CMU Daily - on the inside Friday 16th February
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Viewers complain about Brand's Brits gags
- ABC round up
- Jackson track emerges on internet
- Chesney on the Zellweger anullment, he's not gay by the way
- Bloc Party enter US top 20
- Carey is face of Pinko
- Milli Vanilli movie in the works
- Cornell confirms he's departed Audioslave
- Astbury leaves Doors band
- Yoko Ono on Lennon regrets
- Good Charlotte on new album again
- New QOTSA album news
- Gore and Wall confirm 'live earth'
- US college sticks by Busta Rhymes cancellation decision
- Scissor Sisters announce new date
- Bring Me The Horizon tour
- I Was A Cub Scout want people for video
- Warner chief talks up mobile
- City news
- Koch launch jazz imprint
- Canadian industry pushed for iPod tax again
- Former Capital chief to advise national multiplex bid
- Jamelia gets her kit off
- Take that on not talking about Robbie

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TOP BIT >>
Another busy busy week, more stories that there just wasn't time to run. Which is a shame. I wanted to tell you about the rather lovely looking 'Songs For The Young At Heart' compilation being put together by Dave Boulter and Stuart Staples of the Tindersticks and released by V2, and featuring pop stars singing songs of your childhood, like Bonnie Prince Billy's version of 'Puff The Magic Dragon' and Jarvis Cocker's retelling of the 'The Lion & Albert' story. But there just wasn't time. No time either to tell you the initial line up that has been announced for Poland's Open'er Festival which takes place at the end of June - though if I tell you Bjork, Beastie Boys and Muse will all headline, that's kind of done. No room to tell you that David Lee Roth has said he hopes the previously reported Van Halen reunion will be permanent, though I guess I've just told you that now, so that's that done. And I guess if I tell you now that Hawaii has announced it will erect a statue of Elvis Presley in honour of a landmark gig he played in Honolulu in 1973, the first Elvis concert to be beamed around the world, then that's that story done also. There was no room for the digital type news that YouTube have committed to putting up a notice on their website in Japanese warning users in Japan about the copyright rules governing what they can and cannot upload (or at least Japanese authors' society JASRAC says YouTube bosses have told them that they will). No room either to report that the previously reported cuts at MTV US will include the axing of the MTV World network for 'multi-cultural' audiences - which includes MTV Desi, which targets South Asian Americans, MTV Chi, which targets Chinese Americans, and MTV K which is for Korean Americans. Bosses there say they hope to continue the multicultural brands online though. And finally, there was no time to tell you about an international Battle Of The Bands competition being staged by MySpace, Virgin Records, Gibson and EA Games, though in my defence when I went to the MySpace page that tells you all about it, http://www.myspace.com/burnoutbandslam, I got one of those error messages you see more and more on MySpace these days. Perhaps I'll try again over the weekend and report on it next week.

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CMU RECOMMENDS>>

REMIX NIGHT FEBRUARY
It's another great Remix Night this Friday. First up Transmission, the band that features former Verve bassist and ongoing Damon Albarn collaborator Simon Tong, former Killing Joke members Youth and Paul Ferguson, and Dreadzone's Tim Bran, will be playing live. Given the all round busy-ness of these guys, this is likely to be you're only chance to catch them live before the summer - so get in there. Next you'll get Manchester boys Keith, who have been doing the live circuit for a while now, and who are getting even better with time. And as if that wasn't enough, DJing will be Mr Go Home Productions who is celebrating the long awaited release this week of his debut album 'Mashed'. All this plus, of course, Remix host Eddy TM, making for one hell of an evening. It all takes place on 16 Feb at Cargo in East London.

BASICS: Friday 16 Feb, Cargo, London, 9pm - 3am, tix £10. Press info from Leyline.

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

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VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: Inspiration Information at Notting Hill Arts Club
The NHAC can be a little pretentious at times, but this night is well worth checking out. Patrick Forge is one of the best alternative DJs and definitely a competitor for Radio 1's Gilles Peterson's title of 'king of cool'. He's backed up here by the burly 'house with soul' supremo Phil Asher. Together they'll be blending the finest soulful and jazzy house, broken beat, boogie, funk, Latin and other super cool shit. They also have that Ladies First warm up thing going on from 6pm with ressie Katie 'it's gotta be deep and full of soul' Barber on the decks and some folkie-American bits from Sarah Gillespie thrown in to join the dots.

Friday 16 Feb, Notting Hill Arts Club, 21 Notting Hill Gate, W11, 6pm till 2am, info at http://www.nottinghillartsclub.com, free before 8pm, £6 before 11pm and £8 after.

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VIEWERS COMPLAIN ABOUT BRAND'S BRITS GAGS
There was a time when 435 complaints about a TV show was news, but in these post-Racist-Celebrity Big Brother days any show that gets less than 10,000 complaints is just not trying hard enough. But 435 viewers did complain about remarks made by Russell Brand during Wednesday night's Brit Awards - 300 calling ITV directly, another 135 lodging complaints with media regulator OfCom.

OfCom confirmed most of the complaints it has received were about "the tone of the jokes made during the ceremony", with Brand's gags about the Queen, the Iraq War and Robbie Williams' recently announced admission to rehab seemingly causing particular offence. The Iraq War gag preceded the International Breakthrough award, with Brand remarking "I think a good international breakthrough would be if the British and American soldiers tell each other where they are standing", which I think's quite a good gag, but it seemingly garnered a few boos at the event itself, as well as complaints from viewers.

ITV also confirmed it had received complaints, and that most of those complaints were about Brand's gags (rather than any swearing, which was bleeped out before the 9pm watershed). The network apologised if any offence had been caused by the Brits show, but added that Brand was "an edgy host for an edgy event" (I think they mean "an irritating host for a heavily sponsored corporate event" - but we won't get pedantic about these things, as I say, while Brand might be an irritating git, I thought most of his gags were quite funny).

Of more concern to both ITV and the Brits organisers will be how many people tuned in, more so than how many of those viewers were offended. The good news is that overnight ratings suggest viewing figures were up from last year, from 4.6 million viewers in 2006 to 5.3 million viewers this year, with the decision to air the event live possibly providing the audience boost. That said, the music awards didn't equal the 6.3 million viewers who tuned in in 2005, nor did it beat the Arsenal v Bolton match BBC 1 screened against it, which drew in 6.2 million viewers. Though, as we've no doubt said before, TV ratings are all a bit made up, so who knows how many people really tuned in in 2005, 2006 or 2007? Though, at the very least, we do know for certain 435 easily offended people were watching.

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ABC ROUND UP
Time for our regular music mag ABC round up - when I tackle the tricky task of reviewing the official circulation figures for the various music magazines, fully knowing that the editors of most of these mags will be reading and will no doubt dispute anything I say. Ah well, here goes anyway.

First up, the last six months of 2006 were not great for EMAP's flagship music monthly Q, which saw its circulation drop 16.8% compared with the same period in 2005, and 11.4% compared with its performance in the first half of last year. Q's average monthly circulation was 168,547 in the latter half of 2005, but it fell to 140,282 in 2006. Q's sister title at EMAP, Mojo, also saw its circulation fall between July and December, down 5.3% compared to the previous year, and 6.2% down on the first half of the year. The average monthly circulation for that period was 114,183.

Despite the declines, in Q and Mojo EMAP does still own the two biggest selling music titles, and in the weeklies market it leads the way also, with rock weekly Kerrang! maintaining its lead over IPC's indie weekly NME. Kerrang! sold an average of 85,377 in the latter half of last year, up 6.5% on the previous ABC period, and 12.1% up on the previous year. NME was down 1.6% on the previous period, to 73,008. IPC's monthly, Uncut, saw its circulation rise based on the previous ABC period, to 93,678, but year on year it was also down, 14.9%.

The third biggest music mag in the UK, after EMAP's Q and Mojo, is Channelfly's free mag The Fly, which increased its circulation to 108,683 in the latter half of 2006.

Increases also over at Future Publishing where Classic Rock increased its sales by a not at all inconsiderable 25.3% compared to the same ABC period in 2005 - to 62,699. Sister title Metal Hammer was also up, to 48,977, an 11.2% rise year on year.

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JACKSON TRACK EMERGES ON INTERNET
According to reports, a new Michael Jackson track is available on the internet. The song, 'No Friend Of Mine (Gangsta)', featuring Fugee Pras, is currently streaming on a MySpace page belonging to DJ Tempamental. I can't check it properly, because I've been to this MySpace page and I can't seem to navigate it properly, so can't see what songs are streaming on it. Oh, hang on, no. It's because I'm using Firefox. You can navigate it if you use Explorer.

Anyway, as I'm sure you're aware, if this is genuinely Jackson's work (it does sound like him) it would be his first new material in about six years. The singer is thought to be working on new recordings with Black Eyed Pea will.i.am who has recently been quoted as saying of Jacko: "He called me on the phone and asked me to get down with him. I didn't think it was him at first. I thought it was somebody joking around. He was like, 'Nobody ever believes it's me'. I was like, 'No, seriously, who is this?' He says, 'It's Michael Jackson. This is me.'"

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CHESNEY ON THE ZELLWEGER ANULLMENT, HE'S NOT GAY BY THE WAY
Country star Kenny Chesney has commented on the use of the word 'fraud' in the legal papers that annulled his marriage to Renee Zellweger back in 2005, and stressed that it did not, as some gossipers have suggested, mean he was gay.

There was much speculation as to what Zellweger meant, exactly, when she annulled her marriage to Chesney four months after their wedding, citing one of the reasons why the courts should rule the marriage never really existed as 'fraud'. In annulment cases (in California at least) 'fraud' normally means that the consent to marry on one side or the other was "obtained" fraudulently, ie one of the couple lied about something to persuade the other to marry. Which led to the speculation that the 'fraud' had been Chesney lying about his sexuality.

Zellweger subsequently told reporters that the "fraud was simply legal language and not a reflection of Kenny's character", which didn't really tell us anything. But in a new interview with CBS's 60 Minutes show, Chesney says the marriage ended because he hadn't realised what exactly married life was about before getting wed. He tells the show: "[The gay rumours are] not true. Period. Maybe I should have come out and said, 'No, I'm not [gay]', but I didn't want to draw any more attention to it. We thought the least harmful [stated reason] was fraud because it [is] kind of broad ... doesn't specify. And boy ... we were wrong. The only fraud that was committed was me thinking that I knew what it was like ... that I really understood what it was like to be married, and I really didn't".

On his wedding to Zellweger, and the annulment, he says he has no regrets: "Not at all. Not one bit. Even though I'd sit here and say I wish we'd gotten divorced instead of all that annulment stuff, and saved me a lot of public humiliation... I still don't have any regrets. I loved her, you know? And it was real".

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BLOC PARTY ENTER US TOP 20
Oh, by the way, well done Bloc Party for getting their second album, 'A Weekend In The City', straight in at number 12 in the US Billboard Top 20 - a not inconsiderable achievement for an independently signed UK artist. And this despite the fact they had to abandon a US tour last year after drummer Matt Tong suffered a collapsed lung. So, well done them. Bet that's cheered them up - getting an official "well done" from CMU. I've heard that's what most bands live for these days. In fact, they might as well pack up now, there's nowhere to go once your got your CMU "well done". Hey, on that logic, "well done Westlife".

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CAREY IS FACE OF PINKO
Pinko? What's that? Well, you trendy types amongst the CMU readership probably know that Pinko is an Italian designer fashion label that has one of its 750 worldwide outlets in Knightsbridge. I wouldn't know because I'm in the remedial class when it comes to designer labels. Anyway, Mariah Carey has become 'the face' of it, and made a flying visit to London this week to launch the campaign. Previous Pinko 'faces' include Elle Macpherson, Eva Herzigova and Naomi Campbell. No-one seems to know how much she's getting paid to do it, but a spokeswoman said: "It's a very, very big deal."

Carey appeared at the shop in a pair of jeans specially designed for her by the label, having flown in from New Mexico where she is working on a new film, 'Tennessee'. She told reporters: "It is really exciting. I have visited Pinko stores when I've visited Italy and any time I go shopping there I end up in a Pinko store."

Whilst there she was questioned about the ongoing size 0 debate: "I don't think anyone should be banned from anything. There should not be a precedent. That cannot work if you are naturally a Size Zero. As long as it's not leading people to do harmful things to themselves to achieve that then it's fine".

The trouble is, of course, that it is leading people to do harmful things to themselves. Another model died this week. Just saying.

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MILLI VANILLI MOVIE IN THE WORKS
According to reports, Universal are developing a film about disgraced pop duo Milli Vanilli - who, I'm pretty sure you'll all remember (or know about, if you're too young to really remember) were stripped of a Grammy award after it was discovered that they had never actually sung a word of their songs, and were simply lip-synching along. Variety says the film, which has the backing of former member Fabrice Morvan and the estate of late bandmate Rob Pilatus, who died from a drugs overdose back in 1998, will be written and directed by Jeff Nathanson, who also wrote Tom Hanks/Leonardo Di Caprio film 'Catch Me If You Can'.

Nathanson said: "I've always been fascinated by the notion of fakes and frauds, and in this case, you have guys who pulled off the ultimate con, selling 30 million singles and 11 million albums and then becoming the biggest laughing stocks of pop entertainment".

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CORNELL CONFIRMS HE'S DEPARTED AUDIOSLAVE
Ah, so now we know. Well, kind of. Chris Cornell has announced he is leaving Audioslave because of "irresolvable personality conflicts as well as musical differences" - he will launch a solo career instead.

There was much speculation as to what was happening with Audioslave when it was announced last month that the rest of the band would be rejoining their former collaborator Zack de la Rocha to stage a Rage Against The Machine reunion, for a Coachella set at least, and possibly a reunion tour. With Cornell's solo project already in the pipeline and guitarist Tom Morello also planning a solo album, and with no word on up coming Audioslave projects, people began to wonder if the band was no more.

Of course, Cornell's announcement doesn't mean the rest of Audioslave couldn't continue with another new frontman should the RATM reunion be shortlived. Cornell said: "I am permanently leaving the band Audioslave. I wish the other three members nothing but the best in all of their future endeavours".

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ASTBURY LEAVES DOORS BAND
Talking about frontman departures, Ian Astbury has announced he is leaving Riders Of The Storm, the band formed by former Doors members Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger which performs mainly Doors songs (and which was called Doors Of The 21st Century until the other surviving member of The Doors, John Densmore, stopped them). Astbury plans to relaunch The Cult with guitarist Billy Duffy.

Confirming his decision, Astbury told reporters this week: "I have enjoyed performing and sharing the stage with Ray and Robby immensely. I have learned a great deal from the both of them, and it certainly has expanded my abilities as a performer. This has been a difficult decision to make but I feel I would be holding them back as well as myself if I did not depart at this time".

Riders Of The Storm's manager confirmed the band would continue and a new vocalist will now be recruited.

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YOKO ONO ON LENNON REGRETS
Well, whatever. I kind of get bored of what Yoko Ono thinks and feels. But go on then. You might be interested. So, Ono says that sometimes she regretted that she fell in love with John Lennon, because she felt it led to a lot of sacrifice. And of course, the fans blamed her for the Beatles split in 1970. But it was still the best thing that had ever happened to her, she says. In fact, read what she says. Now:

"It was the greatest thing that ever happened to me," she told Time Out New York. "But you know, I sometimes regretted that I fell in love, because we sacrificed a lot for it. John was laughed at for being in love with me. And I think I was discredited as an artist".

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GOOD CHARLOTTE ON NEW ALBUM AGAIN
Good Charlotte have been talking about their new album, 'Good Morning Revival' again, explaining how the darkness of the emo scene has inspired them to go upbeat, which is nice. I like upbeat. The band's Benji Madden told MTV Europe: "We look around and everything is dark, dark, dark, theatrical death. I mean, we did it with 'Chronicles Of Life And Death' two years ago. We just see music going that way, and we said on 'Good Morning Revival' we just want to go this way. If everyone's wearing black, we want to wear white".

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NEW QOTSA ALBUM NEWS
Queens Of The Stone Age have revealed details of their next album. The new long player is entitled 'Era Vulgaris' and will be out in June this year. A post on their MySpace page also indicates possible song titles, citing 'Into The Hollow', 'Sick, Sick, Sick', 'Misfit Love' and 'Battery Acid'. It's not clear who out of the band's eclectic line-up is currently working on the new long player.

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GORE AND WALL CONFIRM 'LIVE EARTH'
As expected, previously reported plans for a Live 8 style event to promote action on climate change have been confirmed by former US vice president Al Gore and Live 8 producer Kevin Wall. The pair have announced that 'Save Our Selves' (see what they did there), a 24-hour global concert featuring more than a hundred acts is set to take place on 7 Jul, and is expected to attract audiences of two billion worldwide via live, online and broadcast media. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Snoop Dogg, Pharrell, Enrique Iglesias and Black Eyed Peas have already been confirmed.

Gore, whose documentary on global warming 'An Inconvenient Truth' is up for an Oscar this year, said in a statment: "In order to solve the climate crisis, we have to reach billions of people. We are launching SOS and Live Earth to begin a process of communication that will mobilize people all over the world to take action".

Wall added "Our climate crisis affects everyone, everywhere, and that's who SOS is aimed at. Only a global response can conquer our climate crisis. SOS asks all people to Save Our Selves because only we can."

Their statement added that the event will be organised using "a new Green Event Standard that will become the model for carbon-neutral concerts and other live events in the future".

Elsewhere, Muse have revealed that they have been asked to play at the event, but they don't know if they can. Drummer Dom Howard told 6Music: "We've been asked. I think it will happen in seven continents around the world, all on 7 July. There's an issue... we need to work out if we can make it or not, that's basically what it depends on".

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US COLLEGE STICKS BY BUSTA RHYMES CANCELLATION DECISION
Representatives for the University Of Maryland Eastern Shore have commented on their reasons for cancelling an on-campus concert featuring Busta Rhymes. As previously reported, students at the college, which traditionally has a high proportion of black students, have been kicking up a fuss ever since college officials announced they were pulling the gig.

Commenting on their decision, a spokesman for the college said they had nothing against the artists involved or their genre of music, but that a police intelligence report handed to the college linked the artists to gang activity and a number of recent "acts of violence" and that therefore they felt it was inappropriate to host the gig on campus at this time.

UMES Director Of PR Suzanne Street told Allhiphop.com: "The decision was made by our Vice President of Administrational Affairs [Dr Ronnie E. Holden] and the decision was not based on the genre of music or even the artists themselves, but the situations surrounding the artists at this time. In talking with Dr Holden, the University decided this was not the best time to have them [Busta Rhymes et al] on campus. It's not to say [that] they are not welcomed back, but we felt the timing to have these artists was not right".

It is unclear whether resentment in the New York Police Department at Rhymes' refusal to participate in their investigations into the fatal shooting of a bodyguard at one of the rapper's video shoots this time last year had any bearing on the decision. Actually, the mentioned police report may not have just dealt with issues surrounding Rhymes. Rapper Jim Jones, a founder member of The Diplomats, was also due to play, and there have been some outbreaks of violence at his gigs in the last year, plus the hip hop group often talk about their affiliation with the Bloods Street gang. Tensions are also growing between The Diplomats camp and 50 Cent's entourage, although those tensions have so far been mainly restricted to mutual mix tape dissing.

Street added that once student leaders, who had opposed the gig cancellation initially, had seen the police report they had backed the college's decision: "They are going to have a concert in the spring and the students will offer a list of artists. Administration will do their due diligence as usual and the students will have their concert".

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SCISSOR SISTERS ANNOUNCE NEW DATE
Scissor Sisters have announced that they'll play a third date at the MEN Arena this summer. All the band's other shows have now sold out. Tickets for the new date, 1 Aug, are on sale now, unless they've already sold out too.

Here are all the dates:

26 Jul: London Arena
27 Jul: London Arena
30 Jul: Manchester MEN Arena
31 Jul: Manchester MEN Arena
1 Aug: Manchester MEN Arena

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BRING ME THE HORIZON TOUR
Bring Me The Horizon have announced a series of upcoming tour dates. The Sheffield band have recently supported Lostprophets and Killswitch Engage on tour, but set out on some headlining dates next month, press info, guest list etc, from Visible Noise:

25 Mar: Wrexham Rebellion Rock Club
26 Mar: Manchester Club Academy
27 Mar: Preston The Venue
28 Mar: Newcastle Academy
29 Mar: Glasgow Cathouse
30 Mar: Edinburgh Studio 24
31 Mar: Birmingham Academy
1 Apr: Liverpool Academy
2 Apr: Bristol Academy
3 Apr: Northampton University
4 Apr: Southampton Guildhall
5 Apr: Oxford Zodiac
6 Apr: Bloody Easter at London Mean Fiddler
7 Apr: Nottingham Rock City
8 Apr: Swindon The Furnace
13 Apr: Radius Peterborough
14 Apr: The Palace Tamworth
15 Apr: Rio's Leeds
23 Apr: Snowdome Special at Leeds Xscape

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I WAS A CUB SCOUT WANT PEOPLE FOR VIDEO
I Was A Cub Scout will be shooting a video for new single 'I Hate Nightclubs', out 12 Mar, in the Old Street area on Monday. They're looking for people over sixteen to appear in it, who need to be available from 12.30pm until 6.30pm and who need to be able to get themselves to and from the location. Interested parties are asked to please email Joe Dixon - joedixon22@gmail.com - with a link to their MySpace page and/or an attached photo. Fifty people will then be selected.

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WARNER CHIEF TALKS UP MOBILE
Warner Music chief Edgar Bronfman Jr has been talking up the future of the mobile music sector at the mobile industry's big annual junket in Barcelona, 3GSM. He told the conference this week: "Wireless companies will become the most important distributors of music content. The mobile platform represents by far and away the biggest opportunity for entertainment generally and music specifically".

He added that while the mobile music business was already producing encouraging results, the music and mobile industries should work together to create better consumer experiences, so to maximize the sector's potential. He said: "The opportunity for mobile is huge and it is remarkable that we are selling as much music as we are on mobiles given how difficult it is to access. The average ring-tone download is two and a half minutes and takes 20 clicks. If you could make that two or three clicks, if you could make that 10 seconds, the amount of revenue that would unlock is extraordinary".

Confirming that Warner was actively pursuing mobile partnerships in "China, Russia, Japan, South Korea, Europe, the Americas and now, as of today... the Middle East and North Africa", Bronfman added that mobile offered perhaps the most potential in countries like China and India where both traditional internet and physical CD sale infrastructures had never been fully established.

"This is all leapfrog technology", he said, in reference to mobile in those markets, "skipping over the era of physical telecom infrastructure and, specific to music, also largely bypassing the CD and cassette, and going straight to mobile music. So what we have is a major step forward, both for consumers and for those companies seeking to meet their needs".

Of course Bronfman has long been an advocate of the potential of the mobile music sector, though last time he got excited about it all he and his business partners were way ahead of their time and nearly crippled the world's biggest record company as a result. Not wishing to drag up the past or anything, but there was quite a good summary of that story in the Washington Post this week, which I thought we should share: "It's ironic that Bronfman is preaching mobile because he and his family nearly got destroyed by a Frenchman doing the same thing about seven years ago. Jean-Marie Messier, a French investment banker, was head of Vivendi, a water company that got into the entertainment business. He seduced Bronfman into a merger with the dream that kids on Paris's Left Bank wanted to download music and video to their cell phones. Messier may have been right, but he was ahead of his time. He nearly bankrupted the company by [expanding too fast]. He's long gone. But Bronfman remains and he's resurrecting his rep at Warner, where he's trying to lead the big music labels into the mobile era".

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CITY NEWS
Talking of Warner, shares in the US music company fell this week, partly in response to EMI's pessimistic words on the state of the American recorded music business, and partly because of not inconsiderable revenue slides within Warner itself. EMI, meanwhile, is again the subject of takeover rumours following its issuing of a second profits warning earlier this week. Although EMI Group boss Eric Nicoli is busy restructuring his recorded music business to try and overcome current financial woes, some city types say investors are getting impatient and may push for a change at the top of the company to renew the fortunes of the London based major, with an all out takeover complete with new management team being suggested in some quarters. Given the aforementioned Bronfman is known to still harbour ambitions to lead a merged EMI Warner, some reckon a hostile Warner takeover of EMI is not completely off the cards, despite the regulatory challenges such a merger would face.

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KOCH LAUNCH JAZZ IMPRINT
Following confirmation of a change at ownership of Koch Records yesterday, now there is news that the independent music group is launching a new jazz division to be led by Chuck Mitchell, a former chief of Universal owned jazz label Verve Records.

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CANADIAN INDUSTRY PUSHED FOR IPOD TAX AGAIN
The Canada Private Copyright Collective, which represents various Canadian music companies and organisations, is trying again to push for the so called 'iPod tax' to be introduced in the country.

This system, already adopted in some European countries, would mean a levy would be charged on any digital music player sold, in the same way levies are charged in both Canada and those European countries on recording media such as CDRs and cassettes. The money raised through the levy is passed back to the artist and content owning communities as compensation for the fact that consumers use those media or devices to make additional copies of those content owners' music, albeit only for their own private use (the levies do not legitimise content sharing online or otherwise).

The CPCC first pushed for a levy on digital music players back in 2003, but at the time the courts ruled against the proposal, and in favour of retail groups who oppose the levy, arguing that Canadian copyright laws could not be interpreted so to include digital music players, hard drives or memory sticks in the levy system. But the CPCC argue that those devices are in themselves 'recorded media', so should be included even though they are not specifically identified by the levy system laws.

If successful, the CPCC is suggesting levies be charged according to the capacity of a digital music device, with CAN$5 for 1GB players, CAN $25 for 10GB players, CAN $50 for between 10GB and 30GB and CAN $75 for any device holding more than 30GB.

As previously reported, the iPod tax already operating in some European countries is not without controversy either, with some in the electronics sector lobbying European Commission officials to ban such levy systems in EU member states, though the Commission has delayed making a ruling on the levies one way or another, seemingly to placate the French authorities who favour the system.

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FORMER CAPITAL CHIEF TO ADVISE NATIONAL MULTIPLEX BID
The former boss of Capital Radio, David Mansfield, has joined forces with National Grid Wireless, one of the companies behind Freeview, to compete for the previously reported second national digital multiplex which is being made available. As also previously reported, Channel 4 is also planning on bidding to run the new national digital radio network. Mansfield will advise NGW on their bid, as will a former TalkSport MD Mike Franklin and former Virgin Radio Development Director Jason Bryant. Ironically Mansfield will now help NGW bid for the national digital licence that will compete with the existing national digital multiplex run by his former employers GCap. As also previously reported, GCap are mightly pissed off that a second national multiplex is being advertised at all - mainly because they were told there wouldn't be a second multiplex when they bid for the first.

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JAMELIA GETS HER KIT OFF
Jamelia has been photographed in the nude for PETA's anti-fur campaign. Her image appears alongside the slogan "Be comfortable in your own skin, and let the animals keep theirs".

Jamelia says of her decision to appear in the ad: "I think if you had a heart, then you just wouldn't wear it. The reason I decided to bare all for PETA was because I was educated about the inhumane ways animals are treated to retrieve their fur, and I think it's disgusting."

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TAKE THAT ON NOT TALKING ABOUT ROBBIE
Take That have spoken out about that previously reported decision to 'snub' Robbie Williams at the Brits. The band's Jason Orange commented: "We didn't thank Robbie because it is about his private situation. It's not for us to comment. He's going through a personal problem and we wish him the best - we love him".

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