CMU Daily - on the inside Wednesday 19th October

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In today's CMU Daily:
- Coldplay win best website gong at Digital Music Awards
- Jack White to take break from Stripes
- Near riot breaks out at Ghostface gig
- Tsunami/Katrina benefit goes on sale
- Ure collects OBE
- Ryan Adams ear infection latest
- New Massive Attack album on its way
- 50 Cent biopic soundtrack coming together
- Album review: Annie - DJ Kicks
- Killers cash in a bit more on Hot Fuss
- Jack Johnson live DVDs
- Yet another single release planned from Mylo debut
- Levi's offer some ones to watch
- Winter Music Conference dates also set
- New conference for UK DJs
- Sex Pistols films to be shown for festival
- Investment types interested in buying GCap
- NTL to restructure Telewest deal to hold on to UKTV
- Nokia and Loudeye launch mobile music platform via O2 Germany
- Naked Lennon shot tops best magazine cover survey
- Martin and Bono head to head over Stipe lunchbox
- Madonna wrote grovelling letter to Abba
- Jordan has a go at Stevens
- Ex Kitten auctions self on eBay

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JOBS N STUFF

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COLDPLAY WIN BEST WEBSITE GONG AT DIGITAL MUSIC AWARDS
Last night was a good night for the lovely webby types over at EMI with three of their flagship artists taking key gongs at the good old Digital Music Awards, the fourth annual celebration of the use of the internet by the music industry - voted for by a panel of industry experts and some 500,000 public votes.

Coldplay's website, Coldplay.com, took the People's Choice Award For Best Official Website, while EMI got the gong for Best Digital Marketing Campaign for the online promotional activity that surrounded the release of Coldplay's recent album 'X&Y'. Label mates Gorillaz, the animated music project particularly know for its digital dimension, received the Best Artist and Best Dance Artist awards at the event, while EMI signed Robbie Williams won the Best Digital Promotion Award for activity surrounding the release of his greatest hits.

But EMI didn't win every award. Universal Island signed U2 won Best Single for 'Vertigo', while SonyBMG signed Natasha Bedingfield won Best Use Of Mobile for the broadcasting of a live performance to mobile. The prize for Best Unofficial Site went to fan site Depechemode.tv.

Elsewhere, iTunes was named Best Digital Music Store, while Napster won the Innovation Award for the Napster-To-Go service. LiveGigsOnline.com. won the Best Use Of Broadband prize.

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JACK WHITE TO TAKE BREAK FROM STRIPES
Jack White is to take a break from The White Stripes to focus on that new project he's working on with Brendan Benson. The pair, calling themselves The Raconteurs, have already started work on an album, which they expect to release in 2006.

White told Rolling Stone magazine: "I don't want it to sound anything like the White Stripes, this is a full-on band - dual songwriters coming together, building off one another, bouncing off each other." Speaking about their unorthodox style of recording, Benson added: "We each went into separate rooms. He wrote a section, and I wrote a section. We didn't talk about it, we just did it, and it worked out beautifully."

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NEAR RIOT BREAKS OUT AT GHOSTFACE GIG
Now this sounds like a fun night out. A near-riot reportedly broke out at a Chicago gig from Wu Tang member Ghostface on Friday night.

The chaos at the city's Joe's Sports Bar seemingly broke out after Ghostface's fans became impatient for the headline act to take to the stage after some five hours of support acts (which, to be fair, would make me pretty impatient). Things came to a head when Roc-a-fella signed act Tru Life took to the stage. The audience began to heckle the rapper, whose entourage responded by throwing bottles of water into the crowd. The crowd in turn responded by throwing beer bottles back on stage. Tru Life's people then reportedly retreated to a balcony area where they continued to throw things at the restless audience.

Journalist Chris Kaskie from music website Pitchfork was at the concert, and he writes: "Tru Life and crew began to empty their water bottles on the crowd, then started throwing them, full and empty. Everyone around me was drenched. While this was happening, someone tossed a full water bottle and hit Tru Life directly in the face, knocking him to the ground. The crowd was excited about this, and everyone around us began to throw not water but beer bottles at him while he was down. His crew threw back, and then went to the upstairs balcony overlooking the whole room. The men then began having target practice on the crowd below. The crowd threw back, and the people upstairs kept hitting the ceiling with bottles, which would then explode and fall on the crowd."

Although there has been no comment by the venue or artists regarding the mini-riot, local police confirmed they cleared the venue on Friday night after an incident, while a local hospital reported that four people had been treated for injuries after the event.

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TSUNAMI/KATRINA BENEFIT GOES ON SALE
A benefit single organised by Sharon Osbourne in aid of the victims of both the Asian tsunami and Hurricane Katrina has gone on sale as a download via the 7 Digital website. The track features the contributions of such stars as Elton John, Katie Melua, Mary J Blige, Gwen Stefani, Pink and Andrea Bocelli, as well as actor-turned-singer Robert Downey Jr and, of course, Ozzy and Kelly Osbourne.

The single is a recording of Eric Clapton's 'Tears In Heaven', the song the musician wrote as a tribute to his son Conor, who died tragically at the age of 4 back in 1991. The new version of the track was originally organised as a response to the tsunami, but it will now benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters as well.

Sharon said: "The magnitude of these natural disasters surpasses anything we've seen in our lifetime. With this single and other relief efforts, our intent is to keep these tragedies at the forefront of everyone's minds. We must not forget and do all we can to help these people rebuild their lives. Music fans who purchase this single will aid the relief efforts and own an historic recording for which these talented artists graciously donated their time."

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URE COLLECTS OBE
Not that I altogether agree with the honours system, of course, but why did this take so long? Live Aid co-founder (got that, 'co-founder'?) Midge Ure collected his OBE from the Queen yesterday at the palace, accompanied by his wife Sheridan and his four daughters. The award was given for both his music and his charity work for Live Aid and also The Princes Trust. Ure said: "It's fantastic. It's wonderful. I've had many awards in my time but nothing so official, so prestigious."

Ure wore a plain black kilt with matching shirt, jacket, socks and a silver tie, and the Queen apparently commented on his unusual apparel. He said: "The Queen said something about it. I can't remember what but I think it was a gracious comment rather than 'What on earth are you wearing?'"

He continued: "The Queen said: 'You've been very busy in the summer,' obviously talking about Live 8. She asked if it was ever going to quieten down. I said the record would continue to generate income long after Bob and I are gone."

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RYAN ADAMS EAR INFECTION LATEST
Ryan Adams is planning some live dates, following that ear infection that forced him to interrupt his touring schedule earlier in the year. The singer, who recently released his second album of the year, 'Jacksonville City Nights', is to play gigs in Las Vegas on 29 Oct, and New York on 16 and 17 Nov.

The singer recently explained his ear troubles to Rolling Stone: "It's a pain in the arse. I've got a rather large cyst lodged where my ear ends and my temple begins. Right now we're waiting for it to get uninfected enough to get in there and tear some more shit out."

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NEW MASSIVE ATTACK ALBUM ON ITS WAY
A new Massive Attack album is on its way according to NME.com, who report that a follow up to 2003s '100th Window' will be ready in the next year. Robert 3-D Del Naja has apparently been in the studio working on songs for the new LP, which, he says, have a "gothic soul direction", and lots of guest vocals from such collaborators as Horace Andy, Liz Frazer and Beth Orton

He said: "Been a fertile year. Lots of new recordings and talented people been in and out of our studio which has become home now. I have been trying out new and old techniques and have come up with a new gothic soul direction. We have recorded vocals on about 5 tracks and have vocals to put down on at least 15 before Xmas, which is drawing horrifically close. Thinking ahead to the tour, (we) will make changes as every other super group has bitten the hell out of the 100th Window' experience."

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50 CENT BIOPIC SOUNDTRACK COMING TOGETHER
50 Cent has been busy putting together the soundtrack for his upcoming biopic 'Get Rich or Die Tryin', and has secured new tracks from such artists as Nate Dogg, Mase and Mobb Deep. The album is due on 8 Nov with the first single release set to be Fiddy's own 'Window Shopper', which appears several times during the course of the film.

Fiddy says: "I created the music for the soundtrack while I was actually filming the movie. I had a studio trailer with me and would record every day between takes."

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ALBUM REVIEW: Annie- DJ-Kicks (!K7)
Yet another fine outing for !K7's DJ-Kicks series. Annie's latest release since debut album 'Anniemal' offers an extremely dancefloor-friendly cauldron of bubbling electro-pop. The opening track will melt the stoniest of hearts, its chirpy tones jingling along with a kitsch charm to rival 'The Magic Roundabout'. This takes us into La Bionda's 'I Wanna Be Your Lover', which combines some locomotive electro synths with the cutest of vocal refrains, to create something totally irresistible. Zongomin's 'Bongo Song' pulsates with an ultra-cool amalgamation of pacey bassline, high-hat, snare, high-toms, and some cow-bell virtuosity that seems to involve the whole herd. Bumble Bee Unlimited's funky house track 'Lady Bug' is something truly special, tapping into that obscure world where bees coax ladybirds into bed. There's something for all the family with Annie, the fun-and-games mingling well with some more grown-up techno bits from Brundiland and Therson, who pit sweet chiming keyboard chords against a gritty techno beat. By Annie's own admission, this is not the seamless mix we've come to expect from DJ-Kicks; 'Technically I suck. For me the most important thing is to build it up and make it a good evening.' It's easy to forgive technical shortcomings. Musically, this is the kind of thing that gets sneakers squeaking on the dancefloor, and neon-glowing grins on faces. And aesthetically, Annie's one of the sexiest things you're likely to see behind decks. WE
Release Date: 17 Oct
Press Contact: 9PR [CP,RP, NP] K7 IH [CR, RR, NR]

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KILLERS CASH IN A BIT MORE ON HOT FUSS
And fair play to them too. The Killers, having already released a special expanded edition of debut album 'Hot Fuss' in the US, are to release a limited edition box set over there, featuring individual 7" singles of every track on the album. The singles will be backed with various remixes and rarirties, including a cover of Morrissey's 'Why Don't You Find Out for Yourself'.

The special set will be limited to 5,000 copies world wide, and will be released in the States on 22 Nov. Here's what's on all those singles, FYI:

Jenny Was a Friend of Mine / Somebody Told Me (Josh Harris remix)
Mr. Brightside / Under the Gun
Smile Like You Mean It / Show You How
Somebody Told Me / The Ballad of Michael Valentine
All These Things That I've Done / Why Don't You Find Out for Yourself
Andy, You're a Star / Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town
On Top / Mr Brightside (Thin White Duke remix)
Change Your Mind / Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll
Believe Me Natalie / Smile Like You Mean It (acoustic)
Midnight Show / Who Let You Go
Everything Will Be Alright / Get Trashed

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JACK JOHNSON LIVE DVDS
The lovely Jack Johnson is to release two live DVDs on 22 Nov. The first one, 'Live In Japan' was filmed back in August 2004, the second, 'A Weekend At The Greek Theatre' was recorded in August this year in California. Johnson who, as previously reported, will go on tour in the New Year, is currently working on music for new animated film 'Curious George'.

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YET ANOTHER SINGLE RELEASE PLANNED FROM MYLO DEBUT
I have a feeling they will still be releasing singles off Mylo's debut album 'Destroy Rock N Roll' in 2023. Next January, some eighteen months after the album was originally released on Mylo's own label Breastfed, SonyBMG will release another single from the long player - this time 'Muscle Cars'. The latest single release follows the huge success of the Mylo/Gloria Estefan mash up, originally inspired by a bedroom bootleg mix created by listeners to Xfm's Remix Show. The new single will come with remixes from the wonderful Freeform Five as well as Tiga and Sander Kleinenberg. Meanwhile Mylo and his band kick off a UK tour in Edinburgh next week, though it's completely sold out so if you don't already have tickets you're not going. Though you can catch the man himself DJing at Bugged Out's birthday party this Saturday (22 Oct) at The End.

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LEVI'S OFFER SOME ONES TO WATCH
Details of the Levi's OnesToWatch tour have been announced. This is a tour promoted by Levis. It features 'ones to watch'. Glad we got that one cleared up. Taking place in Barfly venues around the UK, the line up this year includes the rather fine Editors, The Kooks and Kubichek. Dates as follows:

5 Dec: London Barfly
6 Dec: Cardiff Barfly
7 Dec: Liverpool Barfly
8 Dec: Glasgow Barfly
9 Dec: York Barfly (Fibbers)
10 Dec: Birmingham Barfly

Given that Hard-Fi, Maximo Park, Bloc Party and Mylo all played at past Levi's OnesToWatch events, there's quite a good record here, and we already know Editors are damn fine, so these should be good nights. More info at http://www.eu.levi.com/lotw, press info from harry@sproutlondon.co.uk.

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WINTER MUSIC CONFERENCE DATES ALSO SET
Dates for next year's Winter Music Conference in Miami, the big bash for the global dance music industry, have been confirmed as 24-28 Mar, with the eighth Ultra Festival taking place alongside it on 25 Mar at the city's Bayfront Park and Amphitheatre.

WMC coincides with the end of the Miami Music Conference which, as we reported on Monday, will this year take place over an extended nine days from 18-26 Mar, kicking off with a Global Gathering event from 18-19 Mar.

WMC and MMC are essentially separate events that take place in Miami at the same time, the latter more punter focused and primarily put together by the people behind the city's superclub Space. Though to any real dance music junkie with time on their hands the two events combined together provide quite a party.

Details on the WMC are online at http://www.wintermusicconference.com

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NEW CONFERENCE FOR UK DJS
Talking of dance music related things, details have been announced about a new event called DJs For Life taking place in Birmingham from 9-10 Dec. This will feature a two day conference on DJ culture at the city's Drum Arts Centre, and a line up of some 30 DJs taking to the decks at Birmingham's superclub Air.

Topics to be covered at the conference bit include DJ technologies, performance techniques, crossing over from DJing to music production, and the role of the DJ in the music industry. DJs confirmed for the clubbing bit include Grandwizard Theodore, Jazzy Jay, Rob Swift, Steve D, DJ Quest, D-Styles, Mark Rae and the Scratch Perverts.

More details at http://www.djsforlife.com

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SEX PISTOLS FILMS TO BE SHOWN FOR FESTIVAL
Two Sex Pistols films, 'The Filth And The Fury' and 'The Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle', are to be shown at the end of this month as part of new London festival, Artful. The screenings will include a Q&A session with director Julien Temple (who, incidentally, is working on that previously reported Glasto film, out next year) and will take place at the Brixton Ritzy on 31 Oct.

The rest of the Artful Festival features a series of events across the capital including the premiere of Radiohead documentary 'Follow Me Around', made by Radiohead fans, on the 21 Oct. More info from http://www.artful.ik.com.

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INVESTMENT TYPES INTERESTED IN BUYING GCAP
Well, while former GWR chief Ralph Bernard gets busy with some post-merger restructuring over at GCap, we hear the whole company might soon have new owners. Apparently at least two private equity firms are interested in acquiring the radio group, interest that has pushed up the company's share price by some 10%. The departure of former Capital Radio boss David Mansfield from the chief executive role at the merged company, and the subsequent £25 million cost cutting exercise initiated by Bernard, have both reportedly re-excited investment types. The city previously had doubts about GCap after some £200 million was wiped off its market capitalisation after the merger (not sure what that really means, but it's not good). That said, some experts say that the fact Bernard is doing the kinds of things city types like might make the group's current shareholders much less likely to sell, and on those grounds they are not convinced any takeover will, in fact, go ahead.

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NTL TO RESTRUCTURE TELEWEST DEAL TO HOLD ON TO UKTV
Talking of media mergers and all that, the Telegraph reports that bosses at cable company NTL are planning on restructuring its merger with Telewest so that the merged company can definitely hold on to the UKTV empire. UKTV is a joint venture between Telewest's content division Flextech and the BBC.

Telewest had toyed with the idea of selling off Flextech ahead of any merger with NTL, but it called off those plans despite considerable interest from the likes of ITV and BSkyB. Some reckoned Telewest bosses never actually intended to sell Flextech - rather they initiated the sale to demonstrate to NTL that there was real interest in acquiring the content company, and in doing so they strengthened their hand in the then ongoing merger negotiations.

Whatever, both NTL and Telewest seem keen to ensure that UKTV in its current form is part of the merged cable giant. That's a problem because the BBC is a key partner in the whole venture - supplying most of the programmes as well as owning 50%. The BBC's contract with Telewest means they can force the cable company to sell its share in UKTV if there is a change of ownership. It is with that in mind that NTL are attempting to find a way of structuring its merger with Telewest so that as far as the BBC are concerned no actual change of ownership has taken place. Apparently this involves merging not with Telewest, but with "a wholly owned subsidiary" of the cable firm, whatever that means.

NTL boss Simon Duffy reportedly told his investors this week: "We need to find a way to deal with the change of control provisions around UKTV and the BBC. [This arrangement] gives us more flexibility in those discussions, which we have already begun with the BBC, about how we will make all that operate."

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NOKIA AND LOUDEYE LAUNCH MOBILE MUSIC PLATFORM VIA O2 GERMANY
Nokia and Loudeye's partnership to deliver a white label mobile music download platform has reached the market through a deal with the German division of tel co O2. The O2 branded service will enable the phone company's 8 million customers to download full length tracks directly to their mobile, or alternatively to their PC and then to their phone. The service also includes the usual functions of a download platform - including browse, search and samples.

Announcing the launch of the O2 service, Loudeye boss Mike Brochu told reporters: "Handsets can support rich media content on a more widespread level...and 3G networks are proliferating across Europe and Asia. Today we are launching our first live and at scale, fully functional music store that can be deployed in this environment and leverages these key industry trends."

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NAKED LENNON SHOT TOPS BEST MAGAZINE COVER SURVEY
An image of a naked John Lennon curled around Yoko Ono has topped a survey of the best US magazine covers of the last 40 years. The picture, which appeared on Rolling Stone in 1980, possibly stayed in the minds of the editors, artists and designers who voted because it was taken the day before Lennon was shot, and was published just a month later.

Other covers mentioned in the survey, undertaken to mark the 40th anniversary of the annual awards event of the American Society of Magazine Editors, include that 1991 Vanity Fair cover featuring a very pregnant Demi Moore, a 1968 Esquire cover showing Muhammad Ali with arrows in his body, a 1976 New Yorker cover featuring a Saul Steinberg drawing of New York's West Side dwarfing the rest of the US, and another Esquire cover, this one from 1969, showing Andy Warhol drowning in a can of tomato soup.

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MARTIN AND BONO HEAD TO HEAD OVER STIPE LUNCHBOX
Chris Martin and Bono both tried to buy a lunchbox designed by Michael Stipe at a charity auction in New York at the weekend. Martin emerged the victor with a winning bid of $20,000. The lunchbox was one of many customised by a variety of stars including Brad Pitt, Clint Eastwood and Angelina Jolie. Bono, whose bandmate The Edge got a box designed by former US President Bill Clinton, joked about his head to head with Martin, saying: "It was death by Coldplay."

I know how he feels. I've come close to Death By Coldplay on occasion myself.

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MADONNA WROTE GROVELLING LETTER TO ABBA
Madonna says she wrote a grovelling letter to the members of Abba to ask if she could sample 'Gimme' for her new single 'Hung Up.' Songwriters Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus have only once allowed an act to sample their work - back in 1996 they let The Fugees use part of 'Name Of The Game' on 'Rumble In The Jungle'.

Madonna told Attitude magazine "I had to send my emissary to Stockholm with a letter begging them and telling them how much I love their music. They never let anyone sample their music. Thank God they didn't say no."

Andersson told the Sunday Telegraph that they agreed because "we admire Madonna so much and always have done. She has got guts and has been around for 21 years. That is not bad going. 'Hung Up' is really good. If it wasn't any good we would not have said yes. It is a wonderful track - 100 per cent solid pop music.''

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JORDAN HAS A GO AT STEVENS
Jordan has said that Rachel Stevens is a bit rubbish and has no personality. According to Metro, Jordan, aka Katie Price, said "I hate her, she cannot sing, has zero personality and tried to get friendly with Pete before we married. If she can get a record deal, no problem for me then."

It's logic some might argue with. After all, Rachel Stevens can kind of sing. And isn't orange.

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EX KITTEN AUCTIONS SELF ON EBAY
Yes, she has, apparently. Ex Atomic Kitten Jenny Frost put herself up for auction on eBay. The winning bidder has paid £3,100 for a date with the ex-Atomic Kitten member, with all proceeds going to charity. Jenny is, of course, working on a solo album.

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