CMU Daily - on the inside 7 Feb 2003
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In today's CMU Daily:
• 3-D continues anti-war talk,
• Bacharach on his Dre collaborations,
• More Jackson stuff,
• Pop idol old guy launches non-ageist website,
• Review: Alabama 3 – Reachin,
• Mini-gigs with Jack Daniels,
• Ja Rule kills himself off, sort of,
• Cream launch dublin night,
• Live Review: Ladytron And Ikara Colt @ The Astoria,
• Feeder’s Nicholas on his anger at bandmate’s suicide,
• Butters on his chart show challenge,
• MTV launch up coming bands CD,
• Kid Rock gets rights to top dog,
• Polyphonic Spree add MHS to line up,
• P Diddy on universal deal,
• Madonna update,
• EMI Warners merger rumours return,
• Review: The Music – The Truth Is No Words,
• Daltrey puts together impressive line up for charity gigs,
• Another Westlife Kitten couple,
• Love makes up with Virgin airline,
• Pop idol gossip

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X sampled Y in which track? In which song did Jazzy Jeff sample Bill Withers, and what song was sampled?

Answer tomorrow

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3-D CONTINUES ANTI-WAR TALK
Massive Attack’s 3D has been talking about the pending war, again, this time telling music website dotmusic more popstars should be thinking about the world at large rather than just their own record sales. "I find it amazing that people detach themselves, because regardless of what your band is about, what your music is and how you present yourself to the world as an individual, you are involved."

He continued: "The world's become a smaller place due to communication and due to travel and you get to see things much quicker than you used to and famines and disasters are right there... I don't see how you can remove yourself from that. So as an individual, I'd be getting involved in the anti-war protests regardless of the band. What do you gain from going to war? Killing people and destroying a city. It's crazy."

The big anti-war demo takes place in London a week tomorrow, and the latest word is the government *will* now let the post-march demo take place in Hyde Park – more information at www.stopwar.org.uk

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BACHARACH ON HIS DRE COLLABORATIONS
Burt Bacharach has confirmed reports yesterday that he is working with Dr Dre. Apparently Dre has sent the king of easy listening compositions some beats and samples for him to "develop as he sees fit". The results of such postal collaborations should appear on what is meant to be Dre's final solo album - 'Detox' – which is being billed as "a hip hop musical". Bacharach told the Sun: "He gave me these drum beats and told me to do what I like. These won't be like usual songs. These are like compositions, which is very interesting to me."

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MORE JACKSON STUFF
Even more on Jackson, oh yes. Firstly the American lawyer who represented the family of Jordy Chandler when they accused Jackson of molesting their son in the early nineties, is now calling on the US Child Welfare Services to question the children who have recently stayed over at Michael's Neverland ranch. Gloria Allred told reporters she was "deeply disturbed" about Jackson’s comments regarding the boys who sleep over in his bedroom. US Department of Social Services yesterday said they would watch the show (screened in the US last night) to decide whether action should be taken. We await their decision.

Meanwhile Jackson himself has made an official complaint to TV watchdogs over Bashir's documentary. His lawyers yesterday sent complaints to both the Independent Television Commission and the Broadcasting Standards Commission claiming he had been "unfairly treated" by ITV team who made the show, and that the programme had infringed his privacy.

The complaint to the ITC claimed the documentary "contained the clear innuendo that Mr Jackson is guilty of inappropriate behaviour with children" and that voiceovers and editing were used to give credence to those 1993 sex offence allegations. The complaint to the BSC added that he was "not given any prior warning" of Martin Bashir's intention to interview him about those allegations, or "of their intention to link that allegation with his friendship with Gavin Arvezo."

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POP IDOL OLD GUY LAUNCHES NON-AGEIST WEBSITE
Drew Cummings, the Miami film and television professor who is filing an age discrimination suit against the Fox network after he discovered he was too old to participate in the US version of Pop Idol has now launched a new website allowing people of all ages to participate in a national talent competition. Called America's New Stars the site aims to be a forum where new artists can reach the public. Readers of the site will also be able to compare the "musical talents" of Cummings to that of this week's "Idol" performers.

Announcing the site Cummings told reporters: "I am proud to be associated with a new venture such as this, which has no discrimination. Talent and creativity have no age barriers, and this website will give the forum to thousands of talented men and women (young and old) to be heard by potentially millions of people around the world. It will also allow me the opportunity to answer the question that has been asked by countless television shows which have invited me as a guest, then cancelled because I wouldn't sing - whether I can sing or not became an irrelevant point once I wasn't allowed the opportunity to compete at the American Idol auditions because of my age. It is still irrelevant, but at least the general public can now hear me and decide for themselves."

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REVIEW: Alabama 3 – Reachin (One Little Indian)
Alt-blues country techno acid house is their gospel for Brixton, an emotive a sound as any Sioux or Apache paean, and is as good an urban soundtrack yet heard. Hell, the notion of that a bunch of semi-devotional cowboys with bluegrass in their blood reside in South London is as unlikely a concept as East 17 winning an Oscar for Best Original Score, but that doesn’t matter a jot when the music is as good as this. Sombre and reflective, Larry Love’s delightfully weary growl rolls over their instantly recognisable electronica before being accompanied by a gloriously plaintive harmonica wail. You know, that sort they have in films when a coyote is filmed walking through a wide boulevard in an eerily quiet town. In short, brothers and sisters, it’s ace. TO
Release date: 27 Jan
Press contact: OLI IH [CP, RP, NP, NR] Overground [CR, RR]

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MINI-GIGS WITH JACK DANIELS
Another drinks brand is organising mini-gigs for which tickets need to be won. Turin Brakes and Cooper Temple Clause will each be performing at "intimate gigs" being staged by Jack Daniels – the former in Edinburgh on 15 Feb, the latter in Birmingham sometime in April. The plan is that the gigs are so intimate that once the set is over fans can chill out with the band, and even "play some pool or table football with them". So a good one for stalkers. More info and details of how to win tickets at www.thejdset.co.uk.

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JA RULE KILLS HIMSELF OFF, SORT OF
Ja Rule has told Radio 1 he is planning to kill off his alter-ego in a forthcoming movie. Ja Rule – who appeared in the films 'Half Past Dead' and 'The Fast And The Furious' – has written a screenplay. His description of the project is a tad confusing - "the movie, it's not really about myself but it is about myself. I wrote the script for the screenplay for this - it's kind of like 'Fight Club', it deals with alter-egos” - but the general gist is that his Ja Rule alter-ego will be killed off: "in the movie, Ja Rule dies, for my new alter ego, the Black Dove."

He also spoke about the 50 Cents album track 'Wanksta' which talks about how much the Eminem protege hates Ja Rule. "People use the biggest artists out there to try and catapult their careers. It's an old trick! But it works sometimes, unfortunately. But it's not about tricks in this game, it's about making good music and hit records. Let's see if he can keep making good music and hit records, because that's what the game is all about. It's not about gimmicks and tricks."

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CREAM LAUNCH DUBLIN NIGHT
Cream are launching a new monthly night at Dublin’s Club Tivoli. Cream boss James Barton explains: "Finding a new home in Dublin is something that we're really excited about. Cream has always been about the quality of music, married with the quality of facilities and atmosphere in a club venue. In Club Tivoli, we have found all these vital components. Since we have recently set our sights on expanding the Cream brand to a worldwide audience who may not have encountered us before, it made perfect sense for us to come to somewhere where we have been openly welcomed and been very, very successful in the past. After Tim DeLuxe's after show party in Club Tivoli at Christmas, for The Point show, we knew we could go nowhere else. Myself and rest of the Cream crew are really looking forward to some more mad party nights in Dublin." The monthly nights will start on 21 Feb.

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LIVE REVIEW: Ladytron and Ikara Colt @ The Astoria, London (NME Awards Show) on 6 Feb
The last time this writer saw Ikara Colt, they instigated a full-scale riot at the Reading Festival. Tonight, the atmosphere couldn’t start out more differently; with bands taking the stage a full hour earlier than the advertised door time, the Astoria is half-empty and feels far too sober. And yet somehow the Colt turn it all around in the space of thirty minutes with their Sonic-Youth-Sodomising-The-Fall shouty guitar dirge, their captivating stage presence and their successful attempts to get the engineer to up the volume. Although the response could never be explosive in a situation such as this, the band grip the attention of those in attendance with their buzzsaw guitar lines and brutal urgency. It’s been even longer since these beady eyes were fixed upon Ladytron, who now sport a live rhythm section alongside their traditional selection of synths and sequencers, giving their dark disco sound a beefier and less dated edge. With their tight khaki uniforms and upturned collars, we half expect the band to salute the audience or get shipped off to the Gulf. But they do no such thing; in stark contrast to Ikara Colt they keep stock still, their icily sexy stares cementing their finely chiselled stylishness, as they play reworked 12” versions of ‘He Took Her to a Movie’ and ‘Playgirl’, plus new songs ‘Seventeen’ and ‘Evil’, with all the emotion of jellyfish. But as great as these songs sound tonight, the audience just can’t muster the energy to dance and that, frankly, feels like a terrible waste. DR

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FEEDER’S NICHOLAS ON HIS ANGER AT BANDMATE'S SUICIDE
Feeder’s Grant Nicholas has been speaking to Aussie music website Undercover about the suicide of drummer Jon Lee. "I'm angry at him a bit. I just think it was a waste of a great life. He was a great person and there is always another way out other than taking your own life. If he had a terminal illness or something I could kind of understand it a bit more but he just had a lot to live for".

Talking about life in the band after Lee’s death he continued: "At the end of the day I am a songwriter so Feeder was going to carry on in some shape or form. I didn't know if I wanted to do it without Jon. I did think it might not be right to carry on and we should leave it as it was. But I felt we hadn't reached where we had always dreamed of reaching and it felt we were so near to getting there. I knew he really believed in the band. He had no problems with the band. There were no internal problems with us and it just seemed a real shame to lose him and lose the band".

You can read the full interview at www.undercover.com.au

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BUTTERS ON HIS CHART SHOW CHALLENGE
The host of the new look Radio 1 Chart Show, which launches this Sunday, has been talking to the Media Guardian. Relative unknown Wes Butters, a 23 year old former Galaxy presenter, told the paper: "I still can't believe it - I've got the best job in the world, and I wouldn't swap it for anything. There's been only three presenters of the chart show in the past 20 years - Bruno Brookes, Mark Goodier, and now me. I don't think there'll be a day when I don't walk into work and think, 'Expletive me, it's Radio 1!'"

But Butters is presented with a real challenge. Radio 1’s chart show has always been second to the Network Chart Show in terms of audience, but in the last year it has lost further quarter of a million listeners. Plus the Network Chart Show was relaunched last month and is about to be sponsored by Woolworths meaning promotion in shops across the UK. Added to the fact EMAP stations are now pushing their Smash Hits Chart, which is cross-plugged through their TV and magazine operations, and the fact single sales are once again in decline, Butters may be counting down the flagship chart, but he’s not taking over the flagship chart show.

But Radio 1 bosses hope the 23 year old will revitalise the show, and crucially appeal to their target audience more than the 42 year old Goodier who fronted the chart until the end of last year. Certainly his musical tastes are akin to that of his audience: "I like pop, rock, Eminem... everything from Level 42 to Justin Timberlake, really.” And some might argue he is representative of the teenage audience when, in response to questions about politics and the situation in Iraq he says: "I have no political standpoint at all, no. Let the prime minister sort it out."

Whether an air of youth will help revitalise Radio 1’s chart show in an increasingly competitive (yet, some might argue, decreasingly relevant) area remains to be seen. Whether his predication regarding his first show – "I think Justin will be number one" – comes true we’ll know sooner, though midweek indicators say Oasis will go in at the top this Sunday.

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MTV LAUNCH UP COMING BANDS CD
MTV in the US is launching a new CD featuring music from 'developing artists' which viewers will be encouraged to buy via their website. The first edition will hit stores on 25 Feb and feature the Raveonettes, the Exies, Sahara Hotnights, Kardinal Offishall featuring Pharrell Williams, TOK, Maroon 5, and the Format. Apparently viewers who buy the CD will receive two copies in the post – one for themselves and one for a friend. The idea of the second copy is it will promote the scheme, but also cut down on piracy (can see the former, not so convinced by the latter).

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KID ROCK GETS RIGHTS TO TOP DOG
The court dealings between Kid Rock and his former business associates over the right to use the label name Top Dog finally reached conclusion yesterday. US District Judge Nancy Edmunds ruled that Rock, real name Robert Ritchie, is the sole owner of the Top Dog trademark. Alvin Williams and Earl Blunt of EB-Bran Productions, who worked with Kid Rock in the early days of his career, claimed they owned name Top Dog and that while they had given Kid Rock permission to use the name when releasing his own records (which are actually release by Zomba label Jive), they had never handed over all rights to the name. But Edmunds sided with Ritchie who argued Williams and Blunt hasn’t used to Top Dog name for over ten years and that as the only original Top Dog team member still using the name he should have ownership.

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POLYPHONIC SPREE ADD MHS TO LINE UP
The Polyphonic Spree yesterday announced the Mull Historical Society will guests at their Forum gig on Monday. Word is the show - 'An Evening With The Polyphonic Spree' - will be similar to their US shows which have included trapeze artists, magic acts, circus acts and other surprises such as a crocodile. So should be interesting. New single 'Light and Day' is also out Monday.

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P DIDDY ON UNIVERSAL DEAL
Sean ‘P Diddy’ Combs has been talking about his new deal with Universal Music – reported in yesterday’s Daily. The deal means Universal will market and distribute all forthcoming releases from Comb’s Bad Bay Entertainment label, including his own music. "It was important for me to have the opportunity to grow Bad Boy, and I can do that with the music industry's number one music powerhouse," Combs said in a statement. "This is a perfect situation for me and Bad Boy, and I can't wait to get out there and start making music history.

Mel Lewinter of the Universal Music Group added: "We are excited and honored to welcome P. Diddy and Bad Boy to the Universal family. As a songwriter, producer and artist, P Diddy is one of the world's most gifted and accomplished creative talents, who has cultivated a remarkable business over the last decade. We look forward to playing an important role in what is sure to be his next career milestone."

It means the Universal Music Group now have stakes in two of the main hip hop powerhouses – Dre’s Aftermath and P Diddy’s Bad Boy – which, given the continued success of the genre, should help them maintain their dominance in the industry (unless parent company Vivendi sell them off of course!).

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MADONNA UPDATE
We’re assuming Madonna won’t complain if we tell you her new album is on track for an April release, that there will be 11 songs on it, that the rumoured 12 minute long song will not be included, that French designers Michael Amzalag and Mathias Augustyniak are currently putting the finishing touches on the album cover, that the photography session for the album cover was done by Craig McDean, that the first single release will be called 'American Life', that the video for it will be directed by Jonas Akerland and choreographed by Jamie King, and that a Madonna box set is also planned for release later this year. Oh yes, and she’s not pregnant.

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EMI WARNERS MERGER RUMOURS RETURN
More EMI merger rumours doing the rounds. As we predicted the old EMI/BMG merger attempts are looking less likely now the Zomba empire is within the BMG fold. But, while some suggested the latest BMG restructuring would allow a partnership with EMI that would be "a merger in everything except name", the latest rumours are centring on the old EMI/Warners merger proposals. With AOL Time Warner rumoured to be looking to off load its music division, despite it being one of few businesses in the group actually making a profit, could EMI find the financial backing to acquire another major? Or are these rumours groundless speculation. Wait and see I guess.

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REVIEW: The Music – The Truth Is No Words (Virgin/Hut)
Once upon a time, there was a band called The Stone Roses who everyone adored, because they made magic music. Sadly, it all went Pete Tong. Then, a few years later, the Lo-Fidelity All Stars began to make special records that The Stone Roses might of made if they’d harboured seriously dangerous paranoid fantasises. Now that you’ve learnt of these bands, go and buy their records and avoid this one like the plague. A shoddy imitation of Manchester’s finest that should appal the public on a grand scale, this has to be one of the worst examples of plagiarism I’ve heard in recent years, and it holds all the attraction of having a bat carcass stapled to your face. TO
Release date: 17 Feb
Press contact: Virgin IH [all]

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DALTREY PUTS TOGETHER IMPRESSIVE LINE UP FOR CHARITY GIGS
The Who’s Roger Daltrey is behind a series of gigs next month in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust, the charity of which Daltrey is patron. And credit where it’s due, he’s arranged quite a line up, including Coldplay, Doves, Ahs, Supergrass, Eric Clapton and even Madness. The full list of dates, all at the Royal Albert Hall, are as follows.

24 Mar: Coldplay
25 Mar: Eric Clapton & Friends / Mark Knopfler & Friends
26 Mar: Richard Ashcroft
27 Mar: Doves
28 Mar: Ash & Supergrass
29 Mar: Madness

More info at www.teencancer.org

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ANOTHER WESTLIFE KITTEN COUPLE
Pop gossip time – Kian Egan is the latest Westlife boy to fall for an Atomic Kitten. Kian, who recently broke up with Scandinavian dancer Jessica Forsman, has told the Daily Morrio he is dating Atomic Kitten’s Liz McClarnon: "We haven't been seeing each other for too long. I first met Liz four years ago, when we did the Smash Hits tour with Atomic Kitten. We were friends for a long time. Shane and I had a party in Belfast together on New Year's Eve. Liz happened to be out there and came along. We didn't get together then. It was a bit later than that. But we talked to each other for ages. Now she has come back from Asia, where she was touring with the band. I haven't planned anything for Valentine's Day yet - I will though."

Former Atomic Kitten member Kerry Katona quit the pop trio after she and husband, Westlife member Bryan McFadden, decided to start a family.

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LOVE MAKES UP WITH VIRGIN AIRLINE
If you ever get arrested for air rage here’s what to do – make sure you bump into the chairman of the airline at a party and apologise. Virgin Atlantic has agreed to fly Courtney Love back to LA despite being cautioned by police after losing her temper on her way to the UK. The change of heart from the airline, which had called for Love to be properly charged, came after Love met Richard Branson at a party earlier this week.

As reported yesterday Love was performing at a benefit gig at London’s Old Vic theatre, where Branson was among the audience. After a conversation with Love, Branson told reporters: "Virgin Atlantic was built thanks to the rock industry so I like to think we are a bit more understanding than most airlines. Courtney was a little out of order on the flight over and apologised to me. We are looking forward to flying her back to LA. Perhaps Virgin's new slogan should be that 'Rock stars swear by us'.”

Presumably Love, who had said she would go back to flying with BA in the future, is now a loyal customer of Branson’s rock 'n' roll airline.

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POP IDOL GOSSIP
Pop Idol gossip galore. Firstly Gareth Gates has confirmed he is dating dancer Suzanne Mole who, nine years Gates' senior, used to date Sean Conlon of defunct boy band Five. He told The Sun: "I've been seeing Suzanne on and off since the beginning of the year. It's not serious - but I have been seeing her."

Darius Danesh, meanwhile, has denied reports he is to marry Mirella Dell'Aquila of Canadian Popstar winning group Sugar Jones – telling Radio 1 he doesn’t even really know her. "No, I'm not engaged! I've only met this unfortunate girl once six months ago at an Oxford gig when a manager insisted I had my photograph taken with the group. I don't know her. I can't even pronounce her name. I think it's quite funny. But it's an even bigger shame she's not even the pretty one from the group!"

Meanwhile police have warned people not to buy tickets for what has been billed as the Romantic Rendez Vous Secrets Night – a West London gig which claims to have Darius and Blazin Squad on the bill. Apparently it is a fake and the £12 ticket won’t get music fans anything. Detectives investigating the con have asked those who have already bought tickets, or anyone with any information about those involved, to contact their local police station or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

We have no Will Young news – who won Pop Idol again?

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Answer to Thursday's pop quiz:
X sampled Y in which track? In which song did Ice T sample Portishead, and what song was sampled?
Ice T sampled Portishead’s ‘Numb’ in ‘I Must Stand’

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