CMU Daily - on the inside Thursday 11th August

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In today's CMU Daily:
- CMU at the Edinburgh Festival
- Accused hit back at Spitzer's payola investigation
- EMI reportedly interested in Wind Up
- HMV hope to teach downloading to the mainstream
- Melua gets British citizenship
- Cotton gets Friday mornings on Radio 1
- Radio 1 launches US broadcasts
- Oakenfold signs international deal with EMI
- Beanie Sigel released
- Kim Carnes releases new album
- Madonna works with Andre 3000
- Magic gets in the celebs
- Ciara leads the pack at Lady Of Soul awards
- Benicassim to move forward in 2006
- Clor want your picture
- Subways go Orange County
- Snow Patrol preparing to return to the studio
- Rock bands to line up over Iraq
- EMI enter neurotic marketing partnership deal
- (Chris) Martin snubs (Tony) Blair

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CMU AT THE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL

As we may have mentioned every single day this week, the CMU team is at the Edinburgh Festival at the moment, covering pretty much every show that is happening up here at the moment (that's a lot). You can read all of our reviews at http://www.threeweeks.co.uk. Not only that, but from later on today we will be kicking off the ThreeWeeks podcasts, which is very hi-tech and you really should check it out. Oh yes, and did we mention there's a ThreeWeeks radio show on Festival FM (http://www.festivalfm.net) every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7pm - 9pm? Anyway, here's some of our music reviews.

Sandy Brechin, Ewan Wilkinson & Ronan Martin
Stoneyport Agency
There's much to love about Sandy: his sly, knowing chat; the wee march as he harmonises and, of course, his accordion. He is joined on stage by fresh-faced folkies Euan and Ronan (fae Peebles and Skye, on guitar and fiddle), both of whom stake a claim to be the star of the show. The highlight of the set is Ewan's 'Far From the Sea', ten minutes in, but the quality stays high all the way through. As well as originals, they play exquisitely through centuries-old songs, Richard Thompson songs and songs that still have working titles, all of which are liable to be hummed on the way home from the friendly Acoustic Music Centre. [tt]
Acoustic Music Centre @ St Brides, 9 Aug, 8.30 pm (10.00 pm), £8.00 (£6.00), fpp 111. tw rating 4/5

Luminescent Orchestrii
Luminescent Orchestrii perform an infectious blend of ska, punk, Romanian gypsy and Balkan folk, which is going to light up your life! Discover this totally original group and let them turn you on to a unique blend of sound you never knew existed. The show is a relentless toe tapping furious frenzy of fun, in fact I absolutely defy anyone to sit still. Within minutes the twanging bass sound of the guitar on and the drunken fiddles will have worked their way in and then resistance is useless; your toes will tap and your hands will clap! These guys play with such natural flair and a real sense of fun in what they do. Drink and be merry to their sophisticated, crazy sound. [ljh]
The Spiegel Garden, 8 - 16 Aug (not 12, 13), 6.00pm (7.10pm), £8.00, fpp 105. tw rating 5/5

Jonathan Prag Classical Guitar
Jonathan Prag
Unburden yourself of your worries and enjoy an hour of total escapism. Hidden away in this cosy venue, a quiet retreat from the hubbub outside. Jonathan Prag takes you on a world tour with his diverse repertoire of classical and modern pieces for guitar. Bach and Breil, Scottish and Russian folk, a hornpipe and a devilish tango do not faze this quietly confident and completely unpretentious performer. Jonathan's skillfully adept and laid back style puts the audience completely at ease. The history, both personal and factual, behind each piece adds depth to the music. His dreamy melodies bring about a sense of calm that settles upon everyone present. Easy on the ear, totally chilled out and very highly recommended. [ljh]
Café Royal, 5-29 Aug (not 17), 1.20pm (2.20pm) £6.00 (£4.50), fpp 103. tw rating 4/5

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ACCUSED HIT BACK AT SPITZER'S PAYOLA INVESTIGATION
A number of key players in the US music radio sector are busy finding holes in the New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's report into the use of payola by record labels eager to get their music played on radio.

Although Spitzer's report was primarily reported in terms of the tactics employed by SonyBMG to secure airtime for their artists, the Attorney General's findings were also damning for the station managers accused of accepting bribes to programme the major's music. With media regulator the FCC now launching its own payola investigation some of those accused of accepting bribes have already been dismissed, while others are desperately holding on to their jobs.

One of those radio execs accused of accepting payola, Donnie Michaels from Miami's Y100, has hit out at Spitzer's report, telling the LA Times: "I was just doing what everyone else was doing." Meanwhile the former programme director of WKSE, also accused in the report, told the Buffalo News that the report was "garbage", adding "pending our future lawsuit, I can't get too specific..."

Meanwhile rumour has it radio execs and music pluggers have returned to using the phone as their main means of communication, much of the evidence in the Spitzer investigation coming from archives of email correspondence between the radio companies and the record labels. So it's just as well we're launching the audioDaily service in September which will be accessible via your mobile - we wouldn't want those US radio types missing out on their CMU Daily because of a new found email-phobia.

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EMI REPORTEDLY INTERESTED IN WIND UP
The New York Post's Tim Arango has reported that EMI is close to buying up New York based independent Wind Up Records, the label behind Creed, Evanescence and Drowning Pool. Arango claims the deal would be worth $125 million, of which $100 million would be paid in cash, and $25 million in EMI shares. He reckons EMI's Ivan Gavin and Wind Up's Colin Finkelstein are both hammering out the deal now, and a formal announcement will be made in Oct.

EMI refused to comment on the rumour, while Wind Up boss Steve Lerner gave a non-committal response to the New York Post: "As the most successful independent record company, we're often approached with strategic opportunities. To date, we have not found one in which we felt it was the right situation for Wind-up, our artists and our employees."

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HMV HOPE TO TEACH DOWNLOADING TO THE MAINSTREAM
HMV is preparing to take on a massive task. They are going to teach women how to download music. Yes, you read that right, women, downloading. Mad I know.

The music retailer plans to install 200 computers into stores around the country to coincide with the launch of their new download platform at the start of next month. The aim of the instore experience is to introduce the mainstream audience who are yet to download the marvels of the digital music experience (wonder if that includes a beginners guide to Kazaa?).

HMV bosses hope the instore initiative will "demystify" the downloading process for "women, older people and music fans in general". A spokesman for the record shop told reporters: "A lot of people still have not really picked up on downloading and do not necessarily understand it. When women are comfortable with downloading they may find it less intimidating to do that on their own computers, rather than go into a record store. We hope that HMV's entry into the market will be the catalyst to move downloading into the mainstream."

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MELUA GETS BRITISH CITIZENSHIP
Ms Katie Melua is now a British citizen after pledging her allegiance to the lovely Queen. The chart topping warbler was born in the Soviet republic of Georgia, but moved to Belfast aged 8, and then to Redhill, Surrey five years later. She acquired official British citizenship at a ceremony last week, telling passers by: "We still consider ourselves to be Georgian, because that is where our roots are, and I return to Georgia every year to see my uncles and grandparents, but I am proud to now be a British citizen."

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COTTON GETS FRIDAY MORNINGS ON RADIO 1
If ever there was a reason to stay in bed on a Friday morning this is it. Dreadful TOTP presenter Fearne Cotton is taking over the early morning breakfast show on Friday mornings on Radio 1, because doing it five times a week would be far too much to ask of JK & Joel, who will host the slot from Monday to Thursday once the lovely Nemone steps down. She will co-present the show with her former TOTP co-host Reggie What's-his-name.

Needless to say, the always excitable Cotton was very, erm, excited about her new appointment. "I'm so excited about joining Radio 1," she said excitably, "When I was a kid I did the classic thing of taping shows off the radio and dropping my own voice in - hopefully this show will be better than that! Most of all, I'm looking forward to talking about music, obsessing about music and playing loads of music."

Radio 1's Head Of Overly Excitable And Rather Irritating Presenter Appointments, Ben Cooper, told reporters: "Reggie and Fearne are really hot at the moment and I'm chuffed that they are ready to get up early to do this show. It'll be an ultimate guide to what to do at the weekend, and as they are passionate about different types of new music, love going to different gigs and generally having a good time it should make for some great radio."

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RADIO 1 LAUNCHES US BROADCASTS
Talking of Radio 1, the BBC pop station has launched in the US for the first time. As previously reported, Radio 1 are reaching an American audience via a deal with satellite broadcaster Sirius. The US feed went live yesterday. It will have a five hour delay so East Coast listeners can tune in to the breakfast show at breakfast time, and the drive time show at drive time. Which is just as well, because there was danger that the time difference could shift the aforementioned Fearne Cotton show into prime time and, while we may not always approve of the foreign policy adopted by our American cousins, I'm not sure they deserve that.

Launching the new American broadcast, Radio 1 boss Andy Parfitt told reporters: "The station's job is to discover and support great new British music and America is a huge music market. If it benefits UK artists for Radio 1 to be carried on Sirius then it's a good thing. It will further reinforce that Radio 1 is a global player. It's a very exciting development."

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OAKENFOLD SIGNS INTERNATIONAL DEAL WITH EMI
The snappily titled EMI Music Continental Europe has signed up superstar DJ Paul Oakenfold who, despite the rumours, is not dead. The deal will give EMI applies worldwide outside North American and the UK, which sounds like quite a lot more than Continental Europe to me, but what do I know. It will give the major not only rights to Oakenfold's own recordings, but also the option to pick up the artists he signs up to his Perfecto label.

Confirming the new deal, EMI MCE boss JF Cecillon told us pop fans: "Paul has always been, and continues to be, a true leader and innovator in music and this arrangement fits perfectly into the creative vision we have at EMI of working with long term artists who have unique and original ideas and with dynamic independent labels. For EMI this promises to be a great partnership based on great music."

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BEANIE SIGEL RELEASED
Rapper Beanie Sigel has been released from a New Jersey prison after serving less than a year for illegal possession of a firearm. As previously reported, Sigel, real name Dwight Grant, was sentenced to a year's imprisonment in Oct of 2004 after he pleaded guilty to the charge. Of course, he may not be free for long if things don't go his way; he faces a retrial on an unconnected charge of attempted murder related to an incident in Philadelphia back in 2003.

Elsewhere in hip-hoppers and gun charges news, G-Unit's Lloyd Banks and Young Buck have been arrested and released without bail after the van that they were in was stopped by police after it apparently ran a red light; one of the twelve occupants of the van was said to have been in possession of a loaded handgun, whilst another weapon was found on the floor of the van. Will they never learn?

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KIM CARNES RELEASES NEW ALBUM
Kim Carnes is to release a new album. Haven't heard from her in a while, well, except for that sample on that Mylo track. Anyway, her new album is called 'Chasin Wild Trains' and features twelve brand new songs. Hurrah. We're looking forward to it.

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MADONNA WORKS WITH ANDRE 3000
Madonna has apparently been working with Outkast (and now movie) star Andre 3000 on a track from that forthcoming album, 'Confessions On A Dancefloor'. According to IOL.com, the two met on the set of Mr Madonna-Guy Ritchie's new movie, 'Revolver'. Andre said: "Madonna showed up on the set of Revolver and made me really nervous. She walked around the corner and I forgot all my lines. She asked me what I thought about music and where it was going. Then we talked about something on her new album."

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MAGIC GETS IN THE CELEBS
EMAP's Magic radio station is adding a bit of celebrity to its line up, moving the station away from its more music, less talk policy, at the weekends at least. No word on which celebs the station is planning to hire, but Big Brother is nearly up for another year so there's a few more z-listers to choose from.

The station's new MD, Andria Vidler, who is behind the format revamp, told radio fans everywhere: "Emap is committed to growing Magic with investment in music, programming, imaging and marketing - but it is evolution not revolution. To begin with we'll be introducing some new high-quality weekend shows which will give Magic more talkability whilst still putting the music first".

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CIARA LEADS THE PACK AT LADY OF SOUL AWARDS
Newcomer Ciara has secured five nominations on the Soul Train Lady Of Soul Awards shortlist. Her song '1, 2 Step' has received nods for best new artist, music video and dance cut; her album 'Goodies' is up for R&B/soul album, and the title track will compete for song of the year. Elsewhere, Amerie, American Idol champion Fantasia and Destiny's Child all have four nominations.

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BENICASSIM TO MOVE FORWARD IN 2006
Organisers of Spain's Benicassim Festival have said the event will move forward to Jul next year - it has traditionally taken place in Aug. The event is being moved so it doesn't clash with Spanish holidays. Exact dates of the 2006 event are tbc.

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CLOR WANT YOUR PICTURE
But only if you are a fan of the band. Clor are asking those who love them to send them passport style photos (of themselves, obviously), which they plan to use in the group's next promo. Send your passport photos to Clor Management, 29-31 Cowper Street, London, EC2A 4AT

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SUBWAYS GO ORANGE COUNTY
The Subways have announced that they are to make an appearance in one of CMU's favourite TV programmes, the OC. The band are apparently delighted, not least because they love the show, but also, presumably, because it will be good for their profile, at home and in the US; the show did, after all, kind of break acts like The Killers and Jem and, more recently, Imogen Heap.

The band have also announced that they will undertake an extensive UK tour in the autumn. Dates follow:

30 Sep: Lincoln, Drill Hall
1 Oct: Sunderland, Manor Quay
4 Oct: Bournemouth, Old Fire Station
5 Oct: London, Astoria
6 Oct: Colchester University
8 Oct: Stoke, Keele University
9 Oct: Northampton, Roadmenders
10 Oct: Wrexham, Central Station
12 Oct: Brighton, Event
13 Oct: Norwich, Waterfront
14 Oct: Hull University
15 Oct: Leeds, The Cockpit
17 Oct: Newcastle University
19 Oct: Dundee, Fat Sams
20 Oct: Aberdeen, Moshulu
21 Oct: Glasgow, Garage
24 Oct: Cambridge, Junction
25 Oct: Wolverhampton, Wulfren Hall
27 Oct: Oxford Brookes
28 Oct: Bristol, Anson Rooms
30 Oct: Exeter, Lemon Grove
31 Oct: Cardiff University, Solus
2 Nov: Manchester, Academy 2
3 Nov: Liverpool, Academy 4
4 Nov: Sheffield, Leadmill
10 Nov: Portsmouth, Pyramids Centre
11 Nov: Reading University

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SNOW PATROL PREPARING TO RETURN TO THE STUDIO
Snow Patrol are starting work on the follow up to 'Final Straw' next month. In a message on the band's website frontman Gary Lightbody says he reckons the new long player can be completed in a mere six weeks.

Gary writes: "After a few weeks off to do some washing and pay the odd bill we will start on the new record. We haven't decided where we're going to do it yet, but we have narrowed it down to a few studios. We hope to be under way with the actual recording by the end of September and spend not much more than six weeks on the recording itself. The plan is to be well prepared before we go in, so that we can be focused when we start. Rather than go in and jam like some bands. Jamming never worked for us!"

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ROCK BANDS TO LINE UP OVER IRAQ
Operation Ceasefire, a group of anti-war musicians, is to team up with two other organizations, Military Families Speak Out and Iraq Veterans Against The War to hold a concert which will call attention to the deteriorating situation in Iraq. The gig will be held in Sep in Washington, and will feature performances from Le Tigre, Ted Leo And The Pharmacists, Bouncing Souls, Wayne Kramer with the Bellrays The Coup, Head-Roc, and Thievery Corporation.

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EMI ENTER NEUROTIC MARKETING PARTNERSHIP DEAL
EMI, their a record label by the way, have confirmed a partnership with a company called Neurotic Media which will see the major make downloads available to brands looking to promote themselves through music. The two campaigns already instigated by the partnership include a Joss Stone one with GAP, and another that gave away music via bottles of Sauza Tequila,

Commenting on the EMI relationship, Neurotic boss Shachar Oren told people: "Their offerings can include code redemption, consumer data collection, and various client-branded components - allowing EMI Special Markets to design a unique program for each of their clients."

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(CHRIS) MARTIN SNUBS (TONY) BLAIR
Yawn. Chris Martin has knocked back the opportunity to meet our dear leader Mr Blair at Downing Street because it might damage his reputation. As we all know, the Gallagher's did it, but Martin has no intention of visiting number ten just now because he doesn't see eye to eye with the prime minister.

Martin said: "I'm not going to go. I really like Tony Blair. He's interested in the same things as I am - he plays the guitar and he always gives the impression of doing what he can to help. But I don't particularly want to be photographed with him at the moment."

In some ways that's fair enough. I wouldn't want to be photographed with Mr Blair. But Martin thinks Blair gives the impression of doing what he can to help. Blair gives me the impression that he does what he wants to help himself, and thinks we're all stupid. But there you go.

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