CMU Daily - on the inside Thursday 26th April
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Sinister and deadly: Spector trial update
- US judge says no performance royalty due on downloads
- Yayo court case adjourned until July
- Snoop Dogg barred from Australia
- Willie Nelson cuts a deal
- The Cooper Temple Clause split
- English orchestras launch new schools initiative
- Branson announces prize music fest
- More anti-hip hop stuff
- New Crowded House album tracklisting revealed
- Raconteurs on new album
- Go-Betweens tribute album
- Ordinary Boys, Morcheeba for Guilfest
- T4 On The Beach
- Spinal Tap to perform Live Earth set
- Parliamentary Jazz Awards - and the winners are...
- No one trusts you - no one I tell you - and especially you
- RIAA chief defends DRM and litigation
- Jobs accused of knowing about Apple option backdating
- GCap buy UBC out of Classic Gold
- Newspaper Awards celebrate ink and fonts and all that stuff
- ASA complaint against Telegraph web ad thrown out
- Rapping firefighter suspended over police jibes
- Archbishop tries to stop Crow from performing
- Barat dismisses Libertines comeback
- Kele Bloc Party on things he says


This is very important. I mean really important. No, really, it is. The CMU Recommended Kill All Hippies takes place in London, at the Carling Islington Academy, this coming Friday night. That's tomorrow night, in case you wondered. And what a bill there is this time. Headlining is that very buzzy Calvin Harris (you know, signed to SonyBMG, supporting Faithless, counts Kylie in his fanbase) who will be performing live - which is all kinds of exciting. Add to that there will also be live sets from These New Puritans and Theoretical Girl plus DJ sets from No Pain In Pop and KAH regular Gavin Nugent, while room two will be the We Smoke Cigars Lounge featuring elPLATE, The Cleft Palettes and, of course, We Smoke Cigars. This all takes place tomorrow, 27 Apr, from 9.30pm to 3am. Tix are £6 in advance, or a tenner on the door. Go see for advance sales.

But that's not all the importance out of the way - oh no. I've also got to tell you about another very exciting CMU Recommended event - the very first Xfm Remix All Nighter, which is spinning off from the always good Remix Night and which will take over the seOne club at London Bridge on 26 May, with a line up filled with CMU favourites, like Pendulum, Breakfastaz, Sub Focus, Paul Epworth, South Central, Freelance Hellraiser and Does It Offend You Yeah? Remixer in chief, Eddy TM, will, of course, host. Tickets for this are £10/12 on the night, but just eight quid in advance, so again, I'd head off to to get my tix booked.

As always, you'll get more info on these CMU Recommended events at their respective websites - and, with press gubbins from Leyline. Here ends the important information.



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How is it, ladies and gentlemen, that The Shakes have never appeared here in the MSOTD slot? I would have put my cappuccino on it that they had been. I mean, they're a Lewisham band, which normally secures preferential treatment here at CMU. Fortunately for me, I didn't actually make any such bets, otherwise I'd now be drinking supermarket brand instant coffee, which is never a good thing. Especially on a manic Thursday. Because, having checked the trusty archive on the Beats Bar website, they don't appear on the big MSOTD list. So it's a good job they appeared on the Indiestore home page when I strayed there this morning, prompting me to rectify my previous oversight. The Shakes, in case you don't know, are a brilliant South East London four piece who have been making pop music of the quality kind for a couple of years now, and who are seemingly (and hopefully) on the rise at the moment. As we reported earlier in the week, they are playing a secret gig in Glasgow next week for French Connection's new online fashion and music networking thingimy A New Movement, and they really are a band to catch live, so if you're anywhere around Glasgow next week, and you can figure out which 'secret venue' they're playing, I'd definitely suggest a visit. Otherwise, check out their Indiestore (or, rather, the Indiestore of their label, Tough Cookie) and preview a few quality tunes at your leisure. 'Liberty Jones' is still my personal favourite, but all four are well worth checking out.


"When he is confronted with the right circumstances, he turns sinister and deadly". That was the conclusion of Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson, opening up the case for the prosecution at the long awaited and much anticipated murder trail of the legendary music producer Phil Spector, which kicked off in LA yesterday.

Jackson, of course, is keen to show to the jury that while Spector can be charming and personable when he wants to be, at other times he is an unhinged man with a "a rich history" of violence against women. The evidence Jackson will present, the DA claims, will "paint a picture of a man, who on 3 February 2003, put a loaded pistol in Lana Clarkson's mouth - inside her mouth - and shot her to death". More importantly actress Clarkson was, he claims, "simply the last in a long line of women who fell victim to Philip Spector over the years".

Jackson's bid to prove that Spector was capable of shooting Clarkson in February 2003 will include the calling of five women who are expected to all testify that Spector brandished guns while in their company on a number of occasions between 1988 and 1995. Spector's lawyers had argued that those women should not be allowed to testify, and that their testimonies would be irrelevant to the case before the jury, but Superior Court Judge Larry Fidler disagreed, a decision which commentators reckon will really hinder the defence's case.

Jackson argued that there were recurring themes in Spector's relationships with many of these women, things often coming to a head once they were alone, when a drunk Spector would reach for his gun when the woman in question said she was leaving. He claims that the same thing happened with Clarkson, who reluctantly agreed to go back to "his castle" for just one drink after meeting him in the Foundation Room at the Sunset Strip branch of the House Of Blues, where she was working at the time. Jackson cites Spector's then driver, Adriano DeSouza, who was sitting in the producer's car outside the LA mansion where Clarkson had joined Spector, and who claims that two hours after the couple had entered the house the producer appeared at a back door, holding a gun in blood stained hands, and proclaiming "I think I killed somebody".

Jackson's opening gambit was followed by the opening address from the defence, courtesy of Spector's lawyer Bruce Cutler. That address was reportedly affected considerably by another decision made by Judge Fidler which favoured the prosecution.

Ever since the killing the media have reported police allegations that Spector essentially admitted to shooting Clarkson, albeit by accident, as he was arrested, but some reports suggest those remarks were taken out of context. Cutler was reportedly planning on quoting a transcript of police tapes of the arrest in his opening remarks, which would have apparently shown that what Spector actually said was not an admission of guilt - something along the lines of: "I'm sorry this happened. I don't know how it happened, but it happened... the gun went off accidentally. This is the most devastating thing I've ever seen in my life ... she had no right to come to my house and blow her head off". But for reasons I don't quite understand, the prosecution argued that Cutler could not quote the transcript in his opening address, because they hadn't mentioned the tapes in theirs. Apparently those are the rules, and Fidler agreed, even though Cutler argued that his whole opening address revolved around that evidence.

With that decision made, Cutler set about using what other resources he had at his disposal to [a] dismiss Jackson's description of sinister Spector as an exaggeration and [b] to suggest that the police had assumed murder before their investigation had even begun, and that that had clouded and biased their investigation. On DeSouza's evidence, he claimed the driver had a poor grasp of the English language, and had been woken from a deep sleep when Spector appeared at his back door, and that therefore he could easily have misheard the producer saying "I think somebody was killed".

As for the other women due to testify, he claimed their testimonies were the thing of tabloid magazines, and that the idea that these women feared Spector didn't add up, because many of them had stayed in touch with the producer, even since Clarkson's death.

As for Clarkson, he claims she agreed to go to Spector's home not reluctantly, but because she was down on her luck and saw a friendship with the producer as potentially of value. Moreover, he says forensic evidence will show she fired the gun that killed her - probably by mistake but, he observed, "a self-inflicted gunshot wound can be accidental suicide and that's what it was".

The prosecution raised a number of objections to Cutler's address, but Judge Fidler generally sustained their objections, ruling that the defence lawyer was presenting argument not statements of fact, and therefore his opinionating could stand. Continuing to opinionate, Cutler said the prosecution's entire case would depend on the testimonies of DeSouza and the five women, all of whom, he said, were telling "tall stories".

With that Fidler called the proceedings to a close. Cutler's opening address will continue later today.


It was a busy day in the US pop courts yesterday. On less sensational issues, a senior federal judge, essentially acting as a copyright tribunal, set an important precedent regarding the publishing rights that exist in the digital music domain.

The dispute centred on when 'performance royalties' should be paid to publishers and songwriters on digital music. It is generally agreed that digital music providers should pay performance royalties when they offer music streams, because streamed music is similar to radio, and radio broadcasters pay a performance royalty on music they air. However, when digital music providers sell downloads, a 'mechanical royalty' is paid - in the same way it would if a CD was sold - but to date performance royalties have not been considered relevant in that domain.

That was until the latest royalty negotiations between US publishing royalty collecting society ASCAP and digital music firms AOL, RealNetworks and Yahoo! ASCAP argued that because many users 'progressively download' tracks from download platforms, so that the track actually plays as it downloads, which can seem like a stream to the user, a 'performance royalty' was, in fact, due. The digital music firms disagreed, which is why the case went to the federal court, who traditionally play an arbitrator role in any royalty disputes involving ASCAP.

On this one Judge William Connor sided with the digital music firms, arguing that while US copyright law does allow for some mechanical and performance rights overlap in the digital domain, it does not allow overlap of this kind. In his ruling he wrote: "The mere fact that a customer's online purchase is conveyed to him in a piecemeal manner, each segment of which is capable of playback as soon as the transmission is completed, does not change the fact that the transaction is a data transmission rather than a music broadcast. Surely ASCAP would not contend that if a retail purchaser of musical records begins audibly playing each tape or disc as soon as he receives it the 'vendor' is engaging in a public performance... It is not the availability of prompt replay but the simultaneously perceptible nature of a transmission that renders it a performance...".

Commenting on the ruling, Kenneth Steinthal, the lawyer representing the digital music firms, told reporters: "This is a rewarding victory for our clients on an issue that we thought was very clear from the statue and from what the Copyright Office and other commentators had said about the issue".

ASCAP, needless to say, were less welcoming of the decision, telling reporters: "ASCAP respectfully disagrees with the court's decision. We are considering our options as the proceeding to determine reasonable license fees to be paid by AOL, RealNetworks and Yahoo! to compensate our writer and publisher members for the use of their music".

In case you're a bit confused about all these different kinds of rights - the performance rights are what PRS deal with in the UK, while mechanical rights are the domain of MCPS. Of course, because PRS and MCPS operate as an alliance these days, and because many online services are covered by the Joint Online Licence that PRS/MCPS devised together, the distinction between royalty types isn't talked about so much, though there has been some debate as to whether a mechanical royalty is due on streams as well as the performance royalty (MCPS argue it is, if I remember rightly).


Elsewhere in the courts, G-Unit's Tony Yayo was in court over those much previously reported allegations he "backhanded" and "verbally assaulted" the fourteen year old son of long time rival Jimmy 'Henchmen' Rosemond, the boss of Czar Entertainment. As previously reportd, the rapper faces one charge of misdemeanor assault and one of endangering the welfare of a minor. Yayo denies the charges against him, though he will have to wait until 24 Jul to defend himself, because the case was adjourned to then almost immediately.

In a statement issued to, Yayo's attorney Scott E Leemon said yesterday: "After a detailed investigation, I stand here to steadfastly and unequivocally state that Tony Yayo did not slap anyone. The allegations made against him are false and I am sure when the People finish their investigation they will have no alternative but to come to the same conclusion - Yayo is being falsely accused. Everyone in the public needs to know that Yayo, himself a parent of a young child, would never do what he is being falsely accused of doing. This is nothing more than a set up and the truth will eventually come out".

As expected, Cynthia Reed, the mother of the alleged victim, held a small rally outside the court house, joined by Stephanie Ramirez, the mother of the child of Israel Ramirez, who was killed outside a Busta Rhymes video shoot last year, allegedly after an argument involving Yayo got out of hand. AllHipHop quote Reed thus: "We don't want Marvin Bernard [Tony Yayo] to think we forgot his crime is against a child and there is no room in our community for that. What is even more disturbing is that Curtis Jackson [50 Cent] or no one from the record company has said anything against this horrible crime which makes them just as guilty".

As previously reported, early on it was claimed 50 Cent was with Yayo at the time of the incident, but he has proven he was not even in New York at the time the teenager was allegedly attacked.


Snoop Dogg is to be barred from Australia because of his large back catalogue of run-ins with the law. There's a lovely quotation from the Aussie immigration minister Kevin Andrews, who told Australian radio "He doesn't seem the sort of bloke we want in this country". Can you imagine UK ministers saying stuff like that?

Anyway, the rap star had been due to attend the MTV Australian Video Music Awards this weekend, but his visa has now been cancelled. The aforementioned Andrews explained: "He has a whole string of convictions and just two weeks ago he was convicted of a number of charges again. [He's been] sentenced to three years jail, two on another, with five years probation and a suspended sentence. He has been denied entry into the United Kingdom because he was caught with others causing affray at Heathrow Airport".

Andrews said he was also not impressed by Snoop's ties to LA gang the Crips, saying: "This man has been a member of a Los Angeles gang - and is still associated with it apparently - that's been involved in murder, robberies and drug dealing in the LA area".


Willie Nelson pleaded guilty to a misdemeanour count of possessing marijuana in court yesterday, meaning that he will not face jail with regard to the drugs charges he incurred, as previously reported, in Louisiana last September. The country star and his manager, David Anderson, were each fined $1,024 and given six months probation over the incident, in which state troopers pulled over the singer's tour bus and found the maryjane, as well as some magic mushrooms.

As part of the agreement, charges against Willie's sister Bonnie Nelson were dropped. Also dismissed were citations against the bus's two drivers, as it was found that there was no indication that they had anything to do with the possession of the illegal substances.


Hey, I got a text message about this on Tuesday afternoon, then completely forgot to report on it in yesterday's Daily - me being a bit useless and all. Anyway, The Cooper Temple Clause have decided to call it a day after the band's Dan Fisher announced he was leaving.

In a statement on the band's website, Fisher writes: "It is with a sad and heavy heart that I must announce that The Cooper Temple Clause have decided to split up. Last week I informed the rest of the boys that I would be leaving the band. As I hope you will all be able to understand, it was perhaps the most difficult decision I have ever had to make. When the only life you have ever known is that of your five best friends and the music you make, the thought of leaving that life is not one to be considered lightly and I assure you all that the decision was not an easy one to make. Nonetheless, it was something I felt I had to do. I can only apologise from the bottom of my heart for the disappointment this will undoubtedly cause many of you. In the wake of this decision the rest of the boys agreed to call it a day and pursue other interests. Friendships are well and truly intact and the love very much remains within the camp".

He continued: "We would like to take this moment to thank all of you for your support over the years and the love and acceptance you have shown us. It has been an honour to be your servants, for that is what we have been. A band is nothing without its fans, without the people who come to the shows, buy the albums and make us feel that we're not alone in the world, that there are other people out there who see the world as we do in all its wonder and absurdity. People can say what they like about The Cooper Temple Clause, but the unswerving loyalty and dedication of you guys, the ones who really matter, can never be called into question".


England's top eight symphony orchestras have promised to give every one of the country's school children free entry to a classical music concert, which I think is kinda cool, though the nation's school kids might disagree. The pledge is part of a ten year plan to promote the consumption of and participation in classical music among young people, a plan that comes amid concerns that music is increasingly being pushed out of the curriculum in schools in England and Wales.

Other promises in the plan include the establishment of a high profile award for excellence and innovation in classical music, a bid to double the number of people involved in "community music-making" and a pledge to "ensure that orchestras reflect their local communities".

In a joint statement, the eight participating orchestras told reporters: "This unique collaboration is a manifestation of our orchestras' energy and determination to reach out and invite new generations to appreciate the power of performance, and experience at first hand the value of great symphonic music. At its heart is excellence. Our orchestras will ensure that this excellence is shared with even more music lovers, communities and young people both in the concert hall and far beyond".

Co-launching the plan and commenting on the importance of music in the curriculum, Marin Alsop, principal conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, told reporters: "When I was a kid, I was a bit of a trouble-maker. Then I started taking violin lessons. What it did for me was it gave me a feeling of self-esteem because I did something that was unique. It gave me a sense that to achieve something in life you have to put some hours in. There is not this immediacy that kids sometimes expect. They expect they will be a football star, or win the lottery. When you practice something it takes time".


Richard Branson appeared in Toronto yesterday to launch a new website aimed at educating Canadians about the effects of global warming, and to announce an accompanying contest which will see the most deserving, environmentally friendly Canadian community getting their own music festival.

Virgin Mobile, MuchMusic, Roots Canada Environmental Defence and the Province Of Ontario have joined forces to create the new website,, which will apparently contain everything that Canadians need to know about the climate crisis and the easiest ways to minimise their carbon footprint. In the next few weeks, details of the aforementioned contest will be announced via the website, a nationwide challenge to see which Canadian community can cut their emissions the most per head in the coming summer months. The winning community will be rewarded with 'Flick Fest', a carbon neutral event featuring some top Canadian acts.

Branson says: "A huge percentage of the population isn't aware of how big and positive an impact they can have on the environment by doing simple things. Flick off is to inform, challenge and inspire people to be concerned and to give them a tool to take action."

He added that although the programme was launching in Canada, he hopes that it will go global. If you're Canadian, see You can go there if you're not Canadian, I guess, but you're not going to be able to win yourself a festival.


With that whole "stop being racist and sexist you horrid hip hop types" thing going on in the States just now, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has announced it's own initiative to combat sexism and racism in not only the music industry, but also the TV sector. So, any sexists or racists out there, I guess you're gonna have to move into film or video games. The civil rights group is also planning to honour the late campaigner C Delores Tucker, who dedicated many of the latter years of her life to protesting against the misogyny in hip hop lyrics.

With the anti-hip hop movement seemingly gaining new support in the US just now, Def Jam co-founder and Hip Hop Summit Action Network chief Russell Simmons, who arguably kicked it all off when he criticised rappers for using works like 'bitch', 'ho' and 'nigger', has told the Washington Post that he is confident that the hip hop community won't be too harmed by pressure groups taking his remarks and turning them into an all out assault against the genre. He says: "This happens every ten years. People are blaming rap for all of society's ills. It's the potential for us to head off a nasty discussion that promotes censorship". As you'll remember, when calling for those aforementioned sexist and racist terms to be edited out of hip hop, he stressed that was 'social responsibility' and not 'censorship'.


The tracklisting for the new Crowded House album - their first since 1993, obviously, given that they split up and have now reunited - has been revealed. Do you want to read it? Steady, in a minute. I'll just remind you that 'Time On Earth' is out on 30 Jun and features the work of original members Neil Finn, Nick Seymour and Mark Hart, plus new drummer Matt Sherrod who replaces the late Paul Hester. World tour dates are expected to be announced shortly.

Alright then, here it is. The tracklisting:

Nobody Wants To
Don't Stop Now
She Called Up
Say That Again
Pour Le Monde
Even A Child
Heaven That I'm Making
Silent House
English Trees
Walked Her Way Down
Transit lounge
You Are The One to Make Me Cry
A Sigh
People Are Like Suns


Jack White says that The Raconteurs are busy working on a second album. Which means he must have been pretty busy recently, given that a new White Stripes album, 'Icky Thump', is due this summer. According to Billboard, White says he and his three bandmates are presently recording at a studio in Nashville, but one must assume that promotional duties for the aforementioned 'Icky Thump' will get in the way at some point soon.

White told Billboard: "We don't know if were going to finish but we wanted to get everything down before we got busy. We have a lot bigger ideas about certain things, so we will see how far we get".


A new tribute album to influential Brisbane indie rockers The Go-Betweens has been announced, and it's set to feature contributions from Australian artists such as Dan Kelly, Sarah Blasko and Glenn Richards. 'Write Your Adventures Down' will get an Australian release via SonyBMG imprint The Red Label in June - no word yet on a UK release.

As I'm sure you all remember, because you're all very old, the duo of Robert Forster and Grant McLennan's main period of activity ran from 1977 to 1989 and was adored by critics, but didn't impact hugely on the public. They reunited in 2000 and won an ARIA award for their final album 'Oceans Apart', released in 2005. McLennan, as previously reported, died last year from a heart attack.


Guilfest - that festival that takes place in Guildford, surprisingly - has just announced the latest additions to its line up. They include The Ordinary Boys and Morcheeba, as well as Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Toots & The Maytalls, and The Saw Doctors. Those acts join the likes of Supergrass, Squeeze, Madness and The Magic Numbers on the bill for the fest, so it's all looking like jolly good fun.

The event, back for its sixteenth year, was voted the UK's Best Family Festival at the 2006 UK Festival Awards. More acts are expected to be announced soon for the festival, which takes place from 13-15 Jul in Stoke Park. Info from, press from Work Hard PR.


T4 on the Beach will be back in Weston-Super-Mare on 22 Jul for its annual one day pop fest. It's the fifth year for the event, which is, of course, broadcast live on Channel 4. Initial confirmations for the line-up include Akon, Natasha Bedingfield and Just Jack. It's a bit bigger this year, as this time there's to be a second stage, hosted by 4 Music and featuring short sets from up and coming bands, starting with the winner of the of the 4 Music unsigned competition. Hosted as usual by Steve Jones, Miquita Oliver and the not-remotely-irritating June Sarpong, tickets priced at £28 go on sale tomorrow at 9am. See

The not-remotely irritating June Sarpong said: "I'll be packing up my favourite summery dresses, biggest shades and looking forward to heading down to Weston. Its always a fun day with an amazing crowd - bring on the summer".

The ever so slightly toothsome Steve Jones adds: "I can't wait to get to Weston-Super-Mare again! The last few years have been loads of fun - as for this year I personally guarantee it will be the best yet - if not you and the family can lynch me! See you there....".


Mock rock band Spinal Tap are to play at the Live Earth gig at Wembley on 7 Jul. The three actors Michael McKeen (David St Hubbins), Christopher Guest (Nigel Tufnell) and Harry Shearer (Derek Smalls) have been brought together for the appearance by the director of 'This Is Spinal Tap', Rob Reiner. A short ten minute film has also been made, and will be screened at the gig.

Reiner says of the band's appearance: "They're not that environmentally conscious, but they've heard of global warming. Nigel thought it was just because he was wearing too much clothing - that if he just took his jacket off it would be cooler."



It was the PPL sponsored Parliamentary Jazz Awards this week, where the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group pat the great and good of the jazz world on the back. And the winners were...

Jazz Musician of the Year: Gwilym Simcock
Jazz Broadcaster of the Year: Jez Nelson
Jazz Venue of the Year: Pizza Express (Soho, London)
Jazz Educator of the Year: Peter Churchill
Jazz Publication of the Year: Jazzwise
Jazz Journalist of the Year: Stuart Nicholson
Services to Jazz: Kenny Wheeler
Jazz CD of the Year: John Taylor - 'Angel Of The Presences'
Jazz Ensemble of the Year: Killer Shrimp
APPJAG Special Award: Bill Ashton MBE

Commenting on this year's awards, Bob Blizzard, Secretary of the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group told CMU: "We are delighted to honour all of the winners who have done so much to advance British jazz. We are very pleased that by holding these awards, Parliament is able to promote British jazz in this way".

Fans of jazz awards are in for another treat next month - the inaugural Ronnie Scotts Jazz Awards will take place on the upcoming Bank Holiday Monday, which is all very exciting.


This is something we all knew, of course, but it's always interesting to see research on it. A new survey by PR group Edelman has found that many young consumers seriously distrust the entertainment industry (though, for those of you in the media, don't get too smug, they distrust you a lot more!)

The Edelman poll found that 41% of 18-34 year olds do not trust the entertainment industry to provide value for money, and 34% do not trust entertainment companies to respect the rights of those who pay for digital content. Because of the distrust, 48% said they would be more likely to criticise entertainment firms to their friends, 37% to go to the effort to slag off entertainment companies online, and 43% to boycott a company. It was also cited as a reason why 27% of those surveyed said they have or would download music from illegal sources. And also as to why 70% of those interviewed said they are most influenced by friends and word of mouth when choosing what entertainment to consume.

However, Edelman's Gail Becker said all was not lost for the entertainment congloms. She told reporters: "Based on the research, it looks as though the industry has achieved recognition for making content available legally. The next phase is to begin shifting the discourse and illustrate the value they provide to entertainment fans".


Of course, all the lack of trust hasn't been helped by all that DRM and all those anti-P2P lawsuits the music industry keeps insisting on - though to be fair, most of the latter have actually been in the US (though American litigation no doubt contributes to bad impressions of the music business in the UK also). Talking of which, the boss of the Recording Industry Association Of America has defended all that crap at the Digital Summit in Nashville this week.

RIAA big cheese Mitch Bainwol reportedly acknowledged that record sales continued to decline despite the DRM and anti-P2P lawsuits but, according to Digital Music News, he remained optimistic for the future of the record industry, and strongly committed to the RIAA's current strategies, telling his audience: "I believe in rules. They are essential to the American way of life".

On the RIAA's current campaign against illegal file sharing on college campuses, which has had a mixed reception among senior staff at American universities, he continued: "Universities are supposed to be the defenders of intellectual thought - [by allowing illegal file sharing] students are learning exactly the wrong lesson".

On the continued use of digital rights management by some in the major label sector, he said that "DRM serves all sorts of pro-consumer purposes", and added that while DRM had caused interoperability issues for consumers in the past, that "cross-licensing DRM is the way to solve the issue". However, with EMI about to launch a DRM free catalogue, and other majors reportedly about to follow suit, Bainwol wasn't as resolute on the issue as he has been in the past, observing that "prudent, rational judgment on how to proceed on DRM" would be made in the next few months.


We've only briefly mentioned the SEC investigation into allegations of dodgy disbursements of backdated stock options at Apple Inc because frankly it's a complicated and ultimately quite dull story. Unless, that is, some very senior Apple execs are implicated in the whole thing, when it might become somewhat less dull.

Which is why we are reporting on it now - because there have been accusations that the most senior Apple exec, Steve Jobs, was fully briefed on the financial transactions which are causing US authorities concern, a claim which contradicts past assertions from Apple that any dodgy activity did not involve the CEO in anyway. The new accusations come from former Apple CFO Fred Anderson, one of the former Apple Execs accused of involvement in the dodgyness (he paid a considerable fine over his involvement, though without admitting he was guilty of anything). He has now claimed that he personally briefed Jobs on the ramifications of all the transactions he oversaw before they took place.

Apple is having none of it though, defending its CEO by issuing the following statement: "We are not going to enter into a public debate with Fred Anderson or his lawyer. The SEC investigated the matter thoroughly and its complaint speaks for itself, in terms of what it says, what it does not say, who it charges, and who it does not charge".

The SEC has never indicated it is going after - or intends to go after - Jobs in relation to the suspect backdating of options, despite some commentators observing that CEOs of companies accused of similar practices have been targeted directly. And Anderson's comments aren't likely to change the SEC's stance on Jobs, but they will keep Apple's investor relations team on their toes, keen as they are to keep everyone's attention on how well the company is doing just now and away from the possibly tarnished reputations of some its senior execs.


GCap Media has taken full control of the eighteen Classic Gold AM radio stations, previously a JV between them and UBC Media. GCap bought out their partners for a reported £3.95 million, and now plan to merge the Classic Gold and Capital Gold networks, to create one uber classic hits network. With that in mind, the deal is subject to OfCom approval.


It was the Newspaper Awards yesterday, which are "the only industry awards dedicated to newspaper and news media production" apparently. Which means it's all about how things look and feel, rather than how they read. Here are the winners:

Newspaper Printer Of The Year: Guardian Print Centre
National Newspaper Of The Year: The Guardian
Environmental Newspaper Company Of The Year: Guardian News & Media - Living Our Values
Newspaper of The Year: The Guardian
Weekend Newspaper Of The Year: The Guardian (on Saturday)
International Newspaper Of The Year: Marca (Spain)
Weekly Newspaper Of The Year: The Oxford Times
Most Outstanding Use Of Colour: The Guardian
Newspaper Design Of The Year: Sunday Herald
Niche Market Newspaper Of The Year: Angling Times
Most Innovative Technology Of The Year: Financial Times - mobile news reader
Coldset Colour Supplement Of The Year: The Irish Times magazine
Electronic News Site Of The Year:
National Colour Supplement Of The Year: How To Spend It (FT)
Regional Colour Supplement Of The Year: Oxfordshire Limited Edition (Oxford Times)
Personality Of The Year: Tim Bowdler, CEO, Johnston Press
Grand Prix Award: The London Paper


The Advertising Standards Authority has thrown out that previously reported complaint against an ad campaign for the Telegraph's website, in which it claimed to be "Britain's No.1 quality newspaper website". Pretty much everyone I know responded with the sentiments "surely not", which is presumably why someone (we don't know who, but probably one of the Telegraph's competitors) complained to the ASA. But the Authority say that while rival websites from The Guardian and Times score higher electronic ABCs, the Telegraph did get the most UK hits in two consecutive months according to the Hitwise web monitoring service. The complaint to the ASA questioned whether that achievement was enough to claim to be "Britain's No.1 quality newspaper website", even with a small print clarification, but the ASA ruled that it was.


A firefighter who is also a rap artist has been put on 'administrative leave' for releasing a record containing nasty lyrics about the police. Cal Akbar was removed from his duties in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia following an outraged response to this line: "I got a surprise for them cops I hope the news is taping this/ 'cause I'm gonna turn pigs into bacon bits."

It does seem a bit off, especially as you'd think he'd be a bit less critical of his fellow public servants. The local police think so, anyway, and demanded a written apology. When none was received, they demanded he be fired. Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers says the incident is under review.

Akbar started his hip hop career as a member of the group Larsiny alongside Philly rapper Cassidy, and has since recorded a track called 'Take It Outside' for a national fire prevention campaign.


That's Sheryl Crow, by the way, not just some bird. This is the news that a US archbishop, Raymond Burke, has tried to stop the singer performing at a benefit for the Bob Costas Cancer Center at the Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center in St. Louis. The reason for this is because Crow has publicly supported stem cell research and abortion rights. Burke was moved to resign as chairman of the Cardinal Glennon Children's Foundation after his fellow board members refused to stop the star from playing the gig, which will take place on 28 Apr.

The Cancer Center's patron, sports broadcaster Bob Costas, responded to the resignation by saying: "I have never applied a litmus test, Catholic or otherwise, concerning the politics or religious beliefs of any of the generous performers who have come to St Louis to help this worthy cause, nor do I intend to".


Carl Barat and Pete Doherty have said that The Libertines won't ever be back together, despite their recent onstage reunion at the Hackney Empire, which has led to speculation that it might be all over for Babyshambles and Dirty Pretty Things. But Barat says that although Doherty will always "an intrinsic part" of his life, they're both now fully focused on their own projects. The singer told NME: "We're both doing different things and I'm really into Dirty Pretty Things... I'm focused on Dirty Pretty Things' new album".

Doherty, meanwhile, is said to be working on a solo album, as well as on a new Babyshambles record with Steven Street.


Bloc Party's Kele Okereke has been talking to Xfm about all the reports of him dissing other musicians, and he's protested that it's always reported out of context.

The singer says: "I've said things in interviews that have been taken literally out of context. I read something this week about me cussing out Pete Doherty, when I didn't do anything of the sort. I was just giving an example when I was asked a question about the nature of suffering and art, but if anyone's really that bothered define the quote they'll see the context. I don't really pay it too much mind really. I think it's just the nature of news these days".

Which is true. He was asked the question about suffering and art. But the comment he made about Doherty was, in fact, a diss. Not that I'm complaining, of course. I completely agreed with what he had to say.

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