CMU Daily - on the inside Friday 2nd December

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In today's CMU Daily:
- Morrissey hits out at former bandmate's poverty claims
- Inc trial jury deliberating
- Warner losses down
- Creed man and 311 in hotel brawl
- Cowell announces new pop reality show
- Unheard Lennon interview gets a broadcast
- Yeah Yeah Yeahs make cat album
- Album review: Sun Kil Moon - Tiny Cities
- U2 and Arcade Fire play together
- Peas, Lavigne cover Lennon tracks for charity
- Oasis at number one this weekend
- New T Raumschmiere release upcoming
- Kanye West tour
- AFI pull out of Big Day Out
- Manchester loses entertainment title
- Channel 4 and Emap might collaborate on digital bid
- Much interest in GCap station sale
- Northcliffe likely to be split up
- X&Y best album, says Q
- Doherty shocked by Kate's recovery
- Aguilera may change her name

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VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE TRACK OF 2005>>
Yep, it's that time of year again when we ask you to look back at the music of the last 12 months and pick the one track that you think was the best. It can be a single release, an album track, a remix, a bootleg or even a cover version - as long as it was first released in 2005. Any music from any genre is eligible, except anything recorded by Westlife. We'll publish individual nominations each day of December and release an overall Top Ten just before Christmas.

TO VOTE just email the track you most rate from 2005, with short description as to why it is your favourite (about 50 words would be good) and your name/company/job title to 2005@cmumusicnetwork.co.uk.

THEN VOTE FOR THE RECORD OF THE DAY AWARDS 2005>>
Voting is now underway in the Record of the Day Awards for Music Journalism and PR, 2005. The Record of the Day Awards are the only UK event recognising excellence in music journalism and PR, voted for by the people that matter. Have your say about whose writing you rate by completing the online survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=27680722369 Voting only takes a few minutes and one lucky voter will be selected at random to win an iPod Nano. Winners will be announced at a special event at London's Islington Academy on December 14. For more information email david@recordoftheday.com

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CMU FRIDAY TIPS

CHRIS' CLUB TIP: Kill All Hippies Fourth Birthday Party
I'm going first this week, because this one is extra special. CMU's favourite rock night Kill All Hippies tonight celebrates its fourth birthday with an extra special night down at its new home of 333 in Shoreditch. Live music wise we're talking Towers Of London, Cantankerous and A Human all taking to the stage in the basement, while on the decks will be Jeff Automatic and DJ Gato. Then on the ground floor you've got resident DJ's Almdudler and Elplate, plus very special guest T Raumschmiere. Finally, in the Mother Bar is the Double Dragon bit of the night, featuring NME's Mark Beaumont plus ilovedust, Syrinx and Gavin Nugent. Simply a must go night. As always, £5 if you guest list in advance at http://www.leylinepromotions.com.

Friday 2 Dec, 333, London, 9pm - 5am, £5 if you guestlist in advance at www.leylinepromotions.com, press info from Leyline.

VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: The End is Ten at The End
Or how about this? Another birthday party! This is the second week running I've tipped The End, but they do have some amazing nights. This anniversary is definitely worthy of celebration - a decade is a very long time in clubbing - even if it does make me feel a bit old because I can clearly remember when this one first opened. Tonight the club and its AKA bar will open together to host two world
renowned DJ's: Laurent Garnier and DJ Marky in a back to back manner for a real soundclash - techno vs drum and bass on The End's fantastic sound system. Unabombers and Ross Allen will be geeing up the crowd in the AKA bar. And if you miss this Garnier will be doing his live thing with Mr C on Saturday. Here's to another 10 years guys and girls.

Friday 2 Dec, The End is Ten at The End, 18 West Central Street, WC1A, 10pm-5am, £15, more on door. Press information: Chloe Lola Riess (chloe@endclub.com) / Roopa Ramaiya (roopa@endclub.com) 020 7419 91999

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MORRISSEY HITS OUT AT FORMER BANDMATE'S POVERTY CLAIMS
Morrissey has responded angrily to claims made by former Smiths drummer Mike Joyce who has reportedly told the BBC he is in severe financial difficulties because of the long running royalties dispute between him and his former bandmates.

Joyce, who fought a legal battle with Morrissey and Johnny Marr in the late nineties after discovering he was only due 10% of the royalties on the Smiths catalogue, told BBC radio station 6Music that ongoing royalty disputes have left him in a difficult financial situation, so much so he might be forced to sell rare Smiths memorabilia and recordings on eBay to make ends meet. The drummer added that he was forced to sell all his old Smiths records in the early 90s for the same reason.

But Morrissey isn't convinced by Joyce's pleas of poverty. In a statement published on fan site http://www.true-to-you.net, Morrissey says: "The point I wish to make is this: Joyce is not poor, unless, living as he does in the Cheshire green-belt, he lives beyond his means. Somehow, he appears to believe that he should have equal financial status to both myself and to Johnny Marr, even though Joyce has done dramatically less than Johnny and I to attain the positions we now have."

He continued: "Joyce is not poor because of one reason - me. His career now is the fictitious position of an unpaid ex-member of The Smiths. He has also pursued all of his claims on Legal Aid. Finally, Joyce does not have the legal right to sell unreleased Smiths material - it belongs to Warner Music. Joyce did not pay for the recording time under which any demo material was recorded. Furthermore, Joyce cannot sell any unreleased work by Johnny Marr or Andy Rourke without, at very least, their permission."

On Joyce's legal win in the late nineties which forced Morrissey and Marr to pay their former bandmate a royalties settlement, Mozza continues: "I have fought the Joyce action as much as I could over the years, but the simple truth is that, under British law, the word of a judge will not be overturned. In the absence of any evidence from the 1980s, the judge in this case relied upon the Partnership Act of 1890 to help Joyce win his claim. Joyce has exploited the judge's final verdict in order to get as much as he can from me, from Johnny Marr, and also from Andy Rourke."

And Morrissey isn't impressed by Joyce's plans to sell Smiths memorabilia on eBay either: "Finally, Joyce does not have the legal right to sell unreleased Smiths material - it belongs to Warner Music. Joyce did not pay for the recording time under which any demo material was recorded. Furthermore, Joyce cannot sell any unreleased work by Johnny Marr or Andy Rourke without, at very least, their permission."

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INC TRIAL JURY DELIBERATING
The jury in the ongoing Murder Inc trial spent seven hours yesterday deliberating over whether or not they believed, as the prosecution in the case claim, label bosses Chris and Irv Lorenzo 'Gotti' laundered money for convicted drug lord Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff. They failed to reach a conclusion one way or the other, instead asking to review several documents related to the case, in particular the testimonies of prosecution witnesses Donell Nichols and Jon Ragin. Some commentators wonder if the deliberations are a bad sign for the defence, who took the position that the prosecution's case was so weak the whole trial should never have gone ahead. If the case was so weak, some might ask, why all the deliberations. But, of course, only time will tell which way the jury goes. They will continued deliberating later today.

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WARNER LOSSES DOWN
The Warner Music Group yesterday reported a net loss of $30 million on sales of $905 million for the quarter ending 30 Sep. But Wall Street actually responded well to those figures - recognising that there has been a considerable improvement in both the size of revenues and the scale of the losses - in the same quarter last year there was a $137 million loss on sales of $798 million. Losses for the whole financial year were also down considerably on the previous year - now $169 million compared to $1.4 billion last time round.

While some of the losses last year came from the one-off costs associated with the takeover of the company by the consortium led by Edgar Bronfman Jr, and some of the recent reduction in losses have come from the post-takeover downsizing, the investment community were pleased that overall revenues were up some 13%, suggesting the potential for future growth. So much so shares in the company, which was floated earlier this year, went up by 69 cents after the financial report was issued.

Commenting on the figures, Bronfman Jr said in a statement: "This report demonstrates that Warner Music Group is translating its vision and marketplace momentum into results."

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CREED MAN AND 311 IN HOTEL BRAWL
Scott Stapp, the former frontman of Creed, has been involved in something of a brawl with two members of American reggae-rock combo 311.

The altercation reportedly took place last week on Thanksgiving in the lounge of a luxury hotel in Baltimore. Stapp and 311 member drummer Chad Sexton reportedly had an amicable encounter earlier in the day when the two men, who work with the same producer, chatted. But later on, in the bar of the Harbor Court Hotel, Stapp apparently confronted Sexton and bandmates SA Martinez and P-Nut who were watching basketball on TV, telling them "311, I am ready to fight". The 311 bandmates say they defused that situation, but that Stapp later confronted Sexton again, and made "inappropriate" comments to Martinez's wife.

Then, according to Sexton: "All of a sudden, he clocked me in the left side of my face. Then a huge fight broke out." The resulting brawl was eventually broken up by security guards, but not before Martinez broke a finger. The police were called but no arrests were made, and Martinez was taken to a local hospital. Blaming Stapp fully for the fracas, Sexton concluded: "It was an unfortunate incident. We are not brawlers."

That said, don't automatically take Sexton's side. The Associated Press quote a security guard at the hotel who says his CCTV cameras clearly show several members of 311 attacking Stapp. He told reporters: "It was definitely started by 311".

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COWELL ANNOUNCES NEW POP REALITY SHOW
Having settled his copyright dispute with Pop Idol mogul Simon Fuller, fellow pop mogul Simon Cowell has announced details of his next pop TV project. As previously reported, Fuller sued Cowell claiming that the British reality talent show X-Factor created and produced by the latter's Syco company ripped off the Pop Idol format. But the two Simons reached an out of court settlement this week, giving Fuller a share in the X-Factor format.

Cowell's new venture will be a kids show set around seven young pop hopefuls who are all members of Simon's Club - or the S Club for short. Only joking - the new ITV show will, in fact, be something of a Pop-Idol-meets-Stars-In-Their-Eyes-meets-Strictly-Come-Dancing type thing in which music stars will be paired up with celebrities not known for their singing in a bid to create some new celebrity pop duos. Each celebrity pairing will then perform a song each week based around a different theme, with a panel of judges and the viewing public voting on which is best.

Commenting on the new show, Cowell said: "We have already lined up an incredible cast for this new show. There may be a few raised eyebrows when we announce who we've got. We are all excited at Syco to be working with ITV on this series." There has been no word yet as to whether Cowell with have an on screen role in the new show.

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UNHEARD LENNON INTERVIEW GETS A BROADCAST
That previously reported unheard John Lennon interview gets its first UK broadcast tomorrow. The interview, conducted by Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner, was recorded in December 1970, eight months after The Beatles split up. In it Lennon dispels his former band's clean cut image - no surprises there then - as well as criticising his former bandmates and rock rival Mick Jagger.

In the recording, Lennon likens The Beatles rock and roll lifestyle to the decadence of Rome, describing the band's behaviour whilst on tour: "If you couldn't get groupies, we had whores. Whatever was going. There were photos of me crawling round on my knees coming out of whorehouses in Amsterdam with people saying: 'Good morning, John.'"

He goes on to criticise his former collaborator Paul McCartney. "We got fed up of being sidemen to Paul after Brian Epstein died," he says. "Paul took over and supposedly led us. What's leading us when you wander round in circles? All our best work, apart from the really early ones like 'I Want to Hold Your Hand', were written apart." Lennon does, however, allow McCartney some credit, saying "he's capable of great work and he will do it." On George Harrison, he says "He was working with two brilliant songwriters and he learnt a lot from us."

Lennon dismisses rival Mick Jagger as "a joke", saying "I'd like to list what we did and what the Stones did two months later on every album. Mick imitates us." These comments, of course, precede the friendship that Mick Jagger claims developed between the two men in 1973, before being 'disallowed' by Yoko Ono.

The interview is broadcast tomorrow at 7pm on Radio 4.

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YEAH YEAH YEAHS MAKE CAT ALBUM
That new Yeah Yeah Yeahs long player is a concept album all about Karen O's cat Coco. Producer Squeak E Clean told MTV: "The whole album is pretty much about this cat's journey from Chile to New York. Each track tells the story of its life. So it starts with Coco's birth, to when they found Coco, and continues." He explained how Karen O and 'Maps' video director Patrick Daughters found the cat whilst in South America, and how a major focus in the album is an incident that happened just as they were about to leave for the US: "Karen accidentally let the cat out right before they were going to come back (to the US), and they had to go searching for Coco throughout the city and they eventually found her in a park three blocks away in a tree and brought her back."

On the style of the new LP, Clean continued: "it's a lot different from the last Yeah Yeah Yeahs record. Those guys did a lot of growing both musically and personally. The album is much more spiritual and much more mature than their last album. There's still some old Yeah Yeah Yeahs flavour in there - it definitely rocks really hard - but there's more songs. It has real, beautiful songs, and Karen sings beautifully. It's definitely going to surprise people, 'cause it's so powerful and different ... It's definitely uniquely a Yeah Yeah Yeahs record, but it's just very emotional and full of true, deep feelings."

'Coco Beware' is due sometime in March, with the band expected to release a separate EP of songs from their recent studio sessions that do not take the life and times of Karen O's cat as their theme. So. There you go.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Sun Kil Moon - Tiny Cities (Rough Trade)
The second album by Sun Kil Moon is a very intriguing proposition; an album entirely composed of cover versions of tracks by the cult American band, Modest Mouse. Instead of recording an album of straight interpretations, Sun Kil Moon have adjusted the pace and mood of the tracks to accommodate the signature slow-core sound that Sun Kil Moon made their own on 2003's debut album 'Ghosts of the Great Highway'. Mark Kozelek, formerly of the unjustly neglected Red House Painters, has experience of putting his unique slant on unlikely cover versions, having recorded numerous cover versions by AC/DC in the past. Kozelek is blessed with one of the great voices of modern rock music; possessing the ability to convey sorrow and mourning like no other. Certainly it's the first thing you notice upon listening to the album, but the arrangements and re-workings of these songs deserve recognition, as does the song-writing talents of Isaac Brock, the composer of most of these songs. Fans of Modest Mouse could not possibly be upset by how these songs have been handled; clearly the band feels an affinity and appreciation for them. The likes of 'Tiny Cities Made of Ashes' and 'Never-ending Math Equation' are almost the equal of anything recorded by Sun Kil Moon or Red House Painters. Perhaps some may think that this album is nothing more than a stop-gap, or that Kozelek is not on the same song-writing form that made every Red House Painters album an obligatory purchase, yet while we wait for the next self-penned compositions, 'Tiny Cities' is a bold and mostly successful experiment. KW
Release date: 2 Jan 2006
Press contact: Wild [CP,CR] Rough Trade IH [RP, NP] Cool Badge [RR, NR]

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U2 AND ARCADE FIRE PLAY TOGETHER
U2 and Arcade Fire played a song together on Monday in Montreal. Arcade Fire were the Irish band's support at their two gigs in the city, and there's a fair amount of mutual admiration going on - U2 have been performing 'Wake Up' during the Vertigo tour, whilst Arcade Fire walked on stage on Saturday to the strains of 'Where The Streets Have No Name'. On Monday, the love affair ended in a union, no doubt blissful, in which they all teamed up to perform classic Joy Division track 'Love Will Tear Us Apart'.

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PEAS, LAVIGNE COVER LENNON TRACKS FOR CHARITY
Black Eyed Peas, Avril Lavigne, Sum 41 and Duran Duran are amongst the acts who are to cover Lennon tracks for charity. The recordings, amongst them a cover of 'Imagine' by Lavigne and Black Eyed Peas' version of 'Power To The People', are to be released to raise money for an Amnesty fundraising initiative, via download from the charity's website.

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OASIS AT NUMBER ONE THIS WEEKEND
Oasis are expected to get to number one in the singles chart this weekend with 'Let There Be Love'. It'll be a third consecutive single release in the top slot - an achievement never before attained by the Gallaghers. In the albums chart, we're still waiting to find out if Eminem can keep that bloody G4 LP from getting to number one.

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NEW T RAUMSCHMIERE RELEASE UPCOMING
Following on from his DJ set at tonight's Kill All Hippies, T Raumschmiere will release a brand new single on 12 Dec - a very loud lullaby featuring vocals from Sandra Nasic (of Guano Apes' fame). The single release includes some very fine remixes, in particular one from Novamute labelmate Si Begg. Press info from Mute IH.

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KANYE WEST TOUR
Kanye West has announced tour dates for next year, which is quite exciting. Here they are:

16 Feb: Manchester MEN
17 Feb: Glasgow SECC
19 Feb: London Hammersmith Apollo
22 Feb: Cardiff Arena
28 Feb: Birmingham NEC

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AFI PULL OUT OF BIG DAY OUT
AFI have pulled out of the 2006 Big Day Out festival, due to work on their album overrunning and touring plans consequently being put on hold. Festival Organisers are looking for a replacement, but it's still a great line-up in any case with White Stripes, Iggy & The Stooges, Franz Ferdinand, Kings of Leon, The Go! Team, The Mars Volta and The Magic Numbers all set to appear. And the dates of the festival, in case you'd forgotten, are:

20 Jan: Auckland Ericsson Stadium
22 Jan: Gold Coast Parklands
26 Jan: Sydney Showground
29 Jan: Princes Park South
3 Feb: Royal Adelaide Showground
5 feb: Claremont Showground

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MANCHESTER LOSES ENTERTAINMENT TITLE
Manchester entertainment magazine City Life is no more, well, unless the NUJ can pull off some clever coup. The Guardian Media Group, which has owned what is in essence Manchester's Time Out since 1989, say the magazine has never been profitable in the fifteen years it has been publishing the title and that it can no longer justify running it. GMG plan to expand the listings content in the Manchester Evening News to compensate for the loss of City Life.

The local NUJ say they will fight the closure, which will leave a 13 strong editorial team out of work, though even if they managed to force GMG to find new jobs for the editors and designers, it is unlikely the media group will be persuaded to do so by keeping City Life alive.

Chris Paul, the founding editor of City Life, which began in 1983 as a workers' co-operative, said the magazine's closure would be a great loss for the city, but added that the title was not the same as when it launched. Press Gazette quote Paul as saying: "I'm sorry to see the title stop, but it is very different from when we started it as a workers' co-op. It was about alternative news and views - scurrilous and irreverent - now it's a what's-on guide. But it will be badly missed by businesses and artists that rely on City Life to get their foot in the door".

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CHANNEL 4 AND EMAP MIGHT COLLABORATE ON DIGITAL BID
The Guardian says that Channel 4 is considering going into partnership with EMAP to bid for the new national digital radio network which OfCom is expected to auction off in 2007. EMAP, of course, are active players in the digital radio space, while Channel 4 bought a 51% stake in national digital station OneWord earlier this year as part of chief executive Andy Duncan's bid to expand his company's digital assets. It is unclear if any other partners would be involved in the EMAP/C4 bid, or what they would plan to do with the network if they won it.

As previously reported, radio group GCap is trying to stop OfCom from selling that national network at all, arguing that when they, as a major shareholder in Digital One, bought the existing national digital radio network they did so on the understanding it would be the only one.

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MUCH INTEREST IN GCAP STATION SALE
Talking of GCap, lots of interest in buying those nine local radio stations which, as previously reported, the radio group are flogging off as part their cost saving restructure. The Guardian says Absolute Radio has said for definite it will bid for the stations, while Talksport owner Ulster Television, The Local Radio Company and Australia's Macquarie Bank are all believed to be considering their options.

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NORTHCLIFFE LIKELY TO BE SPLIT UP
According to Press Gazzette, the Northcliffe local newspaper group may be split up following the news earlier this week that its owners, the Daily Mail & General Trust, are planning on selling it. DMGT surprised much of the newspaper industry by announcing the sale of Northcliffe, the profits of which should help pay off debts elsewhere in the group. Experts say it is unlikely that any of Northcliffe's competitors - Trinity Mirror, Newsquest or Johnston Press - will be able to buy it because of media ownership rules which prevent more than one player from owning more than 25% of the market. Therefore investment types say a venture capital buyer is more likely. They will take it over, cut costs, then sell off each title one by one - probably to each of the three rival groups. Analyst Paul Richards, from Numis Securities, told the Press Gazette: "Private equity looks like the most likely option. There is a lot of private equity money around looking for good homes."

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X&Y BEST ALBUM, SAYS Q
Coldplays 'X&Y' has been named as the best album of 2005 in a list compiled by Q magazine. The MOR theme was continued in their singles list, which has Oasis' 'The Importance of Being Idle' coming top. Kaiser Chiefs also did okay, with 'Employment' named third in albums, and 'I Predict A Riot' and 'Oh My God' taking third and fourth places in the singles list. Chief Kaiser Ricky Wilson said: "I'm actually dead chuffed. I would have hoped it would have been in there to be honest - which I know sounds arrogant, but then being in a rock band you have to be arrogant, don't you?"

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DOHERTY SHOCKED BY KATE'S RECOVERY
According to The Sun, Pete Doherty says he's amazed that (ex)girlfriend Kate Moss has managed to quit the gak, because, he says, her habit was fairly sizable. "With the amount of coke Kate was taking, it's amazing she made it through rehab. I was bored senseless. It was like a prison," he's alleged to have said. "Everyone believes she went in there to beat her cocaine addiction. That's wrong. She did it to save her career. She is terrified of her will power failing."

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AGUILERA MAY CHANGE HER NAME
But only in private of course. As you know, Christina Aguilera married Jordan Bratman earlier in the month, and thinks that she'll take his name legally, if not in public. The singer told OK Magazine: "I'll probably always be Christina Aguilera professionally, but I'm thinking of changing some legal things and going by middle name, Maria, and his last name."

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