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In today's CMU Daily:
- Warner IPO possible for next April
- Buju Banton gig cancelled
- Sony to add MP3 support to music player range
- Stringer gets SonyBMG UK top job
- Franz do a runner from restaurant
- 22-20's offer more dates including a freebie
- Spector due back in court on Monday
- Kelis and Andre 3000 duet
- Gonzo tour announced
- America not so outraged by Nipplegate
- Husky Rescue on Marquee line up
- Release date for new Oasis LP revealed
- 'Mexican Madonna' not guilty of rape
- Townshend plans 'Who TV'
- Lil' Kim's bodyguard jailed for 12 years
- Slipknot's Corey not dead
- French Kicks tour
- Robert Downey Jr signs record deal
- Alicia Keys to play Great Wall Of China
- Elton dubs paparazzi "rude, vile, pigs"



This Sunday our friends at celebrate the long (long long long) awaited release of Brian Wilson's legendary album SMiLE with a special CD in the Mail On Sunday. Called Good Vibrations it features no less than ten Brian Wilson tracks - including his performances of seven Beach Boys classics - plus, this being a BigTime CD, live video and an exclusive 4Play preview of the first movement of SMiLE. You can get your free copy of 'Good Vibrations' in the Mail On Sunday on, erm, Sunday. SMiLE is relased on Warner label Nonesuch on Monday. More info at



VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: Swerve at The End
OK, OK I do tip The End a lot, but that's usually because they have something good on. Swerve has been going on here since the closure of the Velvet Rooms on Charing Cross Road (which was a sad loss to clubbin btw). So the Knowledge magazine award winning DJ Fabio now plays his so called 'Liquid funk' d'n'b' on The Ends mighty mighty sound rig. Go see.
Wed 29 Sep, The End, 16a West Central Street (off new oxford street) WC1A 1JJ, 10.30pm-3am, £6, concs or before 11 - £5, Tel. 020 7419 9199

JANE'S CLUB TIP: Kill All Hippies
After taking over the Key at last month's TDK Cross Central festival, Kill All Hippies returns to its usual (albeit newish) home of Canvas. As always there's some great live action - The Boxer Rebellion (who this year won over crowds on the new band stage at Glastonbury), Pink Grease and 'darlings of the style press', The Rocks. Expect a full onslaught of screeching vocals, thumping guitar and pure rock 'n' roll attitude. All that, plus DJ sets from Jeff Automatic, Syrinx, Graeme Fisher, Lauren Laverne and Kill All Hippies curator Eddy TM. Oh yes, and the Anglo Plugging allstars are Djing in room 2. Not only that, it is free to get in - just sign yourself onto the guest list at
Fri 24 Sep, Canvas, Goods Yard, off York Way, Kings X, N1, Free entry.


There were more reports in the never-dull Financial Times yesterday suggesting a Warner Music flotation may well take place sooner rather than later. Good news for, erm, flotation fans.

Rumours have been rife that the major label's new owner Edgar Bronfman Jr and his investors - Thomas Lee Partners, Bain Capital and Providence Equity Partners - would look to take the company public sooner rather than later - latest reports suggest it may happen as early as next Apr. The FT quotes a source as saying: "Warner Music wants to be in a position where an IPO is a clear option early next year, possibly in April."

The same report once again claims Warner have been talking to EMI about a possible merger. Such a move would create a company of similar size to Universal Music and the recently merged SonyBMG. While both sides deny they have entered any kind of merger talks, insiders seem pretty sure some kind of deal would be very likely after Warner's IPO.


Another artist from Jamaica's dancehall scene has had a gig cancelled after gay rights groups protested against homophobic lyrics. Last night's Buju Banton concert in Manchester was cancelled because of police concern of "public disorder".

A spokeswoman for Greater Manchester Police told reporters: "Intelligence gathered about previous appearances of the artist and the implications of his previous performances suggest a likelihood of public disorder and the potential for disruption at his performances. Taking into account this intelligence and concerns from various agencies and community groups, the performance has been cancelled. Greater Manchester Police accepts the right to public freedom of expression but does not encourage anything which could cause possible hate or dissension within any community."

Banton was due to perform at the city's Bierkeller venue. A spokesman there told reporters: "We're just here to put on gigs. We don't get involved in the politics."

The local police force's city centre safe team worked with Manchester City Council and licensed premises in the city centre before making the decision.


Sony has said it will be making some of its digital music players compatible with the MP3 file format - up until now Sony players only played the electronics firm's own ATRAC format. MP3 remains popular among music fans despite the plethora of newer file formats (the fact there's eight million free MP3s available to download for gratis via those friendly, if illegal, P2P platforms has proved quite a good marketing tool), and the fact consumers couldn't play their existing MP3 collection on their Sony digital players was a real weakness of the Walkman range. Sony will start supporting MP3 in Europe, and then expand the service into the US.


As expected, Sony UK boss Rob Stringer has been given the top UK job in the merged SonyBMG empire. His appointment was expected after BMG UK top man Tim Bowen was given responsibility for that convenient region that is UK/Canada/Australia/NewZealand/SouthAfrica. Erm, nothing to add, well done Robert and Timothy.


Franz Ferdinand's drummer Paul Thompson is in trouble after allegedly leaving a restaurant without paying.
Restaurant owner Andy Steel claims Thompson left the restaurant without paying an their £676 bill and he has now hired a debt collector to recover the money. Thompson and his new bride Esther held a celebration wedding meal at Andy's Frocks restaurant in Hackney's east London in April. Steel told reporters: "I just got fobbed off so I've got a debt collector trying to pursue it."

A spokesman for the band says Paul has been very busy but would pay up. He said: "He's been away so much for the past six or seven months that he's not been able to keep track of his bank account."

If worst comes to worst, there's always that £20,000 cheque from the Mercury Music Prize people.


The 22-20s have extended their UK and Irish tour, and have added a free warm-up gig at Doncaster's Leopard. The band, who release their self-titled debut album this week, will play their biggest headline show to date at the London King's Cross Scala. The bands current single '22 Days', taken from their album, entered the top 40 last week.

The dates are:
25 Sep: Doncaster The Leopard (free promo gig)
5 Oct: Bristol Fleece
6 Oct: Peterborough Met Lounge
7 Oct: Cardiff Ifor Bach
8 Oct: Oxford Zodiac
9 Oct: Sheffield Leadmill
11 Oct: Glasgow King Tuts
12 Oct: Edinburgh Venue
13 Oct: Newcastle University 1+2
14 Oct: Hull Welly Club
16 Oct: Middlesborough Empire
17 Oct: Liverpool Academy
18 Oct: Leeds University
20 Oct: Manchester Hop and Grape
21 Oct: Nottingham Rescue Rooms
23 Oct: Brighton Concorde 2
24 Oct: Portsmouth Wedgewood
25 Oct: Norwich Waterfront
26 Oct: Birmingham Academy 2
27 Oct: London Scala
29 Oct: Dublin Whelans
30 Oct: Belfast Limelight


Phil Spector has been summoned to appear in court on Monday, which those in the know reckon suggests the grand jury investigation into the shooting of actress Lana Clarkson at his home last year has decided there is enough evidence to indict the producer for murder. More when we get it.


Kelis and Outkast's Andre 3000 are releasing the track they collaborated on as a single. Their duet - 'Millionaire' - will be the third track to be taken from Kelis' third album 'Tasty', following the success of 'Milkshake' and 'Trick Me'. Kelis and Andre previously collaborated on 'Dracula's Wedding' on Andre's 'The Love Below' album. The single is released on 18 Oct.


Hope of The States, Thirteen Senses and the very excellent Go! Team are among the acts announced for this year's Gonzo tour. The MTV2 show will hit the road with its host, our good friend Zane Lowe, next month. The live performances and interviews with bands will be aired on the channel in Nov. Last year's tour featured acts such as Snow Patrol and Franz Ferdinand .

The line-up runs:
15 Oct - Cardiff Barfly: Thirteen Senses, My Red Cell, Kaiser Chiefs
16 Oct - London Barfly: The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster, Modey Lemon, Maximo Park
22 Oct - Liverpool Barfly: Hope Of The States, The Rakes, Willy Mason
23 Oct - York Barfly: Kasabian, Hot Chip, The Go! Team
24 Oct - Glasgow Barfly: Soulwax, The Departure, Dead Fly Buchowski, Mylo


It will come as little compensation for US TV network CBS, but as American media regulator the FCC slams the company with a record breaking $550,000 fine for screening the infamous Nipplegate routine during the Superbowl earlier this year, a new survey shows the majority of American parents were not too concerned when Janet Jackson flashed her breast on primetime television.

The survey, undertaken by the Kaiser Foundation, found that less that 20% of parents interviewed said they were 'very concerned' by the incident, despite the uproar that followed it. Many now reckon the high number of complaints received by the FCC relating to the Superbowl show had more to do with proactive campaigning by the Parents' Television Council in the weeks after the incident rather than genuine outrage caused during the broadcast.

Despite apologising for the incident at the time, Janet Jackson has recently suggested that the media outrage to her raunchy routine was in part fed by the Bush Administration who were keen to get Iraq off the news agenda. She points out that FCC chairman, Michael Powell, is the son of US secretary of state Colin Powell. In a recent interview with US magazine Genre she said: "I truly feel in my heart that the president wanted to take the focus off himself at that time. And I was the perfect vehicle to do so at that moment."


A quick update on those free Marquee gigs that take place to celebrate the opening of the legendary club's latest incarnation next week. The very fine Husky Rescue from Catskills Records are also on the bill on the opening night. Which means full line up of the season is as follows.

27 Sep: The Magic Numbers /The Tiny / Husky Rescue
28 Sep: New Rhodes /Tom Vek/Fans Of Kate/Culture Industry
29 Sep: Dirty Vegas
30 Sep: Amplifier / Mau Maus / The Aeroplanes
1 Oct: Time For Change Benefit featuring acoustic sets from David Poe / Robyn Hitchcock / Darren Hayman / Imogen Heap / Ed Harcourt
4 Oct: Art Brut /Kaito / Help She Can't Swim
5 Oct: The Hidden Cameras
8 Oct: Do Me Bad Things / Towers Of London / Dead! Dead! Dead!


Noel Gallagher has revealed that Oasis have set themselves a deadline of 26 May next year to release their album. Talking on new Sky One show Tim Lovejoy And The Allstars, Noel said: "We've got a release date now, which is why it's been meandering for a bit because we've not had a date to work to because we're extremely successful. So they just say 'Alright, finish when you finish' - but it's kind of been rambling on and not working too hard on it but now we have to have it finished by May 26."

Following a critical panning for their headline show at Glastonbury, Oasis scrapped sessions intended for the follow-up to 'Heathen Chemistry', which included recordings with Death In Vegas. Noel also revealed last night that brother Liam is writing more songs: "He's written a few. It's a pity they're not going to make it onto the album. We've demoed 66 songs and he's written a fair few. Some of them are really good but he's going to have to do a solo tour 'cause I'm not doing a triple album."


Latin pop star Gloria Trevi, known as the "Mexican Madonna", was acquitted on Tuesday (21 Sep) on charges of rape, kidnapping and corruption of minors.

According to Billboard, Judge Javier Pineda ordered the immediate release of Trevi and former backup singer Maria Raquenel Portillo. Both were being held at a prison in Chihuahua and were facing up to 25 years behind bars. Pineda told TV network Azteca: "We did not find sufficient evidence to support [the charges]."

Trevi, former manager Sergio Andrade and Portillo, were arrested in Jan 2000 in Rio de Janeiro after a Latin America-wide manhunt. The arrest followed allegations made by former vocalist Karina Yapor, who alleged backup singing recruits wanting to join the band were forced by Trevi and Portillo to have 'sexual relations' with Andrade. They were later extradited back to Mexico to face the allegations in 2002.

Trevi, is one of Mexico's most successful and controversial female pop acts, known for her provocative live shows and her rebellious songs. Upon her release, Trevi told the press that she's working on a new album with her longtime label, BMG, with plans to release it in November. She's also been approached for a soap opera based on her life.


Pete Townshend's official website will soon play host to a TV station dubbed 'Who TV'. The move follows recent webcast on his site which included a live Who rehearsal and performances by Townshend protege singer/songwriter Rachel Fuller.

A statement on the site says: "We've developed three areas to the 'studio' which allow us to broadcast live performances from inside and outside the building, an area that lets us prepare and broadcast pre-recorded and/or commercially available material and a 'Vox Box' where people can just go and sit in front of a camera and say whatever they feel, maybe even crack a few jokes! Much of the live and Vox Box material will be unscheduled and unscripted - some will be recorded and looped and others will be real one-off's - shown only the one time. Some other events will be publicized in advance."

At present access to the content is free, but the site says, "for BIG events, of which a few are planned over the next year, there may well be a need to charge - either with a one-off payment or by subscription - to view."

The Who recently wrapped a summer tour and are expected to continue work on a new album, the group's first studio album since 1982's 'It's Hard'.


Lil' Kim's bodyguard, who admitted firing a gun at least 20 times in a shootout as the rapper left a hip-hop radio station was sentenced Wednesday (22 Sep) to 12 years in prison.

Associated Press reports that Judge Gerard Lynch said Suif Jackson deserved a harsh sentence because society had to be protected from a machine gun-toting man convicted five times of criminal charges, including three times for crimes of violence. The judge ordered Jackson to finish a state prison sentence for an unrelated crime, which ends Aug. 7, 2006, before beginning the federal term. Jackson declined to speak before he was sentenced.

As previously reported, the shooting occurred in 2001 as Lil' Kim's entourage was leaving the hip-hop station Hot 97 and the entourage of rival rap group Capone-N-Noreaga was arriving. One man in the group's entourage was wounded.

Lil' Kim, whose real name is Kimberly Jones, is awaiting a February trial on charges that she lied to a grand jury investigating the shooting. It is alleged that she refused to tell police the identities of anyone who had accompanied her to the radio station and that she testified falsely before a federal grand jury three times, including denying that she knew Jackson. Defence lawyer Mark Goodman said Jackson believed he was firing in self-defence and believed the victim was part of Capone's entourage.


Slipknot's Corey Taylor has had to issue a statement denying he is dead after rumours began to spread about his demise.

According to Aussie music site Undercover, last week a shock jock in Iowa broadcast an announcement that the singer was dead. Rumours spread across the internet firstly saying the singer died of a drug overdose but then it became a fatal car crash. On Friday night Taylor, who was celebrating the second birthday of his son Griffin with friends, came out of his house and screamed at his neighbours "I am not dead!".

Meanwhile Slipknot fans can look forward to two videos for the new single 'Vermillion'. The videos were both shot in Los Angeles in late-August. Corey Taylor explained: "The differences (between the 2 tracks) are subtle. Vermilion Part 1 is about the enrapturing, the build-up, the anticipation and the neurosis. Part 2 is the aftermath, the pieces that have to be picked up later, and maybe the guilt of having lived through it".


French Kicks have just confirmed a UK tour with fellow New Yorkers Radio 4 in November. The dates are in addition to three London gigs to promote the 5 Oct release of new album, The Trial of The Century, out on the Eat Sleep label.

4 Oct: Barfly, London
6 Oct: Death Disco @ Notting Hill Arts Club, London
7 Oct: On The Rocks, London

(With Radio 4)
14 Nov: Liverpool University
15 Nov: Dublin Music Centre
16 Nov: Belfast Limelight
17 Nov: Bristol Thekla
18 Nov: London Mean Fiddler
19 Nov: Sheffield Leadmill
20 Nov: Glasgow Oranmor


Troubled actor Robert Downey Jr has signed a record deal with Sony Classical and will release his debut album later this year. The Oscar nominated actor has recorded eight of his own pop ballads and plays piano on the tracks. The album will also feature a cover of the Yes classic rock song 'Your Move' and Charlie Chaplin's 'Smile', which Downey originally performed in the 1992 movie 'Chaplin'.


Alicia Keys is to follow in the footsteps of Elton John and Wham! when she plays in China on Saturday. The singer is due to headline a charity concert on the Great Wall of China to raise money for the China Children's and Teenagers' Fund. More than 5,000 people are expected to attend the concert, which will also feature Cyndi Lauper and Boyz II Men. Saturday's Wall of Hope concert will be the first time an international concert has been held there. Speaking about the concert, the singer said: "It's our obligation as human people who should love and care about each other. I feel disheartened by the idea that just because we don't live in the same place we don't feel and live the same things."

That said, she did note that there were some differences between China and America: "China is so much more historical than America".


Elton John has branded photographers in Taiwan "rude, vile pigs" after a run in at Taipei's Chiang Kai-shek International Airport. Having arriving by private plane shortly after midnight on Thursday, he was ambushed at the airport by paparazzi and TV crews. Clenching his teeth and muttering expletives he stood with his arms crossed tightly across his chest, shouting: "Rude vile pigs. Do you know what that means? Rude vile pigs. That's what all of you are."

One of the photographers shouted back: "Why don't you get out of Taiwan?" The singer replied: "We'd love to get out of Taiwan if it's full of people like you. Pig! Pig!" He added: "We had a great tour of the Far East and then we come to Taiwan".

A spokeswoman for Elton blamed the whole incident on local police, stressing how great Mr John was to have survived the experience in one piece, adding that the singer was "very brave" to go ahead with his gig at the Chung Shan soccer stadium (presumably using a different definition of the word brave to the rest of us).

She told reporters: "Elton John's arrival at Taipei Airport was greeted by what can only be described as chaos and confusion. No sooner had he disembarked from the aircraft, he was led into the public immigration area of the airport which was immediately besieged by hordes of photographers and live TV crews intent upon disrupting his progress. The local police and security at the airport failed to protect Elton John from the ensuing chaos. Despite this frightening arrival, his spirits remain high and he is looking forward to performing the concert."

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