CMU Daily - on the inside Thursday 25th October
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Government may pressure ISPs to take more P2P responsibility
- Simply Red to split in 2009
- Doherty drug order removed
- Foxy Brown put in solitary confinement
- Aerosmith fan sues over cancelled gig
- Man arrested over Tupac vandalism
- No Wu Tang rift, OK?
- Diddy to market liquor
- Oasis single downloadable as video too
- Purple Rain best soundtrack ever
- Glasto launch new bands club night
- Concerts cancelled as fires spread
- Emmy The Great dates
- Mystery Jets tour
- Charity rock star radios
- Radio One at Creamfields for 10th year
- Album Review: Hybrid Remixed (Distinctive)
- BPI boss argues record labels still relevant
- Chart company releases USB release guidelines
- New Zealand retailer launch clean hip hop range
- MusicStation coming to Blackberry?
- Amazon downloads doing well
- EMI arrives on DJdownload
- Microsoft buy into Facebook
- B&H licence production music to The Orchard
- Terra Firma sell off EMI's corporate flat
- Osbourne regrets walking off X-Factor


We haven't done so much recommending of late, so let's recommend this now. You remember how we told you about Twisted Licks, the new night from the Kill All Hippies gang and Year Zero posse, which comes with the CMU Recommended seal of approval? Yes, of course you do. Well, it's back on 2 Nov and is looking brill. South Central will be headlining, who, take it from me, are well worth your time checking out. They will be doing a live laptop and keys set, plus a special mash up DJ set with Twisted Licks resident mark Beaumont. Also doing the live thing will be Paris Trading and Haunts, plus on the decks will be Slim Jim and more tbc. This all takes place at 229 Great Portland Street (right next to Great Portland Street tube) on 2 Nov from 8pm till very late. Tickets are just £6 before 10pm and £8 after. You'll find more of that info stuff at, with press info from the Leyline team.


A spokesman, of sorts, for the government has indicated that legislation will be considered to help combat ongoing online content piracy if 'voluntary arrangements' cannot be reached.

The comments were made by Parliamentary Under Secretary For Innovation, Universities And Skills, Lord Triesman, on the BBC's iPM programme, presumably in a feature about the closure of controversial BitTorrent tracking site OiNK yesterday. Talking about how music continued to be shared online without the permission of the copyright owners, Triesman said that the government recognised that more needed to be done because "if creative artists can't earn a living as a result of the work they produce [because of illegal file sharing], then we will kill off creative artists and that would be a tragedy".

However, Triesman's talk of legislating seemed to dwell in the main on the continued debate as to how much responsibility internet service providers should take in combating illegal file sharing. After all, existing copyright laws already essentially make profiting from online piracy illegal, and as for targeting individual file sharers, over and above past civil litigation in that domain, the Lord didn't seem that keen, saying the government had no interest in "hounding 14-year-olds who shared music".

But on the ISP front, Triesman implied the government will put pressure on the ISPs to take on more responsibility for cracking down on illegal file sharing, something they have so far resisted. He said that talks between the ISPs and the record industry were "progressing more promisingly than people might have thought six months ago", adding that "for the most part I think there are going to be successful voluntary schemes between the creative industries and ISPs. Our preferred position is that we shouldn't have to regulate". However, perhaps in a threat to the ISPs, he concluded "if we can't get voluntary arrangements we will legislate.

Needless to say, the BPI welcomed such talk, with their chief Geoff Taylor telling the Beeb: "We greatly welcome the government reiterating its view that ISPs should work with us to tackle the problem of internet piracy, or else face legislation. ISPs operate the pathways to digital music consumers. Through our talks with the ISP community we are hopeful that together we can arrive at voluntary co-operative agreements that work to the benefit of the whole digital marketplace".

But the Internet Service Providers Association were keen to remind us that excessive tracking of the distribution of content via their networks was not as easy as perhaps the BPI or government suggest, saying: "ISPA does not support abuses of copyright and intellectual property theft, however, ISPs cannot monitor or record the type of information passed over their network. ISPs are no more able to inspect and filter every single packet passing across their network than the Post Office is able to open every envelope. ISPs deal with many more packets of data each day than postal services and data protection legislation actually prevents ISPs from looking at the content of the packets sent".


Mick Hucknall has said Simply Red will split in 2009 so he can concentrate on solo projects - though given that Simply Red was in many ways a solo project, Hucknall being at the centre of it all supported by a frequently changing line up of musicians, I'm not sure exactly how much difference that will make - except that it presumably mean Hucknall will release under his own name rather than the Simply Red moniker.

The decision means last album 'Stay' will be Simply Red's final studio album, and that recent single release 'The World And You Tonight' the final single. The band plan to continue to tour into 2009 before officially calling it a day.

Hucknall told the Gold radio network: "I've kind of decided that the 25 years is going to be enough. I've just recorded an album that is a tribute to Bobby Bland, a blues and R&B artist. It's a solo project and I've really enjoyed it - so much that I feel the time has come now to just put a book-end to the [Simply Red] story".

He added that he wanted to "invent a new form of music" influenced by sixties R&B and that "it's a big challenge but I can't do it under the name of Simply Red".


Our good friend Judge Jane McIvor has removed the drug treatment order that Pete Doherty has been under for the last eighteen months, six months early, saying that she and experts believed that the Babyshambler was making good progress and would now complete his drugs rehabilitation without court enforcement.

The decision follows a period of relative calm in Doherty's life, with the former Libertine seemingly making real progress in kicking the drugs. McIvor told Doherty "I wish you well", while outside court the singer told reporters: "I have just had enough really. It's just the beginning, you know what I mean. My life has changed".

McIvor's decision means Doherty will not need to make regular trips to Thames Magistrate's Court anymore, though he will be back in court later this week to face separate charges of driving illegally while in possession of drugs relating to an incident in Kensington last May.

Elsewhere in Doherty news, there are reports that he has split from his most recent fiancée, Irina Lazareanu, who has fulfilled the job of Pete's model girlfriend since his final break up with Kate Moss back in July. He apparently proposed to Lazareanu earlier this month, but now says he recognises he got involved with the model while on the rebound from Moss, and that he proposed in a "moment of madness".

A lovely source tells the Sun: "He got engaged in a moment of madness when he was off his head before he checked into rehab. Pete's been questioning his sanity ever since. He liked Irina but admits the only reason he got together with her was on the rebound from Kate. Irina turned up in Somerset over the weekend on the set of the video for Babyshambles' new single 'You Talk.' She was always telling Pete what to do and where to go, and in the end he had to tell her it was over. Everyone's happy she's gone - it wasn't doing anything for band relations".


I don't know about 'Brooklyn Don Diva', Foxy Brown really should call her next album 'Her Own Worst Enemy'. The incarcerated rapper is in solitary confinement today after fighting with a fellow inmate. The hip hop star was also reportedly abusive to prison guards and has refused to take random drug tests. She will be in solitary for eleven weeks.

As previously reported, Brown is serving a one year jail sentence for being a narky self-centred bitch. Oh no, hang on, for violating her probation relating to that altercation in a New York nail salon. By being a narky self-centred bitch. Possibly. She's also facing new charges of assault relating to a run in with a woman over the volume of her car stereo.

New album 'Brooklyn Don Diva' is due out later this year.


Aerosmith are facing what could become a string of lawsuits from their fans for cancelling a gig in Hawaii.

The band were due to conclude their six month world tour at the War Memorial Stadium in Wailuku last month, but pulled out at the last minute citing "scheduling conflicts". The band apologised to fans saying that their schedule didn't allow the time required to get all their kit to Hawaii. They played their finale show in Chicago instead.

But now a group of fans are pursuing legal action against the band, claiming the last minute cancellation meant they were out of pocket because in addition to the cost of the ticket for the concert (which will be refunded, of course) they had already spent money on travel and accommodation which they can't reclaim.

One lawyer, a Brandee Faria, is now representing some of those fans, and is suing the band for $1000 on behalf of one Lisa Sanchez, who claims she lost $120 on plane tickets that became redundant after the gig was cancelled. Should Faria and Sanchez be successful, that could open the band to similar lawsuits from any of the other 20,000 ticket holders for the Hawaii concert, which could prove very expensive.


A man has been arrested after a noose appeared around the neck of a statue of late rapper Tupac Shakur outside the Tupac Centre For The Arts in DeKalb County, Georgia, USA. Local police say the noose incident is being treated as a "hate crime", and that it follows other incidents in recent weeks when derisive remarks about Hurricane Katrina and Tupac's record label were written on the statue.

Commenting on the incidents, Tupac's mother Afeni Shakur told "Although our hearts are temporarily in pain, our spirits have already forgiven the perpetrators. Hate comes in all colours and genders therefore we will use this act of hate and ignorance to bring our community together and to pray for the healing of those who harbour such feelings".


Wu Tang Clan's RZA has denied that there is a rift within the band. As previously reported, there were rumours Ghostface Killah had fallen out with his clan-mates after it was revealed their new album '8 Diagrams' would be released the same day as his new solo album 'Big Doe Rehab'. Rumour also had it the rift had led to certain live dates being cancelled. But RZA has told MTV that no such rift exists, and that the Clan had moved the release date of their album now that the date clash has been revealed.

RZA: "We didn't have him move, we moved. Wu Tang Clan is a bunch of brothers working on one common cause... We planned to put that record out in September, then October, and it kept getting pushed because it's just a lot of work. I wasn't really conscious [the Ghostface Killah] was dropping an album on December 4th, but yesterday we moved our [group] record from the 4th to the 11th. We gave that spot to Ghostface... because of how he felt".


P Diddy has entered into an alliance with Diageo in the US which will see the hip hop mogul and his company Sean Combs Enterprises take over the marketing of their Ciroc liquor brand. Profits generated through Combs' marketing efforts will be split 50/50 between the two companies. And if it all goes well the hip hopper may release his own liquor brand.

Confirming the deal, Diageo US's Chief Marketing Officer, Debra Kelly-Ennis, told reporters: "Sean Combs has a proven track record of developing high-end brands and we expect his alliance with Ciroc to follow suit. We are confident that Sean and his team are the right partners to further enhance the luxury profile of Ciroc".


Oasis' new download-only single 'Lord Don't Slow Me Down' is also available as a video download. A video version of the track has gone on sale via iTunes and will, I think, also appear on the band's previously reported on-the-road DVD when it is released at the end of the month. So there you go.

Elsewhere in Oasis news, there is speculation that Liam Gallagher married fiancé Nicole Appleton last weekend mainly because of comments made by Radio 1 DJ Sara Cox, who issued her congratulations to the couple on the radio. But there's been no word from Oasis' people as to whether or not a wedding did, in fact, take place.


Prince's 'Purple Rain' has been voted the greatest movie soundtrack of all time in a survey of Vanity Fair readers. One would assume the movie itself wouldn't top many 'best of' polls, but those surveyed reckoned its soundtrack was landmark in its merging of "funk, R&B, pop, metal, and even psychedelia, into a sound that defined the 80s".

Prince beat the soundtrack to Beatles film 'A Hard Day's Night', which came second, while the reggae soundtrack to the 1972 film 'The Harder They Come' and the collection of music that featured in 'Pulp Fiction' came third and fourth respectively. The legendary 'Trainspotting' soundtrack came seventh, while the Bee Gee's famous 'Saturday Night Fever' soundtrack came eighth.


Michael and Emily Eavis last night launched a new music night in London which will champion new and unsigned talent with a view to finding such talent to play at the next Glastonbury Festival.

Emily explains: "As a festival, we would really like to lead the way in new music. We're really after unsigned acts and finding the best new acts from all corners of the country and beyond. The aim is to collect as many new bands as possible throughout the year and build up a strong roster of new acts".

The night will be called Holy Cow, and any band wanting to be considered to appear at it should get in touch via


Somewhat unsurprisingly, a number of concerts in California have been cancelled as those out of control forest fires continue to spread around the region. Various gigs at San Diego venues especially, including gigs due to take place this week involving Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Jesus And Mary Chain and Peter Frampton, have been cancelled or postponed as the area is evacuated because of the risks associated with the spreading fires. Live Nation South California's boss Nick Masters told Billboard: "We will continue to monitor the situation. Our hearts go out to those affected by the fires".


Almost buzzy singer songwriter Emmy The Great will release new single 'Gabriel' on 3 Dec, though in the meantime you can see her at one of the following gigs:

30 Oct: Birmingham Glee Club
31 Oct: Manchester Night & Day
2 Nov: Sheffield Leadmill
3 Nov: Leeds Faversham - Nastyfest
4 Nov: Glasgow King Tuts
6 Nov: London Kings College
7 Nov: Brighton Komedia
8 Nov: Bristol Louisiana
10 Nov: Cardiff Swn Festival


Personally I was a bit disappointed with the Mystery Jets' debut album, but there's still something about them that continues to intrigue, and news that they've been recording with Mr Erol Alkan only serves to further the interest. With the new record due next year, which could well see these guys properly "arrive", these recently announced small club shows could be the last chance to see them in a small venue. But then doesn't everyone always say that?

25 Nov: Bristol, Thekla
26 Nov: Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
27 Nov: Glasgow, Beat Club
28 Nov: Manchester, Ruby Lounge
29 Nov: Tamworth Palace
30 Nov: Brighton, Digital
1 Dec: London, ACTH & BE at Bloomsbury Ballroom.


The Nordoff-Robbins music therapy cCharity yesterday announced that nine new names have been added to their list of signed radios, all of which are up for auction. Yep, radios. Signed. Simple really.

Already bidders have been hitting the auction at, vying for ownership of the PURE digital radios signed by Razorlight, Katie Melua, Jamie Cullum, Scott Gorham of Thin Lizzy, Mick Jones and king of charity Bob Geldof (he had to be in there at some point).

Bidding closes on 31 Oct, so if radios signed by famous people are your thing then I guess you should get online now.


After three years away, Radio One has decided to return to Creamfields next year, the dance festival's tenth outing, and say they will broadcast a whole load of live coverage from there. Assuming their entire live music team don't get downsized out presumably. This year's event featured Chemical Brothers, Groove Armada, Carl Cox and Mark Ronson, of course, and those Cream types are already promising huge acts to tie in with the one decade celebrations. Predictably, these are all set to be announced through Radio One in the coming months.


ALBUM REVIEW: Hybrid Remixed (Distinctive)
Remix albums are often a patchy affair, but this whopping two disc selection (with a running time of two and a half hours plus), featuring exclusive tracks reworked by a refreshing list of acts from the current dance scene, rarely puts a finger wrong. CD1 is the better of the two, an expansive set of mixes that doesn't deviate from Hybrid's cinematic breaks/progressive template. The likes of Kosheen, Keenan Anderson and Jerome Sydenham turn in piledriving slabs of music which acknowledge the spirit of the originals whilst offering something new at the same time. In true mix style, there's downtempo stuff at the end, with The Orb's take on 'Higher Than A Skyscraper' being one of their better remixes in recent years (simply by virtue of not being a sludgy dirge) and Cinematic Orchestra getting moody but tranquil on 'Blackout'. CD2 is a bit crunchier, packed with pounding minimal techno in amidst the more familiar widescreen epics. Whilst all three Hybrid albums are featured, 'Morning Sci Fi' is under-represented, with only two tracks from the 16 here, but minor quibbles like this aside, 'Remixed' is both as good a dance album you'll hear all year and a fine example of the remix album to boot. MS
Release date: 29 Oct
Press contact: Trailer Media [all]


The boss of the UK's record industry trade body, the BPI, has said that those rather high profile and much previously reported moves by artists like The Charlatans, Radiohead, Madonna and Prince to release their current or future recorded music without the assistance of traditional record companies are not a sign of an industry in collapse, as some media commentators have suggested. Then again, he would say that, wouldn't he? Though I think I said that too, just last week, so we'll give him a few paragraphs of CMU time anyways.

BPI chief Geoff Taylor has been writing about all this for the Daily Telegraph, and he says those artists' decisions represent "evolution, not revolution" in the music industry. Established artists, he argues, have a long history of taking more control over the distribution of their later work. In the past this often meant releasing their music through their own labels or imprints - but in the digital age those artists have a greater choice of ways to connect directly with their fans using new media platforms, many of which are also being used by traditional record labels.

But crucially, Taylor argues, newer talent will still rely on traditional record labels for support and investment, even if they are able to independently build up fanbases and sell music via their own online initiatives. Taylor: "There is in fact nothing new in established artists setting up their own record label. Prince, Simply Red, Oasis, the Beatles, and Led Zeppelin have done so in the past. But what do the recent developments mean for emerging talent? When the Arctic Monkeys and Lily Allen broke through MySpace, conventional wisdom had it that record labels no longer had a place in the digital age. Yet both artists are signed to long-established, successful record labels and in reality only became household names thanks to traditional marketing. Record labels are changing but remain the most highly skilled at identifying, investing in, nurturing, marketing and promoting new musical talent. Technology provides new ways to promote artists, but does not replace record labels".

He admits that the recording industry is facing real challenges, and then waffles a bit about P2P file sharing "devaluing music", like record label types do, before agreeing that the solution is those 360 degree artist contracts where record labels, as the principle and initial investors in new talent, are able to recoup their investment on revenue streams other than traditional record sales, which is, of course, a declining revenue stream.

But he argues that those investors - the labels - have, if anything, a more important role to play, saying: "The multitude of services that a record label offers to an artist are becoming more important, not less important, as media channels proliferate. In addition to their traditional expertise in international physical distribution, labels have networks of relationships to collect licensing income around the world, to account to artists, music publishers and other rightsholders, to generate new income from brand partnerships and synchronisation, as well as having the skill and resources to promote an act across a multiplicity of online channels. These capabilities are essential for artists trying to build a long-term career. The back catalogues and broad portfolios of larger record companies give them negotiating power in striking deals that can benefit all of their artists, while digital channels are opening up new opportunities to exploit catalogues more effectively than has been possible through physical retail".

So there you have it. Label types, you're not all fucked after all. As I think I said last week.


The Official Charts Company has released guidelines regarding the eligibility of USB releases for the UK albums chart. As previously reported, music released on the USB stick format is now eligible for both the singles and albums chart. There are various rules regarding eligibility, which I never understand, but I'm assuming if you're in the business of releasing USB sticks you already do. Hybrid vinyl/CD releases will also now be recognised by the chart people - whatever they are.

OCC MD Martin Talbot says this: "With a number of labels gearing up for the introduction of new formats, and a clear demand at retail for innovation on physical formats, we look forward to seeing the impact of these new initiatives".

OCC Chart Director Omar Maskatiya adds: "This is a continuation of our aim to keep the chart rules relevant to the market and proactively encompass new initiatives from within the industry. OCC's ongoing challenge in a rapidly changing market is to
ensure its guidelines for chart eligibility embrace developments across physical and digital formats".


Good news for people who prefer their hip hop without "niggas", "hos" and "motherfuckers". Well, providing you do your record shopping in New Zealand, that is. New Zealand's biggest specialist record store chain, Sounds, has started selling edited versions of current and famous hip hop albums meaning that consumers who object to naughty, racist or sexist language can buy those albums with that content removed.

While clean versions of hip hop single releases are sometimes available, it is less common to be able to buy edited versions of album releases. But Sounds is now stocking such edits of Kanye West's 'Graduation' and 50 Cents' 'Curtis', and of classic albums by the likes of Dr Dre, Tupac and the Notorious BIG.

The chain's Music Buyer, Matt Ruys, told Billboard that the chain would still stock the original versions of the albums, but that they recognised some of their customers would prefer the edits. Ruys: "This is not about replacing unedited versions with clean ones. Personally, I would rather listen to the unedited version, but there are parents out there who are concerned about what their kids listen to and we should provide them with an alternative".

Sounds will buy the edited versions of the albums directly off US suppliers, who distribute such edits, but say that if the edited albums take off that they might encourage local suppliers to release them too.


This could be interesting, given the Blackberry has become as dominant in the business communications space as the iPod has in the consumer music market. Rumour has it Omnifone are in talks with Blackberry maker Research In Motion about making their MusicStation subscription music service available here in the UK via the corporate mobile devices - presumably as part of Omnifone's previously reported UK relationship with Vodafone. Given that the gadget geek is already torn between a Blackberry and an iPhone, now the music loving gadget geek won't know where to go.


More rumours, and rumour has it Amazon's recently launched MP3 download service is already the third biggest digital music store in the US behind eMusic and iTunes. Which possibly isn't that surprising, but commentators reckon that it further demonstrates that the new DRM free download service is set to quickly take the second place spot in the download market, before taking on the giant that is iTunes.


And talking of downloads, EMI is now onboard at the UK's leading digital dance music store, The arrival of the major on the dance orientated download platform follows their decision earlier this year to drop DRM from their catalogue, of course, supplying music in user friendly MP3 format. The deal means artists like The Chemical Brothers, Depeche Mode, LCD Soundsystem and Massive Attack will now all be added to the service.

Confirming the deal, Graeme Rogan, Head of Digital Sales at EMI Music UK, told CMU: "Our move to make our music available in the MP3 DRM-free format has enabled this and many more genre based deals possible. The partnership with DJdownload marks another step forward for EMI towards our goal of increasing the presence of our music in niche markets. DJdownload has a knowledgeable and committed consumer base and we look forward to engaging with this market to increase the sales and reach of all our dance related products".

Justin Pearse, Head of Music at, added: "We are seeking to become the most comprehensive source of dance and electronic music on the web, but missing major label content has always left some holes. This deal is a watershed for niche players like us. Labels like [EMI's] Positiva have shaped commercial dance music over the last decade or so with hits crossing over from dance floor radio and we are thrilled to have them on board".


Hmm, Microsoft has reportedly taken a $240 million stake in Facebook as part of the social networking site's most recent financing. The deal will also see the IT giant expand its existing "strategic alliance" with the social networking phenomenon. Gossipers say that Microsoft's interest in Facebook isn't just because they want a slice of the social networking market, but because they know Google are also interested in it and they want to keep them out.


More digital, and music publisher Boosey & Hawkes has announced it is making music owned by its Music Production company available via digital music aggregator The Orchard.

B&H Music Production mainly record music for ads, TV shows, and film and game soundtracks, involving composers signed to their sister publishing operation. Over the years that has created quite a catalogue of music, and B&H have been looking into new ways of making that music available directly to consumers - mainly because consumers who hear the music in films, ads or TV shows now want to buy it. The deal with The Orchard will mean that music will soon be available via platforms the aggregator supplies.

Confirming the deal, B&H Head Of Media Michael Shaw told CMU: "This is a significant deal for us and our composers. It marks not only a new direction for the company but also a new revenue stream. Selling recordings direct to consumers is not something expected from music publishers, but high demand from the public trying to purchase our tracks has led us to this decision. This partnership will give people access to previously unavailable music, and that makes us very excited".

The Orchard chief Greg Scholl added: "To partner with such a world renowned music institution like Boosey & Hawkes is an accolade for The Orchard. This is a catalogue of extraordinary depth, which will resonate with a large number of consumers previously unable to purchase these songs".


The FT has reported that former EMI chief Eric Nicoli was asked to give back the keys to the major label's corporate flat in London by new owners Terra Firma more or less as soon as they took over at the music firm. The flat is now up for sale, Terra Firma being a bit confused as to why EMI needs a corporate flat.


Yes, it is looking more and more like this whole Sharon Osbourne walking off The X Factor thing was a publicity stunt. Now Sharon claims she regrets storming off, that she wants to return, but that no one from ITV has called her to ask her back. What's the betting it'll all be happily resolved by Saturday night?

Anyway, here's what Osbourne said to Paul O'Grady on his telly show: "I had just had it up to here. I thought 'I'm not going to take anymore'. I have made mistakes. I made one on Saturday ... I can't apologise for being me. I don't know if ITV want me back. I want to go back to take care of my girls but I've not heard from anyone. I'll pay for the call".

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