CMU Daily - on the inside Tuesday 19th April

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In today's CMU Daily:
- It’s the Tommy & Janet show: Jacko trial update
- Doherty and Barat back on speaking terms
- Noel Gallagher to take part in web chat
- British blues magazine wants to mark key blues venues
- La’s added to Glastonbury bill
- AOL sign up to Universal’s new video deal
- Warner get ready for share sale
- OCC says chart revamp a success
- Live Review: Editors At The Garage
- Coldplay preview kinda lukewarm
- Daily Mail to take over merged Capital GWR?
- Diefenbach confirm live dates
- Ramone explores bluegrass
- Mini-Album Review: Absent Kid - I Burnt Down The Family Business
- Bowie sued by producer’s estate over Space Oddity
- Reebok pull Fiddy ads
- Hawkins gets his fame on
- Jamelia baby on the way
- Usher has suitcase half inched
- Kylie dumps hotpants stylist

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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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IT’S THE TOMMY & JANET SHOW: JACKO TRIAL UPDATE
I suppose it is important to remember that Michael Jackson’s defence team’s whole case kinda relies on the successful portrayal of Janet Arvizo, the mother of Jacko’s current teenage child abuse accuser, of being a money grabbing charlatan who used her son’s cancer to make some hard cash, and who is now forcing her children to make wild accusations against Jackson in a bid to make some more. Mrs Arvizo did her bit to help them in that bid during her fourth day of testimony yesterday, though as Jacko’s lawyer Thomas Mesereau went over the same questions again and again there was a sense he was playing with her, hoping she would lose it in front of the court.

Among the admissions that Mesereau got out of Arvizo was that while her family opened up a bank account into which people were encouraged to make donations towards her son Gavin’s cancer treatment, in fact that treatment was paid for by his father’s health insurance. Asked about a local newspaper article that said the poverty stricken family were looking to raise $12,000 to fund Gavin’s treatment, an article which came complete with an address for readers to send in their donations, Mrs Arvizo said the newspaper was guilty of a misprint and the figure printed should have read $1200. Asked if comedian Chris Tucker had given the family a car after hearing about their struggle, she admitted that he had, but added that he only did it because he’d bought his girlfriend a new car and had no where to keep the old one. Asked about Jackson’s support of the family during Gavin’s cancer treatment Arvizo denied he had really helped. Asked about a ‘blood drive’ staged at Jackson’s Neverland ranch to aid Gavin’s treatment, Mrs Arvizo said “I was responsible for that”, seemingly ignoring the fact that if it was hosted at his home, Jackson must have been involved in some way. As Mesereau continued to wind up Arvizo further, especially on her claims that she was held hostage at Neverland, the witness frequently ignored his questions and started talking directly to the jury - something that didn’t impress Judge Rodney Melville too much.

So, all in all, after positioning herself during the first half of her testimony as the concerned mother that had been through hell at the hands of Jackson’s people, Mrs Arvizo is looking less like the perfect witness as she reaches the end of her stint in the witness stand. Though, as we say, that’s what Mesereau wanted. And, of course, even if Arvizo has been using her son’s illness to guilt cash out of the rich and famous, it doesn’t necessarily mean her son is lying about Jackson. That, I suppose, is for the jury to decide as the case continues.

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DOHERTY AND BARAT BACK ON SPEAKING TERMS
“The problem with the CMU Daily at the moment” one subscriber told me this weekend, “is there’s not enough Pete Doherty news”. Well, consider that rectified.

According to the NME, Mr Doherty was seen socialising with his former band mate Carl Barat at a North London pub last night. Apparently the meeting was something of a coincidence, but when Barat heard that Doherty was likely to be showing up at the pub where he had chosen to spend the evening, Barat told his friends "it might as well happen now, because it's going to happen sometime". When Doherty arrived the estranged friends apparently hugged, chatted, hugged again, and then started comparing jackets. Great. As far as we are aware it was the first time Barat and Doherty had seen each other since the opening night of the former’s Dirty Pretty Things club night last Jun.

Elsewhere in Doherty news, the Babyshambles front man has allegedly claimed that he used to work as a rent boy and drug dealer to feed his heroin addiction. The claims apparently appear in a new book about the Libertines written by Pete Walsh, extracts of which were published in Sunday’s News Of The World. According to the newspaper, Doherty told Walsh: "I was working in a bar, selling drugs, working on a building site, writing poetry in the graveyard shift at The King's Head - and I was wanking off old queens for like £20. I remember once being taken back to this mews house in Chelsea, right old fucking badger he was. It was a bit daft actually. As he slept, I locked him in his room, tied a pair of trousers over his head and nicked all these American dollar bills out of his drawer. He's probably still there, with an erection, listening to Classic FM radio." Lovely.

Finally from the Doherty desk for now, the former Libertine is also being quoted as claiming he will marry girlfriend Kate Moss in the summer. The quote runs thus: "Now the [blackmail and robbery] charges have been dropped we can finally look to the future. At one point it was looking like we were going to have to rush things but now I'm not going to jail we can do it properly. I love Kate and she loves me. We are looking at the summer and have a date in mind. We want it to be a day to remember. It will be something simple, with the emphasis on the party afterwards."

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NOEL GALLAGHER TO TAKE PART IN WEB CHAT
Noel Gallagher will take part in a live and interactive webchat later this week to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Oasis’s official website, oasisinet.com. Fans from all over the world are being invited to post questions on a special microsite ahead of and during the chat – Noel will answer as many as he can at 7pm on Friday night. A video of the web chat will then be available to watch on demand on the site from Saturday 23 Apr through to 24 Jun. Staged by Real Networks and MTV, and produced by our good friends at BigTime.tv, the web chat is expected to pull in Oasis fans from all over the world eager to question Noel on new album 'Don't Believe The Truth' and the forthcoming world tour. You can access the microsite from http://www.oasisinet.com

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BRITISH BLUES MAGAZINE WANTS TO MARK KEY BLUES VENUES
Blues In Britain magazine is launching a campaign to have plaques mounted at key sites from the 1960s British blues boom. They want signs to be posted outside the buildings that once contained the venues that hosted the early gigs of the likes of the Rolling Stones and Muddy Waters. That might include the site of the now defunct Ealing Club in West London where the Rolling Stones used to play and the South Kensington building which once housed Blaise's, where Jimi Hendrix performed.

The magazine, which will launch its campaign at London’s Jazz Café tomorrow, are planning to stage a public vote to nominate and then choose which sites should be marked in this way.

A spokesman for the magazine told reporters that he hoped the project would remind people of the UK’s role in revitalising the blues music scene in the sixties: "We hope these plaques will draw attention to Britain's previously unrecognised role in saving blues music. People here have never had the same sense of ownership about blues music as they have with say the Beatles, but Britain's part was very important.”

On where some of the plaques might be placed, the spokesman continued: “The plaques will not just be confined to big cities as we hope to feature unusual places like US air force bases in East Anglia, where the American stars used to play."

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LA’S ADDED TO GLASTONBURY BILL
The recently reformed La’s have been added to the line up for this year’s Glastonbury Festival, and will play The Other Stage on 26 Jun. The band’s UK dates are sold out but some Irish tour dates have been announced, as follows:

6 Jun: Cork Savoy
7 Jun: Dublin Ambassadors Theatre
9 Jun: Belfast Mandela Hall

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AOL SIGN UP TO UNIVERSAL’S NEW VIDEO DEAL
AOL Music have successfully completed their negotiations with the Universal Music Group relating to the inclusion of the record label’s music on their video-on-demand platform.

Universal Music are the first major record company to really look to turn the pop promo video into an earner in its own right. Earlier this year Universal boss Doug Morris said that websites making his company’s videos available to consumers on demand would have to pay a small fee each time a video was played.

MSN quickly came to a deal of this kind with Universal, but AOL and Yahoo, the other two major providers of music video-on-demand, weren’t so quick to comply, meaning that when the Universal imposed deadline for having a new deal in place passed both websites removed Universal acts from their video catalogues.

The AOL deal is believed to include a provision for paying a fee each time a Universal video is streamed, as well small cut of advertising revenues earned via their video platform.

With both AOL and MSN now on board other web companies are expected to comply with Universal’s new demands regarding video on demand, while the other record labels are expected to follow Universal’s lead in turning the music video, traditionally a marketing tool to aid record sales, into its own revenue stream.

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WARNER GET READY FOR SHARE SALE
The Warner Music Group is reportedly close to making its share offer, having filed new details with the US Securities And Exchange Commission. CMU’s Wall Street correspondent (no, really) tells us that the major plan to offer 32.6 million shares within a price range of $22-$26. The money raised by the share sale will be used to pay off “various debts of its subsidiaries” and for “general corporate purposes”, whatever that means. There is some speculation as to how successful the share sale will be, mainly because things have been a little unstable on the New York Stock Exchange in the last few weeks, though Warners insiders say they remain optimistic.

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OCC SAYS CHART REVAMP A SUCCESS
The Official UK Charts Company say they are “pleased” with the way the revamp of the singles chart went this weekend, though a spokesman added that there would be "a certain amount of fluidity" in chart rules in the coming months. In case you’ve been in a locked room in recent days, sales of tracks on official download platforms were added into the calculations for the official singles chart for the first time on Sunday.

Commenting on the revamp, Peter Jamieson of the BPI, who own half the chart, told reporters: "The addition of downloads to the singles chart doubles the market at a stroke. By bringing new people back into the singles market, the addition of downloads by definition makes it more representative."

The Association Of Independent Music were less convinced of the new chart’s success however. For those locked room inhabitants, AIM are concerned that because iTunes dominate the download sector, and because many independent labels are yet to have their music stocked by iTunes, that adding download sales stats into the singles chart this early gives major labels an unfair advantage. The Official Charts Company, who disagree, point out that one more independent label artist was in the Top 40 this week than would have been had it been a retail only chart. However AIM say that two thirds of the independent artists in this week’s Top 75 are positioned lower because of the addition of download stats. A spokesman for AIM told reporters: "The facts speak for themselves”.

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LIVE REVIEW: Editors at The Garage on 13 Apr
Editors are the kind of band to gladden the heart of every jaded music hack; young, good looking, remarkably self-assured but most important of course they have a great guitar sound which makes me giddy with excitement. Vocalist Tom Smith strides confidently to the mic and announces, “We’re the Editors.” He’s a charismatic frontman although guitarist Chris Urbanowicz threatens to steal the limelight with his various on stage moves. Urbanowicz is also the more stylish of the two, whereas Smith looks as if he may be wearing a customised school uniform. I’m here at this gig purely on the basis of the band’s new single ‘Munich’ which has wonderful multi-layered angular guitar sounds, overlaid with a skittering refrain. The Birmingham quartet have released one other single ‘Bullets’, also very fine sounding. Like Interpol, Editors are much influenced by the dark, moody sounds of Joy Division, particularly with the bass lines and vocals. While some tracks such as ‘Blood’ have a more rhythmic sound akin to New Order. “I’m so glad I found this,” run the lyrics to ‘Munich’. There is a buzz building about the band; it feels like this is an act on the edge of being discovered. I recommend you get on to Editors before the scenesters are all over them like a rash. JW

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COLDPLAY PREVIEW KINDA LUKEWARM
A preview of new Coldplay album ‘X&Y’ has appeared on MTV.com, and whilst not particularly damning, it’s not particularly effusive either, saying that the album “manages to sound (in sections) like Brian Eno, the Beatles, Grandaddy, Mercury Rev and Basil Poledouris' score to ‘Conan The Barbarian’ - but also like every Coldplay album ever released”, but adding that this is in fact “no easy feat.”

The article says that the highlights include opening number ‘Square One’, and ‘Swallowed In The Sea’, but the forthcoming single release ‘Speed Of Sound’ was described as "the strangest track the band could've selected to serve as its grand return to the spotlight"

The preview concludes that the album, to be released on 6 Jun, is “an organic electronica album. A minimalist, experimental disc with a whole bunch of power chords. Brian Eno for frat guys”, and with the opinion that X&Y sounds very much like, well, a Coldplay album. Which is good news for Coldplay fans.

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DAILY MAIL TO TAKE OVER MERGED CAPITAL GWR?
Rumours, rumours, rumours – word has it the Daily Mail & General Trust may make a £700 million bid for GCap, the radio conglom due to be created by the merger of the Capital Radio Group and GWR. Those rumours seem to come from comments made by DMGT’s Finance Director. The media company currently has a 29.9% stake in GWR, which will translate into a 15% stake in the merged company. DMGT finance man Peter Williams has told reporters that while his company supports the merger, he doesn’t see such a small stake in the company as a long term situation - "Ultimately, we can't sit at 14 or 15% [of GCap]”. However Williams says he has no urgent desire to increase his stake in the company, seemingly keen to keep his options open. But Lorna Tilbian, media analyst at Numis Securities, has told the Guardian that she thinks a DMGT takeover of GCap, one day, isn’t that unrealistic: "I'd be very surprised if DMGT don't end up owning [GCap] one day. They will just wait until the next downturn and then top up their shareholding before launching an all-out bid”.

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DIEFENBACH CONFIRM LIVE DATES
CMU favourites Diefenbach are to play five live dates in the UK and Ireland at the end of next month to promote forthcoming single ‘We Love You’ on 14 May. The band, who supported Mylo earlier in the year, told CMU how that February tour was nerve wracking to begin with "We were so fortunate hooking up with Mylo and co, they were amazing, and not one show wasn't sold out. We were apprehensive about what was going to happen and how we were going to be received but everyone was really nice and came up to us afterwards saying 'Who are you? We've never heard of you, what's your website?'"

Those live dates are as follows:

28 May: London Barfly
30 May: Liverpool Academy
31 May: Glasgow King Tuts
1 June: Dublin Bud Rising Festival
2 June: Manchester Roadhouse

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RAMONE EXPLORES BLUEGRASS
Former Ramones drummer Tommy Ramone is taking a new direction, playing guitar, mandolin, banjo and dobro as one half of Country/Bluegrass duo Uncle Monk. Ramone said: "There are a lot of similarities between punk and old-time music. Both are home-brewed music as opposed to schooled, and both have an earthy energy. And anybody can pick up an instrument and start playing."

The musician, who is on the lookout for an appropriate label to release his new work, says that in his songwriting he "uses the vocabulary of country and bluegrass combined with the aesthetics of punk and alternative music."

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MINI-ALBUM REVIEW: Absent Kid - I Burnt Down the Family Business (Fierce Panda)
"Let's go." In the hands of many bands such a pronouncement halfway through a track would signal a crap guitar solo or stomp on the distortion pedal. Not Absent Kid though; on the opener of their debut, the two words make way for a pounding broodiness that builds, promising an explosion, suddenly stops, then (just when we’ve got up to pour an appropriately stiff drink) brilliantly kicks in. And it sounds fucking great. Ominous soft guitars clash with spikey riffs, while singer Richard Williams croons Ash-like over the top. Then – damn it! – the second track kicks in and – bollocks! – it’s irritatingly average. It was a battle of the bands competition that won the band this record; perhaps the judges hoped their weaknesses would be expunged by their moments of greatness and a good record company talking to. When it works, they capture some of the storm-is-coming dreaminess of Mogwai. When it doesn't, they're reminiscent of the blander moments on Radiohead's Pablo Honey. An eye-catching warm-up, but more epic soundscapes and less indie conformist dreck please. WP
Release Date: 6 Jun
Press Contact: Impressive PR [all]

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BOWIE SUED BY PRODUCER’S ESTATE OVER SPACE ODDITY
David Bowie is being sued over a song he recorded 36 years ago. A royalty investigator working for the estate of the late record producer Gus Dudgeon, who died in a car accident three years ago, says Bowie owes the Dudgeon estate a 2% royalty on the song ‘"Space Oddity’ because of his role in creating it. The lawsuit alleges that at the time of the recording Dudgeon was paid a £250 advance against a promise of a 2 per cent cut of the sales – but that that payment has never been made.

Royalty investigator David Morgan says he has been working on the claim since before the producer’s death. Both Dudgeon and his wife were killed in the accident and, with no children, their estate passed to a charity.

Morgan says that the people coordinating the Dudgeon estate have now asked him to continue with the royalties claim: “I was running the claim for him [Dudgeon] and we had opened a dialogue with Bowie and his representatives in New York. We had rather a lot of evidence of the money that we claim was owed to him. Apart from the huge sales of Bowie albums, the single has been on almost every compilation of top hits. I was with Gus the day before he died, and he seemed disappointed. He wanted Bowie to sort it out, and instead we got a letter of rejection from his representatives. I gave him my word that I would not give up..."

Bowie’s people reportedly still dispute the royalties claim, which is worth a reported £5 million.

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REEBOK PULL FIDDY ADS
Sports label Reebok has pulled an advert featuring 50 Cent following complaints that it glamorised gun crime. The Advertising Standards Agency is investigating more than fifty complaints over a reference to him having been shot nine times, including one from Lucy Cope, whose son Damian was shot outside a Holborn nightclub in 2002. Cope, who founded Campaign group Mothers Against Guns, said: "It is disgusting. My son died of one bullet - 50 Cent is very lucky to be shot nine times and survive."

Reebok said: "The Reebok 'I Am What I Am' advertising campaign is intended to be a positive and empowering celebration of this right of freedom of self expression, individuality and authenticity However, when the 50 Cent television advertisement began to air, a small number of the general public found it offensive. Therefore Reebok took the decision to immediately and indefinitely stop broadcasting the 50 Cent spot."

In response to that decision Michelle Forbes, vice-chairman of Mothers Against Guns, said "We are pleased Reebok has shown it is socially responsible - it is the right decision. We have nothing against the campaign but the ads featuring 50 Cent could have been very damaging for children."

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HAWKINS GETS HIS FAME ON
According to The Sun, Darkness Frontman Justin Hawkins has devised a celebrity darts show in which fifteen celebs will play the game with fifteen professionals, and which he intends to present himself. The singer said: "It will be called Fame On - as in the 'game on' shout at the start of every darts match. I'm talking to various darts pros and we'll get it made before the end of the year.”

Hawkins is apparently a big fan of the game: "I've got a darts shrine in my house - a professional board, mat, an electronic counter and various bits of memorabilia."

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JAMELIA BABY ON THE WAY
Yet another pop pregnancy. According to The Sun again, Jamelia is reportedly three months pregnant with Gillingham footballer boyfriend Darren Byfield. The couple are said to be "ecstatically happy", as celebrity couples usually are at the arrival of progeny.

A spokesman said: "Jamelia and Darren's first baby is due in October. She did not want to confirm things until her latest scan."

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USHER HAS SUITCASE HALF INCHED
Usher had a suitcase stolen recently whilst staying at New York's Trump International Hotel. The singer told staff that a minder would pick up a bag, which contained goods worth fifty grand, but an imposter pretended to be the minder and made off with the booty. Oh dear. Fortunately for the now poverty stricken Mr. Usher, Hotel Boss Donald Trump has promised to reimburse him.

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KYLIE DUMPS HOTPANTS STYLIST
Kylie has parted company with the stylist that put her in tight gold hotpants for the ‘Spinning Around’ video, raising public awareness of Kylie’s arse, and, some might say, giving Ms Minogue’s career something of a boost. Kylie does appear to be cultivating a more mature image, at the moment which may account for the end to the five year relationship.

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