CMU Daily - on the inside 28 Jun 2004
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Glasto a muddy success
- Warners rebrand UK labels
- Judge stays hardline on Jacko case secrecy
- Beenie Man gig cancelled after homophobia allegations
- Single Review: Ryan Adams - Wonderwall
- DMX charged with attempted car theft
- Dr Fox honoured at radio awards
- TLC may also go the reality TV route to find new member
- Starbucks to sell charity recording of Quincy Jones' benefit gig
- Chart company to launch download chart
- Queen top another best song survey
- Chart update
- Merged ITV to lose 1000 jobs by the end of the year
- Cathouse and Jack D launch Scottish rock idol
- Cure man the first guest programmer on Napster
- Prodigy launch new album with unique download offer
- Album Review: Various - Pure Harmony
- Former Steps girl gets new indie record deal
- Shatner to cover Pulp
- Blue gossip
- Britney gossip

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GLASTO A MUDDY SUCCESS
Despite the mud, the word from Worthy Farm is that Glastonbury 2004, was a huge success.
Heavy rainfall in the days preceding and during the event meant once again the festival's rural setting became something of a mud bath as production crews set up fourteen performance areas and 150,000 festival goers arrived on site. But the sun did shine on occasions during the weekend, and festival director Michael Eavis wasn't alone in describing this year's proceedings as "the best yet".

Production wise things seemed to go very smoothly, despite the weather. One festival goer died off site, most probably from a drugs overdose - two other festival goers have been arrested on suspicion of supplying the dead man with class A drugs. However across the board local police reported crime was down 40% on last year, with only 242 crimes reported compared with 404 last year. Providing the exodus from the site this morning goes ahead smoothly, and the site clean up operation is successful, the festival's co-producers Mean Fiddler hope to persuade local authorities to increase the capacity of the event by 30,000 next year.

Performance wise split opinion on the stand out performances of the weekend. Eavis admitted that, despite expecting to be most excited about Oasis' headline set on Friday, it was Paul McCartney's performance on Saturday that impressed him the most. "I thought [the stand out set] would be Oasis... but how about Paul Macartney?"

Other sets that seemed to particularly wow the crowds included James Brown, Scissor Sisters, Franz Ferdinand and young British soul singer Joss Stone. Meanwhile perhaps the most risky bit of programming of the weekend - the inclusion of the English National Opera and a performance of Wagner's 'Ride of the Valkyries' - seemed to pay off attracting a large and enthusiastic audience for its Sunday lunchtime slot.

Our man on the scene will be giving his thoughts in tomorrow's Daily, just as soon as we scrape the mud off his laptop.

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WARNERS REBRAND UK LABELS
Those of you who left for Glastonbury as employees of East West or WEA London return to new companies this morning, because the post-Bronfmann-Jnr-takeover restructuring of Warner Music reached the UK this weekend as the major label's two main London based divisions were re-branded to fall in line with their US companies.

As of Friday, Warners UK divisions East West and WEA London will be known as Atlantic and Warner Bros respectively. The former will be headed up by Korda Marshall, who became a senior player at Warner UK after they acquired his previous employer Mushroom last year. The latter is seeking a new MD, and in the meantime will be run by Warner UK boss Nick Phillips.

Anyone wondering why the need for the name change just isn't thinking laterally. Surely it's obvious that: "this name change is a clear signal that we want to send out for our newly independent company, that our primary objective is to renew focus on artists and music. Which better names would you dream of calling a record company than Warner Bros. and Atlantic." Or at least that's what Warner Music International boss Paul Rene Albertini reckons, and who are we to argue?

Nick Phillips added: "Warner Music UK is excited to build on the heritage of two of the strongest record labels in the US, in WMI's most important market. Warner Bros. Records is one of the largest record companies in the US and has become the most successful record label in history, while Atlantic Records has a rich heritage which is second to none."

On heading up the UK division of Atlantic Records, Korda Marshall told reporters: "I am proud to be running a record company with the history and legacy Ahmet Ertegun brought to the world. It has always been well-known for the unparalleled depth and breadth of talent, and I look forward to continuing to develop great artists who are excited to come to Atlantic."

A similar re-brand is now expected to take place in other Warner territories - although in many other countries Warner no longer operates as two separate divisions, and there the Atlantic and Warner Bros brands will exist as two imprints within one company.

Good news for stationery printers then - whether it will be such good news for the artists on those labels remains to be seen - the big post-takeover roster cull is still pending.

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JUDGE STAYS HARDLINE ON JACKO CASE SECRECY
The battle between the media and the judge overseeing the Michael Jackson child abuse case is almost as fierce as that between Jacko and his prosecutors. The media organisations were again lashing out at Judge Rodney Melville last week over his insistence on keeping more or less everything to do with the ongoing court case a secret.

Speaking at a pre-trial hearing legal man Theodore Boutros, representing a coalition of news organisations, argued that the two sides in the Jacko case had colluded in creating an "almost impenetrable veil of secrecy".

But Judge Melville stuck to his secrecy commitment telling Boutrous: "The difficulty in seeing that any individual in this country gets a fair trial is exacerbated when that individual is known around the world".

Perhaps the media organisation should rediscover the art of patience (everything comes to he who waits you know) and find some real news stories to report on in the mean time.

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BEENIE MAN GIG CANCELLED AFTER HOMOPHOBIA ALLEGATIONS
A Beenie Man gig due to take place at the Hackney Ocean club was cancelled last week because of "concerns for public safety". The move followed vocal opposition to the gig from gay rights groups who argue some of Beenie's songs contain "lyrics that are an incitement to homophobic murder and violence".

Although Beenie Man was listed in a dossier presented to Scotland Yard's Race and Violent Crime Taskforce by gay rights campaigners last Sep, and while police admit they have spoken to the dancehall star about his lyrics, police officers stress they did not ask for last week's concert to be cancelled.

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SINGLE REVIEW: Ryan Adams - Wonderwall (Universal/Lost Highway)
It seems incredible to me that Adams' record company initially refused to release his superlative 'Love Is Hell' album, and equally that they have also dragged their heels about releasing this as a single. However following critical acclaim and extensive radio play from the likes of Xfm they eventually bowed to the inevitable and decided to release it. This certainly deserves the same kind of success as Gary Jules' 'Mad World' cover. From Gallaghers rough hewn original Adams has carved a gem of exquisite beauty. It also gives a good indication of just how gorgeous the 'Love Is Hell' album is, one of the year's essential purchases and most remarkable records. JW
Release date: 28 June
Press: Infected [CP, RP] Mercury IH [CR, RR, NR, NP]

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DMX CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED CAR THEFT
Rapper DMX has been arrested on charges that he and another man tried to steal a car at New York's Kennedy Airport. Quite why the rapper / actor would want to steal a car isn't clear, though to add comedy effect to the whole incident word is DMX claimed to be a federal agent when initially approached by airport security.

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DR FOX HONOURED AT RADIO AWARDS
It was the NTL Commercial Radio Awards last week - you know, the radio industry awards ceremony where the Sony-Award-dominating-BBC are excluded from the proceedings.

Among the highlights of the night were Station of the Year awards for Wave 105, Mercia FM and Rutland Radio, a Presentation Newcomer prize for Xfm's Lauren Laverne, a Programme Of The Year titles for Galaxy 102.2's Neil Greenslade and a special honour for Neil Fox to mark his 11 year stint presenting the Hit 40 UK / Pepsi Chart / Network Chart.

Full winners list at the bottom of today's Daily.

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TLC MAY ALSO GO THE REALITY TV ROUTE TO FIND NEW MEMBER
Following news last week that US TV network CBS had signed up a new reality TV show which will stage a global search for a new frontman for Australian band INXS, this weekend there were reports in the American press that the surviving members of TLC will stage a similar TV search for a replacement for Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes.

As previously reported, the INXS show will launch in summer 2005 and will centre on a house in the Hollywood hills where a dozen finalists selected from auditions across the US and Canada, and in London, Tokyo and Sydney, will go through the motions of being trained and, if they are lucky, selected for rock stardom. The overall winner will then front an INXS world tour.

Reports on the TLC programme suggests the show will follow surviving members Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins and Rozonda 'Chilli' Thomas as they search for a new third member to replace Lopes, who was killed in a car crash back in 2002. Whoever they pick to work with would then be involved in a recording project with Watkins and Thomas, and a possible televised concert.

Although said to be in production at Fox Television Studios there are no details as yet as to whether any network has committed to air the programme, or when the show would start filming.

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STARBUCKS TO SELL CHARITY RECORDING OF QUINCY JONES' BENEFIT GIG
A compilation featuring tracks from that Quincy Jones organised We Are The Future concert that took place in Rome last May will be sold exclusively through North American branches of the Starbucks stores next month. 100% of the proceeds from the CD sales will go to the We Are the Future initiative which aims to provide assistance and education to children in war torn areas worldwide.

Confirming the Starbucks promotion Quincy Jones told reporters: "The concert that launched We Are the Future is one of the most powerful events I've ever been a part of, and it's a true privilege to have helped it happen. With the support of Starbucks, we are able to offer a recording of this major event to engage music fans and raise awareness for children living in war-ravaged communities."

Tracks due to appear on the CD include:
Carlos Santana with Mana's Fher - Oye Come Va
John Stoddart, Sherry McGee, Andrea Bocelli and Karina Pasian - The Prayer
Alicia Keys - Fallin'
Zucchero - Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime
Herbie Hancock featuring Carlos Santana and Bill Summers - Watermelon Man
Carmen Consoli - L'Ultimo Bacio
Patti Austin - How High the Moon
Juanes - A Dios Le Pido (I Ask God)
Josh Groban - You Raise Me Up
Angelique Kidjo featuring Soundz Of South Africa - Afrika
Norah Jones - Peace
Karina Pasian and Cast - We Are the Future

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CHART COMPANY TO LAUNCH DOWNLOAD CHART
The Official UK Charts Company has confirmed they will officially launch a Download Chart on 1 Sep. Sponsored by Coca Cola the chart will take in data from the OD2, Metacharge, 7 Digital Media, Playlouder, Apple iTunes and Napster download platforms. In the run up to the new chart Music Week will start running download sales data, including a pilot chart. The first such chart is published this week and is topped by the Pixies' 'Bam Thwok' - a new track made available exclusively via Apple iTunes.

If successful the download chart may help digital releases begin to replace to loss leading CD single and the main way to launch bands and promote new albums.

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QUEEN TOP ANOTHER BEST SONG SURVEY
What, another best song survey? Too right - though this one, compiled by digital music channel Music Choice - took in votes from right across Europe. Still, Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' and John Lennon's 'Imagine' still came top, and out of the top 100 all but two Abba tracks and one for Jacques Brel came from British, American or Canadian artists. Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven - which never made the UK charts - came in in third place - while the Beatles' highest rating was with 'Yesterday' at five, behind Robbie Williams' 'Angels'.

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CHART UPDATE
While everyone was playing in the mud at Glastonbury, the kids were out buying McFly records. So much so their second single, 'Obviously', topped the charts, knocking Britney off the top slot. Other new entries in the Top 20 included Outkast with 'Roses' at 4, Jay Sean with 'Eyes On You' at 6, Beverley Knight with 'Come As You Are' at 9, Girls of FHM with 'Do Ya Thinka I'm Sexy' at 10, and Phixx with their questionable cover of Duran Duran's 'Wild Boys' at 12. Other welcome new entries lower down the chart include Belle & Sebastian at 20 with 'Books', Blink 182 with 'Down' at 24, and The Zutons whose 'Remember Me' goes in at 39.

Albums wise, Keane are finally knocked off the top spot as The Streets 'A Grand Don't Come For Free' and Scissor Sisters' eponymous album both slide back up the album chart taking the top two spots respectively. New entries come from Badly Drawn Boy with 'One Plus One Is One' at 9 and Jim Reeves whose compilation of easy hits is at 35.

It will be interesting to see if Paul McCartney or James Brown records get a sales boost this week following their excellent Glasto sets this weekend. Certainly the Red Hot Chili Peppers seem to have sold well on the back of their gigs last week - both 'Californication' and 'By The Way' re-enter the Top 40 this week.

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MERGED ITV TO LOSE 1000 JOBS BY THE END OF THE YEAR
ITV bosses have admitted that over 1000 jobs will be cut at the recently merged company by the end of the year. Most of the cuts will come from ITV's in house programme-making businesses, many stemming from the closure of network production studios in four cities. Restructuring following the merger of ITV companies Granada and Carlton will see much of the TV networks operations centred on Manchester, London and Leeds with a documentary outfit in Bristol and a studio in Norwich, mainly to film daytime trash-show Tricia. ITV argue that increasing numbers of shows - including reality programmes, Documentary and lifestyle shows and dramas - are filmed on location, making expensive extensive studio facilities an unviable luxury.

Granada Productions boss John Cresswell told reporters last week: "Last year we had nine [network production sites], with excess capacity, which was inefficient and unsustainable. By 2005 network production will have gone from Birmingham, Newcastle, Nottingham and Southampton. We're tackling the overhead base to maximise production efficiencies. We'll be spending less on depreciating capital assets and more on things like programme development."

Whatever the commercial logic, the moves will aid the cause of MPs and media/broadcasting unions who argue that by allowing the ITV companies to merge the government have allowed a TV network founded on local programming to essentially axe its presence in the regions.

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CATHOUSE AND JACK D LAUNCH SCOTTISH ROCK IDOL
The Cathouse venue in Glasgow has teamed up with Jack Daniels to launch Rock Idol - a search for new Scottish music talent. The venue will run a weekly new bands night between 20 Jul and 26 Oct. A grand final will then be held and the winners will get a support slot with a headline band in the Autumn of 2004, studio time, drum kits, guitars, amps and what is surely every bands' dream rider - buckets of Jack Daniels. Tickets for the weekly new band night will be just £2, and all drinks will be £1.80.

Confirming their involvement in the night a spokesman for Jack Daniels told CMU: "Jack Daniels is famously linked with rock music and the alt scene and this is our chance to support the talented people and bands of Scotland by giving something back - an opportunity to realise their ambitions, get noticed, play the infamous Cathouse stage and get their hands on great limited edition band kit and equipment."

Bands interesting in taking part should send a demo and bio to MANAGER, ROCK IDOL, c/o The Cathouse, 15 Union Street, Glasgow, G1 3RB. The closing date is 30 Sep, though the sooner you enter the sooner your band might get a slot.

Press info from kirstie@cplweb.com.

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CURE MAN THE FIRST GUEST PROGRAMMER ON NAPSTER
The Cure's Robert Smith will be the first 'guest programmer' on Napster this week - meaning Cure fans can access a playlist picked by Mr Smith for streaming or download. Among the music chosen by Smith is Blink 182's self-titled album, Mogwai's My Father, My King, Bowie's The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars, various Interpol songs and catalogue tracks from My Bloody Valentine. Napster lite members will be able to access 30 second previews of each track - while fully subscribed members can stream the whole playlist in full.

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PRODIGY LAUNCH NEW ALBUM WITH UNIQUE DOWNLOAD OFFER
Talking of downloading, The Prodigy will today release a special version of a track from their forthcoming album 'Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned' available to download from 6pm at http://www.alwaysoutnumbered.com.

But this being the Prodigy it's not your standard single download promotion. Each fan will be able to mix their own variants of the track - 'Memphis Bells' - and create their own unique version of the song's artwork, before paying their two quid to download it.

The promotion will be limited to just 5000 people, so make sure you get to the site at 6pm sharp.

Press info from Beggars IH.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Various - Pure Harmony (Warner)
And so yet another compilation album winged its way into the office a few days ago. Chris normally bags them the minute they get here, but I managed to lay hands to it first. Surprising really, given the contempt in which I hold several of the songs on it, but I took hold and refused to let go as soon as I noted that one of the best songs of all time, which I insist must be played at my funeral, is on here: The Four Seasons 'December 1963 (Oh What a Night)'. Reason enough to jealously guard the CDs, given that I have never, to date, managed to get around to acquiring a hard copy. But what about the rest of what falls under the umbrella of 'Pure Harmony'? The trouble with a collection focussing on harmony is the fact that harmonies open the door to just so many boy bands. So listening to the first CD was an experience spiked with the oh-so-dreary Backstreet Boys 'As Long As You Love Me', All-4-One's terminally boring 'I Swear', and the utterly soul destroying (Is it just me? Is it?) 'Stay Another Day' courtesy of East 17. On the upside, it does have a dash of the Delfonics ('Ready or Not Here I Come'), and The Isley Brothers 'Summer Breeze'. Oh, but then it all goes horribly wrong again, because 'To Be With You' (Mr Big) is on it, and that's gotta be one of my least favourite songs in the whole world, ever. It sounds like a d-list rock artiste and a past-it boy band got accidentally double booked into the studio in the same slot. The second CD seemed to hold out more hope. And it sort of delivered. Only Jodie Winter's 'Sing A Rainbow' managed to drive me to absolute distraction. The rest is kind of mellow and excitable by turns, and included some great tracks from The Bluebells, The Beachboys, 10CC, The Boo Radleys, The Moody Blues and Wilson Phillips. Some highs, some lows, which is really only to be expected with any compilation. I think I'll let Chris have the next one. CM
Release date: 5 Jul
Release date: PPR [all]

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FORMER STEPS GIRL GETS NEW INDIE RECORD DEAL
Former Steps girl Lisa Scott-Lee has reportedly signed to a new record label just months after being dropped by Universal's Mercury. When dropped back in Feb Scott-Lee said she hoped to release her next album on an independent later this year. According to the Daily Record that is indeed the case - they say she has signed to independent label Boss and will have a new single called 'Sunshine' out late summer.

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SHATNER TO COVER PULP
According to the Sun, William Shatner's new album which, as we reported on last week, one Ben Folds is producing, will include a cover version of Pulp's 'Common People'. Word is the cover is a duet with singer Joe Jackson.

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BLUE GOSSIP
More 'Blue-to-split' rumours today after the Daily Star reported that boyband member Antony Costa failed to persuade any of his bandmates to turn up to his birthday party last week. The paper reckons their decision not to show at the party shows tensions continue to grow between Costa and Duncan James, Lee Ryan and Simon Webbe. We'll see.

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BRITNEY GOSSIP
Both Jive Records and Britney's personal publicist Nicole King have confirmed those rumours that Ms Spears has got engaged to dancer boyfriend Kevin Federline. A spokesman for the BMG division told reporters last week: "I can confirm that yes, she is engaged".

Elsewhere in Britney news, rumours this weekend that Justin Timberlake is looking to rekindle his friendship with Spears by offering to write some songs for her. An 'insider' is quoted as saying that Britney - who is apparently back on speaking terms with Justin - is considering the offer because she thinks a Timberlake/Spears collaboration might excite her fanbase who are most likely a bit pissed off that her upcoming US tour has had to be cancelled following that fall on a recent video shoot.

Said insider says: "Justin is there for Britney at the moment because she has had a really tough time. She is obviously upset about having to cancel her tour. Even though her songs are doing OK, she is worried about how letting her fans down will affect her future."

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NTL COMMERCIAL RADIO AWARDS WINNERS IN FULL

Programmer of the Year: Neil Greenslade - Galaxy 102.2

Marketing Excellence: Sunrise Radio 1458

Social Action Initiative Award: West Sound - A77 Campaign

News Award: Radio City News Team

Radio Station of the Year (<300,000 TSA): Rutland Radio

Radio Station of the Year (300,000 to 1 million TSA): Mercia FM

Radio Station of the Year (>1 million TSA): Wave 105

Commercial Radio Presentation Newcomer of the Year: Lauren Laverne - XFM

Special Award: Neil Fox

Radio Presenters of the Year: Boogie & Vicky Pitchers - 97.3 Forth One

Radio Programme or Feature of the Year: Exam Slam - Galaxy 105, Galaxy 102, Galaxy 105-106

Neil Robinson Memorial Award: Lisa Higgins - Marketing Director of the Century FM Network

Gold Award: Chrysalis Radio

National Sales Team of the Year: Classic FM Sales Team

Local Sales Team of the Year: 107.4 The Quay

British Heart Foundation Action on Health Award: West Action - West Sound

ID Liner, Jingle, Sting or Sweeper of the Year: Tim Lihoreau & Paul Kelly - Classic FM

Digital Station of the Year: Capital Disney

RadioTechnical Innovation Award: Creation New Platforms

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