CMU Daily - on the inside 6 Feb 2003
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In today's CMU Daily:
• Jacko not happy with Bashir doc, though his record sales go up,
• Spector update,
• P Diddy completes deal with universal,
• DMC on Jam Master Jay,
• Review: The Counting Crows Feat Vanessa Carlton – Big Yellow Taxi,
• Jackass hosts to front MTV alpine rock fest,
• Mull Historical video on Scottish Session website,
• Hip hop community react to Pepsi’s Ludacris decision – eventually,
• Labels cash in on Nelson’s 70th birthday,
• Love strips at the Old Vic,
• Shakira on her anti-war routine,
• GWR sign broadcasting deal with cable company,
• Girls Aloud Cheryl thrown out of another club,
• Midweek chart update,
• Ticket Master apologise for Eminem tickets cock up,
• Yousef takes a week off after accident – and invites demos,
• Review: Pepe Deluxe – Salami Fever,
• Moloko confirm tour, • BBC send virus to Archers fans,
• White Stripes add extra date,
• Madonna’s not pregnant – ok?

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X sampled Y in which track? In which song did Ice T sample Portishead, and what song was sampled?

Answer tomorrow

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JACKO NOT HAPPY WITH BASHIR DOC, THOUGH HIS RECORD SALES GO UP
More on the Jacko documentary which gets its airing in the US tonight.

Firstly Jackosn himself saw a recording of the programme last night and immediately issued a statement criticising Bashir through his UK representative Stephen Lock. "I trusted Martin Bashir to come into my life and that of my family because I wanted the truth to be told,” he says in a statement. “Martin Bashir persuaded me to trust him, that this would be an honest and fair portrayal of my life and told me that he was 'the man that turned Diana's life around'. Today I feel more betrayed than perhaps ever before; that someone who had got to know my children, my staff and me, whom I let into my heart and told the truth, could then sacrifice the trust I placed in him and produce this terrible and unfair programme. Everyone who knows me will know the truth which is that my children come first in my life and that I would never harm any child."

But, despite the post screening criticism in the media, it’s not all bad news for Jackson. Firstly the documentary has given an unexpected boost to Jackson’s record sales – even though Bashir managed to more or less leave his music out of the programme. Obviously the British public ended the programme by saying to themselves “what a freek – mmm, you know I don’t own Thriller on CD”. Sales of that album shot up 500% on Tuesday, with sales of his greatest hits album HIStory rocketing 1000%. HMV spokesman Gennaro Castaldo: "Although they started from a very low base the week before, the sales rise is quite significant. I would not be surprised if they continued for the rest of the week. I think it shows that exposure may not be particularly favourable but it will always add to some degree of sales increase."

And secondly, as reported yesterday, post screening media coverage has been as critical of Bashir as of Jackson – chat on the CMU OnLine message board coming very much down on Jackson’s side. Add you opinions on the message board here.

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SPECTOR UPDATE
More on the Phil Spector story. Latest reports say that Spector met Lana Clarkson, the actress he is accused of murdering, just hours before she was shot. She met Spector while working at the House of Blues nightclub on LA’s Sunset Strip, and after work went back to Spector’s house near by. Police found Clarkson’s body after Spector’s driver called them after hearing gunshots in the house.

Spector was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder but was freed after posting $1 million bail. Police yesterday obtained a search warrant and spent the day combing his ten bedroom mansion for evidence. Meanwhile a spokesman for the LA County Coroner's Office confirmed an autopsy was being conducted on Clarkson’s body and that the examination is expected to reveal whether she had been under the influence of alcohol or drugs, among other details.

There have been no official statements from either the police or Spector, however LA attorney Marvin Mitchelson, a close friend of the producer, told reporters: "This is a sweet man and there's no way he could do this sort of crime. It's true he's a hard-driving guy but Phil wouldn't hurt a fly. I've never seen him disrespect a woman. He's just not someone who is going to attack anyone."

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P DIDDY COMPLETES DEAL WITH UNIVERSAL
Word in the US is that P Diddy has completed his deal with Universal Music Group which will give the major a stake in his Bad Boy Entertainment company. It seems the deal has been made with the Universal Motown Records part of the Group, and will see the major releasing records from Diddy’s artist roster, which includes Carl Thomas, Black Rob, Dream and newcomer Cheri Denis, as well as releasing future albums from P Diddy himself. No word on the money that will change hands as part of the deal. As previously reported P Diddy bought his way out of a similar deal with BMG last year – rumour had it he was finding the other major labels were not offering anywhere near his original asking price when he started looking for a new partner company.

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DMC ON JAM MASTER JAY
Darryl ‘DMC’ McDaniels from Run DMC has been speaking about the unsolved murder of his friend and colleague Jam Master Jay. Talking to Rolling Stone magazine he said: "It's a shame. Look at Tupac and Biggie, and now Jam Master Jay: Every day in the hood you got dying, and it goes unsolved. The very thing Jay was trying to help other people get away from was the thing that killed him. No matter how big and famous you get, there's no getting away from the hood. Maybe fifteen people I grew up with got murdered. I have a couple of friends in jail for life. Jay was another one of my homeys that got shot and murdered; he just happened to be Jam Master Jay. I have to take a deep breath and know that they might never catch his killer."

A New York Police Department spokesman admitted to Rolling Stone that there are no new developments in their investigations into Jay’s murder – initial theories suggested Jay may have been killed over debts or as part of a botched drug deal, but strong evidence is lacking for either.

McDaniels is recording a new record called ‘Missing My Friend’ that is likely to include guest appearances from the likes of 50 Cent, Nas and Mary J. Blige, and profits from which will go to Jay’s family. "I want to say to whoever did this, 'You didn't really murder Jay. His spirit lives on.'"

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REVIEW: The Counting Crows feat Vanessa Carlton – Big Yellow Taxi (Universal/Geffen)
OK, I’m a sucker for songs with ‘ba, ba, da, da’s in the background, but then again, 'About A Boy' excepted, I’ve hated more or less every song ever used in a Hugh Grant movie so it wasn’t a foregone conclusion I’d love the Counting Crows take on the Joni Mitchell classic. It’s one of those tracks that you instantly recognise (though perhaps more for the Amy Grant version that the Mitchell original), but this reworking, from the soundtrack to the new Hugh Grant / Sandra Bullock movie ‘Two Weeks Notice’, is original enough to justify a remake, and if anything more catchy than both Joni Mitchell and Amy Grant’s versions (mainly thanks to the aforementioned ‘ba, ba, da, da’s courtesy of Vanessa Carlton). The b-side tracks are pretty forgettable mind so don’t expect the Counting Crows to become the biggest rock act ever after the likely success of ‘Big Yellow Taxi’. CC
Release date: 3 Feb
Press contact: Polydor IH [CP, CR, RR, NR] APB [RP, NP]

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JACKASS HOSTS TO FRONT MTV ALPINE ROCK FEST
Alongside all those clubbing festivals in the Alpine ski resorts, MTV has confirmed they will stage a free rock festival called Winterjam 2003 in Davos in Switzerland on 14 Mar. Word is the event will be hosted by Johnny Knoxville and his Jackass co-stars and will include live performances from, among others, Crazy Town, Sum 41 and Guano Apes. The gig will be shown on MTV on 4 Apr. More info at www.mtv.co.uk/winterjam.

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MULL HISTORICAL VIDEO ON SCOTTISH SESSION WEBSITE
Radio 1’s Colin MacIntyre was on set at the recording of the new video from the Mull Historical Society on behalf of the Session in Scotland, and you can now read his diary and see the final video on the show’s website at www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/alt/scotland. Apparently the video, for new single 'The Final Arrears' out on 17 Feb, has a real 'Rentaghost' vibe and some reckon it's a bit 'League of Gentlemen' – check the video out and see for youself.

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HIP HOP COMMUNITY REACT TO PEPSI’ LUDACRIS DECISION - EVENTUALLY
Slow to react, but the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network have called for a boycott of Pepsi in reaction to the brand’s decision to drop rapper Ludacris from their sponsorship programme. As previously reported, Pepsi scrapped an advertising campaign involving the rapper last September after a campaign led by Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly who objected to the drink working with "a man who takes drugs and abuses women". No word on why it has taken so long for the Network to call for the ban which will officially begin on 12 Feb. But when it happens the ban will be quite ambitious – they are calling on all artists and hip-hop supporters to refrain from supporting all Pepsico products until the company issues a public apology, makes a $5 million contribution to the non-profit Ludacris Foundation and reinstates the rapper’s Pepsi spots.

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LABELS CASH IN ON NELSON’S 70TH BIRTHDAY
Legendary country singer/songwriter Willie Nelson is 70 at the end of April, so expect a rush of rereleases from the various labels he has worked with over the years.

Sony label Legacy has already confirmed ten titles will be reissued this year, the first - a two-disc retrospective called 'The Essential Willie Nelson', will hit the stores on 18 Mar. Among the other albums due for a remastered rerelease are 'Willie Nelson & Family Live', 'Pancho & Lefty', 'San Antonio Rose' and 'Always on My Mind'.

Sugar Hill Records meanwhile will release a compilation of tracks recorded in his pre-major days in the early sixties. Called ‘Crazy: The Demo Sessions’ the album, out 11 Feb, boasts eight previously unreleased recordings, including one Nelson original that was only recently discovered.

No word on whether current label, Universal’s Lost Highway Records, will try to cash in on the birthday, though they are likely to give Nelson’s live album, ‘Stars & Guitars’, released last November, another push.

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LOVE STRIPS AT THE OLD VIC
Courtney Love was yesterday on stage at London’s Old Vic theatre performing at a benefit gig in front of Richard Branson, whose airline she earlier criticised after her air rage incident. After being cautioned at Heathrow airport on Tuesday Love told reporters "I have been flying British Airways for a long time and I will continue to do so. This is my second time on Virgin and my first time wasn't so great either."

The benefit, hosted by Elton John, was in aid of the London theatre. Love sang a version of Elton’s ‘I Won't Let The Sun Go Down On Me’, and later dressed up as Donald Duck and then stripped to her undies.

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SHAKIRA ON HER ANTI-WAR ROUTINE
Shakira is the latest musician to add her support to the anti war movement. At the end of her current live show a short film is projected on giant screens depicting puppet caricatures of President Bush and Saddam Hussein playing chess. Mixed in with violent war footage the camera pans out on the puppets to show them being controlled by the Grim Reaper. The footage has actually appeared in Shakira’s show since November, but as war looks more and more likely it is getting more attention.

The singer explained: “I think that we see war as a virtual thing and we even get to believe that bombs fall on top of cardboard cutouts and stuff like that. They don't. They kill real people, real children, real mothers and millions of innocent people. I come from Columbia, which is a country that has been under the whip of violence for more than four decades, so I've seen the consequences of war and I've seen the psychological damage that it does in a society. And I think that we're never ready for war. I just feel that there are always pacifist solutions, and I think that the leaders know the exit to the conflict, it's just that sometimes they don't want to use them. They just want to continue playing their little game of power. And I feel that us people have the responsibility and also the obligation to demand to our leaders to give us the pacifist solutions. To give us a world in peace."

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GWR SIGN BROADCASTING DEAL WITH CABLE COMPANY
Radio group GWR have signed a deal with cable supplier Telewest Broadband which will see four of their digital radio stations added to the cable supplier’s basic package. The stations, that will be added on 7 Feb, are Classic FM, the Core, Planet Rock and The Storm. It will be a particular boost to the digital only stations, increasing their reach considerably. Simon Ward, GWR Group New Media and Digital Director, told reporters: "Given that our aim is to connect our brands to consumers in all ways that appeal to them, this makes perfect sense and will only increase the availability of our brands, audience reach and audience share."

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GIRLS ALOUD CHERYL THROWN OUT OF ANOTHER CLUB
According to the Daily Mirror, Girls Aloud member Cheryl Tweedy was thrown out of another nightclub at the weekend. Word is 19-year-old Cheryl was asked to leave the Baja Beach Club in Newcastle on Saturday night after playing around with water pistols they had bought earlier. "Cheryl, Titus and their mates weren't attacking other clubbers or anything with the water pistols," a friend told the Mirror. "They were just spraying each other. But some people complained after they got wet by accident. Eventually, Cheryl, Titus and their friends were asked to leave because other clubbers were getting irritated."

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MIDWEEK CHART UPDATE
Well, it seems that it will be Oasis that knocks Tatu off the top spot on Sunday – their new track ‘Songbird’, definitely a return to form, proving quite popular with record buyers despite being so short!

Indications are that Tatu will fall to number two, with Justin Timberlake’s excellent ‘Cry Me A River’ entering the chart at 3. Sean Paul’s 'Gimmie The Light' is expected to enter top ten, and the Counting Crows 'Big Yellow Taxi' and Good Charlotte’s 'Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous' should enter top twenty.

In the album chart Timberlake is only just hanging on to the top spot, with Kelly Rowland’s ‘Simply Deep’ a possible contender to steal the number one position.

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TICKET MASTER APOLOGISE FOR EMINEM TICKETS COCK UP
Ticket company Ticketmaster has apologised after a computer system went down at the Glasgow branch of Virgin Megastore on Saturday leaving many many Eminem fans angry and ticketless. As reported on Monday, tickets for Eminem’s UK dates sold out within an hour, despite the last minute addition of an extra date. Ticketmaster’s computer system in Glasgow collapsed within minutes of tickets going on sale at 9am, leaving Virgin staff to deal with some angry fans while all the Slim Shady tickets got snapped up by fans using other retailers.

Ticketmaster have issued the following statement: "Ticketmaster apologises to both Eminem fans and Virgin Megastores for difficulties experienced by those fans waiting to purchase tickets from Virgin Megastores. The higher-than-anticipated demand overwhelmed Ticketmasters ability to provide sales at these locations. An investigation will take place to help prevent future problems arising."

A spokesman for Virgin Megastore told reporters: "The system went down and then it got quite scary as the crowd wouldn't disperse from the store. There was shouting and our staff felt really intimidated so we decided with the police to close the store to guarantee the safety of our staff."

Reports suggest there was a simlar situation at Virgin stores in Aberdeen and Edinburgh. Tickets for the Scottish gig are now said to be going for £175 on auction websites.

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YOUSEF TAKES A WEEK OFF AFTER ACCIDENT – AND INVITES DEMOS
DJ Yousef has cancelled a week of gigs after he sustained minor injuries including "a few broken ribs" after a car he was travelling in was involved in an accident at the weekend. Most of the cancelled dates are on the Orange enjoymusic tour – promoters replacing him with one of the other names participating in the tour. It will also affect a Cream date in Brighton, but he expects to be well enough to play at his Circus night in Liverpool on Saturday.

A spokesperson said Yousef was "extremely apologetic and gutted" that he has had to miss the gigs. In a statement he said: "I will be at Circus in some capacity and will be DJing, but I won’t be joining in the fun like I usually do."

Meanwhile Yousef is planning another newcomer night at the Circus bar in Liverpool. After the phenomenal response to his call for demos from DJs to play sets at his Christmas nights he is now inviting DJs to send in tapes to be considered to play a set on 8 Mar. Demos, no longer than 30 minutes and on CD, should be sent in before 28 Feb - anything dance sets except hard house and trance will be considered. Send demos to Circus DJ comp, The Masque, Seel Street, Liverpool L1 4BH

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REVIEW: Pepe Deluxe – Salami Fever (Catskills)
After suffering at the merciless hands of an over-hyped genre, Brighton is putting itself back on the musical map with some great new material. Among those reinventing the Brighton beats are Pepe Deluxe with the help of Brighton record shop owner/DJ/Producer Mex at the scratch. ‘Salami Fever’ is a massive slice of rocky mid-tempo funk: enormous breaks, wahed guitar from a 70’s cop prog, Herbie Hancock/Stevie Wonder-esque vocodered vocals, and power chord stabs – not to mention a host of cow bells and tight scratching. JG
Release date: 10 Mar
Press contact: Darling [CP, RP, NP] Catskills IH [CR, RR, NR]

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MOLOKO CONFIRM TOUR
Moloko have confirmed they will be touring Europe throughout April and May to support the release of forthcoming album 'Statues', out on Echo on 3 Mar. First single 'Familiar Feeling', out on 17 Feb, is already getting play on the music TV channels.

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BBC SEND VIRUS TO ARCHERS FANS
The BBC managed to send 10,000 Archers fans a computer virus yesterday. Thousands of fans of the long running radio soap have signed up for daily email updates. Yesterday subscribers were accidentally sent a virus known as the Sobig worm. Ironically a recent storyline saw one character learning how to use the internet and emailing a virus to the computers of everyone in Ambridge. But this wasn't an intended publicity stunt. Although all users were notified of the error quickly bosses will be investigating how the BBC, who have strict rules to prevent viruses infiltrating their system, managed to contract and distribute the worm.

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WHITE STRIPES ADD EXTRA DATE
Good news for anyone who missed out on White Stripes tickets – the duo have added a second London date to their UK tour – they will play Brixton Academy on 12 Apr as part of the tour that will promote new album 'Elephant'.

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MADONNA’S NOT PREGNANT – OK?
Madonna is set to complain to the Press Complaints Commission after Heat magazine claimed she was pregnant – a story which Madonna’s people say has not truth. Heat claimed Madonna visited a birth clinic three months into her pregnancy and reported on her change of hair colour and clothes style. But Madonna’s spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg told reporters: "It's not true, it's not accurate. She dyed her hair brown instead of blond - that does not confirm somebody's pregnant. And she's been wearing baggy clothes for 20 years, so what else is new?"

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Answer to Wednesday's pop quiz:
X sampled Y in which track? In which song did Garbage sample The Clash, and what song was sampled?
Garbage sampled The Clash’s ‘Train In Vain’ in ‘Stupid Girl’

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