CMU Daily - on the inside 30 Jun 2004
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Libertines to carry on without Doherty for time being
- BBC make proposals for charter renewal and the corporation's future
- Hope Of The States announce tour and single release
- Beyonce and Jay-z perform well at BET awards
- Warner UK international chief leaves
- Love in court, eventually
- Libertine Pete in court
- Hendrix family continue legal squabble over royalties
- Radio 2 to extend 70s and musicals content
- Festival Review: Glastonbury 2004
- Prodigy Keith delivers raunchy performance at Milan fashion show
- Har Mar Superstar on the new album
- Infinity extend Stern output
- The Thrills on the new album
- Single Review: 22-20s - Shoot Your Gun
- PWC reckon music sector will grow thanks to digital platforms
- Woolies appoint new marketing boss
- 60s themed music night at the Tate
- Mcfly instore

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LIBERTINES TO CARRY ON WITHOUT DOHERTY FOR TIME BEING
Well if we're running late today I blame the Libertines (it has nothing to do with the fact I forgot we had a Glastonbury review to go in today!). Anyway - this just in - the Libertines will complete all upcoming festival and tour commitments and promote their eponymously titled new album without Pete Doherty who continues to battle with his drug addiction.

Fellow frontman Carl Barat said this morning: "Peter is and always will be a Libertine and when he cleans up from his addictions he will be immediately welcomed back into the band. This decision is made with love and with no disregard to Peter and his problems. The other members of the band - Gary, John - and myself have come to this conclusion after three recent failed rehab attempts, all of which The Libertines have funded. Peter's erratic mental state worries us greatly and having him on tour would only compound his problems. We aim to complete all existing tour commitments without him."

More on Pete's continuing hardships later in today's Daily.

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BBC MAKE PROPOSALS FOR CHARTER RENEWAL AND THE CORPORATION'S FUTURE
The BBC got all worthy yesterday in a bid to persuade the government to renew its charter when it expires at the end of 2006 - and to ensure the TV licence cash cow continues.

New chairman Michael Grade waxed lyrical thus: "I want a BBC that delivers wonderful programmes that offer something of value to everyone. Our task over the next year is to convince the British public that the BBC's role in the new digital age of plenty is both justified and necessary".

The rousing speeches coincided with the launch of the Beeb's own proposals to government for how it should be run in the years to come. Those proposals include clearer separation between the BBC and its governors - responding to criticisms that followed the publishing of the Hutton Report earlier this year when it was felt the BBC governors lacked the independence to properly deal with the kind of complaint issued by the government to the now legendary Andrew Gilligan report on the Today programme.

Other topics covered in the proposal are the Beeb's role in building digital Britain, the need to make changes within the Corporation, the need to re-evaluate the BBC's commercial operations, the possibility of an independent body to set licence fee rates, a mission to shift investment out of London and into the regions, and plenty of mentions of 'public value' - the new trendy term for 'public service'.

On the building digital Britain bit new BBC Director General Mark Thompson continued with his own emotive diatribe: "We can help build an infrastructure, but digital Britain will only come to life if it also becomes a creative space in which the best ideas and the best talent can meet audiences who are hungry for originality and quality. Creating a fully digital Britain is a public challenge the BBC must help to lead. It is a Britain from which the BBC, and only the BBC, can ensure no-one is excluded."

The charter renewal debate will provide a platform for many in the commercial media to rant about how the BBC should be cut back, that it shouldn't have so much freedom in more commercial parts of the media, and that it is irrelevant in the multi-channel digital age. Always keen to rant thus is the man who proved just how much the commercial sector can deliver when he created Live TV - Mr Kelvin MacKenzie.

He told reporters yesterday "We are now in a digital age. There are hundreds of TV channels and dozens of commercial radio channels, digital or otherwise. Why should we face going to jail if we do not pay £121 a year for TV and radio that is not required and could be paid for by commercial forces? Where does the word 'public service' come in EastEnders, the Lottery or Strictly Come Dancing? They are called entertainment. Entertainment is supplied by lots of different outlets in the commercial world and can be supplied for nothing."

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HOPE OF THE STATES ANNOUNCE TOUR AND SINGLE RELEASE
Following their rather fine Glastonbury set the Hope Of The States have confirmed that 'Nehemiah' - the second single release off debut album 'The Lost Riots' - will be released on 16 Aug, midway through their upcoming schedule of regional and festival dates:

9 Jul: Cardiff, Barfly
10 Jul: Oxegen Festival
11 Jul: T In The Park
13 Jul: Manchester, Academy 3 (with support From Adem)
14 Jul: London, Electric Ballroom (support: The Duke Spirit / Adem)
20 Aug: Reading, Fez Club
21 Aug: V Festival Staffs (headlining Music Choice Stage)
22 Aug: V Festival Chelmsford (headlining Music Choice Stage)
23 Aug: T On The Fringe, Edinburgh

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BEYONCE AND JAY-Z PERFORM WELL AT BET AWARDS
It was a good night for popstar couple Beyonce and Jay-Z at the BET Awards in LA last night. Both artists took solo awards - she was named Best R&B Female and he Best Hip Hop Male - plus they won the award for Best Collaboration for the chart topping track 'Crazy In Love'.

The annual awards event that recognises achievement across the US black community passed without incident, despite some anticipation due to the fact it was the first major event to be broadcast without a time delay since the controversial 'Nipplegate' show at the Superbowl earlier this year. Anticipation was heightened by the fact Janet Jackson was on the bill - but everyone involved behaved appropriately.

Other music winners on the night included the unstoppable OutKast and Usher, and man of the moment Kanye West. The music categories at the event were awarded as follows:

Video Of The Year: Outkast - Hey Ya!
Group: Outkast
Male R&B Artist: Usher
Female R&B Artist: Beyonce
Male Hip Hop Artist: Jay-Z
Female Hip Hop Artist: Missy Elliott
Collaboration: Beyonce With Jay-Z - Crazy In Love
New Artist: Kanye West
Gospel Artist: Yolanda Adams
Viewer's Choice: Usher Featuring Ludacris And Lil Jon - Yeah!

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WARNER UK INTERNATIONAL CHIEF LEAVES
The post-Bronfmann Jnr takeover rejig at Warner Music's London offices continued yesterday with the news Warner UK's International Director Hassan Choudhury is calling it a day after 18 years with the company.

Confirming his departure Choudhury told reporters: "I have had 18 fantastic years at Warner Music. It has given me the opportunity to work with many great artists and managers as well as alongside so many talented people across the globe. However now is the perfect time for me to seek fresh new challenges. I wish Warner Music and their employees the very best for the future as they all so truly deserve."

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LOVE IN COURT, EVENTUALLY
Presumably American schools have added a section to their social responsibility teaching called 'Courtney's Guide To How Not To Behave In Court'. Ms Love provided another lesson yesterday by arriving for her Manhattan court appearance five hours late. This court hearing was regarding that raucous impromptu New York gig back in March when she managed to hit a fan with a microphone stand. Arriving at 3pm for a 9.30am hearing Love's lawyer said the singer wasn't aware she would have to attend in person. But Judge Melissa Jackson wasn't impressed, telling Love: "The rules apply to you as well as everybody else".

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LIBERTINE PETE IN COURT
Elsewhere in court news, Libertine Pete Doherty yesterday pleaded not guilty to possessing an offensive weapon. As previously reported, Doherty was pulled over by police just days after returning to the UK after several hours of rehab in Thailand and was allegedly in possession of a flick knife. Supported in court by friends and manager Alan McGee, a smartly dressed Doherty was told to reappear on 10 Aug for a prelim hearing on the charges.

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HENDRIX FAMILY CONTINUE LEGAL SQUABBLE OVER ROYALTIES
More legal news, and relatives of the late Jimi Hendrix were back in court in Seattle on Monday as part of a long running dispute regarding the royalties from the legendary guitarist's posthumous releases and merchandise.

A large proportion of the Hendrix catalogue was actually made available after his death in 1970. Initially the catalogue was managed by an attorney for the guitarist's father Al. However back in the early nineties Al Hendrix and his daughter Janie sued that attorney in order to reacquire all the rights to the Hendrix catalogue. Since then Janie has run the Hendrix estate through her Experience Hendrix company. Although successful the company is still paying off debts accrued during that early nineties legal battle.

Family disputes really began after Hendrix's death two years ago. Janie maintains that Al did not want other family members to be involved with the company, that he said all debts should be paid off before family members draw an income from the estate, and that Jimi's brother Leon should be excluded altogether.

Members of the Hendrix family, especially Leon, dispute Janie's claims, saying she lives a good life on the back of the Hendrix estate while they take nothing, and alleging that Janie influenced Al Hendrix when he froze Leon out of the company in a 1997 will.

Leon's lawyer told the King County Superior Court on Monday: "This is about greed. Janie has lived a very, very good life. She travels the world first-class. Her family goes with her. They get picked up in limos. They stay in first-class hotels. Meanwhile, other relatives who, under Al Hendrix's will, were supposed to receive money from posthumous releases, royalties and merchandising struggle to make ends meet while working as store clerks or other low-paying jobs".

Janie Hendrix's lawyer said his client was very open about the finances of the Experience Hendrix company, and that she was running to company according to the wishes of Al Hendrix on which, she claims, she had on influence, even in the latter years of his life.

The case continues - Leon hopes to have Janie forced out as the head of the Hendrix company.

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RADIO 2 TO EXTEND 70S AND MUSICALS CONTENT
Presumably musicals score highly in 'public value'. Whatever, Radio 2 boss Lesley Douglas has said she hopes to increase the amount of 70's pop and musical theatre on the station, presumably in a bid to stop it becoming just too cool following those recent appointments of Mark Radcliffe and Dermot O'Leary, and the dangerous tendency in recent years to programme very good music shows.

Observing that musicals have been through something of a revival recently (not sure the very broke theatre industry would agree, but still, Mama Mia and We Will Rock You continue to sell, which I guess are 70s pop and musicals), Douglas told the Independent: "Musical theatre is the most popular form of theatre in the country and is clearly something we should be doing. A drip feed of letters and emails over the years has noted that we don't really cover soundtracks and we don't really cover musicals."

On the need for more seventies music in the schedules she continued: "I think we need to look at the balance of things in the schedules. I know I have a gem in The Sounds of the Seventies and I know that I have a gem in the presenter Steve Harley. There's not a presenter who has turned out as good as him and yet he's on half an hour a week. I would like to do more of him and more of Suzi Quattro."

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FESTIVAL REVIEW: GLASTONBURY 2004
It all started so well - a huge crowd for the football with more England fans per square foot than were in the actual stadium over in Portugal. But just like that match, as Glastonbury proceeded many of the supposed big hitters on the 2004 bill failed to step up to the mark.

There were stand out sets of course. Friday for me was the day of Groove Armada, Badly Drawn Boy and Franz Ferdinand. Groove Armada got the balance of old and new tunes just right, and delivered them with an urgency and drive that convinced me re-evaluate their whole sound - no longer will I play their albums as background music at parties, now they have my complete attention.

Badly Drawn Boy may not be the man for "mad-fer-it" crowds, but give him a more imminent space and he quickly builds a rapport with his audience while getting on with playing some outstanding tunes (we all know more Badly Drawn Boy's tracks than we think, you know). It all made for a memorable and moving set that was one of the high points of the weekend for me.

Franz Ferdinand don't have the large catalogue of tracks we all know to draw on, which puts them in a more difficult position in wooing the crowds than the more established acts. But the effort and passion they put into performing their songs - most of which are very good - does go some way to making up for that. These are talented guys and I look forward to seeing them again once I'm more familiar with the numerous chart hits that surely beckon.

Other Friday sets worth mentioning? Apparently Fergie played an excellent set in the dance tent, Kings Of Leon were probably good but compared to the aforementioned Franz Ferdinand lacked that certain something, and then there were headliners Oasis. Fun in a sing-along style but certainly not a career defining set, Oasis lacked passion, enthusiasm and, well, everything really. With the exception of their rendition of 'My Generation' it was a real disappointment.

On to Saturday. First up Keane. Now I see what all the hype is about - here is a band with real drive and songs that work brilliantly live. I see why they're shifting so many records - and they'll be selling one more this week. I missed both the Von Bondies and British Sea Power which didn't put me in a very good mood - which may have affected my opinion of Starsailor who were OK, but really rather forgettable. Then the big decision - Macca or Basement Jaxx? I opted for the latter, and they were good - very very good. But perhaps not good enough to overcome that nagging feeling that perhaps that sing along rendition of 'Hey Jude' wouldn't have been my top Glasto moment had I chosen differently.

Sunday started with the English National Opera - of course. Quite why people thought this set was somehow out of sync with the Glasto ethos is beyond me, what could be more Glastonbury? And it was a great performance with a kind of passion that made me realise just how lacklustre Oasis had been two days earlier. As the rain returned I chickened out of sliding over to Joss Stone and took in Gomez instead - which was a mistake. I love their earlier stuff, but the subtle nuances just didn't come across live, and as such their music lost much of it's emotional appeal. And while I wouldn't describe the decision to line up for Supergrass as a mistake - they still can deliver the old tunes with the freshness and cheekiness that we love them for - somehow the newer songs just didn't seem to have the same appeal. Perhaps I was just disappointed the Libertines had cancelled.

Talking of anticipation and disappointment - I had the highest of hopes for Orbital's final ever UK performance. But it felt like they were going through the motions and rather than going out with an explosive bang it was more of a damp whimper. The encore showed a little more promise, but that was too little too late.

Sunday's high point - in fact - came from a band I went to see out of curiosity more than anything else - Goldie Lookin Chain. They were very very funny - as I expected - but surprisingly more political than I thought. Novelty act they may be, but they provided me with a real Glastonbury highlight, and went quite someway to compensating for the disappointments delivered by those artists who should know better! IP

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PRODIGY KEITH DELIVERS RAUNCHY PERFORMANCE AT MILAN FASHION SHOW
Well, it's refreshing to know that while Liam Howlett is back on form with the excellent new Prodigy album 'Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned' (out in Aug), Keith Flint is back on form shocking Milan's fashion elite with a raunchy performance at a fashion show which involved him jumping off the catwalk and then "terrorising" the respectable audience with sexual innuendoes. While the whole thing was most likely pre-planned to grab the headlines, word is host Donatella Versace did overrule Flint's plans to wear a t-shirt containing satanic references. Fun, fun.

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HAR MAR SUPERSTAR ON THE NEW ALBUM
Har Mar Superstar will release the follow up to 'You Can Feel Me' on 6 Sep. New album 'The Handler' will be preceded by new single 'DUI' which is released on 16 Aug. Recorded in LA with producer John Fields, and featuring guest appearances from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Northern State, Har Mar says of the new album: "This is the album I've been attempting to make my whole life. 'The Handler' chronicles all of the high highs and low lows of the last two years of growing up more or less publicly. Every detail is there for a reason. My goal was to make a more human record that hits everywhere from the joys of being on top to the harrowing loneliness of the same place. Just as importantly, I think the album is a whole lot of fun which is something a lot of musicians seem to be having a lot of trouble with lately. Some people wait their whole lives to feel this good about something. I'm lucky it happened by the age of 26."

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INFINITY EXTEND STERN OUTPUT
CMU's favourite American radio comglom - Viacom's Infinity Broadcasting - have hit out at attempts by US media regulator, the FCC, to crack down on anything vaguely controversial on the radio by adding the regulator's favourite radio programme - the Howard Stern Show - onto five more of their stations - all broadcasting in areas where rivals Clear Channel used to broadcast the show before they axed it from their schedules when the FCC got hardline earlier this year.

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THE THRILLS ON THE NEW ALBUM
The Thrills next album will be called 'Let's Bottle Bohemia' and will hit the streets on 14 Sep. It will be preceded by single release 'Whatever Happened To Corey Haim?'

Talking about the new album the band's Conor Deasy told the NME: "If there's a theme, it's a year in the life of The Thrills, a strange year spent thinking about why you do what you do, what inspires you to do these things and where that comes from."

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SINGLE REVIEW: 22-20s - Shoot Your Gun (EMI/Heavenly)
The 22-20s have changed drastically since I saw them at Glastonbury last year. Then they had an earthy blues sound reminiscent of the Stones or the Animals. On this single their sound is much smoother and the production is very polished. Vocally and musically it sounds much like the Manics. But this is not a bad thing in this case. It's angst rock but it's well done and it has a great tune. Great things are predicted for this outfit and this is certainly an impressive calling card. I'll be looking forward to the debut album released in the Autumn. JW
Release date: 28 Jun
Press contact: EMI IH [all]

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PWC RECKON MUSIC SECTOR WILL GROW THANKS TO DIGITAL PLATFORMS
PricewaterhouseCoopers' annual investigation of the state of the entertainment industry - the Global Entertainment and Media Outlook - reckons the music sector will now continue to grow in strength, primarily because of the growth of digital distribution. The report reckons that digital music sales will increase from the $71 million generated in 2003 to $2.2 billion in 2008. By that point, they predict, digital distribution with be the main 'sales engine' for the music industry.

The study reckons that the biggest growth area for the music industry will be the Asia Pacific region where the market will grow by 9.8%. The US will see the second highest expansion - in the region of 5.4%.

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WOOLIES APPOINT NEW MARKETING BOSS
Woolworths have appointed a new Marketing Director - former WH Smith marketing man Stephen Robertson is joining the retail chain to head up all communications and promotions - including the marketing of the company's music operations.

Confirming the appointment Woolies boss Trevor Bish-Jones told reporters: "We are delighted that Stephen is joining us. He comes with a wealth of retailing and marketing experience and is a welcome addition to our operating board. He will build on our strategy of making Woolworths famous for Kids and Celebrations."

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60S THEMED MUSIC NIGHT AT THE TATE
There's a night of free sixties themed pop music at the Tate Britain this Friday to celebrate the opening of their Art and the 60s exhibition. On the bill are the Schla La Las (an all girl synchro-outfitted '60s influenced alt-rock group), The Fog Band (jazz-tinged mod/soul/pop), The Action Men (an all boy dancing troupe who apparently go-go their hearts out to soul and mod classics - whatever that means) and Mary Quant (60s icon, designer and raconteur). Kicks off at 6pm - mores at http://www.tate.org.uk.

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MCFLY INSTORE
Forget all that nonsense about HMV celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of rock 'n' roll by releasing a limited edition vinyl version of a truly historic Elvis track - McFly are playing a free gig at the retailer's Trafford Centre store near Manchester on Monday. Hurrah! Entrance to the gig is free, though you need to get a wristband if you want one of the boys to scrawl their name on your copy of debut album 'Room on the 3rd Floor'. Press info from Coalition.

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