CMU Daily - on the inside 3 Jan 2003
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In today's CMU Daily:
• Doom and gloom in US end of year sales figures,
• Cream involved in radio licence bid,
• Cardigans collaborate with Sweden’s best,
• LA ATP line up announced,
• Radio 1 get the stars to predict,
• Review: Asian Dub Foundation - Enemy Of The Enemy,
• NME’s end of year charts,
• Rock dominated US airways in 2002,
• Red Snapper will return,
• The Osbournes renew their vows


Here’s the songs, on what movies soundtracks did they respectively appear?
Bowie & Queen's 'Under Pressure', Cher's 'Shoop Shoop Song' and Mariah Carey's 'Fantasy'

Answer on Monday


More doom and gloom – this time with the end of year sales figures from the US record industry, which shows a 9% slump in units shifted – 624.2 million albums were sold in 2002, compared to 688.2 million in 2001. R&B, although still the most popular music in America, saw the largest drop in sales, down 19%. The sales of rock music fell by 4%. The only genre to see any real increase was country which shifted 9% more albums last year.

There was, however, good news for the Universal Music Group, which once again sold more records than any of the other labels. The group maintained its position as the biggest record label in the US (a title its held ever since the merger between Universal and Polygram created the group), actually increasing market share from 27% to 31%, despite all the troubles its parent company was facing back in Paris.

The other four majors followed thus: Warners had a 15.86 market share, Sony 15.65%, BMG 14.78% and EMI 8.43%.

Universal’s dominance was helped by the huge success of Eminem, signed to their imprint Interscope, who, as we reported yesterday, achieved best selling album and best selling soundtrack in the US in 2002.

The Mariah Carey debackle is seen as a contributing factor towards EMI’s poor performance, the UK based major axing acts and staff as it went through hard times at the start of 2002. But industry insiders recognise that EMI’s US marketing team managed to break Norah Jones and The Vines in America last year, and that the big Robbie Williams push is starting to have an effect. Coupled with a new Radiohead album due in June, EMI could fair better in 2003.

The independent’s market share – 16% - remained stable compared to 2001.


Cream have confirmed they are working with radio company Absolute Radio in a bid for two FM radio licences, one in Cornwall and one in the West Midlands. If successful the stations would be branded Jump FM and would be geared towards the youth market, probably following a Galaxy style formula. Cream’s role in the stations would be as long-term content and brand managers.

Elsewhere in the Cream empire, the club promoters are moving their Brighton night, formerly at Concorde2, to the bigger Honey Club next month to cope with demand for the sell out night. The first night at the new venue will take place on 7 Feb with resident Louis Edwards joined by Yousef and Paul Hillyer.


The Cardigans have recruited key players from what NME like to call the 'Swedish rock revolution' to appear on their new album ‘Long Gone Before Daylight’, due for release on 24 Mar. Among the guest appearances confirmed so far are The Hives Howlin' Pelle Almqvist, Ebbot Lundberg from the The Soundtrack Of Our Lives and Nick Royale from Hellacopters. First single 'For What It's Worth' has a provisional release date of 10 Feb.


Foundation have announced the provisional line up for their LA All Tomorrow’s Parties event, which is being curated by Simpsons creator Matt Groening. And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of The Dead, the Breeders, the Boredoms, Yo La Tengo, Blonde Redhead, Coldcut, Jah Wobble, the Melvins Neko Case, the Fall, and Wire are among those confirmed to appear at the event from 18-22 Jun at the University of California.

Among the acts confirmed for the UK All Tomorrow’s Parties at Camber Sands Holiday park from 4-6 Apr are A Guy Called Gerald, Aphex Twin, Carl Craig, The Fall, G-Man, Kool Keith + Kutmaster Kurt, The Magic Band, Anthony 'Shake' Shakir, Sonic Sum, Yasunao Tone and Venetian Snares. More info at


Moby reckons the New York scene will only grow in importance in 2003. Speaking to Radio 1 about his predictions for 2003 he said: "A lot of things that I could point to are already kind of big, like the whole electroclash movement. I don't think it has a lot of time left, but I think it's fun. It's interesting because a lot of what I've seen recently, a lot of music from New York, is spreading out. There was a long period where a lot of music coming out from New York was hip-hop and RnB which is great because hip-hop and RnB are wonderful… But all of a sudden you have The Strokes and there's been Interpol and Fischerspooner and all this kind of stuff, and none of this is manufactured."

TV presenter Cat Deeley, meanwhile, put in a good word for Will Young when asked for her predictions for the next twelve months. "I think we have more to see from Mr Will Young. I think he'll break free of the whole 'Pop Idol' thing. You know, I've heard him jamming away with his band and I think he's got a lot more to give - I don't think it's been seen."


REVIEW: Asian Dub Foundation - Enemy of the Enemy (Virgin)
2002 - what a year. It was a great one for Bhangra - what with three Asian songs being voted into the world’s tip-toppiest five, the release of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Bombay Dreams and that Guru movie. But is was a rather dire one for politics - a time when we needed Asian Dub Foundation more than ever. The good news is they didn’t just spend the year swanning around their music school wearing mortar boards and capes; no master, they were busy recording this wee beastie. An album that stands to bring ‘Power to the Small Massive’ with backup from Radiohead noodler Ed O’Brien, Celt warblestress Sinead O’Connor and other guests whose names *don’t* begin with O. The remit’s much the same as 2000’s ‘Community music’; angry political raps over big Bhangra samples, jungle beats augmented by tablas, dub bass with nasty guitars to shake your batty to. But the slick execution should make 2003 ADF’s year for sure. DR
Release date: 3 Feb
Press contact: Virgin IH [CP, CR, RR, NR] APB [RP, NP]


As the end of year stats / charts fest continues NME have published their writer’s top fifty albums and singles of the year, with Coldplay and Doves coming out top. The top tens:

1. Coldplay - A Rush Of Blood To The Head
2. The Vines - Highly Evolved
3. The Streets - Original Pirate Material
4. The Coral - The Coral
5. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
6. Queens Of The Stone Age - Songs For The Deaf
7. Doves - The Last Broadcast
8. Eminem - The Eminem Show
9. The Datsuns - The Datsuns
10. Interpol- Turn On The Bright Lights

1. Doves – There Goes The Fear
2. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – EP
3. The Hives – Hate To Say I Told You So
4. The Coral – Dreaming Of You
5. Queens Of The Stone Age – No One Knows
6. The White Stripes – Fell In Love With A Girl
7. Sugababes – Freak Like Me
8. LCD Soundsystem – Losing My Edge
9. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Whatever Happened To My Rock And Roll
10. The Vines – Get Free

The full top 50s are online at


More stats – this time the US radio airplay charts for 2002, and its good news for rockers, with Roadrunner’s Nickelback claiming the most played track in US radio in 2002. In fact rock dominates the chart with Eminem, Jennifer Lopez and Justin Timberlake among the artists conspicuous by their absence. Though this probably tells you more about US radio than the music that has been big among US record buyers this year.

The top ten:
1. Nickelback - How You Remind Me
2. Puddle of Mudd - Blurry
3. Linkin Park - In the End
4. Jimmy Eat World - The Middle
5. The Calling - Wherever You Will Go
6. Vanessa Carlton - A Thousand Miles
7. Avril Lavigne - Complicated
8. Ashanti - Foolish
9. Nelly – Dilemma
10. Nelly - Hot in Here


Electronic innovators Red Snapper, who announced they were to split last year, seem to be very much alive. They have announced they will release a new album, called ‘Red Snapper’, on Lo Recordings on 24 Feb. Word is it will be “a collection of warm grooves and jazz filled moves” – somewhat mellower than their usual style. However the band say that the split does apply to live dates – each with their own individual projects they say they’ll be no tours or long periods of studio work.


The king and queen of rock in 2002 renewed their wedding vows on New Year's Eve. Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne completed the ceremony at the Beverly Hills Hotel in front of a celebrity crowd including Justin Timberlake and Chris Rock. The couple had planned to undertake the vow renewal on their 20th wedding anniversary in July, but the celebrations were postponed as Sharon received treatment for cancer.


Answer to Thursday's pop quiz:
Here’s the songs, on what movies soundtracks did they respectively appear?
Madonna’s ‘Beautiful Stranger’ - Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
Limp Bizkit’s ‘Take A Look Around - Mission Impossible 2
Fatboy Slim’s ‘Praise You’ - Cruel Intentions

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