CMU Daily - on the inside Tuesday 11th September
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In today's CMU Daily:
- VMA awards fracas
- Rufus: I'm not retiring
- David samples Bowie
- Fiddy wants his Rudebox
- Blur reform!
- New Coldplay album
- George Clinton and, erm, not Funkadelic
- Dizzee for the UK
- Led Zepp announcement tomorrow
- Record numbers hit the Proms
- Festival round up
- Tower for Lennon
- 7Digital launches DRM-free Pink Floyd catalogue
- Vodafone launch music download service
- Live sector investment firm announces new funds
- Recording Academy launches best Grammy show vote
- Oasis are for girls

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TOP BIT RECOMMENDED
Oh, oh, let's do this one more time, because it's all getting very close. I am talking, of course, of the CMU Recommended Remix Allnighter, which will take over London's seOne Club over there under London Bridge station this coming Friday, 14 Sep.

As already mentioned, there is a brilliant line up for this one. I mean really brilliant. The caverns of seOne will be split into three - electro house, electro breaks and electro punk. In the electro house room you'll have Benny Benassi, Horse Meat Disco (Jim Stanton), Alex Metric and Audio Vegas. In electro breaks you get the very buzzy Kissy Sellout, Nosia, Atomic Hooligan, OnaBreak, plus overall Remix chief Eddy TM. Meanwhile, the Electro Punk area is hosted by those Kitsune types and will see the likes of The Whip, Cazals and Autokratz all live on stage, plus Punks Jump Up, Gildas&Masaya, Jerry Bouthier and Luca SS.

This all takes place this Friday, 14 Sep - tickets are a mere £9 and they can be bought now from http://www.ticketweb.co.uk

While we are in recommending mode, and remix recommending mode, we must mention this month's CMU RecommendedRemix Night, if only because it marks the end of an era. It is the last ever Remix Night at Cargo. We'll tell you very soon about some exciting new developments in the world of Remix, in the meantime the grand finale at Cargo will feature both Young Punx and Slyde live, plus on the decks will be your host Eddy TM and special guest Tom Findlay of Groove Armada. It's going to be a special one - and takes place on 21 Sep from 9pm to 3am. Tickets a tenner on the door, advance tickets from http://www.ticketweb.co.uk, or guest list yourself to get in for eight quid at http://www.leylinepromotions.com/theremix

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VMA AWARDS FRACAS
The spotlight may have been fixed well and truly on Britney Spears, but the real trouble at last weekend's MTV Video Music Awards came from Motley Crue's Tommy Lee and Kid Rock - both of whom, in case you've been forgetting your celeb gossip of recent years, have previously been in relationships with Borat's favourite lady, Pamela Anderson. Indeed, Pamela may have been the subject of the altercation between the pair that took place backstage at the VMAs, who knows? What we do know is that the incident led to Kid Rock landing himself "a citation for misdemeanour battery", or so police reports tell us.

Eye witness accounts coming out of the ceremony suggest that Kid Rock lamped Lee after the Motley Crue man took issue with the rapper for ignoring him. Producer Rice Nice said: "It looked like Tommy Lee initiated it because Kid Rock was ignoring him. And Tommy Lee kind of antagonized him. And then when Tommy Lee stood up, it looked a little weird, like, 'Yo, what?'" Following the scuffle, Tommy Lee was ejected from the building while Kid Rock stayed on, though police reports suggest it is Kid Rock who will be called to court later this month - he being the one that allegedly threw the punches.

In other VMA trouble, Kanye West, never one to enjoy being overlooked in the awards department, has launched a scathing attack on MTV for, well, not giving him an award. Huffing and puffing all the way home, West vowed never to return to the VMAs after being snubbed in each of the five categories that he was nominated in. Though, given his previously reported hissy fit last year at the European equivalent of the VMAs, where he stormed the stage demanding to know why his 'Touch The Sky' video - which curiously also featured Baywatch star Anderson - had not won against Justice vs Simian's video for 'We Are Your Friends'', it's not certain whether the hosts would be wanting him back anyway.

Though he did later apologise for that. And to be fair it must be quite gutting for anyone to be nominated in five categories and win none - especially for someone as egotistical as Kanye. Perhaps someone could rig it for him to win the chart battle against Fiddy next week, just to make up.

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RUFUS: I'M NOT RETIRING
Rufus Wainwright has moved to state that he will not be retiring from pop music, after rumours circulated following his commission to write an opera for the Met in Manhattan. According to NME, the 34-year-old explained: "My plan was to be the biggest pop star _possible, then walk dramatically away to the hinterlands of classical music. But I will continue with pop because, er, I do love young people. If I quit I would miss the tight skin. Nah-ha-ha"._Meanwhile, discussing his new classical venture, Rufus warned the impatient to not get too excited just yet, explaining the whole project is years away from completion: "I am confident in my ability, but opera is a tough medium. When I finally enter the arena, I want to lay down the gauntlet, lay myself bare".

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DAVID SAMPLES BOWIE
UK RnB singer Craig David has announced that his new record is to embrace the eighties by sampling David Bowie's hip-swinging disco staple 'Let's Dance'. The sample will feature on new single 'Hot Stuff'. The foolishly bearded one will release his fourth album in November, set to be called 'Trust Me' (I'd rather not), and in addition to the Bowie sampling single, it is tipped to draw on a variety of Cuban influences after David recorded chunks of it in Havana with KT Tunstall producer Martin Terefe.

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FIDDY WANTS HIS RUDEBOX
The, erm, bad boys of the UK and the US might just team-up on a collaboration after self-proclaimed gangsta 50 Cent told a reporter he wanted to duet with 'Rudebox' star Robbie Williams. In an interview with Loaded Magazine, the rap superstar claimed that they were meant to work together on current release 'Curtis' but that their busy schedules meant that they found it difficult to find a suitable time, but that he still hopes to collaborate with Robbie in the future. Though, as we might have mentioned, Fiddy has said that if he loses out in the upcoming and much previously reported chart battle with Kanye West he'll give up recording as a solo artist altogether, so there might be no future work on which to collaborate. Though "giving up solo recording" would presumably not stop him from guesting on a Robbie release. Though I'm not sure what the rules are re fake pledges made as part of manufactured chart battles.

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BLUR REFORM!
After loads of speculation and suggestions one way and the other, Blur have announced that they are all set to record their new album, their first since 2002's 'Think Tank'. And when I say all I mean Graham Coxon as well as Dave Rowntree, Alex James and Damon Albarn. So, hurrah to that. No timescales have been offered, though, on when the four will return to the studio, nor when they hope to have something to release.

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NEW COLDPLAY ALBUM
Talking of exciting comeback news, well, comeback news, Coldplay have also announced details of a new album. According to the band, their follow-up to 2005's 'X&Y' is going to be "a short record" (so, some good news here) and will last "no longer than 42 minutes". Of the nine songs tipped to be included, their blog cites 'Rainy Day', 'Poppy Fields' and 'Yes!' as contenders for the final release.

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GEORGE CLINTON AND, ERM, NOT FUNKADELIC
'The Prime Minister Of Funk', George Clinton, has been announced as a special guest contributor on the Wu-Tang Clan's new album 'The 8 Diagrams'. Clinton, who is best known for his work with Funkadelic and Parliament, of course, contributes to the track 'Wolves' on the Clan's new long-player, which also features George Harrison's son Dhanni on a reinterpretation of one of his father's most famous songs, 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps'. The record is set for release on 12 Nov. And that is exciting. Official.

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DIZZEE FOR THE UK
Dizzee Rascal, fresh from another Mercury nomination and a whole host of festival appearances (including, yes, the Arctic Monkeys cameo at Glasto), has announced a spate of new live dates for the UK. In support of his new single, 'Old School (Pussy Ole)', Dizzee will be hitting the following dates:

31 Oct: Glasgow ABC
1 Nov: Liverpool Academy
2 Nov: Leeds Uni
3 Nov: Oxford Academy
6 Nov: Bristol Academy
8 Nov: Southampton University
9 Nov: London Astoria

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LED ZEPP ANNOUNCEMENT TOMORROW
Harvey Goldsmith is holding a press conference at The O2 tomorrow and is expected to make an announcement about the much discussed Led Zepp reunion. So expect more on that on Thursday.

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RECORD NUMBERS HIT THE PROMS
With the live sector still seemingly buoyant, despite the bad weather this year, news today that this year's Proms season has attracted more people than ever. Organisers have reported a 5% increase in ticket sales on last year, with 272,000 people booking, compared to 265,000 last year, so they must be doing something right.

The event has been a predictably lavish affair, with two huge open-air concerts under the Proms In The Park banner plus the indoor concerts. The two month long season ended with the traditional indoor flag-waving party last weekend, plus a live performance from popular soprano Lesley Garrett who paid tribute to recently passed tenor Luciano Pavarotti.

Following its conclusion, out going Proms director Nicholas Kenyon told the media: "Audiences have responded with huge enthusiasm. I could not have had a better end to my 12 seasons at the Proms than the record attendance figures we are announcing today."

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FESTIVAL ROUND UP
So, with the rather brill Bestival done, we know we're at the tail end of the summer festival season, but don't think it's over just yet. There's still the End Of The Road festival and the rescheduled Truck Festival to enjoy,

Bestival itself was a resounding success, with 30,000 people (once cast and crew are included) populating the Robin Hill park on the Isle Of Wight for three days of damn fine music and entertainment. More on that tomorrow (sorry, still finishing off my review).

Meanwhile, in other festival news, Dirty Pretty Things have been forced to pull out of the Twisted Circus Festival at Butlins in Skegness, which takes place in late November, after deciding that recording their new album was more important to them than playing at the holiday camp. Boo to that, although to be fair Skegness is pretty nasty.

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TOWER FOR LENNON
A tower dedicated to the memory of former Beatle John Lennon was unveiled by Yoko Ono on Sunday (9 Oct) in a ceremony that marked what would have been his 67th birthday. The 'Imagine Peace Tower' stands in the capital of Iceland, Reykjavik, and it is claimed that it represents the realisation of a comment Lennon once made about a conceptual light tower that would eventually "become a reality", which also sounds slightly too reminiscent of Lennon's acid-taking days.

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7DIGITAL LAUNCHES DRM-FREE PINK FLOYD CATALOGUE
7Digital's previously reported DRM-free Pink Floyd downloads are now on sale. From yesterday (10 Sep), the service is offering remastered copies of seminal releases like 'The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn' for £5.49, as well as a 'Pink Floyd Catalogue' digital poster (whatever that is) designed by the band's artist Storm Thorgerson.

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VODAFONE LAUNCH MUSIC DOWNLOAD SERVICE
Vodafone have announced they are launching a download store. Well, they are exclusively distributing the previously reported Omnifone MusicStation service in the UK.

As you might remember, the MusicStation service is a subscription based thing, offering users unlimited access to 100,000s of tracks for a weekly fee of £1.99. Vodaphone's plan is to launch MusicStation over here before Apple launch the iPhone in the UK, in a bid to win a chunk of the mobile music market before the mighty iTunes arrives to mobile over here.

Vodafone spokesman Tim Yates told Reuters: "I am sure the iPhone will have appeal but we think what we are offering here with [Omnifone] MusicStation is a very good, customer-centric, all-you-can-eat offer".

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LIVE SECTOR INVESTMENT FIRM ANNOUNCES NEW FUNDS
Investment firm the Edge Group says it is now managing the biggest specialist investment fund for the live music and events industry after a second round of funding added £13.45 million to their coffers.

The Edge Group's Edge Performance Venture Capital Trust raised £6.25 million from its first investment offer, and has now invested those funds in various live music ventures, working in partnership with the likes of SJM and AEG, and with artists like James Morrison, The Good, The Bad and The Queen, The Pogues, Katherine Jenkins, James, Seal, Bryan Ferry, Elvis Costello and Bryn Terfel. The funds raised by the second investment offer will enable the fund to make even more investments in the profitable live sector.

Edge Group founder David Glick says he will announce a series of further investments in the coming twelve months which will make the investment outfit an important player in the wider live industry. Glick said this week: "There is nowhere in the entertainment industry which is as buoyant and exciting as live events. We are very pleased with the quality of the opportunities we are finding. As Edge grows in scale and reputation I expect us increasingly to become the first port of call for entrepreneurs in the live business wanting to take their companies to the next level".

He continued: "I am delighted that in less than 18 months from its launch Edge has the greatest funding of its type to invest in live music and events in the UK. I believe that this is a vindication of our strategy to allow individual investors to participate in the live music boom and of the very high quality team of music industry experts we have assembled".

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RECORDING ACADEMY LAUNCHES BEST GRAMMY SHOW VOTE
The US Recording Academy is inviting music fans to vote on the best ever Grammy performances.

The Academy have put extracts from the Grammy archives onto a special website this week, including performances from the likes U2, Marvin Gaye, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Diamond, Prince, Beyonce, Madonna and Eminem, from which viewers will be invited to vote for their personal top five.

The most voted for 25 performances will be aired in a special programme called 'My Night At The Grammys' on 30 Nov on US TV network CBS. The show will also feature clips of artists reminiscing about performing at the US's flagship music awards event.

The viewer vote venture is part of attempts by the Recording Academy to build some hype ahead of their awards event's fiftieth anniversary next year.

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OASIS IS A GIRLS NAME
The Pigeon Detectives have been speaking about their 'silly' name, with drummer Jimmi claiming: "I never liked the name at first. But it's stuck - and it's probably got us more attention having a silly name. It came from an Australian guy who we met at the Leeds Festival. We were just discussing band names and he came up with The Pigeon Detectives. It became an in-joke for the rest of the festival. We thought nothing of it, but when it came to our first gig in Leeds the promoter was saying, 'What's your name?' we were like 'Oh, um The Pigeon Detectives'".__

But the band don't have too many qualms about having chosen it now. Indeed, they cite Oasis's "girly" name as proof that a band doesn't' necessarily have to have the greatest name to succeed, adding: "We meant to change it but it's kind of got too far."

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