CMU Daily - on the inside 26 Aug 2003
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In today's CMU Daily:
• Chart Update
• Leeds and Reading success
• Notting Hill
• Jam Master Jay's death linked to drugs?
• Cavern franchise
• Review: Mary J Blige – Love @ 1st Sight (Universal/Island)
• Bobby Brown arrested
• Pink writes to Prince William
• Tatu's Julia appendicitis
• DJ deathmatch live
• Stones play Twickenham
• New BBC stations
• Sex Pistols' US gigs cancelled
• Independent material online
• Review: Dizzee Rascal – Fix Up Look Sharp (XL)
• Johnny Cash at MTV VMAs
• Vaughan to replace Cox?
• George Benson loves Robbie
• Love's Mum denies Brando story

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CHART UPDATE
So Blu held off stiff competition from Lemar and Girls Aloud to stay at number on in the singles chart for the fourth week. But frankly who cares when there was such a good line up of new entries on this weeks chart – among them Good Charlotte's 'The Anthem' at 10, The Libertines 'Don't Look Back Into The Sun' at 11, Radiohead's 'Go To Sleep' at 12, Dizzee Rascal's 'Fix Up Look Sharp' at 17, BRMC's 'Stop' at 19 and QOTSA's 'First It Giveth' at 33 – phew what a line up.

Nothing much to report albums wise other than the welcome arrival of Elbow with 'Cast Of Thousands' at 7 – and that with The Darkness at 3 and Busted at 2 that's two of the CMU editorial team happy with this weeks chart (and who can complain about Eva Cassidy staying at number one?).

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LEEDS & READING SUCCESS
Blur (and not rioting) brought the north of England's biggest rock event, the Leeds Festival, to a close on Sunday night, and everyone seemed happy that the new site and extra security put in place by Mean Fiddler meant it was the line up – including great sets from Metallica, System Of A Down, Linkin Park, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and The Darkness – that dominated the news agenda.

Festival organiser Melvin Benn told the BBC: "I'm standing by the side of the main stage, watching the big wheel in the distance and Blur have just finished to a packed house. I really couldn't be happier. There has been a real sense of how everyone really was just pleased it was going ahead and really enjoyed themselves."

Despite a little drama when 22 people got hurt as the audience pushed forward at the start of the System Of A Down set on Friday much of the rest of the weekend passed without incident - even predictions from the parish council in nearby Thorner that the local village would be gridlocked by traffic proved unfounded.

A similar story down at Reading where a good weekend was had by all. The death of one festival-goer on one of the campsites brought much upset, though police have confirmed the tragic event was not suspicious. Local police chief John Relph told reporters: "The festival has run smoothly this year with a small number of minor public disorder and violence incidents, which is expected with a crowd of more than 60,000 people on one site."

Look out for CMU's Reading review tomorrow.

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NOTTING HILL
Police have estimated that only 600,000 revellers gathered on the streets of west London during the two-day Notting Hill Carnival this weekend - less than half the number who attended last year's carnival.

Carnival organiser Debi Gardener said: "People have come here and had a really good time - there has been a very relaxed atmosphere. I have no idea why there are fewer people here this year - carnival success is not dependent on the number of people who come, it depends on people enjoying themselves and having a good time."

The atmosphere was a lot better than in past years with the Police seeming to be more relaxed and smiley, and it was only on Monday evening that serious incidents happened, with two men being stabbed.

Scotland Yard said about 128 people were injured during the carnival, and 146 were arrested.

The highlight was by far the party provided by home of Da Lata, Mad Capsule Markets and Baaba Maal, Palm Pictures, who's balcony soundsystem kept a street-full of partiers happy at the Notting Hill Gate end of things (it got hairy when the police came to the door, but the two WPCs only wanted to compliment the DJ!).

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JAM MASTER JAY'S DEATH LINKED TO DRUGS?
Reports say that the police are no closer to solving the mystery of Jam Master Jay's killling, though new allegations suggest his murder could be linked to drugs.

One source close to Jay said: "Jay's closest friends played a role in his death and they had their own reasons. They've been doing nothing but telling lies to cover their own ass with a gullible media jumping at head fakes. The blatant attempt to sanitize Jay's history has been a major obstacle in the path of justice. The case will be solved. Jay entered into a 10 kilo deal last year with a man from Milwaukee. He received the drugs on consignment in Washington, DC and he drove it to Baltimore, MD, for delivery to the person he trusted to sell it. That person disappeared with the drugs shortly thereafter leaving Jay with a huge debt".

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CAVERN FRANCHISE
Bill Heckle, chairman of Cavern City Tours, the company behind the new Cavern Club in Liverpool, has revealed plans to open identical venues in Adelaide, Sao Paulo, Rio, Marbella, Miami and New York.

Heckle said: "This is a fantastic opportunity to spread the name of the Beatles and the Cavern Club around the world. We are also talking about bands from Liverpool going on tour to all the new venues."

In each of the new venues the name, images, logos and merchandise would be exactly the same as the original Liverpool version.

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REVIEW: Mary J Blige – Love @ 1st Sight (Universal/Island)
Mary J Blige returns with the first single from her highly anticipated new LP (due 25 Aug), and features one of the most respected MCs working today, Method Man. Although produced by Puffy, the track retains a little of the rugged R&B/future soul sonic textures that brought Mary J Blige the respect she now commands. A catchy dancefloor ballad, with layers of Blige's sublime voice. JG
Release date: 25 Aug
Press Contact: Universal/Island IH [all]

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BOBBY BROWN ARRESTED
Singer Bobby Brown has been arrested in the Atlanta suburb of Alpharetta while dining with wife Whitney Houston, following the probation violation we reported on last week.

Brown was sentenced to eight days in jail in January and banned from driving for a year after pleading guilty to a drink-driving charge from 1996.

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PINK WRITES TO PRINCE WILLIAM
Pink has written to Prince William, asking him to stop killing animals for fun after it was revealed that while on safari in Africa, Masai warriors taught him to track animals and throw hunting spears.

The letter reads; "I was happy to hear that I was your first choice to play at your 21st birthday bash, then disgusted to learn that you hunt and kill animals for fun and that you purposely rammed a spear through a tiny deer in Africa. Why? Was it some kind of 'trying to prove you're a man' trip? But hey, we all make mistakes in our lives and we can all change. Hopefully you'll have a change of heart and find more interesting things to do with your spare time than kill animals. Call me or PETA if you'd like any suggestions! Then maybe I'll come play at your next birthday!"

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TATU'S JULIA APPENDICITIS
Tatu were forced to cancel their Monte Carlo concert this weekend after singer Julia Volkova was diagnosed with appendicitis.

Volkova said: "I was taken to hospital just at the right time. Doctors told me the operation was a success but said there could have been complications if I had left it until later. Unfortunately we weren't able to go to Monte Carlo for the scheduled date, but we will choose another date as all the tickets have been sold and we were really looking forward to it. We also plan to go to Latin America, where our music is currently storming the charts," she added.

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DJ DEATH MATCH LIVE
The promoters of deck battling club night, DJ Death Match have announced details of a Hacienda play-off. Set for 11 Sep (9pm-2am) 'FAC51 FACE OFF' will see house pioneers Graeme Parke and Mike Pickering battling it out.

The promoters have relocated the London night from Turnmills to Medicine in Shoreditch which has already witnessed Marshall Jefferson vs Robert Owens.

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STONES PLAY TWICKENHAM
The Rolling Stones played in front of 50,000 fans at the rugby ground of their hometown, Twickenham, south-west London on Sunday for the first British concert of their world tour. The gig followed the cancellation of an Amsterdam date and the first London date due to Mick Jagger suffering from flu.

After opening their set with Brown Sugar, Jagger told the crowds: "Welcome welcome, this is the first night of our British tour. It wasn't going to be the first night, and you weren't going to be the first-night audience but anyway that's the way it worked out - and I'm glad you're all here. No one has ever played in the Twickenham Rugby Club before so we're very privileged. We started off playing at the Richmond Rugby Club up the road so it's not very far really from there to here."

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NEW BBC STATIONS
The BBC have started broadcasting its Welsh stations - Radio Wales and Radio Cymru – via the terrestrial digital TV platform Freeview. Both Radio Wales and Radio Cymru are now available for Welsh viewers on channels 89 and 90.

Radio Wales editor Julie Barton said: "Having radio available on Freeview is an exciting development, and there's a real trend towards listening to radio through television. Freeview gives people the chance to hear Radio Wales in quality digital sound."

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SEX PISTOLS' US GIGS CANCELLED
No reason has been given for the cancellation of three Sex Pistols reunion concerts at the Scene Pavilion in Cleveland, the Cobo Arena, Detroit and the Fiddlers Green Amphitheatre, Denver.

Lydon and his bandmates Steve Jones, Glen Matlock and drummer Paul Cook are still due to play shows in Chicago, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego and Tempe, Arizona.

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INDEPENDENT MATERIAL ONLINE
In a bid to ensure the ever growing download market doesn't get dominates by the majors, a US consortium called the Independent Online Distribution Alliance has announced the availability of 10,000-plus tracks from more than 50 labels for licensing on the internet.

The tracks will come from labels including Crank, Lookout! Records, Kindercore, Pitch-A-Tent, Not Lame, Trampoline and Velocette, among many others, as well as music from Green Day, The Donnas, Cracker and Arrested Development's Speech.

IODA founder Gary Arnold, formerly of Listen.com, said: "The organisation makes it easy for these innovative and trend-setting artists to bring their music online and make it available through legal digital music services."

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REVIEW: Dizzee Rascal – Fix Up Look Sharp (XL)
The latest urban hero, Dizzee Rascal sees his second single 'Fix Up Look Sharp' set for releases after his 'I Luv U' single caused a storm on the underground. The sound of this single is a departure from the stunted aggressive electro technoid garage that characterized 'I Luve U', with 'Fix Up…' using the intro break from 'Big Beat' by Billy Squire (as used by Run DMC for 'Here We go (Live at Funhouse)'. Although this is far from my favourite track from Diz's instant classic 'Boy in the Corner' it's still a grower, and the single does include 'Stop Dat' – with the signature Dizzee sound. The CD also includes the video to 'I Luv U'. JG
Release date: 18 Aug
Press Contact: Beggars IH [all]

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JOHNNY CASH AT MTV VMAS
Johnny Cash, who suffers from nervous system disease autonomic neuropathy, has been working with his doctors to ensure he can travel to New York for this week's MTV VMAs. Cash's cover of Nine Inch Nails' 'Hurt' is six-times nominated, including Video of the Year and Male Video of the Year.

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VAUGHAN TO REPLACE COX?
It is rumoured that Johnny Vaughan will replace Sara Cox on the Radio 1 breakfast show after ratings for Cox's flagship show recently dropped by 500,000 to just 5.4m.

An insider said that Vaughan had been asked to come up with a range of ideas for radio shows "including the Radio 1 Breakfast show and other topical shows. BBC bosses want somebody who can attract a young audience — and he is used to doing that on the Big Breakfast. He proved on the Big Breakfast that he can perform and be funny every morning, no matter how early."

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GEORGE BENSON LOVES ROBBIE
Legendary guitarist George Benson said: "I have not heard a lot of the rock genre but I will tell you what knocked me out. I was in Holland and went to a Robbie Williams concert. There were 50,000 people there. That was an eye-opener and he put on a great show. There were some learning experiences there about the new mentality, where people are today and the simplicity of it. Robbie is a master of it. I really enjoyed myself at that concert".

Benson has just had a UK Top 3 album with 'The Greatest Hits Of All'.

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LOVE'S MUM DENIES BRANDO STORY
Courtney Love's mom is denying previously published reports that Marlon Brando is the singer's grandfather. Love's Virgin Records solo album, meanwhile, has been pushed back to 4 Nov.

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