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In today's CMU Daily:
- TOTP to relaunch on BBC2 this month
- Queen named most successful act in UK album chart history
- Garbage announce tour
- Live 8 update
- Dinosaur Jr and The Melvins Don't Look Back
- Album Review: Johnathan Rice - Trouble Is Real
- Brakes UK tour
- Optronica tickets on sale
- GLC added to Rise line up
- Oakenfold added to Get Loaded bill
- Bloc Party make music
- Hard-Fi play live date
- Shambles goes on tour, Baby
- Starsailor finishing off new album
- Chechnya festival cancelled over security fears
- Album Review: Marcel - Gambler's Delight
- EMI boss reckons industry is winning PR war against P2P
- Irish industry begins P2P user litigation
- Cullum, Bilk and Petersen pick up jazz awards
- Paul McCartney reveals new album details
- Matronic has a dig at Paris Hilton
- Timberlake vomit claims

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TOTP TO RELAUNCH ON BBC2 THIS MONTH
Top Of The Pops will be relegated to BBC 2 on 17 Jul. As previously reported, the Beeb announced late last year that they would be shifting their once flagship music programme to the second channel after a disastrous revamp by executive producer Andi Peters failed to boost ratings. BBC bosses hope they can reinvent the show in a Sunday teatime slot, mainly by linking it more closely to the Radio 1 Chart show programme, and by incorporating some archive content (once the domain of Top Of The Pops 2) into the main programme.

The show will continue to be hosted by the dreadful Fearne Cotton, though she will be joined each week by a 'guest presenter', with Phill Jupitus, The Osbornes and Jeremy Clarkson all lined up to appear in the first few weeks of the show.

To be fair to TOTP bosses, the Friday night at 7.30pm slot was never a great one for the show (it being up against Coronation Street), so the time shift, if nothing else, may boost its fortunes. However, some say that in the multi-channel age where over ten music channels are constantly on call, and with Channel 4's Popworld the show all the cool kids are hooked on, Top Of The Pops has become redundant. With that in mind, conspiracy theorists reckon the latest TOTP revamp is taking place on BBC2 so that, if it doesn't quickly win a new audience, it can be quietly dropped from the schedules altogether.

Nevertheless, BBC2 boss Roly Keating was enthusiastic about the arrival of the pop show on his channel, telling reporters this week: "Top Of The Pops will be working more closely with Radio 1 continuing to add to our portfolio of great music and performance programmes, making it a natural member of the BBC Two music family".

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QUEEN NAMED MOST SUCCESSFUL ACT IN UK ALBUM CHART HISTORY
Queen have beaten The Beatles to the title of 'most successful act in the history of the UK album chart'. As far as the Guinness Book Of British Hit Singles And Albums is concerned that title belongs to the band who have spent the most weeks in the album chart since its creation, and at the latest count that is Queen, who have had a record in the chart for 1322 of the weeks that have followed the arrival of debut album 'Queen' in 1973. It is the first time Queen have beaten previous record holders, The Beatles, who now sit in second place having had a record in the chart for 1293 weeks. Elvis follows at number 3 with 1280 weeks.

Commenting on Queen's new status as 'most successful act', David Roberts, editor of the Book Of British Hit Singles And Albums, told reporters: "Given that Queen's chart career has been much shorter than those of The Beatles and Elvis, this is an incredible achievement. They've long been written about with reverence in the pages of our book, and this just serves to cement their legendary status."

The top ten most successful acts in terms of time spent in the UK albums charts looks like this:

1. Queen (1,322 weeks)
2. The Beatles (1,293 weeks)
3. Elvis Presley (1,280 weeks)
4. U2 (1,150 weeks)
5. Dire Straits (1,136 weeks)
6. Simon and Garfunkel (1,114 weeks)
7. Madonna (1,032 weeks)
8. David Bowie (1,005 weeks)
9. Elton John (989 weeks)
10. Michael Jackson (966 weeks)

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GARBAGE ANNOUNCE TOUR
Garbage have announced details of a first UK tour in three years, following the release of their fourth album 'Bleed Like Me' back in Apr and a number of festival appearances.

Dates as follows:

12 Oct: Manchester Apollo
14 Oct: Cardiff Arena
16 Oct: Portsmouth Guildhall
17 Oct: London Hammersmith Apollo
20 Oct: Birmingham Indoor Arena
22 Oct: Glasgow Academy
23 Oct: Edinburgh Usher Hall

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LIVE 8 UPDATE
Have you got the energy for some more Live 8 news? Well, as preparations begin for the Edinburgh Live 8 concert tomorrow, viewing figures just in suggest that at its peak TV coverage of the London protest fest got 9.6 million viewers (around about the time Robbie Williams took to the chart). In terms of recent rating winners that's some way behind England's last match in last year's Euro 2004 (20.7 million) and some less than the finale edition of last year's 'I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here' (10.9 million), which suggests that if Geldof wanted maximum impact rather than having David Beckham introduce Robbie Williams he should have had him kick a ball round stage with a bunch of Z list celebs, preferably with Ant and Dec commentating.

Ah well, globally the ten concerts made it on to 140 TV channels and 400 radio stations, meaning that, coupled with AOL's webstreams, some 85% of the world's population had access to the event if they wanted it. Whether any of the eight men in suits who really mattered in all this tuned in, though, is not known.

We're guessing Echo & The Bunnymen frontman Ian McCulloch didn't tune in. He has criticised Bob Geldof and the Live 8 enterprise, accusing those involved of being motivated primarily about their own desire for fame. According to BBC radio station 6Music, McCulloch described the Live 8 project this weekend as "the most spurious thing since the last time Geldof did his thing". He continued: "I don't trust him; all it's going to benefit is the bands. Are the people who he was trying to feed last time still hungry? Probably. There's people in Kirkby who... the whole thing's knackered - the whole world if you want to look at it negatively. It's all very well trying to do good but I've got things to look after back in Liverpool that are miles more important to me, and I can't even do that half the time." I'm guessing McCulloch wasn't asked to play Live 8.

Whether or not you agree with McCulloch regarding the Live 8 participants' motivation for taking part in the Make Poverty History concerts, it is hard to deny that some of those who performed have benefited personally from the event. HMV reported an increase in sales this week for recent and greatest hits albums from a number of the flagship acts who performed at the event, especially Pink Floyd and The Who, whose greatest hits sales are up 1343% and 863% respectively.

Commenting on the post-Live 8 sales boost, HMV's Gennaro Castaldo told reporters: "Even allowing for the relative nature of this exercise, where back catalogue sales of the more established acts are being measured from a fairly low base, this snapshot shows that Live 8 is having a marked effect on sales - just like its predecessor 20 years ago".

According to HMV the top ten record sales increases from Live 8 participants are as follows:

1. Pink Floyd - Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd - 1343%
2. The Who - Then and Now - 863%
3. Annie Lennox - Eurythmics Greatest Hits - 500%
4. Dido - Life For Rent - 412%
5. Razorlight - Up All Night - 335%
6. Robbie Williams - Greatest Hits - 320%
7. Joss Stone - Mind, Body and Soul - 309%
8. Sting - The Very Best of Sting & The Police - 300%
9. Travis - Singles - 268%
10. Madonna - Immaculate Collection - 200%

Elsewhere in Live 8 news, and the no shows have been expressing their disappointment at having to shun, sorry, I mean miss Geldof's anti-poverty gigs. P Diddy, who was originally billed to appear at the Philadelphia concert, but didn't, said he was very "sorry" for his no show, but didn't explain why he had pulled out - one newspaper reported that he and his girlfriend has been seen in Starbucks in the upmarket holiday resort of East Hampton outside New York, so presumably it wasn't other work commitments that kept him away. However, Diddy's spokesman was keen to add: "He totally supports the mission of Live 8 and is sorry he couldn't attend."

Crosby, Stills & Nash blamed "logistical problems" for their non-attendances at the Berlin Live 8 bash. A spokesman told reporters: "After working many hours to try and support Live8 and David Crosby even helping to secure a plane as CSN was prepared to do the show, the band was not able to get a workable slot in the Berlin performance sequence that would have put them back in Bonn to perform a tour date that was previously routed prior to any announcement of the Live 8 event. They are extremely sad that they could not be a part of this historic event." Fair enough.

More Live 8 news? Surely not. Well, Live 8 online news anyway. We forgot to mention yesterday that within hours of the opening of Live 8 (actually, one hour, we were press released about it at 3.30pm on Saturday) the opening collaboration between Bono and Paul McCartney on 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' was available to buy as a download via digital music platforms around the world, which is quite an achievement. To make it happen the recording was transmitted by satellite from Hyde Park to BBC Television Centre where it was relayed to Capital Radio in Leicester Square. A direct digital recording was captured there, and sent to Universal Music's production centre in Hanover, Germany, where the track was edited, mastered and transmitted. It was then sent to Universal's electronic distribution warehouse in the States where it was sent on to the various download platforms who were going to sell it. And then straight on to Kazaa and around the world in seconds. Well, I'm guessing the last bit. Anyway, Macca's performance of 'The Long And Winding Road' was likewise made available at the end of the day and both are now selling in aid of the Live Aid Foundation. So well done one and all.

Talking of the sinister unofficial distribution of Live 8 recordings, the BPI has urged eBay to crack down on the somewhat dodgy types who are flogging recordings of the protest-fest concerts. Though not quite as efficient as Universal records, these dodgy types were selling their unofficial Live 8 recordings within 24 hours of the event. Confirming they were monitoring the online Live 8 pirates, and that they were working with the likes of eBay to stop the sale of bootleg recordings, BPI Anti-piracy boss David Martin told CMU: "There are too many people out there who believe music is for stealing, regardless of the wishes of artists and the people who invest in them. Sadly we are not at all surprised by this incident. We would ask music buyers to remain vigilant at all times and to report any incidents of piracy like this directly to us on our Anti-Piracy Hotline on 020 7803 1332".

The BPI took the opportunity to call on eBay to tighten the rules on sellers who use the auction site for dodgy sales like this one. They point out that eBay sellers have to be caught acting illegally three times before their accounts get suspended, and that even then they can sign up again under a different name but with the same credit card. Martin continued: "We would like to see online auction sites introduce far more effective methods to prevent the illegal sale of fakes. Three strikes and out is simply not good enough; it's far too easy for these people to cash in, and if caught they get another two warnings. Auction sites must move to expel music pirates permanently, and with immediate effect."

The BPI's issues with the auction site follows that anti-eBay rant from Geldof himself who objected to the selling of Live 8 tickets via the website. At that time Live 8 promoter Harvey Goldsmith took the opportunity to make a more general complaint about the use of eBay by touts to sell on concert tickets at a profit. It may well be that these high profile disputes become part of an ongoing campaign by the entertainments industry to limit the resale of some of their goods via the auction sites in the future.

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DINOSAUR JR AND THE MELVINS DON'T LOOK BACK
Dinosaur Jr and The Melvins are to join acts such as The Stooges and Belle And Sebastian in taking part in the 'Don't Look Back' series of gigs presented by Uncut Magazine. The concerts, as previously reported, see veteran artists revisiting classic albums by performing them in full on the night. The Lemonheads and Mudhoney have also added second dates. The shows take place in various London locations. Details of each date follow:

30 Aug: The Stooges play 'Fun House', Hammersmith Apollo
31 Aug: Dinosaur Jr play 'You're Living All Over Me', Koko
14 Sep: The Lemonheads play 'It's A Shame About Ray', Shepherd's Bush Empire
15 Sep: The Lemonheads play 'It's A Shame About Ray', Shepherd's Bush Empire
16 Sep: Mudhoney play 'Superfuzz Bigmuff', Koko
17 Sep: Mudhoney play 'Superfuzz Bigmuff', Koko
18 Sep: Mum/Cat Power play 'Finally We Are No-One' and 'The Covers Album', The Barbican
21 Sep: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion play 'Orange', Koko
24 Sep: Gang Of Four play 'Entertainment', Barbican
25 Sep: Belle And Sebastian play 'If You're Feeling Sinister', Barbican (sold out)
4 Oct: The Melvins play 'Houdini'
5 Oct: Dirty Three and Sophia play 'Ocean Songs' and 'The Infinite Circle', Barbican

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ALBUM REVIEW: Johnathan Rice - Trouble Is Real (One Little Indian)
21 year old Scottish-American Rice has been making waves in the US where perhaps inevitably as a sensitive singer-songwriter he has been compared favourably to the likes of Jeff Buckley. But he has a broad range of influences, encompassing rock, folk and country, with obvious reference points being Bob Dylan and Neil Young, while the album title is taken from a Gram Parsons' song 'Hickory Wind' (which is also the album's outro). Johnathan has a lovely warm, voice often with a breathy, husky tone. Much of the album uses gentle acoustic guitar but mood and instrumentation does vary. 'Leave The Light On' is up-tempo and uplifting and hints at the inspiring but moody rock of Doves, while the sad, reflective 'City On Fire' is embellished with some beautiful harp playing. Particularly fine are the earthy sounding 'Lady Memphis' which features finger picking guitar, recent single 'Behind The Front Lines' and the gorgeous, dreamy 'The Acrobat'. Rice may find himself confused with his namesake Damien for a while but his forthcoming appearance as Roy Orbison in the upcoming Johnny Cash biopic, his celebrity girlfriend (Jenny Lewis from Rilo Kiley) but mostly this strong collection of songs should change that. JW
Release date: 4 Jul
Press contact: JS Publicity [CP, RP, NP] Anglo [CR, RR, NR]

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BRAKES UK TOUR
Brakes, whose album 'Give Blood' was released yesterday, have announced a UK tour which coincides with single release 'Ring A Ding Ding' on 17 Oct.

10 Oct: Oxford Zodiac
11 Oct: Cardiff Barfly
12 Oct: Bristol Fleece
14 Oct: Leeds Cockpit
15 Oct: Glasgow King Tuts
16 Oct: Manchester Night & Day
18 Oct: London Borderline

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OPTRONICA TICKETS ON SALE
Tickets are now on sale for Optronica. Optronica? What's that? Well, I'm glad you asked, though surely you all remember our report on it on 5 May. Anyway, it's a five day event calling itself a hybrid of film festival and music festival, focusing on the convergence of visuals and music. The event, which features live audiovisual performances, talks and cinema screenings takes place at the NFT and IMAX from 20 - 24 Jul.

There are a whole bunch of interesting guests lined up, with a live audiovisual show from ex-Kraftwerk star Karl Bartos, Warp Records act Plaid & Bob Jaroc's 'Greedy Baby' AV show, DJ Spooky's solo film remix 'Rebirth of a Nation', and more. See http://www.optronica.org for more info, and http://www.bfi.org.uk/showing/nft/optronica/index.html to book tickets. A full list of events follows.


20 Jul:
Plaid & Bob Jaroc plus The Mellowtrons at IMAX, 9.15pm

21 Jul:
Karl Bartos at IMAX, 8.30pm

22 Jul:
Karl Bartos Lecture: The Interpositions of Media at NFT3, 6.20pm
Optronica Lab: People Like Us plus The Sancho Plan plus Skoltz_Kolgen at NFT3, 8.20pm
DJ Spooky: 'Rebirth of a Nation' plus Exceeda at IMAX, 8.30pm
Addictive TV: 'The Eye of the Pilot' at National Theatre Flytower, 10.30pm

23 Jul:
Optronica on Screen at NFT3, 2.00pm
Media Remixed at NFT3, 4.00pm
Big in Japan feat. Masakatsu Takagi at NFT3, 6.00pm
Optronica at The Spitz, 9.00pm

24 Jul:
Optronica on Screen at NFT3, 4.00pm
The Best of Mixmasters 2000-2005 at NFT3, 6.00pm

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GLC ADDED TO RISE LINE UP
Goldie Lookin Chain have been added to the bill for next week's Rise festival in South London. The free one day anti-racist event, the largest of its kind in Europe, takes place in Burgess Park in Camberwell on Saturday 16 Jul. The latest line up is as follows:

Mainstage:
Eska, JJC & the 419 Squad, Fundamental, The Mitchell Brothers, Terri Walker, Lemar, Goldie Lookin Chain, Kano, Raghav, Modeste Hugues, Horace Andy

Crescent Stage, music and dance hosted by Shazia Mirza:
Necmi / Michaela & Naor, The Hakaya, Moroccan Roll Convention, Poets of Rhythm, Amina & Smadj / Michaela & Naor, Luda Mix, Oojami and Necmi Kalvi

Big Cuba Fiesta, hosted by Rob Miller:
DJs from Club Clandestino, Paseo Malanga, Conga dance class with Mario Lopez-Goicoechea and Paseo Malanga, Stylo Prohibido, Jesus Cutino y su Son de Cuba, Omar Puentes y Raices Cubanas

African Village, hosted by Victor Daniels , DJ Wala and Paulina Oduro
Chief Nana and Ambrepon Drummers opening call, Adig Youth Choir, Emmanuel the Magnificent, DJ Wala, Abdul Tee-Jay's Rokoto, Young Faces of Africa, Toju - Comedian, Masquerade with Kaago, Ethio Tradition, Women of Africa: Rose Teteh Ade & Betty Nsubuga & Amy Coco, Gbedu Resurrection, Comedy/DJ Wala, Congoallstars

Mela Stage, hosted by Nihal, Murtz and Sangeeta Sabharwal:
Fusion, Lost Luggage, Threebee, Sona Family, Yam Boy, Sunit & Raxstar, Serese

Crisis Comedy Marquee: Rudi Lickwood, Curtis Walker, Shappi Khorsandi, Shazia Mirza, Quincy, Patrick Monahan, Tony Hendriks, Kojo, Inder Manocha, Angie McEvoy, Ayesha Hazarika

PRS Urban Stage - emerging and unsigned acts
The Freestyle Crew, UK Unsigned, Undercover Magazine, Bigga Fish, Elastic Artists, UK Unsigned, Invincible Magazine, Overground

DJ Bus:
Dave VJ, Soul Jazz Soundsystem, Ross Allen, Trojan Sound System

For more info see http://www.risefestival.org

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OAKENFOLD ADDED TO GET LOADED BILL
More festival news. Superstar DJ Paul Oakenfold has been added to the bill for Get Loaded In The Park. He joins Fatboy Slim and Armand Van Helden on the DJ bill, and will be offering up a special 'Get Loaded inspired' set comprising Balearic anthems and indie classics. Other new additions to the bill include the wonderful Infadels and Manchester band Oceansize. Howard Marks will also be there reading extracts from his forthcoming book.

The line up in full is as follows:

MAIN STAGE (HOSTED BY THE CUBAN BROTHERS):
LIVE: The Happy Mondays, Stereo Mcs, The Farm, Flowered Up
DJ SETS: Paul Oakenfold, Snow Patrol, Elbow, Junior Boys Own Soundsystem Featuring Farley & Heller, Rocky & Diesel, Mani (Primal Scream), Clint Boon (Inspiral Carpets), Guilty Pleasures

SOUTHERN FRIED RECORDS ARENA:
DJ SETS: Fatboy Slim, Armand Van Helden, Touche, Annie Mac, Dj Deekline & Wizard
LIVE: Caged Baby, Grandadbob

GET LOADED ARENA:
LIVE: New Rhodes, Oceansize, Infadels, Amusement Parks On Fire, Apartment, Mohair, Ambershades
DJ SETS: Carl Barat (The Libertines), John Kennedy (Xfm), Jeff Automatic,
An Audience With Howard Marks
THE COMEDY STORE PRESENTS... John Fothergill, Roger Monkhouse, Mike Gunn, Junior Simpson & Gordon Southern

More info from http://www.getloadedinthepark.com/

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BLOC PARTY MAKE MUSIC
Because it's their job. Well, the news is that Bloc Party have recorded some new material with producer Paul Epworth. A note on their official website said "They had just about enough time to record two tracks - 'Two More Years' and 'Hero' before jetting off to France to begin an extended bout of European festival appearances."

The band plan to mix the new material later this month and hope they'll be able to give fans a taster of the new songs very soon.

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HARD-FI PLAY LIVE DATE
Buzz band Hard-Fi have announced their first live date since they were forced to pull out of Glastonbury because of the critical illness and subsequent death of frontman Richard Archer's mother. The band are to perform at Neighbourhood in London on 13 Jul. Tickets for the show are £10, but fans who didn't get to see them play at Glasto will get a £5 refund on the door if they produce their Glastonbury ticket or wristband.

However, the band have been forced to cancel the launch party for debut album 'Stars Of CCTV', which was released yesterday, to give Archer time to organise his mother's funeral.

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SHAMBLES GOES ON TOUR, BABY
Having wowed, erm, no one with their numerous festival appearances, Babyshambles have announced a series of dates around the release of next single 'Fuck Forever' (out on Rough Trade on 8 Aug). Wonderful. Doherty et al will be forever fucking up their songs at the following venues:

26 Jul: Greenock Town Hall
27 Jul: Carlisle Brickyard
28 Jul: Birmingham Custard Factory
30 Jul: Nottingham Rock City
31 Jul: Norwich UEA
1 Aug: Bristol Carling Academy
2 Aug: Manchester Carling Academy
3 Aug: Leeds Blank Canvas
4 Aug: Sheffield University
5 Aug: Shrewsbury Music Hall
6 Aug: London Brixton Academy

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STARSAILOR FINISHING OFF NEW ALBUM
Starsailor are putting the finishing touches to their new album. On it, frontman James Walsh has told Rolling Stone magazine: "Getting married and having a kid was a huge influence. [The new record] is more outward-looking, more influenced by what's going on in the world."

By that, he means there will be more politically influenced tracks, including some influenced by the politics of the town where he now lives - Belfast: "I'm very aware of the fact that there are people who've been living here a lot longer than me and have a much better grip on the situation. But there was one [instance] where my sister-in-law came back shaken up because she'd been verbally abused while waiting for a train for being on the 'wrong' side of Christianity. It was just fascinating, coming here and your political stance and religion becoming so important to people."

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CHECHNYA FESTIVAL CANCELLED OVER SECURITY FEARS
Bad news for all CMU readers heading for that music festival in Guderme in Chechnya. You're not going to believe this. They've only called it off. Yep, organisers of the Phoenix/Rebirth festival, due to feature eight top Russian rock acts, has been cancelled because of security fears. 9000 free tickets had been distributed for the event, with some being sold on for up to 900 roubles (£17, and a considerable sum for most of the local population), but government officials stepped in after local police said they couldn't guarantee trouble wouldn't erupt at the event. Rebel groups in Chechnya, of course, are still pushing (sometimes quite violently) for independence from Russia.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Marcel - Gambler's Delight (Good Looking)
This is a down tempo collection on LTJ Bukem's label, from Hungarian producer Marcel who first gained recognition on Nuphonic with his classic cut 'The Beach'. Comprising 22 tracks, this album intelligently covers drum and bass, from trip to chill. I found the title track a trifle too poncy with its use of strings, 'Menthol Lights' gets a bit too vocoder, and the collaboration with MC Conrad is a bit of a let down, but aside from these the rest of the collection is pretty strong; among the highlights are the cool and jazzy 'Change Colours', with vocals from Sena, 'Memories' featuring Cee Rock, and 'Mi Amor', which is well crafted atmospheric D&B. Marcel is multi faceted and multi talented, and undoubtedly one to watch out for. PV
Release date: 4 Jul
Press Contact: Phuture Trax [all]

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EMI BOSS RECKONS INDUSTRY IS WINNING PR WAR AGAINST P2P
EMI boss Eric Nicoli has told The Guardian that he thinks the music industry is slowly winning the PR war against illegal file sharing. Noting that the recent US Supreme Court ruling against P2P firm Grokster showed that "in the world's biggest music market, the courts take a dim view of people who encourage or facilitate and turn a blind eye to online theft as a mechanism for promoting their own business", he told the paper: "we're certainly making good progress. We're encouraged that more and more people understand why stealing [music via P2P networks] is a bad thing. Our job is to make it more difficult as well as more dangerous to steal it. But more importantly, to make it easier and more convenient to buy".

Nicoli said he still had confidence in the 'carrot and stick' approach the music industry was taking - using litigation and technology to combat P2P usage on one side, while at the same time supporting legitimate download platforms that encourage consumers to access music online in a legal way. "We want to allow people to access music however they want, whenever they want - as long as they pay for it. And if they don't want to pay for it, we'll be on to them. I think that's fair".

Nicoli admitted that the music industry had suffered by reacting slowly to the P2P problem when it first surfaced in the late nineties, recognizing that it wasn't until Apple launched iTunes that a serious legal alternative entered the market place. For those delays he blamed the other major labels who, he claimed, slowed things up with ambitions to completely control the online music space: "Clearly, with hindsight, we could and should have been faster. Some of the majors were owned by international conglomerates who aspired to be the gatekeeper. Early on there was a reluctance on the part of those companies to cooperate with everyone else. Because of some personnel changes and because of the crisis that the industry faced a couple of years ago, everyone has come on board. Now we're starting to see dramatic growth of digital distribution - and not just downloads but subscriptions, legalised peer-to-peer and all the mobile applications."

However the EMI chief does not accept the argument that P2P usage would drop if CDs weren't so expensive. He told the paper: "That's bollocks. Are they saying that if CDs were half the price they wouldn't steal it? You can't compete with free".

You can read the full interview, should you wish, at this catchy URL:
http://media.guardian.co.uk/newmedia/story/ 0,7496,1521612,00.html

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IRISH INDUSTRY BEGINS P2P USER LITIGATION
The Irish Recorded Music Association has joined its counterparts elsewhere in the world in getting litigious against individuals who they suspect of illegally sharing copyrighted music files online. They are targeting 17 suspected uploaders - though, like with the BPI, RIAA and others - they will have to prove their case to the courts in order to just identify the file sharers in question. Assuming they are successful in doing that (the BPI always have been in the British courts), they will then begin action against the individuals. Super.

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CULLUM, BILK AND PETERSEN PICK UP JAZZ AWARDS
Jamie Cullum, Acker Bilk and Oscar Petersen were amongst winners at the BBC Jazz Awards held at the Mermaid Theatre in London at the weekend. Cullum won the listener-voted Radio 2 Artist of the year, Canadian Oscar Petersen got a lifetime achievement award, whilst Acker Bilk was the inaugural recipient of a new special award, the Gold Award. Other recipients included Acoustic Ladyland who won Best Band Award, singer and pianist Liane Carroll who won two awards, best vocalist and best jazz artist, and Gwilym Simcock, who won the Rising Star Award.

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PAUL MCCARTNEY REVEALS NEW ALBUM DETAILS
Paul McCartney has told Radio 1 that his new album will be called 'Chaos and Creation in the Backyard'. He denied rumours that it would be a double album, but admitted "I have two albums worth going at once." The album is expected to be released in the autumn, and McCartney begins a North American tour in September.

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MATRONIC HAS A DIG AT PARIS HILTON
Scissor Sister Ana Matronic apparently has had a dig at Paris Hilton, and said that the needless celebrity heiress only attended the Live 8 gig to socialise and be seen by the press. Ana is quoted as saying: "That woman is representative of everything that's wrong in the world. She has no business being here, all she wants is to get her name in the papers."

I love Ana Matronic. Because she's right.

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TIMBERLAKE VOMIT CLAIMS
America's Star Magazine has claimed that Justin Timberlake threw up on the floor after eating too much at his restaurant, Chi. A source said "He really overdid it. He partied until he puked, right there at the bar." Timberlake's representative, of course, denies the claim, telling the New York Post "That's not true. I'm sure he's thrown up in his life before, but not at that restaurant."

The really nasty part of this story is the idea that staff at the restaurant discussed how much they might get for Timberlake's vomit on eBay. Which would really be taking things too far. Paris Hilton may represent everything that's wrong with the world. But people buying vomit on eBay might be the end of civilisation as we know it.

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