CMU Daily - on the inside Friday 9th November
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Winehouse's home raided by police
- More Radiohead gubbins
- Cliff promotion has reached lowest price already
- Country music awards
- James Brown's first wife says they never divorced
- More Wu Tang tensions
- No Thanksgiving feast for TI
- My Bloody Valentine return imminent
- Cowboy Junkies confirm guests for re-release
- Kylie and Jason reunite
- Ben's Brother cares
- Shaggy DVD
- B52's Funplex line up
- New Joe Jackson
- MCR settle with Maine uUniversity
- Reverend And The Makers Christmas shows
- The Stones not playing Led Zepp reunion
- French industry still in decline, Canadian industry sees nominal profit increase
- People like DRM free music, obviously
- Gallows man plans fuck NME tattoo

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TOP BIT
Oh, oh, such a busy week in the world of CMU. And so many of those 'and finally' gossip stories there's not been time to do. Let's do some now in a catch up Top Bit, yes?

First up, not actually that gossipy at all, the news that Lily Allen has been given her own TV show from those wacky BBC3 types. The show will have a 'social networking' theme in that viewers will have the chance to interact with Allen and her guests via a website, which is totally new and radical if you forget every Saturday morning kids TV show ever. Allen is not, though, the new face of lingerie brand Agent Provocateur, despite reports that she would be earlier this week. So there you go.

Talking of pop stars on telly shows, Right Said Fred brothers Richard and Fred Fairbrass have been confirmed as contestants on the next series of 'I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here', which kicks off on ITV next week. Cerys Matthews, Malcolm McClaren and former 5ive boy Jason 'J' Brown are the other pop types involved this time. They join US model Janice Dickinson, Apprentice contestant Katie Hopkins, ex-EastEnders actor Mark Bannerman, celebrity chef John Burton Race, interior designer Anna Ryder Richardson, PR type Lynne Franks, actress Koo Stark and the legend that is Christopher Biggins on the jungle show.

J-Lo has confirmed she is pregnant, after weeks of speculation. She announced that she and husband Marc Anthony were expected a baby at a Miami gig this week.

Michael Jackson has given an interview with American's Ebony magazine, and said that he just ignores all the wacky stories published about him in the press, saying: "In my opinion, it's ignorance. It's usually not based on fact. Every neighbourhood has the guy who you don't see, so you gossip about him". On whether he has plans to tour again, he said he can't imagine headlining another world tour, saying that he couldn't just keeping touring like James Brown or Jackie Wilson did, adding "they just kept going, running, killing themselves. I wish he [Brown] could have slowed down and relaxed and enjoyed his hard work".

Elsewhere in Jacko news, his people have denied those reports the singer is about to lose his Neverland ranch, claiming that although the singer is behind with payments on a loan secured on the property, that's just because he is currently refinancing. So that's alright then.

And finally in and finally stories (well, until we get to the and finally story), Elvis Costello has been slagging off England. The now New York based singer says he has no intentions of playing here again. Speaking to Mojo he said "I don't care if I ever play England again", while referring to his set at Glasto 2005 he said: "That gig made up my mind I wouldn't come back. I don't get along with it. We lost touch. It's 25 years since I lived there. I don't dig it, they don't dig me. British music fans don't have the same attitude to age as they do in America where young people come to check out, say, Willie Nelson".

You know, I like Elvis Costello, but somehow I'm not all that bothered by that. Anyway, have a lovely weekend, and if you're off to buy an iPhone, on sale in the UK for the first time today, I hope you like queuing.

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CMU FRIDAY TIPS

VIGSYS CLUB TIP: Movement At Bar Rumba
Thursday night is the new Friday night, as we all know, but doing this Tip on a Friday means I don't often tip nights that far away. So I thought I would this week, so to tip the very fine Movement drum & bass night at Bar Rumba on Shaftesbury Avenue. These guys have been providing quality d&b for nearly ten years, and on the decks next Thursday will be the likes of Bryan Gee, DJ Marky, Ray Keith, DJ Patife, Tonic, Addiction and Ruffstuff. A definite recommend.

Thursday 15 Nov, Bar Rumba, Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D, 8pm-3.30am, £7.

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WINEHOUSE'S HOME RAIDED BY POLICE
Police raided the North London home of Amy Winehouse yesterday as part of an investigation into charges against the singer's husband Blake Fielder-Civil.

Police were reportedly at Winehouse's Camden house for three hours - neither she nor Fielder-Civil were there, and police had to break in to the premises to undertake their search. A police spikesman confirmed there had been "police activity" at the property as part of an "ongoing police operation". The search was seemingly linked to the arrest of four men earlier yesterday on charges of perverting the course of justice. Those arrests are in turn thought to be related to earlier grievous bodily harm charges that have been made against Fielder-Civil and another man after an incident back in July, charges which are due to be heard in court next week. However it is unclear if either Fielder-Civil or his co-defendant were among the four men arrested yesterday.

A spokesman for Winehouse said little about the raids, except to stress that Winehouse was not involved, nor was it related to any drugs charges. The spokesman said: "The only thing I can tell you is that it has nothing to do with drugs and that Amy is fine and she has not been charged or arrested".

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MORE RADIOHEAD GUBBINS
The physical release of Radiohead's 'In Rainbows' will, after all, come out this year. Though only just. XL Recordings have confirmed the CD version of the album which, of course, was released digitally on a pay what you want basis last month, will hit stores on 31 Dec. A single release of 'Jigsaw Falling Into Place' will follow on 14 Jan.

Meanwhile, Music Week has said it can confirm those earlier reports that the physical release of 'In Rainbows' will be released in the US by indie label ATO Recordings. They say it will actually be distributed by ATO imprint TBD, quoting Radiohead co-manager Bryce Edge thus: "We have known and worked with [TBD boss] Phil Costello for years. The independent nature of the company, where one knows exactly who is in control of the company and what the company's short and medium term future is; those were quite strong attractions, along with the belief that they can do a great job on the project".

TBD will also release the album on 31 Dec, meanwhile in Japan, where the album will be distributed via a third separate deal with Hostess, the album is due to come out on 24 Dec.

Meanwhile, the band have released a statement regarding that report by research firm ComScore which claimed to have monitored the 'In Rainbows' pay what you want promotion, and which claimed that the majority of people did not pay anything, and of those that did the average price paid was under £3. Basically the band have said ComScore's research is all speculative nonsense. They say this: "In response to purely speculative figures announced in the press regarding the number of downloads and the price paid for the album, the group's representatives would like to remind people that, as the album could only be downloaded from the band's website, it is impossible for outside organisations to have accurate figures on sales. However, they can confirm that the figures quoted by the company ComScore Inc are wholly inaccurate and in no way reflect definitive market intelligence or, indeed, the true success of the project".

More Radiohead news, and an anonymous poster on blog site boingboing.net has claimed that Radiohead did not approve the previously reported back catalogue box set being released by EMI just in time for Christmas. We know not who this poster is or whether there is any truth in what s/he says, but here it is: "I think people need to know that the band isn't some greed machine. I can tell you with 100% certainty that EMI is putting out all those reissues without the band's participation, blessing, permission or involvement at all".

The post explains: "They [EMI] are doing it as retribution for the band's decision not to go with them in releasing the new album. Despite their contract being expired, EMI had been counting on the revenue from the forthcoming album. When the band put out the digital version of the album themselves, EMI threatened them with re-releasing their entire catalogue on the same day the discbox of 'In Rainbows' [which the band themselves have been selling by mail order] was being sent out, Dec 10, unless the band gave EMI the standard physical release of the album. Of course the band/managers told EMI to piss off and were appalled that at such an important point in the band's career that their former partners would do this to them".

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CLIFF PROMOTION HAS REACHED LOWEST PRICE ALREADY
Talking of EMI, and quirky download promotions, time for an update on that Cliff Richard download thing we reported on last week.

As you'll remember, Cliff fans were encouraged to pre-order a digital version of his new album 'Love - The Album' via a special website. The deal was that the more people who ordered it the cheaper the unit price would be. Well, EMI and The Cliff Richard Organisation have announced that enough people have pre-ordered it already to ensure everyone pays the lowest possible price, £3.99.

Though I think only a thousand odd were needed to achieve that, so it's possibly not as big a deal as it might first sound. Still, Cliff seems happy, telling reporters: "I knew it! Never under estimate a Cliff Richard fan. In half the predicted time well over a thousand of them have hit their computers and triggered a cut price online bargain for my latest album. That's many, many more than those who bought online last time. Well done. I'm proud of you".

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COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS
Kenny Chesney was named Entertainer Of The Year for the third time at the Country Music Association Awards in the US on Wednesday. Collecting his gong, he commented: "I can't believe that I get to stand on the stages that I stand on every summer and get to sing the songs that I sing. I love country music and I love doing what I do".

Former American Idol Carrie Underwood, who won Best Female Vocalist and Single Of The Year for 'Before He Cheats', was similarly happy, telling the awards show audience: "God has blessed me with so many wonderful things. If you told me a few years ago I had been nominated with the people I'm nominated with, I would have called you absolutely insane".

Brad Paisely was named Best Male Vocalist after being previously being nominated in that category seven times, but never having won. He said: "I can't tell you what this means to me to win this. I always wanted to win this award at least once - this will do".

It was a busy, busy week for the country music genre, with the main CMA Awards being preceded by the country genre awards staged by US performing rights organisations SESAC and BMI, which took place on Monday and Tuesday night respectively. Among the winners there were Sony/ATV Music Publishing who were named Country Publisher Of The Year at both. With Sony/ATV having also won that gong at the country awards staged by the third US rights society ASCAP last month, that means the publishing major are the first to ever to be named Publisher Of The Year by all three of the rights society-staged country awards.

Here's what Sony/ATV chief Marty Bandier says: "I am thrilled with this unprecedented accomplishment and is a credit to the talent of Troy Tomlinson and our entire Nashville team. Garnering the recognition as Publisher Of The Year from ASCAP, SESAC and BMI in the same year proves that Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville is the best in the business".

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JAMES BROWN'S FIRST WIFE SAY THEY NEVER DIVORCED
Sorting out the estate of the late James Brown got even more complicated this week when his first wife, Velma Warren Brown, announced that she and the Godfather Of Soul never got divorced after they separated in 1969. If true that would mean Brown's subsequent three marriages would be called into question. His final marriage, to Tomi Rae Hynie, is already under question of course because of allegations she too hadn't formally divorced a former husband at the time of their marriage.

The surviving two children from Brown and Warren Brown's marriage are named in the late singer's will, alongside his four other adult children, but Warren Brown herself was not mentioned even though she claims she remained on good terms with her ex-husband up until his death and that he occasionally gave her financial assistance. The new claim by Warren Brown that she was never served divorce papers by Brown is presumably an attempt to get herself cut into the will.

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MORE WU TANG TENSIONS
So is there or is there not conflict within the Wu Tang Clan?

As previously reported, there were reports Ghostface Killah had fallen out with his Clan-mates after it became clear the release of his solo album and the release of the new Clan album 'The 8 Diagrams' would clash. But Wu Tang producer RZA responded by saying was no such fall out, and that the Clan had gladly moved their release date so not to clash with their bandmate. All well and good.

But there definitely do seem to be some tensions between members of the legendary hip hop posse, because Raekwon has just told blog site Missinfo.tv that there are. He says the main problem is RZA who is ignoring other Clan members' opinions in terms of artistic direction. He says: "Bottom line, it's a lot of business that's fucking up the creativity. When you're dealing with two beefs...money and art, that's serious. You can't work for something you can't trust".

RZA has again responded, this time to Billboard, though he hasn't actually denied any tensions this time, just given his side. He says: "My idea with this album was to have an hour of your day be different - you go into this other world of beats, hardcore lyrics and imagery of hip-hop. I wanted the listener to be stimulated by the music. I don't know if everybody agreed with it. Everybody has their own opinion. This is in my vision at the end of the day".

So there you go. I'd make the most of 'The 8 Diagrams' when it's released on Bodog next month, it might be the last album we get from them.

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NO THANKSGIVING FEAST FOR TI
A very quick TI update for you, so you're fully up to speed. You remember how the rapper, currently under house arrest pending all those illegal weapon charges, had asked the courts if he could hold a Thanksgiving dinner for his family at this Atlanta home, even though such parties would normally violate his bail conditions? Well, his lawyers yesterday withdrew their request after prosecutors kicked up a fuss that he had asked in the first place. Prosecutors said TI's demands would be a drain on their resources, because they'd have to run checks on all his guests, plus the fact he was making such demands demonstrated he just did not appreciate how lucky he was to have been let out of jail on bail at all. Presumably not wanting to give the prosecution any more ammunition against their client, TI's attorney quickly responded by withdrawing his request for court permission for the dinner.

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MY BLOODY VALENTINE RETURN IMMINENT
Having said earlier this year his band would definitely return at some point, Kevin Shields has now announced that My Bloody Valentine will release a new album in the very near future. Shields say the first MBV album since 1991 is now more or less done and will come out soon, alongside a compilation of other MBV stuff. On the album he says: "It sounds like what we sounded like - different but not radically different. People will go, 'Yeah, it sounds like My Bloody Valentine'". As previously reported, there are rumours MBV will be one of the reunions staged at next year's Coachella Festival in California.

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COWBOY JUNKIES CONFIRM GUESTS FOR RE-RELEASE
Canadian alt rock types Cowboy Junkies have announced that Ryan Adams and Natalie Merchant will guest on reinterpretations of songs off the band's 1998 album 'The Trinity Session', which will be re-released next year to mark its twentieth anniversary. The new versions will feature on the special anniversary edition of the album. Both Adams and Merchant joined the band at Toronto's Church Of The Holy Trinity, where the original album was recorded, to put their new version on record.

The band's Michael Timmins told reporters: "The idea was to cobble together a loose band sound with just a few hours of rehearsal, and a one day recording schedule much in the same way we created the original recording. We came, we played, and the church, once again, did the rest".

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KYLIE AND JASON REUNITE
Yes, what the headline says really. Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan will be seen together on TV again this weekend in a sketch on 'The Kylie Show', a special programme celebrating all things Minogue. In the sketch Donovan pretends to not recognise ex-co-star and former girlfriend Minogue, and thinks she is a fan after an autograph. 'The Kylie Show' airs on ITV1 this Saturday at 9.35pm.

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BEN'S BROTHER CARES
Here's some more interesting marketing for you. Rising indie band Ben's Brother are encouraging fans and the general public to send them stories explaining how they got through a difficult period in their lives, an idea that ties in with the lyrics to their new single 'Carry On'. So if you're feeling blue or just fancy letting it all out, you should submit your tales of woe in writing at http://www.bensbrother.com/winasong. The best entries will get a song written about them by the band, so best not say anything too revealing.

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SHAGGY DVD
Shaggy will release his first ever DVD on 18 Nov, featuring a recording of a Shaggy headline set at the 1998 Chiemsee Reggae Festival; a prestigious reggae event held annually in the Bavarian Alps. Various Shaggy hits feature, including 'In The Summertime', 'Boombastic' and 'Oh Carolina', plus he performs a medley of Bob Marley classics. Press info from Noble.

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B52'S FUNPLEX LINE UP
Yes, here it is, the track listing for the long awaited new B-52's album, which will be called 'Funplex', and which will be released on EMI on 3 Mar. Use with care. Press info from EMI IH.

Pump
Hot Corner
Ultraviolet
Juliet of the Spirits
Funplex
Eyes Wide Open
Love in the Year 3000
Deviant Ingredient
Too Much to Think About
Dancing Now
Keep This Party Going

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NEW JOE JACKSON
Rykodisc have announced that they will release Joe Jackson's new album, his first since 2003's 'Volume 4', on 28 Jan next year. The new album, called 'Rain', will precede Jackson's European tour, which kicks off at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin on Friday 29 Feb. He will play just one UK date, at Shepherd's Bush Empire, though a fuller UK tour is planned for later in 2008. Press info from Noble PR.

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MCR SETTLE WITH MAINE UNIVERSITY
My Chemical Romance have reached an agreement with Maine University, who, as previously reported, had threatened to sue them after they pulled out of a gig there at the last minute, claiming that drummer Bob Bryar had hurt his hand and couldn't play.

The University's students' union, which organised the gig, were angry about the last minute cancellation, mainly because the band kept another gig commitment the next day by hiring in a fill-in drummer. They told reporters earlier this week that the cancellation had left them $20,500 out of pocket because of unrecoupable marketing and production costs. Although the band had offered to reschedule the gig, the union said they were not interested in that offer and wanted to be compensated for their loss, adding that they planned to speak to university chiefs about suing the band if no compensation was paid.

The union's decision wasn't backed by all of the college's student population, with many MCR fans there claiming the band had had a genuine reason for pulling out of the gig and that the union were being too demanding. Nevertheless, the band this week said they would cover the union's losses, ending the dispute.

Speaking to The Maine Campus magazine, the union's Derek Mitchell said: "It sort of came as a surprise that they agreed to do it, but at the same time we're really pleased that they understood the situation and were so quick to agree. We are very happy we didn't have to proceed further". He also added that the union may now consider staging a rearranged MCR gig.

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REVEREND AND THE MAKERS CHRISTMAS SHOWS
Those Reverend And The Makers have announced two Christmas shows, one at Fabric in London on 21 Dec and one in home town Sheffield at Leadmill on 20 Dec. Tickets go on sale today, now, so get booking on http://www.ticketweb.co.uk for Sheffield and http://www.fabriclondon.com for London.

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THE STONES NOT PLAYING LED ZEPP REUNION
The Rolling Stones have announced they will not be guesting at the much hyped Led Zeppelin reunion at The O2 on 10 Dec. The statement came after press speculation that Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts had agreed to make a guest appearance at the charity show, probably with their band's former bass player Bill Wyman, who is playing. Their statement reads: "Contrary to media speculation, Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts will not be participating in any way at the Led Zeppelin concert in December, but wish them well for a great gig".

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FRENCH INDUSTRY STILL IN DECLINE, CANADIAN INDUSTRY SEES NOMINAL PROFIT INCREASE
There was more doom and gloom for the French record business yesterday following the news that the wholesale value of the country's recorded music industry for the first nine months of the year was down 20.5% on the same period last year, down to 443.9 millon euros.

Digital music sales were up 8.1%, aided by a massive increase in mobile downloads, and digital now accounts for 8% of the overall music market. But that did not compensate for a 10.6% drop in retail sales. And the overall wholesale value of recorded music fell even more because retailers have been reducing their overall CD stocks.

Hervé Rony, the Director General of the county's industry association, SNEP, told a press conference that he remained hopeful quarter four would see a boost because of new releases from big selling artists like Florent Pagny, Johnny Hallyday, Céline Dion or Michel Polnareff. He also said he hoped a government review being led by the CEO of retailer Fnac into music sales would help boost the country's digital market, but said that both the industry and government needed to act quickly, remarking: "Time for half measures is over. There won't be any regulation of the internet without the full involvement of the public authorities".

There is better news from Canada where, despite a fall in record sales, profits in the record industry are up, albeit only very slightly, mainly because of a reduction in the running costs of record companies, aided by the savings possible in digital delivery. Or at least that is what a report by Statistics Canada tell us - they have compared current sales and profitability in the country's music industry with analysis they did of the sector in 2003. It should be noted that a number of people in the Canadian record industry have questioned Statistics Canada's relatively upbeat appraisal, pointing out that the nominal profit increase was only possible because of large staff cut backs, and adding that the new report ignores parts of the indie sector where things are more gloomy.

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PEOPLE LIKE DRM FREE MUSIC, OBVIOUSLY
No real surprise here. 7Digital have revealed that MP3 downloads outsell DRMed digital formats like Microsoft's WMA by four to one - ie music fans prefer music without digital rights management technology which restricts what devices they can play it on. The download firm announced the stat at the same time as confirming that 60% of their catalogue is now available in DRM free MP3, thanks, of course, to the fact EMI and Universal have now both followed the independent sector's lead in recognising that DRM free music is the only way forward. Warner and SonyBMG will catch up one day, presumably.

7 Digital boss Ben Drury says this: "Consumers are a lot savvier than some people think and overwhelmingly choose MP3 over any other format when given the choice. MP3 is the only truly interoperable format that works with the iPod, most mobile phones (including the iPhone) and all MP3 players. iTunes does not sell MP3 so the only way consumers can get the best quality and most compatible downloads is via www.7digital.com and similar services".

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GALLOWS MAN PLANS FUCK NME TATTOO
And finally, Gallows frontman Frank Carter is planning on celebrating being proclaimed the coolest man in rock by the NME by, erm, having "fuck the NME" tattooed on his body. He told Xfm: "I've gotta get a 'Fuck The NME' tattoo. I did say if they put me number one I'd get it done, cos they'd probably think that was cool and that would cement my place for next year. I might just get one of my boys in my band to do it because I don't want it to look particularly good. Somewhere on my leg, I'm just drawing tattoos at the minute actually. I just tattooed my little brother and I've gotta do my bassist later on. Tour is a good place to get tattoos".

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