CMU Daily - on the inside Friday 11th August
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Muse top Kerrang! nominations
- Jack Black to host MTV Awards
- Former Panic! bassist threatens legal action
- Malaysian promoter fined over Pussycat indecency
- More reports on Korn gig death
- Ashanti on domestic violence
- Sunshine Underground launch party
- Babybird news
- GoodBooks tour date
- Kasabian tour dates
- Special Primal Scream tour stuff
- Peaches tour
- Tiscali planning Home Choice merger
- EMI Music Publishing appoint global vice-chair
- Warner enter into Russian mobile deal
- This just in: kids like the internet
- Robbie Williams stuff
- Blink man divorcing
- Thom Yorke praises Monkeys
- Mark E Smith doesn't praise Monkeys
- Portishead man backtracks on rant
- Kerrang! Award nominations in full

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MUSE TOP KERRANG! NOMINATIONS
Muse lead the nominations lists for this year's Kerrang! Awards, the annual awards event staged by the rock weekly. Muse are nominated for Best Live Band, Single, Album, Video and British Band.

The nominations come from over 140,000 votes cast online by the magazine's readers. Also competing for the Best British Band prize are Hundred Reasons, Lostprophets, Bullet For My Valentine, Funeral For A Friend and Fightstar.

Non-native bands shortlisted for the Best Band On The Planet prize include My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, Trivium, Avenged Sevenfold, HIM and Lacuna Coil.

The full nominations list is at the bottom of today's Daily. The overall winners of the awards will be announced at a ceremony in London on 24 Aug hosted by former Stereophonics drummer and current Kerrang! Radio DJ Stuart Cable.

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JACK BLACK TO HOST MTV AWARDS
More awards news, and MTV have confirmed that Jack Black will host this month's Video Music Awards which, as previously reported, will take place at New York's Radio City Music Hall on 31 Aug at 8pm. Music wise Beyonce, Panic! at the Disco, TI, The Killers, Ludacris and Justin Timberlake are among the bands and artists set to perform.

Commenting on their choice of presenter, MTV President Christina Norman said this week: "Jack Black is the perfect mix of comedy, rock, irreverence and star-power that will set the tone for an amazing show".

Black himself said: "My plan is to bring the thunder. I've got my top men working on it as we speak in my thunder laboratory. Radio City Music Hall will never be the same."

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FORMER PANIC! BASSIST THREATENS LEGAL ACTION
This is more like it - if bands are going to part company with members, it's always more fun if some bitter litigation follows. Facing bitter litigation today are Panic! At The Disco who, you'll remember, parted company with bassist Brent Wilson rather acrimoniously three months ago. Wilson says he is due 25% of the royalties on the band's debut album 'A Fever You Can't Sweat Out' and in a letter to his former bandmates he has said he will take legal action to secure his share if necessary.

Wilson, who is known to be angry that his creative role in the making of the album was questioned after he left the band, has told MTV: "Basically I want to get what I deserve - my fair percentage from the album. We sent them the letter as a way of saying; 'Look, if you decide to give me the money I deserve - as it's written out in the contract we drew up - then great. If not, well, we're prepared to go to court'."

A spokesman for the band said this week that they were yet to receive any such letter from Wilson.

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MALAYSIAN PROMOTER FINED OVER PUSSYCAT INDECENCY
Authorities in Malaysia have fined organisers of a recent Pussycat Dolls concert for flouting the country's decency laws. According to local press, promoters Absolute Entertainment have been fined 10,000 Ringgits (£1436) for allowing the US girl band to perform "sexually suggestive" routines at a concert held in Kuala Lumpur on 26 Jul.

According to the Malay Mail, the fine was imposed after complaints from Malaysia's culture minister Rais Yatim, who is quoted as saying: "I believe the way the Pussycat Dolls behaved on stage amounted to gross indecency".

It's not the first time Western acts have been affected by local decency laws when performing in Malaysia. In 2003 Linkin Park were banned from wearing shorts during a live show, while in 2004 Mariah Carey was asked to comply to dress regulations imposed by local authorities.

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MORE REPORTS ON KORN GIG DEATH
Police have revealed some more information about the incident at that US Korn gig earlier this month which left one fan dead. Previous reports suggested that 30 year old Andrew Richardson was attacked by one or more fellow gig goers after he asked them to be careful not to knock over the pregnant woman and disabled child who were with him. However, new police reports suggest that the altercation that led to Richardson's death began over more trivial matters - a fight over a baseball cap. Eye witness accounts say Richardson and Scott Axley, the man arrested over the incident earlier this week, were seen arguing before Richardson was punched and knocked over onto the concrete floor, a fall which caused the fatal head injuries that killed him. It is unclear how the two men came to be arguing, and who started the dispute.

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ASHANTI ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Ashanti has revealed that she has in recent years become the focus of attention from women who are victims of domestic violence after she touched on the subject in 2003 release 'Rain On Me'.

The singer says: "I got letters from fans and women saying you saved me, I was able to walk away from this relationship because I saw your video. I can't even explain the feeling. That's better than any award. It's the best reward to connect with people on such a sincere and genuine level."

She adds: "I think that it is the best feeling in the world to see a crowd of 50,000 people singing lyrics that you wrote and can identify 100% with what you wrote and why you wrote it."

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SUNSHINE UNDERGROUND LAUNCH PARTY
The buzzy buzzy The Sunshine Underground will stage an album launch for their debut long player 'Raise The Alarm' at Cargo on 4 Sep (the album is actually due out a week earlier, on 28 Aug, but that's a bank holiday). The band will play live, with friends from their label, City Rockers, supporting - The Ghost Frequnecy, Filthy Dukes and Dan Kahuna. Tickets for the party are £6 - you can order them from this here URL - press info from Coalition.

http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/user/?region=gb_london&query
=detail&event=176012&interface=sunshineunderground

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BABYBIRD NEWS
Babybird, aka Stephen Jones, is set to release a new album 'Between My Ears There's Nothing But Music', on 2 Oct, following a two year break. A single will also be released that month, but neither a date, nor the track's title has yet been confirmed. A series of live dates have been confirmed, however, to coincide with the release, as follows:

26 Sep: Wolverhampton, Little Civic
27 Sep: Glasgow, Barfly
29 Sep: Liverpool, Academy 2
30 Sep: Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
1 Oct: Manchester, Academy
2 Oct: Sheffield, Boardwalk
4 Oct: London, Islington Academy
5 Oct: Brighton, Pressure Point

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GOODBOOKS TOUR DATE
God, I haven't read a good book in ages. It's positively painful. It's because I'm very busy, in Edinburgh, you know. Anyway, why am I talking about books? That's right, because GoodBooks, the band, have announced a series of upcoming live dates, Reading and Leeds appearances included, as follows:

25 Aug: Birmingham, Jug of Ale
26 Aug: Carling Weekend: Reading
27 Aug: Carling Weekend: Leeds
21 Sep: Dublin, Crawdaddy
23 Sep: Hastings, Crypt
24 Sep: London, Buffalo Bar

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KASABIAN TOUR DATES
Hey there, look at this, Kasabian have only announced a UK tour for December, tickets and press info from Live Nation (http://www.livenation.co.uk). Dates as follows:

5 Dec: Leicester De Montfort Hall
6 Dec: Leicester De Montfort Hall
7 Dec: Glasgow SECC
8 Dec: Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
10 Dec: Sheffield Hallam Fm Arena
11 Dec: Manchester Evening News Arena
12 Dec: Cardiff International Arena
14 Dec: Birmingham NEC Arena
15 Dec: Nottingham Arena
16 Dec: Brighton Centre
18 Dec: Bournemouth BIC
19 Dec: London Earls Court

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SPECIAL PRIMAL SCREAM TOUR STUFF
Primal Scream are apparently to close their upcoming tour with a 'special' London appearance at Brixton Academy. I'm not sure, exactly, why it's 'special'. It might be because it's a late show, and that guests and DJs will be providing entertainment until 2am. Here are the dates for the whole tour:

14 Nov: Newcastle Carling Academy
15 Nov: Aberdeen Music Hall
17 Nov: Glasgow SECC
18 Nov: Manchester Apollo
19 Nov: Birmingham Academy
21 Nov: Liverpool University
22 Nov: Nottingham Rock City
24 Nov: London Hammersmith Apollo
27 Nov: Cambridge Corn Exchange
28 Nov: Bristol Carling Academy
29 Nov: Southampton Guildhall
2 Dec: London Brixton Academy

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PEACHES TOUR
Looking for an excuse for a trip to Schorndorf? Look no further than Peaches' upcoming European tour. The singer, who, as you'll know, recently released an album 'Impeach My Bush' will appear at Reading and Leeds before the tour kicks off in September.

Here's the list. I might try and catch her in Poitiers.

25 Aug: Carling Weekend: Reading Festival
26 Aug: Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival
7 Sep: Berlin Postbahhof
8 Sep: Warsaw Wyscigi Summer Music Festival
11 Sep: Hamburg Ubel & Gefaeherlich
12 Sep: Copenhagen Vega
13 Sep: Oslo John Dee
14 Sep: Stockholm Debaser Medis
16 Sep: Rotterdam Bazar Curieux Fest
17 Sep: Koln Stollwerk
19 Sep: Schorndorf Manufaktur
20 Sep: Frankfurt Mousonturm
21 Sep: Munich Backstage Werk
22 Sep: Milan Rainbow
23 Sep: Rome Festival
29 Sep: Marseille Marsatac
1 Oct: Poitiers Le Confort Moderne
2 Oct: Bordeaux Le 4 Sans
3 Oct: Lyon Ninkasi-kao
4 Oct: Zurich Rohstofflager
5 Oct: Paris Elysee Montmartre
7 Oct: Luxembourg Den Atelier
8 Oct: Brussels Botanique
11 Oct: Glasgow ABC
12 Oct: Manchester Academy 2
13 Oct: London Forum

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TISCALI PLANNING HOME CHOICE MERGER
Reuters are reporting that internet service provider Tiscali and UK based telly-on-demand people Home Choice may merge. A spokesman at the ISP has confirmed that talks between the two companies are ongoing - and reports suggest a formal announcement may be made today (it may well have been made by the time you read this). If it goes ahead, the deal would help Tiscali compete with the likes of BSkyB and NTL/Virgin, who are making a big deal about their so called 'bundled' internet packages which offer multi-channel TV, broadband internet, a land line (and in the case of NTL, a mobile line) as part of one service. The deal would most likely mean the private owners of Home Choice would receive shares in Tiscali to the value of their TV on demand business. Tiscali would get access to the Home Choice system, one of the original (and best) TV on demand services, which is big on innovation, though less big on consumer base - with a heavy London bias, the service is accessible to some 2.4 million households but, as of June, only consumed in 45,000.

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EMI MUSIC PUBLISHING APPOINT GLOBAL VICE-CHAIR
EMI Music Publishing has appointed it's first ever worldwide Vice-chairman - I know, it doesn't get much more exciting than that, does it? The job will be taken on by the company's current US head, Robert Flax.

Confirming all that, EMI Music Publishing co-CEO Martin Bandier told reporters: "We're pleased that Bob is moving into this new position. He has always been an integral part of EMI Music Publishing's success and I believe this role will only increase his importance to the company."

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WARNER ENTER INTO RUSSIAN MOBILE DEAL
Warner Music International have announced a deal which will see their catalogue being made available to customers of Russian mobile network VimpelCom, via their music platform Beeline. The phone company reportedly have over 50 million subscribers which, for those of you not so hot on figures, is a lot. Through the deal VimpelCom will be able to make ringtones, full-track downloads and video clips available to their customers featuring Warner artists. The deal will also see VimpelCom getting involved in the upcoming Moscow concert from Warner signed Madonna - Beeline will be the main sponsor of the gig, and the phone company will run ticket competitions via its network.

Confirming the deal, Warner's Executive VP Of Digital Strategy And Business Development, Alex Zubillaga, told reporters: "This is an exciting deal for Warner Music, not only because it provides Russian audiences a unique way to connect with Madonna, but also because one of our most iconic and popular artists will introduce music fans to Beeline's new mobile music service".

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THIS JUST IN: KIDS LIKE THE INTERNET
Those wacky kids - the "networked generation", as no one is calling them - are rejecting traditional media like TV, radio and newspapers and opting, instead, for internet based media. These shock revelations come from a new report from media regulator OfCom. The average 16-24 year old spends nearly three hours a week on the net apparently, and over 70% have used some kind of social networking site like MySpace. Half of that demographic own a games console and/or MP3 player. When they do watch TV, they frequently opt for digital channels over the terrestrial five.

Launching the new report, called 'Stating The Bleedin Obvious', a spokesman for OfCom told reporters: "The speed at which consumption habits for this age group is changing is faster than other groups. They are leaving the traditional media and moving towards new media. This generation has grown up with new technologies - and it is this generation for whom the uptake is instinctive."

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ROBBIE WILLIAMS STUFF
I'm pretty sure I already knew that Robbie Williams has collaborated with the Pet Shop Boys on their new album. Perhaps I didn't quite know it for sure. Anyway, that collaboration is happening - Williams appears on the PSB's upcoming new double CD 'Concert', out 25 Sep. Meanwhile, the Pet Shop boys are set to contribute to Williams' yet to be titled new album.

Williams is set to release a first single, 'Rudebox', on 4 Sep. He's apparently been speaking about the single, and its meaning. To be frank, I've read what he said, and I'm none the wiser. Here, you have a look and see if it means anything to you: "Rudebox is loads of different things. Sometimes it could be a vibe delivered in a spaceship direct to the studio, sometimes it's a really nasty girl dancing scantily-clad, or sometimes it's a giant soundsystem."

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BLINK MAN DIVORCING
Blink 182's Travis Barker has filed for divorce from his wife Shanna Moakler. The pair got married back in 2004, and their life and nuptials were broadcast on MTV reality show 'Meet the Barkers'. Barker is seeking joint custody of the couple's two children, Landon and Alabama.

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THOM YORKE PRAISES MONKEYS
Thom Yorke says he likes Arctic Monkeys. He likes their attitude, apparently. Here's what he said: "What I like about them most is they're not letting anyone push them around. That, to me, especially given the stage they're at, is the most important thing."

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MARK E SMITH DOESN'T PRAISE MONKEYS
So, Mark E Smith isn't raving about Arctic Monkeys, however raving he may be in general.

He told Arena Homme Plus: "I think that the Kaiser Chiefs and Arctic Monkeys should open a chain of chips shops in North Yorkshire. I think that the East Germans had it right, actually. Every group used to have to have a permit. Until they came up with anything culturally relevant, like a classical composition. I think they should bring them in here. I should start a musical Stasi. If you can't play in fookin time, then fook off back to the factory."

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PORTISHEAD MAN BACKTRACKS ON RANT
Portishead man Geoff Barrow has backtracked on comments he made about Danger Mouse (the producer, not Penfold's friend) recently. Barrow wrote a post on his MySpace blog earlier in the week, saying that he would rather "poo in my mum's Sunday roast than have Danger Mouse produce a Portishead record".

He now says: "Just to let you know after my rants the other day that were reported about a certain producer. I don't rate myself better or above anyone else. It was purely a response to a message that suggested he should produce our album. And to be honest I'm a grumpy old fuck who hates everything, cheers."

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KERRANG! AWARD NOMINATIONS IN FULL

Best British Newcomer (sponsored by Myspace.com): Bring Me The Horizon, Brigade, The Automatic, Mendeed, Enter Shikari, The Blackout, The Answer.

Best International Newcomer: Aiden, Panic! At The Disco, The Academy Is, Wolfmother, Angels And Airwaves, From First To Last.

Best Live Band (sponsored by Carling): Muse, Bullet For My Valentine, Trivium, Mastodon, Dragonforce.

Best Single: Fall Out Boy - Sugar We're Going Down, Bullet For My Valentine - Tears Don't Fall, Muse - Supermassive Black Hole, Trivium - Dying In Your Arms, Lostprophets - Rooftops, Placebo - Infrared.

Best Album (sponsored by Virgin Megastores): Fall Out Boy - From Under The Cork Tree, Taking Back Sunday - Louder Now, Muse - Black Holes And Revelations, Lostprophets - Liberation Transmission, Bullet For My Valentine - The Poison.

Best Video: Muse - Supermassive Black Hole, Fall Out Boy - Sugar We're Going Down, AFI - Miss Murder, Red Hot Chili Peppers - Dani California, Green Day - Jesus Of Suburbia.

Best British Band (sponsored by Roadrunner Records): Muse, Lostprophets, Bullet For My Valentine, Hundred Reasons, Fightstar, Funeral For A Friend.

Best Band On The Planet: My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, Trivium, Avenged Sevenfold, HIM, Lacuna Coil.

Other awards to be made on the night: Classic Songwriter, Spirit Of Independence, Hall Of Fame, Icon Award.

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