CMU Daily - on the inside Friday 7th December
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Kanye and Amy top Grammy nominations
- Motley Crue manager case goes to court
- Kid Rock infringement case thrown out of court
- Radio 1 DJ could be jailed in Dubai
- Babyshambles launch NME Awards 08, sort of
- Arctic Monkeys shortlisted in Southbank, Buzzcocks wins at Comedy
- Another round of Kitsune Maison
- UrbanAmplified night
- New Madonna due in April
- Cathy Dennis to release new album
- I Was A Cub Scout tour
- Palladium tour
- Dodgy tour rescheduled
- Pigeon Detectives tour
- Hard-fi do the instant live thing
- Radiohead in talks with iTunes over In Rainbows
- Mobile music worth 11 billion by 2011?
- Vital Digital partners into Japanese market
- 3 launch music stream service
- Slade top Christmas song poll
- Robbie's mum reckons he'll rejoin Take That eventually

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TOP BIT - ALBUMS OF THE YEAR #2
ROISIN MURPHY - OVERPOWERED
While the new Kylie album got all the hype, in my humble opinion it was another EMI artist who delivered the quality electro-pop album of 2007. We were huge Moloko fans here at CMU - 'Indigo' is one of my favourite tracks ever - but the disappointment we all felt when the personal relationship behind that outfit crumbled, taking the professional relationship with it, was overcome somewhat when one half of the duo, Ms Roisin Murphy, returned as a solo artist in 2005. 'Ruby Blue' was a great album, and the live shows that came with it even better, so we all got ever so slightly excited when we heard our copy of her follow up, 'Overpowered', was in the mail. And despite the fact this long player was quite a different beast to the Matthew Herbert produced solo debut, it delivered all the goods and more. 'Overpowered' is very much a pop album, and the word 'pop' has appeared in many of the reviews of it. Such pigeon holing seems to irk Murphy a little, partly because any artist of her calibre hates large quantities of her reviews to obsess over genre names, and possibly partly because the 'pop' word sometimes comes with negative connotations. But while we too may well use the 'pop' word (those paying attention will notice we already have - albeit with the word 'electro' prefixed), we do so on the understanding we mean pop in a very very good way. This is a brilliant album, and a definite album of the year. We tracked down Roisin for a quick pre-gig chat the other day and you'll be able to read the interview later today right here...

http://www.cmumusicnetwork.co.uk/albumsoftheyear

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CMU TRACK OF THE YEAR 2007
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 2007@cmumusicnetwork.co.uk.

Meanwhile, here's some votes already received...

Gallows - In The Belly Of A Shark
"The rise of Gallows has been the best thing in British music in 2007, this track is such a fantastically malevolent rock and roll song which has given both the rock scene and the industry a fresh burst of life. They are genuine punks and I would challenge any fan of rock music not to get exited when listening to this track at full volume".
Jamie Searle, X-taster

Madina Lake - House Of Cards
"I always send an email for this CMU end of year thingy and it's always chuffing hard. It's been a genius year for the damn young Cajun Dance Party ('Amylase' is excellent), Operator Please! (Aussie Rules!) and Silversun Pickups (a live delight). Biffy Clyro came back with their biggest stuff yet and laid down their bid to do the "New Bond Theme" ('Living Is A Problem Because Everyone Die's), then again so did Ian Brown ('Illegal Attacks') and I wouldn't say no to Siouxsie Sioux ('Here Comes That Day') either. Arctic Monkeys made a song that confused radio presenters everywhere (BRIANstorm...not Brainstorm!), Trent Reznor was brilliant as always (NIN-Survivalism), The Young Knives never really went away ('Terra Firma'), thank God, and the Manics did us proud ('Autumnsong'). But Nicky Wire, please keep the backing singing to a minimum. Top 3 though...Elvis Perkins 'All The Night Without Love', just utterly lush. Freemasons 'Uninvited', Phats and Smalls cover Alanis Morissette? It works. But my Track of The Year (finally, eh?) is Madina Lake's 'House Of Cards'. Utter brilliance from Chicagans on Roadrunner Records. If you haven't heard it, seek it out and listen on repeat".
Dan Morfitt, Kerrang! Radio

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 2007@cmumusicnetwork.co.uk.

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CMU FRIDAY TIPS

CHRIS' CLUB Tip: Twisted Licks at 229
We've mentioned the latest edition of this CMU Recommended night already, but it's tonight, so let's mention it again. This time we have the rather wonderful Captain topping the live bill, with The High Society and Talk Taxis in support. Meanwhile in room two you'll get One Night Only and Sergent. Yep, all that in one night, plus the DJ talent - Stealth Disco, Slim Jim and special special guests. Perfect.

Friday 7 Dec, 229, Great Portland Street, London, W1W, 8pm-3am, £8 (£6 before 10pm), info from http://www.leylinepromotions.com

VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: The Lovebox Annual Winter Ball at 229 Club
Yes, that's right, the Lovebox crew are having a ball! And with a great line up, topped by the always good The Nextmen and Bestival man Rob da Bank. Also on the bill is Severino from Horsemeat Disco, who rocked the Lovebox boat party, and who will no doubt be going down the disco, electro and soulful house route. Live wise there's hackneyed pop act The Black Ghosts, and The RGB's, a four-piece electronic outfit. And finally Zach Beers and John Young will be helping out the The Lovebox All Stars to join the dots for some right party shenanigans. Oh yes, and Secretsundaze James & Giles have just been added to the bill. Should be a proper Up West mash up!

Saturday 8th December, 229, Great Portland Street, London W1W 5PN, 8pm-3am, £12, more at http://www.loveboxweekender.com, press info from Sam Pow - sam@loveboxlondon.com.

VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: Fabric at Fabric
Fabric's night dedicated to tech influenced dance deserves a mention this week because Room 2 has one of my fave DJ's in it - Mr Planetary Assault Systems himself - technomeister Luke Slater, who I haven't seen in quite a while. Room Uno has long serving resident Craig Richards, with MANDY, Deadbeat (Live) and Hector. Alongside Slater in Room Dos is heavyweight techster Terry Francis and Alexi Delano, while in the
upstairs room you'll find ISSST, Kevin G, Bobby M and Eric Borgo. Fabric's still happening 8 years on......tech beyond tech, each and every Saturday....

Sat 8 Dec, Fabric, 77a Charterhouse Street, London, EC1M, 9.30pm-7am, £12/16, info from http://www.fabriclondon.com, press from Clare / Danna at Fabric PR

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KANYE AND AMY TOP GRAMMY NOMINATIONS
So, assuming you want to give this a UK slant, the big story is that ice pop chomper Amy Winehouse has scored six nominations at the fiftieth Grammy Awards, which will take place in LA next February. The Aimster is up for Record, Album and Song Of The Year, among other things.

If you're going for the US or global slant you might lead with the fact Kanye West actually led the nominations list, being shortlisted for no less than eight awards. Foo Fighters, Jay-Z, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake and T-Pain are all up for five awards.

Competing with Winehouse in the flagship Record Of The Year category are Beyonce's 'Irreplaceable' and Rihanna smash hit 'Umbrella'. In the best album category West's 'Graduation' and the Foo Fighters 'Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace' will compete with Winehouse's 'Back To Black'.

Other British nominees include The Chemical Brothers, up for Best Dance Recording and Best Dance Album, Paul McCartney, up for Best Solo Pop Performance and Ozzy Osbourne, who is up for Best Hard Rock Performance. U2 are up for Best Group Pop Performance and Justice are up for the best dance categories, neither of whom are British, but sometimes I momentarily think they are.

There are, of course, about 9007 Grammy Awards, making the nominations list something of an epic piece of work. If you're interested in ploughing your way through it you should start here...

http://www.grammy.com/GRAMMY_Awards/50th_Show/list.aspx

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MOTLEY CRUE MANAGER CASE GOES TO COURT
Motley Crue have disputed allegations made by artist manager Carl Stubner, who they are suing, in which he claims that he can't be sued because he had no direct management connection with the band.

As previously reported, the legendary metallers issued legal proceedings against Stubner earlier this year claiming that he damaged the band through his management of their drummer Tommy Lee. The band claim Stubner got Lee involved in external projects that prevented the band from working and which damaged their credibility. They also say he breached his "fiduciary duties" to the band by making threats and demanding more money for himself.

As previously reported, more or less as soon as the Crue launched their litigation back in June Stubner issued an announcement claiming he never represented the band at large and therefore he didn't 'owe any duty' to them. The band disagreed, claiming that while Stubner technically managed Lee, he had involved himself in the whole band's affairs and that as a result their was an implied management duty.

The two sides took that argument into court this week. Stubner's people maintain the argument that while Tommy Lee could sue him if it was thought there had been mismanagement, and while the band could sue Tommy Lee, the band can't sue Stubner. But the band's attorney, Skip Miller, disagreed He told the court: "This band is not going to sue Tommy Lee; this lawsuit is not about Tommy Lee. It is about Carl Stubner's tactics that we contend harmed Motley Crue and cost the band millions of dollars".

Miller says he has statements from band members Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx and Mick Mars plus ten other key professionals associated with the band who all say that Stubner operated as a manager for the whole band and not just Lee.

Commenting, Sixx said: "There are witnesses to Carl Stubner's threats and demands for more money for himself. Managers have to be held to higher standards in the music business just like they are in other industries".

Mars added: "Tommy Lee has been my and Nikki's friend for longer than anyone. This band is not going to sue Tommy Lee. We will hold Carl Stubner accountable".

The judge hearing the dispute asked the band to provide more details of the specific threats Stubner allegedly made against the band, including when they were made and who to. The band's team said they would do so.

It remains unclear what Lee's relationship with the band currently is. As this litigation began it was alleged he had all but quit the band (or been axed), but the drummer himself has seemingly implied he still sees himself as part of the Crue, and that he hopes he can overcome any tensions within the band to work with them again.

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KID ROCK INFRINGEMENT CASE THROWN OUT OF COURT
More from the pop courts and a copyright infringement claim made against Kid Rock has been thrown out of court. A New Orleans based musician called Troy Landry claimed Kid Rock and his collaborators Uncle Kracker, John Travis and Kenny Olson had copied bits of two of his songs for 'Somebody's Gotta Feel This' on the 1998 album 'Devil Without a Cause'.

But Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon this week dismissed the charges in a Louisiana court, saying Landry had failed to provide evidence to contradict the defendants' claims they'd never heard his songs, that one of his expert witnesses had conceded that the disputed songs were as a whole quite different, while the defendant's experts said they were "distinctly different".

Kid Rock's attorney Michael Novak told reporters: "Judge Lemmon did the right thing in dismissing this case. It was utterly meritless. Unfortunately the way our justice system works, anybody can sue anyone for any reason, and successful artists tend to attract these groundless claims. But we are elated the system worked here. Justice is served".

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RADIO 1 DJ COULD BE JAILED IN DUBAI
Radio 1 drum n bass DJ Grooverider could face up to four years in jail for carrying cannabis and porn into Dubai.

He was booked to DJ in the UAE city on 23 Nov but was pulled over at customs. There are strict laws against drugs and porn in the state. The promoter of the show where Grooverider was due to take to the decks has told reporters he informed the DJ of the strict rules that operate in Dubai. Ram Nath said: "I sent a fax to him explaining all of our laws, including what he could and could not bring into the country. Unfortunately, he was booked by police before he got out of the airport".

As previously reported, Grammy award winning music producer Dallas Austin was prosecuted for taking cocaine into Dubai last year, and also faced four years inside, but he was pardoned by the emirate's Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

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BABYSHAMBLES LAUNCH NME AWARDS 08, SORT OF
After writing 8,798,457 words about them to date (probably), last night I finally got to experience the Babyshambles phenomenon first hand. And I really feel that I got the true experience too. I mean, Pete didn't show up, and you don't get much 'truer Babyshambles' than that.

Bass player Drew McConnell and drummer Adam Ficek did make it to the NME Awards 2008 launch party, however, and despite seeming confusion over and genuine embarrassment for Doherty's no show (they're a bit out of practice on the no shows, Pete being slightly more reliable of late), McConnell offered to the audience "we could have a go at doing some songs ourselves if you want" and so he did, and, you know, I thought the duo put on a pretty good show, offering a fine conclusion to an otherwise lacklustre launch bash.

And no more so than when McConnell asked if anyone in the audience knew lead guitar on any Shambles tunes. Step forward one Jamie Dell from Newcastle who put in a rather fine performance of 'Carry On Up The Morning' from the band's most recent album. And good on him. He was ushered off stage after his impromptu four minutes of fame, hopefully thanked by the Shambles crew in the usual way - a shot in the arm... no, a pat on the back, that's it.

Josh Hubbard of The Paddingtons also joined McConnell on stage for the makeshift show which actually went down quite well, despite the AWOL frontman (apparently he was ill).

The whole shebang in the IndigO2 bit of the The O2 in East London was designed to officially launch the NME's rather extensive awards activity for 2008, which includes tours, shows, parties and all sorts of other stuff, plus the small matter of persuading the NME readership to vote. Voting has now begun on NME.com, and four new categories have been confirmed - Best Band Blog, Best Music Blog, Best Album Artwork and Best Dancefloor Filler. Shortlists will be announced on 28 Jan with the actual awards taking place back at IndigO2 on 28 Feb.

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ARCTIC MONKEYS SHORTLISTED IN SOUTHBANK, BUZZCOCKS WINS AT COMEDY
Those Arctic Monkeys will compete with Radiohead and British folk singer Linda Thompson for the pop prize at the South Bank Show Awards, which will take place in London on 29 Jan and will be shown on ITV on 3 Feb. The Joy Division film 'Control' is shortlisted in the Best Film category.

ITV will be screening that awards event though, as you may have seen, the British Comedy Awards, which took place in London this week, are unlikely to ever be aired, even though ITV paid for the exclusive rights to the show. The Comedy Awards have traditionally been screened live, or on a short time delay, but ITV pulled the plug this year after the dodgy phone vote scandal, because it transpired that a whole load of votes in the phone-voted People's Choice award at the 2005 awards were not counted, meaning those viewers were charged for nothing and Catherine Tate lost out on a prize that should have been her's, because many of the uncounted votes were for her TV show.

Even though 'X-Factor', which had its own voting flaws, has returned to our screens this year, and despite the fact the Comedy Awards would have worked perfectly well without the phone in component, ITV bosses decided it wouldn't be appropriate to air the Comedy Awards at all this year. In fact they felt it would be so inappropriate they not only decided not to air it themselves, but paid £750,000 to the awards organisers to stop them selling the rights to Channel 4 or Five.

The consensus is that that decision was made by top ITV execs because they were frightened they'd be heavily mocked by winning comedians for all the phone vote fuck ups. And that such mockery on such a high rating show would remind the general public and print media, who seem to have given the BBC the hardest time over all the corrupt telly goings on, that ITV's phone con crimes were much much worse.

Anyway, I'm only really mentioning the Comedy Awards here because there was a vaguely musical theme in that comedy pop quiz 'Never Mind The Buzzcocks' won two awards at the bash - it was named Best Comedy Entertainment Programme and its host Simon Amstell got Best Comedy Entertainment Personality. Well done him for being brill.

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ANOTHER ROUND OF KITSUNE MAISON
I think it's fair to say that anything with Kitsune written on the side is automatically a must-get release, and the 'Kitsune Maison Compilation 5' is sure to be extra special. Out on 4 Feb this is what's on it...

Ficherspooner - The Best Revenge
Late Of The Pier - Broken (Fairy Lights Mix)
Alan Braxe - Addicted
David E. Sugar - To Yourself
Pin Me Down - Cryptic
MIA - XR2 (Silverlink V Kicks Like A Mule Remix Aka 92JUK)
The Teenagers - Homecoming (Gentlemen Drivers Rave Mix)
autoKratz - Pardon Garcon
Digitalism - Pogo (Digitalism's Robotic remix)
DatA - Aerius Light (Kitsune DJ- friendly edit)
Does It Offend You, Yeah? - Let's Make Out (Extended Mix)
Rex The Dog - Circulate
Bitchee Bitchee Ya Ya Ya - Fuck Friend (Css Remix)
Friendly Fires - On Board
Big Face - I Wanna Be A Style Crusader (Data Remix)
Kid - I'll Never Know
Cazals - To Cut A Long Story Short (Vicarious Bliss Mellotron Mix)
Piste Fantôme Yelle - A Cause Des Garçons (Tepr Remix)

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URBANAMPLIFIED NIGHT
Urban Outfitters' recently launched music website http://www.UrbanAmplified.com will stage another instore gig next week, on 13 Dec, featuring the still damn buzzy Kissy Sell Out plus long term CMU favourites The Loose Cannons and Toddla T. It all takes place at the Urban Outfitters store on Oxford Street at 6pm on Thursday 13 Dec, with an invite only bash at The Social on Little Portland Street afterwards. Speak to EMMS if you want info, or to blag into that invite only bit.

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NEW MADONNA DUE IN APRIL
Madonna has announced her next album, her final for Warner before her much reported new deal with Live Nation kicks off, will be released in April and will be called 'Licorice'. Rumour has it it will be a dancey album with a hip hop edge, whatever that means.

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CATHY DENNIS TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM
We were discussing at CMU HQ the other day how in classical music you more often than not describe what you're listening to by who wrote it rather than who performed it - I can't help thinking it might be fun if we all did that with pop music on occasion. If we did that pop songwriting extraordinaire Cathy Dennis would get a fair few mentions, of course, though she will be back in the limelight soon anyway because she's told Music Week that she plans to release her own album and return to live performance next year. She told Music Week: "I had an idea of starting a project for me to record a few new songs where I sing. Now it is turning into something more than that, as I have an album's worth of material to record and take on tour".

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I WAS A CUB SCOUT TOUR
Loads of tour dates I haven't got round to listing this week. Let's do em quick. First, I Was A Cub Scout, who will go on tour in February to celebrate the release of debute album 'I Want You To Know That There Is Always Hope', out 11 Feb. Deats as follows...

2 Feb: Tunbridge Wells, Forum
4 Feb: Oxford, Zodiac
5 Feb: Nottingham, Rock City
6 Feb: Sheffield, Corporation
7 Feb: York, Fibbers
8 Feb: Carlisle, Brickyard
9 Feb: Glasgow, King Tut's
10 Feb: Edinburgh, Cabaret Voltaire
12 Feb: Liverpool, Barfly
13 Feb: Newcastle, Academy 2
14 Feb: Hartlepool, Studio
15 Feb: Manchester, Roadhouse
16 Feb: Leeds, Cockpit
17 Feb: Trowbridge, Terry's
18 Feb: Cardiff, Barfly
19 Feb: Exeter, Cavern
20 Feb: Bristol, Croft
21 Feb: Brighton, Freebutt
22 Feb: Bedford, Esquires
23 Feb: Southampton, Joiners
24 Feb: Leicester, Charlotte
25 Feb: Southend, Chinnery's
26 Feb: Wolverhampton, Little Civic
27 Feb: London, Underworld
28 Feb: Cambridge, Barfly

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PALLADIUM TOUR
Those Palladium chaps also have a tour around about then too - they'll be on the road to pre-promote debut LP 'The Way It's Not', out 17 Mar. Dates as follows...

24 Jan: Southampton Joiners
25 Jan: Brighton Barfly
26 Jan: Exeter Cavern
27 Jan: Bristol Louisiana
28 Jan: Oxford Academy
30 Jan: Liverpool Barfly
31 Jan: Belfast Auntie Annies
2 Feb: Birmingham Bar Academy
3 Feb: Leeds Cockpit
4 Feb: Aberdeen Tunnels
5 Feb: Glasgow Oran Mor
6 Feb: Newcastle Cluny
8 Feb: Stoke Sugarmill
9 Feb: York Fibbers
10 Feb: Nottingham Bodega
11 Feb: Manchester Night & Day
12 Feb: Sheffield Leadmill
14 Feb: London Borderline
16 Feb: Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach

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DODGY TOUR RESCHEDULED
Dodgy, who had to postpone their reunion tour after guitarist Andy Miller broke his arm falling out of bed, have announced their rescheduled dates, with support from The Bluetones' Mark Morris plus CMU favourites Misty's Big Adventure. Dates as follows...

23 Mar: Glasgow ABC2
25 Mar: Birmingham Academy 2
26 Mar: Liverpool Academy 2
27 Mar: Manchester Carling
28 Mar: London, Shepherds Bush Empire

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PIGEON DETECTIVES TOUR
Looking even further ahead, The Pigeon Detectives have announced dates for next May and June, which is only relevant now because tickets went on sale yesterday. Dates as follows...

3 & 4 May: Leeds, Millennium Square
17 May: Glasgow, Academy
18 May: Newcastle, Academy
19 May: Lincoln, Engine Shed
21 May: Sheffield, Academy
22 May: Manchester, Apollo 22
24 May: Cambridge, Corn Exchange
26 May: Southend, Cliffs Pavilion
27 May: Portsmouth, Guildhall
28 May: Bristol, Academy
29 May: Plymouth, Pavilion
31 May: Bridlington, Spa
2 Jun: Birmingham, Academy
3 Jun: Brighton, Dome
5 Jun: Newport, Centre
6 Jun: London, Brixton Academy

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HARD-FI DO THE INSTANT LIVE THING
Hard-Fi will make recordings of gigs on their current tour available for fans via one of those instant live type services. The CD recordings will be available from the venue on the night of the gig, or subsequently by mail order via http://www.concertlive.co.uk. This week's Glasgow Barrlowland gig is already available for purchase, while recordings from gigs in Birmingham, Manchester and Wembley will all follow later this month.

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RADIOHEAD IN TALKS WITH ITUNES OVER IN RAINBOWS
Radiohead are reportedly in talks with iTunes regarding the upcoming 'pay-what-we-want' release of new long player 'In Rainbows'.

As previously reported, XL will release a physical version of the new album on 31 Dec. 'In Rainbows', of course, has been and indeed still is (until 10 Dec) available essentially for free via the band's own website which has been operating that much hyped 'pay-what-you-want' promotion.

It's expected that Radiohead fans will still rush out to buy the CD release despite having downloaded the digital release for free. Why they'd go on iTunes to buy a second digital copy I'm not sure, but there you go. Any deal to put Radiohead on iTunes would, though, be interesting because, as previously reported, Thom Yorke et al are among the few bands still not making their music available via the Apple download store, mainly because they disapprove of their albums being sold track by track rather than as a whole. iTunes insists artists make their albums available as single track downloads.

Billboard implies that negotiations between Radiohead's people and Apple are progressing well regarding making the band's new long player - and possibly their EMI back catalogue - available via the iTunes Music Store, though it is unclear if Radiohead or the download platform will do the caving on the whole 'album v single track sales' arguement.

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MOBILE MUSIC WORTH 11 BILLION BY 2011?
A new report reckons mobile music will make up a third of the whole music industry by 2011, which will come as good news to Terra Firma whose ambitious plans for turning round EMI's fortunes rely on a real boom in digital and mobile music sales which deliver higher profit margins. Consulting firm Understanding & Solutions reckon mobile music will be worth $11 billion in four years time. The company's David Sidebottom says: "Alongside online, mobile music is essential to the future of the music industry. Japan, closely followed by the US, has the most efficient mobile music landscape: both countries have a concentrated operator base and a large pool of potential subscribers, providing economies of scale for the music companies. Looking to emerging markets, mobile could become the number one platform for music, where packaged CDs haven't gained traction due to piracy and lack of ownership. Both China and India are showing large revenue gains, which are being driven by strong mobile subscriber growth and the status associated with music-related personalized mobile products".

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VITAL DIGITAL PARTNERS INTO JAPANESE MARKET
Vital/Pias Digital have announced a sales and marketing arrangement with Tokyo based Hostess Entertainment which will allow the UK based independent digital distributor to represent labels in the Japanese market, and to give them access to Japanese digital music services like Recochoku, Oricon, Dwango and Music.jp.

Vital/Pias Director Of Digital & Business Development Adrian Pope said this: "We already have a longstanding relationship with Hostess Entertainment on the physical distribution side of things so they were the natural people to talk to about our Japanese digital requirements. Having the Hostess team on the ground in Japan with their in-depth local market knowledge is really going to help us develop relationships with the key Japanese digital services and will allow us to offer even more value to our new and existing clients".

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3 LAUNCH MUSIC STREAM SERVICE
Phone firm 3 have announced a new 'non stop music' offering, which gives their customers access to eight genre-based music streams for 24 of your earth hours for just 49 of your British pennies. Once you've paid your 49p you can switch between the eight stations via your 3 phone handset. Each one will operate on a four hour loop, with new music added each week.

This is what 3UK marketing chieftain John Penberthy-Smith has to say about the new service: "At 3 we thrive on providing our customers with the most innovative and exciting services on demand for the best price. The new 24 hour streaming will I'm sure be hugely popular with our customers. Our other music services such as MusicStore and dual downloads have set the pace for the market".

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SLADE TOP CHRISTMAS SONG POLL
Oh, so not The Pogues this time. Slade's 'Merry Xmas Everybody' has topped a poll of favourite Christmas songs undertaken by MSN Music. Slade's festive classic got 37% of the vote, ahead of the original Band Aid release which got 27%. Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' was third most popular choice which is odd, it not being a Christmas song.

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ROBBIE'S MUM RECKONS HE'LL REJOIN TAKE THAT EVENTUALLY
Robbie Williams' mum has said her son will rejoin Take That at some point, telling the good old Stoke Sent'nal: "On the question of him doing something with them, I feel that will happen. It would be something he wanted to do. I'm thrilled that out of all the negative stuff that happened in the past, there's now something great happening. Take That were excellent when they were all together and they are excellent now". She also told the paper that her son was "in a very good place" after his rehab stint earlier this year.

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