CMU Daily - on the inside Monday 11th July

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In today's CMU Daily:
- Legal P2P iMesh sign licensing deal with SonyBMG
- Biggie's family vow to fight on
- Lil Kim to respond to critics via rap
- BPI publish quarterly review
- Hip hop mogul denies McUniform job
- Weezer tour
- Poll Winners Party date set
- Fans and stars pay tribute to Vandross again
- Sony label sign up INXS
- Oasis kick Babyshambles off bill shocker
- Album review: Satoshi Tomiie - ES-B
- Lots of Maurice Gibb tributes planned
- New Rick James album set for release
- T In The Park 2006 tickets on sale within 48 hours of 2005 event
- Hard Rock Cafe blaze
- Music lawyers launch music biz beginners guide
- UK rock radio listeners vote Led Zepp as their supergroup
- Kylie makes first public appearance post op
- New Manics documentary in the works
- Chart update
- Clear Channel announce partnership with Yahoo! music
- Mel B's paltry album sales
- Joss Stone will not get them out for the lads, official
- Whitney wants another child
- Britney expecting twins?



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The legal P2P model could well be put to the test in the coming months following the announcement of a licensing deal between iMesh and SonyBMG.

iMesh began life in 1999 as a P2P network much akin to Grokster and Kazaa, allowing users to share content with little regard for copyright owners. Litigation from the record labels duly followed but, unlike their counterparts in the P2P space, iMesh decided to settle those lawsuits, to close its doors and to start work on a legal P2P network. Part of the multi-million dollar legal settlement between iMesh and the record labels was that the majors would work with them to help them make the legal P2P concept a reality, and the SonyBMG deal is presumably a sign of the record industry coming through on that promise.

The specifics of the SonyBMG deal are not completely clear because the new legal iMesh platform will have both download and P2P capabilities, but it may well mean that all SonyBMG music will be accessible and share-able (if there is such a word) via iMesh, with the major getting a share of the subscription fees each user will have to pay. Quite how the sharing of SonyBMG tracks on the P2P bit will be monitored is unclear because as far as we know iMesh does not have a relationship in place with Shaun Fanning's Snocap - the company who are busy flogging P2P monitoring systems - but we can only assume all that stuff is sorted if Sony BMG have agreed to get involved.

Announcing the new licensing deal, iMesh boss Robert Summer told reporters: "SonyBMG was quick to recognize the commitment of iMesh to transition the power and attraction of P2P file sharing to an authorized model that would acknowledge underlying rights while enhancing the consumer experience. We look forward to working with SonyBMG as we jointly usher in a new era of music distribution."

Meanwhile SonyBMG Digital Business President Thomas Hesse added: "We are pleased to make our music available to the new iMesh as they build a service that will offer consumers a compelling experience and will respect our copyrights".

The SonyBMG deal follows rumours last week that iMesh were close to signing a similar licence deal with the Universal Music Group. If iMesh do get both major majors on board they will be in a good position to capitalize on what many reckon is a market crying out for a legit P2P service. Insiders say market demand, if anything, should grow in the coming months as, post that recent MGM v Grokster Supreme Court ruling, legal action against both the makers of non-legit P2P software and the consumers who use it is likely to reach new heights.


As expected, the family of late rapper Notorious BIG have vowed to renew their case for wrongful death against the LA Police Department.

As previously reported, Biggie's family took the LAPD to court over allegations that the police force was negligent in allowing its officers to moonlight as security guards within the hip hop community. One officer, they alleged, organized the murder of Biggie, real name Christopher Wallace, while others covered up said officer's involvement, in doing so jeopardising the police investigation into the rapper's death.

After the LAPD closed their investigation without conclusion the Wallace family began civil proceedings against the police department and the police officer they suspected of being involved in Biggie's shooting - David Mack - although the latter lawsuit was dropped before it reached court after a crucial witness started to change his story. The case against the LAPD proceeded, but three days in was brought to a halt when a stack of new police files came to the attention of the prosecution - the police officer who managed those files had apparently "forgotten" he had them.

The new evidence changed the case so much that the judge in charge ruled a mistrial. The Wallace family will now begin new proceedings. Insiders say they will include a claim of racketeering in the LAPD and specific allegations against a different officer - most likely Rafael Perez. While confirming they will launch a new lawsuit, the Wallace family were unable to give any indication of the timescales involved in such action.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the LAPD has denied conclusions reached by Judge Florence-Marie Cooper that police officers had deliberately tried to cover up the new evidence which came to light during the recent trial.


Following the news last week that Lil Kim is heading to jail over that perjury conviction, we hear the rapper is planning a new single which will hit back at some of her critics. The new single, to be called 'Shut Up Bitch', will reportedly rebut claims in the press that she uses drugs or that she has had plastic surgery. It won't, presumably, deal directly with the perjury charges, given that prior to sentencing the rapper finally admitted she didn't tell the whole truth during a grand jury investigation into a New York shooting involving her entourage.

Of course rap stars releasing music while in jail is nothing new. In fact, so many are doing it these days it can only be a matter of time before some label exec sticks gets them all together and launches a new compilation series - Jailhouse Rap, anyone?


Download sales in the UK have passed the ten million mark, the indie kids are helping boost the sales of 7" vinyl, and in doing so are helping boost overall singles sales, British music is enjoying an increasing success in the US, and album sales only suffered a modest decline of 1.7% in the second quarter of 2005. Oh yes, and the Crazy Frog song sold 450,000 units. How do I know all this? Because it's all in the BPI Quarterly Review published this morning. More on that tomorrow.


Hip hop mogul and Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons has denied rumours that his clothing company, Phat Pharm, has been shortlisted to design the new McDonalds uniform. As previously reported, the fast food giant is looking to reinvent its employees' clothing, and the fashion firm owned by P Diddy is among those reportedly being considered for the contract.

Separate reports said that Simmons' company had actually been selected for the McUniform job, but he strongly denied those rumours this weekend, telling reporters: "Not only is it not true, I am not in talks with them, I'm a vegan! It goes against my principles. I don't eat anything that runs away from me! I'm going to have to issue a rebuttal about this."


Weezer have announced details of a short UK tour as they continue to promote that new album 'Make Believe' - dates as follows:

22 Aug: London Hammersmith Apollo
24 Aug: Dublin The Point
25 Aug: Manchester University
26 Aug: Edinburgh Corn Exchange


EMAP have announced that the Smash Hits Poll Winners Party thang will return this Nov at London's Wembley Arena Pavilion. The line up of who will play is due to be announced in the next couple of weeks, though tickets have gone on sale this morning.

Commenting on the wonder that is the Poll Winners Party, Smash Hits editor Lara Palamoudian told CMU, just yesterday: "Once again, The Smash Hits Poll Winners' Party promises to be an amazing musical event. It truly is the event the stars want to play at, because readers of Smash Hits are some of the most devoted music fans in the world. Last year's Party saw amazing performances from McFly, Girls Aloud and Kylie, and 2005's show will be bigger and better than ever."

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Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and Dionne Warwick were amongst those who paid tribute to Luther Vandross at his memorial service which took place on Friday, a week after the 54 year old singer's death. The service took place at Riverside Church in New York and, according to reports, was a very joyful event punctuated by performances from a variety of recording artists. Stevie Wonder sang gospel tune 'I Won't Complain', Usher, Alicia Keys and Patti LaBelle sang Vandross' hit 'Power Of Love/Love Power', whilst Aretha Franklin apparently had attendees waving their arms and dancing with her vocal tribute, a rendition of 'Amazing Grace' which included her own lyrics in a final verse addressed to the Vandross family.

Patti LaBelle, who also read a poem written by Vandross' mother, which thanked him for looking after her his whole life, said "There are no sad faces here today. It's not a mournful service. I'm celebrating because Luther would want us to." Dionne Warwick said: "We should be happy for Luther. He made a difference in this life and now has the wonderful opportunity to dance with his father again." - a reference to his 2003 album 'Dance With My Father', which in turn was a reference to the fact that the singer's father died when he was just a child. One of his nieces expressed the similar sentiments, saying that she and her family were wearing white because Vandross would not have wanted them to mourn. Vandross' golden coffin was later interred at the George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus New Jersey.


US SonyBMG division Epic has announced it has signed up INXS, presumably hoping that the band will enjoy a new boost when the 'search for a new front man' reality show Rock Star: INXS airs on CBS this week. As previously reported, INXS have been holding auctions in 22 cities around the world in a bid to find a new front man for the band. Those auditions will be shown on the show, as will the fifteen finalists who will then battle it out for a place in the band, and on that Epic album, which is due for release by the end of the year.


The Babyshamblers were kicked off the bill for Oasis' Milton Keynes gig on Saturday, after failing to turn up to perform their support slot on 6 Jul in Southampton, as previously reported. The gig, at the town's Milton Keynes Bowl, would have been one of the biggest in the band's career. A spokesman for Oasis explained their (extremely reasonable) decision, saying "they don't want to run the risk of disappointing fans with another no show for such an important event this Saturday."

Meanwhile Doherty himself has apparently booked a bunch of Mr Gay UK finalists as dancers to perform at the 'Shambles set at Big Gay Out in Finsbury Park on 23 Jul, and plans to have them all oiled up for the event. Which is nice.


ALBUM REVIEW: Satoshi Tomiie - ES-B (Saw.Recordings)
ES-B, the second in a two part mix series through Saw.Recordings, opens to the saccharine tones of elevator music and hints of early Nintendo GAME OVER consolation. However, it soon becomes clear that this wouldn't be such a bad game to lose, or lift to get stuck in. With exquisite Zen minimalism, Tomiie has soldered together Ibiza-pleasing deep house and oh-so-80's electro-pop, and nowhere is this marriage more seamless than in Tomiie's own 'Glow', where psychedelic electronica bubbles on the surface of a big, bassy pot of Pacha. John Tejada's 'Chorgs' stands out with an infectious beat and recurring keyboard track so seductive it draws you in like a child to the Pied Piper's piping. Tomiie's had a lot of fun finding synth-laden records, and the fruits of his Casio playtime are undoubtedly most luscious in Dan Berkson's 'Concept'. This is Tomiie at his quirky best; edgy and slick, this is the kind of thing to spill your mojito to in a Hoxton bar. After the David Guetta-esque funky house anthem 'Closer To Me', the album becomes less playful; the punch is spiked and the disco taken over by the cool kids. Here, the influence of Sasha and Digweed shines through, as the house becomes ruder and more compulsive. This concludes a beautifully composed mix, with a very dancefloor-friendly progression from whimsical fun-and-games to deep, rich soundscapes. It would be good to see Tomiie maintain that substance in the forthcoming album of his own material, out in early 2006. WE
Release date: 1 Aug
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Former Bee Gees Robin and Barry Gibb have a whole series of events and releases planned to keep alive the memory of their brother Maurice, who died back in 2003, of course. Manager John Campbell told Billboard that a Maurice Gibb tribute album is planned as well as a summer concert in New York's Central Park, a prime-time US TV special, a film, a book, and a Broadway musical. Crikey.

The tribute album is to feature contributions from a variety of musical talent said Robin: "We've asked artists of every generation to express our songs in their own way." Reports suggest that Paul McCartney, Wyclef Jean, Jagged Edge, Rascal Flatts, Snoop Dogg and Sheryl Crow are all working on tracks. Of the album, a percentage of the proceeds of which will go to charity, producer Kenneth Edmonds says "I'm a major Bee Gees fan. They are great songs; we just re-did them and flipped them a little bit." Robin Gibb is currently working on finding a label to release the album next year, but recording has in fact already begun. The free Central Park concert is scheduled for Jul 2007, whilst a Bee Gees stage musical, 'You Win Again' is expected to debut on Broadway and in London at the end of 2006.


An album of tracks recorded by funk legend Rick James before his death last summer is to be released this summer via Sanctuary. The long player, entitled 'Rick James Forever' has not had its tracklisting confirmed, but Billboard reports that the collection will feature a collaboration with the singer's daughter Ty. There is also talk of a tribute concert taking place to coincide with the release of the album, but no confirmation as yet.

As previously reported, James died in Aug last year aged 56. It is thought that the nine different drugs in his system - which included methamphetamine, cocaine, Vicodin and Xanax - probably contributed to the heart attack that was the cause of his death.


From what we hear both T in the Park and Ireland's Oxegen Festival rocked this weekend - so well done them. But surely it's T in the Park 2006 that everyone is really focused on? Well, it's what the festival's organisers are focused on anyway, because before 2005's festival was over, details of ticket sales for 2006 had already been announced. Festival promoters Big Day Out revealed yesterday morning that 20,000 tickets for T in the Park 2006 would go on sale from tomorrow. The 'early bird' tickets, to be sold at 2005 prices, will be available until Sunday 31 July, or while stocks last.

It is the second year Big Day Out have operated the early bird ticket system - last year selling out a third of this year's tickets within a month of the 2004 event. The rest of the tickets for T in the Park 2005 then sold out in just four days when they went on sale earlier this year. Following another successful event this weekend, demand for tickets next year is expected to be even higher because there will be no Glastonbury Festival in 2006.

Announcing the launch of the 2006 festival during the 2005 event, Big Day Out boss Geoff Ellis told reporters: "Any fans that missed out on this year's event can be first on the phone to make sure they are at next year's festival, and with tickets still at this year's prices, there's no excuse not to! Hopefully, memories of this year's T in the Park and another year of fantastic gigs will be enough to keep music fans going until T2006. Don't miss out on next summer's biggest event, we're only putting 20,000 on sale at the moment so buy your tickets now!"


Eight fire engines were called to a blaze at London's Hard Rock cafe over the weekend, but nobody was hurt, and firemen managed to also save a whole lot of rock memorabilia. Ducting caught fire, affecting every one of the building's seven stories, and causing extensive damage to the first floor. The cause of the fire is not thought to be suspicious.

Among the items of rock memorabilia saved from destruction were guitars donated by late former Beatle George Harrison, The Who's Pete Townsend, and Rolling stone Keith Richards. A London fire service bod said: "Some of the guitars may have been smoke damaged and could need some restoration."


Entertainment and media law types Davenport Lyons have produced a beginners guide to all the legal shenanigans that take place in the music world, aiming to provide aspiring artists with a low down on artist management, labels, publishers, copyright and all that stuff. It's all available in a free 33 page booklet (though, technically a 33 page booklet is actually physically impossible) which can be accessed, whilst stocks last, from this catchy URL: music_entertainment/music_survival_guide_form.htm


Listeners of rock radio station Planet Rock have voted Led Zeppelin as their ideal supergroup. The survey was meant to put together listeners' favourite singer, guitarist, bassist and drummer to make a mythical 'supergroup' - but the respective members of Led Zepp topped each of the four surveys.

So Robert Plant beat the late Freddie Mercury and the likes of Bon Scott, Roger Daltrey and Bono to be named Best Singer. Jimmy Page won best guitarist, ahead of Guns N' Roses' Slash and Deep Purple's Ritchie Blackmore. Meanwhile John Paul Jones was named top bassist and John Bonham, who died in 1980, won best drummer.

Commenting on the results of the station's survey, presenter Trevor Dann told reporters: "This is an amazing result. Listeners could have voted for any classic rock artists when creating their fantasy supergroup."

The top ten for each category were as follows:

Best singer
1. Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin)
2. Freddie Mercury (Queen)
3. Paul Rodgers (Free, Bad Company)
4. David Coverdale (Deep Purple, Whitesnake)
5. Ian Gillan (Deep Purple)
6. Bon Scott (AC/DC)
7. Ronnie James Dio (Rainbow)
8. Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac)
9. Roger Daltrey (The Who)
10. Bono (U2)

Best guitarist
1. Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)
2. Slash (Guns N' Roses)
3. Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple)
4. Jimi Hendrix
5. Angus Young (AC/DC)
6. Gary Moore
7. Brian May (Queen)
8. Joe Satriani
9. Steve Vai
10. David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)

Best bassist
1. John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin)
2. John Entwistle (The Who)
3. Chris Squire (Yes)
4. Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy)
5. Geddy Lee (Rush)
6. Jack Bruce (Cream)
7. Steve Harris (Iron Maiden)
8. Lemmy (Motorhead)
9. Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath)
10. Roger Waters (Pink Floyd)

Best drummer
1. John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)
2. Neil Peart (Rush)
3. Keith Moon (The Who)
4. Cozy Powell (Black Sabbath, Rainbow)
5. Phil Collins (Genesis)
6. Ginger Baker (Cream)
7. Ian Paice (Deep Purple)
8. Roger Taylor (Queen)
9. Dave Grohl (Nirvana/Foo Fighters)
10. Eric Carr (Kiss)


Kylie Minogue, looking rather well indeed, if the pictures in The Mirror are anything to go by, has made her first public appearance since her surgery for breast cancer when she visited children suffering from cancer at the Melbourne Royal Children's Hospital. The planned trip to the hospital was brought forward, apparently, after Kylie saw the news about the London bombing on Thursday. A source told The Sun: "Kylie saw what was going on on the TV and decided she wanted to get up and do something positive. She decided the time was right yesterday and rang the charities she's involved with. The children weren't told she was coming. Their faces lit up."

Kylie hugged and chatted to the young patients, and also gave out signed gifts. A spokeswoman for the hospital said: "She spent a lot of time with the children individually and really connected with them. She had her dad with her and a couple of assistants. They all seemed to be very concerned for her."Dave Rogers of cancer charity, Challenge: "This did Kylie as much good as it did the kids. I think she needed to see other people battling cancer. She seemed to take strength from the fact these kids are fighting it like she is."

Meanwhile sister Dannii recently told that she's sure Kylie will make a full recovery, saying "Big Sis is great, she's doing really well and she's going to be fine. She is really lucky. I guess the message she wants to give to people is that she was diagnosed early which makes it totally treatable. Hopefully a lot of other women will benefit from her words."


Manic Street Preachers are to be the subject of a warts-and-all documentary to be filmed by the production company who made Michael Moore's anti-gun tirade 'Bowling For Columbine'. Bassist Nicky Wire, talking to Popmatters, said "They are coming over in Apr to start filming a documentary on us, which is startling, really." He added that "documentaries are the best things around at the moment" and continued "There's a brilliant one on The Ramones - 'End of the Century' - at the moment which is fantastic. They just want to do a proper job on it, go to the Sundance festival and all that kind of thing."


So, still no change at number one in the singles chart, with Tupac and Elton John still at the top with 'Ghetto Gospel'. Also no change at number three which is still occupied by James Blunt's 'You're Beautiful'. But some change at number two where Mariah Carey gets the highest new entry of the week with 'We Belong Together'. Super.

Other new entries this week include Kelly Clarkson's 'Since U Been Gone' at 5, Kanye West's 'Diamonds From Sierra Leone' at 8, Rachel Stevens' 'So Good' at 10, Joss Stone's 'Don't Cha Wanna Ride' at 20, Fat Joe ft Nelly's 'Get It Poppin' at 34, Brooke Valentine's 'Girlfight' at 35, and Daft Punk's 'Technologic' at 40.

The 'Live 8 effect' kicked in on the singles chart as well as the album top 40, which is perhaps surprising (surprising mainly that high street record shops are still stocking singles released three months ago). As a result Razorlight's 'Somewhere Else' (released last Apr) reentered the chart at 30, U2's 'City Of Blinding Lights' (released last June) re-appeared at 37 and Snoop Dogg's 'Signs' (also released in Apr) is at 39.

Given that the Live 8 effect was impacting on the singles chart it was perhaps surprising that Joss Stone's new single, which came out two days after her impressive Live 8 set, didn't chart higher. Though perhaps those impressed by Stone for the first time at Live 8 chose to buy her albums - after all, both 'Mind Body & Soul' and 'Soul Sessions' reentered this week's chart (at 16 and 37 respectively). Other Live 8 artists to enjoy re-entries or considerable chart rises include Killers going up to 11, Keane at 5, Pink Floyd best of at 19 and Scissor Sisters at 25. Though Live 8 wasn't completely in charge - Coldplay who did play dropped one place from 1 to 2, while James Blunt, who didn't, stepped up to the top spot.

But enough of that, what about the real new entries? Well, they ran thus: Hard Fi's 'Stars Of CCTV' at 6, Royksopp's 'The Understanding' at 13, Offspring's 'Greatest Hits' at 14, R Kelly at 23, The Subways at 32, Missy Elliott at 33 and the Sam Cooke best of at 38.


Clear Channel's US live music division has struck a deal with Yahoo! Music which will see concerts staged by the former promoted across the latter's websites. The partnership seemingly follows research that shows that 70% of concert goers research which gigs to go to online.

Announcing the deal, Clear Channel Music Group CEO Michael Rapino told reporters: "The internet has become a primary information source for concert fans and that prompted us to shake up traditional concert marketing. Yahoo! Music is the top online music site in North America with unmatched audience reach of up to 25 million unique users per month. So when we wanted to find a place to announce tours and shows, Yahoo! was an easy choice for a marketing partner."


The Sunday Mirror says that Mel B's latest album has sold only about 600 copies. The album was released on 27 Jun but did not make it that week into the top 75. This week the album has failed to chart higher than 200. Poor Mel. HMV guy Genarro Castaldo told the newspaper "Because 'LA State Of Mind''s chart position is so low, it doesn't register on any of the available data. It really is a tragically bad chart position. But actually the album's not that bad."

And to be fair to her, probably only about 635 people knew the album had actually been released. Because I didn't know. And let's face it, I have my finger right on the pulse.


Joss Stone has said she will never take her clothes of to grace the cover of a lad magazine. According to, the singer said "It's disgusting the way these girls prance around in their knickers on the cover of FHM. I can understand it if you're a model but if you're a singer it undermines everything and suggests you're actually rubbish at what you do. I'm sure a lot of guys like looking at the pictures but they wouldn't want to marry these girls, would they?" Gosh. What an old fashioned thing to say.


Whitney Houston is hoping to have another child, according to She and husband Bobby Brown already have a twelve year old daughter, but they'd like an additional child to expose to their drug-jail-celebrity lifestyle. Brown, who said he is looking forward to being a Dad again said: "We're trying for another baby. She wants a boy, and I want her to be happy."


Some people are speculating that Britney is expecting twins, but it presumably is just that; speculation. Spokesperson Leslie Zelznick said "If she's having twins, I have not been told that yet."

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