CMU Daily - on the inside Tuesday 31st July
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In today's CMU Daily:
- HMV buy up six Fopp stores
- McDonald's pull controversial rapper from US tour
- Fans to manage band
- Peter Hook threatens to sue New Order
- Hard-Fi get revolutionary
- Babyshambles second album deets
- Mars Volta and Lydia Lunch collaborate
- Nine Inch Nails suffer paperwork gaff
- Gun charges dropped in Kinks' shooting
- Deerhunter members robbed at gunpoint
- Ian Brown to tour
- The Young Knives to tour
- Prince of darkness in hospital
- Illness forces Aguilera to cancel tour
- Starbucks exclusive for Dave Matthews band "live trax"
- YouTube content filtering technology to be live by autumn - claim
- AT&T/eMusic launch over-the-air mobile download service
- Britney's divorce finalised

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VERY LATE CMU SHOCKER
Woah, this is probably the latest edition of the CMU Daily ever. However have you all coped? Those of you thinking we got sidetracked by the Britney/K-Fed divorce parties are wrong. CMU today suffered from power cuts in too quite separate parts of the country. Not only did the current CMU HQ lose power for much of the day, but our chief correspondent working remotely 320 miles away also had a serious lack of power this morning. Such a coincidence makes that excuse sound totally made up, but it's totally true. Anyway, apologies. Normal service will be resumed tomorrow. Or later today by the time most of you read this. Consider it two CMU's for the price of one. An offer not even Tesco can beat us on.

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HMV BUY UP SIX FOPP STORES
HMV will buy the Fopp brand and six of its stores. The deal with the former indie retailer's administrators Ernst & Young will see the six former Fopp stores in question reopen as Fopp asap. The purchase also means that 70 of the redundant Fopp workforce should be offered their jobs back.

A spokesman for HMV is quoted thus: "The Fopp stores we are purchasing have all traded profitably, whilst ownership of the brand will enable us preserve Fopp's unique identity and trading culture. These stores will operate independently of the main HMV chain in order to preserve their distinct customer offer. Fopp is well regarded by many music and entertainment consumers, enjoying strong local awareness and appeal, and we're pleased that we will be able to preserve the brand and product offer through the stores and online".

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MCDONALD'S PULL CONTROVERSIAL RAPPER FROM US TOUR
I'm not sure who was doing the booking of acts for the previously reported McDonalds US parking lot tour, but I don't think they did their research when it came to Twista. The rapper has been dropped from the music marketing venture with the company blaming the hip hop star's "controversial lyrics" for their decision. They said in a statement: "Although we respect free speech and artistic expression, we do not condone or perpetuate derogatory language. We want to ensure these free concerts are fun as well as appropriate for all of our customers, and especially the niggas and hos". Well, they said something like that.

McDonald's is now in talks for a replacement headliner for the Chicago leg of the tour on the 27 Aug, according to official reports. Meanwhile, Twista's representatives are yet to comment on the issue.

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FANS TO MANAGE BAND
Music fans all over the country are being invited to get involved in the management of a band - they even get to choose the band's members. VIP Band Manager is inviting 50,000 people to stake a claim to shares in a band's future, with each 'shareholder' being able to vote on who the members of the band should be, what style of music they will perform and so on and so on. Which means they could create a band as terrible as their collective imaginations allow them. And presumably they will.

The aim of the VIP Band Manager programme is to secure their band one million fans, achieve a number one record and follow it all up with a twelve date tour of the UK. Band members are already being invited to audition for the scheme, with a £1 million record deal up for grabs, all in the trusty hands of the many many managers. Visit http://www.vipbandmanager.com for further information.

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PETER HOOK THREATENS TO SUE NEW ORDER
This is fun. Peter Hook has threatened to sue his ex-bandmates - Stephen Morris and Bernard Sumner - following those previously reported comments they made claiming that the band hadn't split up, despite the fact the bassist had previously suggested they had on a number of occasions.

Following on from Morris and Sumner's statement, Hook has posted a message on his Myspace blog that reclaims: "This group has SPLIT UP! You are no more New Order than I am! You may have two thirds but don't assume you have the rights to do anything NEW ordery cos you don't, I've still got a third!"

Hook continues, noting that despite the split he is open "to negotiation", that the band haven't had a "personal relationship" for a long time, before ending the rant with the following poetry: "As traceyBB would say, "deal wiv it!" So as one third of ex New Order I'm off to gate 36 and Pizza Hut.....See you in court! love hookyx". Beautiful stuff.

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HARD-FI GET REVOLUTIONARY
The Hard-Fi camp have announced that their new album - 'Once Upon A Time in the West' - will, shock horror, shun the traditional cover artwork concept instead featuring just a plain white background with the album title at the top and "NO COVER ART" written in large lettering below it. New single 'Suburban Knights' follows a similar remit, with a plain black background being adorned with the following slogan: "EXPENSIVE BLACK AND WHITE PHOTO OF BAND NOT AVAILABLE". And, most shocking of all, the press copy will include the highly politicised warning: "RARE PROMO COPY. NOT TO BE SOLD TO MUSIC AND VIDEO EXCHANGE BY PRIVELEDGED RECORD COMPANY WORKERS". So, that's my weekend pocket money out.

Speaking of their decision, Hard-Fi lead singer Rich Archer explained: "We wanted to break the rules. We don't need some airbrushed band shot just because it might be expected. Fuck that. This is about the music". Unfortunately, Hard-Fi might be surprised to learn that a host of artists have already released a plain covered album, devoid of expensive black and white band photography. Perhaps most notable for this was the (just) marginally successful 'White Album' from those The Beatles chaps, while, as previously reported, Beck recently offered fans the opportunity to design their own cover art, which all seems a lot more fun that this. And if it's the cost of black and white photography that Archer is objecting to, I can be quite nifty with my phone camera when I want to be.

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BABYSHAMBLES SECOND ALBUM DEETS
The track listing for the as yet untitled second album from Babyshambles has emerged. The record has been produced by Kaiser Chiefs and Blur cohort Stephen Street and is expected sometime in the autumn, preceded by new single, 'Delivery', which is pencilled in for release of 17 Sep.

The track listing is as follows:
Carry On Up The Morning
Delivery
You Talk
Unbilotitled
Side Of The Road
Crumb Begging Baghead
UnStookietitled
French Dog Blues
There She Goes
Baddies Boogie
Deft Left Hand
The Lost Art Of Murder

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MARS VOLTA AND LYDIA LUNCH COLLABORATE
Omar Rodriguez of Mars Volta and the no-wave legend Lydia Lunch are set to join forces for an E.P release, imaginatively called 'Omar Rodriguez and Lydia Lunch'. The collaboration, which will see the generally bizarre musical capabilities of Rodriguez pitched against the possibly even more bizarre vocals of Lunch, should be out by the end of the year on Willie Anderson Records. Here's hoping that the record shows more imagination that its title.

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NINE INCH NAILS SUFFER PAPERWORK GAFF
A mistake in the paperwork has led to Nine Inch Nails' prospective tour of Russia being cancelled. The band, posting on their website, highlighted an error in the dates on their visas as the reasons behind them not being allowed into the country to fulfill their commitments. In the short statement it was not revealed whether the dates will be rescheduled or who was responsible for the gaff.

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GUN CHARGES DROPPED IN KINKS' SHOOTING
In other musical related gaffs this week, Kinks' front-man Ray Davies failed to turn up to court to testify against a man who allegedly shot him in January 2004. Davies claims that his failure to appear was due to him only finding out about the date a few weeks ago and that he was unable to make it at such short notice. Jerome Barra, the man facing the charges of shooting Davies, subsequently had the charges against him dropped and was released.

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DEERHUNTER MEMBERS ROBBED AT GUNPOINT
Talking of musicians and gun related incidents (go loose links) the band Deerhunter have said they recently fell victim to robbery at gunpoint after playing a gig in their hometown of Atlanta on Friday (27 Jul), with front man Bradford Cox and guitarist Lockett Pundt having their personal belongings taken by the gunmen.

Needless to say, the incident has been retold on the band's MySpace: "We got a friendly homecoming surprise last night in Atlanta when Lockett and I got robbed at gunpoint after our show at Lenny's last night. We literally had just walked off the stage and I was pretty wasted. I heard a commotion behind us but like I said I was pretty out of it. I just opened the door to the car and collapsed in the passenger seat. Then I heard all this yelling and I hear this loud metallic banging on the window and look up and there is a gun in my face and a guy yelling 'get the fuck out the car man' I stumbled out and see the other guy has Lockett with his arms spread on the roof of his car and is patting him down.
Lockett was begging them to leave me alone. The guy put his gun up to my temple and said, 'Give me EVERYTHING motherfucker I ain't fucking with you.' I just mumbled something and he put his hands in my pants and took everything I had. My cellphone, my wallet (empty except for credit / bank cards which Kristin immediately cancelled, and about 450 dollars in cash I had for my rent.) They also got all of Lockett's money. They even took my fucking Camel Ultralights and Orange Bic. All I can say is that I'm glad we are not dead".

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IAN BROWN TO TOUR
Bona-fide Manchester legend Ian Brown has announced a new UK tour, heading off on a set of dates across the country in support of the release of his new album, 'The World Is Ours', on 24 Sep.

Brown will be playing the following gigs...

29, 30 Nov: London Brixton Academy
1 Dec: Doncaster Dome
3 Dec: Aberdeen AECC
4 Dec: Glasgow SECC
5 Dec: Wolverhampton Civic Hall
7 Dec: Manchester Central

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THE YOUNG KNIVES TO TOUR
Fresh from a Mercury Music Prize nomination for 'Voices Of Animals And Men', The Young Knives have announced a new UK tour in November that will see them play 11 dates across the country. Given the prize's habit of exponentially increasing sales of the quirkier acts on its list, this may be the last time you will be able to experience the twee trio in such small venues. In addition, it is speculated that it will match-up with the release of their next album.

The tour will visit:
2 Nov: Leeds Cockpit
3 Nov: York Fibbers
4 Nov: Newcastle Cluny
5 Nov: Glasgow King Tut's
6 Nov: Manchester Night And Day
7 Nov: Birmingham Barfly
9 Nov: Exeter Cavern
10 Nov:Southampton Joiners
11 Nov: Reading Fex
12 Nov: Bristol Thekla
13 Nov: London Dingwalls

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PRINCE OF DARKNESS IN HOSPITAL
It's not a good time to be an Osbourne at the moment, it seems. Following the recent death of Sharon Osbourne's father, music mogul Don Arden, reports are claiming that her husband, Ozzy, is currently in hospital receiving treatment for a blood clot. The bat-biting former Black Sabbath front man and reality TV star was taken into a hospital in Denver over the weekend during his Ozzfest jaunt across America, and despite a lack of confirmation on the nature of the problem, his management did confirm that he received medical attention. Despite this, he's still expected to complete the rest of the Ozzfest tour.

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ILLNESS FORCES AGUILERA TO CANCEL TOUR
I wanted to come up with a witty allusion to the previous Ozzy story with this, something like "Princess of [insert witticism here] falls ill", but I couldn't think of anything. Perhaps you could insert your own gag. I mean I've been dealing with power cuts all day, I can't be expected to do everything.

Anyway, the news is that Christina Aguilera has been forced to cancel her world tour following doctor's orders. The star fell ill during a gig in Melbourne and had to cut her set short and cancel her remaining dates in the city. Thankfully, she should be ok soon, posting this statement to her fans:
"I want to personally apologise to all of my fans for having to cancel my last two shows here in Melbourne. Unfortunately, I have fallen ill with a bad flu virus. This is one of the best cities in the world to perform in and I am truly disappointed that I won't be able to share my show with you all. Thank you for all of the continued love and support, and I hope to perform for you all again next time".

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STARBUCKS EXCLUSIVE FOR DAVE MATTHEWS BAND "LIVE TRAX"
The next album in Dave Matthews Band's 'Live Trax' series is to be distributed exclusively through Starbucks. The exclusive compilation from Bama Rags/RCA Records will be made available for sale at US and Canadian Starbucks stores from today, 31 Jul.

Traditionally made available direct to fans as concert merchandise or for sale through the band's website, the Live Trax series is composed of archive recordings from touring concerts with tracks from their Meadow Brook Music Festival performance in Michigan in 1995, to their more recent March 2007 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, concert.

The release will be supported with a co-promotion with US satellite-radio broadcaster XM, through a specially created channel on XM, 'Starbucks XM Café', reaching an estimated 8.25 million listeners. Meanwhile, from 31 Jul and throughout August, Starbucks in-store promotions in the US will offer customers signing up for a free trial of XM's internet streaming service the chance to win tickets, passes and a meet and greet with Dave Matthews at the Hollywood Bowl.

This all follows hot on the heels of the previously reported announcement from Starbuck's Hear Music operation that Joni Mitchell will soon release 'Shine', a 10-song collection, via the firm.

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YOUTUBE CONTENT FILTERING TECHNOLOGY TO BE LIVE BY AUTUMN - CLAIM
As previously reported, facing a barrage of lawsuits and copyright infringement claims, YouTube has been promising for almost a year that it will introduce content filtering technology to protect and enforce IP rights of content-owners - and it has now been revealed that this technology could be live by autumn.

During a scheduling hearing for Viacom's previously reported copyright infringement action against YouTube, a lawyer for parent company Google told the presiding judge that the technology would "possibly" be in place as early as September. However, a YouTube spokesman was more guarded saying only that it is "difficult to forecast specific launch dates".

The technology is a critical element of YouTube's licensing deals with content-owners, allowing it to identify uploaded copyrighted material and either compensate owners accordingly, or block the content from appearing on its network. YouTube currently removes content at the request of content owners, but due to the massive popularity of the service, such content is often reposted by users almost immediately.

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AT&T/EMUSIC LAUNCH OVER-THE-AIR MOBILE DOWNLOAD SERVICE
AT&T has unleashed its over-the-air mobile music download service, powered by leading independent download platform eMusic.com. Offering tracks direct to users' mobile phones, with a duplicate copy sent to their PC for no extra charge, the platform apparently offers more tracks from more artists than any other competing US wireless download service, though no major-label content obviously.

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BRITNEY'S DIVORCE FINALISED
It has been announced that Britney Spears' marriage to Kevin Federline/K-Fed/Fed-Ex/whatever officially ended yesterday after the courts finalised their divorce proceedings.

All of which surely demands a marriage obit. The couple famously married in tracksuits in Vegas, in a ceremony widely derided as tacky by the media, perhaps most notably for the fast food served at the wedding dinner. Then followed two years of intense coverage of their private lives, during which they had two children together, Sean Preston and Jayden James, and will be remembered for Spears' seeming fall from grace, culminating in the infamous shaving incident and the recent violence from her security team, as reported in yesterday's Daily.

Spears filed for divorce in November and according to TMZ.com, the pair have agreed a deal that will see them share custody of the children, with Spears paying Federline $15,000 a month in child support and $20,000 a month in spousal support, but that part of the deal with end in November.

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