CMU Daily - on the inside Friday 25th May
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Ivor Novellos presented
- Dr Martens distances itself from dead rock icons ad campaign
- Soul Sonic Force sue over Opal Fruits ad
- Dash and Jay sued over film concepts
- More Jay-Z litigation
- Lopes crash footage aired
- Strokes say no releases imminent
- New Schnauss
- Fiddy says Eminem working on new album
- Primal scream DVD
- Harry and Allen to perform duet
- Cornell and Snoop play Live Earth
- Cream don't
- Simon and Garfunkel on stage together again
- Furies at Club Fandango
- Vatican DC dates to come
- Radio Soulwax comes to SE1 tonight
- UK digital radio comes to the iPod
- More EMI takeover rumours
- BSkyB ITV stake to be reviewed by Competition Commission
- Daily Star revamps music section
- Mims denies Fiddy challenge reports
- When Manson met Timberlake's mum


A double plug for you in today's Top Bit. First up, tonight it's the final edition of the CMU Recommended Kill All Hippies before London's bestest rock night takes its summer break. Taking over Islington's Bar Academy you'll get yourself three great live bands in the form of Neil's Children, The Officers and The Answering Machine, plus all the DJ action will come from No Pain In Pop. It'll be yet another guddun, and tickets are just £6 or a fiver if you guest list in advance at the usual place - And watch this space for some exciting Kill All Hippies news for you in the Autumn - hurrah.

Plug two is our final final reminder of the very first Remix All Nighter, which takes over the seOne Club at London Bridge (Weston Street) tomorrow night. As previously reported, Eddy TM is hosting a storming all night remix fest, featuring no less than Pendulum & MC Verse, Death In Vegas' Tim Holmes, Breakfastaz, Sub Focus, Paul Epworth, South Central, Freelance Hellraiser, CTRL Z and MC Venom and Does It Offend You Yeah? How good is that? Tickets are just £8 in advance, or a tenner on the door before 1am, £12 after. Doors open at 9.30pm.

So there you go, two top tips of the CMU Recommended kind for your bank holiday weekend. And there are some more things to do this weekend later on in the CMU Daily, should you make it that far down. Do have a great bank holiday and we'll see you Tuesday for more Daily type nonsense.



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VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: Groove Sanctuary at Madame JoJo's
Groove Sanctuary is back at its original home - Soho's Madame JoJo's - as a weekly Sunday session, and is still blending up that house house, those busted beats, loads of jazz and Latin plus any other wicked grooves. Recent guest DJs have included Jazzanova, Peter Kruder, Bugz In
The Attic, Gilles Peterson, MJ Cole, Martin Solvieg, Aaron Ross, Quentin Harris, and this bank holiday Sunday edition (not a school night folks!) sees one of my favourite DJs, Kiss FM's Cosmic Jammer Patrick Forge, in the house, with resident Jimbo (curator of the nite, aka Raw Deal) plus Joey Vieira.

Sunday 27 May, Madame JoJo's, 8-10 Brewer Street, Soho, London W1, 9.30pm till 3am, free before 11pm and fiver after that, info at, info from


Madonna, Amy Winehouse, Arctic Monkeys and The Feeling were among the winners at those always prestigious Ivor Novello Awards for songwriting which took place in London yesterday.

Madonna took the International Hit Of The Year for her song 'Sorry', which she co-penned with Mr Jacques Lu Cont himself Stuart Price, while Winehouse won the Best Contemporary Song for her critically acclaimed hit 'Rehab'. Arctic Monkeys' frontman Alex Turner won the Album Award for his band's debut long player 'Whatever People Say I Am That's What I'm Not', while all five members of The Feeling were named Songwriters Of The Year.

The Most Performed Work Award went to Elton John and Scissor Sisters' Jason Sellards and Scott Hoffman (or Jake Shears and Babydaddy if you prefer) for the Scissor Sisters track 'I Don't Feel Like Dancin', while John Reid and Jorgen Elofsson won the Best Selling UK Single Award for the song they wrote for X Factor winner Leona Lewis, 'A Moment Like This'.

In the lifetime achievement categories, Quincy Jones was presented with a Special International Award, Fatboy Slim/Norman Cook won an Outstanding Contribution prize, Yusuf Islam/Cat Stevens was presented with an Outstanding Song Collection Award, while Peter Gabriel won the actual Lifetime Achievement category.

Collecting his award, Cook said: "I'm not a traditional songwriter, I'm not really a songwriter at all. I take bits of other people's songs and adapt songs. To everyone whose songs I've re-mixed, sampled or stolen or been in a band with, I would like to say thank you".

Amy Winehouse, meanwhile, used her speech to make reference to her tabloid reputation, joking: "Thank you all very much, I didn't even have time to get drunk, I've only been here about 15 minutes".

Which is all lovely. And for those of you who prefer your award reporting in list form (or those of you out there in publisher land wondering why you're not getting your credits), here's the winners list in full...

International Hit Of The Year:
Song: Sorry; Writer/s: Madonna / Stuart Price; Performed By: Madonna; UK Publisher: Warner Chappell Music.

Album Award
Album: Whatever People Say I Am That's What I'm Not; Writer/s: Alex Turner; Performed By: Arctic Monkeys.

Best Contemporary Song:
Song: Rehab; Writer/s: Amy Winehouse; Performed By: Amy Winehouse; UK Publisher: EMI Music Publishing.

Best Television Soundtrack
Broadcast: The Virgin Queen; Composer: Martin Phipps; UK Publisher: BDi Music Limited.

Best Selling UK Single
Song: A Moment Like This; Writer/s: John Reid / Jorgen Elofsson; Performed By: Leona Lewis; UK Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing / BMG Music Publishing.

PRS Most Performed Work
Song: I Don't Feel Like Dancin'; Writer/s: Sir Elton John / Scott Hoffman / Jason Sellards; Performed By: Scissor Sisters; UK Publisher: HST Management Ltd/Universal Music Publishing / EMI Music Publishing.

Best Original Film Score
Film: Ice Age The Meltdown; Composer: John Powell; UK Publisher: EMI Music Publishing.

Best Song Musically & Lyrically: Song: Elusive; Writer/s: Scott Matthews; Performed By: Scott Matthews; UK Publisher: Universal Music Publishing.

Songwriters Of The Year: Dan Sells, Kevin Jeremiah, Ciaran Jeremiah, Paul Stewart & Richard Jones (The Feeling)

Outstanding Song Collection: Yusuf Islam

The Ivors Classical Music Award: John Rutter CBE

Prs Outstanding Contribution To British Music: Norman Cook

Lifetime Achievement: Peter Gabriel

The Special International Award: Quincy Jones

The Academy Fellowship: George Fenton


Well, you know how we love a corporate kafuffle at CMU, so this is fun. According to New York website The Daily Swarm, footwear company Airwair Ltd, the maker of Dr Martens boots, have fired their London ad agency Saatchi & Saatchi after ads appeared online featuring four deceased rock icons, seemingly in heaven, wearing the company's shoes.

Sid Vicious, Kurt Cobain, Joey Ramone and Joe Strummer are the four artists featured - the ad agency has seemingly taken existing photos of the rockers' faces and photoshopped them onto the bodies of angel like people who are wearing Dr Martens boots.

The images are from a UK only ad campaign and surfaced online earlier this week, leading to much blog based debate as to whether it was appropriate to use the images of such legendary musicians in this way, and the issuing of a statement from Courtney Love criticising the campaign and stressing she had not granted permission for Cobain's image to be used.

Despite some reports on the campaign in the British press carrying a quote from a Dr Martens spokesperson saying they had chosen the ads to "communicate that Dr Martens boots are 'made to last'", the shoe company have subsequently distanced themselves from the whole thing, issuing a statement saying they felt the campaign was inappropriate and accusing Saatchi of releasing the ad designs without their permission.

The Daily Swarm quote Airwair CEO David Suddens as saying: "Dr. Martens did not commission the work as it runs counter to our current marketing activities based on FREEDM, which is dedicated to nurturing grass roots creativity and supporting emerging talent". He added that the artwork should never have appeared in the public domain, saying that "as a consequence [of the release], Dr Martens has terminated its relationship with the responsible agency".

In a separate statement he also responded to Courtney Love's response to the Kurt Cobain ad by saying: "We do think that it is offensive. We made a mistake. My message to Courtney Love is this is something we shouldn't have been doing".

However, a spokesman for Saatchi says they were given approval to run the ads in the London based Fact Magazine as a one off promotion, although they admitted that one of their employees had also posted the artwork on a US website without client permission, and that that was a breach of "agency and client protocol". Despite that they stood by the integrity of the campaign, stressing that the four selected rock icons were all known to wear Dr Marten boots.


Talking of brands getting into bother over their music associations, Afrika Bambaataa's Soul Sonic Force have sued Mars Inc and their ad agency Grey Global Group over the use of their legendary 1982 track 'Planet Rock' on a Starburst ad. Presumably Mars and Grey assumed they'd correctly licenced use of the song off someone (unless they're really incompetent), so on what grounds Soul Sonic Force are claiming the track was used without permission I'm not sure. Their lawsuit was filed in New York earlier this week.


Elsewhere in the pop courts, former partners in crime Jay-Z and Damon Dash are being sued for a sweet $15 million by a Philadelphia based author who claims the duo stole the concepts of one of his books for their 2002 movie 'State Property'. Dash co-starred and Jay-Z (real name Shawn Cartner) cameoed in the movie, which was produced by their then joint venture company Roc A Fella.

In the lawsuit, one Antonne Jones says that he was in negotiations with Carter and Dash in 1998 about them securing the movie rights for his novel 'The Family: A Philadelphia Story', but that their negotiations ended when the hip hop moguls wouldn't meet the $500,000 price tag he was demanding - Carter and Dash were only willing to offer $50,000.

Jones say that the film Carter and Dash then went on to make bears significant resemblance to his novel, and that the duo basically ripped off his concepts for the movie. He is suing for $15 million in damages, even though the film only reportedly took $2 million at the box office. Not sure how Jones justifies such a high claim, or why it's taken him so long to get round to suing. Presumably we'll find out if and when the case goes to court.


And elsewhere in the pop courts, Jay-Z division, the Def Jam chief is also being sued by a woman who used to work at his New York nightclub 40/40, for allegedly failing to pay employees the minimum wage. She also says management at the club took a percentage of tips left for staff members. The woman, one Celeste Williams, is seeing unspecified damages, and also claims 100 other staff were treated in the same way. A spokesman for 40/40 denied all charges.


Quite why anyone would want to watch footage of the crash that killed TLC member Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes, filmed from inside the car she died in, I don't know, but the footage has appeared in a new VH1 documentary aired in the US last week. Lopes, of course, died in a car crash in Honduras in 2002 while being filmed doing missionary work in the country. The film shows Lopes driving, and passing a Coke can to people in the back of the vehicle. Then, for reasons that aren't clear, the car begins to swerve, you hear Lopes scream, and the footage stops. Lopes, who wasn't wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, was the only fatality.


The Strokes have posted a statement on their MySpace page indicating that they won't be releasing any new stuff any time soon. The post reads: "The band are still enjoying some much-needed 'time off'. I wouldn't expect anything to come out this year. In the meantime, they are staying busy pursuing some other personal interests and are busy working/writing/rehearsing and all those things bands do in-between albums. But there are no immediate plans to release an album or tour for the time being".

So there you go. Band member Albert Hammond Jr is doing a few UK Festival dates this summer, however, if you're suffering from Strokes withdrawal.


Ulrich Schnauss has confirmed he will follow up his new EP, 'Quicksand Memory', which is out on Monday on Independiente, with a full album next month. The long player will be called 'Goodbye' and is due for release on 18 Jun. Which is all very exciting because it's been a while since we enjoyed brand new stuff from Mr Schnauss.


50 Cent has told Blender magazine that Eminem is secretly hard at work on a new album, despite implications in the last year or so that he was planning to take a bit of a back seat. Fiddy revealed: "He's got a new album coming. He's not gonna tell people that, but he's making new music." Will Mr Mathers be pleased someone told everyone for him then?

Oh well, whatever. The rap star continued: "I've heard a few songs, and it's hot. He won't tell nobody he's working on a new album, but I'll tell you: he's working on new music. And once he locks into it, like, 'This is my favourite shit,' it's gonna come out".


Primal Scream are to release their first DVD on 25 Jun. 'Primal Scream - Riot City Blues Tour' comprises a recording of a November 2006 gig at the Hammersmith Apollo, plus back stage interviews and twelve promo videos.


According to reports, Debbie Harry and Lily Allen are due to perform a duet on US TV. The pair are set to cover Blondie's 'Heart Of Glass' on NBC's The Today Show. Harry will also play three other Blondie tracks. The singer is set to release a new album, 'Necessary Evil', in August.


Former Audioslave frontman and recent Bond theme maker Chris Cornell and the visa challenge that is Snoop Dogg have both been confirmed for the Hamburg leg of Al Gore's Live Earth extravaganza. They will both play the German bit of the global warming awareness boosting event on 7 Jul.


However, Cream will not be playing that or any of the Live Earth shows. The bassist from the sixties supergroup, Jack Bruce, has denied reports that the trio will reform for the Al Gore event. However, he has said that some kind of reunion concert will happen sometime this year. Though this is the same Jack Bruce who told the Scotsman just ten days ago no Cream reunion was in the pipeline because "none of us want to do it", so I plan to remain disinterested in all Cream reunion talk until definite dates and venues are announced. Which isn't as difficult as it might sound because, if I'm being honest, I'll be quite disinterested in a Cream reunion even if it does go ahead.


Simon and Garfunkel have appeared on stage together for the first time since their reunion performances in 2003 and 2004. The pair were in Washington for that previously reported concert, a tribute to Paul Simon organised by the US Library Of Congress to mark the singer songwriter's receipt of their inaugural Gershwin Award.

Simon introduced Garfunkel as his "dear friend and partner in arguments", before the duo performed 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' and 'Cecilia'. Simon was also joined by Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the choir who appear on the 'Graceland' album, for a performance of 'Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes'.


Hurrah, we like The Furies, and the band are set to play Club Fandango @ The Dublin Castle in Camden on Tuesday. That's the 29 May. Crikey, is it that late already? Anyway, they're on at 9pm and you should check them out before they get big - they're presently working on their first studio album, and generating a lot of interest.


We like Vatican DC, they really are one of the best new bands out there, which is why I'm running the dates of their current tour, even though it required quite a bit of reformatting on my part (the press release included lots of very long MySpace links). After all that reformatting, the least you can do is go see one of these, surely? If you can't make any of these, they also play Nambucca in London on 19 Jul.

26 May: Kings Tuts, Glasgow
27 May: Little Civic, Wolverhampton
30 May: Clapham Grand, London
5 Jun: Thekla, Bristol
6 Jun: Joiners, Southampton
9 Jun: Bournemouth Uni Summer Ball


Now, Radio Soulwax events are always worth checking out, and there's one in London tonight, brought to us by the people at My Beautiful City, Go!Zilla & Modular (the hardest record label in the world to get in touch with). On the bill are Soulwax themselves as 2ManyDJs and Nite Versions plus all the following: Sebastian (Ed Bangers), JG Wilkes (Optimo), Herve (Dubsided), Foals (Live), DJ Kaos (Kitsune), Maurice Fulton (Tirk), Muscles (Live), Punks Jump Up (Kitsune), Disastronaught and the Modular DJs. It all takes place from 9pm tonight through to 6am tomorrow morning in the railway arches on Tooley Street, SE1. Tickets are twenty quid in advance from Press info from


The digital radio sector is hoping to boost its audience with the release of a new device which will allow consumers to listen to digital radio stations on an iPod.

Digital radio chipset firm Frontier Silicon has announced it is working with Yorkshire based consumer electronics firm Roberts Radio to create a plug-in radio device that will work with Apple's popular iPod, as well as other mobiles and MP3 players. The radio will receive both traditional FM radio stations, plus those stations broadcasting via DAB digital radio. Because the DAB technology used by the UK radio industry was originally developed for use in car stereo systems it is especially good for portable devices.

As previously reported, the radio industry has invested heavily in the DAB system and, while uptake has increased considerably in recent years, are still keen to pursue any initiatives that can make DAB listening the norm.

Commenting on the expansion of portable DAB devices, Ralph Bernard, the boss of one of the UK radio firms who has invested most heavily in DAB, GCap Media, told reporters: "Adding radio to mobile phones and MP3 players means the size of the radio receiver market can double overnight, leading to more opportunities to listen to radio than ever before."

While BBC radio boss Jenny Abramsky added: "One of the key challenges for the radio industry is how to ensure that radio is included in every device".


Former EMI Group CEO Jim Fifield is reportedly in the middle of raising money via the Qatari royal family in a bid to make a competing bid to buy his former employer. Fifield was originally involved in the EMI takeover bid being made by private equity types Corvus but, as reported yesterday, they have backed away from the bidding war now that the EMI board have named rivals Terra Firma as their preferred buyer. But Fifield is still keen to win ownership of the London based major, and is now planning a bid with funds from other sources, mainly, as I say, the Qatari royal family. According to the New York Post, who have been reporting on Fifield's EMI takeover plans, if he does win ownership he is thinking of splitting up the Group and selling off the publishing bit to Charles Koppelman, the chairman of the Martha Stewart corporation. Given those plans he is never likely to win support for his bid from the existing EMI Group board, so he'd need to win over shareholders with a good offer to outbid the board preferred Terra Firma.


The government has announced it is referring BSkyB's previously reported purchase of a 17.9% stake in ITV to the Competition Commission. As previously reported, various media types, and in particular Virgin Media (who were considering an ITV takeover at the time of Sky's share purchase), plus media regulator OfCom and the Office Of Fair Trading have all expressed concern about the satellite TV giant having a stake in the flagship terrestrial commercial broadcaster, even though their 17.9% share does comply with media ownership laws. DTI Secretary Alistair Darling told reporters yesterday that: "On the basis of the evidence before me, a fuller investigation by the Competition Commission is justified". Responding to that news BSkyB said in a statement: "We look forward to engaging with the Competition Commission as the ongoing regulatory process enters its next phase". Branson and Virgin Media bosses presumably went "woo!".


The Daily Star is revamping its music and showbiz section following the departure of the section's main columnist Joe Mott, who is hoping to pursue a TV career. Mott's deputy Kate Dawson will take over the column, which will have a new name and design from 4 Jun.


Some US rap newcomer called Mims (actually, he's doing pretty well with his debut single over there, I hear) has denied reports that he has "challenged" 50 Cent by alleging that his fellow-rapper is "jealous" of him, and "should be worried" by his (Mims') chart success.

The rapper, clearly not wanting to start a new hip-hop war, says: "It has come to my attention that rumors of me making certain statements about 50 Cent are circulating the internet throughout the U.S. Basically, without getting into details these statements are false. Every interview I've been in I actually spoke highly of 50 Cent. I've made remarks saying I respect his work and his ambition and also his business methods. I also made a comment saying that I believe his next album is going to be his best one yet".

He continued: "I don't know 50 Cent personally, nor do I know what his worries are. So it isn't my business to comment on that. I'm not sure where certain statements come from... but simply not from my mouth".


Marilyn Manson has told Radio 1 about a meeting with Justin Timberlake and his mum during the former N Sync star's recent tour. Manson says: "I met Justin Timberlake and I liked him. I met his mother too. He brings her on tour with him, I guess as some sort of prop. When we met I had just watched this sex documentary, unfortunately for his mother, and the first thing I said to her was 'Did you know that a woman has three holes between their legs?'"

Presumably she did, as she's a woman. I'm surprised that it took Manson all of his 38 years and a sex documentary to discover this. Sounds like a pretty stupid thing to say, if you ask me, but Manson claims that "she was fascinated".

Maybe she's just really, really polite.

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