CMU Daily - on the inside Friday 31st August
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Marley estate threaten legal action over ringtones deal
- MCPS-PRS enter into deal with YouTube
- Student sues Lil' Wayne
- Latin Grammy nominations
- Tributes pour in for Kristal
- Envy Corps' member suffers stroke
- Toni Braxton doesn't have cancer
- The Who go on an Amazing Journey
- Queen to play for Mandela
- A right fistful of Fandango
- Trash Fashion dates
- XL announce PR JV and A&R shifts
- EMI lobbyist moves to MP advisor job
- ITC demo extended
- Xfm mark tenth with ten album docs
- Virgin Radio chief goes to Capital
- Snoop Dogg in lederhosen?
- Bowie not in Doctor Who



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The estate of Bob Marley are reportedly planning legal action against the Universal Music Group and Verizon Wireless over a ringtone deal announced earlier this week.

The threat of litigation follows an agreement between Universal and Verizon that will give the mobile company exclusive access to certain songs from Marley's catalogue, including 'Buffalo Solider', 'Redemption Song' and 'One Love', for realtone ringtones and other mobile products. The deal coincides with efforts by Universal to promote the re-release in October of classic Marley album 'Exodus', which is celebrating its thirtieth anniversary.

But the Marley family's company, Fifty Six Hope Road Music Limited, said yesterday that Universal did not have the rights to enter into the deal with the phone firm. A statement from the company said Universal had entered into the partnership "without the permission of the Marley family" and that the agreement was "not in accordance with Marley's longstanding contract with Universal Music Group".

But Universal say the Marley family are wrong, saying in a statement yesterday: "Universal Music Group has not received any suit from the Marley Estate. Moreover, claims made in a press release issued today are meritless. Specifically, we are offering Bob Marley ringtones through Verizon in accordance with the terms of a long standing contract between Bob Marley and UMG".


Publishing royalty collecting society types MCPS-PRS have reached an agreement with video sharing platform YouTube regarding the publishing royalties due on any music streamed via the website. The deal is the first between the Google owned service and a collecting society outside the US.

It will mean that songwriters and publishers affiliated to MCPS-PRS should now receive a royalty each time one of their songs is accessed via the video platform - assuming that the new fangled content tracking/filtering technology YouTube et al keep talking about actually works, that is.

Announcing the new agreement, YouTube CEO and co-founder Chad Hurley told reporters: "We're pleased to be working in cooperation with the MCPS-PRS Alliance to provide the YouTube community in the UK with the best possible user experience. This agreement is another great example of how we are working with the music industry to explore new and creative ways to compensate music creators".

MCPS-PRS chief Steve Porter added: "We are delighted to have concluded this deal with YouTube and to be the first collecting society outside the US to do so".

YouTube are, of course, facing various copyright infringement lawsuits with regards their hosting of copyright material without a relevant content owner's permission, but have generally managed to successfully negotiate licensing deals with the music sector - certainly on the recordings side, with the major record companies among the first content owners to enter into agreements with the video sharing service, albeit after the threat of legal action from Universal Music. The music publishing sector have been slower to enter into deals, although outside of Japan most publishing royalty organisations have been open to negotiations with YouTube execs - MCPS-PRS included.

The litigation is coming more from the TV sector, and in particular MTV/Viacom who, as previously reported, have launched probably the most high profile copyright infringement case against YouTube to date - what could be something of a big test case should it go to court (is it enough for YouTube to simply vow to remove copyright content once they are aware of it? They say it is, Viacom say it is not). Meanwhile Viacom are continuing to be hardline in demanding the removal of any of their content that they see surfacing on YouTube, though that approach has scored them some bad press in the US this week after they insisted on the removal of a segment of a VH1 show that they'd nicked off YouTube to start with!

Slashdot have reported on a recent posting from blogger Chris Knight which reports: "I ran for school board where I live this past fall and created some TV commercials including one with a 'Star Wars' theme. A few months ago VH1 grabbed the commercial from YouTube and featured it in a segment of its show 'Web Junk 2.0'. Neither VH1 or its parent company Viacom told me they were doing this or asked my permission to use it, but I didn't mind it if they did. I thought that [presenter] Aries Spears' commentary about it was pretty hilarious, so I posted a clip of VH1's segment on YouTube so that I could put it on my blog. I just got an e-mail from YouTube saying that the video has been pulled because Viacom is claiming that I'm violating its copyright. Viacom used my video without permission on their commercial television show, and now says that I am infringing on their copyright for showing the clip of the work that Viacom made in violation of my own copyright!"


More litigation, and rap star Lil' Wayne is facing a lawsuit from a fan in relation to a stunt that involved giving away money - though not as much as the £500,000 being claimed in the lawsuit. The claim relates to an incident that occurred at a gig last October where Wayne and members of his entourage threw money into the crowd, causing a huge rush for the cash. The fan, Tyrique Layne, alleges that Wayne's generous gesture led to a "serious head injury" after he was crushed by the money-baited crowd, something that has led to frequent headaches and lapses in concentration, amongst other issues. Wayne and his posse are being sued for acting negligently in encouraging the stampede that injured the claimant. The rapper's people are yet to comment on the claim.


Luis Guerra, the Dominican Republic's biggest star (and we should know, we follow the Dominican Republic's music scene very closely) leads the nominations at this year's Latin Grammy awards, earning himself a mention in five shortlists. Latin Grammy staple, Ricky Martin, meanwhile, received four nods, with other nominated stars familiar to those outside the Latin market including Beyonce and Shakira, who are up for their chart-storming duet, 'Beautiful Liar'.


The world of rock and roll has continued to pay tribute to CBGB founder Hilly Kristal who, as previously reported, died on Tuesday of complications relating to lung cancer.
Blondie's Debbie Harry, one of the most famous acts to play at Kristal's legendary New York venue, told reporters: "I am very sorry that Hilly is gone. He was a big help to Blondie and to the New York music scene for many years. His club CBGB's has become a part of New York lore and rock n' roll history".

Talking Heads founder member Tina Weymouth, another band always associated with the venue, added: "His art was the artless willingness to support us to grow better utterly without favoritism".

Elsewhere, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon dedicated a song to the late CBGB owner at their show at the Roundhouse in London last night. As reported yesterday, the former club owner is set to have a private memorial ceremony for family and friends soon, with a public remembrance to follow soon afterwards.


The Envy Corps, the critically acclaimed Iowa band signed to Mercury Record imprint Vertigo, have suffered a major shock after their guitarist suffered a stroke shortly before they were to go onstage in London on Wednesday. Brandon Darner was rushed to hospital after falling ill backstage at the Water Rats venue where the band have held a residency for nearly a month now. Reports on Gigwise said nothing more than he was doing "okay" in hospital, but it is unlikely that the band will now be able to complete the rest of their dates given the severity of the event.


This is a story that has been circulating for a few days in the US, but we ignored it because, frankly, it had very dubious sources. And ha, we were right too. Toni Braxton has denied reports she has breast cancer, explaining how the rumours began in a statement yesterday: "There has been a rumor circulating that I have been diagnosed with breast cancer. After feeling something uncomfortable in my left breast, I went in for a screening. I was very fortunate that they did not find anything and I am in great health".


The Who are to be the subjects of a major new documentary project which aims to produce not one but two docs about the legendary band - 'Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who' and 'Amazing Journey: Six Quick Ones'. Authorised for release by the band, the project will reportedly explore the band's history in detail, moving from their 60s origins onwards through their unfortunate band member losses to their breakthrough into the mainstream. The film is reported to include fresh interviews with the remaining members, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, as well as a host of live material and previously unseen tour footage. Reports have suggested that the first film will be more aimed at a mainstream audience than die-hard Who aficionados, so if you're an avid Who-er (?) then don't say we didn't warn you: the second one should be suitably thorough.


Unfortunately the Queen couldn't be persuaded to retrieve her glockenspiel from the attic for Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday celebrations in London next year, but her namesake - Queen the band (or what's left of it) - are pencilled in as one of the many star names on the bill for a concert staged to mark the occasion. Taking place on 27 Jun, the concert will also be used to raise awareness of the continuing AIDS epidemic in Africa and Mandela's 46664 foundation, and can be expected to attract many more big music names, with previous Mandela concerts featuring the likes of Annie Lennox and Beyonce to name just two.


The people behind London's Club Fandango will next week stage six nights of fine new music at three different venues in the capital under the banner of 'A Fistful Of Fandango'. And hey, they've got long term CMU favourites Misty's Big Adventure on the bill, so I think that justifies me typing this line up in. Here goes...

4 Sep: Dublin Castle - Yo Sushi Album Launch, The Wall Birds, Lucy and the Catapillar.

5 Sep: 229 Venue (Gt Portland St): Maps, The Early Years, Fanfarlo, Monkey Swallows the Universe, Malcom Middleton, Fanfarlo, Royworld.

6 Sep: 229 Venue: Shit Disco, Operator Please, Friendly Fires, Fight Like Apes, So So Modern, Simple Kid.

7 Sep: 229 Venue: British Sea Power, Good Books, Pete & The Pirates, The Steers, Get Shakes, The Clik Clik.

8 Sep: 229 Venue: Electric Soft Parade, Misty's Big Adventure, Absentee, Eugene Mcguiness, Tim Ten Yen, Kissaway Trail.

9 Sep: A Fistful of Fandango wind down all-dayer at The Constitution.

Tickets for the Dublin Castle are a fiver and for the 229 Venue events a tenner. The Constitution date is free - hurrah. Press info from Get Involved.


Rather noisy London band Trash Fashion have a load of live dates coming up ahead of and around the 8 Oct release of their 'Mom & Daddy' EP. And here they are. If you're curious but uninformed, then check Don't be put off by the screaming, they're actually rather good.

1 Sep: Club NME @ Underground, Stoke
5 Sep: Hoxton Bar & Grill, London
7 Sep: The Wesbury (DJ Set), London
9 Sep: New Cross Inn - All Ages Show, London
10 Sep: Rockstarz @ Ghetto, London
12 Sep: Optimus Prime Club, Kingston
13 Sep: The Fleece, Bristol
14 Sep: Shake @ Moles, Bath
15 Sep: Cavern Club, Exeter
17 Sep: Joiners, Southampton
19 Sep: Freebutt, Brighton
20 Sep: Junction, York
21 Sep: Louder Than Bombs @ Escobar, Wakefield
22 Sep: Bad Sneakers @ Faversham, Leeds
23 Sep: Central Station, Wrexham
26 Sep: Club Powwow @ Attic, Manchester
28 Sep: Barfly, Liverpool
29 Sep: Hungry Bears @ Esquires 16+, Bedford
30 Sep: Functions Rooms, Eastbourne
1 Oct: The Harley, Sheffield
2 Oct: DJ Set, Leipzig, Germany
5 Oct: Panic @ Barfly, Birmingham
7 Oct: All Ages All Dayer @ Barfly, London
9 Oct: EP LAUNCH PARTY Secret venue TBA, London
11 Oct: Spies in The Wire @ Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh
19 Oct: Buttondown Disco @ 93 Feet East, London
20 Oct: Artful Festival @ The Albany Theatre, London

Press info from The Incubator.


XL Recordings have announced that they will be housing and working with a brand new PR company being launched by Jon Wilkinson, formerly Head Of Press for the Darling Department. The new agency, to be called Technique Publicity, is a joint venture between Wilkinson and XL, and will handle the PR for a number of recent XL signings including Cajun Dance Party and Vampire Weekend, as well as working for other none XL/Beggars labels.

Confirming the new company and XL's involvment, Jon Wilkinson told CMU: "This is a fantastic opportunity to launch a PR agency with the most exciting and forward thinking record label around. XL's track record speaks for itself and I'm looking forward to working even more closely with them within this new setup while continuing to work with an independent roster of genuinely great acts".

Elsewhere in XL news, there have been some moving arounds going on in the label's A&R department, with Matt Thornhill moving on up from Senior A&R Manager to A&R Director, while Hannah Overton, currently Creative Manager for XL's publishing division Hero Music, is moving on over to take over the XL Senior A&R Manager role, though she'll still have responsibility for Hero. Caius Pawson, who currently oversees the company's Young Turks imprint, is being promoted to the role of XL A&R Manager, though he too will retain his existing responsibilities. Finally, and I hope you're keeping up here, current staff members Seb Webber and Tic will also take on new A&R roles, with Tic also taking on responsibility for the launch of a new imprint called Salvia.

Phew, lots of changes. Here's what XL top man Richard Russell has to say: "We have a fantastic team of people at XL, and these promotions recognise their contributions. We have never had a stronger artist roster, with current albums from The White Stripes, Dizzee Rascal and MIA and imminent releases from Jack Penate and Devendra Banhart. 2008 looks exciting, with debut albums from artists including Adele, Vampire Weekend and Cajun Dance Party. We are specialising in what we do best - working closely with the very best talent".


EMI's UK VP Government & Industry Affairs, Ayesha Hazarika, is leaving the major to go and work as a Special Advisor to Harriet Harman MP, who is Deputy Leader and Chair of the Labour Party, for those that don't pay attention to these things. Her boss at EMI, Senior VP Government & Industry Affairs Victoria Bassetti, says this: "During her time at EMI, Ayesha has been critical to our efforts to establish the right legal climate for the music industry to thrive in. We congratulate her on her new role and wish her the best". And hurrah to that.


The deadline for demo submission for this year's In The City has been extended, so any band wanting to be considered to play the A&R fest now has until 7 Sep to get their three track demos (plus biog and photo) in to: In The City, 8 Brewery Yard, Deva Centre, Trinty Way, Salford, Manchester, M3 7BB. This year's ITC takes place from 20-22 Oct and, as previously reported, will be staged in honour of its co-founder, Tony Wilson, who died earlier this month.


If Diana's been dead for ten years, then you know Xfm's been on air for ten years too, not that the two events were linked, you understand, though those of us who listened in during that first week will remember the challenge the then fresh, new, rebellious alternative radio station faced arriving, as it did, to a city seemingly in mourning.

Anyway, as previously reported, Xfm is doing various things to celebrate its tenth, and among those things is a series of ten documentaries, each one about a different classic Xfm-friendly album released in each year of the station's history. They will be broadcast each Sunday at 5pm for the next ten weeks, starting this weekend.

Among the artists due to appear on the series are Muse, Dave Grohl, Kaiser Chiefs, Noel Gallagher, Mike Skinner, Franz Ferdinand, Josh Homme, The Beastie Boys' Mike D, Norman Cook, The White Stripes and Richard Hawley, while legendary producers like Steven Street, Jim Abbiss and John Leckie will also make contributions.

Xfm's Matt Everitt, the man behind the series, told CMU: "In its ten year history Xfm has championed and supported some of the world finest bands, and its great to go back and revisit not only ten of the albums that have shaped popular music, but also the incredible musicians who created them. What have I learnt? Mike Skinner and Alex Kapranos are smarter than you could imagine, while Ricky Wilson and Norman Cook are funnier, Muse's Matt Bellamy is utterly unhinged (in a very polite way) yet Fran Healy is very polite (in an utterly unhinged way) and Dave Grohl may be the nicest man in rock music, but Josh Homme is definitely the coolest."


Elsewhere in GCap world, it has been announced that the radio group have nabbed Virgin Radio boss Paul Jackson who will take on the unenviable task of running GCap's still struggling flagship station Capital 95.8FM. In his new job he will report to former Virgin Radio boss Fru Hazlitt, who he took over from as Virgin Radio CEO after she departed the national station to work at GCap at the start of the year.

Here's what Fru has to say about Paul's appointment: "The MD of Capital is probably the most high-profile job in commercial radio and we are delighted to have been able to recruit someone as talented as Paul. He has a brilliant track record, a broad set of skills and I am confident that Capital will flourish under his leadership".

And here's what Paul himself has to say: "I am thrilled to join Capital 95.8. It's the station I've always aspired to lead and to be given the opportunity to be MD at this time is both a great challenge and hugely exciting for me personally. I can't wait to get started!".


Proving that there really is no end to his talents (as if musician, fashion guru and porn director, wasn't enough?) Snoop Dogg has been announced as the host of the MTV Europe Awards, which are set to take place on 1 Nov in Germany. The rapper will take control of the show, which is set to include the Foo Fighters and Mika doing live performances, plus some of the most popular acts in the world attending.

The hip hop legend said: "I've called up the homeys from the East to the West and I guarantee it's gonna be off tha chain, ya dig?" We do dig, Snoop, but only because of the fantastic publicity shots that MTV have released of you in traditional Bavarian dress. Here's hoping that he's sporting some lederhosen on the night.

Talking of MTV Awards, it has been confirmed that Amy Winehouse will not show at next week's VMA awards in the US, where she is nominated in three categories. But presumably you all assumed that would be the case anyway.


Someone's imagination has been running into overdrive on stories relating to David Bowie, apparently. The Sun reported that he was set to star in the revived Doctor Who series as an alien who kidnaps author Agatha Christie - which would have been fun - but alas both the BBC and Bowie have moved to quash the rumours, with running this statement: "David Bowie is not planning to star in Dr Who and the whole story is 'absolute tish and tosh'. Whatever the intention behind The Sun's story, it certainly wouldn't be the first time that Dr Who producers have approached Bowie to appear in the show. If memory serves, he spurned their advances in the eighties too".

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