CMU Daily - on the inside Monday 29th November
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In today's CMU Daily:
- All change on the BBC's chart shows
- It's on the Streets
- Travis man defends Band Aid 20
- Live Review: Fatboy Slim At The Brixton Academy
- Fatboy holds no grudge over media coverage of his marital problems
- Ali B quits Capital
- Chart update
- This week's Student Radio Chart
- Knowledge is ten
- Eagle Rock sign up to Universal Mobile
- Jay Z and Linkin Park make more mash up collaborations
- Osbournes announce reward for thief capture
- Kazaa back in court
- Single Review: Mark Farina - Dream Machine
- 'Another Brick' kids pursue their royalties
- Spacey says Justin is great
- Natalie Appleton quits jungle

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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: ALTER EGO

How did you start out making music for a living?
It was about ten years ago. We met two guys named Ata and Heiko MSO who ran the famous Delirium record shop in Frankfurt at that time. They listened to the stuff we produced under the name Acid Jesus and were crazy enough to release it. They paid us some money and gave us the feeling it's worth it to leave the normal life behind.

What inspired your album?
We wanted to have a techno album played by some kind of fictional rock band. Every song on the album can be played by a three man band.

What process do you go through in creating an album?
We're working together for so many years now and that means it's getting harder and harder to surprise ourselves. But that presents a kind of challenge. This time we knew exactly before how we'd like to sound at the end. We did not play any song to anyone before everything was finished and did not pay any attention to the "outside". That was our strategy.

Which artists influence your work?
We like to listen to The Stooges, Velvet Undergound, T Rex and The Primal Scream, etc. At the same time we're into Krautrock, Acid House, weird electronic music and the latest house or techno.

What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
Play it loud.

What are your ambitions at the moment, and for the future?
We're playing live every weekend - then we'll do some remixes and work on new material.

Alter Ego's new single 'Rocker' is out today on Skint - press info from Anglo.

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ALL CHANGE ON THE BBC'S CHART SHOWS
You see, the problem with chart shows, is the tedious business of having to count down the chart. To that end, Radio 1 are planning on transforming the institution that is the UK Top 40 Chart Show into a showbiz chat show during which, somewhere, if you really really insist on it, they will run down this week's singles chart.

Plans for a complete revamp of the show follow the announcement that current presenter Wes Butters would be leaving. Presenting duties have now been handed to Radio 1's recent high profile signings JK and Joel, and word is that the chart show they will host will be very different - a magazine style show featuring interviews, gossip and several different chart countdowns.

While the chart show currently pulls in about 2 million listeners, it is a far cry from the show's heyday when millions would tune in to hear what was the new number one. Insiders say the continued decline in singles sales have affected the popularity of the show - though the fact that back in the day the only competition for viewers/listeners was Songs of Praise and Highway, compared to a plethora of TV and radio channels targeting the youth market on a Sunday tea time, might also have had an effect.

The new format explains the choice of JK and Joel as presenters - neither of whom would have been so good on a conventional chart show. Radio 1 insiders say the station will position the new chart show as one of its flagship programmes, hoping to keep JK and Joel's profile suitably high until the drive time slot becomes available sometime next year.

Talking of messing with simple chart based programming formats - the BBC has also announced that they are shifting the day and channel of flagship pop show Top of the Pops. It will move to BBC 2 on Sunday nights. The corporation says the channel and time shift will give the show a "fresh start". Some might say removing all the CD:UK style crap introduced by Andi Peters last year would suffice - though presumably the Sunday night slot will mean the show is based around a brand new chart rather than one that has been in circulation for five days which, even cynical old CMU has to admit, is an improvement.

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IT'S ON THE STREETS
So have you bought your copy yet? Go on, think of those worse off than yourselves and do a bit for the needy. Didn't you see the news reports? Poor Mike Skinner has gambled away all the money he made on his 'Original Pirate Material' and 'A Grand Don't Come for Free' albums, so the least you can do is buy his new single 'Could Well Be In', which is out today.

Of course, if some other single overshadows Mr Skinner's latest single release, he can always take solace in the news that 'A Grand Don't Come for Free' has been named album of the year by Q magazine. The mag's editorial team write: "A Grand Don't Come for Free captured the country's mood in a way no one could have predicted."

The Streets come ahead of Keane, Franz Ferdinand and U2 on Q's survey of the finest albums of 2004.

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TRAVIS MAN DEFENDS BAND AID 20
And, of course, today is the day that Band Aid 20's 'Do They Know It's Christmas' hits the record shops, with demand expected to be very high. As retailers stacked the shelves high this weekend Travis' Fran Healy hit out at those nasty critics who have been slagging off the new version of the track, claiming journalists are unfairly comparing the new track with the nostalgic memories they have of the impact of the original Band Aid.

Healy: "When the record came out and went to radio, there was absolute fury it seemed - bile sprayed forth about how awful it is and how terrible it is and blah blah blah... The song was played so many times on the radio, and I bet you every single person who's commented negatively on the record hadn't been listening to the original. They were comparing it to a memory, to all their memories, not just of that song, but of their childhood and their whole history and if you're re-recording a song and basically saying to people 'times have changed, we've moved on', that is hard to take. This is disgraceful. The clear message is that it's not about the song - it never was in the beginning about the song - but it is what makes the song special and unlike any other."

Well said Fran - though, speaking as someone who listened to the original track just yesterday, the new version is a bit shit by comparison. But that's never stopped the masses from buying records before (Girls Aloud is still number one for example), so get out there and buy a copy.

Elsewhere in Band Aid news, and Fran also confirmed he will be going out to Darfur, the region funds from the new record will help: "Someone needs to go out to give the song a little bit of background, to say 'This is why the song is coming out. It's not all about nostalgia. It's not a big nostalgia trip to remember our childhoods in the '80s'. The thing is, out there the folk are so traumatised by war, I don't know what to expect. I hope goodwill and kindness will manage to cut through that horror."

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LIVE REVIEW: Fatboy Slim at the Brixton Academy on 26 Nov
He's got clichés, and he ain't afraid to use them. When it comes down to it, alongside pie and mash, football and Sunday roasts, Fatboy Slim is a British institution, nay, a legend. His name is synonymous with having a bloody good time, regardless of age, sex or musical inclinations. Although the nation is slowly coming to terms with the fact that dance music, as it was once known and enjoyed, is dead, Mr Slim is the bearer of the dance music torch and waves it proudly beside the air-horn. Things don't start well for ol' Fatboy Slim; records skip, air-horns don't work and he gives his head a nasty bang on one of his many adventures under the decks to retrieve bangin' tune after bangin' tune. But he soon gathers pace. Tonight's show is more than tinged with nostalgia; the majority of the audience being of the age that clings onto the memories of the excitement and ecstasy of the early 90's with worrying fervour - which means that tracks like Mory Kante's 'Yeke Yeke' touch the hearts of many and result in a wistful euphoria for what once was. Other than his appearance on stage earlier, again somewhat retrospectively taking on a bass guitar to join support act Johnny Quality to bash through a few songs, including latest single 'A Wonderful Night', Fatboy Slim gives only the meekest nod throughout his set to his own chart-scaling hits. He pays homage, acknowledging rock music's triumphant revolution, to the rulers of today's music world at the end of the set by including that bass riff from Seven Nation Army and finishing in a glorious climax with Franz Ferdinand's Take Me Out. The future of mainstream music has no clear place for the dance music we knew a few years back; the 'Boy knows it, responds accordingly and makes a damn good night of it regardless. CMC

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FATBOY HOLDS NO GRUDGE OVER MEDIA COVERAGE OF HIS MARITAL PROBLEMS
Talking of Norman, Mr Cook has been talking about all the media hype that surrounded his short separation from wife Zoe Ball following her affair with DJ Dan Peppe. Providing a lesson to many a whinging celeb, Fatboy told reporters last week: "I can't really moan because it was our fault. We got ourselves into it. You live by the sword, you die by the sword. We set ourselves up as celebrities. We were the ones that wanted to be famous. We fucked up in public, so you have to take the flak."

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ALI B QUITS CAPITAL
Ali B has announced he is quitting Capital FM after five years with the station. Despite the increasing popularity of his Club Chart show (Capital recently moved the show into a more prime time slot and added an hour to the programme), Ali has decided to spend more time on his record label Air Recordings and the offshoot company Air Events.

Ali told reporters: "I used my mainstream platform at Capital to continue playing the breaks sound I've been pushing since my residency at the Blue Note in the mid Nineties...I'm now looking forward to concentrating on US and global tours, my production work with Jungle Brothers, and continuing to build the Air brand following our recent successes at Glastonbury and Global Gathering."

Ali B will present his last club chart show on 17 Dec, with a farewell show on 26 Dec. It is not yet clear who will take over the dance chart programme.

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CHART UPDATE
So well done U2, who have managed to knock Eminem off the top of the albums chart having shifted 600,000 copies of 'Now To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb'.

With an estimated 5.6 million copies of the album now sold worldwide it's a good time for Universal Island records (and even more so for the parent company Universal Music Group, who also have Eminem's 'Encore' selling bigtime around the world). Commenting on the success of U2's latest album Universal Music UK boss Lucian Grainge told CMU: "It gives me enormous pleasure to be in business with the biggest and best rock'n'roll band in the world. U2 have scaled many heights in their career, but it looks like they're going to surpass them all with this album."

Elsewhere in the albums chart, and with Eminem's 'Encore' at two and Robbie's greatest hits still at three, Kylie scored the next highest new entry with her greatest hits album at four. Lower down the chart, and new entries for Gwen Stefani with 'Love Angel Music Baby' at 14, Delta Goodrem with 'Mistaken Identity' at 25 and Snoop Dogg with 'R & G - The Masterpiece' at 33. And how do you know when Christmas is just around the corner? Well, Aled Jones' 'Christmas Album' is at 37 and 'Abba Gold' returns into the Top 40 - this time at 29.

Singles wise, and this week's singles top ten is so dull that if I hadn't already accidentally mentioned that Girls Aloud are still number one, I wouldn't have made any reference to it whatsoever. All the good stuff new entries wise happens lower down the chart - Jay Z and Linkin Park at 14, Delays at 28, Lemon Jelly at 31 and yeah, OK, Keane at 18 and the Quo at 21.

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THIS WEEK'S STUDENT RADIO CHART
1. [6] Green Day - Boulevard Of Broken Dreams (Warner/Reprise)
2. [2] Eminem - Just Lose It (Universal/Interscope)
3. [1] Steriogram - Walkie Talkie Man (EMI)
4. [NE] Razorlight - Rip It Up (Vertigo)
5. [5] U2 - Vertigo (Universal/Island)
6. [4] Keane - This Is The Last Time (Universal/Island)
7. [7] Babyshambles - Killamangiro (Rough Trade)
8. [10] The Streets - Could Well Be In (679)
9. [NE] Goldie Lookin Chain - You Knows I Love You (Warner/Must Destroy)
10. [3] Gwen Stefani - What You Waiting For? (Universal/Polydor)
11. [NE] The Zutons - Confusion (Deltasonic)
12. [8] Destiny's Child - Lose My Breath (Sony/Columbia)
13. [NE] Ash - Renegade Cavalcade (Warner/Atlantic)
14. [9] Maroon 5 - Sunday Morning (BMG/J Records)
15. [NE] Electric Six - Radio Ga Ga (Warner)
16. [11] William Shatner - Common People (Sony)
17. [NE] Beastie Boys - An Open Letter To NYC (EMI/Parolphone)
18. [17] Avril Lavigne - Nobody's Home (BMG/Arista)
19. [NE] Blink 182 - Always (Universal/Geffen)
20. [13] Nelly - Tilt Ya Head Back (Ft. Christina Aguilera) (Universal/Mercury)
21. [18] The Bravery - Unconditional (Universal/Polydor)
22. [12] The Thrills - Not For All The Love In The World (EMI/Virgin)
23. [21] Bright Eyes - Take It Easy (Love Nothing) (Saddle Creek)
24. [19] Kings Of Leon - The Bucket (BMG/HandmeDown)
25. [16] Lemar - If There's Any Justice (Sony/Epic)
26. [15] The White Stripes - Jolene (Beggars/XL)
27. [NE] Good Charlotte - I Just Wanna Live (Sony/Epic)
28. [25] Nas - Bridging The Gap (Sony/Columbia)
29. [29] Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Y Control (Universal/Polydor)
30. [26] Mcfly - Room On The Third Floor (Universal)

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KNOWLEDGE IS TEN
Many congrats to CMU's favourite drum & bass mag Knowledge which celebrates its tenth birthday this month. To celebrate, in the latest issue you will find a special feature on the highs and lows of ten years in a genre they once called jungle. You will also find a very fine CD featuring what our drum & bass expert assures us are "some awesome tracks from the last decade", including 'Terminator' by the Rufige Kru and High Contrast's 'Return of Forever'. More info at http://www.knowledgemag.co.uk

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EAGLE ROCK SIGN UP TO UNIVERSAL MOBILE
Mobile music news now, and Universal Mobile have done a deal with Eagle Rock which will see the music from the label's classic artists available as ring tones via the Universal Music Group's mobile division.

Confirming the deal, which will include music from the likes of Yes, Deep Purple, Jethro Tull, Nazareth, China Crisis, Heaven 17, Gary Numan and The Stranglers, Head of Licensing at Eagle Rock Entertainment Brian Adams told CMU: "Eagle Rock is extremely pleased to be involved with Universal Music on this project and looks forward to a very long and successful relationship. Ringtones play a very important part in creating revenue in the current climate of the record industry, and we are delighted being in partnership with Universal, who are leaders in this field."

Richard Ganter, VP of Content Marketing at Universal Mobile, added, "We are delighted to be able to offer some of the biggest artists from the Eagle Rock Entertainment catalogue across the breadth and depth of our mobile services with a reach of up to 600 million consumers. We strive to offer the widest possible distribution via mobile channels through such innovative products as ringback tones and realtones where consumers demand instant accessibility to their favourite artists."

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JAY Z AND LINKIN PARK MAKE MORE MASH UP COLLABORATIONS
With that Jay Z / Linkin Park collaboration in the chart this week - putting the former's track 'Encore' with the latter's song 'Numb' - word is the rapper and the band have been in the studio and recorded six similar tracks combining Jay-Z and Linkin Park tunes - taking the ever popular 'mash up' movement to a new level.

Commenting on the project Jay-Z told reporters last week: "The first thing we said to each other is what we're here for. I'm not trying to be Linkin Park and you're not trying to be Jay-Z. I'll bring what I do to the table, you all bring what you do to the table and we mix it and we uncompromise and have fun with it."

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OSBOURNES ANNOUNCE REWARD FOR THIEF CAPTURE
If, while tidying your desk drawer later today, you stumble across those jewels stolen from chez Osbourne last week then get on the phone quick, cos Ozzy has put up a reward of £100,000 to get back the $3.7 million worth of stuff stolen from his mansion. Then again, the reward requires you to also capture the thieves who swiped the jewellery in the first place, so you're looking for a crucial clue too.

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KAZAA BACK IN COURT
Kazaa (remember them? Apparently some 100 million wacky kids still use their P2P network) are back in court, this time in Sydney where the Australian music industry will try to prove that Kazaa's makers Sharman are responsible for the copyright violation committed using their P2P software. Of course, Kazaa will be hoping that a ruling by the Netherlands courts last year which said the P2P company were not liable, coupled with a similar finding in the US courts regarding fellow P2P companies Grokster and StreamCast, will go in their favour. The court case is expected to run until the end of the year.

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SINGLE REVIEW: Mark Farina - Dream Machine (Om Records)
Farina deals in deep house of the US West Coast variety. Lifted from the 'Air
Farina' album and with Sean Hayes on vocal duties, this release is less about the original and more about the awesome remixes. In reverse order of greatness: The J Boogie dub takes it downtempo and is good, even though he breaks it down a little too much, and adds in some rather odd music box effects; The JT mix is average house, but done well; DJ Fluid adds a bit of bounce, which is always nice; and finally the Brett Johnson mix is superb - it's an abstract funk future groove broken beat bonanza with some sterling keys. All in all, a great little 12 from the San Franciscan Om label, who really are underrated. PV
Release date: 29 Nov
Press contact: Zzonked [all]

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'ANOTHER BRICK' KIDS PURSUE THEIR ROYALTIES
The former school children who sang on Pink Floyd's 1979 single 'Another Brick in The Wall' have begun action to secure royalties for their part in making the record.

Music legend has it that Bob Ezrin, producer of 'The Wall', brought in the children to sing the chorus to the song when Pink Floyd themselves, not interested in the potential the album track had as a single, refused to return to the studio to add any more lyrics. The pupils were recruited from Islington Green School in North London, somewhat controversially because their headmistress, unaware of their involvement in the song, objected strongly to her pupils singing: "We don't need no education, we don't need no thought control, no dark sarcasm in the classroom - teachers leave them kids alone".
While the Inner London Education Authority described the involvement of school children in the song as "scandalous", the school later accepted £1000 for the children's involvement, and a platinum record of the song. However the 23 pupils involved never received anything themselves.

Copyright expert Peter Rowan now reckons that the pupils are due a substantial payment for the use of their voices in the legendary track, and he says he is now representing several of them to secure those royalties. "They [the former schoolchildren] are owed their money and we lodged the first claim last week. I've been working on it for almost two years."

One challenge facing Rowan is proving which children were involved. They were never individually credited and, after their school became outraged over the track, were banned from appearing in any video or TV performance of the song. However the headmistress who forced that ban is said to be now supporting her former pupils' case for royalties.

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SPACEY SAYS JUSTIN IS GREAT
Kevin Spacey just loves Justin Timberlake. Having recently worked with Mr Timberlake as he undertakes his first movie role in the film 'Edison', Spacey told Radio 1 last week: "Justin was very serious about taking this role on. I think he was smart, in that he didn't try to do a movie that was shaped around him, or where he had to play a musician. I think it was smart of him to take on a role of a journalist, and a journalist who hasn't proved himself yet. It's kind of a good role because he's an actor that hasn't proven himself yet. We did have a very nice time working together and I think he's being smart about wanting to carve out a career for himself after this pop idol stuff is done."

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NATALIE APPLETON QUITS JUNGLE
Has anyone explained to the latest set of celebs in the jungle that the idea of 'I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here' is that we, the public, vote them out? Natalie Appleton this morning followed fellow former pop star Brian Harvey in quitting the show before the public-voted evictions have even begun. She finally snapped after being forced to undergo a fifth Bushtucker Trial.

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