CMU Daily - on the inside Thursday 28th April

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In today's CMU Daily:
- UK industry debate Creative Common Movement
- US senators put pressure on Russia and China to tackle piracy
- The ex doesn't help: Jacko trial update
- Single Review: Leaves - The Spell
- Mel C cancels gigs
- Goodrem denies sacking mum
- More acts added to Download festival line up
- TuneTribe voted best by web user
- Fabric preview sonar
- Er, Frank Black hasn't recorded duet with Courtney Love
- Darkness man to release solo album
- EMI announce new head for UK publishing business
- Super Furries new album release
- Single Review: White Rose Movement - Love Is A Number
- Liam Gallagher has hissy fit
- C4 to make E4 FreeFour
- Kraftwerk live album line up revealed
- Homme is reminded of porn
- Album Review: David Wrench - The Atomic World Of Tomorrow
- Maximo singer wants life's work back
- Andre goes, er, musical
- Britney not a very cool mum
- George Michael Range Rover sold



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:


London's best rock night, Kill All Hippies, returns to Canvas, Kings Cross this Friday, in association with Live sets this month come from Whitey, The Paddingtons, Moco and Gliss, while Eddy TM, Jeff Automatic, Syrinx and the NME DJs will be on the deecks. Kicks off at 8.30pm on Friday 29 Apr and runs until the not-so-early-hours the next day. Tickets are just £3 if you register in advance at (£5 on the night). Full press release at:

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Some people really like Creative Commons. Some people really hate them. Of course, most people couldn't care less, because they are essentially a branch of copyright law and, as we all know, the thing about copyright law is that - while it is the very foundation on which the music business is built - it is also very very dull. So kudos to the MusicTank team for creating a very interesting and, at times, entertaining debate at last night's Think Tank event - despite the fact it had the copyright principle of Creative Commons as its theme.

Creative Commons is a new copyright philosophy which enables creators to make their work available to the public for non-commercial use for free. The people behind the philosophy, which was originally articulated by Stanford University professor Lawrence Lessig, now offer young creatives template legal documents that enable them to formally make aspects of their work copyright free, as well as internet tools with which they can publish their work online.

The movement has caused some controversy in the music business because label and music publishing executives fear that young musicians, eager to get their work in the public domain, may be attracted to Creative Commons and inadvertently give away the rights to their work - rights which, one day, could be valuable.

Voicing those concerns, Emma Pike of British Music Rights, the joint body designed to promote and protect the copyright of songwriters, told the Think Tank: "I don't have a problem with the concept of Creative Commons. However, I am very concerned that the people behind Creative Commons are not giving young artists and songwriters enough information and explaining the long term risks of giving away the copyright on even some of their original works - especially as a Creative Commons licence is irrevocable once issued."

Defending the movement, Paula Le Dieu of the Creative Commons International organisation, and Oxford University's Damian Tambini, who is heading up the UK implementation of the philosophy, said they accepted the industry's concerns and recognised that they might need to review the information they provide to people considering granting a CC licence for their work. However, they stressed that the Creative Commons movement was not attempting to trick creators into giving up their copyright. Rather, they argued, they are aiming to offer the tools that enable those people to promote and share their work, to encourage creative collaboration, and to help increase the value of those creators' future work.

Neil Leyton, of independent record label Fading Ways Records, also talked up the value of Creative Commons in increasing the value of a musician's future work. His company uses Creative Commons as a way of making some of their artist's work available for free. That won the artists a fan base that they would never have reached with conventional marketing channels, and, Leyton argued, it meant more record sales in long term. Those fans appreciated the fact the label issued Creative Common licences with their free music because it meant that they could safely download, share and remix them without the fear some sinister authority like the Recording Industry Association of America would suddenly show up with a copyright violation lawsuit.
Those in the industry might argue that artists and labels are always at liberty to give away music if they so chose, and that they don't need a complicated new branch of copyright law to enable them to do so. However most of those opposing the concept at the MusicTank event were willing to concede they had no problem with the Creative Commons movement providing they were clear and upfront about the future implications of making your music copyright free - in essence the point with which Pike began the debate.

Of course quite how and where Creative Commons should or will educate creatives on the implications of their licences remains to be seen - to be fair, and as Le Dieu pointed out - "it's not really our job to single handedly educate everyone in copyright law". But as MusicTank chairman Keith Harris pointed out, what young creatives might need is more a lesson in reality than copyright law - "one thing that occurs to me," Keith pointed out, "is that for some artists there early work is their best work. There is a danger here that artists will give away the copyright on their first album in order to get noticed on the basis they'll earn money on later albums. But for some bands that first album is really it - and they might be giving away all their future potential income".

More on Creative Commons, if you're interested, at


Now that we've moved into the dangerous territory of copyright law, let's continue the theme. Two US lawmakers have launched a proactive campaign to encourage authorities in Russia and China to take a more hardline stance on copyright theft and piracy. Senators Richard Lugar and Max Baucus used Tuesday's status as World Intellectual Property Day to call for a global effort to achieve "effective remedies and solutions in addressing the lack of intellectual property protection in China and Russia". The politicians reckon the US economy loses $4 billion annually because of the manufacture and distribution of illegal music, film and software in the two countries.

The need to tackle piracy in both China and Russia is important for two key reasons. Firstly both countries act as the production house for a lot of pirated material sold in the West. The fear is that this situation will worsen as companies based in China and Russia are able to sell directly to consumers through the internet. Certainly Russian download site, with its cheap rates and questionable royalty payment system, has caused much concern in the music industry because of its global reach and the Russian authorities failure to do anything about the website, despite being made aware of the global industry's concerns via the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. But secondly, Russia and in particular China offer major areas for economic expansion for the major record labels, but that is only going to be possible if each country's domestic piracy problem is brought under control.

The consensus is that China is likely to be more helpful than Russia in the fight against piracy - Chinese authorities did recently prosecute two Americans who were illegally duplicating and distributing CDs and DVDs there. However Baucus hopes Russia can also be persuaded to act by including piracy reform into the conditions for their entry into the World Trade Organisation.


Well, the ex-wife was in the witness stand yesterday as the case for the prosecution in the Michael Jackson trial worked its way to some kind of conclusion. Not that she did much to help that case.

Debbie Rowe, of course, was married to Jackson from 1996 to 1999 and is the mother of two of his children. The prosecution called her to testify, much to the annoyance of Jacko's defence team, because they said she too had been forced to deliver a scripted statement on video defending Jackson following the fallout of the screening of the Martin Bashir documentary. Rowe, they claimed, had been blackmailed into giving the scripted account defending Jacko in return for a promise of more access to her children.

Rowe's testimony was important to the prosecution team because Janet Arvizo, mother of Jackon's current accuser Gavin Arvizo, claims that she and her family were also forced to make a videoed statement defending Jackson. That allegation is important because Jacko's defence are using the videoed statement to dismiss the subsequent allegations that the family have made. In the video Mrs Arvizo says Jackson never behaved inappropriately with her children and that he was like a father to them. If Rowe had been forced to make a scripted statement defending Jackson, the logic flowed, then it was more believable the Arvizo's had too.

But in the end Rowe denied that she had been forced into making her video statement defending her ex-husband, nor that what she said had been scripted. She admitted the promise of increased access to her children was part of her motivation to make the video, but added that: "I promised him [Jackson] I would always be there for Michael and the children", so that when Jackson told her that "there was a video coming out [the Bashir documentary]" which was "full of lies" she was more than willing to help by being involved in Jackson's response to the programme.

Jacko's defence had been expected to question Rowe's credibility as a witness on the grounds that she is currently involved in a custody battle with the singer - however, given her testimony yesterday, they may now take a different approach (of course, the conspiracy theorist in me might wonder if Rowe's helpful testimony had anything to do with an attractive custody package being put on the table by Jacko's people - but that's just the cynic inside me getting out of control).

The case continues - and rest assured, those celeb witnesses are due soon.


SINGLE REVIEW: Leaves - The Spell (Universal/Island)
Neglected by many after their debut album, 2002's 'Breathe', failed to live up to expectations by positioning itself between Doves and Coldplay but being just too pedestrian to deliver the 'Cedar Room' or 'Yellow' it needed. This comeback, however, certainly possesses a strength and vitality they lacked first time around. It practically sounds like it were borne of Chris Martin's pen, all maudlin piano and climbing vocals in the foreground, but any such suspicion is answered immediately by an intrinsic understanding of the epic and the vast, so frequently found in those of Icelandic origin. There is also a bass sound so 'OK Computer' you can feel its paranoid left eye twitching and rhythms so edgy they could have been forged by Belgian indie-kings dEUS. Its only problem is that while it reaches high it aims nowhere in particular. So maybe they are to repeat the mistakes of the first album all over again after all. JB
Release Date: 16 May
Press Contact: Wild [CP, CR] Island IH [RP, RR, NP, NR]


CMU's favourite former spice girl Mel C had to cancel a show in Glasgow last week as well as three shows in Ireland due to a nasty case of flu. The singer, who is touring to publicise new album 'Beautiful Intentions', said she was "incredibly disappointed" at having to cancel the gigs. A statement on her official website says "Melanie's throat infection has taken a turn for the worse and (she) has been instructed by her doctor to postpone all gigs planned for this week. If her condition improves the next gig she will play is Oxford on Monday, 2 May."


Delta Goodrem has issued a statement via her official website in response to reports that she had sacked her mother as her manager to benefit her international career. As previously reported, Australian newspaper the Herald Sun claimed that the pop singer had fired Lea Goodrem after being told by SonyBMG in New York that she could kiss goodbye to the idea of breaking America if she didn't do it.

Goodrem: "I am very disappointed about today's reports. My relationship with my mother is as strong as ever and we are a great team. We have been looking for the right international manager for the next step of my international career."


The Download Festival has added a host of new acts to its line up. Open Hand and The Hurt are confirmed for the Snickers Stage on the Saturday and The Glitterati, Team Sleep, Dresden Dolls, The Saints and No Hope In New Jersey will all take to the Napster Stage on the Sunday.

Other acts added to the bill include Lucky Nine, Breed 77, The Explosion, Johnny Truant, The Ga Ga's, Quit Your Day Job, Panic Cell, The Answer and Crucified Barbara Hurricane Party, Slunt and Planet Of Women.


Independent download platform TuneTribe has been voted number one in a survey of music sites by Web User magazine - which is quite an achievement given that TuneTribe are yet to launch their full site complete with news, reviews and exclusive downloads. That site goes live tomorrow.


The Sonar festival is one of CMU's favourite annual music events, which is all well and good, except it takes place in Barcelona which, if my memory serves me correct, you can't get to on the tube. So thank the Lord for the Sonar preview night at Fabric London, presented in association with the festival's overall sponsor, San Miguel. Taking place on 26 May (9pm - 4am, tickets £10) the line up kinda talks for itself, so here it is:

Room 1: Francois K (live), Miss Kittin (DJ), Durutti Column (live), MU (live), The Beautiful People (live), Chris Coco (DJ)

Room 2: Jamie Lidell (live), Hot Chip (live), Mark One & Virus Syndicate (live), Solo Los Solo (live), Simon Russell plays Rough Trade (DJ)

Room 3: Mental Overdrive (live), Undo & Vicknoise (four decks), Circus Company presents: Sety dj & Nôze (live), Russell Haswell (DJ)

Press info from Fabric. The Sonar festival itself, for those of you in the vicinity of Barcelona, takes place from 16-18 Jun - details at


Well, as it turns out, Pixie Frank Black hasn't recorded a duet with Courtney Love after all, despite earlier reports from a source at MTV which claimed he had. The song in question 'Strange Goodbye', was actually recorded as a duet with his ex-wife Jean.
The Gigwise website reports Black as saying: "Huh? I have no idea what this guy is talking about. It must be his prank. I just talked to the guy yesterday. We spoke of the duet, but not of Courtney. He must be trying to get hits on the site."


Well, Darkness fans waiting for that second album will have to make do with a solo album from Justin Hawkins for the time being. According to The Sun Justin said of the solo album: "It's a lot less rock that the band stuff. There's a lot more synths. I suppose you could call it luxurious rock." Called 'British Wail', the album is out in Jun. The second Darkness album should follow in the Autumn.


EMI Music Publishing yesterday announced that Guy Moot would be taking over the running of their UK business. He will take over from Peter Reichardt, who confirmed earlier this week that he was leaving the company.

Having worked in an A&R role with EMI Music Publishing since 1987, Moot has been responsible for signing a string of the company's highest profile songwriters, including Sean Paul, Jamie Cullum, Ms Dynamite, Amy Winehouse, Prodigy, Jamiroquai, Kasabian, Eminem and Scissor Sisters.

Confirming the appointment, EMI Music Publishing Chairman Martin Bandier told CMU: "Guy is an extraordinarily talented executive whose track record in the business is astonishing. It's terrific to be able to appoint such a talented executive who has come from within the company and through merit has risen to this appointment. Guy absolutely understands the issues and opportunities facing us and I know that the company will continue to grow yet further under his leadership".

Commenting on his appointment, Moot added: "I am relishing the challenges ahead and will make it my business to drive the company forward, but we must never forget the importance of our writers and the songs they deliver for us. Our success will always be built on having the best repertoire in the business and my aim is to continue signing the best new artists. As the largest publishing company, we are uniquely positioned to capitalise on the new business opportunities in the market place and my goal is to drive EMI Music Publishing forward by developing new revenue streams and diversifying where it makes sense. Finally I would like to not only pay thanks to Peter whose class, ambition, professionalism and style have defined what this company stands for, but also the team of executives which I inherit who are quite simply the best in the business".


Super Furry Animals have told NME that their seventh album will be called 'Love Kraft' and will be released this Aug. The album, recorded in Cardiff, Rio De Janeiro and Barcelona, was produced by Beastie Boys collaborator Mario Caldato.

Frontman Gruff Rhys said that the band had been determined not to be influenced by their surroundings, saying "We made a pact not to make a Brazilian-sounding record. There's nothing worse than a band going to another part of the world and nicking their music. We found an old recording desk in Rio that gave everything a really warm sound and we sampled some Brazilian insects, but there's no samba beats."

He continued: "There's a cosmic funk song called 'Laser Beam', a power ballad called 'Frequency' and then there's 'Psyclone', which is a song about a chicken crossing the road and getting hit by a meteorite."


SINGLE REVIEW: White Rose Movement - Love Is A Number (Independiente)
In theory, the following should make some rather uninteresting reading - another new wave, wiry eightiesesque band produced by Paul Epworth. Let's face it, you've heard it all before. But wait, something else from the Epworth conveyor belt that's worth a shout about? Yes. The White Rose Movement, recently signed to Independiente release their debut 'Love Is A Number' which has also had a white label circulation in the past couple of months - with buzz aplenty. No wonder really when you consider how tight the bass, Dave Gahan/George Michael-like vocals overlap the awesome rhythm section. Don't write off this lot, they're one to keep your eyes and ears out for. YN
Release Date: 30 May
Press: Darling [CP, NP, RP] Intermedia [CR, RR] Ish [NP]


Liam Gallagher has been ranting about the apparent shortcomings of a variety of popular UK bands in an exclusive interview in yesterday's edition of NME, but he's apparently a big fan of Charlotte Church, saying "It's Charlotte Church for me, man. She could be the next Liam. She's got a great voice and she fucking has it. She knows how to get fucking hammered and she freaks people out."

But enough of that, and on to the ranting. Gallagher called buzz band Kaiser Chiefs "a bad Blur" and described Bloc Party "a band off University Challenge, like they're sitting on a panel or something", but his harshest comments were reserved for Pete Doherty, Alex Kapranos and Scissor Sisters.

On Franz Ferdinand front man Kapranos the Oasis star said: "He reminds me of fucking Right Said Fred. You put on 'I'm To Sexy For My Fucking Thing' next to their records and I bet you any money it's the same person. It's the same fucking person! He's just gone on the Atkins diet and grown his hair! Not my thing at all. I don't like quirky, weird music. It's not my cup of tea all that nonsense, million miles an hour music that's not going anywhere."

On Pete Doherty: "I'm not into smackheads. Smackheads need slaps... So what does the word Libertine mean? What does it mean? Freedom? He's fucking in the corner doing smack with a helmet on his head! There's nothing free about that. It's nasty, innit? If the kids like them, fair enough, but they're nowhere near like us. The music's rubbish for start".

And on Scissor Sisters, who said that Oasis lacked respect for the Glastonbury crowd following their performance at last year's event, Gallagher said: "If that's what they call entertaining then let them 'av it - bright colours and fucking weirdos on stilts? I'm more entertaining than that cunt. And I'll rip his fucking vocal chords out any day because he's fucking rubbish."

Nice. Especially that bit about the vocal chords.


Channel 4 have announced that they will be making their E4 entertainment channel a proper Freeview channel at the end of May, meaning it will be free to access to anyone with a Freeview terrestrial digital TV box thing.

E4, which combines first airings of Channel 4's premiere shows with a steady supply of programmes from the network's comedy and entertainment archives, has, until now, been a pay-to-view service, accessible via Sky, NTL, Telewest or the Freeview premium channel service, Top Up TV. However from the end of May it will become a completely free to air channel (well, on Freeview anyway, it will still only appear in the premium packages on Sky).

Plans to make E4 free to air were first revealed earlier this year as part of Channel 4's "long-term" digital strategy, however few expected it to happen so soon, even when Crown Castle announced they were selling one of their spare Freeview channel slots to the network. It seems likely Channel 4 has fast tracked the decision so the free-to-air launch can coincide with the new Big Brother series. E4, of course, carries round the clock coverage of the Big Brother house, and C4 bosses will be hoping that will help the channel to win a big audience as soon as it arrives as a proper Freeview channel.


Kraftwerk has released details of the tracklisting for their upcoming double-disk live album, which is due for release in Jun. Details as follows (with which gig the recording comes from in brackets):

Disc One:
The Man Machine (Warszawa, Sala Kongresowa)
Planet of the Visions (Ljubljana, Krizanke)
Tour de France Etape 1 (Riga, Olimpiska Hall)
Chrono (Riga, Olimpiska Hall)
Tour De France Etape 2 (Riga, Olimpiska Hall)
Vitamin (Moskwa, Lushniki)
Tour De France (Paris, Le Grand Rex)
Autobahn (Berlin, Tempodrom)
The Model (London, Brixton Academy)
Neon Lights (London, Royal Festival Hall)

Disc Two:
Radioactivity (Warszawa, Sala Kongresowa)
Trans-Europe Express (Budapest, Sportarena)
Metal On Metal (Budapest, Sportarena)
Numbers (San Francisco, The Warfield)
Computer World (Moskwa, Lushniki)
Home Computer (Warszawa, Sala Kongresowa)
Pocket Calculator (Moskwa, Lushniki)
Dentaku (Tokyo, Shibuya Ax)
The Robots (Moskwa, Lushniki)
Elektro Kardiogramm (Tallinn, Exhibition Hall)
Aerodynamik (Riga, Olimpiska Hall)
Music Non Stop (Moskwa, Lushnik)


Queens Of The Stone Age's Josh Homme says that the video for new single 'In My Head' puts him in mind of an Italian porn film.

On the band's official website, Homme wrote: "From what I've been told, [the video] will involve many examples of failed attempts to control your lust, and how there is no device that can fulfil or replace the object of obsession. Now, to be honest, I don't know what that means, but it sounds like this Italian porno I saw once. Anyway, when I know more ... I'll lustfully fill your ears with objects of knowledge."

QOTSA are about to head out on a North American tour, and are planning a DVD possibly scheduled for a Nov release.


ALBUM REVIEW: David Wrench - The Atomic World Of Tomorrow (Storm Music)
There have been a number of great albums already released this year, but self-styled Albino King and white leather-clad Welsh viking David Wrench may have trumped them all. 'The Atomic World Of Tomorrow' is simply brilliant. Straddling menacing, apocalyptic hip-hop ('Like A Communist'), politicised glam ('World War IV'), reams of effortless synth-pop and even touching balladry (through a Billy Ocean cover, no less!), the only frustrating thing is the fact that it's likely to sell about ten copies (which is even more of shame when, with his Jarvis-like croon, the songs often inadvertently recall Pulp when they still wanted hits). CMU readers, as well as anyone who knows me, may recall my effusive praise for recent single 'Sodium Lights', a bittersweet slice of pop perfection which (and I'm pleased enough with this comparison to use it again) sounds like the Pet Shop Boys pumped full of British Sea Power. And then there's 'Superhorny' ("I'm superhorny/with UK repression/got a stiff upper lip/and a permanent erection"), which references pints of Stella, the Shetland Isles and The Serpentine, with lyrics that GLC or The Bloodhound Gang would kill babies to have written, all set to an ace ultra-cheap synth-pop backing. It's so good, you wonder (as with, say, Orlando's ignored classic 'Just For A Second' ten years ago) how on Earth it wasn't number one for about three months. Wrenchy is potentially destined for maverick cult status à la David Devant, but with songs this good he should be given massive exposure (I'm thinking TOTP and CD:UK, every week, frankly). Make him a star. MS
Release date: 30 May
Press Contac: Southern PR [all]


Maximo Park Vocalist Paul Smith is appealing for the return of his 'life's work', after he misplaced a bag containing personal items following a gig at Northumbria University on Monday night. The personal items included a book containing song lyrics and poetry.

A statement on the band's official website said: "We're desperate to get this bag and its contents back, so we're appealing for your help, especially those of you near the Cooperage along the quayside in Newcastle, where the bag was last seen. The bag is a white linen Japanese "soft-boy" and contained the following: Paul's RED BOOK containing his life's work: lyrics to the album, poetry, etc., polaroids and drawings, Kafka and Camus books, wallet and keys...basically his LIFE." The band promised a reward of "tickets to any Maximo Park show you want plus a huge hug from Paul," to whoever can see to the bag's return, and are asking people to contact Colin at Streetfeat Management on or on 0208 964 1917 with any info.

In other Maximo Park related news, the band are to appear at a series of in-stores next week: and the first 16 people to arrive at those will get free tickets to Radio 1's Big Weekend in Sunderland on May 8.

The dates and times are:

1 May, 1PM: Manchester Piccadilly
2 May, 12PM: Durham Concepts Instore
3 May, 6PM: HMV Newcastle (Access only to those bearing wristband which can be obtained by buying the band's new single 'Graffiti' on 2 May)
4 May, 5PM: HMV Leeds
5 May, 5PM: HMV Birmingham
6 May, 6PM: London Oxford Street Virgin Megastore


Andre 3000 is apparently to compose, produce and star in a new musical. According to the OutKast star will write the music for an as-yet-untitled production with a libretto by the Tony award-winning lyricist Jeff Whitty and will also appear in it playing "someone with magical powers, who comes into the lives of a family." Sounds thrilling.

The singer-turned-actor will next be seen on screen in Outkast's own musical, provisionally entitled "My Life In Idlewild", and he is currently filming family drama "Four Brothers" with Mark Wahlberg. Future Andre projects include an appearance in Guy Ritchie's new movie "Revolver" and some voice work in the all star animated film version of children's classic "Charlotte's Web", alongside Julia Roberts and John Cleese.


Britney Spears has made a very poor showing in a US poll conducted by America Online, who polled a group of 75,000 kids aged 6 to 12 to find out who they thought would make the coolest celebrity Mum. Spears turned up last, with Jessica Simpson topping the poll whilst even Jennifer Lopez and Gwen Stefani also won more votes than the pregnant Britney. I'm sure she'll be gutted.


Bids have closed for the black Range Rover George Michael has been selling on eBay, and in the end it only raised £11,600, somewhat short of the £50,000 the singer paid for it when new. Of course you wouldn't necessarily expect a second hand car to sell for anything like its 'as-new' price, but you might have thought there would have been some celebrity value for the car, especially given that it has the registration number of J5 STUD. Then again, presumably the charity who will receive the £11,600 will still be quite happy.

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