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In today's CMU Daily:
- Bands get into the studio for War Child project
- Investigators reckon a Fiddy/McGriff feud may be behind Jam Master Jay murder
- Destiny's Child end career with two more awards
- Stewart ordered to return advance to Vegas casino
- Opinion divided on iTunes phone
- Arcade Fire to start work on new album
- CBGB issued with eviction notice
- Coldcut album preview track online
- Album review: Space Tranquil - Volume Uno
- Yet another Editors secret blown
- Bloc Party announce Italian tour
- Fightstar announce tour dates
- Tom Vek pulls out of Germany dates
- Bobby Brown child support court latest
- Compilation to mark Lennon birthday
- Album review: Tennant / Lowe - Battleship Potemkin
- Malcolm McLaren accused of plagiarism
- Babyshambles voted worst act shocker
- Diddy wants to open hotel
- Stefani spends lots of money on fashion launch
- Ronan Keating spawns again

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CMU FRIDAY TIPS

VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: Bar Knowledge at Charterhouse.
This swank bar round the corner from Fabric hosts Knowledge magazine's drum and bass night for the last time. Always relaxed and with all the Knowledge hacks down there, it's always a good laugh. Mixing more the liquid d and b funky flavas, we have Haze J. Madden, and Eliza do Brazil. PV

Fri 9 Sep, The Charterhouse,38 Charterhouse Street,London, EC1M 6JH, FREE! 9pm-2am, press info from sara@knowledgemag.co.uk

Put your club night up for the tip - vigsy@unlimitedmedia.co.uk

VIGSY'S BESTIVAL TIP: Bestival!
Goes without saying really - CMU's favourite festival of them all takes place this weekend on the Isle of Wight. There's a monster line up with more acts than you can shake a very large stick at - these are just a few: Kompis (Live set), Ross Allen, Trevor Fung, Touche, Phil Mison, Paul Arnold X-Press 2 (6-Hour Balearic Set), Bent, Krafty Kuts, Gilles Peterson, The Longcut, Erol Alkan, Eddy Temple Morris, Annie Mac (Radio 1), Chris Coco - visual set, Mylo, The Two Lone Swordsmen, The Dub Pistols & Terry Hall, Dreadzone, Röyksopp, 2manydjs,Soulwax, St Etienne, The Cuban Brothers (with their 8 piece band), Tom Vek, Ulrich Schnauss, Sombrero Sound System, X-Press 2 - Six Deck House Music Mania!, Fabio & Grooverider feat. MC Rage, Vitalic (live), Tom Findlay (Groove Armada) + MC Madd, The Nextmen feat Yungun, Jaipur Brass Band, Justin Robertson, Lottie, The Glimmers, Tayo's Tracksuit Party, Phat Phil Cooper, Frank Tope, Bez, Fingerlickin Sound System, Howard Marks, Lee Scratch Perry, Fat Freddy's Drop, The Egg, Emiliana Torrini, Jah Shaka presents Black Dog Punk Rock Sound System, Sebastien Tellier (Live), Bill Brewster & Frank Broughton present Last Night A DJ Saved My Life, Annie Nightingale, Bugz In The Attic (Live) and Bobby Friction & Nihal present Bollywood Freaks & DJ Asif's Digital Asia. Oh yeah and Rob da Bank ends it on the Sunday night. Should be mad. Full info at http://www.bestival.net. Press info from Clare at Get Involved PR

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BANDS GET INTO THE STUDIO FOR WAR CHILD PROJECT
So, those twenty bands are about the reach the conclusion of the previously reported project to record and release an album in the fastest ever time. The venture has been organized by the War Child charity to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the legendary 'Help' album, which was also recorded in the space of one day, and which raised more than £1.25m for children caught up in the Bosnian war. The new project will raise further funds for the charity which, of course, supports children caught up in war situations all around the world.

Work began on the new album yesterday lunchtime. The aim is to have the album available for download by 2pm this afternoon. Each track will cost 99p to download, while a CD version of the full album will be released on 26 Sep.

Among the artists involved this time round are War Child patrons Keane who have recorded a cover of Sir Elton John's 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road'. Kaiser Chiefs recorded a version 'I Heard It Through the Grapevine' at a studio in Berlin, Gorillaz have recorded a song called 'Hong Kong' in, erm, Hong Kong, while the Manic Street Preachers recorded 'Leviathan' in their studio in Wales.

The full tracklisting of the complete album will run thus:

Antony and the Johnsons and Boy George - Happy Xmas (War is Over)
Belle & Sebastian - The Eighth Station of the Cross Kebab House
Bloc Party - The Present
The Coral - It Was Nothing
Damien Rice - Crosseyed Bear
Elbow - Snowball
Emmanuel Jal - Gua
The Go! Team - Phantom Broadcast
Gorillaz - Hong Kong
Hard-Fi - Help Me Please
Kaiser Chiefs - I Heard It Through the Grapevine
Keane and Faultline - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
The Magic Numbers - Gone Are the Days
The Manic Street Preachers - Leviathan
Maximo Park - Wasteland
Mylo - we're not sure yet!
Radiohead - I Want None of It
Razorlight - Kirby's House
Tinariwen - to be confirmed
The Zutons - Hello Conscience

Commenting on their support for the project and War Child in general, Keane's Tim Rice-Oxley told reporters: "Every childhood should be a time for optimism and innocence. In many places it is instead a time of violent chaos, deprivation and fear. War Child is doing everything it can to change that, and we are proud to give them our sincere support."

PS: We hear Babyshambles are a last minute edition to the War Child project, which is typical, never show up when they're invited, but suddenly appear when they're not. Only joking, well done them for taking part. Also vicious rumours doing the rounds that the Babyshambles album is finished - but that's another story.

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INVESTIGATORS RECKON A FIDDY/MCGRIFF FEUD MAY BE BEHIND JAM MASTER JAY MURDER
US investigators reckon they have found evidence of an assassination plot against poor old 50 Cent. That fact emerged yesterday in court papers that revealed that authorities allegedly uncovered plans by drug lord Kevin 'Supreme' McGriff and employees at the lovely Murder Inc label to have Fiddy 'seen to' as part of a long running feud. McGriff has apparently had it in for the rapper ever since he recorded the track 'Ghetto Koran' in 2000 in which Fiddy apparently raps about the drug lord's criminal history.

The papers also suggest that some investigators reckon the Fiddy / McGriff feud was behind the as yet unsolved murder of Jam Master Jay - with allegations Jay became a target because he worked with Fiddy. An official wrote in the released papers: "Agents are still trying to determine whether Jam Master Jay's homicide has any connection to the ongoing dispute between McGriff and 50 Cent. Law enforcement agents are investigating the possibility that he was murdered for defying the blacklisting of 50 Cent."

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DESTINY'S CHILD END CAREER WITH TWO MORE AWARDS
Destiny's Child have scooped more awards in the run up to their planned retirement. They took two prizes at this week's Lady Of Soul Awards, for Best Single and Best Group Album. As previously reported, the trio plan to retire when their current tour ends in Vancouver this Saturday.

Elsewhere at the awards, Mariah Carey won Best Solo Single for 'We Belong Together' and Best Solo Album for 'The Emancipation Of Mimi', Missy Elliott picked up Best Video for 'Lose Control', Alicia Keys won Best Song for 'If I Ain't Got You' and Ciara picked up the awards for Best Dance Cut and Best New Artist.

With several of the big winners unable to attend, it was Aretha Franklin who stole the show. She was their to pick up a lifetime achievement award, and performed two songs, a rendition of her classic hit 'Respect' and a duet with Stevie Wonder. Accepting her award, Franklin joked: "I don't think I can carry it, but I am absolutely thrilled to be receiving this award."

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STEWART ORDERED TO RETURN ADVANCE TO VEGAS CASINO
Rod Stewart has been ordered to pay $2 million back to the Las Vegas casino who paid the singer a healthy advance for concerts he never performed.

As previously reported, Stewart was booked to play at the Rio Hotel at New Year 2000, but had to pull out because he was recovering from throat surgery. Once the singer had recovered he offered to play replacement concerts, but the hotel turned him down. Because he made himself available to play a concert Stewart said he had fulfilled his side of the contract and could therefore keep his advance. However the casino said the contract only accommodated Stewart performing on that one specific date. If he didn't play then, for whatever reason, the contract became void and the advance had to be repaid.

Having heard the case, a seven man jury sided with the casino. The foreman explained that while they felt this case was caused by confusions on either side regarding the nature of Stewarts contract, "We felt it was only fair that if Mr Stewart didn't perform the concert that he should give the money back".

Stewart has not had much success in this kind of court case of late. At the end of last year he was ordered to return a $780,000 advance to promoters of a 2002 South American tour that was cancelled. Reports suggest Stewart will appeal yesterday's ruling.

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OPINION DIVIDED ON ITUNES PHONE
Opinion seems divided on the long awaited iTunes phone, officially launched earlier this week and on sale in the US as of yesterday. Some reckon the Motorola phone with iTunes inbuilt lacks the cool look that makes the iPod attractive which, combined with the functional limitations the phone offers compared with an actual music player, makes it a pretty unattractive proposition, especially given the price tag. However, others say the combination of Apple and Motorola could prove to be a perfect match.

That said, most of the experts the BBC spoke to seemed to fall in the former more negative camp. John Jackson, an analyst with the Yankee Group, commented: "It doesn't have the emotive cachet that the Razr or the iPod has. When you whip this out in the bar, nobody's going to say, 'That's a cool device.'"

Anthony Ball of mobile consultancy OneCompare meanwhile, commented: "I'm not convinced that consumers will be ready to fork out £200 for a mobile phone handset as there are phones out there offering similar capabilities at a much lower cost through competitive tariffs. Apple will need to team up with a competitive network provider to add value to the product," he said.

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ARCADE FIRE TO START WORK ON NEW ALBUM
Arcade Fire say they're eager to get to work on their new album and won't be back for any live appearances in the UK until that follow up to 'funeral' is finished. The band's bassist, Tim Kingsbury said "We want to start making a new record. We've got a lot of writing to do too. We've been touring these songs for a couple of years so we're ready to move on. Hopefully it will be out within a year but it's hard to say."

Organist Richard Parry continued: "I have no idea how it will sound. I'm sure it will be different, but still have our sound. It's the same group of people. It's gonna be the Arcade Fire. And we have our own studio space now so there's no time constraints. We spend as much time as we want and then see what happens."

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CBGB ISSUED WITH EVICTION NOTICE
A quick update on New York's CBGB club which, as previously reported, has failed to persuade its landlords to renew their lease. We hear that the club's owner, Hilly Kristal, has now been served with an eviction notice, formally taking the feud between Kristal and the Bowery Resident's Committee legal. After receiving the notice Kristal told reporters yesterday: "This was expected. We were hoping it would come. Now it becomes a court battle."

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COLDCUT ALBUM PREVIEW TRACK ONLINE
Coldcut are to release their new album 'Sound Mirrors' in Jan 2006, but in the meantime a very limited promo-only 12" mix of one track 'Mr Nichols' has been made available for streaming online. The track, Jon More and Matt Black's first new material in eight years, features words by Saul Williams. The first single release proper, 'Everything's Under Control', will be out in Nov, but in the meantime you can check out that promo track here:

Windows Media: http://promo.mudhut.co.uk/ninjatune/mrnichols.asx
Real Media: http://promo.mudhut.co.uk/ninjatune/mrnichols.ram

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ALBUM REVIEW: Space Tranquil- Volume Uno (Azuli)
There's a lot going on in this record that makes it stand out from your run-of-the-mill chill-out mix. Compiled by Sally Rogers and Steve Jones, AKA A Man Called Adam, Space Tranquil is a collection of the more thoughtful and eclectic tunes from the roof terrace dancefloor at Space Ibiza. The associations of al fresco Balearic bliss certainly make for rich marketing fodder, but this album can happily rest on its own merits. We are welcomed and farewelled to the seductive sound of the Hawaiian guitar; L. Pierre and Kenji Jammer respectively conjuring up an Aloha scene of limbo-ing nymphs glistening in coconut oil. Noze's 'La Courdes Miracles' challenges you with an unsettling blend of insidious chanting, flamenco handclaps and the first encounter between house music and a bassoon I've ever heard. Even the more pedestrian tracks keep the whole caravan moving, with tunes like 'Body Language' by M.A.N.D.Y vs. Booka Shade offering something simple and funky, centred on a cute keyboard riff and low BPM house beat. Martin Brew's 'Hit the Disco' gives a chirpy disco flavour a rude edge, thanks to a compulsive bassline and a bit of MCing. This turns seamlessly into The Allenko Brotherhood Ensemble's 'Afrocosmic Drums', which hops along with the light, lambent play of high-hat and snare, soulful horns, distant tribal echoes and sci-fi beepery. N.O.H.A. simulates a white-knuckle rickshaw ride in the Balkans, while Grace Jones lures us with a velvety moulin rougesque mystique. This is truly a casserole of cultures by Ibiza compilation standards. A spectacular fancy dress party with no theme. WE
Release Date: 5 Sep
Press Contact: Sliding Doors [all]

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YET ANOTHER EDITORS SECRET BLOWN
Gigwise reports that Editors are to play another secret gig on Monday, but that they haven't said where it's going to be. Which is probably down to the fact that they're trying to keep it a secret. Their last 'secret' gig happened on 26 Aug at the Truman Brewery, FYI.

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BLOC PARTY ANNOUNCE ITALIAN TOUR
Bloc Party have announced that they will play three gigs in Italy in Nov, which sounds like a good excuse for Bloc Party Fans to take a pre-Christmas trip to Southern Europe. They release their new single 'Two More Years' on 3 Oct.

The live dates are:
21 Nov: Milan, Rolling Stone
22 Nov: Moderna, Vox
23 Nov: Treviso, New Age

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FIGHTSTAR ANNOUNCE TOUR DATES
Gosh, it only seems about a week since Fightstar announced their last set of tour dates. Those boys are so busy, bless 'em. Dates as follows:

23 Oct: Bedford Esquires
25 Oct: Brighton Concorde
26 Oct: Stoke Sugarmill
27 Oct: Edinburgh Venue
29 Oct: York Fibbers
30 Oct: Newport TJ's

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TOM VEK PULLS OUT OF GERMANY DATES
Tom Vek has mysteriously cancelled his German tour dates scheduled for later this month. Okay, so it's not really mysterious, he just hasn't explained why. A message on his official website says "Unfortunately the German shows in September have been postponed, don't ask me! Sorry to anyone planning to go, hopefully we'll be over in Germany soon."

The dates postponed were originally planned for Berlin on 26 Sep, Munich on 27 Sep, Cologne on 28 Sep and Hamburg on 29 Sep.

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BOBBY BROWN CHILD SUPPORT COURT LATEST
More on that ongoing Bobby Brown child support case. The singer has told the judge in the case that he's completely up to date with his monthly payments and contributions to his children's educational fund, but the judge, Paula Carey admonished Brown, saying that earlier excuses regarding his failure to make payments were 'unacceptable'. Carey, of course, issued a warrant for his arrest back in Jun after he failed to turn up for a compliance meeting, claiming that a 'stomach virus' had prevented him from attending.

As you all know, Bobby Brown lives with wife Whitney Houston (both currently being boring on 'Being Bobby Brown' on Bravo). You may be slightly less familiar with the fact that he has two kids with a lady called Kim Ward (though it's not the first time we've told you). Brown has a history of messing up on the child support; last year he was sentenced to 90 days in prison for missing three months of payments, a sentence which was immediately suspended when he coughed up the dough. In Mar of the same year, he was jailed for one day because of an outstanding $63,000 he owed Ward, and was released after he made the required payment.

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COMPILATION TO MARK LENNON BIRTHDAY
A John Lennon compilation album is to be released on 3 Oct to mark what would have been the star's 65th birthday later that week. Entitled 'Working Class Hero - The Definitive Lennon', the long player is to feature 38 of Lennon's solo tracks.

The tracklisting is:

(Just Like) Starting Over
Imagine
Watching The Wheels
Jealous Guy
Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)
Stand By Me
Working Class Hero
Power To The People
Oh My Love
Oh Yoko!
Nobody Loves You (When You're Down And Out)
Nobody Told Me
Bless You
Come Together (live)
New York City
I'm Stepping Out
You Are Here
Borrowed Time
Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
Woman
Mind Games
Out Of The Blue
Whatever Gets You Thru The Night
Love
Mother
Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)
Woman Is The Nigger Of The World
God
Scared
#9 Dream
I'm Losing You
Isolation
Cold Turkey
Intuition
Gimme Some Truth
Give Peace A Chance
Real Love
Grow Old With Me

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ALBUM REVIEW: Tennant/ Lowe - Battleship Potemkin (EMI Classics/Parlophone)
The premise for this album is wonderful if pretentious; Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe have written a new soundtrack for Eisenstein's classic silent movie set in Revolutionary Russia. The film is about a real life event in 1905 when sailors in Odessa were faced with a firing squad after refusing to eat maggot infested meat and mutinied. Clearly a soundtrack album needs to walk a fine line between not intruding on the action on screen but being interesting enough to stand up by itself. Not being one of the 40,000 people who saw this performed live in Trafalgar Square last year, I don't know how it works as a soundtrack but as an album it holds up very well. It is not a Pet Shop Boys record as such, they perform only five tracks, and the orchestral pieces they play with the Dresdner Sinfonika were written by Torsten Rasch. This is quite far from the fun, poppy electro of the PSB. As you'd expect much of the album is instrumental and low key, with electronics melding successfully with a traditional orchestra. The opening atmospheric track 'Comrades!' begins with menacing thuds and the mood is built up with strings. The moody electro and spiralling synth sounds of 'Men and Maggots' and 'Drama In The Harbour' are very effective and reminiscent of John Carpenter's film scores. Particularly striking is 'Nyet' with its syncopated rhythms and twisted sounds. The stirring 'No Time For Tears' is one of the more full on tracks, with proper vocals from Tennant and some nice changes in pace. It seems as if this intriguing challenge has pushed the Pet Shop Boys to the limits, and they've come up with the goods. This is an impressive and unusual record. JW
Release date: 5 Sep
Press contact: EMI IH [all]

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MALCOLM MCLAREN ACCUSED OF PLAGIARISM
Malcolm McLaren has been accused by a French musician of plagiarising his work for a track included on the soundtrack of Tarantino's 'Kill Bill 2'. The case, brought to court in the town of Angers in central France, claims that the musician, known as Lancelot, sent McLaren a tape of his song 'Smith Ballade' back in 2002. Lancelot, who claims the song then appeared on the 'Kill Bill' soundtrack as 'About Her', says: "A friend told me that the soundtrack was really like one of my songs. So I bought the CD and what I heard was exactly my song."

The track is an electronic mix which includes sample from the work of sixties group The Zombies and blues singer Bessie Smith. Lancelot says that his version used the same samples and arrangement. A lawyer for the musician said "It is the same beat, the same tonalities, the same piano sounds," and pointed out that The French Society of Music Writers, Composers and Editors (SACEM) had examined both works and decided that they were pretty much identical. Lancelot is seeking 100,000 euros in damages, an accountant's report on the amount of money made from the track, and surrender of the song's copyright. A decision is expected by September 22. McLaren himself was not represented in court.

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BABYSHAMBLES VOTED WORST ACT SHOCKER
Back to Babyshambles, and Doherty et al have been voted worst act of the summer in a poll conducted by NME regarding the highlights and lowlights of this year's festival season (which isn't quite over yet, by the way, Bestival starts today!). Anyway, the 10,000 music fans polled named Babyshambles as the most disappointing act presumably because of all of their lack-lustre performances and no-shows, but possibly also because of Pete Doherty's very tedious tabloid non-music related shenanigans and that disastrous performance with Elton John at Live 8. A spokes-lady for NME said "Pete Doherty's turbulent love life has done little in the eyes of music fans."

And on the positive side, if we must look at it, Foo Fighters were considered the best band of the summer, and were followed in joint second place by Kasabian and Arcade Fire. Oasis, who were top of the 'worst list' last year, appear to have turned things around a bit and are now fourth best.

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BESTIVAL WEEKEND TICKETS SOLD OUT
Talking of Bestival, which we were, fleetingly, all weekend tickets for the big event have now sold out. Day tickets are, however, still available on the gates or via the website.

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DIDDY WANTS TO OPEN HOTEL
Diddy (note we are no longer using the 'P', because we have taken note of the hip-hopper's desire to drop it) wants to open a hotel in Atlantic City which will carry his own name. Diddy (no P) is working on the project with the same property developers who have helped model turned entrepreneur Rande Gerber (Mr Cindy Crawford) to launch bars and restaurants in the past.

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STEFANI SPENDS LOTS OF MONEY ON FASHION LAUNCH
Gwen Stefani has spent a million dollars putting together her first major fashion show for her LAMB clothing line at New York Fashion Week this week. The clothing line has grossed £10.8 million in sales since its launch three years ago. LAMB's head designer Zaldy told the New York Post, "Gwen has such confidence, such a strong point of view, and she doesn't follow trends."

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RONAN KEATING SPAWNS AGAIN
Ronan Keating's wife Yvonne has given birth to her third child with the singer. The new baby, a sister for Jack, 6, and Marie, 4, weighed 8lb 3oz and has been named Ali. A spokeswoman for the couple said: "Ronan and Yvonne are thrilled and little Ali is doing fine".

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