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In today's CMU Daily:
- If you try to leave I'm going to kill you: Spector trial update
- Winehouse gets three nominations at Mojos
- Akon apologies for raunchy dance
- Nelly brands to launch in Africa
- Prince, Koko gig, perfume
- Go! Team upcoming
- Joss Stone donating video proceeds to Red
- Domino launch t-shirt club
- Stones Belgrade gig moved after horse concern
- Another cancellation due to Muse/MCR food poisoning
- Acts announced for 2007 Cream Ibiza
- Rumble Strips play free show
- Reel Big Fish add London date
- Jack Penate tour dates
- New acts for Wireless
- Album review: Simian Mobile Disco - Attack Decay Sustain Release
- Warner appoint new interactive marketing chief
- Island Def Jam job cuts expected
- EMAP music man launches new consultancy
- launches news division
- Beeb score more good RAJARs
- Future rejig top execs
- Free toilet rolls for all... at Glasto
- Porn pic supports Imus


The latest CMU Recommended MusicTank Think Tank event is tonight - that's right, tonight - so if you're operating in this bit of the music biz you better get on over the MusicTank website quick and book your seats.

The bit of the biz under the spotlight is the relationship between consumer brands and music companies, and in particular the much talked about but yet to be proven ad-funded free digital music business model.

Giving the keynote will be Michael Bornhäusser, the boss of SDC, who earlier this year announced a partnership with another company called Amobee that will create, and I quote, "the first fully integrated ad-funded mobile download service". Adding their thoughts will be Steve Purdham from We7 (another ad-funded download service - the previously reported one backed by Peter Gabriel), Dan Ayers from SonyBMG, Shannon Ferguson from Yahoo! and Rupert Vereker from the Sonic Network.

It all takes place tonight at Bertorelli's in Soho from 6.30pm. Tickets are £30, or £25 for members of affiliated trade bodies. You need to book in advance - details at



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The Brighton Festival is fully under way with its brilliant programme of theatre, comedy, art, dance, talks, debate, cabaret and music, music music. CMU's sister publication, ThreeWeeks, is covering it all, and you can check the coverage at, with music reviews here each day in the CMU Daily. Look, here's some now.

The Art Of Listening
An alternately mind-numbing and fascinating journey into the weird world of 'experimental' sound, I stopped searching for deeper meaning behind the technical tamperings as it gave me a headache, and simply found myself intrigued by the sheer bizarreness of seven inventive performances. Timely plucks and squeals from a violin built up the sound of an old boiler, while recordings from travels abroad tackled a new way to encapsulate the character of a country. Suddenly, the carpet-seated audience were plunged into darkness, and surrounded by skulking performers voicing creepy, piercing sounds and cooing at us like we were babies, before the lights came on and the evening was rounded off with a wonderfully daft medley of emotionally delivered TV jingles. If you get the chance to attend such an event in the future, bring an open mind - and a set of earplugs just in case.
Friends' Meeting House, 8 May, 8.00pm, £8.00 (£5.00), fringe pp26.
tw rating 3/5

She Said!
The huge, inflatable and up-turned purple cow that is UdderBELLY was the bizarre and surprisingly formal venue for the intimate performance of Brighton band 'She Said!'. The gig began with a number of classic covers, including a rocking Patsy Cline hit, before the band moved on to their own songs and finished with their current single 'The Curse Of...'. There was a collection of passionate instrumentals, specifically involving the group's charismatic bass player, as well as an inspiring vocal performance by lead singer Dominique Noiret. The audience, all seated to begin with, were brought to life by this unique mix of country, rock and acoustic specialities, and whilst some relaxed with a beer, others were up on their feet, enjoying the energetic sounds. A truly enlightening performance.
UdderBELLY, 8 May, 7:00pm, £8.00 (£6.00), fringe pp9.
tw rating 4/5

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Not that I wish to belittle serious criminal proceedings or anything, but hey Mr Prosecutor, I think we get the message, Phil Spector (allegedly) likes locking women in his house and threatening to blow their brains out, we get that. No more with these "me too" testimonies, please.

But just in case there was any doubt, two more women took to the stand in the LA court yesterday to tell their own experiences of dual personality Mr Spector, who could be an amusing charmer one minute, a gun waving loon the next.

The first testimony of the day came from photographer Stephanie Jennings, who recalled an incident in 1995 when she stayed at the Carlyle Hotel in New York in a room paid for by Spector. He was staying in another suite in the hotel and at 3am in the morning allegedly called Jennings demanding she come to his room. When she refused he showed up at her door with a handgun. He then allegedly sat in a chair in front of the door pointing the hand gun at her (presumably she'd opened the door at this point). Spector, she says, only left her alone after she called 911.

The second testimony of the day came from Melanie Grosvenor, who said she met Spector in 1991 when she was working as a waitress. She found him "very charming, quick-witted" and proceeded to have a "platonic dating relationship" with him for the next eighteen months. Which was all well and good until one night when she went to the legendary producer's Beverly Hills home for dinner. She says that at about 2am she said she was tired and was planning on leaving. Spector, she claims, then left the room and returned with a gun.

She told the court: "He walked up, held the gun to my face between my eyes and said, 'If you try to leave I'm going to kill you'. I was shocked. I started crying ... I was afraid. There was no doubt in my mind if I tried to leave he was going to kill me". She says Spector then holstered the gun and "started walking back and forth, cursing and talking crazy". Grosvenor agreed to stay to avoid further conflict and slept the night at the mansion, adding that the next morning Spector did not mention his outburst. Though, when she late declined further offers of a date, he apparently left a phone message along the lines of "I've got machine guns and I know where you live". Such a charmer.

The defence did their bit to try and throw some doubt on the latest testimonies made against their client. They say that Jennings had been less dramatic in her recalling of the Carlyle Hotel incident in the past, telling homicide detectives in 2004 that she never thought Spector would use the gun to kill anyone, and that Spector hadn't actually ever pointed the gun at her that night. But Jennings replied that while she didn't think Spector would deliberately harm her, she was frightened the gun might go off by mistake which was why, she says, she called 911. Defence lawyer Roger J Rosen also produced a contract showing Jennings had agreed to provide the National Enquirer with an interview about Spector and photos of him for $1000, presumably a bid to imply Jennings had personal interest in making the Carlyle Hotel incident more dramatic. There seemed to be less hole picking by the defence when it came to Grosvenor's story, though they did get her to admit that she was once convicted of embezzlement in Georgia, and that she later lied on an employment application when asked about her criminal history, though whether any of that damages her credibility as a witness is, I guess, for the jury to decide.

Talking of attempts at character assassination, the biggest news yesterday was probably that the defence have confirmed they are calling convicted Hollywood madam Jody 'Babydol' Gibson as a witness, who is expected to confirm that actress Lana Clarkson, the women Spector is, of course, accused of killing, once worked for her as a prostitute. Gibson will be called to testify after she wrote in her book 'Secrets Of A Hollywood Super Madam' about an anonymous "tall, blonde hooker" that she called 'Alana' and of whom Gibson wrote: "Unfortunately, this gal would make headlines... years later after being found murdered in the home of a wealthy record producer". The defence presumably hope that bringing up these revelations about Clarkson's past will sully her reputation with the jury, and presumably lend credence to the argument the actress may have been playing with gun that killed her as part of some kind of kinky sex game, and that she herself was responsible for accidentally pulling the trigger, not Spector.

The case continues.


Amy Winehouse has secured herself three nominations in the short lists for this year's Mojo Awards, while those pesky Arctic Monkeys have got themselves two, as have Texas rockers Midlake. So well done all of them. The reader voted awards take place in London next week, and the full list of nominees run thus:

The MOJO Song Of The Year
Amy Winehouse - Rehab
Arctic Monkeys - Brianstorm
The Gossip - Standing In The Way Of Control
Guillemots - Made Up Love Song No 43
The View - Same Jeans

The MOJO Best Album
Amy Winehouse - Back To Black
Bob Dylan - Modern Times
The Good The Bad And The Queen - The Good The Bad And The Queen
Grinderman - Grinderman
Midlake - The Trials Of Van Occupanther

The MOJO Compilation Of The Year
Change Is Gonna Come: The Voice Of Black America 1963-1973 (Ace)
Jonny Greenwood Is The Controller (Trojan)
Rough Trade Shops: Counterculture 1976 (V2)
Soul Gospel Volume 2 (Soul Jazz)
White Bicycles: Making Music In The 1960s - The Joe Boyd Story (Fledgling)

The MOJO Best Live Act
Amy Winehouse
Arcade Fire
Arctic Monkeys
The Stooges
The Who

The MOJO Breakthrough Act
The Hold Steady
Joanna Newsom
Seasick Steve
The View

The MOJO Catalogue Release of the Year
Gram Parsons - The Complete Reprise Sessions (Reprise/Rhino)
Fairport Convention - Live At The BBC (Universal Island)
Various - Forever Changing: The Golden Age Of Elektra Records 1963-1973 (Rhino)
Johnny Cash - At San Quentin 1969 (Sony BMG)
Karen Dalton - In My Own Time (Light In The Attic)
Various - The Complete Motown Singles Vol 6. 1966 (Universal)

The MOJO Vision Award
Nirvana - Live! Tonight! Sold Out! (Universal)
Slade - Slade In Flame (Union Square Music)
Ronnie Lane - The Passing Show The Life And Music of Ronnie Lane (Eagle Vision)
Gorillaz - Phase Two: Slowboat To Hades (Parlophone)
T.Rex - T.Rex On TV (Demon Vision)
Townes Van Zandt - Be Here To Love Me (Snapper)

Commenting on this year's awards, Mojo editor Phil Alexander says: "This year the nominees really do reflect the very best in modern music. Previous awards bashes have seen everyone from James Brown to the Jesus And Mary Chain recognised, and, trust me, this year's line-up will be equally varied, iconic and inspired. More than anything, The MOJO Honours List 2007 will underline just how much music actually matters in 2007".


R&B star Akon has apologised for dancing in a sexually suggestive way with a fourteen year old girl during a concert in Trinidad. The singer has spoken about the routine after that previously reported announcement by US phone firm Verizon that it was pulling its sponsorship of the upcoming Gwen Stefani tour because Akon was the support act, and the tel co was concerned about being associated with him in light of the routine at the Trinidad concert, a recording of which has surfaced on the internet.

In a statement issued to the Associated Press, Akon yesterday apologised for the routine, stressing he did not know the age of the girl before dancing with her. He told AP: "I want to sincerely apologise for the embarrassment and any pain I've caused to the young woman who joined me onstage, her family and the Trinidad community for the events at my concert. It was never my intention to embarrass or take advantage of my fans in any way, especially those under the age of 18. That is why we tried to make sure that the club did not admit anyone under 18 in the audience. Somehow, that standard was not met".

Promoters of the Stefani tour are reportedly still reviewing the implications of losing the Verizon support, which could have been worth anything up to $3 million. But reports suggest that removing Akon as support in a bid to win back the sponsorship is not an option currently being considered.


Nelly has confirmed he has signed a deal with a company called Mojalife which will see his non-music brands - Vokal, Apple Bottom Jeans and Pimp Juice - distributed all over Africa, which will come as great news to the people of war torn Somalia and Sudan, I'm sure. Mojolife's Creative Director Peter Friedman told reporters this week: "We have already pre-produced 1.5 million cans [of Pimp Juice] for South Africa and we are looking at producing between 1 and 1.5 million units locally every month". The Nelly drink brand will be the first to arrive on the continent, as early as next week, with the rapper's clothing brands due to follow later this year. Nelly is also apparently planning on launching his Derrty Entertainment record label in South Africa.


Following the news yesterday that Prince will play 21 dates in London over the summer with tickets priced at £31.21 (it all being linked to last year's album '3121'), news overnight that the first of those dates will be at Koko tonight. Though tickets went on sale at 10am this morning and sold out more or less straight away (in 31 minutes and 21 seconds, presumably) so if you don't have a ticket already, you're not getting in, sorry.

In other 3121 news, Prince has also announced he is launching his own perfume range, to be called 3121 perfume, obviously. According to the website set up to flog the perfume, the new product will go on sale on 7 Jul and will be "a kaleidoscope of rich florals... Xquisite, Mysterious, Xotic". So, there you go.


The wonderful The Go! Team have announced their next album, as yet untitled, will be released on 10 Sep, with two singles set for release between now and then - 'Grip Like A Vice' on 2 Jul and 'Doing It Right' on 3 Sep.


Joss Stone has announced she will donate all the proceeds of her new video to the Bono championed Red campaign. The video is for Stone's latest single, 'Tell Me What We're Gonna Do Now', which will be on sale via iTunes from 6 Jun. Stone has said she will give 100% of her share of the money earned from the video downloads to the charity. We give a 100% of the subscription revenues generated by the CMU Daily to charity you know. Bet you feel guilty about getting it for free now, don't you? Think of the children.


If you're the sort of person who likes spending £25 on a t-shirt, well we have two messages for you this morning. Message number one. You do know Asda do perfectly good t-shirts for three quid, yeah? Message number two. You should really consider signing up for the Domino t-shirt club. This is a new venture where for a hundred quid you can get yourself four very limited edition t-shirts, each designed by a different Domino artist (Franz Ferdinand, Bonde Do Role, Psapp and The Kills), with a new tee delivered to your house each month from July. To receive the shirts you must sign up before the end of June - go here for details:


Good news for horses. That planned Rolling Stones concert in Belgrade will be moved to a new venue because of those previously reported protests from animal rights campaigners who were loudly worrying about the effect the gig would have on hundreds of horses stabled nearby.

As previously reported, the Stones gig, scheduled for 14 Jul, was originally due to take place at the city's racetrack, but animal rights groups said the noise of the event would distress the hundreds of horses housed on the site. Proposals were put forward to tranquilise the horses prior to the gig which, some argued, would reduce any distress felt by the animals, but protestors, and in particular Serbia's Organisation For Respect And Care for Animals, argued that itself was cruel.

A spokesman for promoters Music Star Productions told reporters: "We don't want that issue whether the horses will suffer or not. So we found the alternative".

The decision will be bad news for management at the now privately owned Belgrade Race Course, who had dismissed the animal rights groups' concerns, and who would have expected to generate healthy profits from hosting the Stones event.

Talking of The Stones, Van Morrison, who delivered a storming performance at the Ronnie Scott's Awards on Monday, has been confirmed as the opener for two dates on The Stones' upcoming European tour - one in Belgium and one in Holland.


This must have been one serious bout of food poisoning. Muse and My Chemical Romance have been forced to cancel another US gig date because of that previously reported case of food poisoning that affected all kinds of people involved in the tour at the end of last month. My Chemical Romance did do a set at the Bamboozle Festival in New Jersey last weekend, but a tour spokesman has said that has put the band into a "further weakened state" necessitating the cancellation of a gig due to take place in Portland next weekend.


Cream have announced the schedule for their Cream Ibiza season, and it features main room attractions such as Paul van Dyk, Eddie Halliwell, and Ferry Corsten. The series, now in its twelfth year, will also see the likes of Steve Angello, Annie Mac, and Simian Mobile Disco appearing at the Mixmag hosted Amnesia Terrace. Organisers have also joined forces with Radio 1 for their Ibiza weekend on 11 Aug to stage an event featuring Sasha plus the aforementioned Halliwell, Angelo and Mac. The season kicks off on 21 Jun and winds up on 20 Sep. So get ready to partay, Ibiza-lovers.


The Rumble Strips have announced that they'll play a free show in Bristol next Wednesday as part of the previously reported French Connection 'A New Movement' website campaign. It's also described as secret. The secret involves the venue, of course, not the fact that it's happening, otherwise I wouldn't know about it, would I? (Or if I did, I wouldn't be able to tell you).

Fans need to sign up at to be in with a chance of winning tickets for the gig. Successful applicants will be notified on Tuesday.


Reel Big Fish have added a new date to their already quite long upcoming tour, a second night at London's ULU. Tickets on sale now, here's the full list of dates:

25 May: Milton Keynes The Pitz
26 May: Pontypridd The Full Ponty Festival
27 May: Leeds Slam Dunk Festival At Leeds University
28 May: Peterborough The Cresset
29 May: London ULU
30 May: London ULU
31 May: Bournemouth Old Fire Station
1 June: Yeovil Westlands
2 June: Falmouth Princess Pavilion
3 June: Plymouth University
4 June: Tamworth The Palace
5 June: Manchester Academy 2
6 June: Glasgow Garage
7 June: Aberdeen Moshulu
8 June: Inverness Ironworks


Jack Penate has announced a series of tour dates. Here they are. For you to read. Now. Well, in a minute. Hang on. Wait for it. Wait. Wait.


16 Jun: Glasgow King Tuts
17 Jun: Leeds Cockpit
18 Jun: Nottingham Rescue Rooms
19 Jun: Stoke Sugarmill
20 Jun: Liverpool Academy 2
26 Jun: Birmingham Barfly
27 Jun: London Scala
28 Jun: Manchester Academy 3
29 Jun: Brighton Concorde 2
30 Jun: Bristol Thekla
1Jul: Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms


A bunch of new acts have been announced for the Wireless Festivals, and they include the likes of White Stripes, The Thrills, Amp Fiddler, Lethal Bizzle, Mattafix, Head Automatica, Daft Punk, Husky Rescue and Soho Dolls. The events, as you all surely know by now, take place in London's Hyde Park from 14 - 16 Jun and at Harewood House in Leeds from 15 - 17 Jun. For a detailed line up see


ALBUM REVIEW: Simian Mobile Disco - Attack Decay Sustain Release (Wichita)
If you were waiting for a group to live up to all the new rave (or is it nu rave?) hype, SMD might be the first to do just that. Rock music and dance culture have been successfully fused together before in many ways, but SMD manage to make the whole thing sound both effortless and irrevocably *now*. An obvious (if slightly oblique) reference is The Chemical Brothers - mainly in the way Tom and Ed slapped wailing sirens, guitar feedback and big synths onto crashing beats to make something that appealed to both your Mixmag and NME reader, a concept the Simian boys have clearly got the hang of. The euphoric synths of opener 'Sleep Deprivation' make it a real hands-in-the-air anthem, and it's none the worse for its almost lo-fi muddy sound (perhaps they were going for that outdoor rave vibe). 'I Got This Down', with its cascading waterfall electronica and (what sounds like) hip hop samples, is the best single Daft Punk and/or Les Rhythmes Digitales never released, whilst 'It's The Beat' is like an ace hip hop version of Kraftwerk's 'Pocket Calculator'. Elsewhere, 'I Believe' is a slice of slowed down, almost Balearic European electro-pop; the scattered nods to techno, acid and house all light up the album like strobes illuminating a dancefloor, whilst the pop sheen and three minute track lengths all keep things distinctly accessible. 2007 is certainly not turning about to be a vintage year for music (or maybe it's just that we were just excessively spoiled by the huge number of great albums in 2006) but come polling time 'ADSR' will be deservedly right up there as one of the best releases of the year. MS
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The "look at us, we're all digital and diversified" thing continues over at Warner Music US with the appointment of a VP Of Interactive Marketing and, crucially, its an appointment made based on webby rather than music credentials. Peter Scherr will move to the globally focused interactive marketing role from the job of Director Of Interactive Marketing over at American budget airline JetBlue. Confirming his new appointment, Scherr told reporters: "Warner Music Group maintains a collection of some of the most engaging and well-known websites in music and entertainment. I look forward to contributing to the next phase of the company's digital evolution".


More job cut rumours - though again in a US major label division - so no need for all you London types to worry. Word has it Universal's Island Def Jam will axe forty jobs later this week. Actually, Billboard reports some lay offs have already begun.


Jon Mansfield, who founded and ran EMAP's music division, which coordinated and released all the compilations related to EMAP brands, has announced he is leaving the media firm, after a massive seventeen years there, to set up his own music consultancy. The music division will now slot into EMAP's 'new revenue streams' operation.

Confirming his departure and new company, Mansfield told CMU: "After a record year, in terms of profit and CD sales, and an amazing 17 years at EMAP, what better time to look for new challenges? I have had the unique privilege to gain experience from working across all EMAP platforms and with some of the UK's premier media and music brands. I am pleased to retain a consultancy relationship with EMAP but also now have time to pursue other exciting opportunities to which I can apply my business skills".

Jon says his new consultancy business will "bridge the gap between media companies and the music industry" by creating and coordinating partnerships between media and music businesses.


US live music broadcaster has announce it is launching a new division which will provide regular updates on live music news, in particular coverage of major tours, festivals and live music events. The addition of a news service sees move more into the domain of MTV, who have long dominated in the world of TV music news.

New York based says it currently reaches over 15 million homes in the US via distribution through Comcast, Charter, Cox and other cable TV operators. It also makes some archive content available via its website, though it is not clear if news content will be made available online.

Confirming the launch of a news division, the channel's co-founder and President, Michael Shimbo, told reporters: "This is about offering a perspective on what's happening in and around live music".


I'm sure the RAJAR people launch new radio listening figures every week these days, I always seem to be reporting on them. Anyway, in the latest RAJAR stats the audience of Chris Moyles' Radio 1 breakfast show has gone over 7 million for the first time, four of the Beeb's five digital only radio services scored record numbers of listeners, Radio 4 got its biggest ever listening share, and the BBC radio network together scored a record 56% audience share overall. So all in all its been a good quarter at the BBC RAJARs wise, which is never good news for the commercial radio sector.

Over in commercial radio land, there was some good news for GCap, who have had some disappointing RAJARS in recent years, especially at flagship London station Capital FM. But this time Capital saw its audience rise by 10.9%, and Johnny Vaughan's breakfast show reclaim its market leader position in the London commercial radio market over main rival, Heart 106.2's Jamie Theakston, so that's nice. Elsewhere in the world of GCap, Classic FM increased its listenership by quarter of a million and Xfm saw a 32% audience increase. All of which encouraged GCap Operations Director Steve Orchard to tell "We've arrested Capital's decline and positioned it as a fresh, credible, contemporary station, away from the plastic end of pop. The marketing campaign we recently launched has, so far, achieved that objective. That said, there is no silver bullet advertising campaign that will turn it around - it's a long term process. The [Capital/GWR] merger has been a difficult process and a lot of that has been self inflicted. Millions of pounds were wasted on marketing in the past because the product was not right, but we have now got the product right. We are out of that period now. Our priorities are now to develop our online offering and boost our core brands".

There's a tradition that whenever RAJARs are released I promise specific analysis of listening stats in the local or digital radio sectors in future editions, and then never get round to doing it. So look out for our indepth analysis of local and digital radio RAJARs in tomorrow's CMU Daily.


Future Publishing, publishers of Classic Rock and Metal Hammer, have announced a reshuffle at the top which will see Robert Price, currently MD, become CEO of Future UK. Group Publishing Director Simon Wear will become COO. Actually, lots of other senior execs will be getting new job titles also - and presumably new remits too - but I won't bore you with all the details.


Michael Eavis is asking Glasto-goers this year to leave their favourite brand of toilet tissue at home, as he's secured a deal to provide all attendees with free recycled bog rolls courtesy of Nouvelle.

Eavis told the BBC: "We're encouraging people to be as green as possible at this year's Festival. The definitive example of our policy is our decision to invite Nouvelle on board as an official recycling partner to the festival, to give away free recycled toilet tissue".

So don't go taking your Charmin Ultra. I mean it, and so does Mr Eavis. He continued: "Nouvelle is providing hundreds of thousands of free loo rolls and our message is very simple: 'do not bring loo roll to the festival', there will be more than enough for everyone, and more importantly, it will be the right kind of loo roll".


You know how US DJ Don Imus got fired by CBS for calling that female basket ball team "nappy headed hos"? Well, an 'adult' video company in California is making a new film - yes, 'Nappy Headed Hos' - and plans to donate a dollar from the sale of each DVD to the sacked shock-jock's retirement fund.

The flick will star women with closely twisted or curled hair - apparently the dictionary definition of 'nappy', in the US - who have sex for money (that also being a dictionary definition, of 'ho'). The company, Kick Ass Pictures, claims, by the way, to be the only porn company in the world to guarantee natural breasts in all its films. Which is lovely.

The company's chief Mark Kulkis says this: "Don Imus is a loudmouth and perhaps a bigot. However, CBS Radio was hypocritical in hiring Imus to be blunt and outspoken, then firing him for the same reason. Fellow broadcast personalities Ann Coulter and Pat Robertson spew anti-gay slurs, yet they are not fired by their networks."

He's not wrong, you know. Especially with that last sentence.

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