CMU Daily - on the inside Wednesday 3rd August

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In today's CMU Daily:
- Universal still the biggest in new IFPI report
- Edwyn Collins slowly recovering
- Emap nab Virgin Radio man for new commercial creative post
- Jacko close to deal with ex-wife
- Moss more Doherty's rehab assistant than girlfriend
- Stone looks to parents to stop her living the rock n roll lifestyle
- Scarlet Soho download now on iTunes
- Lookout scale down operations after Green Day fall out
- Dizzy Gillespie estate up for auction
- Run DMC planning reality show
- Eminem's anger managed rider revealed

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UNIVERSAL STILL THE BIGGEST IN NEW IFPI REPORT
Good news everyone. Well, good news mainly for shareholders in Vivendi Universal, but they don't get much good news, so we won't begrudge them this.

Yep, the loveable Universal Music Group has increased its market share of the global music business even more, further strengthening its position as the biggest record company in the world. According to new figures from the International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry, Universal commanded a 25.5 percent share in the last year, up on the previous year and some way ahead of nearest rival SonyBMG, who had a 21.5 percent share.

EMI are next biggest in terms of market share at 13.4 percent, with Warner in fourth place at 11.3 percent. That is unless, of course, you count the combined independent sector, who actually come in ahead of the mighty Universal commanding 28.4 percent of the global music market.

Other interesting figures in the IFPI report related to the growing revenue streams for the record labels - performance royalties and legal downloads. The report said that industry wide royalty income topped $493 million last year, up by 4.5 percent, while legal downloading is becoming an increasingly important revenue stream, with 180 million units being shifted in the legit download market in the first half of this year.

Interesting stats also on the average age of music consumers - with confirmation of a previously reported trend that the average age is getting older. The report says that in 1999 music buyers accounted for less than half of all music files, but now they account for some 55%, so collectively more than those kids on the street, who presumably are getting all their music for free via Kazaa and are spending all their pocket money on stupid ring tones instead.

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EDWYN COLLINS SLOWLY RECOVERING
And onto some good news of the more genuine kind. Singer Edwyn Collins has taken his first steps since suffering those two brain haemorrhages. That is a key step in his recovery, his wife says, and she now hopes he will be able to return home later this month. She's posted another update on Edwyn's website - reading: "Edwyn is doing really well. He is advancing in all areas. He took his first steps in recent times. Wonderful stuff. And he's a bit cheerier because he gets home for good in three weeks."

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EMAP NAB VIRGIN RADIO MAN FOR NEW COMMERCIAL CREATIVE POST
More movement within the old radio sector as EMAP's radio division nab Virgin Radio station manager Steve Taylor to take over as their Creative Commercial Director. This is a new role, and in it Taylor will be charged with the task of generating more engaging commercial opportunities for advertisers through sponsorship, promotions and other non-traditional revenue streams - all damn exciting stuff.

The Media Guardian point out that nabbing a key player at a rival media company has become something of a trend at EMAP's radio business - they hired former Capital Radio boss, Andria Vidler as the managing director of its easy listening station Magic; appointed Steve Parkinson, the former Heart managing director, as national brand director; and stole Channel 4's head of marketing, Bill Griffin, to MD yoof station Kiss. What next - head hunting the editor of a daily music news service to revamp their online presence? My number is at the bottom of today's Daily.

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JACKO CLOSE TO DEAL WITH EX-WIFE
Time for some Jacko legal news anyone? Word is Michael Jackson is close to resolving that previously reported legal dispute with ex-wife Debbie Rowe regarding visitation rights to their two children - Prince Michael and Paris. Rowe waived all access rights when the couple split back in 2001, but last year a judge voided that commitment at her request.

Jackson's always busy legal team have been preparing to appeal that decision, but one of the singer's attorney has now said that "a settlement is in sight", adding that: "The resolution will be to everybody's satisfaction. I'm hoping everybody will go away happy."

That said, Rowe's lawyer Iris Finsilver was less committal telling reporters: "I wouldn't want to jeopardise anything for the parties".

As you'll all remember, during the Jacko child abuse trial Rowe appeared as the star witness for the prosecution, expected to offer a damning verdict of Jackson's behaviour with children. However in the end she waxed lyrical about what a great father Jacko was, and blamed all his problems of his dodgy aides.

At the time of that testimony some dodgy conspiracy theorists (or was it us, one or the other?) pondered over whether Rowe's pro-Jacko testimony had anything to do with secret negotiations behind the scenes regarding the singer reinstating access rights. The fact that an agreement looks likely to be made so soon after Rowe's court appearance is, of course, just a coincidence. No, really, it is.

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MOSS MORE DOHERTY'S REHAB ASSISTANT THAN GIRLFRIEND
Apparently Kate Moss really has split from shambolic no show Pete Doherty, but she is still supporting him in his bid to kick the heroin by continuing to pay for his anti-heroin implant thingy (you know, the thing that stops heroin having any effect). I say apparently, because the source on this is the Sun. A friend of the former couple of the moment has told the tabloid: "He is determined to get clean again and Kate is supporting him. They are no longer lovers but she cares for him and wants him to get out of this mess. She has offered to pay for the implant".

Talking of Doherty, which you were, Babyshambles must be on slightly better terms because they played a gig together in Stoke on Monday night. As previously reported, various rumours were circulating regarding inter-band relationships in Babyshambles after a planned UK tour was shelved and work on that debut album was put on hold. But, it would seem, the band are still able to all get up on stage at the same time when they really want to. Either that, or there was a very convincing Babyshambles tribute band in Stoke the other night.

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STONE LOOKS TO PARENTS TO STOP HER LIVING THE ROCK N ROLL LIFESTYLE
And talking of rock stars' druggy ways, Joss Stone has reportedly insisted that her parents look after the small fortune she is building up through her music career, so that she isn't tempted to piss it all away living a rock n roll high life.

Apparently her parents give her a modest wage from the monies she makes, which she uses for those modest day to day purchases. Stone is quoted as saying: "If I wanted to buy ten pounds of cocaine, I wouldn't be able to, because they wouldn't let me - which is brilliant, I kind of want them to do that forever".

And well done her for being so responsible, although if rock n roll history is anything to go by teen starts entrusting their financial affairs to their parents is normally a recipe for disaster. We're making no comment about the lovely Mr & Mrs Stone here of course, but rock n roll parents do have a habit of pissing away their offspring's fortunes quicker than they ever could manage themselves.

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SCARLET SOHO DOWNLOAD NOW ON ITUNES
A one or two delays, the new download-only single from Scarlet Soho - 'Modern Radio' - is now available via iTunes. The single also features another previously unreleased track called 'Fibre Optic'. Full info at http://www.human-recordings.com I'm sure.

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LOOKOUT SCALE DOWN OPERATIONS AFTER GREEN DAY FALL OUT
Californian independent record label Lookout! is facing an uncertain future after Green Day pulled their catalogue from the company over contractual disputes relating to unpaid royalties.

Lookout! released most of Green Day's pre-Warner Music material and have since earned a healthy income from the band's back catalogue. However, following the dispute over allegedly unpaid royalties from early albums '1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours' and 'Kerplunk', the band is now reportedly in talks with other labels to release their back catalogue content.

Although no official announcement has been made to that effect, reports say the impact of that decision has already hit at the independent, with six of the company's nine staff laid off and all up coming releases put on hold.

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DIZZY GILLESPIE ESTATE UP FOR AUCTION
The contents of the estate of legendary jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie are to be auctioned off, twelve years after his death. His widow Lorraine is putting hundreds of items up for sale at an auction in New Jersey, including his iconic bent trumpet, handwritten music, photographs, hats a piano and his whole record collection. The sale will take place on 14 Sep.

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RUN DMC PLANNING REALITY SHOW
Reports in the US suggest Run DMC are developing a new music reality show for TV network NBC, sparking rumours that they will be stage televised auditions to find a new DJ/producer to work with in much the same vein as INXS did in their search for a new frontman. That DJ/producer would, of course, be a replacement for the late Jam Master Jay, who was murdered in a Manhattan recording studio back in Oct 2002. Taking over Jay's shoes would be no easy task but, if that is the format of the show, the opportunity to work with someone of the hip hop pedigree of Run DMC would be sure to create a high level of interest in the show.

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EMINEM'S ANGER MANAGED RIDER REVEALED
An amusing report regarding the rider Eminem currently has on his Anger Management Tour. Apparently it includes the classy combination of Cristal champagne and big buckets of KFC, which is nice. His dressing room also has to have an "arcade-type ambience" including electronic games, a monster TV with PlayStation, ping-pong table and basketball hoop.

One source told some newspaper or other: "For Eminem's dates at the Old Trafford cricket ground, Manchester, on 14 Sep he specifies that he wants two cases of Heineken lager, two bottles of Hennessy cognac and three bottles of Cristal champagne. He also wants a 24-piece bucket of KFC and a selection of mixed sweets and chocolates."

Despite the junk food he also has some healthy requests reports the Mirror. The source added: "He also wants 10 low-carb protein bars, 12 cans of low-carb Myoplex bodybuilding meal-replacement formula and half-a-dozen cans of low-carb protein shakes."

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