CMU Daily - on the inside 29 Aug 2003
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In today's CMU Daily:
• MTV VMA
• Johnny Cash hospitalised
• Source Hiphop Music Awards nominations
• Intimate Stones gig
• NARAS keep watch over dodgy Warner Bros
• Ozzy adds date
• VUE auction
• Defected compilation
• Granada Carlton merger news
• Mark Owen UK tour
• RIAA and the woman who isn’t there
• New Loaded editor (again)
• DMC/Technics World Mixing Championship finals
• Terry Callier tour
• Stephen Gately and partner to adopt

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MTV VMA
So here’s the basics from MTV’s US award fest last night…

Missy Elliott, who has never previously won a VMA despite 17 nominations, won Video of the Year and Best Hip-Hop Video for ‘Work It’, which came to the event with eight nominations.

Justin Timberlake and Coldplay each won three trophies: Timberlake's ‘Cry Me a River’ beating Johnny Cash’s ‘Hurt’ for Best Male Video. JT also won Best Pop Video and Best Dance Video.

Cash, who in the end was too ill to attend, won Best Cinematography; only one out of the six categories for which he was nominated.

Coldplay had wins with Best Group Video, Best Breakthrough Video and Best Direction for ‘The Scientist’ which the band performed live and dedicated to Cash.

Beyoncé's ‘Crazy in Love’ won Best R&B Video and Best Choreography, and 50 Cent's ‘In Da Club’, won Best New Artist and Best Rap Video.

Good Charlotte won the Viewer's Choice Award for ‘Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous’, and Linkin Park won Best Rock Video for ‘Somewhere I Belong’.

Eminem won Best Video From a Film for the ‘8 Mile’ anthem ‘Lose Yourself’.

The MTV2 Award - voted for by viewers - went to AFI.

Radiohead and Queens of the Stone Age both won their first VMAs, for Best Art Direction (‘There There’) and Best Special Effects (‘Go With the Flow’). The White Stripes won Best Editing for ‘Seven Nation Army’.

Jack Black rightly won Super Genius of the Universe Award.

Aguilera lost in all four of the categories for which she was nominated and Jennifer Lopez (4), Kelly Clarkson (3), Sean Paul (2), Evanescence (2), Avril Lavigne (2), Sum 41 (2), Nelly (2) and No Doubt (2) also left empty handed.

Outkast arrived on a flatbed truck replete with a stripper pole, that Big Boi called “the portable boom boom room".

Oh yes, and Madonna kissed Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera in a three-way. Which apparently made all the boys happy.

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JOHNNY CASH HOSPITALIZED
Johnny Cash, who had said he hoped to attend last night’s VMAs, was unable to attend in the end after he was hospitalized in Nashville on Monday for treatment of an undisclosed stomach condition.

Jim Flammia, Cash's spokesperson at Lost Highway Records said: “He wasn't feeling well and came in early Monday morning and is being held here for observation and treatment of that condition.”

Baptist Hospital spokesperson Jennifer Jackson said: "He's very much in stable condition, and we expect him to be out within a few days."

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SOURCE HIPHOP MUSIC AWARDS NOMINATIONS
Lil' Kim and Jay-Z lead the list of nominees for The Source HipHop Music Awards 2003, with five listings each – they will compete for album of the year.

Nelly, 50 Cent, Cam'ron & the Diplomats each got four nominations, while Scarface, Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz, LL Cool J, Clipse, Missy Elliott, Baby, David Banner, Ludacris, Disturbing Tha Peace, the Neptunes, Pharrell, Eve, Bone Crusher, Nas, Snoop Dogg, Slum Village, Field Mob and Ja Rule also received nominations.

The magazine’s readers and members of an exclusive network of US DJs will now vote on those nominations in time for the awards ceremony which will take place on 13 Oct in Miami.

As well as marking Source magazine's 15th anniversary, the awards include three new categories: independent album of the year, reggae dancehall album of the year and international album of the year.

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INTIMATE STONES GIG
The Rolling Stones have played their very (well, relatively) intimate gig at the London Astoria, with touts earning thousands of pounds selling last minute tickets. Steve Coogan, Bobby Gillespie, Phill Jupitus, Tracy Emin and Beth Orton were among the b listers in attendance.

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NARAS KEEP WATCH OVER DODGY WARNER BROS
Rumour has it a holiday album produced by Warner Bros recently involving a whole host of label staff was done so that said staff members would be eligible to join the US based National Associations of Recording Arts & Sciences and secure voting rights for the Grammys (presumably so they can vote for WB acts). The rules of the US academy state that ‘any member who has technical or creative credit on six commercially released songs — from vocalists to liner note writers — can be eligible to cast his or her ballot in the competition’.

NARAS chief Neil Portnow has said that he is keeping a close eye on the practice. Warner Bros spokespeople insist that the album was recorded solely to raise money for a post-9/11 charity.

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OZZY ADDS DATE
Ozzy Osbourne has added the Glasgow SECC (24 Oct) to his UK your.

The date that comes in addition to gigs at London's Wembley arena and Birmingham's NEC next month, will see daughter, Kelly, joining him for the dates despite being ill for her own dates.

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VUE AUCTION
Vivendi chair Jean-Rene Fourtou has flown to New York to meet Edgar Bronfman Jr to discuss his bid for VUE’s entertainment assets. The pair’s meeting follows a statement from Vivendi's board that said that they wouldn’t talk to Bronfman exclusively over the sale, and Broufman’s consequential threat to pull out of the running.

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DEFECTED COMPILATION
Defected Records are releasing a triple mix CD in October featuring 2CDs with current and exclusive tracks, and a bonus CD of Defected classics.

Compiled by label boss Simon Dunmore, CDs one and two will feature music from Kaskade, Jon Cutler, Peace Division, Sandy Rivera, Dubtribe Sound System, Bob Sinclair, DJ Gregory and more, while the mix CD will feature tracks from Warren Clarke, Astrotrax, Urban Magic, AFTC and J Majik.

The label is also launching the Defected In The House UK Tour to support the release, which will run between Sep and Oct.

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GRANADA CARLTON MERGER NEWS
While Granada Media and Carlton Communications await the results of a Competition Commission inquiry into whether they should be allowed to merge, the two have made a last minute bid to avoid having to hive off over half of their sales houses (an expected condition the government might set in order for a merger to take place)

ITV insiders have said that the companies approached the regulator with a last-minute offer to allow sales for London Weekend Television to be spun off to minimise the merged company's dominance of the advertising sales market. Remains to be seen if regulators think that is a big enough sacrifice to justify the merger.

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MARK OWEN UK TOUR
Mark Owen, who released his first single for Universal, ‘Four Minute Warning’, earlier this month, has announced the details of a UK tour, based predominantly around students’ unions across the UK.

The dates are:
14 Sep: Dundee University
17 Sep: University of Central Lancashire, Preston
23 Sep: Glasgow University Union
25 Sep: Bangor Students Union
26 Sep: Sunderland University
27 Sep: University of Hertfordshire Students Union
29 Sep: The Met at Leeds Metropolitan University
30 Sep: Carling Academy Islington
4 Oct: University of Surrey Students' Union, Guildford
7 Oct: Liverpool Academy
8 Oct: Manchester University
17 Oct: Reading University Students Union

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RIAA AND THE WOMAN WHO ISN’T THERE
A woman who the RIAA is targeting for alleged piracy, and who last week filed a court motion attempting to preserve her anonymity, is said to have made over 900 tracks available on KaZaA, despite receiving two warnings.

The filing by ‘Jane Doe’ seeks to overturn a subpoena served by the RIAA to Verizon seeking her identity. The RIAA says the woman's motion should be denied.

RIAA VP/counsel Jonathan Whitehead insisted the trade group warned her twice via instant messaging to protect her files from peer-to-peer trading, and has presented the court with a 59-page document listing all of the tracks she made available.

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NEW LOADED EDITOR (AGAIN)
Loaded has appointed its second new editor in a year.

Ex-Ministry of Sound editor, Scott Manson who took over last year, has quit after less than a year in the job to be replaced by his deputy and former Page3.com editor, Martin Daubney.

Loaded’s last ABC showed that the magazine’s circulation had dropped for three years in succession; falling 15.2% year-on-year to 261,937.

Though Loaded is still outselling Maxim by around 10,000 copies every month, its circulation is dwarfed by the men's lifestyle market leader FHM, which enjoys a circulation of over 600,000.

IPC have said that Manson was leaving the company to work on a new youth concept that he had been working on for some time.

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DMC/TECHNICS WORLD MIXING CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS
The DMC/Technics World Mixing Championship Finals are set for 13 & 14 Sep at the Brixton Academy: Saturday being the team finals, and Sunday the individual championship.

The event will see live PA's from Klashnekoff and the Radio 1Xtra MC Battle Winner (13 Sep), and The French Battle Champions (Netik, Kodh and Trouble) and Big Dada’s rising star, TY (14 Sep) with a “surprise international act tbc”.

Press Contact: David at Zzonked

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TERRY CALLIER TOUR
One of the most important men in jazz, funk and fusion – Terry Callier - is on tour from 15 – 25 Oct. The tour follows in the footsteps of the success of his 'Speak your Peace' album - featuring collaborations and reinterpretations from Groove Armada, Zero 7, and 4 Hero.

Details of the Total Recall UK tour are as follows:
15 Oct: Wheelins, Dublin
16 Oct: Shepherds Bush Empire - TBC
17 Oct: Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
18 Oct: Club I for Bach, Cardiff
20 Oct: Mechnics, Burnley
23 Oct: The Hifi, Leeds
24 Oct: Big Big World 2003, Glasgow
25 Oct: The lemon Tree, Aberdeen

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STEPHEN GATELY AND PARTNER TO ADOPT
Stephen Gately and his new husband Andy Cowles are rumoured to be planning to adopt a child.

Mr Cowle's mother Alison said: "I would not rule out the possibility they will adopt children. They are in a strong and very positive relationship. I'm happy for both of them and if they decide they want a family that would be fine with me. Andy and Stephen are made for each other and knew they'd met the person they wanted to spend the rest of their lives with. A commitment ceremony was a natural step for them just as an engagement or marriage would be for anyone else. Stephen is really nice. When they first got together Andy would talk very fondly about him so I knew they cared for each other. If Andy is happy then I am happy for him."

The pair got ‘married’ at a commitment ceremony in Vegas last week, saying that it was a spur of the moment decision during a holiday.

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