CMU Daily - on the inside Monday 16th May

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In today's CMU Daily:
- 50 Cent escapes jail over club fracas
- Aim opens China office
- Universal International chief to retire
- Ex-lawyer was suspicious of the Arvizos: Jacko trial update
- Graham Coxon on new album
- Grohl inspired by Kerry campaign
- Rod Stewart rescheduled
- Will Yahoo kick off download price war?
- Would you consider an iPod tax?
- Sony Connect reaches Ireland
- Album review: Various Artists - Electric Soul Summer Sunset (pias)
- Vines drummer is broke
- Yeah Yeah Yeahs work on studio album
- Destiny's Child play private gig
- Chart update
- This week's Student Radio Chart
- Ono upset at C4 documentary plans
- Liam Gallagher changes tune
- Ozzy says UK is too dear
- Bravery shocked by Ash geeks
- Madonna turned down jury duty for Kabbalah's sake

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50 CENT ESCAPES JAIL OVER CLUB FRACAS
50 Cent is going to have to keep off the drugs, stay out of trouble and attend an anger management course if he wants to avoid ending up in jail. The US rapper was ordered to adhere to those conditions after being charged with assaulting three women during an altercation at an impromptu gig last year. As previously reported, trouble began when 50 Cent took to the stage at a venue in Springfield, Massachusetts. He got angry with his audience after someone threw water on stage, so much so that he decided to take matters into his own hands and leapt out into the crowd. After the fracas that followed two women in the audience claimed the rapper had trampled them, while another alleged Fiddy had punched her. In court last week a judge said those charges would be dropped if the rapper agreed to pay the victims' medical expenses and to sign up to the other court conditions, which include attending anger management counselling, making an educational anti-violence video and agreeing to random drug tests for two years. Fiddy, who was in court to hear the charges, agreed to the conditions and accepted the deal.

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AIM OPENS CHINA OFFICE
The Association of Independent Music has announced it is opening an office in China to help independent record labels take advantage of the emerging music market there (there's an awful lot of music fans in China of course, and just as soon as they all stop buying illegal bootlegs on the black market, that'll open up considerable opportunities for Western record labels).

A joint venture with government body UK Trade & Investment, the new Beijing based facility will act as a first point of call for labels wanting the break the Chinese market. It will be run by former Zomba Records boss Stuart Watson, who is already advising V2, Beggars Group and Tommy Boy on their Chinese music strategies through is own company SWAT Enterprises.

Announcing the new office, AIM boss Alison Wenham told CMU: "UKTI and AIM are delighted to announce the opening of the first British Music Office in China. This office will be a gateway for the development of contacts, communication, understanding and business between the UK and Chinese music industries. Whilst we do not expect significant license revenues in the short term, the strategic benefits of this office cannot be underestimated in the development of close ties with a country whose growth is outperforming all other countries in the world."

Backing the venture, UK Minister For Trade, Ian Pearson, added: "The British music industry's huge talent must compete on the international stage and there is no market growing faster than China. The British music industry already employs 130,000 people and earns well over a billion pounds in exports; a mere taste of what it can achieve with the right help in a fast changing global economy."

Meanwhile Stuart Watson said: "As well as providing support services on the ground in China, our role will include helping UK music companies to maximise market opportunities by using our local knowledge to give them a better understanding of the structure and demographics of the Chinese marketplace. "At the same time, we will help to highlight the opportunities that British music offers local companies in China."

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UNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL CHIEF TO RETIRE
Jorgen Larsen, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music International, has announced he will retire when his current contract expires on 30 Jun. He will be succeeded by Lucian Grainge, currently the boss of Universal Music UK.

Announcing his departure, Larsen told reporters: "After 34 years in the music business, I have decided to step down from my operational responsibilities when my current contract expires next June. It is with great pride that I turn over the most successful record business in the world to a management team that I have spent years helping to develop."

In his new role, Grainge will take on responsibility for all aspects of Universal Music International, while continuing to run the group's UK business, which he has headed since 2001.

Announcing the changes at the major's international arm, Universal Music Group chairman Doug Morris told reporters: "Jorgen has done a tremendous job over the last decade in guiding our international operations into a leadership position in the music business. He is a gifted executive, who has grown an incredibly talented team of executives and one of the most diverse and dynamic rosters of international talent in the industry. And we are delighted that one of these executives, Lucian Grainge, will now continue to build upon the foundation that he helped Jorgen create. We have all benefited from Jorgen's leadership, spirit and friendship, and are fortunate that he has agreed to continue with us on a consultancy basis after the end of his current contract."

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EX-LAWYER WAS SUSPICIOUS OF THE ARVIZOS: JACKO TRIAL UPDATE
More lawyers questioning lawyers in the ongoing Michael Jackson trial on Friday. In the witness stand was Mark Geragos, Jackson's former lawyer, there to tell the court that he had long suspected the Arvizo family planned to blackmail the singer for financial gain. Working for Jacko at the time of the alleged child abuse and hostage tacking incidents, Geragos said he had "grave concerns" about the Arvizo family's intentions, and that he had hired a private investigator to monitor their movements. Geragos: "I was trying to prevent a crime against my client. I thought they were going to try to shake him down."

On Jacko's relationships with teenage boys, Geragos said that his former client had a "child-like love" for young people, but that he "didn't see anyone doing anything nefarious or criminal. I saw someone who was ripe as a target."

It was good of Geragos to speak in Jackson's defence, given that the singer sacked him early on in the Arvizo child abuse case. His presence in court also caused some excitement as prosecutor Ron Zonen tried to cut short the witness's answers, much to the annoyance of defence lawyer Thomas Mesereau. Such a row ensued that good old Judge Rodney Melville had to call for a break in the proceedings.

Melville also took time to admonish Mesereau over the issue of what topics Geragos could or couldn't talk about. Under Californian law, lawyers can only give evidence relating to former clients if said client has given a formal waiver to that effect. The consensus was that Jacko had provided such a waiver to allow Geragos to take to the witness stand, but it turned out the former lawyer was not allowed to discuss events that followed the singer's arrest in Nov 2003. Melville, and presumably the prosecution would have appreciated knowing that earlier.

The case continues.

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GRAHAM COXON ON NEW ALBUM
Graham Coxon has been talking to NME about his as yet untitled new album which is due for release in the autumn, and says that the sound is "psycha-sentimental-aladelic".

Coxon told NME.com: "I think as person who enjoys extremes, the middle ground has been somewhat cut out in a lot of these songs and I've gone out further either side. It's quite heavy and emotionally heavy and quite direct lyrically and quite hectic.All songs concern the dreaded 'L.O.V.E' from falling in love, splitting up, jealousy, unfaithfulness, lust, everything really. It's hugely deep, hugely emotional, unashamedly sneering in places and sarcastic... it sounds really nice. Lyrically because it is so direct and personal I can sometimes shrink from doing a vocal on the songs - it's pretty much like standing with no clothes on in front of people. In that way it's quite frightening."

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GROHL INSPIRED BY KERRY CAMPAIGN
Dave Grohl has told Xfm that the new Foo Fighters album, whilst not particularly political in content, was inspired by time he spent on the campaign trail with Democrat presidential candidate John Kerry. The LP, ëIn Your Honour,' a half-rock, half-acoustic double set, is set for release on 13 Jun.

Grohl told Xfm: "I went out and supported John Kerry on his campaign trail, only really because George W Bush was using one of our songs at his political rallies. It just goes to show how out of touch that man is if he's using our songs at his rallies. There's no way of stopping the president playing your songs, so I went out and played it for John Kerry's people instead, where I thought the message would kinda make more sense. So I spent quite a lot of time on the trail. When I'd play at these things I'd play acoustic, so it wasn't like a Foo Fighters show, and the first 20 rows of the audience would all be people in wheelchairs, then farmers, then schoolteachers and blue collar factory workers, but it was really cool. And I got to see how all these people came together, really strong people, passionate and devoted to this honourable cause. The strength of community and human will, it was inspiring. The album, although it isn't a political record, I was really, really inspired by how passionate people were last year to make a change."

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ROD STEWART RESCHEDULED
Rod Stewart has rescheduled those Earl's Court gigs he was forced to postpone last week due to severe throat trouble. Original tickets will be valid for shows at the same venue on 9, 10 and 11 Dec, although refunds can also be obtained from the point of purchase. Stewart was also forced to pull his Birmingham shows over the weekend, and those dates have been rescheduled for 16 and 17 Jul.

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WILL YAHOO KICK OFF DOWNLOAD PRICE WAR?
Much talk in the digital music space this morning as to whether the launch of Yahoo's subscription based download platform will cause a price war. Subscriptions to Yahoo's beta download service can be bought for as little as $5 a month. Yahoo have not said whether that price will stay once the service launches proper, but some point out that the web company, unlike many of its competitors in this domain, have the kind of advertising revenues which would let them offer a download subscription at that rate. That has led to speculation as to whether or not the other subscription download platforms - and in particular Napster and RealNetworks Rhapsody - will slash their subscription rates too. Insiders at both say top execs hope the specifics of their subscription offer will justify a higher fee, pointing out that while WalMart entered the market with cut price pay-as-you-go downloads Apple were able to maintain the 99 cents a track rate on the more credible iTunes. Whether that logic stands up remains to be seen.

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WOULD YOU CONSIDER AN IPOD TAX?
Talking of idle speculation about the future of digital music - iPod tax anyone? Yep, with both the music industry's legal assault on P2P users and the record labels' use of ever more complex anti-piracy protection on CDs coming under increasing criticism, a new version of an old idea has been put forward to help the music business overcome the commercial problems caused by the online file sharing - an iPod tax.

The idea is that a levy should be added to ever MP3 player sold that is passed on to the record labels to compensate them for revenues lost because of online file sharing. The idea is similar to that adopted in some European countries when tape-to-tape music piracy first became an issue in the late seventies - they charged an extra tax on the sale of blank audio cassettes and, more recently, CDRs.

The idea is being discussed now because such a copyright levy is in the process of being approved in Holland, where consumers could soon have to pay an extra sum of money each time they buy an MP3 player which will then be passed onto the record companies via a new royalty collections agency.

Speaking to Scottish newspaper the Sunday Herald, former Chrysalis and BMG boss Doug D'Arcy supports the proposal, seeing it as the only viable way for record labels to tackle the growing problem of online piracy. D'Arcy: "The illegal digital download market is in danger of crippling the British music industry and unless something is done to address this quickly, it will spell disaster for thousands of artists and independent record labels. We had an opportunity to introduce a levy on audio cassettes back in the 1970s and passed it up. That decision cost the business tens of millions, and to make the same mistake again could be fatal. It's time to get real. Digital piracy is spiralling out of control and there's no way that we can effectively police it. The levy system is proven, and by charging consumers up front for something they are going to do anyway we would at least be able to recoup a portion of the revenues currently being lost to piracy."

However, the proposals are being criticised by some key players in the music industry. Some argue the levy system penalises those people who use their digital music players exclusively to play tracks they have ripped from their own CD collection or that they have bought from a legal download platform. Others argue the system legitimises online music piracy. Olivia Regnier of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry's Europe office told the Herald: "This is not something we support and is in fact a strategy that has already been rejected for Britain. The levies that already exist are intended as a means to collect charges incurred by people making back-up copies of copyright material they have already bought. They are not to be taken as a justification for piracy and are not an appropriate response to the problem."

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SONY CONNECT REACHES IRELAND
More digital music nonsense, and Sony Connect has arrived in Ireland, which means its European operations now cover France, Netherlands, Germany, the UK and, for some reason, Monaco.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Various Artists - Electric Soul Summer Sunset (PIAS)
This is the latest collection mixed by Unabombers Luke Cowdrey & Justin Crawford, and whilst the last one was good, believe me, this one trumps it, collecting priceless nuggets and blending them beautifully. There are a couple of weaker tracks: Platinum Pipers 'Deep Inside' is a bit average, and Flevan's ëNotion' is slightly too funked if you ask me. But from then on in, it's quality all the way. Highlights include Sunburst Band (aka Dave Lee) delivering 'Far Beyond' and Pascal Rioux with 'Don't Stay Outside', which has a relaxed, almost Calypso feel. We also get a 4hero remix of Plant Life's 'When She Smiles' which then doubles as they lay an a capella of Bugz 'Booty La La', which works brilliantly. D Wynn's 'Love in Music' is likewise awesome, almost†Gospel House. The album finishes with a track by Japan's answer to Louie Vega - Jazztronik - with his splendid 'Samurai'. This is without a doubt my album of the year thus far. To say that I'm pissed off I missed their DJ gig at the beginning of the month would be an understatement. PV
Release date: 6 Jun
Press contact: PIAS IH [all]

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VINES DRUMMER IS BROKE
The Vines' drummer Hamish Rosser is so poor he's been advertising his services in the back of a free Aussie music mag. It would appear that things have gone downhill a bit since that incident last year in Sydney involving frontman Craig Nicholls. As previously reported, the singer ended up in court facing charges of assault against a photographer, but revelations followed that he suffers from Asperger's syndrome, which can lead to aggressive behaviour, and the charges were dropped. Nicholls' condition brought the tour to an end, which was financially disastrous for the rest of the band if not for Nicholls himself, who, as songwriter, has allegedly earned millions from album sales.

Rosser told the Sunday Telegraph, "I'm broke and I need some work. I haven't received a touring wage with The Vines since the blow-out at the Annandale hotel last year. I've had quite a few calls, from people starting new bands to established (acts), and some of them look quite promising."

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YEAH YEAH YEAHs WORK ON STUDIO ALBUM
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are hard at work on a new album, and it sounds like there's a bit of a folky feel to it. Karen O told MTV news "There is some acoustic guitar - a first - and Brian (Chase) has been studying tabla, so we may throw some of that in there, too. YYY campfire sing-alongs, YYYs go rustic."

She continued: "We've only just begun, and we're playing around with new ideas. YYYs have never done a studio album before, where we write all the songs in the studio. This is a radically different process with radically different results - or not. Too early to identify what direction it is going."

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DESTINY'S CHILD PLAY PRIVATE GIG
One from the file marked ëexcessive displays of wealth'. Philip Green, owner BHS and Top Shop, is reported to be throwing a £4m party for his son's bar mitzvah, and Destiny's Child have been hired to provide the entertainment. They will play on the second night of the three day celebration, whilst opera star Andrea Bocelli will appear on the first night. A synagogue has also been built especially for the occasion.

It's not the first time that Green has splashed out so extravagantly. Three years ago he spent £5m on his wife's 50th birthday party, and secured private performances from Tom Jones and Rod Stewart. Green is one of the most powerful retailers in the UK with a personal fortune estimated at £4.85 billion.

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CHART UPDATE
So, Akon is still number one with that squeaky ëLonely' song, pushing Gorillaz into second place. Albarn et al's track has been in the charts for a few weeks, of course, after a limited edition release meant download sales were eligible for counting, but it is the full CD release that has got ëFeel Good Inc' to number two. The highest new entry proper this week came from The Game ft 50 Cent, whose track ëHate It Or Love It' goes in at 4. Other new entries this week from: The Coral at 6, Kelly Osbourne at 9, Cliff Richard at 12, KT Tunstall at 13, Doves at 17, Praise Cats at 24, The Futureheads at 26, Ludacris at 30 and Juliette & The Licks at 35.

Albums wise, and it turns out the mainstream record buyer hasn't got quite as short a memory as we all thought. X Factor winner Steve Brookstein goes straight in at number one with his debut album, despite having quite a quiet spell since the reality show aired. He pushes Akon's album back to number 2. Other new entries come from Weezer at 11, Morcheeba is at 17 and Teenage Fanclub at 34. There's a re-entry for Kylie, whose greatest hits release is back at 38, presumably helped by the buzz surrounding her current UK tour. Mylo's album ëDestroy Rock N Roll' also re-appears in the top 40, at 39, presumably helped by Mr Mylo's current tour, the popularity of new single ëIn My Arms' and the fact this album seems to get re-released every other week at the moment.

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THIS WEEK'S STUDENT RADIO CHART
1. [2] The Coral - In the Morning (Deltasonic)
2. [3] Oasis - Lyla (Big Brother)
3. [18] Audio Bullys - Shot You Down (EMI/Source)
4. [5] Coldplay - Speed of Sound (EMI/Parlophone)
5. [4] Kaiser Chiefs - Everyday I Love You Less and Less (B-unique)
6. [1] Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc (EMI/Parlophone)
7. [9] Black Eyed Peas - Don't Phunk With My Heart (Universal/Polydor)
8. [7] Hot Hot Heat - Goodnight Goodnight (Warner)
9. [12] Maximo Park - Graffiti (Warp)
10. [17] Weezer - Beverly Hills (Universal/Polydor)
11. [10] Caesars - Jerk It Out (EMI/Virgin)
12. [25] The Magic Numbers - Forever Lost (EMI/Heavenly)
13. [NE] Gwen Stefani - Hollaback Girl (Universal/Polydor)
14. [14] The Killers - Smile Like You Mean It (Lizard King)
15. [9] Bloc Party - Banquet (Wichita)
16. [12] White Stripes - Blue Orchid (Beggars/XL)
17. [8] The Futureheads - Decent Days and Nights (679)
18. [RE] The Rakes - Retreat (Moshi Moshi)
19. [RE] The Chemical Brothers - Believe (EMI/Virgin)
20. [NE] LCD Soundsystem - Disco Infiltrator (DFA)
21. [15] Snoop Dogg - Signs (Ft. Charlie Wilson & Justin Timberlake) (Universal/Polydor)
22. [NE] British Sea Power - Please Stand Up (Rough Trade)
23. [NE] Jem - Just A Ride (SonyBMG)
24. [20] Idlewild - I Understand It (EMI/Parlophone)
25. [27] The Ordinary Boys - Boys Will Be Boys (B-unique)
26. [NE] The Bravery - Fearless (Universal/Polydor)
27. [22] Mylo - In My Arms (SonyBMG/Breastfed)
28. [NE] New Order - Jetstream (Warner/London)
29. [NE] Max Graham Vs Yes - Owner of a Lonely Heart (Data)
30. [RE] Hard Fi - Tied Up Too Tight (Necessary)

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ONO UPSET AT C4 DOCUMENTARY PLANS
Yoko Ono has criticised Channel 4 for its plans to screen interviews with John Lennon's killer, Mark Chapman, on the 25th anniversary of his death next Dec. Lennon, of course, was shot dead by Chapman in New York on 8 Dec, 1980. Commenting on Channel 4's plans to screen the Chapman interviews, conducted in 1981, 1991 and 1992 by author Jack Jones, Ono told reporters: "I think it's horrible to do this. It shows a lack of understanding of the painful memories of what happened to John's beautiful life". Channel 4 say the subject will be handled professionally, adding that neither Chapman nor his family will receive any financial benefits from the programme.

Ono, of course, could join forces with Pete Doherty, who is also annoyed about a Channel 4 documentary - in Doherty's case the one made about him by filmmaker Max Carlish. As previously reported, Doherty originally agreed to the film, but later fell out with Carlish, leading to that incident in a North London hotel which saw the former Libertine end up behind bars. Doherty fans, therefore, should boycott the programme. Everyone else should tune tomorrow night at 10pm - should make for interesting viewing.

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LIAM GALLAGHER CHANGES TUNE
Despite criticising Pete Doherty in that NME interview, Liam Gallagher seems to have drastically changed his opinion of the former Libertine, and now apparently can't say a bad word about him. According to FemaleFirst.com, he said that he "recognises himself in him," and that "there is only one British hero right now: Pete Doherty, lead singer of The Libertines and Babyshambles. He lives the rock 'n' roll life - he's understood everything about that side of things. He doesn't give a monkey's about anything, does exactly what he wants to do. I admire his decadence. I completely recognise myself in him."

Perhaps they've solved their differences with the help of the CSA.

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OZZY SAYS UK IS TOO DEAR
According to The Sun, Ozzy Osbourne has said that it's too expensive to live in the UK, and that he's chosen to live in America primarily because it's so much cheaper, presumably because the Osbournes are so very, er, broke.

Ozzy apparently said: "I'm more at home in England but it's so fucking expensive. I don't know how people run cars, pay mortgages and go on holiday - you need to earn £5,000 a week. I filled the car with petrol and it cost £79! I asked the bloke if there was a hole in the tank. In America, if they put a dime on a gallon, people chain themselves to the gas pumps."

Perhaps someone should tell Ozzy that the American (and increasingly British) refusal to pay a fair price for anything is one of the many reasons the world is going to hell in a handbasket.

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BRAVERY SHOCKED BY ASH GEEKS
The Bravery were apparently a bit shocked when their support band Ash made it clear they'd rather hunt down Star Wars merchandise than see the New Yorkers play their set. Having already blagged their way into a celebrity screening of the latest Star Wars instalment ëEpisode III - Revenge Of The Sith' in LA, Ash slipped off to Toys R US leaving The Bravery boys stunned by their near religious fervour. They told the BBC: "The Ash guys, they're like over the top, to the point of being actually kind of terrifying. The day that all the new 'Star Wars' toys came out he [bassist Mark Hamilton] missed us play because he took off after the show and ran to the Toys R Us. He spent about £3000, it was insane."

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MADONNA TURNED DOWN JURY DUTY FOR KABBALAH'S SAKE
Madonna was offered a position with the Cannes Film Festival jury, according to The Daily Mail, but turned it down because she was not prepared to miss her Kabbalah meetings. Festival chief Thierry Fremaux said: "We talked about her being on the jury, but her religion meant this could not happen. It is a regret because she has valuable knowledge. She would have to return to London every Saturday, or maybe it was every Friday, so for two days during our festival she would not be here and that could not work."

The singer was also planning to take a documentary about her last tour to the film festival but it wasn't ready in time. Mr Fremaux continued: "Madonna takes the cinema world seriously, she doesn't treat it in a superficial way. I saw three hours of film from the documentary in the form of rushes and some completed footage, but it wasn't ready."

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