CMU Daily - on the inside Tuesday 1st November

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In today's CMU Daily:
- Apple sell over one million video downloads in less than a month
- Big Day Out Sydney sells out
- Kaisers, Franz, Foo Fighters do 6Music
- Green Day play longest song on TOTP
- Samsung plan an iTunes
- Yahoo to stage daily new video exclusives
- Podcast conference this month
- AOL co-founder quits Time Warner board
- Sky launch mobile TV service
- Nokia and EMI pilot blue-tooth service
- Wozencroft expands EMI UK remit
- Sanctuary review accounting processes
- Koch enter partnership with Snoop Dogg
- Hammer catalogue up for sale
- Seb & Fiona set up Seb & Fiona
- UK orchestra association claims sector ruin at hands of tax man
- Hard-Fi get their stuff nicked
- BRMC delay single release
- KT Tunstall cancels gig
- Mogwai's London residency
- Cribs new double A single
- Late Night Tales live at the Lock
- Tony Christie tour
- Robbie signs clothes deal
- Madonna says Gwen is a copycat
- Marilyn Manson to launch kids TV show on the web
- Former sex pistol disses modern punk bands
- Charlotte Church buys sofas on credit shock

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APPLE SELL OVER ONE MILLION VIDEO DOWNLOADS IN LESS THAN A MONTH
Apple have announced they have sold over one million videos through its iTunes Music Store in less than a month. As previously reported, videos, including music videos, short films and episodes of popular ABC TV shows, were added to the download platform on the launch of the new iPod Video back on 12 Oct, and it seems sales have taken off quickly.

Commenting on passing the one million video downloads mark so quickly, Apple boss Steve Jobs told reporters: "Selling one million videos in less than twenty days strongly suggests there is a market for legal video downloads. Our next challenge is to broaden our content offerings, so that customers can enjoy watching more videos on their computers and new iPods."

Top video downloads in the first few weeks of sale include music videos from Fatboy Slim, Coldplay and Kanye West, Pixar short films like 'For the Birds' and 'Boundin', and, unsurprisingly, episodes of hit TV shows like 'Lost' and 'Desperate Housewives'.

Despite the seemingly large appetite for these kind of video downloads, some point out that most Apple launches are followed by immediate sales booms as Apple-loyal consumers and early adopters quickly snap up the new technology or content that is on offer. Those observers say it will take more time to assess if there is a mainstream audience for content of this kind.

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BIG DAY OUT SYDNEY SELLS OUT
Tickets for the Sydney date of the Australian touring festival Big Day Out have sold out in record time, with a line up including Franz Ferdinand, The White Stripes and Iggy & The Stooges appealing to the city's festival goers.

However, festival organisers have revealed that they have held back 5000 tickets which they will now sell over the next ten weeks, making 500 available each week. The aim of that plan is to give music fans more than just one opportunity to buy tickets, and to hinder touts selling tickets at hiked up prices by ensuring there is a ready supply of proper tickets available in the run up to the main event.

As yet tickets are still available for Big Day Out's other five dates, which run as follows:

20 Jan: Auckland Ericsson Stadium
22 Jan: Gold Coast Parklands
29 Jan: Melbourne Princes Park
3 Feb: Adelaide Royal Showground
5 Feb: Perth Claremont Showgrounds

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KAISERS, FRANZ, FOO FIGHTERS DO 6MUSIC
Kaiser Chiefs, Franz Ferdinand and Foo Fighters are all scheduled to take part in BBC 6Music's Selector programme when it re-launches in December - this is the scheme that gives artists the chance to programme the station for a day.

Each of the bands will follow in the footsteps of Radiohead, who took over the digital station for a week in 2003, and Manic Street Preachers, who did the same in 2004. This year, however, there are more bands involved, and they each have just one day to champion a favourite artist, select an album of the day and play their pick of tracks from the BBC's archive.

The Selector begins on Monday 12 Dec, with Foo Fighters, Kaiser Chiefs on Tuesday 13, the lovely Peter Kay on Wednesday 14 (yes, that Peter Kay, comedian) and Franz Ferdinand on Friday 16. No guest programmer has been confirmed as yet for the Thursday of the week.

BBC 6 Music's head of programmes Ric Blaxhill told reporters: "It is a real honour for the network that these artists wanted to come on board and make The 6 Music Selector even bigger than its previous incarnations. I am particularly pleased to welcome Peter Kay who will add a light comic touch to the musical mix."

Foo Fighters added: "We're really excited to be taking over the station for a day and can't wait to get our hands on the BBC archive."

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GREEN DAY PLAY LONGEST SONG ON TOTP
Green Day will appear on Top Of The Pops this weekend to play a nine minute version of new single 'Jesus Of Suburbia'. It will be the longest song performed on the show ever, and following the live appearance, the band will continue to play for their fans off air. The single is released on 14 Nov.

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SAMSUNG PLAN AN ITUNES
The president of Samsung has confirmed his company plans to launch its own iTunes style download platform. The Korean electronics giant, while supplying Apple with most of its flash memory for the economy iPods, has big ambitions for their own digital music players, and reportedly hopes to gain somewhere between 25 and 30% of the overall digital music market in the next few years. The download platform plans are part of Samsung's strategy to achieve those ambitions.

The company's president, Choi Gee-Sung, is quoted in the Korea Times as saying: "We are now in talks with our partners to debut a service like iTunes. Our number one priority is to help customers use our products with ease". No word on what exact form that service will take, nor on whether they will use a back end supplier like MusicNet or Loudeye, or if they plan to do deals with every content owner themselves.

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YAHOO TO STAGE DAILY NEW VIDEO EXCLUSIVES
Yahoo today launch a new aspect to its music video service which will see key new videos go online each day according to a specific schedule, with each addition available exclusively via Yahoo for the first 24 hours - a feature akin to the 'exclusives' secured by main competitor AOL. That will be backed up by a new video series called 'StopWatch' which will showcase new videos from breaking artists on a similar schedule. The aim of the daily additions and ongoing mini-exclusives is to build a regular audience rather than occasion traffic surges around major promotions.

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PODCAST CONFERENCE THIS MONTH
More on those podcasting shenanigans. A conference is being held on the whole podcast phenomenon in California later this month. Topics up for debate include advertising and subscription based models in the download space, the ability to use podcasts as a marketing tool, the possible effect of podcasting on traditional radio and, of course, that tricky issue of music licensing in podcasts. If you just so happen to be in Ontario on 11 or 12 Nov and would like to go, you'll find more info at http://www.portablemediaexpo.com.

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AOL CO-FOUNDER QUITS TIME WARNER BOARD
As we're on all things world wide web, here's some internet news for you. Steve Case, a co-founder of America Online, has resigned from the board of media conglom Time Warner (the media company which no longer has anything to do with Warner Music, of course). Case resigned as chairman of AOL two years ago, but has remained on the board of the parent company ever since, even though some of the group's shareholders pretty much blamed him for all the financial woes that the company suffered after the AOL/Time Warner merger. Case says he is leaving the Time Warner post to concentrate on his new investment company Revolution LLC, adding that he was now happy with the way AOL was operating within Time Warner and that, as a major shareholder in the group, he would maintain an active interest in AOL's strategic development. So there you go.

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SKY LAUNCH MOBILE TV SERVICE
On to all things mobile, and BSkyB is the latest operator to dabble in mobile TV. They will launch Sky Mobile TV today, offering mobile viewers a 19 channel line up, including two MTV music services and simulcasts of its satellite channels Sky News and Sky One. The service will be available free to Vodafone 3G customers until the end of January, when a five pound a month subscription will kick in.

Talking up the new venture, BSkyB COO Richard Freudenstein told reporters: "Sky wants to give customers the flexibility to access our services in the way that they choose and Vodafone is an ideal partner to help make this happen. With Sky Mobile TV, you can now keep up with the latest news, sport and entertainment wherever you are. This is an innovative service that complements our existing pay-TV activities, extends the reach of Sky content and delivers an additional stream of revenue."

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NOKIA AND EMI PILOT BLUE-TOOTH SERVICE
More mobile nonsense, and Nokia have teamed up with EMI to pilot a new service in Finland which will let music fans access music, ringtones, video clips and vouchers on their mobile via blue tooth in selected coffee shops and music stores. Customers must download a bit of software to their handsets to use the service, though once they've done that they will be able to access all the content on offer for free, well during the trial anyway, EMI would most likely adopt a subscription model if and when it rolls out the service properly.

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WOZENCROFT EXPANDS EMI UK REMIT
Well, Billboard is reporting that the president of Capitol Music UK has extended his remit, which came as a surprise because I didn't know there was any such thing as Capitol Music UK - Capitol being the EMI Group's US record company. But having checked EMI Music UK & Ireland's website, it turns out that's what they now call the bit of EMI Music UK that consists of EMI Records and Parlophone, and apparently they've been doing that for some time. So there you go. I've learned something new today.

Anyway, that's not the story here. Keith Wozencroft, the boss of Capitol Music UK, has had his remit extended to cover that other big bit of EMI Music UK - Virgin Music. He essentially takes over from former Virgin Music UK MD Phillip Ascoli, who left earlier this year, although a new MD for Virgin is still expected to be appointed who will report to Wozencroft in much the same way that EMI Records MD Terry Felgate and Parlophone MD Miles Leonard do already. Wozencroft will report to EMI Music UK chairman Tony Wadsworth.

So that's all that cleared up.

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SANCTUARY REVIEW ACCOUNTING PROCESSES
I'm bored of depressing financial news coming out of the Sanctuary Music Group. Given that they are one of our favourite music companies for various reasons there isn't time to go into just now, it's just damn depressing when they keep on issuing profit warnings. That said, I'm not sure this is necessarily bad news - it's more about financial procedure, which isn't so much depressing, just rather dull.

Anyways, Sanctuary bosses have told investment types that they are facing an adjustment of their financial results as part a review of accounting polices. There, told you it was dull. The company is planning on revamping the way it does its accounts as part of its strategy to overcome recent financial struggles, and that may well "give rise to prior year adjustments", "alter its methods of estimation in certain areas" and "give rise to exceptional items" in the group's accounts for the financial year ending 30 Sep.

Sanctuary boss Andy Taylor explained: "Our aim in undertaking the review is to reposition Sanctuary for a return to profitability and sustainable long-term growth in future years. Whilst this process has been very painful for staff and shareholders we continue to command gratifying support in the industry amongst artists and trading partners."

So there you go, that's that cleared up too. We're on a roll today.

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KOCH ENTER PARTNERSHIP WITH SNOOP DOGG
Koch Records has announced a new worldwide, multi-album joint venture with Snoop Dogg. The first release of the new label will be 'Snoop Dogg Presents Welcome To Tha Chuuch Tha Album', which will feature Snoop and a load of newer names, like Tiffany Foxxx, RBX, Soopafly, Half-Dead, Mira-Mira and Mykestro. No word yet if the Koch venture will involve solo projects from any of those artists, or whether it will be based primarily around Snoop releases.

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HAMMER CATALOGUE UP FOR SALE
Quick, let's have a whip round; the MC Hammer catalogue is up for sale. Yep, the administrator in charge of Hammer's publishing and copyright assets has put them up for sale. Wixen Music Publishing acquired the rights after the rapper's bankruptcy back in 1996.

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SEB & FIONA SET UP SEB & FIONA
Seb Emina and Fiona Wootton, previously the marketing team at London's Spitz venue, have set up their own PR firm called, simply, Seb & Fiona. The new company will continue to represent the Spitz, as well as managing publicity projects for an eclectic client base, which at launch includes long established krautrock night Kosmische, a classical music project by A Man Called Adam, the live offering of Trial & Error Recordings, a grade II listed market and a multimedia dance company - there, I said it was eclectic.

Commenting on the new venture, Wootton told CMU: "We're as happy building up a new band's profile as we are creating alternative events for Spitalfields. The clients we have compliment each other, a lot of the people we promote have very different disciplines but that just adds to the mix."

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UK ORCHESTRA ASSOCIATION CLAIMS SECTOR RUIN AT HANDS OF TAX MAN
The Association Of British Orchestras has warned that the UK's classical music industry faces financial ruin following a ruling by those nasty tax officials.

The Inland Revenue reckons orchestras in the UK owe £33 million following confusions over the payment of National Insurance. The confusion followed a change in the law in 1998 after which freelance singers and musicians hired by orchestras were classed as self employed for most tax purposes, but as employees for NI purposes - meaning the orchestra would pay national insurance contributions on behalf of their freelance employees. But the Inland Revenue now say that the way orchestras having been calculating these contributions since 1998 has been incorrect, hence the large deficit.

While the Inland Revenue insists the deficit must now be paid, the Association Of British Orchestras, who claim the NI error has come about because their members were badly advised by tax officials back in 1998, say that if the industry is forced to pay up the £33 million it will put many orchestras out of business. One estimate says as many as four out of five may have to cease operations.

In a statement the ABO said: "There is a real danger that if this matter is not resolved one of the leading orchestral sectors in the world will be severely affected with likely closures and would cease to be of international quality and significance", while their chairman, Michael Henson, told the BBC: "I think this is an industry-wide issue, the issue affects every major orchestra and smaller orchestra in this country and would have huge effects upon how they operate".

The government's lovely Department of Culture, Media and Sport, however, has played down the crisis potential of the issue, even though the tax debt would wipe out most of the £35 million investment it has made itself in the classical sector. A spokesman said they were in discussions with all parties to seek a way forward, adding: "We appreciate that the situation is very serious and clearly it needs to be resolved quickly and fairly between both sides and that's what we are trying to establish at the moment."

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HARD-FI GET THEIR STUFF NICKED
Hard-Fi had some of their stuff nicked at a gig at Camden's Electric Ballroom recently whilst they were playing their set. They told fans via a post on their website: "Our dressing room was ransacked and wallets, phones etc were nicked. So if you see someone called K. Stephens trying to take out a copy of Sin City from Camden Blockbusters, he's an imposter!"

They added that they were "Pissed off, but we didn't let it dampen our spirits too much. The following gig, security was replaced by ex-Russian special forces, and it sure didn't happen again the next night. I would pity the fool that tried!"

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BRMC DELAY SINGLE RELEASE
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club have delayed the release of their new single in the UK. 'Weight Of The World' was released yesterday in the rest of Europe, but will now not see a UK release until 2006. A statement released by the band does not explain their reasons for the delay, simply explaining: "There has been a slight change in plan with regards to the release of the new single - 'Weight Of The World'. The single will now be released in the UK in early 2006. A solid date has not yet been confirmed."

BRMC begin a European tour shortly, appearing in London on 22 Nov.

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KT TUNSTALL CANCELS GIG
KT Tunstall has cancelled tonight's gig at Liverpool's Academy 1, and will not now perform in the city until early next year. A statement from the singer's label says "Due to unforeseen circumstances we regret that KT Tunstall will have to postpone her show in Liverpool in Tuesday 1 Nov to 14 Jan 2006. KT sincerely regrets the inconvenience caused and promises to make it up to her fans in January. Original tickets will be valid for the rearranged date."

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MOGWAI'S LONDON RESIDENCY
Mogwai are to play five nights at London's ICA in the New Year, in a series of special gigs taking place from 10 - 14 Jan. Each performance will feature special support bands and DJs as well as films programmed by Mogwai themselves. More details will be announced closer to the events, but you can buy tickets already, for £17.50 each.

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CRIBS NEW DOUBLE A SINGLE
The Cribs have confirmed that their next single will be a double A side, 'Your Gonna Lose Us'/'The Wrong Way To Be'. The new recording of 'Your Gonna Lose Us' was recorded with former Suede man Bernard Butler. The band also release new material as B-sides - 'I Was Her Man But I Done Her Wrong' and 'Advice From A Roving Artist' featuring guest vocals courtesy of Jon Slade from Huggy Bear. It's available on two 7" and CD formats.

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LATE NIGHT TALES LIVE AT THE LOCK
The Late Night Tales series - 'musical-influences-based' compilation albums programmed by artists as diverse as Jay Kay, The Flaming Lips and Four Tet, in case you've been asleep for the past few years - is to go live as, starting 20 Nov, the people behind the series will be hosting regular sessions at the Lock Tavern in Camden.

The first event will feature Glasgow born producer Howie B, who compiled the second Late Night Tales album. The organisers hint that further 'favourites' are set to appear at the Lock to divulge their interests and influences, but for now here are the details of the first one: Takes place on Sunday 20 Nov from 3.30pm to 10.30pm at the aforementioned Lock Tavern, featuring Howie B plus late night residents. Entry is free! Hurrah!

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TONY CHRISTIE TOUR
That lovely Tony Christie is to undertake a major concert tour following the massive success of 'Amarillo', which, as previously reported is still the biggest selling single of the year. Press info from Noble PR, tour dates as follows:

16 Nov: Oxford New Theatre
17 Nov: Birmingham Symphony Hall
20 Nov: Harrogate International Centre
21 Nov: Liverpool Empire
23 Nov: Glasgow Clyde Auditorium
24 Nov: Newcastle City Hall
26 Nov: Edinburgh Usher Hall
28 Nov: Bristol Hippodrome
29 Nov: Nottingham Royal Centre
30 Nov: Manchester Bridgewater Hall
02 Dec: Bournemouth Pavilion
04 Dec: Cardiff International Centre
05 Dec: London Royal Albert Hall
06 Dec: Sheffield City Hall

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ROBBIE SIGNS CLOTHES DEAL
The Sun reports that Robbie Williams has signed up to be the face of re-launched nineties Madchester fashion label, Gio-Goi. According to the tabloid, a 'source' said: "Robbie has always taken a real interest in his image. Even as far back as Take That, he dabbled with different styles - the skinhead and the Britpop indie look. Gio-Goi think he's perfect. He's a Northern lad and definitely a trend setter."

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MADONNA SAYS GWEN IS A COPYCAT
Madonna has apparently accused Gwen Stefani of copying her. According to the Evening Echo News, the singer says that Stefani is "very sweet and talented," but that she "ripped me off...she married a Brit, she's got blonde hair and she likes fashion". If it's true, it's a bit of a bizarre accusation. There must be a fair few blonde, fashion-liking Americans who have married a British person. Are they all copying Madonna?

Elsewhere, Madonna has been defending her interest in Kabbalah again, and says that it annoys her when the media characterise her faith as a cult. She told the New York Daily News she thought it "would be less controversial if I joined the Nazi Party". She added that she could relate to Tom Cruise and his pursuit of that other scary cult ... sorry, religion, scientology. "If it makes Tom Cruise happy, I don't care if he prays to turtles," she said. "And I don't think anybody else should."

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MARILYN MANSON TO LAUNCH KIDS TV SHOW ON THE WEB
Well, the headline is the story really. Manson told Sky News: "I like the idea of a little me putting across my thoughts and ideas. It will start out as a web extra and, if successful, we plan to turn it into a standalone kids' cartoon. Will they be frightened? Why should they be? It's only me."

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FORMER SEX PISTOL DISSES MODERN PUNK BANDS
Ex-Sex Pistol Steve Jones has been dissing the modern generation of bands that tend to be pigeonholed as the 'punk bands' of today. He apparently told the New York Post: "Knuckleheads like Simple Plan and Good Charlotte are told what to do, and they do it, you know? It's a shame that they're disguising it under the word 'punk.' It's a bunch of fucking shit, you know?" Two words come to mind. 'Old' and 'man'.

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CHARLOTTE CHURCH BUYS SOFAS ON CREDIT SHOCK
Some very thrilling news, now. Charlotte Church has apparently taken out an interest-free credit agreement on two sofas costing £5,500 for her new half-a-million-quid home. Church has millions in the bank, of course, but with the credit offer, does not have to start paying for the sofas for twelve months. Crikey. What a great deal.

According to The Sun, the singer's mother said "Why not take advantage of a good offer? I think the salesman thought we were joking at first but I insisted on the credit-free option."

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