CMU Daily - on the inside 17 Apr 2003
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In today's CMU Daily:
• Another award for Dynamite
• Free day line up at Orange’s Evolution
• Radiohead announce autumn tour
• Tha Row not responsible turning rapper into murderer
• Review: Stars – Heart
• Moby likes Scrabble shocker
• EMAP hire services of former Radio 1 publicity man
• Warp classical show gets a Radio 3 airing
• 19’s Fuller moves into light entertainment
• Gallagher bored on being in a band
• Review: Various - Indica Brazilia
• Universal takeover gossip
• More RIAA top job rumours
• Imbruglia sets wedding date

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CMU POP QUIZ
With Mr Scruff's remixed Sweetsmoke CD out end of May, here's a chance to win Scruff goodies (a mug, t-shirt and some vinyl). Email the answers to this week's pop quiz questions (all on a samples theme) to cmupopquiz@unlimitedmedia.co.uk by Sunday at 5pm to go into the draw to win the subscription.

Q1: What Led Zeppelin track did the drums on De La Soul's 'Three is the Magic Number' come from?

Q2: Whose rendition of whose track 'The Last Time' was famously sampled on the Verve's 'Bitter Sweet Symphony'?

Q3: The tune from 'Groove Is In The Heart' by Dee-Lite comes from Herbie Hancock's theme tune to which 60's film?
and today's question...

Q4: Which track does the main sample from De La Soul's 'Me, Myself and I' come from?

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ANOTHER AWARD FOR DYNAMITE
Capital FM held their listener voted Help A London Child Awards yesterday, and it was another good day for Ms Dynamite. She was voted favourite female artist – another gong to put with her Brits, Mobos and Mercury Music Prize. Other awards distributed at the event were favourite UK band for Coldplay, favourite UK group for Blue and favourite male vocalist for Daniel Bedingfield. Best single was Liberty X's 'Just A Little Bit', 'Angels With Dirty Faces' by Sugababes won the album chart award.

Pink was named best international solo artist and Nelly and Kelly's 'Dilemma' was favourite international single. Westlife were named favourite international group, Will Young was best newcomer and Atomic Kitten scooped favourite pop act. If all that pop wasn't more than it is safe to handle, Simply Red won an award for outstanding contribution to music.

Talking at the awards Ms Dynamite revealed the child she is expecting in July is a boy, and that she has been playing music him. Speaking to the Sun she said: "There's an old wives' tale that you don't put on weight when you are expecting a boy and that's certainly true with me. I've been finding it hard to move around on stage as I get bigger and bigger. I want to be a proper mum and I don't want to do any more touring until I'm ready. I feel knackered all the time."

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FREE DAY LINE UP AT ORANGE'S EVOLUTION
Organisers of the Orange sponsored Evolution Festival – which is taking place in Newcastle between 24 Apr and 24 Jul – have announced Moloko, Dirty Vegas, Gus Gus and CMU favourites Junior Senior will be among the acts performing at a free outdoor event on the May Day bank holiday. The event, on 5 May, will be one of the biggest events in the Evolution programme running throughout the day. Provisional line up as follows:

2.30pm - 3.15pm Infinite Level
3.15pm - 3.45pm Sirens
4pm - 4.35pm Jean Jacques Smoothie
4.40pm - 5.25pm Lockdown Project
5.40pm - 6.15pm Gus Gus
6.45pm - 7.30pm Junior Senior
8pm - 8.45pm Dirty Vegas
9pm - 10.30pm Moloko

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RADIOHEAD ANNOUNCE AUTUMN TOUR
On top of a handful of May dates and the Glastonbury headline set already announced, Radiohead have told NME they will be touring bigger venues around the UK in November as they continue to promote upcoming album 'Hail To The Thief'. In between the band will spend much of the summer touring America, Japan and mainland Europe.

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THA ROW NOT RESPONSIBLE TURNING RAPPER INTO MURDERER
According to Billboard allegations against Tha Row (formerly Death Row) Records and its boss Suge Knight, that said he encouraged a wannabe rapper to live a more violent life, have been dropped. As reported in the Daily earlier this week Knight had been named in the legal case against aspiring Texas rapper Antron Singleton (aka Big Lurch) who is accused of murdering his girlfriend.

There were allegations that Singleton had been encouraged by Knight to take drugs that altered his personality to improve his 'gangsta' image. But Knight denied even knowing Singleton, let alone advising him to be more violent. The attorney of the mother of the murdered girl, who made the allegations, yesterday told Billboard: "We did our reinvestigation into this matter, and it seems that our information received earlier was wrong. Death Row and Tha Row had no part in this, and we're filing a dismissal with respect to them today."

A spokesperson for the label subsequently commented: "Every time there are problems on the West Coast, people always try to involve Suge. What's unfortunate about this is that it's difficult to un-ring a bell."

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REVIEW: Stars – Heart (Setanta)
"Time can take its toll on the best of us". It's not often enough that an album full of happy-sad perfect pop comes along, fusing guitars and electronics to glorious effect, and leaving you swooning at its soft, understated songs of love and loss. 'Heart' is sensitive twee indie of the very best kind, but without the nauseating smugness of, say, Belle and Sebastian, and with plenty of traces of perfect pop progenitors New Order and Saint Etienne (see 'Death To Death' and 'The Vanishing' respectively, for examples) to boot. There are also indications that the Canadian quartet indulge a fondness for the Sarah/Shinkansen labels (lyrically, think Bob Wratten, but with a more dark, death-fixated side). Indeed, long-time Trembling Blue Stars/Field Mice producer Ian Catt adds his magic touch to three songs here, including the title track, which will move you to tears unless you have no, ahem, heart. "We all come to an end/And we all end together". Beautiful but spiky, then. (Even roses have thorns, of course.) An album to treasure, but keep as a secret. MS
Release date: 5 May
Press contact: Momentum PR

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MOBY LIKES SCRABBLE SHOCKER
Ever keen to dispel any accusations of being a cool musician, Moby, in his latest online ramblings, this week reveals he loves scrabble (so much so that he's even printed out a list of acceptable two-letter words), likes tea dances and likes to listen to the odd Celine Dion track. He writes: "I'm such a pathetic geek. I even printed out the list of acceptable two-letter words. Of note are ky for cows, mm for an exclamation of satisfaction, qi for Chinese life force, xi for a Greek letter, xu for a Vietnamese coin, zo for a Himalayan yak, also spelled dzo and zho, and so on."

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EMAP HIRE SERVICES OF FORMER RADIO 1 PUBLICITY MAN
EMAP have hired a publicity agency run by a former Radio 1 publicity chief to run the marketing of its Kiss 100 station. Paul Simpson's recently launched his company Dutch after five years promoting the BBC's pop station. Dutch will have the job of promoting Bam Bam's Sony Award-nominated breakfast show and 'new' Kiss talent like Adam F and DJ Hype.

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WARP CLASSICAL SHOW GETS A RADIO 3 AIRING
Here's a radio show worth checking out, and it's on BBC Radio 3! You may recall the Warp Works and 20th Century Masters concert that took over the Royal Festival Hall last month with classical renditions of tracks by the likes of Aphex Twin, Boards Of Canada and Squarepusher. Well, the BBC recorded the show and Radio 3 have confirmed they will be airing the recording on 26 Apr at 10.45pm. The show also featured performances of works from Twentieth Century avant-garde composers such as Gyorgy Ligeti, Karlheinz Stockhausen, John Cage, Conlon Nancarrow and Charles Ives, as well as Mira Calix, who performed a piece entitled 'Nunu', live with the London Sinfonietta.

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19'S FULLER MOVES INTO LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT
Simon Fuller's 19 Television are sounding out both ITV and BBC about a new game show – the good news is this one isn't about generating another HearSay. Moving away from music based TV into more general light entertainment the new show will try to get a million people on the phone at the same time to participate. Each person will pay a pound to enter and the overall prize is, you guessed it, £1 million. Taking place over several weeks the million contestants will be quickly whittled down to the top twenty, who will then be brought into the studio to compete for the top prize. No word on whether coughing will be part of the competition. On a musical note Fuller is currently developing a modern day Monkees for American TV and, despite reports the show had been indefinitely shelved, it looks likely a second Pop Idol will be screened on ITV later this year.

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GALLAGHER BORED OF BEING IN A BAND
Noel Gallagher has told Heat magazine he plans to take a year off – meaning it will be at least 2005 before a follow up to 'Heathen Chemistry' is released. He revealed he was tired of touring and being in a band, but said he will try to get into the studio over the next year. "We'll take the rest of the year off and the best part of 2004 will probably be spent in the studio, but I'm not in any rush, to be honest, I haven't really talked about a new album yet. So I would have thought at the end of 2004, beginning of 2005. " Talking about his boredom with touring he said: "I've been around the world 15 fucking times and I've seen every single thing there is to see. So it doesn't hold any great adventure to me. it's like doing a job, which is why we get so bored."

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REVIEW: Various - Indica Brazilia (Outcaste)
India meets Brazil - think sitars and batucadas and bossa, this compo tries to smelt the two cultures sonically. The archetypal track is probably 'Bossa Per Due' by Nicola Conte - relaxed bossa with some light sitar action. Elsewhere 'A Seria' by Democustica is beautiful with sweet latin vocals and piano effaced rhythm. Carla Alexandar follows suit, though rather more upbeat, using some dhol pressure. Then Gilberto Gil adds a latin sitar percussive in 'Batmucumba' over a very hectic 153 seconds. Packing some big names in, 'Homelands' by Nitin Sawhney gets a Claussell dub which takes it far from the beautiful original, into deep downtempo pastures. Thievery Corporation add their 'Une Simple Histoire' which uses their standard high lounge deluxe production skills. Downsides are Otto's 'Pelo Engarrafameto' which gets a bit latin Sheryl Crow on us, 'Berimbao' by Golden Boys is a tad trite and the mighty Japanese United Future Organisation cut 'Niji' is insipid. Os Mutantes' 'A Minha Menina' is too Austin Powers to be taken seriously. A well thought out concept - some good ones in here, but several miss the target.
PV Release date: 28 Apr
Press contact: Outcaste IH

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UNIVERSAL TAKEOVER GOSSIP
More on the rumoured takeover of Universal Music by Apple computers. According to Reuters Apple boss Steve Jobs has now said his company "has never made any offer to invest in or acquire a major music company", though he didn't dwell on whether any talks were ongoing. Some reckon the statement might be a bid to reassure investors – Apple's shares have taken a battering since the Universal acquisition rumours stated to circulate. Either way both sides seem to be backtracking. Vivendi Universal have denied that board member Claude Bebear told Bloomberg that Apple would "probably make an offer for the music business for about $6 billion".

In a statement VU said: "Regarding a report by Bloomberg, Claude denies having given a view on any negotiations which may be underway. He believes that as a director it is not up to him to make such a declaration." Meanwhile more rumours that Universal Music may, in fact, be subject to a management buy out. The New York Post reckons Universal Music bigwigs Edgar Bronfman Jr, Doug Morris, Jimmy Iovine and Lyor Cohen are keen to buy the music company off parent company Vivendi, but that an initial $5 billion offer has been knocked back by the Paris HQ. Some reckon that any Apple purchase may be part of a management buy out.

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MORE RIAA TOP JOB RUMOURS
So who will replace Hilary Rosen as head of the American music industry's industry group the RIAA? Probably not former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani – previously reported as a favorite among record label chiefs but probably too busy running his consultancy company and being mooted as a future presidential candidate. Those in the know are now talking about Pentagon spokesperson Victoria Clarke, who has been giving daily briefings in the US with regards the war in Iraq. Entertainments mag Variety says Clarke is top of the RIAA's "wish list" – presumably they want her spin skills in reporting the industry's own war against the music pirates. That said Rosen has said that while Clarke is "an amazing talent" she is not an official candidate, and the notion of a wish list is "irrelevant".

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IMBRUGLIA SETS WEDDING DATE
A little pre-Easter pop gossip - Natalie Imbruglia has set the date for her wedding to Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns. The date is set for 15 Dec, the location – Newcastle – not on the Tyne, but the town just north of Sydney.

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