CMU Daily - on the inside 25 Jul 2003
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In today's CMU Daily:
• UK represent: MTV MVA
• Weller signs to V2
• Aria under fire
• Trufest line up
• Is that "Aloud"?
• Review: Aesop Rock – Freeze/Greatest Pac-Man Victory History (Def Jux)
• New Evanescence single & tour
• Darkness at the Barfly
• Edmonds covers Walker
• Eminem management sued
• Tupac threads
• Beckham superstars
• White Stripes cover Bacharach
• Prince wants his music back
• Flaming favourites
• Pederast King protests
• Ambiguous Industry Figures
• Linkin Park singer jinxed?
• Review: The Rapture - House Of Jealous Lovers (Vertigo)
• James Brown and wife split
• Dizzee Rascal ringtones
• Toronto concert update
• Doctor Who Vs Coldcut

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UK REPRESENT: MTV MVA
Among the UK bands nominated for MTV Music Video Awards yesterday were Floetry, Coldplay and Radiohead, netting two, three and four nominations respectively.

Radiohead's video to 'There There' is up for best special effects, art direction, cinematography and editing.

Coldplay are nominated for best group video, breakthrough video and art direction - they will perform at the Radio City Music Hall ceremony too.

Hiphop duo, Floetry, are up for two awards including best breakthrough video.

Elsewhere Missy dominated getting eight nominations for her 'Work It' video. Justin was next with seven nominations – split between 'Cry Me A River' and 'Rock Your Body'. Johnny Cash got six nominations, Eminem and 50 Cent five each. All five of the top nominated artists will go head to head for the prestigious Video Of The Year award.

MTV UK & Ireland will screen the event on 30 Aug – the global TV audience for the awards is expected to be 1bn. Full nominations list at http://www.mtv.com

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WELLER SIGNS TO V2
After his departure from Sony supported Independiente earlier this year, and his subsequent rant against the major labels, Paul Weller has just signed V2. Some reckoned he would opt for the every expanding label division of the Sanctuary group, but in the end he decided to opt for the Virgin owned independent.

Announcing the deal Branson admitted that Weller was one of the acts he has most longed to sign during his 30-years as a label boss: "There were two established acts that I had always wanted to sign. I managed to fulfil my dreams with the Rolling Stones after some 20 years of trying. Paul Weller may have taken a little longer, but it is all the more satisfying as a result. Everybody at V2 is over the moon to be working with him."

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ARIA UNDER FIRE
Following the publishing last week of data from the Australian Record Industry Association with regards Australian downloading habits, there's been a bit of a media / majors ruckus going on. Aussie media commentator Phil Tripp questioned ARIA's findings challenging the figures; the ARIA then made matters worse by shying away from his criticisms. This caused another journalist - Sam Varghese – to join in questioning the industry body's research.

ARIA's finding suggested 1.8m Australians illegally downloaded music files last month. It claimed 3.6m Australians (and 40% of people under 25) have illegally burned a CD in the last 6 months and that around 32m CDs were illegally burned in the last 12 months. It is these figures Tripp and Varghese claim don't add up – plus, they argue, those figures alone do not give any real picture of the state of music piracy, how it had changed and how it is impacting on retail sales.

ARIA are yet to respond propely, though as Aussie music site Undercover points out – the ongoing download debate doesn't really help the music industry - "Yes, downloading is hurting the industry but how many downloads people make is not the entire problem. It's about time everyone got over their little schoolboy tantrums and started working towards a common goal for the common good of the industry."

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TRUFEST LINE UP
The line up for the 12 hour 7 Sep Trufest event at the Truman Brewery on London's Brick Lanehas been announced. On the bill: Soul ll Soul Sound System, Gilles Peterson (tbc), The Cuban Bros Live), Radioactive Man (Live), Mad Professor (Live), Si Begg (Live), DMX Krew (Live), Rooty Sound System, Andrew Weatherall, Rob Da Bank, Ross Allen, Bobby & Nihal, Bass Junkie, Mat Carter, Debasser, Bryan Gee, Andy C, Marcus Intalex, Ray Keith, Ruffstuff, Addiction, MC's IC3, Darrison, Moose and Stamina MC

The event will run from midday til midnight.

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IS THAT "ALOUD"?
The Sun has suggested Girls Aloud may have been heavily influenced by Oasis's 'Wonderwall' on their new single 'Life Got Cold' out on 18 Aug. The tabloid reports that the new GA track "appears to have borrowed" heavily from 'Wonderwall', the melody of the chorus being similar, if not exactly the same.

An insider told the paper: "This new single is a big departure from their usual sound. They are all big Oasis fans so I'm sure they won't mind comparisons with their classic love song. But I don't think they are about to start wearing parkas and punching photographers — not at this stage in their careers anyway."

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REVIEW: Aesop Rock – Freeze/Greatest Pac-Man Victory History (Def Jux)
Def Jux continues its take-over of underground hiphop as they teach the world how to make forward thinking hiphop that can still rock a floor. While 'Freeze' is less experimental than, say, RJD2, the rhyme flows and content are still pushing things forward. In classic 'I'm a twat style' the B-side is better: the track harks back to the first forays into 'avant hop' – slow stunted beats and an off-the-wall sense of humour. JG
Release date: 25 Aug
Press Contact: Real Time on 020 7561 6700 [CP, RP] Darling Dept [NP] Zzonked [CR, RR, NR]

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NEW EVANESCENCE SINGLE & TOUR
Having come from absolutely nowhere to top both the album and singles charts, Evanescence are set to release a second single, 'Going Under', on 15 Sep on Sony/Epic, and have announced a series of UK live dates for the autumn:

Evanescence UK dates:
30 Oct: Manchester Apollo
31 Oct: Manchester Apollo
2 Nov: Cardiff CIA
3 Nov: Civic Hall, Wolverhampton
4 Nov: Glasgow Academy
8 Nov: Hammersmith Apollo
9 Nov: Hammersmith Apollo

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DARKNESS AT THE BARFLY
The Darkness will be accompanied by The Freelance Hellraiser - famous for his 'Stroke of Genius' The Strokes vs Christina Aguilera bootleg – at the Camden Barfly tonight. Also appearing at the NoWave night at The Monarch will be DJs Lauren Laverne, Alfonso from The Parkinsons, Sound Architecture's Tim Soar and NoWave residents Graeme Fisher and Rev Milo Speedwagon. The night will also feature live performances from punk-funkers Spektrum and electro three-piece Bio.

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EDMONDS COVERS WALKER
Noel Edmonds will be covering for Johnnie Walker on Radio 2's drivetime show for the next two months while Walker undergoes treatment for cancer. Edmonds will begin on 4 Aug and present the show each weekday between 5.05 and 7pm.

Edmonds said: "This is a bittersweet experience. I am a huge fan of Johnnie's and I wish him a full and speedy recovery. I'm very much looking forward to the challenge of looking after the Drivetime show. It's a great opportunity and I'm very excited to be back behind the mic, at the country's most listened to radio station."

R2 controller Jim Moir, said: "I join Noel in wishing Johnnie a swift recovery and return to the airwaves. In the meantime, Noel is one of the UK's most successful and innovative broadcasters and we are delighted that the Drivetime show will be in such capable hands."

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EMINEM MANAGEMENT SUED
Games publishing outfit Conspiracy Entertainment is suing Eminem's management company, Cousins Entertainment, for $5m for fraud and breach of contract.

Conspiracy claims that a deal allowing it to licence the star's image in an upcoming title was broken, when Cousins Entertainment and licensing firm Bravado International sought to find a more high-profile licensing deal with a larger company.

Conspiracy Entertainment CFO Keith Tanaka said: "We were not aware of any problems until we started getting some press on our new product. Then we started hearing rumours about Eminem negotiating a better deal with some other big video game publisher. Apparently, our deal must have been in the way, because there was no other reason for Bravado and Cousins to stop us from introducing a video game that was approved before the contract ever got signed."

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TUPAC THREADS
Tupac Shakur's mother, Afeni, has been working with designers to create a line of men's clothes called 'Makaveli' – named after Tupac's alter ego - that is expected to hit specialty stores this Christmas, according to Makaveli director of marketing Rick Edwards.

Edwards said: "The best comparison for the way these clothes are styled and the concept of the brand is something like Enyce or Akademiks. [The Makaveli clothes are] influenced by Tupac's style and they represent an evolution of street wear, active wear and high-end fashion."

The clothes are expected to feature Shakur's name, poetry, likeness and year of his birth (1971) on the clothes.

Shakur's estate lawyer Dina LaPolt said: "The impetus for debuting the line was to coincide with the Tupac documentary that Afeni has been working on for five years. She wanted to make sure everything happened together. This is about properly carrying on her son's legacy."

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BECKHAM SUPERSTARS
How things change. Now two former Spice Girls are relying on the pop manager they fired at the peak of their careers to secure them new global success. A few months after Emma Bunton re-signed to Simon Fuller's 19 Management now the Beckhams have signed a deal with ex-Spice Girls manager hoping he will turn them into the world's biggest stars.

The real challenge for the Beckhams seems to be the US. Victoria and David recently tried to crack America and even presented an award at the MTV Movie Awards, but the response was less than enthusiastic. The family have been better received in Japan, where David made around £5m filming ads for a variety of products including beauty salons, engine oil and a second hand car sales company. But Fuller seems to think David's move to Madrid opens up a number of new avenues in the worlds of entertainment and advertising – and word has it he's even been talking about Hollywood.

Meanwhile Victoria has been back in the studio, this time with Roc A Fella's Damon Dash, working on 'It's Not That Simple'. Word is she will be working with Dane Bowers again on some new material too. No word yet on when any of this will be released.

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WHITE STRIPES COVER BACHARACH
Just when you thought that the White Stripes couldn't get any credder (it's a word) they've gone and recorded a cover of the Bacharach and David classic 'I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself' and are set to release it as their next single.

The second single from their number one album 'Elephant', will be in shops from 1 Sep on XL/Third Man Recordings.

The CD single will feature the extra tracks 'Who's To Say' (a cover of a track by Jack White's friends Blanche), a Radio 1 Evening Session version of 'Lafayette Blues' and a John Peel session version of 'I'm Finding It Harder To Be A Gentleman'.

Jack White is still recuperating after fracturing his left hand in a car accident.

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PRINCE WANTS HIS MUSIC BACK
Perhaps a little optimistically, Prince has emailed his New Power Generation Music Club with a list of album rarities – and he wants any fans in possession of said albums to return them! Apparently Prince wants to stop rarity tracks which were released in Europe and Japan by rarity labels working with his former record company Warner Brothers from getting online. Prince himself didn't give permission for these tracks to get released – but he hasn't been able to control the distribution of music recorded between 1978 and 1996 because Warners own the rights to the recordings, and he's not talking to them!

A posting on his official website explains: "Not long ago, an unauthorized version of the concert film 'Sign O' the Times' surfaced online. Supposedly originating in Brazil and distributed by WEA International, this DVD is not something that was approved by Prince or any of his affiliates. We all know that Prince is one of the most bootlegged artists of his generation, and while much of the activity is tolerated, it crosses the line when Prince's [former] record company gets in the mix. The [reason for this request is] to show a federal court the actual truth of this age-old rift between artist and label. Let Prince steward his own catalogue."

But not all his fans were impressed by the suggestion they should return albums from their collections without any form of compensation. One typical posting on the Prince message board: "I bought all those in a shop, so I legally own them, and Prince wants me to send them back free of charge. Fool."

Of course the whole exercise seems to be a bit futile – however many fans decide to send in their unapproved Prince albums, it only needs one copy of any rarity track to be out there for it to get online.

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FLAMING FAVOURITES
The Flaming Lips – who joined the bill at the last minute when the White Stripes pulled out - have been voted as the best band at T in the Park this year by NME readers. Their set scored 9.5 out of 10. That said 60% said they missed the Stripes – and only 69% felt the Lips were a worthy replacement. Coldplay averaged 8 out of 10, REM 7.5, The Music 7, The Charlatans 6.5, and Underworld 6.5. Other liked bands included the Kings of Leon, Super Furry Animals, The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster, Biffy Clyro, Idlewild, and The Proclaimers.

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PEDERAST KING PROTESTS
Former pop impresario Jonathan King, who is serving a seven-year jail term for four indecent assaults against boys under 15 in the 80s, has filed an application against his sex abuse convictions to the European Court of Human Rights.

A statement from his solicitor Peter Hughman said a number of factors made a fair trial "impossible", including factors like "the lack of protection from damaging publicity for the accused and the huge sums available in both compensation reward and media interview fees".

The statement added that King also believes the lack of a 'statute of limitations' in the UK and the removal of any requirement for proof or corroboration also breach Article 6 of the Human Rights Act.

He also believes that the ability of the judge to change the dates of the charges after his defence was presented, as happened in his case, breached his right to adequate time and facilities to prepare and present his defence against the later dates.

King has always maintained his innocence. In January, he failed in a bid to have his conviction overturned at the Court of Appeal. He has also asked the Criminal Cases Review Commission to examine his case.

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AMBIGUOUS INDUSTRY FIGURES
Second quarter sales figures are coming in.

The Sony Corporation has reported sales of $13.4bn, a fall of 6.9% compared with the same quarter of last year. Operating income decreased by $300m to $139m, with net income $9m, a decrease of $470m over a comparable period in 2002. Music sales decreased by 8.8%, but with restructuring at a cost of 1,000 jobs, operating loss decreased by $33m.

MTV owner Viacom Q2 revenues were up 10% to a record $6.42b from $5.85b for the same quarter last year – the growth coming 22% in Cable Networks, 10% in both Television and Video and 9% in its billboard advertising business. For the six months ended 30 Jun, Viacom reported revenues of $12.47 bn, an 8% increase over 2002. For the six months ended 30 Jun, operating income increased 13% to $2.30bn from $2.04bn. Q2 '03 net earnings increased 21% to a record $660m, from $547m. For the first half of '03, Viacom reported net earnings of $1.12bn, compared with $914m.

All those figures! Basically Sony aren't doing so well, Viacom are booming.

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LINKIN PARK SINGER JINXED?
While Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington has all but recovered from mystery stomach and back pain, he is to undergo surgery for a hiatal hernia.

Bennington said: "I'm kind of queasy all the time. I'm basically gonna be sick to my stomach until I have the surgery done. Every night when I sing, it kind of pisses off the hernia. Last night I was vomiting when I was singing. Food doesn't stay in my stomach. It comes in and out whenever it feels like. So when I'm singing and I'm actually using my whole body to sing, things get forced out while I'm performing. There's a lot of burning that happens every once and a while. But I'll pretty much be nauseous forever. It's going to be that way indefinitely."

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REVIEW: The Rapture - House of Jealous Lovers (Universal/Vertigo)
The music press, whose readership are increasingly jaded by the new rock revolution, scent a new scene, tis punk funk. In the Rapture's case this means the angular guitars of British post punks Gang of Four mixed with something altogether funkier. Added to some dizzying rhythms are Luke Jenner's hysterical Robert Smith-style vocals (interestingly the Cure singer is clearly flavour of the month with NY bands right now as art rockers Calla also have a singer who sounds a lot like mournful Rob). The single is over five minutes long and it's a huge one. It's difficult to see who wont like this, it should set the dance floor on fire but equally good to sit sagely nodding your head to. JW
Release date: 25 Aug
Press contact: Mercury IH [CP, RP] 9PR [NP] Mercury IH [CR, RR, NR]

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JAMES BROWN AND WIFE SPLIT
James Brown and his wife Tomi Rea Brown have broken up due to a "demanding touring schedule".

Brown took out a full-page ad in 'Variety' with a photo of the couple and their two-year-old son, James Brown II, posing with Goofy at Disney World. A statement read: "because of demanding touring they have decided to go their separate ways. There are no hard feelings, just a mutual show business decision made by both parties."

Tomi Rea is one of Brown's background singers. The pair have said that despite the breakup, they may continue working together. Brown's previous wife, Adrienne, died in 1996 after undergoing plastic surgery.

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DIZZEE RASCAL RINGTONES
XL Records has utilised new technologies to support the campaign for Dizzee Rascal's debut album release, 'Boy In Da Corner'.

The Dizzee Rascal website contains a page that allows people to download a variety of artist-owned polyphonic ringtones, wallpapers and mobile graphics. Each visitor to www.dizzeerascal.co.uk is required to submit personal data prior to purchasing anything on the site. In the future, opted-in fans will be sent messages regarding Dizzee activity.

The backend technology for the campaign, C:LIVE, allows users with almost all handsets and tariffs to download items on the site. This means that labels can target entire databases as opposed to specific individuals.

Ninja Tune pioneered a similar technology with the Mr Scruff ringtone which received 1,800 downloads from www.ninjatune.com in two days.

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TORONTO CONCERT UPDATE
There are rumours circulating that Christina Aguilera and Paul McCartney will make surprise appearances at the Toronto SARS benefit concert on 30 Jul. Aguilera is in town the day before for a date of her co-headline tour with Timberlake – Justin is already confirmed for the benefit gig.

Promoter Riley O'Connor was coy: "We're hearing the same rumours. I've done a lot of concerts in the last 30 years. I've had special guests drop in, just show up on the night of the show while the band's on stage. We've got so much stuff there we can handle anything."

Either way, the Stones headline all day gig is gonna be big. Some stats of how the concets organisers plan to cope with 430,000 gig goers:

- The food area will take up three hectares, there will be 75 trailers.

- Five hundred concession stands will be selling 250,000 hot dogs and 250,000 burgers.

- 4m litres of water will be available on site.

- Organisers have brought in 1,546 km of toilet paper for use in their 3500 portaloos

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DOCTOR WHO VS COLDCUT
Coldcut have been approached to remix the Dr Who theme for the shows 40th anniversary.

The cut n paste pioneers and Ninja Tune Records founders say they are excited by their having mitts on the multitrack of the original theme with all the parts, and are looking forward to getting
in there and featuring their new custom analog synth put together in Russia, the Parpatron 9000.

This was funded by the recent sale to Prichard James of one of Matt Black's (1/2 of Coldcut with Jon More) three Korg Pss3300 polysynths for a tidy sum.

The duo's seminal mix album for JDJ, '70 Minute of Madness' featured a double bass-driven cut up of the theme in the mix. What can we expect from them now?

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