CMU Daily - on the inside Wednesday 24th November
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Brighton Council call for boycott of homophobic artists
- Senate back new US piracy legislation - almost
- Bono on downloading
- The Osbournes on their break in
- iPod helps Apples fortunes grow
- Napster launch joint card with Blockbuster
- Incubus prepare for soundtrack projects
- The Vines will continue - but with no deadlines and few gigs
- Sony withdraw McFadden video
- Glastonbury plan to replace tickets with ID cards
- Jermaine Jackson files for divorce
- American Idol hospitalised with exhaustion
- Eminem - "don't like my lyrics, then sue me"
- Sunday Best stage Bestival reunion
- Tom Waits plays first UK gig for 17 years
- Almond can't remember crash
- AIM appoint new digital boss
- Libertines top cool poll

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VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE TRACK OF 2004
Currently doing well in the voting stakes: Mylo, The Killers, Franz Ferdinand, Delays, Max Sedgely and Kasabian - but what is your favourite track? Email your vote and a 50 word description of why it is your favourite to vote@cmumusicnetwork.co.uk

GREAT OPPORTUNITIES FOR LONDON BASED STUDENTS
The College Media Network is recruiting London based students to join its team of music and entertainment reviewers. If you want to join the review team, get free training and reviewer access to film, theatre, music and entertainment in London then email your CV and a review of something you have seen / heard / read recently to recruit@thisweeklondon.co.uk. Meanwhile, if you are working in college media and are not a member of the College Media Network - well, join - you will find an application form at http://www.collegemedianetwork.co.uk

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SAME SIX QUESTIONS: Crazy Penis

How did you start out making music for a living?
We were part-timers for quite a few years but always involved - it just got to the point where we could afford to spend all day in the studio as opposed to our office desks!

What inspired your upcoming album?
It was the first writing we had done after splitting with Paper Recordings so it was quite an unsettled time - but the ideas were still flowing. We just wanted to have a collection of new tracks and remixes which showed our style before we started the new chapter.

What process do you go through in creating an album?
There's a long writing process where ideas are brought to the table or jam sessions take place - after that it's just honing the basic ideas into the finished article by trying different things out with each particular tune

Which artists influence your work?
Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, War - real talent with soul!!

What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
You're gonna like this.... hopefully.

What are your ambitions at the moment, and for the future?
Finishing our forthcoming artist album, due in March, and to keep enjoying life and making music

Crazy Penis will be playing in Cork and Dublin on the 26 and 27 of Nov and then Chibuku Shake Shake in Liverpool on 10 Dec. The new album should be ready for release in Mar on Shiva Records - more info at http://www.shivarecords.com

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BRIGHTON COUNCIL CALL FOR BOYCOTT OF HOMOPHOBIC ARTISTS
Councillors in Brighton are calling for an unprecedented city-wide boycott of reggae and rap music which contains anti-gay lyrics. It is part of that increasingly vocal campaign against artists who allegedly incite violence against the gay community. As previously reported, while hip hop has long been criticised by the gay rights community, it is the dance hall genre that is under most pressure in the latest campaign.

Green Party councillors in Brighton are proposing the city council should put pressure on music retailers in the town to stop selling music by allegedly homophobic artists, including Buju Banton, Beenie Man, Elephant Man, TOK, Vybz Kartel and Bounty Killer. Conservative Party councillors in the city propose similar pressure should be put on music venues and libraries.

Justifying the proposals, which will be discussed by the council on Thursday, councillor Simon Williams told reporters: "Brighton and Hove is regarded as the gay capital of England. We decided we should take a stand against the record stores. Whilst freedom of expression is valid in most cases, it ceases to be valid when you are talking about incitement to murder people. The fact that albums containing such lyrics are readily available contributes to a climate where homophobia and other forms of prejudice are seen as acceptable. By targeting large, specialist music stores, we hope to put pressure on the music industry to clean up its act."

A spokesman for HMV told reporters that most of the specified albums were not stocked in their Brighton stores anyway because there was no demand for them. But they warned against complete bans on these artists, observing: "If you try to ban something it can enable the artists to promote themselves as being cool victims. It could really boost sales. By giving retailers responsibility [in this area], you are encouraging them to make subjective decisions and encouraging censorship. This could set a dangerous precedent."

Daniel Shaw, manager of Brighton's branch of MVC said his staff had already removed the highlighted "anti-gay" albums from display, although they were still available if people specifically asked for them.

A spokesman for Virgin Megastore said it would seriously consider the proposals, should Brighton Council back them, however they added: "Of course we do not agree with what is said in some of those lyrics, but we agree with the freedom of choice, tolerance and the right to choose what music you want to buy. Retailers are caught right in the middle of this. We sell music, we are not there to defend Jamaican society and what's right or wrong with it". In what might as yet turn out to be our quote of the week, they added: "If we did not stock anything that might offend somebody somewhere, our shelves would be pretty empty."

Needless to say, the proposals are supported by British gay rights group OutRage! Their spokesman, Peter Tatchell, told reporters that his group were planning to take the proposals even further: "Records that incite murder are criminal offences, and it is illegal for record stores to promote this music. If the stores refuse to remove these CDs we will be pressing the police to prosecute them. We hope that other cities around the country will follow Brighton's lead by pressing local stores to take these CDs out of their stores."

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SENATE BACK NEW US PIRACY LEGISLATION - ALMOST
The US Senate have given their approval to the anti-piracy bill that is working its way through Congress, though they have dumped one of the more controversial proposals. They agreed that the taping of movies in cinemas or the leaking of music online prior to public release should be classified as criminal offences with prison sentences or harsh fines. However they resisted attempts to make the illegal sharing of copyrighted music via P2P network a criminal offence - the House of Representatives had proposed that anyone caught sharing over 1000 copyrighted files should face up to three years in jail. Because Senate has passed an amended version of the bill it will now have to go back to the House of Representatives for approval.

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BONO ON DOWNLOADING
In related news, U2's Bono has spoken to Reuters about the distribution of his music online before it has been officially released.

"It's never nice to have a thief in charge of your release campaign. However, it's up there. Bootlegs are fine if you're making a few of them for your friends, but if it's big business, bad-ass crime, I don't think you want to be a part of that and that's what this is. I'm not afraid of music downloading. I think it works for us, not against us. Yes, our CD has been robbed, and yes it is on the air and people can get it for nothing, but our fans generally don't do that."

With U2's album shifting mega-units across the world this week that certainly seems to be true. Latest figures from the States suggest 'How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb' could shift in excess of a million copies in its first week on sale which would be good news for Universal's Interscope label, who release U2's material there, especially coming so soon after the phenomenal success of one of their other artists - Eminem.

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THE OSBOURNES ON THEIR BREAK IN
Sharon Osbourne has expressed her anger at the burglars who stole jewellery from her UK home at the weekend. Talking reporters through what was stolen - the list included a diamond wedding ring and two handmade wedding bands Ozzy gave her when they renewed their vows two years ago - she said: "it angers me when I think about a person who hasn't worked and wants to take what's yours.

The thing is, we worked for everything. I came from Brixton. Ozzy came from not a very nice part of Birmingham and everything we've got we have worked our arses off for. If I choose to make an investment for my kids in whatever way I choose to make it, that's my business and I worked for every God damn penny."

Talking about the break in, Ozzy Osbourne said he now felt safer in LA than the UK: "We lived in Los Angeles where people get shot every day and have been trailed by lots of different stalkers - and yet we come back to England and I'm very disappointed."

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IPOD HELPS APPLES FORTUNES GROW
Apple's fortunes continue to grow thanks to the success of iPod. Analysts in the US this week decided the company's stock was worth almost double what they had previously valued it at - as a result of which Apple's share price rose to over $60. As previously reported, money people reckon the popularity of the iPod is helping re-establish the Apple Mac as the home computer of choice for an increasingly large number of consumers.

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NAPSTER LAUNCH JOINT CARD WITH BLOCKBUSTER
Elsewhere in digital music news - Napster have announced a deal with Blockbuster video which will see the two companies launch a joint membership card scheme called Digital Duo. The card, available for $20 a month, will give consumers access to Blockbuster's online DVD rentals and Napster's streaming song library, plus two in-store DVD rentals and two song downloads. No word on whether a similar deal is likely in the UK.

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INCUBUS PREPARE FOR SOUNDTRACK PROJECTS
Incubus have announced they will spend the first half of 2005 working on two film projects - creating the soundtrack for a new action movie called 'Stealth' and scoring an as-yet-untitled documentary about legendary surfboard shaper Al Merrick.

The band's Brandon Boyd told Billboard: "This will be stuff that is largely out or character for us, which is exciting. For 'Stealth' we will be writing Incubus songs, but tied to the scenes. Kind of a la Queen in 'Highlander,' which I'm a huge fan of".

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THE VINES WILL CONTINUE - BUT WITH NO DEADLINES AND FEW GIGS
Don't go holding your breath for new material from The Vines - cos you'll make yourself ill.
Following that announcement earlier in the week that front-man Craig Nicholls' suffered from the neurobiological disorder Asperger's Syndrome (hence the sometimes erratic behaviour), the band's management said yesterday that, while the band are not splitting up, there will be no tight schedule as to when new material will be ready for release, nor any grueling tours.

One of the band's managers, Andy Kelly, told reporters: "The band will be working on new tracks in the next couple of weeks, but there are no deadlines for material to be completed - as along as the band and Craig are happy no-one's going to put any pressure on them for it to work any other way".
As for touring Kelly continued: "They will never, ever tour like they did before, and playing shows is probably the last thing that will be worked out."

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SONY WITHDRAW MCFADDEN VIDEO
SonyBMG have withdrawn the original promo video for the new Brian McFadden track after complaints from St Fintian's High School in Dublin.

The song, 'Irish Son', which McFadden claims is semi-autobigraphical, talks about being abused at school. The video shows various school scenes, and the people in charge of St Fintian's say it is obviously their school that has been filmed. McFadden did not attend St Fintian's - and as far as we can see the song is not meant to imply children are or were abused there.

SonyBMG say they assumed the school shown in the video was fictional. Not wishing to suggest anything untoward goes on at St Fintian's, as soon as the school complained about the video they arrange for it to be re-edited and re-supplied to TV networks. So everything's aright again.

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GLASTONBURY PLAN TO REPLACE TICKETS WITH ID CARDS
Organisers of the Glastonbury Festival are considering issuing ID cards rather than tickets in order to foil ticket touts.

As previously reported, such is the demand for tickets to the flagship music festival, which last year sold out within 24 hours of tickets going on sale, that there has been considerable business for touts over the years, selling either forged tickets, or marked-up tickets they have bought under different names.

Organisers of the festival, who do not want tickets (even if they are official tickets) to be sold at hiked up prices by middle-men, have introduced various measures to stop touts, including last year asking festival-goers to present ID when showing their named tickets at entry gates. However some touts merely supplied fake ID with the tickets they sold.

The latest scheme would see festival-goers carry an ID card which would include a photo and a computer chip carrying personal information.

The festival's Emily Eavis told reporters yesterday: "Rather than a ticket, it will be like an entrance card, and it really is to try to limit forgeries and touting. As long as it's approached in the right way, it might really work, it might really change the system".

However, aware the measure might be seen by some Glastonbury regulars as being too oppressive, organisers are inviting music fans to give their opinions on the ID card proposals via the Radio 1 website.

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JERMAINE JACKSON FILES FOR DIVORCE
There's no Michael Jackson legal news today. But, keen to ensure no edition of the CMU Daily goes out without some mention of the Jackson family's legal affairs, Jermaine Jackson decided to file for divorce from his wife of nine years, Alejandra. The former Jackson Five member separated from his wife earlier this year. The divorce papers, submitted to the LA Superior Court this week, cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split.

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AMERICAN IDOL HOSPITALISED WITH EXHAUSTION
Former American Idol winner Ruben Studdard has been admitted to hospital suffering from exhaustion. Having won the reality show last year, Studdard got a $1 million record deal with BMG's J Records - his second album 'I Need An Angel' is out this week and he had a grueling promotional schedule planned. However he was taken ill at home earlier this week and a spokesman for his label told reporters yesterday: "Ruben will likely remain in the hospital through the end of the week - all promotion for his new album this week has been cancelled". Although doctors are carrying out tests to find out the cause of Studdard's illness, exhaustion seems most likely.

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EMINEM - "DON'T LIKE MY LYRICS, THEN SUE ME"
Eminem has made some ëgeneralí remarks regarding artists who take offence at his raps - though it's not that unlikely the general remarks were in fact intended for one Mr. Jackson (who is still whining about the Jacko-spoofing in Slim Shady track 'Just Lose It'). Eminem told reporters: "It's fucked that artists want to sue other artists for saying something that's artistic expression. If everybody I say something about on 'Encore' sues me, I'm going to be the one broke motherfucker by the time I'm done with my rap career. But hey, if you want to sue me, take a number, because there are lots of people waiting in line wanting to do that."

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SUNDAY BEST STAGE BESTIVAL REUNION
Our good friends at Sunday Best are holding a special party for everyone that enjoyed Bestival back in Sep (anyone who missed it and has been regretting it deeply ever since will probably be let in too). We're not sure if there will be as many morris dancers or Kate Bush tribute acts as at the festival itself, but the line up is looking pretty splendid - we're talking Mylo (DJ Set), The Hat (Live), Rob da Bank, Rev Milo Speedwagon, Mista Mushroom (DJ Set), Raf Daddy, Nihal and many more. All takes place at London's Lock Tavern on Chalk Farm Road on Sunday 5 Dec from midday. Press info from Sunday Best.

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TOM WAITS PLAYS FIRST UK GIG FOR 17 YEARS
Thom Yorke, Beth Orton, Jamie Cullum, Johnny Depp and Tim Burton were among the celebs in the audience for Tom Waits' first UK gig for 17 years last night - he was playing in front of a sell-out crowd at the Hammersmith Apollo. Everyone seemed to enjoy the twice Grammy-award winning musician's show - after the show Cullum enthused thus: "That was probably the greatest live concert I've ever been to. He is a master."

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ALMOND CAN'T REMEMBER CRASH
Marc Almond has revealed he has no memory of the motorbike crash that almost killed him last month. Writing about the incident on his website Almond told his fans: "Without going into the gorier aspects of the accident, I have pieced it together from friends and witnesses, though much of it remains a blank to me." Thanking everyone who had cared for him and sent good wishes following the crash, Almond said: "It has been a truly life-changing experience."

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AIM APPOINT NEW DIGITAL BOSS
The Association of Independent Music has appointed James Kyllo as General Manager of its new media arm, Musicindie. Kyllo replaces Steve Johnston, who oversaw the division as part of AIM's deal with the company Rightsrouter - that deal has now expired and both parties have decided not to renew it, hence the new appointment.

Commenting on Kyllo's appointment AIM boss Alison Wenham told CMU: "I am delighted that James Kyllo has agreed to run Musicindie for us. I know that he is very experienced and knowledgeable about our new media business, and I am sure he will bring a great deal of professionalism and energy to this important area of our member services. We wish Steve and all at Rightsrouter the very best of luck in the future."

James Kyllo himself added: "AIM is an organisation with which I have always been much in sympathy and I'm excited by the prospect of being involved in making sure that in the world of new media, independent music achieves the profile its quality deserves."

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LIBERTINES TOP COOL POLL
As you know kids, drugs aren't cool. That said, CMU's favourite drug addict Pete Doherty has topped the NME's Cool List for 2004, which perhaps questions that logic. That said, he is joined at the top of the list by former band-mate Carl Barat - which possibly says it's the music and not the drugs that secure you cool status, though we're not convinced.

Other artists included on the list include The Streets' Mike Skinner (at two), Eminem (at three), Morrissey (at six) and Gwen Stefani (at nineteen) - suggesting that being cocky, offensive, arrogant or completely bonkers are also routes to cool-dom

The full list is published in this week's NME.

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