CMU Daily - on the inside Friday 12th August

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In today's CMU Daily:
- Stones may face backlash in US
- McCready in trouble over parole violation
- Love back in court over probation violation allegations
- Green Day announce next single
- Radio2XS hope to get back on air soon
- 75k X Factor wannabes line up
- Former Stereo Cable to present Kerrang! Awards
- CBGB rescued - for now
- Bloodhound Gang tour dates
- Depeche Mode new single
- KT Tunstall in the park and in the Apple store
- Spiteri quite happy to get old
- EMI launch website for Now format
- Charlotte spends too much money
- Doherty buys lingerie shocker

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CMU FRIDAY TIPS

VIGSY'S FESTIVAL TIP: Jazz Café Picnic at Marble Hill
I had a corker at the last one of these at Kenwood House so I'll be glad to tip this one, despite the slightly weaker line up. The basic idea is this - take a picnic in the grounds of a London stately home and enjoy some fine music while you work your way through your own booze and tucker. Line up wise, this time round Royksopp and Morcheeba will be doing their thing alongside Ninja Tune hard hitters The Herbaliser, the Quantic Soul Orchestra (who allegedly feature Alice Russell) and hip hopster K-OS. Oh yes, and Acoustic Ladyland will be there doing a punk rock jazz ting. Let's hope the sun shines, and tickets can be bought on the door. There's an onsite bar if you don't fancy lugging the wicker hamper down.

Sun 14 Aug, Marble Hill, Riverside, Twickenham, TW1 2NL, doors 1.30pm, £32-£40, info at www.meanfiddler.com, press info from Spring PR

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STONES MAY FACE BACKLASH IN US
Some in the US are predicting a backlash against the Rolling Stones' upcoming album release and tour after the initial reaction to a reportedly anti-George W Bush track.

The track, called 'Sweet Neocon', appears on new album 'A Bigger Bang' and includes the lyrics: "You call yourself a Christian, I call you a hypocrite / You call yourself a patriot. Well, I think you're full of sh*t / It's liberty for all, democracy's our style / Unless you are against us, then it's prison without trial / How come you're so wrong, my sweet neo-con."

Conservative bloggers in the US are already slating the band for the track, with some calling for boycotts of their music and concerts, and others demanding that the National Football League and ABC scrap a deal with the band which will see the Stones featuring on every edition of the TV network's 'Monday Night Football' show.

Mick Jagger stands by the song, but was perhaps hoping to reduce the controversy when he said that the track wasn't specifically aimed at Bush. The Associated Press quote him as saying: "It's not personally aimed at President Bush. It wouldn't be called 'Sweet Neocon' if it was. It is certainly very critical of certain policies of the administration, but so what? Lots of people are critical". However, he does recognise that the song is somewhat controversial - telling Newsweek: "I think he's [Keith Richards] a bit worried because he lives in the US. But I don't."

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MCCREADY IN TROUBLE OVER PAROLE VIOLATION
Mindy McCready is in trouble again; an arrest warrant has been issued for the singer, after she apparently skipped meetings with her probation officer. It's a second parole violation for McCready, and authorities say this latest infraction could lead to jail time. She also faces charges of identity theft in Arizona.

As previously reported, McCready, most famous for her hit 'Guys Do It All The Time', is on probation due to an admission last year that she had fraudulently purchased prescription drugs. Last month she was admitted to hospital after apparently taking an overdose and being found unconscious in a hotel lobby.

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LOVE BACK IN COURT OVER PROBATION VIOLATION ALLEGATIONS
Staying with the pop courts, and Courtney Love has been ordered to appear before a judge again later this month to face allegations she violated her probation by being under the influence of a 'controlled substance'.

I'm not sure which of Love's many probation agreements this one specifically relates to, but an LA judge has issued a bench warrant for the singer's arrest over the new drug allegations, and Love is now due to appear in court on 19 Aug, though the actual allegations are likely to be considered by judges at a later date.

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GREEN DAY ANNOUNCE NEXT SINGLE
Green Day have announced they are to release 'Jesus Of Suburbia' as their next single, and it will be accompanied by an epic video promo featuring an appearance by Billy Elliot star Jamie Bell (he's done other stuff since then of course, but he may never live it down). The promo's director, Samuel Bayer says this is his last music video. He told MTV: "I can't think of a better way to end my video career. It's going to be the most literal translation of the record. It's going to be very raw like the film, Kids. We're using real kids from LA and California. It's a sad song about loss and heart break".

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RADIO2XS HOPE TO GET BACK ON AIR SOON
Internet radio station Radio2XS are hopeful they can return to the air very soon after over 400 emails backing the webcaster in its ongoing wranglings with the UK royalty bodies.

The online station which specialises in championing new music talent had to turn off its webcasts at the start of the month because the station had failed to reach an agreement with PPL, the royalty organisation that represents the major record labels. Radio2xs are not the first new media company to run into problems with a copyright organisation - the royalty bodies seemingly even worse than the major record companies they represent when it comes to understanding and adapting to the new media age.

Though, to be fair to PPL, we hear negotiations continue and Radio2XS are now hopeful they will be back on air online very soon. Details of how you can support their efforts are online at http://www.radio2xs.com.

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75K X FACTOR WANNABES LINE UP
Over 75,000 people have auditioned for the next series of Simon Cowell's pop reality thing X Factor, with Cowell once again joined by Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne in a bid to pick out the stars of the future. Commenting on the number and determination of the wannabes auditioning for the show, X Factor presenter Kate Thornton told Smash Hits: "One guy re-scheduled his mum's funeral so he could make the audition and another turned up straight from hospital with the drip still in him arm!" X Factor starts to air on ITV on 20 Aug.

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FORMER STEREO CABLE TO PRESENT KERRANG! AWARDS
Former Stereophonics drummer Stuart Cable is to present the previously reported Kerrang! Awards ceremony, alongside actress turned rocker Juliette Lewis, on 25 Aug.

Interestingly, Stereophonics are up for the Best British Band award, so Cable, who was sacked from the band back in 2003, may at some point during the event have to share the stage with his former bandmates. He insists that he will shake their hands if they do win, but we can only presume that it will be with slightly gritted teeth, given that his legal and financial disagreements with the group were only resolved a month or so ago.

Cable is currently working on new music and has spoken to 6Music about plans for his new band, who are currently looking for a vocalist: "At the moment we are just writing songs. It's a lot heavier than the Stereophonics because that's what I'm from really. Hopefully this time next year we'll be up and running because I just want to get back on stage and play."

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CBGB RESCUED - FOR NOW
A New York judge has said legendary punk club CBGB's cannot be evicted from their current home in the Bowery building, though that doesn't do much for the clubs long term future because the ruling doesn't force the building's owners to renew their lease, which is up for renewal at the end of the month.

As previously reported, the club's owners claimed their landlords, the Bowery Residents' Committee, was suing them over unpaid rent payments that they had never actually been billed for, and which therefore they had never realised they owed. While the BRC claimed that the club's lease clearly stated how much money they should pay, a judge ruled on Wednesday that the club could not be evicted just because of on oversight on rent payments.

On making the ruling, Judge Joan Kenney waxed lyrical about the club and the impact it has had on the local community: "CBGB has proven itself worthy of being recognized as a landmark - a rare achievement for any commercial tenant in the ever diverse and competitive real estate market of New York City. It would be unconscionable for this court to allow petitioner to proceed with its intent to evict CBGB ... because it failed to notice that monies were outstanding for approximately four years".

However the ruling doesn't necessarily change the CBGB club's weak position in bargaining a lease renewal with the BRC - the current lease runs out on 31 Aug. An executive director of BRC, Muzzy Rosenblatt, told reporters yesterday that he couldn't comment on this week's court ruling but added that: "All we're looking for is a responsible tenant".

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BLOODHOUND GANG TOUR DATES
The Bloodhound Gang are to tour the UK in Nov, following the release of new single 'Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo' (see what they did there?) on 19 Sep and album 'Hefty Fine' on 26 Sep.

The tour dates are:
4 Nov: Portsmouth Pyramid
5 Nov: Cardiff University
6 Nov: Birmingham Academy
7 Nov: Nottingham Rock City
8 Nov: Leeds Met Uni
9 Nov: London Astoria
11 Nov: Manchester Academy
12 Nov: Glasgow Garage
13 Nov: Newcastle Academy
14 Nov: Norwich Waterfront
15 Nov: Bristol Academy

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DEPECHE MODE NEW SINGLE
Hurrah. Depeche Mode are to release a new single, 'Precious' on 3 Oct, and that will be followed by the release of their new album 'Playing The Angel' which will be out on 17 Oct. As previously reported, the band begin a European tour in Dresden in January. They reach the UK a couple of months later and appear at the MEN Arena in Manchester on 30 Mar, then at Birmingham NEC on the 31 Mar, and at Wembley on 2 and 3 Apr.

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KT TUNSTALL IN THE PARK AND IN THE APPLE STORE
KT Tunstall is playing at the Open Air Theatre in Regents Park this weekend (14 Aug), ahead of the release of her third single 'Suddenly I See' on 22 Aug. That single release will also be marked with a special instore performance at the Apple Store on Regents Street on 23 Aug. That particular gig is going to be a very intimate affair, though if you don't manage to blag yourself in by the beginning of next week never fear because we might just have a pair of ticket to distribute to one CMU Daily reader. Details of how to enter might just be on http://www.cmumusicnetwork.co.uk next week. Lovely.

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SPITERI QUITE HAPPY TO GET OLD
Texas frontwoman Sharleen Spiteri has said that she doesn't get upset about aging, because aging makes you richer (but not necessarily in a money way, although it might, and probably has in Spiteri's case). The singer told Orange World "I don't personally have any problem with getter older, whereas some women do. I'm quite happy to get older - I feel that my life's got a lot richer and my mind's got a lot richer."

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EMI LAUNCH WEBSITE FOR NOW FORMAT
EMI are launching a new website for its 'Now That's What I Call Music' compilation strand. The website, at http://nowmusic.com, will offer music fans video clips, track downloads, podcasts and over-the-air downloads, using the most recent edition of the pop compilation as its main content driver.

The website is primarily a promotional tool for EMI, promoting other compilations released by the major's TV division, and offering pay-per-track downloads from a healthy portion of the EMI catalogue. Whether the other labels who license their music to the Now compilations will approve of the major using the pop brand to sell on their other music remains to be seen.

Likewise the success of the site, although the Now brand is seemingly as strong as ever, despite the assumption illegal downloading will hit compilation sales hardest. Now releases continue to sell well in both the US and UK, with the most recent UK edition scoring the highest ever first-week sale in the series' history - 68,000 copies.

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CHARLOTTE SPENDS TOO MUCH MONEY
Charlotte Church's advisors have apparently frozen her assets and told her she won't be able to access any more of her money until she acts more responsibly and learns the value of money, or at least that's what Glamour Magazine reckons. They report that the singer, who goes on holiday and shops a lot, has spent more than a million pounds this year already - which is no small achievement when you think about it, go Charlotte.

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DOHERTY BUYS LINGERIE SHOCKER
And talking of big spenders, Pete Doherty has, according to the constantly accurate Sun, spent over £300 on lingerie for Kate Moss, who he recently got back together with after a split of about four minutes. The Babyshamble bought his model girlfriend a diamante encrusted lace thong with matching suspenders and bra. A 'source' - presumably someone who was in the shop he bought it from - said: "He got a few looks as he was wearing a string vest and dirty blazer. He looked lost but asked for some help. The assistant asked what size he needed and he said it was for Kate Moss".

Well, given how much we have to hear about Kate and Pete's tedious personal life it might be fair to assume that every shop assistant in the country knows what pant size she takes as well.

PS: Talking of Doherty, we hear Babyshambles have had all their kit confiscated by police after playing a secret unofficial gig at a pub in North London. Oh yes, and a spokesman for the band says Pete will not be performing a duet version of the Divinyl's 'I Touch Myself' with Kate Moss at the Lost Vagueness festival this weekend. So, some good news to end of the week on.

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