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TODAY'S NEWS

Jackson postpones more shows

Down under copyright dispute down under
Bertelsmann launches its new music business
Abba man succeeds in legal challenge to tax decision
C-Murder requests trial postponement because of election
Police called after angry airport man shouts at Mel B's family
Awards news galore
CMU unsigned month approaches
Barlow would like to write official Take That musical
Des'ree comes out of retirement for the kids
Single review: Yuksek - Tonight EP (Uncivilised World)
In The City sessions go live
Green Day confirm Vig is producer
Weezer deny they're working on new album
Osymyso new video
Sex Pistols pair plan Chelsea anthem
Fantomas announce directors cut London show
AC/DC announce UK tour dates
DJ AM to join Jay-Z on tour
Album review: Francois Virot - Yes Or No (Half Machine)
MCPS announce new licence for independent production companies
Former SonyBMG boss goes to Bloomberg
Much gossip on Cowell's big Idol fee
Skinner upset by bad Streets reviews
Duran Duran play for the greedy bankers
Madonna picture offends someone
UK Music Video Awards winners in full
UK Festival Awards nominations in full
American Music Awards nominations in full
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WEDNESDAY 15TH OCTOBER

CMU SOCIAL DEBRIEF
You know, I really do like the second Tuesday of the month. As with any party you organise yourself, things can be a little stressful beforehand, but, thankfully, CMU Social is always a very enjoyable evening. And last night was no exception. We may not have had either of the bands on our original line-up – Plans & Apologies split up just after the last Social and Gillan Edgar called in sick at the last minute – but we managed to call in two very fine bands to take their place.


 

Model Horror are a band we've liked very much since discovering them at the start of the year, and so we were very glad they were able to step onto the line-up at very short notice. They did not disappoint, warming up the room, drawing on dance music influences to compliment their fast-paced angular riffs and twin vocals. Recent single 'Catch This Disease' went down a storm, so much so that the free copies the band brought along with them disappeared within seconds and some strange bartering system came into operation as those who failed to get copies tried to convince others to give them theirs.
www.myspace.com/themodelhorror

Post War Years also proved highly popular with the Social crowd. They too mix guitar music with dance influences, although with different results. Their music is more restrained than Model Horror's, and perhaps more synth-driven, but that isn't to say they don't know how to work a crowd. Their set built slowly to an epic crescendo with the introduction to some rip-shuddering sub bass as time drew on, before closing proceedings with a bombastic track with an old school acid house feel. It went down a treat with all in attendance and kept me in high spirits all the way home.
www.myspace.com/thempostwaryears

But, hey, it's not all about music. It's about the Pop Quiz, too. Which is about music. So, I guess it is all about music. Anyway, our ever-popular pop quiz was back again this month and we had one clear winner, which fortunately means I don't have to attempt to judge the best of the all-round excellent tie-breaker answers – which were this month soundtracking the 'credit crunch'.

Results:

1. Bear 74 Management (18/20)
2. Big City Redneck (14/20)
2. Tim Fowler - Russells/The Sneer (14/20)
4. Collins Long Solicitors (13/20)
5. Lisa Busby - Carbon Music (11/20)

NEXT MONTH: So, we'll see you again on 11 Nov for more of the same. As well as all our regular attractions, we have live performances from two absolutely brilliant acts...

The Neutrinos: Their headline slot at CMU Social comes just a couple of days after they return from Berlin, where they will be taking part in British Music Week. Their art punk sound first grabbed our attention with the release of the band's second album, 'One Way Kiss' last year, and has held it ever since.
www.myspace.com/theneutrinosinspace

Matt Finucane: Formerly the frontman of cult indie band Empty Vessels, Matt says he's trying to see how far he can "push the idea of one man and his guitar" with his solo work - creating his new EP with just with a guitar, rudimentary electronic effects, reverb, distortion, a deep distrust of the traditional singer-songwriter tag and a love of Lou Reed's 'Berlin'.
www.myspace.com/mattfinucane

Tuesday  11 Nov 2008, 229, Great Portland Street, London, W1W 5PN. 7pm-11pm.
Tickets £5, Free for CMU Daily readers who register to social@cmumusicnetwork.co.uk

 

A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS
Having made one of the finest records of last year in their eponymous debut, I'm fervently awaiting the reaction to the long overdue UK release of A Place To Bury Strangers' album next month. A masterpiece in industrial noise that's as much influenced by Joy Division as Jesus and Mary Chain and Throbbing Gristle, it's a record full of unhinged aggression and blisteringly paced fuzz. Newcomers should head for 'Fix the Gash In Your Head', their most immediate song, which buzzes with feedback tweaked guitars, stuttering drum loops and demonic, blackened synths. Utterly mind blowing, make this one recommendation you don't miss.

www.myspace.com/aplacetoburystrangers

 

 



Don't forget you can now check out CMU favourites old and new on CMU-Tube, our online music video service powered by MUZU.

Set up your own MUZU channel, select tracks from the MUZU catalogue, and embed your own MUZU Player on your own website or blog - simple. Sign up here.

 

 

PART TIME MARKETING CO-ORDINATOR/PA for RECORD COMPANY - BRISTOL
An independent dance music label are looking for an enthusiastic person to help out in their office in Bristol. You will be involved in all online promotion, the upkeep of the company website and general marketing co-ordination. In addition to this you will be looking after all three managers, sorting out all travel arrangements and helping to maintain a smooth running office. Experience of working within the industry is essential. Contact Gerard for more details: gerard@dstyle.co.uk

 

 

JACKSON POSTPONES MORE SHOWS
Janet Jackson has postponed two more shows on her postponement-heavy 'Rock Witchu' tour, because of that ongoing unspecified illness she started with during a soundcheck in Montreal last month. So far the singer has missed eight dates on the tour, the latest of which would have been at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, NY on Monday. Now she has also announced that she will miss a show at Madison Square Garden tomorrow night, which has been rescheduled for 1 Nov.

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DOWN UNDER COPYRIGHT DISPUTE DOWN UNDER
Men At Work's 80s hit 'Down Under' is the subject of a rather late in the day copyright dispute in Australia over allegations the song includes an unlicensed segment from the children's nursery rhyme 'Kookaburra'.

The publishing company who owns 'Kookaburra', which was written in the 1930s by Australian music teacher Marion Sinclair, claims a 'flute riff' from the nursery song appears in the global pop hit. Larrikin, a division of UK-based Music Sales Group, are therefore suing the song's songwriters, Colin Hay and Ron Strykert, their publishers EMI and the label that released the song SonyBMG, claiming they are due a cut of any publishing royalties generated by the song, which will be rather a lot.

SonyBMG have responded by saying this is a publishing dispute and shouldn't affect them, because their labels have always got the appropriate licences before releasing the song. EMI Music Publishing are yet to comment.

If you're wondering why it's taken until now for Larrikin to make their claim, well, that's quite an amusing story. A question was asked on an Australian TV quiz show to the effect "What children's song is contained in the song 'Down Under?'" It was only after that question was featured that Larrikin became aware a bit of one of their songs seemingly appeared in this 80s hit.

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BERTELSMANN LAUNCHES ITS NEW MUSIC BUSINESS
Bertelsmann have launched the all new BMG. As previously reported, the German media giant has now let go of all its old music assets, having sold BMG Music Publishing to Universal and its half of the SonyBMG record company to Sony Corp. But, at the time it confirmed it was bailing out of SonyBMG, Bertelsmann said the BMG name would live on through a new royalty and rights agency that they were planning on setting up.

Well, BMG Rights Management was officially launched yesterday. Bertelsmann say the new company will support songwriters and artists in "the creation, marketing and licensing, collection and accounting, as well as advance financing of their music repertoire". I think that means they will represent artists and songwriters looking to boost their income through sync-right deals and the like, and that they may even sign new artists who still need investment, but that they'd recoup their investment on a share of sync rights rather than getting into the messy business of releasing records.

BMG Rights Management launches with catalogue featuring about 200 artists - basically coming from a few European recording catalogues they held onto when selling their half of BMG to Sony. They will now look to sign new artists to the new venture, especially in Europe.

Confirming the new venture, the boss of BMG Rights Management, Hartwig Masuch, told reporters: "We are focusing precisely on that area of the music industry which promises growth. Music is being used more intensively and exploited more comprehensively than ever before - beyond the traditional distribution of recorded music: on a growing number of online and mobile platforms, in productions of movies, TV programmes and commercials, on radio and TV broadcast, in concerts and in video games. Today, a music writer or performer can derive significantly more income from the rights to his work than before. This is where we want to position ourselves with customized, flexible services as well as transparent accounting".

In related news, word has it that, having bought out BMG, Sony is hoping it will be able to push through more collaborations between Sony Music and Sony Electronics in the future. Attempts to foster more interaction between Sony companies through its Sony United programme didn't always gel so well at SonyBMG because of the joint ownership.

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ABBA MAN SUCCEEDS IN LEGAL CHALLENGE TO TAX DECISION
ABBA man Bjorn Ulvaeus has won legal action against the Swedish taxman, who claimed the pop man had entered into complicated deals regarding his song royalties in a bid to hide income from tax authorities. But Ulvaeus appealed the tax office's decision to reevaluate how they calculate his earnings in order to increase his tax bill, and his spokesman has told the Associated Press that the Swedish courts have found in his favour.

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C-MURDER REQUESTS TRIAL POSTPONEMENT BECAUSE OF ELECTION
A lawyer for C-Murder, aka Corey Miller, has filed papers to the court in Louisiana seeking a postponement of the rap star's murder trial, because of an ongoing election. The presiding judge in the case, Martha Sassone, who oversaw Miller's first trial, and subsequently overturned his conviction, is seeking re-election, and there's a bit of mud-slinging going on; Sassone's opponent Ellen Kovach has attacked her decision to allow the hip-hop artist a second trial, and lawyer Ron Rakosky feels that all that "inflammatory rhetoric" could influence the jurors, and affect his client's chances of getting a fair trial.

Miller is, as previously reported, charged with the 2002 killing of 16 year old Steve Thomas, and was initially convicted of murder back in Sep 2003 and given a mandatory life sentence. The conviction was overturned because of revelations that prosecutors had withheld important evidence, and cleared key witnesses' criminal records in exchange for testimony. A new trial was set to begin yesterday, but Rakosky asked that the trial take place after 4 Nov, when the aforementioned election will take place. Sassone deferred the decision on the matter to the state judiciary commission.

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POLICE CALLED AFTER ANGRY AIRPORT MAN SHOUTS AT MEL B'S FAMILY
Police had to intervene after a man became abusive towards Mel B at Heathrow airport at the weekend. The altercation reportedly occurred as the former Spice Girl signed autographs while waiting to collect her luggage. The 22 year old man got "increasingly agitated" before rowing with a photographer and then Mel B's husband Stephen Belafonte. Airport security intervened but couldn't stop the fracas, and so police were called. It's not clear if the angry man was specifically picking on the Spice Girl, or whether he just happened to get very angry in her close vicinity. A police spokesman told reporters: "The man was arrested for threatening behaviour and taken to a west London police station".

Mel B is in London this week to host the MOBO Awards at Wembley Arena tonight.

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AWARDS NEWS GALORE
Talking of awards, this week is turning out to be a busy one for awards news. First up it was the first ever UK Music Video Awards in London last night, with Bjork, always one to innovate when it comes to the pop promo, leading the way with three prizes for the seven minute video to her song 'Wanderlust', which got Best Art Direction, Best Indie Video and the overall Video Of The Year prize.

Other winners on the night included Justice, Kate Nash, Hot Chip, Utah Saints and The Horrors, while Leona Lewis took the public-voted People's Choice prize. Behind the scenes, Best Commissioner went to Atlantic's Tim Nash who has commissioned vids for the likes of Wiley, James Blunt, Primal Scream and Santogold, Best New Director went to James Copeman of Black Dog for his work for Mystery Jets, Noah And The Whale, and
Laura Marling, while Nima Nourizadeh from Partizan, who has worked with the likes of Santogold, Hot Chip and Flight Of The Conchords, was named Best Director.

And finally, that James Lavelle fella presented the first ever MVA Icon Award to Jonathan Glazer, a director renowned for helping to transform the "artistry" of British music videos in the 90s with his videos for the likes of Radiohead, Jamiroquai, Massive Attack and Lavelle's own UNKLE project.

Commenting on the first MVAs, the award's Editorial Director David Knight told CMU: "We've celebrated some great work and great achievements in British music video tonight - by MVA award winners and nominees, and a directing legend in Jonathan Glazer. The first UK Music Video Awards has shown that the tradition of creativity, art and craft in British music videos keeps producing remarkable talent and remarkable work, even in very testing times. And as the new Digital Music Survey on the UK music industry points out, music videos are more influential and important for the music business than ever, because they connect with their audience. People love videos".

In other awards news, the nominations for this year's UK Festival Awards are out. This year's Virtual Festival's organised awards bash will take place at Indigo2 down there at the Dome on 30 Oct. Voting is open until 20 Oct, and fans are encouraged to vote now, now, now at www.festivalawards.com.

Commenting on this year's awards, Virtual Festivals top man Steve Jenner told CMU: "Given that it's been the most talked-about year for festivals ever, it hasn't surprised us that this year has seen by far the most frenetic, intense and furious voting activity in the UK Festival Awards' history. It's been a nail-biting and gripping journey to the final shortlist with the running orders changing hourly in many categories.. Whilst many of the results have been as one would expect, it looks like there could well be one or two very big surprises in the final votes, too. October 30th will definitely be a big night".

And finally from the awards file, this time from the tab marked 'US Music Awards', the nominations for the 2008 American Music Awards are out. This is America's big public voted awards bash, voted for by music fans online, and 23 Nov, when the awards take place in LA, could be Alicia Keys' night as she is shortlisted in no less than five categories.

The winners of the MVAs, and the nominations for the Festival Awards and AMAs, are all given at the bottom of today's CMU Daily, and I've just spent three hours formatting them so I think you should all go and check them out.

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CMU UNSIGNED MONTH APPROACHES
Not quite awards news, but similar. Nominations have been coming in thick and fast for CMU's UnsignedMonth. As previously reported, CMU is teaming up with MUZU to champion the best unsigned talent throughout November. Each day we will tip a different unsigned or self-releasing band in our SNAP Of The Day slot, linking to their MUZU channel and featuring their content on the CMU-Tube. All unsigned bands are invited to put themselves forward. If you're in such a band, or know someone who is, get on over to www.cmumusicnetwork.co.uk/unsigned and find out how you can put yourselves forward for consideration. Hurrah.

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BARLOW WOULD LIKE TO WRITE OFFICIAL TAKE THAT MUSICAL
Gary Barlow would like to write an official Take That musical based on the story of the band's career. You'll remember that the group's tracks were used in an unofficial musical, 'Never Forget', which launched in the West End earlier this year. He says: "We have a musical in us and if we can all agree on which bits of the story to include, we'll have a hit show. It would be good if Robbie got involved. After all, he is part of the story."

Elsewhere in Take That news, the band are not going to change the title of their new album, just because it's got practically the same name as Britney Spears' new album. Take That's is called 'The Circus', whilst Spears' is called 'Circus', and they're both due out on 1 Dec. The group's manager is quoted as saying: "The boys have worked on this for months, like Britney, and we certainly won't be changing the title. When you work that far in advance, it's impossible to know what people will call albums. Erasure had an album 'Circus'. The name is not copyrighted. I doubt there will be confusion. Fans will either ask for the new record by Take That or Britney Spears."

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DES'REE COMES OUT OF RETIREMENT FOR THE KIDS
Yeah, you thought she was gone forever. You thought she'd hold to her promise to retire as a singer forever. But now some kids have convinced her to come back and sing again. To be fair, though, there are quite a lot of them, so she may have been frightened.

Anyway, to cut a long story short, The Big Sing is back. In 2005, The Big Sing Choir, made up of singing superstars Joss Stone, Lemar and Ms Dynamite, and 293,978 youngsters from throughout the UK, performed live from the Royal Albert Hall and smashed the record already held for the largest simultaneous sing along and raised £143,000 for charity. Now they're back and there's a lot more of them

On 27 Nov, the new Big Sing Choir will perform Des'ree's 'You Gotta Be', along with Des'ree herself, singing the song one last time, and a host of established and upcoming talent from a variety of genres including guitar/pop band The Kixx, violin superstar In-Cha and classical star Summer Watson at the O2 Arena. The current estimated size of the choir is 459,638, and it's still growing!

More info from www.bigsing.com

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SINGLE REVIEW: Yuksek - Tonight EP (Uncivilised World)
It's always hard to creep your way into the electronica scene, if you happen to be French. Write big ballsy dance anthems, and Daft Punk comparisons will be thrown at you. Keep it nice and chilled and you're the next Air. This continuum of continental dance is hard enough to escape at the best of times, but when the music is this lightweight and uninventive, you wonder why they even bother. The flimsy synth vocals seem to be aiming at the seedy glam that comes with the best electro, but just ends up sounding cheap dance music thrives on energy, but this sounds like a disillusioned clubber coming to the end of a two week stint in Ibiza - it's trying hard to make an impression, but it just seems to be dead on its feet. ME.
Release Date: 20 Oct
Press Contact: Darling Dept

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IN THE CITY SESSIONS GO LIVE
As all the wheeling and dealing was being done in the foyer of Manchester's Midland Hotel at In The City last week, the teams from CMU-Tube and our good friends MUZU TV were working hard one floor up recording interviews and acoustic sessions with some of the panelists and bands appearing and playing at the music convention this year.

The first of those MUZU acoustic sessions are now going live, and we'll be adding a different one each day to the CMU-Tube. Today a great little number from Bo Pepper, who played a number of sets in Manchester during the three days of ITC, including an official one at Chicago Rock of which BBC Manchester observed "if the future star that is singer Dolly Pepper, brilliantly accessorised by a leopard print guitar, wasn't enough for you, how about the intensely odd reality of their twin brother drummers?" before concluding "rest assured, Bo Pepper are something special".

Bo Pepper's performance of 'No One But Yourself To Blame' is playing in the In The City Sessions playlist on CMU-Tube right now - check it out on www.cmumusicnetwork.co.uk or at www.muzu.tv/cmutube.

And if you're an inpatient type who wants to access more ITC content right now, you canv visit their own MUZU channel at www.muzu.tv/inthecity.

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GREEN DAY CONFIRM VIG IS PRODUCER
Green Day have confirmed that they are in the studio working with producer Butch Vig on their new album by posting a video of them, er, in the studio working with producer Butch Vig on their new album on YouTube.

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WEEZER DENY THEY'RE WORKING ON NEW ALBUM
Weezer have denied that they are already working on their next album, the follow-up to 'The Red Album', which was released in July, despite claims to the contrary by their drummer last month.

Drummer Pat Wilson told Billboard in September: "A week after we get off tour, we're gonna be in the studio with Jacknife [Lee] again. We send him stuff that we've got, ideas that we have, whether it's a whole song or a killer riff we can build around or something, It's all going to him right now".

But now guitarist Brian Bell has told Spinner.com: "We're still going to focus on promoting 'The Red Album', and when we have the songs and the time feels right, we'll record".

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OSYMYSO NEW VIDEO
We like Osymyso round here. And with good reason - he is very good. He has just unveiled a new track called 'Faulty Choirs', along with an accompanying video by Rafi Nizam. Watch it here.

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SEX PISTOLS PAIR PLAN CHELSEA ANTHEM
According to reports, Sex Pistols Steve Jones and Paul Cook are writing a new anthem for Chelsea Football Club, because they are fans. They don't want to make a mess of it, however. The Sun quote Jones as saying "We want to do something that's not corny like all the other football songs. Music and football tend to produce appalling results when put together, that's what we want to avoid."

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FANTOMAS ANNOUNCE DIRECTORS CUT LONDON SHOW
Monstrous metal gods Fantomas have announced that they will perform their classic album, 'The Director's Cut' in full in London this December, as part of ATP's Nightmare Before Christmas, which the band's constituent parts, Mike Patton and Melvins, are curating.

The show will take place at the Astoria on 8 Dec. Support acts will be confirmed shortly.

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AC/DC ANNOUNCE UK TOUR DATES
Rock legends AC/DC have announced their first UK tour dates for eight years, which will take place next spring to promote the band's new album, 'Black Ice', which is due out on 20 Oct.

Tour dates:

14 Apr: London, O2 Arena
21 Apr: Manchester, MEN Arena
23 Apr: Birmimgham, LG Arena

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DJ AM TO JOIN JAY-Z ON TOUR
DJ AM has announced that he's to tour with Jay-Z. Which is possibly bigger news than it would have been, given his lucky escape from a crashed Lear jet last month. AM, aka Adam Goldstein, says this: "He's the greatest rapper in the world. This is the biggest thing that's happened in my career."

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ALBUM REVIEW: Francois Virot - Yes Or No (Half Machine)
Lyon's own guitar strummer and hand-clapper extraordinaire Franois Virot is the latest in line to step up to the freak-folk throne. Original and full of magic beans, Virot's voice has that distinct childlike lilt to it that is not too dissimilar to the familiar trilling tones of one Joanna Newsom. However, like the Yin to her Yang, he transfers the whimsical wailing of his vocals to a much more jovial place, a place close to the crazy, energetic offerings from the likes of Animal Collective and Deerhoof. Virot, used to providing his talents on the drums to bands No Snow and Clara Clara, is taking some time off from his work in the background. 'Yes Or No', Virot's debut solo LP, is a little ball of lo-fi wonderment; lusciously experimental while still managing to retain the delicate quality of childlike neofolk. 'Cascade Kisses' could be 'Toothpaste Kisses' after its initial opening, but the rhythmic handclaps and louder acoustics turn it into something so much bigger and better. Album opener 'Not The One' is an unrestrained freak-folk stunner, while softer tracks like 'Young Sand' invoke similarities to Devendra Banhart; gentle, surreal and uncomplicated. 'Yes Or No' is an essential addition to the already blossoming freak-folk genre, and it is clear that Virot has finally found a place where he belongs. TW
Release Date: 27 Oct
Press Contact: Half Machine IH

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MCPS ANNOUNCE NEW LICENCE FOR INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION COMPANIES
Mechanical royalty collecting types MCPS have announced the launch of the Independent Production Company licence which it says should simplify the process for independent production companies in the UK looking to licence music for use in TV programmes, DVDs or such like. The new licence gives such companies access to over 300,000 pieces of music from 150 licences, allows them to licence multiple tracks at once, and for bigger companies there will be a blanket licence option. Woo.

Here's what MCPS Executive Director Jeremy Fabinyi says: "The new IPC licence provides our customers with simple, flexible and more affordable access to a wide range of our members' music, including access to works from award-winning composers such as John Altman and Paul Leonard-Morgan".

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FORMER SONYBMG BOSS GOES TO BLOOMBERG
Former SonyBMG boss Andy Lack, who pissed off many a traditional record label exec, especially BMG execs after the Sony BMG merger, by telling them they were insane for failing to spot other ways to generate revenues from their recording catalogues, has got a new job leading the multi-media division of finance news firm Bloomberg.

It is a return to home ground for Lack, who prior to joining Sony Music headed up US TV firm NBC, and prior to that NBC News and before that CBS News. As boss of Sony Music he took on the CEO role at SonyBMG after the merger, but was sidelined into the Chairman's role after he failed to overcome boardroom squabbles between former Sony and BMG executives. As I remember it, he spent some time working on new and multimedia business models and projects for SonyBMG after stepping back from a hands on CEO role.

Anyway, despite mixed feelings towards Lack among the more traditional record label chiefs, Bloomberg President Dan Doctoroff seems very happy to have recruited him, saying: "Andy Lack is a news legend. His extraordinary accomplishments at NBC and CBS News and his innovative work in the entertainment industry at Sony Corp qualify him uniquely to lead Bloomberg's multimedia businesses".

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MUCH GOSSIP ON COWELL'S BIG IDOL FEE
Much gossip in the US about tensions between the judges on 'American Idol' after it was revealed Simon Cowell is on £19 million for his work on the pop talent show - something which is, let's not forget, only a part time pursuit for the X-Factor/SyCo chief.

The show's former Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe recently confirmed Cowell's astronomical fee, but argued he was worth it. He also confirmed Cowell's fellow judges Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson were paid quite a bit less.

On Cowell's fee and the discrepancies between him and Abdul and Jackson, Lythgoe told Forbes: "There is always jealousy in every job. Why is he getting more than the other two judges? Because it is believed that he brings more to the table. He has actually handled his negotiations quite brilliantly. He's only ever negotiated by the year. And now he is getting something like £11,892 per minute".

While it's unclear whether Abdul and Jackson are really in the dark and/or pissed off about Cowell's fee, MSNBC quote an associate of the former thus: "Paula knew that Simon was getting paid more, but she never imagined it was this much more. This could really put her in a bad way".

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SKINNER UPSET BY BAD STREETS REVIEWS
The Streets' Mike Skinner has revealed that he has taken bad reviews for his latest album very personally, as well he might, and lamented the fact that people don't what him to stray from the sound of his debut album, 'Original Pirate Material'. However, he added that he's already writing songs for the next Streets album, which sound a bit like his debut album, 'Original Pirate Material'.

Writing on his blog, Skinner said: "I don't think people realise how upsetting it is to be constantly told how great your first album is and how less so the others are. It hurts, bad. The first album came from a place of pure creation. I have always replicated that with every album. A place of pure creation. A fresh start. I apologise to all the people for not making 'OPM' again, I really do. But I am an artist and if you only love that one album then please don't listen to the others. I'm just trying to push things forward. I really am".

He added: "The new album lyrics are flowing out. I'm writing a page every morning. The beats are fast. For all the OPM lovers it could come close".

However, the next day he followed the post up by apologising for sounding like he was feeling sorry for himself. He said: "I felt quite guilty reading all the comments from yesterday. Whenever you read Lily Allen's blog and she's moaning about some bullshit paparazzi bollocks it makes me think, 'Just fucking stop causing such good stories for them to write about and it'll all go away'. Then I read the comments and I think 'For God's sake people don't, you get it? She wants the photographers following her round. She needs it'. Anyway, I felt like my comments were a bit sorry for myself and that's not how I'm going down. I was just saying it because I put the focus into the stories that I write and it's like films (something which Lily's mother knows a lot about being a movie producer) sometimes what I write doesn't come off, but it's never boring!"

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DURAN DURAN PLAY FOR THE GREEDY BANKERS
Yes, it's a pop angle to the credit crunch. Sort of. There has been criticism in the press of a party held for Lloyds TSB employees last week which was headlined by Duran Duran of all people. They don't come cheap, of course, and nor do all the expensive hotels, flowing alcohol or other lavish extras dished out at the weekend-long party.

The extravagance has been criticised as it coincided with news that Lloyds, like other high street banks, had just been knocking on the door of the government asking for multi-billion pound bail outs after becoming victims of what economists call "being run by the bunch of over-paid idiots". One source at the Duran Duran headlined party told The Sun: "It's the most extravagant corporate event I've ever seen. There was little mention of the credit crunch as they filled their boots. It was a disgusting spectacle".

Lloyds argue the party was organised and mostly paid for months before the banking industry started skidding into self-induced oblivion, and that the event was for staff not senior management.

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MADONNA PICTURE OFFENDS SOMEONE
Police in Norfolk are investigating a complaint about a photograph of Madonna hanging in an art gallery in Norwich. The picture, part of an exhibit featuring the works of photographer Dave Hogan, depicts the singer posing on a cross and wearing a crown of thorns. A police spokesman said: "We are currently in the process of establishing the facts. In such circumstances we would always try and reach a solution which both upholds the principles of freedom of artistic expression and also prevent any offence being caused."

A similar investigation had to be launched last year, when the gallery displayed an 'artwork' consisting of a banana arranged with two eggs. On that occasion, the display was re-arranged so that the offending groceries could not be seen by passers-by.

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UK MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS WINNERS IN FULL

Best Art Direction in a Video: Bjork - Wanderlust (One Little Indian)
Art Director: Isaiah Saxon; Director: Encyclopedia Pictura; Producer: Mark De Pace; Prod co: Ghost Robot.

Best Cinematography in a Video: The Last Shadow Puppets - The Age of the Understatement (Domino)
DoP: Andre Chemetoff; Director: Romain Gavras; Producer: Mourad Belkeddar; Prod co: 75.

Best Editing in a Video: Hot Chip - Ready For The Floor (EMI)
Editor: Dan Sherwin at Final Cut; Director: Nima Nourizadeh; Producer: Jon Adams; Prod co: Partizan.

Best Styling in a Video: The Hoosiers - Cops & Robbers (SonyBMG)
Stylist: Hannah Glossop & Suzie Coulthard; Director: Diamond Dogs; Producer: Ben Sullivan; Prod co: HSI London.

Best Telecine in a Video: KT Tunstall - If Only (EMI)
Telecine: Adrian Seery at Rushes; Director: James Caddick; Producer: Tom Whitehead; Prod co: Amarillo Films.

Best Visual Effects in a Video: The Horrors - She Is The New Thing (Universal/Polydor)
VFX: Corin Hardy and David Lupton; Director: Corin Hardy; Producer: Giles Skillicorn; Prod co: Academy.

Best International Video: Justice - Stress (Ed Banger)
Director: Romain Gavras; Producer: Mourad Belkeddar; Prod co: 75; Commissioner: Nathalie Canguilhem.

The People's Choice Award: Leona Lewis - Bleeding Love (SonyBMG)
Director: Melina Matsoukas; Prod co: Black Dog Films; Commissioner: Mike O'Keefe

Best Pop Video: Kate Nash - Foundations (Universal/Fiction)
Director: Kinga Burza; Producer: Gail Davey; Prod co: Partizan; Commissioner: Ross Anderson.

Best Rock Video: Supergrass - Bad Blood (EMI/Parlophone)
Director: Keith Schofield; Producer: Juliette Larthe; Prod co: HSI London; Commissioner: Joceline Gabriel.

Best Indie/Alternative Video: Bjork - Wanderlust (One Little Indian)
Director: Encyclopedia Pictura; Producer: Mark De Pace; Prod co: Ghost Robot; Commissioner: Paul McKee

Best Dance Video: Utah Saints - Something Good 08 (Ministry of Sound)
Director: Eran Creevy; Producer: Ben Pugh; Prod co: Between The Eyes; Commissioner: CJ Hassay.

Best Urban Video: Kano - Hustler (Beats Per Minute)
Director: Nez; Producer: Jonny Wardle; Prod co: Colonel Blimp; Commissioner: Richard Thomas.

Best Budget Video: Example - Me And Mandy (All The Chat)
Director: Henry Scholfield; Producer: Julie Crosbie; Prod co: Partizan; Commissioner: Elliot Gleave.

Video of the Year: Bjork - Wanderlust (One Little Indian)
Director: Encyclopedia Pictura; Producer: Mark De Pace; Prod co: Ghost Robot; Commissioner: Paul McKee

Best Video Commissioner: Tim Nash (Warner/Atlantic)

Best Producer: Grace Bodie (Partizan)

Best New Director: James Copeman (Black Dog)

Best Director: Nima Nourizadeh (Partizan)

The Icon Award: Jonathan Glazer (Academy Films)

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UK FESTIVAL AWARDS NOMINATIONS IN FULL

Best Major Festival: Creamfields, Download, Glastonbury, Global Gathering, Isle of Wight Festival, Leeds Festival, Reading Festival, T In The Park, V Festival Chelmsford, V Festival Staffs.

Best Medium Sized Festival: Beautiful Days, Bestival, Glade, Hydro Connect, Latitude, Lovebox Weekender, Rock Ness, The Big Chill, The Wickerman Festival, Wakestock (Abersoch).

Best Small Festival: 2000 Trees, Beach Break Live, Cambridge Folk Festival, End Of The Road Festival, Indie Track Festival, Larmer Tree Festival, Secret Garden Party, Standon Calling, Strummercamp, Summer Sundae Weekender.

Best Dance Festival: Creamfields, Dance Island, Escape Into The Park, Glade Festival, Global Gathering, Run To The Sun Festival, South West Four, Waveform Festival.

Best Line-up: Bestival, End Of The Road Festival, Glastonbury Festival, Isle Of Wight Festival, Latitude, Lovebox, Reading Festival, T In The Park, The Big Chill, V Festival Chelmsford.

Best New Festival: Beachdown Festival, Bearded Theory, Camp Bestival, Festibelly, Hop Farm Festival, Offset Festival, The Limetree Festival, The Magic Loungeabout, The Mighty Boosh Festival, Wakestock (Blenheim Palace).

Grass Roots Festival, Beautiful Days, Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, Big Session, End Of The Road Festival, Kendal Calling, Knockengorroach - World Ceilidh, Loopallu, Off The Tracks, Wickerman Festival, WOMAD.

Family Festival Award: Beautiful Days, Camp Bestival, Fairport's Cropredy Convention, Greenbelt, Guilfest, Larmer Tree Festival, Solfest, Summer Sundae Weekender, Weyfest, Wychwood Festival.

Best Toilets: Aeon Festival, Festinho, Greenbelt, Larmer Tree Festival, Nozstock, Secret Garden Party, Standon Calling, Strummercamp, The Big Chill, Y-Not Festival.

Best European Festival: Castlepalooza (Ireland); Creamfields Romania (Romania); EXIT (Serbia); Festival Dello Stretto (Italy); FIB Benicassim (Spain); Gurtenfestival (Switzerland); Heineken Open-er (Poland); HOVE Festivalen (Norway); Lowlands (Netherlands); Open Air St.Gallen (Switzerland); Oxegen (Ireland); Roskilde (Denmark); Snowbombing (Austria); Spirit of Burgas (Bulgaria); Tignes Fest (France).

Festival Headline Act: Kings Of Leon, Metallica, Muse, Rage Against The Machine, The Verve.

Festival Rock Act: Biffy Clyro, Bloc Party, Bullet For My Valentine, Elbow, The Raconteurs.

Festival Dance Act: Groove Armada, Hot Chip, Pendulum, The Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy.

Festival Pop Act: Duffy, Girls Aloud, Scouting For Girls, The Ting Tings, Will Young.

Festival Feel-Good Act: Eddy Grant, Neil Diamond, Seasick Steve, Tenacious D, The Mighty Boosh.

Festival Urban Act: Dizzee Rascal, Estelle, N*E*R*D, Roots Manuva, The Streets.

Best Live Newcomer: Duffy, Glasvegas, MGMT, The Ting Tings, Vampire Weekend.

Anthem Of The Summer: Dizzee Rascal feat, Calvin Harris - Dance Wiv Me, MGMT - Time To Pretend, Noah And The Whale - 5 Years Time, The Ting Tings - That's Not My Name, The Verve - Love Is Noise.

Innovation Award:
Beachdown where all shuttle-buses and official transportation ran on used cooking oil; Glade whose ticket scheme saw festival goers pre-sent an access card to swipe at the gate;
Glastonbury for the biodegradable, starch tent pegs handed out to festival goers;
Hydro Connect for the Rickshaws used to ferry festival goers and artists around the site;
Isle Of Wight who distributed wristbands two weeks before the festival to speed up entry; Latitude whose Theatre Arena was the world's first fuel cell powered festival stage;
Lovebox for real-time webcasts of artist interviews and performances on website and stage screens;
Solfest who had kids-only toilets to make things easier for children and adults alike;
Standon Calling who hosted the UK's first festival underwater dance arena in a swimming pool;
The Big Chill where Big Issue vendors sold the programme on site, while buskers were invited to perform.

Most Memorable Moment:
British Sea Power, Arctic Monkeys and Klaxons hold impromptu collaboration at Sing Ye From The Hills;
Edwyn Collins makes moving comeback at Glastonbury following life threatening illness;
Jay-Z mocks Noel Gallagher with his rendition of 'Wonderwall' at Glastonbury;
Kasabian play up to dance fans with a cover of The Source's 'You've Got The Love' at Creamfields;
KISS spit blood and 'fly over' Download fans, as thousands dress up as Gene Simmons;
Robert Plant joins Fairport Convention on stage at Cropredy Festival for 'Battle Of Evermore';
Ross Noble leads a conga around the Latitude site, stealing fans from various stages;
Secret Garden Party blow up their lake-marooned Pirate Ship in a firework spectacular;
The Specials and Grace Jones play secret back-to-back gigs at Bestival;
Utah Saints break world record for most ever fans doing the 'Running Man' dance at Get Loaded In The Park.

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AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS NOMINATIONS IN FULL

POP/ROCK AWARDS

Male artist: Chris Brown, Kid Rock, Usher.

Female artist: Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, Rihanna,

Band, duo or group: Coldplay, Eagles, Daughtry.

Album: Coldplay - Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends, Eagles - Long Road out of Eden, Alicia Keys - As I Am

COUNTRY AWARDS

Male artist: Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley.

Female artist: Reba McEntire, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood.

Band, duo or group: Brooks & Dunn, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland.

Album: Garth Brooks - The Ultimate Hits, Rascal Flatts - Still Feels Good, Carrie Underwood Carnival Ride.

RAP/HIP-HOP AWARDS

Male artist: Flo Rida, Lil Wayne, Kanye West.

Band, duo or group: G Unit, Three 6 Mafia, Wu-Tang Clan.

Album: Jay-Z - American Gangster, Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III, Kanye West - Graduation.

SOUL/RHYTHM & BLUES AWARDS

Male artist: Chris Brown, J Holiday, Usher.

Female artist: Mary J Blige, Alicia Keys, Rihanna.

Album: Mary J. Blige Growing Pains, Mariah Carey - EMC2, Alicia Keys - As I Am.

OTHERS

Alternative Rock Artist: Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Linkin Park.

Adult Contemporary Artist: Daughtry, Eagles, Jordin Sparks.

Latin Artist: Enrique Iglesias, Juanes, Wisin Y Yandel.

Contemporary Inspirational Artist: Casting Crowns, MercyMe, Third Day.

Breakthrough artist: Colbie Caillat, Flo Rida, Jonas Brothers, Paramore, The-Dream.

Artist Of The Year: Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Alicia Keys, Eagles, Coldplay.

Soundtracks: Album: 'Alvin and the Chipmunks', 'Juno', 'Mamma Mia!'

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