CMU Daily - on the inside Tuesday 12th April

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In today's CMU Daily:
- The Streets get a double nomination at the Ivor Novello awards
- Doherty charges dropped
- I let my son sleep with Jackson: Jacko trial update
- Oasis announce intimate gig dates
- Glasto reveal line up
- Leeds camping tickets sell out
- White Stripes name album
- Single Review: Hal - Play The Hits
- RIAA target colleges in P2P fight
- HMV reveal details of download plans
- Australian music industry criticised over legitimate online access to music
- GnR song leak
- Nirvana are history
- Live review: System Of A Down at London Astoria
- Depeche Mode working on new album
- Darkness to cut back on live dates
- Ten music pirates sentenced after BPI private prosecution
- Will Smith added to Urban Festival line up
- Album Review: The Edukators OST
- Warner publishing recruit Zomba man
- Radio 1 revamp playlist
- Charlotte just can't quit

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CARLING LIVE 24
Carling, the beer behind some of Britain's biggest and best live music events, is presenting another 24 hour music marathon. Following the success of 2004's Carling Live 24 event in London, this year Carling will be bringing an all day all night line up of great live music to both London and Manchester, the former on 30th April, the latter on 28th may. 26 bands and 13 venues will take part in the event, with Embrace, The Zutons, Ian Brown, Babyshambles, The Chemical Brothers, Doves and Kaiser Chiefs among the artists on the bill. For full press information check the CMU Press Room - where more media information will appear as it is available:

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THE STREETS GET A DOUBLE NOMINATION AT THE IVOR NOVELLO AWARDS
Now, surely an Ivor Novello Award is one of the more credible music awards to win. You are, after all, being recognised for your song writing ability rather than your skills in looking pretty and getting yourself in the tabloids. But whether that means the award-ceremony-hating Mike Skinner will show up and, should he win, actually accept his award in person remains to be seen. Anyway, Mike Skinner has been nominated in two categories at this year's Ivor Novellos. He is shortlisted for Best Song Musically & Lyrically for 'Dry Your Eyes' and for Best Contemporary Song for 'Blinded By The Light', both of which, of course, appeared on The Streets' 2004 album 'A Grand Don't Come For Free'.

In the former category he is up against Natasha Bedingfield's pop hit 'These Words', written by Natasha and Stephen Kipner, Andrew Frampton and Wayne Wilkins, and Keane's 'Everybody's Changing', which was written by the band themselves. In the Best Contemporary Song Category Skinner will compete with Franz Ferdinand who are nominated for their track 'Take Me Out' and Wolfman who is nominated for his song 'For Lovers', which featured the vocal talents of former Libertine Pete Doherty of course.

Other Ivor Novello nominations announced yesterday include:

Most performed work:
Amazing Performed by George Michael. Written by George Michael/ Jonathan Douglas.
Toxic Performed by Britney Spears. Written by Cathy Dennis/ Christian Karlsson/Henrik Jonback.
Thank You Performed by Jamelia. Written by Jamelia Davies/Carsten Schack/Peter Biker.

International hit of the year:
Behind Blue Eyes Performed by Limp Bizkit. Written by Pete Townshend.
Do They Know It's Christmas? Performed by Band Aid 20. Written by Bob Geldof/Midge Ure.
Vertigo Performed by U2. Written by Bono/The Edge/Adam Clayton/Larry Mullen Jr.

Best selling UK single:
All This Time Performed by Michelle McManus. Written by Wayne Hector/Steve Mac/Lorne A Tennant.
Do They Know It's Christmas? Performed by Band Aid 20. Written by Bob Geldof/Midge Ure.
Call On Me Performed by Eric Prydz. Written by Steve Winwood/Eric Prydz/Will Jennings.

Best original film score:
Deep Blue Composed by George Fenton.
Man On Fire Composed by Harry Gregson-Williams.
Enduring Love Composed by Jeremy Sams.

Best original music for television:
Fallen Composed by Paul Leonard-Morgan.
North And South Composed by Martin Phipps.
Blackpool Composed by Rob Lane.

The Ivor Novello awards, which celebrate their 50th anniversary this year, will take place on 26 May at the Grovesnor House Hotel in London. Other awards to be made on the night include Album Award, Outstanding Song Collection, International Achievement, The Ivors Classical Music Award, PRS Outstanding Contribution To British Music and Songwriter/s Of The Year.

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DOHERTY CHARGES DROPPED
Talking of Pete Doherty, which we were, fleetingly, CMU's favourite former Libertine in Babyshambles has had some good fortune in his personal life, at last. Word is the Crown Prosecution Service have dropped all the charges against him relating to those blackmail and robbery allegations which followed a run in with former friend and documentary film-maker Max Carlish at a London hotel back in Feb. Whether, with hindsight, the allegations ever justified four nights in Pentonville Prison and a frankly ludicrously high bail payment we may never know, but the CPS's decision means that Doherty and his friend Alan Wass, who faced the same charges, will not now need to attend court later this month as planned. And presumably that 10pm-7am curfew which prevented Doherty from being out of his house between those hours will also be lifted. I suppose that, if as reported, Doherty is responding well to his latest attempts at rehab, which began as a result of the charges, then the whole messy incident won't have been without its good sides. Let's hope his commitment to kicking the drugs remains as strong now that the curfew and pending court case aren't a reality.

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I LET MY SON SLEEP WITH JACKSON: JACKO TRIAL UPDATE
Well, they said Judge Rodney Melville's decision to allow the prosecution in the Jackson case to explore other accusations against Jacko would be key to the outcome of the case, and it has to be said that, as one after another former Neverland employee stands before the court to tell their own 'I saw Jacko and this kid' story, the singer's already damaged reputation is taking quite a bashing. Of course his defence lawyers are yet to wheel in their team of high profile names who will defend Jackson and his attitude to children to the hilt but, should the jury ultimately find against Jackson, surely it will be the former employees' testimonies that swung it.

That said, the dramas in the Jacko trial yesterday came not from a former employee, but from the mother of Jordan Chandler, the boy Jackson was accused of molesting way back in 1993 - allegations which, of course, never went to court after the Chandler family agreed to an out-of-court settlement in return for not testifying against him

June Chandler confirmed that she and her then 13 year old son stayed at Jackson's Neverland ranch several times in 1993. She said that when it was first suggested that her son Jordan should sleep in Jackson's bed she refused. But she later relented when, during a trip to Las Vegas, a tearful Jackson took issue with the mother's decision.

Chandler: "He was sobbing and crying, shaking and trembling. He said, 'You don't trust me? We're a family. Why can't he sleep in my bed? There's nothing wrong. There's nothing going on'". After that June Chandler agreed to allow Jordan to share a bedroom with Jackson both at Neverland and when Jackson visited the family in South California. She didn't go into the details of what is alleged to have happened while the teenager shared a bedroom with Jackson, but admitted that she hadn't spoken to her son for the best part of eleven years. Jordan Chandler himself isn't expected to appear at the Jacko trial.

Back to the former employees, and the court yesterday also heard from a former Jackson publicist, Bob Jones, not that he helped the prosecution a great deal. They were interested in a passage from an as yet-to-be-published book he is writing about his time working with Jackson called 'The Man Behind The Mask'. In that book he is quoted as saying he once saw Jackson lick a teenage boy's head, adding that they were "holding each other tightly" in an "almost romantic embrace". All well and good except that, when tackled by Jacko's defense team, Jones said he couldn't remember that incident, and that his co-writer on the book must have put it in. But then, when the prosecution produced an email he had written including an account of the event, he backtracked and said that, although he couldn't recall the incident now, if he had written it in an email it must be true. Marvellous. When I say that if Jacko is found guilty it will have been the former employees' testomonies that swung it, I mean all of the former employees' testimonies bar that given by Bob Jones.

The case continues.

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OASIS ANNOUNCE INTIMATE GIG DATES
Details of those pre-tour intimate gigs from Oasis have been revealed. As previously reported, these gigs will precede the band's upcoming world tour and the release of new album 'Don't Believe The Truth'. The gigs, all but one of which will be in London, run as follows:

10 May: London Astoria
15 May: Edinburgh Usher Hall
22 May: London Clapham Grand
25 May: London Coronet
26 May: London Carling Apollo Hammersmith

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GLASTO REVEAL LINE UP
Glastonbury have confirmed the line up for this year's event. It is traditional for Glastonbury to hold off from announcing who will be playing the festival until all the tickets have been sold, though with sell outs coming quicker every year details of the line up are tending to come earlier too. Which is just as well as half the acts on the bill are so excited about it they can't help let it slip before any official line up has been announced.

Anyway, as previously rumoured, Kylie Minogue is one of the headliners for the 2005 event - she will close the three day festival in June this year. Other headliners this year are White Stripes and Coldplay who will play Friday and Saturday night respectively.

Other acts on the bill are, if NME are to be believed (and I think they are) as follows...

PYRAMID STAGE: White Stripes, Coldplay, Kylie, The Killers, New Order, Doves, Elvis Costello, Brian Wilson, Van Morrison, The Zutons, The Coral, Ash, Kaiser Chiefs, Goldie Lookin' Chain, Jools Holland, The Thrills, John Butler Trio, The Undertones, The Subways, Taj Mahal, Hayseed Dixies, Garbage.

OTHER STAGE: Razorlight, Kasabian, Ian Brown, Fatboy Slim, Royksopp, Bloc Party, Interpol, Rufus Wainwright, The Bravery, The Futureheads, Echo And The Bunnymen, Athlete, The Dears, The Cooper Temple Clause, Hot Hot Heat, Soulwax, Cake, Thirteen Senses, Brendan Benson, Martha Wainwright, Tom Vek, Black Bud, Dead 60's, KT Tunstall, Modey Lemon, Engineers

JOHN PEEL STAGE: The Tears, The Go! Team, Bright Eyes, The Earlies, Willy Mason, MIA, Secret Machines, M83, yourcodenameis:milo, Maximo Park, Nine Black Alps, Jem, James Blunt, Dresden Dolls, The Subways, Be Your Own Pet, Rilo Kiley, The Rakes, Art Brut, Hard Fi, The Longcut, Morning Runner, Infadels, Outset, El Presidente

CMU is organising a fist-fight between The Killers and The Bravery for the Saturday afternoon of the festival.

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LEEDS CAMPING TICKETS SELL OUT
More festival news incoming. Camping tickets for this year's Leeds Festival have sold out in record time - all tickets being sold via the internet and phone booking line are gone, although we hear a small number are still available via HMV stores. The Leeds Festival takes place from 26-28 Aug and includes the Foo Fighters, Pixies and Iron Maiden on the bill. Super.

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WHITE STRIPES NAME ALBUM
The White Stripes highly anticipated new LP is to be named 'Get Behind Me Satan'. The album, which, as previously reported, was recorded in less than two weeks, will be released on 6 Jun, preceded by single release 'Blue Orchid' on 30 May.

The Stripes are also planning live dates, starting with Glastonbury in Jun, of course. On his touring plans, Jack White told the LA Times that his band are taking a new approach to touring, saying: "First we're going to play where we are not well known. Then if we have time, we will play New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Frankly, we are waiting for technology to advance in the United States before we attempt to perform this record live there."

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SINGLE REVIEW: HAL - Play the Hits (Rough Trade)
Irish quartet HAL's follow-up to top 40 single What a Lovely Dance is one of those all too rare songs that makes you raise your eyebrows in surprise and grin at the same time. However, it's no surprise that they've been touring with guitar-pop maestros The Magic Numbers and The Thrills. Coming on like a Beach Boys record crossed with, er, another Beach Boys record, seasoned with a pinch of Bee Gees, Play the Hits wouldn't have sounded far out of place on Brian Wilson's Smile. They may share their name with 2001's supercomputer, but this is joyfully human and alive. WP
Release Date: 11 Apr
Press Contact: Cool Delta [CP] Sainted [RP, NP] Anglo [CR, RR, NR]

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RIAA TARGET COLLEGES IN P2P FIGHT
Warning to all student subscribers to the CMU Daily who like to download the occasional MP3 via P2P. Don't opt to do a year of your studies in the states, because the Recording Industry Association of America is targeting the college community big time in its ongoing fight against illegal file sharing. They are bothered by crafty students who have been using the ultra-fast internet2 network to share music files. This network was set up by the US universities to aid the file sharing of academic materials around and between colleges, but it is also providing students with a great facility for the exchange of film and music files. Following the issuing of subpoenas against students at Princeton and Columbia universities last month expect a whole string of measures against file sharing students in the coming months.

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HMV REVEAL DETAILS OF DOWNLOAD PLANS
HMV have announced some more details about their new download platform, which should launch any time soon. The platform will be powered by MusicNet, the US based backend digital music provider who are the main competitor to OD2/Loudeye, and who have been powering HMV's light download service to date. The retailer's new download platform will be using a Microsoft codec, meaning HMV will be giving Microsoft compatible digital music players priority in their stores as they start to cross promote the new digital service on the high street.

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AUSTRALIAN MUSIC INDUSTRY CRITICISED OVER LEGITIMATE ONLINE ACCESS TO MUSIC
New research from the University of Technology in Sydney suggests that the use of P2P networks to illegally acquire music is still prevalent in Australia because over a third of the country's most popular music tracks are not available on the main three Australian download sites. The research, which revealed that less than a half of the current Australian Top 20 singles are available via the country's three main download platforms - ninemsn Music, Destra and BigPond Music - comes as P2P company Kazaa fights what is proving to be its hardest legal battle to date in the Australian courts.

While the Australian record labels blame the growth of broadband internet and continued use of P2P for a 6% decline in record sales there, University of Technology researcher Alex Malik says the record labels themselves are to blame for the continued popularity of Kazaa et al by preventing legal download platforms from having access to key artists and releases.

Malik: "The Australian intellectual property rights holders have been more efficient in enforcing their rights than anywhere else. Despite that environment of certainty, they haven't made these tracks available." Malik says that at some times up to 67% of new releases are not available via download platforms, which means: "If you want to listen to a track on an iPod, there are two choices. Download it illegally, or buy the CD and rip it illegally."

He concluded: "ARIA is inviting consumers to purchase content supplied by authorised MP3 providers, as an alternative to illegal downloads. But critics can question the validity of the message if key titles such as Australia's number one song are unavailable in an MP3 format."

The head of the Australian Recording Industry Association's anti-piracy division, Steven Peach, has called Malik's report "flawed and tendentious". He told reporters: "If and when there is a legitimate online market it will be easier for online services to provide a product. People prefer the option of taking the music for nothing, and that's the reason we need to enforce our rights to give legitimate businesses a fair go. Enforcing our rights is necessary for legitimate services to flourish."

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GNR SONG LEAK
According to reports, material from the long long long-awaited Guns N Roses album has been leaked onto the web. A song entitled 'IRS' has apparently been doing the rounds of GNR fansites, fuelling rumours that the album might finally be about to surface. A version of the song was played on a New York radio station last year, but the leaked track seems to be a later version.

Those who've heard the song say it's much like the rock band's older material, despite the fact that the album - already seven years and a reported $13 million in the making - is essentially an Axl Rose solo project.

The full track listing is rumoured to be as follows:

Chinese Democracy
This I Love
I.R.S.
Thyme
Substitute
The General
Seven
Madagascar
Ides Of March
Catcher In The Rye
Leave Me Alone
The Blues
Closing In On You
There Was A Time (TWAT)

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NIRVANA ARE HISTORY
Nirvana's definitive album 'Nevermind' is the latest recording to be admitted to the US Library Of Congress storage vault, joining such artists as The Beach Boys, James Brown and Public Enemy in the special archive intended to preserve recorded items for future generations. Recordings must be at least ten years old and have been deemed culturally, historically or aesthetically significant by a panel of US academics.

'Nevermind' is the most recent entry, the earliest being an 1898 recording of 'Gypsy Love Song' performed by bass singer Eugene Cowles. Also in the sound archive are spoken word recordings by Neil Armstrong, and the first full reading of the bible. Librarian of Congress James H Billington said: "Once again, we have the opportunity to celebrate the rich variety of music recorded in the United States and the importance of sound recording on our lives."

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LIVE REVIEW: System Of A Down at The London Astoria on 4 Apr
How can a metal band be this good? It's faultless. Everything: the tunes, the musicianship, the style, the performance; the lot. Live, you've always got a head start if your back catalogue is amazing - and with a show that consisted nearly exclusively of material from past masterpieces, 'Steal This Album' and 'Toxicity' they'd have to pull out all the stops to fuck this up. Thirty year old guitarist, songwriter and lyricist Daron Malakian and his American/Armenian four-piece seem able to make more noise and noises than you might think possible. With only one guitar the Armenian-born artist manages to execute every studio programmed and layered voice with his Gibson SG live on stage with only the aid of a few foot pedals (looking like a cross between Cheech Marin and Tony Robinson). While the band sent tracks like 'Aerials' and 'Chop Suey' and 'Shimmy' into orbit - the crowd went absolutely berserk - kids and young adults (ok, and some old adults too), bouncing off the walls. Singer Serj Tankian's voice is one of the most distinctive in the world today - bringing Eastern European melodies to a western audience via the medium of metal. Political metal. Amazingly intricate, eccentric, catchy, politically loaded metal. In amongst the set, were scattered a select few tracks from the as yet unreleased new album. And now trusting that their live performance is a pretty good indicator of how they sound on tape, the whole world should be waiting with bated pogo-sticks for the forthcoming System Of A Down album. It's always surprising how quickly people get over 'first album hype' - and how often good bands get less than they deserve; but always so wonderfully reassuring when a band return for a third album to the surprise of the nay-saying press. No one expects a band to last one album, let alone make it through a second to a third; but SOAD have everything they need to become the next Metallica or Iron Maiden. If I could watch this band as often as I can Neighbours, I'd be a happy bunny. JG

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DEPECHE MODE WORKING ON NEW ALBUM
Fantastic. Depeche Mode are back in the studio in California recording an as yet untitled follow up to 2001's 'Exciter', co-produced by the band and Blur/Elbow/Doves producer Ben Hillier. The album is slated for an autumn release.

Frontman Dave Gahan said: "It's a great feeling to be back together in the studio again and we are very excited about the new material. We're all feeling incredibly positive about the album. Ben Hillier has brought a whole new dynamic to the group which is quite inspiring."

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DARKNESS TO CUT BACK ON LIVE DATES
The Darkness are planning fewer live dates now that they are famous. Their early strategy of continual touring was extremely successful, but they now think it's no longer quite so necessary as a marketing tool for their new album.

Frontman Justin Hawkins said: "Things have changed now. A lot of relentless touring was to make people aware of us when they wouldn't have heard us on the radio. It's a very different game when you are in our position. There's a feverish anticipation. We're concentrating on the album. We're not going to do any live stuff until it's out and then we'll see."

Whether the fans who love them for their liveness will forgive them or not remains to be seen. On the upside, perhaps it means that they'll actually get around to finishing that second album.

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TEN MUSIC PIRATES SENTENCED AFTER BPI PRIVATE PROSECUTION
Ten music pirates from Teesside have been sentenced for their role in running a pirated music and film racket. The ten were found guilty of conspiracy to defraud the music and film industries as the result of a private prosecution brought by the UK record companies. Five received jail sentences, three community service orders and two were fined.

The group, headed by Mark Bailey and Paul Canning, ran a sophisticated operation selling pirated music and film not only via a network of market stalls but also via a Britannia style membership club and through a mail-order set up. It is reckoned that at its peak the operation was bringing in £11,000 a week.

In delivering the sentences, Judge Moorhouse told the court: "The whole purpose of copyright law is to ensure that those who create music and films have the exclusive right to benefit from their creativity. It is the duty of the court to send a warning to everyone that if you behave in this way you risk losing your liberty."

Commenting on the court decision, BPI Director of Anti-Piracy Dave Martin told CMU: "This is one of the most significant cases yet seen in the UK. These people ripped off artists, record companies and the public to the tune of £1.2m. These were sophisticated criminals using the techniques of legitimate business to ply their illegal trade. But it's very easy to make a profit on a £3 CD when you invest a grand total of nothing in the creative process. Music piracy is a problem all over the UK, but it's particularly bad in the North East. We are pleased that on this occasion that we have been able to bring such a high-profile gang to justice. "

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WILL SMITH ADDED TO URBAN FESTIVAL LINE UP
Will Smith has been announced as the final act to be added to a plethora of stars slated to appear at this year's Nokia Urban Music Festival with The Princes Trust. The movie star rapper will be joined in his set by the talented one, DJ Jazzy Jeff, on 16 Apr at Earls Court.

As previously reported, the list of artists scheduled to appear includes such acts as Xzibit and Faith Evans from the US and a variety of homegrown UK acts such as Craig David, The Streets, Javine, Kano and Prince's Trust Ambassador, Estelle.

In addition to the live sets, the festival features a series of workshops covering such topics as break-dancing, MCing, beatboxing, music production and DJ skills as well as the new for 2005 Artist Advice workshop. There will also be performances from the winners of the Nokia Raw regional urban talent nights, with up and coming artists fighting for survival on the Festival's Battle Stage.

Tickets are available through www.princes-trust.org.uk/umf or on 0870 903 9033. Press info from Vannessa Amadi @ The Outside Organisation, vanessa.amadi@outside-org.co.uk

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ALBUM REVIEW: Various - The Edukators OST (EMI/Mute)
We generally know what to expect from movie soundtracks: If it's a mainstream Hollywood movie we know the OST will consist of a few soul classics mixed in with some bland R&B numbers or if it's an indie film we can anticipate some old skool cult classics. The Edukators, however, is a German film and consequently the soundtrack is a lot more interesting. Our preconceptions of German culture might lead us to expect some moody and/or electronic music and indeed this is fairly accurate. There is no Krautrock as such but there is some great German techno including 'Monstertruckdriver' by Berlin artist T Raumschmiere which is particularly fantastic yet not a little bonkers and the equally superb 'Alter Ego' by Rocker. There are also the buzzy guitars and gloomy vocals of German rock band Tocotronic. The album isn't exclusively Teutonic but there is a general mood of melancholy. This includes the sweet 'Sisters Of Mercy' from the original king of miserabilism Leonard Cohen, and 'Driving Death Valley Blues' by Mark Lanegan. The mighty Depeche Mode contribute rousing anti-organised religion anthem 'Personal Jesus' and Placebo offer their blistering instrumental 'Bulletproof Cupid'. More obviously of the moment are 'Dance To The Ground' by Radio 4 and 'Darts Of Pleasure' by Franz Ferdinand. The Scottish band are a quarter German and this song also boasts some lyrics which sum up this double CD album rather neatly; "Fantastische!" JW
Release date: 11 Apr
Press contact: Pomona [CP, RP] Mute IH [NP, CR, NR, RR]

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WARNER PUBLISHING RECRUIT ZOMBA MAN
Over to the never dull world of music publishing, and the good old Warner Music Group has announced Richard Blackstone, currently president of Zomba Music Publishing, will be the new chairman and CEO of the major label's global publishing enterprise, Warner Chappell Music. Blackstone will take over from the departing Warner Chappell boss Les Bider just as soon as he can get out of his contract with Zomba. He will report to Warner chief Edgar Bronfman Jnr.

Announcing the appointment Bronfman told reporters: "We're thrilled that an executive of Richard's caliber will assume this vitally important role. His depth of experience and his track record at Zomba will be a natural fit for Warner/Chappell. I look forward to working closely with Richard, and I'm confident that Warner/Chappell and its roster of world-class composers will benefit from his energetic and innovative approach to today's rapidly evolving music publishing business."

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RADIO 1 REVAMP PLAYLIST
Radio 1 are revamping their playlist, albeit it very slightly, to give breaking artists the chance to get a few plays on the station's daytime output. In addition to the traditional A, B and C lists the station already uses to schedule the music played on daytime, there will not be the 1-Upfront List which will include five tracks from emerging artists. Those tracks will each get played 2-4 times during the week they are on the list. The station also plans to increase how many times tracks on the B and C list get played each day by decreasing the number of times each track on the A list get spun. Makes sense? Good.

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CHARLOTTE JUST CAN'T QUIT
Charlotte Church is apparently planning to see a hypnotherapist in a last ditch attempt to stop smoking. According to The Sun, rugby star boyfriend Gavin 'Silverboots' Henson, perhaps unsurprisingly, objects to her twenty a day habit.

She has already tried to give up and achieved no success, which is surprising given that she was just a child about ten minutes ago and can't have been smoking that long.

Her mum Maria said: "We're going to give it a go. Gavin has gone on at Charlotte over her smoking. He really doesn't like it."

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