CMU Daily - on the inside 16 May 2003
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In today's CMU Daily:
• Mean Fiddler can choose from two sites for leeds fest
• Yoko tops us dance chart
• Tatu update
• Audio Bullys play Boutique
• Review: Saian Supa Crew - Xraisons - The International Collection
• Scottish station unearths classic live recordings
• Nasty launches Egg night
• Midweek chart update
• Rock still the biggest genre in the US
• CTV make live tracks available for free
• Emap add three radio stations to Freeview
• Bjork plans rehearsal webcast
• Various: Scratch Perverts Present: Badmeaningood
• Live TV returns
• The grey downloaders increasingly important
• More merger news
• Timberlake's party spending spree

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CMU POP QUIZ
Another, yes another, MadPlayer (http://www.madplayer.com) up for grabs this week. Email answers to the following to to cmupopquiz@unlimitedmedia.co.uk by Sunday at 5pm to go into the draw to win.

Q1: Which comedian had a million selling single with 'Tears' in 1965?
Q2: Which one hit wonder had a million selling hit with a 'speeded up jeans
song' in 1996?
Q3: Which 1995 Coolio song sold a million?
Q4: Two Pop Idols and who had a million selling single in 2002?
and today's question:
Q5: Thanks to which track could Tom Jones, Brett Anderson, Shane McGowan, Morcheeba, Tammy Wynette, Gabrielle, Suzanne Vega, Heather Small, Evan Dando and Courtney Pine all claim to have had a million selling hit in 1997?

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MEAN FIDDLER CAN CHOOSE FROM TWO SITES FOR LEEDS FEST
After news earlier this week that Mean Fiddler had secured a licence for a contingency site for their Leeds Festival, local authorities elsewhere in town have now given permission for them to use their usual site at Temple Newsam Park. The promoter had put a contingency site in place because there was strong opposition from locals in the Temple Newsam area after rioting last year and many expected a licence to be denied.
Mean Fiddler's Melvin Benn is now deciding which of the two sites to use. He told NME: "I have told the council I will make a decision within 24 hours. It's a case of weighing up the different options - the familiarity and beauty of Temple Newsam or the chance of a fresh start at Bramham."

Either way there is likely to be ban on bottles and glasses at this years Leeds Festival, and non-combustible toilets will be used and increased security hired, in a bid to stop the rioting that marred the end of last year's festival..

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YOKO TOPS US DANCE CHART
Yoko Ono has gone number one in the Billboard dance chart in the US with a song John Lennon said would be a chart topper over twenty years ago! Originally recorded during John and Yoko's last recording session in 1980 the track, called 'Walking on Thin Ice', first surfaced shortly after Lennon was shot and was played in underground clubs in New York for several years. More recently it was re-released with remixes from the Pet Shop Boys, Danny Tenaglia, Felix Da Housecat, Peter Rauhofer and Rui Da Silva, and its that EP that topped the Billboard Dance Club Play chart last week, more than 20 years after the song was released.

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TATU UPDATE
No Tatu news for days, and then three bits come along at once.

First, the lesbian duo's pop svengali Ivan Shapovalov has been arrested for disturbing the peace after he arranged for 200 girls to amass in Moscow's Red Square for a video shoot - a copy of the London publicity stunt that got moved on from Westminster Bridge earlier this month because Parliament was in session. The female fans gathered outside the Kremlin and were asked to cavort and kiss in front of Lenin's tomb and the church of St Basil. Russian police said they had received complaints about the loud "squawking" of the teenage fans - Shapovalov was later reprimanded by a judge.

Second, GMTV's Lorraine Kelly has branded Tatu as "insulting and sad". Talking to Teletext about her upcoming stint as host of BBC3's Eurovision coverage Kelly said she didn't like the girl's Eurovision song, and that she reckons the "lesbian thing" is all a show: "They will get all the attention but the song is not particularly good. I hope they don't do anything silly, like pull silly stunts. It's on the cards but you just think 'Oh behave'."

Thirdly and finally Tatu will play at the MTV Movie Awards in a bid to break America. They will perform 'All The Things You Said' at the LA event, this year fronted by Justin Timberlake and Sean William Scott. The awards will be screened over here on 7 Jun.

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AUDIO BULLYS PLAY BOUTIQUE
The Audio Bullys are scheduled to play there first full set at The Boutique @ Concorde 2 next Friday. The set is likely to be something of a practice run for their Homelands set the next day. The duo will be joined by that other flavour of the month Junior Senior making it quite a buzz night. Doors open at 10pm.

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REVIEW: Saian Supa Crew - XRaisons - The International Collection (Virgin/Source)
People always look at you with a side-long look if you say you like French hiphop - unless you're French, or speak it fluently. It's like a blind guy saying he likes Dali. I like MC a bit, but being in French - a language I don't speak or understand much - it somehow lacks the communicative sentiments of hiphop. But now I don't care, because I've the new SSC album. The rhymes become scat: building rhythm and flow over the amazing production. While the vocal styles are broad, the production sounds not unlike DJ Vadim. The album is a dense magnum opus with tight beats, beatbox and scratching - not to mention its inclusion of tracks with Brand Nubian, Dwellas, the Arsonists and Roots Manuva. Wicked. JG
Release date: 9 Jun
Press contact: Virgin IH [all]

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SCOTTISH STATION UNEARTHS CLASSIC LIVE RECORDINGS
Glasgow radio station Clyde FM have unearthed some 600 exclusive recordings recorded in the seventies and eighties during a clear out - now the station's parent company Scottish Radio Holdings have made a deal with Universal to release a stack of them. The collection includes the likes of U2, Rod Stewart, Roxy Music, Elvis Costello, Madness, Thin Lizzy and Simple Minds.

Talking about the find SRH's Richard Findlay told reporters: "These totally unique recordings were usually only broadcast once or twice within a radio marketplace and then left to gather dust." On the upcoming release of the material he added: "The artists we have been in touch with so far share our enthusiasm and with the support of Universal, whose labels represent a large part of the archive, we believe something of considerable importance can be created."

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NASTY LAUNCHES EGG NIGHT
Tortured records man Billy Nasty will launch a new monthly techno/electro session called The Beat Club this weekend at the new Kings Cross venue Egg. On night one techno heads from his label will fill room one (including Oliver Ho and newcomer Christian Lisczyk) with acts from subsidiary label Electrix filling room 2. There will also be a set from an aspiring techno DJ - Billy has been encouraging wannabe DJs to send in their demos over the last few weeks and the best will get to play. More info at http://www.egglondon.net

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MIDWEEK CHART UPDATE
As reported yesterday it looks likely R Kelly will top the charts on Sunday, with Girls Aloud's second single going straight in at number two. The latest sales figures suggest there will be two more new entries in the top five - from Sean Paul and former Steps girl Lisa Scott-Lee. A plethora of new entries are expected in the singles chart this week with new entries from Bon Jovi, Deftones, Mr Redz VS DJ Scribble, Wildhearts, Shed 7, Bone Thugs n' Harmony, Red N White Machines, Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster and Staind all likely. Albums wise Marilyn Manson could well get a number one with 'The Golden Age Of Grotesque' though word is Justin Timberlake is selling even more copies of 'Justified' on the back of that tour (who doesn't have this album now?) which might just put him back at number one.

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ROCK STILL THE BIGGEST GENRE IN THE US
Consumer profile figures for 2002 from the Recording Industry of America Association show that rock still dominates though hip hop is not far behind. Needless to say the figures show a further drop in record sales (down from $13.7 billion to $12.6 million) - but of more interest is the genre and demographic data.

Rock still has the biggest slice of the record sales pie - up slightly to 25% of the total. Hip hop is performing well at 13.8% of the total pie, up 2.4% from last year. R&B/Urban follows at 11.2%, up from 10.6%, while Country was at 10.7%, up .2% from last year. Falling down in share slightly are pop, jazz and classical.

Demographically the over 45s are the biggest buyers (25.5% of the market) - probably explaining the dominance of rock over pop and hip hop. Next up are 15-19 year olds, then 20-24, then 30-34.

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CTC MAKE LIVE TRACKS AVAILABLE FOR FREE
Well, beat the bootleggers at their own game I suppose. The Cooper Temple Clause recorded their gig at Glasgow's QMU earlier this week and live tracks are now available to download at their official website. They will also make a series of video clips available and are encouraging fans to mix them in Apples iMovie to create a video - the best will win an iPod.

Didz from the band told NME: "This is such a fantastic offer. It'll be great for fans to check out our new stuff before it hits the shops and we're really looking forward to seeing the videos - I'm sure there will be some great ones."

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EMAP ADD THREE RADIO STATIONS TO FREEVIEW
Encouraged by the good performance of digtial radio stations in the last lot of Rajars EMAP have confirmed they will make three new digital stations available via the terrestrial digital TV network Freeview. The move will continue their mission to make each of their music brands available in print, TV and radio formats. Q - already a magazine and TV station - will get a radio channel. The Hits, already a TV channel, will go radio and Magic, a terrestrial radio station and TV channel, will get a digital output. These will be in addition to the three EMAP radio stations already available via Freeview - Kiss, Smash Hits and Kerrang.

Tim Schoonmaker of Emap Performance told Media Guardian: "It is becoming clear that, in the digital world, consumers want to listen to the radio wherever and whenever suits them best - whether it is delivered via their television, their radio, their computer or their mobile phone," he added.

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BJORK PLANS REHEARSAL WEBCAST
Bjork plans to webcast rehearsals for her upcoming world tour on her website http://www.bjork.tv today live from Reykjavik's Loftkastalinn Theatre. It'll be a little bit of free live material, before a plethora of live recordings are released later this year - Bjork is set to release a live box set and a recording of a shows at London's Royal Opera over the summer. There will also be a DVD release of her videos and another DVD release of three documentaries on the Icelandic singer, including one from the Southbank Show.

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Various - Scratch Perverts Present: Badmeaningood (Ultimate Dilemma / Whao Music)
Tony Vegas, Prime Cuts and latest addition Plus One are the UK's best known and most prolific turntable team, and rated amongst the top teams in the world. And this is the story of their influences. And as you might expect from the other Badmeaningoods in the series, it's a broad and interesting mix of styles - from the Speacials' 'Ghost Town' and Minnie Ripperton's 'Les Fleurs' to modern classics like Dr Octagon's 'Bear Witness' and Blackalicious' 'Alphabet Aerobics'. This really shows the Perverts to be the open-minded and explorative individuals you'd hope them to be, not the hiphop chin-strokers that so many young minds become. The inclusion of Squarepusher's 'Red Hot Car' and the recently reissued jungle classic 'Valley Of Shadows' (aka '31 Seconds' or 'Long Dark tunnel') is evidence enough. A wicked compilation with not too much of the Perverts drilling and flaring scratch business. JG
Release date: 9 Jun
Press contact: Ian Cheek [CP, RP, NP] Whoa IH [CR, RR, NR]

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LIVE TV RETURNS
Live TV - do you remember that? - the Topless Darts and the News Bunny. Well, according to Broadcast the legendary cable TV station that began life as a rolling entertainment news service but quickly became page-three-tv is returning. The ITC have granted Eckoh Technologies a licence to broadcast as Live TV via Sky Digital. Word is the station will consist of Live TV 'classics' mixed in with new phone in features through which the network plans to make its cash.

Talk Sport's Kelvin MacKenzie, the former Sun editor who transformed the channel into the page-three-tv format told reporters yesterday: "This is great news. All the old favourites will be back and it can only add to the gaiety of the nation. My particular favourite will be the return of the bouncing weather dwarf on a trampoline. I've no idea if it will work commercially but I'm delighted to see it back."

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THE GREY DOWNLOADERS INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT
It seems there might be a gap in the market for a music download site for the so called 'grey market' - because recent research shows that the over-45s are increasingly using the illegal peer-to-peer networks. Most legit music download sites have primarily targeted the youth and pop markets, but new research undertaken by Universal owned MP3.com suggests up to a quarter of music downloading is done by over 45s.

MP3.com's Leanne Sharman told reporters: "These are staggering statistics and contradict the traditional thinking that teenagers are the largest consumers of music on the internet. This is good news for record labels and consumer brands because it shows consumers are retaining youthful interests as they grow older - effectively extending core marketing demographics."

Meanwhile some good news for the record labels over downloading - research company Forrester reckons online downloads will be worth £900m by 2007. The bad news - long delays in getting decent legit download services online means this year's download income is unlikely to be more than £17 million (and by current reckoning, a big proportion of that will probably come via Apple's new I-tunes service).

Forrester analyst Rebecca Jennings told reporters: "Recent announcements by EMI and Apple show that after a slow start, major music and technology companies are now taking the future of digital music seriously. While the US market for legitimate music downloads is already off the starting blocks, the European market lagged. But over the next few years digital music delivery will ramp up."

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MORE MERGER NEWS
More on those merger talks. Word is that Warners are still talking to EMI about a possible merger while those higher profile BMG talks develop. Insiders reckon that a merger with EMI is as likely as one with BMG - though in the former deal EMI boss Alain Levy would take the top job, where as in the latter Warner's Roger Ames would be in charge - so needless to say he favours a deal with Bertelsmann. The same gossips tell us the possibility of an EMI / BMG deal is very unlikely because of key disagreements between the two companies as to how a deal would be done.

Other major label gossip. Former Universal Music boss Barry Diller lunched with Universal group CEO Jean-Rene Fourtou on Tuesday. Gossips are split on whether the two were discussing Diller's legal action against the major over a tax dispute or perhaps Diller's possible takeover of one or more of Universal's entertainment companies. Or perhaps Fourtou was just getting Diller's permission for a seperate sell off of one of the Group's entertainment companies - a complicated deal between Universal and Diller when the major took over his USA Interactive company gives Diller some sort of veto on some sales. Or perhaps they were just enjoying some nice food. Who knows...

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TIMBERLAKE'S PARTY SPENDING SPREE
According to the Evening Standard Justin Timberlake spent £250,000 on a party he threw last night at the Rex Cinema in Soho. Enough champagne has been bought for each of his 200 guests to drink 5 bottles each and several cases of Jack Daniels has been delivered. The Nsync boy was expected to get ready for the party - where invited guests included Madonna, Matthew Perry, Elton John, Liam Gallagher, Chris Martin and the Beckhams - in his 40 room £20,000 a night suite at the Landmark hotel, and rumour had it he may wear some of the £10,000 a clothes he bought during a private spending spree in the Gucci store on Bond Street earlier in the week. Isn't it nice when these pop stars keep their feet on the ground?

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