CMU Daily - on the inside 20 Nov 2002
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In today's CMU Daily:
• More award nominations,
• Ashcroft's post-Christmas single release,
• So Solid man denied bail,
• Jackson Apologises,
• Singles back on the agenda in Canada,
• Final draft of comms bill published,
• Diddy on presidential rumours,
• Chart update,
• Timberlake slips out of Smash Hit Awards


Which eighties backing singers, who has at least one hit on their own, providing the backing vocals to Geri Halliwell's 'Bag It Up'?

Answer tomorrow


Yep, more awards, this time the American Music Awards, which will take place in LA on 13 Jan. R&B singer Ashanti leads the proceedings with five nominations, while rappers Eminem and Nelly tied for second place with four nominations each (both are nominated for best male in both the pop/rock and hop hip / r&b sections!). As previously reported, this year's American Music Awards will be hosted by the family Osbournes.

Nominees in full:


Favorite Male Artist: Eminem, Enrique Iglesias, Nelly
Favorite Female Artist: Sheryl Crow, Celine Dion, Pink
Favorite Band, Duo, or Group: Creed, Linkin Park, Nickelback
Favorite Album: Ashanti - Ashanti, The Eminem Show - Eminem, Nellyville - Nelly, M!ssundaztood - Pink
Favorite New Artist: Ashanti, Kelly Clarkson, Puddle of Mudd


Favorite Male Artist: Eminem, Ja Rule, Nelly
Favorite Female Artist: Ashanti, sMary J. Blige, Jennifer Lopez
Favorite Band, Duo or Group: B2K, Nappy Roots, OutKast
Favorite Album: Ashanti - Ashanti, The Eminem Show - Eminem, Word of Mouf - Ludacris, Nellyville - Nelly
Favorite New Artist: Ashanti, B2K, Nappy Roots


Favorite Male Artist: Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw
Favorite Female Artist: Martina McBride, Jo Dee Messina, Lee Ann Womack
Favorite Band, Duo, or Group: Brooks & Dunn, Dixie Chicks, Lonestar
Favorite Album: No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems - Kenny Chesney, Home - Dixie Chicks, Drive - Alan Jackson, Unleashed - Toby Keith
Favorite New Artist: Kellie Coffey, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Tommy Shane Steiner


Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist: Vanessa Carlton, Celine Dion, Five for Fighting
Favorite Latin Music Artist: Marc Anthony, Enrique Iglesias, Shakira
Favorite Alternative Music Artist: Creed, Linkin Park, System of a Down
Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist: Avalon, Jars of Clay, P.O.D
Favorite Soundtrack: Lilo & Stitch, The Scorpion King, Spider-Man
Coca-Cola New Music Award: Honeycomb (New York), Moe Loughran (Nashville),
Terell (Jamesburg, N.J.)


Virgin label Hut have confirmed the next single release off Richard Ashcroft's latest album will hit the stores between Christmas and New Year on 30 Dec. 'Science Of Silence' is the second release from Ashcroft's second solo album 'Human Conditions'. Between Christmas and New Year is a very quiet time for record releases - a fact utilised years ago by Iron Maiden when they took 'Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter' to the post-Christmas number one.


A South London judge has sent So Solid Crew's producer G Man back to prison and refused him bail. After his arrest on Thursday on suspicion of carrying a gun and bullets he was offered a £40,000 bail, but police objected to the decision and asked the courts to withdraw the bail option - the judge sided with the police. It means that G Man, real name Jason Philips, will have to stay behind bars for at least a month - bail may be reoffered in four weeks - if not he may be locked up until his trial in the New Year.


Michael Jackson has apologised after the public and media outrage that followed an incident in Berlin where the star dangling his youngest child over the fourth-floor balcony of his hotel. Prince Michael II had a white cloth over his head as Jackson, holding the child with one arm around his waist, held him out over the iron railing of the balcony at the Adlon Hotel. Jackson seemed to think the crowds shouts were cheers - in fact they were the sound of a shocked audience telling him get his child back inside.

As people responded to the images of Jackon's dangling baby, the Chicago based Prevent Child Abuse America told reporters: "It is a painful reminder that even the most well-intentioned among us sometimes act in ways that put children in danger of being abused or neglected."

Jackson has subsequently told reporters: "I made a terrible mistake. I got caught up in the excitement of the moment. I would never intentionally endanger the lives of my children."


Record retailers in Canada are encouraging labels to put more resources into releasing singles. Many labels around the world now see singles as a loss making marketing technique to encourage album sales, leading some to question the need of singles at all. But in Canada, where single releases have dwindled in recent times, HMV reckon album sales are suffering as a result and are now working with labels to reinvigorate the singles market.

"HMV is continuously exploring ways to make shopping for music fun and rewarding for our customers," HMV Canada President Chris Walker told reporters. "Providing music fans the opportunity to sample an album prior to its release is just one of the ways in which we can engage consumers and help boost the Canadian music industry."

"For most of us, our first-ever music purchase was a single," he continued. "There is a sense of nostalgia surrounding singles because we all remember our first one. The only difference today is that we're collecting CDs rather than 45s. And, of course, the fact that there are so many more tracks to choose from than in the past."

To this end HMV are giving 100 single releases, each selling for $3.99, maximum exposure in their Canadian stores.


The government has published the final draft of its Communications Bill, ushering in new rules for the way the media is regulated which includes sweeping changes of media ownership and regulation. The new draft includes 120 changes recommended by Lord Puttnam's research committee, plus the change in radio ownership legislation lobbied for by the major radio groups.


Reporters have been questioning P Diddy about rumours he was considering running for the White House. At a birthday held for the rapper on Monday his spokesperson Nathalie Moar was keen to stress the "Puff for President of the United States" campaign was just a rumor, but Diddy himself simply said: "I'll have to get back to you on that one."


Midweek charts wise it looks like Will Young will get another number one this Sunday. His double a-side 'Don't Let Me Down'/'You And I' is expected to chart ahead of Christina Aguilera's 'Dirrty'. Nelly and Kelly Rowland still have appeal, expected to appear at number three, while Las Ketchup's 'Ketchup Song' is expected to rise back up to four. So expect a pretty rubbish singles chart this week!

Albums wise Robbie should go straight in at number one - say what you like about Mr Williams, but he is outselling Westlife's 'best of' 2 to 1, and that has to be a good thing. Blue's 'One Love', Elton John's 'The Greatest Hits 1970 - 2002' and Pink's 'Missundaztood' should make up the rest of the top five.


Justin Timberlake has pulled out of the Smash Hits T4 Poll Winners Party after breaking his foot! He was booked to co-host the pop awards alongside Kelly Osbourne, and T4's irritating twosome June Sarpong and Vernon Kaye. But during rehearsals he had a small accident and broke his foot - doctors have advised he cancel his commitments for the next two weeks.

He told reporters: "I am sorely disappointed that I must miss any scheduled events. However, I must adhere to my physician's recommendations and rest. I look forward to being able to perform again and hope to see all my fans soon."


Answer to Tuesday's pop quiz:
Easy one - the Manics played their homecoming gig in Cardiff last night - where did they get their name from, and what's the link between their name and the Cardiff venue they played yesterday?

Their name came about many many many years ago when a passer-by called the band 'Manic Street Preachers' as they busked outside St David's Hall, the Cardiff venue they played this week.


There's a slightly reduced service on the CMU Daily this week while we go through the processes of relaunching the CMU OnLine website - which goes live next Monday. Normal service will return next week.

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