CMU Daily - on the inside Tuesday 22nd March

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In today's CMU Daily:
- Nas concert stopped by shooting
- Jackson trial update
- Beenie man plays on
- Tsunami benefit raises millions in Malaysia
- Reading and Leeds festival line up revealed
- Single Review: Fischerspooner - Just Let Go (EMI)
- The La's reform
- Chart-topper to star in Emmerdale
- N.E.R.D split
- Mariah demands red carpet
- Abdul may face hit and run charge
- Thom's rally for justice
- Beyonce to play Dylan?



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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A new music-related gun incident is in the news today, as shots were fired at London's Brixton Academy last night at a concert staged by US Rapper Nas, who is on tour in the UK promoting his double A-side single Just A Moment and No One Else In The Room.

The incident appears to have occurred in spite of a rigorous security system implemented by the venue. More than 100 security staff were working at the show on Monday, and all concert-goers were passed through scanning and security checks at the door. Police Officers were called just before 10PM and following consultation with the police, the concert was halted and the crowds were evacuated.

Witnesses had seen a man get up on stage and fire a weapon, but no-one was found to be hurt and no arrests were made at the scene. A police spokeswoman has said that bullet casings have been found at the venue, and that they believe that the shots were fired directly at the ceiling. She added that officers from Operation Trident, which deals with gun crime within the black community, would be taking over the investigation.


Well, the Michael Jackson trial continues, and yesterday Jacko was delayed getting to court again, following that incident on 10 Mar when he was an hour late and was reprimanded by the judge. This time the reason was back problems, which apparently caused him to tremble and weep with pain during proceedings, and occasioned the presence of his doctor in court.

Yesterday's proceedings focused on testimony from Anthony Urquiza, a psychologist who described the possible symptoms of sexual abuse, in particular stating that few child sex allegations turn out to be false, but more importantly that changing stories and unclear details were consistent with the behaviour of young victims. This clearly has a bearing on the position of the defence, who are only too keen to point out any inconsistencies in Gavin Arvizo's story.

Also called to the stand yesterday was flight attendant Lauren Wallace to answer questions pertaining to those famous booze filled pop cans and the prosecutions position that Jacko gave alcohol to his accuser whilst on a private flight. Ms Wallace confirmed that she had often prepared wine for him in coke cans because Jackson did not wish the children to see him drinking. She also revealed that she hid alcohol in the lavatory for him so that the 'children wouldn't find it.' Under questioning the flight attendant confirmed that she had never once seen an intoxicated child on a flight with Jackson, but her testimony clearly has a limited value as she was never actually on a flight with Arvizo.

The case, as they say, continues.


Dancehall act Beenie Man has struck a deal with gay pressure group OutRage and will be returning to London to perform this week. Last year the pressure group, who object to the genre's use of homophobic lyrics, mounted a sizable campaign against several Jamaican artists including Beenie Man, Sizzla and Elephant Man, and succeeded in getting their gigs banned. They were also banned from appearing at the MOBO awards after the Metropolitan Police launched an investigation into the lyrics, which are considered to incite violence against gay men.

Beenie Man claims that he never intended to incite violence at all, and that his lyrics were misconstrued. He told the BBC: "Jamaican people are taking our lyrics and translating them to people in the wrong way... a batty man is a child molester, anyone in Jamaica can tell you the same thing." Whether or not it's okay to incite violence against paedophiles seems not to be entering the debate.

In any case, OutRage has dropped the campaign after Beenie Man agreed not to release tracks containing lyrics denigrating gays or lesbians, making it a happy day for non-homophobic dancehall lovers of the UK. Spokesman Peter Tatchell said "We've suspended the campaign as an act of faith, and we hope all the artists will respect the deal and move forward and produce positive music without prejudice."


Black Eyed Peas and The Backstreet Boys were among the artists who took part in a tsunami benefit concert on Saturday in one of the countries affected by the Boxing Day earthquake and tidal wave. Organisers say the concert raised 10 million ringgit (£1.38m).

Crowds were gathering hours before the event as concert-goers turned up early to catch a glimpse of performers' arrivals on the red carpet, and the eight-hour concert, held near the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, attracted well over ten thousand spectators. The Backstreet boys were greeted with a rapturous reception, but for many the highlight of the gig was seeing former Fugees Wyclef Jean and Lauryn Hill reunited on stage to perform some of their most popular hits. More local artists included Malaysian jazz queen Sheila Majid, and Indonesian singer Ruth Sahanaya, as well as Hong Kong star Nicholas Tse and martial arts supremo Jackie Chan, who performed a mandarin love song.

Other stars from the movie world were in attendance, as celebrities such as Carmen Electra, Ken Watanabe and Chinese actress Bai Ling also took to the stage.

CMU's favourite Bond girl Michelle Yeoh said: "On 26 Dec, a terrible disaster struck the area we call home. This has moved many of us to act, that is why we are all here tonight. We cannot let those faces in the headlines just fade away."


More Festival news today, as there's wont to be at this time of year. Pixies, Foo Fighters and Iron Maiden have been announced as the headliners for the Main Stage of The Carling Weekend: Reading & Leeds Festivals. Other acts confirmed for the line up include Queens Of The Stone Age and (Hurrah!)The Killers. Weekend tickets are on sale now, so off you go then.

Friday 26 Aug, Reading / Saturday 27 Aug, Leeds:
The Killers
Queens Of The Stone Age
The Coral

Saturday 27 Aug, Reading / Sunday 28 Aug, Leeds:
Foo Fighters
Kings Of Leon
The Charlatans
Jimmy Eat World

Sunday 28 Aug, Reading / Friday 26 Aug, Leeds:
Iron Maiden
Marilyn Manson
Iggy & The Stooges
NOFX - only UK festival shows

Friday 26 Aug, Reading / Saturday 27 Aug, Leeds:

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Saturday 27 Aug, Reading / Sunday 28 Aug, Leeds:
The Tears
The Arcade

Sunday 28 Aug, Reading / Friday 26 Aug, Leeds
Bloc Party
The Futureheads


SINGLE REVIEW: Fischerspooner - Just Let Go (EMI)
Leaving aside the music, Fischerspooner already deserve near deification purely for being effectively responsible for the collapse of the Ministry Of Sound label. Very much the Sigue Sigue Sputnik of their day (i.e. glamorous electro-rockers, spectacularly over-hyped, subsequent commercial flop), their anthem 'Emerge' (a number 21, er, smash) was an awesome single. The general public, though, weren't impressed, and the poor sales of the accompanying album '#1' did for their label and consigned both the New York duo and the nascent electroclash movement into the music annals marked "fads", something which probably delighted all concerned. Meanwhile, 'Just Let Go' – a pulsing, frenetic piece of synth-punk dance-pop - doesn't really deviate from the sound of their debut album, though the addition of some noisy guitars fills out their minimal sound a bit. It's not bad (though unlikely to sell in the millions they dream of) but is frankly embarrassed by its accompanying Thin White Duke (aka Jacques Lu Cont) remix, which is akin to a teacher tutting "give me that!" to a child's errant homework, followed by "look, you put that there, take that out and stick that bit in there and there you go, there's your perfect synth-rock symphony." Sounding post punky, new romantic and dancefloor-friendly at the same time, Mr Lu Cont has arguably topped his stunning, similarly 80s-influenced recent mixes for The Killers and Gwen Stefani here, marking him out as the remixer of the day and, well, a genius, really.
Release Date: 28 Mar
Press Contact: EMI In-House


More festival related stuff with the news that The La's are to reform to play the Summer Sonic Festival in Japan on 13 and 14 Aug. Rumours that the band might reunite, sparked by an admission last year made by band members John Power and Lee Mavers to the effect that they were again writing together, appear to have been confirmed after the band's name appeared on the Summer Sonic Festival's official website. The La's Formed in 1990 and released their eponymous debut, which included the oh so catchy single 'There She Goes'.

Mavers hated the album, however, and the stresses of sessions for a second album along with rumours of Mavers' eccentricities and drug addiction proved too much, as Power left the group in an acrimonious split, and moved on to new project Cast. There's no indication as to what the line up of the band will be, but there are also whispers of other possible festival dates.

Also playing the Summer Sonic Festival this year are Weezer, Little Barrie, Mew, Rooster, The Roots, The Tears, The Black Crowes, The Arcade Fire, The Departure, Hal, Him, Ian Brown, Kasabian, Teenage Fanclub, Nine Inch Nails, Oasis, Slipknot, and TV On The Radio.


Tony Christie's Peter Kay facilitated comeback looks set to continue, as he is to guest star in an episode of TV soap Emmerdale, formerly 'Emmerdale Farm' for those of you with long memories and currently no TV set. Christie, who topped the charts with charity re-release 'Amarillo' is allegedly a huge fan of the soap, and said: "I've always been a fan of Emmerdale and am very excited about appearing in the show. My mum is more impressed that I will be on Emmerdale than she is with my number one single! This is something that I have never done before and I am really looking forward to it."

Christie will play himself in the programme, meeting characters from the soap when they are on a trip to Newcastle, and will be performing one of his own songs. A spokeswoman for the programme said: "We are delighted that Tony is available to appear in this unique episode which is going to be a lot of fun."

The episode will be filmed in July and screened in August. And CMU would like to point out that we liked Tony Christie long before he got popular again. So there.


Woe is us. N.E.R.D are no more. Speaking to Radio 1 Pharrell Williams said: "N.E.R.D. is dead. I don't agree with the management at Virgin Records so we're done."

The nature of the disagreement isn't clear and Virgin have yet to comment, but it would appear that the problems have been brewing for a while. "I've been very quiet about it for the last two years. I'm not here to slander or throw dirt, I'm just not happy so therefore N*E*R*D is expired."

The Neptunes main man continued: "Me and Chad still do what we do in the studio, Shay is still our best friend, you know, perhaps we'll do some music for our fans and leak it to the internet or something, who knows?" Which is potentially good news. Hurrah.


It seems that Mariah Carey demands the red carpet treatment wherever she goes. On a recent trip to London the staff of the Baglioni Hotel in Kensington were asked to roll out the carpet, lined with large white candles, for the arrival of the pop diva and her entourage at 2.15 in the morning.

Her aides turned up at 2AM, apparently horrified to find the carpet not in evidence. Ms Carey appears not to like dirty pavements and apparently does the rug and the candles routine at any hotel she stays at. Her fleet of limos was driven round the block until the situation was rectified. No judgments or anything. But really.


It seems that singer and American Idol judge Paula Abdul may end up in a Los Angeles court over an alleged hit and run incident that happened back in 2004. She is thought to have crashed into another vehicle after changing lanes without looking, before leaving the scene in quite a hurry. Unfortunately for Ms Abdul, a passenger in another car that she allegedly clipped as she fled took a picture of the Paula's luxury Mercedes which enabled LA police to identify the owner. No judgments, obviously. But really.


Thom Yorke is one of the stars who will be taking part in a rally to raise awareness of the Trade Justice Movement, and to call on the government to respect the right of poorer countries to decide on their own trade policies and not be pushed to open up their economies. Actors and musicians will be amongst the thousands of people rallying in Westminster on 15 Apr as part of a week of global action.

The Radiohead singer said: "It's an overnight 'happening' – and it's happening at the same time as many events all around the world. I'm going with a sleeping bag and a paint brush and maybe even a guitar if I can get it in the suitcase."


It seems that 'Velvet Goldmine' Director Todd Haynes is working on a Bob Dylan Bio-Pic with a twist. In the film, entitled 'I'm Not There: Suppositions On A Film Concerning Dylan', the music legend will be played by seven different people – and one of them could be Beyonce Knowles.

The director is planning to use mostly black actors to bring out what he calls Dylan's "inner blackness". Haynes went on to comment: "I am setting out to explode the idea that anybody can be depicted in a single self."

A Paramount executive said: "Dylan has always acknowledged his debt to blues and gospel, but critics may say there are other ways of celebrating the African-American musical heritage. Todd is, however, a serious film-maker and we are confident that he will treat it all with respect. We hope."

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