CMU Daily - on the inside Thursday 3rd March

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In today's CMU Daily:
- Lawyers set out to discredit accuser's mother - Jacko trial update
- Dizzee Rascal arrested
- Edwyn Collins undergoes brain surgery
- Album Review: Various - Phil K Presents Y4K
- Deadline passes to sign up to Universal’s new video rules
- MIA signs to Interscope
- Glastonbury man hopes new system will prevent ticket sales trauma
- Triptych line up announced
- Single Review: Meloboy - Hot Love
- Tom Vek tour
- The House Of Love tour
- New Order launch interactive posters
- Bacon to take over Capital drivetime
- Virgin Radio to go 3G
- Single Review: David Guetta - The World Is Mine
- Diaz annoyed at Timberlake's Britney calls
- Delta not fazed by response to her relationship with McFadden
- Will Smith off signing breasts

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LAWYERS SET OUT TO DISCREDIT ACCUSER'S MOTHER - JACKO TRIAL UPDATE
Yesterday's instalment of the Jacko trial centred on the evidence of one Ann Kite, who briefly worked as a PR for the singer shortly after the airing of Martin Bashir's ITV documentary. Called by the prosecution her testimony seemed to centre more on the allegations that Jackson's people held the family of the accuser against their will at the Neverland ranch more than the child abuse charges; though she also gave the prosecution some ammunition against the defence's attempts to discredit the accuser's mother.

She said she had been hired by Jackson's people to "crisis manage" the fallout that followed Bashir's documentary, which Kite described as an "absolute disaster" for Jacko. She said that shortly after starting the job one of Jackson's lawyers had told her the singer's legal team intended to make Gavin Arvizo's mother look like a "crack whore". She went on to describe events in Feb 2003 when the Arvizo family, who had been staying at Neverland, abruptly left the ranch. She said Jackson associate Marc Shaffel alerted her to the family's sudden departure because he feared what implications their decision to leave might have on Jackson. Soon afterwards, Kite said, Schaffel told her the situation had been "contained" - a reference to allegations the family were held at Neverland against their will. Kite says Schaffel's statement concerned her so she phoned David LeGrand, an attorney and ex-boyfriend who had hired her to work for Jackson. Kite: "I said, 'Don't make me believe that these people were hunted down like dogs and brought back to the ranch'. He said, 'I can't discuss this right now.' "

Jackson's defence team, who spent much of the day objecting to the prosecution's questions (fourteen times in one half hour period) questioned Kite's credibility as a witness, stressing that she worked for the singer's team for less than a week before she was fired, and that she had never met Jackson himself. Kite's evidence did, however, centre on Jacko's people rather than the singer himself. She said she felt Jackson was being "slammed" by his team, adding that team members had their own agenda, and alleging that one team member was actually an agent for a record company hoping to persuade Jackson to give up control of some of his valuable music catalogue.

The case, as they say, continues.

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DIZZEE RASCAL ARRESTED
Elsewhere in the pop courts, Mercury Prize winning Dizzee Rascal has been arrested for allegedly carrying pepper spray. Police have confirmed the rapper was arrested on Wednesday night in East London after the car he was travelling in was stropped. The driver of the car was also arrested.

A police spokesman told reporters: "They were both taken into custody at an East London police station and they were later released on bail to return on 8 Apr. The driver, a 34-year-old man, was subsequently arrested for being in possession of a section five firearm - pepper spray - and an offensive weapon, which was an ASP baton, and cannabis. A 20-year-old male passenger was also arrested for being in possession of pepper spray."

Here's hoping any court proceedings relating to the charges don't mess with his upcoming US tour - for starters he is due in Salt Lake City on the day he meant to be reporting in with police - 8 Apr.

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EDWYN COLLINS UNDERGOES BRAIN SURGERY
Scottish singer Edwyn Collins has undergone emergency brain surgery after suffering a haemorrhage last month. The wife of the former Orange Juice frontman said yesterday that Collins was recovering, is "as well as can be hoped for" and is "continuing to fight". The singer is currently in a London hospital while his condition is being stabilised.

Collins first came to attention through his band Orange Juice in the early eighties, though it was with his 1995 solo hit 'A Girl Like You' that he enjoyed mainstream success.

Collins' wife thanked fans and well-wishers for their "loving thoughts", promising to keep them up to date on Collins' condition via his official website.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Various - Phil K presents Y4K (Distinctive)
Antipodean breakster Phil K has been doing the breaks thing for a while now - I mean a long while, like two decades. He steps up here to provide the latest edition of Distinctive's Y4K series, selecting some good ones for the mix. He eases us in with the slowbrooding 'Slur' by Luisine before dropping a couple of good tracks in Rhino Drum's 'Dark Da Da' which has some stealth inbuilt and Agoria's 'Kofea' - a cool disjointed b-line pressure. Alas, after that fine start we get Jahcoozi's 'Fish', which sucks big time, and Mr K has to work hard to regain some ground. He doesn't get far with next track, Trafik's 'Echoes', which is all a bit indie for me, but things start to pick up with Phil K's own track (with Habersham), 'Cloudbrake' which cuts it, even with the ethnic chants. Motive's 'ABE' aint great (the vocals are a bit overdone) and Electric Ghost's 'Logic' is just OK, but then things pick up for the finale - with Product 01's 'Loud' presenting some ripping coastal breaks pressure and Vini's 'Dominion' a real epic. All in all, a mixed bag, though big up Phil K for producing an eclectic if variable selection. PV
Release date: 7 Mar
Press contact: Trailermedia [all]

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DEADLINE PASSES TO SIGN UP TO UNIVERSAL’S NEW VIDEO RULES
So, where's that Eminem video then? Oh, damn, it's gone. Yep, videos from artists signed to the Universal Music Group are no longer appearing on Yahoo! Music or AOL Music this morning after the two music platforms failed to come to a deal with the major as to how they will pay for the content.

Universal is the first major label to insist on a pay-per-view set up for the streaming of music videos, bringing video content in line with audio content. When it announced that new policy it told digital media platforms streaming their content that they had a month to sign up to the new arrangement - and that deadline passed yesterday. MSN's music platform has come to a deal, reportedly paying the record label a penny each time one of their videos is streamed, plus a cut of ad revenue. However AOL and Yahoo have no such arrangement. As a result the former has cut all Universal content from their video service, while the latter has taken down new Universal content, claiming catalogue videos are still covered by an existing agreement they have with the major.

Insiders say that negotiations between both platforms and Universal bosses are ongoing but are taking longer than anticipated. That said, some speculate that both Yahoo and MSN wanted to demonstrate they could, if necessary, exist without Universal's content, strengthening their hand at the bargaining table.

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MIA SIGNS TO INTERSCOPE
Which means no MIA videos for American Yahoo and AOL users. Yep, according to Billboard, one of CMU's favourite rappers, MIA, signed to XL over here, has signed to Universal imprint Interscope in the US. They will release her debut album 'Arular' over there - its UK release has been put back to mid-Mar while XL sort out a few sample clearances.

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GLASTONBURY MAN HOPES NEW SYSTEM WILL PREVENT TICKET SALES TRAUMA
Glastonbury Festival man Michael Eavis says he is hopeful ticket sales for this year's festival will run smoothly following a number of changes in the sales system. Such is the demand for Glastonbury tickets these days, in recent years both online and phone booking systems have gone into meltdown as soon as tickets have gone on sale.

Writing on the festival's website, Eavis says he hopes things will run smoother this year: "Last year buying festival tickets was very difficult and a lot of people were disappointed. The same number of tickets will be available for us to sell this year - so if the worldwide demand for tickets is similar to 2004, unfortunately there will again be more people disappointed than successful. But we have spent a lot of time looking at different ways of selling festival tickets to reduce the problems that people had last year. What I can promise you is that we will have tested and re-tested the improved online system, so people should not be left in limbo this year. By having the sale on Sunday, I am assured the problems that the telephone exchange faced last year will not be repeated."

Eavis also confirmed that ticket holders will again be required to show ID when they arrive on site in a bid to stop ticket touts selling on passes. Festival goers without photo ID can get themselves a bespoke Glastonbury ID card. Eavis: "Last year we attempted to tackle the number of people selling on tickets for profit by requiring you to show some ID at the turnstiles. It was very successful, so we are taking the next step and requiring you to provide photo ID this year - but don't worry - it need not cost you anything as we can arrange a free card for you. I really think this is a positive move forward to stop unscrupulous people and companies touting tickets."

Tickets for Glastonbury 2005 go on sale on 3 Apr.

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TRIPTYCH LINE UP ANNOUNCED
Talking of festivals, look out for this one North of the border. Not only do Tennants lager sponsor Scotland's main music festival, T in the Park, they also support Triptych, a really innovative music festival take place in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen (that's where the 'Tri' comes from presumably).

The line up pretty much says it all. Among the headline acts this year are Karlheinz Stockhausen, one of the most important figures in contemporary music to Scotland, soul and disco legend Candi Staton, venerated two-tone lode star Prince Buster and the very great Herbie Hancock. Other CMU favourites on the bill include Aberfeldy, Arab Strap, Bugz in the Attic, The Fall, Gruff Ryhs (Super Furry Animals), Gilles Peterson, Hot Chip, LCD Soundsystem, Roots Manuva and The Vinyl Junkies.

And as if that wasn't enough there's film too - Gang-warfare cult classic 'Warriors' (embellished with a scintillating live score by hip-hop maverick Tes); Latin-jazz extravaganza 'Calle 54'; contemporary cinema masterpiece 'Niceland' (presented by electro-swooner Mugison, who also sound-tracked the film); the delirious, brilliant 'Howlin' Wolf Story' - which documents the life of the legendary bluesman; and 'Look For Me In The Whirlwind' - a forceful and colourful account of Marcus Garvey; one of Jamaica's greatest cultural icons.

Commenting on this year's event, George Kyle of Tennent's Lager told CMU: "Triptych goes from strength to strength each year, and is now widely recognised as one of Europe's most diverse and arresting music festivals. It's perhaps fitting for Triptych's fifth anniversary that this year's bill has a certain sense of celebration: some of the biggest and most significant names to date are set to delight over five heady days and nights - musical legends who have, since day one, appealed to the Triptych ideology and who have, in year five, auspiciously come on board. Triptych 05 looks to be the most exciting yet."

Press info on Triptych from Nicola Meighan - nmeighan@hotmail.com

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SINGLE REVIEW: Meloboy - Hot Love (EMI/Novamute)
A cover of the T-Rex classic from "Cologne's hottest, brightest and gayest new talent", though it's sadly a slightly lumpen Germanic electro version that proves rather sickly after a few listens. Armed with heavily vocodered vocals, it's hard not to think this is the kind of thing arch-satirists like the Look Around You team or Chris Morris might have knocked up for a laugh, and as such I've no idea whether it's a genuinely well-meant interpretation or simply a calculated piss-take. I'm particularly aggrieved with the hideous Wassermann mix of the track, which sounds like a marauding glam rock army marching very slowly to the sound of an excruciatingly loud car alarm. The DJ Koze mixes fare better, shaped by some colourful trance patterns and samba percussion, but you still can't shake the feeling that the whole thing is ultimately a somewhat pointless exercise. A bizarre novelty dance single, really. MS
Release date: 7 Mar
Press contact: Mute IH [all]

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TOM VEK TOUR
Man of the moment Tom Vek has announced a lost of tour dates for next month, following up what is sure to be a hugely successful single, 'I Ain’t Sayin My Goodbyes', out on 21 Mar.

19 Apr: Nottingham, Social
20 Apr: Birmingham, Bar Academy
22 Apr: Bristol, Louisianna
23 Apr: Exeter, Cavern Club
26 Apr: Manchester, Night & Day
27 Apr: Leeds, Cockpit
28 Apr: Newcastle, Cluny
29 Apr: Glasgow, King Tuts
3 May: Oxford, Zodiac
4 May: Cardiff, Barfly
6 May: Southampton, Joiners
12 May: London, Lock 17

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THE HOUSE OF LOVE TOUR
Staying with live news, and The House Of Love have announced a UK tour, also kicking off in Apr, and also following up from a very fine single, 'Days Run Away' on 28 Feb.

17 Apr: Sheffield, Leadmill
18 Apr: Birmingham, Academy 2
19 Apr: Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
20 Apr: Manchester, Academy 3
21 Apr: Glasgow, Arches
4 May: Bristol, Fleece
5 May: London, Islington Carling Academy

Hey lots of exciting gig dates for you tomorrow from some classic artists - and Will Young.

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NEW ORDER LAUNCH INTERACTIVE POSTERS
New Order will be using the world's first 'interactive posters' to promote new album 'Waiting For The Sirens To Call'. The hi-tech posters, which will be displayed in HMV stores in London and Manchester, will beam song clips, photos and ringtones straight onto music fans mobile phones via that funky thing called Bluetooth.

Bigging up the promotion, that is using technology designed by a company called Hypertag, New Order drummer Stephen Morris told reporters: "Technology has always been a driving force for us and we want the promotion of our new album to reflect that. The convergence of music and mobile is a hugely important development in the way that people consume music; being the first band to hand out free music clips direct to mobile means we are in the vanguard of this industry shift."

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BACON TO TAKE OVER CAPITAL DRIVETIME
Having proven his skills as a radio presenter at Xfm, former Blue Peter presenter and Big Breakfast host Richard Bacon is moving a couple of floors down at the Capital Group's Leicester Square HQ to take over the drivetime slot on Capital FM from Neil Fox. The move to Capital will mean Bacon will finish his recent presenting stints on BBC Radio Five Live and BBC7.

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VIRGIN RADIO TO GO 3G
Talking of radio, Virgin Radio has signed a deal with a music-to-mobile technology company called Sydus which will give people access to the station, and its online music streams Virgin Radio Classic Rock and Virgin Radio Groove, via their 3G mobile phones. The deal will see radio being streamed to mobile phones for the first time - about 30 handsets currently on the market will be able to receive the webcasts (mobcasts?).

Commenting on the plans James Cridland, Head of New Media at Virgin Radio, told reporters: "As far as we - and Sydus - are aware this is the first radio application for a 3G mobile phone. It was what 3G was made for. We were promised that 3G would bring all kinds of brilliant content but you only get the occasional video clip. Radio is content that is useful to a lot of people".

Virgin have been the pioneers of webcasting in the commercial radio sector, keen to overcome the limitations of their AM only terrestrial broadcasts outside London. The new 3G service will be available across the world - and in many ways will be a more attractive proposition outside the UK in countries where mobile firms offer subscription 3G packages with unlimited airtime. UK 3G packages are structured in more of a pay as you go fashion meaning that listening to radio via your 3G phone would prove expensive. Virgin will be lobbying the mobile firms to change that, and given that the tel cos desperately need to persuade consumers that 3G is about more than exchanging photos and watching football clips presumably they will be open to persuasion to any media player offering broadcast services of real value.

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SINGLE REVIEW: David Guetta - The World is Mine (EMI/Gum Records)
In the dark days of the mid-nineties, you couldn't move for faux euphoric, back-from-Ibizia-but-still-in-party-mode house anthems such as this. Over a looped vocal sample which sounds like a Stars in Their Eyes Dave Gahan, French producer David Guetta peddles a sterile mix of retro synth effects and thumping beats. Mercifully, things have moved on somewhat and the production now sounds hopelessly dated, especially when compared to the cataclysmic electro-house carnage of Felix Da Housecat. DL
Release date: 21 Feb
Press contact: EMI IH [all]

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DIAZ ANNOYED AT TIMBERLAKE'S BRITNEY CALLS
Gossip time - and Cameron Diaz is reportedly annoyed that boyfriend Justin Timberlake is always calling ex-girlfriend Britney. According to the Daily Record, Diaz is pissed off that Justin still speaks to his ex on such a regular basis. They quote a source as saying: "Justin says he's being supportive, but Cameron has told him to cool it."

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DELTA NOT FAZED BY RESPONSE TO HER RELATIONSHIP WITH MCFADDEN
Elsewhere in the world of pop couples, Delta Goodrem has said she is not intimidated by the negative reaction to her relationship with Brian McFadden - at one gig in Dublin she was booed by some of the audience as she performed her recent duet with the former Westlife boy. However Goodrem has told reporters she's not too fazed by the public and media response, adding that she is confident fans in home country Australia will be much more positive about the couple being together.

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WILL SMITH OFF SIGNING BREASTS
And finally, Will Smith has said he wants female fans to stop asking him to sign their breasts because he doesn't want to upset their boyfriends. He told reporters: "Chicks asking you to sign their breasts is weird... to just pop out in a public place. Their boyfriend sees that I signed their titty. That seems strange to me."

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