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In today's CMU Daily:
- Spector prosecution lawyers protest unfair admission claims
- Poison guitarist jailed over DUI
- Musical version of War Of The Worlds to tour
- Test Icicles fail to please Monkey lovers
- Yeah Yeah Yeahs reveal more album info
- Radiohead all washed up, official
- Missy Higgins dominates at Australian music awards
- BPI takes UK independents to Hollywood to talk synch rights
- Yahoo increase subs on US unlimited service
- Album review: Vector Lovers - Capsule for One
- Motorola boss seems realistic about ROKR disappointment
- iTunes arrives in Australia
- Bertlesmann ready to launch legit P2P
- U2 and Foo Fighters pay tribute to Cash
- Taylor: Rodgers isn't trying to be Mercury
- Keaveny to host Xfm breakfast ... on a Friday
- Over 120,000 vote in DJ poll
- Five criticised for in-programme banner ads
- BBC say "we're not guilty of product placement"
- Madonna gives surprise lecture in New York
- Timberlake defends Britney
- Bono called Lennon's son by Yoko
- Corrs baby news
- Doherty listens to shocking poetry shocker, possibly
- Janet Jackson daughter rumours all over the place
- Martin says Coldplay lyrics need improving


More on the pending Phil Spector murder trial.

As previously reported, Spector's legal team are trying to get the courts to throw out statements the legendary producer made to police shortly after actress Lana Clarkson was shot at his house on the grounds that he had been deprived the prescription drugs he was taking at the time and therefore was in not in an appropriate mental state to make any comment.

But prosecutors in the case objected to those claims on Friday. In papers filed with the court, Deputy District Attorney Douglas Sortino says that Spector started saying he had shot Clarkson by accident as soon as police arrived at the scene. He points to a testimony in the grand jury investigation into Clarkson's death in which a police officer claims that as he handcuffed Spector the producer said: "What's wrong with you guys? What are you doing? I didn't mean to shoot her. It was an accident". Those comments, of course, contradict with Spector's later defence that Clarkson used his gun to commit suicide.

Responding to Sortino's response, Spectro's defense attorney Bruce Cutler said last weekend: "Mr Spector denies he shot anyone at his house and denies he said he shot anyone. We have made motions to suppress certain statements that were not admissions and were illegally obtained."


Elsewhere in the pop courts, Poison guitarist CC DeVille has been sentenced to 80 days in jail after pleading no contest to driving while intoxicated. The guitarist, real name Bruce Johannesson, also received five years probation, was fined $1000 and was ordered to surrender his licence for a year. He was arrested after he backed his car into a stationery vehicle while reversing out of his girlfriend's driveway. He then allegedly rammed another parked car, which deployed his own car's air bags, injuring his girlfriend who was in the passenger seat at the time.


Now, here is a production of The War Of The Worlds it should be worth your while seeing.

Clear Channel Entertainment are putting on a live version of Jeff Wayne's musical version of the HG Wells story and touring it round the UK next April. Jeff Wayne himself will conduct The Black Smoke Band and the 48-piece ULLAdubULLA Strings to re-create his score, while Moody Blues frontman Justin Hayward will be among the singers providing vocals (I'm guessing he'll be playing the role played by David Essex on the recorded version).

Richard Burton will reprise his role as 'The Journalist' narrator, which is quite an achievement, him being dead and all. Apparently, thanks to some technical gubbins, you'll see as well as hear his performance.

Commenting on the show, Jeff Wayne told CMU: "I have waited for almost 28 years to present The War of The Worlds - combining the excitement of live performance complemented by various technological ingredients that will hopefully give our audiences, a night to remember".

Dates of the tour as follows, tickets from http://

13 Apr: Bournemouth BIC
14 Apr: Brighton Centre
15 Apr: Bournemouth BIC [SOLD OUT]
16 Apr: Cardiff International Arena
18 Apr: London Royal Albert Hall [SOLD OUT]
19 Apr: Birmingham NEC
20 Apr: Nottingham Arena
22 Apr: Glasgow Clyde Auditorium
23 Apr: Manchester MEN Arena
25 Apr: London Wembley Arena
27 Apr: Newcastle Arena
28 Apr: Glasgow Clyde Auditorium [SOLD OUT]
29 Apr: Sheffield Arena


Test Icicles were booed off stage at when they supported Domino label mates Arctic Monkeys at a gig at the Liverpool Barfly this weekend. Fans (of Arctic Monkeys, obviously, not Test Icicles) apparently turned hostile shortly after the band played their recent single release 'Circle. Square. Triangle', throwing their plastic beer glasses at the stage and chanting "you're fucking shit", which isn't very nice. Guitarist and singer Devonte Hynez reacted by saying "Yeah, we're shit."

Test Icicles were then forced to cut the set short because of a technical hitch, but one suspects by that stage the band didn't particularly want to continue; they left the stage "clearly dejected", according to Gigwise. Headliners Arctic Monkeys, who, as you all know, are currently no.1 in the singles chart with 'I Bet That You Look Good on the Dancefloor' have not commented on the incident.


Yeah Yeah Yeahs have confirmed some of the details regarding their next LP. As previously reported, the band were hard at work earlier in the year on the follow up to 2003's 'Fever To Tell', and now guitarist Nick Zinner is apparently in London mixing the new album with producer Alan Moulder.

Anyway, Karen O has revealed some info to fans about the new record, which was completed at then end of August and which is scheduled for release in March. She told a fan website "Songs to be included on the new album include 'Cheated Hearts' and 'Honey Bear'. All the rest are new tracks. Some older tracks such as 'Down Boy' used in a special EP, but only MAYBE."


Nah, only kidding. Well, it's Thom Yorke that's kidding. He doesn't think that Radiohead are washed up, but has joked on the band's website that they are. In an update to fans, Yorke reported "It is the end of our two week session. We're splitting up, it's all shit. We're washed up. Finished. Only kidding. It was fun. Some of it has been really great fun. And there were moments that stick in my head when I went 'TUNE!' 'TUNE!'"

Guitarist Ed O'Brien added: "Friday night... the end of a two week session. Riffs and fragments of the songs going round my head. It's been great. It's always difficult to judge right now but I think we may have got 'Bodysnatchers'. Had a couple of sticky days at the beginning of the week but saw it through. On a roll now. Lots of stuff to be done yet, but so far so good. The studio is fab, its so good to play in and listen. You know what works and what doesn't."

Of course, they may not think they're washed up. But we'll have to see what the next album sounds like, won't we?


Australian singer songwriter Missy Higgins has dominated at her home country's flagship music awards - the ARIAs. She took five of the awards at Sunday night's event in Sydney. She was named Best Artist, Best Pop Artist and Best Breakthrough Artist, while her debut album, 'The Sound Of White', took the gongs for Highest Selling Album and Album of The Year.

The other winner of note was Ben Lee, the 27 year old with over ten years in the business, having fronted his band Noise Addict at the age of 16. Lee has not previously won any ARIAs but this year took three - Best Male Performer, Best Independent Album for 'Awake Is The New Sleep' and Single Of The Year for 'Catch My Disease'.

Other winners included Keith Urban who won the Country Award for 'Be Here' and the Go Betweens' who took the Adult Contemporary Award for 'Oceans Apart'. Jimmy Barnes, who has had six consecutive chart topping solo albums in Australia, was also inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame.

For those that collect lists of award winners, here's the full list of ARIA 2005 winners:

Album of the Year: Missy Higgins - The Sound Of White (EMI/Eleven)
Single of the year: Ben Lee - Catch My Disease (Inertia)
Breakthrough Artist, Album: Missy Higgins - The Sound Of White (EMI/Eleven)
Breakthrough Artist, Single: End Of Fashion - O Yeah! (EMI)
Best Group: Eskimo Joe (FMR)
Best Male Artist: Ben Lee (Inertia)
Best Female Artist: Missy Higgins (EMI/Eleven)
Best Rock Album: Grinspoon - Thrills Kills And Sunday Pills (UMA)
Best Country Album: Keith Urban - Be Here (EMI/Capitol)
Best Blues and Roots Album: Mia Dyson - Parking Lots (MGM/Black Door Records)
Best Children's Album: The Wiggles - Live Hot Potatoes (ABC Kids)
Best Dance Release: Infusion - Six Feet Above Yesterday (SonyBMG)
Best Urban Release: Daniel Merriweather - She's Got Me (FMR)
Best Adult Contemporary Album: The Go-Betweens - Oceans Apart (EMI/Capitol)
Best Pop Release: Missy Higgins - The Sound Of White (EMI/Eleven)
Best Independent Release: Ben Lee - Awake Is The New Sleep (Inertia)
Best Comedy Release: Tripod - Middleborough Road (Liberation)
Best Music DVD: Jet - Right Right Right (EMI/Capitol)
Highest Selling Album: Missy Higgins - The Sound of White (EMI/Eleven)
Highest Selling Single: Anthony Callea - The Prayer (SonyBMG)
ARIA Awards Hall of Fame Inductee: Jimmy Barnes.

Among the live performances at the awards event was a performance by Neil Finn of Crowded House hit 'Better Be Home Soon', part of a tribute segment to former Crowded House drummer Paul Hester, who committed suicide back in March.


The BPI is taking a group of 23 independent labels to the Billboard Film & TV Conference in LA next month in a bid to promote those labels' artists and music to the US film, TV and radio industries. Supported by the government's UK Trade & Investment body, the mission is part of the industry association's revamped international strategy that promotes British music abroad, in this case aiming to boost participating labels' ability to tap into the potentially lucrative revenue stream of film and TV 'synch rights'.

BPI International Manager Matt Glover told CMU how the trade mission fits into his organisation's wider aims: "Our international activity goes well beyond simply administering grants for trade fairs. This is about providing our members with the opportunity to meet decision makers who can derive real value for their business. This is our second synchronisation mission to Los Angeles following E3 in May, and not only represents our commitment to providing international market access to our members, but also in helping these companies to branch out and develop new and lucrative revenue streams for their catalogues"

David Wood of Faith & Hope Records, one of labels included in the mission, added: "The synch market for Faith & Hope is now equally as important as physical and download sales. This year we've licensed tracks to major film and advertising companies including Volkswagen (Gene Kelly, Golf GTi), SKY, Nokia (X factor) and we're just on the verge of completing our biggest synch to date for one of the world's leading luxury brand labels. We're hoping that the mission to the Billboard conference will raise our profile in the US and replicate the success we've achieved so far in Europe".


Yahoo are putting up the price of their Music UnLimited subscription service in the US from that ridiculously low launch price of $4.99 to $6.99 per month if you pay a year upfront, or from $6.99 to $11.99 if you pay a month at a time. That still means they are cheaper than main rivals Real Rhapsody and Napster, both of whom currently charge $14.99 a month. No word yet on if and when this service will arrive over here.


ALBUM REVIEW: Vector Lovers - Capsule for One (Soma)
The follow up to last year's storming self titled album, York's finest techster Martin Wheeler returns with another treat of an album that crafts melody and beat sublimely. From the opening, 'City Lights From A Train' sets the pace beautifully. The clubbier, harder 'Arrival Metropolis' and 'Boulevard' are deeply infectious, characterised by a dubby, off kilter effect. These are only topped by 'Microtron', which is pure, cerebral, Techno Soul. Awesome. There are some chilled out bits in here too, 'Melody and Memories' and ' Post Arctic Industries', which is suitably cool. I was less impressed by the techno ramblings of 'Nostalgia 4 The Future', but it's a small blip, and the album finishes well, with 'To The Stars' a hardcore tech track cross-referencing Kubricks' 2001 final phase sequence. This is very impressive stuff and the man's high production rate makes him look a bit of a workaholic; with quality this good let's hope he doesn't burn out. Truly one to watch. PV
Release date: 24 Oct
Press contact: Soma IH [all]


Motorola boss Ed Zander seems to have admitted that his company's iTunes-compatible ROKR phone has been a bit of a disappointment, mainly because many consumers were expected a genuine iPod phone, and not a Motorola phone which happened to have iTunes installed. Bloomberg quote the phone company chief as saying: "People were looking for an iPod and that's not what it is. We may have missed the marketing message there". Meanwhile, a recent report issued by American Technology Research analyst Albert Lin says the return rate of the ROKR handset is six times higher that the standard handset, which doesn't suggest high customer satisfaction with the phone. All that said, too much has been invested in the mobile music space already for anyone to give up at this stage, so ROKR is sure to be written off as a "learning experience" rather than used as evidence that the convergence between mobile phones and digital music players is just never going to happen.


Talking of Apple, iTunes has finally arrived in Australia. The Apple download service has been a long time coming there, mainly due to drawn out licensing negotiations with the major record companies. As it is, the service launches without the support or catalogue of SonyBMG who have followed their Sony Music sister company in Japan in choosing not to be part of the Apple platform, in the short term at least. While deciding to go ahead with their launch despite the absence of one of the four major record companies, Apple said they remained confident they would get SonyBMG on board. iTunes VP Eddy Cue told reporters: "We are working with Sony and we know their artists would like to be a part of the launch".

Apple's iPod has been on sale in Australia for some time now and many insiders have blamed the lack of a domestic iTunes for the relatively high amount of illegal file sharing that goes on in the country. Existing Australian based download platforms also have large gaps in their catalogue due to licensing issues, and critics of the music industry argue that record labels are in no moral position to complain about copyright theft being committed on P2P networks whilst their music is not available from legitimate sources. Apple and the other labels will be hoping that, despite SonyBMG's absence from the equation, iTunes will be able to turn illegal file sharers into legitimate digital music customers. At launch iTunes will sell tracks from A$1.69 each (71p), with videos available for A$3.39 (£1.43) and most albums for A$16.99 (£7.19).


SonyBMG might not be involved in iTunes Australia, but you'd like to think they'd give this new digital music venture some serious consideration, given that it is being set up by one of their parent companies. Bertelsmann is reportedly ready to launch a subscription based P2P network in Germany through its Arvato technology division. The new application will be called GNAB (that's BANG backwards), and will apparently give signed up members the freedom to legally share one million songs. Bertelsmann plan to launch the service globally next year, presumably keen to get out there before US competitors Mashboxx and iMesh launch their legit P2P services. It is yet to be seen if any of these subscription based P2P systems take off, but one thing is for sure - there'll be a lot of money spent before we know for sure one way or the other.


U2 and Foo Fighters are to join stars such as Norah Jones, Jerry Lewis and Sheryl Crow in performing for a tribute to the legendary Johnny Cash on 16 Nov. They will perform covers of the star's songs at a CBS special 'I Walk The Line: A Night for Johnny Cash', which coincides with the release of Cash's Biopic 'Walk The Line', starring Joaquin Pheonix and Reese Witherspoon.


Queen drummer Roger Taylor has defended the inclusion of former Free vocalist Paul Rodgers in the band's line up. The group are currently touring in support of new CD 'Return Of The Champions', and Taylor says that Rodgers' vocals have added something to the Queen sound without taking anything away from late frontman Freddie Mercury.

He told VH1: "I think that Paul's vocals have added to our sound. In a way, they've given us more. We did actually come from the blues, although might not sound like that all the time...He's added that blues edge to this big world of sound that Brian and I kick up with our other guys. He's Paul Rodgers, he's not trying to be Freddie Mercury, and I wish people would just understand that we're not doing this to cash in on anything. We're not going out there with somebody pretending to be Freddie Mercury. You know what's the point of that? Paul is great to come back with. He's one of our all-time favourites. Certainly one of Freddie's favourite singers ever. And we used to listen to him before we ever made a record."

Paul Rodgers said, on his role with the band: ''I love to take a song and grip it from somewhere way down here and deliver it back to people. Queen actually have a lot of songs that I can relate to on that level. Strangely enough, 'I Want To Break Free' is one of those. Because to me, I feel most of us have something that we want to break free from. A relationship, a job. The place you live, whatever it might be. And so it has meaning on lots of levels. And there's another song that I really am particularly fond of that we do live called 'The Show Must Go On.' That's something that Queen themselves only experienced in the studio. And, so we have the opportunity, it's like virgin territory when we go out and play that live onstage.''


Xfm have announced that while Lauren Laverne will front the station's breakfast show post-Christian O'Connell, she won't be presenting it on a Friday. That job will go to current morning show host and recent breakfast show fill in guy Shaun Keaveny.

While the decision will give Ms Laverne one more lie in a week, it seems to be primarily motivated by a plan to make Fridays on Xfm quite distinct from the rest of the station's weekday output. Iain Baker will present mornings on Friday, which means request slot the X List will be on between midday and 1pm, rather than 1pm and 2pm. Then Lauren will reappear to host a Friday afternoon version of Xfm's listener voted Music:Response chart. Confused? Yeah, me to.

Xfm Programme Director Andy Ashton explains: "I decided to use the new breakfast show as a chance to sit down and totally rethink the way we put the station together. Friday has a very different feel anyway, and from 4 Nov we're going to reflect that on the station. This is just the start of some big plans I have for the weekend as a whole and I'm looking forward to seeing it all take shape over the next six months."

Confirming he will be hosting Friday breakfast, Keaveny added: "I don't know about anyone else, but I'm quite a fan of Fridays. I like their lack of Monday-ness, and the general feeling that they nearly always signal the imminent arrival of the weekend. It's even more exciting to me than the phrase 'free bar'. What will be in the show you ask? It will be packed tighter than Dolly Parton's sports bra with top Friday-feeling tunes, special giveaways, stupid stories, occasional bad impressions, the odd libelous statement, a monthly Friday-payday event, live bands and (I have been promised) a life-sized effigy of Robbie Williams."


DJ Mag have received 123,955 votes from 147 different countries for this year's edition of their annual DJ Poll - that's 30,000 more votes than last year. The new Top 100 will be announced on Thursday at a party at Ministry Of Sound, though we hear there are 20 new entries, 5 re-entries and 28 climbers. If you are very eager to know who has come top, apparently if you go to you can sign up to a text alert which will deliver winner information just as soon as it's announced.


Given just how irritating pop-up advertising is on the web, here's some good news (just who is it in the advertising industry that thinks that while you are desperately trying to close the pop up ad that is stopping you from accessing a website that you are going to think about buying that advertiser's products?). Anyway, OfCom have ruled that Five breached broadcasting regulations when they allowed Top Up TV to put up a banner advertising their digital TV services during programmes airing on the terrestrial channel. The banner read "Your TV may now be able to receive more channels. Press the RED button to find out how". Five tried to claim the banners were providing information for viewers learning about the switch over to digital TV, but OfCom ruled the banners were commercial not informative, and therefore the channel had broken the regulator's Programme Code.

In a statement OfCom said: "While accepting that it may be necessary from time to time to inform DTT customers of new 'free-to-air' channels they can view by resetting their boxes, the purpose of this message was clearly to promote Top Up TV - an additional service which requires a subscription fee to view the extra channels offered. It was not transparent to viewers that the message formed part of an advertising communication until after they had clicked the red button."


Talking of dodgy in-programme advertising, the BBC has said it has completed its investigation into allegations in the Sunday Times that independent TV companies were receiving payments from brands to feature their products in programmes that air on the Beeb. And the BBC's conclusion? Everyone is innocent guvnor.

The BBC said in a statement: "The BBC would like to acknowledge the full co-operation given to the investigation by all the independent production companies and prop supply companies involved. The investigation found that a number of people in independent production companies working for the BBC were offered an unspecified payment by an undercover Sunday Times reporter in exchange for featuring products on air and the BBC is deeply reassured that in every case this offer was refused. In none of the programmes investigated did anyone give guarantees that a product would be featured if it was supplied for free or at a reduced cost. In many cases where the Sunday Times alleged that products seen in programmes had been supplied for free by companies, the investigation found that they had either in fact been paid for by the programme, or in one case was personal property lent to the programme by a member of the production team. The investigation found that in every case where products had been sourced for free, this was done in accordance with the BBC's guidelines."

The Beeb did admit certain products had been given more prominence in programmes than was possibly justified, but reiterated that that was not because of any commercial agreement with the companies who made or supplied said products.


Madonna has given a lecture at a New York university as part of MTV series 'Stand In'. The programme, broadcast on the campus-and-internet-broadcast MTVu, sees celebrities turn up at colleges to give surprise lectures. Other guest lecturers have included Marilyn Manson, Kanye West, Bill Gates and Cameron Diaz.

The episode featuring Madonna, which will be broadcast on 7 Nov, sees the singer discussing her career and new documentary 'I'm Going To Tell You A Secret' with students at City University's Hunter College. She told the class: "The biggest mistake that any of us can make is to believe what other people say about us."

When asked about the continual changes in her music and her public image, she responded "I don't feel like I'm trying on personas. What I always hope to do is change and evolve. I have no regrets because that's life and life is about change."


Justin Timberlake's obviously not too bitter anymore about his breakup with Britney, because he's spoken out in her defence about those stolen photographs. As reported just yesterday, photographs of Spears' infant son were stolen from the singer and briefly appeared online at the end of last week, before Spears threatened legal action and they were hastily removed.

Anyway, Timberlake told Access Hollywood: "When a person like her, who's obviously a sweet person, is having their first child, it's like, 'leave the girl alone.' I do think that's crossing the line. That's her baby and those are her baby pictures."

Meanwhile, the website that was the first to publish the photos,, has been backtracking. A message on the site says: "To Britney, Kevin, Sean, Jive Records, SonyBMG and anyone else I have affected by this, I am deeply sorry for any pain I have caused you."


Not as confusing as the headline might imply. Bono has revealed that Yoko Ono told him he was John Lennon's son. She didn't mean it literally, obviously. The U2 frontman said: "Yoko came up to me when I was in my twenties, and she put her hand on me and she said, 'You are John's son.' What an amazing compliment!"

He also said Lennon's solo album with the Plastic Ono Band, which deals with the death of Lennon's mother, helped Bono cope with the death of his own mother when he was 14. He said: "For me it was like he, Lennon, was talking about the veil lifting off, the scales falling from the eyes. Seeing out the window with a new clarity that love brings you. I remember that feeling."


Sharon Corr, of, er, The Corrs, is pregnant, according to They quote her as saying "I'm actually expanding the band. I've had a small bit of morning sickness, but I actually feel the healthiest I have for years."


Also according to, Kate Moss is alleged writing poetry as part of her rehab programme and then reading it down the phone to Pete Doherty. I'm not sure exactly how they would know this, but one verse is said to read "What matters is what is underneath". Which is very profound.


Janet Jackson's former brother-in-law has claimed to a US radio station that the singer has an eighteen year old daughter. Young DeBarge, brother of Janet's ex husband James DeBarge, told New York's Hot 97 that the couple had a child, Renee, who is just eighteen, and, he asserts, was sent away to be raised by the eldest Jackson sibling, Rebbie.

It can't be right, though, because the maths doesn't work out. Jackson and DeBarge were married briefly in 1984. Which means that any secret offspring hanging around must be at least twenty, right?


Chris Martin has told Chris Evans on Radio 2 that he couldn't pick a favourite Coldplay lyric because he doesn't think any of them are very good; but he claims to have an ace up his sleeve, saying "They're about to get brilliant. I don't want to go on about what we're going to do but we're about to get a lot better and part of that lyrically."

Perhaps he should stop worrying about the lyrics, and think of ways to make his music a whole lot less pedestrian? Hmmm. Perhaps not.

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