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In today's CMU Daily:
- Bono bigs up the late Pope
- Glasto sells out in record time
- Glade announce dates
- Blasts from the past: Jacko trial update
- Neil Young recovering after brain surgery
- Canadian industry celebrates through snowy Junos
- Oasis vid gets C4 premiere
- Osbournes pull out of Vagina Monologues
- Musictank tackle Creative Commons
- Bedroom producers get to remix ODB
- Roadrunner plan Anniversary collaborations fest
- ITV win empty Freeview slot
- Chart update
- Ben Folds galore - hurrah!
- Ana on I Love You
- Snow Patrol bassist named
- Coldplay stuff
- Papa Roach mini UK tour
- Mel C on possible collaborators
- Juno winners list



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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Well, you can always rely on Bono to provide the link between a music e-newsletter and the big topical news story of the moment. Yep, the U2 frontman has been bigging up the late Pope John Paul II following the pontiff's death this weekend. The two met through their mutual support of the campaign to convince the wealthiest nations of the world to cancel the debts of the poorest countries.

Calling John Paul II the "best frontman the Roman Catholic Church ever had", Bono said this weekend: "Without John Paul II its hard to imagine the Drop the Debt campaign succeeding as it did".


You got your Glastonbury tickets right? Or are you planning on pursuing the ultimate blag again this year?

Whatever, all 112,000 tickets for this year's Glasto have gone, sold out in just under three hours. Despite the inevitable mad panic rush for tickets as they went on sale at 9am yesterday, from what we hear the decision to shift the sale day to a Sunday and efforts to bolster the ticket booking system meant the whole thing went more or less without incident - no crashing websites or phone systems this year.

Glastonbury man Michael Eavis said the whole thing had gone "like a dream", telling reporters as the last ticket was sold: "The move to selling the tickets on Sunday was a really good idea as we have the exchanges to ourselves. Selling the tickets in the day time was much better plan and people can now go and enjoy Sunday lunch and go to work tomorrow knowing they have or haven't got a ticket."

Gigi Dryer of, who oversee the tricky task of dealing with all those music fans in such a short space of time, said this year's Glastonbury ticket sale had been a "great success", adding: "It has been the biggest and best planned exercise in live music event ticketing. Now we hope that those lucky enough to get tickets have the best festival ever."'s website received 7.5 million hits as the Glastonbury tickets went on sale, with three million phone calls, and some 200 million unsuccessful redials, logged during yesterday. This all happened on a Sunday morning of course, while all these kids weren't at church praying for the pope is anyone's guess (and assuming were all music fans, why weren't they all busy watching Popworld?).

The full Glasto line up is still to be announced though Kylie, Coldplay and the White Strips are all expected to be on the headliner list.


Talking of Glastonbury, the Glade Festival will return for its second year this summer. As the more diligent will remember, this is the stand alone organic dance festival organised by the people behind the Glade dance arena at Glasto. 15 - 17 Jul are the dates for this year's event, and already on the bill are the very fine Richie Hawtin, Carl Craig, Dreadzone, Squarepusher, Layo & Bushwacker, DJ AFX, Rennie Pilgrem, Hallucinogen, Atomic Hooligan, Hexstatic, The Bays, Son Kite, Mea Katie, DIY, System Seven, Shpongle, Youth, Aphrodite, Breakfasters, Infusion and JDS. More on all that when we get it.


Another day, another Jacko trial update. Fantastic. Big news from that department today is that Jacko's lawyers are asking Judge Rodney Melville to declare a mis-trial over allegations witnesses for the prosecution have discussed their testimony outside the courtroom - a violation of court rules. Melville has said he will consider the defence's claims this week. Few expect the defence to be successful in their mis-trial call, but that won't deter anyone given that it is probably more about implying dodgy things are happening behind the scenes on the prosecution's side rather than actually succeeding in getting a mis-trial ruling.

Back to the court case itself and Friday's court proceedings touched for the first time on the 1993 allegations against Jackson. You'll remember (surely?) that Judge Melville has given the prosecution permission to dredge up old child abuse accusations against Jacko as part of their bid to portray the singer as a serial child abuser. The 1993 case came up during a testimony from lawyer Larry Feldman, who represented Jackson's 1993 accuser Jordan Chandler, and who first advised the mother of new accuser Gavin Arvizo. He basically told the court what everyone already knew - that Jordy Chandler claimed he had been molested by Jackson when he was at his Neverland Ranch aged 13, but that the allegations were dropped after the boy and his family received an unspecified [though rumour suggests $20 million] payment from the singer. Feldman stressed that that settlement "was absolutely resolved in (the boy's) favour", presumably implying that Jackson must have had something to hide to make a payment of that kind.

Nothing particularly interesting in all that, but it was the first part of the next stage of the prosecution's case which some reckon might be the turning point in the trial. Prosecutors are expected to wheel in a stack of witnesses this week who will claim they saw Jackson in compromising positions with one of five teenage boys other than current accuser Arvizo, though only one of those boys is expected to testify himself, and some of the others have specifically denied that Jacko ever molested them in any way. Nevertheless any revelations that come forward this week should make interesting reading even if they fail to prove anything beyond reasonable doubt.

One of those five boys Jackson is accused of molesting (and one of those who denies he was molested) is one Macaulay Culkin. His father, Kit Culkin, who once stayed at the Neverland Ranch with his children, has reportedly gone on record to defend Jackson: Culkin Senior is quoted as saying: "I never saw or heard anything at all during my early days of knowing Michael to suggest that he was a paedophile. My kids never slept with Michael. I need mention this because on the [Martin] Bashir program, Michael admitted that he did sleep with children; and well he may have, but he never slept with mine. Whenever at Neverland, they always had their own quarters, as did their mother and as did I. Michael's bedroom (an enormous room with a fireplace and French doors leading out to a private garden) was almost always an open place to hang out in, as was most all of the rest of the house. My children would sit on the bed, as would I, to play cards or checkers or watch television or whatever, but then we would do so most everywhere else also. They might of occasion fall asleep there just as they might of occasion fall asleep most anywhere else, and at most any daylight hour... They'd fall asleep watching a movie at the movie theatre or playing with the toys trains in the toy trains room and there was one occasion, I well remember, when one of them was actually found asleep on the carousel! So, as I say, there was nothing in these days to suggest paedophilia."


Canadian singer songwriter Neil Young has been treated for a brain aneurysm in a New York hospital. The 59 year old star underwent the operation last Tuesday and doctors say they expect him to make a full recovery. Dr Pierre Gobin told reporters this weekend: "Mr Young was treated successfully by the minimally invasive neuroradiology team. He is now resting comfortably."

The medical treatment meant that Young had to pull out of his scheduled performance at last night's Junos, the Canadian music industry's main annual awards event. In a statement Young told reporters: "I'm really disappointed that I won't be able to make it to Winnipeg for the Junos as I had hoped. I grew up there and was really looking forward to the show as well as spending some time with my old friends and family. Thanks to my doctors, I'm feeling a lot better now so I hope I can get a rain check."

The singer's publicist said the aneurysm was discovered when Young's vision became blurred following his participation at last month's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.


Now that you've brought up the Junos, I suppose now would be a good time to say that the Canadian music industry amassed in the prairie city of Winnipeg this weekend for their annual back-slapping bash. Organisers had to clear the show as music stars arrived for the event, which was held in Winnipeg for the first time this year. The awards were handed out at two ceremonies, the majority at an industry dinner on Saturday, and the flagship gongs at a televised event on Sunday night.

Avril Lavigne was a high scorer taking the Best Artist, Best Pop Album and the Fans Choice awards, despite not being able to attend the event. Respected hip hop act K-os also scored well, taking the Single Of The Year award for 'Crabbuckit', Best Rap Recording for 'Joyful Rebellion' and video of the year.

Elsewhere during the awards weekend proceedings, rockers The Tragically Hip were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. On that accolade the band's drummer, Johnny Faythe, told Reuters: "You think of the names Neil Young, Rush and The Guess Who: it feels really great to be part of that fraternity".

There's a full list of Juno 2005 winners at the bottom of today's Daily.


The new Oasis video will get a premiere on Channel 4 tomorrow night, so make sure you're home by eleven - if you want to see it, that is. As previously reported, the single, 'Lyla', was leaked by a Polish radio station, but its official first broadcast took place this morning. It is the first release from new album 'Don't Believe The Truth' and is scheduled for release on 16 May, followed by the album itself on 30 May.
The video, which was shot in East London has the band performing in a 'rock 'n' roll circus', will be shown at 11.05PM on 6 Apr.

Noel Gallagher told NME last week that the new album is the best since debut album 'Definitely Maybe', saying "I'm more proud of this one then of any album since 'Definitely Maybe'. We stuck it out, we stuck to our guns and we pulled it off."


Well, the Osbournes run of bad luck seems to be continuing. Sharon and daughter Aimee have had to pull out (ahem) of appearing in the West End production of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues because of "unavoidable personal reasons". The pair were due to take part in the play for six weeks as of Tuesday at London's Wyndham Theatre, but apparently Aimee has been taken ill with an undisclosed condition and will be returning to Los Angeles for treatment and rest.

In a statement they apologised for letting the cast down and offered their best wishes for the production but said that "Sharon's focus now has to be on the family and, more importantly, Aimee's health," adding that they "hope everyone understands and would be very grateful for privacy at this sensitive and difficult time for them."

As reported last week, it's not been a good year for the reality stars. Last week a fire broke out at their UK home and Sharon and Ozzy were treated for smoke inhalation - that incident following hard on the heels of that £2 million robbery last Nov.


The next MusicTank Think Tank event takes place on 27 Apr and will concern itself with Creative Commons, the new (and somewhat less profitable) approach to copyright being advocated by American academics and being piloted over here.

When someone brought up Creative Commons at a MusicTank event on music royalties last year everyone got very hot under the collar arguing that those who advocate this new copyright approach are robbing young musicians of their future living, so this should be an interesting one.

There'll be an article on it all on the Always Read The Label bit of the CMU Music Network website later this month, but meantime you can book your places at the Think Thank event at


Remix competitions are very much in vogue at the moment, and the latest comes from Damon Dash's new music company. They are giving bedroom producers the chance to download the a cappella voice track of the first single release from the forthcoming posthumous album from Ol' Dirty Bastard - 'Dirty Dirty'. As always with these things, remixers are invited to remix away and to then send in their final cuts to the label where an impressive panel of judges including RZA, Dash and DJ Clark Kent will pick their favourite. The winning mix will then appear as a b-side on the single release.


Rock label Roadrunner are putting together an interesting project to celebrate the label's upcoming 25th anniversary which will feature collaborations between past and present Roadrunner stars. Artists on board for the project include Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), Paul Gray (Slipknot), Roy Mayorga (ex-Soulfly), Logan Mader (ex-Machine Head), Marcelo Dias (ex-Soulfly), Dave McClain (Machine Head), Nadja Peulen (ex-Coal Chamber) and Mike Sarkisyan (Spineshank), with Joey Jordison (Slipknot), Dino Cazares (ex-Fear Factory/Brujeria) and Robert Flynn (Machine Head) leading the proceedings by writing and producing the songs.

Talking about the project Flynn told CMU: "I am really excited about having the opportunity to be a part of this landmark event. I just got Andols (ex-Chimaira) locked in as the drummer and Mick from Slipknot on guitar, so I'm fucking stoked! Congrats to Roadrunner for lasting 25 years! We'll drink a beer or four in their honour!"

The album should get an Autumn 2005 release - more when we get it - meantime press enquiries to Roadrunner IH.


ITV have been victorious in the battle for the last remaining slot on the Freeview terrestrial digital TV network which, as previously reported, was being auctioned off by technology company and Freeview shareholder Crown Castle. ITV beat a number of other broadcasters who also bid for the slot on the successful network, other competitors are thought to have included Disney, NBC and Channels 4 and 5.

Insiders reckon ITV will use the new Freeview slot to extend the reach of its high culture service Men & Motors, one of the channels that came out of the joint venture between ITV company Granada and Sky. Confirmation on what the new service will be is expected in the next fortnight.


Well, if at the start of the year you'd said that it would be Tony Christie that would be keeping those Elvis re-releases off the top spot for three consecutive weeks I think you'd have been sectioned. But such is the power of Peter Kay and a comedy video - yep, Christie remains at the top of both the singles and albums chart this week, albeit in a week that was quite quiet on the record sales front.

Other new entries in the singles chart stack up thus: Mariah Carey at 4, Kylie at 6, Lemar at 9, Rachel Stevens at 10, Morrissey at 11, Studio B at 12, Avril Lavigne at 23, Dead 60s at 24, Hope at 25, Arcade Fire at 30, Michael Buble at 31, Estelle at 32, Do Me Bad Things at 33, Yeti at 36, Hanson at 39 and Bullet For My Valentine at 40.

Albums wise, Basement Jaxx and Stereophonics swap places behind Christie so that the former is at 2 and the latter at 3. Highest new entry comes from New Order at 5, with little else to report, with Easter sales in the high street record stores helping past hit albums work their way back up the charts.


Well, what a present to return to. Sony's Epic label today release an expanded version of Ben Folds Five's stupendous album 'Whatever And Ever Amen', this time coming complete with previously unreleased tracks and rare import b-sides. A forerunner to Mr Folds hugely anticipated new album (well, its been huge anticipated here, and that's what counts) 'Songs For Silverman', which is due out very soon. Get a copy, then get a ticket - upcoming Ben Folds live dates as follows:

31 May: Hammersmith Apollo
1 Jun: London Barbican
2 Jun: Brighton - Dome
7 Jun: Glasgow - Royal Concert Hall
10 Jun: Southampton - Guild Hall
11 Jun: Manchester - Lowry
13 Jun: Sheffield - Octagon
14 Jun: Leicester - De Montford Hall
16 Jun: Cambridge - Corn Exchange
17 Jun: Warwick - Arts Centre

Press info on the re-release album from PPR.


Scissor Sisters front woman Ana Matronic is to turn her back on the band until the end of the year, as she intends to spend the time working with I Love You, another band she fronts alongside husband Seth. The flamboyant singer has apparently expressed relief that Scissor Sisters new album is to be delayed (sob) until next year as she is keen focus on her new elecro-rock group for a while.

Ana said: "I'm in a band with my husband Seth called 'I Love You' and I'm focusing on that for most of this year. It's mainly electronic-based and quite different from Scissor Sisters."


Following that acrimonious split with bassist and founder member Mark McLelland, Snow Patrol have revealed the identity of their new bass player. The new member is Paul Wilson, formerly of Glasgow band Terra Diablo. The band also confirmed that keyboardist Tom Simpson, an occasional contributor, will now join the group on a full time basis.

In a statement the band said: "There has been much speculation about who will be joining us on the bass. Just like to say that for the most part you've all been right. Paul Wilson has joined the Patrol on bass. He is a multi-instrumentalist and will be a magnificent addition to the band and he's already been heavily involved in the new songs."

The band played their first gig with Wilson on Friday night at show to raise money for local charities in Dingle, co Kerry, preceding their US tour which starts this month.


Coldplay have been dithering over the final track listing of new album 'X&Y' as the band are unable to decide whether to include the song 'Talk' after struggling with it in the recording process.

Chris Martin told NME "What happened with the song 'Talk' is that it was all going great and then someone said 'That should be the first single' and we all just freaked out and scrapped it all. I hate choosing singles, it's so hard. We've just mixed it and it sounds great. I think we've had such pain getting to that place, I'm not sure anyone quite knows what to do with it anymore. When we heard it mixed properly, it sounded mega."

Martin also revealed the source of the album's title: "It's a cooler way of saying ying and yang. If I'd called it ying and yang we'd have been in trouble! 10% would walk away. But another 20% would come. We'd be a lot bigger in the Far East. My whole day is a mixture of optimism and pessimism in its most extreme forms. And that's what 'X&Y' is to me. It's two sides. I like the fact they're very strong letters, very clear. Very hard lines, it looks great when you write it down. And it looks great when you see the artwork. It's fucking amazing. I can say that because I didn't do it."

Coldplay are touring this summer and will appear at Glastonbury but will next be seen headlining California's Coachella Festival.


Californians Papa Roach, currently playing a 40 date US tour, have announced a few UK dates too. Super.

The dates are:
12 Jun: Donington Park Download Festival
21 Jun: Glasgow Barrowlands
22 Jun: Wolverhampton Wulfrun
23 Jun: London Astoria


Mel C has told reporters she'd love to work with Pink, but says she is too scared of her to ask. Talking about possible collaborators to Irish website Breakingnews Mel revealed she would also like to work with Gwen Stefani and Graham Coxon: "I've hung around with Gwen a bit and to work with her would be great. I'm a bit scared of Pink - she looks hard! I'd like to work with a bloke again. I'm a fan of Graham Coxon - he's a great guitarist."

Mel is busy talking to, well, everyone, promoting the release of her third album 'Beautiful Intentions' which is due out on her own label next month.



Sunday awards:
Best Single: k-os - Crabbuckit,
Fans' choice: Avril Lavigne
Best Album: Billy Talent - Billy Talent
Best Group: Billy Talent
Best New artist: Feist
Best Songwriter: Ron Sexsmith
Best Adult Alternative Album: Sarah Harmer - All Of Our Names
Best Rap Recording: k-os - Joyful Rebellion

Saturday Awards:
International Album: Green Day - American Idiot
Francophone Album: Marie-Elaine Thibert - Marie-Elaine Thibert.
Artist: Avril Lavigne.
Instrumental Album: Oscar Lopez - Mi Destino/My Destiny
Pop Album: Avril Lavigne - Under My Skin
Rock Album: Sum 41 - Chuck
New Group: Alexisonfire
Country Recording: George Canyon - One Good Friend
Alternative Album: Feist - Let It Die
Vocal Jazz Album: Diana Krall - The Girl In The Other Room
Contemporary Jazz Album: Hilario Duran Trio - New Danzon
Traditional Jazz Album: Vivid: The David Braid Sextet Live
Children's Album: Connie Kaldor - A Poodle In Paris
Classical Album, Solo Or Chamber Ensemble: Angela Hewitt - Bach: The English Suites
Classical Album, Large Ensemble Or Soloist With Large Ensemble Accompaniment: Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra - Dardanus/Le Temple De La Gloire: Music Of Jean-Phillippe Rameau, Jeanne Lamon
Classical Album, Vocal Or Choral Performance: Baroque Orchestra - Cleopatra, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Tafelmusik
Classical Composition: Istvan Anhalt - The Tents Of Abraham
Dance Recording: Wildlife With Simone Denny - All Things (Just Keep Getting Better)
R&B/Soul Recording: Keshia Chante - Keshia Chante
Reggae Recording: Sonia Collymore - WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get)
Aboriginal Recording: Taima - Taima.
Roots & Traditional Album, Solo: Jenny Whiteley - Hopetown
Roots & Traditional Album, Group: The Wailin' Jennys - 40 Days
Blues Album: Garrett Mason - I'm Just A Man
Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album: Greg Sczebel - Here To Stay
World Music Album: African Guitar Summit
Producer: Bob Rock
Recording Engineer: L. Stu Young
CD/DVD Artwork Design: Vincent Marcone, It Dreams, Jackalope
Video: K-Os - B-Boy Stance
Music DVD: Ron Mann, In Stereovision, Blue Rodeo

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