CMU Daily - on the inside Monday 5th November
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Associate says Jam Master Jay murder can be solved
- Macca looks for custody of daughter
- Britney mega-update
- MCR face lawsuit over cancelled college gig
- Da Brat arrested over waitress altercation
- More Meat Loaf cancellations
- PPL back anti-gun campaign
- Toothpaste survey says charts are irrelevant
- The Vines back in the studio
- Morrissey close to new deal
- We Are Scientists lose drummer
- Remixes galore on new Bonde Do Role EP
- Kasabian headline Edinburgh Hogmanay
- Winter Wonderland reaches four cities
- City Showcase stage free wine tasting for you industry types
- Album Review: Cats On Fire - The Province Complains
- B-unique to become part of Atlantic
- Napster revenues up
- EMI Japan launch YouTube channel
- Strongroom and AIR management merge
- Former Warner man joins Edge
- Chart update
- Sub.tv playlist
- Total Rock world album chart
- 50 Cent not impressed with MTV's song title change
- NSyncer retracts Vegas marriage claim
- Nakanda steps down after proving she has the slap factor
- Aguilera confirms pregnancy
- Ozzy hits out at police who staged fake party to catch criminals

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TOP BIT
So, much talk about EMI getting tough on its "lazy" artists in the media over the weekend, even though neither that previously reported Guy Hands memo nor the FT article leaking it actually accused anyone of being "lazy".

The "lazy" line was inferred, of course, from comments in Hands' letter to the EMI workforce where the major's new top man criticised some of the company's artists for "simply focusing on negotiating for the maximum advance", adding that as EMI improves the services they offer their talent it "will be open to us to choose which artists we wish to work with and promote" - implying, of course, that those artists who do simply focus on negotiating the maximum advance will be out.

Some worry about the future of EMI in Terra Firma's hands, pointing out that the private equity firm have installed some decidedly un-rock 'n' roll suits into senior positions, and speculating that they will make the company even more numbers driven, creating a culture where quick win lowest common denominator pop wins over more risky but potentially more creatively rewarding artists. Any implications that new executives think their artists are lazy will further those worries, and perhaps the worried are right to be so.

That said, if you look at the actual wording of Hands' memo, and choose not to infer the words "all artists are lazy fuckers", he does raise an interesting point when he says "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".

Most people accept that the record labels of the future will work with their artists on more than just releasing a new album every two years - and, in deed, some of those recordings may be given away free to drive sales in other revenue areas. Labels will secure the investment they make in artists not just on recording sales and royalties, but on the revenues generated by other projects - be they tours, live events, TV programmes, backstage videos, websites, mailing lists, interactive games, whatever.

Labels need to change in order to be able to work with their artists on such an array of projects. But so do artists. Some artists won't want to. Perhaps because they see themselves exclusively as singer-songwriters, and consider anything else beneath them. Or perhaps because they, or their management, want to keep non-recording projects separate from their record deal, so they are free to enter into other lucrative deals (deals that will bring in income while the artist is still recouping on their label deal). Or, perhaps, because they can't be bothered. There is such a thing as a lazy artist, you know.

What Hands is basically saying, as far as I can see, is that if artists aren't willing to work with EMI on more varied projects in the future then they just won't work with those artists, because [a] they are less likely to recoup their investment without the varied deals and [b] they plan to become such a good service provider to the artists that they will have plenty to choose from.

Whether or not so called 360 degree deals - the kind of varied deals that record labels need to develop - are good news for artists generally I'm not sure - I think artists and their managers are right to be wary of labels wanting too much control and too much time. But clearly such deals are the future, and it's right the industry starts to discuss what artists need to bring to the table as much as what labels should be bringing.

As for the wider future of the Terra Firm team atop EMI - well, as I've said before, they are saying some very interesting things, and indicating they are about to embark on the radical reinvention it has been clear the majors must undergo for a few years now. Whether they will get it right remains to be seen. They'll need more than good bean counters at the top if they are going to, that's for sure.

There is, as it happens, one thing I think Terra Firma should be talking about which they haven't as yet, more on that tomorrow.

PS: Happy Guy Fawkes, by the way.

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SNAP OF THE DAY: Bestival/Camp Bestival
Ladies and gentlemen, boys, girls, blah, blah, look, here it is, MySpace Of The Day is back. Though you'll see it has a new name. Yes, with MySpace maybe destined for the social network in the sky, depending on whether the soon-to-launch Facebook Music turns out to be any good, we've decided to make our daily MySpace tip feature 'social network brand agnostic', as an idiot might say. Following that call for suggestions for what to call this here feature, we're going with the suggestion of Kerry of Red Grape Records for now - SNAP Of The Day - or 'Social Network Artist Page' Of The Day, which is an only-slightly pretentious name I'm sure you'll agree. Though, just to show we haven't written MySpace off completely here at CMU, our first SNAP Of The Day is a MySpace. It's also not an 'artist page' which makes me think perhaps we should have stuck with the old name. Anyway, we are flagging up our good friends Bestival in the very first SNAP Of The Day slot for two reasons. Firstly the Bestival gang have just announced details of a brand new festival they will be staging in 2008 - Camp Bestival - which will be like Bestival in that it will be fab, but it will be smaller (10,000 capacity), will take place at Lulworth Castle in Dorset in July, and will have a holiday camp theme meaning more silly games and family capers alongside the bands. Early bird tickets have just gone on sale at http://www.ticketline.co.uk/campbestival.html and full information will be revealed tomorrow, which means you should keep your eye on this here well designed MySpace for all the news as it breaks. The other reason for putting Bestival in the SNAP slot today is that I never got round to writing my 'bands I rated at Bestival this year' piece, which obviously you've all be awaiting with baited breath. So with that in mind week one of SNAP Of The Day will have a Bestival theme, focusing on the new bands I most enjoyed at Bestival back in September. So there's something to look forward too.

http://www.myspace.com/bestival

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ASSOCIATE SAYS JAM MASTER JAY MURDER CAN BE SOLVED
Five years on from the death of Run DMC's Jam Master Jay, one of the witnesses to the crime has told the New York Daily News that he has co-operated completely with police in relation to the legendary hip hopper's murder, but that others have failed to do so contributing to the authority's failure to solve the crime. Randy Allen, a business partner of Jay, tells the paper "This is a case that can be solved".

Allen also reveals that the gunman who killed the Run DMC DJ at a New York studio on 30 Oct 2002 had a particularly distinguishing feature - a tattooed neck. Allen and his sister Lydia High were at the studio at the time of the shooting, and as such both were key witnesses in the case - so much so High was at one time reportedly under protective custody. In the new interview Allen says he was elsewhere in the building at the time of the shooting, but that his sister was by the entrance and witnessed the crime. Two men entered the studio, telling High to get down on the floor. From there she saw a man with a tattoo on his neck approach Jay, who seemed to recognise him. Shots were then fired, one hitting the leg of Jay's friend Tony Rincon, who was also with him at the time of the killing, the other going through Jay's head at point blank range.

Allen goes on to say that High identified the killer as convicted drug dealer and Jay associate Ronald 'Tinard' Washington. He was also linked to the murder by an unnamed witness (possibly High) back in April while he was being investigated about his alleged involvement in six armed robberies, but he claims that while he was at the studio on the night of the killing he was there at Jay's request to offer protection and that he was not involved in the murder.

Returning to the solvability of the case Allen, who at one time was himself accused of involvement in the shooting, says he is particularly angry with Rincon who, he claims, unlike himself has not cooperated with police investigating the murder. He concludes: "This is not a Biggie Smalls or Tupac case. This is a case that can be solved. The person they have locked up who was involved with it is a person from the neighborhood. It's not like we're talking about somebody who flew in from LA. We're talking about people right from the neighbourhood".

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MACCA LOOKS FOR CUSTODY OF DAUGHTER
If there's one thing we've all surely learned from the whole Britney saga is that if you go a bit loopy in public your soon to be ex-husband will use it as an excuse to get complete custody of your children. But, alas, Heather Mills hasn't been keeping up with her Britney news. This is the problem, you see, if you don't subscribe to the CMU Daily. There's a less for us all here, me thinks.

Anyway, according to the News Of The World, Paul McCartney is planning on asking for complete custody of his and Heathers' daughter Beatrice after his soon-to-be-ex went a bit loopy on live TV last week. A close friend of the star told the tabloid: "Paul fears Heather's lost the plot and needs help. He's deeply worried. Paul's main concern is Bea's safety and well-being. Going for full custody is a last resort but he's really scared for his child. He doesn't feel he's got a choice now. Paul did plead with Heather to consider Bea before she went on these TV shows, but she ignored him. Now he's deeply concerned their daughter is growing more aware of the public war between them".

The friend added that Macca is also worried about Mills claims on TV that her life is at risk - because either that means she's getting all kind of paranoid, or, if there is any truth in what she says, then Beatrice is at risk too. The friend continues: "If Heather's life is at risk, then so is Bea's. Paul feels he just can't take the risk any more and wants to know that his daughter is safe and well-and that means being with him".

As previously reported, Mills went very public about her acrimonious divorce from McCartney last Wednesday, telling GMTV and others how the tabloid press had it in for her and how they were ruining her life. On Thursday she turned her efforts to US TV shows, and took aim at Macca and his daughter Stella McCartney as well. Talking to US TV show 'Today', she again implied that she had been treated badly by McCartney and his family, adding that she would have "walked away with nothing" in a "very gentle and quick divorce" had he admitted that that treatment was the cause of the collapse of their marriage.

She told the show: "All I can say is when we first split, I said to Paul: 'I'm going to be crucified. You know why we split. You know the truth. They don't need to know the details, but you need to stand up and say [you are] responsible for the breakdown of this marriage'".

She added that Paul was a "broken man" when she met him, and that she helped him return to recording and performing. She said: "I was a huge support for Paul. I put all my own work except my charity on hold for the seven-and-a-half years we were together".

In PR terms Mills' TV outbursts have surely made most of the world more pro-Macca and less pro-Mills. Whether they will have a similar affect on judges in the family courts as the couple's divorce proceedings continue remains to be seen.

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BRITNEY MEGA-UPDATE
Talking of Britney, oh, so much to report from that camp I'm not sure where to begin. Oh, I know, let's start here. A former manager of the troubled popstar is suing her for $15,000 over allegations she has failed to pay him for work he helped produce.

Johnny Wright and his Wright Entertainment Group managed Spears between 1999 and 2003, but, his lawsuit says, he had a deal which said he would continue to receive commissions from Britney's work until 2008. Spears, he claims, has paid nothing since December last year, and also failed to provide an audit of her earnings from which commissions can be calculated. Britney has possibly had other things of her mind this year, but the legal papers are suing for breach of contract and failure to report account records.

One assumes Britney could easily afford to pay Wright his $15,000 if reports on Friday regarding the popstress' monthly spending are true. The reports were seemingly based on court papers filed as part of her divorce proceedings with Kevin Federline, and reveal that she spends £51,000 a month on "entertainment, gifts and holidays", £24,633 on monthly mortgage payments on her two homes, £8000 on clothes and £2400 on eating out. £10,000 goes to the Fed as spousal support, with another £7500 paid to her ex for the upkeep of their two children, which are currently in his custody of course. Some might criticise Britney for spending £500 more on clothes than on her kids each month, or for earmarking just £250 for charity, though it should be noted Britney doesn't seem to save or invest any of her £370,000 a month earnings, which, if you think about, is redistribution of wealth on a massive scale - proper socialism and all that.

The papers also apparently revealed how K-Fed spends his £10,000, a modest sum in comparison to Britney's monthly outgoings. £3750 goes on the rent for his and his children's home, £3000 more on security, £1000 on clothing, £750 on eating out and the rest on "entertainment, gifts and holidays". He doesn't give anything to charity, though perhaps Britney's £250 of donations is meant to be from the two of them.

Not that any of this is any of our business really, and we really ought to stop giving poor Britney such a hard time. Well, that's what Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong says. He last week expressed his sympathies for Britney who, he reckons, has been "thrown to the lions" by her people and the media.

Discussing Britney's much derided performance at the MTV VMAs back in September with Rolling Stone, he says: "People want blood. They want to see other people thrown to the lions. Watching Britney Spears was like watching a public execution. How could the people at MTV, the people around her, not know this girl was fucked up? People came in expecting a train wreck, and they got more than they bargained for".

Asked if Britney should take responsibility for her own actions, he continued: "She is a manufactured child. She has come up through this Disney perspective, thinking that all life is about is to be the most ridiculous star you could be. But it's also about what we look at as entertainment - watching somebody go through that".

Attempting to be "ridiculous" may explain allegations that, amidst all the ongoing court attempts to gain custody of her children, Britney invited a man to snort cocaine off her chest at what is being described as a "wild Hollywood" party. This was the other tabloid story to come from the world of Britney last week. The claims come from one Scott Kohler who, says the Sun, claims he and some friends ended up at a party with Spears on 19 Oct, adding that as the coke was passed around he "joked he wanted to do a line off [Spears'] chest, and she agreed". Which makes you see why the judge overseeing the Spears/K-Fed custody battle has been so strict on the frequency with which Britney must take drugs tests.

And so to our last Britney nugget of the day, at last. And Posh Spice has told reporters that she is thankful to Britney for diverting the LA paps away from her and her children. She says that when she and her family first arrived in LA for hubby David Beckham to play for the LA Galaxy football team the paparazzi were all over them, but that they have quickly moved away, spending more time following Spears instead. Vicki B told reporters: "They [the paps] kind of figured out that actually we're quite boring and Britney's far more interesting, and so they go to her house. We're not out at nightclubs every night. We're a bit boring for them I think".

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MCR FACE LAWSUIT OVER CANCELLED COLLEGE GIG
My Chemical Romance are facing legal proceedings after they cancelled a gig at an American university the weekend before last.

The emo band were due to play the University Of Maine on 27 Oct, but pulled out at the last minute because of an unspecified "medical issue" within the band. Now the students' union staging the gig have invoiced the band for the $20,500 they claim they lost advertising and organising the non-event, and they say they will sue if payment is not forthcoming. They have declined an offer by the band to reschedule the gig for another date.

The union's VP Student Entertainment, Derek Mitchell, has told campus magazine Maine Campus: "Unless it is truly due to sickness or injury of the band, we intend to seek full damages for breach of contract. When they played Friday night, I think that kind of voids an 'Act of God' claim. Come Monday, if we haven't received a cheque or have no word from them that they intend to pay, we can go to [the university] senate on Tuesday night and discuss it further".

He continues: "Essentially this loss of $20,000 is a loss of their [the university senate's] constituents' money. It is really their obligation to allow us to legally recover that in any way possible. I'm going to fight this to the death. Students will get their money back. It will come back to student entertainment, and we will have big concerts".

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DA BRAT ARRESTED OVER WAITRESS ALTERCATION
Possibly concerned that Foxy Brown has been getting all the media exposure of late, another US female rapper, Da Brat, was arrested last week after an incident at an Atlanta night club owned by music mogul Jermaine Dupri, whose label, So So Def, Da Brat is signed to.

Da Brat, real name Shawntae Harris, had a run in with a waitress at the club last Wednesday. As the waitress walked away from the argument Harris allegedly hit her in the face with a bottle of rum, causing a deep cut. The waitress was taken to hospital, while Harris was charged with aggravated assault and taken to DeKalb County Jail before later being released on a $50,000 bond.

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MORE MEAT LOAF CANCELLATIONS
Meat Loaf called off two more gigs this weekend after walking off stage early at a Newcastle concert last week declaring that that show had been "the last show I may ever do in my life".

As previously reported, Meat Loaf's UK promoter was quick to deny reports that the rocker was considering retirement, but this weekend a Birmingham concert was cancelled at the final hour and then a Manchester concert postponed, with a spokesman explaining that the singer was suffering from acute laryngitis and that he had been "ordered by his doctor not to perform".

Promoters say the Manchester date has already been rescheduled - for 27 Nov. It is unclear if this week's other UK dates, including a Wembley Arena date tomorrow night, will go ahead as planned.

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PPL BACK ANTI-GUN CAMPAIGN
Recording royalties body PPL last week announced it was joining forces with an organisation called Urban Concepts to support its anti-gun Don't Trigger campaign, which aims to highlight and tackle the growing gun crime problems in certain parts of Britain. PPL will host a showcase of songs that have been recorded for a special Don't Trigger 2007 album at their first ever Annual Performer Meeting on 12 Nov.

Confirming the partnership, Urban Concepts founder Raymond Stevenson told CMU: "We applaud PPL for recognising that music can be a great tool to address some of the issues that blight our communities. We hope other music industry organisations also embrace the Don't Trigger Campaign and help spread the positive message".

PPL's Director Of Performer Affairs Keith Harris added: "I was approached by Raymond Stevenson in February this year to see if PPL might get involved. The Performer Board, whom I would like to thank, unanimously supported the move - keen as everyone was to show how music can be used as a positive influence on young people".

PPL is launching an Annual Performer Meeting following its merger with other performer royalty bodies PAMRA and AURA which means that PPL, which once represented just record labels, now also represents individual performers.

The Don't Trigger album features contributions from numerous artists as follows:

Maxi Priest, Peter Hunnigale, Don Campbell and Lloyd Brown - Testify

Jocelyn Brown, Hil Street Soul, Juliet Roberts and Jessie J - A Mothers Ballad

Omar, Don-E, Hil St Soul, Juliet Roberts, Fundamental, Teisha O'Day, Noel McKoy, Soul Deep and Feng Shui - Ghetto Love

Fidel and Zola - Don't Trigger

Stylo-G and MC Skibadee - London

Tara Noveil and Mike GLC - Every Breath You Take'

Soul Deep - Why You Want To Be A Gangster?

Brian Temba and Bianca Gerald - Say You're OK

UK Grime Allstars - Eight Bars Behind Bars

Jessie J - A Long Goodbye

Feng Shui and Soul Deep - Respect (Do Dat Again)

Shae, Fontz, Billy Da Kid, Lil Rascals - One Knife Can Take A Life/Skank Out

Fidel and Zola - Loopy Loo

There's more about the album and the wider Don't Trigger campaign at http://www.dont-trigger.com, press info from vannessa.amadi@va-pr.co.uk.

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TOOTHPASTE SURVEY SAYS CHARTS ARE IRRELEVANT
The Great British public reckon the music charts have lost their credibility in recent years and now simply reflect the marketing power of major record labels over the nation's musical tastes. Which is odd, because I'd say that all happened ten years ago but that things have actually improved a little since digital sales were included into the mix, but what do I know, I only report on the charts every week?

Anyway, in a poll by, erm, toothpaste makers Colgate (I kid thee not), 74% of those surveyed said they thought the importance of the UK music charts had diminished in recent years. More than 82% think true musical talent is being overshadowed by manufactured hype created for pop stars with less ability, while 40% believe that stars brought to public attention through reality shows like Pop Idol and X Factor lack real talent. 65% said that reality shows were guilty of creating a generic unexciting style of music, while 93% said they more respect singers and bands who "make it through word of mouth" like Lily Allen and Arctic Monkeys.

So, that's all you pop types told. Colgate are concerning themselves with pop stars' credibility rather than the quality of their teeth ahead of a new online talent search they are staging with e-music TV.

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THE VINES BACK IN THE STUDIO
The Vines have started work on their fourth album with new label Ivy League Records. Commenting on it all, the band's Craig Nicholls told reporters last week: "We're really excited to be with Ivy League. We are already friends, and they love music as much as we do. We really want to make an amazing album and can't wait to start recording. We're ready. Really ready, and we're going to being able to tour more this time as well".

As you'll remember, The Vines' career was put on hold when Nicholls was diagnosed as suffering with Aspergers Syndrome which led to unpredictable behaviour, especially when on tour.

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MORRISSEY CLOSE TO NEW DEAL
Morrissey is close to signing a new record deal, and is set to release a new studio album and a greatest hits package next year. There'll also be a new tour taking in some curious places. This comes from his manager, Merck Mercuriadis, who told Billboard: "He'll be back out in January. We'll take a short break and then start again in March. He loves to play off the beaten track. It's also what allows him to continue going for 18 months. Everything is a fresh experience". Morrissey's recent albums came out via the now defunct Sanctuary, of course. There's no official word as to what label will get him now, though Warner are known to have made an approach.

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WE ARE SCIENTISTS LOSE DRUMMER
We Are Scientists have got rid of their drummer, Michael Tapper, ahead of their UK tour, which kicks off in Preston tonight. A statement from Tapper's former bandmates issued last week said: "Michael Tapper has relinquished his duties as drummer of We Are Scientists in order to pursue other things". Rumours that bandmate's Keith Murray and Chris Cain dropped Tapper after discovering he wasn't, in fact, a scientist, have been denied.

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REMIXES GALORE ON NEW BONDE DO ROLE EP
Brazilians Bonde Do Role will release an EP next month - though at ten tracks it's almost an album, except that three of the songs appear in two forms. That is to say the package is a bit of a remix fest featuring remixes by the likes of Ladytron, CSS and Peaches. More on release date stuff when we get it.

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KASABIAN HEADLINE EDINBURGH HOGMANAY
Kasabian will headline Edinburgh's annual Hogmanay celebrations, supported by Idlewild. Kasabian man Tom Meighan says this: "It is an honour to be asked to play Hogmanay this year. Scotland is always a special place to play and New Year's Eve will be even more special. We promise".

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WINTER WONDERLAND REACHES FOUR CITIES
Xfm will stage four of their fundraising Winter Wonderland events this year, one in London, Glasgow, Manchester and Cardiff. DJs from each city's local Xfm outpost will host the respective Wonderland events, held in aid of Shelter, with the following bands set to play:

9 Dec, London, Brixton Academy: Bloc Party, Supergrass, Kash Nash and One Night Only.

10 Dec, Glasgow Academy: Stereophonics, The Twang, Figure 5.

11 Dec: Manchester Apollo: The Charlatans, The Courteeners, The Ting Tings.

12 Dec: Cardiff University: Super Furry Animals, The Enemy, Kids In Glass Houses

Xfm Network MD Nick Davidson says this: "This is Xfm's flagship event, and this year it will run over, a very busy four nights. It marks the end of an incredible year that has seen Xfm London celebrate its 10th birthday as well as the launch of Xfm South Wales. The Xfm team have once again come up with a stellar line-up many of which are still to be announced and our listeners will be in for a festive treat whether they're at the gig or listening to the radio in the comfort of their own home".

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CITY SHOWCASE STAGE FREE WINE TASTING FOR YOU INDUSTRY TYPES
The people behind London music festival City Showcase are staging a free wine tasting night for music industry types tomorrow night (6 Nov). So if you fancy doing something more refined than your average rock n roll night out, or just like the sound of the free wine, then get down to C'est Ici in Kingly Court tomorrow night. Well, first you need to email jules@cityshowcase.co.uk who will put you on the list and tell you all the info you need. Acoustic music will be provided by Belle Humble, by the way.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Cats On Fire - The Province Complains (Marsh-Marigold Records)
The press release starts with a quote from Oscar Wilde and the CD sleeve's picture of the four men who comprise Cats On Fire sees them attired in Pringle jumpers, cardigans and sharp Alex Kapranos fringes. All of which gives some clues as to the album's influences, yet the surprising thing is that Cats On Fire actually hail from Finland. Musically, we're in the realms of classic British indie guitar pop (with a slight knowing wink), key reference points being The Smiths, Belle And Sebastian, Pulp and Felt. There's also an occasional feyness at hand (hardly surprising), a touch of Hidden Cameras-style anthemicism, and a nod to 90s Britpop in places too ('Astray', with its rinky dink guitars and oompah-style circus brass could be a 'Parklife'-era Blur b-side). The shadow of Steven Patrick inevitably looms the largest over proceedings though. 'Higher Grounds' - with its jingly jangly guitars, expressive vocal melodies and lyrics ("And I just couldn't laugh/You know I can't get along with myself") - is so utterly redolent of the first two Smiths albums, you'd swear blind it was Mozzer and co, whilst 'Heat And Romance' is a wistful waltz akin to the ballads from 'Your Arsenal'. It's all utterly derivative of course (and a little flat in places), but for the most part 'The Province Complains' is quite charming. MS
Release date: 5 Nov
Press contact: Plug Two [all]

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B-UNIQUE TO BECOME PART OF ATLANTIC
Warner Music has announced that indie label B-unique - the label behind Kaiser Chiefs, The Automatic and The Ordinary Boys - will become a division of Warner owned Atlantic Records next February. The deal means that all artists signed to the label in the future will now be ultimately signed to Warner. It will also see B-unique expanding the services it offers its artists with the launch of a new management arm.

The deal will not affect existing signees though, some of whom are distributed via B-unique's relationship with Universal's Polydor. The label's founders, Mark Lewis and Martin Toher, will continue to lead the label alongside Atlantic UK President Max Lousada.

Here's what Lewis says: "This is a really exciting new chapter for B-Unique. We have been big fans of Max and Atlantic for some time and can't wait to start working with them. The move into artist management is something we have long been planning for. We feel we have a lot of experience to offer to artists. Whatever changes in the fabric and structure of this industry, we will always endeavour to be involved with quality artists with really good songs".

Lousada, meanwhile, told CMU: "I'm delighted to be welcoming Mark, Martin and the B-Unique artists into the Atlantic Records family. We place immense value on creativity, innovation and a true partnership approach here, so it's a natural home for the B-Unique team and the acts they work with. In addition to helping us broaden our repertoire, I believe their experience will be invaluable as we look to broaden our capabilities across the full range of artist services."

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NAPSTER REVENUES UP
Napster last week reported a boost in revenues in the last quarter, with revenues up 24% on the same quarter last year to $31.6 million. Losses were also down - to $5.1 million. On the not so good side, the number of subscribers also dropped, to 750,000, down 20,000. Some city types remain nervous about the subscription based download service, though execs there remain outwardly optimistic, stressing the revenue increase is a good sign about the growth of the digital music company.

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EMI JAPAN LAUNCH YOUTUBE CHANNEL
EMI's Japanese division has launched a 'brand channel' on YouTube, featuring a range of the major's international artists, including Spice Girls, Daft Punk and Kylie Minogue. Each featured artist will have their own page included news, clips of promo videos and live recordings, and links to their official Japanese websites.

In a statement, EMI Music Japan told reporters: "By launching this brand channel, we can provide information on artists, including their new tunes. At the same time, users can send responses and share information, because YouTube is a major consumer-generated medium".

As previously reported, EMI entered into a wider licensing agreement with YouTube allowing their music to be shared via the video platform earlier this year.

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STRONGROOM AND AIR MANAGEMENT MERGE
London based Strongroom Management, which has managed a range of producers, songwriters and sound engineers for five years now, has announced it will merge with AIR management, the agency recently established to represent producers and engineers who work out of AIR Studios. The merged company will use the AIR name, but will headed up by Strongroom's Coral Worman. AIR's Alison Burton will also continue to be involved.

Talent on the combined Strongroom/AIR roster will include: Jon Bailey, Jon Collyer, Rupert Coulson, Pedro Ferreira, Geoff Foster, Tim Holmes, Mike Nielsen, Steve Orchard, Ade Pressly, Ken Thomas and Nick Wollage and recent additions Damian LeGassick, Adam Noble, John Smith and Phil Vinall.

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FORMER WARNER MAN JOINS EDGE
Entertainment investment types The Edge Group have announced that former Warner UK chairman Nick Phillips has joined its board and that he will be especially involved in developing the company's corporate finance operations.

Edge Group founder David Glick confirmed the appointment on Friday, telling reporters: "I am delighted that Nick Phillips has agreed to mark his return to the music industry by joining the board of Edge Group. Nick's skill, experience and contacts make him a huge asset. Nick's input will be particularly important in helping grow the group's corporate finance activities. Despite much negative coverage of the recorded music industry in particular there is a growing appetite in the investment community for publishing and recorded music catalogues, areas in which Nick's experience will prove invaluable".

Phillips added: "This is a time of great opportunity in the entertainment industry. Technology is providing more and more outlets for recorded music and audio-visual content and yet in many cases negative market sentiment means the price of catalogues has been depressed. Meanwhile the live music and events business is being driven by a new generation of entrepreneurs. I believe the Edge Group is uniquely placed to prosper in this new marketplace and I look forward to being part of the Edge story".

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CHART UPDATE
So, no change atop the UK singles chart this week, with Leona Lewis still demonstrating she has the X-Factor at one and Take That not quite ruling the world at two. The highest new entry comes from Westlife at 3 with 'Home'. Then the new entries run thus: Elvis with 'Viva Las Vegas' at 15, the technically still unsigned Koopa with 'The Crash' at 16, Robyn with 'Handle Me' at 17, Craig David with 'Hot Stuff (Let's Dance)' at 19, Alicia Keys with 'No One' at 26, Elliot Minor with 'The White One Is Evil' at 27, Avril Lavigne with 'Hot' at 30, Cliff Richard with 'When I Need You' at 39 and Cribs with 'Don't You Wanna Be Relevant?' at 39.

Albums wise the big story is that Eagles beat Britney - with 'Long Road Out Of Eden' going in at one and 'Blackout' going in at 2. It's a busy week for new entries on the album Top 10 this week, with Robert Plant & Alison Krauss going in at 4 with 'Raising Sand', Whitney going in at 5 with a hits package and Daniel O'Donnell & Mary Duff going in at 6 with 'Together Again'. The other new entries come lower down a bit - Queen with 'Rock Montreal' at 20, Backstreet Boys with 'Unbreakable' at 21, Libertines with 'Time For Heroes - Best Of' at 23 and Avenged Sevenfold with 'Avenged Sevenfold' at 24.

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

A-List
The Wombats - Let's Dance To Joy Division (Warner/14th Floor)
The Answering Machine - Lightbulbs (EMI/Regal)
Bloc Party - Flux (Wichita)
The Cribs - Don't You Wanna Be Relevant (Wichita)
Editors - The Racing Rats (SonyBMG/Columbia)*
Justice - DANCE (EMI/Because)
Kaiser Chiefs - Love's Not A Competition (But I Am Winning) (Universal/B-Unique)
Kanye West feat. T-Pain - Good Life (Universal/Def Jam)
KT Tunstall - Saving My Face (EMI/Relentless)*
Kylie - 2 Hearts (EMI/Parlophone)
The Kissaway Trail - 61 (Bella Union)*
N-Dubz - You Better Not Waste My Time (Universal/Polydor)
One Night Only - You and Me (Universal/Vertigo)
The Pigeon Detectives - I Found Out (Dance To The Radio)
Rihanna feat Ne-Yo - Hate That I Love You (Universal/Def Jam)
Samim - Heater (Ministry/Data)

B-List
Boy Kill Boy - No Conversation (Universal/Vertigo)
Delays - Love Made Visible (Universal/Fiction)*
The Go! Team - Wrath of Marcie (Memphis Industries)*
Johnny Flynn - The Box (Young & Lost Club)
Maximo Park - Karaoke Plays (Warp)*
New Young Pony Club - Get Lucky (Modular)
Operator Please - Leave It Alone (Brille)*
Palladium - High 5 (EMI/Virgin)
Reverend And The Makers - Open Your Window (Wall of Sound)*
The Rumble Strips - Time (Fallout)*
SE:SA feat. Sharon Phillips - Like This, Like That (EMI/Positiva)*
Simian Mobile Disco - Hustler (Wichita)
Stateless - Bloodstream (!K7)*
The Twang - Push The Ghosts (B-Unique)*
Vincent Vincent & The Villains - On My Own (EMI)
The Whip - Sister Siam (Southern Fried)

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TOTAL ROCK WORLD ALBUM CHART
It's the Total Rock World Album Chart, as counted down on Total Rock over the weekend - http://www.totalrock.com. New entries and re-entries marked with a *.

1. Bruce Springsteen - Magic (SonyBMG/Columbia)
2. Foo Fighters - Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace (SonyBMG)
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. Jimmy Eat World - Chase This Light (Universal/Geffen)
8. Daughtry - Daughtry (SonyBMG)
9. Alter Bridge - Blackbird (Republic)
10. Bon Jovi - Lost Highway (Universal/Mercury)
11. Down - Down III: Over The Under (Warner/Roadrunner)
12. HIM - Venus Doom (Warner Bros)
13. 30 Seconds To Mars - A Beautiful Lie (EMI/Virgin)
14. Coheed And Cambria - No World For Tomorrow (SonyBMG/Columbia)*
15. T.Rex - Greatest Hits 1972-1977 (Universal/Polygram)
16. Korn - Untitled (EMI/Virgin)
17. Thrice - The Alchemy Index Vls 1 & 2 (Vagrant)*
18. Guns n Roses - Greatest Hits (Universal/Geffen)*
19. Queen - Greatest Hits Vols. 1, 2, 3 (EMI)
20. Paramore - Riot! (Warner/Atlantic)

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50 CENT NOT IMPRESSED WITH MTV'S SONG TITLE CHANGE
50 Cent is said to be angry that US TV chiefs have renamed his new single 'I'll Still Kill'. Both MTV and BET are referring to the song as 'Still Will' on air, and Fiddy has told reporters that he thinks it is mighty unfair of them to meddle with the names of his songs.

Fiddy: "I don't think they have a problem with the group The Killers being called The Killers and I don't think anyone's protesting that Guns N' Roses is called Guns N' Roses. I just think that their perception of me is dark, so they're going to ask for those things to be changed".

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NSYNCER RETRACTS VEGAS MARRIAGE CLAIM
Gay former Nsyncer Lance Bass has said he was joking when he told reporters that he once married a girlfriend in Las Vegas. After the Clark County marriage licence bureau told reporters that no licence had ever been issued in Bass' name, his representative told the Associated Press: "By saying he was married in Vegas, it was a way to get free drinks. He never really got married. That's why there's no record of it". So, that's that cleared up. The whole thing also helps Bass promote his new autobiography 'Out Of Sync' of course.

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NAKANDA STEPS DOWN AFTER PROVING SHE HAS THE SLAP FACTOR
X Factor contestant Emily Nakanda has withdrawn from the TV show after video footage surfaced on the net of her being a bit of a happy-slapping thug. Well, it worked for Foxy Brown. Though technically she's never happy slapped anyone, of course.

Anyway, here's what X-Factor chiefs told reporters this weekend, despite initially pledging their support to the wannabe after the first stories of violent YouTube videos surfaced last week: "In response to the stories in the papers this week regarding Emily Nakanda we have conducted our own investigations into the matter and we can confirm that she has chosen to withdraw herself from the competition with immediate effect".

Speaking for 15 year old Emily, her mother, Louis Friberg, told reporters: "As a family we are heartbroken and are very disappointed with Emily's behaviour, we feel that there is no choice but to withdraw Emily from the competition. Emily regrets her actions but there is no way, as a family, we can excuse her behaviour. Emily is very sorry to have let the show, [her X-Factor mentor] Sharon [Osbourne] and the viewers down".

Osbourne added: "I am deeply saddened by this whole situation."

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AGUILERA CONFIRMS PREGNANCY
Christina Aguilera has confirmed she is pregnant. She told Glamour magazine that she would "enter into mommyhood" at the start of next year, adding that music executive husband Jordan Bratman was "thrilled" to becoming a father. She said: "He's so supportive and amazing through everything. He came with me on the last leg of the tour and he was my support system... I gush. I'm a lucky girl".

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OZZY HITS OUT AT POLICE WHO STAGED FAKE PARTY TO CATCH CRIMINALS
Ozzy Osbourne has hit out at police in North Dakota who wrote to 500 people with outstanding arrest warrants inviting them to a party which they claimed would include an appearance by Ozzy. The party was a fake, 30 of the suspects showed up, and they were all promptly arrested. Police picked Osbourne because he was in the region on tour, making a personal appearance more likely.

County Sheriff Paul Laney said he "meant no disrespect toward Mr Osbourne or his show", adding, "What we did was a very creative law enforcement technique to lure individuals who had active criminal warrants to come to us".

But Ozzy aint impressed, telling reporters: "Instead of holding a press conference to pat himself on the back, Sheriff Laney should be apologising to me for using my name in connection with these arrests. It is insulting to me and to my audience and it shows how lazy this particular sheriff is when it comes to doing his job".

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