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In today's CMU Daily:
- It's The End Of The Year As We Know It
- 50 Cent and Green Day dominate at Billboard awards
- SonyBMG UK plan Michael Jackson singles re-releases
- Razorlight announce intimate gig
- Best show ever, says Kanye West
- Make The Yuletide Gay. Oh yes.
- It's Brakes. On tour. With Belle. And Sebastian.
- My Morning Jacket cancel UK tour
- Yellowcard cancel tour
- Keane say they're going to get brutal
- Dirty Pretty Things song online
- Hawley, Bush, Gorillaz nominees for South Bank Awards
- Radio 1 Worldwide Awards next week
- A7 Music sign up Coco
- ITV buy Friends Reunited
- Kara Noble returns to radio - for one day at least
- Real man disses "pigheaded" Apple man
- Daddy Fresh launch online platform for new talent
- Shazam appoint new biz development man
- Logical Progressions anniversary at Fabric
- Frida wishes Abba were back together
- X-Factor star set to sign record deal
- McCartney planned Beatles reunion
- Noel Gallagher praises George Best
- Copyright clarification
- Billboard Awards: winners in full

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IT'S THE END OF THE YEAR AS WE KNOW IT>>
Now, here's something scary. There are just ten more editions of the CMU Daily before Christmas. This is partly because we are all buggering off early (21 Dec), but also because the year that's been known as 2005 is nearly at an end. With that in mind, CMU has been busy chatting to the artists behind ten of our favourite albums of the year. You can find out why we liked those albums here in the Daily, and then read the full interviews on our website. And then, of course, you guys have been busy voting for your favourite track of the year. You can still vote on that, meantime check out how people have been voting here in the Daily.

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CMU FAVOURITE ALBUM OF 2005 #1: Princess Superstar - My Machine
Concept albums provide me with something of a dilemma. Part of me loves the idea of an artist approaching an album as more than just ten slots in which to drop the best songs they can come up with during their allotted studio time. But then concept albums frequently end up being all pretentious, with a load of sub-standard tracks that wouldn't have normally made the final edit, but which are included because they "further the concept". But as soon as we heard that Concetta Kirshner was planning a concept album for her fifth Princess Superstar long player, we were confident it wouldn't fall into that trap - because, you see, to make an unpretentious concept album you need a really good sense of humour - and we knew that the rapper behind 'Bad Babysitter' knew not to take anything too seriously. 'My Machine' is set in a clone filled future, where the Princess plots to replace every celebrity in the world with one of her clones, making her the only celeb on the planet. But the plot isn't too important, except that it provides Kirshner with a ton more subject matter than employed by most other players in the hip hop world, which is what makes this album so refreshing in an increasingly formulaic genre. The music is electro biased, but with a real rock attitude. Catchy, loud, quirky and repetitive in the good senses of all those adjectives - the music provides a perfect backing to the album's lyrical content which is, needless to say given the plot, at times surreal but, more often than not, more so satirical. Which brings us back to my starting point. A successful concept album needs to have a sense of humour - and in 'My Machine' Princess Superstar has covered some serious issues without ever getting too serious. Perfect.

Read our interview with Princess Superstar here: http://www.cmumusicnetwork.co.uk/interviews

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FAVOURITE TRACKS OF THE YEAR #1: Your votes

Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies) (Rough Trade)
"Everytime you close your eyes, waha waha. Epic yet catchy stand out track from the album of the year. New Year Resolution - see them live".
Voted for by: Paul Rice, Z'est Public Relations

System Of A Down - BYOB (SonyBMG/Epic)
"As bombs fall, fallen dictators fester and rock stars cower away from career-damaging controversy, System Of A Down's released this: a thrash metal anti-war anthem with a chorus that's pure, shameless R&B pop fluff guaranteed to rankle the metallers and annoy everyone else. By virtue of their originality and daring, this surely ranks as one of the innovative (and ridiculous) songs of 2005".
Voted for by: Ben Myers, freelance writer / Captains of Industry label owner

The Futureheads - Hounds Of Love (679)
"It's gotta be Hounds of Love...the best cover version of all time, and by far the best anthem of the summer".
Voted for by: Adam Lindsay, Head Of Music, 1431am URF

Vote for your track of the year - send the name of your favourite track, a few words on why, and your name and company to 2005@cmumusicnetwork.co.uk.

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50 CENT AND GREEN DAY DOMINATE AT BILLBOARD AWARDS
Given that the Billboard Awards are primarily based on US record sales and radio play it is perhaps no surprise that 50 Cent and Green Day dominated. Both got themselves six awards at the trade mag's annual bash in Las Vegas last night.

50 Cent was named R&B/Hip Hop, Rap, Hot 100 and overall Artist Of The Year, as well as winning the Ringtone Of The Year and Album Of The Year awards, for 'Candy Shop' and 'The Massacre' respectively. Green Day won both Rock and Modern Rock Artist Of The Year awards (quite what the different is between 'rock' and 'modern rock' I'm not sure), as well as being named Pop Group, Billboard 200 Group and Hot 100 Group of the year. They also won the Rock Song Of The Year award for 'Boulevard of Broken Dreams'.

50 Cent is currently in Paris and was unable to attend the awards show, though host LL Cool J put in a phone call to the hip hop star to inform him of just how many gongs he had won. Green Day were in Vegas and they opened the awards show with a performance of 'Holiday'. Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong later presented Tom Petty with the Billboard Century Award, telling the audience: "I love music, I love rock and roll, therefore I love Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. If you're going to come up [on stage] and thank God, thank God for Tom Petty."

Other multiple winners included Mariah Carey, who won five awards, and 'American Idol' Carrie Underwood and Shakira, who both won three. There's a full list of winners at the bottom of today's Daily.

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SONYBMG UK PLAN MICHAEL JACKSON SINGLES RE-RELEASES
The public's appetite for Michael Jackson's music will be tested in the New Year, in the UK at least, when SonyBMG stage a series of re-releases of the singer's hit singles. Following on from that series of Elvis single re-releases that SonyBMG unleashed on us earlier this year, the Michael Jackson promotion will run from 23 Jan through to May, taking in re-releases of, among other tracks, 'Billie Jean', 'Beat It', 'Bad', 'Black Or White' and 'Earth Song'.

Crucially, the Jackson promotion will make the most of the new dualdisc format, offering Jacko fans the opportunity to collect his videos as well as the tracks - which is kinda clever, because most Jackson fans will already own the songs, but probably don't own the pop promos which, in the latter part of his career, were often better than the music.

SonyBMG VP Of Commercial Marketing, Darren Henderson, explains: "Michael has been fully behind this project and the originality of the first ever Dualdisc single idea typifies the creativity of one of the most innovative artists in our lifetime. The quality of each single, having the audio on one side and the video on the other, is a compelling proposition for his fans."

The promotion will launch with two releases - a dualdisc of 'Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough' and a box set of 'Thriller', although the latter, as a box set, won't be eligible for the UK singles charts.

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RAZORLIGHT ANNOUNCE INTIMATE GIG
Razorlight are to play an intimate gig this Thursday. The surprise concert will take place at the 120 capacity Railway Inn, a pub in drummer Andy Burrow's home town of Winchester. I can pretty confidently say that it will be sold out by now, as tickets went on sale on a first-come-first-served basis yesterday at 2pm. So tough. But for your information, doors open at seven, the support band, Captain Phoenix is on at 9pm and Razorlight will begin their set at 10pm. Don't know exactly why that information is of use. I suppose it might assist more rabid fans in constructing some elaborate I-was-there fantasy.

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BEST SHOW EVER, SAYS KANYE WEST
Kanye West has promised those who attend gigs on his current tour "the best show you'll ever see in your life". He made the grandiose claim (that's the second time in as many days that I've used the phrase 'grandiose claim' in a CMU story) at a recent show in Universal City, California. Though he did then go on to introduce a string of top guests to try and justify his claim, including Common, Patti LaBelle, Maroon 5's Adam Levine and Jamie Foxx. Who exactly will appear at his UK dates is yet to be announced. And now that he's revealed it'll be the best show I'll ever see in my life, perhaps I ought to go. Well, if there's any space left, obviously. Here are the dates that the best show you'll ever see will grace this sceptred isle:

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

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MAKE THE YULETIDE GAY. OH YES.
This is just what you need as an antidote to all that traditional Christmas fuss. Oh, hang on, it's not. It's a festive UK mini-tour by the London Gay Men's Chorus (you might have seen them on the telly). The show, entitled 'Make The Yuletide Gay' will get four outings in three cities in the run up to Christmas, and will feature performances of Christmas favourites such as 'Hark The Herald Angels Sing', 'The Twelve Days of Christmas', 'Walking in the Air', 'Deck the Halls' and 'Let it Snow', as well as something a bit less Christmassy - a special Destiny's Child medley, 'Bootylicious!', performed with full choreography. Rula Lenska's going to be there too. Bonus.

Musical director Charlie Beale says "We can't wait to unwrap our Christmas spectacular this year, and we're delighted to have the chance to strut our festive stuff in Birmingham and Brighton as well as London. With everything from carols for the audience to join in, to some beautiful classical pieces and the energy of our Bootylicious medley, you won't find a better way to kick off your holiday season."

For more info see http://www.lgmc.org.uk. Here are the dates:

14 Dec: Symphony Hall, Birmingham.
17 Dec: Concert Hall, Brighton Dome.
21 Dec: Barbican Hall, London
22 Dec: Barbican Hall, London

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IT'S BRAKES. ON TOUR. WITH BELLE. AND SEBASTIAN.
Brakes are supporting Belle & Sebastian on tour at the start of next year. Which seems like an odd combination. But what do I know? Here are the dates.

26 Jan: Birmingham Academy
27 Jan: Liverpool Academy
28 Jan: Newcastle Academy
29 Jan: Manchester Ritz
30 Jan: Manchester Ritz
1 Feb: Bristol Colston Hall
2 Feb: Cambridge Corn Exchange
3 Feb: Brighton Dome
5 Feb: Dublin Ambassador
6 Feb: Dublin Ambassador
7 Feb: Belfast Ulster Hall
9 Feb: Sheffield Octagon
10 Feb: London Hammersmith Apollo

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MY MORNING JACKET CANCEL UK TOUR
More live news, sadly a cancellation. My Morning Jacket been forced to postpone their January tour of the UK because lead vocalist Jim James is not at all well.

A statement on the band's website reads "Jim James of My Morning Jacket will be sidelined for a while due to health complications related to pneumonia. My Morning Jacket will unfortunately have to cancel an upcoming show on New Year's Eve as well as their European tour that was to begin on January 18th, 2006. The band would like to extend their sincerest apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. My Morning Jacket hopes to reschedule the European dates as soon as Jim is fully recovered and able to perform. We thank you for your understanding."

The affected dates are as follows:
18 Jan: Birmingham Academy
19 Jan: Bristol University
20 Jan: Manchester Academy
21 Jan: Glasgow Oran Mor
23 Jan: Nottingham Rescue Rooms
24 Jan: Brighton Concorde

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YELLOWCARD CANCEL TOUR
More tour cancellations due to ill health. Yellowcard were due to play four UK dates this month, but have been forced to cancel due to singer Ryan Key's ailing vocal chords. Key says: "I am sorry that we have to cancel our UK shows. There is nothing worse than disappointing our fans that want to come out to see us play. I can't fly until I am better and I am at risk of needing surgery on my vocal chords. If I stay home now and take the time to get better I can avoid this risk and come out next year for our UK tour. From the band and myself please accept our deepest apologies and we promise to see you in 2006."

Full refunds are offered for the following cancelled dates:

15 Dec: London Electric Ballroom
16 Dec: Birmingham Irish Centre
17 Dec: Glasgow Garage
18 Dec: Manchester Academy 2

On the upside, the band have announced the following dates for next year, following the planned release of their second album, 'Lights And Sounds' on 23 Jan:

1 Mar: Bristol Academy
2 Mar: London Astoria
4 Mar: Manchester Academy
6 Mar: Newcastle University
7 Mar: Glasgow Academy
9 Mar: Nottingham Rock City
10 Mar: Birmingham Academy
11 Mar: Norwich UEA

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KEANE SAY THEY'RE GOING TO GET BRUTAL
You can't see it, can you? They seem like such well-behaved young men. You're right, we're not talking fist-fights, we're talking their second album. Much maligned frontman Tom Chaplin told Q: "The new album will be very personal, to be honest. There are a lot of songs that are quite bloodied and brutal about the things we've gone through."

It's not his fault he's got a chubby face, you know. It's genetics.

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DIRTY PRETTY THINGS SONG ONLINE
As reported yesterday, Carl Barat's new band 'Dirty Pretty Things' have been busy working on a debut album, and now one of the songs they've recently recorded is online. The track, 'Bang Bang, You're Dead', has been posted on http://www.dirtyprettythingsband.com, with an accompanying video, made up of footage recorded on the band's recent 'secret' European tour.

I still want to know what happened to that other band called 'Dirty Pretty Things'.

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HAWLEY, BUSH, GORILLAZ NOMINEES FOR SOUTH BANK AWARDS
Richard Hawley's 'Coles Corner', Kate Bush's 'Aerial' and Gorillaz' 'Demon Days' have all been shortlisted in the South Bank Show Awards pop section, with MIA being nominated for The Times Breakthrough Award. As you may know, the awards span pretty much every aspect of UK culture, featuring twelve categories: theatre, film, dance, classical music, pop music, opera, literature, comedy, visual arts and TV drama.

The awards are transmitted on ITV1 on 29 Jan, and this year's guest presenters include James Galway, actor Jude Law, dancer Darcy Bussell, Potter-boy Daniel Radcliffe and comedian Eric Sykes.

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RADIO 1 WORLDWIDE AWARDS NEXT WEEK
I've been meaning to report on this one for ages now. Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Music Awards take place on 12 Dec at KoKo in Camden, with two editions of Peterson's Radio 1 show dedicated to celebrating the winners on 18 and 25 Dec. The awards will be hosted by Gilles and Earl Zinger, with guest performances from Japan's Soil & "Pimp" Sessions and New Zealand's Fat Freddie's Drop, plus twenty guest DJs including Jazzanova, Bugz in the Attic, Norman Jay and Charlie Dark, will all spin their favourite 'Worldwide track of the year'. The winners of the listener voted Worldwide Music Awards will also be revealed on the night.

Commenting on the awards, Gilles told CMU: "We have been doing the Worldwide Winners on Radio 1 for a good few years now and it gets a huge response from listeners. Last year we took it to the next level with the first physical event at Cargo with performances from SA RA among others. This year the event comes from the much larger venue KoKo with a killer line-up. I'm delighted that this annual event has become a fixture in the musical calendar. My main aim is to draw attention to the musical scene that is championed every week on 'Worldwide'."

Tickets for the awards show are on sale now from http://www.ticketweb.co.uk - press info from the BBC press office.

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A7 MUSIC SIGN UP COCO
Talking of Radio 1 related stories, A7 Music has announced a deal with producer, composer and Radio 1 DJ Chris Coco. They will administer the worldwide publishing interests of his Heavy Mellow Music company, which will in turn administer all of Coco's compositions.

Confirming the deal, A7 Music's Steve B told reporters: "The Heavy Mellow catalogue is a great signing for A7 Music. We have worked with Chris as his management company for over six years and thus have a pretty good understanding of his music as well as his massive potential, especially for film score and synch opportunities. He's great to work with and it means a lot to us that he has chosen to extend our working relationship yet further still".

Coco, while perhaps best known for his Radio 1 show, is a prolific composer, producer and remixer, recently working with the likes of Heather Nova, A Man Called Adam and Robbie Williams, as well as releasing a classical collection with writing partner Sacha Puttnam on EMI and an artist album for Distinctive Records.

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ITV BUY FRIENDS REUNITED
ITV have bought Friend Reunited in a deal worth about £120 million. The acquisition is part of the commercial broadcaster's attempts to build its new media assets and to gain a suitably big online audience to tempt major advertisers. Confirming the deal, Jeff Henry of ITV Consumer told reporters: "The acquisition of Friends Reunited is a key step in the delivery of our strategy to drive new revenue streams for the company. I am confident that Friends Reunited's unique sites and comprehensive subscription base, combined with ITV's services and vast range of content will prove both compelling and profitable".

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KARA NOBLE RETURNS TO RADIO - FOR ONE DAY AT LEAST
Former Capital and Heart 106.2 presenter Kara Noble is to return to UK radio, albeit for one day, for the first time since she was fired from the Heart breakfast show after it was revealed she had sold topless pictures of Sophie Rhys-Jones to The Sun. The tabloid published the pictures the day before Ms Rhys-Jones' married Prince Edward.

Noble will co-present Tony Blackburn's breakfast show on the Classic Gold radio station, filling in for Blackburn's usual co-presenter Laura Pittson. The fill-in shift may be the prequel to a more regular role at the station. Classic Gold head of programming Bill Overton told reporters: "It seems to me that her absence from radio for the last six years has been a terrible waste. Kara is the perfect co-host. We understand there may be a bit of history there in some people's eyes, but what happened [with Sophie Rhys-Jones] is irrelevant to most people turning on the radio in 2005."

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REAL MAN DISSES "PIGHEADED" APPLE MAN
With RealNetworks having settled its long long long running dispute with Microsoft, the company's top man Rob Glaser has confirmed the new target of his corporate envy will be Apple. Real and Apple, of course, have not been on great terms since Apple refused to collaborate with Real on their 'any-format-will-work-with-our-player' Harmony system, (and Real's attempts to create their own version of the Apple file format that can be played on the iPod hasn't helped mend any broken bridges). Speaking at a 'digital living' conference in San Francisco this week, Glaser accused Apple boss Steve Jobs of being "pigheaded" for refusing to allow other companies to make music available in formats that are compatible with the iPod. Glaser is no doubt jealous of Apple's continued dominance in the digital music space, though he does raise some good points regarding iTunes, sharing a number of concerns with top execs in the music industry - in particular, that while you can only play non-protected MP3s or tracks bought from iTunes on an iPod, there is a danger many music fans will opt for the non-protected MP3s, the main source for which is illegal P2P networks.

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DADDY FRESH LAUNCH NEW ONLINE PLATFORM FOR NEW TALENT
Staying with things a bit digital, and a company in Brighton called Daddy Fresh Music has launched a new online platform which will offer unsigned artists the opportunity to sell their music digitally. Artists particularly rated by the Daddy Fresh Music A&R team (which includes Ivor Novello winning songwriter Robbie Craig and XL Recordings founder Tim Palmer) may then be offered the chance to sign a digital record deal with the company. Daddy Fresh will also promote their website via partnerships with the likes of SUBtv, in a bid to bring an audience to those bands affiliated with the service.

The company's MD, Andy J Smith, told CMU: "We have created a very inclusive, extremely accessible online platform for music makers and music lovers. We are looking to discover the most exciting new talent to offer recording and publishing deals to, but we have also built in an option that allows anybody to utilise our chart enabled digital download store and benefit from the extensive media promotion we are instigating."

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SHAZAM APPOINT NEW BIZ DEVELOPMENT MAN
Mobile music company Shazam - best known for that clever 'identify-the-track-you're-currently-listening-to' service - have announced the appointment of Jonathan Symons as Business Development Director. Symons will be responsible for expanding the Shazam service into new territories, and for developing the sell-on potential of the service (22 of the 50 phone networks offering Shazam offer customers the chance to buy downloads or ringtones of the tracks they use the service to identify).

Confirming the appointment of Symons, who has been working in mobile communications and technology for the best part of seventeen years, Shazam boss Andrew Fisher told reporters: "We want to encourage operators to harness our technology's potential as a catalyst and gateway for immediate and rewarding experiences - delivering real value to the end user and increasing revenues for the operators and content providers, alike. We aim to exceed expectations at every step and continue to strengthen our position at the vanguard of innovative music recognition solutions, bringing in a candidate of Jonathan's experience reflects this ambition".

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LOGICAL PROGRESSIONS ANNIVERSARY AT FABRIC
I'm sitting on press releases about a load of New Years Eve parties which means I really need to start running our New Years Eve Guide sometime soon, but meantime here's some information on a pre-Christmas bash. LTJ Bukem's Logical Progressions enterprise is ten years old, and they will be celebrating with a special party on 23 Dec at Fabric (note that original listings had this down as being at Ministry, which it aint). A top line up is planned, with Fabio, Goldie, Grooverider and Tayla joining Bukem on the decks, while MCs Conrad, Five O, GQ and Moose will also be on stage. In Room 2 you'll find Gilles Peterson, David Rodigan, Jazzie B and Rapattack. All takes place from 9.30pm to 5am - tickets are twelve quid, or a tenner for Fabric First members and NUS card holders. Press info from Fabric.

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FRIDA WISHES ABBA WERE BACK TOGETHER
Former Abba star Frida Lyngstad admits in a new interview that she'd like her old band to reform, but that the boys just aren't up for it. The interview appears in the newly released 'Frida: The DVD', in which Lyngstad says: "I've felt that it would be fun to do something with ABBA in recent years," but adds that Benny and Bjorn are "not interested". Frida also dismisses gossip that she and former bandmate Agnetha don't get on, saying: "Our relationship is warm and sisterly."

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X-FACTOR STAR SET TO SIGN RECORD DEAL
Ejected X-Factor contestant, the lovely Maria Lawson, is all set to sign a £1m record deal, according to The Sun. Quite a few labels are said to have been interested in signing the thirty year old singer, not surprisingly, because she's very good.

A source told the tabloid: "She's going from strength to strength. Her career really is on the up. She's getting £8,000 a night while the rest of the finalists get just £150 for their performances on a Saturday evening."

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MCCARTNEY PLANNED BEATLES REUNION
A record contract has emerged indicating that Paul McCartney was planning a Beatles reunion back in 1979, according to reports. The CBS record deal suggests that McCartney believed he could get the famous four back together in the studio. Whether he could genuinely have persuaded Lennon et al to play ball is open to question. Lennon, of course, was murdered in 1980, before much persuading could have taken place.

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NOEL GALLAGHER PRAISES GEORGE BEST
Manchester City fan Noel Gallagher has paid tribute to late Manchester United legend George Best. The Oasis man says: "Georgie transcended football. He was called the fifth Beatle and he looked cool as fuck."

Gallagher, who was apparently friendly with the footballer said: "He owned a night club and a clothes shop, drove a Ferrari and he shagged Miss World. The only thing he didn't do in his life that was cool was play music, and he probably would have been good at that too."

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COPYRIGHT CLARIFICATION
When we were reporting on the government's copyright law review the other day, I said that "if I remember rightly" the current copyright period on a piece of recorded music in the US was 100 years. Turns out I didn't remember rightly - with one CMU Daily reader pointing out the US recorded music copyright runs for 95 years. It seems I was very keen to offer all musical types an extra five years of royalty payments that day - because the publishing copyright in the UK (and the US for that matter) is 70 years after the songwriter's death, and not 75 as I might have said. Apologies. I'll try to stop dozing off whenever I go to a talk on copyright law.

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BILLBOARD AWARDS: WINNERS IN FULL
Billboard Century Award: Tom Petty
Artist Achievement Award: Kanye West
Artist of the Year: 50 Cent
New Artist of the Year: Gwen Stefani
Album of the Year: 50 Cent - The Massacre (Universal/Interscope)
Billboard 200 Album Group of the Year: Green Day
Female Billboard 200 Album Artist of the Year: Mariah Carey
Pop Group of the Year: Green Day
Hot 100 Artist of the Year: 50 Cent
Hot 100 Group of the Year: Green Day
Hot 100 Song of the Year: Mariah Carey - We Belong Together (Universal/Island)
Hot 100 Airplay of the Year: Mariah Carey - We Belong Together (Universal/Island)
Top-Selling Hot 100 Song of the Year: Carrie Underwood - Inside Your Heaven/Independence Day (SonyBMG/Arista)
Rhythmic Top 40 Title of the Year: Mariah Carey - We Belong Together (Universal/Island)
R&B/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year: 50 Cent
Female R&B/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year: Mariah Carey
R&B/Hip-Hop Group of the Year: Destiny's Child
R&B/Hip-Hop Song of the Year: Mario - Let Me Love You (SonyBMG/J)
R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Song of the Year: Mario - Let Me Love You (SonyBMG/J)
Rap Artist of the Year: 50 Cent
Rap Song of the Year: Lil Jon & the Eastside Boyz featuring Usher & Ludacris - Lovers & Friends (TVT)
Rock Artist of the Year: Green Day
Rock Song of the Year: Green Day - Boulevard of Broken Dreams (Warner/Reprise)
Modern Rock Artist of the Year: Green Day
Ringtone of the Year: 50 Cent featuring Olivia - Candy Shop (Universal/Interscope)
Digital Song of the Year: Gwen Stefani - Hollaback Girl (Universal/Interscope)
Country Artist of the Year: Toby Keith
Country Album Artist of the Year: Toby Keith
Country Single Sales Artist of the Year: Carrie Underwood
Top-Selling Country Single of the Year: Carrie Underwood - Inside Your Heaven/Independence Day (SonyBMG/Arista)
Latin Album Artist of the Year: Daddy Yankee
Latin Album of the Year: Daddy Yankee - Barrio Fino (El Cartel/Machete)
Latin Song of the Year: Shakira featuring Alejandro Sanz - La Tortura (SonyBMG/Epic)
Latin Pop Album of the Year: Shakira - Fijacion Oral Vol. 1 (SonyBMG/Epic)
Latin Pop Album Artist of the Year: Shakira
Comedy Artist of the Year: Larry The Cable Guy
Comedy Album of the Year: Larry the Cable Guy - The Right to Bare Arms (Warner/Jack)

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