CMU Daily - on the inside Tuesday 30th August

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In today's CMU Daily
- CMU in Edinburgh
- Green Day dominate at VMAs
- Reading and Leeds go rather well
- Borrell and Doherty back stage bust up shocker
- Kylie denies Commonwealth reports
- Coldplay new new album on its way?
- Lady Sovereign to work with Jay-Z
- Virgin prep for UK download launch
- Hassel masterclass at Leeds
- Rose's attorney responds to Slash / Duff lawsuit
- Franz Ferdinand to release one off singles
- Iraqi Pop Idol attracts record viewers
- New chart show merges the stats
- House Music Award nominations announced

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CMU IN EDINBURGH
Well, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe officially finished yesterday, though T on the Fringe continued till the end of the week and we're still here - though mainly because MusicWorks kicks off in Glasgow tomorrow and we'll be nipping over. More Edinburgh Festival reviews are appearing now at http://www.threeweeks.co.uk. Expect the CMU Daily to be a bit erratic for a few more days, with normal service back next Monday (we hope!)

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GREEN DAY DOMINATE AT VMAS
Green Day dominated at this weekend's MTV Video Music Awards, winning seven of the eight gongs they were nominated for. They took the awards for Best Rock Video and Best Video for 'Boulevard Of Broken Dreams', as well as Best Group, the Viewers' Choice Award and several technical awards. The only award the band were shortlisted for but didn't win was the one for Art Direction, which went to the team behind Gwen Stefani's 'What You Waiting For?' video. After his hugely successful night, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong told reporters: "It's great to know that rock music still has a place at MTV".

Other winners on the night included Kanye West who took Best Male Video, Kelly Clarkson who won Best Female Video, Ludacris who took Best Rap Video, Alicia Keys who won Best R&B Video and Missy Elliot who won both Best Hip Hop Video and Best Dance Video.

The awards went ahead despite concerns about Hurricane Katrina, which hit Florida last week, and which forced some of the pre-award parties in host town Miami to be cancelled. Though risky weather conditions didn't provide the only drama around the awards event. Hip hop mogul Suge Knight was shot in the upper right leg during a pre-awards party at a Miami nightclub on Saturday night. Regarding that shooting, local police say they have no suspects as yet but investigations continue.

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READING AND LEEDS GO RATHER WELL
All went well at Reading and Leeds at the weekend, with around 120,000 festival-goer types taking in headliners Iron Maiden, Foo Fighters and Pixies. Mean Fiddler boss Melvin Benn rounded off the weekend by telling reporters: "We have had a musically fantastic weekend, blessed with glorious sunshine and happy crowds. We have also had significant reductions in crime, medical casualties and fires. It's been a great weekend."

In addition to the headliners, the events saw performances from Marilyn Manson, Iggy and the Stooges and Bloc Party, Kings of Leon, Razorlight, Babyshambles and Juliette and The Licks and many many more.

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BORRELL AND DOHERTY BACK STAGE BUST UP SHOCKER
So did you notice the words Razorlight and Babyshambles in the Carling Weekend line up there? Well, that co-billing led to some fun at the Leeds end, with a bit of a fracas between Babyshamble Pete Doherty and Razorlight's Johnny Borrell.

According to NME.com, Doherty went to Razorlight's dressing room shortly before midnight and simply headbutted Borrell. A source said: "We've been told that Pete Doherty did in fact have a disagreement with Razorlight. Rumour is that Doherty walked into the band's dressing room last night after both bands had played and, in an unprovoked attack, headbutted Johnny Borrell. Johnny put Doherty on the floor and left the dressing room, at which point festival security escorted Doherty from the dressing room and back to his bus."

No statement has been issued by Doherty or by Razorlight, but a festival spokesperson confirmed that an incident had taken place, though did not comment on what exactly that incident was.

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HASSEL MASTERCLASS AT LEEDS
More news of former Libertines in Leeds, as Yeti frontman John Hassell gave a masterclass and an intimate acoustic performance at the festival's RAW tent at the weekend. A much more worthwhile pursuit than head butting the opposition, don't you think?

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KYLIE DENIES COMMONWEALTH REPORTS
Kylie's management have denied reports that she is to appear at the 2006 Commnwealth Games, to be staged in Melbourne. Her Australian promoter Michael Gudinski said: "Any suggestions Kylie is to appear in any part of the Commonwealth Games are erroneous and misleading." Her manager Terry Blarney said: "Once the doctors give Kylie the 'all clear', her first priority will be to bring the Showgirl tour to Australian fans as promised. Making up stories about her performing elsewhere shows scant regard for the feelings of those fans as much as for the truth."

Blarney reiterated that tickets for the Australian leg of the Showgirl tour are still valid, but as yet they can't confirm when the shows will be rescheduled for. Gudinksi said: "We could pull a date out of the air but that's not fair on Kylie or her fans. Kylie's going to come back better than ever and we thank you for giving her the time she needs to recover."

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COLDPLAY NEW NEW ALBUM ON ITS WAY?
Oh Coldplay. With these many similar and non-descript albums it looks as though you really might be spoiling us. The band's manager has told Billboard that a new album may be released as early as next year. He said: "They're definitely hungry to get back in the studio to make another record; they've got a lot of material. So for next year we're looking at building a tour around their recording schedule. Ultimately it could potentially mean we end up releasing another record [next year] and continuing to tour well into '07."

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LADY SOVEREIGN TO WORK WITH JAY-Z
UK rap star Lady Sovereign was in New York earlier this month meeting Jay-Z / Def Jam at their Manhattan office and the rap mogul apparently surprised her by requesting an impromptu performance. After a little feestyling Jay-Z promised to get her into the studio with Missy Elliot and The Neptunes ASAP.

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VIRGIN PREP FOR UK DOWNLOAD LAUNCH
Virgin is getting ready to launch its digital music platform in the UK, with the official launch date confirmed as this Friday, 2 Sep. The new service has a MusicNet back end, while the front end has been created by London based design firm Start Creative. Virgin hope to take on not only high street rival HMV with their download platform, but also established digital music companies iTunes and Napster. To that end they will operate both those two competitors' business models, offering both a pay-per-download and a subscription based service. Virgin will also be hoping that their musical heritage, both as a formerly independent record label and as a high street music store, will help them capture a share of the mainstream market yet to discover downloading. However, the MusicNet system they will operate is not compatible with Apple's iPod, meaning they, like most of the other digital music players, may struggle to truly take on iTunes, the only supplier of music to the most popular of digital music players.

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ROSE'S ATTORNEY RESPONDS TO SLASH / DUFF LAWSUIT
Axl Rose's attorney, Howard Weitzman, has issued a statement in response to that lawsuit filed last week by former Guns 'N' Roses members Slash and Duff over the management of the band's back catalogue royalties. As previously reported, the former band members accuse Rose of entering into a new publishing deal without their permission, and of keeping all the royalties for himself.

But after describing the lawsuit as "frivolous", Weitzman told reporters: "This is a classic case of premature accusation. If someone had taken the time to investigate or ask about this situation before rushing to judgment, they would have learned that [royalty body] ASCAP made a clerical error. The amount ASCAP mistakenly sent to Axl's publisher was never received by Axl nor was he ever made aware of the error. The publisher alerted ASCAP to the error, returned the money immediately and asked ASCAP to remedy the situation by distributing the funds appropriately... It is clear that Slash and Duff are looking for another opportunity to spread untruths about Axl in an effort to hurt his reputation and to alienate his fans while at the same time creating a profile for themselves. Contrary to allegations in the lawsuit, Axl has never denied that others made substantial contributions towards the success of Guns N' Roses, but there is little doubt as to who was the creative catalyst behind the group's success."

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FRANZ FERDINAND TO RELEASE ONE OFF SINGLES
Franz Ferdinand are hoping to release some tracks that didn't make it on to the album as singles only: "We seem to be collecting a big pile of these songs that we really like but don't quite get together, but we were talking about doing them as singles in their own right," said ubiquitous frontman Alex Kapranos. "Maybe Can't Stop Feeling and Turn It On we'll just release as singles. It's a thing The Beatles used to do which I really loved, the idea of releasing something as a single completely on its own."

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IRAQI POP IDOL ATTRACTS RECORD VIEWERS
The Iraqi version of Pop Idol has attracted a record number of viewers and is bizarrely credited by some to be boosting morale in the war torn country. The show was commissioned by TV channel al-Sumeria, and the favourite to win at present is a twelve year old boy.

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NEW CHART SHOW MERGES THE STATS
Melanie Sykes and Heart 106.2's Nick Snaith are to host a new chart show to air on a network of over 50 commercial radio stations around the UK. Another chart show you ask? Why another chart show? Well, this one aims to reflect the nation's biggest selling artists across the board, and will take in album, singles, download and DVD sales and radio airplay stats in a bid to assess just who those biggest selling artists are (though quite what radio airplay has to do with being the biggest selling anything I'm not sure).

Called the AC Chart, it will be one of two new chart shows set to debut on commercial radio this year. You also have the Fresh 40 R&B / urban chart to look forward to, which is all very exciting.

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HOUSE MUSIC AWARD NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED
The nominations are out for this year's House Music Awards, which take place at the Hammersmith Palais on 17 Nov. These are based on punter votes that were placed between Mar and Jul this year. More voting will soon begin on the awards' website - http://www.housemusicawards.com. And the nominations are:

Essential Selection Track Of The Year: Audio Bullys - Shot Me Down (Virgin), Axwell - Feel the Vibe (Data), Blaze - Most Precious Love (Defected), BodyRockers - I Like The Way (Mercury), Deep Dish - Flashdance (Deep Dish Records/Positiva), Freemasons - Love On My Mind (Loaded), Gadjo - So Many Times (Subliminal/Manifesto), Martin Solveig - Everybody (Mixture/Defected), Mylo - Drop The Pressure (Breastfed), Sydenham & Ferrer - Sandcastles (Defected)

DJ Of the Year: Armand van Helden, David Guetta, Deep Dish, Erick Morillo, Junior Jack & Kid Crème, Louie Vega, Martin Solveig, Nic Fanciulli, Pete Tong, Roger Sanchez, Sandy Rivera,

Label of the Year: Buzzin Fly, Defected, Eye Industries, Nocturnal Groove, Om Records, Positiva, Subliminal, Toolroom Records

Galaxy Artist Of The Year: Axwell, Blaze, David Guetta, Deep Dish, Erick Morillo, Mark Knight & MTV, Martin Solveig, Mylo, Reel People, Sandy Rivera/KOT

Outstanding Remix: Armand van Helden - Despina Vandi "Opa Opa" (Hedonism/Tinted) David Guetta - Juliet "Avalon" (Astralwerks / Virgin), Dennis Ferrer - Blaze "Most Precious Love" (Defected), MK & MTV - Sydenham & Ferrer "Sandcastles" (Defected), Pete Heller - Sydenham & Ferrer "Sandcastles" (Defected)
Seamus Haji - "Feel The Vibe" (Data), Tiefschwartz - Spectrum "Kinda New" (Playhouse/Non-Stop Records), Tom Neville - Mylo "Destroy Rock n Roll" (Breastfed)

Album of the Year: Chemical Brothers - Push the Button (Astralwerks/Virgin), Daft Punk - Human After All (Virgin), David Guetta - F*** Me I'm Famous Vol 2 (Virgin), Deep Dish - George Is On (Positiva), Erick Morillo - The 2 Sides of My World (Subliminal), Kings of Tomorrow - Trouble (Defected), Martin Solveig - Sur La Terre (Mixture / Defected), Mylo - Destroy Rock N Roll (Breastfed), Royksopp - The Understanding (Wall of Sound), Silicone Soul - Staring into Space (SOMA Records)

Most Innovative Producer: Ben Watt, Blaze, Joey Negro, Martin Solveig, Mylo, Quentin Harris, Sandy Rivera, Trente Moller

Breakthrough Producer: Dennis Ferrer, Franck Roger, Groove Junkies, Herd & Fitz, Justin Martin, Sebastian Ingrosso, Soul Avengerz, Steve Angello,

Breakthrough Label: Breastfed, Cr2, DTPM Recordings, Illegal Beats, MN2S Recordings, Papa Records, Saved Records, Urbana

Pioneer Breakthrough DJ: Grant Richards, Hardsoul, Harj, Johnny 1 Move, Justin Martin, Ken Fan, Shapeshifters, Tristan da Cunha

Onephatdeeva Outstanding Vocal: Barbara Tucker - Most Precious Love (King Street Sounds/Defected), Colette - Feeling Hypnotized (Om Records), Cookie - Back to Basics (Positiva), Inaya Day - Nasty Girl (AATW), Kathy Brown - Stronger on My Own (Defected), Michelle Weeks - Be Thankful (Purple Music), Peyton - Higher Place (Hed Kandi), Sara Devine - Special (MAW)

Best Club Night: Chibuku Shake Shake, Deep, LA, Defected in the House, DTPM, Faith, Kinky Malinki, NastyDirtySexMusic, Sankeys Soap, Southport Weekender, Together @ Turnmills

Best Venue: AKA/The End; London, Cielo; NYC, Egg; London; El Divino, Ibiza; Fabric, London; Neighbourhood, London; Pacha, Ibiza; Shine, Belfast; Space, Ibiza; The Arches, Glasgow

Best Video: Armand van Helden - My My My (Tommy Boy/Southern Fried Records), Basement Jaxx - Oh My Gosh (XL), BodyRockers - I Like The Way (Mercury), Chemical Brothers - Believe (Virgin), Daft Punk - Robot Rock (Virgin), Deep Dish - Flashdance (Deep Dish Records), Eric Prydz - Call On Me (Ministry), Junior Jack - Stupid Disco (PIAS), Shapeshifters - Back to Basics (Positiva), Soul Central - Strings of Life, Stronger on My Own (Defected)

Festival Event of the Year: Big Chill, Eastnor Castle; Coloursfest, Glasgow; Creamfields, Merseyside; Dance Valley, Netherlands; Escape in the Park, Swansea; Godskitchen Global Gathering, Stratford Upon Avon; Heineken Thirst, Sydney; Love Box, Clapham Common; Love Parade, San Francisco; Southport Weekender

Best Live Set: Armand van Helden @ Turnmills, Danny Howells @ BED, WMC, David Guetta @ KissDaFunk, Derrick Carter @ MOS, DJ Spen @ Southport, Erick Morillo @ MOS, Faithless Live @ Athens, Mylo @ Homelands, Reel People @ HMA 04, Tortured Soul @ Nikki Beach, WMC

Best Live PA: Barbara Tucker, Cookie (Shapeshifters), Inaya Day, Julie McKnight, Juliet, Kathy Brown, Michelle Weeks, Reel People

Outstanding Radio Show: Aaron Ross, Radio 1xtra; Annie Mac, Radio 1; Danny Hird, Viking FM; Eddy Temple Morris, XFM; Hed Kandi, Galaxy Network; Huggy, Beat 106; Norman Jay, Giant 45; Pete Tong, Essential Selection; Raymundo Rodriguez, House FM; Roger Sanchez, Release Yourself, Galaxy Network

Best Radio Station: BBC Radio 1, Galaxy Hit Channel, Milan, House FM, KCRW, Kiss 100, Ministry of Sound Radio, Proton Radio, Radio 1xtra, Radio FG Paris

Best Web Resource: 4Clubbers.net, Beatfactor.net, DancefrontDoor.co.uk, Discogs.com, DontStayIn.com, HTFR.com, MinistryofSound.com, Partyscene.nl, ResidentAdvisor.net, Tillate.com

Most Innovative Technology: Allen & Heath Xone VF-1 filter, Pioneer DVJ - X1, Podcast, Sony Acid Pro 5, Stanton Final Scratch, Stanton SMX-501, Technics SLDZ1200, Urei Soundcraft 1601

Best Independent Store: Bang Bang, Bristol; Black Market, London; Blue Vinyl, Manchester; Gramaphone, Chicago; Juno; Massive Records, Oxford; Plastic Fantastic, London; Vinyl Junkies, London

Standout Track WMC: Audio Bullys - Shot Me Down (Virgin), Axwell - Feel The Vibe (Data), Blaze - Most Precious Love (Defected), David Guetta - The World is Mine (Virgin), DJ Technic - Gabryelle (Code Red), Jamie Lewis and Michelle Weeks - Be Thankful (Purple Music), Steve Mac - That Big Track (Cr2), Yves La Rock - Zookey (Lift Your Leg Up) (Defected)

Standout Event WMC: Danny Howells @ BED, Defected @ The National, F*** Me I'm Famous @ Mansion, MN2S @ Amika, Om @ Mansion, Radio 1 @ Nikki Beach, Release Yourself @ Armani Exchange, Yoshitoshi @ Space

Best Download Site: Beatport, Dancetracks Digital, DJ Download, iTunes, Stompy, Track it Down, trax 2 Burn, Traxsource

Best Mag: Deejay (Spain), DJ, iDJ, M8, Mixmag, Notion, Remix, Trax (France), URB, XLR8R

Outstanding A&R: Buzzin Fly - Ben Watt; Cr2 - Mark Brown; Defected - Simon Dunmore; Phonetic - Rob Roar, Positiva - Jason Ellis, Subliminal - Erick Morillo

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