CMU Daily - on the inside 19 May 2003
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In today's CMU Daily:
• UK record sales in decline
• Sky to screen Jacko videos
• Review: Various - The Best Summer Album 2003
• Barry White recovering from stroke
• Mean Fiddler opt for new site for Leeds festival
• Macca on his Sinatra knock back
• GWR surprised at competition authority's stand
• Fraudsters steal from Nelly campaign
• Louis Osbourne launches album with tour
• V2 angry at Phonics downloads
• Review: Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Fever To Tell
• Radio advertising up
• Ryan Adams blames album delays on his label
• Boyzone may return

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OUT TODAY: RECOMMENDED RELEASES

Albums: Staind - 14 Shades of Grey (Warners/Elektra); Deftones - Deftones (Warners/WEA); Cerys Mathews - Cockahoop (Warners/Blanco Y Negro); Tricky - Vulnerable (Epitaph); Inspiral Carpets - Cool As (Mute); Dwele - Subject (Virgin); Hint - Porta Kabin Fever (Ninja/Hombre)

Singles: Stereophonics - Madame Helga (V2); Groove Armada - Easy (BMG/Pepper); Audiobullys - The Things (Virgin/Source); Chris Clark - Ceramics Is The Bomb EP (Warp)

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CHART UPDATE
Plenty of new releases but few surprises in the chart this week - R Kelly hung on to the number one spot as expected while Girls Aloud scored the highest new entry with 'No Good Advice' going in at 2 as expected. A plethora of new entries this week, highlights being the Deftones with 'Minerva' at 15, Shed Seven with 'Why Can't I Be You' at 23, Eighties Matchbox B-line Disaster with 'Chicken' at 30 and on a louder note Staind with 'Price To Pay' at 36. Also good to see a posthumous new entry from George Harrison at 37.

Albums wise in the end Marilyn Manson only managed number 4 for his new album 'The Golden Age of Grotesque', with long standing releases from Justin Timberlake, The White Stripes and Busted all selling more last week. Very few new album releases of note with Lou Reed at 31 and Alkaline Trio at 32 the only two other than Manson that make it into the Top 40.

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UK RECORD SALES IN DECLINE
More doom and gloom. After a post-Pop Idol peak the sales of singles are in terminal decline once more. Sales in the first quarter of this year were down a massive 42% on last year - down to £16 million from the £28 million sold last Spring as Pop Idol fans turned out to buy Will Young's debut.

Commenting on the latest stats the BPI told reporters: "The first three months of the year were disappointing for the UK music market. In the first quarter of 2002, the Pop Idol phenomenon was at its peak so year-on-year comparisons in the singles market have consequently suffered."

Perhaps more importantly album sales have also dropped - though the fall is less significant at 5% in terms of units, though a more competitive market means the fall in revenues is 9%.

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SKY TO SCREEN JACKO VIDEOS
Sky One will air a programme of Michael Jackson's home videos next month. The videos were first screened in the US shortly after that controversial Martin Bashir documentary as Jacko's response to the way he was represented in the ITV show. Jacko himself narrates the videos.

Talking about the programme Michael told reporters: "I thought it was time to do 'cause many people have opinions about me and they haven't even met me, they don't even know me. So I thought it was time to open up, to show them who I really am."

The programme will air on Sky One on 4 Jun at 8pm.

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REVIEW: Various - The Best Summer Album 2003 (Warner)
Wha-hey! I think I may have lost any sort of credibility that I may once have had over at CMU Towers, by becoming incalculably excited by this compilation. This will appeal to that side of your psyche that 'forgets' to turn the radio off after the Top 40 on a Sunday, secretly devouring Dave Pearce and his shouts out. It will also pander to that side of your nature that tries to convince its workmates to go to the Heart 106.2 club classics night at the Pitcher and Piano every Friday. In short, there's Big Brovaz (that's a drop-top Kompressor, not a compressor. They're not engineering fetishists), Dannii, Missy Elliot, Wham!, Prince and, my own personal favourite, Brassy! You know, Jon Spencer's little sister Muffin! Brassy! Wha-hey! Pass the Bacardi Breezers, the party's getting started... LA
Release date: 19 May
Contact: PPR [CP, RP, NP] Warners IH [CR, RR, NR]

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BARRY WHITE RECOVERING FROM STROKE
The family of Barry White have confirmed that the legendary singer is now recovering after suffering a stroke earlier this month. The stroke happened as the star awaited a kidney transplant to overcome complications from years of chronic high blood pressure.

White's daughter told reporters: "He's had a minor setback, but have no fear, he'll be fine. He will definitely be performing again. He is in great spirits".
White hasn't performed since August 1999 when he started receiving regular hospital treatment for his blood pressure.

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MEAN FIDDLER OPT FOR NEW SITE FOR LEEDS FESTIVAL
Despite getting permission to use the usual Temple Newsam site Mean Fiddler have decided to move the Leeds Festival to the back-up location of Bramham Park to safeguard the long term future of the festival. As reported last week, Mean Fiddler applied for a licence to stage the festival at both sites because of the local opposition in the Temple Newsam area after violence at the Festival in 2001 and 2002. Local authorities, however, were convinced stepped up security would suffice and gave the go ahead for a Temple Newsam festival - but Mean Fiddler boss Melvin Benn this weekend decided to go with the back-up site anyway. Benn told reporters: "There is an assured future for the use of the land at Bramham that the investment in infrastructure justifies. It offers the most beautiful of locations, is owned and managed by people aware of the difficulties the event has had - but committed to help eradicating them - is slightly further removed from local residents, and is in Leeds. I am very much looking forward to a fantastic event now."

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MACCA ON HIS SINATRA KNOCK BACK
Talking to Virgin Radio Paul McCartney has admitted he once wrote a song for Frank Sinatra, but the legendary singer knocked it back. Sinatra recorded a version of the Beatles song 'Something' calling it the greatest love song ever written - and from that point onwards became an admirer of Lennon and McCartney (even though George Harrison wrote that song!). But Sinatra wasn't so keen when McCartney put forward a new song for consideration.

"I once sent Frank Sinatra a song called Suicide," McCartney said, "I thought it was quite a good one - but apparently he thought I was taking the mickey out of him and he rejected it."

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GWR SURPRISED AT COMPETITION AUTHORITY'S STAND
GWR received a knock back on Friday when competition authorities said its acquisition of the Bristol version of Chrysalis dance station Galaxy gave the group - which owns the main commercial pop stations in the City - too much dominance in the area. GWR acquired the station as part of a deal with Chrysalis last year - they made it a sister station to Vibe FM, the dance station they half-own with Scottish Radio Holdings in East England. It was hoped that, because SRH own half of the Vibe stations and given upcoming legislation that will reduce restrictions on radio ownership, competition authorities would allow GWR to extend its dominance in the Bristol radio market. The authotrities weren't convinced however, and are demanding GWR reduce their share in the Vibe brand to 25% before they can take over the Bristol station.

GWR operations director, Steve Orchard, told Media Guardian he was surprised at how strict competition authorities had been: "We were expecting remedies, but this is the most severe set of remedies. It is difficult to see the rationale behind this when Vibe 101 also covers south Wales, where GWR has no stations. It is a particularly severe judgment. But it is still an important investment for us."

GWR are expected to negotiate further with the competition authorities to see if a more favourable deal can be done. Meanwhile, with competition authorities seeming to be stricter in this area than many expected, the major radio groups may have to put on hold any further mergers and acquisitions until after the forthcoming communications act becomes law.

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FRAUDSTERS STEAL FROM NELLY CAMPAIGN
There are reports from LA that fraudsters have been calling people claiming to be from the high profile organisation set up by Nelly to raise funds for bone marrow research and stealing donations from them. The charity was launched by the singer earlier this week after he learnt of that his sister Jackie Donahue was in desperate need of a bone-marrow donor.

Responding to the reports of fraud Nelly's publicist told reporters: "This is very sad to me that a celebrity used his status not only to help his sister but also people nationwide, and some pathetic people chose to take advantage of the situation. Jackie, disappointed but strong in faith, believes the imposters will get what they deserve from a higher power."Official contributions can now be made at http://www.jesus4jackie.com .

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LOUIS OSBOURNE LAUNCHES ALBUM WITH TOUR
While future releases from Ozzy and Kelly Osbourne are in the air following their departure from Sony, Ozzy's British based son Louis has confirmed he will release an album next month on US label Blue Chip. The deep house and techno DJ will promote the album with a string of dates around the world kicking off with Homelands this weekend.

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V2 ANGRY AT PHONICS DOWNLOADS
Word is V2 may take legal action against Strereophonics fans who have been distributing the band's new album online two weeks before its official release. The action would be against the fans who have made all thirteen tracks from the forthcoming album available for free via their websites. V2 are angry that the downloads have spoiled their carefully planned schedule of previewing tracks in the lead up the album's release on 2 Jun.

The band's management, however, were more realistic about the arrival of the album online. "It's not a surprise," a spokesman told reporters. "Promos of the album were sent out months ago. It's a phenomenon and I don't know how it happened. There is nothing anyone can do about it."

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REVIEW: Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Fever To Tell (Polydor)
What's left to say about this band that hasn't been said? They make you wanna fuck....nah someone's bagged that one already. They're the most stylish thing to come out of New York since.......nope, someone's got that too. It seems the one thing people aren't talking about is the Yeah Yeah Yeahs music, which seeing as they're proably one of the best bands I've ever heard in my life seems like quite an important omission. There's no escaping it, they sing songs about sex, "boy you're just a stupid bitch/and girl your just a no good dick" (Black Tongue) but unlike that minger you pulled last Friday night, there's more to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs than just cheap tactics. Amongst the sleaze there lies a beating heart "I wish I could buy back the woman you stole" (Y Control). And it is with this mix of dirt and love, style and music that the Yeah yeah yeahs have earned a place in my heart forever. If you're not convinced that the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are one of the most important bands around at the minute by the end of the album then you have no ears. FC
Release date: 28 Apr
Press contact: Hermana [CP, RP, NP] Polydor IH [CR, RR, NR]

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RADIO ADVERTISING UP
Good news, that's right good news. Spending on radio advertising for the first quarter of his year reached an all time high for that time of year. Latest figures from the Radio Advertising Bureau show radio ad spend is up 2.3% on last year.

The rise comes despite, and perhaps because of, the war. Difficult political times are never good for the advertising industry who don't want campaign launches to be lost among war coverage, or even worse for seemingly innocent adverts to appear insensitive when seen in the context of wartime. That said, this favours radio advertising which can be bought and made much quicker than TV advertising - allowing advertisers to manage their campaigns according to developing world events.

The latest figures seem to go against predictions made by Capital Radio last week that said it remained cautious of the company's immediate financial future because the advertising market remained "challenging", with further deterioration expected in the summer.

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RYAN ADAMS BLAMES ALBUM DELAYS ON HIS LABEL
It seems there may be a little uneasiness between Ryan Adams and his record label - Universal imprint Lost Highway. Writing on his website Adams reports his new album 'Love Is Hell' is complete and was originally due out in march, but that the label are proving a little inactive. He writes: "We don't know what to do with it... or should I say 'they' don't know what to do with it. I've heard adjectives like 'incredibly too depressing' and - 'this one's funny' - 'dark.' Also not your best stuff.''But Lost Highway A&R head Frank Callari told reporters: "It was never supposed to come out in March... Ryan wanted it to come out in March. He originally did some tracks in September, but then he started to rework some stuff. That isn't done yet. It's not on the release schedule. I'm not sure when it will be done."But Adams maintains that his label's lukewarm reaction to the new material is the problem: "When I originally mixed the album myself in NYC, they said it was too experimental and rough sounding... same people who love the White Stripes album. And now I think they just think it's too alternative rock or something. 'Too dark,' ha ha ha."

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BOYZONE MAY RETURN
Just when you thought it was safe to go record shopping Stephen Gately goes and tells the BBC a Boyzone reunion may be in the pipeline - though Ronan Keating, who fell out with the rest of the group as his solo career took off, is not involved.

Gately told a BBC programme: "I don't know whether there will be another record - probably. I'd like there to be. Probably Ronan won't be involved, but the four of us had dinner last week and had some discussions about what we could do in the future. There's still a great interest there. There's still a huge fanbase, and we just had a re-released album out and that went straight in at number six here in the UK without doing any promotion."

Either way - don't say we didn't warn you.

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Thanks to all the entries on last week's pop quiz, the answers:
Q1: Which comedian had a million selling single with 'Tears' in 1965? Ken Dodd
Q2: Which one hit wonder had a million selling hit with a 'speeded up jeans
song' in 1996? Babylon Zoo's 'Spaceman'
Q3: Which 1995 Coolio song sold a million?
Q4: Two Pop Idols and who had a million selling single in 2002?
Q5: Thanks to which track could Tom Jones, Brett Anderson, Shane McGowan,
Morcheeba, Tammy Wynette, Gabrielle, Suzanne Vega, Heather Small, Evan Dando and Courtney Pine all claim to have had a million selling hit in 1997? The BBC's various artists version of 'Perfect Day'

It must have been too easy cos lots of right answers this week. The winner of the handy MadPlayer device is Nicola in Leeds - well done - your MadPlayer is in the post.

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