CMU Daily - on the inside 21 May 2005
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In today's CMU Daily:
• Labels not impressed by Spanish copyright dodge
• Scorsese to document Dylan's life
• EMI re-jig strategic marketing plans
• Review: Melanie C - On The Horizon
• Blur name next single
• Townsend biog due for next year
• Live Review: King Adora at the Garage
• Stone Temple Pilots singer on drug charge
• Pink Floyd man donates millions to homeless charity
• Flea back on the screen with the Rugrats
• Cilla aims for underground hit
• !K7 launch night
• MCA may be dropped as Geffen expands
• Homelands drug inspections
• Tatu already annoying Eurovision producers
• Review: John Cale - 5 Tracks
• DLT rants
• New Napster owners forge alliance with majors
• MTV in trouble for daytime screening of raunchy Robbie video
• Freeview prepare way for new Emap stations
• Busted boys announce arena dates

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LABELS NOT IMPRESSED BY SPANISH COPYRIGHT DODGE
Download wars phase forty-three - a new Spanish based company has found a loophole in their domestic copyright law which they reckon means they can legally make music available online without the consent of the record labels. Needless to say the majors aren't impressed. As far as we can make out the company involved - Puretones - reckons that they can make music available for download without the permission of copyright owners providing they make some sort of standard royalty payment. This means they can make any track they can get their hands on available, including those that are not available by any other legit site. But the IFPI, the international association for the music industry, are putting Puretones in the same bag as all the other illegal download sites. The IFPI's legal representative Allen Dixon told reporters: "Distributing music on the internet without authorisation from the copyright holders is illegal in Spain, as it is everywhere else. The legal situation in Spain is very clear, and any site offering music downloads needs to have the authorisation of record producers. If Puretunes is going ahead and putting music on the internet without that authorisation, then they will have to face the consequences."

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SCORSESE TO DOCUMENT DYLAN'S LIFE
Director Martin Scorsese will have access to Bob Dylan for the filming of a BBC documentary looking at the iconic singer's cultural and political influence. The programme will feature the first television interview with the reclusive singer/songwriter since 1985, and will include him reflecting on his early days - a time still shrouded in mystery. The documentary will follow Dylan's career through the early 60s, when hits such as 'Blowin' in the Wind' and 'The Times They Are A-Changin' made the young folk singer an icon. Scorsese admits that he has always been a fan. Dylan appeared in Scorsese's 1978 documentary, 'The Last Waltz', a recording of The Band's last ever gig where he sang a few songs with his former backing band.

The programme will debut on BBC2's Arena strand and on a US Public Broadcast Service station, Thirteen/WNET in New York.

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EMI RE-JIG STRATEGIC MARKETING PLANS
EMI yesterday announced they are restructuring their global marketing team, into three main areas: frontline marketing, DVD, and catalogue and commercial marketing. Front line marketing will include the marketing of key releases and the breaking of new artists around the world. This department will be involved in the expansion of international repertoire, the marketing of acts from outside the UK and Europe, and marketing acts from EMI's smaller American labels, over here.Catalogue marketing will be, needless to say, overseeing all commercial and catalogue businesses around the world under the name EMI Marketing The DVD bit will develop and implement strategies to grow EMI's DVD release program. The global marketing team will be based at EMI's new London offices in Wrights Lane by the end of the month.

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REVIEW: Melanie C - On The Horizon (Virgin)
Miss C presents us with the second offering from her second album 'Reason', and mighty good it is too. Co-written with Rick Nowels and Gregg Alexander, this indie tinted pop number sounds a bit like happy Ronan Keating (as opposed to moany-whiney Ronan), meets the New Radicals and has a sex change (no, really, it's great). This one's sure to get your feet a-tapping and head a-bopping. It's a catchy, feel good, singalong choon, with a more mature sound than past singles. In the past Mel's messy erratic attempts to cover practically every genre of music in the world have left her seemingly unsettled, and with a few dodgy outcomes. Has the ex-Spice finally found her feet? MY
Release date: 2 Jun
Press Contact: APB [RP, NP] Virgin IH [CP, RP, RR, NR]

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BLUR NAME NEXT SINGLE
With the band's latest album - their seventh - already climbing the chart, Blur's next single 'Crazy Beat' will see the light of day on 7 Jul. Recorded in Morocco last year, the second single form the album was co-produced by Blur, Ben Hillier and Fatboy Slim.The single's video comes from current media/video darlings, Shynola, who's video to the 'Queens Of the Stone Age' last single and this year's summer classic 'Move Your Feet' by Junior Senior have set their reputation in stone as the best (read coolest) video creators of now.

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TOWNSEND BIOG DUE FOR NEXT YEAR
With those child pornography charges out of the way Pete Townshend is now set to publish his autobiography next year - earlier than previously planned, and says he will increase the contribution to his youth charity Double O from the profits.Talking about the book and his recent traumas, he told Rolling Stone magazine: "I intend to work my way back to normality. As a result of all this shit I've decided to greatly formalise the structure of my charity. I put it down and did not plan to finish it until much later. But now I am going to push ahead until it is done. People need to read about my entire life to get a real picture of who I am."

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LIVE REVIEW: King Adora @ Garage, Weds 14 May
"Thanks for making King Adora important again" says lead singer Maxi Browne as they leave the stage. What with all of this faux-art-punk rubbish it was clear that King Adora were feeling a little nervous about their comeback (Comeback for godsake, it's been a year and a half, not 15!)The first support came from Corporation:Blend, who fitted in well with the glam theme, though perhaps they should have put a bit more effort in eyeliner-wise. Songs like "The Shutdown" are energetic, angry little rock ditties, whilst the heartfelt tune-smithery of "She's Nothing Special" hides the bitter lyrics and makes for excellent listening.Next up were Saint Rose, who were mediocre, so I won't waste time.King Adora appear, slowly, but hardly majestically and burst into a new song, no questions asked, no time to catch your breath. They still sweat sleaze, "Drag, Drag, I love you like a one night stand" sings Maxi, as well as "I like you better when you come" and around to lick it up at their heals are probably one of the hardest of hardcore fan-bases seen in recent years. As good as the new songs sound, it's the old ones that people wanna hear. "Bionic," "The Law" "Big Isn't Beautiful" "Suffocate" raise such joy and excitement within the audience, it's enough to convince you that it's 2001, and King Adora are important again. FC

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STONE TEMPLE PILOTS SINGER ON DRUG CHARGE
Stone Temple Pilots lead singer Scott Weiland has been charged with cocaine and heroin possession in LA, only two years after completing a jail term for breaking the rules of his probation for the same charges. Weiland and partner Jennifer Lynn Sires were stopped by police on Saturday after they were seen driving without headlights on. The pair were arrested after police noticed a syringe in the car; in the ensuing search of the car police found cocaine and heroin.

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PINK FLOYD MAN DONATES MILLIONS TO HOMELESS CHARITY
Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour has donated a whopping $5.88 million to a charity on that aims to house hundreds of homeless people and low-wage workers in central London. The "urban village" is being administered by the Crisis charity which is best known for its support of homeless people over the Christmas period, but which runs projects all year round. Gilmour said he was motivated by the success of a similar project in New York.

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FLEA BACK ON THE SCREEN WITH THE RUGRATS
Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea will be back on the big screen - well, his voice will be. Flea has provided the voice of Donnie Thornberry in the movie versions of the popular kids cartoon The Wild Thornberries. He will reprise that role when the The Wild Thornberries guest in a new Rugrats film called 'Rugrats Go Wild'. Talking about the film to Entertainment Weekly Flea said: ''There's definitely a part of me that is completely him. It's also the most bizarre, strangest job I've ever had."

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CILLA AIMS FOR UNDERGROUND HIT
A remix of Cilla Black's 1968 Paul McCartney penned track 'Step Inside Love' is being released as a white label under the name TS vs CB (the TS being Shadow Lounge DJ Tommy Sandhu who remixed it). Cilla is very much involved in the project who likes the idea of an underground hit to help celebrate her 60th birthday. Cilla's son and manager Robert Willis told The Sun: "This is a fun idea to celebrate my mum's 60th birthday. Tommy has done three mixes of Step Inside Love and we put them out as a white label to see if people pick up on it. It would be great if it is a summer dance hit."Cilla has recently signed a new record deal with EMI and will release an album early next year.

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!K7 LAUNCH NIGHT
!K7 have confirmed they are launching a regular club night at West London's Cherry Jam. The first of the regular nights will take place on 11 Jun with Stefan Struver and the Swayzak Sound System on the decks.

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SHOOTING SUSPECT ARRESTED IN SO SOLID HOME
Clive Pontin, a man suspected as being involved in the Easter weekend shooting outside the Turnmill's nightclub, has been arrested while at the house of So Solid star Lisa Maffia. Although Maffia and the rest of the Crew have condemned this and other club shootings the news is sure to further the tabloid's attempts to link the collective with rising gun culture.

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MCA MAY BE DROPPED AS GEFFEN EXPANDS
Universal imprint MCA (Music Corporation of America) - first used in 1924 - may well be dropped later this year. Word is the Universal Music Group are considering merging the imprint's staff and roster with its Geffen label because of concerns the MCA brand has lost its prestige. Whether Geffen would continue to operate as part of the Interscope Geffen A&M group, or whether it would strike off alone again isn't too clear.MCA used to be a parent company in its own right including imprints ABC Records, Chess Records and Geffen. But it was taken over by Seagrams in 1995 who rebranded the group Universal - artists signed directly to the parent label were transferred to the MCA imprint.

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HOMELANDS DRUG INSPECTIONS
If you're heading to Homelands this weekend be warned - sniffer dogs will be on hand to sniff out any drugs being carried onto the site, and anyone found in possession will be arrested. Those wanting to avoid arrest can drop their drugs in special 'amnesty bins' which will be positioned just outside the entrance to the Matterly Bowl site. Those who want a really good weekend should get a job as a bin-emptier.

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TATU ALREADY ANNOYING EUROVISION PRODUCERS
And now for some TaTu news. The Russian duo have been threatened with the boot from this weekend's Eurovision after they tried to quit rehearsals for the show yesterday. The girls stopped their rehearsal when singer Julia Volkova complained of a sore throat, but producers of the programme said the pair would be disqualified unless they continued. Despite liking a fight the duo gave in and reluctantly carried on with their preparations for Saturday's contest.Some reckon only disqualification will stop the girls walking the Contest - what with their Europe-wide fanbase and the tendency of Eastern European countries to vote for each other.

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REVIEW: John Cale -5 Tracks (EMI)
Some artists get old and go mouldy like finding last months Chinese food under your car seat or in the glove box. Some artists seem to keep growing and getting better, and adapt to new decades like Dr Sam Beckett (Quantum Leap). An example of the latter is John Cale: a man who's influence is as undeniable as it is prolific. These five tracks from Cale's forthcoming EP, due Autumn, demonstrate a deft embracing of modern styles and techniques, but not at the expense of Cale's distinctive sardonic and morose tone, and dark sonic textures. There are Massive Attack-esque beats, FSOL-style synth noises, but nothing stands taller in the music than the Velvet Underground alumni member's gravelly white-soul voice. If these five tracks are anything to go by, the LP will be a fantastic work of beautiful darkness, macabre light and down beat optimism. (JG)
Release date: 26 May
Press Contact: Infected/EMI

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DLT RANTS
Dave Lee Travis has been venting his spleen about the state of music today in an article for the Media Guardian. The former Radio 1 host, who famously quit the national BBC station in an on air protest at Matthew Bannister's early nineties attempt to bring the pop station out of the seventies, says the music industry is killing itself by being obsessed with style rather than substance."The only incredible thing about the drop in singles sales over the past year is that anyone is surprised by it," he says. "The trouble now is that there's no concept of what it takes to become a recording artist by either the artists or the people who manipulate them. In the early days of pop music you had to do much more than bare your midriff, put on some make-up and stand with 2,000 other kids outside a big hall at some reality TV show audition to launch a music career. Of course, there was a manufacturing element in the 70s and 80s, but I'm cynical about the fact that the first question record companies ask now is: "Does this kid look great?" This suggests to me that they're just not interested in longevity". "I'd be quite happy for reality shows such as Pop Idol and Fame Academy to carry on, so long as it's alongside something like a record company "sensible" department where people could go in, say "I'm not very pretty, I'm not willing to bare my stomach, but I can produce fabulous music", then that would be fine. What they've got is the cardboard replicas doing cover versions of great artists which they stick on kids' telly, but if they can see that music sells, why the hell can't they see that there's a market for artists with clout and talent being given a chance to record new material?"You can read the full rant at http://www.mediaguardian.co.uk - though be warned, you'll probably find yourself agreeing with DLT, which might take a while to get used to.

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NEW NAPSTER OWNERS FORGE ALLIANCE WITH MAJORS
Roxio, the company who bought the rights to the Napster name, have now acquired the online music service Pressplay which was jointly owned by Universal and Sony. Word is they plan to rebrand the legit download site as - you guessed it - Napster. According to the deal Universal and Sony will still have a share in the new company and will stand to make lots of cash if the rebranded service is successful.All three parent companies will be hoping Napster's history will make their online service stand out from the competition - in particular Apple's iTunes service which is still limited to Mac users in the US. A spokesman for Universal's new media division told reporters: "If you put Napster up on a billboard, people are going to know what you're talking about. If you put Pressplay up on a billboard, you're going to have to explain what Pressplay is. It's just much easier marketing."

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MTV IN TROUBLE FOR DAYTIME SCREENING OF RAUNCHY ROBBIE VIDEO
MTV in Romania has got in trouble with government censors for showing the full version of the video to Robbie William's current single 'Come Undone' which apparently includes the"singer wandering through the detritus of a wild party and having sex with two other people". MTV global policy is to only screen the video after 10pm, and then in a censored form until midnight. So Romania's broadcasting watchdog wasn't that happy when it got played in full during daytime. A spokesperson for the regulator told reporters: "The video contains explicit sexual images, drug consumption and violence. To show this at a time when many youngsters are tuned in to the channel to watch their favourite pop stars was extremely irresponsible. This video is little better than porn."

Elsewhere in Robbie news Mr Williams is said to be planning a duet with German singer Nena. The eighties star has told German newspaper Bild: "He wants to sing '99 Red Balloons' with me. Robbie grew up with the song."

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FREEVIEW PREPARE WAY FOR NEW EMAP STATIONS
The Freeview network have moved around their radio channels in preparation for the addition of three new EMAP digital stations in July. Oneword and Jazz FM got new channel numbers yesterday so the new EMAP radio channels - The Hits Radio, Magic, and Q - can all sit next to each other when they go live on 1 Jul.

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BUSTED BOYS ANNOUNCE ARENA DATES
Hurrah! - CMU's favourite boy band Busted have announced details of a UK arena tour kicking off at Newcastle's Telewest Arena on 2 Mar. We're not excited enough to list all the dates - but I'm guessing
they'll be online at http://www.busted.com

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