CMU Daily - on the inside 14 Sep 2004
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Beatles firm expected to get big pay out in the battle of the Apples
- Former Universal boss takes top job at IFPI
- Sky hand over running of music channels to rival
- Single Review: Thirteen Senses - Into The Fire
- Manchester to open rock museum
- 50 Cent accused of knocking fan unconscious
- Cabaret lyricist dies
- Aguilera wants to be a trademark
- U2 on US Hall Of Fame shortlist
- J-Lo's make-up artist threatens expose
- Interpol get up to antics
- Dion to receive top selling female artist of all time award
- Tesco lift GLC ban
- Yeah Yeah Yeahs give fans something to swallow
- Robbie says no to gay role
- Gallagher slams Doherty
- Album Review: Bjork - Medulla
- Durutti Column play home city gig
- Razorlight drummer joins Serafin
- Spectrum to hold charity event for Sudan
- Lemmy injured: tour cancelled
- New Batman cartoon gets Edgy

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BEATLES FIRM EXPECTED TO GET BIG PAY OUT IN THE BATTLE OF THE APPLES
Who knew apples could be so expensive? (Though they're pretty damn expensive in the shop next to our office). The trademark dispute between Apple Computers and the Beatles' owned music company Apple Corps continues, and the latest word is that the former may be forced to pay the latter a large sum of money in an out of court settlement.

As previously reported, the two companies are heading for a court battle over the use of the Apple trademark in the music space. The disagreement relates to a 1981 agreement between the two companies when Apple Corps agreed to allow Apple Mac to use the Apple name, and an apple image logo, in the computing sector. This agreement was redrafted ten years later when the Beatles' company claimed the computer firm was breaching the original agreement as it extended its business into other areas.

The second agreement seemed to work fine until Apple launched iTunes. While the computer firm argue that iTunes is essentially just a computerised distribution system that happens to distribute music files, Apple Corps say the new venture saw the computer company enter the music business, and that violates the 1991 agreement.

While both sides remain tight lipped on the legal dispute, insiders reckon Apple Corps have the strongest case and that the computer firm will be forced to pay a large sum of money to continue using the Apple name on their music services. One lawyer told showbusiness newspaper Variety: "People are expecting this to be the biggest settlement anywhere in legal history, outside of a class action suit. The numbers could be mind boggling." Those insiders reckon any new settlement will dwarf the $30 million Apple Computers paid Apple Corps after the last dispute in 1991.

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FORMER UNIVERSAL BOSS TAKES TOP JOB AT IFPI
A former Universal Music International President, John Kennedy, will take over the top job at global music industry association, IFPI.

He will replace current IFPI chief executive Jason Berman who, although not due to stand down until the end of 2005, is now likely to leave the association at the end of the year. Berman has been in talks to finish his tenure in the CEO post early for a while, at the same time as discussing the viability of moving the London based role to New York.

But with Kennedy now confirmed as a successor it is likely the new man will be in place before the organisation's board meeting on 10 Nov. After a short changeover period Berman is likely to leave the association in late Dec.

Former Universal UK boss Kennedy, who left his top role at Universal Music International back in Feb, will be the IFPI's second full time chairman, taking on the association's increasingly proactive battle against piracy of both the physical and virtual kind.

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SKY HAND OVER RUNNING OF MUSIC CHANNELS TO RIVAL
BSKyB has handed over the running of its three music channels to the company behind rival channels Chart Show TV, the Vault and B4. The move follows an unsuccessful attempt by the Sky network to threaten MTV's dominance in the music TV space. When Sky launched Amp, Scuzz and Flaunt, MTV was in danger of losing its number one status to the booming EMAP music channels, which included The Box and Kerrang! TV. But MTV has subsequently fought back against EMAP, while Sky's own channels failed to win major audience share from either MTV or EMAP.

In the new deal Sky will retain ownership of its music channels, but Chart Show TV will have full editorial control. A spokesman for Sky told reporters: "Sky's music channels are a distinctive and valued part of our customer proposition. We are pleased to have reached an agreement with Chart Show that will create operational efficiencies and deliver benefits of scale to advertisers".

Sky's 13-people-strong in house music team are likely to be made redundant following the Chart Show deal.

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SINGLE REVIEW: Thirteen Senses - Into the Fire (Universal/Vertigo)
The piano intro and the air of epic seriousness on this band's third single will most likely see Thirteen Senses compared to Coldplay. But to be fair their wistful feyness is just as reminiscent of the likes of Mecury Rev. The Truro based youngsters (they're all 20-21) have produced a sweetly melodic tune here, or to put it in music journalist hyperbole: shimmering shards of sonic loveliness. Yum! JW
Release date: 13 Sep
Press contact: Hall or Nothing [CP, RP, NP] Mercury IH [CR, RR, NR]

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MANCHESTER TO OPEN ROCK MUSEUM
The city of Manchester is to have a museum devoted to documenting its rich musical history which, of course, includes the likes of Joy Division, The Smiths, The Stone Roses and Oasis.

The Manchester District Music Archive will be launched with a special seminar at the Urbis Museum on 21 Sep at 5.30pm. Hosted by Mark Radcliffe, the session will include presentations from Elbow's Guy Garvey, writer Jon Savage, cultural commentator CP Lee and Jan Hargreaves from the Museum of Science And Industry.

The seminar will give members of the public an opportunity to have their say in the development of the museum. Alison Surtees of MDM Archive says: "If you've been there, seen a gig, danced 'til you've dropped, made a record, sold a record, produced a record, hosted a jig, DJed, caught a drumstick, made a flyer, saved a flyer, busked, written a song or just snogged in a dark corner of a club, you're in. Let's do our music justice."

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50 CENT ACCUSED OF KNOCKING FAN UNCONSCIOUS
As Courtney Love will tell you, throwing a mic around the stage can get you in trouble if said mic ends up hitting a member of the audience. Now 50 Cent is reportedly wanted for police questioning after a fan claimed the rapper threw a microphone in his face.

According to the News of the World, rap fan Tom Wilshire was knocked unconscious by the mic as the rapper was booed off stage at the Reading Festival. As previously reported, 50 Cent and his G-Unit band were pelted with a hail of plastic water bottles from rock fans at the festival. The 18-year-old, from Pewsham, Wiltshire said: "His parting gift to the crowd was to hurl his microphone into the audience. It hit me and my legs went from under me."

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CABARET LYRICIST DIES
The man who wrote the lyrics to hit musicals Chicago and Cabaret, and to the classic track 'New York New York', has died of a heart attack. Fred Ebb - believed to be 76, though no one is sure - died at his New York home. Ebb will be best remembered for his work with John Kander which led to the creation of eleven Broadway musicals including Kiss of the Spider Woman, Zorba, The Rink and Woman of the Year. His funeral will be held later on today.

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AGUILERA WANTS TO BE A TRADEMARK
Christina Aguilera has applied for the trademark to add her name to 450 new products. If the applications are accepted by the US Patent and Trademark Office, fans of the Dirrty singer will soon be able to buy Christina crayons, badminton sets, hi-fis, deodorant and modelling clay. According to Teenhollywood a source said: "There is so much money in merchandising it would be a waste if Christina didn't launch products. She has a shrewd business brain and has come up with a lot of these ideas herself." Well done to her.

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U2 ON US HALL OF FAME SHORTLIST
Having been one of the first bands to be included in the UK Music Hall Of Fame when it launched last week, U2 are now among the artists shortlisted for America's Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Fame.

Now in its twentieth year, the US Hall Of Fame circulates its annual shortlist to a judging panel of musicians, journalists and industry professionals. They vote on which artists they think deserve the honour, with a new list of admissions announced each Dec. To get on the shortlist artists must have been recording music for at least 25 years.

Also included on the new shortlist are Grandmaster Flash & the Furious, the first rap artists to get the distinction. Other nominations this year include Randy Newman, blues guitarist Buddy Guy, rockabilly pioneer Wanda Jackson, the O'Jays, the Pretenders and Percy Sledge.

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J-LO'S MAKE-UP ATIST THREATENS EXPOSE
Jennifer Lopez's former make-up artist has threatened to write a book about the singer if she continues to slate him. Scott Barnes was ditched by Lopez after she accused him of leaking private information about her to the press. Barnes, who worked for Lopez for four years, denies the accusations but is threatening to start leaking information if J Lo doesn't stop saying he was, erm, leaking information. In particular Barnes says he will reveal secrets about J-Lo's faith healer who allegedly curses people who have upset the star.
An insider tells website Pagesix.Com, "He knows everything. He knows all about Jennifer and her faith healer (Merle Gonzalez). After Ben Affleck left Jennifer, Merle went in to expel bad auras and cleanse her house. Merle also blessed the 'Shall We Dance' set and some people say Jennifer has had Merle put hexes on people she feels have done her wrong."

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INTERPOL GET UP TO ANTICS
Stylish New Yorkers Interpol have announced details of a UK tour to promote their second album 'Antics' which is due out on 27 Sep.

The UK tour dates are:
20 Nov: London Forum
15 Dec: Bristol Academy
16 Dec: Birmingham Carling Academy
17 Dec: Glasgow Academy
18 Dec: Manchester University
19 Dec: Nottingham Rock City

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DION TO RECEIVE TOP SELLING FEMALE ARTIST OF ALL TIME AWARD
Celine Dion is to receive a special award at Wednesday's World Music Awards in Las Vegas for being the top-selling female artist of all time. The Journal de Montreal says the singer will be handed the Diamond Award which honours artists who have sold more than 100 million albums during their musical career. Previous winners of the Diamond Award include Mariah Carey and Rod Stewart, which says a lot about the world's music buying population. Dion has received seven World Music Awards so far in her career. Hollywood actor Michael Douglas is expected to present the singer with her special award on Wednesday.

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TESCO LIFT GLC BAN
Tesco have decided not to ban Goldie Lookin Chain's new album, 'Greatest Hits', which was released yesterday, after a mini-protest by the GLC boys themselves. Tesco had originally planned not to stock the album, presumably because of the liberal amount of swearing that appears, and the fact it features songs like 'Your Mother's Got A Penis' (which, by the way, is one of the highlights of the album). On hearing that news the Newport rappers decided to picket the Harlech Retail Park branch of the supermarket in their hometown in retaliation. The supermarket has now backed down and agreed to stock the album.

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YEAH YEAH YEAHS GIVE FANS SOMETHING TO SWALLOW
Yeah Yeah Yeahs have announced the release of a DVD titled 'Tell Me What Rockers To Swallow' on 18 Oct. The DVD includes a 16-track live set recorded at the Fillmore in San Francisco as well as six bonus tracks including '10X10', 'Sealings' and 'Tick'. It also features a Japanese documentary filmed on the road by Patrick Daughters, a second documentary directed by Spike Jonze and Lance Bangs and the music videos for 'Date With The Night', 'Pin', 'Y-Control' (an unedited version by Jonze) and the band's hit single 'Maps'.

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ROBBIE SAYS NO TO GAY ROLE
Robbie Williams has turned down a £500,000 offer to play a gay man in a hit broadway musical. According to the ever reliable Daily Star, the singer is worried that if he takes the starring role in 'The Boy From Oz' it will fuel rumours he is gay. A source said: "Robbie was offered £55,665 a week for a 10-week run, but the character was blatantly homosexual and Robbie balked at that. There have been so many gay rumours surrounding him that he didn't want to get typecast as a gay character. He wants his first big role in America to be more macho."

Robbie, who is now based in Los Angeles, wants to break the US market but would only do so "in the right way". His agents have reportedly approached MGM studio bosses to see if they can get Robbie a part in the next James Bond movie.

Hugh Jackman is currently starring in 'The Boy From Oz', which has smashed box-office records since it opened last October.

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GALLAGHER SLAMS DOHERTY
Liam Gallagher has spoken out about Pete Doherty's alleged lack of child support. According to The Mirror, both of the rock stars have children with Kill City singer Lisa Moorish, but only Gallagher contributes child support payments (he reportedly contributes £2000 a month towards their upbringing).

A source told the paper: "Liam is fuming. He feels he's supporting Pete's son Estile as well as his own daughter. He reckons it's time Pete sorted himself out and started paying his share. Pete's problems are very sad, but it's not Liam's problem. He doesn't begrudge his own payments but he hates the idea that Pete's not paying his share."

Moorish conceived Molly the week after Gallagher married actress Patsy Kensit in 1997. Gallagher had a son, Lennon with Kensit and has another son, Gene with current girlfriend Nicole Appleton. Doherty apparently carries a picture of 22-month-old Estile around in his wallet. A friend of Doherty's said: "He wants to do the right thing. Pete will be in a better position once he stops doing drugs."

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ALBUM REVIEW: Bjork - Medulla (One Little Indian)
We have come to expect the unexpected from Bjork but even by her standards 'Medula' (the title refers to the Latin word for marrow, as in bones) is an extraordinary record. I must admit that that the premise of the album: "Instruments are so over", was less than promising in theory, the precedents for a cappella music being The Flying Pickets and The Housemartins. In fact there are a few instruments on the album but it is Bjork's voice and those of her special guests, including the Icelandic Choir, the London Choir and a human beat box which dominate the album. There are some moments here which are fairly challenging and jar on the ear, but the majority of it is a magical and at times exquisitely beautiful experience. Highlights include 'Desired Constellation' which has particularly wonderful vocals from Bjork and a duet with fellow maverick Robert Wyatt on 'Submarine'. Other stand outs include 'Oceania', the beguiling woozy hymn which she performed at the opening ceremony of the Olympics and 'Who Is It?', which has Sinead O'Connor influenced vocals against a backdrop of beats. It's difficult to think of another artist as capable of producing great pop music like this whilst at the same time being at the very cutting edge of music. JW
Release date: 30 Aug
Press contact: Ian Cheek [CP, RP] One Little Indian IH [NP] Scruffy Bird [CR, RR, NR]

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DURUTTI COLUMN PLAY HOME CITY GIG
Seminal band the Durutti Column will play in their home city of Manchester at Bridgewater Hall on 16 Sep. The gig celebrates 25 years of the band and will also be the launch for the 'Definitive Durutti Column' album release on 20 Sep. Well worth getting tickets for.

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RAZORLIGHT DRUMMER JOINS SERAFIN
Ex-Razorlight drummer Christian Pancorvo (nee Smith) has joined Serafin. Christian is the brother of Serafin lead singer Ben Fox Smith, and both brothers were in Stony Sleep together.

In a statement on their official site, Serafin told their fans: "We have replaced our drummer Ronny Growler with a guy called Lonely Blue boy. We love Ronny who is a fantastic drummer in his own right, but have had to realise our musical differences and preferences which, while considering the chemistry of the band and its future, became too great to continue with."

Serafin are currently recording their second album, the follow up to 'No Push Collide'.

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SPECTRUM TO HOLD CHARITY EVENT FOR SUDAN
On Friday 17 Sep breaks night Spectrum at Nottingham's Stealth club will host a charity event to help raise money for the current situation in Darfur, Western Sudan. The event is named 'SpecSavers' and the line up includes Distinctive Record's Hybrid, Spectrum's own Hexadecimal and Pete Jordan plus, in room two, Bent, Crazy Penis and Schmoov! All proceeds will be donated to Oxfam.

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LEMMY INJURED: TOUR CANCELLED
Motorhead's front man Lemmy has been forced to pull out of the forthcoming US tour due to an injury sustained last month while touring Europe. Lemmy went against his doctor's recommendations of abstaining from work at the time of the injury and completed the remaining dates on the band's summer festival tour. The injury then got worse and has now prevented Lemmy from continuing with the forthcoming US tour which was scheduled for Sep and Oct. The band will return to the US in March 2005.

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NEW BATMAN CARTOON GETS EDGY
Nine years after U2 contributed the song 'Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me' to the 'Batman Forever' soundtrack, the band's guitarist has composed and recorded the theme song to 'The Batman', a new cartoon series. The series is set in year three of millionaire Bruce Wayne's adoption of his vigilante Batman persona, when he confronts supervillains like the Joker, Riddler, Catwoman and Mr. Freeze for the first time.

On composing a tune suitable for kids TV, The Edge says: "It was really just a case of creating a bedrock of something tough and slightly menacing that wasn't necessarily too heavy and dark. The great thing about the whole Batman idea is that it strips down life to the battle between good and evil. You can relate to different sides of that battle at different times."

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