CMU Daily - on the inside 22 Apr 2003
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In today's CMU Daily:
• Jazz legend dies
• S Club to split
• One last TLC show to pay tribute to Lisa Left Eye
• Government officials side with RIAA against ISP
• Positiva hope for another number one with another ad track
• Review: Triple Eight - Knockout
• Madonna's media fest
• Vandross recovering from stroke
• Toyah plans comeback after jungle visit
• BBC push World service to a home audience
• Westlife try the country scene
• Albarn hopes Coxon will return
• Gayle and Hadley make reborn final
• Eminem to co-host latest Hip Hop Summit
• Peaches on pop collaboration
• Review: Broadcast - Pendulum Ep
• New Warchild album released
• Polyphonic UK tour, US signing
• Cerys returns
• Tatu recruit naked girls for photo shoot

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CMU POP QUIZ
With Mr Scruff's remixed Sweetsmoke CD out end of May, here's another chance to win Scruff goodies (a mug, t-shirt and some vinyl). Check the 'songs in ads' questions each day and find out how to win on Friday. Last week's answers and winners at the bottom of the Daily.

Q1: The song - Royksopp's 'So Easy' - whose ad?

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CHART UPDATE
The lesson is this - never forget the power of advertising. Though that's not much help if its someone else's advertising. Yep, Room 5 featuring Oliver Cheatham get a fourth week at number one with 'Make Luv' - shifting more units in its fourth week in the shops than Madonna, Robbie and Blur managed in their respective first week sales - and proving how many records you can shift if you're song is used as the soundtrack to a deodorant advert.

A few surprises in the final count this week. Midweeks suggested Madonna would take the top spot with comeback single 'American Life' - in the end she had to make do with number two. I'm guessing EMI will be please Robbie did a little better than expected with 'Come Undone' going it at four, though in doing so he pushed another of their releases down one spot - Blur's 'Out Of Time' fell down one place from the Midweek chart to go in at number five. And neither new release could compete with 50 Cent, still at number three after six weeks on the charts.

Other than Junior Senior - still at number six - you have to go down to number 16 for the exciting stuff. There you will find the Yeah Yeah Yeah's entering the chart with 'Date With The Night', while at 17 Jay Z has a new entry with 'Excuse Me Miss' and at 23 the excellent Goldfrapp enter the chart with 'Train'. Other than Meat Loaf, somewhat disappointingly reentering the charts with 'Couldn't Have Said It Better' at 31 (perhaps it will grow), and In Me, just missing the Top 40 with a new entry at 46 with 'Neptune', that's it singles wise.

Albums wise there is little new to report. Of the Top 5 (Coldplay, White Stripes, Justin Timberlake, Norah Jones and Avril Lavinge respectively) only the White Stripes hasn't been on the chart for over six months. And unless you want Denise Van Outen singing songs from her new West End musical, or you like Scooter's brand of helium pop, then the only new entry worth your time is Run DMC, whose greatest hits go in at 16.

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JAZZ LEGEND DIES
Legendary jazz and blues singer Nina Simone has died aged 70 at her home in Southern France. Simone has been in the public eye ever since her debut release, Gershwin's 'I Love You Porgy' in 1959. Musically she will probably be best remembered for the classic 'My Baby Just Cares For Me', though history may also focus on her conviction to the black civil rights movement of the fifties and sixties, and her associations with both the radical black playwright Lorraine Hansberry and the controversial Malcolm X.

Announcing her death her manager Clifton Henderson told reporters: "It is with great regret and sadness that we announce the death of the legendary jazz singer, the great Nina Simone, who died this morning at her home. She had not been feeling very well for quite a while."

Among the artists making tributes was soul singer India Arie, who told Associated Press: "She was ahead of her time as a concert-level piano player who sang, wrote and spoke her mind. I aspire to be more like her."

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S CLUB TO SPLIT
Another lesson for the day - there's no smoke without fire. Despite continually denying rumours a split was looming, the S Club seniors last night told the audience at their London's Docklands Arena gig that they will call it a day at the end of May. Rumours have been circulating regards the future of Polydor's pop combo ever since the arrival of the S Club Juniors two years ago and the departure of one of the '7' - Paul Cattermole - last summer. But those rumours seemed to step up as the group's debut movie 'Seeing Double' went on general release a few weeks back.

In a joint statement the group said: "With any job there comes a time to move on and to face new challenges. We've had a fantastic four years in S Club. We've experienced so much more than we ever imagined and we've enjoyed a huge amount of success. We can't thank each and every one of our fans enough for their constant support and we hope that they will continue to support and understand us in our decision."

Record label bosses will now be looking to capitalise on the S Club Juniors who will be rebranded the S Club 8. No word on the other S Club rumour that the 'gay one' would come out after the group splits up.

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ONE LAST TLC SHOW TO PAY TRIBUTE TO LISA LEFT EYE
The surviving members of TLC - Rozonda 'Chilli' Thomas and Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins - will give their first performance since the death of Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopez on 1 Jun, and it is likely to be their last. The live performance will be part of a show organised by New York radio station Z100 which will also feature the likes of Ja Rule, Ashanti, Ginuwine, Simple Plan, 'NSYNC's JC Chasez, Bowling for Soup, Wayne Wonder, Tanto Metro & Devonte and Daniel Bedingfield.

Talking about the performance Thomas told reporters: "It's hard for us because next week will be a year that Lisa's been gone. I don't want it to be the end. I wish that we could just go on tour forever, but we can't do it like that. It is going to be a night that we all remember".

The duo are also likely to pay tribute to Aaliyah and Jam Master Jay during their performance. BMG label Arista have confirmed a TLC greatest hits album is planned for the Autumn, possibly including some previously unreleased material. Thomas is then expected to record a solo album - it is unclear whether the duo will then record together under a different name.

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GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS SIDE WITH RIAA AGAINST ISP
In case you'd forgotten - the Recording Industry Association of America is still fighting internet service provider Verizon Communications, who they reckon should hand over the name and address of customers who the record labels suspect of illegally uploading serious amounts of music. Verizon have resisted the RIAA's demands saying the current Digital Millennium Copyright Act only commands them to give out the details of people who post illegal MP3s on their website, not customers who use email access to transfer copyright material.

However the RIAA scored a victory last week when the US Department of Justice said the ISP's interpretation of the DMCA is wrong. Officials also disagreed with the other argument that implementing the copyright act in this way violated First Amendment rights. RIAA legal man Matthew Oppenheim told reporters that government's filing supported the notion that "copyright owners are entitled to determine who is infringing their copyrights online" and "that entitlement passes Constitutional muster." Verizon are yet to respond.

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POSITIVA HOPE FOR ANOTHER NUMBER ONE WITH ANOTHER AD TRACK
Positiva will be hoping they can follow up the success of Room 5's deodorant ad track with the music from those Peugot 206 TV ad which they will release next Monday. The bhangra influenced track is called 'Husan', and was originally created by Dutch producers Niels Zuiderhoek and Jeroen den Hengst. The single release sees the track remixed by Jules Spinner (Lowered Recordings) and Jack Berry under the name Bhangra Knights, and the addition of a rap by Raul. If only Room 5 can stay at number one for one more week Positiva might just follow up one ad soundtrack number one with another.

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REVIEW: Triple Eight - Knockout (Polydor)
One word for you: boyband. Triple Eight are everything you'd expect of a boyband - 5 all singing, all dancing, 'good-looking' young lads. Nice clean cut boys with a slightly rough (but ever so lovable, of course) "street" edge to them. There's "the scruffy one" (David), "the quiet one" (Justin), blah blah blah blah blah... Debut single "Knockout" is an irritatingly catchy, punchy piece of energetic, rocky, pure power pop, sounding like N'Sync meets 5ive (R.I.P) with a touch of Linkin Park stylee to it. Sparx (sounds like one of the Blazin' Squad to me) claims that, "We definitely want to bring something to the fans and to the public that hasn't been done before," but so far 888 seem to be just another manufactured pin-up band for those screaming teenie girls everywhere. MY
Release date: 21 Apr
Press contact: Polydor IH [all]

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MADONNA'S MEDIA FEST
She may have missed out on a number one for new single 'American Life', but she's doing a good job getting herself plenty of media exposure. Madonna is currently busy doing the marketing rounds for her new single and the album of the same name.

VH1 in the US dedicated a whole show to the queen of pop prior to airing the reworked video for the new single. As previously reported the original video to 'American Life' was dropped because its violent depiction of war, initially intended as a 'pro-peace' message, was deemed unsuitable once America was at war. The new version features Madonna dressed in a military uniform singing in front of a backdrop of ever-changing flags of different countries.

Talking about the decision to change the video she told reporters: "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." However, when questioned about the US backlash against the Dixie Chicks after they made anti-Bush comments, she told the VH1 programme: "You know, it's ironic we're fighting for democracy in Iraq because we ultimately aren't celebrating democracy here. Because anybody who has anything to say against the war or against the President or whatever is punished, and that's not democracy - it's people being intolerant."

Elsewhere Madonna told People magazine that sex in her forties was "better than ever". But she admitted her latest marriage to Guy Ritchie had turned out differently than she'd expected: "Guy and I have done a lot of growing up in the last few years and we understand that marriage is about having shared goals. We have things we each want to do, but we're clear that the partnership comes first."

Finally on the Madonna front, this weekend saw some strange goings on at official website madonna.com - it may have been a case of clever marketing, though it seems more likely it was all down to some clever hacking. As previously reported, Madonna's label has put spoiler MP3s online to victimise fans trying to download a free copy of the single. They are titled 'American Life' and are the same length as the single, but they consist of the singer saying "what the fuck do you think you're doing" on a loop. In response a hacker altered the madonna.com home page to read "this is what the fuck I think I'm doing" with links to MP3s of every track on the up coming album. We assume it was an unofficial hacking because it had been taken down within a few hours.

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VANDROSS RECOVERING FROM STROKE
R&B singer Luther Vandross is recovering in New York after suffering a stroke last week. In a statement the star's manager told reporters: "Vandross is under medical care and his family and friends are hopeful for a speedy recovery."

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TOYAH PLAN COMEBACK AFTER JUNGLE VISIT
Toyah Willcox, currently one of the favourites to win the upcoming second series of 'I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here', is already planning to cash in on her appearance on the reality TV show. She will re-release her albums 'Prostitute' and 'Ophelia's Shadow' on 19 and 26 May respectively, and will then follow them up with a brand new mini-album on 7 Jul.

Commenting on the new six track album, which she says has been inspired by the likes of Mogwai, Elbow, Nick Cave and Marilyn Manson, she told reporters: "I know that people will appreciate the darker direction I am taking. Hopefully it will appeal to those who still like their music to have little teeth."

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BBC PUSH WORLD SERVICE TO A HOME AUDIENCE
The BBC is stepping up the UK marketing for the World Service now that the global station has been added to the Freeview service as well as various digital satellite and digital cable systems. Despite being hugely popular around the world, especially in India, the station has never had a big listenership in the UK, with most of us only able to receive its output on late night Radio 4. But with the new digital output station bosses hope that will change.

Mark Byford, Director of the BBC World Service and Global News, told reporters: "Most people in the UK know of the World Service but few have actually listened to it. Until recently it's been easier to hear BBC World Service in Damascus, Dhaka or Delhi than in Donegal, Doncaster or Dundee - unless you're a night owl, tuning into World Service programmes on Radio 4, Radio Ulster or Radio Wales. With many new ways to listen, even more of the people who fund us, taxpayers in the UK, can benefit from and enjoy the service."

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WESTLIFE TRY THE COUNTRY SCENE
The BBC will launch a new series of programmes next month where performers from one musical world try to make it in another. In episode one Westlife will try to make it as a 'cowboy band' in Nashville. The show will follow the boy band as they are remodelled as country singers, and trained in the ways of country music. At the end of their crash course they perform live in front of one of the most demanding audiences in the world at Nashville's Wildhorse Saloon. No word on how they go down or whether we can expect a new direction from the Westlife boys now that their dull cover versions don't demand automatic number ones.

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ALBARN HOPES COXON WILL RETURN
Daman Albarn last week told Radio 1 he hoped Graham Coxon may come back to the band eventually. Speaking to Jo Whiley prior to recording an exclusive set for the station he said: "We still hope that he'll come back. I hope it's not a permanent thing. But someone else had to play guitars, basically, and I was kind of given the job. I've got a different style of guitar to Graham."

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GAYLE AND HADLEY MAKE REBORN FINAL
ITV's 'Reborn in the USA' reaches its grand finale this weekend with Tony Hadley and Michelle Gayle going head to head for the overall win. The final will take place in the UK and see the two former pop stars perform their favourite three songs from the series from which viewers will be asked to vote for an overall winner. Talking about their time with the series they both said they have no regrets about doing the show and have a number of things planned for once it is all over.

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EMINEM TO CO-HOST LATEST HIP HOP SUMMIT
Eminem will co-host the latest edition of Russell Simmons' Hip Hop Summit Action when it comes to Detroit later this month. Redman, Method Man, Reverend Run, Cam'ron and the Diplomats, Slum Village, D12, Petey Pablo, Kevin Liles, Paul Rosenberg, Keith Murray, Capone-N-Noreaga and DOC are all expected to be in attendance to discuss "strategies to utilise hip-hop for youth empowerment the topics" under the title 'The Remix: Rebuilding... Refocusing... Reinvesting... Resurgence.'

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PEACHES ON POP COLLABORATION
Peaches has confirmed that Iggy Pop will appear on her forthcoming album on a track specifically written for the former Stooges frontman. Speaking to Rolling Stones magazine Peaches described the track as being: "more about rock 'n' roll than sex," whatever that means. The album is due out in the Autumn.

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REVIEW: Broadcast - Pendulum EP (Warp)
If Broadcast weren't such calm people they'd be terrifying. Vocalist Trish sounds like she has a choir of demonic schoolgirls in her lungs while behind her church organs and space rock flinch around electronic spasms. This new EP shows the best of their talents in anticipation for the album 'HaHa Sound' in August. The six tracks take you from jazz, towards trip-hop and onward to the quietly insane waltz dance. Broadcast don't want to mess with your brain. They just want to morph it, gently, and if they choose to do that with what are noodling indie pop tunes, then fine by me. DH
Release date: 5 May
Press contact: Warp IH [all]

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NEW WARCHILD ALBUM RELEASED
Paul McCartney, George Michael, David Bowie and Avril Lavigne all appear on the latest War Child album, released yesterday to raise money for the relief effort in post-war Iraq. Commenting on the project McCartney said "Whatever the politics, whatever the rights and wrongs of war, children are always the innocent victims. So I am delighted to make this small contribution."

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POLYPHINIC: UK TOUR, US SIGNING
US based Hollywood Records have signed up The Polyphonic Spree and will now release debut album 'The Beginning Stages of...' the Polyphonic Spree' in America. The gowned pop combo last week extended their US tour meaning they will be performing over there more or less non-stop until their next UK dates:

30 Jun: Manchester Academy
1 Jul: Birmingham Academy
2 Jul: Nottingham Rock City
3 Jul: Cambridge Corn Exchange
4 Jul London Brixton Academy

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CERYS RETURNS
Former Catatonia front-woman Cerys Matthews has confirmed a mini-tour to promote up coming solo album 'Cock-A-Hoop', out on Blanco Y Negro on 19 May. The dates are as follows:

14 Jun: St David's Hall, Cardiff
16 Jun: Brighton Concorde 2
19 Jun: London Union Chapel
24 Jun: Cambridge Junction
25 Jun: Manchester University

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TATU RECRUIT NAKED GIRLS FOR PHOTO SHOOT
TaTu have continued in their bid to annoy every tabloid newspaper by inviting 'young girls' to join them in a naked photo shoot to be used on their next album cover. A spokesman told reporters: "We are looking for the most beautiful, coolest, cleverest and youngest girls," though he didn't actually say what age he meant by 'young'. Either way, the NSPCC has branded the move as an "irresponsible publicity stunt" and told reporters: "We strongly urge young girls not to send naked photographs of themselves."

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The answers to last week's chart trivia pop quiz were as follows:

Q1: What Led Zeppelin track did the drums on De La Soul's 'Three is the Magic Number' come from?
'The Crunge From Houses of the Holy'

Q2: Whose rendition of whose track 'The Last Time' was famously sampled on the Verve's 'Bitter Sweet Symphony'?
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra's cover of the Rolling Stones' track

Q3: The tune from 'Groove Is In The Heart' by Dee-Lite comes from Herbie Hancock's theme tune to which 60's film?
'Blow Up, Bring Down The Birds.'

Q4: Which track does the main sample from De La Soul's 'Me, Myself and I' come from?
'Knee Deep' by Funkadelic

Well done to Ed from Edinburgh who wins Mr Scruff vinyl, t-shirt, mug and, wait for it, jigsaw! More Scruff stuff to win this week - so check out the quiz each day.

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