CMU Daily - on the inside Wednesday 15th June

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In today's CMU Daily:
- An historic event? Jacko trial update
- Single Review: Death From Above 1979 - Black History Month
- BSP and Thrills play Ben & Jerry gig
- Eden project to take part in Live 8
- eBay commit to stop auction of Live 8 tickets
- Boomtown Rats sue Geldof over unpaid royalties
- Whose song is it anyway?
- HMV Canada boycott Alanis Morissette over exclusivity deal
- Kylie Minogue on "long road"
- Single Review: Visionary Underground - Eye Of The Storm
- Amp Fiddler live dates
- Raveonettes UK tour
- New content launched on Gorillaz website
- Free Soulwax download
- Universal launch artist WAP sites
- BPI say court action may be necessary in anti-filesharing fight
- Album Review: Kinesis - You Are Being Lied To
- Jack White slates all biographies
- See Glasto from a luxury tent
- Biggie's family drop wrongful death action
- Dead 60s release double debut
- Bestival announce new acts
- Aguilera used as method of torture
- Beckham texts Snoop Dogg too



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No one likes a bad loser. But then again, no one likes a smug winner either, and you can't help thinking that if Michael Jackson wants to win back the support of the wider public he would be advised to avoid comparing his victory in court on Monday with the birth of Martin Luther King, the release of Nelson Mandela and the fall of the Berlin Wall. But, according to a post-victory video clip on Jackson's website, his acquittal on child abuse charges is of equal historic significance to those events. Quite who advises Jackson on his public relations I don't know because, despite those occasional career-enforcing PR coups, most of the time he comes out with the kind of crap which surely makes most people go "oh, shut up, you freak".

Anyway, the rehabilitation of Michael Jackson began yesterday following his acquittal on all charges at the Santa Maria court house on Monday. First up his lawyer, Thomas Mesereau, told reporters that the singer had vowed to stop the teenage-boy sleepovers that got him into this mess in the first place because, while Jacko maintains such sleepovers are completely innocent, he now recognises they leave him vulnerable to the kind of allegations made by Jordan Chandler and Gavin Arvizo. Mesereau told US network NBC: "He's not going to do that any more. He's not going to make himself vulnerable to this any more."

Meanwhile speculation has now begun as to Jackson's next career move. To what extent Jacko is in the financial mess some claim is not clear, however most agree he needs a big revenue generator as quickly as possible in order to avoid being forced to sell his stake in Sony/ATV music publishing and his Neverland home.

There has been talk of new music projects, including the possibility of a lucrative residency in Las Vegas. As previously reported, Jackson is keen to restate his musical credentials with a performance at Live 8, either in London or Philadelphia. This puts Live 8 organisers in a difficult position. Jackson was a lead member of the US version of Band Aid, co-writing 'We Are The World' while his Heal The World Foundation has supported famine relief projects in Africa for years. However, some worry that a general music crowd (ie not a crowd of Jacko fans) might respond badly to a Jackson performance so soon after the court case, and that Jackson's involvement might dominate the headlines, stealing attention away from the main issue of the day - combating world poverty. Live 8 promoter Harvey Goldsmith was non-committal about Jackson's possible involvement, telling Capital FM: "Whether it's appropriate or not is another issue, whether he's in a fit state to work is another issue, whether he can work is another issue and whether he can work live is another issue".

In reality, any new Michael Jackson music project, except perhaps the Las Vegas gig, would be unpredictable. Back catalogue is unlikely to bring in sufficient new monies - there have been a number of greatest hits projects in recent years. How bankable a new album would be is debatable. To an extent it would depend on how good the music was - but sales of Jackson's recent releases were not as staggering as in his hey day, and that was before the revelations of the recent court case.

Consensus is that Michael Jackson's quickest route to serious cash in the short term is an no holds barred autobiography, which would secure the singer a multi-million advance and considerable royalties. Whether Jackson would consider that route remains to be seen.

Talking of smugness, which we were, the smuggest journalist in the world - Mr Martin Bashir - might now be facing a lawsuit over that Jacko documentary that kicked off the events that led to the singer's court case troubles. Jackson always planned to sue Bashir and Granada TV over allegations they breached contractual obligations to let Jackson vet the programme before it aired. That lawsuit was put on hold after the singer was arrested over child abuse allegations, but word is their legal action will resume now the child abuse trial has been won.


SINGLE REVIEW: Death From Above 1979 - Black History Month (679 Recordings)
Incessant chugging riff? Aura of cool? Mysterious apocalyptic lyrics? Check, check and check. However, missing from Death from Above 1979's third single, is (God, I never thought I'd say this) a twice-repeated cracking middle eight to break up that incessant bassy riff. Is that too much to ask? Also missing is any sense of personality. I mean, I'm sure they're cool as fuck, but DFA79 are also too cool to actually, erm, like. Remember A.R.E. Weapons? Finally: I have hours and hours of music to listen to. I just bought The White Album. I don't have time for nondescript. Come back when you've found the missing ingredients. Damn, now I feel like Simon Cowell. WP
Release Date: 13 Jun
Press Contact: Warner [all]


British Sea Power, The Thrills and Yeti are to play at a gig at London's Clapham Common on 7 Aug. The event, Ben & Jerry's Sundae, will also feature contributions from Zero 7's Sophie Barker and Lemon Jelly's Fred Deakin. There will also be fairground attractions. Not the band, obviously. Who I don't suppose exist anymore.

Anyway, tickets are a mere £5 and can be bought from the Clapham Picture House as of this Friday, or online from, presumably also from Friday, though your guess is as good as mine, because at present all I can find out from the site is that Ben & Jerry produce a very alluring range of ice-creams that personally I have never tried.


The Eden Project is to take part in Live 8 by staging its own concert to coincide with other gigs taking place across the globe on 2 Jul. This one will have more of a world music feel to it, and follows criticism from Damon Albarn and others that Live 8 is overly dominated by white artists and that not enough African musicians are taking part. The line-up for the gig, "Africa Calling", will be confirmed on Wednesday.

The Eden Project's press officer David Rowe said: "I would not say it's a response to the criticism, more an enhancement of the event. For a fairly young organisation it is a quite a coup, but Eden is a perfect venue for this."

As previously reported, Eden is already hosting a series of live dates this summer featuring acts such as Keane and Basement Jaxx.


Talking of Live 8, eBay has taken the rare step of removing listings from its auction website after both political and charity leaders hit out when it was revealed some people were using the sales platform to auction off tickets to the benefit event.

When tickets for the Live 8 concerts, won via last week's text lottery, first appeared for sale on the eBay site, Live 8 coordinator Bob Geldof told reporters that "the weakest people on our planet" were being exploited and that he was "sickened by that". He called on music fans to make ridiculously high false bids for the tickets to ruin the chances of those selling them to actually make a sale.

The UK's Minister For Music James Purnell backed Geldof on the issue, telling reporters he "wholeheartedly" shared Geldof's annoyance. Live 8 promoter Harvey Goldsmith made a more general attack on the way eBay allowed ticket touts to sell on tickets (it was a problem experienced by UK music festival Glastonbury earlier this year). He told reporters: "They have got to get their act together and decide what they are - they cannot be black-marketeers of tickets".

eBay initially resisted calls to block the sale of Live 8 tickets, instead offering to pass on their modest commission from any sale to the Live 8 charities. But then yesterday evening the company changed its policy, telling reporters: "Our customers said they were concerned about the profiteering rap being connected with the name of the site they're so passionate about. It is extremely difficult for us to do, even if we wanted to, but in emergency circumstances, which is how our community is viewing this, we will do our darndest to."


And talking of Bob Geldof, four members of the Boomtown Rats are suing their former frontman over allegations of unpaid royalties. With uncanny timing given Geldof's particularly high profile in the run up to Live 8, Gerry Cott, Simon Crowe, Garrick Roberts and John 'Johnnie Fingers' Moylett have confirmed they have hired legal firm Angel & Co in order to sue their former bandmate for recording, publishing and merchandising royalties which they reckon they are owed. They are also requesting that Universal Music hand over financial information related to their recent Boomtown Rats greatest hits release.

In a statement, Cott told reporters: "We jointly confirm that with the utmost regret we are pressing ahead with our claims against Bob Geldof and others for our rightful entitlement to a proper share of income. We have retained the London solicitor Angel and Co to act on our behalf and anticipate that proceedings will have to be issued shortly. We have no further comment at this stage."


All of which leads us into the topic of how band members and session musicians should ensure they get a share of the cake when they contribute to the creation of new songs in the studio - which was the topic addressed at the latest MusicTank Think Tank event in London last night.

Music business lawyer and former publishing house exec James Ware gave the key note address, outlining the landmark legal cases in which musicians who contributed to classic songs in the studio managed to secure a share of the copyright (or revenue) on that song. In particular Wesley Magoogan's successful bid to gain royalties from a track he helped Hazel O'Connor create, Bobby Valentino's successful action over the Bluebell's song 'Young At Heart' and the unsuccessful attempt by members of Spandau Ballet to secure a share of the royalties off the band's main songwriter, Gary Kemp.

Ware's conclusion was that success in these kind of cases depended on two things. Firstly that the session musician or band member in question should have made a significant contribution to the actual composition of the song while in the studio. Secondly that it was implied at the time of the recording that the musicians would be rewarded with a royalty share for their involvement in creating the track. That implication was present in Magoogan and Valentino's successful litigation, but not present in the Spandau Ballet case.

Ware and the rest of the panel agreed that the rights of session musicians and band members to a share of publishing royalties would vary on a case by case basis, but that the key was clarity - ensuring that everyone knew what was expected from them, and what they could expect in return, when they entered the studio.

Horace Trubridge of the Musician's Union said that session musicians need to be clear as to whether they have been hired to 'follow the dots' in the studio, or whether they will be expected to add a creative contribution to the overall product. If it was the latter they could expect to, and should, charge premium fees for their services, although it might be impractical to demand a share of future royalties when it is so unpredictable as to what contributions they will actually make or whether those contribution will make the final cut.

David Stops of the Music Managers Forum said he felt that considering the potential copy rights of everyone in the studio is the job of the artist manager. This was particularly true in bands where certain members were the songwriters. Publishing royalty disputes frequently cause tensions within bands, he argued, and can play a part in causing a band to split. An artist manager must find a way of carving up the publishing royalties so that everyone was happy - including those who did the bulk of the composing away from the studio, and those that added to compositions by freestyling during recording.


HMV in Canada has pulled all Alanis Morissette albums off its shelves in protest at an agreement reached between her record label and coffee chain Starbucks over the sale of a new album.

Warners division Maverick have given Starbucks exclusive rights to sell a new acoustic version of Morissette's 1995 hit album 'Jagged Little Pill' via its in-store music programme. HMV say they oppose any exclusivity deal of this kind, and stopped selling any of the singer's work as soon as the exclusivity deal began yesterday.

HMV Canada have long protested against record companies entering into exclusivity deals with specific retailers. Back in 2003 the retailer had a long running boycott of Rolling Stones products after the band did an exclusivity deal with rival retailer Best Buy.


Kylie Minogue has posted a message on her website saying that whilst she still faces a "long road" to recovery following her diagnosis and surgery for breast cancer, she's being well looked after, and feels that good things have come about as a result of her illness. The singer said: "Rest assured I am being well looked after, though it will be a long road ahead. I am getting through this one step at a time and your messages of support have been greatly appreciated."

She continued: "I was delighted to learn that some good things have come of all this. I've been informed that since my diagnosis thousands of women have become more aware than ever of the risk of breast cancer. Being 'breast aware' plays a major role in early detection so I was especially pleased to hear that younger women, in particular, are being more proactive with breast examination and talking to their doctors."

She went on to thank fans for the contributions they have made to cancer charities - £3300 were donated to the Kylie Minogue Breast Cancer Fund in the first 24 hours of its existence - and said she was "overwhelmed by your show of generosity and understanding". Kylie also said that she would be continuing treatment for the disease once she returns to Europe. The singer also refuted recent accusatory reports in the press about the nature of her hospital treatment, saying "Rumours of my condition and treatments are rife and generally incorrect. Unfortunately, it still seems that the truth doesn't get in the way of a story."


SINGLE REVIEW: Visionary Underground - Eye Of The Storm (VU Recordings)
The London based VU crew has been making waves with Bobby and Nihal and Asian Dub Foundation, occupying a niche somewhere between breaks and hip-hop. This single is more breaks orientated. The Radio Edit makes the most of the vocals and good use of strings from violinist Chandru, whilst the Grime Time mix takes it harder, with more of a garage feel, the lyrics pushed to the back. The Monster mix by ADF uses more industrial samples and results in a slower and more brooding track, whilst the Cloud 9 mix by Shiva Sound System is cranked up plus eight and then some, but just doesn't cut it. In conclusion, go for the Grime Time or Radio Edit. Their debut LP is due soon, so watch out. PV
Release date: 13 Jun
Press contact: Zzonked [all]


Amp Fiddler has announced a series of live dates in late summer, ahead of the release of a new album expected in 2006. The gigs will feature songs from 2004 set 'Waltz Of A Ghetto Fly', plus exclusive previews of new material. The dates are:

24 Aug: Edinburgh (T on the Fringe) Corn Exchange
1 Sep: Glasgow QMU - with Stereo MCs
2 Sep: Glasgow QMU - with Stereo MCs
3 Sep: Dublin Electric Picnic
4 Sep: London Koko


The Raveonettes are all set for another UK tour this Jul, to follow the release of new single 'Love In A Trashcan' on 11 Jul, and preceding album release, 'Pretty In Black', on 25 Jul. The dates are:

13 Jul: London Cargo
14 Jul: Cardiff Barfly
16 Jul: London The Frog (Mean Fiddler)
17 Jul: Nottingham Rescue Rooms
18 Jul: Glasgow King Tuts
20 Jul: Manchester Night and Day
21 Jul: Birmingham Academy 2
22 Jul: Leeds Cockpit
23 Jul: Truck Festival


EMI label Parlophone is this week launching new content on the award-winning Gorillaz website, alongside an 'integrated campaign' which means some of that content will only be accessible to people who've bought a copy of the limited edition of 'Demon Days'. When the disc is inserted into a PC, fans will be able to download a bonus track as well as PC wallpapers and screensavers. New features on the site include a night and day function which means imagery is transformed from day to night, depending on the visitor's local time.

The site is at the heart of the album's promotion, as you might expect, given that Gorillaz only exist in a virtual world. Lisa Gower, Digital Media Manager at Parlophone, said " allows fans a peek into their world. The new content continues the site's theme of playing and interaction, drawing fans further into Gorillaz world and adding to their experience. As Gorillaz obviously can't do physical interviews, gigs and signings, the new content allows fans to get closer to the band, adding greater value to the relationship."


Well, given that this storming track has just come on my stereo, it seems like a suitable opportunity to tell you that not only is Soulwax's 'NY Excuse' being released on Pias on 27 Jun complete with a Nite version remix by the band themselves, but you can download a live version of the track for free from the band's website. The freebie, however, is available exclusively to subscribers of the band's mailing list, so if you want it you better get subscribed. Details at:


Well, hurrah for Universal Music for seemingly taking the initiative in the mobile music space. Rightly keen to avoid getting tied to the mobile networks' own music platforms, designed primarily to provide the tel cos with a new revenue stream (the mobile industry seems convinced music will be a big earner for them in coming years), Universal Music UK is launching artist specific WAP sites which means they will be able to sell full song and video downloads to music fans directly. Of course, there's a danger the mobile networks will hit back by charging ridiculous air-time costs for anything but their own 3G services, but nevertheless the Universal WAP programme is a good thing. 300 artist WAP sites should be established in the next few months.


The BPI have said their fight against the illegal sharing of copyright music online is likely to end up in court because a handful of those targeted by the organisation's litigation are refusing to reach an out-of-court settlement.

Talking to Music Week, BPI boss Peter Jamieson said that although all of the original 26 file sharers the organisation targeted with legal action last Oct have now reached settlements, some of the more recent targets are resisting paying a fine in order to halt action, which means the BPI's lawyers will have to take the cases to court.

Jamieson: "There are some people who look unlikely to settle and it is with a heavy heart that we will have to take court action against them. I never look forward to going to court, but the law is clear and I'm absolutely certain we would win".

Despite Jamieson's confidence of a win in court, any test case should prove interesting. Although judges have sided with the record industry when they have used the courts to force internet service providers to provide the contact details of suspected file sharers, the strength of existing British copyright law in fighting online file sharing is yet to be properly tested, and these cases could provide that test.


ALBUM REVIEW: Kinesis - You Are Being Lied To (Captains Of Industry)
There has to come a point, you'd suppose, when the penny drops and you realise that, as four polite kids from Bolton with a well-meaning agenda and copies of 'Killing In The Name' and 'Generation Terrorists', you just cannot compete with the superficiality that you're rallying against. But then you'd never have supposed their former label, Independiente (home to Embrace and Travis), would be hosting a revolution anytime soon. Either way, it's really a crying shame that as Kinesis reach maturity, they release their best work and apparently split up simultaneously. Assuming it's not just a publicity stunt (and even if it is), as statements go it may be one of their best for the cause, certainly helping give impetus to messages embedded in 'Principles Are A Luxury', 'A Prayer For Death' and the excellent title track. But their mix of Hell Is For Heroes' harsh intentions, Muse's extreme guitar off-roading and The Early Manics' (yes, it's a proper noun, it's practically a different band) revolutionary posturing has become infinitely more potent, regaining the hunger of their first self-released mini-album and rendering their debut's directed stabs at songwriting almost irrelevant. And surely that would have carried messages to the masses more effectively? Opening and closing tracks, 'A Voice To Preserve' and 'The Question Has Changed' respectively, are built on hammering grand piano and suggest just what greater things they might have been capable of. JB
Release Date: 13 Jun
Press Contact: Captains Of Industry IH [all]


Jack White, who has been rather vocal recently, what with the album out and all, has made a posting on The White Stripes official website warning fans to steer clear of biographies of the band, and singled out a couple of publications for some especially vitriolic criticism.

White said: "Meg and I forgot to give you advice about books about our band. Here it is... don't buy them. They are all horrendous, but especially stay away from 'Fell In Love With A Band' by Chris Handyside. What a load of excrement he got published! Absolute Shit in our opinion, despite a lukewarm review in the 'New York Times'."

He also had a go at British author poor old Everett True, calling his book 'The White Stripes And The Sound Of Mutant Blues' "another shit horrible book about the band", and issued some advice to other prospective biographers, saying "Note to anyone interested in writing books about us: Why don't you wait thirty years first... and then write about a band that you actually like?"


Well, it's raining this morning, and Glasto is just ten days away, which might have the mud-hating music fans out there nervous. Well, never fear, because one company is offering you the opportunity to enjoy the Glastonbury experience while staying in a luxury tent - and all for a mere six grand. The VIP facility includes serviced toilets, hot showers and a daily cooked breakfast. But if you're interested you'll have to be quick, from what we hear most of the 50 tents in the luxury camp site are gone.


Relatives of Notorious BIG have dropped their wrongful death action against a former police officer, accused of playing a role in the rapper's murder, after deciding that there was not enough evidence for a prosecution. Court papers filed on Friday dropped former officer David Mack from the wrongful death action and also dropped the case against Amir Muhammad, who was accused of being the gunman, but the case against the Los Angeles city authorities, over allegations that the LAPD covered up police involvement with the murder, will continue. The case, brought by Biggie's estate and family, and led by his mother Voletta Wallace, goes to trial in LA on 23 Jun.

The move follows a report in the LA Times earlier this month that a paid police informant who told investigators that rap mogul Marion 'Suge' Knight and a rogue police officer orchestrated the killing later admitted that most of the information was "hearsay". An attorney for the family, Perry Sanders, said: "This is a civil rights case against the city of Los Angeles. This has always been a case against the city."


The Dead 60s are to release a double album comprising 23 tracks for their debut release. The long (long) player will consist of one main album CD as well as a second CD featuring 10 dub tracks. The band are apparently planning to head back into the studio to record fresh material before the end of 2005. Which is all rather busy, really.


Bestival organizers have announced some additions to their existing line up. The new confirmations include Clor, Gilles Peterson, VHS or Beta, Zoe Ball, Erol Alkan and The Glimmers. More DJ's have been booked too, with sets scheduled from the likes of Eddy Temple Morris, Annie Mac and Touche.

Previously confirmed artists include Soulwax, The Rakes, 2ManyDJs, Super Furry Animals, The Go! Team, British Sea Power, Tom Vek and Piney Gir. Bestival takes place on 9, 10 and 11 Sep at Robin Hill Country Park, Newport, Isle Of Wight - see for info.


Time Magazine has reported that music by Christina Aguilera has been used at Guantanamo Bay during the interrogation of a leading al-Qaeda suspect, Mohammed al Qahtani, believed to be the so-called 20th hijacker of the 9/11 incident. Repetitious music has reportedly been used by US forces for decades to try to break down suspects and encourage them to talk.

Pentagon officials continue to maintain that the Guantanamo prisoners are being treated humanely, despite widely reported allegations of abuse from released detainees. The Christina story is proof, surely, that the cruelty and abuse continues.


According to the ever reliable Sun, David Beckham has made friends with Snoop Dogg. The tabloid reports that the two have been texting each other and plan to meet soon.

A 'source' said: "Beckham was blown away when Snoop called for the first time because he's a big rap fan. He didn't believe it was really Snoop. But they've kept in touch. They have posted each other gifts - like signed shirts and albums."

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