CMU Daily - on the inside Wednesday 23rd February

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In today's CMU Daily:
- More Jacko
- Doherty pleases the crowds - and scraps with guitarist
- Blink 182 on hold
- Korn guitarist on hold
- Single Review: Mando Diao - You Can’t Steal My Love
- Duets in fashion
- Gallagher on new Oasis
- White Stripes preparing new album
- Moscow police investigate Russian download site
- WiFi iPod coming
- Roskilde update
- Oxegen fest update
- Live Review: Mystery Jets at London Koko
- MTV Africa launched
- Lamacq gets daily show on 6Music
- Lopez back with former manager
- Celebs phone numbers published online
- Album Review: Kaiser Chiefs - Employment
- Kerrang! boss still angry, but rogue DJ may be reinstated
- A couple of corrections

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MORE JACKO
Michael Jackson was back in court yesterday as lawyers for the prosecution and defense resumed the jury selection process. 242 potential jurors remained in the running as yesterday’s proceedings began - each side can challenge any one of them as the final jury of 12 is selected, and either side can reject up to ten potential jurors from those left without giving a reason.

Elsewhere in Jacko news, and a statement on the singer’s website accuses dreadful TV presenter Martin Bashir of breaking the gagging order that has been placed on the Jackson trial by producing two recent TV specials about the court case. That statement reveals that Jacko’s defense team unsuccessfully called on Judge Melville, who is overseeing the case, to declare Bashir in contempt of court because of the new programmes. The statement reads: "Judge Melville denied the request for a contempt citation against journalist Martin Bashir, who produced the documentary ‘Living With Michael Jackson’ in 2003 and in the past week followed up with two more TV specials which clearly seems to violate the gag order imposed by the judge to assure Michael Jackson a fair ... the defense request noted that Jackson has obeyed the gag order. Other witnesses should show the court the same respect."

And finally, a transcript from a 1993 interview with a couple who worked as cooks at Jackson’s Neverland ranch in 1991 and 1992 has revealed that Marlon Brando was the only guest to visit the ranch at that time who questioned Jacko’s relationship with his younger guests. Speaking at the time of the last set of child abuse allegations against the singer, Stella LaMarque said: "The only one who ever said something was Marlon Brando. He would come to the ranch and always see Michael playing, [and] disappear with the children. Michael would never spend time with the adults who came to the ranch. He was the only one. ... He said, 'What the hell is Michael doing with those kids?'" Her husband Phillipe confirmed: "Brando didn't like it". The couple told the New York Daily News that they could not comment on that statement, or anything else relating to their time working at Neverland, because of the gagging order covering the new trial.

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DOHERTY PLEASES THE CROWDS - AND SCRAPS WITH GUITARIST
An over enthusiastic crowd surging forward, a fight between frontman and guitarist midway through the set, a midnight curfew - yep, just an ordinary every day Babyshambles. Well, not that ordinary - Pete showed up for this one.

Pete Doherty was back on stage last night with his band Babyshambles, following up that intimate gig at the London Garage on Monday night with a full show in front of a 5000 strong crowd at the Brixton Academy. The set wasn't without its hitches. Firstly the band had to pause midway through the second track while security dealt with audience members in danger of being crushed at the front - Doherty appealed to fans to calm down, telling them: "There's a few people getting hurt down the front, you've got to move back."

A few songs later it was Doherty and Babyshambles guitarist Patrick Walden getting hurt down the front as the two lashed out at each other after the former seemingly accidently disconnected the latter’s guitar. Bouncers had to drag the two bandmates off stage to stop the scrap, though they both soon returned to complete the gig.

It is not clear how much fans will see Doherty on stage before his 18 Apr court date. The judge who agreed to allow the singer to stay out past his 10pm curfew for last night’s gig did so on the condition it was "not too regular an occurrence". Perhaps they could get themselves a lunchtime residency somewhere.

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BLINK 182 ON HOLD
Blink 182 released a vague statement yesterday following rumours they had split up. The statement said the band were taking an "indefinite hiatus" adding that there was ‘no set plan" as to when they may work together again.

The statement reads: "For over a decade, Blink 182 has toured, recorded and promoted non-stop, all while trying to balance relationships with family and friends. To that end, the band has decided to go on an indefinite hiatus to spend some time enjoying the fruits of their labors with loved ones. While there is no set plan for the band to begin working together again, no one knows what tomorrow may bring."

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KORN GUITARIST ON HOLD
Elsewhere in band split news, Brian ‘head’ Welch, guitarist with hard rockers Korn, has confirmed he has quit the band, citing a recent religious awakening and desire for ‘happiness’ as his reason for leaving the band. Speaking to Californian radio station KRAB-FM, Welch said: "I had it in my heart to come here and explain to you. I'm good friends with Korn. I love those guys, and they love me, and they're very happy for me." Referring to the aggressive tone of Korn’s music, he continued: "Anger is a good thing, and if kids want to listen to Korn, good, but there's happiness after the anger. I'm going to show it through my actions how much I love my fans." He added that he would be appearing at his local church this Sunday where he would "speak [about] how I got to this place in my life, and I'll answer all your questions."

On their official website the rest of the band said they respected Welch’s decision and hoped that "he finds the happiness he is searching for." The group, currently without a recording contract having fulfilled their commitments to Sony label Epic last year, are still working on their next studio album - no replacement for Welch has as yet been named.

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SINGLE REVIEW: Mando Diao - You Can’t Steal My Love (EMI/Mute/Majesty)
Because of the band’s name and the fact that they’re Swedish I had expected Mando Diao to be fairly leftfield, or at least a little obscure, but in fact it’s a long time since I’ve heard a record this mainstream and commercial. Then again, they do come from the country that spawned Abba. While UK rock bands are currently finding success with arty post-punk sounds, Mando Diao, along with American bands like the Killers are clearly influenced by Brit-pop. ‘You Can’t Steal My Love’is like the Beatles by way of Oasis but without those irritating Gallagher vocals. Singer Gustaf Noren and co-songwriter Bjorn Dixgard know how to pen a great tune. In fact, given that plenty of English bands are incapable of writing a decent lyric in their mother tongue, it’s admirable that a Swedish band are so good with their words: ‘I watched her beauty from an arm chair, I said, ‘Hey girl have you seen that film about those kids in New York in the eighties.’’Mando Diao prove how good pop can be and they deserve to make it big. JW
Release date: 21 Feb
Press contact: Mute IH [CP, RP, NP] Anglo [CR, RR, NR]

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DUETS IN FASHION
Duets are definitely in fashion. Following the success of Ray Charles' 'Genius Loves Company’ album, the great Herbie Hancock is following in his footsteps with his own album of collaborations which, like Charles' album, will be released in association with, and therefore sold by, coffee firm Starbucks. No word on whether Hancock plans to add that extra hook to the marketing mix for the album by dieing not long after its release.

Elsewhere in duets news, the New York Daily News reports that Jerry Lee Lewis is also planning an album of collaborations, with Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Neil Young, B.B. King, Little Richard, Don Henley, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Kid Rock, Rod Stewart and Kris Kristofferson all reportedly set to feature on the project.

Back home, and as reported yesterday, word is Robbie Williams’ next album could be filled with duets too.

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GALLAGHER ON NEW OASIS
The NME reports that the next Oasis album is definitely finished. Noel Gallagher told the paper at their NME Awards show last week that the last year had been ‘difficult’as the completition of the new long player kept getting pushed back.

"[It’s not been] difficult in that everyone’s been feeling down about things, just frustrating that we thought we got to the finishing line, but when it came to it, it just wasn’t worthy of putting out. The longer that we took to do the album, the better it had to be because of the time from the last one. When it was two years, we asked was it good enough after two years of fucking about and now we have to ask if it’s good enough after three years."

Gallagher concluded by saying: "It’s done now. We master it tomorrow and it’s out on May 26".

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WHITE STRIPES PREPARING NEW ALBUM
And talking of new albums, The White Stripes are due back in the studio. Jack White told MTV at last week’s Grammys that he was keen to get to work on the follow up to 2003’s ‘Elephant’.

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MOSCOW POLICE INVESTIGATE RUSSIAN DOWNLOAD SITE
Digital music news now, and the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry has applauded an announcement by the Moscow City Police that they are launching a formal investigation into allofmp3.com.

allofmp3.com sells downloads at cut price rates - with some tracks available for as little as five cents. That has raised concerns among rights holders around the world, though the site’s owners claim that they are a legitimate operation and that they have secured the appropriate licences to sell their music via Russian copyright organisations. It is those claims that the Moscow police will look into.

Russia has long been a major centre of music piracy, with reports suggesting more pirated music is sold there than the genuine article. However, Russian music pirates working online are of higher concern because they, in theory, have global reach. It remains to be seen if allofmp3.com are, in deed, guilty of that kind of copyright violation.

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WIFI IPOD COMING
Staying with digital music, and a Motorola product manager has let it slip during an interview on French Radio that an iPod may soon be available with Bluetooth technology inbuilt. Implying that Motorola were working with Apple to develop such a wireless digital music player, the revelation confirms what many have seen as the logical next step for iPod style devices - WiFi functionality that lets people download tracks straight to their device.

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ROSKILDE UPDATE
Brian Wilson is the latest addition to the line up for Denmark’s Roskilde festival. He joins a line up with already includes Green Day, Black Sabbath, Jamie Cullum and Junior Senior.

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OXEGEN FEST UPDATE
Line up additions also for Ireland’s Oxegen Festival. The Beautiful South, Audioslave, Razorlight, James Brown, Erick Morillo, Slam, Black Strobe and Sillicone Soul all join the Killers, Foo Fighters, Ian Brown, Keane and The Prodigy on the bill for the festival, which takes place at Punchestown Racecourse in Co Kildare on 9 and 10 Jul.

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LIVE REVIEW: Mystery Jets at London Koko on 18 Feb
Subversive, quirky, eccentric and challenging. The Mystery Jets are that and so much more tonight, and to many surprises, there's a strong chance that they're going to be on the brink of popular notoriety within six months. Nothing that you haven't seen before you might suggest - but these guys collectively have been a band officially for around a decade. And it gets wierder. There are two drummers, one of which is lead singer Blaine Harrison - and his form of percussion are pots and pans. His father, Henry, is the guitarist. Bassist Kai Fish was previously a cello player by trade ... and they rehearse at their own hub of creativity on Eel Pie Island, Twickenham. Honestly, you couldn't make this up. Tonight, they have the crowd in their pockets with opener 'Zoo Time' which, incidentally, is the current ‘limited to 500’single on the label du jour, Transgressive. And even more so with the highlight of the night - the incredibly moving of 'Anno's Italy'. This is a thirteen minute obituary to a bunch of friends who died in a car crash. With Latin lyrics aplenty, the moving bit comes when the band members all freeze still in the midst of a beautiful guitar solo and organ interplay that makes spines tingle. But that kind of impact doesn't mean to say that they can't make the crowd have a little dance every now and again too - 'Lizzy's Lion', 'On My Feet' and 'You Can't Fool Me Dennis' prove just that. YN

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MTV AFRICA LAUNCHED
MTV yesterday launched their 100th channel - a pan-African station under the MTV Base moniker. As previously reported, this new channel will combine the usual MTV output with programming and playlisting designed to champion the best in African music.

MTV Networks International boss Bill Roedy told reporters: "MTV Base as the company's 100th channel is the most anticipated launch in our history - it's our first dedicated African service and takes MTV's global footprint to every region of the world. MTV Base celebrates the diversity of vibrant music culture across Africa, while offering rich, creative inspiration for MTV's global network."

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LAMACQ GETS DAILY SHOW ON 6MUSIC
Former Evening Session presenter Steve Lamaq will take over the drive time show on the BBC’s digital music station 6Music. He will host a new show from Monday to Friday from 4pm - 7pm, launching on 4 Apr. On the new show Lamacq told reporters: "Hopefully the new show won't be too po-faced or serious and it certainly won't be me and a bunch of old indie records. We'll be delving into all sorts of music, with a lot of input from listeners. I'm just getting more nosey about what other people like." Steve will continue to host Lamacq Live for Radio 1.

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LOPEZ BACK WITH FORMER MANAGER
Jennifer Lopez has reportedly re-hired the manager she fired two years ago. Lopez parted company with Benny Medina, the man credited for launching her pop and acting careers, back in 2003 during her affair with Ben Affleck. At the time rumour had it Affleck was behind Medina’s sacking - he blamed the manager for creating Lopez’s "diva image". Lopez later tried to sue Medina for improperly acting as an agent. But reports now suggest that, with Affleck long out of the picture, J Lo is now back with Medina. Those reports also suggest her business partner Simon Fields will continue to work on her movie and clothing deals.

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CELEBS PHONE NUMBERS PUBLISHED ONLINE
Eminem, Christina Aguilera, Blu Cantrell, Ashlee Simpson and Vin Diesel will all be keeping a wide berth from their phones today after Paris Hilton’s phone list was posted online at a website called parishiltonphonesex.com. Those celebs were among the people whose personal phone numbers appear on the list. The FBI is reportedly investigating the man behind the site for suspected hacking.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Kaiser Chiefs - Employment (B-Unique)
The Kaiser Chiefs' genius is to remind you of all your favourite bands at once, and yet still somehow sound fresh and distinctive. Brazenly launching a smash-and-grab raid on the best bits of their record collections, the hotly tipped Leeds quintet arrive with a debut album which finds them sounding remarkably fully-formed. The singles ‘I Predict a Riot’and ‘Oh My God’serve notice of the jerky, dizzying eclecticism on offer, but it is a testament to the album's strength that they are arguably not even the standout tracks. From the playful exuberance of ‘Na Na Na Na Naa’ to the languid country stroll of ‘What Did I Ever Give to You?’this album bounds confidently along with a infectious mix of ideas, tunes and vitality. Shamelessly derivative in parts, ‘Employment’is nevertheless a head-rushingly brilliant helter-skelter ride through the surreal pop landscape. DL
Release date: 7 Mar
Press contact: Cool Delta [CP, CR] B-unique IH [RP, RR, NP, NR]

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KERRANG! BOSS STILL ANGRY, BUT ROGUE DJ MAY BE REINSTATED
Rumour has it that the Kerrang radio station in Birmingham will re-instate DJ Tim Shaw, who was suspended after he trashed the station’s Programme Director’s house in an on air prank. Despite being outraged at the time, PD Andrew Jeffries has told the Guardian: "There is a groundswell for this guy. A lot of people have done stupid things on air and gone on to be big broadcasters. If it wasn't for the listeners' support, we'd be looking at a termination of contract. He screwed up and he's admitted that. But we need to balance out what's best for the listeners and the station."

That news led to some speculation that the whole thing was a PR stunt - with some suggesting that the prank never really happened. Certainly Jeffries initial anger at the prank got much media attention - the Guardian has tracked coverage in most UK media, plus in international media like ABC, Fox News, the New York Post and papers in Holland and New Zealand. However Jeffries is adamant this was no PR stunt. "This absolutely did happen. They are suspended. Tim wants to come back, he may but I don't know when. The last thing I want to do is let someone like that loose on a radio station. What if he did something like that to a listener? He must realise the repercussions of this kind of thing - he could end up in jail".

To be fair to Jeffries, it is quite good of him to say he may reinstate Shaw because of listener demand given that since his suspension the DJ has posted a message on a website that is campaigning for his return in which he describes Kerrang!'s management as "bell-ends" and encourages people to email Jeffries "just to really fuck him off ".

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A COUPLE OF CORRECTIONS
As you know, we are the kings of accuracy here at CMU, we never make mistakes (anyone with vague recollections of a story about AC/DC’s Angus Young must be thinking of another CMU). But, sometimes, the BBC make mistakes, they enter the grapevine, and eventually appear here too. Sorry.

We’re telling you this now because their were two slight errors in yesterday’s CMU which seem to have come from the BBC reports on those stories. First up, it is the Sheffield, and not the Glasgow, REM concert that has been rescheduled for 15 Jun. As reported yesterday, REM’s Mike Mills was too ill to perform in Sheffield on Monday night. Fans enjoyed an exclusive acoustic set from the rest of the band, but will be able to get the full show with their tickets on 15 Jun. Last night’s Glasgow gig was also cancelled due to Mills’illness - the new date for that gig is tbc.

Second up, Universal would like to point out that Tim Renner, who was criticising the way the German music industry has responded to the download age on the BBC World Service’s Music Biz show last week, is the former (ie not the current) head of Universal Music Germany. Sorted.

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