CMU Daily - on the inside 10 Feb 2003
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In today's CMU Daily:
• Tom devasted at mothers death,
• R Kelly trial postponed again,
• Review: Chicane – Love On The Run,
• EMI admit to CD fault on PSB release,
• Rolling Stones rock against global warning,
• BBC 3 arrives, at last,
• Live Review: The Polyphonic Spree @ The Astoria,
• MP concerned fans will copy Jacko’s parenting technique,
• Spector admits to depression and mental problems before arrest,
• 50 Cents album aiming for US top spot,
• Lemon Jelly recall tickets after office break in,
• Dance weekend announces 2003 dates,
• Styx plan celebrity collaborations on fourteenth album,
• Incubus use LA law to get out of Sony deal,
• Durst says Britney too out of control for relationship,
• Reality shows galore,
• Pop Idol agony aunt news

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ANTI-WAR MARCH THIS WEEKEND
If you too are concerned about the US and UK government’s march towards war in Iraq join the CMU team at the anti-war march this Saturday. We’ll be meeting at the Masque Haunt pub on Old Street for breakfast at 10am, joining the march at Warren Street at 11.30am. Everyone welcome.

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Claims to fame: What did Craig David achieve when 'Fill Me In' got to number one in 2000?

Answer tomorrow

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OUT TODAY: RECOMMENDED RELEASES

Singles: Hint - Quite Spectaluar/Nimble (Hombre); Nada Surf - Hi Speed Soul (Heavenly); Chicane - Love On The Run (Warner); Desert Eagle Discs - Bigger Better Deal (Echo / Boilerhouse); Kira – I’ll Be Your Angel (BMG); Mario – Just A Friend (BMG); Moony - Acrobats (Looking For Balance) (Warner); Palace Of Pleasure – The Art Of Falling Apart (BMG); Polyphonic Spree - Light And Day (Warner); Sarah Whatmore – Automatic (BMG); Spunge - Olivers Army (Warner)

Albums: Calexico - Feast Of Fire (City Slang); Massive Attack - 100th Window (Virgin); Up, Bustle & Out - Urban Evacuation (Unique); Various - Food: The Low Life Compilation (Low Life); Bangkok Impact - Masters Of The Universe EP; Blu Cantrell – Tbc (BMG); Busta Rhymes – It Ain’t Safe No More (BMG); Jackie Leven - Shining Brother Shining Sister (Cooking Vinyl); Stylophonic - Man Music Technology (Prolifica); Various - Another Late Night Mixed By Kid Loco (Whoa/Azuli); Various - Danny Tenaglia (Azuli); Various - Those Nervous Tracks; Vikter Duplaix - International Affairs (Warner); Zwan - Mary Star Of The Sea (Warner)

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CHART UPDATE
Well the midweek indications were wrong. And new Radio 1 chart show host Wes Butter's prediction was wrong too. In the end a last minute sales boost for Lesbian duo Tatu – no doubt helped by Richard and Judy's bid to have them banned – helped them stay at number one for a second week with 'All The Things She Said'. Our favourite pop man of the moment Justin Timberlake, who Butters had predicted would top his first chart, had to make do with highest new entry at number two for 'Cry Me A River'. Oasis' return to form 'Songbird', ahead in the sales stakes midweek, went in at three.

Other new entries this week came from Sean Paul with 'Gimmie the Light' at 5, and Big Brovaz' 'OK' at 7. Good Charlotte with their rockin number 'Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous' went in at 13, the rather good Counting Crows version of Joni Mitchell's 'Big Yellow Taxi' entered the chart at 16, while Ed Harcourt's 'All Of Your Days Will Be Blessed' is new at 35.

The enduring success of Eminem’s '8 Mile' can be seen with ‘Lose Yourself’ going back up one place to number six, and beginning its third month in the singles chart. Don’t be surprised if it’s still in the top ten when next single ‘Sing For The Moment’ crashes into the charts at the start of next month!

Albums wise, at last lots of new entries after a pretty stagnant January, though most of them are best ofs, which you could argue don’t really count.

Kelly Rowland goes straight into the top spot with 'Simply Deep', no doubt helped by the huge popularity of that duet with Nelly which dominated the singles chart at the end of last year. Kelly knocks Nelly's mate Justin Timberlake off the album top spot (making Timberlake number two in both countdowns this week!). And then the best ofs…

The Best of Lisa Stansfield (of all things) goes straight in at three, while Aaliyah’s best of 'I Care 4 U' (which, to be fair, includes some previously unreleased material) goes in at four. Other best ofs entering the charts this week include the best of Ella Fitzgerald at 15 (released before the 50 year copyright on her recordings run out!), the best of Roxette at 23, the best of Barbra Streisand at 27, Valentine-timed love song compilations from Barry White at 28 and Nat King Cole at 31 and, following those post-Bashir sales reported in the Daily last week, Michael Jackson’s 'HIStory' reenters the Top 40 at 37. Phew.

As for original music – former CMU cover stars Hell is for Heroes go in at 16 with 'The Neon Handshake', Nick Cave enters at 20 with 'Nocturama' and the Pet Shop Boys return with the dancey remix of last album 'Release' – titled 'Disco 3' – at 36.

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TOM DEVASTED AT MOTHERS DEATH
Tom Jones is reported to be devastated after the death of his mother, Freda Woodward, this weekend, and as a mark of respect has announced he will be cancelling the Las Vegas gigs he was booked to play this week. Jones’ parents moved to LA some 25 years ago and his father is buried there – however his mother is expected to have her funeral and burial in her home town of Treforest, Pontypridd, in South Wales. The news shouldn’t affect Tom's performance at the Brit Awards later this month where he will pick up a lifetime achievement award.

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R KELLY TRIAL POSTPONED AGAIN
It might have been enough to push Jacko off the front pages, but R Kelly's trial over child pornography allegations has been pushed back another month after prosecutors said they needed more time to compile their case following the discovery of new evidence last month. The claim follows R Kelly’s most recent arrest on related charges at his Florida home last month. Authorities claim new evidence was found in that residence and that they need more time to investigate this. Judge Vincent Gaughan, while agreeing to put off the trial until 7 Mar, wasn’t impressed: "If your experts aren't done by the next court date, I expect them to be in this courtroom to explain why."

The judge had stern words for R Kelly too. The singer faces 21 charges of child pornography, centring on alleged video footage of him having sex with a fourteen year old girl. Since being granted bail the star has had to get court permission each time he leaves his home state, and while travelling is obligated to phone a probation officer daily. It was contravening that last obligation that had annoyed the judge. And while Kelly’s defense attorney Edward Genson claimed that had been down to a misunderstanding over procedure, Gaughan warned it musn't happen again.

Kelly's new album 'Chocolate Factory' is due for release via BMG label Jive on 17 Feb.

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REVIEW: Chicane – Love On the Run (Warners)
Having been a hip soul sister in the late nineties I'm not adverse to melodic beats and rapturous lyrics. And if you liked the symphonic harmonies and tones of their last album this may well appeal, though what Chicane have actually released here is another upbeat background burst of mediocre that certainly won't fire up any new cylinders. That said it's a chilled vibe which gets you into the mood for some spring time clubbing and will probably be a favourite inclusion on the ‘Best of Summer 2003’ compilations. Simply happy music. SR
Release date: 10 Feb
Press contact: Warners IH [all]

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EMI ADMIT TO CD FAULT ON PSB RELEASE
EMI have admitted that there is a technical fault on the CD release of the new Pet Shop Boys album. A sizable chunk of the CDs sold in the UK have an unintended gap in the middle of the first track. The label know the fault does not affect CDs outside the UK, and they reckon it doesn’t affect all CDs sold here either. But anyone with a faulty CD is advised to call 0845 844 8484 or email customer.services@emimusic.com. EMI will send customers a prepaid envelope so they can return the faulty CD – fans will then receive a replacement copy. In a statement on the PSB's website EMI say: "We apologise to everyone who has incurred this problem, and to Neil & Chris, for this mistake, and for any inconvenience caused".

The CD, 'Disco 3', consists of remixes of tracks from the duo's recent 'Release' album. The name comes from the fact Tennant and Lowe released similar remix versions of their 1986 album ‘Please’ (called 'Disco') and their 1994 album 'Very' (called 'Disco 2'). This time round the remix album also includes original dance tracks recorded during the 'Release' sessions.

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ROLLING STONES ROCK AGAINST GLOBAL WARNING
A celebrity crowd and 12,000 competition winners gathered in LA last Thursday to watch a special live performance by the Rolling Stones, with no less than Bill Clinton as MC. The gig was organised by the Natural Resources Defence Council, a non-profit activist group, with the aim of raising awareness on global warming. To hammer home the message to the most oil reliant of nations many of the celebrity audience arrived at the gig in an electric car.

In his intro to the gig the former president said it was up to average citizens to "stop the planet from burning up".

"The reason this concert is important, is that the old energy economy that's cheating us as a planet is very well organised, highly centralised, rich as can be and very well politically connected. And the new energy future is decentralised, entrepreneurial and needs people like you to say 'Give me a clean car, give me solar shingles to put on my roof - give me a clean future'."

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BBC 3 ARRIVES, AT LAST
Last night digital channel BBC Choice finally became youth channel BBC 3, launching with a new series of Tonight With Johnny Vaughan. As previously reported, the Beeb’s initial attempts to launch a youth focused channel was overruled by the government concerned licence fee money would be spent to compete with commercial channels like E4. But after making commitments on the amount of original programme that would be commissioned and on the level of public service commitment the channel would aim for (and closing down UK Play, the commercial youth channel the BBC had a stake in, thus reducing commercial competition!) the new channel finally got government permission last summer. It remains to be seen if BBC 3 will meet those obligations, or if its arrival will have any impact on the likes of E4 and MTV who aim for a similar crowd.

Channel boss Stuart Murphy certainly holds his new station with high regard calling it "television's boldest single investment in the future of Britain's creative talent" creating a "distinctive new voice to a generation of young adults".

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LIVE REVIEW: The Polyphonic Spree @ The Astoria, London (NME Awards Show) on 9 Feb
Grander than the human field of vision, a panorama of robes unfurls before The Astoria’s crowd tonight, a concept so fantastical that it really shouldn't work. But as The Polyphonic Spree have proven again and again, their deceptively complex, lush instrumentation and sheer, mind-boggling numbers (24 smock-clad musos) are a joy to behold. They bring arrangements so sublime that, even on this archaic PA system, every instrument and every subtlety can be heard, their simple but overwhelmingly breathtaking songs pulling sing-alongs out of the mouths of all present. By the time opener ‘Have a Day’ dissolves into tuneful ambience and then builds to a crescendo, running headlong into ‘It’s the Sun’, the choir of ten has become a choir of three thousand and ten, as literally the entire venue joins the chants. It’s an understandable pity that their records have yet to come close to capturing the majesty of this live spectacle and the pure beauty of their sound. CMU is left *this* speechless: "______________________". A solution to war? Send these Texans heroes round the White House to serenade Mister Bush; even he couldn’t be Scrooge enough to resist their endless positivity and musical charm. DR

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MP CONCERNED FANS WILL COPY JACKO’S PARENTING TECHNIQUE
In our favourite development so far in the old Jacko Doc fall out, Tory MP David Amess has tabled an early day motion in parliament protesting at the Bashir show. But not because of the portrayal of Jackson in the programme, nor because of Bashir’s wasteful use of his Jacko access, not even because of the "I share my bed with boys" admission. But because the MP fears some of the 15 million people who watched the show in the UK (and presumably some of the 27 million who watched it in the US) might copy Jackson’s parenting techniques, dangling their children over balconies and feeding them through shrouds. The motion reads: "This house, while recognising that Michael Jackson undoubtedly had a traumatic and somewhat unique upbringing, maintains that some of his actions... should be condemned in the strongest terms, and does not believe that such views and practices should have been given airtime, and condemns ITV for doing so."

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SPECTOR ADMITS TO DEPRESSION AND MENTAL PROBLEMS BEFORE ARREST
More Spector news. A month prior to the legendary producer’s arrest for murder last week Phil Spector admitted to a Telegraph journalist that he was "relatively insane." In a rare interview he told author Mick Brown: "I would say I'm probably relatively insane, to an extent. I take medication for schizophrenia, but I wouldn't say I'm schizophrenic. But I have a bipolar personality, which is strange. I'm my own worst enemy."

Despite occasional humorous observations – saying of rap music "it's like the 'c' got left off at the printers" — Spector came across as being generally unhappy with life: "People tell me they idolize me, want to be like me, but I tell them, 'Trust me, you don't want my life, because it hasn't been a very pleasant life.' I've been a very tortured soul. I have not been at peace with myself. I have not been happy."

He told Brown it was only due to the persuasive efforts of his daughter that he had agreed to come out of retirement to produce the new Starsailor album (apparently she dragged him to a Starsailor gig to convince him). Following that return to the studio he said was planning to work with both the Vines and Coldplay.

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50 CENTS ALBUM AIMING FOR US TOP SPOT
Despite a plethora of bootleg copies doing the rounds, something that made Universal bring forward its release half a week meaning it's had less 'sales days' available in its first week in the shops, the debut album from Eminem protege 50 Cent has been selling big time in the US and is likely to top this week's Billboard Albums chart. Tower Records Johan Gill told reporters: "This might be the biggest debut in hip-hop since DMX's 'It's Dark and Hell Is Hot' in 1998. It's huge. Practically every customer who came through the door today has been coming in for this record."

And insiders reckon the album will stay in the chart for some time, unlike many hyped albums which crash in at number one and then crash out the charts. "The album will definitely have staying power," Paul Stokes, urban music buyer for Chicago based George's Music Store told reporters. "It's not just his music, but his life story, what he's been through."

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LEMON JELLY RECALL TICKETS AFTER OFFICE BREAK IN
CMU favourites Lemon Jelly have had to reissue tickets for their Manchester show after thieves broke into the band’s offices and stole a whole load of tickets. Fans who have tickets for the Manchester Academy date will need to get replacement tickets as those from the original print run will be refused on the night.

The Manchester date is part of the act’s forthcoming UK tour, which kicks on in Cambridge on 24 Feb. Those dates in full:

24 Feb: Cambridge Junction
25 Feb: Birmingham Academy
26 Feb: Brighton Concorde
28 Feb: Manchester Academy
1 Mar: Glasgow QMU
2 Mar: Edinburgh Queen's Hall
4 Mar: Bristol Academy
6 Mar: London Forum
7 Mar: London Forum

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DANCE WEEKEND ANNOUNCES 2003 DATES
Organisers of the popular dance fest, the Southport Weekender, have announced there will be a change of dates this year, the event is due to take place between 9 and 11 May. Acts already confirmed to play include: Norman Jay, Gilles Peterson, Danny Krivit and former CMU cover stat Vikter Duplaix. More info at www.southportweekender.co.uk.

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REVIEW: Turin Brakes – Ether Song (Virgin/Source)
Inviting the whole pub back to my gaff after a truly blinding day out that had seen my football team thrash the opposition 6-0 and me win a pool tournament at the boozer was the perfect way to round things off. Someone stuck this on the stereo, and by the time I walked into party central, people were having earnest and sober conversations. Gone was the rampant bacchanal I’d planned – it had turned into a late night student contemplative coffee group. Let’s get this clear – these guys are seriously talented and know how to pen a tune. However, this is the sort of album that’ll be best appreciated sat in a huge garden in Hampshire, or, as it’s going to be mostly heard, during late night chats in student digs. In no way bad, it’s just not compulsive or arresting enough which makes it, with the exception of ‘Little Brother’, wallpaper music. Putting it simply, if you liked ‘The Optimist’, you’ll dig this big time. TO
Release date: 3 Mar
Press contact: Virgin IH [CP, CR, RR, NR] APB [RP, NP]

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STYX PLAN CELEBRITY COLLABORATIONS ON FOURTEENTH ALBUM
Seventies band Styx – best known for tracks like 'Boat On A River', 'Fooling Yourself', 'Lady', 'Babe' and 'The Best Of Times' – have a credibility boosting collaboration planned. The band, whose tracks have been used in South Park and Austin Powers recently, are putting together their fourteenth album and have confirmed it will include a collaboration with Tenacious D. In fact the album - called 'Cyclorama' – will be a bit of a star studded affair, Beach Boy Brian Wilson and actor come singer Billy Bob Thornton both also confirmed to appear.

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INCUBUS USE LA LAW TO GET OUT OF SONY DEAL
American rockers Incubus went to the LA courts last Thursday in a bid to get out of their contract with Sony label Epic Records – the band claiming they have fulfilled all their obligations to the label even though they have only recorded three of the seven albums included in the original contract signed seven years ago. The band’s management are relying on an LA law which says entertainment companies can only hold artists to a seven year exclusivity deal.

"This isn't Courtney Love or some other artists where we're walking away from a deal," the band's manager Steve Rennie told reporters. "We are seeking the right to be free agents because we believe we've met our obligations, and there's nothing to say that we won't turn around and re-sign with Sony. They're the #1 candidate for the next seven years."

Sony are yet to comment on Incubus' interpretation of their obligations to the label. All they would say is: "We have the highest regard for Incubus and their music and take great pride in the work we have done together to build a worldwide audience for them. Incubus are signed to an exclusive recording contract with Sony Music."

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DURST SAYS BRITNEY TOO OUT OF CONTROL FOR RELATIONSHIP
In an interview with US TV show 'Access Hollywood', Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst has indicated that, despite his recent online outpourings of affection for Britney Spears, the two are by no means a couple. The revelations follow media reports Britney was dating actor Colin Farrell. He says: "When I met Britney it was like 'wow, this is just a very sweet Southern girl, just simple, you know, Southern girl'. But actually, she has a life like Michael Jackson. It's, like, out of control ... the people around her are always pulling at her, they’re full of shit, just agreeing with her, like, it's kind of crazy, she almost can't see what's real and what's not. We're not enemies, man, I just don't want to talk to her. I just chose not to talk to her anymore." Britney's people, who have never acknowledged any relationship with Durst and Spears, are yet to comment.

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REALITY SHOWS GALORE
Reality show news: Firstly NBC in the US are to launch two new talent shows – 'The Search for the Most Talented Kid in America' and 'The Search for the Most Talented Senior in America'. The two shows recognise that the US version of Pop Idol limited itself to auditioning wannabe popstars in the 16 – 24 age bracket (leading to those age discrimination charges from media professor and would be pop idol Drew Cummings). NBC Exec Jeff Gaspin explains: "American Idol has been a huge success, and we tip our hat to the job they’ve done. But, they’ve only identified great talent between the ages of 16 and 24. We’re going younger and older, and we’re sure we’ll find a lot of talent."

Second: VH1 have confirmed former Sony Music boss Tommy Mottola will be leading its talent search to find a new diva, and that search has begun here in the UK. Two UK based Sony execs auditioned 1000 wannabe divas in London last week, videos of the best will now be sent to Mottola as part of his global search for contenders – the finalists of which will attend what is being dubbed by the network as "diva boot camp". But don't expect a military style routine, finalists will be pampered and preened ready for a TV special where viewers will vote for their favourite diva. Assuming the winner wishes to follow in the footsteps of contemporary diva Mariah Carey they will presumably be required to have a brief marriage to Mottola after series completion.

And finally the BBC is planning a celebrity version of Fame Academy for the Comic Relief festivities in March. The show will run for the week leading up to Red Nose Day and each day one of the celebrity contenders will be voted out by the public. "We're really going to find out what our celebrities are made of," executive producer Richard Hopkins reckons. "Schedules are tough and lessons are long but there's a real treat in store for the winner of the public vote on Red Nose Day. Or at least some record vouchers." The first Celebrity Big Brother also ran as part of the Comic Releif festivities and won big audiences as the nation tuned in to watch Vanessa Feltz have a nervous breakdown live on air. The celeb line up for the latest charity match are yet to be announced.

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POP IDOL AGONY AUNT NEWS
In our round up of Pop Idol gossip on Friday we said we were lacking any Will Young news. As if to rectify the problem Radio 1 have announced Mr Young will be a guest presenter on the station's agony aunt show Sunday Surgery later this month. He will guest on a special edition of the show which will be part of the BBC-wide Hitting Home season which looks at issues surrounding domestic violence. Not just a pretty face (or not even a pretty face depending how you look at it) Young did his university thesis on domestic violence and therefore appears on the show as something of an expert. Announcing the show Radio 1 said: "Will feels passionately about this important issue and is keen to lend a hand to help raise awareness. Emma, Mark and Will are taking calls and giving advice to anyone who has been a victim of violence or is worried about a friend who is in this situation."

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Answer to Friday's pop quiz:
X sampled Y in which track? In which song did Jazzy Jeff sample Bill Withers, and what song was sampled?
Jazzy Jeff sampled Bill Withers’ ‘Lovely Day’ in ‘Lovely Daze’

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