CMU Daily - on the inside 24 May 2004
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Oxfam launch download service
- Dave Pearce the main loser in Radio 1 rejig
- Five others named in Jacko case
- AOL do deal with royalty people
- Ward may yet join Black Sabbath for reunion
- Radiohead to duet with Nighy at charity gig
- Orbital add extra farewell date
- Album Review: The Charlatans - Up At The Lake
- Warners drop Dannii
- Former EMAP radio boss gets cinematic
- Reznor's former manager responds to lawsuit
- Jamaican and South African music fans mourn greats
- P Diddy reckons his next album will be his last
- Single Review: Ima Robot - Dynomite
- Ocean Colour Scene lose their master tapes
- Channel 4 boss gets BBC DG job
- Robbie cancels Morrisette duet at Cannes
- SRH chief exec retires
- Yourcodenameis:milo contacts


Well, you know festival season is upon us when We Love Homelands beckons. To celebrate the first proper festival of the summer we put some quickfire questions to some of the artists and DJs on the bill - today CMU favourites The Loose Cannons:

What are your festival tips? "Our festival survival tips are to make sure you get your drugs early, have lots of toilet roll, have a torch, have lots of booze and always wear knee pads...cos it's a strong look!!"

Check out all of the Loose Cannons' quick fire answers on the Homelands here - and check out a full interview with the guys in this week's CMU Weekly, going live later today.

Meantime, there's still a few Homelands tickets left for those latecomers out there - more info at


It can't be long now until my Mum's on the phone to tell me she's launching a digital download service. Everyone else seems to be doing it.

Following the UK launch of Napster last week, now Oxfam has announced it is involved in a new download service. Launching on Wednesday the service is called Big Noise Music, and 10p from every track bought will go to the charity.

The service is powered by OD2, the download service provider behind many of the UK based digital music services, including those run by HMV, Virgin, MSN and Coca-Cola.

Confirming their involvement in the new service Oxfam's Adrian Lovett told reporters on Friday: "Artists will see their music help some of the poorest people in the world."


More on that pending schedule rejig at Radio 1, and as much as we like to pick holes in these things, it all kinda sounds quite good (except for Colin Murray and Edith Bowman getting an extra hour during daytime, but we listen to Xfm in the afternoons, so we don't care).

The main casualty of the rejig is Dave Pearce who loses his daytime slot - the extra time going to the aforementioned Murray and Bowman (not good) and to Zane Lowe (good). Other changes include the loss of Seb Fontaine, and the shifting back of John Peel's show by an hour.

But most important is the moving of some of the station's excellent specialist shows from graveyard shifts into prime time. Mike Davies' punk metal show The Lock Up gets a 9pm slot on what will become Tuesday Rock Night, while Bobby and Nihal's award winning Asian beats show moves from its middle of the night slot to 9pm on what will become Wednesday Urban Night.

Talking through the schedule rejig a spokesman for the station told reporters: "It is about making sure the right music is on at the right time of day. We looked at the line-up six months ago and asked if we were giving the right exposure to the right musical genres, and decided to bring shows like Bobby and Nihal and The Lock Up into the evening schedule."

On the extension of Zane's slot: "Zane's presentational style will help take listeners from daytime into specialist programming."

And on the cutting of Dave Pearce's daily teatime dance music show: "Rather than having one big dance show we have redesigned it to suit what was going on now. Dance music has fragmented and subdivided, so Dave Pearce will be doing a trance show, Jules will do a Saturday night warm-up house show, while The Blue Room is more eclectic chillout stuff."


Michael Jackson's defence team have revealed some information about the case against their client - in particular that the grand jury which investigated the case last month "imagines an elaborate conspiracy" to have taken place regarding the molestation of children at the singer's Neverland ranch, involving Jackson, five other named individuals and others.

Everything about the case remains shadowed in secrecy because of the reporting band put in place by the courts. Although no longer proactively in favour of lifting said media ban, some in Jacko's legal team say they feel the secrecy goes in the prosecution's favour in terms of public opinion.


AOL's UK division have reached a deal with royalties body MCPS-PRS regarding the ISP's online music services, which include the recently expanded 'personalised radio station' Launch. Up until now AOL's UK services have been operating with an 'interim licence', however the new deal means AOL is essentially covered on all publishing royalties for he rest of the year.

Announcing the deal Blair Schoof, Executive Director for AOL Music UK and Europe, told reporters: "This is a first for a service of its kind in the UK, and is only the beginning of what we hope is a fruitful, long-term relationship with the MCPS-PRS. This licence is a pre-requisite to offering a legitimate and comprehensive online music service. With this in place, we can concentrate on ensuring we have the broadest and most exclusive music content service in the UK."


Founding Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward may yet appear with the rest of his band when they play on the Ozzfest tour later this year - though nothing is definite as yet.

Writing on his website, Ward said this weekend: "I have communicated to Sharon [Osbourne] that I will accept the proposal of 5/11/04 regarding me playing Ozzfest, and today I received a very positive response from her. At this time, I am taking this response as a move forward. This announcement is for the benefit of all those who these past few days have been so outspoken favouring and supporting me as a member of Sabbath. I personally thank all of you. To All Sabbath People On Earth - Rock & Shine".

When it first materialised that the Sabbath would headline Ozzfest, but without their former drummer, Ward implied that the Osbournes had not been accommodating to his requirements in arranging the reunion, although he did wish his former bandmates well on their tour.


Radiohead will perform with actor Bill Nighy at a forthcoming charity gig in aid of an Oxford hospice. The band have signed up for a charity event organised by actor Tom Hollander (co-star of the film Gosford Park) in aid of Helen House, Britain's first children's hospice. The band will duet with Nighy on a performance of the song the actor performed in the movie 'Love Actually' - the song 'Love Is All Around'. Also lined up to appear on the night are, among others, John Mortimer, Sir Michael Gambon, Hugh Laurie, Griff Rhys Jones, Francesca Annis and comedians Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc.


Having sold out their 'farewell' gig at the Brixton Academy on 25 Jun, Orbital have announced an extra date - a not quite farewell gig I guess - on 24 Jun. Of course the real farewell to the legendary Orbital will come at Glastonbury on 27 Jun and T in the Park on 11 Jul.


ALBUM REVIEW: The Charlatans - Up At the Lake (Universal/Mercury)
The Charlatans seem to inspire goodwill in most people, or at the very least a grudging respect for the band's ability to overcome their troubles (including the death of one founder member of the group) and stay together. The band preceded Brit-pop but found even greater success as part of that era and while their higher profile Brit pop peers such as Suede and Pulp have now split the Charlies somehow keep on going. Whilst sonically they haven't changed a great deal on their eighth album, you can't deny their ability to write a decent tune. The title track and current single is a good example of their jangling Smithsian sound. Another stand out track 'Feel the Pressure' betrays the band's bluesy Rolling Stones-esque roots. Tim Burgess' vocals are fine and soulful. Occasionally the album strays into clichÈ land. The lyrics to 'Loving You Is Easy' are hardly original ("Loving you is easy because you're beautiful") and the tune sounds like it was nicked off Carly Simon. But on the whole it's a solid effort. JW
Release date: 17 May
Press contact: Wild [CP, CR] Mercury IH [RP, NP] Anglo [RP, NP]


More from the 'dropped' file. Word is Dannii Minogue has been dropped by Warner Music after the disappointing performance of most recent album 'Neon Nights'.

One of those 'label insiders' has told the Sun: "Dannii won't be releasing another record with Warner. She enjoyed some success but just doesn't sell enough records to merit a new deal. Dannii is a bit disappointed but has vowed to get a new deal elsewhere. She is writing some new material and hopes a smaller label may snap her up. These are tough times for pop acts and I've a nasty feeling there is more of a clear-out to come."


Former EMAP Radio boss Tim Schoonmaker has announced he is leaving the radio sector altogether and taking over the top job at Odeon. This ends industry speculation as to where Schoonmaker would go after quitting his EMAP post earlier this year. Confirming his Odeon gig Schoonmaker told reporters: "It's fantastic to join Britain's favourite group of cinemas. This is an exciting time for me to join the cinema industry, which gives many people their most powerful media experience."


Trent Reznor's former manager John Malm has hit out at the Nine Inch Nails frontman over that previously reported lawsuit in which Reznor accused Malm of fraud and mismanagement.

Commenting on the multi-million pound lawsuit, Malm said on Friday: "Trent Reznor's complete lack of loyalty and integrity is astounding. After 20 years of my professional and personal friendship and support, through some of his darkest hours and at great expense to me, he has decided that everyone in the world is to blame for his problems except himself. It's time for him to take some responsibility for his actions."

Malm's attorney Alan Hirth added: "Trent Reznor's lawsuit is nothing more than an ill-conceived response to an earlier lawsuit that John Malm was forced to bring in April against Reznor to recover more than $2 million in commissions that Reznor has refused to pay. Reznor has reneged on every single contract that he and Malm ever entered into. For at least the past six years Reznor's lawyers were fully apprised of all business dealings between Reznor and Malm. Only when Reznor ran out of money after failing for five years to release a new album or go on tour did Reznor and his high-priced handlers decide to blame Malm for Reznor's reckless spending and abandonment of Reznor's career."

No date set for the court case - but a bloody battle can be expected.


Music fans, musicians and political leaders in both Jamaica and South Africa were out in force this weekend to pay tribute to two musical greats - in Jamaica reggae producer Clement 'Sir Coxsone' Dodd, and in South Africa native singing star Brenda Fassie.

Shaggy, Beenie Man and former Jamaican Prime Minister Edward Seaga were among those paying tribute to Dodd, the man behind the island's Studio One recording complex, and the producer who helped launch the careers of both Bob Marley and Lee "Scratch" Perry. Dodd died earlier this month aged 72. In his eulogy, Rev Oswald Tie said Dodd was "a great man, a man who made Jamaican music a household name. His vision gave rise to the sound that brought Jamaica to the world arena."

In Cape Town thousands packed into the city's main stadium to pay respects to Fassie, a singer at the forefront of South African music for 20 years, often referred to as "Madonna of the Townships". Fassie died earlier this month after a long battle against drug addiction. With that in mind President Thabo Mbeki used his funeral address to speak out about drug abuse: "We need to ensure that we save our artists from those problems. We know that even here in Cape Town, even in our schools we already have the problem of drugs. We have got to fight this problem throughout our society, because we had wanted Brenda to live until she was 80 years old."


P Diddy has confirmed he plans to take a back seat role in the world of hip hop - concentrating on his Bad Boy Entertainment empire rather than making new music himself.

Speaking to reporters last week about his upcoming album 'PD5' - due out in Autumn - Diddy said: "I think it's going to be my last solo album because it's been a dream come true for me to be a recording artist and I just think that as a solo artist I've said everything I wanted to say."

No word on whether Diddy will spend more time acting in the future - although he did comment on the experience of performing in the play 'A Raisin In The Sun' on Broadway recently: "It's a dream come true to see historically diverse audiences come to Broadway that wouldn't normally. Young people, three or four generations sitting together, every race, colour and creed and we're breaking box office records every week. It was something that people laughed at at first and now it's a success."


SINGLE REVIEW: Ima Robot - Dynomite (EMI/Virgin)
With a name like that I was kinda hoping we'd be in for some precision-tooled electro-pop but, despite the odd concession to the genre by way of some strategic fizzy synths, Ima Robot essentially peddle crude punky pop with no little debt to new wave and art-rock, though they haven't yet quite mastered the histrionic, strangulated vocal style resurrected by the likes of Stellastarr* and The Rapture. If Green Day had ever bought anything good that was released in 1981, they might've made a song like 'Dynomite'. It's shouty, sickly and not as good as it thinks it is. Catchy, yes, but ultimately hollow and pointless. The b-sides are more intriguing fare, despite (or more possibly because of) their desire to forage down less avowedly commercial avenues. The mellow 'Sine Your Life Away' suggests Prince and David Bowie covering Talking Heads, and is all the better for its melodicism and quirky lyrics; similarly appealing is '10:10', with its mournful, spidery guitar lines and lonely moog. Slightly disappointing, all told, but full of potential nonetheless. MS
Release date: 17 May
Press contact: APB [RP, NP] Virgin IH [CP, CR, RR, NR]


Ocean Colour Scene have lost master tape recordings of many of their early songs after their lock up was broken into last week. A spokesman for the band told NME on Friday: "Ocean Colour Scene had their lock up broken into, in Birmingham. The original masters of all their early works such as 'The Riverboat Song', 'The Day We Caught The Train' and 'Hundred Mile High City' have all been stolen."


The BBC has both its top jobs filled again following the fall out of Hutton earlier this year. And it seems that if you want to lead the Beeb at somepoint in the future you need to start out at the Corporation, and then spend some time running Channel 4. Following the appointment of former Channel 4 boss Michael Grade to the post of BBC Chairman, on Friday current Channel 4 Chief Exec, Mark Thompson, was named the Beeb's new Director General. The combination of Grade and Thompson at the top of the Corporation should help alleviate fears the BBC would lose its edge and independent post-Hutton - both being known for their maverick tendencies.


Robbie Williams has had to cancel a planned live duet with Alanis Morissette at the Cannes Film Festival for "business and personal reasons". According to the Sunday Mirror, Robbie has had to return to LA prior to his planned sing song with Morissette.


Scottish Radio Holdings boss Richard Findlay has announced he will step down from the top job after eight years managing the company. The radio group's Current MD of Operations, David Goode, will take over the top role in September. Findlay will stay on as a non-executive board member.


Well, we got most of the listings information with our review of Yourcodenameis:Milo's new album - 'All Roads To Fault' - wrong on Friday. The band are signed to Polydor imprint Fiction. The Fiction team handle national press, all radio and TV is handled by the Polydor teams, and regional press is done by Hermana. What we did get right is that this is a rather good album! And now you know where to get your review copies from - so get reviewing.

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