CMU Daily - on the inside 4 Feb 2003
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In today's CMU Daily:
• Phil Spector arrested for murder,
• Radiohead gigs and album update,
• NME nominees announced,
• Jacko highlights, Grammys website live,
• Review: Cocteau Twins – Garlands / Head Over Heels / Treasure / Victorialand,
• Soul Train Award nominees announced,
• Coldplay festival dates,
• More awards from MTV,
• Ms Dynamite parts with manager,
• VP records founder dies,
• Kiss bassist relaunches label,
• 1 giant leap’s late night screening,
• Woolworths to sponsor network chart,
• Review: OK Go - Get Over It,
• Saint Etienne confirm next single release,
• Another new music channel on Sky,
• 3d on the anti war demo,
• Eels return, NME award nominations in full

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X sampled Y in which track? In which song did De La Soul sample Hall & Oates, and what song was sampled?

Answer Tuesday

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PHIL SPECTOR ARRESTED FOR MURDER
Big story of the day, of course, legendary record producer Phil Spector has been charged with first-degree murder after a woman was found shot dead inside his LA home. He was arrested yesterday at 5am LA time and was freed on a reported $1 million bail a few hours later. He will now appear in court later this week to be officially charged with murder. He will be defended by Robert Shapiro, the lawyer who represented OJ Simpson.

Police confirmed the identity of the dead woman as 40-year-old Lana Clarkson, however they did not comment on the relationship between the murder victim and Spector. They simply said they had found the firearm that killed her on the premises and that, at this time, no one else was being sought in connection with the killing.

Spector, famous for his ‘Wall of Sound’ production style, worked with many of the greats over the years including the Beatles, the Ronettes, Tina Turner, and the Ramones. Last week Apple Records confirmed they would be re-releasing one of the Beatles albums he produced – ‘Let It Be’ – but with all of Spector’s orchestrations removed – confirming Paul McCartney never liked Spector’s production on what he wanted to be a back to basics album.

Most recently Spector has been working with Starsailor, which I guess would drive anyone to murder.

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RADIOHEAD GIGS AND ALBUM UPDATE
Radiohead have confirmed they will be playing at three European music festivals this summer – the Hultsfred Festival in Sweden on 13 Jun and the Southside and Hurricane Festivals in Germany on 20 and 22 Jun. The NME reckon this makes it pretty likely they will headline Glastonbury (assuming the festival gets the go ahead) because the Glastonbury weekend (27-29 Jun) would fit into that schedule. The whole June festival circuit will fit in with the release of the new album, with has a provisional release date of 16 Jun.

Meanwhile the band’s Ed O' Brien has been talking about that new album, saying the atmosphere in the studio has been "fucking brilliant" compared to the frosty recording sessions for 'Kid A' and 'Amnesiac’, and describing the resulting songs as having "space and sunshine and energy”. He continued: "You know that time when bands begin to swagger, like when the Stones got in a grove from '68 to '73? In the last two years, I think we've done that. To me, this record feels like the culmination of the best bits of 'The Bends', 'OK Computer', 'Kid A' and 'Amnesiac'.”

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NME NOMINEES ANNOUNCED
Radio 1 yesterday announced the nominations for the NME Awards which take place on 13 Feb in London. The Vines came out top in number of nominations (six), followed by Coldplay (five) and Oasis (four). Then again The Vines are up for Worst Album, so they shouldn’t get too smug just yet.

The NME Awards, of course, used to be known as the Brats – a skit on the overly corporate Brits. These days, despite the comedy categories, they are less a political statement against corporate dominance at the Brits, and more just an indie version of the BPI’s awards – the Brits without the pop (pop acts, of course, dominating the ‘Worst’ categories, which kinda makes you wonder why they bother, like we need a Awards ceremony to tell us NME readers don’t like Atomic Kitten).

Anyway, while not quite competing with the Grammys in number of categories, there are lots of them, so we’ve put the full list of nominees at the bottom of today’s Daily.

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JACKO HIGHLIGHTS
Well, at the start he came across as a bit eccentric, by the middle a bit of a freek, and by the close of the show: "Why can't you share your bed with children? That's the most loving thing to do, to share your bed with someone." But Jackson, speaking to Martin Bashir on an ITV special yesterday, insisted his love for children was entirely innocent and had nothing to do with sex. "My greatest inspiration comes from kids... it's all inspired from that level of innocence. I just love being around that all the time.”

Talking about his own childhood Jackson talked about how he ‘hated’ his violent father during his Jackson Five days – indicating that it was his father, who used to tell Michael he had a ‘fat nose’, that made Jacko paranoid of his appearance leading to the plastic surgery operations that destroyed his face. Talking about his plastic surgery Jacko would only admit to two operations on his face, saying of stories of extensive surgery: "Oh God, oh please... it's stupid, none of it's true."

Talking about his own children – Prince, Paris and Prince Michael II – he said he was giving them as "normal" a childhood as possible, even though they never saw their mothers. He admitted he had never met the mother of his third child, saying he had not cared who she was as long as she was healthy. Prince and Paris' mother is Debbie Rowe, Jackson's former dermatology nurse who he married in 1997. Jackson said she had handed over the two children to him as "gift" and that she was not involved in bringing them up.

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GRAMMYS WEBSITE LIVE
The Recording Academy in the US yesterday launched the official website for this year’s Grammy Awards – the site, a joint venture with AOL, will include information about nominees, exclusive coverage of rehearsals and live coverage from the event on 23 Feb. It is available now at www.grammy.com

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REVIEW: Cocteau Twins – Garlands / Head Over Heels / Treasure / Victorialand (remastered re-releases) (4AD)
As a mere whippet of a boy, this writer originally missed out on the Cocteau Twins as they darked up the 80s with their shimmering proto-Goth, preferring instead the likes of Michael Jackson’s Thriller and the theme tune to Transformers. Frankly, listening to them now explains a great many things, from Kate Bush to My Bloody Valentine, and it seems pretty clever that 4AD, never shy to re-release old gems, are putting their first four albums back on the shelves of your local Woolworths. ‘Garlands’, ‘Head Over Heels’ and ‘Treasure’ don’t differ too greatly from one another despite a wee line-up change, but are still a world away from such celebrated 80s dross as New Order. They’re filled with moody, effects-laden guitar dirge, slow drum machines and weighty discord, all accompanied by Liz Fraser’s semi-yodelling vocals. And then with ‘Victorialand’ the Twins take a more relaxed approach, as though yawning gently for 33 minutes, and create an atmospheric chillout affair. All four albums are quite, quite lovely, with or without a pint of snakebite and black, and should be thrust forcibly upon youngsters lest they suffer the same fate as this poor, neglected scribe. DR
Release date: 3 Mar
Press contact: Beggars IH [all]

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SOUL TRAIN AWARD NOMINEES ANNOUNCED
More awards. Nominees for the 2003 Soul Train Music Awards in the US have been announced, with Ashanti and Amerie leading the field, both up for best soul album and single by a female, Ashanti also up for best overall soul or rap album, and Amerie up for best new artist. Justin Timberlake, Musiq, B2K, and Nelly each received two nominations.

Special awards wise - Dionne Warwick and LL Cool J will receive the female and male Quincy Jones Awards for Outstanding Career Achievements while the Sammy Davis Jr Award for Entertainer of the Year will be bestowed upon Nelly.

The awards will be handed out on 1 Mar at the Pasadena Civic Center in California at an event hosted by Queen Latifah and Arsenio Hall. Full nominations list at www.soultrain.com

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COLDPLAY FESTIVAL DATES
Festival line up news is arriving daily just now - Coldplay have confirmed they are to headline this year's T In The Park on 13 Jul, REM already confirmed to headline on 12 Jul. Coldplay could well have a busy summer – they’re already confirmed to headline V2003 at both the Hylands Park and Weston Park sites on 16 and 17 Aug.

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MORE AWARDS FROM MTV
Do you know what the music industry needs? Another awards ceremony. Perhaps not, but MTV in the US will air the first TRL Awards on 17 Feb – based on the best performances on the flagship MTV show.

Viewers can vote via www.mtv.com for categories including: the Close Encounter Award (the artist who went the "extra mile" to fulfill their fans’ dreams), Free Ride Award, Sneak Attack Award, TRL Evolution Award, the Biggest Frickin’ Star Ever To Appear On Our Show Award, Most Revealing Moment Award, The Gridlock Award, The Quit Your Day Job Award (Best Guest Host), The Wet Your Pants Award, Best Entrance, Best Wringer, Best :15 Second Human Trailer and Carson’s Most Uncomfortable Moment.

With a UK version of TRL planned, expect a British version of the TRL awards sometime soon.

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MS DYNAMITE PARTS WITH MANAGER
Word is the ever successful Ms Dynamite has split with her manager Desi G, after he "questioned her work ethic". No more word from either side, or news on who will take over the management of Ms Dynamite’s hectic career.

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VP RECORDS FOUNDER DIES
Vincent G. Chin , the founder of the world’s largest independent reggae label, VP Records, died this weekend at his Florida home. Vincent had already retired and his family are pretty much running the shop - sons Christopher and Randy in charge, wife Patricia overseeing the retail store and grandson Joel working as A&R Director.

A pioneer in Caribbean music since the fifties, Chin set up VP in 1993 and the label is now home to Sean Paul, Wayne Wonder, TOK, Beres Hammond, Capleton, Lady Saw, Freddie McGregor and others. At the end of last year they former a relationship with Warners label Atlantic to aid distribution and development.

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KISS BASSIST RELAUNCHES LABEL
Kiss bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons is putting his record label back into operation. Simmons Records was last active during the eighties, but once again he is encouraging talented bands to come forward.

"I'm proud to say I have a new joint venture partner," he told reporters. "If you know of local talent in your area and want me to hear it, send it to me I'm looking for talent in their teens or early twenties. You don't have to write songs, but you better have the talent. It can be almost anything." He said he is open to pop, rock, rap and even country acts: "If you're Shania [Twain] in her teens, send me your stuff." Submissions can be sent to Simmons Records, P.O. Box 15097, Beverly Hills, CA, 90210

No word yet on who Simmon’s partnership is with – back in the eighties he had a distribution deal with BMG.

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1 GIANT LEAP’S LATE NIGHT SCREENING
If you haven’t seen the full version of the Grammy nominated film from Palm Pictures act 1 Giant Leap then here’s your chance - there’s a late night screening each Thursday at 11.45pm at the Gate Cinema in Notting Hill, and a special screening at midday on 16 Feb followed by a Q&A session. Full info at www.gatecinema.co.uk

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WOOLWORTHS TO SPONSOR NETWORK CHART
Woolworths have been confirmed as the new sponsor of the Hit 40 UK, formerly the Pepsi Chart, formerly the Network Chart. The new look Neil Fox fronted chart show was launched at the start of the year without a sponsor – the revamp timed to compete with the new Smash Hits chart show being carried by EMAP stations, and to precede the new look Radio 1 chart show which launches this weekend.

Woolworths, who were always favourite to sponsor the show, are reported to have paid in the region of £8 million in return for extensive exposure via the show, which is broadcast by most of the non-EMAP owned commercial pop stations in the UK. The chart will also do well out of the deal, getting exposure through Woolworths network of stores around the UK.

Paul Davies, Operations Director at the Capital Radio Group, who brokered the Woolworths sponsorship deal, said: "This offers our national network of 96 local radio stations unprecedented presence in every city centre, ensuring that the Hit 40 UK brand not only plays an active role in consumers every day lives, but has the capacity to build even stronger audiences in the future."

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REVIEW: OK Go - Get Over It (EMI/Capitol)
Marc Bolan has a lot to answer for. Let’s face it, T-Rex were great but hardly good enough to compensate for the musical evil inspired by their legacy, courtesy of King Adora and so on. Well Chicago’s OK Go are a hell of a lot better than that, but still a long way from filling anyone’s heart with joy - or trousers with foil-wrapped bananas - with this debut single. The exact sonic embodiment of tight trousers, this over-produced track is awash with cheap, processed guitars (not necessarily such a bad thing, as it kind of works) and cliched glam drums. So it’s not the most exciting thing ever, but ‘Get Over It’ is still several notches above vague indifference. It would be nice to see OK Go achieve slightly better with their next outing, but at least this debut stops short of inducing nausea. Which is more than can be said for King Adora. DR
Release date: 10 Mar
Press contact: EMI IH [all]

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SAINT ETIENNE CONFIRM NEXT SINGLE RELEASE
Saint Etienne will release a new single - Soft Like Me – on 17 Mar, the second to come from recent album ‘Finisterre’. London-based MC Wildflower appears alongside vocals from Sarah Cracknell. The single release will come with three new tracks plus remixes from Mr Joshua and King Of Woolworths, which by our reckoning means it won’t be eligible for the singles chart (classed as an EP, not a single).

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ANOTHER NEW MUSIC CHANNEL ON SKY
The music section of Sky's digital TV platform gets even bigger today with the addition of ‘Channel U’ on channel 467. The U stands for Urban and the channel will follow The Box’s jukebox TV format where listeners can choose tracks from a playlist of so called urban music. No word on who owns the channel – or whether it has any relationship with P Rock, the independent rock channel launched just before Christmas.

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3D ON THE ANTI WAR DEMO
Massive Attack’s 3D has been talking to Xfm about the anti war demo in London on 15 Feb: “Everything is building towards this demonstration on the 15th which isn’t very far away now. I just spoke to Damon on the phone and there’s talk of the government trying to block it happening in Hyde Park, which means if there isn’t a gathering point then the whole thing is going to be disjointed which is going to take the whole sting out of it, and maybe bring numbers down which is a terrible thought that the Labour government would do that to a movement which is all about freedom of choice and democracy."

Talking about the situation in Iraq he continued: “People say, ‘Well what if they find weapons?’, but as Damon pointed out to me that if they find weapons then great! Then spend five years finding nuclear and chemical weapons and slowly disarming them. That’s better than bombing Baghdad. What is the point of bombing Baghdad? It serves no purpose whatsoever."

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EELS RETURN
According to the NME The Eels will release a new studio album this summer - Shootenanny – through Universal label DreamWorks on 3 Jun, the follow up to 2001’s ‘Souljacker’.

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NME AWARD NOMINATIONS IN FULL
Best UK Band: Oasis, Coldplay, The Libertines, The Coral, Radiohead, The Cooper Temple Clause

Best International Band: The Strokes, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Vines, The White Stripes, The Hives, The Datsuns

Best Live Band: Oasis, Muse, The Datsuns, The Vines, Polyphonic Spree, The Hives

Best Solo Artist: Mike Skinner, Pink, Avril Lavigne, Ryan Adams, Eminem, Ms Dynamite

Best New Band: The Coral, The Vines, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Libertines, The Datsuns, The Music

Best Video: Tenacious D – Tribute, White Stripes - Fell In Love With A Girl, Coldplay - The Scientist, Black Rebel Motorcycle ClubWhatever Happened To My Rock N Roll, Queens Of The Stone Age - No-one Knows, Nirvana - You Know You're Right

Best LP: The Vines - Highly Evolved, Coldplay - A Rush Of Blood To The Head, Oasis - Heathen Chemistry, The Coral - The Coral, Queens Of The Stone Age - Songs For The Deaf, The Streets - Original Pirate Material

The Fuck Me! Award for Innovation, voted by NME: The Neptunes, The Streets, Interpol, Fischerspooner, Polyphonic Spree, Panjabi MC

Best TV show: Gonzo, The Office, Alan Partridge, Phoenix Nights, The Osbournes, Jackass

Best Single: The Vines - Get Free, Pink - Get The Party Started, Queens Of The Stone Age - No-one Knows, Doves - There Goes The Fear, Coldplay - The Scientist, Ash - Envy

Hot New Band, voted by NME: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kings Of Leon, Jet, Interpol, The Thrills, The Warlocks

Radio Show: Chris Moyles, Mark & Lard, Steve Lamacq - The Evening Session/Lamacq Live, John Peel, Gary Crowley, Mary Anne Hobbs - The Breezeblock

Artist of the Year, voted by NME: Coldplay, Oasis, Pink, Eminem, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Vines

Best Film: 24 Hour Party People, Minority Report, Bowling For Columbine, 28 Days Later, About A Boy, Goldmember

Most Sexy Man: Chris Martin, Liam Gallagher, Fab, Craig Nicholls, Dave Grohl, Julian Casablancas

Most Sexy Woman: Kylie, Avril Lavigne, Karen O, Charlotte Hatherley, Christina Aguilera, Meg White

Villain of the Year: Osama Bin Laden, Robbie Williams, George W Bush, Simon Cowell, Peter Waterman, Tony Blair

Hero of the Year: Liam Gallagher, Dave Grohl, Chris Martin, Craig Nicholls, Graham Coxon, Ozzy Osbourne

Best Live Venue: Brixton Academy, London Astoria, Glasgow Barrowlands, Shepherd's Bush Empire, Nottingham Rock City, Birmingham Academy

Best Haircut: Liam Gallagher, Didz, Craig Nicholls, Dave Grohl, Fab, Jack White

Best Dressed: The Hives, Julian Casablancas, Jack White, Liam Gallagher, Taylor Hawkins, The Polyphonic Spree

Best Website: NME, Ash Unofficial, Oasis, Foo Fighters, BRMC, Pop Bitch

Worst Album: Robbie Williams, Gareth Gates, The Streets, The Vines, Westlife, Coldplay

Worst Single: Las Ketchup, The Cheeky Girls, Will Young and Gareth Gates, Nickelback, Robbie Williams, Blazin Squad

Worst Band: S Club Juniors, Westlife, Stereophonics, Nickelback, Atomic Kitten, Blue

Worst Haircut: Gareth Gates, Kelly Osbourne, Kelly Jones, Jack Osbourne, Pink, Chad Kroeger

Worst Dressed: Gareth Gates, Christina Aguilera, Mike Skinner, Kelly Osbourne, Robbie Williams, Robert Harvey

Event: Ozzfest, Oasis at Finsbury Park, Glastonbury, Carling reading/Leeds Festival, T In The Park, V2002

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Answer to Monday's pop quiz:
X sampled Y in which track? In which song did Fatboy Slim sample Camille Yarborough, and what song was sampled?
Norman sampled Camille Yarborough’s ‘Take Yo Praise’ in ‘Praise You’

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