CMU Daily - on the inside 17 Jan 2003
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In this week's CMU Daily:
• Sara Cox: mixed message about Radio 1 future,
• Gibb death caused by lifelong condition,
• Rumours rife after Kelly arrest,
• 2nd Gen’s lost property performance,
• GWR enjoy success with classical TV channel,
• US supreme court backs current copyright lengths,
• Review: Calexico - Feast Of Wire,
• MCA boss latest major label resignation,
• Fame Academy guy reckons we hate him,
• Live Review: Douglas @ Feet First,
• Linkin Park confirm album release and tour plans,
• Londumb campaign stage club night,
• Ladytron confirm single release and tour,
• Channel 4 hope Mel and Sue will help them rise,
• Review: The Mad Capsule Markets – 010,
• HMV host live DJ sets, the Bens hit the road

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Last awards question for now - who won the Best Male award at the first ever BPI awards in 1977 - and why was it pretty damn impressive when he topped the same category at the second BPI awards?

Answer on Monday

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SARA COX: MIXED MESSAGE ABOUT RADIO 1 FUTURE
Is she, isn’t she? Some confusion as to how long Ms Sara Cox intends to stay as breakfast show host with BBC Radio 1. Speaking to The Sun yesterday she said she’d quit the show this time next year explaining: "It will really break my heart when I say bye to breakfast ... but I will be pleased to get my life back. I don't find the early mornings difficult. But it would be nice to have the freedom to stay up late if I want to. I love doing the breakfast show, I like waking up with people and it will be hard to stop. But I will be pleased to get my life back."

But more or less as soon as the article hit the streets Radio 1 went into a PR overdrive to deny Cox will leave the show next year – telling reporters Cox’s much reported new three year contract doesn’t begin until April, and that suggestions she would leave the show after a year were “taken out of context”.

In a statement released by the station Cox said: "I'm not planning on leaving the breakfast show just yet. I have a new three-year contract that starts in April, which will keep me doing the show for at least another year after that. And I'm not even thinking of leaving then."

Radio 1 don’t want to lose Cox. Despite criticism for her show, and a much hyped slump in listening figures last year, her show is still popular – and is in fact currently increasing the size of its audience – back up to somewhere nearing 7 million listeners a day.

As is always the case these days when any high profile radio job reportedly comes available – reports suggested Xfm’s Christian O’Connell would be favourite to replace Cox should she go.

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GIBB DEATH CAUSED BY LIFELONG CONDITION
An autopsy report has confirmed that Maurice Gibb died after a congenital condition caused his small intestine to twist, which cut off the blood supply. He actually died from a heart attack while surgeons tried to restore blood flow. It’s unclear whether Gibb was aware that he suffered from the condition, called volvulus, which, while not hereditary, he would have had since birth.
Last weekend the other Gibb brothers expressed concern at the quality of treatment Maurice received and have been talking to doctors at the Miami hospital this week. No word yet on whether they will accept no one was negligent in the treatment of the former Bee Gee.

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RUMOURS RIFE AFTER KELLY ARREST
The music industry, and gossips everywhere, are awaiting more allegations of child sex against music and media personalities after the arrests yesterday of TV presenter Matthew Kelly and Tam Paton, the former manager of the Bay City Rollers.

The arrests were related to ongoing investigations into parties held by Jonathan King back in the seventies – the so called Walton Hop Disco. Offences committed at those parties only came to light a few years ago when a victim approached police with allegations against former Radio 1 DJ Chris Denning – a friend of King. The resulting police investigation saw both Denning and King jailed for their involvement.

When those crimes were being investigated a list of names, which included pop stars, a peer, a leading record producers and two DJS, also came under suspicion. Insiders now reckon more figures on that list may face arrest, and rumours are rife as to the identity of the prime suspects, which are said to include a top ten singer, a member of a world famous band and a high profile former Radio 1 DJ. Gossips may not have to wait much longer to find out.

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2ND GEN’S LOST PROPERTY PERFORMANCE
CMU’s favourite experimentalist, Novamute’s 2nd Gen, will take part in a quirky multi-media arts fest at the Bargehouse in London’s Oxo Tower this Saturday. Called Mutiny at the Bargehouse the exhibition opened on Wednesday and brings together artists, performers, film makers, poets and musicians for a series of performances and installations. 2nd Gen will perform on Saturday afternoon at about 3.30pm. The exhibition itself runs until Sunday – more info at www.lostpropertyart.co.uk or from Divina Cox on 0775 341 4026.

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GWR ENJOY SUCCESS WITH CLASSICAL TV CHANNEL
GWR are taking heart that their first dabbling into television - Classic FM TV – is already competing well with the BBC’s arts and classical station just a few weeks after it launched – and even though their station isn’t available via Freeview. 720,000 people were watching Classic FM in its first fortnight, while, despite bigger budgets and a year of publicity, BBC 4 is struggling to reach their one million target.

Julian Rigamonti, head of the station, told the Media Guardian: "The indication is that the average daily share is higher than I was hoping to achieve by the end of the first year - an AB share of around 0.07%. It's very encouraging. One of the biggest elements for us is that people are watching a lot longer than other music TV. It means that I am accelerating our playlist and record companies are creating new videos for us. We are acting as a catalyst for classical music videos, a bit like MTV did for the pop music industry.”

The advertising industry will also be keeping an eye on the growth of the station who boast a high percentage of the lucrative AB market among their viewers.

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US SUPREME COURT BACKS CURRENT COPYRIGHT LENGTHS
The US Supreme Court continued its commitment to lengthened copyright periods yesterday. A number of internet companies hoped to overturn 1998 legislation that extended the length of copyright restrictions on songs, books or cartoon creations from fifty to seventy years after death of the creator. Campaigners argue that copyright legislation is preventing the general public from appreciating artistic works that belong to society at large – they also object to the copyright period for recorded music, which is now 95 years after recording in the US (considerably more than the 50 years in Europe – see the article at www.cmuonline.co.uk on that). But the Supreme Court disagreed, voting 7-2 in favour of the 1998 legislation.

Talking about the decision Digitalconsumer.org, who are campaigning for a reduction in copyright periods, told reporters: “this is another in a series of blows to consumer rights to copyrighted works … this ruling underscores the importance of protecting consumer fair-use rights. With the court's decision to affirm the monopoly privileges of content holders, the only remaining counterbalance is a set of consumer fair-use rights. Unfortunately, those rights have been under siege in Congress and in the marketplace. This ruling today reinforces the need for Congress to bolster the fair-use rights of citizens.”

But Cary Sherman of the Recording Industry Association of America welcomed the decision, saying it was “a decisive and important victory for creators and consumers. The Supreme Court has affirmed the importance of the copyright system and the authority of Congress to adapt it in response to evolving markets and international developments. The Court also recognized, once again, that copyright and the First Amendment are completely compatible, noting that our copyright system contains ‘built-in speech safeguards.’”

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REVIEW: Calexico - Feast of Wire (City Slang)
Condense lonely cacti, tumbleweeds, dusty highways, dirty bars, empty truck stops and deserted ghost town streets into a tangible representation, and this is what you’d hear. There’s a touch of a Western soundtrack here, not to mention hints of a Mexican fiesta in full swing. More evocative of a tequila fuelled carnival than a dozen bottles of Jose Cuervo and a bowl of nachos is ‘Close Behind’, a sound that is also evident on ‘Black Heart’, which would sit happily on the score to David Lynch’s ‘Wild At Heart’. Mexicana forms the core here, as Mariachi not only explicitly appears on ‘Across The Wire’, but permeates the entire work with subtle Spanish guitar inflections. There’s a definite shift here away from the country sounds and influences more prevalent on some of their other works, as they seem to be actively seeking to focus on a new direction while blending better known motifs. The end result is both absorbing and deeply satisfying. TO
Release date: 10 Feb
Press contact: Beatwax [CP, CR] City Slang IH [RP, RR, NP, NR]

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MCA BOSS LATEST MAJOR LABEL RESIGNATION
Resigning from top jobs in major entertainment companies seems to be in fashion. First Thomas D Mottola quit the Sony Music top job. Then Steve Case announced he’d be standing down from the top job at Warner Music parent company AOL Time Warner. Now Jay Boberg has resigned his presidency of US based Universal label MCA Records. And all in the space of a week!

Boberg, who has led the company for seven years, told his staff of his immediate resignation yesterday. Universal Music Group chairman Doug Morris followed up the announcement by telling reporters: "I want to thank him for his dedication and many contributions to the company over the years. I truly respect Jay as a person and record executive and will miss him."

MCA’s Senior VP of Promotion Craig Lambert will fill in as head for the label until a new president is appointed in a few months times. Lambert will report to the head of another Universal label - Interscope Geffen A&M - Jimmy Lovine. But Morris assured MCA’s staff that they would remain a stand alone label long term and not be integrated with another branch of the Universal Music Group.

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FAME ACADEMY GUY RECKONS WE HATE HIM
Fame Academy winner David Sneddon, whose debut single went into the shops this week and is tipped for number one on Sunday, has told the Sun he's worried the nation hates him, that they think he’s just another reality TV pop star and that they don’t realise he writes his own songs.

He told the paper: “A lot of people hate me because they think I'm just another Gareth Gates, but I'm a different breed. I've written an album and I know it's good. I can't wait to ram it down people's throats."

But he seemed to be taking heart that Elton John is a fan: "I found out Elton John is quite a fan. He knows it's rare to be a piano-playing songwriter. I don't care if everyone hates me - so long as Elton likes me."

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LIVE REVIEW: Douglas @ Feet First, Camden Palace on 14 Jan
With 100 Reasons last year, and the mighty At The Drive In before them, emo-hardcore rock music has been enjoying some mainstream success of late. 2003 should see that trend continue with American bands Thursday, Glassjaw, The Used, Movielife and Finch all gaining more and more recognition. But unlike those fresh-faced innocents, British band Douglas have been going ages (I saw them support The Vandals when I was 14 for god sake). But this may be the time they catch the sneaky back door into more recognised success. In the depths of a depleted – “eh? I’m dancing, music stopped, what’s going on?” – Feet First club crowd, Douglas were like men possessed, tearing through song after song with the full energetic big riffs and rock moves. I don’t really remember any individual song as I’d had a few, (its Feet First for god sake … you have to), but I did know that I was watching a great live band kick some rock ass. With the right support, work and luck Douglas could do great things this year, and without a shadow of a doubt they deserve to. Douglas, the best ‘old-new’ band in the country.

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LINKIN PARK CONFIRM ALBUM RELEASE AND TOUR PLANS
Linkin Park have confirmed their new album will be called ‘Meteora’, that it will be released on 24 Mar and that the first single release will be ‘Somewhere I Belong’. Writing on their website they also confirmed they plan to tour later this year – with London and Manchester dates likely. The NME also reports that they are being strongly tipped to play the Reading and Leeds festivals in August.

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LONDUMB CAMPAIGN STAGE CLUB NIGHT
The Londumb campaign, who a lobbying BBC Radio London to recommission the specialist music shows they axed last year, will stage a club night to promote and fund their cause at 93 Feet East next month. The night, called Broadcast, will include sets from Coldcut, Fred Deakin (Lemon Jelly), Ross Allen, Bob Jones, DJ Food, Kevin LeGendre and DK.

More info about the event and campaign at www.londumb.co.uk

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LADYTRON CONFIRM SINGLE RELEASE AND TOUR
College radio favourites Ladytron have confirmed they will release a second single off their ‘Light And Magic’ album next month – the track ‘Blue Jeans’. The band will also play a London date on 6 Feb at the Astoria as part of the NME’s Brats Tour with a proper UK tour planned for March.

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CHANNEL 4 HOPE MEL AND SUE WILL HELP THEM RISE
Mel and Sue have joined the presenting team for the new look RI:SE – which Channel 4 will relaunch into its breakfast slot next week. As previously reported the new look show will be fronted by former Channel 4 golden boy Iain Lee alongside existing presenter Edith Bowman. Producers have now confirmed that while Lee and Bowman will front the show from 7am to 8.30am, Mel and Sue will host the last half hour which is likely to be similar in format to the comedy duo’s Light Lunch show.

The breakfast show is being relaunched, of course, after it received a critical panning and poor viewing figures. Some media insiders are saying Channel 4 bosses want a quick turn around in fortune for the show, otherwise it may well be axed altogether. Some cynics reckon that if the show flops – and then we go to war with Iraq – Channel 4 will temporarily replace RI:SE with Channel 4 news specials, quietly dropping the programme while the war rages!

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REVIEW: The Mad Capsule Markets – 010 (Palm Pictures)
Good Christ, what *do* you mean? The Mad Caps have gotten *better*? Oh yes, Japan’s hardest nu-metal/techno crossover have snapped all their Limp Bizkit CDs and created a new take on their sound and, in the process, an album that will stave your head in. For those familiar with Japanese music the new influences seem recognisable; a touch of Missile Girl Scoot, a smidgeon of Air (the Japanese bloke, not the Frenchies). But for the rest of the UK this album’s gonna be one hell of a surprise. The meaty guitars are still there, the occasional punk melodies, mental sequencers and breaks in tact, but somehow the blend is more complete, more sublime and a little less heavy than on 2001’s ‘Osc-Dis’. Which isn’t to say it rocks any less; 010 is gonna tear up every ear it encounters and is diverse and slick enough to take on the underground and mainstream at exactly the same time. With the inevitable decline of nu-metal on the horizon, they’ve made something different enough to survive. And as the UK’s eyes turn closer to Asia than ever this year, The Mad Capsule Markets are set to make one hell of a mess and then (if you’ll pardon my awful mixing of metaphors) to clean up big time. DR
Release date: 3 Mar
Press contact: Palm Pictures IH [CP, RP, NP] Force 5 [CR, RR, NR]

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HMV HOST LIVE DJ SETS
HMV have announced an impressive line up of guest DJs who will put in sets at their West End store each Friday through the Winter months in the shop’s newly refurbished soul and dance department. The line up includes:

24 Jan: DJ Sneak
31 Jan: Hexstatic
7 Feb: Zed Bias
14 Feb: Trevor Nelson
17 Feb: DJ Hyper
28 Feb: Dan Greenpeace

The sets will begin at 6pm. More info from Caroline at Coalition PR on 020 8987 0123.

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THE BENS HIT THE ROAD
CMU favourite Ben Folds will tour Australia with fellow American Ben Kweller and Antipodean singer Ben Lee this March in a show called – yep, you guessed it - The Bens. The trio will play Brisbane, Sydney and Brisbane on 14, 18 and 24 Mar respectively.

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Answer to Wednesday's pop quiz:
More awards nonsense – who took the Grammys for best R&B performance, song and album back in 1998 – what song, what album?

Lauryn Hill with single 'Doo Wop (That Thing)' and album 'The Miseducation Of...'

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