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In today's CMU Daily:
- Live 8 reaches Edinburgh
- Pink Foyd turn down multi-million US tour offer
- eBay remove bootleg Live 8 DVDs from sale
- Geldof defends Doherty's Live 8 performance
- Barat talks about solo album
- GCap create One Network
- GCap take on OfCom over digital expansion
- U2 win back memorabilia
- HMV to reveal digital plans to independents
- Jamie Cullum album and live dates
- Annie announces special 12" series
- CMJ line up news
- Erasure singer goes solo
- Supergrass play intimate gigs
- Sigur Ros album and live dates
- ITV shares rise following takeover rumours
- iTunes prepare to sell 500 millionth song
- Coldplay record video at gig
- Elton and George make it up
- UB40 musical to open in Birmingham
- Timberlake to be Batman villain?
- Britney not stripping after all

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LIVE 8 REACHES EDINBURGH
Ronan Keating, Sugababes, The Corrs, Natasha Bedingfield, Texas, Annie Lennox, Snow Patrol, Travis, Youssou N'Dour and McFly will all take to the stage at Murrayfield stadium in Edinburgh tonight for the final of the Live 8 protest-fests. Lenny Henry and Peter Kay will host, while Band Aid founders Bob Geldof and Midge Ure are also expected to perform. Hurrah. The whole thing will be screened by the BBC, though they've stuck it on BBC 3, so if you're not a member of a multi-channel household you'll have to buy a Freeview box on your way home tonight if you want to watch it.

The Edinburgh gig, likely to be the most political of the Live 8 events, will follow another march due to take place in the Scottish capital today. How many will make it to that march - one of many protest events that have taken place in Edinburgh since Saturday - remains to be seen. Local authorities will be hoping it is no where near the one million Geldof called for when he first announced the Scottish bit of the Live 8 programme. Geldof, meanwhile, has distanced the Live 8 cause from those alleged 'anarchists' who caused trouble in Edinburgh earlier this week - though our man on the ground says that if anyone was causing trouble it was the over-antagonistic riot police, not the protestors. Nevertheless, Geldof said yesterday that any violent protestors in Edinburgh were "nothing to do with our message", adding: "Our message is about dignity and respect for people, upholding values of being human and allowing each human to use their life and not have it taken away by poverty".

The finale of the Live 8 proceedings are taking place in Edinburgh today because the G8 leaders will reportedly be in the city this evening for a banquet being thrown by the Queen, before heading to Gleneagles for the actual G8 conference tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Geldof's love affair with the Blair government on the whole Make Poverty History thing began to crumble yesterday when chancellor Gordon Brown warned protestors that they are unlikely to get everything they want from this week's conference. While Tony Blair might completely back their campaign, Brown cautioned, he is just one of eight men at the negotiating table. Blair and Brown have taken something of a gamble in getting so close to Geldof - the political bonus points gained by the Live 8 association may turn into negative equity if and when the G8 conference fails to deliver on all but a handful of debt and aid (and crucially no trade) points. Brown's words were no doubt an attempt to limit the risk of any post-G8 fallout damaging the Labour government.

Geldof, however, remained bullish, criticising Brown for being so negative at this late stage, and suggesting that the Live 8 movement had had an impact on probably the most important of the eight politicians who will be in Gleneagles this week - the Bush-meister. You can only hope he's right, but you can't help thinking it will be the golf course in Gleneagles and not the music and protest in Edinburgh that will be dominating George W's mind this week. If only you could make poverty history by bombing it into oblivion, then we'd be onto something.

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PINK FLOYD TURN DOWN MULTI-MILLION US TOUR OFFER
More Live 8 related news, and Pink Floyd have turned down a $150 million offer to tour the US. The offer, of course, came as a result of last Saturday's return to form at London's Live 8 gig. But guitarist and vocalist Dave Gilmour has told The Sun that he is not interested in a reunion tour. He told the paper: "We've been offered 150million dollars to do gigs in the States. It's completely mad - and we won't do it. The idea for Live 8 was a one-off".

There have been tensions between former Pink Floyd members ever since they split twenty years ago, and many were surprised they agreed to work together for the Live 8 appearance. Even then there were rumours of heated exchanges between the former band mates during Live 8 rehearsals, all of which makes a long term reunion unlikely.

Gilmour has also responded to those reports that sales of Pink Floyd's greatest hits are up over 1000% since their Live 8 performance by saying he will give any royalties he personally receives from the sales boost to charity. Gilmour, who sold his £3 million house in 2003 and gave the proceeds to a homeless charity, also urged other artists and record labels who benefit from a post-Live 8 sales boost to donate extra royalties to charity. He told The Sun: "Though the main objective has been to raise consciousness and put pressure on the G8 leaders, I will not profit from the concert. If on Thursday the G8 leaders tick the right three boxes at Gleneagles then the main objective will have been fulfilled. If other artists feel like donating their extra royalties to charity, perhaps then the record companies could be persuaded to make a similar gesture and that would be a bonus".

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EBAY REMOVE BOOTLEG LIVE 8 DVDS FROM SALE
Even more Live 8 news, and internet auction site eBay has confirmed it has begun removing illegal DVD copies of the Live 8 concerts off its website.

As reported yesterday, pirated recordings of the Make Poverty History concerts began appearing on the auction website within 24 hours of the events themselves. Although the main aim of the concerts was to put political pressure on the political leaders of the G8 nations, and not raise money, EMI will release an official DVD of the concerts later this year which will raise funds for the Live Aid Foundation (and the major has reportedly paid a multi-million advance to Live Aid for the rights to do so).

As soon as the bootleg DVDs appeared on eBay, the UK's music industry association, the BPI, put pressure on eBay to act. BPI anti-piracy boss David Martin added: "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."

eBay bosses responded last night by saying: "The unauthorised copies of Live 8 DVDs we have been told about have been taken down, because the sale of fake items is not permitted on eBay.co.uk".

Of course it is not the first time the Live Aid movement has suffered from piracy, or had a run in with eBay. A primary motivation for the release of the Live Aid DVD last year was that pirates were profiting from bootleg sales of recordings of the concert. Meanwhile Bob Geldof criticised eBay last month when it materialised that people were selling Live 8 tickets for profit via the auction website.

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GELDOF DEFENDS DOHERTY'S LIVE 8 PERFORMANCE
In less important Live 8 news, Bob Geldof has defended Pete Doherty's shambolic performance at the London protest-fest last weekend. As previously reported, Doherty's duet with Elton John on a cover of T Rex's 'Children Of The Revolution' has been rated by most somewhere between 'rubbish' and 'embarrassing'. But Geldof has told the Daily Mirror: "I think Doherty and Elton were fantastic. I know there's been a lot of criticism about Pete forgetting his words and stumbling around the stage, but it was undoubtedly a very memorable performance."

Memorable indeed. Of course most have assumed that Doherty's glazed expression and bumbling movements on the Live 8 stage were because he was all drugged up. But Doherty has denied that, saying he was high on only "adrenalin and nerves". He told reporters: "It is the biggest crowd I have ever performed in front of. I enjoyed it, but everybody has been knocking me and that's put the dampers on it a bit. I didn't turn up late at all and I wasn't all over the place on drugs. I may have been slightly agitated, but I wasn't on drugs."

Doherty, of course, will soon head on a UK tour to promote the new Babyshambles single 'Fuck Forever'. It will be interesting to see how Doherty's gig promoters now go about selling his live shows. Babyshambles have a modest but devoted dedicated fan base of course, but have always relied on curious onlookers to buy tickets - people who aren't really interested in the band, but who want to see the 'will-he-show-or-won't-he' Pete Doherty freak show. With so many festival dates under their belts, most of those curious onlookers have now seen a Babyshambles set and, from what we can see, few of them are interested in repeating the experience (it's one thing seeing their shambolic show as part of a festival, but would you pay to specifically see it?). With the bad press around Doherty's Live 8 performance, it is hard to see how promoters will shift too many tickets to Babyshambles headlined shows. Unless, of course, that debut album does turn out to be something special.

But perhaps Pete doesn't care. After all, there are too many parties to attend to be worrying about how the hell you're going to market your band. Or at least there should be now that Tatler have put Doherty and girlfriend Kate Moss at the top of their 'most invited' list. The couple top the 'people to have at your party' list, which also includes Bob Geldof's daughter Peaches who came third and Hugh Grant and Jemima Khan who came seventh.

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BARAT TALKS ABOUT SOLO ALBUM
Meanwhile, Doherty's former bandmate Carl Barat has been talking to Xfm about the process of putting together his forthcoming solo album. He said "I always wrote songs on my own before we [The Libertines] started and mostly they were pretty dire, so that doesn't really bode well for the future. It's so good to be writing on my own again, just to have the freedom really. Being in a partnership gives you the kick up the arse factor, and that's what I've been overcoming recently. It's been quite a slow process but I've started getting into that routine and got the confidence to do it as well."

Barat, who expects to start debuting the new material live in the near future, also explained that Libertines drummer Gary Powell would be working with him, but he has yet to find a bassist: "The chemistry's so important. It's really hard. I just don't have the heart to tell someone I don't want them to be in the band either. I've been through about 40 bass players!"

He added that he'd enjoyed seeing former bandmate Pete Doherty making an arse of himself [my words, not his] at the Live 8 concert when he performed with Elton John: "It was a funny thing, and he's a funny boy. But the whole of London felt like it was buzzing yesterday. On the South Bank there was this little festival. I caught a band called Funky Biscuit. People everywhere, it just felt like something was happening."

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GCAP CREATE ONE NETWORK
The Capital network - which brings together the main pop stations owned by the Capital Group, including Capital FM, BRMB, Fox FM and Beat 106 - and The Mix network - which brings together the 30 odd local pop stations owned by GWR - are to be merged to create The One Network. The decision is one of the first major moves following the merger of Capital and GWR to create GCap earlier this year.

The move will be big news to, erm, more or less no one, with consumer awareness of the 'group' brands that link together radio stations owned by any one media company always low. It is most relevant to the advertising industry who can now buy advertising packages that include all the pop stations in the GCap group, who have a combined weekly audience of 8.4 million and a 25% share of radio advertising. However listeners may see some of the ramifications of the creation of the One Network in the form of syndicated programming that will be taken by all stations within the network. This kind of syndication is important for GCap, firstly in order to get individual programmes that command audience figures on par with the flagship shows at the national BBC station, and secondly to provide products on which they can sell serious national sponsorship.

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GCAP TAKE ON OFCOM OVER DIGITAL EXPANSION
Talking of GCap, the radio major is preparing to take the unprecedented step of suing media regulator OfCom. The litigation will centre on plans by OfCom to advertise two more 'national digital multiplexes', which would give two more media companies the opportunity to broadcast digital radio programming nationally rather than within just one region. This is pissing off GCap because they say that when they bought their national digital multiplex licence at great expense from OfCom (well, it was Capital that bought it, pre-merger), they were given assurances it would be the only one ever made available. OfCom's latest decision, therefore, seriously affects their plans in the digital domain.

The Guardian quotes GCap chairman Ralph Bernard as saying: "I'm sick of fighting regulators... but I'm now about to be pitched into battle with Ofcom. Less than a quarter of the way through [Digital One's] licence period Ofcom is about to flood the market with as many as 20 more national stations. Ofcom has no legal right to change the basis of the investment that was seduced from my company and neither has it a moral right."

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U2 WIN BACK MEMORABILIA
U2 have won a court battle in Dublin to get certain items of band memorabilia returned. As previously reported, Bono et al took their former stylist, Lola Cashman, to court after they discovered she planned to auction off certain items she acquired whilst working with the band, including one of Bono's iconic Stetson hats. Cashman claimed the U2 frontman had given her the various collector's items while working with the band, but Bono denied that, telling the court that him giving away these items was something that would "just never happen". Judge Matthew Deery at Dublin's Circuit Court sided with the band and yesterday ordered Cashman to return the items and seventy odd photographs to the band.

It now remains to be seen what the latest case does to a separate set of legal proceedings previously set in motion in the London courts. Cashman initially sued U2 for defamation when they first accused her of stealing the memorabilia. That case was put on hold when the Dublin based case began. Cashman is yet to say whether she will proceed with that action, given that the Dublin ruling arguably destroys her case against the band.

Commenting on the ruling, Bono told reporters: "This case was brought very reluctantly, in the context of a larger dispute which we never invited. The point of principle involved was of much greater significance to us than any item of memorabilia."

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HMV TO REVEAL DIGITAL PLANS TO INDEPENDENTS
HMV will next Monday host a session at BAFTA in London to give UK independent labels an insight into their digital plans. HMV's download platform will launch proper in early Sep, and this event will apparently be the first time the look and feel of the new service, including their Microsoft based player, will be revealed. Labels will also be told about the various marketing and promotional opportunities that will be open to them via the new platform. The event is organized in association with the Association of Independent Music, though any independent label people are welcome to attend (oblivious of AIM membership).

James Kyllo of AIM's digital division told CMU: "This is a great opportunity for independent labels to get a place on the inside track. We are delighted with the efforts HMV and MusicNet are making to ensure the inclusion of independent repertoire in their service. This is an event that no-one should miss and we urge all independent labels, including those who are not AIM members, to attend."

Anyone interested in attending should call Lara Baker on 020 8994 5599 or email lara@musicindie.com by end of play Thursday.

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JAMIE CULLUM ALBUM AND LIVE DATES
Good news for all you Jamie Cullum fans. Not only is the mini crooner to release a new album in the autumn, he is also to play a series of live dates, starting with an appearance at the aforementioned Edinburgh Live 8 concert today. The currently untitled album is out on 26 Sep and those live dates are as follows:

29 Jul: Durham Cricket Ground
30 Jul: Saffron Walden, Audley End
31 Jul: Bath , Wessex Water Event
27 Aug: Aberdeen Craithes Castle
29 Aug: London Ronnie Scotts
30 Aug: London Ronnie Scotts
31 Aug: London Ronnie Scotts
1 Sep: London Ronnie Scotts
2 Sep: London Ronnie Scotts

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ANNIE ANNOUNCES SPECIAL 12" SERIES
Dancefloor darling Annie has announced a series of special 12" vinyl only releases in conjunction with Erol Alkan. The records will mix tracks from Annie's recent debut album 'Anniemal', starting with a Riton remix of stand out track 'Happy Without You', which is released by 679 on 11 Jul and will be followed by two more releases over the summer.

Annie is currently touring with her Anniemix DJ set, and is to appear at Sonar, Manumission, Isle of MTV, across the US, and in the UK this month as guest to St. Etienne.

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CMJ LINE UP NEWS
Talking of Annie, the first line up confirmations for this year's CMJ Music Marathon were announced yesterday, and Annie is on there. Also lining up are The Arcade Fire, !!!, Blackalicious, Nouvelle Vague, the Brian Jonestown Massacre, the Wrens, Kaki King and Atmosphere. The CMJ Music Marathon takes place, as always, in New York from 14-17 Sep. Details at http://www.cmj.com/marathon/

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ERASURE SINGER GOES SOLO
Erasure vocalist Andy Bell is to release a solo debut this autumn. His album, entitled 'Electric Blue' is out on 4 Oct through Sanctuary, and features remixes by the other half of Erasure, Vince Clark.

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SUPERGRASS PLAY INTIMATE GIGS
Supergrass are to play a series of intimate acoustic gigs at 8 different venues this Aug to promote the new album 'Road To Rouen', which, as previously reported, is released on 15 Aug, preceded by a single release on 8 Aug. Frontman Gaz Coombes said: "We are going to do a nice tour in August, which is going to be a really intimate tour - acoustic shows really. It's going to be interesting for us. With certain tunes off the new record, I think we could really get across that emotion and intimacy to a small audience - and that's something we've never done before."

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SIGUR ROS ALBUM AND LIVE DATES
Icelandic rock outfit Sigur Ros is expected to release its fourth and as yet untitled new album this Sep with a first single release planned for Aug. Only two tracks from the new long player, 'Gong' and 'Milano', have as yet been performed live. The band begin an extensive US and Europe tour this month, starting with three dates in the UK as follows:

8 Jul: Glasgow (Academy)
9 Jul: Manchester, England (Lowry Theatre)
10 Jul: London (Somerset House)

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ITV SHARES RISE FOLLOWING TAKEOVER RUMOURS
Shares in ITV rose by 8% yesterday following speculation that Time Warner were preparing a takeover bid for the company. If true, and successful, that would mean the US media conglom would add the UK's main commercial TV network to its other telly concerns, which includes the US's WB channel.

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ITUNES PREPARE TO SELL 500 MILLIONTH SONG
Apple are preparing to sell their 500 millionth song, which is a lot of downloads sold. As with the previous landmark sales, the iTunes Music Store will be running a promotion around every 100,000th song sold in the run up to the half-billionth sale (I think this is in the US only, though it's hard to tell, and Apple's PR people aren't the most helpful in the world).

A counter will keep track of how many tracks have been sold. The purchaser of each 100,000th track will get a 50 song gift certificate, while the music fan who buys the 500 millionth track will get ten iPods to share with their friends, a 10,000 song gift certificate, and an all-expenses paid trip to see Coldplay - which is enough to make you want to buy the 500,000,001th track.

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COLDPLAY RECORD VIDEO AT GIG
Talking of Coldplay, the band recorded a video for their next single at a gig at the Reebok stadium in Bolton on Monday. Inoffensive frontman Chris Martin announced to the crowd that cameras were in the stadium to record the promo. Lord, I can barely contain my excitement.

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ELTON AND GEORGE MAKE IT UP
Elton John and George Michael have ended their long running feud, according the Daily Mirror, which is great, because God knows, I haven't been able to sleep at night for worrying about it. As previously reported in the CMU Daily, the pair fell out last year after Elton said George smoked too much dope and said his album, 'Patience' was disappointing, and George hit back with comments to the effect that Elton knew nothing about his life anyway.

Anyway, the Mirror says they reconciled over a meal cooked by Gordon Ramsay at George's North London home, and quotes a 'friend' of the singer as saying "They're both delighted that the feud's over. George invited Elton to have dinner secretly at his house a couple of weeks ago and it was quite an occasion. Gordon did all the cooking and George and Elton spent much of the time creased up laughing as they reminded each other of hilarious stories from the past."

George is also said to be planning a comeback tour next year and is writing new material. Which is funny, because the last thing I heard he was planning to withdraw more from public life, and only release his music online for his fans to listen to. But there you go.

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UB40 MUSICAL TO OPEN IN BIRMINGHAM
Ever thought "there just aren't enough of those musicals based on the oeuvre of fading pop stars"? Well, don't despair because you've already seen 'Mama Mia', 'Our House', 'We Will Rock You', and 'Tonight's The Night' because very soon you'll be able to see "Promises And Lies", which is a new musical based around the songs of UB40. The show will open in the band's home city of Birmingham in Mar next year and will feature twelve hits from UB40's prolific pop career as well as new tracks written specially for the production.

The band said that they had been approached by a number of producers to create such a project, before coming to an arrangement for the current production "It had to have a story that reflected our view of the world" the band said, and added "We wanted to do more than simply string together our hits into a throwaway plot." Yep. I bet that's what they all say.

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TIMBERLAKE TO BE BATMAN VILLAIN?
The endlessly fascinating Justin Timberlake is rumoured to be amongst those being considered for the role of Batman Villain Two-Face in the next movie. A 'source' (his mum?) apparently told Cinescape.com that Timberlake would be "a perfect choice" for the role. As previously reported, the singer has already made inroads into the movie world with roles in yet to be released films 'Alpha Dog' and 'Edison'.

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BRITNEY NOT STRIPPING AFTER ALL
Britney Spears representatives have denied reports that the pregnant popstrel is to bare all for Demi-style Vanity Fair cover, confirming instead that she will appear fully clothed on the October issue of the magazine.

Meanwhile, reports suggest that Britney is keen to launch a comeback (did she ever go away?) to help pay the bills ( because she must really be short of a bob or two now she has a husband to support) and she's allegedly been in touch with Jive Records to discuss recording a new album. So that's something for us all to look forward to.

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