CMU Daily - on the inside 9 Sep 2004
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Bertelsmann profits up
- Full FCC fine for CBS gets approved
- Bloc Party take off
- [The Real] Tuesday weld support Magnetic Fields
- Album Review: Radio 4 - Stealing Of A Nation
- Fatboy Slim's charity beard shave
- VH1 launch hip hop awards
- Oasis; work in progress
- I'm a Hear'say singer get me out of here!
- Datsuns are outta sight
- Starbucks enjoy success with Ray Charles release
- Ienner adds CEO to Sony US role
- Stones invite fans to the circus
- Tears For Fears love a happy ending
- The Verve reveal unheard songs
- Death From Above 1979
- Roger Waters fights war online
- Single Review: PJ Harvey - Shame
- Travis and Starsailor to play free gigs
- ITV3 to launch on Freeview
- Martine and Denise get their kits off for Will
- Doherty and White shot and hung
- Franz say no to groupies

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BERTELSMANN PROFITS UP
Good news for Germany's entertainment giant this week. Recent cost cutting has helped secure BMG parent company Bertelsmann a four times increase in profits. In the first half of this year profits rose to Euros 446 million, up from Euros 100 million in the same period the previous year.

Although Bertelsmann's TV and publishing divisions played a particular role in boosting profits, improved performance at BMG also contributed. The music division returned to an operating profit of E74 million, compared with a loss of E135 million a year earlier. That success was due to a combination of downsizing, general recovery in the music sector and the success of key artists like Avril Lavigne, Usher and Outkast. It remains to be seen if the merger of BMG with Sony further boosts Bertelsmann's profits in the next set of figures.

Commenting on the profits rise Bertelsmann chief executive Gunter Thielen told reporters: "Our recent consolidation efforts are paying off and we are back on a growth track."

Elsewhere in Bertelsmann news, and the media conglom have denied rumours they are in talks with the BBC about acquiring their commercial division BBC Worldwide, although the Financial Times says the German entertainment firm are one of three the BBC is talking to regarding the future of Worldwide.

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FULL FCC FINE FOR CBS GETS APPROVED
Sources within the US media regulator, the FCC, say that the organisation's five commissioners have unanimously approved recommendations from their staff to fine the 20 CBS owned TV stations that broadcast Janet Jackson's now legendary Nipplegate performance at the Superbowl earlier this year. Each station will be fined the maximum $27,500 for breaking indecency rules, bringing the total fine to $550,000. Other TV stations that syndicated CBS's broadcast of the half time show will not be fined.

FCC staff recommended that a full fine be applied to CBS some months ago after the outrage in the US press that followed the incident. However commissioners only rubber stamped the proposals last week. A formal statement regarding the fine is expected in the next few days.

Commenting on the possible fine, CBS spokesperson Dana McClintock told reporters this week: "We would be extremely disappointed in such a ruling. While we regret that the incident occurred and have apologized to our viewers, we continue to believe that nothing in the Super Bowl broadcast violated indecency laws."

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BLOC PARTY TAKE OFF
Bloc Party are to release a new single called 'Helicopter' on 25 Oct, a follow-up to their Top 40 hit, 'Little Thoughts'. The single comes from the band's yet to be titled debut album which is set for release in early 2005. The CD release will feature bonus tracks 'Always New Depths' and ' Tulips' (Minotaur Shock Mix), whilst the 7" features 'Skeleton'.

The band will precede the release with a series of UK live dates, as follows:

10 Oct: Brighton, Concorde
11 Oct: Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms
12 Oct: London, Lock 17
13 Oct: Bristol, Fleece and Firkin
15 Oct: Liverpool, Barfly
16 Oct: Wrexham, Central Station
17 Oct: Cardiff, Iforbach
18 Oct: Leeds, Cockpit
20 Oct: Birmingham, Academy 2
21 Oct Hull, Welly Club
22 Oct: Newcastle, Northumbria Uni
23 Oct: Middlesborough, Empire
25 Oct: Aberdeen, Lemon Tree
26 Oct: Edinburgh, The Venue
27 Oct: Glasgow, King Tuts
28 Oct: Nottingham, Club NME
30 Oct: Sheffield, Leadmill
31 Oct: Manchester, Night and Day

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[THE REAL] TUESDAY WELD SUPPORT MAGNETIC FIELDS
Idiosyncratic popsters [The Real] Tuesday Weld, named after a cult 1960s actress, have announced a tour supporting the Magnetic Fields. The band released their debut single 'The Ugly and the Beautiful' in Aug and a new single 'Bathtime in Clerkenwell' will be released in Nov.

The dates are:
10 Oct: Royal Festival Hall
26 Oct: Queens Hall, Edinburgh
27 Oct:Corn Exchange Cambridge
29 Oct: Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
30 Oct: RNCM, Manchester
31 Oct: Olympia, Dublin, Ireland

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ALBUM REVIEW: Radio 4 - Stealing Of A Nation (City Slang)
With its precision-tooled dance beats and liberally scattered electronic effects all coalescing with some urgent, fevered guitars, 'SOAN' is very much akin to an amphetamine-fuelled New Order, trying to recreate their pioneering sound of 1983, only ten years later. When it works ('Party Crashers', 'Absolute Affirmation', 'State Of Alert'), it's a thrilling, incendiary listen. There's nothing here revolutionary or particularly original, but at its best it sounds unstoppable. At its worst, though, it sounds like Interpol on a bad day trying to be The Happy Mondays at their most dull (or, er, vice versa). 'Nation', meanwhile, breaks the album's mould slightly and is simply begging for a dark and brooding remix from someone like The Orb or Andy Weatherall. Featuring a terrifying, spindly guitar riff and suggesting a love of The Specials, it's possibly the best goth-dub song since Bauhaus' 'Bela Lugosi's Dead'.The perfect soundtrack, then, for actual murder on the dancefloor. MS
Release date: 13 Sep
Press contact: City Slang IH [CP, RP, NP] Anglo Plugging [CR, RR, NR]

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FATBOY SLIM'S CHARITY BEARD SHAVE
This just in from the Bestival team (it all kicks off tomorrow, don't forget).

One of the festival's headliners, Norman Cook, will be shaving a beard during the Isle of Wight fest, but it's not his own beard. Gavin Stone, a local of the Isle of Wight, has been growing a beard for a year for charity and Norman has kindly offered his hand for the official shave. Gavin's beard is now more than 25cm long (you can see it at http://www.beardforcharity.org.uk).

Cook told CMU: "I hope Gavin is as excited about this as I am! I've never shaved another man before, I'm rubbish at wet shaving too. I use an electric at home so I hope nothing goes wrong!"

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VH1 LAUNCH HIP HOP AWARDS
A new hip hop awards show organised by VH1 will be staged at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom on 3 Oct. DJ Kool Herc, DJ Hollywood, KRS-One, Public Enemy, Rock Steady Crew, Run DMC, Sugar Hill Gang and the late Tupac Shakur are among the artists who will receive one of VH1's 'Hip Hop Honours', while Beastie Boys, Nas, Public Enemy, Sugar Hill Gang, Chic and Nas will all perform at the event. The proceedings will be screening on VH1 in the US on 12 Oct.

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OASIS: WORK IN PROGRESS
Noel Gallagher has been talking about progress on the much delayed new Oasis album following news the band planned to ditch the new tracks they have so far developed after a lukewarm reception to new material at Glastonbury.

Speaking to Radio 1, Gallagher said: "We've finished about 4 tracks now, so I think, hopefully in an ideal world we'll have a single out by the end of the year but it's probably looking like it'll be Feb next year."

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I'M A HEAR'SAY SINGER GET ME OUT OF HERE!
Getting reality show withdrawal syndrome? Well, fear not, because another series of the jungle show is looming. According to the Daily Star former Hear'Say singer Myleene Klass will join Big Ron Atkinson, Nancy Dell'Olio and Stan Collymore on the next series of 'I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here', which will screen on ITV in Nov.

Word is Myleene is terrified of spiders and insects and is insisting on a session with hypnotist Paul McKenna to cure of her phobia before she braves the jungle. A source told the paper: "Myleene is scared but at the same time really excited about taking part. She saw what the show did for Kerry McFadden and thinks it will raise her profile. As an avid fan of the series, Myleene knows what the bushtucker trials entail and it frightens her."

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DATSUNS ARE OUTTA SIGHT
The Datsuns have announced details of a new single and tour. They will release 'Girl's Best Friend' on 11 Oct - the second single from their second album 'Outta Sight Outta Mind'. It comes backed with new songs 'Charging Rhino', 'Conversation Killer' and 'Atom Bomb'. They also play the following UK shows, with support from The Sights:

26 Sep: London Astoria
27 Sep: Wolverhampton Wulfrun
28 Sep: Manchester Academy
29 Sep: Glasgow QMU

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STARBUCKS ENJOY SUCCESS WITH RAY CHARLES RELEASE
Starbuck's Hear Music offshoot is enjoying some early success with that new, and as it turns out posthumous, album from Ray Charles, 'Genius Loves Company'. As previously reported, Starbucks secured the rights to release the Ray Charles album before his death as part of their mission to move into the music space - the company are introdrucing an in-store 'donwload and burn to CD' service in some of their cafes. The album has already shifted 186k copies in the US, and 42k of those were sold through Starbuck outlets - which should help the coffee firm with their ambitions to turn their cafes into coffee-shops-come-music-shops.

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IENNER ADDS CEO TO SONY US ROLE
Veteran music exec Don Ienner has added the title of CEO to his existing role as President of Sony Music Label Group US. The expansion of his remit puts Ienner completely in charge of Sony's main American music divisions, including Columbia, Epic and Sony Music Nashville.

Announcing the appointment Sony BMG boss Andrew Lack told reporters: "The addition of the CEO title recognises Donnie's many contributions. From building Columbia Records Group into one of the most impressive organisations in the history of the music business, to successfully leading all of Sony Music's US labels, he has repeatedly proven himself to be a strong leader and a highly effective strategist."

As President of Sony Music Label Group, Ienner has helped bring a number of successful new artists to the company, has revitalised the Nashville labels through new artists like Gretchen Wilson, and was key in bringing Prince to the label.

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STONES INVITE FANS TO THE CIRCUS
The Rolling Stones are to release a DVD of 'Rock and Roll Circus' on 11 Oct. The concert was filmed in Dec 1968 for a television special but was never broadcast, only being made public when it was released on CD and VHS in 1996. The DVD edition is sourced to the original 16mm negatives, while the audio has been remixed in 5.1 Surround Sound.

Commentary tracks are offered from Rolling Stones members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Bill Wyman, plus Yoko Ono, Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson, Marianne Faithfull and director Michael Lindsay-Hogg, among others.

Among the previously unreleased clips are a backstage meeting between Jagger, Ono and John Lennon; an alternate take of Lennon performing the Beatles' 'Yer Blues' with Mitch Mitchell, Richards and Eric Clapton; three additional Taj Mahal songs; an interview with the Who's Pete Townsend; and Fatboy Slim's 2003 remix of the Stones' 'Sympathy for the Devil'.

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TEARS FOR FEARS LOVE A HAPPY ENDING
Recently reunited Tears for Fears will release their first album in 15 years on 13 Sep. Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith had huge hits in the 80s, of course, with the likes of 'Everybody Wants to Rule the World' and 'Shout', but they split acrimoniously after the release of 1989's 'The Seeds of Love'. Orzabal subsequently toured and recorded under the Tears for Fears moniker. After a decade of silence, they starting working together on new album 'Everybody Loves a Happy Ending'. The album was originally set for release last year via BMG's Arista, but the duo left the label after several release delays and they are now signed to new label New Door, part of Universal. The first single from the album will be 'Call Me Mellow'.

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THE VERVE REVEAL UNHEARD SONGS
The Verve's upcoming greatest hits album, 'This Is Music: The Singles 92-98' (out 1 Nov) will feature two previously unheard songs - 'This Could Be My Moment' and 'Monte Carlo'. Both were recorded for the sessions of their album 'Urban Hymns' and were produced by Youth and John Leckie respectively. The tracklisting of the best of runs as follows:

'This Is Music'
'Slide Away'
'Lucky Man'
'History'
'She's A Superstar'
'On Your Own'
'Blue'
'Sonnet'
'All In The Mind'
'The Drugs Don't Work'
'Gravity Grave'
'Bittersweet Symphony'
'This Could Be My Moment'
'Monte Carlo'

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DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979
And now some random facts about Death From Above. They caused quite a stir at this year's ATP. They had to change their name to Death From Above 1979 after a certain NY-based production outfit got in a huff about the similarity between their names. They're releasing their first proper single 'Romantic Rights' at the end of the month.

The band are touring as we speak. That's all our Death From Above facts.

Tour dates as follows:

9 Sep: Nottingham Stealth
11Sep: Manchester University (with My Chemical Romance)
12 Sep: Glasgow University (with My Chemical Romance)
13 Sep: Birmingham University (with My Chemical Romance)
14 Sep: London Mean Fiddler (with My Chemical Romance)

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ROGER WATERS FIGHTS WAR ONLINE
Former Pink Floyd mainman Roger Waters has released two new songs - both inspired by the US-led invasion of Iraq - via online download. 'To Kill The Child' and 'Leaving Beirut' are available on Waters' official website (http://www.roger-waters.com) and are also on sale through iTunes and other digital stores.

Waters said he began work on the tunes "immediately after the invasion of Iraq. 'Leaving Beirut' is an attack on both President Bush and Tony Blair. It seems apposite to throw them out there on the Net, before the [US presidential] election. Historically, there have always been people within the artistic community who have spoken out about things they believe in and they should continue to do so. I shall certainly continue to do so, whether it has any effect or not, because I feel I have a responsibility to myself to do that."

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SINGLE REVIEW: PJ Harvey - Shame (Universal/Island)
Polly Jean Harvey makes a slight return with this dark, seductive little number. "Shame is the shadow of love" she wails. Taken from her strangely-named 'Uh Huh Her' album, it's another atmospheric and intimate showing from the West Country girl. Stunning and exemplary, it meets all requirements with flying colours. Nothing new there then. YN
Release date: 20 Sep
Press contact: Wild [CP, CR] Island IH [RP, RR, NP, NR]

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TRAVIS AND STARSAILOR TO PLAY FREE GIGS
Travis, Starsailor and Embrace are to play free concerts in Liverpool next month as part of BBC Radio 2's series of live shows from the city. The Live Week, from 2-9 Oct will also includes free gigs by Amy Winehouse, Super Furry Animals, Ed Harcourt, Beverley Knight, Ian Broudie, Ian McNabb and the Kings of Convenience. Full details on all the Radio 2 events will be available at www.bbc.co.uk/radio2 closer to Live Week.

The Travis concert will be the band's first gig since frontman Fran Healy's recent illness which forced the band to cancel their six-date Japanese tour. Healy spent four days in hospital in April being treated for the viral infection.

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ITV3 TO LAUNCH ON FREEVIEW
ITV have confirmed their new digital station ITV3 will launch on 1 Nov, though it will only initially be available via free-to-air digital network Freeview. ITV hope to sort out slots on the main cable networks, and will then endeavour to get a slot on the Sky platform - though Sky are reportedly pissed off ITV refused the chance to make the channel a joint venture with BskyB.

Announcing the new channel ITV boss Charles Allen told reporters: "It will come on to Freeview, then move on to cable. We're happy to put it on Sky, but Sky are saying they can't put any new channels [on Sky Digital] for six months. The overall issue is when they can take it."

Some media insiders reckon limiting ITV3 to Freeview will make it hard for the new station to succeed both in terms of ratings and advertising sales because it will have relatively small reach.

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MARTINE AND DENISE GET THEIR KITS OFF FOR WILL
Martine McCutcheon and Denise van Outen are competing for the chance to get naked with Will Young.
That is to say, according to The Sun they are both after a starring role opposite the singer in a new film, a musical about strippers. 'Mrs Henderson Presents' tells the story of London's first strip joint and Young is set to play the lead male role. Word is both Martine and Denise are hoping to land the role of Will's love interest

A source said: "They are both very talented and want to be chosen. They also have great bodies and aren't afraid to show them off. Denise has proved how talented a singer she is after her success in the West End versions of Chicago and Tell Me On A Sunday. Everyone knows Martine can sing, too - though she made a lot of no-shows when she starred in My Fair Lady. Denise gets on with Martine but this has undoubtedly caused some professional rivalry. A decision has to be made soon, as filming is due to start at the end of the month."

Director Stephen Frears and producer Norma Heyman, the team behind 'Dangerous Liaisons', are in charge of the film which is also to feature Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins.

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DOHERTY AND WHITE SHOT AND HUNG
The Libertines and The White Stripes are among the artists who will appear in 'Rock 'n' Roll Riot', a new exhibition featuring the work of two NME photographers - Andy Willsher and Pieter Van Hattem. The Strokes, Travis, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Dizzee Rascal, Dashboard Confessional and Interpol will also appear. The exhibition will premier at a private, invite-only viewing next Thursday (16 Sep) at The Ensign Gallery, London, E1 before opening to the public from Friday (17 Sep) to Sunday (19 Sep).

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FRANZ SAY NO TO GROUPIES
Franz Ferdinand have imposed a "groupie ban" on their aftershow parties because they see taking advantage of their fans as "abuse".

Alex Kapranos has told The Sun: "We are really not into the whole sex thing with groupies. For starters we've all got girlfriends and Paul (the drummer) is married, Nick (guitarist) has just got engaged. We're all quite romantic guys and prefer real love rather than spending some time with someone we've never met before. I've seen a lot of guys in bands around young girls and I think all that stuff can get a bit ugly."

Presumably Robbie Williams would not approve. In his new autobiography he criticises Westlife for not sleeping with their fans.

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