CMU Daily - on the inside Tuesday 11th January

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In today's CMU Daily:
- Franz Ferdinand top Brits nominations list
- Cardiff fundraiser gig sells out
- Radio industry unites for tsunami fundraiser
- Green day donate download track royalties to tsunami aid
- Single Review: Manhead - EP
- Mando Diao play five London dates
- Virgin launch mini-players
- System Of A Down album ready
- Degrassi tour
- Kiss star sued over VH1 doc
- Seal speaks out against misogyny in rap
- Jay-Z taking hands on role at Def Jam
- Four stations axe Stern over Sirius plugs
- Bloc Party instores
- Pepsi try to hide embarrassing wave ad
- Remix Night moves night
- Transmission moves venues
- Album Review: Gwar - War Party
- People's Choice awards round up
- Roots Manuva: remix competition and cool rap game thing
- ODB senior says "he lied about his upbringing"
- Conservative Christians not impressed by Kid Rock on the bill
- Brit Award nominations in full


Hey, it's only Brits time again, oh joy. Yep, the nominations for this year's annual back slapping fest were announced in London last night and it is with much regret that we admit that there are few artists up for an award who don't deserve the honour. Damn. That said, we trust Band Aid won't win best single, Girls Aloud and Westlife better not get the top pop gong, and we'd rather Jamie Cullum didn't get best male. Otherwise, well, whatever really.

As far as the nominations party went, it was Franz Ferdinand's night really, because they topped the proceedings with five nominations - for best British group, best British album, breakthrough act, best live act and best rock act. Well done them and everyone at Domino - it's nice to have an independently signed artist topping the bill.

Most of the other multiple scorers come from major labels, though they still deserve the attention. Muse, score four nominations, while Natasha Bedingfield, Jamelia, Keane, Kasabian, Snow Patrol and The Streets all have three nominations each. Lovely.

As previously reported, 2005 is the 25th edition of the Brit Awards, and to celebrate there is this additional award for the best British single to have been released since the first ever awards event. Awards like this are pretty pointless really - how the hell do you pick one single as being the best in the last 25 years? Well, you start by not picking Robbie William's 'Angels' or Will Young's 'Leave Right Now' (both good songs you understand, but the best song of the last quarter century?) - but obviously no one told this to the Radio 2 listeners who have been voting on the 25 track shortlist put together by industry types, because both appear in the final five. Which means we can only hope that the British public get busy voting for one of the other three finalists - 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' by Joy Division, 'Wuthering Heights' by Kate Bush or 'We Are The Champions' by Queen - for the overall 'best track since 1977' award.

The 2005 Brit Awards take place at Earls Court on 9 Feb and will be hosted by Chris Evans, with live performances promised from Keane, Franz Ferdinand, Joss Stone, Scissor Sisters, Green Day, and Natasha and David Bedingfield.

Organisers of the awards also last night confirmed that they will donate all the proceeds from this year's awards show to the Tsunami-aid appeal. They will give the profits, expected to be in the region of £500,000, to British charity Save The Children to fund a two year project supporting those affected by the tsunami in southern Asia.

Commenting on that decision BPI boss Peter Jamieson told reporters: "The Brit Awards is unique among music awards shows in devoting all of its proceeds to charity. Brits 25 gives us a unique opportunity to make a real difference to children affected by the horrors of the tsunami."


Talking of raising money for the post-tsunami relief effort, all 60,000 tickets for the tsunami-aid concert at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium later this month have now sold out - and that despite the news Craig David had been added to the bill.

Needless to say, organisers were very pleased with the quick sell out for the fundraiser. Stadium boss Paul Sergeant told reporters: "I got the first feeling that this might be something ridiculously big when we got tens of thousands of hits on our website after we announced it as an idea, two days before we confirmed it was going ahead. In fairness I thought we would sell out but I wasn't expecting us to sell out so quickly."

Sergeant confirmed he is now talking to broadcasters about screening the 22 Jan event which currently has a line up looking a little like this: Eric Clapton, The Manic Street Preachers, Snow Patrol, Embrace, Badly Drawn Boy, Lemar, Jools Holland, Feeder, Craig David, Liberty X Katherine Jenkins, and Aled Jones.


Elsewhere in tsunami-aid news, and the British radio industry will next Monday axe its daytime schedules and instead broadcast a massive radiothon style fundraiser. Rival stations owned by the likes of Capital, EMAP, Chrysalis, Guardian Media Group, GWR, Scottish Radio Holdings and SMG will all broadcast the twelve hour special from 6am to 6pm, the first time the whole radio industry has collaborated on such an ambitious project (actually, the first time the whole radio industry has collaborated on anything).

Staged at Capital's studios on Leicester Square, London, UK Radio Aid will feature two guest DJs every hour plus a string of guests, live sets, interviews, competitions, auctions, pledges and messages. Each participating station will donate a day's profits to the appeal, while listeners will be encouraged to donate an hour of their earnings to the appeal.

EMAP's Mark Story, who is overseeing the project, told reporters yesterday: "I am immensely proud of and grateful to our colleagues across commercial radio who, when asked for an extraordinary response to this disaster, were all in immediate agreement to unite for this very special day."

More info at


One last bit of tsunami aid news, and Green Day have announced they will donate the royalties from any iTunes sales of their track 'Boulevard of Broken Dreams' to the American Red Cross to aid their relief effort around the Indian Ocean.

Confirming the move, the band's Billie Joe Armstrong told reporters: "This is the worst global disaster we've seen in our lifetimes. We felt it was important to take part in the relief efforts any way we could."


SINGLE REVIEW: Manhead - E.P. (Relish)
This four-track EP acts as a taster for Manhead's forthcoming album, which should up the profile of the much-lauded Swiss artist, whose name was all over numerous acclaimed remixes last year under his Headman guise. 'Special' is a classic infectious slice of instrumental hi-NRG disco, fairly redolent of a Pet Shop Boys backing track from 1985. Some vocals wouldn't hurt, but it nonetheless remains slinky and seductive in a rather sly way, whilst the accompanying remix from Felix Rennefeld pushes the envelope even further and will more than satisfy any delirious hands-in-the-air clubbers. 'Hey Now', meanwhile, is like Daft Punk revisiting acid house days at the Hacienda from 1988. Though, like 'Special', it sounds almost unfinished, and is crying out for some crafty vocals or just a few more slabs of in-yer-face synth. Promising stuff, but you can see why perhaps he produces his best results when reinterpreting the work of others. MS
Release date: 14 Feb
Press contact: Darling [all]


Swedish rockers Mando Diao, who release new single 'You Can't Steal My Love' from forthcoming debut album 'Hurricane Bar' on 12 Feb, have announced no less that five London dates in the next fortnight. Dates as follows - press info from Anglo.

15 Jan: Frog @ Mean Fiddler
17 Jan: Artrocker @ Garage
18 Jan: Artrocker @ Buffalo Bar
19 Jan: Death Disco @ Notting Hill Arts Club
21 Jan: London Barfly


So, how do you compete with the iPod? Well, Virgin are hoping to gain some headway in the ever-competitive MP3 player market by going smaller and cheaper. In the States they have just launched a new 256MB digital music player that is the size of a silver-dollar coin (which our resident American tells us is a little bit bigger than a £2 coin). Weighing just half an ounce and storing about 80 tracks, the mini-players retail for a mere $99 - which is just as well, because they sound like they're very easy to lose. A 128 MB version, which presumably stores about 40 tracks, is also available for a bargain $79.

Commenting on the new players, Virgin Electronics' VP Marketing told reporters: "Good things come in small packages, and the new Virgin Electronics 256MB Wearable MP3 Player is no exception. The players are incredibly easy to use as they come with a USB cable that transfers music and charges the lithium-ion batteries all at the same time."


Word is that the new album from System Of A Down is completed and currently being mixed. Though no release date as yet has been set, the band is quoted as saying "Spring is looking good". The new album is a 2 CD job called 'Mesmerize/Hypnotize' - though the two CDs will be released six months apart which makes it sound a bit like two separate albums to me.


CMU favourites Degrassi - who were listed as a tip of the year for 2005 by the News of the World of all people - kick off a UK tour this Friday, in part supporting Aereogramme (those dates marked with a *). Dates as follows:

14 Jan: Camden, The Barfly
22 Jan: Perth, Twa Tams*
24 Jan: Edinburgh, The Venue*
25 Jan: The Archer*
26 Jan: Hartlepool, The Studio*
5 Feb: Brighton, Freebutt
7 Feb: Southampton, Lennon's - for
8 Feb: The Bull & Gate, Kentish Town, London,


Kiss star Gene Simmons is being sued for slander by a woman who claims a VH1 documentary on the star made her out to be a "sex-addicted nymphomaniac".

New Yorker Georgeann Walsh Ward, who dated Simmons for three years when he was a college student, says that her photo was flashed up during the VH1 show while Simmons discussed his past sexual encounters (which involved, if Simmons is to be believed, 4600 different women, though not all at once you understand). Being featured alongside Simmons' other one night stands portrayed Ward, she claims, as being "wild" and "unchaste".

So much so she is suing Simmons and VH1 owner Viacom on the grounds of defamation and invasion of privacy.


Seal has spoken out against the derogatory treatment of women in the lyrics and videos of many leading rap stars. Speaking to black entertainment magazine Sister2Sister, he said that leading male entertainers in the black community had a duty to encourage their fans to respect women.

He told the magazine: "It's sad when you see the rappers on TV and in the videos making these derogatory videos towards women ... kind of like sexual objects. It's sad because we're damaging our own. Like, in different cultures, you would never see that."

He continued: "Take for example the Jewish culture. They've been persecuted just like the black people, right? But you never see them eating their own. They don't. But we will. I really feel that there is a responsibility and what goes around comes around."

Although best known for his hits in the nineties, Seal has enjoyed new success recently in both the UK and US, and is nominated for a Best Male Pop Vocal Performance award at next month's Grammys.


Jay-Z has started work in his new job as President of Def Jam, and from what we hear he is taking a very hands on role participating in all sorts of management and marketing meetings alongside Island Def Jam boss LA Reid. Meanwhile speculation continues that Jay-Z's former business partner Damon Dash will soon also enter a new deal with the Universal Music Group which will see the creation of a new Dash-run imprint.


Four of the US radio stations that syndicate Howard Stern's radio show off Infinity Radio have axed the programme because, they claim, Stern is just using his network radio show to big up their rivals in the satellite radio sector, and in particular Sirius, who Stern will join next year.

The four stations are owned by the Citadel Broadcasting Corp who told reporters yesterday: "Regrettably, Mr Stern has transformed the content of his show into a continuous infomercial promoting Sirius, his new satellite radio employer. This is unreasonable and not what we had bargained for in its agreements with him".

Whether Citadel can be persuaded to reinstate the Stern show is unclear, though the fact Stern used his show yesterday to slag off Citadel chairman and chief executive Farid Suleman isn't going to help in any talks between Citadel and Infinity.


CMU's hot tip for 2005 (OK, they're everyone's hot tip for 2005, but our tips are hotter because no one round here knows how to work the thermostat on the central heating), Bloc Party will be officially launching new single 'So Here We Are' at various HMV stores as they tour the UK on the NME Awards Tour next month. The instore dates are as follows:

31 Jan: HMV Norwich (21 Gentleman's Walk) at 4.30pm. The band plays at the University of East Anglia in the evening.

1 Feb: HMV Bristol (21/23 Broadmead) at 5.30pm. The band plays at the Academy in the evening.

2 Feb: HMV Brighton (48/50 Churchill Square Shopping Centre) at 5.30pm. The band plays at the Brighton Dome in the evening.

4 Feb: HMV Cambridge (12/15 Lion Yard) at 5.30pm. The band plays at the Corn Exchange in the evening.

Press info about the instores from Coalition.


Well, here's an interesting one. Pepsi Cola are trying to stop the media from printing a somewhat embarrassing print advert which shows all the top footballers they sponsor, including David Beckham and Thierry Henry, about to be engulfed by a very large wave.

The ad was part of a planned Pepsi ad campaign which would see the top footballers in surf gear alongside some very high waves - an ad campaign which, needless to say, has been pulled due to subsequent world events. However the print ad had already been sent out to the media in Norway where one newspaper published it. The Daily Star got its hand on the pic and they published it over here too.

Pepsi are now threatening to sue the two papers in question for breach of copyright, and have sent strict legal letters to all other national newspapers telling them: "The copyright of this photograph is owned by PepsiCo. PepsiCo has not consented to publication of this photograph and has taken steps against the Daily Star in relation to the unauthorised publication of the photographs. We have not authorised the photograph out of concern for the tsunami disaster victims and we will be grateful if you ensure that your newspaper doesn't publish the photograph. We trust that now we have notified you of our concerns that no such publication will take place."

While Pepsi was undoubtedly right to pull the ad campaign, it will be interesting to see how their claims of copyright breach against those papers who have published the picture really stack up, given that the photo was sent to the Norwegian papers with the explicit hope that they would publish it, thus giving the drinks company some free advertising. Meantime you can check out the picture for yourself at ad industry weblog


Xfm's Remix Night has confirmed it is moving nights. From this month the monthly night at Cargo (which, we are reliably informed, is Cargo's longest running regular night), will move to Fridays. The first one of the year is a 'Dig The Nu Breed' special with some of the Remix team's tips for 2005, including the very great breaks DJ team that is The Breakfastaz plus no less than three live bands: Vatican DC, Little Barrie and Weapons Of Mass Belief. It all takes place on Friday 21 Jan - tickets are £6 before 9, £10 after (£8 concessions). Press info from Leyline Promotions.


Talking of clubs moving, one of CMU's other favourite London nights is moving venues. Transmission is shifting from Camden to Hoxton and will now host the ground floor once a month at 333 Fridays, kicking off this week on Friday 14 Jan. On the bill this month are Dominic from The Others, Xfm's Eddy TM, Jeff Automatic and Puff Pink. Elsewhere at 333 Friday this week are Touche, Aldo Vanucci, DJ Skutta, Ben Fat Trucker, Too Good and Crispin Dior. More info at


ALBUM REVIEW: Gwar - War Party (DRT Entertainment)
In normal circumstances any one's 'sophomore' 'stunning third' or 'highly anticipated fifth' album is to be ignored (no one's had a highly anticipated fifth album since Iron Maiden's 'Live After Death' - I can't see people salivating impatiently for Razorlight's fifth). But this must be Gwar's millionth album; they've been around since Australia split from the western seaboard - in fact they were going even before Paul Oakenfold invented house music in Ibiza. And is it shit? Nope. Is it exactly what you'd expect and wickeder on top? Yup. While the original Slipknot never harnessed the global market quite like Corey and his masked musicians, Gwar have maintained a steady if only fairly level trajectory through alternative metal, ho-rock and grinding, coring, thrashing theatrics - defining the genre from the start. Musically it's catchy - with metal's signature double-time drums thundering through most of the tracks, all the guitar noises you want from the low-end chugging to the million-miles-an-hour solos, and of course the gurgling growling lead and choral grunts of a man in a mask that appears to be made out of pig innards. In terms of melody (in metal?), these guys piss all over Slipknot, who seem to be a middle-eight band. And, maybe not best of all, but certainly importantly, the album is fiercely anti-war, with tracks like the 'Bring Back the Bomb' and 'You Can't Kill Terror' the band wear their politics on their fleshy sleeves. Utterly brilliant for so many reasons. JG
Release date: 7 Feb
Press contact: Pure Press on 01628 522 603 [all]


Do you know what Usher really needs just now? Some more awards. So thank God for the People's Choice Awards, who handed two more gongs to the singer on Sunday night - one for Favourite Male Singer and one for Favourite Combined Forces (the latter for his single 'Yeah!' with Lil Jon and Ludacris).

The US People's Choice Awards are, as you might assume, voted for by the US public. In the past they were based on a Gallup survey, though this year they were voted on by a panel of 6000 readers of Entertainment Weekly magazine.

Other music winners include: Alicia Keys who was named Favorite Female Singer, U2 who won for Favourite Group, Sheryl Crow who took the award for Favorite Remake for her cover of Yusuf Islam's 'First Cut is the Deepest' and, on a country tip, Brooks & Dunn for Favorite Country Group, Tim McGraw for Favorite Country Male Singer and Shania Twain for Favorite Country Female Singer.


Anyone who is planning on entering Ninja Tunes' Roots Manuva remix competition, which we reported on in the Daily last year, better get their entries in quick cos the closing date is 17 Jan - more info at
Meantime, anyone looking to simply waste a good half hour today should really check out where you can mix together your own Roots Manuva rap with the click of a mouse. This website was responsible for delaying today's Daily by a good 20 minutes - you really should check it out!


The father of Wu-Tang Clan co-founder Ol Dirty Bastard, who died last month of a drugs overdose, has disputed the rapper's version of his upbringing. William Jones has told the New York Post's gossip page that, while ODB claimed to have grown up on welfare in the Fort Greene projects, in fact he grew up in "a stable two-parent home and loved to go fishing".


The problem with relying of the Conservative Christian vote to get you elected, is that it don't make for much of a party when you win.

Word is that the American Family Association is up in arms because of rumoured plans to invite Kid Rock, one of the few rockers to support Bush during his re-election campaign, to play at a concert to celebrate Dubya's re-inauguration into the presidency later this month

The event, being organized by Bush's daughter Barbara, has so far confirmed that Hilary Duff and JoJo will perform at the party, but there are rumours organisers hope to get Kid Rock on the bill. This has led to Donald Wildmon, Chairman of the American Family Association, to say: "What in the world are these people thinking? This is the biggest slap in the face to the Christian conservatives."



British male solo artist: Jamie Cullum, Lemar, Morrissey, The Streets, Will Young.

British female solo artist: Amy Winehouse, Jamelia, Joss Stone, Natasha Bedingfield, PJ Harvey.

British album: Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand, Keane - Hopes and Fears, Muse - Absolution, Snow Patrol - Final Straw, The Streets - A Grand Don't Come For Free.

British group: Franz Ferdinand, Kasabian, Keane, Muse, Snow Patrol.

British single: Band Aid 20 - Do They Know It's Christmas?, Jamelia - Thank You, LMC vs U2 - Take Me To The Clouds Above, Shapeshifters - Lola's Theme, Will Young - Your Game (voted for by commercial radio listeners)

British rock act: Franz Ferdinand, Kasabian, Muse, Snow Patrol, The Libertines (voted for by Kerrang! TV viewers)

British urban act: Dizzee Rascal, Jamelia, Joss Stone, Lemar, The Streets (voted for by MTV Base viewers)

British live act: Franz Ferdinand, Jamie Cullum, Kasabian, Muse, The Libertines.

British breakthrough artist: Franz Ferdinand, Joss Stone, Keane, Natasha Bedingfield, The Zutons. (voted for by BBC Radio 1 listeners)

Pop act: Avril Lavigne, Girls Aloud, Natasha Bedingfield, McFly, Westlife. (voted for ITV1's CD:UK and Sun readers)

International male solo artist: Brian Wilson, Eminem, Kanye West, Tom Waits, Usher.

International female solo artist: Alicia Keys, Anastacia, Gwen Stefani, Kelis, Kylie Minogue.

International album: Killers - Hot Fuss, Maroon 5 - Songs About Jane, OutKast - Speakerboxxx/ The Love Below, Scissor Sisters - Scissor Sisters, U2 - How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb.

International group: Green Day, Maroon 5, OutKast, Scissor Sisters, U2.

International breakthrough act: Jet, Kanye West, Killers, Maroon 5, Scissor Sisters.

Brits 25 best song award: Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart, Kate Bush - Wuthering Heights, Queen - We Are Champions, Robbie Williams - Angels, Will Young - Leave Right Now. (Voted for by BBC Radio 2 listeners)

Outstanding contribution to music: Bob Geldof

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