CMU Daily - on the inside Friday 9th May
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Emo blamed for teen suicide
- Peter Andre cautioned for driving with iPod
- Foxy Brown pleads guilty to menacing
- Classical Brits winners
- Eddy Arnold dies
- Cowell on unhappy school days
- Hot Chip: free music no good for small bands
- Band use CCTV for video
- Kooks talk America
- Rod Stewart to record R&B album
- Neil Young attacks MP3
- Coldplay to soundtrack Euro 2008 coverage
- P Diddy: actor kills Notorious BIG
- Lily makes IOW greener
- Madonna world tour to start in UK, Viagogo is official ticket reseller
- Doherty added to Wireless Weekender Manchester
- City Showcase festival returns
- Kylie tour overcomes technical problems
- Single review: These New Puritans - Swords Of Truth
- Warner and Live Nation financial reports
- Skills Academy for backstage types given go ahead
- 7PM producer additions
- Real boss on working with the music industry
- MySpace to integrate with rivals
- Multi-million fine for ITV over all sorts of phone-in scandals
- Live review: Kontakte & M83 at Cargo
- Gang Of Four man breaks copyright law
- Robyn rejects Madonna
- Doherty fund total "disappointing"
- Peaches Geldof suffers the wrath of Bob

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TOP BIT
So, a big thank you to everyone who came along to the CMU Social on Tuesday night - another brilliant night with fantastic performances from the very hotly tipped (by us, anyway) A.Human and Penny Black Remedy. You'll be able to see interviews with both of them on the all new CMU-Tube channel when it goes live later in the month.

But obviously the thing you all want to know is who won the quiz? Well, ladies and gentlemen, the papers have been counted, and re-counted, and re-checked. Ant, Dec and Robbie were all asked to leave the room, just so we couldn't be accused of any dodgy prize fixing. And so, we can reveal, that the winners were the team from Something In Construction. They will be presented with some free beer at the next CMU Social, plus have the prestige of being able to spend the whole month of May as reigning CMU Pop Quiz Champions (TM). Presumably they'll be reprinting their stationery as we speak.

If you and your company fancy your chances of becoming CMU Pop Quiz champions for June, then get 3 Jun in your diary, because that's the date of the next CMU Social. This one is going to be extra special. As well as the bands and the quiz and all that jazz, this will also be CMU's tenth birthday party. Oh yes. There'll be more on CMU's tenth birthday celebrations in the Top Bit next week. Plus, after all these self-promotion Top Bits of late, I'll try and have an opinion on something next week too!

Enjoy the sunshine, if you have it.

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VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: Stir at Heaven
The CMU tipsters love their breaks, that's no secret, and this one is a special treat for all you fellow breaks fans out there. And if you like your music a bit more trancey it should appeal also. Basically it's a double launch party, launching new projects from Rennie Pilgrem and Headroom, the former of which will be making tracks exclusively available to clubbers who text on the night. Or something like that. There will be four rooms in operation: Nano Records doing some trancey bits with Headroom, Allaby, Dickster and Regan; Pilgrem's Breaksday crew with Rennie himself, joined by Chickaboo, plus Elite Force and Dub Pistols Soundsystem featuring Rodney P; something rather global with the Tribes Room featuring CMU favourite Pathaan, the Orb's madcap Alex Paterson, Subsonar and Nick Manasseh (who may just enter deep dark dub territory); and finally a Minimal Mayhem room with James Munro, Si Baring, and Josko (who may take us to Latin carnaval with some tropical beats...). I'm not sure it would be possible to squeeze anything else in to make this any better - definitely recommended.

Friday 9 May, Heaven, 13 Villiers Street, London WC2N 6NG, 10pm-7am, £13 in advance, £16 on door, more at http://www.stir.uk.com, press Info Pippa at TCR / Sunday Best.

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EMO BLAMED FOR TEEN SUICIDE
Music has been blamed for the suicide of a teenager, specifically, in this case, emo. An inquest in Maidstone, Kent heard on Wednesday that 13 year old Hannah Bond, who hanged herself earlier this year, was a huge emo fan, and particularly of My Chemical Romance, with whom she was "obsessed".

The girl's father, Ray Bond told the inquest that his daughter had self-harmed prior to her suicide, which she said was part of an "emo initiation ceremony". Her mother Heather added: "There are websites that show pink teddies hanging themselves. She called emo a fashion and I thought it was normal. Hannah was a normal girl. She had loads of friends. She could be a bit moody but I thought it was just because she was a teenager".

Giving a verdict of suicide, coroner Roger Sykes nonetheless criticised "emo", saying: "The emo overtones concerning death and associating it with glamour I find very disturbing".

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PETER ANDRE CAUTIONED FOR DRIVING WITH IPOD
Former singer Peter Andre has been cautioned by police for driving whilst listening to his iPod. He was pulled over as he drove through Hammersmith in West London and lectured for 20 minutes about the dangers of wearing headphones while behind the wheel of a car. A witness said: "[Peter] looked irritated".

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FOXY BROWN PLEADS GUILTY TO MENACING
Foxy Brown has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanour charge of "menacing", which is a great sounding crime. This relates to that incident when the rapper attacked another women with a Blackberry phone - an incident that has already resulted in jail time for Foxy, given it breached probation conditions relating to an earlier conviction. After some confusion regarding a trial date earlier this week, Brown, real name Inga Marchand, attended court yesterday and submitted her guilty plea - a plea which helped her avoid a more serious felony assault charge that could have sent the rap star back to prison. As it was, Marchand was sentenced to time already served, and asked to write a letter of apology to her victim, Arlene Raymond. Although the rapper got off relatively lightly, commentators are now speculating as to whether Raymond will launch civil proceedings in relation to the incident, which left her with a bruised eye, chipped tooth and, presumably, the uneasy feeling of having been well and truly menaced.

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CLASSICAL BRITS WINNERS
So, it was the Classical Brits last night, and the great and good of the classical community, plus Andrew Lloyd Webber, though not Nigel Kennedy, amassed on the Albert Hall for the Myleene Klass hosted awards bash.

Lloyd Webber was there to pick up his previously reported Outstanding Achievement award. Other winners included operatic soprano Anna Netrebko, who won Best Female Artist for the second year running, and conductor Sir Colin Davis, president of the London Symphony Orchestra, who was named Best Male Artist. Classical boy band of sorts Blake won the Album Of The Year prize for their debut album, while 21 year old violinist Nichola Benedetti was named Young British Performer.

Aside from the winners, much media attention at the awards went to Nigel Kennedy, even though he wasn't there. It was his absence that was newsworthy - he was meant to be performing but pulled out at the last minute. Some reports say he was angry that award show producers wouldn't give him a big enough time slot to do what he wanted to do, while others say he was angry they wouldn't let glamorous string quartet Bond participate in his act. Organisers said simply that "artistic differences" were behind Kennedy's decision not to play, while the violinist himself accused said organisers of being "old farts" who interfered too much in his artistic decisions.

The Classical Brits will be shown on ITV on Thursday 15 May.

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EDDY ARNOLD DIES
American country music star Eddy Arnold has died aged 89. His health has been deteriorating in recent months, particularly since the death of his wife of 66 years in March, and since injuring his hip in a fall the same month.

Arnold was a big star in the country genre, achieving no less than 28 number ones in the US country charts during his career, and also enjoying quite a bit of crossover success, with numerous hits in the US pop charts, and even a top ten hit in the UK, with his 1966 song 'Make The World Go Away'. A pioneer of the so called Nashville Sound, his influence can be seen in many subsequent country artists, and in particular Kenny Rogers.

After rising to fame in the 1940s, and enjoying success on both TV and in film at the end of that decade, Arnold's career began to falter in the fifties, and he started to look for projects outside the performing arena. But in the sixties he went through a revival, mainly by changing his look and musical style a little (dinner suit instead of cowboy suit, strings instead of fiddles), giving him appeal beyond the traditional country market. Although a controversial move within the country faithful, it made Arnold popular among the growing urban population of America, and arguably helped create new interest in the whole country genre among that demographic.

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COWELL ON UNHAPPY SCHOOL DAYS
Simon Cowell has admitted that he considered killing himself while at school. I should add, I don't think he's saying he had serious suicidal tendencies, just that he found the concept of that cliché that your school days are the "best days of your life" deeply deeply depressing. Which it is. Fortunately it's not generally true.

Anyway, he told Parade magazine: "I was always bored. I didn't like the rules and I didn't like discipline. So when someone said to me, 'These are the best days of your life', I actually thought about jumping off a bridge. I was like, 'If it gets any worse than this I'm done', because I hated school and I hated my life".

However, he admits that a bit of the hard life can help make you a success. He continued: "No one gave me any handouts when I started. I had to work my way up. I certainly learned more when people criticised me than when they lied to me and said what I was doing was right".

Continuing with that theme, but in relation to the criticism he dishes out on the talent shows on which he judges, he said: "You cannot survive in this business unless you know when you've made a mistake. So I would feel guilty about giving people fake hope when I genuinely believe they have no chance".

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HOT CHIP: FREE MUSIC NO GOOD FOR SMALL BANDS
Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor has been talking to BBC Newsbeat about the current state of the music industry and the viability of giving away music for free. He said: "It's a strange one but I think at the moment no-one knows what's really going on and the record companies are really searching for a new way to do business. It's all kind of in turmoil and people are just trying things out. Probably in the next couple of years we'll see a new kind of business emerging".

He continued: "People can get music for free on the net so to [officially] give it away to people [can be] a sensible thing. Big artists like that can make their money in other ways and they can still have a great career. But it only really works if you're a massive act. If we turned around and offered our single for free I don't know how many people would bother". And if Hot Chip don't think they could give away their music, what does that say for even smaller artists? Think on, label folk.

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BAND USE CCTV FOR VIDEO
Speaking of new ways of doing business, Manchester trio The Get Out Clause have hit on a novel way of making videos. Instead of forking out thousands to make a proper video for their new single 'Paper', they performed the song in front of 80 different CCTV cameras in their home city and then applied for copies of the footage under the Freedom Of Information Act.

Guitarist Tony Churnside told Sky News: "We wanted to produce something that looked good and that wasn't too expensive to do".

Check out the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2iuZMEEs_A

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KOOKS TALK AMERICA
Kooks frontman Luke Pritchard has been talking to BBC 6music about his band's efforts to break America, where their second album 'Konk' is currently sitting at number 41 in the Billboard 200 chart. He said: "It's actually going really well. I mean you never know with America do you? People know us, know our songs. We sold out like 5,000 tickets in New York, which is unbelievable. We haven't sold loads of records but it's early days. It took ages for us to get a record deal out there because Virgin US just sort of turned their nose up at it. They've got mainly sort of R& B stuff and it's probably much better for us that we work with Astralwerks now. They're really good people - it's all about who you work with".

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ROD STEWART TO RECORD R&B ALBUM
63 year old singer Rod Stewart has told Reuters that he plans to continue performing until he's 70, and that he has plenty of projects lined up to fill the next seven years. He said: "There is still this R&B album I want to do. There's a Country & Western album I'd love to do, although the record company doesn't want it. We are still in the throes of talking about it. I very much doubt whether we will get it done this year. [And] I'd love to make a movie, just for posterity".

Asked if his former band The Small Faces would ever reform (as guitarist Ronnie Wood has hinted that he would like them to), Stewart said: "I don't want to do a tour that goes on forever, and I don't think there are enough people out there who love the Faces. It was a great band, but was not as famous as the Police. But, I'll consider it".

He was also asked which newer bands he likes: "My daughter took me to see [Arcade Fire] at the Hollywood Bowl. They are probably one of the best bands I have seen. Then there is a really good British band called Kasabian. Whether they are going to keep it going as long as we have I don't know. But they are making good music".

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NEIL YOUNG ATTACKS MP3
Neil Young has announced that he will release his entire back catalogue on Blu-ray disc, beginning with a 10 disc set covering 1963 to 1972 which will be out this autumn. He says he aims to force people away from MP3s and into the arms of high-quality music. He said: "Putting on a headphone and listening to an MP3 is like hell. [I want to give people] quality whether they want it or not. You can degrade it as much as you want, we just don't want our name on it".

Young is, of course, assuming that people will embrace the Blu-ray audio format, despite the poor take up of DVD-Audio and Super Audio CD. Maybe he should give people the choice, like Trent Reznor, who is giving away the new Nine Inch Nails album for free in MP3, FLAC and master-quality 24/96 WAVE formats.

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COLDPLAY TO SOUNDTRACK EURO 2008 COVERAGE
Coldplay have signed a deal with US TV network ESPN which will see tracks from new album 'Vida La Vida' used during the broadcaster's coverage of the Euro 2008 tournament that takes place next month. The broadcaster will use the music on their outputs in the US, Canada, Mexico, India and South America, which should prove to be rather handy free promotion for the album, which comes out in the middle of the tournament.

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P DIDDY: ACTOR KILLS NOTORIOUS B.I.G.
Oh, I've gone and misled you a little with that headline. Sorry. P Diddy has been enthusing about actor Jamal 'Gravy' Woolard, who is playing deceased rapper Notorious BIG in a new film, currently in production.

Diddy told MTV: "Gravy's killing it. If I tell you he's killing it, then that's all we need to say, you know what I'm saying? I don't think anybody could have done a better job".

Diddy also spoke very highly of Derek Luke, who is playing him. Although, he didn't say anything about killing this time: "It's rare that you get a movie made about you when you're still relevant, but [they] took on the challenge. People asked me years ago who you'd want to play me, and I said Derek Luke. So, it was just destined. I got to see him do his thing, and it was scary for me. I had to leave, 'cause he was acting just like me".

The film, entitled 'Notorious', is set for release next January.

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LILY MAKES IOW GREENER
Organisers of the Isle Of Wight festival have revealed that, instead of replacing Lily Allen, who pulled out of the event in March, they have used the money they would have paid her to make the festival more environmentally friendly.

In a statement, promoter John Giddings admitted that the event would still have a negative affect on the environment, but that new measures in place would continue their ongoing attempts to reduce damage. Amongst the measures the money went on were a tree repopulation programme, research into bee habitats, and a scheme to set up more partnerships with local businesses, in order to reduce transport emissions.

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MADONNA WORLD TOUR TO START IN UK, VIAGOGO IS OFFICIAL TICKET RESELLER
Madonna has announced that her world tour, quite stomach-churningly dubbed 'The Sticky And Sweet Tour', will begin on 23 Aug at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, followed by a second UK date at Wembley Stadium on 11 Sep. Tickets for the two shows go on sale on 16 May, with prices ranging between £55 and £160. I saw Madonna at Wembley Stadium in 1993 and it cost £23.50. That's inflation for you. Of course, the singer is also performing at this weekend's Radio 1 One Big Weekend, which is free. There aren't any tickets for that left, though.

And presumably pretty soon at 9am on 16 May there won't be many tickets left for the not-at-all-free Cardiff and Wembley gigs either, which is why Madonna fans who don't get in there quick enough may need to [a] mortgage their house and then [b] head over to ticket resale website Viagogo who have been announced as the "official ticket resale site" for Madonna's European tour. I assume that means that if you must resell your Madonna tickets - either because some unfortunate turn of events means you can't go, or you reckon you can get a few hundred quid off a gullible cash-rich Madonna fan by touting them some tix - then you can do it via viagogo without feeling that you have broken some bond of trust with Madge and her promoters. Viagogo will also be offering VIP packages and premium tickets for the singer's European shows.

Commenting on the Madonna deal, viagogo boss Eric Baker told CMU: "We are delighted to have been named the official premium and secondary ticket seller for Madonna's Sticky & Sweet tour. This agreement further demonstrates our constant desire to innovate in the ticketing marketplace and offer unique solutions to fans. Fans will now have a safe, secure platform to buy and trade tickets for Madonna's upcoming tour".

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DOHERTY ADDED TO WIRELESS WEEKENDER MANCHESTER
The now not in jail Pete Doherty has been added to the Wireless Weekenders bill - the series of gigs taking place in city's around the UK in the run up to the Wireless Festival in London (and which kicked off in Newscastle last weekend). Doherty will play a Manchester date. The full Wireless Weekender line ups to come are as follows...

Glasgow
9 May: Sam Sparro +Frankmusik+ Jack McManus - Oran Mor
9 May: Elliot Minor - Cathouse Glasgow
9 May: WW-Clubnight - Shortwave Set + Malakai + A.human - Subclub Glasgow
10 May: The Dykeenies - Oran Mor
10 May: Audio Bullys - Glasgow Garage
11 May: We Are Scientists - Glasgow ABC1

Manchester
16 May: Sam Sparro + Frankmusik+ Jack McManus - Night and Day
16 May: Santogold - Roadhouse
17 May: Peter Doherty Solo acoustic - Academy
17 May: WW-Clubnight - Shortwave Set + Malakai - Night and Day
17 May: We are Scientists + Sergeant + Voltz - Academy 2
18 May: Young Knives + Mon Ouisch - Academy 3

Birmingham
23 May: The Holloways - The Place I Love
23 May: Does It Offend You Yeah + Primary 1 - Academy 2
24 May: Sam Sparro+ Frankmusik+ Jack McManus - The Place I Love
24 May: WW-Clubnight - Malakai + Grosvenor - Bar Academy
25 May: Scouting for Girls - Academy
25 May: Elliot Minor + Mon Ouisch - The Place I Love

Bristol
30 May: Scouting For Girls + A Silent Film - Trinity Centre
30 May: Reverend And The Makers - Academy
31 May: The Holloways - Academy
31 May: Elliot Minor - Trinity Centre
31 May: Sam Sparro + Frankmusik - Fleece & Firkin

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CITY SHOWCASE FESTIVAL RETURNS
The City Showcase Festival returns to London in June, showcasing hundreds of bands in venues ranging from sweaty Camden bars to the hippest of Carnaby Street's boutiques.

The festival, now in its sixth year, has previously introduced the likes of Hot Chip, Scouting For Girls, Razorlight, Keane and Newton Faulkner to the world. This year's five day event will feature music workshops on everything from songwriting to accountancy, and the all-important showcase gigs, including an Xfm nights hosted by DJ John Kennedy, shows featuring the best new bands from New Zealand, China and Scandanavia, plus unplugged sessions in shops on Carnaby Street and Regent Street.

Amongst the bands at this year's festival, you'll be able to see Midnight Juggernauts, The Parlotones, When Gravity Fails, Twin Atlantic, We Are Ocean, Franko, The Young Republic, The Law, Slashed Seat Affair, Ragamuffin Children, Over The Atlantic, Batrider, The O'Lovelys, Hell & Diesel, Mustasch, Babylon, The Recoil, De Shamonix, The Veez, Rogue Satellites and The Perk.

The event runs from 2-6 Jun. More information available from http://www.cityshowcase.co.uk

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KYLIE TOUR OVERCOMES TECHNICAL PROBLEMS
Kylie Minogue was almost forced to cancel the opening show of her world tour in Paris, after the singer contracted a throat infection and technical difficulties marred rehearsals. A source told The Sun: "Considering Kylie couldn't sing on Friday and the problems with the stage on Monday night, it's a miracle the show happened at all. Mercifully all the issues got ironed out in the end and we're all hugely relieved to get that difficult opening night out of the way".

Provided there are no more problems, the tour will now make its way around Europe for 53 more shows, ending in a six night residency at the O2 in London from 29 Jul to 2 Aug.

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SINGLE REVIEW: These New Puritans - Swords Of Truth (Angular)
"Crikey, what the hell is this?" could well be your first comment on hearing this track. If you're familiar with These New Puritans from their previous singles, then you'll have half an idea what to expect, but 'Swords Of Truth' still manages to surprise and intrigue. Calling this multi-faceted music 'indie' simply doesn't do it justice. Distorted horn bursts, a chunky dubstep beat, half rapped vocals, jagged post punk guitar lines and cryptic lyrics all make 'SOT' an explosive single from a band who clearly have got more ideas and influences than they know what to do with. It's such an unlikely sound for an alternative act to conjure up, it makes fairly eclectic sorts like Foals sound as sonically adventurous as Oasis. Kind of like how you'd hope The Fall would sound if they were any good, this is thrilling stuff, really. MS
Release Date: 5 May
Press Contact: Bang On

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WARNER AND LIVE NATION FINANCIAL REPORTS
City news everybody - woo! And if success was measured on your ability to spend money, then it was good news for Warner Music and Live Nation yesterday.

Warner released its second quarter earnings results, which boasted an increase in revenues, of about 2%, but an increase in overall losses too. Digital sales again boomed, up 48% on the same quarter last year to amount for 21% of the major's overall sales, but, alas, that wasn't enough to compensate for the slump in CD sales. Overall the major made a loss of $37 million, $10 million more than in the same quarter in 2007.

As is generally the way these days, most of Warner's woes came from its recorded music business. Its music publishing outfit, Warner/Chappell, announced a revenue increase of 8.4% and a profit increase of 1.8%.

On the back of the latest results, Warner announced it will halt dividend payouts in the short term, an announcement which, unsurprisingly, sent the company's stock down 22%.

The ever diversifying Live Nation reported losses of $35.4 million for its first quarter, to the end of 31 Mar. Revenues there were up from $520.3 million in quarter one 2007 to $636.5 million this year. Live Nation, of course, have been on something of an acquisition spree in the last couple of years, which accounts for much of their losses but also - I'm sure the Live Nation bosses would be keen for me to say - accounted for a big chunk of the revenue rise. So there you go.

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SKILLS ACADEMY FOR BACKSTAGE TYPES GIVEN GO AHEAD
Plans for a National Skills Academy for the live performing arts have been given the go ahead by government. The £15 million project will involve the building of a purpose built academy in Thurrock, Essex, where skills training will be offered for those wanting to work back stage in the live music sector.

Welcoming the venture, Tony Hall, boss of the Royal Opera House, told reporters: "This is a hugely significant announcement, a welcome commitment from government towards our creative industries, and recognition of the vital role that live music plays in British life. This is no fledgling industry - live music creates thousands of jobs and, in ticket sales alone, brings around £750m per year to the UK economy - and it is essential that our festivals, arenas and theatres continue to be crewed and managed by professional and well-trained staff".

Feargal Sharkey, the boss of British Music Rights, formerly head of the Live Music Forum, and the UK music business' new rent-a-quote, told reporters: "This is a longed-for announcement and will hopefully ensure our stages - from Glastonbury to Glyndebourne, from the Eden Project in Cornwall to the Sage Gateshead - are crewed and managed by the right people in years to come".

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7PM PRODUCER ADDITIONS
7pm Management, the management bit of A7 Music, has announced it has taken on the worldwide management of producers Paul Tipler and Mason. According to Music Week, the former's production credits include Placebo, Reuben, Idlewild, Transglobal Underground, The Wonderstuff, Elastica and Stereolab, while Mason is perhaps best know for his track 'Exceeder', or maybe the reworking of that track 'Perfect (Exceeder)' which featured the brilliant Princess Superstar.

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REAL BOSS ON WORKING WITH THE MUSIC INDUSTRY
Real Networks boss Rob Glaser has been talking to Tech Trader Daily about working with the music industry. As one of the companies which has been developing digital music propositions for some time now, he knows more than most what it's like trying to get major record companies to sign up to new digital services.

He says: "The music business continues to offer a combination of hope if you are feeling optimistic and things that frustrate you. In the hope category, the labels went from 'we'll never do DRM-free music' to all of them doing it. I feel great about that. But some of the labels are still too rigid in their licensing practices. It's better than nothing, but they are still too conservative and risk-averse relative to the state that would grow the business faster. They are willing to experiment much more creatively than we have seen, but progress is still too slow".

Glaser also revealed Real has three music projects on the go in the US: a DRM free download store, a mobile music service via Verizon, and plans to takeover Yahoo and MTV's music platforms.

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MYSPACE TO INTEGRATE WITH RIVALS
MySpace have announced that they will allow users to make their information available to other websites - which means MySpace members will be able, if they so choose, to share any info or content in their public profile with other web services like Yahoo!, Twitter, eBay and Photobucket. The company's COO Amit Kapur told reporters: "This is an unprecedented move to further socialise the web and empower users to control their online content and data". Although MySpace's biggest rival Facebook isn't listed as one of the websites that MySpace will integrate with, the company's CEO, Chris DeWolfe said he was open to making his service share info with the rival platform, telling reporters: "This project is open to any site out there that wants to work with us. We are happy to work with Facebook if they want to join up with our effort."

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MULTI-MILLION FINE FOR ITV OVER ALL SORTS OF PHONE-IN SCANDALS
ITV has been fined a neat £5.6 million over a string of phone in scandals. This all began, of course, with the revelation that a number of TV shows across all networks had encouraged viewers to phone in premium competition or vote lines even once a winner had been selected or voting had closed. But it turns out ITV producers were guilty of much bigger phone in crimes than just being a bit slack about telling viewers when competitions and voting were closed.

Producers of Ant & Dec's 'Saturday Night Takeaway' were guilty of picking competition winners based on where they lived or their "suitability to be on television", rather than at random, as was implied on air. Producers of 'Soapstar Superstar' chose to ignore some viewer votes that would have meant results were not as they wished.

But my personal favourite is the phone vote at the 2005 British Comedy Awards. It has transpired that producers decided to give the Peoples Choice prize that night to the aforementioned Ant & Dec, even though the lovely Catherine Tate got the most votes. Although the official report says there is "insufficient evidence" to fully explain why this happened, it is alleged that Robbie Williams, who presented the award, had said he would only present the prize to Ant & Dec. Producers, presumably originally expecting the dynamic duo to win the poll, allegedly ignored the actual viewer vote when it became clear Tate had won, so that Robbie could present the gong to his chosen c'leb mates. Ant & Dec, who are expected to now return the award, and who previously denied any knowledge of all the dodgy phone ins on the shows they themselves executive produce, are reportedly "absolutely appalled" about the award scandal.

Commenting on the fine ITV has received, which is large but someway off the maximum fine OfCom could have imposed, the boss of the media regulator, Ed Richards, told reporters: "This was a thorough set of investigations which uncovered institutionalised failure within ITV that enabled the broadcaster to make money from misconduct on mass audience programmes. The industry can be in no doubt how seriously Ofcom takes the issue of audience trust. Our new licence conditions requiring broadcasters who operate in this area to conduct third party audits will ensure that consumers are protected".

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LIVE REVIEW: Kontakte & M83 at Cargo, 28 Apr 2008
Just how important are vocals? "Not very" reply twinkly London-based post-rockers Kontakte. Except they don't say that. Because they don't speak. Ever. And it doesn't matter, because their towering, majestic layers of noise make Phil Spector's 'Wall of Sound' look like a garden fence in comparison. M83 are pretty damn epic, too. Named after a galaxy (a galaxy!), M83 construct widescreen sonic panoramas dotted with film samples, heavy layered synths and fuzzed-up guitar. With the new album 'Saturdays = Youth' out a couple of weeks ago, they played quite a bit of new material, but none of it strayed too far from their previous albums, with the exception of new single 'Graveyard Girl', which is a beautiful slice of shoegaze-pop that could easily have been penned by Ride at their best. Having overcome both curfew and technical problems during their set at Camden Crawl, M83 were absolutely superb at Cargo. The crowd hooted and hollered for nearly ten minutes after the band finished, hoping to entice them back onto the stage for a second encore, though, unfortunately, the band didn't return. They're embarking on a tour of the States over the next month or so, but the next time they hit these shores, be sure to check them out. DG

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GANG OF FOUR MAN BREAKS COPYRIGHT LAW
Gang Of Four bassist Dave Allen, who this week announced his departure from the band, has revealed that he received a cease-and-desist letter from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry after he posted an unauthorised Portishead track on his blog, http://www.pamplemoose.com. Speaking at the MusicTech Summit in San Francisco yesterday, he said: "Talk about your irony of ironies. But I understood completely. I was wrong. I removed the music".

He added that he had thought that the person who had sent him the unreleased Portishead track had permission to do so. So, he was surprised when the "polite letter" from the IFPI turned up. "I sent a message back apologising," he said. "What I learned from this is that I have to double my efforts to find out where files come from. I was chilled. They are much bigger than me and could shut me down".

He also added that he has changed his views on giving music away for free: "I don't want to take money away from artists. They deserve to get paid. We need some laws to protect musicians. Some copyright law is useful as long as it's not heavy-handed law. We have to find cool ways to allow fans to take their music where they want, make it available to them and at the same time protect the artist".

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ROBYN REJECTS MADONNA
Robyn has said that she wouldn't work with Madonna unless she focuses more on her music than being a celebrity. The singer, whose new single shares its name with Madonna's 1987 number one hit 'Who's That Girl' said: "I don't expect to work with her! Anyway, I don't collaborate with celebs, I work with musicians". Although, she did provide backing vocals for Britney Spears' single 'Piece Of Me', released earlier this year. Is Britney a celebrity or a musician these days?

Anyway, I digress. Speaking about her latest single, Robyn said that the Madonna connection was not coincidence. "The line is of course from Madonna, [but] it's more than just a reference to Madonna. The song is about the concept of her being this pop icon and what I would do with it. People make immediate connections when they hear the title so it's fun to play with that".

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DOHERTY FUND TOTAL "DISAPPOINTING"
A fund set up to raise money to help Pete Doherty to get his life back on track has only managed to raise £17.10. The 'Pete Fund' was set up by fashion website lastseason.com, donating a percentage of sales from a range of stripey tops by labels such as Peter Werth, Bench and Religion.

A spokesperson for the site told OK Magazine: "Sales have been somewhat disappointing - we only sold six stripey tops. We had planned to do a big presentation and get a big cheque made up but it seems pointless for a mere £17 quid and change".

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PEACHES GELDOF SUFFERS THE WRATH OF BOB
It's not just the police Peaches Geldof has to worry about, after they discovered a video of her buying drugs in the home of alleged celebrity drug dealers Jonny Blagrove and Cara Burton. Her dad's none too pleased either. According to Heat Magazine, Bob Geldof has forced his daughter to move out of the flat she shares with friends in Islington and back into the family home in Battersea. He's also issued her with a list of rules, taken away all of her money and cut up her credit cards.

A source told the magazine: "When Bob laid down the rules she was angry - but she knows that there is nothing she can do. What's harder for her to digest is that she will have to cut off all her mates who she has met recently, because Bob sees them as a bad influence. She is not allowed to DJ for a while or go to many parties because he is worried that she could be led astray again. Her cash and credit cards have been taken away, so she now has to ask him for money to do anything. When she does, she will face a grilling over what she needs the money for. It's going to be pretty hard for her to deal with but her main concern is making it up to her dad because deep down she knows he is only doing all this because he loves her".

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