CMU Daily - on the inside 1 Jul 2003
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In today's CMU Daily:
• IPC close Muzik
• Pictures of DJs at the national
• £14.25m severance pay
• Blue stays Blue and Blue stays Blue
• Old poet praises Eminem
• Review: Young Heart Attack - Over And Over
• Ladytron website and tour
• Glastonbury: no problems #2
• Canadian SARS concert sells records numbers of tix
• BBC Fame Academy Bursary
• Aerosmith got the blues
• Kelly on LBC
• New Bangles album
• Clear channel launch live mag
• Cure get heavy
• Suge Knight in trouble again
• Review: The Sweet Chap - Superman 3
• Lil Kim gets her bling things back
• Media-planners brought onboard for Napster
• UB40 tour
• Sony on the phone

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IPC CLOSE MUZIK
Another nail in the coffin of dance magazines. Respected dance music monthly Muzik has printed its last issue. IPC have closed it down after a period of poor sales and advertising revenue. Muzik's year on year circulation decreased 11% to 36,089 copies in the six months up until to December 2002.

The resurgence in guitar-based music has given new life to the previously moribund NME and Kerrang! titles, while titles like Mixmag and Muzik waned after the Ibiza/clubbing/dance music subculture dwindled. DMC scaled down its Seven magazine and even Ministry magazine – once the biggest magazine in the booming dance mag sector – was closed down last year (word is Ministry has teamed up with Condé Nast and plan to go the style mag route with a new title called 'Trash'). With Muzik magazine gone the dance mag sector is now pretty much dominated by EMAP's Mixmag and the more specialist titles like Jockey Slut and DJ Magazine.

Announcing the closure and the redundancy of the magazine's ten staff IPC Ignite MD Tim Brooks told reporters: "We have a very talented and dedicated team on Muzik and I want to thank them all for their hard work and their grace under pressure. Sadly, nothing they could do in isolation was going to turn around this sector of the music market. Just like the broader music industry, of which we're proud to be a part, we have to channel our resources to where the consumers are."

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PICTURES OF DJS AT THE NATIONAL
A photographic exhibition called 'DJ's by Chris Lopez' is to take place at the National Portrait Gallery from 7 Jul to 28 Sep.

The exhibition will feature photos of Fat Boy Slim, Pete Tong, Danny Rampling, Carl Cox, Roger Sanchez, Lottie, Princess Julia, Lisa Lashes, Tim Deluxe and Josh Wink among others. The gallery has said of the exhibition… "Lopez's style captures the true character of his subjects away from the dance floor."

The exhibition is in part an effort to promote his book by the same name, and will be touring clubs and bars throughout the UK. For more information visit http://www.npg.org.uk

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£14.25M SEVERANCE PAY
Former-Vivendi Universal boss Jean-Marie Messier, who left the entertainments conglom after its finances became crippled last summer, has won his court battle for £14.25m in severance pay.

Vivendi Universal were claiming that the severance package should not be paid, because it had never been approved by the board. But a New York arbitration tribunal ordered Vivendi Universal to pay its former chairman and chief executive the money he claims he is owed. Vivdendi now plan to appeal through both the US and French courts.

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BLUE STAYS BLUE AND BLUE STAYS BLUE
Following the news yesterday that an old rock band called Blue were battling it out with the boy band by the same name, for the use of the name, both sides confirmed yesterday that they had reached a settlement at the High Court.

After 30 minutes of out-of-court discussions, Mr Justice Laddie was told that a "passing-off" claim by the old band seeking damages and an injunction to stop the new band using the name would be dismissed by consent. Blue#1 and Blue #2 agreed that each could continue to be known as Blue.

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OLD POET PRAISES EMINEM
The former Professor of Poetry at Oxford University, Seamus Heaney has praised Eminem for his "verbal energy" adding that he has "sent a voltage around a generation".

The quote comes as a response to a journalist who asked Heaney if there was a figure in popular culture who aroused interest in poetry and lyrics in the way that Bob Dylan and John Lennon had done in the 60s and 70s.

Heaney said: "There is this guy Eminem. He has created a sense of what is possible. He has done this not just through his subversive attitude but also his verbal energy."

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REVIEW: Young Heart Attack - Over and Over (Beggars/XL)
The CMU team is deeply split, on one side Editor, Gil leads (I say leads, I really mean IS) the side who loves this aging hair metal revival. The rest of us lowly hacks can see it for what it is, unoriginal, novelty drivel. Gil would love Young Heart Attack. Super-clean guitars, plus wailing vocals and lyrics like "love is a loaded gun/love is a bad one." It's enough to make to make you free your flowing locks and headbang, if you are that way inclined. This writer will be keeping her hair firmly tied back. FC
Released: 21 Jul
Press Contact: Beggars IH [all]

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LADYTRON WEBSITE AND TOUR
Ladytron have revamped and re-launched their website to coincide with the release of their latest single, 'Evil' yesterday. The new site enables visitors to hear mixes of 'Evil' from Tony Senghore, Ewan Pearson, M-Factor and their exclusive remix of Interpol's last single, 'Blue Jeans'. Ladytron's will be flitting about on the summer festival circuit before going on tour in the UK in the Autumn. More at http://www.ladytron.com

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GLASTONBURY: NO PROBLEMS #2
Police have revealed that crime at Glastonbury fell by almost half this year. 316 crimes B were reported by 8am Monday, compared to 600 at the same time last year – a 47% fall from last

There were 142 drug detections this year – but only 70 in 2002.

There were 16 reported robberies this year – a massive 79% drop from 2002 78 reported robberies.

'Theft from the person' was down by 50% on last year with 64 cases compared to 129.

There were 132 reported instances of thefts from tents – down 26% on last year's 178 cases.

Total arrests stood at 167, with half for drug offences and most of the rest for theft.

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CANADIAN SARS CONCERT SELLS RECORDS NUMBERS OF TIX
Ticketmaster Canada have just revealed that tickets for the Rolling Stones headlined Molson Canadian Rocks for Toronto concert set for 30 Jul has sold a record 150,000 tickets in its first few days of sales. A spokesman for the event added that sales to US fans for the concert were "well ahead of expectations." The concert aims to reinvigorate the Canadian city following the SARS crisis there, and one dollar from every ticket sold will go toward the Health Care and Hospitality Workers Relief Fund

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) has tentatively agreed to broadcast a one-hour edition of the concert worldwide.

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BBC FAME ACADEMY BURSARY
The BBC will make at least £1 million available for the 'Fame Academy Bursary,' over the next three years, providing up to 400 musical instrument awards to young people aged 11-15, as well as giving five educational grants to musicians aged 16-30.

The BBC plan to give the profits from the first series of the show (including record sales and viewer voting) to the fund to be used "to nurture musical excellence in young people and encourage them to pursue their musical ambitions."

Beginning this summer, the second series of the show, will also provide funding for the bursary. Applicants began applying online today in the first round of instrument awards. Applications for the educational grants begin in a months time.

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AEROSMITH GOT THE BLUES
Aerosmith have just finished recording their latest album – and it's a blues album. The tracks will be mixed down over the coming months and the album will probably be released in the new year.

Joe Perry said: "All the basics are done, we're probably three-quarters done with the overdubs. And there really aren't many to do, because we cut the album basically live."

The band co-produced the album with long time Aerosmith producer Jack Douglas ('Toys in the Attic' (1975) 'Rocks' (1976)). Insiders say that the as-yet-untitled album may contain covers of Muddy Waters' 'I'm Ready', Little Walter's 'Temperature', Fleetwood Mac's 'Stop Messin' Round' and Mississippi Fred McDowell's 'You Gotta Move'. The band have said that there will be new Aerosmith material as well.

The album is also said to include Perry on lead vocals on a number of songs.

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KELLY ON LBC
Following his sudden and somewhat controversial departure from Classic FM, Henry Kelly has been snapped up by Chrysalis' London talk station LBC.

Kelly, who's breakfast show was axed two weeks ago, will stand in for Katie Derham on her Sunday brunch show on LBC 97.3 for a fortnight. Insiders at the station have hinted that they hoped the relationship would turn into "a longer-term working relationship".

Kelly Said: "I am delighted to be taking over Katie's show on LBC 97.3 for the next two weeks and I hope some of my loyal listeners will tune in as it's a great timeslot. The team here at LBC are making me very welcome, so who knows? This could be the start of a beautiful relationship."

In his 11 years at Classic he attracted 3.3m listeners a day; maybe LBC are hoping to draw some of the thousands of people who bombarded the Classic FM website with protest emails when they heard he had been axed.

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NEW BANGLES ALBUM
It was four years ago that the Bangles reunited to record a track for the Austin Powers soundtrack, and now, three years after hitting the road on a reunion tour, the group is issuing an all-new reunion album, the Bangles' first LP of new tunes since 1988's 'Everything'.

The 15-track 'Doll Revolution' will be released 9 Sep through Koch Entertainment, and the single, 'Something That You Said', will narrowly precede it.

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CLEAR CHANNEL LAUNCH LIVE MAG
Clear Channel is launching Music Guide Live!, an ad-sponsored magazine for the summer concert season in the US.

Clear Channel will initially distribute the magazine at its radio stations' events and via its concert network with the aim of eventually distributing in more than 30 markets.

Content will include stories on artists, music news, touring schedules and other local information. For now, Clear Channel plans to publish the magazine twice during the busy summer season, but if it goes well they may release additional issues in between and afterwards.

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CURE GET HEAVY
The likelihood is that The Cure's next album is going to sound a lot heavier than previous material.

The band are heading into the studio to begin work on their forthcoming album with Ross Robinson – a man who has worked with Amen, Fear Factory, At The Drive-in, Blood Brothers, Machine Head, Korn, Sepultra, Soul Fly, Slipknot and Limp Bizkit.

The album is expected early next year.

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SUGE KNIGHT IN TROUBLE AGAIN
Suge Knight was arrested over the weekend for the second time this year. The Tha Row boss has been charged for allegedly violating his parole conditions by punching a parking valet on 21 Jun. Knight was taken into custody last Friday after the Department of Corrections noticed an LAPD report on the incident.

Knight spent 61 days behind bars earlier this year for 'being associated with a known gang member in violation of his probation'. He was originally sent to prison on a probation violation for participating in a Las Vegas brawl in the hours before Tupac Shakur's death in 1996.

He was released from Prison in 2001 after serving his five-year sentence.

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REVIEW: The Sweet Chap - Superman 3 (CDR Demo)
CDRs with no accompanying explanation are always a gamble. This one wasn't quite my cup of tea, unfortunately. If you're into sleazy lounge music, played using what sounds like a bunch of ancient synthesizers and a real drum kit, this is probably right up your street. The words on this copy are tantalisingly out of reach, too. Track two, 'Novelty Mouse Mat', is much more interesting, being weird lounge funk, just far enough away from Jamiroquai. Worth further investigation. MB
Release date: N/A
Press contact: Aaron Millar, IE Music, 111 Frithville Gdns, London, W12 7JQ

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LIL KIM GETS HER BLING THINGS BACK
Lil' Kim's lawyer Mel Sachs yesterday confirmed that some of the $250,000 of jewellery stolen from the MC while boarding a United Airlines flight from New York to Los Angeles last month has been returned to her. Word is her white-and-yellow diamond-encrusted necklace with a crowned B-the logo (for her Queen Bee Records) and a set of platinum dog tags filled with yellow diamonds were found wrapped in a rag in the employee locker room at Kennedy Airport last week. A spokesperson for the airport said that no arrests have been made.

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MEDIA-PLANNERS BROUGHT ONBOARD FOR NAPSTER
Roxio have announced San Francisco based advertising agency Venables, Bell & Partners wil be charged with the task of promoting the relaunched Napster service. As previously reported Roxio bought the rights to the Napster name and plan to re-launch it as a legit music download service later this year.

The ad agency will be responsible for developing and implementing the advertising and marketing campaigns for the Napster re-launch working with media planners Mediasmith.

Scott Steinberg, vice president of strategic marketing for Napster said: "Napster continues to command unparalleled brand recognition in the on-line music space, and we believe that Venables, Bell & Partners offers the kind of creativity, innovation and experience that will make them an invaluable partner as we bring an even better and richer Napster experience to music consumers".

Bob Molineaux, president of Venables, Bell & Partners said: "We're thrilled to be involved with the re-launch of one of the social icons of our generation. Napster is a powerful and electrifying brand, and we are very excited to put our creative forces behind it."

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UB40 TOUR
UB40 have announced details of a UK and Irish tour to support their new studio album. The dates are:

25 Nov: Waterfront Hall, Belfast (with the Stranglers)
28 Nov: Point, Dublin
30 Nov: Brighton Centre
1 Dec: Plymouth Pavillions
3 Dec: Wembley Arena
5 Dec: Nottingham Arena
7 Dec: Cardiff Arena
14 Dec: Bournemouth International Centre
16 Dec: Manchester Evening News Arena
18 Dec: Sheffield Hallam FM Arena
19 Dec: Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow
20 Dec: Telewest Arena, Newcastle
22 Dec: Birmingham NEC

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SONY ON THE PHONE
Sony Music Europe have announced an agreement with Musiwave which will allow them to make ringtones available which include original recordings of songs from the Sony catalogue. Music from over one hundred Sony Music artists will be available through Musiwave, with plans to extend the range of available repertoire in the future. These Musitones will be available through all the usual suspects - T-Mobile, Vodafone etc.

Tony Martin, vice president of eMedia, Europe & UK, Sony Music said: "As the technology develops - the capabilities of the handsets and greater bandwidth of the networks - we are now able to give consumers the quality they want. We can now deliver excerpts from the master recordings - that means the original music as the ringtone. Delivering the song itself to handsets is a huge leap forward and benefits our artists whose music is now legitimately available through the mobile channel."

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