CMU Daily - on the inside 14 Jul 2003
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In today's CMU Daily:
• Witness witnesses records crowds
• So does T in the Park – and the lotion runs out
• Strummer honoured in world music comp
• Courtney Love signs to virgin
• Beegee to judge Fame Academy?
• Review: Hans-Joachim Roedelius And Tim Story – lunz
• Pet Shop Boys in the studio again
• Glasto 2003: good for sex and drugs
• Sharon Osbourne gets her own show
• New Eminem collaboration
• New Brighton label
• New acts for the Coliseum
• UK band Keane whip up US A&R storm
• Delta Goodrem admitted with cancer
• Evil fox
• Divine Comedy frontman solo
• Review: Five Deez – Kinky Nasti
• Malone nonchelant about VUE
• Polyphonic robe theft no de-laughing matter
• Prince LP online
• Headphone concerts for headphone people.
• Greenday tribute LP title change

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CHART UPDATE
Ms Knowles holds off five big new entries in this week's chart to take the top spot of the singles chart for another week. Madonna has to make do with number 2 for 'Hollywood', Pink with William Orbit goes in at 3 with 'Feel Good Time', Popstar (wrongful) loser Javine goes in at 4 with 'Real Things' while poor old Eminem only reaches 6 with 'Business' (I guess we all got the album version a year ago). And God is still with Evanescence – 'Bring Me To Life' stays top 5 at 5.

Other new entries which might have been aiming for higher positions had it not been such a competitive new release week include: Kym Marsh with 'Come On Over' at 10, Blur with 'Crazy Beat' at 18, Simply Red with 'Fake' at 21, Avril Lavinge with 'Losing Grip' at 22 and Longview with 'Further' at 27.

Albums wise – Beyonce Knowles supreme here too – another week topping both single and album charts. But frankly we don't care about Ms Destiny – cos CMU favourites The Darkness have gone straight in at number two with 'Permission To Land' showing sometimes media hype does equal record sales. Other new entries this week from Kings Of Leon in at 5 with 'Youth and Young Manhood', Ocean Colour Scene in at 14 with 'North Atlantic Drift' and the Suzanne Vega best of at 30.

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WITNESS WITNESSES RECORDS CROWDS
An estimated 25,000 people a day turned out to enjoy more than 100 bands perform at Ireland's annual Witness festival at Punchestown racecourse. Alongside an impressive line up featuring Coldplay, Supergrass, Beth Orton, the Thrills, the Sugababes, Cardigans, David Gray and the Manic Street Preachers, the Flaming Lips performed a surprise set.

Wayne Coyne and is band were filling in for the absent White Stripes who had to pull out of the festival at the last minute when Jack White was injured in a car crash in his native Detroit last week and broke his finger. Confirming the Stripes were cancelling this weekend's festival dates a spokesman from V2 – who represent the band in the US – told reporters it was not yet known whether the duo will start their 26-date American tour on 19 Jul as planned.

Meanwhile back at Witnness, organisers have said that this year's event was the biggest in its four-year history, while police reported the festival passed peacefully, with only a small number of drug related arrests.

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SO DOES T IN THE PARK – AND THE LOTION RUNS OUT
Another record breaker in the festivals stakes – this time North of the border. The tenth T in the Park saw record crowds of 55,000 people watching the Sugarbabes, REM, Charlatans and Coldplay in the baking heat. It was so hot and sunny that staff from the local Tayside Primary Care NHS Trust – who were handing our free sun cream - ran out by the second day.

Once again the Flaming Lips were last minute additions to the bill to replace the White Stripes – and apparently their set, and their performances of 'Seven Nation Army' and a track called 'Thankyou Jack White For The Fibre Optic Jesus That You Gave Me', almost stole the festival – though REM fans might disagree after Stipe and Co performed a 100-minute set of new songs and classics.

Once again very little trouble – in fact local police actively praised festival-goers for their good behaviour. It's been something of a sell out / trouble free festival season so far – perhaps everyone's putting off their rioting till the August Bank Holiday. See you all at the Leeds Festival…

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STRUMMER HONOURED IN WORLD MUSIC COMP
BBC Radio London DJ Charlie Gillett has compiled a new collection of international music to be dedicated to former Clash frontman Joe Strummer. 'World 2003: Music Without Frontiers' includes Joe Strummer and his band the Mescaleros' Mondo Bongo alongside 34 other tracks, including music Orchestra Baobab, Manu Chao, Mariza, Samira Sa1id, Ellika & Solo, Uzbekistanian vocalist Sevara Nazarkhan, Canadian trio Be Good Tanyas, Tuscon, America's Calexico and the UK-based Temple Of Sound.

The influences are said to range from West African folk, traditional Uzbekistan song, French, Spanish, Italian, Senegalese, Algerian, Nigerian, Turkish, Pakistani, Iraqi, Portugese, Egyptian, Russian, Kenyan, Slovakian, Malian, Mexican, Cuban and Brazilian.

Gillett said: "World music keeps growing, changing its shape, opening itself up to absorb new elements and shifting it's creative centres. World 2003 showcases what it feels like right now."

'World 2003: Music Without Frontiers' is due on 28 Jul on EMI imprint Hemisphere.

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COURTNEY LOVE SIGNS TO VIRGIN
Courtney Love has just signed a three-record deal with the US division of EMI label Virgin. Her first release will be her long-awaited album 'America's Sweetheart' on 28 Oct, the second will be an as yet unchosen single.

Much of the album was written with Linda Perry, who has delivered major pop hits for Christina Aguilera and Pink. Love worked with producer and Virgin Records chairman/CEO Matt Serletic on two ballads for the project. Other producers include James Barber and Josh Abraham.

The word is that 'America's Sweetheart' will be followed by a live album (& DVD) in autumn of next year, and a third in the same period of 2005.

Love is due to start a US tour on 10 Nov, which will extend to Europe, Australia and Japan next year.

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BEEGEE TO JUDGE FAME ACADEMY?
Robin Gibb is said to be "seriously considering" signing up as a judge for the next series of the BBC's 'Fame Academy' alongside 'headteacher' Richard Park and voice coach Carrie Grant.

A spokeswoman for Gibb said: "Yes, they are in talks. He has been approached to do it and has been talking to Endemol. So far nothing is 100% agreed, but I think he'll be making his decision any time now."

Also being lined up for the series, which will be formally unveiled by the corporation today, is former Factory Records boss Tony Wilson.

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REVIEW: Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Tim Story – Lunz (Circus)
This is more like it. Put down your crap indie music for a second a listen to this. This, my friends, is a gloriously affecting piece of modern European classical music. There's not much going on here (although to call 'Lunz' minimalism doesn't do it justice); just haunting piano melodies, fragments of cello, and the occasional shard of electronics piercing the alpine ambience. It's a landscape full of perfectly coalescing contrasts too… at turns cold and glacial yet warm and fiery, sinister yet cajoling, unsettling whilst comforting. Inspired by nature (quite literally – the title refers to secluded lake in the Austrian Alps), 'Lunz' sounds both clean and cleansing, and as pure as Satie, Nyman or Debussy. You'll be hard pressed to hear something as beautiful and evocative all year. MS
Release date: 11 Aug
Press Contact: Circus Records IH [CP, RP, NP] Gronland [CR, RR, NR]

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PET SHOP BOYS IN THE STUDIO AGAIN
Fil Jones and Jonny Melton, aka Atomizer, are to have their 'Hooked On Radiation' track remixed by the Pet Shop Boys. The track, that became a classic at the duo's v.trendy NagNagNag club, was heard on the floor by the Pet Shop's Neil and Chris who then suggested a remix.

The PSBs are currently in the studio working on material for a new album. Apparently we can expect another best of in Nov and a single in Oct. Details of the track listing have yet to be finalised.

Atomizer's Jonny Melton has previously worked with Adamski in Diskord Datkord and Jones was in techno outfit Sharon & Tracey with Tom Stephan. Their debut single, 'Hooked On Radiation' as Atomizer was produced by KLF's Jimmy Cauty.

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GLASTO 2003: GOOD FOR SEX AND DRUGS
An NME survey has revealed some interesting stats about this year's Glastonbury Festival (well, the NME readers that went their anyway)…

1. Almost 25,000 people had sex (22% of the 112,000).
2. 17% of those people did it on Thursday, 56% on Friday night, only 6% on Saturday, 13% on Sunday and 8% on Monday.
3. 71,000 saw naked people.
4. 65,000 admitted taking drugs there.
5. 75% said that the toilets were 'like a cesspit'.
6. Radiohead were best.
7. REM were next.
8. 66% said the event was 'mind-blowing'.
9. Less than 1% said it was overrated.
10. Only 3% were affected by crime.

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SHARON OSBOURNE GETS HER OWN SHOW
Sharon Osbourne, currently in remission from colon cancer, is set to launch an hour-long talk show, named 'Sharon', in Sep on the WB network in the US.

Sharon said: "I could never be as good as Oprah [Winfrey]. ... I won't be recommending books. That's not my thing. My experience is life. I want to interview people who really interest me. There is a woman, I read about the other day, that got arrested -- she was breast-feeding her baby while driving her car. There is a woman I'm going to be interviewing who was put in jail for playing music too loud in her home."

Rumour has it that the Osbourne kids may be used as reporters on the show to cover such events as the Teen Choice Awards.

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NEW EMINEM COLLABORATION
Eminem has collaborated on the old school collective Boo Yaa Tribe's new record 'West Koasta Nostra'.

The Godfather, one of six Samoan brothers who make up the group said: "It's all about mutual respect. He sees the struggle we go through and he wants to give back. A lot of people want to pay him big money to do this, but he feels us. His whole concept is that he only wants to fuck with real people."

Due on 7 Oct the Eminem produced and vocal collaboration called '911' also sees a verse from Cypress Hill's B-Real

The album which is said to be a West/East Coast peace mission sees other guests including Mack 10, WC, Kurupt, Knoc'TurnAl, Crooked I, Kokane and Short Khop.

Godfather said: "Our thing is we don't have no beef with nobody, so I wanted to bring it together. I got Death Row, I got Aftermath, all on one album. You got one man playing God because he's got all the money in the world, but the rest of us don't got it like that. There's a whole group of us who don't want to trip on that. Us being from [Mob] Piru [Bloods] and some of them being Crips, we put all that aside. There's not too many of us, and we want to eat, so we got to help each other out."

The album was produced by Battlecat, who famously worked with Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube on their more G-funk excursions.

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NEW BRIGHTON LABEL
Brighton-based DJ/producer, Cut La Roc (Lee Potter) has set up a new record label called Rocstar Recordings with fellow producer Marco Distefano.

Potter said: "the label will be a very broad based label - releasing electronica, hip hop, downtempo, breakbeat and house as well as mainstream stuff."

Christening the label will be, the 'Many Styles Vol 1' EP from Potter himself, a triple tracker due on 14 Jul. The EP is already getting support from Orbital's Phil Hartnoll and Mr Scruff.

Potter said: "I was getting tired of being sent the same old soulless music. I thought it was time someone took the lead and tried something different, at Rocstar we aim to bring a quirky and different style of music to the masses."

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NEW ACTS FOR THE COLESSEUM
The state-of-the-art Las Vegas concert hall The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, which was built for Celine Dion's three year Vegas residency, will play host to some new, high-profile guests.

Gloria Estefan will play seven shows 10-19 Oct. Tim McGraw is due to play 18-19 Jul, and Mariah Carey on 26 Jul. According to Billboard Elton John is in negotiations for a $54m three-year deal that would start in 2004.

John Meglen, co-president of Concerts West, and promoters for the Colosseum said: "We always intended for other artists to play this venue. There are 12 weeks a year when Celine is not playing."

Despite pre-show reports of poor ticket sales, Dion has just completed 65 sell outs at the 4,100-seater venue which grossed a reported $36m. Celine will now take a month off before returning on 6 Aug.

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UK BAND KEANE WHIP UP US A&R STORM
LA venue The Viper Rooms saw wall to wall A&R men last week, as UK buzz band Keane performed in front of reps from pretty much every major, each accompanied by the requisite gaggle of legal men. Keane are made up of vocals, keyboards and drums and have been the focus of a heavy bidding war here in the UK. And this despite people comparing them to Coldplay.

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DELTA GOODREM ADMITTED WITH CANCER
Australian Singer and 'Neighbours' star Delta Goodrem has been admitted to hospital with Hodgkin's disease. The diagnoses follows a series of tests last week.

Delta said: "I want to assure all my fans that I will be fine and I will be back just as soon as my treatment is completed. Knowing that I have your love and support is making a huge difference and I look forward to seeing you all very soon."

Her family have asked for people to respect her privacy, and Delta has told fans they can keep up to date on her progress through her website http://www.deltagoodrem.com.

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EVIL FOX
Rumour has it Pop Idol sycophant Neil Fox plans to turn nasty for the forthcoming second series of 'Pop Idol'. Though the shows producer's might not be too keen – most assume Capital Radio's Foxy role on the show is to be the positive one in the final stages while Cowell and Waterman battled for the most impressive put-down.

Certainly Cowell wasn't too impressed by the news, telling reporters: "It doesn't really work for Foxy to be like that. He's known for being Mr Happy Radio. We still have Nicki as nice cop, though, nothing has changed there."

No word on whether Foxy is planning on dumping his strategy of talking utter rubbish – or his quota of one contradiction per sentence – both also important components of the award winning Pop Idol formula.

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DIVINE COMEDY FRONTMAN SOLO
Divine Comedy mainman Neil Hannon has started to put together a new album – due early 2004 - which will be the first release under the DC name since he parted with the rest of the band in 2001. Word is the album will include a number of songs that he has tried out on live acoustic tours over the past 18 months. Hannon has produced the album himself, though with the assistance of frequent collaborator Joby Talbot.

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REVIEW: Five Deez – Kinky Nasti (!K7)
In 2001 Five Deez excited everyone about inde hiphop again with their highly acclaimed 'Kool Motor' LP. And now the 'four black dudes' are back with another cracking long-player. The Deez don't get 'mistook for some neo-soul gospel rappers' as they return with 15 tracks of head-nod hiphop, rugged R&B refrains, and the odd excursion into house (!)… they just rhyme that little bit faster. Anyone who bought 'Kool Motor' won't be disappointed, and I could recommend this to a whole load of people who wished they never bought the Snoop/Dre/Ludacris album. Grass roots hiphop for the masses. JG
Release date: 15 Sep
Press Contact: Shilland [CP, RP, NP]

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MALONE NONCHELANT ABOUT VUE
According to the New York Post, rumour has it Liberty Media boss John Malone is "privately downplaying" his desire to acquire Vivendi Universal's entertainment assets – seemingly playing up the importance of his company's recent acquisition of shopping channel QVC instead.

Whether he is contemplating pulling out, or preparing the ground should his bid be unsuccessful, it's not clear – though other rumours suggest he might withdraw his offer and encourage Vivdeni to opt for the General Electric/NBC bid instead.

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POLYPHONIC ROBE THEFT NO DE-LAUGHING MATTER
Polyphonic Spree lead singer Tim DeLaughter has had "the first ever Polyphonic Spree robe" stolen.

The robe was taken while the band played at the Northampton Roadmenders on Thursday. Tim appealed for it's safe return saying that no questions would be asked if it were returned.

Tim said to NME: "It was made by my mother-in-law. Can you please ask whoever has it to send it to NME. It's fine if whoever took it wants a picture of it. I must get it back though - it has my mojo in it."

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PRINCE LP ONLINE
The new Prince album 'NEWS' is available for sale as a pre-release digital download for a mere $7.00.

As previously reported, the album is a departure from Prince's usual style; featuring four 14 minute instrumentals - 'North', East', 'West' and 'South'.

The album will not go on general release, but CD versions can be purchased from his site

Samples can also be accessed at http://www.npgmusicclub.com/promo/news/

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HEADPHONE CONCERTS FOR HEADPHONE PEOPLE.
The London Headphones Festival will be held on 19 Jul at State51. The free event, where people are invited to bring their headphones, plug themselves in and enjoy a programme of recorded music, is organised by Placard, - a tag team of London electronic musicians, organisers and promoters including 8bitrecs, not Clickable, Idoia, Slub, Disastronaut, Flow , Murmer, Sonomu.Net and the Slow Sound System.

Organisers say: "Think of it as a festival in reverse. Performances will only be heard via headphones in the venue, and broadcast to the world via the net. For once, it's a perfect opportunity for some focused listening. bring your own headphones: plug in, switch on, tune out."

The festival boasts audio and video performances from John Eacott (Flow, 3Play, Cybersonica), Jem Finer (Elrino, Longplayer), Si-cut.db (Bip-Hop, 12k, Fällt), Chesh (FatCat, V/VM), Sumugan Sivanesan (D>ART02, Rage, Eden Project), Colin Potter (Nurse With Wound and Datamath (Ladytron, Emperor Norton) among a million others.

The organisers also promise a robot DJ, virtual performance, PowerBook surgery, generative code scribing, phonography , hand-held cameras, electro-acoustic analysis, slideshow, short films, VJing and flash workouts.

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GREENDAY TRIBUTE LP TITLE CHANGE
Word is, the forthcoming Greenday tribute LP called 'A Different Shade Of Green' was originally to be called 'When Masturbation's Lost Its Fun'.

The man behind the original title, graphic designer Alex Navarro said: "I originally titled the album 'When Masturbation's Lost Its Fun'. The cover is a parody of Green Day's 'Kerplunk' album, but the sexy chick has aged to the point where masturbations lost its fun. Also, on the inside spread there was a rocking chair with a very lonesome vibrator. Unfortunately the label was concerned that some stores were going to reject the album because of the sexual content within the name. Where the vibrator was, is now a boom box with a pile of CDs instead, and the title has tastefully been changed to 'A Different Shade of Green'".

The album, set for release on Skunk Ape Records on 22 Jul, will feature covers of Green Day tunes from the likes of Weezer ('Worry Rock').

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