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In today's CMU Daily:
- Retired officer makes Suge Knight allegations in Biggie case
- Muddy festival goers make their way home
- U2 bring festival atmosphere to Dublin
- Mud free Wireless launches
- McCartney and Heather miscarriage rumours
- 1xtra announce new signings and schedule revamp
- Chart update
- Clor tour dates
- More Live 8 hyde park tickets due to be issued today
- Stooges re-masters set for release
- Violent Femmes release best of
- BRMC reveal new album track list
- Ringtone business continues to grow
- Talkin Loud 12" reissues bonanza
- Changes to Bulldog Bash line up
- European retailers put pressure on labels over digital exclusives
- Darkness boys to join Queen on stage
- Student Radio Chart Of Summer Term 2005
- Madonna amazed by trend for Kabbalah
- Fatboy and Zoe to renew vows
- Britney Spears to pose naked
- Church blackmailed over pictures



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A retired police detective has told the court hearing into the murder of the Notorious BIG (aka Biggie Smalls) that a prisoner who had been in jail with Deathrow Records founder Marion 'Suge' Knight had been told by the hip hop mogul that he had "had the late rapper killed".

As previously reported, the US courts are hearing a 'wrongful death' action brought against the LA police by the family of the Notorious BIG, real name Christopher Wallace. The Wallace family claim the LA police failed to stop their officers from moonlighting as security guards for hip hop moguls with gangland connections. That meant that when Wallace was murdered the police force was not in a position to investigate the crime without bias. One theory, of course, is that a former LAPD officer - David Mack - arranged for a former room mate to shoot Wallace at the bequest of Knight, in retaliation for the murder six months earlier of Death Row artist Tupac Shakur, which the Death Row clan reckoned was undertaken by associates of rival hip hop company Bad Boy Entertainment, who counted Wallace among their roster of rappers.

Fred Miller, who retired from the LA police in 1999, said he had spent some time investigating Wallace's murder. He told the court he had once interviewed one Mario Ha'mmond, a former cellmate of Knight's at a San Luis Obispo prison. Miller: "I was rather shocked at what he told me. He told me he had spoken with an individual named Suge Knight and that Knight told him that he had had Biggie Smalls murdered." Miller added that that alleged confession coupled with gunshot residue found inside Mr Knight's Chevrolet sedan and a series of calls between Death Row associates in the two hours before the killing all linked the hip hop mogul to the murder.

However Knight has never been named as an official suspect in the Notorious BIG killing. Miller said he could never come up with a concrete connection between Knight and the man alleged to have shot the rapper - Amir Muhammad. Those allegations regarding David Mack might provide that link. Muhammad was Mack's former room mates and, Wallace's family are trying to prove, Mack has existing links with both Death Row Records and Knight. After the murder, the family claim, the LA police tried to cover up for Mack, hiding the crucial connection required to solve the case.


So the Glastonbury Festival is over for another year and thousands of music fans are facing that tricky challenge of getting their cars out of the swamp they parked it in, and then the always-longer-that-you-remember-it drive home. Just as soon as we track down the CMU reviewers who were there (we're assuming they weren't washed away - well, actually, one of them just phoned in, so we know they survived) we'll bring you their review.

In the end the weather wasn't so bad, but that rather large storm that landed on Worthy Farm on Friday morning not only knocked out the BBC's transmitters for a few hours, it also ensured the festival that followed was one of the muddiest yet. But the music fans there seemed to enjoy the proceedings nevertheless, even if they were returning to a mud covered water filled tent at the end of the day.

Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis didn't seem too bothered by the mud: "Two inches on Friday morning was a bit of nightmare as you can imagine but the greatest thing is that it hasn't rained since - it's been fantastic. If you have wellies on it doesn't make any difference with the mud. It does stimulate the character a little bit as a kind of fun factor rather than boring continuous hot sun which makes people lethargic."

That said, he admitted that the storm made it "very difficult for the crew - especially for the electricians. They started here about 35 years ago and they're so good at their job they're been in Afghanistan and are going to Iraq supplying electricity from what they've learnt here. It's a fantastic training ground for crisis."

Looking ahead to the next Glastonbury (which will be in 2007 of course, 2006 being a year off, which the farm is going to need after this year's mudfest), and Eavis said he wouldn't be going out of his way to secure U2, one of the bands he had hoped to get to headline 2005. The NME quote the Glastonbury man as saying: "I'm not doing the U2 thing again. They've got to phone me now, I can tell you that. A lot of these new bands are creeping up fast. The best bands of this year have been Kaiser Chiefs, Razorlight, Bloc Party and there are so many of them out there who are racing up the scale. One of those are going to be headlining eventually. There's plenty of new stuff to choose from. If U2 give me a ring I'd be delighted - but I'm not going to ring them anymore."


Not that U2 would have been bothering too much about Eavis' comments this weekend, they being too busy entertaining 250,000 Dubliners in something of a triumphant homecoming. They played three sold-out dates at the city's Croke Park and created such a buzz in the city that a local tourism chief compared the gigs with a papal visit. Frank McGee, head of Dublin Tourism, told reporters: "For the first time in some years Dublin hotels are fully booked out this weekend. From a tourism viewpoint the publicity generated by U2 playing in their own town is phenomenal. It's not as big as a Papal visit but it's the next biggest thing."


Away from the Somerset mud, one of the UK's newest festivals kicked off on Friday too - Clear Channel's Wireless festival, which is taking place over four days in Hyde Park. 20,000 gig goers a day saw the likes of New Order, Basement Jaxx, Moby and a host of newer artists play on four stages on Friday and Saturday - and with very little mud to contend with. The remaining two days of Wireless take place this week on Wednesday and Thursday, when Keane and Kasabian will be headlining the proceedings.

Commenting on the launch of the new festival event, Clear Channel's Festival Director Stuart Galbraith told CMU: "We are obviously delighted with the success of the first O2 Music Wireless Festival. Over 20,000 music fans per day enjoyed dozens of great bands, decent weather and a complete festival experience right in the heart of the capital. No-one got stuck in traffic jams, no-one's tent got washed away and everybody got to go home on public transport to sleep in their own beds. Having seen the shocking pictures from Glastonbury all I can say is, I'm desperately sorry for all the people who got caught up in the events and I'm glad I was here!"

More info on the remaining Wireless Festival events are at


The People have reported that Paul McCartney and wife Heather are devastated by a miscarriage that Heather suffered a few months into a recent pregnancy. The tabloid claims that a source close to the couple said "They had set their sights on celebrating the birth of their second child later this year. But the miscarriage has come as a terrible blow to them. But Heather is telling friends she will try for another child."

The paper reports that Heather, who has in the past spoken publicly about the fact that she has suffered miscarriages on several occasions, visited the Viveka clinic in St John's Wood earlier this year, the same ante-natal clinic she attended whilst expecting daughter Beatrice. A family friend apparently said "She told several people that she was expecting another child. She felt relaxed at the Viveka Clinic because she'd gone through her first pregnancy there."

Another 'friend' was quoted as saying "Heather was down at first. But she is a very brave person and she hasn't given up hope of falling pregnant again despite everything. She's been out with her girl friends quite a lot over the last few months. Paul is there to support her too. They'll both pull through from their upset."

A spokeswoman for Heather dismissed the claims however, and said: "It's not true. There were rumours earlier this year that Heather was pregnant, but they were never confirmed. There was no miscarriage. She would like another child but are both happy and contented with their lives."

In related news, The People also reports that Paul McCartney is to join forces with U2 at the Live 8 concert next weekend. They quote Bob Geldof as saying "It will start with U2 and Paul McCartney in Sergeant Pepper costumes. They will open with 'It was 20 years ago today' which refers to Live Aid 20 years ago."


The BBC's urban music station, 1Xtra, has announced a bunch of new signings and a revised on-air schedule.

Schedule changes include a new show for former Drive Time presenter Nesha who will take over lunchtime. The drive time co-host will join Charlene White in hosting the station's news strand, TX Unlimited. Sony Gold winning Ace & Invisible move from lunchtimes to drive time.

New singings include Nottingham based DJ Mistajam who will be hosting a new hip hop show on Thursday night / Friday morning. 17 year old Ayesha will be taking on Saturday breakfast, just two years after she did some work experience at the station. And finally Alex Jordan, who has worked as a broadcaster for Barbados radio station Yess FM, will takes over the International Sounds of Soca show.

Commenting on the new schedule and new signings, 1Xtra programmes Editor Willber Willberforce told CMU: "The new schedule is the strongest to date with a line up of talent who are both passionate about music and more importantly relevant to today's black music fans. I am delighted to welcome three new signings to the station, they have a lot of talent and I look forward to watching them grow as broadcasters. As the station evolves and the audience tastes transforms, we strive to deliver a fresh offering with mass appeal."


Somewhat aptly given the fact the Notorious BIG court case kicked off last week, Tupac Shakur is back at the top of the UK singles charts this week. Tupac has continued to have a prolific career despite being murdered in 1996, six months before Biggie Smalls. He is back at the top of the charts with 'Ghetto Gospel', a track put together by Eminem taking a Tupac rap and adding some vocals from Elton John.

That in itself is good news, but more so because it ends the reign of the Crazy Frog at the top of the chart. Phew. Of course the ringtone record is still the second best selling single of the week, but at least it's not top. New entries this week come from Bobby Valentino at 4 with 'Slow Down', MVP at 5 with 'Roc Ya Body', Missy Elliot at 7 with 'Lose Control', Hard Fi at 9 with 'hard To Beat', 50 Cent at 10 with 'Just A Lil Bit', Stereophonics at 13 with 'Superman', Bizarre at 18 with 'Rockstar', The Subways at 22 with 'Rock & Roll Queen', Damien Rice and Lisa Hannigan at 24 with 'Unplayed Piano', Erasure at 25 with 'Here I Go Impossible Again' and Gavin Degraw at 38 with 'I Don't Want To Be'.

Albums wise, and the dullest band in pop are still top, but let's not worry about that, because the lovely James Blunt gets the highest new entry at 2 with 'Back To Bedlam'. Hurrah. Other new entries come from Jamiroquai at 3 with 'Dynamite', Tupac at 25 with 'Loyal To The Game', a Sam Cooke best of at 26 and The Ordinary Boys with their limited edition CD/DVD release 'Brassbound' at 31. Plus there's a load of re-entries too, which suggests there's a big sale on somewhere on the high street (and a better sale than the one at my local Sainsburys where the sign reads '90% off all CDs', and in the rack beneath it? Loads of copies of Band Aid 20 'Do They Know It's Christmas').


Clor are to play a series of live dates next month, supported by Envelopes and The Young Knives. Dates as follows:

13 Jul: Glasgow, King Tuts
14 Jul: Manchester, The Road House
17 Jul: Leicester, The Charlotte
19 Jul: Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
20 Jul: Nottingham, The Social


Details of how you can get your hands on those extra 55,000 Hyde Park tickets for this weekend's Live 8 will be announced later today. As previously reported, the new tickets will get you into the Park, though not the main stage area - you will be able to watch the action on giant screens.

Organisers are urging anyone who doesn't have either one of these new tickets or one of the original 150,000 main stage tickets to stage away from Hyde Park on the big day. A spokesman for Live 8 told reporters: "If you don't have tickets don't come to Hyde Park; go to one of the other screens around the country or better yet get up to Edinburgh and make your voice heard

Elsewhere in Live 8 news, organisers have revealed details of the Tokyo concert. Bjork, Good Charlotte and McFly are among the international acts who will take part in the Japanese bit of the pre-G8 protest-fest.


Re-mastered collector's editions of two Stooges albums are to be released this Aug. 'The Stooges' and 'Fun House' deluxe editions will feature previously unreleased bonus tracks and rarities as well as the re-mastered tracks from the original LPs. The tracklistings follow:

The Stooges (Deluxe Edition)

I Wanna Be Your Dog
We Will Fall
No Fun
Real Cool Time
Not Right
Little Doll
No Fun (Original John Cale Mix)*
1969 (Original John Cale Mix)*
I Wanna Be Your Dog (Original John Cale Mix)*
Little Doll (Original John Cale Mix)*
1969 (Alternate Vocal)*
I Wanna Be Your Dog (Alternate Vocal)*
Not Right (Alternate Vocal)*
Real Cool Time (Alternate Mix)*
Ann (Including The Dance Of Romance)*
No Fun (Full Version)*
* not previously issued

Fun House (Deluxe Edition)

Down On The Street
T.V. Eye
Fun House
L.A. Blues
T.V. Eye (Takes 7 & 8)
Loose (Demo)
Loose (Take 2)
Loose (Take 22)
Lost In The Future (Take 1)
Down On The Street (Take 1)
Down On The Street (Take 8)
Dirt (Take 4)
Slide (Slidin' The Blues) (Take 1)
1970 (Take 3)
Fun House (Take 2)
Fun House (Take 3)
Down On The Street


And talking of bands re-releasing old tunes, Violent Femmes are to release a new best of collection next month. 'The Very Best Of Violent Femmes' will be released on 11 Jul. The tracklisting is as follows:

Gimme the Car
Blister in the Sun
Gone Daddy Gone
Kiss Off
Add It Up
Black Girls
Jesus Walking on the Water
Children of the Revolution
I Held Her in My Arms
American Music
Breakin' Up
Color Me Once
I Danced
Country Death Song
Freak Magnet


Yet more tracklisting news, but this time the songs are new. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club has revealed the contents of the band's third album 'Howl' which is set for release on 22 Aug. And the tracklisting goes:

Shuffle Your Feet
Devil's Waitin
Ain't No Easy Way
Still Suspicion Holds You Tight
Fault Line
Weight of the World
Restless Sinner
Gospel Song
Complicated Situation
Sympathetic Noose
The Line


The ringtone business continues to grow year on year. A new report from US market research firm Consect shows that ringtones are now worth $300 million a year in America, and $4 billion a year worldwide. Given that current estimates say the music business is worth $32 billion annually, mobile ringtones are becoming a seriously important revenue stream for the music industry - especially now that the growth in 'real tones' means that the record labels as well as the music publishers are benefiting from the phenomenon.

Many in the industry now hope that the success of ringtone sales can be replicated with other mobile music gimmicks, further expanding the income record labels and music publishers can expect from the mobile industry. And word is that those who resent the powerful position Apple have built for themselves in the legit download space are hoping that mobile phones rather than iPods will become the digital music player of choice, giving the music industry to regain some control of the digital music place (assuming, of course, the telephone companies will let them). Those of that opinion are pointing out that, despite the huge success of iTunes, the global sales of ringtones generated eight times that of the Apple download platform in the last year.

All of which means that senior record label execs are keen to talk up the long term future of mobile music. SonyBMG's Thomas Hesse told Reuters recently: "This is not a fad that will go away in the next year or so. Ultimately we believe the phone will be the player of choice for mobile music".


Thirteen classic vinyl releases from the once great Talkin Loud records, the imprint run for much of the nineties by the massive Gilles Peterson, are set to be reissued. The reissues run thus:

Side 1: Les Fleur (Album Version) & Hold It Down (Bugz In The Attic's Co-Operative Mix)
Side 2: 9 By 9 (King Britt's Funky Mix) & Hold It Down (Osunlade's Diaspora Remix)

Side 1: Long Time Gone (Extended Mix) & Twyford Down
Side 2: Stoned Again & Six Sharp Fists

Side 1: Prince Of Peace (12" Mix) & Power And Glory (Dirty Clav Instrumental)
Side 2: Skunk Funk & 57th Minute Of The 23rd Hour

Side 1: Always There (Original Mix) & Still A Friend Of Mine
Side 2: Nights Over Egypt & Keep The Fires Burning

Side 1: Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing & Out Of The Storm (Carl Craig Remix)
Side 2: Don't You Worry 'bout a thing (Frankie Foncett mix) & I Can See The Future (Ski's Instrumental)

Side 1: I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun & It's Alright, I Feel It! (MAW Alternative 12")
Side 2: Runaway - Armand Van Helden's Mongoloids In Space Mix (Rascal Edit) & Sweet Tears

Side 1: There's Nothing Like This, Music & Who Chooses The Seasons (duet Carleen Anderson)
Side 2: It Don't Mean A Thing & Use Me (Acapella)

Side 1: Watching Windows (DJ Die Remix)
Side 2: New Forms (Krust's Wide Screen Version)

Side 1: Share The Fall (Full Vocal Mix)
Side 2: Trust Me

Side 1: Brown Paper Bag (Original)
Side 2: Brown Paper Bag (Photek Remix)

Side 1: Apparently Nothin' (Original 12" A Side) & Young Disciples Theme
Side 2: Apparently Nothin' (Large Professor Rap Mix) & Get Yourself Together

Side 1: All I Have In Me (Young Ideas Mix) & Move On - Soul Pride Mix
Side 2: Apparently Nothin' (Soul River) & Move On (Lynch Mob Beats)

Side 1: Listen feat MC Solar (12 mix) & Spiritual Love
Side 2: Hide & Seek & Brother (Earthling Bonus Beats)

Press info on them all from PPR.


There's been a change of lineup over at Bulldog Bash - the festival set up and run by bikers for bikers. Hell Is For Heroes, Towers Of London and Flogging Molly were originally announced as being on the bill, but will no longer be playing. New acts have been added to replace them though, and the line up now includes Inme, Tokyo Dragons and Smother. Full list and timings follow:

12 Aug:

The Datsuns: 9.45 - 11.00pm
Therapy: 8.15 - 915pm
Inme: 7.00 - 745pm
Winnebago Deal: 6.00 - 6.30pm
Hurricane Party: 5.00 - 5.30pm
Lord Bishop: 4.00 - 4.30pm
Rich Dickinson's Driving Force: 3.00 - 3.30pm

13 Aug:

Terrorvision: 9.45 - 11.00pm
Alabama 3: 8.15 - 9.15
Queen Adreena: 7.00 - 7.45pm
Casbah Club: 5.45 - 6.30pm
Tokyo Dragons: 4.45 - 5.15pm
The*Ga*Ga*s: 3.45 - 4.15pm
Smother: 2.45 - 3.15pm

The event takes place at the Shakespeare County Raceway near Stratford upon Avon. More info from


A pan-European music retail organisation has called on the record labels to end their pre-release exclusives with download platforms. GERA-Europe, which represents the interests of several major entertainment retailers, told a recent meeting of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry that digital outlets account for just 3% of total music sales, and that it was therefore unfair to give them the advantage of being able to sell major releases before they are on sale on the high street. Of particular concern was EMI's deal with iTunes which saw Coldplay's single 'Speed Of Sound' available via the Apple platform weeks before it reached record shops.

The record labels are in a tricky position. While GERA-Europe is right that the digital music sector is tiny at the moment, the labels see iTunes et al as the major retailers of the future, and are therefore keen to develop successful partnerships with them now. But they need to maintain good relations with the high street retailers too, who still control access to the majority of music buyers. It remains to be seen how far the retailers will go to force the record labels' hands. As previously reported, in North America HMV has been known to boycott the sale of albums by certain artists when their labels or management have negotiated exclusivity deals with smaller music retailers - a couple of years ago they took all Rolling Stones products off their shelves when the band did an exclusivity deal with Best Buy, and more recently they have been boycotting Alanis Morrisette after Warner Music did an exclusivity deal with Starbucks over the release of the acoustic version of 'Jagged Little Pill'.


Roger Taylor has told Radio 2 that Justin and Dan Hawkins of The Darkness are to join Queen on stage at their Hyde Park concert on 8 Jul. The Queen drummer told interviewer Stuart Maconi "Justin and Dan from The Darkness are hopefully gonna come down and do a little something with us, so I'm looking forward to that. We're working out what it's gonna be."

Brian May also said that Tony Blair, who is apparently a fan of new Queen frontman/ex-Free singer Paul Rodgers, was "pestering us every minute" during the recent series of live dates, saying "We couldn't get rid of him on the last tour". Which must be a joke. I mean, Mr Blair is busy running the country, isn't he? Hmm. Perhaps not.


1. Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc (EMI/Parlophone)
2. The Coral - In the Morning (SonyBMG/Deltasonic)
3. Oasis - Lyla (Big Brother)
4. Coldplay - Speed of Sound (EMI/Parlophone)
5. Audio Bullys - Shot You Down (EMI/Source)
6. Kaiser Chiefs - Everyday I Love You Less (B-unique)
7. Hot Hot Heat - Goodnight Goodnight (Warner)
8. Caesars - Jerk It Out (EMI/Virgin)
9. The White Stripes - Blue Orchid (Beggars/XL)
10. Razorlight - Somewhere Else (Universal/Vertigo)
11. The Black Eyed Peas - Don't Phunk With My Heart (Universal/Polydor)
12. Snoop Dogg - Signs (Ft. Charlie Wilson & Justin Timberlake) (Universal/Polydor)
13. The Killers - Smile Like You Mean It (Lizard King)
14. The Futureheads - Decent Days and Decent Nights (679)
15. The Magic Numbers - Forever Lost (EMI/Heavenly)
16. Weezer - Beverly Hills (Universal/Polydor)
17. Bloc Party - Banquet (Wichtia)
18. Athlete - Half Light (EMI / Parlophone)
19. Foo Fighters - Best of You (SonyBMG/RCA)
20. The Chemical Brothers - Believe (EMI/Virgin)
21. Maximo Park - Graffiti (Warp)
22. The Bravery - Fearless (Universal/Polydor)
23. Garbage - Why Do You Love Me (Warner)
24. Kings Of Leon - King of Rodeo (SonyBMG/Handmedown)
25. Doves - Snowden (EMI/Heavenly)
26. Idlewild - I Understand It (EMI/Parlophone)
27. Gwen Stefani - Hollaback Girl (Universal/Polydor)
28. Jamiroquai - Feels Like It Should (SonyBMG)
29. The Ordinary Boys - Boys Will Be Boys (B-unique)
30. Daft Punk - Robot Rock (EMI/Virgin)

The Student Radio Chart, compiled by the Student Radio Association, returns in Sep.


Madonna says that she's amazed by the celebrity uptake of Kabbalah, and insists that she got there first. Oh, and that it's a serious commitment for her, obviously.

The singer has come up against criticism for practising the religion, not least because of its stance that homosexuality is a curable disease, but that hasn't stopped other c'lebs getting in on the act. Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher are known to be devout followers and Britney Spears is said to have expressed an interest in the cult.

Anyway, according to Femalefirst, Madonna said "I was pregnant with my daughter and I went to this dinner party where I heard someone talk about the Kabbalah, which seemed to address questions I'd started asking. I've been studying for nine years. I know there's all this fuss about it now, celebrities and so on. When I started, there were no celebrities and I just sat at the back of the class."


FATBOY AND ZOE TO RENEW VOWS reports that Zoe Ball and Norman Cooke (aka Fatboy Slim - do I really need to tell you that?) are planning to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary by renewing their vows in Ibiza. The couple are reportedly planning a £750,000 party to celebrate. Which is quite a lot of money just for a party. When you consider that about 75 people could live on that. For a year.


Yawn. Britney is reportedly planning to 'do a Demi', and is in negotiation with Vanity Fair to pose naked for the publication just weeks before she's due to give birth. The magazine featured the naked, heavily pregnant Demi Moore on their cover back in 1991.

According to Life & Style magazine a source said: "The negotiations are in motion. Britney desperately wants to do it and knows she has to stay in good shape. Britney loves being pregnant, and she loves her new body."


Charlotte Church has been the victim of a £15,000 blackmail plot, says the Sun, after she was photographed kissing her ex boyfriend Kyle Johnson on a night out in Cardiff. Charlotte, who, as we all know, is now dating rugby star Gavin Henson, said "Someone who had taken the pictures tried to blackmail me. There was nothing in the pictures. So I told him to stuff it."

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