CMU Daily - on the inside 28 Feb 2003
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In today's CMU Daily:
• Jacko begins court action against Granada,
• 3D speaks about child porn allegations,
• Prince rumoured to be on Glastonbury bill,
• Review: Adam Snyder - Two Moons (Marius De Vries Remix),
• Palumbo stands down at Ministry,
• Live Review: Terri Walker @ Jazz Café,
• Dedbeat is sold out,
• US musicians sign open anti-war letter,
• Commercial broadcasters express concern at BBC's joint venture expansion,
• Rhode Island fire: hearings and memorials,
• Live Review: Majesticons @ 93ft East,
• Depeche Mode busy on solo ventures,
• US rapper lives up to thug track title,
• Review: Antihero - Stravinsky Gave Me Nightmares,
• Macca confirms roof top gig,
• Farmer bound over Prodigy gun incident,
• Aguilera denies Timberlake romance

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JACKO BEGINS COURT ACTION AGAINST GRANADA
Michael Jackson's attempt to get an injunction to stop Granada from screening any other footage filmed by Martin Bashir will get its first hearing in the high court today. Jacko claims as part of the deal with Granada he was promised he would get copyright to any footage filmed. Granada, despite saying they have no intention of screening any other Jacko footage, say such an agreement was never made and have refused to hand over any film.

It will be the first stage in what will no doubt be a long dispute between Jackson and the TV company. Responding to the documentary Jacko commissioned for Fox TV to counteract the Bashir show, Granada said the second programme was just a collection of "out-of-context soundbites". Standing by Bashir's film the company said it would "vigorously resist" Jackson's legal challenge.

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3D SPEAKS ABOUT CHILD PORN ALLEGATIONS
3D from Massive Attack has spoken to reporters about his arrest on Tuesaday over allegations of possessing child porn on his computer. 3D, real name Robert Del Naja, is the latest celebrity to be arrested as part of a nationwide crack down on child porn and sexual absue. After being bailed he said: "I have never looked at child pornography in my life. I am fully cooperating with the police and I would ask everyone not to judge me prematurely. I have total faith in the justice system."

Detectives seized computer equipment and a quantity of suspected drugs when it raided his home on Tuesday. A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police confirmed: "A man in his 30s from Bristol was arrested on February 25 in connection with allegations of the possession of class A drugs and internet porn offences. He was bailed pending further inquiries."

X-files fans might suggest the timing of 3D's arrest is convenient given the Massive Attack man is one of the most outspoken musicians when it comes to the anti-war movement. The government could do with anti-war figures getting some bad press – though we're not suggesting that's anything more than coincidence!

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PRINCE RUMOURED TO BE ON GLASTONBURY BILL
With Radiohead and REM both confirming they will play Glastonbury this year, now rumours are rife Prince will be added to the bill. The latest word is Prince will headline on Saturday. Of course Glastonbury organisers won't confirm anything regarding line up until much closer to the festival – so unless Prince makes a statement we'll have to wait and see.

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REVIEW: Adam Snyder - Two Moons (Marius De Vries remix) (HTI Records)
What is it about the moon that inspires country singers so? Perhaps it's because in dusty, rural Americana, without the harsh glare of streetlights, one can actually see the eternal tapestry in the sky above in all its glory. Does ex-Mercury Rev keyboard-stroker Adam Snyder actually live in dusty, rural Americana? Probably not, but nonetheless he’s drawn to the moon, like the very tide itself, and the result is positively heart-melting. In fact, 'Two Moons' recalls country standard 'Blue Moon' in that unbelievable way that a country song can be both fantastically uplifting and utterly miserable at the same time. A different mix from the album version, Marius De Vries’ addition of lilting slide guitar and epic strings add an extra layer to this bittersweet ballad, enhancing the tear-jerking quota tenfold. Now, read this: ‘Two Moons’ is so thoroughly lovely, if you don’t listen to it you are a big, dumb fool. DR
Release date: 24 Feb
Press contact: Hall or Nothing [all]

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PALUMBO STANDS DOWN AT MINISTRY
The man who turned the Ministry of Sound from a South London club into a global music concern - James Palumbo – is quitting as chief executive of the Ministry group. The company's chief operating officer, Mark Rodol, will take over, with Palumbo staying on in a part time capacity to input on long term strategy and look for new partnerships and deals.

According to the Media Guardian friends of Palumbo reckon he will spend more time on his property interests, and may perhaps become more involved in politics. Palumbo, a close friend of former minister Peter Mandelson, has dabbled in this area before.

Ministry will be keen to stress that Palumbo's departure is nothing to do with the much reported financial problems at the group, brought on by a down turn in the dance music industry. To this end Rodol told the Guardian: "Ministry of Sound is the world's best known global music entertainment brand, and still has tremendous potential. James' entrepreneurial and financial skills have laid the solid foundation for our success to date, and I am looking forward to taking the company on to the next level."

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LIVE REVIEW: Terri Walker @ Jazz Café on 26 Feb
Terri Walker is one of the UK’s brightest hopes. Not only is this girl going to take the underground by storm with her sweet soul voice and solid hiphop/R&B/soul production courtesy of rising star James Yarde, but she has the potential to make a great commercial impression. Live, she is every bit the sexy soul diva. With such great presence, sense of humour and refreshingly human stage persona it is hard to see this 23 year old singer doing anything less than great things. As Yarde explained to me, having a live band is a key part to Terri's live show: Her grounded earthy music and personality would be wasted with a DAT backing track. With not a hint of nerves Terri worked her way through songs from her forthcoming LP including the sublime 12" 'I Guess you Didn’t Love Me'. When she finished I wiped the tears from my eyes, and tried not to fall too in love with her – difficult. Watch out top 10. JG

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DEDBEAT IS SOLD OUT
Organisers of the Dedbeat 3 festival yesterday announced all tickets had sold out. The three day party, which beings at the Pontin's Holiday Village in Norfolk today, was originally due to take place in late November but organisers postponed it when it proved impractical to stage such a large scale music event so close to Christmas. Earlier this week organisers added a raga DJ set from Mr Ed DMX Esq of Breakin’ Records into an already packed line up. More info at www.dedbeat.net

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US MUSICIANS SIGN OPEN ANTI-WAR LETTER
US musicians have been lending their support to the anti-war movement through an advert in the New York Times. Jay-Z, Nas, Missy Elliott, Dave Matthews, Brian Eno, REM, Sonic Youth, Natalie Imbruglia, Outkast and Lou Reed were among the artists who put their name to an open letter under the headline 'War On Iraq Is Wrong And We Know It'. The letter says: "Don't let Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld drown out the voices of reason - disarm Iraq with tough inspections."

The ad was organised by 'Musicians United to Win Without War', an organisation founded by former Talking Heads leader David Byrne and rap impresario Russell Simmons and described by its founders as "a loose coalition of contemporary musicians who feel that in the rush to war by the Bush administration the voices of reason and debate have been trampled and ignored".

Announcing the campaign Simmons told reporters: "Iraq's been contained for 12 years. Hundreds of thousands don't have to die. Stand up, demonstrate, and have your voice heard."

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COMMERCIAL BROADCASTERS EXPRESS CONCERN AT BBC’S JOINT VENTURE EXPANSION
Commercial broadcasters have expressed concerns that the government has essentially given permission for the BBC's commercial wing to enter in as many joint venture channels as it likes. Former culture minister Chris Smith told former BBC boss John Birt he needed government permission to launch any new channels – but it has only just materialised that this did not cover joint ventures. This means the BBC, who own half of the UKTV network, can launch any number of channels under than brand, or enter into deals with other commercial networks. Commercial rivals object because it means the BBC can use its large archive of programmes (which more or less fill the UKTV schedules) to compete in the commercial sector.

The loophole in the restrictions on BBC development only came to light when cable station The History Channel complained when the BBC and its commercial partner Flextech launched UK History, cashing in on the current popularity of history programmes. The new channel is available via the BBC's Freeview platform as well as Sky and cable. With a high profile marketing push and exclusive access to a large library of programmes the History Channel argue the new BBC backed channel has commercial dominance on the back on its licence funded operations.

Writing to culture minister Tessa Jowell, History Channel MD Geoff Metzger said: "I hope you will share my deep concern that the BBC once again seems to have been given highly preferential treatment by the DCMS, putting them at a significant commercial advantage over the private sector". He goes on to ask Jowell to regulate BBC Worldwide (the commercial bit) through the new media super-regulator Ofcom.

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RHODE ISLAND FIRE: HEARINGS AND MEMORIALS
With Great White guitarist Ty Longley now confirmed as among the 97 people killed in that nightclub fire in Rhode Island his family have announced they will be staging a musical tribute in his memory. The concert will take place at the Yankee Lake Ballroom in his hometown of Brookfield on Sunday.

Meanwhile back on Rhode Island a grand jury session has been opened to consider what happened prior to the pyro display that caused the fire at the gig venue, and who, if anyone, is responsible. According to Billboard most of the grand jury session was devoted to preliminary talks between prosecutors and lawyers for the rock band Great White – the venue's bosses have laid the blame with the band who they claim did not ask for permission to use pryos in their set. The band dispute this claim. Elswhere the band's lead singer Jack Russell, who has told radio station WHJJ-AM that the fire has been "the most horrible experience" of his life.

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LIVE REVIEW: Majesticons @ 93ft East on 26 Feb
I had been in rural Norfolk on the day of this gig, but was full of the joys of a long car journey for a good cause – the Majesticons. Two miles from the home I was stopped, given three points on my license, fined £60 and to cap it all – the traffic was fucking shit. The Majesticons debut album ‘Beauty Party’ (Big Dada) is new lyrical territory as far as hiphop is concerned. While hiphop is represented by - and of - innumerate cultures, creeds and religions, as well as genders and even sexual orientations, hiphop has never found creative roots in the upper-middle class. ‘Who needs to make music: I make money… fuck loads of it.’ Mike Ladd in his ever-anthropological vocal studies has stumbled upon a new view: the Majesticons - privileged individuals who want to spit rhymes about stocks, shares, capital, real estate and saving. Mike and entourage came to the stage dressed in suits and cravats, and carried pipes. Although they looked like an GCSE rendition of an Ibsen play, as soon as the beats came in everyone knew they were in for something more than theatre. After playing ‘Helicopter Party’ and ‘Fader Party’ amongst other blinding tracks from the new album, Mike announced that the Infesticons were taking over and launched into the simply sublime raucous classic ‘Hero’s Theme’. Apres-jiggy beats and rhymes for the underground cognoscenti. Big things from the post-Bling king. Worth the long journey, even worth the fine! JG

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DEPECHE MODE BUSY ON SOLO VENTURES
Depeche Mode fans will have to make do with a series of solo projects because band members are so busy collaborative work isn't likely for some time.

Martin Gore will release a solo album called Counterfeit in April with a cover of the David Essex song 'Stardust' as his first single release. Dave Gahan has a solo album too - 'Paper Monsters' - scheduled for release in June. The album release will be accompanied by a set at the Roskilde festival, also in June.

Fletch, meanwhile, is busy with his record label Toast Hawaii. Their focus act just now is electronic pop band Client who release debut single 'Price of Love' on 7 Apr.

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US RAPPER LIVES UP TO THUG TRACK TITLE
US rapper Trick Daddy may live up to the title of his track 'I'm a Thug' after being arrested on assault charges after he allegedly threatened to kill a man with a gun. The rapper, real name is Maurice Young, was charged with aggravated assault with a firearm and possession of a firearm after a dispute following a basketball game. Label Slip-N-Slide, and its parent company, Warners label Atlantic, haven't made any comment.

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REVIEW: Antihero - Stravinsky Gave Me Nightmares (Integrity)
I would have personally made this single of the week, if it were not for one fact; 'Stravinsky Gave Me Nightmares' is an awful song. It is however backed by possibly two of the best songs I've heard this year. 'Limb From Limb' is dripping with sardonic malevolence: "your so special/oh have a round of applause" it spits, the same way my ex-boyfriend's cat spat at me whenever I was near, and she was a fucking bitch. The bass rumbles, and the threats pile up: "I'll tear you limb from limb" sings Pete Hurley (and he will, he's tall). They follow this with 'Duty Calls' a love song written about the only thing love songs should be written about: despair, sadness, loneliness and horniness the lyrics: "I remember when you used to look at me/Like I was all that you could see" over the somber Russian accordion will break you heart the same way that boy did when he said "let's just be friends." Both songs are stunning in their own right. FC
Release date: 17 Feb
Press contact: Press Counsel [all]

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MACCA CONFIRMS ROOF TOP GIG
Paul McCartney has confirmed he will launch his up coming UK tour with a re-creation of the final Beatles gig which famously took place on the top of what was then the Apple Records building on Savile Row in London. Macca will play a 45 minute set in the same location. Exact details and dates yet to be announced.

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FARMER BOUND OVER PRODIGY GUN INCIDENT
A farmer who was accused of drawing a shotgun on Prodigy members Keith Flint and Liam Howlett has been found not guilty. Not really quite rock 'n' roll, the incident took place on land around Flint's country home in Essex – the accused, John Butcher, owns neighbouring farm land. The magistrate formally entered a verdict of not guilty but bound over the 62-year-old to keep the peace for six months in the sum of £500 (whatever that means). Peter Binning, representing Flint and Howlett, said after the hearing: "They are very pleased because the right decision has been made, and they would like to thank the Crown Prosecution Service and everyone else concerned for the way it has been conducted. There is no doubt they can live peacefully now with their neighbour."

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AGUILERA DENIES TIMBERLAKE ROMANCE
Christina Aguilera has been busy denying rumours that a romance is blossoming between her and Justin Timberlake – the rumours have surfaced since the two confirmed they would take part in a co-headline tour later this year. Aguilera told reporters: "I can read every day who is my new boyfriend and it's always the guys I don't find attractive at all, like Justin. Don't get me wrong. He sure is attractive to thousands of girls, but he's not my type."

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