CMU Daily - on the inside 31 Mar 2003
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In today's CMU Daily:
• Great White to perform at benefit gig
• Glasto tickets go on sale
• Springsteen gig fails to get licence
• T in the Park update
• Troubles and changes for Universal post-Diller
• Review: Mike Ladd – Wile Out Day/Jet Pack 7”
• J Lo’s U2 collaboration, Nelson’s U2 cover
• Smiths pull out of running for Warners book business
• Stones cancel China dates
• Timberlake track used for fitness campaign
• Shy FX helps Dublin club celebrate first birthday
• Homelands update
• Dance acts raise money for War Child
• Metallica re-sign to Mercury
• Williams records Johnny English track
• Review: Worm Is Green – Automagic
• Bluetones return
• DJs on the Miami highlights
• Ross will include recent heartache in memoirs

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CMU POP QUIZ
Win a free 12 month subscription to Xfm's new monthly music magazine X-Ray, keep the answers to our chart trivia questions each day this week and find out how to enter on Friday.

Q1: The Westlife boys are no nearer to beating Cliff's record of 14 number ones with their number three entry this week – which two acts have had more number ones than Cliff?

Answers to last week's pop quiz and the winners at the bottom of today's Daily.

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OUT TODAY – RECOMMENDED RELEASES
Singles: The Roots – The Seed (Universal); Future Kings Of Space - Face I Know (Red Flag Recording Company); Dave London & Filthy Rich – Twisted (Distinct'ive Breaks); Dr Rubberfunk – Latin Player (GPS Recordings)

Albums: The White Stipes – Elephant (Beggars/XL); Palace Of Pleasure – Betty Ford Here We Come (BMG); NLF 3 - Viva! (Prohibited Records); Spiritualized – Complete Works Vol 1 (BMG/Arista); Hot Hot Heat – Make Up The Breakdown (B-Unique); MC Honky – I Am The Messiah (B-Unique); Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon 20th Anniversary Edition (EMI); Christian J - Off Axis Trax Volume 1 (Distinct’ive Breaks); Cosmovitelli – Clean (12” Robot Soul) (Virgin)

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CHART REPORT
Well, for most people going straight in at number three is good news, but you can't help thinking that Westlife would have been hoping to go into the chart higher with their first single release for five months. 'Tonight' was postponed from its planned January release after the members Shane and Nicky weren't feeling so good. Had the boyband still been at their peak you would have assumed the anticipation among their fanbase would have sent them straight to number one. As it is they were outsold by label mate Gareth Gates whose charity version of 'Spirit In The Sky' has already been in the charts for four weeks, this week dropping one place to number two.

A top three single is a fine achievement of course, but missing the number one spot is bound to start "beginning of the end" talk about the Irish warblers. Certainly it puts their chances of beating Cliff's number ones record (he's had 14, they've had 11) somewhat further off – which is ironic given that the latest single is a cover version of Cliff's 'Miss You Nights'. Then again, the Westlife boys didn't seem too keen about their latest single even before it was released. The group's Mark Feehly told reporters last week, "We're fed up with cover versions and this was a bad cover version. But it's still out on this week because some will like it. We reached a turning point when Miss You Nights was lined up as the next single and none of us liked the song. It made us realize the next album needs to be fresh and different. If we carry on, we'll be bored."

As it was it was the soundtrack to that Sure commercial that took the top spot – oh the power of advertising, because Room 5's 'Make Luv', essentially a reworking of Oliver Cheatam's eighties song 'Get Down (Saturday Night)' ain't that good a track without the accompanying 'geeky guy dance'. But we're assured it's gonna be an clubbing anthem of 2003 and who are we to argue? Elsewhere in the chart this week new entries for Coldplay with 'Clocks' (who themselves might have been hoping for a higher entry position than 9 given their profile just now), and particularly welcome new entries for Hot Hot Heat with 'Bandages' at 25 and Athlete with 'El Salvador' at 31.

Albums wise and Norah has been finally knocked off the top spot (though her album is still in the Top Three a year after its release!), with Linkin Park's 'Metorea' storming in at number one proving the "nu-metal is dead" commentaries to be wrong, for the time being release. Good news for Warners with Linkin Park, but perhaps less so that Mick Hucknall's self-released Simply Red album goes straight in at number two a few days after he slagged off his former record company (Warners label East West) for making lots of profits from little work with his previous albums. Only other new entry of note in the albums chart this week is Placebo's 'Sleeping With Ghosts' which enters at number 11, though The Cardigan's 'Long Gone Before Midnight' enters just below the Top 40 at number 47.

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GREAT WHITE TO PERFORM AT BENEFIT GIG
The surviving members of Great White will perform one song at a benefit gig being staged next month in memory of Ty Longley, the band's guitarist who was one of the 99 who died in that tragic nightclub fire in Rhode Island. The show will take place at the Key Club in West Hollywood on 29 Apr and will raise money for the Longley memorial fund that has been created to support the late guitarist's pregnant girlfriend, victims of the fire and students seeking art scholarships. The band say they have no immediate plans to perform together as a band after that gig, though they may appear individually at other benefit / memorial shows. Authorities are still to decide whether the venue or band management were to blame for the fire that began after a pyro display went wrong – as previously reported the venue claim they were not warned that pyros would be used, the band claim they were given permission.

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GLASTO TICKETS GO ON SALE
Festival update part one. Glastonbury tickets go on sale today at http://www.aloud.com, from 08708 302003 and at various ticket agencies around the UK. Tickets cost £105 plus booking fee. Glastonbury never announce their line up until very close to the Festival itself long after the event has sold out. However this year REM and Radiohead have both said they will play headline sets. Other strong rumours to appear are Grandaddy, The Strokes, Feeder and Billy Bragg. Past rumours that Dolly Parton would play a set have been denied, and this weekend an unofficial Prince website said rumours he would be performing at Glastonbury were untrue.

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SPRINGSTEEN GIG FAILS TO GET LICENCE
Promoters of a sell out Bruce Springsteen gig are facing the task of refunding 50,000 tickets after local councillors refused a licence. Springsteen was due to play a concert at Manchester's Old Trafford cricket ground on 29 May. But local residents have complained about noise and crowd problems surrounding previous events at the ground, especially last year's concerts by Oasis. A spokesman for Trafford Borough Council told reporters: "In reaching this decision, councillors were advised of the problems experienced during several previous concerts at the cricket ground. Although several areas of the management of each of these concerts worked well, there were still serious problems relating to the environmental impact on local residents." Promoters are expected to appeal before deciding on whether to re-house or cancel the show.

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T IN THE PARK UPDATE
Festival news bit two. Tickets for this year's T in the Park are apparently selling three times as fast as last year. A record number of fans have snapped up tickets for the tenth T In The Park which counts Coldplay, REM, The Coral, Zwan, The Streets, the Charlatans and Idlewild among its line up. A spokesman for the Festival told reporters this weekend: "This definitely looks set to be the most successful T in the Park ever, which is extremely fitting considering it's the festival's tenth birthday. I think fans, new and existing, are excited about being a part of this special year, especially as they know we'll have a few surprises to announce yet. With a good chance of sunshine at this year's event, we can only advise fans who do not already have their tickets to get in fast because at the current rate of sales, the festival is likely to sell-out well in advance."

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TROUBLES AND CHANGES FOR UNIVERSAL POST-DILLER
US media giant Liberty Media sued struggling entertainments conglom Vivendi Universal on Friday claiming the company lied about its crippling financial crisis when they handed over most of their stake in the USA Network company in return for Vivendi stock back in 2001. Liberty are looking for the courts to find former Vivendi chief Jean-Marie Messier guilty of "fraud and misrepresentation" and in doing so to cancel the deal between the two groups. The timing of the lawsuit is key – former USA Networks boss Barry Diller, whose media empire was merged with Vivendi's entertainment businesses after the 2001 deal, quit Universal earlier this month. Since the merger he had been running Vivendi Universal Entertainment, and since Vivendi's turn in financial fortune had been looking to offload some of the group's entertainment assets.

After Diller quit a sale of Vivendi's USA Networks operations became increasingly likely – which probably explains why Liberty have chosen now to declare their deal with Vivendi void. Meanwhile new(ish) Vivendi boss Jean-Ren Fourtou was in the US last week to meet with 300 executives at Universal Entertainment to discuss the way forward post-Diller. Word is Fourtou discussed several scenarios including the possibility of a joint venture as opposed to an outright sale. Universal's music operations weren't mentioned specifically however – recent reports from Vivendi's French HQ have suggested the music companies are unlikely to be sold off.

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REVIEW: Mike Ladd – Wile Out Day/Jet Pack 7" (!K7)
The man of a million guises from ghetto superstar to high-rise bling king to New York Boho poet, Mike Ladd is back having been away for about seven minutes. His Majesticons LP for Big Dada is barely out but already he has an album penned in for September. This 7" sees two different sides of Ladd’s multifaceted artistic personality: 'Wile Out Day' sounds like a do or die cover of the 'Million Dollar Man' theme – speeding rolling drums and gritty horns carry Ladds distorted stanzas of future punk slam. 'Jet Pack' is a laid back hiphop jam with G-funk synth and Ladd's quirky Atari production. He may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but who wants everyone else’s tea anyway? Ladd leads the way lyrically and stylistically – he is a true visionary. JG
Release date: 10 Mar
Press contact: Shillands [CP, RP, NP] K7 IH [CR, RR, NR]

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J LO'S U2 COLLABORATION, NELSON'S U2 COVER
J Lo has told fans that she has recorded a duet with Bono, though she's not sure if it will get a release. Speaking on a webchat via http://www.launch.com she said: "I did a song with Bono and haven't released it yet. We were waiting for the right timing to release it, and haven't released it yet, so it would be great if that saw the light of day one day." On the theme of duets, following her chart success with her LL Cool J collaboration, she said: "I have always thought about doing a duet with Craig David." Talking of U2, which we were, kinda, Willie Nelson's version of U2's 'Slow Dancing' will be included on his forthcoming retrospective album. The track, originally recorded by U2 as a b-side for their 1993 single 'Stay', was covered by Nelson as a b-side of his 1998 release 'If God Will Send His Angels'.

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SMITHS PULL OUT OF RUNNING FOR WARNERS BOOK BUSINESS
WH Smith, who had been toying with buying some of the publishing companies owned by struggling entertainments conglom AOL Time Warner, have told reporters they will not be pursuing any deal. Reports suggested the retailer was considering acquiring Warner's book publishing assets (which include Little, Brown & Company and Warner Books) and merging them with their own publishing business Hodder Headline. But bosses at the company have said no deal will be done. One of the favourites to buy the Warners book company is now Bertelsmann, BMG's parent company. Elsewhere in the world of AOL Time Warner, the group's magazine publishing division has said it will end free access to the websites of some of its key titles, including Entertainment Weekly and People. Access will be limited to those who subscribe to individual magazines, and AOL customers.

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STONES CANCEL CHINA DATES
After postponing their Hong Kong dates this weekend the Rolling Stones have now confirmed they will not play their two China gigs this week because of continuing concern over the Asian Flu epidemic. In a statement on the website the band said: "The Rolling Stones announced today that their concert performances in Shanghai on April 1 and Beijing on April 4 have been cancelled due to World Health Organization and Center for Disease Control travel warnings regarding SARS, and continued concerns expressed by local Chinese government officials, communities, and individuals over large public gatherings." Mick Jagger added: "We are very sad and disappointed not to be able to do these concerts. We have been looking forward to the shows in China for so long and will reschedule them as soon as possible."

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TIMBERLAKE TRACK USED FOR FITNESS CAMPAIGN
The third single release from Justin Timberlake's Justified album - 'Rock Your Body' – will be used by US gym chain Bally Total Fitness. Apparently Justin is a former customer of the Bally gyms, and the company hope using his track will appeal to young Americans. "As a Bally member for several years, Justin is a terrific fit for Bally and our consumers and continues to positively connect with our core demographic of young, athletic consumers," the company's John Wildman told reporters. "His spirit, talent and passion continue to inspire people everywhere to exercise and renew their commitment to health and fitness and we're proud to have him on our team."

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SHY FX HELPS DUBLIN CLUB CELEBRATE FIRST BIRTHDAY
Dublin's Club Tivoli will celebrate its first birthday on 19 Apr with a set from Shy FX (his first performance in the Irish capital) supported by J Majik and Razor. Room 2 will play host to Belfast born David Holmes. Despite Shy FX's success and popularity as a producer he doesn't do many DJ sets so it should be quite a night.

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HOMELANDS UPDATE
More festival news - Kosheen, Uncut and Junior Senior have been added to the Homelands line up, joining headliners Chemical Brothers, Groove Armada and The Streets and DJ sets from Pete Tong, Sasha, Roger Sanchez and John Digweed.

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DANCE ACTS RAISE MONEY FOR WAR CHILD
Talking of Kosheen – they will be performing with Dirty Vegas and Mint Royale at a fundraiser for the War Child charity at the Kentish Town Forum on 10 Apr. The night will be hosted by Channel 4's Vernon Kaye and feature a DJ set from Jon Carter. Organisers are hoping to raise money to held fund the relief operation in Iraq – though they stress its an apolitical event concerned with the humanitarian side affects of the war, rather than campaigning against the war effort itself.

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METALLICA RE-SIGN TO MERCURY
Metallica have re-signed with Universal label Mercury Records who they have worked with outside the US for the last fifteen years. The new deal precedes the release of the band's eighth studio album – due out on 9 Jun. Announcing the deal Mercury’s joint MD here in the UK, Greg Castell, told reporters: "We are delighted to extend our relationship with Metallica, the most powerful rock band of a generation. They are one of the few bands who can truly be described as musical pioneers."

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WILLIAMS RECORDS JOHNNY ENGLISH TRACK
EMI have confirmed Robbie Williams has recorded the title song to the new Rowan Atkinson fronted Bond spoof 'Johnny English', which opens on 11 Apr. The track, called 'A Man for All Seasons', was co-written by Robbie with film composer Hans Zimmer.

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REVIEW: Worm Is Green – Automagic (Thule Musik)
The best adjective to describe this LP is 'Icelandic'. I've never been to Iceland but from listening to this and music like Bjork and Mum I imagine it to look like the place in the sky where Gulliver went. Things have an icy twinkle, girls have elfin eyes and ears and the wind rings with the sound of this album. Everyone moves in slow motion. And like my very realistic view of Iceland, this album is serene but eerie, spiky but warm, and loads of other oxymoronic comparisons. JG
Release date: 5 May
Press contact: Rocket Science

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BLUETONES RETURN
The Bluetones are back – which is always good news. Their fourth studio album 'Luxembourg' is released on 12 May. While the album will be once again released by their own label Superior Quality Recordings they are no longer affiliated to Universal label Mercury, working in stead with Vital. Frontman Mark Morris has said the new album is "completely different to anything we’ve ever done before" – you can check if he's right with the release of a double a-side single - 'Fast Boy/Liquid Lips' - on 21 Apr, or at one of their up coming 50 gigs around the UK (they play London Astoria on 22 May).

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DJS ON THE MIAMI HIGHLIGHTS
DJ royalty have been talking to reporters about their personal highlights from last week's Miami Winter Conference. The highlights of the highlights: Darren Emerson: "Tony Senghore was big for me - with Jon Carter, Josh Wink, Lottie and Kid Creme supporting as soon as they got copies. 'Call of The Wild' by Gus Gus on Underwater [Emerson's label!] went down massively at the Ovum Party at Cro Bar, Puff Daddy (Darren Emerson Acid mix) was a big one for me and Sharam Jay with a track called Shake Your - a top buzzing track." Paul Jackson: "For me Lee Cabrera - Shake it (Credence) and Sharam Jay - Shake Your (Underwater) were the ones I actually saw take clubs apart." Pete Tong: "There were many to be honest - for me Brancaccio and Asher's Everybody might have sneaked it but it was close, Planet Funk was also huge."

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ROSS WILL INCLUDE RECENT HEARTACHE IN MEMOIRS
Diana Ross has promised her up coming autobiography will include a telling of "the recent heartaches of her life" – which probably means content on her drink driving arrest, the break up of her marriage and the disastrous Supremes reunion tour. According to her publisher, Judith Regan of ReganBooks: "What readers will discover in this moving memoir is that no one is immune from... all the losses and challenges we each face in our lives." The release of the book will coincide with a one-hour interview on US TV to air in May.

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CMU POP QUIZ ANSWERS
The answers to last week's pop quiz – all on a cover versions theme – were as follows:

Q1: Which two Simon Cowell managed acts have covered 'Unchained Melody'?
- Gareth Gates & Robson and Jerome

Q2: Which 'pop combo' - with a membership on par with the Polyphonic Spree - have covered Abba's 'Dancing Queen', Gina G's 'Oooh Ah A Little Bit' and, rather aptly, Madonna's 'True Blue'?
- The Smurfs

Q3: Which two artists had Top 40 hits with 'Could It Be Magic' before Take That?
- Barry Manillow and Donna Summer

Q4: Which country star said of which diva "it's her song now" after the latter topped the charts with a cover of a song penned by the former?
- Dolly Parton of Whitney Houston on ‘I will always love you’

Q5: Which 'double act' took on Sonny's lines when Cher rerecorded 'I Got You Babe' in 1994?
- Beavis and Butthead

Well, it was the Smurf question that got most people confused – but the clue was in the question! But no fooling Emily Cooper from Shifty Disco who gets a 12 month subscription to Xfm's mag X-Ray. Another X-Ray subscription courtesy of Xfm to win this week - so keep an eye on those questions.

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