CMU Daily - on the inside Thursday 9th December
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Four dead after gunman opens fire at Damageplan gig
- Romanians protest over rocker's death
- Usher dominates at Billboard Awards
- Kasabian cover Prodigy
- Yule love this
- Jay-Z and Dash sell business to Universal
- Scissor Sisters video heading for late night
- New music conference for London
- My Chemical Romance tour
- Unheard Lennon tracks to appear in new musical
- Fiery furnaces EP
- MTV to launch digital music service in 2005
- Ofcom allow sunrise to switch from country to Asian talk
- Liam voting for G4 on X factor
- John Peel tribute night planned
- Mr Bungle split
- Cooking Vinyl launch reggae imprint

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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 Sedgley 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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CMU TRACK OF THE YEAR
No Cat Deeley, no text message voting, no T Mobile sponsorship and it's looking like Busted aint going to win - so nothing like ITV's Record of the Year then - well, unless you Busted fans out there get voting. Anyway, we are compiling the votes for CMU Track Of The Year - so email your vote now to vote@cmumusicnetwork.co.uk. If you're feeling opinionated include a 50 word justification for your vote and we might include it here in the Daily.

Some of the votes so far:

Voter: Caroline Moses, CMU Daily
Vote: The Loose Cannons - I Like It When Ya (Universal/Island)
Words: I'm no stranger to, and indeed sometimes a fan of what I like to call yearn-pop. But the yearn-sounds of spring 2004 (courtesy of Keane, Snow Patrol, Damien Rice et al) seemed to saturate my eardrums and penetrate my brain. Frankly, I was feeling a bit depressed. Enter The Loose Cannons with 'I Like It When Ya', and I was on my feet dancing round the office and embarrassing my co-workers like a dad at a teenage disco. I think it's scandalous that this funky, exhilarating track wasn't widely play-listed on its release. The subsequent album 'Make The Face' became the soundtrack to my summer. Kudos to the Loose Cannons, for reminding me that I was alive...

Voter: Melissa Taylor, Fabric
Vote: Ame - Mifune/ Shiro (Sonar Kollektiv)
Words: The b side 'Shiro' has been rocking my world for quite some time now. It's the first thing I play when I get home at night, and the only thing I want to hear when I wake up in the morning. Both sides are exquisite but Shiro just pips Mifune, IMHO, because of the sheer spine tingling sensations it creates in my soul as it builds. I guess if I had to plop it in a pigeon hole it would been deep click house... or summink. I expect great things of this production duo in 2005. They're also excellent DJs.

Voter: Chantelle Fiddy
Vote: Target & Riko - Chosen One (Aim High)
Words: After a spell at her majesty's pleasure, Riko, now a firm favourite in the Roll Deep Entourage, returned in early 2004 with 'Chosen One'. A far cry from previous outings such as 'Cock Back', it saw Riko dabble with his conscious side and more articulate word play, something he does remarkably well when he chooses to. Touted recently by Simon Reynolds (in The Observer's Music Monthly) as the stand out track on the forthcoming 679 compilation Run The Road, I'm not about to disagree.

Voter: James Kane, 7 Digital Media
Vote: Mosh - Eminem (Universal/Interscope)
Words: I'm not generally an Eminem fan, but Mosh is the angriest, most poignant and best thing he's ever done. And the "leaking" of the video and the way the label and the man himself managed to distribute it across the net to more or less everyone in the space of 12 hours made this a true cultural phenomenon.

Voter: David Mogendorff, MTV2
Vote: Interpol - Slow Hands (Matador)
Words: Firstly, it's from one of the best albums of the year, no contest. Also, the disco beat in the chorus is legendary. Dark Disco rules. But mainly because of the line: "You make me want to pick up a guitar, and celebrate the myriad ways that I love you, Can't you see what you've done to my heart. And soul."

Agree? If not, get voting - vote@cmumusicnetwork.co.uk

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FOUR DEAD AFTER GUNMAN OPENS FIRE AT DAMAGEPLAN GIG
Four people were killed yesterday when an unnamed gunman opened fire during a Damageplan gig at the Alrosa Villa club in Columbus, Ohio. Reports suggest the incident could have been even worse had the gunman himself not been shot dead by a police man at the scene.

Police reports say a man got on stage at the gig and initially fired at the band, before turning his fire onto the audience. On the shooting of the gunman himself, Columbus police spokesman Sergeant Brent Mull told reporters last night: "If the officer wasn't as close as he was, I think this would have been a lot worse. It was a chaotic scene, just a horrific scene."

As yet there is no clue as to the motive for the shooting, although some witnesses suggested it seemed like the gunman had some kind of grudge against the band Damageplan. Latest reports say that the band's frontman, 'Dimebag' Darrell Abbott, is among the dead.

Damageplan were formed in 2003 by Abbott and his drummer brother Vinnie Paul - both former members of the Grammy nominated Pantera, one of the US's most popular metal bands in the early nineties.

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ROMANIANS PROTEST OVER ROCKER'S DEATH
In similarly traumatic news, dozens of protestors rallied outside the US Embassy in the Romanian capital Bucharest yesterday to demand the return of an American marine accused of killing the bass player of one of the country's top rock band's Compact in a car accident last week.

Compact bassist Teofil Peter died when a car being driven by the marine ploughed into a taxi carrying the musician. Local police reports say the marine was at fault, and a subsequent breath test showed he had been drinking. However, as an employee of the US embassy the marine benefits from diplomatic immunity from prosecution and American authorities flew him out of the country shortly after the crash last week.

Following Peter's funeral earlier this week his fans have become increasingly angry that the American won't stand trial over the drink driving and involuntary manslaughter allegations in Romania, and are calling on the US authorities to return to marine to their country to be charged. One friend of the rock star, Berti Barbera, told reporters yesterday: "We are all very angry and very frustrated. We have doubts about the way in which he [the Marine] was taken out of the country."

Although Romanian authorities have officially asked for the marine to be handed over for questioning it is more likely that the US will want to investigate the allegations, and if necessary prosecute themselves. Reports suggest a team of US prosecutors has already been to the scene of the accident.

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USHER DOMINATES AT BILLBOARD AWARDS
OK, so when we said yesterday that Kanye West had dominated most of the big music award events this year we forgot about Usher, who has probably superseded even Mr West in his award count in the last twelve months.

Well, he added another eleven awards to his running total at the Billboard Awards in Las Vegas yesterday, where he was named Artist Of The Year title. That Usher performed so well perhaps comes as no surprise given that the Billboard Awards are based on performance in the US music charts - which Usher has also dominated this year.

That in mind it was also no surprise that Alicia Keys performed well, taking seven awards in total. Also a good day for OutKast who were named 'Group Of The Year'. In addition to the chart based prizes, Stevie Wonder was given a Lifetime Achievement Award.

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KASABIAN COVER PRODIGY
Kasabian will include their take of the Prodigy's 'Out Of Space' as a b-side on the enhanced CD version of the single release of 'Cutt Off' on 3 Jan. The cover was recorded as part of Jo Whiley's Live Lounge feature on Radio 1. The cover will be accompanied by a live version of Kasabian's own track 'Processed Beats' and the video for 'Cutt Off'. The mini-CD edition of the single will be backed with a demo version of new track 'Beneficial Herbs'.

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YULE LOVE THIS
If Slade and Wizzard on repeat play at your local Asda is already driving you insane, then get your hands on a copy of Yule Love Us, the new EP from Wall Of Sound's We Love You imprint featuring four very fine original Christmas songs from Diefenback, Shawn Lee, Fakesensations and The Girls. We'll review it tomorrow, but meantime you can preview two of the four tracks via our clever 4Play thingy over on the London Music Network - full details in MetroLife today in the Evening Standard or, for you none London types, at http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/musicnetwork tomorrow. Press info on the EP from Sarah at Wall Of Sound.

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JAY-Z AND DASH SELL BUSINESS TO UNIVERSAL
Jay-Z and Damon Dash's business partnership is officially over following news that their Roc-A-Fella business has been sold to the Universal Music Group. The major label already owned 50% of the business and had an option to buy the other half which was due to come up next year. However the two hip hop moguls' business relationship has been reportedly strained for some time so an earlier sale to Universal has been on the cards for a while. According to the New York Post the music group bought the rest of Roc-A-Fella for under $10 million.

As for the future business careers of Jay-Z and Damon Dash, it is unclear just yet what routes they will take, however it will not involve any more joint ventures. Jay-Z is still a favourite to take over the top job at Universal division Island Def Jam, although he is also reportedly still in talks with Warner Music about a new venture. Rumour has it Damon Dash hopes to set up a new joint venture business with Universal.

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SCISSOR SISTERS VIDEO HEADING FOR LATE NIGHT
Scissor Sisters are waiting to see if an edited version of the video for their next track 'Filthy Gorgeous' will be cleared for use on daytime music TV. The uncut version will certainly be reserved for late night television given its raunchy content. Describing the video, the band's Ana Matronic told NME it was "a party in my pants - not everyone's invited but everyone's definitely coming. We knew some of the stuff was going to be shocking. We wanted it to be honest. The song is about trannie hookers on acid so what the fuck do you want?" Those curious to see the video, but not willing to stay up late enough to catch it on MTV, can see stills from it in next week's NME. What would Mike Read say?

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NEW MUSIC CONFERENCE FOR LONDON
Earlier this week we revealed that plans were afoot to stage a Miami Music Conference style music event in London. Well, that event is called Encompass, and details about what it involves are officially launched today.

Taking place from 29 Apr to 1 May (the May Day bank holiday weekend) at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane and surrounding clubs, the event will combine panels and workshops, a trade and retail fair, live music and DJ/VJ showcases plus a 'sonic art' exhibition, whatever that is. The aim is to bring together 1500 industry delegates and over 6000 music fans for three days and three nights of very fine new music.

Announcing their plans, the events organiser's told CMU: "Encompass navigates and celebrates the business of cutting edge music in the heart of London; it's an event that requires exploration. Part conference, part festival, part museum: you're invited to dip your toe into a wide range of business and art over a weekend when fans and industry will come together and show the world why London rocks."

Night time showcases will take place at Cargo, 93 Feet East, Herbal and Plastic People with plans to add additional events at other clubs in that part of town.

There is more information about the event at http://www.encompass-london.com - press info from ePM on 020 8964 4900.

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MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE TOUR
Following two sell-out headline tours in the UK this year, My Chemical Romance have announced they will return in Jan with a major tour as support to Taking Back Sunday - dates as follows:

18 Jan: Bristol Academy
19 Jan: Portsmouth Pyramid Rooms
20 Jan: Leeds Metropolitan University
21 Jan: Birmingham Academy
22 Jan: Manchester Academy
24 Jan: Glasgow Academy
25 Jan: Newcastle University
26 Jan: Nottingham Rock City
27 Jan: Liverpool Academy
28 Jan: London Brixton Academy

The tour will precede the release of new single 'I'm Not Okay (I Promise)' on Reprise on 28 Feb.

Press info on tour and single release from Mercenary.

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UNHEARD LENNON TRACKS TO APPEAR IN NEW MUSICAL
Two previously unreleased John Lennon songs are to feature in a new musical about the ex-Beatle's life. Yoko Ono has given the producers of the new show permission to use 'India, India', a song written during the Beatles' visit to, erm, India in 1968, and 'I Don't Want to Lose You', a track that was meant to appear on the 1990 Beatles Anthology but which was pulled because of an electronic glitch on Lennon's recording.

Talking about the new show, writer and director Don Scardino told reporters: "We will tell the story of John Lennon's life using Lennon's own words and songs. Our ensemble of 10 extraordinary and diverse performers and a 10-piece onstage band will guide the audience through Lennon's life and the eras he shaped".

The show will open in San Francisco on 12 Apr with a Broadway run planned for Jul.

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FIERY FURNACES EP
Rough Trade's The Fiery Furnaces will release a new EP on 11 Jan featuring b-sides and previously unreleased tracks. More when we get it.

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MTV TO LAUNCH DIGITAL MUSIC SERVICE IN 2005
MTV have confirmed that they will launch their own digital music service in 2005. Speaking at US trade conference Music 2.0, MTV's SVP Jason Hirschhorn said the new service, based around a bespoke player, would "blow the space open".

Quite how they plan to do that isn't clear. Certainly the features promised by the service - a-la-carte downloads, programmed and personalised streaming radio and an on-demand music subscription service - don't sound like anything new. It is more likely MTV will try to steal some ground from the more established digital music platforms by tapping into the network's rich archives of original material.

Needless to say the new service will be heavily promoted across the MTV channels - whether they will eventually integrate the service with their TV output utilising interactive digital TV technologies is unclear, though presumably it is a real possibility.

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OFCOM ALLOW SUNRISE TO SWITCH FROM COUNTRY TO ASIAN TALK
Many a radio station has slowly tweaked its programming remit away from that it was originally licensed to perform - normally moving from a niche positioning into the mainstream. However a switch from country music programming to speech programmes aimed at the Asian community is quite an about turn. However that's what will happen when London's Easy 1035 becomes Kismat Asian Talk Radio. Admittedly the station's owners, Sunrise Radio, have been given permission by media regulator OfCom to make the change, but that almost makes it a bigger story - UK radio regulators have been difficult about radio owners completely changing station formats in the past. This is the first time the relatively new regulator OfCom has been approached regarding a format switch - and the fact they have said "yes" might provide encouragement for other radio groups keen to dump less successful stations without losing valuable analogue licences.

According to the Guardian 135 people wrote to protest at Sunrise's proposed changes - many arguing Sunrise already owned a London based Asian service. Rival station Club Asia also protested at Sunrise's plans to become more dominant in this space. However the 70 letters of support submitted by Sunrise were enough to convince the regulator.

Among the arguments given by Sunrise for dumping its country output was that five different owners had failed to make Easy 1035 a success during its ten year history. Sunrise bosses said that was partly because of the sound quality of AM radio which, they argued, was more suited to talk radio. To that end the company says they will continue to broadcast Easy Radio on London's digital radio network where sound quality is much better.

Welcoming OfCom's decision, Sunrise bosses said its new service would bring "real radio listening choice" to Asian Londoners, and will "assist in accelerating the assimilation of the Asian community into the national fabric of life".

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LIAM VOTING FOR G4 ON X FACTOR
According to the Sun, Liam Gallagher is a big fan of X Factor's operatic finalists G4. The story comes from comments made by Louis Walsh - the X Factor judge who is championing G4. The paper quotes Walsh as saying: "Liam said he loves G4 - they're his favourite band at the moment. He hasn't missed an episode of The X Factor and has voted for G4 all along. It's not what you'd expect. But he was so excited. He wasn't joking. Now I shall arrange for him to meet G4."

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JOHN PEEL TRIBUTE NIGHT PLANNED
Music stars from Manchester are organising a special gig in honour of John Peel. Badly Drawn Boy, Stephen Fretwell, Haven, Tractor (a band signed to Peel's seventies record label Dandelion Records) and two "mystery guests" will perform at the event, being called 'Christmas Kicks', at the Southern Hotel in Chorlton on 19 Dec. The plan is for the various artists to perform tracks that appeared in Peel's 'festive 50s' over the years. Tickets are £12 each and can be bought from Piccadilly Records on Oldham Street, Manchester - all profits go to Amnesty International.

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MR BUNGLE SPLIT
Long term CMU favourites Mr Bungle (they were appointed by Alastair - that's how long term!) have confirmed that, after five years off, they are now officially no more. Front man Mike Patton has told Rolling Stone the band had graduating to "broken-up" status citing personality conflicts as the key reason the Bungles never regrouped after 1999's 'California'.

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COOKING VINYL LAUNCH REGGAE IMPRINT
Cooking Vinyl are launching a new imprint called Hot Pot which will be re-issuing reggae, mainly from the 1970's. The first release will be a Glyn Brown & Friends compilation called 'Rhythm Masters Volume 1'. Any journalists who cover such things should get in touch with Joolz at Cooking Vinyl so he can keep you in touch on releases - email joolz@cookingvinyl.com

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