CMU Daily - on the inside Tuesday 30th January
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In today's CMU Daily:
- NME announce award nominations
- Kiri in court over underwear concerns
- More Lopez dispute nonsense
- Brandy faces misdemeanour charges over crash
- Wagner talks more about Petty rip off claims
- Pretty Girls Make Graves split
- Modest Mouse album due in March
- Kelly Jones on solo album
- South, downloads, gigs, podcasts
- White Stripes seek one album deal in US
- Muse up for Klaxons support
- Right Said Fred return
- The Kooks on album two
- Iggy added to SXSW line up
- The Ripps, album, single, gigs
- JASRAC reach interim agreement with iTunes Japan
- EMAP downsize local radio operations
- Capital renew Vaughan contract
- MTV Europe VP stands down
- Stone turned down Idol guest spot
- Robbie looking for acting roles?
- U2 and God, in the same package, wonderful
- Timberlake love life update
- NME awards nominees in full


I'm always in two minds when brands launch battle of the bands competitions. On the one hand, anything that offers a platform for new music talent is a great thing. Then again, so many people stage battle of the bands competitions these days, sometimes I question the originality of brands who feel the need to stage yet another one. Which means that whenever a new 'battle' launches I feel the need to spend a little quality time assessing the plans, remit and potential of each scheme, before deciding whether to champion it or not. Or sometimes a lovely PR calls you up about it, and then an invite to a launch party arrives, and you throw all that out of the window and go for the "this is great" line anyway. I won't tell you why I'm championing O2 Undiscovered, though if you're going to their launch party tomorrow I'll see you there! Actually, this is quite a good one. Unsigned bands can upload their music to O2's website, where an A&R team from Polydor will listen to them. They will pick a top ten which will then get to perform in London, with a pundit filled panel, and O2 customers voting for their favourites. The over all winner will get to record one track under the guidance of Polydor, a digital release of that track, a chance to play at the O2 Wireless Festival, O2 handsets, five grand's worth of equipment, a photo shoot, legal support and, oh other things too. This all goes live tomorrow with full details online at Press info from Mission Media or Strike 3.



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I will confess that the primary reason that I got round to nominating Josh Pyke for the high honour that is CMU's MySpace Of The Day was that the self-styled 'new boy' at Hyperlaunch sent us a charming email detailing exactly why we should nominate Josh Pyke. Here are his reasons:

1) His ace debut album, 'Memories And Dust', is coming out later this year
2) He's touring in Feb/Mar
3) His MySpace page has got big pictures of rabbits on it, as well as his ace new weekly video blog
4) He's a dead nice fella
5) It would really impress my new colleagues and might mean they'd pick on me less...

We think they're all good ones, especially number 3. Plus, once I visited the site, I was rather taken by Mr Pyke's melodious tones and poppy, folky sounds. Good stuff.


The NME last night announced the nominations for those annual awards that tedious people like me insist on still calling the Brats. Five bands picked up four nominations each across the 23 categories that feature, and none of them in those negative categories like Worst Band or Villain Of The Year, which is surely an achievement in itself. Those bands are Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, Muse, The Killers and My Chemical Romance.

The first three of that list, ie the British bands among them, all compete in the Best British Band category, alongside Babyshambles and Oasis. The latter two both appear on the shortlist for Best International Band, alongside CSS, The Strokes and We Are Scientists.

The full list of nominees is at the bottom of today's Daily, so it would be pointless to pick out one or the other for mention here. But let's do it anyway. Among the contenders for best solo artist are Lily Allen, Jarvis Cocker, Jamie T, Thom Yorke and Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly, while up for the Best Live Band gong are Arctic Monkeys, Babyshambles, Kasabian, Muse and My Chemical Romance. Among the festivals vying for Best Live Event are Download, Oxegen, T In The Park, V Festival and the Carling Weekend. On the media side of things, Lauren Laverne, Zane Lowe, Chris Moyles, Colin Murray and Jo Whiley are all up for Best Radio DJ, while DrownedinSound,, MySpace, Pitchfork and YouTube are all competing for Best Website. There, that was fun, wasn't it?

Readers of the magazine will now vote on the shortlists published last night, with the overall winners announced at an event at London's Hammersmith Palais on 1 Mar. Assuming they don't knock it down before then.

PS: Oh, you all have to vote for OK Go's 'Here it Goes Again' in the best video category - check it out if you've never seen it -


Opera singer Kiri Te Kanawa reportedly pulled out of co-headline concerts with Aussie rock star John Farnham back in 2005 because she was fearful underwear would be thrown on stage during her performance. Which is pretty understandable, if you ask me.

Kanawa had agreed to appear at the co-headliner event, that would have been called Two Great Voices, and would have been staged in Melbourne and Sydney. But the singer subsequently watched a DVD recording of a Farnham concert and was unsettled by his somewhat excitable audience. She reportedly thought the show looked "absolutely horrendous".

She subsequently pulled out of the shows despite, the event's promoters say, assurances that no underwear would be thrown on stage when the pair appeared together. Quite how they planned to fulfill that assurance I'm not sure - put a big net up in front of the stage perhaps? Either way, those promoters, Leading Edge Events, claim Kanawa was in breach of contract when she pulled out of the concerts, and are suing her and her former manager, Nick Grace, to the tune of AUS$ 2 million. Kanawa in turn is suing Grace with regard the original booking.

The whole affair is being retold as we speak as Leading Edge's case works it way through the New South Wales Supreme Court. It is not yet clear in Kanawa herself will be give evidence during the case.


More from the pop courts, and this ongoing dispute between Jennifer Lopez and her first husband, Ojani Noa, who, as previously reported, is threatening to publish a tell-all book about their brief marriage. Personally I'd just let him publish it, tolerate some embarrassment for a couple of months, and then get on with my life. But that's possibly why my celebrity management agency never got off the ground.

Either way, Lopez is keen to stop the book ever getting out. As previously reported, she sued Noa over the book last year on grounds of breach of contract, and successfully obtained an injunction to delay its publication. She also asked that her ex be forced into arbitration - ie agree to allow an independent third party, other than a court, to rule on the dispute. Presumably because that could be done in private, where as if the disagreement is fought in court then the disputed content in the book will probably get into the public domain anyway, even if the book is ultimately never published. Certainly Noa seemed to be resisting arbitration, in favour of a full court trial, for that reason.

Anyway, in the latest development, a LA court has now told Noa he will, in fact, have to agree to arbitration, seemingly because he is bound to do so under the terms of a previous settlement between the couple in October 2005. Or something like that. A progress hearing on the arbitration process has now been set for 30 Jul, which presumably means nobody expects a settlement to be reached on this especially quickly, even if Noa does now agree to arbitration.


More on that fatal car crash involving and, ultimately, caused by US pop star Brandy at the end of last year. The latest news is that the California Highway Patrol have recommended the singer be charged with vehicular manslaughter, presumably on the basis that her negligence, ie driving into the car in front of her, ultimately caused the death of the woman driving that car.

The CHP has referred the matter to the LA Attorney's Office, where a spokesman told reporters yesterday: "The office is currently reviewing the case and determining whether the evidence warrants the filing of a misdemeanour charge of vehicular manslaughter". That charge carries a maximum sentence of a $1000 fine and a year in jail, although her lawyer could potentially get a more lenient sentence by entering a plea bargain. It is unclear how long it will take for prosecutors to reach a decision.

Brandy's people have made no new comment, over and above her original statement expressing her sympathies to the family of the woman who died as a result of the crash, and requesting the media respect her and that family's privacy.


More on that previously reported dispute between Californian songwriter Jim Wagner and Tom Petty, actually, quite a lot more - Wagner has written a lengthy statement on it all. As previously reported, Wagner claims that Petty's 2002 song 'The Last DJ' is a rip off of his 2000 song 'The Last Great Radio DJ'. Wagner says he wrote his song about KLOS radio presenter Jim Ladd, who is a friend of Petty, which is why he is so convinced Petty had access to his song when writing 'The Last DJ'.

Anyway, in a long open letter published by Aussie website Undercover, Wagner says: "This is the biggest cover-up and conspiracy in music history. No case in history remotely approaches this degree of wrongdoing regarding a copyrighted song. I wrote 'The Last Great Radio DJ' about Jim Ladd, DJ at KLOS in Los Angeles. I sent him a demo of the song in July of 2000 after attaining a federal copyright. In October of 2000, Ladd led a panel discussion at the Museum Of Television And Radio in Beverly Hills inviting his longtime friend, Tom Petty. Ladd introduced Petty to speak. Petty said, "I always refer to Jim Ladd as the last DJ". [But] upon release, Petty blatantly lied stating that 'The Last DJ' wasn't based on anyone".

And that's just the start of the lengthy letter, which also includes previously reported expert commentary compiled by Wagner that supports his case. You can read the whole thing at this here URL:


So, last week was all about reunions, this week it's all about band splits. Seattle based Pretty Girls Make Graves have split up. I know this, because this statement has been posted on their website. "We are sorry to announce that our upcoming tour in May will be our last. [Drummer] Nick [Dewitt] quit the band and the rest of us feel like it wouldn't be right to continue on without him. The five of us feel very lucky to have met and worked with some truly amazing people over the years. Thank you all so much."


Modest Mouse's next album, the first since the legend that is Johnny Marr joined the group, is scheduled for release in March. Called 'We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank', one track, 'Dashboard', is already doing the rounds, and is on the band's MySpace at The full tracklisting is as follows:

March into the Sea
Fire It Up
Parting of the Sensory
Missed the Boat
We've Got Everything
Fly Trapped in a Jar
Little Motel
Steam Engenius
Spitting Venom
People as Places as People


Kelly Jones, he of Stereophonics, has released his debut solo album 'Only The Names Have Been Changed' for download, with a physical release set for March. Here are the words he used when asked about the long player: "The main reason I wanted to do it is to get away from the expectancy of three Top 5 singles, a Number 1 LP and an 18-month tour. I'm ten years in now and want to do projects that excite me in between. I didn't want it to have anything to do with charts or the pressure of playlists. It's music for people who love music. It's not about going solo. That's the last thing I ever want to do. It's more about making something spontaneous, and making it spontaneously."


Have I ever mentioned just how much we love South at CMU? I'm sure I did. At least once. Anyway, the South boys will return with a new download only single, 'You Are One' on 16 Apr, which is quite a way away, but certainly something to look forward to (actually, it's off current album 'Adventures In The Underground Journey', which you can get now, if you're an impatient type). The digital release will be preceded by a gig at Cargo on 11 Apr. The band are also planning to do a monthly podcast from their London studios, South Studio 2. I am reliably informed the first one features a new version of 'Same Old Story', an exclusive new acoustic track, album tracks, remixes plus, at no extra cost, general wisdom from the boys. You can download it at


As previously reported, White Stripes manager/attorney Ian Montone is currently shopping around for a new US deal now that the duo's relationship with the US version of V2 is at an end (V2 US, of course, now a catalogue and gospel label). According to HitsDailyDouble, Montone is currently speaking to the majors about a one album deal worth several million dollars, which is quite optimistic if you ask me, but apparently Warners and Universal owned Interscope have both expressed an interest. Jack White's friendship with Interscope founder Jimmy Iovine may well tip the balance in their favour.


Muse frontman Matt Bellamy has commented on that recent story in which Klaxons revealed that they had foolishly knocked back an informal offer to support Muse at their upcoming Wembley Stadium gigs, mainly because the band's Jamie Reynolds was a bit drunk at the time and didn't really think about it. They subsequently told the media they would love to support Muse, and that they were desperately trying to get another offer to play. Well, Bellamy, who has told NME they plan to have three support bands for the Wembley concerts, said at the Big Day Out festival this weekend, when asked about the Klaxons story: "Is that what they've said? Well OK, if they're still up for it, well bring them on!" As previously reported, Muse play Wembley Stadium on 16 and 17 Jun. And, as unbelievable as this might sound, word has it the venue may actually be ready this time.


In these days of multi-channel TV I don't get to see many TV ads (everyone channel hops during the ads, yes?), but apparently there is a soap powder ad doing the rounds using Right Said Fred's pop, erm, classic 'I'm Too Sexy'. Seemingly enough non-channel-hoppers have seen it to warrant the pop song getting a re-release. Oh yes. It will resurface on 2 Apr via Tug Records.


The Kooks have told the NME they have started work on their next album, which will make Mary here at CMU's day I'm sure - more The Kooks to look forward to, hurrah! Here's what frontman Luke Pritchard says about the whole venture: "To be honest I don't give a fuck how the next record does because I never expected any of this - well, I do give a fuck, but it isn't what my focus is". Sorted.


Iggy Pop has been added to the Q&A line up for this year's SXSW festival, which takes place in Texas in March of course. The session will precede the release of 'The Weirdness', the first Iggy & The Stooges album in, oh I don't know, more years than I care to count.


Recent Catskills signings The Ripps will release their debut album 'Long Live The Ripps' on 29 Mar, with single 'Loco' out on 5 Mar. And if you want to find out what they're all about, may I suggest one of the following tour dates? Or, possibly, their MySpace -

2 Feb: Lucorum, Barnsley (with The Hedrons)
7 Feb: Newcastle (venue tvc)
9 Feb: Louder Than Bombs @ Escobar, Wakefield
10 Feb: Panic @ The Sanctuary, Birmingham
27 Feb: Artrocker @ The Buffalo Bar, London
8 Apr: International Students House, 229 Great Portland Street- London W1


Our good friends at JASRAC, that society representing Japanese songwriters and publishers, has reached an interim royalties payment agreement with iTunes Japan. JASRAC has so far received no payment from iTunes, which launched in Japan in August 2005, because Apple's database system isn't compatible with that operated by JASRAC. It's not clear whether those databases are any where near talking to each other yet, but the one off payment should keep the collecting society sweet for the time being. Billboard cite an informed source as saying the interim payment is in the region of $2 million.


EMAP has announced it will cut 50 jobs from its local radio network - the Big City Network - which includes Edinburgh's Forth One, Manchester's Key 103 and Preston's Red Rose Rock FM (actually, they call it Rock FM now, but I prefer the old name, me being a big alliteration fan and all that). It's not entirely clear how the 50 jobs will be distributed over the network, though the Guardian say 20 posts are expected to go in Scotland, and ten in Northern Ireland, which I guess leaves another 20 across England. There will be a thirty day consultation period with staff across the network, presumably to see how many voluntary redundancies can be achieved.

The company said in a statement yesterday: "Following a period of local review, EMAP local radio stations have drawn up plans aimed at safeguarding audiences and revenue streams, whilst positioning for future growth. The likely result is some localised changes and unfortunately this means that a number of roles are at risk of redundancy. In an increasingly competitive marketplace, each station has to be in the best possible shape, and this move is in line with EMAP Plc's stated goal of increasing operational efficiencies across all of its businesses".


Keeping his job in the wacky world of radio is Johnny Vaughan, who has just signed a new three year deal to continue hosting the breakfast show on GCap's flagship London station Capital Radio, despite the fact ratings on the show have fallen considerably since he took over from Chris Tarrant in April 2004. The show is, however, still the biggest breakfast show in London, despite strong competition from Jamie Theakston at Heart 106.2, and Capital bosses seem committed to keeping the former Big Breakfast presenter in the hot seat on its prime time slot, despite considerable revamps elsewhere in the schedule during the three years Vaughan has been in the job.

Commenting on his time with the show, Vaughan told reporters yesterday: "I inherited London's number one breakfast show three years ago from a living legend with 17 years under his belt. To keep the show in the top spot with that kind of legacy has been a tremendous challenge, particularly given the intensity of the competition. The markets changed and so have we. I've got a great team around me and the show is going from strength to strength".


Not renewing his contract is Dieter Gorny, exec-VP at MTV Networks Europe ever since the broadcaster bought out his German music channel VIVA in 2004. MTV bosses confirmed yesterday that Gorny had left the company at the end of last month to "pursue new career opportunities". Gorny, who enjoyed especially close relations with the German music industry, is expected to stay on as Deputy Chairman of IFPI Germany while pursuing his new projects.


Joss Stone has told reporters she turned down an offer to appear as a guest judge on American Idol because she thinks the TV talent shows are too nasty. She told The People: "I find these shows far too cruel. Music should be allowed to develop naturally".

Talking of the Idol franchise, Neil Fox last week indicated that plans are afoot to stage a third series of Pop Idol here in the UK, despite the dominance of newer rival X-Factor in the reality show market. Fox, a judge on Pop Idol of course, also revealed that there had been plans to stage a celeb version of the show last year, but that plans were axed after ITV commissioned the celeb version of X-Factor instead.


I am sure we report on this every few months, but reports suggest that Robbie Williams is considering taking a break from music in order to go into acting. He is reportedly in talks with director Roy Vernon re the possibility of playing a recovering alcoholic in an adaptation of the Nick Charles' book 'Through A Glass Brightly: The Fall And Rise Of An Alcoholic'.


That U2-charist thing which we reported on once before, you know, the church service incorporating U2 songs that has been staged in various places in the US, is coming to the UK. The U2-charist will be staged (do you stage a communion?) at a Lincoln church in May. The event will focus on the Millennium Development Goals which hope to alleviate world poverty, a cause championed by U2's Bono of course. Commenting on the service, the Bishop of Grantham, the Rt Rev Timothy Ellis, told reporters: "The Millennium Development Goals are extremely important for the future of the world. It is also very important that we continue to try and find ways of worshipping that are surprising, challenging and fun. Rock music can be a vehicle of immense spirituality". Bono wasn't available for comment. Nor was God. Which is suspicious. Have you ever seen Bono and God in the same room at the same time? No, me neither.


And so to the story you're all actually after - an update on Justin Timberlake's love life. Rumour has it that Timberlake, only recently split from Cameron Diaz of course, might now be dating another actress, Jessica Biel. Apparently Timberlake was seen "flirting outrageously" with the actress at a Golden Globes after party, so much so he later reportedly rowed with ex Diaz over the incident. Which may or may not be why he then invited Biel on a snowboarding trip. Here's what a source told the Daily Mail: "Justin and Jessica hit it off ever since getting close at the Golden Globes do. Justin's a romantic guy and knew there was an unmistakable chemistry between them. He took the opportunity to invite her snowboarding with him so he could see if they can take this further".



Best British Band: Arctic Monkeys, Babyshambles, Kasabian, Muse, Oasis

Best International Band: CSS, The Killers, My Chemical Romance, The Strokes, We Are Scientists

Best Solo Artist: Lily Allen, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Jarvis Cocker, Jamie T, Thom Yorke

Best New Band: The Fratellis, The Horrors, Klaxons, The Kooks, The View

Best Live Band: Arctic Monkeys, Babyshambles, Kasabian, Muse, My Chemical Romance

Best Album: Arctic Monkeys - Whatever You Say I Am, That's What I'm Not; Kasabian - Empire; The Killers - Sam's Town; Muse - Black Holes And Revelations, My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade

Best Track: Dirty Pretty Things - Bang Bang You're Dead, The Killers - When You Were Young, Klaxons - Atlantis To Interzone, Muse - Supermassive Black Hole, The View - Wasted Little DJs

Best Video: The Horrors - Sheena Is A Parasite, Kasabian - Empire, The Killers - Bones, OK Go - Here It Goes Again, Panic! At The Disco - I Write Sins Not Tragedies

Best Music DVD: Arctic Monkeys - Scummy Man, Dirty Pretty Things - Puffing On A Coffin Nail, Foo Fighters - Skin And Bones, Maximo Park - Found On Film, My Chemical Romance - Life On The Murder Scene

Best Live Event: Carling Weekend: Reading And Leeds Festivals, Download 2006, Oxegen, T In The Park, V2006

Best Film: Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan,
Casino Royale, The Departed, Little Miss Sunshine, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Best TV Show: Extras, Gonzo, Lost, The Mighty Boosh, Never Mind The Buzzcocks

Best Radio Show: Lauren Laverne (Xfm), Zane Lowe (Radio 1), Chris Moyles (Radio 1), Colin Murray (Radio 1), Jo Whiley

Hero Of The Year: Carl Barat, Pete Doherty, Faris Rotter, Alex Turner, Gerard Way

Villain Of The Year: Tony Blair, Johnny Borrell, George Bush, Pete Doherty, Gerard Way

Sexiest Man: Carl Barat, Matt Bellamy, Pete Doherty, Brandon Flowers, Gerard Way

Sexiest Woman: Lily Allen, Beth Ditto, Kate Jackson, Kate Moss, Karen O

Best Dressed: Carl Barat, Russell Brand, Pete Doherty, Brandon Flowers, Faris Rotter

Worst Dressed: Lily Allen, Johnny Borrell, Russell Brand, Pete Doherty, Faris Rotter

Worst Album: Lily Allen - Alright, Still, The Feeling - Twelve Stops And Home, My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade, Razorlight - Razorlight, Robbie Williams - Rudebox

Worst Band: The Feeling, The Horrors, The Kooks, Panic! At The Disco, Razorlight

Best Venue: Brixton Academy, Glasgow Barrowlands, London KOKO, London Astoria, Manchester Apollo

Best Website: DrownedinSound, Last.FM, MySpace, Pitchfork, YouTube

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