CMU Daily - on the inside 7 Jul 2004
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Jack White on brawls, finger injuries and the new album
- Midweek chart update
- Next Fatboy release confirmed
- MPA appoint new chair
- Album Review: Lazyboy - Penguin Rock
- Government launch a Music Manifesto
- Piracy crippling Latin American music industry
- Whole Libertines album online
- Friends spin off online
- Courts to decide on how much bootlegger profited
- RHCP announce live album details
- BMG hope to combat piracy with no frills albums
- Eminem on board for new Tupac album
- Single Review: Weevil - Halfsmile
- Kings of leon will play T and Oxegen
- BMG defend OutKast poster
- Blakey wins DMC mixing competition
- Prodigy man dating teen rapper

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JACK WHITE ON BRAWLS, FINGER INJURIES AND THE NEW ALBUM
Jack White has given his side of the whole 'beating up Von Bondie Jason Stollsteimer' story in a Q&A with fans on the White Stripes website. Asked about the club brawl last year that left Stollsteimer looking pretty bruised, White said: "He [Stollsteimer] completely exploited the situation by releasing a photo to the press. Take a look at it again. It's a black eye once you wash the dried blood off. His face isn't full of cuts. I was so nice to Jason and his band you wouldn't believe it. I let them rehearse in my house for free. I got them signed. I produced their album for free."

On the finger injury he suffered in a car accident last summer - which forced the White Stripes to cancel their Reading/Leeds sets and for a time threatened his ability to play guitar - White continued: "After a lot of consideration I decided to not undergo a second surgery and just live with what I've got. It has made playing guitar a great deal more difficult. I had to relearn how to play chords with my other fingers, but in the end I think it's made me a better player, if not just a sorer one!"

On preparations for the follow up to last album 'Elephant': "I can't tell you much. I have some songs written and me and Meg may record this summer, but not too much is definite. I must say though that the time off has made me very inspired to write, and I've been writing for sure. What else is a boy to do? I ask you?"

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MIDWEEK CHART UPDATE
It might be one of the most important records of all time, a legendary recording that led to the birth of rock 'n' roll, but who wants a white boy doing black music when you can have a black man doing black music? That is to say the 50th anniversary re-release of Elvis' 'That's All Right' looks likely to go in at two on this week's singles chart, while Usher will stay top with 'Burn'. Which might not be good news for Elvis fans, but BMG probably won't care - having not only Usher and Elvis on their roster, but also Mr Will Young whose new single 'Friday's Child' is likely to go in at three.

Talking of legendary recordings and genre moulding records the band likely to top the album chart on Sunday are, erm, McFly with debut release 'Room On The 3rd Floor'. CMU favourites The Ordinary Boys should also go top ten with debut album 'Over The Counter Culture'.

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NEXT FATBOY RELEASE CONFIRMED
With Zoe down to just one show a week on Xfm, Norman really needs to bring in some more pennies. So good news for the Cook household - the long awaited new Fatboy Slim album is due for release on 4 Oct - 'Palookaville' - and it looks set to be an all star affair with vocal contributions from Damon Albarn, Blackalicious' Lateef, Bootsy Collins, Justin Robertson and Brighton band Johnny Quality.

Confirming the release Norman gave away little, saying simply: "I've finally finished it. Palookaville here we come!" But word is this one is going to be "a bit different".

'Palookaville' will be preceded by a single release - 'Slash Dot Dash' - on 13 Sep.

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MPA APPOINT NEW CHAIR
All eyes (well, some eyes) were on the Music Publishers Association AGM yesterday where Paul Curran, MD of BMG's UK publishing company, was appointed as the new chairman. Commenting on his new post Curran said: "I'm very optimistic about the future. New business models like Apple's will be the start of a large online business that will move our whole world forward."

Among all the usual reviews and appointments at the AGM, perhaps most important was the proposition from outgoing chairman Andrew Potter that royalties collection body MCPS, which is wholly owned by MPA, should be spun off into a sister holding company to avoid any conflict of interest between the trade association and its commercial wing - especially in light of plans by the European Commission to review the way all the royalty collection bodies work.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Lazyboy - Penguin Rock (Sunday Best)
This intriguing debut album from Lazyboy (aka Dan Carey and Rob da Bank) is full of quintessential English eccentricity and eclectic influences. It's a chill-out album of sorts, full of cosmopolitan Balearic spirit and laidback dub grooves, but with so much more on offer. Lead single 'Western Skies' (featuring Roddy Frame of Aztec Camera) saunters on beguilingly with a reflective mandolin, twangy slide guitar and typical laidback beats. It's quite fantastic and, along with 'Penguin' (Lee 'Scratch' Perry haunting echoey Orb-in-dub spaces to good effect), almost worth the admission fee alone. Elsewhere the album's guestlist proves frustratingly inconsistent though. 'Don't Fret George' (featuring Cathy B) is perfectly pleasant but ultimately bland; the collaboration with former Leftfield vocalist Earl 16 is similarly disappointing. On the other hand, 'Lost Star' - a genius slice of simple melodic hip-hop with a chorus to die for - would be a massive transatlantic hit if covered by any vaguely famous R 'n' B diva and hyped a bit. The rest comprises a number of instrumental tracks; most are essentially pedestrian filler, but the pilled-up Greek wedding of 'Police Dogs Bonfire' is particularly memorable, as is 'Soft Like Sound', which, with its defiant mariachi brass and castanets is positively thrilling and just like the best stuff released on kindred spirits Memphis Industries. MS
Release date: 12 Jul
Press contact: Darling [RP, NP] Sunday Best IH [CP, CR, RR, NR]

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GOVERNMENT LAUNCH A MUSIC MANIFESTO
The government yesterday launched a new initiative - the Music Manifesto - which aims to offer a "strategy for music education", whatever that means. There's going to be a website, that much is sure, and not just a website, but a "living, interactive resource" - so that's good. Either way, the Music Business Forum, the MPA, PPL, BPI, EMI and MTV are all supporting the initiative, which is lovely.

Speaking at the launch of the Manifesto at Abbey Road Studios yesterday EMI's Government Affairs VP Sara John told reporters: "The idea is that by pooling our collective resources and adding some strategic focus and leadership we can make more of an impact".

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PIRACY CRIPPLING LATIN AMERICAN MUSIC INDUSTRY
According to the LA Times music piracy is now so rampant in Latin America, and especially Mexico, that it is jeopardising the music industry there. The paper says the sale of bootlegged CDs at 50 cents a time on the black market has caused a 25% drop in legitimate record sales in the last twelve months. As a result even large record labels are struggling while many music retailers are going out of business.

The number of people working in the Mexican music industry, for example, is now half what it was in 2003. Meanwhile record labels are having to cull their rosters to make ends meet meaning bands which appear to be doing well are having to be dropped because so many of their record sales are bootlegs. According to the paper Mexican rockers El Tri are the most recent band to suffer this fate - they have just been dropped by Warner Music.

Back in the US online piracy has been credited (or blamed, depending on how you look at it) with the recent fall in CD prices. According to the New York Times the price CDs retail at has been falling for some time, and in the first quarter of this year fell another 4%. While analysts reckon legitimate download services are yet to have an impact on the sale of CDs, research firm NPD says the competition from illegal downloading has definitely had an effect. NPD music boss Russ Crupnick: "Had you not had peer-to-peer, it's unlikely prices would have declined as much as they have".

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WHOLE LIBERTINES ALBUM ONLINE
Talking of illegal downloads, the entire new Libertines album is apparently now circulating online - some way ahead of the albums 30 Aug release. The band are back on stage this weekend, minus Pete Doherty, playing a set at T in the Park.

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FRIENDS SPIN OFF ONLINE
Elsewhere in illegal downloads, though not really a music story this one, apparently the pilot episode of Friends spin off Joey, not due to air in the US until Oct, is online. Apparently some 8000 people have downloaded the show since it went online, meaning it will now be available on all sorts of other file sharing networks around the world.

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COURTS TO DECIDE ON HOW MUCH BOOTLEGGER PROFITED
Last one from the piracy file, UK courts are currently deciding how much long time bootlegger Mark Purseglove made out of his illegal CD operation over the last ten years. That figure will determine how long a sentence Purseglove will get for running an operation that sold illegal recordings of gigs recorded off the radio, by audience members or direct from the sound desk by dodgy sound technicians. The prosecution in the case reckon he made over £6 million from the operation. Purseglove's people reckon he made a much more modest £4 million.

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RHCP ANNOUNCE LIVE ALBUM DETAILS
Talking of live albums, which we were (kind of), the Red Hot Chili Peppers have announced details of the live album they will release recorded at those shows they did in Hyde Park last month. The album will feature live renditions of classic track 'Give It Away', 'Under The Bridge', 'By The Way' and 'The Zephyr Song' plus three previously unreleased tracks - 'Rolling Sly Stone', 'Leverage Of Space' and 'Mini-Epic'. And as if that wasn't enough there will be RHCP's cover of Donna Summer's 'I Feel Love'. The album will be out on 26 Jul on Warner.

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BMG HOPE TO COMBAT PIRACY WITH NO FRILLS ALBUMS
Not overly convinced by this one, but it might work. BMG in Germany are hoping to persuade kids who illegally create copies of CDs on their PCs (either by downloading the tracks via a P2P network or by borrowing a mates album) to buy a legal no-frills version of the album instead for 9.99 Euros (£6.67).

The no-frills album will have no artwork while the name of the album will simply printed on the CD in black ink, similar to straight-out-of-the-studio promo CDs. The no frills packages will be released at the same time as a standard release with artwork retailing at 13 Euros and a premium release featuring extras and video clips for 18 Euros.

Announcing the plans BMG Germany boss Maarten Steinkamp told Music Week: "The variable pricing initiative is a test with five local products in Germany. This is part of various local initiatives in the European region."

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EMINEM ON BOARD FOR NEW TUPAC ALBUM
Despite being nearly eight years since Tupac Shakur was murdered there is still a loads of new material from the rapper yet to be released. The next batch is due to come out on a new album in Nov. Various big name producers are lined up to work with the Tupac lyrics - and the project's exec producer, Shakur's mother Afeni - has already lined up Eminem to work on a track. It won't be the first time Slim Shady has produced a posthumous Tupac track - he produced three for the soundtrack to last year's film 'Tupac Resurrection'.

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SINGLE REVIEW: Weevil - Halfsmile (Wichita)
Imbued with both the spirit of New Order (in the willingness to experiment, itself pervaded by a delightfully amateurish feel to proceedings) and their sound itself (bass riffs straight from the Peter Hook school of four-string action on 'Halfsmile'; morose melodica on b-side 'Lapsed'), Weevil's music also incorporates a myriad of murky influences, notably the wave of early 90s guitar bands (e.g. Bark Psychosis, Seefeel, MBV) who processed their guitar sounds through any effects box going and who (if they weren't already), clearly wanted to be on Warp Records. 'Halfsmile' is like a tinny version of Doves' 'Pounding', recorded in someone's dark, dank attic, whilst 'Lapsed' gurgles and glitches away like laptronica-era Bjork. Both are rather good and are topped by some rather fetching fey, almost elfin vocals, la Mew or Sigur Ros, which suggest (possibly misleadingly) that Weevil may have experienced a cold Scandinavian winter or two. Weevil aren't just there yet (and may not even be sure where they want to go), but both the journey and destination look full of promise indeed. MS
Release date: 28 Jun
Press contact: Hermana [CP, RP, NP] Wichita IH [CR, RR, NR]

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KINGS OF LEON WILL PLAY T AND OXEGEN
Kings of Leon have confirmed they will play this weekend's T in the Park and Oxegen festivals. There were worries the band would have to pull out after drummer Nathan Followill injured his wrist when he slipped during their set at last weekend's Roskilde festival. But doctors yesterday gave Followill the all clear to perform this weekend.

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BMG DEFEND OUTKAST POSTER
BMG have defended a recent OutKast poster after a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority was upheld. The poster featured OutKast member Andre 3000 holding a smoking gun. The advertising watchdog agreed with complaints that the poster was "offensive and irresponsible" in the way it "glorified gun use". Particular emphasis was put on the fact the picture showed a 'smoking gun', implying Andre has recently fired it.

But BMG argue that OutKast fans would find the poster "ironic". Stressing that Andre 3000 was one of one of the hip hop stars "least likely to glorify violence", they argued the poster was "no more likely to provoke violence or anti-social behaviour than marketing campaigns for Hollywood films, such as James Bond films, that feature guns or violence".

While upholding complaints that the poster was irresponsible, the advertising watchdog rejected claims it promoted racial stereotypes. The racism allegations are the second such charges OutKast have faced this year. Andre 3000 came under criticism from native American groups in the US after he appeared at the Grammys dressed in stereotypical native American dress.

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BLAKEY WINS DMC/TECHNICS UK MIXING CHAMPIONSHIP
London based DJ Blakey won the title of UK DMC/TECHNICS Mixing Champion at the DMC/Technics UK Final last weekend, closely followed by runners up Muzzell (from Bournemouth) and Dare Devil (from Bristol).

Meanwhile, following some furious turntable combat, Silk Kuts won the DMC/Technics Battle for UK Supremacy, with Matman a deserved runner up.

Both DJ Blakey and Silk Kuts will now compete in the global versions of the two competitions at the World Finals in London on 4 and 5 Sep. Meantime there will be a UK final for best DJ Team in August, who will also compete at the Sep World Final.

Press info from Zzonked.

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PRODIGY MAN DATING TEEN RAPPER
The teen rapper behind that track 'Bad Ass Strippa' - Jentina - is rumoured to be dating The Prodigy's Keith Flint. According to the Sun: "Keith and Jentina are totally smitten with each other. They share the same sense of humour and get on brilliantly. There is an age gap, he's 34, Jentina is only 19, but that doesn't put them off. Jentina is a massive talent and didn't want to be famous just as the girlfriend of someone so well known. Keith likes leading a private life. Because he hates attention it suited him to keep quiet too." Of course, now its out lots of tabloid coverage won't hurt the promotion of the Prodigy's up coming new album and Jentina's next single.

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