CMU Daily - on the inside 5 Mar 2003
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In today's CMU Daily:
• Universal Music sale off,
• Massive Attack postpone tour,
• Family of Great White guitarist set up foundation,
• Government make more radio channels available,
• Holmes plans St Paddy’s day party,
• More Jacko stuff, Sugababes kinda anti-war,
• Former RI:SE double act booked for Radio 1 show,
• Durst – "shut up about the Britney thing",
• Then Jerico star quits reality show on day one,
• Robbie of good looking Becks,
• Scottish Media Group cautious,
• V Festival announce more line up,
• Newcastle club launch label

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NME NAME STONE ROSES AS BEST ALBUM EVER
In the latest random survey the NME has named The Stone Roses' eponymously titled debut LP, hastily recorded during an all nighter studio session in 1989, as the best album ever. The new survey, based on the votes of NME writers, is mainly filled with predictable classic albums with only a handful of recent releases making it into the Top 100. The Top 10 is here – the full chart is in this week's NME:

1. The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
2. Pixies - Doolittle
3. The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
4. Television - Marquee Moon
5. The Beatles - Revolver
6. Love - Forever Changes
7. The Strokes - Is This It
8. The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
9. The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico
10. The Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bollocks

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UNIVERSAL MUSIC SALE OFF
Bad news for anyone saving up to buy a major record label. A report in the FT yesterday said Vivendi Universal are no longer looking to sell off their entertainment assets, which include the Universal Music Group. When Vivendi went into financial collapse last year after accusations of false accounting it looked like any bit of the group's operations might be sold off if a suitable buyer could be found. Then Universal's US head of entertainments Barry Diller was said to be scouting round for suitable deals. But latest reports suggest Vivendi have turned their efforts into finding investment partners to help them keep but develop their entertainment concerns. This would mean a commitment to keep control of its music operations for at least two years. The FT reckons this change of direction will be confirmed at a board meeting later this week.

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MASSIVE ATTACK POSTPONE TOUR
3D's arrest last week on child porn allegations have led to Massive Attack postponing the first bit of their world tour (in New Zealand). The decision to put off the tour is said to be 3D's, who wants to clear his name before embarking on his global travels. The band's promoter told The Sun: "It is with deep regret that Massive Attack have been forced to reschedule the performances. Robert Del Naja feels unable to travel outside the UK until his name is cleared of the allegations that have been recently made against him. As Del Naja anticipates a positive outcome of these matters in the near future, he fully expects to be able to travel to Australia at the end of the week and to commence Massive Attack's world tour in Melbourne on March 11. Robert wholeheartedly apologises to Massive Attack's fans in New Zealand and sincerely hopes people understand the impossible position in which he has been placed."

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FAMILY OF GREAT WHITE GUITARIST SET UP FOUNDATION
A memorial foundation is being set up in memory of Ty Longley, the guitarist for the Great White who died during the fire at that Rhode Island club last month. The non-profit fund, set up by his parents, will aim to benefit the victims of the fatal fire as well as their families. The bulk of the Foundation's funds will come from the sale of a tribute album being released by US independent label Knight Records which will feature Longley playing alongside various different artists. Other donations may be sent to Ty Longley Memorial Fund, c/o City National Bank, 400 N Roxbury Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.

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GOVERNMENT MAKE MORE RADIO CHANNELS AVAILABLE
Though pleased with recent digital radio uptake, the government has given the go ahead for 32 new FM stations to broadcast on the existing analogue airwaves. This will be good news for the commercial radio sectors, especially following a commitment in the forthcoming Communications Act to let any one media group own more stations in any one area. 11 of the new stations will be set up in so called 'non-metropolitan' areas, the rest will be set up in cities, including Manchester, Liverpool and Newcastle.

Radio Authority executives said the proposal for the new stations was part of a final chapter in the development of FM commercial radio, which has been running since 1973 when LBC and Capital Radio first hit the airwaves. The Authority’s director of engineering told Media Guardian: "The document gives you a good idea of the FM endgame. Beyond these opportunities the FM spectrum is full, unless we change our assumptions about audio standards." The precise nature and extent of the licences will be subject to further study but all of the big radio groups including GWR, Emap, Chrysalis and Capital Radio are expected to bid and benefit.

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HOLMES PLANS ST PADDY’S DAY PARTY
David Holmes is planning a special London date at the Atlantic Bar & Grill to celebrate St Patrick's Day on 17 Mar. Holmes and his Free Association collective will headline what is being called 'The Alternative St. Patrick’s Day Party', with support from Children, DJ Pablo, Dan Lywood and Seb Chew. Entrance to the show will be by invitation only, so get blagging now!

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MORE JACKO STUFF
More on Jacko, this time from an article in Vanity Fair. Their article on the star claims Jackson has to wear a prosthetic nose because of the damage successive plastic surgery has done to his nose. They also claim he once paid $150,000 for a "voodoo curse" to kill director Steven Spielberg (after he refused to cast Jackson as Peter Pan in 'Hook'), record label mogul David Geffen and 23 other people Jacko didn’t really like. The latest allegations are credited to a 'source close to Jackson'.

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SUGABABES KINDA ANTI-WAR
More artists on the anti-war rampage. Sugababes – rumoured to be appearing on Blue's planned anti-war pop track – denied any knowledge of the project but said they would support it: "I'd defnitely be up for it," Heidi told Radio 1. "I don't think war is a nice thing. I think anyone's entitled to their opinion and to voice it, and if you get the opportunity to voice it, you know like the way Ms Dynamite did at the Brits and Coldplay did, do that. I haven't really got the confidence to be commenting on it because I don't know enough about it. What I would say is that I don't want us to go to war. I don't think war is a good thing - I think everyone should just be at peace."

Mr Justin Timberlake was much more political when asked about the war: "I think if you've got a view and you want to state it, state it. If I believed in something, yeah, obviously. I think that's the gift that we have as songwriters - to take something you visualise and maybe show people that perspective." On the war itself, he wouldn't be drawn.

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FORMER RI:SE DOUBLE ACT BOOKED FOR RADIO 1 SHOW
Well, it worked so well for Channel 4, it's bound to be a hit. Former (and soon to be former) RI:SE presenters Colin Murray and Edith Bowman are to co-host a new Saturday morning show for Radio 1. The new show, which will replace Scott Mills' current weekend programme, will launch on 29 Mar. Murray already works for the station of course, currently fronting the former Evening Session slot until Zane Lowe becomes available for evenings when his Xfm contract runs out later this year. Bowman is new to Radio 1, formerly presenting a weekend radio show with Cat Deeley on Capital FM.

Announcing the new show a Radio 1 spokesperson said: "Colin and Edith are both massive music fans and gig fanatics and will front a show featuring great new music, competitive banter and a healthy dose of filthy gossip." Murray himself added: "Obviously, it's nice to work with Bowman at Radio 1 because we're good mates. I think, however, the show will only work if she sleeps over at mine on a Friday. I'd like to think the show will suit everyone from the football fan to the eager shoppers. We aim to take things as far as we can during daylight hours".

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DURST – "SHUT UP ABOUT THE BRITNEY THING"
After endless ramblings on his website about his alleged romance with Britney Spears, and Spear's denials of any relationship, Durst has now asked his fans to talk about something else! Writing on limpbizkit.com he said: "Enough already about the 'Fred and Britney' thing. I'm gonna do my best to put it behind me. Lets talk about [new album] 'Bipolar'. Lets talk about how its gonna fuck you up when you hear it. Let's talk about any motherfucking thing besides you know who anymore."

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THEN JERICO STAR QUITES REALITY SHOW ON DAY ONE
Drama already on the latest reality pop TV show. 'Reborn in the USA' is the latest ITV show from 19 Television, it sees a string of former pop stars, including Gina G, Dollar and former Spandau Ballet frontman Tony Hadley, performing in clubs and bars around the US in a bit to resurrect their careers. Viewers vote which acts stay on the tour as time progresses and the venues get bigger.

Filming began in New Orleans on Sunday, with the first show airing on ITV this weekend. But one of the contestants, former lead singer with Then Jerico, Mark Shaw, has already quit. No word on what caused the early departure, though viewers should find out more when on the first edition of the show this Saturday.

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ROBBIE ON GOOD LOOKING BECKS
Robbie Williams has been talking to Japanese reporters about David Beckham

Robbie is promoting album 'Escapology' over there – but in Japan Beckham is a much bigger star. When asked what he though of the celebrity footballer Williams replied: "He is devastatingly good-looking to the point where, you know, with some people you can actually feel a bit of jealousy, but with David Beckham you just throw the towel in and go 'yeah, yeah.' When I first met him I didn't know whether to shake his hand or lick his face."

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SCOTTISH MEDIA GROUP CAUTIOUS
The Scottish Media Group, owners of struggling Virgin Radio, have seen profits slump by 28%, and bosses aren't predicting a quick turnround blaming the continuing advertising recession, which is likely to heighten once we go to war.

Although Virgin Radio has struggled to win listeners and advertisers since the high profile departure of Chris Evans and the unsuccessful launch of the Steve Penk breakfast show, the Group's other broadcasting operations, including ITV franchise Grampian TV, also saw a slump in advertising revenues.

"The successful sale of our publishing business will reduce debt and sharpen our focus on the national advertising market and we are strongly placed to capitalise on the opportunities that the Communications Act will present. We have well-branded, profitable assets and are well positioned to benefit from the advertising upturn when it comes. But there is an Iraq situation and there is a general economic situation. The ad market has become very short term again and we continue to be cautious."

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V FESTIVAL ANNOUNCE MORE LINE UP
V Festival line up latest – the Foo Fighters and David Gray have been added to a bill already headlined by Coldplay and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Queens Of The Stone Age, Underworld and Lemon Jelly have also been confirmed, with the Coral and Ash likely to be added. As always the V Festival will take place over two sites - Weston Park, Staffordshire, and Hylands Park, near Chelmsford, Essex.

Talking about his line up so far festival director Simon Moran told reporters: "To get Coldplay and the Red Hot Chili Peppers to headline is no mean feat. But to support that with artists of the calibre of Foo Fighters and David Gray shows festival-goers that we are continuing to provide them with the quality of performers they have come to expect at a V Festival."

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NEWCASTLE CLUB LAUNCH LABEL
Popular Newcastle club Shindig is launching a record label - Shindig Recordings. Its first release will be a compilation series called 'The Adventures Of Shindig' out on 28 Apr, which will reflect the club's music policy – one of the two mean behind the club Scott Bradford described the debut release by saying: "It's not about chartbusters or big name DJs… it's what's happening musically at Shindig as it happens."

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