CMU Daily - on the inside 25 Nov 2002
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In todays CMU Daily:
• Westlife and Gates Smash Hits winners,
• Rappers’ rap rage,
• Minnelli takes on VH1,
• Beasties back in the studio,
• Green Day join anti-war protest,
• Review: Millionaire – Champagne,
• Eels E on new projects,
• Chrysalis break radio industry gloom,
• Review: The Amalgamation Of Soundz – Hope,
• Waterman adamant on Popstars number one,
• Freaks announce christmas party,
• Classic FM launch TV channel,
• MTV double original programming spend in UK

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Which early-nineties gangsta rapper's death didn't involved a bullet?
Answer tomorrow

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WHATS THE BEST SINGLE AND ALBUM OF 2003
Vote now in the CMU chart of the year. Email your name, where you work / study and the name of your favourite single and album of 2003 to cmucharts@unlimitedmedia.co.uk – and look out for the chart of the year on 20 Dec.

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RECOMMENDED RELEASES: OUT TODAY
Singles: Millionaire – Champagne (PIAS), Ghosts Cauldron – Things You Do/Vortex (!K7), Blue States - Season Song (Beggars/XL)

Albums: Various - Kerrang Recharged (Universal/UMTV), System of A Down - Steal This Album (Sony/Epic), Shy FX & T Power - Set It off (London/FFRR), Various - The Best of Kiss Smooth Grooves (Universal/UMTV), Beverley Knight - Who I Am (EMI/Parlophone), Sum 41 - Does This Look Infected (Universal/Mercury), Various - Gluckich V (Compost Records), Pat Barry – Do Your Dance (Toko Records), Various - Soma Compilation 8 (Soma), Various - Jazz in the House 11: selected by Phil Asher (Slip ‘N’ Slide Records)

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CHART REPORT
Despite predictions that Will Young would go in at number one this week, what with his continuing popularity and the fact his new single ‘Don't Let Me Down’ and ‘You And I’ is raising money for Children in Need, the pop idol had to make do with number two, with Christina Aguilera’s ‘Dirrty’ staying at number one for a second week.

Quite a good singles chart this week if you ignore the top ten (new entries for Jennifer Lopez, S Club and Mariah Carey there) with Sum 41’s ‘Still Waiting’ in at 16, Paul weller’s ‘Leafy Mysteries’ in at 23, The Music’s ‘Getaway’ in at 26, Snoop Dog’s ‘From Tha Chuuch To Da place’ at 27, Suede’s ‘Obsession’ at 29 and Royksopp’s ‘Poor Leno’ at 38.

Albums wise no so hot – there’s some good albums in there of, course, but new entries wise there’s nothing to get excited about (yep Christmas is nearly here). Robbie’s ‘Escapology’ went in at number one as expected, and Jool Holland’s ‘More Friends’ is a welcome new entry at 17. And that’s it – unless you want to hear Marti Pellow singing Wet Wet Wet classics, in at 36.

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WESTLIFE AND GATES SMASH HITS WINNERS
The annual pop fest that is the Smash Hits Poll Winners Party took over the London Arena yesterday, with Westlife and Gareth Gates the clear favourites among the Smash Hits population. Blue, So Solid Crew, Pink and Sugarbabes also won awards, while Christina Aguilera, Pop Idol’s Simon Cowell and Big Brother’s Jade Goody took the negative gongs for worst hair cut, nastiest man in pop and most hideous thing ever respectively.

Those winners in full:
Best Band On Planet Pop: Westlife
Best UK Band: Blue
Best International Act: Westlife
Woolworths Best Newcomer On Planet Pop: Gareth Gates
Best Live Act: Blue
Best Male Solo: Gareth Gates
Best Female Solo: Pink
Best Dance Act: Lasgo
Best Rock Act: The Calling
Best R&B/Garage Act: So Solid Crew
Woolworths Best Single: Liberty X - Just A Little
Best Album: Sugababes - Angels With Dirty Faces
Most Fanciable Male: Gareth Gates
Most Fanciable Female: Holly Valance
Party Mentalist of the Year: Bryan, Westlife
Mouth Almighty of the Year: Jade Goody
Top of Mop Award: Gareth Gates
Flop Mop Award: Christina Aguilera
Best Dressed Male In Pop: Darius
Best Dressed Female In Pop: Liz Kitten
Worst Dressed Person In Pop: Christina Aguilera
Top TV Programme of the Year: EastEnders
Top Movie of the Year: Goldmember
Most Evil Man in Pop: Simon Cowell
Most Hideous (The Most Minging Thing Ever): Jade Goody
Special Award: Smash Hits Cover of the Year: Westlife
Top Pop Pair Award (for the perfect couple): Harvey So Solid and Alesha Mis-Teeq
Best Music Video: Will Young - Light My Fire
Hall of Fame: Westlife

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RAPPERS’ RAP RAGE
Eminem may have found a new hate figure for his music. Veteran rapper and co-founder of The Source Raymond ‘Benzino’ Scott lays into Slim Shady in his new track ‘Pull Your Skirt Up’.

He raps: "Five shades darker, you'd be Canibus, And no one would care about your complicated rhyme style ... What you know about pumpin' on the block 'til you freeze? What you know about cutting up rocks, duckin' [detectives]? What you know about facing a grand jury indictment? As far as I'm concerned, you're just industry excitement." Referring to his magazine’s championing of Eminem in his early days he continues: "You was unsigned hype before you ever met Dre, I birthed your little career, now you owe your life to Ray."

Talking about his outburst against the chart topping rapper Benzino told reporters: “Certain media outlets take to him and look at him as the savior in hip-hop and the #1 in hip-hop and do not recognize the guys out here that created hip hop. ... Eminem is just the hood ornament for the machine. ... You think I could grab my crotch and put my ass in people's faces the way he does? No way. But as long as the color of his skin and his eyes fits what America wants ... it's all right."

Eminem has already responded with two new tracks: ‘I Don't Wanna’ and ‘Nail in the Coffin’. Among the come backs are: "You sit behind a desk at The Source butt kissing, beggin' motherfuckers for guest appearances. And you can't even get the clearances because real lyricists don't even respect you or take you serious. It's not that we don't like you, we hate you, seriously."
Benzino’s ‘Pull Your Skirt Up’ will feature on Benzino's second solo album, ‘Redemption’, out in the UK in January.

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MINNELLI TAKES ON VH1
Liza Minnelli is preparing for a legal fight against VH1 after they axed her reality TV show before it even hit the air. Minnelli and husband David Gest have hired lawyer Michael Sherman "to seek appropriate remedies and take appropriate action" against the network. When the show was cancelled VH1 simply said they weren’t "given the cooperation" they needed to make the show happen – indications were that the problems had been with Gest rather that Minelli. About 60 hours of footage had been shot before the axe was swung and Sherman reckons the public “would have enjoyed seeing it. This case is not necessarily about money,” he continued, “it's about fairness."

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BEASTIES BACK IN THE STUDIO
The Beastie Boys have begun work on their sixth studio album which they hope to finish next year. Word is they've drummed up some “fat beats”, but haven't completed any full songs. It’s been over four years since the last Beastie Boys album which had led to speculation that they may not return to the studio at all – but as soon as DJ Mix Master Mike completes his current tour obligations with Guns ‘n’ Roses the new album should start to take real shape.

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GREEN DAY JOIN ANTI-WAR PROTEST
Green Day have joined the anti-war campaign by launching an online petition against military action in Iraq, which is being managed by fan website www.greenday.net. Speaking on the band’s official site the band say: "For those of you who are opposed to the war on Iraq, we want to start a petition on Greenday.net to send to George W Bush strongly urging him to re-think his plans for military invasion. This petition isn’t only for people who live in America, but people all over the world." They are the first major US band to speak out against going to war with Iraq. Although Moby has written about caution in dealing with the Middle East situation on his website, artists in the US have not organised anything to match the anti-war activities of Massive Attack's 3-D and Damon Albarn in this country.

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REVIEW: Millionaire - Champagne (PIAS)
We almost didn’t write this review. ‘Champagne’ is a pleasant song; we don’t hate it or anything. It has unusual production, a nice B-line and echoes a sort of reduced fat Nine Inch Nails in places. Or a much better Strokes. But it just doesn’t make us feel anything. Not excited, not angry, not happy, disgusted or ANYTHING. The ultra-compressed, passionless production cripples what could be a big, fat epic of a tune. The single shows some promise but ultimately plumbs the very depths of schmindie blandness, coupling some fair songwriting with a total lack of anything worthwhile. Must try harder. DR
Release date: 25 Nov
Press contact: PIAS IH

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EELS E ON NEW PROJECTS
Eels frontman E has been talking to Rolling Stone about a number of up coming music projects.

First, the score he is writing for the upcoming Billy Bob Thornton movie ‘Levity’: "I've been asked to write scores over the past several years. The requests come in fairly regularly and it's almost always something I'm not interested in doing because of the movie. But this one I felt like, 'Alright, I'm gonna give it a whack'."

Second, the new Eels album which is set for a Summer 2003 release: "The stuff we're working on now is really heavily polka influenced. There's a lot of clarinets and tubas. I think it's going to be a big hit on LA rock station KROQ … Having a big KROQ hit just means a bunch of assholes start coming back to your concerts. Maybe that sounds bad, but it's kind of true. I might be the only artist who has actively worked at paring down his audience over the years to keep out the jocks and the assholes."

E confirmed he is considering using some material he recorded with REM guitarist Peter Buck a couple of years ago. "They sound more like REM songs with me singing instead of Michael Stipe!"

And finally, on the music of MC Honky, a reclusive LA musician whose record E produced after finding him through a fan. "We met when his daughter came to our concert at the El Rey Theater a few years ago and handed me a tape. She recognized the genius and I did too right away. It was the one outside project I really wanted to work.” MC Honky's record ‘I Am The Messiah’ hits the UK in February.

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CHRYSALIS BREAK RADIO INDUSTRY GLOOM
Major radio group Chrysalis has stunned the industry by announcing a 17% rise in advertising revenues between September and November of this year. "Despite the continuing uncertainty surrounding the wider economy, we have enjoyed another good start to the current financial year," Chris Wright, chairman and founder of Chrysalis, told reporters.

"Chrysalis Radio has experienced a buoyant first quarter with revenues up 17%, again strongly outperforming the industry. Recent audience figures and increased revenue yield, gives us great confidence that this outperformance will continue for the foreseeable future.”

A lot of the success of the group is probably down to its London station Heart 106.2. The station's breakfast show, hosted by Jono Coleman and Emma Forbes, gained 119,000 over the year, taking its listener base to 862,000. Closest rival, Capital FM's Chris Tarrant, lost 300,000 as his show's audience slipped to 1.6m.

The group over all (including the company’s publishing, TV and music businesses) also reported it was back in profit after suffering the cost of some disastrous internet projects two years ago (including music site puremix.com). The group posted a pre-tax profit of £5.7m, with turnover soaring 25% to £241m.

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REVIEW: The Amalgamation of Soundz – Hope (Shadow Cryptic)
On Moving Shadow’s new imprint comes the latest 12” from AoS, a deep and progressive tech house grow-bag of clattering high hats and building organs. Only after a long intro, do the moody - if not melancholic - chords strike up, with some early house/techno digital snare fills tossed in for good measure. On the flip, is a tough little breakbeat track called ‘the Check Out’: littered with hiphop samples, this is a funky cut n paste number that Steinski & Double Dee would be proud of.
Release date: 2 Dec
Press contact: Zzonked [all]

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WATERMAN ADAMANT ON POPSTARS NUMBER ONE
Pete Waterman has told reporters that if the Popstars boy band fails to make it to number one with their first single he will "commit suicide"! The final five band members were voted in by viewers on Saturday and the group, to be called One True Voice, will now enter the race for Christmas number one with a cover of the Bee Gee’s ‘Sacred Trust’. Enthusing about his band Waterman said he is "ecstatic" with his final line up, adding that in 40 years in the music business he has not worked with any stars better than the boys.

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FREAKS ANNOUNCE CHRISTMAS PARTY
DJ / producers Luke Solomon and Justin Harris have announced plans for a Christmas party for their label Music For Freaks on 14 Dec. The party at London’s Plastic People will feature Harris and Solomon (aka Freaks) alongside Kenny Hawkes. The theme for the evening is 'pimps and hoes' and the duo are asking punters to put some thought into their outfits!

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CLASSIC FM LAUNCH TV CHANNEL
Classic FM are entering the tricky world of music television with a classical version of MTV and EMAP’s pop stations. Due for a December the launch the aim is create a dynamic exciting station more akin to MTV than other culture channels like BBC 4.

"The manner and style we are adopting is of pop music TV," Classic FM MD Roger Lewis told the Media Guardian. This means no long concerts or recitals, and lots of short renditions of classical tracks set to film footage. To that end the station hopes to enthuse independent film makers to develop visual accompaniments to classical pieces, and to encourage the classical record industry to develop videos for their new releases akin the pop industry.

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MTV DOUBLE ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING SPEND IN UK
Meanwhile MTV is stepping up a gear to take on new competition in music TV by doubling its spend on original programming in the UK. Among the plans are a UK version of the flagship US MTV show ‘Total Request Live’ and a series of new shows to win audience at the crucial 10pm slot. Although MTV has had a number of recent successes with the likes of The Osbournes and Jackass all these shows come from the US.

Original programming remains an important part of MTV. It is the magazine, documentary and music shows that distinguishes MTV from its EMAP rivals (which all follow a rolling music format). But MTV knows that the arrival of BBC3 and the further development of E4 means more big players will be going for the youth audience.

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Answer to Friday's pop quiz:
Which singer has Vanessa Paradis, Kylie Minogue and Natalie Imbruglia all been romantically linked to?
Lenny Kravtiz

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