CMU Daily - on the inside Thursday 16th December
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Remix Night tonight
- ODB died of accidental drug overdose
- James Brown recovered after cancer surgery
- Doves on the new album
- Public memorial planned for Dimebag
- Edinburgh licence winner to be announced today
- Scottish venue pulls out of Hogmanay music fest
- Sanctuary rejig
- Illegal downloading remains high in Canada
- New culture mag launches
- New Radiohead music to debut at Ether fest
- Thrills tour
- TalkSport lose right to fight RAJAR in court
- GYBO gets new web address
- Franz Ferdinand bassist feeling better
- iPods in short supply for Christmas rush
- Apple to launch iPod with Sirius?
- FCC not interested in censoring satellite radio
- Band Aid declared British Christmas number one four days early
- U2 photo sells for thousands
- Busted play charity gig for Band Aid
- Ashless Simpson's dad concerned about her lesbian role in debut movie
- Rooney's girlfriend eyes up pop career
- Toast online

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CMU LIVE

*** KILL ALL HIPPIES takes over Canvas once again this Friday. On the bill are Six By Seven, Vatican DC, Trap2, Little Barrie all live, plus the NME DJs and residents Eddy Temple Morris, DJ Syrinx, and Jeff Automatic on the decks. Check the line up biogs at http://www.cmumusicnetwork.co.uk/killallhippies/ All takes place on Friday 17 Dec from 8.30pm to 4am - free entry if you sign up at http://www.leylinepromotions.com/killallhippies

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CMU TRACK OF THE YEAR
Well, it's getting very exciting now. No, really. Well, a bit exciting. So, if you haven't already, get voting for your favourite track of 2004. If you want, you can give us a 50 word explanation for inclusion here in the Daily. Votes to vote@cmumusicnetwork.co.uk please.

Some of the votes so far:

Voter: Nicola Slade, Music Week
Vote: TV On The Radio - New Health Rock
Words: Residing in the same space as 'Hey Ya!', although less poppy and direct, this is a slab of tremendously exciting and exhilarating pop music that could only ever come out of America. It pushes boundaries and serves to prove that TV On The Radio are going to be one of next year's biggest acts."

Voter: Marsha Shandur
Vote: The Bees - Horsemen
Words: This was one of those tracks that I kept hearing on the radio and thinking "What the hell is this? It's insane. And genius!". When I finally got hold of a copy, I set my stereo to wake me up with it every morning. Whenever it got to about halfway through, I used to start getting stressed because I knew the song was going to end soon, and I loved it so much that I didn't want it to. So I'd then hit repeat at least three times.

Voter: Eddy TM, Xfm
Vote: Evil 9 - Crooked
Words: The obvious choice would be Mylo's 'Drop the Pressure', or 'Reason Is Treason' by Kasabian, even Dub Pistols 'Problem Is'. But I'll go with the underdogs, as ever. This year I've been dazzled by Evil 9, their production is so refreshing, their album surprisingly diverse, and 'Crooked' feat Aesop Rock is a blistering single that's crossed over every dancefloor, club and gig in 2004. 2005 is theirs for the taking.

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

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REMIX NIGHT TONIGHT
Before I start, I must remind one and all that Delays are playing at the Remix Night Christmas Party at Cargo tonight - Chikinki and newcomers Johnny Boy are also playing plus Lionel Vinyl and Eddy TM are Djing. Oh yes, and it's all in aid of Shelter. Doors open at 8pm and tickets are a tenner. See you there!

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ODB DIED OF ACCIDENTAL DRUG OVERDOSE
No surprises here really. The New York medical examiner's office yesterday confirmed that Wu-Tang Clan founding member Ol' Dirty Bastard's death last month was caused by an accidental drugs overdose. ODB, of course, collapsed and died at a NYC recording studio on 13 Nov.

The official report into his death says he died as "a result of intoxication by the combined effects of cocaine and Tramadol, a prescription painkiller but not a narcotic". The medical examiner's spokesman, Ellen Borakove, added: "The manner of death is an accident". ODB's family are yet to comment on the medical examiner's report, though the findings are not likely to be a surprise, as it was no secret poor ODB had a long history of drug problems.

As previously reported, the rapper was working on a new album at the time of his death - his mother is now coordinating the completion of that album which will be released in the New Year.

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JAMES BROWN RECOVERED AFTER CANCER SURGERY
James Brown underwent surgery to treat his prostate cancer yesterday and, according to his doctors, everything went according to plan. Dr James Bennett of the Midtown Urology Surgical Centre in Atlanta told reporters yesterday that the 71-year-old soul star was "resting comfortably" adding: "We expect a full recovery. With proper follow-up and care, we can also expect a full cure".

Brown's manager - "SuperFrank" Copsidas - added: "Mr Brown has always been a fighter and we are confident that he will be back 'on the good foot' soon for another 50 years."

As yet plans for a Spring tour of Asia and Australia and the promotion of his new autobiography are unchanged.

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DOVES ON THE NEW ALBUM
Doves have been talking to the NME about their new album 'Some Cities', which is being recorded at Liverpool's Parr Street Studios and at Fort Augustus in Loch Ness. On the Scottish bit of the recording, singer and guitarist Jimi Goodwin told the NME: "Just to be outside brought a nice flavour to it, it was a healthy Doves for once. We were walking to [the studio] in the morning off a leafy country lane from the hotel and walking back down for dinner. If you go to a residential studio, you might get out once a week to go and buy a packet of fags. It's a stunning place to go and make a record. We could see Ben Nevis out of the studio window."

One of the tracks on the album - 'Ambition' - was recorded in an old Benedictine Monastery - Goodwin: "It's closed down now. I think the last monk was like 93. There was no new blood coming through - why would you? So they closed it down and sold it and typically it's gonna become flats at some point. But we went in there, did the old whistle test, clapped our hands and there was just this cavernous sound. And we had this song that we hadn't recorded that was very hushed. It just came together. We asked if we could do it and in three hours came out with the song. No time at all as opposed to labouring on it."

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PUBLIC MEMORIAL PLANNED FOR DIMEBAG
A public memorial service for Pantera / Damageplan guitarist 'Dimebag' Darrell Abbot - shot last week while he played at a gig in Ohio - will be held in Arlington, Texas next Tuesday evening. According to MTV, fans are being encouraged to arrive early and to bring an unwrapped toy which will be donated to a charitable organisation. The public service will follow a private funeral for friends and family earlier the same day. Abbot's family are also expected to be in attendance at the public memorial, though it is unclear if any of them will speak.

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EDINBURGH LICENCE WINNER TO BE ANNOUNCED TODAY
Take it from me, radio in Edinburgh during the nineties was pretty rotten (though I seem to remember there were the occasional moments of genius on certain shows on the local college station, but then the CMU team graduated and moved away). Things have improved a lot since then of course - for starters there's that excellent breakfast show on Beat 106 (actually I've never heard it, but it's co-presented by one of CMU's founders, which means it must be brilliant, obviously). Anyway, all this is a roundabout way of saying that the Scottish capital will get a new radio station in the New Year, and media regulator OfCom will today announce which of the 12 applications for that licence has been successful.

Since applying for the licence cost a mere £5000 and the estimated value of the advertising revenue it will generate (according to the Guardian at least) is £15 million, the contest to win this licence was hotly contested. Most of the applications were for either rock stations, or for stations aimed at a more mature audience, so it is more than likely Edinburgh will be getting one of those formats at some point in 2005.

For those of you who don't listen to radio in Edinburgh (or Blackburn - OfCom are announcing the winner of a smaller licence to broadcast there too), this is still an interesting story because it is the first time since taking over from the Radio Authority that the new mega-media-regulator, OfCom, have dealt with applications for a radio licence and their decision, and any commentary, might give an indication of what kind of policy the licence issuers will be taking as they distribute the final analogue licences over the next few years.

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SCOTTISH VENUE PULLS OUT OF HOGMANAY MUSIC FEST
Talking of the Scottish capital, the venue due to host a special music fest alongside Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations has announced it has terminated its contract with the events promoters. Called The Highland Gathering the event was set to feature an eclectic mix of music including Supergrass, Felix Da Housecat, The Levellers, Razorlight and DJs Seb Fontaine, Dave Pearce and Erick Morillo. It was being staged at the Royal Highland Centre just outside Edinburgh.

However, following reports that one of the co-promoters of the event had pulled out over a financial dispute, the owners of the Royal Highland Centre this morning told reporters: "We regret to announce the termination by default of its contractual agreement with organisers U4Ria Promotions Ltd to host the Highland Gathering event. The event, which was to feature chart-topping music and live bands, was scheduled for New Year's Eve. The Royal Highland Centre is disappointed that the event will not go ahead but this is due to circumstances totally outwith its control and despite repeated efforts to avoid withdrawal of the venue's facilities."

There is now word yet on whether U4Ria Promotions plan to find an alternative venue for the event - more when we get it.

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SANCTUARY REJIG
The Sanctuary Group have announced a number of management changes which have immediate effect.

First up Merck Mercuriadis, who has been developing Sanctuary's US operations until now, will become Group CEO, directing and managing creative strategy on a global basis, based in New York. Sanctuary co-founder Andy Taylor will stay on as Executive Chairman directing more commercial and financial parts of the business.

Commenting on Mercuriadis' appointment, Taylor told CMU: "Sanctuary's success has been based on a strategic combination of creative and commercial skills. In the past Rod Smallwood, my co-founder, managed the creative aspects of the company whilst I looked after the commercial and financial aspects. With Merck's appointment, we are continuing that successful process. His affinity with the artist community makes him an ideal person to drive Sanctuary's success globally, across all of our businesses".

At the same time there will be other changes in the top team. Aky Najeeb and Joe Cokell, who currently oversee, respectively, Sanctuary's artist services and record labels everywhere except North America, will also get global roles. Tom Lipsky, currently President of Sanctuary Records Group North America, will become CEO of the Group's US operations and get an expanded role. Carl Stubner and Pete Asher, currently co-presidents of Sanctuary Artist Management North America, will also get expanded roles.

Commenting on his new top team, Mercuriadis told us: "This is a significant time in the development of the Group and our [cross-sector] model and there are many exciting challenges ahead that will ultimately solidify the changes in the music industry and Sanctuary's prominent role within it. We have an executive team that is second to none to implement our creative and commercial strategy and, combined with our 360 degree infrastructure and the right fresh ideas, this gives me every reason to be confident that with each passing day we not only become ever more attractive to the most important career artists but we are also leading the transformation of our industry." So there you go.

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ILLEGAL DOWNLOADING REMAINS HIGH IN CANADA
The Recording Industry Association of America may take heart at a report that suggests illegal file sharing among teenagers in Canada is twice as popular as in the US. The Canadian courts have not allowed the record labels there to take as strict a legal stance against downloaders as the RIAA have in the US, mainly because the county's copyright laws are not sufficiently detailed in this area. The fact illegal downloading is more prevalent in a neighbouring country where legal action has been limited could be a sign that the RIAA's hardline approach to individuals who illegally share music online is working.

The new report, published by Ipsos-Reid, shows that music downloading is one of the most popular internet activities for 12-17 year olds in Canada, along with using email and instant messenger. 29% of participants said they downloaded music 'a few times a week', 53% said they downloaded music at least 'a few times a month'. Only a third of those interviewed did not download at all - similar surveys in the US show 60% of teenagers are not yet downloading music. The crucial statistic for the music industry, however, was that only 20% said they paid for the music they downloaded - therefore the majority of the music being downloaded by the majority of Canadian teenagers comes from illegal P2P networks.

Of course it could be argued that the legitimate download sector in Canada is someway behind that in the US and parts of Europe - iTunes only launched there last week - and that may also be a reason for the high amount of illegal music downloading. The research also showed that, while downloading amongst teenagers was up, older music fans were downloading less that in previous years. This perhaps suggests the message about the ethics of illegal downloading is spreading around Canada, but the legitimate digital music services are yet to properly take off.

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NEW CULTURE MAG LAUNCHES
The pilot edition of a new culture magazine called The Mind's Construction, which comes with plenty of music content, is out this week featuring interviews with, among others, Franz Ferdinand and Pink Grease, plus articles on things like 'A Summer of Hip-Hop' and 'Jordan as the Modern Dandy'. Hmmm. The magazine's official launch party takes place at London's Strongroom Bar on Curtain Road on 9 Jan with a live set by Simon Bookish and DJ set from Anthony Reynolds (ex-Jack). Entry to the party is free. The magazine costs two quid - more info and online ordering at http://www.noblesavage.info/magazine.htm

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NEW RADIOHEAD MUSIC TO DEBUT AT ETHER FEST
New music from Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood will be performed at the London Ether Festival, which takes place next Mar. The music will feature as part of two London Sinfonietta shows, what are promised to be "two evenings of experimentation, collaboration and cross-genre juxtaposition". Other shows at the Ether Festival include performances from Dizzee Rascal and Matmos.

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THRILLS TOUR
The Thrills have announced details of their UK tour next Mar, dates as follows:
12 Mar: Leeds University
13 Mar: Edinburgh Queens Hall
15 Mar: Cardiff University
16 Mar: Liverpool University
17 Mar: London Hammersmith Palais

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TALKSPORT LOSE RIGHT TO FIGHT RAJAR IN COURT
The High Court has ruled that Kelvin MacKenzie and his radio company Wireless Group do not have a legal case against RAJAR. As previously reported, MacKenzie was suing RAJAR on the grounds that their refusal to adopt an electronic system for measuring radio listening figures (rather than having people write things down in a little book) skewed the figures, and as such his station, TalkSport, lost out. That in turn affected TalkSport's advertising revenues - MacKenzie hoped to recover some of those alleged lost revenues through the legal action.

However RAJAR argued that there was no legal foundation to support MacKenzie's action, and yesterday the High Court agreed. Mr Justice Lloyd said that while he thought an electronic measurement system like that proposed by MacKenzie would be more reliable, he accepted RAJAR's argument that they had not yet gone that route because they were still deciding which system was the best to adopt: "It may be fair to say that each of the audiometers [electronic measurement systems] is much better than the diary system, but that does not help with the decision which of the audiometers to adopt".

MacKenzie, whose company will have to pick up some £700,000 in costs, immediately hit back telling reporters: "RAJAR may have won a legal skirmish, but the war goes on until technology-based audience measurement is adopted". RAJAR bosses say they hope to have an electronic system in place by Jan 2007 - MacKenzie says he will sue again if they fail to meet that target date.

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GYBO GETS NEW WEB ADDRESS
More one for readers of our Remix Update this one, but in case any of you use the very excellent bootlegs and mash ups website Get Your Boot On then you might want to know that it has a new web address - http://www.gybo.org.

Talking of the Remix Update, did I mention Delays, Chikinki, Johnny Boy, Lionel Vinyl and Eddy TM were all playing at the Remix Night Christmas Party in aid of Shelter at Cargo tonight?

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FRANZ FERDINAND BASSIST FEELING BETTER
Franz Ferdinand bassist Bob Hardy has told the NME he is back in good health. As previously reported, Hardy was taken ill while on tour in Japan and had to miss some gigs while he received hospital treatment. But speaking back stage at KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas in LA at the weekend he told NME: "[I'm] better, thanks. I just ate too much sushi and didn't eat the ginger afterwards so it didn't kill off the bacteria. I feel alright. I haven't [been drinking] since so I feel great."

The band also spoke about the positive response they are getting in the US. Frontman Alex Kapranos said: "A lot people we talked to before we came over to the States a little over a year ago were saying itís really hard for British bands, 'You'll have a terrible time!' and we just kind of laughed it off. It's been brilliant. This last year's been fantastic." Hardy added: "We went through Dallas airport two days ago and the girl who was checking passports goes, 'Oh yeah I've got your CD.'"

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IPODS IN SHORT SUPPLY FOR CHRISTMAS RUSH
It's a tradition that supplies of popular Christmas presents should run out in the run up to the 25th Dec, and reports suggest that the present most likely to run out this year is the iPod. Steve Jobs has already warned supplies are running low, and Amazon in the US says it has now sold out. Normally such short demand is good for the makers of said presents - as demand rises they can hike up prices, and the 'short-supply' hype ensures a sales push when new stocks are available in the New Year. But some reckon the short supply may backfire on Apple with consumers opting for a second choice player made by one of the computer giant's competitors rather than waiting for the New Year to buy a player. Whether that prediction comes true remains to be seen. (While we're on this, several reports on the shortage of iPods refer to the £220+ players as "stocking fillers" - that's quite a stocking filler, what ever happened to a box of matchmakers and some crap from the pound shop?)

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APPLE TO LAUNCH IPOD WITH SIRIUS?
Talking of iPods, word is that US based satellite radio station Sirius (the one that has recruited Eminem, Howard Stern and British football matches) is in business with Apple, and that an iPod that doubles up as a satellite radio receiver could be on the market in early 2005. If that's true it will be interesting to see if the digital radio people in the UK makes a similar deal with Apple - given the popularity of iPod it could come as a welcome boost for the digital radio sector.

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FCC NOT INTERESTED IN CENSORING SATELLITE RADIO
And talking of satellite radio, the US media regulator, the FCC, says it will not expand its censorship regulations to include subscription based satellite radio services. Networks like Sirius are subject to much less regulation than the terrestrial radio stations - that fact was one of the key reasons why Howard Stern decided to switch from the terrestrial Infinity Network to Sirius. Some in the terrestrial network have been pushing for the FCC to extend its censorship remit to satellite stations - mainly because less programming regulation gives the satellite stations some competitive advantage. However the FCC's Kenneth Ferree said this week that the Commission is unmoved on this point: "We have previously ruled that subscription-based services do not call into play the issue of indecency".

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BAND AID DECLARED BRITISH CHRISTMAS NUMBER ONE FOUR DAYS EARLY
Well, the Christmas singles chart may not be released until Sunday, but bookmakers have already declared Band Aid 20 as 'Christmas number one'.

As we reported yesterday, sales of 'Do They Know It's Christmas' remain high and HMV reported on Monday sales of the charity record were way ahead of closest rivals Kylie Minogue and Ronan Keating. So much so bookmakers Ladbrokes yesterday declared the song as Christmas number one and said it would start paying out winnings to anyone who bet on the track. A spokesman for Ladbrokes told reporters last night: "This is the first time that we have ever paid out ahead of Sunday's charts. There is no way Band Aid 20 won't remain top of the tree so we have declared it Christmas number one five days early."

The decision will be costly for bookies. With the poor critical response to the track and suggestions that a sudden rush to buy the single in week one would mean sales would be down by the time the Christmas chart came round meant some bookmakers were offering better than expected odds on Band Aid being the festive chart topper. The Ladbrokes' spokesman admitted: "Band Aid 20 topping the charts was a five figure loser for us. We hope all those who backed it to be Christmas number one use their money to buy more copies."

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U2 PHOTO SELLS FOR THOUSANDS
A photo of U2 from 1982 has sold for thousands at an auction in Dublin. Taken by photographer Anton Corbijn, who is responsible for all the photos on U2's album covers from 1987's 'The Joshua Tree' to new album 'How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb', it shows the young band standing in a field of tall grass. Just for the record, it isn't worth thousands of pounds.

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BUSTED PLAY CHARITY GIG FOR BAND AID
Those still resisting adding 'Do They Know It's Christmas' mark three to their record collections could donate some cash to the Band Aid Trust by spending the afternoon with Busted and label mates V. The two bands have added an extra date to the former's 'Ticket For Everyone' tour the afternoon of 18 Dec, and all profits from it will go to the charity.

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ASHLEE SIMPSON'S DAD CONCERNED ABOUT HER LESBIAN ROLE IN DEBUT MOVIE
Ashlee Simpson's manager father, Joe Simpson, has demanded the plot of her first movie is changed so that his daughter does not have to play a lesbian. According to gossip site Pagesix.Com Mr Simpson thinks playing a gay role in her debut movie might damage Ashlee's future Hollywood success. The site quotes him as saying: "She [Ashlee] said, 'But it's cool, it's edgy, it's different,' and of course the filmmakers were like, 'It's cool for a woman to be a lesbian.' But I changed it. It doesn't work for her to be gay the first thing out. She's going to be a huge movie star." So that's that sorted.

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ROONEY'S GIRLFRIEND EYES UP POP CAREER
According to the Sun, Wayne Rooney's girlfriend Coleen McLoughlin is hoping to get herself a pop career, and has been receiving singing lessons from the vocal coach who originally trained Atomic Kitten. One friend of the voice coach told the Sun: "Coleen is a natural. She loves singing and has recorded some tracks. She has a lot of time and money on her hands." Perhaps Wayne could speak to former team mate Kevin Campbell over at Everton who, I suspect, will be looking for a new signing to his 2 Wikid Records label now he's fallen out with Mark Morrison.

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TOAST ONLINE
How can a slice of toast have a better website that many signed artists and major record labels? Ah well, for an update on CMU Daily reader Guy Harris and his almost religious piece of toast check http://www.joetoast.co.uk

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AND FINALLY...
One last thing - Delays are playing at the Remix Night Christmas Party at Cargo tonight - Chikinki and newcomers Johnny Boy are also playing plus Lionel Vinyl and Eddy TM are Djing. Just wanted to make sure you knew. It kicks off at 8pm, see you there.

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