CMU Daily - on the inside Wednesday 30th March

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In today's CMU Daily:
- MacKenzie lines up 3i as backer
- Mcdonalds to pay rappers for name checks
- King told to shut it
- Glastonbury plans 'silent disco'
- EP Review: Computerfunk EP - vector lovers
- Killers on the attack
- The Bravery join Hyde Park Festival line up
- V is a sell out
- More tickets available for Reading festival
- Truck on!
- Editors extend tour
- Single Review: Avril Lavigne- He Wasn't
- Hold back The Tears
- Scaled down Lollapalooza fest planned for Chicago
- Death Cab for O.C.
- Kylie and Jason top TV wedding



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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Kelvin MacKenzie, Chairman and Chief Executive of UK radio media company The Wireless Group, has abandoned talks with private equity companies Veronis Suhler Stevenson and is said to now be in talks with 3i regarding his proposed management buyout. The Group, which owns 16 local stations as well as national station TalkSport, is not officially up for sale but MacKenzie is attempting to put together the buyout whilst investment bankers Goldman Sachs deal with approaches from other would-be purchasers.

Mr. MacKenzie and 3i have made no comment, and a spokesman for the Wireless Group said that no formal offers had been received, but a bid is thought to be imminent. The move would further confirm 3i's interest in the consolidation of commercial radio, following its backing of Lord Alli's £100m bid for Virgin Radio, a bid which has been fiercely resisted by the station's owner, SMG.

The chief executive of the Local Radio Company, Richard Wheatly, said yesterday that the company would bid for the Wireless Group's local stations if its interests were broken up, but sources say that MacKenzie's priority is to buy the business in its entirety. It is thought that the local stations could realise around £75m if sold, meaning a quick return for the backer.


McDonalds are looking to raise the profile of the 'Big Mac' by using the medium of hip-hop as a marketing tool. The fast food giant will offer to pay willing rappers to name check the burger in their tracks. According to Advertising Age magazine, any profit to be made by the artists will correspond directly to songs chart success and popularity, as the burger chain will pay rappers up to $5 every time a song mentioning the Big Mac is played on TV and radio in the US.

The Marketing Firm involved, Maven Strategies, have implemented such a campaign before, last year securing name checks for Seagram's Gin in the work of such artists as Twista and Kanye West. The strategy follows the documented boost that products have received in the past following a mention in a contemporary track. Rappers Jay-Z, 50 Cent and Snoop Dogg are known to have improved sales of certain rather glamorous brand names such as Courvoisier, Gucci, Dom Perignon, Bentley and Porsche by alluding to them in their songs. Whether similar artists can be persuaded to name check a less glamorous product remains to be seen.

McDonald's say the deal reflects the popularity of hip hop with young people, which is true, but the policy will expose young people to promotion that they may not realise is the result of a financial deal, inviting criticism from consumer groups. Health experts have also criticised the deal as it clearly involves promoting junk food to kids, which is bad, and will only contribute to rising levels of obesity. Time to get Jamie Oliver on the case, perhaps.


Pop mogul Jonathan King has been told to shut up and stop causing distress to his victims, following comments made on his release from prison yesterday. Norman Brennan, director of the Victims Of Crime Trust, has spoken out in response to King's claims of 100 % innocence. Mr Brennan said: "The jury that heard all the evidence were convinced beyond all doubt that he was guilty of all the crimes he was convicted of. As far as I'm concerned, he is a thoroughly discredited individual and my advice to him is he is lucky to get out as early as he did for such serious crimes for which many of us believe he should have received a far longer sentence in the first place. The only person who believes he is innocent is himself. My advice is: thank your lucky stars you are out as early as you are."

Mr Brennan went on to say that the pop impresario is a danger to young boys, that his 'perversions have caused revulsion around the country', and that "The best thing for him to do for the sake of his victims brave enough to give evidence is to just shut up."

In an interview with Five News yesterday, as well as waxing lyrical about how talented and attractive he is, King claimed that there were no victims, as he says he did not force anyone to do anything, and believed that everyone he had a relationship with was "of an age and mental maturity" to make their own decisions, despite the fact that some of them were minors. He is determined to continue pressing his innocence.

Norman Brennan, meanwhile, says that his actions are inappropriate, saying "The courts of this land were convinced and felt the need to send him to prison. If he had grounds for appeal, he would have been granted it."


Plans are being made for a 'silent disco' at the UK's Glastonbury Festival this year, in an effort by the organisers to adhere to imposed noise restrictions meaning that revellers wishing to party on after the 'noise curfew' will be able to use free headphones. After the curfew comes into force, music will be pumped into the headphones instead of into the speakers, and the users will be able to adjust the volume for themselves. Presumably the noise police will be around to check that resulting human noise levels are kept to a minimum.

Emily Eavis, daughter of Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis came up with the idea to use the system, developed by a Dutch firm who pioneered the silent disco at illegal parties as part of a traveling festival in the Netherlands.

Michael Eavis said: "By using headphones the music in the venue can go on well into the night. Now Emily has finally got something together so the party can go on later into the evening without infringing the noise curfew. It's a first for us, and I will be interested to see how it works."

Tickets for the Glastonbury Festival, taking place on 24-26 Jun go on sale on Sunday 3 Apr from 9am.


EP REVIEW: Computerfunk EP - Vector Lovers (Soma)
Martin Wheeler returns with an EP after his smasher of an album last year. A 4 tracker, it's a little more experimental than usual. The Title track is a hard 2step style techno with a real vector feel. '20 Goto 10' is a pulsating piece of techno, and 'Virtual Kittens' gets a little Black Dog meets Smoke Belch by the Sabres of Paradise, but to good effect. 'Falling Rain' a bit Eno-esque with some Luke Slaterisms thrown in. This man really is one to watch. Buy and Enjoy. PV
Release Date: March 21
Press Contact: Soma In House


It's handbags at dawn in The Killers' Camp, as the band's flamboyant frontman Brandon Flowers has launched a vitriolic attack on buzz band The Bravery. Flowers accused The Bravery of copying his own band and implies that the New York band are a pale imitation of The Killers. In an interview with MTV he said: "Look at a band like The Bravery. They're signed because we're a band. I've heard rumours about [members of] that band being in a different kind of band, and how do you defend that? If you say, 'My heart really belongs to what I'm doing now,' but you used to be in a Ska band. I can see The Strokes play or Franz Ferdinand play and it's real, and I haven't gotten that from The Bravery. I think people will see through them." Get him.

In the same interview Flowers revealed that the band's old drummer is now suing him, claiming that he wrote the band's hit 'Mr Brightside': "This guy who was in my band a long time ago is trying to sue us. We wrote 'Mr Brightside' a long, long time ago, when we had a different drummer. He had nothing to do with it, but his wife is a lawyer, so she just sent a letter to our lawyer. Wow. You always hear about people coming out of the woodwork once you get big, but this is ... wow."

Meanwhile the band have been working on new material: "One new song is called 'Where Is She', it's got a great feel, some great harmonies on it. We didn't do enough harmonies on our first album, so you're gonna hear more of that on the second album, those Police-esque harmonies. And we're playing other new songs 'Higher And Higher', 'Daddy's Eyes', 'It's Only Natural' that will make it onto the second album. You can't drift too far off the first record, but these songs are what the new album will sound like. A bit more organic, with organs and pianos. We don't want to be 'that [synth] band' forever. We'll let someone else be that."


And talking of bands that Brandon Flowers doesn't like, The Bravery are among the artists who have been added to the line up for the O2 Wireless festival in Hyde Park.

Headlining the event from June 24 – 30 are New Order, Basement Jaxx, Keane and Kasabian, and so far the line up looks like this:

24 Jun
New Order
The Bravery
Graham Coxon
The Dears

25 Jun
Basement Jaxx
Roots Manuva
LCD Soundsystem

29 Jun
Rufus Wainwright
Secret Machines

30 Jun
Soulwax /

More names are also expected to be announced.


Sticking with the festival theme, and this year's V Festival has sold out. Tickets for V2005 were sold in record time at both Staffordshire and Chelmsford, the latter's camping tickets selling out in three hours.

Festival director Bob Angus said: "With the amazing line up announced so far and it being the tenth anniversary, we're pleased, but not entirely surprised that tickets sold out so quickly."

V Festival 2005 takes place at Staffordshire's Weston Park and Chelmsford's Hylands Park between 20-21Aug. The line-up includes Oasis, Franz Ferdinand, Scissor Sisters, Embrace, Maroon 5, Ian Brown, Jet, Kaiser Chiefs and The Music.


Well, V may be sold out, but you can still get a ticket for the Carling Weekend, so get a move on. The 24 hour booking line and the Internet have sold out of their allocation of weekend tickets for Reading but some are still available from a select number of HMV stores. Tickets are only available for personal callers at the following branches: Bath, Bracknell, Bristol (Broadmead), Guildford, Kingston, Newbury, Oxford, Portsmouth, Reading (Oracle), Reading (Friar St), Slough, Southampton, Staines, Swindon, Winchester, Windsor and Woking. No phone bookings will be taken.

Single day tickets for Reading are still available via, and tickets for Leeds are still available from

The Leeds and Reading weekends take place from 26 to 28 Aug at and line ups include Pixies, Foo Fighters and Iron Maiden.


Go on then. One last festival item. The Truck festival has announced its 2005 line-up and it includes CMU favourite Patrick Wolf and hotly tipped new band Editors. This year's event will happen on 23 and 24 Jul at Hill Farm in Oxon. Amongst the 100-odd acts performing over five stages will be Biffy Clyro, Fonda 400, Editors, Neil Halstead, Goldrush, Black Nielsen and Jetplane Landing as well as Towers Of London. Tickets are on sale now.


And speaking of Editors, as we were (aren't CMU slick today?) the band have added extra dates to their UK tour. They release single 'Munich' on 18 Apr and will play a gig as part of MTV's Spanking New Music Week at Manchester Metropolitan University Students Union on 14 Apr and also join the Carling 24 line up at London's Shepherds Bush Empire on 30 Apr with Embrace and The Subways.

The band are touring throughout April:
1 Apr: Bournemouth Villa
3 Apr: Oxford Zodiac
5 Apr: Club NME @ Birmingham Club HQ
6 Apr: Cardiff, Barfly
7 Apr: Club NME @ Nottingham Stealth Club
8 Apr: Glasgow Nice & Sleazy's
9 Apr: Club NME @ Stoke Underground
11 Apr: Club NME @ Manchester Bierkeller
12 Apr: Leeds Joseph's Well
13 Apr: London The Garage
15 Apr: Liverpool University
16 Apr: Hull Silhouettes
18 Apr: Inverness Market Bar
19 Apr: Aberdeen Kef
20 Apr: Dundee Reading Rooms
21 Apr: York Fibbers
22 Apr: Newcastle Northumbria University
23 Apr: Middlesbrough Empire
28 Apr: Sheffield University
30 Apr: London Shepherds Bush Empire


SINGLE REVIEW: Avril Lavigne- He Wasn't (SonyBMG/Arista)
Don't be fooled by that miserable teeny pout cos although this song's about a boy it didn't work out with (of course), it's also a surprisingly upbeat affair. After muchos nail biting, staring at the phone and even cleaning up the bedroom "when all else fails", Avril discovers that we've all got choices, voices, and probably many other things that rhyme with those words. Anyway, happy ever after ending ahoy with the realisation that "He isn't really what I'm looking for." Catchy, sunny pop pie packed with all the usual ingredients. Okay, so it's not a patch on her first few singles, but it still delivers everything you'd expect. MY
Release Date: 28 Mar
Press Contact: Sony BMG In House


The Tears have decided to delay the release of their debut album. The band, who comprise former Suede songwriting partnership Brett Anderson and Bernard Butler will now release 'Here Come The Tears' in June and not 2 May as was previously indicated. The release date for single 'Refugees' is still 18 April. Tracks slated for the album include 'Apollo 13', 'Imperfection', 'Ghost Of You', 'Two Creatures', 'Fallen Idol', 'Co-Star' and 'Brave New Century'.

The Tears are appearing at the Reading and Leeds Festivals and will also play the following dates over the next few months:

18 Apr: Cambridge Junction
19 Apr: Sheffield Leadmill
20 Apr: Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
22 Apr: Portsmouth Pyramid Centre
23 Apr: Liverpool Carling Academy
24 Apr: Newcastle University
23 May: London Shepherds Bush Empire
27 Aug: Reading Festival
28 Aug: Leeds Festival


US music festival Lollapalooza will return this year in a scaled down and stationary fashion. At its peak in the nineties, the touring festival was cancelled last year after poor ticket sales despite a scheduled line-up which included Morrissey, the Flaming Lips, Pixies and Sonic Youth.

This year's festival will not tour, and will take place in Chicago's Grant Park from 23 – 24 Jul. Band line-ups will be announced towards the end of April and the festival's website is due to go live this week.


Emo band Death Cab For Cutie are the latest indie act to appear in a guest spot on that TV show beloved of CMU, The O.C. The band have already been mentioned on several occasions in the show through the character of the geeky Seth Cohen, and their music has featured on the soundtrack. Now Death Cab will appear in person to play 'The Sound of Settling' and 'Title and Registration' from their latest album, 'Transatlanticism', at the fictional Newport hang-out The Bait Shop.

The Killers, Modest Mouse and the Walkmen have similarly appeared at The Bait Shop in the past. Music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas said: 'I read our message boards, of course, and [the fans] were like, "When's Death Cab going to be on?" I was like, "Ah, little do you know, kemosabes, it will be OK." Defining the tone for the show certainly includes these kinds of indie bands.'

Other artists slated to appear on upcoming episodes include Bloc Party, Brendan Benson, Eagles of Death Metal and LCD Soundsystem. Hurrah.


And in news only tenuously related to music, the marriage of Neighbours sweethearts Scott and Charlene, played by Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan has been voted best onscreen wedding by readers of the Radio Times. The wedding was famously sound-tracked by the Angry Anderson song 'Suddenly'. Incredibly it seems still to be remembered fondly by the millions who watched it when it was screened back in 1988. Crazy.

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