CMU Daily - on the inside 29 Apr 2003
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In today's CMU Daily:
• Apple launch download site
• Express apologise for Williams gambling story
• RAM man mixes solo debut
• Review: The Bluetones - Luxembourg
• Stereophonics announce intimate dates
• EMAP launch new youth sale department
• Independent video show tonight
• Hadley announce post re-birth gig
• Quo not to happy with their classics album
• Dynamite on Dre interest
• Vandross has tracheotomy as he recovers from stroke
• Review: Ralph Myerz & The Jack Herren Band - Think Twice
• Creamfields line up released
• Yeah Yeah Yeahs announce London date
• S Clubber's father may go legal

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CMU POP QUIZ
Keep the answers to this week's pop quiz questions (more ad soundtrack questions this week) and we'll tell you how to enter on Friday. Answers to last week's quiz below.

Q2: The song - Boney M's 'Daddy Cool' - whose ad?

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APPLE LAUNCH DOWNLOAD SITE
Apple Computers gave more information about their download website yesterday, confirming that over 200,000 tracks from the back catalogues of all five major labels will be available to download at 99 cents (62p) a time.

Announcing the new site Apple boss Steve Jobs told reporters: "It's not free, but it's 99 cents a song, pretty doggone close. There's no legal alternative that's worth beans." Once music fans have paid their 99 cents they can make as many copies as they like via their CD burner.

The service has been set up more as a way of promoting Mac's technology than to be a money making venture in itself. The service will be initially reserved for Mac users, though a Windows version will go online later this year. Meanwhile the company used the same press conference to launch a new range of iPod digital music player which are thinner, lighter but have bigger hard drives.
Jobs didn't make any further comment on the rumours his company plans to buy out Universal's music operations.

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EXPRESS APOLOGISE FOR WILLIAMS GAMBLING STORY
The Daily Express has had to print a prominent apology to Robbie Williams for a report in February that claimed he was addicted to gambling. The tabloid alleged that Robbie had lost large sums of cash after becoming addicted to gambling at cards. But yesterday they wrote: "We are happy to put the record straight and make clear that Robbie is not addicted to gambling in any form and has not lost substantial amounts of money as claimed. He only gambles for small stakes and his losses amount to no more than £2,000 over the last 18 months. We apologise for any distress our article has caused Robbie." The paper will also pay

Robbie's legal fees and make a donation to a charity of Williams' choice.
When they wrote the article the Express was actually reporting on an 'exclusive' in the News of the World, which was based on an interview with a 'fantasist' who had never met the singer. The Sunday tabloid is still working out a settlement with the star. The Daily Mail, who also reported on the story in its diary column, printed an apology earlier this month.

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RAM MAN MIXES SOLO DEBUT
Creator of the definitive jungle tune 'Valley Of The Shadows', Andy C, will release his debut solo mix CD called 'Play' in June. We're told to expect many of the acts from the roster of his RAM Records label to appear. You might be surprised that it's his solo debut - but former mixes have been as part of Origin Unknown (with Ant Miles) and the RAM Trilogy (with Ant and Shimon).

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REVIEW: The Bluetones - Luxembourg (Vital/SQR)
Nondescript, inconsequential and lacking any real point. That's how most people view Luxembourg. Boy, did the former clown princes of Britpop ever make themselves more vulnerable to attack with their choice of album title. Bear in mind that it's been three years since 'Science and Nature', and then you've got to wonder why they'd want to make their return so difficult for themselves. And just as you tut, they promptly stick two fingers up at you with the terrific opener 'Here It Comes Again'. Thrusting purposefully forward in a flurry of 80's electronica, handclaps and posturing, it grabs your attention, shoves it into a barrel and pushes it over the Niagara Falls. Bluetones in good comeback shocker! Alas, as you bob up and down in your barrel at the foot of the falls, you realise the most interesting part of the ride has flown by all too soon. 'Never Going Nowhere' matches earlier 90's achievements and closer 'Turn It Up' struts meaningfully, but the promise of the first track never surfaces. A return of sorts, and one only marginally more than slight. TO
Release date: 12 May 2003
Press contact: Momentum PR [all]

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STEREOPHONICS ANNOUNCE INTIMATE DATES
You might be forgiven for looking up the definition of 'intimate' in the dictionary, but anyway, the Stereophonics yesterday posted details of their five 'intimate' gigs which will precede their arena tour later this year. The dates, timed to coincide with the release of new album 'You Gotta Go There To Come Back', are as follows:

27 May: Bristol Academy
28 May: St George's Hall, Bradford
29 May: Glasgow Barrowlands;
31 May: Shepherds Bush Empire;
1 Jun: Cardiff University Great Hall.

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EMAP LAUNCH NEW YOUTH SALE DEPARTMENT
EMAP are launching a new sales team to market all of its radio operations targeted at under-35s. This means one sales team will sell space across what they are calling the 'one nation network' - ie the Kiss, Smash Hits and Kerrang! terrestrial and digital stations. The new operation may also sell advertising and sponsorship for its Smash Hits chart show and for the programmes the group makes for the Student Broadcast Network.

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INDEPENDENT VIDEO SHOW TONIGHT
There's another edition of Antenna tonight - the bi-monthly showcase for progressive music videos. Tonight's proceedings will include videos from award-winning video directors Blue Source and one from John Hassay, top video commissioner and partner in production company Colonel Blimp. The Blue Source team and Hassay will then join the director of leading digital film festival onedotzero, Shaner J Walter, to discuss a series of other videos, including some from newcomers to the field. The event kicks off at 8.30pm at the NFT. Tickets are £7.50. Press info from Vez on 07050 095 486.

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HADLEY ANNOUNCES POST RE-BIRTH GIG
Fresh from his reality TV win Tony Hadley has announced a one-off London date where he will perform alongside third place runner up Peter Cox and the rest of Cox's mates from Go West. The gig will take place at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire on 30 Jul.

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QUO NOT TO HAPPY WITH THEIR CLASSICS ALBUM
Status Quo aren't doing a very good job in selling up coming album 'Rocking All Over The Riffs' which features new recordings of Quo classics and cover versions. Francis Rossi has told Aussie music website Undercover that the only reason they made it is because their record label made them!

"It is something we got talked into," he says. "If it means they'll let us make real albums then we have to do that, I suppose. We didn't want to do an album like that but we had to - it is hard being in that position where you have to do something but it keeps us alive".

The album was recorded at the same time as last album 'Heavy Traffic'. It was meant to be released at the same time as the new album - but for some reason the record label held back and will now release it in time for the Christmas market in November this year.

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DYNAMITE ON DRE INTEREST
More on the Dynamite working with Dre stories. As previously reported rumours that Ms Dynamite had turned down the opportunity to work with the hip hop mogul were untrue (in fact she had turned down an invite to a party being thrown by Dre's record label because of a bad case of morning sickness).

Speaking to Radio 1 backstage after her Brixton Academy gig this weekend Dynamite said: "Dr Dre has spoken to people very close to me about the particular tracks that he likes, and it's overwhelming for me. I'm like 'Oh my God, did Dre say that?' It's exciting. Right now it's just talk. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate that talk. I appreciate that he's even taking the time out to listen to what I'm doing, but at the end of the day, when it happens, then I'll be excited!"

Meanwhile onto more pressing matters - has she got a name for the baby yet? "I haven't got any names. I'm a bit superstitious. I'd rather wait until he's here and see his face. A name is a very important thing to me - you can only live up to your name."

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VANDROSS HAS TRACHEOTOMY AS HE RECOVERS FROM STROKE
Luther Vandross has had a throat operation to fight off pneumonia as he tries to recover from that stroke he suffered earlier this month. The singer's manager confirmed he had undergone a tracheotomy but said it had been done in such a way as not to affect the vocal cords. "We're waiting for him to regain full consciousness," she told the BBC. "I am told that this may take some time." She added that family and friends appreciated the "tremendous outpouring of well wishes and prayers" sent by fans.

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REVIEW: Ralph Myerz & The Jack Herren Band - Think Twice (Emperor Norton Records)
Based on an old rare groove soul sample (the name of which currently escapes me) this 12" comes replete with 'Edit' a tough radio beat mix, 'Attaboy Main Remix' a groovy disco house remix, Juan McClean's 'If Robots ruled The Earth Remix' which as you might expect is a techy workout in line with Felix the Electroclash Cat, the 'Swag Vocal mix' which is a funky filtered house groove with synth-strings and things, and finally the 'Album Version' which takes the track down to it's mid-tempo hiphop beats and deep bass. A nice track with some nice beats from Bukem, Peterson and Scruff faves. JG
Release date: 21 May
Press contact: 9PR [all]

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CREAMFIELDS LINE UP RELEASED
More on the Creamfields festival which takes place over the August Bank Holiday in Liverpool - with Paul Oakenfold, Pete Tong and Judge Jules confirmed as support for headliners Massive Attack. Also lined up are: Sasha, Erick Morillo, Dave Clarke (Live), Timo Maas, Fergie, Tall Paul, Gus Gus (Live), Jon Carter and Lisa Lashes.

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YEAH YEAH YEAHS ANNOUNCE LONDON DATE
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs have announced a London date - the New York trio will play the London Forum on 7 Jun in what is their only confirmed non-festival show. New album 'Fever To Tell' was released this week and it's great.

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S CLUBBER'S FATHER MAY GO LEGAL
Pop gossip just in - the father of soon to be former-S Club member Hannah Spearitt is reportedly considering taking legal action against the Simon Fuller empire after those media revelations that the 19 Management Group have made considerably more out of the S Club affair than any of the seven club members. We can't help thinking that 19 will have written pretty sound contracts with the S Clubbers, so we're yet to be convinced there'll be a legal case, even if the popstars have a moral reason to be bitter.

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