CMU Daily - on the inside Friday 16th June
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In today's CMU Daily:
- EMI settle with Spitzer
- White Stripes win royalties case
- Glitter appeal fails
- Jay Z plans Cristal boycott
- Illinois pass new tribute act laws
- Album review: Hope Of The States - Left
- Oakenfold remixes reggae legend
- Brahma bring Britain and Brazil together
- Rooster to celebrate album release at Scala
- Kasabian confirmed for Ibiza Rocks
- Zutons play Roundhouse
- Jeremy Warmsley at Borderline
- Ramones musical at Koko
- Lupen Crook album, live stuff
- Keane singer sick, Automatic fill in
- Automatic play T mobile gig
- New acts announced for Belladrum
- Wainwright does his Judy thing
- USA Network form sonic partnership with Virgin
- Pirate Bay back on Swedish servers
- Apple partner indicates new iPod in the pipeline
- GCap launch pay-to-call quiz show
- Bush signs in new hard line US TV decency regulations
- Missy Elliot plays herself
- Williams and TPT are over

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TOP BIT>>
As you will see very shortly, all four of the major record companies have now settled with New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer who, as we have been reporting for some time, has been on something of an offensive against the use of payola tactics in US music radio (payola being the practice where US record labels - mainly cash rich majors - buy or bribe their way on to radio playlists). EMI yesterday reached a settlement with Spitzer, the last of the four majors to do so, essentially accepting that some of the actions of their employees or agents contravened US rules governing payola type things. Like Warner, Universal and SonyBMG, they have pledged to ensure such promotional tactics are no longer used, and to pay a fine for past actions. Perhaps this settlement will bring this particular chapter of the music radio payola story to an end - though chatter does continue, mainly because some in the media and music industries still question the need for Spitzer to have pursued his anti-payola campaign in the first place. They argue, quite convincingly at times, that some of the specific music promotion practices Spitzer has criticised are actually within current payola guidelines, while pointing out that even those practices that break payola rules (giving individual programmers free gifts or holidays, covering the costs of the media's marketing or competitions) are commonly used elsewhere in the PR industry, not to win airtime for music perhaps, but to win positive editorial coverage of their products. While Spitzer has settled with the labels, the debate as to what is and what should be considered payola may well continue because, as previously reported, the AG is now targeting the radio companies for their part in the whole payola affair. One US radio conglom, Entercom, is planning on fighting the Attorney General in court using this very argument as their defence - ie that the promotional practices they have been party to do not, in fact, break anti-payola rules. All of which means this whole debate could actually reach the court room - and the conclusion of that court battle might be that the major record companies, having already pleaded guilty and paid their fines, might be ruled innocent of all charges. In a weird kind of way, I suspect the labels will be hoping that isn't the case, because, with all four majors now at peace with Spitzer, they'd rather put the whole messy business behind them, meaning they can concentrate on bribing programmers in the unregulated online music media space. Sorry, I mean concentrate on totally legitimate methods for marketing their music.

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JOBS N STUFF>>

14th Floor PR is seeking a Press Assistant to support the PR team across national, regional and online press. No previous press experience is necessary, but some prior involvement with music would be an advantage. The successful candidate will be highly efficient with strong writing skills, flawless spelling and grammar, and a passion for music. Computer literacy, including confidence with Microsoft Office, is essential.

Please send a covering letter and CV to Peter Hall: e-mail peter.hall@14thfloorpr.com or post to 14th Floor PR, 46 Kensington Court, London W8 5DP.

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PRESS ROOM>>

XFM REMIX NIGHT JUNE
Ladies and gentlemen, this is very exciting. The next edition of Xfm Remix Night at Cargo in London will be celebrating and previewing the upcoming launch of Eddy TM's brand new album, 'YrocK', a very special edition of Distinctive Record's Y4K series due for release in August. Just look at this line up. Live on the stage will be buzz band of the moment Humanzi. On the decks, meanwhile, will be the Freestylers, Breakfastaz, Dogtown Clash, Ils, MC Sir Real and Slim Jim - and all hosted by Eddy TM. It all takes place at Cargo on Rivington Street in London on 16 Jun. Tickets in advance from http://www.ticketweb.co.uk. Special concession guest list tickets at http://www.leylinepromotions.com.

More info: http://www.cmumusicnetwork.co.uk/pressroom/remixnight

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ON AIR>>

TODAY ON TOTALROCK
Catbird talks to Enter Shikari about their experiences playing at the Download Festival last Sunday ('Phantasmagoria', 9am to noon), while The Mighty Twang will be talking to Fony and to Dutch metalheads Vengeance ('Helldrive', 3-6pm). On Saturday, June 17, Talita and Bob Slayer tackle Lordi ('Breakfast At Talita's, 9am to noon) while on Sunday, June 18, Talita meets Zakk Wylde ('Breakfast At Talita's, 9am to noon) and Anne-Maria interviews both the Black Dahlia Murder and Born From Pa in ('Hardcore Street Sounds', 3-7pm). Listen live at http://www.totalrock.com.

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RIGHT NOW IN THE CMU BEATS BAR>>

MySpace Of The Day: 586
Glancing at 586's MySpace page will quickly show that they're are one of those bands that every single review describes as "(Random Pop Band) meets (Credible Indie Act)". I'll try and avoid that, then. In addition to quite a lot of information, their latest single, 'We Got Bored', released last month, is on here, and I rather like it, which is why I'm nominating them for the very big honour of being MySpace Of The Day. It's slightly over 2 minutes of frenetic electropop over which a bloke (Steve) and a lady (Deborah) screech and wail. Amazingly, they've managed to get away with writing just one three-line verse in the whole song, despite there clearly being three verses. The others are filled up with odd mouth noises, that are hard to describe beyond 'fleurba-dlabby-blam-blahh'. Try saying that out loud fast, and you'll get what I mean. You'll also look a little silly in front of anyone else in the office. It's certainly unusual, and that's a good thing when listening to a new band. Long live 586 and the schizo art-punk world that they inhabit.

http://www.myspace.com/586

More on today's MySpace Of The Day at http://www.thebeatsbar.co.uk

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CMU FRIDAY TIPS

VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: Atjazz At Plastic People
OK, I'm doing this one remotely while in transit to Cheltenham (don't ask), so I'll make it quick. The tip this week has to be Mantis Recordings man Martin Iveson, aka Atjazz, who will be taking over Plastic People on Sunday. No time to explain why this is a must-go event - so just take my word for it! And get there early, it's a roadblock at the best of times. PV

Sunday 15 Jun, Plastic People, 147-149 Curtain Road, London EC1, 8.30pm-12.30am, £5, info at http://www.plasticpeople.co.uk/

CARO'S LIVE TIP: Lucky Soul
Recently appointed CMU favourites Lucky Soul are playing live at the Brixton Windmill tonight. You remember them. They're the ones that I randomly played on the CMU Radio show, simply on account of their being from Greenwich, without even bothering to give the track a pre-listen, but was then entirely seduced by the sound of their single. I appreciate you people might be a little bored of this story by now, but it doesn't detract from the fact that they are really good, so please don't let my tediousness colour your judgement. If you still don't know what they sound like check the MySpace, http://www.myspace.com/luckysoulluckysoul. I have not, as yet, seen them live. Sadly, I won't be able to go to this gig, which is a shame, for me. It's not too late for you. Support from The Mules, Power Wind, Rosalita and Wolfgang DJs.

Friday 16 Jun, Brixton Windmill, 22 Blenheim Gardens, SW2, 8pm until late, £4 on the door, press info from Seb & Fiona.

CHRIS'S CLUB TIP: Remix Night at Cargo
OK, no surprise here then, but tonight's Remix Night is going to be particularly special. Remix host Eddy TM is currently putting the finishing touches to a brand new compilation album, 'YrocK', a special edition of Distinctive Records' Y4K series, which will reach record shops in August and which is shaping up to be something very very special. As a way of a taster, tonight's Remix Night features a huge line up of acts, most of whom will appear on the album in one form or another. That bill includes a load of CMU favourites, including the Freestylers, Breakfastaz, Dogtown Clash and Ils on the decks, plus the very buzzy, very good Humanzi playing live. Frankly, if ever there was a reason to come in from the sunshine, this is it. And needless to say, we'll have more on the album as soon as we get it.

Fri 16 Jun, Cargo, Rivington St, London, 7pm - 3am, £10 (£8 guest list at http://www.leylinepromotions.com), press info from Leyline.

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EMI SETTLE WITH SPITZER
So, your good friend Eliot Spitzer, that New York Attorney General fella, has now achieved settlements with all four major record companies over those allegations that they used payola tactics to buy airtime for their artists on US radio. EMI was the final of the majors to settle, reaching an agreement with the Attorney General yesterday.

This means all four major record companies have essentially admitted their employees or agents used tactics to get their artists played on US radio stations which broke anti-payola rules. Each major has pledged to end such practices, and to pay a fine for past violations. EMI got away with paying the smallest fine - they will pay just $3.75million, compared to Warner Music's $5million, SonyBMG's $10million and Universal's $12million.

Confirming that they had reached a settlement with Spitzer, EMI yesterday said: "EMI is pleased to have resolved these radio promotion matters with the New York State Attorney General with this agreement. In addition to voluntarily adopting strict policies last year, we have been working cooperatively with the Attorney General to reinforce these policies."

Spitzer told reporters: "When a record label engages in an elaborate scheme to purchase air time for its artists, it violates state and federal law and presents consumers with a skewed picture of the country's proclaimed 'best' and 'most popular' music. We're pleased that our investigation of payola in the music industry has resulted in significant business practice reforms that will help generate more diverse airplay."

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WHITE STRIPES WIN ROYALTIES CASE
A federal judge in Detroit has ruled that the White Stripes do not have to share royalties with the producer who worked on the band's first two albums. As previously reported, Jim Diamond, credited as a co-producer of the duo's 1999 debut album and as a sound mixer on the 2000 long player 'De Stijl', argued he was integral in creating the White Stripes sound and should therefore get a share of the royalties of the early releases.

Jack and Meg White, however, played down the importance of Diamond's role in those early recordings, implying that the credits given to Diamond on those releases were more kind gestures than any recognition of the producer's creative role in creating their music. Their lawyer told the court earlier this week that, while the duo recognised Diamond had done some work on their first two albums, "none of that constitutes originating an original work or causing it to come into being".

Judges deliberated for just 20 minutes before reaching its decision yesterday. Speaking outside the court, Jack White told reporters that he was pleased with the result, adding: "You never know what's going to happen in a trial". No word as yet from Diamond's people on the decision.

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GLITTER APPEAL FAILS
Gary Glitter's appeal against his three year jail term for child sex abuse has failed. As previously reported, the former glam rocker, real name Paul Gadd, was originally convicted of molesting two girls, aged eleven and twelve, back in March in the Vung Tau district of Vietnam, but appeared yesterday at the People's Supreme Court in Ho Chi Minh City for the new hearing.

Chief judge Truong Vinh Thuy said in court: "We did not see enough evidence to reduce the penalty for the defendant. The decision was made based on evidence, documents and testimony of the victims. The behaviour of the defendant is dangerous for society, especially towards children. He needs to be punished." Glitter, who, as previously reported, blames the British media for his conviction, suggesting that a 'conspiracy' led to his present imprisonment, declared as he was leaving the courtroom: "It's not a fair trial."

Philippa Lei, of children's charity World Vision, who have called for action to be taken to curb sex tourism, welcomed the new decision. She told BBC News 24: "We're delighted at the verdict, because it sends a very strong message that these sorts of crimes against children will not be tolerated. And the fact of the matter is that Glitter isn't the only person to go overseas and commit these sorts of crimes. We know that there are many British nationals who do that, and hopefully this verdict will tell them that they'll not get away with it in the future."

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JAY Z PLANS CRISTAL BOYCOTT
Jay Z has said that he plans to boycott Cristal champagne, claiming that comments made about the brand's association with hip-hoppers by Cristal MD Frederic Rouzaud were racist. A number of rappers, including Jay Z himself, Fiddy, Kanye West and Mos Def, have name checked the brand in their song lyrics, of course, and Rouzaud was asked in an interview with the Economist if he thought the champagne's association with the 'bling lifestyle' could be detrimental to the brand. "That's a good question, but what can we do?" he responded. "We can't forbid people from buying it. I'm sure Dom Perignon or Krug would be delighted to have their business."

Jay Z now says that he will pull the product from his chain of hostelries, and has released a statement which reads: "It has come to my attention that the managing director of Cristal views the 'hip-hop' culture as unwelcome attention. I view his comments as racist and will no longer support any of his products through any of my various brands, including The 40/40 Club, nor in my personal life."

As a point of information, it was in fact the writer of the article, one Gideon Rachman, who used the phrase "unwelcome attention". Given his comments, it seems entirely plausible that it's the hip-hop community's associations with gun violence, homophobia and the objectification of women that are as responsible as anything for Rouzaud's reservations. Or he could, of course, be the elitist racist Jay Z clearly thinks he is.

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ILLINOIS PASS NEW TRIBUTE ACT LAWS
The State Of Illinois in the US has passed a new law that will force tribute bands to clearly state they are not the original act that they mimic. Tribute bands who violate the new laws could be fined up to $50,000, have any licence to perform cancelled and be forced to pay damages to the original group or artist.

The new laws are in response to a campaign being staged by the Vocal Group Hall Of Fame who claim that some tribute acts promote themselves in such a way that they appear like they are the original act, when they are not. Mary Wilson of the Supremes, a supporter of that campaign, welcomed the new laws. She said that she had filed several lawsuits against groups claiming to be the Supremes, but that those suits had been generally unsuccessful because there were no laws under which to enforce them. Calling the new state rules "a wonderful victory for artists", she told reporters: "From now on when the public goes to a rock 'n' roll show in the area, they can be sure the artist is the original, and not some rip-off band".

Bob Crosby of the Vocal Group Hall Of Fame added that the new laws give artists "long overdue respect, protect artists' legacies and give hope to the vocal group artists that have suffered identity theft." Crosby's organisation is trying to get similar rules adopted in all US states - Connecticut and Pennsylvania have already enacted such laws.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Hope Of The States - Left (SonyBMG/Columbia)
While writing this review, cities burned. Cities BURNED. Civilizations fell, pandemics ravaged continents, and great swathes of the planet fell into ruin. Beneath it all, in some long-forgotten cold war bunker, probably in the depths of Siberia, Hope Of The States are playing their songs. They're playing battle hymns like 'The Good Fight', anthems like 'Forwardirektion:' and widescreen laments like 'Industry'. Hope of the States drop bombs on the Arctic Monkeys. They annihilate the Strokes in a rattle of machine gun fire and blow Razorlight away with a 12 pound cannon, all the while reminding us that commercial success means absolutely nothing in the context of wars, famine, and destruction. Hope Of The States will one day rule the world. Let me put it another way. This record gave me goosebumps 8 times on the first listen through. The first listen. In the recent climate of lowest-common-denominator indie-rock-n-roll, I'd completely forgotten how incredible, emotive, and intelligent, rock music can be, especially after the recent failures of Elbow and Doves in recreating the magic of their earlier work. Hope Of The States have always been kings of atmosphere, and when layering on the strings, the chiming guitars and marching drums, they create the most triumphant sense of optimism that you'll hear in a record this year. I can't recommend an album more highly than this, and if you don't pick it up then, mark my words, they'll make sure you're first up against the wall when the revolution comes. DG
Release Date: 19 Jun
Press Contact: Wild [CP, CR] SonyBMG IH [RP, RR, NP, NR]

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OAKENFOLD REMIXES REGGAE LEGEND
Paul Oakenfold has remixed a new single by reggae legend Burning Spear, and the press release says it is a "summer breaksy dubbed up trance missile" of a tune, which has got me excited, even though I've absolutely no idea what that means. The track is called 'Never', and it is the first time Burning Spear has officially sanctioned a remix. It will be released on his own label, Burning Spear Records, ahead of two album releases 'Our Music' and 'Living Dub Vol 5'. The Oakenfold remix is already getting much play in certain DJ sets, we hear, and could well be one of those tracks of the summer. Press info from Phuture Trax.

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BRAHMA BRING BRITAIN AND BRAZIL TOGETHER
The Oakenfold / Burning Spear project is, I suppose, one of those culture clash collaborations, as is this. Brazilian beer brand Brahma is staging a programme of what they are calling sonic fiestas (again, not really sure what that means, but it sounds good) which will bring together British and Brazilian music talent.

The TrocaBrahma programme will involve the likes of Sway, Gilles Peterson, Soweto Kinch and the 1990s on the Brit side, while Seu Jorge, Bruno E Sexteto and Patricia Marx will represent Brazil. Of particular interest will be collaborative performances by Brits Mark De Clive Lowe, Silhouette Brown and the aforementioned 1990s who will be going over to Brazil to actually work with artists there ahead of the live events - they will return to perform the fruits of those collaborations at TrocaBrahma.

The TrocaBrahma programme includes a number of shows - some ticketed, others free - in Edinburgh, Manchester and London. More info at http://www.brahma.com/trocabrahma and press info from nicola.meighan@gmail.com

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ROOSTER TO CELEBRATE ALBUM RELEASE AT SCALA
Rooster have announced that they will play a one-off show at London's Scala on 24 Jul to celebrate the release of their second album, 'Circles And Satellites', out the same day. Tickets for the gig go on sale today and are available from http://www.gigsandtours.com.

The band, who made their last (rocking - I was there) live appearances at Shepherd's Bush Empire a few months back release their first single for that album on 10 Jul. Press info from Mercenary Publicity.

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KASABIAN CONFIRMED FOR IBIZA ROCKS
Kasabian have been confirmed for this year's Ibiza Rocks line up in, er, Ibiza. The band, whose new album 'Empire' is out soon, join the likes of Editors and Dirty Pretty things on the that list, and are supported by new CMU favourites, the joyfully good Fratellis.

Here's the line-up thus far, FYI:

10 Jul: We Are Scientists
17 Jul: Editors
20 Jul: Dirty Pretty Things / Boy Kill Boy
21 Jul: The Streets Soundsystem
4 Aug: Jet
12 Aug: Kasabian / The Fratellis

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ZUTONS PLAY ROUNDHOUSE
The Zutons have confirmed that they will play at Camden's recently refurbished Roundhouse later this year. The legendary venue, has, as I'm sure you're all aware, seen performances in the past from artists such as Bob Marley, The Ramones, The Doors and The Clash.

Tickets for the gig, which takes place on 2 Dec, go on sale today. The band release their new single 'Valerie' on Monday.

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JEREMY WARMSLEY AT BORDERLINE
The lovely Jeremy Warmsley is playing a gig at Borderline on Monday, and I'm going, so I'll see you there. The singer is on tour this month ahead of the release of his new single, 'I Promise' out 10 Jul, and his debut album 'The Art Of Fiction', due in September. His remaining tour dates follow, press info from Sainted PR.

15 Jun: Hull, Adelphi,
17 Jun: Leeds, The Faversham,
18 Jun: Cambridge, The Soul Tree,
19 Jun: London, Borderline,
21 Jun: Cardiff, Barfly,
22 Jun: Birmingham, Barfly,
23 Jun: Liverpool, Barfly,
24 Jun: York, Fibbers.

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RAMONES MUSICAL AT KOKO
Ramones based musical 'Gabba Gabba Hey! - A Punk-Rock Musical', is to get a run at London's Koko from 31 Jul to 5 Aug, and will feature guest appearances from people like Angela Bowie, Hugh Cornwell and guitarist Nick Sheppard, ex of The Clash. The show's musical director, last surviving Ramone Tommy, will also appear every night.

The musical features eighteen of the band's hits, and is described as "a postmodern fairy tale about the redeeming power of love." So there you go.

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LUPEN CROOK ALBUM, LIVE STUFF
Lupen Crook is to release his debut album 'Accidents Occur Whilst Sleeping' on 17 Jul. Ahead of that, he appears with his band The Murder Birds in two upcoming support slots, with Clearlake on 22 Jun at Jamm, Brixton Road and on 28 Jun with iLiKETRAiNS at the Metro Club on Oxford Street.

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KEANE SINGER SICK, AUTOMATIC FILL IN
The Automatic's frontman Rob Hawkins has been telling NME about a mad dash his band recently made to London due to Keane singer Tom Chaplin getting a case of gastroenteritis. Nice. Keane were to play the 'Later... With Jools Holland' show on 13 Jun when Chaplin was struck down at the last minute and The Automatic were asked to fill in.

Hawkins said: "It was a mad day. One minute we're at Rockfield Studios recording some new tracks, the next we've had a phone call asking us to play 'Later... With Jools Holland' and we're desperately trying to find our drummer Iwan who's gone missing, fishing in the nearby river. We found him then strapped (keyboard player) Pennie into the passenger seat and bombed it down the M4. We managed to get to London in the nick of time."

The show is broadcast tonight. Keane are, quite appropriately 'gutted'. The band's Tim Rice-Oxley says: "When we were living in a bedsit in Stoke Newington we would dream of headlining 'Later...', suffice to say we are gutted. At least Tom is much better."

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AUTOMATIC PLAY T MOBILE GIG
Speaking of The Automatic, they're going to be doing one of those T-Mobile-odd-location gigs - you remember The Rakes playing in that Kebab shop in London? Well, the location isn't that odd, but the deal's the same - to be in with a chance of attending fans must register online at http://www.t-mobile.co.uk/street, between the 16 and 22 Jun.

Anyway, back to that location - it's to take place at the 'T-Mobile Fan Park' in Birmingham. We haven't got a clue what that is, but lead singer Rob Hawkins claims to. He says: "We're really looking forward to playing the Fan Park. It's going to be our first stadium gig, ha ha. It's right in the middle of the World Cup so it'll be a great atmosphere and we're going to be on a high from the release of our debut album and Monster going top 5".

Press info from Amazing Media.

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NEW ACTS ANNOUNCED FOR BELLADRUM
News of a festival I've never heard of now. I may, of course, have already known it existed, but just have blocked it out at some point due to the constant flood of new festivals taking up my brain space.

So, speaking of yes - again - The Automatic, they've been added to the line-up for this year's Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival (which is, perhaps not surprisingly, in Scotland), as have Stephen Fretwell, Camera Obscura, Grandadbob, Unkle Bob, and Tiny Dancers.

They join acts such as Embrace, Martha Wainwright, The Wonder Stuff and Biffy Clyro on the bill for the event, now in its third year, which takes place in Inverness-shire on 11 & 12 Aug.

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WAINWRIGHT DOES HIS JUDY THING
Speaking of Wainwrights (Martha, above) Rufus Wainwright has performed that previously reported recreation of Judy Garland's 1961 concert at New York's Carnegie Hall. The singer performed several of Garland's most famous hits, including that old chestnut 'Over The Rainbow', and told the audience: "When I was a kid, I wanted to be Dorothy." Garland's daughter Lorna Luft joined Wainwright for a rendition of the duet 'After You've Gone'.

Apparently some people have been moved to call Garland's original concert the greatest single night in showbiz history. Sorry, I just don't believe it.

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USA NETWORK FORM SONIC PARTNERSHIP WITH VIRGIN
American cable TV network, USA Network, has entered into an exclusive deal with Virgin Records which will see the EMI division providing all the music for the TV station's marketing activity, including on-air promotion, cross channel advertising and online and mobile marketing. The TV network's website will also include a micro-site promoting the Virgin artists being featured in their promotions.

It's an unusual deal because it is rare for a media organisation to tie itself to one label for this kind of thing, even a label with as big a catalogue as Virgin, but presumably the deal will enable USA Network to save money on licensing music for its promotions by offering the major label bulk business and promotional opportunities.

Confirming the deal, while coining the lovely if slightly pointless expression 'sonic partners', USA's Senior VP Of Marketing & Brand Strategy told reporters this week: "With a rich roster depth of talented recording artists across all musical genres, Virgin is an ideal sonic partner for our 'Characters Welcome' brand initiatives".

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PIRATE BAY BACK ON SWEDISH SERVERS
The Pirate Bay, the slightly dodgy BitTorrent content search engine, which was closed down by Swedish authorities for a few days earlier in the month, is not only back online, but it is back online in Sweden. As previously reported, when Swedish police seized the company's servers, The Pirate Bay quickly got their service back online via computers in the Netherlands. But as of this week they have managed to get the service running on servers in their home country again. In a note on their website, the site's owners write: "So the site took a trip to The Netherlands, but we got so homesick we just couldn't take it. We had to go back to beautiful Sweden!"

Meanwhile, ten small IT companies who hosted their businesses on servers in the same locations as The Pirate Bay, are suing Swedish authorities because when police took the search engine down, they took their sites down too. The plaintiffs in the case want compensation for being offline following the police raids. Lawyers representing the ten say that numerous other small companies may also have been affected by the Swedish police's somewhat random seizure of servers (ie they not only seized the servers hosting The Pirate Bay, but all the servers sitting next to them as well), and that those other companies could be expected to join this action in the next few weeks.

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APPLE PARTNER INDICATES NEW IPOD IN THE PIPELINE
The chairman of one of Apple's iPod manufacturing partners has indicated that a new Apple music player could be in the pipeline. Terry Gou of Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co reportedly told an annual shareholder meeting that his company was involved in making a new iPod with a "none-touch interface". Of course, I'm pretty sure Gou's company is one of those making the iPod which has been accused of employing workers in almost slave like conditions. Apple have denied those reports, of course, but are said to be investigating further. Depending on those investigations, and whether or not this story stays in the news agenda, Gou might be right that a new iPod is in the pipeline, but might be wrong in assuming his company will be making them.

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GCAP LAUNCH PAY-TO-CALL QUIZ SHOW
GCap Media are launching a new radio quiz show where there will be no ads, but monies will be made by charging listeners a premium rate call charge if they want to participate. Basically it's a radio version of those ITV shows of questionable ethics, where people are charged a pound (or thereabouts) to phone in and take part (taking part normally consisting of hearing a message telling you that you haven't got through, but that you've successfully donated another pound to the TV company's bank account). The radio version will air across GCap's One Network of 38 local radio stations, and will give listeners the chance to win cash prizes of £1500 and more for guessing the mystery sound or voice.

Launching the con, I mean, innovative new venture in interactive listening, GCap Group Programming Manager Dirk Anthony told reporters: "By creating a dedicated quiz show, we're giving listeners a great new way of interacting with the station while implementing our strategy to develop new revenue opportunities".

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BUSH SIGNS IN NEW HARD LINE US TV DECENCY REGULATIONS
President Bush yesterday signed that previously reported new media legislation that will mean US TV stations (though not cable or satellite stations) can be fined up to $325,000 every time they air something that exceeds "the bounds of decency" - which for most of the Bush supporting right is probably more or less anything, apart from footage of bombs being dropped on Iraqi villages which is, of course, damn decent telly.

As previously reported, this new hard line on the broadcasting of 'indecent' television came about after the outrage that followed the so called Nipplegate incident during the 2004 Super Bowl - a four second glimpse of Janet Jacksons' breast, just fyi, is definitely 'indecent'. CBS were fined the maximum $550,000 for that incident (because their footage aired on 20 separate stations) - a record breaking fine in itself - but under the new laws they could have been fined $6.5 million.

The new fines won eager support by both the US Senate and House Of Representatives, while Bush himself has, of course, been an passionate supporter of the proposals since the outset.

Of course, not everyone in the US supports the moves - the network TV firms in particular. Speaking for TV Watch, a lobbying group that represents NCB and CBS, among others, Jim Dyke told reporters this week: "The government's own data show that the vast majority of complaints come from a handful of people encouraged by activists to complain about these shows, and not the viewers themselves. The disparity between the millions who tune in and the few complainants is further evidence that Americans do not believe the government should control what they watch on TV."

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MISSY ELLIOT PLAYS HERSELF
Missy Elliot is to play the lead role in a film about her life, although apparently, she almost lost out to Scarlett Johansson. The film, which is still in development, is to be produced by actor Robert De Niro through his company Tribeca Films.

That was a joke, about Scarlett Johansson, by the way.

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WILLIAMS AND TPT ARE OVER
Robbie Williams' relationship with Tara Palmer-Tomkinson is over. To be honest, I'm not one hundred percent sure I knew it was happening in the first place. Anyway, he's called it a "cheap fling", which can't be very nice for TPT. But to be honest, I'm a bit too tired and wan today to have too much pity for celebrities.

Anyway, the singer (Williams, not TPT, although she may sing from time to time, I don't know) said: "I am 100 per cent single. I had a good time but I want to find my future wife now, not just a cheap fling. I always expect something to happen, such as meeting the future Mrs Williams. To not believe in love has been a far easier ride than a soul-sapping search."

He also offered his opinion on dating Hollywood-style: "The package looks great but when you get them home, they're wired up wrong. There are dating rules people use in Hollywood: 'Don't call until next day, and then don't get back to him for two days. It's all rubbish. If I spot them I respond in kind by never speaking to them again."

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