CMU Daily - on the inside 7 Sep 2004
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Gay rights group turn to BBC in campaign against MOBOs
- Mercury outsider talks up fellow finalists
- C4 recruit Park to help with radio ambitions
- Nirvana box set on the way
- Mean Fiddler do deal with Shazam
- Kings Of Leon dates
- Anderson and Butler reunite
- Single Review: Luxembourg - What The Housewives Don't Tell You
- Beta Band final tour
- Manics return
- Delays announce UK tour
- Blu's blood clot drama
- Romance for Doherty
- REM headline Oxfam gig
- Embrace plan more secret gigs
- Album Review: Mousse T - Right About Now
- French music industry suffers sales decline
- Jay Kay gets driving ban
- Free Packet Of Three tour
- Sum 41 frontman makes acting debut
- ATP presents: the Nightmare Before Christmas
- Slash made into a doll

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GAY RIGHTS GROUP TURN TO BBC IN CAMPAIGN AGAINST MOBOS
Gay rights group OutRage have turned the attention of their campaign against Jamaican artists they accuse of being homophobic onto the BBC. Campaigners are putting pressure onto the broadcaster to axe its plans to screen this year's MOBO Awards where some of the artist's OutRage object to are nominated. They say the BBC should not show the awards ceremony unless organisers withdraw nominations for Jamaican acts Elephant Man and Vybz Kartel.

While the BBC say they will go ahead and broadcast a highlights show from the awards, the Observer newspaper has revealed a survey of its readers showed two thirds supported OutRage's call for the BBC to axe the awards show because of the homophobic artists likely to appear.

The BBC have stressed they will not broadcast any homophobic lyrics or comments should they occur during the awards, but OutRage boss Peter Tatchell says that is not enough: "By giving them coverage, the BBC will be boosting their reputations, publicising them to a wider audience, and lending credibility and legitimacy to their violent hate-mongering. Singers who advocate the murder of minority groups should be shunned, not rewarded with prime-time exposure on national television".

Rumour has it both Elephant Man and Vybz Kartel might release statements distancing themselves from past homophobic lyrics before the MOBOs. However a similar statement from fellow dance hall artist Beenie Man earlier this year had little affect on campaigners.

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MERCURY OUTSIDER TALKS UP FELLOW FINALISTS
With The Streets currently favourite to win tonight's Mercury Music Prize, one of the outsiders on the finalist list has been talking up his competitors. Robert Wyatt, who is nominated for his jazz-influenced album 'Cuckooland', has told the BBC: "I can't even imagine winning. It's a ludicrous idea."

On his competitors he continues: "There was one I bought already, Jamelia. I like that black British thing. I came across Amy Winehouse's wonderful attitude without hearing her, on (BBC TV show Never Mind The) Buzzcocks. She was fast and funny, she's just got something, like Streisand. I've now got the CD and it's very good. The Streets is nice and fresh, and Belle & Sebastian have lovely lyrics. The big surprise in terms of production and lyrics was Ty, who I'd never heard."

On his own nomination he added: "What I'm really happy about is just being able to bring my stuff to a wider audience. It's not pop, rock 'n' roll or jazz. It's not accessible. I don't do gigs. I don't promote myself. The fact that (people) have still made the effort to listen is what matters."

The Mercury Music Prize judges will decide which of the finalists should be named album of the year at a London ceremony tonight. Finalists Franz Ferdinand, Basement Jaxx, Amy Winehouse and Jamelia are all due to perform.

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C4 RECRUIT PARK TO HELP WITH RADIO AMBITIONS
Channel 4 have recruited former Capital Radio programming boss Richard Park to help develop the previously reported Channel 4 radio station. Park will work Channel 4's partners on the project, Unique.

Although the station was originally billed as a talk station - most probably replacing Unique's existing Oneword digital station - it now seems some music programming will be included.

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NIRVANA BOX SET ON THE WAY
According to rumours on the net a Nirvana box set could be released on 22 Nov just in time for the Christmas market. The band's fansite, http://www.nirvanaclub.com, claim that sources have revealed that the package will contain three CDs and a DVD. The release is also expected to feature rare Nirvana recordings and solo demos from Kurt Cobain.

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MEAN FIDDLER DO DEAL WITH SHAZAM
Mean Fiddler have signed a deal with Shazam to link their download platform to the 'what's-that-tune' mobile service. Shazam is that service where you point your phone at speaker and it tells you the name of the song you're listening to. As far as we can make out, the new partnership will mean that once Shazam has identified a track you will be invited to buy it via the Mean Fiddler digital download platform.

Announcing the new deal Mean Fiddler boss Vince Power told reporters: "This is a tremendous opportunity for Mean Fiddler to capitalise on the most popular method of paying for legal downloads, as our research indicates that 67% of all legal downloads are paid for using mobile phones. We plan to extend our digital music services across Europe, the US and Asia, and this deal testifies to our commitment to achieving that goal".

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KINGS OF LEON DATES
Kings of Leon have announced two headline UK live dates to promote new album 'A-Ha Shake Heartbreak' which is released on 1 Nov:

30 Oct: London Kentish Town Forum
2 Nov: Brighton Dome

The album relase will be preceded by a single - 'The Bucket' - on 25 Oct.

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ANDERSON AND BUTLER REUNITE
Brett Anderson has almost finished the album he is making with former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler.

As previously reported, after Suede split up last year, Anderson teamed up with Butler, who had walked out of the band in 1994. Talking about the new album on Suede's web site Anderson says: "Me and Bernard are back in a London studio putting the finishing touches on what is shaping up to be a truly special record.

Usually by this point in making any album I go through a period of doubt about its quality but this time the songs are just getting better. My drive, direction and focus, which became clouded towards the end of my work with Suede, are all back with a vengeance and both me and Bernard are excited about being back in the game."

The album will be finished next month, and is expected to be released at the start of next year. The pair are also expected to team up with a new band of musicians for a gig in December.

Anderson is also working on a solo album, described as "dark and melancholic".

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SINGLE REVIEW: Luxembourg - What The Housewives Don't Tell You (Dogbox Records)
Luxembourg have already impressed with their moody melodramatic songs. This single has something more of a hard-edged rock feel than their regular sound but it still has the electro flourishes which they're known for. The souped up synth sound melds perfectly with the visceral guitar sound to fabulous effect. David Shah's lyrics are typically sharp; he is trapped in a Morrisseyian suburban hell of thwarted love: "Why did you ask me out when you knew you couldn't deliver/I don't care if you never make a move... I could make more tea." B-side 'Close Cropped' is intriguingly ambiguous. Luxembourg launch their single tonight at the Islington Academy. Well worth going along. JW
Release date: 6 Sep
Press contact: davidbarnett@macunlimited.net

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BETA BAND FINAL TOUR
The Beta Band have announced full details of their farewell tour which, as previously reported, kicks off in Glasgow on 11 Nov. Dates as follows:

11 Nov: Glasgow Academy
12 Nov: Leeds University
13 Nov: Liverpool Academy
14 Nov: Middlesborough Town Hall
15 Nov: Liverpool Academy
17 Nov: Nottingham Rock City
18 Nov: Cardiff Uni-solus
19 Nov: Manchester Academy
20 Nov: Sheffield Leadmill
22 Nov: Bournemouth International Centre
23 Nov: Brighton Concorde 2
24 Nov: Norwich UEA
26 Nov: Northampton Roadmender
27 Nov: Oxford Zodiac
28 Nov: Cambridge Junction
29 Nov: London Shepherds Bush Empire

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MANICS RETURN
Staying with tour dates - and the Manic Street Preachers have announced a huge arena tour for December to follow the release of their seventh album 'Life Blood' on 1 Nov. Razorlight are supporting most dates, with the Hope Of The States supporting at the Brighton date.

Dates as follows:
4 Dec: Brighton Centre
6 Dec: Belfast Waterfront
7 Dec: Dublin Olympia
9 Dec: London Wembley Arena
10 Dec: Plymouth Pavilions
11 Dec: Nottingham Arena
13 Dec: Cardiff International Arena
14 Dec: Glasgow SECC
16 Dec: Birmingham NEC
17 Dec: Manchester MEN Arena

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DELAYS ANNOUNCE UK TOUR
Some more tour dates for you - and this one got us all very very excited (well, two of us). Southampton's premier band, Delays, have announced a UK tour to precede new single 'Lost in A Melody' which is scheduled for release on 25 Oct. Dates are:

14 Oct: Wolverhampton Wulfrun
15 Oct: Edinburgh Liquid Rooms
16 Oct: Sheffield Leadmill
17 Oct: Cambridge Junction
19 Oct: Brighton Concorde
21 Oct: Loughborough University
22 Oct: London Sheperds Bush Empire
23 Oct: Leeds Cockpit
24 Oct: Preston Mill
26 Oct: Warwick University

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BLU'S BLOOD CLOT DRAMA
Singer Blu Cantrell had to cancel her South African tour after she collapsed after getting deep vein thrombosis on a flight from Los Angeles to Johannesburg.

According to The Sun Cantrell was taken to a local hospital where doctors diagnosed a blood clot caused by DVT. She spent three days in hospital. An insider said: "She is fine now but it was a serious situation. It could have been fatal."

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ROMANCE FOR DOHERTY
Surely it's time for a Pete Doherty story? Well, this just in - Pete Doherty has apparently found love with singer Dot Allison.

Allison, probably best known for her work with Massive Attack, was with Doherty when he appeared in court last week on charges of possessing a knife. According to The Sun, Doherty now intends on moving in with her after being evicted from his flat. And Allison has said she will help Doherty to beat the drug addiction which led him to be thrown out of The Libertines.

The two singers are long-time friends, but they have only recently become romantically involved. Allison owns a music studio in East London near Doherty's home. She also sang with him on his solo tour last month.

An insider said: "Dot really cares for Peter in a big way. It's far more than just a music industry fling, it's more like an old-fashioned romance. They have been writing love poems to each other as well as phoning and texting. Dot and Pete were together constantly last month when she supported him on his solo tour.

Then she had to jet off to play with Massive Attack but she made sure she flew in to be by Pete's side when he appeared in court earlier this week. She has vowed to stand by him and try to help him beat his addictions."

Let's keep our fingers crossed Dot can help Mr Doherty sort himself out once and for all.

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REM HEADLINE OXFAM GIG
Don't tell anyone, cos it's a secret ... REM are the 'secret' headline act at Oxfam's Make Trade Fair gig next week. The headliner's identity was meant to be kept secret until the night of the gig but keyboard player Ken Stringfellow accidentally gave the game away. He wrote on website http://www.murmurs.com that he would be playing with REM at the charity gig.

The concert is at London's Hammersmith Apollo on Tuesday, 14 Sep. Also on the bill are Minnie Driver, The Thrills, Razorlight and Jamelia.

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EMBRACE PLAN MORE SECRET GIGS
More secrets. Embrace have revealed they are to play a secret UK tour from 24 Sep. Obviously the tour itself isn't secret - they've just announced it. It is the venues that are secret.

Fans will be told the secret locations of the gigs via text messages sent to their mobile phones. To register to receive details of the gigs visit Embrace's website http://www.secretgig.com.

The band had their most recent secret gig on Shepherds Bush Green last Friday (3 Sep). NME report that hours before their sell out show at the Shepherds Bush Empire, hundreds of fans holding white balloons (presumably it made for a nice photo) turned out to see an acoustic set. Singer Danny McNamara said: "Don't let go of the balloons, we're on the Heathrow flight path and we'll all be in trouble if you do!" The band's forthcoming album is titled 'Out Of Nothing'.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Mousse T - Right About Now (Free2Air Recordings)
Mousse T highlights his talents as a musical maestro on his brand new album 'Right About Now'. Mousse is probably best known for his worldwide hit singles 'Sex Bomb' (with Tom Jones, of course) and 'Horny'. However, in a break from his most popular sound, this ingenious album uses heavy guitar riffs, catchy pop tunes, combined with hints of German dance/electro music, percussion and a dash of sincere humour. Mousse provides the slick production and there is a whole host of featured artists including ex-Strangler Hugh Cornwall, UK soul star Andrew Roachford, feisty vocalist Emma Lanford, the multi talented Kathleen Chaplin (granddaughter of Charlie Chaplin btw) and even an unknown busker called James Kakande - all of whom bring their own unique personality, feel and energy onto this organic album. Mouuse T is a musical mastermind and his album is more than likely to be the least appreciated album of the year.
Release date: 13 Sep
Press Contact: Free2Air IH [CP, RP, NP] Anglo [CR, RR, NR]

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FRENCH MUSIC INDUSTRY SUFFERS SALES DECLINE
While the music industry in the UK and US seems to have been enjoying commercial growth in the last year with both the numbers of units sold and overall profit up, less good news from the French music industry this week. The Syndicat National de l'Edition Phonographique has revealed music sales in France are down for the first half of 2004.

Music sales amounted to Euro 652m in the first half of the year, which is down 13.8% on last year, while in terms of volume 48.7 million units were sold, which is down from 55 million last year.

However, more in line with other music markets, the biggest drop in sales was in the singles market. The number of singles sold fell a massive 25.6%, while the decline in the number of albums shifted was closer to 6%.

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JAY KAY GETS DRIVING BAN
Jay Kay has received a six month driving ban after being caught doing 105mph.

As previously reported, the Jamiroquai singer was stopped by police for speeding on the A9 near Perth earlier this year. Kay had been driving from his Highland getaway in Gairloch, Ross-shire to his 75-acre estate in Horsenden, Buckingamshire, when he was clocked exceeding the 70mph speed limit on 26 Feb.

He pleaded guilty to the charges earlier this year, explaining to the court in a written statement that: "I was returning from my house in Gairloch to England for an important appointment. I'd set out early in the morning but had become stuck behind slow moving traffic on the single-carriageway road. That meant I had been travelling for four hours at an average of about 30 miles an hour by this stage. I was not driving a fast sports car but a four-wheel drive vehicle which meant I wanted to make the most of this overtaking opportunity. I appreciate the maximum penalty for this offence could lead to the loss of my licence and this is a matter of grave concern to me."

That apparent plea for leniency didn't wash with Sheriff Robert McCreadie when Jay Kay went to court this week for sentencing. He said the singer's conduct was "entirely unacceptable", and imposed a fine of £750 and six month driving ban.

The singer has three previous convictions for driving offences and is renowned for his love of fast cars. Kay left court in a blacked out Audi driven by a minder after describing his court appearance to reporters as "thrilling".

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FREE PACKET OF THREE TOUR
Oh my God it's Freshers' Week time again. Which means our College Media Network relaunches (more on that later this week), Chris' law classes start up again (none on that later this week), and lots of great music events take place in students' unions everywhere.

Among those great events is the 'Packet of Three' tour which will do the rounds of the students' unions over the next couple of weeks. Three of five bands will play at each night - Chikinki, Dogs, Cherry Falls, Agent Blue and 747s. The gigs are free for participating Freshers at each university. Dates as follows:

13 Sep: Teviot Row Union, Edinburgh University: Chikinki, Cherry Falls, Dogs
21 Sep: Manchester Jabez Cleg: Chikinki, Dogs, Agent Blue
27 Sep: Leeds Union Bar: Chikinki, Dogs, Cherry Falls
28 Sep: Liverpool Academy: Cherry Falls, Agent Blue, 747s
4 Oct: Cardiff Soulus Nightclub: Chikinki, Cherry Falls, 747s
8 Oct: Bristol Students Union: Chikinki, Agent Blue, 747s

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SUM 41 FRONTMAN MAKES ACTING DEBUTSum 41's frontman Deryck Whibley is set to make his acting debut as Carmen Electra's love interest in the film 'Dirty Love'. The film also stars Jenny McCarthy who wrote the script.

According to imdb.com the film is "a modern day Cinderella story which sees disaster prone Rebecca (McCarthy) embark on an outrageous and hilarious journey in search of true love." Whibley will play the part of Tony, while the rest of his bandmates will also appear in the film.

A press release from the film;s producer says: "Their goofy antics and great live performance will add to the comedic flavor and mood of the film. " Super.

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ATP PRESENTS: THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS
The organisers of ever fine All Tomorrow's Parties have announced a new festival; The Nightmare Before Christmas. Curated in its inaugural year by controversial British artists, Jake and Dinos Chapman, the event will be held at Camber Sands Holiday Centre, East Sussex on 3-5 Dec. Headlining the festival will be the legendary Throbbing Gristle and Mercury Rev. Also confirmed are Shellac, Peaches, The Fall, Violent Femmes, The Minutemen, Carl Craig, Wolf Eyes, Lightning Bolt, a Skam Records room and a Mego Records room and more to come.

Tickets are £120, including a 3-day festival pass and 3 nights accommodation. Like the annual April event, ticket includes performances starting from mid-afternoon with bars and DJ sets through till dawn, plus three nights in a self-catering chalet accommodation all with private bathroom suites. Onsite facilities include an indoor swimming pool, mini-golf, go-karting, restaurants & fast food outlets as well as a supermarket and off-license. In fact, all sorts of luvly things.

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SLASH MADE INTO A DOLL
Slash, over here touring with new band Velvet Revolver, has been talking to Radio 1 about being made into a doll. A toy company which has already made dolls of stars like Ozzy Osbourne and Kiss has announced they are working on a Slash model.

Slash told Radio 1: "It's not an action figure, you know, I don't have a Rambo thing going on, it's a model of me playing guitar which is more or less based around a photo that was taken from a video and they're just making a plastic thing out of it. How does it feel? I don't know man, I'll know a little bit better when I actually see it, you know".

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