CMU Daily - on the inside 5 Jul 2004
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Spector judge accepts defence aren't hiding finger nails
- Rocker Crosby charged for illegal gun possession
- BBC sign up Mobo awards
- Doherty update
- Charlatans added to T bill
- Live Review: Luxembourg At The Bull & Gate
- Happy is out at last
- Spiderman provides showcase for new bands
- GLC proper debut single date set
- More good record sales news
- Ja Rule drugs charges dropped
- U2 new album might be called Vertigo
- Dartmoor band win best urban at U-music awards
- Vivendi meet Dillier in court over tax bill squabble
- Pro-israel groups in Denmark not impressed with Roskilde protest
- Sky try to keep ITV3 pay per view
- Album Review: Bad Religion - The Empire Strikes First
- Britney announcement expected

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TECHNICAL TRAUMAS
Well, the CMU Daily mail server was very ill over the weekend (too much partying if you ask me) - it's fixed now but some CMU Digest subscribers may have not received Friday's edition. To that end we'll be sending out second copies shortly after today's Daily. If you don't get your copy you can always download it from http://www.cmuonline.co.uk

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SPECTOR JUDGE ACCEPTS DEFENCE AREN'T HIDING FINGER NAILS
A judge in the US has said he accepts that the defence counsel in the Phil Spector are not hiding a crucial piece of evidence in the on going murder case against the legendary producer.

The prosecution in the case reckon that investigators who visited the scene shortly after the death of actress Lana Clarkson at Spector's home last year overlooked some crucial finger nail evidence that had been spotted by a forensic specialist, and that the defence counsel have subsequently discovered that evidence and are now hiding it. However the defence deny those allegations, and Superior Court Judge Carlos Uranga last week said he believed them, and that the case would now continue without that possible evidence being used by either side.

Following that decision Uranga set a date of 20 Oct for the court to reconvene to decide whether or not there is now sufficient evidence to try Spector for Clarkson's murder. The producer maintains the actress shot herself when she visited his LA home in Feb 2003.

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ROCKER CROSBY CHARGED FOR ILLEGAL GUN POSSESSION
Veteran rock musician David Crosby has been fined $5000 after admitting 'attempted criminal possession of a weapon'. The admission followed an incident in New York back in Mar when Crosby - a founding member of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills and Nash - was found to be carrying a gun, knife and marijuana were found in his luggage. The drugs charge was dropped after Crosby admitted to the arms possession offence. Crosby told the court that while he realised it was illegal for him to be carrying the gun in New York that the weapon had been obtained legally in California.

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BBC SIGN UP MOBO AWARDS
The BBC have signed up the rights to broadcast this year's MOBO Awards - the black / urban music awards event was previously screened by Channel 4. The TV screening of the awards will be supported by mucho promo on Radio 1 and 1Xtra.

On the new relationship with MOBO BBC1 controller Lorraine Heggessy told reporters: "The Mobos are the country's premier awards for the best in black music and BBC1 is the perfect platform to reach the widest and most diverse audience with this fantastic event."

Mobo Awards founder and CEO Kanya King added: "We are delighted to be joining forces with the BBC to broadcast what promises to be the most exciting event yet."

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DOHERTY UPDATE
More from the surely-a-film-is-in-the-making-here life of sometime Libertine Pete Doherty. The Sunday Mirror yesterday published an interview with the singer in which he spoke about his drug addiction and (so far unsuccessful) attempts at rehab.

On why past rehab hasn't worked he said: "I've got to start getting clean straight away. But I can't do it in the Priory or places like that. I have to do it in the environment I live in because I am always going to be surrounded by drugs when I'm making music. I've just got to find the inner strength to control it."

On his unsuccessful attempt to undergo rehab at Thailand's Thamkrabok Monastery: "I'd only come out of the Priory a couple of days earlier so I'd been through all the shakes, vomiting and (sleepless) nights with cold turkey. Foolishly I didn't do any research about Thailand before I went, and it was hardcore."

On his time in Bangkok after quitting Thai rehab: "I booked into a hotel where they offered room service of heroin with my bacon and eggs. I told them I didn't have any money but they said I could have it on tab. I notched up a £280 bill in three days. If I'd done the same amount of brown in England it would have cost me thousands."

On his immediate aims: "There are three things that I know a bit about in my life and that's QPR, my guitar and drugs. I know QPR are the best football team in the world, my guitar is the most beautiful thing I own and that I don't take enough drugs to kill me. It isn't drugs that I need to get rid of; it's the demons that fill my head. Once I have come to terms with my demons, maybe I'll be able to get clean."

The Libertines - minus Pete - will be back on stage at T in the Park this weekend.

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CHARLATANS ADDED TO T BILL
Talking of T in the Park - first up The Charlatans have been added to the main stage bill. Essentially they will fill The Darkness' slot, The Darkness having moved up the bill to fill David Bowie's slot after Bowie had to cancel because of that shoulder injury. We are promised something of a greatest hits set from the Charlatan boys, which should be worth checking out.

But if you aint got a ticket we'll have none of that "well I'll just show up and try my luck" mentality. The festival's organisers have promised increased security to keep non-ticket holders away as demand for tickets to the sell out festival increases.

Festival organiser Geoff Ellis got all serious for a moment and told CMU on Friday: "The message is simple: if you don't have an official ticket, you will not get into this year's T in the Park. If you take the risk and buy from an unofficial agency or individual, there is no guarantee that you will get a valid ticket that will get you into the event. Every year we are extremely vocal in warning fans about the problems of unofficial ticket agencies, and we are hopeful that the majority of fans will have taken this advice on board to avoid huge disappointment and financial risk. This year the message is more important than ever, following the earliest sell out of the event's eleven year history. Security will also be extremely tight at the gates and throughout the event, so again we would urge anyone without a ticket not to come to Balado. The next best option is to enjoy highlights from the festival on BBC Scotland & BBC 3, and book early for next year."

So don't go saying we (and they) didn't tell you.

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LIVE REVIEW: Luxembourg at The Bull & Gate on 26 Jun
One of the frustrating things about being a music writer is finding a band that you love, and singing their praises only to find that your recommendations have fallen on deaf ears. This is the case with Luxembourg, whose career I have been following for some time now. It seems tragic that a band as good as this has so far failed to be signed. The band's music is dark, moody and melodramatic, with hints of Scott Walker, Roxy Music, Suede and Kate Bush. It's classic pop with a melodic heart. You can catch them pretty much every fortnight or so playing in the capital so as you'd expect they are a very accomplished live band by now. Singer David Shah is a handsome and charismatic frontman and his deep rich voice compliments their acid tongued songs of love. Keyboard player Alex Potterill poses from behind his blond fringe as if he's playing for Japan (the band, obviously, not the country), while guitarist Rob plays his heart out like he's trying out to be the new guitarist in Suede. Since I last saw them Luxembourg have amassed a glut of new songs with typically arch titles like 'What the Housewives Don't Tell You'. They also play old favourites 'Let Us Have It' and 'Success Is Never Enough'. Luxembourg are currently only available on record on two compilations from Angular Records, but you can buy their singles at the band's gigs. You should be at their next gig, you really should. JW

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HAPPY IS OUT AT LAST
To say this single has been long awaited and much anticipated would be something of a considerable understatement. Having stormed to clubs last summer, following mucho specialist radio play, and having been used by ITV as the theme to their Euro 2004 coverage at last the rather fabulous Max Sedgley track 'Happy' hits the record shops today complete with remixes from Fatboy Slim, Spiritual South and Soul Mekanik. Get a copy. Press info from Sunday Best IH.

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SPIDERMAN PROVIDES SHOWCASE FOR NEW BANDS
Sony are releasing the official soundtrack for Spider Man 2 in eleven different formats around the world in a bid to use the release as a platform for up and coming music in different territories.

While tracks that appear in the actual movie will appear on the soundtrack around the world, newer artists have been commissioned to produce songs 'inspired by the movie', and those tracks will appear on the album in each artist's local territories.

Artists featured in this include Mew (Denmark), TMR (Japan), Lost Soul Division (Scandinavia), Jota Quest (Brazil), Alan Kuo (Asia), Ptaky (Poland) and Killing Heidi (Australia).

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GLC PROPER DEBUT SINGLE DATE SET
Goldie Lookin Chain will release their first proper single on 16 Aug - the rather catchy and partly true 'Guns Don't Kill People, Rappers Do'. Following the success of the limited edition release of 'Half Man Half Machine' coupled with the festival-appearance-fuelled buzz around these guys Warner will be expecting considerable success with this single and the debut album, due out later this year.

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MORE GOOD RECORD SALES NEWS
Following predictions from PWC last week that the music industry was entering a period of growth that was likely to continue until 2008, more good news, in the US at least, after latest sales figures show a 7% rise in the first half of 2004.

According to the latest stats from Nielson SoundScan blockbuster album releases from the likes of Usher, Norah Jones, Kenny Chesney and OutKast have helped drive a considerable increase in record sales.

A total of 305.7 million albums were sold in the US between Jan and Jun this year, and that is before you account for the income drawn from the music industry from the 54 million tracks bought from legitimate download services - up from 19.2 million in the same period last year.

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JA RULE DRUGS CHARGES DROPPED
Those marijuana possession charges against rapper Ja Rule we reported on last week have been dropped. As reported last week Ja Rule was pulled over by police last Thursday after being seen driving somewhat erratically - that's when the officers found the dope. He was promptly charged with both marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license, but the former was dropped after he pleaded guilty to the latter.

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U2 NEW ALBUM MIGHT BE CALLED VERTIGO
U2's forthcoming album is reportedly going to be called 'Vertigo'. Then again those reports are based on the fact that the brother of bassist Adam Clayton, who registered the domain U2allthatyoucantleavebehind.com when the band's last album came out in 2000, has just registered u2vertigo.com, so there is a little guess work going on here. Neither label or management could confirm or deny the report.

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DARTMOOR BAND WIN BEST URBAN AT U-MUSIC AWARDS
A band from Devon have won Best Urban Act award at the Diesel-U-Music Awards, despite making their music in a barn in a tiny Dartmoor village. The band, Obedient Bone, will collect their award at the U-Music event at Fabric on Wed night.

Commenting on their win the band's drummer Tim Peirce told reporters: "The funny thing about it is that all of us live in small villages and all our music has been created in our studio at Whiddon Down. It just goes to show that you don't have to live in cities to create cutting edge music. We have worked long and hard for this and we're over the moon all our effort has been recognised."
More on the U-Music event at http://www.diesel-u-music.com

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VIVENDI MEET DILLIER IN COURT OVER TAX BILL SQUABBLE
The on going feud between Universal Music parent company Vivendi Universal and former Universal Entertainment boss Barry Dillier is over. Relationships between Dillier and Vivendi were always fraught after the latter bought the former's company and agreed to employ him in a top job. Although the exec bought himself out of the company last year there remained a dispute over a tax bill for Dillier's company InterActive Corp which he reckoned, according to various previous agreements, Vivendi were obligated to pay. Vivendi didn't agree and the squabble was back in court in Delaware last week. That court sided with Dillier and said Vivendi did owe him many millions to cover tax expenses, though the judge implied the bill the conglom would face would be likely to be considerably less than the $620 million Dillier is after. Either way, Vivendi say they will now appeal, so I guess the feud isn't over after all.

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PRO-ISRAEL GROUPS IN DENMARK NOT IMPRESSED WITH ROSKILDE PROTEST
Festival-goers are used to seeing large fences these days, but a large fence at this weekend's Roskilde Festival has caused some opposition from political groups in Denmark.

A replica of the fence constructed by Israeli security forces between Israel and Palestinian Authority land, the Roskilde fence was a built by humanitarian charity Dan Church Aid and contained the slogan 'Make Peace, not Walls'. The installation was the centre point to the organisation's fund raising activities at the music festival.

However the Israeli embassy in Copenhagen and Denmark's' right-wing ruling Danish People's Party, among others, hit out at the protest saying it was inappropriate for the humanitarian charity to make such a political statement at a music event.

However a spokesman for the charity told reporters: "We have taken a political stand, but we are not opposed to the Israeli state. We have to react, because this wall entails serious humanitarian consequences for the Palestinians whose land has been confiscated."

The charity hoped to raise £27,000 (GBP) through various fund raising activities at Roskilde. The festival's organisers had said they would make a donation that matched whatever was raised from festival goers.

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SKY TRY TO KEEP ITV3 PAY PER VIEW
So, are Sky now getting worried about the popularity of free-to-air terrestrial digital network Freeview? Word is BSkyB are trying their best to convince ITV that when it launches its new drama and factual channel ITV3 later this year it should not make it freely available, instead reserving it for customers of cable and satellite TV networks. ITV are reportedly undecided as to how far a reach ITV3 should have - though Sky will have an influence because ITV3's access to the valuable Granada TV archives are limited by an existing relationship between Granada and BSkyB which feeds the Granada Plus channel.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Bad Religion - The Empire Strikes First (Epitaph)
California's Bad Religion aren't a band you'd want to argue with - after all, they've got two decades worth of experience in the punk rock game, and continue to set the pace for the young pretenders of the genre. Most recent offering 'Process Of Belief' did raise some eyebrows leading some to question whether they still had it in them to attain the status of punk-rock powerhouses alongside NOFX and Pennywise. But whatever your viewpoint in that regard, the boys have definitely bounced back with the more politically aware 'The Empire Strikes First'. Heck there's even some rapping from Sage Francis in 'Let Them Eat War', while 'Sinister Rouge' has plenty of those trademark choirboy 'ahhhs' that we (mostly) know and love Bad Religion for. It's rare that you find yourself thankful that the idiot son of an asshole is in the White House, but the fact Bush and his buddies are busy destroying the world has really fuelled Bad Religion enabling them to make what is probably the most reflective, brooding and aggressive of all their albums. It's almost like they're all sixteen again - and that's a good thing. YN
Release date: 7 Jun
Press contact: europublicity@epitaph.com

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BRITNEY ANNOUNCEMENT EXPECTED
Friends of Britney Spears and new finance Kevin Federline have hinted to reporters a "big announcement" is pending. Britney's LA publicist denies the singer is pregnant, though what other "big announcement" could be looming isn't clear.

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