be bothering with scandal but, nevertheless, the pop courts will continue to provide us with column inches because the long awaited murder trial of legendary producer Phil Spector will go live on 16 Sep. Spector was in court yesterday when the trial date was set, but he and his lawyer declined to comment after the hearing. He, of course, maintains his innocence over the death of actress Lana Clarkson at his home back in Feb 2003. The prosecution (and in a civil case Clarkson's family) claim Spector murdered the actress, Spector maintains she committed suicide.

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NEW REVELATIONS IN JACKO CASE
Talking of the pop courts, and more bad news for Jacko. Even though his child abuse trial is on hold while he recovers from the flu, another report that includes leaks from the grand jury investigation into the allegations has surfaced online via the Smoking Gun website. Featuring testimonies from former aides and business associates of the singer, among the revelations in the report are:

- Claims from a Neverland security guard that he saw a written directive ordering that Jackson's accuser should not be allowed to leave the ranch.

- A testimony from an ex-bodyguard that he once discovered the accuser drunk and that, when he asked the child why he had been drinking he said that Jacko had said getting drunk was "part of being a man".

- A testimony made by Jackson's former house manager that backs up allegations the accuser and his family were held against their will at Neverland after they first made the child abuse allegations.

- Claims by a flight attendant that Jackson preferred his wine to be served in a diet coke can.

While these testimonies, and CCTV videos and a phone conversation recording also mentioned in the report, seem to back claims that Jacko got his young accuser drunk, and that later he kept the accuser and his family at his ranch without their consent, none of the evidence in the document supports the actual child abuse claims.

The difficult jury selection process in the Jacko trial is scheduled to resume next Tuesday.

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SCISSOR SISTERS WRITING LOVE SONGS
Scissor Sisters have revealed that their next album will contain "more love songs" because two of the band members have recently fallen in love. The band's bass player, Baby Daddy, told reporters: "I think two very pivotal members of this band have discovered some serious love interest over the last year."

The band plan to take a break after their current tour before starting work on that album - meaning it is unlikely to be released in Sep, as some had reported. Admitting that there was 'a chance'that live favourites 'Magnifique' and 'Forever Right Now' might appear on the album, Baby Daddy continued: "We have only just scratched the surface of the next CD. We're coming to the close of our tour come March 1. We'll take a small break and then write another album."

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SXSW UPDATE
More details have been announced regarding the programme for this year's South By Southwest Music Conference, which runs from 16 to 19 Mar in Austin, Texas.

Among the key events will be a live interview with Shawn Fanning, the man behind the original Napster P2P network, who is currently trying to establish a legitimate royalty-paying P2P system through his new company SNOCAP. He will be interviewed by the editor of US music magazine Tracks, Alan Light. Another key event announced this week is an interview by VH1's Bill Flanagan with Elvis Costello.

Those two events join a programme which already includes a keynote speech from Robert Plant plus interviews with R&B legend Mavis Staples, Semisonic drummer and author Jacob Slichter and Motown artist Erykah Badu, and a panel discussion with Brian Wilson, Van Dyke Parks and David Leaf about the making of last year's 'SMiLE' album.

The band line up for SXSW is now really rather large - you can check it out at http://2005.sxsw.com/music/festival/

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FANNING TO SPEAK AT BILLBOARD CONFERENCE
The SXSW crowd isn't the only audience Fanning will be addressing in the coming months. On 3 Mar he will be addressing the very corporate sounding Music & Money Symposium organised by Billboard. Talking place in New York he will be addressing all the top brass from across the music business - presumably he'll be wanting to talk primarily about his new SNOCAP venture rather than his old Napster days (though that, of course, would be much more interesting: "yeah, I fucked you over, but you fucked me over, and now we're both fucked"). Other speakers due to, erm, speak at the Billboard event include Warner bosses Edgar Bronfman Jnr and Lyor Cohen, the MD of one of their main investors, Scott Sperling from Thomas H Lee Partners, Clear Channel Chief Exec Brian Becker and EMI Music Publishing chief Martin Bandier.

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BRITNEY NOT IMPRESSED WITH PUBLISHING OF HONEYMOON PICS
Britney Spears has criticised Us Weekly magazine for publishing snaps of her and Kevin Federline's honeymoon in Fiji, taken by staff members at the resort where they stayed.

In a statement, Spears told reporters: "Kevin and I chose a resort location where we were promised absolute privacy and seclusion. Unfortunately, staff members took photographs of us, which we allowed them to take once we were assured they were being taken only for private use in a scrap book they gave us as a souvenir. Other magazines, including Star, contacted us when presented with these photographs and refused to publish them. Kevin and I thank those other magazines for respecting our rights of privacy."

Responding, Us Weekly weren't in any mood to make amends: "Coming from a celebrity who sold pictures of both her wedding and her stepdaughter, it's unlikely the issue here is privacy. Could it be that Britney is seeing red after not seeing the green from these photos? Britney Spears should start a magazine if she'd like to dictate her own coverage."

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MONTHLIES DO WELL IN NEW ABC FIGURES
The ABC figures are out - hurrah! These are the average per issue circulation figures for magazines published between Jul and Dec 2004 and are important to those media-owner types given that advertisers tend to quantify the value of ad space according to the number of people likely to see it.

Looking at the top level stats, the monthly glossies had a good year with Q, Uncut and Mojo all seeing a rise in circulation - the latter enjoying the highest growth of all the main music titles.

Not so good news for the main two music weeklies with NME and Kerrang!, both of whom have enjoyed a growth in readership in recent years, both seeing their circulations decline in the latter half of last year (the former, despite their own fall in circulation, will no doubt take heart in the news that the latter has experienced the biggest fall of all the music weeklies).

The stats might reflect the growing importance of the 25+ market in music - that audience being more likely to buy Q, Uncut or Mojo than NME or Kerrang! The fact that the weeklies, aimed as they are at a younger audience, both lost readers might also suggest the teenagers now growing up into this demographic are increasingly relying on the internet for their music news and features. If that is true the other magazines might be facing tougher times in the future as their readership of the future becomes more reliant on web than print.

Anyway, here's the stats, from biggest seller down.

Q - 162,574 - up 0.6%
Uncut - 114,034 - up 2.6%
Mojo - 111,815 - up 7.1%
The Fly - 107,943 - up 1.3%
NME - 70,017 - down 3.5%
Kerrang! - 61,844 - down 10.7%
BBC Music - 56,096 - down 8.1%
Classic FM - 43,077 - up 5.5%
Gramophone - 42,791 - down 4.5%
Classic Rock - 42,030 - up 4.2%

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LOADED TO RELAUNCH
In related news, Loaded is set for a relaunch after rival titles Maxim and Men's Health both overtook it in those new ABC figures. The monthly mag now shifts about 220,057 copies of each edition - in its hey day back in 1998 it was selling 450,000 copies of each issue.

Tim Brooks, MD of the magazine's publisher IPC Ignite, admitted the last year had been tough for Loaded, but told the Guardian a relaunch had been in the pipeline for sometime: "The editor of Loaded and a bunch of other people have been working for some time now on a complete overhaul. We want to take Loaded back to its roots, to the sort of things that made it work so well in the first place. It is not a redesign, it is a relaunch."

Loaded has been particularly hit by the two new weekly mens mags that launched last year - sister title Nuts and rival publisher EMAP's equivalent Zoo. Both had adapted the original Loaded formula into a weekly format and are, between then, shifting over half a million copies a week.

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CRAZY FROG SINGLE PLANNED
Ring tones might now play an important part in the music business, but we all assumed they were a useful extra revenue stream for single releases, not a source of new music in themselves. Well, that irritating crazy frog ringtone that has now been bought by one million people (who are these people? where do they live?) is being turned into a dance track by a group called Pondlife (which, according to the Sun, includes Radio 1 DJ Wes Butters among its membership, and was originally thought up during a drunken night at the pub). Called the 'Crazy Frog Chorus', if 2.5% of the people who bought the ringtone buy the single it will beat Elvis to number one - which is as amazing as it is horrific.

The Advertising Standards Authority, meanwhile, have rejected various complaints against the Crazy Frog adverts. Most of the complaints were that the Crazy Frog in the ad seems to have uncovered genitals - though some people did ask the regulator to ban the advert simply because it is so fecking irritating.

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AOL DUMP WINAMP PLUGIN THAT HELPS NAPSTER HACK
AOL has done its bit to help Napster with its 'hack' problem.

As previously reported, there has been much talk this week about how a tool in the WinAmp software can be used to make a digital recording of tracks available via download platforms. Although this tool can be used with any download platform, subscription based platforms like Napster are most vulnerable because for a relatively small sum of money you can access the company's entire music catalogue and, if you wish (and have no morals whatsoever), can proceed to record every track in there, so you can keep them after your subscription has expired. Although not a new tool, there has been much coverage of the hack since a 'how to do it' guide started circulating on the web last week.

With all that in mind AOL, who bought the company who made WinAmp back in 1999 (even though its creator, Justin Frankel, was also behind the Gnutella P2P network that companies like AOL tried to crush!), yesterday deleted the tool that allows you to record online tracks, though no doubt copies of the tool will circulate on message boards for some time.

Napster are lucky Apple didn't own WinAmp. With Napster's main competitor apparently overjoyed by all the bad press Napster the download platform have been getting, Steve Jobs would probably have emailed every one in the world a copy of the hack tool (he's already reportedly sent label bosses a link to it!).

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NOW THEY'RE DOWNLOADING TV SHOWS
Talking of illegal downloading, the next industry to be affected by illegal file sharing online looks likely to be the TV business, and word has it we here in the UK are leading the way in online TV piracy (makes you proud, doesn't it). Research by a company called Envisional says nearly 20% of TV show downloads originate in the UK - compared with 7% in the US, and just 2% in Spain.

That fact seems to be down to an impatience among British TV viewers to wait for UK networks to get round to showing new series of top US TV shows (impatience that is increased when the terrestrial networks keep switching the time slots of said shows, and then cancelling them for three months in order to show the cricket).

Perhaps unsurprisingly, 24 is the most downloaded show, with Desperate Housewives, The OC, Six Feet Under, Smallville and, of course, The Simpsons all popular with the downloaders, and high quality copies of new episodes (often with the ads edited out) often appear within hours of them airing for the first time on American TV.

Envisional chief operating officer Ben Coppin told reporters: "Compared to the tasks involved in pirating a first-run movie, TV piracy is a relatively simple and safe operation with no immediate or obvious risk to those involved. The internet is revolutionising how people watch, obtain, and view television programmes. It's now as easy to download a pirate TV show as it is to programme a VCR. Indeed, it is as easy to download a television programme through a website as it is to schedule your VCR to tape the episode."

How the TV industry, who pay big cash for these American shows, will react to the new trend remains to be seen. Obviously Sky, who often market subscriptions on the back of premiere runs of key US shows, have most to lose, though any commercial network will be affected should the downloading of TV shows drastically affect their viewing figures. Coppin recommends that the TV industry quickly get their own download service off the ground which makes new shows available for a small fee during, or perhaps ahead, of their official TV airing. "If TV companies were to offer episodes for download at a small cost at the same time as they air offline they could generate revenue in the same way that Apple's iTunes does. However, they must be aware of the dangers of losing their core audience to a delivery method that is free, unregulated and open to anyone with an internet connection."

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BPI ADD DOWNLOAD SALES INTO OFFICIAL FIGURES
And talking of legal downloading, the BPI has announced that record labels can now count official download sales into their overall sales figures, with equal weighting to physical sales. The trade organisation is also planning on launching a sales certificate system for music DVDs. More info, should you want it, from the BPI.

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PHILIPS ADD INTELLIGENT SEQUENCING TO MP3 PLAYERS
While Apple's iPod Shuffle offers random play, rival electronics firm Philips are hoping to capture the imagination of the MP3 player buying public with an intelligent sequencing system. Using a new technology called Like Music, this system scans the player's hard drive looking for similar music. It then sequences songs based on common attributes, including tempo, genre and mood. The facility will appear on two new Philips players - HDD095 and HDD093 - both due for release in early summer.

It remains to be seen if such a system proves popular with consumers. Real music aficionados are sure to love the idea, and insiders point out that in the download age people buy individual tracks more than albums - meaning the usual way for experts to programme the order in which people enjoy tracks (ie what tracks appear on an album and in what order) is no longer available. The basic classification system on most players - ie genre - is not, they argue, very sophisticated, and some music fans are looking for ways to better programme the order in which they listen to music. .

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DESTINY'S CHILD SINGLE UPDATE
The next Destiny's Child single will be called 'Girl' and will be released on 2 may, ahead of those live dates here in the UK in Jun.

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GARBAGE ALBUM OUT IN APRIL
Garbage - criminally left off that recent list of Best Scottish Bands - will release their fourth album 'Bleed Like Me' in Apr. As previously reported, the album features a guest appearance from Dave Grohl - and apparently Beck's bass player Justin Meldal
Johnsen also plays on the album.

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ROOSTER TOUR
Pop rockers Rooster (their press release call them a "West London Quartet") are going on tour - hurrah. The dates, which will surround the 25 Apr release of next single 'You're So Right For Me', are as follows:

21 Apr: Portsmouth Pyramids Center
22 Apr: Norwich UEA
23 Apr: Bristol Carling Academy
25 Apr: Nottingham Rock City
26 Apr: London Astoria
29 Apr: Manchester Academy
30 Apr: Glasgow Academy

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THE SUBWAYS TOUR
Talking of tour dates, The Subways (not to be confused with Sunday Best's band Subway) are going on tour, dates as follows:

3 Mar: Huddersfield Irish Centre
4 Mar: Liverpool University
6 Mar: Manchester University
7 Mar: Wrexham Central Station
8 Mar: Nottingham Rescue Rooms
11 Mar: Norwich Arts Centre
12 Mar: Leeds Joseph Wells
13 Mar: Carlisle Brickyard
15 Mar: Leicester Charlotte
16 Mar: York Fibbers
17 Mar: Sheffield University
19 Mar: Middlesbrough Empire
20 Mar: Newcastle The Cluny
22 Mar: Aberdeen Lemon Tree
23 Mar: Glasgow King Tuts
24 Mar: Dundee Fat Sams
29 Mar: Cardiff Barfly
30 Mar: Bristol Fleece
31 Mar: Exeter Cavern Club
1 Apr: Reading Fez Club
2 Apr: Cambridge Anglia Uni
4 Apr: Birmingham Academy
5 Apr: Brighton Zap Club
6 Apr: London Mean Fiddler
7 Apr: Oxford The Zodiac:
12 Apr: Preston 53 Degrees

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NEW RADIO STATION IS ACE
OfCom have awarded the new FM licence for the Kidderminster area to Ace FM. Run by the Midlands News Association, it'll be one of those 25+ music, news and information stations.

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NINJA RELEASE SKALPEL REMIXES
Ninja Tune will release the results of the Skalpel remix competition they ran last year on 21 Feb. The label made the separate parts of the Polish duo's track 'break Out' available to those budding bedroom producers out there (there's lots of them - just check the Remix Update on the CMU website to see how good they are) and the best ones will appear as b-sides on the actual release of the track next week. The overall winner of the contest was British mixer Backini, though runner up mixes from Poland's Paradowski, Australia's J and the UK's Dr Rubberfunk will also appear in the two CD set - alongside a remix by the Skalpel boys themselves. Press info from Ninja Tune.

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HAS BECKHAM GIVEN BIRTH TO TWINS?
According to Popbitch rival Holy Moly, Victoria Beckham gave birth to twins last night - though even they admit it's an unsubstantiated rumour - and CMU's 'expert' on such things reckons she was no way big enough to be carrying twins.

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MADONNA TO PLAY THE TRANVESTITE WHO WALKED ON THE WILD SIDE
Madonna is going to play the transvestite who inspired Lou Reed's 'Walk On The Wild Side' in a new film. The as yet untitled movie will follow the life of Candy Darling, who starred in a number of Andy Warhol films, and inspired two Lou Reed tracks - both 'Walk On The Wild Side' and 'Candy Says'.

A source is quoted in the press as saying: "Madonna has been desperate to make a film where she can earn respect for her acting abilities. She is still trying to shake off the bad publicity from the movie Swept Away. She sees this as her big chance. She said she would do anything for the part and has agreed to work for free."

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THOSE NME AWARD WINNERS IN FULL

Best British Band: The Libertines
Best Solo Artist: Graham Coxon
Best New Band: Razorlight
Best International Band: The Killers
Best Live Band: Muse
Phillip Hall Radar Award: Kaiser Chiefs
John Peel Award For Musical Innovation: The Others

Best Album: Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand
Best Track: Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
Best Music DVD: Oasis - Definitely Maybe
Best Video: Green Day - American Idiot
Best Live Venue: Brixton Academy
Best Live Event: Glastonbury

Best Radio Show: Zane Lowe
Best Film: Shaun Of The Dead
Best TV Show: Little Britain
Best Website: www.nme.com

Godlike Genius Award: New Order and Joy Division
Special Award For Lifelong Service To Music: John Peel

Hero Of The Year: John Peel
Villain Of The Year: George Bush
Sexiest Man: Brandon Flowers
Sexiest Woman: Gwen Stefani
Best Dressed: Brandon Flowers
Worst Dressed: Britney Spears
Worst Band: Busted
Worst Album: Busted - A Present For Everyone

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