CMU Daily - on the inside 5 Dec 2003
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Grammy nominations announced
- Sun outraged that Robbie not eligible for Brit
- Daily Mail to go online
- Iggy on the Stooges reunion
- Big Day Out gets bigger
- Canadian singers take on ISPs
- Boyzone Lynch's found god
- Album Review: Various - Jazz In The House 12
- Label and management pay tribute to Soulja Slim
- Pop Idols festive favourites
- Yo La Tengo & Gorkys co-headline
- ITV likely to partner on new channels
- EMI may re-enter talks with BMG
- Darkness news
- No new allegations via Jacko hotline
- Animal rights campaigners angered by Ashanti ad
- Osbourne's talk show gets Sky airing

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SOME WORDS

*** WILLIAM HUT: A Norwegian singer/songwriter from Bergen. His album is set for release in Japan (Toy's Factory) and in Norway (Banana Party via Tuba) - rest of the world and publishing available! Two gigs in London: 11th December (Arts cafe) and 17th December (12 Bar Club). William Hut's previous album (import only) prompted Q to say: "William Hut exquisitely follows a heartsick sonic trajectory, infinitely sad and nocturnal, yet uplifting rather than depressing. This is real find. 4 stars". Q MAGAZINE For more info and a sampler CD and/or guest list contact: Mike Gething, Metropolitan Music Management 020 8540 6463. info@metropolitanmusic.com

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GRAMMY NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED
The nominations for next year's Grammys were announced yesterday, and there was no clear cut winner in terms of number of nominations. Refreshingly neither Justin Timberlake nor 50 Cent dominated. In fact it was Outkast, Jay-Z, Beyoncé and Pharrell Williams who led the way with six nominations each. Justin and Fiddy joined Eminem, Missy Elliott, Evanescence, Chad Hugo, Luther Vandross, Ricky Skaggs and Warren Zevon in getting five nods each.

Up for specific awards: Album of the Year nominations go to Justin Timberlake for 'Justified', Missy Elliott for 'Under Construction', Evanescence for 'Fallen', Outkast for 'Speakerboxxx/ The Love Below' and The White Stripes for 'Elephant'.

Record of the Year nominees include Beyoncé with Jay-Z for 'Crazy in Love', Black Eyed Peas with Justin Timberlake for 'Where Is the Love', Coldplay for 'Clocks', Eminem for 'Lose Yourself' and Outkast for 'Hey Ya!'

Announcing the nominations Neil Portnow, President of the Recording Academy told reporters: "Our voting membership highlighted truly outstanding nominees. Embracing both high-profile and up-and-coming artists, the nominations reflect talent that was both commercially successful as well as critically acclaimed. We are looking forward to putting together a stellar show that will reflect the musical, cultural and production values that make the Grammys the pinnacle of entertainment and excellence."

At last count there was something like 408 categories at the Grammy awards - full nominee lists are at http://www.grammys.com/awards/grammy/46noms.aspx. Ballots will now go to the voting members of the Recording Academy who will submit their votes by 7 Jan. The awards are presented on 8 Feb.

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SUN OUTRAGED THAT ROBBIE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR BRIT
Talking of awards, according to the Sun yesterday the biggest scandal in the 24-year history of the Brit Awards is that Robbie Williams will not be nominated for the Best Male Artist Award at the 2004 event. The tabloid made the claim as the BPI confirmed Robbie will not be eligible for nomination because he hasn't released a studio album since November 2002's 'Escapology'. While that release does technically fall into the voting year for the 2004 awards, it was the album for which he was nominated last year, and you can't be nominated at two different Brit awards for the same album. Live albums don't count so he can't be nominated for the 'Live At Knebworth' release. Despite explaining this system the Sun weren't impressed that Robbie would miss out this time.

Perhaps the Brits could manufacture an award for Robbie, just to keep Sun readers happy. Let's not forget the 'Ought To Give Them An Award For Something Award' given to Steps in 2000 to placate Pete Waterman who was furious when Belle & Sebastian's web-savvy fanbase prevented his pop combo from getting the Best Newcomer gong the previous year. 

That manufactured award was for most successful tour. If the Brits people wanted to find a similar award for Robbie this year they could go for 'fastest selling music DVD ever', because EMI reckon he has earned that title through the sales of 'What We Did Last Summer', the DVD recording of Williams' Knebworth gigs. Some 46,000 copies of the DVD have already been sold, with week one sales easily exceeding those of the recent Led Zeppelin DVD, which had previously been the fastest selling music DVD. That said, unlike Steps, Robbie has probably got enough Brits on his mantelpiece already to be too bothered about not being in the running this time round.

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DAILY MAIL TO GO ONLINE
Associated Newspapers have decided to put its flagship papers - the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday - online for the first time. Associated have been very slow in going online, although the Evening Standard basically exists in cyberspace through the This Is London website. The company now reckon its Middle England readership are ready for an online edition of its main newspaper - some of the online edition will be advertising funded, some will be accessible via subscription. 

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IGGY ON THE STOOGES REUNION
Iggy Pop has been talking about the experience of returning to the studio with the Stooges to record the title track for his new album 'Skull Ring'. Thirty years after their peak, and following a little bitching in the press, Pop admitted "There were some nerves when we met". But he went on: "Everyone was serious and focused and just wanted everything to go well. All I wanted was a bloody good track for my record, but as soon as we got in there and played, the music had life and vigor, and I realized, 'My God, these guys have grown. They're better now than they were.' "

Pop has also admitted to being influenced by The White Stripes on one of the tracks on the new album. He says: "I wrote 'Loser' after I heard White Blood Cells, because I thought, 'My God, they're a little bit Stooges, a little bit Pretenders. I could write that'. I decided if they're gonna rewrite me, I'll rewrite them."

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BIG DAY OUT GETS BIGGER
Organisers of the Australian music festival Big Day Out have announced they will stage two Sydney dates next year in a bid to overcome excessive crowds. The touring festival was due to take place in Sydney on 23 Jan. Sheer ticket demand has persuaded organisers to stage a second Sydney date on 24 Jan - the line up will be the same. 

Announcing the second Sydney date festival producer Ken West told reporters: "Even though it seems like a big call to stage a second show in Sydney, it was ultimately the only logical step. A second day allows the event to be safer, less crowded and more accessible in a city that always thinks big. As always there's an abundance of great acts to see and this allows the die hards to go twice and experience two different sides to the show." 

The 2004 Big Day Out line up includes Metallica, The Strokes, Muse, The Datsuns, The Darkness, Jet, The Mars Volta, The Flaming Lips and The Dandy Warhols.

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CANADIAN SINGERS TAKE ON ISPS
Following the Recording Industry of America Association's successful court battle that forced American ISPs to reveal the identities of their consumers on demand, now the Canadian Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers are hoping to take things one step further. They went before the Canadian Supreme Court on Wednesday to argue that ISPs should pay some kind of licence fee to copyright holders because they benefit from peer-to-peer file sharing the most - ie consumers spend more on internet connection if they share music online. 

It's an ambitious argument mainly because it would be hard to quantify what level of fees should be paid to whom, and needless to say the Canadian Association of Internet Providers opposes the move. But if the songwriters win some support it may well encourage the RIAA et al to pursue this new route to winning compensation for illegal file sharing. 

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BOYZONE'S LYNCH FINDS GOD
Former Boyzone singer Shane Lynch has told the Sun he has come through the hard times thanks to the support of ever-helpful God. He told the paper this week: "I'm trying to make amends for all the badness I've had in my life. Let's clean the slate and move forward. In the last 18 months I've been fighting against a lot of anger and hatred and God has helped me get through that. I now go to church on Sundays and things like that. God has pulled me through my badness and my hard times," he said.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Various - Jazz in the House 12: selected by Phil Asher (Slip 'N' Slide Records)
West Londoner Phil Asher brings us the next instalment of Jazz In The House. Unfortunately after last year's smasher this aint so hot - in an unmixed format it loses some of its freshness. There's some good stuff: Oji and Una's opener, 'Sanctuary', has an interesting gospel house vibe, Blaze's 'We are One' comes with extra disco flavour from Shrine, and 'Untitled' by Black Joy has plenty of deep funk and beat with some electro flava, and is class. But 'Sun Will Shine' by Blak Beat Niks (who is tipped to do some damage at next years WMC in Miami) is too US, Blaze's second cut 'What We Need is Shelter' is too retro for its own good and DJ Jorj's 'Only You' is overly sugary. All in all, a bit disappointing compared with the previous release in this series, but worth a check if soulful house is your bag. PV
Release date: 25 Jan 
Press contact: Kickin IH [all] 

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LABEL AND MANAGEMENT PAY TRIBUTE TO SOULJA SLIM
Koch Records, home to the more recent releases from Soulja Slim, have released a statement about the murder of the rapper last week in New Orleans. 

Bob Frank, President of Koch Entertainment told reporters yesterday: "We are deeply saddened by this tragic and senseless loss and we hope that whoever did this is brought to justice. He was a friend and he will be missed. Soulja Slim will always be remembered as an important figure in the Southern rap scene". 

Anthony Murray, co-CEO of Cut Throat Committy Records and Slim's personal manager added, "Soulja made it his business to take kids out of the ghetto and give them jobs with his label as a way of doing good for society. He really had the best of intentions at heart so these kids wouldn't have to endure some of the hardships he had to growing up." 

Police are still investigating the shooting and as yet have no suspects or motives.

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POP IDOLS FESTIVE FAVOURITES
If you assume The Box's target audience are particularly important in the singles sales market, then the Pop Idol finalists' version of 'Happy Xmas (War Is Over)' is by far the favourite to be Christmas number one. The track is proving very popular with The Box's viewers, who phone in to request songs. Avid Merrion's novelty record 'Proper Chrimbo' is the second most popular festive tune, both some way ahead of The Darkness' 'Christmas Time (Don't Let The Bells End)'. Although you might not expect The Box's viewers to be avid Darkness fans bookies too are firmly placing the Pop Idol track in the favourite position.

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YO LA TENGO & GORKYS CO-HEADLINE
Matador's Yo La Tengo and old favourites Gorky's Zygotic Mynci are co-headlining a UK tour in the Spring - dates as follows:

28 Feb: St. David's Hall, Cardiff 
1 Mar: Shepherds Bush Empire, London 
2 Mar: Brighton Dome 
3 Mar: The Anvil, Basingtoke 
4 Mar: Roadmenders Northampton 
5 Mar: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall 
6 Mar: Leeds West Yorkshire Playhouse, Quarry Hill 
7 Mar: De Montfort Hall, Leicester 
9 Mar: The Arches, Glasgow 
10 Mar: Usher Hall, Edinburgh 
11 Mar: Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

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ITV LIKELY TO PARTNER ON NEW CHANNELS
ITV have revealed the new digital TV stations they are planning are most likely to be joint ventures. The ITV classic station is likely to be a joint venture with Sky under the existing Granada Sky alliance - leading to increased speculation the Granada Plus channels is likely to be rebranded ITV Gold. Meanwhile Disney and Nickelodeon are both being tipped as partners on an ITV kids channel.

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EMI MAY RE-ENTER TALKS WITH BMG
Rumours from the rumour department indicate that EMI may re-enter merger talks with BMG now that its ambitions to take over Warners have been scuppered. BMG, of course, is currently in merger talks with Sony. But reports in the FT suggest those talks aren't going as well as hoped. EMI insiders say their management are unlikely to openly interfere with the BMG Sony negotiations, but that they will be on the sidelines ready to jump in should they fail. 

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DARKNESS NEWS
The Darkness' Justin Hawkins spent two hours in police custody in New York this week after detectives mistook him for another long haired Justin Hawkins who was on the run. The singer was in town to do a photo shoot for Spin magazine. It seems it was only when the band's manager showed proof that Justin was in Britain on tour on 4 July - when the other Hawkins must have committed his crime - was the singer allowed to go.

Meanwhile the mainly elderly community of the Suffolk town of Southwold are worried about a recent interview with The Darkness in which lead singer Justin Hawkins and drummer Ed Graham said they both fancied moving there. Jennifer Hursell, the clerk of Southwold town council, told the Daily Telegraph: "People come to Southwold for a quiet time. They don't come to play their electric guitars on the beach. The whole thing is nonsense."

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NO NEW ALLEGATIONS VIA JACKO HOTLINE
More good news for the Jackson camp - no one has come forward with new child abuse allegations against the singer, despite police setting up a police phone line just to receive such allegations. The phone line was launched and promoted after Jackson's recent arrest over allegations he sexually abused 13 year old cancer survivor Gavin. 

Sergeant Chris Pappas of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department told reporters that about 70 calls had been received by police about the case in the last two weeks. Only a handful had provided information which could be followed up and no further accusations had been made against Jackson.

Although police insist their case is still strong Jackson's lawyer Mark Geragos this week questioned whether the star will be charged at all. He said: "I'm not so sure there's even going to be a charging document."

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ANIMAL RIGHTS CAMPAIGNERS ANGERED BY ASHANTI AD
Animal rights groups in the US are upset by the ad for the new Ashanti album in which the singer seems to be wearing a $10,000 mink coat. Campaigners say the ad - for new album 'Ashanti's Christmas' - send out the wrong message. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals say they plan to send Ashanti a video narrated by Pamela Anderson that depicts the practices of the fur industry in an effort to convince the singer to change her ways

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OSBOURNE'S TALK SHOW GETS SKY AIRING
Sharon Osbourne's US chat show has been snapped up by Sky One as part of their Winter schedules. The show will air in a lunchtime slot competing with ITV's strangely popular Des and Mel show. 

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