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In today's CMU Daily:
- Latest research suggests filesharers are the biggest music consumers
- Green Day top MTV VMA nominations
- Green Day not tired of American Idiot
- Apple and Microsoft increase indie payouts
- Single Review: Maximo Park - Going Missing
- Patrick Wolf innocent I tell you
- Motorola launch new music-focused mobiles
- Waters performs new opera extracts
- Live Review: Johnathan Rice at The 100 Club
- Make Coldplay history
- New Stones album
- Country singer overdoses
- Audio Bullys added to Creamfields line up
- Paddingtons release date not set
- White Stripes tour
- Sigur Ros tour
- Album Review: Autolux - Future Perfect
- Blunt still selling well
- Stefani reveals latest single
- Usher denies impending fatherhood
- Liverpool's yellow submarine parked at John Lennon Airport
- Macca possessed by Harrison while writing new song
- MTV VMA nominees in full


Of course both sides in this debate will point to equally viable (or, rather, equally flawed) research that seems to back their argument, but the latest study into online music habits again suggests that the people the music industry are busy suing for copyright violation are some of their best customers.

The new survey of 600 music fans comes from research firm The Leading Question and seems to suggest that the people who illegally share music via P2P networks like Kazaa are also the biggest spenders on legit download platforms like iTunes. That is to say filesharers use the P2P network to try music out, and when they find something they like they speed over to iTunes and buy it. The survey says those who regularly download or share unlicensed music also spend an average of £5.52 a month on legal downloads, where as those who don't use P2P networks only spend an average of £1.27 a month on digital tracks.

Summarising the research, The Leading Question director Paul Brindley told reporters: "This research shows that music fans who break piracy laws are highly valuable customers. There's a myth that all illegal downloaders are mercenaries hell-bent on breaking the law in pursuit of free music. In reality they are often hardcore fans who are extremely enthusiastic about adopting paid-for services as long as they are suitably compelling".

Needless to say, the BPI point to other research that shows that P2P users spend less on music overall (especially in terms of CD purchases). The BPI's Matt Phillips told the Guardian: "It's encouraging that many illegal file sharers are starting to use legal services. But our concern is that file sharers' expenditure on music overall is down, a fact borne out by study after study. While a third of illegal file sharers may buy more music, around two-thirds buy less, and that two-thirds tend to include people who were the heaviest buyers. That's why we need to continue our carrot and stick approach to the problem of illegal filesharing."


Green Day dominate in the nominations for this year's MTV Video Music Awards, announced yesterday, securing an impressive eight nominations. The band are up for Video Of The Year for the pop promo for 'Boulevard Of Broken Dreams', and are also nominated for Best Group Video, Best Rock Video, Best Pop Video, Best Direction, Best Art Direction, Best Editing and Best Cinematography.

Next up in the nomination stakes was Gwen Stefani and Missy Elliott, who are both nominated for six awards. U2 get five nominations while My Chemical Romance get four.

Competing with Green Day for the coveted Video Of The Year award are Coldplay for 'Speed Of Sound', Kanye West for 'Jesus Walks', Gwen Stefani for 'Hollaback Girl' and Snoop Dogg for 'Drop It Like It's Hot'.

The ceremony will be hosted by P Diddy and will take place in Miami on 28 Aug. Full list of nominations at the bottom of today's CMU Daily.


And talking of Green Day, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has told that he's not remotely sick of multi million selling album 'American Idiot'. When asked if he was tiring of the LP, he answered: "No. I was just listening to the record today, to tell you the truth [laughs]. I'm really proud of this record. Because there's so much content in it, I think that's why it still has legs."

He also talked about the possibility of live performances further afield once the band finishes its current tour of North America: "I'd love to play Russia and Cuba - places rock shows don't normally go. After that, we'll end up sitting around and chatting about what is going to be the next album."

He went on to say that there are about fifteen new songs in the works at the moment. On the new tracks, he said "Right now, it's that no-pressure/fun stage of just getting on a four-track and coming up with some goofy stuff."


The recently created American Association of Independent Music has confirmed that both Apple and Microsoft are planning on increasing the wholesale payout they make to independent record labels in the States who sell their music via iTunes or the MSN music store.

As far as Apple is concerned, the indication is that labels will receive five cents more per track sold - 70 cents instead of 65 cents. While each record label's contract with Apple is confidential, insiders say that will put independents on pretty much the same rates as those received by the major record companies.

Microsoft have also said they will raise the payout to independent labels so that it is more in line with the rates paid to majors. That will apply to both Microsoft's pay-per-track platform and their planned subscription service.

Quite what role the American Association Of Independent Music, barely a month old, played in Apple and Microsoft's new found generosity to the independent sector is not entirely clear, although the Association's president, Don Rose, while not taking credit for the payout increase, says by working collectively the independent sector has more power in the digital music space because, between them, they control a large number of leading artists. Rose: "Not to take any specific credit, but I think this does demonstrate the power of a collective approach".

Whether a similar increase will be made in payments made to UK indies remains to be seen - though the problem with Apple (in particular) over here isn't so much the deal they offer the independents, more their inability to return phone calls.


SINGLE REVIEW: Maximo Park - Going Missing (Warp)
Do you recall the melancholy of sitting in the doctor's waiting room reading a patently unsuitable magazine (usually Country Garden or OK!) until it's your turn to be processed? That creeping death realisation that not only might horrific news be on its way but that you've thrown your final moments of (admittedly illusionary) good health away reading about Kerry Katona's apparently non-existent coke habit. That is the effect Maximo Park achieve on 'Going Missing'. From the guitar intro's arrhythmic aimlessness to the verse's determination to remain at a twitchy, undanceable mid-tempo, 'Going Missing' gets back to the real root of indie post-punk; being as depressing as a Norwegian funeral in November. Showing themselves to be as much the sons of Morrissey as Talking Heads, Maximo Park exchange the bounce and jerk of previous singles for a minimal synth-pop dirge and frontman Paul Smith does his very best to bring everyone down, without ever resorting to a Curtis-monotone. With his paranoid crooning of a relationship gone irretrievably tits-up ("I sleep with my hands across my chest, and dream of you with someone else") and his band-mates eminent desire to be anywhere but here, it's pretty obvious that before this is over, somebody's got to die. Maybe even the audience. Bummer. NB
Release Date: 18 Jul
Press contact: Ian Cheek [CP, RP] Coalition [NP, CR, RR, NR]


So, a very confusing story involving CMU favourite Patrick Wolf this morning. Apparently Mr Wolf is on police bail after a bizarre series of events led to him being arrested on suspicion of burglary. See if you can make head or tail of this - cos I can't.

Patrick fell down a flight of stairs next to his home, and put his hand through a window while trying to break the fall, injuring his arm. He initially passed out, but came round and was taken to hospital. When he returned his neighbour's burglar alarm was ringing and it transpired someone had broken in through a window and stolen jewelry. Because Wolf had injured himself on glass that night, and because he knew the house was empty (he had been asked to keep an eye on it) that made him a suspect - although the fact the neighbour had left him a set of keys to the house, and the fact he was at hospital being treated for his cuts when the burglary took place, make the case against him rather weak! But nevertheless, police apparently had to arrest and fingerprint the singer as part of their investigations.

Anyway, the word from Wolf's people is "he's innocent guvnor", which is all you need to know really. Perhaps he could write a song about the whole ordeal, and then we might get a better idea about what happened, albeit in rhyme.


iTunes mobile phone anyone? No, not yet. The previously reported iTunes-enabled phone was not one of new music devices launched by Motorola this week. Recognising that anticipation of that particular venture was high, Motorola boss Ed Zander began his presentation to reporters by joking: "We're not going to launch the iTunes phone today - Steve Jobs is not going to jump out of a cake".

Zander did, however, talk through various other Motorola phones with added music player functionality, part of the ROKR series. Among the new additions are dedicated music controls, higher digital audio quality, bigger storage and longer battery life. The company also introduced the Motorola E815, which is optimized for the Verizon Wireless V Cast video service, and a line of phones that use WiMAX (802.16e) content delivery, which apparently makes getting content quicker and therefore cheaper.

All very exciting stuff I suppose - though somehow a bit of an anti-climax when you're busy anticipating the arrival of the iTunes phone.


Roger Waters has performed extracts from his brand new opera in New York. As previously reported, the former Pink Floyd bassist has spent 16 years off and on writing the operatic history of the French Revolution, 'Ca Ira', which features contributions from various classical music stars, including Welsh baritone Bryn Terfel. The three act opera is due to be released on CD on 27 Sep.

Waters said of the project "It's about change, and personal change; we each have within us the potential for republic," and told the US audience that 'Ca Ira' was "sort of reiterating 'The Wall'" with its themes of "powerlessness in the face of loss". He continued: "The point of music is for human beings to connect with one another," and added that he hoped that it would appeal to a new audience, not just opera-lovers. The opera will be performed in full in Rome later this year.


LIVE REVIEW: Johnathan Rice at The 100 Club on 14 Jul
"Precious," mutters a jaded gig goer as Johnathan Rice makes his way to the stage. This is a common accusation of singer songwriters, I'm sure, but it really doesn't apply to tonight's performer. The young and attractive Scottish American is unassuming for someone who has already been inducted into the US songwriters' Hall Of Fame. The gig is plagued by that scourge of the acoustic gig, talkers at the bar. A "shush" goes through the crowd as Rice begins the first track 'City On Fire'. But later on he is forced to ask the audience to "Shut up"; he does it in a good natured way but one couldn't really have blamed him if he had in fact lost his temper. Rice certainly has a voice worth listening to, passionate and beautiful. Although on record his songs are adorned with some pretty orchestration, tonight he performs some tracks solo and some with just two musicians. The songs stand up well in this simple format. Although currently living in America, Rice still has a Scottish accent which sounds charming as he introduces songs inspired by California such as lovely recent single 'Behind The Front Lines'. Today is a week on from the previous week's bomb attacks in London and as the events are in everyone's thoughts, Rice perhaps inevitably makes mention of this but in a sensitive way. He dedicates the encore 'Acrobat' to those who have suffered in the attacks. The gig is a quiet triumph for Rice himself but also for music generally and its capacity to help us through times of trouble. JW


Despite the successes of Live 8, Bob, Bono et al, making poverty history was always going to be a tall order - but here's a mission that might be easier to achieve. Make Coldplay History. That's the strapline of the people behind new music website Eyeballkid who, like CMU, still can't get their heads around why Coldplay are quite so damn popular.

Their mission statement runs thus: "Tired of being preached to by pop stars? Sick of rich rockers with celebrity girlfriends constantly badgering you to Make This That? Make Trade Fair. Make Poverty History. These may be noble and idealistic, causes, but at we prefer our politics to be practical, achievable and to come from politicians. After all that's what we pay the halfwits for. But as citizens of the world some things are in our hands. There are things we can do to help. We may not be able to cease the exploitation of a resource-rich continent without drastically altering our beloved comfortable lifestyles, but we can help in other ways. We can rid the planet of those simpering, bland, insipid oiks like Keane and Embrace who cause immense suffering and anguish to right-minded people on a daily basis."

Of course, the task of turning the mainstream off Keane et al is arguably much more ambitious than making poverty history. Hence the decision to focus all energies on Coldplay.

The Eyeballkid types continue: "Aha, I hear you say, now who's being unrealistic? How can we end the ghastly reign of those whining simpletons without resorting to exiling them en masse to the International Space Station via the frozen depths of the Siberian tundra? The answer is simple. The only way to kill a droning zombie intent on eating your soul is to go for straight for the head. The blandification of indie music began a number of years ago with one band, Coldplay, the progenitor of innumerable prosaic bands with Trouble on their minds. If you take out Coldplay, the rest of them will tumble domino-like into a black hole where no sound can ever escape, leaving potential imitators to skulk around in bedsits awaiting the arrival of a new bandwagon".

So here's what Eyeballkid recommends: "You can do this by not buying their music, never attending their live shows, sabotaging copies of Sliding Doors and Shakespeare in Love in your local DVD rental shop and sending letters of complaint to your favourite radio station. And like all successful campaigns, such as Alexander the Great's incursions in Asia or Malcolm McLaren's marketing of The Sex Pistols, this one begins with a t-shirt. So get online to and get your fabulous Make Coldplay History t-shirt, available in glorious white or doughty red. You can change things for the better if you just believe".

So, there you go - - I think you'll find some news and reviews of bands they do like too.


A leetle bit more news on that new Stones album. Contrary to the report we ran last week that suggested the new album's title was 'Neo-Con', it seems that our source on that one may have been wrong as more recent reports suggest the album's name is 'A Bigger Bang'.

Anyway, the new Rolling Stones album is apparently set for release on 6 Sep, features 16 tracks and includes two tracks sung by guitarist Keith Richards - 'Infamy' and 'This Place Is Empty' - as well as the song 'Oh No, Not You Again', which was premiered back in May when the band held a press conference in New York to announce their 2005 tour.


American country singer Mindy McCready is in intensive care following an apparent overdose. The singer was taken to a Florida hospital after being found unconscious in a hotel lobby.

McCready, who had a number one US hit single back in 1996 with 'Guys Do It All The Time', has faced charges of driving under the influence and attempting to illegally obtain prescription medicine in the last two years. She has also appeared in court recently to testify against her ex-boyfriend William McKnight, who was charged with attempting to murder her.


Audio Bullys (whose new album 'Generation' is out 19 Sep) have just been added to the line up for Creamfields. The duo will join the line up for the main stage alongside Basement Jaxx and Faithless. Press info from Cream IH.


Now, some shoddy websites have been reporting that the debut album from the Paddingtons will be out in Sep but their PR tells us this just isn't true, and, in fact, a relase date hasn't been set yet. So there you go. We'll let you know when a release date is confirmed. What's the betting it's gonna be Sep?


The White Stripes are going on tour. No really. And here's some tour dates, as "exclusively" revealed on They're very nice.

5 Nov: London Hammersmith Apollo
8-9 Nov: London Alexandra Palace
10-11 Nov: Blackpool Empress Ballroom
13-15 Nov: Glasgow Academy
17 Nov: Manchester Apollo


Sigur Ros have also announced a load of UK tour dates to support new album 'Takk?' (out 12 Sep) - hurrah. Dates as follows:

9 Nov: London Brixton Academy
10 Nov: Edinburgh Corn Exchange
13 Nov: Liverpool Philharmonic
14 Nov: Birmingham Symphony Hall


ALBUM REVIEW: Autolux - Future Perfect (Full Time Hobby)
When every indie-rock band currently doing the rounds pick their references from the British post-punk era, to the point where you just want it to end, it's reassuring when a band comes along who buck the trend a little, and draw inspiration from eras in indie music that are less fondly remembered. Who recalls the shoegazing era of the early 1990s with any affection? Some would have you believe that it was a low point of modern British music, but critics are notorious for their snap judgements, and a revival is well on the way. Lazy journalists, eager to pigeonhole, have come up with the pointless term 'nu-gaze' to shoehorn a number of disparate bands (and I include The Radio Dept, Amusement Parks on Fire, and Engineers) into a single genre. Autolux are destined to be drawn into this field. It's fair to suggest that these bands all look to the likes of Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine for their basic sound, but I'd imagine Autolux are clearly fans of Sonic Youth and the art-rock bands of the late 1980s and early 1990s, perhaps even grunge too. There's very little in the way of subtlety in the band's sound; the louder, the better would appear to be their agenda. Pounding percussion (such as in the opening seconds of 'Turnstiles Blues') and ferocious guitar work combine to create an aural assault that has the potential to disorientate. But the band demonstrate a capacity to compose woozy, hypnotic tracks that contrast sharply with the more violent side the band boast ('Great Days For The Passenger Element', 'Here Comes Everybody'). The delicious harmonies of Eugene Goreshter and Carla Azar are irresistible at times. Worth noting is that T Bone Burnett, known for his Hollywood soundtrack work and collaborations with Elvis Costello, amongst others, produced this album. It's completely at odds with the sound his reputation has been made on, but he handles this record well. As a debut album, 'Future Perfect' shows plenty of promise and much scope to progress. It's important that the band transcend their influences and develop their own sound, but on the basis of this debut album, you wouldn't say it was beyond them. It'll be interesting to see where Autolux go from here. KW
Release date: 18 Jul
Press contact: Ian Cheek PR [CP, RP, NP] Full Time IH [CR, RR, NR]


Word is James Blunt will still be warbling at the top of both the singles and album charts this Sunday. Apparently Mr Blunt is still selling very well in the midweeks. Which is actually quite good news when you realize the Crazy Frog long player is threatening to be the highest new entry in the album chart.


'Cool', Gwen Stefani's latest single release from solo album 'Love Angel Music Baby' will be released on 29 Aug. According to, the video for the song is to be shot in Lake Como. Which is nice for Gwen.


Usher has denied the rumours that he is soon to become a father. The whispers began when the singer patted his girlfriend Eishia Brightwell's tummy at a recent photo-shoot. And, as everyone knows, patting someone's stomach always indicates a pregnancy. Ahem.

Anyway, Usher's publicist said: "He was simply putting his arm around Eishia to pull her closer in to take the photo."


A 25-tonne metal yellow submarine has been officially unveiled at Liverpool's John Lennon Airport giving the place even more of a Beatles theme. The bright yellow construction first appeared years ago at the Liverpool Garden Festival (ah, I remember the Liverpool Garden Festival) and had been in the city's Chavasse Park until last year, when it was removed to accommodate redevelopment work there. The submarine will now be situated at the airport on the public walkway outside the terminal building. Imagine that.

Confirming the Yellow Submarine's new home, Liverpool Council boss Mike Storey told reporters: "What better welcome can we give to visitors to this city then to have the yellow submarine right outside the airport? It fits in well with the Beatles theme which is developing at the airport."


Talking of the Beatles, Paul McCartney has said that he became possessed by former bandmate George Harrison while writing one of the tracks for his new album. Apparently Macca says the late Harrison helped him write the track 'Waiting For Tour Friends To Go', which features on his next record 'Chaos And Creation In The Backyard'.

He told 6 Music: "The funny thing about it was I felt as if I was almost George Harrison during the writing of that song. I just got this feeling, this is George. So it was like I was writing - I was like George - writing one of his songs. So I just wrote it, it just wrote itself very easily 'cause it wasn't even me writing it."

So there you go.


Video Of The Year: Coldplay - Speed Of Sound; Kanye West - Jesus Walks; Green Day - Boulevard Of Broken Dreams; Snoop Dogg Featuring Pharrell - Drop It Like It's Hot; Gwen Stefani - Hollaback Girl.

Best Male Video: 50 Cent - Candy Shop; Kanye West - Jesus Walks; Beck - E-Pro; Usher - Caught Up; John Legend - Ordinary People.

Best Female Video: Amerie - 1 Thing; Mariah Carey - We Belong Together; Gwen Stefani - Hollaback Girl; Shakira Featuring Alejandro Sanz - La Tortura; Kelly Clarkson - Since U Been Gone.

Best Group Video: Black Eyed Peas - Don't Phunk With My Heart; The Killers - Mr. Brightside; Destiny's Child Featuring T.I. & Lil' Wayne - Soldier; U2 - Vertigo; Green Day - Boulevard Of Broken Dreams.

Best Rap Video: Eminem - Just Lose It; T.I. - U Don't Know Me; The Game & 50 Cent - Hate It Or Love It; Ying Yang Twins - Wait (The Whisper Song); Ludacris - Number One Spot.

Best R&B Video: Alicia Keys - Karma; Mariah Carey - We Belong Together; Ciara Featuring Ludacris - Oh; Usher & Alicia Keys - My Boo; John Legend - Ordinary People.

Best Hip-Hop Video: Common - Go; Nas Featuring Olu Dara - Bridging The Gap; Kanye West - Jesus Walks; Snoop Dogg Featuring Pharrell - Drop It Like It's Hot; Missy Elliott Featuring Ciara & Fat Man Scoop - Lose Control.

Best Dance Video: Ciara - 1,2 Step; Missy Elliott Featuring Ciara & Fat Man Scoop - Lose Control; Destiny's Child - Lose My Breath; Shakira Featuring Alejandro Sanz - La Tortura; Jennifer Lopez - Get Right.

Best Rock Video: Foo Fighters - Best Of You; My Chemical Romance - Helena; Green Day - Boulevard Of Broken Dreams; Weezer - Beverly Hills; The Killers - Mr. Brightside.

Best Pop Video: Ashlee Simpson - Pieces Of Me; Kelly Clarkson - Since U Been Gone; Green Day - Boulevard Of Broken Dreams; Lindsay Lohan - Rumors; Jesse Mccartney - Beautiful Soul.

Best New Artist In A Video: Ciara - 1,2 Step; The Killers - Mr. Brightside; The Game - Dreams; My Chemical Romance - Helena;John Legend - Ordinary People.

MTV2 Award: Akon Featuring Styles P - Locked Up; Fall Out Boy - Sugar, We're Going Down; The Bravery - An Honest Mistake; Mike Jones Featuring Slim Thug & Paul Wall - Still Tippin; Daddy Yankee - Gasolina; My Chemical Romance - Helena.

Breakthrough Video: Eminem And Ian Inaba - Mosh; Sarah Mclachlan And Sophie Muller - World On Fire; Gorillaz And Jamie Hewlett - Feel Good INC; U2 And Alex & Martin: Vertigo; Missy Elliott Featuring Ciara & Fat Man Scoop And Dave Meyers - Lose Control.

Best Video Game Soundtrack: Electronic Arts - Def Jam: Fight For NY; Rockstar Games - Midnight Club 3: Dub Edition; Konami Video Game - Dance Dance Revolution Extreme; Activision Video Game - Tony Hawks Underground 2;Electronic Arts - Madden 2005.

Best Direction In A Video (Artist/Director): Green Day/Samuel Bayer - Boulevard Of Broken Dreams; White Stripes/Floria Sigismondi - Blue Orchid; Jennifer Lopez/Francis Lawrence/Diane Martel - Get Right; U2/Alex & Martin - Vertigo; Missy Elliott Featuring Ciara & Fat Man Scoop/Dave Meyers - Lose Control.

Best Choreography In A Video (Artist/Choreographer): Amerie/Jamaica Scott - 1 Thing; Missy Elliott Featuring Ciara & Fat Man Scoop/Hi Hat - Lose Control; Gwen Stefani/Kishaya Dudley - Hollaback Girl; My Chemical Romance/Michael Rooney - Helena; Jennifer Lopez/Richmond Talauega/Anthony Talauega - Get Right.

Best Special Effects In A Video (Artist/Special Effects Company): Coldplay/A52 - Speed Of Sound; The Mars Volta/Artificial Army - The Widow; Gorillaz/Passion Pictures - Feel Good INC; Missy Elliott Featuring Ciara & Fat Man Scoop/Radium - Lose Control; Ludacris/20Twenty - Number One Spot; U2/Jam Abelenet - Vertigo.

Best Art Direction In A Video (Artist/Art Director): Green Day/Jan Roelfs - American Idiot; System Of A Down/Jeremy Reed - B.Y.O.B.; Gwen Stefani/Zach Matthewes - What You Waiting For?; White Stripes/Sue Tebbutt - Blue Orchid; The Killers/Laura Fox - Mr Brightside.

Best Editing In A Video (Artist/Editor): Coldplay/Adam Pertofsky - Speed Of Sound; Gwen Stefani/Dustin Robertson - What You Waiting For?; Foo Fighters/Nathan Cox - Best Of You; Jennifer Lopez/Dustin Robertson - Get Right; Green Day/Tim Royes - Boulevard Of Broken Dreams; Simple Plan/Richard Alarcron - Untitled.

Best Cinematography In A Video (Artist/Cinematographer): Coldplay/Harris Savides - Speed Of Sound; Simple Plan/Michael Bernard - Untitled; Green Day/Samuel Bayer - Boulevard Of Broken Dreams; U2/Omer Ganai - Vertigo; Modest Mouse/Danny Hiele - Ocean Breathes Salty; White Stripes/Chris Soos - Blue Orchid.

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