CMU Daily - on the inside 3 Feb 2003
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In today's CMU Daily:
• Time Warner may sell off music operations,
• UK await Jacko doc,
• ABC secure US screening rights,
• Anti Clear Channel action continues in senate,
• BMG announce global marketing head,
• Review: Mclusky - My Pain And Sadness Is More Sad And Painful Than Yours,
• Eminem sell out,
• Brits sellout,
• Eminem extras,
• 50 Cents release brought forward,
• Bedingfield lectures the students,
• Teenage Fanclub include live instore in tour,
• Phonics are back,
• Warped night should be good,
• Review: Kaskade – It’s You It’s Me,
• Former Sony boss up for VH1 show,
• Avril ex sells love letters,
• Nsync solo album number two,
• What do the Polyphonic Spree wear under those robes?,
• UK’s Song For Europe down to final four

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X sampled Y in which track? In which song did Fatboy Slim sample Camille Yarborough, and what song was sampled?

Answer Tuesday

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OUT TODAY: RECOMMENDED RELEASES

Singles: Ed Harcourt - All Of Your Days Will Be Blessed (Virgin); Clipse – When The Last Time / Grindin (BMG); Grand Popo FC – Each Finger Has An Attitude (BMG); Kinky - Soun Tha Mi Primer Amor (Warner); RHCP – Can’ T Stop (Warner); Underworld - Dinosaur Adventure 3d (Jbo); Longwave - Everywhere You Turn (EMI/Heavenly); Justin Timberlake – Cry Me A River (BMG/Jive); Good Charlotte – Lifestyles Of The Rich And The Famous (Sony/Columbia); Counting Crows – Big Yellow Tax (Universal/Polydor); esQuire – Brandy & Xanax (Beggars / Re)

Albums: Hell Is For Heroes - The Neon Handshake (EMI); 808 State - Outpost Transmission (Circus); Asian Dub Foundation - Enemy Of The Enemy (Virgin); Super Numeri - Great Aviaries (Ninja); Dan Bern - The Swastika Ep (Cooking Vinyl); Josh Groban - Josh Groban (Warner); Richard Thompson - Old Kit Bag (Cooking Vinyl); Stephen Jones - Almost Cured of Sadness (Sanctuary); Clearlake – Cedars (Domino); E-Z Rollers - Titles of the Unexpected (Moving Shadow); Various – Naked Music Presents: Bare Essentials 2 (Virgin/Naked Music)

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CHART REPORT
Well, no surprises. The lesbians are at number one – despite Richard and Judy’s campaign to get Tatu banned after their manager Ivan Shapovalov admitted the video for ‘All The Things She Said’, in which 16 year old Julia Volkova and 17 year old Lena Katina kiss and fondle each other while dressed in school uniforms, was an "underage sex project" designed to appeal to men in search of "underage entertainment". The pop duo, whose catchy track has been getting much air play (as has the aforementioned video on the music TV channels), went straight in at number one and may well stay there if Richard and Judy’s campaign takes off. That said, Mr Timberlake will be putting up a good fight for next week’s number one when ‘Cry Me A River’ gets released today.

Elsewhere in this week’s chart Kelly Rowland goes straight in a two with ‘Stole’, David Sneddon falls to three, Jay Z to four, and that dancey track with Charlotte Church on vocals goes down to five.

New entries wise – welcome arrivals from Beenie Man in at 13 with ‘Street Life’, Supergrass with ‘Seen The Light’ at 22 (Parlophone, though, might have been hoping for a higher entry given the amount of TV appearances the boys have done of late), Syntax with the excellent ‘Pray’ at 28, Mint Royale with ‘Blue Song’ at 35, Soft Cell with ‘The Night’ at 39 and former CMU cover stars Easyworld with ‘Junkies’ at 50.

In fact, what with Feeder, Eminem, Electric Six, Lemon Jelly and our favourite pop trio Busted all still in the Top 40 its quite a healthy chart this week.

Albums wise, after his rise back up the charts throughout last month Justin Timberlake holds on to the top spot, with Busted moving up a space to two, and former number one Avril Lavigne down to three.

The number of album releases remained quite slow through to the end of January so there’s few new entries of note, though CMU favourites In Me are a welcome addition at 15, and Erasure’s album of cover versions goes straight in at 17.

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TIME WARNER MAY SELL OFF MUSIC OPERATIONS
Despite being the only part of AOL Time Warner that performed well in 2002, reports in the Wall Street Journal on Friday suggested the entertainment major, who admitted record losses of $100 billion last week, might be looking to sell off its music division, the Warner Music Group. Part of what the newspaper called “radical surgery” being considered by top execs to resuscitate the wider company, word is the whole AOL division of the company, and even the profitable Time publishing section, may also go under the hammer, leaving AOL Time Warner without its AOL bit, without its Time bit, and with only the TV and movie constituents of its Warners bit!

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UK AWAIT JACKO DOC, ABC SECURE US SCREENING RIGHTS
Well, its on tonight, and while it will no doubt make excruciating viewing millions are expected to tune in to Martin Bashir’s ‘Living with Michael Jackson’ documentary when its airs on ITV1 at 9pm.

Meanwhile the ABC network has won the rights to screen the show in the US after a reported bidding war between the American TV companies. Previous interviews with Jacko conducted by Oprah Winfrey and Diane Sawyer attracted huge audience in the US, and neither of those involved anything like the research and access of Bashir’s documentary. Media reports in the US suggest ABC paid between $4 million and $5 million to screen it.

The ABC airing is likely to be on 7 Feb. Rival network NBC have put together their own one hour documentary on Jacko. Originally scheduled for 17 Feb, this might now be brought forward to compete with the ABC screening of the ITV programme.

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ANTI CLEAR CHANNEL ACTION CONTINUES IN SENATE
More on the move by US senators to introduce laws to prevent companies abusing their dominance in the radio and live music industries – legislation essentially targeted at the booming Clear Channel empire. Senator Russ Feingold, the man behind the proposed legislation, told the Senate Commerce Committee on Thursday that Congress, the Department of Justice, and the Federal Communications Commission should investigate Clear Channel over allegations they implemented an illegal "pay for play" scheme and that they denied airplay to artists who did not agree to play in their venues.

Some senators, mainly Republicans, argued that the current level of regulation in the radio sector allowed positive market competition, and that complaints of unfair activities by key players were just ‘sour grapes’ by artists who didn’t get played. Meanwhile Clear Channel chairman Lowry Mays told the committee "We have zero tolerance for pay-for-play."

The debate will continue as Feingold reintroduces his proposed legislation in the next couple of months.

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BMG ANNOUNCE GLOBAL MARKETING HEAD
BMG’s restructure in its global operations continued on Friday with the announcement Tim Prescott, currently VP of Marketing and A&R for BMG in Asia Pacific, will head up the group's new global marketing team, overseeing worldwide marketing strategies. He will sit on a global board alongside CEO Rolf Schmidt-Holtz, COO Michael Smellie and RCA boss Clive Davis.

Announcing the appointment Smellie told reporters: "We want an organisation built on record labels with global reach. The labels and our creative executives will be able to work even more closely with artists while being able to rely on powerful and effective global marketing capabilities."

As previously reported BMG is restructuring the upper end of its hierarchy to make it more globally focused. Still no word on if and how these changes will impact on its operations in individual countries.

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REVIEW: Mclusky - My Pain and Sadness is More Sad and Painful than Yours (Too Pure)
Welsh music; it’s not all as stomach churning as the Manics and Phonics you know. Why, Mclusky are more sort of... bowel churning, a glimpse of both the future in terms of droolingly exciting nonsense-rock, and the past in the form of every great American band of the early 90s. So that makes this re-release of their debut album a glimpse into the future of a glimpse into the future - a tantalising look at what Mclusky had yet to become - and a deeper glimpse (a stare? Ummm...) into the past, what with its wider reference points than 2002’s ridiculously ace ‘Mclusky Do Dallas’, which (for the better) sounded a helluvalot like The Pixies. From the fantastically ironic title through the razor sharp, irritatingly catchy Nirvana-esque hooks to the Breeders rhythm, ‘My Pain...’ sounds like the foundations of a great band. Which is sort of a shame, because Mclusky are in fact an *amazing* band nowadays. Still, there’s plenty to recommend here; the bonkers lyrics (“You’re moving to the city / You’re moving to the city cos your village is shit”), the full-on drums and those damn fine hooks, all as yet untouched by the arthritic hand of Steve Albini. If you’re new to the ‘Clusk, you’re more likely to fall heal-headed over ‘Do Dallas’. If you’ve already played that to death, get this until Wales’ finest export’s next record comes out later this year. DR
Release date: 27 Jan
Press contact: Beggars IH [all]

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EMINEM SELL OUT
If you want to go to one of Eminem’s UK shows you better start bribing Polydor’s press office now, because, even though a third date was added at the last minute, tickets for all three shows were sold out within an hour of them going on sale on Saturday. Promoters have said the Glasgow show was the fastest sell out for a Scottish gig ever.

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BRITS SELLOUT
Elsewhere in the world of fast selling tickets, all the places available for punters at the Brit awards were filled within 90 minutes of tickets going on sale on Friday. Demand was so high (despite the £62.25 price for what is never that good a show) that tickets were limited to two per person. As well as the award presentations ticket holders can expect to see performances from Coldplay, Avril Lavigne, Sugababes, Pink, Justin Timberlake and exclusive duet performances from Ms Dynamite and Tom Jones (that’s two different duets as far as we can make out). Though there won’t be a performance from Nelly, who had been rumoured to be on the bill. The Best International Male nominee has called off his trip to the UK after his sister was diagnosed with a serious illness at the end of last week.

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EMINEM EXTRAS
Elsewhere in the world of Eminem, news on the extras to be included when ‘8 Mile’ gets released on DVD later this year. Universal have said the DVD will be the only place to get a copy of the video for forthcoming Eminem single release ‘Superman’, while five rap battles taken out of the original movie, the video for 'Lose Yourself' and a Making Of documentary will all be included.
Label bosses are hopeful 2003 will be another big year for Mr Mathers – with at least two more single releases, the DVD release of the film (which is still high up in box office charts around the world) and the sell out European tour. With all this success will Slim Shady still find things to moan about in his raps? Probably.

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50 CENTS RELEASE BROUGHT FORWARD
Elsewhere in the world of Eminem related artists, label bosses have moved forward the US release of Slim Shady protégé 50 Cents’ first album because too many bootlegs are already doing the rounds. Originally due for retail release next week, ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin' will now be in shops this week. No word yet on a UK release.

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BEDINGFIELD LECTURES THE STUDENTS
Daniel Bedingfield gave a talk to the students of the Boston Arts Academy last week, talking about his early days, growing up as a pop star and how his career got underway. Not sure if he had much to say of interest, though students were apparently pleased by an impromptu performance of 'Gotta Get Thru This'. Bedingfield is, of course, one of the few new British artists enjoying real success in the US – up for ‘Best Dance Recording’ at this year’s Grammy’s against fellow Brits Dirty Vegas and Groove Armada (and fellow Antipodean Kylie Minogue – yep, Bedingfield was born in New Zealand).

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TEENAGE FANCLUB INCLUDE LIVE INSTORE IN TOUR
Teenage Fanclub will play a live acoustic set at the Oxford Street branch of HMV on 19 Feb to promote '4,766 Seconds - A Rough Guide To Teenage Fanclub', the best of album which finally hit the record shops last week (some time after it was originally promoted to the media last September!). The instore performances will run alongside two live shows at the Astoria as part of the UK tour which kicks off in Middlesbrough tonight. The full tour dates:

2 Feb: Middlesbrough Town Hall
3 Feb: Manchester MDH
4 Feb: Liverpool Stanley Theatre
5 Feb: Stoke Sugarmill
6 Feb: Leeds Metropolitan University
8 Feb: Sheffield Leadmill
9 Feb: Northampton Roadmenders
10 Feb: Norwich Waterfront
11 Feb: Cambridge The Junction
13 Feb: Birmingham Academy 2
14 Feb: Bristol University Anson Rooms
16 Feb: Portsmouth Wedgwood Rooms
17 Feb: Oxford Brookes University
18/19 Feb: London Astoria
21 Feb: Glasgow Barrowlands
23 Feb: Edinburgh Liquid Room
24 Feb: Aberdeen Lemon Tree

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PHONICS ARE BACK
Old friends of CMU the Stereophonics will be back in April with a new single. According to NME the trio are currently finishing the mixing of their new album in LA with Jack Joseph Puig. The album, as yet unnamed, will be released later in the year. First single 'Madame Helga' has a provisional release date of 21 Apr. The song formed part of the band's live set at the end of their tour last year.

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WARPED NIGHT SHOULD BE GOOD
This one should be interesting. Warp have teamed up with the London based new music ensemble Sinfonietta to stage a night at the Royal Festival Hall on 8 Mar (part of the Ether festival) which will see the Sinfonietta performing pieces from Aphex Twin, Boards Of Canada and Squarepusher, as well as music from Twentieth Century avant-garde composers such as Gyorgy Ligeti, Karlheinz Stockhausen, John Cage, Conlon Nancarrow and Charles Ives. The concert will also include Mira Calix who will perform a piece ‘Nunu’ live with the ensemble. More info at www.londonsinfonietta.org.uk

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REVIEW: Kaskade – It’s You It’s Me (Om Records)
Kaskade (San Franciscan DJ/Producer) is to house and garage what Leftfield are to electronica or Massive Attack are to triphop: they bring perfectly suited vocalists to some explorative dance-based beat production and in the process make beautiful music. Whether 4/4, skippy 2Step or with Balearic influenced breakbeats, the music is smooth, soulful, full of instruments and music. With vocals from Joslyn, Rob Wannamaker and Amy Michelle, tracks ooze a tight natural soul, while the flute/trumpet/sax solos prove the perfect bridge accompaniment. There’s not a rough edge on this album, but more than enough to get your teeth into. JG
Release date: 24 March
Press contact: Zzonked

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FORMER SONY BOSS UP FOR VH1 SHOW
According to the New York Post, former Sony boss Thomas D Mottola’s first job after quitting the record company will be to develop and produce a music reality show for VH1 called ‘Destination Diva’. Although VH1’s press release about the planned show didn’t mention Mottola’s involvement the New York Post reported that he was currently talking to the network about being involved in the "creation of the series".

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AVRIL EX SELLS LOVE LETTERS
It’s hard being famous. Poor Avril Lavigne last week saw an ex-boyfriend put her love letters up for auction on eBay. The seller, who had a starting bid of $500, told potential buyers: "these are very descriptive love letters from Avril Lavigne to her first boyfriend in her high school days. Very hot stuff. The contents of these letters went on to inspire Avril to what she has become today."

Lavigne's mother, Judy, told the Sun that while she reads media coverage of her daughter she avoids eBay incase she gets upset: "We've been through a lot. People trying to cash in on the fame." Avril herself hasn’t commented on the latest Lavigne related merchandise to come up for sale on the auction site.

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NSYNC SOLO ALBUM NUMBER TWO
With fellow NSYNCer Justin Timberlake gaining all sorts of critical and commercial success with his debut solo album ‘Justified’, the boy band’s JC Chasez has announced he his is putting the finishing touches on his debut solo album. The first single release is expected to be a track called 'Blowin' Me Up (With Her Love)' which features on the soundtrack to a movie called 'Drumline'. The album should follow in July.

No word on whether the tragic events in America over the weekend will affect Nsync member Lance Bass’ ambitions to go into space. All has gone quiet of Bass’ bid to join a Russian space flight ever since his sponsors failed to raise the cash required on time. But in interviews last Autumn he implied he still intended to go into space eventually – the latest accident in America’s space programme might put him off.

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WHAT DO THE POLYPHONIC SPREE WEAR UNDER THOSE ROBES?
Perhaps more information than is really required. In an interview with Radio One, Tim from the Polyphonic Spree was asked if any of the group’s 25 members ever went commando under those white robes: "I have yet to do that but there have been more than a few of the band members who have done that. One of them used to be on the front row and he bent down or something and accidentally flashed some people upfront. To see their reaction was quite hilarious from my point of view! There's quite a few that do it religiously. A lot of times there's a teepee going on there or something! It's quite interesting."

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UK’S SONG FOR EUROPE DOWN TO FINAL FOUR
Eurovision latest. Radio 2 listeners have voted contenders for the British entry down to four:

‘Cry Baby’, written by Martin Isherwood and performed by Tricity

‘Ever Since That Night’, written by John Brant & Simon May and performed by Mimi

‘Help Me’, written by Simon Hill and performed by Emily Reed

‘Wait For The Moment’ written by Esther Hart and performed by Danny Davies

BBC 1 viewers will now be given the chance to vote for the best of these four when Terry Wogan hosts ‘A Song For Europe’ in March. Should you want to you can listen to the four tracks at www.bbc.co.uk/eurovision

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Answer to Friday's pop quiz:
What shocking activity did MTV feel the need to ‘blur out’ of an interview with Kurt Cobain, recorded in the early nineties and re-aired as part of VH1 documentary earlier this week?

He was smoking – so the cigarette had to be blurred out!

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