CMU Daily - on the inside 20 May 2003
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In today's CMU Daily:
• EMI back on the up
• London underground launches network's first official buskers
• BMG and Sanctuary get closer
• Kings Of Leon album date set
• Review: Electric Six - Gay Bar
• Kele le Roc records with Basement Jaxx
• INXS play Singapore to prevent further cancelled gigs in SARS crisis
• The Chemical Brothers invite fans to choose tracks for 'best of...'
• Live Review: Electric Eel Shock At The Whitechapel Arts Café
• Aim announce tour dates
• Underworld to compile next DMC 'Back To Mine' mix
• Extra tickets for Robbie gig
• Review: J Xaverre - Great All Great
• Durst joins Lavigne on stage
• BBC's fight show returns
• Boyzone look for new Ronan

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EMI BACK ON THE UP
Good news for EMI (at last) - the major's major cost-cutting drive has enabled them to post an 18% rise in adjusted pre-tax profits - they're up to £177.3m. The cost cutting - which included axing 1900 jobs and 400 artists - really helped because revenues actually fell by 11%. The improved fortunes step up EMI's position in the merger stakes with either Warners and BMG, though the company's chairman Eric Nicoli warned more hard times were ahead: "While the market remains volatile and difficult to predict, we expect it to decline further but, probably, at a slower rate than last year."

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LONDON UNDERGROUND LAUNCHES NETWORK'S FIRST OFFICIAL BUSKERS
London Underground launched their official buskers scheme yesterday - great news for buskers everywhere - except those who didn't pass the registration process who now face tougher crack downs by station security. 256 buskers have been approved so far and they will occupy 25 pitches at 12 stations. Approved buskers are issued with official licenses after auditions, police background checks and a refundable registration fee.

To mark the launch commuters at Canary Wharf were entertained by two approved performers - they are called the Turin Brakes and they entertained passers by with songs from current album 'Ether Song'.

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BMG AND SANCTUARY GET CLOSER
BMG and the Sanctuary Group have entered into a global agreement covering licensing, sales and distribution, DVD/AV programming and merchandising. The agreement builds on an existing relationship between BMG Distribution and Sanctuary and a joint catalogue operation launched in 2001. As a result of the new deal BMG will market, promote and distribute the Sanctuary catalogue internationally where Sanctuary do not have their own team.

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KINGS OF LEON ALBUM DATE SET
Kings Of Leon will release their long-awaited debut album 'Youth And Young Manhood' on 7 Jul. The LP follows February's 'Holy Roller Novacaine' EP and new single 'Red Morning Light', released on 2 Jun.

The recording of the album was divided between Sound City Studios, California where Nirvana's 'Nevermind' was made and Shangri-La Studio in Malibu - former recording haunt of The Band, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash - and saw Ryan Adams and Counting Crows producer Ethan Johns at the helm.

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REVIEW: Electric Six - Gay Bar (Beggars/XL)
I blame Soulwax. If it hadn't been for that plundermix cd of theirs, no one would know who the Electric Six are and they wouldn't have been given a deal permitting them to inflict such dreck upon the listening public. 'I wanna take to a gay bar GAY BAR!' they yell, over the Dead Kennedys' Holiday In Cambodia. They also claim to have '...something to put in you', at which point you'd be well advised to start running. Fast. Before Peaches' version starts on the b-side. LA
Release date: 30 Jun
Press Contact: Beggars IH [all]

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KELE LE ROC RECORDS WITH BASEMENT JAXX
After guesting on the hit 'Romeo' on album 'Rooty', Kele has told Radio 1 that she's laid down some vocals for Basement Jaxx's latest project. She told the station: "they work in their own unique way. I've actually vocalled on four tracks. Yeah, it sounds good. It's different, but the same." Getting specific, Kele added, "they've got some really natty congo, ragga, reggae b-lines, and some really quirky stuff on top. I'd say they've progressed. What I've heard I've really liked, and I think true fans will definitely love it."

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INXS PLAY SINGAPORE TO PREVENT FURTHER CANCELLED GIGS IN SARS CRISIS
Aussie rock band INXS have bucked the trend and played a gig in Singapore in an effort to show the world that it is safe to travel there in the aftermath of the SARS outbreak. More than 25 bands have cancelled shows there since the outbreak began, including Moby, Santana, Mariah Carey, David Gray and Dionne Warwick. But the three remaining INXS members - Andrew Farriss. Kirk Pengilly and Jon Stevens - played an acoustic show at a restaurant there on Sunday.Pengilly told the BBC, "SARS was a concern for us at first, but we did our research. Hopefully just by being here, it will help countries that are suffering from SARS and terror warnings." The group are also promoting a World Peace Concert in Bali next month, the first major event in the country since the bombing last year, which killed more than 200 people, many of whom were young tourists from Australia. Pengilly went on, "it is a tragedy for any country, but it has been a lot of media hype that has
caused the panic."

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THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS INVITE FANS TO CHOOSE TRACKS FOR 'BEST OF...
The Chems next release will be a double CD 'best of'. The first will include hits from 1993 to 2003, but the second will feature tracks voted for by fans at http://www.thhechemicalbrothers.com. Tom and Ed are currently working on their fourth studio album due out next summer.

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LIVE REVIEW: Electric Eel Shock at the Whitechapel Arts Café, London on Monday 19 May
This is it, the last night of Electric Eel Shock's seven month world tour: the last chance to witness their hurricane metal craziness, their ludicrous moves and their fabulous hooks before they bog off back to Tokyo. It's been a long tour with around seven gigs a week (sometimes more) and yet the band barely show it. They've taken in many countries, left fans speechless in several foreign tongues, been swooned over by MTV and the music press and, tonight, made a fully grown CMU journalist cry. Quite simply, after being treated to two UK jaunts this year, the thought of not seeing EES until their Game On festival appearance in a month, is a downright miserable one. Appearing tonight (as they do every night) with the energy of an atom bomb on a sugar rush, EES couple their furious garage metal mayhem with a superbly staged and utterly amazing live show. Frontman Aki is a whirlwind, playing thousand-miles-an-hour solos and Sabbath riffs on his Flying V, his bug-eyes bulging as he sings. Mild-mannered bassist Kazuto climbs his amp stack, throws his fist aloft and SCREAMS. And surely drummer Gian shouldn't be sweating quite so heavily. Why, it's not as if heí' wearing any clothes... Yes indeed, the time is gonna pass pretty slowly around these parts for a wee while. Rest well, Electric Eel Shock, and hurry back, y'hear? DR
Press contact: James Hay at Lose Control (ees@losecontrol.com)

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AIM ANNOUNCE TOUR DATES
Grand Central's Aim has announced additional dates following his current UK tour. Appearing with a 10-piece band Aim will perform tracks from his two artist albums 'Cold Water Music' and 'Hinterland' as well as his latest limited edition compilation, 'Means of Production', which pulls together all his early 12-inches on the Manchester-based label. Those extra dates:

15 Jun: Ritz Manchester
17 Jun: Sheperds Bush Empire

More info at http://www.grandcentralrecords.co.uk

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UNDERWORLD TO COMPILE NEXT DMC 'BACK TO MINE' MIX
Underworld follow the Orb's DMC mix with their own offering due for release in mid-July. Underworld's mix, the thirteenth in the series, promises a blend of club classics and obscure cuts. The provisional track list includes TLC, Depeche Mode and hiphop precedent Gil Scott Heron.

Rick Smith and infamous frontman Karl Hyde will also be appearing on the festival circuit this summer:

12 Jul T in the Park, Glasgow (NME stage headline)
13 Jul Witness Festival, Ireland.
16 Aug V2003, Chelmsford (NME stage headline).
17 Aug V2003, Stafford (NME stage headline)

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EXTRA TICKETS FOR ROBBIE GIG
Promoters have made more tickets available for Robbie Williams 1 Aug Knebworth date. The show itself is an additional performance after shows on 2 and 3 Aug sold out. The new tickets are being made available via Ticketmaster.

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Review: J Xaverre - Great All Great (Memphis Industries)
I can't quite make up its mind about J Xaverre. Arguably the creative force behind late-Kenickie, where he officially hit things with sticks as Johnny X but also twanged guitars and produced as Pete Gofton, Xaverre should really come into his own as a solo fella. Sure, in comparison to his lacklustre live shows where he hides behind a Mac and sings all 'sensitively', 'Great All Great' is a welcome joy. Also, there are some genuine flashes of pop genius here, albeit somewhat melancholy ones. And of course, the production is quite splendid, with drum machines and samples flirting nicely, but somehow the whole thing just doesn't quite come together and stick in my head. Who knows whether Gofton can craft himself a career with these lonesome outings, but there may well be some future for the lad yet. DR
Release date: 9 Jun
Press Contact: Baggars IH

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DURST JOINS LAVIGNE ON STAGE
After being knocked back by Britney, Fred Durst is now turning his attentions to Avril Lavinge. Well, sort of. Avril invited Mr Limp Bizkit on stage during a performance at an MTV show. Wearing an 'I (heart) Avril Lavinge' t-shirt he sang along to 'Complicated' after which Avril climbed onto his back to finish the song! Lavinge is planning a live album and rumour has it the performance may appear on it. Whether Durst now begins a string of live notes to Avril on his website remains to be seen.

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BBC'S FIGHT SHOW RETURNS
The celebrity boxing series that saw Ricky Gervais victorious against Grant Bovey is set to return to BBC 2 later this year. The series, which had a number of future editions planned, was postponed earlier this year because the British Boxing Board felt the show gave the sport a bad name and therefore threatened to penalise any trainers who got involved. But after a series of negotiations between the BBC and the BBB the show is back on track - with a number of minor celebs and former pop stars lined up to compete.
The BBC will now be battling to get the next edition of The Fight on air before ITV launch their boxing based show - the ever exciting sounding International White Collar Boxing Association.

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BOYZONE LOOK FOR NEW RONAN
Following yesterday's report that Boyzone are planning a comeback minus Ronan Keating there have been reports that the remaining members of the group will run a Pop Idol style hunt for a fifth member. A source close to the band admitted: "A search for a replacement on live TV is just one of their ideas but the lads think it has huge potential."

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