CMU Daily - on the inside Thursday 27th September
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Mistrial: Spector trial update
- Inmate lied about Biggie murder
- Snow Patrol drugs charge dropped
- Pumpkins' gig death
- Spitz finale
- Girls Aloud record
- Pink Floyd: in demand
- Mel B scared of dancing
- The new Posh Spice
- Planet Rock love Sabbath
- Black Girls Rock
- New Hives
- Pavarotti remembered
- Grohl at Led's service
- Reba beats Kanye
- DJ Yoda's A-Z of Radio 1
- Xfm announce South Wales launch
- GMTV fined over phone in debacle
- New online music TV service planned
- Future Of The Left have gig rant
- Master P sorry for sexist rhymes

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TOP BIT RECOMMENDED
Another reminder of the next MusicTank Think Tank which takes place next week. As previously mentioned, 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 proceedings.

This all takes place on Wednesday 3 Oct at 6.30pm in the basement of MCPS-PRS HQ on Berners Street. For more info on how to book check http://www.musictank.co.uk

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MISTRIAL: SPECTOR TRIAL UPDATE
So, after all that, it all ended in a mistrial. The jury in the long running, much previously reported Phil Spector murder trail yesterday announced they were still split on whether or not Spector did shoot actress Lana Clarkson at his Beverly Hills mansion back in 2003. In the end they were only split ten to two - we still don't know what way the ten were leaning - but, despite that previously reported change in instructions that Judge Larry Paul Fidler hoped would overcome the deadlock, no unanimous decision could be reached, so Fidler declared a mistrial.

That means Spector now goes free and the prosecution must decide whether they are willing to invest time and money into pursuing the case for a second time. Whether or not they do, there is still the matter of the Clarkson family's civil lawsuit against the legendary producer, which could take the whole thing back to court where, like with OJ Simpson, the lesser evidential requirement (no need to go beyond reasonable doubt and all that) could mean Spector is found, on the balance of probabilities, responsible for Clarkson's death. Time will tell.

The mistrial ruling brings a somewhat anti-climatic end to a five and half month trial in which the prosecution presented Spector as having a split personality, able to turn into a dangerous and violent gun wielding loon when left drinking with women. The defence, meanwhile, claimed Clarkson was suicidal in the months before her untimely death, and could easily have killed herself. The forensics in the case were inconclusive, though the defence always claimed any thorough analysis of the crime scene went in their favour - ie that science showed Spector couldn't have fired the gun that killed Clarkson or, at the very least, couldn't show he definitely did.

In related news, US authorities are investigating an internet posting that appeared to threaten Judge Fidler. Reports say the posting, which has now been removed, read: "I love Phil Spector ... The Evil Judge should DIE. xoxo Chelle". Spector's wife, of course, is called Rachelle, so it's possibly a spoof message designed to look like it comes from the producer's missus.

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INMATE LIED ABOUT BIGGIE MURDER
So, the Notorious BIG saga continues. Now a prison inmate has said that evidence he gave against former LAPD police officers who he claimed had been involved in the murder of the rapper was all untrue.

Waymond Anderson has reportedly admitted to giving false statements against two former LAPD police officers, including David Mack, who he alleged had once admitted to him involvement in Biggie's death, and the cover up of who was responsible. He says he made the claims against the former cops because he was promised a cut of the damages being pursued by the family of Biggie, real name Christopher Wallace, off the city of LA over allegations the city's police force deliberately bungled their investigations into the murder to protect their own people. According to the LA Times Anderson now says: "It was a lie, and I'm ashamed of it".

But the lawyer that Anderson claims set up the money for testimony deal denies any such deal took place. He responded to the latest turn of events by telling the LA Times that it is Anderson's latest claims that are "100 percent, demonstrably false. This is wholesale, made-up-out-of-whole-cloth perjury".

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SNOW PATROL DRUGS CHARGE DROPPED
More pop legalities, and those previously reported drug charges against Snow Patrol's Tom Simpson have been dropped. The charges hit the pop headlines, of course, when the keyboardist was arrested after playing the Live Earth concert in July because he had missed an earlier court date relating to drug possession charges. He was due to go back to court this week, but a spokesman for the Crown Office said: "Following further information received from Strathclyde Police, the procurator fiscal has taken the decision that no further proceedings are appropriate".

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PUMPKINS' GIG DEATH
A Smashing Pumpkins show in Vancouver, Canada, has been marred with tragedy after a fan attending the date was reportedly crushed to death in the crowd.

The as yet unnamed 20-year-old was removed from the mass of fans at the band's show at Vancouver's Pacific National Exhibition Forum, with attempts to revive him at the scene failing and doctor's pronouncing his death in hospital. The actual cause of death is unknown, and doctors say they are unlikely to know how the man died until later today.

A venue spokesperson offered sympathy, saying: "Regardless of how it happened, a 20-year-old who came to enjoy a night of music is gone. It's extremely sad and very tragic".

The recently reformed Pumpkins have not as yet responded to the news, while Police have confirmed that there was no suspicion surrounding the death, with a spokesperson saying: "There was nothing to indicate there was any foul play or anything suspicious about his death". They also added that anyone at the venue, or anyone that has related information, should contact them.

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SPITZ FINALE
It will be the end of an era in the London live music scene this evening when one of our favourite venues, The Spitz, stages its final ever event in its current home because, as previously reported, the venue's landlords won't renew their lease. The East London venue will stage 'A Great Night In The Spitz' gathering together many of the great jazz, blues and folk musicians who have played at the venue in its eleven year history including Gwyneth Herbert, Seb Rochford, Peter Wareham, Tom Herbert, Bukky Leo, Terry Edwards and Shri. It all kicks off at 7pm, tickets are £15, and it's in aid of the appeal to help the Spitz find a new home.

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GIRLS ALOUD RECORD
Those Girls Aloud have set a new Guinness World Record, and it's not related to band member Sarah Harding's partying habits. The band entered the famous book after scoring the most consecutive top 10 chart positions in the UK charts by a female pop group, crushing Destiny's Child's meagre eleven top 10s with their sixteen.

Other updated pop records in the Guinness book include Madonna taking Cher's number one position for highest-grossing music tour per concert, as well as the most chart-topping albums by a female artist. Meanwhile, David Bowie and Robbie Williams remain atop the number one albums by a male artist chart, and The Rolling Stones unsurprisingly rack-up the award for the highest-grossing tour in history, beating their own previous record.

Elsewhere in the world of slightly weirder pop records, you get Jamiroquai recorded for his performance at 35,000 feet on a Boeing 737 - the world's highest gig - and Katie Melua as receipient of the lowest gig award for performing below sea level off the coast of Norway.

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PINK FLOYD: IN DEMAND
Pink Floyd is the band most people would like to see reunite, according to a survey of music fans across Europe by digital music provider Music Choice.

The English band, which reformed for the London Live 8 concert in 2005 of course, topped the most wanted list that also included Swedish popsters Abba, the original Guns 'n' Roses line up and The Jam, the latter of which have recently had a partial reunion, though without the crucial involvement of frontman Paul Weller. Other bands in the top ten included Wham!, Spandau Ballet and even Boyzone.

The survey also asked music fans what current bands they would like to see split up. UK pop groups Girls Aloud and Westlife both appeared on that list, though that poll was topped by the Spice Girls, who have only just reformed!

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MEL B SCARED OF DANCING
Mel B has revealed her fear, shocking those who had previously taken her Spice moniker to mean that she instilled fear into the hearts of others and was herself fearless. The now fearful one claims that she is more scared of performing on US TV show 'Dancing With The Stars' than with her Spice sisters, saying: "Dancing with the Spice Girls was very different. If I messed up with them we'd laugh. Here, I can lose points and get kicked off". Nevertheless, she's doing well on the US celebrity dancing show, scoring 24 out of 30 on her first night, though her lax attitude to her dancing with her fellow Spices might explain why everyone wants them to split up again. 'Dancing With The Start', by the way, is about to be aired over here on UKTV Gold, even though it's not UK TV, nor TV gold.

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THE NEW POSH SPICE
More Spice Girls news, of sorts. Well, not really. Kate Nash has dubbed herself the "new Posh Spice". Yep, the 'Foundation' singer claims that she doesn't want the press to tag her as a 'chav', explaining she's really more of a Posh Spice, innit. Speaking to the Daily Star, Kate said: "I think the press really wanted me to be a chav because of the way I sing. I'm way too articulate to be a chav. I'm the new Posh [Spice], me". Furthermore, she explained the significance of her work in Nando's chicken restaurant to her success: "I've worked in Nando's preparing hundreds of chickens. And even though I hated I, I realised for some people that's their life and they have to pay the bills. It teaches you life lessons and keeps you grounded".

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PLANET ROCK LOVE SABBATH
Digital radio station Classic Rock are dedicating a month of shows to Black Sabbath. Starting on Tuesday 2 Oct, Sabbath fans can enjoy exclusive interviews with Ozzy, Geezer, Ronnie James, while guitarist Tony Iommi will be hosting the first day of shows, on what the station is dubbing Black Sunday (even though its on a Tuesday). As part of the Sabbath love the station have lined up a replay of Sabbath's greatest tracks as well as a playback of a full live performance, 'Three Decade Live', on 21 Oct.

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BLACK GIRLS ROCK
The second annual 'Black Girls Rock! awards are set to take place on 6 Oct with presenters including Ashanti, Prince support act Mya, the chart-topping Rihanna and MC Lyte. The US event, which celebrates - if you hadn't guessed - black women in music, was founded by DJ Beverly Bond, who spoke about the importance of the awards: "We are proud and humbled to have such strong, beautiful and powerful women involved with this event. In light of the media's constant negative depiction of black women it is so very important that Black Girls Rock! takes time to shine a much needed light on our heroes". Artists already tipped for awards include Missy Elliott for the Creative Visionary Award and Common for the Soul Brother Number 1 Award. Though he's not a girl.

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NEW HIVES
The new The Hives album will be out on 15 Oct - it will be called 'The Black And White Album'._The first single to come off it will be called 'Tick Tick Boom' and will be released digitally on Monday, with a physical release on 8 Oct. For fans of tracklistings, here's the full album tracklisting...

Tick Tick Boom
Try It Again
You Got It All... Wrong
Well Allright!
Hey Little World
A Stroll Through Hive Manor Corridors
It Won't Be Long
T.H.E.H.I.V.E.S.
Return The Favour
Giddy Up
Square One Here I Come
You Dress Up For Armageddon
Puppet On A String
Bigger Hole To Fill

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PAVAROTTI REMEMBERED
The late tenor Pavarotti is to be celebrated in a series of concerts dedicated to his memory next month. As previously reported, the star died last month after a series of complications relating to pancreatic cancer. The remembrance events starting on 6 Oct will be the first public celebration of his life since his funeral. Held in over 90 Italian cultural centres around the world, the planned events include screenings of Pavarotti's operas, a photo exhibition and a musical tribute by South Korea's National Orchestra.

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GROHL AT LED'S SERVICE
Dave Grohl has reiterated his dream to play drums for the recently reformed Led Zeppelin, a statement that he must issue at least, what, five times a year. The hardcore Zep fan told NME.com that he is at "their beck and call" and that he'd been more than willing to put any Foos work on hold for a few days to perform with Robert Plant and co. However, with original Zeppelin drummer John Bonham's son, Jason Bonham, currently lined-up for the drumming role at the band's much hyped reunion, the Foo Fighters' frontman also acknowledged that he didn't expect it to happen: "Jason should be the one. Everyone knows that. He's a fucking phenomenal drummer".

Grohl's own band look set to claim the number one spot on the UK album chart this weekend with their new effort, 'Echoes, Silence, Patience And Grace'. Outselling soft-rock king James Blunt by two to one (remember, no jokes here - it's too easy) the Foos have also announced an additional Nottingham Arena date to their UK tour.

The Foos will visit (potential Led Zeppelin commitments permitting)...

5 Nov: Newcasle 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 Nov: London, 02 Arena
18 Nov: London, 02 Arena

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REBA BEATS KANYE
Reba McEntire's 'Reba Duets' album has knocked Kanye West's much feted 'Graduation' long-player off the top of the US's Billboard charts, shifting 301,000 copies in its first week. Although this pails in insignificance to West's first week sales it still managed to become the country star's best weekly sales since 1991- so hurrah for her.

McEntire's album, as the title suggests, is full of duets with artists across different genres, including Faith Hill, fellow country singer Kenny Chesney and Justin Timberlake, who seems to be appearing just about everywhere at the moment.

Elsewhere on the US chart, now you've brought it up, West is at number 2, with 50 Cent falling behind him at number 3 and Barry Manilow's 'The Greatest Song Of The Seventies' at number 4.

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DJ YODA'S A-Z OF RADIO 1
DJ Yoda has been booked by Radio 1 to produce a one hour mash up featuring the station's best and most notorious moments - a special mix for their previously reported 40th birthday. It will be broadcast this Sunday at 9pm and should be rather good.

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XFM ANNOUNCE SOUTH WALES LAUNCH
Xfm have announced that their new South Wales service will go live on 29 Nov at midday. This is what Xfm MD Nick Davidson told us: "Now we have the launch date in place we are working full steam behind the scenes to give the listeners of South Wales a fantastic launch. This will be followed up within days by one of the biggest music events the area has ever seen - Winter Wonderland. Announcements on our exciting DJ line-up that will get our listeners raring to tune in are just around the corner". Xfm South Wales will share a studio with Cardiff's local pop station Red Dragon, also owned by GCap, and will broadcast from 106.8 - 107.3 FM.

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GMTV FINED OVER PHONE IN DEBACLE
As expected, OfCom has fined GMTV lots of money over its dodgy phone in practices. The ITV breakfast station will have to pay a record £2 million. The company who actually ran the phone ins, Opera, had already been fined £250,000 by premium phone service regulator ICSTIS. OfCom said their fine would have been higher had GMTV not recently put into place new policies to stop such dodginess from happening again, and to refund those viewers who had been charged to phone in for competitions that had already closed. The previously reported resignations of GMTV MD Paul Corley and Head Of Competitions Kate Fleming over the whole debacle also possibly helped. But the regulator did say: "GMTV's disregard for the need to operate any reasonable compliance procedure, verification, oversight or management of the arrangements for the conduct of these competitions over such a long period of time could not, in the Committee's view, be described as anything other than gross negligence".

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NEW ONLINE MUSIC TV SERVICE PLANNED
A new online internet music telly channel has announced it will launch at the end of next month. Called Music N Vision, it is promising a 24 hour a day service offering music TV programming that will champion new bands and songwriters. It will all happen at http://www.musicnvision.tv, which is currently pointing to a music blog run by the same company.

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FUTURE OF THE LEFT HAVE GIG RANT
Welsh band Future Of The Left had a fun gig the other night at the Water Rats in London. According to NME.com, the band's audience were getting particularly rowdy, causing frontman Andy Falkous to get concerned for the crowd's welfare. But after suggesting the people in the mosh pit should look out for each other one gig goer responded angrily that if the singer didn't like a raucous crowd he should "get an office job". This seemed to piss Falkous off somewhat, and he launched into a three minute tirade against the heckler, who he branded a "fucking prick". After getting the rant out of his system, Falkous concluded by saying: "And to think all we were trying to do was stop people from getting punched in the back of the head".

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MASTER P SORRY FOR SEXIST RHYMES
While most of those hip hoppers and music execs who took part in the previously reported US Congress hearing on the use of racist and sexist language and imagery in hip hop agreed it was an important debate to be had, but without accepting any responsibility for what went before, rapper Master P took a simpler more honest route and just apologised. He said: "[To] all the women out there. I was honestly wrong".

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