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TODAY'S NEWS

Iceland Airwaves will go ahead

Man denies Sugababe boyfriend attack
More from Barker, post plane crash
Gidget Gein dies
Janet Jackson keen to resume tour
Meat Loaf out of hospital
Charity concert honours Pavarotti
Oasis attempt to confound iTunes buyers
Britney discusses the rails and being off them
Leona Lewis boycotted Harrods over fur, apparently
Single review: The Last Shadow Puppets - My Mistakes Were Made For You (Domino Records)
Freese leaves NIN
Sony/ATV sign Wilkins
Smashing documentary, for one night only
The Kills announce UK & Ireland tour dates
Peggy Sue, Alessi & Derek Meins for the Triptych tour
Cardiff gets new music venue
Album review: Various Artists - LateNightTales: Matt Helders (Azuli)
Universal renew Morris contract
EMI Australasia restructures
MySpace make MyAds available to bands
Popkomm plan move back to September in 2009
Gema appeal EC collecting society ruling
Pinnacle appoint new MD
Channel 4 ends radio ambitions
Trademark dispute? Absolutely
Chart update
Total Rock world album chart
Mel C to marry after baby comes
Take That, Robbie Williams and one buried hatchet
Lavigne and Whibley headed for divorce
Spicebus sold on eBay
Jonas Brothers reveal Posh's UFO sacrifice plans
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MONDAY 13TH OCTOBER

CMU SOCIAL: EPISODE SIX
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Is it that time of the month again? You know, the bit where everything is good and right. Yes. Yes, it is. It's nearly time for another CMU Social. We still have goose pimples from The Deer Tracks' performance last month, but we managed to hold ourselves together enough to put together another excellent programme for this month (even if we do say so ourselves). To get on the free guestlist, just email social@cmumusicnetwork.co.uk.


 

Playing live for you this month will be Post War Years and Gillan Edgar, both of whom are currently on track to be big names by this time next year. And if that wasn't enough cutting edge, ahead of the zeitgeist music for you, the CMU:DJs will be spinning all the latest and best tunes for you, too. "But what else can I do at CMU Social except listen to the best music on offer?" I hear you cry. Well, if you're one of our fast-growing and much-loved regular crowd, you'll already know that you can enjoy our happy hour and reasonably priced food from 7-8pm, as well as taking part in the CMU Pop Quiz, which could win you a crate of beer.

Now, let's find out a little about who's playing the night...

POST WAR YEARS: Post War Years have been causing quite a stir this year, thanks to shows with the likes of MGMT, Tom Vek and Does It Offend You, Yeah? They have also just completed a UK tour with White Lies, which ended with a sold out show at the ICA. Their single, 'Black Morning', received airplay on BBC Radio 1, BBC 6music and Xfm earlier this year, as well as picking up glowing reviews from the likes of The Times, Fader and Artrocker. Their live performances are a whirlwind of racing synths, samplers, and vocal harmonies with band members switching instruments, while their sound sits somewhere between Joy Division and Talking Heads. We can't wait.

www.myspace.com/thempostwaryears

GILLAN EDGAR: Hailing from Manchester, Gillan is getting noticed in all the right places at the moment, including the CMU office, where it was quickly decided that he's exactly the kind of guy we want playing for us. His music recalls The Beatles, Ryan Adams and Elliott Smith with great lyrics and hooks so large they probably shouldn't be allowed. He recently supported Pete Doherty in London, where he went down a storm, and we expect the same when he plays for us.

www.myspace.com/gillanedgar

CMU Social is free to all CMU Daily readers and any guests they might want to bring along with them. All you have to do is email social@cmumusicnetwork.co.uk with your name, company name and the names of any guests you'd like to bring and we'll sort you out. See you on 14 Oct.

 

Hockey
Another nice offering from Portland, Oregon - Hockey are four piece who have already caused a stir in the tipster stakes in the UK, mainly due to their excellent single 'Too Fake'. An infectious synth pop/new wave number with vocal delivery almost too close for comfort to LCD Soundsystem, it's set up perfectly for plenty of muso love. Very New York, with literary references and credible 80s influences already in good shape (hey, they've recorded with Talking Heads keyboardist Jerry Harrison!), expect to hear more of them in the New Year. Oh, and isn't it impressive that they got the 'Hockey' MySpace URL?

www.myspace.com/hockey

 

 



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ICELAND AIRWAVES WILL GO AHEAD
Despite the fact that money has ceased to exist in Iceland, the Iceland Airwaves festival will go ahead this week, from 15-19 Oct, as planned.

In a statement released last Friday, the event's organisers said: "In spite of economical difficulties in Iceland at the moment the Iceland Airwaves festival will take place next week just like it has done for the past 10 years. The economical crisis does not affect the planning and promoting of the festival. Ticket sales have been going well and with the festival less than one week away, there are only a few tickets still available. Among the bands playing the festival this year are CSS, Vampire Weekend, Biffy Clyro, Junior boys, White denim, Boy Crisis, Simian Mobile Disco, Pnau, Florence and the Machine and the Young Knives. The organisers are looking forward to lifting the spirits of the Icelandic people and would like to point out to international guests that Iceland not only has the best beer in Europe it's now also the cheapest".

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MAN DENIES SUGABABE BOYFRIEND ATTACK
The man accused of attacking the boyfriend of Sugababes' Amelle Berrabah denied the charges at Winchester Crown Court on Friday. As previously reported, Jimmy Wenman is alleged to have attacked Freddie Fuller near a pub in Aldershot on Christmas Eve last year, leaving him with severe injuries to his arms and legs. Wenman was released on conditional bail and will stand trial on 17 Nov.

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MORE FROM BARKER, POST PLANE CRASH
Travis Barker has written to fans via his MySpace, thanking them for their support following his involvement in that much previously reported Lear jet crash that claimed the lives of four people.

In the message, Barker paid tribute to his two employees who died in the incident, PA Chris Baker and security man Charles Still. "To call them my employees does them such a disservice," he wrote, "as they were so much more than that. Chris was my best friend before anything else, and I can never put into words how much he will be missed. Che was an amazing person as well, and I was honoured to have him in my life".

Addressing the state of his own health, he said: "Like the doctors said from the beginning, it's been a slow recovery process. I am coming up on the 7th of my surgeries Monday. Today I finally was able to move all my fingers on my right hand. Every step seems huge at this point, and I'm doing EVERYTHING I can possibly do to get back to my kids. Yes, I did start eating meat again, but if it helps me to be home holding my little humans sooner, then it's all worth it".

He adds that he has seen his fellow survivor, DJ AM, aka Adam Goldstein: "I got to see AM the other day. Seeing him after he was discharged was an inspiration. I saw just how awesome the doctors' work here is, and got to see how well he is doing. I am so happy to see him doing well, and we are both so lucky and grateful that we are alive today".

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GIDGET GEIN DIES
Gidget Gein, Marilyn Manson's former bassist, has died at the age of 39. He was found at his home in Los Angeles, and it's thought that he may have died of a drugs overdose.

The musician, whose real name was Brad Stewart, was a member of Marilyn Manson (the band) from its early days, joining in 1989 and helping to create the group's trademark look and sound. He stayed with Manson until 1993, when he was fired, apparently due to his continuous drug use, and replaced by Twiggy Ramirez.

He went on to some solo work, and a new band, Dali Gaggers. In subsequent years he worked for the LA coroner's office, before beginning something of an artistic career with his art project Gollywood. He was apparently set to start working on a new solo album.

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JANET JACKSON KEEN TO RESUME TOUR
Janet Jackson is keen to get back on the road after postponing tour dates because of her previously reported illness, but still hasn't quite managed it. The singer fell ill during a sound check in Canada recently, but promised to be back in action at the weekend in Connecticut.

A statement released on Thursday of last week said: "Janet, who has been under her doctor's care and recuperating over the last week, is excited about getting back on the road and again being able to share with her fans what she feels is one of her best stage shows ever".

Her proposed return on Saturday fell through, however. Live Nation explained: "Janet Jackson's anticipated return to her Rock Witchu tour tomorrow (10/11) in Uncasville, Connecticut, has been postponed due to doctor's orders". The statement added that Jackson would resume her tour today, in Verona, New York.

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MEAT LOAF OUT OF HOSPITAL
Meat Loaf is reportedly out of hospital after spending three days in a private clinic in London last week after being taken ill during the Q Awards where he was picking up a gong for 'Bat Out Of Hell', which won the Classic Song prize.

According to the Mirror, the singer was acting rather strangely during the show. They say he staggered on stage to pick up his award looking a bit worse for wear, mumbled a bit and then nearly fell into the crowd. He the demanded host Alan Carr re-introduce him, told the comedian to "get lost" when he refused, and then started to belt out Queen songs.

The tabloid reported that the singer was admitted to the London hospital suffering from "vertigo", though Meat Loaf's spokesman would only say this weekend that the singer had been undergoing "testing and evaluation" during his three days at the clinic.

It's just under a year since Meat Loaf was taken ill half way though a concert in Newcastle with throat problems. As he cut short the show he declared he would never perform again, though that bold statement was subsequently withdrawn and Meat did, indeed, perform again.

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CHARITY CONCERT HONOURS PAVAROTTI
A number of classical and pop stars, including Placido Domingo, Andrea Bocelli and Sting, have appeared at a private charity concert honouring the late Luciano Pavarotti. Proceeds from the event, which took place in Petra in Jordan, will be donated to Afghan refugees. It's one of a series of similar concerts, with a number of events taking place in New York, Rome and Paris, all timed to coincide with the first anniversary of the legendary tenor's death back in Sep 07.

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OASIS ATTEMPT TO CONFOUND ITUNES BUYERS
Noel Gallagher has admitted that the band's earlier albums are mostly full of filler tracks, but says that the new album needs to be heard as a whole, and has come up with a way to spoil things for those who just want to pick individual tracks off iTunes and other download stores.

He told XFM: "I think it's the first album we've ever made where we're consciously not hanging a collection of songs around three songs, which is what seems to happen these days. That's why all the songs fade into each other and there's sound effects that join them all together. It was a conscious effort to say to people 'Well, if you're going to cherry pick songs off iTunes, you can have a few seconds either side of what you're missing. It's a real album - 'Get Off Your High Horse' or 'Falling Down' don't make sense if you haven't heard the rest of the record. The new technology's a great thing, but the 'album' has died a little bit. The reason people only want three songs off an album is cos most albums are shite".

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BRITNEY DISCUSSES THE RAILS AND BEING OFF THEM
Why would Britney Spears go and do a thing like shaving her head in public? Well, if you're hoping for an answer to that question when she appears in a 90 minute documentary about herself on MTV next month, you're going to be disappointed, because she doesn't know either.

Speaking in the programme, 'Britney: For The Record', which will air on 30 Nov in the US, she said: "I sit there and I look back and I'm like, 'I'm a smart person. What the hell was I thinking?' I've been through a lot in the past two or three years, and there's a lot that people don't know".

Spears is set to release her sixth album, 'Circus', on 2 Dec, which is also her 27th birthday.

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LEONA LEWIS BOYCOTTED HARRODS OVER FUR, APPARENTLY
According to reports, Leona Lewis refused to open the Harrods winter sale last year because the department store stocks animal fur. Harrods, however, say they were informed that she cancelled "due to a scheduling clash". Lewis was recently voted the UK's sexiest vegetarian, and said at the time: "I'm totally against animal cruelty. I don't have clothes, shoes or bags made from any animal products."

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SINGLE REVIEW: The Last Shadow Puppets - My Mistakes Were Made For You (Domino Records)
Many have pigeon-holed The Last Shadow Puppets as a temporary side project for Arctic Monkeys front man Alex Turner and Miles Kane from The Rascals, mainly existing to fill in the gap until the next Monkey's album. I hope that's not the case, because with the duo's Mercury Prize nominated album 'The Age Of The Understatement', Turner is showing a much more passionate and powerful side that can often seem stunted in the Monkey's over accented vocals and simplistic (though nevertheless strong) lyrical content. With the LSP, and in particular third single 'My Mistakes Were Made For You', Turner's lyrics are sharper and more embittered than ever, and are hauntingly balanced with beautiful accompaniment by the London Metropolitan Orchestra. In an opening ready made for any number of mind-warping post-modern films, Turner and Kane provide a more reserved outing for this release, relying more on the sophistication of the music, than on relentless hooks or choruses. If nothing else, LSP provide a breath of fresh air from a well and truly stagnant indie scene. TA
Release Date: 20 Oct
Press Contact: Domino IH [all]

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FREESE LEAVES NIN
Trent Reznor has announced that bandmate Josh Freese has left Nine Inch Nails, saying via the group's website: "Josh Freese fans, be sure to check out a show on the upcoming North American leg of the tour, as sadly they will be the last ones he's playing with us. He informed me he's leaving the tour at the end of this year. Yes, we are still dear friends. No, I'm not sure what we are going to do".

Freese, who is drummer for a number of other outfits, and who has worked with practically everyone else in the world, is apparently planning to focus on a solo career.

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SONY/ATV SIGN WILKINS
Music publisher Sony/ATV has signed LA-based but UK-born songwriter/producer Wayne Wilkins to an exclusive worldwide deal. Wilkins has written songs for the likes of Beyonce, Natasha Bedingfield and Leona Lewis, and has also enjoyed success as part of the production outfit Runaways.

Confirming their deal with Wilkins, Sony/ATV Co-President Danny Strick told reporters: "Our signing of Wayne is part of our ongoing strategy to aggressively build the Sony/ATV roster and repertoire. Wayne is an established writer through his association with the Runaways and on his own. We want to augment that to help him develop further as an individual writer and open up other collaboration opportunities".

Wilkins himself added: "Sony/ATV is at the stage where it's being built into a much bigger entity. And I want to be part of that".

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SMASHING DOCUMENTARY, FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY
That Smashing Pumpkins documentary, 'If All Goes Wrong', which was shot during the band's 2007 reunion tour, is set to get a cinema release in the US next month, but for one night only. The doc will be screened in cinemas in 40 cities across the US on 6 Nov, ahead of the DVD release five days later.

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THE KILLS ANNOUNCE UK & IRELAND TOUR DATES
Now they've safely got their tour bus back, The Kills can get on with the important business of touring. Not that they stopped touring while their tour bus was missing. Nor will they be bringing their US tour bus over here. But, you know what I mean. I'm just trying to make the point that The Kills will be touring the UK and Ireland next month. They will also be releasing a new single, 'Tape Song', on 17 Nov.

Tour dates:

3 Nov: Dublin, Tripod
4 Nov: Glasgow, Oran Mor
5 Nov: Newcastle, The Other Rooms
6 Nov: Middlesborough, Arena
8 Nov: Sheffield, The Leadmill
9 Nov: Stoke-On-Trent, The Sugarmill
10 Nov: Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
16 Nov: Coventry, Kasbah
17 Nov: Norwich, The Waterfront
19 Nov: Cambridge, The Junction
20 Nov: London, Astoria
21 Nov: Brighton, Concorde 2

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PEGGY SUE, ALESSI & DEREK MEINS UNITE FOR UK TOUR
Peggy Sue, Alessi and Derek Meins will be heading out on tour of the UK starting at the end of this month and heading on into November, showing off their various pieces of folk, blues and poetry. It will be good.

Tour dates:

31 Oct: London, The Brixton Windmill
3 Nov: Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
4 Nov: Winchester, School Of Art
5 Nov: Oxford, Regal
6 Nov: London, 229
7 Nov: Leicester, The Musician
9 Nov: Castleford, The Loft
11 Nov: Glasgow, Pivo Pivo
12 Nov: York, Fibbers
13 Nov: Sheffield, Plug
16 Nov: Exeter, Cavern
17 Nov: Bristol, Cooler
19 Nov: Brighton, Hanbury Ballroom
20 Nov: London, New Evaristo Club
21 Nov: Southampton, Hamptons

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CARDIFF GETS NEW MUSIC VENUE
Cardiff will next month get a new 800 capacity live music venue called SUB29 situated in the city's Millennium Plaza complex.

Outlining their plans for the new venue, SUB29's Steve Bines told reporters: "There is a fantastic live music audience in and around Cardiff but only a handful of venues. Since the demise of The Coal Exchange, Cardiff has not had a venue of this size at all. Our aim is to finally offer a venue suitable for the tours that continually leave Cardiff off of their schedules and, by working closely with both local and national promoters, we are confident that we can put Cardiff firmly on the map".

The venue will officially open on 16 Nov.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Various Artists - LateNightTales: Matt Helders (Azuli)
These artist-led compilations always manage to create that genuine mixtape vibe that genre or period specific compilations normally lack. Matt Helders from Arctic Monkeys has lent 'LateNightTales' his playlist for the 21st release in the series. Goblin's 'Connexion' isn't the most inspiring opening track but things soon pick up with some "proper" hip hop from Viktor Vaughn. That sets something of a theme in motion. Via a couple of electronic tracks and some rock n roll courtesy of The Black Keys and The Stooges, Helders always comes back to a solid hip hop track. The choice of Luniz 'I Got 5 On It' and his cover of Livin' Joy's 'Dreamer' show his age - they being classic tunes to most in their early 20s. But, Helders does give a nod to the origins of his favourite music through 1970's soul sensation Minnie Riperton. He also does a great job of shouting out fellow UK talent, including tracks from Little Barrie, Roots Manuva and Ty. This is a great collection of tracks, that will, perhaps, make it easier for listeners to pick out the influences in Arctic Monkeys' songs. If the opening and closing tracks picked up the pace, this would be a perfect mix. AW
Release Date: 13 Oct
Press Contact: Nile On [all]

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UNIVERSAL RENEW MORRIS CONTRACT
Universal Music top man Doug Morris has signed a new long-term deal to head up the music firm for the foreseeable future, despite him heading towards his 70th birthday next month.

Specifics of the deal were not disclosed, though Morris is sure to have been well rewarded by the major's owners Vivendi, as his time at the top of the Universal Music empire has generally been viewed as a success. The major continues to perform relatively well despite difficulties in the wider record industry, while Morris' hard-nosed deal making frequently ensures the majors get those large upfront payments or share deals from the rising stars of digital music provision which may not go down well with the digital community, or the artist community for that matter, but which are presumably welcomed by record company shareholders.

Confirming he had renewed his contract with the major, Morris told Billboard: "I'm enjoying what I'm doing enormously right now. I want to take the company through this bumpy period, to the takeoff. And it's close to the takeoff".

Universal have also confirmed those reports from Friday that former Warner and EMI senior exec and respected A&R man Jason Flom is negotiating a deal with the major which would see him launch his own imprint within the Universal empire, most likely associated with Monte Lipman's Universal Republic division.

Morris, who was something of a mentor to Flom when he first set up his Lava Records label as an imprint to the then Morris-run Warner Music Group, told Billboard regarding those negotiations: "Jason will be doing exactly what he's always done, which is trying to get hits. I'm simplifying this so it sounds pedestrian. Jason is going to bring in talent".

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EMI AUSTRALASIA RESTRUCTURES
More EMI restructuring for you, this time in Australia. As part of the global revamp of the London-based major, EMI Music Australasia confirmed it had undergone some change at the end of last week following the appointment of Mark Poston as the division's Chairman, which in turn followed the departure of former chief John O'Donnell last month.

Lots of new appointments have been made as part of the revamp, but at the top you will find Craig Hawker, who has become VP of A&R labels, Karen Tinman, who has become Director Of Consumer Marketing, and Roddy Campbell, who has been named Director Of New Channel Development, whatever that means. Sync rights and all that nonsense I think.

Confirming all the changes, Poston told reporters: "Apparently some people have been saying that EMI Australia has been in some kind of 'crisis.' It's news to us... We've scored 23 ARIA nominations [the 2009 Australian Recording Industry Association music awards take place next weekend], and hit our highest radio and digital shares in some time. We've never been more focused about getting on with the business of delivering great music to the people".

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MYSPACE MAKE MYADS AVAILABLE TO BANDS
MySpace is expanding its Google AdWords-style advertising service to smaller advertisers and individual users, and they are hoping to encourage bands to use it in a bid to drive traffic to their MySpace pages, or their own websites.

As with AdWords, bands can choose a range of categories which they think suits their music. They then bid against other artists to come top in the list when fans who fit that category profile are searching for music on the social networking platform. Unlike the Google service, I think bands using the MyAds system, which becomes available to all in the US today, will be able to upload a banner ad and not just text.

Bands presumably only pay when someone clicks through on their ad, though they'll have to put up at least $25 to be listed on the MyAds system.

Talking about the new service, which has previously only been available to big time advertising agencies, MySpace US's marketing president Jeff Berman told reporters: "I don't think Mick Jagger is waking up on a Friday morning worrying about driving traffic to a show but The Rolling Stones cover band guy is. This service is for groups well-known in the scene as well as the guys playing in their high school auditorium".

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POPKOMM PLAN MOVE BACK TO SEPTEMBER IN 2009
Organisers of German music industry convention Popkomm have said they will move their event back into September next year after a 9% fall in attendees this year. This year's Popkomm fell in a busy week for music industry shingdigs, clashing with both In The City in Manchester and the Live UK Summit in London. That said, while both delegate and exhibitor numbers were down at Popkomm, the convention's organisers point out that the number of non-German delegates were actually up.

Billboard quote a spokeswoman for Popkomm thus: "There are less people working in the [German] industry than one year ago. But most trade visitors still see it as a must-go event. [But] we talked to the industry and most of them said the October date was too late for them to do business. We're always open to suggestions from the industry".

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GEMA APPEAL EC COLLECTING SOCIETY RULING
Staying in Germany, and German publishing royalty collecting society GEMA has appealed that European Commission ruling from back in July which accused Europe's collecting societies of anticompetitive practices. They have asked the European Court Of First Instance to overturn the ruling, and to suspend all action that has stemmed from it until the court appeal has been heard.

GEMA's appeal follows the speech made by Bee Gee Robin Gibb at Popkomm last week in his position as Chairman of CISAC, the global body for collecting societies. He said the EC's July ruling was actually stopping collecting societies from collaborating to offer competing pan-European licences, the very thing European officials say they want. Others in the collecting society community also argue that the EC's moves will discriminate against the smaller collecting societies, and have a detrimental affect on those countries' song-writing communities as a result.

Confirming the appeal, GEMA's Executive Board Chairman Harald Heker told reporters: "With this step, GEMA is seeking to protect the current system of national one-stop shops for music rights in the online, satellite and cable transmission markets in the interests of both the holders and users of these rights. The competition being sought by the Commission as a consequence of the abolition of the territorial restrictions in the reciprocation contracts would inevitably result in a decline in copyright royalties, something which is not in the interests of the copyright holders and music publishers which GEMA represents and would result in an irretrievable loss of cultural diversity".

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PINNACLE APPOINT NEW MD
Pinnacle has announced that former Sanctuary Records MD Joe Cokell is taking over the Managing Director role at the independent distributor from Chris Maskery. He will also continue to run his Vibrant record label. Pinnacle Chairman Sean Sullivan confirmed the appointment thus: "Joe brings a great deal of experience to this role and many of you will already know him from his time as MD of Sanctuary Records".

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CHANNEL 4 ENDS RADIO AMBITIONS
So, the big media story of last week occurred on Friday morning when Channel 4 confirmed they were bailing out of digital audio broadcasting, which might explain why they were so cagey at that recent meeting of DAB companies regarding the future of commercial DAB stations.

There has been speculation that Channel 4's grand plan to become a radio broadcaster would never get off the ground more or less ever since they won the licence to operate the second national digital multiplex, but that speculation gained momentum earlier this year amid rumours the TV firm's advertising department had said they weren't sure they how they'd ever make money out of radio.

Channel 4 reckons it will save about £100 million by dumping plans to launch Channel 4 Radio, and its three bespoke stations, which included a talk radio service and a radio spin off for its E4 TV channel. £10 million of those savings will come from axing its 15 strong radio division. It's not clear how much will have to be written off now that the radio project has been dropped, however. Channel 4 spent a lot of money winning its DAB licence, piloting its own services online and buying into existing services like the now defunct speech station OneWord.

The owner of the other national multiplex, Global Radio, had suggested Channel 4 drop its plans to launch a rival digital network and launch channels on their service instead. Presumably Friday's announcement means that proposal is not now being considered.

Confirming Channel 4 Radio was to be axed, C4 boss Andy Duncan said the TV firm's struggling finances were behind the decision: "We've taken this decision very reluctantly. We've pursued our radio plans in good faith and continue to believe DAB has a strong future and that we could make a return from radio in the medium term. Frustratingly, our plans have been overtaken by a drastic recent downturn in our revenues and we will have to forgo this future profit stream. We can no longer afford the short-term investment necessary given that we are having to cut so deeply across all parts of the organisation".

Given that prior to Global's takeover, bosses at GCap were already pretty lukewarm towards digital audio broadcasting, despite the company having made a significant investments into the medium over the years, Channel 4's announcement will further the debate as to whether DAB can really survive in the long term, especially amid growing competition from online music and radio services.

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TRADEMARK DISPUTE? ABSOLUTELY
More radio news, and the makers of vodka brand Absolut has launched legal proceedings against the decision of Virgin Radio's new owners to rebrand the national station as Absolute Radio.

As previously reported, the Times Of India Group had to rebrand the rock station after they acquired it off SMG because they compete with Richard Branson's Virgin Group in India, and Branson still holds the rights to the name Virgin Radio. The Times Of India's existing UK radio company was called Absolute, so they decided to go with that brand for their new station too.

But drinks firm Vin&Sprit aint impressed with that decision, even if there is an 'e' to differentiate the two brands. It says the Times Of India Group is infringing their trademark, and has thrown in a 'passing off' claim as well, just in case the trademark courts don't rule in their favour. Key to both claims are whether or not us consumers will be confused by the launch of Absolute Radio. The vodka firm may well point to its music marketing platform Absolut Tracks as one reason why there may be confusion between the two seemingly different products.

But Absolute Radio say they disagree with the vodka firm and are confident that the courts will too. A spokeswoman for the radio station told reporters: "We absolutely believe that the two brands can exist alongside each other and that our 5 million listeners can distinguish between a vodka brand and a radio station. We hope for a swift resolution to this situation and remain 100% committed to our exciting plans for Absolute Radio".

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CHART UPDATE
The singles chart is boring this week. I can hardly bring myself to tell you about it. Not that there's much to tell. Pink is still at number one, Kings Of Leon are at number two and pretty much everything else is pretty much where it was before. There are no record-breaking leaps up the chart like last week, just a couple of half-arsed new entries. Kaiser Chiefs are the highest, going in at five. Snow Patrol follow at 15, and The Courteeners lazily lumber in at 36.

The album chart isn't much better. Oasis predictably go straight in at number one, while the eighth volume of Bob Dylan's 'Bootleg Series' also breaks the top ten, going in at nine. Chicane's new best of, featuring all your favourite travel advert hits, goes in at 16, You Me At Six enter at 25 and The Clash's 'Live At Shea Stadium' is the only other new entry this week, going in at 31.

The chart comes from the Official Chart Company - www.theofficialcharts.com

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TOTAL ROCK WORLD ALBUM CHART
It's the Total Rock World Album Chart, as counted down on Total Rock over the weekend - www.totalrock.com. New entries and re-entries marked with a *.

1. Metallica - Death Magnetic (Universal/Mercury)
2. Kid Rock - Rock - N Roll Jesus (Warner/Atlantic)
3. Slipknot - All Hope Is Gone (Warner/Roadrunner)
4. David Gilmour - Live In Gdansk (EMI)*
5. Metallica - Metallica (Universal/Mercury)
6. Buckcherry - Black Butterfly (Warner/ Eleven Seven Music)
7. Linkin Park - Minutes To Midnight (Warner Bros)
8. Avenged Sevenfold - Live In The LBC/Diamonds In The Rough (Warner Bros)
9. Disturbed - Indestructible (Warner/Reprise)
10. Staind - The Illusion Of Progress (Warner/Roadrunner)
11. Nickelback - All The Right Reasons (Warner/Roadrunner)
12. Queen - Greatest Hits 1,2,3 (EMI)
13. The Offspring - Rise And Fall, Rage And Grace (SonyBMG)
14. Daughtry - Daughtry (SonyBMG)
15. Led Zeppelin - Mothership (Warner/Atlantic)
16. 3 Doors Down - 3 Doors Down (Republic)
17. Weezer - Weezer (Warner Bros)*
18. Journey - Revelation (Frontiers)
19. Queen + Paul Rodgers - The Cosmos Rocks (EMI)
20. Motorhead - Motorizer (SPV)

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MEL C TO MARRY AFTER BABY COMES
Mel C, or Melanie Chisholm, to call her by her full grown up name, is apparently to marry her boyfriend of six years, Thomas Starr, once their expected baby is born next year. According to the Mirror, the pair got engaged last month with a view to getting hitched in the spring. The child is reportedly due in March.

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TAKE THAT, ROBBIE WILLIAMS AND ONE BURIED HATCHET
After years of muttering about each other under their breath, Take That and their former bandmate Robbie Williams are apparently back on friendly terms. The UFOs must have done something to his head. However, there are no plans for a full reunion, so let's just stop that rumour right now, before it even starts.

Jason Orange told The Daily Mirror: "Rob's looking really well at the moment. We went for dinner and he was telling us he's been chilling out".

He added: "[He's been] writing a lot, but nothing with us. I don't know if it's all about UFOs, but he'll be bringing out something soon".

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LAVIGNE AND WHIBLEY HEADED FOR DIVORCE
Avril Lavigne and Sum 41's Deryck Whibley are rumoured to be getting divorced because they've now been married for two years and that really is long enough.

A source told The Sun: "They have been growing apart for months. Deryck isn't motivated in his own career, so he's been drinking and partying".

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SPICEBUS SOLD ON EBAY
The double decker bus used in the classic Spice Girls film 'Spiceworld: The Movie' has been sold on Ebay for the princely sum of £3600. What a bargain. I'll have two.

According to the listing: "The bus was made into good running order last year and the bus was on display at the World Scout Jamboree last year. The bus is sold with full mechanical preparation and new Ministry of Transport test certificate (class V). The interior is largely clear and can be readied for any kind of interior adaptation or restoration to passenger carrying format".

View it here

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JONAS BROTHERS REVEAL POSH'S UFO SACRIFICE PLANS
The Jonas Brothers have revealed that Victoria Beckham plans to murder a woman with a perfect body so that she can show alien invaders the finest example of the female form.

Well, I think that's what they meant. The brothers told Heat: "She [Posh] would show aliens the perfect body of a woman".

It's possible they meant Beckham has the perfect body herself, but the murder version seems more likely.

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