CMU Daily - on the inside Wednesday 8th February
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Cardiff student newspaper publishes offending cartoons
- EC to investigate collecting societies
- Getmetickets customers should still gettheirtickets
- Rolling Stones knew they would be censored
- Josh Homme announces another side project
- Stereophonics to release live album
- Sonic Youth studio album and reissues
- Ice Cube album forthcoming
- Embrace have chilly time in Poland
- Foo Fighters reveal support
- Snow Patrol announce live dates
- New Broken Social Scene tour dates
- Cat Power cancels tour
- Chart rules rejigged again
- Leo Sayer remix could be number one
- Linkin Park and Jay-Z to appear at Grammys
- Marc Almond to appear at Brits
- Shockwaves NME tour to invade your living room
- Gorillaz customise their helmet
- HMV knock back takeover offer
- Wembley choose Ticketmaster to master their tickets
- Apple pass 12 million video sales mark
- Yahoo enhance music engine
- BRMB marry off another pair of strangers
- Parky renews ITV deal
- OfCom consider allowing channel sponsorship
- Mogwai have a go at FHM
- Liam Gallagher may get noise order
- Ozzy to appear in non-butter ad
- Mariah Carey wears a bib


Wow, early today hey. Don't worry, we won't make a habit of it, promise. I mean, we're going to be even busier in the coming weeks, so early delivery of the Daily isn't that likely. Why so busy? Well, because next week we launch the CMU Radio Show. Yeah, a radio show - bizarre I know. It's a little known fact that way back in the day when we launched UnLimited Media it was with the intent of making radio programmes (you'll be surprised how much we know about it). Somewhere along the line we got sidetracked into publishing things, setting up design agencies, and becoming student marketing experts, but radio is still a passion. To that end as of Monday you will be able to listen in to a weekly CMU radio show, via the CMU website and our friends at TotallyRadio ( We'll be rounding up the week in the music world and the music business, plus playing music from the artists we're raving about here in the CMU Daily. There's a pilot edition out there somewhere - if you're really interested drop us an email and we'll tell you how to access it. Otherwise, check out Monday's CMU Daily for details of how to tune in over your good old broadband internet connection. Now there's something worth staying alive for.



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Hurrah, student journalists causing trouble. There's not enough of that going on these days if you ask me. Anyway, the editor of Cardiff University's student newspaper Gair Rhydd has been suspended after he became the first UK editor to publish one of those cartoons that have been causing rather a lot of outrage in parts of the global Islamic community.

While certain newspapers around the world have republished the cartoons, which satirise Muhammad, since they originally appeared in a Danish newspaper, no publication in the UK has done so as yet - although the Beeb flashed them up on screen while covering the protests against them last week. But that didn't put off the students who run the Cardiff college paper, newspaper of the year at last year's Guardian Student Media Awards, who decided to include one of the offending cartoons in their latest edition, which hit the campus last Saturday.

Unfortunately the students' union that funds the title was less keen to court controversy, and has subsequently withdrawn the paper and suspended its editor and three other student journalists. A spokesman for the union, Tom Wellingham, told reporters: "The editorial team enjoy the normal freedoms and independence associated with the press in the UK, and are expected to exercise those freedoms with responsibility, due care and judgment. The students' union very much regrets any upset caused or disrespect shown by the publication of the controversial cartoon and has taken immediate action by promptly withdrawing all copies of this week's edition of Gair Rhydd at the earliest moment possible."

The union reckons all but a couple of hundred copies of the latest edition of the newspaper have now been withdrawn, and they will now be shredded.

Local councillor Joe Carter, whose constituency includes the University's students' union, told the website yesterday: "They were wise to pull it but I'm surprised they ran it in the first place. There's a very strong argument about freedom of the press versus tolerance of religion. We have to have tolerance of people's views and culture".

Is it just me, or has the world gone mad recently?


The European Commission (remember them?) have confirmed they are launching a formal investigation into the way collecting societies gather royalties from media organisations. The investigation is in response to allegations, mainly from licensing types in the media, that the collecting societies across Europe violate anti-competition rules through their partnership agreements - preventing media organisations from being able to choose which collection societies they deal with, and making it impossible for new societies to be set up. EC officials have reportedly sent a list of 'objections' to the International Confederation Of Societies Of Authors And Composers (CISAC) and its European members, who now have two months to respond.

In a public statement, the EC said: "The Commission considers that certain aspects of the agreements might infringe the EU Treaty's prohibition of restrictive business practices. The historical de facto monopoly is strengthened and potential new entrants are prevented from entering the market for the management of copyright".

Despite the general nature of their concerns, the EC investigation will only look into the issues surrounding the licensing of music to newer media channels - websites, and cable and satellite TV stations. That is, presumably, because many of these media organisations are pan-European, something which has created some interesting licensing issues in recent years.

The royalty bodies will presumably protest 'innocent, guvnor' to any charges of unfair practices, while pointing out that a number of collection societies, including the UK's MCPS/PRS, have already introduced new initiatives in response to concerns raised by the EC last October regarding the overly complicated nature of pan-European music licensing.

Billboard reckon the first response from the collection society sector will come from CISAC, possibly as soon as later today.


The official liquidator has told a portion of the customers of dodgy ticket website that they will get the tickets they have paid for. As previously reported, the online ticket agency has been wound up by the Department Of Trade & Industry over concerns the company was taking money for tickets they didn't have access to. The enforced liquidation left many who had ordered tickets via the company concerned that they wouldn't now receive the tickets they had paid for. But liquidators have said that they have recovered "substantial stocks of tickets" which will now be distributed to those who have already paid for them. Also, the company who processed the credit card orders will endeavour to secure additional tickets should there prove to be shortfall.

Many customers yesterday received an email saying: "The official liquidator has confirmed that substantial stocks of tickets were recovered from the business premises and are at present being matched against paid orders. My staff are at present sorting through the tickets recovered from the premises and matching them against paid orders. As you will appreciate, this will take some time. Please be assured that we will dispatch your tickets as quickly as possible, by event date. We are also being assisted by the credit card processor who have informed the official receiver that, if there is a shortfall, they will endeavour to supply tickets to meet orders placed."


Following yesterday's reports that The Rolling Stones had their song lyrics censored during the screening of the Super Bowl on Sunday, National Football League officials have revealed that the rock group agreed in advance to having two of their songs edited during their half-time performance. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said: "We agreed to that plan earlier in the week.The Stones were aware of it and were fine with it." No statement has been forthcoming from the Rolling Stones camp.

This year's event attracted its biggest audience for a decade, with more than 90 million viewers estimated to have tuned in, making it the ABC network's highest rated show for a decade. The show was broadcast this year with a five second delay to allow the cuts, probably as a result of the debacle that ensued when Janet Jackson's 'wardrobe malfunction' exposed her right breast during her performance at the event with Justin Timberlake two years ago.


QOTSA frontman Josh Homme has announced that his new side-project-band 5.15ers are to make a live debut in the US later in the month. The new group has been founded by Homme and Chris Goss, who produced several albums for Homme's pre-Queens Of The Stone Age band Kyuss, and has also worked on Homme's Desert Sessions projects.

Goss told Billboard he doesn't know what the band will sound like as no songs have been written as yet. On that planned live date, he says "We've never done it [played live] before. I think there will be some improv involved. Perhaps some covers, we're thinking."


Stereophonics are to release a double live album 'Live From Dakota' on 3 Apr, which will feature the performance of a new track entitled 'Jayne' plus all these tracks:

A Thousand Trees
Mr Writer
Maybe Tomorrow
The Bartender And The Thief
Local Boy In The Photograph

Hurry Up And Wait
Madame Helga
Vegas Two Times
Carrot Cake And Wine
Im Alright (You Gotta Go There To Come Back)
Too Many Sandwiches
Just Looking


A new Sonic Youth album is due this summer, but in the meantime, due for remastering and reissuing are their eponymous 1982 debut EP, their Ciccone Youth 'Whitey Album', and frontman Thurston Moore's solo album 'Psychic Hearts'. All three are out on 3 Apr.


Ice Cube will release his seventh solo album, 'Laugh Now, Cry Later', in the US on 6 Jun via his new independent label Lench Mob Records. The album release will coincide with a single release of track 'Why We Thugs'. The new eighteen track album features guest appearances from both WC and Snoop Dogg.


Embrace have been in Poland shooting a video for new single 'Nature's Law', and have, by all accounts, been having rather a chilly time of it. Local temperatures dropped to minus 24C during the course of their shoot, meaning that band members could only film for a few minutes at a time before taking shelter from the cold. Frontman Danny McNamara said: "It was so cold I'm sure I've gotten frostbite in my feet. As night fell we could hear wolves howling in the forest! That was when I decided enough was enough - freezing to death is one thing but I'm not going to get eaten alive by wolves for any video!"


Foo Fighters have revealed that Motorhead will be providing support at that previously reported concert scheduled to take place in Hyde Park on 17 Jun. Tickets for the 60,000 capacity gig go on sale on Saturday morning at 9am, with further support acts to be announced shortly.


Fresh from that announcement that their new album 'Eyes Open' is pretty much finished, Snow Patrol have announced a series of live dates to coincide with its April release.

28 Apr: Dublin Castle Eire
1 May: Glasgow ABC
2 May Manchester Ritz
4 May: Cardiff University
5 & 6 May: London Forum


Broken Social Scene, who begin their UK tour in London today, have announced a couple of additional dates for later in the year, including an appearance at the All Tomorrow's Parties. Here are the upcoming dates plus the summer ones, tickets on sale now for the Koko date.

8 Feb: London Astoria (SOLD OUT)
10 Feb: Belfast Mandela Hall
11 Feb: Dublin Temple Bar Music Centre
13 Feb: Nottingham Rescue Rooms
14 Feb: Manchester Academy 2
15 Feb: Birmingham Academy 2
16 Feb: Leeds The Leeds Irish Centre
17 Feb: Glasgow Art School
19 Feb: Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms

21 May: Camber Sands, All Tomorrow's Parties (Dinosaur Jr day)
22 May: London Koko


Cat Power has cancelled her US tour in support of current album release 'The Greatest'. The singer's label say that the concerts have been postponed due to "health reasons" and that the gigs will be rescheduled.


According to Music Week another set of new rules are to be introduced into the way the main music sales charts are compiled. You'll remember, there has been quite some change in the charts system in the last year or so, primarily related to how and when digital music sales should be counted.

At the moment digital sales of singles tracks are counted, but only once a physical CD of that track is in the shops - ie if a track is available for download prior to physical release, those pre-physical release sales aren't counted. That will change next month, with pre-physical release sales counted the week before the physical release, so that in theory tracks could chart the Sunday before the physical CD single reaches record shops. Does any of that make sense? Ah well, it's not that important.

The other big change is that download sales of albums are to be incorporated into the albums chart for the first time next month.


Talking of chart news, that previously reported remix of Leo Sayer track 'Thunder In My Heart' is expected to make the top three this week, following its release on Monday. The track has been updated by DJ Meck, of course, who found a copy of the 1977 single in a second-hand music shop in Los Angeles, and who explained: "It absolutely blew me away. Lyrically it is so heartfelt and angst-ridden. You probably think of two or three records he did that people unfortunately think of as being a bit naff or not cool. This is so not that Leo Sayer."

The original single was not one of Sayer's biggest hits, only making it to number 22, despite the number one success of his well known ballad 'When I Need You', in the same year. The remix, however, has enjoyed the support of radio types such as Pete Tong, and has made the radio 2 playlist. HMV man-who-knows-about-these-things Gennaro Castaldo says: "It's a quiet week for new releases so it could well make number one."

Sayer, who is apparently hoping to stage something of a comeback following the success of the single says: "It's been a blast. I'm really fired up at the moment and can't wait to get back on stage again."


Linkin Park and Jay-Z are set to give a performance of their track 'Numb/Encore' at today's Grammy Awards. The song is up for the Best Rap / Sung Collaboration gong at the ceremony, which already boasts a long list of stars on the evening's lineup. As previously reported, Madonna and Gorillaz, Coldplay, Paul McCartney, U2 and Mary J Blige are all to perform.


Marc Almond is to present an award at this year's Brits, according to The Sun. The former Soft Cell singer was, as you will remember, involved in a nasty motorbike crash back in 2004, nearly dying from his head injuries, and is still in the process of recovery.

A 'source' said: "The Brits committee was thrilled when Marc agreed to come to the awards. He will get a fantastic reaction from the audience."


One date from the ShockWaves NME Awards tour is to be shown on MTV2. It's to be broadcast at 9pm on 1 Mar and will see presenter Zane Lowe doing some behind the scenes interviews with the bands in addition to the live sets. The bands on the tour, if you didn't already know, are Maximo Park, Arctic Monkeys, The Mystery Jets and We Are Scientists.


As you'll know, because we reported on it, a variety of acts recently customised military helmets, to coincide with the release of Sam Mendes' helmed war movie Jarhead, which will be auctioned off in support of War Child.

The latest band to get customising are Gorillaz, whose helmet went up on eBay yesterday. Animated band-member Russell says: "War Child do a fantastic job of helping the victims of conflict, providing the exact kind of long-term support that children in these areas so desperately need. But they do need funds in order to continue their work. So in an effort to raise money for the organisation I've drawn a dead duck on the side of one of these helmets. I think this reflects how I feel about war in general... So dig deep and this exclusive piece of customised memorabilia could be yours, and you'd be giving essential aid to War Child in the process."

See to see all the helmets.


The board of HMV yesterday told private equity house Permira "you must be flippin jokin" after the investment firm made an offer to takeover the music retailer (well, that might not have been their exact words, but it was the sentiment).

Permira offered 190 pence per share to buy HMV, an offer 3% over the retailer's current share price. However HMV bosses decided within the day that that offer undervalued the music and book chain (HMV own Waterstones too, don't forget). A spokesman for HMV said: "The board has concluded that the proposal undervalues HMV Group. As such, HMV Group will not be entering into any discussion with Permira."

The Guardian says sources at Permira say they won't be increasing their bid for a company that they reckon needs a considerable restructure to compete in this here digital age. But other investment types said HMV was right to knock back the offer, adding that they wouldn't be surprised in Permira does now, in fact, come back with a better deal.


Bosses at the currently-being-revamped Wembley Arena have announced they have entered into a 'preferred ticketing provider' relationship with Ticketmaster. The venue will now use what they describe as Ticketmaster's "state-of-the-art ticketing platform" which includes ticketFast, a download ticketing service, and AccessManager, an "access control and ticket authentication system that allows the venue to monitor entry traffic, validate tickets in real time and speed entry into the venue".

Confirming the deal, Wembley Arena General Manager Peter Tudor told CMU: "2006 is looking to be an exceptionally busy year for the Arena with 50 events already confirmed and many more scheduled. The first show after our 35 million pound refurbishment will be Depeche Mode who re-open the venue on 2 April 2006. We are confident that Ticketmaster will be an exciting addition to the Wembley Arena offering, providing ticketing support and efficient sales distribution to the one million consumers that come to the Arena each year."

Ticketmaster MD Chris Edmonds added: "Wembley Arena is among the world's most famous indoor music venues and we look forward to providing them with access to all the ticketing products, technology and services needed to support their business and sell more tickets. We are committed to offering our clients the superior service and fast and easy ticketing solution they deserve."


Apple say they have now flogged more than 12 million video downloads via their iTunes Music Store, which is a lot. This is both good and bad news for the music business. It means that Apple is helping record labels turn music videos into a revenue stream - which is the good news. But it also means the sale of TV shows is becoming an increasingly important part of the iTunes mix - which means new competition for iPod owners' weekly download spend, threatening record labels' digital music revenue stream almost as soon as it has been established. Furthering that threat - Apple have announced a deal with the CBS owned Showtime Networks which will make a number of new TV shows available for download via the iTunes Music Store - wonderful.

Elsewhere in Apple news, the computer firm has announced it is launching a 1GB iPod nano - a smaller capacity player that takes the nano into the more budget player price range - they will retail in the US at $149, compared to $199 for the 2GB player.


Yahoo! Music has introduced a new version of its 'Music Engine' software, which offers "enhanced functionality" for playlist creation, portable player syncing and, we hear, for piping music from your PC to devices around your home via the wonder that is WiFi.


One Rebecca Duffy said 'I do' to virtual stranger Craig Cooper the other day as Birmingham radio station BRMB's latest blind marriage promotion reached its climax.

As previously reported, the GCap owned station has been re-running the listener promotion that first caused controversy seven years ago - a blind date style game the winners of which get hitched live on air.

The couple will now get a luxury honeymoon and use of a flat and car for a year in a bid to see if they can stay together for longer than three months - the time it took for the winning couple to split last time round, when the bride decided to run off with the bloke who had hosted the contest!

The second time out for this promotion still managed to cause a little controversy. Reverend Mervyn Roberts, a spokesman for Coventry and Warwickshire diocese, protested against the promotion outside the couple's marriage ceremony, telling reporters: "I suspect there are no legal grounds to object but I would challenge it on the grounds it is immoral. The fact is it's a pure publicity stunt for BRMB and an insult to both them and the people of Birmingham."


Michael Parkinson has signed another exclusive deal with ITV which will see him host his not always tedious chat show for the TV network until at least the end of 2007. Which is great news for Jamie Cullum, who always seems to be the music guest whenever I watch the show.


Media sponsorship, it's a dubious thing. Though if anyone wants to sponsor the CMU Daily - give us a call - we have no morals. The Coca Cola CMU Daily has a nice ring to it, don't you think? We'd even consider rebranding as the Coldplay Music Update if EMI wanted to supply me the entire Queen back catalogue.

Anyway, this is relevant because OfCom are reconsidering the rules behind sponsorship, and may allow brands to sponsor whole TV or radio stations, providing such sponsorship doesn't interfere with news output. Recent enquiries by the media regulator suggests that both broadcasters and viewers/listeners are open to the idea of channel sponsorship (though presumably that goes without saying as far as the broadcasters are concerned).

OfCom will now undertake a more formal consultation on the issue, before making a decision one way or the other.


You may remember that Mogwai recently gave NME a bit of a bashing with regard to their review of the band's single 'Friends Of The Nights'. Now they've had a go at a review of their new album 'Mr Beast' in FHM. Barry Burns writes on the band's official website: "Oooof. Just seen a review of ours from FHM magazine regarding our new album. It's a right stinker but I feel I need to review-the-review and the magazine to even things up...."

He begins: "Firstly, they refer to Stuart as the 'oh so clever Scottish dwarf'. I can state right now that Stuart isn't clever at all. All Scottish people are dwarves because of the low sky. He then opines that hardcore Mogwai fans will go onto Amazon and leave it 5 stars. I doubt if any of our hardcore fans can even type never mind write a 5 star review with a fancy computer on a 'internets'."

Continues: "Next big giveaway that he hasn't even heard the album was the fact that he heard "strings" on the album. Perhaps he enjoys to smoke a crackpipe but I don't recall their being any hint of violins or their owners in our studio. Know your subject. Apparently we make Radiohead sound like the Cheeky Girls. Boom Boom! Surely that's a compliment coming from a New Man who probably wears a handbag and has every Cheeky Girls song on his pink ipod nano".

Finishes: "But the biggest kick in the balls for the guy who wrote it was the fact that the he clearly just hates our music (and fair enough, not many folk like the miserable shite we release) but his editor clearly thinks we're ok. The review looks like a 0 out of 5 but instead gets a 2 which is actually not too bad considering the 'Tracks to Download' section said 'None' and the 'Mood to Listen' was 'Suicidal'. What a great use of 17 year old boys' time this magazine is. If I was the editor of FHM I'd be dead against putting even a shit review of an ugly instrumental band from Scotland in my magazine. They need to stick to the Scissor Sisters and rude pictures of young ladies with articles on how to date rape at the weekends. Perverts. Dirty Perverts."

Get him.


It's emerged that Liam Gallagher might be on the receiving end of one of those noise order thingummies from his local council, after upsetting his neighbours with noise caused by his running machine. Earlier reports described how Gallagher's downstairs neighbours had told The Sun: "It is not very rock and roll but it is making our lives a nightmare all the same. He spends hours each week on the machine, and it's so loud you can barely hear yourself think. When he gets on it the walls start to shake. You can hear everything. There is the constant thud of him jogging. Sometimes it has got so bad that bulbs have fallen out of my chandelier."

My heart bleeds.


Ozzy Ozbourne is apparently to appear in a commercial for stupidly named margarine 'I Can't Believe It's Not Butter' alongside famous Ozzy-impressionist John Culshaw. The ad features the two Ozzies cooking in the kitchen, and no doubt not being able to tell the difference between the butter and the ersatz butter. Ha. See what they did there?

Ozzy told Channel 4: "I can't tell the difference between us when I look at the ad. It really freaks me out."


Mariah Carey has told Marie Claire that she enjoys eating in bed whilst wearing a bib, and admits to trouble with her weight.

The singer told the magazine she has no urge to be a "skinny twig", but that she is "bad with the weight thing." She continues: "I go up and down really quickly, because I am a muscular person. People don't know that I have well-defined biceps and these could easily become weird bodybuilder arms."

On the bib-wearing thing she says: "I am just like, 'Whatever, nobody is looking at me for once!' That's why I don't really like to eat in public. When people say, 'Mariah never eats in public,' I'm like, 'You're right.' "

Which is weird. Or not, actually, when you consider that it's a classic sign of a raging eating disorder. Could we get the girl some help, please?

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