CMU Daily - on the inside 19 Aug 2004
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Franz Ferdinand drop track to stay chart eligible
- Weller plays intimate gig in cinemas across the UK
- Warners invest in TV advertising for green day ringtones
- Mortiis is top of the trolls
- Prince celebrates Purple Rain anniversary
- Roots manoeuvres
- Country stars join call to vote
- Vote For Change Miami
- Justin tries southern rock
- New album from American Music Club
- Brands line up to advertise during VMAs
- Long wait for Pixies fans
- Music, mud and mayhem at Reading
- Squarepusher cancels headlining festival show
- Jet forced to cancel v sets
- Eavis announces fair trade fundraiser
- Hope Of The States back to Blighty
- Marilyn Manson is an alien!
- Phil Collins confesses his love

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FRANZ FERDINAND DROP TRACK TO STAY CHART ELIGIBLE
Franz Ferdinand have had to alter the release of new single 'Michael' after someone pointed out the CD package they were proposing to release was not eligible for the charts. There are two versions of the CD single release, and originally both contained three tracks. That pushed the band above the quota of total tracks that can be released as part of singles package according to the rules set by the UK Official Chart Company.

A spokesman for the band told CMU: "Due to a rather silly schoolboy error, we neglected to realise that the inclusion of 3 tracks on both CD single formats would mean that 'Michael' CD2 would become chart-ineligible. Victims of ours and Franz's own generosity (lavishing five new B-sides on their fans across all the formats), we would like to apologise in advance as CD2 will now be re-packaged and released without the "offending" third track, 'Tell Her Tonight (Paul Sings)'."

The removed track will now be made available as a free download from the Franz Ferdinand and Domino Records websites.

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WELLER PLAYS INTIMATE GIG IN CINEMAS ACROSS THE UK
Paul Weller fans are being given the chance to win tickets to a screening of an upcoming intimate gig where he will perform tracks from his new covers album 'Studio 150'. The gig will take place at a secret venue on 14 Sep. Screenings will then take place at cinemas around the UK, tickets will be given away via an SMS competition. Weller fans need to text PRIZEWELLER and their postcode to 88080. Shortly after the screenings the gig will then be accessible on Weller's website.

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WARNERS INVEST IN TV ADVERTISING FOR GREEN DAY RINGTONES
Warner Brothers in the US have invested in TV advertising to promote a series of Green Day ringtones based on voice greetings the band have recorded to promote new album 'American Idiot'.

The move marks the arrival of the record labels in the ringtones business. Until recently ringtones only provided an income stream for the publishers who owned the rights to the songs that were being recreated by the ring tone companies in polyphonic form. However new technology has opened up the market for so called 'real tones' where the ring tone is actually a clip from a song. This means the record label can also draw an income from the ring tone sale.

Though their TV advertising on MTV and MTV2, Warner will be hoping to secure their share of America's $150 million ringtone market.

Some have criticised record labels for getting into the ring tones business claiming it has a negative impact on an artist's artistic credibility. But Warner boss Tom Whalley told the New York Times this week:

"We're in the culture with each and every one of our artists. The ring tone can help connect that fan to the artist. If it's done with taste, I don't think it crosses that line where it's commerce over art."

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MORTIIS IS TOP OF THE TROLLS
Norway's leading exponent of death metal, Mortiis, might just have a chart hit this weekend. The cult singer, who wears a prosthetic nose to make him look more troll-like (we know this because his record label sent us a poster for the office - thanks Earache!), is sitting just outside the UK Top 40 with his new single 'The Grudge', and a few more sales this weekend could push the cave-dwelling Nordic star into the main chart.

That said, he's not too likely to rival Goldie Lookin' Chain and Natasha Beddingfield, both of whom are aiming for the higher end of the chart this week (go GLC, go).

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PRINCE CELEBRATES PURPLE RAIN ANNIVERSARY
Prince will commemorate the 20th anniversary (yes, twenty years, I am so old) of his Oscar winning 'Purple Rain' film with a special re-release on DVD. 'Purple Rain: The 20th Anniversary Two-Disc Special Edition' will be released on 18 Oct and will present the film in full Dolby Digital 5.1 audio and widescreen and will feature commentaries from director Alber Magnoli, producer Robert Cavallo and cinematographer Donald E Thorinand.

Also included will be eight Prince music videos ('Let's Go Crazy', 'Take Me With U', 'When Doves Cry', 'I Would Die 4 U/Baby I'm A Star', 'Purple Rain', 'Jungle Love', 'The Bird' the wonderfully named 'Sex Shooter'), plus footage from the film's 1984 MTV Premiere Party

Prince's other movies, the somewhat dubious 'Graffiti Bridge' and the rather dodgy 'Under The Cherry Moon', are also out on DVD on 18 October.

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ROOTS MANOEUVRES
The Roots have announced a short UK tour. The dates are in support of new album 'The Tipping Point'. The tour calls at:

23 Nov: Glasgow Academy
24 Nov: Nottingham Rock City
25 Nov: Manchester Academy
26 Nov: Bristol Carling Academy
27 Nov: London Brixton Academy (late show)

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COUNTRY STARS JOIN CALL TO VOTE
A group of country music stars are the latest performers to encourage Americans to take an active interest in the upcoming presidential elections. With key names in both the rock and hip hop communities doing their best to rally voters, this week country musicians Ricky Skaggs, Randy Travis, Darryl Worley, Josh Turner, Marty Raybon and Billy Dean joined the 'Your Country Your Vote' campaign. Skaggs told reporters: "It's time to speak for America and not just one party. To me, this is the most important election in our nation's history".

Although Skaggs is a public supporter of Bush and the Republican Party, this particular campaign is non-partisan: "It doesn't matter whether you're a Republican, a Democrat or an independent - your opinion counts." That said, Skaggs did express a certain cynicism to other artists who have taken a very anti-Bush stand when encouraging people to vote. He said: "The American people, they're not going to let Bruce Springsteen or anybody else - or Ricky Skaggs or Marty Raybon or Billy Dean choose who they vote for. And we're certainly not going to let Hollywood choose who we vote for because I don't think they really have a pulse on America. I think the heartland of America is Nashville, Tennessee, or Kansas City or St Louis or Denver, Colorado - that's the heartland of America".

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VOTE FOR CHANGE MIAMI
Also from the CMU political desk, the Springsteen led anti-Bush campaign - Vote For Change - has announced its series of pre-election gigs will climax in Florida, the state that caused so much controversy in the last presidential elections. with on mega-line up concert in Miami on 10 Oct featuring performances from Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, R.E.M., John Fogerty, Dave Matthews Band, Bright Eyes, Dixie Chicks, James Taylor, Ben Harper, Jurassic 5, My Morning Jacket and Death Cab For Cutie.

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JUSTIN TRIES SOUTHERN ROCK
Justin Timberlake has said his second album might have a southern rock sound to it a la Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers. Justin, who was born in the Southern state of Memphis, has told GQ magazine: "It [the next album] maybe a little Southern rock, you know? Try that on for size".

Asked if another record with his former band Nsync was likely he replied: "I don't know, I don't know. You're never contractually obligated to do anything. I think A Tribe Called Quest have been contractually obligated to do another album for like 10 years". As previously reported, rumour has it the rest of Nsync are mighty pissed off that Justin has opted to work on a second solo album rather than another long player with the boy band.

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NEW ALBUM FROM AMERICAN MUSIC CLUB
Cult alt-rock band American Music Club are to release a new album 'Love Songs For Patriots' on 6 Sep.

The band, fronted by Mark Eitzel, split - not all that amicably - back in 1995 after releasing a succession of critically acclaimed albums including 'Everclear'. Since then Eitzel has had a productive solo career.

However the band reformed to promote their greatest hits album, and after UK and US tours headed back into the studio to work on new material. As the album's title hints the new songs include comments on American foreign policy. Two new songs - 'Ladies and Gentlemen', and 'Another Morning' - are available on the band's official web site (http://www.americanmusicclub.com).

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BRANDS LINE UP TO ADVERTISE DURING VMAS
Word is numerous brands are attempting to grab the advertising minutes that appear during MTV's VMA awards - which takes place on 29 Aug. With such demand for the multi-million dollar advertising packages, MTV are likely to pass the income made during last year's VMA screening - $29 million. Why such an interest in advertising during the VMAs? Could it be that America is planning to tune in to see what might happen at the first major MTV produced live broadcast since that half time show at the Superbowl?

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LONG WAIT FOR PIXIES FANS
Despite those reports that a new Pixies album was in the pipeline, Frank Black has told fans not to expect any new material just yet. Black told the Associated Press: "Record companies, schmecord companies - who needs 'em? That's not where the money is. The business is with the real customers - the fans. That's who we're trying to connect with. In terms of getting a relationship with a company going, we don't have any need, because we don't have anything for them to sell. If and when we do have something, we're probably going to proceed a little cautiously. At the end of the day, the record company always needs content. They need artists. Right now, they need artists more than we need them."

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MUSIC, MUD AND MAYHEM AT READING
If you haven't managed to get tickets for this year's Reading Festival you could remind yourself of what you're missing by going to the new exhibition at the Museum Of Reading.

They have a major new exhibition celebrating 30 years of the festival which will feature artefacts, film, photographs and music from the event, plus assorted memorabilia including Kurt Cobain's guitar played during Nirvana's legendary 'Nevermind'-era performance in 1992. The exhibition entitled, 'Music, Mud and Mayhem - 30 Years Of The Reading Festival' opens today and runs until 28 Nov.

Festival curator Matthew Williams said: "The Festival has very much become part of life in Reading over the last 30 or so years - almost everyone here is affected by it - either as fans or residents. It is a rite of passage that many young people go through and we are hoping to capture something of that sense of adventure in this exhibition."

Admission to the exhibition and to the Museum of Reading is free, and it's open Tuesday till Saturday 10am till 4pm, Sunday 11am till 4pm, and is closed every Monday.

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SQUAREPUSHER CANCELS HEADLINING FESTIVAL SHOW
Talking of Reading - Squarepusher has pulled out of this year's Carling Weekend Reading and Leeds Festivals. The drum & bass man was due to headline the dance stage at the festival but will not now be appearing due to "recording commitments", whatever that means.

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JET FORCED TO CANCEL V SETS
Talking of bands pulling out of festivals, Jet have been forced to pull out of this weekend's V Festival, where they were due to play on the NME stage, because of a death in the family. A statement issued by the group reads: "It is with great sadness that we announce that Mr John Cester, father of Nic and Chris Cester, died earlier this week. Therefore, the difficult decision has been reached to cancel the band's headline performance at this year's V Festival. At this dreadfully difficult time, we request that the privacy of Nic and Chris, and their family and friends is respected. Our sincere and heartfelt sympathy extends to Nic, Chris and the Cester family."

Denis Desmond, V Festival organiser, said: "Our sincere and heartfelt sympathy extends to Nic, Chris and the Cester family. It is regrettable that Jet will not be appearing but we and their fans will completely understand their decision."

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EAVIS ANNOUNCES FAIR TRADE FUNDRAISER
Elsewhere in festival type news, and Glastonbury girl Emily Eavis has announced details of 'Oxfam Presents', a gig to raise money for the 'Make Trade Fair' campaign, Chris Martin's favourite cause.
Artists confirmed so far for the gig at London's Hammersmith Apollo on 14 Sep include Jamelia, Razorlight, and the live singing debut of Minnie Driver, which should be interesting.

The actress said of her appearance at the gig: "It's terrifying, I've done a lot of it over the years but certainly not at the Hammersmith's Apollo with a fairly extraordinary line-up. It's really nerve wracking, but I don't think that feeling scared is not a good enough reason not to do stuff. There are some unbelievable people that are playing - some really special guests - which will be announced later on, but it really does promise to be the most incredible evening."

Tickets go on sale at midday today.

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HOPE OF THE STATES BACK TO BLIGHTY
Chichester's finest, Hope Of The States have announced a UK tour for this autumn. The band, who have just released 'Nemiah' - the second single from their debut album 'The Lost Riots', have just come back from touring Japan and Australia and are excited about playing in the UK. Singer Sam told reporters: "We've been around the world for the last few weeks, so we're just really looking forward to playing back in Blighty again."

Dates as follows:

Tuesday 19 Oct: Glasgow Garage
Thursday 21Oct: Newcastle University
Saturday 23 Oct: Bristol Anson Rooms
Monday 25 Oct: Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Tuesday 26 Oct: London Astoria
Wednesday 27 Oct: Norwich Waterfront
Friday 29 Oct: Birmingham Academy 2
Saturday 30 Oct: Manchester University
Sunday 31 Oct: Leeds Cockpit

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MARILYN MANSON IS AN ALIEN!
Marilyn Manson is to be the voice of an alien called Edgar who acts as the narrator in a new computer game called 'Area-51'. Needless to say, this game is based on the US's government's supposed alien research facility in Nevada, where conspiracy theorists believe the Roswell alien autopsies were carried out.

Manson told MTV: "The thing about 'Area-51' that was interesting to me was that I'd be portraying an alien who shares a lot of similar feelings that I do, such as a distaste for mankind in general. It's a game for people who don't necessarily trust the government, who don't trust everything they're told or taught in school. Edgar is only helping the player along out of spite or his own convenience. It's like a game to him. You don't really know if he's good or bad, he kind of represents both sides of the spectrum."

The game also uses the voice of 'The X Files' star David Duchovny.

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PHIL COLLINS CONFESSES HIS LOVE
Oh joy, Phil Collins has put together a collection of his best-known ballads for 'Love Songs: A Compilation ... Old and New'. The double-disc, 25-song album also features some live recordings and previously unreleased material.

Announcing the release Collins told reporters: "This is a collection of love songs that I've either written or co-written and that I consider to be amongst my best work, in addition to songs that have been written and admired by me from a distance, whilst secretly wishing that I had written them. There are also some songs here that I feel extremely close to, but were missed the first time around because of circumstances beyond their control."

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