CMU Daily - on the inside Thursday 5th July
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Conservative leader backs copyright extension
- BPI: all is good, apart from our name
- Another Terra Firma deadline extension on EMI acquisition
- New UK licensing rules harming live music
- Winehouse cancels Summer Pops appearance
- Avril accused of stealing Rubinoos song
- Pavarotti is doing well
- Dylan retrospective out this autumn
- Hot Hot Heat album
- Eighties Matchbox EP, album, tour
- Lostprophets working on new album
- More Pure Pacha incoming
- McCartney for Live Earth?
- Hill is a disappointment
- Lots of great acts play Shoreditch free music festival
- Single Review: El-P - The Overly Dramatic Truth/Smithereens
- Hodge takes on music remit in government
- Mobile networks battle for European iPhone rights
- Current and Bebo collaborate
- C4 digital chief joins Virgin Radio
- Radio body wants OfCom to be radical, man
- Aguilera is in fact pregnant, says dad
- Britney on that umbrella thing
- Josh Homme on dancing with dwarf


OK, another exciting CMU Recommended type Top Bit for you all. It gives me great pleasure to announce that the second ever Remix All-nighter will take place at the seOne club in London on 14 Sep. Following on from the huge success of the first ever Remix All-nighter, Eddy TM will again be hosting a three room line up of great electro and breaks.

Each room will have theme - first electro house featuring Benny Benassi, Horse Meat Disco, Alex Metric and Audio Vegas, second electro breaks featuring Kissy Sellout, Noisia, Atomic Hooligan, Mr Piper and your host Eddy TM, and third electro punk, hosted by those lovely Kitsune types. Oh, and expect many many more to be added to that list.

It all takes place on Friday 14 Sep from 9.30pm to 6am. Tickets are £12 on the door, or £9 in advance/NUS. Press info, obviously, from Leyline.



Bearsuit are great. Well, they are if you like indie of the quirky, shouty kind. Which, just for the record, I do. And let's not forget these guys were behind the brilliantly titled if not entirely radio friendly 'Steven Fucking Spielberg' - actually a not-at-all-shouty track. I'm MSOTDing them today because I've just got word that their next album (their third if I have fully grasped the skill of counting) will be out on 20 Sep via Fantastic Plastic - called 'OH:IO' - plus there'll be a limited edition 7" and download release on 20 Aug going by the name 'More Soul Than Wigan Casino', and a number of upcoming live dates. There's more on all this on the MySpace, plus four tracks to preview, and the video for the aforementioned 'Steven Fucking Spielberg'. Which is all super. Go see.


That David Cameron fella - you know, Dave, that Tory bloke - well, he knows what to do when charged with the task of giving a speech to a room full of record label chiefs. Give them twenty more years of copyright. Job done, room won. Though Dave did say he wanted a favour in return for backing a copyright term extension. The removal of all the nasty stuff from music. Like guns and violence and Chris Martin vocals.

Speaking to the AGM of record industry trade body the BPI, Cameron said: "I am pleased to announce today that it is Conservative Party policy to support the extension of the copyright term for sound recordings from 50 to 70 years. A Conservative government will argue for this in Europe, in order to protect investment in the future of the industry, reward our creative artists and generate more choice for consumers".

As much previously reported, the record industry's push for an extension in the recording copyright term, a bid to bring it more in line with either the US's 95 year term or the publishing copyright of life plus seventy years, was dealt a blow at the end of last year when a report commissioned by the then Chancellor Of The Exchequer and now Prime Minister Gordon Brown said there was no justification for an increase from the current fifty year term. However, a more recent report by the UK's House of Commons Culture, Media And Sport Committee said it thought that report had been wrong, and recommended an increase to at least seventy years.

Cameron said yesterday that such an increase would be "good for musicians and consumers too. It's good for musicians because it would reduce the disparity between the length given to composers and that granted to producers and performers. That's only fair".

In return for his commitment on extending the copyright term, and other commitments to aid the ongoing fight against piracy, Cameron called on the record labels to introduce better "policing" of music content in a bid to help rebuild Britain's "broken society". He told label chiefs: "I am calling on you to show leadership, exercise your power responsibly and to use your judgement. I want to see more from you... using the influence you have over young children to help fix our broken society".

Of course quite a lot artists told their fans that going and blowing up Iraq wasn't really any way to fix society, but then those political types, Tories included, opted to send out a different message, so I'm note sure he's in any position to talk about sending out bad messages to the youth of the day, but whatever.

He continued: "Is some music, are some lyrics, are some videos and are some artists, helping to create a culture in which an anti-learning culture, truancy, knives, violence, guns, misogyny are glorified? Yes. Can we see the effects of this on our young people, in our schools and on our streets? Yes. Do we think we can combat this culture by government policies, policing and criminal justice alone? No. Put simply, we have to acknowledge that all of us - as politicians, as teachers, as parents, as television producers, video game manufacturers and yes, as record industry executives - need to understand our specific responsibility in not promoting a culture of low academic aspiration or violence but instead to inspire young kids with a positive vision of how to lead their life. That's why I am not calling for censorship, legislation or the banning of content. I am calling on you to show leadership, exercise your power responsibly and to use your judgment".


Elsewhere in BPI news, the industry body's recently appointed chairman, EMI UK cheif Tony Wadsworth, said that despite the commercial struggles, he believed there was a lot to be optimistic about in this wacky world of music. Speaking at the AGM, he observed: "While things are extremely tough out there, with intense competition from other entertainment products and the continuing problem of piracy and theft, I believe that there is a way through if we take a more holistic view of our situation. As an industry, we need to lift our sights above the daily struggle and look outward and ultimately forward. We have to remember that people are consuming more music, in more places, in more ways, than ever before. Consumers still believe in music and so must we".

Meanwhile, the also recently appointed BPI CEO, Geoff Taylor, said this: "Like Tony, I am optimistic. [The internet] will not remain a world in which the vast majority of music consumed is unlicensed and unpaid for, because that is not in the interests of society - not economically, not culturally and not socially. The combination of broader licensing by our industry, a growing partnership with ISPs, action by government and continuing consumer education will mean that music will prosper in the digital age like never before".

In the voting bit of the AGM members voted to change the name of the trade body from the British Phonographic Industry Limited to the British Recorded Music Industry Limited, presumably because few of the trade association's members are now in the business of selling phonographs, or even phonograph recordings. Though, if those member labels are to capitalise on the many new opportunities that both Wadsworth and Taylor were alluding to in their respective speeches, said labels will pretty soon have to diversify away from just selling recorded music also, so the new name may soon be pretty redundant too. Though, presumably going for British Music Industry Limited would have trodden on several toes in the live, publishing and management sectors.


Billboard and Music Week have reported that private equity types Terra Firma have extended the deadline for EMI shareholders to accept their takeover offer to 12 Jul - though I thought they'd already done that, but perhaps I dreamt it. It is the sort of thing I dream about. I am a very sad person. The interesting thing is that Billboard says a spokesperson for the equity firm has said it is actually willing to keep extending its deadline until 26 Jul before withdrawing its offer. They currently have a commitment to acquire about 3.56% of the major's shares following that much previously reported board approval for the takeover bid. The big institutional shareholders are expected to hang on to the last minute, still hopeful a Warner Music counterbid might kick off a bidding war and boost the asking price.


The government backed group charged with assessing the effect of recent licensing law changes on live music has said that the new rules are putting small-scale concerts at risk.

As much previously reported, The Live Music Forum, headed up by Feargal Sharkey, was established in 2004 to advise on new rules governing live music in the UK that stemmed from a 2003 licensing act. A number of recent reports, including one from an LMF sub-committee, have suggested the new rules have had a detrimental effect on grass roots live music, but until this week the LMF itself had not formally reached such a conclusion.

But in the new report, Sharkey says that while the UK live music sector is generally in good health, the new licensing rules are having a negative impact on the grass roots of the sector, because pubs are now less likely to put on unsigned artists because of the bureaucracy now required to get a licence for such a gig. He writes: "The UK's live music scene is a massive success, just look at the growth in summer music festivals and the speed at which events sell out. But we believe that putting on an acoustic folk trio, for example, should not need a license. That small acoustic gig does not impact on crime, disorder or public safety so should not fall under the remit of the licensing laws".

The report makes 28 recommendations for moving forward, including urging local licensing authorities to be more flexible, and suggesting that acoustic-music performances and venues with a capacity under 100 should be exempt from the requirement to get a licence. It adds that some councils are being "unreasonable" when issuing licences, and that that is having a detrimental effect of the music community in their local area.

Commenting on the LMF report, which contradicts the government's own research on the impact of the new live music rules published last year, which had more positive conclusions, Licensing Minister Gerry Sutcliffe told reporters yesterday that he welcomed its "interesting and challenging" findings, adding: "We will now look at each of the recommendations, discuss with stakeholders and will respond fully in due course".

The new LMF report also calls on the government to do more to help establish a better university live music network in the UK, something the commercial bit of the National Union Of Students is currently trying to do anyway, of course. The Forum's report said that the government should "provide whatever assistance, help and financial support necessary" to help build a better college music network through the existing students' union framework. On that Sharkey continued: "Every successful band and artist has to cut their teeth in small venues before making it big. So it makes sense that student unions should be an integral part of the UK's live music circuit. The next unsigned band to play at Reading University could be headlining Reading Festival next year".


Amy Winehouse cancelled her appearance at Liverpool's Summer Pops series last night, and rumour suggests that the singer is in hospital. There's been no confirmation of this, however. Whatever the cause, it was definitely a last minute thing, as thousands of fans turned up for the gig and were only then informed that Winehouse wouldn't be appearing.

One fan is quoted by Gigwise as saying: "It was absolutely rammed with people standing around not knowing what was going on. We were eventually told that the show was cancelled and that organisers were hoping to rearrange it before the Pops finish on the 21st of July."


A founding member of American band The Rubinoos is suing Avril Lavigne over allegations that she stole chunks of a song he wrote for the power pop outfit for her hit single 'Girlfriend'. The song in question is 'I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend', a hit for The Rubinoos in 1979. The band's founder and songwriter, Tommy Dunbar, claims Lavigne's song uses "substantial chunks" of his song. In particular the chorus of Dunbar's song goes "Hey, hey, you, you, I wanna be your boyfriend" while the chorus to the Lavigne track goes "Hey, hey, you, you, I don't like your girlfriend".

Canadian website Jam Showbiz quote Dunbar's lawyer, Nicholas Carlin thus: "She's made a lot of money off of my client's song. The entire song is not the same, they have different bridges, but the heart and soul of her song is directly taken from our client's song".

But Nettwerk Music chief and Lavigne's manager, Terry McBride, has said the lawsuit is "baseless". He told reporters: "Avril's a great songwriter and she's proving it over and over and over again. Avril's very, very sensible. She knows music well. If the chords had been similar, the melodies had been similar, lyrics had been similar ... she would have gone, 'OK, I can see their point.' But nothing's similar".

Admitting that the lyrics and melodies in Lavigne's song differ from that of Dunbar, Carlin continued: "You don't have to have the entire song to be similar to the original song for it to be an infringement. It just requires a certain, substantial similarity, meaning an important part of the song".

Despite McBride's strong denial of any wrongdoing on Lavigne's part - and he says he has had a musicologist analyse both songs and that the expert could find no significant similarity - he has admitted he might settle out of court because of the cost of defending the claim.


Opera star Luciano Pavarotti is feeling very positive and is recording a new album, despite his recent sufferings with pancreatic cancer, according to manager Terri Robson, who has been busy denying claims that the singer is at death's door. Robson was responding to claims in a number of European publication that one of Pavarotti's daughters, Giuliana, had said that she knew he would die soon.

The publicist explained that Ms Pavarotti was horrified by the way her words had been twisted, and added that the celebrated tenor himself, now 71, had laughed when he was told about the story. Robson went on to say that in fact, Pavarotti is now feeling stronger, and is teaching students as well as working on the aforementioned album, an LP of classical religious music, expected to be released in early 2008.


A three CD collection spanning Bob Dylan's career, and entitled 'Dylan', is set to get a worldwide release on 1 Oct. The retrospective covers five decades, and will comprise 51 songs, but the tracklisting is yet to be decided, as fans will be submitting votes to in order to influence which songs make it on to the compilation. 'Dylan' will be available in two different versions, a deluxe edition in a cloth case with image booklet, and a second edition which includes an eighteen track bonus disc.


I really liked Hot Hot Heat's last album. Then for some reason, I went right off it. When I thought about listening to it, I got the same sense of horror you get from thinking about cake a half hour after you ate way too much of it. Anyway, that said, I'm really looking forward to hearing the new one. It's called 'Happiness, Ltd', apparently, and is out, in the US at least, in September. Here, my lovelies, is what's going to be on it.

Happiness Ltd
Let Me In
5 Times Out of 100
Harmonicas and Tambourines
Outta Heart
My Best Fiend
Give Up?
Good Day to Die
So So Cold
Waiting For Nothing


The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster (always a bit of a mouthful, that) are back with a new EP, 'In The Garden', out 23 Jul, plus a best-of live album (not sure when that's coming) and are also planning a fifteen date UK tour. Busy, busy. Here are the tour dates:

23 Jul: Manchester Academy 4
24 Jul: Birmingham Barfly
25 Jul: Brighton Barfly (The Gloucester)
26 Jul: Chatham Tap'n'tin
27 Jul: Liverpool Barfly
28 Jul: Leicester Sumo
30 Jul: Glasgow Barfly
31 Jul: Newcastle Academy 2
1 Aug: Leeds Cockpit
2 Aug: Sheffield Plug
3 Aug: Stoke Sugarmill
4 Aug: Nottingham Rescue Rooms
5 Aug: Bristol Thekla
6 Aug: Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
7 Aug: London Scala


Lostprophets are in LA, working on a new album, which is nice. Vocalist Ian Watkins says that the LP, expected out in early 2008, will be "darker, quirkier, generally more apocalyptic" than their previous effort 'Liberation Transmission'.

So there you have it. They previewed tracks at their Full Ponty appearance recently, so chances are they'll do that again at the following upcoming live appearances:

6 Jul: Glasgow, Garage
7 Jul: Balado, T In The Park
22 Aug: London, Astoria
24 Aug: Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival
26 Aug: Carling Weekend: Reading Festival


The track listing has been confirmed for the latest 'Pure Pacha' compilation from Pete Tong and Sarah Main, which is set for an August release. And here it is...

Tong's Disc:
Antenna - Camino Del Soul
Ben Westbeach - Hang Around
Robyn feat. Kleerup - HeartBeat
Pryda - Armed
John Julius Knight - The Cut
Fragmente - Transistor Radio
Eyerer & Chopstick - Make my Day
Kaskade - Sorry
Mark Ronson - Stop Me
Deep Flexicon - Emotion
The Swedes - Get Dumb
Alex Kidd & Chloe - Afterblaster
Pete Tong, Paul Harris & Jay P - Wonderland
One+One (James Zabiela & Nic Fanciulli) - No Pressure
Blake - Rock Over You
Steve Angello & Sebastian Ingrosso - Umbrella

Main's Disc:
WVP feat. Cem - You
Carl Kennedy - Ride the Storm
Nu Frequency - Love Sick
Magik Johnson - Eastern Lights
Scratch Massive - Shining in my Vain
Beginerz -Ape Stalking
John Jacobson - I Love You
LXR Vs Andrea Doria - Freak Me
Sarah Main vs Cardinal Richelieu - One For All
TV Rock Vs The Duke of Windsor - The Others
Axwel - I Found You
Ercola - Follow Me
Richard Gray - Tainted Bass
Black Mamba - The Duck
Bush 2 Bush - Jungle Love
Billy Ray Martin - Indisco Me


According to reports, Paul McCartney may be a last minute addition to the London leg of the Live Earth events, taking place this weekend, of course. He's not down on the line-up, but he's thought to have been asked to take part. A 'source' claims an appearance is not out of the question, and is quoted as saying: "It's true that Paul has been asked to take part. He said that the cause is very close to his heart and he's very impressed with what Al Gore's been doing to highlight it, but he's still deciding whether he can do it at the moment".

Elsewhere in Live Earth news, 5,000 extra tickets have been made available for the Wembley show, and are available from Well, they were as I wrote this. I expect they'll sell out pretty quickly.


MTV reports that Fugee Lauryn Hill has been upsetting fans with her lacklustre performances lately, claiming that as many as one hundred fans left a US gig early recently, because she was so rubbish.

Ah well. Perhaps she'll fare better at the following upcoming UK dates:

8 Jul: London, Hammersmith Apollo
9 Jul: Birmingham, Academy
10 Jul: Manchester, Apollo


Not sure if we've reported on this before or not, but the likes of Har Mar Superstar, The Paddingtons, The Whip, Shy Child and The Rakes are all set to play at the 1234 Shoreditch Free Music Festival at Shoreditch Park on 5 Aug. It's a cracking line-up, actually. And it's free, as the name suggests. Take a look here:, or here:


SINGLE REVIEW: EL-P - The Overly Dramatic Truth/Smithereens (DJX)
EL-P's second album, 'I'll Sleep When You're Dead', was a startling alt hip-hop record, years ahead of more popular contemporaries, with a timeless quality that will either see him break into the mainstream sometime soon or become one of the ever-growing number of artists that are only widely appreciated in their latter days. In this respect, it is interesting that new single 'The Overly Dramatic Truth' shares many similarities musically with the late J Dilla, mixed perhaps with the sound of Jackson and His Computer Band's 'Utopia' album and TV on the Radio's most recent offering. 'Smithereens', meanwhile, is a more raucous affair, laden with sirens, enough bass to crumble the walls of Jericho and persistent, viscous word play. And if the single isn't enough to set your heart racing, then head to album track 'Flyentology', which features an epic contribution from NIN's Trent Reznor, along with a signature rumbling bass line. OS
Release Date: 2 Jul
Press contact: Motion [all]


Me old mate Margaret Hodge is now the UK government minister with responsibility for the music sector. Well, I say me old mate, I've never actually met her. Nor heard her speak. In fact, I'm not sure I know what she looks like. Margaret who? Anyway, she is the new Minister For The Creative Industries which includes responsibility for the music industry. She takes over from Shaun Woodward, and will report to new Secretary Of State For Culture, Media And Sport James Purnell, who himself filled the Creative Industries role before Woodward. Hodge was previously Minister Of State For Industry And The Regions, which is good, because we music types are very industrious and very, erm, regional.


Despite those reports that Vodafone was close to securing a pan-European deal to exclusively release Apple's much hyped iPhone, reports now suggest that a number of their rivals will win the right to distribute the phone in key European territories.

The hype around the iPhone reached fever pitch in the US last week when the device finally went on sale, via a partnership with the mobile network now known as AT&T Wireless. Demand was so high for the new device that an estimated 700,000 were sold in the first two days it was on sale.

The computer firm is expected to launch the device in the UK, France and Germany ahead of the Christmas market, with other European launches, including Spain, expected for 2008. Originally it was expected that Apple would do an exclusive deal with one mobile network for the whole of Europe, but reports this week say otherwise.

Reports in Germany suggest that the Deutsch Telekom owned T-Mobile will get the rights to release the Apple phone in its home market, while the France Telecom owned Orange is reportedly favourite to get the licence for its home market. The UK press this morning announced that over here O2 was on the brink of securing an iPhone deal, though Music Week have just reported that both Apple and O2 have denied any such deal has been done.

Actually, it doesn't look like any actual deal re the iPhone in Europe has, as yet, been done, though insiders say deals will need to be in place by next month in order to ensure a pre-Christmas launch.


Current TV - remember, we reported on it, the new youth channel from Al Gore - has announced a new alliance with social networking site Bebo through which the channel hopes to find new talent. The first joint venture between the two companies will be the Your Shout! Weekend in which Bebo users will be offered the chance to get in front of the camera as presenters of Current TV for a day. This is what Bebo President, International Joanna Shields has to say about it all: "We are at the forefront of a true revolution of personal expression and, like Current, Bebo provides a unique platform for people to communicate and collaborate with other people anywhere in the world on the Web. This relationship with Current TV is our first strategic partnership with a TV network and delivers the most appropriate international television platform: Current's fresh and different perspective is a perfect match for the Bebo ethos, as they provide the means for young people to share their passion and creativity".


Channel 4's MD Of Digital Content Andy Gumbridge is no longer Channel 4's MD Of Digital Content. He is now Director Of Digital Media for Virgin Radio. Look, here's what Virgin Radio boss Paul Jackson says: "Virgin Radio has always been at the forefront of innovation in digital media with a heritage of bringing exciting music based content to new growth platforms. Andy has a proven track record in this field and is well placed to continue our strong pedigree in this key area of our business".


Commercial radio body The Radio Centre has called on media regulator OfCom to be a whole lot more "radical" when it comes to deregulating the radio industry. The call comes in The Radio Centre's submission to OfCom's Future Of Radio consultation. The trade body asks for OfCom to be clearer about its long term plans for radio in the UK, and to quickly get rid of restrictive rules, such as those governing radio station ownership and quotas for local content. On the latter the Centre points to its own previously reported audience research programme, the Big Listen, in which listeners apparently said they thought commercial radio should no longer be subject to quotas for locally produced programming, which sounds to me like some seriously loaded questions were asked, but whatever.

Centre chief Andrew Harrison says: "With new technologies and demands on consumers' time continuing to emerge, commercial radio is continuing to invest in inspiring content and multi-platform presence to win audience and revenues. We need Ofcom to play its part in enabling that investment by reducing commercial radio's regulatory burden. [Meanwhile] in the absence of a road map we are being forced to think about our future without knowing what the endgame will be. We are urging Ofcom to be bold".


Following much speculation on this issue, Christina Aguilera's dad has confirmed that the singer is with child. Although, it should be pointed out that he's her "estranged" father, and Christina herself is still keeping stum on the subject. Of course, it wouldn't surprise me, given that all the celebrity music types are all rushing to copy me in the field of getting knocked up. Anyway, Fausto Aguilera told US mag Life + Style, "I'm so excited. I want Christina to achieve all her goals. I wish her all the happiness in the world".

Another albeit unnamed 'source' has also claimed the rumours are true, saying "she's thrilled. She's feeling wonderful and taking good care of herself. She's been planning this for a while, so her health is better than it's ever been. Christina's seen women with great careers, like Gwen Stefani, also raise great kids, and she feels as if she can follow their example".


Britney Spears has apparently apologised over that incident back in February when she attacked a vehicle outside soon to be ex-hubby Kevin Federline's house with an umbrella. You remember. Her head was shaved and she looked completely crazy.

Well, she now explains that she wasn't, in fact, crazy, as that mad-eyed look and shorn locks might have suggested. No, no. She was preparing for a possible movie role. Which she didn't eventually get. Honest. Here's what she allegedly wrote in a letter to a gossip website: "I want to apologise for the past incident with the umbrella. I was preparing a character for a possible movie role where the husband doesn't play his part so they swap places."


I don't know whether one should consider this dwarfist, or anything, but Josh Homme says that the one of the greatest highlights of his career was dancing on stage with a dwarf. The QOTSA star says: "I remember one time when somebody threw a dwarf on stage. That was pretty weird. He got up and started to dance, while I just lost my shit laughing. Then he tried to jump back in the crowd and he fell off the monitor and went crashing headfirst into the security barrier".

Shit. I hope he was okay. The dwarf, obviously, not Josh Homme.

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