CMU Daily - on the inside Monday 8th January
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In today's CMU Daily:
- 2006 hits re-enter chart after rules revamp
- French courts order Sony to state digital music restrictions
- Brits news
- Bacharach's daughter commits suicide
- Original AC/DC frontman to play at Bon Scott tribute
- Von Teese divorces Manson
- Britney, custody, apology
- The Killers said no to Killah collaboration
- Spandau man takes Chicago role
- Clarkson collaborates with former Minuteman
- Fatboy Slim plans relaxing 07
- Bloc Party aim for accessibility
- The Editors on album two
- Joni Mitchell tribute album
- Kaiser Chiefs tour
- Celine Dion Vegas show to end
- US market share stats pretty static
- Dutch courts force ISP to hand over torrent site identities
- Industry welcomes Italian tax breaks for indies
- It's techie week again
- MTV appoint new international president
- Daily Record launch freesheet
- Clive Warren joins Century Manchester
- Charts of the year
- Total Rock world album chart
- CBB: run away, run away

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TOP BIT>>
Well, I promised you more self-promotion, so here it is, and it's very exciting news. The all new CMU Beats newspaper, launched last Autumn, will go properly monthly next month. In case you haven't seen it for yourself, CMU Beats is a brand new tabloid music monthly packed with interviews, features and tips on all the best new music, plus backstage features for people in the college and grass roots media and music communities.

CMU Beats is directly distributed to over 2000 music and media industry professionals, plus 2000 opinion formers in the college music and media community. Add to that distribution in hundreds of students' unions and independent venues, shops and bars all over the UK, and clearly it is a brilliant platform for reaching and engaging young music fans. Which is why I thought I ought to mention it now.

CMU Beats is a brilliant, simple and exciting way to promote your releases and tours this Winter / Spring. To get yourself booked in the next two editions, out at the end of this month and February, get on the old phone and call 0870 744 2643 or email ads@unlimitedmedia.co.uk.

You'll find more info and a rate card at http://www.thebeatsbar.co.uk/about/advertising.html. You can download a PDF of our launch issue at http://www.thebeatsbar.co.uk/cmubeats

Anyone interested in distributing CMU Beats in return for promotion via CMU Beats or the CMU Daily, should email chris@unlimitedmedia.co.uk

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CMU RECOMMENDS>>

KILL ALL HIPPIES JANUARY
The first Kill All Hippies of 2007 takes place this 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.

BASICS: Friday 12 Jan, Carling Islington Academy, London, 9.30pm - 3am, tix £5 in advance. Press info from Leyline.

More recommends: http://www.thebeatsbar.co.uk/cmurecommends

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MYSPACE OF THE DAY: Penfold Gate
Already an award-winning act (they received Leicester Music Scene's 'Band of the Month' accolade), Penfold Gate are stirring the troops in The Midlands with an increasing number of impressive live performances. Blending witty, impassioned lyrics with a Lemonhead-esque folk-pop feel, they're just the kind of band you want to wake-up to (and, some might suggest, with) on a dreary winter morning. Should you feel downcast, therefore, visit their Myspace, which not only offers a rather fetching, luminous pink background, but four (yes, four!) of the finest songs you'll hear in 2007. From the lovingly sedative 'Aerials' and hypnotic 'Hear It Is', to the foot-stomping disco-party of 'Alive In Years', they're the antithesis to the chugging blandness perpetuated by the current crop of 'quirky' indie bands. So go now and download, love and talk about Penfold Gate. And while you're there, check out their side-projects - they're also writing fine stuff. OS

www.myspace.com/penfoldgate

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2006 HITS RE-ENTER CHART AFTER RULES REVAMP
So, the music charts are the top story today because, of course, last night saw the release of the very first ever chart to include all the week's download sales, oblivious of whether tracks had a corresponding physical CD release available via traditional record shops.

And while the revamp didn't alter what appeared at the top of the chart, it did mean that old hits from Snow Patrol, Gnarls Barkley, The Automatic, Cast Of High School Musical, Nelly Furtado and The Kooks all reappeared in the Top 40 this week. Respectively, 'Chasing Cars', originally released last July, reenters at 9; 'Crazy', originally released last April, reenters at 30; 'Monster', originally released last June, reenters at 33; 'Breaking Free', originally released last September, reenters at 37; 'Maneater', originally released last June, reenters at 38; and 'She Moves In Her Own Way', also originally released last June, reenters at 39. Which makes you wonder what everyone was doing last June - and why everyone is only getting round to downloading that month's music now.

The revamp also means the Eminem/50Cent/Lloyds Bank track 'You Don't Know' charts for the first time, even though it was released at the start of last December. Physical CD sales for that release were not counted in the main singles chart because the CD single came with a free sticker, and such freebies stop a physical release from being chart eligible. The download, however, does not come with a sticker (not even a virtual one) meaning digital sales can now be counted, hence the track's late entry in the singles chart at 32.

As previously reported, up until now download sales were only counted if a track also had a current physical CD single release - with download stats being included from the week before the physical release until the single release was formally deleted. By counting all download sales there is now the potential for b-sides, album tracks or old tracks, or songs from artists released only digitally, to all chart, especially on relatively quiet single release weeks like last week.

Commenting on the new rules as they launched, our good friend and chart commentator in chief, that Gennaro Castaldo from HMV, told reporters: "Under the new rules, anything and everything is eligible. The charts will now offer a much broader representation of the nation's music tastes".

The new rules could also lead to some interesting quirks. With EMI and Apple Corps reportedly getting ready to officially release the Beatles catalogue in digital format for the first time, some now expect their to be one or more weeks this year when the music chart is dominated by the fab four with multiple chart entries (like in the good old days I guess). On the possibility of Beatles domination in the weeks after any such digital release of their catalogue, Castaldo added that "a top 10 made up entirely of their music would be almost guaranteed".

Anyway, now you've brought up the chart, I suppose we should do our chart update - though with no need to remention those download aided re-entries I assume. As I say, no change at the top of the singles chart, despite the revamp, with X-Factor winner Leona Lewis still warbling 'A Moment Like This' at number one. More exciting than all of that though is that Eric Prydz' really rather fine remix of the Floyd - 'Proper Education' - the first ever approved Pink Floyd remix if I'm not mistaken, is the highest new entry at two. Awesome. Other new entries as follows: U2's 'Window In The Skies' at 4, Jojo's 'Too Little Too Late' at 22 and Amy Winehouse's 'You Know I'm No Good' at 40.

Less to report on the albums chart, where Take That are still at number one, with Amy Winehouse sliding back up the chart to number 2. There's no new entries, although there are some re-entries here too - mainly The Killers' 'Hot Fuss' and ELO's Best Of at 38 and 39 respectively.

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FRENCH COURTS ORDER SONY TO STATE DIGITAL MUSIC RESTRICTIONS
Now, this is interesting. A French court has ordered Sony France to clearly state on the packaging of its digital music players the limitations that are caused by the proprietary DRMs of Sony and their competitors - restrictions that limit where an owner of a Sony digital music device can obtain DRMed music (ie any major label releases).

French judges say that the limitations that exist on Sony's digital walkmans, which in some ways force users to buy music from Sony's own Connect download store, breach the country's rules against "linked sales". That said, the judges admitted that current French laws do not prohibit Sony from using DRMs (you'll remember that attempts to alter French law so that owners of proprietary DRMs were forced to share their technology with their rivals were unsuccessful). To that end the courts decided that they couldn't stop the limiting DRM practice, but they could force digital music player manufacturers to alert consumers to the limitations, on the company's packaging and website.

Sony say they haven't decided as yet whether to appeal the decision, but they don't plan to add any restriction warnings to their packaging until the legal process is completed. But it's the precedent that is really interesting here. Que Choisir, the consumer association which launched the case against Sony back in 2005, have launched similar action against the kings of restrictive DRM, Apple. With the iPod maker already facing a similar lawsuit in the US, in that case launched by an individual consumer, it will be interesting to see how Apple's anti-interoperability business model stands up when it faces court analysis on both sides of the Atlantic.

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BRITS NEWS
Brits news everybody. Let's get the exciting bit done first, shall we? O2 and Nokia have been confirmed as official tel co and mobile handset partner of the Brit Awards 2007. Yes, O2 and Nokia. Genius. Actually, if we are being specific about these things, the Nokia 5300 XpressMusic handset will be the official mobile phone of the Brits. Not other mobile phones will be allowed at the ceremony, and anyone carrying one will be beaten as part of ITV2's back stage coverage of the awards show. Or something like that. It's possible I made some of that up.

Other Brits news - eleven contenders for the Best British Singles Award will be announced when the Brits nominations are revealed next week. Voting will then take place on two commercial radio chart shows in the run up to the awards night (the hit40uk and The A List Chart Show), so that a final five are still in the running by the 14 Feb. Voting will then take place during the awards show itself (which will be televised live this year, of course) so that an overall winner isn't known until the end of the night.

The 2007 Brits nominations will be announced a week tomorrow at a televised party, though that's being hosted by Fearne Cotton so will, unfortunately, be totally unwatchable. The good news is we'll publish the full list of nominations the next day, sans-Cotton. God we're good to you. Meantime, a new Brits website goes live around about now at http://www.brits.co.uk/

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BACHARACH'S DAUGHTER COMMITS SUICIDE
The daughter of songwriter Burt Bacharach and actress Angie Dickinson has committed suicide. A spokesman for the family has confirmed that the couple's only child, who suffered from Asperger's Syndrome, died at her home in California. Linda Dozoretz said Nikki Bacharach, who was 40, died "quietly and peacefully" to "escape the ravages to her brain" brought on by her condition. A spokesman from Ventura County Coroner's Office confirmed that she had suffocated herself.

Bacharach and Dickinson were married from 1965 and 1981 - Nikki was born in 1966 and later studied geology at Cal Lutheran University, but was unable to pursue a career in the field due to poor eyesight. In their statement the family told reporters that Nikki loved "kitties, and earthquakes, glacial calving, meteor showers, science, blue skies and sunsets, and Tahiti".

Bacharach had already pulled out of a series of live dates in New Zealand after breaking his collar bone over the Christmas break, before news of his daughter's death was confirmed on Friday.

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ORIGINAL AC/DC FRONTMAN TO PLAY AT BON SCOTT TRIBUTE
Dave Evans, the original singer with AC/DC, has announced he will return to Australia next month to play at a concert designed to pay tribute to his successor as AC/DC frontman, Bon Scott. The Bon Scott Celebration Concert is due to take place in Perth, Australia on 25 Feb, and will raise money to fund a statue in Bon Scott's honour in neighbouring city Fremantle, where the late frontman is buried.

Evans fronted AC/DC during their first year in existence, and provided the vocals to the band's first two singles 'Can I Sit Next To You Girl?' and 'Baby Please Don't Go', which are the songs he will perform at the benefit gig. Bon Scott, originally the band's driver, took over singer duties after AC/DC founders Angus and Malcolm Young decided Evans, whose passion at the time was more glam rock than the sound the Young brothers were trying to create, was not the ideal frontman. It was with Bon Scott on vocals, of course, that the band rose to international prominence, and he remains an iconic rock figure, even though AC/DC's biggest selling album, 'Back In Black', came after his death and was fronted by Brian Johnson.

Speaking about his time with AC/DC, Evans told Aussie music website Undercover: "We had a residency at Beethovens night club for their late spot but also played other venues for the early spot. The Western Australia crowds loved us and I have great memories there of parties, gorgeous women and great rock crowds. A highlight for us was when we opened for Daddy Cool at an open air concert as we were all fans of the band. Unfortunately I have not been back to the West since those times and am really looking forward to it once I get back to Australia in February".

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VON TEESE DIVORCES MANSON
Burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese has filed for divorce from Marilyn Manson, just a year after they wed. She filed her divorce papers in an LA court on 29 Dec, and those papers have now appeared on US entertainment website TMZ.com. Von Teese, real name Heather Sweet, cites "irreconcilable differences" for the split, and is not seeking spousal support from Manson.

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BRITNEY, CUSTODY, APOLOGY
Staying with divorce news, which seems like a plan, Britney Spears and soon to be ex-husband Kevin Federline have sorted out custody plans for their two children. Well, they have for the next four weeks. After that is anyone's guess. But January is going to work like this - Britney will take 15 month old Sean Preston and four month old Jayden James with her to Miami this week, then for the rest of the month they will stay with her at her home in California, where Federline will visit every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from noon to 4pm to spend time with the kids. Spears has pledged to "use her best efforts to ensure that no third party visiting the home" at those times, though she hasn't actually committed to Federline's original request to ensure that only Spears, her assistant, the children's nanny and household staff be present during his visits. The current custody agreement runs until 31 Jan, when presumably a new agreement will be reached as the couple's messy divorce lawsuits rumble on. God I wish I was one these guys' lawyers. Actually, I want to be Britney's lawyer. Quite how Federline will pay his legal fees should he not get the settlement he is seeking is anyone's guess.

Elsewhere in always important Britney news, the singer has responded to the negative coverage that has surrounded her recent post-divorce partying-come-crotch-exposing-come-falling-over-in-clubs exploits, and in particular to the news that the people behind fan site World Of Britney are closing it down in response to her unforgivable actions (personally I'd forgive everything bar the hanging out with Paris Hilton - but then again, I don't run a Britney fan site, so I doubt my forgiveness matters).

Writing on her own website, Britney wrote this weekend: "The last couple of years have been very enlightening for me and now that I've had the time to be 'me', I've been able to sit down and think about where I want to go with myself as an entertainer with absolutely no strings attached. I am now more mature and feel like I am finally 'free'".

On the fan site closure, she continued: "I am sad to see it closing. If I were you I'd be unhappy too if I had to read what I've been reading every day. But trust me, I get it. I know I've been far from perfect and the media has had a lot of fun exaggerating my every move."

Of course the sudden apology has nothing to do with rumours that bosses at Britney's label Jive have been asking exactly how they are meant to sell Ms Spears' planned fifth album in light of all the negative coverage - especially given that early recordings for said album haven't been getting all that great a reaction. That said, a spokesman for the SonyBMG division tried to distance the label from those rumours last week, telling New York Post: "Jive's relationship with Britney is fine. She continues to be one of our biggest worldwide artists and we remain 1,000% committed to her career". Of course, given the mixed critical response to label mate Justin Timberlake's second solo outing, and given Ms Spears new single status, and Timberlake' rumoured return to the single life, perhaps a Justin / Britney duet is what's needed. Hey, if Peter Andre and Jordan can chart with their terrible duets, surely Timberlake and Spears could.

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THE KILLERS SAID NO TO KILLAH COLLABORATION
The Killers have rejected an offer from Wu Tang member Ghostface Killah to collaborate on a record, which seems very silly, I think every artist with similar names should be obligated to record at least one track together. Personally I'm waiting for the Chuck D / Chuckle Brothers collaboration.

Anyway, the Wu Tang star revealed the knock back in a recent interview. He said: "I wanted to do a song with them. I'm Ghostface Killah and they're The Killers. We were going to do a mash-up with my vocals over their music, and it was going to be The Killers meet the Killah. But they didn't want to do it. I was disappointed."

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SPANDAU MAN TAKES CHICAGO ROLE
West End news anyone? Former Spandau Ballet frontman Tony Hadley is taking over the role of Billy Flynn in the now very long running West End production of Chicago. Hadley, who won the ITV comeback reality show Reborn In The USA, if I'm not mistaken, will take over the Chicago role on 29 Jan.

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CLARKSON COLLABORATES WITH FORMER MINUTEMAN
Talking of pop reality show winners (not that we mentioned Hadley's reality show victory just to create a seamless link or anything), American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson has announced that former The Minutemen member Mike Watt, who is currently playing with Iggy And The Stooges, will guest on her new album, due out in March. Clarkson says Watt will play "fuzz bass, fills and solos [and] just make things fatter". Watt himself admits he wasn't too sure who Clarkson was when he first got involved in the experience. He told reporters: "I ended up playing on six of the songs. I had no idea what it was going to be like, but it ended up being pretty interesting. I heard that Kelly won some game show, but I was really impressed how she sang her ass off. It was intense. I'm really glad I had the experience - it was trippy and everyone gave me much respect". Watt was a founding member of The Minutemen, an early eighties US rock band who, while not enjoying huge amounts of mainstream success, have proved to be quite influential in their own way over the years.

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FATBOY SLIM PLANS RELAXING 07
Having started the year with that massive beach party in Brighton, Fatboy Slim has said he plans to follow that up with, erm, nothing. Yep, Mr Cook says he's going to take much of 2007 off, though he does plan to spend time with singer songwriter Danny Elfman working on the score for a new Disney animated film.

Here's that news in Fatboy's words: "It'll be a quiet one for Fatboy this year. It feels right that, after 10 years and so many albums, we should give it a rest for a while. But I'm doing a project with Danny Elfman for a Disney film, which I can't say too much about".

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BLOC PARTY AIM FOR ACCESSIBILITY
Bloc Party say their second album will be more like Coldplay - though by that I think they mean it will be more accessible, and not that it will be dull, uninspiring and bland. I hope that's what they mean.

Speaking to Billboard about 'A Weekend In The City', out next month, the band's Kele Okereke said: "I wanted to make something that could be more easily understood, without dumbing it down", while bassist Gordon Noakes added: "It's got everything that makes a Coldplay song, plus more. It has a lush sound without being too syrupy".

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THE EDITORS ON ALBUM TWO
Talking of second albums, The Editors have said their second as yet untitled long player should be in shops by April. The good news is that it will be produced by Mr Jacknife Lee, who is a safe pair of hands if ever there was such a thing. Commenting on the album, the band's frontman, Tom Smith, has told that NME thing: "We are making the songs that will compete with your Killers and Razorlights and I don't see why we shouldn't do so. I think we've got them in our sights with this record There are four or five huge, massive sounding songs ... songs like 'Bullets' and 'Munich' were big songs and that is something we haven't shied away from."

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JONI MITCHELL TRIBUTE ALBUM
Prince, Bjork and Annie Lennox will all appear on that possibly previously reported Joni Mitchell tribute album ('possibly' previously reported because this all sounds very familiar, but I can't seem to find anything on it in our archives). The album is due for release this Spring, and the covers on it are as follows:

Sufjan Stevens - Free Man in Paris
Björk - Boho Dance
Caetano Veloso - Dreamland
Brad Mehldau - Don't Interrupt the Sorrow
Cassandra Wilson - For the Roses
Prince - A Case of U
Sarah McLachlan - Blue
Annie Lennox - Ladies of the Canyon
Emmylou Harris - Magdalena Laundries
Elvis Costello - Edith and the Kingpin
k.d. lang - Help Me
James Taylor - River

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KAISER CHIEFS TOUR
Kaiser Chiefs tour anyone? These gigs will coincide with the 19 Feb release of the band's new single 'Ruby', and the subsequent release of their still not titled second album. Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 9am and will probably sell out in minus four seconds. Some pre-release tickets are available today to anyone who can type http://www.kaiserchiefstickets.co.uk into their web browser. Though they went on sale at 9am also, so have probably all gone by now. Anyway, here's the dates...

21+22 Feb: Manchester Apollo
23+25 Feb: Wolverhampton Civic Hall
26+27 Feb: Newcastle Academy
3+4 Mar: London Shepherds Bush Empire
6+7 Mar: Glasgow Academy
9+10 Mar: Cardiff University Great Hall

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CELINE DION VEGAS SHOW TO END
But don't be getting obsessed about getting your hands on Kaiser Chiefs tickets, there's more important things at hand here. Producers of Celine Dion's mega residency at Las Vegas' Caesars Palace have announced that the show will close next December after a five year run, which means you're going to have get in there quick if you want to experience the kind of glamour and glory that only the dream team of Vegas and Dion can deliver. The last block of tickets go on sale on 1 Mar. For those unlucky few who don't make it at some point in 2007, the good news is a TV special and DVD will be filmed later this month.

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US MARKET SHARE STATS PRETTY STATIC
One for fans of market share statistics. According to Neilsen Soundscan, share of the US music market in 2006 was like this - Universal 31.6%, SonyBMG 27.4%, Warner Music 18.1%, EMI 10.2%, indies 12.6%. That's pretty much as 2005, though Universal, EMI and the indies were ever so slightly down, and Warner was slightly up. Shares of the US download market were pretty similar to the overall figures, though compared to the overall figures SonyBMG and EMI's shares go down, and the others up, as follows: Universal 33%, SonyBMG 25.7%, Warner 19.7%, EMI 7.9%, indies 13.8%.

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DUTCH COURTS FORCE ISP TO HAND OVER TORRENT SITE IDENTITIES
More from the Dutch courts where the country's internet service providers have been proving particularly reluctant to release details of suspected file-sharers, or even the names of people behind websites accused of copyright violation. But the content owner lobby scored a victory last week when ISP KPN was ordered to tell anti-piracy body BREIN the names of the people behind Dutchtorrent.org, which offered sign up subscribers access to a whole range of illegal content sources.

The owners of that site have managed to remain anonymous, but their server is linked to the net via KPN. The ISP had so far refused to close down the site or to reveal the identity of Dutchtorrent.org's owners, preventing BREIN from taking legal action against them. The latest court ruling means KPN will now have to hand over those owners' contact details, so direct litigation against the site can begin.

The ruling also means KPN will have to close down the site - although by the time the ruling was made the site was already down "due to technical problems". However, an announcement from the site promised it would return "as soon as the brainstorm is over", so the courts have ruled KPN must act to block access to the site if and when it goes live again.

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INDUSTRY WELCOMES ITALIAN TAX BREAKS FOR INDIES
Music industry types have welcomed a decision by the Italian government to offer smaller music companies lovely tax breaks. The new breaks apply to any company with annual revenues less than 15 million euros, and will enable those companies to avoid paying tax on the first 100,000 euros earned on first or second works from new artists. The saved tax can be spent on production, videos, digitalisation and promotion. Or something like that - I don't claim to be a tax expert you know. The scheme follows a similar initiative by the French government, which was approved by the European Commission last May. The EC will have to approve the Italian tax break scheme too - to ensure it doesn't contravene any of the country's free market commitments.

Welcoming the move by the Italians, Martin Mills, boss of London based Beggars Group and chairman on pan-European indies body IMPALA, told CMU: "[These tax credits] represent a new opportunity for a sector of the economy which leads in innovation and fosters new talent, yet struggles with the downsides of globalisation and concentration. Other territories should follow suit to promote the diversity of European music and provide new artists with as many opportunities as possible".

The International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry also backed the new measures, telling reporters: "We're very positive about such proposals - they are definitely good news for music in Europe. We're also trying to push other EU governments to initiate similar schemes".

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IT'S TECHIE WEEK AGAIN
So, it's techie time of year again, with the massive Consumer Electronics Show due to properly kick off in Las Vegas today, and with the Macworld Expo taking place in San Francisco this week too.

The former is expected to be dominated by the latest in high definition TV technology and in new and competing devices aiming to deliver that much talked about digital home, with the vision whereby a home's broadband connected PC becomes the main content hub, with hifis, radios and TVs around the house taking their content feeds from it. That said, much of Bill Gates CES opening keynote speech last night was spent discussing Microsoft's latest Windows operating system, Windows Vista, which isn't so exciting - though Vista does, in part, offer both high definition and digital home capabilities.

Speculation remains rife regarding what Steve Jobs will be announcing at his keynote address at the Macworld Expo event this week - with the iPod phone still a favourite. Though some wonder if the main topic for discussion will be previously announced Apple iTV set top box system, which is due to launch this quarter. Some reckon Apple may have some interesting iTV content partnerships to announce, including a possible collaboration with Google (now YouTube owners of course).

I guess we won't have to wait long to find out now.

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MTV APPOINT NEW INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT
MTV Networks International has announced Bob Bakish has been appointed as the division's new President. He will report to Bill Roedy, who will continue to oversee MTVNI in addition to his new global level role as vice chairman of MTV Networks at large. The MDs of MTV's businesses across Europe, Latin America and Asia-Pacific will now report to Bakish, as will MTVNI COO Alex Ferrari.

Announcing the appointment of Bakish, who has worked for MTV and parent company Viacom for a decade, to the Presidents role, Roedy told reporters on Friday: "Bob's smart strategic skills and long history with the company will be invaluable to MTVNI as we advance our aggressive plans for driving growth and operating performance. Leveraging his extensive experience in managing complex ad sales operations also will be critical to shaping the next phase of growth for our biggest revenue stream - particularly in the digital arena".

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DAILY RECORD LAUNCH FREESHEET
I've lost count how many regional papers have now launched free editions, but the Glasgow based Daily Record is the latest. The Record will relaunch their existing afternoon edition into a free sheet, and will extend its distribution from just Glasgow and Edinburgh to take in Aberdeen and Dundee too. The free afternoon edition will carry the same advertising as the paid for morning edition, offering advertisers a considerable boosted readership. The move is seemingly part of the Record's wider efforts to compete with rival tabloid the Scottish Sun, which became the biggest selling Scottish tabloid last year after an intense cover price war.

The Record is the latest newsstand title to launch free spin off editions, mainly in response to the success of Associated Newspaper's morning freebie Metro. The London Evening Standard launched its free Standard Lite back in 2004, rebranding it as London Lite and expanding its distribution last September, in a bid to compete with News International's stand alone freebie The London Paper. The Guardian owned Manchester Evening News followed suit with the launch of a free lite edition, and the Liverpool Echo (like the Record, owned by Trinity Mirror) has announced it will do the same. Brighton's evening paper The Argus also launched a free morning edition to compete with the city's edition of Metro.

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CLIVE WARREN JOINS CENTURY MANCHESTER
Former Radio 1 DJ Clive Warren has been hired to host the drive time show on the Manchester outlet of Century FM, recently acquired by the Guardian's radio division off GCap. Former Xfm Manchester presenter Adam Cole will take over breakfast. So don't go saying we didn't tell you.

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CHARTS OF THE YEAR
Well, given that we used up our Chart Update with our lead story, let's run the charts of 2006 here instead, as released by those BPI chaps on Friday. Here you go.

2006's Top-Selling Albums
1. Snow Patrol - Eyes Open
2. Take That - Beautiful World
3. Scissor Sisters - Ta-Dah
4. Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am ...
5. The Kooks - Inside In/Inside Out
6. Razorlight - Razorlight
7. Oasis - Stop The Clocks
8. Westlife - The Love Album
9. Pink - I'm Not Dead
10. James Morrison - Undiscovered

2006's Top-Selling Single Tracks
1. Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
2. Leona Lewis - A Moment Like This
3. Shakira Ft Wyclef - Jean Hips Don't Lie
4. Scissor Sisters - I Don't Feel Like Dancin'
5. Sandi Thom - I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker
6. Infernal - From Paris To Berlin
7. Nelly Furtado - Maneater
8. Take That - Patience
9. Rihanna - Sos,
10. Justin Timberlake - Sexyback

2006's Top-Selling Debuts
1. Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am...
2. The Kooks - Inside In/Inside Out
3. James Morrison - Undiscovered
4. Corinne Bailey Rae - Corinne Bailey Rae
5. The Feeling - Twelve Stops And Home
6. The Fratellis - Costello Music
7. Paolo Nutini - These Streets
8. Lily Allen - Alright Still,
9. Shayne Ward - Shayne Ward
10. Journey South - Journey South

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TOTAL ROCK WORLD ALBUM CHART
As counted down on Total Rock over the weekend - http://www.totalrock.com. New and re-entries marked with a *.

1. Evanescence - The Open Door (SonyBMG)
2. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium (Warner Bros)
3. Incubus - Light Grenades (SonyBMG)
4. My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade (Warner Bros)
5. Nickelback - All The Right Reasons (Roadrunner)
6. Aerosmith - Devil's Got A New Disguise (SonyBMG/Columbia)
7. Meat Loaf - Bat Out Of Hell III (Universal/Mercury)
8. Killswitch Engage - As Daylight Dies (Roadrunner)
9. Razorlight - Razorlight (Universal/Mercury)
10. Deftones - Saturday Night Wrist (Warner/Maverick)
11. Muse - Black Holes & Revelations (Warner Bros)
12. Billy Talent - Billy Talent II (Warner/Atlantic)
13. Guns n Roses - Greatest Hits (Universal/Geffen)
14. Tenacious D - The Pick Of Destiny (SonyBMG)
15. Audioslave - Revelations (SonyBMG/Epic)
16. Foo Fighters - Skin & Bones (Roswell)
17. Queen - Greatest Hits 1,2,3 (EMI)
18. 30 Seconds To Mars - A Beautiful Life (EMI/Virgin)
19. Rise Against - The Sufferer & The Witness (Universal/Geffen)
20. Twisted Sister - A Twisted Christmas (Demolition)*

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CBB: RUN AWAY, RUN AWAY
Well, that phone vote thing was getting a bit passé, much better to whittle down your housemates by tormenting them until they quit. Or perhaps that wasn't the plan. But after Big Brother producers moved in Jade Goody, her boyfriend and her mother into the Celeb Big Brother house on Friday, two of the show's celebrity housemates have quit.

The first major twist in the latest series of the celeb reality show saw eight of the contestants moved in to 'servants quarters', charged with the task of waiting on Jade's family and the three remaining celebs, who stayed in the main BB house. Faced with the task of acting as a servant to Jade, Towers Of London frontman Donny Tourette promptly jumped the fence at the back of the servant's quarters and ran for freedom. Which seems fair enough it you ask me. Less than two days later film director Ken Russell, one of the three celebs left to be waited on, also quit, seemingly unwilling to spend any more time with Jade and her mum. Which seems fair enough if you ask me.

Now that two of the celebs have jumped ship, there would be less stigma if any of the other contestants followed, which could make this an interesting series of the flagship reality show. Wouldn't it be brilliant if they all just quit en masse tomorrow? That said, if I remember rightly celeb housemates lose some or all of their fee if they quit early, and some of the housemates won't want to do that - former S Clubber Jo in particular who is reportedly relying on her BB fees to pay off £34,000 debts run up by a company she set up.

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