CMU Daily - on the inside Monday 15th August

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In today's CMU Daily:
- Apple may have to pay Microsoft to sell iPods
- Sanctuary launch releases for Sony PSP
- Michelob offer free music to exercise to
- Morpheus add legit download strand
- Misty support numbers on tour
- MMF move awards event
- Limp Bizkit face legal action from their own insurance company
- Fox says Abdul didn't coach Clark
- Chart update
- 50 Cent worried about Nelly's bling addiction
- Lewis house closed to public
- Backyard Babies back in the UK
- Unseen Beatles footage on DVD
- Neptunes make some money shocker
- Jools Holland to marry
- Webbe says Elton caused Blue split
- Courtney and Coogan? Really?
- Darkness man's fiance keen to set date
- Mariah dreamed of being kidnapped away from ex

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KILL ALL HIPPIES JULY
Another night of lowdown filth, fabulous fury and pure dirty, goodtime music takes place this Saturday at the Scala, London. Those who enjoyed White Rose Movement's DJ set in the Fun House a couple of months back can now seen them play live - because they'll be on stage alongside The Grates.

All the regulars will be on the decks - Eddy TM, DJ Syrinx and Jeff Automatic - alongside special guests the Backstage Sluts. Then there's Jagz Kooner and Richard Clouston in the Fun House, this month with special guest Richard Fearless. And on top of that Double Dragon Records are hosting the foyer bar, with DJ sets from Charlotte Hatherley (Ash), Nigel Coxon and Mark Beaumont (NME), and Alex D and Gavin Nugent.

All takes place 20 Aug at the Scala from 8.30pm to 4am, all in association with TuneTribe.com. Tickets are £8 on the night, or just £5 if you guest list yourself in advance at http://www.leylinepromotions.com/killallhippies. Full press release at: http://www.cmumusicnetwork.co.uk/pressroom/killallhippies

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CMU AT THE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL

As you all surely know, the CMU team are currently at the Edinburgh Festival at the moment publishing ThreeWeeks, the main reviews newspaper up here. Just so you're in the loop, here's the latest music reviews from the CMU/ThreeWeeks team - a joyfully eclectic selection.

And if you want to know more, why not tune in to the ThreeWeeks radio show on Festival FM tonight and every night at 7pm (87.7FM in Edinburgh, or online at www.festivalfm.net)? Though we say so ourselves, it's rather good. Anyway, here's the reviews, there's even more at http://www.threeweeks.co.uk.

Youngblood Brass Band
T on the Fringe
It took two songs for me to become addicted to the energy, passion and talent that was being forced upon us by 'Youngblood Brass Band'. The candle-lit, bare brick cellar that is Cabaret Voltaire filled with screeching trumpets, trombones and an array of percussion instruments, which brought a sound so big it hurt trying to take it all in. It was 75 minutes of brass band hip-hop with the vocal power comparable to Zach de la Rocha and eight pairs of lungs that literally blew me away. Like most politically and economically aware musicians, they strive to remain independent and this is reflected in the lyrics David Henzie was hurling at us. I left feeling drained, emotionally hung-over and craving more. [aw]
Cabaret Voltaire, 10 Aug , 7:00pm (10:00pm), £8.00. tw rating: 5/5

The Anomolies
T on the Fringe
Few would expect much from a self-confessed pop band from Hereford, but when The Anomolies took to the small stage in Cabaret Voltaire, the half dozen keen gig goers who were having a drink before the headliner's set were soon convincingly enlightened. The two young guys oozed confidence, and were as tight and rehearsed as pop bands should be. The two friends bounced off each other with a humour that involved the audience, rapping about texting "slags" and word associations. Even the über cool folks who are too "scene" to enjoy pop will be impressed by 'The Anomolies': Busted of the rapping world. [aw]
Cabaret Voltaire, 10 Aug, 7:00pm (10:00pm), £8.00. tw rating: 4/5

Sing! Zimbabwe
Pamushana Productions
I assure you, if you see anything more prevailing than this at the Fringe this year, you will be a very fortuitous individual. The magnitude of material on offer covers the full spectrum of indigenous songs and popular western music from the last century. The concert also integrates some superbly organic choreography as well as captivating and subtle solo performances. More important than all of this though, it is clear that this group love performing these songs, and aren't afraid to have a great time while doing so. Highlights include the classic 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow', which drifts effortlessly from major to minor key, but the real showstopper was the heartbreaking rendition of the quintessential 'You'll Never Walk Alone'. [ds]
Assembly @ St George's West, 5 - 29 Aug (not Sundays), times vary, prices vary, fpp 112. tw rating 4/5

My Heart's Beating Drum
Elizabeth Fotheringham
Liz Fotheringham's songs are haunting and lyrical and, with subjects often inspired by events in her own life, they are quite touching' reminiscent of Beverly Craven, her performance is very cool and calm. On the down side, all of the songs have much the same tempo and feel to them, but they are sung so beautifully that hardly seems to matter. Fotheringham has an excellent voice and has created a set that suits it perfectly. A truly relaxing experience. [mb]
Cafe Royal, 6 - 29Aug, 4:00pm (5:00pm), £5.00 (£3.50), fpp 107. tw rating 3/5

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APPLE MAY HAVE TO PAY MICROSOFT TO SELL IPODS
While Microsoft's digital media boss Erik Huggers recently told the press that MP3 player makers like Phillips, Creative and Samsung are busy developing new models which will be "iPod killers", his colleagues in legal are working on a contingency plan should the Apple player continue to dominate - by using patent law to force their rivals to pay them a fee for the right to sell their own technology. No, really, it's true.

It's all to do with the speed with which the two competing IT firms applied for a US patent for the software functionality that powers the iPod. Bill Gates' legal team submitted such a patent application in May 2002, seven months after Apple launched their music player, but five months before Steve Jobs' company made a similar patent application.

Although Microsoft's first application was initially rejected, the Patent Office indicated it would accept a revised application on 27 Jun, two weeks before Apple's original application was rejected on 13 Jul. Although Jobs will now appeal any decision to hand Microsoft an iPod patent, there is a real chance he will fail in that attempt, and Apple will end up having to pay their rivals a royalty on every iPod sold.

This story has come to light now following a report on AppleInsider.com, which was taken up and confirmed by Bloomberg. They spoke to Apple who made little comment on Microsoft's attempts to use patent laws to gain ground in the digital music market, accept to say: "Apple invented and publicly released the iPod interface before the Microsoft patent application cited by the examiner was filed".

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SANCTUARY LAUNCH RELEASES FOR SONY PSP
Sanctuary are planning five releases on the new UMD format designed to be used with Sony's PlayStation Portable, which launches in Europe and Australia next month. UMDs are 2.3 inch optical disks which can hold some 1.8GB of content, which I am told by some clever people is 140 minutes of DVD quality video. Although developed by Sony, the technology firm have made the format available to any content owners interested in making their stuff available in this way.

The five Sanctuary releases include three music concert recordings and two movies. On 1 Sep, the day the PSP launches over here, they will release 'Iron Maiden - Rock In Rio'. On 12 Sep you'll get 'INXS - Live Baby Live' and 'Bob Marley - Live From Santa Barbara', with cult movies 'Dune' and 'Blue Velvet' following on 3 Oct.

Commenting on their interest in releasing content using the new Sony format, Sanctuary Visual Entertainment's Commercial Director Spencer Pollard told CMU: "Sanctuary's audio-visual catalogue is very high quality and the titles we have chosen to launch with are great products and artists with huge fan bases. I am very excited to be working with Sony PSP at the launch and it demonstrates our ability to generate great coverage and explore new sales opportunities not only for our repertoire but for the future of the audio-visual market."

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MICHELOB OFFER FREE MUSIC TO EXERCISE TO
Here's an interesting music marketing initiative from Michelob Ultra. The low carb beer brand is concerned about it's US customer's health (it probably should be), and as such has been staging a range of marketing initiatives for the fitness-conscious drinker. The latest such initiative gives drinkers the chance to go online, input personal information such as height and preferred exercises, and then download the most appropriate 'work out music'. So if you fancy a bit of free music to jog to, drink some American beer and then check http://www.ULTRAmix.com

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MORPHEUS ADD LEGIT DOWNLOAD STRAND
Staying with digital type stuff, Morpheus, the P2P network run by LA based StreamCast Networks, has added a pay-to-download strand, which means each time the network's users search for a song they will be invited to buy legitimate content as well as download unofficial tracks from other users' MP3 collections.

While P2P owners have been piloting pay-to-download add-ons for a while - with AltNet offering a similar service via the Kazaa network - the need for P2P networks to have a legitimate sales strand has become more urgent since that previously reported US Supreme Court ruling that said that P2P owners could be held liable for the copyright theft they enable.

StreamCast et al will be hoping that if their P2P platforms have a legit sales strand they might be able to sidestep that liability in some way. Or, if they can prove the value of legit sales via P2P to the major record companies, then the content owners won't instigate legal action in the first place.

Of course it will be impossible to prove the value of such sales without getting at least one major record company on board, and that will be no easy task. One of the people trying to persuade label execs to do just that is Morpheus VP of Business Development Elizabeth Cowley. She was keen to point out the value of her company's proposition to the labels, telling reporters: "A recent Forbes article noted that 70 percent of digital music customers had first sampled music on P2P. Further, the BBC stated that file sharers spent four and a half times more money on digital music than others".

Whether or not Morpheus subscribers really are interested in paying for music accessible via the P2P network, and whether the record labels have any interest in finding out, all remains to be seen.

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MISTY SUPPORT NUMBERS ON TOUR
Misty's Big Adventure have been asked to support The Magic Numbers on their forthcoming Oct tour. You can also see the band quite soon on 24 Aug at The Luminaire on London's Kilburn High Road, but here are those Magic Numbers dates:

4 Oct: Leeds University
5 Oct: Glasgow Barrowlands
7 Oct: Sheffield University
8 Oct: Wolverhampton Wulfren Hall
9 Oct: Cardiff, University

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MMF MOVE AWARDS EVENT
The Music Managers Forum have announced their Roll Of Honour award event, which was scheduled to take place on 22 Sep, will now take place on 19 Apr 2006 in London. The decision to move the event has come about because of the plethora of other industry events that take place in early Autumn.

Confirming the dates switch, MMF General Secretary James Sellar told reporters: "There has been several other events which have changed from their traditional dates which has led to a highly congested calenda. Whilst it is disappointing that we will not be having the Roll of Honour this year, we are confident that the event in early 2006 will be a much higher profile event for our desired recipients and preliminary plans for the awards ceremony are progressing extremely well. The advantage of moving the event to April allows the MMF to progress with its strategy for another event outside of London in the third or fourth quarter of the year potentially coinciding with an established event such as In the City."

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LIMP BIZKIT FACE LEGAL ACTION FROM THEIR OWN INSURANCE COMPANY
The legal battle surrounding the death of a fan during Limp Bizkit's performance at Australia's Big Day Out festival in 2000 continues following a decision by an insurance company to sue the band.

Limp Bizkit and the band's individual members were among those named in a lawsuit brought through the Australian courts by the family of Jessica Michalik, the teenager who died at the festival. The family claimed the band's frontman, Fred Durst, was in part responsible for the girl's death because he allegedly incited his audience to surge forward.

A Sydney court rejected those claims, but now the band's insurance company is restating the allegations in a lawsuit filed in LA. Diamond State Insurance Co are trying to get out of paying the band's legal costs relating to the case on the basis that Durst was, in fact, liable for Michalik's death, and therefore should be liable for his own legal fees.

It remains to be seen if the LA courts will agree to consider allegations already rejected in a Sydney court room, but needless to say Limp Bizkit's lawyers are describing Diamond State's lawsuit as ridiculous and irresponsible.

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FOX SAYS ABDUL DIDN'T COACH CLARK
The Fox Network's 'independent council' (whatever that is) has decided that there's no evidence that American Idol judge Paula Abdul gave 2003 contestant Corey Clark special help and coaching. As previously 'the council' was set up in Jul to investigate Clark's claims that he had an affair with Abdul, who privately helped him with his singing and gave him money for expensive clothes. Abdul denied the relationship and whilst she acknowledged that she had spoken privately with Clark over the phone, she said that the talks were not related to her giving him assistance. The council concluded that the pair's stories "differ greatly and no evidence was uncovered to resolve the conflicts in their accounts". Paula Abdul said she is "grateful this ordeal is over".

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CHART UPDATE
James Blunt and Celine Dion hey, yeah, that figures. As of yesterday Mr Blunt, it seems, is the first artist to hold on to the number one position in both the singles and album charts for five consecutive weeks since Celine Dion topped both countdowns for the same period back in 1995, then with single 'Think Twice' and album 'Colour Of My Love'. Make of that what you will.

Ignoring Blunt's hold on the top spots in both the single and album charts, other chart successes worthy of mention are as follows. Albums wise Daniel Powter had the highest new entry with his eponymously titled album at 5, while Lulu went in at 29 with 'A Little Soul In Your Heart' and Longview reentered the chart at 32 with 'Mercury', presumably boosted by the release of new single 'Further', which went in the singles chart at 24.

Talking of new entries in the singles chart, the never dull Craig David got the highest new entry at 3 with new single 'All The Way'. Then, as far as new entries are concerned, it went Goldfrapp with 'Ooh La La' at 4, Akon with 'Belly Dancer' at 5, Magic Numbers with 'Love Me Like You' at 12, Big City Life with 'Mattafix' at 15, Axwell with 'Feel The Vibe' at 16, Supergrass with 'St Petersburg' at 22, Nine Black Alps with 'Unsatisfied' at 30, Lady Sovereign with '9 to 5' at 33, and Frankie J with 'Obsession (No Es Amor) at 38. Sorted.

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50 CENT WORRIED ABOUT NELLY'S BLING ADDICTION
50 Cent has spoken out about fellow hip-hopper Nelly's love of diamonds. According to breakingnews.ie, Fiddy said: "I've never seen a chain with ice that big and that clean. Not to say Nelly doesn't have the dough to do it, but I would hope the people around him are smart enough to tell him not to. If you gon' spend $5m on diamonds, you's a damn fool."

Yes. He should probably give that money to charity instead of spending it on adornments. That, or put it in an off-shore bank account. Which is more likely.

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LEWIS HOUSE CLOSED TO PUBLIC
If you were planning to take in Jerry Lee Lewis's house on your tour of Mississippi this summer, then I'm afraid we have disappointing news. The fifteen room home, which has been a popular tourist attraction for more than a decade, has been closed to the public following the star's lengthy divorce proceedings with sixth wife Kerrie McCarver Lewis. Lewis's daughter Phoebe said: "This is a private residence now. We don't plan to open it back up."

The house was first opened for tours when Kerrie McCarver Lewis was managing the Jerry Lee Lewis fan club. She doesn't manage the fan club any longer, presumably because she's no longer a fan, if the fact of the divorce settlement is anything to go by. However, there is some good news - you can still drive past and gawk. Kim Terrell from the local Tourism Association said "They've [tourists] heard a lot about the piano-shaped swimming pool and his antique car collection. They can still drive by and see it."

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BACKYARD BABIES BACK IN THE UK
The Backyard Babies have announced they will play some headline sets in the UK this Sep. The dates are as follows, with support acts to be announced:

1 Sep: London Islington Academy
2 Sep: Leeds Cockpit
3 Sep: Glasgow Barfly

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UNSEEN BEATLES FOOTAGE ON DVD
That previously reported DVD release of 'George Harrison's Concert For Bangladesh' is to feature previously unseen footage of Harrison and Ringo Starr, joined by Eric Clapton, singing material by then rivals (I guess) The Rolling Stones. They were filmed prior to the concert playing 'Jumping Jack Flash'. Editor Claire Ferguson told the Independent: "We were lucky enough to discover this fantastic rehearsal footage which had just been sitting in the archive for 34 years. It was an incredible treasure trove." The DVD is to be released in Oct.

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NEPTUNES MAKE SOME MONEY SHOCKER
Gigwise report that rapper Nas has paid the Neptunes $2m for a track, and apparently had to beat other hip-hoppers to it. Busta Rhymes is alleged to have said "Ah shit, that's the craziest beat I ever heard! Those drums man, those drums are fire! If Nas is gonna rap to this beat, it's going to be over. This will be the biggest hit in the history of hip hop."

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JOOLS HOLLAND TO MARRY
Jools Holland is to marry his long term partner, sculptor Christabel McEwen, in a small private ceremony. They already have a fourteen year old daughter together, and both have children from previous relationships.

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WEBBE SAYS ELTON CAUSED BLUE SPLIT
Former Blue boy Simon Webbe has said that Elton John inspired the boy band's decision to split due to comments he made when Elton collaborated with the boys on 'Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word'. Webbe said "We decided to have a break because Sir Elton told us: 'You have a certain amount of longevity in the business. If you keep releasing pop albums as Blue you'll go stale. His comments made sense. He's a legend with almost 40 years in the business. I realised it would be best to take time out." Perhaps Sir Elton should be knighted. Again.

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COURTNEY AND COOGAN? REALLY?
The Sun reports that Courtney Love recently spent some time with Steve Coogan - aka Alan Partridge - in an LA hotel. A source said: "Courtney was all over Steve. They were flirting in front of everyone." The Sun also reports that Love wrote Coogan a love letter, but I have no idea how they might have got their hands on it. They claim it said: "It's so weird and wrong and good and sweet and evil being with you...You are beautiful my little baby and by the way, I love you too." Ick.

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DARKNESS MAN'S FIANCE KEEN TO SET DATE
Darkness-manager-come-Justin-Hawkin'-fiance Sue Whitehouse has said that if her rocker boyfriend doesn't set a wedding date soon the engagement is off. A year into the couple's engagement, The Daily Mirror quote Sue as saying: "I'm beginning to think it will never happen. When families get involved in wedding plans it gets really messy trying to make everyone happy. I'd love to just elope, but my mum would kill me."

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MARIAH DREAMED OF BEING KIDNAPPED AWAY FROM EX
Mariah Carey has told a magazine that when married to former Sony boss Tommy Mottola she dreamed of being kidnapped so she could get out of the relationship. The singer made the somewhat bizarre revelation to Allure magazine, saying: "I longed for someone to come kidnap me back then. I used to fantasise about that a lot. I'd have my pocketbook with me at all times in case I had to make an escape."

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