CMU Daily - on the inside 7 Apr 2003
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In today's CMU Daily:
• Rhode Island benefit gig planned
• Meatloaf announced new album and tour
• Arts Council launch electronica initiative
• Review: Various - Le Future Le Funk
• Macca postpones due to voice loss
• 50 Cent gets his own imprint
• Durst: new guitairst and new name (sort of)
• Cash out of hospital
• Box announce pop tour
• Warner label boss interested in buying Warner manufacturing business
• Incubus lose bassist
• Avril's night at Canadian Brits
• Industry bosses want former mayor for association top job
• Review: Martin L Gore - Counterfeit 2
• Junior Senior announce tour
• BBC London returns to regular shows after rolling war reports unpopular
• Eminem to team up with chart topping Cheatham
• No deal for Bunton – but fired Spice Girls manager will help

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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 one hit wonder questions each day this week and find out how to enter on Friday.

Q1: What was Anita Ward’s one hit, back in 1979?

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: Richard Ashcroft – Buy It In Bottles (Virgin/Hit); Queens of the Stone Age - Go With The Flow (Universal/Interscope); Kym Marsh – Cry (Universal/Island)

Albums: Athlete – Vehicles & Animals (EMI/Parlophone); Various – Playlist compiled by Jazzanova (JCR); Yo La Tengo – Summer Sun (Matador); Fugees – Greatest Hits (Sony/Columbia); The Donnas – Spend The Night (Warners/Atlantic); Smog – Supper (Domino); Autechre – Draft 7.30 (Warp)

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CHART REPORT
I'm guessing, but I'm pretty sure that Virgin and Innocent would have been hoping that Atomic Kitten would have entered the chart a bit higher that number 4 with latest release 'Love Doesn’t Have To Hurt' – especially given that the Top 3 are all existing chart entrants (Room 5's Sure deodorant tune staying at one, Gareth Gates' Comic Relief number staying at two and Junior Senior still infectious 'Move Your Feet' climbing back up to three). That said, they are presumably glad to see the flagship boyband of pop rivals S Records - Westlife - have slipped down to nine after peaking at three with the long awaited 'Tonight'.

Is manufactured pop going out of fashion? Probably not – but those guaranteed number ones for teen bands seem to be gone. New releases wise and unless you're an Avril Lavinge fan ('I’m With You' goes in at seven) you have to go quite a way down the chart for the good stuff. Roots' 'The Seed' arrives at 33, The Donnas' 'Take It Off' at 38 and that’s about it.

Albums wise and The White Stripes storm to the number one spot with 'Elephant', though Norah Jones slips back up to 2 spot, with last week's two chart toppers – Linkin Park and Simply Red – following behind. New entries wise the album chart is a bit bare too. Hot Hot Heat a welcome arrival with 'Make Up The Breakdown' at 35. EMI would probably have been hoping for a higher entry than 17 for the remastered 'Dark Side Of The Moon' – though it will probably sell well over a longer period of time. Other than that we're talking Mis-Teeq and Hall & Oates.

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RHODE ISLAND BENEFIT GIG PLANNED
A benefit gig for the families of the 99 victims of that Rhode Island club fire has been set for 22 Apr at the Providence Performing Arts Center. Called 'A Night of Healing' the event is likely to be an eclectic gathering featuring: Justincase, Billy Gilman, Blue Öyster Cult, Rick Derringer, Randy Jackson, Lennon, Vanilla Fudge, Phoebe Snow and the Southern Rock All-Stars. More acts are expected to be added to the bill. This event is not the one promised by Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst immediately following the fire – no details of that fundraiser just yet.

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MEATLOAF ANNOUNCED NEW ALBUM AND TOUR
Meatloaf has announced another tour and album, which some reckon could be his grand finale musically because his people are talking about the project as a "brief hiatus for Meatloaf's burgeoning film career". The tour will begin in the US in June and then travel around the world taking in Asia, Europe and Australia. The titled track from the album 'Couldn't Have Said It Better' has been written by Motley Crue's Nickki Sixx. The PR machine have said the new material is "reminiscent of his work with Jim Steinman" which presumably means Steinman, the man behind most of Meatloaf's really big hits, isn't actually involved.

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ARTS COUNCIL LAUNCH ELECTRONICA INITIATIVE
The Arts Council is backing a new electronic music project called Logarhythm which is described as "a co-operative network of some of the most innovative independent promoters, artists and labels which aims to readdress the balance between the UK's pool of pioneering and creative talents, and the under representation of electronic music, particularly in the live arena, with a series of events, workshops, tutorials and concerts that will serve as a focal point for the UK’s electronic music scene."

I think that's a pretentious way of saying the Arts Council are staging a number a gigs featuring Warp-esque artists as well as organizing workshops for independent electronica artists and labels to help them sell and promote their work. I mentioned Warp because the project launches with a tour involving artists from the label – principally Mira Calix and Chris Clark – on the following dates:

2 May: Glasgow, Henry Wood Hall
4 May: Cambridge, Bad Timing @ The Potland
6 May: Norwich, Slow magazine presents upstairs @ KAFE DA
7 May: London, Lumin presents @ 93 Ft East
8 May: Bristol, PAUSE_2/pedestrian presents at The Thekla
9 May: Leicester, Plankton (Deep Water) presents at
10 May: Birmingham, Capsule Custard Factory
11 May: Nottingham, Deselect Moog

Similar tours are planned working with smaller labels like Req/Kid Acne, Mego Records, Rephlex Records and Mille Plateau/Force Inc.

More info at http://www.logarythm.org.uk

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REVIEW: Various - Le Future Le Funk (Hooj Choons)
Hooj may not be the most prolific or high profile quality house label, but when they drop a compilation, everyone should know. With praise from Muzik, DJ and the originally titled 7Update, the album reminds all the house heads who have been suffering a dance industry downturn, why they loved the music in the first place: its catchy loops and danceable beats, its peaks and troughs, and the feeling it gives you whether you're driving, dancing or sexing. Hooj have showcased another fantastic double disc compilation of deep and groovey house music from the likes of Metro Area, Swayzak, KV:5 and the Audio Bully's. JG
Release date Apr tbc
Press contact: Hooj IH [all]

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MACCA POSTPONES DUE TO VOICE LOSS
Paul McCartney's first UK tour in ten years hit a little set back this weekend when Macca lost his voice. He told fans with tickets for his second Sheffield date: "I've caught a cold which made my voice start to go after last night's show. I woke up this morning with virtually no voice. I've been doing all that I can to try and get my voice back and I tried singing a couple of numbers at a sound check this afternoon. But nothing has worked, and so I am afraid I have to cancel this show in order to save the other gigs on the tour. I'm sorry to all the people who all bought tickets for the show, at least we got to do one gig in Sheffield. We'll be back to do the show here at some other time." Fans with tickets for the gig have been urged to hang on to them for a rescheduled date.

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50 CENT GETS HIS OWN IMPRINT
Continuing the trend of every rapper needing to have their own imprint label, now 50 Cent - currently signed to Eminem's Shady Records, which is an imprint of Dr Dre's Aftermath Records, which is an imprint of Interscope, which is an imprint of Universal - is getting his own imprint, G-Unit Records. Which means future 50 Cent releases will be released by G Unit – an imprint of an imprint of an imprint of an imprint of Universal (actually 50 Cent, like Eminem, will report directly to Interscope's management, but it’s less amusing that way). 50 Cent presumably has A&R ambitions and will no doubt be looking to sign other young hip hop talent, who will presumably all want their own labels too.

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DURST: NEW GUITAIRST AND NEW NAME (SORT OF)
After a much hyped yet unsuccessful national search to find a replacement for guitarist Wes Borland, Fred Durst has announced that former Snot axeman Mike Smith will take over guitar duties with Limp Bizkit. Durst explained: "We really like jamming with Mike. He's dope. This you will find out soon enough." Smith will help put the final touches to the new Limp Bizkit album, which is due out in June. That album has had a number of different working titles – including 'Bipolar', 'Less Is More' and 'The Search for Teddy Swoes'. Still not completely sure what the album will actually be called – though Durst has said whatever it is called it will be credited to limpbizkit, all one word, all lower case.

In his regular online ramblings Durst also confirmed the band was planning another "guerilla tour" to promote the album - "You know,one were we just show up and play free concerts for you" – this is a repeat of the band's marketing approach in 2000, though presumably without the sponsor who supported that tour - Napster. Meanwhile Wes Borland, who famously fell out with Durst, is struggling to find a lead vocalist for his new band, Eat The Day. Word is the band have sifted through hundreds of demo submissions and auditioned several candidates, but "the search for a singer is still on."

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CASH OUT OF HOSPITAL
Johnny Cash has been released from hospital after being treated for pneumonia. As previously reported Cash had been admitted to hospital with the illness, which is caused by a condition he suffers from called autonomic neuropathy. A spokesman for the Baptist Hospital in Nashville told reporters: "He's obviously doing much better. We wanted to make sure he was completely better before we let him go."

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BOX ANNOUNCE POP TOUR
EMAP have announced details of their The Box branded pop tour, Boxlive. Dannii Minogue, Mel C, Darius, Girls Aloud, Mis-teeq, Busted and Blazin' Squad are among the acts who will perform at gigs in eleven cities around the UK, kicking off with Blackpool on 21 May. More info at http://www.boxlive.co.uk.

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WARNER LABEL BOSS INTERESTED IN BUYING WARNER MANUFACTURING BUSINESS
The 'industry veteran' said to be negotiating to buy AOL Time Warner's DVD and CD manufacturing business is Jim Caparro – current boss of Warner owned WEA Records – according to reports in the New York Post anyway. Word is Caparro is still looking for financial backers to buy a business which AOLTW chief Dick Parsons reckons is worth $1 billion.

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INCUBUS LOSE BASSIST
Incubus have announced the departure of bassist and founding member Dirk Lance who will be replaced by Rootsguitarist Ben Kenney. In a statement frontman Brandon Boyd told reporters: "We, as a band, would love to express our gratitude towards Dirk for an amazing 12 years of artistry and dedication. He was and will remain a valuable asset to the history of this band." No word on whether the departure has anything to do with the ongoing legal dispute the band is embroiled in – as you'll remember Incubus is suing Sony to be freed of their contract with Epic, in reaction to which Sony countersued claiming Incubus owes the label four additional albums.

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AVRIL'S NIGHT AT CANADIAN BRITS
It was Canada's Brits this weekend (the Juno Awards) and it was another good day for the ever popular rebel pop rocker Avril Lavigne who took four awards – one for best pop album, best album, best single and one for best newcomer.Accepting the latter she told the audience: "Hey, you're only new once, eh? It's really great to be here."Though not up with the Grammys in number of awards presented there's quite a few categories – full list of winners at http://www.juno-awards.ca

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INDUSTRY BOSSES WANT FORMER MAYOR FOR ASSOCIATION TOP JOB
According the The New York Post some big wigs in the music industry have been sounding out former Big Apple mayor Rudy Giuliani to take over from Hilary Rosen as head of the Recording Industry of America Association – he being used to managing disasters! But with the booming successes of Rudy's consultancy Giuliani Partners and rumours he will declare himself as a Presidential candidate it is unlikely he'll be up for the RIAA job.

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REVIEW: Martin L Gore - Counterfeit 2 (Mute)
Martin Gore, you may remember, is Depeche Mode's candy-floss haired songwriter who got songs about S &M into the top ten and posed on the cover of Smash Hits wearing a leather mini skirt back in the 80's when DM were the electronic equivalent of the Smiths. The Mode's frontman Dave Gahan releases his solo album this year, but Gore is beating him to it with this second album of covers. The songwriters chosen at first seems rather obvious - Bowie, Lennon, Lou Reed - but the songs are mostly fairly obscure. Certainly David Essex's 'Stardust', which is being released as a single, is an unlikely choice and it makes a striking track. 'I Cast a Lonesome Shadow' is the song most akin to the DM sound, it's a familiar sounding tune given a cold electronic soundscape. 'In My Other World' is a stand out track, it's by Julee Cruise and as you may guess it's a strange and haunting song. Another highlight is the fragile beauty of Lou Reed's 'Candy Says' which is given a delicate reworking. This album is not "music for the masses", although it's likely to be interesting to fans of DM in particular and those interested in electronic music generally. There may be as many misses as hits but still the songs which work, succeed very well indeed. JW
Release date: 28 Apr
Press contact: Pomona [CP, RP]

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JUNIOR SENIOR ANNOUNCE TOUR
Junior Senior – pulling off that rare feat of having a 'grower single' that has stayed in the Top 10 for well over a month now – have announced a UK tour for May. Dates:

1 May: Glasgow Barfly
3 May: Manchester Hop and Grape
4 May: Brighton The Boutique
6 May: Birmingham Academy 2
7 May: Bristol Fleece and Firkin
8 May: London Scala
9 May: Cardiff Barfly
11 May: Liverpool Barfly, The Masque Venue

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BBC LONDON RETURNS TO REGULAR SHOWS AFTER ROLLING WAR REPORTS UNPOPULAR
Wannabe rolling news channel BBC London has given in to listener pressure and returned to their regular programme schedule. On the night bombs first dropped on Baghdad the BBC's London station, presumably hoping for a quick war, cancelled all regular shows and went for a rolling war report format. But the decision was unpopular with listeners. Many emailed in, or posted complaints on the message board, pointing out that if people want rolling war news there are plenty of other TV and radio outlets (all telling us that "little has happened" and speculating wildly about "what that means"!) – and that there was no real London angle to the story and therefore noreason for a London station to go war crazy.

A spokesman for the station yesterday confirmed they would be restoring the normal schedules, including Danny Baker’s breakfast show: "After careful consideration, we feel that the time is now right to get Danny back on air at breakfast, while making full provision to respond to news events flexibly and comprehensively." That said with a seven minute news bulletin on the hour, four minutes half past the hour, and headlines at quarter past and quarter to, there won't be much room for anything else! The Association of Independent Music is still campaigning against the axing of a number of specialist music shows at BBC London which were dropped from the schedule as they went the more talk radio route.

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EMINEM TO TEAM UP WITH CHART TOPPING CHEATHAM
Rumour has it Eminem is planning to collaborate with Oliver Cheatham, the 55-year-old soul singer whose vocals appear on Room 5’s current No 1 single 'Make Luv'. Cheatham is reported to have said: "Eminem saw me playing and said he would like to work with me. So we’re going to get together and work on some things as soon as his latest tour is finished."

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CMU POP QUIZ ANSWERS
The answers to last week's chart trivia pop quiz were as follows:

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?
Abba and the Beatles

Q2: Who had the first ever number one in the UK charts?
Al Martino with 'Here In My Heart' back in November 1952.

Q3: What chart claim to fame have Robbie Williams, Dido and the Beatles have in common?
They have had the best selling albums for each year of the new millennium (Beatles' '1' in 2000, Dido's 'No Angel' in 2001 and Robbie's 'Escapology' in 2002).

Q4: Why was the chances of getting into the chart essentially doubled on 14th November 1952?
Because the chart, previously at Top 10, became a Top 20 (though in those days if two records tied in sales they both got the same chart entry, meaning sometimes the Top 10 had twelve records in it!)

Q5: Four artists have had million selling singles that failed to ever get to number one - Wham, New Order, Robbie Williams and Bing Crosby. What songs sold the million while never topping the charts?
'Last Christmas', 'Blue Monday', 'Angels' and 'White Christmas' respectively.

Well, another tricky week, but Nick in Sheffield got all five right and wins themselves an Xray subscription. One more subscription to give away this week – so keep an eye on those questions.

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