CMU Daily - on the inside Wednesday 14th September
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In today's CMU Daily:
- HMV Canada pulls Dylan stock in Starbucks protest
- Hollywood style walk of fame to honour Sex Pistols, Geldof and Jones
- Stars line up for Jacko's Katrina charity record
- Depeche Mode partner up with iTunes and Ticketmaster
- Court freezes Suge Knight's assets
- Chaka's son to go on trial for shooting
- Charles' audio engineer cleared of nabbing tapes
- Blues Explosion Don't Look Back
- Hendrix home saved from demolition
- Lava merges into Atlantic
- Razorlight in 'album's going well' revelation shock
- P2P usage up again
- Bestival section live on tunetribe
- Timberlake to appear in west end
- Katrina benefit tonight
- Crack Village to appear at Solid Earth benefit
- Baby Seal born
- Robbie Williams gets paid obscene amount for gig

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CMU PRESS ROOM

*** Leyline presents KILL ALL HIPPIES on Saturday 17th September 2005 at Scala [275 Pentonville Road, Kings Cross, N1 5NL]. 8.30pm - 4am. Live on stage: WARREN SUICIDE and SUPERSTÜDIO, plus DJ sets by residents Jeff Automatic [Transmission] & Syrinx ("Genre busting guitar electro-crossover sounds") and guest DJs Bones & Ramsey. Plus 'The Fun House' hosted by Jagz Kooner & Richard Clouston with guest DJ: Wildcat (Whitey).

Full details: http://www.cmumusicnetwork.co.uk/pressroom/killallhippies

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HMV CANADA PULLS DYLAN STOCK IN STARBUCKS PROTEST
The Canadian division of HMV is sticking to its position of opposing artists entering into exclusive deals with certain retailers by removing all Bob Dylan albums from its stores. That move follows Dylan's exclusivity deal with coffee chain Starbucks, which, as previously reported, has secured the exclusive rights to sell live album 'Bob Dylan: Live At The Gaslight 1962' for a massive eighteen months. That album went on sale at 4600 Starbucks stores across the US and Canada at the end of last month.

Many traditional music retailers have expressed concerns at the growing tendency of artists to enter exclusivity deals with one or another chain, especially when those chains are non-specialist music stores. However HMV Canada has been most proactive in expressing their opposition to the deals, previously removing both the Rolling Stones and Alanis Morrisette product from their stores while those artists participating in exclusive deals with rival retailers.

How big an impact HMV's ban on Dylan will have on him and those businesses that release his work remains to be seen. It will certainly cause some headaches for Sony division Columbia who are about to release the soundtrack to Martin Scorsese's highly anticipated Dylan documentary, and to the publishers of the book that accompanies that documentary and of the paperback version of Dylan's best-selling memoir, Chronicles: Volume One, both of which would normally be stocked in the books section of a major music retailer like HMV. However, insiders say the ban would only be really effective if HMV's US division, or other high street record stores, all of whom are known to dislike exclusivity deals, were to follow suit. However, they have failed to do so when HMV Canada previously withdrew stock, and few think it is likely they will do so now.

The good news for Dylan fans, is that Camden's Proud Gallery aren't entering into the debate on the pros or cons of signing exclusivity deals with Starbucks, and as such the Official Bob Dylan Exhibition will open there tomorrow night as planned. Press info on that from Idea Generation.

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WALK OF FAME TO HONOUR SEX PISTOLS, GELDOF AND JONES
The Sex Pistols, Tom Jones and Bob Geldof are amongst the names set to be added to a new Hollywood style 'Avenue Of The Stars' to be unveiled this weekend in Covent Garden.

It was announced last month that such stars as Sir Laurence Olivier, Nicole Kidman, Ricky Gervais and Ant and Dec would receive the honour, but a new list has now been released naming Geldof and The Sex Pistols as well as such luminaries as Thora Hird, Ian McKellen, Cary Grant, Les Dawson, Peter Ustinov and Morecambe and Wise. 32 names were added to the initially revealed 16 names, but altogether one hundred people will be immortalised at a ceremony on Sunday, and names will continue to be added to the 'walk of fame', situated outside St Paul's, The Actor's Church, every year from now on.

To qualify for the honour, which can, clearly, be awarded posthumously, stars must have been born in the UK or the Commonwealth, although Bob Geldof has got around it, apparently, despite being from Dublin. Those chosen were decided by a panel which includes BBC chairman Michael Grade, former ITV director of television David Liddiment, writer Kay Mellor and composer Don Black.

The event will form part of an ITV1 presentation fronted by Chris Tarrant and Kate Thornton. Of the one hundred to be named this weekend, only 48 have already been announced. Executive producer Michael Hurll said: "We're keeping some of the more contemporary names secret for the live show on Sunday but there's still a lot of talent to honour and only a few spaces left on the Avenue of the Stars. Our panel of judges had a tough time deliberating who should be included. I know everyone in the country has their own favourites so I'm fully prepared for some lively debate when the full list is revealed!"

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STARS LINE UP FOR JACKO'S KATRINA CHARITY RECORD
Reports suggest that Mariah Carey, James Brown, Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, Lenny Kravitz, Wyclef Jean and Missy Elliott will all participate in that previously reported project being coordinated by Michael Jackson to release a charity record to raise funds for those affected by Hurricane Katrina in the Southern States of America.

As you all surely know by now, Jackson is currently staying in Bahrain with Sheik Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa, whose record label 2 Seas Records will reportedly release the charity single. A spokesman for Jackson said he was "continuing to reach out to artists who would like to work on him on this project", adding that Jacko "humbly hopes [the project] will make a tremendous difference to all individuals who have been affected by this tragedy".

The charity record, which has the dreaful working title 'From the Bottom of My Heart', is, of course, Jackson's first project since being indicted in his high profile child abuse case earlier this year.

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DEPECHE MODE PARTNER UP WITH ITUNES AND TICKETMASTER
Depeche Mode have entered a partnership with iTunes and Ticketmaster in the US which will give American fans the chance to buy a pre-release digital version of new album 'Playing The Angel' (out 31 Oct) and to book priority tickets for the band's forthcoming North American tour. The offer will also be available via the band's own site http://www.depechemode.com, though presumably only to US fans.

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COURT FREEZES SUGE KNIGHT'S ASSETS
Into the pop courts, and a judge has frozen the assets of hip hop mogul Suge Knight after choosing to involve him in the divorce proceedings of Michael and Lydia Harris, who helped Knight set up his hip hop label Deathrow Records.

The latest legal wrangling began earlier this year with that previously reported lawsuit in which Lydia Harris sued Knight claiming she was owed money for her role in setting up the label. When Knight and his lawyers failed to respond to certain questions posed by the courts, an LA judge ruled against him and ordered that he and his businesses pay Harris $107 million.

That money is yet to be paid, but the case has become even more complicated because Michael Harris, currently serving a 28-year sentence at San Quentin State Prison, claims that he is also due money for his role in setting up Deathrow, and that in pursuing her case against Knight alone his wife has cut him out of the money he is due.

Michael Harris is now filing for divorce from his wife in a bid to secure his share of the Deathrow payout. Because that payout is yet to be made Knight's finances have become involved in the case, hence the courts new decision to freeze his assets, to ensure the hip hop mogul doesn't move funds while the legal case continues.

Neither Knight not Lydia Harris have responded to the latest court ruling. Michael Harris' lawyer did not comment on Knight's involvement in the case, but said of his client's wife: "She was trying to settle separately and cut him off the $107 million award".

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CHAKA'S SON TO GO ON TRIAL FOR SHOOTING
Chaka Khan's son, Damien Holland, is to go on trial over the shooting of seventeen year old Christopher Baily back in September of 2004. He is accused of shooting the teenager as the pair struggled for a gun during a fight. He was arrested immediately following the incident and released without charge, but investigators later found witnesses willing to testify to Holland's involvement in the incident. Holland, 26, surrendered to the police on 28 February this year, and entered a plea of not guilty the following month.

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CHARLES' AUDIO ENGINEER CLEARED OF NABBING TAPES
An audio engineer accused of stealing recordings belonging to the late great Ray Charles has been cleared in an LA court. As previously reported, Terry Howard, the sound man who shared Charles' Grammys for final album 'Genius Loves Company', was arrested in February after being found in possession of dozens of recordings belonging to Ray Charles Enterprises. He was accused of taking them from the singer without his permission.

However, in preliminary proceedings on the case, Howard's lawyer argued the sound engineer had the recordings at his house because that is where he worked on them, and that he had no intention of keeping them. He said Howard only had the tapes in his possession because of "inadvertence, negligence - the product of a man who is disorganised", adding that his client never "intended to permanently deprive the victims [Ray Charles Enterprises] of the property". The lawyer also pointed out Howard had never once attempted to sell the tapes, despite their high value, suggesting he intended to hand them back to Ray Charles Enterprises at some point.

The LA Superior Court ruled that there was not enough evidence to dispute Howard's claims, and therefore the case should not proceed.

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BLUES EXPLOSION DON'T LOOK BACK
The brilliant Blues Explosion are to take part in the All Tomorrow's Parties Don't Look Back season, and will perform the whole of 1994 release 'Orange' at Koko in Camden on 21 Sep. The band have never before performed the whole album at one time, possibly due to some of the string arrangements that appeared on the long player. Whether or not Blues Explosion will arrive toting a string section to perform them is open to question. Frontman Jon Spencer says: "I don't know what will happen. We've still got the charts for the strings! We'll see if we're gonna make it true to the album, maybe after we get through Orange we'll do the Experimental Remixes. We'd have to go deep and call a very heavy, super-secret DJ. But this is a special presentation and we're very proud to be doing it. I am sure there are going to be some surprises."

Blues Explosion will also play three other live dates this month, as follows:

20 Sep: Brighton Concorde
22 Sep: Dublin The Village
24 Sep: Athens Gagarin 205

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HENDRIX HOME SAVED FROM DEMOLITION
Well, Ringo Starr's birthplace is still set to be torn down, but at least Jimi Hendrix's childhood home has been saved from demolition. The Seattle house has been moved from its old location to a site opposite the cemetery where the late singer was buried. The James Marshall Hendrix Foundation, set up by the star's younger brother Leon, and the city of Seattle plan to reconstruct the house on the three acre site and renovate it for use as a community centre to include facilities such as practice rooms and a library of musical instruments.

The news follows a four year court battle between the Hendrix Foundation and Seattle authorities that began back in 2001 when the house was moved a few blocks from its original location and given a temporary permit only. It was subsequently threatened with demolition unless a new address was found.

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LAVA MERGES INTO ATLANTIC
According to HitsDailyDouble, Warner label Lava, the American home of the likes of Embrace, Simple Plan, Kid Rock and Vanessa Williams, is being merged into bigger Warner division Atlantic. The label will still have its own A&R and promotions team, although marketing and PR will be rolled into Atlantic and most of the Lava team working on those areas will go. The merger shouldn't have any effect of Lava artists.

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RAZORLIGHT IN 'ALBUM'S GOING WELL' REVELATION SHOCK
Is it a slow news day? Razorlight's Johnny Borrell has revealed that work on the band's new album is going well, but there's still lots to do. According to xfm.co.uk, he said: "It's mostly written but we're constructing it now. We've got our own warehouse space to record, our own home, called Modern Condition. We're holed up working on it and really enjoying ourselves." Thrilling.

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P2P USAGE UP AGAIN
Want a P2P usage update? No? Ah, well, here it is! According to BigChampagne, who monitor these things, global usage of file sharing networks was up to 9.62 million last month, 1.3% more than in July, and a massive 41% more than in August 2004. Usage in the US was pretty much static on July, but 51% up on this time last year, meaning, assuming we trust these figures, file sharing via P2P networks is ever more popular, despite the high profile lawsuits against those who illegally share copyrighted content over them (perhaps all these new P2P users are sharing music by unsigned bands, though I find that hard to believe).

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BESTIVAL SECTION LIVE ON TUNETRIBE
Talking about music online, though this time of the totally legal kind, the lovely http://www.tunetribe.com has put its promised Bestival site live which means those who missed out on last weekend's festivities (or those who got too sidetracked by the WI's cream cakes to be watching any music) can check out recordings of live sets from the likes of The Dub Pistols featuring Terry Hall, The Earlies, Boomclick and Grand National. Many more Bestival acts will be appearing on TuneTribe in the next few days, plus you can check the playlists of various Bestival DJs including Tom Findlay, The Nextmen, Bez, Andy Smith, Paul Arnold and, of course, Rob da Bank. Oh yes, and there's lots of photos of people, many of them in fancy dress. Go check.

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TIMBERLAKE TO APPEAR IN WEST END
Warning: Justin Timberlake is rumoured to be moving to London next summer to appear in a Kevin Spacey directed show at the Old Vic, and he's allegedly planning to bring fiancée Cameron Diaz with him. According to The Sun, Timberlake is good friends with Spacey, and has been looking for a chance to have a go at a demanding theatre role.

A no doubt 'reliable source' said: "Cameron has got filming commitments in the UK next summer. So the pair have decided to turn it into a foreign adventure. They want to rent a house right in the city centre."

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KATRINA BENEFIT TONIGHT
Virtualfestivals.com have organised a benefit gig for the Hurricane Katrina relief fund, and it's happening tonight. The event takes place at the Chapel Bar on Penton Street in Islington and will feature performances from Glen Matlock, Neck, The Dash, Len Price 3 and Jazz for Peace. Entry is a five pound donation.

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CRACK VILLAGE TO APPEAR AT SOLID EARTH BENEFIT
And talking of benefit gigs, UK hip-hoppers Crack Village are to appear at the Solid Earth benefit at the Contact Theatre in Manchester on Saturday 24 Sep, and will perform songs from upcoming debut album 'Children Of The Wrong God'. Solid Earth is a voluntary collective of artists, musicians, technicians and creative types that raise money to help aid organisations working on the world's worst humanitarian disasters. This gig is in aid of organisations working in the Darfur region of Sudan. Tickets are £8 in advance, £10 on the door. Press info from EPM.

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BABY SEAL BORN
Seal's wife, supermodel Heidi Klum, has given birth to a baby boy, according to German tabloid the Cologne Express. It's the first child for the couple, but Klum's second - she has a sixteen month old daughter Leni with her ex, Formula One manager Flavio Briatore.

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ROBBIE WILLIAMS GETS PAID OBSCENE AMOUNT FOR GIG
I always wonder about these rich types who are willing to spend huge amounts of money on small things - in this case an hour's entertainment. According to The Sun, city broker Michael Spencer, who is worth around £360million, paid Robbie Williams £1million to sing at his birthday party. I say get a room and some canapés, and give the remainder to charity. As it happens, the tabloid reports, Robbie gave the fee to charity himself, which is nice.

Williams apparently sang for an hour to 300 guests at the broker's fiftieth party in the south of France. A guest said: "It was an incredible party that must have cost at least £1.5million. It had everything money can buy and then some. The vintage wine and champagne included bottles worth thousands. When Robbie came on people could not believe that he was there playing to them in such an intimate venue. It was a night no one will forget."

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