CMU Daily - on the inside 6 May 2003
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In today's CMU Daily:
• Great White dropped from Rhode Island lawsuits
• Kiss sign to Sanctuary
• Former Sony man may need to take a cut in his ambitions
• P-rock take a break
• Dixie Chicks back in the us
• MTV cancel base party after police warnings
• One big day more than weekend!
• Mansun split
• Majors may use viruses in anti-download war
• Gallagher plays impromptu set
• Loaded man sells company
• Fame Academy returns
• Angry songs make you ... erm ... angry
• Evan's lawyer says case for sacking irrelevant
• TaTu to marry
• Pop Idol's Beatles cover officially rubbish

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CMU POP QUIZ
Another MadPlayer (http://www.madplayer.com) up for grabs this week - once again collect the answers to each day's question and find out how to win on Friday. Last lot of ad related questions!

Q1: The song - Patti LaBelle's 'Lady Marmalade' - whose ad?

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CHART UPDATE
As predicited a return to form for Craig David this week, perhaps aided by Sting's fan base, his new single 'Rise & Fall' - featuring the voice of the former Police man - goes straight in at number two on this week's chart, though in the end it wasn't enough to beat punk-trance track 'Lonliness' - with Tomcraft transforming their 'underground hit' status into that of a chart topper.

Elsewhere Ronan Keatings gets a new entry at three with 'The Long Goodbye', last week's number one Busted fall to number four and Kelly Rowland enters at five with 'Can't Nobody'. As for new entries lower down the singles charts it was a week of dance tracks - among those appearing for the first time were Lil Kim's 'The Jump Off' at 16, Kid Creme's 'Hypnotising' at 31 and Revalation's 'Just Be Dub To Me' at 36.

On the albums side, some movement but little change at the top - Madonna, Busted, White Stripes and Justin Timberlake taking the top places, with Mr Timberlake rising back to the top again. New entries came from David Sneddon at 5, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs at 13 (hurrah!), Goldfrapp at 19 (hurrah again) and, on the back of Reborn In The USA, Tony Hadley's 'True Ballads' at 31.

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GREAT WHITE DROPPED FROM RHODE ISLAND LAWSUITS
Two lawyers representing, between them, over 60 of the plaintiffs taking legal action following that Rhode Island club fire, have dropped the Great White (the band playing on the night) off his list of targets. The decision comes partly because of the concerns of the plaintiffs themselves (some of whom are friends of the band) but also because the band aren't that rich and therefore not particularly good targets for compensation payments. One of the lawyers - Brian Cunha - told reporters: "They have no assets, so it would be a Pyrrhic victory, part of any litigation has to be driven by practicality. I could probably get a judgment against them, but it would be worth nothing. Maybe it would be symbolic, but I'm not sure that's what my clients need."

But another lawyer - Ronald J. Rasmini - who is also representing some of those affected by the fire and who, as previously reported, has chosen to go the federal court route in taking action, is still targeting the band. He says: "Anyone who is responsible should be brought into this case. It would be a huge transgression not to include Great White. I don't care if they've got five cents to contribute to this case. If they're negligent, they should be in there."

Great White attorney Ed McPherson, who announced at the end of the last week that the band will launch a benefit tour in June for victims' families and survivors, said he was pleased by Cunha's decision: "Rather than get on the bandwagon and sue everybody, I think everybody should try to get together and do whatever they can to raise money for the victims. Lawsuits may take a very long time to complete, and I gotta think the band is doing the right thing in saying, 'Whether or not we're sued, we're gonna go out there and help these people.' "

However Jeffrey Pine, the lawyer representing the club owners who claim they weren't informed by the band about the pyrotechnics that caused the fire wasn't impressed that his clients were still being sued. He told reporters: "It would be unfair to blame the people who lit the fire, right? I just think it's absurd not to sue the people who are directly responsible for the fire that caused the injuries and the deaths. I can't imagine what legal strategy went into that decision."

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KISS SIGN TO SANCTUARY
Sanctuary Records have announced that, following their deal with Kiss' Gene Simmons with regards the relaunch of the Simmons Records label, they will also be launching a new imprint called Kiss Records through which the band will release future records. The deal, which kicks off with a live album, marks the end of Kiss' relationship with Universal label Mercury, the last release from which was last year's best of album..

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FORMER SONY MAN MAY NEED TO TAKE A CUT IN HIS AMBITIONS
The New York Daily News has said that former Sony boss Tommy Mottola isn't likely to raise anything near the $30 million he is looking for to help launch a new music venture. As previously reported he had hoped to come to a deal with Sony with regards his new project but when that didn't work out he started looking elsewhere to other labels and investors. One industry insiders is now reported as saying that Mottola is "considered old-school ... business has changed,” and that as a result less people are willing to enter into a deal with him. It looks most likely that he will enter into some venture with Universal Music, though he is also thought to be talking to EMI.

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P-ROCK TAKE A BREAK
Independent music TV station P-rock has disappeared from the Sky Digital electronic programme guide after a few days off air all together. The station launched last November treading on Kerrang! TV's territory though with a more punky music policy. The station went off air at the start of the month but resumed broadcasting yesterday, though without its vital EPG listing. Word is the station is taking some time to regroup (and refinance) before a relaunch. When launched it was unclear who owned the channel and although there were suggestions Future publishing may have been involved it now seems the venture was financed by its founders. It seems those founders now want to find proper investment to take the channel forward.

One of the station's founders Mark Sharman has written on the channel's website: "We thought it better to take p-rock TV off air to re-group and re-launch with the correct amount of financial backing. We have proved the concept is strong but you can't run a channel on a shoestring budget. It's unbelievable what we have learned in the last six months and none of us have any regrets about giving p-rock "a go". It's also now incredible how many people have already called us with ideas to help us get back on air, and no doubt there'll be more similar calls. One thing we have proved is that we had an idea, backed it with our own money and it became one of the fastest growing channels on Sky. With a stronger financial package and infrastructure we could build the p-rock brand to even greater heights."

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DIXIE CHICKS BACK IN THE US
Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines told her sell out audience "they said you might not come, but we knew you would" as she opened the band's first US gig since those anti-Bush remarks at a London show began a boycott among the country music community. The sell out crowd and the various supportive placards outside the venue will encourage the girls and their label who have been undertaking a high profile media campaign against the critics that ammassed after Maines told a London audience she was ashamed that the war-mongering Bush came from her home State of Texas. That said there were anti-Chicks protestors outside the venue too, and in a nearby town nationally-syndicated radio talk show host Mike Gallagher enjoyed considerable support for his anti-Dixie Chicks concert where the Marshall Tucker Band led a patriotic bill which featured renditions of the Star Spangled Banner and God Bless America.

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MTV CANCEL BASE PARTY AFTER POLICE WARNINGS
MTV had to cancel a fifth birthday party for its urban channel MTV Base this weekend after police received "specific information" that an armed gang was planning to attack their rivals at the sold out event. The party was due to take place at the Equinox club in Leicester Square with Trevor Nelson, DJ Hanif and DJ Dodge on the bill. The "information" that led to the cancellation reportedly came during the continuing investigations into that shooting at the Turnmills club in Clerkenwell last month. A spokeswoman for Scotland Yard told reporters: "Officers from the Metropolitan Police have spoken with the owners of the Equinox concerning a specific event on 5 May. We have received several pieces of information in relation to this event, which relates to a group of people intending to commit violent crime at this event. The club's owners have agreed to cancel this event and we thank them for their co-operation. We have decided to take this course of action to protect the ticketholders and the general public."

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ONE BIG DAY MORE THAN WEEKEND!
Talking of cancellations, the first half of Radio 1's One Big Weekend festival in Manchester had to be cancelled on Saturday because of bad weather. The station announced on Saturday morning that: "Owing to the severe weather conditions of the last few days, BBC Radio 1 has taken the decision to cancel the first day of its One Big Weekend event. This decision was taken on health and safety grounds in conjunction with local council inspectors, after a site inspection earlier today.

Jason Carter, Executive Of Live Events added: "We've had to cancel the first day of our One Big Weekend event, as the site is just too waterlogged. This is a massive disappointment for us, and we would like to apologise to our listeners and to all those people who were due to come to Heaton Park today. We are, however, confident that tomorrow's event will go ahead as planned."

Carter's confidence proved correct because day two of the OBW event proceded as planned, with some of Saturday's acts duly rescheduled.

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MANSUN SPLIT
Mansun, who have been working on new material for over a year now, have told NME that despite having an album's worth of new tracks ready the band have decided to split. A spokesman for the band told the paper: "After nearly eight years together, they decided that Mansun had run its course and it is time to do other things." Guitarist Dominic Chad added: "There's nothing sinister behind it, it was completely amicable. We all just want to be able to do other things." No word yet on whether any of that new material will ever be released - either as a final album, or as new material on some sort of greatest hits compilation.

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MAJORS MAY USE VIRUSES IN ANTI-DOWNLOAD WAR
The New York Times has reported that some of the major labels are working with small software firms to develop technology which could sabotage the computers and internet connections of people who download pirated music. Although unclear on exactly how this technology would work, and on the legalities of employing it, the paper reckons the industry may well consider what is essentially a 'virus route' in the not too distant future as the war against downloading continues.

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GALLAGHER PLAYS IMPROMPTU SET
Noel Gallagher and band mate Gem Archer made played an impromptu set at Liverpool's Zanzibar Club over the weekend. The acoustic set included Wonderwall, Don't Look Back In Anger and Half The World Away. Noel was in town to watch Manchester City beat Liverpool.

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LOADED MAN SELLS COMPANY
Loaded founded James Brown is making a mint but losing his media mogul status with the sale of his company I Feel Good to Felix Dennis. The company, which owns Brown's latest creation Jack as well as Viz and Fortean Times, will merge with Dennis imprint Choice Publishing which already published Maxim and The Week. Dennis already owned a small stake in I Feel Good, and Brown has told reporters the new deal won't change a great deal because he will continue to run the company as part of the Dennis group. Word is the deal values Brown's company at £5.1 million which mans Brown himself should make a healthy sum. Launched to publish Hotdog (Brown's first big venture since Loaded, since sold off to Paragon Publishing) back in 2000, IFG acquired Viz and Fortean Times from John Brown Publishing in 2001.

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FAME ACADEMY RETURNS
Despite rumours the BBC has gone off reality TV 'Fame Academy' has been officially recommissioned and auditions will begin this month to find another set of 'students'. Despite its initial poor ratings and a critical panning word is the BBC have been heartened by the success of Fame Academy winner David Sneddon and the popularity of the Comic Relief celeb version of the show, and while they shun reality TV in the build up to their charter renewal Corporation bigwigs are obviously convinced by the educational merits of the programme. Expect lots of promotion for the auditions process across the BBC over the next few weeks - though we're told full information is available on the OneMusic section of the Radio 1 website at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1

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ANGRY SONGS MAKE YOU ... ERM ... ANGRY
A study released by The American Psychological Association this weekend says that violent lyrics in songs can increase aggression-related thoughts and emotions and could indirectly create a more hostile social environment. The report is based on five experiments involving over 500 college students, and researchers reckon it is lyrics rather than musical style that increases violent throughts. Apparantly even humorous violent songs made people more aggressive! The report will no doubt come as great news to the anti-hip hop brigade.

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EVAN'S LAWYER SAYS CASE FOR SACKING IRRELEVANT
Chris Evans lawyer told the courts on Friday that even if his client's sacking from Virgin Radio was deserved (which Evans claims it wasn't) the station's owners are still liable to hand over the £8.6 million in share options the presenter claims he is due because they were attached to a different deal with a different company. That is to say that the Scottish Media Group had too relationships with Evans - one as an employer through Virgin Radio, the other as an investor following SMG's buy out of Virgin and Ginger Productions in 2000. The latter, they argue, was not linked to the former, so much so Evan's share options were in SMG Jersey, a different division of the group than the one that owns the rock station. Therefore even if Evan's should have been sacked, and even if Virgin suffered as a result of Evans' actions, that shouldn't affect a separate deal between an investor and a sister subsidary. The statement, coming close to the end of the long running Evans / Virgin Radio courtroom battle, obviously aimed to make SMG's case irrelevant. The argument so far has centred on whether Evan's broke his contract when he sacked half his production team and took an impromptu two week holiday. The Evans team will now hope that even if the court sides against them on the rights and wrongs of the presenter's conduct, they will have to award Evans his £8.6 million on the technicalities of the 2000 takeover deal.

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TATU TO MARRY
And on to today's TaTu news. The duo have told reporters they will get married if they win the Eurovision Song Contest later this month. Talking to German paper Bild Lena said: "If we win Eurovision we even want to get married - preferably in Germany," though she added, "we have never been faithful to each other," admitting "we also had lots of sex with boys," but that "we don't have time for sex any more."

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POP IDOL'S BEATLES COVER OFFICIALLY RUBBISH
Will Young and Gareth Gates' version of 'Long And Winding Road' has been rated at number three in a poll of the worst ever Beatles cover versions - which makes you wonder just how bad the other two were!

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Thanks to all the entries on last week's pop quiz, the answers:
Q1: The song - Sugarhill's Gang's Rappers Delight - whose ad? Honda
Q2: The song - Boney M's 'Daddy Cool' - whose ad? Vauxhall
Q3: The song - Dario G's 'Carnival De Paris' - whose ad? Ford
Q4: The song - Jimi Hendrix's 'Voodoo Child' - whose ad? Toyota
Q5: The song - James Browns' 'Sex Machine' - whose ad? Renault

The winner of a handy MadPlayer device is Paul in Newcastle - well done - another MadPlayer to win this week, so keep on eye on those questions.

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