CMU Daily - on the inside 1 Apr 2003
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In today's CMU Daily:
• Maccoll's mother upset with Mexican court's decision
• Macca offered a million to open Dome
• BBC may take Sky row to ITC
• Knopfler cancels tour after bike accident
• Glastonbury tickets sell fast
• Review: Madnomad - Tamper-Evident
• Whole Radiohead album already online
• Madonna dumps anti-war video
• Blur play new tracks for CD:UK
• Universal plan DVD audio releases
• Cher off Jacko
• More Hong Kong gig cancellations
• Robbie not sure who to trust over world events
• Evans / Virgin court battle rumbles on
• Get down the Monastery this weekend
• Review: Mateo And Matos - Enter Our World
• Great and the good give tracks to War Child LP
• Hoxton Pimps plan Easter beats treat
• Capital announce nominations for pop awards

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CMU POP QUIZ
Win a free 12 month subscription to Xfm's new monthly music magazine X-Ray, keep the answers to our chart trivia questions each day this week and find out how to enter on Friday.

Q2: Who had the first ever number one in the UK charts? Answers to last week's pop quiz and the winners at the bottom of today's Daily.

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THIS WEEK’S STUDENT RADIO CHART
1. [1] Coldplay – Clocks (EMI/Parlophone)
2. [6] Blur - Out Of Time (EMI/Parlophone)
3. [2] Turin Brakes - Pain Killer (Virgin/Source)
4. [4] 50 Cent - In Da Club (UniversalInterscope)
5. [5] Placebo - The Bitter End (Virgin/Hut)
6. [8] Linkin Park - Somewhere I Belong (Warners)
7. [7] Junior Senior - Move Your Feet (Universal/Crunchy Frog)
8. [15] Queens Of The Stone Age - Go With The Flow (Universal/Interscope)
9. [19] Hot Hot Heat - Bandages (B-Unique Sub Pop)
10. [12] Missy Elliott - Gossip Folks (Warners/Elektra)
11. [10] Eminem - Sing For The Moment (Universal/Interscope)
12. [13] Avril Lavigne - I'm With You (BMG/Arista)
13. [22] Audioslave - Like A Stone (Sony/Epic)
14. [18] Athlete - El Salvador (EMI/Parlophone)
15. [3] OK GO - Get Over It (EMI/Capitol)
16. [11] The Thrills - One Horse Town (Virgin)
17. [25] DMX - X Gon Give It To Ya (Universal/Def Jam)
18. [30] The Caesars - Jerk It Out (Virgin)
19. [26] Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Date With The Night (Universal/Polydor)
20. [9] Richard X Vs Liberty X - Being Nobody (Virgin)
21. [16] Jennifer Lopez - All I Have (Sony/Epic)
22. [NE] Goldfrapp - Train (Sony/Epic)
23. [NE] Brendan Benson - Metarie (V2)
24. [14] The Coral - Don't Think You're The First (Deltasonic)
25. [RE] The Roots - The Seed (Universal)
26. [RE] The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army (Beggars/XL)
27. [NE] Run DMC ft Jacknife Lee - Its Tricky 2003 (BMG)
28. [NE] Killer Mike - A.D.I.D.A.S (Sony/Columbia)
29. [NE] Badly Drawn Boy - All Possibilities (Beggars/XL)
30. [29] Idlewild - A Modern Way Of Letting Go (EMI/Parlophone)

Chart commentary: It normally takes eight listens of any new Blur track to convince me and I'm pleased to report that after listen number nine I really like 'Out Of Time'. Assuming that logic extends to everyone then anyone listening to student radio this week should be well into the new Blur record because it has been getting plenty of airplay pushing it up to the number two spot. That move makes it another good week for EMI/Virgin who, as well as having a plethora of songs throughout the chart, hold all of the top three positions, with Coldplay (will student radio ever stop playing this damn song?), Blur and Turin Brakes. All the new entries appear lower down the chart this week – for us the arrival of Goldfrapp and the Run DMC/Jacknife Lee track the most welcome additions to the student radio playlists this week.

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MACCOLL'S MOTHER UPSET WITH MEXICAN COURT'S DECISION
The mother of the late Kirsty MacColl has told reporters she is "flabbergasted" at the sentencing of the driver of the speedboat that killed her daughter. A Mexican court found Jose Cen Yam, who was driving the boat that 'ran over' the singer while she swam off the south-east Mexican coast back in 2001, guilty of negligent homicide. But they only charged him £61, with an additional fine of £1450 to be paid to MacColl's two sons Jamie and Louis who witnessed her death. Jean MacColl told reporters: "It has never been about getting money, you cannot put a value on human life, but a £61 fine has shocked everyone". Cen Yam was a deckhand on the speedboat and questions have been raised about whether he should have been driving because he had little or no experience. With this in mind Mrs MacColl may well now appeal against the size of the fine.

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MACCA OFFERED A MILLION TO OPEN DOME
Paul McCartney has said he is in talks with Anschutz Entertainment Group, the company who hope to turn the Millennium Dome into a 20,000 capacity venue and entertainments complex, about headlining a star studded opening gig in 2005. Some reports suggest they will offer him up to £1 million to do the show. The company's Timothy Leweike told The Sun: "We have asked Paul to do it and he seemed very keen." Anschutz already promotes shows for McCartney as well as Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera - and they are the company behind that big Celine Dion show in Las Vegas. So whether or not Macca goes for the gig you can probably expect an allstar line up.

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BBC MAY TAKE SKY ROW TO ITC
The latest news on the BBC's plans to unscramble their satellite broadcasts and deprive Sky of £85 million of administration fees - talks between the two broadcasters have broken down and the Beeb may now take the case to the TV regulator, the ITC. A BBC spokesman told Media Guardian that BskyB had "not given a satisfactory response" to its proposals for a compromise and therefore they had no option but to call in the regulators. "We are preparing a submission."

As previously reported BskyB have said that they will remove the BBC from the top two channels on the Sky programme guide if they unscramble their output. Sky claim they would have to do this for technical reasons because if the Beeb's broadcasts are unscrambled they couldn't stop them leaking into Ireland where the top two channels are reserved for RTE. Therefore they would need to give the BBC channels unused in Eire (probably 51 and 52). But the BBC claim the threats to move the position of their main two channels is an attempt to force the Beeb into a new deal, and nothing to do with technical limitations.

If the ITC gets involved in the quibbling it is unclear which way they will go. Sky's licence to run the main satellite TV infrastructure in the UK dictates that the BBC must be guaranteed positions of "due prominence" on their electronic programme guide. But that doesn't necessarily mean the top two channels. If the ITC side with Sky it is likely the BBC would then appeal straight to the government claiming that their decision to unscramble satellite outputs so anyone can access their broadcasts helps them better meet their public service obligations.

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KNOPFLER CANCELS TOUR AFTER BIKE ACCIDENT
A spokesman for Mark Knopfler has confirmed that he has had to cancel upcoming gigs while he recovers from that motor bike accident last month. At the time of the accident on 17 Mar it was hoped his injuries were minor enough to not affect his touring commitments, but doctors have recommended he rest to ensure a complete recovery. In a statement Knopfler's people told reporters” "Mark is obviously bitterly disappointed and would like to thank the fans who have sent him get well messages."

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GLASTONBURY TICKETS SELL FAST
According to some reports 35,000 of the 150,000 tickets for this year's Glastonbury Festival had been sold by 1pm yesterday, just hours after tickets went on sale. Talking to the BBC Michael Eavis confirmed sales were going faster than last year: "We were sold out by the end of May last year, but this year is selling quicker. I don't think people are travelling abroad as much as they were and they are happier to stay in the UK."

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REVIEW: Madnomad - Tamper-evident (Sugar Shack Records)
Madnomad have been described as "the look on your parents' face when you accidentally catch them fucking". Don’t know what that's meant to mean but 'Tamper-evident' is certainly, erm, original. In fact I'm not sure what to make of this, or how to describe it, except to say there’s a full chorus of people in pig masks, angry cries of "lets kill the fucking pig!" and little piggy grunts - the whole pig thing is important here. This album sees the strange, darker side of pop rearing it's (lets face it, probably pig-shaped) face through an intelligent, feisty, menacing concoction of somewhat insane malfeasance. It bites you so that it hurts just a little, but only so that you like it. MY
Release date: 7 Apr
Press contact: Workhard PR [all]

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WHOLE RADIOHEAD ALBUM ALREADY ONLINE
Despite extra efforts by EMI, which include a band on early promo copy mail outs, the whole upcoming Radiohead album Hail to the Thief' is now online. Radiohead fans are particularly web literate and both 'Kid A' and 'Amnesiac' appeared online before release. Label bosses hoped they could put off a web leak until as close to actual release date as possible by not sending out promo copies of the album and getting journalists to listen to new tracks at the label's offices. But those downloaders managed to get a copy of the album and it quickly found its way onto thousands of fans' computers. Talking about the 'leak' guitarist Jonny Greenwood yesterday told fans via their website: "We're not angry really. Shame it's not a package with the artwork and all, but there you go. I feel bemused, though, not annoyed. I'm glad people like it, most of all. It's a *little* earlier than we'd expected, but there it is."

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MADONNA DUMPS ANTI-WAR VIDEO
Madonna has now completely scrapped that anti-war video for her next single 'American Life'. The video, which included a brutal representation of the consequences of war, was prepared before military action began in Iraq. After the first bombs were dropped label bosses said the video would be reedited and toned down. But after much media criticism in the US the video will now be dropped altogether. She told reporters yesterday: "I have decided not to release my new video. It was filmed before the war started and I do not believe it is appropriate to air it at this time. Due to the volatile state of the world and out of sensitivity and respect to the armed forces, who I support and pray for, I do not want to risk offending anyone who might misinterpret the meaning of this video."

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BLUR PLAY NEW TRACKS FOR CD:UK
Blur showcased new tracks from upcoming album 'Think Tank' at a special CD:UK recording over the weekend. According to NME the band played new tracks 'Out of Time', 'Crazy Beat' and 'Gene By Gene', plus classic tracks 'Badhead', 'Beetlebum' and 'Trimm Trabb'. CD:UK will air the tracks over the next few weeks, with 'Out Of Time' airing this Saturday.

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UNIVERSAL PLAN DVD AUDIO RELEASES
Following EMI's re-release of Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side Of The Moon' on new enhanced CD format SACD, Universal Music Group have confirmed they will release twenty albums on a rival new format, DVD-Audio, before the end of the year. It is likely the DVD-Audio releases will include new albums from best selling artists and remastered albums from their back catalogue. Larry Kenswil, President of Universal's technology division, told reporters: "Universal has always played a leading role in the development and implementation of new technologies and formats. Over the past five years DVD has established itself as one of the fastest growing formats. The huge penetration of DVD makes DVD-Audio a natural progression for music lovers who are already owners of DVD players, taking them from the familiar world of stereo to the 21st Century world of multi-channel surround sound." As far as we are aware DVD Audios can be played on most DVD players while SACDs require a new player, though those new players will play oldstyle CDs too.

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CHER OFF JACKO
Cher has told a magazine in the US that she no longer has any time for Michael Jackson because of the way he is bringing up his children. Seemingly basing her opinions on the Bashir documentary she told the magazine: "I don't really care what he does to his face. He could just erase it as far as I'm concerned. I don't like him anymore. And it's because of his children. I cannot imagine putting my children through what he put his children through. I saw the recent documentary on him, and I thought, 'This guy is nuts. He shouldn't have these children, As an artist, I can't fault his art because he was brilliant. I wouldn't buy anything now."

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MORE HONG KONG GIG CANCELLATIONS
After the Rolling Stones decision to pull out of Hong Kong and Chinese shows because of the Asian Flu scare out there, now Moby and Carlos Santana have confirmed they will be postponing their upcoming Hong Kong gigs. Moby's gigs, due to take place this week, will be reschedule. Carlos Santana has switched his 11 Apr concert from Hong Kong to Osaka, Japan where he will perform to a 1,500 strong audience.

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ROBBIE NOT SURE WHO TO TRUST OVER WORLD EVENTS
Despite maintaining that his upcoming b-side 'Happy Easter (War is Coming)' is not a commentary about the current situation in Iraq, Robbie Williams has told reporters he is concerned about current world events. He said: "I'm scared for everybody's future - mine basically. It's selfish, but that's where I stand. I'm scared and I don't really understand it cos I don't know who to trust. I think out of everybody I probably trust Kofi Annan the most, because I don't think President Bush is telling the truth and I don't think Tony Blair is."

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EVANS / VIRGIN COURT BATTLE RUMBLES ON
The Evans / Virgin Radio court debackle continues this week, where Evans continues to fight Virgin Radio who, he claims, owe him £8 million in share options after they abruptly fired him in 2001. Last week Virgin claimed that Evans, who they say couldn't cope after he ceased to be the boss at the station, had left management with no choice but to fire him after repeatedly attacking bosses in public, messing around with sponsored features on air, abruptly sacking half his production team and then, finally, disappearing for ten days claiming to be ill while being seen partying round London.

They claim Evans breached his contract on a number of occasions justifying his sacking and voiding his pay off claims. But Evans' legal people, who say Evans was forced to take leave from the show because of the stress the station was putting him under, are now claiming Virgin Radio had been conspiring to get rid of Evans long before the alleged 'sickie'. They claim station boss Paul Jackson, who took the top job at the station shortly before Evans' sacking, had been looking to remove Evans from the minute he was offered the job, and that he had been courting Steve Penk, who he had worked with while at Capital, as a replacement months before Evans was fired.

Yesterday Evans' lawyer said a Virgin insider had claimed Jackson had been speaking to jingle makers in LA about making 'Steve Penk Breakfast Show' jingles while still on 'gardening leave' between working at Capital and Virgin. They also quoted reports by senior managers at Virgin's parent company Scottish Media Group from May 2001 which said they were happy with Evans' breakfast show and that, while they knew upcoming production team changes may affect short term listening figures, they were confident for the long term success of the show.

Evans' representatives want to prove that Virgin Radio's claims that the sudden no-show was the "last straw" aren’t true, and that Jackson simply used Evans' stress induced absence as an excuse to axe his show. The next move on the case may depend on the evidence of Ian Grace, a radio consultant. Evans' people claim Jackson, Grace and other station bosses met prior to Jackson’s official appointment at the station, and at that meeting Jackson said he did not want to work with Evans. Jackson denies this, saying one of the attractions of taking the Virgin job was the opportunity to work with Evans.

Judge Justice Lightman now wants Grace, who lives in Australia, to give evidence – by video link if necessary. It seems his evidence – ie did Jackson admit to wanting rid of Evans from the word go? - may be the make or break of the case.

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GET DOWN THE MONASTERY THIS WEEKEND
Tip for the weekend – The Benedictine Funk Monastery - a night of hip hop, smooth urban grooves and blistering funk featuring Silver Man (Tru Thoughts), DJ Esar, Luke Wallace and Friar Yak at The District, 19 Amhurst Road, Hackney on Friday from 10pm. Organisers tell us: "This is the first rule in the law of St Benedict. And listen you shall: with a team of record spinners more jovial and buffoon-like in character than dear old Friar Tuck, its time to pin those ears back and get down with the Brothers at The Benedictine Funk Monastery." Make of that what you will.

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REVIEW: Mateo and Matos - Enter our World (Glasgow Underground)
On the highly underrated Glasgow Underground imprint comes this little stormer. Picture DJ Q and Ewan Pearson with a stronger nod to disco, and you're somewhere there (ie: quality). This pair of New Yorican lads met in the late seventies and have been hammering the house vibe ever since. More recently they've been learning a few tips off Louie Vega in his studio, and it shows on this, their sixth album. 4/4 all the way with a few interludes, from the lively opener 'Ago Jinde' to the spacey low end push of 'Glasgow Spirit'. 'Set Your Soul Free' is pretty glittery keyed, 'Rain' gets a touch of Hammond while 'Feelin Sexy' is great dancefloor ammo. Lowpoint is 'On The West Side' which goes OTT on the retro and sounds awkward. Highlight has to be the vocal 'Give Me a Reason'. All in all a decent slab of north of the border styled superior house. PV
Release date: 7 Apr
Press contact: Rocket Science [all]

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GREAT AND THE GOOD GIVE TRACKS TO WAR CHILD LP
David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Travis, Avril Lavinge, Spiritualized, Moby, New Order, The Charlatans and George Michael are among the acts who have contributed tracks to a new War Child album, set for a 21 Apr release, in aid of the humanitarian effort in war torn Iraq. Talking about the project McCartney told reporters: "Whatever the politics, whatever the rights and wrongs of war, children are always the innocent victims so I am delighted to be able to make this small contribution to a magnificent project that I hope goes a long way to alleviating some of the pain and suffering." Travis frontman Fran Healy added: "Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this war. We hope that by contributing to the 'Hope' album we can help raise the much needed funds that will provide immediate aid andrelief to the children of Iraq."

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HOXTON PIMPS PLAN EASTER BEATS TREAT
The Hoxton Pimps are organising a Easter weekend beats fest in a secret location in the Shoreditch area. Attica Blues, Fat Truckers, Johnny Reckless, Jeremy Newall, Alex Surround, Cardiac, Studio One, Dragon Bar All Stars, Mooch are among the acts set to appear at the 36 hour party for which tickets are a bargain £3. The DJ sets will be accompanied by live bands, break dancing, street art and more. Tickets are available from Hoxton bars Cocomo, Dragon Bar, Smersh, Foundry and Bar 160. More info from http:// www.hoxtonpimps.com

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CAPITAL ANNOUNCE NOMINATIONS FOR POP AWARDS
The nominations have been announced for Capital FM's annual pop awards, which are held in aid of their Help A London Child charity at London's Royal Lancaster Hotel on 16 Apr. It's a predictable line up of pop's finest with the likes of Will Young, Blue, Atomic Kitten, SugaBabes, Robbie Williams and Coldplay all up for awards. On announcing the nominee's Capital's Neil Fox told reporters: "The Capital Awards are so unique because they're not about ego - you have big stars and new stars all happily sitting together and raising a glass, and cash, for London's needy kids." Here's the nominations for the main awards:

Favourite UK Male Vocalist: Craig David, Daniel Bedingfield, Robbie Williams, Will Young, Gareth Gates

Favourite UK Female Vocalist: Sophie Ellis Bextor, Beverley Knight, Ms Dynamite, Sarah Whatmore

Favourite UK Group: Blue, Atomic Kitten, Sugababes, Liberty X

Favourite UK Band: Coldplay, Oasis, Stereophonics, Travis

Capital Album Chart Award: Robbie Williams – Escapology, Coldplay - Rush Of Blood, Blue - One Love, Atomic Kitten - Feels So Good

Favourite UK Single: Will Young - Anything Is Possible, Darius – Colourblind, Liberty X - Just A Little Bit, Atomic Kitten - The Tide Is High

Favourite UK Newcomer: Blazin Squad, Will Young, Liberty X, Big Brovaz, Busted

Favourite International Solo Artist: Eminem, Nelly, Ronan Keating, Pink

Favourite International Group: Westlife, U2, Nickelback, Red Hot Chili Peppers

Favourite International Single: Avril Lavigne – Complicated, Nelly / Kelly – Dilemma, Westlife - World Of Our Own, Ronan Keating - If Tomorrow Never Comes

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