CMU Daily - on the inside Wednesday 28th September
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Babyshambles release date set
- System Of A Down demand vote on genocide
- D'Angelo not critical, but recovering
- Madonna appoints label boss as manager
- Gallagher to work with Kasabian?
- MusicNet pass two million track mark
- Apple launch pre-pay cards in UK
- Apple don't see need for convergence
- Virgin launch Rolling Stones memory stick
- Biggie Marley duet to appear on new Notorious album
- Album review: Andy Bell - Electric Blue
- Crimea download and live dates
- Five O'clock Heroes live dates
- Four Day Hombre single release and live dates
- Springsteen box set release
- Gang Of Four do soundtrack
- Hives new live DVD
- Paul Weller gig at HMV
- Kylie to make first public appearance
- Butters returns to Galaxy
- DIS celebrates five years
- Sky to launch third entertainment channel
- EMAP revenues up
- Sanctuary call off takeover talks
- Fopp post losses after board shake up
- Songwriting competition deadline looms
- New Killers feud, apparently
- Walsh gets ears syringed

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BABYSHAMBLES RELEASE DATE SET
Well, it's not often we actually get proper music news involving our good friend Pete Doherty, so to celebrate we've given this story top billing. Yep, Rough Trade Records have taken the bold step of naming a release date for Babyshambles' long awaiting debut album. 'Down In Albion' will be released on 14 Nov, with single 'Albion' due for release two weeks later. Produced, of course, by Mick Jones, the album is a sixteen track affair including recent single 'Fuck Forever' and a new recording of the band's first single 'Killamangiro'. Doherty, meanwhile, will appear on a new single from the Littl'ans, also released by Rough Trade, on 17 Oct.

So, as Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapronos was saying just the other day, Pete isn't just there as a tabloid-filling curiosity - "Pete Doherty is a brilliant songwriter. 'Fuck Forever' is a real anthem. I was really impressed with him when I saw him in Paris."

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SYSTEM OF A DOWN DEMAND VOTE ON GENOCIDE
System Of A Down are to visit the office of Dennis Hastert, speaker of the American House of Representatives, in an attempt to sway pending Armenian Genocide legislation. The Armenian-American band, who have always campaigned to raise awareness of the genocide of 1915-1923, in which 1.5m Armenians were killed by the Turkish government, will join the Armenian National Committee of America, Axis of Justice and the Armenian Youth Federation in a convoy designed to put pressure on Hastert, who, as a member of the house's International Relations Committee, has twice prevented the legislation from coming to a vote.

If Hastert says yes to the resolution it means that the 435 members of the House will be able to cast their ballots on the issue, which will lead to recognition of the genocide. However, Hastert, it is alleged, consistently works against legislation that the Turkish Government disapproves of; in this case, Turkey still maintains that there was no genocide as such, the deaths being the result, they posit, of the turmoil of the First World War.

The members of System Of A Down, who lost family members in the genocide, patently don't agree with that position. The band's Serj Tankian told reporters: "Dennis, do the right thing...I just visited my 97- year-old grandfather, my only link to the far past, and promised him that I would go and try to talk to Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the House, and make sure that he takes this opportunity to bring up the Armenian Genocide Resolution to the floor of the House of Representatives. This is a personal issue to me and System."

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D'ANGELO NOT CRITICAL, BUT RECOVERING
Despite widespread reports (including ours) that r&b star D'Angelo was in a critical condition following a car accident on 19 Sep, it turns out that the singer is not as seriously ill as was previously suggested. D'Angelo was initially listed as being in a critical condition following the incident in which he was ejected from his SUV after hitting a wall, but in fact he was released from hospital over the weekend.

The singer says he can recall nothing of the crash, and told the Associated Press via a phone call on Monday "I banged up my ribs, but other than that I'm fine." Lawyer and business adviser Londell McMillan said even less on the crash itself, simply commenting: "He is anxious to finish the recording of his soul masterpiece that the world has patiently awaited."

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MADONNA APPOINTS LABEL BOSS AS MANAGER
Madonna has reportedly appointed Maverick Records boss Guy Oseary as her new manager. The record label exec will coordinate Madonna's career with his management partner Angela Becker. Insiders say the new appointment will add an interesting new dimension to Madonna and Oseary's long working relationship - especially given the consensus that Madge's next album is going to be an important test of the singer's staying power after declining critical acclaim in recent years.

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GALLAGHER TO WORK WITH KASABIAN?
Noel Gallagher has said that he might work with Kasabian on their second album. After Kasabian revealed that they had spoken to the Oasis star about producing their next LP, Noel told MTV "We're talking about doing some stuff with them (Kasabian), but I don't know that anything will come of that. They are more than welcome in my studio, and there's a chance I might be doing some songs. I hope it does [happen] - it will be great."

Gallagher did admit, however, that the drink might have had something to do with it: "A lot of things are said in dressing rooms at 4 o'clock in the morning when you're drunk."

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MUSICNET PASS TWO MILLION TRACK MARK
Digital music back-end outfit MusicNet have announced they now have over two million songs in their digital catalogue. The music in that catalogue, which feeds digital music platforms from the likes of Yahoo, AOL, HMV and Virgin Digital, come from all four major labels and some 25,000 independents.

Confirming the 2 million landmark had been passed, MusicNet boss Alan McGlade told reporters: "Our content team is dedicated to adding new genres, record labels and artists to our catalog so that we can offer our partners the most comprehensive collection to meet their customers' individual needs".

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APPLE LAUNCH PRE-PAY CARDS IN UK
Apple has launched iTunes music cards here in the UK, meaning customers can buy pre-pay cards for £15 or £25 which they then use to buy music via the download platform. Each card comes with a sixteen digit code which can be entered into a user's iTunes account providing the appropriate cash credit. The aim of the cards, which have been available in the US since November last year, is to open up iTunes to those without credit cards, or those uncomfortable using credit cards on the net. It also makes it easier for people to give iTunes tracks as presents, which should prove useful for Apple in the run up to Christmas.

Of course, Apple are by no means the first download platform to establish payment methods other than credit card. Naspter UK have been selling pre-pay cards through high street stores like Dixons and Currys since October 2003, while other download platforms, such as London based Wippit, offer the facility to pay by SMS on a mobile phone. Apple themselves have used the cards for promotional purposes in the UK - most prominently at this year's Glastonbury Festival. Promotional cards will also be distributed at this weekend's In The City convention event in Manchester.

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APPLE DON'T SEE NEED FOR CONVERGENCE
Talking of iTunes, and senior Apple boss has joined the device convergence debate by saying he thinks there is nothing wrong with his company making players that will only play tracks from his download platform. Responding to calls in the music industry for all MP3 players to play all the various file formats being sold by the major download services, Apple Senior VP Jon Rubenstien told German website Berlin Online: "Many companies believe in convergence, but I personally do not. It's important to have specialized devices. Is there a toaster that can also brew coffee?" It's an interesting if slightly flawed analogy for the Apple boss to use - after all, who's heard of the toaster that would only toast bread bought from one supermarket?

Meanwhile both Rubenstein and fellow Apple VP Phil Schiller have been commenting on Motorola's iTunes compatible phone, which has, of course, received very mixed reviews. Admitting Motorola's ROKR phone was "no replacement for the iPod", they seem to see the new phone as essentially a pilot to test what might come in the future.

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VIRGIN LAUNCH ROLLING STONES MEMORY STICK
The US division of EMI's Virgin Records has announced it will release the Rolling Stones' latest album 'A Bigger Bang' on a new encrypted flash memory card that will also allow users to preview and buy locked tracks from four of the band's previous albums.

The card, dubbed Gruvi, is manufactured by California based SanDisk, and will be available in select US stores for $40 from November. As well as being able to listen to tracks from the new album via a PC or compatible portable device, fans will also be able to preview other older Stones tracks and, if they like them, pay to have permanent access to them. How much they will have to pay has not been confirmed.

The fact the memory card release comes two months after the original release of the album suggests this is very much a pilot project - even if fans were willing to shell out $40 for the stick, most of them will already own the new album - meaning the target for this release is probably the early adopters of new technology.

However SanDisk spokesman Ken Castle reckons that the $40 price tag won't make the flash card unviable, pointing out that the makes the transfer of music to other devices like MP3 players and mobile phones easier (albeit only if said devices are compatible). Not convinced myself, but time will tell I guess.

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BIGGIE MARLEY DUET TO APPEAR ON NEW NOTORIOUS ALBUM
The upcoming posthumous album from the Notorious BIG will feature a duet between the rapper and another deceased music legend. Producer Clinton Sparks has mixed BIG's 'Hold Ya Head' with Bob Marley's 'Johnny Was', thus creating a new Biggie / Marley duet long after both musicians have moved on up to the studio in the sky. The new album, 'The Notorious BIG Duets: The Final Chapter', will be released in late November, but some tracks from it are being previewed this week via AOL. Meanwhile Biggie's 1997 album 'Life After Death' gets a re-release next week.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Andy Bell - Electric Blue (Sanctuary)
Erasure's 'Nightbird', released earlier this year, was an unexpectedly wonderful release from a revitalised duo sounding effortlessly on top of their game. Likewise, whilst you might not expect much of this debut solo album from Andy Bell, 'Electric Blue' proves itself full of fantastic, delirious pop, with the potential to appeal to more than just the hardcore Erasure fan base. You could imagine Kylie singing the melodramatic, Kraftwerk-indebted Euro-pop of 'Crazy', whilst Madonna would've been right at home amid the flamenco guitars of 'Caught In A Spin'. Meanwhile, 'I Thought It Was You', the duet with Jake Shears of the Scissor Sisters, is a stylish disco sparkler that never veers into camp garishness, whilst the two tracks featuring Claudia Brücken of Propaganda are as good as high-NRG synth-pop gets, really. Perhaps influenced by the lack of commercial success from the two solo albums by members of Depeche Mode, Mute decided to pass on this album (a shame: it would've graced their rich canon of electronic music), but don't let that put you off. 'EB' is an unqualified success and, as electronic pop albums go, a fine example of the genre. MS
Release date: 3 Oct
Press contact: Sanctuary IH [all]

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CRIMEA DOWNLOAD AND LIVE DATES
The Crimea have released a free download only song 'Out Of Africa', that won't be appearing on their debut album, 'Tragedy Rocks' when it is released on 17 Oct - so you better go online and get yourself a copy. They're playing a series of live dates over the next couple of months, too, as follows:

11 Oct: London, Barfly
13 Oct: London, The Enterprise
22 Oct: Harlow, The Square
26 Oct: Liverpool, Academy
27 Oct: Northampton, The Soundhaus
28 Oct: Cardiff, Barfly
2 Nov: Cambridge, The Portland
3 Nov: Manchester, Roadhouse
5 Nov: Birmingham, Barfly
8 Nov: Liverpool, Barfly
9 Nov: Stoke, Sugarmill
10 Nov: Carlisle, Brickyard

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FIVE O'CLOCK HEROES LIVE DATES
The extremely busy Five O'clock Heroes have set out on a marathon tour this week to promote the release of their upcoming single 'White Girls'. The band appear with The Rakes and Louis XIV on the NME tour, make an appearance at In The City, and will co-headline on twenty further dates with Ladyfuzz.

NME tour dates:
29 Sep: Bournemouth, Old Fire Station
30 Sep: Liverpool, Academy 2
1 Nov: Glasgow, School Of Arts
3 Nov: Middlesbrough, Empire
4 Nov: Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
5 Nov: Leeds, Warehouse
6 Nov: Northampton, Roadmenders
7 Nov: London, Koko

In The City:
2 Nov: Manchester, M2 'Stylish Riots' In The City

With Ladyfuzz:
10 Nov: Stratford, Cox's Yard
11 Nov: London, Metro
12 Nov: Brighton, Union
13 Nov: Leicester, Charlotte
15 Nov: Northampton, Soundhaus
16 Nov: Bristol, Louisiana
17 Nov: Liverpool, Uni Academy
19 Nov: Manchester, Jebez Clegg
20 Nov: Carlisle, Brickyard
21 Nov: Newcastle, The Cluny
22 Nov: The Welly Club
24 Nov: Glasgow, Barfly
25 Nov: Aberdeen, The Tunnels
26 Nov: Dundee, Westport Bar
27 Nov: Inverness, The Raigmore
29 Nov: Leeds, Josephs Well
30 Nov: Stoke, Sugarmill
31 Nov: York, Fibbers
2 Dec: Birmingham, Barfly
3 Dec: London, Metro
4 Dec: Southampton, Joiners

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FOUR DAY HOMBRE SINGLE RELEASE AND LIVE DATES
Oh, oh, oh, these guys are great. I saw them at Islington Academy last week and they were brilliant. Their new single '1000 Bulbs' is out on 10 Oct, and they're touring over the next few weeks - tragically, nowhere near me.

Live dates as follows:

27 Sep: Derby Victoria
28 Sep: Huddersfield University
29 Sep: Salisbury Spires
30 Sep: Swindon Riffs
1 Oct: Leeds Dr Wus
1 Oct: Manchester Pitcher & Piano
2 Oct: Hull New Adelphi
6 Oct: Hartlepool Fur Nights
7 Oct: Carlisle Brickyard
11 Oct: York Fibbers (Barfly)
12 Oct: Huddersfield Bar 1 Twenty
13 Oct: Blakey Ridge Lion Inn
14 Oct: Chester Telfords Warehouse
28 Oct: Portsmouth Frog on the Front
29 Oct: Cardiff Barfly

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SPRINGSTEEN BOX SET RELEASE
Bruce Springsteen is shortly to release a special box set to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the release of 'Born To Run'. The box set, 'Born To Run 30th Anniversary Edition' will include a remastered version of the album, in addition to two extra discs, a DVD of a 1975 performance at the Hammersmith Odeon and a DVD of 'Wings For Wheels: The Making Of Born To Run', a 90 minute documentary. It goes on sale on 15 Nov.

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GANG OF FOUR DO SOUNDTRACK
Gang Of Four are to record some original music for the new film of legendary graphic novel 'V For Vendetta'. Bassist Dave Allen said: "It would be an original cut. They don't want to use any old stuff, so we're quite intrigued by that."

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HIVES NEW LIVE DVD
The Hives are to release a new live DVD. 'Tussles In Brussels', which features a recording of a twenty track gig the band played in Belgium last year, will be out on 14 Nov. The disc will also include a documentary seen through the eyes of a fictional investigative reporter, which will trace the history of the band, starting with their first gig in their hometown of Fagersta. There are also eight videos, among them two previously unseen, and a re-recorded version of 'A Little More For Little You', which is also set for release on 7 Nov as a download and 7" single.

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PAUL WELLER GIG AT HMV
Paul Weller is to play an intimate gig at HMV on Oxford Street on 10 Oct to celebrate the release that day of his new album 'All Is Now'. The show will take place at 9pm and fans can gain entry by obtaining a wrist band from http://www.paulweller.com or by buying a copy of the new album from HMV on the day. The first single from the new album, 'Come On / Let's Go', was released on Monday.

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KYLIE TO MAKE FIRST PUBLIC APPEARANCE
Kylie Minogue is to make her first public appearance since she began treatment for breast cancer. On 7 Oct when she will be guest of honour at the Pink Ice Ball in London, a charity event organised by Cancer Research UK. She will, however, be unable to attend the ARIAS, the Australian music award ceremony in which she is nominated for best female artist.

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BUTTERS RETURNS TO GALAXY
Former BBC Radio 1 chart show host Wes Butters is returning to the Galaxy Network, this time in Manchester. Butters joined the nation's favourite from the Galaxy North East franchise in one of the Beeb's attempts to revamp the UK Top 40. That revamp didn't prove radical enough, and Butters was dropped from the show when said radical revamp took place at the start of the year, during which JK and Joel were dropped into the chart show host post.

Since leaving Radio 1 Butters has been involved in setting up a podcasting radio station, and was behind one of the Crazy Frog records this summer (though not the chart topper). He will now join Galaxy's Manchester station to host its flagship breakfast show.

Confirming the appointment, Wes told CMU: "I can't wait to reach out to the city I was born in, and have them to join me each morning with the combination of my show and music Manchester loves. Galaxy Manchester is a huge station, with a huge reputation. It's a station I have always wanted to be on, I am an avid listener and fan, and that's why I chose them over other options I had. I am really looking forward to working with Irish Alan and my team, who I know have a burning desire to achieve more in Manchester."

Irish Alan is one of the existing Galaxy Manchester breakfast show team. He will remain, though other presenters Nicksy and Lynsey Horne are leaving the station.

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DIS CELEBRATES FIVE YEARS
Indie website http://www.DrownedInSound.com celebrates its fifth birthday next month, and is marking the occasion with a number of party style events, the first being an all day showcase at this weekend's In The City in Manchester. That event will take place at the city's Night & Day Café and will feature sets from Komakino, Redjetson, Fear of Music, Field Music and Emmy The Great among others. Xfm's John Kennedy will host. Elsewhere in DiS fifth birthday news, the website itself will be going through a birthday revamp, with the new site launching on 14 Oct.

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SKY TO LAUNCH THIRD ENTERTAINMENT CHANNEL
Sky have confirmed they will launch another 'general entertainment' channel at the end of October. To be called Sky 3, the channel is promising the third season of 24, murder drama Cold Case and Paul McKenna's I Can Change Your Life, which makes it very different from existing channels Sky One and Sky Mix. Sky Mix, by the way, is expected to become Sky Two when the new channel launches.

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EMAP REVENUES UP
City news now, and EMAP say they expect increases in revenues at both its consumer magazines and radio divisions in the first half of the current financial year, print media up 3% and radio up 2%.

In a trading statement to the city, the media firm said: "A continuing outperformance of the market is expected due to solid Rajars, investment in talent and our ability to reach wider audiences than our competitors".

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SANCTUARY CALL OFF TAKEOVER TALKS
More city type news, and following those previously reported financial hardships, London based music company the Sanctuary Group has announced it is withdrawing with talks with potential buyers.

The company, which has recording, publishing, management, live and studio interests, had been talking to a number of unnamed organisations about the possibility of a takeover - with at least one major record company reportedly interested. However the Group yesterday said it would rather turn round its financial fortunes under current ownership and management. A future sale should those attempts be successful was not ruled out.

Confirming the decision to end any takeover talks, the Group's Executive Chairman Andy Taylor told reporters: "The board is determined to steer the company, which has an extremely strong roster of artists and a strong 30-year track record, back to a profitable trading position and back to sustainable long term growth".

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FOPP POST LOSSES AFTER BOARD SHAKE UP
Last bit of city news, and one of CMU's favourite music stores, Fopp, has posted what is most likely its first trading loss for years. That loss may well be, in part at least, down to the £250,000 in compensation payments the company had to pay ousted execs after a recent boardroom shake up. According to the Herald, Fopp founder and majority shareholder Gordon Montgomery has never commented on the sudden axing of four of his top team, although the subsequent appointment of David Pryde, the former HMV Europe and retail industry chief, as MD was seen as a sign that the Fopp man hoped to further extend his retail operation around the UK.

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SONGWRITING COMPETITION DEADLINE LOOMS
The deadline for the 2005 International Songwriting competition is looming - 14 Oct. For those that don't know, the ISC is the world's biggest competition for aspiring songwriters, with over £100,000 in prizes awarded, including a $10,000 cash prize for the overall winner. It is open to both professional and amateur songwriters and, given that the judging panel includes a stack of high profile artists, songwriters, music publishers and record label execs (Joss Stone, Peter Hook, Macy Gray, Tom Waits, Loretta Lynn, Universal Records boss Monte Lipman and Atlantic Records VP A&R Urban Darrale Jones among them), it is well worth entering even if you don't win. For full info on the competition check http:// www.songwritingcompetition.com

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NEW KILLERS FEUD, APPARENTLY
Well, the feud between The Bravery and The Killers seems to have cooled, but The Killers have a new enemy, Fallout Boy. Fallout Boy's bassist Pete Wentz has apparently taken exception to Brandon Flowers recent (and fairly mild) comments on NME.com. The Killers frontman, talking about the Bravery feud, admitted that both groups shared the same A&R man, and that part of the grievance with his label mates was that he wanted "all his attention". He continued: "now he's just signed Fallout Boy, which means more of his attention will go to them that should have gone to The Killers".

Wentz has responded to that comment on the Fallout Boy website, saying: "It's funny the way you talk about sharing an A&R guy like it matters. It's too bad you wrote a couple of good songs, otherwise it'd be that much easier to write you off."

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WALSH GETS EARS SYRINGED
It's a top news story, this. According to The Sun, X factor judge Louis Walsh has had his ears syringed. He said: "I got them syringed so that I could get my hearing back to normal. I don't know if it's to do with the singing I've had to put up with at X Factor auditions. It was just a minor thing but it makes a difference in my job."

Not sure if this has anything to do with Charlotte Church's recent suggestion that Walsh must be deaf, due to his poor judging skills. She recently said: "I like Simon Cowell and love Sharon Osbourne but I think Louis Walsh has lost it. Is he deaf? He keeps putting people through who are dreadful."

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