CMU Daily - on the inside Thursday 6th December
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Brighton introduce new licence rule to ban hate music
- Williams apology read out in court
- Pink sued by allegedly unpaid musician
- Doherty arrested over snapper attack
- All charges against Remy Ma to go through court
- Britney investigated for neglecting her children
- Former Brown trustees don't want to be former
- Rascal pays tribute to Pimp C
- Radiohead tour
- Kaisers headline IOW
- Chrysalis share price rises as board admit takeover considerations
- Viagogo gets good words from RRS boss
- Vodafone fail in bid to stop T-Mo iPhone deal
- MySpace launch new sessions series
- 7digital launch MP3 sale
- 3 Beat close management firm after Amato
- React go under
- Bam Bam goes in Capital rejig
- Bertelsmann may take complete ownership of RTL
- Janet resists involvement in Jacksons reunion tour


I think I'm going to blame Marsha from Xfm for first introducing me to Scouting For Girls, though I should note that a fellow CMUer points out he first heard of them before that via those rather fine Shifty Disco chaps. But I'm pretty sure it was Marsha who first mentioned them to me. I always make an extra effort to follow up Marsha's tips, so when I saw this tipped outfit were playing the Tiscali hut at the Wireless festival I made an extra effort to ensure I was there in time. And after their four song set I was fully converted and rushed back to my office to play the demo recordings that were then on their MySpace again and again and again. After I first raved about Roy Stride's keys/bass/drums outfit here in the CMU Daily one reader emailed in to warn that their distinctly poppy toons would soon start to wear thin, but I have to beg to differ, because I listened to this debut long player on something nearing repeat play for at least a week after it arrived at CMU HQ and I'm still in love with it. Then again, I'm a sucker for the keys/bass/drums combination - see the Ben Folds Five obsession for reference - and while Stride's songs don't yet possess the knowing cynicism that gives Folds that extra layer of substance, I don't care because these songs are so catchy I still love them. And hell, songs about James Bond, Michaela Strachan and He-man are all good in my book. So much so I am really looking forward to Stride's next batch of material, and in the meantime am very happy to announce 'Scouting For Girls' as our first Album Of 2007. And to celebrate, look out for an interview with Mr Stride going online at the below URL later on today...



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Yes, it's December everybody. Which means it is time for the CMU Track Of The Year thingimy thing - where the great and good that are the CMU Daily readership have the opportunity to big up the tracks that got them most excited in 2007.

If you haven't voted yet, there is still chance to get your votes in - you can pick a single, album track, b-side, bootleg, remix, demo, anything that first surfaced this year. You should email the name of your fave track and a couple of sentences on why it's great to

Meanwhile, here's some votes already received, both bigging up that Burial bloke...

Bloc Party - Where Is Home? (Burial Remix)
"The enigmatic and anonymous South Londoner Burial has taken the vocals of Kele and treated them in such a way as to show them in a new light. Slowed down, sped up and left dry the treated vocals get a new lease of life sat upon 2-step beats and a warm bassline. The piano and sound effects add a real atmospheric feel which altogether produce one of the best remixes of the year if not the best track. Burial shows us the melancholic future through his dubstep/post apocalyptic 2-step and his Bloc Party remix will open up his sound to a wider audience, and deservedly so".
Simon Burke-Kennedy, / TT Recordings

Burial - Untrue
"Deliciously downbeat title track on a blinding album that's clearly a step up from his debut. Haunting, melancholy and exhibiting his usual mastery of the vocal sample, the synths at the end are the icing on the comedown cake. This guy WILL save UK electronic music".
Jon Ramsay, Name

Vote for your track of the year - email the name of your fave track and a couple of sentences on why it's great to


Brighton City Council are expected to introduce new rules which would essentially give the local authority the power to stop performances by controversial artists whose lyrics allegedly incite hatred of minority groups.

The move follows those long running protests by gay rights groups against a number of reggae and dancehall artists who are accused of releasing homophobic songs, some advocating violence against the gay community. Various protests by gay rights groups in the UK, US and mainland Europe have forced some gigs by such artists to be cancelled. A commitment by leading reggae labels to pressure their artists to drop offending songs from their sets, and similar commitments from some of the artists themselves, have reduced the number of actual protests of late, though certain artists can still cause some controversy when booked to play in cities or parts of cities with a strong gay community.

Last year Brighton's Concorde 2 venue cancelled a gig by one of those artists - that Buju Banton chap - after the city's famously strong gay community objected to Banton's homophonic song 'Boom Bye Bye', which seemingly suggests shooting gay men. The venue themselves canned the gig, not wishing to piss off the city's gay population, but it was during that incident that councillors first began to consider rules that would give them powers to actually stop venues from staging gigs from other offending artists in the future.

With that in mind the city is proposing adding a new clause to its live music licence conditions, which are currently being reviewed, which would ban the performance of songs that incite hatred to minority groups. Venues who contravened the rules would risk losing their licence.

Councillor Dee Simson, chairwoman of the council's licensing committee, has confirmed the planned new anti-hatred rule, and insists it does not damage freedom of speech. She told reporters: "It will be used in really extreme cases to stop the playing of what's loosely termed 'murder music'. We have a large gay and lesbian community in Brighton and Hove and we want to protect people from facing such hatred. I'm a firm believer in freedom of speech but I'm against the incitement of hatred against minorities".

She added: "It must be stressed this small section of the policy is more about giving guidance to licensees and is likely to be used rarely, if at all. It is not a case of licensing officers going out and checking lyrics".

The plans have been welcomed by gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, one of the most vocal opponents to homophobia in the dancehall genre. He said Brighton should be "congratulated for its decision", adding: "Free speech does not include the right to advocate the killing of other human beings".

Two council committees have endorsed the new licensing rule, and it is expected to be fully approved on 13 Dec.

It should be added that Banton, should he wish to return to the seaside city, may not be affected by the new licencing rule, because since the cancelled Concorde gig he has signed Tatchell's previously reported Reggae Compassionate Act, which commits signed up artists to ban hatred and prejudice from their music.


As expected, Robbie Williams has formally apologised to Take That creator Nigel Martin-Smith for lyrics in a song off his 'Rudebox' album in which the singer seemed to accuse his former manager of stealing money off the legendary boy band.

As previously reported, Martin-Smith began action against the lyrics, which appeared in the semi-autobiographical song 'The 90s', before the album had even been released, forcing the song to be rerecorded with the offending remarks edited out. However, the manager continued with his action because, he said, the lyrics had by that point been widely reported, and that without legal action some people may assume the comments were true.

Williams, who's been no friend of Martin-Smith since his acrimonious split from Take That back in 1995, nevertheless agreed to settle over 'The 90s' fallout. To that end the High Court in London was this week informed that the singer had apologised to Martin-Smith, and that he had said that any remarks about the manager in the original version of 'The 90s' were not to be taken seriously.

Confirming the settlement, Martin-Smith's lawyer David Sherborne told the court: "Robbie Williams wishes to make it clear to his fans, and the public at large, that he did not intend these lyrics to be taken at face value or as a serious statement by him of the views which he holds of Nigel Martin-Smith. Specifically, Robbie Williams did not intend to allege that Nigel Martin-Smith has ever stolen any funds from Take That or anyone".

Personally I'd have asked Williams to record a new song withdrawing the Martin-Smith claims, which is why the legal profession would be much more fun if I worked in it. But no such remedy here. The singer will, however, pay his former manager damages and pay his legal costs. The figure to be paid has not been revealed, though some reports have suggested it is in the region of half a million.


More from the pop courts, and Pink has been sued by a musician who claims he is owed money from his work on the singer's 2001 album 'Missundazstood'. Kyle Jones, aka Scratch, claims he is owed the cash for his work on the song 'Respect', though he admits his fee discussions with the singer were somewhat informal. Nevertheless, he reckons he's owed $717,600 for the song, which also featured on Pink's DVD release 'Live In Europe'. Pink, her company Pink Stuff Inc and her label, SonyBMG's Zomba, are all named as defendants in the lawsuit.


Now obviously I'd never advocate violence in any circumstances, though I do sometimes wonder whether, if your paparazzo, you shouldn't have to accept that every so often one of the c'lebs you're trailing might give you a thump, or try to smash your camera. Surely it comes with the territory.

Anyway, Pete Doherty has been formally charged over that incident back in August when he allegedly lashed out at a photographer called Cath Mead. Mead claims that Doherty, with his then-girlfriend Irina Lazareanu in Somerset at the time, chased her into a music shop, kicked her, pulled her hair and damaged her camera after she tried to snap the couple.

Mead reported the incident to police at the time, and a spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police told Amateur Photographer magazine on Tuesday: "On Monday 3 December officers from the Met arrested a 28-year-old on behalf of Avon and Somerset Police. He was arrested on suspicion of assault and criminal damage in relation to an incident in Crewkerne on Wednesday 22 August. He has been given police bail pending further enquiries and he will be required to attend Crewkerne Police Station on a date in January".

To be fair to Mead, I'm not sure she's really a true paparazzo, and it has been alleged Doherty had been voluntarily posing for photos prior to the run in. Though if I was photographing Doherty, I think I'd always be ready to turn and run, just in case.


Grammy nominated rapper Remy Ma was back in court this week to face those previously reported allegations that she shot an acquaintance back in July in a dispute over money, and also those other previously reported allegations that she attempted to intimidate a witness in the original case against her.

The rapper's lawyer, Ivan Fisher, began by trying to convince the court that there was insufficient evidence against his client, real name Reminisce Smith, with regards the witness intimidation charges. She is accused of telling several male friends to beat up the boyfriend of a witness to the original shooting, presumably in a bid to stop the witness from testifying.

But the judge hearing the case ruled there were sufficient grounds for the court to hear both sets of allegations against the rapper, before adjourning the case until 3 Jan when forensic evidence will be presented in a bid to prove blood on clothing worn by Smith on the night of the original attack belonged to the victim, one Makeda Barnes-Joseph.


More from the Britney file (or filing cabinet, to be precise), and news that the singer is being investigated by the LA Department Of Children And Family Services because of issues relating to Spears' parenting skills (or lack of) which have been raised during her acrimonious custody battle with ex-husband Kevin Federline. The DCFS has requested that the current temporary custody arrangement, which limits Spears' access to her two children, be kept in place until they complete their investigations.

The specifics of those investigations are unknown, though they are reportedly looking into concerns the popstress is guilty of "multiple child abuse and neglect" towards her two sons. The investigation will also involve the Fed, though it is not clear in what context. As previously reported, Spears' legal people have been trying to limit how many court documents relating to the custody battle are handed over to the DCFS on the grounds the size of the department means there is a high risk the confidential papers will be leaked to the press.

Elsewhere in Britney news, and from the drawer marked "bizarre", it's been reported, albeit in the Daily Star, that Spears and her friends have a video of her one time party partner Paris Hilton partaking in some lesbian kissing, and that they are threatening to leak it online if the pointless socialite is rude to or about them. Here's what the Star's source says: "Britney and her pals wrote to Paris and told her they are hearing rumours of a new sex tape scandal - similar to the One Night In Paris footage her ex-boyfriend Rick Salomon put on the web four years ago. The letter also claims the tape shows footage of Paris locking lips with one of Britney's female friends at a party. It warns Paris that if she continues being rude to people, the footage will be leaked online. Britney and her pals also end their note by telling Paris they look forward to hearing back from her".

The tab says that Spears is especially angry with Hilton because she failed to wish her a happy birthday when they walked past each other in Bel-Air last weekend. It also adds that Hilton has received the note but isn't worried, with a source on that side saying: "It's obvious Britney and her bratty pals are being silly. Paris laughed when she got the letter, supposedly from Britney and said it was 'crap'".


The two former trustees of James Brown's estate who resigned last month have now asked to have their resignations withdrawn because, they claim, they only resigned because the judge hearing a dispute relating to the trust told them too, and that he shouldn't have done that.

Buddy Dallas and Alford Bradley claim that Circuit Judge Jack Early was guilty of "improper judicial influence" when he told them to resign. Early was presiding over claims a third trustee, David Cannon, had misappropriated funds from the trust, which benefits from a significant chunk of Brown's estate, and was set up to provide for poor children in Georgia and South Carolina. Some of Brown's children claimed Dallas and Bradley had mismanaged the trust by not spotting and stopping Cannon's actions.

In new court papers Dallas and Bradley have now asked for the order accepting their impromptu resignations, and the resulting appointment of new trustees, to be overturned. Early's office is yet to respond.


Dizzee Rascal has paid tribute to Pimp C, one half of UGK, who, as previously reported, was found dead in his hotel room this week. The UK rapper told reporters that Pimp C's music had helped him "through a lot of hard times growing up" and that his premature death was "tragic". Speaking to MTV, he continued: "I was lucky enough to work with Pimp before he left us and although outspoken at times personally I found him to be one of the humblest and most generous people I have ever come across. A true legend, he will be sadly missed but I know his legacy will live on".


Radiohead have announced a 16 date European tour for 2008, which will include a headline set at the Roskilde Festival. There will be four UK dates as follows:

24 Jun: Victoria Park, London
25 Jun: Victoria Park, London
27 Jun: Glasgow Green
29 Jun: Lancashire County Cricket Club, Manchester

Elsewhere in Radiohead news, the band have announced the download zone of their 'In Rainbows' website will be closed on 10 Dec, meaning you only have till then to get the album on a pay what you like basis - after that you'll have to buy the physical CD release when XL release it on 31 Dec.


Kaiser Chiefs are the third headliners for next year's Isle Of Wight Festival. They join The Police and Sex Pistols in the headline slots. The fest takes place from 13-15 Jun.


Shares in the good old Chrysalis Group rose 8% yesterday after bosses there admitted it was in preliminary discussions with possible buyers, though the company's top team is officially "assessing its options" and could, as yet, opt to support a takeover bid or choose to stay an independent.

As much previously reported, Chrysalis is now very much a music company having sold off its radio business to Global Radio earlier in the year. The company owns a record label and wholesale outfit though its music publishing enterprise makes up the bulk of the company, and is likely to be what most interests potential buyers.

Both Warner Music and Universal Music have been rumoured to be interested in acquiring Chrysalis, though others expect the usual suspect private equity types to also consider an offer.


Secondary ticketing agency Viagogo were yesterday delighting in comments made by artist manager Marc Marot, who said he saw them as the "good guys" in the resale market.

As previously reported, Marot will head up the Resale Rights Society, the new body being set up my the Music Manager's Forum that hopes to provide self-regulation to the secondary ticketing sector by persuading websites that allow people to resell gig tickets for profit to give a portion of their own profits to the live sector, and to agree to various measures to protect consumers, in return for recognition as legitimate concerns.

Being interviewed alongside Viagogo chief Eric Baker on Radio 4's Today programme, Marot said: "We like Viagogo, we think that Viagogo is one of the good guys, the trouble is there are some 244 other sites out there, including some huge ones, including eBay that have no regulation whatsoever".

Baker added: "I'm delighted that we have the support of the MMF and therefore the 600 artists it represents. Fans are increasingly realising that the safest way to buy or sell tickets is through Viagogo where we guarantee that they will get a genuine ticket, in time for the event".

Those comments presumably mean Viagogo will be signing up to the RRS. As reported yesterday, not all their rivals are so keen about the MMF's proposals, with the boss of one, Seatwave, saying: "This is a direct attempt by a few music managers and promoters to line their pockets at the expense of consumers. Everyone in this value chain has already been fully paid for their work - this proposed tax is like BMW asking car owners for a cut every time someone resells a car. It's laughable that rock managers and promoters are holding themselves out as consumer champions".


Vodafone has failed in its bid to have T-Mobile's deal with Apple in relation to the iPhone in Germany declared dodgy and illegal. As previously reported, Vodafone argued that the commitment German customers have to make to T-Mobile in order to get an iPhone was unprecedented and breached German rules on tying customers into contracts. The German courts issued a temporary injunction forcing T-Mobile to allow customers to take their iPhones to other networks, but yesterday judges ruled the exclusivity elements of the original contract were within the law, so the phone firm can go back to its original plan. Apple has a vested interest in its mobile partners having exclusivity clauses because they reportedly earn a percentage of ongoing network charges paid by iPhone owners as well as their cut of the original handset purchase.


MySpace have announced a new series of sessions and James Blunt will be the first to participate. The series, called MySpace Transmissions, will see the social networking outfit record artists in a studio setting with video interviews and original tracks among the outputs. MySpace's VP Of Programming And Content, Josh Brooks, says the new programme will offer a "unique way to expose users to exclusive content" and "empower artists and labels with a new way to generate revenue on MySpace". MySpace have done sessions before, including that rather fine one with Ben Folds which I think was meant to be coming out on DVD but which I never saw. Hmm, I must try and see what happened to that.


7Digital are stepping up the ante in the download market by announcing they will be selling DRM-free albums for a fiver, which means tracks on a ten tracker come in at fifty pence. The albums come in lovely MP3s, so work on an iPod.

7Digital chieftain Ben Drury told CMU: "Static pricing and inferior quality formats being offered by certain online retailers is limiting consumer uptake of digital downloading. We've decided enough is enough - we are now offering MP3 album downloads from £5 giving an equivalent track price as low as 10p each". (That latter remark presumably means there's a fifty-track album on their somewhere).

Talking up his company's ever growing MP3 catalogue, he continued: "In the run up to Christmas, when many will get new MP3 players from Apple, Samsung, Sony and others, it's important consumers realise that they have choice when it comes to buying downloads. MP3 is the only truly universal digital format for music and we are striving hard to make our entire catalogue available as MP3. The big issue now is making downloads available in a consumer-friendly, high-quality format at a reasonable price. iTunes has long been the market leader, but its reluctance to offer any kind of flexible pricing or formats other than AAC, which is far from interoperable, has left many consumers unconvinced by legal digital downloads. Our own sales show that, given the choice, consumers overwhelming choose MP3 downloads, which don't have DRM restrictions. Earlier in the year MP3s were outselling WMA and AAC by almost four to one".


Liverpool record shop 3 Beat Records has closed down its label management company and download store in the aftermath of the previously reported demise of Amato Distribution.

3 Beat represented a number of dance music labels, including Border Community, Boss Records, Vapour Recordings, Supplement Facts, Perc Trax and Love Triangle Music, but says Amato's collapse has left them £75,000 down, and they can't continue their label representation enterprise. Because that enterprise operated their download store that too is temporarily on hold. The move will not effect the 3 Beat record shop however, nor its own label 3 Beat Productions.

Commenting, 3 Beat founder Jon Barlow told CMU: "It really saddens me to have to close 3 Beat Label Management and to see the knock on effects of this decision, not only on the labels that have been part of the 3 Beat family, but also on our own digital download business. We looked at all options to avoid this decision, but felt that there were none. Unfortunately, I think the demise of Amato will cause further repercussions in the world of dance music before things settle down again. I am now looking forward, focusing positively on the rest of the 3 Beat Records business which remains buoyant. Our recent deal with Universal will see 3 Beat Productions aiming for crossover success in 2008, the record shop is as strong as ever and our recent foray into club promoting has been an unqualified success. These are the areas on which we will be focusing in 2008".


Elsewhere in the file labelled 'doom and gloom in the dance industry', dance label and compilations firm Resist - which came out of the 2004 collapse of React - have gone under. They've blamed their demise on the decline in CD sales.


Yeah, he didn't last long there did he?

Former Kiss DJ Bam Bam has been dropped from Capital Radio's evening show less than a year after he joined the station, though not because he's been breaking broadcasting rules (the reason he was axed from Kiss) but because the London station's new programming boss, Paul Jackson, doesn't think the presenter's style suits the early evening slot. Bam Bam, he says, should be on air at breakfast time, but Capital don't have a vacancy in the flagship slot, so he's out.

Drive time host Lucio will move into evenings, with Capital's newest recruit Greg Burns taking drive. Margherita Taylor will also return to mornings as part of Jackson's schedule rejig.


SonyBMG half-owner Bertelsmann is reportedly considering taking full control of the RTL Group, Europe's biggest broadcaster, which in turn owns just under 90% of Channel Five. Bertelsmann are already the majority owners of RTL, and have confirmed they are considering looking to buy out the other owners, though they stress the proposals are yet to go to their supervisory and management boards.


Janet Jackson has reportedly turned down an offer to join the rest of her family on that previously reported Jacksons reunion tour, which everyone now seems to think will happen next year.

The family had reportedly hoped that Janet, who, despite disappointing sales on her last album, is still the most 'current' Jackson in the music world, would participate in the tour, but she has reportedly been non-committal about involvement. Word has it that she did originally say she would participate in some shows, but that her other half, label exec Jermaine Dupri, is bothered that involvement would [a] take her away from promoting her forthcoming new album and from working on a follow up and [b] risk further damaging her reputation in the US (which is still recovering from Nipplegate, of course) if brother Michael does something loopy during the reunion tour.

New York gossip column Page Six quote a source thus: "Janet said she would be willing to participate in a few select shows next year, but Jermaine Dupri is holding her out of it. He wants Janet to go back in the studio and record another album, and he's also wary of having her be associated with Michael because he's gotten such bad press and is just freaky".

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