CMU Daily - on the inside 2 Jan 2003
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In today's CMU Daily:
• Pop Idol judge indicates the show is on hold,
• Next Glastonbury decision likely in February,
• Diana Ross faces drink drive charges,
• 50 Cent arrest for illegal gun possession,
• DMX refused entry,
• Ringtones the money pot,
• Review: Electric Six -Danger! High Voltage,
• Eminem tops us sales chart,
• Kiss look for online editor,
• Jacko plans childrens’ charity,
• Timberlake still loves Britney

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Here’s the songs, on what movies soundtracks did they respectively appear?
Madonna’s ‘Beautiful Stranger’, Limp Bizkit’s ‘Take A Look Around and Fatboy Slim’s ‘Praise You’

answer tomorrow

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POP IDOL JUDGE INDICATES THE SHOW IS ON HOLD
19 Management’s Nicki Chapman, one of the judges on the first series of Pop Idol, has indicated that a second series of the reality show is looking unlikely as the media backlash against pop reality shows continues. While the second incarnation of Popstars got much tabloid attention, and its winning acts took the top two positions in the Christmas charts, industry insiders admit to be disappointed by overall record sales for both Girls Aloud and One True Voice. And while pop idols Will Young and Gareth Gates won a string of viewer voted awards at the end of 2002 (Gates taking ITV’s Record of the Year) interest in both, and especially the teen market geared Gates, is already starting to slide.

TV bosses decided not to follow up the hype surrounding the first series of Pop Idol with an immediate second series, opting to wait a year so as not to compete with sister show Popstars. Auditions for a second series were originally planned for last summer, but then put off to the New Year. Dates are still to be set – and after the BBC struggled to pull in the ratings with its reality music show Fame Academy, coupled with poor Popstar record sales and the continued media backlash against the shows, ITV bosses may pull the second series altogether.

Speaking to Now magazine Chapman admitted viewers are tiring of the reality TV format and revealed that 19 Television, Simon Fuller’s company that has spearheaded the Popstars and Pop Idol formats around the world, were currently concentrating on a remake of the Monkees and Last Chance Idol, a new show where one-hit wonders get the chance to make a comeback.

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NEXT GLASTONBURY DECISION LIKELY IN FEBRUARY
Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis submitted a second application to Mendip District Council for a licence for a 2003 event just before Christmas. Earlier in December the Council refused to grant permission for the event, claiming the local area couldn’t cope with the event anymore, and that Eavis’ promises to police local villages didn’t reassure residents. But the vote was close and Eavis says key council members were absent on the day the licence was considered. A spokesman for the council, confirming a new application had been received, said the application would now be sent out for consultation to organisations such as the police, before a meeting, which is likely to take place in early February.

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DIANA ROSS FACES DRINK DRIVE CHARGES
The Christmas festivities must have gone to the heads of the collective rock ‘n’ roll community with a number of stars having run ins with the law in the last week. First and most high profile, Diana Ross was arrested for drink driving in the US last weekend. Latest reports suggest that when pulled over by Arizona police Ross denied having been drinking, but breath tests showed a blood-alcohol level of at least 0.2%, more than twice Arizona's legal limit of 0.08%. She apparently fell over and laughed when asked to stand on one leg and count to ten, and missed out letters when asked to write down the alphabet. Ross’s spokesperson refused to comment – the star is expected to be in court later this month to face the charges.

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50 CENT ARREST FOR ILLEGAL GUN POSSESSION
Elsewhere, rapper 50 Cent and members of his entourage were arrested on Monday when New York police allegedly found two loaded guns in the rapper's car. The rapper was on his way to a pre-New Year’s gig at a Manhattan club when the car he was in was pulled over, apparently for a “traffic infraction”. It was then that the police discovered the guns – under New York law anyone in a vehicle where there are unlicensed weapons can be arrested for illegal gun possession. Police are yet to comment on the arrest, or confirm if any charges have been made.

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DMX REFUSED ENTRY
Meanwhile in Canada a run in with officials at Calgary airport meant rapper DMX had to cancel his a show there last weekend. Reports are unclear on what happened with an airport spokesperson saying only that “individuals have to meet the normal immigration requirements," though local press suggested his criminal record may have prevented his entry. Reports suggest there was something of a scene when DMX was told he could not enter the country, and the star may have spent a short time in a holding cell. Either way, gig promoters Alliance confirmed the show was cancelled shortly after the incident, and have subsequently announced there are no plans to reschedule.

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RINGTONES THE MONEY POT
After a year of doom and gloom in the music industry, as worldwide sales continued to slide and major record labels do battle with the internet (and real world) pirates, it seems the only real up story of 2002 might be the booming new revenue stream of mobile phone ringing tones. Recent research suggested consumers in Europe and Japan spent $1 billion on ring tones last year, with 80 million new ring tones ordered every month in Japan alone. And as the sector grows record labels are demanding a bigger slice of the pie, arguing the mobile industry benefits not only from the ringtone download fee, but also from increased sales in more sophisticated phones which the trend for catchy ringtones encourages. As the sector expands in the US expect the biggest earners in the music world in 2003 to be those who develop the nine note ring tone adaptations of our favourite pop songs.

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REVIEW: Electric Six – Danger! High Voltage (Beggars/XL)
Even though it seems to be on a constant loop on MTV 2, and even though it falls into the “they’ve been playing it on Xfm for such a long time, surely it’s not only just being released” bracket, and even though the video’s dreadful, we still love this incredibly infectious track revolving, as it does, around the line “danger danger, high voltage, when we touch, when we kiss” screeched over some loud guitars. Despite the over exposure on those alternative stations no one I spoke to over Christmas seemed to have heard of it, so let’s hope it gets the mainstream attention it deserves once it hits the shops next week. And despite a debut track verging on novelty status, let’s hope 2003 is a good year for its creators Electric Six.
Release date: 6 Jam
Press contact: Beggars IH [all]

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EMINEM TOPS US SALES CHART
Eminem ended up a fantastic year with news that he had both the best-selling album and best selling soundtrack of 2002. End of year stats from the Recording Industry Association of America confirmed ‘The Eminem Show’, which exceeded platinum shipments in its first week and was seven-times platinum by December, was the best selling release of the year with the triple platinum ‘8 Mile’ album the best selling film soundtrack album. Good news all round for the Shady camp, and for Universal label Interscope who released both albums.

Nelly had the second best seller with ‘Nellyville’, with Avril Lavinge the best selling female artist with her Arista debut ‘Let Go’. Old rockers faired well too – with the Rolling Stones and Elvis 'best ofs', and new releases from Bruce Springsteen and Santana, all appearing in the list of best sellers.

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KISS LOOK FOR ONLINE EDITOR
Dance station Kiss 100 is looking to recruit a new editor for its website. They say they are looking for someone with knowledge and experience of radio programming, the music industry, online, advertising and marketing to 16-24 year olds – oh yes, and some knowledge of html, SMS and G3 technology would be good too. CVs should go to mandy.key@emap.com.

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JACKO PLANS CHILDRENS’ CHARITY
Michael Jackson has confirmed he plans to launch a children’s charity in 2003. In a Christmas statement from the star he said the new foundation will be a worldwide organisation, with “kids helping other kids who are less fortunate, with a concert kicking it off."

Speaking in a pre-recorded message to fans he said: "To all the grownups, I'd like to say this - to us, so many things seem important. Sometimes we think we are important. But we are not. Nothing is more important than our children. It is our obligation to be there for the children, to advise them, to motivate them, to help them, and to love them."

No word on how exactly the foundation will work, though presumably dangling kids over hotel balconies won’t be one of its key objectives.

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TIMBERLAKE STILL LOVES BRITNEY
Pop news just in. Justin Timberlake has admitted he still loves ex-girlfriend Britney Spears, that he may never get over her, but that he doesn't believe it is right for them to be together because he has lost his trust in her. Speaking to Rolling Stone magazine he said: "I do have to come to the realisation that I might never recover. But I still love her. I really do still love that girl. She has a beautiful heart, but if I've lost my trust in someone, I don't think it's right for me to be with them."

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