CMU Daily - on the inside Friday 2nd November
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Hands demands cultural change in EMI memo
- Muse and Justice get double wins at EMAs
- Billboard touring nominations out
- Led Zepp reunion postponed
- Warner hold out on Nokia music store
- HMV digital drop subscription service
- MusicStation goes live in UK
- Meat Loaf not retiring
- The Decemberists cancel tour
- Chaplin fulfills Warchild commitments despite illness
- Arcade Fire don't like Nottingham
- Big Dada party
- Mute join Second Life
- Facebook Music due next month
- MySpace sign up to OpenSocial
- Popworld was just too slow, Zane says
- Billboard touring awards nominations in full

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TOP BIT RECOMMENDED
OK, one last plug for the CMU Recommended Twisted Licks, because it takes place tonight, hurrah.

Twisted Licks is the new night from the Kill All Hippies gang and Year Zero posse, which comes with the CMU Recommended seal of approval. Tonight's line up 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, and also on the decks will be Slim Jim.

This all takes place at 229 Great Portland Street (right next to Great Portland Street tube) tonight from 8pm till very late. Tickets are just £6 before 10pm and £8 after. You'll find more of that info stuff at http://www.myspace.com/twistedlicks, with press info from the Leyline team.

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CMU FRIDAY TIPS

VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: Walking In Rhythm at Ronnie Scott's
A new night from the guy behind the rather good Groove Sanctuary. I haven't been to Ronnie Scott's in years, but it seemed special enough then, and I'm told the subsequent refit only improved things. The weekly WIR night will encompass soul, funk, jazz, Latin, ska and reggae from residents Jimbo and Rodney Ellington plus special guests, which are set to include Nik Weston, Andy Smith, Snowboy and Jazzman Gerald before Christmas. Tonight the guest is my old fave Patrick Forge. Well worth checking.

Friday 2 Nov, Ronnie's Bar, Ronnie Scott's, 47 Frith Street, London W1, 9pm - 3am, £10 all night, info at http://www.myspace.com/walkinginrhythm or http://www.ronniescotts.co.uk. Press info Jim at Groove Sanctuary.

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HANDS DEMANDS CULTURAL CHANGE IN EMI MEMO
In an internal memo leaked by the London Financial Times, that new EMI top bloke, Terra Firma's Guy Hands, has told his employees that while he is still some way off finalising his strategy for transforming the major into a multi-disciplined music firm, that he expects a radical cultural change at the company that fosters more cross-organisation collaboration and a better embracing of technology to ensure they represent and service the artists on their roster in the best possible way.

He adds that he also expects artists and their representatives to fully deliver to the music firm in return for EMI's financial commitment. Implying that some artists and artist managers do not currently work hard enough to justify the investment EMI makes, he writes: "I believe that if we offer better products and have the right culture which has at its core honesty, transparency and performance, then we will be able to attract, retain and develop the very best artists. Additionally, at the point where we are really world-class in the service we are offering to artists, there is no reason why we should not be more selective in whom we choose to work with".

He continues: "There has been a lot of talk about what labels offer to artists and to the consumer. However, there is not much talk about how artists should work with their label. While many spend huge amounts of time working with their label to promote, perfect and endorse their music, some unfortunately simply focus on negotiating for the maximum advance... advances which are often never repaid. However, once EMI has the best products and services in music and the best culture for working together then, as already exists within some of our labels, it will be open to us to choose which artists we wish to work with and promote".

To deliver the change in culture within EMI, Hands has confirmed those reports he is looking primarily to recruit new executives from outside the record industry. He says he has spoken to several current and former record label executives about what they may bring to EMI, but that he feels they offer few skills that aren't already within the major. However, he says talks with executives and entrepreneurs in other sectors of the music business, in the wider media and entertainment industry, and in other industries, have been more fruitful, though he adds that "press speculation with regard to [these people] taking very senior management roles at this time is completely false".

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MUSE AND JUSTICE GET DOUBLE WINS AT EMAS
Hey, an MTV European Music Awards dominated by European rather than American artists, now there's a novelty. Yes, Muse and Justice were the double winners at last nights EMAs. So was Avril Lavigne, who, I realise, isn't European, but at least she's not American.

Muse won prizes for Best Live Act and Best UK Act, while French dance stars Justice took the gongs for Best Video for 'DANCE' and Best French Act. Lavinge won Most Addictive Track for 'Girlfriend' and Best Solo Artist.

But more on the winners in a minute, because let's not forget that what was important at this bash wasn't those who had been voted the best music makers in Europe, no, the important thing here was if and how well our favourite (former) junkie popsters Amy Winehouse and Pete Doherty would perform.

The media buzz was especially focused on nominated Winehouse in the run up to the awards show because of rumours that, despite not being on the original line up, she would, in fact, perform. And, indeed, she did. Proving that if you want Winehouse to honour her award show bookings the thing to do is not tell anyone you've made one. The consensus is that Amy offered a fine performance of 'Back To Black', though on accepting her Artists Choice Award earlier in the evening she dazzled slightly less, her speech consisting on just the word "thanks".

Doherty too did good, fronting his band's performance of 'Delivery' off new album 'Shotter's Nation'. Pete and the rest of the Babyshamblers managed a coherent rendition of their song while still delivering a bit of guitar throwing action at its completion. Sorted.

Anyway, enough of that, here's your EMA winners list...

Solo Artist Of The Year: Avril Lavigne
Best Headliner: Muse
Ultimate Urban Act: Rihanna
Most Addictive Track: Avril Lavigne
Best Album Of The Year: Nelly Furtado - Loose
Band Of 2007: Linkin Park
Rock Out Award: 30 Seconds To Mars
Best International Act: Tokio Hotel
Artists' Choice: Amy Winehouse
Video Star Award: Justice - DANCE

Best Act: MTV Adria - Van Gogh
Best Act: MTV Arabia - Rashed El Majed
Best African Act: D'banj
Best Baltic Act: Jurga
Best Danish Act: Nephew
Best Dutch + Belgian Act: Within Temptation
Best Finnish Act: Negative
Best French Act: Justice
Best German Act: Bushido
Best Hungarian Act: Akos
Best Italian Act: J-Ax
Best Norwegian Act: El Axel
Best Polish Act: Doda
Best Portuguese Act: Da Weasel
Best Romanian Act: Andreea Banica
Best Spanish Act: Violadores del Verso
Best Swedish Act: Neverstore
Best Turkish Act: Ceza
Best UK + Ireland Act: Muse
Best Ukrainian Act: Lama

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BILLBOARD TOURING NOMINATIONS OUT
More awards and the nominations are out for the Billboard Touring Awards, which celebrate the most successful artists, venues and promoters in the US and worldwide live music scene. Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Kenny Chesney and the recently reformed The Police and Genesis dominate the artist nominations. The venue, festival and special event categories are dominated by the Americans, although the UK's Download Festival scores two nominations, and Prince's The O2 residency is also nominated. Anyway, check out the full list of nominations at the bottom of your CMU Daily. The winners will be announced in New York on 15 Nov.

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LED ZEPP REUNION POSTPONED
No prize for biggest gig postponement in that lot I'm afraid, but if there was this would be a real contender. The much much reported Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert, otherwise known as the Led Zepp reunion, has been postponed into December after Jimmy Page fractured his finger.

The much hyped concert was due to take place on 26 Nov, but Led Zepp's Page has been told he should not play guitar for three weeks after injuring his finger last weekend. The band reckon that won't give them enough time to properly prepare for the show hence the postponement to 10 Dec.

The specialist treating Page is quoted in the official statement on the postponement thus: "I have examined the fracture to Mr Page's finger, and it is my opinion that with proper rest and treatment, he will be ready to resume rehearsing in three weeks time, and thus able to perform on December 10".

Page adds: "I am disappointed that we are forced to postpone the concert by two weeks. However, Led Zeppelin have always set very high standards for ourselves, and we feel that this postponement will enable my injury to properly heal, and permit us to perform at the level that both the band and our fans have always been accustomed to".

Obviously all tickets for the 26 Nov show will now be valid at the 10 Dec show. Any ticket holders unable to make the new date, well, you can sell your tickets on eBay can't you? No, not really... you need to apply for a refund by midday 14 Nov via the show's website http://www.ahmettribute.com. Any returned tickets (I suspect there won't be many) will be distributed by ballot to those who originally registered for tickets for the show but were unsuccessful.

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WARNER HOLD OUT ON NOKIA MUSIC STORE
Warner Music is reportedly withholding its catalogue from the new Nokia Music Store which opened for business here in the UK yesterday. According to the Wall Street Journal, Warner object to another Nokia service called MOSH which enables users to easily swap audio and video content via their mobile. The major is reportedly concerned that that service - launched in August but still in beta stage - enables music fans to illegally exchange songs via their mobiles, and says they won't play ball with the Music Store until those concerns are addressed. A Nokia spokesman has confirmed to the Journal that their negotiations with Warner are ongoing, though didn't reveal much about why, just saying: "We are hopeful that Warner will be part of Nokia Music Store in the future".

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HMV DIGITAL DROP SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE
Just in time for that new chart based on subscription-based download services, which we reported on yesterday, HMV have announced they are, erm, closing down their subscription-based download service.

The high street retailer will relaunch its digital offering very soon in a bid to make it slightly less rubbish. The company yesterday confirmed the HMV Unlimited subscription service will go as part of the revamp, and that current subscribers, both of them probably, have been told about the imminent closure. The new look HMV download service will be integrated into the retailer's mail order website, which is [a] more like Amazon's recently launched digital offering and [b] flippin obviously the only way for HMV to compete in the download space.

As previously reported, Virgin Digital, Virgin Megastore's download service launched around about the same time as HMV Digital, was completely closed down shortly after the Virgin Group announced it was selling the Megastore back in September. It is still unclear if the all new Virgin Megastore - Zavvi - will be offering a download service.

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MUSICSTATION GOES LIVE IN UK
One goes, another arrives. Omnifone's subscription based MusicStation mobile music service has just launched in the UK via Vodafone - getting in before the arrival of the much hyped iPhone here. Just. Apple's iPhone will be available via O2 from 9 Nov.

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MEAT LOAF NOT RETIRING
Meat Loaf's people have denied the Bat Out Of Hell legend is retiring. It was reported that Meat Loaf was considering calling it a day when he stopped a performance of that all time classic 'Paradise By The Dashboard Light' half way through at a concert in Newcastle earlier this week, telling his audience "I can no longer continue ... I take my coat off and thank you for 30 years".

But Meatloaf's UK promoter Andrew Miller yesterday told reporters the star was not retiring, but was suffering from exhaustion and stress. Miller: "I've spoken to his doctor, and it's clear it's just exhaustion and stress. It's not his last ever gig, that's for sure. He'll be fine. We hope that 24 hours rest will get him better".

Meat Loaf is due back on stage at a Birmingham gig tonight and Miller seemed confident he'd be fine for that.

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THE DECEMBERISTS CANCEL TOUR
Talking of cancelling shows, which we kind of have, American indie types The Decemberists have cancelled their US tour, which kicked off this week, because an unnamed band member is ill. Said illness had previously caused the band to cancel a European tour.

In a posting on their website, the band say all of this: "One of our band members has been ill for a while but we thought all would be well in time for these tour dates. After a couple shows, though, it has become clear that the illness is much worse than we had initially realized. We need to return home so our friend can mend. It saddens us to disappoint our fans. We hope everybody understands it is only because of an extreme situation that we had to cancel a tour we've all been excited about doing since the idea was originally hatched".

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CHAPLIN FULFILLS WARCHILD COMMITMENTS DESPITE ILLNESS
Talking of being ill, Keane's Tom Chaplin reportedly had to leave the stage twice at a Warchild gig in Manchester on Wednesday night to throw up in a bucket. All in the name of charity though, let us not forget. Yes, despite being diagnosed with a severe throat infection and gastro enteritis the Keane boy insisted on going ahead with the benefit show, necessitating the stage left vomiting.

Organisers of the gig told reporters yesterday: "Tom from Keane was struck down with a severe throat infection and gastro enteritis during rehearsals for the Keane Warchild event. On stage in Manchester, Tom had to leave to vomit on at least two occasions, after being sick all day, but like a true professional Tom played on - delighting the Manchester audience and raising thousands for War Child. The show had to finish 15 minutes early as paramedics had to be called, but Peter Kaye held court delighting a satisfied and sympathetic audience".

Despite still being rather sick, Chaplin made it on stage for the all star Keane championed Warchild benefit at the Brixton Academy last night.

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ARCADE FIRE DON'T LIKE NOTTINGHAM
Arcade Fire have said they will never play in Nottingham again after frontman Win Butler was struck in the face by a bottle during their show there this week. Butler stopped his rendition of 'Neighbourhood #3 (Power Out)' when hit by the bottle, but then proceeded with the gig, changing the lyrics of the song to reference "the fucker" who threw the missile. But then another object was thrown at the stage, leading Butler to declare "We'll never play Nottingham again". So that's you naughty Nottinghamers told.

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BIG DADA PARTY
Hip hop fans get excited as Ninja Tunes mighty fine Big Dada label is throwing a party to celebrate its 10th year on 16 Nov. Taking over the Elektrowerkz in London, they've roped in Diplo, Roots Manuva, Mike Ladd and Cadence Weapon to play across three floors between 10pm and 6am. Plus, there's the inevitable mystery guest rumours running amok, though no word on who it/they will be yet. Tickets are £13

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MUTE JOIN SECOND LIFE
EMI's Mute records - home to Depeche Mode and Nick Cave, amongst others, of course - will launch a presence in virtual world Second Life next week. Their space on the site will be called 'Mute Island' and different artists from the label's roster will appear in/on it over the weeks, with that Richard Hawley having been bestowed the honour of being the first to 'move in'. From 9 Nov fans will be able to explore a recreation of Hawley's own Sheffield terrace house, play his jukebox, watch his TV and peruse his prized positions. If it sounds like your kind of thing then head over to http://www.secondlife.com

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FACEBOOK MUSIC DUE NEXT MONTH
Facebook is expected to launch its previously reported music service, Facebook Music presumably, next week (something seemingly confirmed by a posting by the Warner Bros US technology department reading "need a Facebook app programmer - it's a rush job, but needs to be good"!).

According to tech website Co-Ed, Facebook Music will offer many of the features found in MySpace Music. Artists will be able to have their own Facebook URL (eg facebook.com/mcfly), and post information and multimedia content on to their own Facebook page. Fans who are Facebook users will then be able to tag themselves as fans on a band's page, and feature those artists' content on their own pages.

MySpace will be watching the new Facebook music offering with interest (and possibly panic) because, of course, it is in the music domain that MySpace still dominates. If Facebook can take over as the music makers' social network of choice it will be hard to see what MySpace still exists for. Which won't be good news for the Murdoch types who spent so much money buying it.

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MYSPACE SIGN UP TO OPENSOCIAL
Assuming MySpace isn't about to come completely irrelevant, there was good news for Google yesterday after the social networking service announced it would adopt their OpenSocial technology. As previously reported, OpenSocial is aimed at people who create widgets that add functionality to social network pages. The idea is that a widget created to OpenSocial specs will work on any OpenSocial compliant social network - so widget makers don't have to make lots of different versions for different networks. Obviously MySpace's involvement makes OpenSocial more attractive to widget makers.

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POPWORLD WAS JUST TOO SLOW, ZANE SAYS
Alex Zane says the reason Channel 4's pop show Popworld flopped was because it was just too slow a format for these zany kids of today, and not, as everyone had assumed, because he and co-presenter Alexa Chung were a bit shit.

Asking about the decline of the show after they took over from legendary presenters Simon Amstell and Miquita Oliver, Zane told Digital Spy: "I think it was the pace, to be honest... Popworld was an hour long, it was very slow and it had no live audience. And it was one of those shows where you really had to want to watch it - it wasn't wallpaper TV. But I think Alexa and I felt that, at the time Channel 4 decided enough was enough, the people who'd given us a hard time at the beginning were really changing their opinion".

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BILLBOARD TOURING AWARDS NOMINATIONS IN FULL

Top Tour: Genesis, Turn It On Again; Justin Timberlake, Futuresex/Loveshow; The Police Reunion Tour.

Top Draw: Justin Timberlake, Futuresex/Loveshow; Kenny Chesney, Flip Flop Summer Tour; The Police Reunion Tour.

Top Package: Christina Aguilera (With Pussycat Dolls, Dannity Kane); Kenny Chesney Flip Flop Summer Tour (With Sugarland, Pat Green, Brooks & Dunn, Sara Evans); Tim Mcgraw/Faith Hill Soul2soul Ii (With Lori Mckenna, Halfway To Hazard, Lance Miller, Taylor Swift).

Breakthrough Artist: Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Mana.

Top Boxscore: Bonnaroo, Download Festival (UK), Prince At The O2 In London.

Top Comedy Tour: Larry The Cable Guy, George Lopez, Katt Williams.

Top Arena: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Bell Centre, Montreal, Madison Square Garden, New York City.

Top Amphitheatre: Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Colo, Tweeter Center For The Performing Arts, Mansfield, Mass.

Top Club: 9:30 Club, Washington, DC; The Fillmore, Denver, Colo; The Fillmore, San Francisco.

Top Venue Under 10,000 Seats (Non-Resident): Auditorio Nacional, Mexico City; Fox Theatre, Atlanta, Ga; Gibson Amphitheatre At Universal Citywalk, Universal City, Calif.

Top Venue Under 10,000 Seats (Resident): The Colosseum At Caesars Palace, Las Vegas

Top Festival: Bonnaroo Music Festival, Manchester, Tenn; Download, Castle Donington, England; Lollapalooza, Chicago

Top Promoter: AEG Live; CIE; Live Nation

Top Independent Promoter: C3 Presents, Austin, Texas; Jam Productions, Chicago; Outback Concerts, Nashville

Top Agency: Artist Group International, Creative Artists Agency, William Morris Agency

Top Manager: Front Line Management; Kathy Schenker Management; Wright Entertainment Group

Humanitarian Award: Kevin Wall

Legend Of Live: Frank Barsalona

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