CMU Daily - on the inside Monday 22nd November
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Management deny Vines split following court room revelation
- Young Buck officially charged over Vibe Awards stabbing
- Eminem wows fans at London show
- 13 million tune into Band Aid video premiere
- Early Elvis recordings up for auction
- Mcfly dominate at Smash Hits Poll Winners Party
- Chart update
- This week's student radio chart
- Single review: Delays - Lost In A Melody
- Record producer Melcher dies
- Five considering Flextech merger
- Crow stalker in court
- New lawsuit for Jacko
- EMI figures show digital revenues starting to have an impact
- Cream plan Boxing Night special
- Live review: Connor Oberst @ ULU Wed 17 November
- George Michael session among BBC Radio Christmas line up
- Former Viacom boss gets stake in satellite radio group
- NME plan hologram cover
- Ozzy says no more reality TV
- Mcfadden drowning his sorrows


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How did you start out making music for a living?
I formed a band at school that would turn into Terrorvision after about four years. When that line up was settled we spent about three years doing gigs and recording demo tapes before we got signed by EMI Records in 1991.

What inspired your latest album?
A curiosity to make a record without the other guys in terrorvision was my initial inspiration. After 12 years writing with them I wanted to do something that was more purely my own style and taste. I think the songs I wrote changed quite a bit in the hands of the new band, Malibu Stacey. My early demos were more disparate and quirky and playing them with the band developed them into a more solid Rock direction.

What process do you go through in creating an album?
This was quite different. The song-writing process was quite long (about 18 months) and that was followed by the process of putting the band together, which took another 6 months. By the time all that was done the recording part was very quick 'cos we were eager to get it out there. After doing some initial demos, the 10 track album was recorded and mixed in about 10 days, at a cost of £1000!!

What artists influence your work?
The Beatles, Kiss, Queen, Cheap Trick, New York dolls, Foo Fighters, Sex Pistols, Soulwax, T-Rex, David Bowie, Pantera, Black Sabbath, Talking Heads, Queens of the Stone Age...

What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
Turn it up!

What are your ambitions for this album, and for the future?
Just to have as many people as possible to hear it...then at least 50% of them to buy it so we can afford to do another one!!

Having released debut album 'On Heat' earlier this year, Malibu Stacey play The Temple Bar Music Centre in Dublin next Saturday. More info at


The management for Australia's The Vines have stressed that the band have not broken up following rumours a split was likely after revelations in a Sydney courtroom on Friday.

The band's frontman, Craig Nicholls, was in court facing charges of assault against a photographer. His legal people told the court their client had been recently diagnosed as suffering from Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism. This condition, they said, explained his actions against the photographer in question - and presumably would explain some of Nicholl's other erratic behaviour earlier this year. The court gave the singer an unconditional discharge.

Following the court hearing the band's management posted a message on The Vines' official website: "The last six months has been a very trying time for The Vines and those close to them. Craig was recently diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, a neurobiological disorder which is a mild form of autism. People with AS are generally considered exceptionally intelligent (and often obsessively focus their attention to music or art), but have difficulty reading social situations and are often accused of being deliberately rude and antisocial. They also have difficulty coping with change and only find security in a familiar routine and environment."


Police in California have confirmed they have formally charged G-Unit member Young Buck following that stabbing incident at last week's Vibe Awards in Santa Monica.

The rapper, real name David Darnell Brown, is accused of stabbing one Jimmy James Johnson after he allegedly punched Brown's label boss Dr Dre. Brown fled the scene shortly after the incident last Monday night, with police issuing a warrant for his arrest almost immediately.

This weekend police told reporters they were negotiating with Brown regarding his surrender, with the rapper's lawyer saying his client would "surrender in the near future". The latest word is that Brown has now met with police and been officially charged with assault with a deadly weapon and attempted murder. Reports say he has been released on $500,000 bail and will appear in court on 20 Dec for arraignment.


No such stress elsewhere in the Aftermath/Shady Records camp where Eminem continues to take over the world, with his album 'Encore' still at the top of the UK album charts (more on that below). Mr. Mathers was in the UK this weekend, and wowed 500 fans who had managed to get tickets to an intimate Eninem gig at the Islington Academy on Saturday night. According to the NME he performed an hour-long set featuring seven songs, mainly from the new album, including 'Mosh', 'Like Toy Soldiers' and 'Just Lose It'.


To steal a quote from that BBC 2 documentary about Saturday night television that aired earlier his year - were TV viewers captivated or just captive? Anyway, an estimated 13 million people tuned in to see the premiere of the new Band Aid video last Thursday night when it aired simultaneously on BBC1, BBC2, ITV1, Channel 4 and Channel Five. And that's not including people who watched it on Sky One or any of the other digital channels that participated in the screening.


Some of Elvis' earliest recordings are up for auction. Experts reckon a dedicated fan may pay in excess of $50,000 to buy unedited reel-to-reel tapes which feature early recordings of 'All Shook Up', 'Jailhouse Rock', religious songs, material for his first Christmas album, and banter between Presley, members of his band and engineer Thorne Nogar.

The tapes belonged to Nogar, who always made two copies of each recording in case record label bosses wanted to make last minute changes after the original tapes had been edited. The studio engineer died in 1994 - his family are selling them because: "I think the people should enjoy them - and frankly, we could use the money."

Whoever gets the tapes won't be able to make any income from their investment. Although the Nogar family own the tapes, they don't own the copyright on the recordings - which were paid for by RCA. Therefore the tapes can only be used for personal enjoyment.


Tradition dictates that when you win all the big awards at one year's Smash Hits Poll Winners Party, it means you will win all the 'Worst...' awards next year, such is the fickle nature of the Smash Hits faithful. All of which means that McFly are due for quite a panning at the Smash Hits Poll Winners Party 2005.

But for the time being they can relish the glory of winning five top awards in the 2004 readers' poll - the McFly boys taking the gongs for Stars Of The Year, Best UK Band, Best Album, Best Video and, for Danny Jones, Most Fanciable Male, at the annual pop awards extravaganza at Wembley Arena yesterday.

Label mates Busted also did well, picking up three awards, while Kylie Minogue was voted into the magazine's Hall of Fame. Other winners (of awards you might want to win) included Rachel Stevens, Maroon 5, The Shapeshifters, Natasha Bedingfield , The Darkness and Eminem. On the less positive side Marilyn Manson won "Flop Pop Mop" while Will Young was named Worst Dressed Star, which hardly seems fair.


All that winning at the Smash Hits Poll Winners Party would have helped the McFly boys overcome the disappointment of only getting in at number five with their latest single, 'Room On The 3rd Floor', in yesterday's chart. The top spot, and highest new entry, went to Girls Aloud with their cover version of the Pretenders' 'I'll Stand By You'. Cynics might say that the fact that the track was being sold in aid of the BBC's Children In Need campaign helped them score so high. Except, of course, McFly also announced during their performance on Friday night's telethon that they would be donating the profits from their single to the BBC appeal too. Then again, that was after their performance on Children In Need which, to be honest, wouldn't really have sold the single to those not already converted.

Elsewhere in the singles charts this week there were new entries from Lemar and Gwen Stefani, also ahead of the McFly boys at 3 and 4 respectively. Other new entries from the frighteningly young JoJo at 8, Embrace at 11, The White Stripes at 16, Paul Weller at 18, that complicated S Club spin off I Dream at 19, The 411 at 23, Avril Lavigne at 24, Anastacia at 25, Fabolous at 28, Delerium at 38, The Thrills at 39 and Unkle featuring Ian Brown at 40.

Albums wise, as mentioned above Eminem stays at the top, with Robbie's greatest hits sliding back up to number 2, perhaps aided by his performance on the Hall of Fame show last weekend. New entries from Destiny's Child at 5 and the Blue greatest hits thing at 6, with Donny Osmond at 26, the re-released in someway 'special edition' of Jamie Cullum's 'Twentysomething' at 32 and the new Billy Joel compilation at 40.


1. [1] Steriogram - Walkie Talkie Man (EMI)
2. [3] Eminem - Just Lose It (Universal/Interscope)
3. [2] Gwen Stefani - What You Waiting For? (Universal/Interscope)
4. [6] Keane - This Is The Last Time (Universal/Island)
5. [5] U2 - Vertigo (Universal/Island)
6. [9] Babshambles - Kilamangiro (Rough Trade)
7. [8] Destiny's Child - Lose My Breath (Sony/Columbia)
8. [7[ The Streets - Could Well Be In (679)
9. [13] The Thrills - Not For All The Love In The World (EMI/Virgin)
10. [15] Nelly - Tilt Ya Head Back (Universal/Mercury)
11. [23] Modest Mouse - Ocean Bites Salty (Matador)
12. [4] The White Stripes - Jolene (Beggars/XL)
13. [27] Lemar - If There's Any Justice (Sony/Epic)
14. [18] The Bravery - Unconditional (Universal/Polydor)
15. [16] Kings Of Leon - The Bucket (BMG/Handmedown)
16. [10] The Libertines - What Became Of The Likely Lads (Rough Trade)
17. [22] Kelis - Millionaire (EMI / Virgin)
18. [RE] Nas - Bridging The Gap (Sony/Columbia)
19. [19] Snow Patrol - How To Be Dead (Universal/Polydor)
20. [24] The Zutons - Don't Ever Think (Too Much) (Deltasonic)
21. [11] Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Y Control (Universal/Polydor)
22. [NE] Green Day - Boulevard Of Dreams (Warners/Reprise)
23. [14] Dizzee Rascal - Dreams (Beggars / XL)
24. [29] Snoop Dogg - Drop It Like It's Hot (EMI/Virgin)
25. [17] Delays - Lost In A Melody (Rough Trade)
26. [26] Rooster - Come Get Some (Brightside)
27. [12] Kasabian - Processed Beats (BMG/RCA)
28. [20] Mylo - Drop The Pressure (Breast Fed)
29. [RE] The Futureheads - Meantime (679)
30. [30] Graham Coxon - Freakin Out (Transcopic)


SINGLE REVIEW: Delays - Lost In A Melody
I seem to remember making rash statements like 'album of the year' when Delays released 'Faded Seaside Glamour' back in April. Rash indeed but, while there has been no shortage of very fine albums released since then, and it's true that 'Faded Seaside Glamour' isn't necessarily my current album of choice, I have to say there has not been another album released this year which got me quite as excited as when 'FSG' first arrived. And when 'Wanderlust' (one of the tracks off that album and the b-side on this single) starts playing I remember why. And so to brand new track 'Lost In A Melody' - and I'm feeling even more excited about Delays as yet untitled second album already. Rumours that the band were getting a little more electronic on their new material seems to be true if this track is anything to go by, and given that my music tastes have got increasingly electronic as 2004 has gone by, that's a very good thing as far as I'm concerned. Roll on 2005 and that second album and, in the meantime, roll on 16 Dec when Delays play Xfm's Christmas Remix Night. CC
Release date: 22 Nov
Press contact: Coalition [CP, RP, NP] Anglo [CR, RR, NR]


Record producer Terry Melcher, who worked with the likes of The Byrds, The Mamas and Papas and The Beach Boys, has died aged 62. The son of actress Doris Day, among the hits he produced were The Byrd's 'Mr Tambourine Man' and The Beach Boys' 'Kokomo'. The latter, which he also co-wrote, got him a 1988 Golden Globe nomination after it was used on the soundtrack to the movie 'Cocktail'.

Melcher also performed in his own right as part of a duo called Bruce & Terry, (the Bruce being future Beach Boy Bruce Johnston), and produced TV shows and charity projects for his mother.

He had a short moment of notoriety in 1969 when some claimed he was the real target of the Charles Manson murders in which actress Sharon Tate and four of her friends were killed while living in a house which Melcher once rented. There were rumours that Melcher was the real target because he had turned Manson down for a record contract. But LA police denied the rumours, saying Manson knew that by that point Melcher was living in Malibu.


The owners of Channel Five - RTL and United Business Media - are reportedly talking to Telewest's TV arm Flextech about a possible merger. The reports follow Channel 4's announcement last week that it was no longer considering a merger with Five. The new deal would bring together the terrestrial channel with Flextech's Freeview channel FTN and its digital channels Trouble, Living and Bravo. In theory the deal would also include the popular UKTV network - though Flextech would have to renegotiate its partnership with the BBC, whose archives fill much of its output, if any merger took place.

Talking of partnerships with the BBC, word is Channel 4 is likely to look for public funding support to enable it to compete in the digital age, either with money directly from government or through some kind of partnership with the BBC - most likely both.


Assistant District Attorney Tara Daly told the Manhattan Supreme Court on Friday that a man accused of stalking singer Sheryl Crow had a "dangerous obsession". The DA told the court: "This defendant did not stop at merely being a fan but got personal with her."

The accused is New Yorker Ambrose Kappos, a former US Navy diver. Authorities were alerted to Kappos' obsession for Crow after he arrived at her family's home in Missouri telling Sheryl's father Warren that he found the family's home by following a bird (actually, he'd found out where it was on the internet), and that he wanted a date with his daughter.

Kappos' defence lawyer asked the court to keep an open mind until all evidence had been presented. Kappos' legal team are sure to stress that their client has not actually been accused of anything violent.


Elsewhere in legal news, and another (yes, another) lawsuit for Michael Jackson's very busy legal team. The latest suit comes from an LA based antiques store who claim the singer has failed to fully pay for almost $380,000 (£204,500) worth of furniture. The suit relates to furniture allegedly bought on account by Jackson back in May - the antiques store say to date only $200,000 (£107,700) of the bill has been paid.


Although overall profits were down for the six months leading up to Sep this year, the share price of London based major label EMI rose on Friday when new financial figures indicated the UK music industry was starting to reap rewards from the digital music sector.

EMI's half year profits were down from £39.8 million to £36.9 million. However the new financials showed that revenues from downloaded music had risen 600% in the same period showing that, while illegal online music distribution is still a problem for the music business, the growth of legitimate download platforms like iTunes and Napster is now providing a new revenue stream for record labels.

Although online sales only represent 2% of EMI's current turnover, and while CD sales are still expected to form the majority of EMI's income for the foreseeable future, the fact that digital music is starting to create revenues for EMI has restored a little confidence among investors in the UK music market.

EMI chairman Eric Nicoli told investors: "The legitimate digital music market continues to expand rapidly and we remain confident that digital represents a key driver for future industry growth".

In the short term Nicoli also expects to reach his company's profit targets by the end of the financial year thanks to major releases from The Rolling Stones, Robbie Williams and Blue, all of which have come in the second half of the year. He continued: "Turnover for October and November to date is well ahead of last year, significantly reducing the first-half decline".


If you're looking for escape from the Christmas proceedings, and a trip to Liverpool isn't too unrealistic, then you should make sure you check out Cream's annual Boxing Night party at Nation. The line up pretty much speaks for itself:

Main Room In Association with Serious Klub Knowledge Tour: Armin Van Buuren, Eddie Halliwell, Matt Hardwick, Scott Bond, Remy, Simon Patterson
Courtyard Hosted By Cream Classics: Nick Warren, CJ Mackintosh, James Barton & Andy Mc (Back2Back), K Klass (Paul & Russ) DJ Set, Gareth Wyn, Alison Limerick

Annexe Hosted By Aztec: Steve Lawler, MYNC Project, Steve Parry, Lee Ellis & Anthony Probyn (Back2Back), Gerard Shields

All takes place at Nation in Liverpool from 10pm to 6am - tickets are £20 plus booking fee. Press info from Gill at Cream.


LIVE REVIEW: Connor Oberst @ ULU Wed 17th November
Overwrought, over-sensitive, and now over here: Connor Oberst's brand of earnest, angst-ridden folk might occasionally seem a touch too histrionic for British palates; certainly it requires a leap of faith to believe a man who once dated Winona Ryder and currently occupies the top two positions in the US Billboard chart could be harbouring quite such a litany of woes. Yet the hushed reverence which greets every strung-out poeticism at tonight's sold-out solo show is testament to the Bright Eyes singer's growing reputation this side of the pond. Whilst the fractious nature of his mannered folk songs has often failed to translate satisfactorily to the live arena, the relative intimacy afforded by ULU coupled with the solo billing actually work to his advantage. Because no-one is anticipating any dramatic dynamic shifts, songs such as "The Big Picture" are allowed to unfurl at their own measured pace into the brittle, emotionally charged epics they have always threatened to become. The disarming honesty poured into every anguished rhyming couplet on "Waste of Paint" instantly raises Oberst above his more prosaic 'tortured artist' contemporaries. The evening's highlight, though, comes with new song "When the President Talks to God", an acerbic retort to the rank hypocrisy of the religious right. An easy target, for sure, but then few tackle such pressing issues with the insight or articulate rage which Oberst so effortlessly deploys. DL


George Michael will perform a live set at the Abbey Road studios as part of a Radio 2 programme which will see the singer discuss the inspiration behind his songs as part of the radio station's Sold on Song initiative, which explores the art of songwriting.

The programme is part of a number of Christmas specials being planned by Radio 2, which include a Christmas Day concert from the London Community Gospel Choir hosted by Jamelia, a spoof nostalgia show on Christmas Day hosted by Harry Hill, a live concert from Jamie Cullum and a series of Fireside Tales in which Christopher Lee will read from the likes of Edgar Allan Poe, E Nesbit and Ambrose Bierce.

Oh yes, and Chris Tarrant will return to radio, this time to the BBC station, to host a one off New Years programme.

Talking of up coming programmes on BBC Radio,6Music have announced that the Manics will be taking over the digital music station from 6 to 12 Dec. In a similar vein to when Radiohead took over the station last year, they will pick shows from the BBC archives to be aired. They will also perform a live session and appear on various 6Music shows during the weeks.


More on the appointment of former Viacom boss Mel Karmazin to the top job at US satellite radio company Sirius - the radio home of Eminem and soon to be the home of Howard Stern. According to the New York Post Karmazin will get a 2% stake in the company as part of his appointment to the CEO post.

Meanwhile, and talking of Sirius and Stern, word is the former is trying to get the latter out of his contract with Infinity Radio so that he can start broadcasting on the satellite network sometime next year (and not in 2006 as currently planned). Word is such a deal could cost Sirius $180 million - though presumably Karmazin can pull some strings, given that Infinity is owned by his former employer Viacom.


While we're on media news, do look out for NME this week, which will come with a 3D hologram on the cover! Apparently the first time a magazine has had a hologram that filled the entire front page, the hi-tech cover is being funded by phone operator O2, presumably because holograms on the front of music magazines make you immediately think "oh yeah, I must buy a new mobile phone".

The cover will celebrate the launch of the NME's Cool List for this year. The magazine's publishing director Neil Robinson told Media Week: "The Cool List generates big sales and a big reaction among readers and critics alike. With this fantastic, attention-grabbing cover we hope there will be even more excitement around the issue. Innovation is at the heart of the NME brand and the lenticular cover is a perfect example of two brands working together to continue to break boundaries."

Chris Pyne of O2's advertising agency ZenithOptimedia said: "The NME Cool List offered 02 the perfect vehicle to showcase its new range of phones in a fresh and different way. It's a great example of advertisers and publishers working together."

The cover will feature a super-realistic holographic picture of Libertine-in-exile Pete Doherty. Of course, if it was really realistic he wouldn't show up at the last minute leaving an empty cover and lots of pissed off readers.


Last bit of media news - Ozzy Osbourne has announced there will be no more series of his family's legendary reality TV show. Ozzy told reporters at last week's MTV Europe Music Awards: "at the end of it I didn't like having cameras around the house all the time". Can't say fairer than that.


Brian McFadden has told reporters that his drinking may be spiralling out of control. The former Westlife singer gave up drink after quitting the boy band, but has turned to drink again in the fallout of his split from wife Kerry. Brian told reporters: "The problem is everything looks so much better through the bottom of a glass. I'm drinking every night. I didn't touch a drop for two months but then with everything going on at home it was impossible to resist a drink. It hasn't been the best year on a personal front. I'm going to have to cut back soon."

Why Brian has chosen to tell the papers this just now isn't clear. Oh, by the way, Brian's latest single 'Irish Son' is released today.

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