CMU Daily - on the inside 20 Sep 2002
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In what fictional town have Ozzy Osbourne, U2, Sting, Tom Jones and Barry White all been sighted?
Answer on Monday


Without the media wide hype of the Mercury Music Prize, two other music award events took place this week. Firstly the third UK Hip Hop awards took over Sound Leicester Square on Wednesday night. And the winners were:

Best Unsigned UK Hip Hop Act: Street Politiks
Best UK Hip Hop Newcomer: Psychic Phenomena
Best UK Hip Hop Female: Est'elle
Best Wholly UK Hip Hop Act: The Gifted
Best UK Hip Hop Act - Sponsored By Hip Hop Awards Magazine And The Voice: Blak Twang
Best International Hip Hop Act: Ja Rule
Best UK Hip Hop Video: Fredi Kruga "Be My Guest"
Best UK Hip Hop Single: Fredi Kruga "Be My Guest"
Best UK Hip Hop Album: Blak Twang "Kick Off"
Best UK Hip Hop Producer: Doze Guyz
Best Mainstream UK Hip Hop Radio Presenter: Westwood (Radio 1)
Best Underground UK Hip Hop Radio Presenter: DJ Smasherelly (Bassline Fm London)
Best UK Hip Hop Personality: DJ 279, Jane Flame & Mcfarlo (Choice Fm)
Best UK Hip Hop DJ: Dj Skully
Best UK Hip Hop Event: Lyrical Lounge (London)
Best European Hip Hop Act: Cam (France)
Contribution To UK Hip Hop 2002: DJ 279

Meanwhile a little further from home the end-of-summer DJ Awards were presented at Pacha in Ibiza. And the winners were:

Best House DJ: Roger Sanchez
Best International DJ: Danny Tenaglia
Best Techno DJs: Carl Cox and Richie Hawtin
Outstanding Contribution: Pete Tong
Best Tech-House DJ: X-Press 2
Best Ibiza DJ: Pete Gooding
Track of the Season Award: Tim Deluxe - It Just Won’t Do


Chris Moyles’ much hyped new TV show – produced by Chris Evans – launches on the rebranded Channel 5 (now calling itself, simply, five) this Monday. And before they even go on air they have received a warning from the ITC after they won a £500,000 sponsorship deal with Carling. An ITC spokesperson has told the Media Guardian they have reminded the show of the strict guidelines that cover drinks sponsorship, remembering ‘Hotel Babylon’, the last live TV show to be sponsored by a drinks brand which got in trouble after its sponsor Heineken insisted its products be seen on screen.

"They will have to be incredibly careful that they don't make an impression on the viewers that Carling has anything to do with the show's editorial content," the ITC said. Programme insiders are keen to stress the sponsorship deal gives the brand the usual opening, closing and break promotional slots, but no advertorial content during the actual programme. Heineken's 1995 sponsorship of the Planet 24 produced Hotel Babylon fronted by Dani Behr was one of British TV's biggest corporate disasters when Heineken bosses requested that fewer black people appeared on the show and asked for the beer to be given greater prominence on screen.

Meanwhile rumours are rife about Moyles’ future at BBC Radio 1. The Evening Standard yesterday claimed Radio 1 chief Andy Parfitt is seriously considering a schedule revamp in the New Year to combat an ongoing decline in ratings, and accusations the station isn’t truly championing new music. Rumours have it that both Chris Moyles and Dave Pearce could go. The paper also reported rumours that Xfm DJs Christian O’Connell and Zane Lowe were being courted by the station – the former for the drive time shift, the latter to host a new music show to replace the Evening Session when it is axed later this year. But a Radio 1 spokesperson denied major line up changes are around the corner.


It may be too late, but Pepsi have come forward with $34 million to help Nsync’s Lance Bass get into space. The boy band star’s hopes to board the next Russian space mission to the international space station were scuppered when the star’s backers failed to stump up the required cash in time. Now Pepsi are putting up the cash required in return for the star’s involvement in an advertising campaign back on earth. But a NASA spokesperson recently said that any last minute financial deal may be too late because Bass has missed crucial training time – whether the Russian Space Agency let him back into the mission remains to be seen.


Badly Drawn Boy is to copy the Doves’ marketing ploy of earlier this year and release and delete a single on the same day. His next single ‘You Were Right’, the first from album 'Have You Fed The Fish’, will be both released and deleted on 14 Oct. The result should be rush buying spree from fans guaranteeing a high chart position.


The BPI has welcomed the conditions the government have put on the BBC regarding its new digital youth channel, hoping it will encourage more innovative music programming. The government granted permission for BBC 3 on the condition it was a “genuinely distinctive, genuinely public service and genuinely innovative channel, using and fostering home grown talent”. Commenting on the conditions BPI Director General Andrew Yeates told us: “The conditions now announced for BBC 3 are particularly welcome in the context of concerns that we have already raised with ministers over the Communications Bill. We believe that the Bill itself should give the new regulator Ofcom a duty to deliver a diverse music service catering for tastes and interests in local areas.”


When the new look Saturday Show hits BBC1 this weekend it will include a 45 minute Top of the Pops section, copying the way ITV show SMTV finishes each week with music show CDUK. The BBC kids show is being revamped as part of the ratings war against ITV, with new presenters Simon Grant and Fearne Cotton taking over from Dani Behr and Joe Mace this week. Some have claimed the TOTP strand is quite a cheeky carbon copy of ITV’s Saturday morning fourmula – but Cotton disagrees: “TOTP is the brand that everyone knows. It's something the BBC was doing way before anyone else."


Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will headline a tribute concert for George Harrison at London's Royal Albert Hall this Autumn. They will be joined by Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, Ravi Shankar and members of the Monty Python cast (Harrison produced the classic ‘Life of Brian) for a special gig on 29 Nov, the first anniversary of the former Beatle's death from cancer. The show will be filmed and broadcast in early 2003.


Hospital Record’s regular night Hospitality takes place at Herbal in London tonight with London Elektricity, Addiction (Swerve/Movement) and Lucy Ambashhhhh (Choice FM) in the main room and Landslide & Chris Goss and Robbie Bear upstairs. Doors open 9pm, it goes on to 3am, tickets £6 (£3 before 10.30pm). More info from Tom at Hospital on 020 7386 8760.


Answer to Thursday’s pop quiz:
Who is the youngest UK artist to have got a Top 10 album in the US?
One Charlotte Church.

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