CMU Daily - on the inside Wednesday 2nd February

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In today's CMU Daily:
- Jacko update
- Manics Mark Richey disappearance anniversary
- Grand Central celebrate a decade
- ATP update
- Baaba Maal talk
- Green Day add extra UK date
- Live Review: Maximo Park At London Metro Club
- DJ Mag pilot download platform
- Doherty does his bit for tsunami aid
- Razorlight postpone UK gigs
- Slow market may delay Warner flotation
- Universal go ahead with video charge plans
- Woolies takeover likely
- Marley celebrations begin in Ethiopia
- Marley exhibition at North London gallery
- Album Review: Various - Northern Jazz Southern Soul
- Usher and Ciara dominate Soul Train nominations
- NME Award nomination update
- C-Murder latest rapper to release album from jail
- Apple step up efforts in South Korea
- New Kelly Osbourne
- New Jamiroquai
- Robbie no longer scared by cartoons

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JACKO UPDATE
Now that I come to think about it, I'm really disappointed with the Americans. Here was a great TV opportunity - Jury Idol - the show where a panel of legal experts and music pundits shortlist a jury to judge on the Michael Jackson trial, with the final vote thrown out to the public. Who is ever elected foreman gets to record a Jacko cover for Simon Cowell. It would have been TV gold.

Anyway, in the parallel world where Jury Idol exists, we're on a commercial break. The Jacko trial has now been adjourned until next Monday after officials whittled down the 750 potential jurors they interviewed to just 250. The 12 finalists and eight runners up - I mean the 12 jurors and eight reserves - will be selected next week.

Remains to be seen if the hundreds of fans and thousand odd journalists who arrived in the Californian town of Santa Maria on Monday to monitor the trial stick around until the next installment even though very little is expected to happen in the meantime.

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MANICS MARK RICHEY DISAPPEARANCE ANNIVERSARY
It's ten years since the disappearance of Manic Street Preacher Richey Edwards, and the band have been marking the occasion privately with their former bandmate's family. The band's Nicky Wire told NME: "We'll talk to each other and remember something funny or sad. It's a personal thing between us and his mum, dad and sister".

Edwards, of course, disappeared back in 1995 aged 27, his car was discovered near the River Severn. Given that he was prone to depression, most think he probably committed suicide, although his family still refuse to have him declared dead and the band still pay his share of their royalties into a special bank account.

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GRAND CENTRAL CELEBRATE A DECADE
On a happier note, it is also ten years since Mr Mark Rae established his record label, Grand Central, initially funded by flogging records out the back of a car. 36 albums later, with 17 artists currently on their roster, and still proudly Manchester based, Grand Central will celebrate their tenth birthday with two parties next month - one up North, one down South.

The London party takes place at Cargo on 19 Mar. Mark Rae himself will, be delivering a three hour set with support from QNC, DJ Boca 45, and Veba. Runs from 8pm to 3am, tickets are £10 (£6 b4 9pm).

The Manchester party will be even bigger, taking place at The Ritz on 20 Mar. Marc Rae will once again be on the decks with Veba and Pete Simpson plus live sets from QNC, Jon Kennedy Band, Riton, Fingathing and extra DJ sets from Boca 45 and The Nudge. Should be stormin.

Press info on both from Aowyn at Grand Central - aowyn@grandcentralrecords.com

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ATP UPDATE
The festival season kicks off even earlier than normal this year because the first edition of All Tomorrow's Parties takes place from 25 - 27 Feb. This is the one curated by Slint, who will also reform for the event. Line up as it currently stands includes: The Melvins, Deerhoof, Bad Wizard, White Magic, Mogwai, Matmos, Love As Laughter, Need New Body, Miighty Flashlight, Faun Fables, Spoon, Mum, Brightblack, Born Heller, Mark Kozelek (Red House Painters), Neil Hamburger, King Kong, The Naysayer, Endless, Boogie, Pearls and Brass, Rednails, Sean Garrison and Earlyman. As always it takes place at the Camber Sands holiday park and the £120 weekend pass includes a chalet and access to all of the park's facilities.

The second outing of ATP UK this year will take place from 22 - 24 Apr, and actor, musician, filmmaker and artist Vincent Gallo has been confirmed as curator. On his choice of curator ATP man Barry Hogan told CMU: ìVincent's musical taste is evident in places on 'When', which to me is a very underrated album. I knew Gallo would be able to deliver a line up that would reflect his record collection and take ATP to new directions that will keep the festival as fresh as ever." Already on the bill for that ATP are Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Olivia Tremor Control, James Chance and The Contortions, Prefuse 73, Buck 65, Lydia Lunch, Jayne County, The Magik Markers, Afri Rampo, Women and Children and The Tints.

Press tickets are available for £60, though that doesn't include accommodation so you might as well buy a full ticket.

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BAABA MAAL TALK
CMU favourite Baaba Maal will be delivering a special lecture at the British Museum next week, giving his take on contemporary African society and the key issues impacting the continent's young population.

He will draw on his experience working as Youth Emissary for the United Nations' Development Programme, about which he says: "It strengthens my determination to work harder to contribute more to improving the living conditions of disadvantaged people of the African continent, especially young people, whose future is seriously threatened by illiteracy, poverty and HIV/AIDS. When I am talking about Africa, it is about how Africa will grow into the new millennium. This is why I really wanted to make music, so people can listen more to the music and the messages I am talking about."

The talk will take place on 10 Feb at 7pm. Tickets are £5 (£3 conc) - press info from cassie@palmpictures.co.uk

On a musical note, Baaba Maal will be back in London for a special performance at the Royal Festival Hall on 1 Apr. Tickets are on sale now.

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GREEN DAY ADD EXTRA UK DATE
Green Day have added an extra date to their up coming UK tour. Having sold out their 18 Jun date at the Milton Keynes Bowl they will now play a second night at the venue on 19 Jun.

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LIVE REVIEW: Maximo Park at London Metro Club on 25 Jan
Nothing to do with Maximo Gomez Park in Havana, nor Maximo Park in St Peterburg, Florida, no Ö think closer to home. Well, Newcastle anyway. Geordie-land is home to a vibrant and prosperous rock scene at the minute, what with these boys, the Futureheads (oops, they're from Sunderland, better lay low for a while) and up 'n' coming lads This Ain't Vegas. The Park aren't going to be the most revolutionary band of 2005 - and singer Paul Smith looks like he just stepped from his day job in the city onto tonight's stage - but they put on a good show, providing a kind of art-rock with a more lo-fi twist. All the sing-a-longs were, well, sung along - not least debut single 'The Coast Is Always Changing', 'Night I Lost My Head' and the forthcoming 45, 'Apply Some Pressure', while the band's jerky movements and abrasive, angular guitars fully satisfy our aural senses. As a general rule the North East of England doesn't sound as attractive as Cuba or Florida, but as far as I can see Newcastle's Maximo Park is best. YN

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DJ MAG PILOT DOWNLOAD PLATFORM
New download website of the day goes to DJ Mag. Yep, the authoritative dance title has launched its own download platform - DJDownload (of course) - which will be supplying downloads from 150 of dance music's choicest labels. It's in beta stage at the moment but is pretty much working - you can check it at http://www.djdownload.com. The full site should launch proper sometime later this month.

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DOHERTY DOES HIS BIT FOR TSUNAMI AID
Well, now that the tabloids seem to have really got it in for poor old Pete Doherty (that's what a famous girlfriend does to you) we feel we ought to reinvent ourselves as the defender of Doherty. So here goes. Doherty and his band Babyshambles did their bit for the tsunami-aid appeal on Monday night by putting an a storming set at a benefit gig at London's Garage venue.

With new drummer Adam Ficek seemingly at ease, the band wowed the crowd with a 30 minute set that included Libertines track 'What Katie Did'. According to the NME, Pete was on fire with a performance featuring plenty of ìcrowd surfing, stagediving and beer". The only drama of the night was the task of keeping the hungry crowd from crushing their idol - proving that Doherty is still the consummate performerÖ well, he is when he remembers to show up.

Babyshambles topped a bill which included sets from both Ed Harcourt and The Rakes. The charity show had been put together by, among others, Samantha Morton, Pearl Lowe, Supergrass drummer Danny Goffey and actor Rhys Ifans. Talking about the event Goffey told NME: "We've been trying arrange this show for the last two weeks. The original gigs fell through at the Astoria but Sam Morton has been amazing in setting this up and I'm really pleased that we've finally got these bands together tonight to do this because we've raised about two grand."

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RAZORLIGHT POSTPONE UK GIGS
Well, when we said that the fact Razorlight frontman Johnny Borrell was suffering from laryngitis shouldn't effect the band's UK tour, we were wrong. The band's management yesterday confirmed that, with doctors still advising Borrell to rest his voice, they will have to postpone this month's scheduled Manchester, Glasgow and London dates. A spokeswoman told reporters yesterday: "While Johnny is frustrated by his enforced silence he is determined to recover his vocal chords as fast as he can. The band are keen to reschedule the sold-out shows with as little delay as possible".

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SLOW MARKET MAY DELAY WARNER FLOTATION
CMU's contacts in the financial world tell us that any flotation of the Warner Music Group in the US might be put back because the music market has been slow so far this year. While the cost cutting that followed the Bronfman purchase of Warner Music meant the company performed well financially in 2004, to maintain that growth the group needs to start shifting serious amounts of records this year and, despite considerable successes in its Warner Brothers and Reprise divisions last year, the group is not currently selling enough. That will make the group less attractive to potential investors, making a quick flotation (which, it is rumoured, Bronfman's financial backers would prefer) less viable. So much so, some city types are pondering over what other alternatives Bronfmann et al might have in moving forward with Warner without floating. None of them, however, were particularly forthcoming on what those other options might be (a merger with EMI perhaps?).

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UNIVERSAL GO AHEAD WITH VIDEO CHARGE PLANS
Following that report in yesterday's CMU Daily that the Universal Music Group was planning to rejig the way it supplies music videos to on-demand-video platforms like Launch and AOL, the New York Post yesterday reported that the major has indeed undertaken such a rejig, adding that CEO Doug Morris had already notified executives at the services likely to be effected. Basically Universal are insisting that media platforms pay for streaming music videos in the same way the pay for streaming audio - ie on a fee per stream basis. Given that the other majors are pretty damn likely to follow, this will bugger up the video on demand service offered by the likes of Yahoo, whose Launch platform currently offers video on demand at no cost to the consumer. How those media platforms will respond to the new measure remains to be seen - though the Post reports that MSN have already signed up to the new policy, which probably means the others will have to follow.

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WOOLIES TAKEOVER LIKELY
Up for some retail takeover news? Of course you are. A bidding war is likely to begin anytime now for Woolworths who are, don't forget, one of the biggest forces in music retail in the UK given the dominance of their own stores, their MVC chain and the fact that their EUK division supplies Tesco and WH Smith. Private equity types Apax Partners have announced that they are interested in buying the firm, which has led to gossip that a number of other key players, including one or more of the supermarkets, might make rival bids, which would be fun. The consensus is any private equity buyer would look to break the group up and sell them off as separate businesses.

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MARLEY CELEBRATIONS BEING IN ETHIOPIA
Thousands of Rastafarians and music fans are gathering in Ethiopia where a month of events to mark what would have been Bob Marley's 60th birthday began yesterday. It is the first time Marley birthday celebrations have taken place outside of Jamaica - Ethiopia was chosen because Rastafarians like Marley regarded the late Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie as their spiritual leader.

The celebrations, being staged under the banner Africa Unite, began last night with a concert by the late singer's 80 year old mother Cedella Marley Booker. Over the next month events will include concerts, a film festival, seminars and a gala fundraiser. A concert in Addis Ababa on 6 Feb, what would have been Marley's actual birthday, will feature three of Marley's children as well as Quincy Jones, Baaba Maal, Youssou N'Dour and Angelique Kidjo.

At the opening of the celebrations Netsanet Asfaw, Ethiopia's minister of state for information, said her country were pleased to be hosting the events, telling reporters: "Bob Marley put Ethiopia on a pedestal and it is in his honour that this festival is going to take place here".

As previously reported, there were reports last month that Marley's family intended for the legendary singer to be reburied in Ethiopia - he is currently buried in Jamaica. Although his widow Rita Marley distanced herself from those reports at the time, especially after certain Jamaican groups objected to the proposal, she admitted this week: "It was a dream of Bob Marley and it is a dream of the family to bury him in Ethiopia. As we believe in what is to be, must be, it will happen in due course".

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MARLEY EXHIBITION AT NORTH LONDON GALLERY
Staying with Marley, but a bit closer to home (well, closer to my home anyway), the Proud Gallery in Camden will launch a new exhibition on Friday featuring pictures of the legendary singer taken by three photographers all of whom knew him well - Dan Asher, Kate Simon and Jeff Cathrow. It's the first time such a wide collection of pictures of Marley have been exhibited in one place, and should be well worth a look in. The exhibition runs from 4 Feb to 8 Apr - press info from Ideas Generation.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Various - Northern Jazz Southern Soul (Slip'n'Slide)
The usually high standards of Slip'n'Slide slip a little here - though they don't completely slide - it's just that this new compo of soul, jazz and funk tracks is just 'average'. It starts off good - opening with the awesome Lonnie Liston Smiths 'Expansions', but as you move on Linus Loves' 'Skagg' feels a bit dated, Byron Stingily's 'Bitter' is sickly, Blaze's 'One World' is a bit too over zealous and Black Beat Niks 'Parardise' is just dull. There are good moments too mind - Restless Soul's remix of Blaze and Amira's 'I think of you' works well and Incognito's 'Listen to the Music' is very Jackson-esque in a positive way - but given the high standard set by past SNS releases you do feel a little let down by the total product. Fingers crossed, the next of the label's many compos will be back on form. PV
Release date: 14 Feb
Press contact: Slip'n'Slide IH [all]

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USHER AND CIARA DOMINATE SOUL TRAIN NOMINATIONS
Yet another round of award nominations went to Usher yesterday as organisers of the US Soul Train Awards announced their shortlist for this year's event. He is nominated in four categories - 'Confessions' is nominated for Best R&B/Soul Album (Male), 'Confessions Part II' is up for Best R&B/Soul Single (Male), while his single 'Yeah!' is nominated for Best R&B/Soul / Rap Dance Cut and for the Michael Jackson Award For Best R&B/Soul Or Rap Music Video.

Equaling Usher in number of nominations is relative newcomer Ciara. In addition to a nomination for Best New Artist, her debut album 'Goodies' is up for Best R&B/Soul Album (Female), while its title track is nominated for Best R&B/Soul Single (Female) and Best R&B/Soul Or Rap Dance Cut.

The full nominations list runs thus:

Best R&B/soul single, female: Beyonce - Naughty Girl, Ciara featuring Petey Pablo - Goodies, Alicia Keys - If I Ain't Got You, Jill Scott - Golden

Best R&B/soul single, male: Anthony Hamilton - Charlene, Mario - Let Me Love You, Prince - Call My Name, Usher - Confessions Part II

Best R&B/soul album, female: Brandy - Afrodisiac, Ciara - Goodies, Alicia Keys - The Diary of Alicia Keys, Jill Scott - Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds, Vol. 2
Best R&B/soul album, male: R. Kelly - Happy People/U Saved Me, Musiq - Soulstar, Prince - Musicology, Usher - Confessions

Best R&B/soul album, group, band or duo: 112 - Hot & Wet, Boyz II Men - Throwback, Destiny's Child - Destiny Fulfilled, New Edition - One Love

Best R&B/soul or rap new artist: Ciara featuring Petey Pablo - Goodies, Fantasia - I Believe, J-Kwon - Tipsy, John Legend - Used To Love U

The Michael Jackson Award for best R&B/soul or rap music video: Jay-Z - 99 Problems, Kanye West - Jesus Walks, OutKast - Roses, Usher featuring Ludacris and Lil' Jon - Yeah!

Best R&B/soul or rap dance cut: Ciara featuring Petey Pablo - Goodies, LL Cool J - Headsprung, Snoop Dogg featuring Pharrell and Uncle Charlie Watson - Drop It Like It's Hot, Usher featuring Ludacris and Lil' Jon - Yeah!

Best gospel album: Karen Clark-Sheard - The Heavens are Telling, Israel and New Breed - Live From Another Level, J Moss - The J Moss Project, Kierra Kiki Sheard - I Owe You

The Soul Train Awards will be held on 28 Feb at the Paramount Studios in LA with a US TV broadcast to be screened a few days later.

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NME AWARD NOMINATION UPDATE
Talking of awards, a slight amendment to the nominations for Best Video at this year's NME Awards, which we published yesterday. The initial list for that category originally posted on NME.com wasn't quite right, and given that that is where we ruthlessly stole it from (well, it's quite a reliable source when it comes to the NME awards) we also got it wrong, which is good news for Franz Ferdinand whose nomination was missed off the list. So, here is the real shortlist for Best Video at this year's NME Awards:

Beastie Boys - Triple Trouble
Eminem - Mosh
Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
Green Day - American Idiot
The Streets - Fit But You Know It

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C-MURDER LATEST RAPPER TO RELEASE ALBUM FROM JAIL
You have to give credit to the hip hop community, they never let silly little things like prison sentences affect their output. Rapper C-Murder, currently in jail after being convicted of second-degree murder, will release a new album next month via Koch. On the new 15 track long player C-Murder told reporters (presumably through some kind of reinforced window): "I'm kickin' it back to the streets. It's about the trials and tribulations of my life. People will be able to relate to it."

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APPLE STEP UP EFFORTS IN SOUTH KOREA
Not happy with dominating the digital music arena in the US and Europe, Apple are getting more competitive in South Korea where MP3 players made by native electronics firm Samsung are more popular. Apple will cut the cost of its 20GB iPod there from $406 to $353 - making it the best priced player of its size available in Korea.

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NEW KELLY OSBOURNE
Kelly Osbourne will release her first new album for Sanctuary in Jun. It's a ten song set produced by Linda Perry and featuring a number of songs co-written by Kelly. According to Billboard the album will be led by the single 'One Word', described as a "haunting pop ballad", with other tracks on the album dealing with fun topics like date rape ('Don't Touch Me'), teenage restlessness ('Suburbia') and society's ills ('Entropy').

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NEW JAMIROQUAI
Jamiroquai are planning a world tour to accompany their sixth album, which is due out on Sony in ìlate Spring". That new album, according to the band's website, is "almost complete - the final touches are being put to the last few tracks". As for the tour they say: "We're still in the planning stage of a world tour that will hopefully begin in the Summer. We're also hoping to play at some Summer festivals as well but nothing has been confirmed yet."

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ROBBIE NO LONGER SCARED BY CARTOONS
Robbie Williams has revealed that as a child cartoons like Scooby Doo, The Magic Roundabout and Mr Benn used to scare him, but that in more recent years he has started to enjoy animation, which is just as well given that he supplies the voice of Dougal in the new animated film version of The Magic Roadabout.

Robbie told Radio 1: "Scooby Doo, The Magic Roundabout, Bagpuss and Mr Benn used to scare me for some reason - I used to hide behind the sofa when anything came on that was animated. But I've started to get into watching animation."

Robbie denied that the voice work on the Magic Roundabout was part of any move into acting: "There's been a lot of talk of me doing films, which I have no interest in whatsoever. But animation is different. To be asked for your voice to be used as a character in a film such as this is very exciting for me, because it'll be there forever."

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