CMU Daily - on the inside 12 Feb 2003
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In today's CMU Daily:
• Musical dominates Oscar nominations,
• Clear Channel appoint lobbyists to fight Feingold’s campaign,
• Review: Future Kings Of Spain - Face I Know,
• Oakenfold on capital,
• All new Lollapalooza confirmed,
• Strummer’s band put finishing touches to album,
• Zoe and Norm working things out,
• Capital share price up after happier predictions,
• Les Rythmes Digitales boy mixes for Fabric,
• Nas finds it hard to split hip hop from real life,
• X-press 2 on Lazy and the new album,
• Government adviser recommends Sky be split up,
• Review: Moloko – Familiar Feeling,
• Liam on his Songbird,
• ABC hope to secure second screening of Jacko doc,
• GWR station fined after they failed to log output

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Claims to fame: Radiohead, Prodigy and Pink Floyd achieved the same claim to fame between 1990 and 2000 – what was it?

Answer tomorrow

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MUSICAL DOMINATES OSCAR NOMINATIONS
The movie adaptation of 'Chicago' dominated the Oscar nominations yesterday, nominated in thirteen categories including best actress for Renee Zellweger, best supporting actress nomination for Queen Latifah and Catherine Zeta-Jones and best director for Rob Marshall.

Music wise nominations for best original song in a movie include: John Kander and Fred Ebb's 'I Move On' from 'Chicago' (which was added to the movie at the last minute in an attempt to get an oscar nomination!), Eminem's 'Lose Yourself' from his film '8 Mile', Paul Simon's 'Father and Daughter' from 'The Wild Thornberrys Movie', U2's Golden Globe winning 'The Hands That Built America' from Martin Scorsese's 'Gang's Of New York' and Elliot Goldenthal and Julie Taymor's 'Burn It Blue' from 'Frida'.
The Oscars take place on 23 Mar at LA's Kodak Theatre.

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CLEAR CHANNEL APPOINT LOBBYISTS TO FIGHT FEINGOLD’S CAMPAIGN
As political pressure against radio and live music giant Clear Channel continues to grow in the US, led by Senator Russ Feingold’s calls for stronger regulation against major players in music radio and gig promotion, the group have confirmed they have appointed two new Washingon based 'Directors of Government'.

Both the new appointments are former US government advisors: Robert Fisher comes from the US Senate committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation where he advised Arizona Republican Chairman John McCain while Brendan Kelsay was previously on the US House Committee on Energy and Commerce, advising Michigan Democrat John Dingell.

No official link has been made between the new appointments and Feingold's campaign, but the timing suggests Clear Channel are preparing for a fight. Both Fisher and Kelsay will join the company on 1 Mar.

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REVIEW: Future Kings Of Spain - Face I Know (Red Flag Records)
Does Juan Carlos know what his heirs are up to? And on a label called Red Flag as well. The Future Kings of Spain claim to be Irish (the name gives it away though) and they could be Sonic Youth, circa 'Goo'. It's heavy, 'The Year Punk Broke' stuff except instead of being about a week long, as The Youth like to do IT, this is three-and-a-half minutes of buzzing, bass and drawl. Takes one back to when music was proper and blah blah blah, and doesn't sound at all Irish or Spanish. This is absolutely ace. If you happen to be older than the average student, that is... Play it anyway. Teach the youth about The Youth. MB
Release date: 31 Mar
Press contact: APB [CP, RP, NP] Red Flag IH [CR, RR, NR]

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OAKENFOLD ON CAPITAL
Paul Oakenfold will guest on Ali B's Capital FM show this Friday. Recordings of Oakenfold's live shows in the US will be interspersed with an interview with the DJ about the continued success of debut artist album 'Bunkka'. The show airs at 10pm on Friday.

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ALL NEW LOLLAPALOOZA CONFIRMED
Janes Addiction's Perry Farrell has confirmed rumours that his groundbreaking Lollapalooza festival will return this summer for the first time in six years. The festival, which will tour extensively around the US over the summer, aims to bring together a line up of bands from differing genres. Provisionally booked for this summer are Audioslave, Incubus, Queens of the Stone Age and Jurassic 5, and of course Janes Addiction. More details at www.lollapalooza.com

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STRUMMER’S BAND PUT FINISHING TOUCHES TO ALBUM
Members of Joe Strummer's band Mescaleros have told fans they are close to completing the album they had been recording with Strummer in the months prior to his sudden death. Writing on the Joe Strummer's website they say: "We're at the finishing stages really - any overdubs that need doing, any backing vocals that need doing, any bits of anything in any of the tracks that need doing to kinda finish it off. That's the hardest bit really, because up until now we were just putting stuff down to see what works. Now we've got to decide what works and what doesn't."

The band hope to have the album completed by mid-March and label indications are for a May release. A double-disc Clash collection is due on 11 Mar.

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ZOE AND NORM WORKING THINGS OUT
Lastest Zoe / Fatboy update. Word is the couple are making another go of it after Zoe returned from a two week break in the Seychelles. Speaking to reporters via an intercom system at his Brighton home Norman Cook said: "We are seeing each other again but we really want to be left alone now." Remains to be seen if their marriage recovers, or if the media ever do leave them alone. But good to have Zoe back on Xfm’s drive time show!

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CAPITAL SHARE PRICE UP AFTER HAPPIER PREDICTIONS
Good news for struggling Capital Radio Group yesterday - Simon Mays-Smith of JP Morgan, a leading media analyst in the city, said he reckoned recent programming and music policy changes at Capital FM, coupled with the growth of the group's other stations, would enable the company to boost both overall audience figures and advertising revenue in the near future. The analysis helped the group's share price rise by 4%.

Mays-Smith's positive predictions were based on Chris Tarrant’s decision to stay on at the staying on at the Capital FM breakfast show for another year, plus the ever increasing listening figures for Xfm, the popularity of some new shows at Birmingham station BRMB and improvements at Capital-owned stations in Liverpool and Scotland.

He also predicted a general boost in the radio advertising industry if we go to war. Apparently companies will be less willing to launch major TV ad campaigns during an unpredictable wartime situation – opting for cheaper, quicker-to-produce radio advertising: "A TV campaign takes time to get to air and advertisers might be holding back right now, whereas a radio campaign can be made one day and on the air the next.”

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LES RYTHMES DIGITALES BOY MIXES FOR FABRIC
Fabric have confirmed the 'not actually that French' Jacques Lu Cont, formerly of Les Rythmes Digitales, will mix the ninth instalment in the FabricLive series due out on 7 Apr. We're told to expect rock, disco, house and electro in an album set to feature tracks from Tom Tom Club, Brian Eno, Gus Gus and Lu Cont's own Zoot Woman outfit, amongst others. Lu Cont told reporters: "I don't think DJing is that cool. I don't like the image of the silver boxes and the hooded jacket and crappy sunglasses. It's only worth doing if you are trying to do something different which is what I've tried to achieve in my FabricLive mix."

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NAS FINDS IT HARD TO SPLIT HIP HOP FROM REAL LIFE
Nas has been talking to Radio 1 about the stresses of balancing a rap career with a happy home life. "It does become kinda hard," he said. "It makes you just kinda wanna just chill out because all the shit that comes with it - people can hate you, or it becomes dangerous. A lot of rappers are walking around with guns. So there comes a time when you just wanna relax and stay home with your family. But I manage to do it - I don't live my life full-time as a rapper. I don't go to sleep with a Rolls-Royce in my bed, I don't talk to my daughter like - Yo, wassup?'... you know what I mean, I'm a human being."

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X-PRESS 2 ON LAZY AND THE NEW ALBUM
X-Press 2 have been talking to Aussie website Undercover about their collaboration with David Byrne last year. "We sent him over the backing track and he wrote and recorded his vocals at home! He did it all on his laptop and just sent it back. He burnt a CD of it, sent it back and we sat in our manager's office completely blown away with what he had done".

Xpress 2 are now working on a new album. "If people are into the David Byrne thing then they will definitely be into one of the other things we have going on. There is a songwriter that we are going to work with. He is based in the US. There are some other vocalists we are approaching and talking to at the moment. Of course, there will be the obligatory hands in the air dance floor tracks in there as well. We have about 25 new songs that we have just started. They are rough ideas at the moment but they are all sounding good. We are pretty excited about the new album. We have started on it. The 25 things are sketched out. They are just rough, little demo things".

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GOVERNMENT ADVISER RECOMMENDS SKY BE SPLIT UP
As Sky get more and more involved in the world of programme making (they are currently developing their own network of three music channels) the Murdoch owned company could find itself increasingly under pressure from government where some are increasingly concerned that Sky is building itself a dangerous monopoly being a programme maker, a channel owner and the main satellite TV distributor.

Barry Cox, an influential adviser on media policy to the government and one of Tony Blair's closest allies, last night said regulators should examine whether to require the satellite firm to separate its business as a platform operator (ie the company that rents you your satellite dish and set top box) from its business as a provider of channels (ie the company that runs Sky One and Sky Sports).

Speaking at Oxford University Cox argued a break-up of Sky would prevent its platform operator division giving preferential treatment to its own channels or to show bias against rivals. ITV Digital claimed the rates it had to pay Sky to broadcast their channels was one of the things that crippled their terrestrial digital platform (which was in competition with Sky’s satellite platform). Meanwhile we are expecting some tough negotiations to take place later this year when Sky’s contract with MTV comes up for renewal – Sky are expected to try and half the fees they pay Viacom to broadcast MTV on the grounds they are launching their own music channels and will be less dependent on the MTV network.

Cox said: "Sky has undoubtedly been better organised and better managed than its rivals, but it has also been extremely ruthless in its behaviour. BSkyB is now profitable - it no longer needs the economic prop of forcing viewers into the basic and premium packages it has operated for more than 10 years.”

Last year the office of fair trading decided there were insufficient grounds to conclude Sky had broken any laws. Cox now wants the new media regulator Ofcom to introduce tighter regulations to protect the TV channels who compete with Sky, but at the same time rely on Sky to reach the public.

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REVIEW: Moloko – Familiar Feeling (Echo)
When you loved an album too much, you feel that you don’t want to hear new material from that act, in case it disappoints – which is sadly often the case (see Beth Orton). But Moloko have done nothing but go from strength to strength – and this latest single is no exception: a Latin bassline, acoustic strumming and string ensemble back Roisin's inimitable voice for this fantastic house tempo ballad. Mixes include Timo Maas (minimal funky house with Timo’s signature gritty synth), Martin Buttrich (very funky jazz/disco cut) and Max Reich (filtered epic/prog house circa - 96 – nice though). I plan to propose to Roisin on Monday. JG
Release date: 17 Feb
Press contact: RMP [all]

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LIAM ON HIS SONGBIRD
Liam Gallagher spoke to Radio 1 yesterday about current single 'Songbird' which went in the charts at number three on Sunday behind Tatu and Justin Timberlake. While admitting he’s no great fan of Justin, he said he mind being beaten by a couple of lesbians! The track, unusually penned by Liam, has got considerable critical acclaim – was Liam feeling smug? "Well I suppose so because it means I don't have to give any of the money to our kid. But it's a simple song I wrote about my girlfriend and I'm proud of it."

Talking about current relations between Liam and Noel – said to be back on a low since that incident in Germany last Autumn – he said: "We’re getting on alright I suppose. I haven't spoken to him, so I'm getting on very good actually with him."

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ABC HOPE TO SECURE SECOND SCREENING OF JACKO DOC
ABC are currently negotiating with Granada TV for the rights to repeat Matin Bashir’s Jacko documentary this week. VH1 have acquired the rights to show it in the US this weekend, the network who premiered the programme want to be allowed to give it a repeat airing first.

Following the huge media hype over the Bashir show expect a number of Jackson documentaries – most unofficial – in the next few months. American cable network USA Network is making a two hour programme on Jackson's life, while there are rumours Granada will put together a collection of clips recorded by Bashir but not put in the original show.

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GWR STATION FINED AFTER THEY FAILED TO LOG OUTPUT
GWR owned commercial station Chiltern FM has been fined £5000 by the Radio Authority after they failed to supply logging tapes of their output from last November. The Authority demanded to hear the recordings after it received complaints about 'biased' coverage of the fire fighters strike. All stations are meant to keep complete recordings of their output for at least 42 days after airing – Chiltern, it seems, had forgotten!

Radio Authority chief Richard Hooper told reporters: "The retention of tapes by broadcasters is fundamental to any system of broadcast regulation. Given the extensive representations being made by the radio industry that it should be trusted with more self-regulation, I am particularly disappointed that a major radio company was unable to demonstrate its innocence in the face of a potentially most serious allegation."

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Answer to Tuesday's pop quiz:
Claims to fame: What did Eminem achieve when - Stan’ got to number one in 2000?
The first rapper to have to number ones from the same album in the UK

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