CMU Daily - on the inside 24 Jul 2003
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In today's CMU Daily:
• C4 behind Kylie kidnap hoax
• Will Universal pay up for Cohen?
• Police apologise to Cube
• Sanity retreats
• Capital failed poach
• Review: Mower – People Are Cruel
• Human League best of
• Just Jack re-release
• Where will Caparro go?
• Will Young charity download
• Malkmus at Domino's
• Toronto concert update
• Dido's sorry single
• Military Tattoo Goes Pop
• BMG new head of radio
• Isle of MTV 2003
• Electric Sick
• MTV VMA Awards
• Review: Larry Gold Presents – Don Cello And Friends
• Sunrise set to get Mean
• Deluxe added to Love03
• AC/DC clear up


Kylie Minogue has spoken out after a TV documentary crew faked her kidnapping sparking a police search. The makers of a new TV show on celebrity culture bundled a Kylie look alike into a car near the star's London home – causing onlooking neighbours to call the police.

Kylie told the Daily Mirror: "I thought that was a really stupid thing for a TV crew to do. I was really surprised when I heard. I think they did act irresponsibly. I'm very happy that the police were here immediately, as soon as they were called. I would like to praise them for reacting so fast."

The show was being made for Channel 4 – though they initially denied any involvement. But having realised it was indeed their show a spokesman for the station told reporters: "It's most unfortunate that the lookalike did turn out to be too much of a lookalike and caused distress."


According to the LA Times, Island Def Jam boss Lyor Cohen may have to pay his $56m share of the $132m compensation due to independent record label TVT Records himself.

You will recall Cohen was held personally liable for initiating unfair business practices in a bid to stop TVT from releasing a Cash Money Click album which featured IDG artist Ja Rule – even though IDJ had agreed to such releases when Ja Rule moved from the independent to the major. Cohen himself is personally liable for nearly half of the $132m damages awarded to TVT – but most assumed Universal Music would pay his share. However an official statement from the Universal Music Group has now said it is too "premature" to say who will pay Cohen's share.

However one insider has suggested the statement was merely a bid to help Cohen's lawyers in their attempts to have the compensation figure reduced. Cohen's personal wealth is estimated at $29 million so it would seem impractical to fine him $56 million – but if the court assumed Universal would cough up then the higher figure is more realistic. Therefore by distancing themselves from Cohen's fine there is a higher chance of it to being reduced – so they have to pay less when they do eventually cough up on Lyor's behalf.

Said insider added "Vivendi wouldn't be seriously suggesting Cohen should pay up this close to when his contract is up for renewal."


The Chicago Police Department has apologised to Ice Cube after issuing an alert that described the suspect in a series of sexual assaults as looking like the ex-NWA MC. Police issued statements to radio and television describing the suspect as a black male in his mid-20s, adding that he "resembles the popular rap artist Ice Cube." A local TV station then chose to accompany the police alert with footage from a Cube video.

A spokesperson for the Chicago Police said: "We acknowledged the information should not have been on the alert. We took immediate corrective action. We apologise to Ice Cube for what was an honest mistake and came with no ill intent."

The alert was reissued without the reference to the rapper. Ice was in Chicago at the time filming Barber Shop 2.


Australian retailer Sanity are leaving the UK music market barely eighteen months after it bought the loss-making Our Price chain from Virgin's retail division. The company is now looking for buyers – some reckon the chain will be broken up with some sold on to other music retail companies and others converted into other shops.


Capital Radio has admitted that its attempt to lure Kiss FM breakfast show DJ Bam Bam away from with his current home with a £1m offer failed. Bam Bam chose to stay at the Emap station, declining Capital's advances to replace Chris Tarrant.

A spokeswoman said: "Given that Chris Tarrant's contract ends at the end of the year, we are talking to lots of people. Yes, Bam Bam was one of the people we've had a chat with about what he's doing and where he wants to be. But his idea for his future and where we want to go were not the same,"

A source close to the DJ said: "Bam Bam has been a big part of the success of Kiss and will continue to be so in the future."

In total, 854,000 listeners tune in to Bam Bam, according to the latest audience figures. He has a 22% share of 15-24 year olds, compared to Capital's 18.1% and Radio 1's 7.8% share of the same age range.


REVIEW: Mower – People Are Cruel (Transcopic Records)
Guts. Odd things, aren't they? When they feel all screwed up or twisted, it could be because you're in love, nervous or suffering in the aftermath of an all you can eat vindaloo buffet. Pinning down quite why my tummy felt like a balloon full of butterflies in this instance was easy – Mower excite me in a way that an armada of Jordans couldn't. Idiosyncratic and busting with inventiveness, Mower's album has more zest than a citrus grove. Produced by the legendary Stephen Street, it veers from proper knuckle dragging guitar anthems ("After Dark" and "No One Is Royalty") to plaintive self-reflection ("Just Say No") while keeping a tight and cohesive sound. No track sits uncomfortably next to another, not one sounds as if it's been wedged in to make up a few minutes running time. Sublime in performance and execution, this punky and eclectic mix is London's counterpart to The Coral. TO
Release date: 4 Aug
Press Contact: Triad [CP, RP, NP] Anglo [CR, RR, NR]


Sheffield synth pioneers, Human League, are set to release 'The Very Best Of' on Virgin.

The double CD will include classics like 'Love Action (I Believe In Love)', 'Don't You Want Me' and Phil Oakey's collaboration with the godfather of the disco-synth, Giorgio Moroder 'Together In Electric Dreams'. It is expected that Virgin will release a DVD featuring the band's promo videos to coincide with the album's release.

The League are currently on tour around the world, but will return for more UK dates in Dec.


Urban truth-poet, Just Jack, is set to release a re-mastered version of last year's 'The Outer Marker' his debut album.

The album, set for release on 11 Aug, was a low key release for RG Records, but after receiving much acclaim from the likes of The Independent, Q and the NME the album will be re-packaged and re-released with extra tracks; including new recording, 'Lesson One' and the 'Cured by Temple Of Jay' Remix of Snowflakes (Xfm DJ Eddy Temple Morris' infamous bootleg with The Cure's 'Lullaby').

Jack and his band will be performing in the dance tents at the V Festival (Stafford - 16 Aug Chelmsford – 17 Aug), the Carling Festival, (Leeds – 22 Aug, Reading – 24 Aug), and at the Edinburgh Underbelly (23 Aug).


With the sale of Warner Music Group's disc operations to Cinram on the cards, people are postulating where WEA chief Jim Caparro will go after his own bid for the manufacturing assets that he formerly oversaw was rejected. Insiders are saying that Caparro has yet to make a decision with regards to his future at WEA.


Tracks performed by Will Young - including his version of 'Roxanne', 'Light My Fire', 'Ticket to Love', 'Cruel to be Kind' and 'Over You' – as performed at this year's Exeter Festival can be downloaded from his official website.

The download costs £3 and all profits will be donated to Will's chosen charity Positive Action SouthWest.

Will said: "Performing at Exeter Festival was fantastic, it was great to be back on stage after nine months in the studio. I am delighted that my fans will be able to log onto the website and get access to the exclusive tracks and footage and by doing this they are helping a charity very close to my heart."


Former Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus has been added to Domino's tenth anniversary birthday bash at the Shepherds Bush Empire on 27 Oct, with support from Quasi.

Other highlights of the month-long 'Worlds Of Possibility' celebrations include performances from The Pastels, The Kills and Bonnie Prince Billy, and will also see Domino releasing an anniversary CD (also 'Worlds Of Possibility').

Events so far:

3 Oct: Domino Launch Event

4 Oct: Clinic plus live support, The ICA

5 Oct: Art Exhibition/Music Videos, Domino and Eat Your Own Ears DJs plus guests, The ICA

12 Oct: The Pastels, To Rococo Rot and Movietone plus guest DJs, The ICA

13 Oct: James Yorkston and The Athletes plus support tbc, Camden Cecil Sharp House

14 Oct: Jason Loewenstein and Lou Barlow play the songs of Sebadoh, (Camden Cecil Sharp House

15 Oct: Bonnie Prince Billy, Camden Cecil Sharp House

17 Oct: Four Tet, Mouse on Mars, Max Tundra, John Peel (DJ set), Franz Ferdinand (DJ set), Manitoba (DJ set), Domino and Eat Your Own Ears DJs plus guest DJs to be announced, The End

21 Oct: The Kills, The Blueskins, Astoria

24 Oct: New Domino signing plus live guests and art happenings, Electrowerkz

27 Oct: Stephen Malkmus, Quasi, plus guest DJs, Shepherds Bush Empire


Although 500,000 people were expected at the Molson Canadian Rocks for Toronto concert on 30 Jul, organisers now say the audience will likely be closer to 430,000 – though that's still a fair sized audience.

The show, which will include performances the Rolling Stones, Rush, Justin Timberlake and CMU favourites AC/DC amongst others, will be split into an afternoon and evening portion. Organisers say that artist sets will be seamless, and use a rotating stage to allow the next band to set up. Jim Belushi and Dan Aykroyd will host.

The running order so far: Sam Roberts, Kathleen Edwards, La Chicane, Tea Party, the Flaming Lips, Sass Jordan with Jeff Healey, the Isley Brothers, Blue Rodeo, Justin Timberlake, the Guess Who, Rush, AC/DC and finally the Stones.


Dido's new single 'White Flag' is an apology to the man she dumped as they arranged their wedding, and is the first time the singer has spoken about her split from Bob Page. That said, it's not the first time she has written a song about him - 'Thank You' was to thank him for his support while she 'got famous'.

Dido and Bob planned to marry this year but they split last Apr, Dido blaming hectic schedule. The song goes: "I know you think that I shouldn't still love you / I'll tell you that / but if I didn't say it, well / I'd still have felt it / where's the sense in that?"

"I know I left too much mess, and destruction to come back again / and I caused nothing but trouble, I understand if you can't talk to me again / and if you live by the rules of 'It's over' / then I'm sure that that makes sense."

'White Flag' - the first single from her 'Life for Rent' LP is due on 1 Sep.


Music from Westlife and Vangelis will feature at this year's Edinburgh Military Tattoo – a big marching and piping fest staged by the Army as part of the Edinburgh Festival. Although the event generally sticks to a more traditional soundtrack this year Westlife's 'Queen of My Heart', and the soundtrack to Ridley Scott's Christopher Columbus film 'Conquest of Paradise', by Vangelis will also feature.

While a little different than the rest of the Edinburgh Festival it attracts huge audiences every year – and will probably sell out before its first night next week. More on all things Edinburgh Festival at


Leighton Woods, previously an integral part of BMG's promotional strategies and campaigns team has been promoted to the role of Head of Radio, reporting directly to vice president of promotions, Alex Crass. Woods will oversee all acts at national radio including forthcoming activity from Dido, Annie Lennox, Pink, Alicia Keys, The Cooper Temple Clause, Christina Aguilera, Kosheen and Westlife.


The line-up for the Isle of MTV 2003 main event is growing, with more acts being announced for the extravaganza on Ile du Gaou, in the South of France on 7 Aug. So far Lamb, Outkast, Saïan Supa Crew, Killa Kela, Señor Coconut, 2 Many DJs (Soulwax), Jacques Lu Cont, Mr C, Tiga and Rob Da Bank are all confirmed. The main event follows the two month Europe-wide Isle of MTV tour which will have played host to 30,000 clubbers by the grand finale.


Electric Six frontman, Dick Valentine has unveiled his new South American dictator chic in preparation for the September release of next single 'Dance Commander'.

Valentine said: "That dictator look is something I've always been fascinated with. We decided to use it as the image for this song. We wanted to really stick on moustache and maybe involve a cigar."

Re: 'gay bar': "There was no preconceived notion that we were going to make people run up to each other and say something they wouldn't normally be saying, or to enter any collective consciousness. It's very flattering, gratifying and overall great that we're in this position. I think that it's great that something that took so little effort to come up with has turned into what it is. That's always very satisfying when you can get a lot of reward for very little work."

That sounds like a nice feeling.


Everyone is wet with anticipation as MTV's Video Music Awards nominations are due later today.

In line with supporting up and coming acts and directors, insiders predict love for the more obscure acts like Missy, Justin, Eminem and 50 Cent. The show takes place at Manhattan's Radio City Music Hall 28 Aug.


REVIEW: Larry Gold Presents – Don Cello And Friends (BBE)
The Pope may or may not be a catholic, but BBE do bring the best out of Philly to UK ears, and their latest offering is no exception – Larry Gold is one of the world's finest cellists and string arrangers and has been invited by BBE to do this, his first solo album. And it's a gorgeous 12 track longplayer of rare groove, hiphop, future soul and R&B. Larry hooks up with the Roots' Black Thought for 'Ain't No Stopping Us Now', Jaguar Wright is in there, as are Floetry. Larry has worked with Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Erykah Badu and Common – and this epic chronicle of soul stands as a testament to that. Beautiful. JG
Release date: 21 Jul
Press Contact: The Play Centre [all]


Sunrise Radio's £1.5m bid to acquire London's Mean Country station has been given a preliminary go-ahead from the radio industry regulator, the Radio Authority. Sunrise (Asian radio in London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Coventry and Wolverhampton) made a bid to acquire the Mean Fiddler owned station after the gig promoters announced they were departing the radio industry to concentrate on live music. However current media ownership rules say no one company can own two AM licences in one city without specific permission being granted. However it looks likely the Radio Authority will allow the Sunrise takeover – firstly because Sunrise are a small player in the radio arena, second because up coming media legislation will remove the ruling anyway.

Mean Country made a loss of £119,000 last year and was blamed by Mean Fiddler as a contributing facto to their overall £8.3m loss in 2002.


The Underwater Records producer/DJ Tim Deluxe will perform an exclusive live set in the Love Allstars Arena at the Irish dance music festival, Love03, due to take place 13 Sep at Shane's Castle in County Antrim. Deluxe's album 'The Little Ginger Club Kid' is due out 29 Sep.


Following on from yesterday's story that former AC/DC front man Dave Evans was going on a solo tour – a bit of clarity with regards his successor Bon Scott, who died in the late 70's. Seems we implied he was still alive with the line - "Evans was succeeded by current singer Bon Scott". Scott has himself been succeeded of course – by current singer Brian Johnson. Anyway, thanks to AC/DC's avid fan base for pointing the error out:

"Gill, Sorry - but after your Angus is dead AC/DC story I've got to say you've just delivered another AC/DC gaff. 'Evans preceded current singer, Bon Scott...'. True, but Bon died in the late '70s and was in turn replaced by Brian Johnson. Just had to let you know - our resident rock critic is howling ... Dave"

"Bon Scott current AC/DC singer? Petty of me, but in light of recent crimes against Angus surely unnecessary. What do you have against them? J"

"It was one thing to kill off Angus Young but now you appear to have resurrected Bon Scott - he can't be the current singer as he's been dead over 20 years. I take it that you have no DC fans in your office. Paul"

CMU Daily editor Gill says: "I play a Gibson SG, so please forgive me".

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