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In today's CMU Daily:
- Former Sony chief launches new representation firm
- Pop supremo Fuller sells company
- Meltdown for Patti Smith
- Moz all Wight
- LCD soundsystem for T in the park
- Mandela concert raises over a million
- 1Xtra get animated
- Album review: Amusement Parks On Fire - Amusement Parks On Fire
- Chart news
- This week’s student radio chart
- Coldplay album details revealed (possibly)
- Jackson restrains stalker
- Single review: Jem - They
- Gwen to collaborate with Keane
- F magazine add forum for music industry
- Baby Seal expected

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CARLING LIVE 24
Carling, the beer behind some of Britain's biggest and best live music events, is presenting another 24 hour music marathon. Following the success of 2004's Carling Live 24 event in London, this year Carling will be bringing an all day all night line up of great live music to both London and Manchester, the former on 30th April, the latter on 28th may. 26 bands and 13 venues will take part in the event, with Embrace, The Zutons, Ian Brown, Babyshambles, The Chemical Brothers, Doves and Kaiser Chiefs among the artists on the bill. For full press information check the CMU Press Room - where more media information will appear as it is available:

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FORMER SONY CHIEF LAUNCHES NEW REPRESENTATION FIRM
Following speculation in the media press last week, former Sony Music VP of Communications Gary Farrow has confirmed he is launching a new public relations company which will provide high level PR and representation services to clients across the music business, including artists, labels and senior execs. To be called The Corporation, Farrow sees the company as a one stop shop for players in the entertainments space offering strategic support and reactive damage limitation style representation as well as more traditional PR services.

Farrow has won private investment for the new enterprise and has confirmed he will be looking to achieve quick expansion by acquiring other players in the arena. Word is he will confirm the names of some of his higher profile clients in the coming weeks.

Confirming his plans for the company Farrow told CMU: “While I was working on the SonyBMG merger I was approached by a number of people asking me to act on their behalf. Given that I was working for Sony I wasn’t in a position to do that. But now, after ten years working within a major label, I am very much looking forward to taking those kinds of projects through this new company”.

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POP SUPREMO FULLER SELLS COMPANY
Music mogul Simon Fuller, the man responsible for blessing us with the Pop Idol franchise, has sold his entertainment and management company, 19, to a US entrepreneur. The new owners, who have paid $156m for the company and recently also bought an 85% share in the Elvis Presley estate, are Robert Sillerman’s Sport Entertainment Enterprises, soon to be known by the slightly snappier name of ‘CFX’.
19 handle a host of music artists as well as providing PR strategies for stars such as David and Victoria Beckham. Their roster includes several of those whose careers began courtesy of Pop Idol and its US cousin, American Idol – Will Young, Gareth Gates and Kelly Clarkson.

Fuller began the company fifteen years ago, naming it after his first hit single, 19 by Paul Hardcastle, and went on to manage the The Spice Girls and S Club. He stands to receive a jammy £64.5m for his business interests as well as about £1.9 million shares in Sports Entertainment. He can also look forward to an additionally jammy £19.2 in stocks or cash by the end of the financial year.

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MELTDOWN FOR PATTI SMITH
New York punk pioneer Patti Smith is to curate this year’s Meltdown Festival, which takes place in the UK between 11 and 26 Jun. Smith will be selecting fifteen days worth of acts to appear at the Royal Festival Hall, on London’s South Bank.

Last year’s Festival was curated by ex-Smiths singer Morrissey, who programmed appearances by Jane Birkin, Nancy Sinatra and playwright Alan Bennett. Smith has yet to decide on the line-up but has said that she would like to touch on all aspects of culture and that the festival would be her response to these ‘material, greedy and exploitative times’.

“I never think in terms of labels,” she told The Observer newspaper. “I just see rock as a raw art form that belongs to the people, but has the possibility of merging with poetry, politics, the spiritual and the revolutionary.” So there you go.

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MOZ ALL WIGHT
Talking of Morrissey, because we were, Moz has been announced as one of the headliners of this year’s Isle Of Wight festival and glam rockers Roxy Music are also on the bill. Both acts are playing the Saturday night (11 Jun), with Roxy Music billed as Morrissey’s ‘special guests’. Meanwhile Faithless and Razorlight have been confirmed as co-headliners for the Friday night (10 Jun) while REM will close the festival on 12 Jun. Also on the bill are Snow Patrol, Supergrass and The Magic Numbers. Other acts are still to be announced at the event which will also feature an extreme sports village and a new kidzone.

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LCD SOUNDSYSTEM FOR T IN THE PARK
Talking of festival type events, because we were, the hotly tipped LCD Soundsystem are to headline the dance tent at T In The Park this summer. Also playing in the 12,000 capacity Slam tent will be Alex Smoke and DJs Blackstrobe on 9 Jul, while the following day The Bays, Miss Kittin and Alter Ego are on the bill.

T In The Park 2005, will take place at Balado, Kinross between 9-10 Jul and has already sold out. Confirmed are headliners Foo Fighters and Green Day, plus New Order, The Killers, Ian Brown, Kasabian, Prodigy, Audioslave, Embrace, Kaiser Chiefs, Keane, Razorlight, Biffy Clyro, The Streets, Beautiful South and The Coral.

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MANDELA CONCERT RAISES OVER A MILLION
Nelson Mandela’s Aids Benefit concert, 46664, took place in South Africa on Saturday, and a host of stars were on hand to help. The concert was hosted by Will Smith, who shared the stage with local musicians Johnny Clegg, Mafikizolo and Kabelo, as well as those from further afield, Katie Melua, Paul Rodgers, Queen and India Arie, plus former Eurythmics singer Annie Lennox who told the crowd: ‘In this society women are powerless and vulnerable to the whims of men who refuse to practice safe sex and use condoms.’

The theme of the concert was Women And Aids. Mandela, who is 86, took to the stage accompanied by an HIV positive woman, Gertrude Maqanda, and said: "I would love to enjoy the peace and quiet of retirement but I know that, like many of you, I cannot rest easily while our beloved continent is ravaged by a deadly epidemic."

Mr Mandela confirmed that $1.6m (£832,000) was raised during the concert by people donating money via text messages, all proceeds of which will go to the Nelson Mandela Foundation to combat HIV.

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1XTRA GET ANIMATED
1Xtra has announced that it’s teaming up with BBC Interactive Drama and Entertainment to launch an interactive animated drama ‘Taggerz’, which is to based on the lives of a crew of graffiti artists called the ‘Ruffneck Crew’ and will cover issues such as pregnancy, drugs and death as well as music ambition and of course, Graffiti. It will feature cameo performances from 1Xtra’s Rodney P Skitz and BBC Drama honcho Alan Yentob.

Starting today, the animations will be released online one a day for six days and will be supported by 1Xtra DJs Jason & Iyare who will devote airtime to Taggerz throughout the week of the launch and will be inviting characters from the series to join in discussions. After the launch week, it will remain on the 1Xtra website indefinitely.

Programmes Editor Willber Willberforce said “I am delighted that 1Xtra will be hosting this distinctive creative project. The theme of graffiti is one that interests our listeners and they will have the opportunity to engage with characters that face very real problems, the interactivity and on-air content will be a first for our audience.”

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ALBUM REVIEW: Amusement Parks on Fire - Amusement Parks on Fire (Invada)
If someone were to ask which musical scene of the last two decades was ever unlikely to be revived, one of your possible answers might be ‘shoegazing’; the much maligned genre of the early 90s. However there is a budding revival taking place, which the NME has dubbed, quite laughably, ‘nu-gazing’. This incorporates a number of disparate bands, such as The Radio Dept and Engineers, though I should point out that it’s a pretty lazy piece of terminology; these bands don’t really sound too alike, and they haven’t emanated from a specific location, as bands of scenes generally do. Amusement Parks on Fire speak of the influence of My Bloody Valentine upon their work; a statement which immediately sets me ill at ease. Most bands who cite the seminal Creation band generally sound little like them, and are a pale imitation. Yet this band’s influences extend beyond this narrow genre; you can sense a love of the sonic experimentations of The Pixies, and the Icelandic bands like Sigur Ros in their sound. The band itself is the brainchild of a young prodigy named Michael Feerick, a multi-talented and versatile musician, who recorded more or less the entire record single-handedly, an incredibly impressive feat. The album has been re-released (it was originally released last Summer), and was preceded by the single release of ‘Venus In Cancer’, a multi-layered and feedback drenched track, which is one of the album’s highlights. A second single, ‘Venosa’ shows a more emo edge to the band. You can see why they have been compared to the likes of My Vitriol. It’s an intoxicating mix of ferocious guitars and frantic drumming, supplemented by Feerick’s suppressed vocals. The more subdued and fragile moments include the likes of ‘Asphalt’, a piano and strings based instrumental, which brings to mind the glacial sound of Sigur Ros. ‘The Ramones Book’ continues in this vein as well; Feerick’s soft vocals perfectly compliment the mellow piano. Amusement Parks on Fire certainly are a band to look out for. The word is that their live performances can be exhilarating, and this debut album is certainly impressive enough. It’s sufficiently diverse and interesting, and it is indeed remarkable that this is solely the work of such a young artist. Perhaps pigeonholing them, or describing them as ‘revivalists’ is too facile; they’re fairly unique in their sound, and I expect them to develop and make progress with subsequent albums. KW.
Release date: 18 April
Press contact: Darling Department (RP,NP)

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CHART NEWS
The Bravery will be popping the champagne corks after their debut album hit the UK charts at Number five last night (20 Mar). The Stereophonics beat them to the top spot with ’Language Sex Violence Other’. The Bravery’s singer Sam Endicott told NME.com that the band were thrilled by the top ten placing: “I talked to someone this morning who told me about it. I was very pleased - I didn't really have any idea it would go so high. I think as all went well we should all go to church today!”

Meanwhile in the singles chart comedian Peter Kay has gone straight to number one with his charity single featuring seventies crooner Tony Christie. The 1971 classic ‘(Is This The Way to) Amarillo?’ has raised thousands for Comic Relief. Kay mimes to the song in a comic video featuring the likes of Ronnie Corbett and Coronation Street's Ken and Deirdre. Christie first released the song in Nov 1971 when it reached number 18. It was revived by Kay when he used it at the start of his stand-up gigs and in his hit TV series ‘Phoenix Nights’.

Elvis Presley enters at Number three with ‘She's Not You’. Meanwhile, Basement Jaxx enter at Number 8 with ’Oh My Gosh’, while Jem is at Number 6. Gwen Stefani ft Eve is at Number 4 with ’Rich Girl’. Last week’s Number one ‘All About You’/ ‘You've Got A Friend’ by McFly falls to two. But that’s okay. Because the song that toppled it is for charity too.

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THIS WEEK’S STUDENT RADIO CHART
1. [2] Kaiser Chiefs - Oh My Gosh (B-Unique)
2. [28] Kings Of Leon - King Of Rodeo (SonyBMG/Handmedown)
3. [3] Kasabian - Club Foot (SonyBMG/RCA)
4. [1] Beck - E-Pro (Universal/Geffen)
5. [10] Basement Jaxx - Oh My Gosh Beggars/XL)
6. [27] Mcfly - All About You (Universal/Island)
7. [4] Futureheads - Hounds Of Love (Warner/679)
8. [11] The Subways - Oh Yeah (Warner)
9. [18] The Bees - Chicken Payback (EMI/Virgin)
10. [4] Sterephonics - Dakota (V2)
11. [8] The Bravery - An Honest Mistake (Universal/Polydor)
12. [12] New Order – Krafty (Warner/London)
13. [13] Estelle - Go Gone (V2)
14. [21] Jem - They (SonyBMG)
15. [NE] Will Smith - Switch (SonyBMG/Columbia)
16. [7] Phantom Planet - California (SonyBMG/Epic)
17. [9] Doves - Black And White Town (EMI/Heavenly)
18. [17] Arcade Fire - Neighbourhood (Laika) (Rough Trade)
19. [18] KT Tunstall - Black Horse And The Cherry Tree (EMI/Relentless)
20. [RE] Avril Lavigne - He Wasn’t (SonyBMG/Arista)
21. [NE] The Chemical Brothers - Believe (EMI/Virgin)
22. [16] Jimmy Eat World - Work (Universal/Interscope)
23. [25] British Sea Power - It Ended On An Oily Stage (Rough Trade)
24. [5] Queens Of The Stoneage - Little Sister (Universal/Polydor)
25. [NE] Damien Rice - Volcano (Warner)
26. [6] Green Day - Holiday (Warner/Reprise)
27. [21] Bloc Party - So Here We Are (Wichita)
28. [30] Willy Mason - Oxygen (EMI/Virgin)
29. [NE] DJ Format - 3 Feet Deep (Pias)
30. [NE] Brendan Benson - Spit It Out (V2)

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COLDPLAY ALBUM DETAILS REVEALED (POSSIBLY)
A possible tracklisting for Coldplay’s forthcoming new album has been revealed, and fans everywhere can enjoy the pleasure of hearing what the songs might be called, and fantasising about what they might sound like. Possibly.

The album, ‘X&Y’ is due out on 6 Jun and although singer Chris Martin has said he is still tinkering with the record, The Sun have revealed a possible eleven song tracklist, so blame The Sun, not us, if it’s wrong. The band made their live return on 12 Mar in Los Angeles, where songs ‘Speed Of Sound’, ‘Square One’, ‘White Shadows’, ‘A Message’ and ‘What If’ all received their live debuts.

X&Y could include:
Square One
What If
White Shadows
Fix You
X&Y
Speed Of Sound
A Message
Low
Let’s Talk
Swallowed In The Sea
Twisted Logic

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JACKSON RESTRAINS STALKER
This time it’s the sister in court, only she wasn’t actually, er, in court. Janet Jackson has obtained a restraining order lasting three years against a man who has been harassing her. Associated Press report that Robert Gardner, 46, was ordered to stay at least 100 yards away from Jackson and not to contact the entertainer, her family, agents, attorneys or managers. Jackson has told how Gardner tried last year to bring a box cutter and knife to the New York studio where she was rehearsing an appearance for the television show ‘Saturday Night Live’. Said Jackson: "[Gardner] has been following me, sending me faxes and letters and attempting to arrange in-person meetings for nine years."

Gardner had no attorney present at the California court and told the judge he had business matters to discuss with Jackson as well as personal matters he preferred to keep private. "I'm not sure why she's saying this," Gardner said. "We do have a little personal contact," to which the judge responded: "She apparently does not want to have contact with you." Jackson, who didn’t attend the hearing, claimed in court documents that he had fabricated a personal history with her.

Outside court, Gardner said he will hire a lawyer to contest the ruling. "I do not want to be considered a stalker," he said.

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SINGLE REVIEW: Jem – They (BMG)
It’s easy to make the Dido comparisons here – after all, Jem is a young female British artist, making sophisticated modern pop music that has got her noticed in a big way in America before in her native homeland. This debut UK single should do the trick for her here though, and it’ll be richly deserved, as ‘They’ is quite lovely. It recalls a slightly more Celtic version of Dido, only edgier, with a chunky hip-hop beat and some glorious moody choral samples that prove relentlessly infectious after repeated listens. Brit awards, platinum sales, indie credibility and an Eminem collaboration will not be far off, you feel. MS
Release Date: 14 Mar
Press Contact: BMG in-house [All]

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GWEN TO COLLABORATE WITH KEANE
Gwen Stefani has said she would like to work with Keane on her next album. The singer says she loves the band's album ‘Hopes and Fears’. She said: "I really love the Keane record, that was the last record where I really listened to the whole thing." So well done her.

Meanwhile Keane are apparently delighted by the prospect of working with Stefani. Pianist Tim Rice-Oxley said: "We might give it a go. It's funny how we've gone from a situation where no-one was remotely interested in us, and suddenly we're giant megastars with people interested in our songwriting."

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F MAGAZINE ADD FORUM FOR MUSIC INDUSTRY
That rather cool online mag F Magazine has launched a new forum section to their site, and one of the strands is giving record labels, gig and club promoters the opportunity to post their press releases in there, enabling them to reach all the music and media types that are expected to populate the online community. We hear a rumour that you might be able to read the CMU Daily in there too – but we couldn’t possibly comment. You can access it all at http://www.fmagazine.co.uk/

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BABY SEAL EXPECTED
Grammy Award winning Seal and his fiance model Heidi Klum have announced they are expecting a baby, having previously announced their engagement. Heidi already has a 10-month-old daughter, Leni, by Italian tycoon Flavio Briatore. The model wrote on her website: "Heidi, Seal and especially Leni, are proud to tell you that we recently found out that we are expecting our second child. There is nothing that gives us greater happiness than the realisation of our dream. Thanks to all of you that have been sending us happy thoughts." The baby is expected around September. Bless.

 

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