CMU Daily - on the inside Tuesday 17th April
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In today's CMU Daily:
- US webcasters suffer new setback in royalty rise fight
- RIAA suffer new setback in Santangelo case
- Spector jury selection resumes
- New evidence in Jam Master Jay murder, and others
- Ferry apologises over Nazi comments
- Arcade Fire frontman on the mend
- Album Review: Birdy Nam Nam - Live
- Rossdale announces solo plans
- Radiohead EP reissue
- GCWCF to play T Mobile gig on train
- Strummer benefit show upcoming
- The Dears, Midlake celebrate Bella Union's tenth
- Winehouse, Biffy, Ash for Camden Crawl
- New additions to Connect
- Wilco added to Indian summer line up
- More Happy Mondays dates
- Lily Allen tour cancellation rumours
- ThinkSync launch competition for aspiring audio-visual types
- O2 Undiscovered final tonight
- Album Review: Flow Dynamics - Flow Dynamics
- Sony/ATV acquire Leiber and Stoller catalogue
- Warner and EMI sign up to mobile upload platform
- Virgin may buy Virgin Radio
- Mixmag announce new editor
- The Horrors turn down Arctic Monkeys support
- Jamiroquai play without Jay Kay
- Barat explains his Doherty reunion

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TOP BIT>>
I mentioned this yesterday, but I'm going to mention it again - am I the only person increasingly bugged by this expression Web 2.0? People do know it means absolutely nothing, don't they? Presumably the term has become popular because it's a good way of convincing investment types that the 'Web 2.0' venture they are throwing their cash at is nothing to do with that horrible 'Web 1.0' thing they lost eight million pounds in back in 2000.

All of which means I fully intend to tell you about the next CMU Recommended MusicTank Think Tank event without mentioned Web 2.0. Even though it's all about what the Web 2.0 era means for traditional music broadcasters - and in particular how music television is changing in the world of online, on demand music content.

The good news is the always trusty MusicTank have avoided using Web 2.0 in their title, so I can safely tell you this Think Tank is called 'I Want My MTV? Music & TV In A Post-YouTube World', and look they don't even used Web 2.0 in their strapline - "given the decline of traditional music TV, what is the future for consumption and promotion of music via visual media?" - I love MusicTank.

Actually, buzz word battering aside, this should be a particularly good session - especially given the relatively recent demise of TOTP and CD:UK, the continued delays in the launch of a new ITV chart show, and the new kinds of music telly being explored by various broadcasters, and in particular Channel 4 and MTV. The panel is another good one - headed up by MTV UK VP of Marketing James Scroggs, and including Whizz Kid Entertainment chief Malcolm Gerrie, Ministry Of Sound creator Assia Grazioli-Venier and Beep Marketing founder Helen Keegan. As always Keith Harris will chair.

You'll find more at MusicTank's recently relaunched website http://www.musictank.co.uk. I'll see you there. I'll be the one insisting TOTP's demise wasn't inevitable, that such shows still have a place in the online, on demand world, and that the slide in ratings was due to mis-management and bad presenter choices. Feel free to throw things at me.

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CMU-TUBE OF THE DAY: DR WHO MONTAGE
Now, I know this is the slot where we champion brand new bands who are making their music available via MySpace or IndieStore or YouTube or some other hifi kind of webby thing, but I stumbled across this on YouTube at the weekend and thought I'd share it with you even though doing so reveals [a] that I'm the biggest geek in the world and [b] that whenever I miss a BBC show I want to watch I rely on someone somewhere illegally uploading it to YouTube so I can catch it later. Alas I was unsuccessful in my bid to find Saturday night's Doctor Who on my very favourite home of illegal content (in YouTube's defence, but to my annoyance, I think someone had posted it but the powers that be had removed it, presumably because of the conditions of YouTube's recently reported deal with the Beeb), but I did stumble across this, which I thought was kinda cool. Now, I've mentioned before my love of TV theme tunes (and my frustration when continuity announcers talk over them), and you should bear that in mind when trying to understand my definition of "kinda cool". Basically this is every Doctor Who theme tune and opening montage ever all merged into one video - and they flow together very well, even though the latest version of the theme tune is notably faster than the classic version. So, if you like your legendary electronic musical scores or your TV theme tunes or your Doctor Who, definitely go see this. If you don't - erm, move along and try to avoid looking down on those of us who do. By the way, I think several YouTubers have had the same idea, so if you check the related content menu you'll find other versions of the same thing. Though I'm not sure the idea is quite cool enough to check out more than two.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=QIf3so5sIMM&mode=related&search=

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US WEBCASTERS SUFFER NEW SETBACK IN ROYALTY RISE FIGHT
Another irritating day for the webcasters of North America yesterday, as a panel of copyright judges threw out requests to reconsider the new online music royalty rates which were set last month and which many in the web radio sector say will force a drastic cut in services and put smaller players out of business.

As previously reported, web companies large and small hit out when the US Copyright Royalty Board, which controls the royalty rates for those American music services that benefit from blanket licenses, first announced the latest increase in what royalties online broadcasters would have to pay, many arguing that relatively speaking web radio firms would be paying much more than traditional terrestrial broadcasters.

The webcasters were temporarily placated when officials announced they would consider a review of that decision, but yesterday the Board's judges said that after that consideration they had decided to deny all motions for a full rehearing, while also declining to postpone the 15 May deadline from when the new royalties will be due. The only leniency offered to the webcasters was a decision to put off the proposed change in the way fees are calculated - from an 'average listening hours' system to a 'per-song, per-listener' system - for a year. That change in system will in itself increase the amount of royalties webcasters will have to pay the record labels and publishers.

Responding to the Board's announcement, Billboard quote N Mark Lam, the CEO of internet radio network Live365, who says that it is impossible to underestimate the implications of the Board's latest decision, adding that under their new royalty rules "there is no [webradio] industry". Lam isn't alone, webcasters large and small both seem to maintain the line that the new royalty rates just are not viable.

David Oxenford, a lawyer representing several webcasters, has told Billboard the next step is to appeal to the US Court Of Appeals for the District Of Columbia Circuit, but that this will take at least a year, and that the chances of the Appeals Court overturning the Board's decision are slim. Which means behind the scenes webcasters will have to go the political route, rallying their listeners and subscribers to lobby Congress for a more favourable royalty system for the webcasting sector. In that domain, Jonathan Potter, head of the US's Digital Media Association, told reporters that his sector enjoyed "a lot of legislative support".

The US music industry, which will benefit from the Board's decisions, have been generally quite quiet on the whole webcast royalty debate, though the royalty collecting society that represents the music business in this domain, SoundExchange, insists that all parties had sufficient opportunities to present their cases to the Board prior to the original decision being made and that, therefore, there is no need for a review. Despite claims by the webcasters that the new royalty rates will force them to cut services or put them out of business, SoundExchange, who presumably pushed for the higher rates, insist its mission is to see the internet radio sector "thrive", which is presumably true given that without the sector the body would become redundant. Whether the webcasters can, indeed thrive in light of the Board's recent rulings, remains to be seen. As always, the big mainstream services probably will, the more interesting independents (you know, the one's who support the bits of the music industry everyone else ignores) possibly won't.

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RIAA SUFFER NEW SETBACK IN SANTANGELO CASE
I think there's a movie in the curious case of Elektra v Santangelo. Partly because it's an interesting story (if only because the case outlived the label in its name), but also because I think 'Santangelo' is a great name for a movie. Anyway, more news for you in the long running RIAA litigation against the Santangelo family, and another setback for the trade body, though they're doing their best to play it down the significance of it all.

This is the much previously reported RIAA anti-P2P action against Patricia Santangelo, the American mother accused of illegally sharing music via her PC. As previously reported, the legal action by the RIAA, first launched in 2005, has been problematic almost from the word go because it quickly became apparent Santangelo herself had clearly not shared any music, and attempts by the industry association to suggest the mother should and could be held liable for any filesharing committed by her children or their friends on her home PC were generally rejected by the courts.

The trade body announced at the end of last year that it was dropping its action against Santangelo, launching litigation against her children instead. The RIAA asked the court to dismiss the case 'without prejudice', but after much behind the scene negotiations the federal judge considering that application has only agreed to dismiss the case 'with prejudice'. The distinction is important because it means that the RIAA can not now launch future proceedings against Patricia Santangelo and also that she could now sue the trade body for her legal costs in defending the action - something another mother unsuccessfully targeted by the record industry, Deborah Foster, succeeded in doing earlier this year (although the RIAA is in the process of appealing that decision).

When approached by Digital Music News, the RIAA's Jonathan Lamy played down the significance of the latest ruling on the Santangelo case, but others think it is important because if the trade body is increasingly forced to pay the legal costs of those alleged file sharers it unsuccessfully sues, it makes their anti-P2P litigation much more risky - especially given that there is a high risk of targeting the wrong specific individual when music is illegally distributed via home PCs used by a number of different people.

The RIAA has had some success in the wider Santangelo case, of course, winning its action against Patricia's daughter Michelle who failed to respond to the lawsuit against her. Santangelo's son Robert is, however, defending himself in the lawsuit against him and while many of the points raised in his lengthy defence have previously been rejected by the courts in previous cases, if and when the case goes to court, the PR costs of the major record companies fighting a teenager in court could be significant, even if the RIAA wins the case.

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SPECTOR JURY SELECTION RESUMES
Jury selection in the old Phil Spector murder trial resumed in LA yesterday with 200 potential jurors still up for consideration - they will be interviewed this week to confirm their suitability. As the 200 hopefuls, I mean potentials, arrived for the start of the selection process the judge overseeing the case, Judge Larry Paul Fidler, told the potential jurors that should they end up on the jury that they must disregard any and all media coverage of the case (apart from our's surely, you couldn't hope for more balanced reporting) and only allow what they see and hear in the court room to affect their judgment as to whether the legendary producer shot dead actress Lana Clarkson at his LA home four years ago or whether, as he claims, the actress shot herself. Assuming the jury selection process goes without a hitch, the trial itself should begin on 30 Apr.

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NEW EVIDENCE IN JAM MASTER JAY MURDER, AND OTHERS
More from the bulging CMU file marked Unsolved Hip Hop Shootings And Murders. The Boston Herald has reported that an unnamed female witness has claimed that one Ronald Tinard Washington confessed to her his involvement in the 1995 fatal shooting of producer and Tupac Shakur associate Randy 'Stretch' Walker and the 2002 fatal shooting of Jam Master Jay. The witness seemingly made the allegations during investigations into Washington's involvement in six armed robberies, for which he was convicted last week.

Walker was shot in November 1995, a year to the day after Tupac was shot five times during an apparent robbery that the legendary rapper seemed sure was a murder attempt. Walker was with Tupac at the time of the 1994 shooting, but was later implicated as being involved in setting up the fake robbery, and his murder a year later was alleged to be a gangland killing in response to his alleged role in the attempt on Shakur's life. Run DMC DJ Jam Master Jay was, of course, killed while working in a New York studio in October 2002.

Washington was certainly close to Jam Master Jay at the time of his murder, but Washington has always claimed that he was at the studio with Jay at the time because the Run DMC DJ had requested "protection" because he was, for reasons not known, in fear for his life

Washington is more than aware of the new allegations against him, and has told reporters he expects to be charged as an accessory to both murders, but he continues to claim innocence in relation to both crimes. US media quote his thus: "They want to blame me for all the blood in rap. They are trying to pen me up for these murders ... it's all lies. She's [the unnamed witness] telling them that I was mad at Jay because he [was] doing better than I am, that I killed Stretch because he owed me something and I wanted it. She is making up lies because they threatened to deport her".

Reports suggest Washington will be formerly charged as part of what is being billed as a "massive indictment" due to be announced by the US federal government soon, which is expected to name a number of hip hop types, including some name rappers, in relation to a number of unsolved violent crime cases involving the hip hop community, including the Jam Master Jay, Tupac Shakur and Notorious BIG murder cases. Some say that said indictments could rock the mainstream hip hop industry that is now courted, owned and tied up with the major music companies.

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FERRY APOLOGISES OVER NAZI COMMENTS
Bryan Ferry has been forced to apologise and make it clear that he's not a Nazi sympathiser, after he made comments in an interview with a German newspaper which expressed admiration for the artistry of the fascist organisation and some of its key exponents. Ferry told newspaper Welt Am Sonntag last month: "The way that the Nazis staged themselves and presented themselves, my Lord! I'm talking about the films of Leni Riefenstahl and the buildings of Albert Speer and the mass marches and the flags - just fantastic. Really beautiful".

Of course, we all know that evil people are as capable of creating beautiful things as nice people, so this shouldn't really have caused a furore, but it has. Following condemnation from a variety of quarters, Ferry has released a statement which read: "I apologise unreservedly for any offence caused by my comments on Nazi iconography, which were solely made from an art history perspective. I, like every right-minded individual, find the Nazi regime, and all it stood for, evil and abhorrent".

The apology was welcomed by Jeremy Newmark, chief executive of the UK's Jewish Leadership Council, who said: "We do welcome the fact that he has issued a swift comment that there was no intention to condone the Nazi regime. Nevertheless, his choice of language was deeply insensitive".

World Jewish Congress vice-president Greville Janner told Reuters: "His apology was total, appropriate and absolutely necessary. I hope that he will never make the same mistake again".

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ARCADE FIRE FRONTMAN ON THE MEND
Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler has confirmed he has successfully undergone surgery in a bid to overcome the health problems behind those recent European gig cancellations. Butler received surgery in a bid of cure a sinus and bronchial infection he contracted mid-way through his band's European tour.

In a posting on the band's website, Butler writes: "Just wanted to let you all know that the surjery (sic) was successful, and I am recovering nicely. Thank you for all of your thoughts and emails. I will probably start singing again this week some time to try and get ready for the shows in North America".

Assuming all goes to plan, Arcade Fire will return to Europe to play a number of festival dates this summer, including Glastonbury, T In The Park, Latitude and Reading/Leeds.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Birdy Nam Nam - Live (Uncivilized)
Birdy Nam Nam, the French four piece turn table collective, approach their brand of reconstituted, dissected, vivisected, cut up and put back together music with the discipline and collective ear for the subtle nuances of composition, tone and dynamics of a string quartet. This is made especially apparent through this recording's live format (Paris, 2006), which lets the DJs shine both individually and as a tight ensemble. DJ Pone, DJ Need, Crazy B and Lil' Mike deftly spin, tweak, scratch and slide their turntables and, as eyes and ears behold together (there's an accompanying DVD), hiccups, slurs, shifts and musical details that once seemed like part of the music, part of its organic pre-mixing booth character, reveal themselves for what they are: manipulations, the result of dexterous knob flicking, gentile corralling of vinyl, insanely fast switching, and, of course, good music underlying. The addition of another quartet, a keys-bass-trap kit-percussion combo, broadens the scope further and takes the sound in a world fusion funk direction. But the music hits hardest when it's just the four DJs throwing down. 'Stephane,' the opener, establishes a stomping, rattling rhythm that carries through the disc. 'Ready For War, Ready For Whut?' slams. It's a swaggering gauntlet of a track, bolstered by crunchy metal guitar and menacing sub sonic synth bass, exhorting you, the listener, to paroxysms of glory or some semblance thereof. Track three, 'Pass It On' shows the four DJs beginning to step out and strut their individual stuff. By the sixth cut, 'Violons Part 1,' Birdy Nam Nam is in full swing, a system, a machine made of highly intelligent components aligned towards a common purpose. Unfortunately, by the final track, 'Jam Session,' the outfit seems to have turned down a jazz wank cul-de-sac, but it's a compelling, entertaining ride there. BH
Release Date: 14 May
Press Contact: Emms Publicity [all]

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ROSSDALE ANNOUNCES SOLO PLANS
Former Bush frontman and Mr Gwen Stefani Gavin Rossdale has announced that he's all set to start work on his first solo album. Writing on his official website Rossdale explained that he'll be working with Lostprophets producer Bob Rock on the LP, saying: "We'll do half the record in LA and the other half in Hawaii, where he [Rock] lives on the north shore. So has you can imagine I'm pretty excited about that@.

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RADIOHEAD EP REISSUE
Radiohead are to reissue 'Com Lag (2+2=5)', a rare EP originally released in Japan and Australia in 2004. It'll be out in the UK on 16 Apr, with a US release to follow on 8 May. Here's what's on it:

2+2=5
Remyxmomatosis (Cristian Vogel RMX)
I Will (Los Angeles Version)
Paperbag Writer
I Am A Wicked Child
I Am Citizen Insane
Skttrbrain (Four Tet Remix)
Gagging Order
Fog (Again) (Live)
Where Bluebirds Fly
2+2=5 (Live At Belfort Festival)

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GCWCF TO PLAY T MOBILE GIG ON TRAIN
Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, aka Sam Duckworth, is the latest act to do the T Mobile Street Gig thing, and will play an intimate show for 350 fans starting on a train departing from Oxford Station on 5 May. The singer songwriter will play throughout the private train's journey to a secret location. The unusual venue was chosen because that's where Duckworth apparently wrote material for his debut album 'The Chronicles Of A Bohemian Teenager'.

Duckworth says: "After spending pretty much the first year of my life touring on trains (and writing/programming a lot of the first album on them) it's nice to go back and play guitar on one without being told to shut up every ten minutes".

As usual, fans need to register with http://www.t-mobile.co.uk/music for a chance to get tickets. The deadline for this gig is 20 Apr.

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STRUMMER BENEFIT SHOW UPCOMING
A gig marking the fifth anniversary of a show Joe Strummer played to raise money to assist striking firefighters just weeks before his death is to take place in November this year at London's Acton Town Hall. Tickets are on sale now for the event, which will feature appearances from Billy Bragg, former Clash man Mick Jones and Tymon Dogg, the man who taught Strummer to play guitar.

Geoff Martin, who is director of the Left Field section at the Glastonbury Festival, says: "I was the compere at the Acton Joe Strummer show for the Fire Brigades Union five years ago. It was an incredible night, with Joe and Mick Jones joining forces on stage for the first time in nearly 20 years. The shock news of Joe's death just a few weeks later came as a real blow to all of us fighting for social justice, but this show give us a chance to come together and recharge the batteries".

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THE DEARS, MIDLAKE CELEBRATE BELLA UNION'S TENTH
The Dears and Midlake are amongst the label mates set to play at two special gigs at the Royal Festival Hall to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Bella Union - the label set up back in 1997, of course, by Cocteau Twins Simon Raymonde and Robin Guthrie. The events, which will also feature performances from Howling Bells and My Latest Novel, take place on 10 and 11 Jul.

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WINEHOUSE, BIFFY, ASH FOR CAMDEN CRAWL
Amy Winehouse, Ash and Biffy Clyro have been confirmed as the 'secret' headliners for the upcoming Camden Crawl, which takes place this Thursday and Friday. The line-up is pretty cracking, including as it does Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Billy Bragg, The Charlatans, Foals, Hot Club De Paris, Kitty Daisy & Lewis, Killa Kela, Pull Tiger Tail, Travis, The Whip, Hafdis Huld and Tunng.

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NEW ADDITIONS TO CONNECT
Modest Mouse, featuring the one and only Johnny Marr, have been added to the line-up for the previously reported Connect Festival. Other acts added to the bill include Polyphonic Spree, Rilo Kiley and Patrick Wolf. They join the likes of previously announced acts Bjork, Primal Scream and Beastie Boys, all of whom are set to appear at the Scottish event which takes place at Inveraray Castle in Argyll from 31 Aug - 2 Sep.

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WILCO ADDED TO INDIAN SUMMER LINE UP
More festival news. Wilco have been confirmed for this year's Indian Summer Festival, joining previously announced acts such as Polytechnic, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, The Rapture and The Flaming Lips. It's the second Indian Summer event, this year taking place from 14 - 15 Jul at Glasgow's Victoria Park.

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MORE HAPPY MONDAYS DATES
Three more dates have been added to the previously reported Happy Mondays tour. Look, here they are...

3 Jun: Halifax, Victoria Hall
4 Jun: Aylesbury, Civic Hall
6 Jun: London Astoria

Tickets go on sale on Friday.

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LILY ALLEN TOUR CANCELLATION RUMOURS
Following much rumours on the net over the weekend, Lily Allen confirmed yesterday that she is postponing the next leg of her US tour so she can return to the UK to start work on a second album. The news follows the cancellation of a New York show last week and recent comments from the singer to the effect that she was finding her grueling US promotion schedule "boring".

Speaking for Allen, label spokesman Murray Chalmers told reporters: "She has been writing new material whilst on the road in the US and wants to capture these new songs in the studio", while Allen herself is quoted thus: "I want to give my best to every audience I play to but, at the same time, I am itching to get back in the studio to start recording these great new songs, to keep things fresh for the audience and for myself". The twenty outstanding US dates will be rescheduled for the end of the year.

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THINKSYNC LAUNCH COMPETITION FOR ASPIRING AUDIO-VISUAL TYPES
One for all the aspiring film makers out there. ThinkSync films have announced details of the second year of its music video competition, which invites film makers to create short films around the title 'Twist' using music which can be downloaded from its website (music up there comes from all sorts of CMU favourite labels like Ninja Tunes, Bella Union, Catskills and Chew The Fat). The five videos most rated by the competition's judges will be screened at a special audio visual event, which will promote the films and their makers to all kinds of industry types (ThinkSync tell us last year's finalists have been screened at a number of international film festivals as well as receiving commissions for advertising and video projects). For all the details you need on how to enter check http://www.thinksyncfilms.com

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O2 UNDISCOVERED FINAL TONIGHT
Talking of competitions, don't forget it is the final bit of O2's band search thingimy, O2 Undiscovered, at the ICA tonight. The winners of the competition will play, alongside Goldirocks, The Holloways and a surprise DJ. Press type info from j2pr@thesundayclub.com.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Flow Dynamics - Flow Dynamics (Freestyle)
Writing about music in its various guises is something that takes up a major part of my life. However, I've never reviewed an album's worth of Australian funk. Come to think of it, I've never even reviewed one track of Australian funk, which either suggests that I've either been completely ignorant of a whole scene for a while now or that, well, there's not a great amount to talk about when it comes to it. Flow Dynamics seemingly aim to change all this (for my personal pleasure anyway) and stamp their national pride all over their debut album right from the first track with, and I quote, "Australia's answer to James Brown" Sunny Amorganda proclaiming "direct from Australia- it's Dynamic!". Such comparisons are certainly justified, with the track 'Live In The Mix' sounding all too similar to some of Brown's earlier recordings. This can be forgiven though, as it's an absolute disco monster and is followed by eleven more gems that the King Of Soul (that's Brown not Amorganda, though that might contested down under) would have been rightly proud of. They mix breaks, beats and funk galore, with particularly impressive results on 'Superjam', another Amorganda contribution on 'At The Speakeasy' and a re-working of Manteca's samba classic 'Tremendo Boogaloo'. It's not original and it's not altogether that different from other offerings from mash-up artists and funk DJs, but Flow Dynamics have produced such a jubilant album of dancefloor rhythms that it's incredibly hard not to praise it. OS
Release Date: 21 May
Press contact: Trailer Media [all]

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SONY/ATV ACQUIRE LEIBER AND STOLLER CATALOGUE
Sony/ATV have announced it has acquired the publishing catalogue of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, which includes over forty US Top 40 hits including Elvis Presley's 'Jailhouse Rock' and 'Hound Dog', The Drifters' 'On Broadway' and most of the Coasters' hits, including 'Yakety Yak' and 'Charlie Brown'. Sony/ATV will own the copyrights on the music, with Leiber and Stoller continuing to receive the 'writer's share' of royalties.

Confirming the acquisition, recently appointed Sony/ATV chief Marty Banider told reporters: "It was a gift from heaven to arrive and have Leiber and Stoller here, probably two of the most prolific songwriters of all time".

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WARNER AND EMI SIGN UP TO MOBILE UPLOAD PLATFORM
Both Warner and EMI have announced deals with ShoZu, a "mobile media exchange" company, which provides technology which allows artists to upload content to web platforms like YouTube and MySpace via a mobile phone. The idea is that the system allows artists, especially those on tour, to record content for fans - photos, audio or video - and get them online quickly and easily.

ShoZu's latest deals are with the UK division of Warner's Atlantic Records and with the EMI Group's UK based EMI Records. Confirming their use of the service, EMI's Digital Media Manager Eric Winbolt told CMU: "We are continuously looking at new ways to empower our artists to deliver interesting and insightful content to their fans. ShoZu provides the perfect platform with a crucial combination of simple and rapid mobile connectivity that allows fans to get up close and personal with their favourite performers".

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VIRGIN MAY BUY VIRGIN RADIO
Now everyone wants to own Virgin Radio, including Virgin. Well I say everyone, the main two companies that are rumoured to be considering a takeover since the announcement last week by current owner SMG that they will float the national radio station are Capital/Xfm owners GCap, who recently hired former Virgin Radio chief Fru Hazlitt, and Branson's Virgin Group which, of course, originally founded the station back in 1993. Other possible buyers being named include EMAP, UTV and Chrysalis, though that's the list you'd write when any major radio station went on sale, so whether there is anything more than idle speculation in all of that I don't know. If Chrysalis Radio were to acquire it that might solidify that company's position in the market to safely spin off from the Chrysalis Group, which is something said Group are known to be interested in doing. Whether of course SMG will be willing to sell completely to a rival media firm rather than float remains to be seen - some analysts reckon Virgin Radio on its own wouldn't be too attractive to city types and that the announcement of an intent to float was really an invite for offers to buy the station outright.

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MIXMAG ANNOUNCE NEW EDITOR
Dance music mag Mixmag, now owned by Word publisher Development Hell, of course, has announced a new editor - Nick de Cosemo, a former associate editor of FHM and former editor of fashion spin-off FHM Collections. He takes over from Andrew Harrison, who is rejoining Word as well as taking on the role of Editor In Chief on Mixmag. Cosemo, by the way, is not only a media type, he is also vocalist with CMU favourites Freeform Five. Which means we like him.

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THE HORRORS TURN DOWN ARCTIC MONKEYS SUPPORT
The Horrors Faris Rotter speaking to 6Music on his band's decision to decline an offer to support Arctic Monkeys: "We had our own show booked and we're not going to say to our fans, sorry we've got a bigger date somewhere, see you later. We wouldn't do that. We get support offers from all kinds of bands. My Chemical Romance asked us another week, we couldn't do that because we were in America. It's funny the kind of bands that are into us."

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JAMIROQUAI PLAY WITHOUT JAY KAY
Jay Kay's band - who are the rest of Jamiroquai I suppose - have played their own gig in Cambridge as The Decoys. Jamiroquai backing vocalist Hazel Fernandez was lead vocalist for the night in a set mainly filled with covers. Here's what keyboardist Matt Johnson wrote on his blog about it: "Last night all the guys (apart from Jay) and myself did a little secret gig in Cambridge with Hazel Fernandez singing. We just did obscure funk and rare groove tunes that we love, and did our own versions of some things. It was great fun to play with the guys in a small venue, the crowd loved it. I must say, we were firing!"

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BARAT EXPLAINS HIS DOHERTY REUNION
Carl Barat has explained to NME.com how his previously reported onstage reunion with fellow former Libertine Pete Doherty came about. According to Barat, the plan was hatched at the NME Awards back on 1 Mar. He says: "We started talking at the NME Awards and we talked and chatted about doing something at some point. We didn't want to mouth off and for there to be a circus around it. I missed the songs, and Peter's important to me".

So, that's interesting, eh?

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