CMU Daily - on the inside 2 May 2003
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In today's CMU Daily:
• Public Enemy keep anti-bush campaign alive
• Virgin reckon Evans cost them £400,000
• RIAA settle with student downloaders
• Review: Chungking - We Travel Fast
• David's fortunes pick up
• V Festival close to sell out
• Courtney on the look out for band support
• ODB already signed
• Second child
• Bryan had to dodge the bullets in Shoreditch
• Line up looking good for New York Fest
• Review: The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster - Chicken
• Tatu promoter plans to sue duo's management
• More dates added to REM tour

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CMU POP QUIZ
Win a MadPlayer - a cool handheld devise for mixing MP3s (http://www.madplayer.com). Here's how - email the answers to this week's pop quiz questions (all on an ad songs theme) to cmupopquiz@unlimitedmedia.co.uk by Sunday at 5pm to go into the draw to win the subscription.

Q1: The song - Sugarhill's Gang's Rappers Delight - whose ad?
Q2: The song - Boney M's 'Daddy Cool' - whose ad?
Q3: The song - Dario G's 'Carnival De Paris' - whose ad?
Q4: The song - Jimi Hendrix's 'Voodoo Child' - whose ad?

and today's question...
Q5: The song - James Browns' 'Sex Machine' - whose ad?

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PUBLIC ENEMY KEEP ANTI-BUSH CAMPAIGN ALIVE
The war may be sort of over, but the anti-Bush momentum continues in the US music world - especially in the hip hop community. Following last weekend's Hip Hop summit where the great and good of the genre committed to persuading an extra 20 million people to vote in the next presidential elections so they could oppose the George W, Public Enemy next week release a track off last year's 'Revolverlution' album specifically targeted at Bush. On the track Chuck D, who had his phoned tapped by Dubya's dad back in the early nineties, raps: "Don't look at me / I ain't callin for no assassination / I'm just sayin, sayin / Who voted for that asshole of your nation? / Deja Bush, crushed by the headrush, when I wrote the bumrush ... Ain't that a Bush / son of a Bush is here all up in yo zone ... can't truss em". The single release will come out on both a CD and DVD format, and while we have no word yet of the DVD extras it is sure to feature extra anti-Bush material.

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VIRGIN RECKON EVANS COST THEM £400,000
As they finished summing up their case against Chris Evans, lawyers for Virgin Radio yesterday claimed that the breakfast show the DJ launched after he had sacked his production team and went on that infamous impromptu break was "absolutely appalling". What's more they say that by sacking key production team members without any warning he forced Virgin to pay out £392,000 in severance payments.

Talking about the short lived new look Chris Evans breakfast show, which featured John "Webbo" Webster as a co-presenter, Virgin's lawyer told the court: "If your Lordship listens to recordings of Mr Webster's contributions, you do not have to be a regular listener to breakfast shows to know it was absolutely appalling. Evans' imposition of a new format led to an unprecedented number of complaints via letter and email from listeners. There was a wall of emails complaining about the absence of the 'old' team."
Although he admitted the station received 200 emails supporting the new show, he said 330 complained about the changes.

The Virgin / Evans case is getting closer to completion and very soon the court will decide if the former DJ was unfairly dismissed and therefore whether or not he is due to considerable stack of share options he is seeking.

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RIAA SETTLE WITH STUDENT DOWNLOADERS
Following that email which was sent to 200,000 music downloaders warning them of the consequences of their actions, the Recording Industry of American Association has announced it has reached settlements with four students who were accused of running on-campus services that aided the swapping of illegal MP3s. In the first case targeted at individuals the RIAA agreed to accept minimal payments (between $12,000 and $17,000 payable over four years) in return for a quick settlement. It remains to be seen what future action the record labels will take against individual downloaders and whether that action will cause any record buying boycotts among those dedicated download communities.

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REVIEW: Chungking - We Travel Fast (Tummy Touch)
Yeah! A summer record. 'We Travel Fast' is a little bit cheesy (happy cheesy *and* serious cheesy), recalls Goldfrapp and a less scary Shirley Bassey as much as some old soul classic that you know but cannot place, and is looovely. Chucking jazz brass into a slinky mix of slow-groove drums and sassy vocals may not be the most original of all ideas, but lord above it does do wonders for the hung-over head. Plus there're enough whirly noises to fill any walkman with joy. Ah yes, a Macy Gray that soundeth not like Marge Simpson, and an album to soothe and uplift. Now where did that pesky sunshine get to? DR
Release date: 9 Jun
Press contact: Tummy Touch IH

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DAVID'S FORTUNES PICK UP
Craig David's media binge here in the UK looks like it has had the desired affect. Previous singles off David's 'Slicker Than Your Average' album have not charted as high as his label had probably hoped. The slight slide was put down to David's profile slipping while he worked hard to break America - hence the plethora of TV appearances of late and, perhaps, the higher sales for new single 'Rise and Fall' which has a high chance of topping the charts this Sunday. Then again, perhaps there's just a lot of Sting fans also buying this record - the former Police man duets on the song.

Elsewhere in chart news, Madonna's album 'American Life' has topped the US charts - though many industry insiders are keen to point out that it has only sold 241,000 copies to get there, somewhat less than the 420,000 units shifted in the first week last album 'Music' was on sale. It remains to be seen if this album can build its overall sales as subsequent singles are released.

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V FESTIVAL CLOSE TO SELL OUT
More festival sell out news - this time from the V Festival - who have confirmed that weekend camping tickets for both branches of their event are now sold out and that day tickets could well all be gone very soon too. V Festival Director, Bob Angus told reporters: "For anyone wanting to come along to V we suggest you buy your day tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment."

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COURTNEY ON THE LOOK OUT FOR BAND SUPPORT
Courtney Love has taken out a full page advert in New York's Village Voice and the LA Weekly to recruit a band to support her on the planned tour to support her forthcoming solo album. The ad reads: "Women required for international rock revolution. Join Courtney Love's touring band and get famous, see the world." The two requirements being asked for are that applicants can play bass or guitar and that they look like a goddess - oh yes - and no boys. Interested parties should send video cassettes to PO Box C238, New York, NY 10011.

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ODB ALREADY SIGNED
Fresh out of jail this week Old Dirty Bastard has already signed a new record deal with Roc-A-Fella Records. Appearing at a press conference with the label's Damon Dash, ODB told reporters, "I'm happy to be here. I thought I wasn't gonna be able to touch another microphone. I'm happy my eyes are still open."

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SECOND CHILD
Grand Central Records have confirmed that Only Child (aka Mr Justin 'Unabomber' Crawford) will release his second album on 16 Jun - it will be called 'Solitaire'. The first single release should be 'U Bring Me Vibes' which features Detroit vocalist Amp Fiddler. Expect remixes from G-Stone's DJ DSL and Mantis Recordings' Atjazz and Andy Mac.

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BRYAN HAD TO DODGE THE BULLETS IN SHOREDITCH
Speaking to Radio 2's Johnnie Walker Bryan Adams has said he was shot as he rode a motorbike through Shoreditch. Adams explains: "It was a bit weird. I had a friend on the bike with me and we were coming through London - near Old Street - and I felt a jolt on my back. Later on, I found out that I'd been shot with an air-rifle - it was the weirdest thing. I had a hole in the back of my jacket. I hope it doesn't happen to anyone else, but there is someone up around Old Street with a rifle so stay clear of there." He joked: "It's like the Bronx out there."

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LINE UP LOOKING GOOD FOR NEW YORK FEST
What with the New York scene still a buzzin this year's Siren Music Festival held in NYC is looking good. Hot Hot Heat, The Kills and Radio 4 are all booked to play at events on 19 Jul alongside a programme of art exhibits and late-night burlesque shows.

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REVIEW: The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster - Chicken (Universal/Island)
What on Earth is going on? Everywhere I turn, I hear more sub-Black Sabbath guitar bashers churning out speaker destroying thrash anthem. About time too. Just to be sure these kind of tunes still alienate other generations (half the point of being into these bands), I asked my Nan to give her verdict. It makes for compelling reading. 'A confused mish-mash of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion style of rhythms and vocals and the showmanship of AC/DC results in the song being punctuated with howls and abrasive riffs, thus denying the natural flow of the song. This is not to say it is without merits. An undeniable crowd pleaser, the jerkiness and incoherency works in its favour to create a bitter and skewed rant that grows in stature with repeated listens.' Damn, she's good. TO
Release date: 12 May
Press contact: Universal Island IH [all]

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TATU PROMOTER PLANS TO SUE DUO'S MANAGEMENT
Reports just in that the promoters of those cancelled TaTu shows - EEM Group - are planning on suing the duo's management because they say "unachievable and numerous obstacles" put in place by said management led to the need to cancel - and they want £300,000 in compensation.

Talking to the BBC, promoter Andy Talakin claimed Tatu's management made unreasonable requests - like asking for 300 under-16 girls dressed in school uniforms for each of the gigs, that they refused to tell him about the content of the show, and then, at the last minute, they told him 17-year-old Julia Volkova would be unable to sing because of illness, but that they would "persuade" her to sing if they were paid more.

In the end the gigs were cancelled due to poor ticket sales - though the girls are still in the UK to promote new single 'Not Gonna Get Us'.

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MORE DATES ADDED TO REM TOUR
REM have announced some extra dates on their European tour, including two Brixton Academy dates just before that Glastonbury headline set. They will play Brixton on 24 Jun with Pete Yorn as support, and on 25 Jun with the Mull Historical Society also on the bill. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, though some tickets have already been offered to fan club members.

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