CMU Daily - on the inside Friday 1st April

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In today's CMU Daily:
- Joss Stone and Mama producer enter rich lists
- Finn cuts tour dates to attend drummer's funeral
- Entertainment Weekly to feature Promosquad's hit list
- J-Lo sets fur flying
- Courtney Love to play porn star
- Single Review: Anechoic - just like you
- Hal headline UK tour
- Billy Corgan duets with Robert Smith
- Sinead records reggae album
- Frank Black goes American
- Nitin Sawhney album sampler online soon
- Britney lashes out



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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VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: Grace at Herbal
This night showcases the best in Drum & Bass from Grooverider at the intimate Shoreditch venue. Tonight he will be joined by Bryan G and DJ Die (long suffering understudy to Krust) and the night will be compered by MC Fats. Upstairs the second room will be on a Hip-Hop tip. Ladies free before 11.30 so expect plenty of fellas in the house!

Sunday 3 April 9PM - 2AM, £5 then £8 later. Info
14 Kingsland Road E2, Tel: 020 7 613 4462.


Joss Stone has entered the rich list of young musical millionaires compiled by The Sunday Times. The seventeen year old singer made it into the list, which is comprised of music millionaires under thirty, alongside such artists as Will Young, Daniel Bedingfield, Chris Martin, Craig David and The Beckhams, after amassing a cheeky £5 million since bursting onto the music scene. Dhani Harrison, son of late Beatle George Harrison, topped the list on account of his £140 million inheritance.

Judy Cramer, the producer behind ABBA musical Mama Mia was the highest new entry in the general music rich list, with a £67 million fortune. Cramer, who mortgaged her house to finance the musical which she developed with the members of ABBA, comes in at number 31. The usual suspects, Paul McCartney and Andrew Lloyd Webber were near the top of the list but coming in first for a second year is former Zomba label boss Clive Calder, whose total assets are thought to amount to £1.3 billion. Crikey.


Former Crowded House member Neil Finn headed back to Australia this week following the death of the band's former drummer Paul Hester.

Neil Finn and brother Tim were on tour in London when the news of Hester's suicide broke earlier in the week, and have interrupted the tour to return to Melbourne for the private funeral on Sunday. Some of the Finn Brothers' European shows will be rescheduled but some have been cancelled altogether. Finn paid tribute to Hester at a concert earlier this week at London's Royal Albert Hall, and fellow musicians Kevin Garant and John Clifforth are in the process of planning a memorial event of music performances and anecdotes about Hester.

Hester, who was found hanged in a tree in Elsternwick Park on Saturday afternoon, was said to have been working on solo material, but had cherished hopes of getting back together with Crowded House. According to reports the drummer had eight years of therapy for depression after leaving the group. His former long term partner and his daughters recently released a statement saying "We would like Paul to be remembered as the loving father he was, and for the way in which he celebrated life. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him."


US magazine Entertainment Weekly is to feature a new chart in expanded monthly music section Listen2This. The chart is to be provided by New York based company PromoSquad, leading practitioners in the field of song-testing, who are perfecting the art of predicting future hits.

The HitPredictor system developed by PromoSquad uses data submitted by a huge nationwide database of music fans who rate the songs before the tracks are actually released to the market, thus determining their hit potential in advance. Many major labels and artists are now using the model as an essential part of their rollout of new music, as the prediction system means the possibility of avoiding risky releases and upfront marketing costs

The HitPredictor has already predicted hundreds of hits for artists such as The Killers, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Mario. "Labels and artists continue to really pay attention and trust the way that our members rate and give feedback on their music. The jukebox is always freshly loaded with tunes from some of the hottest up and coming artists in the world," say PromoSquad, whose charts have already featured in Billboard.


PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals) have accused J.Lo and her team of putting pressure on Billboard to remove an anti-fur ad from the publication.

The advertisement, which cost the charity $5000, was directed specifically at Ms. Lopez and her penchant for fur. An open letter, in which they condemned her for the "sadistic slaughter" of rabbits, minks, foxes and chinchillas for her new clothing range, Sweetface, was accompanied by a graphic picture of a skinned animal.

PETA vice-president Lisa Lange had earlier tried without success to meet privately with J-Lo to discuss PETA's concerns, and claims that Billboard, who cancelled the advert, had "caved to pressure" from the combined clout of J-Lo's record label and her publicist, Nanci Ryder. The publicist acknowledged her role in the affair, saying: "I'm doing my job, which is protecting my client."

PETA have now declared war on the star, and have emailed the banned advert to hundreds of radio stations across the US. Whilst gloating over the declining sales of the artist's latest record, they are also planning a huge protest for the premiere of her next film.


Following more than a year in which Courtney Love seemed to spend more time appearing in court than on stage or screen, reports indicate that the singer is to star in a new biopic about legendary porn star Linda Lovelace.

According to Daily Variety, Love is attached to the new movie, which is provisionally entitled 'Lovelace' and will play the title role. Linda Lovelace (real name Linda Boreman) gained notoriety when she starred in 1972 skin flick Deep Throat, which was subsequently banned from 23 American states. She went on to become a militant feminist and anti-porn campaigner until her death in a car crash at the age of 53.

Love previously played the wife of a porn king in the 1996 film The People Vs Larry Flynt, a role for which she won critical plaudits and a golden globe nomination.


SINGLE REVIEW: Anechoic - Just Like You (Deadpop/Deltasonic)
This intriguing debut doesn't impress at first but, gradually, as its subtle melodies draw you in, it becomes clear that there's a real talent at work here. On 'Just Like You', the Leeds three piece use a backdrop of minimal electronics that quietly blip away innocuously (recalling Björk circa 'Vespertine') behind a hauntingly fragile, beautiful vocal. There's more than a touch of Elbow's sedated beauty about it, not to mention a mournfulness redolent of Radiohead at their best. The only complaint is the running time - clocking in at less than three minutes, it's devastatingly short for such luxurious melancholy. Judging by the other two songs here, the band are yet to decide on the sound that truly represents them ('Clockwork', a tender piano ballad, is simple but effective, whilst 'Be Patient Please' is a slightly aimless meander that garishly rocks out towards the end). But that may come and, with it, success too. Stranger things have happened, anyway. Captivating. MS
Released date: 14 March
Press Contact: Hungry Media


Hurrah. Having supported the likes of Doves and Brendan Benson, HAL are to undertake their own headline tour this May. The next single due for release is 'Play the Hits' on 11Apr, and will be followed by the release of their debut album on 25 Apr.

Dates as follows:
16 May: Oxford Zodiac
17 May: Leicester Charlotte
18 May: Peterborough Met Lounge
19 May: Cambridge APU
21 May: Cardiff Barfly
22 May: Wolverhampton Little Civic
23 May: Liverpool University
24 May: Edinburgh The Venue
25 May: Newcastle University
27 May: London ULU


Former Smashing Pumpkin Billy Corgan has announced details of his debut solo album, and it contains a duet with The Cure's Robert Smith, a cover of the Bee Gees 'To Love Somebody.'

The Album, 'TheFutureEmbrace' is set for release on 20 Jun, and former Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin also features on one of the tracks. Corgan, who recently wrote a volume of poetry, 'Blinking With Fists,' which reached the New York Times' best-seller list, told Rolling Stone: "It's guitar-driven and loud, but not aggressive, the videos, music and tour will be really new and different. No one will accuse me of sitting on my past. The Cure is one of my favourite bands of all time, Robert is a good friend of mine, so it's a dream come true. That song's sort of a gem that not everyone will know."

The full tracklisting for the new album is as follows:
All Things Change
Mina Loy (M.O.H.)
To Love Somebody
Now (And Then)
I'm Ready
Walking Shade
Sorrows (in blue)
Pretty, pretty STAR


Sinead O'Connor is apparently in Jamaica working on a reggae album assisted by some of Jamaica's finest musicians. The album is being produced in Kingston by Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, founders of the Taxi record label which has promoted the careers of Beenie Man, Black Uhuru and Red Dragon. Dunbar and Shakespeare are considered to make up one of the world's best rhythm sections.

That album is set for release this summer on the Sanctuary label, and will include covers of some famous protest songs, among them Bob Marley's 'war' and Burning Spear's 'Marcus Garvey.' O'Connor is also to release another album on 20 Jun called 'Collaborations' which will feature Peter Gabriel, Bono and Massive Attack.

Two years ago O'Connor claimed to have left the music business, but it later transpired that a deal with sanctuary was on the cards.


In between Pixies reunions Frank Black has come up with his first solo effort since 1996 but this time with rather a different flavour. New album 'Honeycomb', which is due out 18 Jul, is Americana tinged, and was recorded over a four-day stint in a Nashville, Tennessee.

Joining Black on the album are host of performers that include Steve Cropper, Buddy Miller, Reggie Young, Chester Thompson, Anton Fig, Billy Block, Akil Thompson, David Hood, and Spooner Oldham. Black said: "This was the only time that I have ever been in a studio and had the strange feeling that I was witnessing something spiritual. When we were recording, those guys didn't even look at each other, they closed their eyes and they meant it. I have never recorded with people who meant what they played so much."

"It was fun to have these incredible musicians poking fun at my non-Nashville chord progressions," he added "then give me a wink after a take to let me know that they approved."


Fans of one of CMU's favourites Nitin Sawhney will be able to check out sample tracks from his new album, Philtre, from 4 Apr on iTunes. The samples will be available four weeks ahead of the official release date of the album, and the first 500 customers to download the tracks will get a free limited edition three track CD of previously unreleased live songs.

Nitin will also be playing the following live dates:

3 May: Shepherds Bush Empire, London
4 May: Shepherds Bush Empire, London
5 May: The Lemongrove, Exeter
6 May: The Sage, Gateshead
7 May: Academy, Manchester
9 May: The Arches, Glasgow
10 May: Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
11 May: De Montford University, Leicester
12 May: Arts Centre, Warwick
14 May: Colston Hall, Bristol


Apparently sick and tired of reports of her being pregnant, Britney has written a posting on her website entitled 'Dear False Tabloids'. Rumours have been rife in the past couple of weeks that the pop star is with child and that her recent marriage to Kevin Federline is already on the rocks.

Spears didn't address those issues but directed comments at the tabloid press, questioning the quality of their staff. "Your employees are a reflection of your magazine," she wrote on Wednesday, "Do you, Us Weekly, In Touch, Star and other desperate magazines want employees who are honest, or those who are liars?"

She went on to say "I'm really concerned about the people you hire to work at your companies. I'd like them to ask themselves the question, `What am I lying to myself about?' Is it that you are 50 pounds overweight? Is it that your children aren't making wise decisions? Or is it maybe that your husband or boyfriend is cheating on you?" Just what being overweight or having a cheating boyfriend has to do with tabloid coverage isn't really that clear. What is clear is that she can certainly expect to see just as much tabloid speculation as ever over her private life following the outburst. Doh.

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