CMU Daily - on the inside 9 Apr 2003
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In today's CMU Daily:
• Digital download chart to be launched
• Lavinge joins anti-war mission
• London publisher amend Dre lawsuit
• Review: Blur – Out Of Time
• Pavarotti and Bono to front benefit for Iraqi refugees
• The Coral play gig in home town
• NME pictures go on show
• Latifah to front VH1 divas show
• ITV hire designers for new ITV2 image
• Dynamite rumours untrue
• Review: Saul Williams - Not In My Name
• BBC call in regulator over sky squabble
• Trade man launches new club
• Sky test music channels
• Mint Royale booked for Welsh dance festival
• Minogue parents desperate for grand children

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CMU POP QUIZ
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Q3: What was Mr Oizo's one hit, back in 1999?

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STUDENT DANCE FLOOR CHART
1. (1) Kid Creme – Hypnotising (Positiva)
2. (18) Saffron Hill - My Love Is Always (Illustrious)
3. (6) 50 Cent - In Da Club (Universal/Shady)
4. (2) Missy Elliot - Gossip Folks (Warners/Elektra)
5. (5) Junior Senior - Move Your Feet (Universal/Mercury)
6. (RE) Snoop Dogg – Beautiful (EMI/Parlophone)
7. (16) Armin Van Buuren - Yet Another Day (Nebula)
8. (15) Stylophonic – Soulreply (Prolifica)
9. (NE) Groove Armada – Easy (BMG/Pepper)
10. (3) Mis-Teeq – Scandalous (Telstar)
11. (11) Northern State - At The Party (Wichita)
12. (NE) DMX - Goin' Give It To Ya (Universal/Def Jam)
13. (7) Hi-Gate – Hurricane (Incentive)
14. (10) Room 5 - Make luv (Positiva)
15. (12) Astral - Now & Forever (Direction)
16. (8) Beverley Knight - Reshaped' (remix) (White)
17. (NE) Soulsearcher - Feelin Love (Soul Fabric)
18. (NE) Plummet – Damaged (Serious)
19. (9) RichardX/LibertyX - Being Nobody (Virgin)
20. (NE) Run DMC V JKL - It’s tricky 2003 (BMG)

Compiled by Upshot – http://www.upshotcreek.com

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DIGITAL DOWNLOAD CHART TO BE LAUNCHED
The Official UK Charts Company has announced it will launch a downloads chart later this year tracking the MP3s bought from legit online music suppliers who use the OD2 system – which includes MSN, HMV, Freeserve and MTV. Details of the new chart were announced by OD2 prior to the second digital download day – a Europe-wide promotion where tracks are made available free via OD2 in a bid to encourage music fans to make use of the legal download services rather than their pirate counterparts like Kazaa. The second Digital Download Day is being fronted by Daniel Bedingfield who told reporters: "Digital is the future of music. Every record needs to be available legitimately online before things can really take off. A superior choice of tracks is fundamental to a defence against online piracy."

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LAVINGE JOINS ANTI-WAR MISSION
Fresh from her successes at the Canadian Brits (the Junos) Avril Lavigne is the latest popstar to do the anti-war rant. She told journalists after the award: "I don't believe war is a way to solve problems. I think it's wrong. I don't have respect for the people that made the decisions to go on with war. I don't have that much respect for Bush. He's about war, I'm not about war - a lot of people aren't about war.

Admitting she didn't follow the news on a daily basis she said: "I'm not really a political person. It's hard for me to talk about the war. I don't really know what to say but I can say that I'm really proud that our Prime Minister didn't fight, that it backed out from it." She said her anti-war sentiments were the reason she decided to cover the Bob Dylan classic peace song 'Knocking On Heaven's Door' for the Warchild CD 'Peace Songs': "I was honoured to be able to be on that CD, do whatever I could with what I do to help out children who'd been affected by the war. It's a horrible thing. It was, like, one of the first ones I learned on the guitar when I was little. It just brings back memories of being young and loving music, just being a child. It's a peaceful song to me. I really like it."

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LONDON PUBLISHER AMEND DRE LAWSUIT
London music publishers Minder Music have amended an existing copyright infringement suit against Dr Dre, Eminem, Interscope Records, and Universal Music adding a request for a jury trial. The suit related to the Dr. Dre track 'Let's Get High', co-written by Eminem and featured on the Dr Dre 2001 album. Minder claim the song used segments of the Minder-owned 1980 tune 'Backstrokin' without their permission, and they want a $3.5 million share of the profits from the multi-million selling album. Dre's attorney, Howard King, who told reporters "they're seeking a ridiculous amount of money," argues the track makes use of a "very common" bass riff which is not subject to copyright protection.”

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REVIEW: Blur – Out Of Time (EMI/Parlophone)
The world is going crazy, madmen across the world all seem determined to kill everything while taking no notice of anyone in the world. Blur have chosen to write a song about this, yet somehow they have managed not to do it in a really crap way. Once again the band have moved on, produced something different, whilst remaining distinctive and proving themselves to be the strongest song-writers Britain has to offer. It may not be the stomp-along-summer-single material of Junior Senior or Hot Hot Heat but it does not mean that it should not do as well. Far from it, as this is easily one of the stand-out singles of the year so far. DH
Release date: 14 Apr
Press contact: EMI IH [all]

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PAVAROTTI AND BONO TO FRONT BENEFIT FOR IRAQI REFUGEES
Luciano Pavarotti and Bono have been confirmed to perform at a charity concert in Italy to raise funds for the United Nations Refugee Agency's work in and around Iraq. The concert is set for 27 May in Modena, Northern Italy. In a statement concert organisers said: "Proceeds from this event will go to UNHCR's work on behalf of people affected by the Iraq conflict. Even though very few Iraqis left their country during the first three weeks of the conflict, aid officials warn that it is too early to dismiss the danger of a refugee crisis."

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THE CORAL PLAY GIG IN HOME TOWN
You might argue they've not been away from home long enough to be having a homecoming, but The Coral have announced they will play a 'homecoming gig' in a large tent on the King's Parade in sunny New Brighton on the Wirral. Support will come from fellow 'the' bands The Thrills and The Libertines. The gig follows touring in the US and Europe. Talking to Radio 1 Nick from the band seemed more enthusiastic about their US tour than their Europe dates: "I've got no desire to do Europe. I like it as a place but I've just never thought that we'd be big there. I've never dreamt of being big in Europe. So if they send us on another European tour in the middle of winter they can fuck off!"

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NME PICTURES GO ON SHOW
Classic photos from NME taken by rock photographer Pennie Smith are set for exhibition at the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival in Belfast from 5-11 May. The 40-print display includes Smith's first NME commission on the road with Led Zeppelin in 1973 , the infamous Clash's 'London Calling' image plus portraits of Oasis, the Stone Roses, Iggy Pop, Primal Scream and The Strokes.

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LATIFAH TO FRONT VH1 DIVAS SHOW
Oscar nominee Queen Latifah has been confirmed as host for VH1's sixth annual Divas event which will be screened live from Las Vegas on 22 May. Among the woman only line up will be Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan and Jewel. As in past years the concert will raise money for the VH1 Save the Music Foundation, dedicated to restoring instrumental music programs in America's public schools.

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ITV HIRE DESIGNERS FOR NEW ITV2 IMAGE
ITV have hired branding firm Bruce Dunlop & Associates to create a new "unique" on-air identity for digital channel ITV2. The brief is to create something that partners the ITV look, but which has its own identity. ITV's marketing man Jim Hytner told reporters: "The channel has gone from strength to strength over the past 18 months and we want to consolidate that growth by creating a more coherent proposition for the channel which will capitalize on the existing brand equity of ITV1 whilst defining a new and unique identity for ITV2." The new package, will include idents, break bumpers, promo packaging and a new end credit promotion format.

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DYNAMITE RUMOURS UNTRUE
More on the rumours yesterday that Ms Dynamite had turned down the chance to work with Dr Dre because she didn't want to do anymore work until her baby was born. It transpires the story, which first appeared in the Sun, has been through some Chinese whispers. In fact Ms Dynamite was simply invited to an Aftermath party while in LA before Christmas where, presumably, label boss Dre would have been in attendance. Then in the early stages of pregnancy Ms Dynamite wasn't feeling up to attending. The tabloids then managed to give the story a 'Dynamite subs Dre' spin. In fact Ms Dynamite, who is likely to start serious promotion work in the US later this year (though she has already enjoyed some successes there despite minimal marketing), would jump at the chance to work with the legendary hip hop producer.

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REVIEW: Saul Williams - Not In My Name (Ninja Tune)
One of today's most outspoken and brilliant poets, Saul William has put his name to a cause we all believe in. His poem by the same name sees mixes from Coldcut, DJ Spooky and Frances’s DJ Goo. With the original live acapella performance of the poem, the A side includes 'September 12th', a haunting stunted uptempo hiphop cut with guest MCs and a female chorus explaining the war through poetry and rhyme. 'Bloodletting' is a fantastic DJ Shadow-esque drum loop with an eerie electronic loop and Williams' evocative truth riding. A deep and philosophical project that suits the poet laureate of the streets to a tee.
Release date: 31 Mar
Press contact: Ninja [all]

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BBC CALL IN REGULATOR OVER SKY SQUABBLE
The BBC have confirmed rumours that they will call in the TV regulators over BskyB's threats to remove the Beeb's flagship channels from the top of its electronic programme guide. As previously reported the BBC is planning to unscramble its satellite broadcasts later this year, depriving Sky of the £17 million a year it was paid to administer unscrambling cards.

Sky argue that if the BBC unscramble their service they won't be able to stop the Beeb's services going into Ireland, where Irish broadcaster RTE fill the number one and two spots. Therefore, they argue, the BBC will have to have channels not used in Ireland (probably 51 and 52) so as not to interfere with RTE's broadcasts. But the BBC argue new technology should enable Sky to 'regionalise' their service without them scrambling their output and they reckon the satellite broadcaster is just being awkward to force them into signing another contract, which they say is a breach of the 1996 Broadcasting Act.

A Beeb spokesman told BBC News: "BBC One and BBC Two are among the most watched channels in multi-channel homes and Sky will be doing their customers no service by moving them down the list. Sky customers expect to see us on channels 101 and 102 and now they might have to scroll down the list to find us." The BBC will now be looking for the government to get involved and decide what Sky can and can't do.

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TRADE MAN LAUNCHES NEW CLUB
Lawrence Malice, the man behind Trade, is opening a new venue in North London next month called, simply, Egg. Located in the old Trade offices in Kings Cross it will be a three level venue hosting mainly electroclash nights including a City Rocker nights plus events from Nag Nag Nag and God Made Me Hardcore. Everything will kick off on the May Day bank holiday weekend – more info at http://www.egglondon.net.

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SKY TEST MUSIC CHANNELS
Sky have started test transmissions for their three music channels which will launch in the next couple of months. Although not yet on the electronic programme guide if you know how to tune your receiver in you can see first broadcasts – and from what we've heard they are looking more akin to the EMAP jukebox channels rather than MTV's programme format. Adverts are also appearing for the new stations on Sky's other channels.

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MINT ROYALE BOOKED FOR WELSH DANCE FESTIVAL
Mint Royale have been booked to play Welsh dance music festival Wakestock, which will take place on North Wales Lleyn Peninsula from 18 -19 Jul. The event will also feature arenas hosted by clubs Dusted and Serious with Judge Jules, Norman Jay, Eddie Halliwell and John Kelly among the line up. The music will run alongside a Wakeboard competition which, we are told, is something like a cross between surfing and water-skiing. More info at http://www.wakestock.co.uk.

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MINOGUE PARENTS DESPERATE FOR GRAND CHILDREN
In an interview with a German magazine Dannii Minogue has said her parents are getting worried because neither she and Kylie have started a family yet. "My dad is already really hysterical. All of his three children are in their thirties and childless. I'’ve been encouraging Kylie and [brother] Brandon to start families. I have faith in them that they will soon bring grandchildren into the world."

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