CMU Daily - on the inside 27 Jul 2004
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Leeds Festival sold out
- SFA confirm Carling warm up dates
- One True Voice boy set to appear on X Factor
- MTV VMA nominations out today
- Mr Scruff tour
- Single Review: Hope Of The States - Nehemiah
- Big Brother want Busted for finale
- Will Apple sue over Real's Harmony?
- Ja Rule charged with assault
- Shyne raps against 50 Cent from his prison cell
- Standard run promotion with Wippit
- Live Review: Sasha Involver Tour @ Fabric, London
- Talksport focus on Canadian ratings change in campaign against RAJAR
- Radio 1 team up with US stations
- BBC 1 defend Johhny and Denise show
- WH Smith seem to go book route after takeover fails
- Single Review: Clinic - The Magician
- BMG and 19 squabble over Idol rights
- Nsync reunite for charity show
- Rock and metal wrestling


Well, if you haven't got your Carling Weekend tickets sorted, then hard luck. Now the Leeds Festival has sold old too. The Reading Festival sold out last week of course.

Confirming the Leeds sell out, Mean Fiddler MD Melvin Benn told reporters yesterday: "This is brilliant. Last year was the best we had ever had and managed to sell out on the weekend of the festival. To sell out of weekend tickets with more than a month to go really demonstrates that Leeds and its new home has arrived and that the bill is as awesome as I thought it was."


Super Furry Animals fans who have missed out on Reading or Leeds tickets can catch the band at one of the following warm up dates
12 Aug: Brecon Jazz Festival (a petition by the locals permitting!)
13 Aug: Cornwall Eden Project
14 Aug: Leicester Summer Sundae Festival
26 Aug: Oxford Zodiac (Oxford's Supergrass gig is already sold out, so get your tickets for this one quick)


Despite the shameful incompetence that followed Popstars The Rival regarding the management of boyband winners One True Voice, one of the group's members, Matt Johnson, is planning to go through the whole reality pop show thing again. Word is Johnson has put himself forward for Simon Cowell's new reality show The X Factor and, according to the Sun, he has been fastracked into the final 40 who will appear on the show.

An insider told the paper: "Matt is definitely through to the finals but it's supposed to be a big secret. He turned up at one audition in the Midlands - even though he's from the North West. Presumably he had to be seen to audition with everyone else. And surprise, surprise, he's made it through to the next stage. Eventually he will face the public vote. But he's certainly been given preferential treatment".

Then again, the show's producers are probably desperate to fill up their quota of 40 decent hopefuls to appear on the programme, given comments made by Cowell last weekend. He revealed that, despite a record 45,000 applications for the show, he has only seen a handful who have the required talents. "It's unbelievable. Only a handful of people are anywhere near decent. You can't imagine who we've had through our doors. It's a serious worry."

The X Factor begins this Autumn on ITV.


The nominations for this years MTV Video Music Awards will be announced later today and those who know these things reckon the nominations lists will be full of good news for Beyonce, Jay-Z, Hoobastank, Yellowcard and Usher - the latter of which will be appearing at the nominations press call. The awards themselves take place on 29 Aug in Miami.


CMU favourite Mr Scruff will be hitting the road come Sep to promote his new album 'Keep It Solid Steel Vol 1', out on Ninja on 27 Sep. Tour dates as follows:

21 Sep: Bangor Uni
30 Sep: Exeter Lemon Grove
1 Oct: Brighton Concorde 2
2 Oct: Manchester Music Box
4 Oct: Leeds Met Uni
6 Oct: Bournemouth Old Fire Station
7 Oct: Southampton Nexus
8 Oct: London Forum
9 Oct: Norwich UEA
11 Oct: Sheffield Uni
12 Oct: Newcastle World Headquarters
14 Oct: Cardiff Great Hall
15 Oct: Liverpool Courtyard @ Nation
16 Oct: Keele Uni
17 Oct: Shrewsbury Cellars

Commenting on the Scruff's involvement in Ninja's long running Solid Steel franchise, Ninja tell us: "The Solid Steel soul train keeps on rolling - but this time Mr Scruff takes control and promptly steers us down his own branch line marked 'horse costumes, real ale and pies ahead'".


SINGLE REVIEW: Hope Of The States - Nehemiah (Sony)
Taken from critically acclaimed debut album 'The Lost Riots', new single 'Nehemiah' lacks something of the punch and fire-in-its-belly intensity which characterised previous single 'The Red, The White, The Black, The Blue'. Although, like its predecessor, 'Nehemiah' is fuelled by political displeasure and a desire to encourage people to "come on - make a stand", the chorus lacks the musical force to actually encourage people in to taking action. In fact, I can't help thinking it has simply been released because it is the most radio friendly piece on the album. 'The Lost Riots' is a fantastic collective of important and exhilarating songs that, through their coherency, create something significant to be listened to and enjoyed as a whole. Releasing 'Nehemiah' as a token single is a waste. What is the point? SC
Release date: 16 Aug
Press contact: Sony IH [all]


According to the Daily Star, producers of Big Brother are trying to persuade Busted to play during the final show of the series because surviving contestant Stuart is such a big fan of the band. In fact, according to the evicted Marco Sabba: "Stuart walks around the house thinking he's the fourth member of Busted".

A source on the show reportedly told the tabloid: "Stuart looks set to be in the house at the end, so the producers think it would be awesome to get Busted down to play on the night. We've had celeb guests before at the finale. Liberty X performed a couple of years ago because the housemates kept singing their songs all the time."

Whether Busted will be interested remains to be seen. Given that new single '3AM/Thunderbirds' was out yesterday and will be charted and gone come the end of next week I wouldn't put too much money on them appearing, unless Channel 4 are willing to put lots of money on them appearing of course.

The Busted boys surely have bigger eggs to fry just now. Word is they have just struck a £500,000 deal with Pepsi which should help them crack America. With the Thunderbirds track likely to get them media attention in the States, plus that rumoured MTV reality show, word is Pepsi will be giving away Busted CDs to American customers as part of a major sponsorship deal.


There is speculation this morning as to whether legal action will follow Real Networks launch of Harmony. As previously reported, Real's new Harmony technology hopes to overcome the problem that consumers are limited to certain download platforms depending on which digital music player they buy. Harmony will be able to output files as almost any 'file format' (or 'codec') meaning, for example, iPod owners will be able to buy tracks from other download platforms than Apple's own iTunes.

It is that last point that might cause Real some legal problems. Real boss Rob Glaiser approached Apple proposing an alliance against Microsoft's movements in the music space earlier this year. Apple declined the offer to collaborate. However Real decided to continue to include Apple's codec in their development of Harmony, using an unofficial version of their AAC file format. There was speculation yesterday to how Apple might respond to that decision. However Glaiser did not seem too concerned by Apple's possible response. He told reporters: "We have excellent lawyers and they assure me that we are 100% within all of the legal precedents and the letter and spirit of all laws".

There is split opinion on Real's legal position, although some point out that Harmony essentially makes the iPod even more user friendly and may well boost sales even more. Given that Apple's business plan is based more on hardware sales that making any profits selling downloads through iTunes, insiders say it would be mad for Apple to take action against Harmony, even though Real have used an unauthorised version of Apple's codec.


More rappers under arrest. This time it's Ja Rule. He has been charged with assault after a fracas in a Toronto night club. Ja was reportedly involved in a fight in the VIP lounge in Toronto's La Rouge nightclub last month. One of the people hurt in the fight reported the incident to the police. The rapper subsequently agreed to return to the city and hand himself into police. He entered a no plea at a Toronto court yesterday, was released on $4000 bail and was ordered not to consume alcoholic drinks while he was in the city.


Talking of MCs on the wrong side of the law, rapper Shyne has recorded a dis rap against 50 Cent from his prison cell. In the new rap, seemingly recorded on the phone, the rapper claims Fiddy - who he calls "a snitch" - was trying to sign him up to his record label at the same time as dissing him in public. It seems the new rap has been recorded in retaliation for a freestyle 50 recorded on a New York radio station in which he slagged off a number of rivals, including Shyne and Lil Kim.

Shyne told MTV in an interview conducted from the the Clinton Correctional Facility last week: "I got word he [Fiddy] said something he wasn't supposed to say. It's one thing if he would have said it and stood by it; 'That's what I said, you have a problem, whatever!' But he said it and at the same time he was trying to sign me to G-Unit Records. There's an interlude where Sha Money is calling me, 'Yo, 50 wants you to sign to G-unit.' He's reaching out to all my sets [in the street] trying to sign me to G-Unit. You hear me, [Fiddy] is a kid to me. He's like a little dude. In here we call them 'my little homies'".

Shyne is currently serving a ten year sentence for his involvement in a 1999 shooting at a New York nightclub. Despite that fact, he recently signed a deal with Def Jam who will release his already completed second album 'Godfather Buried Alive' next month. Rumour has it the 50 Cent dis rap might appear on that release.


The Evening Standard is running a promotion with download company Wippit which will give readers access to up to 50 free downloads via the company. Standard readers have to collect passwords printed in the paper each day this week to access the tracks.

As previously reported, Wippit have deals to sell download tracks from Sony, BMG and EMI. They also operate a legal P2P network for the sharing of non-copyright music and tracks from unsigned bands.


LIVE REVIEW: Sasha Involver Tour @ Fabric, London on 24 Jul
It's Saturday night and Fabric's queue snakes the length of the street and then some. Not everyone can attract a swarm like this but one man never fails, for tonight marks the first UK tour date of the revered spinner, Sasha. Now Sasha is just a DJ - an unparalleled Superstar DJ maybe - but just a DJ nonetheless, which means he's just as likely to have an off night as the rest of us. I say this because tonight he wasn't on top form. We are all for trying something a bit different here at CMU, but his newborn style - beginning more eclectic and electro-fuelled than in the past - at times seems clumsy and inconsistent.
This means two hours of conflicting breaks and house until Sasha reverts to his characteristic progressive sound. From that point onwards a congested (fan)club wallow in it all the way to 7.30am. And, while overall the night failed to live up to my expectations, to be fair as he wound down the proceedings in a somewhat leftfield style, culminating in a final reggae-cum-speed garage piece, the dancefloor may have been divided, but the finale incited a riot from the remaining devotees who are, it has to be said, forever in awe of Sasha, however 'average' his sets may be. OG


Kelvin MacKenzie's Wireless Group and Talksport has leapt on a change in the way the Canadian TV and radio ratings body is going to measure viewing/listening figures to again take a pot shot at UK radio audience research firm RAJAR.

As previously reported, MacKenzie is suing RAJAR because he reckons their diary system for measuring radio ratings is inaccurate and mis-represents his station's audience size (which impacts on what he can charge for advertising). He wants RAJAR to adopt a more technology based measurement system, but RAJAR argue they are yet to see a technology based audience measurement system that promises accurate stats.

However MacKenzie has taken much joy at the news BBM Canada, who measure TV and radio ratings over there, have rejected their old measurement systems for a new technology that automatically tracks what sample group members are watching or listening too. MacKenzie's colleague Mike Franklin, MD of TalkSport, told the Guardian: "The move towards passive electronic measurement of audiences is gathering pace around the world... and Rajar is being left behind".


You know how it goes, Xfm have a great idea, Radio 1 are sure to follow! With Xfm's joint show with New York station KROQ now a weekly fixture in their schedules, Radio 1 have announced two new programming features designed to promote new British music in the States and new American music over here.
Steve Lamacq will be presenting a weekly feature with Nic Harcourt of LA radio station KCRW which will go out on both presenters' shows. Meanwhile Zane Lowe will be sharing content with the Passport Approved show on LA alternative station Indie 103.1.

The new joint programming features have been set up by LA based Sat Bisla - one of the hosts of the Passport Approved show - through his company A&R Worldwide. Bisla was also involved in setting up the Xfm/KROQ partnership.

Elsewhere in Radio 1 news, a rejig of the station's management will see three key players getting an extended remit. Music Policy head Alex Jones-Donelly will also take on the station's live music output, head of specialist and speech programming Ian Parkinson will be given the same role on sister station 1Xtra, while Ben Cooper, head of Radio 1's mainstream programming, will also take over responsibility for on air branding, whatever that means.


Elsewhere in BBC news, BBC 1 execs are denying rumours Johnny Vaughan and Denise Van Outen's new Saturday night vehicle - the cheesy titled 'Passport To Paradise' - is facing the axe. Rumours that the show will be canned followed the news this weekend that a 17 year old repeat of a Miss Marple drama on BBC 2 got more viewers than the primetime Johnny & Denise show.

However BBC1 controller Lorraine Heggessey has said she still believes in the show and has not ruled out commissioning a second series: "It's way too early to say at this stage, but there is nothing that I have seen so far that would make me say no. It's not just about ratings. We are about growing shows at the BBC and we have already done much to improve it over its four week run".


Despite a recent commitment to its music departments and a new supply deal with music retail distribution firm EUK, some wonder if WH Smith will side line its music operations after the company's chief exec didn't mention music or video as a top priority when updating investors on plans last week.

Commenting on the future of the company now that a high profile take over bid by equity firm Permira is finally off the cards (it fell through last week), WH Smith's boss Kate Swann said this weekend "We aim to return the UK high street retail business to its role as Britain's most popular stationer, bookseller and newsagent." With rumours that the chain plan to install coffee shops into some of their stores speculation is they will become bookstores with a music/video department on the side, rather than entertainment products having equal billing.


SINGLE REVIEW: Clinic - The Magician (Domino)
With 'The Magician' Clinic continue to do what it is they do - regimented soundscapes of energising guitar and melodious saxophone, with some asexual mutant soothingly spouting gibberish for vocals, which are nonetheless kinda cute. Clinic will never be known as a 'singles band', and short of being used on a car advert 'The Magician' is unlikely win them any new fans. Still, the semi-masterpiece albums they regular produce have won them a fair few followers and they shouldn't be too disappointed with this. MM
Release date: 12 Jul
Press contact: Some Friendly [CP, RP, NP] Out Promotions [CR, RR, NR]


Word is that BMG are about to take Simon Fuller's 19 Group to court over the rights to sign the winners of the many Pop Idol shows around the world. BMG has always had the first option on signing the 'pop idols' through their company Ronagold - what was initially a joint venture with Pop Idol judge Simon Cowell, but is now wholly owned by the major label.

19 have reportedly accused BMG of breaking a past contract, and as a result are sounding out other major labels regarding the future of recent American Idol winners Barrino and De Garmo, and the winners of future shows. BMG are now threatening to ask the courts to stop 19 from signing Pop Idol deals with anyone else. Word is lawyers for both parties are now in discussion. Meanwhile it is business as usual for all existing pop idols, most of whom are managed by 19 and released by BMG.


It was short and sweet, but Justin managed to not rip anyone's clothes off, and for that we should be thankful. Nsync performed as a five piece once again this weekend, singing the American national anthem at the group's annual Challenge For The Children basketball tournament. That was where the show ended, but the Nsync faithful seemed happy, with even a few of the celebs in the audience singing their praises:

Usher told reporters: "It was good to hear them all together again".

Good Charlotte's Benji Madden added: "Not anyone can sing the national anthem. It shows if you're good or not, and those guys are really talented".

Of course the only question the press wanted to ask was whether or not the five piece would be heading back into the studio. On that point, just vagueness.

JC Chasez: "You caught us on the wrong day. If you would have caught us [tomorrow] we would have had a better answer for you".

Justin: "We're going to enjoy the weekend, and as Monday rolls around, we'll get to the business stuff and we'll go from there".

Well, that's that cleared up.


There we were flicking through the August listings for Cargo and we came across this - a very interesting sounding night. Rock & Metal Wrestling will see an American style wrestling ring constructed in the venue - the night itself promises wrestlers, four live bands, a ring announcer and scantily clad dancers. Sorted. All takes place 12 Aug - press info from Cargo press on 020 7613 7732.

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