CMU Daily - on the inside 28 Apr 2003
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In today's CMU Daily:
• Chart wars
• BMG launch new marketing department
• Radiohead and Ros play for dance company
• Hot collaboration from Pierre and Morales
• Review: Un-Cut - The Uncalculated Some
• Shakira angry at Madonna dropping anti-war video
• Spandau boy wins reality show
• Live review: Placebo at Brixton Academy
• Retailers annoyed at delay with Freeview EPG
• So Solid perform anti-gun gig
• Stereophonics plan intimate dates
• Koala bookshop instore
• Review: Martina Topley Bird - Need One (Riton Remixes)
• Bass says Nsync will be back
• Super Furry respond to album arrival online
• Jobs adds to rumours
• Libertines set blacked out
• Steinman plans Bat Of Hell 3 for Meat Loaf
• Channel 4 plan new digital channels
• Blue the new face of Pepsi

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CMU POP QUIZ
This week we've got our hands on a cute little gadget on which you can mix your MP3s on the move (go to http://www.madplayer.com to find out more). To be in with a chance of winning it keep the answers to this week's pop quiz questions (more ad soundtrack questions this week) and we'll tell you how to enter on Friday. Answers to last week's quiz below.

Q1: The song - Sugarhill's Gang's Rappers Delight - whose ad?

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OUT TODAY: RECOMMENDED RELEASES
Singles: Kelly Rowland - Can't Nobody (Sony / Columbia); Lil Kim - The Jump Off (Warners / Atlantic); Dillinja - This Is A Warning (Trouble On Vinyl); Johnny Cash - Hurt (Universal/Lost Highway); Calexico - Quattro (City Slang); Stephen Malkmus - Dark Lane (Domino)

Albums: Macy Gray - The Trouble With Being Myself (Virgin); Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Fever To Tell (Universal/Polydor); Goldfrapp - Gold Cherry (Mute); Ian McCulloch - Slideling (Cooking Vinyl); Turbonegro - Scandinavian Leather (Burning Heart); High Llamas - Retrospective Rarities and Instrumentals (V2)

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CHART UPDATE
Well, in the end the White Stripes didn't sell as well as hoped compared to all the pop out there - midweek indications that they would come in at number four in the singles chart ahead of last week's number one from Room 5 was a little ambitious. They enter with '7 Nation Army', quite aptly, at 7.

Elsewhere midweek indications were more accurate - the top three, as predicted, consisting of new entries from Busted at one (hurrah!), Lisa Maffia at 2 and David Sneddon at 3. Hangers on Room 5 and 50 Cent then precede new entries from DMX, the aforementioned White Stripes and Triple 8.

With all those new entries at the to,p less new stuff lower down the chart, though we're glad to see Badly Drawn Boy at 24 with 'All Possibilities', The Bluetones back in the chart at 25 with 'Fast Boy / Liquid Lips' and Macy Gray getting a new entry with 'When I See You' at 26.

Albums wise as predicted Madonna topped the proceedings with new album American Life. She's followed by the ever popular Mr Timberlake whose debut album is still at number 2 (shall we start the Timberlake backlash on Wednesday?) and the White Stripes who are number 3. Meat Loaf gets a new entry at 4, while Busted slide back up to 5 with their eponymous debut on the back of renewed singles success.

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CHART WARS
Handbags out among the people behind the three main music charts. As you will recall as of January there are now three music charts - the UK Top 40 broadcast by Radio 1, the Hit 40 UK (formerly the Pepsi and Network chart) broadcast by most commercial pop stations and the Smash Hits Chart, broadcast by radio stations in the EMAP group. The former is based exclusively on record sales, the second includes airplay stats, the latter also includes request stats from EMAP's jukebox TV channels.

Aside from the battle for listeners (which tends to be won by the Neil Fox fronted Hit 40 UK) the world of music charts also has a battle for credibility and that's what the latest argument centres on - which chart most accurately represents what the kids are listening too?

Even though the network chart has the edge in terms of listeners, the music industry has tended to pay more attention to the Radio 1 chart because it is based exclusively on record sales - ie how many units the record label has shifted that week. Although what music consumers are listening to on their local radio stations could influence album sales and is therefore of commercial relevance, so few playlists are now locally managed record labels can check airplay by looking at data supplied by the radio groups direct.

However the people behind the EMAP chart reckon that by adding statistics on the tracks their viewers are requesting via Smash Hits TV and The Box their chart is a more accurate representation of teenager musical taste - and that the Radio 1 will become less and less relevant as singles sales continue to slide, and, if as many predict, the MP3 download replaces the single as a way for distributing tracks and promoting albums.

Mark Story, Programming MD for Emap Radio told the Media Guardian: "The charts have in the past stimulated sales but with the single itself merely a promotional tool, the singles sales chart is well past its sell-by date and everyone knows it."

Emap Performance Tim Schoonmaker chief executive added: "In 1959 the most popular song was accurately reflected in how many people tripped down to Woolworths. But these days people consume music in very different ways... the singles model is a bit broken."

But Radio 1 are defensive of their format. Ben Cooper from the station responded: "Getting the audience to buy the product is the best way to put a chart together. It is crystal clear. The other charts are a little muddied - they are put together by radio programmers. The commercial charts are not as clear and definite to the public and they can be altered to suit commercial interests."

The people behind the Hit 40 UK are no fans of the Radio 1 chart of course, though there is still a little bitterness about EMAP's decision to create their own chart. The chart's Rob Corlett told the Guardian: "Singles volumes are in decline and those numbers need to be boosted by being combined with another methods. But Emap had a successful format with Neil Fox and the Pepsi Chart and they made the decision to break away as part of the overall group strategy. It will be interesting to see the impact on Emap's stations on Rajar day."

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BMG LAUNCH NEW MARKETING DEPARTMENT
BMG boss Rolf Schmidt-Holtz has been talking about the launch of a new global marketing department and his appointment of Tim Prescott to run it. He told reporters: "The creation of a cohesive marketing organisation for the world will help us develop more global superstars and better leverage our assets. Tim brings to his new role outstanding experience and leadership skills. I have every confidence that he will be a driving force for BMG as we continue to build the world's leading home to artists."

As previously reported the new global marketing department has been created as part of the BMG restructure post-acquisition of the Zomba empire.

The department itself will have four bits. A Global Frontline Marketing Department will develop international strategies for artists by working with the marketing and international teams at the groups various labels around the world. The Strategic Marketing Group US will market the group's catalogue in the US, while the International Commercial Group will do the same outside America. Finally the BMG New Business Development and Visual Media will oversee the group's 'visual music assets', whatever that means. On top of all that there will be global marketing departments in New York and London who, as far as we can make out, will actually do the leg work.

Announcing his new department Prescott told reporters: "BMG will now have a truly global marketing structure to support and amplify the creative power of our labels, repertoire centers and artists. Our new organization will provide BMG with a new level of accountability, coordination and effectiveness. I look forward to working with this marketing team, whose expertise, creativity and passion is second to none."

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RADIOHEAD AND ROS PLAY FOR DANCE COMPANY
Here's an interesting one - Radiohead and Sigur Ros are creating music for a new show by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in New York. On the launch night of the show - called 'Split Sides' - each band will play 20 minutes of new music. The twist is the dancers won't have heard the music until the first night so they will have to improvise the visual bit of the show.

Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood told Billboard: "It is raising lots of interesting problems about what dance music is. We're talking about the bands crossing from one to the other or sorting out a structure. It could be interesting. Maybe we'll all kind of surprise each other and do the opposite kind of music that we're known for."

The show will debut in New York in October.

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HOT COLLABORATION FROM PIERRE AND MORALES
Look out for a new collaboration from DJ Pierre and David Morales called 'Make It Hot', which is scheduled for release on 12 May. The track, which features guest vocalist Slim telling a "raunchy story of discarded clothes and the desire to dance", was picked out as one of the best tracks at the Winter Music Conference by Billboard and we're hearing good things about it here too.

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REVIEW: Un-Cut - The UnCalculated Some (Warners/M Records)
I guess it was inevitable, but that doesn't mean it's not a good thing. After all Christmas is inevitable. With tracks built from samples of Gil-Scott Heron, Shirley Bassey's very fine version of 'Light My Fire' and some wicked instrumental and vocal overlay, Un-cut have created a brilliant blend of drum & bass and big band soul. The vocals come courtesy of Jenna G, and the beats from Darren Lewis and Iyiola Babalola. The roots of the trio lie in the early jungle days, but after a few buzzy 12"s and 3 solid years with the current line up, it was time for the LP. And it's a great dance album, very mature and rammed full of soul.
Release date: 30 Jun
Press contact: Warners IH [all]

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SHAKIRA ANGRY AT MADONNA DROPPING ANTI-WAR VIDEO
Shakira has said Madonna was "spineless" when she axed her controversial video to 'American Life'. As previously reported the original video for Madonna's latest single feature pictures of the suffering recent wars have caused. Needless to say reports of the video caused controversy in the US, especially as the attack on Iraq began, and Madonna eventually reedited the video - while she still appears in military dress she sings in front of various flags. Claiming she was pro-peace but not anti-America Madonna said she allowed the re-edit because it would be insensitive to go ahead when American troops were fighting in the Middle East.

But the vehemently anti-war Shakira told reporters this weekend: "I'd expect a little more backbone from Madonna. Good pop music is always political in times of crisis." Shakira herself has included anti-war visuals in her live shows.

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SPANDAU BOY WINS REALITY SHOW
So in the end it was former Spandau Ballet man Tony Hadley who was Reborn in the USA, though the final where he beat Michelle Gayle took place in London! Talking to host Davina McCall at the end of the reality TV show Hadley commented: "We've all had a fantastic time and made great friendships. It's been a laugh."

As one reality TV show ends another begins - the second series of 'I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of here' starts tonight at 9pm on ITV1 with Toyah representing the music world.

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LIVE REVIEW: Placebo at Brixton Academy on 22 Apr
The eyeliner and lip-gloss were out; and I'm pleased to report Placebo's live shows are getting better and better. The place was a-buzzing and the energy infectious even while support acts Little Hell and 80's Matchbox B Line Disaster took to the stage, but things got really going when a very bouncy Brian Molko took to the stage and worked his way through latest album 'Sleeping With Ghosts' while interweaving in the classics everyone wanted to hear. After taking time out to dedicate 'Centrefolds' to one of his "inspirations" - the recently deceased jazz legend and civil rights veteran Nina Simone - and with a bit of a plug for the Samaritans out of the way it was upbeat all the way, with the singles predictably getting the best response - 'Every Me, Every You', 'Special K', 'Taste in Men', 'Pure Morning' and recent hit 'Bitter End' all appeared - though 'Nancy Boy' was conspicuous by its absence. Those of us expecting it to be saved to the finale were surprised (though not too disappointed) to find a cover of the Pixies 'Where Is My Mind' as the final track. But never fear - it didn't stop this sparkly pink diamante trimmed night from being fantastic. MY

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RETAILERS ANNOYED AT DELAY WITH FREEVIEW EPG
Freeview set-top box retailers have told their trade magazine ERT Weekly they are frustrated that the people behind the digital TV network - ie the BBC, Crown Castle and BSkyB - are taking so long to get a proper electronic programme guide up and running.

Unlike satellite and cable TV the terrestrial network only offers a now and next service where the channel guide tells you what you're currently watching and what is coming up next. Retailers argue that they can't sell the digital set top boxes with built in videos until a programme guide that goes seven days ahead (like Sky, Telewest and NTL's system) is up and running. But the Freeview company have said that kind of service won't be ready until next year at the earliest.

One Freeview dealer told the paper: "The EPG is really important. As things stand, I have 10 of Pace's brilliant twin digital TV recorders, which are useless without the EPG. These systems are great for people who struggle setting their video record, but useless without an EPG."

Freeview General Manager Matt Seaman responded by saying: "The Freeview offer of 30 channels with no contract is an attractive proposition and I am not sure the delay of a seven-day EPG will delay people from buying." While confirming the EPG is a high priority for the company he said "This is not something that can be done overnight."

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SO SOLID PERFORM ANTI-GUN GIG
The So Solid Crew performed their first gig in two years as part of the government's Disarm campaign last week. Performing in front of a simple So Solid banner word is they performed mainly new material - avoiding all tracks from album 'They Don't Know', which was criticised for glorifying gun culture when it was released.

The set was predominantly performed by Megaman and lesser known Crew member JD though Oxide, Asher D, Romeo, Swiss and Lisa Maffia also made an appearance.

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STEREOPHONICS PLAN INTIMATE DATES
Stereophonics have said they will play a number of intimate gigs in unusual places prior to their arena tour later this year. By unusual places we think they mean smaller towns rather than weird venues - though I guess we'll find out when they post full details at http://www.stereophonics.com later today.

Stereophonics release new album 'You Gotta Go There To Come Back' on 2 Jun with single 'Madame Helga' out on 19 May.

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KOALA BOOKSHOP INSTORE
If you're in town tomorrow, Ninja Tune DJ Kid Koala will be making an instore appearance at the Borders bookstore on Oxford Street tomorrow at 6.30pm to promote his new graphic novel 'Nufonia Must Fall'. The signing will feature a book, turn table and projector combo, whatever that means. Should be worth checking out

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REVIEW: Martina Topley Bird - Need One (Riton Remixes) (Independiente)
Ex-Tricky singer and mother of the Bristol King Of Urban Eccentricity's son, Martina Topley Bird is back. The wicked single 'Need One' is already getting caned on radio from Plymouth to Perth. And hot on the heels of her debut single comes a double-sided 12" with remixes from Riton. The first, 'Fashion Remix' is a lite tech house groove: smooth and cosmic with Bird's spooky ethereal vocals filling the void. The better mix - albeit a little leftfield - is the 'Glitter Mix' with skippy stunted polka beats and a harpsichord. The mix doesn't leave Bird's haunting refrains out, and with moody strings and the odd breakdown this sounds like Tricky does sadist circus soundtracks. All wicked. JG
Release date: promo only
Press contact: Watchmen Agency

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BASS SAYS NSYNC WILL BE BACK
Nysnc's Lance Bass has told reporters the boy band will be releasing an new album for the Christmas market, seemingly ending rumours the band had essentially split up after Justin's huge solo success and JC's upcoming solo release.

Speaking to Radio 1 he said the group hope to benefit from Justin's solo success. "All of our fans got on board with Justin's solo stuff, plus he got a lot more fans, especially with the urban market that totally embraced him. Which is gonna be great when our new album comes out because we'll have a whole vast new market."

"This one definitely is going to be a career record. But we're very excited because everyone did go off and had success in whatever they did and now we have to make a record for all those fans. It's gonna be a lot of hard work. We're all writing together - I don't know where this album is gonna go, you know, but we have to really blow people away."

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SUPER FURRY RESPOND TO ALBUM ARRIVAL ONLINE
Super Furry Animals, whose new album is already doing the rounds online three months ahead of release, are hoping the downloads won't affect record sales by saying some bonus tracks will be added to the CD at the last minute.

The band, who have in the past supported the idea of MP3 sharing, haven't commented on the arrival of their new album online over the Easter weekend, though a spokesman told reporters: "I suppose it was going to be inevitable, but this is earlier than we expected."

Sony Music's Gary Farrow added: "We're not particularly happy about it and it's not the final copy. Changes have been made and there will be loads of bonus things on the CD that will not be available on the net, that's for sure. On the up side, it just goes to show how much interest there is in the band at this stage - it has been received as their greatest album yet."

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JOBS ADDS TO RUMOURS
Responding to those 'they're going to take over Universal Music' rumours, Apple Mac boss Steve Jobs told reporters last week: "There have been a lot of rumours about a lot of things the last few weeks and all that I can tell you right now is many of them are not true. And some of them are true, and I can't really go into which is which right now." So all that cleared then.

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LIBERTINES SET BLACKED OUT
It was the Coachella Festival in the US this weekend, and according to the NME technical problems meant the Libertines only got to perform two songs in their headline set on Saturday. Apparently technical difficulties early Saturday in the Mojave tent meant they got on stage fifty minutes late, and organisers pulled the plug two tracks in when the stage reached its midnight curfew. It was all a bit of a disaster given that the Libertines were something of a buzz band at the festival, with numerous American journalists showing up just to see their set. That said, word is organisers managed to squeeze them in for a full half hour early on in yesterday's proceedings.

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STEINMAN PLANS BAT OF HELL 3 FOR MEAT LOAF
With Meat Loaf's new album entering the charts yesterday Jim Steinman - the producer behind both of Meat Loaf's Bat Of The Hell albums - has said he will be collaborating with Mr Loaf again for Bat Out Of Hell 3, which he expects to release in 2004. Good news for Meat Loaf fans, but somewhat contradictory to the singer's own recent comments when he said his current album and upcoming tour will be his last for several years while he concentrates on acting.

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CHANNEL 4 PLAN NEW DIGITAL CHANNELS
Channel 4 are planning to follow the lead of Flextech and launch E4+1 where programmes run one hour behind the main E4 channel giving viewers two chances to see each programme. Given that E4 only seems to have three hours of shows each day (at least one of which is a repeat from Channel 4) which then go on a loop we're not sure there's any need. There's also talk about a new factual channel called G4 and a Freeview version of E4, both of which sound much more exciting.

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BLUE THE NEW FACE OF PEPSI
Boy band Blue are reportedly replacing Britney Spears as the global face of Pepsi in a new deal worth £50 million. It will mean the band will feature on cans and ads around the world. Talking about the deal Blue boy Duncan told The Sun: "Pepsi has signed some of the biggest names over the years. We are really flattered we will now be part of that."

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The answers to last week's chart trivia pop quiz were as follows:

Q1: The song - Royksopp's 'So Easy' - whose ad? T Mobile
Q2: The song - DJ Shadow's 'Blood On The Motorway' - whose ad? 02
Q3: The song - Faithless' 'Sunday 8pm' - whose ad? Orange
Q4: The song - Dandy Warhol's 'Bohemian Like You' - whose ad? Vodaphone

Well done to Gavin Yuill from Leeds who wins Mr Scruff vinyl, t-shirt, mug and, wait for it, jigsaw!

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