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In today's CMU Daily:
- Anthony And The Johnsons take Mercury Prize
- Jacko planning hurricane-aid song
- Geldof wants Live 8 DVD to be the biggest ever
- Napster UK announce Club Asia partnership
- EMI to represent Disney's music assets in Europe
- PlayStation sponsor new Virgin alternative station
- Vic Reeves joins Virgin radio
- Japanese music retailers partner to take on iTunes
- Album review: Kanye West - Late Registration
- Doherty did in fact headbutt Borrell shocker
- Hard-fi have a go at Elton
- Ian Brown has a go at Kasabian
- Suge Knight released from hospital
- Feeder split not going to happen, honest
- Alfie tour bus has narrow escape
- Franz Ferdinand to play club show on Monday
- Nine Black Alps announce two dates
- Mystery Jets release and tour dates
- Bedrock night at Fabric
- No Vegas show for Spears
- Sheryl Crow engaged to Lance Armstrong
- Kate Moss makes up with mum shocker
- Church says pap are to blame for her bad habits



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Well, the favourites rarely win, and things seemed to be tipping in Antony Hegarty's favour as last night's prize giving approached. Nevertheless, the victory of Antony And The Johnsons and the album 'I Am A Bird Now' at the 2005 Mercury Music Prize surely surprised many, if only because, until they were shortlisted, most people thought of Antony And The Johnsons as an American band.

Certainly Chichester-born but New York based Hegarty seemed surprised at his victory, telling the prize giving audience: "I think they must have made a mistake. I am completely overwhelmed. I think that's insane". Aside from the £20,000 that comes with winning the Prize, both Hegarty and his UK label Rough Trade should benefit from a post-Mercury sales boost, which has to be good thing.

And while some of the CMU team favoured MIA and the Go Team out of the shortlist the Mercury judges compiled, Hegarty is definitely a worthy winner, if only for his post-victory description of the slightly bizarre cross-genre music award: "It's kind of like a crazy contest between an orange and a spaceship and a potted plant and a spoon - which one do you like better? What's really exciting about this night is just this wonderful biennial that shows the rich diversity of the spectrum of music that's going on at the moment. It's been so wonderful to be here and just to meet everyone. I just love so many of the artists performing tonight, I think it's a bit bonkers to just give it to one person."

Commenting on the decision to give the prize to Antony And The Johnsons, Simon Frith, chairman of the Mercury Music Prize judging panel, told reporters: "It's not like any album I've heard before or since. It doesn't seem to have any obvious place where it's coming from - and yet play it to anybody and they're arrested. Some of them hate it, some of them absolutely love it - but nobody can ignore it."


As if the victims of hurricane Katrina haven't got enough to deal with, Michael Jackson has apparently penned a song about their ordeal and now he plans to recruit a bunch of worthy pop types to record it. With the dreadful working title of 'From The Bottom Of My Heart', a spokesman for the singer says Jackson is already speaking to possible participants in the charity project. Jacko himself, who has stayed out of the public eye since his indictment on those child abuse charges, published a statement about the natural disaster and his response to it: "It pains me to watch the human suffering taking place in the gulf region of my country. I will be reaching out to others within the music industry to join me in helping to bring relief and hope to these resilient people who have lost everything." Don't say we didn't warn you.


Talking of pop charity, Bob Geldof has called on everyone (yep, including you) to buy a copy of the Live 8 DVD when it goes on sale on 7 Nov in a bid to make it the biggest selling DVD of all time. The four disc box set will include highlights from all of the Live 8 concerts, featuring performances from the likes of Pink Floyd, Robbie Williams, Sting, Scissor Sisters, Joss Stone, Faithless, Stevie Wonder, The Who, Maroon 5, Mariah Carey and Velvet Revolver (full provisional tracklisting below).

Where as the aim of the concerts themselves was to raise awareness rather than money, the DVD release will have a charitable dimension with a portion of the profits going to the Live Aid supported charities working in Africa.

Commenting on the Live 8 DVD release, Geldof said it "deserved" to be the biggest-selling DVD of all time, adding: "More importantly, perhaps, it should be, for it will help us achieve our goal of changing the lives of the extreme poor for the better and making our generation the one that helped end the disgrace of poverty".

As for the provisional tracklisting, here it is:

Disk One:
Paul McCartney and U2 - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
U2 - Beautiful Day
U2 - Vertigo
U2 - One
Coldplay - In My Place
Coldplay with Richard Ashcroft - Bittersweet Symphony
Coldplay - Fix You
Elton John - The Bitch Is Back
Elton John - Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting
Elton John with Pete Doherty - Children of the Revolution
Dido and Youssou N'Dour - 7 Seconds
Stereophonics - Bartender and the Thief
REM - Everybody Hurts
REM - Man on the Moon
Ms Dynamite - Dy-Na-Mi-Tee
Keane - Somewhere Only We Know
Black Eyed Peas - Where Is the Love
Black Eyed Peas - Let's Get It Started
Black Eyed Peas with Stephen Marley - Get Up Stand Up
Duran Duran - Wild Boys (Rome)
Bob Geldof - I Don't Like Mondays
Muse - Time Is Running Out (Paris)
Travis - Sing
Kaiser Chiefs - I Predict a Riot
Kaiser Chiefs - Everyday I Love You Less and Less
UB40 with Hunterz and the Dohl Blasters - Reasons
UB40"Red Red Wine
Green Day - American Idiot (Berlin)
Snoop Dogg - Signs
Snoop Dogg - Who Am I (What's My Name)?
Bon Jovi - Livin' on a Prayer
Annie Lennox - Why
Annie Lennox - Sweet Dreams

Disc Two:
Destiny's Child - Survivor
Destiny's Child - Girl
Razorlight - Somewhere Else
Razorlight - Golden Touch
Bryan Adams - All for Love (Toronto)
Kanye West - Diamonds From Sierra Leone
Madonna - Like a Prayer
Madonna - Ray of Light
Madonna - Music
Will Smith - Getting' Jiggy Wit It
Will Smith - Switch
Will Smith - The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Brian Wilson - Good Vibrations (Berlin)
Snow Patrol - Run
Toby Keith - Stays in Mexico
The Killers - All These Things That I've Done
Dave Matthews Band - American Baby
Daniel Powter - Bad Day (Berlin)
Linkin Park - In the End
Linkin Park with Jay-Z - Numb
Joss Stone - Super Duper Love
Joss Stone - Some Kind of Wonderful
Jars of Clay - Show You Love
Scissor Sisters - Laura
Scissor Sisters - Take Your Mama
Alicia Keys - For All We Know
Velvet Revolver - Fall to Pieces
Def Leppard - Pour Some Sugar on Me
Jet ("Are You Gonna Be My Girl? Toronto)
Sarah McLachlan and Josh Groban - Angel
Sting - Message in a Bottle
Sting - Driven to Tears
Sting - Every Breath You Take

Disc Three:
Mariah Carey - Make It Happen
Mariah Carey - Hero
Vusi Mahlasela - When You Come Back (Johannesburg)
Roxy Music - Do the Strand (Berlin)
Maroon 5 - This Love
Maroon 5 - She Will Be Loved
Neil Young - Four Strong Winds (Toronto)
Pet Shop Boys - Go West (Moscow)
Robbie Williams - We Will Rock You
Robbie Williams - Let Me Entertain You
Robbie Williams - Feel
Robbie Williams - Angels
Keith Urban - Somebody Like You
Placebo - Twenty Years (Paris)
Rob Thomas - Lonely No More
Faithless - We Come 1, (Berlin)
Stevie Wonder - Master Blaster (Jammin')
Stevie Wonder and Rob Thomas - Higher Ground
Stevie Wonder and Adam Levine - Signed Sealed Delivered
Stevie Wonder - So What the Fuss
Stevie Wonder - Superstition
The Who - Who Are You?
The Who - Won't Get Fooled Again
Pink Floyd - Speak to Me
Pink Floyd - Breathe
Pink Floyd - Money
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb
Paul McCartney - Get Back
Paul McCartney and George Michael - Drive My Car
Paul McCartney - Helter Skelter
Paul McCartney - The Long and Winding Road
Finale - Hey Jude

Disc Four: Extras
Highlights from the July 6th Murrayfield concert in Edinburgh
McFly - All About You (Tokyo)
Good Charlotte - Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous (Tokyo)
Dreams Come True - Love Love Love (Tokyo)
Bjork - All Is Full of Love (Tokyo)
The Who - Who Are You?"(film),
Travis - Why Does It Always Rain on Me?"(film),
Ricky Gervais - Enjoy the Day
Behind the Scenes at Hyde Park
Pink Floyd rehearsal


The UK division of Napster has announced a partnership with London Asian music station Club Asia which will expand the download platform's provision of Asian music. Club Asia will provide music tips and label contacts to Napster's UK team, as well as promoting the service to their own audience. The aim is to give people looking for music from the Asian community an easier way to access it, as well as introducing artists from that community to a wider audience. Both Club Asia and Napster also hope the service might combat the amount of piracy in the Asian music sector - the limited supply of Asian music through legitimate music retailers having provided a real opportunity for bootleg CD sellers in recent times.

Commenting on the initiative, Club Asia co-founder Sumerah Ahmad told CMU: "Before, if you wanted to get a hold of up-to-date Asian music you would have to go to an Asian music shop in an Asian area. This is not always practical as we live in a world where we want walk into a supermarket and get everything we want. With this unique partnership between Club Asia and Napster, you are able to have access to the latest Asian music. This combats not only distribution but piracy issues which are a real threat to the Asian music industry".

Napster Programming Director Jeff Smith added: "We are very excited to team up with Club Asia and draw on their expertise to bring Asian music to a wider audience. The quality of both international and Brit-Asian music is very high and could quite easily translate into mainstream appeal. Napster also gives Asian artists and record labels a legitimate platform to register their music for chart eligibility."

BPI boss Peter Jamieson also welcomed the new service, saying: "We welcome Napster's commitment to the vibrant Asian music market. This is a prime example of how digital music can take what might be regarded as specialist music to a far wider audience. It is particularly welcome since Asian music has long suffered from rampant piracy."


Good old EMI have signed a licensing deal with the Walt Disney Company's Buena Vista Music Group which includes the entertainment conglom's record labels, Hollywood Records, Walt Disney Records, Lyric Street Records and Mammoth Records. The deal means EMI will represent Disney's music interests in the UK, Continental Europe, South Africa and the Middle East.

Releases from the Hollywood Records and Lyric Streets labels, which count Hilary Duff, Jesse McCartney, new rock signings Breaking Benjamin and US "country sensations" Rascal Flatts on their rosters, will be represented by EMI's newly-formed Angel Music Group. All the Disney soundtracks and stuff will go through EMI's snappily named Commercial Marketing And TV Division.

Confirming the deal, EMI top bloke Tony Wadsworth told CMU: "I am very pleased to have concluded this unique deal with Disney. The wide range of products contained within the Disney labels' catalogues requires a variety of skills and approaches, all of which are present across EMI's labels and divisions."

Buena Vista Music Group's chairman Bob Cavallo added: "This partnership presents us with exciting possibilities and a level of enthusiasm we haven't experienced before. With the exceptionally strong talent throughout our catalogue, coupled with amazing classics not found anywhere else, I am pleased that the EMI team will support our labels and promote all of our artists".


Sony Computer Entertainment have confirmed they are to be the exclusive sponsor of Virgin Radio's new alternative digital station Xtreme. The six month deal will be used to promote the PlayStation Portable. Confirming the deal, Sony's Katrin Owusu told reporters: "This opportunity gives us entry at the very start of the exciting launch of a new station aimed at those consumers on the cutting edge of music and gaming".


Talking of Virgin Radio, the national rock station has announced Vic Reeves will be joining their presenting team. He will host a new evening show called Vic Reeves Big Night In every Wednesday and Thursday from 21 Sep.

Confirming his new radio show, Reeves told reporters: "I love Virgin Radio already. It plays my favourite music and I will be like an ape in a confectioners. I have free rein and I intend to abuse it by talking to parishioners from all over the UK in dulcet tones with quizzes and all manner of nonsense whilst playing the finest pop in Christendom."

Virgin Radio programme director Paul Jackson added: "I am amazed that Vic has not had his own radio show before, and after hearing him standing in for Suggs, we had to find him a slot."


Five Japanese music retailers have combined their online efforts in a bid to take on Apple's iTunes, which arrived with a big splash in Japan last month. The five retailers have teamed up with music tracking service and online retailer, Oricon, to offer their own download service. Customers who go to the websites of each of the five music stores will be directed to the Oricon download service, with each retailer receiving a share of any revenues generated from their customers. Oricon's service has a more variable pricing approach than iTunes, with the cheapest tracks going for 99 yen, as opposed to Apple's 150 yen price point. However other tracks on Oricon will go for up to 350 yen, while, with only 110,000 tracks in their catalogue, they cannot offer the comprehensive range found on iTunes, so it remains to seen if the rival service can truly compete with the global market leader.


ALBUM REVIEW: Kanye West - Late Registration (Universal/Roc-A-Fella)
The second album by one of the most influential artists in the music industry right now has been hotly anticipated, and has already garnered such praise that maybe Kanye's arrogance and self-promotion is justified. 'Late Registration' was preceded by the recent top ten single 'Diamonds From Sierra Leone', which took a Shirley Bassey sample ('Diamonds Are Forever'), sped it up, and constructed a narrative which touched on the suffering of those involved in the African diamond trade. He's not the first urban artist to do it, but at a time when contemporary rap music is synonymous with ambition, aspiration and consumption, it's bold and refreshing for such a high profile star to discuss such global concerns, and, judging by the fact that rappers often judge themselves by how much 'bling' they possess, hopefully it'll make some think about where their symbols of status are sourced from. Kanye tackles sensitive political issues further on the likes of 'Crack Music' (how drug use undermines black unity) and 'Roses' (discussing the inadequacies of healthcare). West's influence is such that he can enlist a roll call of the hottest properties in music, and a diverse lot they are too: Adam Levine (Maroon 5), Jamie Foxx (Best Actor Oscar winner), Jay-Z, and Michele Gondry (the film-maker adds drumming ) all feature, and the production of the record is overseen by Jon Brion, who has worked with the likes of Fiona Apple and Badly Drawn Boy, proof that West is keen to branch out from conventional territories and make music that's more eclectic and diverse than the norm. The West template of sped up samples may be nothing new, but it's a formula that works, even if the likes of Akon made this technique sound unbearable. For all his bragging, West's records match his bold claims; it's hard to think of anyone else making this kind of impact musically currently. It's commonplace for rap artists to create overlong albums, but 'Late Registration' does not outstay its welcome, nor does it contain any expendable tracks, even if the skits are usually worth skipping. This is a fine record indeed, and easily worthy of the praise that's been lavished upon it. KW
Release date: 29 Aug
Press contact: APB [CP, RP] Mercury IH [NP, CR, RR, NR]


Well, after those not quite confirmed reports that Pete Doherty had turned up at Johnny Borrell's dressing room and headbutted him at the Leeds Festival recently, a confirmation appears to have emanated from the Razorlight camp that the incident did in fact occur.

At the time of the incident a source told The Sun: "Lisa [Moorish] and Pete popped in to say hello to Johnny. She was with him all day while Kate [Moss] is in Ibiza. They sat around having a few drinks. But something triggered inside Pete. He got up and headbutted Johnny - it was a heavy hit. Johnny was in agony with blood running down his face. He punched back and landed one on Pete, who was dragged away by security."

The latest news, however, is that Razorlight's drummer Andy Burrows has told 6music: "[Borrell's] still got a bit of a bruised eye. I think as far as Johnny's concerned, it's no big deal. Peter is somebody he used to know. Maybe he feels he's not the same guy he used to know. It's a shame really, it was an amazing weekend - but it ended in a headbutt."


Hard-Fi's Richard Jones has told the Daily Star that he really doesn't like Elton John. He is, of course, not the only one. Anyway, here's what he told the tabloid: "Elton John Really winds us up. They just keep wheeling him out. He even sings with dead rappers. I can't believe he'd stoop so low as to use Pete Doherty. It was all too much, all very very wrong."

Jones also expressed his confidence about their new single, 'Living For The Weekend', out 19 Sep, and about their Mercury Prize nominated album 'Stars Of CCTV', saying: "We recorded our record ourselves and wouldn't let anyone hear it until we'd made it as good as we could. No one can turn round and say that's rubbish cos if they did we can say you don't know what you're talking about."

Which makes a lot of sense.


Lots of musicians having a go at other musicians in the news today, then. Ian Brown has criticised Kasabian for being middle class but pretending to be working class. He told NME: "They're like a tribute band to the worst baggy bands. It's like they've watched all these videos and are trying to recreate that era - but it's not real. They're nice guys, but that is all they are - nice, middle class guys."

He continued: "They're feigning this stance of being working-class rebels from the north - when they're from the Midlands."

Wanting to be a working class rebel when you come from Leicester? The cheek of it.


Marion 'Suge' Knight has been released from hospital after being injured in that previously reported shooting at Kanye West's pre-MTV Awards party in LA on 28 Aug. As you'll remember, Knight was shot in the leg, and promptly taken to the Mt Sinai Medical Center where he underwent surgery to remove the bullet. Officials at the hospital have made no comment about the incident. Police, meanwhile, have complained about a lack of cooperation from witnesses; they have as yet made no arrests or headway in the case.


Feeder say that those Grant Nicholas inspired split rumours we reported on yesterday are in fact entirely false. Nicholas was reported to have said "This will be our last album. Oops, I've messed up there," in a recent interview for radio, but the band have posted an official statement on their website denying that a split is in the offing:

"Contrary to inaccurate reports in the press and on the radio, Feeder are not recording their last album, nor set to split. An over-enthusiastic reporter seems to have put 2 and 2 together and come up with 43. Indeed the group are looking forward to the release of new single 'Shatter'/'Tender' in October and a Far East and UK tour in November. They have already started writing new material for a Singles Album to be released in the New Year and a further studio album to follow the current album 'Pushing the Senses'."

So there you go.


Alfie had a near miss at the weekend when their tour bus was written off following an accident as the band travelled from Nottingham to their next gig in Glasgow. The bus hit a car that had been involved in an earlier incident and been left abandoned in the middle of the road. The driver was taken to hospital suffering from back pain, and the band all sustained minor whiplash.

A statement on the band's website says: "The band were all asleep in their bunks and were clearly awoken as a result of this incident. Fortunately the driver managed to control the coach and bring it to a standstill without any major injuries being sustained."


Franz Ferdinand are to play a set at London's Scala on Monday 12 Aug, but you've got to be a Radio 1 competition winner (or expert blagger) if you want to be there. The show will be broadcast live on Radio 1 at 9pm, and tickets are only available via the station's competitions.

However, don't despair, Franz-fans, if you can't win a ticket, because the month following the release of their second album 'You Could Have It So Much Better...With Franz Ferdinand' on 3 Oct, the band are heading out on tour, supported by Editors and The Rakes. Dates as follows:

14 Nov: Cardiff Arena
15 Nov: Brighton Centre
16 Nov: Birmingham NEC
21 Nov: Aberdeen AECC
22 Nov: Glasgow SECC
23 Nov: Glasgow SECC
25 Nov: Hull Ice Arena
26 Nov: Manchester MEN Arena
27 Nov: Newcastle Arena
28 Nov: Nottingham Arena
30 Nov: London Alexandra Palace
1 Dec: London Alexandra Palace


More live date news for you now, and the still rather buzzy (slightly less buzzy than two months ago?) Nine Black Alps have announced two gigs, one in their hometown of Manchester (Ritz) on 13 Dec and their biggest London gig to date, at the Astoria on 14 Dec. The band are about to tour Europe with Kaiser Chiefs. Which is nice.


Mystery Jets, whose single 'You Can't Fool Me Dennis' is released on 12 Sep, have announced that they will also release a limited 12" remix edition of the single on 26 Sep. The band are currently on tour, with three more dates to go, tonight at The Three Fat Fish in Exeter, tomorrow at Joiners in Southampton and on Friday at the ICA in London, but they have also just announced that they will be taking part in the NME Pub tour, dates as follows:

12 Sep: The Phoenix, Coventry
13 Sep: Victoria Inn, Derby
14 Sep: The Portland Arms, Cambridge
15 Sep: The Old Ale House, Salisbury


John Digweed's Bedrock empire is celebrating an anniversary next month. To be honest, I'm struggling to find out what anniversary, but given that it is being used as an excuse to stage a damn fine night at Fabric, who cares what anniversary it is?

That night takes place on 13 Oct and will feature Digweed and Neil Quigley in Room One, Bedrock Breaks vs TCR with Meat Katie, Rennie Pilgrem, Jonathan Lisle and Smithmonger in Room 2, and Deeper Substance with Demi, Desyn Masiello, 16 Bit-Lolitas (live) and Alex Sansford in Room 3. All damn good stuff. Doors at 9pm, tickets £8, press info from Fabric.

Commenting on the Fabric gig, Digweed told reporters: "It's been a special year for me and Fabric; marking the 20th in their CD series was a great moment so it's even more pleasing to bring the only Bedrock party this year and its Anniversary to Fabric. This night will showcase some of the best talent that's had an association with Bedrock in the last year. In my mind the combination of the club and its awesome sound system, the line up, the crowd and that something special we always have with a Bedrock Anniversary will make for an unmissable night in London!"


Following the news last week that Britney Spears might be doing one of those long run residencies in Las Vegas, news this week that Britney Spears won't be doing one of those long run residencies in Las Vegas. A spokesperson for Ms Spears has told the New York Post: "Not true, there is no Vegas show in the works".


A spokesman for cyclist Lance Armstrong has announced that he and rock chick Sheryl Crow are engaged to be married. The pair met at a charity event back in Oct 2003. Armstrong, a high profile survivor of testicular cancer, retired in Jul after his seventh Tour De France win, and has three children from his first marriage. Crow is to release her fifth album, 'Wildflower', this month.


Kate Moss has made up with her mother after they fell out over her relationship with the lovely Pete Doherty, and, according to the Mirror, she celebrated by taking Mum out to the Kaiser Chiefs' Ibiza Rocks gig at Manumission, where Moss senior told Chief Kaiser Ricky Wilson she's "their biggest fan"

A friendly 'source' told The Mirror: "When Kate said that she was bringing Linda to the club, a few eyebrows were raised, especially as the band weren't due on stage until 4am. But Mrs Moss has obviously got as much stamina as her daughter and she clearly loved every minute of the gig."


According to, Charlotte Church has said it's all the paparazzi's fault that she's failed to give up smoking, apparently saying: "I've been trying to give up smoking so I was quite irritable as you can imagine. And they were following us around and I just wanted to throw something at them. I've not be using the nicotine patches, just willpower. But I have been told to chew on a straw every time I want a cigarette."

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