CMU Daily - on the inside Monday 29th October
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In today's CMU Daily:
- V2 staff face major cuts
- Warner may push for month-to-month deal with Apple
- TI gets bail
- Jacko could lose Neverland
- Doherty gets new drugs order, but no jail time
- Kid Rock on the waffle brawl
- Take That-er pulls out of show after onstage injujury
- Silverchair dominate at ARIAs
- Bloc Party storm Electric Proms despite doctor's note
- Ray Davies sales disappointing after newspaper promotion
- Bedouin Soundclash advertise again
- Puntastic Unitaur
- Jarvis' Hallowe'en story
- Online majors plan lyric services
- Galaxy/Kiss may merge
- Xfm Welsh line up announced
- Camfield leaves Xfm
- Chart update
- playlist
- Total Rock world album chart
- Cowell tells X-judges to stop bickering


Last call on this one - our call to action for all you A&R types. As previously mentioned, we are currently putting together an all new CMU guide to making it as a band, and we plan to include a comprehensive guide to all the A&Rs out there in record label and music publishing land. If you're an A&R and you haven't already done this (lots have - thanks for that) we'd greatly appreciate it if you could take two and half minutes to bung us an email and tell us the following:

- Your name, job title and label
- Your label's A&R policy - ie what kind of music you sign
- Approx how many new bands you sign a year
- Whether you welcome unsolicited demos
- If so, how you prefer them (CD, email, via web interface)
- Do you welcome bands contacting you to tell you about themselves, their gigs, their self-releases etc?
- If so, how should they get in touch (phone, email, via web interface)?
- What tips do you have for bands looking to be signing?

We're keen to get your info even if it is "don't send us anything or get in touch, we discover everything ourselves". So, Mr/Ms A&R, email us your answers to And we'll let you know more about our new guide to the music biz sometime very soon, promise.


Despite reports last week indicating that large parts of the V2 workforce would move over to Universal, where the indie is set to become part of the major's Mercury division, Music Week has just reported that actually 45 of the former indie's 50 London based staff face the axe. will presumably have the latest on that - though I'm guessing most of V2 are already tuned in there. We'll update you on it all tomorrow.


Rumour is rife, ladies and gentlemen, that the Warner Music Group may follow rivals Universal Music in insisting on a month-to-month licensing arrangement with Apple's iTunes when its latest wider agreement with the download platform runs out at the end of the year. The Washington Post last week cited a "source with knowledge of discussions" as confirming that Warner planned to follow Universal's lead.

While Universal execs would admit that they would never take their content off iTunes at short notice - though in theory they could - the major does believe the month-to-month arrangement gives them greater 'balance of power' in their relationship with market dominant Apple, which is important given their belief (and hope) that iTunes rivals like Amazon will start to eat away at Apple's dominance in the coming year. A month-to-month relationship with iTunes gives Universal more options to respond to the needs of Apple's credible competitors, and it seems Warner now recognise that and want to be in the same position too.

The report on Warner's position came in a wider Post article on the challenges iTunes faces as the major content owners try to win back some power in the digital content market - power they lost to Apple when the computer firm pushed ahead with the launch of the iTunes Music Store in 2003 at a time when the music and movie companies were still paranoid about everything digital.

The article also speculates what impact the previously reported collapse of the Apple/NBC Universal relationship, which began with a pricing dispute last month, will have on the wider iTunes platform - the iTunes Music Store is losing NBC's TV content. The Post quotes some industry commentators as saying that the increasingly hardline approach being taken by the likes of Warner and NBC in their licensing talks with Apple could backfire, but NBC Universal spokesman Cory Shields thinks they have the upper hand, telling the Post: "The iPod is only as good as the content on it".


Those of you losing sleep over poor old TI being banged up and refused bail - fear not, bail has now been granted. Those who lose sleep over rich rappers who allegedly own large collections of illegal firearms being on the streets at night, well, probably no need to worry either, given that a bail condition is that TI, real name Clifford Harris, is monitored 24 hours a day by a private security firm until his case goes to court.

As previously reported, Harris was arrested in hometown Atlanta earlier in the month over allegations he had been illegally buying firearms. He had been refused bail, but the rapper's legal people finally convinced the courts to let him go this weekend. He has been released on a $3 million bail, and will be under house arrest, monitored by a private security firm which Harris himself will pay for. Harris' home has been searched prior to his return there, and further spot check searches are promised. His girlfriend will be able to come and go as she pleases, as will other guests, but subject to various conditions. He will be able to work while at his home.

Officials had been unwilling to let Harris go, but the rapper's lawyer this weekend argued that, given the amount of money being put up, it was hard for the courts to refuse his client bail. It is unclear when TI will now go back to court to face the illegal firearm charges. If found guilty he could face ten years in jail.


According to reports, Michael Jackson could lose the Neverland Ranch as his financial struggles catch up with him once more. Fox News report that the singer has been put on notice after defaulting on payments on a $23 million loan with the Fortress Investment Group. He now faces the task of paying back the whole amount or they will start moves to seize the ranch, on which the loan is secured. The Californian property, which Jacko has turned his back on since his most recent child abuse trial back in 2005, is said to be worth just under the figure the singer owes Fortress.

The latest financial challenge will not affect Jackson's stake in music publishing giant Sony/ATV, on which other loans are secured, and which is pretty much keeping Jackson afloat these days. Because of the Sony/ATV stake some reckon Jacko's people will come to a deal with Fortress or a third party before any foreclosure on Neverland takes place, though Fox's Roger Friedman says that Jackson's outstanding loans and legal debts are getting close to adding up to the value of his Sony/ATV stake, observing that current problems amount to "the worst financial situation [Jacko's] ever faced".


Elsewhere in the pop courts, Pete Doherty was back in the dock on Friday to face charges stemming from an arrest in May - just days after having the rehabilitation order that resulted from past drugs related charges lifted.

Given his recent rehab successes Judge Davinder Lachlar - who had seemed less lenient than Judge Jane McIvor, who has presided over many of Doherty's previous court visits - decided against a custodial sentence for the May charges, instead giving him a suspended sentence and a brand new drug rehabilitation order. The judge said: "You have made strides and I hope you will continue in doing so. I would hate to see you going backwards".


Kid Rock has being talking about that previously reported brawl at a Waffle House restaurant in Atlanta which saw him and five members of his entourage arrested. As previously reported, the rocker got into a run in with one Harlen DeJon Akins at a Waffle House restaurent last weekend.

Commenting on the incident, on Ellen DeGeneres' talk show on Thursday, he said: "Last thing I want is to have a reputation. [But] I believe in standing up for things I believe in. Being honest sometimes gets me in a little bit of trouble. It started with me celebrating a great show that night. We were hungry. It was late at night. I know the people work hard at Waffle House so I tipped people behind the counter and gave $300 to split up. Bought everyone breakfast in there. We had a good time. [Then] this one kid just started talking ... And then one thing led to another, windows were breaking, cussing and fussing ... the mud, the blood and the beer. He said, 'I hope you get mad, I'll sue the hell out of you.' I'm like, 'Take a number'".

It is unclear what charges Rock now faces in relation to the incident.


Take That's Howard Donald was forced to miss a show on the group's European tour after suffering a chest injury on stage last week. Donald's condition, specifics on which have not been revealed, meant he had to miss out on the group's Vienna show this weekend - though he insisted the show went ahead without him.

A statement from the Take That-er said: "I've never had to miss a show before, it's unbelievably frustrating being sat in a hospital when I should be on stage with the guys".

Meanwhile the rest of the group said in a statement ahead of the Vienna show: "Our friend's health is of the utmost priority and we wish him a speedy recovery, we'll make sure tonight's show is still a fantastic experience for the fans".


Those Silverchair boys dominated at the Aussie version of the BRITs this weekend, taking the awards for Single and Album Of The Year, plus Best Group, Best Rock Album and Highest Selling Single. Which is rather good going if you ask me. Here are the full list of ARIA 2007 winners...

Album of the Year: Silverchair - Young Modern (EMI/Virgin)
Single of the Year: Silverchair - Straight Lines (EMI/Virgin)
Best Group: Silverchair
Best Rock Album: Silverchair - Young Modern (EMI/Virgin)
Motorola Highest Selling Single: Silverchair - Straight Lines (EMI/Virgin)
Best Blues And Roots Album: The John Butler Trio - Grand National (MGM/Jarrah Record)
Best Independent Release: The John Butler Trio - Grand National (MGM/Jarrah Records)
Best Dance Release: Sneaky Sound System - Sneaky Sound System (MGM/Whack Records)
Breakthrough Artist - Album: Sneaky Sound System - Sneaky Sound System (MGM/Whack Records)
Best Male Artist: Gotye - Mixed Blood (Samples 'n' Seconds/Creative Vibes)
Best Female Artist: Missy Higgins - On A Clear Night (EMI/Virgin)
Best Music DVD: You Am I - Who Are They, These Rock Stars? Live At The Mint (EMI/Virgin)
Best Adult Contemporary Album: Josh Pyke - Memories & Dust (Ivy League Records)
Best Pop Release: Sarah Blasko - What The Sea Wants, The Sea Will Have (UMA/Dew Process)
Best Urban Release: Hilltop Hoods - The Hard Road Restrung (Obese Records)
Best Comedy Release: Dave Hughes - Live (Liberation Music)
Best Children's Album: The Wiggles - Pop Go The Wiggles (ABC Music)
Best Country Album: Keith Urban - Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy Thing (EMI/Capitol)
Breakthrough Artist - Single: Operator Please - Just A Song About Ping Pong (EMI/Virgin)
Motorola Highest Selling Album: Damien Leith - The Winner's Journey (Sony BMG)
Hall of Fame Inductee: Nick Cave


Bloc Party took to the Roundhouse stage in London on Saturday night for their Electric Proms gig, even though a doctor had told frontman Kele Okereke he should cancel the show. But the band won rave reviews despite Okereke suffering from acute pharyngitis. According to NME he told his audience at the show: "I should not be singing today, I have acute pharyngitis. I have a doctor's note... well, no thanks. I couldn't let you down".

The BBC's Electric Proms, by the way, were a huge success, even though I missed them all again (though, I should add, in the Beeb's defence, not because of the lack of an invite, but because last week was the busiest for a while at CMU, and that's saying something). The whole shebang reached its climax last night with that Ray Davies taking to the stage, not least to perform Kinks song 'Sunny Afternoon' with that Johnny Borrell fella.


Talking of Ray Davies, Music Week has reported that that initiative by V2 which involved giving away a version of the new Ray Davies album with the Sunday Times has backfired, failing to deliver a sales boost for the main album release.

Actually I'm a bit confused about this story, because by my records the new album isn't released until today, so I'm not sure how anyone knows whether or not there's been a sales boost or not yet - perhaps its based on pre-orders - though Amazon and HMV both now list this album's release date as last week. So I'm not sure what to think, and the album's publicist is out at a meeting and, needless to say, those V2 people have bigger things to worry about this morning.

Anyway, it seems that retailers reckon the Sunday Times covermount promotion - which saw one version of the latest Ray Davies album 'Working Man's Café' being given away the weekend before last - has failed to result in an expected uplift of sales of the other version of the album, which is getting a traditional retail release and which features extra tracks. It is unclear if V2, who will have received a licensing fee from the Sunday Times, ever expected high sales of the retail album release on the back of the newspaper promotion, but the music retailers, who are generally against covermount CDs of course, had said they would keep an open mind on this one on the basis that the exposure the Times gave Davies might boost sales of the full album on the high street.

However, HMV Head Of Music Rudy Osorio told Music Week: "We were certainly prepared to have an open mind on this and to be persuaded that this form of promotion could deliver benefits at a retail level, but the initial indications are that it hasn't. If anything, fewer copies of the album appear to have been sold in-store and online than might have been the case had the Sunday Times activity not taken place. It kind of confirms our reservations, and it's difficult to see how any retailer can support such promotional activity in future".

V2 are yet to comment, though, as I say, that's not surprising really is it?


Get your song on a vaguely fashionable advert and it sells - we all know that. See Feist, Dandy Warhols and Jose Gonzalez for reference. Though one band are possibly going into ad-track overload - reaching almost Moby-esque levels of ad licencing. The band is Canadian trio Bedouin Soundclash who are about to top off appearances in a T-Mobile campaign and a Rimmel advert with a deal with Adidas. Yep, they're now the official favourite band for corporate types. Presumably they'll be hoping all that ad exposure will help them with their upcoming tour - which reaches the UK next month.


Vice magazine have a dinosaur themed tour of universities called the Unitaur (boom boom) starting tomorrow. The poster is dinosaur themed, not the line up, we should add. That features sex-obsessed French indie kids The Teenagers, Ed Banger records' DJ Mehdi and Crystal Castles. The tour goes like this...

30 Oct: Glasgow, ABC2
31 Oct: Newcastle, The Other Rooms
1 Nov: Leeds, The Faversham
2 Nov: Manchester, The Music Box
3 Nov: Sheffield, DQ Sheffield
7 Nov: Bristol, Clockwork
8 Nov: Nottingham, Stealth
9 Nov: Brighton, Digital
10 Nov: London, Goldsmiths University Union


Drowned in Sound have had what they describe as a "visual 'nip and tuck'" on their website and have announced some interesting features to celebrate the relaunch, including a Q&A with Swedish electronic duo The Knife, publication of Mogwai's opinion on the new Radiohead album (you know, the revolutionary one - ahem) and, perhaps most exciting, a Halloween story written by Jarvis Cocker. It's all at, obviously.


Three major players in the online music domain are planning lyric based services, providing their users with easy access to song lyrics through a partnership with song data and information service Gracenote. Ironically all three seem to say they are launching the new lyric services to differentiate themselves from the ever competitive online music service market - though given three major players are doing it, I doubt there'll be much differentiation.

Anyway, following an earlier announcement by Yahoo Music US that they plan to add a lyrics service to their website, now both AOL and MTV have told Digital Music News they have lyrical services in the pipeline - both of which should launch in the next month.

AOL's Senior VP Entertainment Mike Rich told DMN that their lyric service will appear in different sections of AOL Music, and that they hoped it would enhance their music service, observing: "The major initiative for us is to capture people's attention".

MTV plan to make their lyric service available via their online and mobile platforms, and maybe also via their TV channels. Their Exec VP Digital Media Courtney Holt said: "Our audiences love searching for their favourite lyrics. By threading innovative ways for them to seek out and interact with lyrics throughout our musical eco-system, we're creating even more unique ways for them to connect with their favourite music".


If people wrote about adventures involving brand names then the Galaxy/Kiss story would be a best seller. But alas they don't. Either way, things may be coming full circle in this story, and Manchester, who lost its Kiss to a Galaxy, may be getting its Kiss back. Or perhaps Bristol, who lost its Galaxy to a Kiss, by way of some Vibe, might get their Galaxy back. Or something like that.

There is speculation that Global Radio, owners of the Galaxy network of youth/dance stations, are bidding to buy the Kiss network of youth/dance stations off EMAP, who, as previously reported, have put all their assets up for sale. Although EMAP are known to be anticipating to split up their business for the sale - into consumer media, business media and broadcast media - it is not clear whether they will split up those constituent businesses even further in order to achieve maximum profit. Either way, the recently created Global Radio (which bought Chrysalis' radio assets, which included Galaxy) is known to be interested in buying Kiss for certain, and possibly all of EMAP's radio stations.

Amanda Barrett of ad firm Universal McCann has told the Guardian that she believes the two youth networks will merge sometime soon, adding that doing so would make "good commercial sense". She told the paper: "The two brands have quite strong synergy together giving advertisers the opportunity to target the 16-34 market on quite a large scale. The combined reach is nearly six million adults, so that's a fairly strong proposition, particularly in that youth market".

Actually Kiss and Galaxy have already said they will work with ad agencies on joint campaigns across both their networks, though that move is not thought to be related to any moves higher up the stations' parent companies to merge the two brands.

Should a merger take place presumably one brand name would be adopted across the network, though it isn't clear if that would be 'Kiss' or 'Galaxy'. Although both the original Kiss and Galaxy stations began out as pirates, the latter only adopted its moniker post-purchase by a legit radio firm, so arguably the Kiss brand is stronger - plus it, of course, has national profile through the Kiss TV station. Given that Global have only recently acquired Galaxy and will therefore have little loyalty to the brand, I suspect the Kiss name would win out. So, Manchester will get its Kiss back.


Well, I've always said someone should give Goldie Lookin Chain a radio show and, oh, look, Xfm South Wales have just given Rhsy and Eggsy of GLC the drive time slot in their launch schedule. Genius. Though I say so myself.

The new outpost of GCap's alternative music station, Xfm South Wales, goes on air on 29 Nov, and details of its launch line up were announced this morning, though details of who will front the new station's breakfast show are tbc.

The station's daytime schedule will follow the lead of the other Xfm stations with that back-to-back-sort-of-listener-requested format they call Xu, even though Xfm London's RAJAR listening figures, released last week, seem to have gone down since the introduction of the presenter-free daytime thing. On late nights, meanwhile, the Welsh service will tap into Xfm networked shows hosted by John Kennedy and Eddy Temple Morris - Xposure and The Remix respectively.

GLC's Rhys and Eggsy will present drive time, or at least they will until they inevitably fall foul of OfCom regulations, but it should be a fun ride in the meantime. Colin Francies of Welsh band The New 1920 will host the Welsh version of Xfm's Music:Response strand, while former Stereophonic Stuart Cable, Dirty Sanchez' Matthew Pritchard and Lee Dainton, and Johnny Vaughan's wind-up man Justin 'Welshy' Waite will all have weekend shows. In case you hadn't noticed, everyone except for Kennedy has a Welsh connection.

This is what Xfm Network MD Nick Davidson says: "This line-up is incredible - the best that Wales has to offer on one station. The response that we have had from everyone that we have approached has been brilliant. There are so many personalities in one schedule and I for one just can't wait to tune in and listen. We still have more to announce including the all important breakfast show so keep your ears to the ground".


While we're dedicating excessive amounts of Daily-time to Xfm scheduling, let's report that Ian Camfield, who must have presented pretty much every single show in the Xfm London schedule in his ten years with the station, is heading across the pond to join New York alternative station K-Rock. The decision means he will leave his most recent slot in the Xfm line-up, on drive time, though he is expected to still appear on the London station from time to time - possibly through the next series of the joint Xfm/K-Rock show Import/Export.

Camfield told reporters: "Leaving the weekday Xfm schedule was a hard decision to make as I believe Xfm is in the best position it has been in ten years. On the other hand I am of course extremely excited about being able to realise my dream of broadcasting in the United States while still maintaining my links with Xfm in the UK".

Xfm London Programme Director Adam Uytman added: "We are over the moon for Ian - we all know that opportunities like this don't come along very often and we are pleased that we are in a position where we can support him with his future plans. Ian has played a big part in Xfm's history and we are looking forward to continuing our relationship with him - just from further afield".

No word yet on who will now takeover Xfm London's drive time show.


It was a busy week in the old singles charts, meaning we have all new entries in the Top 3, you know, like in the old days. Leona Lewis proves she still has the X-Factor by winning the battle and going straight in at one with 'Bleeding Love', beating Take That who don't quite rule the chart, with 'Rule The World' at 2, and McFly, who go in at three with 'The Heart Never Lies'. That all pushes last week's top three - Sugababes, Mark Ronson / Amy Winehouse and Britney - into positions 4, 5, and 6 respectively.

Other new entries on the singles chart go like this: Oasis at 10 with 'Lord Don't Slow Me Down', Elvis with 'If I Can Dream' at 17, Wombats with 'Let's Dance To Joy Division' at 22, Backstreet Boys with 'Inconsolable' at 24, Samim with 'Heater' at 29 and Chris Brown featuring T-Pain at 40 with 'Kiss Kiss'.

Albums wise, and those The Hoosiers with their rather intense postering campaign and debut long player 'The Trick To Life' top the chart, well done them. Well done also to Van Morrison, who has scored his highest ever chart position in his 40 year career with hits package 'Still On Top' going in at 2 (or 'Now Nearly On Top, But For The Hoosiers' as it perhaps should be called). Other new entries in the old albums chart as follows: Neil Young with 'Chrome Dreams 2' at 14, Santana with 'Ultimate' at 16, Michael Ball with 'Back To Bacherach' at 20, Orson with 'Culture Vultures' at 25, Serj Tankian with 'Elect The Dead' at 26 and Stylistics with 'Very Best Of' at 32.


Here they are again, the videos being played on the video screen network in students' unions all over the UK. New entries marked with a *.

Bloc Party - Flux (Wichita)*
The Cribs - Don't You Wanna Be Relevant (Wichita)
Freemasons feat Bailey Tzuke - Uninvited (Loaded)
Justice - D.A.N.C.E. (EMI/Because)
Kaiser Chiefs - Love's Not A Competition (But I'm Winning) (B-Unique)*
Kanye West feat. T-Pain - Good Life (Universal/Def Jam)
Kings Of Leon - Charmer (SonyBMG/Columbia)
Kylie - 2 Hearts (EMI/Parlophone)
Mark Ronson - Valerie (SonyBMG/Columbia)
N-Dubz - You Better Not Waste My Time (Universal/Polydor)
Oasis - Lord Don't Slow Me Down (Big Brother)
One Night Only - You and Me (Universal/Vertigo)
Orson - Ain't No Party (Universal/Mercury)
Rihanna feat Ne-Yo - Hate That I Love You (Universal/Def Jam)
Samim - Heater (Ministry/Data)*
The Wombats - Let's Dance To Joy Division (Warner/14th Floor)

Angels and Airwaves - Everything's Magic (Universal/Island)
The Answering Machine - Lightbulbs (EMI/Regal)
586 - Rags & Tags (Supervision)
Boy Kill Boy - No Conversation (Universal/Vertigo)
Bumblebeez - Dr Love (Universal/Island)
Johnny Flynn - The Box (Universal/Vertigo)*
New Young Pony Club - Get Lucky (Modular)*
Nine Black Alps - Bitter End (Universal/Island)
Palladium - High 5 (EMI/Virgin)*
The Pigeon Detectives - I Found Out (Dance To The Radio)
Ra Ra Riot - Dying Is Fine (V2)
Simian Mobile Disco - Hustler (Wichita)*
Super Furry Animals - Run Away (Beggars/Rough Trade)
The Thirst - Ready To Move (Wooden)
Vincent Vincent & The Villians - On My Own (EMI)*
The Whip - Sister Siam (Southern Fried)*


It's the Total Rock World Album Chart, as counted down on Total Rock over the weekend - New entries and re-entries marked with a *.

1. Foo Fighters - Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace (SonyBMG)
2. Bruce Springsteen - Magic (SonyBMG/Columbia)
3. Linkin Park - Minutes To Midnight (Warner Bros)
4. Nightwish - Dark Passion Play (Nuclear Blast)
5. Kid Rock - Rock - N Roll Jesus (Warner/Atlantic)*
6. Nickelback - All The Right Reasons (Warner/Roadrunner)
7. Daughtry - Daughtry (SonyBMG)
8. HIM - Venus Doom (Warner Bros)
9. Down - Down III: Over The Under (Warner/Roadrunner)
10. Alter Bridge - Blackbird (Republic)*
11. Bon Jovi - Lost Highway (Universal/Mercury)
12. 30 Seconds To Mars - A Beautiful Lie (EMI/Virgin)*
13. Korn - Untitled (EMI/Virgin)
14. T.Rex - Greatest Hits 1972-1977 (Universal/Polygram)
15. Dropkick Murphys - The Meanest Of Times (Born & Bred)
16. Jimmy Eat World - Chase This Light (Universal/Geffen)*
17. Queen - Greatest Hits Vols. 1, 2, 3 (EMI)
18. Paramore - Riot! (Warner/Atlantic)
19. Eddie Vedder - Into The Wild OST (SonyBMG/Columbia)
20. Ozzy Osbourne - Black Rain (SonyBMG/Epic)


I can't believe Simon Cowell has really told his fellow X Factor judges to stop bickering, given all the press the supposed judge feuding generates, but word has it Cowell did just that. A source told The Mirror: "Simon went off the deep end with the lot of them. He's sick of the bitching and decided to show them who wears the trousers on the X Factor. Simon's top dog and he gave them a full and frank reminder". Needless to say, Sharon Osbourne had settled her differences with the pop reality show before Saturday night's edition.

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