CMU Daily - on the inside Wednesday 3rd November
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Kelly sues Jay-Z over collapsed tour
- Attorney General says Jacko prosecutor sound
- Festival awards launched
- Marianne Faithfull UK dates
- Babyshambles tour
- Libertines take a break
- Undertones won't re-release Teenage Kicks
- Glasto update
- Macca signs up for Band Aid
- Album Review: Various Artists - Spectrum
- Police reopen investigation into homophobic lyrics
- Zutons reschedule dates
- Eminem didn't lip sync, OK?
- Ofcom propose new public service broadcaster
- Chems return
- Morillo plans New Year's Day bash
- Single Review: Aquasky Vs Crash Berlin - Movin The Hype Track
- Madonna in talks to do Versace ads
- Janet Jackson signs new management deal
- Holden: I wouldn't say not to Kylie
- Robbie: I'd fancy Lee if I were gay
- UK S&G release on Columbia

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SAME SIX QUESTIONS: Kristian Beyer from Ame

How did you start out making music for a living?
It was not the aim when we started. We still both have regular jobs - Frank is working as a designer and I am also a record shop owner and journalist.

What inspired your latest album?
At first our nearest environment, like friends, family and jobs. But our main influence is the music we like and we play as DJs.

What process do you go through in creating an album?
We didn't have a special concept for this album. We worked on the tracks and at the end they all fit well together, and the Jazzanovans decided to put them together for an album.

Which artists influence your work?
There are many artists we really like - like Larry Heard, Carl Craig, Underground Resistance and Moodymann. Also new stuff from Pepe Braddock, Chateau Flight and Charles Webster. The list goes on and on...

What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
You could listen to the stuff at home or in the club, each time you would discover something new, so listen carefully.

What are your ambitions for your latest album, and for the future?
The ambition was to put out music we really liked and that we are really satisfied with. This will still be the plan for the future, but we are open to new influences so you never know how it would sound the next time.

Ame's eponymously titled new album is out this week on Sonar Kollectiv - you can preview tracks from it on the LMN - www.bigtime.tv/lmn. Press info from Alex at Rocketsciencemedia - alex@rocketsciencemedia.com

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KELLY SUES JAY-Z OVER COLLAPSED TOUR
With equally split opinion something of a trend in America today, it will be interesting to see how the hip hop and R&B communities respond to this one. The collapsed Jay-Z / R Kelly co-headline tour went legal yesterday as the latter sued the former for $75 million.

As previously reported, promoters kicked Kelly off the tour, and then cancelled 17 remaining dates completely, after allegations he made against Jay-Z's people regarding a back stage pepper spray attack. Kelly alleges one of Jay-Z's entourage attacked him with pepper spray during a show last Friday. The incident was seemingly one of several to cause tension between the two headline acts, leading to Jay-Z to publicly blame Kelly's "lack of professionalism and unpredictable behaviour" for the cancellation of the tour.

In the breach of contract lawsuit, which names both his co-star and the tour's promoters, Atlanta Worldwide Touring, as defendants, Kelly alleges that Jay-Z's "spite and jealousy" forced him off the tour. The papers says animosity between the two stars led to deliberate technical problems, violence against Kelly and threats to force the promoter to drop him. They hint that animosity began because Jay-Z resented the fact the two stars had a 60/40 profit share deal in Kelly's favour.

Commenting on the lawsuit Kelly's lawyer, Edward Hayes, said the tour was supposed to be "the perfect marriage of hip-hop and R&B. Instead, it's going to be a terrible divorce". Much fun surely still to be had on this one.

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ATTORNEY GENERAL SAYS JACKO PROSECUTOR SOUND
Staying with legal things, and California's attorney general has urged the judge in the Michael Jackson child abuse case to reject a bid by the star to remove prosecutor Tom Sneddon from the case. As previously reported, Jacko's people claim Sneddon has had a vendetta against the singer ever since the unsuccessful 1993 child abuse case, so much so they think he is too personally involved and should be removed from the new case. However, the state attorney general has said those claims are "baseless" and founded on "conjecture and unfounded speculation". The judge hearing the case will now have to rule on whether or not Sneddon should be allowed to continue heading up the prosecution.

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FESTIVAL AWARDS LAUNCHED
VirtualFestivals.com have announced a new award ceremony designed to celebrate the people who produce, promote and perform at festivals in the UK. 100 journalists and photographers, all of whom did the festival circuit this summer, are contributing their thoughts on thirteen different award categories. Festival-goers will then be able to vote on nominations in each category from 15 Nov, with the final awards announced on 6 Dec.

Announcing the awards, VirtualFestivals.com MD Steve Jenner told CMU: "Providing the most comprehensive coverage of the music festival scene from an unbiased, objective standpoint makes Virtual Festivals.com the perfect vehicle to drive these awards, which will become an annual fixture, extending beyond the UK."

Full information and voting will go live at http://www.festivalawards.com. Press info is available from Chris McCormick on 020 8605 2691 or chris@virtualfestivals.com

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MARIANNE FAITHFULL UK DATES
Marianne Faithfull will play her first UK shows in over two years next month when she appears in London and Glasgow at the climax of her European tour. She plays the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow on 13 Dec and the Shepherds Bush Empire in London on 16 Dec. Press info from Coalition.

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BABYSHAMBLES TOUR
Staying with tours, and Pete Doherty's band Babyshambles have announced five Dec dates - bets are now on as to how many he'll show up for! The dates will follow the release of new single 'Killamangiro' on Rough Trade Records on 29 Nov.

Tour dates as follows:
11 Dec: Belfast, Limelight
12 Dec: Dublin, Village
13 Dec: London Forum
14 Dec: Glasgow Barrowlands
15 Dec: Blackpool, Empress Ballroom

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LIBERTINES TAKE A BREAK
And talking of Doherty, Pete's former bandmate Carl Barat has said he does not intend to play live for the "foreseeable future" - that is to say, once current gig commitments are over the band will take a break. According to the NME Barat has said: "As of the end of December Gary, John and I have decided The Libertines will be off the road for the foreseeable future, no more official gigs are booked. An ongoing problem with my health, which requires an operation, will put me out of action for maybe some months. My position with Pete hasn't changed, I hope he gets better, I still love him and hope he will come back in full health and take the world with The Libertines and put the Albion back on-course. Joining the old crew on the good ship wouldn't be so hard."

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UNDERTONES WON'T RE-RELEASE TEENAGE KICKS
The Undertones have announced they will not be re-releasing their track 'Teenage Kicks' The announcement follows those rumours the track would be re-released as a tribute to John Peel - the song was his favourite. But the band's manager Andy Ferguson told reporters yesterday: "It would be totally inappropriate to release Teenage Kicks as a single and is not something the band would even consider". The band's record label, Sanctuary Records, (and not, as we possibly might have said last week, EMI, who haven't looked after the Undertones for a very long time!), also confirmed there were no plans to re-release the track.

So, fans of the song will have to make do with a live cover version by Snow Patrol. They are making their live version of the track, recorded at South By Southwest earlier this year, available for free download as a "gift in memory of John Peel". On their website they write that although they "never had the honour of a Peel session or meeting him," they "greatly admired" the BBC Radio 1 DJ, adding: "He was responsible for saving Radio 1 from chart hell and he will be sorely missed.

Fans of the Undertones themselves will be pleased with the news that the band are scheduled to play at next year's Glastonbury Festival. They will headline the Glastonbury stage renamed in tribute to Peel. Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis told reporters: "As soon as The Undertones found out about the John Peel Stage they were on the phone asking if they could play on the stage because John helped make them too".

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GLASTO UPDATE
Talking of Glastonbury, Eavis has said OutKast will be playing next summer's festival, plus he is currently talking to Razorlight about performing at the event. Still no word on possible headliners now that U2 have confirmed they will be unable to fit Glasto into their touring schedule.

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MACCA SIGNS UP FOR BAND AID
Talking of Glasto headliners, this year's main act Paul McCartney has revealed he will appear on the reworking of 'Do They Know It's Christmas', due to be rerecorded later this month. However Macca will play bass on the track preferring to leave the vocals, or so the Sun says, to a younger generation of pop stars.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Various Artists - Spectrum (Valve Recordings)
Valve head honchos Lemon D and Dillinja put out a compo showcasing up and comers with eleven tracks on offer - and not all the standard 'rupture your spleen at 200 yards' drum and bass ballistics that you'd usually associate with the dynamic drum and bass duo. Take Craggz and Parallel Forces' 'Fizzy Piglets', which includes some guitars for good measure; Friction's 'Again and Again' with its harder edge; TC's 'Hold It Down' which has a Marky / XRS sunny Brazilian edge to it; and Dillinja's own 'Exodus' - an old school influenced dub-flavoured stepper with a real retro flavour. Wicked. Lemon D's 'Reflections' is also very fine. There are a couple of weaker spots too, but all in all this is highly recommended - if nothing else it certainly broadened and increased my opinion of Valve. PV
Release date: 25 Oct
Press: Electric PR [all]

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POLICE REOPEN INVESTIGATION INTO HOMOPHOBIC LYRICS
Scotland Yard are re-opening an investigation to see whether dance hall artists like Beenie Man and Bounty Killer broke any laws in releasing records containing homophobic lyrics. The investigation follows high profile campaigning by gay rights groups like Outrage!, which has led to venues cancelling gigs by these artists and to the withdrawal of MOBO nominations for Elephant Man and Vybz Kartel back in Sep.

Outrage! put in an official complaint regarding the lyrics of three artists to UK authorities back in Sep 2003 claiming they incited violence against gay people. However the Crown Prosecution Service dismissed the complaint on the grounds of insufficient evidence. That investigation has now been reopened, with the lyrics of eight dance hall stars being investigated.

A police spokesman told reporters this week: "We are awaiting a translation as to the exact content of the lyrics [they are normally written in Jamaican patois]. We will be working with the CPS to determine whether any criminal offence has been committed."

David Allison, a spokesman for Outrage!, said: "Reggae is very popular to a wide cross section of people. We feel that some people will take these lyrics as an indication that it is fine to be violent towards gay people. It is illegal to incite hatred against a minority group - this must stop."

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ZUTONS RESCHEDULE DATES
The Zutons have re-scheduled those sell out gigs that were recently cancelled due to drummer Sean Payne being struck down by a severe viral infection. The new shows will run up to the band's previously scheduled Christmas shows at Liverpool's Royal Court and their support slots at Muse's festive shows at Earls Court.

New dates as follows:
11 Dec: Dublin, Ambassador
12 Dec: Derry, Nerve Centre
13 Dec: Belfast, The Spring & Airbrake
15 Dec: London, Shepherds Bush
17 Dec: Liverpool, Royal Court
18 Dec: Liverpool, Royal Court
19 Dec: London, Earls Court (supporting Muse)
20 Dec: London, Earls Court (supporting Muse)
21 Dec: Cambridge Junction

Original tickets remain valid for the re-scheduled shows, press info from Coalition.

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EMINEM DIDN'T LIP SYNC, OK?
A spokesman for Eminem has denied the rapper mimed on Saturday Night Live this weekend. With miming on the legendary US TV show in the news post-Ashlee Simpson's embarrassment on the programme a couple of weeks back, one studio source told reporters: "He was singing Mosh and you could tell he was lip-synching. The track was just a bit ahead of his lips and he put the mike down at one point but the track kept going."

But a representative for Eminem told reporters yesterday that that was because he was trying to "duplicate the sound on his album", explaining: "He had a vocal track on for double vocal effect on the first song, to make it more powerful. Lots of hip-hop artists do that. Tupac Shakur did it."

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OFCOM PROPOSE NEW PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTER
The new public service broadcaster proposed by OfCom could be on air as soon as 2008. The proposal for a new publicly funded channel is one of the more radical to come out of the second phase of the new media regulator's review of public service broadcasting. They seem to think that, as it becomes economically infeasible for commercial players to fulfil public service remits, there should be a new service providing at least some competition to the BBC.

If the plan goes ahead the new service could go live in 2008, with a ten year licence with a five year review. It is unclear how the service would be funded, but taking some of the BBC's licence fee, increasing the licence fee, taxing commercial broadcasters or supplying funding directly from the government's culture budget are all possibilities.

A number of players within and outside the TV sector are now being asked to put forward hypothetical pitches for such a service to help the regulator hone the proposals. It is unlikely any of the key commercial players would look to get involved.

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CHEMS RETURN
The Chemical Brothers have confirmed they will release their new album, 'Push The Button', next Jan, with new single 'Galvanise' preceding by a couple of weeks. According to the duo's website the new single will be "a full blooded pulsing dancefloor anthem," while the site describes the new album as "an immense and brooding album that looks set to once again revitalise dance music into 2005 and beyond, marking more than ten years of relevance in clubland."

Elsewhere in Chems news, and the duo will play a DJ set at Turnmills on New Year's Eve, before heading to Australia and New Zealand for the Big Day Out festival.

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MORILLO PLANS NEW YEARS DAY BASH
Talking of New Year, if you're up to it post-Hogmanay, Erick Morillo and the Subliminal Sessions crew will be staging a New Years Day party from 11pm on 1 Jan 2005. Erik himself will play an eight hour set, supported by Yousef, Krafty Kuts and more guests tbc. Press info from Kim Butler at kim@industrious-people.com

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SINGLE REVIEW: Aquasky VS Crash Berlin - Movin the Hype Track (Passenger)
On Aquasky's breaks label Passenger, the Bournemouth crew Kieran, Brent and Dave hook up with Kool Keith from the Ultramagnetic MCs to mash things up a bit. Once again Aquasky take that old school rhythm and give it their own contemporary style. This time it is melted with the sound of stateside hip-hopsters Crash Berlin which, together with some fast expert vocal delivery from Keith, makes for good listening. The Dark Dub on the flip just has less vocals and what seems like a fatter bass, but is nowt radical from the original. But never mind, it's still great dance music from a truly creative crew. Big up Bournemouth! PV
Release date: 25 Oct
Press contact: Trailer [all]

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MADONNA IN TALKS TO DO VERSACE ADS
Word is Madonna is in talks to appear in a series of adverts for Versace. A source told reporters: "Madonna might be known more for wearing a red string these days then she is for wearing cutting-edge fashion. But she's still a style icon."

A spokeswoman for Madonna herself told reporters: "This is in the conversation stage. Donatella Versace is talking to Madonna about it, but Madonna hasn't made a decision yet."

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JANET JACKSON SIGNS NEW MANAGEMENT DEAL
Talking of deals, and Janet Jackson has signed a new management deal with LA based Wright Crear Management, the company that handles among others the Backstreet Boys and rapper Chingy. Janet has been without management for a while, and will be looking for management support to overcome a stressful year post-Nipplegate and to bolster her career after slightly disappointing sales for last album 'Damita Jo'.

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HOLDEN: I WOULDN'T SAY NO TO KYLIE
Amanda Holden has revealed she loves Kylie Minogue's bottom. After choosing the new Kylie / Scissor Sisters track 'I Believe In You' as her 'track for the future' on this week's Orange Playlist show on ITV1, Holden told host Lauren Laverne: "I love both of them and together in this song, it's just orgasmic. I think Kylie's got the best arse in pop - I wouldn't say no to Kylie." So, now we know.

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ROBBIE: I'D FANCY LEE IF I WERE GAY
In a vaguely similar story, Robbie Williams has said he would fancy Blue's Lee Ryan if he were gay. Talking to gay mag Attitude he said of the band: "They've all got their appeal. But if I put my gay man shoes on for a minute, Lee is your archetypal gay's bloke. He's like one of those adverts you get at the back of magazines, the ones with the guys in soccer strips you can phone up and listen to them having a wank ... apparently. Well Lee's one of them. He is totally a gay phoneline ad". So, erm, now we know.

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UK S&G RELEASE ON COLUMBIA
The up coming live Simon & Garfunkel CD and DVD, reported on last week, is coming out in the UK on Sony label Columbia (the Warner release we reported on in US only). The 'Old Friends: Live On Stage' double album and DVD will be released in the UK on 29 Nov.

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