CMU Daily - on the inside Friday 22nd November
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Winehouse husband due in court today
- Boy George court date set
- Lorraine return
- Beyonce considering country move
- Franz Ferdinand fancy writing a musical
- Snow Patrol Lightbody working on solo material
- I Was A Cub Scout fans invited to cover new single
- U2 not playing O2
- Radio 2 take over O2
- Houston to return to the stage
- Foo Fighters Wembley gig to be in the round
- Jean on Hill
- Art Brut tour
- Klaxons tour
- More acts added to Liverpool Music Week
- Chrysalis upbeat
- PRS chairman reappointed
- Song-tank announce partnership with MCPS-PRS
- EMI UK boss appointed visiting professor
- SonyBMG licence music for inclusion in UGC on Yahoo!
- Government launch digital radio taskforce
- Chantelle divorces Preston
- Fall Out Boy denies sex tape rumours
- Kelly accused of being impersonator
- Love Island Danan axed from panto after swearing


No one does any work on a Friday, we all know that, so if you're looking for sneaky ways to look like you're working when really you're doing something fun, why not spend a few minutes today voting in the CMU Track Of The Year poll?

Here is how it works. We want you to email us the name of the track you most rated in 2007, and the artist behind it, plus some words on why you think it was so great. It can be any track that first surfaced this year - a single, album track, remix, mash up, TV theme tune - whatever. Email your votes, with your name, company and job title to We will feature some of your votes and reasons here in the Daily during December, and will then release an overall top ten, on which you can then vote a second time so that we can select an overall track of the year. It's all very exciting. If a bit complicated.

So, to put this more simply, email us the name of your favourite track of 2007 to now. Well, unless you have a sneaky suspicion the best track of the year hasn't been released yet, in which case feel free to wait until mid-December to vote.



VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: Talkin' Loud & Saying Something Sessions at Dingwalls
Dingwalls has a bit of a legendary status - and one of the reasons for that was the Talkin' Loud & Saying Something Nights - regular Sunday sessions back in the day which pretty much shaped the UK leftfield dance genre as it is today. Gilles Peterson and Patrick Forge have since brought us some awesome other nights - GP's THII at Barumba and Forge's sets at Off Centre - but it's not often they play together these days, but hurrah, they are getting together for a few hours this Sunday. Should be good a post Sunday roast nostalgic jazz funk extravaganza.

Sunday 25 Nov, Dingwalls, Middle Yard, Camden Lock Place. London NW1 8AB, 1pm-6.30pm, £8, info from


The husband of Amy Winehouse is due to appear in court today to face those charges of perverting the course of justice and those original charges of causing grievous bodily harm.

As previously reported, Blake Fielder Civil is accused of assaulting a pub landlord - one James King, who runs the Macbeths pub in Hoxton - in June this year. He was then also charged with perverting the course of justice over allegations he had tried to bribe King into withdrawing the allegations he had made against him and to then leave the country.

There has been much speculation as to the state of Winehouse's health since Fielder Civil was jailed after being accused of making the bribe, though, as previously reported, the singer's mother, who blames her son in law for her daughter's heavy drug use, said his incarceration was a blessing.

As also previously reported, Pete Doherty, who says he is in daily contact with Amy, claims that both Fielder Civil and Winehouse has kicked the drugs since the former was jailed, though a photo of Amy taken this week showing a residue of white power in one of her nostrils possibly suggests otherwise, certainly the gossipers seem to think so. Then again, Doherty proclamations of being clean are normally followed by photo evidence to the contrary, so that shouldn't really be any surprise.

Fielder-Civil is expected at Snaresbrook Crown Court any time now.


Elsewhere in the pop courts, a date has been set for Boy George to face those allegations he falsely imprisoned a male escort at his Shoreditch home back in April. George was in court yesterday for a scheduling session. He only confirmed his name and date of birth. He's now due back in court - also Snaresbrook Crown Court - on 25 Feb.


And you thought Lorraine had disappeared off the face of the earth, but no, they're back, with a brand new single. After some short lived success in the UK through single 'I Feel It', the Norwegian pop rockers, having seemingly jumped from SonyBMG's Columbia division to SonyBMG's RCA division - creating their own imprint, Waterfall Records, in the process, will return next month with new single 'Saved'. The physical release will be 'strictly limited' to 1000 7" singles, available via the band's website and certain retailers. The track, and b-side 'The Mess That We Are' and a Dave Armstrong & Redroche remix of the a-side, will also be available for download. The band also play at The Water Rats in London on 27 Nov. More at I suspect.


Beyonce is reportedly going a bit country on her next album. A source possibly close the singer has told reporters: "Beyonce wants to try something completely different. She is a big fan of country music and thought that would be an interesting and exciting way to go. She tested the waters at the American Music Awards last weekend and she is up for it".


Having written music for that 'Hallam Foe' film, Franz Ferdinand have said they'd like to do more soundtrack work, possibly penning their own musical. Frontman Alex Kapranos told the Daily Record: "After we've finished this album, we're definitely going to look more at doing some other things. Writing for 'Hallam Foe' was a lot of fun. We hear Belle & Sebastian were working on a musical film and possibly I'd like to write a musical too. Who knows? Maybe I'll write one for the stage rather than for film".

On the new album he said: "We've been recording a couple of songs in the last two weeks. Two down, one more to go. We'll keep on recording until Christmas and will have the album out in the new year".

Asked about the sound of the new material, he continued: "The strangest instrument we've been using is an old Russian synthesiser built from spare parts in the Cold War. This guy couldn't get synthesisers in Russia but heard about them and decided to build one from what he heard they were like. He used whatever components he could get hold of. It sounds like a normal synthesiser, only a lot weirder".


Also experimenting with new sounds is Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody who is working on a solo project which will apparently sound nothing like his band's music. We know this because Hot Hot Heat's Steve Bays, who is friends with Lightbody, said so. Speaking to 6Music he said: "He is working on a project in his home studio, he was talking to me about a bunch of stuff that doesn't sound like Snow Patrol at all, I think he is just being creative and he is not thinking about it as a Snow Patrol project. We were pretty much talking about that the whole time, because when you see it in his eyes and see how excited he is, it inspires you".


Synthpoppers I Was A Cub Scout are inviting their fans to re-record a version of one of their songs which will appear as the b-side on their forthcoming double a-side single (not that a double a-side can have a b-side, technically speaking, unless it's a three sided record). The duo will release 'Pink Squares' and 'Echoes' on 28 Jan and are inviting fans to record their own version of 'Pink Squares', and to submit it for consideration as the actual b-side. Former Cub Scout William Bowerman explains: "We heard a bunch of interesting cover versions of 'Pink Squares' on the internet, kids with acoustic guitars or kids remixing the song, so we thought it'd be ace to offer them the chance to be on our single". You can hear the proper single at - covers should be sent to


U2 have denied rumours they are planning to go all O2 next year. Rumour had it they were planning a Prince style residency at London's O2 Arena, mainly because one of those slightly dodgy ticket sites were advertising tickets for 14 U2 gigs at the venue next July. But the band told reporters yesterday: "There are no plans for live dates next year - so please don't buy tickets for any U2 shows you see advertised".


An O2 show that is happening is this one - a special show for Radio 2 which will include performances from Mika, James Blunt, Newton Faulkner, The Hoosiers and KT Tunstall. The show will take place on 5 Dec and will be broadcast by the BBC station on 15 Dec.


Whitney Houston is to return to the stage at a gig in Kuala Lumper on 1 Dec, though details of the event are being kept secret so far. The appearance will precede Houston's expected reappearance on the music scene in 2008. Word has it the singer is keen to put all the tabloid stories of her drug addiction and the collapse of her marriage with Bobby Brown behind her, and to relaunch her music career with a brand new album, on which DJ Premier, Will.I.Am, Ne Yo, R Kelly and John Legend are all rumoured to have had an input.


More on that previously reported Foo Fighters gig at Wembley Stadium next year. The concert will take place on 7 Jun and will be in the round, which is a bit unusual. Chief Foo David Grohl explained: "When we were thinking about doing Wembley we were thinking it's so huge how do we make it feel like an intimate gig?. We are doing it in the round. We're going to build a stage in the middle of the stadium with ramps going in different directions. There won't be a bad seat in the house".

Talking to Radio 1, he added: "I believe the stage will probably rotate. I don't want to give away all the secrets but no matter where you're sitting you'll be in spitting distance from me". Which - even with innovative staging - seems unlikely, unless Foo Fighter fans are champion spitters.


Wyclef Jean has again spoken out about his concern for the recently a bit loopy Lauryn Hill - his former bandmate and ex-girlfriend. He told reporters this week that any kind of Fugees reuion was unlikely while Hill was acting up, saying: "Nothing is going to happen while Lauryn is in this weird place that she's in right now. She needs psychological help and I think it's about time someone spoke out and said this".

Taking the job of the someone, he continued: "You can see that something is seriously wrong. She goes around wearing weird green make-up and looking like a clown. At recording sessions she insists that everybody - including me - should refer to her only as 'Miss Hill'. I asked her what she was playing at and she said totally straight-faced that she thought it was easier because she figured we'd go crazy if she asked us to call her 'Queen'. The word 'diva' is an understatement. I believe she's completely out of control and has lost touch with reality. Lauryn has some serious issues she needs to address. This difficult side of her has taken over and it's about time someone called her on it".


The wonderful Art Brut have announced a UK tour, dates as follows...

29 Jan: Tamworth, The Palace
1 Feb: Bristol, Trinity Centre
2, 3 Feb: Brighton, Concorde 2
5, 6 Feb: London, ULU
7 Feb: Oxford, Carling Academy
9 Feb: Hartlepool, Escobar
18 Feb: Hull, The Welly Club
19 Feb: Stoke, Sugarmill - 19


Klaxons have announced a UK tour, dates as follows. Oh, hang on, I didn't say the "wonderful" Klaxons. Now they'll be thinking I like Art Brut more than them. Which could start all kind of tensions between the two bands. Oh dear, wars have been started with lesser misunderstandings. Oh well, we'll see what happens shall we? Anyway, here's the dates.

26 Nov: Manchester Apollo
27 Nov: Edinburgh Corn Exchange
28 Nov: Newcastle Academy
30 Nov: Southampton Guildhall
1 Dec: Leeds Uni
2 Dec: Cardiff Uni
4 Dec: Birmingham Academy
5 Dec: London Brixton Academy
6 Dec: London Brixton Academy


More acts have been announced for Liverpool Music Week, which is something I have been meaning to report on for a while. This runs from 29 Nov to 9 Dec (which is more than a week by my math, but let's not get pedantic) at venues around the city. The programme additions are as follows:

29 Nov: Carling Academy - New Young Pony Club, The Delta Fiasco, Ezra Bang & Hot Machine

30 Nov: Carling Academy - Good Shoes, Hot Club De Paris, goFASTER

6 Dec: Aintree Pavilion - Hard Fi, Rebecca, The Rumble Strips

7 Dec: Aintree Pavilion - Kaiser Chiefs, The Little Ones, Mystery Jets

8 Dec: Aintree Pavilion - Madness, The Bees

9 Dec: Aintree Pavilion - The Chemical Brothers, Simian Mobile Disco (Live)

Meanwhile the finalists of the LMW Battle Of The Bands competition have been announced, and the public are being invited to vote for their favourite.

You can do this by clicking on the big Battle Of The Bands banner at The winner will get to open one of the LMW shows - a full list of which is also on the MySpace.


Chrysalis Group this week said it has just had its "best-ever" year despite reporting losses in its most recent financial quarter - losses which, it says, were expected. Chrysalis, of course, now exists of just its music division after they flogged off their radio company to Global Radio. For the year, pre-tax earnings were up 28.2% to £3.1 million. Group CEO Jeremy Lascelle told Billboard: "These are figures delivered in a year that has seen enormous change by virtue of the sale of the Chrysalis Radio division and the results are completely in line with our expectations".


PRS has reappointed Ellis Rich as its chairman for a second three year term. Confirming his appointment, Rich said: "It continues to be an honor to be PRS chairman during a period of fast-paced change for the industry. I am really relishing serving the society for another three years, during which I have no doubt we will face increased challenges to protect and preserve the value of our members' music". Andrew King has also been reappointed as Deputy Chair (Publisher) while Mick Leeson has been appointed Deputy Chair (Writer).


More PRS news, and Song-Tank, a social networking community for songwriters, composers and copyright owners, has announced a deal with collecting society which will enable its 50,000 members to have a profile and 250 MB storage space with the community at a discounted price.

Song-Tank is intended as a professional social networking forum where songwriters and composers, and those who require the services of songwriters and composers, can network and collaborate. The deal means MCPS-PRS members can get a one month free trial of the service, and then enjoy it at the reduced rate of £24.95 a month moving forward - opting, if they wish, to have their subscription taken directly from their PRS royalties.

Confirming the partnership, MCPS-PRS Membership & Operations MD Jo Prowse told reporters: "We are happy to be able to provide our members with a new and increased benefit of their membership of PRS and MCPS. By accessing the Song-Tank professional musician's community via our website, our members will be able to take advantage of the many benefits the Song-Tank service offers".

Renowned songwriter Guy Chambers, a PRS member, has also talked up the partnership, telling reporters: "Song-Tank is a great concept. The easily accessible and user-friendly site brings together an online community, opening doors for producers and musicians alike".


The boss of EMI UK and current chairman of UK record industry trade body BPI, Tony Wadsworth, has been appointed as a Visiting Professor at Newcastle University, where the record label chief himself studied back in the seventies. The appointment will see Wadsworth visit the university several times each academic year to give lectures and tutorials on the music business.

Confirming his new part time academic role, Wadsworth told reporters: "A sound educational background is essential in our increasingly complex and challenging business. The market is undergoing a fundamental shift at present thanks to the digital revolution and I am looking forward to engaging with students on how the music industry is embracing change and experimenting with new business models".

David Clarke, Professor Of Music in the university's School Of Arts And Cultures added: "Tony's appointment builds upon the existing culture of enterprise in the School, which has developed both through the students' own enterprise activities around their bands and other performance, and through our Music Business degree programme module. It is a great compliment to the reputation of music education at Newcastle University that an individual with such a high profile within the music industry is so interested in our activities".


SonyBMG this week finalised a licensing deal with Yahoo! which will allow the web company to host user-generated content that includes music from the major's catalogue.

The deal, which also licences the distribution of SonyBMG music videos via the Yahoo! music player, enables Yahoo! to legitimately host user-generated content that features SonyBMG music in its soundtrack. It comes as an increasing number of music owners turn their attention to user-generated content on video sharing platforms that use their content - something not necessarily covered by agreements that allow those platforms to host actual label-produced pop promo videos.

SonyBMG reached a similar deal with Yahoo's rival Google, that one also covering Google owned YouTube, last year. The financial specifics of the Yahoo! deal are unknown, though SonyBMG will get a cut of advertising revenues the web firm generates from the UCG covered by the licensing agreement.


The Department Of Culture, Media And Sport has established a 'taskforce' to oversee the transition from analogue to digital radio in the UK which will include people from OfCom, the BBC, commercial radio groups and consumer rights groups. It seems the government is now keen to set a date for turning off analogue radio signals in much the same way targets have been set to turn off analogue TV signals.

Confirming the launch of the The Digital Radio Working Group, Culture Secretary James Purnell told reporters: "Digital radio offers more choice to consumers and the British radio industry is leading the world in the transition to digital. There would be great advantages for both consumers and business to completing that transition, but there are also a number of obstacles. I have asked the group to develop a consensus about whether, how and when those obstacles could be overcome".


The marriage of Ordinary Boy Preston and that Chantelle chick is officially over, with the latter granted a divorce from the former this week because of what legal papers referred to as Preston's "unreasonable behaviour". No word on what that "unreasonable behaviour" was, though Preston didn't contest the accusation. Perhaps Chantelle was referring to Preston dumping his lovely girlfriend so he could jump into bed with her, which was pretty unreasonable.


Fall Out Boy chap Pete Wentz has denied rumours that there is a sex tape of him doing the rounds on the net. The rumours gained pace after PerezHilton posted what seemed to be a snippet of the video, with the emo boy shagging some unidentified girl. But Wentz, who is currently dating Ashless Simpson, has said that the video clip is from an indie film a friend of his made which he agreed to appear in, and is not from any sex tape.

Wentz: "I just wanted to put the word out on the streets/the internet. There is no Pete Wentz sex tape in existence. About a year and a half ago I took part in an indie gore/horror short film as a favor to my friend Nathan - called 'Goodnight Moon'. Either way I'm not into being an actor or having a sex tape either sooooooooo, hopefully you can deal with it".

I'm sure we can.


Are, poor Kelly. Yes, Ms Osbourne got in a bit of huff this week when a fellow clubber at the Paper nightclub in London accused her of being a "sad Kelly Osbourne impersonator". According to Sky Showbiz Kelly responded angrily by shouting: "I am Kelly Osbourne, you American idiot". The fellow clubber reportedly quickly withdrew, though not before stressing he was Canadian.


This isn't music news, but it amused me. And hey, they sing songs in panto don't they? Former 'Hollyoaks' 'actor' and 'Celebrity Love Island' 'star' Paul Danan has been axed from a lead role in a pantomine in Preston after swearing while turning on the Christmas lights in the city. Danan was among the c'lebs turning on the lights because of his staring role in the city's panto - with the show's producers hoping to persuade the families watching the lights go live to buy tickets for the festive show. Which is why they were a bit pissed off when he shouted at the crowds of families "Make some motherfucking noise, Preston!" As I understand it they didn't. Danan was promptly sacked and has since apologised for "getting carried away". Personally I'd be saying what's good enough for Snoop Dogg on prime time Saturday tea time BBC1 (during Live 8) is good enough for a mediocre telly actor when turning on the lights in breezy Preston. But what do I know?

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