CMU Daily - on the inside Monday 16th April
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In today's CMU Daily:
- PPX finally pay up in long running Hendrix dispute
- Julian Lennon sells stake in his father's song royalties
- Houston hip hop mogul denies assault allegations
- Phish man accepts plea bargain over drugs charges
- James Blunt won't be charged over alleged foot incident
- Girls Aloud not splitting, ok?
- Album review: Electrelane - No Shouts, No Calls
- Noel not playing Glasto, ok?
- Don Ho dies
- Courtney says she hasn't had surgery for weight loss
- Duff says she was too thin
- Kooks play new songs
- Juliette And The Licks rerelease
- Live Earth ticket applications about to close
- Lady Sovereign cancels remaining UK gigs
- Album review: Blonde Redhead - 23
- Merlin announces interim board
- AIM announce AGM details
- Nettwerk gets Canadian government support
- Universal promote digital chief
- Beyonce to launch new label with husband to be?
- Rutger team accept Imus apology
- Chart update
- Total Rock world album chart
- Subshot playlist
- More Mel B / Murphy nonsense
- Black Rebels too busy motorcycle clubbing to be learning
- Arctic Monkey bags a page three stunna

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TOP BIT>>
The Financial Times was last week reporting on the negotiations that are ongoing between the major record companies and Apple - the licensing deals between the labels and Apple's iTunes being up for renewal, of course. Among the things the FT says the record companies are pushing for are that old favourite, variable pricing, that other old favourite, more interoperability of DRMed music, and something which I don't think has been so high up the agenda in label/iTunes talks previously, the suggestion that Apple should launch a subscription service alongside its a la carte iTunes music store.

Which brings us back to that old debate - is the subscription model the future of digital music, or is it a nice idea that is always going to be niche interest product? eMusic and Napster will both tell you their subscription packages are both working just fine, thank you very much, but the iTunes a la carte system has undeniably become the preferred download platform model, and I suspect that the majority of music fans still have a problem with signing up to services where, should your subscription default, you suddenly lose access to your record collection (most of the music fans I talk to do). People still think of subscription services as 'borrowing' the music on offer, and in this material age of ours people like to 'own' rather than 'borrow'.

But, despite that, I still have a feeling you can't write off the subscription model. For two reasons. Firstly I'm not sure my statement about wanting to own rather than borrow is necessarily true for the younger demographic, who seem more tuned to the idea of a central ethereal record collection you can tap into when you wish, rather than a personal record collection sitting on your shelf or stored on your own hard disk. Younger record fans do seem more positively inclined towards the subscription model and they, after all, are the future.

Secondly, the subscription model is very much in its infancy, and I think there are lots of variations on the theme to be tried out as yet - that is to say that the winner subscription package is probably still to be launched. eMusic's subscription model, of course, does allow users to 'own' a set number of tracks a month, which stay with the user even if their subscription stops, and if that model can be adopted by the mainstream (being an MP3 model it doesn't have the majors included as yet) then a model of that kind is possibly a happy medium that satisfies music fans young and old.

Why the majors want Apple to launch a subscription model I'm not sure. Possibly because the record companies, like me, reckon that the subscription system has mainstream potential if only someone can figure out how to do it, and they are of the opinion that Apple are the people to do just that. Or perhaps it's because the subscription model will always be hindered while all the subscription services on the market are not compatible with the market leading iPod. Or because subscription models of a Napster kind require DRM to work, so the growth of subscription services might sidetrack the always growing opposition to DRM (all but one of the majors still being very in favour of digital rights management it seems).

Of course, as iTunes start selling music that works on non-Apple players - as they will when EMI's non-DRMed premium content goes live - some kind of new way of locking iTunes users to iPods and vice versa will presumably be attractive to Apple, and a subscription service might be it. Sp perhaps that's why a subscription model iTunes is now on the wish list in these talks. It's now something the labels think they might actually be able to get.

Either way, I expect to be writing about subscription model download platforms for quite some time, even if the existing platforms are yet to garner mainstream appeal.

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CMU-TUBE OF THE DAY: MATT WILLIS

God it's been weeks since we last bigged up Matthew Willis in the Daily and given that I'm still labouring under the pretense that this guy's solo career is going to take off big time sometime soon (please, God of pop, let it be so, just for me), and given that he's got a new single out this very morning, I thought I'd use the trusty Sometime It's A YouTube Of The Day slot to big him up some more. And besides, there's a new reason for doing some bigging, of the up kind, because the new single is a cover version of The Primitives' 1987 classic 'Crash'. Now, I should explain, the original of this is one of my very very favourite records ever. That's ever. Needless to say, it always fills me with concern when I hear one of my favourite pop stars of today is covering one of my favourite tracks of yesteryear, because the covers are invariably a bit rubbish when compared to the original and, as a result, my love for said pop star - however genuine - is always knocked a little. It's the reason I pretend McFly never release cover versions (except for their live version of 'Pinball Wizard, which is a classic). But, despite that concern, and my deep love of the original, I really like this cover. Some BBC blog I saw criticised it for being too like the original, but when the original was so good personally I think that's a good strategy, and as a result my love for all things Willis is untarnished. And hurrah for that. So, consider Matt freshly bigged up and, if you haven't heard it already, go check the cover for yourself. This YouTube page is, by the way, clearly completely unofficial, it being accompanied by a slide show of photos of our favourite former Busted boy, rather than the official video. But given that the official video guest stars Mr Bean (this cover coming from the soundtrack to the latest Bean movie) and given that said Rowan Atkinson creation was only ever amusing for the twenty-three minutes of the original one off programme (though his cover version of 'I Want To Be Elected' was a bit funny, I suppose) I think the slide show is probably the better option. And I would send you to his MySpace but [a] we've tipped it before and [b] it's one of those major label artist MySpaces where all the tracks in the preview player are sixty second snippets, which always makes me cross, and I don't want to be cross with Matt, so let's not go there. Instead, go here...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAOvocolFTg

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PPX FINALLY PAY UP IN LONG RUNNING HENDRIX DISPUTE
You know, I think there might be a gap in the market for a daily e-bulletin just covering litigation involving the Jimi Hendrix estate, there seems to be so much of it. The latest Hendrix related legal news involves the long long running dispute between the Experience Hendrix company and music entrepreneur and record producer Ed Chalpin and his company PPX, many recent episodes of which we've reported on here in the Daily.

Recent court action by Experience Hendrix against Chalpin has been mainly concerned with enforcing past court rulings which the defendant has made a good job of ignoring. The Hendrix firm sued Chalpin's PPX company in 2001 through the UK High Court over the extent of Chalpin's ownership of a number of early Hendrix recordings, mainly from when he was an unknown backing guitarist for US band Curtis Knight & The Squires, and claiming the producer owed the estate royalties relating to those recordings.

Two years later the UK courts ruled in the Hendrix company's favour regarding the recordings, and ordered Chalpin and PPX to pay royalties stemming from them to the estate. A New York court upheld that ruling a year later, stating Chalpin owed the Experience Hendrix outfit some $725,868 in unpaid royalties. Nevertheless, neither Chalpin or PPX came forward with the money, and then last year, through another company, they attempted to auction off the recordings that were in dispute. Perhaps unsurprisingly, that auction was blocked by the courts, because of the outstanding dispute and unpaid royalties. All of which led to Chalpin being formally ruled as being in contempt of court back in February which, in turn, led to PPX finally coughing up the disputed monies last week - now up to $900,000 with interest.

In a press release confirming that a financial settlement had been finally reached, Experience Hendrix also revealed that the New York judge hearing the case, Judge Kaplan, rebutted complaints made by Chalpin through his lawyer that the Hendrix firm's action had had a detrimental effect on the value of his recordings. Kaplan reportedly stated that any loss of value in the recordings would stem from his actions, and not those of the Hendrix firm, observing that to say the Hendrix litigation had affected the value of his recordings was "like saying because you decided to hold an auction on the steps of the courthouse in which Mr Chalpin is going to sell the George Washington Bridge, the lack of bids would mean it has no value. The lack of bids would mean that somebody understands that the Port Authority owns it".

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JULIAN LENNON SELLS STAKE IN HIS FATHER'S SONG ROYALTIES
Julian Lennon has sold what has been reported as a "significant stake" of his share in his late father's publishing royalty rights to US music publishing firm Primary Wave in a deal which will also see the publishing company manage Lennon Junior's own future compositions.

Publishing control of the Beatles catalogue lies, somewhat controversially of course, with the Sony/ATV, the joint venture between Sony Corp and, for the time being at least, Michael Jackson ("controversially" in that Jackson outbid Paul McCartney for control of ATV back in 1985, something that has niggled Macca ever since).

But while the Beatles lost control of their publishing catalogue to ATV and subsequently Jackson and Sony (and therefore the right to say where and when their songs are used or recorded), they still receive a royalty from the compositions. Since his death, John Lennon's publishing royalties have been split between Yoko Ono and his two sons, Julian and Sean, and it is a stake in that share that Julian Lennon has sold to Primary Wave for an undisclosed but probably pretty substantial sum. Primary Wave won't get any control over the music, just a share of the royalties it generates. The publishing firm will also manage and market Julian Lennon's planned new music project as part of the deal.

It's not the first deal Primary Wave has done with the beneficiary of a legendary musician's estate. They were the company who paid an estimated $50 million to Courtney Love last year for a 50% stake in the Kurt Cobain publishing catalogue.

Confirming the new deal, Primary Wave CEO Larry Mestel told reporters: "We are thrilled to be partnering with Julian Lennon and to own a piece of music history", while Lennon himself added: "I felt it was the appropriate time to take on a partner for both my interest in my father's legendary music and for my future music endeavours".

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HOUSTON HIP HOP MOGUL DENIES ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS
The boss of Houston based hip hop label Rap-A-Lot Records has hit out at a lawsuit launched against him last week which claims he ordered the assault of the boss of a recording studio over a business dispute.

This dispute is between Rap-A-Lot chief James 'J Prince' Prince and Ronnie Bookman, the boss of the Houston based Studio 7303, and relates to a collaboration between Rap-A-Lot signed Bun B and Javon 'JV' Daniels, who is signed to a fledgling label set up by Bookman called 7303 Records. The lawsuit claims that Prince agreed to allow Bun B to work on a track with Daniels, and to allow 7303 to release that record, in return for a special deal on using the 7303 studios for the next Bun B album project. However, Rap-A-Lot backed out of that agreement when 7303 forged a lucrative partnership with Warner Music in relation to Daniels, and it was at a meeting to discuss that backing out that it is alleged Prince ordered the beating of Bookman which, the 7303 man claims, left him with a broken nose.

According to Allhiphop.com, Bookman is now suing Prince for breach of contract, battery, unfair competition, duress, conspiracy and unjust enrichment, as well as requesting a court order that would prevent Prince or any of his associates from coming with 500 feet of the 7303 man's home or business.

Responding to the lawsuit on Friday, Prince was confident Bookman would be unsuccessful, telling reporters: "Through my years in this music industry, I've been falsely accused and sued by many, of which none of them were successful. I guess this is a new season where drug dealing rats and parasite lawyers are out to extort me. If anyone with good sense would pull this guy Ronnie Bookman's record, they would see how bad his credibility stinks. The true facts will be revealed in a court of law".

Interestingly, one of Prince's other ongoing legal disputeS is with the imprisoned Michael 'Harry-O' Harris, who claims he provided the capital to launch Rap-A-Lot and as such should own half the company. As much previously reported, similar claims by Harris and his wife, Lydia, against Suge Knight's Deathrow Records ultimately led to the hip hop mogul and label's bankruptcy.

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PHISH MAN ACCEPTS PLEA BARGAIN OVER DRUGS CHARGES
We hear that former Phish frontman Trey Anastasio has accepted that previously reported plea bargain in relation to his ongoing drugs charges. As reported Friday, Washington County District Attorney Kevin Kortright told reporters last week that he had told Anastasio that if he pleaded guilty to a single felony charge of criminal possession of a controlled substance he could avoid trial and the risk of going to prison for fourteen years. As part of the bargain he will have to participate in a New York court coordinated drugs rehab type programme for at least a year, as well as agreeing to regular drugs tests and court reviews of his progress.

This all relates to that incident in December when police pulled the singer/guitarist over and found various unprescribed prescription drugs in his vehicle. It's alleged Anastasio admitted to smoking hash before driving during the search of his car, but he initially denied the drugs and DUI charges issued against him after the incident - until, that is, last week, when he confirmed he was accepting the plea bargain. Providing Anastasio completes the rehab programme he will get off with five years probation - if he fails he runs the risk of a three year jail sentence. Which all seems slightly excessive for personal possession charges, but such are the US drug laws. He should have made sure he got pulled over in East London rather than New York. That Judge Jane McIvor at Thames Magistrates - Doherty's friend - she seems much more lenient on these kinds of things.

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JAMES BLUNT WON'T BE CHARGED OVER ALLEGED FOOT INCIDENT
James Blunt won't be charged over those previously reported allegations that he ran over someone's foot whilst driving away from a party in LA back in February. The alleged victim told police that his foot was injured as the singer drove through a crowd of paparazzi and onlookers, whilst Blunt's people protested that the star had only been travelling at two miles an hour when the incident occurred, and that he'd done his best to drive through the crowd without hitting anyone.

Apparently the city's attorney office think there's not much of a case there, a spokesman saying: "After a review of the information provided, we've decided not to file charges at this time" - technically, prosecutors reserve the right to still file charges at a later date, but have indicated that they are not particularly looking into doing so. Blunt's publicist Sheila Richman says: "He is very happy. James was never charged with anything. He's now hard at work in Los Angeles on his new album".

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GIRLS ALOUD NOT SPLITTING, OK?
You're all presumably shivering wrecks this morning following rumours in one Sunday paper that Girls Aloud will split up in September. But their record label have said this morning that said rumour is "rubbish".

Here's what Polydor say: "The story in a Sunday tabloid yesterday that claimed Girls Aloud will split in September is rubbish. Girls Aloud are currently rehearsing for their sold out Arena tour which kicks off in May. After that they will resume work on their fifth album which they started on in March. The as-yet-untitled album is due for release in November".

Girl Aloud Cheryl Cole nee Tweedy adds: "We've had stories saying we're going to split in the papers since our first album, it's getting quite boring now. We've never been more successful or had as much fun which is probably why people are looking for some sort of problem. Me and the girls are really excited about the tour and the new album later in the year".

So that's that resolved. Phew.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Electrelane - No Shouts, No Calls (Beggars/Too Pure)
There's always been a morbid beauty to Electrelane albums; an undercurrent of obdurate intent at making an album that was representative of the band's more sombre mood, perhaps. Their debut 'Rock It To The Moon' had it, the brilliant 'Power Out' had it and their last effort, 'Axes', had it too - even if it was covered in layers of experimentation. It's something of a surprise therefore, to find that new release 'No Shouts, No Calls' is a relatively upbeat and celebratory record. Sure, it still sounds like Electrelane with the delicate guitar work, rumbling organs and bass-heavy drums, but they've put these to use at presenting a more cheerful side to the band that perhaps hasn't emerged previously. Single 'To The East' epitomises this optimism when lead singer Verity effuses that "there's a life for me and you" following her yearnings to be reunited with a far-away loved one. Meanwhile, at the other end of the spectrum, 'Between A Wolf And A Dog' sounds like a circus marching band led by Sonic Youth with its crashing symbols and bizarre, alienated doo-wop vocals. Yet despite all these wonderful characteristics, this release still presents one niggling issue and it's that it's simply not as good as their previous work. 'No Shouts, No Calls' is a charming album on its own, but it will ultimately continue to live in the shadow of 'Power Out'. It's nice to see that they're experimenting still, though and it shows that, at times, they're near the incredibly high standards that they're capable of. OS
Release Date: 30 Apr
Press contact: Beggars IH [all]

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NOEL NOT PLAYING GLASTO, OK?
This is an interesting way of doing it. Normally artists issue statements to say they are playing Glastonbury. This year is seems artists are issuing statements saying they're not. Presumably every artist not playing will now issue a statement confirming so, so we can assume anyone who doesn't issue a statement is playing.

Actually, it's just Oasis who have issued such a statement, and to be fair, that's in response to media speculation Noel Gallagher would be playing a solo set at Glasto this year. Though to be fair to the media, that speculation stemmed from Gallagher saying he wanted to, and making a plea to Michael Eavis to book him during an interview. Though to be fair to Oasis, they only really felt the need to issue a statement because some media types were speculating that Gallagher's bid to do a solo set at Glastonbury was part of some attempt to launch a solo career. To be fair to those media types, Gallagher has been doing all those solo dates of late to promote Oasis hits album 'Stop The Clocks', and he did recently tell NME that a solo album is on the cards, so you could see why they might draw such conclusions. Though to be fair to Oasis, Gallagher was accompanied by bandmate Gem Archer on those aforementioned solo dates, and one solo release doesn't necessarily mean a solo career or an end to Oasis.

Anyway, I'm bored of being fair to all these people, so let's just run the Oasis statement posted on their website last week: "Oasisinet wants to qualify a few stories running across various music and entertainment websites over the past few days that have been a little wide of the mark. Noel Gallagher is not preparing to launch into a solo career nor will he be playing at Glastonbury this June, as have been strongly suggested in some circles. He is an avid fan of the festival and will no doubt be on site checking out a few of his favourite bands again this year. Noel, along with Gem, have had a great time performing their semi acoustic shows recently and will continue to do so when it feels like a good idea, however Glastonbury is not on the agenda".

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DON HO DIES
Legendary Hawaiian crooner Don Ho has died at the age of 76. He had suffered from heart problems for a number of years, and had undergone experimental heart surgery and the recent installation of a pacemaker. The singer, well known for his signature song 'Tiny Bubbles', passed away on Saturday morning due to heart failure, according to his publicist Donna Jung.

Ho was born in the Hawaiian capital of Honolulu, of mixed Chinese, Hawaiian, Portuguese, Dutch and German descent. After studying in the US and Hawaii, he joined the US Air Force, flying fighter jets. He left the air force in 1959 and began singing publicly, initially at his parents' bar, Honey's, and then at Dukes in Waikiki, where he was discovered by record company types. Initially signed to Reprise, he released his debut album in 1965 and began playing in high profile venues around the same time.

He continued to entertain tourists in Hawaii for forty years, amongst them Hollywood stars such as Lucille Ball and Frank Sinatra, who made a point of seeing his Waikiki show as part of their holiday on the islands. Ho maintained that his career as a musician was an accident. On his early appearances at Honey's, which he put in when his father asked him to, he says: "I had no intention of being an entertainer. I just played songs I liked from the radio, and pretty soon that place was jammed. Every weekend there would be lines down the street".

Ho also became a TV star, hosting his own programme The Don Ho Show on US network ABC from 1976 - 1977. He also made guest appearances on other shows such as The Brady Bunch, I Dream Of Jeannie and Charlie's Angels. "I've had too much fun all these years," he said in a 2004 interview. "I feel real guilty about it".

He's survived by his wife and ten children.

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COURTNEY SAYS SHE HASN'T HAD SURGERY FOR WEIGHT LOSS
Courtney Love has denied the rumours that her recent, and fairly dramatic, weight loss is due to her having undergone gastric band surgery. The rumours are a bit foolish, actually, because that kind of thing really is only reserved for really obese people and she was never that, even at her porkiest.

Love wrote on her website: "I couldn't get that surgery if I begged for it," and added the real reason for the 44 pound loss: "I got my inspiration from Oprah losing so much weight on Slim-Fast".

The singer also said that she knows who will play her late husband Kurt Cobain in a planned biopic. She won't let on as who it is, however, but revealed that it's someone "very high-end and very A-list". So that narrows it down a bit. Or not.

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DUFF SAYS SHE WAS TOO THIN
Actress and singer Hilary Duff has admitted to CosmoGIRL that she went through a period of being way too thin. A formerly healthy-looking teenager, Duff explained: "I have the same insecurities about my body that every girl has and I made a conscious decision to get in shape. I wasn't too obsessed with it, but I did learn that there have to be days when you just don't think about it".

On her break up with boyfriend of two years, Good Charlotte singer Joel Madden, she added: "He was a very important part of my life. Breaking up was just something that I felt needed to happen between us. We email all the time now, and are at a really good place".

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KOOKS PLAY NEW SONGS
The Kooks played four new songs when they played a surprise set in London on Friday as part of Year Zero club's 'secret season', at which well known bands showcase new material. They also played four of their old songs. My, I'm overcome with the excitement of it all. For those of you who care, the new songs are called 'Oil', 'Disappear', 'Always Where' and 'Saboteur'.

For those of you interested in Year Zero, go here: http://www.myspace.com/yearzeroclub.

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JULIETTE AND THE LICKS RERELEASE
The second album from Juliette And The Licks, which was released over here last year, is set to get a re-release with a bonus DVD type thingy. That re-release will be followed in July by a US release for the long player, 'Four On The Floor', which will come out Stateside via Californian indie Militia Group.

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LIVE EARTH TICKET APPLICATIONS ABOUT TO CLOSE
Registration has opened for those wishing to be in with a chance of getting a ticket for the London leg of the Live Earth gigs. As previously reported, those wishing to go must register here http://media.livenation.co.uk/liveearth/ - it's a bit like with Glastonbury. Then there's something of a lottery, with a number of people from amongst those registered being offered the chance to buy two tickets at a cost of £55 each. Registration ends at midday today, and successful applicants will be notified on Wednesday.

The event takes place, of course, on 7 Jul at Wembley. Acts appearing at the London event include Keane, Snow Patrol, Duran Duran, Bloc Party, Genesis, and Beastie Boys.

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LADY SOVEREIGN CANCELS REMAINING UK GIGS
Further to earlier cancellations in Glasgow and Birmingham due to exhaustion, Lady Sovereign has announced that she will now cancel the rest of her UK tour, which comprised dates in London, Bristol, Norwich and Manchester. The rapper apologised to fans and said she was "massively disappointed". Full refunds are, of course, available on all tickets.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Blonde Redhead - 23 (Beggars/4AD)
Blonde Redhead's 'Misery Is A Butterfly' was a breathtaking experience. Blushing with expansive soundscapes and captivating romanticism, it was a masterpiece of melodic orchestration. To say new LP '23' has a lot to live up to, then, would be a Herculean understatement. Thankfully, the New York based trio's penchant for off-kilter washes of sonic grandeur is evident from the first bars of the title track opener. Doves-esque in arrangement, it typifies the complex astral symphonies percolating throughout the record as it swoons and flirts to the muffled child-like vocals of Kazu Makino. The spacious production of 'The Dress' and 'Publisher' revisit a 'Vespertine'-era Bjork with the ventilating synths transporting each track into a warped inter-planetary cosmoses. Yet '23's not all star-gazing orchestration; the stomach churning 'Spring And Summer By Fall' ravages with sharp, boundless percussion and veneering guitar strokes whilst the electro-tinged 'Top Ranking' is a slanted manifestation of The Blow frolicking in the moonlight with Radiohead as it shivers and writhes to every sunkissed keyboard effect. But it's 'My Impure Hair' that perhaps best summarises how Blonde Redhead have progressed since 'Misery Is A Butterfly'. Whimsical yet utterly engaging, the aching country acoustics set against a sweeping string-laden backdrop provides a stunning finale to this vivid record. '23' may have been burdened by its predecessor but somehow Blonde Redhead have crafted an album that doesn't just take your breath away, it provides you with a new lease of life. BHa
Release Date: 16 April
Press Contact: Beggars IH [all]

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MERLIN ANNOUNCES INTERIM BOARD
The previously reported and, in the context of the AIM/IMPALA/Warner/Ministry dispute, slightly controversial, new global digital rights agency for the independent sector, Merlin, which was officially launched at Midem earlier this year, has announced details of its interim board, which will include key players in the indie label sector from around the world. Though no one from Ministry Of Sound, we note.

The board has been nominated by the three indie label trade bodies involved in the new organisation's creation, the World Independent Network (WIN), the American Association Of Independent Music (A2IM) and pan-European body IMPALA, and was unveiled by Merlin CEO Charles Caldas this weekend.

Board members include, from the US, Tommy Boy Records boss and A2IM board member Tom Silverman and Concord Music CEO Glen A Barros; from Europe Beggars Group chief and IMPALA chairman Martin Mills, PIAS co-president Michael Lambot, !K7 CEO and IMPALA VP Horst Weidenmueller; and for the rest of the world Japan based MZ Entertainment's Takashi Kamide and New Zealand based Tardus Music's Mark Kneebone.

The board will be completed by Caldas himself, who will relocate to London shortly to head up the new operation, and Alison Wenham, who heads up both the UK's Association Of Independent Music and the World Independent Network.

Confirming the interim board, Caldas told reporters: "We have here a great group of experienced professionals from a broad range of territories, whose collective dedication will ensure Merlin is incorporated and fully operational in the shortest time possible. This heralds a new chapter for independents around the world. We are on a unique journey to license collectively the individually unlicensable - and together we are bigger than the largest major".

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AIM ANNOUNCE AGM DETAILS
Talking of Merlin, and Caldas, and all that, the Association Of Independent Music have announced that their 2007 AGM will take place at this year's London Calling bash at the end of June, and that Caldas will give a keynote speech about the Merlin venture. So there you go. Other AGM and board election type shenanigans will also go on at the event, which follows one of the Association's most dramatic years, what with the aforementioned Warner deal / Ministry fall out and all, and after that there will be the now traditional AIM beers and chips party. This will all happen on 28 Jun, alongside the London Calling conference which will take place at Earls Court, London on 28 and 29 Jun this year and which is sure to be a fine event, even though they are sub-titling it Music Business 2.0. What is it with this sticking 2.0 on the end of things to suggest there's been some kind of sudden revolution in the last twelve months? Coming soon, CMU Daily 2.0.

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NETTWERK GETS CANADIAN GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
Terry McBride's Nettwerk Music company recently reportedly received a $650,000 grant from the Canadian government to help the firm become "increasingly competitive internationally", and to better "succeed in a digitized global environment", which was very nice of them and the Canadian tax payers who I am sure all personally wished for such a grant to be made. Though that McBride talks a lot of sense when it comes to the future direction of the music business so I wouldn't begrudge him the cash. Though, admittedly, I might if I were a Canadian tax payer. The money came through the Canada Music Fund, part of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

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UNIVERSAL PROMOTE DIGITAL CHIEF
That there Universal Music Group has promoted Larry Kenswil from being head of digital to being Executive Vice President Of Business Strategy, possibly an indication that digital is at the core of the major's wider business strategy. But also, possibly, an indication that content protection paranoia is on the increase at Universal, because digital rights management and anti-piracy efforts are going to be part of Kenswil's wider remit in his new job.

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BEYONCE TO LAUNCH NEW LABEL WITH HUSBAND TO BE?
Rumour has it that Beyonce will fulfill her current recording contract commitments with SonyBMG later this year with a live album, after which she will jump ship to launch a new label with boyfriend and soon to be husband Jay-Z, presumably within Universal's Def Jam division which he, of course, heads up. And rumour's been right about these things on occasion you know.

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RUTGER TEAM ACCEPT IMUS APOLOGY
The women's basketball team at the centre of the previously reported Don Imus row has accepted the sacked DJs apology for referring to its players as "nappy-headed hos". As previously reported, there was outrage after Imus made the remarks on air and, despite damage limitation on the part of him and his bosses at CBS, in the end the radio firm decided it had to fire the DJ to avoid damaging relationships with its sponsors, against whom civil rights groups were encouraging boycotts. Imus met the Rutgers team shortly after being fired on Thursday to say sorry in person, and the team's coach confirmed this weekend that they were "in the process of forgiving". The coach said in a statement: "We still find his statements to be unacceptable, and this is an experience that we will never forget. These comments are indicative of greater ills in our culture. It is not just Mr Imus, and we hope that this will be and serve as a catalyst for change. Let us continue to work hard to together to make this world a better place". Imus went to his meeting with the Rutgers with his wife Deirdre. She confirmed that she and her husband had been told that some Rutger team members had been receiving hate email from her husband's fans and she urged said fans to stop sending such emails to what she described the "unbelievably courageous and beautiful women" in the Rutger team.

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CHART UPDATE
So, the top three of the singles chart this week goes Timbaland/Furtado/Timberlake with 'Give It To Me' at 1, Mark Ronson and Merriweather with 'Stop Me' at 2 and Avril Lavigne with 'Girlfriend' at 3, all of which means, of course, the Proclaimers' Comic Relief single is no longer top. It's at four, as it happens.

The highest new entry comes from Mr Gareth Gates whose comeback single 'Changes' goes straight in at fourteen - the main 'change' being Gareth Gates singles don't go top ten any more, presumably - perhaps he's an albums artist now, perhaps that's the change, so it will be interesting to see how his album does. Other new entries come from Muse with 'Invincible', at 21, Nine Inch Nails with 'Survivalism' at 29, Elliot Minor with 'Parallel Worlds' at 31 and Klaxons with 'Gravity's Rainbow' at 35.

Kings Of Leon are still top of the old albums chart with 'Because Of The Times' with new entries over there coming from Bright Eyes with 'Cassadaga' at 13, Ciara with 'The Evolution' at 17 and Marillion with 'Somewhere Else' at 24. Sorted.

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TOTAL ROCK WORLD ALBUM CHART
It's the Total Rock World Album Chart, as counted down on Total Rock over the weekend - http://www.totalrock.com. New entries and re-entries marked with a *.

1. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium (Warner Bros)
2. Fall Out Boy - Infinity On High (Universal/Island)
3. Machine Head - The Blackening (Warner/Roadrunner) *
4. Good Charlotte - Good Morning Revival (SonyBMG/Epic) *
5. Nickelback - All The Right Reasons (Warner/Roadrunner)
6. Korn - MTV Unplugged (EMI/Virgin)
7. Evanescence - The Open Door (SonyBMG)
8. My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade (Warner Bros)
9. Hinder - Extreme Behavior (Republic)
10. Clutch - From Beale Street To Oblivion (DRT) *
11. 30 Seconds To Mars - A Beautiful Life (EMI/Virgin)
12. Billy Talent - Billy Talent II (Warner/Atlantic)
13. Guns n Roses - Greatest Hits (Universal/Geffen)
14. Queen - Greatest Hits 1,2,3 (EMI)
15. Enter Shikari - Take To The Skies (Ambush Reality)
16. Razorlight - Razorlight (Universal/Vertigo)
17. Buckcherry - 15 (Warner/Eleven Seven Music)
18. Muse - Black Holes & Revelations (Warner Bros)*
19. Disturbed - Ten Thousand Fists (Giant)
20. Stone Sour - Come What(ever) May (Warner/Roadrunner)

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SUBSHOT PLAYLIST
It's the Subshot playlist, the videos appearing on the SUBtv network of screens in students' union bars this week. New entries marked with a *.

A-List
Amy Winehouse - Back To Black (Universal/Island)
Arctic Monkeys - Brianstorm (Domino)
Ash - You Can't Have It All (Infectious)
Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip - Thou Shalt Always Kill (EMI/Lex)
The Enemy - Away From Here (Warner)
Groove Armada - Get Down (SonyBMG/Columbia)
Klaxons - Gravity's Rainbow (Universal/Polydor)
Linkin Park - What I've Done (Warner)*
Lostprophets - 4am (Forever) (Visible Noise)
Manic Street Preachers - Your Love Alone Is Not Enough (SonyBMG/Columbia)
Mark Ronson - Stop Me (SonyBMG/Columbia)
My Chemical Romance - I Don't Love You (Warner/Reprise)
Muse - Invincible (Warner)
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Hump De Bump (Warner)*
Travis - Closer (Independiente)

B-List
1990s - See You At The Lights (Rough Trade)
Battles - Atlas (Warp)
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Weapon of Choice (Universal/Island)*
The Cribs - Men's Needs (Wichita)*
Dada feat. Sandy - Lollipop (Data)
J Dilla - Nothing Like This (Stones Throw)
Elektrons feat. Eska - Dirty Basement (WoS/Genuine)
Hayseed Dixie - I Don't Feel Like Dancing (Cooking Vinyl)
The Hold Steady - Stuck Between Stations (Vagrant)
Jamie T - Sheila (EMI/Virgin)*
Josh Pyke - Middle Of The Hill (Universal/Island)*
The Kissaway Trail - Smother + Evil = Hurt (Bella Union)
Low vs Diamond - Heart Attack (Marrakesh)*
Mutya Buena - Real Girl (Universal/Island)*
Therese - Feelin' Me (EMI/Positiva)*

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MORE MEL B / MURPHY NONSENSE
Reports suggest that Spice Girl Mel B's publicist confirmed on Friday that ex-boyfriend Eddie Murphy's name has been put on the birth certificate of her new baby girl. Murphy's people have not, as yet, commented on that report. As previously reported, Murphy has questioned the paternity of the baby, despite the former Spice Girl saying there is no doubt he is the father. Whether the birth certificate announcement means the expected DNA test has settled the paternity dispute we're not sure. Nor whether there is any truth in rumours Mel is in talks with various US magazines re a big tell all cover story, designed to shame her ex, who has refused to have anything to do with the new baby since she was born. Given he was pretty vocal (and bitchy) in public regarding his paternity accusations when Mel B confirmed she was pregnant last year, I'm not sure I'd blame her if she did.

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BLACK REBELS TOO BUSY MOTORCYCLE CLUBBING TO BE LEARNING
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's Peter Hayes has been dissing reading and learning and all that kind of nonsense. Well, to a point anyway. He was talking to Gigwise about the previously reported Oasis / Bloc Party feuding, and in particular Noel Gallagher's dismissal of the Party as "a band off university challenge". Hayes seemed to suggest that he too thought being too learned a band wasn't a good thing.

He told the music website: "Life's nothing to do with reading, it has to do with spirit. I couldn't give a fuck about reading. I don't read that much, and I couldn't much care to read [Jack Kerouac's] 'On The Road'. I tried, I couldn't, I'd rather live it, you know what I mean? I never went to college, it might have been stupid but I'd rather live all those experiences that the college kids are reading about. So no it isn't cool to be clever, not really because you're not fucking living. Get out and get your fuckin nose out of a book and live life". Though, he did qualify those sentiments slightly by adding: "At the same time I say it ain't cool to be a dumbass either, I have a bit of class you know. It ain't cool to be useless, I mean that's everywhere, being useless is not clever", so that's good to know.

Just for the record, we checked and it turns out life is a bit to do with reading, and that many of the coolest people in the world are actually very clever. But to be fair to Hayes, it would be unfair to expect him to know that fact, given that we got it out of a book. Yeah, we read it. Radical.

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ARCTIC MONKEY BAGS A PAGE THREE STUNNA
Now, you might think that the fact Arctic Monkeys guitarist Jamie Cook was seen "snogging the face off" page three girl Katie Downes in the Met Bar last week, and that rumours have it they might be an item, isn't really news, and doesn't deserve two sentences in your CMU Daily. On the former you'd be correct but on the latter point, well, it seems you're wrong.

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