CMU Daily - on the inside Friday 24th June

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In today's CMU Daily:
- Former bodyguard links big murder to Shakur killing
- IFPI names ten worst piracy nations
- UK piracy up 30%
- Crowds flock to Glastonbury - though not Ryan
- Phone company launch mobile TV channel at Glastonbury
- Royksopp take their mobile marketing mission to Glasto
- Doherty fails to show shocker
- In The City announce Radio 1 partnership
- MusicWorks early bird deadline approaches
- Ian Brown best of
- Elbow on new DVD
- Signed guitar goes under the mouse
- Still no MGM v Grokster ruling
- Poll suggests Britons don't believe in Live 8
- Ash are magnet for flaming buses
- Speculation over Korn album deal
- Farrell to launch new project at Lollapalooza
- BBC mobile programming chief moves to MTV
- Alice Cooper joins Virgin Radio
- Sanctuary takeover rumours grow
- There's only room for one Sir Michael Jackson
- Will Saul is in Space Between
- Girls Aloud website tragedy
- Brian Harvey could be home in three weeks
- Mattel continue with Destiny's dolls



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VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: Smoove at Ministry
The sun has got to me a bit and I'm suddenly is something of a nostalgic frame of mind. Not only is Smoove in itself one of the more established regular nights (four years young of course), but this week they're doing a 'back to 95' session which should mean plenty of garage, hip hop and house classics. In the Box: DJ's kee B, Timmi Magic, Ramsey & Fen, Norris 'da boss' Windross, Jason Kaye, Danny Foster, plus MC's Buzzhard, Blakey and Creed. And in the Bar Room are: Lloyd Life, DJ Natty, Smooth Connection and Demi. In the third room the Rapattack Soundsystem will be rinsing out some nuggets in the 'Baby Box'. Should be a goodun at a legendary club.

Fri 24 Jun, Ministry Of Sound, 103 Gaunt St, London SE1 6DP, 10.30pm - 5am, £12 (£10 NUS), info 020 7740 8610 or

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A former bodyguard of the late rapper Tupac Shakur formally linked the murder of the Notorious BIG with the killing of his former boss yesterday. Kevin Hackie was giving evidence as part of the previously reported wrongful death lawsuit being pursued against the LA police department by the family of the Notorious BIG, real name Christopher Wallace.

Hackie began his testimony by saying he was cautious to give any evidence at all because he feared retribution from "the Bloods, the Los Angeles Police Department and associates of Death Row records" - he said he was only in court because the judge hearing the case issued a warrant for his arrest.

Hackie told the court that the head of security he used to work for, Reginald Wright, had once vowed to "get" BIG after the killing of Shakur. Hackie says Wright told him: "We were going to get those [people] who downed Pac - Biggie and his crew."

He also testified that he had seen former LA police officer David Mack, who has long been rumoured to have been behind Wallace's shooting, at events held at the HQ of Tupac Shakur's record label Death Row Records, adding that Mack had been talking to the label's boss Marion 'Suge' Knight. However, he admitted that the events in question were large parties with many casual associates of the label in attendance, and he went back on claims he made last year that Mack was a "covert agent" working for Death Row Records.

As previously reported, Wallace's family are hoping to use the civil case to prove the theory that Mack got his former college room mate Amir Muhammad to shoot the late rapper at the request of Suge Knight. They are suing the LA Police Department because they claim they were responsible for former officer Mack's actions, even when off duty, and that it was their refusal to deal with officers moonlighting as security officers of hip hop groups with gangland connections that led to Wallace's death. The case continues.


One in three music CDs sold around the world are illegal copies, according to the International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry who presented their latest report on music piracy to a conference in Madrid yesterday. Music piracy, the trade organisation claims, costs the industry in the region of $4.6 billion a year, and is funding organized crime groups around the globe.

The IFPI revealed the ten countries with the worst record for harbouring music pirates, reporting on local efforts to tackle the problem in those countries, and making recommendations on what still needs to be done.

The list included the usual suspects like Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and Mexico, but also Spain. The latter's status as the worst Western country for music piracy was behind the decision by the IFPI to stage the event in Madrid rather than London. Commenting on Spain's poor piracy record, IFPI boss Jon Kennedy said: "We are launching this report in Spain for a very good reason. Spain was once a thriving legitimate music market known for the quality of its artists and the success of its music industry. Today Spain is known for the most serious piracy problems in Europe and urgent action is needed to do something about it. We are very concerned at what piracy is doing to Spanish music. It is destroying it. The music industry fights piracy. If we did not, the music industry quite simply would not exist. Spain should not be on the list." While the IFPI recognised that the Spanish government has launched a campaign to prosecute music pirates, they said more needed to be done because a quarter of CDs sold there are still illegal copies.

On other countries with poor piracy records Kennedy continued: "China has promised to close down many of the illegal factories so it's now less of an export problem but more of a domestic problem". He reported that the Chinese authorities were "engaging in serious discussions" on the issue, particularly with the US government. Taiwan, meanwhile, has also gone to great lengths to tackle the music pirates, working with the UK, Japan and Germany to curb the illegal music trade there.


Taking a UK perspective on all this, and it's not all groovy I'm afraid. According to the BPI, commercial music piracy in the UK last year was worth an estimated £76.9 million, that's a 31% increase in volume and 37% increase in value on 2003. That rate of growth is ten times greater than that of the legitimate music industry, and 15 times greater than the average global growth in music piracy. Not good. The rise, presumably, is because developments in technology mean it is getting ever cheaper and ever easier to make decent quality copies of CDs to flog on at car boot sales and the like.

Commenting on the gloomy stats BPI boss Peter Jamieson told CMU: "While internet piracy may have stolen the headlines, commercial piracy is rising at an alarming rate. Every day of the week in pubs, car boot sales and markets around the country pirates are stealing the livelihoods of performers, songwriters and the companies who invest in them."

The BPI say an increased investment in anti-piracy efforts and collaborations with other intellectual property agencies have helped the trade association score some crucial victories in the fight against commercial piracy, but they urged an increased national effort by police and trading authorities to help combat the rising music piracy problem.

BPI Director of Anti-Piracy David Martin said: "We continue to be impressed and grateful for the hard work put in day-in, day-out by police and trading standards officers to combat this crime. But the alarming growth in music piracy suggests there is still a lot more to be done. A piecemeal approach means that if we drive the pirates out of one area, they simply move somewhere where enforcement is not so rigorous. Given the clear links between music piracy and other forms of crime, it is in everybody's interest that the authorities come down hard on copyright theft."

Jamieson concluded: "We as an industry are doing all we can to deal with this problem, but we need an effective national enforcement strategy for IP crime so that criminals cannot exploit the gaps between police and trading standards."


Well, the CMU festival team have all buggered off West for a weekend of Glasto type shenanigans, which is lovely for them. Less so when the thunder arrives later today of course - when that happens they might wish they were back in the office watching BBC3's coverage like the rest of us. Some 48,000 festival goers were already reportedly on site yesterday, with tens of thousands more due to arrive today. The arrest count stood at 34 as of last night, most of them drug related. Organisers say that, so far, the ID ticketing system thingy is all working well.

The main bit of Glasto news yesterday was that Ryan Adams has had to pull out of his Sunday set at the last minute because he is suffering from an ear infection. No word yet if a last minute replacement will be found or if the Sunday line up on the John Peel stage will just be rejigged accordingly.

Michael Eavis was on good form yesterday telling reporters he had "never felt so good about the show". In his introduction in the Glastonbury programme Eavis took the opportunity to speak out against George Bush and Tony Blair's foreign and domestic policies. He said the Bush Blair adventure in Iraq had "killed hundreds of thousands, desecrated and bullied a country into utter humiliation," while Blair had also "badgered minority groups such as gypsies, asylum seekers and immigrants in order to gain cheap popularity". He concluded: "Come on, how can these leaders of ours not expect some of their stuff to rub off on young people and develop into what's referred to as yobbish behaviour?" Good point well made.


Elsewhere in Glasto news, Orange have announced they will be demonstrating their new mobile TV service, launched last month, with a channel specifically set up to cover this weekend's festivities.

Orange is one of Glastonbury's biggest sponsors (I think they call themselves official communication partner, or something like that), and this year that sponsorship will include the creation of a Glastonbury TV channel on the tel co's 3G service. Glastonbury TV, which works on the Nokia 6680 3G handset, will include artist interviews, festival life, and music experiences from the event. Customers without the required technology will still be able to download segments from the service via the Orange World service.

Commenting on the new venture Julian Diment, Head of Brand and Commercial Partnerships at Orange, told CMU: "This is the fifth year of our partnership with Glastonbury and the launch of a dedicated Glastonbury TV channel on Orange is a unique and exciting way to build on what we already offer to music fans on Orange. With demand for tickets growing every year, the new channel allows more people to enjoy Glastonbury and clearly demonstrates the exciting capabilities and potential of Orange TV."

Press info on Glastonbury TV from Cake.


Talking of which, CMU favourites Royksopp are in on the Glastonbury TV act as part of the mobile marketing strategy behind the release of new album 'The Understanding', which is out on 4 Jul. They have been keeping a video diary of their preparations for the festival, and will be filming their time on the Glastonbury site. Highlights of those video diaries will be available to download via Orange World - while the duo will also DJ at Orange's Chill And Charge Tent during the weekend to celebrate the arrival of the new long player.

The Glastonbury activity is part of a wider mobile marketing strategy for the album release being run by Video-C. The poster campaign for first single release 'Only This Moment' (which is out on Monday) has included special Video Call and WAP codes which 3G-phone owning fans can use to instantly see Royksopp's new video via mobile streaming. Users of both 2G and 3G phones can also get access to a special WAP site featuring information, interviews, ring tones and video downloads. All this is supported by a Video-C artist site full of Royksopp type content plus a video stream and competitions. Oh yes, and Orange customers will be able to buy 'The Understanding' via Orange World a week before release.

Press info on this one from Video-C themselves -


Pete Doherty recently inspired the ire of Vogue editors after failing to turn up at a fashion shoot for the magazine, according to The Sun. The shoot, which was to take place at the Boogaloo Pub in Highgate, was also to feature Mick Jones and Shane McGowan, and would apparently also have seen the Babyshambles frontman reunited with former Libertines bandmate Carl Barat.

A source told the paper: "The people from Vogue were really angry. They had spent thousands flying the best people in the world to London. They'd also shipped in a huge wardrobe of designer clothes for Pete to be pictured in. But he had a huge bust-up with his manager in the afternoon. Pete kept everyone waiting all day then did a no-show."


The first slice of information regarding this year's In The City event appeared yesterday. Taking place from 1 to 3 Oct in, as you'd expect, Manchester, the big thing of note this time round is a new partnership with Radio 1, who will be dedicating considerable airtime to the music industry fest. They will broadcast two shows from the event, plus stage a showcase featuring three unsigned artists voted for by Radio 1 listeners.

Commenting on the new partnership with Radio, In The City co-founder and director Tony Wilson told CMU: "Having Radio 1 on board is a major coup for In The City and will bring our events to the attention of a huge number of listeners. That can only be a good thing for the many artists involved in 'In The City Live' and for the music industry in general."

As always In The City will combine industry talks and seminars with an extensive programme of band showcases featuring some 500 bands. Keen to prove the role of ITC's live programme in showcasing the big acts of the coming year, organisers of the event are keen to point out that among the artists that were named 'Best Of In The City' last year were Tom Vek, The Paddingtons, The Subways and Towers Of London - all now signed and making a big name for themselves.


Talking of music industry events, don't forget Glasgow's MusicWorks takes place this year from 31 Aug to 3 Sep. The theme for 2005 is 'New Territories for the Entrepreneur' continuing the event's tradition of exploring collaboration between the music, film, video, TV, new media and games sectors. I'm telling you all this now because the early booking discount deadline is 30 Jun, and you can get passes for almost half price if you book now. More info at


As previously reported, Ian Brown is to release a best of compilation on 5 Sep. The collection, rumoured to be called 'The Greatest' will follow the release of a new single 'All Ablaze' on 22 Aug.

And the tracklisting apparently runs thus:

My Star
Can't See Me
Be There
Love Like A Fountain
Dolphins Were Monkeys
Golden Gaze
Forever And A Day
Keep What Ya Got
Time Is My Everything
Longsight M13
All Ablaze
Return Of The Fisherman


Elbow have apparently given an exclusive preview of their new DVD, which features live footage of the band as well as animations created by production team The Soup Collective. As previously reported, the material will receive its first showing at the National Film Theatre on 6 Jul.

Commenting on the process of putting the DVD together, singer Guy Garvey said: "The Soup Collective are old friends. We've worked with them for a long time and they hand-picked the best young artists in Manchester to come into the room. So at any one point while we were writing and recording songs, under a curtain at the bottom end of the room there was a stop frame animation involving a train set going on, in another room there was an animation involving line drawings, in the back room there was a computer generated idea going on, none of which interrupted the writing and recording process."


A guitar signed by Damon Albarn, Robert Plant and members of Portishead, The Coral and Massive Attack is to be auctioned on eBay. Oxfam will put the instrument up for sale in the website's charity section at 7pm on 25 Jun, and bids will be accepted for a week.

The guitar, which was signed during tsnunami benefit shows back in Feb, is already worth £1500 without the signatures, so it should probably raise a fair amount of dosh.


Of course the anticipation for this weekend's Glastonbury is nothing compared to the anticipation of the expected US Supreme Court ruling on the much previously reported MGM v Grokster case which will test once and for all whether P2P companies can legitimately distance themselves from the copyright violation their technology enables. There was no mention of the case in yesterday's Supreme Court decisions round up, which means were looking at a Monday decision at the earliest. So another weekend on the edge of your seats I'm afraid.


A poll conducted by Sky News suggests that most of us in the UK don't believe that the global events planned for Live 8 will help eradicate poverty in Africa. Although, to be fair, Bob Geldof probably doesn't believe that Live 8 will eradicate poverty in Africa, either. He says he hopes the shows will raise public awareness of the problem, however.

Of the 2021 people questioned, only sixteen percent thought it would make any difference, and only six percent thought that the Edinburgh protests has Bob Geldof called for to coincide with the G8 summit in Scotland would help raise awareness of the issues facing Africa.


The members of Ash recently had a tough time making the journey from Los Angeles to San Francisco when not one, but two buses caught on fire, leaving them no choice but do drive themselves in a van for the remainder of their journey.

The incident occurred after the band, who are on tour with The Bravery, finished a set at the Knitting Factory in LA. Traveling through the night to their next gig in Frisco's Shoreland Ampitheatre, the group were woken by their sound man, who was shouting as their coach began to fill up with smoke. The fire was extinguished, but Ash then had to wait by the side of the road for a new bus. Unbelievably, two hours later, they received a call to say that the bus that had been on its way to collect them had also caught fire.

They finally arrived in San Francisco five hours late and with no equipment, but appeared at the gig nonetheless, borrowing The Bravery equipment for the evening. Singer Tim Wheeler went on to dedicate a rendition of 'Burn Baby Burn' to the bus company and their drivers. Boom boom.


Speculation is building at the moment as to who will snaffle Korn, who have an album finished, but are so far not signed to a label following the dissolution of their Sony deal. Those in the know say that EMI are the favourite, but Sony aren't altogether out of the picture.


Perry Farrell is to launch his new music/theatre project Satellite Party at his Lollapalooza Festival, backed by former Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt and No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal. The group will present excerpts material intended for an as yet untitled 2006 album release.

Farrell explained the concept to, saying "It's about a group of artists; fine artists, filmmakers, street performers and musicians. They hang out and put on these crazy parties. One of the crazy parties turns into a full riot and the guy who organizes them gets hurt and sent to the hospital. There, he meets this beautiful night nurse. While listening to the radio together in the evenings as he's recuperating, he gets a vast visitation of energy through the radio, which is pretty much an invitation to a satellite party. Their souls leave, as do other souls on earth, because that certain station pulls them up to a party with a galaxy of stars."

The project is not as yet signed to a label, but the work continues, and the new long player is to feature contributions from, amongst others, Peter Hook, Fergie of Black Eyed Peas, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea and John Frusciante. "The music is a hybrid," says Farrell "It combines elements of house with hip-hop and rock. Then, you twist it a little bit with theatre."

As previously reported, Farrell's Lollapalooza Festival will return this year in a scaled down form at Chicago's Grant Park from 23 - 24 Jul.


MTV have head hunted Angel Gambino, the BBC executive behind the Corporation's controversial dabblings in providing content for mobile phones and broadband interest users. While at the BBC, Gambino worked on projects to adapt TV and radio programming for mobile and broadband output, and built relationships between the Beeb and important techie players, including Microsoft. Those projects were controversial because content was providing for free which, commercial players argued, unfairly competing with those trying to build businesses by selling mobile content.

Gambino will join MTV in Sep where her new role will include responsibility for expanding the music channel's new media activities - including mobile media, interactive TV, gaming and on-demand services.


Virgin Radio will next week start syndicating a nightly show from Alice Cooper on its web/digital station Virgin Class Rock. The show is made by US radio firm United Stations Radio Networks, and will air on Virgin from 6 - 10pm on weeknights.

Confirming the new show, Virgin Radio boss Paul Jackson told reporters: "This guy is a living rock legend. His stage presence will transfer well to radio and will make this show unmissable."


Gossipers gossiping on the HitsDailyDouble website say that rumour has it bosses at the Sanctuary Group are now in serious discussions with a major label - probably EMI or Warners - about some kind of takeover. Warners has reportedly been interested in expanding into artist management so the London based music company with its integrated cross-sector business model might be a sensible acquisition. However the gossipers seem to reckon a deal with EMI is actually more likely.


A former Michael Jackson PR who was sacked in 2004 after seventeen years service, has, quelle surprise, decided to tell all in a new book 'Michael Jackson: The Man Behind The Mask', and claims that the pop star spent a lot of time and money trying to buy himself a knighthood. Jones said: "We spent a fortune trying to communicate with the Queen's people and trying to get them to decide to make him a knight and they weren't interested."

So no surprise there then, given that knighthoods are for British people, and only in very rare cases are KBEs given to non nationals, and they do have to have done something pretty special. And we're not talking making a lot of money and being a bit odd, even if your videos are quite cool.


Yeah, OK, so the new Will Saul album is called 'Space Between', and not 'In Between' as we might possibly have slightly indicated in our review of it yesterday. Still, whatever you choose to call it, doesn't affect it being a damn fine long player. As a taster you should check out 'Mbira', the single which is released this week complete with a fine Infusion remix. Saul, by the way, is starting a new residency and night in Brighton called Simple Sounds - it'll take place at the new Union Club and the first night is Simple vs Versatile Records I:Cube & Joakim. More info on all this at


The Girls Aloud official website fell victim to a hacker recently, and the message board at the site had to be closed down whilst an item in the news area read "please bear with us while we try and get things up and running again."

Fortunately the forum is now up and running again, and I'm sure you're all relieved to hear it.


Former East Seventeen star Brian Harvey could be home in three weeks, reports The Sun, following that run in with his own Mercedes. The tabloid also reports that his mum Pauline and model girlfriend Emma B have kept a daily vigil by his bed, and that the first thing he asked for once he was out of intensive care was a Big Mac. Which is hardly food conducive to healing, Mr Harvey. Tut tut.


The Destiny's Child split may prove as traumatic for Barbie makers Mattel as it is for Beyonce, who, as previously reported, broke down in tears on MTV recently when asked about it. The split announcement coincided with the toy manufacturers announcement that they have plans to launch dolls based on the three singers.

Too late to turn back though, as finishing touches were being made to the dolls when the news came of the split. The dolls will be available in America this summer, priced at $20. So call that an outlay of $60 for each parent of any Destiny's Child loving kiddie.

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