CMU Daily - on the inside Wednesday 11th May
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Warner drop value expectations in preparation for share sale
- It's just art, innit: Jacko trial update
- Yahoo launch beta download service
- Apple add video to iTunes
- Eminem reaches agreement with Apple over ad track
- Stones announce world tour
- Live Review: Carling 24
- Springsteen talks politics
- Kaiser Chiefs et al hit back at Gallagher
- Willie Nelson to release reggae album
- Happy Mondays headline Get Loaded
- Keane to film warts and all
- Danny Baker quits BBC London Breakfast Show
- Chris Martin admits to reading gossip rags
- Motown plan remix album
- Rod Stewart cancels second show
- Azuli celebrate 200th release
- Belle, Sebastian, Stooges don't look back
- BRMC confirm tour
- Album Review: Nine Inch Nails - With Teeth
- MacKenzie to stand down at TalkSport
- Stiller hangs out with Travis
- Zellweger marries country star
- Cowell defends Abdul
- Britney says it's only routine

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WARNER DROP VALUE EXPECTATIONS IN PREPARATION FOR SHARE SALE
The Warner Music Group has responded to the previously reported criticism of its pending share sale by lowering both its initial share price and the number of shares on offer. The record company is due to launch its share sale on the New York stock exchange later today. A launch share price had been set at $22-24, but that was yesterday dropped to $19-20. The number of shares to be sold was also cut, from 32.6 million to 27.2 million.

Warner's rejig followed concern in the US investment community that Warner were over-valuing themselves. Financial firm Fulcrum Global Partners advised investors: "We believe the pricing of WMG at $22-$24 is too high and we do not suggest participating in the IPO at that level. An IPO price of $20 or less is needed to achieve a minimum 12-month return of 15%."

Those concerns, added to a very public falling out with key band Linkin Park over the share sale, were threatening to jeopardise the share sale. Warner bosses will be hoping the change in share price and quantity will placate potential investors, even though it will affect the amount of money raised from the sale, and therefore the windfall the company's current investors can expect.

Meantime, we've had a whip round here at the CMU office and reckon we'll be able to afford two shares. Though being a Warner Music shareholder might affect our refreshing independence, so perhaps we'll spend that money on lunch instead.

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IT'S JUST ART, INNIT: JACKO TRIAL UPDATE
Given that defence lawyer Thomas Mesereau took such delight in questioning the prosecution's witnesses into tricky corners, it seems only fair that prosecution lawyer Gordon Auchincloss should have the same fun. Which might be why Auchincloss laid into Neverland ranch manager Joseph Marcus quite so much when he took to the witness stand as part of the defence's case in the ongoing Michael Jackson trial yesterday. Or perhaps he's just trying to win the case.

Exchanging nervous glances with his boss, Marcus struggled to answer questions about Jacko's porn collection. He admitted Jackson owned a stack of erotic stuff, including a collection of statuettes of women trussed up in black bondage outfits. "It's a type of art," Marcus kept saying as Auchincloss questioned him about the porn. The prosecution in this case have had something of a fascination with Jacko's erotica collection, because, of course, anyone who collects porn is obviously a paedophile.

On more relevant matters, Auchincloss questioned Marcus about the teenagers Jackson befriended. Marcus acknowledged that the singer had "special bonds" with some children, though he stressed such bonds existed with both boys and girls. Auchincloss wasn't convinced on that point, and when he pushed Marcus further on which teenage girls Jackson formed such bonds with Marcus could only name two - both sisters of boys Jackson was close to.

Auchincloss also got Marcus to admit that he had lied in an interview with an investigator when he said he had no knowledge of Jackson sleeping with children. Yesterday he said he did, in fact, know that some of Jacko's teenage friends did sleep in the singer's bed. That admission more than anything else was important for the prosecution. A lot of this case has been about damaging the other side's witnesses' credibility, something Mesereau did repeatedly with people brought forward by the prosecution. Some reckon a previous admission of lying to an investigator might lead the jury to ignore much of what Marcus said in defence of his employer. In particular, the prosecution will want to rubbish the explanation Marcus gave for issuing a directive to not let Gavin Arvizo off the Neverland site, something the prosecution said was proof the Arvizo family were held hostage at Jacko's ranch. Marcus said that directive was simply an instruction to ensure Gavin and his brother Starr didn't drive onto the open road in one of the ranch's gold carts.

The case continues.

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YAHOO LAUNCH BETA DOWNLOAD SERVICE
Yahoo Music will launch a beta version of its new download platform in the US today. Like Napster, the service centres on a subscription model which will give consumers access to over a million tracks for as little as $4.99 a month. Subscribers will be able to download any of those tracks to CD or a portable music device for 79 cents. Non-subscribers will be able to download tracks for 99 cents.

Yahoo will be hoping to leverage its other online activity to help it gain a slice of the digital music pie. In particular it will use the Yahoo messenger service to encourage subscribers to share playlists and music tips with their friends.

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APPLE ADD VIDEO TO ITUNES
Elsewhere in the digital world, Apple have made a low-key entrance into the world of music video with their latest version of iTunes. Following the launch of iTunes version 1.8, Apple will be bundling downloadable videos in with a number of album and single purchases on its download platform in the next few weeks. Videos will be offered from the likes of Morcheeba, Dave Matthews Band and Gorillaz. Videos can be played in the left hand corner of the iTunes window, where album cover images have previously appeared. While currently just an add on extra for audio purchases, insiders say the move is part of a wider video strategy, although Apple boss Steve Jobs is still not convinced that adding a video playback facility onto the iPod is a priority.

Elsewhere in iTunes news, with the Australian launch of the service still pending, Apple have announced it is launching its download platform in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. Which is great news. If you're Danish. Or Norwegian. Or Swedish. Or Swiss. Or an Apple shareholder.

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EMINEM REACHES AGREEMENT WITH APPLE OVER AD TRACK
And staying with iTunes for a few more lines, Eminem's music company Eight Mile Style has reached an out of court settlement in its ongoing dispute with Apple.

The dispute related to a scene in an iPod commercial when a young boy is seen singing the words of the Eminem song 'Lose Yourself'. Eight Mile Style, who own the rights to the song, say their permission was required to feature the track in this way, and because no such permission was sought or given Apple and their associates were guilty of copyright violation. They sued the computer firm, their ad agency TBWA and MTV and Viacom, who screened the ad.

But Howard Hertz, representing Eight Mile Style, told reporters on Monday that an out of court settlement had been reached: "The parties were able to reach an amicable resolution". A spokesman for Apple also confirmed the matter was resolved, although neither side commented on the specifics of their settlement.

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STONES ANNOUNCE WORLD TOUR
As expected, The Rolling Stones yesterday confirmed they will embark on another world tour this summer, kicking off on 21 Aug in Boston. Called 'The Rolling Stones Onstage World Tour', the live dates will coincide with the release of the band's first studio album since 'Bridges To Babylon'.

Announcing the tour at a press conference in New York, a spokesman for the band told reporters: "The Rolling Stones Onstage will once again showcase their diversity as musicians and performers by playing three dramatically different venues from the grand scale excitement of a stadium, to the thrill of an arena to the intimate setting of a theatre and club with special set lists. This year's tour takes the concert experience to the next level by bringing together the advantages of an up-close club experience with their electric stadium show. The band will fulfil the ultimate dream of music lovers across the globe, offering the unimaginable - the opportunity to be onstage with the Rolling Stones. Several hundred seats are built directly into the stadium set, offering fans the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share the excitement and adrenaline rush of being onstage as the Rolling Stones perform to an audience of 50,000 plus."

The Stones themselves were in attendance at the launch and performed a song from the new album - 'Oh No Not You Again' - as well as giving live renditions of 'Start Me Up' and 'Brown Sugar'.

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LIVE REVIEW: Carling 24 at Various London Venues on 30 April
Carling's 24-hour music festival hosted its first leg in London and promised a wealth of talent in a line up that included Kaiser Chiefs, Babyshambles, The Zutons and Soulwax, all performing in various venues across the capital. Around midday Kaiser Chiefs stormed through a thrilling 13-song set at Islington Academy which was a real treat. They were obviously booked to play this slot before the release of their fantastic debut album 'Employment', as they would surely otherwise have taken the headline spot at Brixton Academy from The Zutons. Babyshambles never fail to entertain, if they actually show up - which thankfully they did on this occasion. A remarkably relaxed Pete Doherty captivated delighted fans with a cool and trouble free set at ULU, including a refreshing new version of 'Babyshambles' alongside favourites 'Gang of Gin' and 'Fuck Forever'. Still enjoying their comeback, Embrace took to the stage mid-afternoon at Shepherds Bush Empire. I swerved this gig as Embrace bored me to oblivion the first time round and I frankly couldn't face the prospect of hearing more of the same drivel inflicted on the unsuspecting public. To finish, Soulwax, The Zutons and LCD Soundsystem topped the bill at Brixton Academy. Some of the crowd had been going since 7am, and Soulwax gave them a much needed boost with some of the most spectacular break-beat rock drumming I have ever seen or heard. Soulwax are edgy and bold - a rich mixture of rock and dance and were, in my opinion, the act of the day. The Zutons followed with a solid performance (if you like that kind of thing) but I couldn't help feeling that they are a little passÈ now, and rather middle of the road. However, their set provided an entertaining, lively show leaving their fans satisfied and happy. As The Zutons departed and the venue drained, LCD Soundsystem came on stage for the finale. Their quirky broken beats and disco-punk melodies greeted what was left of the audience. Seemingly most people had come to see The Zutons and then, very unwisely, left. Their loss, because James Murphy et al kept the audience buzzing through until 2.30am, climaxing with 'Losing My Edge', which worked the hard-core 24-hour party people into a frenzy. And as if that was not enough, Soulwax's sideline, DJ duo 2ManyDJs had moved on and set up their decks at Brixton's Bug Bar for a sensational after show party with Carling on tap and dance music to die for - an amazing end to a great day. I finally threw in the towel at 5.30am, collapsing into a cab with good times and great music pulsating through my brain. Carling 24 continues with a second leg in Manchester on Saturday 28th May. Artists included The Coral, Doves, Ian Brown and Chemical Brothers. Not to be missed! GHS

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SPRINGSTEEN TALKS POLITICS
Bruce Springsteen has been voicing his thoughts on the next US presidential election, and has said that he has no plans so far to engage in any political activity in 2008, following John Kerry's loss in 2004. Springsteen, of course, took part in last year's Vote For Change Tour in support of the Democratic candidate.

'The Boss' said "I'd have to see if I was useful in any fashion and how I felt about things when it came around again. I don't have any political plan. It was something I did because that's where my work and my experience brought me at the time. Some folks thought I could be useful, and I was glad to pitch in my two cents. I prefer my day job."

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KAISER CHIEFS ET AL HIT BACK AT GALLAGHER
Kaiser Chiefs, Keane, and The Paddingtons have all hit back at Oasis after Liam Gallagher made nasty comments about them in a recent interview in NME. As previously reported, the Oasis loud mouth said that Kaiser Chiefs are "a bad Blur," that Keane are "twats" and that The Paddingtons are "fucking awful".

Ricky Wilson of Kaiser Chiefs said: "he had a go at me for wearing make-up. I only wore it to look more like him."

Keane's Tim Rice-Oxley said: "Noel's a cunt. He was in a band that was very brilliant in the mid-'90s but now they're just not important any more." Gosh, he looks like such a nice boy, too.

Meanwhile The Paddingtons' guitarist Josh Hubbard said "Noel's a genius but what does his fat, toothless vocalist know about youth culture?" And amen to that.

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WILLIE NELSON TO RELEASE REGGAE ALBUM
Willie Nelson is shortly to release a reggae album. The country superstar has apparently been planning the album for 10 years and travelled to Jamaica back in 1995 for a meeting regarding the project with Island Records founder Chris Blackwell. The idea was shelved when Island was sold and Blackwell left the company, but revived recently when Nelson joined Lost Highway Records. The new album, called 'Countryman', will feature covers of Jimmy Cliff's 'The Harder They Come' and Johnny Cash's 'I'm A Worried Man' as well as original material.

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HAPPY MONDAYS HEADLINE GET LOADED
The Happy Mondays are to headline the Get Loaded In The Park festival for the second time, and are joined on the bill by The Farm, Flowered Up, Amusement Parks On Fire, Cagedbaby and Mohair. There will also be DJ sets from Fatboy Slim and Armand Van Helden, and from some other less obvious candidates, amongst them Elbow, Snow Patrol and former Stone Roses bassist Mani.

The event takes place at London's Clapham Common on 28 Aug, bank holiday Sunday. More info from http://www.getloadedinthepark.com/

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KEANE TO FILM WARTS AND ALL
Keane are hoping to make a 'warts and all' film to document their upcoming recording sessions. The band's Tim Rice-Oxley said: "It's great to see a band live but whenever I get a DVD of a band, I kind of skip straight to that sort of tour documentary, behind-the-scenes stuff because what you really want to know is what they are like as people and how they write songs and how they make music. I don't know if I'm kidding myself that people will be interested, but we would love to have a documentary with very thorough and exhaustive information for people to get their hands on and find out more about the band."

Keane are currently on a North American Tour, and are road testing several new songs, including 'Nothing In Your Way', 'Hamburg Song' and 'Try Again'. Rice-Oxley told Billboard: "It's great to get out and play them for people and see what they think. So far, the reaction has just been phenomenal. I really feel that after touring for 18 months, our playing has gotten much better. Our creativity has gotten much better and my song writing has got a lot better as well. I don't know why, but I really feel the songs are different and somehow better."

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DANNY BAKER QUITS BBC LONDON BREAKFAST SHOW
Danny Baker quit his BBC London breakfast show live on air yesterday morning, just hours after picking up the award for DJ Of The Year at the Sony Awards. Baker plans to dedicate his time to writing a new screenplay for Channel Five, though BBC bosses say he will return to their London station in the Autumn, though not necessarily on the breakfast show.

Commenting on Baker's decision to quit the show after three years, his agent, Alex Armitage, told reporters: "The station has known [of his departure] for some time. He's going off at the end of the month to write a film script for Channel Five, then he will be back to BBC London in the autumn. It is not decided which slot yet. It may be the breakfast show, it may be something else,"

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CHRIS MARTIN ADMITS TO READING GOSSIP RAGS
Chris Martin has implied that being the subject of false tabloid and gossip mag speculation has not really taught him to take stories about other people with a pinch of salt. The singer said: "If a celebrity magazine is in an airport lounge, I'll have a look. I like gossip as much as the next man. But then, I'll bump into someone I've read about and I'll say, 'Oh, I read so-and-so...' and I curse myself, because I hate people coming up to me and going, 'Chris I read that you're macrobiotic, is that true?' And I say, 'Well, no, not really."

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MOTOWN PLAN REMIX ALBUM
Presumably inspired by the, erm, inspired Verve Remixed series (that's remixes of songs released by the jazz and blues record label called Verve, and not rerubs of Richard Ashcroft songs), Motown, now part of Universal of course, have announced they will release an album which will feature top remixers reworking old classics. The Jackson 5's 'I Want You Back' will be rerubbed by Z-Trip, while Salaam Remi will get to play with 'ABC'. DJ Smash will remix Stevie Wonder's 'Signed, Sealed, Delivered' while the Randy Watson Experience takes on Gladys Knight's 'I Heard It Through The Grapevine'. All sounds very fine, release date info when we get it.

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ROD STEWART CANCELS SECOND SHOW
Rod Stewart has cancelled a second show at London's Earl's Court. As previously reported, the singer was forced to pull out of a performance at the venue on Monday because of a severe throat infection, and will now be adding tonight's scheduled concert to the list marked 'cancelled'. He hopes to be well enough in time for a third date at Earl's Court tomorrow night. The postponed dates are to be rescheduled.

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AZULI CELEBRATE 200TH RELEASE
Long-standing house label Azuli is preparing for its 200th release - Deux's 'Sun Rising Up' with remixes from Jupiter Ace and The Sharp Boys (out 13 Jul). To celebrate the landmark release the label has a number of new features on its website - http://www.azuli.com. Firstly, for the first time, the whole Azuli back catalogue is available to buy (much of it not available for years). Plus they are putting online exclusive DJ mixes which you can stream for free. Mixes currently online come from the Flaming Lips, Jeff Mills, Four Tet, John Digweed and Azuli boss David Piccioni. Other things are in the pipeline too apparently, more on that when we get it.

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BELLE, SEBASTIAN, STOOGES DON'T LOOK BACK
The Stooges and Belle And Sebastian are amongst the artists taking part in Uncut's 'Don't Look Back' season which will see veteran artists revisiting their classic albums by performing them in full for one night only. The events will happen in venues across London from Aug to Oct.

Dates confirmed so far comprise the following:
30 Aug: The Stooges play 'Fun House', at Hammersmith Apollo
16 Sep: Mudhoney play 'Superfuzz Bigmuff' plus a selection of early singles at Koko.
17 Sep: Mum/Cat Power play 'Finally We Are No-One' and 'The Covers Album' at The Barbican
25 Sep: Belle And Sebastian run through 'If You're Feeling Sinister' at the Barbican.
Date TBC: Dirty Three and Sophia play 'Ocean Songs' and 'The Infinite Circle' at The Barbican.

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BRMC CONFIRM TOUR
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club have confirmed dates for a UK tour, preceding the release of new single 'Ain't No Easy Way' and third album 'Howl' in Aug.

The dates are:
11 Jun: Nottingham Rescue Rooms
12 Jun: Glasgow QMU
13 Jun: Manchester Academy 2
14 Jun: Birmingham Academy 2
16 Jun: London Scala
18 Jun: Leeds Cockpit
19 Jun: Brighton Concorde 2

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ALBUM REVIEW: Nine Inch Nails - With Teeth (Universal/Island)
With the current music scene defined by overnight successes and acts whose appeal lasts five minutes, it's reassuring to see that after a six year absence, Nine Inch Nails can once again cement their position as one of the most interesting and cutting edge bands around. It's all too easy to be forgotten when you release albums every five years, but such has been the cultural impact of Trent Reznor's collective over the last fifteen years or so, they're always going to be discussed heavily with every new release. And what's more, Nine Inch Nails are currently riding an unexpected wave of commercial success in the UK. Lead-off single 'The Hand That Feeds' recently became Nine Inch Nails' first top ten single, and 'With Teeth' has just entered the album charts at number three. The aforementioned single was a blistering return to form, driven by some frenetic percussion and moody synths, and Trent's familiar lyrical territory of the simultaneous pain and pleasure of suffering. If ever this record had a 'Closer' or a 'Head Like A Hole', it's this track. As much as 'With Teeth' develops the industrial path Reznor has walked throughout his career, there are plenty of interesting sidesteps that grab your attention. Whilst the album's second track 'You Know What You Are?', an expletive-heavy, angry, piece of noise is pure Nine Inch Nails, it's predecessor, 'All The Love In The World' is completely different, and indicates that Reznor has been keeping his eyes and ears firmly on the music scene in his absence. Guided by a minimal Timbaland-esque, glitch beat, the track uses classical piano in the background to create an intriguing contrast of sounds, but then leads into a gospel inspired chant of the chorus. Reznor has always retained a sense of balancing accessibility and innovation; the likes of 'Only' (if you can get past the terrible lyrics) and 'Every Day Is Exactly The Same' are potential singles, and sound a million miles away from 'Beside You In Time'. After the muted critical reception for 'Fragile', the previous Nine Inch Nails album, 'With Teeth' should re-establish their reputation, and even if it doesn't quite reach the dizzy heights of their classic 'The Downward Spiral', it's a fine record in its own right. Don't expect Nine Inch Nails to surface again until 2010 though. KW
Release date: 2 May
Press contact: Island IH [all]

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MACKENZIE TO STAND DOWN AT TALKSPORT
Kelvin MacKenzie is leaving the top job at national sports station TalkSport. He will stand down after Ulster Television completes its takeover of the station's parent company the Wireless Group. MacKenzie has reportedly decided to leave without even discussing staying on with the new owners - though, given that he had hoped to buy out the station himself, it's not surprising that he isn't keen to work with the new owners. MacKenzie is reportedly keen to find a new project in the media space - perhaps he could go and run RAJAR.

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STILLER HANGS OUT WITH TRAVIS
Hollywood type Ben Stiller is apparently hoping to work with Travis. The 'There's Something About Mary' actor became friends with the Travis boys after meeting them at a gig in the US and a spokesperson for the group said it's possible he might appear on the band's next album. According IOL.com, she said: "Ben is hanging out with them in the studio, but it's early days. Who knows, maybe he'll appear on the album at some point."

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ZELLWEGER MARRIES COUNTRY STAR
And sticking with news of those Hollywood types, Renee Zellweger has married country star Kenny Chesney, who, it seems, has had a long standing crush on the Bridget Jones actress, writing a song called 'You Had Me From Hello' inspired by her famous line in the Jerry Maguire movie. Only recently Zellweger was making the headlines over her relationship with White Stripe Jack White, but it would seem she ultimately prefers country to rock 'n' roll.

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COWELL DEFENDS ABDUL
Despite their history of high profile bickering, Simon Cowell has got busy defending American Idol co-judge Paula Abdul, following those previously reported claims by former contestant Corey Clark that he had had an affair with Abdul.

Cowell said: "I've worked with Paula now for four years, and we've had our moments, but she's there to offer support to the contestants, and I've never seen anything untoward in all of the years I've worked with her." He also told the Regis & Kelly Show that Clark "managed to sing the worst song I've ever heard."

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BRITNEY SAYS IT'S ONLY ROUTINE
Britney has denied reports that she was rushed to hospital for a second time and that there are fears for her baby's health. Recent reports claimed she was taken to hospital after falling ill while babysitting her three-year-old step-daughter Kori whilst husband Kevin Federline was working on his new album at a Los Angeles recording studio. A spokesperson for the star said: "I am glad to tell you that there are no issues. She was at the hospital on a routine check-up and all is fine."

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