CMU Daily - on the inside Monday 19th November
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Boy George filed with legal papers as he DJs
- Friend of Lewis murdered in gang shooting
- Amy and Kate criticised by UN
- Amy performance improves, through trip to Glasgow not without incident
- American Idol winners win at AMAs
- The Police win at Billboard live awards
- Student Radio Award winners
- Brits launch new talent award
- Velvet Revolver refused Japanese visas
- Morrissey announces Roundhouse residency
- Astley comeback
- Music, poetry and film with Larrikin Love
- Amato distribution goes under
- Edge launch new fund raising phase
- Chart update
- playlist
- Total Rock world album chart
- Fiddy on bitches, still killing and Eminem not touring
- Britney videoed jumping red light
- Kiss man not impressed with digital age


Another reminder that you should all be voting right now in the CMU Track Of The Year poll.

Here is how it works. We want you to email us the name of the track you most rated in 2007, and the artist behind it, plus some words on why you think it was so great. It can be any track that first surfaced this year - a single, album track, remix, mash up, TV theme tune - whatever. Email your votes, with your name, company and job title to We will feature some of your votes and reasons here in the Daily during December, and will then release an overall top ten, on which you can then vote a second time so that we can select an overall track of the year. It's all very exciting. If a bit complicated.

So, to put this more simply, email us the name of your favourite track of 2007 to now. Well, unless you have a sneaky suspicion the best track of the year hasn't been released yet, in which case feel free to wait until mid-December to vote.


Having played five gigs in five days in London earlier this month, Inward Eye definitely have the kind of work ethic that should result in success. Especially when you consider that they flew over from their hometown of Winnipeg, Canada just for the shows. Their five nights in the capital included a gig at Club Fandango at 229, where this intrepid CMUer lurked at the back of the venue, hoping to work out why bloggers had been making such a fuss over these new 1965 Records signings. After the first song (which was actually their third but, erm, I was a bit late) it became clear why, as Inward Eye proved themselves an excellent live act with 'Shame', off a forthcoming EP, proving to be a particularly likeable foot stomping anthem. 'Blind Paranoia', also on the EP, is another top effort, crossing between The Datsuns and early Green Day, with lead singer Dave yelping for all he's worth. Best of all, both these songs are available on their Myspace right now.


So, it goes like this. Boy George is DJing in a Manchester club, a clubber comes up to the DJ booth and hands him a piece of paper. George, assuming said clubber is a fan after an autograph, signs the piece of paper. Said clubber hands over another piece of paper, reveals he's a representative of legal firm Levy's and announces that the former Culture Club frontman has just signed a form confirming he has received legal papers informing him he faces bankruptcy unless he pays up £36,000 to the clubber's client. Ouch.

The legal papers relate to a dispute between George and a Cheshire based club promoter called Kasia Saleh. She was behind a US based venture called Club GAY USA, and booked George to play at the club. But he pulled out of the booking at the last minute, something which, Saleh claims, caused the whole fledgling Club GAY USA venture to collapse. She sued in the UK and was awarded £36,000 damages. George was ordered to pay up before 2 Nov but failed to do so. The Statutory Declaration served on George by the Levy's lawyer at the Essential club in Manchester is part of Saleh's attempts to bankrupt the DJ in order to secure her monies.

A spokesman for Levy's told reporters: "He was gobsmacked. As soon as we said, 'You have been served with a statutory declaration' he went, 'Oh!'. He could not understand it. He was gobsmacked".

George is yet to comment. The bankruptcy threat comes just days after the singer was formally charged over allegations of false imprisonment made by male escort Auden Carlsen who claims George and another man chained him up at the Culture Club man's Shoreditch home.


Despite her chart successes (more on which in a minute) last week was not a good week for former X-Factor winner Leona Lewis after she was reportedly left "devastated" by the news a childhood friend had been shot dead by a gang in London.

Seventeen year old Etem Celebi was murdered close to his Stoke Newington home on Thursday, seemingly shot by members of the 'Stamford Hill' gang in retaliation for a stabbing of one of their members by a rival gang, based on the same housing estate as Celebi.

The victim had been a life long friend of both Lewis and her boyfriend Lou Al-Chamaa. A friend of the couple told reporters: "We have all known him most of our lives".


A United Nations drugs official has criticised Amy Winehouse and Kate Moss for "glamourising" the use of cocaine.

Warning that Colombian drug barons had recently found new routes for importing the drug into Europe, mainly via West Africa, Antonio Costa of the UN's Office On Drugs And Crime said that cocaine use in the UK had doubled in the last decade, and blamed stars like Winehouse and Moss who, he says, glorify the use of the drug, for contributing to that rise.

Costa: "Look at Kate Moss, who still receives lucrative contracts after she was photographed sniffing [cocaine]. Amy Winehouse became popular by singing 'I ain't going to rehab' even though she badly needed and eventually sought treatment".

He added that the growing power of the drug barons in West Africa was damaging the economies there, implying that those who used or glamorised the drug contributed to poverty in Africa. He concluded: "A sniff here and a sniff there in Europe is causing another disaster in Africa, to add to its poverty, its mass unemployment and its pandemics".


To be fair to Amy, she was hardly glamorising drug use in Birmingham last Wednesday night, with that widely criticised shambolic first night of her UK tour hardly promoting the benefits of a drink and drug filled lifestyle.

There was speculation on Friday that the whole tour might collapse after concerns were raised that ticket buyers at other dates could expect a similarly shambolic performance, and that Winehouse wasn't physically up to touring at all. That speculation rose when it was announced the singer's tour manager, Thom Stone, had quit, claiming it was just too stressful trying to manage the increasingly erratic Winehouse, and that he had found he was passively inhaling heroin when near Winehouse and her now jailed husband Blake Fielder-Civil's regular tour bus druggy sessions. A source told The Sun last week: "He [Stone] was constantly bailing her out. He was watching them get off their head on drugs and wondering whether Amy was even going to get up on stage. It was a nightmare job".

Stone reportedly gave Winehouse a doctor's note that claimed the pressures of managing the singer's tour were simply a risk to his health, but it seems Amy didn't take the claims too seriously and was actually quite happy to get rid of her tour manager. A friend of the couple told the tabs: "When he produced this note Blake and Amy thought it was a joke. They didn't get on with Thom and were taking the piss when he tried to pull that excuse to leave. They wanted rid of him anyway".

But despite all that speculation, Winehouse did make it to her Glasgow gigs on time this weekend, and by all accounts put on a much better show that in Birmingham last week. Though while fans at the gigs were speaking more positively of Winehouse than their counterparts in the Midlands, not everyone was saying good things about Amy this weekend. Those who flew on the same London-Glasgow plane as the singer were quite pissed off that she allegedly spent three ten minute sessions in the plane's toilet. One fellow passenger told reporters: "She was rolling in her seat and looked totally out of it. She kept locking herself in the toilet. Other passengers were having to walk to the other end of the plane and were getting annoyed".

Meanwhile others have claimed Winehouse was smoking in the toilet, and say that a member of the crew on the BA flight told passengers: "Our famous little friend is smoking in the toilet. It's just that the smoke alarm hasn't gone off yet". BA have denied a crew member made any such announcement, but have confirmed there will be an internal investigation about Winehouse's behaviour on the flight and of their staff's response to it.


Awards news now, and former American Idol finalist Chris Daughtry may not have won the pop talent show, but he did well at the public voted American Music Awards this weekend, winning Breakthrough Artist, Favourite Adult Contemporary Artist and Favourite Pop/Rock Album with his band Daughtry.

The triple win put him ahead of Justin Timberlake, who took two gongs at the awards fest, Favourite Pop-Rock Artist and Favourite Soul/R&B Album for 'FutureSex/Love Sounds'. Another former American Idol contestant - a winner this time - also won two awards, Carrie Underwood took Favourite Female Country Artist and Favourite Country Album.

For those who like their winner lists in full, here's the full list of winners from the Grammy-rivalling US awards fest...

Pop Or Rock
Favorite Male Artist: Justin Timberlake
Favorite Female Artist: Fergie
Favorite Band, Duo or Group: Nickleback
Favorite Album: Daughtry - Daughtry

Favorite Male Artist: Tim McGraw
Favorite Female Artist: Carrie Underwood
Favorite Album: Carrie Underwood - Some Hearts
Favorite Band, Duo or Group: Rascal Flatts

Soul/Rhythm & Blues
Favorite Male Artist: Akon
Favorite Female Artist: Rihanna
Favorite Album: Justin Timberlake - FutureSex/LoveSounds

Favorite Band, Duo or Group - Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
Favorite Male Artist - TI
Favorite Album: TI - TI vs TIP

Adult Contemporary Music
Favorite Artist: Daughtry

Latin Music
Favorite Artist - Jennifer Lopez

Alternative Rock Music
Favorite Artist - Linkin Park

Contemporary Inspirational
Favorite Artist - Casting Crowns

Favorite Album - High School Musical 2

Favorite Breakthrough Artist


More US awards, this time on a live music theme - the Billboard Touring Awards - and The Police dominated taking the Top Grossing and Top Ticket Selling Tour Of 2007 awards.

Commenting on the win, Arthur Fogel of the tour's producers Live Nation told reporters: "Clearly there was pent-up demand from 20 plus years of them not touring and the fact that they were, when they split up in the mid-80s, at their peak and they were very prolific and very successful. But none of those factors could be taken for granted and from day one it was determined that a high-profile launch was needed to ensure the tour was successful".

Other winners at the awards were Justin Timberlake, who took the Breakthrough Award for his Futuresex/Loveshow tour, the UK's Download Festival which was named Top Festival and Madison Square Garden which won Top Arena.


I'm pretty sure we promised you a run down of the winners of the UK Student Radio Awards which took place in London last week. Hosted by Radio 1's Scott Mills and Edith Bowman, the winners went like this...

Student Station Of The Year
Gold: CUR1350 - University Of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin University
Silver: Smoke Radio - University Of Westminster
Bronze: Demon FM - De Montfort University

Female Presenter Of The Year
Gold: Katherine Godfrey - CUR1350
Silver: Faye Lions-White -
Bronze: Becca Day-Preston - Fuse Fm

Male Presenter Of The Year
Gold: Kenny Donohue - Bailrigg FM
Silver: David Dodd - Birst
Bronze: Greg Hughes -

Best Specialist Music Programming
Gold: Departures - Lee Matthews, CSR FM
Silver: Getting Funk'd - Eddy Elton, LCR 1350
Bronze: Different Drum - Jacob Niedzinchi, Purple Radio

Best Scripted Programming
Gold: Kiwk Lit Classix Presents... Wuthering Heights - Jacqueline Curthoys, Birst
Silver: It's Your Problem - Ben Worsfield, RAW
Bronze: November Day - Rebecca Bellini, UCA Radio

Best Journalistic Programming
Gold: Newslink Big 25 -
Silver: Surge Newsweek - Matt Hurst, Surge
Bronze: Xpress News - Syd Lawrence, Xpress Radio

Best Entertainment Programming
Gold: The Big Chewsie - Ben Anderson, Matt Cooper, Paul Davis, Nick Gibson, Adam Wilbourn, RAW
Silver: Will & Russ On Primetime - Will Foster And Russell Gowers, RAW
Bronze: Weekend Breakfast - Charles Lyons, Rachel Garforth, Tanya Mercer, Martin Steers - CUR1350

Best Technical Innovation
Gold: Mobile Broadcast System - Chris Cantwell, RAW
Silver: Matt Hurst, Surge
Bronze: Matthew Fortune, URY

Best Marketing & Branding
Gold: 1449am URB - University Of Bath
Joint Silver: Fresh Air, University Of Edinburgh
Joint Silver: Surge, University Of Southampton

Best Interview
Gold: Jack Penate - Gareth Ragg And Sarah Holmes, URN 1350
Silver: Ewan Mcgregor - Tim Johns, Fresh Air
Bronze: Layik Hama - Jimmy Smallwood,

Best Live Event / Outside Broadcast
Gold: Elections Night - URN 1350
Silver: Battle Of The Band Final - RAW
Bronze: Welsh Assembly Elections, Storm FM

Student Radio Newcomer Of The Year
Gold: Neil Kingston,
Silver: Dan Gough, URN 1350
Bronze: Guillaume Wright, Oxide

Elsewhere in the world of college media, the Guardian's Student Media Awards are upcoming - this week I think, though their website is a bit non-committal on the matter and a call to find out went to voicemail. We do know that the NUS' Student Journalism Awards, which normally compete with the Guardian event, are taking a year off and are under review with a planned 2009 relaunch.


More awards, and the organisers of the Brits have announced that they are launching a new prize to celebrate up and coming music talent. This award will be voted for by journalists and editors, and the winner will be announced next month, though they will collect their prize at the main Brits bash in February.

Commenting on the new prize, BPI boss Geoff Taylor told reporters: "The Brits is a great platform to profile the pick of the past year's established and new artists to a wider domestic and international audience. This new category allows us to use the UK's premier music event to profile even more emerging UK talent".


Velvet Revolver have been forced to cancel four shows in Japan after the country's "increasingly tough" immigration officials took exception to the band's member's personal histories, which have included various arrests, and refused to issue them with visas.

A statement from the band issued last week read: "We want to apologise to our fans in Japan that we won't be able to perform our scheduled concerts. We don't understand why the authorities won't give us visas, when they granted them for us in 2005 for what was a successful tour and a great experience. We love Japan and look forward to our return there".

The band is appealing the refused visa request but that process is expected to take months.


Morrissey has announced that he will play six shows at London's Roundhouse in January - his first UK dates in 13 months. He will play the Camden venue on 21, 22, 23, 25, 26 and 27 Jan.


But more important than that, Rick Astley is planning a comeback after enjoying some live dates in Japan. He is due to announce a one off tour featuring a number of star guests. Rick told reporters this weekend: "I was offered a really nice trip to Japan to do some of my 80s hits ... and to my surprise I kind of enjoyed it. I've done some little gigs where I've done swing numbers, but in terms of singing for thousands of people, it's still a bit of a buzz".


Blue Flowers Events are offering an interesting mix of music, poetry and film at an event at the Lyric Theatre in London on 9 Dec designed to celebrate the unveiling of Ed Larrikin's (of Larrikin Love) new 'project' called 'The Pan I Am'.

The evening will include readings from flamboyant pop star Patrick Wolf and jazz-punk types Polar Bear, film projections from Jonas Mekas and his collective SpoolPool, the inevitable 'special guests' and an indoor market. Larrikin will also be there, obviously.

For celeb spotters, previous guests at these events have included Kevin Spacey, The Specials' Terry Hall and, erm, banal twit Fearne Cotton, proving that no club night can ever be perfect. Head to to book tickets for the event, priced at £10. The night runs from 6.30pm to 11.00pm. More at, press info from


Bad news for the indie sector, especially on the dance side, following the news that UK based indie distributor Amato has gone into liquidation. Amato did distribution - physical and digital - for indie labels like Border Community, BPitch Control, Crosstown Rebels and Kompakt. There is still no official comment on the company's demise on its website, though that may follow this week.


London based investment firm Edge Performance VCT plc has announced it is embarking on another phase of fund raising, looking to raise £25 million to invest in live entertainment projects.

In a statement launching the fund raising, the Edge Group told possible investors: "The live music and festival market in the UK has demonstrated strong growth. The Office For National Statistics puts a yearly expenditure on live entertainment of £2.03bn in 2005/6. Mintel forecasts that the National Arenas Association will see both the number and attendance at major live events more than double, compared with 2006, increasing to more than 2,000 events and 11 million people annually. In all 52% of adults (equating to 25.8m people) saw live music in the first six months of 2007, up from 32% in 2005. The recent opening and refurbishment of key venues such as Wembley Stadium, the O2 Arena and the Royal Festival Hall has increased the opportunities for live music performances".

Edge Group founder David Glick added: "We have just completed the investment of the funds raised in 2006 and are the first 2006 VCT to have achieved this aim. In addition, we have declared our first dividend. The projected growth of the live music and events market is very exciting and with Edge having first mover advantage and a strong management and advisory team we are seen to be the ideal business partner. We see no reason why we will not continue to be the first port of call for first class investment opportunities".


Former X-Factor winner Leona Lewis has set the British record for fastest selling debut album after her new long player 'Spirit' sold 375,000 units last week, 12,000 more than previous record holder Arctic Monkeys sold of their debut 'Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not' in its first week of sale.

However, she was some way off the overall fastest selling album, Oasis' third album 'Be Here Now', which sold 813,000 copies in its first week of sale back in 1997. Coldplay's 'X&Y' and Dido's 'Life For Rent' also sold more in their first weeks than 'Spirit'. Still, it's quite an achievement for Lewis, and good news for her label SonyBMG.

Lewis also outsold three other big releases to take the top slot in this week's albums chart - the Spice Girls' hits collection which went in at 2, the Led Zeppelin hits collection which went in at 4 and the new Celine Dion album which went in at 5. Other new entries in the greatest hits dominated albums chart run thus: Killers' rarities release 'Sawdust' at 7, Andrea Bocelli's best of at 8, Take That's cash-in tour edition of 'Beautiful World' at 9, David Gray's hits package at 11, Cliff Richard's new 'Love' album at 13, the Beautiful South/Housemartins collection at 16, Craig David's 'Trust Me' at 18, the John Barrowman album at 22, the Rolling Stones best of at 26 and Seal's 'System' at 37.

Lewis tops the singles chart too, with her, Take That and Timbaland all retaining their respective Top 3 positions this week. New entries singles wise come from Bloc Party with 'Flux' at 8, Runrig with 'Loch Lomond' at 9, T2 and Jodie Ayshia with 'Heartbroken' at 14, Elvis with 'You Don't Have To Say You Love Me' at 16, Nickelback with 'Rockstar' at 20 and Lahayna with 'In The City' at 33. And finally Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway To Heaven' has entered at 37 thanks to the about-to-reform band's music going on legit download platforms for the first time last week.


Here they are again, the videos being played on the video screen network in students' unions all over the UK. New entries marked with a *.

Arctic Monkeys - Teddy Picker (Domino)*
Bloc Party - Flux (Wichita)
Dizzee Rascal - Flex (Beggrars/XL)
Editors - The Racing Rats (SonyBMG/Columbia)
Foo Fighters - Long Road To Ruin (SonyBMG/Columbia)
Gallows - Staring At The Rude Bois (Warner)
KT Tunstall - Saving My Face (EMI/Relentless)
Madina Lake - One Last Kiss (Warner/Roadrunner)
Operator Please - Leave It Alone (Brille)
The Pigeon Detectives - I Found Out (Dance To The Radio)
Reverend and The Makers - Open Your Window (Wall of Sound)
Rihanna feat Ne-Yo - Hate That I Love You (Universal/Def Jam)
SE:SA feat. Sharon Phillips - Like This, Like That (EMI/Positiva)
Simian Mobile Disco - Hustler (Wichita)
Shy Child - Drop The Phone (PIAS / Wall of Sound)
The Whip - Sister Siam (Southern Fried)

Cage The Elephant - Free Love (EMI/Relentless)
The Dirty - Why, I Think It's Love (Brownpunk)
Estelle - Wait A Minute (Just A Touch) (Warner/Homeschool)
The Go! Team - Wrath of Marcie (Memphis Industries)
Good Shoes - Small Town Girl (Brille)
Interpol - No I In Threesome (EMI/Parlophone)*
Maximo Park - Karaoke Plays (Warp)
Nickelback - Rockstar (Warner/Roadrunner)*
Orphan Boy - Alderley Edge (Concrete)*
Peter Gelderblom - Waiting 4 (Data)*
Plain White T's - Hate (I Really Don't Like You) (EMI/Hollywood)
The Rumble Strips - Time (Fallout)
Scouting For Girls - Elvis Ain't Dead (SonyBMG/Epic)
Stateless - Bloodstream (!K7)
The Twang - Push The Ghosts (B-Unique)
Uniting Nations - Do It Yourself (Gusto)


It's the Total Rock World Album Chart, as counted down on Total Rock over the weekend - New entries and re-entries marked with a *.

1. Bruce Springsteen - Magic (SonyBMG/Columbia)
2. Foo Fighters - Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace (SonyBMG)
3. Serj Tankian - Elect The Dead (Serjical Strike)
4. Linkin Park - Minutes To Midnight (Warner Bros)
5. Avenged Sevenfold - Avenged Sevenfold (Warner Bros)*
6. Eagles - Long Road Out Of Eden (Universal)
7. Kid Rock - Rock - N Roll Jesus (Warner/Atlantic)
8. Coheed And Cambria - No World For Tomorrow (SonyBMG/Columbia)
9. Nightwish - Dark Passion Play (Nuclear Blast)
10. Nickelback - All The Right Reasons (Warner/Roadrunner)
11. Daughtry - Daughtry (SonyBMG)
12. Bon Jovi - Lost Highway (Universal/Mercury)
13. Jimmy Eat World - Chase This Light (Universal/Geffen)
14. Alter Bridge - Blackbird (Republic)
15. Angels & Airwaves - I-Empire (Universal/Geffen)*
16. Paramore - Riot! (Warner/Atlantic)
17. Queen - Greatest Hits Vols. 1, 2, 3 (EMI)
18. Fall Out Boy - Infinity On high (Universal/Mercury)*
19. Ozzy Osbourne - Black Rain (SonyBMG/Epic)
20. 30 Seconds To Mars - A Beautiful Lie (EMI/Virgin)


50 Cent has been moaning about the previously reported decision by various US media outlets to change the name of his current single 'I Still Kill' into 'I Still Will', or some other title avoiding the 'Kill' word. Fiddy reckons it's unfair because the same media outlets are playing Britney's new single unedited, even though it contains the word 'bitch'. Calling someone a 'bitch', you see, is quite similar to killing them.

Here's what Fiddy told MTV: "I guess they have their rules that apply individually to each artist separately: 'Oh no, he can't say that, cos he feels like that about that person'. But it's not a rule that applies to everybody else. Matter of fact, my next single, I'm going to start it 'It's Britney, bitch!'".

Meanwhile, Fiddy also told MTV that his mate Eminem isn't likely to tour anytime soon because he doesn't like being forced away from daughter Hailey for long periods of time. Fiddy: "I've toured more than him because he has Hailey and he likes to physically be at the house. A lot of people don't know the reason behind him touring less - but Hailey would put boxes in front of the door thinking this would stop him going. He [Eminem] would fly back on a private plane after the show so he could drive her to school in the morning so for him the tour was exhausting".


Talking of Britney, there was yet another hearing in the increasingly tedious Britney/K-Fed custody case last week, and this time the Fed's lawyers reportedly presented the court with a video showing his ex driving through a red light. His lawyers aren't commenting because, they say, the judge hearing the custody case has banned both sides from talking to the press, but c'leb site reckons the video showed Britney jumping the red light at a Hollywood Hills junction with the couple's two children in her car at the time. The Fed's legal types will presumably use the video as further evidence that the manic Britney is in no condition to have anything but occasional supervised visits with her two children, and nothing like the 50% custody she is pushing for. The case will go back on to court on 26 Nov.


Kiss' Gene Simmons has said his band isn't planning on making a new album any time soon because he doesn't see the point while kids are downloading all the new music for free. Speaking to Billboard he said that "nothing in me wants to make new music" in the digital age, adding that the record industry should have done more to stop illegal downloading, observing: "Every little college kid, every freshly-scrubbed little kid's face should have been sued off the face of the earth. They should have taken their houses and cars and nipped it right there in the beginning". Asked about new business models like Radiohead's 'pay what you want' promotion, he continued: "Are they on fucking crack? Do you really believe that's a business model that works?"

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