CMU Daily - on the inside Friday 26th November
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Keys calls for artists to support AIDS charities
- Alicia on Usher
- Apple not selling Band Aid single
- Retailers ready for Band Aid rush
- Stars line up for UN fundraiser
- BPI figures show UK industry in good health
- 20 biggest albums Sep 03 to Sep 04
- Natasha Bedingfield gets US deal with Sony label
- Fresh Air on winning Student Radio Award
- NUS Media Awards
- Ian Brown tour dates
- Limp Bizkit face new legal challenge of Bad Day Out
- 50 Cent gets some disses in on new album
- Kill All Hippies update
- Eddy TM on the Prodigy tour bill
- Pressure grows to stop ITV's local programming cut backs
- Canadian industry call for changes in copyright law
- Murder charges for Megaman
- No charges for Dynamite
- Roots Manuva track online for longer
- Temposhark venue change
- Lemar tour
- P Diddy signs boy band


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VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: Anarchy at The Fridge
This week one of Brixton's more mental clubs and tonight it's house - hard from Tall Paul and funky from The Sharp Boys (who aren't that bad actually, as those who remember their shows of old on Kiss FM will know - though their room is named The Sharp Punky Funk Room which I'm not completely convinced by!). Rachel Auburn and Kutski will also be thumping the main room, with Tom Real doing live tings with the Sharp lads. The Fridge has a flippin huge capacity - 2100 - so whatever happens it should be quite a party. And don't forget to have a swift half in the Fridge bar next door when the club shuts in the morning to continue on the party.

Saturday 27 Nov, The Fridge, Town Hall Parade, Brixton, London SW2, 10pm-5am, £12 Schmid, info

Think your club is good enough to take the tip?? Then email with the date of your club event in the header.


Listen to Alicia, she knows what she's talking about. Writing in US trade mag Billboard ahead of her headline set at an AIDS fundraiser in New York next week she says: "Just for a moment imagine the media hysteria and global outrage if 25 million Americans, many of them children, died from a treatable disease because the medicine was too costly. Imagine if another 42 million people were infected and had no hope of paying for life-saving treatment... This is exactly what is happening throughout sub-Saharan Africa."

"The disease is more than a humanitarian catastrophe; it is a moral crisis that is beginning to destroy whole countries. I believe this should be as important as the war on terrorism; as important as rebuilding impoverished countries like Afghanistan or Iraq; as important as peace in the Middle East. This should be as important as if our own daughters and sons were dying."

Keys in particular speaks in support of the Keep A Child Alive campaign which runs treatment programmes in Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, and Rwanda. Speaking of the organisation, which is also supported by the likes of Rod Stewart, Cher, Nelly, Good Charlotte and Avril Lavigne, she said: "We ALL need to get involved. We need to use our talent and individual and professional power and privilege to help create and fuel a global movement. Otherwise, we'll be known as the generation with everything except compassion."

Keys headlines the fundraising Pusher's Ball in New York on World AIDS Day next week, alongside Roy Ayers, Babyface, Common, Anthony Hamilton, Angelique Kidjo, Lenny Kravitz, Mos Def, Lou Reed and Angie Stone.


Less important, but no doubt more widely reported, Alicia has also revealed that she reckons Usher has a crush on her. Ms Keys has known Usher for years, and their recent duet 'My Boo' started rumours a romance may be brewing. But, while Alicia told reporters this week "He's definitely had a crush on me. You could just tell", she added that she is not attracted to him, and that, anyway, she has been in a relationship with someone else for five years.


Given that Apple spent years surviving on the basis that it wasn't the inflexible money-grabbing market-dominating Microsoft, the computer firm is doing a pretty good job of being inflexible, money-grabbing and market-dominating of late.

With numerous independent record labels still bemused as to why their phone calls aren't returned by iTunes, even though they are looking to sign up to a pre-agreed standard licensing deal, Apple won't gain too many PR points in the music sector by refusing to sell the download version of the new Band Aid track on a pricing technicality.

Word is, Apple insisted that if they were to sell 'Do They Know It's Christmas' via iTunes, they would want to sell it for 79p, their standard track price in the UK. Of course Band Aid organisers are selling the digital version of the track for £1.49 - wanting to raise as much cash as possible for charity, and all that. Apple reportedly decided to pass on the opportunity to take part in the biggest charity download ever rather than budge on the price.


Talking of Band Aid, distribution firms are busy getting a million copies of the reworked version of 'Do They Know It's Christmas' to retailers ready for its official release on Monday. There is expected to be a big rush for the track once it is released, and some record shops will be opening early on Monday to cope with demand.

Both the new and the original 1984 versions of the famous charity record went on sale online last week (though, not on iTunes of course) and the new track has already been downloaded some 10,000 times. That said, while the CD release is pretty much guaranteed to top the singles chart next week, the digital release only managed top five in the UK's download chart because only single track sales are counted, and most people are buying both tracks in one package.


While we're on charity type things, the line up for the fundraiser being organised by the UN refugee agency to raise money for projects tackling the Darfur refugee crisis is getting rather good. Taking place at London's Albert Hall on 8 Dec on the bill are, among others, David Gray, Franz Ferdinand, Chrissie Hynde, Jocelyn Brown and Alison Moyet. Full info at


Bad news for bad news fans. It seems the British music industry is enjoying some growth again.

In new figures from the BPI tracking record sales in the year before Sep 2004, UK record companies sold 237 albums, a 3% rise on the previous year. The success of albums from the likes of Keane, The Streets, Will Young and Dido all helped secure the overall increase in sales.

On the flip side singles sales continued to decline, down a massive 12% on the previous year. However the industry association is now counting official download sales and if those are included in the singles statistics you get a 9% rise

Commenting on the figures BPI chairman Peter Jamieson told CMU: "We should be proud of the achievements of British artists in particular and the resilience of the UK music market in general. With the industry continuing to invest in new British talent whilst embracing the opportunities provided by new technology, there are strong indicators that the market vitality will only get better."


For those that like list type things, here is the top 20 best selling albums in the UK for the twelve months prior to Sep 2004 - those artists signed to British labels are followed by an asterisk.

1. Dido - Life For Rent*
2. Will Young - Friday's Child*
3. Black Eyed Peas - Elephunk
4. Katie Melua - Call Off The Search*
5. Michael Jackson - Number Ones
6. REM - In Time (The Best Of - 1988-2003)
7. Norah Jones - Feels Like Home
8. Keane - Hopes And Fears*
9. Busted - A Present For Everyone*
10. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Greatest Hits
11. Darkness - Permission To Land*
12. Scissor Sisters - Scissor Sisters*
13. Guns N' Roses - Greatest Hits
14. Usher - Confessions
15. Jamie Cullum - Twentysomething*
16. Anastacia - Anastacia
17. Maroon 5 - Songs About Jane
18. Sugababes - Three*
19. Streets - A Grand Don't Come For Free*
20. Westlife - Turnaround*


Natasha Bedingfield, signed to Arista in the UK, has signed a £1million US record deal with Epic (both Arista and Epic are now, of course, part of the SonyBMG empire). According to the Sun Natasha flew out to New York to finalise the deal after picking up the Hot New Talent award at the Smash Hits Poll Winners' Party last weekend. Manager Neale Easterby, who also looks after her brother Daniel, told reporters: "Epic's David Massey has been a fan of both Bedingfields from very early on. When the opportunity arose to work with Natasha he jumped at it."


Edinburgh student radio station Fresh Air FM have been speaking to CMU about being named Student Radio Station of the Year at last weekend's Student Radio Awards in London. It's the first time Fresh Air have won the top prize at the annual college radio awards - though it has always been a very fine radio station (I hear it's '5am in the morning show' in Autumn 1994 was especially good, and I'm sure they've done some other good stuff since CMU's founders left in 1997). Commenting on the award, and the chance to present a two hour show on Radio 1 as a prize (albeit at 2am on Christmas morning!), a spokesman for the station told CMU: "We would like to thank all the sponsors of the evening, and in particular BBC Radio One whose continued backing of the awards ensures its recognition within the industry. We now look forward to a broadcast on BBC Radio One on Christmas Day!"

The full list of winners at this year's Student Radio Awards runs thus:
Best Station: Fresh Air, Edinburgh University
Best News and Talk: Mock Critic - Utopia, University of Sunderland.
Best Newcomer: Simon Grout - URN, University of Nottingham
Best Comedy and Drama: Component Parts - 1449AM URB - University of Bath.
Best Female: Sophie Price - Demon FM ñ De Montfort University.
Best Male: Andy Scott URN, University of Nottingham
Best Specialist Music: Street Beat - Demon FM, De Montfort University.
Best Entertainment: Mellon 'Til Midnight - CUR1350am, Cambridge University.
Best Technical Achievement: CUR1350, University of Cambridge.
Best Station Sound: Bailrigg FM
Best Marketing: Subcity, University of Glasgow.
Best Sports Broadcasting: LSR Saturday Sports Show - LSR, University of Leeds.


Now that you've brought up college media awards, I don't think we ever told you the winners of this year's NUS College Media Awards produced in association with the Daily Mirror (a totally separate awards event to the Guardian Student Media Awards we reported on earlier this month - it's confusing, I know). The winners at the NUS event were as follows:

Best Student Newspaper
First Place: Gair Rhydd, Cardiff University
Runner up: Leeds Student, Leeds University & Leeds Metropolitan University

Best Student Magazine
First Place: Smiths - Goldsmiths College
Runner up: PI magazine - UCL

Best Small Budget Publication
First place: ISIS - Oxford University
Runner up: Smiths - Goldsmiths College

Best Student Media Website
First place: Warwick Boar, Warwick University
Runner up: ISIS, Oxford University

Best Further Education Publication
First Place: Student Eye - Liverpool Community College
Runner up: The Point, Worcester College of Technology

Best Student Reporter
First Place: Jake Morris, Warwick Boar, Warwick University
Runner up: Stewart Maclean, Student Direct, Manchester University

Best Student Campaign
First Place: Tuition Fees - London Student, University of London
Runner up: Walk Safe Campaign - Leeds Student, Leeds University and Leeds Metropolitan University

Best Student Photographer
First place: Sam Southgate - Nouse, University of York
Runner up: Daniel Philips - Nouse, University of York

Best Student Feature Writer
First Place: Jon Bentham - York Vision, University of York
Runner up: Jenna Sloan - The Steel Press, University of Sheffield

Best Student Sports Journalist
First Place: Alex Starling - Cambridge Student, Cambridge University
Runner up: Gavin Versi - Varsity, Cambridge University

Best Student Arts Journalist
First Place: Oliver Good - Nerve Magazine, Bournemouth University
Runner up: Sam Walton - York Vision, University of York

Best Student Publication Design
First Place: York Vision - University of York
Runner up: Platform - Nottingham Trent University

Best Student Travel Journalist
First Place: Malin Rising - Sketch, Surrey Institute of Art and Design
Runner up: Claire Maxted - Student Direct, University of Manchester

Diversity Award
First Place: Jenna Sloan - The Steel Press, University of Sheffield
Runner up: Jacob Mukherjee - Nouse, York University

Best Student Fashion Journalist
First Place: Faye Marriot - Student Direct, Manchester University
Runner up: Glenn Paton - Bullet Magazine, Lincoln University


Ian Brown has announced details of a short UK your for next Mar, which kicks off at the Blackpool Empress Ballroom, the venue that hosted something of a legendary gig from the Stone Roses back in 1989. Dates as follows:

24 Mar: Blackpool Empress Ballroom
25 Mar: Bridlington Spa
26 Mar: Brighton Centre
28 Mar: Edinburgh Corn Exchange
29 Mar: Birmingham Academy


Limp Bizkit face a new legal battle over the death of a fan during a performance at the Australian Big Day Out festival over four years ago. As previously reported, Jessica Michalik suffered a heart attack when a 55,000 strong crowd surged to the front of the stage during a Limp Bizkit performance at the festival back in 2001. The inquest into her death said that Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst should have stopped his performance as soon as he realised there were problems in the crowd, and that the organisers of Big Day Out should have been better prepared for such an incident. Even before the inquest was complete Big Day Out's promoters introduced a number of safety measures at subsequent events, many of which have become standard practices in the Australian live music industry.

Four years on the parents of Jessica are now launching civil actions against the band and the promoters. George and Barbara Michalik have initiated separate legal action, the former against the Big Day Out promoters Creative Entertainment Australia and the security firm employed on the day, the latter against Limp Bizkit's company Limp Bizness, and the individual members of the band. George Michalik's lawyer, Michael Short, told reporters this week: "The purpose of the action is to find a degree of vindication. It is about completion and finalising things. This is a civil action. The only remedy that the law will allow will be a payment of money and that will go to the parents".


Despite recent comments from Eminem to the effect that the hip hop community should stop their public feuds, his protege 50 Cent has promised several lyrical comebacks to his critics on new album 'The Valentine's Day Massacre' due out next year on, erm, Valentine's Day.

Commenting on the album Fiddy told reporters: "I got something for everybody talking. It's gonna be entertaining. It's gonna be interesting ... these are not warning shots."


It may not be Vigsy's Club Tip, but Kill All Hippies (tonight at Canvas, featuring Campag Velocet, Winnebago Deal, DraGSTER, Jeff Automatic, Syrinx and curator Eddy TM) is always tipped as far as we are concerned.

So, to that end make sure you get this in your diary - December's Kill All Hippies. Taking place earlier in the month that usual (the last Friday of the month being New Year's Eve), Six By Seven, Trap2, Little Barrie and Eddy TM are all on the bill. Takes place on 17 Dec at Canvas - press info from Letitia at Leyline.


Talking of events featuring Kill All Hippies curator and Xfm DJ Eddy TM, Mr. Temple Morris will be doing the DJing duties on the upcoming Prodigy UK tour. Eddy will be warming up the crowds before much acclaimed support band YOB and then the Prodigy themselves.

Commenting on the tour Eddy told CMU: "I share Liam's hatred of house music, but love of 'dance that rocks' The Prodigy embody the whole spirit of the Remix show on Xfm ... you can't talk about dance-rock crossover without mentioning The Prodigy'!"


Peter Hain, the leader of the House of Commons, is the latest person to put pressure on media regulator OfCom to block ITV's plans to cut local programming.

OfCom chiefs have accepted ITV's proposals to cut their non-news based local programming from 3 to 1.5 hours on the basis no one watches the local shows. But many in media and political circles are anxious that ITV should not be allowed to become a Channel Five style national broadcaster now that all its operations outside Scotland are run by one company.

On the moves Hain, who represents Neath in south Wales, said he hoped Ofcom would alter its position, adding: "This is not acceptable. We want a high quality alternative to the BBC and we want ITV Wales, and ITV in the UK, to provide proper regional programming."

OfCom argue that they are merely reducing the quota requirement for local programming, and that where there was viewer demand it would most likely continue. They also stressed ITV remained committed to local news programming.


Some leading players in the Canadian music industry gathered outside the country's parliament on Wednesday calling for an overhaul of copyright law there which, they claim, is unable to cope with the copyright issues of the digital age.

Graham Henderson, president of the Canadian Recording Industry Association, told reporters: "The current Copyright Act damages the industry, the economy and our artists' careers. Downloading, file-swapping, peer-to-peer networks - these are all euphemisms for piracy, pure and simple. It is devastating to the Canadian music industry."

The proactive lobbying campaign follows a ruling by the Canadian Supreme Court at the end of last year which said current copyright legislation did not give the CRIA the power to stage a legal offensive against illegal downloading like that spearheaded by the Recording Industry Association of America. When making the ruling the Supreme Court admitted the country's copyright laws probably needed updating, but stressed that was the responsibility of parliament not the courts. Although some in political circles support the music industry in the need for an overhaul of copyright law, it has yet to be prioritised by government.


Elsewhere in legal news, and following those reports that police were looking for So Solid Crew's Megaman in connection a fatal shooting in south London, the MC has now been formally charged with the murder of one Colin Scarlett. Megaman, real name Dwayne Vincent, is due in court anytime now.


Staying with the legal desk - Ms Dynamite will not be facing charges over those allegations that she assaulted a diner at a Chinese restaurant in Soho. Police have just announced they will be taking "no further action" over the allegations.


The new download only release from Roots Manuva will be available through the New Year because of the positive response to the track. The single, 'Double Drat' was originally going to be available to download for just two weeks - until 29 Nov. But as demand for the track slowly grows Ninja Tune have confirmed they will keep the track online until 3 Jan. You can download it at:


If you were going to see Temposhark at London's Garage venue this Sunday, then you should make your way to Camden's Underworld instead - cos they've moved venues. The gig precedes the release of Temposhark's new single 'Neon?' on Monday.


Talking of tours, these Lemar tour dates just in:

4 Apr: Glasgow Academy
5 Apr: Newcastle Tyne Theatre
6 Apr: Doncaster Dome
8 Apr: Liverpool Royal Court
9 Apr: Manchester Apollo
12 Apr: Plymouth Pavilions
13 Apr: Cardiff St David's Hall
14 Apr: Cambridge Corn Exchange
16 Apr: Ipswich Regent
17 Apr: Wolverhampton Civic
18 Apr: Reading Hexagon
19 Apr: Nottingham Royal Centre
21 Apr: Bristol Colston Hall
22 Apr: Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall
23 Apr: Southampton Guildhall
25 Apr: Brighton Dome
26 Apr: Southend Cliffs Pavilion
28 Apr: London Hammersmith Apollo


And finally, news that P Diddy has signed a boy band to his Bad Boys record label. All we know is that the boys in the band are aged between 11 and 17, and that they will launch their careers with a cover of the Jackson 5's 'All I Do Is Think of You'. So there's something to look forward to.

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