CMU Daily - on the inside Wednesday 3rd January
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Polydor dominate album best seller list
- Doherty and Moss don't tie the knot
- Nelly and Ashanti not engaged
- Soul son sues soul son over dog attack
- Father seeks update on Madonna adoption
- Miller responds to Dylan's film critique
- Elvis songwriter dies
- Fatboy happy with the Beach Boutique, despite the shocks
- A Klaxons tracklisting, you lucky people
- Stereophonics to re-release debut album
- The Earlies release more 10" singles
- More SXSW interview names
- Acts line up for NYC anti-war benefit
- Apple fail to have iTunes monopoly lawsuit dismissed
- SonyBMG sign up to sponsored podcast
- Laser launch online station
- Beeb boss disappointed at reported licence fee settlement
- Carly Simon to promote album on QVC
- Katona and McFadden divorce finalised
- Good Charlotte guitarist gets engaged
- Former Steps boy comes out ahead of CBB stay
- Reality shows galore

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TOP BIT>>
It occurs to me that we never said Happy New Year in yesterday's CMU Daily though, given that as far as I could see only nine people in the entire music industry were back at work yesterday, I don't suppose anyone noticed. Happy New Year by the way. And if you're looking for reasons why you should be happy, look no further, because here's the lowdown on the January editions of those CMU Recommended club nights Kill All Hippies and Remix Night - hurrah!

The first Kill All Hippies of 2007 takes place a week on Friday, 12 Jan, at the Carling Islington Academy and has yet another stellar live line up - The Svengalis, The Rocks, Talk Taxis and the mighty Vatican DC. On the decks will be Yr Mum Yr Dad plus KAH resident Gavin Nugent. Tickets for the January show are just a fiver if you buy or guest list in advance (you can do the former at http://www.ticketweb.co.uk, the latter at http://www.leylinepromotions.com/killallhippies). And as if that wasn't enough, pints of Carling will be just £1.80.

Next up Remix Night, and the traditional 'Dig The Nu Breed' night which will see Remix chief Eddy TM presenting some of the acts that he is most excited about for the coming year. And there are quite a few of them! Live you'll get Metronomy, Goose, Devil's Gun and The Officers, while on the decks with Eddy himself will be South Central and Slim Jim. This all takes place at London's Cargo on Friday 19 Jan.

Look out for more info on both of them in the CMU Recommended slot here in the Daily from next week.

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POLYDOR DOMINATE ALBUM BEST SELLER LIST
So, presumably smiley faces all round at Universal's Polydor Records because it looks likely that the label was behind the three biggest selling albums of 2006, albeit the biggest one via their Fiction imprint. Snow Patrol's 'Eyes Open' maintained its lead as the overall best selling long player of 2006, followed by other Polydor releases 'Beautiful World' by Take That and 'Ta-Dah' by Scissor Sisters. Fourth best selling album was the Domino released Arctic Monkeys debut 'Whatever People Say I Am That's What I'm Not' while in fifth place were those unnervingly popular The Kooks, signed to EMI's Virgin division of course.

Singles wise, SonyBMG appear most in the big five, although, perhaps unsurprisingly, it's Warner / Atlantic's Gnarls Barkley who comes in top with that 'still sounds good despite the over exposure' track 'Crazy'. Then it goes Leona Lewis with 'A Moment Like This' (SonyBMG/Syco), Shakira and Wyclef Jean with 'Hips Don't Lie' (SonyBMG/RCA), Scissor Sisters 'I Don't Feel Like Dancin' (Universal/Polydor) and Sandi Thom 'I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker' (SonyBMG/RCA).

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DOHERTY AND MOSS DON'T TIE THE KNOT
OK, so when Kate Moss said "I do" on Monday, it's possible she wasn't answering the question "do you take this junkie to be your lawfully wedded blah blah". Perhaps someone asked her "don't you think all this will they, won't they, when will they is getting a bit tedious?" Anyway, following those reports yesterday that Ms Moss and Master Pete Doherty had finally wed on New Year's Day, albeit in a not entirely legally binding Buddhist ceremony, a spokesman for the model has denied any such wedding took place. The couple, Moss' spokesman insists, are in Thailand not to marry but on holiday. He told reporters: "Contrary to various entirely false media reports, there has not been any kind of marriage ceremony in Thailand. She is on holiday". So that's that cleared up. Still, speculation remains high that a wedding is imminent, so much so Ladbrokes have stopped taking bets that the couple will tie the knot this year. Although it you like a flutter, there's 4/1 odds on the pair divorcing before the year is out.

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NELLY AND ASHANTI NOT ENGAGED
Talking of people not getting married, there were rumours in the US over the weekend that Nelly had got engaged to girlfriend Ashanti, but rest assured, that's not true either. Or at least that's what Universal Records have told AllHipHop.com. Which is good enough for me.

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SOUL SONS SUE SOUL SON OVER DOG ATTACK
The son of soul singer Lou Rawls is suing the son of another soul legend - Marvin Gaye - over allegations relating to an incident at the latter's Hollywood home back in 2005. Lou Rawls Jr alleges that he was attacked by "four large dogs" during a visit to the LA home of Marvin Gaye III. The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, claims that Gaye's dogs "bit, clawed and physically and mentally injured" Rawls, causing him to suffer "loss of blood, tearing of flesh, multiple dog bite wounds, fear of disease" and other injuries. It is not clear why Rawls, whose father died more or less exactly a year ago, has taken so long to launch proceedings in relation to the 2005 attack.

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FATHER SEEKS UPDATE ON MADONNA ADOPTION
The father of David Banda, the much reported Malawian boy adopted by Madonna last year, is apparently seeking an update on how his son is doing in his new home, or at least that's what the Malawi newspaper the Daily Times reports, though I get the impression Yohane Banda was responding to specific questions made by the paper when he made his latest comments, rather than proactively using the media to complain about the lack of information he is receiving.

Banda told the paper: "All I want is to find out how my son is but I don't know how I can do it. I don't have her phone and mailing addresses. I only talked to her once at the High Court and I want to talk to her now and find out about my child". However, he again stressed that he remains supportive of the adoption, and that he did not support those Malawian human rights groups calling on the courts to overrule it, adding: "All I want is to find out how my child is doing and not to have him back".

As previously reported, human rights groups in Malawi claim that proper procedures were not adhered to in Madonna's adoption of David Banda and that the courts should step in.

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MILLER RESPONDS TO DYLAN'S FILM CRITIQUE
Actress Sienna Miller has denied those previously reported claims made by Bob Dylan that her new film 'Factory Girl', about the life of sixties it girl and Warhol associate Edie Sedgwick, essentially alleges Dylan had a role in driving Sedgwick into the heroin addiction that arguably killed her (although she actually died of an overdose of prescribed barbiturates).

As previously reported, Dylan threatened legal action against the film because it includes a fictional rock star who has a doomed relationship with Sedgwick, which plays a part in her subsequent depression and drug addiction. Dylan alleged that aspects of Hayden Christensen's performance as that rock star implied that the character was meant to represent Dylan - implications that were all the stronger because of reports that an original draft of the script included a relationship between Dylan and Sedgwick, even though there is no evidence such a relationship ever actually took place in real life. Although Dylan has not launched a lawsuit against the film, he remains critical of it.

Responding to Dylan's criticism, Miller has told the Observer: "I'm Bob Dylan's biggest fan. I'm mortified that he's pissed off. She [Sedgwick] needed help and no one helped her. It's not that Dylan drove her to heroin addiction" On the similarities between Christensen's character and Dylan, she continued: "It very obviously looks and sounds like Dylan. But I think a lot of actors base performances on real life".

Factory Girl is properly released in the US later this month, though it opened in LA on the weekend in order for it to qualify for this year's Oscars. Dylan is not the only one of Sedgwick's contemporaries to criticise the film. Lou Reed told the New York Daily News: "I read that script. It's one of the most disgusting, foul things I've seen - by any illiterate retard - in a long time. There's no limit to how low some people will go to write something to make money. They're all a bunch of whores". That said, he did licence his song 'Heroin' to the movie's makers - the track is covered by Weezer's Brian Bell and drummer Patrick Wilson who respectively play Reed and John Cale in the film.

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ELVIS SONGWRITER DIES
Influential but publicity shy songwriter Dennis Linde, the man behind Elvis' 1972 hit 'Burning Love' and the Dixie Chicks' 1999 song 'Goodbye Earl', has died in Nashville aged 63. His family have confirmed to The Tennessean newspaper that he died on 22 Dec after a battle with lung disease.

Unlike most other songwriters in the country genre, in which he primarily worked, Linde wrote both the words and music for his songs. According to the New York Times he drew artistic inspiration from a map of a fictitious town where the characters of his many songs 'lived'. Talking about 'Burning Love', Elvis' second highest charting single in the seventies, he told the Times in 2005 that that song was inspired by his then recent marriage to Pam Beckham, adding: "I was a newlywed, and 'Burning Love' was a great newlywed title. I had it done in 20 minutes".

Despite his successes, Linde famously tried to avoid public attention, often staying away from award ceremonies, even when he knew he'd won. Paying tribute to him, a spokesman for EMI Music Publishing, who represented him in the latter years of his life, described Linde as "a publicist's nightmare and a singer's dream". His wife and three children survive him.

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FATBOY HAPPY WITH THE BEACH BOUTIQUE, DESPITE THE SHOCKS
Fatboy Slim has thanked the 20,000 Brightonians who braved the inclement weather on News Year Day to attend his previously reported Big Beach Boutique 3 event. The event passed without major incident, though Cook himself reportedly experienced several electric shocks from his decks as a result of all the damp weather. But he concluded that the event had been a success, despite the "cold, wet, dangerous" condition, telling the BBC: "I love the people of Brighton - they stood there and took everything the elements could chuck at them and still partied on".

City officials agreed that the event had been successful, with Sussex Police reporting that just five arrests were made at the party, with 20 people receiving medical treatment. Council leader Simon Burgess told reporters: "I am delighted that the city hosted such a successful and safe event and that everyone had a great time in spite of the weather".

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A KLAXONS TRACKLISTING, YOU LUCKY PEOPLE
Have we already published a tracklisting for The Klaxons' debut album? I don't think we have, though I am getting a real of sense of de ja vu here. Anyway, here's the names of the tracks that will appear on 'Myths Of The Near Future' when it's is released on 12 Feb. Track three there, 'Golden Skans', gets one of those single releases on 29 Jan.

Two Receivers
Atlantis To Interzone
Golden Skans
Totem On The Timeline
As Above So Below
Isle Of Her
Gravity's Rainbow
Forgotten Works
Magick
It's Not Over Yet
Four Horsemen Of 2012

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STEREOPHONICS TO RE-RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM
Oh, now I'm feeling very very old. Before CMU was conceived its founders produced a college radio convention in Edinburgh, which included on the bill a then newly signed Stereophonics, who were still putting the finishing touches to their debut album 'Word Gets Around'. And presumably this bit of news means that all happened just under ten years ago. Hence the feeling old. Yep, Stereophonics will be celebrating the tenth anniversary of their first album release later this year, and to celebrate they are re-releasing it as a special anniversary double CD set thingy, which will include the original album plus a bonus disc of b-sides and a 'punk' version of the track 'She Takes Her Clothes Off', the original of which was on second album 'Performance and Cocktails'.

Meanwhile, the band are also working on a new album, on which that Kelly Jones fella has posted the following modest words: "In a nutshell - people love this new record. The word is - it's probably our best yet, and I have to admit I fuckin agree ha ha - it's having it!! I will wipe the floor with all these two song albums that are kicking about at the moment, all these bands that are more like imitation bands more concered for a big careers than a big heart and soul...don't get me started".

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THE EARLIES RELEASE MORE 10" SINGLES
The Earlies will release a 10" double a-side single via Warners/679 on 22 Jan featuring 'Burn The Liars' and 'Broken Chain', both of which appear on the band's second album 'The Enemy Chorus', out on 29 Jan. It is the second of a series of 10" releases - the band plan to release every track off the album this way over the next few months, with the final of those releases, in July, coming with a box to keep them all in. Meanwhile the band will play the following live dates in March...

3 Mar: Salford, Blueprint Studios
4 Mar: Glasgow, ABC 2
5 Mar: London, Scala
7 Mar: Bristol, Thekla

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MORE SXSW INTERVIEW NAMES
More details have been announced about the interviews bit of 2007's South By Southwest. Added to the line up of music types who will be interviewed at the event are country legend Emmylou Harris, Talking Heads man David Byrne, Brazilian Tropicalia musician Gilberto Gil and Nettwerk Music Group founder Terry McBride. These four events are added to an interview line up which already includes singer songwriter Ricki-Lee Jones and soul legend Booker T. SXSW takes place in Austin, Texas from 14-18 Mar.

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ACTS LINE UP FOR NYC ANTI-WAR BENEFIT
Chuck D, Michael Stipe, Rufus Wainwright, Fischerspooner, Peaches and Bright Eyes are all set to take part in an anti-war benefit in New York on 20 Mar, the fourth anniversary of the US/UK invasion of Iraq. The event, to take place at the city's Hammersmith Ballroom, will raise money for two anti-war groups - Veterans For Peace and Iraq Veterans Against The War. Comedian Janeane Garofalo will broadcast her Air America radio show, The Majority Report, live from the event.

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APPLE FAIL TO HAVE ITUNES MONOPOLY LAWSUIT DISMISSED
This could be interesting. A US court has denied moves by Apple to dismiss a lawsuit that is being pursued against them alleging that their much reported restrictive business model is anti-competitive. The federal lawsuit, launched last July, claims that Apple created an "illegal monopoly" by refusing to make their digital music player or codec interoperable with those of their competitors, so that the only source of DRMed music for an iPod is iTunes, and the only portable players that play music bought from iTunes is the iPod. The computer giant had hoped to get the lawsuit dismissed without its digital music business strategy being analysed in court, but judges say the case against Apple deserves proper consideration and so the litigation will now get a full hearing, out of court settlement pending. Given the wider and growing concerns of Apple's restrictive approach, said case should prove interesting.

Apple confirmed it was still facing the lawsuit in a submission to the US's Securities And Exchange Commission on Friday. The document also revealed details of other pending litigation against Apple, including one alleging patent violations on the previously reported Nike iPod product, and another in which the computer firm is being sued over allegations the logic board in its iBook G4 "fails at an abnormally high rate".

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SONYBMG SIGN UP TO SPONSORED PODCAST
SonyBMG in the US has confirmed it is participating in a podcasting programme being produced by Rock River Communications for Ford and Chrysler. The promotion will see a number of podcasts being released featuring music by SonyBMG artists and advertising for the sponsors. Although other labels have been involved in podcasts elsewhere, most of the majors have shied away from the podcasting phenomenon because it involves making music available in unprotected MP3 formats, plus there is a concern that if consumers have copies of podcasts containing multiple songs it will impact on the sale of those individual tracks, even if the songs in the podcast appear as part of a radio style programme. Whether the new deal, for which SonyBMG will receive a flat fee, is a sign the major is warming to the potential of podcasts as a revenue stream remains to be seen.

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LASER LAUNCH ONLINE STATION
Local radio company Laser Broadcasting has announced it plans to launch a national online radio station which will tap into its existing local stations as a programming resource. The new online station, which will also carry original programming, aims to target a Radio 2 style audience, with a 35-64 demographic at its heart. Confirming the new venture, the company's Stuart Linnell told reporters: "The fact that Laser Online provides us with a much needed national profile will prove to be invaluable to our continuing development".

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BEEB BOSS DISAPPOINTED AT REPORTED LICENCE FEE SETTLEMENT
In an email to BBC staff sent out just before Christmas, and reported in Broadcast magazine, the Corporation's top man Mark Thompson has expressed his disappointment in the licence fee rises that the government is now expected to announce. The BBC has been lobbying for a rise in its licence fee for some time, with bosses there hoping to get the go ahead to raise the fee each year by 1.8% above inflation. However, reports that surfaced in mid-December suggest that the Beeb will not get a rise linked to and above inflation - rather it can expect a 3% increase this year and next, and then a 2% rise each year for the next three years. Although media minister Tessa Jowell won't officially announce her decision on licence fee rises until next week, Thompson has said that the source of those leaked proposals is "credible". He added that the news was a "real disappointment". Assuming the leaked figures are correct, it is not clear what impact the approved licence fees will have on the BBC, who obviously were banking on their income increasing somewhat more than it now will. The NUJ is already predicting that the lower licence fee settlement will lead to further job cuts at the Corporation.

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CARLY SIMON TO PROMOTE ALBUM ON QVC
Carly Simon will promote her new album in the US by hosting her own thirty minute show on shopping channel QVC. The show will feature Simon and her children, Ben and Sally Taylor, performing songs from 'Into White', which features a mixture of covers and new material. Apparently it's not the first time artists have used QVC to flog their goods - Barry Manilow, Elton John,
Neil Diamond and Chaka Khan have all apparently previously appeared on the channel.

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KATONA AND MCFADDEN DIVORCE FINALISED
Former Atomic Kitten Kerry Katona has said she is "thrilled" that her divorce from former Westlife boy Brian McFadden has been completed - apparently the final divorce papers arrived just before Christmas. The divorce means she can now marry new fiancé Mark Croft. Speaking to Reveal magazine she, erm, revealed: "It was the best Christmas present I could have had. Now I can look forward to the new year, my new baby and planning my wedding".

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GOOD CHARLOTTE GUITARIST GETS ENGAGED
From all those denied weddings and engagements, and the aforementioned divorce, to some positive news in the marriage domain. Good Charlotte's Benji Madden and Australian actress Sophie Monk have confirmed to People magazine that they have got engaged. Monk's publicist Kacey Spies told the magazine: "Benji proposed to Sophie in Australia on Christmas Eve with a Neil Lane diamond ring. They are very excited and enjoying this time with family and friends". Which is lovely. Good Charlotte's new album, by the way, is out in March.

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FORMER STEPS BOY COMES OUT AHEAD OF CBB STAY
Now, you might argue that the fact former Steps boy Ian 'H' Watkins is gay is hardly news, but the news is that he has confirmed his sexuality to The Sun, and as we all know, you're not properly gay until you've told The Sun about it. He told the tabloid: "I could never have done this [come out] years ago, never ... but I'm comfortable with who I am now and I want everyone to know. I come from a small valley in Wales and it just wasn't the thing to do to be gay. It's a bit of a cliche - but I was the only gay in the village."

Watkins chatted to the tabloid about his sexuality ahead of his arrival in the Celebrity Big Brother house tonight. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it's Celebrity Big Brother time all over again - hurrah! The show's producers like to keep participants a secret, of course, though among those rumoured to be taking part this time are David Hasselhoff, Lauren Harries, Danielle Lloyd, Shilpa Shetty and Robert Kilroy-Silk and, on the music side, Towers Of London's Donny Tourette, former The Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins and Whitney Houston. Obviously I have no interest in any of this reality TV nonsense, but I might tune in tonight, just so we can confirm the list of participants in tomorrow's Daily, obviously. The sacrifices I make...

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REALITY SHOWS GALORE
The sacrifice I won't be making, however, is tuning into the other network's CBB rivals - there is only so much reality show reporting I can take on you know. But just in case you're interested, the celebs taking part in the BBC's 'Just The Two Of Us' singers-and-non-singers-perform-duets show are actor actor Luke Bailey and former Atomic Kitten Natasha Hamilton, actress Hammah Waterman and Wet Wet Wet man Marti Pellow, TV presenter Julia Bradbury and the legend that is Tony Christie, ballroom dancer Brendan Cole and Ms Beverley Knight, food show presenter Gregg Wallace and the lovely former Tpau frontwoman Carol Decker, former Blue Peter presenter and Sophie's mum Janet Ellis and the one and only Alexander O'Neal, cricketer Mark Butcher and musical queen Sarah Brightman and Eastenders actor John Bardon and Ms Jocelyn Brown.

Soap stars turning their hand to music in ITV's Soapstar Superstar will be, from Coronation Street, Antony Cotton (Sean Tully), Jane Danson (Leanne Battersby) and Tupele Dorgu (Kelly Crabtree); from Emmerdale, Verity Rushworth (Donna Windsor-Dingle), Hayley Tamaddon (Delilah Dingle) and Matthew Wolfenden (David Metcalfe); from Hollyoaks In The City, Gemma Atkinson (Lisa Hunter) and Leon Lopez (Tank Top); from Eastenders, Elaine Lordan (Lynne Hobbs); from Home And Away, Mark Furze (Eric 'Ric' Dalby) and from Neighbours, Alan Fletcher (Doc Karl Kennedy).

Obviously I'll be too busy watching BBC 4 documentaries to tune in to either of these, so don't expect too many updates here. Well, not too many.

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