CMU Daily - on the inside 28 May 2004
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Darkness win top gong at Ivor Novellos
- Chambers says downloads should count
- Mercury Music Prize gets new sponsor
- Anti-racism gig forced to move venues
- So is Doherty out of the Libertines again?
- Bee Gees no more
- AIM confirm AGM line up
- European Commission to hold hearing on major merger
- Album Review: Junior Boys - Last Exit
- Dyke to tell all on C4 doc
- MTV outraged at Avril's finger
- More than 100 legit download sites now live
- P Diddy to re-release big debut
- Morrissey cancels us TV appearances due to ill health
- Album review: Electronic System - Disco Machine
- Blondie tour
- Radio 4 return
- NUS launch media awards
- Ivor novello award winners in full

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CMU FRIDAY TIPS

VIGSY'S EVENT TIP: We Love Homelands 2004
If I was in the UK just now [for those not in the loop, Vigsy's currently residing on a big boat somewhere off the Spanish coast] this is where I would be this weekend - hurrah for Homelands - 17 hours of non stop clubbing in eight arenas with 35,000 fellow clubbers. Homelands is still one of the better festivals, even if the price creeps up each year on top of the p1ss taking booking fee (what happened to free raves eh??); but all that said, you do get a top line up choc-a-bloc with stars for your money. Particularly good again this year on the live tip with Faithless, London Elektricity, Lamb and Dizzee all on offer. Other highlights are sure to include Roger Sanchez, Felix Da Housecat and Danny Howells (Arena 1); Erick Morillo, Groove Armada, Lottie, Yousef (Teepee 2); Roni Size, DJ Marky and DJ Hype with awesome Lemon D & Dillinja (Movement Tent); the legendary Grand Master Flash, the fabulous human beatbox Killa Kela and the brilliant Jazzy Jeff (Arena 4); plus sublime genius Mr Scruff, Black Strobe and breakster Ali B (Tent 5). All in all, a storming day out, grab your tickets while you still can. PV
Sat 29 May, Matterley Bowl near Winchester, 1pm - 6am, more at http://www.welovehomelands.com/

CHRIS' CLUB TIP: Remix Live at the Metropolitan
If you're looking from the chill down from your Homelands raving (or, like me, you're planning on sleeping through Saturday and are looking for something to do come Sunday) then here is the place to be, assuming your not too far from West London. Eddy TM is hosting a special edition of Xfm's Remix show at this friendly Westbourne Park bar. It's gonna be quite a relaxed affair - but relaxed with an A-list line up: Cuban Brothers Virtual MCs, the Fingerlickin Allstars (Plump DJs, Soul of Man, Lee Coombs), Dub Pistols + Stix MC, Wall Of Sound DJs (including Alvin C), Freestylers + MC, Border Crossing, Blade (live PA), Jadell, GoHomeProductions and IDC. If you're there come and say hello - I'll be the one with the lap top in the corner! CC
Sun 30 May, The Metropolitan, Westbourne Park, 2pm - late.

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DARKNESS WIN TOP GONG AT IVOR NOVELLOS
Well, we love the Darkness as much as the next man here at CMU (in fact, we're due to start the backlash to the backlash next week), but whether or not we'd label them 'Songwriters Of The Year', given how much good stuff has been out there in the last twelve months, I'm not convinced. But it doesn't matter what we think, the judges for the Ivor Novello Awards yesterday gave them that title at their annual awards bash designed to celebrate songwriting talent.

Accepting his band's gong Justin Hawkins said: "It's a great award, it's the heaviest. This is the biggest award you can get if you write your own songs. We have always wanted something like this but didn't expect to be in this position now. Now we've got here we're not going to let it go."

Other winners at the awards included Francis Eg White for the Will Young track 'Leave Right Now', who got the award for Best Song Musically And Lyrically.

Amy Winehouse and Salaam Remi were given the Best Contemporary Song trophy for the former's hit 'Stronger Than Me'.

Radiohead took the award for International Achievement while Rollo Armstrong and Rick Nowels got the gong for International Hit Of The Year for penning Dido's 'White Flag'.

The full list of Ivor Novello winners is listed at the bottom of today's CMU Daily.

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CHAMBERS SAYS DOWNLOADS SHOULD COUNT
Talking of songwriters - the man who helped pen many of Robbie Williams big hits, Guy Chambers, has urged the Official Chart Company to integrate download data into the singles chart to ensure it is a true representation of musical popularity. That way, he reckons, unsigned bands who have developed a considerable online following would stand a chance on getting in there. Speaking to BBC Radio Five Live he said it was positive "that a band that isn't signed can get a following through the internet", adding: "I'm all for bands developing a following without the help of a major label. I don't see why all the major labels should have all the action. They've made some terrible mistakes investing in crap. They're paying a high price now."

On illegal downloading he continued: "If I was 18 I don't think I would feel guilty, because your average 18-year-old doesn't have any money, and you do tend to be mad about music".

Back to more personal matters, when asked about his songwriting partnership with Robbie Williams, which has been on hold for a while now, he said: "I think we both took one another for granted a little bit, it got a bit stale and we needed a break." When asked if he and Robbie were planning to work together again he added: "Certainly not this year. "Whether it will be a break or a final thing I don't know. Time will tell."

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MERCURY MUSIC PRIZE GETS NEW SPONSOR
Of course older viewers will remember that the Mercury Music Prize was named after the sponsor that helped create it - good old Mercury Communications. But the Prize has long outlived the Tel Co, and these days they have another sponsor stuck on top. To that end the Nationwide Building Society announced yesterday announced a four year sponsorship deal with the eclectic music awards event.

Announcing the deal, Nationwide Building Society boss Philip Williamson told reporters: "As a major sponsor of sport in the UK, we feel we have added a great deal to the fans' experience of football. It was a natural step for us to get involved with the nation's other major passion, music. As the UK's most prestigious and respected music award, the Mercury Prize represents the huge creativity and diversity in UK music of which Nationwide is proud to be a part."

Mercury executive producer David Wilkinson responded by saying. "It's excellent news that they have shown this commitment to supporting British music through the Prize. We are excited about the prospect of working with Nationwide - it's great to have such a prominent British organisation backing UK culture in this way."

Labels are currently putting together their submissions for this year's awards - albums released up until 19 Jul are eligible for entry in this Autumn's award. The deadline for nominating key releases is a week today.

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ANTI-RACISM GIG FORCED TO MOVE VENUES
That free London mini-festival being staged by the Unite Against Facism group - the Unity Festival - has been forced to move venues after licensing restrictions made their original plans too expensive. The group had hoped to stage the gig, set to be headlined by The Libertines, in Finsbury Park. Although a licence was granted for the venture, police insisted that organisers erect a metal perimeter fence around the park, something the group just couldn't afford. The event will now be moved inside and staged at the Hammersmith Apollo.

Commenting on the move, Unite Against Facism's Waymon Vennett told the NME: "We believe if you can have opera in Trafalgar Square unshielded, then you can have rock music in a park and people can come and listen to it."

Despite the venue shift the line up remains the same for the 6 Jun event - more details at http://lmhr.ork.uk

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SO IS DOHERTY OUT OF THE LIBERTINES AGAIN?
Well, we say the line up remains unchanged, that depends on whether a recent web posting by Libertines front man Pete Doherty is genuine. Writing on his Babyshambles site, Doherty, who checked himself out (or got kicked out, depending which rumours you believe) of the Priory over the weekend, said yesterday: "I must away.... from the cycle of destruction...yeah yeah all gigs are off including the festivals I was 'too unwell' to play last year." Whether Doherty will stick to his word, and whether his bandmates will carry on regardless, remains to be seen.

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BEE GEES NO MORE
Barry and Robin Gibb yesterday confirmed they have no plans to perform together as the Bee Gees following the death of brother Maurice last year. In London to be awarded the title of CBE by Prince Charles, Barry Gibb told reporters: "We are not the Bee Gees now, in respect for Mo. Maybe the time's just right for a bit of free flight. Maybe at some point we will do something together."

On being awarded a CBE he continued: "It's bittersweet. It would have been wonderful for all three of us to be here. We have mixed feelings. Knowing Mo, this would have been right up his alley. He would have still had his hat on."

As it was, Maurice's son Adam Gibb picked up the award on his late father's behalf.

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AIM CONFIRM AGM LINE UP
AIM have confirmed that Mick Hucknall will provide a keynote speech at the AGM of the Association of Independent Music's on 22 Jun. Hucknall self-released his most recent album, of course, after a high profile falling out with Warner division East West.

The AGM will also include the election of four new members to the Association's board - the new appointments follow the stepping down of Ninja Tunes' Peter Quicke, Songlines MD Doug D'Arcy and Telstar chairman Sean O'Brien.

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EUROPEAN COMMISSION TO HOLD HEARING ON MAJOR MERGER
Latest word on the BMG Sony merger shenanigans is that the European Commission will stage a two day hearing on the proposals from 7-8 Jun in Brussels. The two majors will most likely respond to the 'Statement Of Objections' to the merger, published by European Commission this week, at that hearing. Other interested parties, including pan-European independent label association IMALA, who are trying to block the merger, are likely to be invited to the hearing.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Junior Boys - Last Exit (KIN)
Junior Boys' debut single 'Birthday' - a swoonsome slice of enigmatic synth-pop - was one of the finest singles of 2003; the stakes, hence, were set high with 'Last Exit', but, boy, have they delivered. Infused with an obvious love of both 80s electro-pop (manifested in the album's lush opulent textures of the sort predicated by Japan, Talk Talk and OMD), and dancefloor developments of the last five years, it all sounds thrillingly now without ever appearing faddish. Certainly it's about as far from the nosebleed macho posturing of electroclash as is humanly possible. In fact, the intricate, jittery percussive patterns owe much to hip hop, two-step and other urban sophisticatry. The reference points, as you may have gathered, are amongst the best. With their soulful vocals, opening tracks 'More Than Real' and 'Bellona' suggest Zoot Woman with a Warp Records/electronica fixation, whilst the beautifully cold, eerie menace of 'Three Words' is akin to Morten Harket singing one of the more reflective songs on Depeche Mode's 'Violator'. 'Teach Me How To Fight', meanwhile, is a simply mesmerising celestial symphony - glittery synth patterns redolent of Kraftwerk at their most glacial collide with yearning, heartfelt vocals and some mathematically pure precision beats. New Order produced by The Neptunes, anyone? The first album of the 21st Century. Astonishing. MS
Release date: 14 Jun
Press contact: KIN IH (nick@electroKIN.com 020 8740 8558)

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DYKE TO TELL ALL ON C4 DOC
Former BBC Director General Greg Dyke is likely to use a Channel 4 documentary on his time running the Beeb to set the record straight regarding Hutton and the events that led up to his forced resignation. The one-off doc, scheduled for a Sep airing, will coincide with the release of Dyke's memoirs. Although both the book and the documentary will deal with Greg's whole time at the BBC, most venom is likely to flow when attention is turned to the fallout following Andrew Gilligan's legendary report on the so called 'dodgy dossier'. Although Channel 4 are yet to comment on the TV programme, Dyke's publisher has said of his memoirs: "Expect fireworks".

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MTV OUTRAGED AT AVRIL'S FINGER
A mere shadow of its former rebellious self, a post-Nipplegate MTV yesterday expressed outrage at Avril Lavigne for sticking up her middle finger on camera during the channel's flagship show Total Request Live. Lavigne used to gesture to respond to a question on he she felt she was portrayed in the media. Producers swiftly cut the interview after the finger had been raised, and scrapped plans for Lavigne to perform another song. A spokesman for MTV US told the New York Daily News: "It's totally inappropriate to make that gesture on the air. It's a little disrespectful to the audience."

Lavigne's spokeswoman didn't seem too bothered, explaining: "It wasn't a gesture of defiance. She was laughing."

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MORE THAN 100 LEGIT DOWNLOAD SITES NOW LIVE
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry yesterday announced there were now over 100 legitimate download sites operating around the world. The news conveniently coincided with the first anniversary of the Pro Music website, the global initiative to inform consumers on why they should avoid illegal download services, and to promote those which come with industry approval.

Announcing the Pro Music directory now featuring over 100 download services, IFPI boss Jay Berman told reporters: "This is a symbolic mark." Admitting the music industry has been slow to provide decent legitimate download services to provide an alternative to the illegal P2P networks, Berman said that now there was no excuse for accessing music via illegal routes. "The number of services has increased dramatically, the repertoire of songs has increased dramatically, the number of users has increased dramatically. There are enough download services now to satisfy every legitimate demand for online music."

Commenting on Pro Music's aim to educate people about the rights and wrongs of downloading music, Berman continued: "Education requires staying the course".

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P DIDDY TO RE-RELEASE BIG DEBUT
P.Diddy's Bad Boy Records has announced they will mark the tenth anniversary of the release of the late Notorious BIG's first album 'Ready To Die' by releasing a special remastered version, as "a gift to Biggy's mother Voletta Wallace". The reissue will come with a bonus DVD which will feature, among other things, a never before seen live performance of 'Unbelievable' taken at a barbeque staged by Outkast in Atlanta

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MORRISSEY CANCELS US TV APPEARANCES DUE TO ILL HEALTH
Morrissey has had to cancel a residency on US TV programme Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn because of ill health. Word is the singer is feeling drained after a hectic promotional schedule came so soon after a bout of meningitis.

A spokesman for label Sanctuary Records told reporters: "Morrissey has regretfully had to cancel his appearance on the Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn this week. He has been involved in an exhaustive global promotion campaign for You Are The Quarry the past several months. Unfortunately the strain of his schedule and a recent bout with meningitis resulted in his doctor insisting that he cancel all current appearances. He remains very appreciative of Craig's continued support as well as the support of his fans."

It remains to be seen if ill health affects Morrissey's LA gig, due to take place on 5 Jun.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Electronic System - Disco Machine (Musique Belgique Archive)
Dan Lacksman (of Telex fame) recorded this album in his home studio no less than 27 years
ago - making it a very interesting re-release. Over the course of the album you get a real feel for how modern dance music has progressed, and how some strains are constant - and all in all Lacksman evokes some good inner feelings. Tracks include 'Flight to Tokyo' which takes us on a trip of swirling synths with a head nodders beat; 'Fly to Venus', the archetypal sound of that decade - very cinematic, with some electronic keys soaring in the background; and 'Sailing to and Unknown Planet', a slow brooding number. To be honest, it's more an album for the anoraky types, but if you come across it, do have a sneaky listen - you'll find a real history lesson in electronic music. PV
Release date: 21 Jun
Press contact: EPM [all]

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BLONDIE TOUR
Ms Deborah Harry and the rest of Blondie are back on the road next week for a UK wide tour. Dates as follows, press info from Sony.
3 Jun: Brighton Centre
5 Jun: Bournemouth Int. Centre
6 Jun: Cardiff Int. Arena
8 Jun: Bristol Colston Hall
9 Jun: Plymouth Pavilions
11 Jun: Manchester, Carling Apollo
12 Jun: Hull Arena
14 Jun: London, Hammersmith Apollo
16 Jun: Nottingham Royal Centre
18 Jun: Birmingham NIA Academy
19 Jun: Cambridge Corn Exchange
22 Jun: Glasgow Armadillo
23 Jun: Edinburgh Playhouse
15 Jun: Newcastle City Hall

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RADIO 4 RETURN
Radio 4 have confirmed details of a brand new single - hurrah! - the first fruits of the forthcoming new album, which is due out in Sep. Produced by Max Heyes (Primal Scream, Doves), from what we hear the new single 'Party Chasers' is going to be damn fine, and the 12 release will come with many a remix. It's released on 5 Jul but you will be able to get a preview at http:// www.r4ny.com.

Meantime the band have confirmed two UK gigs - they play Birmingham Academy on 21 Jun and 93 Feet East in London on 22 Jun.

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NUS LAUNCH MEDIA AWARDS
The NUS have officially launched their annual media awards and are now encouraging budding student journos to enter. Organised in association with the Daily Mirror all the usual awards are up for grabs though, unfortunately, no new award for Best Use Of Faked Photos.

Announcing the call for entries, Mirror Group Political Editor David Seymour told reporters: "Student newspapers are the breeding ground for the next generation of national newspapers. The experience gained on a student newspaper is invaluable and we are delighted to be playing our part in nurturing that talent."

NUS National Secretary, Penny Hollings, said: "The National Student Journalism Awards remain the pinnacle of the student media calendar and once again we are looking forward to a high standard of entries. The quality and professionalism of the work produced belies the minimum resources that many papers have and is a testament to the time and effort so many students commit to their publications. I wish all this year's entrants every success."

Full details of categories and how to enter can be found at http://www.nusonline.co.uk/mediaawards or http://www.mirror.co.uk/student

The NUS media awards are one of two awards programmes recognising talent in college press. The other, organised by the Guardian, is also inviting submissions just now. Their closing date is 9 Jul, entry details are at http://media.guardian.co.uk/studentmediaawards

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IVOR NOVELLO AWARD WINNERS IN FULL
Best Song Musically And Lyrically: Leave Right Now performed by Will Young. Written by Francis Eg White.

Best Contemporary Song: Stronger Than Me performed by Amy Winehouse. Written by Amy Winehouse/Salaam Remi.

Best Original Music For Television: The Young Visiters by Nicholas Hooper.

The Ivors Dance Award: Strict Machine performed by Goldfrapp. Written by Alison Goldfrapp/William Gregory/Nick Batt.

Best Original Film Score: Max by Dan Jones.

Most Performed Work: Superstar performed by Jamelia. Written by Mich Hansen/Joseph Belmaati/Remee.

International Hit Of The Year: White Flag performed by Dido. Written by Dido Armstrong/Rollo Armstrong/Rick Nowels.

Best-Selling UK Single: Mad World performed by Michael Andrews featuring Gary Jules. Written by Roland Orzabal.

The Ivors Classical Music Award: Sir Richard Rodney Bennett.

Outstanding Song Collection: Eric Stewart, Kevin Godley, Lol Creme, Graham Gouldman (10CC).

International Achievement: Thom Yorke, Ed O'Brien, Jonny Greenwood, Colin Greenwood, Philip Selway (Radiohead).

Songwriters Of The Year: Justin Hawkins, Dan Hawkins, Frankie Poullain, Ed Graham (The Darkness).

The Special International Award: Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Eddie Holland (Holland Dozier Holland).

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