CMU Daily - on the inside 13 Feb 2003
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In today's CMU Daily:
• NME awards today,
• Spector update,
• Missy Elliot to front new Campaign,
• More Jackson,
• Review: East West Connection - High On Life,
• ITV go interactive on Sky,
• Tivo criticised for pushing programmes again,
• Johnny and Denise to return together,
• Death In Vegas announce tour dates,
• Live Review: Electric 6 @ Camden Palace,
• Capital relaunch Gold breakfast,
• Clear Channel launch fan friendly schemes,
• The Dead not Grateful,
• Review: Snoop Doggy Dogg – Beautiful,
• Just Jack video online,
• American Idol gossip

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Claims to fame: What record did the singles chart on 15 April 2000 achieve (it had something to do with the top six)?

Answer tomorrow

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NME AWARDS TODAY
Expect The Vines to do well ... and Coldplay, erm ... and Oasis. Nothing else to add really – we’ll run through the winners tomorrow. Interestingly given this week’s news both George W Bush and Tony Blair are up for Villain of the Year – Saddam Hussein isn’t!

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SPECTOR UPDATE
LA attorney Marvin Mitchelson, a close friend of Phil Spector, has said the legendary producer will contend the shooting death of an actress at his suburban mansion last week was accidental. While admitting he had not actually spoken to Spector himself, he told reporters: "I believe his defense will be that this was a tragic accident. I've spoken with various individuals connected with the case, and I'm 100 percent certain it's not a homicide."

Sandi Gibbons, a spokesperson for the local district attorney's office said that the Sheriff's investigators had not yet presented a case: "We haven't seen any evidence yet, so we can't comment,” she said, adding that they were expecting a case to be presented sometime before Spector's 3 Mar hearing

LA County Sheriff's Lt Dan Rosenberg said his department has decided to make no comments about what investigators have discovered. "Our role is to complete a very comprehensive, unbiased investigation. We know that he will be going to trial, and we don't want to taint the jury pool. We want to give Mr. Spector the opportunity to have a fair trial."

Another unnamed friend of Spector has told local media that Clarkson’s murdered body was found slumped in an antique chair in the foyer of Spector's home - she had been shot in the face by a gun that was more than likely owned by Spector.

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MISSY ELLIOT TO FRONT NEW COKE CAMPAIGN
Missy Elliott has signed a deal to front the marketing campaign for new drink Vanilla Coke. The campaign will include TV ads which will air in the US in April and then be screened around the world.

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MORE JACKSON
Yes – even more Jacko news. Michael Jackson has released a short film clip that shows Jackson being complimented off-camera by Bashir on his fathering skills – the presenter says: "Your relationship with your children is spectacular". Jackson replies: "I love them", to which Bashir says: "It almost makes me weep when I see you with them. Because your interaction with them is just so natural, so loving, so caring." In a statement released with the, clip Jackson said he felt the video backed up his claims that Bashir was a hypocrite who complimented Jacko to his face, but used voiceovers on the ITV documentary to criticise him when he had no right to reply.

The clip won't be screened on TV in the US until 20 Feb when it will appear as part of a Fox TV documentary called 'Michael Jackson, Take Two: The Interview They Wouldn't Show You'. The show, being produced by the main rival to the ABC network that screened the Bashir programme, won't include any new interview footage with Jackson but will feature an interview with Jackson's former wife Debby Rowe who is expected to defend Jacko.

Meanwhile VH1 is hoping to score big audiences with the 20 repeat editions of the Bashir doc they have bought the rights to. ABC had hoped to secure a second screening, but it now looks likely the first repeat will appear on the music channel this weekend.

Elsewhere in the world of Jacko: 200 members of a religious LA youth group are holding a vigil at Jackson's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to encourage people to pray for Jackson who they fear has been pushed to the brink of suicide by Bashir's documentary.

And finally for now, The Smoking Gun (www.thesmokinggun.com), a website that publishes legal and government documents relating to big media stories, has posted the four-page sworn declaration made in 1993 by the then-13-year-old California boy who accused Jackson of sexual abuse. In the document the boy tells how he became friends with Jackson and started to stay over at his Neverland ranch. He claims that over time Jackson began to initiate physical contact, and that when the boy refused Jackson would start crying. It then details alleged sexual encounters.

Jackson has always denied all of the claims, of course, and the boy’s family dropped their case against Jacko after an out of court settlement was reached. Reacting to the publication of this document Jackson’s people said yesterday: "Michael has respected the obligation of confidentiality imposed on all the parties to the prior proceedings, yet someone has chosen to violate that confidentiality [and use the boy's statements to] further sully his character. It should be remembered that, at the time, the confidentiality obligation was a mutual one, designed as much to protect [the boy]. Whoever is now leaking this material is showing as much disregard for [the boy] as they are determination to attack Michael."

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REVIEW: East West Connection - High on Life (Chillifunk Records)
Bob Jones is a hero. Not only has he been DJing for 36 years, but he is still well on the ball. Chillifunk was started in 1996 by Jones with his mate Lofty aiming to produce soulful music for funky people. And now their fiftieth release has come. Under the guise East West, the pair have stuck to their mantra. The vocals are in a Robert Owens style but are a tad sickly in parts, but the programming is tight, applying a sensibly hard 120bpm house 4/4 which creates a harder than lounge vibe. The dub holds out well on its own, while the 11 minute Lexicon mix takes it all to a progressive tribal zone. Ultimately it all lacks the soul that Dr Bob dishes out from his ‘Soul Surgery’, but the release will hopefully take it all to new arenas– which is what Jonesy’s all about. Here’s to the next 50 plates. PV
Release date: 17 Feb
Press contact: Velocity PR [all]

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50 CENTS WILL STORM US CHARTS
There’s little doubt that Eminem protege 50 Cent will enter at the top spot in the US album chart this week – his sales are currently eight times that of number two album - Dixie Chicks' 'Home'. 50 Cent's 'Get Rich Or Die Tryin' has sold over 800,000 units since it went on sale meaning it is pretty damn likely to have gone platinum within 10 days of release.

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AIR COLLABORATE WITH ITALIAN WRITER
Air have confirmed their new album will be a collaboration with Italian writer Alessandro Baricco. The album – 'City Reading: Tre Storie Western' – will feature Baricco reciting his text over Air's music. The collaboration came about after Baricco invited Air to produce a live theatre performance of readings from his novel 'City' in Rome last year. The event was such a success that they decided to make the album. It will hit the stores on 24 Mar.

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ITV GO INTERACTIVE ON SKY
ITV and Sky have signed a deal which will let the former add interactivity to their channels on the Sky Digital system. The BBC, Channel 4, MTV and Sky’s own channels have been pioneering the practice of interacting with their audiences via their remote control, though the number of truly exciting uses of the technology aren’t high.

ITV, who will use interactivity for "programme support, interactive advertising and betting applications", will launch the new service by allowing viewers to play along with 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?' this Saturday.

"This is an important deal for ITV that offers significant commercial potential in the long term," ITV joint-MD Clive Jones told reporters. "ITV will now be able to offer a full range of interactive services to enhance viewers' enjoyment of our programmes and connection to our channels."

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TIVO CRITICISED FOR PUSHING PROGRAMMES AGAIN
The people behind TiVo – the technology that can be set to record whole series or types of programmes, and which can pick up on trends in the shows you record and 'guess' what other shows you’d be interested in - have been criticised after US users found their TiVo boxes had been programmed to record shows and trailers from the Discovery Channel, oblivious of their viewing habits.
This latest development mirrors a case in the UK last year when TiVo systems were set to automatically record the BBC sitcom 'Dossa & Joe' oblivious of people's viewing habits.

TiVo claims that there is no reason why it shouldn't allow TV networks to push programming at its customers (in return for a fee) pointing out that the unsolicited content uses up 'empty space' on a viewer’s TiVo hard disk and that they can remove it from their system with the flick of a switch.

But some consumer groups argue the practice amounts to junk mail, and that a plethora or unsolicited content defeats the point of TiVo which is meant to make navigating 200+ channels easier by picking out shows you would like.

TiVo no longer operate specifically in the UK after the system didn't sell well over here, their chances hindered by Sky launching its Plus service that essentially offers the same facility within a customer's satellite receiver.

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JOHNNY AND DENISE TO RETURN TOGETHER
As the Big Breakfast’s replacement RI:SE continues to struggle, and Johnny Vaughan’s late night chat show, while a flagship show for BBC3, has been pushed out of BBC1’s schedules due to poor ratings, the latest word is the Big Breakfast dream team of Johnny and Denise may be returning to our screens. The Daily Mirror has reported the duo, who boosted Big Breakfast ratings over the million mark, will be co-hosting a new chat show.

No real details of the show, or where it will air, have been given, though Van Outen told the paper: "I've missed Johnny - we had that certain something that worked well. So, when we made this decision, we both got really excited about working together. Of course, it's early days, but we had lunch the other day and hatched our plan. It will be a chat show with all the innuendo we're known for."

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DEATH IN VEGAS ANNOUNCE TOUR DATES
With next single ‘So You Say You Lost Your Baby’ (this time with Paul Weller on vocals) due out in early April, Death In Vegas have announced details of a short UK tour. Those dates:
28 Apr: Manchester Academy
29 Apr: Newcastle University
30 Apr: Glasgow Barrowlands
1 May: De Montfort University Leicester
2 May: Brixton Academy

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LIVE REVIEW: Electric 6 @ Camden Palace on 11 Feb
Danger! Danger! High levels of teenage angst and pheromones. In one of the most beautifully decorated clubs in Camden Town, underage drinkers come together (sometimes, in the smutty way I know you're thinking about) for their weekly fix of live music and cheap beer. This week they're joined by trendy Hoxtonians in their mid-twenties here in homage to the Electric 6. Slick as ever, Zoe Ball's current favourites slide their way through their sleazy repertoire with only short momentary pauses for breath. By the time ‘that song’ comes round the crowd is worked up into a sweaty frenzy of teenage energy, there's a stage invasion, someone steals some beer, Dick Valentine is showered with kisses, and everyone goes home very happy indeed. FC

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CAPITAL RELAUNCH GOLD BREAKFAST
After all those changes at breakfast time over at Capital FM, now Capital Gold have announced they will relaunch their breakfast show. Mick Brown, one of the big Capital DJs of the eighties who achieved minor celebrity status with those dreadful Pat & Mick charity records, will front the new show, which will be sponsored by Telewest.

As part of the Telewest deal the cable network will also sponsor shows on the Capital Group's Century FM stations, and on BRMB in Birmingham.

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CLEAR CHANNEL LAUNCH FAN FRIENDLY SCHEMES
Keen to be seen as a caring sharing fan-friendly organisation Clear Channel – who are facing a campaign against them in the US senate – have announced two new music initiatives – one through their gig promotion business, the other via their US radio network.

Firstly they are planning a venture where by key gigs they promote will be recorded, burned onto CD immediately, and go on sale to fans within minutes of the final encore. Executive VP Steve Simon: "The concept is still in its developmental phase but we're working collaboratively with artists and songwriters to provide the program at select events over the next year." He said that certain artists had already agreed to participate in the scheme, though he couldn't say who. While a great idea, and a real treat for fans, both Clear Channel and participating artists are obviously motivated by the chance to combat the sales of bootleg live recordings, where fans carry a mini-disc recorder in their pocket and then sell copies of the recording in the week after the show.

Secondly the group’s radio division has set up the Clear Channel New Music Network, a free online service where rock wannabes can post their music. A little like the old Peoplesound model, Clear Channel reckon they are offering a better deal for unsigned bands because they can promote the site through their 500 radio stations, and station websites. VP Programming Tom Owens: "Over the past few weeks, we have expanded the promotion to over 500 stations, and the response has been exciting. We believe there is a tremendous depth of talent, and we’re excited that this site will expose the music industry to a variety of new artists. In fact, we just discovered a new rapper named 50 Cent when we downloaded this incredible song called ‘In Da Club.’ Ever heard of it?"

A cocky Clear Channel President/COO Mark Mays added: "“We are very proud of the excitement around the New Music Network because we’re advocates for musicians and their music, and because our Radio and Entertainment businesses are looking for new artists and new music all the time. Our mission and charter is simple: exposure and growth for new music. We think this program will open up extraordinary opportunities for musicians everywhere. Now will you all get off my back?"

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THE DEAD NOT GRATEFUL
The surviving members of The Grateful Dead have decided to rename themselves as, simply, The Dead, when they tour later this year. The name change is in honour of band founder Jerry Garcia who died in 1995. In a statement the band said: "With the greatest possible respect to our collective history, we have decided to keep the name Grateful Dead retired in honour of Jerry's memory, and call ourselves The Dead."

The band played their first gig since Garcia’s death last year using the name The Other Ones. The new abbreviated name is the nickname many fans already knew the band by anyway.

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REVIEW: Snoop Doggy Dogg – Beautiful (Virgin / Priority)
Every dog might have his day, but Snoop’s managed to spin his out for nearly a decade, which adds up to something like 70 in dog years. Far from being a knackered old mutt, recruiting young pups The Neptunes for production duties shows he’s ahead of the pack, and their jerky, staccato beats give him a new leash of life. His laconic delivery is the same irrepressible Doggy style as ever, though here it neatly slots in over the tight instrumentation that collars vocal excess and makes for a more soulful vibe. Far from toothless, the sly old dog still gets a bone and knows how to get either a lady or a tramp to play with it. With his pedigree, this old Dogg doesn’t need new tricks. TO
Release date: 17 Mar [all]: Virgin IH

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JUST JACK VIDEO ONLINE
The video to former CMU Single of the Week – Just Jack's 'Snowflake' – is now online at the dance website Burn It Blue (www.burnitblue.com). The track, out on 17 Feb, is really rather good, though it's Eddy Temple Morris' remix (where the track is merged with The Cure’s 'Lullaby') which we’ve been playing most here in the CMU office.

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AMERICAN IDOL GOSSIP
A bit of gossip from the second series of American Idol, now in full swing with Mr Cowell playing the obligatory 'evil English guy' and shooting down even more irritating American kids. Word is one of the Washington semi-finalists - a Frenchie Davis – has had to drop out of the show after she admitted working for an adult website four years ago. Fox TV, who air the show, have simply said Davis will be replaced on the show airing 25 Feb, but London based 19 Entertainment, who produce the show, have said they will "endeavour to do all in its power to help Frenchie further her music career" – after all, who better to follow up the Tatu phenomenon than a former porn star turned pop idol?

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Answer to Wednesday's pop quiz:
Claims to fame: Radiohead, Prodigy and Pink Floyd achieved the same claim to fame between 1990 and 2000 – what was it?
They the only three UK acts to have number one albums in the UK and US at the same time – Pink Floyd’s ‘Division Bell’ in 1994, Prodigy’s ‘Fat Of The Land’ in 1997 and Radiohead’s ‘Kid A’ in 2000.

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