CMU Daily - on the inside 30 Apr 2004
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In today's CMU Daily:
- RIAA sue another 477 downloaders
- Franz Ferdinand frontman says "download away"
- Music Zone's London store performing well
- HMV finances good
- Virgin Megastore go mobile
- RealNetworks revenues grow
- Agency set up for voice tones
- NME launch festivals site
- Libertine Pete back in stoke
- Radiohead top best ever gig list
- Live Review: Numbers At Elektrowerkz
- Polanski play ULU
- Universal - upbeat but more cutbacks
- Mel B says there might be more Spice
- Soulwax return
- Vokal sue Nelly over trademark
- Gut plan music search TV show
- Radio man quits EMAP
- InMe add extra london date
- Ozzy on Kelly's outfit

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HAPPY MAY DAY
Well, if the banks can have a holiday, surely we can have a lie in? So no Daily on Monday - see you on Tuesday.

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CMU'S FRIDAY TIPS

VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: Disco Sanctuary
Deep in the heart of Soho, amid the strip bars and brothels, lies Madame Jo Jo's - an old drag show venue. Since getting new ownership the club has been morphing from its seedy past and Groove Sanctuary is an excellent expression of that change - a weekly Saturday night dedicated to playing new and Latin jazz, and deep soulful house. This weekend sees an amalgamation of the venue's Fri and Sat nights - Keb Darge (Northern soul legend from Friday's Deep Funk Night) teams up with Jimbo Robins (aka Raw Deal, from Saturday's Groove for a one off bank holiday party. Soulful house figures mostly on Raw Deal's playlist, with a few breaks and beats thrown in occasionally, always jazzy, but never tacky; while Keb Darge's disco retro funk is very fine. The small venue, even when filled to the 180 capacity, has more than adequate space to bust a move with two dance areas on two levels - though, that said, the velour couches, dark lighting and small tabled area still make this an intimate place - perfect for this impressive sounding night. PV

Fri 30 Apr, 10pm-3am, Madame Jo Jos, 8-10 Brewer St, W1, £5, more at http://www.madamejojos.com

CHRIS' CLUB TIP: First Sunday
This Sunday is the first of the month which means, once again, another very fine outing for First Sunday - the all day club at the magnificent Westbourne Studios. For those not in the know, First Sunday is the perfect chill out day for everyone (and, for those who have em, that includes the kids too). There's comfy leather sofas and bean bags, the Sunday papers, a tasty brunch, games of the electronic and traditional kind, eight player table tennis (don't ask), plus cartoons, films and a face painter for the kids. Then there's the music - Xfm's Eddy TM and Wall Of Sound's Mark Jones and Dave Glennon will be providing the top tunes. It's a must go. CC

Sun 2 May, 1pm - 8pm, Westbourne Studios, 242 Acklam Road, London, W10 5JJ, £5 (kids go free).

Put your club night up for the tip - vigsy@unlimitedmedia.co.uk

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RIAA SUE ANOTHER 477 DOWNLOADERS
Anyone keeping count of the number of Americans sued for illegal downloading need to add another 477 to the total. Because that's how many people have been targeted in the latest litigation swoop by the Recording Industry Association of America. Of that 477, 69 are students who access the internet via one of 14 American Universities.

Commenting specifically on their legal campaign against downloading in colleges, RIAA boss Cary Sherman said yesterday: "It remains as important as ever that we continue to work with the university community in a way that is respectful of the law as well as university values".

Sheldon Steinbach of the American Council on Education, which represents 1,800 US colleges, welcomed the legal action, telling US media: "The RIAA cases reinforce the message to university administrators that institutional bandwidths are being misused through downloading. Students are downloading motion pictures and CDs to such an extent that professors and other students cannot accomplish their academic work".

However Fred Von Lohmann of the Electronic Frontier Foundation once again stressed his organisation's belief that the RIAA's litigation approach to downloading just won't work: "The lawsuits against students and individuals are not working and we hope the record industry will come to its senses and arrive at a new strategy".

The latest legal cases are targeted at IP addresses - the RIAA will have to prove the individuals are guilty are copyright theft before colleges or internet service providers are obligated to reveal the defendants' identities. As previously reported a US court ruling that ISPs must hand over such information on demand was overturned at the end of 2003.

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FRANZ FERDINAND FRONTMAN SAYS "DOWNLOAD AWAY"
Talking of downloading, the lead singer of Domino signed band Franz Ferdinand has been speaking out in favour of online file sharing again. Speaking to the BBC before giving a lecture on the topic at Edinburgh University, Alex Kapranos said: "To be honest I'm all for song swapping online. Downloading music from the internet is something I do myself and something that I'd be keen to encourage. From my experience it isn't necessarily the musicians themselves that are against it, but those companies involved in the music industry. The way the music industry is trying to regulate online sites at the minute is very heavy-handed - fining kids for downloading songs is just crazy. File-sharing is something that has really helped us as a band in getting established. When Franz Ferdinand played a gig in New York for the first time, a lot of people there already knew our songs and were singing along. For us it has been global word of mouth that has helped our progress, not hindered it. I don't think it is damaging musicians at all. Downloading music is as revolutionary an invention as the gramophone and I'm all for it."

One of the students who attended the lecture given by Kopranos told the NME: "When asked if he was bothered about the money it cost him, he replied that any real musician should be in it for the music, and you had to question the motives of certain groups and singers who were up in arms about music downloading."

Of course some might argue (may be even Domino Records) that good music costs money to make, and that even the most frugal of record labels needs to recoup on its investment, and therefore they have a right to be safeguarding their revenue streams. Hey, hang on, we're suddenly arguing the other side...

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MUSIC ZONE'S LONDON STORE PERFORMING WELL
There's been a change of fortune for independent music retailer Music Zone with the news that their Oxford Street store has seen an 89% rise in like-for-like sales in the first quarter of this year. The independent's central London store - sited midway between HMV and Virgin Megastore's Oxford Street shops - struggled to gain ground when it first opened just over a year ago, leading to speculation they would relocate to a less prime position. But Music Zone bosses were very upbeat today with a turnaround they described as "spectacular". The initial struggle has been put down, somewhat unconvincingly, to the combined effects of the congestion charge zone, tube strikes and anti-war protests - but, whatever, the company's London store is now replicating success elsewhere in the fifty store chain.

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HMV FINANCES GOOD
Talking of upbeat record retailers - word is HMV bosses have told investors that their year end figures as of 24 Apr will be at the top end of market expectations. When officially released, HMV's figures are expected to show strong sales for both the pre and post Christmas period helping the group to increase revenues and cut borrowings despite financing an ongoing expansion programme in the UK.

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VIRGIN MEGASTORE GO MOBILE
And talking of record retailers, Virgin Megastore will be having a presence at key festivals this year with a new 'Mobile Megastore' housed in a double decker bus. The mobile megastore will be selling music by artists on the bill at the given festival, plus there will be free web access, phone and digital music player recharge points and an open air roof terrace where organisers hope artists will perform acoustic performances and meet 'n' greet fans. Quite how all that fits into one double decker bus we're not sure - but sounds interesting.

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REALNETWORKS REVENUES GROW
And talking of good financial performance (which we were), despite their continued fight against the mighty Microsoft, and a reported rebuke from Apple boss Steve Jobs regarding joint venture proposals, RealNetworks were upbeat yesterday following the release of their first quarter trading statement. The launch of Realplayer 10 and growth of the company's Rhapsody service were both attributed as contributing to a 29% increase in revenues.

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AGENCY SET UP FOR VOICE TONES
First ringtones, then polyphonic tones, then real tones - now voice tones. The next big thing in the ever profitable world of ring tones is, we are reliably informed, based around celebrity voice messages - pop / soap / film stars telling you "you've got a call, you'd better answer it". To that end three music industry veterans in the US have set up a new company to represent artists' interests in the mobile world. The company - called the Nomadic Artists Agency - will negotiate with Tel Cos and ringtone companies to get deals for bespoke voice tone packages. Word is their first client will be Snoop Dogg.

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NME LAUNCH FESTIVALS SITE
The NME have launched what they are calling "the best ever festival site". Our friends at Virtual Festival and eFestivals may disagree but, given that CMU isn't running one, they might be right!

Sponsored by Strongbow, the new site features everything you'd expect from a festivals site - news, reviews, listings, pictures, interviews and video footage - and given the fact the NME team are behind it the site is sure to be pretty damn comprehensive.

The NME's site is at http://www.nme.com/festivals. The other aforementioned festival sites can be found at http://www.virtualfestivals.com and http://www.efestivals.co.uk

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LIBERTINE PETE BACK IN STOKE
Libertines man Pete Doherty returned to Stoke on Trent on Wednesday to play a gig with side-project Babyshambles at the same venue where his fans went on a bit of a rampage last week. As previously reported, during Doherty's last gig at Stoke's The Underground venue a rowdy crowd pulled down a ceiling drape, somehow managed to cause a bit of wall to fall down, and then blocked neighbouring roads as they piled outside for an impromptu Pete Doherty / Carl Barat open air acoustic set.

With double the security on hand, this week's gig, while rowdy, wasn't quite so OTT. Doherty told his audience: "We don't leave London much... but when we do we come to Stoke!"

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RADIOHEAD TOP BEST EVER GIG LIST
Probably saying more about the age of those who voted than anything else, Radiohead's performance at Glastonbury in 1997 has been voted the greatest gig of all time by Q readers. It beat much more legendary music events such as the Beatles' final rooftop concert at Apple HQ in 1969, The Sex Pistols Screen on the Green gig in 1976 and Queen's incredible set at Live Aid in 1985. The full top twenty is as follows:

1. Radiohead - Glastonbury (28 Jun 1997)
2. Nirvana - Reading Festival (30 Aug 1992)
3. Oasis - Knebworth (10-11 Aug 1996)
4. Coldplay - V2003, Weston Park, Staffs (17 Aug 2003)
5. Brian Wilson - Royal Festival Hall (26 Feb 2004)
6. Madonna - Earls Court (7 Jul 2001)
7. The Beatles - Apple HQ rooftop (30 Jan 1969)
8. REM - Trafalgar Square (29 Apr 2001)
9. Queen - Live Aid, Wembley Stadium (13 Jul 1985)
10. Pink Floyd - Earls Court (4 Aug 1980)
11. Sex Pistols - Screen on the Green, London (29 Aug 1976)
12. Stone Roses - Spike Island (27 May 1990)
13. U2 - Slane Castle (25 Aug 2001)
14. Eminem - MEN Arena, Manchester (8 Feb 2001)
15. Flaming Lips - Bristol Academy (18 Jan 2003)
16. Stereophonics - Earls Court (17 Dec 2003)
17. The Strokes - Heaven, London (28 Jun 2001)
18. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Camden Palais (14 Jun 1999)
19. The Libertines - The Forum, London (18 Dec 2003)
20. The Verve - Slane Castle (29 Aug 1998)

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LIVE REVIEW: Numbers at Elektrowerkz, London on 29 Apr
"Drunk with pain," barks Eric Landmark. Pain? CMU's hapless scribe is certainly drunk with *something*. It might be the booze from Elektrowerkz's makeshift sixth-form bar, or it may be the same thing as the rest of the audience: the magic Numbers. The band's spazzy San Fran artcore sound is frenzied and stripped down - it's not just no wave, but no sand or seagulls either. As Indra Dunis whacks out simple dance beats, Eric's Moog belches out filthy bass keys. That's enough to get the crowd a-movin', but factor in Dave Broekema's oblique guitars plus yelping vocals from the whole trio, and the result is a unique and intricate sound that's also dead good for dancing to, happily. Most of the songs tonight come from brand new album 'In My Mind All The Time', which none of the crowd is likely to have heard yet, but that doesn't seem to matter, and the band put their detached sound across with a fat chunk of energy. It's sparse but never quiet, sounding bored but frenzied, and it's all over too soon. Well, that's bound to happen if a band's average song clocks in at less than two minutes. And anyway, when you're counting Numbers, less is always more. DR

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POLANSKI PLAY ULU
CMU favourites Polanski ("The majority of the audience clearly haven't heard the band before but they're vocal in their appreciation and you can bet that the next day they'll be humming one of tonight's infectious tunes") are playing ULU tonight, and are on stage at 10.15pm. Press info from Hipatia@btclick.com

Meanwhile, Polanski's label mates Headland, who played their own ULU gig last week, are playing Cargo this Saturday. More details about the band at http://www.headlandmusic.org, again press info from Hipatia@btclick.com

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UNIVERSAL - UPBEAT BUT MORE CUTBACKS
Our insider on those high level Universal Music Group finance meetings (OK, we got it all from a report in the Wall Street Journal) tells us the company is optimistic about the future, but plans more cut backs nevertheless. As previously reported, all the top players at the Universal Music Group have been meeting with investors in London, Paris and New York this week. Apparently the meetings revealed that recent cut backs have proved successful for the group, and the plan is to save a further 225 million euros in the next year through more job cuts and a reduction in marketing spend. The major also hopes to cut the advances it pays new artists and the costs associated with recording new albums - and hope to save another 40 million euros that way. Those moves, coupled with an expected boom in revenues from legal download sales, make the Universal top guard confident of both the immediate and long term future of the group.

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MEL B SAYS THERE MIGHT BE MORE SPICE
Despite Mel C's continued insistence a Spice Girls reunion ain't gonna happen, Mel B has told the New York Daily News all five former Spice Girls may reform to make one last record if and when a greatest hits is released.

Speaking to the paper to plug her role in a New York production of the musical Rent, she said: "We will probably do something together as a group, but not for a while. I think they are going to release an album, and hopefully we will all get together and write a song for it. We keep on talking about it, but everybody has branched off to do their own thing."

On her stage performance, she continued: "Right now the singing bit is the one that I am not 100% about. There are certain notes and certain melodies that I'm not used to singing. I mean, I was in a group with five girls. If the note was too high, someone else would sing it. I was very sheltered in that way."

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SOULWAX RETURN
Hurrah, hurrah, hurrah - erm - hurrah. The date has been set for the long awaited next album from Soulwax. PIAS have confirmed new album 'Any Minute Now' will be released on 16 Aug, with a single release on 19 Jul. Recorded in London, New York and their home studio in Ghent, the new album has been predominantly produced by Flood (Smashing Pumpkins, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, PJ Harvey,U2, Nine Inch Nails) and mixed by Alan Moulder (Depeche Mode, Yeah Yeah Yeahs). Fingers crossed the new album will benefit from the popularity gained by band members David & Stephen Dewaele in their bootlegging 2 Many DJs guise. Press info from 9PR.

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VOKAL SUE NELLY OVER TRADEMARK
Two members of an American group called Vokal are suing rapper Nelly over his use of their name for his clothing label.

James Tyrone Wilson and Cameron Caines claim they have been making music, performing live, and distributing clothing under the name Vokal since 1994. In 1998 they signed a recording and distribution contract with Universal Records, around the same time the major signed Nelly. It was shortly after that time that Nelly started selling clothing also bearing the name 'Vokal'.

To that end Wilson and Caines are suing the rapper for trademark infringement and unfair competition. Their lawyer, Michael Santucci, told reporters this week: "Nelly's people should have known about Wilson and Caines' use of the name since they were on the same label together".

As for the damages seeked, Santucci said: "Right now, since we don't have an accounting of the profits. We can't completely quantify the damages," but added his clients would be seeking millions in compensation.
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GUT PLAN MUSIC SEARCH TV SHOW
Independent label Gut Records is planning a more organic version of Pop Idol. It plans to stage a TV band search with ITV1 Central, the winners of which will get a development deal from the label. The TV project is one of a number of initiatives by Gut to find new talent - the label will be holding A&R sessions at the London Guitar Show on 8 and 9 May.

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RADIO MAN QUITS EMAP
Another top exec at EMAP's music division is quitting. Phil Roberts - the MD Music and Artist Relations for EMAP's radio business - is ending his ten year career with the group next month. While Roberts' departure seems to be his own decision, it follows a number of other high level departures at EMAP Performance - most of which were forced by cut backs, especially in the division's print publishing operations.

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INME ADD EXTRA LONDON DATE
Apparently due to massive public demand, rockets InMe have added an extra London date to their upcoming UK tour - full dates as follows:

16 May: Glasgow Garage
17 May: Aberdeen Lemon Tree
19 May: Liverpool University
20 May: London Islington Academy (Sold Out)
21 May: London Islington Academy
22 May: Northampton Roadmenders
24 May: Norwich Waterfront
25 May: Birmingham Academy 2
26 May: Nottingham Rescue Rooms
27 May: Middlesbrough Town Hall Crypt
29 May: Leeds Cockpit
30 May: Manchester Academy 3
31 May: Oxford Zodiac
1 Jun: Cardiff Club Ifor Bach
3 Jun: Exeter University
4 Jun: Bournemouth BIC
5 Jun: Brighton Concorde 2
6 Jun: Bristol Fleece

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OZZY ON KELLY'S OUTFIT
And the final quote of the week is left to Ozzy Osbourne - speaking on the new series of The Osbournes about daughter Kelly's decision to wear a somewhat revealing outfit. Calling her a "a fucking trollop" for "walking round with her knockers hanging out" he warns: "If you're going out you really should wear something more appropriate. There are weird people around".

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