CMU Daily - on the inside Tuesday 16th January
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In today's CMU Daily:
- BPI confirm top role restructure
- The Pirate Bay wants its own nation
- Tour manager sues over band's Kerrang! claims
- Gray apologises for onstage swearing in Barbados
- Jacko sued by pharmacy
- Fiddy defends Jay
- Elton to play Aberdeen stadium
- Hunky Dory tops Gigwise Bowie poll
- My Bloody Valentine will return... one day
- The Killers cover Joy Division
- Robbie vid to be premiered by Radio 1
- Kylie shows rescheduled
- Good Shoes album, tour
- Brakes single, tour
- Shiny Toy Guns tour
- More EMI stuff
- EMI enter partnership with Baidu
- Channel 4 say ad revenues down considerably
- Front and Attitude on hold
- Playmusic sponsor TotalRock show
- Kiss launch interactive show
- Willis on winning but not selling
- Kelly on unfair preconceptions... and not selling

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TOP BIT>>
OK, last time I'll mention this, promise. As you all surely know by now, we are currently updating our label and publicist directories so if you are a label or PR/plugger type that hasn't already done so, it would be great if you could visit http://www.cmumusicnetwork.co.uk/directory and let us know if there are any changes due to your listing or if, by some embarrassing oversight on our part, you're not actually listed at all, email us all the relevant info for your company so we can get you in there.

For labels this is label name, mailing address, phone number, web address and press and promotions contact names and emails (with details of what kinds of press/promotions each person does). For PR firms this is company name, mailing address, phone number, web address, contact names and email address and details of what kinds of PR you do (press, radio, television, online, clubs, college, regional, national). Email tweaks, changes and additions to listings@cmumusicnetwork.co.uk and we'll get your entry updated just as soon as we can.

If you work for (and know the ins and outs about) one of the major and independent record label groups that are described in more detail in our directory at the URLs below, let us know if there are any out of date remarks or omissions there too (though possibly don't bother with EMI, given the pending restructure!).

http://www.cmumusicnetwork.co.uk/directory/
aboutmajors02.html

http://www.cmumusicnetwork.co.uk/directory/
aboutindes02.html

And, of course, while you're surfing our websites, don't forget that if you are looking to promote your artists or events in the next couple of months then you really should check this page here - http://www.cmumusicnetwork.co.uk/about/advertising.html.

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HOT OFF THE PRESS>>

JANUARY = MISERY
JANUARY + PLAYMUSIC MAGAZINE = HAPPINESS
JANUARY + PLAYMUSIC MAGAZINE + FREE 12 TRACK CD INCLUDING THE BIZARRE, BUT BRILLIANT, TALL PONY AND THE SUPERB DARTZ! = UTTER BLISS
The February issue of Playmusic is in the shops now. In this month's packed issue we've got the magnificent Shins on the front cover, there's features on Jamie T, The View, Dragonforce & Ben Folds, we go shooting guitars with big scary shotguns and go an extreme gig fest with little, not very scary, Steve Lamacq. Also, if you're an unsigned band, send us your stuff and you could get on our covermount CD next month - go to www.myspace.com/playmusiconline for details. Playmusic - get involved

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CMU RECOMMENDS>>

REMIX NIGHT JANUARY
The first Remix Night of 2007 is 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.

BASICS: Friday 19 Jan, Cargo, London, 9pm - 3am, tix £10. Press info from Leyline.

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

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MYSPACE OF THE DAY: THE OFFICERS
Actually, this is being recommended by Eddy TM, by proxy, if that makes sense. Eddy declared that the demo he had received off these guys was his 'demo of the year' on the Remix show on Xfm on Friday night. And by that he means of 2007. Yeah, I know, we're only half way through January, but that's how good Eddy thinks these guys are - and do you know what? He has a point. Whether I'd go as far as to give them my 'demo of 2007' award just yet I'm not sure, but they definitely deserve the MSOTD gong. Tracks of that demo appear here - and suitably demonstrate these guy's abilities to excel in an eclectic mix of genres. They play Eddy's Xfm Dig The Nu Breed Remix Night at Cargo, London on Friday night, and if you can get along I advise that you do. But if not, you could do a lot worse than checking out the MySpace where along with the tracks you'll find plenty of other info and dates to choose from.

http://www.myspace.com/theofficers

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BPI CONFIRM TOP ROLE RESTRUCTURE
OK, first things first, UK record industry trade body the BPI has confirmed those reports from last week that they are about to implement a radical overhaul of the association's leadership which will, erm, makes things like they used to be.

That is to say, that rather than having one top man, like at the moment, they will have two - a part time non-executive chairman (a senior label type who is currently sitting on the BPI's elected 'council') and a full time chief executive. Current chairman Peter Jamieson will step down at the end of February, with EMI Music UK chairman and CEO Tony Wadsworth taking on the new part time leadership role, and Geoff Taylor, currently General Counsel for globally focused trade body the International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry (but previously BPI General Counsel), rejoining the BPI in the new chief exec role.

The aim seems to be to provide a stronger link between the elected members of the BPI Council and the trade body's full time team, by making one of the elected Council members (and therefore someone currently working at a label) more actively involved in the day to day running of the association.

Commenting on the new non-executive chairman role, Wadsworth told reporters yesterday: "In the context of the rapidly changing music market place, we feel it is important that the BPI Council - representing all its members - should be more closely involved in directing and driving the organisation and its policies".

Commenting on his appointment to the new CEO role, Taylor added: "I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead the BPI Secretariat at a critical time for the future of British music. As revenues from the ever-increasing variety of digital music services become a key factor in our business, we face greater challenges than ever before, but also greater opportunities. I am looking forward to working with a talented team at BPI, with government and with all of our partners across the music industry, to ensure that the British recording industry is given the best possible environment in which to do what it does best - putting great British music at the centre of the world stage".

Wadsworth also commended the work Jamieson has done in his four years in the combined chairman role, in particular in "transforming the effectiveness and relevance of the BPI as the voice of the recorded music industry and in building a cohesive and professional team".

Jamieson himself added: "I have been very proud to lead an extraordinarily committed and dedicated team at the BPI for more than four years successfully through a volatile and transitionary period for our industry with many notable breakthroughs. It has also been my privilege to Chair the BRITs through a number of fantastic events in which it has been possible to significantly lift the BPI's charitable contributions to the BRIT Trust. It is traditional on these occasions to 'wish to spend more time with the family'. In my case, it would be more accurate to look forward to spending at least some time with the family. I take it as a compliment that they're going to need two people to replace me! And I wish Tony and Geoff every success as they take on the opportunities and challenges in 2007".

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THE PIRATE BAY WANTS ITS OWN NATION
This is my favourite CMU story ever, in the four and half years that the CMU Daily has been in existence. That increasingly notorious BitTorrent content sharing service The Pirate Bay, long the bane of the music and film industries whose content is illegally shared via the service, is hoping to 'buy' a 'micronation' in order to put their operations outside the jurisdiction of any courts where copyright violation lawsuits can be pursued against them.

As previously reported, The Pirate Bay, currently based in Sweden, and visited by an estimated 1.5 million people daily, primarily seeking illegal sources of copyrighted content, continues to operate despite a court ruling last May which ordered the service to close. That ruling followed legal action by the Motion Picture Association of America, and did lead to the service going offline for a couple of days after a raid by police and anti-piracy officials. However, the service's owners relocated to servers in The Netherlands and quickly went back online, subsequently returning to Sweden where officials have failed to take any further action along the lines of the original raid.

However, The Pirate Bay recognises that it will struggle to win any copyright violation cases against it in any European jurisdiction, and it is arguably only a matter of time before officials act to force a court order and close it down. With that in mind the service's owners have been considering relocating to a private island outside the jurisdiction of any court, and to that end have recently announced an interest in relocating to Sealand, a man made construction (a bit like an oil rig) off the coast of England, once owned by our Royal Navy (and part of the UK's World War II coastal defences), which already has something of a history when it comes to music piracy - it having housed people associated with legendary offshore pirate radio station Radio Caroline back in the sixties.

Sealand, or HM Fort Roughs to give it its Navy name, fell into private hands in the 1950s. After what arguably amounted to a mini-invasion of force, former solider and pirate radio enthusiast Paddy Roy Bates claimed possession of the platform in 1967, initially with plans to relaunch his defunct pirate station Radio Essex from there. He subsequently declared the platform an independent principality after the Royal Navy unsuccessfully attempted to evict him - gaining some (much disputed, I should add) legitimacy for his independence claim because when the Navy took the matter to the British courts they ruled that the platform was outside their jurisdiction (which runs to 3 miles off the British coast) and therefore couldn't act. Having declared independence Bates went about writing a constitution, designing a flag, establishing a parliament, that kind of thing.

It's a long story, which is currently being made into a film, but comes into relevance here because the 'rights to reside' in Sealand went up for sale at the start of the year (if you assume the platform is an independent principality it can't be sold for money as such, but the rights to be based their can). It is those rights that the The Pirate Bay has announced its attention to bid for - launching a website and online fundraising campaign in order to do so (http://www.buysealand.com).

There is some confusion regarding the sale. Firstly, the asking price is reportedly hundreds of millions of pounds so it is questionable whether The Pirate Bay will ever raise the money. Secondly, there are reports an unnamed Korean acquired the rights last week, though it may be that man The Pirate Bay are negotiating with, I'm not sure. Perhaps more importantly, there is considerable doubt that, even if The Pirate Bay did secure the rights to Sealand and move its operations there, that it would actually escape litigation from the likes of the MPAA. Firstly, even if you recognise Sealand's independence, it still has a political leadership which The Pirate Bay would have to persuade to back its anti-copyright stand. Secondly, even if Sealand's parliament did, in reality that parliament's right to exist is disputed by many, especially the US and Germany, who say Sealand still belongs to the British government. While the UK hasn't made any real efforts to exert its authority there since Bates declared independence, it might do so if lobbied by the collected content industries. And thirdly, even if The Pirate Bay did manage to base itself outside the jurisdiction of any courts, its users would still be governed by their local copyright laws, and therefore could be targeted by litigation.

But still, it's a wonderful idea, even if it is a bit flawed. And The Pirate Bay have said that if their bid to avoid copyright litigation by being based in Sealand should fail, they'll endeavor to find another private island where they may succeed.

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TOUR MANAGER SUES OVER BAND'S KERRANG! CLAIMS
Actually, this is quite a fun story too. A former Bullet For My Valentine tour manger is suing Kerrang! publishers EMAP over an interview in the rock magazine where the band's drummer claimed to have walked in on the tour manager masturbating in a dressing room at a German venue where the band were playing.

The interview ran this time last year, under straplines warning readers to "prepare to be disgusted" by the "sickest interview ever". The band's drummer Moose was asked if he had ever been "caught wanking", to which he was reported to have replied: "Never, I'm too good at it, but we caught our tour manager pleasuring himself in Germany two weeks ago. He was in a dressing room and we just walked in and I knew what he was doing instantly, you can't mistake that sound for anything else. We called him Stinky for the rest of the tour".

The manager was unnamed in the interview, but the tour manager on the band's late 2005 German tour was one Mark Stickland. He claims that the story is not only untrue, but also seriously defames his character and professional conduct. He is suing the magazine's publisher, and his lawyer, William McCormick, told the court hearing the case yesterday that the Kerrang! piece "Attributed to him [Strickland] conduct which he will say is wholly inconsistent with him properly discharging his professional responsibilities. What's being said is that when he should have been at work, he engaged in activity which was lewd, sexual and, effectively, he could not control his sexual impulses".

McCormick added that his client was a "fairly ordinary guy who takes a quiet pride in doing his job well and enjoys the respect and esteem of friends and acquaintances", but that since the interview was published he had been publicly mocked and called by the name suggested by the drummer in the interview (Stinky in case you're not keeping up).

However, EMAP are standing by the story, deny libel and say they plan to call Moose, real name Michael Thomas, to give evidence in their defence. Their legal representative, Caroline Addy, says that aside from the allegations being, in their opinion, true, Stickland wasn't named in the article anyway meaning that to the vast majority of the magazine's readers he remained anonymous and, anyway, the allegations related to an "entirely ordinary sexual behaviour" and therefore were not defamatory. Addy added that the claimant had previously been happy to join in banter and "teasing of a sexual nature" when touring with the band, concluding therefore that the libel suit had been launched for financial gain rather than vindication.

The courts are expected to dedicate three more days of discussion as to the tour manager's wanking, or not, before reaching a conclusion.

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GRAY APOLOGISES FOR ONSTAGE SWEARING IN BARBADOS
Will you pop star types please remember that if you perform in Barbados you really must not swear on stage? Just because you're allowed to say "motherfucker" on prime time Saturday night BBC 1 (providing your making poverty history, of course) it does not mean such language is acceptable everywhere. Just ask Macy Gray, who was very nearly imprisoned after using the "motherfucker" word during an onstage rant about men during the Barbados Jazz Festival last Wednesday. Her set was halted abruptly after the outburst while police challenged her back stage about the use of the swear word, threatening her with a night in the cells. It was a chat which quickly persuaded Gray to issue a public apology about her language, in a bid to avoid the "profanity intraction" charge. According to the New York Daily News her statement ran thus: "I am so sorry for what happened, and I truly apologise. My manager told me about this law, but I didn't take him seriously. I love Barbados and I was supposed to stay here another three days. I really don't want to do it in jail...again I truly apologise and am truly sorry".

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JACKO SUED BY PHARMACY
Well, a year hasn't really begun until Pete Doherty is arrested and Michael Jackson is sued, so consider 2007 properly underway. Following news yesterday that Doherty had been arrested (but not charged, remember) after a car he was traveling in got pulled over at the weekend, news today that a Beverly Hills pharmacy is suing Jacko over allegations he owes them $100,000s from unpaid bills. The Mickey Fine Pharmacy has filed a lawsuit at the Santa Monica Superior Court, alleging debts stem from prescription drugs supplied since December 2005. Alas they don't say which prescription drugs - spoil sports. Jacko's people are yet to comment on the latest litigation.

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FIDDY DEFENDS JAY
Hey, this is nice, 50 Cent has leaped to the defence of Jay-Z following mixed reviews of the Def Jam chief's comeback album 'Kingdom Come'. Fiddy and Jay are former feuders, of course, but after some critics dissed Jay's new long player, Fiddy told MTV: "The critics are comparing him to the old Jay Z saying, 'His stuff wasn't as good as the older stuff, he looks too relaxed'. I saw [someone say] on a TV show recently, 'He looks like he belongs in the office.' They say all kinda things about him. This is them weighing what his new work is to his old work. The Jay Z record is a great record, the [critics] are gonna dawg it. They are just gonna say, 'He is not as good as he was'".

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ELTON TO PLAY ABERDEEN STADIUM
Bob Dylan has bought a luxury hideaway in the Scottish Highlands, which isn't really that interesting now I come to think of it, but it does mean he'll be able to catch Elton John's planned gig at the Tullock Stadium in Inverness, due to take place in July. The latest John gig at a football stadium (Tullock is the home of Scottish Premier League side Inverness Caledonian Thistle), the concert will take place as part of the Highland 2007 cultural festival, with 17,000 tickets expected to be sold. Profits from the 15 Jul gig will go towards the club. Their chairman Alan Savage told reporters: "I'm extremely proud that our club has been able to bring north a global icon and host such a superb occasion. The whole area will be buzzing at the news. It should be a real money spinner and all our income from the concert will go to strengthening manager Charlie Christie's football budget for next season."

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HUNKY DORY TOPS GIGWISE BOWIE POLL
Music website Gigwise surveyed its readers as to their favourite David Bowie album to mark the musical legend's 60th birthday last week. And the winner was 1971's 'Hunky Dory', which was narrowly ahead of 'The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars'.

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MY BLOODY VALENTINE WILL RETURN... ONE DAY
Another reunion for you. My Bloody Valentine frontman Kevin Shields has said his band, who haven't release an LP since 1991 of course, will make another album. One day. Here's what he told Magnet Magazine: "I do feel that I will make another great record. We are 100 percent going to make another My Bloody Valentine record unless we die or something. A lot of people say the reason My Bloody Valentine didn't make another record is because we couldn't. That's mostly true, but not because I couldn't make another record, but because I could never be bothered to make another record unless I was excited by it. And just by fate or whatever, that never happened. I'd feel really bad if I didn't make another record. Like 'Shit, people only got the first two chapters, but the last is the best bit."

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THE KILLERS COVER JOY DIVISION
The Killers have covered Joy Division's 1979 song 'Shadowplay' for the much previously reported movie about Ian Curtis et al, 'Control'. So, now you know.

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ROBBIE VID TO BE PREMIERED BY RADIO 1
This just in, the new Robbie Williams video is both "spectacular" and "controversial". Don't believe me (well, the EMI press department really)? Well, you will have to check out the Radio 1 website on Friday because they will be exclusively airing the video for 72 hours over the weekend as part of a deal with EMI and Robbie's management reps IE Music. The video, to new single 'She's Madonna', which features those Pet Shop Boys, will also be available to subscribers of Robbie's own Inner Sanctum website.

EMI's Head Of Radio Tina Skinner said this: "EMI Records is very excited to be working with Radio 1 and IE Music on this unique offer via the Radio 1 website to bring the incredible new video for 'She's Madonna' by Robbie Williams into peoples' homes for the first time. This gives us both a fantastic cross platform opportunity to deliver one of our artists direct to his core audience on a global scale and is a great opportunity for EMI Records and Robbie Williams to work in tandem with Radio 1".

Talking of Robbie, look out for the Switch remix of his track 'Never Touch That Switch' that is doing the rounds in DJ circles just now - it's a blinder.

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KYLIE SHOWS RESCHEDULED
Promoters of the Kylie tour have announced that those two cancelled MEN Arena shows (originally due to take place last night and tonight) will now take place next Sunday and Monday (21 and 22 Jan). As previously reported, those shows were postponed after Kylie fell ill during a show at the Manchester venue on Saturday night. Still no word on whether that show, cut short after four songs, will be rescheduled.

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GOOD SHOES ALBUM, TOUR
I've just decided I really like Good Shoes, so hurrah for this, there's a release date set for their debut album, 'Think Before You Speak' - it's out on Brille on 19 Mar. Meantime, here's some live dates. Press info from Toast.

25 Jan: Glasgow - Barfly, Xfm X-Posure tour
26 Jan: Manchester - Urbis, Xfm X-Posure tour
27 Jan: London - Camden Barfly, Xfm X-Posure all dayer
14 Mar: Cambridge, Soul Tree
15 Mar: Reading, Fez
17 Mar: Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
18 Mar: Bristol, Thekla
20 Mar: Birmingham, Academy 2
21 Mar: Newcastle, Academy 2
23 Mar: Leeds, Cockpit
26 Mar: Stoke, Sugarmill
27 Mar: Oxford, Zodiac
28 Mar: Brighton, Concorde 2
29 Mar: London, Astoria (Mean Fiddler)

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BRAKES SINGLE, TOUR
Brakes have a new single out on 26 Feb - 'Cease & Desist' - on 7" and download only. The vinyl copies will come with a free playing card - whoever gets the ace of spades will win a very special prize. Very special indeed, in fact. Actually, I've not idea what it is, but if Rough Trade say it's "very special" then that's good enough for me. Here's some Brakes tour dates by the way, including a number of Scottish dates. I expect to see you at the Inverness gig Dylan, OK?

13 Jan: London - Mean Fiddler
27 Jan: London _ Barfly in the afternoon / Turnmills in the evening
20 Feb: London _ NME Brats show supporting the Long Blondes
22 Feb: Dundee - Westport
23 Feb: Aberdeen - Drummond
24 Feb: Forres _ The Loft
25 Feb: Inverness _ The Raigmore
26 Feb: Edinburgh _ Cabaret Volitaire
27 Feb: Competition winners gig East Ayrshire
28 Feb: Manchester - Academy 3
1 Mar: Nottingham _ Rescue Rooms
2 Mar: Sheffield _ The Foundry
3 Mar: Leicester _ The Charlotte
4 Mar: Norwich _ Arts Centre

Press info from Rough Trade IH.

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SHINY TOY GUNS TOUR
I have no idea what Shiny Toy Guns sound like, but I like their name. And they're doing a 33 date tour, which surely deserves some recognition. Dates as follows,

14 Feb: Tunnels, Aberdeen
15 Feb: King Tuts, Scotland
16 Feb: Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh
17 Feb: Student Only Durham University Show, Durham
18 Feb: The Brickyard, Carlisle
19 Feb: Club NME Night @ Digital, Newcastle Upon Tyne
20 Feb: Club NME @ Tokyo, Huddersfield
21 Feb: Club NME @ Faversham, Leeds
22 Feb: Club NME @ Empire, Middlesbrough
23 Feb: Club NME @ Independent Club, Sunderland
24 Feb: Club NME @ Underground, Stoke On Trent
25 Feb: Barfly, Liverpool
26 Feb: Leadmill, Sheffield
28 Feb: The NME Awards @ Astoria (With The Rapture), London
1 Mar: Club NME @ Welly Club, Hull
2 Mar: Lincoln University Concert, Lincoln
3 Mar: Roadhouse, Manchester
4 Mar: The Basement, Nottingham
5 Mar: Barfly, Birmingham
6 Mar: Barfly, Cardiff, Wales
7 Mar: Ski Lodge, Yeovil
8 Mar: Swansea University Concert, Swansea
9 Mar: Brunel Rooms, Swindon
10 Mar: Soundhaus, Northampton
12 Mar: Pressure Point, Brighton
13 Mar: Joiners, Southampton
14 Mar: Fleece And Firkin, Bristol
15 Mar: Consortium, Bournemouth
16 Mar: The Hub, Plymouth
17 Mar: The Cavern Club, Exeter
19 Mar: Cargo, London
20 Mar: Private Television And Film Showcase. London
21 Mar: The Soul Tree, Cambridge

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MORE EMI STUFF
More following on from Friday's big EMI story. The FT reports that the London based major is considering restructuring its debts, and might borrow against its more profitable music publishing division in order to bolster up its recorded music operations, and to strengthen the Group against a hostile takeover. Or something like that.

Gossipers have been gossiping about the events that led up to the surprise sacking of EMI Music chiefs Alain Levy and David Munns on Friday. HitsDailyDouble says the two chiefs were unaware of their pending demise until Thursday morning when, having been called back to London from a Norah Jones event in New York, supposedly to present their restructuring and cost cutting plans, they were told by Group chief Eric Nicoli at a hotel in the capital that he had his own restructuring and cost cutting plans - based around them never returning to the major's West London offices. Nicoli, who recruited Levy and Munns back in 2001, was reportedly responding to an ultimatum by the EMI Group board to act decisively to overcome the company's financial difficulties. I'm not sure what this tells those EMI teams awaiting news of what the wider restructuring will mean, though I'd be avoiding invites to breakfast meetings with Eric. And Norah Jones showcases for that matter.

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EMI ENTER PARTNERSHIP WITH BAIDU
Oh, talking of EMI, the major has apparently joined forces with Chinese search engine Baidu, a previous defendant of anti-copyright violation lawsuits from trade bodies representing the majors, to launch a new ad supported online streaming music service in China. Don't know much about the service other than that - more when we get it.

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CHANNEL 4 SAY AD REVENUES DOWN CONSIDERABLY
Channel 4 has warned its profits for 2006 will fall by as much as two thirds due to a fall in net advertising revenue, though on the up side (possibly for the long term) the network's digital channels, including E4, More4 and Film4, have boosted their revenues by 80%.

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FRONT AND ATTITUDE ON HOLD
Lads mag Front and gay mag Attitude are both likely to close unless a buyer or investor can be found, after their publisher, SMD, put their operations on hold. Work had begun on new editions of both titles, but staff have been told to stop work on them pending an announcement regarding their future. Attitude was one of the few non-porn titles that SMD parent Remnant Media acquired when it bought a stack of magazines off Daily Express owner Richard Desmond's Northern & Shell business. It acquired Front off Highbury House after its closure early last year (as well as film mag Hotdog, which SMD closed back in November).

Interestingly (well, not really, but stay with me), the now on-hold issue of Attitude included the latest McFly naked photoshoot, which CMU's favourite boy band had declared would be their last naked publicity stunt (there's been quite a few recently). Not sure what happens to that commitment if the photo shoot is never published.

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PLAYMUSIC SPONSOR TOTALROCK SHOW
Playmusic magazine has announced it will sponsor the Laura's Lunchbox show on web rock station Totalrock.com. Confirming their sponsorship of the show, which goes out each Tuesday between midday and 3pm, Playmusic publisher Rob Hunt told CMU: "Laura's show is an eclectic mix of rock and good indie and reflects our mag pretty well. With its 10,000+ listeners it gives us a fresh opportunity to reach a lot of potential new readers".

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KISS LAUNCH INTERACTIVE SHOW
Kiss FM have announced a new interactive show which will air on the three Kiss branded stations (in London, Bristol and East Anglia) between 2pm and 3pm, and will enable listeners to vote for what tracks get played. I'm not quite sure how it works, but here's what Programme Director Andy Roberts has to say about it: "In today's market place innovation is key to engaging a youth audience and that is what we focus on delivering. By making 'Kiss What's Next' genuinely interactive, rather than sticking to the safe playlists traditionally utilised by radio stations, Kiss is handing over the reigns to its listeners. Something we will be doing more and more across all three of our stations".

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WILLIS ON WINNING BUT NOT SELLING
Now I'm feeling sad. Matt Willis' album hasn't done so well, despite all the hype that surrounded his victory on I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here just before Christmas. And he ain't happy about the situation. Here's what he told the Mirror: "I only went to the jungle to try and boost my music career. But it was completely unsuccessful. I may have won the show, but nobody cares about my album or music. All they want to talk about is what it's like to eat a kangaroo's anus". Which is especially irritating because 'Don't Let It Go To Waste' is such a great album.

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KELLY ON UNFAIR PRECONCEPTIONS... AND NOT SELLING
Talking of pop stars commenting on albums that don't perform well commercially, here's what Kelly Osbourne told Contactmusic about the failure of her 2005 album 'Sleeping In The Nothing': "It's harder for me because people always think, 'Oh, she's Ozzy Osbourne's daughter - everything just gets handed to her.' To get the respect of one person I've got to work twice as hard. I'm really proud of my second album, I still think it's great. People didn't give it a chance. If it was released by someone else I think people would have loved it". It's possible she's right. To be honest, I never hear 'Sleeping In The Nothing' though, in my defence, that's not because of unfair preconceptions on my part, it's just that no one sent me a copy. (And surely you don't expect me to buy a copy? I mean, why should I pay for her album? She's Ozzy Osbourne's daughter and clearly just gets everything handed to her).

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