CMU Daily - on the inside 1 May 2003
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In today's CMU Daily:
• RIAA take on downloaders direct
• Channel 4 bosses admits RI:SE a flop
• TaTu gigs cancelled
• Review: Four Tet - Rounds (Domino)
• Bling bling in the dictionary
• Reading sells out
• Star Spangles set date for album release
• 50 cent signs book deal with MTV
• East End club releases compilation series
• New Harrison single due for release
• Kylie nineties albums set for rerelease
• Anastacia plans to launch breast cancer campaign
• Virgin radio accuse Evans of lying
• Latest Jacko doc less popular
• Manics back in studio
• Review: Skin - Fleshwounds
• Oasis top virgin songs poll
• ITV companies may not merge if forced to sell off advertising divisions
• Is Robbie commited to breaking America?

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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.

Q4: The song - Jimi Hendrix's 'Voodoo Child' - whose ad?

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RIAA TAKE ON DOWNLOADERS DIRECT
The Recording Industry of America Association yesterday stepped up its war against downloading by going for the downloaders direct. Fresh from its court victory last week where judges said US based ISP Verizon did have to hand over the contact details of one of their customers who the record labels suspect of exchanging serious amounts of music, the RIAA has tracked down the email addresses of some 200,000 people exchanging music files via Grokster and Kazaa and has emailed them a stern warning.

"It appears that you are offering copyrighted music to others from your computer," the warning read. "When you break the law, you risk legal penalties. There is a simple way to avoid that risk: don't steal music either by offering it to others to copy or downloading it on a file-sharing system like this. When you offer music on these systems, you are not anonymous and you can easily be identified." It's a dangerous move because while those 200,000 people (and the 100,000s of others expected to be sent the message) may download music via their computers, they also probably buy large amounts of music from record stores, and therefore the record labels are threatening the very people they depend on to stay in business.

Sharman Networks Ltd, the company behind Kazaa, attacked the move saying the RIAA was choosing to "attack some of its most loyal customers". Some insiders fear that if the RIAA goes through with its threat, and starts suing individual downloaders, the downloading community will organise boycotts that will severely hit real world record sales. Elsewhere in the world of downloading good news from Apple following the first day of their iTunes website. Despite being US based and only Mac compatible the service sold 200,000 tracks at a dollar a time on its first day of trading. Good news for the five major labels who all have tracks available to buy via the service.

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CHANNEL 4 BOSSES ADMITS RI:SE A FLOP
Channel 4 boss Mark Thompson yesterday admitted for the first time that struggling breakfast show RI:SE was a bit of a flop - in both its pre and post Christmas formats. Admitting RI:SE's ratings were disappointing (they dipped to a new low of 50,000 last week) he said: "Breakfast is one of the areas not working as well as we'd like." No word on what the channel's plans are for the former Big Breakfast slot, though some reckon RI:SE will go before the school summer holidays with kids programmes filling the gap while a new format is developed for an Autumn launch.

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TATU GIGS CANCELLED
The moral of the day - you can't fill arenas on the back on one number one single - even if your performers like courting controversy. Promoter's yesterday cancelled TaTu's two arena gigs, due to take place this weekend in London and Manchester. Word is only 1000 of the 10,000 tickets for the Manchester show, and 2000 of the 12,000 tickets for the London show, had been sold. Full refunds are available for the 3000 ticket buyers.

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REVIEW: Four Tet - Rounds (Domino)
Yeah, whatever. You know, there's only so much avant-garde cut'n'paste BGM a boy can take before the po faced, cooler than thou 'soundscapes' melt into one and the mind starts to wander. On 'Rounds', Four Tet put electronic tweetery and dimly industrious drum machines into clear and very pretty use, but itís really, truly at the expense of writing any ëtunesí. Frankly, for a moment this hapless hack is left wondering why he even likes music in the first place, only to remember that itís because not all music sounds like this. ëRoundsí is quite nice. Is it bedtime yet? DR
Release date: 5 May
Press contact: Hermana [CP, RP, NP] Cool Badge [CR, RR, NR]

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BLING BLING IN THE DICTIONARY
We hear that the Oxford English Dictionary is currently crafting a definition for the phrase 'bling, bling' which it will add to its next edition, alongside other hip hop phrases that already appear like 'jiggy', 'breakbeat', 'dope' and 'phat'. The term - meaning anything, but especially jewellery, of a showy style, of course - apparently has it origins with the New Orleans rap family Cash Money Millionaires - with Cash Money member BG the first to bring it to public attention with late 90s track 'Bling Bling'. When MTV told him about the addition of his phrase to the OED, BG said: "I'm so surprised that that word has spread like it has. But I knew it was serious when I saw that the NBA championship ring for the Los Angeles Lakers had the word 'bling bling' written in diamonds on it." He seemed quite open to the general use of his phrase: "'Bling bling' will never be forgotten. So it's like I will never be forgotten. I just wish that I'd trademarked it, so I'd never have to work again."

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READING SELLS OUT
It's proving a good year for Festival promoters. After the record speed sell out for Glastonbury, all weekend tickets have now gone for the Reading Festival, with organisers warning that day tickets, and all tickets for the sister Leeds Festival, are all selling very fast. So if you want to see Blur, Primal Scream, Metallica, The Streets, White Stripes and Doves get your tickets soon.

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STAR SPANGLES SET DATE FOR ALBUM RELEASE
New York's The Star Spangles have release information about their debut long player due for release via EMI in July. According to the NME the album, called 'Bazooka!!!', will include the singles 'Which Of The Two Of Us Is Gonna Burn This House Down' and 'Stay Away From Me', two cover versions - of a Johnny Thunders/Wayne Kramer song called 'Crime Of The Century' and The Hoodoo Gurus song called 'I'll Get Her Back', plus several new songs. Apparently part of the album was recorded in the bathroom of Ramones producer Daniel Rey - though we're not sure which bit or why!

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50 CENT SIGNS BOOK DEAL WITH MTV
After something of a bidding word 50 Cent has signed a deal with MTV Books who will publish his official biography. As previously reported, despite having only recorded one album and being in his mid-twenties, 50 Cent has had quite an action packed life including the murder of his drug dealer mother and the taking of more than a few bullets. MTV's publishing company will hope 50 Cent's current dominance of the hip hop scene in the US coupled with the action packed life story will help them shift many many books. No word on how many cents the rapper will earn from the deal, though presumably considerably more than 50.

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EAST END CLUB RELEASES COMPILATION SERIES
The owners of the Old Truman Brewery in East London are planning to produce a compilation series featuring music by artists who have performed at its Vibe Bar space over the last five years. The first compilation, out in July, will feature tracks from Basement Jaxx's Atlantic Jaxx label, Groove Armada's Ragbull label and Derrick Carter and Luke Solomon's Classic label. The club-brand compilation market is getting quite crowded. The Truman Brewery compilation will follow the release of a new album series from 93 Feet East early next month.

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NEW HARRISON SINGLE DUE FOR RELEASE
EMI will this month release a new single from George Harrison - 'Any Road' - taken from the album 'Brainwashed', which was release posthumously last year. An enhanced version of the single with a video of Any Road will also be available.

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KYLIE NINETIES ALBUMS SET FOR RERELEASE
Those 'not quite so successful' mid-nineties Kylie albums, released during her time with trendy BMG imprint DeConstruction, will be re-released on 19 May. Following the release of a compilation album featuring Kylie's DeConstruction singles last year, this time round the complete albums will be on sale, both with additional special edition disks featuring b-sides and rarities.

The albums are called 'Kylie Minogue' and 'Impossible Princess' - though, somewhat confusingly, at the time of release both albums were called 'Kylie Minogue' - the latter having a last minute name change as it was released a few weeks after the death of Princess Diana. Among the singles included will be 'Some Kind Of Bliss', 'Did It Again', 'Put Yourself In My Place'and 'Confide In Me'. BMG will be hoping to cash in on the success of Kylie's recent releases on Parlophone.

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ANASTACIA PLANS TO LAUNCH BREAST CANCER CAMPAIGN
Following her own surgery to remove a cancerous lump from her breast back in February, Anastacia has said he plans to launch a campaign to inform young women about breast cancer. Speaking to NOW magazine she says: "It's a disease that affects all of us, and we have to be more aware. I think all girls, no matter what their age, should take a second and go get a mammogram."

She continued: "I'd like to start a foundation that offers people information about breast cancer. It's something that's really needed. A lot of people think breast cancer is a shameful disease because it attacks a feminine part of a woman. But I don't feel less attractive because I've had cancer."

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VIRGIN RADIO ACCUSE EVANS OF LYING
Lawyers for the Scottish Media Group, owners of Virgin Radio, yesterday accused Chris Evans of lying in his account of events leading up to his high profile sacking from the station as the Evans / Virgin court case rumbled on. Yep - Evans is still in the process of suing Virgin for the share options he reckons he is still due after his sacking. Summing up their case SMG's lawyer said Evans had made a "concerted attempt to mislead your lordship's court" by firstly saying he had waited around for three hours for a meeting with Virgin bosses to discuss his future on the breakfast show (the DJ later admitted he had been there for 75 minutes, drinking lager as he waited) and secondly in his claims that he took time off from his breakfast show due to stress induced illness (Virgin claim he was actually hungover after a week long drinking binge). Presumably we can now expect a judgement very soon on whether the station should hand over those share options to their former flagship DJ.

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LATEST JACKO DOC LESS POPULAR
The screening of another batch of Michael Jackson's 'home videos' only pulled in 7.8 million viewers last week, suggesting the US public' obsession with Jacko has waned for the time being. 27.1 million tuned in o the US screening of Martin Bashir's dreadful ITV documentary

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MANICS BACK IN STUDIO
Writing on their official website the Manic Street Preachers have confirmed they will begin work on their seventh album in the US later this year following their festival dates at Manchester's Move Festival and the Irish Witnness Festival in July. According to the NME there are three working titles for the album - 'Blueprint For Exile', 'Litany' and 'The Unwritten Diaries' - though we're not sure if those are track names, or alternatives for the album title.

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REVIEW: Skin - Fleshwounds (EMI Records)
Man, what is it with this stupid industry? Oh yeah, copy-protected CDs, what a great idea. Hey everyone,let's release CDs that no-one can play on their bloody hi-fi. Labels of the world, consider this a warning: this is the *last time* this writer hooks his discman up to his hi-fi in order to review your poxy releases. Got it? Anyway, in the case of 'Fleshwounds', it's not even worth the effort; Skin sounds barely different now than she did in her Skunk Anansie days (ie shit), so fans desperate to illegally burn copies of her warbling twaddle can do so from the copy-unprotected filth that her band released in the last century. Avoid on all levels. DR Release date: 2 Jun
Press contact: EMI IH [all]

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OASIS TOP VIRGIN SONGS POLL
While backstage Virgin Radio celebrated their tenth anniversary by calling Chris Evans a liar, on air the birthday was marked with a survey of listeners' favourite records of the last decade. It was a predictable top five - Oasis' 'Wonderwall'; The Verve's Bittersweet Symphony; (perhaps most surprisingly) REM's ' Everybody Hurts'; Oasis' ' Don't Look Back In Anger'; and Travis' 'Why Does It Always Rain On Me'. Listeners were given 100 songs to choose from - 10 from each of the last 10 years.

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ITV COMPANIES MAY NOT MERGE IF FORCED TO SELL OFF ADVERTISING DIVISIONS
Reports that competition authorities might insist Granada and Carlton sell off their advertising sales houses before they can merge has led to insiders at the two media companies claiming the creation of a single ITV company may be postponed. Word is the two companies would not be keen to flog off both their sales operations - preferring to wait on the assumption media regulation will only get slacker in the future.

Some industry experts reckon bosses at the ITV companies are surprised such strict measures are being discussed - they had anticipated being forced to sell off one of their advertising companies, but not both. "Just selling off one of the sales houses is clearly not on the commission's mind," one competition lawyer told the Guardian. "It's a blow to Carlton and Granada that what would have been the obvious remedy - and one they could have livedwith - does not seem to be on the commission's agenda."

But some investors reckon the two companies should proceed with their merger, even if they do have to sell off both sales operations. Kingsley Wilson, a media analyst with Investec, told reporters: "This move makes the deal less attractive at the overall cost savings level, but I believe there are bigger issues. If you don't go through with the merger, you go back to the old situation."

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IS ROBBIE COMMITED TO BREAKING AMERICA?
Given that EMI's share price seems to wobble everytime there is bad news on Robbie Williams' performance in the US the record label's bosses presumably won't be too happy with an interview Robbie gave to a US magazine in which he admitted he is unlikely to break America because he can't be bothered touring. "I could break the States if I toured. It would solve everything because the live show is great but I'm not prepared to work that hard." EMI, with £80 million to lose, may well be expecting Williams to work at least that hard!

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