CMU Daily - on the inside Tuesday 4th October

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In today's CMU Daily:
- IFPI figures say legit downloading up threefold
- UK music managers hit out at digital royalty
- Laverne takes Xfm breakfast, Bryce leaves the station
- Eleven die after stampede at TV concert in South Korea
- Death From Above re-release
- BSP announce UK tour dates
- Kate Bush confirms album tracklisting
- RIAA download target countersues
- Jacko sues Avram over ongoing cancelled gig wranglings
- Live review: African Jazz Allstars and Pharoah Sanders
- NTL & Telewest confirm merger
- Stalker breaks into Enya's house
- Littl'ans make statement about drug shambles
- Carl Barat was nearly done in
- Bono and Bob tipped for Nobel
- Brian Wilson made more than five hundred calls
- Williams collaborating with Walliams
- Kaiser Chiefs plan DVD
- Labouf regrets Fiddy / Game diss

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IFPI FIGURES SAY LEGIT DOWNLOADING UP THREEFOLD
More stats incoming... New figures from the International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry (our favourite international federation, well, for the phonographic industry anyway) say that digital music sales in the first half of 2005 have tripled compared to figures for the same period in 2004. Based on that the IFPI estimate that 6% of record sales around the world are now digital, and that the digital sector is worth $790 million a year - more than the global singles market.

However (although not that surprisingly), the growth in digital came at the same time as a 6.3% decline in global CD sales, and a 1.9% decline in the overall value of the world's recorded music market from $13.4 billion to $13.2 billion. Therefore the overall message from the IFPI was upbeat regarding the growth in legitimate digital music sales, but cautious of the threat they reckon the recording industry still faces from online piracy.

IFPI boss John Kennedy told reporters: "The digital music boom is continuing and it is growing at an exciting pace for the music industry. More and more people in a growing number of countries are turning to the new legal ways of downloading music on the internet or via mobile phones. [But] there is a long way to go - digital and physical piracy remain a big threat to our business in many markets. Our industry's priorities are to further grow this emerging digital music business while stepping up our efforts to protect it from copyright theft."

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UK MUSIC MANAGERS HIT OUT AT DIGITAL ROYALTY
The Music Managers Forum (our favourite forum, well, of music managers anyway) has used this weekend's In The City Convention to highlight its growing concern over the royalties artists are receiving from digital music sales or, more to the point, the royalties they aren't receiving.

Billed as the Know More! campaign, several leading artist managers took part in an event at the Convention yesterday to state their case. Like much of the rest of the industry, they are bothered by the 79 pence one price fits all model put in place by iTunes and adopted by most of their competitors. But the MMF are most bothered by the impact this is having on the artists, and for that they blame the record labels.

Speaking to the Times before the event, MMF chairman Jazz Summers, manager of Snow Patrol, said: "Sale prices and royalties have gradually been eroded to the point where an artist needs to sell in excess of 1.5 million units before they can show a profit, after paying for recording time and tour support". Artists, Summers argues, are suffering because the record industry failed to take the initiative in the digital music space and has become dominated by the technology firms who run the download platforms. And they are making artists bear the brunt of the pricing demands of iTunes et al.

The MMF has also spoken out against the BPI (our favourite industry, well, of British phonography anyway). As previously reported, the BPI are taking the body who collect royalties for songwriters to a 'copyright tribunal' over their insistence they get a 12% royalty from digital sales instead of the 8.5% they get on a physical music sale. The BPI argue that is not viable, especially given the fact it is the record companies and not songwriters or publishers who have had to invest so heavily to make digital music available to the download platforms. But taking that stance puts the BPI on the same side as iTunes et al in the digital music debate, and the MMF think that is wrong. Summers added: "The BPI is jumping into bed with a group of digital music retailers, which are in the process of eating our lunch".

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LAVERNE TAKES XFM BREAKFAST, BRYCE LEAVES THE STATION
The lovely Lauren Laverne will be taking over breakfast at London radio station Xfm following Christian O'Connell's defection, sorry, I mean rational career move to Virgin Radio. Laverne, who has fronted the station's drive time show for just under two years, will be the only female player in the increasingly competitive fight for London's listeners at breakfast - competing with Johnny Vaughan, Jamie Theakston, Jono Coleman, Neil Fox and, of course, the aforementioned O'Connell in his new slot over at Virgin. Presumably Xfm hope that Lauren, being the only girl fighting the breakfast fight in her own right, might give them an edge on the competition, while her undeniable passion for great music will keep the Xfm faithful happy and her increased profile as one of the new hosts of CD:UK might win the station some newer younger listeners. Time will tell I guess. Meanwhile insiders reckon Xfm newcomer Lucio will get the drive time slot.

The appointment of Laverne to the flagship presenting role at Xfm was overshadowed, somewhat, by the news that the station's MD Graham Bryce was leaving. Bryce is the latest former Capital Radio exec to leave GCap since the departure of former Capital boss David Mansfield from the chief exec role at the merged radio company - cynics would have grounds for saying the merger is fast becoming a GWR takeover. What that means for Xfm remains to be seen. Bryce won much acclaim, certainly within the Capital Radio Group, for making the station a successful commercial entity despite its 'alternative' status. He was set a similar task with Choice FM after it was acquired by the Capital Radio Group, and was even given the job of MD for oldies station Capital Gold. Whether Xfm and Choice will now suffer from commercial interference from higher up the GCap hierarchy remains to be seen.

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ELEVEN DIE AFTER STAMPEDE AT TV CONCERT IN SOUTH KOREA
A concert in the South Korean city of Sangju has ended in tragedy after a stampede left 11 dead and 72 injured. The concert was being staged by local TV network MBC, and featured Korean songs particularly popular with an older audience. 20,000 people entered the outdoor sports stadium that was hosting the event on Monday through just one gate. Crowds became increasingly impatient with the slow progress into the venue, leading to the stampede.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency quote one eyewitness to the event as saying: "There were elderly people in the front, and when pushed from behind ... [they] fell, leading to a chain reaction of falling and being crushed". MBC issued a statement expressing condolences to the victims and said it would investigate the accident along with city authorities.

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DEATH FROM ABOVE RE-RELEASE
Death From Above 1979 are to release a mixes 12" of former single 'Romantic Rights' as the final single release from album 'You're A Woman, I'm A Machine'. The A side will feature a Jesper Dahlback remix whilst the Erol Alkan mix is on the B side. The mixes will also be available digitally, accompanied by a Josh Homme remix of 'Black History Month'.

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BSP ANNOUNCE UK TOUR DATES
British Sea Power, currently on tour with The Killers in the US, have announced a series of UK gigs for next month. They will be Club Sea Power nights, which different guests each night - guests tbc, but dates are as follows:

17 Nov: Barrow Canteen Media & Arts Centre
19 Nov: Glasgow QMU
20 Nov: Manchester Ritz
24 Nov: London Forum
25 Nov: Nottingham Festival Hall
26 Nov: Oxford Brookes University
27 Nov: Liskeard Carnglaze Caverns
28 Nov: Bristol Bierkeller

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KATE BUSH CONFIRMS ALBUM TRACKLISTING
Hurrah. Kate Bush has confirmed a tracklisting for her long long long awaited new album. Bush's first studio album in twelve years, 'Aerial', is a 2 CD set, out on 7 Nov and preceded by a single release 'King Of The Mountain' on 24 Oct. The full tracklisting is as follows:

CD 1
A Sea of Honey
King of the Mountain
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Bertie
Mrs. Bartolozzi
How to be Invisible
Joanni
A Coral Room

CD 2
A Sky of Honey
Prelude
Prologue
An Architects Dream
The Painters Link
Sunset
Aerial Tal
Somewhere in Between
Nocturn
Aerial

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RIAA DOWNLOAD TARGET COUNTERSUES
One of the people sued by the Recording Industry Association of America (our very favourite - yeah, enough of that) has issued a countersuit accusing the industry association of fraud, electronic privacy crimes and violating various laws of the state of Oregon. Tanya Andersen, a 41 year old single mother, was sued by the RIAA back in Sep 2003. She denies copyright theft, and seems very pissed that the RIAA employed an agency to spy on her personal PC prior to issuing legal action against her.

The lawsuit against the RIAA says: "The record company plaintiffs employed MediaSentry as their agent to break into Ms Andersen's personal computer (and those of tens of thousands of other people) to secretly spy on and steal information or remove files. MediaSentry did not have Ms Andersen's permission to inspect, copy, or remove private computer files."

The RIAA have dismissed the lawsuit, pointing out other people have unsuccessfully targeted their anti-piracy programme using privacy laws. It remains to be seen if Andersen's case is any different.

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JACKO SUES AVRAM OVER ONGOING CANCELLED GIG WRANGLINGS
Elsewhere in the pop courts, and more litigation involving your mate Michael Jackson, though this time it's civil proceedings that he is initiating.

Jacko is suing Marcel Avram over a long running dispute relating to two concerts that should have taken place on New Year's Eve 1999, but didn't. Back in late 2002 a court in Santa Barbara ruled that Jacko was in breach of his contract with Avram when he backed out of those concerts, and they ordered him to pay the concert promoter $5.3 million in compensation.

The following year both sides reached a settlement agreement that resolved existing and future claims, and which said that any other disputes regarding the settlement should be resolved in the Superior Court. But now that Avram has a dispute he has ignored that bit of that agreement and instead called for an 'arbitration hearing', which is due to take place next month. Jacko's lawsuit aims to stop that arbitration hearing.

Unfortunately I have absolutely no idea what all that means, and there's another four years of my law degree to go, and I'm guessing this won't still be news in 2010. But it sounds expensive, which has to be good news for Jacko and Avram's respective legal teams, so well done them.

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LIVE REVIEW: African Jazz Allstars and Pharoah Sanders at the Barbican on 28 Sep
The African Jazz Allstars hail from Nigeria, South Africa and Zaire, and kicked off the proceedings tonight. To be honest, they took a while to gel; the wind instruments predominated, and the piano was hard to hear. But things improved immensely when they performed 'Pelindoma', a track inspired by a recent trip to Cuba. The Cuban guest violinist truly excelled with an extremely vibrant solo, shrugging off the huge applause modestly. A female vocalist then appeared, and sang a few numbers in both her native tongue and in English. The last track, 'Girls', had the most African sound to it, and inspired hand clapping from the audience, with the crowd slowing getting in the mood. After a short recess the main event began: Pharoah Sanders, a saxophonist contemporary of Coltrane, took the stage. Now 64 years old, he approached the stage almost cautiously, dressed in a shiny grey jacket and the trademark long white beard. Accompanied by piano, double bass and drums, it was more like a jam session, continuously flowing. The second number was more upbeat than the first, and was reminiscent of a jazz era gone by and was followed by some Sanders solos and Henderson on the grand playing a treat. When the introduction of 'Favourite Things' rang out, Sanders began playing forcefully for a short spell before returning to his spot in the shadows whilst the rest of the quartet worked hard. Reappearing like a spectre from the dark he came on and began screeching into the mic in some form of scat like be-bop manner at the top of his voice, name checking his band with great passion. An ovation followed and everyone hung on every note that left his sax during his encore. Sanders thanked his band (again) and then began dancing, and beating his chest like a crazed silverback whilst roaring 'Yeh-Yeh' into the mic and the crowd lapped it up. Through the night Sanders didn't actually play a great deal, it seemed almost a token performance, and with none of the trademark 'honking' I expected to see, but the crowd could never be disappointed with whatever this jazz giant had to offer. PV

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NTL & TELEWEST CONFIRM MERGER
Now, one for all you fans of mergers out there. Cable companies NTL and Telewest have confirmed their long-awaited merger. As previously reported, the two major cable players want to merge their operations so that they can take on Sky and Freeview in the TV world, and BT on the phone and ISP front. It's taken a while for the two companies to reach an agreement on how exactly the merger is going to work - in the end it was decided that NTL will acquire Telewest for $6 billion. A joint statement yesterday confirmed the merger was going to take place, telling reporters: "The combined company will have the benefit of a much larger cable network and, together with Telewest's content division, will strengthen cable's position in the multichannel TV marketplace. Additionally, the transaction will create substantial synergies and provide the impetus for increased product and technical innovation."

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STALKER BREAKS INTO ENYA'S HOUSE
Dublin police are investigating reports that a stalker has broken into Enya's home in the Dublin suburb of Killiney. The alleged stalker tied up a maid before spending two hours looking for the singer, who was holed up inside a panic room inside her six bedroom mansion. The intruder then escaped with a number of items when Enya activated an alarm.

It's the second incident in as many weeks; another man was recently arrested after breaking into the house, meaning that Enya has been forced to increase security. The singer is no stranger to such stalking incidents however; back in 1996 a 31 year old Italian who had moved to Ireland to be near the singer stabbed himself outside a Donegal pub owned by Enya's parents.

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LITTL'ANS MAKE STATEMENT ABOUT DRUG SHAMBLES
Littl'ans, the band supporting Babyshambles on their current UK tour, have released a statement about what happened after they were caught up in police investigations which led to the arrest of, amongst others, Pete Doherty.

The statement said: "At 1:30am after leaving their gig in Shrewsbury Littl'ans bus was raided in an SAS style bust by West Mercia police. The bus was stopped in the middle of the road just outside the town centre by 10 police officers in combat clothing and truncheons drawn. Eight police cars surrounded the bus as the officers boarded and cuffed all members. The band were taken to Shrewsbury police station where they were strip searched. Also at the station were members of Babyshambles. Three hours later and after blushes from police officers the band were allowed on their way without charge."

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CARL BARAT WAS NEARLY DONE IN
Talking of people in some way connected with Pete Doherty, Carl Barat has told readers of the Libertines website that his new band is coming along well, but again expressed just how much of a strain the last year has been. As previously reported, Barat has formed a new band with former Libertine Gary Powell, Anthont Rossamando and former Cooper Temple Clause bassist Didz Hammond.

Barat wrote: "The band is going from strength to strength every day. 'Tis a difficult thing to suddenly come forth as a real band if it is forced. As I suppose you must realise, the last year has taken me beyond any emotion or sensation I have ever chanced upon. It has been trying to say the least, but I am verging on happy, to say that the sun has risen some more. I really thought I was done in."

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BONO AND BOB TIPPED FOR NOBEL
Bono and Bob Geldof are being tipped as possible winners of the Nobel Peace Prize when it's announced next month. Notice Midge Ure doesn't get a look in, yet again.

Anyway, their odds have improved hugely over the last couple of months - when the nominations were first announced two months ago, their chances were put at 66-1, but bookies are currently offering odds of 7-1 on the pair, despite the fact they are up against 166 other nominees. The favourite to win is Finnish president Martti Ahtissari who brokered a peace deal in Indonesia, currently standing at 4-1.

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BRIAN WILSON MADE MORE THAN FIVE HUNDRED CALLS
Brian Wilson must have a bit of a sore throat this week, having made more than five hundred telephone calls to fans as part of his campaign to raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. As previously reported, the former Beach Boy said that he would grant a personal telephone call to any donor giving $100 dollars via his website. He also pledged to match all cash donations.

Wilson is now working on a plan to organise Christmas events and gift donations to New Orleans. The singer said: "I would love to be able to go down to New Orleans and bring toys and perform for the kids that have lost so much. No kid should be without Christmas."

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WILLIAMS COLLABORATING WITH WALLIAMS
According to yesterday's Sun, Robbie Williams has been writing songs with Little Britain's David Walliams. One of those sources told the tabloid: "Robbie and David have been friends for a number of years and have started making music together. It began as nothing serious but it has turned out that they work well together. They make each other laugh, set each other off. From that, the songs have started flowing. Nothing official has happened yet but if the songs are good enough, Robbie has said he'll use them on the next album".

Talking of new Robbie albums, Walliams was among the celebs in the audience at the gig Williams performed at London's Astoria on Saturday night, one of three events building up to the launch of new Robbie album 'Intensive Care' in Berlin next weekend. The first of those events took place in Paris last week, the third will be held in Amsterdam tomorrow. The album hits record shops on 24 October.

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KAISER CHIEFS PLAN DVD
Kaiser Chiefs will release a DVD in late November which they say will be a "loosely plotted around the history" of the band. It's called 'Enjoyment', and the band explain via their website: "It's a 90minute film narrated by Bill Nighy. It's loosely plotted around the history of us five gents and our outlook on the world from childhood through to 25 years in the future. Aside from the cut and paste mayhem of the film, the DVD contains footage from our sold out San Francisco Fillmore show in July, our secret show at Leeds Cockpit in June, Glastonbury, V Festival, Fuji Rock, Top of the Pops, all our videos including the newest one for 'Modern Way' and the previously unseen Japan-only 'Na Na Na Na Naa' live video. It also contains the highlights of many years DV footage, some dating BKC (Before Kaiser Chiefs). There's much more news to come on this - including confirmation of the release date. For now its "late November" and there's the basics of the plan we're hatching".

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LABOUF REGRETS FIDDY / GAME DISS
Teenage actor Shia LaBouf (he was in 'Charlie's Angels - Full Throttle' and 'I, Robot', apparently) has admitted it was unwise to diss some top rappers in a TV interview, and has backtracked from his earlier statement that 50 Cent and The Game are overrated.

LaBouf explains the online battle he had to fight after making those comments: "It was a stupid thing to do... I went on The Game's fan site with D-12 and all that, all the Aftermath camp, and there's like a Fuck Shia post-page. [There are] people battling me, like type-battling. So me and my friend are just sitting there like, 'All right, let's get involved.' So we start type-battling also, and it's like this three-week type-battle I've been having with D-12."

Presumably he feels he lost the 'type battle', because he adds: "I've since listened to The Game's album after I made that comment. I think it's terrific... I love every track."

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