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In today's CMU Daily:
- Sony Award nominations announced
- I don't remember: Jacko trial update
- Blink and it's over
- Single Review: The Departure - Lump In My Throat
- Starbucks announce new talent project
- Queen go ahead with Rome concert
- Napster revenue estimates up
- MTV pilot online video service
- MTV awards to return to Miami
- Neil Young recovering
- Album Review: Antony And The Johnsons - I Am A Bird Now
- Oasis plan small gigs
- Line up announced for VE day celebrations
- C Murder to change moniker
- RIAA go local to step up anti-download attack
- Britney and Kevin to get real
- Sony Award nominations in full




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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Surely Xfm will have something to celebrate on 9 May when the UK radio industry gather at London's Grosvenor House Hotel for its annual back slapping bash, the Sony Awards. Assuming I can count, the station's breakfast show host Christian O'Connell is up for no less that three awards in the nominations list released yesterday - Breakfast Show Of The Year, The Entertainment Award and DJ Of The Year. Xfm itself is up for one of the Station Of The Year gongs, so well done them.

Of course bosses at Xfm's parent company, the Capital Radio Group, will probably have their fingers crossed for Christian in the latter two of those categories, surely preferring for Capital FM's flagship presenter Johnny Vaughan to take the Breakfast Show Of The Year award. Doing so would round off Vaughan's first year in the job nicely, further demonstrating Capital were right to ignore early criticism and stick with the former Big Breakfast man on their main morning programme.

The usual mix of BBC and commercial stations appear on the shortlist which is included at the bottom of today's Daily, though predictably the Beeb dominate once you move out of the music radio domain. A smattering of independent producers also get nominations, most prominently Somethin Else who surely deserve credit for getting nominated for their show The Selector which was broadcast on French Connection's in store radio station FCUK FM (albeit an in store station that was also webcast).

Commenting on the short list Tim Blackmore, chairman of the Sony Radio Academy Awards committee, told reporters: "UK Radio is going through one of its most exciting phases, as new stations and new broadcasters embrace the digital age. It's a real joy to see how these awards consistently manage to reflect the full breadth and depth of one of the world's most vibrant radio markets."

See you back here on 10 May to bitch about the predictable choices and shameful omissions from the final winners list.


To be fair to Jason Francia, facing the questions of Jackson's defence lawyer Thomas Mesereau Jr in the witness stand isn't a particularly pleasant experience, which might explain why his memory got a little bit hazy as he continued his testimony at the Michael Jackson trial yesterday. Francia, as you'll surely remember, is the son of a form housekeeper at Jackson's Neverland ranch, and he claims the singer molested him of three occasions when he was younger.

As is the case with most of the prosecution's witnesses, Mesereau concentrated on inconsistencies in Francia's past statements in a bid to convince the jury that everyone who is bad mouthing his client has been put up to it by a hasty District Attorney's office pursuing its own vendetta against Jacko.

Under questioning Francia admitted that when originally questioned by officers investigating the 1993 allegations against Jackson he denied that the singer had ever molested him. Of the allegations Francia finally made, Mesereau said: "It was only after you were pushed real hard by the sheriffs that you began to say anything like that". It was at that point the witness's memory got a bit hazy, Francia told the court he couldn't remember a lot of what was said during those interviews. To clarify Mesereau flashed a transcript of the interview before the witness and asked: "Do you remember anything you said in that interview?", to which Francia replied: "No". Poor guy.

When Jason's mother took to the witness stand she had some juicy revelations all of her own. She told the court how she used to clean to Jackson's personal quarter, how when Jackson had teenager friends over only one bed would be slept in, and how clothes from both the singer and his guests would be scattered on Jacko's bedroom floor. She also said she once saw Jackson in the shower in his personal suite with the then eight years old Wade Robson, a boy Jackson met through a dancing contest, and who appears in the videos to both 'Black Or White' and 'Heal The World'.

It remains to be seen what holes Mesereau can find in Blanca Francia's testimony as the case continues in the Californian courts.


Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker has told San Diego's Union-Tribune that he and fellow Blink-er Mark Hoppus are currently writing and recording with a brand new band, Plus 44.

There's no word on what singer/guitarist Tom Delonge is doing and still no official line on whether it is in fact all over for the band, but Barker did say that the group had dissolved, despite that earlier announcement which suggested a 'hiatus' as opposed to a 'split'.


SINGLE REVIEW: The Departure - Lump In My Throat (EMI / Parlophone)
I saw The Departure supporting The Killers last year and was already impressed, and at that stage they'd only been together for six months. The term "fast rising rockers" might have been invented for this band. They formed in January 2004, quickly signed to a major and immediately had a top 30 hit with their first single 'All Mapped Out.' On 'Lump In My Throat' The Northampton five-piece demonstrate their cool, spacious and angular guitar sound, highly indebted to the 80's post-punk now very popular thanks to Franz Ferdinand. Vocalist David Jones sounds very like his namesake David Jones AKA David Bowie and his mannered tones won't be to everyone's taste. Style-wise the Departure are sharp dressers in the Interpol mode and such attention to image may raise suspicions among some. Sound-wise they may not be innovators but this is nonetheless a splendid single. JW
Release date: 4 Apr
Press contact: Infected [all]


Starbucks' next partnership in the music world will be with Antigone Rising, a new all-female quintet signed to American label Lava. The coffee chain will sell a specially recorded album via its 4400 US stores. It is an interesting development for the coffee chain's ambitions in the music space given that its past projects have been with established artists like Ray Charles and Alanis Morrisette. If the project is successful for Antigone Rising, who will release their proper debut album later this year, Starbucks will find themselves sitting on a valuable promotion platform likely to be much sought after by record label execs.

Commenting on the project to the New York Times Starbucks entertainment head Ken Lombard confirmed he saw his company as a possible key player in the promotion of breaking artists: "You can talk to any number of label executives, and the one thing they will tell you is they are void of a quality option to break new artists".


Rock band Queen went ahead with a concert in Rome on Monday, despite pressure from local authorities to cancel out of respect for the Pope. The band are currently on tour with former Free star Paul Rodgers, who is replacing the late Freddy Mercury as vocalist.

A statement by the band said that they had consulted with local authorities on the issue but their promoter, Barley Arts, had decided to continue as planned, opening the gig with a minute's silence.

However, speaking prior to the gig, the government appointed commissioner who is overseeing Rome's arrangements for the Pontiff's funeral said that the concert would be "in very bad taste right now". The official, Guido Bertolaso, added that a request to cancel had been denied by the group. Bertolaso continued "I think that in this moment of pain and prayer, a concert should not be held in our capital - with all due respect to what others believe."

Despite this opposition, the gig at the Palalottomatica arena was well attended, following a weekend in which sporting events and cinema showings had been cancelled in deference to the Pope's death.


Advocates of the subscription model for digital downloading will be pleased to see Napster again raise their estimated revenues, this time for the quarter up to the end of Mar. The digital music company yesterday told the investment community that it expects its total revenue for the first quarter of this year to lie somewhere between $16.5 million and $17.5 million, some way ahead of the $15 million of revenues initially expected. The company points to a considerable rise in subscriptions as the reason for increasing its revenue estimates.

Napster is the major global player using the subscription model of digital downloading, although RealNetworks' Rhapsody subscription service is also big in America and should roll out globally this year. Subscription service download platforms offer users access to huge catalogues of music for a one off monthly fee - members have access to the whole catalogue as long as they maintain their subscription. This competes with the iTunes pay as you go model where people pay for every track they download, but own the track after they have done so. A major weakness of the subscription model was that it didn't extend to portable music players, but new Microsoft DRM technology means that is no longer the case - customers can download tracks from the Napster catalogue to their MP3 player providing they sync their player with their PC once a month to confirm their subscription is still valid.

Nevertheless, critics of the subscription model say the major problem remains - that it requires a considerable change in consumer mentality for music fans to opt to 'rent' a record collection rather than own it. iTunes' market leader status might suggest those critics have a point. However services like Napster argue their model offers much better value for money and point out they also offer a pay-as-you-go service offering members permanent access to their favourite tracks. The current boost in Napster's performance, coupled with the news that, between them, Napster and Real are close to securing a million US subscribers, will give those funding the subscription platforms a bit of confidence that they have backed the right horse.


Talking of all things digital, MTV in the US has unveiled the beta version of a new broadband internet service providing video content on demand online. The new service, to be called Overdrive, will offer web viewers a mix of video, news, live performances, mini-shows and, of course, music videos - and apparently its going to be "up close and personal". It sees MTV moving properly into the delivery of music video content online, something AOL, MSN and Yahoo have all been dabbling in for a while now. Needless to say MTV will hope to win competitive advantage by cross promoting the hell out of the service across its TV channels, and by making archive editions of some of its most popular shows available via the service. The beta site is at, though if like me your broadband internet connection is completely fucked this morning you'll have to just imagine what it might look like.


And talking of MTV, the music network has announced that the 2005 Video Music Awards will again take place in Miami. The big event will take place at the city's American Airlines Arena on 28 Aug.

Announcing that the awards ceremony would return to Miami for the second year running, MTV Networks President Van Toffler told reporters: "Miami radiates an energy that was clearly visible in last year's show - the arrivals by yacht, the six different stages, the countless amazing performances, and much more. The [Miami and Miami-Dade County] mayors, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors' Bureau, the local community leaders, the American Airlines Arena, and especially the South Floridian fans have made the VMAs and MTV feel at home in Miami. And the early-bird shrimp specials can't be beat."


Neil Young is out of hospital following his surgery for a brain aneurysm last week. The singer's agent, Bob Merlis, has said that Young is making excellent progress and that the 59 year old star is expected to make a full recovery. He will recuperate briefly in New York before heading to Nashville to get back into the studio.

As previously reported, the problem was discovered when Young's vision became blurred last month following an induction ceremony for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


ALBUM REVIEW: Antony And The Johnsons - I Am A Bird Now (Rough Trade)
There's been a lot of effusive praise about this second album from the intriguing Antony And The Johnsons. Before bearing witness to Antony's astonishing voice for the first time though, my very first thoughts upon taking receipt of the CD and perusing the inlay, were that the flamboyant, androgynous vocalist looks exactly like (a heavily make-up laden version of) the defeated, helmetless Darth Vader/Luke's Dad at the end of Return Of The Jedi. As for the music, the first listen doesn't overly impress. The voice (an intoxicatingly powerful Nina Simone croon, rich in both baritone and falsetto) does, but the songs don't seem to be effective as either melancholy torch song balladry (certainly they're not as majestic as the gorgeously Gallic London duo Gamine) or Keane-style piano-pop belters. Slowly, however, it draws you in, by virtue of its base emotional import if nothing else. With blues, soul and gospel influences to the fore (not to mention some exotic guest cameos - Lou Reed, Devendra Banhardt, Rufus Wainwright, er, Boy George) there's much to admire, particularly if you've ever sat in a smoky room reclining and listening to Billie Holliday, the aforementioned Ms Simone, Tindersticks or Scott Walker. It proves an enduring, demanding album, at times painfully intimate, but it rewards all the tender care you can give it. MS
Release Date: 28 Feb
Press Contact: Rough Trade IH [CP, RP, NP] Anglo [CR, RR, NR]


Oasis are to play a series of small venue gigs in a promotional tour for new album 'Don't Believe The Truth'. The band have already confirmed one date, at the Olympia in Paris on May 23. Tickets for the concert will go on sale in April.

More dates are expected to be announced shortly. A spokesman said: "This show is part of a set of yet to be announced special performances at smaller venues in the lead up to the release of 'Don't Believe The Truth'."

As previously reported, Oasis will follow a 10 date tour of North America with a UK stadium tour starting in July. The album is released on 30 May preceded by new single 'Lyla' on 16 May.


More than 15,000 people are expected to rock up to Trafalgar Square next month for a special concert designed to mark the 60th anniversary of VE Day and to replicate the jubilant events that took place on London's streets when World War II ended back in 1945 (though with fewer recent widows crying in the background). The televised concert on 8 May will include performances from Katie Melua, Will Young and Welsh classical star Katherine Jenkins, and will be accompanied by video footage of those celebrations that took over the city 60 years ago.

Commenting on her involvement in the show, Jenkins told reporters: "I'm really proud to be taking part. It's a really positive and celebratory way of making people aware of this hugely momentous event in our history. The younger generations-will realise the message behind the evening."

London mayor Ken Livingstone, one of the people behind the celebrations, added: "On 8 May 1945 thousands of Londoners, who had endured the blitz and the privations of war, created one of the greatest impromptu parties London has ever seen when they crowded into Trafalgar Square to celebrate. Sixty years on we are going to do it all over again to remember the generation that sacrificed so much to preserve our liberty."


Jailed hip-hop star C-Murder is changing his name. As previously reported, the rapper was convicted in 2003 of killing sixteen year old fan Steve Miller at a New Orleans nightclub in 2002, and is currently engaged in a series of appeals against his life sentence.

The rapper, whose real name is Corey Miller said that he is to use C Miller as his professional name from now on, because he feels that he's been misunderstood. "I am not a murderer", he said in a statement yesterday suggesting that people had misinterpreted his stage name, saying "People hear the name C-Murder and they don't realize that the name simply means that I have seen many murders in my native Calliope projects neighbourhood."


The Recording Industry Association of America is reportedly stepping up the PR bit of its litigation campaign against illegal downloaders by targeting a number of different suspected copyright violators in any one area at same time - the idea being that if a number of individuals within one region are all sued at the same time it will make the threat of legal action seem much more real for people living there. To that end seven people have been targeted in South California, following sweeps on suspected downloaders at Columbia and Princeton universities. As previously reported, the RIAA has now sued in excess of 9000 suspected downloaders.


Britney Spears has confirmed to Variety that she and husband Kevin Federline are to star in a reality show, telling the entertainment magazine that she wanted to dispel myths and rumours about her marriage thus far. This follows reports last week that the pop star had written a bit of a rant on her website against tabloid journalists for invading her privacy and telling lies about her.

The couple will host and executive produce, providing previously recorded home footage and running commentary for the show, which Federline predicts will be a 'documentation of love'. Sounds absolutely thrilling.

Britney said: "From the day that Kevin and I met, there have been constant rumours and inaccurate speculation about our lives together. I feel that last year the tabloids ran my life and I am really excited about showing my fans what really happened rather than all the stories, which have been misconstrued by journalists in the past. I am now going to be expressing my personal life through art." Yes, that's right. Art.



The Daily Music Show of the Year: Colin & Edith - BBC Radio 1, Drivetime with Lucio - Kerrang! 105.2, James Cannon - 95.8 Capital FM, Most Wanted - Virgin Radio, The Johnnie Walker Show - BBC Radio 2

The Weekly Music Show of the Year: Late Night Lisa - Classic FM, Paul Gambaccini with America's Greatest Hits - Howlett Media Productions for BBC Radio 2, Speakerbox - 107.6 Juice FM, The Selector - Somethin' Else for FCUK FM, Virgin Party Classics With Suggs - Virgin Radio

The Breakfast Show of the Year: Christian O'Connell's Breakfast Show - Xfm, Hirsty's Daily Dose - Galaxy 105, MacDonald & Maguire at Breakfast - Magic 1152, The Johnny Vaughan Breakfast Show - 95.8 Capital FM, Ugly Phil - Kerrang! 105.2 fm (West Midlands)

The Specialist Music Award: Andy Kershaw - BBC Radio 3, Charlie Gillett - BBC London 94.9, The Rishi Rich Project - Kiss 100, Westwood - Justice Entertainment for BBC Radio 1, Zane Lowe - BBC Radio 1

The Entertainment Award: Christian O'Connell's Breakfast Show - Xfm, James Cannon's Flirty at 9.30 - 95.8 Capital FM, Junior Interviews - 96.3 Radio Aire, The Bush and Troy Show - GWR FM Bristol, The Jonathan Ross Show - BBC Radio 2 & Off the Kerb Productions for Radio 2

The 'Music Special' Award: Andy Kershaw In Iran - BBC Radio 3, Hermless? A Portrait of Michael Marra - Odyssey Productions for BBC Radio Scotland, Teenage Dreams So Hard To Beat - BBC Speech & Campaigns for BBC Radio 1, The Great Rock N Roll Swindler - Smooth Operations for BBC Radio 2, The Second Summer of Love: Episode 2 - BBC News & Current Affairs for Radio 2

The DJ of the Year: Danny Baker - BBC London 94.9, Zane Lowe - BBC Radio 1, Justin Moorhouse - EMAP Performance for Key 103, Christian O'Connell - Xfm, Jo & Twiggy - Creation for 96 Trent FM

The Music Broadcaster of the Year: Ian Camfield - Xfm, Charles Hazlewood - Somethin' Else & BBC for Radio 2 & Radio 3, Steve Lamacq - BBC Radio & Music for 6 Music & Radio 2, Zane Lowe - BBC Radio 1, Sean Rafferty - BBC Radio 3

The News Programme of the Year: File on 4: A Hidden Army - BBC Radio Current Affairs (Manchester) for Radio 4, Saturday Night Fever - Radio City News for Radio City 96.7, The Worricker Programme - BBC Radio Five Live & Ten Alps Radio for Five Live, Vote Friction - Unique the production company for BBC Radio 1, Weekend Business: The Battle for Marks & Spencer - BBC Business Unit for Five Live

The News Output Award: BBC Radio Berkshire News - BBC Radio Berkshire, Mike Parr Breakfast Show - BBC Radio Newcastle, BBC Radio Ulster News - BBC Radio Current Affairs for Radio Ulster, The Beslan Seige - BBC Current Affairs & Business Programmes for BBC World Service, The Today Programme - BBC Radio News for BBC Radio 4

The News Story Award: Bigley & Boris - BBC Radio Merseyside, Maryhill Explosion - Radio Clyde for Clyde 1 & Clyde 2, The Impact Of The Madrid Bombs: Today Programme - BBC News for Radio 4, The Tsunami - BBC Radio News for Five Live, Umlazi - BBC Radio News for Five Live

The Sports Award: City Till I Die - BBC Radio York, Des Meets - BBC Radio Five Live, I Don't Know What It Is But I Love It: Rome 84 - BBC Radio Merseyside, Sportsweek - BBC Radio Five Live, The Welsh Weekender - BBC Radio Cleveland

The Speech Award: Beyond Belief: Islam and Women - BBC Religion and Ethics

for Radio 4, Life Stories: Losing Sight - BBC Radio Scotland, The Big Toe Radio Show - BBC Radio and Music Factual for BBC 7, The Food Programme - Why Don't We Eat Horse? - BBC Radio and Music Factual for Radio 4, The Stephen Nolan Show - BBC Radio Ulster

The Speech Broadcaster of the Year: Nick Ferrari - LBC 97.3, Simon Mayo - BBC Radio News for Five Live, Stephen Nolan - BBC Radio Ulster, Stephen Rhodes - BBC Three Counties Radio, Jeremy Vine - BBC Radio 2

The News Journalist of the Year: Everard Davy - BBC Radio Sheffield, Key 103 & Magic 1152 News Team - Emap Performance Programmes for Key 103 & Magic 1152, Eddie Mair (PM) - BBC Radio 4, Andy Martin (Good Morning Ulster) - BBC Radio Current Affairs for Radio Ulster, Hugh Sykes (PM & Broadcasting House) - BBC Radio 4

The Feature Award: Five Live Report: Bhopal's Toxic Tomorrows - BBC Radio Current Affairs for Five Live, It's My Story : Will He Change His Socks? - BBC Radio and Music Factual for Radio 4, Kindertotenlied - Song On The Death of Children - Falling Tree Productions for BBC Radio 3, Missing The Message - Unique the production company for BBC Radio 1, The Lockdown - Somethin' Else for BBC Radio 1

The Short Form Feature Award: Between the Ears: Project Jericho - BBC Radio and Music Factual for Radio 3, Blind Man's Beauty - BBC Radio and Music Factual for Radio 4, I Can No Longer Remain - BBC News for Radio 4, Short & Precious Lives - BBC Radio Bristol Community Unit for Radio Bristol, The Poetry Pod - BBC 7

The Information Award: Entertainment News - Unique the production company for Commercial Radio across the UK, Euronews - BBC World Current Affairs for Five Live, Five Live Money - BBC Business Unit for Five Live, Unhappy Hour - Viking FM News Team for Viking FM & Magic 1161, University Challenged - Galaxy Programming for Galaxy 105

The Drama Award: Banana Republic - BBC Radio Drama for Radio 4, Laughter In The Dark - Catherine Bailey Productions for BBC Radio 3, Stan - BBC Radio Drama for Radio 4, The Grove - Positive Impact in conjunction with Angela Heslop for BBC Radio Merseyside, The Permanent Way - Catherine Bailey Productions for BBC Radio 3

The Comedy Award: Clare In The Community - BBC Radio Entertainment for Radio 4, The 99p Challenge - Pozzitive Television for BBC Radio 4, The Complete and Utter History of the Mona Lisa - Above The Title Productions for BBC Radio 4, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Episode 3 - Above The Title Productions for BBC Radio 4, The Museum of Everything - BBC Radio Entertainment for Radio 4

The Event Award: The Big Weekend - BBC Radio Foyle, The Drive Show: D-Day Anniversary - BBC Radio Kent, The Open Golf Championship - BBC Sport for Five Live, The Ray Clark Afternoon Show: Live from Normandy - BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, The Welsh Weekender - BBC Radio Cleveland

The Interactive Radio Award: Eddie Nestor On Sunday - BBC London 94.9, Groundswell - BBC Radio Nottingham, The Jon Gaunt Show - BBC WM, The Stephen Nolan Show - BBC Radio Ulster, Three Counties Breakfast - BBC Three Counties Radio

The Competition Award: Christian O'Connell's Rock School - Xfm, The BBC Radio 4 Food & Farming Awards - BBC Radio and Music Factual for Radio 4, The Game - Galaxy 105 & 106, The Real Radio Fugitive - Real Radio for Real Radio (Yorkshire, Wales & Scotland), Viva Virgin Las Vegas - Virgin Radio

The Community Award: Babe's Big Appeal - BBC Radio Bristol Community Unit for Radio Bristol, Mark and Jo's 'Bring A Bra To Work' - 97.2 Beacon FM (The West Midlands), Oxford Rd: The Story - BBC Radio Berkshire, Safer Sex In The City Campaign - Key 103, The Stephen Nolan Show - BBC Radio Ulster Factual for Radio Ulster

The Station Sound Award: BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio Suffolk, Kerrang! Radio, Kiss 100, talkSPORT

The Promo Award: A77 Campaign - West Sound Commercial Production for West FM, West Sound & SouthWest Sound FM, BBC London Sport - BBC London 94.9, Closer To The Boro - BBC Radio Cleveland, Euro 2004 - Fresh Air Production & BBC for BBC Local & Network Radio, FCUK FM - Somethin' Else & Delicious Digital for FCUK FM

The Station Programmer of the Year: Ric Blaxill - BBC 6 Music, Richard Maddock - Radio City 96.7, Bob Shennan - BBC Radio Five Live

Station of the Year (Under 300,000): 102.5 Radio Pembrokeshire, BBC Radio Foyle, Isle of Wight Radio

Station of the Year (300,000 -1 million): 105.4 Leicester Sound, BBC Three Counties Radio, Trax FM

Station of the Year (1 million plus): BBC Radio Ulster, Radio City 96.7, Xfm

Station of the Year (UK): BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, Classic FM

Station of the Year (Digital Terrestrial): BBC 6 Music, BBC 7, Capital Disney

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