CMU Daily - on the inside Thursday 21st July

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In today's CMU Daily:
- Independent labels dominate at Mercury Music Prize
- Former U2 stylist told to pay band's legal costs
- Godfather of ska dies
- REM man commends Londoners' reaction to bombings
- Rapid release planned for bomb blast response song
- Jacko might make public appearance this weekend
- Album Review: Rob da Bank Presents Sunday Best
- Scissor Sisters test new tracks at secret gigs
- Franz Ferdinand explain next single
- New Nada Surf
- Kaiser Chiefs headline NME tour
- El Presidente take part in smallest festival in the world
- My Awesome tour
- More Folds dates
- Festival Review: Glade Festival 2005
- FFAF to include Jagz remix on next single
- Xfm online readers vote Muse as their supergroup - or do they?
- Extra hour to Saturday Rinse
- Virgin recruit Lovejoy
- Springsteen looking for a new deal
- Korn close to signing to EMI?
- Radio 1 celebrate ten years in Ibiza
- DJ Mag celebrate ten years in Ibiza
- New online music magazine launches
- Fake Murdoch blog following Fox's My Space takeover

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INDEPENDENT LABELS DOMINATE AT MERCURY MUSIC PRIZE
Of course, as soon as the 2005 Mercury Music Prize shortlist arrived on Tuesday morning we were there counting up how many of the nominated artists were signed to independent labels. Well, actually, we forgot to, but never fear because the Association Of Independent Music were on the case and were busying yesterday pointing out that two thirds of the nominees this year are from the indie sector.

Eight of the twelve albums nominated, including favourites to win Kaiser Chiefs, are signed to independent record companies. If the favourites do win when the final Prize is awarded in Sep it will be the third year running an independent signed artist has taken the award - XL Recording's Dizzie Rascal winning in 2003 and Domino's Franz Ferdinand in 2004.

The eight independent Mercury nominees, and their labels, are as follows:

B-Unique: Kaiser Chiefs - Employment
The Babel Label: Polar Bear - Held On The Tips Of Fingers
Memphis Industries: The Go! Team - Thunder, Lightning, Strike
Rough Trade: Antony And The Johnsons - I Am A Bird Now
Warp Records: Maximo Park - A Certain Trigger
Wichita Records: Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
Xl Recordings: M.I.A. - Arular
I Scream Records: Seth Lakeman - Kitty Jay

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FORMER U2 STYLIST TOLD TO PAY BAND'S LEGAL COSTS
That former U2 stylist, Lola Cashman, who fought and lost a court battle in Dublin over allegations she nicked a load of merchandise off Bono has now been ordered to pay the band's legal costs.

As previously reported, the band took legal action against Cashman after she tried to sell the merchandise, which include earrings, a pair of trousers and a Stetson hat all worn by Bono on one of U2's tours. Cashman claimed she had been given the clothing by Bono as a present, but the band claimed she had taken them without permission. The Dublin court sided with the band.

Cashman was ordered to pay the band's legal costs, thought to be in the tens of thousands of Euros, earlier this week.

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GODFATHER OF SKA DIES
Laurel Aitken, often referred to as the Godfather Of Ska, has died after suffering a heart attack - he was 78. Born in Cuba, raised in Jamaica, and UK based from 1960, Aitken was at the forefront of the Ska movement, initially releasing records via Island. More recently based in Leicester, he continued to perform with a number of ska bands.

Commenting on Aitken's death, Mark Wyeth, promoter of the Club Ska live music nights, told reporters: "Laurel was a great man and a good man, the Godfather Of Ska and someone who was deeply loved."

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REM MAN COMMENDS LONDONERS' REACTION TO BOMBINGS
REM's Michael Stipe has praised Londoners for their reaction to the bomb blasts of 7 Jul. The band were in London at the time of the incidents preparing for their Hyde Park concert, which had to be postponed because of the bombings. Writing on his band's website, Stipe says: "To witness first hand a city and people pull themselves up after such a loss, now for me the second time in four years, is equally heartbreaking and inspiring; my thoughts and prayers are with you all." As previously reported, Stipe is rumoured to be taking some time off performing because the London bombings have revived some 9/11 related trauma for him.

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RAPID RELEASE PLANNED FOR BOMB BLAST RESPONSE SONG
Talking of which, the digital music industry is busy at work on an another rapid turn round release, this time with a song written as a reaction to those London bomb blasts from 7 Jul.

The track is called 'People I Don't Know Are Trying To Kill Me' and was penned by The Ghost Who Walks, the musical moniker used by journalist and author Neil McCormick. He started demoing the track to a number of fellow artists and industry types just two days after the bomb blasts, and now Endeavour Records plan to make a recording of it available via download by next Monday. All profits will go to the charitable fund set up to support victims of the bombing.

For more info contact Endeavour's head of marketing, Chris Griffin, at chris@crgriffin.demon.co.uk. Large PR are handling radio and TV promotions - stuart@largepr.com.

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JACKO MIGHT MAKE PUBLIC APPEARANCE THIS WEEKEND
Michael Jackson may appear at his father's birthday party in Berlin this weekend, although, then again, he might not. So, not quite sure what the story is here. Anyway, Jackson's father Joe, who will celebrate his 76th birthday in the German capital this weekend, has told reporters: "I hope that Michael will come to Berlin. We have a lot of fans in Europe. They were in Santa Maria to support the family. It's about the European fans, those who care about the family."

A spokesman said it was 70% likely that Jacko would attend the party. If so, it will be the first time Jackson has appeared in public since winning his child abuse trial.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Rob da Bank Presents Sunday Best (Sunday Best)
It wasn't until discovering Grand National's 'Kicking The National Habit' that I first became aware of Sunday Best in the context of 'record label' rather than 'eclectic club night'. 2004 was a great year for music, but there were a few weeks in early Summer when all I seemed to hear on the radio was that Keane brand of indie-pop that, in anything but moderation, either makes you suicidal or puts you into some kind of coma. With that in mind, you can imagine my joy on stumbling across Grand National's debut - a well crafted collection of upbeat indie disco. Life was good. I made a mental note to find out more about Sunday Best's record label credentials - more so after acquiring Rod da Bank's Sanctuary released 'Blue Balearic' compo, and even more so after hearing Sunday Best was going to release that rather fine Max Sedgley 'Happy' tune. I never did, of course, but then I stumbled across a copy of Lazyboy's 'Penguin Rock' and realised that I not only liked the music Sunday Best boss Rob da Bank signed and played, I liked the music he made too. And so my Sunday Best love was complete. None of this is relevant really ... accept that there is the slightest chance this double album was created especially for me. Firstly, by only stumbling across the Sunday Best label in 2004 I had actually missed out on seven years of albeit mainly 12" releases, and on one of the two disks here I get to catch up. So there's the Sunday Best artists I already know and love - Grand National (a great Glimmers remix of 'Playing In The Distance'), Lazyboy, Boomclick and Max Sedgley (the wonderful 'Spiritual South Go Happy In Rio' remix of 'Happy'). But also tracks from Daisy Daisy, Howdi and a particularly fine song by Piney Gir, all welcome new additions to my Sunday Best collection. And then, as if that wasn't enough, Mr da Bank has once again picked out a stack of tunes he loves (and which, somewhat unsurprisingly, I love) and stuck them on the second disk under the header 'Dusty Disco and Balearic Beauties'. If, like me, you discovered the Sunday Best label embarrassingly late, and/or you find you tend to love all the music Rob da Bank champions, then there's a chance this album has been created just for you too. If that's not you, well you should get a copy anyway - I'm willing to share - even if you only use it to cure the acute depression you are likely to experience should Coldplay, Keane and Radiohead ever appear on radio playlists at the same time at anytime in the next year (and it might well happen). CC
Release date: 18 Jul
Press contact: Darling [all]

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SCISSOR SISTERS TEST NEW TRACKS AT SECRET GIGS
The Scissor Sisters have apparently been performing at secret gigs in New York under various different pseudonyms in order to test out new tracks from their forthcoming new album. Among the names the band have apparently been using at the gigs at NYC's Mercury Lounge are Bridget Jones, Diarrhoea, Megapussi and Portion Control. Despite the secrecy, word has it many of the audience had already figured out who they were actually coming to see, and the band played some of their more famous hits to keep those fans happy.

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FRANZ FERDINAND EXPLAIN NEXT SINGLE
Talking of last year's big newcomers and their second albums, Franz Ferdinand have confirmed that 'Do You Want To' will be the first single off their much anticipated new long player.

Frontman Alex Kapranos has explained the story behind the song to the NME: "We all went to this party in Glasgow one night. The way people have conversations with each other at parties such as that, because the music's so loud, they don't talk to each other, they just yell things in each others ears. When I came back later that night I was a wee bit steaming still and scribbled down on a bit of paper some of the things people had been yelling in my ear. Some of them were really funny. I had nothing to do [the next day], so I picked up the guitar and had this little riff that I quite liked and I started singing some of these things that people had been yelling into my ear the night before. Suddenly, it turned into this song."

So there you go. The band have also revealed the cover artwork for the new album. Despite previously saying that the artwork would be same as that used on their first long player, but with a different colour scheme, actually the second album's cover, while of a similar design, is quite different than the first, mainly because it has a picture of a girl seemingly shouting out the band and album's name. Lovely.

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NEW NADA SURF
And talking of much anticipated new albums, Nada Surf have revealed details of their new album, 'The Weight is a Gift', which has a US release date of 13 Sep so should arrive over here at about the same time. It's an eleven track affair that has been produced by Death Cab For Cutie's Chris Walla. If you're interested in such things, here's the tracklisting:

Concrete Bed
Do it Again
Always Love
What is Your Secret
Your Legs Grow
All is a Game
Blankest Year
Comes a Time
In the Mirror
Armies Walk
Imaginary Friends

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KAISER CHIEFS HEADLINE NME TOUR
I have a feeling that one day soon every single music event in the world will be prefixed with the word 'O2', so keen is the mobile network to prove its commitment to music. Of course, if they really wanted to demonstrate their commitment to music they really ought to consider sponsoring a well received popular music news service - the O2 CMU Daily, now that has a nice cash rich sound to it.

Anyway, the latest music thing to be given the O2 prefix is NME's Rock N Roll Riot Tour which will be headlined this Autumn by Kaiser Chiefs with support from Maximo Park and The Cribs. Commenting on the tour Chief's frontman Ricky Wilson told NME: "I'm looking forward to it, it's going to be brilliant. We wanted The Cribs because they write fantastic songs and Maximo Park are writing great songs too. We're all leaders of the pack really, so it's a really strong bill."

Dates for the tour run thus:

15 Oct: Manchester Apollo
18 Oct: Leeds Town Hall
22 Oct: Birmingham Academy
25 Oct: Brixton Academy
29 Oct: Glasgow Academy

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EL PRESIDENTE TAKE PART IN SMALLEST FESTIVAL IN THE WORLD
Of course O2 aren't the only mobile phone company to throw cash at music projects, and just to prove it here's some news about Orange's latest music venture - The Smallest Festival In The World. This is really a sneaky way of repackaging what is actually a very intimate instore gig, but it's with the rather good El Presidente so we're not going to get picky. The band will play a number of tracks to a very small audience of just thirty fans and other music types at an Orange shop somewhere in London - though those Orange customers with the right handset technology will be able to see highlights of the performance on their phones too. The event is likely to be the first of several instore gigs from Orange. Press info from Cake.

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MY AWESOME TOUR
My Awesome Compilation, who release their new single 'Put Up A Fight' on 1 Aug and their debut album 'Actions' on 8 Aug (both on Sore Point Records) have announced an extensive UK tour, which includes support shows with MXPX, Juliette & The Licks and Reel Big Fish. Dates as follows:

21 Jul: Leeds, Joseph's Well
22 Jul: Sheffield Corporation
23 Jul: Hemel Hempstead, Leverstock Green Hall
24 Jul: Peterborough, Met Lounge
25 Jul: Darlington Forum
26 Jul: Inverness, Downtown USA
28 Jul: Swindon Furnace
29 Jul: Yeovil Flicks Bar
30 Jul: Leicester Princess Charlotte
31 Jul: Exeter Cavern
2 Aug: Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
3 Aug: Derby, Victoria Inn
4 Aug: London Islington Bar Academy
5 Aug: Ashford Downtown Diner
6 Aug: Essex TMF Festival
7 Aug: Winchester Railway Inn
8 Aug: Camberley Rock Box Instore
8 Aug: Tunbridge Wells Forum
9 Aug: Kingston Banquet Instore
11 Aug: Durham Concepts Instore
12 Aug: Derby Reveal Instore
13 Aug: Oxford Zodiac
21 Aug: Southend Chinnerys
22 Aug: London Mean Fiddler (Supporting MXPX)
24 Aug: Nottingham Rock City (Supporting MXPX)
25 Aug: Glasgow Garage (Supporting MXPX)
26 Aug: Edinburgh T On The Fringe (Supporting Juliette & The Licks)
8 Sep: Bristol Academy (Supporting Reel Big Fish)
9 Sep: Preston, 53 Degrees (Supporting Reel Big Fish)
11 Sep: Glasgow Academy (Supporting Reel Big Fish)
18 Sep: Reading Hexagon (Supporting Reel Big Fish)
20 Sep: Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall (Supporting Reel Big Fish)
24 Sep: London Forum (Supporting Reel Big Fish)

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MORE FOLDS DATES
Talking of damn fine tours, the wonder that is Mr Ben Folds will be back in the UK later this year for some more live dates. Fantastic. Meanwhile he will release a new single, 'Jesusland', on 12 Sep. Those tour dates as follows:

12 Dec: Birmingham NIA
13 Dec: Brixton Academy
15 Dec: Manchester Apollo

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FESTIVAL REVIEW: Glade Festival 2005
Well, once again CMU allowed its festival review team out of their cupboard to sample the delights of another music marathon. This time we took in the second year of the completely sold-out Glade Festival. In one word - "wonderful". In quite a lot of words...

The Glade, as a zone at the Glastonbury Festival, has always been about mixing the biggest, most respected names in dance music with the best up and coming acts from around the world, and doing so in a truly corporate free environment. And in the second year as a festival in its own right it is still living by that ethos - which is particularly refreshing given that their mother festival seems to be letting a few too many brands on site. Add to that high production values and what you have in Glade is the best organized, most atmospheric of all the fests out there.

I had decided to go to Glade this year on the recommendation of CMU's Chris Cooke after I'd ranted at him at some length on what was lacking in festidom these days. As it happened it clashed with an invite to go and see some summer festivals in Sweden of all places, events sponsored by Volvo. Deciding to opt for Glade I sent one of my fellow hotshot reporters (well, my sister) on the Swedish junket, and her reports back - "all well and good, but completely lacking in edge" - confirmed I'd made the right decision - because there was no commerciality here - just rounded art, culture, nature, music, people and dance. What I imagine Glastonbury would have been like in its debut years. Had trance, techno, electronica and breakbeat been the genres of the moment of course.

And so to the music. This is an 'electronic dance festival' but the umbrella heading didn't stop organisers stretching the boundaries spilling dance into beats into chill into world music into love into harmony into riotous crowd pleasing stomp. All nine arenas provided something to be had for every taste - the new mixed with the best. It really is hard to reduce the whole thing down to a short list of highlights, but two things in particular just have to be mentioned.

First, Dreadzone. Oh Christ, I've never seen or felt a better live more invigorating performance than Dreadzone's live set. It was electric. These Dreads rocked, riveted and moved all of us as their audience - the high was amazing. The only set I can think of that comes close to their presence was Faithless at Glastondury a few years back, but Dreadzone bettered it. A real stand out.

Second, The Bays, whose consistently brilliant performance was acknowledged separately by each of my three companions. Simply excellent.

What else? Well, we endeavored to split our time between each of the nine areas, and here are the best bits from each:

1. The Main Dance Tent: Again, hard to pick the stand outs, but the live sets from Hexstatic, System Seven, Infusion, and Nodens Ictus are all worthy of mention. And Dreadzone of course. Oh yes, and The Bays. And did I mention Dreadzone?

2. The Breaksday Tent: Without doubt my favourite place of all - in fact I'd go as far as to say this place provided the best atmosphere I've ever experienced at an outdoor music festival. It seemed like the biggest breaks line-up ever assembled in one place, and the crowd loved it - I've never felt so much energy surge amongst people. Wow.

3. The Origin Stage: The only outdoor psy trance stage in the country was wild - every time we walked / danced our way through it was electric - among those that entertained Hallucinogen, Son Kite, Joti Sidhu, Quadra, Protoculture, Tristan, Altom, Hydrophonic, Pogo, Eskimo, Jumanji, Aphid Moon, Allaby, The Commercial Hippies, Peter Digital, Shane Gobi, James Munro, Ans, Edoardo, Kristian and Phil Chichime.

4. Sancho Panza: The nrivalled masters of the underground house scene and long standing stalwarts of Carnival, once again reigned with their brand of party mischief. Their players include Layo and Bushwacka, DIY featuring Digs and Woosh, Matt Brown and Jimmy K Tel. All good.

5. The Liquid Stage: An intriguing blend of psy trance, dub and experimental (with an emphasis on mental) grooves, hosted by the legendary free party crew Liquid Connective. Stand outs: LCD Sound System, Brother Culture & Manasseh, Nick, Richard K and Henry Seligman, Tron, Fromem_Ory, Slack Baba, Organismic, Nagual Sound Experiment, Liquid Ross, Liquid Djems and DJ Kana.

6. The Little Big Tent: A new addition to the Glade Festival I believe - and pure adrenalin fuelled mayhem, especially when the DJs from Warp Records, Rephlex, Planet Mu, Wrong Music and Skam took centre stage.

7. ID Spiral Chill: A really sophisticated environment that mixed the best of the UK's chillout DJs and producers with international talent, performances and acoustic treats interspersed with conscious films and visuals. It really was organic chic at its best in Europe.

8. The Pussy Parlure: Another new addition (also found at this year's Glastonbury of course) - a cabaret party-tent dripped in pure decadence - particularly alluring for its cocktail bar, but also much fun thanks to it cabaret stage, karaoke 'Stars In Your Eyes' competition and very find DJs - wrongness in all the good senses of the word!

9. Golden Syrup (24 hours): A 24 hour acoustic jam café - a simply, a brilliant idea, especially at a dance music festival. Some of these people can play instruments you know.

I'd offer you a list of the bad things, but I really can't think of any. And I haven't even started with the electronic art installations, cabaret, fire jugglers, sword swallowers, nuns on unicycles and general all round nutters, the market, the yummie hog roasts, space curries and lentil burgers, or the Indian head massages, the reflexology and the crystal healing. Quite simply, Glade was a glorious weekend and, if you missed it, you need to keep your ear to the ground and grab 2006 tickets the minute they go on sale. I'll see you there. SR

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FFAF TO INCLUDE JAGZ REMIX ON NEXT SINGLE
Funeral For A Friend have revealed they will have a slightly different sound on their next single, courtesy of the production talents of Mr Jagz Kooner. The next single to come from last month's album 'Hours' is 'Monsters', and the b-side will be a more dancey remix from the Primal Scream producer. That will be accompanied by FFAF covers of U2's 'Sunday Bloody Sunday' and Thin Lizzy's 'The Boys Are Back In Town', all in all making it a fine sounding CD single package.

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XFM ONLINE READERS VOTE MUSE AS THEIR SUPERGROUP - OR DO THEY?
Following that poll by rock radio station Planet Rock where listeners, when given a chance to vote for their favourite rock supergroup, ended up voting for the whole Led Zepp line up (ie they independently voted for each Led Zepp member in polls of their favourite singer, guitarist, bassist and drummer), a similar thing has happened in a poll of Xfm Online readers - only they have picked each of the members of Muse in a best singer / guitarist / bassist / drummer survey.

However, before Muse get too bigheaded, Xfm are pretty sure some dodgy voting has been going on after discovering a Muse message board which told fans how to tweak their PCs so they could vote a multiple number of times in the survey, so in their analysis Xfm are discounting the Muse votes, meaning you end up with a supergroup made up Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood (on vocals and guitar respectively), Oasis' Andy Bell on bass and Dave Grohl on drums. All of which makes the thought of having Muse as your supergroup a lot more appealing. Anyway, here's the top five for each category.

Best Singer:
1. Matt Bellamy (Muse)
2. Thom Yorke (Radiohead)
3. Liam Gallagher (Oasis)
4. James Dean Bradfield (Manics)
5. Morrissey (The Smiths)

Best Guitarist:
1. Matt Bellamy (Muse)
2. Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead)
3. Noel Gallagher (Oasis)
4. Johnny Marr (The Smiths)
5. Bernard Butler (Suede / The Tears)

Best Bassist:
1. Chris Wolstenholme (Muse)
2. Andy Bell (Oasis)
3. Mani (The Stone Roses / Primal Scream)
4. Hooky (Joy Division / New Order)
5. Kim Deal (Pixies)

Best Drummer:
1. Dom Howard (Muse)
2. Dave Grohl (Nirvana)
3. Phil Selway (Radiohead)
4. Reni (The Stone Roses)
5. Jimmy Chamberlin (Smashing Pumpkins)

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EXTRA HOUR TO SATURDAY RINSE
Talking of Xfm, the London station have announced they are adding an extra hour to the Saturday night edition of dance show The Rinse, hosted by James Hyman. The show will now run from midnight to 3am. Among other things the extra hour will be used for 'words & music' interviews that used to appear on the Friday night edition of The Rinse, and which have in the past included the likes of Pharrell Williams, Mike Skinner, RZA, Orbital, Richard X, Roots Manuva, Ms Dynamite, Dizzee Rascal, Kanye West and Run DMC. Highlights of some of those past editions will air again, as well as new interviews. Producers, DJs or remixers interested in putting themselves forward for the 'words & music' feature should get in touch with James - details at http://www.jameshyman.co.uk

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VIRGIN RECRUIT LOVEJOY
And talking of Xfm, Virgin Radio have nabbed another of the London station's presenters. Well, Tim Lovejoy hasn't presented a show for Xfm for ages now, but that's where he made his name as a radio person, so they sort of have. Lovejoy, also known for his Sky football show Soccer AM, has joined Virgin Radio to host a new music and talk show on Sunday afternoons.

Confirming the new appointment, Virgin Radio boss Paul Jackson told reporters: "Our core audience are avid sports fans and will have an instant connection with Tim from their religious viewing of his TV shows. Tim's slot will complement our firmly established Rock 'n' Roll Football show on Saturday afternoons".

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SPRINGSTEEN LOOKING FOR A NEW DEAL
Bruce Springsteen's record deal with Sony US division Columbia is up, and word has it he is yet to agree a new one. The same word says that Springsteen reps Jon Landau and Allen Grubman are busy testing the water to see if anyone else will bite. Apparantly Springsteen remains on good terms with Jimmy Iovine, who he worked with on his breakthrough album 'Born To Run' back in 1975, which might make Iovine's Universal division Interscope Geffen A&M a favourite. However, Springsteen is reportedly after $50 million, and some doubt anyone but SonyBMG would be able to afford that - they can justify the expense on new material because it helps them shift their Springsteen back catalogue too.

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KORN CLOSE TO SIGNING TO EMI?
Speaking of former Sony artists on the look out for a new deal, Korn (formerly signed to Sony's US label Epic) are looking for a new recording contract and are said to be close to signing to EMI's Virgin US division. Rumour has it that deal would give EMI a share in publishing, merchandising and ticket sales revenues in a contract model similar to that used with Robbie Williams. We'll see I guess.

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RADIO 1 CELEBRATE TEN YEARS IN IBIZA
Radio 1 has announced the line up for its twelve hour back-to-back Ibiza special, which will be broadcast from the Space club on 12/13 Aug as part of the station's 'Decade In Ibiza' celebrations. The bill includes Erick Morillo, Pete Tong, Judge Jules, Fergie, Rob da Bank, Chris Coco and Above & Beyond plus PAs to be confirmed.

Commenting on the tenth anniversary of Radio 1's Ibiza coverage, Pete Tong told CMU: "It's a milestone for Radio 1 to return to Ibiza for its tenth year, I'm delighted that I'll be coming live with my show from Cafe Mambo right through Aug. Kicking off 'the big weekend' on Friday 12th Aug will be my highlight, it's going to be very memorable indeed."

Radio 1's live events exec producer Jason Carter added: "Ten years has seen Radio 1 hold some of the best parties on the island and this year is going to be even better. 'Radio 1: A Decade In Ibiza' will see us going back to our Ibiza roots by broadcasting from a bar like Cafe Mambo, then culminating in the big club night at Space. We plan to give the clubbers and listeners more than ever, with some of the best DJs in the world alongside some classics from our best Ibiza parties over the years."

Press info on Radio 1's tenth anniversary gubbins from the Radio 1 press office.

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DJ MAG CELEBRATE TEN YEARS IN IBIZA
Staying on the White Isle, and with media celebrating ten years there, DJ Magazine is also marking its tenth year of Ibiza coverage this year. As well as publishing two more editions of their Ibiza offshoot magazine, DJ Mag are holding two parties, also at Space - one took place last month right at the start of the season, the second will take place on 2 Oct as Ibiza 2005 reaches its climax. Press info on DJ Mag's Ibiza anniversary from Balance Marketing on 020 7379 7619.

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NEW ONLINE MUSIC MAGAZINE LAUNCHES
Another rather cool flash music website thing for you to check - http://www.musichurts.com. Set to come out quarterly, this launch edition includes articles on band logos, the rise of the girl drummer and the influence of Iggy Pop (courtesy of writers Lauren Cochrane, Ruth Jamieson and Stuart Turnball respectively). You can also buy tracks that "inspired the creation" of each of the site's "lovingly crafted digital pages" via a deal with iTunes. Music featured in issue one comes from the likes of Grace Jones, The Longcut, Kano, The Go! Team, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Peaches, Joy Division, Pink Grease, Love, Sleater-Kinney, Nas, ABC, British Sea Power, Slayer, ZZ Top and Gang Of Four. Well worth a play.

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FAKE MURDOCH BLOG FOLLOWING FOX'S MY SPACE TAKEOVER
Not really music news, but quite funny. Following the acquisition of blog website Myspace.com by Fox, someone has put up a fake page for the conglom's top man Rupert Murdoch, which lists his nickname as 'The Dirty Digger' and says in his profile: "I just bought MySpace.com, soon I will own the rest of the internet. I aspire to become the most powerful man in the world. I promote the efforts and conjunction between right wing conservatism and government. I encourage my television and radio stations to become Republican soapboxes. There are many important benefits to fascism". You can check the page at http://www.myspace.com/murdoch_rupert, or at least you can until someone important realizes and takes it down.

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