CMU Daily - on the inside Friday 21st July
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In today's CMU Daily:
- IMPALA call for Sony and BMG to 'demerge'
- Eavis says others should follow Glastonbury ticket system
- Vines play surprise gig
- Good Shoes single
- Radiohead OK Computer DVD thingy
- U2 release live DVD
- Townshend's solo work gets reissued
- Dylan stuff released online
- Flaming Lips remix Goldfrapp
- Album Review: Humanzi - Tremors
- Spiritualized man goes on tour
- Latitude number one a success
- Innocent stage free London festival
- The Ivories split
- Unsigned band hope to fund album through web-a-thon
- Moshi Moshi launch singles club
- More iPod phone speculation
- EverGreen acquire Hammer catalogue
- C4 launch yet another music show
- Charlotte Church to front new C4 Friday night show
- Virgin Radio launches on Freeview
- Galaxy Ibiza broadcasts
- Single Review: Tobias Froberg - When The Night Turns Cold
- Savage man gets married
- Barat and Doherty meet in public place shocker
- Actor recovering after post-Muse crash

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TOP BIT>>
So, more tough talking from IMPALA yesterday, who are obviously keen to maintain the momentum of that much previously reported win in the European courts last week, which saw EU judges rule that the Sony BMG merger should never have taken place. The latest press release from the pan-European trade association is calling for the European Commission, who allowed the merger to go ahead back in 2004, to act quickly on the court ruling and force the 'demerger' of SonyBMG. While suggesting the majors and the independent sector should work together to build a "fair" music market, the trade body was pretty blunt in its viewpoint of what should happen first - they say the European Commission will not successfully appeal the EU court's decision; that it will be impossible for the European Commission to now approve the merger, however good Sony and Bertelsmann's reapplication will be; and therefore SonyBMG will have to be split up into two companies - one owned by Sony Corp, one owned by Bertelsmann. IMPALA also say the ruling means the EMI Warner merger (should there be one) cannot happen, and that Bertelsmann cannot sell its music publishing company to one of the other major music firms. It would be fascinating to know what is motivating IMPALA. Obviously, strategically speaking, they have to maintain the momentum - even collectively the independent sector is the underdog in the cloudy world of merger and acquisitions - and they really need to maintain media interest in all this too, so that European officials can't quietly use some or another technicality to reduce the impact of the Courts' decision, hoping that no one notices. This tough talking does, for the time being, achieve both of those things. But I wonder if IMPALA really believe that they can force SonyBMG to 'demerge'? I mean, their court ruling was pretty unprecedented, but do they actually believe they could achieve that? Time will tell I guess. As we've said before, we're pretty neutral on this one - we want an independent friendly music market, but are not 100% convinced that major mergers are now the biggest threat to achieving that. I just worry that everyone will get so involved in the majors v indies fight going on in one room, and the publishers v labels fight taking place in the other, that they will burn themselves out only to turn round one day and find the IT and mobile firms are suddenly ruling the musical roost.

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PRESS ROOM

REMIX NIGHT JULY
Get ready ... the next edition of Remix Night takes place this week, yep, this Friday, 21 Jul. This one is going to be extra special because Remix favourite Space Cowboy will be launching his storming new album 'Digital Rock' (out 31 Jul) with a live set. Plus, on the decks, we will have Coldcut, Stone Lions, Slim Jim and, of course, Eddy TM. It all takes place at Cargo from 8pm to 3am. Admission this time is free before 9pm - after then it's a tenner, although you can get in for £8 if you guest list in advance at http://www.leylinepromotions.com.

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

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ON AIR>>

TODAY ON TOTALROCK
Terry Goldsmith is standing in for the Mighty Twang, and his special guest is Aussie blues-rocker Gwyn Ashton ('Helldrive', 3-6pm). On Saturday, July 22, May will be giving away copies of the new Terror album ('May & Mates', noon to 3pm). Malcolm Dome is joined by former Ultravox leader John Foxx and multi-talented Robin George ('Doom & Co', 6-9pm). Listen live at http://www.totalrock.com

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RIGHT NOW IN THE CMU BEATS BAR>>

MySpace Of The Day: Grand National
Ah, Grand National. I like to mention them every so often, just to remind you how good they are, and what a fool you are if you haven't got around to checking them out yet. As you may have divined from the previous sentence, I am something of a fan of Grand National. They're one of my favouritist, favouritist acts of recent years. They caught my attention with 2004 album 'Kicking The National Habit', and have had it pretty much ever since. Well, off and on, you know. I do have time for other people too. Anyway, that's a great album, and you should get a copy (I always say that), but you can go and preview some tracks from it on this, the MySpace page (I always say that too). Go and look at it, and listen to the songs. Yes, I probably always say that too. This time I'm going to insist, however. Go.

http://www.myspace.com/grand_national

This and more at http://www.thebeatsbar.co.uk

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CMU FRIDAY TIPS

VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: MN2S at The End
Once again Mr C's The End hosts the Milk N 2 Sugars club night (which is, by the way, currently also holding court on Sunday's at El Divino in Ibiza). Tonight it's all about the Masterclass compo album on MN2S, and big names Tony Humphries, Seamus Haji and Knee Deep will be in the main room doing their stuff. But I'll be in the bar with the three MN2S residents and a true legend - Z Records head honcho Joey Negro aka Dave Lee (who is simply the bomb), joined by CJ Mackintosh and the hotly tipped London based dynamic DJ duo: The Jinks. Expect house - old school, classics, Chicago and maybe a touch of acid. Should be wicked.

Fri 21 Jul, The End, 16A West Central Street, London WC1A, 10pm-5am, £10-£12, info at http://www.the-end.co.uk , press info from Phuture Trax or laura@mn2s.com

VIGSY'S LIVE TIP: Deodato & The Heritage Orchestra at The Hackney Empire
The Heritage Orchestra are a 45-piece jazz infused, funk laden and classically trained beats bonanza, who will be releasing their debut LP on Brownswood Records in August and who, tonight, will come together with Brazilian legend, composer and arranger Eumir Deodato, who is playing in the UK for the very first time. We're promised that tonight's show will include forthcoming tracks and old favourites, including 'Les Fleurs', an exclusive of Kirk Degiorgio's composed 'Deodato', arranged track 'Holdin On' and an exclusive rendition of Deodato's version of Strauss 'Also Sprach Zarathustra'. The Big Chillers host the other room, with an evening of folk and jazz featuring Eva Abraham, Laura B (Live) and DJ sets from Pete Lawrence & Leggo Beast, as a warm up to their up coming festival. Also Gilles Peterson and Kirk Degiorgio will be in the main room on DJ duty. Awesome.

Friday 21 Jul, Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, London, E8 1EJ, 8pm-1am, £15, more at http://www.hackneyempire.co.uk, press info from Je Roberts at Cantaloupe HQ

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IMPALA CALL FOR SONY AND BMG TO DEMERGE
Hey, watch out Messrs Major Label, IMPALA are on the attack after their tactical win in the European court room last week. Yep, the pan-European trade body for the independent sector has been talking tough after winning its legal fight against the European Commission last week - telling reporters yesterday: "[the] mere fact that the SonyBMG house is already built doesn't mean it won't have to be pulled down".

As previously reported, following legal action by IMPALA, the European Courts last week ruled that the European Commission should never have allowed Sony and Bertelsmann to merge their record companies in 2004 because, they said, there was little evidence that such a merger would not be detrimental to the wider music sector. Commenting on the court's findings, IMPALA says that the judges identified "fundamental problems" with the merger and, as such, they are confident that any reapplication of merger proposals by Sony and Bertelsmann to the EC will be unsuccessful.

Therefore IMPALA concludes that they "take the view that SonyBMG must now be demerged" adding that "this is a constructive move and [we] offer to work with the Commission and the majors to create a viable and competitive music market".

Rounding up, IMPALA President Patrick Zelnik said yesterday: "13 July 2006 will go down as a vital date not only for music, but for the EC. SonyBMG will have to demerge and the damage caused in the meantime will have to be repaired ... IMPALA is ready to work with the Commission and the majors to make sure the European music market is as strong and innovative as it should be. Let's avoid having an IMPALAGATE situation on our hands."

Beggars boss and IMPALA chairman Martin Mills added: "We will be looking to the parties and the Commission to implement this judgment fully. They must cure the problems of collective dominance as identified by the court. Independents need guarantees on market access and promoting cultural diversity. This judgment could kickstart the recovery of the music market.

IMPALA also reckon that their court win last week will stop Bertelsmann from selling its publishing company to one of the other major music companies. As you'll remember, the German conglom is currently selling BMG Music Publishing, and the other four major music firms (that'll be EMI, Warner, Universal and Sony) have all bid for it. Bosses there said earlier this week that, as far as they are concerned, the EU ruling on SonyBMG does not affect the sale. Whether that means they weren't planning on selling to one of the other music firms anyway, or that they believe the ruling on the recorded sector won't effect regulator decisions on the publishing world isn't clear, though it it's the latter IMPALA definitely disagree.

The association's Vice President, Hein van der Ree, said yesterday: "We are concerned about any move to sell BMG Publishing to another major. Our appeal was not just about SonyBMG or EMI/Warner. It was about concentration right across the board in music. In today's climate, the question is whether merger talks are a reasonable use of shareholders' money. The financial markets will be watching this very closely. The judges in Luxembourg were not just concerned about procedural problems that can be fixed next time round".

So, there you go, much fun to be had in the world of music mergers methinks. If it's any consolation to SonyBMG, according to my Microsoft Word dictionary there's no such word as 'demerge', so there might be linguistic grounds for not 'demerging'.

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EAVIS SAYS OTHERS SHOULD FOLLOW GLASTONBURY TICKET SYSTEM
Following that call by the government earlier this week for the live music and ticketing sectors to work together to combat the growing trade of online ticket touting, Glastonbury man Michael Eavis has said he thinks more promoters should be adopting the strict ticketing systems his festival uses.

As you all know, after years of fence hopping and fraudulent ticket sales at Glastonbury, a few years back bosses there introduced a number of new measures to better control access to the festival, leading to one of the most sophisticated ticketing systems in the live sector. Tickets are sold to named individuals, and ticket holders must bring photo-ID with them in order to get on site. The aim is to not only stop the sale of fraudulent tickets, but also to stop people buying tickets to the always sold out event with the intent of reselling them on at a large profit.

Speaking to BBC 6music this week, Eavis says that Glastonbury might step up ticket security even further next year, and he urged other promoters to take similar steps. Eavis: "We seem to be ahead of the field on it which is rather weird - me being a rather humble dairy farmer from Somerset! But it really really bothers me when people buy a Glastonbury ticket for 120 quid, and sell it for 600. A lot of other promoters don't seem to mind what happens to the tickets afterwards, but it does really bother me."

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VINES PLAY SURPRISE GIG
The Vines have played a surprise gig in a pub in hometown Sydney with a new bassist. It was their first gig since frontman Craig Nicholls was diagnosed with Asbergers following that incident in 2004 when he punched a photographer after a gig. The band are apparently set to announce a series of live dates, despite the fact that the group have said in the past that they may not tour again due to Nicholls' condition. Manager Andy Kelly has told fan site Dreamintheinsane: "The best news I have is that the band are ready to dip their toes in the performance waters again, and we will be announcing some shows soon."

On the band's new member, Brad Heald, Kelly commented: "He is from the same part of town as Craig and Ryan, he grew up around Oatley in Sydney. A lovely gentleman and a great bass player he acquitted himself quite brilliantly tonight. Ryan met him a couple of years ago at a party and they have been friends for a few years."

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GOOD SHOES SINGLE
Good Shoes, who were quite recently a MySpace Of The Day nominee, are to release their next single 'All In My Head' on 14 Aug. The single will feature b-sides 'Questions and Answers' and 'Wrong And Right'. Which is nice.

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RADIOHEAD OK COMPUTER DVD THINGY
One for fans of films of people talking about Radiohead albums, this one. A DVD about Radiohead's acclaimed 1997 long player 'OK Computer' is to be released, entitled 'OK Computer: Classic Album Under Review', and featuring various music journos discussing each track from the album. Some rare live and studio performances will also be aired on the DVD, which will also apparently include something called 'The Hardest Interactive Radiohead Quiz In The World Ever'. All of which makes me think it's one for the slightly more obsessive fan. Of course there's rather a lot of obsessive Radiohead fans, so that probably doesn't matter. It's out on 19 Sep.

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U2 RELEASE LIVE DVD
U2 have announced that they are to release a DVD of one of the dates of their 1993 Zoo TV tour. Yes, I know, it was years ago. 'Zoo TV Live From Sydney' was filmed in, er, 1993 at the, er, Sydney Football Club in er, Sydney, and has only previously been previously available on video. The footage has been upgraded, digitalized, polished, and packaged with various extras and documentaries. It's out on 18 Sep, and the tracklisting is as follows:

Zoo Station
The Fly
Even Better Than The Real Thing
Mysterious Ways
One
Unchained Melody
Until The End Of The World
New Year's Day
Numb
Angel Of Harlem
Stay (Faraway, So Close!)
Satellite Of Love
Dirty Day
Bullet The Blue Sky
Running To Stand Still
Where The Streets Have No Name
Pride (In The Name Of Love)
Daddy's Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car
Lemon
With Or Without You
Love Is Blindness
Can't Help Falling In Love

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TOWNSHEND'S SOLO WORK GETS REISSUED
Who man Pete Townshend's solo work is to be reissued on 29 Aug via Hip-O/UME, timed to coincide with the start of The Who's North American tour, which begins 12 Sep. The releases include 1972 solo debut 'Who Came First' (which includes five bonus tracks and three new items), 1980's 'Empty Glass', 1982's 'All the Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes' and 1985's 'White City'. Also up for reissue are the three archival releases in the 'Scoop' series, plus live recording 'Deep End - Live', which saw Townshend playing a charity gig at Brixton Academy, backed by, amongst other musicians, Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour.

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DYLAN STUFF RELEASED ONLINE
It's hardly surprising, or even news any more (and I think I probably said that exact same thing the last time I reported on an album leak, because I have a sense of deja vu), when upcoming releases are leaked online. This time, new material from Bob Dylan's upcoming new album has apparently been accidentally made available on an official Sony music store. It's only thirty second clips, though, so I don't know what they're worrying about. Anyway, they've now been removed, but have, of course, now been made available on various other sites. 'Modern Times', Dylan's first album of original material in ten years, is out on 29 Aug.

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FLAMING LIPS REMIX GOLDFRAPP
The Flaming Lips have remixed Goldfrapp track 'Satin Chic', and it will be released via download as of 14 Aug, with a limited edition 7" double A side to follow, also featuring Goldfrapp's reworking of The Ordinary Boys' 'Boys Will Be Boys' on 4 Sep.

Alison Goldfrapp, of, er, Goldfrapp, says: "I've got this big thing about The Flaming Lips at the moment. I mean, who hasn't? I met Wayne Coyne last year and he was utterly charming of course, and their show was amazing. It's an exhilarating combination of the magical and the resolutely rinky-dink home made. I just loved it."

Coyne adds: "I believe we veered towards a Nina Simone meets Radiohead kind of mood. It was truly a joy to experiment with her lovely voice."

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ALBUM REVIEW: Humanzi - Tremors (Fiction Records)
This is one angry debut album from a Dublin group who sound seriously pissed off. We're talking angsty rock here, somewhere in between punk and post-punk (pre-post-punk, maybe?)...synthesizers creep up on you now and again, but this is basically an adrenalised rock record, and a rather loud one to boot. Inevitably, Joy Division are an immediately apparent reference point, and not just because vocalist Shaun Mulrooney's crooning bears more than passing resemblance to that of Ian Curtis (surpassing even his colleagues in Interpol and Editors). There's a tightness and intensity here that recalls Manchester's finest, although the sound is effectively Joy Division without the spectral guidance of producer Martin Hannett, which is not quite as an exciting concept. (It's faster too, the frenzied pace not letting up for a minute; though, it soon becomes apparent that this is not the kind of album to expect to hear 'ballads' on.) At times you wish they'd calm down a bit and stop sounding so angry (and they need to be careful not to fall into the trap of thinking that even empty bluster will suffice or be enticing), but then where would the young be without righteous indignation and spiteful fury? Fiery stuff then. Just don't make them cross. MS
Release date: 24 Jul
Press contact: Bang On PR [all]

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SPIRITUALIZED MAN GOES ON TOUR
Spiritualized frontman Jason Pierce will stage an acoustic UK tour this autumn, going by the name of 'Jason Spaceman'. He'll be previewing tracks from the upcoming Spiritualized album, due out in 2007, accompanied by a string quartet, gospel singers and Spiritualized guitarist Doggen. Dates as follows:

20 Oct: Salisbury Arts Centre
22 Oct: Brighton Komedia
23 Oct: London Queen Elizabeth Hall
24 Oct: Colchester Arts Centre
25 Oct: Leicester The Y
22 Oct: Kendal Brewery Arts Centre
23 Oct: Gateshead Sage
24 Oct: Manchester Lowry
25 Oct: Edinburgh Queen's Hall

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LATITUDE NUMBER ONE A SUCCESS
To be honest, I wish Mean Fiddler's Melvin Benn would be a bit clearer on whether or not he was pleased with the first outing of his Latitude event, the music come comedy come literature come arts festival that launched last weekend. All he'd say was that he was: "Absolutely ecstatic about the inaugural Latitude festival. Far too many highlights to list them all but the three headliners [Snow Patrol, Antony and the Jonsons and Mogwai] blew me away, as did Patti Smith, who spent the whole weekend in Southwold discovering her ancestral roots. Rob Newman captivated everyone in the comedy tent and then was captivated himself with Guilty Pleasures. The Royal Court Theatre making their first-ever festival performances enchanting the audiences, and the Literature and Poetry tents, which everyone doubted would work, stormed the weekend as I knew they would. Being read to at a festival; how absolutely delightful. The art of storytelling coming through on so many stages but especially those two. The site, the lake, the woods, the deck chairs, the punting in the gondolas all added to an extraordinary weekend for me. I haven't come down from it yet." As I say, a bit non-committal - but we hear on the grapevine he is happy and already planning Latitude 2007.

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INNOCENT STAGE FREE LONDON FESTIVAL
Another day, another new festival, though this one is free. Though the press release does say that the event is aimed at "nice people", which possibly rules some readers out. I mean, some of you work for major record companies and from what IMPALA have been telling me, you're all far from nice.

Anyway, the people behind Innocent, you know, the overpriced but annoyingly good smoothie drinks, are staging a free two day mini-festival in London's Regents Park to be called Fruitstock (do you see what they did there?). Arrested Development, Breaks Co-Op, Aim, Puppini Sisters, Whiskey Cats, Nouvelle Vague, Norman Jay and London Community Gospel Choir will all be playing live, plus there'll be DJs a plenty in a dance tent. Not only that, but you'll also find a farmers' market, a flirting arena, a relaxation area with free massages and yoga lessons, Penguin's reading corner and flower arranging demonstrations.

So, if you've had to take out a mortgage to fund your Innocent smoothie habit, here's your chance to get a return on your investment. It all takes place on 5 and 6 Aug - info at http://www.fruitstock.com, press info from louise@makingwaves.co.uk .

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THE IVORIES SPLIT
Not that they'd been around all that long, but still, it's a shame to have to report that indie girl band The Ivories have split up, despite building quite a buzz from the two singles they released via indie label 48 Crash. They had been reduced to three after bassist Cathy Russell left the band a few months back, but now guitarist Anne Prior and drummer Emma Rowe have decided to call it a day too.

Vocalist Helena Gee, however, has vowed to continue, possibly in a solo capacity, or possibly using the 'The Ivories' name. She writes on the band's MySpace: "If you haven't heard already, the rumours are unfortunately true. The current Ivories line-up have parted ways. Only a month before we got to play Leeds/Reading, which was my dream as a child. However, I am continuing alone and may possibly continue as The Ivories. I don't know yet. I've got tonnes of new songs, some of which will be on MySpace to listen to soon. And some special acoustic shows to announce. Please continue your support, you've all been great. IT'S NOT OVER!"

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UNSIGNED BAND HOPE TO FUND ALBUM THROUGH WEB-A-THON
A Scottish band have staged a 'web-a-thon' to help them raise funds to finish recording their debut album.

Unsigned band Amplifico have joined up with Edinburgh based NexusLive to stage a live webcast of a gig from the city's Bongo Club venue. Anyone can watch the performance for free via the NexusLive website, but viewers are encouraged to make a donation towards the recording of the band's next album. All donators will get a name check on the album sleeve notes, plus they can submit a head shot photo which will be included in a photo montage.

A statement on the Nexus website explains: "The cash strapped unsigned four piece have already recorded half their debut album, but now with a dire financial hole to be plugged, the band intend to complete their LP solely by donations generated via a unique webathon fundraiser."

Prior to the webcast going live nearly £3000 had been raised - the band hope to raise £10,000. The band are expected to post an update on their website later today.

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MOSHI MOSHI LAUNCH SINGLES CLUB
Moshi Moshi are the latest label to launch a singles club (Didn't someone else launch one last week? Oh yes, Regal. Ah well, with legendary singles label Fierce Panda moving on to albums releases, I guess there's a need, even with Shifty Disco maintaining it's steady stream of quality monthly single releases).

Moshi Moshi Singles will launch in the Autumn with tracks from Matt & Kim, Emmy The Great, Simian and Dananananaykroyd all lined up. Unlike most singles clubs, the Moshi Moshi singles will not come out on a regular monthly cycle but on an adhoc basis (which, pedants might say, means it's not technically a singles club at all, but you pedants can go and sit in the corner and keep quiet).

Gigwise quote co-label boss Michael McCartney thus: "You could say Moshi Moshi has been built on one-off single releases. It's how the label got its name known, and it's how we got the opportunity to work with great bands like Bloc Party and The Rakes. However, in the past couple of years we've been moving away from one-off releases to concentrate on developing bands over albums, starting with Hot Chip, then Architecture In Helsinki, Tilly and The Wall, Lo-Fi-Fnk and Hot Club de Paris. But there's still so much more we want to do. Plus we have a slightly nerdy teenage attachment to the 7". There's something wonderfully genuine and indulgent about just releasing a single because you like the band or the song. Especially at a time when there is so much great music around and the 7" market is thriving".

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MORE IPOD PHONE SPECULATION
Some more speculation this week as to possibility of an iPod mobile phone sometime soon. That speculation was caused by this remark by Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer as he launched those previously reported financial figures: "As regards cell phones, we do not think that the phones that are available today make the best music players. We think the iPod is. But over time, that is likely to change, and we are not sitting around doing nothing." Insiders point to a collaboration between Apple and Tokyo based phone firm Softbank as a possible development ground for an iPod phone.

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EVERGREEN ACQUIRE HAMMER CATALOGUE
Nashville based EverGreen Copyright have announced they have acquired the music catalogue of MC Hammer for $2.7 million off the rapper's bankruptcy estate (Mr Hammer filed for bankruptcy way back in 1996 of course) giving them ownership of his early hits, including 'U Can't Touch This'.

EverGreen now have some 40,000 copyrights, which is pretty impressive since US industry veterans Joel A. Katz, David K. Schulhof, and Richard Perna only set it up six months ago. Schulhof told reporters this week: "We made tremendous progress in only six months. The MC Hammer catalog brings some of the best selling and most popular rap songs of all time to Evergreen's catalog. We anticipate that many songs in the MC Hammer catalog will emerge as a perfect fit for licensing in movies, television shows, and corporate advertising".

Talking of MC Hammer - he is making music again, and recently released a new album called 'Look3X' via iTunes, with a physical release expected sometime soon, in the US at least.

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C4 LAUNCH YET ANOTHER MUSIC SHOW
More music television on Channel 4. According to Broadcast, they are to launch a new breakfast slot music show based on the E4 Music Zone. Freshly Squeezed will air at 7am for 39 weeks once all the Big Brother shenanigans are over. Each edition will feature live performances and celeb interviews, with Music Zone presenters Rick Edwards, Sarah Hendy and George Lamb hosting.

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CHARLOTTE CHURCH TO FRONT NEW C4 FRIDAY NIGHT SHOW
Also featuring musical content will be the new Charlotte Church fronted Friday night show C4 are launching. The All New Charlotte Church Show (working title) will launch in the Autumn in a peak time Friday night slot, and will feature the usual mix of celebrity guests, music, sketches and hidden camera stunts. One of its executive producers will be Will Macdonald, perhaps best known as one of the producers of former C4 Friday night hit TFI Friday.

On the show, Church says: "I'm so excited to have my own TV show. I have a brilliant team around me and it's great to be given the opportunity to act in sketches, have fun with members of the public and meet some fabulous people. I hope everyone enjoys watching it as much as I enjoy making it."

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VIRGIN RADIO LAUNCHES ON FREEVIEW
Erm, yeah, that's it really. It's on channel 727. I think you need to do a 'rescan' to get it.

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GALAXY IBIZA BROADCASTS
Staying with radio, and a little plug for Galaxy, who will this weekend stage and broadcast a number of exclusive parties in Ibiza. Tonight it's an invite only Hed Kandi beach party (on air 9-11pm), tomorrow a live thingy from Café Mambo with Andi Durrant and Paul Kershaw, and PAs from Dannii Minogue, Bob Sinclar, Supafly and Crazy P (broadcast 5-11pm). Sunday night it's Steve Sutherland live from Plastik in San Antonio (broadcast 9pm-1am), while on Monday there's a Pacha pre-party, also at Café Mambo, featuring Roger Sanchez and Tom Novy (broadcast 7-11pm). All good if you're in Manchester, Birmingham, Yorkshire or the North East (where you'll get Galaxy on terrestrial radio), though the rest of you can tune in via Sky or cable, or online at http://www.galaxyfm.co.uk

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SINGLE REVIEW: Tobias Froberg - When The Night Turns Cold (Fire Egg Recordings)
Riding on the wake of Jose Gonzalez, fellow Swede and acoustic guitarist of advert soundtrack fame, Tobias Froberg releases his debut single 'When The Night Turns Cold' in August. And similar to Jose's success story 'Heartbeats', it is a sweet and chilled track reminiscent of the sixties and seventies singer/songwriters. However, unlike Jose, Tobias actually penned this song himself. Recorded in his own house, Tobias asked Magnus Henriksson of the Swedish band Existensminimum to play the bongos as fast as he could, and it is pretty darn fast. Layering that with various guitars, keys, more percussion (the great snare sound is noteworthy), and choral voices creates a wonderful track for wonderful summer evenings. AW
Release Date: 7 Aug
Press Contact: Triad Publicity [all]

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SAVAGE MAN GETS MARRIED
Former Savage Garden man Darren Hayes has announced via his official website that he got hitched to his boyfriend Richard Cullen via a civil partnership ceremony back on 19 Jun. Describing it as "the happiest day of my life", he added: "I feel lucky to live in an era where my relationship can be considered legally legitimate. After what felt like an eternity, I'm finally in a place where my heart is secure and content."

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BARAT AND DOHERTY MEET IN PUBLIC PLACE SHOCKER
It's not the first time such a sighting has occurred, so I'm not sure just how newsworthy this is, but it is Doherty news, I suppose, so it can't really be ignored, according to official CMU Daily news reporting guidelines.

Carl Barat and Pete Doherty have, remarkably, been seen out drinking and talking, together, at the Dublin Castle in Camden on Tuesday, where Club Fandango, featuring performances from the likes of New Rhodes and The Tenderbox was taking place. Club Fandango organiser Adie Nunn said: "There were tonnes of fans around them taking pictures on their mobile phones. Why they decided to meet in such a public place for a private quiet chat is beyond me though."

How they actually managed to 'chat' at all, with live bands performing, is beyond me.

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ACTOR RECOVERING AFTER POST-MUSE CRASH
Actor Haley Joel Osment, he of Sixth Sense fame, is recovering after a car accident in Los Angeles. The 18 year old actor seemingly hit a brick pillar and flipped his car while driving back from a Muse gig. Quite what caused him to lose control of the car is unclear, though if you will go to Muse gigs these things are bound to happen. Wannabe popstress Paris Hilton was also at the Muse concert at LA's Greek Theater but, alas, she got home safely.

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