CMU Daily - on the inside 9 Jan 2003
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In today's CMU Daily:
• Digital radio on the up,
• US senator continues campaign against Clear Channel et al,
• Alanis – depressed but inspired,
• Hype builds as Corgan’s new album approaches,
• RI:SE revamp depends on 11 o’clock presenter,
• Run DMC plan greatest hits,
• No word on release of new Strummer material,
• Review: Eyes Adrift - Eyes Adrift,
• Royksopp voice releases solo album,
• Cooper Temple Clause promise new sound,
• Westwood and Radcliffe become people of today,
• Shakira reacts to death threats,
• Lesbian duo might cause controversy with video

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Who said: “Rock ‘n’ Roll is not so much a question of electric guitars as it striped pants”?
Answer tomorrow

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DIGITAL RADIO ON THE UP
Good news for digital only radio stations – after a slow start for the medium which caused some stations to go under, the time might now be here for digital audio broadcasting. Figures out yesterday showed that the arrival of the £99 digital radio set helped nearly double the number of households with a digital radio – up from 75,000 to 135,000. In fact some are saying digital radios were the must-have present for Christmas 2002 – more or less selling out every set in the UK. So much so industry insiders are optimistic sales will continue at a similar pace perhaps taking the number of listeners up to half a million by the end of the year (original estimates were only 300,000).

It is good news for digital radio – which was starting to come under criticism for embarrassingly low audiences, leading one BBC DJ to joke he’d reach more people if he played music in his car and drove around London!

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US SENATOR CONTINUES CAMPAIGN AGAINST CLEAR CHANNEL ET AL
A US Senator yesterday told the ‘Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit’ that he is moving forward on legislation he introduced last year to investigate alleged anti-competitive behaviour by US radio and concert giants, most prominently Clear Channel.

Senator Russ Feingold said artists, small promoters, and independent radio stations have convinced him that Clear Channel is using its hold on so many different aspects of the music industry to stifle competition and evade ownership rules, resulting in the loss of "localism" and shrinking playlists on music radio, soaring ticket prices for music concerts and a "shakedown system" where labels have to shell out money to get on playlists.

Talking to Billboard, Feingold indicated he had convinced Senator John McCain, chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, to co-sponsor his bill, which would give the measure a much stronger chance of passage.

Elsewhere at the same summit California state Senator Kevin Murray said lawmakers in Georgia, Tennessee, and Texas may follow the lead of movements in California and New York in examining state rules regarding the fairness of artists' contracts with record labels.

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ALANIS – DEPRESSED BUT INSPIRED
Alanis Morissette, whose rarities album ‘Feast of Scraps’ is out next week, has been telling her fans that she spent the end of last year feeling down – and that’s inspired her to starting writing new material!

Writing on her website she said: "I've been feeling depressed, which I at first thought was post-holiday anti-climatic stuff - which I've experienced after every tour, every break-up, and every Christmas etc - post trauma stress disorder (haha) - but I now realize that I feel depressed because I have so much I want to say and get out...that I've been holding all this in and that it's making me sick. So for the love of God write and get it out and save some doctor's bills".

With this in mind she says she’s “been waking up in the middle of night with a drive to write which means if I don't start soon I will explode.” Expect new material soon.

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HYPE BUILDS AS CORGAN’S NEW ALBUM APPROACHES
Even though the first album from Smashing Pumpkin Billy Corgan’s new band Zwan hasn’t even been released yet fan websites are apparently springing up all over the internet, presumably showing a lasting fanbase for the Pumpkins. Fansites recommended by the band themselves include ZwanMusic, Zwanphoria, Poets Of Zwan, Zwan Fan, Apathysecsasy's Zwan plus a site in Japan and Italy. We’ll see whether they will live up to the hype when debut album ‘Mary Star Of The Sea’ is released later this month.

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RI:SE REVAMP DEPENDS ON 11 O’CLOCK PRESENTER
Having fired all but one of its original presenting team Channel 4 hope to breath new life into its struggling breakfast show RI:SE with the addition of former 11 O'Clock Show host Iain Lee. The programme will be relaunched later this month with a two presenter format (more and more like the Big Breakfast everyday!). Lee will co-present with original team member Edith Bowman from a new studio on top of the Whiteleys Shopping Centre in Bayswater. The show – which tried to turn the Heat formula of entertainment news, gossip and a light hearted look at the world into a TV show – was hit with a barrage of criticism on its launch, and has failed to build even a cult fanbase since. No word on how long the revamped show will be given to prove itself.

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REVIEW: Eyes Adrift - Eyes Adrift (Cooking Vinyl)
Well what did you expect? Eyes Adrift features Nirvana’s lanky bass-loony Krist Novoselic and lank-haired Meat Puppet Curt Kirkwood, and it’s really, really obvious. Obvious because the album a) sounds almost exactly like The Meat Puppets’ 1994 release ‘Too High to Die’, and b) is almost as bad as Novoselic’s last attempt at musical nondeavour, ‘Sweet 75’. Although subtly different from anything these two have done before, the sound is depressingly dated (emulating, at one point, The Smashing Pumpkins’ ‘Whir’ and at another, L7’s ‘Baggage’. For goodness sake...) and the only modern inspiration is that of the most insipid British acoustic shite imaginable. So you get The Meat Puppets’ trippy vocal harmonies and washy acoustic sound mixed with an unhealthy dose of bloody Coldplay, along with occasional vocals from Novoselic that make his warbling at the beginning of Nirvana’s ‘Territorial Pissings’ sound good. Sorry, but *we* expected a little more. DR
Release date: 27 Jan
Press contact: Cooking Vinyl IH

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RUN DMC PLAN GREATEST HITS
Run DMC will mark the all to sudden end to their careers with a greatest hits album in March. According to the NME the tentative tracklisting include: It’s Like That, Walk This Way, Sucker MC‘s, Bounce, King Of Rock, It‘s Tricky, Can You Rock It Like This, You Be Illin‘, Rock Box, Run’s House, Peter Piper, My Adidas, Beats To The Rhyme, Jam Master Jay, Hard Times, Down With The King, Mary Mary, Ghostbusters and It‘s Tricky (Jacknife Lee Remix). The hip hop pioneers announced they would be calling it a day after the murder of DJ Jam Master Jay last October.

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NO WORD ON RELEASE OF NEW STRUMMER MATERIAL
Joe Strummer had been working on new material with his band The Mescaleros in the months leading up to his death, some of which was previewed at his last live dates. But the band were due to go in the studio in late December to finish the album proper for a Spring release and it is now unclear if and when some or all of these tracks will get a release. That said, some sort of tribute album featuring Clash and Strummer songs is inevitable and some of the new tracks may appear on that.

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ROYKSOPP VOICE RELEASES SOLO ALBUM
Erlend Øye – the Norwegian who sang the vocals to tracks on Royksopp’s ‘Melody AM’, album - including the singles ‘Poor Leno’ and ‘Remind Me’ – will release a debut solo album next month called ‘Unrest’. Word is the album will feature ten songs, made in ten cities, with ten producers and is a “genre bending electro solo album” from a “gregarious jet set folk singer and part time dance entity”. Make of that what you will.

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COOPER TEMPLE CLAUSE PROMISE NEW SOUND
Cooper Temple Clause’s second album will be quite different from their first according to reports from NME. They reckon from demos the album, due out in May, is “more reminiscent of DJ Shadow or UNKLE rather than the guitar heavy material on their debut”.

The band’s guitarist Dan Fischer told NME: "The whole idea was to make a big step away from what we did on the last album, and it is. We've got 15 or 16 tracks done, we're starting on the masters now.”

Singer Ben Gautrey added: "We're definitely enjoying it. It's good to do something on our own terms. Any time on the first album where we might have had a hint of like, 'Can we get away with this?', on this album we've just gone and done it. The electronica side has been more scored, the guitars are heavier. I think this album is a bit more melodic."

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WESTWOOD AND RADCLIFFE BECOME PEOPLE OF TODAY
There’s been a shift in the broadcasters appearing in ‘People Of Today’ – the ‘book of important people’ compiled by Debretts. Old timers Dave Lee Travis and Noel Edmonds are taken out of the latest edition, Tim Westwood and Mark and Lard are added for the first time.

Co-editor Zoe Gullen told Media Guardian: "We made a particular effort to look at broadcasting this year - those at the top of their profession and are significantly in the public eye and also those whose careers are on the wane. Tim Westwood has the only national rap show in the UK and is the most significant figure in European hip hop. With someone like Noel Edmonds, his House Party TV show was cancelled quite a while ago and he has really faded into the background. But when people are dropped, it doesn't mean they cannot come back in future if their careers pick up."

Other musical additions to the new book are PJ Harvey and Simon Cowell.

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SHAKIRA REACTS TO DEATH THREATS
Latin poptress Shakira is reported to have hired a team of security guards after receiving death threats which have made her scared of returning to her native Colombia. "Shakira is one of the world's biggest stars and her security reflects the volatile nature of her home country,” a spokesperson told reporters. "She lives in Miami but is still fiercely proud of her country. Most of her family still live there."

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LESBIAN DUO MIGHT CAUSE CONTROVERSY WITH VIDEO
A lesbian pop duo from Russia might cause controversy when they release their first video over here. Lena Katina and Julia Volkova, performing as Tatu (which apparently translates as This Girl Loves That Girl) are currently the biggest-selling group in eastern Europe. In the video to their single ‘All The Things She Said’ the teenagers (they’re 17 and 18 respectively) kiss and cuddle while dressed as schoolgirls. The girls are keen to break into the UK market – it remains to be seen how they are met by the tabloids who could, after all, lead a campaign against them or decide to champion them depending on which way the wind's blowing.

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

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