CMU Daily - on the inside 22 Aug 2003
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In today's CMU Daily:
• Darkness scoop Kerrang awards
• Stones gig cancelled
• Bank holiday 2003
• Carlton/Granada merger final stage
• Midweek
• Murder Inc boss deflects drug charges
• ITV axes SM:TV Live
• Placebo bonus disc
• New Red Hot Chili Peppers material
• Madame Tussaud's unveils Cowell
• Kate Moss's pole dance online
• Emotional Backgammon soundtrack
• New Muse material and tour
• All Tomorrow's Parties UK 2004 – The Director's Cut
• Hip hop at Europride Manchester
• Eminem three in a bed
• Sony boss too loud


East Anglia's finest, The Darkness, stole the show at the Kerrang! Awards yesterday, winning Best Album for 'Permission To Land' and Best Live Act, and performing their forthcoming single 'I Believe In A Thing Called Love' due out next month.

The Darkness were the only band to win two awards and narrowly missed out on a third - with Welsh group Funeral For A Friend beating them to the title of Best British Newcomer.

Feeder picked up Best British Act after the year that members Grant Nicholas and Taka Hirose recover from the death of drummer John Lee – Nicholas dedicated the award to Lee. The Red Hot Chilli Peppers were honoured with the Classic Songwriter Trophy, and The Spirit Of Rock award, won by Jackass.

Excerpts from the awards ceremony are to be broadcast on Channel 4.


This just in - the Rolling Stones have postponed Saturday's concert at Twickenham because of Mick Jagger's continued illness. The Stones, who cancelled an Amsterdam gig earlier this week, hoped the front man would be fine for the London date. But doctors have told Jagger to rest his voice for the next two days. Sunday's gig should go ahead as scheduled while Saturday's is being put back until September 20, subject to licence.


Well, we've reached the August Bank Holiday weekend, one of the busiest weekends for live music in the UK.

For Mean Fiddler, of course, the Bank Holiday weekend is the Carling Weekend with the Leeds and Reading Festivals welcoming thousands of music fans for the last big festival of the year. The two festivals share much of their line up - with Linkin park, Blink 182, Placebo, The Darkness, Blur, Beck, Doves. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Metallica among the main stage highlights.

Up in Scotland, Glasgow's Gig On The Green, previously a sister festival to Leeds/Reading, has been taken over by the T in the Park promoters this year. Taking place on the 24 August the event includes the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Electric Six, PJ Harvey, Queens of the Stone Age and the Foo Fighters.

Also in Scotland, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe reaches its climax this weekend with much of the UK's art community flocking for the final weekend of theatre, comedy and drama. Music wise DF Concert_s T on the Fringe continues with key gigs from Sum 41, The Polyphonic Spree, Placebo, Grandaddy, Interpol and The Rapture. Meanwhile the last weekend of the music programme staged by Edinburgh radio station Forth One will feature Just Jack and a tbc gig from Ocean Colour Scene.

Back in England it is the Notting Hill Carnival in West London of course, with a family day on 24 Aug and the main carnival on 25 Aug - soundsystems galore across the Carnival route.

Finally in Liverpool Creamfields counts Massive Attack. Paul Oakenfold, UNKLE, Gus Gus and Mint Royale among it_s line up. A review of all of them next week.


The Carlton/Granada merger has moved into the final phase as the competition watchdog hands its recommendations about the merger to the Department of Trade and Industry. Trade secretary Patricia Hewitt will now take 20 working days to rule on the deal.

The key concern over the proposed deal, which will essentially make one ITV company in England and Wales, is the commercial power wielded by a combined Carlton and Granada advertising sales operation.

Advertisers say that allowing the merger of both the companies' sales houses, as well as their production houses and network franchises, would mean one organisation would control more than half of the commercial TV ad market in the UK – giving them too much power.

Word is the commission will give Carlton and Granada two options if they want a merger to go ahead. Either they auction of a minimum percentage of ITV's ad airtime each year to a third party - this could then be traded in a secondary market, or they promise advertisers and media buyers that existing so-called 'share deals' would be maintained next year.

Under the merger plans, Granada boss Charles Allen would become chief executive of ITV, with Carlton's Michael Green as chairman.


The midweek sales figures suggest that there is very little between Lemar ('Dance With You'), Girls Aloud ('Life Got Cold') and current top-spot holder Blu Cantrell ('Breathe').

New entries to the top ten are expected from Libertines' ('Don't Look Back Into The Sun'), Radiohead ('Go To Sleep') and Good Charlotte ('The Anthem'), while top forty entries are expected from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, D Kay & Epsilon FT Satmina MC, Dizzee Rascal, Dave Gahan, Queens Of The Stone Age, Mark Joseph, Raveonettes, Billy Crawford and Grafiti.

Eva Cassidy looks set to retain the top spot in the album chart with her third posthumous collection 'American Tune', and Elbow look set to be this week's highest new entry with their new 'Cast Of Thousands' LP around 5 or so.


Murder Inc. boss Irv 'Gotti' Lorenzo has agreed to enter a 'drug-diversion programme' in California having been arrested for possessing drugs last week.

Gotti was arrested in Oakland Ca during an R Kelly show after guards backstage discovered one ecstasy pill and four Viagra tablets in his wallet during a security check.

An Alameda County Superior Court judge told Lorenzo's lawyer that the music executive was eligible to enter drug diversion and, if he completes the program, the drug charge will be dismissed, but that "the stigma of him taking Viagra will be hard to shake in the hiphop community."


For so long, and with the help of Ant and Dec, SM:TV Live fended off the rating advances of the BBC's The Saturday Show - which always reeked of BBC play-it-safe. But with A&D's departure in 2001, the show has been in decline, and ITV have finally axed the show.

ITV's controller of children's programmes, Steven Andrew, has ordered a new Saturday morning show from Carlton and independent production company The Foundation, to launch early next year with a target audience of 4 to 12 year olds.

Andrew said: "After five fantastic years of SM:TV, we all recognised it was time for a change on Saturday mornings. We've gone for a show that is all about fun with a team with bags of fresh sideas. I'm confident that the new show, teamed with CD:UK, now a real fixture on Saturday mornings, will be a compelling proposition for kids."

For the autumn, Andrew has ordered a run of highlights shows, SM:TV Gold.


Placebo have announced that they are set to release a special bonus CD of cover versions. The bonus disc will come with the forthcoming re-release of the band_s latest album, 'Sleeping With Ghosts' (22 Sep), while the next track to be released as a single will be 'Special Needs', due 8 Sep.

Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill
The Pixies - Where Is My Mind?
The Smiths - Bigmouth Strikes Again
Robert Palmer - Johnny and Mary
T-Rex - 20th Century Boy
Serge Gainsbourg - The Ballad of Melody Nelson
Big Star - Holocaust
Depeche Mode - I Feel You
Boney M - Daddy Cool
Sinead OConnor- Jackie


A number of guests were denied entry to the Arista's gala party at Pier 59 in New York celebrating the release of the Neptunes' new album - including half of the star attraction, Pharrell Williams.

Williams found that his mate Justin Timberlake and Cameron Diaz had also been turned away – but their collective celebrity might have helped them past the gatekeepers – though by that time it was 1am. -

While those turned away included Sopranos star Drea de Matteo, Johnny Knoxville and even Arista label execs, Puffy (of course), Busta Rhymes, Kelly Osbourne, Carson Daly, Blu Cantrell and Jermaine Dupri made it in.

'The Neptunes Present Clones' is out now.


The Red Hot Chilli Peppers went into the studio to produce two new songs for their forthcoming 'Greatest Hits' album, due for release later in the year, but "instead we wrote and recorded 15 songs and they rock. We played a wide variety of music arranged into song format that is among the most diverse and dynamic good feeling shit we have ever done, at least how that feels to me. We gave it no thought. We just rocked and it worked well, it is the fastest we have ever recorded so much material. It was the way to go, I can't wait for y'all to hear it. No thinking just rocking." Said Flea.

Flea told NME that the music sounds like Bulgarian pygmies if you crossed them with Transylvanian choir groups.


Madame Tussaud's has unveiled its talking model of Simon Cowell.

People can sing for the new robotic version of 'Mr Nasty' who sits on the 'Pop Idol' set, complete with Ant and Dec - Simon will then judge them in his own unique way. The statue has special technology which enables it to judge whether the singer is in tune and will then give an appropriate response.


Kate Moss's pole dancing video directed by Sofia Coppola for the new White Stripes single 'I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself_ can now be seen in full online at the band_s site. The Burt Bacharach-Hal David classic, famously covered by Dusty Springfield, is due on 1 Sep.


British film will receive a much-needed boost later this month when 'Emotional Backgammon', the first black feature for over a decade, hits the big screen after an epic four-year struggle to complete the film.

To accompany the film will be the Emotional Backgammon sound track, featuring tracks from the UK_s, leading ladies Misteeq as well as Craig David, Kele Le Roc, Teisha O_Day, Sananda Maitreya (formerly known as Terence Trent 'Darby) along with a host of others.

The independently produced Emotional Backgammon will make its long awaited London premiere at the at the Odeon West End on 27 Aug, bringing to an end a long and painful journey that was so well documented in Channel 4's entertaining 'Movie Virgin' series nearly four years ago.

Emotional Backgammon, will go into the history books as the first black written, directed, produced and funded British feature film.

Press Contact: Lisa at The Play Centre


The forthcoming Muse single, 'Time Is Running Out' will be released by Taste Media/East West on 8 Sep, and the album 'Absolution_ will follow on 22 Sep. The promo copy comes in a rather nice bag.

Their tour dates are:
25 Nov: Glasgow, SECC
27 Nov: London, Wembley Arena
28 Nov: Nottingham, Arena
29 Nov: Manchester, Evening News Arena
1 Dec: Cardiff, International Arena
3 Dec: Birmingham, NEC
4 Dec: Brighton, Centre
5 Dec: Bournemouth, International Centre
7 Dec: Exeter, Westpoint

Press Contact: Ian Cheek


Despite postponements in the US, the UK version of All Tomorrow's Parties festival has confirmed it will returns to Camber Sands next year to celebrate its fifth birthday with an event entitled The Directors Cut.

Over two consecutive weekends (26-28 Mar & 2-4 Apr 2004) the festival will feature a selection of previously invited UK & US curators with the last day of the festival curated by the directors themselves; Barry Hogan and Helen Cottage of Foundation.

Each curator will choose an entirely new line-up over the two stages for one day each, and have all confirmed to perform on the day that are curating, with the exception of Barry and Helen.

Weekend One: 26 Mar curated by Mogwai, 27 Mar curated by Tortoise, 28 Mar curated by Shellac. Weekend Two: 2 Apr curated by Stephen Malkmus, 3 Apr curated by Sonic Youth, 4 Apr curated by Foundation.

Full line-ups are expected shortly.

Press Contact: Pam at Hermana


This just in from "For those of you who may be going to EuroPride in Manchester, UK this wknd: Q-boy will be rapping and performing with his gay hip-hop collective Q-Fam on the BMI Baby Main Stage on 24 Aug at 5.15pm."

"Also NineBob & Q-Boy will be hosting Pac-Man in the Small Big Top tent between 8-10pm the same evening - DJ-ing you the best Rap, R'N'B & Ragga classics, rarities, chart and brand spanking new tunes. Your support would be welcomed."

Press Contact: Marcus at


Eminem's uncle Todd Nelson has told Sky One (The Real Slim Shady documentary) that Eminem often got a thrill when bisexual Kim brought girls home after nights out and that the three of them would go at it.

Todd said: "Kim has a sexual hold on him because of her bisexuality. She brings women home and puts them in bed with her, and when Marshall comes in he doesn't come home to just Kim - he comes home to whatever's in bed. Why would you not want a wife that has other women waiting for you? It's every man's dream, right?"

Eminem is applying for custody of daughter Hailie, seven, after Kim was arrested on cocaine charges.

The Real Slim Shady is on Sky One on Sunday at 9pm.


Sony Music boss Andy Lack is making fellow exec Don Ienner move his office from next door to him because he plays his music too loud. Word is the label couldn't run to the $100K required to have the offices soundproofed.

Lack said: "Damn, he plays that Ataris record at such ear-splitting volume, I can't add up these columns of numbers."

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