CMU Daily - on the inside Wednesday 12th January

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In today's CMU Daily:
- Jacko case lawyers debate stuff
- Fightstar announce UK tour
- Busted split rumours grow
- Rooster instore
- Apple launch cheaper flash-based iPod
- Album Review: Hood - Outside Closer
- US radio station fires PD as payola investigations continue
- Motley Crue man gets married again
- 50 Cent warns father to stay away
- BBC producer quits over Springer show
- New Coldplay
- New Garbage
- New Moby
- New Order confirm Cunningham as full time member
- Tim Love Lee DJ date
- Album Review: Angra - Temple Of Shadows
- Stars line up for NBC tsunami-aid telethon
- Bjork announces remix fundraiser
- ITV renew Teletext deal
- Arrest warrant issued for Blue boy

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JACKO CASE LAWYERS DEBATE STUFF
Isn't the legal world great. Lawyers on both sides of the Michael Jackson case will today discuss where they should discuss what they are allowed to discuss when they start discussing things next month. All this at a grand an hour presumably.

As previously reported, pre-trial hearings in the Jacko case are due to kick off today in which judges will decide what evidence the prosecution will be able to use once the full trial kicks off next month. Of particular interest is whether the prosecution can reveal a string of other unproven child abuse allegations made against Jacko, but not directly related to this case, in a bid to prove Jacko has a history of sexually abusing kids.

Jacko's defence team not only object to that evidence being presented at their client's trial, they also want any discussion of that evidence pre-trial to take place behind closed doors to ensure no members of the jury are in any way influenced by it.

It was pretty obvious that representatives of key media organisations, already pissed off with how much secrecy has surrounded this case, were going to fight any attempt to hold pre-trial hearings in private. Now it seems that the prosecution themselves will also insist those pre-trial discussions happen in public, adding that they will, of course, act "with discretion" being "acutely concerned" about the rights of both sides to a fair and impartial trial. Both sides are due to argue their case later on today.

Elsewhere in Jacko news, and the exciting revelation that terrible TV presenter Martin Bashir has been ordered to testify at the Jacko trial to give evidence relating to the time he spent with the singer while filming his legendary TV documentary - remains to be seen how many hours of television Tonight With Trevor McDonald will manage to squeeze out of that.

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FIGHTSTAR ANNOUNCE UK TOUR
A suspicious lack of any mention of Charlie Simpson's other band in the press release for this one, so I guess we shouldn't mention the Busted word either. Fightstar have announced a UK tour to coincide with the release of their debut EP 'They Liked You Better When You Were Dead', including a London date as part of Rock Sound Magazine's Xposure show. Dates as follows:

14 Jan: Warwick University
16 Jan: Dublin Ambassador (supporting Taking Back Sunday)
20 Jan: London Camden Underworld (supporting Planes Mistaken For Stars)
28 Jan: Sheffield Corporation (supporting Yourcodenameis:Milo)
30 Jan: Melkweg (supporting Taking Back Sunday)
1 Feb: Leeds Met University
2 Feb: Coventry Jailhouse (supporting Yourcodenameis:Milo)
4 Feb: Swansea Escape Club (supporting Yourcodenameis:Milo)
5 Feb: Wrexham Central Station (supporting Yourcodenameis:Milo)
6 Feb: Glasgow King Tuts
7 Feb: Aberdeen Lemontree
8 Feb: Edinburgh Venue
10 Feb: Hull University

More info at www.fightstarmusic.com - though as far as we can see there's no 'school chairman' scheme up and running yet.

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BUSTED SPLIT RUMOURS GROW
Perhaps Fightstar are keen to play down the Busted references because the rumours that Charlie's indie side project are threatening the future of the boyband have reached a new height. The latest rumours say Simpson hasn't spoken to his Busted bandmates since their Wembley gig three weeks ago and that a summit meeting is being planned between band mates and management to see if the band will continue after their current two month break is over.

One source told reporters: "Things are so bad between the boys at the moment that they all realise a split is inevitable. Charlie has never really hung out with Matt or James. None of them are close, you have to remember the band were put together."

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ROOSTER INSTORE
Talking of bands you're not meant to mention in the same breath as Busted, Rooster will play a free in-store at HMV on Oxford Street later this month (Wed 26 Jan) to celebrate the release of their debut album, out on 24 Jan. Press info from Coalition.

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APPLE LAUNCH CHEAPER FLASH-BASED IPOD
As expected, Apple have used their Macworld convention in San Francisco to launch a new flash-based iPod. This uses a cheaper technology than existing iPods, meaning that an Apple digital music player will now be available for under $100. The new iPod 'shuffle player' will come in two models - a 512MB version that will hold up to 120 songs, and a 1GB version that will hold about 240 songs - they will retail for $99 and $149 respectively. Both devices are smaller and lighter than a pack of chewing gum, and come with a lanyard to promote 'wearability' - and 'stealability' presumably.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Hood - Outside Closer (Domino)
It is easy to tar Hood with a great big brush of pretensions. So, I could write hundreds of words about this, their follow up to 2002's 'Cold House'. I could say how its beautiful pastoral landscapes skillfully combine opposites of skittering hip hop electronica and desolate post rock. I could say how skillfully it deals with cold Northern despair and desperation (seen in 'End Of One Train Working', possibly the only song ever where a lover discusses willfully throwing leaves onto a train line-with unbridled misguided optimism). I could say how its lingering remnants of the scars of heartbreak (as witnessed in second to last song 'Closure' with its aching refrain of "Sorry won't make you stay") exude a quietly devastating power that runs its fingernails down your spine and reduces you to a wreck gasping dry heaving sobs over old photographs and the lingering scent of a lover left on a pillow. Instead, all I'm going to say is this. It's gorgeous. I'd marry them all if they weren't such mingers. CMC
Release date: 17 Jan
Press contact: Hermana [CP, RP, NP] Cool Badge [CR, RR, NR]

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US RADIO STATION FIRES PD AS PAYOLA INVESTIGATIONS CONTINUE
As New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer continues his investigations into the practices used by major labels to get their music played on radio stations, one major radio group has fired a programme director over allegations of station staff improperly accepting gifts from record labels.

According to the New York Times, Entercom Communications have fired Dave Universal, programme director on their pop music station in Buffalo, over allegations he accepted travel packages and gifts from record label executives that contravened their strict codes of practice. A spokesman for the group wouldn't comment on the specifics of the sacking, except to say: "We have policies in place that prohibit Entercom employees from accepting gifts that exceed $25 in value, not just from record companies, but all vendors that we work with."

Mr. Universal defended his actions, telling the paper. "I did nothing that Entercom was not 100 percent aware of, or approved of, the entire time I was there. I was allowed to do whatever I had to do to foster relationships."

Both radio stations and radio promotion companies have been on guard ever since Spitzer announced his intention to investigate the radio promotions industry, subpoenaing accounts and email exchanges from most of the major labels. While the infamous days when record labels would hand radio presenters cash in brown envelopes to play their records are long gone, Spitzer's team is investigating the use by labels of independent radio promotion agencies who pay radio stations money to receive their playlists - payments which, some argue, essentially cover up any bribing that goes on.

The radio industry has denied anything untoward takes place in those relationships, while some of the major players have pointed out they no longer accept such payments from radio promotion agencies. However the decline in such payments has led some to allege that certain radio promoters have now returned to bribing methods of old to secure their artists radio play. Spitzer is yet to comment on his investigations, though Mr Universal's sacking will keep those involved in radio promotions on both sides of the equation very much on edge.

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MOTLEY CRUE MAN GETS MARRIED AGAIN
A sudden influx of Motley Crue on the news radar of late, anyone would think they had a 60 date tour and greatest hits album to sell. Anyway, Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil has married girlfriend Lia Gerardini in a Las Vegas ceremony conducted by rapper-turned-minister MC Hammer. Rock n roll.

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50 CENT WARNS FATHER TO STAY AWAY
50 Cent has told his estranged father not to get in touch now that he is a millionaire success story. 50 Cent Senior (?) walked out on Fiddy and his mother when he was a young child. When asked whether he would consider a reunion, the rapper told reporters: "Let me give him a warning! Don't you even dare crawl your ass out this way."

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BBC PRODUCER QUITS OVER SPRINGER SHOW
A senior BBC Radio producer has quit in protest over the Beeb's screening of 'Jerry Springer - The Opera' last weekend. Radio 3 producer Antony Pitts announced his intention to quit over the screening of the controversial stage show last Friday, but was persuaded by BBC Director General Mark Thompson to hold off from making his decision until he had seen the show. Pitts watched the show, decided it was even more offensive to his Christian faith that he expected, and resigned on Monday.

In his resignation letter to Radio 3 controller Roger Wright Pitts wrote: 'Having now watched the show in its entirety and the hour-long introductory broadcast, my conclusion was that the blasphemy was far, far worse than even the most detailed news reports had led me to believe'. He then set out why, in his mind, the musical is blasphemy on numerous levels.

Mark Thompson stands by his previously stated opinion that he does not believe the show to be blasphemous: "I am a practising Christian but there is nothing in this which I believe to be blasphemous'.

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NEW COLDPLAY
Chris Martin has spoken to the NME about the recording of his third album, the follow up to 2002's 'A Rush Of Blood To The Head'. He told the magazine: "Writing is what we've been doing all day, every day. It's been quite turbulent. We've been through a lot of songs and a lot of sounds, a lot of studios. It took us a long time to realise the four of us should go into a rehearsal room again and play together rather than rely on technological assistance."

On the results of his labour, Martin continued: "We've got some fucking good songs. That's one thing we are sure of. I don't think we'll top this. I always say that, but this time I really mean it. I really don't think we'll top it."

The full interview is in this week's NME.

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NEW GARBAGE
Elsewhere in the pop pipeline, Garbage's first album in four years will be released on 11 Apr. Writing on the band's website, Shirley Manson revealed: "This new CD will be released a whole ten years after our debut. Ten fucking years! The very idea blows my brain because the actuality of being the lead singer in a rock band still seems so very brand new to me."

On the album itself she said she was "giddy with relief, excitement and a great sense of accomplishment" now that the album is finally complete.

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NEW MOBY
Other big releases upcoming include the next album from Moby - to be called 'Hotel' and out on 14 Mar. As previously reported (I think!), this album is completely sample free but, we hear, includes Moby's usual eclectic mix of styles. More info, we're assured, at http://www.mobyhotel.com

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NEW ORDER CONFIRM CUNNINGHAM AS FULL TIME MEMBER
New Order have announced that Phil Cunningham has now officially replaced Gillian Gilbert in the band. Founder member Gillian, wife of the band's drummer Stephen Morris, dropped out of the band's live commitments in 2001 to look after her ill daughter, and Cunningham stepped in. With Cunningham also involved in the recording of the new album, the band have formally announced he is now a permanent replaced for Gilbert.

That new album, 'Waiting for the Sirens', is due out on 28 Mar - with at least three single releases in the pipeline.

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TIM LOVE LEE DJ DATE
Tummy Touch head honcho Tim Love Lee is in town tonight to play at a special new year party to celebrate all things Tummy Touch. All takes place at Makoomba from 9pm till 3am, entry is free, support from Rosco Slacks and Jadey Smith of Reverberations...

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ALBUM REVIEW: Angra - Temple Of Shadows (Steamhammer)
It seems that Italian symphonic metalers Rhapsody aren't alone in the world of 'Lord-Of-The-Rings-esque soundtrack' music, like that played by Pantera. Now, some of you may be thinking, 'well, duh, of course... where have you been?'. Well, sadly I've been missing out on this entirely brilliant genre of operatic power metal. You may think that the fact this Brazilian five-piece are set to release their fifth album, and you still haven't heard of them, might mean they're shite. Think again, philistines. It's definitely 'different' and won't be to many people's taste, but with guitar harmonies screaming like a Satriani solo, drums thundering solid and fast like early Metallica, and, of course, your noble narrator wailing like a cross between Pavorotti and Bruce Dickinson, this album deserves a place in any metal fans CD arsenal. I urge everyone to check out some Melodic Power Metal; you don't have to say you like it, just check some out - as a fan of everything from Sabbath and Maiden through GnR and Skid Row to Megadeth and Rage Against the Machine, I can honestly say that I have never heard music like this. And it's wicked. JG
Release date: 14 Feb
Press contact: Work Hard

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STARS LINE UP FOR NBC TSUNAMI-AID TELETHON
Madonna, Diana Ross and Maroon 5 are among the artists already signed up to take part in a US telethon in aid of the post-tsunami relief effort. The event, which will also involve George Clooney, Kevin Spacey and Uma Thurman, will air on NBC on 15 Jan.

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BJORK ANNOUNCES REMIX FUNDRAISER
Elsewhere in post-tsunami fundraising efforts, Bjork has announced she will be releasing a special record in aid of Unicef's work in those areas affected by the tidal wave. The record will feature remixes and cover versions of her song 'Army Of Me' which, Bjork says, people have been sending her ever since the track first appeared on the 1995 album 'Post'. Anyone else with a remix or cover of the song which they feel could appear on the fundraising album is invited to send it as a 128kps MP3 to bjorkremixes@gmail.com by 17 Jan including your band / DH name, remix name and contact details in the email. A quick release is planned - more when we get it.

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ITV RENEW TELETEXT DEAL
ITV have done a new deal with Teletext which will see the company providing their teletext services for the next ten years, as well as launching a digital teletext service across ITV's digital stations. The new digital service, which promises all sorts of wonders (full colour pages, easy-to-read fonts, faster, easier navigation, the ability to view programmes in quarter screen format whilst scrolling through content - basically everything the BBC's digital service already does), will extend and complement existing ITV digital services such as 24:7, ITV's interactive offering which includes enhanced programming features, gaming and downloads.

Announcing the new deal, ITV Broadcasting boss Mick Desmond told reporters: 'Teletext has a long-established track record as the leader in this field and this deal means we can offer our viewers the best possible service. ITV is committed to developing and enriching its digital offering and this new service adds depth and value for viewers.'

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ARREST WARRANT ISSUED FOR BLUE BOY
Police are apparently hunting Blue boy Lee Ryan and have issued a warrant for his arrest. But no, nothing to do with making criminal records, rather Ryan is yet to pay the £200 compensation a court demanded he give a paparazzi photographer last May. The court made the order after finding the singer guilty of smashing a photographer's cameras during one of those pop star / paparazzi bust up incidents.
A spokesman for Ryan told reporters yesterday: "Lee's representative paid the costs by credit card on the day of the court case and that marked the end of the case as far as Lee was concerned. He is amazed and upset to hear that the matter appears to be unresolved and will be looking into how the mix-up could have occurred immediately."

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