CMU Daily - on the inside Wednesday 17th January
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Lily dominates Brits nominations
- Music Zone to close 31 stores as search for buyer continues
- R Kelly makes up with neighbours over guard house
- Girl Aloud and the drugs gang visit
- George Harrison lyrics make lots of cash
- Korn unplugged album news
- Album review: The Secret Show - Impressionist Road Map Of The West
- May on Queen's new studio work
- Perry Farrell project album due
- Artrocker festival up and running
- Extra Jason Donovan dates
- Killswitch Engage explain UK gig cancellations
- Album review: 4hero - Play With The Changes
- UK trade bodies announce streamlined identifier service
- Apple financials due
- SonyBMG parent may announce new top man
- The Source issue Hip Hop Weekly with cease and desist
- Virgin Radio CEO heading to GCap
- Jarvis Cocker also up for Eurovision
- Lopez back in court over ex's book
- The Game could kick David Beckham's ass
- Automatic hit back at Horrors

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TOP BIT>>
So, are we happy with the nominations for this year's Brit Awards? That's presumably what you've all been asking this morning yes? Well, mmm, let me see. No Hot Chip. No Dirty Pretty Things. No Plan B. No Sway. No Simian/Justice. No Bell X1. No Trivium. And hey, no McFly. And if we're being honest, you'd be forgiven for wondering if dance music and hip hop actually existed in the UK at the moment if your entire knowledge of our industry was the nominations list. Perhaps I'd better just confirm for everyone - they do exist, and they're looking really rather healthy. I know the genre specific awards, when included, make for a lengthy evening, but when you take them out of the proceedings you are in danger of getting an awards dominated by whichever genre is in mainstream vogue at the moment - which is indie rock and pop as we speak.

But that's not to say there aren't any deserving names on the shortlists too. Whether Lily Allen genuinely deserves to be the most nominated artist I'm not sure, but it would be hard to deny Muse and Snow Patrol their triple nominations, given just how popular these bands are out there in music fan land, and Corinne Bailey Rae's global success also deserves recognition. Hurrah for Amy Winehouse getting a Best Album nomination, it really was one of the stand out long players of 2006, and more hurrahs for The Fratellis getting on the Breakthrough Artist shortlist, they being without doubt one of the most exciting new bands of last year. And had the Brits been entirely awarded based on the opinions of team CMU (it's a system worth considering, by the way), then Jarvis Cocker, Paolo Nutini, Orson, Wolfmother and Guillemots would have all still got their nominations. And of course, it is entirely right that the wonderful Gnarls Barkley should dominate the international categories.

The conclusion? None really. It's a nominations list that is suitably representative of the good stuff that has been happening in the world of indie and pop in the last twelve months, I just wish there were a few extra categories to ensure the less-in-vogue but just as good other genres got a look in too.

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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 BOY LEAST LIKEY TO
You'd think that when you have a band name as long as The Boy Least Likely To that someone wouldn't have already nabbed your MySpace title when you go register your page, but presumably TBLLT didn't get to MySpace quite quick enough, hence the UK bit at the end of their address. Whatever, I've become something of a fan of The Boy Least Likely To in the last six months, mainly thanks to their rather wonderful late night Bestival performance, though I was getting slightly enthusiastic about their tunes prior to that event. While for some their quirky sound might be a little too, I don't know - twee, I suppose - I really like it. Which is probably why I like their cover version of George Michael's 'Faith' so much. A live favourite, I've only just realised (probably rather belatedly) that there is a recording of this cover, and it is here on their MySpace, hence the MSOTD tip. The song is seemingly quite special to the band, with one half of the duo, Peter, explaining that his love for pop music, and Wham! In particular, stemmed from an issue of Smash Hits (RIP) he got when he was eight years old: "That issue and Wham! in particular changed my life forever. Before then I had wanted to be a football player, but from that day on I wanted to be a pop star. I didn't listen to Wham! forever, I just grew out of them I guess. It often happens that way. But I will never forget how much they meant to me". Anyway, it's a great cover, and you can check it out, plus some of their original tunes, here on the MySpace. And there are quite a few upcoming tour dates listed too, which is good news because, as I said, these guys are great live. CC

http://www.myspace.com/theboyleastlikelytouk

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LILY DOMINATES BRITS NOMINATIONS
So, it is Brits time once more, and here, ladies and gentlemen are the nominations for this year's awards, as announced at a little soiree for music types at the Hammersmith Palais just there last night. The full list of nominations is below, and presumably you're all capable of reading them for yourselves, but for lazier readers here's a quick summary.

As that headline there tells you, Lily Allen led the field being that she is up for four of the twelve awards available, including Best Female Solo Artist, Best Breakthrough Artist, Best British Album for 'Alright Still' and Best Single for 'Smile'.

Meanwhile, a number of artists received three nominations, including Muse, up for Best British Group, Best British Album and Best British Live Act, and Gnarls Barkley, nominated in the international Best Group, Best Album and Breakthrough categories.

Corinne Bailey Rae, James Morrison and Snow Patrol also each got three nominations, with all three competing with Allen for the Best British Single prize, a category which has eleven nominees this year, from which five favourites will be selected by listeners to commercial radio chart shows. The ITV audience will then get to vote for an overall winner from that five as the awards show airs live on 14 Feb.

As previously reported, the awards show will be presented by that Russell Brand bloke (who I'm strangely finding slightly less irritating of late) with ITV's back stage coverage presented by Fearne Cotton (who I'm strangely finding even more irritating every time I see her on TV). Live performance wise, Brits bosses are promising us Snow Patrol, Scissor Sisters, The Killers, Take That, Corinne Bailey Rae, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Amy Winehouse and Oasis, the latter of whom, of course, will be in attendance to pick up an Outstanding Contribution To Music award.

Commenting on the nominations, Peter Jamieson, soon to be ex boss of the BPI, who organise the awards, told CMU: "Music is one of the things that the British do well. But even by our standards 2006 was a great year. The BRIT Awards with MasterCard 2007 will celebrate Britain's love of music with a fantastic mix of UK and international artists".

For full nomination list fans, here's the full nomination list...

British male solo artist: James Morrison, Jarvis Cocker, Lemar, Paolo Nutini, Thom Yorke.

British female solo artist: Amy Winehouse, Corinne Bailey Rae, Jamelia, Lily Allen, Nerina Pallot.

British album: Amy Winehouse - Back to Black, Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, Lily Allen - Alright Still, Muse - Black Holes & Revelations, Snow Patrol - Eyes Open.

British group: Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, Muse, Razorlight, Snow Patrol.

British breakthrough act: Corinne Bailey Rae, The Fratellis, James Morrison, The Kooks, Lily Allen. (Winner chosen by those trendy BBC Radio 1 listeners)

International breakthrough act: Gnarls Barkley, Orson, The Raconteurs, Ray Lamontagne, Wolfmother. (Winner chosen by those right on MTV viewers)

British live act: George Michael, Guillemots, Kasabian, Muse, Robbie Williams. (Winner chosen by those lovely BBC Radio 2 listeners)

British single: Corinne Bailey Rae - Put Your Records On, The Feeling - Fill My Little World, James Morrison - You Give Me Something, The Kooks - She Moves In Her Own Way, Leona Lewis - A Moment Like This, Lily Allen - Smile, Razorlight - America, Sandi Thom - I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker, Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars, Take That - Patience, Will Young - All Time Love. (Winner chosen by two votes - one of commercial radio chart listeners, the other of ITV viewers on the night of the awards - I dread to think)

International male solo artist: Beck, Bob Dylan, Damien Rice, Jack Johnson, Justin Timberlake.

International female solo artist: Beyoncé, Cat Power, Christina Aguilera, Nelly Furtado, Pink.

International group: The Flaming Lips, Gnarls Barkley, The Killers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Scissor Sisters.

International album: Bob Dylan - Modern Times, Gnarls Barkley - St Elsewhere, Justin Timberlake - FutureSex/LoveSounds, The Killers - Sam's Town, Scissor Sisters - Ta-Dah.

Outstanding contribution to music: Oasis

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MUSIC ZONE TO CLOSE 31 STORES AS SEARCH FOR BUYER CONTINUES
Music retailer Music Zone, which, as previously reported, went into administration last week, has announced it is closing down 31 of its outlets, resulting in 325 job losses. The company's administrators, Deloitte, who are currently seeking a buyer for the chain, say that there is just not a business case for keeping the 31 closing stores open. Following that move the chain will now operate 72 shops around the country.

Confirming the store closures, Deloitte's Bill Dawson told reporters: "During the first week of trading [after going into administration], the administrators spent a considerable amount of time assessing the viability of the business and the difficult decision was taken to close a number of stores. However, we have commenced a marketing strategy to seek a buyer of the business as a going concern and continue to work hard to achieve a positive result for Music Zone".

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R KELLY MAKES UP WITH NEIGHBOURS OVER GUARD HOUSE
R Kelly has ended a feud with the residents of a village in Illinois where he has a rather large house. The R&B star pissed off village officials in Olympia Fields, a village just south of Chicago, by building a security guard 'shack' at the edge of his property without getting the appropriate permission. The village subsequently sued Kelly, pointing out that not only did fail to apply for permission, but he wouldn't have got it anyway because the village does not allow guard shacks.

Kelly countersued, arguing the village should make an exception in his case because he is "a nationally known, Grammy Award-winning recording artist". It was a demand that didn't get much sympathy among the population of Olympia Fields. Anyway, Kelly has agreed to back down, dropping his lawsuit and demolishing the guard house. He has also agreed to pay the village $20,000 to cover their legal fees. Village officials have now also dropped their litigation in relation to the dispute.

R Kelly's lawyer John Touhy told reporters that his client had backed down because he "wants to be a good neighbour". Village officials welcomed Kelly's decision, stressing that the matter was "never personal". Possibly in a bid to prove that the village didn't have any general issues with its R&B star resident, Village President Linzy Jones added that Kelly's Christmas decorations last month were just swell, telling reporters: "He had streams of lights running up and down the roof of this huge house, lights on the trees, all kinds of stuff - it was spectacular".

Kelly, of course, still awaits trial with regard to child porn and under age sex charges which have been pending trial for such a long time now I've kind of forgotten what they are all about, except to say that Kelly will plead not guilty if the case ever does actually reach court.

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GIRL ALOUD AND THE DRUGS GANG VISIT
A drugs gang burst into the home of Girl Aloud Nadine Coyle recently, thinking it was an empty house that would be a fine place to store millions of pounds worth of cocaine. The gang allegedly got access to the pop star's luxury flat when a letting agent, who thought it was empty, provided the gang with keys. We know all this because members of the drugs gang are currently in court facing various drugs charges, and Coyle's meeting with them is being used as evidence.

Prosecutor Nick Corsellis reported that Coyle was at home with her mother when she "heard a key in the door" of her flat: "She was extremely surprised to hear that... And went to investigate. She was confronted by the sight of four men standing in the hallway. As you may imagine she asked what they were doing there... She then invited them to leave which they did".

In a seemingly rather freaky coincidence, Coyle and band mate Cheryl Tweedy subsequently drove past a police drugs raid where officers swooped on members of the aforementioned gang during a drugs handover. Coyle recognised one of the men being arrested as one of her mystery visitors, and reported it to police accordingly. Weird. All gang members deny conspiring to supply 42kg of cocaine.

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GEORGE HARRISON LYRICS MAKE LOTS OF CASH
Those previously reported George Harrison lyrics (you know, the handwritten lyrics to 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps') have fetched a rather healthy $300,000 at a memorabilia auction in the US. The lyrics are the earliest known version of the song and contain some lines that did not appear in the final version of the song, featured on the Beatles' 'White Album' in 1968.

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KORN UNPLUGGED ALBUM NEWS
Korn have announced which fourteen tracks will appear on their upcoming 'Unplugged' album, which is due for release on 19 Feb, and which comes from a recording of an acoustic gig in New York back in December. As well as their own songs there will be covers of Radiohead's 'Creep' and The Cure's 'In Between Days', the latter of which includes guest vocals from Robert Smith. Evanescence's Amy Lee also guests, on the band's 1998 single 'Freak On A Leash'.

The full tracklisting is like this.

Thoughtless
Blind
Hollow Life
Freak On A Leash (featuring Amy Lee)
Falling Away
Creep
Love Song
Got The Life
Twisted Transistor
Dirty
Coming Undone
Make Me Bad/In Between Days (featuring Robert Smith)
No One's There
Throw Me Away

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ALBUM REVIEW: The Secret Show - Impressionist Road Map of the West (Warner/Atlantic Records)
Before I even started listening to this album, I couldn't stop re-reading the strapline on the album -"debut album from Matthew Davies' brand new side project". Matthew Davies? Where did I know that name from? A quick look at the press release and, ah, yes, the "vocalist with Funeral For A Friend". Damn - that's not good - FFAF's post-hardcore screams just don't light my candle. But begrudgingly I pressed play on the CD player, and... Well, maybe it was because I went into this whole thing with low expectations, but I haven't been blown away so much by a debut album in a long time. The first track (and soon to be first single) 'Lovers' is an incredible way to start the album, a buoyant number which reeks of summertime. There's a definite country influence on the album and this is perfected on 'The Girl From Chapel Hill' where Rhod Viney makes the pedal steel seem modern yet warmly familiar at the same time. There are some tracks which sound like the lead vocalist is back at an acoustic gig with FFAF, ('Impressionist Road Map of the West', 'The Duke') but in this context they seem far more enjoyable. There are female vocals provided throughout by Lianne Francis and these sound no more perfect than on 'Two Diamond Rats In The Desert' where we hear her voice flawlessly accompanying Davies' soothing tenor and even though it is the second track, by the end of the album that was the first track I went back to for a second listen. I think it's time Matthew Davies quit his day job. GM
Release Date: 5 Feb
Press Contact: Warner IH [all]

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MAY ON QUEEN'S NEW STUDIO WORK
Brian May has been talking in a very happy voice about recent studio collaborations between him, Queen band mate Roger Taylor and former Free frontman Paul Rodgers. Rodgers, of course, fronted that recent Queen reunion tour, with him replacing Freddie Mercury's vocals on a wide range of the Queen back catalogue. Motivated by the success of that tour, the trio have now been into the studio to work on new material. And here's what May has to say about the venture: "We went in the studio to see what happens, because we've already tested it pretty good on stage and that works great. And we went in almost unprepared and came up with some tracks, which I think are really great. They're very different, they're very unlike anything that we've done, or anything that Paul's done".

Confirming that there would be more Queen live shows with Rodgers, May continued: "It's gonna be good, because next time we go out, we won't just be nostalgia, we will be: 'This is what we are.'"

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PERRY FARRELL PROJECT ALBUM DUE
Now, I'm pretty sure that we reported that Perry Farrell, Lollapalooza founder and ex of Jane's Addiction of course, was planning a new project, entitled Satellite Party. Some time ago, in fact. So if you didn't remember it, now you know: Perry Farrell has a new project, called Satellite Party, and a debut album, 'Ultra Payloaded', is set to go on sale in the US on 15 May.

The LP features guest performances from the like of Peter Hook, RHCP's Flea, Fergie Black Eyed Peas, and Thievery Corporation, and is apparently a musically eclectic concept album. A spokesperson says of the new project: "Satellite Party was born out of Farrell's passionate belief that one step at a time people can change the world, and with this endeavor, he is launching a musical movement to do just that. Weaving together an array of genres with Farrell's modernist thinking, the music of Satellite Party tells a story through a collaborative brain trust of artists, musicians and environmentalists called The Solutionists, who seek to redesign and come up with solutions for the world."

The band will play live for the first time on 25 Jan at the 2007 ESPN Winter X-Games in Aspen.

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ARTROCKER FESTIVAL UP AND RUNNING
Artrocker magazine's mini-festival at London's Buffalo Bar kicked off with a gig by the Victorian English Gentlemen's Club last night, and there are four more gigs to come as follows:

17 Jan: Polytechnic
18 Jan: Xerox Teens, Untitled Musical Project, Rank Deluxe
19 Jan: Acoustic Ladyland, Infant, Awful Sparks
20 Jan: Hot Club De Paris, Foals, We Are The Physics

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EXTRA JASON DONOVAN DATES
Due to that popular demand thing, Jason Donovan has added three extra dates to the start of his previously reported UK tour, meaning there will now be two dates in Birmingham, plus dates in Brighton and Oxford. The full tour listings now look like this...

30 Apr: Birmingham Symphony Hall
1 May: Brighton Dome
2 May: Oxford New Theatre
4 May: Ipswich, Regent Theatre
5 May: Cambridge, Corn Exchange
6 May: Cardiff, St David's Hall
7 May: Liverpool Philharmonic
9 May: York, Grand Opera House
10 May: Aberdeen, Music Hall
11 May: Glasgow, Clyde Auditorium
12 May: Newcastle, City Hall
14 May: Carlisle, Sands Centre
15 May: Blackburn, King George's Hall
17 May: Nottingham, Royal Centre
18 May: Grimsby, Auditorium
19 May: Manchester, Apollo
21 May: Sheffield, City Hall
22 May: Southampton, Guildhall
24 May: Bristol, Colston Hall
25 May: London, Hammersmith Apollo
26 May: Birmingham, Symphony Hall

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KILLSWITCH ENGAGE EXPLAIN UK GIG CANCELLATIONS
US metallers Killswitch Engage had to cancel two UK dates pretty last minute at the weekend because guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz was taken to hospital for emergency surgery on his back.

A statement issued by the band yesterday explained the cancellations: "Following months of recuperation after previous back surgery for a herniated disc, Adam had been touring in the USA with little to no incident, but after a week of shows in the UK, the guitarist found himself suffering increasing back pain, spending the time before and after shows lying flat with a bag of ice on his lower back, in an effort to continue touring. To make matters worse, vocalist Howard Jones was suffering from a chest infection. After a series of tests in hospital, Adam was informed his back injury was so severe, he could definitely not continue the European tour, nor fly home - and would in fact need urgent surgery. Killswitch Engage had no choice but to postpone their shows in London, Bristol, and Paris while a Plan B was devised. Naturally, the band were worried about Adam and extremely disappointed he would not be able to finish the tour".

Plan B was to draft in Peter Wichers, former guitarist with death metallers Soliwork, who will fill in on upcoming dates while Dutkiewicz recovers. The cancelled London show will now take place while 29 Jan, while plans for rescheduling the cancelled Bristol show are tbc.

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ALBUM REVIEW: 4hero - Play With The Changes (Raw Canvas)
After two decades of producing and remixing some great music, whether it be as Tek 9, Cold Mission, DKD, Omniverse or, of course, 4hero, breakbeat / junglist pioneers Marc Clair and Dego Macfarlane seem to have found their niche within the modern soul / broken beat domain, and with their new long player trace a similar path to that found on 2001's 'Creating Patterns'. Collaborating with some big names in the scene, the 14 tracks on 'Play With The Changes' have been orchestrated and crafted lovingly. 'Morning Child', with Carina Anderson on vox, is a rather similar track to their epic cover of 'Les Fleur' on 'Creating Patterns' (which also had Carina on vocals). 'Look Inside', featuring Face, is upbeat and has a slightly futurebound mood, while 'Sink Or Swim', with Lady Alma, is smooth and mellow. On the slightly weaker side, Bembe Segue collaboration 'Something In The Way' is a tad bland and the Ursula Rucker spoken word track 'Awakening' is a bit old hat now. But then Dego takes it away with 'Stoke Up The Fire', a track full of prominent guitar riffs (courtesy of Dego's love of Polish Rock!), while the album's title track grooves along nicely, with a little help from Larry Mizell. A cover of Stevie Wonder's 'Superwoman' reinforces the mood of the LP, while the two instrumentals on here are really good - 'Sophia' has real majesty, and the jazz of 'Why Don't You Talk' demonstrates that the duo are very much musicians rather than simply programmers. Finally, 'Bed of Roses', with Jody Watley, harks back to the 1997 'Two Pages' album and is archetypal 4hero. Although lacking some of their breakbeat genius, 'Play With The Changes' is an exemplary journey into future so called 'West London' soul - demonstrating that Clair and Macfarlane have definitely matured with age. PV
Release date: 29 Jan
Press contact: Beyond Publicity PR [all]

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UK TRADE BODIES ANNOUNCE STREAMLINED IDENTIFIER SERVICE
One for fans of bar codes now. Come on, you know who you are. The BPI and the Association Of Independent Music yesterday announced a partnership with global data standards body GS1 aimed at streamlining the process of assigning unique numbers to album and single track releases for the benefit of British independent record companies. Those numbers are used in bar codes on physical releases, and are also used as identifiers by most online services. The new scheme should mean it is less hassle for smaller record companies to access and use the unique numbers.

Announcing the partnership, Gary Lynch, COO of GS1 UK, told CMU: "We want to make the process of getting music sales identified correctly as simple as possible to allow musicians to focus on making great music, not assigning it unique numbers. The initiative will streamline the distribution process and give visibility into where and how music is being bought and sold".

AIM Head Of Business Affairs Michael Fuller added: "This is a great deal for AIM members as it will make the acquisition of bar codes more accessible. AIM is pleased to be involved in the new initiative which will improve access to new digital markets and allow independent labels to compete more effectively".

Jon Webster, who heads up independent member services for the BPI, added: "The GS1 deal makes it simpler and more cost effective for our members to get the necessary bar codes; we'll always do what we can to make life easier for our members to get on with what they do best - making records".

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APPLE FINANCIALS DUE
Wall Street is awaiting an earnings report from Apple, due later today, which will cover the first quarter of their current financial year. The computer firm is expected to exceed original expectations because iPod and general Mac sales seem to have been particularly healthy over the festive period. A healthy set of figures will be good for Apple - about whom investors have been slightly cautious of late because of SEC and US Attorney General investigations into allegations relating to the possibly dodgy disbursement of backdated stock options to executives at the company - a story we haven't reported on too much, but which could seriously damage the computer firm's reputation, in investment quarters at least, if any serious financial improprieties were proven on the part of senior execs at the company. However, some insiders say that the most senior Apple players, including top man Steve Jobs, should escape those investigations untarnished which, coupled with the impressive financials and more rumours regarding a pending iTunes/Beatles deal, should mean that Apple maintains the support of the city.

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SONYBMG PARENT MAY ANNOUNCE NEW TOP MAN
According to the New York Times, one Hartmut Ostrowski is favourite to take the top job at German media conglom, and SonyBMG co-parent, Bertelsmann when current CEO Gunther Thielen's contract runs out on 31 Aug. Ostrowski, head of Bertelsmann's printing division Arvato, is reportedly favoured by Liz Mohn, the most influential member of the Bertelsmann owning Mohn family. If he gets the job, Ostrowski will have to take on the task of paying off the loans Berteslmann took out last year in order to buy out minority shareholder GBL.

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THE SOURCE ISSUE HIP HOP WEEKLY WITH CEASE AND DESIST
US hip hop magazine The Source are suing the new media venture from its founders, David Mays and Ray 'Benzino' Scott, who were ousted from their original magazine by new owners last year. The lawsuit relates to the strapline used by Mays and Benzino's new magazine, Hip Hop Weekly, which boasts that it is "brought to you by the founders of The Source". While that is, in fact, a statement of fact, The Source's new owners say the line implies Hip Hop Weekly is somehow endorsed by or affiliated to their title, which, they say, amounts to unfair competition and trademark infringement.

The Source's legal rep Andy I Corea told AllHipHop.com: "The concern for The Source is that the masthead of Hip Hop Weekly is a problem because it creates some confusion as to whether or not the magazine has an affiliation with The Source. If you saw a restaurant and it had on the sign 'from the creators of the Big Mac' you would have every reason to think the company had an affiliation with McDonald's. That's how we feel about that language. You are entitled to make true statements and there is nothing that we are trying to do to interfere with the magazine, we just want some changes to that language in the masthead to prevent people from thinking that Hip Hop Weekly has an affiliation with The Source. We are open to other options, we just want people to know Hip Hop Weekly is not affiliated with The Source".

Representing Hip Hop Weekly, David J Finkler told AllHipHop.com: "We just received the cease and desist letter and we are evaluating it. I don't think there is any merit to the letter on first glance. I don't think that anyone can deny that Dave and Ray were the creators of The Source. We will respond accordingly".

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VIRGIN RADIO CEO HEADING TO GCAP
Fru Hazlitt who, as previously reported, is leaving her job as CEO of Virgin Radio, is reportedly close to signing a deal with GCap Media. According to the Media Guardian, it is likely she will become MD of GCap London, with responsibility for Capital Radio and Choice FM.

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JARVIS COCKER ALSO UP FOR EUROVISION
Jarvis Cocker, not to be outdone by fellow Brit Morrissey, has said he would like to write a song for Europe. Following the news that the BBC have been in talks with the former Smiths frontman, plus other high profile British acts, to provide tracks for the Eurovision Song Contest, Cocker has said that he too would like to help raise the standard.

He told BBC Five Live, "I'm not going to compete with Mozzer if he's going to do it. I'm sure he'll write something good. The door is always open if they want to ask me. I've always wanted to write one for them. Maybe I'll do it next year."

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LOPEZ BACK IN COURT OVER EX'S BOOK
Jennifer Lopez will be back in court in LA this week to seek a gagging order to prevent former husband Ojani Noa publishing his proposed book about their eleven month marriage, 'The Unknown Truth: A Passionate Portrait Of A Serial Thriller', in which he promises to publish details of the singer's infidelities and provide a "sensitive, private and intimate" insight into their marriage.

If I remember rightly, she's had a gagging order before, pending out of court mediation. Or something like that. Whatever, this is basically part of an ongoing campaign to prevent the publication of the book. J-Lo's lawyer, Jay Lavely says: "Noa's claims are false and defamatory."

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THE GAME COULD KICK DAVID BECKHAM'S ASS
Or so he says. Rap star The Game has voiced his opinion that he could kick David Beckham's ass at soccer, in the wake of the former England captain's transfer to the American soccer league (I didn't even know they had one). Anyway, The Game describes Beckham's standard of play as merely "pretty good", adding "I'd kick David Beckham's ass on any given day. I'd just pick the ball up and kick the shit out of the stadium, game over."

Which shows you what level of understanding the hip hopper has of the rules of soccer.

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AUTOMATIC HIT BACK AT HORRORS
The Automatic have responded to comments made about them by The Horrors, who apparently called them bland and accused them of "flogging a dead horse".

The band's Frost told Gigwise: "I wouldn't call our music bland, I think that there's quite a lot in our music. I think that they come from the sort of art-school background and they're just trying to be as cool as possible. We don't really care to be honest, if you don't like us don't bother with us."

Bandmate Rob sounds like he does care, though, as he added: "They're raping a dead pig."

The band's Iwan continued: "I don't really see the point in animosity to other bands, I could say I don't really like their music but I don't know them as people so I'm not going to say anything deliberately annoying or offensive cos that's just a cry for attention. I don't see why you'd be deliberately antagonistic to other people who are just trying to do what you're doing, just make music and make a living out of it. It's just something that goes without saying that you respect other bands and not go purposely out of your way to not do that."

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