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In today's CMU Daily:
- ERA ask for Terra Firma clarity
- EMI signs-up to 'Dragon's Den' download site
- DMX fails to promote dogs
- Lil Wayne to diss Fiddy?
- David Gilmour to perform in cinemas
- Keith Richards dons his writing cap
- Excitement as Traveling Wilburys announce another reissue
- Devo, Biz Markie and The Shins to star in Nick Jr show
- New Brian Wilson material
- New names for Bestival
- Verizon secure AC/DC exlusive
- Sellaband confirm first UK release
- Prince demands black suite
- Britney kidnap threat/lawsuit
- Lionel Richie does comedy

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OOOOPS
Late again today - apologies - I'll explain why later!

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ERA ASK FOR TERRA FIRMA CLARITY
Following the news yesterday that Terra Firma had got the commitments they require to secure 90% of the shares available in EMI, enabling their takeover to go ahead, the UK's Entertainment Retailers Association yesterday called on the equity firm to clarify their intentions for the major record company they are about to acquire, saying in a statement that clarity was needed to eliminate the uncertainty that the drawn out takeover has brought to the wider music industry. The trade body's chairman, Paul Quirk, said in a statement: "Corporate uncertainty is bad for competition in the music industry and can only be bad news for music fans and entertainment retailers. On that basis, we look forward to a speedy resolution of the EMI situation".

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EMI SIGNS-UP TO 'DRAGON'S DEN' DOWNLOAD SITE
Elsewhere in EMI news, and away from all those shady private equity types, the major has announced it has signed a deal with Mixalbum.com, that digital download service that, as previously reported, provides users with the opportunity to mix their own compilations. The new deal means music from EMI's dance catalogue, including all those Postiva tunes, will be included.

As previously reported, the pioneering site - which was featured on BBC2 show 'Dragon's Den' - lets the user choose a selection of songs then mixes them into one continuous mix that can be customised by alternating the tempo and styles.

Mixalbum.com head-honcho Ian Chamings said: "We're delighted to partner with EMI to offer our customers access to all EMI dance related catalogue, including the legendary Positiva label. For the first time people can download these tracks as singles and then create mixes of their chosen playlists, just with the click of a button".

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DMX FAILS TO PROMOTE DOGS
That DMX chap has been ordered by a court to repay $242,000 to a business who hired him to publicise their products because, they claim, he didn't. The deal would have seen the hip hop star promoting a clothing line for dogs that included caps, scarves, raincoats and bomber jackets - so it's perhaps not surprising he didn't do the work. I find it hard to believe he ever signed up for it.

The charges leveled against DMX say that as well as failing to fulfill TV and concert promotions for the products he was also seen publicly supporting their competitors.

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LIL WAYNE TO DISS FIDDY?
Why the question mark? Well, allhiphop.com have said that it's rumoured that rap star Lil Wayne is about to record a 'diss song' targeted at 50 Cent. But it's just a rumour, hence the questioning tone. The disagreement seems to have come about after Fiddy called Lil Wayne a "whore", which really isn't very nice of him. Especially given us hip hop types are meant to be refraining from using the 'h-sometimes-w' word. Get dissing Wayne.

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DAVID GILMOUR TO PERFORM IN CINEMAS
Well, that headline is sort of true. Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour has announced plans to perform a single song via satellite to cinema audiences across Canada in celebration of the release of his new DVD, 'Remember That Night - Live at the Royal Albert Hall'. The performance will be predictably followed by a showing of the DVD, which includes guests David Bowie, David Crosby and Graham Nash, amongst others. Indeed, it is these three acts that make up the probable highlight of the show, with all four legends linking-up for a cover of the Floyd classic 'Arnold Layne'.

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KEITH RICHARDS DONS HIS WRITING CAP
Following that previously reported bidding war, Keith Richards has signed a deal with publishers Little, Brown And Co and Weidenfeld & Nicolson for exclusive English language rights to the publication of his memoirs. The deal, expected to have cost around £4 million, had the publishers salivating at the prospect of its completion: "Keith Richards has stood cool at the centre of the hurricane for nearly fifty years. [This is] his story, in his own words - the band, the songs, the tours, the life - will be the most eagerly awaited book ever to come out of the hallowed halls of rock and roll." With publication pencilled in for 2010, Richards becomes only the second Stone after Bill Wyman to publish an autobiography. Well unless Brian Jones has published his in heaven.

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EXCITEMENT AS TRAVELING WILBURYS ANNOUNCE ANOTHER REISSUE
Of course, George and Roy haven't been involved in this announcement. Well, they might have mentioned it at Brian Jones' book launch. Following the success of the recently re-released 'The Traveling Wilburys Collection', Warner division Rhino have said that they will release vinyl and deluxe second editions - including previously unreleased tracks and a documentary - by the end of the year.

The super-band - Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison, George Harrison and Jeff Lynne of course - released two masterful albums in their time as a band, garnering huge critical acclaim and popularity amongst both fans of the individual members and as a group themselves. However, until the recent release, fans often had to look to eBay or in the import racks to get hold of CD copies of their music, which makes you wonder how record company execs missed the opportunity to make money from this classic band before. Still, they need the money more now, so perhaps the holding on was some kind of clever strategic move.

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DEVO, BIZ MARKIE AND THE SHINS TO STAR IN NICK.JR SHOW
Nick Jr have announced a new TV show with an all star cast, including some rather interesting musical guests. Called 'Yo Gabba Gabba!', the show will teach "simple life lessons for preschoolers" and is set to include, wait for it, The Shins, Smoosh, Mya, Rahzel and non-musical guests Elijah Wood and Tony Hawk.

Most exciting though, is the promise of a regular Biz Markie piece called 'Biz's Beat Of The Day', a contribution from Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh called 'Mark's Magic Pictures' and animation from singer-songwriter Chad VanGaalen. Furthermore, song titles to be included in the show have been released and sound equally magical. Just imagine waltzing around the room to 'Party In My Tummy', 'Snacky Snack Snack', the healthy eating ode 'Try It, You'll Like It', or that timeless swing number, 'Clean It Up'.

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NEW BRIAN WILSON MATERIAL
Surf's up as Brian Wilson revealed that he will play new material, including an exclusive song, 'That Lucky Old Sun (A Narrative)', on his tour of the UK next month. Wilson has reported that the composition "will consist of five rounds, with interspersed spoken word", while some of the other new material has been created with the help of his long-time cohort, Van Dyke Parks. And if that wasn't enough to get Wilson aficionados' hearts racing, then the rumour that he's also likely to cover a song from The Beatles' 'Sgt Pepper' album might just.

Wilson's tour visits:
10/11/12/14/15/16 Sep: London, Royal Festival Hall
18 Sep: Bristol, Colston Hall
20 Sep: Bournemouth, Opera House
22 Sep: Edinburgh, Festival Theatre
23 Sep: Manchester, Palace Theatre
24 Sep: Birmingham, Symphony Hall

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NEW NAMES FOR BESTIVAL
Brill Bestival (which is how we shall refer to it from now on - 'brill' being my word of the month) has added a number of new acts to this year's line-up, including Patrick Wolf, chart botherer and current NME cover star Jack Penate, dance act Simian Mobile Disco, as well as rising band The Wombats, The Bees and The Egg. They join a top line-up that already boasts The Chemical Brothers, Primal Scream and Beastie Boys. We'll see you there.

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VERIZON SECURE AC/DC EXLUSIVE
US mobile firm Verizon Wireless has secured exclusive rights for AC/DC's entire back catalogue through to March next year.

AC/DC are, of course, one of the established bands who have held out making their music available via legitimate digital music platforms, mainly because they do not like selling their albums track by track as most download services demand. Through their deal with Verizon only full album downloads will be available which means that although the arrangement is with a mobile firm most of the content will only be available via their online PC-based download service. The exception is the band's biggest hit 'You Shook Me All Night Long', which will be available for mobile download.

The deal also gives Verizon exclusive rights to ringtones and ringback tones using the band's music.

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SELLABAND CONFIRM FIRST UK RELEASE
The Amsterdam based globally focused online music venture launched this time last year, Sellaband, has just announced it will release its first 'consumer funded' album in the UK.

As previously reported, Sellaband encourages users to 'invest' in new bands by donating at least $10 to help featured artists pay for studio time and release and album. Any one featured band is taken into the studio by the venture when $50,000 is committed. Those who invest get a free copy of the album plus a cut of any advertising revenues generated by the band's page of the Sellaband website.

The first band to reach the $50,000 figure is a London based "post trip hop" act called The Elements, who reached the target figure in "a mere six months". They have now recorded an album which will be made available via the Sellaband website.

The Elements release follows releases from US singer songwriter Cubworld and Dutch all-girl rock band Nemesea who both released albums funded by the Sellaband concept.

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PRINCE DEMANDS BLACK SUITE
'What Prince wants Prince gets' was certainly the prerogative set after he demanded that the suite he is staying in for his 21-date residency in London was painted entirely black for the duration of his visit. The Daily Star reported that: "He wants everything to be black, from the curtains and carpets to all the furniture. There has been a request for black candles so the place is very calm - but obviously very dark. His entourage have even asked for a black M&M's machine as well as an oxygen bar which will be manned by a team of women". To be honest, I'm not 100% that can be true. Surely M&M based rider demands are a just a bit too cliché for Prince?

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BRITNEY KIDNAP THREAT/LAWSUIT
Two, yes two, Britney updates for you today, you lucky people.

Firstly, the news that Spears' lawyer has tentatively suggested that the release of documents relating to the custody case of the children that the singer had in her marriage to K-Fed could potentially lead to a security lapse and the kidnapping of their sons. Attorney Laura Wasser said: "Such information greatly increases the chances that the actions of the media could threaten the safety of the minor children by, for example, causing a traffic accident or by exposing the minor children to criminals who might target the minor children for financial gain". The judge thus granted protection of the documents, which is all well and good.

In your second piece of Britters' news, there's an update on another one of her spats with paparazzi photographers. Two of them have accused Spears of throwing a baby bottle and shouting "I am going to kill you!" at them after they snapped her leaving a spa in the US. The dispute allegedly escalated following Spears' bodyguard, Cesar Julio Camera, pushing one of the paparazzi up against the wall until the venue security intervened. Following this, Camera then threw the other cameraman to the ground and began punching and kicking him while Spears threw insults and a baby bottle. Spears then launched the death threat against the same photographer. It must be noted, however, that Britney Spears - aside from being a tad cuckoo - isn't the most fearsome individual in the world (though we've never met), and I can't imagine the experience of having a baby bottle thrown your way is all that traumatising. All the same, the pair of photographers are threatening to sue the estranged pop star, despite receiving no public response from Spears' legal team.

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LIONEL RICHIE DOES COMEDY
We'd dearly like to tell you that the 'Dancing On The Ceiling' hit maker had turned up here at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival (more on that next week, by the way), but this is actually the news that an Edinburgh Festival performer has legally changed his name to Lionel Richie as part of his show promotion. Barry Ferns, the co-writer of 'This Sketch Show Belongs To Lionel Richie', has formally changed his name as a show publicity stunt in a bid to show us media types up for the suckers we are for tacky gimmicks. I promise you, it's pretty easy.

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