CMU Daily - on the inside Friday 27th July
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Spitz gets questioned: Spector trial update
- McCready arrested over probation violations
- Yayo gets more criticism over teenager assault allegations
- Akon OK with less cursing
- Etta stable after surgery complications
- Klaxon leg break forces Aussie tour cancellation
- Sex Pistols re-issues
- Led Zeppelin releases
- Bowie re-issue
- Foo Fighters single
- Another Ibiza Rocks compo incoming
- Pearson pops up with some quality dance
- Calvin Harris likes to party
- Stereophonics add tour dates
- Final Electric Garden additions
- Wagner junior's debut booed
- Bidding war for Keith Richards biography
- Page testifies in Scottish bootleg case
- SonyBMG and Sony Corp fortunes go up
- BMG UK publishing chief departs
- Live Nation NYC boss turns attention to Latin America
- Court ruling extends piracy liability to market owners
- Spears fires assistant
- Kate Nash on Lily Allen and all that

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TOP BIT >>
I should be writing about the fact the previously reported new BBC iPlayer, the Beeb's online TV-on-demand video thingimy, is launching today, meaning the BBC, ITV and C4 all now have online on-demand services. But I'd rather write about a digital disaster than a happy launch (though I could dwell on the fact the BBC is getting stick for being relatively late to market, and also that their system is tied to Microsoft, and that the limits on what you can watch when will arguably mean early adopters will continue to use unlicensed online video services, but I won't).

Instead, let's comment on the fact Virgin Mobile has announced it is dumping its broadcast mobile TV service after less than a year because of poor consumer take up. Its partner on the service, BT Movio, is likewise bailing out. Part of the failure of Virgin's bid to take TV to the mobile phone might be put down to the fact that it was only ever available on one handset, and the fact the European Commission last week called on phone networks to adopt a different video-to-mobile platform as standard may have hastened the firm's decision to can the venture. But the slow uptake also throws some doubt on whether the mobile sector's long held ambition that every mobile phone becomes a mini-TV set remains, and always has been, nothing more than a pipe dream.

For what it's worth, I think there is still a place for some video services to mobile - providing it's the right kind of content being offered (generally 'made for mobile' content, rather than just repurposed TV content) and there are some services out there that have already been successful, albeit generally in niche markets. And once the technical limitations that hinder some of those services are overcome, and the high air-time costs that are accrued when watching many video services (especially non-network operated services) are reduced, some of those services that have proved popular with early-adopters may start to build mainstream customer bases. But I remain unconvinced that mobile TV will ever be as big as some in that sector believe.

The under-tapped area in my opinion is mobile radio (or, I should say, audio). Accessing timely audio content on-demand via a mobile still seems a much more attractive prospect to me than accessing video - if only because people have long consumed audio content while on the move, but few consume video while in transit (compare the sales of walkmans and discmans to sales of portable TVs and DVD players). Mobile technology can make the audio content we consume while away from our desks and homes much more compelling, much more timely, much more interactive, and that, in my mind, is where the real commercial opportunity lies. What's more, with certain mobile music download platforms now slowly building a customer base, there is the seed market in which to launch feature based audio services - in the same way the feature based podcast phenomenon benefited by tapping into the existing iTunes audience.

Yet when you talk to mobile people all too often they tune out as soon as you stop talking about sexy video - somehow they don't like the idea of building a business around the thing the mobile is designed for - accessing the spoken word. But I can't help thinking that if Virgin had spent their money on Virgin Mobile Radio, there wouldn't be a shutdown story in the news this week.

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CMU FRIDAY TIPS

SAM'S CLUB TIP: Os Mutantes at Kentish Town Forum
It's the last tip before the tip bit of the Daily takes a summer break. Vigsy is already on his summer break, so I'm stepping in with this... Psychedelic insurgents Os Mutantes and JD Twitch of seminal Glasgow night Optimo will create Tropicalia mayhem at the Kentish Town Forum tonight (and also in Liverpool and back in Glasgow over the weekend) all courtesy of the efforts of those Troca Brahma people. Forgive me for quoting directly from the Troca Brahma website, but this puts it good: "Os Mutantes' extraordinary, tropical pop nuzzles rhythmic shape shifting, euphonious samba-jazz, giddy harmonies, aural exotica, vintage bossa nova and searing acid-rock: they fashion a lambent aural canvas that today sounds more outlandish, enchanting - and vital - than ever". Yeah, what they say. Will be a good night.

Fri 27 Jul, The Forum, London, 7pm, £16, info at http://www.trocabrahma.com, press info from nicola.meighan@gmail.com. Same headliners at The New Picket, Liverpool on 28 Jul and Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow on 29 Jul.

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SPITZ GETS QUESTIONED: SPECTOR TRIAL UPDATE
Forensics expert Werner Spitz, who has said that police investigating the death of Lana Clarkson were so convinced it was murder from the word go that they failed to see that all the evidence actually pointed to a self-inflicted shooting, came under stiff cross-examination from prosecution lawyer Alan Jackson yesterday, he being keen, of course, to show that the reason the prosecution have pursued a homicide case from day one is because it was, in fact, homicide.

Spitz is one of the experts being presented by Phil Spector's defence team in a bid to convince the jury that, as Spector claims, Lana Clarkson shot herself. The prosecution, of course, claim Spector pulled the trigger.

Spitz did concede that when, on Wednesday, he said all the evidence pointed to "suicide", he should have been more careful with his terminology - that is to say that he couldn't be sure of Clarkson's intentions, but he was sure she shot herself (ie it may be, as has been suggested earlier in the case, that Clarkson did not intend to kill herself, but that she pulled the trigger by accident - what some might called "accidental suicide"). Spitz told the court: "My opinion as rendered was correct... [but] I would not say she committed suicide. I would say she shot herself".

But elsewhere in Jackson's long drawn out questioning of Spitz the expert stood his ground - that the blood spatters on Spector's jacket did not mean he was necessarily within 2-3 feet of Clarkson as the gun went off, as the prosecution claim. And at one point Spitz took issue with Jackson's referring to the blood spatter in question as "all the spray", remarking: "When you say 'all', it sounds like you have a bucket full of stuff. He has 18 spots and some are where he wiped something".

Jackson repeatedly returned to the fact that Spitz is being paid by the defence for his forensics work, and is therefore ultimately being employed by Spector himself, a fact Jackson hopes might make the jury question the expert's reliability as an independent witness. At one point, acknowledging his questioning was going on a bit, the lawyer joked: "Well, this is another 5,000 dollars for you", to which Spitz replied: "Mr Jackson. I've got plenty of money. The only thing I don't have is time".

The case continues.

Meanwhile, one of our Californian readers would like to point out that when we refer to Spector's "Beverly Hills" mansion we are wrong because the legendary producer's home is in Alhambra, which as anyone who has ever been to California (ie not me) will tell you, is 45 minutes away from Beverly Hills. So it's a bit like me referring to his "Hampstead home" if he actually lived in Chiswick. Consider our geographical slip up corrected! Though "Beverly hills castle" sounds much more dramatic than "Alhambra residence".

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MCCREADY ARRESTED OVER PROBATION VIOLATIONS
Country singer Mindy McCready has been arrested at Nashville Airport due to claims that she has violated her probation, having been charged with battery and resisting arrest in Florida at the weekend. McCready, as previously reported, was on probation for fraudulently obtaining prescription painkillers back in 2004.

McCready's life has been in the news a lot since the 2004 case. The 31 year old faced DUI charges in 2005, of course, and you'll remember that during a subsequent court appearance relating to a collapse in a hotel lobby, she admitted to attempting suicide after finding out she was pregnant. Meanwhile, the singer's career continues on a downwards trajectory - she has released no new material since 2002, when poor sales of an eponymous LP led to the termination of her contract with EMI's Capitol Records.

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YAYO GETS MORE CRITICISM OVER TEENAGER ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS
The mother of the teenager allegedly assaulted by G-Unit-er Tony Yayo has spoken out again, accusing the rapper of believing he is "above the law". As previously reported, Yayo is accused of slapping the fourteen year old son of Jimmy 'Henchmen' Rosemond, the boss of Czar Recordings and a rival of the G-unit clan.

Yayo this week turned down a plea bargain relating to the allegations, which would have seen the hip hopper accepting nine months jail time. He continues to deny all the charges, and his lawyer said this week that the plea bargain being offered was pretty poor even if his client had been accepting some liability, but as he was maintaining that he was completely innocent the plea deal was just unacceptable.

The mother of Rosemond junior, Cynthia Reid, told AllHipHop.com this week: "It is reprehensible that rap artist Tony Yayo continues to deny responsibility for assaulting, harassing and endangering the welfare of my 14-year-old son whom he senselessly battered in March. It was blatant and vicious and illustrates Yayo's negligence while proving that he considers himself above the law. It is also indicative of a larger pattern of behavior by entertainers that do not hold themselves accountable for being peaceful, respectful, and law abiding citizens. I am certain that justice will be served when Tony Yayo stands before a judge next month. In the meantime, however, I will continue to mobilise the community to support my son who has suffered irreparable damage both physically and mentally from this horrendous assault".

The rapper is due back in court to face the charges on 6 Sep.

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AKON OK WITH LESS CURSING
Talking of G-unit, R&B star Akon is taking a different line to G-unit chief 50 Cent when it comes to the current campaign to clean up rap music. As previously reported, Fiddy recently told Spin magazine: "I can write around the curses if I want to, but you can't tell me to write around the curses". But Akon says he supports moves by the likes of Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons to encourage hip hop stars and media to cut down on "curse words", and especially those that are racially insensitive or misogynistic (ie 'nigga' and 'ho'), saying this week that leading players in the urban scene were "talented enough to write lyrics" without the curse words. Though he adds that it is the "mindstate" behind the offending words that is probably more important.

He told reporters: "I think words like that are not necessarily needed in the song to make it a hit. Me personally, I would have no problem getting rid of it, words on any record for anybody, I think we are talented enough to write lyrics for songs without using that type of language. I think it's a good thing for the positivity of hip-hop in general. And at the same time, I look at it like, words in general, stuff like that, words are only what you make it. At the end of the day, it's just a word - it wouldn't mean anything if we didn't react on it, so it's more of a mindstate, people just have to be willing to change".

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ETTA STABLE AFTER SURGERY COMPLICATIONS
The manager of the legend that is Etta James has confirmed that the singer is presently in a stable condition in the Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles, following complications arising from abdominal surgery she had back in mid-June. The 69 year old was due to take part in a tour with BB King and Al Green this summer, but will now be unable to make any appearances before late August.

Manager Lupe De Leon is quoted as saying: "If it had been left solely up to her, she would have checked herself out of the hospital and started the tour regardless. However, her doctor advised that were she to do so, it would put her at very great risk. We feel confident by postponing her participation until Aug 23, she will be in good shape to put on the kind of performance that Etta James' fans know and love".

In the meantime, Chaka Khan will fill in for her at the upcoming gigs.

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KLAXON LEG BREAK FORCES AUSSIE TOUR CANCELLATION
Klaxon Jamie Reynold's previously reported ankle break is apparently worse than was originally thought. As you'll remember, the bassist damaged himself leaping from the stage at a gig in France, and the band were forced to cancel some upcoming appearances. Now it seems that the breakage will mean that the group's upcoming Australian tour will have to be cancelled too.

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SEX PISTOLS RE-ISSUES
The 30th anniversary of the release of The Sex Pistols' 'Never Mind The Bollocks... Here's The Sex Pistols' is to be marked by a number of vinyl re-releases. Virgin Records will release four singles from the LP - 'Anarchy In The UK' on 1 Oct, 'God Save The Queen' on 8 Oct, 'Pretty Vacant' on 15 Oct and 'Holidays In The Sun' on 22 Oct. Finally, the whole album will be re-released on 29 Oct, on heavy weight vinyl and featuring a 7" insert of the track 'Submission' and a poster - just as when it was first released on 28 Oct 1977.

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LED ZEPPELIN RELEASES
Here is some news of legitimate Led Zeppelin recordings and their releases (see below for news of the non-legitimate kind). A two disc, twenty four track best of collection is set to be released via Atlantic/Rhino in November. Entitled 'Mothership', the compilation features tracks selected by surviving band members - Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones - from all eight of the group's studio albums. It'll be available in standard, deluxe and collector's editions, and will be sold as a four disc vinyl package as well as on CD.

A re-issue of the soundtrack to 1976 concert film 'The Song Remains The Same' is also planned for release the following week via Atlantic/Rhino and via Warner Home Video on DVD. It'll feature six previously unreleased tracks not included on the original as well as bonus items including a BBC interview.

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BOWIE RE-ISSUE
More album re-issues news now - and this time from David Bowie. His 1993 long player 'The Buddha Of Suburbia' is to be re-released as a two disc set, out early October. The recording, originally released as a complement to the BBC series of the same name based on the book by Hanif Kureishi, was never a big hit with the average Bowie fan, but he says it's one of his favourites. "This album may well have been one of the most enjoyable projects that I've been involved with," he says. "My personal memory stock for this album was made up from an almighty plethora of influences and reminiscences from the 1970s".

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FOO FIGHTERS SINGLE
Foo Fighters have confirmed that the first single to be released from their upcoming album 'Echoes, Silence, Patience And Grace' will be 'The Pretender'. It will be out via download on 13 Aug but, as yet, no physical release date has been named. The album itself is out on 25 Sep.

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ANOTHER IBIZA ROCKS COMPO INCOMING
I really liked the last Ibiza Rocks compilation, it really helped me fill some holes in the 'recent indie' bit of my MP3 collection. So hurrah for the news that a new compo based on the popular Ibiza indie rock night is in the pipeline, set for release on 3 Sep via Ministry Of Sound. And looking at this tracklisting, I think they'll be quite a bit of hole filling this time round too. I must start buttering up the lovely and rather wonderful Darling Department to make sure I get a review copy.

CD1
1. The Gossip - Standing In The Way Of Control (Soulwax Nite Version Mix)
2. The Fratellis - Chelsea Dagger
3. The Pigeon Detectives - I'm Not Sorry
4. The Enemy - 40 Days And 40 Nights
5. Reverend & The Makers - Heavyweight Champion Of The World (Club Mix)
6. Maximo Park - Our Velocity
7. Hot Chip - Over And Over
8. Bloc Party - Banquet (Phones Disco Edit)
9. LCD Soundsystem - North American Scum
10. The Go! Team - Grip Like A Vice
11. The Cribs - Men's Needs
12. Shitdisco - Reactor Party
13. Calvin Harris - Acceptable In The 80s
14. Harrisons - Dear Constable
15. The Holloways - Generator

CD2
1. Peter, Bjorn & John - Young Folks
2. Claude VonStroke - The Whistler
3. Simian Mobile Disco - I Believe
4. Friendly Fires - Your Love
5. Dandi Wind - Searching Flesh
6. Foals - Hummer (Passions Mix)
7. Digitalism - Pogo (Maximised By Pumps Jump Up)
8. Adam Kesher - Modern Times (Pedro & Panama Remix)
9. New Young Pony Club - Ice Cream (Herve Goes Bananas Remix)
10. Mark Ronson - Stop Me (Kissy Sell Outs True Romance Mix)
11. MSTRKRFT - Neon Knights
12. Soulwax - NY Excuse
13. Justice - D.A.N.C.E (MSTRKRFT Remix)
14. The Presets - Are You The One?
15. The Sunshine Underground - I Aint Losing Sleep (Serge Santiago's Vocal Remix)

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PEARSON POPS UP WITH SOME QUALITY DANCE
Now you've brought up the issue of top quality compilations, mention is due for the new Ewan Pearson collated compo that is coming our way via K7, also in September (24 Sep). The aim here is to present a stack of quality dance music, but with an added bit of Pearson remix magic that should ensure some pop appeal. Once again, tracklisting talks for itself.

CD1
1. Seelenluft feat. Mixmaster Michael Smith - Manila (Ewan Pearson Remix)
2. The Chemical Brothers feat. The Flaming Lips - The Golden Path (Ewan Pearson Extended Vocal)
3. Futureshock - Pride's Paranoia (Ewan's Sticking Plaster Remix)
4. Silver City - Shiver (Ewan's Bari Girl Remix)
5. Fields - Song For The Fields (Ewan Pearson Vocal Remix)
6. Playgroup - Make It Happen (Ewan Pearson Remix)
7. Freeform Five - Perspex Sex (Ewan Pearson's Hi NRG Remix)
8. Slam feat. Dot Allison - Visions (Ewan Pearson Remix)
9. Goldfrapp - Train (Ewan Pearson 6/8 Vocal)
10. Closer Musik - One, Two, Three - No Gravity (Ewan Pearson's 2004 Remix)
11. Franz Ferdinand - Outsiders (Ewan Pearson Remix)

CD2
1. Mocky - Catch A Moment In Time (Ewan Pearson's Memory Blissed Remix)
2. The Rapture - I Need Your Love (Ewan's Stay In School Mix)
3. Pet Shop Boys - Psychological (Ewan Pearson Mix)
4. Alter Ego - Beat The Bush (Ewan Pearson's Slow NRG Edit)
5. Röyksopp - 49 Percent (Ewan Pearson Glass Half Empty Remix)
6. Goldfrapp - Ride A White Horse (Ewan Pearson Disco Odyssey Parts 1 & 2)
7. Ladytron - Evil (Ewan Pearson Radio Edit)
8. Moby - Raining Again (Ewan Pearson Instrumental)
9. Cortney Tidwell - Don't Let Stars Keep Us Tangled Up (Ewan's Objects In Space Remix)
10. Depeche Mode - Enjoy The Silence (Ewan Pearson Extended Remix)

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CALVIN HARRIS LIKES TO PARTY
Calvin Harris is apparently trying to set some kind of world record for the most house parties happening at the same time across the UK. He plans to crawl these parties, apparently, ending up with an acoustic set at one party-holder's house. He told NME.com: "I haven't been to a good old-fashioned house party in years, so this whole idea is basically a mechanism for me to do that. Obviously I'll be playing a song or two, but my main motivation behind this is to eat all the lucky winner's crisps and fall asleep on their sofa. I'm thoroughly looking forward to it".

To get Calvin to play at their house party and give them a £1500 cash prize, fans need to enter the contest at http://www.calvinharris.co.uk.

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STEREOPHONICS ADD TOUR DATES
Stereophonics have added new dates to their winter tour and will now play extra gigs in Hull, Cardiff and Birmingham. The band have also announced that ticket holders will get a free download - 'Bank Holiday Monday', a preview from upcoming album 'Pull The Pin' out 1 Oct - from the Stereophonics website.

Here is the updated list of tour dates.

4 Nov: Bournemouth International Centre
5 Nov: Brighton Centre
7 Nov: Manchester MEN
8 Nov: Hull Arena
9 Nov: Sheffield Arena
11 Nov: Birmingham NEC
12 Nov: Birmingham NEC
13 Nov: Nottingham Arena
15 Nov: London Wembley Arena
16 Nov: London Wembley Arena
18 Nov: Cardiff International Arena
19 Nov: Cardiff International Arena
20 Nov: Cardiff International Arena
22 Nov: Newcastle Arena
24 Nov: Aberdeen ECC
25 Nov: Glasgow SECC

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FINAL ELECTRIC GARDENS ADDITIONS
The festival calendar is so damn full these days it's hard to keep up. The brilliant Secret Garden Party is this weekend and the always good Big Chill is just a week away. Also just a week away is the Electric Gardens event which takes place in Hernhill, Kent. I'm almost positive that we've previously reported that Happy Mondays and Supergrass are headlining (hurrah, Supergrass where they rightly should be - in a headline slot), but we almost definitely haven't told you that Milburn and Newton Faulkner are on the bill, because they've only just been added. Despite all the recent wash outs the Electric Gardens team tell us they have photos to prove that their site is holding up fine despite all the mad weather, so everything is steaming ahead to schedule.

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WAGNER JUNIOR'S DEBUT BOOED
The great granddaughter of composer Richard Wagner has had her directorial debut - an interpretation of her grandfather's 'The Mastersingers Of Nuremberg' - loudly booed at Germany's Bayreuth festival, an event dedicated to staging Wagner's opera. Fans were angered by Katharina Wagner's seven hour staging of the piece, which rewrote the plot and shoehorned in some apparently gratuitous nudity. Spanish opera critic Roger Alier called the production "just horrible", adding "I hear what they're singing and it has nothing to do with what's going on on stage. I don't see where she's going with this".

That said, some opera fans really enjoyed it, which may soften the blow for Ms Wagner. She is currently competing with other family members to succeed her father Wolfgang as director of the festival.

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BIDDING WAR FOR KEITH RICHARDS BIOGRAPHY
Two publishing houses - HarperCollins and Little Brown - are engaged in a bidding war for Keith Richards' official biography, with the Rolling Stone being offered as much as $7.3million in advance. Which is quite a lot of money for old rope, I mean, a no doubt cracking read.

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PAGE TESTIFIES IN SCOTTISH BOOTLEG CASE
Former Led Zeppelin star Jimmy Page brought a bit of rock n roll to a routine (and dare I say otherwise tedious?) counterfeit CDs case yesterday when he testified against Robert Langley, a Buckinghamshire man accused of selling bootleg material at the SECC in Glasgow. Langley's stock included hundreds of Led Zeppelin recordings, including many unreleased 'bootlegged' concert recordings.

Page was asked by record labels trade body the BPI to participate in their investigation to see if he recognised any of the recordings, and was testifying at the Glasgow court hearing because part of Langley's defence was that Led Zeppelin were renowned for essentially endorsing the practice of fans recording gigs, and of them swapping those recordings.

Asked about that by defence lawyer Murray Macara, Page said there was a difference between fans swapping bootleg recordings and market stall holders selling them. Page: "The legitimate part is where fans trade music, but once you start packaging it up and you do not know what you are getting, you are breaking the rules legally and morally. There are some of these recordings where it is just a whirring and you cannot hear the music. If you have something like this that appears legitimate then it is just not right".

Page told the court about other incidents when he found bootleg recordings being sold, and how he had reacted to them. After finding bootlegs in a New York record shop he called in his US lawyers, while on finding rogue recordings in a Japanese store he just confiscated them himself - the store's staff were apparently too star-struck to say anything.

Langley continues to deny the charges against him. The case continues.

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SONYBMG AND SONY CORP FORTUNES GO UP
Good news for fans of major record companies making profits. SonyBMG posted a net income of $21 million for the last quarter, which compares favourably with the $81 million loss made in the same quarter the previous year. Although releases from the likes of Avril Lavigne, Kelly Clarkson and R Kelly performed well for the major, actually overall sales revenues were pretty much the same as last year, and it was a slash in marketing and overhead costs that enabled the turnaround in overall profits.

SonyBMG's recent performance was revealed in the latest figures from one of its parent companies, Sony Corp, who enjoyed improved performance elsewhere in their operations, with overall profits more than doubling year on year, from 32.29 billion yen to 66.46 billion yen. Much of the profits boost came from the conglom's electronics division, where sales of the Bravia flat-screen TVs and Cybershot digital cameras have performed particularly well.

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BMG UK PUBLISHING CHIEF DEPARTS
BMG Music Publishing UK has announced it's current chairman Paul Curran is leaving at the end of the month, which isn't that surprising given that the major publishing house is merging with Universal Music Publishing following their previously reported acquisition of the formerly Bertelsmann owned pubbery. Elsewhere in post-merger changes, it is expected that the BMG bit of the merged company will stop using the BMG name quite soon, simply becoming a division of Universal Publishing. Whether that division will have any autonomy or unique identity apart from the rest of the Universal publishing house/catalogue is not yet clear.

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LIVE NATION NYC BOSS TURNS ATTENTION TO LATIN AMERICA
Live Nation have announced that their former New York president Bruce Moran has taken on the new role of President of the company's recently created Latin American division. Although he will still be based in New York, Moran will focus in the main on the live music conglom's Mexican and Brazilian operations. It's an area where Moran already has credentials - prior to joining Live Nation he was CEO of the largest events promoter in Mexico, OCESA Presents/CIE USA Entertainment.

Moran's new role comes amid a number of appointments at Live Nation US. According to Billboard, Kevin Morrow will take over Moran's role of President of Live Nation New York, while Jason Miller will move to NYC from the company's Denver office to be Senior VP Of Booking. Veteran promoter Jimmy Koplik, who heads up Live Nation Connecticut, will also take on an expanded role in the firm's New York operation.

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COURT RULING EXTENDS PIRACY LIABILITY TO MARKET OWNERS
The BPI and the movie industry's anti-piracy body FACT have hailed a verdict at St Albans Crown Court as significant in their fight against the sale of pirated CDs and DVDs because the ruling went against the owners of a market where the pirated goods were sold, rather than just the actual stall holder selling the goods. The successful case against Wendy Fair Markets Ltd potentially sets a valuable precedent for anti-piracy types because it means that market owners taking rents from stall holders who they know or suspect to be selling illegal goods can be prosecuted for profiting, albeit indirectly, from the illegal trading. The case against Wendy Fair and their directors followed an investigation by Hertfordshire Trading Standards into claims by the BPI and FACT that the company knowingly rented out stalls to the sellers of counterfeit DVDs, CDs and computer software at their Bovingdon Market in Hemel Hempstead.

Commenting on the case, BPI Anti-piracy Manager David Wood said: "Most markets and car boot sales operate a strict no-fakes policy, but a significant number of owners still turn a blind eye to rampant counterfeiting and piracy, whilst raking in the profits. It is plainly wrong that rogue market and car boot sale owners are able generate huge profits from criminal trade that takes place blatantly and openly under their noses. This ruling, we hope, will send a clear message to these market owners that they need to clean up their act or face prosecution".

The Wendy Fair people will be sentenced in September.

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SPEARS FIRES ASSISTANT
Britney Spears has allegedly fired her new assistant because she blames her for all of her recent negative publicity. A source told US mag Life + Style: "Britney felt a lot of her recent troubles started and stopped with Shannon. Britney thought she was talking badly about her. She was very rude and Britney felt she was letting business emails fall by the wayside".

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KATE NASH ON LILY ALLEN AND ALL THAT
Kate Nash has been talking about how annoying it is to be compared to Lily Allen - not because she doesn't like Lily Allen, who has apparently been "very supportive" towards her - but because those comparisons are a bit sexist and lazy.

Speaking in a webchat with Gigwise, she said: "I think its lazy journalism and also quite sexist that there's not enough room for more than one female singer songwriter from London. When my album is released though people will have more to go by and I can hopefully be recognised more as an artist within my own right".

So, think on, all you lazy, sexist journalists out there.

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