CMU Daily - on the inside Monday 3rd October

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In today's CMU Daily:
- Producer Lillywhite joins Columbia as A&R VP
- Reggae star accused of gay bashing
- Lil Kim: "I'm doing fine - now buy my album"
- EC to release proposals for standard copyright system
- Dylan sales boom after Scorsese documentary screened
- Doherty protests innocence shocker
- Bacharach protests with Dre
- Big Day Out line up announcement expected
- Bryan Adams to release hits album
- White Stripes announce next single
- Myers to play Keith Moon
- Future Publishing issue profit warning
- Freeview channels to rejig
- GCap hope OfCom proposals won't necessitate legal action
- Live review: McFly at Wembley Arena Pavilion on 30 Sep
- Enrique Iglesias is top totty, apparently
- Chart update
- Subshot playlist
- Kiss Award nominees announced
- Dynamite disses first album
- Timberlake prefers acting to singing

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PRODUCER LILLYWHITE JOINS COLUMBIA AS A&R VP
Influential music producer Steve Lillywhite has confirmed he will join US based SonyBMG division Columbia as a Senior VP A&R. In this New York based role Lillywhite will sign breaking talent to the label, as well as working with the major's existing roster of artists, giving the company rather good in house production expertise.

Confirming the appointment, Columbia chairman Will Botwin told CMU: "Steve Lillywhite has worked on a lot of the most important records of the past thirty years and has produced some of the best records of all time. His adventurous musical spirit, his consistently high aesthetic standards, and his broad creative abilities have produced an unbroken string of artistic and commercial successes, from the earliest days of punk-rock to this year's hottest pop albums. He knows what a great record sounds like and he intuitively knows how to work with artists to bring out the very best they have to offer. I feel fortunate that Steve is on-board to help write the next chapter in Columbia Records' rich history."

Lillywhite, who has worked with the likes of Ultravox, Pete Gabriel, Simple Minds, the Rolling Stones, Morrissey, Travis and U2, among many others, said of his new job at the Sony label: "I'm looking to sign the best artists around and believe that Columbia is the place to make the best possible records".

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REGGAE STAR ACCUSED OF GAY BASHING
Reggae star Buju Banton will go on trial in Jamaica later this month for allegedly beating up six gay men back in 2004. Banton and another man, Horace Hill, are accused of beating up the six men at a house in Jamaica the June before last. Both of the accused will plead not guilty when their trial begins on 19 Oct.

Banton, of course, is a well known champion of gay rights: he and many of his fellow dancehall types have been frequently accused of inciting violence against gay people through their lyrics - accusations which have led to numerous gigs in Europe, the US and Australia being cancelled after protests by local gay rights groups, like the UK's OutRage.

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LIL KIM: "I'M DOING FINE - NOW BUY MY ALBUM"
From the pop courts to the pop prison. Lil Kim has released a statement from jail assuring her fans that she is in "good spirits", adding that, despite rumours to the contrary, she is not receiving special treatment behind bars.

According to the statement published by Daily Hip Hop News, Lil Kim says: "I want all my friends, family and fans to know that I am in good spirits and I will be fine. Contrary to rumours, I am in general population at PDC and I have adjusted to the facility and to my fellow inmates, who are all cool people. Each day, I read, sharpen my focus and grow."

The statement, of course, was part of Lil Kim's attempts to educate her fan base of the importance of taking responsibility of your actions (especially if your actions involve lying in court), and not in anyway a plug for her new album 'The Naked Truth', which is out this week. Though she did add: "Of course, I wish I could be out to celebrate the release of my new album this week, 'The Naked Truth', but instead I am looking to take advantage of this time to work on my personal development. Thank you all for your continued support."

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EC TO RELEASE PROPOSALS FOR STANDARD COPYRIGHT SYSTEM
Copyright news anyone? Well, here goes. A new proposal is expected from the European Commission this week in a bid to find a way to overcome the complicated nature of music copyright across Europe. As previously reported, all of the major download platforms like iTunes and Napster have expressed concerns about the way in which copyright works in Europe, where collection societies in each country use different systems, making pan-European operations very bureaucratic and, the download platforms argue, overly complicated and, therefore, expensive.

It is to address those concerns that the European Commission has been looking into copyright, and at ways to persuade or force each country's collection societies to adopt a common system. How easy the Commission find it to win the support of those societies remain to be seen, though European Competition Commissioner Neeilie Kroes recently pledged to play hard ball, if necessary, to get a pan-European system in place, telling reporters: "I am committed to ensuring that the licensing system does not hamper the development of a genuine European single market between collecting societies to the benefit of these artists and consumers".

The EC proposals are expected on Wednesday.

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DYLAN SALES BOOM AFTER SCORSESE DOCUMENTARY SCREENED
Sales of Bob Dylan records in the UK have rocketed after the BBC screened that Martin Scorsese Dylan documentary 'No Direction Home' last week. The screening, of course, was supported by huge media coverage of Dylan's work, as well as the release of a new book and CD to accompany the film. But it is not just the newly released Dylan product that has benefited from renewed interest in the legendary singer songwriter. 'The Essential Bob Dylan' compilation, released last year by Sony, re-entered the album chart this week at number thirty.

Commenting on the new interest in Dylan, HMV's Head Of Music Phil Penman told reporters: "These are the largest increases we've seen with Dylan's catalogue for many years. As with other music icons, such as Elvis, the Beatles and Sinatra, Dylan has a significant fan-base and his recordings will always sell. In September, however, there has been an enormous renewed interest in his work, with HMV stores throughout the country reporting substantial increases in sales of his catalogue."

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DOHERTY PROTESTS INNOCENCE SHOCKER
Pete Doherty has called the police "a pain" after he was arrested at the weekend for possession of class A drugs. He protested his innocence and claimed that the police had mistaken those implants aimed at weaning him off drugs for illegal substances. Doherty was released from Telford police station on Sunday after being detained for more than twelve hours following a Babyshambles gig at Shrewsbury's Music Hall. Outside the station Doherty told reporters "It's just some sort of mistake, that's all," and then showed them the implants in his lower abdomen. A spokesman for West Mercia Police said: "In the early hours of this morning officers stopped a mini bus in Shrewsbury town centre and detained a number of people for the purposes of a drugs search." As a result of the arrest and the delay it caused, last night's Norwich gig was cancelled.

Elsewhere in Doherty related drug news, detectives have apparently searched the recording studio where Kate Moss was photographed apparently snorting cocaine. "We can confirm that officers from the specialist crime directorate executed a section 8 search warrant on September 29 at an address in London W4 as part of an ongoing inquiry," said a police spokeswoman, though she would not reveal whether any drugs had been found. The police have also examined items supplied by the Daily Mirror, who, as you know, took the original footage of Moss cutting lines.

Moss meanwhile, is reported to have checked into The Meadows rehab clinic in Arizona. The supermodel's long term agent Sarah Doukas has told The Times that both she and Moss's mother Linda are worried about her relationship with Doherty, saying: "When somebody's in love with someone like that, they're not going to listen to anything anybody else says. Things did accelerate with Pete, but in terms of their relationship, it was still early days." She continued: "He's here and Kate's not in the country. But for the future - I can't say."

And finally in Doherty news, the Babyshambles singer has topped a recent poll by cufflink manufacturer Square Mile as 'man most in need of a fashion makeover'. And if that's not a reason for an internationally famous fashion model to dump her boyfriend, I don't know what is.

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BACHARACH PROTESTS WITH DRE
Burt Bacharach is to release a new album of protest songs, which boasts drum loops on three tracks from Dr Dre as well as contributions from Elvis Costello and Rufus Wainwright. The LP is due out on 24 Oct and includes tracks which are highly critical of President Bush.

A friend of Bacharach said: "Burt's pissed at the administration, concerned about the world he is leaving to his children, and you can feel it." Bacharach himself said: "People ask why a man who has been known for writing love songs all of his life is suddenly rocking the boat. I had to do it. This is very personal to me, and this is the most passionate album I have ever made."

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BIG DAY OUT LINE UP ANNOUNCEMENT EXPECTED
Organisers of Australia's Big Day Out festival are due to make the first announcements about next year's event on Wednesday, and Aussie website Undercover has already speculated as to who might be headlining. They are talking about The White Stripes, Beck and Iggy And The Stooges as topping the bill. Time will tell, though we do know that the dates for Big Day Out 2006 run as follows:

20 Jan: Auckland - Ericsson Stadium
22 Jan: Gold Coast - Parklands
26 Jan: Sydney - Sydney Showground
29 Jan: Melbourne Princes Park
3 Feb: Adelaide - Royal Adelaide Showground
5 Feb: Perth - Claremont Showgrounds

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BRYAN ADAMS TO RELEASE HITS ALBUM
Bryan Adams is to celebrate a career spanning 25 years with a new 2 CD hits collection. Released on 18 Oct, 'Anthology' will comprise 36 tracks including all the old favourites like the once ubiquitous 'Everything I do', 'When You're Gone' (although Pamela Anderson has apparently replaced Mel C on vocal duties on this version) and one of the greatest pop-rock songs of all time, 'Summer Of '69'.

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WHITE STRIPES ANNOUNCE NEXT SINGLE
White Stripes have announced that 'The Denial Twist' will be the next single to be released from current album 'Get Behind Me Satan'. The track will be out on 14 Nov, which coincides with the band's UK tour. They've also announced that Michael Gondry, who worked with the pair once before on the pop promo for 'The Hardest Button To Button', is the accompanying video's director.

He told MTV: "It's going to be a real - how do you say it? - a mindblower. It is based on one day in Jack and Meg's life. It's re-enacting a day when they went to play on the Conan O'Brien show, in a very bizarre way. We see them playing on the stage, then they talk to Conan, and then they take their car and drive amongst giant people, and then they go home and watch their performance on TV. But the whole time, they will be distorted and stretched."

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MYERS TO PLAY KEITH MOON
Austin Powers star Mike Myers has signed up to play Keith Moon in a new biopic about the late Who drummer. Roger Daltrey is producing the film, a project he and colleague Nigel Sinclair of Spitfire Pictures have been working on sporadically for about ten years.

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FUTURE PUBLISHING ISSUE PROFIT WARNING
Media firm Future Publishing issued a profit warning last week, telling investment types that what it called "newsstand weakness" would mean that profits for the current financial year, which ends this month, would be 10% less than last year - about £20.5 million. And bosses at the company who publish, among many other things, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Total Guitar, say that the up coming financial year could prove to be just as difficult as the last given the expected "difficult retail environment".

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FREEVIEW CHANNELS TO REJIG
So, those of you with a photographic memory of the Freeview channel order are going to have to reboot. Freeview will reorganise their electronic programme guide later this month to accommodate new channels and reorganise things by genre. If all goes to plan the new EPG will go live on 18 Oct.

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GCAP HOPE OFCOM PROPOSALS WON'T NECESSITATE LEGAL ACTION
Radio types GCap have said that they are confident media regulator OfCom will compromise on the planned expansion of digital radio. As previously reported, OfCom indicated plans to increase the overall number of digital radio stations in the UK, which pissed off GCap who, as a partner in Digital One, spent an awful a lot of money securing what they were told would be the only national digital radio 'multiplex'. GCap threatened to take OfCom to court over the proposed expansion in order to secure their previous investment. But last week GCap boss Ralph Bernard said that he understood that when the media regulator reveals its strategy for digital expansion later this month they will outline plans that won't create direct competition for Digital One. The Guardian quote Bernard as saying: "What I understand is that it's not Ofcom's intention to make it directly head-to-head competitive. They believe it's right that there are more digital services because they think it will accelerate the take-up of digital radio, and that those services should be complementary and not competitive".

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LIVE REVIEW: McFly at Wembley Arena Pavilion on 30 Sep
Getting all serious about pop music can prove to be very dull, but what the hell, let's get serious. It's time to provide the case for CMU's unwavering love for all things McFly, prompted by the two hours we spent in the band's company, albeit alongside 10,000 of their undeniably passionate mainly teenage, mainly female fans, in the terrible tent they call the Wembley Arena Pavilion on Friday night.

Firstly, if you've never been to a proper teen pop concert before, and I for one hadn't, you really owe it to yourself to give it a try. Once you get past the embarrassment of being (at least) twice the age of the average audience member, and, if you're male, being outnumbered 50:1 by the opposite sex, it is an exhilarating experience. When I was a teenager I followed my local football team, Crewe Alexandra. One season we drew Liverpool in the FA Cup and we all trekked on over to Anfield to watch the match. Crewe scored the first goal of the game. They went on to lose 5/1, but for the two minutes that followed the goal there was this fantastic outpouring of joyous energy from everyone around me - it was an immense experience. That's what it's like at one of these concerts, except it goes on for three hours. It is awesome. Of course, the teenage audience is so high on hormonal excitement, anticipation and, no doubt, sugar and food additives by the time they arrive, it doesn't take much to set the release of energy in motion. Once inside these kids will go wild at more or less anything - including a support set from some trio I'd never seen before and who failed to name check themselves, a subsequent mediocre karaoke set from Tyler James (though, to be fair, at least he introduced himself) and the sing-along KFC ad they kept playing on the giant screens. But, and here is the first reason why we should all love McFly and the Prestige Management team behind them, by far the biggest outpourings of energy that took place on Friday night came when the guitars got loud. Remember, it's only a few years since the pop events that these teenagers attended were all about fashion statements, dance moves and special effects - even at their best, it was musical theatre, not rock 'n' roll. Thanks to McFly, and Busted before them, we have a generation of teenagers growing up to substance-over-style rock music, and surely that is a good thing. If you don't believe me - check this out. Two of the biggest reactions of the night from these 13 year old girls came when McFly name checked and covered Green Day ('American Idiot') and The Who ('Pinball Wizard'). McFly are turning pop obsessed teenagers onto, in my opinion, one of the greatest rock bands of the moment, and one of the greatest rock bands of all time. Tell me that isn't a great thing.

But let's not just write off McFly as being a teen-friendly stepping stone to something else, even if it is a function they expertly perform. The fact is McFly, in their own right, rock something huge. Their two hour set was faultless - I arrived a McFly admirer, I left a fully fledged fan - and here's why. When I first reviewed the promo sampler of McFly's first album back at the start of last year, I said these guys were more than just a new Busted, providing a much more interesting and sophisticated musical sound, albeit with the same adolescent lyrics. The more records the band release, the more that becomes true, except for the last bit - second album 'Wonderland' demonstrating some real maturing in lyrical skills (on 'Ultraviolet' and 'The Ballad Of Paul K' in particular). The fact is that Busted, as much we loved them, were probably destined to be a two album band - I suspect Charlie did his bandmates a favour by throwing in the towel when he did. McFly, however, I hope will be around for the long haul. Firstly, because I genuinely believe they are equipped with the musical knowledge and skills to deliver many albums worth of great rock pop music, providing a genuine antidote to the manufactured pop machine that, ironically, produced them. But also because I believe that, should that happen, those who currently write off McFly as "just another boy band", just another manufactured mess like Busted, Westlife, Backstreet Boys and Boyzone before them, will learn to re-evaluate 'Room On The Third Floor' and 'Wonderland' for what I think they are - a collection of very British, very fine, and refreshingly eclectic rock 'n' roll influenced pop songs, on a level with the early albums of some of the greatest bands in pop history.

I may be proven wrong of course, but of this I can be sure: McFly rock. And I sleep better at night knowing that it is through them that the teenage pop fans of today are discovering their passion for music. There, wasn't that dull, was it? CC

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ENRIQUE IGLESIAS IS TOP TOTTY, APPARENTLY
Yawn. Enrique Iglesias has been named sexiest bachelor by Spanish language magazine People en Espanol. 'That Seventies Show' star Wilmer Valderrama, who really should have won, only came fifth.

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CHART UPDATE
So, it turned out all we needed to knock the Pussycat Dolls off the top of the chart was some Sugababes - easy really. Yep, the Sugababes proved they've still got popular appeal yesterday by going straight in at number one with 'Push The Button'.

Loads and loads of new entries singles wise this week - all the following in fact: Liberty X with 'Song 4 Lovers' at 5, Tatu with 'All About Us' at 8, Charlotte Church with 'Call My Name' at 10, Jo O'Meara with 'What Hurts The Most' at 13, Paul Weller with 'Come On Let's Go' at 15, New Order with 'Waiting For The Siren's Call' at 21, Bedouin Soundclash with 'When The Night Feels My Song' at 24, Ms Dynamite with 'Judgement Day' at 25, Editors with 'Bullets' at 27, Nickelback with 'Photograph' at 29, Basement Jaxx with 'Do Your Thing' at 32, Xpress 2 ft Kurt Wagner at 33, Andy Bell with 'Crazy' at 35 and Bobby Valentino with 'Tell Me' at 38. Phew, that's a lot.

Albums wise, perhaps no surprise that the unstoppable Katie Melua goes straight in at number one with her new long player 'Piece By Piece'. She's three spots ahead of fellow Asda-shopper favourite Jamie Cullum, who only manages number four with his new album 'Catching Tales', though that's still enough to secure him the title of "the most successful British jazz artist of all time", so presumably he's a happy chap. Just below him is KT Tunstall, who shoots back up the chart from 26 to number 5 with her album 'Eye To The Telescope' - I'm guessing someone's been racking her next to the aforementioned Ms Melua.

Other album new entries this week from Hayley Westenra with 'Odyssey' at 10, Sean Paul with 'The Trinity' at 11, Corrs with 'Home' at 14, HIM with 'Dark Light' at 18, Neil Young with 'Prairie Wind' at 22, The Dead 60s with 'The Dead 60s' at 23, Sheryl Crow with 'Wildflower' at 25 and Damian Jr Gong Marley's 'Welcome To Jamrock' at 38.

Oh yes, and Jack Johnson slides back into the top 40 with his album 'In Between Dreams', originally released back in April of course. More and more people are tuning into this guy as the months go by, and, frankly, that has to be a good thing.

And, of course, 'The Essential Bob Dylan' reappears at 30 thanks to all that Dylan interest at the moment - but we'd already told you that hadn't we?

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SUBSHOT PLAYLIST
So, here's the tracks that are getting video play on the Sub TV network in union bars around the country. New additions are marked with **.

A LIST
Bloc Party - Two More Years (Wichita)
Cardigans - I Need Some Fine Wine And You Need To Be Nicer (Polydor)
Charlotte Church - Call My Name (Sony BMG)
Feeder - Shatter (Echo)
Franz Ferdinand - Do You Want To (Domino)
**Missy Elliot - Teary Eyed (Atlantic)
Robbie Williams - Tripping (EMI)
Starsailor - In The Crossfire (EMI)
Sugababes - Push The Button (Island)
X-Press 2 - Give It (Skint)

B LIST
**Clor - Good Stuff (Regal)
Editors - Bullets (Kitchenwear)
El Presidente - Rocket (One Records)
Goldie Lookin Chain - Your Missus Is A Nutter (Atlantic)
**Happy Mondays - Playground Superstar (Big Brother)
LCD Soundsystem - Tribulations (DFA)
Liberty X - Song 4 Lovers (Virgin)
Louis XIV - Finding Out True Love Is Blind (Atlantic)
**Maximo Park - Apply Some Pressure (Warp)
Red Organ Serpent Sound - In Search Of Orgasmuz (Vertigo)
Royksopp - 49 Percent (Wall Of Sound)
**Stars - Reunion (City Slang)
The Go! Team - Bottle Rocket (Memphis Industries)
**U2 - All Because Of You (Island)
**We Are Scientists - The Great Escape (Virgin)

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KISS AWARD NOMINEES ANNOUNCED
Another day, another awards event. The nominations have been announced for the first ever Kiss Awards, designed not to lavish endless praise on the rock band, but to award the artists most rated by listeners of the London radio station. There's a whole microsite dedicated to the awards at http://www.kiss100.com, though if you can figure out where the nominations list is on there you're a better man than me. I hear Mariah Carey, Kanye West, The Game and Basement Jazz all got nominated - so well done them.

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DYNAMITE DISSES FIRST ALBUM
Ms Dynamite has been bitching about, erm, her first album 'A Little Deeper'. Ever the perfectionist, she wonders how it ever won the Mercury Music Prize. Of her 2002 release she told reporters: "I'm not a trained vocalist and I was surprised when so many people loved the record. I thought they were all out of their minds. If you listen to 'A Little Deeper', you'll hear me trying different things. One moment I'm all husky, the next I'm singing at the top of my lungs."

She is, however, more complimentary of new album 'Judgement Days', out today: "Now I've found a balance, I'm not Whitney Houston, but that is not what I want."

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TIMBERLAKE PREFERS ACTING TO SINGING
Make of this what you will. Justin Timberlake has revealed he prefers acting to singing. Teen Hollywood quotes the star as saying: "Ever since I was a kid I wanted to be an actor, not necessarily a musician". Timberlake, of course, has been acting for a while now and will be seen in new movies 'Edison' and 'Alpha Dog' later this year. No comments from Timberlake, however, on what his passion for acting means for the possibility and schedule of a second solo album - all he would add is: "if you keep focusing on your dreams, then they will come true", whatever that means.

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