CMU Daily - on the inside 16 Jan 2003
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In today's CMU Daily:
• RIAA support education over locks in anti-piracy war,
• Norton Bee Gee gag causes complaints,
• Losing Popstar signs to Virgin,
• Former Smash Hits editor axed from the Sun,
• Review: Sean Paul - Dutty Rock,
• Appletons change album title,
• AIM announce two new board members,
• Timberlake and Aguilera plan joint tour,
• Hip hop exhibition opens,
• Leeds rioters in court,
• Review: Shake Before Use Vs Robert Palmer - Addicted To Love,
• Albarn and 3-D plan more anti-war ads,
• Dub Pistols sign to Distinctive,
• US industry chiefs meet to discuss ‘crisis’,
• Brown denies Harry Potter role,
• Beckham plans Japan comeback

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More awards nonsense – who took the Grammys for best R&B performance, song and album back in 1998 – what song, what album?

Answer tomorrow

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RIAA SUPPORT EDUCATION OVER LOCKS IN ANTI-PIRACY WAR
In a somewhat surprising move the Recording Industry Association of America has decided to back a number of leading high-tech companies who are opposing the introduction of ‘locks’ in music and video technology to stop consumers making copies of CDs or videos at home. Both the music and film industry have been investing in developing such technology to prevent piracy – and in particular to stop users making copyright material available via the net. But the RIAA has said that they now feel an education campaign about the legal and creative implications of music piracy, run jointly by the record labels and technology companies, is a more suitable way forward.

The move pleases the Consumer Electronics Association in the US which says people should have the right to make copies of CDs or videos for personal use (eg so they can have one copy in the house and one in the car). The Association’s Gary Shapiro told reporters: "We welcome the RIAA's apparent opposition to government mandates that would force consumer electronics manufacturers to insert controls into their products which would limit consumers' home recording and fair use rights."

However their counterparts in the movie biz are still not convinced. The Motion Picture Association of America, which represents all the major US film studios, are still advocating the use of "locking" technology to prevent content being copied or distributed over the internet.

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NORTON BEE GEE GAG CAUSES COMPLAINTS
Graham Norton sparked a flood of complaints after making probably the most obvious Maurice Gibb joke on his TV show on Monday. He said that Gibb’s life support machine was probably beeping to the tune of the trio’s disco classic ‘Staying Alive’. Apologising for the gag (on taste grounds, not because it wasn’t very funny) a Channel 4 spokesperson said: "Graham is known for his cheeky, irreverent humour. But we are sorry if he caused any offence to viewers." The Independent Television Commission will now see if broadcasting guidelines were breached.

Meanwhile family and friends of the former Bee Gee attended a private funeral service for the star at a Miami Beach Memorial Chapel yesterday.

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LOSING POPSTAR SIGNS TO VIRGIN
Javine Hylton, the Popstar contender who shocked critics when she was voted off the show by viewers despite being by far the most talented performer, is reported to have landed a million pound deal with Virgin pop imprint Innocent. Word is she has signed a three year deal with the label where she will hope to match the success of label mates Blue and Atomic Kitten.
At the time of being voted off the show she said: "I'll rise above it all to have a great solo career. I have always given everything 250% and I won't stop now. Mark my words."

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FORMER SMASH HITS EDITOR AXED FROM THE SUN
Former Smash Hits editor Emma Jones has become the first victim of new Sun editor Rebekah Wade who took over from David Yelland this week. Jones was hired by Yelland to write a column to appeal to younger readers – but she came under criticism almost from the word go for not knowing much about anything. That said, her axing may be more because Jones’ column replaced that of journalist Jane Moore, a close friend of Wade.

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REVIEW: Sean Paul - Dutty Rock (Warners / Eastwest)
Reggae: it all sounds the same, right? Wrong. Although you’ll rarely find a writer that hates reggae more than this one, I have to admit that ‘Dutty Rock’ is a pretty fine album. Innovative and minimal guitar lines, simple beats and stupid but funny little skits set an upbeat tone, over which Paul spreads his ‘authentic’ Jamaican-accent raps like some sort of peanut butter that sticks in your head instead of the roof of your mouth. Of course the lyric sheet reads like gibberish, all the songs are about Sean Paul being great (“I don’t mean to brag / Every day I get to shag”) and he did bugger all in the songwriting department, but then neither do Sugababes and that don’t make them rock any less. DR
Release date: 17 Feb
Press contact: Beatwax [CP, CR] East West IH [RP, RR, NP, NR]

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APPLETONS CHANGE ALBUM TITLE
The Appleton sisters have reportedly changed the name of their album from ‘Aloud’ to ‘Everything's Eventual’ so as not to be associated with Popstars band Girls Aloud. According to the Sun the duo thought the original title for their album, out on 24 Feb on Polydor, might cause confusion.

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AIM ANNOUNCE TWO NEW BOARD MEMBERS
AIM yesterday announced Tony Duckworth, General Manager of Amato Distribution and Adrian Sear, Commercial Director of the Demon Music Group, will join their Board to fill the positions left vacant by Eliza Tyrell of Grand Central Records and Steve Mason of Pinnacle. Tyrell left the board after she parted company with Grand Central, while Steve Mason was forced to leave when Pinnacle, acquired by BMG as part of the Zomba deal, ceased to be classified as ‘independent’. Duckworth and Sear join the Board because they received the next most votes when they originally stood for the posts at the Association’s last AGM.

Meanwhile AIM have confirmed that chairman Alison Wenham will speak at ‘Music in Europe’, a conference for people working in the music industry across the EU, which takes place in Amsterdam this weekend. The conference is aiming to update EU and national governments on the music sector, to develop an overview on the music policies in place at national level, and to find ways for better co-operation at European level, involving national governments and European institutions.

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TIMBERLAKE AND AGUILERA PLAN JOINT TOUR
Speaking at the American Music Awards on Monday Justin Timberlake told reporters he would be travelling the US on a co-headline tour later this year but when asked about the other headliner said: "I will not reveal the name and start rumours”. Being candid may have got more long term press milage, except that minutes later Christina Aguilera said in her press chat: "Oh my God! I'm so excited. Me and Justin are going out on tour together, and it's going to be such an amazing thing. There's talk of us writing a song together and what not. He's so great. We're going to make it the tour of the year."

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HIP HOP EXHIBITION OPENS
Proud Galleries in Camden will tomorrow open an exhibition of hip hop portraits called Hip Hop Immortals Volume One. The exhibition, which includes original portraits of Eminem, Public Enemy, Run DMC Lil Kim, Snoops, Biggie, Missy Elliott, Ice T and Jay Z, aims to tell the story of the genre from the inner cities of American 1970's through to the forefront of global popular music (those interested in the history of hip hop should check out the genre focus in this week's CMU The Update – download and subscribe at www.cmuonline.co.uk).

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LEEDS RIOTERS IN COURT
Two teenage Londoners yesterday pleaded guilty to using threatening or unlawful violence at the Leeds Festival last August. They were being tried for their part in the riots that followed the finale of the festival at the Temple Newsham site in the Yorkshire city. According to the NME prosecutor Helen Gaunt described the festival site as "a war zone" during the rampage, reporting that toilets and a portable building were burned to the ground. Stuart Gunn and Nicolas Jones will return to Leeds Crown Court at a later date to be sentenced.

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REVIEW: Shake Before Use vs Robert Palmer - Addicted to Love (Mercury/Serious Records)
2002 was the year that comeback queens made bootlegging their bitch. Kyle rocked with New Order and when the Sugababes met Gary Numan the explosion of sleaze spread so far and wide they were taking shelter in suburban clubs in Maidstone. So if you were expecting a similar marriage with Shake Before Use and Robert Palmer you will be sorely disappointed. The new remix of ‘Addicted To Love’ is a clean little house number, not unlike DJ Sammy’s reworking of another middle of the road, adult orientated rock classic - in less diplomatic terms, it’s shit. FC
Release date: 6 Jan
Press contact: Mercury IH [all]

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ALBARN AND 3-D PLAN MORE ANTI-WAR ADS
As George Bush and Tony Blair continue their treck toward military action in Iraq Damon Albarn and Massive Attack’s 3-D are planning on taking out ‘more direct’ anti-war ads in the NME. The new ads will promote the anti-war demonstration due to take place in London on 15 Feb.

Speaking to NME 3-D said: "The situation is the same as last year. We did the ads prior to the march. This time around we'll be lobbying Parliament on the 21st and then we're going to do the march on the 15th of February. I've got to talk to Damon about it at greater length but I'd like it to be more direct. It's becoming more and more transparent the reason for this war, and it's about the global economy and it's about oil. And I'd like to get quotes from people like John Pilger and Michael Moore."

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DUB PISTOLS SIGN TO DISTINCT'IVE
Breakbeat label Distinct’ive have signed up the Dub Pistols after the success of the Barry Ashworth mixed edition of its Y4K compilation series last year. Ashworth’s outfit will now release an album - ‘Six Million Ways to Live’ – with the label in late April. The album, which features contributions from Terry Hall, Planet Asia and Horace Andy, has actually been ready for release since 2001 but got delayed as the Pistols experienced various label problems.

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US INDUSTRY CHIEFS MEET TO DISCUSS ‘CRISIS’
The head guys from the five major US record distribution companies will be addressing those key issues affecting to music industry at the Sound City Music 6th Annual Retail Business and Marketing Conference this week – and that basically means piracy (in terms of both downloading and counterfeiting). Among those attending the Dallas conference, which opens later today, are Pete Jones, president of BMG Distribution; Jim Urie, president of Universal Music and Video Distribution; Jim Caparro, CEO of WEA; Danny Yarbrough, chairman of Sony Music Distribution; and Phil Quartararo, executive vice president of EMI Recorded Music.

The event has been given the optimistic title of ‘Music Industry: State of Emergency’ – the conference’s president Henry Barrs explains: "The music industry is in a real state of emergency. This business conference gives small and independent retailers a chance to come together with the major record distributors to discuss problems and solutions to issues affecting the retail side of the music business."

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BROWN DENIES HARRY POTTER PART
Sources yesterday told the NME that Ian Brown was being considered for a role in the next Harry Potter film, saying: “He's going to have a screen test for a speaking part, but if that doesn't work out I think he'll be getting a bit part in the movie somewhere or other."

But the singer’s management have told Xfm: “That’s quite possibly the funniest rumour I’ve ever heard. I don’t know how these stories come together.”

They did confirm the singer had dined with friends, one of whom is directing the next Harry Potter movie, but denied any talk of Brown appearing in it. “Someone sees him with a director, puts two and two together and thinks that he’s gonna be in the movie. I can categorically state that there is absolutely no truth whatsoever in the story that he’s confirmed for a part in Harry Potter 3”.
However the spokesperson did admit that Brown had been approached by the makers of Celebrity Big Brother. “That was fucking hilarious. We had a laugh about it and decided that if we did it Ian would fall out with everyone cos they’d all probably be idiots. So we politely declined.”

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BECKHAM PLANS JAPAN COMEBACK
Apparently Victoria Beckham is planning to relaunch her singing career in Japan where the masses love Posh and Becks. A source told The Metro: “She and David are massive out there. She may do some guest vocals or just record under her own name. They simply love her.

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Answer to Wednesday's pop quiz:
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?
Mr Christopher Cross – for the album and singe ‘Sailing’

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