CMU Daily - on the inside 3 Mar 2003
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In today's CMU Daily:
• New report says digital take up slower than government wanted,
• Ashanti and Musiq's night at Soul Train Music Awards,
• Great White members look for immunity before testifying,
• Eurovision entry selected,
• Granada and Jacko reach provisional agreement over unused Bashir footage,
• CD is 20,
• Gay pride moves to Hyde Park,
• Durst says more on the Britney thing,
• Anti-war protests galore,
• No Clash reunion

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OUT TODAY: RECOMMENDED RELEASES

Singles: Sugar Babes - Shape (Universal/Island); NERD - Lapdancer/Provider (Virgin); Stiffed - Sex Sells EP (Rykodisc); Futureshock Feat. Ben Onono - On My Mind (Junior/Parlophone); Fin - Songs At Altitude (Depth); Merz - This Nihilism / The Leaving Song (Lotus Recordings); Rod Dougan – Furious Angels (BMG); Santana – You Are My Kind (BMG); Shy Fx & T-Power Feat. Kele Le Roc - Feelin‚ U (London); Un-Cut – Midnight (Warner)

Albums: Waldeck - The Night Garden (Dope Noir); Loudbomb - Long Playing Grooves (Cooking Vinyl); Mira Calix – Skimskitta (Warp); Mull Historical Society – Us (Warner); Swag - Sampler (Primitive); Gary Newman - Hybrid LP (Jagged Edge); Cocteau Twins - 4x rereleases (Beggars); V/A – Peanut Butter Wolf: Badmenainggood (Ultimate Dilema)

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CHART REPORT
I must admit I quite like the new Christina Aguilera track – so much so it came as quite a shock when I realised it was Christina Aguilera. Either way I've no problem with 'Beautiful' going straight in at number one in this week's singles chart, especially as it knocks TaTu off the top spot, the appeal of the clever marketing of the lesbian duo fast wearing off.

Of course I'd have been much happier had the truly excellent 'Move Your Feet' from Junior Senior topped the charts, but a number four new entry for this catchy number shows the power of crossover radio appeal (it's been playlisted from Xfm to Kiss to Radio 1 to Cheese FM) and is a welcome addition.

Elsewhere in this week's Top 40 DJ Sammy goes in at 2 with 'The Boys of Summer', Ainslie, the latest Fame Academy boy gets a new entry at 5 with the not actually that bad 'Keep Me A Secret' and Mel C returns to the charts with 'Here It Comes Again' at 7. Welcome new entries lower down the chart for Massive Attack with 'Special Cases' at 15, Royksopp with 'Eple' at 16 and Zwan with 'Honestly' at 28.

Strangely, after Westlife's brief reentry in the Top 40 last week, Gareth Gates' 'What My Heart Wants To Say' re-enters this week at 35. What's going on at S Records that is resulting in these long forgotten pop ballads getting back in the charts?

Albums wise and the media hype surrounding the Grammys helps Norah Jones climb back to number one with 'Come Away With Me' – while continuing Brits hype secure Top 5 album positions for Tom Jones (Lifetime Achievement winner), Coldplay (best group and best album winner) and Justin Timberlake (tabloid pleasing arse grabber). New entries wise with the albums very little – except the Led Zepplin best of at 14, the new Matchbox 20 album at 31 and, as the hype continues around that documentary, Jacko’s best of returns again at 24.

Clear the singles charts – Eminem’s back next week. But will he be able to fight off competition from the Gareth Gates' charity single to get two week's at the top? We’ll see…

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NEW REPORT SAYS DIGITAL TAKE UP SLOWER THAN GOVERNMENT WANTED
Despite the initial success of Freeview, new research reckons the UK will not meet its aim of becoming the first country in Europe to reach full digital switchover. The government had hoped to turn enough people over to digital TV that somewhere between 2006 and 2010 they could turn off the analogue TV signals – ahead of any other European country. But research from Datamonitor thinks that target is now looking optimistic and that Portugal or a Scandinavian country is likely to get there first.

Datamonitor analyst Chris Tant told they BBC that although he reckons some 18 million households will have digital by 2007 (with most growth in the number of Freeview users) he doesn't think digital take up will be sufficient to call off analogue by the end of the decade - "It will be very challenging to switch off analogue in the UK by 2010."

Despite the new findings the Department of Trade and Industry remains optimistic: "Switching off analogue terrestrial transmission could start as early as 2006 and be completed by 2010. Although it is a challenging timeframe, we believe that through the Digital Television Action Plan and a successful partnership between government and stakeholders the UK will meet the criteria for switchover."

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ASHANTI AND MUSIQ’S NIGHT AT SOUL TRAIN MUSIC AWARDS
Ashanti and Musiq were the biggest winners at the Soul Train Music Awards in the US this weekend – each taking two awards home. Grammy winner Ashanti won best female R&B/Soul single for 'Foolish' and best album for 'Ashanti'.

Musiq won the male versions of the same awards - best male R&B/Soul single for 'Dontchange' and best album for 'Juslisen'.

Those winners in full:

Best R&B/Soul Single, Female: Ashanti - Foolish
Best R&B/Soul Single, Male: Musiq - Dontchange
Best R&B/Soul Single, Group, Band or Duo: B2K featuring P. Diddy - Bump, Bump, Bump
Best R&B/Soul Album, Female: Ashanti - Ashanti
Best R&B/Soul Album, Male: Musiq - Juslisen
Best R&B/Soul Album, Group Band or Duo: B2K - B2K
R&B/Soul or Rap Album of the Year: Nelly - Nellyville
Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist: Amerie - Why Don't We Fall In Love
The Michael Jackson Award for Best R&B/Soul or Rap Music Video: Missy
‘Misdemeanor’ Elliott - Work It
Best Gospel Album: Kirk Franklin - The Rebirth Of Kirk Franklin

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GREAT WHITE MEMBERS LOOK FOR IMMUNITY BEFORE TESTIFYING
The lawyer representing Great White frontman Jack Russell has confirmed the singer is asking for immunity from prosecution before testifying to the grand jury investigating that Rhode Island club fire. "We'll be there," attorney Neil Philbin confirmed, but added: "what happens next remains to be determined."

As the grand jury investigation began local authorities confirmed that all the victims had of the fire had now been identified, and that the official death toll had actually dropped by one to 96. As of Friday about 60 people remained hospitalized, including 36 in critical condition.

The dispute between the band and the club's owners over whether permission was granted for the pyro display that caused the fire continues. Attorney Thomas Briody, representing Great White tour manager Daniel Biechele, told reporters late last week: "Any suggestion that Great White did not have permission to display pyrotechnics is simply false."

The case continues.

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EUROVISION ENTRY SELECTED
Well, we can sleep at night safe in the knowledge the UK entry for this year's Eurovision Song Contest is now selected – and organisers tell us they are confident our entrants are going to go all the way and "bring it home for the UK".

Liverpudlian duo Jemini beat off competition from seven other regional finalists in the live television poll in which 100,000 votes were cast. The duo will now perform their song, 'Cry Baby', at the contest in Latvian capital of Riga on 24 May.

One half of the duo, Chris Crosbey, told the BBC: "We're going to go all the way. We've always had confidence and fingers crossed we're going to bring it home for the UK. We're really looking forward to it and have had a ball so far."

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GRANADA AND JACKO REACH PROVISIONAL AGREEMENT OVER UNUSED BASHIR FOOTAGE
Granada reached an out of court agreement with Michael Jackson before the court hearing on Friday with regards what should happen to the footage Bashir recorded during his time with Jacko. Jackson claims Granada promised him copyright over all material and was looking for a court injunction to have the film handed over to an independent third party while the dispute over ownership went through the courts. But Granada, who had said they had no plans to screen other Jacko footage anyway, officially agreed to lock up the film until an agreement has been reached (or forced) over copyright ownership. Granada continues to deny, however, that it ever promised Jacko copyright over anything filmed.

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CD IS 20
Happy birthday to the compact disc – which was twenty years old on Saturday. Despite initial skepticism for the new format over 1.8 billion CDs have now been sold around the world, the format overtaking vinyl in terms of sales way back in 1998. New formats have arrived in more recent times, of course, but neither DATs or MiniDiscs took off big time with consumers. Many now, of course, predict it will be MP3s that ultimately compete with CDs for dominance – by 2013 CDs may well be nowhere near the flagship technology in the music world.

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GAY PRIDE MOVES TO HYDE PARK
The annual Gay Pride festival will this year take place in London's Hyde Park. The event, taking place on 26 Jul, will begin, as normal, with a march from Victoria Embankment, past The Houses of Parliament and through central London. The entertainments side of the day will then take place in Hyde Park with a band stage accompanied by dance tents organized by GAY, Heaven, Trade and DTPM.

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DURST SAYS MORE ON THE BRITNEY THING
More from Fred Durst on his relationship with Britney Spears (which Spears has been busy denying of late) – this time during an interview on the Howard Stern radio show.

"I swear on my son Dallas' baby blue eyes I was telling the truth about our relationship," he told Stern, "This relationship went on for a little while, that's what's pretty unbelievable about this crap she's saying." He went on to claim that after several nights of working together on tracks for Britney's new album, the singer invited him back to her Los Angeles home along with a group of her family and friends. When asked if the invitation led to a one-night fling, Durst responded, "That would be uncool for me to answer," but he added "what I say in my music is very real" and went on to quote the lyrics of a new, unnamed Limp Bizkit song: "Ain't it funny, scared to admit it/ Very first night made the Limp dog hit it."

Spears, for her part, continues to deny anything happened: "It's sad that he's decided to make up stories, and the situation feels very junior high school," a spokesperson for said.

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ANTI-WAR PROTESTS GALORE
An anti-war frenzy from the music world just now. First up rap mogul Russell Simmons, one of the people behind the US based artist anti-war coalition which took ads in the New York press last week, has told reporters he will help keep the artists' antiwar momentum going. He said he would be rallying support against the war within the hip hop community, explaining: "Puffy is much more well known and liked around the world than George Bush, and Jay-Z is much more well known and liked around the world than Colin Powell. The country should operate more on love and compassion."

Second, Bono has told reporters that Tony Blair's position on the Iraq crisis is "sincerely wrong". Speaking after a meeting with French President Jacques Chirac to discuss the AIDS epidemic in Africa, the U2 man called for a peaceful solution to the Middle East issue: "Tony Blair is not going to war for oil. Tony Blair is sincere in his convictions about Iraq. In my opinion he is sincerely wrong. We must not make a martyr of Saddam Hussein. He is good at working the cameras. We shouldn't make it easy for him."

Thirdly, back to George Michael. After telling the BBC that he would discourage boy band Blue in their plans to get together a bunch of teen pop stars to record an anti-war track, in a TV interview on Friday he seemed more sympathetic to the teen popper's intentions. Meanwhile he confirmed he would be performing a version of Don McLeans’s ‘The Grave’ for MTV as an anti-war protest. The track will be aired on MTV today.

And finally for now, James Lavelle and the people behind Fabric have announced they will be staging a club night on 20 Mar called Wrong War – the aim being to raise awareness of the anti-war movement, and raise funds for CND's anti-war protests. Lavelle told reporters: "It's going to be a similar event to last year's Red Cross Benefit at Fabric. It's a very simple idea: let's pull together a load of people who believe what is going on is wrong and try to keep the momentum going. There will be a range of different people involved, making anti-war statements in various ways."

The anti-war bandwagon is getting very crowded just now – so no doubt more anti-war messages from the music world each day before Bush and Blair inevitably go ahead with the war anyway!

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NO CLASH REUNION
Former Clash member Paul Simenon has told the BBC rumours that the band would reform with a new frontman prior to their induction to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame are untrue. The band have consistently refused lucrative offers to re-form over the years, not appearing together at all until they won an honorary Ivor Novello songwriting award in 2001. Following Strummer's death a reunion is now even less likely.

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