NOTE: Make sure you 'enable images' to see this e-bulletin properly. WHAT IS THIS? You are receiving this e-bulletin because you are subscribed to the CMU Daily. Unsubscribe information is given at the bottom of this e-bulletin.


Top Stories
Zavvi to go, HMV buy more stores, so do a thing called Head
Abba man hits out at Pirate Bay four claims
Duffy wins big at BRITs
Roseanne hits out at dirty bastard Brown
In The Pop Courts
Vera Lynn considers legal action over BNP CD
Suge Knight pleads guilty to battery
Hendrix company to get three million over vodka dispute
In The Pop Hospital
Usher's wife released from hospital after cardiac arrest
Awards & Contests
Breakspoll nomination announced
Artist Deals
Ghost Of A Thousand join Epitaph for new album
Release News
Isis announce new album
New U2 album leaking online
Gigs N Tours News
Coldplay plan album giveaway
Rakes album launch
Fujiya & Miyagi announce April tour
Festival News
Killers confirmed for T and Oxygen
Brighton Festival announces acts
Live review: Vivian Girls at Proud Galleries in London on 14 Feb
Brands N Stuff
Topman put Metronomy in CTRL
The Music Business
Touch & Go cut back to a catalogue label
New appointments at Warner/Chappell US
The Digital Business
Facebook drop new terms after protests
Nokia Comes With Music to launch down under
The Media Business
Bubble hits bursts
Gambaccini hits out at Moyles
Chart Of The Day
This week's playlist
And finally...
Nikki Sixx apologises for outburst
CMU Daily Archives
Same Six Questions
CMU Directory
Advertise with CMU
Hotly tipped for 2009 as ones to keep an ear out for, First Aid Kit consist of Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg. From their world-weary song subjects you'd think these two have led long troublesome lives, but in fact they are just teens, just 18 and 15. Citing inspirations including 50's films, they let their imagination do the work, and it's creating brilliant results. Wise beyond their years so young and already producing infectious soulful melodies, they can only get better as they get older. The pair's debut EP will be released by Wichita on 23 Feb, and the girls will play just three shows in the UK, so catch them if you can. We've got the most important facts from the girls' answers to our Same Six Questions.
Q1 How did you start out making music?
We've been singing together since childhood, but we started making music of our own very recently. Two years ago Klara learned how to play some basic chords on the guitar and wrote her first songs. What inspired Klara to write these songs was finding the music of Bright Eyes.

Q2 What inspired your latest single?
It's difficult to pinpoint an exact source of inspiration for a song. That especially goes for the song on our single 'You're Not Coming Home Tonight', since we didn't really struggle for inspiration with that song, it was written in minutes and came very spontaneously. We guess at the time we were really into old movies from the 50s, as well as the more recent movie 'Pleasantville', which portrays life in a suburban village during the 50s. There's something about the gender roles at that time that is very fascinating and we just wanted to tell a story about it.

Q3 What process do you go through in creating a track?
It's very different for each track. Some songs are written very spontaneously and others require more time. Often the songs that require most time are the ones that we work together on. In most cases, the lyrics come first and then we create a melody fitting the lyrics. The lyrics mean a lot to us, we want to be storytellers.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
We are very much inspired by folk music. We really love the American folk scene, both the older country roots music, like The Carter Family, Louvin Brothers and Bill Monroe, and the 60's folk revival with Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Karen Dalton as well as the latest so-called "freak-folk" scene with Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom and Alela Diane among others. We also like folk music from other countries, for example right now we listen very much to African Pygmy folk music.

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
Get ready for a journey through space and time... sit back, relax and let it blow your mind. No, seriously we wouldn't say anything and let the music speak for itself. We know that sounds really lame, sorry. But it's just the way it should be.

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest single, and for the future?
We hope to be able to reach outside of Sweden with our music, and to play a lot live because we love it so much. Our ambition is always that our music is enjoyed by others and inspires people. We want our music to be a comfort, hence the name First Aid Kit.


I've always wanted to see Sunn O))) live, but so far it hasn't happened. It's not so much that I love their music (although I do), it's more that I want to see if I can hack it. So many reviews I've read, and people I've spoken to, have recounted stories of audience members passing out, vomiting or just getting the hell out of there. The Earth-influenced wall of feedback and slow, doomy riffs they create are certainly not for the faint of heart. If you think you can take it, head over to Corsica Studios on Sunday, where they will be performing their 'Grimm Robes' album. Or you could hang on for the band's new album, 'Monoliths & Dimensions', which will be released by Southern on 15 May. Right now, though, go and check out their profile.


So, Zavvi is officially no more. The former Virgin Megastore will disappear from the high street this week, with 18 of its remaining stores, including its iconic Oxford Street home (iconic because it was Richard Branson's very first Megastore) closing their doors.

Confirmation of the former Megastore chain's full closure was announced by Zavvi's administrators Ernst & Young yesterday. Most of Zavvi's 130 stores, though, had already closed of course, with doors being shut on Zavvi units across the UK every couple of weeks since the company went into administration just before Christmas.

Before the final nail was hit into the Zavvi coffin, administrators announced two deals that will rescue between 10 and 13 shops. First HMV, who had already bought 14 of Zavvi's stores in the UK and Ireland last month, confirmed it was taking on another five.

Meanwhile a new company set up by Zavvi's CEO, Simon Douglas, the man who led the management buyout that turned Virgin Megastore into Zavvi back in 2007, bought five and may as yet buy three more. That company is expected to run stores similar in format to Zavvi in those five to eight locations, though under a new name. The new firm is called Head Entertainment, and it's thought they will trade under the name Head. Which is not quite as bad a name as Zavvi, though it's not great.

Confirming that the Zavvi chain would finally close completely this week, administrator Tom Jack said he was pleased the HMV and Head deals would save the jobs of 629 of the chain's 2360 odd employees. He told reporters: "Whilst it has not been possible to secure a sale of the business as a going concern, we are delighted to have been able to secure continued employment for 629 Zavvi employees. This is a fantastic result for the employees and customers of the stores concerned".

He added: "I would like to thank all of Zavvi's staff and customers for their commitment and continued support for the business throughout the administration".

In related news, the Office Of Fair Trading has said it will review HMV's purchase of former Zavvi stores to see if there are any possible conflicts with UK and European merger rules. Or at least I think that's what they said.

They confirmed that they were "considering whether arrangements are in progress or in contemplation which, if carried into effect, will result in the creation of a relevant merger situation under the merger provisions of the Enterprise Act 2002". If such a "merger situation" was deemed to have been created the OFT would investigate HMV's purchase in more detail, and could pass the deal over to the Competition Commission for review, though that doesn't seem likely. The OFT's comments related to HMV's original purchase of nine UK Zavvi stores, but presumably its new deal for five more will also be considered by the review.

In other related news, the demise of the Virgin Megastore in New York's Times Square will result in "the biggest sale in music retail history", apparently. As previously reported, while the UK Megastore chain rebranded when it was sold by Richard Branson's Virgin Group, the US stores kept the name after they were acquired by Related Companies. However the new owner, a real estate group, made it no secret that their plan was to wind down the music chain and profit by leasing out its prime location retail units to other firms. The prestigious Times Square store is the latest to be closed, and managers are promising that prices on goods sitting in the shop will be completely slashed in a bid to clear stock. The sale starts today, so if you're in NYC it might be worth checking out.

back to top


So, not much happened on day three of The Pirate Bay trial, with the proceedings coming to a close at lunchtime so that, if the defendants' Twitter feeds are to be believed, both sides in the legal dispute could go out for lunch together. No word on whether the Pirate Bay Four managed, as they hoped, to persuade the prosecution to pay the lunch bill.

As previously reported, three founders and a funder of the infamous BitTorrent Tracker are in a Stockholm court to face criminal infringement charges - though only for "assisting making available" unlicensed copyright material, rather than actually copying movies and tracks without permission (the latter charges having been dropped on Tuesday).

The prosecution rapped up their opening statements and the defendants began theirs before the early in the day recess yesterday. Some of the four defendants, Hans Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Peter Sunde and Carl Lundström, could take to the witness stand today.

With little action in court, but continuing media interest in the case across Sweden, news types were looking for a different angle on the case yesterday afternoon. Abba man Bjorn Ulvaeus provided that different angle, by criticising The Pirate Bay Four's claims that closing services like theirs would amount to a breach of "internet freedom". Such internet freedom, Ulvaeus argues, should not equate to nicking other people's work.

He also disputes the idea that The Pirate Bay's legal battle is a David v Goliath type fight between them, the grass roots internet innovators, and the Goliath like music and movie conglomerates. All the content they provide illegal access to, he argues, began with the creative spark of an individual.

Writing on the Swedish website Newsmill, the Abba man ponders "anything they [Pirate Bay users] steal was once one person's idea, a single little person... they [the defendants] don't want to talk about that". He then wonders why it was "so damn hard to understand" that creative ideas would only ever see the light of day if creators and, in particular, their financial backers knew they stood a chance of getting paid for their work. He concluded by asking his readers to put aside the legal wranglings of the current court case and to ask the question: "Is it really so damn difficult to pay your way?"

Millionaire pop stars are possibly never going to be the best people to tell the world at large that file sharing impacts on the little guy as well as the megastars and global corporations, even a millionaire pop star as affable as Ulvaeus. But, while the record companies totally screwed up in the early days of the internet, prioritising useless litigation and digital rights management technology over projects that capitalised on the potential of the net for artists and content owners, the Abba star does raise all the right points.

While their lawyers fight the charges against The Pirate Bay Four on technicalities and issues of statutory interpretation, the defendants themselves make bolder claims outside the courtroom that the concept of copyright is alien to a free internet. The record companies may not be right to waste so much time and money worrying themselves sick about file sharing services (home taping didn't kill music, and file sharing probably won't either), but they probably do need to make a stand for the concept of copyright, and its continued relevance in the digital age.

I'm biased - I'm a copyright owner - but at its core the concept of copyright as a way of funding creativity is, in my opinion, a good concept, and not worth sacrificing in order to achieve The Pirate Bay Four's definition of "internet freedom". To conclude, listen to Bjorn people, he's saying the right stuff.

back to top


So Leona Lewis was right to stay away from the Brits yesterday because it was Duffy who was lady of the night, taking home three awards: Best British Female, Best British Album for 'Rockferry' and British Breakthrough. The singer was apparently almost in tears when accepting the album gong, and said it was the result of "five years' work". Well, she's only 24, so five years probably seems like a long time. Accepting the British Female award, she said: "It's a real honour to be here. British female - I don't know what that means, but it's a good job my mum didn't have a boy".

Other winners on the night, hosted by overrated acting types James Corden, Matt Horne and Kylie Minogue (well, that statement is at least 67% true), included Elbow, who won Best British Group, Girls Aloud, who took the public-voted Best British Single award, and Paul Weller, who won the Best British Male gong, but was not present at the ceremony to accept it. Katy Perry did turn up, however, despite being ill, and was presented with the prize for Best International Female. She told the audience: "I'm so sick right now, but they said to show up to the Brits because something special might happen... Obviously I've worked pretty hard because I want to die now".

Elsewhere in the international categories, Kings Of Leon were judged Best Group, and also got Best International Album. Kanye West, meanwhile, didn't make it to the actual ceremony, but got Best International Male. He joked that he would take the title literally, saying: "In every nation I'm the best male. That means if you go to a club, and you're a girl, and you're looking for a male, and you see me, you now have the best".

Also absent were the winners of the Radio 2 listener voted Best British Live Act award, Iron Maiden, who thanked fans in their acceptance message. Bruce Dickinson said: "We couldn't keep this entire show on the road without our fans. They're the people that keep this band alive".

The winners we already knew about were Florence And The Machine, who got the Critics' Choice Award for new talent, and the Pet Shop Boys who picked up the Outstanding Contribution prize. The latter were among the artists to perform on the night, with unwise collaborations with both Lady GaGa and Brandon Flowers in a best of set. U2, Ting Tings and Estelle also performed.

For those who prefer their Brits coverage in list form, here it is...

British Female Solo Artist: Duffy
British Male Solo Artist: Paul Weller
International Female Solo Artist: Katy Perry
International Male Solo Artist: Kanye West
British Group: Elbow
International Group: Kings Of Leon
British Breakthrough Act: Duffy
Producer Of The Year: Bernard Butler
British Live Act: Iron Maiden
British Single: Girls Aloud - The Promise
British Album: Duffy - Rockferry
International Album: Kings Of Leon - Only By The Night
Critics' Choice Award: Florence And The Machine
Outstanding Contribution to Music: Pet Shop Boys

In case you wondered what last night's Brits bash would have looked like if only Team CMU's votes counted, here's our top two votes in each of the Academy-voted categories. Not sure how we'd have made the final decision. Toss of a coin probably. Which may be how things are done at the real Brits.

British Female Solo Artist: Mia/Alesha Dixon
British Male Solo Artist: Roots Manuva/Ian Brown
International Female Solo Artist: Santigold/Katy Perry
International Male Solo Artist: Jay-Z/Seasick Steve
British Group: Friendly Fires/Futureheads
International Group: MGMT/Sigur Ros
British Breakthrough Act: Friendly Fires/Dan Le Sac v Scroobius Pip
British Album: Friendly Fires - Friendly Fires/Last Shadow Puppets - The Age Of The Understatement
International Album: MGMT - Oracular Spectacular/Kings Of Leon - Only By The Night
Critics' Choice Award: Florence & The Machine/Maths Class

back to top


It's all gone a bit quiet on the old Rihanna/Chris Brown front hasn't it? Well, as police continue their investigations, and Rihanna recovers with her family in Barbados, how about some reflections on the story so far from Roseanne Barr?

Here's what she wrote on her website earlier this week in response to Brown hitting girlfriend Rihanna, and his subsequent not-really-an-apology statement: "Chris Brown's lies and excuses make me want to beat the crap out of him. He uses the language of the perpetrator just like every sleazy bastard who ever smacked his wife, kid mother or girlfriend around uses. You dirty bastard, I hope you go to prison for ten years. It's your fault, asshole!"

She also laid into the "mealy-mouthed Hollywood and music scene chicks" for failing to publicly condemn Brown's actions. They might be waiting till we find out a little more about what happened, though that didn't stop Barr telling them that their time as "whores for propaganda" is ending. Whatever that means.

back to top

Former forces' sweetheart Vera Lynn, now 91 years old, is consulting with her lawyers over the inclusion of two of her performances on a British National Party compilation CD. The album was named 'White Cliffs Of Dover' in reference to the singer's wartime song of the same name, and also includes her version of 'All Alone In Vienna'. Other artists featuring on the LP include The Andrews Sisters and Glenn Miller.

Lynn's solicitor Nigel Angel said: "Her position is that the song was included without her approval. She does not align with any political party. I will be discussing it with her further". Her MP Norman Baker is quoted as saying: "The BNP will try to imply they have the support of individuals by this kind of action when they clearly don't have their support - it's extremely regrettable".

BNP deputy leader Simon Darby has responded, saying: "It is a commercially available piece of music and it is not as if we have bootlegged it. It is something you could buy off Amazon and we are proud to stock. There are a number of songs on the album and by no means are we implying Dame Vera is a nationalist".

back to top


Marion 'Suge' Knight has pleaded guilty to misdemeanour battery in relation to that incident that took place in a Las Vegas parking lot in August last year, and in which the former Death Row boss is accused of beating girlfriend of three years (at the time, not sure that she's his girlfriend now) Melissa Isaac.

Police officers saw Knight strike Isaac whilst holding a knife in the car park close to the Las Vegas Strip, and discovered during his subsequent arrest that he was carrying ecstasy and hydrocodone. The guilty plea was part of a deal that included the dismissal of the two felony drug charges and one felony coercion. Knight has been ordered to receive counselling and to pay a $340 fine.

As reported earlier this week, Knight was recently involved in an altercation in Arizona, and was admitted to hospital to be treated for injuries sustained in the fight. Two men were arrested and charged with aggravated assault.

back to top


The company behind a vodka brand which used Jimi Hendrix's name have agreed to pay the official company who control the legendary guitarist's estate $3.2 million in an out of court settlement.

The Hendrix Electric vodka case was really part of the long-term dispute between Jimi's stepsister Janie and his half brother Leon. The latter was excluded from the official Jimi Hendrix empire by his and Jimi's father, Al, who died in 2002. Janie runs the Experience Hendrix company, which controls the Jimi Hendrix name and image, and a disgruntled Leon has tried to both get a share of that company and launch his own Jimi ventures over the years.

The vodka brand was a joint venture between Leon Hendrix and his friend Craig Dieffenbach, a Seattle-based businessman who set up an Electric Hendrix company. The partnership lost a court battle with the Experience Hendrix organisation last year and had been told to cease making the drink, but another court hearing was scheduled for this month to decide what damages Dieffenbach should pay.

But both sides have confirmed that an out of court agreement has been agreed that will see Diefenback pay the Experience Hendrix company $3.2 million. The agreement was approved by the court last week.

back to top

Usher's wife Tameka Raymond has been released from the Sirio-Libanes hospital in Brazil after spending eleven days in the facility whilst recovering from a cardiac arrest. Raymond, mother of the pop star's two small children, suffered the arrest as she was being anaesthetised ahead of a liposuction operation at Sao Paulo's Rafael Hospital. Ellen Dastry, speaking on behalf of plastic surgeon Silvio Sterman, explained last week that Raymond was revived after less than a minute and placed in an induced coma and taken to the intensive care unit before being transferred to the aforementioned Sirio-Libanes facility to recover. Usher, who missed a performance at a pre-Grammy party to join his wife as she recovered, has declined to comment on it all.

back to top

It's very much awards season. With the Grammys and Brits done, the NME Awards are still to come, and so are these, one of our favourite music award shindigs. The nominations are out for this year's Breakspoll, the breaks community's big awards show, voted for by clubbers and breaks fans all over the world. The number of votes cast were up 50% this year, so much counting was required to compile the shortlists announced yesterday and given below. The winners will be announced at a special Breakspoll party at Fabric on 26 Feb, featuring a who's who line up of breaks talent, more at

Breakspoll shortlists are as follows...

Best Album: Atomic Hooligan - Sex, Drugs & Blah Blah Blah; Evil Nine - They Live!; Plump DJs - Headthrash; Slyde - Everyones Entitled To Our Opinion; Splitloop - Pleasure Machine.

Best Compilation/Mix: 10 Years of Finger Lickin; Booty Breaks Vol 3 - Mixed by Deekline & Wizard; Fabric Live 42 - Mixed by FreQ Nasty; Lot 49 Presents Lee Coombs - Mixed by Lee Coombs; Stanton Sessions Volume 3 - Mixed by Stanton Warriors.

Best Track: A-Skillz feat Krafty Kuts - Happiness; Deekline & Ed Solo - Handz Up!; Far Too Loud feat SubSource - You Know the Sound; NAPT - Gotta Have More Cowbell; Stanton Warriors feat Big Daddy Kane - Get Wild.

Best Remix: DJ Deekline & Ed Solo - Handz Up! (Stanton Warriors Remix); Far Too Loud - Play It Loud (Broken Robot Remix); Freestylers - Push Up Word Up (Stanton Warriors Remix); Plump DJs - Shifting Gears (Stanton Warriors Remix); Slyde - Freqency (NAPT Remix).

Best Label: Against The Grain, Finger Lickin, Funkatech, Hardcore Beats, Lot 49.

Best Breakthrough Label: Cool & Deadly, Electric Tastebuds, Future Perfect, Ground Level, The Saw Records.

Best Producer: Deekline & Wizard, Evil Nine, NAPT, Plump DJs, Stanton Warriors.

Best Breakthrough Producer: Beat Assassins, Break The Box, Lady Waks, Specimen A, Vent.

Best DJ: A Skillz, Freestylers, Krafty Kuts, Plump DJs, Stanton Warriors.

Best Breakthrough DJ: Adsorb, Apply The Breaks, D*Funk, Lady Waks, Richie Balboa.

Best Large Club/Event: Breaks Arena, Breaksday @ Glade, FabricLive, Future Sound Of Breaks, Glastonbury Dance Village.

Best Small Club/Event: In Beats We Trust, Naughty Panda, Simian Sounds, Supatronix, Vinyl Touch.

Best Live Act: Atomic Hooligan, Deekline & Wizard, Evil Nine, Freestylers, London Breakbeat Orchestra.

Best Radio Station: Brap FM, Breaks FM, iBreaks, NSB Radio, NuBreaks.

Best Radio Show: Annie Nightingale (Radio One), Jay Cunning Breakbeat Show (Kiss FM), Beatz and Bobz Show with Ben and Lex (NSB Radio), PointBreakz Sessions (Point Blank FM), Rennie Pilgrem Galaxy Breaks Show (Galaxy FM).

Best MC/Vocalist: Beardyman, Chickaboo, Dynamite, Ken Mac, Ragga Twins.

Best Retailer: Beatport, Chemical Records, DJ Download, Juno, TrackItDown.

back to top

UK hardcore up and comers The Ghost Of A Thousand have announced they have signed a worldwide deal with legendary punk label Epitaph to release their second album, 'New Hopes, New Demonstrations', which will hit stores on 1 Jun.

Vocalist Tom Lacey told CMU: "I'm over the moon to be joining Epitaph. It's a huge deal to be a part of a label that has shaped punk rock in such a massive way, and I feel even better about the fact that our new record has a great home. We're not resting on our laurels though. The proper hard work starts now. We've been welcomed in by the staff like a new family member, so we can't let our folks down, we're going to do them proud".

Of the new album, he said: "NHND is still very heavy, heavier than [debut album] '...Fight...' in places, but its whole feel is a lot sadder, and its mood changes all the time. This album could have been a straight up sing-a-long catchy hardcore record, but it's very much not and I think that will come as a shock to some people. I'd like to think that the perception of us as a band within a scene will be blown apart now - the new stuff doesn't to me feel like anything that other bands are doing right now".

back to top

CMU favourites Isis have announced details of their fifth album, 'Wavering Radiant', which will be released on 4 May via Conspiracy Records. Word is that the epic metallers have explored some new routes on this record, but fans will still be pleased to learn that the cryptic lyrics that are such a feature of the band's songs will be there to tie the whole thing together, as ever.

Here's the tracklist:

Hall Of The Dead
Ghost Key
Hand Of The Host
Wavering Radiant
Stone To Wake A Serpent
20 Minutes / 40 years
Threshold Of Transformation

back to top


U2's new album, 'No Line On The Horizon', is already leaking on the internet, ahead of its 2 Mar release. There's a free Twix to anyone who can find someone who cares.

back to top

Chris Martin has said that Coldplay are planning to give out a free live album to fans who go to their gigs this summer, in an attempt to reward those hardy souls for attending their concerts despite the credit crunch. Martin explained: "What we want to do is try to giveaway a live album for free. We're playing a lot of shows in the summer and I think what we would like to do is - bearing in mind the recession we are in - record the live album then give it as a gift. We are just trying to work out how to do that".

back to top


The Rakes are to launch their new album 'Klang!' at a gig at The Lexington in Islington on 27 Feb. The event is hosted by Rockfeedback and will feature a number of special guests, plus a club night until 4am. Tickets are priced at £10, available from

The album is out on 23 Mar via Universal's V2, preceded by a single, '1989' on 16 Mar. The band are to follow the release with a tour, dates as follows:

21Apr: Brighton Concorde 2
22Apr: Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
23Apr: Manchester Club Academy
24Apr: Dublin The Button Factory
25Apr: Glasgow Oran Mor
26Apr: Newcastle The Cluny
28Apr: Nottingham Rescue Rooms
29Apr: London Koko

back to top


Electronic quartet Fujiya & Maiyagi are set to release a new single, 'Sore Thumb', from last year's 'Lightbulbs' album, on 6 Apr. A lovely slice of smart, edgy, slo-mo funk, you can check it out for yourself by watching the video, here:

The band have also announced a string of UK tour dates to coincide with the single:

8 Apr: London, Cargo
9 Apr: Leeds, The Faversham
10 Apr: Manchester, Deaf Institute
11 Apr: Glasgow, The Playroom
12 Apr: Wolverhampton, Little Civic
17 Apr: Bristol, Start The Bus

back to top

The Killers have become the latest headliner to be confirmed for this year's T In The Park and Oxegen festivals. The two events, which share a similar line up, both take place this year from 10 - 12 Jul, T In The Park at Balado Park near Kinross and Oxegen at the Punchestown Racecourse in Naas, County Kildare.

back to top


The cross-genre Brighton Festival, which CMU's sister publication ThreeWeeks covers when it takes place throughout May, has revealed the highlights of its programme, this year put together by guest artistic director Anish Kapoor.

The 2009 festival will include performances from Antony and The Johnsons, period instrument orchestra The Academy Of Ancient Music, big band ensemble Flat Earth Society, and Cuban cha cha cha masters Orquesta Aragon, as well as a wide range of big name acts and events from a host of other genres.

The festival takes place from 2 - 24 May. And Brighton is no distance from London, Londonites, so why not have a look at

back to top

LIVE REVIEW: Vivian Girls at Proud Galleries in London on 14 Feb
I don't really get Proud Galleries. Here's why: the support act at this gig, Desmond And The Tutus, should be renamed Cancer And The AIDS. They really are, in my mind, that unwanted. Yet, the crowd were really receptive to the mock c. 2005 revivalist p-funk with a front man that tried (badly) to be Iggy Pop. Cringe worthy. Then, said receptive crowd cleared as quickly as a room with a shit flinging tramp at the first sight of headliners Vivian Girls. That is their loss. Vivian Girls are evidently a very good band. In fact, I am now reduced to a dribbling superlative machine when they come up in conversation. Their reverb heavy surf fuzz aesthetic and droney vocal harmonies are something to behold. As they rattle through song after song you can't help to be drawn into their slightly goofy slacker kid charms. Especially their endearing crowd participation and anti-guitar hero moves. They have stand out tracks in 'Wild Eyes', 'Sail Away', 'All The Time' and a new one (the name escapes me), but I was impressed at how little the quality slipped. Throughout the set they were propelled by a wall of treble, reverb and wholesome harmonic goodness. Fun for all the family. They kind of fit into the whole 9.98666999314159 Pitchfork zeitgeist bullshit, being from Brooklyn and all. However, their surf'n'shitgaze songs are well worth the hype. As a final flourish the band even indulged in a game of mid-song-instrument-swap which was not exactly professionally pulled off, but that is not the point. The polished rubbish that supported Vivian Girls were not worth the ink from the Girls' tattoos and it shows a bit of roughness around the edges can't hide real quality. PG

Buy from iTunes
Buy from Amazon

back to top

Clothes people Topman will kick off their latest music initiative next month, with Metronomy and Ladyhawke involved. The new promotion is called Topman CTRL, and will see various music types taking 'control' of the retailer's music activity and website for a month, curating Topman sponsored club nights around the country and selecting tracks and the like to appear on a new website. A different controller will take over each month, with Metronomy set for March and Ladyhawke for April.

Confirming the new venture, Topman Marketing Director Jason Griffiths told CMU: "Topman CTRL is a unique new music series which reinforces our strategy of supporting young talent, both in fashion and music. After many years of successful music sponsorships, we feel that the time is right to launch our own platform. We will be handing over the reigns each month to an upcoming artist to bring our audiences closer to their favourite new bands. We are really excited to provide a window to their creative world and are looking forward to seeing what they come up with".

Confirming their involvement, Metronomy's Joe Mount added: "Topman CTRL will be a great chance for me to go out and see some bands that I really like. The best part is that I also get to force people to hear the music that influenced me, or at least force them to read about my influences. I plan to be in everyone's face for a month".

back to top

Seminal US indie label Touch & Go Records - which has released music from all kinds of great bands like Slint, The Jesus Lizard, !!!, CocoRosie, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Shellac and TV On The Radio during its nearly thirty years in existence - is seriously downsizing its operations, so much so it will become more or less exclusively a catalogue operation.

In something of a shock development (not least to staff there, apparently), the label will close down it's A&R unit and distribution company, and cease working on new music projects except for those already in the release schedule.

Twenty staff will leave at the end of March, leaving a small team who will work on this Spring's already scheduled album releases. It's not clear what will happen to them once all scheduled albums have been released - ie whether marketing and promotions people will be required for catalogue re-releases, or whether back catalogue will be simply licensed to another record company.

The label is still run by its founder Corey Rusk, who reportedly said he had decided to drastically cut back its operations because of the gloomy economic climate. According to Billboard, Rusk's staff had no idea the downsize was coming, with one telling the trade mag: "Last week we were talking about South By Southwest, and now this has happened".

back to top


Warner Music has announced the appointment of three new A&R types to its publishing company Warner/Chappell, all US-based.

Lee Dannay, previously running her own artist development consultancy GoodWorks Music, will be a New York based A&R VP, working with both existing Warner/Chappell talent and signing new songwriters looking for opportunities for her roster both within the US and abroad, which pretty much covers everything I think.

Brad Aarons, previously with BMG Music Publishing (before and after its acquisition by Universal), will also become a new A&R VP, though he will be based in LA.

Peter Visvardis, meanwhile, will become Senior Director of A&R, which may be more or less important than an A&R VP, I find American job titles confusing. Previously with Zomba Publishing, he'll also be New York based and work on existing and new talent.

back to top

It started off with Andy CMU whining on his Twitter feed, and within 48 hours it had transformed into a global outrage. Facebook have returned to their old terms and conditions after a tweak in the terms regarding the social networking firm's rights to hold on to your information and content even after you've deleted your account (a right the new terms introduced) got lots of web users angry. Yesterday the social network's founder said they were returning to their old terms while they reconsidered the changes. Mark Zuckerberg said in a statement: "Over the past couple of days, we received a lot of questions and comments about the changes and what they mean for people and their information. Based on this feedback, we have decided to return to our previous terms of use while we resolve the issues that people have raised".

back to top


Nokia's slightly rubbish (not that I've got to play with it yet - the promised sample phone never arrived - but it sounds rubbish) Comes With Music digital music service will launch in Australia after the phone maker reached a deal with the country's publishing royalty society APRA/AMCOS.

The sort of unlimited free download service, which allows users to download potentially millions of songs for free, but which locks the song to the mobile device or PC they are downloaded to, should now launch in Australia in the next couple of months.

Confirming it had licensed the Nokia service, APRA/AMCOS CEO Brett Cottle told reporters: "Our objective is to bring music creators and consumers together. The demand from Australian consumers for new digital music services is growing rapidly. Our aim is to accommodate that demand and translate it into new royalty streams for songwriters and publishers".

back to top

Short lived music telly channel Bubble Hits, which was based in Ireland but broadcast an international service into the UK, Hungary, Poland and Germany, has closed down after ad sales failed to cover the enterprise's costs. The channel was available on both Sky and Freesat in the UK, but was removed from their electronic programme guides earlier this week.

Co-founder James Hyland told The Irish Times: "It was costing us money to run. There was no point throwing dead money after dead money. We didn't get any support from the advertising agencies. They simply weren't spending their clients' money".

back to top


Paul Gambaccini, keen to prove you can bite the hand that feeds you without starving, has hit out at Chris Moyles, saying the Marmite like Radio 1 presenter should have been fired after those previously reported sort of jokes sort of involving Auschwitz.

As previously reported, Moyles was talking about the 'Who Do You Think You Are?' family tree show being made about his family history, and he told his listeners: "Unlike a lot of the Who Do You Think You Are? shows I didn't go to Auschwitz. Pretty much everyone goes there whether or not they're Jewish. They just seem to pass through there on their way to Florida". He also said something about Will Young which was deemed offensive, though I can't remember what that was.

Radio 2 presenter Gambaccini, who was the most vocal BBC insider to hit out at Jonathan Ross, Russell Brand and BBC radio management over the Sachsgate affair, laid into Moyles at a talk at Oxford University.

According to the Guardian, he told the event: "I find his continual presence on Radio 1 unacceptable. Chris Moyles should be gone. His recent comments about Auschwitz involved real people and their ancestors. That is no joking matter for them. To encourage this or sit by whilst it happens is unprofessional. He has done it so many times. He has no sense of responsibility".

The BBC apologised for the Auschwitz remarks and said it would speak to Moyles about it. But that pissed off Gambaccini even more. He added: "I am nauseated by the Radio 1 press office constantly rationalising his behaviour. If we do not get our own house in order, then sooner or later somebody else will and they might break the furniture in the process".

back to top

These, in case you wondered, are the videos being played on the network of screens in students' unions around the UK this week. New entries marked with a *. More info from [email protected].

Britney Spears - Circus
Chase & Status feat. Kano - Against All Odds
Fleet Foxes - Mykonos*
The Fray - You Found Me
Friendly Fires - Skeleton Boy
Glasvegas - Flowers and Football Tops
The Killers - Spaceman*
The King Blues - Save The World, Get The Girl
Ladyhawke - Paris Is Burning
Madcon - Liar
MGMT - Time To Pretend
New Rhodes - The Joys of Finding and Losing That Girl
Oasis - Falling Down*
Red Light Company - Arts & Crafts
Rudenko - Everybody
Sway feat. Akon - Silver & Gold
U2 - Get On Your Boots*

The Asteroid Galaxy Tour - The Sun Ain't Shining No More*
Buraka Som Sistema - Sound of Kudura
Emmy The Great - First Love
Esser - Work It Out
Fever Ray - If I Had A Heart
In Case Of Fire - The Cleansing
Katy Perry - Thinking Of You
N.A.S.A. - Money*
Passion Pit - Sleepyhead
Rex The Dog - Bubblicious
September - Can't Get Over*
Sneaky Sound System - I Love It*
Starsailor - Tell Me It's Not Over
The Virgins - Teen Lover*
The Voluntary Butler Scheme - Multiplayer
VV Brown - LEAVE!
The Wombats - My Circuitboard City

back to top

Nikki Sixx has apologised for subjecting a female gig-goer to a tirade of foul-mouthed abuse at a recent gig. Sixx ranted at the audience member after she threw a bottle at him on stage, but later realised she was just throwing back a bottle he'd just chucked into the audience.

Not realising that fact at the time, he shouted at the girl: "You think that shit's funny motherfucker? Suck my dick motherfucker, fuck you. The fact that you're a fucking whore means you can suck my dick a little more, you bitch. Ah, now she's fucking crying." Not surprised she cried.

Anyway, having viewed a video of the incident and realised his mistake, Sixx apologised via his blog, saying: "There was a recent event at one of our shows where someone threw a bottle at me during my speech and I got pretty pissed. The way it happened is, I threw a bottle of water to some fans and didn't realise the very bottle I threw to the fans was thrown back at me. I have to admit, bands get pretty pissed when people throw shit at you onstage. I didn't even think it was the same bottle, so with that being said, I'd like to say I'm sorry to the fan who threw the bottle back at me. These damn clichés seem to be true, like two wrongs don't make a right... Rock 'n' roll, and temper tantrums... PS: These self-help books are really helping. Ha-Ha".

back to top


SUBSCRIPTIONS>> CMU Daily is a free daily e-bulletin for people working in the music industry and music media, delivered direct to your PC each morning.

If you want to stop receiving this e-bulletin click the 'unsubscribe' button below and follow the instructions. If any of your colleagues want to receive the CMU Daily tell them to email their name, company, job title and email to [email protected].

If you would like to recieve the CMU Daily as a text email, send a blank email from the email address you are registered at to [email protected].

MEDIA PEOPLE>> If you are looking for an independent quote on anything to do with the music business, or you need someone to come on your TV or radio show and talk music business, then we can help. There's nothing we don't know about. Email requests to [email protected] or call 020 7099 9050.

CMU is published by and (c) UnLimited Media -

Send news stories to [email protected]. If we don't respond directly, we do apologise, only we get sent hundreds of emails a day and don't have time to respond to every one of them. However we do check every email sent to the musicnews email address, and do pull out stories that we feel are relevant to our readers.

Send CDs for review to CMU, UnLimited Media, 221-222 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6PJ.