CMU Daily - on the inside Thursday 14th June
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In today's CMU Daily:
- New mobile music service launches
- More forensics: Spector trial update
- Beenie Man signs up to Reggae Compassionate Act
- The Game rejects plea bargain
- Rod Stewart Jr charged over brick throwing incident
- Pete Wentz responds to gig fracas
- Clarkson changes management
- Dylan wins prestigious Spanish award
- Art Brut stage karaoke album launches
- Kissing planned for Glasto
- Sly And The Family Stone to play Lovebox
- Bleep release Sonar compo
- iTunes and Yahoo Japan do things
- iTunes and Bebo do things
- Groove and 3 add videos to mobile download service
- Warner US launch brand agency
- US industry prepares to take on NAB for radio royalties
- Frukt appoint former ITV exec
- Britney's mum defends the wierdness
- The Fratellis say no to Beckham gig

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TOP BIT>>
So, I'm off to day one of the Wireless Festival later today, which is exciting, mainly because it's not often I get our of the confines of CMU HQ, especially during music festival season, it coming in the run up to the Edinburgh Festival, our very busiest time of year. But, if all goes to plan, I'll be in Hyde Park later taking in some sessions at the Tiscali tent before finding a comfortable spot to take in The White Stripes. It had better not rain.

As this is turning out to be a sort of plugging Top Bit, rather than a polemic one, perhaps it would be a good time to remind everyone that tomorrow night is the latest edition of the CMU Recommended Xfm Remix Night. This month has something of a Fingerlickin theme because the whole thing is doubling up as the album launch party for the new 'Relicked' album from Soul Of Man, aka Fingerlickin founders Justin Rushmore and Jem Panufnik, and both Justin and Jem will be on the decks on the night, with support from Kraak & Smaak.

But that's not all, oh no, there'll also be a live set from UK Beatbox Champion Beardyman - and you know how much we love a bit of quality beatboxing round here (you do know that, right?). Well, Beardyman is certainly beatboxing of the quality kind and, fresh from his guest appearance on the recent Groove Armada album, he'll be doing it live at the June Remix night. Remix chief, Eddy TM, will also be in attendance, of course.

This all takes place tomorrow night, 15 Jun, at Cargo in East London. Doors open at 8pm, and tix are a tenner from http://www.ticketweb.co.uk, or eight quid if you guest list in advance at http://www.leylinepromotions.com/theremix. Press info from Leyline, obviously.

So there you go. Anyway, I better get on, if I'm going to make it to Hyde Park in time. See you tomorrow.

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CLASSIFIEDS>>

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JOBS N STUFF>>

JUNIOR NATIONAL PR - WARNER MUSIC
Warner Music is seeking a Junior National PR to work a diverse roster of acts. Candidates must have a minimum of one year's PR experience. The successful candidate will be highly efficient with strong writing skills, flawless spelling and grammar, and a passion for music. Computer literacy, including confidence with Microsoft Office, is essential. Please send a covering letter and CV to victoria.carpenter@warnermusic.com

UK PRODUCT MANAGER - GRONLAND RECORDS
Gronland Records is looking for a UK Product Manager with responsibilities in A&R and label management. The position will become vacant in early July. We are looking for anyone with experience in this field who is looking for a new challenge, and who can fill the role with passion, and who has the ability to contribute significantly to the shape of the label in the coming years (musically as well structurally).

The duties will include a product management role - putting promotional teams in place for each release, monitoring results, initiating and co-ordinating marketing campaigns in the UK and with our distributor (Vital) and liaising between agents and band/band management; and an A&R role - which will include everything from finding artists to contributing to the selection process of artists / producers / songs etc for current and future projects. The applicant will also oversee online activities, and the label's website and online shop. In essence the applicant will learn the ins and outs of all the workings of a record label...

We are looking for a dynamic person with at least 2-3 years experience in marketing/product management, with basic knowledge of the UK media (online, radio and press) and in the tasks mentioned above OR a person that has had frontline A&R experience within a UK label that included minor product manager tasks. Send applications/CVs to: Gronland Records, Rene Renner, 9-10 Domingo St, London EC1Y 0TA or renner@groenland.com. http://www.gronland.co.uk

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HOT OFF THE PRESS

ROCK SOUND JULY
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NEW MOBILE MUSIC SERVICE LAUNCHES
That previously reported new subscription based mobile music service - Omnifone's MusicStation - will launch in Sweden today, ahead of similar launches planned in numerous markets around the world.

As previously reported, with MusicStation users will pay a weekly fee to access unlimited tracks from a catalogue that includes music from all four major record companies, plus a number of independents including the Beggars Group and those indies distributed by Vital:PIAS Digital. The service will initially launch via Swedish mobile network Telnor, with mobile network partnerships confirmed for similar launches in the coming months in Australia, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and the UK.

Confirming the initial launch, Omnifone CEO Rob Lewis told reporters: "MusicStation's launch today heralds the beginning of the next generation of mobile music. Hundreds of millions of mobile phone subscribers worldwide will soon gain the ultimate music freedom - the ability to download and play unlimited amounts of music, wherever they are, through a fantastic easy-to-use digital music experience, which works on almost any phone. Consumers will have the ability to legally access, download and enjoy an unlimited amount of music, from an international and localised music catalogue, supported by the whole music industry, all for a small weekly fee. MusicStation users can download music, wherever they are, at any time and with no charge for data".

Telenor CEO Johan Lindgren added: "We are proud to win the race to be the first operator in the world to rollout MusicStation to our subscribers. Telenor has always focused on delivering cutting edge services to its subscribers and with MusicStation we can deliver a truly next generation music experience, giving our consumers the freedom to download an unlimited amount of music, wherever they are, for a small weekly fee".

There are also quotes here from more or less every record label signed up to the scheme, but I won't bother you with all of them. How about that nice Simon Wheeler from Beggars Group? His quote is nice and short: "We are delighted MusicStation sees the importance of securing a vast catalogue of local and independent content, to ensure that users have the widest possible selection available, at the touch of a button, wherever they are".

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MORE FORENSICS: SPECTOR TRIAL UPDATE
Another criminalist gave evidence at the ongoing Phil Spector murder trail yesterday, called by the prosecution to fill in any gaps in the description of the crime scene so far provided by Mark Lillienfeld, one of the first police officers on the scene after actress Lana Clarkson was shot, and fellow criminalist Steve Renteria, who analysed items from the crime scene, including the gun that killed Clarkson.

This time it was Jaime Lintemoot discussing her forensic work on the Spector case. Lintemoot's main role after Clarkson's death was collating evidence from the former actress' clothing - anything that might give some clues as to what happening in the moments prior to her death.

The defence used the opportunity of Lintemoot being in the witness stand to pick holes in her work on the Spector case. They seized on the fact that, a year after the shooting, Lintemoot had been called to a meeting at the coroner's office to explain the procedures she used in gathering forensic evidence from the scene of the crime. The implication was that that meeting was called because there were concerns about her work.

Spector's legal team accused Lintemoot of "tainting the evidence" when she collected fibres and hairs off Clarkson's body, mainly on the basis that the tape she used to gather that evidence also possibly removed some blood splatters which could have been vital evidence, but also because she decided to remove Clarkson's clothing at the coroner's office rather than at the crime scene, which meant more blood got onto the clothes in transit. This is all a problem, the defence argue, because the way the blood was splattered on and around Clarkson is important for guessing where Spector was at the time the gun went off. According to the defence, of course, Spector wasn't anywhere where he could have pulled the trigger, they arguing that Clarkson shot herself.

Although accepting that some blood splatters may have been removed during her work, and that more blood spilled onto the clothes in transit, Lintemoot denied she had acted negligently while collecting evidence from the crime scene. She told the court: "I do not believe that I compromised evidence. Throughout the night I was constantly changing gloves to prevent contamination and also for safety. You don't want to be handling bloody items".

When not defending her work, Lintemoot provided some more information about Clarkson's clothing, confirming she found a lipstick tucked under the actress' left breast inside her bra, and that she wore a short slip dress and jacket at the time of the shooting, the black skirt and gloves she'd worn while at work earlier that evening having been put in her bag.

The trial continues.

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BEENIE MAN SIGNS UP TO REGGAE COMPASSIONATE ACT
A number of reggae and dancehall artists who have been dogged by allegations of homophobia in recent years have signed up to a new pledge drafted by gay rights activist Peter Tatchell which says they "respect and uphold the rights of all individuals to live without violence due to their religion, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity or gender".

As previously reported, numerous artists from the reggae and dancehall genre have been accused of inciting violence against the gay community through their lyrics, and when those artists refused to formally retract those lyrics gay rights groups in a number of countries began lobbying against them - often forcing those artists' live shows to be cancelled.

After a number of high profile gig cancellations, several record labels representing the genre reached an agreement with key gay rights groups which included an assurance any songs with seemingly homophobic lyrics would not be performed live. However, some in the gay community were critical that that agreement involved the labels, but not the offending artists themselves.

The new agreement, called the Reggae Compassionate Act, is signed by the artists. Signatories also put their names to a statement which reads "there's no space in the music community for hatred and prejudice, including no place for racism, violence, sexism or homophobia", as well as making a personal commitment to not "make statements or perform songs that incite hatred or violence against anyone from any community".

Two of highest profile artists to put their name to the Act so far are Beenie Man and Sizzla, both of whom have suffered gig cancellations because of opposition to alleged homophobia. However, some others are yet to sign up, and Tatchell has pledged to continue to put pressure on them to do so. Particular targets are Elephant Man, TOK, Bounty Killa, Vybz Kartel and Buju Banton.

Commenting on the Act, Tatchell told reporters this week: "The Reggae Compassionate Act is a big breakthrough. The singers' rejection of homophobia and sexism is an important milestone. We rejoice at their new commitment to music without prejudice. Having these major reggae stars renounce homophobia will influence their fans and the wider public to rethink bigoted attitudes".

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THE GAME REJECTS PLEA BARGAIN
The Game has rejected a plea bargain in relation to those charges from last year that he impersonated a police officer and ordered a cab driver to drive though a number of red lights.

Prosecutors yesterday said that if The Game pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge he could go free, with the time he spent in custody immediately after his arrest counting as sentence served. But the hip hop star, real name Jayceon Taylor, turned down the bargain, with his lawyer, Jeffrey Lichtman, remarking: "Why should he plead guilty to bogus charges for a non-jail sentence if he's innocent? And he is innocent. It's rare that I have a 100 per cent innocent defendant but this is one". Lichtman said the charges amounted to harassment, and were a "new low" for the police. Speaking outside the court he told reporters: "This case will end in a dismissal or an acquittal".

The case will now go back to court in September. Yesterday's hearing was unrelated to those recent charges that The Game pulled a gun and threatened a man during a basketball game back in February.

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ROD STEWART JR CHARGED OVER BRICK THROWING INCIDENT
A story from the pop-by-association-courts now. Rod Stewart's 26 year old son, Sean Stewart, was freed on a $60,000 bail yesterday after being arrested by LA police on assault charges. The charges relate to an altercation in the Hollywood Hills back in April in which Stewart is alleged to have thrown a brick at a couple as they sat in their car after he and his friends were denied access to a party. Stewart Jr, who has a little celebrity of his own in the US since appearing in reality show 'Sons Of Hollywood', will face the charges in court on 3 Jul.

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PETE WENTZ RESPONDS TO GIG FRACAS
OK, so there was some kind of fracas at a Fall Out Boy gig in Chicago the other night. I have no idea what happened, but the band's Pete Wentz seems keen to clarify things.

According to MTV this happened at an intimate after show party where the band were playing a quick acoustic set. One of the audience apparently heckled Wentz about the hoodie he was wearing and his rumoured relationship with Ashlee Simpson. Wentz initially heckled back, but as he left the stage some kind of altercation between the bassist and the heckler then took place. Wentz reportedly threw at least one punch, but seemingly it was the band's security that got most carried away.

MTV quote one onlooker thus: "[The band] did their last song, walked off the stage and headed toward a side door to go out onto the sidewalk. But that's when the scuffle happened. The crowd surged back, then snapped forward. From my vantage point, I could see Fall Out Boy security was pounding on the guy. The guy was down on floor, shirt ripped, bleeding from ear and nose. There was a lot of blood".

In his clarification Wentz admits fists were thrown, but defends his actions. He told MTV: "The story on the internet is absolutely false. Yes, we were playing an acoustic afterparty. It was a good time for the most part. Yes, the guy was heckling me and the band, so were other people, most in good fun. But we get heckled onstage all the time, and while I'm a jerk, I'm not the kind of person who would ever lash out at someone simply over this. I mean I'm not as big as Akon and haven't written as many good songs. The truth is on the way out the door I had to pass directly next to the guy and I knew it, so I kept my head down and walked out. As I did, the guy reached out and grabbed me and said something I couldn't really hear - it was a glorious use of the English language, though. As he grabbed me, I punched him. Yell all you want at me, say whatever, but in a situation like that I will defend myself. After that, of course, it got chaotic, [but] we have several independent witnesses that gave statements saying he grabbed me first ... I am not worried over the outcome, as I was clearly in the right. Anything anyone else is saying or writing is simply not true".

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CLARKSON CHANGES MANAGEMENT
Former American Idol Kelly Clarkson has parted company with her management company just two weeks ahead of the release of her new album 'My December'.

Clarkson was managed by Jeff Kwatinetz of LA based The Firm. They issued a statement yesterday that said: "Kelly Clarkson is an enormously talented artist. We are pleased to have served as her managers during her well-deserved rise to stardom and are proud of the role we played in backing her creative choices. We believed in Kelly from the day we met her and believe in her now. We have only the best wishes and hopes for her in the future".

Clarkson had been with The Firm since she dumped the management services of Simon Fuller, who signed her up as part of the American Idol win. Although the latest split seems to have been amicable, it follows reports of disagreements between Clarkson and Kwatinetz regarding the artistic direction of the new album. There is no word as yet on who Clarkson intends to hire to manage her affairs moving forward.

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DYLAN WINS PRESTIGIOUS SPANISH AWARD
Bob Dylan has won a Prince Of Asturias Award, an awards programme run by the Prince Of Asturias (Spain's Prince Of Wales, sort of) that celebrates individuals who have achieved great things in the worlds of science, sport, public affairs and the arts. Eight awards are given each year, each tied to a different area. Dylan has been awarded the 2007 arts award.

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ART BRUT STAGE KARAOKE ALBUM LAUNCHES
Art Brut will stage a number of karaoke nights in the US to celebrate the release of their new album 'It's A Bit Complicated', which is released on both sides of the Atlantic next week. Basically fans in LA, San Francisco, New York and Austin are being encouraged to go to their city's branch of the Beauty Bar chain and to sing along to instrumentals of songs off the new album. The best fan performances will win a prize. The karaoke competition takes place next Monday.

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KISSING PLANNED FOR GLASTO
Plans are afoot to stage the biggest ever kiss off at this year's Glastonbury Festival. Basically organisers want to have the most people kissing in the same place at the same time ever in the history of the world, which sounds like, well, erm, sounds like a cheap publicity stunt for a dating website. Which it is. For Match.com. Organisers hope to persuade 30,000 festival-goers to start kissing in front of the Lost Vagueness stage at 1.30am on Sunday morning. Obviously existing couples are allowed to kiss each other, but I think the idea is anyone up for a snog can show up and find a suitable fellow kisser.

Speaking about the record attempt, Match.com's Jason Stockwood says this: "We're expecting to trounce the current World Record of 6,400 couples, which was set in Hungary this year, by getting all 30,000 people to kiss the person next to them. It's a big feat but we're expecting festival goers to be high on the weekend's proceedings and up for showing their love for life by kissing the person next to them. We're all about making love happen and we're hoping that a few new relationships will be formed as a result of our World Record attempt".

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SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE TO PLAY LOVEBOX
More festival news, though no kissing involved here. Organisers of the Lovebox Weekender have confirmed that Sly And The Family Stone have been added to the bill, in what will be their first UK set since 1987. The band will play the Saturday night of the two day Weekender, which takes place in London's Victoria Park on 21 and 22 Jul.

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BLEEP RELEASE SONAR COMPO
Organisers of Barcelona's Sonar Festival have announced the release of three digital only compilations via UK download site Bleep.com. The compilations have been compiled by the Sonar Festival team, and feature artists set to play at this year's festival, which kicks off today. The compilations are available in a DRM-free high quality MP3 format, and artists featuring include Wolf Eyes, Dizzee Rascal, Junior Boys, Simian Mobile Disco, Clark and Mira Calix. You can download the compos at http://www.bleep.com/sonar

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ITUNES AND YAHOO JAPAN DO THINGS
Yahoo Japan has entered into a partnership with iTunes which will see the web firm provide one-click access from its music sites to the iTunes MusicStore. Presumably the one-click will take you to iTunes content relevant to whatever artists you were reading about on the Yahoo site, though I don't know that for certain.

Here's what iTunes VP Eddy Cue told Billboard: "We're very excited to partner with Yahoo Japan, the most popular search site in Japan. We look at this as a great opportunity - the synergy between us and Yahoo is great".

Here's what Yahoo Japan top man Masahiro Inoue said: "With over 40 million Yahoo Japan users we've become one of the most popular places for people to discover great new music. And we think Yahoo Japan users are going to love having the iTunes Store only one click away from Yahoo!"

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ITUNES AND BEBO DO THINGS
Also forming an alliance with iTunes are MySpace rivals Bebo (well, the UK bit). Artists with profiles on Bebo will be able to link directly to their music on iTunes, in theory making sell through of their tracks simpler. Of course, said bands will already have to have their music on iTunes, which rules out most unsigned bands, which presumably account for a large percentage of the bands on Bebo, but still, presumably some bands will take advantage of the new partnership. Bebo will also make a free iTunes download available each week, basically extending existing iTunes promotions to the Bebo audience.

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GROOVE AND 3 ADD VIDEOS TO MOBILE DOWNLOAD SERVICE
More mobile music nonsense. US based mobile music back end providers Groove Mobile have announced they will add music video downloads to the service it offers via UK mobile network 3. The service will enable users to download a video designed for mobile viewing, and a second version of the video designed for PC viewing, through one purchase.

Here's what Groove Mobile's Chief Marketing Officer Adam Sexton has to say: "We are pleased to expand our platform to include support for music videos, which are poised to be the next big seller in mobile content. By providing a unified shopping experience for audio and video, and enabling a combined mobile and PC solution, 3 UK and Groove Mobile continue to push the envelope and define expectations for the ultimate mobile music experience".

And look, here's what 3UK Content Services Director Pete Northing wants to say: "Groove Mobile has been an outstanding partner for 3UK, and we are pleased to expand this partnership with this best of breed OTA video service. The unified Groove Mobile platform will allow us to take full advantage of cross selling opportunities, and take music video sales to new heights".

The new service will launch with 1000 videos available, coming for all four major labels.

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WARNER US LAUNCH BRAND AGENCY
Warner Music US is launching a new brand partnerships agency aiming to manage and strengthen artists' brands via sponsorship and marketing alliances. It will be called the Brand Asset Group and will be run by Violator Management co-founder Chris Lighty. If I remember rightly, Warner Music UK have already established something similar, but it is possible I dreamt that.

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US INDUSTRY PREPARES TO TAKE ON NAB FOR RADIO ROYALTIES
A new organisation made up of artists and music industry bodies is expected to formally launch in the US later today with the aim of lobbying Congress to create a performance right under copyright law for terrestrial broadcasting.

It is a peculiarity of US copyright rules that performance royalties are not due on terrestrial radio. Artists hope to persuade politicians to alter the law so that terrestrial radio is treated the same as other mediums, and radio elsewhere in the world, but they will have to compete with intensive lobbying from the US National Association Of Broadcasters, a powerful lobby which is set to oppose the introduction of what it calls a "performance tax".

The coalition is expected to announce over eighty high profile artists among its founders. Billboard say that among that list will be Christina Aguilera, Jimmy Buffett, Celine Dion, Earth, Wind & Fire, Don Henley, Wyclef Jean, Toby Keith, Patti LaBelle, John Legend, Jennifer Lopez, Martha Reeves and Mary Wilson. Eleven music industry associations are also expected to be involved.

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FRUKT APPOINT FORMER ITV EXEC
Music consultancy FRUKT has just announced the appointment of Sarah Cratchley, formerly Head Of Consumer Insight at ITV, to take on a similar role with them, basically running a research facility which brands and labels can use to gain consumer insights from a panel of 30,000 consumers. Or something like that.

This is what Sarah has to say: "There couldn't be a more exciting time for me to get involved with music, with more people attending live concerts and more non-traditional sources providing ever-improved access. My role at FRUKT is vital because, as traditional music revenues dry up, companies - both music business and brands alike - realise that better understanding the modern music consumer will be vital to developing future business".

And here's what FRUKT Director Of Strategy, Tim Grimsditch, is saying: "Sarah's arrival marks the official launch of FRUKT's music consumer insight capabilities and the timing is perfect. Our clients from consumer brands and the music business are increasingly trying to understand what makes music consumers tick, and FRUKT now has an excellent team in place to help them. Our hope is that FRUKT's Music Consumer Insight will massively improve the effectiveness of the music industry and the use of music in marketing".

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BRITNEY'S MUM DEFEND THE WIERDNESS
Britney's mum Lynne has been defending her daughter's recent wackiness, explaining that young Brit has just been "figuring things out". Speaking to Us Weekly magazine Lynne says: "It's sad that the whole world had to watch her make mistakes that all of us have made at one time or another". Which is a good point. Though, to be fair, to me at least, I can't personally remember making any of the "mistakes" that Britney has made of late. I mean, I've never divorced the father of my two children by text message, or excessively partied with waste of space Paris Hilton, or had all my hair shaved off on a whim. But presumably Lynne means "all of us except Chris from CMU". Which is fine.

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THE FRATELLIS SAY NO TO BECKHAM GIG
The Fratellis have turned down the opportunity to record the 'official song' for David Beckham's first match as an LA Galaxy player. And good on them. It was proposed they record a cover version of The Beatle's 'Hello Goodbye' for the, erm, historic occasion but, frontman Jon Fratelli explains: "We were like, 'No fucking way'. It would have got us noticed, of course, but we'd have lost our self-respect. We've turned down a huge list of ridiculous things like that. We're not a bunch of travelling salesmen. If we don't get successful on our own terms then we won't do it at all".

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