CMU Daily - on the inside 10 Jan 2003
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In today's CMU Daily:
• Sony boss to set up his own label,
• Brits won’t be dry say organisers,
• Gun crime debate rekindled,
• Moby mugging was homophobia,
• Veterans support Tibet benefit,
• Moloko announce new album date,
• Review: Ttc – De Pauvres Riches,
• Drowning Pool hope to find new frontman,
• BMG restructures in us after J Records takeover,
• Eminem launches clothes range,
• Breakbeat awards announce presenters and categories,
• Backstreet boy prepares for solo tour

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Who said: “I get a lot of influences from electric shavers”
Answer tomorrow

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SONY BOSS TO SET UP HIS OWN LABEL
Sony Music boss Thomas D Mottola has announced he is to step down after 14 years to set up his own label. Sony President Howard Stinger announced his departure, calling Mottola "an icon of the music industry" saying "we respect his decision to return to his musical roots at such a pivotal time in music history".

Mottola took over the helm at the record company just two years after Sony entered the music business by taking over CBS Records. He is seen as a key figure in Sony’s subsequent successes in the US and around the world.

Talking about his departure Mottola told reporters: "I have been thinking about taking up this new challenge for about a year and really made the decision to go forward only recently." No word yet on exactly what his new company will be, though it is expected to have a close relationship with Sony, especially on areas like distribution.

Sony are expected to announce who will replace Mottola any day now.

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BRITS WON’T BE DRY SAY ORGANISERS
Organisers have denied rumours that there will be an alcohol ban at this year’s Brit Awards – reports said a drink ban was being installed to avoid trouble now the show is being broadcast almost live on TV again. But a spokesperson for the awards ceremony told the BBC the backstage bar would be open as usual, claiming they "love incidents of bad behaviour, that's what everyone loves about the Brit Awards." However the main auditorium for the awards will be set out in a theatre style, and not the banquet tables style of previous years, a move seen by most as a way of reducing alcohol consumption front of stage. What’s more the awards ceremony is being brought forward to 5pm so the main eating and drinking part of the evening follows, rather than precedes, the televised part of the event.

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GUN CRIME DEBATE REKINDLED
The ‘music culture and gun crime’ debate was rekindled yesterday by Neil Fraser, founder of the London recording studio Ariwa Sounds who has worked with the likes of Massive Attack and Sade during his long career. Writing in the Telegraph he accused the BBC of contributing to the rise in gun crime by playing music that “glorifies the gun, homophobic aggression, male chauvinism and drug culture” on Radio 1 and black music station 1Xtra.

“The producers of BBC Radio 1 ragga and hip hop shows should share some of the guilt every time a black youth dies by the gun in Britain," he wrote, singling out Goldfinger’s show on Radio 1 and various programmes on 1Xtra as promoting violence in the black community. "BBC1Extra has several programmes that encourage gun violence and a general ignorant agro within the black community. There is no programme of positive black awareness and there are no music programmes reflecting the large influence roots, lovers rock, jazz and dub had on Britain."

Calling for a rethink at both the BBC and MTV he said: "We in the black community have the problem. David Blunkett cannot solve it. Responsible people in the community have got to take up their positions to influence the youths the right way".

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MOBY MUGGING WAS HOMOPHOBIA
Moby has written on his website that he reckons the three men who attacked in Boston last December did so because they though he was gay. "I'm kind of a simpleton, but could someone please explain homophobia to me? Apparently when I was attacked in Boston it was a 'gay bashing' (which is kind of ironic seeing as I'm straight). What in the world do people find so offensive about homosexuality? What about homosexuality is so upsetting to so many people? Prejudicial hate and violence are always despicable and offensive, it's as simple as that."

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VETERANS SUPPORT TIBET BENEFIT
David Bowie, Ray Davies, Laurie Anderson, Ziggy Marley and Rufus Wainwright, are all set to appear at the Tibet House Benefit concert in New York on 28 Feb. The annual event, that supports an organisation that exists to promote the preservation and restoration of Tibet's cultural and spiritual heritage, now attracts high profile musicians and actors.

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MOLOKO ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM DATE
Moloko have confirmed their fourth album ‘Statues’ will be released on 3 Mar on Echo. According to NME the first single from the album will be ‘Familiar Feeling’ – out on 10 Feb. Other tracks include ‘Come On’, ‘Cannot Contain This’, ‘Statues’ and ‘The Only Ones’.

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REVIEW: TTC – DE Pauvres Riches (Big Dada)
Yes it’s Big Dada with the goods again. Time from across the channel not the Atlantic. While my French is dwindling, I can still make out the odd line; but to be honest the flows carry themselves with sense, and as for the backing track. With Vadim’s inimitable production this is an eerie slightly comic cut with clucking and door creaks. The 12” comes with a electro(clash) remix from the Detroit Grand Pubahs, a very electroclash remix from Diplo, an obscure-electro-beat remix from Tacteel, and an Aphex-noise remix from Octet. In my view the original has the power to rock it alone. Le dope. JG
Release date: 27 Jan
Press contact: Zzonked [all]

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DROWNING POOL HOPE TO FIND NEW FRONTMAN
Drowning Pool are about to begin the search for a new lead singer following the death of Dave Williams last August. Talking to Aussie website Undercover bass player Stevie Bento confirmed the band wanted to stay together: “We are going to audition some people. If we find somebody then great, if we don't, well, we've all had offers to go and play with other bands. But the three would really like to stick together if we can. We have been doing this together for a long time. We lost one of our closest friends. I'd hate to lose the other two. We are going to try and stick together"

He says the band have been getting some motivation to continue by looking at the career of ACDC – after the death of Bon Scott, AC/DC brought in Brian Johnson and went on to become even bigger than before. "It is a great example. They overcame it and went and made a great record. You can't deny how great ‘Back In Black’ was. Even today it sells 5,000 copies a week. It is a great record".

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BMG RESTRUCTURES IN US AFTER J RECORDS TAKEOVER
Restructuring has begun in BMG in the US following the complete takeover of imprint J Records, and the appointment of J Records founder Clive Davies to head of Arista. For restructuring, read downsizing - "Staff reductions at BMG are part of our effort to eliminate duplicate positions and responsibilities among certain areas at BMG and J," the company said in a statement yesterday. "The streamlining is part of an integration of the two labels - but these changes won't affect the independent, creative integrity of the two labels.” About 50 jobs are expected to go across BMG’s RCA and J Records divisions – though it shouldn’t affect anyone in the UK where J Record releases were already marketing through central BMG teams.

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EMINEM LAUNCHES CLOTHES RANGE
In the next step towards world domination Eminem is planning on launching his own line of clothing. According to the New York Post he is teaming up with a Nesi Apparel to create a collection of sportswear called Shady. Apparently the clothes, which will probably hit stores in the Autumn, will be a "pure reflection of Eminem and what he'd be wearing".

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BREAKBEAT AWARDS ANNOUNCE PRESENTERS AND CATEGORIES
Organisers of the International Breakbeat Awards have confirmed Radio 1’s Annie Nightingale and breaks producer Danny McMillan will be hosting this year’s event at London’s Electrowerkz on 27 Feb.

Awards to be made on the night include: best breakbeat dj 2002, most talented producer, breaks single of 2002, remix of the year, LP / compilation album, label of year, fav non-breaks tune, best club night / event, best radio station, best website, best magazine, best new act, best new label, and face of breaks 2003.

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BACKSTREET BOY PREPARES FOR SOLO TOUR
Backstreet Boy Nick Carter will begin his first solo tour next month with a string of shows in theatre style venues around the US – considerably smaller shows than the arena dates he is used to with the boy band. The tour follows the release of his solo album last year. Word is he will have to balance his own live commitments with the recording of a new album with the Backstreet Boys.

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Answer to Thursday's pop quiz:
Who said: “Rock ‘n’ Roll is not so much a question of electric guitars as it striped pants”?
David Lee Roth

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