CMU Daily - on the inside 6 Sep 2004
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Carl on the future of the Libertines
- Apple hit back at Microsoft music service
- SBN update
- Outkast deny Republican smear
- In The City announces guest speakers
- Imprisoned Shyne loses phone privileges
- Hundred Reasons cover the Smiths
- Ash and Darkness plan supergroup
- Badly Drawn Boy and REM sing for Sudan
- Dwight Yoakam sued by collaborator
- The Departure announce tour
- Donna Summer among first artists heading for Dance Hall Of Fame
- Jackson admits to past pay offs
- Busted crumple
- Alicia Keys' 'special thing' with Usher
- Cliff Richard signs to new label after 200 albums with EMI
- Wanna buy Noel's roller?
- Cabaret Voltaire release DVD
- Madonna beer


Well, the Libertines topped the charts yesterday with their eponymously titled second album - but, of course, the band's troubles continue with Libertine-in-exile Pete Doherty avoiding jail but getting a suspended sentence over knife possession charges last week.

Commenting on the continuing turmoil within the band, follow frontman Carl Barat has told Radio 1 that he hopes Pete's recent troubles won't affect the way people view the band: "I intended for the record to be seen as a record as opposed to being seen like a couple of celebrities doing celebrity stuff, it's a bit over the top being famous for the wrong things. I am certainly trying to not let that get in the way but it's pretty difficult really. I'm not at odds with him. I don't feel any animosity towards him. I'm at odds with what he hasn't come to recognise yet. Both Peter and I are fervently for not giving up. You can't get everyone's attention and say you've got something to give them and then not to. Whatever happens between the two of us I'm going to do my best to keep it together."


Apple Computers' VP of hardware marketing, Greg Joswiak, was predictably critical when interviewed about Microsoft's new MSN Music service last week. When asked about the latest competitor to Apple's iTunes, Joswiak told the Wall Street Journal: "I'm not sure that [Microsoft's store] is good enough in this case", adding that the Microsoft music platform does not work with the iPod, has half the number of tracks of iTunes and is "missing many features".

However, insiders say that Microsoft's launch of MSN Music last week was in essence a soft launch, and that any weaknesses would be ironed out in preparation for an official launch next week. One analyst told Reuters on Friday: "It has weaknesses that Apple has pointed out, but many of them are going to get fixed. Just because Microsoft's first offering doesn't solve all problems doesn't mean that they won't be around for a long time or soak up customers."

The fact MSN Music does not work with the iPod will not bother Microsoft too much - they point out that their service will work on tens of different MP3 players, whereas the Apple and Sony services are restricted to their own. And while Apple has had a real headstart in selling digital music, Microsoft will be hoping the close tie between their music service and the ever popular Microsoft Media Player will help them take a healthy share of the market as downloading goes mainstream.


More on the ongoing liquidation of the company behind the Student Broadcast Network - the sustaining service which supplied programming and funding to college radio stations around the UK. Creditors of SBN Limited have been told the company has less than £100,000 worth of assets but £3 million in debts - which doesn't bode well for creditors looking to secure their money. Although several companies have expressed an interest in buying SBN, it is likely they will want it's constituent parts rather than taking on the company as a going concern. SBN's parent company Campus Media is owed by far the biggest chunk of cash and therefore its debt is likely to be dealt with first. This means those student stations who were owed money by SBN are unlikely to see any cash.

The Student Radio Association are doing their best to support stations hit by the closure of SBN - and the Association plans to take over the running of the Student Radio Chart which SBN had administered for the last few years. Meanwhile Xfm are offering their output as a sustaining service to college radio stations. Although, unlike SBN, they cannot offer any sponsorship money, they do provide marketing support and training opportunities in addition to a sustaining service.


Outkast's Andre 3000 has been quick to deny he is a supporter of George W Bush and the Republican Party after he was seen at the Republican National Convention in New York last week. Rumours that he might have Republican leanings heightened when Bush's daughter Jenna name-checked Oukast in her convention speech to the Republicans.

She said: "Contrary to what you might read in the papers, our parents are actually kind of cool. They do know the difference between mono and Bono. When we tell them we're going to see Outkast, they know it's a band and not a bunch of misfits. And if we really beg them, they'll even shake it like a Polaroid picture."

But Andre soon put MTV straight on why he was in New York last week: "The reason why I'm here (is because) I'm doing a documentary on youth and voting. I guess people got wind that I was coming here for the Republican convention, (but) they really don't know the complete story. I wanted to clear it up. You had a lot of people around town, people in the streets, that heard I was supposed to be performing at the convention. A lot of people (are) riled up and upset, and that was never the case. It almost (leads) me to think, 'who put it out there that I was performing?' I don't know if it was to bring heat to a certain party. I just want to let people know that this is a non-partisan documentary I'm doing. Well, actually it wasn't a big scare, because whoever was on the radio saying they'd never buy another Outkast album, they probably wasn't true fans. True Outkast fans love the music. I understand the politics of it - it does matter who I vote for - but it's none of their business. If they like the music that's cool."


In The City organisers have announced details of key seminar themes and guest speakers set to appear at this year's conference later this month. Producer and owner of Whitfield Street Studios, Robin Millar, will deliver the Mature Monday keynote on 20 Sep, whilst In The City co-founder Anthony Wilson will interview songwriter Guy Chambers on 21 Sept. Other panel sessions and guests include:

Now I'm a Manager: Marc Marot, Harry Magee, Howard Berman, Paul Conroy and Paul Burger.

The Darkness Story: Korda Marshall (record company boss), Andy Hart (press officer), Marc Brown (plugger), Pete Thompson (distributor and investor). The panel will be moderated by David Owen, The Darkness's biographer.

Keeping It Real: Wayne Hector (Westlife, Pop Idol), Ricky Ross (Deacon Blue, Ronan Keating) and John McLaughlin (Busted, Five).

The Producer Panel: Liam Watson, Dave Eringa, Owen Morris, Mark Hill and Greg Haver discuss the way their craft has evolved in recent times.

How Do We Improve The 10% Hit Rate? Hugh Goldsmith (Atomic Kitten, Blue, Natalie Imbruglia) and Nick Raymonde (Take That, Cooper Temple Clause).

The Mature A&R Panel: Paul Conroy, Mike Pickering and Dave Robinson. The moderator will be Nick Stewart.

Where Have All The Music Journalists Gone? Everett True, John Robb and Casper Llewellyn Smith.
Testing 1, 2 - The Licensing Act in 2005: Feargal Sharkey delivers the keynote.

The Radio Explosion: Mark Goodier moderates a panel looking at the massive growth in UK radio stations in recent times and how this affects both the radio landscape as a whole and the music industry. Former plugger turned record company boss Guy Holmes joins programmer Richard Park, amongst others, to examine the issues.

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Imprisoned rapper Shyne ain't impressed that prison authorities have stopped him from running an international music career from his prison cell - that is to say, they've cut his phone privileges. As previously reported, Shyne, who is in jail for his alleged role in a shooting in a New York club, has signed up to Island Def Jam and will release a new album very soon. He got into trouble after allegedly using the prison phone to record new raps and to give media interviews - prison phone privileges are meant for personal calls only.

In a letter faxed to MTV (presumably fax privileges remain) Shyne said last week: "The Shyne movement will not be censored. I categorically deny any intentional wrongdoing. The extreme measures taken by the department of incorrection to suspend my phone privileges and deny the media access are draconian at best. Such extreme steps are taken only with the most dangerous or disruptive inmates; I qualify as neither. This is about me inadvertently failing to comply with [their] Taliban phone rules, which amount to blackmail and extortion."


Hundred Reasons are to release a cover of The Smiths' classic 'How Soon Is Now?' on 27 Sep. The rockers have also recorded a further three covers for the B-sides, The Bangles' 'Eternal Flame', Tracy Chapman's 'Fast Car' and 'Back In Black' by AC/DC, who they supported last year. Folowing their split from Sony the new single will be released by Sorepoint Records.

Meanwhile the band have confirmed a number of dates for Nov, as follows:

3 Nov: Bristol Fleece
4 Nov: Birmingham Carling Academy
5 Nov: Leicester Charlotte
6 Nov: Liverpool Carling Academy
8 Nov: Aberdeen Lemon Tree
9 Nov: Edinburgh The Venue
10 Nov: Glasgow King Tuts Wah Wah Hut
11 Nov: Newcastle Northumbria University
12 Nov:Leeds Cockpit
14 Nov: Manchester Carling Academy
15 Nov: Brighton Concorde
17 Nov: London Electric Ballroom
19 Nov: Oxford Zodiac
20 Nov: Reading Fez Club
22 Nov: Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
23 Nov: Exeter Lemon Grove)
25 Nov: Cardiff Coal Exchange
26 Nov: Milton Keynes Woughton Centre


Surely everyone loves a supergroup. Well, Ash's Tim Wheeler, Justin Hawkins from The Darkness and Har Mar Superstar are all reportedly involve in creating a new one.

Ash bassist Mark Hamilton told Xfm last week: "Tim's been talking with Justin and Har Mar about putting together this new band called White Slave. Har Mar's gonna sing and Tim and Justin are gonna be duelling guitarists. They're still trying to find a drummer at the minute, as well as a bass player. Would I do it? Nah, it all sounds a bit Spinal Tap for me."

Justin Hawkins confirmed he was involved in a new band called White Slave at a recent press conference, but added: "I would prefer not to speak of that matter at this exact time. I'd like to concentrate on my side project The Darkness."


Badly Drawn Boy and REM are among the many artists contributing songs to an album to raise money for the refugees in Sudan.

The new fundraiser follows reports from the UN which said the current situation in the Darfur region is the world's worst humanitarian crisis. Fighting between government troops and rebels for the last 18 months has led to around 50,000 deaths and 1.4 million people fleeing their homes.

The new album, released via Oxfam's, will also feature tracks from David Gray, Faithless, Jet and Ash The download album is selling for £7.99, with £5 going directly to the Oxfam Sudan appeal.

On the project Badly Drawn Boy told reporters: "Men, women, and children are still dying every day in Sudan. People like us might not have the power to stop the violence but at least we can try and help the people affected by it. Oxfam is already saving lives, the least we can do is help them to save more."


American country singer Dwight Yoakam is being sued by his longtime music director, guitarist and producer Pete Anderson following allegations he breached an oral contract by failing to perform some 2002 tour dates.

The successful partnership of Anderson and Yoakam began in 1983 - they have made 16 records together, 10 of which achieved gold or platinum status in the US.

But things turned sour in 2002 when Yoakam allegedly pulled out of a previously agreed tour with Anderson Anderson, depriving the producer of $45,000 in fees and his 25% net of the profit. He is seeking damages for his losses.


Upcoming post-punk rockers The Departure have confirmed their debut headline tour. Following support slots with the likes of The Killers and gaining comparisons with Joy Division and Interpol, the band's debut single 'All Mapped Out' hit the top 30. The Departure's next single, 'Be My Enemy', is out on 18 Oct. Live dates are as follows:

4 Oct: Southampton Lennons
5 Oct: Northampton Soundhaus
6 Oct: Oxford Zodiac
7 Oct: Brighton Zap Club
8 Oct: Cardiff Barfly
10 Oct: Birmingham Bar Academy
11Oct: Liverpool Barfly
12 Oct: York Fibbers
13 Oct: Glasgow Barfly
14 Oct: Aberdeen Moshulu
16 Oct: Newcastle University
17 Oct: Manchester Night & Day
18 Oct: London ICA


Donna Summer, the Bee Gees and producer Giorgio Moroder will be among the first artists to be inducted into a new Dance Music Hall Of Fame at a ceremony in New York later this month. They are among the artists chosen by a panel of 1000 dance music professionals to receive the honour. The tracks 'Don't Leave Me This Way' and 'Shame' will also be inducted.

Moroder, of course, was the producer who worked with Donna Summer on the 1974 hit 'Love To Love You Baby'. By remixing that track into a 17-minute epic Moroder created the concept of the extended dance mix.

Announcing the launch of the Dance Music Hall Of Fame, one of its board members, Tommy Boy founder Thomas Silverman, told reporters: "Since the beginning, the dance music genre has been largely ignored and dismissed by most of the music industry press and other music industry professionals. Through the Dance Music Hall of Fame we will be able to give proper credit to these great music industry pioneers."


More, yes more, from the world of Michael Jackson. Jacko has admitted that he has paid other people who have threatened him with legal action in the past in order to avoid public embarrassment. The singer told reporters that "years ago" he had paid "certain people" who "wanted to exploit my concern for children". The statement followed rumours on Friday that he had paid $2m (£1.1m) to a former employee's son to avoid a child molestation accusation.

In the statement Jacko said: "Years ago, I settled with certain individuals because I was concerned about my family and the media scrutiny that would have ensued if I fought the matter in court. These people wanted to exploit my concern for children by threatening to destroy what I believe in and what I do. I have been a vulnerable target for those who want money."

So now you know.


Busted singer James Bourne has apparently collapsed with heat stroke. According to the Daily Mirror the incident happened after an air conditioning unit failed on the band's tour bus as they were travelling through the Colorado desert. Apparently outside temperatures had reached 110 degrees when the air conditioning stopped.

A source told the paper: "It was a nightmare for James. The heat was horrific and the boys were already tired from working so hard. As the temperature rose James became sick but because the band had to get to their next destination they couldn't stop. It was a typical case of heat stroke - feeling faint, the shakes, a terrible headache. Obviously it can be a very serious illness so a doctor was called immediately to check he'd be OK. Once James had been looked over, he was told to get plenty of rest and drink lots of water. The bus continued without air con until it arrived at the next city on the route. Thankfully, James recovered fine. He's a real trouper."

The silver lining to this cloud is that Busted, who are on a three month tour of the US, are being filmed by MTV for a reality show. Presumably they can make a whole episode around the title 'the day James got heat stroke'.


Alicia Keys has been talking about her recent collaboration with Usher. As well as making her own new single 'Karma' and compiling a book of poetry and un-released lyrics called 'Tears For Water', the singer has found time to go in the studio with Usher to record 'My Boo':

Keys: "'My Boo' is probably the topic of choice for people but it's actually a really sweet record about the first time that you kinda start feeling somebody. Even though you may move on later, you still always remember that one person that you had a very special thing with. So that's what it's about."


Cliff Richard has confirmed he will release his new album, 'Something's Going On', on Decca Records, ending his 200 album and 45 year relationship with London based major EMI. The new album will be released on 1 Nov, with the title track released as a single in Oct.

On the album and his new label Cliff told reporters: "The enthusiasm and confidence which everyone feels about my new album has given me a new lease of life".


Noel Gallagher's Rolls Royce is for sale on eBay, Alan McGee gave Gallagher the car during the band's mid-90s peak even though Noel couldn't drive - Gallagher later sold it on. Now the 1978 car is being auctioned on eBay and bidding has already gone from £9,000 to £11,400. The seller claims that the metallic brown and cream car remains in good condition, and that there's a vehicle registration document signed by Gallagher himself.

McGee said at the time: "Noel had always said he wanted a Rolls-Royce if he ever made it, and I suddenly thought why not get him one? He's sold six million records in the last year - if that's what the guy wants I'll buy him a Rolls-Royce. I just loved it as a rock 'n' roll gesture."


Pioneering electronic band Cabaret Voltaire are to release a DVD on 18 Oct called 'Double Vision Presents Cabaret Voltaire'. On its original release in 1982, 'Double Vision Presents Cabaret Voltaire' was one of the first independent long form videos ever made and features fourteen visual representations of Cabaret Voltaire tracks including 'Nag Nag Nag',
'Obsession' and 'Diskono'.

The communications company Double Vision was founded by Cabaret Voltaire and Paul Smith in 1982, initially as a vehicle for this particular release but also with a view to releasing affordable music based videos. Further releases included Throbbing Gristle, Derek Jarman, The Residents, Einstürzende Neubauten, 23 Skidoo, and many others. The company also organised various audio visual events and club nights around England. The label continued throughout the 80's and left behind an interesting legacy of experimental visual arts and music.


A beer has been brewed and named after Madonna to commemorate the singer's visit to Manchester on her Re-invention tour. Called Material Girl Ale, the bottles feature a similar design to the cover of Madonna's 'Immaculate Collection' album. If you're interested, the fruity ale brewed by JW Lees has a 7.5% alcohol content.

A spokesperson for the brewery told reporters: "We brewed the ale to mark Madonna's return to Manchester after ten years... We gave her a crate of bottles to drink backstage but we're not sure if she tried it."

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