CMU Daily - on the inside 7 Jun 2004
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Virgin drop two more presenters
- Moby and Public Enemy collaborate on anti-war track
- EU push back merger hearing
- Razorlight push back releases
- Single Review: Amp Fiddler - Dreamin'
- Dannii on departing from Warners
- Stereolab dropped by Warners
- CFO leaves Warners
- Amnesty benefit at Glasgow's Tron
- Libertines have not split - and here's the Dirty Pretty Things to prove it
- Jet unable to play Glasto
- Grammys add more categories
- Moore pleads guilty, says he's innocent
- Creed split
- Isle of MTV announce line up for flagship date
- Single Review: Envoy - Shoulder2shoulder
- Dry Your Eyes vid online
- Napster add another 200,000 tracks to UK service
- J Lo gets hitched at surprise wedding

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VIRGIN DROP TWO MORE PRESENTERS
Virgin Radio has axed two more presenters from its schedule, despite claiming last month that no more changes would be made to the station's line up.

The two latest departures from the station are DJ Jezza, who hosted Virgin's late night 'Confessions' show, and Daryl Denham, who joined the station in 2001 to host breakfast, but was soon relegated to drive time and then, at the end of last year, to weekend breakfast.

Virgin bosses played down the latest schedule changes, stressing Jezza was departing by 'mutual consent' and that Denham's contract has just not been renewed. A spokesman stressed: "Neither DJ has been sacked. This is not a major overhaul. The station's core offering from breakfast through drivetime remains unchanged."

Leona Graham will take over late nights and Virgin's Saturday breakfast show, with Robin Burke taking over breakfast on Sunday.

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MOBY AND PUBLIC ENEMY COLLABORATE ON ANTI-WAR TRACK
Moby and Public Enemy have used their track on the official album of the forthcoming Olympics to speak out against their home country's actions in the Middle East. As previously reported, the Olympics album, called Unity, brings together artists from different genres and cultures. Moby and Public Enemy have collaborated on a track called 'MKLVFKWR' which has been billed as "a reaction against the recent war in Iraq".

Talking about the track Moby told reporters this weekend: "We do still ostensibly live in a democracy, so my hope is that at some point the people will vocally rise up and let the current leaders know that they've had enough."

Public Enemy's Chuck D added: "The song is a request that being a citizen of the world should transcend nationality in the name of peace".

The track will be released by Mute on 26 Jul - the Unity album is out on EMI on 12 Jul.

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EU PUSH BACK MERGER HEARING
The European Commission's public hearing on the proposed BMG Sony merger, due to take place this week, will now take place on 14 & 15 Jun. The hearing has been put back a week to give everyone more time to prepare (because it takes lots of time to prepare the same old arguments). As previously reported, pan-European independents body IMPALA are expected to speak out against the merger at the hearing.

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RAZORLIGHT PUSH BACK RELEASES
Anyone eager to get their hands on the new single by Razorlight is going to have wait an extra week (unless you're in a position to blag a copy of course). The band's new single 'Golden Touch' was due out today but, "due to circumstances out of the band's control" that release date has now been put back to next Monday. As a result the release of debut album 'Up All Night' has also been put back, to 28 Jun.

Those who are particularly eager, could try and catch one of the following live dates in the meantime:

7 Jun: Birmingham Carling Academy 2
8 Jun: Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
9 Jun: Bristol Fleece
10 Jun: London ULU

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SINGLE REVIEW: Amp Fiddler - Dreamin' (Pias)
Who got the funk? Amp Fiddler and there's plenty more where that came from. Here's a man with soul and style, and he is on supa-fly form with this effortless tune. 'Dreamin' has cool written all over it - and demonstrates that Mr Fiddler has more balls than most of his peers across the urban spectrum. No need here for urban music cliches because this Shaft-like soulman has got it all going on. No watered-down over-polished production washing out the soul with Amp Fiddler - if you haven't already, check this one out. YN
Release date: 28 Jun
Press contact: PIAS IH [CP, RP, NP] Anglo [CR, RR, NR]

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DANNII ON DEPARTING FROM WARNERS
Dannii Minogue has confirmed she has departed from Warner Music, but denies she was dropped, stressing it was one of those 'parting company by mutual consent' things.

A statement on her website reads: "Contrary to the stories circulating in the press about Dannii's record deal being terminated by Warner Music, it was infact a mutually agreed decision to end their partnership. The decision came due to changes in personnel at London Records and the departure of the incredible team that Dannii had worked with over the past four years".

It continues: "Dannii has nearly completed her follow up album to the gold-selling 'Neon Nights', which will become her fifth studio album. 'Neon Nights' was Dannii's biggest selling album to date spawning four Top 10 singles in the UK including 'I Begin To Wonder' (No 2) and 'Who Do You Love Now?' (No 3). The album also sold well across Europe and Australia (Gold) and a prominent breakthrough was made in the US. Dannii has already had interest from a number of record companies and is looking forward to releasing her new material very soon".

So now you know.

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STEREOLAB DROPPED BY WARNERS
Talking of 'parting company' with Warner Music, Stereolab have confirmed they are one of the first bands to be dropped by the major as part of the pending post-Bronfmann takeover roster cull.

US sales of the band's last album 'Margerine Eclipse' were not as good as expected, while a New York gig on the band's last American tour had to be cancelled because of poor ticket sales - so it was perhaps inevitable that they would be dropped as the Warner cull approaches, especially as they were signed to Warner division Elektra which was essentially closed down during post-takeover restructuring.

The band's manager Martin Pike has told Rolling Stone: "We were told that our services are going to be dispensed with. We've been with Elektra since 1993. That company doesn't exist anymore."

Jusitfying the pending roster cull - rumoured to be affecting up to half of the acts signed to what were formerly the Atlantic and Elektra divisions of Warner Music - the major's US boss has reportedly given the following genius line in silver lining PR: "Artists deserve a deep commitment from their labels. If that commitment doesn't exist, they should be given the freedom to pursue it elsewhere. The goal is to nurture artistic creativity and create successful careers."

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CFO LEAVES WARNERS
Staying with the 'departures from Warners' file, word is the major's VP/CFO Helen Murphy is leaving - which will be the second time a Bronfmann Jnr takeover has left Murphy without a job. A few years back her post was axed at Polygram shortly after Bronfmann Jnr bought the old major and merged it into the Universal Music Group.

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AMNESTY BENEFIT AT GLASGOW'S TRON
There will be music, comedy, theatre and art at a special night in aid of Amnesty International to be held at Glasgow's Tron Theatre this Saturday. Music wise CMU favourites ballboy and the sparkling African guitar pop of Zuba will be on the bill, alongside a performance of a one act play called 'Last Tuesday' by 7:84 Theatre Company, a new monologue from Scottish writer Martin McCardie to be performed by actor Neil McKinven, plus top local comedians and DJs. Tickets at £20 a piece can be booked from the Tron on 0141 552 4267.

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LIBERTINES HAVE NOT SPLIT - AND HERE'S THE DIRTY PRETTY THINGS TO PROVE IT
The Libertines have not, repeat, have not split up. Though they are in something of a hiatus while frontman Pete Doherty receives rehab treatment in France.

The band's manager Alan McGee issued the following statement on Friday: "The band is not splitting up but I agree these are not happy times. Peter is in a hospital and is getting treatment. His mum is constantly with him at present and she has been brilliant. We are all really concerned about Peter as anybody would be about somebody they cared about. He is truly in really good medical hands so please stop the rumours. At the moment it's day to day as we are trying to get Peter well."

The rest of the band have said they will go ahead and launch their new club night 'Dirty Pretty Things' at the Infinity in Old Burlington Street tonight. Fellow frontman Carl Barat and the band's current producer, former Clash man Mick Jones, will both DJ. Doors open 10.30pm, tickets are £8.

However the band are yet to decide whether or not they will be able to perform their planned sets at this year's Glastonbury and Isle of Wight festivals.

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JET UNABLE TO PLAY GLASTO
Talking of pulling out of Glastonbury sets, which we were, kind of, word is Australian band Jet will now not be able to play at Glasto. Apparently the band have had to return to Australia because of a "serious illness" in the family.

A spokesman for the band told NME on Friday: "Unfortunately there was no other option than to go back [to Australia]. Jet aren't the kind of band to pull things and they thank everyone for their support."

According to the NME Badly Drawn Boy will take over the band's slot on the Other Stage.

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GRAMMYS ADD MORE CATEGORIES
Well, I'm always saying, if there's one thing the Grammys need it is a few more categories - 103 just doesn't seem enough. So hurrah to the news that the the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has decided to add a four more to the 2005 proceedings: Best Surround Sound Album, Best Electonic/Dance Album, Best Gospel Performance and Best Hawaiian Music Album. Which has to be good news. Especially for Hawaii.

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MOORE PLEADS GUILTY, SAYS HE'S INNOCENT
Former Brother Beyond frontman turned pop manager Nathan Moore has pleaded guilty to kerb crawling, although he later indicated that he pleaded so to avoid the hassle of fighting the charges.

As previously reported, Moore was charged with requesting sexual favours from a prostitute in Kings Cross last week. On Friday he was in court to face the charges, and he pleaded guilty agreeing to pay a £250 fine.

However outside the court he told reporters: "I pleaded guilty knowing I am innocent because I am really fed up with the press intrusion. I would really like to close this now."

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CREED SPLIT
Grammy award winning rock group Creed have announced they have split, following increasing tensions between frontman Scott Stapp and the rest of the band.

Over their eight year career, the band, renowned and sometimes knocked for their strong Christian faith, released three albums and sold over 24 million units in the US alone. However tension in the band grew in 2002 after a tour had to be cancelled when Stapp was injured in a car crash. A year later the band came under criticism after fans claimed Stapp was too "intoxicated" to perform at a Chicago gig.

However the band were keen to play down tensions when confirming they were parting company. Drummer Scott Phillips said that no-one was to blame for the split, adding "it just stopped being fun".

That said, Phillips, guitarist Mark Tremonti and former Creed bassist Brian Marshall have already formed a new band called Alter Bridge, and will release an album in August. Stapp, meanwhile, has already recorded a solo track which will be featured on an album of music inspired by the movie 'The Passion Of The Christ'.

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ISLE OF MTV ANNOUNCE LINE UP FOR FLAGSHIP DATE
The line up has been announced for the Spanish date of the Isle of MTV tour, which kicked off in Poland on Friday night. The eleven date tour showcases a range of local talent, but on 12 Jul the Spanish flagship event will feature an exciting line up of global acts. On the bill so far are Shaggy, The Black Eyed Peas, Kenny Dope Gonzalez, Jazzy Jeff, The Pinker Tones, Mr Vegas, Macaco, Laurent Garnier and Gilles Peterson.

Confirming the line up for the Spanish event, Isle of MTV 2004's exec producer Richard Godfrey told CMU: "The Isle of MTV event has become one of the hottest tickets in the European summer festival calendar. It is renowned for bringing together the finest live talent and DJs in a unique location that truly epitomises summer in Europe - and beautiful Tossa de Mar is no exception! The stunning backdrop of Tossa De Mar combined with this fantastic mix of Spanish and international artists and DJs guarantees the best Isle of MTV yet!"

The Spanish event comes in the middle of a Europe wide tour (with one quick stop in South Africa too). Details of the line up for the UK date in Liverpool when we get it. Meantime, dates to come as follows:

11 Jun: Copenhagen, Denmark
12 Jun: Liverpool, UK
19 Jun: Rovinj, Croatia
25 Jun: Naples, Italy
9 Jul: The Hague, The Netherlands
10 Jul: South Africa
12 Jul: Costa Brava, Spain
17 Jul: Berlin, Germany
21 Jul: Biarritz, France
24 Jul: Zurich, Switzerland

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SINGLE REVIEW: Envoy - Shoulder2Shoulder (Soma Records)
The follow up to his rather good 'Where There's Life' debut LP, Hope Grant returns with a smasher - a nice twist of tech-house and house with a pinch of electronic soul. In fact it's quite an eclectic sounding album. From the top: the minimal '4Absent Friends' is a relaxed soulful electronic cut; 'Red Mist' is harder and has a 'Fade to Grey' flick to it; 'Move On' is an electro soul boogie complete with lush strings and a singalong chorus; 'Into the Arena' is angry tech; while the title track has more of a clubby manner. And what's more there is no bad track on this LP. Shockingly good, and as a live act he is pure energy, as evidenced at the launch party in London. Soma - can these Glaswegians do no wrong?? PV
Release date: 7 Jun
Press contact: Soma IH

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DRY YOUR EYES VID ONLINE
With 'Dry Your Eyes' - clearly the best track on the new The Streets album - getting a single release on 19 Jul, the video for the track is now online at http://www.the-streets.co.uk.

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NAPSTER ADD ANOTHER 200,000 TRACKS TO UK SERVICE
Napster have announced their UK music catalogue now has in excess of 700,000 tracks. The Roxio owned download service launched over here last month of course, with half a million tracks available. On Friday a further 200,000 tracks were added, making Napster the biggest download service in Britain. The tracks come from the five major labels and from Naspter's deal with the Association of Independent Music.

Confirming the increase in tracks, Napster vice-president and UK General Manager, Leanne Sharman told reporters: "Not only does Napster offer UK fans the widest range of features of any online music service, it also offers the richest, deepest treasure trove of music to delve into."

Competition in the UK download market will increase again later this month when Sony Connect simultaneously launches around the world. Apple iTunes, who kick started the latest phase in music downloading, are still to confirm details of their European roll out plans.

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J LO GETS HITCHED AT SURPRISE WEDDING
All that hype to not get married, and then J Lo weds singer Marc Anthony without telling the world she was even dating him. Yep, Ms Lopez has reportedly married Anthony in a low key ceremony at her LA home. The surprise ceremony follows the media circus that surrounded the on-off-on and ultimately off wedding between Lopez and Ben Affleck last year.

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