CMU Daily - on the inside Tuesday 31st May

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In today's CMU Daily:
- Reznor wins case
- Foo Fighters replace NIN
- Cure drop Bamonte and O'Donnell
- Live 8 line up announcement due
- Storming Homelands, Big Chill line up
- Killers to make murder short
- Oasis top best song poll
- Robbie tops best live act poll
- Gallagher wants to collaborate with Bloc Party
- Morgan close to buying Press Gazette
- BBC make concessions to placate unions
- Single Review: The Little Flames - Put Your Dukes Up, John
- Soma Skool goes to Aberdeen
- London Calling
- SonyBMG boss cautious of music industry future
- Asda adds music to etail site, but not downloads
- Case close: Jacko trial update
- Tom Jones birthday bash
- Who documentary in the works, footage required
- Chart update
- This week's Student Radio Chart
- Elton to tie the knot
- Doherty hopes for a quickie

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REZNOR WINS CASE
Trent Reznor has won his suit against former manager John Malm. As previously reported, the Nine Inch Nails frontman claimed Malm had tricked him into signing away 20% of his gross earnings. The jury sided with Reznor on every claim in his suit, meaning Malm could be soon looking at bankruptcy given that interest on the $3 million Reznor is judged to have lost could more than double the amount. Reznor also regains 100% control of his trademarks. Presumably, some kind of appeal will be forthcoming.

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FOO FIGHTERS REPLACE NIN
And in other Trent Reznor related news, the Nine Inch Nails slot at the upcoming MTV Movie Awards is to be taken by the Foo Fighters. As previously reported, NIN pulled out after MTV refused to allow them to perform in front of a backdrop image of George W Bush.

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CURE DROP BAMONTE AND O'DONNELL
The Cure's keyboard player Roger O'Donnell and guitarist Perry Bamonte have left the band. There is no official explanation for their departure, but sources suggest that the increasingly difficult relationship between frontman Robert Smith and O'Donnell may have played a part. The Cure's official website stated that "The decade old line-up of The Cure has changed - Perry Bamonte and Roger O'Donnell are no longer in the band. The forthcoming summer shows will be performed by Robert Smith, Simon Gallup and Jason Cooper... And others???"

What seems clear is that the pair were effectively dropped. O'Donnell wrote in a statement on his website "As of Tuesday this week I am no longer a member of the Cure. It was sad to find out after nearly 20 years the way I did but then I should have expected no less or more." The keyboard player first played with the band from 1987 to 1990, when he was replaced by Perry Bamonte, a former Cure roadie. Bamonte switched to lead guitar after the departure of Porl Thompson in 1993, and O'Donnell returned to the band in 1995. The band's first appearance post-split will be on 5 Aug at Castellon in Spain.

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LIVE 8 LINE UP ANNOUNCEMENT DUE
Bob Geldof is expected to reveal initial line up details and ticket info for the previously reported Live 8 event later today. The Live 8 gig, designed to raise awareness of poverty in Africa as the G8 convention takes place in Scotland, is most likely to take place in Hyde Park on 2 Jul. Don't forget, this is not, repeat not, Live Aid 2. We can't make that clear enough.

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STORMING HOMELANDS, BIG CHILL LINE UP
Well, the UK festival season got properly under way this weekend with a storming Homelands taking over a little corner of the Hampshire countryside - a wonderfully eclectic 17 hour party (albeit beaten in length and volume by the party my neighbors had on Saturday night). You can check out CMU's Homelands review in tomorrow's Daily.

Meanwhile, the line up has been announced for that other great dance based festival, The Big Chill, which takes place at Eastnor Castle Deer Park in Herefordshire from 5-7 Aug. Tickets are on sale now (£112 a piece), with line up highlights as follows: Nitin Sawhney, London Elektricity, Husky Rescue, One Self, Gilles Peterson, Norman Jay, Bobby Friction and Nihal, Rob Wood, Rob Da Bank, The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Neon Heights, Tom Middleton, Nick Luscombe, Emiliana Torrini, Xploding Plastix, Efterklang, Hexstatic, Soul of Man, Max Sedgley, Bugz in the Attic and the Boomclick Soundsystem. Oh yes, and there's comedy from Men In Coats and Marcus Brigstocke. More at http://www.bigchill.net

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KILLERS TO MAKE MURDER SHORT
The Killers are to make a 25 minute film based on a series of three murders and sound-tracked by three of their songs, 'Midnight Show' and 'Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine' from debut release 'Hot Fuss', and a new unreleased track, 'Leave The Bourbon On The Shelf'. The band's drummer Ronnie Vanucci told Billboard.com: "It's kind of like our 'Thriller.' We want to make a movie - not so much a music video - based on three songs to be played on MTV. But we want to get established actors, not like some hot actor right now, and we want to make it as real and as serious as possible. We don't plan on being in the movie. It's going to be something that's by The Killers and our idea, but it's not going to be like, 'Look at me.' We want to try and make it more about the art than the exposure."

If it comes off the film will arrive prior to their second album release, which is expected in next spring, but could also generate a single release for 'Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine'. The band are currently on tour and performing three new tracks 'Where Is She,' 'All the Pretty Faces' and 'Stereo of Lies', with the intention to start recording in Nov.

On the album, Vanucci said. "I think we're trying to open up a bit. At least the kind of the mindset we're going in with is leaving some space. We kind of collectively think that a lot of stuff on 'Hot Fuss' is a little too cluttered sounding."

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OASIS TOP BEST SONG POLL
Time for some mindless surveys? Why not. Virgin Radio have polled more than 8300 listeners as to the best British song ever made. Strangely the Primitive's song 'Crash' (which, as we may have mentioned before, is the best song ever made) doesn't appear. However there are few other surprises in the top ten, except perhaps that Oasis beat Queen and The Beatles to the top spot. Top ten runs like this:

1. Oasis - Wonderwall
2. Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
3. Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven
4. The Beatles - Let It Be
5. John Lennon - Imagine
6. Police - Every Breath You Take
7. The Jam - Going Underground
8. Verve - Bitter Sweet Symphony
9. Robbie Williams - Angels
10. The Stranglers - Golden Brown

The station has released a full top 100, which include six entries from the Rolling Stones and David Bowie, five from Coldplay, but none from the Primitives - stranger and stranger. It was also a male artist dominated chart with only one song from a female artist - and it wasn't Kylie or Madonna - but Kate Bush with 'Wuthering Heights'. The only other women in the top 100 appeared as part of duos Yazoo and Eurythmics (Alison Moyet and Annie Lennox respectively, of course).

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ROBBIE TOPS BEST LIVE ACT POLL
Want another mindless survey? Your wish is our command. Robbie Williams has been named best live solo artist, while U2 have been named the best live band, this time in a survey of 5000 music fans undertaken by Carling.

On the solo front Williams beat other top ten contenders David Bowie, Morrissey, Elvis, Elton John, Jimi Hendrix, Paul Weller, Madonna, Michael Jackson and Bob Dylan. Runners up in the live band top ten included Queen, the Rolling Stones, The Who, Coldplay, Faithless, Radiohead and Oasis.

Commenting on the survey Carling's Martin Coyle told reporters: "It's great to see that current bands like Oasis can sit comfortably alongside rock greats like The Who and Rolling Stones".

Carling also ran surveys as to the best album and single of all time - Stone Roses eponymous album, Nirvana's 'Nevermind' and Oasis' 'Definitely Maybe' topped the former, while Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit', John Lennon's 'Imagine' and Joy Division's 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' topped the singles survey.

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GALLAGHER WANTS TO COLLABORATE WITH BLOC PARTY
Talking of Oasis, which I think we were (and everyone probably will be this week, with 'Don't Believe The Truth' out yesterday), the always consistent Liam Gallagher has said he would like to record a song with Bloc Party, despite slagging them off in a recent interview.

As previously reported, Liam told the NME that Kaiser Chiefs were "a bad Blur", that Bloc Party were like "a band off University Challenge, like they're sitting on a panel or something", and that Pete Doherty was a "smackhead" who needed a slap. But then he changed is mind about Doherty, later saying "there is only one British hero right now: Pete Doherty".

Well, now Gallagher has reversed his viewpoint on Bloc Party, telling Virgin Radio that he wouldn't mind working with the buzz band - "If they've got a song that's good enough then I'm having it."

Commenting on his previous slating of certain new bands, and their subsequent responses, Gallagher continued: "I am a music lover and they [the bands he attacked] have every right to slag my band off. I just put bands in their places. There are a load of bands I like and there is a load of bands I fucking detest because they are shit." So that's that sorted.

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MORGAN CLOSE TO BUYING PRESS GAZETTE
Media news, and former Mirror editor Piers Morgan is very close to buying media industry trade magazine the Press Gazette. According to the Guardian, Morgan is near to closing a £500,000 - £1 million deal with the magazine's current owners, Quantum, to buy the forty year old weekly title. Word has it Morgan's bid for the magazine is backed financial by the former Mirror man himself and by PR guru Matthew Freud. If successful, Morgan will act as proprietor of the magazine, but will not be its editor.

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BBC MAKE CONCESSIONS TO PLACATE UNIONS
The BBC has caved in to pressure from the broadcasting unions and dropped one of the most controversial bits of its 4000 job cuts plan - the insistence that there might be compulsory redundancies. During talks at ACAS, BBC bosses said they were willing to put off making a decision on compulsory redundancies for twelve months, which would mean, of course, no compulsory redundancies for at least a year

Commenting on that concession, BBC boss Mark Thompson told staff: "Although we made it clear that we could not wish away the reality of the need for change or the scale of the change programme, we approached the talks very flexibly and determined to find a resolution if at all possible. We hope the result of these talks is the first step in a new and productive relationship with the unions. This offer moves significantly to address the issues and concerns which the unions have raised with us. We have told them that we have no further movement to make, no matter how long the dispute continues. This is a critical moment for the BBC. We face unprecedented change in our industry."

During the talks the BBC also committed to postpone the sale of BBC Resources, confirmed it would not sell off the commercial division's costume and wigs department, and offered to discuss the possibility of avoiding future job cuts by transferring those people whose jobs are at risk over to new jobs created by new investment in programming the original job cuts will allow - or something like that. The unions have postponed future strike action following the ACAS talks and will now put the new proposals to the vote. Union leaders are not making any recommendations to their members, meaning a free vote - so it remains to be seen if the Corporation's work force think the concessions are enough.

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SINGLE REVIEW: The Little Flames - Put Your Dukes Up, John (Deltasonic)
Great title. Dukes, of course, from the rhyming slang Duke of York, er, fork. Which is a bit like "fists", hence 'Put Your Dukes Up, John'. And who's this John? Lennon, Barnes, Virgo? Feisty Liverpool kids all, just like The Little Flames. "Make way for new pretenders," they sing - ah, it's gotta be Lennon. But no need to play Christopher Ricks when you've got such an urgent slice of boy-girl fight-hungry coolness on your hands and in your ears. Just lean forward and enjoy the cool balance between Eva Peterson's careful enunciation and the Strummer-like yobby backing vocals. "Change your tune and change your hair / Or you're not going anywhere," they chant. Haven't seen their hair yet, but this tune'll do fine: the Flames look like they're going somewhere fast. Make way. WP
Release Date: 13 Jun
Press Contact: SonyBMG IH [all]

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SOMA SKOOL GOES TO ABERDEEN
Soma Recordings are bringing the Soma Skool to Aberdeen this week. The event, which is all about demystifying the process of producing a CD, takes place from 11am - 5pm on Friday and features guests such as Funk D'Void, Vector Lovers and Sidewinder. Demonstrations are planned on pre-production planning, scriptwriting and storyboards, and editing, with seminars to be held on rights and legalities, new media and technologies, setting up your own record label, and making it in music journalism. For more info see http://www.somaskool.com/

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LONDON CALLING
Talking of music industry events, there's another convention for the dance and electronic industry taking place next month, combining some very fine sounding showcase events with debate type sessions for industry types and a load of seminars on making it in the dance and electronic music industry. It all takes place at Earls Court exhibition centre on 10 and 11 Jun. More info in forthcoming CMU Dailys, though in the meantime check out http://www.londoncalling2005.com.

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SONYBMG BOSS CAUTIOUS OF MUSIC INDUSTRY FUTURE
More doom and gloom from the SonyBMG camp I'm afraid. The major record company's top man, Andrew Lack, last week warned that the music business still faced some tough years ahead, despite that fact record labels were benefiting from the development of new revenue streams like DualDiscs, paid downloads and ringtones.

Speaking at the Telecoms, Media and Technology Summit in Paris, Lack said that while the new formats were achieving moderate successes, they were simply "staunching the bleeding of the loss of revenue on the top line". That, Lack says, means there will be more cost cutting at the major labels in the coming years. Though, on the up side for all your creative types, he did add that when it came to deciding where those cuts might be made, there were currently "too many lawyers and accountants and too few A&R people on a relative basis."

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ASDA ADDS MUSIC TO ETAIL SITE, BUT NOT DOWNLOADS
Asda has announced it will be adding music products to its online etailing platform, however it seems to be steering away from entering the download market. Asda will start selling mail order CDs as well as DVDs and video games via their website, expanding the non-food components of their online operations in line with the products it already sells instore.

However, interestingly, it has chosen not to follow the lead set by rivals Tesco and launch a download service. This has led some to speculate that Asda bosses were influenced by the disappointing performance of the download platform launched by their US parent company. The WalMart download service was quick to market with what was then seen as a cut price service. However, despite undercutting iTunes by ten cents a track, they have made little impact, with supermarkets' cut price tactics seemingly not attractive to the early adopters.

That said, Asda have not ruled out entering the download space in the future, and bosses will presumably be watching both the WalMart and Tesco services closely in the coming year. Some argue there will be a place for supermarket digital music operations as the download market goes more mainstream.

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CASE CLOSE: JACKO TRIAL UPDATE
Both the prosecution and the defence have rested their cases in the not-as-long-running-as-everyone-expected Michael Jackson child abuse trial, meaning closing arguments can now begin - probably tomorrow. The defence has been expected to recall Jackson's accuser, Gavin Arvizo, to the witness stand after the prosecution decided to show the jury video footage of the teenager being interviewed by police when he first made his allegations. The prosecution claimed the video would show the defence's allegation that Arvizo had been inconsistent in his allegations were untrue. Whether it did we don't know, but the defence team obviously didn't feel the negative impact of showing the video was sufficient to require more questioning of Gavin.

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TOM JONES BIRTHDAY BASH
Tom Jones performed to an audience of 20,000 fans at an open air concert to celebrate his 65th birthday in his home town of Pontypridd. The singer performed hits from throughout his 40 year career, from his breakthrough hit, 'It's Not Unusual', and old favourites such as 'Delilah', to more recent offerings, 'Sex Bomb' and Stereophonics duet 'Mama Told Me Not to Come'.

Jones was joined on stage at the halfway point by Welsh classical singer Katherine Jenkins, who presented him with a huge birthday cake and sang 'Happy Birthday', and the concert was punctuated by recorded tributes given by names as diverse as Pontypridd-born former Rugby Union international Neil Jenkins, former Stereophonics drummer Stuart Cable, Welsh First Minister Rhodri Morgan, and Charlotte Church.

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WHO DOCUMENTARY IN THE WORKS, FOOTAGE REQUIRED
A documentary is being made about The Who, and its director, Murray Lerner, has put out a call to fans who managed to capture the rock group on film. Lerner said: "We are especially interested in never or rarely seen footage. Bootleg material is welcome, however shocking or exotic."

The film, to be called 'My Generation: Who's Still Who', charts the rise of the band, explores the untimely deaths of Keith Moon and John Entwistle and will feature appearances from surviving members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey as well as previously unreleased material of the band at performing at Monterey in 1967 and Woodstock in 1969. "This documentary will be candid and up-front about the many daring, revolutionary and dramatic exploits of the band," said Lerner.

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CHART UPDATE
Well, there are cartoon characters at the top of both the single and album charts this week, though one set of characters make very fine music, while the other is just very very irritating. If only Coldplay were cartoon characters EMI label Parlophone might have topped both charts - though I suspect the Coldplay cartoon would be pretty damn tedious.

Anyway, as expected, Crazy Frog topped the singles chart on Sunday with his, erm, innovative reworking of 'Axel F', pushing Coldplay's 'Speed Of Sound', the first single release off the band's new album 'X&Y', into second place. Other new entries singles wise this week came from Amerie at 4, Black Eyed Peas at 7, Gwen Stefani at 8, Audio Bullys at 9, The Magic Numbers at 15, My Chemical Romance at 20, LSO/Williams at 25, The Arcade Fire at 26, Brian McFadden at 28, Ciara ft Missy Elliot at 29, Nine Black Alps at 31, British Sea Power at 34 and Sons & Daughters at 40.

Albums wise, Gorillaz went straight in at number one with 'Demon Days', followed by The Coral at 3, Audio Slave at 5, Alkaline Trio at 34, Common at 38 and Belle & Sebastian at 40. Presumably because of the anticipation surrounding their new album 'Don't Believe The Truth' (and possibly some kind of sale offer in one of the high street stores), Oasis' 'What's The Story' went back in at 36 this week, while John Legend's 'Get Lifted' also reappears, at 32.

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THIS WEEK'S STUDENT RADIO CHART
1. [1] Coldplay - Speed of Sound (EMI/Parlophone)
2. [8] Foo Fighters - Best of You (BMG/RCA)
3. [6] Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc (EMI/Parlophone)
4. [2] The White Stripes - Blue Orchid (Beggars/XL)
5. [3] The Coral - In the Morning (Deltasonic)
6. [13] The Bravery - Fearless (Universal/Polydor)
7. [5] Kaiser Chiefs - Everyday I Love You Less (B-unique)
8. [4] Oasis - Lyla (Big Brother)
9. [11] The Magic Numbers - Forever Lost (EMI/Heavenly)
10. [14] Audio Bullys - Shot You Down (EMI/Source)
11. [9] Hot Hot Heat - Goodnight Goodnight (Warner)
12. [12] Stereophonics - Superman (V2)
13. [NE] Hard Fi - Hard to Beat (Warner/Atlantic)
14. [22] Jamiroquai - Feels Like It Should (SonyBMG)
15. [NE] Ben Folds - Landed (SonyBMG/Epic)
16. [15] Weezer - Beverly Hills (Universal/Polydor)
17. [NE] The Subways - Rock 'n' Roll Queen (Warner)
18. [26] Arcade Fire - Neighbourhood #3 (Power Out) (Rough Trade)
19. [7] The Black Eyed Peas - Don't Phunk With My Heart (Universal/Polydor)
20. [17] The Killers - Smile Like You Mean It (Lizard King)
21. [27] Ordinary Boys - Boys Will Be Boys (B-unique)
22. [NE] Do Me Bad Things - Move In Stereo (Warner/Must Destroy)
23. [24] Beck - Girl (Universal/Geffen)
24. [NE] James Blunt - You're Beautiful (Warner/Atlantic)
25. [NE] Maximo Park - Going Missing (Warp)
26. [NE] U2 - City of Blinding Lights (Universal/Island)
27. [25] Futureheads - Decent Days Decent Nights (679)
28. [RE] British Sea Power - Please Stand Up (Rough Trade)
29. [NE] Amerie - One Thing (SonyBMG)
30. [12] Gwen Stefani - Hollaback Girl (Universal/Polydor)

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ELTON TO TIE THE KNOT
The Sun reports that Elton John plans to marry partner of 11 years David Furnish on 21 Dec, after civil partnerships become legal for homosexuals on 5 Dec. Elton said: "The first date we can get married is the 21st. We are definitely going to do it and we're not going to do it in secret."

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DOHERTY HOPES FOR A QUICKIE
According to The Mirror, everyone's favourite (former) crack addict Pete Doherty is hoping to persuade model girlfriend Kate Moss to agree to a quickie wedding, saying "We're driving through Gretna Green next weekend, so who knows? I might be able to persuade her..."

The ex-Libertine also waxed lyrical about how Ms Moss has been helping him to get off drugs. Well, her and the implants in his stomach which prevent opiates from working. "Kate's been there for me. She's my rock," said Doherty, and continued: "Kate said to me 'give up heroin or we can't be together and you can't meet Lila'. It's been three months now and my implants are bio-degradable. It gets easier but the implants are only for heroin... It's not all drugs."

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