CMU Daily - on the inside Monday 30th July
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Universal and Terra Firma extend takeover offers
- Global Gathering attracts complaints
- Arctic Monkeys cause mayhem
- Mail On Sunday to covermount Bananas
- Berlin honours Zappa
- The Streets cover Hot Chip
- Fall Out Boy hit Springfield
- Kiss guitarist's heart problems
- Joss 'does an Elton'
- US Copyright Alliance hits out at Gowers
- Madonna in talks with live nation over 360 degree deal
- Chart Update - 'Umbrella' no longer number one
- Usher cancels wedding
- Police drummer ticked-off
- Spice girls: the new Waltons?
- Spears' watch
- Willard quits the Offspring

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UNIVERSAL AND TERRA FIRMA EXTEND TAKEOVER OFFERS
The two companies engaged in attempts to takeover London music firms EMI and Sanctuary both extended their self-enforced deadlines on Friday after reported increased interest in their offers.

As previously reported, Terra Firma, the private equity group bidding for EMI, had already extended their offer several times as the major record company's shareholders proved slow to take up their EMI-board approved share offer. But on Friday they announced that they had now secured commitments that would get them just under 85% of EMI's shares, not far off the 90% target that had been set for Friday's deadline. The equity firm said that the major's remaining shareholders now had until 1 Aug to accept the takeover offer as the suitors push for their 90% or more.

Meanwhile the Universal Music Group, which is bidding to buy struggling cross-sector music independent the Sanctuary Music Group, has also extended its deadline for acceptance of its offer. It too had hoped to have the takeover complete last week, but announced on Friday that it had commitments to sell that amounted to about 43.6% of the company's overall shares. Universal has also separately acquired some of Sanctuary's stock, raising the share capital secured to about 50.5% (obviously you all know what that means so we won't patronise you by explaining it). The major, who are attempting to takeover Sanctuary via their London based Centenary subsidiary, have now extended their takeover offer to 2 Aug in a bid to secure the remaining half of the company.

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GLOBAL GATHERING ATTRACTS COMPLAINTS
Apparently some of the Global Gatherers that headed to the legendary dance festival in Warwickshire this weekend were left "angered and frustrated" by the rather long time that it took to get onto the festival site. One Gatherer, Lizzie Allitt, told the BBC that it took her four-and-a-half hours to access the site on Friday evening, though we should stress that's a fact strenuously denied by the event's organisers (and the CMUers at the festival had no problem getting in, perhaps Lizzie is just a very slow driver/walker). The one thing they can agree on, however, is that the Gathering site was extremely boggy and waterlogged in places - though that fact doesn't really constitute news anymore. What festival this year hasn't been boggy and waterlogged?

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ARCTIC MONKEYS CAUSE MAYHEM
While we're on the subject of problems at gigs/festivals (alleged or otherwise), we have to mention the culmination of Arctic Monkeys' second headline show at Lancashire County Cricket Club last night (29 Jul), which avoided the technical hitches that reportedly tarnished the first gig.

Despite success in this department, the show still had to be stopped twice as a baying crowd surged forward, forcing lead singer Alex Turner to request that they all take a step back during both 'Still Take You Home' and 'Dancing Shoes'. Later a crowd member dressed as a Bo Selecta version of Craig David caused another stoppage, though no crowd surges that time, rather Turner's irrepressible laughter, with the singer commenting that the David look-a-like was "freaking me out", adding "get the camera on this guy". After closing the set with perennial favourite 'A Certain Romance', he suggested that his band should do a Lancashire Cricket Club gig every year because "we've had good weather, plenty of sunshine and good bands as well".

Whether his fellow Yorkshire-men would agree I don't know.

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MAIL ON SUNDAY TO COVERMOUNT BANANAS
According to Music Week, the next Mail On Sunday covermount will be a Banarama greatest hits. Cue "end of the world", "what were they thinking", "ban them, ban them" ranting from the music retailer sector. Sentiments I share, of course, though I don't own a Banarama hits album on CD, so must remember to pick up a MoS this weekend. But I'll shoplift it, so I'm not contributing to an evil media regime that's destroying the music business.

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BERLIN HONOURS ZAPPA
Moustachioed wonder Frank Zappa has been honoured in Berlin by having a street named after him. Fans and residents alike can now enjoy a stroll down Frank Zappa Strasse in Marzahn, part of the Eastern outskirts of the city. Of course, while Zappa may have appreciated the gesture, it's unlikely he'd approve of rather predicatable name. This is the man that christened his children Moon-Unit and Dweezil after all.

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THE STREETS COVER HOT CHIP
NME.com reports that The Streets covered Hot Chip's 'Over And Over' at their Edinburgh Liquid Rooms gig on Friday (27 Jul). Sort of. Basically Mike Skinner mixed a line from the song into a medley of 'Has It Come to This?', 'Weak Become Heroes' and 'Blinded By The Lights'. This was followed by an encore that included The Streets' remix of The Twang's 'Either Way', ending a set that included most of his major hits. So now you know.

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FALL OUT BOY HIT SPRINGFIELD
Fall Out Boy look set to join the legion of bands that have had cameos on The Simpsons after Matt Groening told XFM that the emo frontrunners are lined-up for an appearance in the next series. They'll be joining a stellar history that includes Aerosmith, Paul McCartney and The Who, though what marks Fall Out Boy out from the rest is that they're the only one [I think] to have actually taken their name from the show (Fall Out Boy being the sidekick of Bart's favourite comic book hero, Radioactive Man). Groening, of course, paid tribute to this fact: "Any band that names itself after a character on the Simpsons will eventually get on it. So, Fall Out Boy, stay tuned".

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KISS GUITARIST'S HEART PROBLEMS
Another of the bands to have been in an episode of The Simpsons, Kiss, have had a difficult week having had to perform as a trio for the first time in their history. Gene Simmons, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer were left to play a gig at Soboba Casino in California sans singer and guitarist Paul Stanley because he was having heart problems. Describing the ordeal as "exhausting", Stanley announced that his heart "had spontaneously jumped to 190 plus beats per minute", and that he therefore wouldn't be joining the rest of the band for the gig.

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JOSS 'DOES AN ELTON'
Echoing the spirit of Elton John, who seems to have a new protege/artist he just needs to let us all know about every week, Joss Stone has been singing the praises of British crooner James Morrison in the US. The newly Americanised singer (seriously, has anyone else noticed the huge change in her accent?) asserted: "When you listen to that voice you know he means it. That's all you need to make soul music. It doesn't matter what style you're singing as long as you believe in what you're saying. Americans love that".

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US COPYRIGHT ALLIANCE HITS OUT AT GOWERS
The US Copyright Alliance has entered the much previously reported debate on recorded copyrights in the UK after the British government last week said it would adopt as policy the findings of last year's Gowers Review of intellectual property laws, which said there was no case to extend the British (and European) recorded copyright term from its current fifty years.

The UK record industry had been pushing, of course, for the term to be extended to bring it more in line with the US copyright term of 95 years and the UK publishing copyright term of life plus 70 years. A parliamentary
sub-committee that reported after Gowers recommended an increase to at least 70 years.

Following renewed criticism of Gowers by the UK record industry last week, and new criticism for the government's decision to follow Gowers, the Washington-based Alliance said in a statement on Friday: "While the Gowers Review, commissioned and authored last year, contains positive recommendations regarding domestic and international enforcement against piracy it also contains certain misconceptions regarding copyright and, in overlooking the discrepancy in authors' rights, unfairly discriminates against performers"

It continues: "Legislators worldwide must understand one fundamental point - copyright isn't anti-consumer. Copyright stimulates creativity and it promotes culture. Copyright has been proven to be good for commerce, good for the economy, and therefore beneficial for consumers. Copyright is not an obstacle to the enjoyment of creative works, it provides the critical framework for those works to be enjoyed in the first place".

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MADONNA IN TALKS WITH LIVE NATION OVER 360 DEGREE DEAL
This is interested. Digital Music News has reported that Madonna might be the latest artist to take her recording career away from the major record companies through a new deal with live music conglom Live Nation which would include recording as well as touring rights.

According to DMN, Madonna has been in discussion with Live Nation regarding a combined touring, recording and merchandising deal for at least a month, while this week sources have said the deal will be worth anything up to $180 million.

The deal would see Madonna end her career long relationship with Warner Music, who have both released much of Madonna's work and gone into business with the singer through the Maverick joint venture. It would also be a sign that not only the record companies can diversify - as the majors talk about moving into the live and merchandising space, leaders in those sectors can move into recordings.

That said, rumour has it Warner are also proposing a similarly lucrative (for Madonna) multi-dimensional deal, so it is not yet clear which way it will go.

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CHART UPDATE - 'UMBRELLA' NO LONGER NUMBER ONE
Timbaland rained over Rihanna's attempt for an eleventh week of chart domination when his idiotically named single, 'The Way I Are', hit number one in the UK singles chart this weekend. The omnipresent superstar beat London Garageband aficionado Kate Nash's 'Foundations' into second place, a jump from its number three position last week. More interestingly, Manic Street Preachers' new single, 'Autumnsong' entered at number 10, yet another sign of their massive resurgence following the success of their latest album. Meanwhile, in the album charts 'Britain's Got Talent' winner Paul Potts held-on to the number one slot with his debut album, 'One Chance', an album that is almost too easy to make passing witticisms about. So I won't.

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USHER CANCELS WEDDING
Global superstar, Grammy award winner and Marvin Gaye imitator Usher has cancelled his previously reported wedding to long-term girlfriend Tameka Foster this weekend. The couple announced their engagement earlier this year and followed it up with the news that she was pregnant, expecting Usher's first child. However, his publicist has released a statement announcing that the ceremony will not be taking place. That said, some are speculating the statement was designed to throw the press off the scent so they can wed in secret away from the media glare. All of which means the gossiper hacks are watching the couple even more intently.

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POLICE DRUMMER TICKED-OFF
Last week it was all harmony in the reunited Police camp. This week more tensions. Or possibly so. Drummer Stewart Copeland has apparently been asked to stop blogging on the band's website because of those previously reported bitchy remarks he made, in which he said Sting was a "petulant pussy", and that their live set was "totally at sea". Of course the pair have kissed and made up since the remarks were made, but the blogging resolution may renew the tensions.

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SPICE GIRLS: THE NEW WALTONS?
Following that rather thrilling announcement of their reformation, The Spice Girls have added four more dates to their world tour. The new gigs are set to see the '90s girl band perform in Shanghai, San Jose, Vancouver, and either Anchorage or Zagreb, depending on which city wins the 'honour' in an online competition. Commenting on the reunion, Geri Halliwell issued this polemic: "We are like the Waltons. We are taking all seven children, one husband, a few boyfriends, five grown-up women and all their stuff".

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SPEARS' WATCH
Britney entangled herself in more law-related trouble on Thursday when her bodyguard lashed out at a photographer in Las Vegas after they tried to snap the singer and her children walking between their hotel and a casino. US Weekly claims that the guard shoved the photographer in the chest and then accidentally hit Spears' child, 22-month old Sean Preston. Charges have been filed all round, with Spears notably filing a complaint against the photographer's behaviour towards her son.

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WILLARD QUITS THE OFFSPRING
Finally, in perhaps some of the most significant news yet this week, Atom Willard has announced that he will be leaving The Offspring to become a full time member of ex-Blink 182 man Tom Delonge's project, Angels & Airwaves. Thank God, though, that the band have moved quickly to replace Willard with Pete Parada, a former member of both Alkaline Trio and Saves the Day.

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