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In today's CMU Daily:
- TV On The Radio top Shortlist
- Band Aid 20 in circulation
- Eminem keen to end feuds
- ODB autopsy inconclusive
- Pressure on brands to stop supporting illegal P2Ps
- Album Review: Copenhagen - Sweet Dreams...
- Aqualung London date
- Redmond offers to buy Channel 4
- Circus v Chibuku launch
- Libertines DVD screening
- Office star plans music industry sitcom
- U2 tour gossip
- Blue boy gets solo deal
- Ashlee Simpson keen to retry on SNL
- Album Review: The Donnas - Gold Medal
- EMI sign up Encore publishing rights
- Warner UK rejigs
- Simmons talks to Warners about new label
- Streets tour
- Kurt letter up for auction
- MTV to launch Africa channel
- Britney gossip
- Band Aid 20 - who sings what?


Yeah, OK, so the lesson of the week is never let Chris add the bits at the top *after* the Daily has been proofed - but two fundamental errors in fifteen lines ain't bad. As much as we love the concept of time travel here at CMU we don't expect every reader to own a time machine - so we don't expect you to travel back in time to come to our playback party or forward in time to vote in our Track of the Year poll. That is to say, the playback party is on 25 November (and not September as we might have said yesterday), and we want you to vote for your track of 2004 (and not 2005, as someone wrote yesterday!). So...

Yep, it is that time of year when everyone starts running mindless polls on what were the best things about 2004. We love mindless polls, so wouldn't want to be left out. So - what was your favourite track of 2004? Email us the name of your favourite track with a 50 word explanation to - we'll publish people's nominations throughout December, with an overall top ten announced on Christmas Eve. Fun, fun.

This month's London Music Network Playback Party celebrates the launch of LMN's latest album of the month - Elefant's 'Sunlight Makes Me Paranoid'. Elefant will be playing live, plus support and DJs, oh yes, and a free bottle of Becks for everyone. All takes place on 25 November at the Marquee on Leicester Square - and you CMU readers are all invited. To get on the guest list email

Not only will you find the latest CMU Digest online, but the CMU Tracklisting returns from its longer-than-expected break (!) later on today rounding up everything that has been played on alternative radio in the last seven days. Download your copy from



How did you start out making music for a living?
I wouldn't call this a living! I had a dotcom job that laid me off, so I got really lucky. I ended up having about a year of government cheques and I was able to kick out a couple of records. Since then it has been more of a struggle, working part time jobs to scrape by while spending most of my energy doing all the work around putting out records, touring, practicing, sending CDs to people, emailing people... As of now the music only really pays for itself and I do things like sell my record collection to pay rent.

What inspired your latest album?
A heavy breakup, a meaningful rebirth.

What process do you go through in creating an album?
Creating a record has so many phases. In the beginning I am basically sifting through ideas, little tidbits of guitar chords and melodies that I've recorded on my tape recorder, minidisc, or cell phone (!) and trying to find ones that stick. I find it is really important for me to get to a point where I can be objective; where I can get outside of the music a little and hear the ideas from a fresh perspective. Sometimes this takes time - time to forget, time to evolve personally. But time makes it easier to be honest with yourself and dump the ideas that are not worth the effort, and meanwhile the better ideas stick with you and develop. Once I know for sure that I really like the idea and can visualize the song, I will piece an arrangement together on the computer, a demo version, and work on lyrics. Sometimes the song will completely change in the production phase - I may add beats, samples, keyboard lines. After you have some songs going, you start to get a direction, and you mould an album, playing with song order and how they play off each other. I always like to mix it up a little.

What artists influence your work?
Bowie, Autechre, Fennesz, Hendrix, Lilys, Pink Floyd, MBV, Boards of Canada, the Beatles...

What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
I guess I would say to listen to the whole thing before they make conclusions and try to categorize it. One of my greatest frustrations is when I can tell a critic has not actually listened to the whole record when they write a review. The songs are pretty different, spanning a lot of ground, and that was intentional...and sometimes they miss that completely.

What are your ambitions for this album, and for the future?
When I was doing it, it was therapeutic, a way of getting through things and putting energy towards something constructive. Now that I have grown out of that, and the record is out, I just want people to hear it. Making records is a part of who I am, I just do it and I will keep doing it as long as I can, taking the music in different directions depending on where I am at. I look forward to working on another in the Spring.

N Lannon's album 'Chemical Friends' is out now - you can download sample tracks at


Well done to TV On The Radio who last night won this year's Shortlist Music Prize (now, altogether, "it's the American equivalent of the Mercury Music Prize"). They beat off competition from Loretta Lynn, The Killers, Franz Ferdinand, The Streets, Dizzee Rascal and Wilco to win the prize, which is voted on by an academy of artists, journalists and pundit types.

Speaking to NME, the band's frontman, Tunde Adebimpe, said: "It's a little weird. We met ?uestlove and he said 'I nominated you guys for the Shortlist Awards' and we're just like 'Oh my god ?uestlove knows who we are.' We just kind of freaked out about it so I'm psyched [about winning tonight]. I'm glad."


So, did you hear it? No? Well, neither did we, but there's a guide to who sings what at the bottom of today's Daily, so you can probably pretty much imagine what it sounds like without ever getting yourself a copy (except, of course, you're going to buy a copy because it's all in aid of charity).

Anyway, Chris Moyles gave the new version of 'Do They Know It's Christmas' by Band Aid 20 its first radio play this morning - with various participants in the project due to hand deliver copies of the track to other radio studios throughout the day. The video will be debuted on BBC1 on Thursday night complete with introduction by Madonna.

All the talk regarding the track still centres on the line "Well, tonight thank God it's them instead of you" - sung by Bono on the original, and on this new version. As previously reported, Robbie Williams last week told reporters that several singers wanted that line this time round, but Bono put his foot down: "Everyone wanted it. But before anyone could start getting an ego about it, Bono just said, 'That's my line and I'm doing it - so the rest of you can fuck off.' That settled it!"

However Bono has said he was never keen on the line, and that it was Bob Geldof who talked him into singing it, both in 1984, and now for the new version. The U2 singer is quoted as saying: "I hated singing it in the first place. I really didn't want to sing it again."

However the Darkness' Justin Hawkins, who also recorded a version of the line during the recording this weekend, tells a story more in line with Robbie. He is quoted as saying: "I did it and I did it better than him - so, his management kicked up a stink - it obviously means a lot to him". Ah well, whatever.

Elsewhere in Band Aid news, and bookies Ladbrokes have revealed an unnamed record executive (go on, which one of you was it?) tried to put a £1 million bet on the charity track being Christmas number one. So confident is everyone that 'Do They Know It's Christmas' will be Christmas number one (though - it is being released quite early - so we might yet be surprised) , the odds being offered are currently a rubbish 1:5. However, as said record executive pointed out, that would still mean he would get £200,000 in winnings. Though, as the bookies pointed out, that is why they would be mad to ever take the bet in the first place. A spokesman for Ladbrokes said: "The customer tried to stake £1 million on Band Aid at odds of 1/5 but we turned down the bet. We offered him the opportunity place a smaller bet but he said it was £1 million or nothing. If he were to have had the bet he would have won £200,000, taking home £1.2 million. He remarked that it was better interest than that offered by a bank or building society. We didn't take the bet as it seems like it will take a miracle for it not to go to number one. The customer wishes to stay anonymous at this stage."


Eminem has told MTV that the track 'Like Toy Soldiers' on new album 'Encore' (which is the one that includes the Martika sample) is his attempt to publicly end the various feuds that have existed between the Shady camp and other players in the hip hop community, in particular Ray Benzino and the Source magazine team, and Ja Rule and the Murder Inc roster.

Shady explains: "When I say 'toy soldiers', the phrase, it's symbolic of all of us in the rap game just being pawns almost, it feels like. A lot of times when rappers have beef, their sales incline. So meanwhile, big record labels and heads of record labels, they benefit off this. They go home at night and they can sleep. They can rest their heads, and they can rest easy knowing that they are selling records. Meanwhile, we're really out here. We're out here, and when we're not out here, some of our people are out here. Usually, nine times out of ten, somebody out of somebody's entourage meets up with someone from somebody else's entourage. Usually, the innocent people that really ain't got much to do with it - besides affiliation - end up getting hurt or killed. So (the song 'Like Toy Soldiers') was, metaphorically speaking, my way of saying, 'before this goes any further, I'm done with it'."


An initial autopsy on Wu Tang Clan rapper Old Dirty Bastard has proven "inconclusive", which means the cause of death won't be known until toxicology reports and the results of tissue-sample tests are available, which could take up to ten days. It looks like the rapper suffered a heart attack which, given ODB's history of drug abuse, some speculate was probably caused by some combination of drugs being in his system.

ODB's wife Icelene Jones told reporters yesterday. "He was complaining about his chest hurting, and he was sitting on the floor, and he asked someone to help him get up and go to the couch. He said he wanted some water, but it wasn't cold enough. He went to sleep and never woke back up." Jones also confirmed that a wake and funeral will be held in Brooklyn on Thursday.


Pressure is rising against premiere league brands who are advertising, directly or indirectly, with illegal P2P file sharing networks on the grounds that it somewhat belittles the music industry's battle against illegal file sharing when music fans see adverts for NatWest, Vodafone, O2, First Direct, NTL and Renault on the P2P networks they are not meant to be using.

In a special report on the issue, the BBC quote Paul Myers of Wippit - who run a legal P2P network - who says: "It is time advertisers stopped providing oxygen for companies that support illegal downloading". In a recent open letter to the BPI he pointed out: "You may be surprised to know that current advertisers on the most popular peer to peer service eDonkey who now steadfastly support copyright theft with real cash money include Nat West, Vodafone, O2, First Direct, NTL, and Renault".

The BPI themselves are also critical of those advertisers who support the P2P companies, saying in a statement: "Networks like eDonkey, Kazaa and Grokster facilitate illegal filesharing. The BPI strongly believes that any reputable company should look carefully at the support they are giving these networks through their advertising revenue. Illegal file-sharers steal millions of pounds worth of music through these services. We are sure that the companies advertising on them would not put up with theft on such a scale from their own businesses."

Most of the aforementioned brands distanced themselves from advertising with illegal P2P networks when approached by the BBC - opting for the "it's one of our advertising agents that does it - we don't know anything about it" line. But Mark Mulligan of research firm Jupiter Research reckons it is hard for some brands to ignore the reach and demographic of leading P2P networks: "This has been a problem for a long time, ever since the days of Napster. The reality is that the millions of downloaders represent a very attractive audience. Advertisers probably pay a lot less for putting ads here than on more respected sites and they are reaching the perfect target audience. If you put the legality issues aside, not to advertise here would mean missing out on a valuable audience".

You can read the full BBC report at


ALBUM REVIEW: Copenhagen - Sweet Dreams... (Flower Shop Recordings)
Where did this come from? Not the Danish capital, except for some snippets. London then? Yes, but really, this is from nowhere you can reach out and touch. Like a Freddie Kruger of melancholy, or like SAD on a shiny disc, this collection of songs from Kirsa Wilkenschidt and Neil Henderson sneaks into your life, and mingles with your subconscious until the point where you cannot live or function without your daily fix. 'Hold Back Your Tears' makes me cry, 'Soldier' is bold and sad, 'Song For Edna' honest and sad, written as it was by Henderson's late father. In fact, perhaps it is the raw sorrow of recent bereavement that makes this album so heartrending because this is more than a love album, this is all that makes being human hard, summarised and laid out beautifully in an attractive pill. There are no bad or weak numbers here - there are none of your cliches: this is timeless, but never boring in that way you sometimes expect sincere songwriters (Cave, Cohen, Tindersticks, The The) to be. Straight from the heart is the place this record is from, and straight into mine is where it's gone. Recommended to anyone who's ever felt sad. SA
Release date: 15 Nov
Press contact: No 9 Publicity [all]


Tickets are now on sale for a one off London show from Aqualung which will take place on 17 Dec at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Aqualung's Matt Hales will be joined on stage by a number of yet-to-be-announced guests. Press info from Andy Prevezer on 020 7761 6090.


Mersey TV boss Phil Redmond, the man behind classic TV shows Brookside, Grange Hill and, erm, Hollyoaks, has offered to buy Channel 4. He has written to culture secretary Tessa Jowell saying that, while current Channel 4 bosses seem to be struggling with combining the concepts of commercial and public service television, he is pretty sure that if the network were to be privatised and handed to him, he could do it just fine. In his open letter to the culture minister he says: "While most industry observers, including C4's own management take a pessimistic view of its future, we do not. As a result we would be prepared to buy at any agreed third party open market valuation and gladly run the channel with its current remit intact for a minimum of the next 10 years."

The letter is no doubt an attempt to raise awareness of the previously reported OfCom committee which is looking into the possibility of setting up one or more government funded public service TV channels. Redmond, who fell out with Channel 4 bosses over the axing of Brookside, is a supporter of those proposals, and has submitted an outline of how he would run such a TV channel if he had the opportunity.


You have Yousef representing Circus. You have Krafty Kuts representing Chibuku. Which, all in all, means you have a very fine mix album. 'Circus Versus Chibuku', bringing together the two Liverpool club nights, gets an official launch in London this Saturday (20 Nov) at the Underwater night at The End. It should be quite an eclectic affair - on the bill are Darren Emerson, Yousef, Krafty Kuts, Annie Nightingale, Sharam Jey and Yada Yada. Runs from 11pm to 7am, tickets are £15 (£10 NUS). Press info from


The Libertines' new DVD 'Boys In The Band' - which is being released as part of an album/DVD package on 15 Nov - will get an exclusive preview at Club NME at Koko (on Camden High Street) tomorrow night (17 Nov). The preview is at 9pm, Club NME follows with a live set from Chikinki. Press info from Anglo.


Office star Mackenzie Crook and former Xfm/Eleven O'clock Show presenter Iain Lee are working on a new sitcom for Channel Five based on life in the music industry. Five's comedy editor, who has commissioned the show, told the Guardian: "It's not about a band and it's not going to be another Spinal Tap. It's more behind the scenes in the world of rock, in the deadpan style of The Office and Curb Your Enthusiasm. The idea is to highlight the vanity, stupidity and silly money you get in the rock industry. Mackenzie is very, very keen - he's the world's biggest Nirvana fan".

The project is one of the first being undertaken as part of a joint programming venture between Five and the Paramount Comedy Channel.


Word has it that U2's 2005 world tour will kick off on 1 Mar in Florida, before taking in 30 stadium dates in the US, another 30 in Europe and then additional dates in Japan and Australia. The NME says Snow Patrol and Scissor Sisters are both being considered as support. The former certainly seem to be in the running - U2 manager Paul McGuinness told Billboard: "We love Snow Patrol. Their producer Jacknife Lee, also worked on U2's album and they're Irish. There's a close connection."


EMI have reportedly offered Blue boy Duncan James a £500,000 recording contract to secure to rights to his solo projects in 2005 while the boy band, signed to EMI's Innocent imprint, take a year off.
James is reported as saying: "It's very exciting. It will be so different to working as a group. I'll miss the boys but I'm looking forward to the challenge."

Meanwhile an optimistic 'insider' told reporters: "We have high hopes. His experience with Blue is invaluable. He is an experienced performer and won't be phased."


Ashlee Simpson is apparently begging producers of Saturday Night Live to have her back on the show so she can prove she can sing live. Simpson, of course, had an embarrassing debut on the legendary US TV show when, apparently due to illness, she decided to use a pre-recorded vocal track to "strengthen her performance". That was fine until the wrong vocal track played by mistake, leaving Ms Simpson with a lip-syncing nightmare. She put on a fully live show at the Radio Music Awards a few days later to redeem herself, but word has it she is keen to get back on Saturday Night Live to prove to their audience she can put on a good show.


ALBUM REVIEW: The Donnas - Gold Medal (Warner/Atlantic)
There's so little to compare the Donnas to, especially if you want to compare them to other female rock groups. Of course, the band never wanted that - they're a rock group who play rock. But people still try and align them to Hole and the like. It's so cheapening. I'm not being 'right on' but it's so simple: they're a wicked rock group. Why? Because they write and play great songs full of hooks, solos and lyrics packed full of reality and grit. And while this album has been criticised for being 'weaker' than their breakthrough, 'Spend The Night' it's still all that. The delivery is definitely lighter than the heavy rock of it's predecessor, with a more proto-punk/punk quality to the guitars, but again the attitude and the songs are still in full force. This might be due to the fact that Butch Walker produced the album - he who has notably produced Avril Lavigne. This album will not fail to disappoint. JG
Release date: 25 Oct
Press contact: Warner IH [all]


EMI have confirmed they have successfully secured the international publishing rights to Eminem's new album 'Encore', which topped the UK charts this weekend, and is due to top the US chart later today having shifted an estimated 700K copies in less than a week.

Slim Shady, whose recording contract is with Universal's Interscope, tends to sign a different publishing deal with each album he releases. However, this is the second deal with EMI - they secured the publishing rights for the official soundtrack to Eminem's movie '8 Mile'. That has started speculation that the EMI are hoping the new $7.5 million deal will be the start of an ongoing relationship with the rapper. Commenting on the deal, EMI Music's Martin Bandier yesterday told the New York Post: "It's a huge deal, because he's clearly the biggest rock 'n' roll star in the business. He may be a rapper, but he's a rock 'n' roll star".

Elsewhere in EMI news, and the London based major label has reported a profit for the first half of its current financial year of £30 million. Although this is down from £39.4 million in the same period last year, the discrepancy can be explained through the timing of key releases. Analysts still reckon full year profits will go up from last year's £163.3 million to an estimated £168 million.


Elsewhere in major label news, and some big shifts at Warner Music. Korda Marshall - who, because of various takeovers and restructurings, was running Mushroom Records then East West Records and then Atlantic Records without ever really changing jobs, is moving within the group to head up the UK operations of Warner Bros. Max Lousada will take Marshall's place at the top of Atlantic UK. Warner UK Chairman Nick Phillips said the moves were part of the major's attempts to boost its UK operations both in terms of A&R activity and market share.


Elsewhere in Warner Music news, and word has it that hip hop mogul Russell Simmons is talking to Warner US boss Lyor Cohen about setting up a new joint venture record label with the major. Simmons has reportedly turned to Cohen and Warner Music regarding a new venture now that much of the old guard (including Cohen himself) have left the Universal Music Group who now wholly own Simmon's original record label, Def Jam.


Mike Skinner has announced a series of The Streets gigs for the New Year. Skinner will use the tour to promote his own label The Beats, with his first signing the Mitchell Brothers as main support. Dates as follows:

27 & 28 Feb: Bristol Colston Hall
1 Mar: Plymouth Pavilion
3 Mar: Birmingham NIA
4 & 5 Mar: Manchester Apollo
7 & 8 Mar: Glasgow Academy
11 Mar: London Alexandra Palace
12 Mar: Braintree Unex Towerlands


A letter written by Kurt Cobain to Courtney Love while on tour in the UK in 1991 will go under the hammer at Christies next month, and is expected to fetch in excess of seven grand.

Describing his LSD induced hallucinations, Cobain writes: "Out of all the times I've been on acid, I've never been able to hallucinate with such repetitive control. I'm hallucinating at will, over and over again in this English shoebox with pastel curtains and normal little victorian lamps and drawers. It's all too normal and impossible to explain. I'm not very drunk. It's like controlled bedspins and I'm the exorcist. I really do care but I'm not very convincing. He's sad. I'm sad. My throat is a swollen tumour, Blood sausage, colon. I puke air after coughing. It was morning by the time I fell asleep after talking to you. 200 lbs. I thought of a great idea for our video. Oh forget it."

He signs off by saying: "Well, gotta go, I have a crusade to run. We watched top of the pops tonight, Fucking brilliant, Love Kurd."

Cobain got a receptionist at the hotel where he was staying to fax the letter to Love. When the receptionist asked the singer what she should do with the original he told her to keep it as a souvenir - hence how it is now up for sale.


MTV are planning the launch of its first local channel in Africa - the only populated continent without its own MTV service. The new channel, to be called MTV Base, will broadcast in 46 countries, but will be particularly targeted at TV audiences in South Africa and Nigeria.

The channel promises to showcase local African music alongside popular MTV shows like 'Cribs' and 'Making The Video' plus programmes based around American artists. A series of programmes educating young viewers of the dangers of HIV and AIDS are also expected.

Commenting on the new channel Bill Roedy, president of MTV Networks International, told reporters: "By tapping into Africa's rich local music scene, we plan to play a major role in supporting and exporting Africa's incredible artists and cultural heritage around the world".


God, its been, what, days since we last had some Britney gossip. Well, here's the latest. Word is Ms Spears has signed up to study at her local college - Perrerdine College. A source told reporters: "Despite all the money she has, Britney is getting bored. She is enjoying her current newlywed status, but even she knows that fame won't last forever. She wants to start a family, but sees combining that and studying a perfect way to spend married life."

Elsewhere in Britney news, and Bobby Brown has told reporters he is not impressed with Britney's version of his 1989 hit 'My Prerogative'. Brown: "I love the video. I'm not impressed with the music. It's not mine. 'Call me Britney, we'll get together and I'll show you how to really do it. Don't do that again.' That is my anthem and I wouldn't mess with Toxic or anything like that, but I love Britney."



Chris Martin: It's Christmas time, there's no need to be afraid. At Christmas time, we let in light and we banish shade

Dido: And in our world of plenty we can spread a smile of joy. Throw your arms around the world at Christmas time

Robbie Williams: But say a prayer, Pray for the other ones. At Christmas time it's hard, but when you're having fun

Sugababes: There's a world outside your window, and it's a world of dread and fear

Fran Healy: Where the only water flowing

Fran Healy and the Sugababes: Is the bitter sting of tears

Fran Healy and Justin Hawkins: And the Christmas bells that ring there are the clanging chimes of doom

Bono: Well tonight thank God it's them instead of you

Will Young and Jamelia: And there won't be snow in Africa this Christmas time, the biggest gift they'll get this year is life

Ms Dynamite and Beverly Knight: (Oooh) Where nothing ever grows, no rain nor rivers flow

Group of 10 and Joss Stone: Do they know it's Christmas time at all?

Tom Chaplin (Keane): Here's to you

Justin Hawkins: Raise a glass for everyone

Dizzee Rascal: Spare a thought this yuletide for the deprived, if the table was turned would you survive

Busted: Here's to them

Justin Hawkins: Underneath that burning sun

Dizzee Rascal: You ain't gotta feel guilt just selfless, give a little help to the helpless

Joss Stone and Justin Hawkins: Do they know it's Christmas time at all?

Tom Chaplin: Feed the world

Tom Chaplin and Chris Martin: Feed the world

Tom Chaplin, Chris Martin and Sugababes: Feed the world

Everyone : Feed the world, let them know it's Christmas time again (repeated)

Everyone - Feed the world (repeated to end)

Joss Stone - Ad-libs over outro

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