CMU Daily - on the inside 2 Dec 2002
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In today's CMU Daily:
• Mark Owen expected to sign after Big Brother victory,
• Rockers pay tribute to Harrison,
• Chili Pepper voices toon character,
• P Diddy’s damage payments reduced,
• Slim Shady up for Time Man Of The Year,
• Soutar takes on new titles at IPC,
• Review: Cinema Recorded Music Library - After Dark / Lost Remixes,
• Peel among guest chart show hosts,
• ITV bosses deny technical hitch caused favourite to be knocked out of Popstars girl group,
• Dannii horrified at BNP link,
• Those TOTP winners,
• Junkie XL cancels live Radio 1 after his equipment is stolen,
• Blackpool gets 5000 capacity superclub

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What nine words make up Brian Eno's full name?
Answer tomorrow

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WHAT'S 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 (nearly everything out today is a compilation!)

Single: The Star Spangles - Which of the Two of Us Is Gonna Burn this House Down / Stain Glass Shoes (EMI / Parlophone), X Is Loaded - Thirteen Days (Boss Music), The Amalgamation of Soundz – Hope (Shadow Cryptic)

Albums: Darius – Dive In (Universal/Mercury), 2Pac – Better Dayz (Universal/Interscope), Various – More Music From Eight Mile (Universal/Interscope), Various – 21st Century Disco (Ministry of Sound), Various – Pure Hip Hop Vol 2 (WSM)

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CHART UPDATE
Daniel Bedingfield has proven his popularity once again, scoring a second number one with new single ‘If You're Not The One’, beating Atomic Kitten (they’re at number 2 with ‘Last Goodbye’) and knocking Christina Aguilera off the top spot (‘Dirty’ falls to number three). Ronan Keating’s duet with Lulu (‘We've Got Tonight’) and the second single from Darius ('Rushes') are new entries at four and five respectively.

The truly excellent ‘United States Of Whatever’ by Liam Lynch goes straight in at ten, while lower down the charts there are new entries from Alica Keys with ‘Girlfriend’ at 24, Nickleback with ‘Never Again’ at 30 and Bjork with ‘It’s In Our Hands’ at 37.

Albums wise Robbie remains supreme with ‘Escapology’ at number one. Blue rise back to 2 with ‘One Love’. There’s only one new entry in the top ten - Lionel Richie's ‘Encore’ went in at eight. Other new entries include the biggest boy band in the world Blazin Squad, in at 33 with ‘In The Beginning’ and Sum 41, entering the chart at 39 with ‘Does This Look Infected’.

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MARK OWEN EXPECTED TO SIGN AFTER BIG BROTHER VICTORY
Former Take That star Mark Owen took 77% of the vote to win Celebrity Big Brother on Friday, pushing Les Dennis and Melinda Messenger into second and third place respectively. Although Owen’s ‘nice guy’ image during his ten days in the house won the support of his celebrity housemates (with all the previously evicted housemates supporting Mark at the last stage) the huge margin of the victory was a reminder of just how big a phenomenon Take That were, even after Robbie’s departure.

With this in mind Owen, who says he has 400 songs penned, is hoping to resurrect his solo career. And the majors said to be bidding for his signature are sure to want to get something in the shops as soon as possible to ensure maximum cash in on the hype surrounding the Big Brother show.

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ROCKERS PAY TRIBUTE TO HARRISON
5,200 fans joined Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Jeff Lynne, Jools Holland and the crew from Monty Python to pay tribute to George Harrison on Friday – one year on from his death.

The Albert Hall show began with music from the Ravi Shankar Orchestra, conducted by Ravi's daughter Anouska, and introduced by 82 year old Ravi Shankar himself. Some comedy songs from Monty Python’s Terry Gillam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin (complete with a rendition of 'The Lumberjack Song') were then followed up by performances from Clapton, McCartney, Petty et al.

The show, which was staged in aid of Harrison’s Material World Charitable Foundation, was filmed for a forthcoming TV special.

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CHILI PEPPER VOICES TOON CHARACTER
Red Hot Chili Pepper’s Flea will be providing the voice of Donnie Thornberry in the film version of the Nickelodeon cartoon ‘The Wild Thornberrys’. Flea will appear alongside the voices of Tim Curry, Rupert Everett, Marisa Tomei and Lynn Redgrave.

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P DIDDY’S DAMAGE PAYMENTS REDUCED
A judge in the US has reduced the damages P Diddy must pay the limo driver who claimed bodyguards hired by the hip hop supremo beat him up. P Diddy Combs was ordered to page Cedrick Bobby Lemon $2.45 million in damages after he failed to respond to charges that bodyguards hired by Diddy to protect Mary J Blige attacked Lemon after a Winston-Salem concert in 1995. But Combs lawyers claimed he hadn’t been made aware of the charges and that they wanted a second chance to address the allegations. On rehearing the case Judge William Wood ruled that Combs must still pay compensatory damages to Lemon, but he reduced them to $450,000 after "a more detailed finding of fact and law to consider such things as defendant's net worth and prior conduct." A spokesperson for Combs welcomed the decision, but vowed to fight on, telling reporters: "We prevailed and have overturned the $2 million award. As Mr. Combs had nothing to do with this we will be taking steps to have the remaining judgment dismissed."

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SLIM SHADY UP FOR TIME MAN OF THE YEAR
Word is that Eminem is up for the title of Time Magazine Person of the Year. The news weekly picks a different eminent figure for the title each year, announcing the winner in its Christmas issue. Rumour has it Slim Shady is on this year’s short list. But Marshall fans shouldn’t start celebrating just yet – the magazine has a history of spreading rumours that controversial figures are up for the award to generate interest in the scheme. This time last year people reckoned Bin Laden was going to take the title!

The Time Person of the Year issue hits the shelf on December 23.

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SOUTAR TAKES ON NEW TITLES AT IPC
Former FHM editor Mike Soutar is set to become the editorial director of media giant IPC, a new post to oversee the company’s new titles. After overseeing the rise of FHM’s readership from 50,000 to 500,000 at EMAP, Soutar joined rival IPC to head up its music and lifestyle titles Loaded, NME, Muzik and Uncut. When Wallpaper was bought up by IPC last year this was added to Soutar’s mini-empire.

Now Soutar will lead IPC's magazine development and launch programmes, overseeing new project teams from first idea to launch, and working closely with senior editors on editorial strategy across the company.

Announcing the appointment IPC said the new post was created as part of the company’s development since it’s takeover by AOL Time Warner. "We are focused on building our position as a creative and innovative media business, and a key part of this will be a significant new magazine development and launch programme," chief executive Sly Bailey said.

Soutar added: "I'm thrilled and honoured to be taking on the role of editorial director. IPC has the best magazines and editors in the business and I want us to add to our award-winning portfolio by launching more brilliant, breakthrough, famous new magazines."

Tim Brooks, currently MD of IPC’s women lifestyle titles, will take over the music and lifestyle division.

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REVIEW: Cinema Recorded Music Library - After Dark / Lost Remixes (Domino Records)
CRML are thirtysomething Glasgwegians Crawford Tait and Gregor Reid – whose debut ‘Before The Dark’, released over the summer, placed them as being midly weaker siblings to the likes of Thievery Corp or Fragile States. ‘After Dark’ is a happy go lucky tune with handclaps and strummed guitar – starting off pretty average but picking up a bit with some harder percussion as the track develops. The remixes of ‘Lost’ are poor takes on the original. Pedro’s hectic keys appear to be building to something but cruelly disappoints, the Fort Lauderdale take is folked themed - stoned Hendrix guitar twanging – only a couple of points for sheet obtuseness. Supplied on 10” vinyl this would be an interesting promo, but I’m not convinced it deserves a full release. PV
Release date: 9 Dec
Press contact: Trailer Media [all]

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PEEL AMONG GUEST CHART SHOW HOSTS
Radio 1 have confirmed John Peel will host an edition of the UK Top 40 as one of a series of guest presenters on the show. Mark Goodier left the programme after the chart’s fiftieth anniversary last month. Now a different Radio 1 presenter is filling in each week until the revamped chart show launches in the New Year.

Jo Whiley became the first woman to ever host the show when she filled in last week. Peel, known for championing music that would rarely appear in the Top 40, says he is looking forward to fronting the chart. "Some of my listeners found out I was doing this and I've had lots and lots of e-mails of encouragement."

Talking about the guest presenters Radio 1 told us: "It's been really good having a variety of our presenters fronting The Official UK Top 40 and we're really pleased that John is going to be doing it. Everyone's bringing their own individual style to the show and we're sure John will do so too."

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ITV BOSSES DENY TECHNICAL HITCH CAUSED FAVOURITE TO BE KNOCKED OUT OF POPSTARS GIRL GROUP
ITV bosses have denied technical problems caused the favourite (and undoubtedly most talented) of the female Popstars to be voted off the programme and out of the newly created girl band at the last minute. Viewers were shocked when Javine Hylton, generally regarded as the most talented of the final six girl band contenders, was knocked out of the running at the last minute by a phone vote.

Some suggested a technical hitch was to blame after twenty Hylton fans called Capital Radio claiming they phoned the number published to support Javine, but got a recorded message telling them they had voted for fellow contestant Sarah Harding, who came fifth and as such got a place in the final girl group. But the company providing the telephone service, Red Fig, said there was no fault with the system. Spokeswoman Heidi Scrimgeour told Media Guardian: "The confirmation messages were correct for each number at all times when they were dialled.”

Both the girl and boy Popstar groups are now in place – the girl’s band is called Girls Aloud. Now the competition begins for the Christmas number one spot.

It’s generally accepted Javine, who has been critically acclaimed as one of the most talented contestants throughout the series, will now be snapped up for a solo career, with Popstar’s judge Louis Walsh known to be interested in signing her. No doubt she will become hugely successful while the winning bands will disappear without trace after a couple of hits. Just ask Robbie, Gareth and Liberty X – it can be good being the underdog.

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DANNII HORRIFIED AT BNP LINK
Dannii Minogue has told reporters she is horrified the BNP has proclaimed her as a supporter following her comments on Asian immigration in Australia. The scandal began after she talked to GQ magazine about the Asian community in Queensland, seemingly complaining that "Even some of the street signs are in Asian." This led to the BNP quoting her as a champion of the anti-immigration lobby. In turn the Anti-Nazi League damned the star, pointing out she herself is an immigrant working in the UK.

But Dannii hit back, saying she had been mis-quoted and was mortified to be associated with the right wing party. "I'm really, really upset about it. I've obviously been misquoted... This is something very serious and something that I obviously have to be speaking to my lawyers about."

But a spokesman for the BNP says the party is not concerned by the singer's threat of legal action, adding: "We only reproduced exactly what we read in GQ magazine so we have nothing to worry about."

Meanwhile rumour has it Dannii caused a strop backstage at the Top of the Pops Awards (winners below) when she realised she would have to present an award to sister Kylie. According to the Sunday Mirror she was due to present Top Tour award, but when she realised Kylie was the winner insisted she switched awards, presenting best r’n’b instead.

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THOSE TOTP WINNERS
The Top of the Pops Awards took place in Manchester last week, televised on BBC 1 at the weekend. In case you care (is it just me or are you getting bored of all these awards?) the winners are…

Top newcomer: Will Young
Top dance: Ian Van Dahl
Top rock: Oasis
Top tour: Kylie Minogue
Top pop: Blue
Top R'n'B: Ms Dynamite
Top album: Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head
Top single: Will Young - Evergreen
Hall of Fame: Sir Elton John

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JUNKIE XL CANCELS LIVE RADIO 1 AFTER HIS EQUIPMENT IS STOLEN
Junkie XL was forced to cancel his Radio 1 Essential Mix this weekend after a break-in at his Amsterdam studios. The DJ was due to perform a live set from an Edinburgh club between 2am and 4am overnight Saturday. But thieves stole his live equipment on Thursday as he prepared to perform at Amsterdam's Heineken Music Hall. Seb Fontaine and Sander Kleinenberg filled in for the broadcast. Now Junkie XL's management are offering a reward of 2500 Euros for anyone with information which will lead to the recovery of the equipment.

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BLACKPOOL GETS 5000 CAPACITY SUPERCLUB
As superclubs elsewhere in the UK hit the hard time, bosses of a massive 5000 capacity venue in Blackpool hope to buck the trend. The new Syndicate Super Club, which has transformed the former ABC Cinema in the town into a three level venue, opens its doors on 12 Dec. £4 million has been invested into the venue which plans nights with Fergie, Judge Jules and Boy George in the New Year. Blackpool remains a hugely popular destination for party weekends and club owners will be hoping this will help it overcome the decline in club-going elsewhere in the UK.

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Answer to Friday's pop quiz:
“I think his greatest achivement was recognising that he was a macho asshole and trying to stop it”. Who on eight greatest Briton John Lennon?
First son Sean.

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