CMU Daily - on the inside Tuesday 24th April
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Ivor Novello nominations announced
- Former Bronfman associate sues over alleged role in Warner purchase
- Restraining order issued against hip hop boss
- Hip hop backlash continues
- Island release Marley on memory stick and card
- Patrick Wolf says he's quitting music
- MCR man on temporary leave
- Jamelia and EMI part company
- US band to record album in bubble
- Bananarama greatest hits on its way
- GnR cancel South African festival sets
- Loads of very exciting McFly news
- Latitude Festival additions
- MTV launch Gonzo podcast
- Album review: Ibrahim Ferrer - Mi Sueno
- Amazon MP3 store may launch next month
- Japan planning WTO complaint over Chinese piracy
- EMI appoint new digital VPs
- eMusic not for sale, ok?
- Former Spiralfrog execs launch digital music ad agency
- GMTV axes phone service supplier
- Airey quits Iostar after eight days
- Peter Andre not dead
- Spice Girls reunite
- Sheryl Crow says use less paper
- Ivor Novello nominations in full

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TOP BIT>>
OK, got to give one more mention to the next CMU Recommended MusicTank Think Tank event which takes place tonight - yes tonight - in Soho, London. So if any of this sounds of interest to you, you better get on over to the Music Tank website and book your place.

As previously reported, this one is called 'I Want My MTV? Music & TV In A Post-YouTube World' and is all about what the now really significant growth of online music and video services means for traditional music broadcasters - ie how music television is adapting in the world of online, on demand music content. Or, in MusicTank's words: "given the decline of traditional music TV, what is the future for consumption and promotion of music via visual media?"

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.

Full info is at http://www.musictank.co.uk. If you're going, I'll see you there.

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MYSPACE OF THE DAY: The Neutrinos

I am in no doubt that you have all, bar none, heard of The Neutrinos by now, but just in case you have never got around to visiting their MySpace page, now's your chance. If you are unclear as to what they do, it's punky indie rock, and if you're unclear as to why they're on my mind right now, it's because they are set to make two appearances at British Music Week in Germany this week, because, er, British Music Week is this week, in fact - it started on the 20 Apr, and ends at the end of the week. Enough ends and weeks. The Neutrinos will play on 28 and 29 in Berlin, and they're following that with appearances at NXNE in Toronto. Anyway, they're great. I'm a big fan of singer Karen's vocal style. So if you haven't checked them out yet, do, on my personal recommendation.

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IVOR NOVELLO NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED
The nominations were released for the UK's flagship songwriting awards, the Ivor Novellos, yesterday. As we all know, anyone can sing, it's the songwriting that matters, or that's the way it seems sometimes, and certainly most singer/songwriters seem to treasure nominations and awards for their song creation skills more than their performing talents, so presumably Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner, Amy Winehouse, Madonna and Robbie Williams are all feeling good this morning, given that they all appear on the Ivor shortlists this year.

With his band's second album out this week, Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner finds himself competing with other relative newcomers Nerina Pallot and Scott Matthews for the Best Song Musically & Lyrically prize. Turner is nominated for his song 'When The Sun Goes Down', while it's Pallot's song 'Sophia' and Matthews' song 'Elusive' that are shortlisted.

More established artists appear in the International Hit Of The Year category, with Robbie Williams among the songwriters nominated for his 2006 single 'Rudebox', while Madonna is nominated for 'Sorry' and Elton John gets a nomination for his role in co-writing the Scissor Sisters hit 'I Don't Feel Like Dancin'. Both Madonna and Elton John/Scissor Sisters are also up for the Most Performed Work prize, competing in that category with Corinne Bailey Rae, who is nominated for her song 'Put Your Records On'.

In the Contemporary Song category tracks from Hot Chip, Amy Winehouse and Bodyrox all appear, while the soundtracks of Casino Royale, Ice Age The Meltdown and Severance are all shortlisted for the Best Original Film Score prize.

There's a full list of the nominations at the bottom of today's Daily. The awards themselves will be presented at a London ceremony on 24 May.

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FORMER BRONFMAN ASSOCIATE SUES OVER ALLEGED ROLE IN WARNER PURCHASE
Warner Music chief Edgar Bronfman Jnr is facing a $100 million lawsuit from a former associate, one time Simon & Schuster top man Richard Snyder, over allegations that the Warner boss failed to fulfill promises made in the run up to his acquisition of the major record company.

In his lawsuit filed with the New York courts, Snyder claims he had been looking into investment opportunities for Bronfman after the two men met in 2001. When Time Warner put its record company up for sale in 2003 he says he played a crucial role in providing Bronfman with information about the major, and in lining up the finance to enable the resulting $2.6 billion acquisition. He also claims to have engineered a meeting between Bronfman and EMI chief Eric Nicoli to discuss the possibility of a merger immediately after the former's purchase of Warner. Crucially, Snyder claims Bronfman promised to pay him "fair and equitable" compensation for his role in any successful deal, but that the Warner chief then rebuffed him when he approached for his 'compensation' for helping engineer the major label purchase.

Bronfman's people deny all of Snyder's allegations, claiming he wasn't involved in the Warner purchase in anyway.

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RESTRAINING ORDER ISSUED AGAINST HIP HOP BOSS
A court has issued a temporary restraining order against the boss of hip hop label Rap-A-Lot Records in that previously reported dispute over a collaboration between hip hop artists Bun B and Javon 'JV' Daniels.

As previously reported, studio owner and label exec Ronnie Bookman has claimed that Rap-A-Lot boss James Prince had him beaten up after they fell out over the collapse of a previous agreement that allowed Bookman's fledgling label, 7303 Records, to release a Daniels track featuring Bun B - he being signed to Rap-A-Lot. Prince had backed out of the agreement after Bookman did a deal with Warner Music, and the resulting dispute allegedly led to a violent run in at the end of a meeting between the two label execs. Bookman has launched a lawsuit against Prince claiming breach of contract, battery, unfair competition, duress, conspiracy and unjust enrichment, and also asked the court for an order that would prevent Prince or any of his associates from coming with 500 feet of the 7303 man's home or business.

Hearing that part of his legal action this week, Judge Patricia Hancock observed that there was a threat to Bookman while he pursued his lawsuit, and as a result passed the requested temporary restraining order pending the full case going to court.

When Bookman first launched his lawsuit earlier this month Prince denied all the allegations made against him, 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".

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HIP HOP BACKLASH CONTINUES
More on the growing backlash against sexism and the likes in the good old world of hip hop. You'll remember that ever since American shock jock Don Imus got fired for calling members of the mainly black Rutgers women's basketball team "nappy-headed hos", media attention has been focusing on the misogynistic and racist lyrics of key US rappers, mainly because Imus' supporters hit back at those in the black community who accused the DJ of being racist and sexist by pointing out that his comments were mild compared to the content of tracks by many of the hip hop artists most admired within the black community.

Having brought together the top execs from all the key hip hop labels to discuss the matter last week, Def Jam founder and Hip Hop Summit Action Network man Russell Simmons yesterday issued a statement calling on the hip hop community to stop using words like 'bitch', 'ho' and 'nigger', which he said should be considered on par with the "extreme curse words", by which I assume he means 'fuck' and 'cunt', though one might argue words used in a sexist or racist way are more offensive than the good old fashioned Anglo Saxon swear words. Though whether that's necessarily a reason to censor them, I don't know, but Simmons - who's always been rather anti-censorship previously - now seems to think perhaps we should. Though he says he's advocating "social responsibility" rather than "censorship".

Here are the words he and HSAN co-chair Benjamin Chavis used: "HSAN is concerned about the growing public outrage concerning the use of the words 'bitch', 'ho' and 'nigger'. We recommend that the recording and broadcast industries voluntarily remove/bleep/delete the misogynistic words 'bitch' and 'ho' and the racially offensive word 'nigger'. Going forward, these three words should be considered with the same objections to obscenity as 'extreme curse words'. The words 'bitch' and 'ho' are utterly derogatory and disrespectful of the painful, hurtful, misogyny that, in particular, African American women have experienced in the United States as part of the history of oppression, inequality, and suffering of women. The word 'nigger' is a racially derogatory term that disrespects the pain, suffering, history of racial oppression, and multiple forms of racism against African Americans and other people of color".

On the censorship point, they add: "Our internal discussions with industry leaders are not about censorship. Our discussions are about the corporate social responsibility of the industry to voluntarily show respect to African Americans and other people of color, African American women and to all women in lyrics and images".

And finally, returning to the Don Imus affair, and its role in kick starting the latest soul searching within the upper echelons of hip hop, they said: "Hip hop is a worldwide cultural phenomenon that transcends race and doesn't engage in racial slurs. Don Imus' racially-motivated diatribe toward the Rutger's women's basketball team was in no way connected to hip hop culture. As Chairman and President of the Hip Hop Summit Action Network, respectively, we are concerned by the false comparisons some in the media are making between Don Imus and hip hop. We want to clarify what we feel very strongly is an obvious difference between the two".

So that's all sorted then. We put in a call to some bitches, hos and niggers for their take on all this, but they all declined to comment. Fucking cunts.

In related news, civil rights campaigner Al Sharpton, who has also been leading the campaign against both Imus, and sexism and racism within hip hop, and who is calling on the major record companies who profit from the genre to take a more proactive role in all this, is reportedly planning on buying stock in both Warner Music and the Universal Music Group via his National Action Network so that he can attend shareholder meetings and bug other shareholders and the suits at the top of these corporations to take a stand against sexist and racist language in the music they release. Which should be interesting. The New York Post quote Sharpton thus: "Some of these stockholders have no idea that they own stock in a parent company that owns companies calling them bitches and hos". Sharpton is also planning a 'decency march' that will target Warner, Universal and SonyBMG. For reasons I'm not sure of, EMI seem to be off the hook.

(Actually, several of the reports on Sharpton's stock buying plans say he intends to buy shares in Time Warner, which is a bit confusing assuming it's the record companies he's targeting - he does know Time Warner haven't owned Warner Music since 2004, doesn't he?)

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ISLAND RELEASE MARLEY ON MEMORY STICK AND CARD
Island Records are to mark the 30th anniversary of the release of Bob Marley's seminal album 'Exodus' with a re-release across a variety of formats, including USB memory stick and Micro SD memory card. Out on 28 May, the memory stick will be limited to 4000 copies and produced in Rastafarian colours, red, gold and green, whilst the tiny flash memory card - which can be used in mobile phones, audio players and PCs - will be limited to just 2000 copies. Both of those formats will contain bonus live video footage.

The re-issue will, of course, also be available via more traditional means, as a standard CD, and as a deluxe limited edition CD including a DVD of twelve live tracks recorded during the summer of 1977. It will also be available on Vinyl. They're also releasing a new hardback book which will include a copy of the CD.

A 90 minute Arena programme marking the anniversary will be aired on BBC2 at the end of May following a preview at the National Film Theatre on 27 Apr.

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PATRICK WOLF SAYS HE'S QUITTING MUSIC
Patrick Wolf has announced via his official forum that he intends to quit music. He also explained that he'd had to sack his drummer because of drug problems, but says that's not why he's quitting, although he does imply that promotional duties have taken their toll on him. He says: "I don't think when I was 16 and dreamt of releasing records there would ever be so much crazy speculation about the person I am and what you want me to be. I have become so tired of this behaviour, sometimes I wake up and have to do six hours of interviews before doing a show, then go straight to bed to sleep a couple of hours then fly to a new country to be cross-examined in the same way...I don't know what is left of me".

He adds: "I have made a decision, my final concert will be this November, a retrospective with an orchestra in London. I am not sure whether there will be anymore public communications after that, in fact I am pretty sure there will be none. Of course, this has nothing to do with my drummer, but a creative clock is ticking and I have many many projects to be creating with my time left on this earth. I hope to share my last shows with you this year".

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MCR MAN ON TEMPORARY LEAVE
My Chemical Romance's Mikey Way is to take some leave from the band in order to spend some quality time with his new wife Alicia.

Mikey's brother, frontman Gerard Way, wrote on the group's official website: "The band has decided to give him and his wife a much needed break from the road to start a life and have a proper honeymoon and do all the things a newlywed couple should do. I'm very proud to announce my brother's recent marriage. Watching him grow up into a man and finding love makes me the happiest brother alive. I know this is upsetting news, as it is for us, but we will continue to tour with a temporary replacement until he has situated himself in his new life".

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JAMELIA AND EMI PART COMPANY
EMI would like it to be known that "after working together for nearly 10 years, Jamelia and [EMI's] Parlophone Records have made the amicable decision to part company. The label is proud to have worked with Jamelia on some truly great records and wishes her all the best for the future".

Jamelia is yet to comment, though when she spoke to Billboard ahead of EMI's announcement she denied rumours that her contract with the major had ended. Technically, I suppose, at that point it hadn't. She also told Billboard she is busy working on a fourth album which she said she hoped would be ready later this year.

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US BAND TO RECORD ALBUM IN BUBBLE
American pop punksters Cartel are set to live in a bubble on Hudson River Park's Pier 54 in New York while they record their new album. The idea is that people can look in and watch them write and record the new long player, offering "an unprecedented real-time look into the ups and downs of the creative process". They are due to be in the bubble from 24 May to 12 Jun, so I'm assuming it's a sizable bubble. The band will enter during a live MTV broadcast, and will leave on 12 Jun and immediately perform their new material in a concert on the pier. I'm assuming coverage of the whole thing will be available online somewhere, possibly via MTV, I really should try and find out. The resulting album will be the follow up to their 2005 debut 'Chroma'.

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BANANARAMA GREATEST HITS ON ITS WAY
Now, this is the kind of news I like on a slightly damp grey morning. The news that a Bananarama best of featuring the third-most-successful-girl-band-of-all-time's greatest hits is to be released next month. 'Bananarama - The Greatest Hits & More More More' is out 7 May. Hurray. And if you're wondering, 1 and 2 are, of course, The Supremes and The Spice Girls. Here's the tracklisting.

Venus
Love In The First Degree
I Want You Back
Robert De Niro's Waiting
Cruel Summer
Really Saying Something
It Ain't What You Do (It's The Way That You Do It)
Shy Boy
Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)
Love, Truth & Honesty
Nathan Jones
I Heard A Rumour
Movin' On
More More More
I Can't Help It
Only Your Love
Preacher Man
Long Train Running
Aie A Mwana
A Trick Of The Night
Rough Justice
Cheers Then

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GNR CANCEL SOUTH AFRICAN FESTIVAL SETS
Bad news for all Coke drinking South Africa based Guns N Roses fans among the CMU Daily readership now, which isn't a significant subsection admittedly, but one we are proud to serve, especially at times of hardship like this. The mighty GnR have pulled out of the upcoming My Coke Fests due to take place in Johannesburg and Cape Town on 27 Apr and 1 May respectively, because bassist Tommy Stinson still hasn't recovered from a sprained wrist that has already caused the cancellation of GnR concerts in Japan. Organisers of the festival have offered a full refund to any GnR fans who no longer wish to attend the event now the headliners have pulled out.

Stinson's ongoing injury also means other upcoming GnR concerts due to take place in Australia, New Zealand and Japan are also postponed. A statement credited to the injured bassist (issued when the previous Japan concerts were cancelled earlier this month, I think) says: "We would like to apologise to our fans that were looking forward to seeing us and we'd like to sincerely thank our fans worldwide for their patience and support". Luckily for Tommy, Axl et al, GnR fans are, of course, particularly good at patience because, lets face it, if they weren't patient sorts they'd have given up being fans of the band long ago, at some earlier point in the fourteen year wait for a new album. 'Chinese Democracy' is still, as far as I am aware, without a release date, despite those original promises of a March 2007 release.

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LOADS OF VERY EXCITING MCFLY NEWS
Double good news for you. No really, you'll like this. McFly have announced details of their third headline arena tour and the release of a special edition of last album 'Motion In The Ocean' which will come with a live bonus DVD. See, told you you'd like it.

The tour is being called 'The Greatest Hits Tour' because the band promise to play every one of their hit singles, and the dates for it are as follows:

21 Nov: Belfast Odyssey
23 Nov: Manchester Arena
24 Nov: Newcastle Arena
26 Nov: Glasgow SECC
27 Nov: Aberdeen E&CC
28 Nov: Hull Arena
30 Nov: Birmingham NEC
1 Dec: Sheffield Arena
2 Dec: Cardiff Arena
5 Dec: Bournemouth Intl Centre
6 Dec: Wembley Arena

The 'Motion In The Ocean' Tour Edition will be released on 14 May, and will feature upcoming single release 'Baby's Coming Back' as a bonus track, plus a live DVD recorded at Wembley Arena last year (hey, we were very possibly there) featuring all of the following:

Please, Please
I Wanna Hold You
All About You
We Are The Young
Surf Medley: Surfer Babe, Down By The Lake, That Girl, She Left Me
Star Girl
I'll Be OK
Sorry's Not Good Enough
Fight For Your Right
Not Alone
Harry's Drum Solo
Room On The 3rd Floor
Ghostbusters
I've Got You
Obviously
Don't Stop Me Now
Five Colours In Her Hair

McFly, as I'm sure you all know, are currently on a theatre tour of the UK.

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LATITUDE FESTIVAL ADDITIONS
More acts have been added to the line-up for this year's Latitude Festival, and none of them are music acts. Some of them have a music connection, however.

New additions in the comedy arena include the approaching-legendary Dylan Moran and confirmed Edinburgh Festival Fringe legend Brendon Burns, whilst the likes of Stewart Lee and Don Letts are set to appear in the literary arena. The poetry arena boasts one of my personal favourites, Rachel Pantechnicon, and me old mates Chris Hicks and Ross Sutherland.

The event takes place from 12-15 July at Henham Park in Southwold, Suffolk, and features previously confirmed music acts such as Damien Rice, Wilco, Arcade Fire, The Magic Numbers, plus comedians such as Alan Carr, Russell Howard and Mark Steel, and poets John Hegley, Roger McGough and Murray Lachlan Young.

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MTV LAUNCH GONZO PODCAST
MTV is launching its first podcast - tied to the Zane Lowe Gonzo show. It's a Zane Lowe meets Arctic Monkeys interview fest. You will be able to download via http://www.mtv.co.uk/gonzo or iTunes from this Saturday, and at any time in the following two months. Though if you're especially slack, you might want to sign up to the MTV Overdrive service, because there you'll have two years to access it. I'll put a memo in my Outlook for 24 Apr 2009 to give the especially slack one more reminder to go watch it.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Ibrahim Ferrer - Mi Sueno (World Circuit)
If you're unfamiliar with and you wish to gain a better understanding of Ibrahim Ferrer, try closing your eyes and picturing an elegant, elderly Cuban gentleman with the appreciating mojo of Sean Connery, the husky resonance of Roy Orbison, and the crackling urgency of a romantic poet. I had the good fortune to see the Buena Vista Social Club vocalist in Edinburgh shortly before he passed away and one of the most salient aspects of his performance was the unadulterated passion he brought to bear: standing behind the microphone, his wiry frame clad in a beige suit, a cap cut from the same fabric on his curly head, he was doing what he loved doing: singing. There seemed no other place that he would rather be. For an artist who was almost seventy when fame (or at least recognition by an international audience) finally came calling, it comes as no surprise that he should find comfort and sustenance in his craft and joy in sharing it with others. This is abundantly evident in 'Mi Sueno', the singer's last album and his only exclusive foray into the Bolero - the romantic Cuban ballad form that remained off limits to him on account of his supposedly inadequate voice until the success of the Buena Vista Social Club broke down barriers and he was free to choose his own musical direction. From the opener, 'Dos Almas' to the final strains of the last track, 'Alma Libre', Ibrahim's voice is strong, clear, and imbued with a serene excitement. It is the sound of an old master confidently and finally giving form to art that he has long anticipated. With the accompaniment of an expert ensemble including bassist Orlando Cachaito' Lopez and pianist Roberto Fonsesca behind him, the music, true to the album's title, is dreamlike and beautiful. BH
Release Date: 26 Mar
Press Contact: World Circuit IH [CP, CR, RP, RR, NP, NR] Hyperlaunch [O]

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AMAZON MP3 STORE MAY LAUNCH NEXT MONTH
Word has it Amazon's previously reported MP3 based download service will launch next month. Word also has it that MP3s will be sold via the existing Amazon interface, rather than via some snazzy iTunes rip off. Which sounds like a damn good idea to me - I've never understood why so many retailers split their physical and digital sales platforms, like no one person would ever want to buy both a CD and an MP3. The final word on the matter is that Amazon will allow variable pricing (something the majors are increasingly pushing for) but that they are very committed to only selling in MP3 format, and are willing to wait for Universal, Warner and SonyBMG to catch up in that regard. Good for them.

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JAPAN PLANNING WTO COMPLAINT OVER CHINESE PIRACY
Billboard reports that the Japanese government are preparing to file a complaint to the World Trade Organisation over China's "insufficient protection of copyright and intellectual-property rights". As previously reported, the US has already filed a complaint over the Chinese government's failure to tackle the widespread copyright piracy in the country, and word has it that the EU may file a similar complaint in the coming months. China's response will be interesting - especially for those record label types who see the Chinese market as incredibly important for the future of the industry, but who are yet to figure out how to make money in such a piracy dominated economy.

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EMI APPOINT NEW DIGITAL VPS
EMI have announced the appointment of Mark Nichols and Matthew Crosswaite to the new roles of VP Of Business Development in the major's global digital department, which is headed by Barney Wragg. The new VPs will be responsible for "identifying and exploiting new digital income streams, coordinating EMI's local business development teams across the world, and establishing and maintaining relationships with the company's key global digital partners". So now you know.

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EMUSIC NOT FOR SALE, OK?
eMusic chief David Pakman has again denied rumours his company is for sale - rumours continue that the independent MP3 download service is about to be bought by one major player or another. Recent rumours centre on them being part of Amazon's aforementioned planned MP3 service. But Pakman has told Forbes magazine: "We've talked to every media company on the planet but we really believe in our ability to succeed as a standalone".

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FORMER SPIRALFROG EXECS LAUNCH DIGITAL MUSIC AD AGENCY
Two former executives from Spiralfrog have launched an advertising consultancy that will focus on "digital media opportunities". The company, called Rebel Digital, has been founded by Robin Kent and Lance Ford, who were CEO and Chief Sales & Marketing Officer for the yet to launch ad funded digital music service before a string of senior executives quit the Frog company at the start of the year.

The duo say their new company will sell advertising and develop marketing plans for web based music services that are built around an ad revenue model, like Spiralfrog. Their first clients will be one of their former employer's main competitors, Qtrax, who are also planning an ad-funded music service, and who have just announced a licensing deal with SonyBMG.

As previously reported, there has been much speculation about the future of Spiralfrog since the departure of Kent, Ford and their colleagues at the start of the year, though the service's founder, Joe Mohen, has insisted that the company continues to move forward, despite delays in its launch. The company is reportedly conducting an invite only beta trial in Canada.

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GMTV AXES PHONE SERVICE SUPPLIER
GMTV, or Give us your Money TV as you might want to call it, has sacked the company who runs its premium phone line services - Opera - following those previously reported allegations made by the BBC's Panorama show that viewers were regularly encouraged to phone in on the expensive phone lines to enter competitions for which finalists had already been selected. Both Opera and GMTV/ITV pleaded innocent to all charges when the Panorama allegations first surfaced, but as Opera started to back track and started talking about suspending employees who had not been adhering to the strict rules governing premium phone ins, the breakfast telly company announced it was ending its relationship with the phone firm.

In a statement they said that while Opera had assured them all was fine, "our own inquiries then showed there were irregularities in the system they were operating. We apologise profusely to our viewers, who, understandably, feel let down. Our contract with Opera makes it quite clear that competition finalists could only be chosen after the lines were closed giving every viewer an opportunity of winning. It is now clear this detailed process was not adhered to by some Opera employees. We have therefore terminated our contract with Opera with immediate effect and our competitions will be suspended until further notice".

Given that ITV, who owns 75% of GMTV, was meant to be doing a thorough internal investigation of all its premium rate interactive services, you do have to wonder why no one at ITV or GMTV seemed to know about the slackness at Opera until Panorama came a calling. Though the TV firm say that Panorama's claim that as much as £40 million may have been taken from callers calling up to enter closed competitions was certainly above the mark, telling reporters: "We believe the real figure, although substantial, will be considerably lower than this". The broadcaster said it was determined to reimburse every affected caller, though they aren't quite sure how to yet. I suspect the only approach will be a 'benefit of the doubt - refund any viewer who gets in touch' system, which will be open to abuse and could prove very costly for the broadcaster. If so, expect legal action against Opera to follow.

Has anyone been sacked about this whole ripping off viewers with dodgy phone-ins thing yet? Perhaps it's time someone was. GMTV MD Paul Corley anyone?

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AIREY QUITS IOSTAR AFTER EIGHT DAYS
Former Sky boss Dawn Airey is quitting her new job just eight days after starting, which can't be good for Iostar, the new multi-media company she was meant to be running. Airey says that she was seriously misled about the new company's funding, and that once she found out more about how the company plans to achieve its objectives she decided it was not an organisation she wanted to bother herself with. The Guardian quote a 'source close to Airey' thus: "Just two days after taking up her position, she found that the funding arrangements were not what she was led to believe. She takes the view that it's better to bring early closure to this and to move on rather than to stick with something that's very different from her expectations". Whether Airey's quick exit will have a negative impact on the company - which counts a number of other high profile and successful media execs on its board - remains to be seen.

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PETER ANDRE NOT DEAD
Peter Andre has been released from hospital after being rushed to A&E recently with a tummy bug. According to The Sun he was vomiting and suffering from severe diarrhoea. Well, I have to admit to having suffered from similar trouble myself in the past and I've never admitted myself to hospital with it. Not that I'm saying that celebrities are cosseted and spoiled, or anything.

Anyway, according to a 'friend', Andre was "in a bad way", and his wife, Jordan, dialled 999 for help. Tests haven't yet revealed what caused the illness, but the singer was released on Sunday after spending Saturday night in hospital. He's recuperating at home in Surrey.

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SPICE GIRLS REUNITE
Don't get excited, it was only for the christening of Geri Halliwell's daughter at the weekend, and there was no impromptu performance of 'Wannabe', before you ask. However, four of the girls, Victoria Beckham, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm and Halliwell herself, of course, were present for the baptism at the Parish Church of St Michael in Highgate of little Bluebell Madonna, who is now eleven months old. Only Mel B wasn't there, presumably still recuperating from the birth of her own new offspring. Posh is godmother to the child apparently.

Fellow guest Isabella Harvey is quoted as saying: "It was good to see the girls back together and getting on so well. Geri looked stunning".

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SHERYL CROW SAYS USE LESS PAPER
Sheryl Crow says we all need to do our bit towards saving the planet by cutting down on our use of toilet roll. Oh no, it's just Americans, maybe. Law abiding ones.

In a post on her website, Crow writes: "Although my ideas are in the earliest stages of development, they are, in my mind, worth investigating. One of my favourites is in the area of conserving trees which we heavily rely on for oxygen. I propose a limitation be put on how many squares of toilet paper can be used in any one sitting".

She continues: "Now, I don't want to rob any law-abiding American of his or her God-given rights, but I think we are an industrious enough people that we can make it work with only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where two to three could be required. I also like the idea of not using paper napkins, which happen to be made from virgin wood and represent the height of wastefulness".

So, think on. She might target law-abiding Britons' God-given rights next.

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