CMU Daily - on the inside Wednesday 10th August

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In today's CMU Daily:
- Jacko lawyer disses jurors and their books
- U2 honoured by Portugal
- Magic Numbers storm off TOTP after 'fat' remarks
- DMX faces jail after breaking plea deal
- Idol deal up for grabs
- Millionaire release new stuff
- Beck to support Stones
- Heart sign Emma B
- Lookout! boss responds to Green Day dispute
- Duran Duran live DVD on its way
- Pink Floyd DVD release
- X Factor second series
- Artists added to MTV line up
- Kate and Pete back together shocker

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CMU AT THE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL

As you all surely know, the CMU team are currently at the Edinburgh Festival at the moment publishing ThreeWeeks, the main reviews newspaper up here. Just so you're in the loop, here's the latest music reviews from the CMU/ThreeWeeks team - a joyfully eclectic selection. The listings information is in here in case any of you are in or are planning a trip to Edinburgh - fpp, by the way, means the page number of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme on which these events are listing. Wonderful. All these and stacks more Edinburgh Festival reviews can be found at our sister website - http://www.threeweeks.co.uk

The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players: Adventures in Middle America Volume II Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players Yes indeed, there are some crazy concepts for shows at the Festival. But none quite so endearing as the kooky, quirky Trachtenburg Family's Slideshow rock band. And this is no gimmick. The Trachtenburg's live and breathe what they do, and want us to believe in it too. Dad holds things together with his non-stop patter and witty asides, mom is slideshow operator and daughter Rachel keeps the music rocking on the drums. Bursting with excitement, they just can't wait to share their latest slideshow find! The audience is bemused, often confused, but always thoroughly entertained. The band's enthusiasm is visible and contagious. Go along and share in the love of this jovial family! [ljh]
Pleasance Courtyard, 3-29 Aug, 7.20pm (8.20pm), prices vary, fpp 115.
tw rating 4/5

Clann an Drumma
At first you might think they are a typical Scottish pipe band but once their music kicks in you'll find yourself tapping your feet to their highly energetic and rhythmic beats. Simply meaning "children on the drum", this Glaswegian band is made of six very talented musicians whose strong passion for traditional Scottish music is evident in their exciting thunderous beats and some of their tracks have featured in Hollywood blockbusters. The band can be found playing on the Royal Mile, Princes Street and The Mound during the daytime and at their official Festival slot in St.Giles Cathedral in the evening. Listen out for drums and go find them!! [wa]
St.Giles Cathedral, 6 - 29 Aug, 12:00pm (8:15pm). tw rating 5/5

Purcell: Dido and Aeneas
Edinburgh Symphony Baroque
The Edinburgh Symphony Baroque deliver a charismatic performance of this well known seventeenth century musical drama. The title characters love is thwarted by malevolent spirits, who send our fated hero to drown at sea. The strength of character in each performer was visible in this enthusiastic and emotive rendition, as the piece progressed inexorably toward its tragic fate, Dido and Aeneas' passion and desperation were vividly evoked by exceptional solo performances and a solid supporting chorus. The sorceress and her abominable plans unfolded with cunning. The interaction between voice and the accompanying orchestra was seamless. This was a real gem. The Edinburgh Symphony Baroque are performing other shows this festival so catch them whilst you can! [ljh]
Canongate Kirk, Aug 6, 9.00pm (10.00pm), £9.00 (£4.50), fpp 109. tw rating 5/5

Dan Mayfield - 'Live Looping'
Musical Experience
So, what is live looping? Dan plays a selection of instruments - guitar, violin, glockenspiel - bar by bar, each time recorded live and played back on a loop. Sound laid over sound builds to create a multilayered piece, often melancholy and reflective. Add a psychedelic backdrop and the effect is hypnotic. In this slightly eerie basement venue, I was starting to feel a little lost in time. Occasionally the music gave way to lamentations on the emotional state of people; is it possible to die of a broken heart? Dan's slightly otherworldly show is a place to come and lose yourself from the crowds. The pulsing melodies create a sense of calm; a musical meditation for contemplative souls. [ljh]
Sweet Ego, 5 - 14 Aug, 2:50pm (3:40pm), £6.50 (£5.50), fpp 93. tw rating 3/5

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JACKO LAWYER DISSES JURORS AND THEIR BOOKS
Michael Jackson's lawyer - the lovely Thomas Mesereau - has told reporters he is "very suspicious" of those two jurors who have been going around saying they regret acquitting Jacko of those child abuse charges. As previously reported, both Eleanor Cook and Ray Hultman plan to publish books in which they will express doubts over Jackson's innocence. Cook went on TV to plug her book and told the Rita Cosby show: "No doubt in my mind whatsoever, that boy was molested, and I also think he enjoyed to some degree being Michael Jackson's toy".

Mesereau has criticised both Cook and Hultman for their recent remarks, but added: "The bottom line is it makes no difference what they're saying. Twelve people deliberated and out of that process justice is supposed to result. Now, two months later, these jurors are changing their tunes. They clearly like being on TV."

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U2 HONOURED BY PORTUGAL
U2 are to receive one of Portugal's highest honours, the Order Of Liberty, in recognition of their humanitarian efforts. President Jorge Sampaio will present the award to the band before their concert in Lisbon on Sunday that marks the end of the European leg of U2's world tour. A presidential spokesperson said "Over the past 25 years the band has allied its public exposure to the defence of human rights."

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MAGIC NUMBERS STORM OFF TOTP AFTER 'FAT' REMARKS
The Magic Numbers have stormed off stage at a Top of the Pops rehearsal because they thought presenter Richard Bacon had said something derogatory about their weight. What Bacon said when introducing the band was: "What do you get when you put two brothers and sisters in a band? A big fat melting pot of talent". Bacon and the Beeb swear blind that the use of 'fat' was used to describe the size of the band's current success, and not the size of their bodies, but the band weren't convinced.

A spokesman for the BBC told reporters last night: "It was a figure of speech referring to the band's status. It was absolutely in no way referring to the appearance of any of the band members".

But the band told reporters: "Due to derogatory, unfunny remarks made during the guest presenter's introduction to our performance, we felt we had to make a stand and leave. It was an important day for us and should have been special. We didn't take this decision lightly but stand by it."

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DMX FACES JAIL AFTER BREAKING PLEA DEAL
Mr DMX faces up to a year in jail after being charged with violating the terms of a plea deal. The plea deal related to that bizarre incident back in Jun 2004 when the rapper crashed into a gate at a New York airport. He was given a conditional discharge, the conditions of which he has subsequently broken on two occasions by being involved in 'motor incidents' - on one occasion he was caught speeding, on another he was arrested on suspicion of driving with a suspended licence after carelessly crashing into a police car in New York. All of that has led to the new violation charge. The rapper will now appear in court on 11 Oct, after which he could find himself in the slammer for up to twelve months. Though judging by the number of jailed rappers currently releasing records, that might be a very good career move.

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IDOL DEAL UP FOR GRABS
Word is that SonyBMG's exclusive deal with the Pop Idol franchise is up, and Simon Fuller is currently shopping round for a new partner.

BMG have been involved in Fuller's 'Idol' franchise in both the UK and US from the start - they commit to release the debut albums of all Idol winners, and have the option to sign up other finalists too. And while that deal means getting lumbered with a Michelle McManus album, it also gets BMG Kelly Clarkson's two multi-million selling albums, similarly big sellers from Will Young, Clay Aiken, Ruben Studdard and Fantasia and, of course, the future back catalogue revenues which will surely be earned on Gareth Gates' legendary cover of 'Unchained Melody'.

All of which means Fuller will looking for big bucks for the next Idol partnership. Whether SonyBMG will be able to meet his demands remains to be seen. A lot will depend on whether or not the other majors see Idol as a TV format past its best - if not, a bidding war might ensue, which will test both SonyBMG's commitment to their Fuller partnership, and the depth on their cash reserved.

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MILLIONAIRE RELEASE NEW STUFF
Millionaire are to release a new album 'Paradisiac' on 26 Sep, preceded by a single release 'I'm On A High' on 12 Sep. To mark the single release they will appear at The Barfly in Camden on 12 Sep.

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BECK TO SUPPORT STONES
Beck is the latest artist to be confirmed as a support act for the Rolling Stones on their North American tour. As previously reported, other confirmed support will come from Joss Stone and Metallica.

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HEART SIGN EMMA B
After the phenomenal success of Jamie Theakston's new breakfast show (250,000 listeners down and counting), Chrysalis' Heart 106.2 has snapped up another Radio 1 alumni, though this time it's the lovely Emma B, so this one might just work out. Emma will fill in for Theakston's co-presenter Harriet Scott when she is on holiday, as well as hosting "a variety of weekend shows".

Confirming the signing, Heart programming boss Mark Browning told reporters that Emma B was "one of the UK's most credible radio presenters", adding that "her upbeat and an engaging style further strengthen Heart's 30-something on-air team".

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LOOKOUT! BOSS RESPONDS TO GREEN DAY DISPUTE
The boss of US independent label Lookout! Records has been commenting on his fall-out with Green Day. As previously reported, Lookout! released Green Day's earlier albums and continued to manage the band's back catalogue after they signed to Warner. However Green Day last week announced they were ending their working relationship with Lookout! because of royalty payment disputes.

Lookout! boss Chris Applegren has admitted there were problems in making Green Day's royalty payments, and that those problems were caused by a number of bad business decisions. In an open letter to the label's fans he wrote: "Without getting into specifics it was acquiring labels, maintaining our new release schedule, signing bands while not giving enough attention to financial concerns that were not going away. Bad decisions and poor judgement came into play - most strikingly in hoping that things would all somehow magically work out, that the shortcomings in operating income and the fact that our new bands were not selling as many records as we hoped would all somehow just turn out okay on their own if we just kept working hard and doing the best job we could."

After Green Day announced they were parting company with Lookout!, Applegren had to make six of his nine staff redundant, however he was keen to stress that the downsizing was caused by the wider financial strife the company was suffering, and not just the loss of the Green Day albums from their catalogue: "The changes we looked at were not because Lookout would no longer have Green Day's first two albums but had to happen because our business was not healthy. Green Day's decision was a result of our internal problems not a cause."

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DURAN DURAN LIVE DVD ON ITS WAY
Duran Duran are to release a live DVD featuring original and now reunited lineup of Simon LeBon, Andy Taylor, John Taylor, Roger Taylor and Nick Rhodes. The special 2 disc package 'Duran Duran: Live From London' which features footage from the band's 2004 Wembley concerts will be out on 7 Nov . It features performances of some of their biggest hits, including Girls On Film, Planet Earth, Hungry Like The Wolf, Save A Prayer, A View To A Kill, Wild Boys, Ordinary World, The Reflex, Union Of The Snake and Rio.

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PINK FLOYD DVD RELEASE
More extremely interesting DVD release news. 'Pink Floyd - London 66/67' is to be released for the first time on DVD. As well as live performances it features interviews with such sixties successes as Mick Jagger, Michael Caine, David Hockney and Julie Christie.

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X FACTOR SECOND SERIES
Well, thank god for that. The X factor will be back soon, returning to our screens on 20 Aug. The format remains the same, with Cowell, Osbourne and Walsh in place, and the contestants being divided into the same three sections: 16-24, 25 and over, and groups.

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ARTISTS ADDED TO MTV LINE UP
Ludacris and Shakira have been added to the MTV Video Music Awards line up. Shakira is a nominee in the Best Female Video and Best Dance Video categories, and Ludacris is nominated for Best Rap Video and Best Special Effects awards.

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KATE AND PETE BACK TOGETHER SHOCKER
The Sun reports that Kate Moss has got back together with Pete Doherty, claiming that the couple have been spotted kissing near the model's Cotswolds cottage. One of The Sun's myriad 'sources' said: "It's been a tough few weeks for Pete. He split with Kate, sacked his manager and band and got arrested for fighting a reporter. Kate still thinks she can sort out Pete and all his problems." Ah well. She'll learn. Eventually.

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