CMU Daily - on the inside Tuesday 11th December
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Led Zepp rock
- Quiet Riot man died of accidental OD
- The Cure support West Memphis Three through guitar auction
- Brown still has anger issues
- Mike and Winehouse top iTunes 07 charts
- McCartney set to get outstanding contribution Brit
- Reznor on the Grammys
- Blur man on book prize panel
- Deal on the 'no new Pixies' deal
- Malkmus returns
- Poorly Rihanna cancels UK dates
- The Twang tour
- Parkway Drive / Bury Your Dead tour
- Live Review: Dan Deacon at The Dome
- Snocap desperate to sell
- Universal sign up to Imeem
- EMI launch special microsites for iPhone/iTouch
- Nokia may make revenue share demands on phone networks
- Microsoft launch Xbox video download service
- What's planned for Geffen?
- Warner expand into other music sectors in Finland
- Bertelsmann to sell mail-order businesses
- The O2 doing very well thank you very much
- Viagogo chief doesn't think RRS is the solution
- EMAP shareholders may block Bauer sale
- Conrad Black jailed
- BBC Worldwide considering buying Virgin out of UKTV
- Xfm announce new drive time guy
- Spears and the lighter
- Backstreet Boy gets wed
- Simpson Senior bans Wentz from Christmas festivities

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TOP BIT - ALBUMS OF THE YEAR #4
CHROMEO - FANCY FOOTWORK
When CMU reviewer Marc Samuels tells me that Chromeo's 'Fancy Footwork' is the best electronic pop album of the year, you won't find me arguing. If there's one thing Samuels knows, it's his way around electronic pop. Don't even think about challenging Marc to an electro-pop trivia quiz, because you don't stand a chance. Actually, Marc made his Chromeo statement two months ago, so he used the phrase "possibly the best electronic pop album of the year", presumably keen to cover his back in case the genre unleashed another stormer in the closing weeks of the year. But no better album has landed on my desk since, so I've dropped the "probably" from the statement, and formerly made 'Fancy Footwork' one of CMU's albums of 2007. And what an album. The follow up to 2004's 'She's In Control', P-Thugg (aka Patrick Gemayel) and Dave 1 (aka David Macklovitch) had a hard act to follow with album number two, but they delivered the goods and then some - tracks that tick all kinds of electro boxes, an album that was simultaneously sleek, shiny, soulful, tight, funky, shimmering, and all kinds of other adjectives I can't think of just now. And then there was the great Dire Straits referencing video to 'Bonafide Lovin' that was the icing on the cake. We've got a phone con with the boys in the diary and will be posting an interview at the below URL soon. Meantime, if you haven't done so yet, go track down 'Fancy Footwork', our fourth album of 2007.

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

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JOBS N STUFF

LABEL MANAGER, UK AND AUSTRALIA TEAM - BEATPORT, BERLIN.
Launched in 2004 Beatport has fast become the number one download service specialising in DJ friendly music and electronica. Teamed with Native Instruments the company is focused on a unique consumer experience and maintaining our strong foothold in the future of digital music.

We are looking for a dynamic individual with great contacts, a flair for business, a savvy approach to problem solving and a passion for electronic music to join our UK and Australia Label Management team. The right person will have a minimum of five years relevant music industry experience, be prepared to travel to festivals, attend music conferences and generally support our labels, artists and clients whilst representing the company in a professional and friendly manner.

The position is based at our European headquarters in Berlin and comes with a competitive salary negotiable on experience. To apply for this position please supply us with a CV and a short covering letter specifying salary expectations. Closing date is January 6th 2008.

Email Stefanie.Franke@beatport.com

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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...

Arcade Fire - No Cars Go
"It could be anything from 'Neon Bible' really. But I'm choosing 'No Cars Go' because when I first saw them live back in January that was the moment when I realised that it isn't all hype: they really are something very special indeed. The "best band in the world" tag is not one to bandy about lightly, but every time I've seen them in 2007 they've proved that if anyone deserves it right now the Arcade Fire do".
David Lloyd, sub.tv

Electrons - Get up (Greg Wilson Re-edit)
"It's not often ireallylovemusic breaks its generous bandwidth quota being an all text website. However within days of posting this sample stuffed old school megamix style edit of the Electrons funked up original, by 80s electro hero Greg Wilson, it became very clear that for once I was going to have discussions with my hosting company. The track flew off my virtual shelf with DJ forums declaring its excellence far and wide, meaning even Greg himself contacted me to say thanks for spreading the love. The demand meant the label ended up pressing the mix on white label to satiate the need to play out this dancefloor monster. Now the heat has cooled, there is still no denying that the 9 minutes of hard funk and ass shaking grooves, not to mention unexpecteded Madness samples, was the track of the year".
Mark E, ireallylovemusic

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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SNAP OF THE DAY: KIDS IN TRACKSUITS

If you like hip hop in the DJ Shadow-but-when-he-was-good mould, then Nottingham's Kids In Tracksuits could well be your thing. Neither kids nor tracksuit wearers (at least as far as their MySpace profile pictures suggest), the duo experiment with swirling orchestration, lovely bleepy things and some tight scratching, underlying it all with traditional hip hop beats. The fruits of their labour can be heard on their profile, with 'No Hooks' being the most popular of five impressive offerings, starting like a classic Avalanches' track before morphing into Coldcut, which, as long term CMU readers will know, is a very good thing indeed. Some of the other tracks are still, unfortunately, a work in progress, but the unfinished demo of glitchy electro infused 'Bump' sounds promising, like an unreleased J Dilla gem - and there's surely no current comparison more favourable than that for beat makers.

http://www.myspace.com/kidsintracksuits2

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LED ZEPP ROCK
So, the much hyped Led Zeppelin reunion is done, dusted, over, forgotten. Well, perhaps not forgotten. Yes Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and Jason 'son of John' Bonham last night took to the stage at London's The O2 to deliver a full on two hour set as the headline act at the much previously reported Ahmet Ertegun tribute concert. And despite all the hype the old rockers had to live up to, all the fan's posting thoughts on news sites this morning seem to conclude Led Zepp delivered the goods, and most of the more formal reviews seem positive too. So well done them.

Of course speculation remains as to whether the reunion really will be a one off, or whether a tour, festival sets or other special gigs will follow. Given the generally positive and frequently glowing reception to this reunion - contrasting somewhat with the response to the band's reunion set at the original Live Aid - many now reckon more Led Zepp shows will definitely follow, though the band themselves remain tight lipped on that. Others also note last night's show was being filmed and expect a DVD release to follow, though perhaps not until late next year.

The other big story around all this, of course, was the prices being paid for touted tickets as the big event approached yesterday afternoon, even though strict rules put in place to stop the touts meant that people paying up to £1800 for tickets from unofficial sources ran the risk of not actually getting in. Promoter Harvey Goldsmith had, of course, hoped to stop the resale of tickets for the charity event, but a number were nevertheless selling over the weekend and yesterday via various auction websites, while touts were still doing business yesterday outside the Dome. According to ticket exchange Viagogo the average resale price for a Led Zepp ticket was £914, seven times the £125 face value, so you can see why the sellers were selling, despite Goldsmith's efforts to make such touting tricky.

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QUIET RIOT MAN DIED OF ACCIDENTAL OD
The death last month of Quiet Riot frontman Kevin Dubrow was caused by an accidental cocaine overdose according to officials. As previously reported, 52 year old Dubrow was found dead at his Las Vegas home last month. Clark County coroner spokeswoman Samantha Charles told reporters yesterday that toxicology tests had helped them reach the accidental overdose conclusion. Dubrow led the US metal band on and off for thirty years, perhaps enjoying most success with his band's 1983 cover of 'Cum On Feel The Noize".

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THE CURE SUPPORT WEST MEMPHIS THREE THROUGH GUITAR AUCTION
The Cure have donated a signed guitar to the so called West Memphis Three who will auction it off to help the trio cover their legal fees. The West Memphis Three - Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley and Jason Baldwin - were found guilty of the gruesome murder of three eight year old boys in the Robin Hood Hills area of West Memphis, Arkansas in 1993, and are currently serving life sentences for their crimes, with Echols facing the death penalty. However, many believe the three are victims of a miscarriage of justice and were not involved in the murders. Their case has been the subject of two HBO documentaries, and has won the support of other rock types, including Pearl Jam, Metallica, and Michaele Graves of The Misfits. The guitar, a Schecter RS-1000 acoustic guitar custom designed for Robert Smith and signed by the four current Cure members, will be auctioned off via http://www.skeletonkeyauctions.com.

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BROWN STILL HAS ANGER ISSUES
Jailed rapper Foxy Brown may be out of solitary confinement, but reports in the New York Post say she is still separated from other inmates, possibly because she is insisting on wearing Gucci and Louis Vuitton trainers with her prison jumpsuit, which is going to go down really well with her fellow inmates. Or perhaps it's because she still has what you might want to call 'anger issues'. There's been no official word on whether the hip hopper is getting any better at controlling her famously volatile temper, but Geoffrey Davis of a Brooklyn based anti-violence organisation, who has visited Brown several times since she was jailed, has reportedly said she's still very much prone to angry moments. He's quoted thus: "If they release her today, she'll be back in a week. I think she needs clinical help with anger management. She has to deal with her attitude". As previously reported, Brown was jailed for violating her probation. She is due to stay behind bars until next September.

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MIKE AND WINEHOUSE TOP ITUNES 07 CHARTS
Apple have released details of the tracks and albums most downloaded via their UK iTunes Music Store so far this year, and the lists go like this...

Single track downloads...
1. Mika - Grace Kelly
2. Rihanna - Umbrella
3. The Fray - How To Save A Life
4. Kaiser Chiefs - Ruby
5. Plain White Ts - Hey There Delilah
6. Kanye West - Stronger
7. Kate Nash - Foundations
8. Leona Lewis - Bleeding Love
9. Sugababes - About You Now
10. Take That - Shine

Album downloads...
1. Amy Winehouse - Back to Black
2. Mika - Life In Cartoon Motion
3. Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare
4. Mark Ronson - Version
5. Newton Faulkner - Hand Built By Robots
6. Take That - Beautiful World
7. Foo Fighters - Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
8. Kaiser Chiefs - Yours Truly, Angry Mob
9. Snow Patrol - Eyes Open
10. Timbaland - Shock Value

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MCCARTNEY SET TO GET OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION BRIT
Paul McCartney is set to get the Outstanding Contribution To Music gong at the 2008 Brit Awards next February. The Beatles won the same prize at what was sort of the first ever Brit Awards event in 1977 ('sort of' because that was more of a hall of fame event and preceded the real launch of the BPI Awards by five years), but it's the first time McCartney will have won a prize in his own right. Though rumour has it he was offered it once before but turned it down because he thought an Outstanding Contribution prize would imply he was at the end of his career. The gong will presumably mean McCartney will play the traditional finale retrospective set at the Brits show next year - which will be the first time he has ever been to the awards show.

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REZNOR ON THE GRAMMYS
Elsewhere in awards news, NIN man Trent Reznor is the latest artist to have been blogging about the Grammy Awards. I'm not sure whether he likes them or not, see what you think... "While the music industry is doing everything they possibly can to go out of business, can we all make sure to rid ourselves of the Grammys, too? Out of touch old men jacking each other off. ENOUGH!"

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BLUR MAN ON BOOK PRIZE PANEL
More awards, and the Costa Book Awards - what was the Whitbread Book Awards previously. It's getting a mention here because Blur man Alex James has been announced as a judge for this year's awards, alongside news presenter Emily Maitlis, author Joanna Trollope, comedian Helen Lederer and journalist Dylan Jones.

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DEAL ON THE NO NEW PIXIES DEAL
Pixies' Kim Deal has expanded on her previously reported reluctance to record a new album with her former band, despite that recent reunion. She told Rolling Stone that, for her money, classic bands shouldn't make new records, observing: "I heard the last Rolling Stones record was good. The thing is I don't even care if it's the best thing they've ever done, I just wouldn't listen to it. And it's not anything that they're doing wrong. As a listener, I don't want to hear about it. I like The Stones at this period of time that I like them, and that's why I like them. Maybe I'm an elitist, but I don't feel like I am".

However, she said she did enjoy the reunion live shows, adding: "I enjoy doing the tours. It worked for us because we didn't have to fit into the black leather pants and do the high kicks. Because we never had black leather pants and we never did high kicks. We were overweight and ugly then and we're overweight and ugly now so it really wasn't a stretch. Nobody looked at us and thought 'Oh, their youthy dew has gone'. Other than their hair that's about it".

As previously reported, Deal's other band, The Breeders, who are presumably not a classic band, will release their fourth album next year.

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MALKMUS RETURNS
Also returning next year with a new album is Stephen Malkmus, who will release 'Real Emotional Trash' in March, And look, we got a track listing...

Dragonfly Pie
Hopscotch Willie
Cold Son
Real Emotional Trash
Out Of Reaches
Baltimore
Gardenia
Elmo Delmo
We Can't Help You
Wicked Wanda

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POORLY RIHANNA CANCELS UK DATES
Rihanna has been forced to cancel three UK shows on doctor's orders. Damn doctors. The R&B star has cancelled gigs in Nottingham, Birmingham and Bournemouth because of an undisclosed illness. A statement from the singer's people apologised to disappointed fans, adding that she "appreciates the love and support of all her fans and wants nothing more than to see and connect with them". Her next gig is in Newcastle on Thursday - it remains to be seen if she's fit for that.

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THE TWANG TOUR
The Twang will go on tour next February, playing the following dates...

6 Feb: Colchester University
7 Feb: Warwick University
8 Feb: Northampton Roadmenders
9 Feb: London Shepherds Bush Empire (NME Awards show)
11 Feb: Lincoln University
12 Feb: Leicester University
13 Feb: Dudley JB's
14 Feb: Frome Cheese And Grain
16 Feb: Guildford University
17 Feb: Falmouth University
18 Feb: Bournemouth University
19 Feb: Reading University
21 Feb: Swansea University
22 Feb: Bangor University
23 Feb: Bradford University
24 Feb: Lancaster Sugarhouse
26 Feb: Edinburgh University
27 Feb: Hull University

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PARKWAY DRIVE / BURY YOUR DEAD TOUR
Metallers Parkway Drive and American moshcore types (no, really, that's a genre) Bury Your Dead have just announced details of a European tour, UK dates as follows:

1 May: Newport, TJs
2 May: Nottingham, Rock City
3 May: Manchester, Academy 3
4 May: Glasgow, Barfly
5 May: Yeovil, The Orange Box
6 May: Sheffield, Corporation
7 May: London, Underworld

The tour will follow the release of Bury Your Dead's new album, which is due out in March, and on which the band's drummer Mark Castillo says this: "I'm officially done with my drum tracks and couldn't be happier. The guitars and bass are almost done as well. This record is moving pretty fast and in a couple of days Myke is gonna be stepping up to the mic and showing everyone what he brings to the table. Personally I think I'm more excited about that than anything. The world ain't ready for Myke Terry. Mike Tyson say word. I'm out".

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LIVE REVIEW: Dan Deacon at The Dome, North London on 7 Dec
If chubby ginger men with oversized glasses, beards and a talent for producing incredibly silly, catchy electro suddenly becomes vogue en mass then Dan Deacon might just be in with a chance of playing London's other, bigger Dome. For the moment though, he seems quite content playing nights like this, setting-up his desk of equipment in the middle of the dancefloor, with his infamous glowing green skull perched on a staff adjacent. And with a hipster crowd (CMU included, obviously) surrounding, he breaks into future party classics like 'Crystal Cat', the enticingly named 'Big Milk' and a mid-set game that sees a member of the audience speeding around the circularly-arranged crowd, high-fiving the entire front row until everyone is involved. Following such audience participation success, Deacon then has the bravado to attempt a mass sing-a-long to 'Wham City', handing out lyric sheets that serve to remind those in attendance that despite his popularity, he's definitely no literary genius just yet: "Sweet cakes maste lakes / a ma ma ma ma ma ma ma ma ooooo". Fortunately for him, it does him no harm. In fact, it only serves to make his efforts seem all the more brilliant. OS

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SNOCAP DESPERATE TO SELL
Damn, and I've already mailed off my Christmas list to Santa, and now I hear I could have added Snocap to the list. Yes, bosses at Snocap have admitted they are now proactively seeking someone to buy the digital music firm. Speculation regarding the future of the company, founded by original Napster founder Shawn Fanning and provider of MySpace's download service, has been rife for a while now, not least since it axed 60% of its workforce back in October. Now the company's VP Marketing & PR, Bruce Taylor, has told Digital Music News that the firm is "aggressively seeking acquisition prospects" adding: "There are several companies that we are having active discussions with". Gossipers reckon that if no takeover deal is on the table by the New Year, the firm may just close down, though Taylor has dismissed those claims.

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UNIVERSAL SIGN UP TO IMEEM
Music base social networking thingimy Imeem has announced it has finalised a licensing deal with Universal Music, which means all four majors are now on board.

As previously reported, Warner was the first major to sign up to Imeem, despite initially threatening the web platform with litigation. SonyBMG and EMI followed, and now Universal will provide content for Imeem's ad funded streaming music and video services, taking a cut of ad revenues. The deal was done on Friday and Universal content from the likes of Kanye West and Amy Winehouse was already being made available via Imeem yesterday. According to Billboard, Universal benefited by holding out on the social networking firm by securing a minimum per-stream fee oblivious of whether there is ad revenue attached to a track, something the other majors did not get.

Confirming the deal, Universal Music top dog Doug Morris told reporters: "Imeem has developed an innovative way to make our artists' music a central part of the social networking experience. More importantly they've done so the right way - by working with UMG to provide an exciting musical experience for consumers, while ensuring that our artists are fairly compensated for the use of their works".

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EMI LAUNCH SPECIAL MICROSITES FOR IPHONE/ITOUCH
EMI UK has announced it will utilise the iPhone/iTouch's touchscreen video interface to promote some of its artists through audiovisual whatnots. The first artist to be promoted through such a promotion will be Sigur Ros, who conveniently have something audiovisual to promote, the DVD release of their acclaimed music film of their homecoming tour, 'Heima'. The special iPhone/iTouch microsite will include a Yahoo enabled map of Iceland enabling fans to touch click on the various locations the Icelandic quartet played as part of that tour.

Commenting on the promotion, EMI Records' Head Of Digital, Eric Winbolt, said this: "Touchscreen wireless devices offer an exceptional user experience. Being the first truly converged mass market devices to do so, we were very keen to use them to showcase our artists‚ content and offer the consumer this unbeatable user experience".

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NOKIA MAY MAKE REVENUE SHARE DEMANDS ON PHONE NETWORKS
The chief of Nokia has said that he can see his company following Apple's lead in demanding that mobile firms give them a cut of ongoing subscription charges when they secure custom because of a Nokia device.

As previously reported, word has it Apple's exclusivity deals with phone firms like O2 in the UK and T Mobile in Germany see the tel cos passing a cut on ongoing phone charges to the computer firm over and above the initial cost of the phone. Nokia chief Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo has said he can see his firm demanding similar cuts - not on basic phones - but on phones that come bundled with content services, such as phones which include the previously reported Comes With Music package (where phone owners get a year's free access to a big catalogue of tracks).

Speaking to German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, Kallasvuo said: "'When it involves mobile phones, we'll be staying with our existing business model, which means getting paid for the device itself. But where we provide new services [like Comes With Music], a turnover share is entirely possible".

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MICROSOFT LAUNCH XBOX VIDEO DOWNLOAD SERVICE
Microsoft UK has launched a video on demand service for Xbox 360 users which will go live, oh, right now. Look, it just went live, just then. The service will offer both movies and music videos, using 'Microsoft points', which are apparently the 'currency' of the Xbox Live and Zune marketplaces. A 100 odd music videos will be available at launch, as will movies like 'Ocean's Eleven', 'The Perfect Storm' and 'The Fugitive'.

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WHAT'S PLANNED FOR GEFFEN?
Even more on the job cuts at Universal Music US. Following the report yesterday that cuts at Island Def Jam would be followed up by cuts at sister label Geffen, reports today that Geffen may be seriously downsized, or even merged in with another Universal division. More on that if and when we get it.

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WARNER EXPAND INTO OTHER MUSIC SECTORS IN FINLAND
We should probably expect quite a few imprint mergers at the majors to make way for all the brand new divisions - those dealing in management and merchandising. And Warner Music have just added one of those divisions in Finland, by acquiring the Helsinki Music Company, or HMC, one of those cross-sector music firms with interests in recorded music, merchandising, publishing and touring. The takeover follows the appointment of HMC chiefs Niko Nordström and Asko Kallonen to the roles of GM and A&R Director at Warner Music Finland.

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BERTELSMANN TO SELL MAIL-ORDER BUSINESSES
According to the FT, German media conglom and SonyBMG parent Bertelsmann is looking to sell off part of its Direct Group division, which includes its mail-order book and music club businesses. Direct Group has pretty extensive operations in the UK, though mainly in the book club domain. Profits from the sale would most likely be used to fund Bertelsmann's previously reported plans to buy out the minority shareholders in broadcasting firm RTL.

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THE O2 DOING VERY WELL THANK YOU VERY MUCH
According to Music Week the all new O2 venue in East London is set to beat New York's Madison Square Gardens in terms of tickets sold, despite the fact The O2 has only been open for half the year. Which is quite impressive. Well done them for turning the UK's biggest joke of a venue into one of its most successful. The O2 has reportedly sold 1.4 million tickets so far this year, compared to 1.1 million for the whole year at the New York arena.

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VIAGOGO CHIEF DOESN'T THINK RRS IS THE SOLUTION
After the boss of the previously reported new Resale Rights Society, Marc Marot, said good things about ticket resale website Viagogo we said "presumably that means Viagogo will be signing up to the RRS". Well, presume nothing ladies and gentlemen. Viagogo chief Eric Baker has told CMU that while he believes that the secondary ticketing industry should work closely with the rest of the music business, he does not believe the RRS proposals - to pass a cut of any resale onto artists, managers and promoters - is the way to do it. He reckons his company's existing partnerships with Warner Music, Live Nation in the Netherlands, and artists like The Police, Linkin Park and Peter Gabriel are the way forward. Baker: "Expecting a fan to pay a tax to resell their ticket is as absurd as Ford Motor Company expecting a customer to pay a tax to sell on their old car. In the end, levying this additional charge on ticket resale will end up making tickets more expensive for fans. As Viagogo works for the fans we will never support a proposal that taxes them".

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EMAP SHAREHOLDERS MAY BLOCK BAUER SALE
Proposals by chiefs at media firm EMAP to sell its consumer publishing and radio businesses to German publisher Heinrich Bauer while keeping its business media firm an independent publicly owned concern may be blocked by shareholders who feel bosses at the company have not got them the best deal.

According to the Times, a number of shareholders are considering voting against the £1.14 billion Bauer deal as a protest at EMAP chairman Alun Cathcart's failure to find a buyer for B2B division EMAP Communications, considered by many to be the most attractive part of the EMAP empire.

The Times quote one investor thus: "If they think this has been successful, then we have a different view. This has got to be approved. If we start talking to all the other shareholders we have got to think about whether we vote this thing down".

But Cathcart said he was confident he'd get approval for his proposals at an EGM next month, telling reporters: "Shareholders have every right to vote it down or accept it, depending on how they feel. I am confident we will get it through".

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CONRAD BLACK JAILED
Well, we've given a little coverage here in the media news bit to this story in the past, so we ought to report on its conclusion. Former Daily Telegraph owner Conrad Black is going down following his conviction earlier this year for embezzling millions of dollars from his Hollinger media firm, which owned the Telegraph newspapers, among other things. The shamed media mogul was in court this week to be sentenced. Some reckon he got off lightly - he could have been jailed for 24 years - but still, the six and half years jail time he was given will still hurt. Black will start his jail term next March. He was also fined $125,000.

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BBC WORLDWIDE CONSIDERING BUYING VIRGIN OUT OF UKTV
BBC Worldwide is reportedly considering negotiating with Virgin Media about buying the cable firm out of the UKTV network, which runs channels like UKTV Gold, UKTV Drama and UKTV Food. Oh, and recently launched blokey channel Dave. The channels were a JV between the BBC and Flextech, which became part of the Virgin Media empire via the merger of Flextech owners Telewest with NTL, which then rebranded as Virgin. According to the Telegraph, the BBC's commercial division is keen to gain complete control of the UKTV channels and to look into making more of them available via Freeview.

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XFM ANNOUNCE NEW DRIVE TIME GUY
Xfm have announced the appointment of Kerrang! Radio DJ Rick Shaw to take over drive time on its London station. Shaw will replace Ian Camfield who, as previously reported, is leaving Xfm to go an work on K-Rock in New York. Shaw will take over Xfm drive from January.

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SPEARS AND THE LIGHTER
As you possibly saw in yesterday's tabs, the latest chapter of the soap opera that is Britney Spears has seen the singer nick a $1.39 lighter from a petrol station in LA. The owner of the petrol station told People magazine: "Yes, Britney stole a blue lighter here last night. The lighter is $1.39. I'm hoping maybe the next time she comes back she will pay for it. I know she can afford to pay for it, but I'm not planning to file a police report. It's still not right for her to steal the lighter. I hope she will do the right thing the next time she comes here". But Britters didn't seem too bothered by her crime when asked about it by a paparazzo, remarking: "I stole something. Oh, I'm bad".

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BACKSTREET BOY GETS WED
Do the Backstreet Boys still count as music news? Well, assuming they do, Backstreet Boy Howie Dorough, or Howie D if you prefer, has married his long term girlfriend Leigh Boniello in Orlando.

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SIMPSON SENIOR BANS WENTZ FROM CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES
Ashlee Simpson's father Joe has reportedly banned her boyfriend, Fall Out Boy Pete Wentz, from her family's Christmas day festivities because Mr Simpson, a former Baptist minister, apparently took offence to Wentz admitting he'd kissed other guys. One of those sources told Star magazine: "Joe has told Ashlee she can't bring Pete home for the holidays. He was sceptical about the relationship from the start. There is a rumour that Pete tried to commit suicide, but with the news of his possible bisexuality, Joe blew his top. Ashlee is upset, but she values her dad's opinions and has agreed".

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