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In today's CMU Daily:
- Labels may take on satellite radio to protect digital interests
- RIAA face legal fight with teenager
- So Solid Crew tracks presented as evidence in Megaman case
- Stones gig halted after bomb threat
- Acts line up to appear on Peel tribute
- Black says Pixies album may in fact be forthcoming
- Album review: Murcof - Remembranza
- Former BMG execs encourage Smellie to stay
- UK Band Register acquired by Bandname.com
- Jacko in talks with Universal to launch label?
- Coldcut single date set
- Single review: Depeche Mode - Precious
- Paddingtons single and gory injury news
- Babyshambles album not shambolic
- Madonna to perform new single at MTV awards
- Hawkins on rock n roll drug hell song
- McFly cover The Killers
- Cribs spread The Word
- Man City to use Blondie song
- Bon Jovi says Stones can open Wembley
- Joss Stone lands role in Goal
- Bob and Bono haven't won the Nobel Peace Prize

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VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: Co-Op at Plastic People
Possibly the most experimental and forward thinking broken beat night in the world continues at Plastic People - a venue known for its enthusiastic crowd and hectic sound system. Line up wise it's a who's who of future jazz and busted beatz: on rotation - Dego MacFarlane (4hero), IG Culture, Domu, Demus, and Kaidi Tatham (aka Agent K), and the ever exciting Afronaught, who was rather good down at Medicine the bar last month. Get there early for the Sunday Session - it's a roadblock at the best of times. PV

Sunday 9 Oct, Plastic People 147-149 Curtain Road, London EC1, 8.30pm-12.30am, £5, info at http://www.plasticpeople.co.uk/co-op.shtml, press info from Sahra at Sonik Suite.

Think your club is good enough to take the tip?? Then email vigsy@unlimitedmedia.co.uk with the date of your club event in the header.

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LABELS MAY TAKE ON SATELLITE RADIO TO PROTECT DIGITAL INTERESTS
Those rather shady 'music industry insiders' are predicting that the next target for the major record companies in their ongoing legal battle to protect their digital interests might be the growing satellite radio sector. This follows the launch of new portable devices from American satellite radio companies Sirius and XM which allow listeners to record programmes, including music programmes, off their satellite radio services, which can then be listened to on demand. That, some in the record labels argue, could hit the sales of legitimate download platforms.

Commenting on the issue in a report, JP Morgan analyst Barton Crockett writes: "Based on recent talks with execs at record labels and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), we see potential spats ahead. RIAA may file a lawsuit this fall to stop a new feature for upcoming [portable] satellite radios".

Both the recording industry and the satellite radio players recognise the potential issues here, but both currently hope some kind of compromise can be reached. A spokesman for the Recording Industry Association Of America told Reuters: "There are genuine issues here but it is our continuing hope that we can resolve this on a business to business basis", while Nathaniel Brown of XM said: "The music industry is an important partner and we continue to listen to their concerns in hopes of finding a resolution that benefits everyone, especially consumers".

Whether the music industry would take legal action against the satellite radio companies, and whether they could win, remains to be seen. However, their concerns about the new portable devices and the possible option of using litigation to stop their sale might give the record labels a stronger hand when they renegotiate their general licensing arrangements with the satellite radio companies.

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RIAA FACE LEGAL FIGHT WITH TEENAGER
Reports on this story are a little hazy, so forgive me if we don't get it quite right! It relates to that previously reported anti-download lawsuit in the States against the Chan family.

The record labels sued Candy Chan for copyright violation, even though they recognised that it was in fact her daughter, Brittany Chan, who had shared some 829 music files via her P2P account. The logic was that Candy, as Brittany's parent, was responsible for ensuring her daughter didn't violate anyone's copyright - a logic used to target many of the minors who share music via P2P. But the judge at the District Court Eastern District of Michigan Southern Division last month ruled that Candy was not liable for her daughter's sharing of copyrighted music.

So what next for the record companies' legal team? Well, the new reports say that the record labels are now asking the courts to appoint a 'Guardian Ad Litem' for Brittany, ie someone other than her mother who can act as a legal guardian. This is a preliminary step before launching a lawsuit against Brittany herself - because the courts won't let the teenager be sued without a guardian in place.

Of course the reason the record labels are pursuing this one further is precedent. The ruling in the Michigan court could, in theory, make it impossible for the record labels to target anyone illegally file sharing music under the age of 18 - and those already sued would be much less likely to come to any kind of out of court settlement. The problem here is the labels could find themselves in a court battle with a fourteen year old, which, however justified you might think that legal fight would be, is going to be a PR nightmare for the record industry in the US.

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SO SOLID CREW TRACKS PRESENTED AS EVIDENCE IN MEGAMAN CASE
Talking of the pop courts, the murder case against So Solid Crew rapper Megaman continued yesterday, with the prosecution presenting some of the defendant's music as evidence against him.

As previously reported, Megaman, real name Dwayne Vincent, is accused alongside his friend Carl Morgan of shooting dead one Colin Scarlett last November. Part of the rapper's defence case is that he is passionately anti-guns, which is why the prosecution insisted on playing some So Solid Crew tracks in court. They claimed the tracks featured Vincent rapping about using guns, and that that contradicted his defence claims. Vincent's lawyers, however, argued that prosecutors had misinterpreted the lyrics of the track and that, anyway, the lines they referred to were not delivered by their client.

The case continues.

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STONES GIG HALTED AFTER BOMB THREAT
Given that the tour is named 'A Bigger Bang', it is most likely that it was a prank call that brought the Rolling Stones concert at the University of Virginia's Scott Stadium to a halt last night, nevertheless the venue's owners took immediate action when they received a bomb threat phone call.

The Stones set was halted about eight songs into the band's set. Mick Jagger announced that the authorities had told the band to take a ten minute break. The stage area and front 20 rows of the venue were then cleared while police searched the area. About half an hour later everyone was let back into the venue, and the band continued to play until past midnight.

Although no reason for the halting of the gig was given at the time, a university spokesman subsequently confirmed that a threat was made by phone just before 9pm and that it was "specific to the stage area. Word was got to Mick Jagger and he announced that the band would take a 10-minute break". Police are yet to comment on the incident or who might have been behind the phone call.

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ACTS LINE UP TO APPEAR ON PEEL TRIBUTE
Elton John, Roger Daltrey and Robert Plant are amongst the musicians getting together to record a tribute song to the late John Peel, the proceeds of which will go to Amnesty. They're joined by, amongst others, Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks, Pink Floyd's Dave Gilmour, The Futureheads, The Datsuns and El Presidente on the recording of the track, a cover of Buzzcocks hit 'Ever Fallen In Love'. The single will get its first play simultaneously across all BBC Radio stations on 10 Oct, with the video getting its first airing on Channel 4 the same day, three days before John Peel Day on 13 Oct.

Elton John, who sings and plays piano on the track said: "It is always important to remember people who encouraged and helped you early in your career. The thing I loved about John was his passion for new music and his praise for things he totally believed in."

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BLACK SAYS PIXIES ALBUM MAY IN FACT BE FORTHCOMING
Frank Black has spoken up again about the possibility of that new Pixies album he's been hinting at in recent months. It would seem that he is getting along okay with bassist/singer/songwriter Kim Deal, which is pretty much essential if the band are to produce an album. Referring to a new LP, he joked: "I haven't removed enough Kim Deal compositions from it yet. We'll have a fight about that or something. And of course, in the end I will dominate"

He added that Deal is interested in reviving a tune Black originally wrote for the Shrek 2 soundtrack, but which was never finished or released: "It's an old song that I've written lyrics to a few times and I've never been satisfied with, so Kim has expressed interest in some of that publishing money."

He continued: "I'm just kidding. No. Kim said, 'Hey, maybe we should start on that one.' I was very surprised to hear that. I would say that is considerable progress, that she has expressed interest in not only working on a song, but one of my songs."

He went on: "I think Kim is a little more afraid of the legacy being ruined, which is fair enough. But I think Joey [Santiago] and I are like, 'We're willing. We just want to ride this cash cow into the arena. We're just like, 'Come on, let's just do it, man. We're the Pixies, of course it's going to be good.' And she's all, 'Yeah, but what if it's not good?' So we'll see what happens. We haven't really been able to think about it up until now, because we've been too busy collecting money from all these festivals we do. It takes a lot of counting to get through all that cash."

And elsewhere in Frank Black news, the singer has told Spin that he can always tell that a band is English because of their attitude: "You can always tell which bands in the lobby of the hotel are English bands because they still have their outfits on, or they still have their persona and their sunglasses and they're like, 'I'm in a baaaaaand and we're like thiiiis,' whereas American bands are a more nerdy - they're like, 'Where's the breakfast buffet?' English bands are lying on the couch hungover, like they're in the middle of a photoshoot."

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ALBUM REVIEW: Murcof - Remembranza (The Leaf Label)
This is Mexican writer/producer Fernando Corona's second album as Murcof, although he also recorded under the name Terrestre, and was a member of the Nortec Collective, not to mention also writing film and ballet soundtracks. Murcof is experimental electronica at its most minimal. When I say minimal I mean very spare, indeed. 'Recuerdos' is a delicate concoction of loops, glitches and clicks, yet it manages to evoke an ominous atmosphere. Corona is influenced by contemporary classical composers such as Henryk Gorecki, and incorporates traditional instruments with mechanical beats. 'Razon (en 3 partes)', for example, utilises heavy piano chords, spooky strings and drawn out electronic glimmers to chilling effect, while 'Reflejo' is a more rhythmic track which reminds me of the moody soundscapes of DJ Shadow. These dense, textured sounds are not for everyone, but this has a kind of beauty that will be much admired by some. JW
Release date: 3 Oct
Press contact: No 9 [all]

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FORMER BMG EXECS ENCOURAGE SMELLIE TO STAY
According to US website HitsDailyDouble, former senior BMG execs have been trying to persuade SonyBMG's Chief Operating Office, Michael Smellie, to stay on in his current role. As previously reported, Smellie intends to step down at the end of the year and, although he will continue to work as a consultant for SonyBMG, he will be based away from the action in Sydney. Despite rumours BMG US boss Charles Goldstuck might be given his job, there are reportedly concerns that Smellie's departure would give former Sony execs the upper hand at the merged major, and they are therefore trying to persuade him to reconsider. It is unlikely he will comply with their requests - it remains to be seen, though, if SonyBMG boss, and former Sony chief, Andy Lack, considers those BMG concerns when appointing Smellie's replacement.

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UK BAND REGISTER ACQUIRED BY BANDNAME.COM
The London based band name register - The Band Register - has been acquired by their US equivalent, Bandname.com. Both companies provide databases of band names which provide a useful tool for new bands keen to avoid launching their careers only to find out they are using another band's name. Both also offer other services for bands, especially those embarking on a new career. As one company both parties hope to be able to improve and extend the services they offer.

Bandname.com's Paul Berrow told CMU: "We have been talking to [Band Register founder] Peter Whitehead for over five years now about bringing the two registries together, finally we have achieved both of our goals of offering the music industry a comprehensive and unique service to avoid name conflicts whilst also creating an historical guide to name usage around the world. We estimate that at least 300 seriously intentioned bands or solo artists are formed each day. Of these some will go on to forge a great career but many will fall by the wayside or even neglect the name and reform many years later. We keep an audit trail of all bands that register, the skeletons are there to see for anyone in the music industry whose task it is to find them. Naturally this is particularly important to lawyers and business affairs departments. No one can be perfect with so much kinetic energy around, however over the last 10 years we have created the most comprehensive historical band name database in the world. Ignoring past usage of a brand has many onerous implications, thankfully common sense usually prevails once the facts are revealed by searches of our database".

Confirming the acquisition, The Band Register's Peter Whitehead added: "The discussions between Bandname.com and The Band Register have been ongoing for a number of years and they have finally reached a conclusion with this acquisition. What has been created is the definitive registry, which can only benefit musicians and the industry alike. Paul and Michael have ambitious plans for the future of Bandname.com and The Band Register will play an important part in that vision."

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JACKO IN TALKS WITH UNIVERSAL TO LAUNCH LABEL?
According to FoxNews.com columnist Roger Friedman, Michael Jackson is negotiating with Island Def Jam chief LA Reid about setting up a new record label to be run by Jacko within the Universal Music Group. Apparently Jackson and music attorney Joel Katz have been meeting with Reid here in London at the Dorchester hotel, where Jackson is currently residing. Friedman reckons Jacko's new best friend, Bahraini prince Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa, also in London at the moment, is the crucial player in these talks because his fortune would bank roll any joint venture with the major label (in the same way the prince's fortune is reportedly bank rolling the cash-poor Jacko's luxurious life style). It's all speculation of course, but we'll let you know if we hear anything else.

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COLDCUT SINGLE DATE SET
As previously reported, Coldcut will return with a brand new album in the New Year, which is very very exciting. A single will be released on 14 Nov (note, this is a change to the date previously announced) - it's called 'Everything Is Under Control' and will be available as a 7", 12", CD single and download. More info at http://www.coldcut.net

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SINGLE REVIEW: Depeche Mode - Precious (Mute)
The Guinness World Of Records recently announced a list of who has had the most hit singles in UK chart history. To some people's surprise Depeche Mode were sixth on the list with 40 hits, right behind U2. Despite filling stadiums all over the world for a couple of decades, they are still sometimes seen as an "indie" band. Their success might be partly to do with longevity but there's no denying their ability to write fantastic tunes. The influential and yet relatively underrated band have been making innovative electronic music for twenty five years. They haven't messed with their tried and tested formula too much on this single; Dave Gahan's familiar vocals against a collage of busy synthesised sounds. But it works and it still sounds fresh and exciting. This has been A-listed by Radio 1 so I think we can expect this to be their fourteenth top ten hit. I can't wait to hear the band's 11th studio album 'Playing The Angel' (out on 17 Oct). JW
Release date: 3 Oct
Press contact: Pomona [CP, RP] MBC [NP] Out Promotions [CR, RR, NR]

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PADDINGTONS SINGLE AND GORY INJURY NEWS
The Paddingtons release their new single 'Sorry' on 17 Oct, from forthcoming album 'First Comes First', which is out on 31 Oct. And now the gory injury news - actually it's fairly old news, but is related (the only reason we haven't reported on it earlier is because of my fellow editor's notorious intolerance for blood and stuff). Anyway, the band's guitarist Marv Hines injured his hand last week in an incident involving a glass drinking receptacle and a wall. He lost rather a lot of blood due to a severed artery, and ended up in hospital. Hines has had plastic surgery on this hand, but is not expected to be playing guitar for at least three months, meaning that he is unable to perform any further in their current tour, although he plans to be on the road with them. He said quite a lot of things to NME describing the injury, but I'm not going to report them here. In case my fellow editor faints.

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BABYSHAMBLES ALBUM NOT SHAMBOLIC
Well, it's not according to Babyshambles, anyway. The band have spoken to Xfm about their debut album, which will, we're told, be out on 14 Nov, and they insist that it's going to be good, and not the substandard mess that a lot of people are probably expecting.

Guitarist Patrick Walden said: "There's lots of different musical genres on there. But the real surprise is that it's finished! Hopefully it will surprise people, it's so musical. It's not what people expect it to be - some shambolic punk mess. I'm really happy with it."

In reference to the length of time it took the band to get around to recording the album, Pete Doherty said: "It was always gonna happen. It was just getting everyone in the same room and pressing record. Well actually, pressing record was easy, it was just a bit of an obstacle course getting to the room." We had to get over mountains to Wales, through security guards, over to Henley and then Metropolis [studios]. It was like leap frog."

Elsewhere in Babyshambles news, Iceland's Airwaves Festival, which takes place from 12 - 23 Oct, has dropped the group from its line up. A news item on the event's website says: "Due to the current situation the Iceland Airwaves festival management has decided to cancel Babyshambles' scheduled performance on the festival."

I wonder what the 'situation' is? Pete Doherty being arrested? Pete Doherty having a druggie girlfriend? Pete Doherty being accused of abducting a college student? Pete Doherty vomiting on stage and throwing things at photographers? Babyshambles not being very good? Your guess is as good as mine. I'm plumping for the first option, however.

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MADONNA TO PERFORM NEW SINGLE AT MTV AWARDS
Madonna is to perform the first single from her new album at the MTV Europe Music awards on 3 Nov. The track, 'Hung Up', is taken from the star's tenth studio album 'Confessions On A Dancefloor', which is set for release on 14 Nov.

The singer joins fellow music stars Coldplay, Green Day, Foo Fighters, The Black Eyed Peas and Robbie Williams in performing at the ceremony. As previously reported, Coldplay and Gorillaz are leading the way nominations wise, with five nods each.

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HAWKINS ON ROCK N ROLL DRUG HELL SONG
Talking of things being released on 14 Nov, 'One Way Ticket', the first track to be released from The Darkness' second album is out that very day. The long player, 'One Way Ticket To Hell...And Back' is out on 28 Nov.

Anyway, Hawkins has told Rolling Stone that 'One Way Ticket' is about his own trouble with drugs following the band's initial success. He explained: "It's a song of redemption, really. It talks about drugs, the inevitable downward slide into hell, and how it's never too late to turn back."

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MCFLY COVER THE KILLERS
McFly will the cover contemporary classic that is The Killers' 'Mr Brightsize' on the b-side to their upcoming single 'I Wanna Hold You', which is out on 17 Oct. Explaining their decision to cover the track, McFly told NME: "It's a bloody good song and we all liked jamming it in rehearsal for the tour so we decided to record it. We all like The Killers and we love playing 'Mr Brightside' so it was an easy decision to use it as a B-side."

Presumably we don't need to remind you of the all round McFly love that exists here at CMU (revisit Monday's Daily if there is any doubt whatsoever), but it has to be said, the Killers cover isn't the greatest. Methinks the McFly boys lack the ingrained bitterness a la Brandon Flowers that is required to pull this one off. Though if McFly manage to turn their teenage fanbase onto the modern classic that is The Killer's 'Hot Fuss', then that will be a good thing. And their cover of The Who's 'Pinball Wizard' truly rocks.

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CRIBS SPREAD THE WORD
Sorry, bad headline. The Cribs are to recreate notorious nineties late night TV show 'The Word' for their next video, complete with Terry Christian reprising his role as presenter for the promo.

The producers are looking for 60 fans to appear in the video, and want those involved to bring their own nineties style clothing (what exactly is nineties style clothing? I can't remember). Contact sarah_tognazzi@hotmail.com if you're interested in being in it. You'll need to tell her your name, clearly, and number, obviously, but you'll also need to provide a photo. Presumably to check if your face has the right 'nineties look', whatever that is.

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MAN CITY TO USE BLONDIE SONG
According to The Sun, Manchester City manager Stuart Pearce has asked Blondie's permission to rework the band's song 'Union City Blues' and use it as their new anthem, to be played as the footie team run on to the pitch. That permission has apparently been given and Pearce has now approached Manchester band The Sounds Alliance to do a cover of the song.

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BON JOVI SAYS STONES CAN OPEN WEMBLEY
Jon Bon Jovi has joked that the Rolling Stones are welcome to be his band's support act when he opens the new Wembley Stadium next year. Bon Jovi, as previously reported, will be the first act to perform at the new stadium, beating off competition from other big acts, including the Stones.

He said on Virgin radio: "Well it's booked, but if they really want to open the venue, they can go on before us. I think that's a great idea."

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JOSS STONE LANDS ROLE IN GOAL
Speaking of Stones, and we were, actually, young Joss Stone is to make her big screen debut in 'Goal 2', according to The Mirror. In the film, the second of a planned trilogy, Stone is to play a vamp who tries to steal the main character, played by Kuno Becker, away from his girlfriend, played by Anna Friel. David Beckham, (it's related, his wife used to be a pop star) who had a few lines in the first film, will take a bigger role in the second when the main character moves to Madrid.

Anyway, back to Ms Stone, a friend of the singer said: "She was surprised when the producers asked her to come in for a screen test - but she had a really good time doing it and gave it her best shot. She's really chuffed they've decided to go for her, even though she's not a trained actress. The role is kind of different to the way most people see her, as she's going to have to play a bit of a bitch - that's what she's looking forward to the most!"

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BOB AND BONO HAVEN'T WON THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE
And this just in. Bob Geldof and Bono have thankfully not won the Nobel Peace Prize. Mohamed ElBaradei and his organisation, the International Atomic Energy Agency, won it for their efforts to "to prevent nuclear energy from being used for military purposes".

They didn't put any big concerts on though, did they?

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