CMU Daily - on the inside 15 Jan 2003
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In today's CMU Daily:
• So So Def producer signs deal with Arista,
• ITV launch late night CD:UK,
• Ms Dynamite bookies favourite at Brits,
• So Solid speak out against minister’s claims,
• Cinematic Orchestra doc on 4music,
• Review: Mira Calix – Skimskitta,
• Global Underground quash rumours,
• Nelly and Timberlake visit Playboy mansion,
• Capital station faces fine for ice competition,
• Clash best of due for march release,
• Digital radio hire PR for worldwide campaign,
• Review: Dario G - Feels Like Heaven (Heaven Is Closer),
• Ross arrest video to be released,
• Moyles TV show axed,
• Classic albums to be rereleased on next level cd,
• Durst furthers Britney rumours


More awards trivia – in 1980 one artist sailed his way through the Grammys to win record of the year, album of the year, song of the year and best new artist. Who he?

Answer tomorrow


Four months after ending a ten year relationship with Sony’s Columbia Records, leading hip-hop producer Jermaine Dupri and his So So Def label yesterday signed a similar deal with BMG label Arista. The new deal will mean all future So So Def Recordings will be distributed worldwide by Arista. Meanwhile Dupri, who will become a senior vice president of the company, will release a solo album through Arista and commit to only performing producer duties with artists signed to BMG imprints.

Dupri will continue to be based in his hometown of Atlanta, and will record as a solo artist for Arista as well as lending his production and artist development skills to the label. Under the terms of the deal, Dupri will only produce artists in the BMG family of labels, which includes Arista, RCA, and Jive.

Announcing the deal Arista boss Antonio Reid told reporters "Jermaine has been one of the outstanding creative forces in the Atlanta music scene. We have known each other for more than a decade, and it has been a source of personal satisfaction for me to watch him work with and guide many of Atlanta's hip-hop and R&B artists to superstar status. Jermaine has produced some of the greatest names in contemporary music, and I welcome the opportunity to bring him into the Arista family."

Dupri, whose first major producing duties were with teen rappers Kriss Kross, of all people, has since worked with a plethora of acts including Mariah Carey, Jay-Z, Elton John, Janet Jackson, Destiny's Child, Usher, TLC, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Toni Braxton, and Run DMC.

So So Def's past roster, including the likes of Jagged Edge and Bow Wow, will remain signed to Columbia.


ITV have announced they will launch a late night version of their pop show CD:UK, fronted by former presenter Cat Deeley, which will include videos and performances considered too ‘steamy’ for Saturday morning kids TV.

ITV1 has had its knuckles wrapped recently over a number of performances on the main CD:UK programme. Watchdogs upheld complaints by viewers after they screened a performance by Pink who wore a t-shirt bearing the words ‘you fuckin bitch’. More recently they received a warning after showing a steamy routine by Christina Aguilera.

An ITV spokesman told reporters: "CD:UK Hotshots will feature videos with content that we cannot show on a Saturday morning."


The Brits have released their nominations, the bookies have released their odds.

Everyone seems to think The Streets will be the band who get nominated but fail to win – bookies offering odds of 1/4 that Ms Dynamite, up for as many awards as Mike Skinner (and in direct competition in three categories), will win the more awards. Not that Skinner should be bothered – he was busy putting down the Brits fest yesterday and said it he would be unlikely to attend.

Elsewhere in the odds lists Robbie Williams is favourite for best British male act at 6/4, with Coldplay favourites for best British album and group, with odds of 5/4 and 11/10 respectively.


In an interview with the Evening Standard the So Solid Crew have finally hit back at claims by Culture Minister Kim Howells that their music has helped fuel the growth of gun crime among the young black community.

"Pointing the finger at artists that are trying to let younger ones know it's possible to achieve something big in life, and put your heart and soul into it, is crazy,” the Crew’s Romeo said. “Our music reflects real-life issues and what's going on on the streets but was no more to blame for violence than horror movies on television. People have to realise everyone is an individual and take responsibility for their own actions.”


CMU favourites the Cinematic Orchestra will be subject of a 4Music documentary tonight. Filmed during a sell-out show at London’s Cargo last year the programme includes interviews with Jason Swinscoe and Phil France and scenes from film the outfit plan to accompany live on their forthcoming tour – ‘Man With A Movie Camera’.


REVIEW: Mira Calix – Skimskitta (Warp)
What on Earth can we expect from an ex-Warp employee’s second album? Quite a lot, it seems. Skimskitta is a collection of carefully constructed ambient tracks that showcase one-girl-band Chantal Passamonte’s love for found sounds, sticks’n’stones and her ageing guitar. This certainly isn’t a record for getting ready for Saturday night carnage to. It’s not a dinner party album, nor a post-club chiller, although it worked wonders for my headache. In the sense that they have few melodies, beats or repetition, these are as far from songs as can be. It actually feels like one loooong piece, as there are no breaks between tracks, and each is similar in feel and sonic character. But the fact is that these sounds are so warm, so organic and inviting that they become intriguing, compulsive and, ultimately, listenable. If you like your music defiantly unmusical, this’ll go down a treat. DR
Release date: 3 Mar
Press contact: Warp IH [all]


Dance mix label Global Underground have denied rumours they are going to fold, but admitted they are going through a period of restructuring. In a statement on their website - – the label says: "The directors of Global

nderground have voluntarily appointed administrators to restructure the company and help manage it through the current difficult financial climate that a lot of the industry is suffering. This is to dispel recent message board gossip on the subject.”


Nelly and Justin Timberlake found themselves at Hugh Hefner's legendary Playboy Mansion on Friday as the pair filmed the video for their forthcoming collaboration ‘Work It’ - the fourth single to be released from ‘Nellyville’. In the video directed by Joseph Kahn the duo play a pair of gardeners at a neighbouring property who accidentally find themselves in the Playboy estate after Nelly mows through a fence – or something like that.

Nelly and Timberlake first collaborated on the Nelly/Nsync track ‘Girlfriend’. The latest single, set to follow on the smash success of ‘Hot in Herre’, ‘Dilemma’ and ‘Air Force Ones’, will no doubt further Timberlake’s growing credibility as a solo artist.


The Capital Radio group is being prosecuted by the health and safety executive after a competition on its Birmingham station BRMB allegedly hospitalised three people for more than two months. The charges follow a competition in August 2001 when the station got listeners to compete for tickets for the Birmingham Party In The Park by seeing who could sit for longest on a lump of ‘dry ice’ (solid carbon dioxide) at minus 78 degrees. Apparently four contestants were hospitalised, three of them needing ten weeks of treatment. The station will be prosecuted under the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974 which requires employers to ensure people not in their employment, but who may be affected by their activities, are not exposed to risks. They risk a fine of £20,000 when they go to court later this month.

It’s not the first time the Birmingham station, who are making no comment on the charges, have hit the headlines over one of their on air stunts. In 1999 they courted controversy when they married two complete strangers as part of a phone in competition.


Legacy, an imprint of Sony label Epic, have confirmed they will release a two-disc collection of music from the Clash this Spring. Apparently the new best of was already in the pipleline and Strummer had already selected the tracks to be included before his death. The tracks due to be remastered for the album include:

Disc One: ‘Complete Control’, ‘London’s Burning’, ‘Garageland’, ‘Clash City Rockers’, ‘I’m So Bored With the USA’, ‘Career Opportunities’, ‘(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais’, ‘Capital Radio One’, ‘White Riot’, ‘Police & Thieves’, ‘Janie Jones’, ‘I Fought the Law’, ‘English Civil War’, ‘Tommy Gun’, ‘Safe European Home’, ‘Guns on the Roof’, ‘Drug Stabbing Time’, ‘Stay Free’, ‘Julie’s Been Working for the Drug Squad’, ‘Wrong ‘Em Boyo’

Disc two: ‘Clampdown’, ‘Guns of Brixton’, ‘London Calling’, ‘Train in Vain’, ‘Lost in the Supermarket’, ‘Brand New Cadillac’, ‘Rudie Can’t Fail’, ‘Police On My Back’, ‘The Magnificent Seven’, ‘This Is Radio Clash’, ‘Stop the World’, ‘Bankrobber’, ‘Broadway’, ‘Somebody Got Murdered’, ‘The Call Up’, ‘Know Your Rights’, ‘Rock the Casbah’, ‘Straight to Hell’, ‘Should I Stay or Should I Go’, ‘This Is England’


The organisation charged with encouraging the take up of digital radio around the world has appointed PR firm Connors Communications to run a six-month, international campaign to promote the benefits of digital audio broadcasting to digital radio broadcasters, manufacturers and retailers. The medium is now doing well in the UK, with all the major radio groups broadcasting digitally and sales of digital radio sets enjoying something of a boom since cheaper technology hit the stores last Autumn. This campaign will try to get the medium moving elsewhere round the world.

"Digital radio is at a crossroads,” Annika Nyberg, president of the World DAB Forum, told Media Guardian, “with more and more governments, broadcasters and manufacturers throwing their weight behind legislation, services and products. DAB is emerging as the superior digital radio platform against the alternatives being developed, many of which remain unavailable to consumers. But we are not being complacent: for every country that has the infrastructure, programmes and receivers in place, there are others that need incentivising."


REVIEW: Dario G - Feels Like Heaven (Heaven is Closer) (Mercury)
Okay, time for a confession. Despite all my best New Year's resolve to stop liking this kind of chart-monkey twaddle, it did bring a grin to my miserable chops. Maybe it's just because Fiction Factory's original version was screaming out for a faster beat, but this is actually bloody good fun. And how many other acts from Crewe can you say that about? Don't bother with the remixes though, they make cleaning the slime from the underside of the dish drainer seem an appealing prospect
when faced with their mind-numbing boringness. LA
Release date: 13 Jan
Press contact: Mercury IH [all]


A judge in Arizona yesterday gave permission for police to release a video of Diana Ross being arrested on suspicion of drunken driving – though audio will not be included. Ross’ lawyers argued the video was only recorded when officers realised who they were charging, and that therefore it had not been used as part of legitimate police work. They also reckoned screening the video would affect Ross’ chances of a fair trial. The courts previously put a temporary ban on police releasing the tape to the media pending yesterday’s hearing. The tape should be with media outlets by the end of the week.

Elsewhere in the world of musicians driving badly - Queen Latifah has pleaded no contest to charges of reckless driving to avoid facing a trial on charges of drink driving. She was stopped by LA police in November for making an unsafe lane change. She failed a sobriety test and subsequently faced two drink driving charges. But lawyers representing Queen Latifah said the rapper and actor would accept driving recklessly if the drink drive charges were dropped. She was fined $300, sentenced to three years' informal probation and ordered to take part in a 12-hour alcohol education scheme.


Channel 5’s much hyped teatime show fronted by Chris Moyles and produced by Chris Evans has been axed after it failed to reach its audience targets. Both Evans and Moyles always stressed the zoo format show broadcast live from a pub in Kings Cross was a niche show aimed at young men. But Channel 5 set a target of half a million viewers, and,despite some peaks at 600,000 in October, it averaged between 300,000 and 400,000, the kind of figures the station was already getting for that slot. Some shows fell below 100,000 viewers.

The show will be replaced by a new programme fronted by Xfm breakfast show presenter Christian O’Connell.

Evans will be hoping for more success for his new show for Channel 4 - Boys and Girls – a game in which 100 boys and 100 girls compete for a £100,000 prize. It will be hosted by T4’s Vernon Kay.


Major labels are planning to release a number of classic albums on Super Audio CD (SACD) format – a new technology which apparently offers crystal clear sound when played on Sony manufactured SACD players, but which can also be played on conventional CDs.

EMI will release Pink Floyd's ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ remastered for the new format by longtime Pink Floyd engineer/producer James Guthrie. Universal are releasing a remastered version of ‘The Police Greatest Hits -- Every Breath You Take: The Classics’. Both are due out in March.

Other artists expected to be release on the format by Universal include Peter Gabriel, the Roots, the Wallflowers, and 3 Doors Down, while Sony are set to release fifteen Bob Dylan albums in the format later this year.


Fred Durst seems to have confirmed rumours of a relationship with Britney Spears. Writing on his website he says: "Anybody out there who has a serious problem with my feelings for Britney should just chill and worry about your own feelings for a minute. You can't help what happens in life because everything happens for a reason. I believe that. I am a good judge of character and so is she. It just happens to be a person that I would have thought could make me feel this way. And believe that I have never felt this way, so there". So there you go.


Answer to Tuesday's pop quiz:
More Brits trivia - which band won best band and best album in both 1997 and 1999 - and with which albums?
The Manics – with ‘Everything Must Go’ in 1997 and ‘This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours’ in 1999.

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