CMU Daily - on the inside 26 Jul 2004
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In today's CMU Daily:
- U2 will release early if stolen tracks surface online
- Love out of hospital, back on bail
- C-murder indicted for 2001 crimes
- Supergrass plan charity homecoming gig
- Brown plays Stone Roses best of set
- Single review: The Charlatans - Try Again Today
- Doherty opens Libertines exhibition
- Ant & Dec sign up for Pop Idol 3
- QOTSA Homme works with ZZ Top man
- Record producer auctions off his rarities collection
- Wilson launches Heroes & Villains with another Smile
- Apple not impressed with Fuse parody
- Chart update
- Karamazin got $19 million after quitting Viacom
- Album review: The Beauty Shop - Crisis Helpline
- Real hope to harmonise digital music with new technology
- Kelly Osbourne to star in new teen drama
- Westlife to promote new album with reality show
- Irish police get strict for Madonna Slane gig
- Love Hewitt raves about Snow Patrol
- Electric Six help Manumission celebrate tenth anniversary
- Nickelodeon celebrate 25th birthday by going off air!

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U2 WILL RELEASE EARLY IF STOLEN TRACKS SURFACE ONLINE
Bono has said that if U2's new album was to unofficially surface online this week the band would stage an immediate official release via iTunes, and rush the release of the actual album so it was in shops within weeks.

Fears that new U2 tracks will appear on P2P networks like Kazaa months prior to the scheduled release of the band's new album follow that previously reported disappearance of a CDR containing new studio tracks during a photo shoot in France last week. It is still not clear if the CDR was deliberately stolen. If so, it might have been taken by a hardline fan looking for a unique souvenir, by someone looking for a quick buck who reckons they can sell it on for a considerable sum, or by someone planning to upload tracks from the album onto the internet.

If the latter were the case then the band would bring forward the official release of the album from mid-Autumn to this month. Bono told reporters this weekend: "If it is on the internet this week, we will release it immediately as a legal download on iTunes, and get hard copies into the shops by the end of the month. It would be a real pity. It would screw up years of work and months of planning, not to mention fucking up our holidays. But once it's out, it's out."

U2's manager Paul McGuiness added: "The recording of this album has been going so well. The band is so excited about its release. It would be a shame if unfinished work fell into the wrong hands."

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LOVE OUT OF HOSPITAL, BACK ON BAIL
Courtney Love has checked out of the private hospital where she was receiving treatment last week, and checked in with the police. A Californian court earlier this month put out a warrant for Love's arrest after she failed to show up for a court hearing relating to assault allegations. The same day Love was taken to hospital in New York, from which she moved on to a private facility a few days later. Having checked out of medical care she surrendered to LA police who granted her immediate $150,000 bail. She will now return to court on 20 Aug to face those assault charges.

Meanwhile the ongoing court cases surrounding two sets of drugs charges - which had been put on hold while Love was receiving medical treatment - will now continue. Love is expected in court on Tue and Thu to face two separate sets of drugs charges.

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C-MURDER INDICTED FOR 2001 CRIMES
Elsewhere in the pop courts, and more woes for rapper C-Murder, real name Corey Miller, who is facing two sets of charges that he lived up to his stage name too closely.

Miller is currently awaiting a retrial after being accused, and initially found guilty, of murdering a 16 year old fan during an incident at a Louisiana nightclub back in 2002. While the courts agreed to a retrial relating to that case back in Apr they refused him bail because of a second outstanding case in which he is accused of attempted murder after another nightclub fracas back in 2001. On Friday a grand jury officially indicted Miller on two charges of attempted second degree murder relating to the 2001 incident.

According to the indictment, Miller attempted to enter the Club Raggs venue in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on 14 Aug 2001. When the venue's security and manager told the rapper he would not be allowed in without first being searched Miller allegedly drew a gun on the clubs manager, and then a security guard. On both occasions his gun malfunctioned.

Miller's attorney, Roy Maughan Jr, told the Associated Press that his client denies the charges against him, suggesting that this case is only being pursued three years on from the initial incident because the prosecution's case on the 2002 charges is now being questioned.

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SUPERGRASS PLAN CHARITY HOMECOMING GIG
Supergrass will play a charity show in hometown Oxford on 22 Aug in aid of Christian Outreach - Relief and Development, and The Fortune Centre Of Riding Therapy. The one off show will precede the band's appearances at the Reading and Leeds Festivals the following weekend.

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BROWN PLAYS STONE ROSES BEST OF SET
Ian Brown has played a full set of Stone Roses tracks for the first time since the band's acrimonious split back in 1996. According to the NME, Brown - renowned for his reluctance to perform Roses tracks at his gigs - hired a Stone Roses tribute band for his performance at the Claremont Landscape Garden National Trust park this weekend and delivered a set full of Stones Roses classics, including a few rarity songs like 'Mersey Paradise' and 'Where Angels Play'. Brown's solo tracks were saved for the encore.

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SINGLE REVIEW: The Charlatans - Try Again Today (Universal/Mercury)
I've heard this song being played a fair bit on Radio 2 - but please don't let that put you off - because while Mr Burgess sweetly sings that "something's gotta change", with 'Try Again Today' I'm pleased to report there's no change - The Charlatans are still producing sun-drenched simmering summer pop. With their resident jangly guitars and shiny keyboard sounds The Charlatans tell us, once again, that everything is OK and, even if today was a bit of a bugger, well, never mind because tomorrow might be better. B-side 'MIA' is classic The Charlatans as well, but in the 'weirdo' keyboard wizardry sense of the term. Everything isn't OK with this one. The track's great, but it's sixties vibe has got me dancing like John Travolta and Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction, which isn't a good thing. SC
Release date: 26 Jul
Press Contact: Mercury IH

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DOHERTY OPENS LIBERTINES EXHIBITION
Pete Doherty was back on stage with Libertines drummer Gary Powell on Friday night, though don't get too excited, Doherty's not back in the band. The duo were appearing at the launch of a new exhibition of Libertine photos being displayed at the Proud Gallery in Camden. The exhibition, called 'Libertines: Boys In The Band', features photos taken by NME photographer Roger Sargent and chronicles the dramatic events the band have been through over the last three years. Doherty launched the exhibition by singing a few of the bands songs - something he won't be doing at the band's upcoming live and festival dates, him still being in exile from the band until he overcomes his drug addition. That said Doherty and Powell seemed on good terms at the launch. More details on the exhibition at http://www.proud.co.uk.

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ANT & DEC SIGN UP FOR POP IDOL 3
Ant and Dec have confirmed that they will be fronting the third series of Pop Idol when it returns to ITV in Autumn 2005. Dec told the Daily Star: "The show will come back and blow everybody out of the water again, the same way the first one did".

Talking of Pop Idols, BMG have again denied rumours that have been circulating for months now that they have dropped former Pop Idol runner up Gareth Gates. A BMG spokesman told reporters last week: "We have not dropped Gareth Gates. He is currently in the studio". That said, the general consensus is Gates will need a real change of direction to keep shifting records - whether that change in direction will be strong enough to ensure Gates survives post-Sony BMG merger roster cull remains to be seen.

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QOTSA HOMME WORKS WITH ZZ TOP MAN
Following the departure of bassist Nick Oliveri and long time collaborator Mark Lanegan from the Queens Of The Stone Age fold earlier this year, word is the band's frontman, Josh Homme, has been joined in the studio by the legendary Billy F Gibbons of ZZ Top. Apparently Gibbons, one of Homme's idols, put in an all night session during the recording of the new QOTSA album.

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RECORD PRODUCER AUCTIONS OFF HIS RARITIES COLLECTION
Famed record producer Eddie Kramer has raided his basement and found 2000 pieces of rock memorabilia which he reckons are worth selling - so he is organising an auction to sell everything off via the Backstage Auction website.

Among the stash are a host of rare Led Zeppelin recordings, rough mixes for Peter Frampton's iconic live set 'Frampton Comes Alive', Jimi Hendrix and David Bowie test pressings and Kiss' 1973 demo tape.

Commenting on the sale, Kramer told Billboard: "I've had this stuff in my basement for 30-odd years. I'm actually making a move to California, so I decided to clean house. I don't need to schlep this stuff around with me anymore".

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WILSON LAUNCHES HEROES & VILLAINS WITH ANOTHER SMILE
Brian Wilson launched the Heroes & Villains festival at London's Royal Festival Hall this weekend with another performance of Smile - five months after he premiered the famous 'lost Beach Boys album' at the London venue. As in Feb, Wilson's new show consisted of a fifteen minute acoustic set, a 'greatest hits' show and then a full performance of 'Smile', the Beach Boys concept album originally intended for release in 1967, but which got shelved after Wilson had a nervous breakdown.

There are four more performances of 'Smile' this week as part of the Heroes & Villains season. Gigs featuring Air, Lee Hazlewood and Badly Drawn Boy round off the season next month. Warners will release a recorded version of 'Smile' in Sep.

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APPLE NOT IMPRESSED WITH FUSE PARODY
Apple are taking legal action against US music channel Fuse after the TV station released ads that parody the silhouette posters used to promote the iPod. The Fuse version of the posters show similar silhouetted people, but in somewhat different poses than the Apple ads (apparently one shows a man masturbating, while another has a woman pole-dancing). According to the New York Post Apple has decided to take action against the posters after they received complaints from iPod owners who were offended by the ads. Yeah, whatever.

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CHART UPDATE
As predicted, a good weekend for The Streets. As of yesterday Mr Skinner tops both the singles and album charts. Whether it was the popularity of new single 'Dry Your Eyes', or the Mercury Music Prize nomination, that helped The Streets top the album chart we'll never know, but it is certainly a good day to work at 679 Recordings.

Elsewhere in the singles chart, and relatively few new entries. Other than the Streets the only new release making it in to the top ten is the remix of Lou Reed's 'Satellite Of Love', which goes in at number 10. Other new entries include Ash who go in at 22 with 'Starcrossed', The Cure who go in at 25 with 'The End Of The World' and Badly Drawn Boy who goes in at 38 with 'Year Of The Rat'.

Albums wise, new entries come from the Hives with 'Tyrannosaurus Hives' at 7, Shaznay Lewis who goes in at 22 with 'Open' and Modest Mouse whose album 'Good News For People Who Love Bad News' goes in at 40.

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KARAMAZIN GOT $19 MILLION AFTER QUITTING VIACOM
The former president of MTV parent company Viacom, Mel Karmazin, who quit last month, reportedly after various run ins with Viacom chairman and majority shareholder Sumner Redstone, received a departing pay off of $19 million. The pay off figure was revealed in the company's second quarter financial report, released last week. Karamazin secured the high severance package because of a carefully crafted contract with Viacom, of which one compensation expert said to the Washington Post: "This isn't an employment contract, it's a treaty between two sovereign powers".

Despite the big pay out, Viacom announced its profits were up 14% fuelled by a boom in the advertising industry. Such a good financial performance might have fuelled speculation that Viacom might now look to acquire ITV, something Karmazin implied was of interest to Viacom after the British Government changed media ownership regularising last year. However, on announcing the latest financial results, Redstone said that, following his recent purchase of the Viva music channels in Germany, no more acquisitions were on the cards: "Our focus is not on big deals. I repeat, no big acquisitions".

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ALBUM REVIEW: The Beauty Shop - Crisis Helpline (Shoeshine)
The Beauty Shop combine rasping metal-style vocals with simple, jaunty country guitar work, seemingly nodding their heads to Chris Cornell and the Foo Fighters, and even The Smiths circa 'Hatful Of Hollow' at points. First single 'Monster' is a good light-hearted pop song that can't be disliked by anyone but the most bigoted of snobs, and things progress nicely for a while. But, as with Kings of Leon, the southern drawl soon loses its appeal (especially when the singer prolongs a note) making it something of an uphill struggle to maintain interest throughout the whole album. That said, the frontman's voice does make the cleverly written lyrics of despair and lessons to be learnt sound all the more genuine. But the album eventually runs out of steam by treading the same ground throughout. At the outset, though, an enjoyable breath of fresh air. MM
Release date: 26 Aug 2004
Press contact: Stone Immaculate [all]

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REAL HOPE TO HARMONISE DIGITAL MUSIC WITH NEW TECHNOLOGY
Real Networks will this week demonstrate their new Harmony Technology which, the company claims, will enable music fans to play their digital music on any devices, oblivious of which download platform they buy their MP3s from.

The new technology aims to overcome one of the big issues for the digital download sector - the confusion that surrounds which kinds of MP3 files can be played on which digital music players. Real Networks reckon the Harmony system will output files that can be played on the iPod as well as digital music devices made by Creative, iRiver, RCA, Rio, Samsung, and palmOne. Sony players are, however, notable by their absence from that list.

Announcing the Harmony technology, Real Networks boss Rob Glaser told reporters: "Compatibility is key to bringing digital music to the masses. Before Harmony, consumers buying digital music got locked into a specific kind of portable player. Harmony changes all that. Thanks to Harmony, consumers don't have to worry about technology when buying music. Now anyone can buy music, move it to their favorite portable device, and it will just work, just like the way DVD and CDs work".

The Harmony technology will be demonstrated at a conference in New York tomorrow.

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KELLY OSBOURNE TO STAR IN NEW TEEN DRAMA
Kelly Osbourne will appear in a new TV teen drama in the US which will compete with CMU's favourite trashy-teen-show-of-the-moment, The OC. The new programme, called 'Life As We Know It', sees Kelly play the part of Deborah - an overweight, promiscuous high school student.

According to Radio 1 one, a reviewer who has already seen the first episode said: "It's the perfect show - it upsets everyone. There were a few moments in the show that were good, but these were few and far between."

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WESTLIFE TO PROMOTE NEW ALBUM WITH REALITY SHOW
Talking of popstars on the telly, word is Westlife will take part in a new reality show in which they will search for a fan to appear as a guest vocalist on their up coming album. The TV show will air on ITV in the run up to the release of said album, which has a provisional release date of 8 Nov. Auditions for the show will take place in late August.

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IRISH POLICE GET STRICT FOR MADONNA SLANE GIG
Police in the Irish village of Slane are setting out a set of strict rules for Madonna fans who will flock to her concert at Slane Castle on 29 Aug. As previously reported, local residents are opposed to the Madonna concert because it will take place on a Sunday. Although the local council ignored a petition and gave the concert's promoters the go-ahead to stage the gig, they did so on the condition the council and local police are kept fully informed of all event plans, and with the proviso measures are taken to ensure locals are not prevented from going to mass or other religious services during the day.

To that end the local police have told Madonna fans that they should not arrive early for the concert. Garda chief Michael Flanagan told reporters this weekend that all the local accommodation was now fully booked, that there were no camping facilities available and that gig-goers should not arrive early because "there will be nothing for them to do in Slane".

Police will set up a number of checkpoints which will essentially seal off parts of the village to outsiders for the weekend of the concert. Only those with resident passes will be allowed in the village centre.

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LOVE HEWITT RAVES ABOUT SNOW PATROL
Actress Jennifer Love Hewitt has been raving about long-term CMU favourites Snow Patrol. While doing the rounds promoting her appearance in the new Garfield film she told reporters: "There's this great band that I just got introduced to in London. I think they're really, really good. I don't know what the name of the record is, but they're called Snow Patrol." High praise indeed, though she did add "they're kind of like a Coldplay", which kind of ruined it.

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ELECTRIC SIX HELP MANUMISSION CELEBRATE TENTH ANNIVERSARY
Manumission in Ibiza will celebrate their tenth birthday with a special event on 6 Aug featuring a live set from the Electric Six - the fist band to play live in the club's main room since the Happy Mondays in 1999. LCD Soundsyetem will play in the Music Box while 2 Many DJs will be on the decks. From what we hear the press list is filling up fast, so if you qualify and you're on the island I'd get an email off to the Manumission press people pronto.

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NICKELODEON CELEBRATE 25TH BIRTHDAY BY GOING OFF AIR!
Talking of anniversaries, kids TV network Nickelodeon have come up with a novel way of celebrating their 25th birthday. On 2 Oct they will go off air for three hours and encourage their viewers to go outside and play! Communal play events will be organised in major cities around the world - footage of which will be screened later that day.

Nickelodeon Television president Cyma Zarghami explains: "This is part of our overall commitment to empower kids to get up, get moving and achieve a healthy life balance. These on-air events and the Worldwide Day of Play itself are the next steps in our goal to help kids get the resources needed to live and learn about active, positive lifestyles".

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