CMU Daily - on the inside 15 May 2003
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In today's CMU Daily:
• Mean Fiddler get contingency licence for Leeds
• BET nominations announced
• Murder Inc boss accused again
• Dickinson not fussed at Durst no show
• Review: !!!- Me And Giuliani Down By The School Yard (A True Story)
• Echo man covers Bowie
• Pop fans choose the tunes for charity
• Apple reach 2 million downloads
• RIAA apologise for wrong accusations
• Decision expected on GWR Galaxy takeover
• Weiland fronts Slash's new band
• Belle and Sebastian on their cleaner inspired producer choice
• Great White make appeal for legal funds
• Review: Capone - Whirlwind/Snoot
• Mika Bomb video premiered
• Former Eurovision winners not so keen on it
• Merger talks continue
• R Kelly likely to stay top

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CMU POP QUIZ
Another, yes another, MadPlayer (http://www.madplayer.com) up for grabs this week - once again collect the answers to each day's question (all on million selling singles) and find out how to win on Friday.

Q4: Two Pop Idols and who had a million selling single in 2002?

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MEAN FIDDLER GET CONTINGENCY LICENCE FOR LEEDS
I think they call it a contingency plan. Carling Weekend promoters Mean Fiddler have secured a licence to stage the Leeds Festival at Bramham Park near Wetherby just in case they fail to get permission to use the usual site at Temple Newsam Park. As previously reported, local authorities could go either way in their decision on whether or not they give permission for the festival to be staged in its traditional location. Mean Fiddler were originally turned down for a licence last year because of the concerns of local residents. That decision was subsequently revoked and the festival went ahead, though local residents' concerns turned out to be justified when a small group of festival-goers went on the rampage after the finale of last year's festival setting various stands on fire! With that in mind the case against holding the festival at Temple Newsam is stronger and fiercer this year and while Mean Fiddler will make their case to Leeds City Council this week getting permission, even on appeal, isn't a foregone conclusion, hence the contingency plan. Which means whatever happens there will be a Leeds Festival this year.

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BET NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED
The nominations for the BET awards have been announced. BET award talent across the black community in America, making their music section something akin to the MOBOs. Leading the way in the nominations stakes are Missy Elliott, 50 Cent, and B2K. Elliott is up for best female hip-hop artist, video of the year for 'Work It' and best collaboration for 'Gossip Folks' with Ludacris and Ms Jade. 50 Cent is nominated for best new artist and best male hip-hop artist, while B2K is up for the best group award and video of the year for 'Girlfriend'. The awards take place on 24 Jun at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre.

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MURDER INC BOSS ACCUSED AGAIN
Another case against hip hop label Murder Inc and its boss Irv Gotti. Prosecutors have this week accused the label of writing cheques to a convicted drug kingpin's company in exchange for "dirty cash". The cash, they claim, was used to finance the straight-to-video movie 'Crime Partners' which starred Snoop Dog, Ice-T and Murder Inc artist Ja Rule.

The complaint, which says the label should give up all its revenues from the film, was filed as part of an ongoing money laundering investigation of Murder Inc and probably based on those raids of the label's offices earlier this year.

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DICKINSON NOT FUSSED AT DURST NO SHOW
Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson has spoken to Radio 1 about the Download Festival where his band will play, and in particular about the news Limp Bizkit have dropped out of the event. Not sounding too disappointed Dickinson said:

" Personally, I'd want to see Audioslave more than Limp Bizkit any day of the week. I don't think people are going to get any less for their money by not seeing Fred Durst with his baseball cap on the wrong way. From the point of view of our tickets sales, it makes no different because yar boo sucks, we sold more tickets than they did anyway. Oops! (laughs)." Download takes place at Donington Park on 31 May and 1 Jun.

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REVIEW: !!!- Me and Giuliani Down by the School yard (A True Story) (Warp)
Review pt 1. Warp Records are mental. Rev pt 2. Rules Of Pretension: any band with a difficult name for whatever reason must be wank. Rev Pt 3. Any band that names a song something really long must be wank. Rev pt 4. I've been known to be wrong. Eight-piece, !!!, are an incongruous signing to Warp Records with their camp-eighties-Spandau-Ballet-gotho-punko sound. But their new single 'Me and...' is a great twisted disco rock cut laden with Robert Smith-esque vocals Martin Kemp strumming and disco kicks, snares and claps. The flip side is a little more Warp, with digital noise and disco dischords littering the Lydon/Strummer style vocal cut-up. Maybe they should rename themselves The !!!s. JG
Release date: 3 Jun
Press contact: Warp [all]

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ECHO MAN COVERS BOWIE
Ian McCulloch has confirmed a cover version of a David Bowie song will appear on the b-side of his new single. The single in question is 'Love In Veins' off his new album 'Slideling'. The cover is of 'The Prettiest Star' from David Bowie's 1973 album 'Aladdin Sane'.. It is released on 7 Jul, just after McCulloch's Glastonbury appearance with Echo and the Bunnymen.

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POP FANS CHOOSE THE TUNES FOR CHARITY
Pop fans got to tell their favourite groups what to play at a charity concert in aid of the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy. Audience members at the show in Macnehster had electronic pads through which they could vote which hits the likes of Blue and Atomic Kitten should perform. The show hoped to raise £500,000 with further cash from a CD and DVD recording all to go towards a new Manchester centre for the charity.

Commenting on their involvement Atomic Kitten's Jenny Frost told reporters: "It's important for us for two reasons. One is that it is music therapy but secondly, because they want to open a centre up here in the North West, which is where we come from, so it's really, really important for us tonight. I lived on this very road for 17 years, on Bury New Road, so it's great to be back here doing something for such a good cause. Every bum on every seat out there has given money to charity."

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APPLE REACH 2 MILLION DOWNLOADS
Sixteen days in and Apple have announced their iTunes service has now sold two million songs - half of which we bought as albums (ie in a package with eight or nine other songs). The new milestone was announced as another 4,300 new songs were added to the system including five albums from The Doors and music from Fischerspooner, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Alanis Morissette, Staind, Nina Simone and Paul Oakenfold. Apple bosses have a lot to be happy about though there were also reports yesterday that some downloaders had managed to hack into the system used by Apple that prevents people from sharing tracks they've bough by email - if true the hackers could damage iTunes sales and their relations with the major labels.

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RIAA APOLOGISE FOR WRONG ACCUSATIONS
The Recording Industry Association of America has sent out in the region of 25 letters apologising to institutions they had wrongly accused of hosting illegal music on their servers. As previously reported the RIAA have started contacting direct people who they reckon have been making music available online illegally, but they admit that their automated web crawlers has made a few errors.

For example they have apologised to a group of Penn State University professors who they accused of illegally posting songs by R&B singer Usher on a university-hosted FTP site. It seems the RIAA's web crawlers linked an MP3 of an a cappella song by a group of astronomers about the Swift gamma ray satellite with papers posted by an astrophysics professor emeritus named Peter Usher and put two and two together.

RIAA spokesperson Jonathan Lamy told reporters the errors should have been spotted by a temp employer before the original letters were sent out: "When this matter was brought to our attention, we immediately began an examination of other notices this particular temp. employee reviewed. If we found errors, we immediately contacted the appropriate person and withdrew the notice."

Although these cases show the technology they are using isn't fool proof the RIAA reckon the vast majority of the thousands of letters they've sent out in the last few weeks deal with genuine cases of illegal file sharing.

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DECISION EXPECTED ON GWR GALAXY TAKEOVER
The competition commission is expected to make a decision any time now on whether or not GWR will be able to acquire the Bristol bit of the Galaxy network off Chrysalis Radio. The acquisition is part of the deal which saw Chrysalis acquire the London news station LBC which GWR used to be a major stakeholder in. GWR plan to merge Galaxy the other Bristol dance station Vibe which GWR half own with Scottish Radio Holdings.

The whole deal should have been done last year, but the Department of Culture insisted the competition commission investigate the acquisition because of GWR's dominance in the commercial radio sector in the Bristol area. That decision surprised the industry who assumed ownership regulation was getting slacker in the build up to the new communications act. If the commission find against GWR it could have quite an affect on the short term ambitions of the major radio groups.

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WEILAND FRONTS SLASH'S NEW BAND
Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland will front the new band that has been set up by the original line up of Guns n' Roses (minus Axl) which, as we reported yesterday, will be known as Reloaded. Talking to Rolling Stone earlier this week Weiland said: "Yeah, I'm in the band. We signed the contract."

The decision follows months of auditioning other rockers including Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), Travis Meek (Days of the New), Kelly Shaefer (Neurotica), Josh Todd (Buckcherry) and A. Jay Popoff (Lit). The auditioning became such a big deal VH1 started filming it and will broadcast a show about the new band later this year.

No word yet on what this means for the future of Stone Temple Pilots.

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BELLE AND SEBASTIAN ON THEIR CLEANER INSPIRED PRODUCER CHOICE
Belle and Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch has told the NME that their upcoming project with Frankie Goes To Hollywood and TATU producer Trevor Horn came about via the woman who cleaned his caravan at the Coachella Festival last year. Murdoch says: "The woman who was cleaning our caravan said she knew Trevor because she was his housekeeper in LA, and that he was interested in working with us. I actually doubted whether she knew him at all, to be honest, and we never heard anything else for six months. And then he got in touch."

"It was clear we needed a producer because we were getting more ambitious," he added. "We've been taking longer and longer to record our records so we needed someone to help get things done. Trevor's the gaffer."

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GREAT WHITE MAKE APPEAL FOR LEGAL FUNDS
Great White yesterday asked fans for help to finance their legal defence against the multi-million-dollar lawsuits stemming from victims of that Rhode Island club fire. In a letter addressed to "music fans" posted on (though since removed from) Internet metal radio station KNAC.com's website the band asked for donations to the Great White Trust, a boyd set up to "allow friends and fans of Great White, music fans in general, and other musicians to donate to a legal fund, to at least allow the band to have proper representation so that they can defend themselves. This Trust is not to be used for any purpose other than covering costs associated with the criminal and civil proceedings. If any funds are left after the legal costs are covered, they will be disbursed to one or more of the charities set up to benefit the victims and their families."

The Great White's attorney Ed McPherson was listed as a contact. When approached by Rolling Stone McPherson confirmed the Trust had been set up but distanced himself from it and the letter saying: "I have nothing to do with the fund. The text of the letter might upset some of the victims and their families."

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REVIEW: Capone - Whirlwind/Snoot (Test Recordings)
Test is Lemon D and Dillinja's 'special ops' label, which runs alongside their more prolific Valve Records. Capone is Dillinja's alter ego and he steps forward this 12" with 'Whirlwind' - vicious sub bass and a hard feel and trademark synths. Usual good quality material. Snoot has an angry swarming b-line and atmospherics that keep the darkness at bay, which then build and come to the front in almost a hands in the air style, a definite club winner. Again Kevin King demonstrates he is still one of the most talented makers of d and b at the moment, but this could easily have been on Valve, as its not that experimental. PV
Release date: 9 Jun
Press contact: Valve IH [all]

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MIKA BOMB VIDEO PREMIERED
CMU favourites Mika Bomb unveiled the video for their forthcoming single 'Osaka' last night before an exclusive screening of the new film from 'Audition' director Miike Takashi, 'The Happiness of the Katakuris'. A select media audience was treated to the almost finished video which sees the girls in the band descending from outer space to commandeer a mini driven by straight-laced drummer Ergi. The narrative is intercut with 'live' footage. The video will be screened on MTV2 when 'Osaka' is released in the summer, so keep 'em peeled. The track itself is easily Mika Bomb's most radio-friendly release to date, two minutes of singalong bubblegum punk, and well worth a listen.

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FORMER EUROVISION WINNERS NOT SO KEEN ON IT
As the world braces itself for the Eurovision Song Content a week on Saturday a gathering was held for former winners. A good pr project perhaps, except half the former winners there were keen to slag off the institution.

Katrina Leskanich (she of the Waves) said the contest was full of crap: "It's like a dog relieving itself in a living room," she told reporters. "At first it's really offensive and then you don't smell it anymore and it loses its offensiveness and that's what those songs are like." She continued: "I had no idea what the song contest was before we got involved - I only took part because it went with the territory of finding a record deal."

1976 winners Brotherhood Of Man also criticised the content. Singer Martin Lee said: "It's become very boring. It's become mundane. It was going that way back in 1976, then they moved it to the Royal Albert Hall and it came alive. It needs to be brought up to date. It should be something like I'm A Eurovision Entry... Get Me A Hit."

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MERGER TALKS CONTINUE
Word is the Warners / BMG merger talks continue, with the top team from the record labels themselves now involved. Up until now most of the talk has been between the respective major's parent companies, but with the record label bosses now also in negotiation this one's looking serious!

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R KELLY LIKELY TO STAY TOP
Girls Aloud's hopes for that second number one look like they may be dashed with midweek figures suggesting R Kelly will maintain his position at the top of the charts. However the girls are prepared with a good excuse - their label, Polydor, says rival label Jive underestimated the demand on the R Kelly release last week meaning many record shops sold out. Crucially this meant some R Kelly fans couldn't buy the single until this week, meaning the r 'n' b star is still outselling the popstars band. It's a good strategy - perhaps labels could do that whenever their release precedes that of a popstars band!

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