CMU Daily - on the inside 13 May 2004
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Sony Awards round up
- AIM sign up with Napster
- Sony join Wippit
- Orbison catalogue goes digital via iTunes
- Hip hop supergroup release date
- R&B singer songwriter shot
- Live Review: The Pipettes At The ICA, London
- One case closes, another opens for EMI
- Blue boy cleared
- Spector rants
- Former Jazz FM boss buys up 22 local stations
- Carling Weekend additions
- Beta Band added to Move line up
- Brian Wilson honoured at BMI awards
- Live Review: Preston School Of Industry At The Spitz
- Guy Pearce makes a record
- Gates qualifies as a speech coach
- Album Review: Various - Meat Katie Presents Bedrock Breaks 3
- Sting cancels another gig
- Andersen confirms Butler collaborations
- Zutons reschedule cancelled dates

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SONY AWARDS ROUND UP
According to the Sony Award judges that little matter of the Hutton Inquiry did not stop Radio 4 being the greatest radio station of the year - in fact, there's a high chance the Hutton Inquiry made it the greatest radio station of the year. Either way, the BBC station took the top gong at last night's Sony Awards, what everyone likes to called 'the Oscars of British radio'.

A good night for Xfm with Christian O'Connell beating the Beeb's Jonathan Ross and breakfast show rival Chris Moyles to take the other top title - DJ Of The Year (good job a criteria wasn't 'Pictionary skills', given his performance on ITV's Win, Lose Or Draw last night). The Sony judges reckoned: "He takes the breakfast show format, shakes it by the throat and creates a show that entertains, sometimes annoys but also excites." Some might argue it annoys more than it excites these days - but a much deserved gong all the same.

As tradition dictates at the Sonys, there was still room in the proceedings to give Jonathan Ross at least one award. He took the award for 'Weekly Music Show Of The Year' for being "witty, quick, intelligent and hugely entertaining" while delivering a "uniquely diverse playlist for mainstream radio".

Stations wise, a good night for Chrysalis' Heart 106.2 which was not only named Local Radio Station Of The Year, but stole some thunder in the London breakfast show war when Jono Coleman took the Entertainment Award for his morning show.

Elsewhere good news for BBC Radio 5 Live who followed up their RAJAR increase last week by taking a total of seven awards - including Speech Broadcaster of the Year for Ian Robertson for his commentary on Jonny Wilkinson's Rugby World Cup winning drop goal.

Other good news for the BBC in the Breakfast Show Of The Year category. They didn't win it - but they have signed up its presenters. Key 103's JK & Joel, whose breakfast show took the title, will start a weekend show for Radio 1 later this year.

Quote of the night belongs to Johnny Walker, who took the Outstanding Contribution Award. Referencing past controversies and his recent fight with cancer, he told the audience: "The NHS gets a lot of criticism, but you wouldn't believe the amount of drugs I had last year and they were all free."

Full list of Sony winners at the bottom of today's CMU Daily.

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AIM SIGN UP WITH NAPSTER
The Association of Independent Music yesterday confirmed a new deal with Napster which will see some 50,000 tracks from 50 of its 800 members made available via the Roxio owned download platform.

Tracks from Domino, Ninja Tune, Cooking Vinyl, Gut and !K7 are among those that will be made available via the deal. Music will be available to Napster's US customers as soon as the relevant file transfer work is complete, and will be available elsewhere when Napster roll out their service in Europe later this year. Both Napster and AIM now hope other European labels will sign up by making the new licence agreement available to any independent record company across the continent via pan-European trade body IMPALA.

Confirming the new deal Napster boss Brad Duea told CMU: "Napster creates the ultimate community experience for music fans and the variety, quality and originality of music from the independent UK sector is a vital to delivering this experience. The Association of Independent Music has shown great foresight in joining forces with Napster at this time and has underlined its reputation as an influential player on the international music scene."

AIM's Alison Wenham added: "Napster is going to make a big difference to music fans in the UK. At last we have a legitimate service from the world's leading online brand, which offers flexibility in streaming and downloading to music fans. It also take our music to fans around the world, confirming the promise that the internet can deliver a global business to independent artists and record companies".

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SONY JOIN WIPPIT
Talking of download deals, UK based download platform Wippit yesterday confirmed it had signed up Sony Music, meaning tracks from the major's roster will now be available via Wippit's pay-per-track service. Sony are the latest major label to sign up with the download company, who hope to balance a legit P2P network for unsigned music with a iTunes-esque download service for copyright songs.

Confirming the deal Sony UK boss Rob Stinger told reporters: "This announcement marks an important addition to our roster of distribution partners in the UK market, and we look forward to working with Wippit as they continue to grow the business, and provide music fans with quick and easy access to the music they want. We also look forward to announcing special initiatives, including exclusive track offerings that will be made available through the service in the weeks and months ahead."

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ORBISON CATALOGUE GOES DIGITAL VIA ITUNES
Still on all things digital music, and confirmation yesterday that the back catalogue of Roy Orbison will finally be available online. Orbison Records, who administer the catalogue of the legendary singer's music, have confirmed a deal which will make tracks available via both iTunes and the official Orbison website - http://www.royorbison.com.

Roy's widow Barbara, who runs Orbison Records, told reporters this week: "Roy Orbison is a true American icon. Elvis Presley considered him the greatest singer on earth. During his career Roy produced hit songs in every decade from the 1950's until today. I have long been a believer in the benefit of legal downloads as a powerful distribution tool for Roy's music. Our relationship with iTunes makes it easier for Roy's fans to access his music, rediscover his hits, plus find those rare tracks that true fans crave."

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HIP HOP SUPERGROUP RELEASE DATE
A release date has finally been set for the debut album of that hip hop 'supergroup' 213, which features Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg and Warren G. Over a decade in the making, Warren G told MTV this week: "Music right now is missing a sound like this. All of us coming together and putting our projects on the back burner to make this happen is only going to enlighten our solo careers. And it's fun to do because we're homeboys and always dreamed of it. So why wait till we're 37 or 50 years old and no one wants to hear us anymore? Why not do it when we in our prime?"

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R&B SINGER SONGWRITER SHOT
American R&B singer John Whitehead, best known for the 1979 hit song 'Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now', has been shot dead in Philadelphia in a bizarre seemingly motiveless crime. Whitehead - once a member of the Otis Redding managed Epsilons, and a prolific songwriter - was shot while working on his car in the street with a friend, Ohmed Johnson.

With no suspects in the case, Whitehead's 33 year old daughter Dawn yesterday said to reporters: "Why did they do this to my dad? I just talked to him yesterday. He was a fun person. Who would want to kill him?"

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LIVE REVIEW: The Pipettes at the ICA, London on 11 May
One day, I want The Pipettes to play my wedding party. Surely only the biggest idiot could fail to fall for a Brighton band who so effortlessly and expertly recreate the sugar-sweet splendour of early-'60s American pop. Why, you'd almost expect them to appear in black and white. Drawing a neat line between the Shangri-Las (good) and early Beatles (bad), three girls in polka dot mini-dresses sing close harmonies and singalong back-ups, with shoop-shoop choreography that is oddly irreverent yet perfectly honest. Somehow the six fellas (including the trampish one from Electric Soft Parade) who back them up with Hammond, guitar, bass and all manner of percussion manage to blend into the background, leaving the focus solely on the singers. But the girls aren't as sweet as they look: 'School Uniform's Vendellas-esque Motown groove sits under "da-dum"s and sass, but the lyrics speak of homo-paedo-fetishery. And the one that sounds like Frankie Avalon's 'Beauty School Dropout' - is that really called 'Feminist Cunts'? And yet even their hip-swinging self-proclaimed "S&M anthem" 'Tie Me To The Kitchen Sink' is as much kitsch as kitchen. Yes, The Pipettes are a wonder: they wear their influences on their sleeve, but while their act is carefully studied, it is joyfully rendered, the songs playful and concise. Proper pop. The sort of band you want to tell your mates about; the sort of band whose album you play every morning when you wake up, and every evening before you go out; the sort of band you want playing at your wedding. DR

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ONE CASE CLOSES, ANOTHER OPENS FOR EMI
And now over to the CMU legal desk - and the end and beginning of legal action for EMI.

Firstly a legal victory for the major - a New York court yesterday cleared it of allegations made by former partner label Avatar Records that it used marketing consultants to attempt to inflate SoundScan figures at US independent record shops. The allegations first surfaced in the New York Post last month after the major and the independent fell out over who owed what after various joint venture projects were completed. In a double win for EMI, Judge Victor Marrero also ruled that Avatar were liable to pay damages relating to $1.1million the major claims it is owed relating to a distribution contract between the two companies. No word yet on whether Avatar plan to appeal.

EMI's legal department, meanwhile, have a new case to concern themselves with. Rapper Ras Kass, real name John Austin, has filed a suit against EMI's US-based hip hop imprint Priority Records claiming breach of contract, unfair competition, restraint of trade and other abuses. Austin, who signed to Priority in 1995, reckons the label failed to fulfil its marketing obligations to his 1996 album 'Soul On Ice' and 1998 release 'Rassassination', and that two senior Priority executives maliciously interfered with his career. In addition he accuses the label of "fraudulent accounting practices" that have deprived him of royalty payments. Austin is looking to get out of his contract with the label and to receive various damages payments. EMI are yet to comment on the lawsuit.

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BLUE BOY CLEARED
Meanwhile in the London courts, good news of sorts for Blue's Lee Ryan who was cleared of assaulting two photographers outside a London nightclub last Dec. He was, however, found guilty of criminal damage and ordered to pay £500 in compensation. As previously reported Ryan lashed out when harassed by the paparazzi, pushing one snapper and damaging another's camera. The singer claimed he reacted that way because the female friend he was with was death and panicked when the press pack flocked around them.
After the court decision, Ryan's solicitor Nick Freeman told reporters: "We always said he had behaved reasonably and always disputed the assaults. That decision has been vindicated today. He wants to get on with his career and move forward."

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SPECTOR RANTS
Finally in legal news, some more gossip on what was said outside Phil Spector's court hearing over that murder allegation on Friday. Despite pleas from his own legal team to not speak to the press, Spector not only accused the coroner (who concluded Spector had shot actress Lana Clarkson) as being biased, but ranted thus...

On the prosecutor pursuing the case: "He's the one who proves you can have children through anal sex."

On his handling by police on the night of Clarkson's death: "Broken nose, two black eyes and 50,000 volts shot through me with a Taser after I invited the police into my home."

And on the limo driver who was outside Spector's house on the night of the shooting, and on whose evidence the prosecution depend: "He is illegal. He is an illegal alien threatened with deportation."

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FORMER JAZZ FM BOSS BUYS UP 22 LOCAL STATIONS
The former boss of Jazz FM, Richard Wheatly, has raised a cool £48 million by floating his new venture, the Local Radio Company, and he's using some of that cash to buy Radio Investments Limited, which owns 22 local radio stations around the UK. Radio Investments, a long established radio player co-owned by GWR, Guardian Media Group and Caledonia Investments, has been struggling of late - but Wheatly says its old owners wanted to sell because of pending competition issues not because of any pessimism in long term financial future. He reckons the 22 stations will provide a good hub on which to build his empire.

Wheatly told the Media Guardian yesterday: "We've been looking at opportunities to build what we are calling a 'second tier radio group' since we left Jazz FM. This gives us a good building block to capitalise on the recovery in local radio advertising and to capitalise on future acquisitions to build a network of local radio stations."

GWR will make £10.6 million from the deal, which it will use to further reduce current debts, which currently stand at £65 million. With radio advertising revenues in general growth, the radio group hope to have good financial news for investors when they next officially report.

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CARLING WEEKEND ADDITIONS
More additions to the Carling Weekend - MC5, Super Furry Animals, Auf der Maur, British Sea Power, Deus, 22-20s, The Stills and Dogs Die In Hot Cars have all been added to the bill, which is headlined, of course, by The Darkness, The White Stripes and Green Day.

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BETA BAND ADDED TO MOVE LINE UP
Talking of festivals, the Beta Band have been confirmed as support for Morrissey at the Move Festival in Manchester on 11 Jul - The Bees and The Ordinary Boys will also be on the bill.

The other three nights of Move are looking like this:

8 Jul: Madness, Ocean Colour Scene, Jimmy Cliff, The Stranglers and Ozomatli.
9 Jul: The Cure, Elbow, Keane and Longview.
10 Jul: Stereophonics, Pixies, Goldfrapp, Tim Booth, The Stands, and 22-20s.

Tickets for each event are £30, or you can get a four day pass for £85. More at http://www.movefestival.com

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BRIAN WILSON HONOURED AT BMI AWARDS
Former Beach Boy Brian Wilson was honoured with an Icon Award at the annual music awards staged by US performing-rights group BMI in LA on Tuesday night. Wilson, who releases a new album - 'Getting In Over My Head' - on Warners next month, adds the Icon Award to the BMI President's Award he received in 1995.

Other winners on the night included Lauren Christy and Scott Spock - two-thirds of pop songwriting trio the Matrix - who were named Pop Songwriters Of The Year. Gregg Alexander and Keepin' It Real How 'Bout You Music Publishing won the Song Of The Year Award for penning/publishing the Santana track 'The Game of Love'.

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LIVE REVIEW: Preston School Of Industry at The Spitz on 29 Apr
Within a swelteringly hot Spitz, the PSOI have a tough task ahead of them in comforting their audience from the suffocating atmosphere. In town to promote new single 'Caught In The Rain' off current album 'Monsoon', the audience is nothing but enduring in anticipation. For fans of PSOI they have had to wait a few too many years to see the return onto the live circuit of Spiral Stairs (Scott Kannberg) and co. PSOI waste no time in heading straight into building up layers of their alt indie riffs, easily reeling you into their psychedelic haze. Kannberg has more of a timeless quality to his voice, with all the folky charm of Dylan, that is less well manifested on record. However, whereas on record the production allows for a more comfortable balance between Kannberg's softer vocals and the loosely directed eclectic guitars, on stage these come into battle with one another. Kannberg's witty lyrics then often become lost to the audience on tracks such as 'Tone It Down' yet matter little on quirkily aggressive tracks such as 'Get Your Crayons Out!'. Kannberg has had a monumental feat at hand in carving an individual audience for his band following his Pavement days - by the looks of tonight's performance 'Mr Stairs' has little to worry about. RP

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GUY PEARCE MAKES A RECORD
Well, when Kylie and Jason opted by the Stock Aiken Waterman pound, Guy Pearce went the arthouse film route, soon finding himself one of Hollywood's hottest properties. Now he too is making a record - though with arty movie credientials we should stress.

Pearce has recorded tracks for the soundtrack to new film 'A Slipping-Down Life', which tells the story of a fictional Jim Morrison-like musician and his relationship with an infatuated fan. The soundtrack is produced by Joe Hendry, and features original tracks by some premiere league songwriters including Ron Sexsmith, Vic Chesnutt, Robyn Hitchcock and Catie Curtis & Mark Simos.

Commenting on his musical project, Pearce told reporters: "For me it was a joy to perform such great music and with the very 'hip and fashion savvy' Joe Henry as our recording producer and mentor it was also an unforgettable learning experience ... one to add to an eclectic musical life."

The movie opens in the US later this month. No word on a UK release for either the movie or soundtrack - though music from the film will be available via iTunes next week.

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GATES QUALIFIES AS A SPEECH COACH
No official word on those rumours BMG is dropping Gareth Gates. But either way - he's secured himself a new career just in case. Gates has passed the exams required to become a speech coach and will now be able to help others overcome stammers. According to the Sun, Gates has been attending workshops for more than two years and scored well in his exams. He told the paper: "I am really chuffed I am able to teach as it helped me so much." That said he won't be taking classes any time soon - mainly because of fears sneaky fans will pretend they have stammers just to join his class.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Various - Meat Katie presents Bedrock Breaks 3 (Bedrock Breaks)
Mark Pember is DJ/producer Meat Katie and he's one of the premieres in the breaks world - and just in case there was any doubt of those credentials he presents this storming 2CD digipak. Disk one covers many break styles, from Dogzilla's killer techy 'Big Chat' to spacey Santos' 'Sabot', Rennie Pilgrim's broody 'Jacknife' and Force Mass Motion thumping 'Why Me?'. Less eclectic, no less fine, disk two opens with District's bleepy 'Feel this Thing' and proceeds with some massive dancefloor tracks including his own collaboration with Christian J - 'Turn Me Out' plus La Liga's powerful 'Out in London' and Andy Page vs George Clinton's 'Elementalelectrofunk' - a right little groover. All in all, well worth checking if 'tech-funk' breaks are your game. PV
Release date: 26 May
Press contact: Phuture Trax PR [all]

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STING CANCELS ANOTHER GIG
Despite hopes he would be feeling better in time for his Birmingham gig last night, Sting has had to postpone his ninth consecutive concert due to laryngitis.

A spokesman for Birmingham's NEC Arena confirmed the gig could not go ahead yesterday, adding: "Ticket holders are advised to hold on to their tickets, which will be valid for the rescheduled date and will not need to be exchanged."

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ANDERSEN CONFIRMS BUTLER COLLABORATIONS
Suede's Brett Anderson has been commenting on recent Bernard Butler collaboration rumours via his band's website. Anderson writes: "I know there has been a lot of speculation and rumour about precisely what I'm up to - so I thought I'd set the record straight. Firstly I can confirm that me and Bernard are working together again. We've written about fifteen songs so far and even though it's early days I can honestly say that I believe the work to be up there with some of the best things we've ever done. We have been rehearsing with a drummer and a bass player who will be part of our new band. I can't tell you what we will be called yet but it will not be Suede or Anderson and Butler. We'll be entering a London studio to start recording in June so I'm hoping that you will hear something early next year."

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ZUTONS RESCHEDULE CANCELLED DATES
The Zutons have rescheduled those tour dates they had to cancel after drummer Sean Payne broke his fingers while helping roadies shift some kit last week. They will play Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms on 21 Jun and London ULU on 22 Jun. Tickets for the original dates at those venues will be valid - refunds will be available for those who can't make those dates.

The rescheduled dates will coincide with the band's next single release - 'Remember Me' is out on 21 Jun.

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SONY (GOLD) AWARD WINNERS IN FULL

The Daily Music Show Of The Year:
Lunchtime With Ace And Invisible, 1xtra For The BBC

The Weekly Music Show Of The Year:
Jonathan Ross, BBC Radio 2 And Off The Kerb Productions For Radio 2

The Breakfast Show Of The Year:
Jk & Joel @ Breakfast, Key 103

The Specialist Music Award:
Andy Kershaw: Festival In The Desert, BBC Radio 3

The Entertainment Award:
Jono And Harriet At Breakfast, Heart 106.2

The 'Music Special' Award:
For One Night Only: Bob Marley At The Lyceum, BBC Radio & Music/Factual For Radio 4

DJ Of The Year:
Christian O'Connell, Xfm

The Music Broadcaster Of The Year:
David Rodigan, Kiss 100

The News Programme Of The Year:
Crossing Continents: India, BBC Radio Current Affairs For Radio 4

The News Output Award:
Drive, BBC Radio News For Five Live

The News Story Award:
Jeremy Bowen: The Capture Of Saddam Hussein, BBC Radio Five Live & Ten Alps For Five Live

The Sports Award:
The Real Alex Ferguson, Unique The Production Company For BBC Radio Five Live

The Speech Award:
The Stephen Nolan Show, City Beat

The Speech Broadcaster Of The Year:
Ian Robertson, BBC Radio Sport For Five Live

The News Journalist Of The Year:
Hugh Sykes, BBC Radio News: The World At One & Pm For Radio 4

The Feature Award:
The Archive Hour: Lance Corporal Baronowski's Vietnam, Loftus Productions For BBC Radio 4

The Short Form Feature Award:
Stuck In The Middle, BBC Radio & Music Factual, Birmingham For Radio 4

The Information Award:
Life Matters, SRH Programming For Forth One

The Drama Award:
The Loneliest Road, BBC Radio Drama For Radio 3

The Comedy Award:
I'm Sorry I Haven't A Christmas Carol , BBC Radio Entertainment For Radio 4

The Event Award:
The State Visit Of President Bush, BBC Radio Cleveland

The Interaction Award:
The Stephen Nolan Show, City Beat

The Competition Award:
Live With Matt And H, GWR FM Wiltshire

The Community Award:
No Buts - BBC Radio Shropshire, BBC Radio Shropshire

The Station Sound Award:
BBC Radio Five Live

The Promotional Campaign Of The Year:
8 Mile, BBC Broadcast For Five Live

The Station Programmer Of The Year:
John Simons, GMG Radio

Station Of The Year (With An Audience Under 300,000):
BBC Radio Foyle

Station Of The Year (With An Audience Between 300,000 - 1 Million):
BBC Radio Suffolk

Station Of The Year (With An Audience Over 1 Million Plus):
Heart 106.2

Station Of The Year (Digital Terrestrial):
1xtra For The BBC

Station Of The Year (With A UK Audience):
BBC Radio 4

The 2003 Award:
Ian Robertson

The Outstanding Contribution Award:
Johnnie Walker

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