CMU Daily - on the inside 14 Jan 2003
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In today's CMU Daily:
• Few surprises with Brit nominations,
• Eminem’s night at AMAs,
• Townshend on bail,
• Capital plan rock show,
• Gibb funeral tomorrow,
• Diddy denies falling label value,
• Review: David Sneddon - Stop Living The Lie,
• Creed apologise for shoddy show,
• AOL Time Warner chief resigns,
• Neptunes were never considered for Grammys,
• Radio 1 plan New York weekend,
• Blur update,
• Review: Hint – Quite Spectacular / Nimble,
• Cream announce march events,
• Government object to GWR’s Galaxy takeover,
• Durst on Limp Bizkit’s new material,
• Q’s 100 songs that changed the world


More Brits trivia - which band won best band and best album in both 1997 and 1999 - and with which albums?
Answer tomorrow


With the Sunday newspapers telling us ahead of the event that Robbie was only up for one Brit Award this year, there were very few surprises when the nominations for the annual UK music awards fest were announced last night. Even my Mum expected Ms Dynamite and the Streets to dominate, and they did, each picking up four nominations each. Then again, given that they are nominated against each other in three of those categories, it’s likely neither will actually storm the night.

In fact the only surprise of the night was that out of all the singles released in 2002 two by Gareth Gates deserved nominations for the title of ‘best’. But then we realised the five best selling records of the year automatically make up the nominations for this category – so no surprise their either.

Nominations for best pop act are also based on overall record sales. The rest were selected by the Brits Academy, of course, hundreds of people from the music industry and music media. That Academy selects the overall winner for ten of the categories. Radio 1 listeners will now be able to vote for best breakthrough artist (a trendy way of saying best newcomer), listeners to commercial radio stations will vote for best single (not that there is one in the list of nominations), MTV Base viewers can pick the best from the ten artists nominated for best urban act, while CD:UK viewers and Sun readers will vote for best pop act.

The awards take place on 20 Feb at Earls Court at 5pm – they will be televised by ITV later that night. Between now and then ITV will no doubt generate hours of television analysing the nomination lists. Those nominations in full:

British male solo artist: Badly Drawn Boy; Craig David; David Gray; The Streets; Robbie Williams

British female solo artist: Sophie Ellis Bextor; Ms Dynamite; Beverley Knight; Alison Moyet; Beth Orton

British album: Coldplay - Rush of Blood to the Head; Ms Dynamite - A Little Deeper; The Coral - The Coral; The Streets - Original Pirate Material; Sugababes - Angels with Dirty Faces

British group: Blue; Coldplay; Doves; Sugababes; Oasis

British single: Atomic Kitten - The Tide is High (Get The Feeling); Gareth Gates - Anyone of Us (Stupid Mistake); Gareth Gates - Unchained Melody; Liberty X - Just A Little; Will Young - Anything Is Possible/Evergreen

British urban act: Beverley Knight; Big Brovaz; Craig David; Daniel Bedingfield; Mis-Teeq; Ms Dynamite; Romeo; Roots Manuva; So Solid Crew; The Streets

British dance act: Chemical Brothers; Groove Armada; Jamiroquai; Kosheen; Sugababes

British breakthrough artist: Liberty X; Ms Dynamite; The Coral; The Streets; Will Young

Pop act: Blue; Enrique Iglesias; Gareth Gates; Pink; Will Young

International male solo artist: Beck; Eminem; Moby; Nelly; Bruce Springsteen

International female solo artist: Missy Elliot; Norah Jones; Alicia Keys; Avril Lavigne; Pink

International album: Eminem - The Eminem Show; Norah Jones - Come Away with Me; Alicia Keys - Songs in A Minor; Pink - Missundaztood; Red Hot Chili Peppers - By The Way

International group: Foo Fighters; Nickelback; Red Hot Chili Peppers; Royksopp; White Stripes

International breakthrough artist: Norah Jones; Avril Lavigne; Nickelback; Shakira; White Stripes

Outstanding contribution to music: Tom Jones


Over in the US no surprises either at the Amercian Music Awards – it was Eminem’s night - again - if only he was British he would no doubt have been nominated in every category at the Brits too. At the AMAs Slim Shady took best male pop, best map hip hop, best pop album and best hip hop album.
The show was predictably expletive filled as its hosts – the family Osbourne – took to the stage. TV network ABC had to get the bleeper out for the Ozzy’s opening greeting!

The AMA nominations are based on radio airplay and retail sales data – the winners are then selected by a poll of 20,000 record buyers – with the Fan Award, which went to Nelly, voted for via the award’s website. Although essentially punter voted, rather than industry led, the AMA’s do give some indication of what will happen at next month’s Grammys – expect Slim Shady to have another good night.

And the winners were:
Favourite male pop/rock artist: Eminem
Favourite female pop/rock artist: Sheryl Crow
Favourite pop/rock band (duo or group): Creed
Favourite pop/rock album: Eminem - The Eminem Show (Universal/Interscope)
Favourite new pop/rock artist: Ashanti
Favourite male hip-hop/R&B artist: Eminem
Favourite female hip-hop/R&B artist: Mary J. Blige
Favourite hip-hop/R&B band (duo or group): Outkast
Favourite hip-hop/R&B album: Eminem - The Eminem Show (Universal/Interscope)
Favourite new hip-hop/R&B artist: Ashanti
Favourite male country artist: Tim McGraw
Favourite female country artist: Martina McBride
Favourite country band (duo or group): Dixie Chicks
Favourite country album: Dixie Chicks - Home (Sony/Monument)
Favourite new country artist: Carolyn Dawn Johnson
Favourite adult contemporary artist: Celine Dion
Favourite Latin artist: Enrique Iglesias
Favourite alternative artist: Creed
Favourite contemporary inspirational artist: Avalon
Favourite soundtrack: Spider-Man (Columbia)
Fans Choice Award: Nelly
Award of Merit: Alabama
International Artist of the Year: Madonna


When interviewed yesterday about child pornography allegations The Who’s Pete Townshend said the police were yet to make contact. Well yesterday they did, arresting him on suspicion of possessing and making indecent images of children and of incitement to distribute such images. Later in the day they released him on bail. He’s due to re-attend the station in late January.
His solicitor John Cohen told reporters: "Mr Townshend has been interviewed by police. He has not been charged with anything and has been bailed to a future date when he may be required to answer some questions. He is going home to get some rest. He is tired but all right."

Townshend maintains he gave his credit card details to see a child porn website as research for a book he’s writing.


Capital Radio have announced they will be launching a rock show on their main London station, and an album chart on the Capital Gold channel, as part of programme controller Ric Blaxill’s bid to play a greater variety of music as other stations become more specialist. Although Xfm presenter Ian Camfield already presents a rock show for the group’s alternative station it is unlikely the presenter for the new show will come from within the company. Blaxill told the Media Guardian: "I will definitely bring in someone new, someone with the right approach, knowledge and gravitas who lives, eats and breathes the music”.


Maurice Gibb’s funeral will take place in Miami tomorrow – it will be a private service for family and close friends only. In a statement Allen Kovac from the band’s management company told reporters: "All of us at Kovac Media Group are deeply saddened by Maurice's passing. Our thoughts are with Maurice's family and his many friends and fans who loved him. He was a truly talented artist and a wonderful man full of wit and passion for life. We know that our sorrow is shared by those he touched in the music industry and by millions of music fans across the world."

Those wanting to pay tribute to Maurice were asked to send contributions to the Foundation set up in memory of the other Gibb brother Andy, who had success as a solo artist in the late seventies but died aged 30 in 1988 from heart problems - Andy Gibb Memorial Foundation, c/o Dade Community Foundation, 200 South Biscayne Blvd./Suite 505, Miami, Florida 33131-2343.
Barry and Robin are still questioning the hospital where Maurice died with regard the quality of treatment he received.


P Diddy's publicist is denying rumours that the rapper is considering selling his label Bad Boy Records at a cut down price because of poor performance. Coombes bought back complete ownership of the label from BMG label Arista last year and at time valued his company at $100 million. But now rumour has it he is looking for a buyer and is asking only $10 million. Some say that since the label lost key acts like Jamal 'Shyne' Barrow, Mace and Faith Evans it has not been as commercially successful.


REVIEW: David Sneddon - Stop Living The Lie (Mercury)
Those who thought Sinade was robbed should take solace in this record, because it proves beyond doubt you are totally 100% right. The Fame Academy winner‚s first single is a materstroke of pop balladry, which means Asda will have to make sure they‚re well stocked up. Supreme lyrical naffness aside (“everyone needs a saviour/so do yourself a favour”) David Sneddon has produced the most mediocre song in history, and is backed with Wet, Wet, Wet and Elton John covers. 350 million people voted for this mush and we’re worried about being infected with Anthrax. FC
Release date: 13 Jan
Press contact: Mercury IH [all]


AMA winning rockers Creed have apologised for the quality of their performance Chicago's Allstate Arena on 29 Dec after a flood of complaint letters from fans, and accusations on the band’s message board that frontman Scott Stapp was "high out of his mind" during the performance.

A letter sent to fans from Jeff Hanson Management read: "The band has heard that you are unhappy with the quality of the recent Creed show in Chicago. We apologize if you don't feel that the show was up to the very high standards set by our previous shows in Chicago. We also understand and appreciate the fact that there has been much concern about Scott's health and we want to assure everyone that he is doing very well and is taking a much needed break at home in Orlando after a very long and rigorous touring year."

Talking about the show where Stapp reportedly left the stage for 10 minutes, forgot the words to songs, and fell down several times, the letter continued, "For now we hope that you can take some solace in the fact that you definitely experienced the most unique of all Creed shows and may have become part of the unusual world of rock'n'roll history! Again, we apologize if you didn't enjoy the show but remember, 'It's only rock'n'roll but we like it!'"


More resignations at the top of the entertainment giants – this time at Warner Music’s parent company AOL Time Warner. Chairman Steve Case has announced he will step down in May. Case initially won praise for masterminding the merger between America Online and Time Warner, but has come under increasing criticism more recently as AOL Time Warner stock slid some 60%.

Case, who will remain on as a board member, told reporters: "Given that some shareholders continue to focus their disappointment with the company's post-merger performance on me personally, I have concluded that we should take steps now to avoid the possibility of that effort hindering our ability to pull together as a team and focus fully on our businesses."


Many were surprised when the Neptunes – who have been working as producers with numerous leading dance and pop acts in the last year, as well as in their own right as NERD – were missing from the best producer category in the Grammy nominations. Rolling Stone's music editor Joe Levy said: "I don't think anyone can argue that there is a better or more important production team than the Neptunes. They are ridiculously good and ridiculously successful, and it is shocking that they should be overlooked in this category."

It now seems they were lacking because nobody put them forward for nomination. It is the job of the labels to put forward artists who they believe are eligible for the Grammys. Labels are meant to submit the names of eligible acts in the summer – volunteers then check eligibility before sending a list of contenders to the 13,000 voting members of the American Music Academy. It seems no one submitted to Neptunes name.

It may well be a case of everyone assuming everyone else was doing it. The Neptunes release music as NERD via Virgin, but their own label Star Track is owned by BMG label Arista, there’s a chance both assumed the other would put them forward. Though one industry insider talking to the New York Times reckoned it was the job of the Neptunes themselves to make sure they were put forward.

"It's a very surprising example of not dotting the i's and crossing the t's," producer Jimmy Jam, who was nominated for best producer category. "I really love them a lot and feel sorry for them. It's an unfortunate thing, but maybe it will be a wake-up call."

The Neptunes could still have some success on the night – they were the producing team behind four singles nominated for Grammys: Justin Timberlake's ‘Like I Love You’, Busta Rhymes and P. Diddy's ‘Pass the Courvoisier Part II’, Mystikal's ‘Bouncin' Back (Bumpin' Me Against the Wall)’ and Nelly's ‘Hot in Herre’. They also produced much of Nelly’s ‘Nellyville’ which is up for album of the year.


Radio One will stage a weekend of live shows from New York from 31 Jan to 2 Feb. Pete Tong and Tim Westwood will DJ alongside Funkmaster Flex, Dougie Fresh and Cipha Sound.


In his latest posting on the Blur website Alex James has confirmed he has met up with former band member Graham Coxon – apparently they went shopping together and Coxon was "alright". James also updated progress on the band’s new album – “it is being masterized by some hip fuck with a jazzy name. Whatever. We have to make videos now and be cool at all times in case someone is looking" – and reminisced about a memory of the late Joe Strummer - “I once spent a whole afternoon writing Joe Strummer a reference so he could join a posh drinking club. The next time I picked up the NME there he was annihilating Blur with some carefully considered invective. Then the fucker died. We all cried."


REVIEW: Hint – Quite Spectacular / Nimble (Hombre)
‘Hint, hint – this tune’s quite spectacular’. No, I’m not going to be that lame though the puns right - this is very ace indeed. On Ninja Tune imprint Hombre, ‘Hint’ makes relaxed breakbeat in the style of, say, ‘The Avalanches’. And hell, if Lemon Jelly can sell truckloads just because they do nice designs and quirky gigs then there is no reason why this guy can’t do the same. Just stick this on, you’ll sit back – whistle away, close your eyes and you’ll be in sun-kissed luxurious sound heaven. And once its finished, you’ll put in on again! First stand out record of the year. DH
Release date: 10 Feb
Press contact: Zzonked [all]


Cream have announced details of their first major event of the year - Digital Love – which will take place on 8 Mar at venues in Liverpool and Nottingham. The Nottingham Arena event will feature Paul Van Dyk, Andy Farley, BK and Eddie Halliwell. The Liverpool event, held at Nation, will feature Judge Jules, JFK, DJ Montana, BK, Lisa Pinup, Dirty Vegas, Jon Carter and Louis Edwards.


GWR’s bid to takeover the Bristol branch of the Galaxy network has hit a problem in the form of competition minister Melanie Johnson. Chrysalis, who own the rest of the Galaxy network, sold off the Bristol licence last year. The plan is for GWR to rebrand the station as Vibe FM – akin to the group’s dance station in East Anglia – the two stations would then be managed by a new holding company Vibe Radio Services, a joint venture between GWR and Scottish Radio Holdings.

But Johnson is objecting to the takeover because of GWR’s dominance in commercial radio in Bristol. So much so she has referred the deal to the competition commission after voicing concerns that it might "substantially reduce" competition for local radio advertising in Bristol and Bath.

Needless to say GWR and Chrysalis are objecting to the decision, pointing out it goes against the current communication bill which will let media groups have a bigger slice of the local radio pie in any given region. But said bill is not yet law, so the competition commission may yet use its might to stop the radio majors jumping the gun.


Fred Durst has told the NME that Limp Bizkit are nearing completion of their new album - "I'm in the studio just about to wrap up the vocals!! Only four songs away!!" – and that the new single will be called Crack Addict. Talking about coping with the departure of guitarist Wes Borland last year, Durst says he and bassist Sam Rivers have been filling in on lead guitar duties in the studio. The album is due later this year.


More random music stats. Elvis tops Q magazine’s list of 100 Songs That Changed The World with the 1954 track ‘That's All Right’. The list tends to consist of tracks that brought genres to the mainstream – with all the usual suspects in there. Eminem’s ‘My Name Is’ is the most recent track in there (at 37), with the Prodigy’s ‘Firestarter’ (91), Spice Girls ‘Wannabe’ (23), Oasis’ ‘Live Forever’ (78) and the Princess Diana version of Elton John’s ‘Candle In The Wind’ (97) representing the nineties.

The top ten:
1. Elvis Presley - That's All Right
2. The Beatles - I Wanna Hold Your Hand
3. Sex Pistols - God Save The Queen
4. Sugarhill Gang - Rapper's Delight
5. Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
6. Billie Holiday - Strange Fruit
7. Bob Dylan - Like A Rolling Stone
8. Run DMC - Walk This Way
9. New Order - Blue Monday
10. Band Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas?


Yesterday in our Chart Report we said the Audio Bullys were signed to XL. They are, of course, signed to Source and distributed via Virgin. Not that we’re ones to pass the buck, but we base our Chart Report on the charts published at the Radio 1 website, who credited the Audio Bullys to XL! And not that we’re ones to fuel rivalries, but thanks to the reader at Xfm who spotted the mistake! Anyway, let’s hope Lemon Jelly go top ten when their new single is released next week – then Beggars imprint XL *will* have three hits on their hands!


Answer to Monday's pop quiz:
With the Brits nominations tonight - can you remember which artist won both best song and best video three years running from 1999 to 2000 - and for which tracks?
Robbie with 'Rock DJ' in 2001, 'She's The One' in 2000 and 'Angels' (song) and 'Millenium' (video) in 1999. This year he'll win neither!

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