CMU Daily - on the inside Wednesday 29th August
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Nicoli to "step down" from EMI
- I can no longer effectively represent him: Spector trial update
- New Freestylers in the mix
- Classic Marillion line-up return
- Stones finish touring
- The Boss tours
- Foos announce arena dates
- uLive tour announced
- The Vortex jazz club forms record label
- SonyBMG Germany move into comedy
- UK charts company appoints MD
- New mentors for X Factor
- Davina not popular on Radio 2
- Lily's on-stage fracas
- Spears vs K-fed custody battle gets nasty
- Relatives begin 'boycott Winehouse' campaign



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Ah, so those rumours of Eric Nicoli's imminent demise, as EMI Group chief that is, were true after all. The London based major's new owners, Terra Firma, have kicked him out. Or, rather, he's agreed to "step down". So, kicked out then.

According to Billboard, the private equity firm has also increased its grip on its recent acquisition by appointing two of its own to the EMI Group board. Chris Roling will become COO of EMI Group and CFO of both the Group and its recorded music division, while Ashley Unwin will become Director Of Business Transformation for both Group and recorded music. This is in addition to Terra Firma type Stephen Alexander who is also expected to take on a senior management role at the major.

EMI Group's current CFO Martin Stewart will also step down. It is unclear whether the EMI senior players now leaving the company had expected to leave ever since they approved the Terra Firma offer, or whether they thought their jobs might be safe by going the private equity route, rather than approving a Warner Music takeover, where senior players would almost certainly have been ousted so that existing Warner chiefs could take over. It is possible both Nicoli and Stewart feel their job - safeguarding the future of the stuggling major - has been done by facilitating the Terra Firma takeover.

The EMI senior player seemingly safe in his job is EMI Music Publishing's Chairman and CEO Roger Faxon, who will continue to serve in those roles and to sit on the EMI board. With the major due to delist itself from the London Stock Exchange, that board will now report to a new 'supervisory board' to be chaired by Terra Firma top man Guy Hands.

Hands confirmed Nicoli and Stewart's departure yesterday, but thanked them for their contributions to the music company, saying: "I would like to thank Eric Nicoli and Martin Stewart for their service to the Group. Eric has steered EMI through a period when the industry has faced extreme change and we thank him for providing a smooth transition into our ownership".

Hands also commented on his plans for EMI, which he says he hopes to grow both organically and by acquisition. His said: "The goal is for EMI to be the world's most innovative and consumer-focused music company and the best home for musical talent. EMI is privileged to have an extraordinarily gifted base of artists, songwriters and staff, and we will work with them to achieve objectives that serve consumers worldwide".


Ah, the Phil Spector trial. Remember that? Well, it's still rumbling on, and yesterday there was yet another dramatic development. As testimony on the long running case reached its conclusion, Spector's high profile though often absent lead defence lawyer Bruce Cutler announced he was quitting the case. He told the court he'd had a "difference of opinion" with the legendary producer regarding the case. Whether that "difference of opinion" had anything to do with Cutler's decision to fight Spector's corner by not attending much of the trial at all, and keeping in touch with developments via TV coverage, we don't know. Either way, Cutler told the court: "There's nothing I can do for Mr Spector. I can no longer effectively represent him". Outside the courtroom Spector himself said he felt Cutler "shouldn't do the closing argument because it wouldn't be in my best interest".

The defence have been presenting their evidence for weeks now, though much of it has centred on those previously reported two lines of argument - one that forensic evidence is not sufficient to convict Spector and, if anything, points to his innocence, and two that Lana Clarkson, the actress Spector is accused of shooting dead, was very depressed in the run up to her death, and was most likely, they argue, feeling suicidal the night she was shot.

As much previously reported, prosecutors claim a slightly loopy Spector shot Clarkson at his Beverly Hills home in 2003. He claims she shot herself. Closing arguments in the case will be presented next Wednesday and Thursday before jury deliberations begin on Friday.


The rather brilliant Freestylers are back with a new mix album, which is exciting. They've taken some top tunes and dropped some quirky samples and accapellas on top, which makes the tracklisting a bit mad, because every track consists of multiple tracks. But we'll run it anyway, on the off chance you can get your head around it. The first track listed for each track is the main track, if that makes sense. Press info on this from Hudson PR.

1. Freestylers - Drop The Boom / Freestylers - We Rock Hard
2. Hashim - Al Naafiysh (The Soul) / Altern 8 - Activ 8 / Freestylers - We Rock Hard
3. Beat Club - Security / Freestylers - We Rock Hard
4. Information Society - Running / Freestylers - Get Down Massive
5. Adonis - No Way Back / Freestylers - Ruffneck / Altern 8 - Infiltrate 202
6. Pete Rock & CL Smooth - The Creator / Freestylers - Ruffneck*/ Altern 8 - Activ 8
7. Altern 8 - Activ 8 / Freestylers - Bloomblast
8. Tronik House - Uptempo / Freestylers - Bloomblast
9. Rhythm Quest - Closer To All Your Dreams / Freestylers - Fast Life
10. Bizzairre Inc - Playing With Knives / Freestylers - Push Up
11. Freestylers - Now Is The Time / Freestylers - In Love With You
12. Electric Choc - Shock The Beat / Freestylers - In Love With You
13. Freestylers - In Love With You (Instrumental) / Freestylers - In Love With You / Krafty Kuts - Here We Go
14. Affinity - Break / Freestylers - Fasten Your Seatbelt / Freestylers - The Slammer
15. First Choice - Let No Man Put Us Under / Freestylers - We Rock Hard / Freestylers - The Slammer
16. Rhythm On The Loose - Break of Dawn / First Choice - Let No Man Put Us Under
17. Autobots - Apocalypse / Freestylers - Beat It Down
18. Autobots - Devils In Flight / Freestylers - Beat It Down / DJ Fresh & Deekline - Steam
19. Freestylers - Fasten Your Seatbelts (edit)
20. Freestylers - The Slammer (edit) / Freestylers - No Replica / DJ Fresh & Deekline - Steam
21. DJ Fresh & Deekline - Steam
22. True Faith - Take Me Away / DJ Fresh & Deekline - Steam
23. True Faith - Take Me Away (edit) / Freestylers - Electrified
/ DJ Fresh & Deekline - Steam
24. Freestylers - Push Up / Cameo - Word Up
25. Freestylers - Get Up And Dance / Freestylers - Push Up
26. Freestylers - Fasten Your Seatbelt / Freestylers - Get A Life
27. Altern 8 - Infiltrate 202 / DJ Assault - Supersonic
28. Barrington Levy - Under Mi Sensi / DJ Fresh & Deekline - Steam

CD2 - Bonus unmixed CD
1. Krafty Kuts - There They Go / Freestylers - In Love With You (Mash Up)
2. Tronik House - Uptempo
3. Adonis - No Way Back
4. Rhythm On The Loose - Break of Dawn
5. Altern 8 - Activ 8
6. Freestylers - Now Is The Time
7. Freestylers - Get Up And Dance
8. True Faith - Take Me Away
9. Altern 8 - Infiltrate 202
10. Freestylers - We Rock Hard


80s rockers Marillion have returned to the stage with their former lead singer Fish after he invited them to perform one song with him during a solo gig in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.

Fish was performing at an event called Hobbles On The Cobbles, and announced half way through his set that he wanted to "introduce some old friends of mine", cueing hysterical behaviour from much of the crowd as the former members of Marillion entered the stage. They then proceeded to play debut single 'Market Square Heroes', apt given that the venue was, yep, a market square.

It was the first time that the band have played together in public since Fish began his solo career 19 years ago. Although the band have continued to enjoy moderate success since then, it is nothing compared to the success they had with tracks like 'Lavender' and, of course, 'Kayleigh', while Fish was still installed as lead singer.

Following the gig, Fish told the BBC that the impromptu reunion didn't mean the band would be working together in any formal capacity in the future, but that he hoped it would dispel rumours of feuding between the former bandmates.


The Rolling Stones have finally completed the last date of a two year long world tour, but have denied rumours that the gig would be their last ever, with Ronnie Wood telling reporters: "We need a rest, but of course we will tour again. We'll never stop". So, just wishful thinking then.


That Bruce Springsteen fella has announced a worldwide tour to accompany his previously reported new album 'Magic'. The tour is set to start on 2 Oct, just a day after the release of the new album, and will see the Boss playing a host of American dates though, as yet, only the one in the UK. The visit to London's O2 Arena on 19 Oct is Springsteen's first UK gig with The E Street Band since 2004, which was their first tour together for, well, ages. Meanwhile, his new single, 'Radio Nowhere', is free to download on iTunes now.


After two intimate gigs at tiny venues in London and Brighton, and a much-lauded (apparently) performance at the V Festival in Staffordshire and Chelmsford, the Foo Fighters have announced a UK arena tour for November this year. The tour will see the band play songs from their forthcoming new album, 'Echoes, Silence, Patience And Grace', as well as the old stuff.

The tour will call at:

3 Nov: Manchester MEN Arena
5 Nov: Newcastle Metro Arena
6 Nov: Birmingham NEC
9 Nov: Glasgow SECC
10 Nov: Aberdeen AECC
12 Nov: Sheffield Hallam Arena
13 Nov: Cardiff International Arena
17+18 Nov: London O2 Arena


Remember how we told you about uLive, the new live music network based at students' unions all over the UK? Well, they've announced their first tour will feature The Bees and Nine Black Alps, and will call at the following unions on the following dates:

9 Oct: Manchester Met Students' Union - K2 (The Bees only)
10 Oct: Sheffield Union of Students - Foundry
12 Oct: UCLAN Preston - 53 Degrees
14 Oct: Liverpool Guild of Students Stanley Theatre
15 Oct: Loughborough Students' Union
16 Oct: Leeds University Union
18 Oct: Hertfordshire Students' Union
19 Oct: Warwick Students' Union
20 Oct: Anglia Ruskin Cambridge
21 Oct: Union of Brunel Students
23 Oct: Union of UEA Students
24 Oct: Kings College London
25 Oct: Bournemouth Students' Union
26 Oct: Reading Students' Union


London jazz club The Vortex has announced that it is to form its own record label called, erm, The Vortex, which will be run by existing members of the club's staff, and which has already lined-up its first signing, Portico Quartet, who, according to the press release, have built up quite a following after performing at the Barbican, QEH and "impromptu shows on the Southbank".

The label will act as an offshoot of Babel records, which has, of course, been one of the hottest labels for new jazz over the last few years, releasing records by Guardian-favourites Led Bib, as well as Mercury Music Prize nominated Polar Bear, and related project Acoustic Ladyland (they share some of the same members).

Explaining the reasoning behind the club's new venture, The Vortex's director, Oliver Weindling, told reporters: "Recording and live performance are important related elements for getting good music heard. Thus it is a great pleasure to be able to work together with the venue on this new venture. The Vortex and Babel have similar philosophies about quality and imagination in music. For me The Vortex is a vital means of hearing new artists as well as giving chances for some of the more established musicians on Babel to try out and develop their music live".


The German division of SonyBMG has entered the comedy and live entertainment sector by acquiring stakes in two companies - the Münster-based comedy management firm MTS and a comedy booking agency Bucardo. The specifics of the two deals have not been disclosed, although the major bought shares in each firm off their respective owners and Managing Directors. The major says it plans to exploit the ancillary rights of artists represented by the two companies, branching into the areas of booking, management, merchandising and brand partnerships.

Confirming the deal, MTS MD Töne Stallmeye told reporters: "Comedy ist ein fester Bestandteil der Pop-Kultur geworden und gemeinsam mit SONY BMG können wir unser Geschäft noch stärker ausbauen. Im nächsten Jahr planen wir einen Megaevent. Wir möchten eine Fußballarena füllen und damit in ganz neue Dimensionen vorstoßen". Well, he is German.


Chart chaps the Official UK Charts Company, have announced that Martin Talbot, currently editor for Music Week, will be joining the company in the newly-created role of Managing Director. He will start work at the chart firm in October.

Confirming Talbot's appointment, OCC chairman David Joseph told reporters: "In running the UK's music and video charts, the Official UK Charts Company is behind the most accurate and sophisticated music and video sales reporting system in the world. The first-class retail data collection and analysis it performs is a vital service for companies operating in such a fast-paced and rapidly changing business environment. The company is looking to build on that expertise and develop new strategies to drive an ambitious programme of growth. Martin's unparalleled industry knowledge combined with the commercial experience he has gained at Music Week made him the outstanding candidate for this crucial new role".

Talbot himself added: "After five years editing Music Week, I am delighted to be given the opportunity of running a business with such a successful track record - and such potential - as the OCC. The UK continues to be one the most vibrant music markets in the world: it is the market which the world turns to when it is looking for future trends and the stars of tomorrow. The sales information published by OCC - sales charts and industry data alike - is the primary resource for mapping this market. The OCC already provides the world's most detailed and accurate music sales information through physical and myriad digital platforms, a vital industry service that has enormous potential for further development. I am looking forward immensely to working with the OCC team to help develop these services for a new era of the entertainment industry".

One of Talbot's specific roles will be to expand and develop the services OCC provide the video/DVD industry, and to that end the company has also announced the appointment of a representative of the video industry association, BVA, to its board. That representative will be Steve Gallant of ITV DVD, who joins the OCC board in a non-exec capacity.

The Official UK Charts Company is, of course, co-owned by record label trade body the BPI and the UK's Entertainment Retailers Association.


Simon Cowell is reportedly looking to recruit a whole host of superstars as mentors for the current series of X Factor. Having secured advice from Lionel Richie, Westlife and Barry Manilow last year, Cowell is set to recruit Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez and Elton John to lend a helping hand this time around. Furthemore, Kylie is expected to join the show at some point, aiding her sister Dannii, who is the fourth judge this year of course. Of the reported names, Elton has, of course, some experience of such situations, having previously played the same role on Pop Idol and American Idol.


Davina McCall has once again proved herself to be a versatile presenter by attracted over 150 listener complaints after filling in for Ken Bruce on Radio 2. Despite her disastrous attempts at a prime time chat show, the BBC station has let her fill in on Bruce's morning show while he is away. Comments on the Radio 2 message board described her performance as "cringe-worthy" and "inane chatter". However, a BBC spokesperson has stuck-up for the if-in-doubt-squeal presenter, telling reporters: "While we appreciate that Davina's style is different to Ken's, we are also getting a positive reaction from some Radio 2 listeners who are really enjoying the show".

Meanwhile, the BBC has announced more details of its Radio 1 40th anniversary plans, with the station reportedly set to revive Annie Nightingale's legendary request show, albeit for one night only on 30 Sep at 7pm. The show was infamous for the increasingly inventive ways in which requests would be communicated, with two of the most unusual examples being one written on a house brick and another on a paper prayer mat. Nightingale, now 65, seemed pleased to be back in the slot, adding that: "I read every single one [request] and I loved doing that".


Proving that she's never too old (or ill) for some play-fighting fun, Lily Allen caused a bit of bother at Notting Hill Carnival on Monday after trying to wrestle up-and-coming UK artist Bobby Kray off the stage. The Sun reports that the 'LDN' star jumped Kray, who reacted by covering her with a pint of Guinness, much to the delight of the watching crowd. Allen, who is apparently a huge fan of Kray's, proceeded to walk offstage with her head between her legs looking just a teeny bit embarrassed. Still, at least she didn't stab anyone.


Website have reported that Britney Spears and Kevin Federline's could be back in full on custody battle mode regarding their two children Sean Preston and Jayden James following allegations of mis-care. The US Department Of Child And Family Services apparently received a complaint regarding their kids' dental health, and eating and sleeping habits, back in July, but no investigation was made at the time. But now the courts look set to reopen the claim, which insiders say is likely to lead to both Spears and K-Fed blaming the other for any poor parenting. Federline is already pushing to get full custody of the children, citing Britney's recent loopiness as a reason why she shouldn't get to care for the kids.


Well, this is all a bit odd. The parents of Amy Winehouse's husband Blake Fielder-Civil have reportedy suggested we all stop buying Winehouse's records in a bid to stop the couple doing all this druggy stuff (I think the logic is if people boycott the records the record company would step in - because it's that easy).

But Winehouse's own father has take a very different view, telling BBC Five Live that refusing to buy his daughter's albums would solve nothing, and that the solution is to simply wait until they reach "rock bottom" when they will apparently miraculously decide that they don't want to take drugs anymore. Because it's that easy.

Neither Winehouse nor her record company decided to comment on the statements.

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