WHAT IS THIS? The CMU Daily - to which you are subscribed. Unsubscribe information is at the end.
NOTE:
Make sure you 'enable images' to see this e-bulletin properly. CLICK HERE to read this online.


INFORMATION
Jobs
CMU Info
TODAY'S NEWS
Top Stories
Sainsbury's joins the VAT dodge party
EMI and Chrysalis squabble over Beatles Rock Band royalties
In The Pop Courts
Live Nation sues former chairman
Chris Brown commended by judge
DMX back in jail yet again
Wavves man arrested for drugs in Germany
Pop Politics
Promoters of EU-funded Elton John gig told to give grant back
Awards & Contests
Bieber becomes youngest ever AMA Artist Of The Year
Charts, Stats & Polls
Take That sell loads, The Beatles sell a lot lot less
In The Studio
Brian Cox to appear on new D:Ream album
Release News
Conjoined naked body video fun from Klaxons
Homme label plans QOTSA-related releases
Gigs & Tours News
Jarvis to narrate Peter And The Wolf
Festival News
Festival review: London Jazz Festival 2010
The Music Business
Hands says that without EMI Terra Firma would have been branded "geniuses"
The Digital Business
Variable pricing arrives at eMusic
The Media Business
Is Moyles talking to Sirius?
And finally...
Saturday girl dumps McFly boy
Today it's mainly Roger Daltrey dissing X-Factor
Timberlake will return to music once the acting runs out
Perry says she ordered breast reduction


 
MONDAY 22ND NOVEMBER
FIVE DAY FORECAST
This Sunday is the Haitian presidential election, which makes this a busy week in politics for the country, amid a cholera epidemic and protests against UN peacekeepers, who many Haitians believe introduced the disease after its origin was traced back to south Asia. Not to mention the ongoing fallout from the earthquake that struck back in January. But none of this makes this week's Five Day Forecast because Wyclef Jean, of course, was blocked from running to be Haiti's new leader. Given his bitter and immature reaction to this, I can only assume it's a good thing he's not a candidate. Let's hope they vote in someone who is up to the very tough job. Now, here's what's actually going on in the music world this week...

 
01: Pirate Bay appeal ruling. Having presented their appeal case last month to far less of a fanfare than the original trial, three of the Pirate Bay Four (Gottfrid Warg was unable to stand due to ill health, his appeal will now be heard later this year) are expected to hear the judge's decision this Friday. They were appealing the jail sentences they were handed and the mega-damages they were ordered to pay after being found guilty of copyright infringement as a result of running the file-sharing service. Even if the appeals court rules against the Bay Four, they are unlikely to go straight to jail, as the sentences are likely to be held off pending any further appeals, and all four have vowed to take this case to Sweden's Supreme Court if necessary.

02: Record Of The Day Awards. This Thursday, PR people and music journalists will convene at the Idea Generation Gallery in Shoreditch in order to hear the winners of this year's Record Of The Day PR & Journalism Awards. Well, I should probably replace 'hear' with 'talk loudly over', but everyone will be there nonetheless. Once again, two awards for student journalists and photographers have been organised with CMU's sister company CreativeStudent.net. Meanwhile, Terri Hall will get the Outstanding Contribution To Music PR prize while the rather great Mick Rock will be presented with the Outstanding Contribution To Music Photography award.

03: PPL Annual Performer Meeting. PPL's Annual Performer Meeting takes place in London today. The meeting will see the collecting society's recording artist members decide who will fill the one vacant position of Elected Performer Director in the organisation this year. Although there are two such directors representing the society's performer members, only one comes up for election at each Annual Performer Meeting. Standing for that post this time will be incumbent Gerald Newson plus John Fiddy and Samantha Reagan.

04: New releases. My, this is a good week for new releases. Gorillaz release new single, 'Doncamatic', The National have an expanded edition of their 'High Violet' album out, there's the re-issue of Nine Inch Nails' 'Pretty Hate Machine', the fantastic debut from Middle Class Rut, 'No Name No Color', Regina Spektor's live album, and Cloud Control's 'Meditation Song #2' single. Also out are My Chemical Romance's newie, Dan Mangan's Polaris-nominated 'Nice, Nice, Very Nice', Massive Attack's 'Atlas Air' EP, The Human League's first single for Wall Of Sound, 'Night People', and Frightened Rabbit's very last single for FatCat before joining Warner's Atlantic roster, 'The Loneliness & The Scream'.

05: Gigs. I saw Rival Schools and Deftones last week, which was very exciting. This week I'm squirming about in my chair with excitement about seeing Chilly Gonzales, Marnie Stern, and MNDR, the latter of whom will be supported by another CMU Approved artist, 8Bitch. Excellent. Also out and about around the UK this week are As I Lay Dying, Gogol Bordello, Vampire Weekend, Torche, Laura Marling, Interpol, and, on an extensive tour of London, Idiot Glee.

All in all, quite a busy week. Plus, I really need to tidy my desk at some point. Exciting stuff.

Andy Malt
Editor, CMU
 
CAPITAL X
Currently celebrating their silver jubilee (it's 25 years since they were born), Julz and Ruby, aka Capital X, spent the summer giving away all manner of exclusive items of merchandise. The icing on their birthday cake is their new EP, 'The Power Pack', which also comes with one of seven trading cards for you to collect. I like their sense of fun. I also like their urgent electro sound, mixing pop sounds with fast-paced rock songwriting.

 
'The Power Pack' picks up where the duo's debut single, 'Club Midnight', left off, with beefier production filling out the sound. Still, this loses nothing of the simplicity of the synth and drum machine compositions that sit under Julz's strong vocals, designed to hook around your ears and shake you up and down. All five songs are good, but 'Trailblazer' in particular stands out, featuring the sort of chorus any band would be proud of.

www.myspace.com/capitalxuk


 
  MILOCO STUDIOS - BOOKINGS MANAGER
Miloco Studios require a Bookings Manager to join our busy office in London SE1. We are one of the largest recording groups in Europe, and operate eighteen studios around the UK and Europe.

Working closely with the MD and other office staff you will act as a main point of contact for all clients booking the studios, and will be responsible for coordinating the bookings across the studios.

You will need to have excellent communication, organisational and negotiating skills, have the ability to work in a fast-paced environment and be prepared to be on call evenings and weekends. A passion for music and the recording industry is essential.

To view a full job description click the following link: www.miloco.co.uk/contact/recruitment
back to top


SAINSBURY'S JOINS THE VAT DODGE PARTY
Sainsbury's previously reported move into the mail-order CD space sees yet another online big-player music retailer exploiting a loop in the tax laws meaning it doesn't have to charge VAT on any disk that costs less than £18, which is most of them.

As much much previously reported, if you base your mail-order operations on the Channel Islands, which are confusingly within the EU's customs zone but not under the UK's tax regime, you don't have to charge VAT on low-cost products, even though you are selling them to British consumers.

It means that bigger mail-order operations which can afford off-shore facilities - including HMV, Amazon, Play.com and Tesco - can undercut high street retailers and smaller mainland-based mail-order sellers by 17.5% without losing any profit margin. And that advantage will increase even further when VAT is hiked up to 20% in the New Year.

It's estimated the VAT dodge costs the British tax payer at least £110 million a year, and that's before you consider the environmental implications of shipping CDs destined for UK music fans out to the Channel Islands only for them to be mailed back to the mainland one by one.

As previously reported, political leaders on the Channel Islands and the last UK government at different times criticised the loophole, though none of them did anything about it. Both Lib Dem Vince Cable and Tory boy George Osbourne have also previously criticised the VAT dodge, though the new government is also yet to act. Campaigners argue that UK tax authorities are actually obliged to close the loophole under European tax rules, and have therefore reported their failure to do so to the European Union's tax commissioner, who is currently investigating the complaint.

Meanwhile the scale of the VAT dodging only increases. The Observer reported this weekend that Sainsbury's has outsourced its recently launched entertainment mail-order service to Guernsey-based MBL Group, while Best Buy, the US retailer currently launching itself in the UK, will use Channel Islands-based The Hut for its online CD store. The Hut already sell CDs on behalf of Asda, Dixons, Argos and the Woolworths website, as well operating the online Zavvi operation.

Confusing legal technicalities for ethics, a spokesman for Sainsbury's told The Observer: "Sainsbury's new entertainment website is a perfectly legitimate and increasingly popular shopping option for our customers, who appreciate the convenience, choice and value offered online".

Campaigners against the VAT loophole now have their own website at www.vatloophole.co.uk. Amongst other things, they point out the money lost as a result of the loophole could probably pay for the school sports initiatives the government announced it would axe this weekend due to budget cuts.

back to top

--------------------------------------------------

EMI AND CHRYSALIS SQUABBLE OVER BEATLES ROCK BAND ROYALTIES
According to the Daily Mail, EMI and Chrysalis could face off in court over whether George Martin is due his 1.5% producer royalty on The Beatles catalogue in relation to the Fab Four edition of video game 'Rock Band', released last year.

Music publisher Chrysalis represents record producer Martin's copyrights, including the 1.5% record sales royalty he is due in relation to The Beatles albums he produced, a right stemming from a 1965 agreement. Said cut, although nominal in percentage terms, can mean big pay offs for Chrysalis whenever there is big Beatles push, such as last year's album reissues and last week's iTunes arrival. Chrysalis is also banking on a cut of the 'Rock Band' money which, experts say, could be worth about half a million by now.

However, it seems that EMI is arguing that its 1965 royalty agreement with Martin doesn't apply in the case of the 'Rock Band' video game, because such a product does not come under the definition of 'record' in that contract. Needless to say, Chrysalis does not concur.

In a letter included in a High Court submission, seen by the Mail, EMI's legal beagles claim "[The] concept of a music video game neither then existed nor could be said to be in the contemplation of the parties", and therefore the royalty payment did not cover such things. But Chrysalis argues that is irrelevant because "it was plainly the parties' intention that the 1965 agreement would extend to cover formats and technologies which had not then been invented or developed".

Of course, it's not the first dispute over what the word 'record' means in an old artist label contract, though normally the debate is as to whether the term should apply to downloads rather than video games. Although this case could be interesting if it reaches court, sources have told the Mail that the court filings are, in reality, a formality, and that an out of court settlement could still be reached on this one.

back to top


LIVE NATION SUES FORMER CHAIRMAN
Live Nation last week began legal action against uber-concert-promoter Michael Cohl - best known as the man behind the big bucks Rolling Stones tours - who, the company alleges, has breached terms of his exit agreement with the live music conglom.

For a short time Cohl was Chairman of Live Nation, but he departed in 2008, reportedly because the firm's CEO Michael Rapino and his management team had cooled on the company's strategy of signing multi-million 360 degree deals with the likes of Madonna and Nickelback, while Cohl was still advocating such an approach.

The details of Cohl's exit agreement with Live Nation were secret, but in court papers seen by the Wall Street Journal it seems that, among other things, the promoter agreed to pay the live music conglom $9.85 million in instalments.

Cohl would pay money to his former employer, rather than the other way round, so that he could keep some of the assets and artist relationships previously owned by his company CPL, of which Live Nation had taken control in 2006. It also bought Cohl exemptions from the non-compete clauses in his contract with the live music major, allowing him to promote tours for some premiere league artists, and to dabble in Broadway production (he is one of the backers of the fated U2-penned Spiderman musical).

But, according to Live Nation, Cohl has failed to keep up with those payments and now owes them $5.35 million. Last week's lawsuit seeks to reclaim the cash.

back to top

--------------------------------------------------

CHRIS BROWN COMMENDED BY JUDGE
An LA judge has praised R&B wife-beater Chris Brown for "working diligently" on the community service tasks he was handed after pleading guilty to beating his then pop star girlfriend Rihanna unconscious in February 2009. Said community service has included cleaning roads and removing graffiti in his home state of Virgina.

In a brief court hearing to review his community service progress, Judge Patricia Schnegg said: "Out of thousands of probationers, no one has done a better or more consistent job than you have. I really want to commend you for taking responsibility and for actually working diligently to complete all the things the court has required of you".

Brown is also nearing the end of a programme of court ordered domestic violence counselling.

back to top

--------------------------------------------------

DMX BACK IN JAIL YET AGAIN
The US prison system's resident rapper, DMX, is back in jail after being arrested on suspicion of possession of unprescribed Oxycontin and failing to submit to a drugs test.

The arrest sent him straight back to jail because the incident breached probation terms in relation to, well, God knows which of DMX's many many run-ins with the law these probation terms relate to?

According to court papers, there are also allegations the rap man, real name Earl Simmons, used cocaine and drove on a suspended licence. No bail has been offered and it is thought the rapper could be handed another jail term as a result of the latest probation violations.

A spokesman for the probation service is quoted in court papers as saying: "Mr Simmons has several felony convictions, and has been given multiple opportunities to succeed on probation. He has been directed to treatment ... and continues to use illegal drugs following these opportunities".

A legal rep for Simmons told the Associated Press that probation officials had decided to act now because his client's latest probation term was close to completion and they wanted to cause problems for the rapper.

back to top

--------------------------------------------------

WAVVES MAN ARRESTED FOR DRUGS IN GERMANY
The frontman of American noisy-pop outfit Wavves, Nathan Williams, was arrested in Germany recently after being found in possession of marijuana during a random roadside search.

Now, it might just be me, but I'm not sure Nathan's taking the arrest all that seriously. Writing about the incident he said: "We got stopped at a roadside check and I had six bags in the car and they only found one - the fucking dogs never work. I bet it's high from all the fumes".

He continued: "Anyways, they put me in a cell which was a little nerve-wracking. More so because I was an American in a German jail and not because I have long gay hair. I did wrestle for four years in high school, so I could have fucked somebody up. So yeah, then I gave em 200 euros and walked out... not a terrible deal. And now I'm getting high again".

back to top


PROMOTERS OF EU-FUNDED ELTON JOHN GIG TOLD TO GIVE GRANT BACK
Organisers of that Elton John gig in Naples, that was in part funded by a European Union grant designed to boost local economies in poorer parts of Europe, have been told to pay the grant money back. Although cultural ventures are eligible for EU development grants, the European Commission ruled last week that an Elton John gig didn't count, even though it was part of the wider Piedigrotta festival.

As previously reported, although the money comes from the EU pot, local authorities in member states decide how to distribute it. If organisers of the Elton concert do not return their grant, future development funds to the Campania region of Italy will be cut accordingly.

The Naples festival's organisers say the aim of the event was to promote the region for the benefit of local businesses there, and that in that respect their programme, including the Elton gig, was a success. But EC spokesman Ton Van Lierop said: "While cultural events, culture in general, can fall under the scope of [EU grant] programmes, they have to be aimed at structural long-term investments".

back to top



BIEBER BECOMES YOUNGEST EVER AMA ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Justin Bieber is the youngest ever pop star to win the Artist Of The Year gong at the public-voted American Music Awards, he winning the prize this weekend, aged nine and three quarters. Other AMA winners were as follows:

Pop/Rock Male Artist: Justin Bieber
Pop/Rock Female Artist: Lady Gaga
Pop Rock Band/Group: The Black Eyed Peas
Pop/Rock Album: Justin Bieber - My World 2.0

Country Male Artist: Brad Paisley
Country Female Artist: Taylor Swift
Country Band/Group: Lady Antebellum
Country Album: Carrie Underwood - Play On

Soul/R&B Male Artist: Usher
Soul/R&B Female Artist: Rihanna
Soul/R&B Album: Usher - Raymond v. Raymond

Rap/Hip-Hop Artist: Eminem
Rap/Hip-Hop Album: Eminem - Recovery

Latin Music Artist: Shakira
Alternative Rock Music Artist: Muse
Adult Contemporary Music Artist: Michael Bublé
Soundtrack Album: Glee: The Music - Volume 3 Showstoppers

Breakthrough Artist: Justin Bieber
Contemporary Inspirational Artist: MercyMe
Artist of the Year: Justin Bieber

back to top


TAKE THAT SELL LOADS, THE BEATLES SELL A LOT LOT LESS
Yeah, yeah, Take That sold an awful lot of records, surprise surprise.

'Progress', the man band's first long player since Robbie William's return to the group, sold almost 520,000 copies last week to secure the number one spot in the album charts, selling more than the other nine albums in the top ten put together. It's the highest first week sales of any album since Oasis's 'Be Here Now', another disappointing album from a one time great Manchester musical institution.

Says charts chief Martin Talbot: "Since their reunion as a four-piece four years ago, Take That have firmly established themselves as the UK's favourite band. Following the return of Robbie Williams to their ranks, that record has been further cemented - and they are now well on course to rule Christmas 2010, just as they dominated Christmas 2006 and 2008".

The Beatles big arrival on iTunes last week made, well, basically no impact on the chart. 'Hey Jude' snuck into the singles chart at number 40, while only greatest hits albums made it into the albums top 40, at 32 and 33. Still that was before Apple stuck a bloody huge billboard on the building across the road from CMU HQ promoting the arrival of The Beatles on iTunes. Now that's here, just watch the downloads fly.

back to top


BRIAN COX TO APPEAR ON NEW D:REAM ALBUM
Not only are D:Ream back in the studio putting the finishing touches to a brand new album but their sometime keyboardist come brilliant celebrity physics genius Brian Cox has joined them. Hurrah.

Cox confirmed to 6music last week that "there's a new album and I'm playing on a couple of songs", though added his commitments to the crazy world of science meant he was unlikely to tour with the band once the album is out.

He added: "The album's essentially finished, and [main D:Ream man] Pete [Cunnah] called me up and said, 'just for old times sake, do you want to stick a few keyboards on a couple of songs?' I said, 'yeah, brilliant' and actually I'm going into the studio tomorrow".

back to top


CONJOINED NAKED BODY VIDEO FUN FROM KLAXONS
How shall we promote our new lacklustre single on the internet? I know, let's make a slightly disturbing video full of naked conjoined bodies with lots of kissing and occasional drumming. Textbook. Enjoy. Klaxons single 'Twin Flames' was released last month. I'm not sure why the video only went online last week.

youtu.be/9j6bAFcHF8U

back to top

--------------------------------------------------

HOMME LABEL PLANS QOTSA-RELATED RELEASES
Josh Homme has announced that his Rekords Rekords label, probably best known for releasing the later 'Desert Sessions' albums, will be getting busy again with some Queens Of The Stone Age related releases.

First up, a re-release of QOTSA's 1998 eponymous debut album, and then a solo album from sometime QOTSA member Alain Johannes and then the second long player from Mini Mansions, a band that features QOTSA bassist Michael Shuman among its number. So that's all fun.

More at www.rekordsrekords.com I'd imagine.

back to top



JARVIS TO NARRATE PETER AND THE WOLF
Jarvis Cocker will appear as the narrator at four performances of 'Peter And The Wolf', Sergei Prokofiev's classical composition for children, at the Royal Festival Hall in London over the Christmas break. This is good news, and anyone who remembers the Pulp frontman's shortlived storytelling podcast will attest.

The live performance will accompany Suzie Templeton's Oscar winning animated adaptation of the story, and will see Cocker reading a poetic version of the narration created by Simon Armitage. The performances will take place on 29 and 30 Dec.

back to top


FESTIVAL REVIEW: London Jazz Festival 2010
So, another successful London Jazz Festival drew to a close last night. With nearly 300 gigs over ten days spread across more than 60 venues, this is increasingly becoming one of the capital's most important music events. And with nearly a third of the gigs being free, not to mention the fringe talks and workshops and Radio 3's coverage, the Jazz Festival is reaching out to an ever bigger audience, which has to be a good thing.

As with most jazz festivals, the old guard were out in force, notably Sonny Rollins, aged 80, who played a lively two hour single set at the Barbican on Saturday without showing any signs of fatigue, Cedar Walton, who played three consecutive nights at Ronnie Scott's from Monday to Wednesday, and Herbie Hancock, who performed at the Royal Festival Hall. Age seems no barrier to quality and this festival demonstrated that a large number of musicians whose peak periods of creativity were the 1960s and 1970s are still on good form.

But the festival also brought into focus the number of capable young jazz bands that are operating in London today, like the George Crowley Quartet, BFG and The Moss Project, all proof that the youth of the London scene are starting to thrive.

A running theme this year was the variety of music coming from brass bands in the UK. Calum Gourlay and Freddie Gavita's big band outfit is reworking the old big band format with promising results, Brass Jaw are pioneering a new approach with their all-brass quartet, and Brassroots are showing how wind instruments can blow up a storm with their heaving live sets of pop covers. Meanwhile the Brassroots organised day of brass bands the weekend before last in Shoreditch was simply awesome.

Finally, there were more comments this year about the diversity of music included under the jazz umbrella by the Festival's programmers. As the jazz genre continues to expand its horizons, it seems any type of music with a loose structure and some level of improvisation can be included in the programme. Some purists may object, but I like this. It was certainly good news for those lucky enough see artists like Adriano Adewale at the Royal Albert Hall cafe consort and Buena Vista Social Club violinist, Omar Puente, who played on the Barbican Freestage yesterday, neither of them traditional jazz acts, but both brilliant additions to the capital's jazz fest.

Check out gig by gig reviews from this year's Jazz Festival at
reviews.thecmuwebsite.com/category/CMU-London-Jazz-Festival.aspx

back to top



HANDS SAYS THAT WITHOUT EMI TEAM TERRA FIRMA WOULD HAVE BEEN BRANDED "GENIUSES"
The boss of EMI owners Terra Firma, Gary 'The Guy' Hands, recently gave his first public speech since losing his big lawsuit against US bank Citigroup, in which he accused the bankers of tricking him into buying the dead weight music company back in 2007.

Speaking at a Superinvestor conference in Paris, Hands admitted that his EMI adventure had been bad for the reputation of his equity group, which had enjoyed much success with its previous investments before buying into the record industry in 2007.

He said he and his team of tedious City types would have been "considered geniuses" for putting in place such a good portfolio of investments ahead of the economic meltdown of 2008 had he not, of course, plunged a billion into EMI and left the flagging music firm saddled with a three billion load debt to a bank he is no longer talking to.

Hands wouldn't be drawn on the future of EMI, instead preferring to talk about the future of Terra Firma. According to the Telegraph, Hands said he was focused on his group's next big investment, while pondering on the future of private equity.

On that, he observed: "We need to get back to the basics that made our industry attractive in the past, when we were first branded 'an alternative investment'. To move forward, the private equity industry in the West needs to accept that the industry will be returning to the norms of most of the last 20 to 30 years, and that the 2004-2007 era was an anomaly".

back to top


VARIABLE PRICING ARRIVES AT EMUSIC
As widely expected, eMusic has launched variable pricing. Until recently, the once-indie-label-only bulk-buy-subscription download site charged members one credit for every track they downloaded. But when they announced last month that they had done a licensing deal with Universal, eMusic revealed they would now give tracks a monetary rather than credit value.

This change has resulted in variable pricing, so that while most existing tracks in eMusic's US catalogue will be available at 49 cents, newer tracks added could be anywhere up to 89 cents. Although that is cheaper than rival iTunes, users still have to buy in bulk, paying a monthly subscription that is then credited to their account.

As previously reported, uber indies Beggars, Domino and Merge last week pulled out of eMusic because of the new pricing structure and other new terms added to their licensing deals since Universal came on board.

back to top


IS MOYLES TALKING TO SIRIUS?
The News Of The World has claimed that Chris Moyles is in talks with US satellite radio company Sirius XM about moving to the network when his current contract with the BBC expires next year.

As previously reported, it is widely assumed that Moyles will be removed from the Radio 1 breakfast show next year, despite his audience figures still being pretty good, as the nation's favourite faces up to the need for a radical revamp to maintain its youth appeal.

A source told NOTW last month: "Chris is preparing for life after Radio 1. He's massively in demand in America and isn't going to limp on if the BBC don't support him. Sirius is a huge radio company who pay their star presenters millions of dollars a year. They think he's a real talent and are desperate to sign him to launch him in the American market. Chris loves New York and, of course, nothing is forever so it's only sensible for him to start looking at what's next. He knows that going over to the US could end up meaning global success for him. For any big star over here breaking America is always the dream".

Some UK radio insiders question whether Sirius XM, which is not exactly cash rich at the moment, would really gamble millions on launching Moyles Stateside, though the satellite network does syndicate Radio 1 already so he is not entirely unknown to the service's listeners. Previous reports Moyles was in talks with Global Radio about joining the soon to expand Capital FM network were denied by both the DJ and the radio major earlier this year.

back to top


SATURDAY GIRL DUMPS MCFLY BOY
McFly boy Dougie Poynter is reportedly "devastated" after being dumped by his girlfriend, Frankie Sandford of The Saturdays. Despite seeming happy together in a pre-recorded bit of the 'Children In Need' tediousities that aired on Friday night, and a recent interview in which Poynter said he was waiting for his other half to propose, the Saturday girl and one time S Clubber reportedly called off their relationship last week.

It's not the first time Sandford has walked out on Poynter, though a friend of the popstress reportedly told the tabs this time it's really over. Apparently the McFly boys just don't party hard enough for the Saturday girl.

Poor Dougie. Perhaps McFly should fast-track their plans to release a set of branded sex dolls. The one time boy band, busy plugging new album 'Above The Noise', joked about releasing such a thing when asked if they planned to follow pop rivals JLS in launching a range of condoms.

Seemingly under the impression the JLS prophylactics were more than just standard condoms with the boy band's faces on the wrapper, and assuming (though possibly for comedy effect) they had actually been modelled on the pop boys' genitalia, the bands drummer Harry Judd joked: "Our condoms wouldn't be very safe. They would be too small for everyone else to even use".

Which led the band's Danny Jones to muse: "We want McFly sex dolls. I think it would be really funny. I'd buy one". Presumably he'd get one for free, no? He added: "They should definitely be suitable for both guys and girls though", to which bandmate Tom Fletcher added: "Yeah a willy for the girls and a hole for the boys. God, that's a gross thought".

Isn't it lovely to have McFly talking nonsense in the news again?

back to top

--------------------------------------------------

TODAY IT'S MAINLY ROGER DALTREY DISSING X-FACTOR
And dissing the 'X-Factor' for us today, Who man Roger Daltrey. Take it away Roger (preferably repeating what you reportedly told students at Brighton's Institute Of Modern Music last Wednesday): ''We really need to break away from 'The X-Factor' and 'American Idol' - that Simon Cowell thing. [Do that and] I really think the music industry will beat this slump and come back stronger. Groups like The Who, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles wouldn't have made it past the audition stage [on shows like that], let alone be shown on TV. That's the joke of it".

back to top

--------------------------------------------------

TIMBERLAKE WILL RETURN TO MUSIC ONCE THE ACTING RUNS OUT
Justin Timberlake has told Ellen DeGeneres that he is still planning a return to music one day, but that - being a useless man and all - he "lacks the ability to do two things at the same time" so can't be doing any singing stuff while he's busy being an actor.

So come on Hollywood, keep that man busy for us will you. I find it much easier to avoid his terrible movies than his terrible records. Actually, I quite liked Justin Timberlake's records, but admitting that would make writing this bit on non-news much less fun.

back to top

--------------------------------------------------

PERRY SAYS SHE ORDERED BREAST REDUCTION
Katy Perry has said it was her and not her "people" who insisted her cleavage be reduced in size on the poster for an upcoming VH1 'lady singers perform for the soldiers' show. As previously reported, it was widely reported last week publicity reps for the singer had declared her boobs were just too big on the VH1 event's publicity print.

Perry also implies that the fact her breasts were too prominent on the ad in the first place was the result of some Photoshop action rather than nature itself, while adding that VH1 - presumably capitalising on the "Katy Perry's breasts too big for Sesame Street" story that circulated earlier in the year - leaked details of her correspondence regarding the poster in order to get some press for the 'Divas Salute The Troops' show.

The singer tweeted: "I was the one who asked VH1 to tone down my DIGITALISED image on the poster, particularly the size of my chest... I don't have handlers... but someone at VH1's offices is a gossipmonger and thought they could use a little extra press planting the story".

In related news Perry's other half Russell Brand has told Larry King that the couple were offered big money by various media for rights to photographs from their recent wedding in India, but that they turned said offers down. Brand: "They offered us money to sell the photos, but once you've sold the photos to the wedding, how can you go, 'Oh, give us privacy!' We kept them private and normal".

back to top

 

 
Andy Malt
Editor
Chris Cooke
Business Editor &
Co-Publisher
Caro Moses
Co-Publisher
           
Eddy Temple-Morris
Columnist
Paul Vig
Club Tipper
Pope Benedict XVI
JLS correspondent

  If you want to stop receiving this e-bulletin click the safe unsubscribe button at the bottom of this email and follow the instructions.

If you want to change the email address where you receive the CMU Daily, or to opt for the text-only version, click the update profile button at the bottom and follow the instructions.

If friends or colleagues want to receive the CMU Daily tell them to email their name, company, job title + email to subscribe@cmudaily.co.uk, or to visit www.theCMUwebsite.com/subscribe

  CMU Publisher and Business Editor Chris Cooke is available if you need independent industry comment for your media on any developments in the music business or music media, or the wider music world.

Chris regularly gives interviews on music business topics, and has done so for the likes of BBC News Channel, BBC World, BBC 5Live, Radio 4, Sky News, CNN and the Associated Press. Email chris@unlimitedmedia.co.uk or call 020 7099 9050 for more details.

CMU music business expertise is also available on a consulting basis via UnLimited Consulting, click here for more information, email chris@unlimitedmedia.co.uk to discuss a project.

  Email press releases or random news to musicnews@unlimitedmedia.co.uk

Email suggestions for CMU Approved to andy@unlimitedmedia.co.uk

Email suggestions for Club Tip to vigsy@unlimitedmedia.co.uk

To suggest bands for the Same Six Questions
email andy@unlimitedmedia.co.uk

To discuss advertising and sponsorship opportunities email ads@unlimitedmedia.co.uk

If you would like to syndicate our content email chris@unlimitedmedia.co.uk

If you have a complaint email complaints@unlimitedmedia.co.uk

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

 

Concept and content © UnLimited Publishing.

Published by UnLimited Publishing, a division of UnLimited Media,

Floor 3 Unicorn House, 221-222 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6PJ.

UnLimited Publishing also publish ThreeWeeks, ThisWeek in London and CreativeStudent.net.

UnLimited Creative provides design, content, digital and communication services.

UnLimited Insights provides media, music and communications training.

UnLimited Consulting provides music, media, culture + youth expertise.