CMU Daily - on the inside Tuesday 15th November
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In today's CMU Daily:
- BPI launch more anti-download litigation
- Napster survey reveals billions of CDs lost
- Sanctuary sheds US managers
- Future of Shortlist Music Prize in doubt
- Westlife & Shayne favourites for Crimbo
- DEMX nominees announced
- Universal and Vodafone confirm mobile music deal
- Warner sign up to Snocap
- Soribada man says "I'll be back"
- Seeca open US office
- 1Xtra announce new drama programme
- Chrysalis boss says demerger not an option
- AOL plan broadband TV service
- Girl Aloud collapses after performance
- REM guitarist joins Patti on stage
- Mark Owen single release and tour dates
- Enya returns with new album
- Line up announced for Cross Central NYE bash
- Joss Stone is young person of the year
- Craig David in Doherty comments shocker
- Hawkins has another go at Martin. Oh, and Poullain.
- Cowell pissed off with Conways

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BPI LAUNCH MORE ANTI-DOWNLOAD LITIGATION
Presumably because they'd heard today was proving to be a bit of a quiet news day, and demonstrating a genuine concern that an edition of the CMU Daily might go out without a good bit of legal news, the BPI have announced another batch of anti-download lawsuits. Hurrah!

And you know how once you become addicted to something you have to slowly increase the dose to still get your fix? Well, the BPI is this time suing 65 suspected downloaders in one go - almost double the number of lawsuits it has ever launched in one sitting before (though some way off their lawsuit-junkie of a cousin, the Recording Industry Association Of America, which regularly launches hundreds of anti-downloading lawsuits at the same time).

We all know the reason and protocol for these lawsuits by now, so there's no need to dwell too much on the rights or wrongs of suing individual consumers who violate copyrights by sharing music online. Except to say that while infringing copyright via P2P is clearly wrong, it doesn't stand to reason that suing the people who do it is the best way to stop it. Damn, now I've started dwelling.

Anyway, BPI boss Peter Jamieson told CMU: "There will be no let-up in our fight against illegal filesharing. We will do what it takes to defend our rights under the law". Meanwhile the industry association's new General Counsel, Roz Groome, added: "There is no doubt that legal action is helping to contain the spread of illegal filesharing, but there is sadly still no shortage of people who believe the law simply does not apply to them. The bad news for Britain's digital shoplifters is that the law is not on your side, and in twelve months more than 70 British filesharers have discovered the real cost of free music and ended up thousands of pounds out of pocket to avoid a costly court case."

The BPI has also announced that it is urging consumer rights groups like the National Consumer Council and Consumers' Association to help in educating the public about the importance and legalities of copyright. Consumer rights groups are not always the best of friends to the copyright industry, of course, often complaining that attempts by content owners to protect their copyrights, especially through digital protection technology or litigation such as that being launched today, violates consumer rights and / or privacy laws. The BPI argues, however, that consumer rights groups surely have a duty to make the consumers they claim to represent aware of copyright laws and the implications of breaking them. The latest attempts by the BPI to gain the support of consumer groups follows an announcement by the National Consumer Council last week that they were supporting that previously reported pan-European mission to "protect consumers" from major entertainment and technology conglomerates in the digital age. BPI Chairman Peter Jamieson told us: "We have invested a great deal of resource in helping consumers avoid legal risk. But more needs to be done. Today I am writing to both the National Consumer Council and the Consumers' Association, asking them to play their part in tackling this problem."

You can read the two letters at http://www.bpi.co.uk/pdf/ncc_nov2005.pdf and http://www.bpi.co.uk/pdf/which_nov2005.pdf

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NAPSTER SURVEY REVEALS BILLIONS OF CDS LOST
A new survey from Napster estimates that some two billion CDs have gone missing from the record collections of UK music fans (it's quite a bold statistic given the size of the sample group, but I can well believe its true). The survey aimed to discover what formats consumers preferred for storing their music collection. 25% of the 1000 people interviewed said they preferred to listen to music via their PC or MP3 player, while 35% said they now stored their entire music collection in MP3 format.

But perhaps the most interesting discovery was how many of those surveyed reckoned they had lost a number of CDs over the years. Those surveyed owned an average of 126 albums, but reckoned they had lost an average of 37 CDs each. CDs were frequently lost after being taken to parties or leant to friends, or at the end of relationships when an ex-partner claimed custody. Personally I lose CDs on my desk. What happens to them I'm not sure, but once a CD is carelessly allowed to slip into the big tray of unboxed CDs next to my PC it can be months before anyone sees it again. We once lost our only copy of Ben Folds Five's 'The Unauthorised Biography Of Reinhold Messner' in there for three agonizing months. And I still haven't found the CD I know is there somewhere which has this really funky version of the Futurama theme tune on it.

Anyway, Napster reckon all these lost CDs is good news, for them at least, because it encourages people to download music - firstly so they have a back up on their PC, and secondly to replace the lost albums. Perhaps more importantly for Napster, the research also seems to suggest a slow drift from physical to digital music collections. Past research has been inconclusive on the long term future of the CD, but Napster UK General Manager Leanne Sharman reckons their research shows physical music formats may disappear quicker than many people currently assume. Sharman: "This latest ICM research underlines the tremendous shift towards digital music that we've witnessed all year. This is further borne out by these findings which show how quickly traditional record formats are becoming obsolete."

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SANCTUARY SHEDS US MANAGERS
This comes from US industry website HitsDailyDouble, so if it's wrong, it's their fault. The Sanctuary Group have reportedly fired three of their US music managers - Tony Davis, Troy Carter and Jay Erving - who between them manage the likes of Kelis, Fat Joe and D-12. A fourth, Max Gouse, has apparently been made redundant as part of the struggling music companies restructuring, while Mathew 'father of Beyonce' Knowles, whose management company was acquired by Sanctuary back in 2003, is apparently in talks about the future of his relationship with the group.

Sanctuary boss Andy Taylor is, of course, busy restructuring the music company after a difficult year financially, though, it isn't clear if all of these management departures are related to that restructure. There is reason to believe, however, that some of the departures, at least, are acrimonious. An email circulated around certain industry types on Friday from someone called Jill Thompson, who claimed to represent all five Sanctuary managers, read thus: "This past Friday, Sanctuary Group terminated the contracts of all of their African American managers for cause. What's the cause? Sanctuary's attorneys had no answers. The managers, Tony Davis, Troy Carter, Julius Erving, Max Gouse and Mathew Knowles have retained famed litigator Larry Stein to launch a $100 million dollar lawsuit against the company". That email is seemingly wrong regarding Gouse and Knowles, though Hits Daily Double says it has confirmed that Stein is in deed representing the other three in their dispute with Sanctuary.

I am guessing http://www.hitsdailydouble.com will keep running with this one as and when any more news materialises.

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FUTURE OF SHORTLIST MUSIC PRIZE IN DOUBT
This is a shame. The future of America's Shortlist Music Prize is in doubt after seeming disagreements between the two co-founders of the award. A bit like an American version of the Mercury Music Prize, the Shortlist celebrated a 'best album of the year', picked from an eclectic shortlist which in turn was selected from a 'longlist' of commended long players. An equally eclectic judging panel selected the winning albums.

However, no Shortlist Music Prize is planned for this year and there seems to be some disagreement as to what the future holds for the scheme. One founder says the programme is just on hold due to disagreements in the organisation that manages it, while the other founder says he is launching a new award scheme to replace it.

Tom Sarig says his new award - the New Pantheon - will replace the Shortlist Music Prize. Following a pretty similar format in terms of voting, Sarig says the new award will be promoted to the public at large rather than the industry audience that tended to take notice of the Shortlist. Sarig: "I thought starting with a new entity with a sort of bolder initiative would be a fresh way to do it".

However fellow co-founder Greg Spotts, told Billboard he was surprised Sarig was launching a new award: "The only reason why we haven't put on a Shortlist this year is because Tom and I don't seem to be able to agree on how. It seems to be just like as bands get more successful, the egos get more complicated to manage. That same process seems to be happening with the management with our company." Spotts says he may sue if Sarig goes ahead with his new award, adding: "It isn't something that I feel is legally possible for him ... you can't compete against a company that you co-own."

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WESTLIFE & SHAYNE FAVOURITES FOR CRIMBO
Ladbrokes say Westlife and whoever wins X-Factor are the joint favourites to get that all important Christmas number one, and as fellow bookies William Hill say Shayne Ward is going to win the X-Factor, he's the one most likely to be going up against the Irish boybland when they release their upcoming duet with Diana Ross.

Elsewhere in bookie/X-Factor news, the surprise departure of Maria Lawson from the competition on Saturday hit the aforementioned William Hill pretty hard, after they had given Lawson odds of just 66/1 to leave the programme. Spokesman Rupert Adams said "Sixty-six to one was completely the wrong price for Maria to leave the show, so we got completely hammered."

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DEMX NOMINEES ANNOUNCED
OK, how about a bit of Digital Entertainment And Media Excellence? What, round here? Surely not. Well, the finalists for the second ever DEMX Awards have been announced, with 50 Cent, Coldplay and Cream among the music types being recognised for their dabblings into the digital world. Both Fiddy and Coldplay are up for Best Use Of Technology, while Cream are nominated in a best music DVD category. These are pretty eclectic awards, with people working in the music, gaming, TV and film industries all shortlisted. More details at http://www.digitalentertainmentawards.com - the awards are presented at The Century Plaza Hotel in LA on 1 Dec.

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UNIVERSAL AND VODAFONE CONFIRM MOBILE MUSIC DEAL
Universal Music and the UK division of Vodafone have confirmed a partnership which will see the major label's catalogue available to the mobile network's 3G consumers as ringtones, full audio and full video downloads - those lucky, lucky Vodafone customers. The deal means that Vodafone customers will be able to buy mobile downloads of some 100,000 songs from Universal artists, including Eminem, U2, Keane, Scissor Sisters and Black Eye Peas. The new service will be added to the Vodafone Live platform straight away.

Confirming the deal, Lucian Grainge, CEO of Universal Music Group International, told CMU: "This agreement sets new standards in scale, reach and imagination within our respective industries. Both companies are committed as never before to provide new entertainment services for the benefit of consumers, using 3G to harness the power and potential of new technology. I could not be more excited at the prospect."

Vodafone's Guy Laurence added: "Universal Music is the world's largest music company and this strategic union significantly enhances the scope of our mobile music offering. As adoption of music content continues to increase, we know that our consumers are going to enjoy the benefit of being able to tap into such an incredible catalogue."

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WARNER SIGN UP TO SNOCAP
Well, I was just saying the other day, "I wonder if Warner Music have signed up to Snocap yet", and low and behold, they have. I think my life is now complete.

Snocap, of course, is the company set up by original Napster founder Shawn Fanning. They have built some technology which can track what music is being shared via P2P networks. The idea is that legit subscription-based P2P companies use the Snocap technology to track what music is being shared by their members, so they can pass the relevant royalty fees on to the labels.

All four of the majors are now signed up to Snocap which means their system will be able to track music in the entire combined catalogue of EMI, SonyBMG, Warner and Universal, as well as the many affiliated independents. The challenge now for Snocap is that the emerging legit P2P companies opt to use their technology. Both Snocap and those legit P2P operators will then have to hope the punters currently using illegal networks like Kazaa et al for free will be persuaded / forced / intimidated into switching to the subscription based systems.

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SORIBADA MAN SAYS "I'LL BE BACK"
Talking of legit P2Ps and things like that, the man behind South Korean file sharing network Soribada which, as previously reported, was closed down by the courts there, has said he still hopes to find a P2P system that can operate without violating copyright laws. South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo quote the company's chief, Yang Jung-wan, as saying: "The service recently suspended by court order was limited to Soribada 3, but not all P2P services were banned. I'm racking my brain to develop various models that don't infringe on rights of internet users and allow us to allocate revenues to copyright holders". However the Korean Association Of Phonogram Producers which led the various litigation against Soribada is said to be cynical of Jung-wan's motives, and insiders there say they will be watching any future ventures he launches very carefully.

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SEECA OPEN US OFFICE
Indie label and publisher Seeca are opening a US office. The move comes as representatives from the label take part in the BPI's trade mission to sell UK music to the American film and TV industry, and with the news that the producers of a new Jennifer Aniston/Clive Owen film called 'Derailed' have picked up a track from their artist Oisin Lunny for their trailer.

Seeca director Lousie Martins told CMU: "To have one of our tracks used by a major studio in Hollywood for this high profile film is a real coup. We have a very focussed roster and Oisin is a versatile and experienced synch writer for film, TV and advertising. It is perfect timing with the opening of the US office and the conference in LA. Our intention is to increase Seeca's profile in the US as well as being closer to our film, TV and advertising clients. The US office will also be representing our bands, working them at college radio, as well as securing licensing deals."

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1XTRA ANNOUNCE NEW DRAMA PROGRAMME
1Xtra has announced a joint project with BBC Radio Drama and Theatre Royal Stratford East which will see the urban digital radio station broadcast a number of short-form radio dramas over Christmas. The programme is called 'In A Minute', so I am guessing that means each drama will last a minute (which is very short-form) - but don't quote me on that.

There will be ten editions in total. The first five will be created by young actors at TRSE's youth theatre, while the second five will be created based on the ideas of 1Xtra listeners responding to the first five, if that makes sense.

Commenting on the project, 1Xtra Programme Editor Willber Willberforce told CMU: " 'In A Minute' will be 1Xtra's first ever collaboration with BBC Radio Drama and TRSE and I'm delighted 1Xtra will work with both groups to produce radio drama that will engage our listeners in a new way."

Press info on the project from Sophia Kakembo at Theatre Royal Stratford East (020 8279 1123) or Indy Vidyalankara at 1Xtra (020 7765 2627).

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CHRYSALIS BOSS SAYS DEMERGER NOT AN OPTION
Chrysalis boss Richard Huntingford has said he is not planning on demerging his company. His comments follow idle chatter in the investment community which said that Huntingford should sell off Chrysalis' music assets (Echo Records and the group's music publishing business) to fund the acquisition of a load more radio stations (investment types worried that Chrysalis is dwarfed in the radio sector by the recently merged GCap). However, despite a fall in revenue and profits in the last financial year, Huntingford said his company's double sector set up would continue.

Huntingford: "I don't think we are under pressure from shareholders. We certainly think we have a lot of further organic growth that can be driven from both businesses over the next few years. We have strong management teams in place to drive that growth and that's the best way of driving long-term value for shareholders."

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AOL PLAN BROADBAND TV SERVICE
The US bit of AOL says it will launch a broadband TV network rerunning old shows on a free-to-access basis. The new service, to be called In2TV, will tap into the TV archives of sister company Warner Bros. Announcing the plan AOL VP Kevin Conroy told reporters: "With In2TV, we are enabling web users to experience and interact with television programming in an entirely new way, and creating a new distribution platform for TV content. This is an exciting new way to experience these shows, allowing Web users to enjoy what they want, when they want it. We view this collaboration as truly transformational and yet another demonstration of our commitment to making our next-generation AOL.com portal the best destination for video on the web". With AOL making its US content platforms available to everyone, and not just its own ISP customers, it is not clear what the revenue stream plans of the new TV-via-the-web service are - though presumably they will involved either advertising or long term plans to sell subscriptions, or possibly both.

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GIRL ALOUD COLLAPSES AFTER PERFORMANCE
Girl Aloud Sarah Harding reportedly collapsed after a performance at CD:UK over the weekend, and ended up being rushed to hospital. The girl group were performing their new single 'Biology' on the music show, when Harding was taken ill. According to the Sunday Mirror, an onlooker at the recording of the programme said "It was terrifying. Sarah collapsed and everyone gasped with shock."

It's understood that the singer was diagnosed with a kidney infection last week, and has now been ordered to rest by doctors. A spokesman said "Sarah is very ill. She's been told to take time off."

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REM GUITARIST JOINS PATTI ON STAGE
REM guitarist Peter Buck joined Patti Smith onstage at a gig in Seattle at the weekend. Smith's concert was held at the Crocodile Club, which is owned by Buck's wife, and following her initial acoustic set, Smith joined forces with Buck and other members of his Minus 5 collective for an eight song set. As previously reported, Smith joined REM onstage at their Hyde Park concert earlier in the year.

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MARK OWEN SINGLE RELEASE AND TOUR DATES
That lovely Mark Owen has announced a release date for a brand new single and some UK tour dates. The new single 'Hail Mary' is released on 12 Dec, taken from his album 'How The Mighty Fall', which was released back in April. So you can buy it. Right now. Anyway, here are those tour dates.

12 Dec: Glasgow Barfly
13 Dec: Manchester Life Café
14 Dec: York Fibbers
18 Dec: Liverpool Barfly
19 Dec: Birmingham Barfly
20 Dec: London Islington Academy

Go to http://www.markowenofficial.com if you want more info.

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ENYA RETURNS WITH NEW ALBUM
Enya is to release her sixth album on 21 Nov. The LP, entitled 'Amarantine', will be followed by a single bearing the same name on 5 Dec. As you may know, Enya has in the past sung words written by her lyricist Roma Ryan in Gaelic, Welsh, Latin and Spanish, as well as English. On the new album, there's a song with Japanese lyrics, as well as three songs written in a made-up language, Loxian. Lyricist Ryan was apparantly inspired to create the custom language after writing lyrics in Tolkien's fabricated tongue, Elvish, when Enya was invited to sing the theme song for 'The Lord Of The Rings - The Fellowship Of The Ring' soundtrack, at the request of director Peter Jackson.

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LINE UP ANNOUNCED FOR CROSS CENTRAL NYE BASH
I feel a CMU guide to the New Years Eve Parties coming up (email details of your to musicnews@unlimitedmedia.co.uk), but here's one to get started with. Laurent Garnier, Francois K and 2manydjs have been confirmed as headliners for the TDK Cross Central New Years bash which will take place at Canvas over there in Kings Cross. This one will have a massive six rooms (not including the VIP area!), with the full line up confirmed so far as follows:

Canvas 1: Laurent Garnier* and François K*
Canvas 2: 2manydjs
Canvas 3: Shane Watcha / Timo Garcia / Gepy / Laura T / Clint Lee
Canvas 4: Blah - Alf Garnish / Tobe Lerone / Nick Blake / Sam Ball / Danny Clark
Canvas 5: Sounds Heavenly - Danny Mayes / Adam B / Robert Redford / Brendan Sharpe / Sean E
The Key: Faith - Ralph Lawson [ 20:20 Vision] / Terry Farley / Stuart Patterson /Dave Jarvis

Tickets are £25 and are on sale now. Press info from claire@pachalondon.com

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JOSS STONE IS YOUNG PERSON OF THE YEAR
Aren't these young people lucky enough just to be young and vital, without getting additional plaudits for being young and vital, dammit? Apparently not. Young Joss Stone has been named a young person of the year by Debrett's, whose 'People Of Today' book (list price: very expensive) lists around 25,000 "significant individuals in British society".

Anyway, Stone was cited for her impact on the international music scene. Bob Geldof is also a person of the year, with other new music-related names added to the list including Shirley Bassey, Kelly Jones and Guy Chambers. Non music related additions include actors Tim Roth, Pete Postlethwaite, Kenneth Branagh and Joanna Lumley (why wasn't she on the list earlier? She's a national treasure), writers Tracey Chevalier, Andrea Levy and Louis de Bernieres, and artists Jack Vettriano, Marc Quinn and Lucian Freud. TV presenters Ant and Dec made it in this year. I'm surprised they didn't make it in sooner, given the impact they've been having on the telly the last couple of years.

In 'getting knocked off the list' news, all but one of the Spice Girls have been thrown off it, despite the fact that they were in there last year. The only survivor is Mrs Beckham, presumably for her link to a famous footballer and services to the fashion industry.

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CRAIG DAVID IN DOHERTY COMMENTS SHOCKER
Well, Pete Waterman may say that Pete Doherty has no talent, but luckily, he's got Craig David in his corner. The R&B star says that the Babyshambles frontman has talent, but that too much approbation and not enough tough love will bring about his demise if he's not careful. According to The Star, David said "I think Pete Doherty is incredibly talented. I watched him on a documentary and was mesmerised. He's a distinguished musician and brilliant at playing his guitar. It's a shame no-one has shaken him and said, 'Wake Up'. I feel sorry for the glorifying around him. He needs help."

Meanwhile, speaking about Eminem's alleged retirement (which Eminem is denying, by the way) David continued: "It's such a shame. He's a true poet. 'Stan' is one of the best songs ever made. I hope he takes a break and comes back."

Which I think may be the plan, actually.

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HAWKINS HAS ANOTHER GO AT MARTIN. OH, AND POULLAIN.
Justin Hawkins of The Darkness has had another go at Chris Martin. As we reported last week, Hawkins said that Chris Martin has a "narcissism complex" and, according to The Sun, he now says that Martin's involvement in the Band Aid 20 project was purely to further his own interests. The rocker told the tabloid: "During Band Aid Chris swanned in, stayed for about 20 minutes - and his own VIP area. We were there for two days and worked our behinds off. He obviously didn't care. I got the sense he was just doing it to raise his profile."

Hawkins also had some cruel, cruel words about former sacked bandmate Frankie Poullain: "We all know the truth about Frankie - he's talentless," he allegedly told The Sun. "We're still talking about the settlement but he'll always claim more than he's due. He sectioned himself off from the group. Then, when he was sacked, he believed it was his role to be devil's advocate. He's vain and paranoid."

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COWELL PISSED OFF WITH CONWAYS
Well, it seems I'm right, as usual. Well, if the Sunday Mirror's insider sources are to be believed. Yesterday I said that Simon Cowell looked like a man who wanted to vote out his own act, The Conway Sisters, at the latest X-Factor show on Saturday, and according to the tabloid, Cowell is bored with the sisters, who allegedly threatened to quit the show following a row over song choices. Crikey, I wish they would quit. They're painful.

Anyway, here's what that 'source' says: "Simon and his team think The Conways are a nightmare. Their performances have been a disappointment - but the girls blame everyone else but themselves. Publicly he'll continue to give them his support. But privately, he has had enough".

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