CMU Daily - on the inside 8 Jan 2003
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In today's CMU Daily:
• Grammy nominations announced,
• RIAA admit downloads can’t be completely eradicated,
• Def Jam downloads precede retail releases,
• Glitter back in trouble,
• Glastonbury decision date set,
• Feeder: good news and bad news,
• GnR get terminator boost,
• Green Day star arrested for drink driving,
• Review: Clearlake – Cedars,
• Natalie and Silverchair boy to wed,
• Red Hot Chili Peppers announce dates,
• Spandau boy up for next BBC charity fight,
• Those Grammy nominations in full


Who says: "I thought we stood for infinity"? (and he's doing quite a good job trying to prove it!)
Answer tomorrow


Eighth day of the year – and the first set of award nominations are out already. Yep, yesterday at a press conference in Madison Square Garden the contenders were confirmed for the main event in the US music calendar, the Grammys. Newcomer wise Ashanti, Norah Jones and Avril Lavigne are most hotly tipped for success – though Sheryl Crow, Eminem, Nelly and / or Bruce Springsteen will probably dominate the evening.

Unlike the Brit Awards – where non-British artists are only eligible for any award with ‘international’ in its title, anyone from around the world is eligible for any Grammy category. And, given the limited commercial success of British music in the US just now, we fair quite well – especially in the dance category where three of the five nominees are British - Daniel Bedingfield, Dirty Vegas and Groove Armada – and if you count Kylie as an honorary Brit we take four of the five nominations. Those Amercians might not like our rock music, but we’re in when they want to dance. Other Brits with nominations include Craig David, Elton John, Sting, Robbie Williams and Coldplay.

The awards, back in New York after four years in LA, take place on 23 Feb. There’s feckin hundreds of categories, so we’ve put the full nominations list at the bottom of the Daily.


Cary Sherman, the president of the Recording Industry Association of America, has admitted in an interview with the BBC that illegal download sites will never be completely eradicated, and that music will always be available for free somewhere on the internet.

"Our aim is not to completely eliminate music piracy or illegal peer-to-peer services altogether," he told BBC Online. "As long as it is within a reasonable amount of control then we will be happy but we are still a long way from that." Sherman gave the interview after research from analysts Jupiter showed more people were now willing to pay for reliable music downloads – though, while up, the positive figure still sits at only 19%, so Sherman is right in saying much work is still to be done.

Jupiter Research’s Mark Mulligan welcomed Sherman’s realistic response. "There will always be those willing to develop alternative illegal services. It has got to be accepted that file sharing will always be there just as shoplifting is accepted as wastage in the retail sector."

That said, don’t expect any let down on the RIAA’s campaign against the main non-legit download services. Sherman confirmed the industry’s anti-piracy efforts would increase in 2003, and that those effort would not just be concentrated in the court room. "We are taking the message to universities and corporations that illegal downloads waste bandwidth and expose their networks to security problems," Sherman said, giving an example of one new method to reduce downloading.

Keen to be seen to not just be working on negative initiatives, the RIAA points out they have been working with the record labels to develop workable attractive legitimate download sites, encouraging people away from the illegal services. But Mulligan warned that these too were very much in the early stages – and it was yet to be seen if large numbers of music downloaders would eventually opt for legit services, over the free systems that have existing longer.


Elsewhere in the world of downloads, Universal US label Island Def Jam Music yesterday announced a new initiative that will make certain tracks available to buy by download before their retail release. A track by American Hi-Fi – ‘The Art of Losing' – went on sale online for 99 cents yesterday – the same day it was added to radio playlists. It won’t be in the shops until 25 Feb.
Larry Mattera, head of new media at the label, told reporters: "Our new strategy to provide consumers with the ability to purchase Island Def Jam music online the day it hits radio provides music fans with an immediate opportunity to own music prior to album release dates."

Motivation for the move might be to see if MP3s – free or otherwise – could eventually supersede the loss-leading singles market – especially in rock. Some in the industry have argued that if a way could be found to safeguard album sales, MP3s that fans download could eventually replace single releases which for many labels make next to no money and are used as a tool to promote an album release. If MP3s were made available in sync with radio play (and especially if there was a tracks chart based on downloads and radio play) albums could be promoted without the need of releasing singles.


Fallen glam rock star Gary Glitter was back in the news yesterday when it emerged he had spent Christmas in jail in Cambodia after being arrested for alleged sex offences against boys. According to last nights London Evening Standard Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, has now been deported and banned from returning to the country, although no official charges have been made. Glitter was jailed in the UK three years ago, of course, after 4000 pornographic photographs of children were found on his computer. He has been living abroad since being released from jail.


Mendip District Council has set the date for a meeting to discuss Michael Eavis’ reapplication for a licence to stage Glastonbury 2003. Eavis has both appealed against the council’s decision last month to deny him a licence, and put in a new application. Councillors will discuss both on 17 Feb.


Bad news first. Their new single - 'Just the Way I'm Feeling' – should have been in the shops last Monday, but they’ve had to recall 25,000 copies of the CD because they were found to be faulty. The fault, made at the pressing stage, was discovered late last week but bosses at label Echo couldn’t get new copies made in time for Monday – pushing the release date back to next week. Frontman Grant told Radio 1: "We had all the singles all made before Christmas so we could put them in the shops. 25,000 copies of it are knackered. There are glitches all the way through it. So we've had to pull them all back in. It's been a nightmare. It's a shame because the timing was perfect for us, with TV appearances and everything, but it's happened and we can't do much about it." The delay was particularly upsetting because the release was timed to coincide with the first anniversary of ex-drummer Jon Lee's tragic death.

The good news is the band have managed to arrange a live in store performance at the Oxford Street branch of HMV on the new release date. The free 30 minute acoustic show will give fans a sample of the set for the band’s almost sell out UK tour, which begins in Dublin on 7 Feb. The HMV performance is at 6pm on 13 Jan.


With a certain state of confusion still emanating from the Guns n Roses camp after their abandoned tour and further delayed comeback album (‘Chinese Democracy’ was first penned in for a 1999 release!), there’s some good news for Axl. It’s likely a track from his new album will feature in Terminator 3 when its released later this year. Arnie is apparently something of a G’n’R fan, their track 'You Could Be Mine’ appeared in T2 and 'Oh My God', a track from the long awaited new album, featured in the Arnie movie 'End Of Days' back in 1999.

But still no confirmation of a release date for ‘Chinese Democracy’ – though some band members have indicated a release date might be set to coincide with the arrival of the movie, which hits cinemas in the US on 2 Jul.


Is every rock star driving under the influence these days? After Diana Ross’ arrest last week, Billie Joe Armstrong, lead singer of Green Day, has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving. A police spokesperson in Berkeley, California confirmed Billie had been stopped for speeding in a black BMW convertible, that he had failed a field sobriety test and was booked into Berkeley county jail, where he was later released on $1,053 bail.


REVIEW: Clearlake – Cedars (Domino)
It’s been yonks since last we heard from perennial daydreamers Clearlake. The past two years must’ve been spent pretty wisely, mind, because like children booting leaves at each other, Cedars kicks ten autumnal shades out of debut album Lido. Although still capturing the boredom of everyday life, and despite being even darker, these new songs are far more dramatic, a less humdrum sound accompanying the Jarvis Cocker-esque wry observations and cynical style. “I wouldn’t hurt a fly/ But... I’d really like to hurt you” warns Jason Pegg, just moments after musing “What’s the point in worrying how will things turn out?/ Why spoil the surprise?”. These ruminations ground the dirty guitars and simple melodies beautifully, creating an intensely thoughtful and atmospheric album. Boys, take as many seasons as you like over the next record; Cedars, like its leafy namesakes, stands proudly amongst the best ever examples of British indie. DR
Release date: 3 Feb
Press contacts: Stone Immaculate [CP, RP, NP], Domino IH [CR, RR, NR]


A rock (of sorts) wedding from Australia. Natalie Imbruglia is to marry singer boyfriend Daniel Johns, frontman with rock band Silverchair. A spokesperson for EMI, Johns’ record label, confirmed the two got engaged just before Christmas, though no wedding date has been set as yet.


The truly excellent Red Hot Chili Peppers have confirmed four arena dates in the UK as they continue to promote album ‘By The Way’. They will play:

5 Mar: Glasgow SECC
8 & 9 Mar: London Arena
11 Mar: Manchester Evening News Arena

Press info from Warners press office on 020 7761 6091


According to Sky News Spandau Ballet singer Tony Hadley has agreed to fight journalist John Pienaar in the next BBC celebrity boxing match, hot on the tail of Ricky Gervais and Grant Bovey, whose fight was one of the TV highlights of Christmas this year. The contest will be the first of three celebrity fights screened this year – word is Darren Day will take on investigative journalist Donal MacIntyre in the next fight.


Album Of The Year: Dixie Chicks - Home, Eminem - The Eminem Show, Norah Jones - Come Away With Me, Nelly – Nellyville, Bruce Springsteen - The Rising

Record Of The Year: Vanessa Carlton - A Thousand Miles, Eminem - Without Me, Norah Jones - Don't Know Why, Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland - Dilemma, Nickelback - How You Remind Me

Song Of The Year (songwriter in brackets): Avril Lavigne - Complicated (Avril Lavigne & The Matrix), Norah Jones - Don't Know Why (Jesse Harris), Bruce Springsteen - The Rising (Bruce Springsteen), Vanessa Carlton - A Thousand Miles (Vanessa Carlton), Alan Jackson - Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)(Alan Jackson)

Best New Artist: Ashanti, Michelle Branch, Norah Jones, Avril Lavigne, John Mayer

Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group: AZ featuring Nas - The Essence, Big Tymers - Still Fly, Busta Rhymes featuring P. Diddy & Pharrell - Pass The Courvoisier Part II, Cam'ron featuring Juelz Santana - Oh Boy, OutKast featuring Killer Mike- The Whole World

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: Aaliyah - More Than A Woman, Ashanti - Foolish, Mary J. Blige - He Think I Don't Know, Eartha - I'm Still Standing, Jill Scott - He Loves Me (Lyzel in E Flat) (Movements I, II, III)

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Craig David - 7 Days, Elton John - Original Sin, John Mayer - Your Body Is A Wonderland, Sting - Fragile, James Taylor - October Road

Best R&B Album: India.Arie - Voyage To India, Joe - Better Days, Musiq - Juslisen (Just Listen), Raphael Saadiq - Instant Vintage, Remy Shand - The Way I Feel

Best Female Rap Solo Performance Charli Baltimore - Diary..., Missy Elliott - Scream a.k.a Itchin', Eve – Satisfaction, Foxy Brown - Na Na Be Like, Lauryn Hill - Mystery Of Iniquity

Best Male Rap Solo Performance: Eminem - Without Me, Jay-Z - Song Cry, Ludacris - Rollout (My Business), Mystikal - Bouncin' Back (Bumpin' Me Against The Wall), Nelly - Hot In Herre

Best Short Form Music Video: Dirty Vegas - Days Go By (Rob Leggatt & Leigh Marling, video directors; Anna Brunoro, video producer); Eminem - Without Me (Joseph Kahn, video director; Greg Tharp, video producer) Knoc-Turn'Al featuring Dr. Dre & Missy Elliott - Knoc (Jeff Richter, video director; Chris Palladino, video producer), Nas- One Mic (Chris Robinson, video director; Dawn Rose, video producer) 1 Giant Leap featuring Robbie Williams & Maxi Jazz - My Culture (Tim Hope, video director)

Best Metal Performance: Korn - Here To Stay, P.O.D. - Portrait, Slipknot - My Plague, Stone Sour - Get Inside, Rob Zombie - Never Gonna Stop (The Red, Red Kroovy)

Best Male Rock Vocal Performance: David Bowie - Slow Burn, Elvis Costello - 45, Peter Gabriel - The Barry Williams Show, Robert Plant - Darkness, Darkness, Bruce Springsteen - The Rising

Best Dance Recording: Daniel Bedingfield - Gotta Get Thru This, Dirty Vegas - Days Go By, Groove Armada - Superstylin', Kylie Minogue - Love At First Sight, No Doubt - Hella Good

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals: Christina Aguilera featuring Redman - Dirrty, India.Arie & Stevie Wonder - Christmas Song, Tony Bennett & kd lang - What A Wonderful World, Natalie Cole & Diana Krall - Better Than Anything, Sheryl Crow & Don Henley - It's So Easy, Santana & Michelle Branch - The Game Of Love

Best Long Form Music Video (director in brackets): The Clash - Westway To The World," (Don Letts), Nappy Roots - The World According To Nappy (Gloria Gabriel), 1 Giant Leap - 1 Giant Leap (Bridgeman & Jamie Catto), Various Artists - Welcome To The Club: The Women Of Rockabilly (Beth Harrington), Robbie Williams - Live At The Albert (Hamish Hamilton)

Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal: Kenny G featuring Brian McKnight - All The Way, Nivea featuring Brian & Brandon Casey of Jagged Edge - Don't Mess With My Man, Angie Stone & Joe - More Than A Woman, TLC - Girl Talk, Stevie Wonder & Take Six - Love's In Need Of Love Today

Best Hard Rock Performance: Foo Fighters - All My Life, Godsmack - I Stand Alone, P.O.D. - Youth Of The Nation, Queens Of The Stone Age - No One Knows, System Of A Down - Aerials

Best Rock Song (songwriters in brackets): Foo Fighters - All My Life (Foo Fighters), Chad Kroeger featuring Josey Scott – Hero (Chad Kroeger), Godsmack - I Stand Alone (Sully Erna), Bruce Springsteen - The Rising (Bruce Springsteen) 3 Doors Down - When I'm Gone (Brad Arnold, Todd Harrell, Chris Henderson & Matt Roberts)

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical: Dr. Dre, Nellee Hooper, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Arif Mardin, Rick Rubin
Best Male R&B Vocal Performance: Joe - Let's Stay Home Tonight, R. Kelly - The World's Greatest, Musiq - Halfcrazy, Remy Shand - Take A Message, Usher - U Don't Have To Call

Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal: Aerosmith - Girls Of Summer, Coldplay - In My Place, Creed - My Sacrifice, Chad Kroeger featuring Josey Scott - Hero, 3 Doors Down - When I'm Gone, Tonic - Take Me As I Am, U2 - Walk On

Best Rock Album: Elvis Costello - When I Was Cruel, Sheryl Crow - C'mon, C'mon, Robert Plant – Dreamland, Bruce Springsteen - The Rising, Tonic - Head On Straight

Best R&B Song (songwriters in brackets): Raphael Saadiq featuring D'Angelo - Be Here (Michael Archer, Bobby Ozuna, Raphael Saadiq & Glenn Standridge), Floetry – Floetic (Marsha Ambrosius, Darren "Limitless" Henson, Keith "Keshon" Pelzer & Natalie Stewart), India.Arie - Good Man (Will Baker, Andrew Ramsey, Shannon Sanders & India Simpson), Erykah Badu featuring Common - Love Of My Life (An Ode To Hip Hop) (Erykah Badu, Robert Ozuna, James Poyser, Raphael Saadiq & Glen Standridge), Remy Shand - Take A Message (Remy Shand)

Best Rap Album: Eminem - The Eminem Show, Ludacris - Word Of Mouf, Mystikal - Tarantula, Nelly - Nellyville, Petey Pablo - Diary Of A Sinner: 1st Entry

Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal: Bon Jovi - Everyday, Bowling For Soup - Girl All The Bad Guys Want, Dave Matthews Band - Where Are You Going, No Doubt - Hey Baby, 'NSYNC - Girlfriend

Best Female Rock Vocal Performance: Sheryl Crow - Steve McQueen, Melissa Etheridge - The Weakness In Me, Avril Lavigne - Sk8er Boi, Bonnie Raitt - Gnawin' On It, Susan Tedeschi - Alone

Best Pop Instrumental Performance: B.B. King - Auld Lang Syne, Dave Koz & Jeff Koz - Blackbird, Pat Metheny Group - As It Is, Moby – 18, Kirk Whalum - Playing With Fire

Best Rock Instrumental Performance: The Flaming Lips - Approaching Pavonis Mons By Balloon (Utopia Planitia), Gov't Mule - Sco-Mule, Tony Levin - Apollo, Joe Satriani - Starry Night, Slash - Love Theme From The Godfather

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Sheryl Crow - Soak Up The Sun, Norah Jones - Don't Know Why, Avril Lavigne – Complicated, Pink - Get The Party Started, Britney Spears – Overprotected

Best Alternative Music Album: Beck - Sea Change, Clinic - Walking With Thee, Coldplay - A Rush Of Blood To The Head, Elvis Costello & The Imposters - Cruel Smile, The Soundtrack Of Our Lives - Behind The Music

Best Pop Vocal Album: Norah Jones - Come Away With Me, Avril Lavigne - Let Go, No Doubt - Rock Steady, Pink - Missundaztood, Britney Spears - Britney

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Fat Joe featuring Ashanti - What's Luv?, Ja Rule featuring Ashanti - Always On Time, Nappy Roots featuring Anthony Hamilton - Po' Folks, Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland - Dilemma, Justin Timberlake featuring Clipse - Like I Love You


Answer to Tuesday's pop quiz:
Who said: "Be strong, believe in freedom and in God, love yourself, understand your sexuality, have a sense of humour, masturbate"?
Madonna – who else

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