CMU Daily - on the inside Thursday 1st September

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In today's CMU Daily
- CMU in Edinburgh
- Did Suge Knight shoot himself?
- CBGB club makes last stand
- McGraw and Connick Jr line up for hurricane benefit
- Doherty launches behind the scenes website
- ITV rebrand will include different channel identities
- Oasis Scottish dates
- Popworld switches days
- Bowie and Arcade Fire to collaborate
- iTunes phone really going to launch this month?
- Britney not retiring

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CMU IN EDINBURGH
Well, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is now over, though T on the Fringe continues till the end of the week and we're still here - though mainly because MusicWorks is in full swing over in Glasgow and we'll be nipping over later today for a bit of a chat about podcasting. More Edinburgh Festival reviews (and podcasts for that matter) 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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DID SUGE KNIGHT SHOOT HIMSELF?
Now, here's an interesting one for you. Reports suggest that police investigating the previously reported shooting of Suge Knight at a pre-MTV Awards party last weekend (he was shot in the leg) are considering the possibility that the hip hop mogul shot himself. It seems none of the witnesses at the party saw any gunman before, during or after the shooting, which means police reckon Knight or one of his entourage may well have accidentally fired the shot that injured him. That is possibly a bit of a problem for Knight because if he shot himself that will mean he had a gun which will put him in violation of his current probation conditions, leaving him with a few more problems than just a painful leg.

Meanwhile, in some of that related news, The Game was reportedly booted out of the Magic Convention fashion show in Las Vegas this week because of fears he was involved in the Knight shooting. Organisers of the show feared there would be a retaliation against The Game at the event. Poor The Game.

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CBGB CLUB MAKES LAST STAND
Blondie are among the bands taking part in a final attempt to save the legendary New York punk club CBGB, whose building lease is not likely to be renewed following falling outs with it's landlord, the Bowery Residents Committee, over rent rises and the club's inability to meet them.

As previously reported, a number of high profile figures have been lending their support to the club ever since its future became insecure, either by helping raise money to help them fight a legal battle to stay in the building, or by offering to mediate between the club and their landlords. And those supporters don't just come from the punk scene the club is famous for - New York mayor Michael Bloomberg offered mediation services this week, labeling the club "a great New York City institution."

The club's owner, Hilly Kristal, welcomed the mayor's support, and urged him to live up to his promise. He told the BBC: "We are doing whatever we can to stay here which includes encouraging people who are in a position to do something about it. The mayor said the other day that he wants to keep us here, but we don't know what is going to happen. C'est la vie. I just hope the he can back-up what he said. I pray that he will."

The rent dispute has been running for a while now. A New York court recently ruled Kristal did not owe back payments on rent rises set by the Bowery Residents Committee because they did not bill for the new amounts properly. However, that doesn't stop the landlords refusing to enter into a new lease unless new higher rent levels are accepted.

Lending their support, Blondie are appearing at a CBGB Forever concert-come-rally organised by Steven Van Zandt of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band.

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MCGRAW AND CONNICK JR LINE UP FOR HURRICANE BENEFIT
Harry Connick Jr and Tim McGraw are among the acts lined up for a special charity concert due to take place this Friday to raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, which hit America's East Coast this week. Leonardo di Caprio is reportedly among the celebrity names due to appear at the event, which will be broadcast live on US TV.

Commenting on his involvement, McGraw, who comes from Louisiana, one of the affected areas, told reporters: "I am heartbroken by the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in my home state. It's at times like these that each of us must work together to provide life-saving aid to those in terrible need."

MTV will stage their own fundraiser on 10 Sep and have confirmed Green Day and Alicia Keys are already involved.

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DOHERTY LAUNCHES BEHIND THE SCENES WEBSITE
Pete Doherty news anyone? The former Libertine has launched a new website which will give fans an insight into his private life, cos that's just what we all need.

A joint venture with his friend and literary agent Paul Roundhill, the site will be at http://www.balachadha.com and will feature video coverage of Doherty doing stuff. A few previews are already online but the whole thing is due to go live anytime now.

Waxing lyrical about the venture, Roundhill told The Guardian: "When I first met Peter I felt he had multimedia potential and he would break the mould, dismantling the barriers between the band and the audience. The potential for him to work in different media is immense but it also is necessary for him to keep control. This site is making a statement. It's a way for Peter to be in control of all the different aspects of his work."

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ITV REBRAND WILL INCLUDE DIFFERENT CHANNEL IDENTITIES
Each of ITV's channels (1, 2 and 3) are to get their own identities, rather than having the same logo across the network. That will mean a collection of brands like the BBC has, which might be why ITV has hired BBC Broadcast to develop the new on-screen idents for each channel.

Commenting on the on-air rebrand, a spokeswoman for ITV told the Guardian: "As announced earlier this year we are working with BBC Broadcast to review the on-screen identity for the ITV family of channels. This is still very much work in progress."

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OASIS SCOTTISH DATES
Oasis have confirmed a stack of Scottish tour dates for Dec. Well, I say a stack. I mean three. Dates as follows:

12 Dec: Aberdeen AECC
14 & 15 Dec: Glasgow SECC

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POPWORLD SWITCHES DAYS
The saviour of pop TV that is Popworld will return to Channel 4 on 17 Sep which, the more observant of you will notice, is a Saturday. Yep, the top pop show has switched days, which I'm not entirely convinced is a brilliant idea. But what do I know?

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BOWIE AND ARCADE FIRE TO COLLABORATE
David Bowie and Arcade Fire, who are both due to perform at a Fashion Rocks show in New York next week, are reportedly going to perform together. Word has it they will collaborate on a version of Bowie's track 'Five Years' and Arcade Fire's track 'Wake Up'. Bowie, of course, is something of an Arcade Fire fan, having listing their album 'Funeral' as one of his faves of 2005.

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ITUNES PHONE REALLY GOING TO LAUNCH THIS MONTH?
How many times have we heard reports that the iTunes phone is about be launched? Well, it seems the iTunes phone is about to be launched.

This report stems from comments made to the BBC by analyst Roger Entner who says he has been briefed about the phone, and by the fact that Apple have announced they will hold a "music related press conference" on 7 Sep. As previously reported, Apple are working with Motorola on the iTunes mobile. While the phone company did demo a prototype at a telephone conference earlier this year, the specifics of how the phone will work are not yet really known, though the aforementioned Entner says it will be a bit like an iPod shuffle and hold up to 240 songs.

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BRITNEY NOT RETIRING
Britney Spears has told reporters she has no intention in retiring from music once her baby is born - apparently responding to reports that suggested she would. Though the good news is, no new album is likely for some time yet. Ms Spears is quoted as saying: "I'm just in the studio playing now, but [a new album] will probably be a year, a year and a half away."

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