CMU Daily - on the inside 1 Nov 2002
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In today's CMU Daily:
• Tributes pour in for Jam Master Jay,
• Madonna tops musicians rich list,
• Survey finds we're bored of manufactured pop idols,
• ATP announce line up,
• TOTP award nominations announced,
• Review: Looper - She's A Knife,
• Dre faces law suit from indian composer, • DJ top 100 announced,
• Wall Street Journal report on the root of Universal's problems,
• Ryan Adams inspires Gallagher back to Wonderwall,
• Review: Various - Extra Yard: The Bouncement Revolution,
• More criticism for McCartney after full refund promises not met,
• Rinsing And Remixing: guest DJs confirmed


Tattoos of pop's finest - what have each the following had tattooed on their bodies? Bjork, Janet Jackon and Nsync.
Answer on Monday


Colleagues from across the music industry have been paying tribute to Run DMC's DJ Jam Master Jay who was shot dead in his studio yesterday.

Speaking to the NME Missy Elliot said: "It's real, real sad, I heard about it on the plane here this morning and it just made me feel the same feeling that I felt about Aaliyah, so it took me into that zone. His family and friends, they're now feeling that."

Chuck D, referring to Run DMC as the Beatles of hip-hop, told us: "I'm very, very deeply saddened as well as angered over the loss of a man who was both a hero and a close friend of mine. We were allies and friends, traveled the world together, shared our thoughts and good times, and watched each other's children grow up. This is an immeasurable loss. Run DMC are our Beatles. It is a very dark day for the hip hop community."

P Diddy told reporters: "This is a great loss. Jam Master Jay was a pioneer. He led the way for a whole new genre of talent. Not only was he a great artist, but he was a great man who will be deeply missed."

On their website the Beastie Boys Adam Horovitz wrote: "We're deeply, deeply saddened and devastated by the news. The Beastie Boys toured with Run-DMC in the '80s on the Together Forever tour. It's a terrible loss. He was a wonderful person and a great friend. If Jam Master Jay and Run-DMC hadn't looked out for us way back when, I don't know where we'd be now."

Jam Master Jay, real name Jason Mizell, leaves a wife and three children. Wife Terri has issued a statement thanking fans for their support saying: "Jay's tragic death has left all of us numb. We pray that the person or persons responsible for taking away the breath from this loving husband and wonderful father is captured and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Jason's love, memory and music will continue to live on through all of us."

Mizell's killers are still on the run.


It's that time of the year when the Sunday Times publishes it annual rich list - documenting the top 500 richest people in the UK. Music wise the usual suspects appear - though with Madonna now resident in the UK she takes Paul McCartney's title as richest musician in Britian (she's 15th richest overall). Artist wise, here's the top ten richest in the UK:

1. Madonna - £36m
2. Sir Paul McCartney - £35m
3. Sir Mick Jagger - £24.5 m
4. Keith Richards - £24m
5. Sting - £21.8m
6. Eric Clapton - £14.2 m
7= Rod Stewart - £12m
7= Charlie Watts - £12m
9= Pete Townshend - £10m
9= Robbie Williams - £10m
9= Ronnie Wood - £10 m

Other interesting facts in the survey: we learn that Simon Fuller, the man behind Pop Idol, has made £30 million from the show; that Pop Idol judge and BMG A&R Simon Cowell earned £3m last year, which puts him considerably ahead of Pop Idol winner Will Young who pocketed £500,000.


Fuller may need to find a new source to maintain his riches, because a new survey today claims more than two-thirds of Britons want to see an end to the TV production line of manufactured pop stars. The survey commissioned by Virgin Radio found that 63% of teenagers believe there are too many manufactured acts around, that 82% feel more support should be given to 'real music talent' and that 67% of the public want a halt to the procession of manufactured music. All that said, Virgin have recently banned Will Young, Gareth Gates et al from their playlists, so the survey of 1000 record buyers (all over 16) might not be a true representation on the teen pop market.


Gig promoters Foundation have announced the line up for the next UK All Tomorrow's Parties which will take over Camber Sands holiday park from 4-6 Apr next year. Curated by electronic duo Autechre, one of the highlights will be the first performance in more than twenty years by Captain Beefheart's Magic Band (though group leader Don Van Vliet will not be on hand). Also on the bill are Aphex Twin, Carl Craig, El-P, the Fall, Kool Keith, Jim O'Rourke, Cannibal Ox, LFO, A Guy Called Gerald, and Andrea Parker. More info at


Yep - yet another batch of awards. The BBC's Top Of The Pop Awards have announced their nominations - Coldplay, Ms Dynamite and Will Young are all up for three awards each. Those nominees in full:

Top newcomer: Ms Dynamite, Gareth Gates, The Streets, Holly Valance, Will Young
Top R&B: Ashanti, Mary J Blige, Ms Dynamite, Nelly, Ja Rule
Top rock: Coldplay, Nickelback, Oasis, Puddle Of Mudd, Red Hot Chili Peppers
Top dance: Basement Jaxx, Ian Van Dahl, JXL, Moby, Scooter
Top pop: Atomic Kitten, Blue, Gareth Gates, Sugababes, Will Young
Top tour: Coldplay, Enrique Iglesias, Kylie Minogue, Oasis, Slipknot
Top single: Enrique Iglesias - Hero, Liberty X - Just A Little, Nickelback - How You Remind Me, Shakira - Whenever Wherever, Will Young - Evergreen
Top album: Coldplay - A Rush Of Blood To The Head, Doves -The Last Broadcast, Ms Dynamite - A Little Deeper, Eminem - The Eminem Show, Pink- Missundaztood.

Winners will now be chosen by the public who can phone, text or e-mail their votes. The awards, hosted by Ronan Keating, take place at the Manchester Evening News Arena on 29 Nov.


REVIEW: Looper - She's a Knife (Mute)
Good lord, what has happened to Looper? With its stop-start beat and an intro that sounds like a Destiny's Child track, 'She's a Knife' indicates they've gone all R&B on us. A chorus of girly backing vocals and cheap synth melodies back this up no end. Now, while Looper are no stranger to experimentalism and could never be accused of sticking to a genre, this by-the-numbers chart-style badness is not really worth emulating, surely. We're not saying it's a bad track or anything, just that fans of Looper might not be too impressed. One for TLC enthusiasts only, then. DR
Release date: 4 Nov
Press contact: Out Promotions @ 020 7637 3755 [all]


Indian composer Bappi Lahiri has taken Dr Dre to court in LA claiming a Truth Hurts record produced on his label borrowed heavily from a 20-year-old Hindi song. The suit claims the hit single 'Addictive' was the product of "cultural imperialism" that did not credit Third World artists. Lahiri is suing Dre (real name Andre Ramelle), his label Aftermath Records, and parent companies Interscope Records, Universal Music and Vivendi Universal.

Dre's lawyer, Howard King, dismissed the lawsuit as Lahiri trying to cash in on the rapper's fame. "There's no reason for Dre to be named personally as a defendant in this lawsuit. He didn't write or perform on the record. It happens to have been released on a label he's part owner of. Somebody's just taking advantage of his name."

The track Lahiri claims was stolen was 'Thoda Resham Lagta Hai' by Indian performer Lata Mangeshkar. "They literally superimposed their own drum track and lyrics over the beat," Lahiri's lawyer Anthony Kornarens said. "It's our opinion that the label simply took it for granted that Hindi music was something they didn't need to pay for, that it could be used simply at will."


The votes have been cast for the dotmusic / DJ Magazine Top 100 DJs poll, and the surpise winner is trance DJ Tiesto who beats past winners Sasha and John Digweed to top the chart. 38,481 people from 64 different countires took part in the poll. The top 10 looks something like this:

1 Tiesto
2 Sasha
3 John Digweed
4 Paul Van Dyk
5 Armin Van Buuren
6 Paul Oakenfold
7 Judge Jules
8 Carl Cox
9 Ferry Corsten
10 Lee Burridge

The full Top 100 is online at


Do you remember how entertainment company Vivendi Universal, owners of Polydor, Mercury and Island record labels, plunged into financial mayhem after accusations of false reporting this summer? Now a report in the Wall Street Journal suggests how the company got into such a mess, accusing former chief executive Jean-Marie Messier of being an uncontrolled deal junkie who made decisions without telling anyone else in the company, frequently buying up new companies without informing directors of all the implications. It claims Messier blew billions of dollars buying back Vivendi stock last year in an attempt to keep the share price up; despite the objections of finance director Guillaume Hannezo. The share buy backs caused Vivendi's debt to mushroom, and helped cause the company's financial woes. The work to rescue the Universal group continues - the further sell off of some of its assets (including its music enterprises) has not been ruled out.


Noel Gallagher has said he was inspired to start performing 'Wonderwall' again after hearing Ryan Adams cover it. The seminal Oasis track has not appeared in the band's live set for years. But Noel sang it at the Trade Fair charity gig on Tuesday night, prefixing his performance by saying: "I never got my head round this song until I went to heard Ryan Adams play and he did an amazing cover of it. So now I'm going to cover one of my own songs in the style of heard Ryan Adams." Word is there's mutual admiration between Adams and Oasis - Ryan told the NME recently: "I love Oasis, I really love Oasis. We're not good friends, but Noel and have hung out two or three times. They're the best band in the world."


REVIEW: Various - Extra Yard: The Bouncement Revolution (Big Dada)
With the UK's Black music being informed by a different set of influences and mentalities than the US's Black music scene, the result is inevitably going to be different. While UK hip hop has always played second two anything the US were doing, Bouncement is Britain's own - a meeting of hiphop, UK production and the Jamaican spread: reggae, ragga and dancehall. The album is a solid piece of the scene from leading UK hiphop label, Big Dada, and features tracks from New Flesh, Gamma, Infinite Livez and pioneer, Roots Manuva. The 17 tracks are rugged reality and reflects the diverse approaches people have taken to the discipline, all mixed seamlessly by DJ Excalibah. It may not sound like Aphex Twin, but this is the future. JG
Release date: 21 Oct
Press contact: Zzonked [all]


Fans already annoyed that Paul McCartney has cancelled his Melbourne show, supposedly in a mark of respect to the victims of the Bali bombing, are now getting angry after the gig's promoters failed to refund their booking fees. The media in Australia point out that with an average booking fee of $2 that if 35,000 tickets had been sold for the gig, as claimed, then promoters will pocketed $70,000.

Accusations are now being made that McCartney used the Bali attack as an excuse to cancel the gig after poor ticket sales. In an internet survey of fans only 8% said they thought McCartney made the right decision. 26% said they were "disappointed but understood" and 66% said they were: "mad as hell and not going to take it anymore".

McCartney is yet to comment on his critics in Australia.


Always planning well ahead James Hyman has announced the line up of guest DJs on Xfm's The Rinse and The Remix shows right the way through to next February.

The line up for The Rinse, which goes out each Friday between 11pm and 1am:

1 Nov: Hipp-E & Halo [Fabric]
8 Nov: Proper Filthy Naughty [10 Kilo] + Omid/16B [Hooj Choons]
15 Nov: EZ-Rollers + Unique 3 [Edzy]
22 Nov: Blue States + Groove Armada
29 Nov: DJ C1 + Micky Finn [DMC] + DJ Gregory [Defected] + Joe Ransom [Passenger]
6 Dec: Adam F [Kaos]
13 Dec: Wild Bunch [Massive Attack] [TBC]
20 Dec: Audio Bully's
27 Dec: Dave Ball [Soft Cell]
3 Jan: DJ Stix + Swayzak + Adam Beyer + Erlend Oye [Source]
10 Jan: Spooky + Pablo [Psychonauts] vs. Free Association + Gavin Hardkiss [TBC]
17 Jan: 808 State
24 Jan: Paul Oakenfold
31 Jan: J-Walk
7 Feb: Gary Martin [Teknotika]

The line up for The Remix, which goes out each Friday between 9 and 11pm:

1 Nov: Aim [Grand Central]
8 Nov: Barry Ashworth/Dub Pistols [Y4K/Distinctive]
15 Nov: Cabaret Voltaire + Bomb 20/Patric C [Berlin]
22 Nov: 18TH REMIX Club night with Princess Superstar [live] + Medicine8 [DJ set] [from CARGO/recorded Thursday 21 Nov]
29 Nov: DJ First Rate [Former 'Scratch Pervert']
6 Dec: DJ Vadim [Ninja Tune]
13 Dec: Mr Scruff
20 Dec: 19TH REMIX Club night [from CARGO/recorded Thursday 20 Dec]
27 Dec: Osymyso Xmas Special
3 Jan: Nightmares On Wax
10 Jan: Brave Captain
17 Jan: Adamski
24 Jan: 20TH REMIX Club night with [from CARGO/recorded Thursday 23 Jan]
31 Jan: Jack Dangers [Meat Beat Manifesto]
14 Feb: Simian [TBC]
21 Feb: 21ST REMIX Club night [from CARGO/recorded Thursday 20 Feb]

You can listen to The Rinse and The Remix on Xfm - 104.9 FM in London, digital radio and Sky channel 864 around the UK and online at


Answer to Thursday's pop quiz:
Last samples question! Who sampled the Eurythmics, Kate Bush, Human League and Slayer - and in which tracks?
The Utah Saints - the Eurythmics' 'There Must Be An Angel' in 'What Can You Do For Me', Kate Bush's 'Cloudbusting' in 'Something Good', Human League's 'Love Action' in 'Believe In Me' and Slayer's 'War Ensemble' in 'I Want You'.

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