CMU Daily - on the inside Wednesday 1st August
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Terra Firma secure EMI takeover
- Eminem publisher sues Apple
- Sony/ATV Famous acquisition complete
- Snow Patrol drug rap update
- Kanye signs-up 'young folks' trio
- Edwyn Collins has a new single
- Good Charlotte sell-out
- Super Furries sell-out
- Celine Dion is urban
- Michael Caine album release
- Neil Young: the graphic novel
- MCR get arty/announce new tour
- Update on Nine Inch Nails Vs Russia story
- Weller anniversary gig
- Beatles exhibition in Liverpool
- Jamelia launches haircare range
- Kate Moss writes for Babyshambles
- Kelly Osbourne to star in Chicago

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TERRA FIRMA SECURE EMI TAKEOVER
Good news for fans of British record labels falling into the hands of shady private equity types - Terra Firma have managed to get commitments from enough EMI shareholders to ensure them over 90% of the company - the minimum amount they said they would need for the takeover to go ahead. So now the takeover can go ahead. Which is great news I'm sure.

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EMINEM PUBLISHER SUES APPLE
I'm a bit confused by this, but will endeavour to get to the bottom of it in the next day or so. Eminem's music publishing company has launched a lawsuit against Apple Inc accusing them of violating his copyrights by allowing unauthorised downloads of his music.

Apple did secure the rights to sell the Eminem catalogue from Universal, who own the recordings, but Eight Mile Style say they never asked for the publishing rights. It's rare for publishers to kick off about music sales providing they are getting their statutory cut of the revenues, so it's not clear if the Slim Shady camp are kicking up a fuss because they are still bitter following the 2004 legal spat with Apple over their use of some 'Lose Yourself' lyrics in a TV ad. Though the lawsuit stresses that it has specifically told Apple that they do not have permission to sell Eminem's music, but that they have continued to do so regardless.

The company is reportedly seeking more than $75,000 compensation for the alleged copyright violation, unfair competition and a violation of the Michigan consumer protection act, and up to $150,000 in damages per infringement, which would take the monies owing into the millions.

Eight Mile Style attorney Norman Ankers told the Associated Press yesterday: "This is a significant issue in the music industry. This occurs with many artists and many record labels".

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SONY/ATV FAMOUS ACQUISITION COMPLETE
Sony/ATV's previously reported acquisition of Famous Music has been completed meaning that plans for the integration of the two music publishing firms can now begin. It is not yet clear how the Famous enterprise will fit into the wider Sony Corp/Michael Jackson owned publishing house, or what effect it will have on the company's existing workforce.

As also previously reported, Sony/ATV, now acquisition hungry since the appointment of new chief Marty Bandier, announced they had successfully negotiated a takeover deal with Famous' former owners Viacom back in May. The deal not only brings them Famous' 125,000 song catalogue, but also their music production business Extreme, which supplies recordings and compositions for use in TV and radio ads.

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SNOW PATROL DRUG RAP UPDATE
So, Snow Patrol keyboardist Tom Simpson is now a fully fledged rebel after failing to turn up to a court hearing on those previously reported drugs charges. Perhaps the band is trying to rediscover its "edge". Though his lawyer did put in an appearance and request the case be pushed back until the end of August, which isn't that edgy. As previously reported, Simpson was arrested shortly after playing Live Earth in relation to a drugs charge dating from last year.

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KANYE SIGNS-UP 'YOUNG FOLKS' TRIO
Egotistical rap artist Kanye West has asked Swedish folk-pop trio Peter Bjorn and John to be his backing band when he plays the Way Out West Festival in Sweden on 11 Aug. The 'Jesus Walks' superstar, not content with ruining Daft Punk in his latest foray into other genres, has declared himself a huge fan of the band, even rhyming over one of their songs. There's been no official statement as to whether they've accepted yet but with West's huge profile it seems unlikely that they would turn down the opportunity at this stage in their career. And maybe then they could contribute some harmonised whistling to 'Gold digger'?

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EDWYN COLLINS HAS A NEW SINGLE
Following a long spell in hospital, Edwyn Collins is back on the music trail with the release of a new single, 'You'll Never Know', on 10 Sep. Taken from his forthcoming sixth solo record, the former Orange Juice singer is gradually getting back to his busy best, having previously stormed the charts way back in 1994 with 'Girl Like You', before turning his hand to production on The Cribs' first album.

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GOOD CHARLOTTE SELL-OUT
No, they haven't sold out a tour or anything like that. Presumably they have 'sold out' many times in that context, so that wouldn't be news. The 'selling out' is Good Charlotte's agreement to play shows for Motorola and Optus, an Australian mobile network. The cheeky pop-punksters have signed a deal that will see them play an intimate show in Sydney for winners of a competition that can only be entered following the purchase of a Motorola phone from an Optus store. The contest is the latest in a string of music related promotions from Motorola, having previously included Bloc Party and an exclusive release of Silverchair's album 'Straight Lines'.

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SUPER FURRIES SELL-OUT
Having said sell out gigs aren't news these days, here's a story about sell out gigs. CMU favourites Super Furry Animals have sold all the tickets for their London Roundhouse gig on 2 Nov, forcing the band to stage another date the very next day (3 Nov, in case you wondered). We advise that you get your tickets now, because their live show is rather fantastic and definitely not to be missed.

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CELINE DION IS URBAN
Clearly tiring of having to hide behind a facade of terrible ballads, film soundtracks doubled-up as terrible ballads and, well, duets of terrible ballads, Celine Dion has finally decided to come out of the closet and realise her true calling: hip-hop. Honest, there's no way we have the imagination to make this stuff up.

Dion - in what could well be remembered as a conversion as significant as Bob Dylan's move from protest folk to electric - has lined up Timbaland on production duties, with The Mirror reporting that the forthcoming album will mix RnB and hip-hop with the more traditional styles that made her famous. And with song writing credits expected to include regular hit makers like R Kelly and Ne-Yo it's possible, just possible, that Timbaland and co could make this work against all odds. However, it's also likely that it will signal the end of both her and all her collaborators' careers. Watch this space.

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MICHAEL CAINE ALBUM RELEASE
74-year-old Hollywood star Michael Caine is to release an album of his favourite chill-out tracks on a compilation set to be called 'Cained'. The actor found inspiration from spending an evening with Elton John, who presumably encouraged Caine's (sort of) musical career. The British thespian said of his decision: "I've loved this type of music for years, and have literally hundreds of CDs. I've been buying them for about 15 years, and really know my way around. About ten years ago I started making my own compilations. I've always been interested in music, and over the years have made literally thousands of tapes. And with chill-out I suppose I finally found my forte". Rumoured to be on the tape are Nina Simone, Chicane and Industrial noise-niks Throbbing Gristle....just kidding. Hopefully it's better than previous forays into music by actors. I mean, Bruce Willis' 'The Return of Bruno' was truly great, but then came Keanu Reeves' band Dogstar and that Jared Leto's dreadful project.

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NEIL YOUNG: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL
Rolling Stone reports the publication of a graphic novel based on Neil Young's highly-praised concept album and film, 'Greendale'. Expect crazy horses, rust and other Young-related anecdotes galore when we've got more information on the release, but for now the limited information available tells us that the novel closely follows the album's narrative, which described the changes to the lives of a "teenager and a burgeoning activist" following the visit of a mysterious stranger to their small town. Written by Joshua Dysart - the man behind Avril Lavigne's manga, 'Make 5 Wishes' - one commentator quipped: "Finally, an excuse to get these two towering beacons of story-song together for a record!" I'm not sure I can imagine anything worse. I mean, there's no right way of mixing 'Cinnamon Girl' and 'Girlfriend', is there?

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MCR GET ARTY/ANNOUNCE NEW TOUR
My Chemical Romance front man Gerard Way has released details of the release of his new comic, 'The Umbrella Academy', which is set to be published on 19 Sep by Dark Horse Comics, according to Comic Book Resources. Way is renowned amongst fans for his artwork, producing MCR covers and previously pitching a series of animation before achieving success with the band. This new book, however, sees artwork by Gabriel Ba illustrating a story written by Way.

In addition, MCR have announced a 4-date UK arena tour in November. The tour calls at:

11 Nov: Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
12 Nov: Aberdeen AECC
13 Nov: Sheffield Hallam FM Arena
15 Nov: London O2 Arena

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UPDATE ON NINE INCH NAILS VS RUSSIA STORY
Nine Inch Nails have released an updated statement that confirms that their tour of Russia will be going ahead after all. As previously reported, the band had posted a short, blunt statement announcing that they wouldn't be completing their commitments due to a problem in the dates on their visas. As yet, no further information regarding the problem has been put forward.

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WELLER ANNIVERSARY GIG
Modfather and current 'Uncut' cover star Paul Weller has announced an intimate gig at London's ICA on 27 Sep to celebrate the 30th year of his career. The gig will involve live performances from the former Jam singer, as well as a talk about his book of lyrics, 'Suburban 100'.

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BEATLES EXHIBITION IN LIVERPOOL
Surprise, surprise, another Beatles photography exhibition has been announced in Liverpool. The never before seen images by Michael Peto were taken during the filming of the Beatles' film 'Help' in 1965, and will be at the National Conservation Centre from 18 Aug to 2 Mar 2008, which is a hell of a long time to wait for something so deeply unexciting.

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JAMELIA LAUNCHES HAIRCARE RANGE
UK R&B singer Jamelia has launched a new hair care range in partnership with models Helena Christensen and Erin O'Conner, and salon Toni And Guy. The range, Model.Me, is created for a range of different hairstyles, with Jamelia noting that: "I think it's about time that there was a haircare range specifically designed for ethnic hair available on every high street". CMU is absolutely thrilled at these developments, but perhaps most excited by O'Conner's statement: "Working in the fashion industry has enabled me to be a part of the creative process, to push boundaries, experiment with extreme styles, and explore the constantly evolving trends. My hair really is a huge part of who I am". If anyone can explain how you can push boundaries with hair products please let us know; I for one am completely lost.

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KATE MOSS WRITES FOR BABYSHAMBLES
In another drastic career change (what, like everyone has to branch out these days?) Pete Doherty has revealed that ex-girlfriend Kate Moss has co-written some of the as-yet-untitled new Babyshambles album. Clearly wanting to compete with the brimming musical talents of Michael Caine, Moss has seemingly had enough of merely singing for Primal Scream or dancing in White Stripes' videos. She's certainly besotted Doherty (though probably not through her musical talents), who has begged her to take him back, pleading: "I love her with all my heart. I like the way she walks and talks. I love her bones. I love her brain". He issued this despite reports that following their split Doherty had immediately asked another girl to marry him, something he now describes as "rather a rash gesture".

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KELLY OSBOURNE TO STAR IN CHICAGO
After seeing musician Jamelia turn to hair care, actor Michael Caine turn to music, and model Kate Moss become a co-writer for Babyshambles, it's not surprising that today's final twist comes in the form of, erm, socialite(?) Kelly Osbourne's turn to acting. The youngest Osbourne daughter has claimed the part of Mama Morton in the London production of Chicago, following in the footsteps of Alison Moyet, Gaby Roslin and Anita Dobson, who have all previously fulfilled the role. If anything seen on the Osbourne's can be seen as an example of her acting talents then she should be fine, but if she tries to sing then God help all of us.

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