CMU Daily - on the inside 23 May 2003
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In today's CMU Daily:
• Coldplay songwriters of the year at Ivor Novellos
• Classical Brit winners
• Wilson will showcase unfinished Beach Boys album
• S Club walk off liquid news
• Review: The Bandits - Take It And Run
• Radio 2 plan show on state of music industry
• Small Faces do instore for best of
• Deluxe up and about to DJ at Sankeys Soap
• BMG labels sign up American Idol winners
• Musicnet gets extra investment burst
• Midweek chart update
• IFPI launch site to promote legit downloading
• Channel 4 off Saturday night entertainment
• Jackson goes into hospital
• Review: Ladytron - Evil
• Shady / Murder feud gets nasty
• Charlatans put recording on hold while Burgess promotes - solo album
• GWR want all or nothing in radio stakes
• Robbie on godlike Justin


Well, all eyes were on the song writers yesterday with the ever credible Ivor Novello Awards (unless you're of a classical bent, in which case you might have been at the Classical Brits). In many ways it was Coldplay's day - they were labelled songwriters of the year for chart-topping second album 'A Rush of Blood to the Head', though the band weren't able to attend sending Al Murray to pick up their award.

Elsewhere David Gray won Best Song Of The Year for 'The Other Side' while the prize for Best Contemporary Song went to Mike Skinner for The Streets track 'Weak Become Heroes'.

There were a number of pop prizes. Avril Lavigne won the award for International Hit Of The Year for 'Complicated', Liberty X won the title for Most Performed Work with Just A Little, and Will Young's Anything is Possible was confirmed as the best-selling UK single of 2002.

At the veteran end of the scale Beach Boy Brian Wilson received an International Award For His Achievements In Music, Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry was given an award for his Outstanding Contribution To British Music, while U2 were honoured with the prize for their Outstanding Song Collection. Oh yes, and UB40 were given the International Achievement Award to mark their success overseas.


Talking of the Classical Brits, the annual awards ceremony for the classical industry was held last night at the Royal Albert Hall, and the winners were:

Album of the Year Award: Andrea Bocelli for Sentimento
Contemporary Music Award: Avro Pärt - Orient & Occident
Female Artist of the Year: Renée Fleming
Male Artist of the Year: Sir Simon Rattle
Ensemble/Orchestral Album of the Year: Sir Simon Rattle & Berlin Philharmonic
Young British Classical Performer: Chlöe Hanslip
Critic's Award: Murray Perahia - Chopin/Etudes Opus 10, Opus 25
Biggest Selling Classical Album: Andrea Bocelli for Sentimento
Outstanding Contribution to Music: Cecilia Bartoli
The event will be screened by ITV on 1 Jun.



A Beach Boys album that never got released will see the light of day next year in a live form. Brian Wilson began work on an album called 'Smile' in 1966 after the huge success of 'Pet Sounds'. The single 'Good Vibrations' was released at the time as an indicator of what fans could expect. But despite considerable studio sessions and a complete track list being supplied to EMI the album was never completed. The album 'Smiley Smile' was thrown together containing some of the tracks intended for the main album, and some tracks from the unfinished album later surfaced elsewhere. But now Wilson is promising to perform the album in full as it was originally intended at a series of live shows next year. Expect some sell outs. Those dates:

20-24 Feb: Royal Festival Hall, London
2 Mar: Colston Hall, Bristol
4 Mar: Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow
6 Mar: City Hall, Newcastle
7 Mar: Liverpool Empire
8 Mar: Symphony Hall, Birmingham


BBC 3's Liquid News scored something of a credibility boost yesterday when they managed to make four S Club members walk off in disgust by questioning them over those stories that their manager Simon Fuller essentially ripped them off (well, actually it was the band's PR who stopped the interview, but still, the end result was the same).

Presenter Claudia Winkleman said: "Lets talk cash. Mr Simon Fuller. Don't look at me like you are angry. He's got £90 million in the bank."

S Club member Jo O'Meara responded: "How much? £90 million now? It was 50 last week."

Winkleman replied: "It is 90. There are rumours that you are grumpy because you have not made a mint."

Fellow member Jon Lee said: "No That's not true," while Jo added: "I think we are all really, really lucky to be where we are today at our age and to have the bank balances that we do have."

That was the point that the band's promotions person walked on the set and halted the interview, saying: "Can you not talk about that please? I am not having that question asked. I tried to stop the interview; I've had to walk in here. We're going."


REVIEW: The Bandits - Take it and Run (B Unique)
Is this Bob Dylan? Well, it's got the harmonica, but the guitar's a bit too West Coast for country. And the vocals are almost Scouse, which is the wrong West coast entirely. Turns out that they are from Liverpool, and they got their name of bowl-cut legen Peter Beardsley. So it's a pity, really, that the record sounds so obviously a product of its town. To be fair, very few Liverpool bands seem to escape that sound, but it's always a source of frustration when just up the road in Manchester they can produce all sorts of sounds. This just sounds a bit like The La's doing a semi-acoustic set. MB
Release date: 9 Jun
Press contact: Wild [CP, CR] Pomona [RP] Bad Moon [NP] Red Alert [RP] Force 5 [NR]


The British music industry is in a mess - or so reckon BBC Radio 2. On that premise they are planning an evening to discuss what went wrong and how to fix things with a Stuart Maconie fronted show called The Great British Music Debate.

Talking about the show Radio 2 controller James Moir told reporters: "We are excited about the opportunity we have to give an external airing to the internal debate that rages about the viability of singles, the role and importance of albums in the future, the issues surrounding piracy, A&R and new technology."
The programme and debate will air on 2 Jul.


Instore news. Kenney Jones and Ian McLagan, the remaining members from the Small Faces, will be doing a meet and sign at the Oxford Street HMV next Tuesday to promote their new 'Ultimate Collection CD' released by Sanctuary Records on Monday. The album is a 50-track 2-CD compilation tracking the musical career of the influential mod band.

Press info from Caroline Monk at Coalition on 020 8987 0123.


Tim Deluxe will be Djing again this weekend after a biking accident at Shindig's 11th birthday celebrations two weeks ago. Deluxe found a racing bike backstage at the gig and started to ride it around the stage. He explained to Radio 1: "I tried to pull a wheelie, lost balance and lost control... The bike went over the side of the stage and I went with it. There was blood everywhere. I was knocked out for at least a minute and was taken straight to hospital. It was supposed to be a funny trick but it went very wrong. I'm really lucky because I could have easily broken my neck from that height!"

But now fully recovered Deluxe will play at Sankeys Soap in Manchester on Sunday alongside Darren Emerson, Paul Jackson, Paul Woolford, Krafty Kuts and A-Skills as part of the Underwater world tour.


You know the script - cash in quick. American Idol winner of two days Ruben Studdard has been signed to BMG imprint J Records - he was signed by J Records A&R Clive Davis via Simon Fuller's 19 Recordings who produce the show and keep management rights on all acts that appear. Studdard's winning song, a cover of 'Flying Without Wings', will be released as a single by J next week. Work will begin straight away on a new album with a September release planned. Runner up Clay Aiken will sign to BMG's RCA with a single release expected mid-June.


After the news that Sony and Universal were selling much of their combined stake in legit online music site Pressplay to Roxio, who intend to rebrand it as Napster, rumours were rife with regards the future of MusicNet, the other major label owned download service. Word was the major owned sites weren't fairing so well and EMI, BMG and Warners, who all have an interest in Music Net, were getting edgy.

But reports yesterday suggested otherwise with news that the company had secured a rumoured $10 million in additional funding from its original shareholders - the three majors and RealNetworks.

Saying subscriptions via AOL had "exceeded expectations," Pressplay's CEO Alan McGlade told reporters: "It is rewarding to have the original companies that founded MusicNet continue to be committed and supportive. This is further evidence that our shareholders are committed to legal music services that respect copyright protection. While we are a lean, strategically focused company, we will continue to set the bar because of our unique business approach as the digital music space grows and matures."


God that R Kelly's popular. Not only did he stop Girls Aloud from going to number one last week it looks likely he will shift more units in his third week on the charts than the first week sales of pop's golden boy Justin Timberlake. Midweek indications say his new single, 'Rock Your Body', will go in at number two on Sunday.

Stereophonics should go in at three with 'Madame Helga' with TaTu's second single 'Not Gonna Get Us' also expected to go Top 10.

Albums wise better news for Mr Timberlake who is expected to stay top in a quiet week where the eponymously titled Deftones album is the only new entry expected in the Albums top ten this week.


In another slightly more positive strike against the illegal downloaders the record industry has launched a new website guiding music fans to legal sources of music online. Launched by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry it includes pleas from various musicians - including Tatu, Peter Gabriel and Sophie Ellis Bextor - trying to persuade fans to not use illegal download services

Launching the site IFPI chairman Jay Berman explained: "The point of this initiative is to arm people with knowledge. The site is an important resource for news and information about legitimate music online: where to find it, how it works, why it's important and what the artists and creators of music think. Once they have gone through the site we hope people will stop and think about the impact of their choices as consumers."

The site is online at


So big a flop has been the Chris Evans' produced Vernon Kay fronted show 'Boys & Girls', Channel 4 have said they will move away from scheduling entertainment programming on Saturday nights. The channel's Head of Entertainment Danielle Lux has told reporters her department will concentrate on Friday nights - the place Channel 4 has a long history of entertainment successes.

The announcement is a turn round for the station who enjoyed good ratings for its popular 'Top Ten' strand in a peak time Saturday night slot, and who have been looking for a suitable replacement for some time. But Boys & Girls was an expensive flop failing to rekindle the excitement of Evan's last Saturday night hit 'Don't Forget Your Toothbrush'.

Despite all that Lux wouldn't say the flop Saturday game show was actually axed: "This definitely doesn't mean Boys and Girls isn't coming back."


Just before he was due to appear in an Indianapolis court to give a statement about a copyright lawsuit, Michael Jackson has been admitted to hospital with an undisclosed illness. His lawyer indicated illness is stress related brought on by the trauma of going into the court room. He told reporters: "He doesn't like lawsuits and it makes him ill to have to cope with litigation that people seem to heap him."


REVIEW: Ladytron - Evil (Invicta HiFi)
Another effortless slice of sexy synth-pop (don't call it electro-clash!) from everyone's favourite boiler-suit wearing quiescent intellectuals. Fabulously making legions of guitar bands sound utterly redundant, and with a chorus which manages the feat of rhyming "pleasure" with "leisure" and not sounding utterly naff, 'Evil' is a reminder of what the future was always supposed to sound like (music + technology = the future, in case you've forgotten). Cold yet warm, passive and aggressive, minimal, clinical, but full of passion...I'm loathe to say the Devil really has got all the best tunes but, in this case, it's evidently true. Perfect. MS
Release date: 23 Jun
Press contact: Wild [CP, CR] Invicta HiFi IH [RP, RR, NP, NR]


The ongoing feud between Shady Records (ie Eminem, 50 Cent and the D12 guys) and Murder Inc (specifically Ja Rule) might just have taken a sinister turn. Reports yesterday that D12 member Big Proof was assaulted by up to 14 people all connected to Murder Inc. Proof says he was attacked by Murder Inc associations while relaxing after working in the studio, but added: "They were a bunch of kittens and DJs, because all I got was scratches."

Up until now the feud between the two hip hop posses has centred on raps from 50 Cent, Eminem and Ja Rule criticising the other side.


Well, this will start some rumours. The Charlatans have put on hold the recording of their up coming album so frontman Tim Burgess can concentrate on his solo record. But it's not a band split story. Talking to Xfm Martin Blunt said sessions so far were going well and they would return to the studio to complete the album in the Autumn.

"Things are going amazingly well, it's started very strong. The recordings are another big step on from 'Wonderland'. We have decided to continue writing through the summer allowing Tim to release his album and promote it and then come back to the band later in the year fully focused on The Charlatans".


Following GWR's decision that it wasn't interested in having just a minority stake in dance music station Vibe Radio (as previously reported the competition authorities wouldn't let them hold more than 25%), now one of the radio group's shareholders has said they aren't interested in just a minority stake in GWR.

The Daily Mail and General Trust - who own 30% of GWR - yesterday said they would be looking to significantly increase their stake, or bail out of radio all together.

But GWR chief executive Patrick Taylor told Media Guardian he was confident his shareholder wasn't about to make a snap decision: "As far as we are concerned they have made it clear to us they look at this business as long term investments. They have made it clear they are not in this business to be 30% shareholders. They will either gain control or sell out. But the resolution of all this may be five years away, 10 years away or 20 years away. They like the digital radio plan that we have, and they are great believers in opportunity to add value to the assets we have in digital radio. They do not control this company. Their directors are genuinely commercial in their approach to this company. If ever there was a conflict, they absent themselves from it."

Some insiders reckon it wouldn't make sense for DMGT to increase their stake in GWR until after the merger and acquisition spree that is expected in commercial radio when new slacker broadcasting regulations become law. GWR's strength is that unlike rivals EMAP and Chrysalis (and even Capital) they don't have any media interested outside the radio world - making it easier for them to absorb smaller radio companies, or may be even the radio operations of one of the other majors. If the DMGT became a majority stakeholder competition authorities might limit how many stations GWR could acquire on the grounds of the parent company's other media interests.


And finally, quote of the week goes to Robbie Williams who said of Justin Timberlake this week: "Justin looks like a Greek god. I was like, 'on to the gym for me and keep it up this time'."

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