CMU Daily - on the inside Friday 27th May

yesterday's Daily - Daily archive

In today's CMU Daily:
- Geldof and Ure confirm plans for Live Aid style event
- Ivor Novellos round up
- Doherty getting paranoid
- Videos yes, graphic photos no: Jacko trial update
- Live Review: Towers Of London at The Garage
- RIAA target college students again
- Swedish parliament crack down on file sharing
- Killers Glastonbury slot not confirmed
- MCPS-PRS appoint new legal man
- MMF royalties event
- Travis play one off gig
- Oasis take football too seriously
- Country singer wins American Idol
- Satellite radio could be added to MP3 players
- Single Review: The Longcut - A Quiet Life
- Nine Inch Nails pull out of MTV Movie Awards
- Green Day album new tracklisting
- BBC strike plans suspended
- BPI mount another Bollywood raid
- Gilberto gets Polar Music Prize
- Album Review: Dive Dive - Tilting At Windmills
- Jaga live dates
- MIA tour dates
- Bee Gee launches website
- Timberlake to play gay
- Britney's mum says watch your mouth
- Usher says he never dated Campbell

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CMU FRIDAY TIPS

VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: London Xpress at 93 Feet East
The Nuphonic Xpress nights were pretty damn good back in the day, and now it returns sponsored by Bud, so hurrah for that (though sadly there's no late licence this time round). And what a line up for this Bank Holiday weekend event; Djing will be my personal fave Phil Asher with none other than Seiji (Paul Dolby from Bugz In The Attic fame). The mighty Ross Allen will then pick up some slates and up and comer Yam Who? will be there with Blackbeard and a smattering of London Xpress Residents. Crossing from soulful house to broken beat to disco and funk and boogie it should be good, and it's free to boot, so no complaints. Once it's all done and dusted, you may try the Co-op down the road at Plastic People for more broken beat action, though the bank holiday session is always rammed and costs a little more to enter. Domu and Afronaught with IG Culture will all be there rinsing out the busted beat flavas.

London Xpress, Sunday 29 May, 93 Feet East, 150 Brick Lane E1 6QN, 2pm-10.30pm, free, info from www.93feeteast.co.uk/diary/index.cfm?Day=1

Co-op, Sunday 29 May, Plastic People, 147-149 Curtain Road, London, EC2, 7.30 to midday, £10, info at http://www.plasticpeople.co.uk/co-op.shtml

CHRIS' FESTIVAL TIP: We Love Homelands & Xfm Remix Homelands Carry On
The organisers of All Tomorrow's Parties and other assorted music events might disagree, but in my mind the UK music festival season kicks off proper this weekend in the form of Homelands. And given that half the UK dance music community usuallly bugger off to Ibiza the week after Homelands, I guess this weekend could be the start of the UK's summer clubbing season too. Homelands has become increasingly eclectic over the years, which has probably pissed off the dance music purists, though the result is something nearing a perfect line up for my slightly warped and rather eclectic music tastes. Among the names that leap out this time round are The Streets, Beck, Roots Manuva, Mylo, The Bravery, Audio Bullys, 2 Many DJ's, Layo and Bushwacka!, Felix da Housecat, Dillinja & Lemon D, Pendulum, Jazzy Jeff, Scratch Perverts, Kano, Rodney P + Skitz, The Human League (hurrah!), Tiga, Tiefschwarz, Radio 4, Groove Armada and Norman Jay - which is rather a lot. It all kicks off at 1pm tomorrow and runs through to 6am on Sunday.

And if you're not all done once that's all done, and if you're heading back to London, then head back to the Metropolitan pub next to Westbourne Park tube station where Eddy TM and the Xfm Remix show is hosting its now annual Homelands carry-on, all thanks to rather nice people at independent download website TuneTribe.com. This is a very informal affair that last year turned into something of a mini-festival - this year should be good. Provisional (very provisional!) line up something like this:

1-1.45pm Carl Loben (DJ mag/Drum Monkeys)
1.45-2pm City Hi Fi (PA)
2-3pm Diefenbach
3-4pm Derek Dahlarge
4-5pm The Knife
5-6pm Freeform Five
6-7pm Border Crossing
7-8pm Future Funk Squad + Mojo
8-9pm Backstage Sluts
9-10pm The Loose Cannons
10-11pm Barry Dub Pistols + Eddy TM

Somewhere in amongst all that will be a live broadcast of the Xfm Remix Show (from 7pm to 10pm). If you're near by just drop in, cos that's the deal!

Homelands, Saturday 28 & 29 May, Matterley Estate, nr Winchester, 1pm - 6am, £ 56.50, info from http://www.homelands.co.uk

Homelands Carry On, Sunday 29 May, Metropolitan Pub, Westbourne Park, London, 1pm to late, free, info at http://www.xfm.co.uk/theremix

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GELDOF AND URE CONFIRM PLANS FOR LIVE AID STYLE EVENT
Band Aid founders Bob Geldof and Midge Ure have revealed that they are, after all, planning a major pop concert to coincide with this summer's G8 summit in Scotland, though, and this is the important bit, it is not, repeat not, Live Aid 2. So that's that sorted.

Speaking at yesterday's Ivor Novello Awards in London, where they were collecting the prize for best-selling UK single for last year's version of 'Do They Know It's Christmas', they said their event would be one of a number taking place at the time of the G8 conference designed to raise awareness of world poverty issues.

Geldof told reporters: "What started 20 years ago is coming to a political point in a few weeks. There's more than a chance that the boys and girls with guitars will finally get to turn the world on its axis. What we do in the next five weeks is seriously, properly, historically, politically important. We'll have all the big names we can find".

Names already tipped to appear at the event, which is likely to take place in London's Hyde Park, include Madonna, U2 and Paul McCartney, although rumours of a Spice Girl reunion for the event have been denied. One name who is definitely appearing is Sting, who presented Geldof and Ure with their Ivor Novello award. He confirmed to reporters: "Bob called me up and said I was doing it. He doesn't ask you, he tells you."

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IVOR NOVELLOS ROUND UP
Talking of the Ivor Novello's, the songwriting community was indeed gathered en masse in London yesterday for their annual back slapping fest - one of the more credible awards events in the music industry year.

Among the new talent given awards at the event were Franz Ferdinand whose track 'Take Me Out' won Best Contemporary Song, and Keane who won the prestigious Songwriters Of The Year Award. Mike Skinner of The Streets took the award for 'Best Song Musically And Lyrically' for his song 'Dry Your Eyes', while Snow Patrol won the Album Award for their breakthrough long player 'Final Straw'. U2 got the International Hit Of The Year award for 'Vertigo', while Bob Geldof and Midge Ure got Best Selling UK Single for last year's version of 'Do They Know It's Christmas'.

Other more established songwriters recognised at the awards included The Cure's Robert Smith who won an International Achievement gong, Lou Reed who got a Special International Award, Duran Duran who won the PRS Outstanding Contribution To British and Queen who were recognised for their Outstanding Song Collection. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards won the Special Award For Songwriting.

For those who enjoy these things, here's the list of winners in full:
Best Song Musically & Lyrically: The Streets - Dry Your Eyes (written by Mike Skinner, published by Universal Music Publishing)

Best Contemporary Song: Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out (written by Robert Hardy, Alex Kapranos, Nick McCarthy and Paul Thomson, published by Universal Music Publishing)

Best Original Music For Television: Rob Lane for Blackpool (published by BBC Worldwide Music / Bucks Music Group)

Best Original Film Score: Jeremy Sams for 'Enduring Love' (published by MCS Music)

PRS Most Performed Work: Britney Spears - Toxic (written by Cathy Dennis, Bloodshy, Henrik Jonback, and Avant, published by EMI Music Publishing and Universal Music Publishing).

International Hit Of The Year: U2 - Vertigo (written by Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr, published (in the UK) by Blue Mountain Music)

Best Selling UK Single: Band Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas? (written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, published by Warner/Chappell Music)

International Achievement - Robert Smith, The Cure

Songwriters Of The Year - Keane

Album Award - Snow Patrol - 'Final Straw'

PRS Outstanding Contribution To British Music - Duran Duran

Outstanding Song Collection - Queen

Special International Award - Lou Reed

The Ivors' Special Award for Songwriting - Mick Jagger / Keith Richards

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DOHERTY GETTING PARANOID
Despite the fact the song he co-wrote - 'For Lovers' - lost out to Franz Ferdinand's 'Take Me Out' in the Best Contemporary Song award at the Ivor Novellos, former Libertine Pete Doherty managed to grab the headlines at the event just by being there. Oh, and by making wild allegations that his house has been bugged.

Talking to reporters at the event, Doherty said: "I found a bug, a hidden camera, in my house. I don't want to talk about, it's being investigated." Though he did admit that since kicking the heroin he is "a bit paranoid".

Girlfriend Kate Moss wasn't with Doherty - apparently she was busy working elsewhere. But Doherty still took the opportunity to chat about his other half: "I'm bang in love with Kate. She's the one for me."

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VIDEOS YES, GRAPHIC PHOTOS NO: JACKO TRIAL UPDATE
I don't know whether there are any fat ladies involved in the Michael Jackson trial, but if there are they aren't singing. Judge Rodney Melville has given the prosecution permission to show the Jacko jury a video of the singer's teenage accuser, Gavin Arvizo, being interviewed by police back in Jul 2003. They want to disprove allegations made by the defence that Gavin has changed his story since originally making his allegations against Jackson. By allowing the video to be screened, Jackson's defence have said they may want to recall the teenager back to the witness stand to clarify any points raised by the screening.

The video screening will be part of the prosecution's rebuttal to the defence's case. They are expected to call a number of witnesses as part of that rebuttal. They won't, however, be able to show the jury a photograph of Jackson's genitalia, which is surely a relief to everyone. The prosecution said they planned to show the jury a photograph of Jackson's genitals that was taken during investigations into the 1993 child abuse allegations issued against the singer. They say that at the time they asked his then accuser Jordan Chandler to draw a picture of the singers genitalia, and that he included in his drawing a blemish which was "unique to Jackson's anatomy". Senior Deputy District Attorney Ron Zonen said he wanted to show the jury the pictures to show Jackson's relationships with boys were "not casual."

However defence lawyer Robert Sanger opposed that proposal, primarily on technical grounds - ie neither side is meant to introduce significant new evidence into a trial at the last minute. The rebuttal stage is designed for clarifying points raised earlier in the proceedings. Judge Melville backed that point of view and refused permission for the photos to be shown. Phew.

Finally in Jacko news, there are reports this morning that if the singer is found not-guilty he plans to quit America and move to Europe. Lucky Europe. US media are reporting that Jackson has already sold his Neverland ranch for a reported $30 million because he feels his home has become tarnished by the various accusations made during this trial. Sources say he will leave America as soon as the trial is over, moving to Europe or, possibly, Africa.

US columnist Roger Friedman told Fox News TV: "Those who are in the know tell me that Jackson is already planning an almost instant move. Whether it's temporary or permanent is up in the air, but the pop star knows he has to take a breather from the US if he wants to rehabilitate his career. My money is on London or Paris but some say Africa is being mentioned a lot. His brother Jermaine lives in Saudi Arabia".

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LIVE REVIEW: Towers Of London at The Garage on 24 May
A few days ago I was like a seven year old on Christmas Eve. Only rarely is there a band that I can be arsed to go and watch twice, let alone become a gig-glutton Fan Boy. I'm not alone, you know, because at every Towers gig I've been to I see the same sweaty grinning faces (apart from On The Rocks where the Trendies looked on in terror). More people check out a Towers gig because they heard that Donny pulled the ceiling down or Snell and Rev got arrested for accosting some old guitarist in a Dalston housing estate, than check them out because the tune came on the radio. But fuck it - they're not precious - and couldn't give a fuck why you came as long as you don't just stand around looking at other peoples asymmetrical fringes or pointy boots or tapered jeans or badly applied eyeliner or any number of other trendy things the kids are doing these days. And from the moment their hair came into view everyone went completely berserk. With most bands the front man is cute and the guitarist is good - which means both you AND your girlfriend can enjoy the show - but all of the Towers have a certain anti allure, a car-crash appeal that spills off the stage into the crowd, up the speakers - and are the ultimate antidote to a band scene oversaturated with pretty boys who just can't cut it live. The band have just finished recording their debut album, of which guitarist Rev promised, "you'll be surprised... it's not all like the singles... it's not all 'hey hey hey, oi oi oi..." (he went on to say some other interesting things but they unfortunately fell out of my brain and into my beer). As well as contemporary classics like their debut single, 'On A Noose', its b-side, 'I Lose It', current single 'Fuck It Up' and the prolific Xfm session bootlegs which include 'I'm A Rat' were new tracks of a more hard-rock bent than their now notorious punk-by-numbers style. Towers Of London may receive flaccid criticism for being musically derivative and rehashing a pose that the Sex Pistols took to the Bill Grundy show in 1976 - but only from aging hipsters who can't tell the difference between house and jungle - the last record they bought being something by the Jam, or at a push, the Stone Roses, and who make a living out of saying 'yeah but so-and-so did it back in 1970 blah blah blah'. Give a shit, you over-cynical fucking washed-up and dried-up has-been fades. No one listens to you anyway. The kids know what they like, and they like the Towers. JG

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RIAA TARGET COLLEGE STUDENTS AGAIN
The Recording Industry Association Of America has once again targeted students who are illegally file-sharing copyright material over the internet2 network - a special network designed to enable the faster exchange of academic materials.

Announcing new legal action against 91 students at a plethora of different American schools, RIAA boss Cary Sherman told reporters: "As long as students continue to corrupt this specialised academic network for the flagrant theft of music, we will continue to make it clear that there are consequences for these unlawful actions. With the multitude of legal music alternatives available to students today, there is simply no excuse for this ongoing illegal downloading on college campuses."

The industry association has also initiated a new round of lawsuits against people file sharing music via the Kazaa, LimeWire and Grokster P2P applications. 649 new lawsuits have been launched against anonymous users suspected of sharing music via these networks. As normal, the industry association will now have to prove each case to the courts in order to force the relevant internet service providers to reveal each suspect's identities before the RIAA can begin legal proceedings directly against them.

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SWEDISH PARLIAMENT CRACK DOWN ON FILE SHARING
Talking of anti-piracy type shenanigans, the Swedish Parliament has closed a loophole in the copyright law there that said it was not illegal to download any kind of media file off the internet onto your computer oblivious of whether or not there is any copyright on that file. The move will help the music industry there better tackle the ongoing threat of illegal online file sharing - though they will likely be lumbered with the same time consuming litigation process that the RIAA, BPI and others are having to go through (identifying the IP address of a suspected violator, proving the violation in court in order to force the suspect's ISP to reveal their identity, suing the suspect). The new law does allow users to create digital copies of materials for personal use, though the country will impose a tax levy on blank CDs and DVDs that pays record labels a royalty when users transfer files for even personal use.

In return for introducing the hard line legislation on downloading music, ministers are now expected to turn their attention to the use of copy protection software by the record labels, and whether or not such software violates consumer rights. As previously reported, Sweden's justice minister, Thomas Bodström told reporters last weekend that while he supported the new legislation he was concerned about the use of piracy-proofing technology by the labels: "Obviously it should be possible to make a copy of your own newly-purchased CD for an MP3 player, or to make an extra copy of the CD to have in the car. When the copyright is strengthened, it is extra important that this doesn't reduce the options to copy legal material for private use, through the copyright owners "locking" material with copy blocking. The industry must ensure that the option to copy for private use is not hindered by technical means."

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KILLERS GLASTONBURY SLOT NOT CONFIRMED
Kylie Minogue's Sunday night closing slot at Glastonbury may be taken over by The Killers, or it may not. NME.com reported yesterday that the band were to move from their slot on the Friday night of the festival to close the Pyramid stage on 26 Jun, but festival organiser Emily Eavis subsequently told NME that The Killers have not yet officially confirmed the change. We wait with bated breath.

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MCPS-PRS APPOINT NEW LEGAL MAN
Friday morning publishing news anyone? Well, there's been a bit of a songwriting / copyright theme to the whole Daily so far today, so why not. Publishing royalty body MCPS-PRS has announced the appointment of Crispin Evans as Senior Vice President, International Legal and Business Affairs. Evans has twenty five years experience in music publishing, having working form EMI, PolyGram and Universal in publishing roles. In the new role Evans will be part of MCPS-PRS's management board and will share responsibility for high-level strategic, commercial and board issues.

Commenting on his appointment, Crispin Evans told CMU: "This is a very exciting opportunity for me to expand on the promotion of the rights of composers, publishers and their collecting societies. We need to work together with all sectors of the music business to ensure that the rights of composers and publishers are protected and properly exploited."

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MMF ROYALTIES EVENT
And staying with royalties and things, the next Music Managers Forum event will be looking into 'Collecting Societies & Global Royalty Tracking In 2005'. There will be two sessions. On Monday 13 Jun the panel will include David Stopps of Friars Management, Malcolm Buckland of PRS and a representative of MCPS. On Tuesday 14 Jun you get John Glover of Blueprint Management and AURA, Clive Bishop of PPL and Adrian Bullock of Bullocks Ltd. More info at http://www.mmf-training.com

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TRAVIS PLAY ONE OFF GIG
The lovely Travis are to play a special one off gig at the Carling Academy in Liverpool on 8 Jul. The Scottish band will also play at T In The Park on Sunday 10 Jul, so let's hope the weather's fine for that.

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OASIS TAKE FOOTBALL TOO SERIOUSLY
Oasis paid tribute to Liverpool FC at a concert in London on Wednesday night following the club's European Championship success. The band refused to start the gig until the game, which ran to extra time and then finished with a penalty shootout, was over at 10:30pm. When the Gallaghers finally made it on to the stage, they began the set with Liverpool anthem 'You'll Never Walk Alone'. Liam also dedicated 'Stop Crying Your Heart Out' to fans of AC Milan.

Elsewhere in Oasis news, the currently rather loquacious Damon Albarn has admitted a growing respect for his former Britpop rivals, apparently telling The Daily Star "All credit to Oasis - the way they've managed to keep themselves together. They're threatening to be the Rolling Stones."

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COUNTRY SINGER WINS AMERICAN IDOL
The fourth series of American Idol came to an end in the US this week, and the winner was country talent Carrie Underwood, a 22-year-old student from Oklahoma who beat rocker Bo Bice in a two-hour finale which saw guest appearances from George Benson and Kenny G and live performances from all of this season's finalists. Underwood says that her heart is with country music, and said "I feel like that's the music that's the most pure. And the people, the artists, are so nice. Those are the people I want to be among." Her mother, meanwhile, said "I hope this doesn't change her."

The judges thought Bice had performed better on the night, but their opinion made no difference to the vote. Bice said he was pleased with his position, especially as he only entered the contest for a bet, and he's got a record deal anyway, as might be expected. American Idol returns again at the start of next year.

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SATELLITE RADIO COULD BE ADDED TO MP3 PLAYERS
The boss of US satellite radio network Sirius, Mel Karmazin, has said he reckons MP3 players that come with built in satellite radios will become a reality, and that Apple might be a partner on such a device, but added that no such deal between his company and any MP3 player is currently on the table. Speaking to investors in New York he said "Will there be MP3 players that include satellite radio? Sure. The technology's easy", before alluding to a meeting with Apple boss Steve Jobs. However he stressed that a satellite enabled MP3 player was not currently a top priority.

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SINGLE REVIEW: The Longcut - A Quiet Life (Deltasonic)
Unless you've got a Steve Albini lying around spare in the near vicinity you're unlikely to ever capture the true visceral intensity of a live performance on disc, especially so early in your life, and particularly when your live performances are as intense and visceral as The Longcut's undoubtedly are. They're carrying around the promise of about ten bands on their shoulders right now, and so this single inevitably falls a little flat. Where they've been afforded infamy by their loose-limbed explosive cross-genre dive-bombing in the flesh, this sounds too clean, too minimal, too content to be truly effective. It's loved-up industrial indie with a sharp poise, but though it never quite breaks the sound barrier it still makes The Music look like kids playing the proverbial sandpit. JB
Release Date: 13 Jun
Press Contact: Deltasonic IH [all]

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NINE INCH NAILS PULL OUT OF MTV MOVIE AWARDS
Nine Inch Nails have cancelled their scheduled performance at the MTV Movie Awards because Trent Reznor has refused to compromise his politics and modify his stage set, which included a backdrop image of the US President. So well done him. The event takes place next Saturday, leaving MTV with very little time to fill the gap, but sources suggest that Foo Fighters may appear in their place.

Reznor wrote on his website: "Nine Inch Nails will not be performing at the MTV Movie Awards as previously announced. We were set to perform 'The Hand That Feeds' with an unmolested straightforward image of George W. Bush as the backdrop. Apparently the image of our President is as offensive to MTV as it is to me. See you on tour this fall when we return to play in America."

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GREEN DAY ALBUM NEW TRACKLISTING
And talking of American Idiots (well, we were, and I'm not talking about Trent Reznor) the Green Day album of that name is to be re-released as a special edition, with new tracks added and a bonus DVD with 'making of' and videos for 'Boulevard of Broken Dreams' and 'Holiday'. The new version of the album is due in Jul.

The new CD tracklisting is:
1. American Idiot
2. Jesus of Suburbia:
i) Jesus Of Surburbia
ii) City Of The Damned
iii) I Don't Care
iv) Dearly Beloved
v) Tales Of Another Broken Home
3. Holiday
4. Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
5. Are We Waiting
6. St. Jimmy
7. Give Me Novacaine
8. She's a Rebel
9. Extraordinary Girl
10. Letterbomb
11. Wake Me Up When September Ends
12. Homecoming
i) The Death Of St. Jimmy
ii) East 12th St.
iii) Nobody Likes You
iv) Rock and Roll Girlfriend
v) We're Coming Home Again
13. Whatsername

And elsewhere in Green Day news, a new book, 'Green Day: American Idiots & The New Punk Explosion' by Ben Myers is published by Independent Music Press on 1 Jun.

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BBC STRIKE PLANS SUSPENDED
Next week's BBC strike has been suspended following those talks at ACAS yesterday. Unions had planned to pull their members out of work for the second time in a fortnight, this time for 48 hours, as part of their continuing protest against Beeb bosses' plans to axe 4000 jobs at the Corporation. Unions said the ACAS talks had been productive and that bosses had made significant concessions over privatisation, hence the decision to suspend strike action. However fears about job losses remain so the dispute is essentially unresolved. BBC bosses welcomed the decision and told reporters it was having a "productive relationship" with unions. Unions are expected to meet after the bank holiday weekend to discuss their next step.

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BPI MOUNT ANOTHER BOLLYWOOD RAID
Is it just me, or do the BPI mount raids on bootlegged Bollywood material every other week at the moment? Goes to show just how popular the genre is these days I suppose. Anyway, the BPI yesterday announced the successful completion of a series of raids on dodgy Bollywood music and film retailers in the Greater Manchester area. Large numbers of counterfeit discs and CD pirating kits were seized in raids enabled by an anonymous tip off to trading standards officials. The BPI, trading standards types and local police worked together to seize the illegal CDs.

BPI investigator Tariq Mohammed told CMU: "This multi-agency approach to tackling crime is clearly yielding results, but too much is owed to the investigators who go beyond the call of duty to prevent this kind of illicit trade. Instead of supporting Britain's vibrant Asian trade in Bollywood entertainment, these counterfeiters are lining their pockets through an illegal trade that robs the independent record labels that provide crucial investment in new music. This is a massive seizure that will come as welcome news to our members. But Asian music and film piracy is widespread across the UK. I thank the Local authorities Trafford, Tameside and Oldham Trading Standards Department for their professional and outstanding assistance in clamping down on this growing problem."

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GILBERTO GETS POLAR MUSIC PRIZE
Brazilian pop star and Culture Minister Gilberto Gil was awarded the Polar Music Prize by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden at a ceremony earlier this week in Stockholm. The Royal Swedish Academy of Music honoured the musician on account of his "unflinching creative engagement in bringing to the world the heart and soul of the rich music of Brazil," calling him a "unique composer powered by immense talent and curiosity."

And of course, as we all know, the Polar Music Prize was founded in 1989 by ABBA manager Stig Anderson.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Dive Dive - Tilting At Windmills (Diablo Music)
Rejoice! Another post-punk band without a whiff of the 80s or a whine of The OC to call our own! Dive Dive reintroduce Fugazi's stern severity to the stop/start/loud/soft guitar format, on an album which recollects (a little too much at times) the spiky freshness of early Idlewild and hints at what Biffy Clyro could do with an ounce of self control. 'Tilting At Windmills' sounds like a young band eager to get songs heard and it's a credit to the group (part of the UK independent scene under various guises for some time) that they've resisted jaded scensterism and made at least some concessions to a wider audience. Production keeps the songs from being buried in noise without glossing the passion out; Dive Dive are raw and angular when they need to be, but wear a sense of melody (dare I say pop sensibility?) on their sleeve. Lyrically, 'Tilting At Windmills' angst walks the tightrope between inspiring candour and teenage poetry but more often than not the understated guitar trickery and frontman Jamie Stuart's vigorously desperate tones carry it through. The easily bored won't appreciate the lack of hit singles, and a little more innovation never goes amiss, but Dive Dive can't be accused of putting anything less than everything they have into their debut. Best of all, they probably won't insist that we to dance to it. NB
Release Date 13 Jun
Press Contact: Diablo IH [all]

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JAGA LIVE DATES
Norwegian ten-piece Jaga Jazzist are to play a number of UK dates in support of their latest album release 'What We Must', which is rather good, by the way.

And those dates are:
1 Jun: London Mean Fiddler
3 Jun: Brighton Pavilion
4 Jun: Bristol Fiddlers
5 Jun: Cheltenham Wychwood Festival
6 Jun: Norwich Arts Centre
7 Jun: Glasgow Mono
9 Jun: Edinburgh Cabaret Voltaire
10 Jun: Belfast Spring and Airbrake
11 Jun: Dublin The Village

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MIA TOUR DATES
And talking of good albums, MIA, whose debut album 'Arular' is a bit of a CMU favourite, is heading out on tour to coincide with latest single release 'Bucky Done Gun' on 20 Jun. Dates as follows.

17 Jun: Fabric London
23 Jun: Norwich Waterfront
24 Jun: Glastonbury Festival
25 Jun: Wireless Festival Hyde Park
27 Jun: Leeds Cockpit
28 Jun: The Musicbox Manchester
29 Jun: Nottingham Rescue Rooms

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BEE GEE LAUNCHES WEBSITE
Bee Gee Barry Gibb has launched an official website, http://www.barrygibb.com, and says he plans to use the site to communicate with fans and to comment on any tabloid rumours that may surface about him.

His first message says: "It was more good than it was bad, there was more joy than there was conflict and we had a tendency to forget how many wonderful things happened to us and how fortunate we were to have been able to make our childhood dream come true. Sadly, with the loss of my Father-in-Law, George Gray and ultimately the untimely loss of Maurice, we are left polarized with the knowledge that nothing lasts forever but it was a great run. I am very proud and grateful for the love and support of our fans."

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TIMBERLAKE TO PLAY GAY
US publication Us Weekly reports that Justin Timberlake is to do a guest appearance on three episodes of 'Will & Grace' in which the singer is to play a gay character, the 'bad boy' boyfriend of the sitcom's character Jack. Bosses of the show refused to confirm the appearance but a spokesperson for the show said they have "some great guest stars" lined up for the final season.

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BRITNEY'S MUM SAYS WATCH YOUR MOUTH
Britney's Mum Lynne isn't happy that the pop star has been discussing her sex life on reality show 'Chaotic'. As previously reported, the singer was heard asking employees what their favourite sexual position was, but now has been seen kissing her husband Kevin Federline before turning to the camera and telling viewers that sex with him is "great." Anyway, Lynne Spears has reprimanded her daughter, saying she was setting a bad example for her younger sister Jamie-Lynn. And no doubt because it's inestimably important not to give kids the impression that married couples have sex, in case they have nightmares about it.

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USHER SAYS HE NEVER DATED CAMPBELL
Usher has denied reports that he dated Tesco-clothes-hawking supermodel Naomi Campbell. He and the Campbell were said to have been lovers for a few months back in 2004 but the singer said "We were never a couple. We never dated. She just accompanied me to an event and is a great friend of mine who I think is a great person."

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