CMU Daily - on the inside Thursday 20th September
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In today's CMU Daily:
- The Winehouse awards
- Soweto wins two jazz awards
- Woodie nominations out
- Manslaughter not an option: Spector trial update
- Mika sued by Mika
- Ronson digs Kanye
- Fiddy gets gracious about defeat
- Bowie assists US accused
- Scissor Sisters react to homophobic attack
- Prince struts his stuff
- Franz record with Girls Aloud
- Beastie Boys get cocky
- US album sales down
- Woolies music sales down, but sales generally up
- MSG launch new websites for New York venues
- Quite Great hook up with Smash
- Radio 3 renew jazz fest sponsorship
- BBC fire 6music producer over phoney phone in
- Weller: Winehouse is a role model
- Those Woodie nominations in full


So, let's do some industry event recommending shall we? The next MusicTank Think Tank is on the horizon, and this one is tackling an interesting issue - with all these fab new music services out there, how the hell do we navigate it all? It's a very good question - whether they'll be some similarly good answers on the night remains to be seen.

Attempting to give the answers will be broadcaster and songwriter Tom Robinson, who will deliver the keynote, plus Andrew Keen, author of 'The Cult Of The Amateur'; Paul Brown, MD International of Pandora; David Jennings, Director of DJ Alchemi Ltd; Charlie Rapino, producer, remixer and A&R for Decca; and Richard Fero, Insight Manager at Emap. As always, MusicTank chair Keith Harris will lead the proceedigns.

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After weeks of tabloid hell, Amy Winehouse was in the spotlight for all the right reasons last night after winning awards at not one but two music award events taking place in London.

Quite why two music awards were taking place on the same night I'm not sure. I mean I know there are a plethora of music awards these days, but to the best of my knowledge there's not 365 yet, so I think each one should be allowed its own night. But, whatever, the award bash clash meant Winehouse could have a double win, taking the title of Best UK Female at the MOBOs, celebrating 'music of black origin' of course, and Best Female Performer at the Vodafone Live Music Awards, celebrating the best in live music.

Elsewhere at the MOBOs East London rapper Dizzee Rascal pipped a strong crowd to Best UK Male, Radio 1's Tim Westwood picked-up Best DJ, Rihannah took home Best International Act, and Best Reggae went to current UK number one Sean Kingston. Kanye West made sure that he really pissed off 50 Cent - who had already pulled out of the ceremony - by beating him to the Best Hip Hop prize while also winning Best Video for 'Stronger'.

The Jazz Award was back at the MOBOs this year also, perhaps because of (or at least influenced by) Soweto Kinch's protest on the red carpet last year after organisers dropped the category. In a twist of fate, Kinch then won this year's jazz prize only to drop it, literally, smashing the award into two pieces.

Meanwhile, across London at the second annual Vodafone Live Music Awards, the Arctic Monkeys snapped-up Best Live Act, Mika won Best Male, recent Mercury Prize winners Klaxons nabbed Best Breakthrough, and Kylie Minogue celebrated winning Best Production for her Showgirl Homecoming shows.

Tell you what, would you like a complete winner lists? Here's the MOBO winners...

Best UK Female: Amy Winehouse
Best UK Male: Dizzee Rascal
International Act: Rihanna
Best Song: Ne-Yo - Because of You
UK Newcomer: N Dubz
Best Hip-Hop: Kanye West
Best R&B: Ne-Yo
Best Reggae: Sean Kingston
Best Jazz: Soweto Kinch
Best Video: Kanye West: Stronger
Best Gospel: G-Force
Best DJ: Tim Westwood
Best African Act: 2face Idibia (Nigeria)

And here are the Vodafone live thingimy things...

Best Live Act: Arctic Monkeys
International Live Act: The Killers
Best Live Female: Amy Winehouse
Best Live Male: Mika
Tour of the Year: Muse
Live Impact in 2007: Gossip
The Freddie Mercury Lifetime Achievement in Live Music: Iggy Pop
Best Live Return: The Police
Best Show Production: Kylie
Best Tour Roadie: Geoff Buckley (James)
Best Live Music DVD: Oasis
Best Live Music Venue: Wembley Stadium
Best Live Breakthrough Act: Klaxons
C4 Festival of the Year 2007: Glastonbury
Kerrang! Live Unsigned Act: The Flaming Monkeys


While some of his fellow artists seemed nervous before their MOBO wins, Soweto Kinch must have been grinning inside, slightly, safe in the knowledge that he'd already won one prize this week, at the British Jazz Awards on Tuesday night (18 Sep). The Oxford educated saxophonist picked-up, erm, Best Saxophonist, reinforcing his huge presence and influence in British music. Particularly jazz, obviously.

Anyway, as you've brought up the British Jazz Awards, here's the full list of winners from them...

Trumpet: Guy Barker
Trombone: Dennis Rollins
Clarinet: Alan Barnes
Alto Saxophone: Soweto Kinch
Tenor Saxophone: Karen Sharp
Piano: David Newton
Guitar: Martin Taylor
Bass: Alec Dankworth
Drums: Ralph Salmins
Misc Instrument: Jim Hart (Vibes)
Vocals: Claire Teal
Rising Star: Karen Sharp
Small Group: Stan Tracey Trio
Big Band: BBC Big Band
Best New CD: Dune Records for Abram Wilson - Ride! Ferris Wheel
Best Re-Issue CD: Proper Records For Tubby Hayes - The Little Giant


More awards, and the nominations are out for the MTV US college music awards, or the mtvU Woodie Awards as they are known. And well done to those their The Shins, who are up for three awards, including the overall Woodie Of The Year. Modest Mouse, Gym Class Heroes, Lily Allen, Justice, Linkin Park and the Academy Is... are all up for two awards each - the full list of nominations is at the bottom of today's Daily. US students are now being invited to vote for their favourites from the nominations, from which the overall winners will be picked, to be awarded their awards at New York's Roseland Ballroom on 8 Nov.


So, the jury in the Phil Spector murder trial will not be able to consider whether the legendary producer should be considered guilty of manslaughter for his involvement, or not, in the death of actress Lana Clarkson, who was shot dead at his Beverly Hills home back in 2003.

As previously reported, the jury in the case are currently split seven to five and are unable to reach the required unanimous position as to Spector's guilt or innocence. The foreman of the jury told the court earlier this week that he felt his colleagues would ultimately never reach a unanimous position based on the current evidence, an announcement which led to speculation Judge Larry Paul Fidler would let the jury consider the lesser crime of manslaughter instead, even though he had previously said only the charge of murder would be considered, a position supported by both the defence and the proseuction in the case.

But yesterday Fidler said he would not be offering the jury the option of a manslaughter charge, mainly because he was concerned that by being offered the option the jury may feel they should take it, not because of the facts of the case, but simply because it is being offered. He said: "I do accept that it would be inappropriate at this time to instruct the jury with a new offense, that being the lesser offense of manslaughter, because I believe it's basically directing them, if at all possible, that's what they should find. And that is inappropriate".

Fidler then asked attorneys involved in the case for suggestions on how they feel the jury could be better instructed in a bid to get past the current deadlock after three jurors said that, while the deadlock is more over an interpretation of the facts of the case, rather than the law involved, they might revise their conclusions if the concept of "reasonable doubt" could be better clarified (when does "doubt" become "reasonable doubt" etc etc).

Clearly concerned about the deadlock, Fidler has said that if better instructions do not lead to a conclusion in the case he may ask the lawyers on both sides to reargue their cases in a bid to avoid having to declare a mistrial.


Elsewhere in the pop courts, a curious tale in the life of Mika who is facing a possible lawsuit from Mika. That is to say, the Mika you are probably thinking of, the Best Live Male at the Vodafone Live Music Awards, may be sued by another Mika, a Belgian female reggae singer.

The Belgian Mika has reportedly told reporters that she registered the name in the eighties, and that the new Mika should change his performing name, even though it's his real name (sort of). She told reproters: "I was called Mika before him and have even registered the name. Even though his real name is Mica, I think he should change it".

Mika (that's the male one) has yet to respond. If his namesake does sue I'd suggest adding an 'x' or '1979' to his name - both have worked previously.


Mark Ronson has offered his vocal support to Kanye West in the great Kanye vs Fiddy debate that, as you know, is raging right now in planet pop. Ronson told "He's the true artist. 50 Cent makes great commercial records but Kanye West is somebody that we're going to be talking about and listening to his albums in 20 years".

On the first week sales of West's 'Graduation' (which outsold Fiddy's 'Curtis' by a long way), Ronson continues: "I was absolutely surprised and blown away by how wide the discrepancy has been. No one buys albums anymore so the fact that Kanye sold 930,000 in one week, that must be the most since Norah Jones' second album came out".

Aside from participating in pop wars, Ronson is keeping himself busy remixing Bob Dylan. As previously reported, he's been reworking Dylan's 'Subterranean Home Sick Blues' for this year's career best-of, with the finished product reportedly described by Dylan himself as, erm, "not crap" (or words to that effect). On Dylan's response, Ronson commented: "He approved it, which is all I could have hoped for. He said it didn't suck. You can imagine he'd be quite particular about what he likes so the fact that he didn't say 'this sucks' I should just be happy".

With such, erm, high praise from a master like Dylan, Ronson admits that he is considering hanging up his remix boots soon, concluding: "I should just quit while I'm ahead".


Back to the Kanye/Fiddy chart battle, and 50 Cent has released an official statement on his rival's chart victory, which is rather gracious. Which is no fun whatsoever. What about the "I'll quit music" pledge Fiddy? Anyway, here's what Associated Press quote him as saying: "I am very excited to have participated in one of the biggest album release weeks in the last two years. Collectively, we have sold hundreds of thousands of units in our debut week. This marks a great moment for hip-hop music, one that will go down in history". Which is a nice turn around from the alleged sour grapes earlier in the week. Perhaps he's heard that his album is outselling Kanye's in most European countries (other than the UK, obviously).

Meanwhile, Def Jam chiefs Jay-Z and LA Reid, who had the winning album on their roster, have been talking to Billboard about Kanye's impressive sales figures, the chart battle, and the state of the music business in general. Here's what they say...

Jay-Z: "We all know that the [Kanye/Fiddy chart] battle was a one-off. That's not a template on how to do business. We know that we have challenges ahead of us [in regards to the industry's downturn] but we also know that the consumption of music is at an all-time high as well".

LA Reid: "I'm really optimistic about the state of the industry. When you look at these numbers, if I add in [West's] catalogue sales, he's sold 1 million records in one week. That seemed to be a thing of the past and everyone had written it off, saying that people no longer bought albums in these numbers".


David Bowie has donated $10,000 to help one of the Jena Six - Mychal Bell - who is one of the defendants in a controversial school assault case that took racial tensions in the Louisiana town of Jena into the headlines. The case against Bell has been criticised by various civil rights groups, meanwhile he remains in jail awaiting the payment of a rather steep $90,000 bond. It is the appeal to raise that bond that Bowie has contributed the $10,000 to. Confirming his donation, Bowie told reporters: "There is clearly a separate and unequal judicial process going on in the town of Jena. A donation to the 'Jena Six' Legal Defence Fund is my small gesture indicating my belief that a wrongful charge and sentence should be prevented"._


Scissor Sisters' vocalist Ana Matronic has commented on the "lenient" sentence given to gang members that attacked two of her friends in a homophobic assault in July last year, according to

Matronic's two friends, Nina Meffen and Carol Cashmore, were left with serious injuries after two women and a man jumped the pair in Southampton, with Meffen's injuries being so bad that she required reconstructive surgery. The three attackers were arrested and charged with the assault, but after pleading guilty were all let off without a prison sentence.

Describing herself as "horrified", Ana Matronic said that she could not understand how her friend's attackers were let off so easily, saying: "I am really horrified and disgusted that, in particular, the one person who instigated this attack did not get sent to jail. She seems like a true menace and someone who is quite capable of doing this type of thing again".


Prince turned up in the most unlikely of places yesterday after deciding to strut his stuff on the catwalk at London Fashion Week. The miniature pop star wasn't modelling, however, with his 5'2 height being perhaps a tad too far from most models stature, instead crashing Matthew Williamson's show with a surprise live performance. According to Reuters, the singer, who is coming to the end of his residency at London's O2 venue on Friday, initially appeared to be just another guest at the show until a Prince track began to play causing the two models onstage to start dancing, with Prince performing from the front of the stage with his band. Designer Williamson explained: "He really wanted to do this, and you don't say 'No' to Prince".


Franz Ferdinand have been commenting on their version of David Bowie's 'Sound And Vision' which will appear on the forthcoming Radio 1 commemorative compilation, reported here previously, and have revealed that they got Girls Aloud to help out. Lead singer Alex Kapranos told reporters: "I asked Girls Aloud to do the famous 'doo doo doo doo doo doo' backing vocals. They were in the studio working on their own record. They're pretty laid back so it was a music marriage made in heaven. We're all independently minded people who want to do things their way. Franz Ferdinand have much more in common with Girls Aloud than certain other bands".


New York rappers Beastie Boys have claimed that they aim to get Jarvis Cocker, Lily Allen and MIA on their next record, a vocal follow-up to their instrumental album 'The Mix-up', which received mixed reviews upon its release this summer. They said: "It would be kind of like a different version of the album, with a bunch of people guesting on it. It'll be interesting to see what they do with the stuff." So there you have it.


Despite the hype around and mass sales of the new Kanye West and 50 Cent albums, Billboard has revealed that overall album sales in the US were still 9% down this week compared to the same week last year, which is a bit depressing.


While the UK is yet to see the kind of CD sales declines seen elsewhere in the world, Woolworths have confirmed that music sales in their stores continue to decline. However, the Woolies lot were upbeat nevertheless because despite the decline in music sales, other sales were up, including other entertainment products, which means they've made a half year loss of £59.2 million, which is good news when compared to the £66.8 million loss made in the same period last year.


MSG Entertainment has announced it is relaunching the online presence of its New York venues, including Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and Beacon Theatre, providing potential ticket buyers with a wider range of entertainment based content.

The relaunched websites will include more information about artists appearing at the venues, plus a blog, music video clips, photos and virtual venue tours. The aim seems to be that the enhanced content will drive more traffic to the sites, which in turn will drive ticket sales.

Commenting on the new look websites, Scott Richman, GM of MSG Interactive, told Billboard: "We want to be that first stop for people who want to come to our venues. These sites are far more programme and consumption oriented, and will help to sell and market shows more effectively. Success will be measured on how many ticket transactions we do, and also how much time people spend on the sites".


PR company Quite Great have announced a link up with Nick White's Smash Press. Smash will now have access to Quite Great's resources, while still operating its own London base.


Radio 3 has announced it has renewed its sponsorship deal with the London Jazz Festival for another five years. Station controller Roger Wright confirmed the support at the launch of this year's festival, saying: "This new deal will ensure that live jazz will remain a key part of Radio 3's unique commitment to new music in the future".


The BBC has fired a BBC 6Music producer who ran an edition of the Liz Kershaw radio show when staff members pretended to be callers in a fake phone in feature. Leona McCambridge was fired for misconduct in the fallout from all those allegations of phoney phone ins and the likes at the Beeb and elsewhere. But McCambridge plans to appeal the decision with the support of her union Bectu, a spokesman from which told reporters: "Leona is a sacrificial lamb and is appealing against the decision".


The praise just keeps rolling in for Amy Winehouse, with Paul Weller taking things just one stage further again yesterday, claiming that she is: "a great role model". The Mod-father also said she was one of his favourite singers ever, adding: "I don't think the drugs and drink and that make a scrap of difference, really. I think you should judge people on their talent and on that level she's up there, a major talent". He's right about her talent. Not sure about the role model thing though. Not that it's necessarily fair to expect talented musicians to have to take on the job of 'role model' too.



Woodie Of The Year: Amy Winehouse, Common, Gym Class Heroes, Lily Allen, The Shins.

The Breaking Woodie: Boys Like Girls, Peter Bjorn & John, Rich Boy, Silversun Pickups, Tokyo Police Club.

Left Field Woodie: CSS, Klaxons, Madvillain, Rodrigo y Gabriela, The Knife.

Best Video Woodie: Justice - D.A.N.C.E, Motion City Soundtrack - Broken Heart, RJD2 - Work It Out, Say Anything - Wow, I Can Get Sexual Too, TV On The Radio - Province.

The Good Woodie: Alicia Keys for Keep a Child Alive, Guster for Reverb, Linkin Park for Music For Relief, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus for mental health awareness efforts, Thom Yorke for Friends Of The Earth work.

Performing Woodie: Daft Punk, Lil' Wayne, Muse, The Academy Is..., The Rapture.

Alumni Woodie: Bright Eyes, Modest Mouse, Spoon, Talib Kweli, The Shins.

Viral Woodie:

Akon - Don't Matter
Gym Class Heroes - Shoot Down the Stars
Lily Allen - Smile
Linkin Park - What I've Done
The Shins - Phantom Limb

The Academy Is... - We've Got a Big Mess On Our Hands
M.I.A. - Boyz
Modest Mouse - Dashboard
The Decemberists - O Valencia! (contest version)
T-Pain featuring Yung Joc - Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin')

Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
DJ Khaled - We Takin' Over
Fall Out Boy - This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race
Paramore - Misery Business
Shiny Toy Guns - You Are the One

Cold War Kids - Hang Me Up to Dry
Justice - D.A.N.C.E.
Meg & Dia - Monster
My Chemical Romance - Welcome to the Black Parade
T.I. - Big Things Poppin' (Do It)

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