CMU Daily - on the inside 20 Aug 2003
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In today's CMU Daily:
• Leeds going ahead despite last minute licensing problems
• Murder Inc boss arrested for drug possession
• Belle & Sebastian name long awaited album
• RIAA says it will only target substantial downloaders
• Online teen magazine signs deal with Sky
• Bugged Out host Wall of Sound party
• XFM reaches Ireland via cable deal
• Freeland on band project
• Delays to support Ocean Colour Scene
• Man who harassed S Club girl gets prison
• Boyzone boy "marries"
• Doors add extra UK date to bill

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LEEDS GOING AHEAD DESPITE LAST MINUTE LICENCING PROBLEMS
For a brief moment yesterday it looked like this weekend's Leeds Festival might lose its licence at the last minute after it materialised organisers, Mean Fiddler, had failed to apply for permission to set up two temporary access roads to the new site at Bramham Park.

With opposition to the Festival already strong in certain parts of the local council, some predicted the Festival would have its licence withdrawn at an emergency licensing meeting last night called to discuss why local authorities hadn't been told about the access roads earlier. But in the end the meeting decided to let the oversight go without repercussion, ensuring the Festival can proceed as planned, though insiders say the vote was very close.

There was a mixed response from local councillors to the licensing board's decision. Councillor John Procter told the BBC: "The panel decided not to take any action and that's something I do regret. I think people should put planning applications in and they should be judged by the appropriate elected members."

But one of his colleagues, Councillor Bernard Atha, said: "I think it's very good for Leeds, personally I can't stand the noise they make at those festivals, I can't enjoy them, but thousands do. And it's no reason why if I shouldn't enjoy opera, they shouldn't enjoy a pop festival. It's good for Leeds, and it puts Leeds on the map in a different sector of the public than previously."

Mean Fiddler's Melvyn Benn admitted not seeking permission for the access roads was an oversight, but added that access to the site had been organised with safety in mind.

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MURDER INC BOSS ARRESTED FOR DRUG POSSESSION
Murder Inc boss Irv Gotti has been arrested backstage at an R. Kelly concert in Oakland, California, for possessing ecstasy. The producer was arrested over the weekend for "possession of a controlled substance" but has subsequently been released on bail. According to Russ Giuntini of the Alameda County district attorney's office, Gotti was stopped at a security checkpoint backstage at the Network Associates Coliseum, where R. Kelly was performing, and police found a single MDMA tablet in his pocket.

The drugs offence is nothing when put next to the continuing federal investigations into accusations that Gotti and his record label are guilty of money laundering and fraud charges. If found guilty of the drugs crime it is likely the label boss would be mandated to appear in the county's drug diversion programme.

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BELLE & SEBASTIAN NAME LONG AWAITED ALBUM
Belle and Sebastian's have confirmed their long awaited new album will be called 'Dear Catastrophe Waitress' and not 'Step Into My Office', though those are both names of tracks that will appear. The album, out 6 Oct, is the band's first for new label Rough Trade.

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RIAA SAYS IT WILL ONLY TARGET SUBSTANTIAL DOWNLOADERS
The Recording Industry Association of America yesterday responded to the backlash against its campaign of litigation against individual downloaders. The trade organisation has assured the public that the they will not unreasonably prosecute people who have illegally downloaded only a small number of songs.

Association president Cary Sherman said: "We are in no way targeting 'de minimis' users. We are gathering evidence and preparing lawsuits against individual computer users who are illegally distributing a substantial amount of copyrighted music."

Although he didn't define what they association considered to be "substantial", the major labels will hope that the statement will calm down congressional allegations that the RIAA's campaign is "excessive."

Sherman did not comment on what is currently the main setback to acquiring the identities of the accused serial downloaders – many ISPs and some colleges who have been served with subpoenas to secure the identities of individuals claim said subpoenas have been issued incorrectly, and frequently in the wrong state.

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ONLINE TEEN MAGAZINE SIGNS DEAL WITH SKY
The online teen magazine 'mykindaplace' has signed a two year deal with Sky through which the they will provide content and other commercial services to the Sky network. It's not yet clear if the deal will be based around programming on a Sky channel, or if it will be offered as part of Sky Digital's interactive services. Either way Richard Bernstein of the site's parent company Eurovestech Plc seemed happy: "The Sky contract is important in that it brings significant new revenues streams outside MKP's established activities. We look forward to MKP's future with confidence."

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BUGGED OUT HOST WALL OF SOUND PARTY
Bugged Out! have confirmed they will host a bash to mark the 10th anniversary of independent label Wall of Sound label on 12 Sep in Manchester at the start of this year's In The City conference. WoS artists Jacques Lu Cont and Themroc's Dan Peppe will play, while label boss Mark Jones will host his Boogie Nights Roadshow in the Soap Bar.

The Manchester event follows a similar party in Glasgow this month, and precedes a London gig on 19 Sep. A label anthology called 'Off the Wall: 10 Years of Wall of Sound' will be released on 22 Sep.

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XFM REACHES IRELAND VIA CABLE DEAL
Xfm is extending its digital services into Ireland after it signed a carriage deal with on NTL's Irish cable service. The deal will mean the station is available in some 420,000 homes throughout Eire and Northern Ireland, extending its availability by 1.1 million.

Xfm boss Graham Bryce: "Xfm is continuing to build it's profile outside of London and based on out first national Rajar figures our sales guys are now out there selling Xfm as a national proposition."

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FREELAND ON BAND PROJECT
Breaks DJ/producer Adam Freeland has been talking about his new live band project,Free*Land.

The band includes contributions vocalist Martin Fishley plus hip hop heads Juice Aleem and Cage of Rawkus Records outfit, Smut Peddlers. Following a debut gig at Cargo they are scheduled to play at TruFest. The debut LP, 'Now & Then',. is out 15 Sep.

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DELAYS TO SUPPORT OCEAN COLOUR SCENE
The Delays will precede the October release of next signle 'Long Time Coming' with a series of support slots on Ocean Colour Scene's UK tour this September. Dates as follows:

8 Sep: Newcastle, City Hall
9 Sep: Hull, City Hall
10 Sep: Nottingham, Rock City
12 Sep: York, Barbican
19 Sep: Cambridge, Corn Exchange
20 Sep: London, Carling Apollo
21 Sep: Southampton, Guildhall
23 Sep: Margate, Winter Gardens
24 Sep: Plymouth, Pavilions
26 Sep: Liverpool, Royal Court

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MAN WHO HARRASSED S CLUB GIRL GETS PRISON
A 41 year old man who bombarded S Club's Tina Barrett with a string of explicit letters, threatening e-mails and gifts was jailed for six months yesterday. Steven Hindley faced charges of possessing and making indecent images of children, as well as harassment charges with regards Barrett.

Magistrate Brian Noake noted that Hindley suffered from a psycho Asperger's syndrome but added: "There's no other simple method of dealing with this. As the offences are so serious, the only suitable punishment is to send you to prison. We must protect the public from serious harm. For the charge of harassment we are making no separate penalty."

No comment as yet from Barrett.

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BOYZONE BOY "MARRIES"
From the gossip file, former Boyzone member Stephen Gately has apparently secretly "married" his gay lover in Las Vegas. According to the Sun, Gately, currently earning his crust through musical work, exchanged vows with partner Andy Cowles in a commitment ceremony after a "spur-of-the-moment decision".

Stephen's agent Grant Logan yesterday said: "Stephen and Andy went to Las Vegas on holiday and decided to attend a commitment ceremony. They went to a chapel and the ceremony was carried out by a minister, although no rings were exchanged. Stephen and Andy have been together for a while now and they decided they were ready for more commitment.

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DOORS ADD EXTRA UK DATE TO BILL
There may have been controversies around who did and didn't approve of the 2003 relaunch of The Doors – minus Jim of course – but the fans seem keen. The all new Doors have an additional UK date as part of their World Tour due to demand for tickets. The show will be at the Birmingham NIA Academy on Sunday 14th December. Tickets go on sale on Friday.

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