CMU Daily - on the inside 1 Sep 2003
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Chart update
- Unknown Pop Idol favourite for festive number one
- Review: DMX – Where The Hood At?
- BRMC announce tour
- Pop Idol judge reckons we've already seen the winner
- US venue sues Tori Amos
- Live Review: Pretty Girls Make Graves at The Garage
- Radio One announce One Big Sunday line up
- Former Popstar on his next project
- Osbourne junior gets Channel 4 show
- Janes Addiction announce UK dates
- Review: Chingy – Right Thurr
- Williams and Duran Duran double bill planned for oz
- More gloom as US sales continue to slide
- Trufest ready to go
- Livingstone says free London gig a success
- Carey's looking for a good man

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CHART UPDATE
They say you need to hit three markets to get to number one – so perhaps the use of Elton John's new single by Sky to front the coverage of the football season helping give 'Are You Ready For Love' that vital push. Either way, Mr John has succeeded where Busted, Girls Aloud and Lemar failed – in knocking Blu off the top spot in this weeks singles chart.

Blu collaborator Sean Paul is unlikely to be too bothered that 'Breathe' slides to number two however, with his own new track 'Like Glue' getting the second highest new entry at number two.

After last week's plethora of great new entries you have to skate past Abs, Kelly Clarkson, Speedway, Shania Twain, Lee Cabera, Mel Blatt and Jet to get to the Rapture with 'House Of Jealous Lovers' at 27, UNKLE's 'Eye For An Eye' at 31 and The Thrills rerelease of 'Santa Cruz' at 33.

Albums wise one of the CMU team is feeling very happy today with the news that the Darkness have slipped back up the chart to knock Eva Cassidy off the top spot – all those festival appearances are paying off. And perhaps Black Rebel Motorcyle Club's last minute Reading slot helped 'Take Them On Your Own' go straight in at 3.

Elsewhere and Mary J Blige goes in at 8 with 'Love & Life', Paul Weller's rarities album goes in at 22 and Richard X goes in at 31 with 'Pts His X-Factor'.

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UNKNOWN POP IDOL FAVOURITE FOR FESTIVE NUMBER ONE
December's release schedules may not be written yet but this year's Pop Idol winner is already bookies favourite to get the Christmas number one. William Hill are offering 4:1 on whoever wins the ITV show to top the charts. Whoever wins Fame Academy is second favourite at 7:1. Justin Timberlake, Busted, Kylie and Robbie Williams are all also in the running.

The previous series of Pop Idol did not fit in with the Christmas number one schedule – but last year's Popstars The Rivals show was specifically designed to have its winning teen bands ready for the Christmas market, and the second series of Pop Idol has followed suit. A William Hill spokesman told reporters: "We may not know who is going to win these reality TV shows, but they will finish nicely in time for Christmas. Last year Popstars: The Rivals generated huge interest with their competition for the Christmas number one, and Pop Idol is our favourite to do it this year."

Whether ITV / BMG bosses will allow the Pop Idol runner up to also release a single in time for Christmas, thus creating a 'Rivals' style battle, remains to be seen. Otherwise it may turn into a BBC/ITV Fame Academy/Pop Idol contest. Though the latter seems to be the favourite just now lets not forget this time last year One True Voice were favourites to beat Girls Aloud to the Christmas number one and future pop glories.

Other odds for the festive chart topper line up as follows: 4/1 Pop Idol 2003 winner; 7/1 Fame Academy 2003 winner, Girls Aloud; 8/1 Justin Timberlake; 9/1 Busted; 10/1 Westlife; 12/1 Robbie Williams; 14/1 Kylie Minogue; 16/1 Christina Aguilera; 20/1 David Sneddon, Elvis, Britney Spears; 25/1 Gareth Gates, Madonna; 33/1 Cheeky Girls, Eminem, Liberty X, Sir Cliff Richard.

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REVIEW: DMX – Where The Hood At? (Universal/Island/DefJam/Bloodline)
I wonder if DMX will get a public ridiculing at the hands of people like Mark Lamar/Terry Christian a la Shabba Ranks, for his latest single with its homophobic lyrics? Maybe, but that won't stop MTV playing this tune until the dogs come home. Pseudo-underground shouty hip-pop. And that's all that needs to be said. JG
Release date: 8 Sep
Press Contact: Mercury IH [all]

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BRMC ANNOUNCE TOUR
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club have announced a string of November UK dates:

1 Nov: Glasgow Barrowlands
2 Nov: Newcastle Northumbria Uni
3 Nov: Manchester Academy
4 Nov: Sheffield Octogon
5 Nov: Leeds Uni
7 Nov: Birmingham Carling Academy
8 Nov: Cardiff University
9 Nov: Bristol Carling Academy
10 Nov: Nottingham Rock City
11 Nov: Norwich UEA
13 Nov: London Brixton Academy

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POP IDOL JUDGE RECKONS WE'VE ALREADY SEEN THE WINNER
Pop Idol judge Nicki Chapman reckons one of the contestants featured on last Saturday's show will be the overall winner. She told the Star On Sunday yesterday: "If you were watching Saturday's show you may have had a sneak preview of our eventual winner. It wouldn't be fair to say which one it was - but there was at least one person with the potential to go the whole way."

The show's judges also reckon the female contenders are more likely to dominate the final round this year – last time the final three contenders were all male. Word is ex-lapdancer Rebecca who Neil Fox described as "naughty but very nice" and 23 year old mum-of-three Kim are favourites.

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US VENUE SUES TORI AMOS
A US venue is suing Tori Amos for a deposit it paid for a gig that never happened. The Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan paid Amos $40,000 in advance for a gig due to take place last month. But the gig was cancelled at the last minute after the venue and Amos' management couldn't agree on catering spend, guest list and the inclusion of three 'awareness groups' on site.

Amos' management – California based Creative Artists Agency – are likely to claim the deposit payment is due because technically the venue cancelled the gig. However the venue claim they only decided to cancel after CAA failed to respond to a last minute revised contract.

CAA have not as yet commented on the lawsuit.

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LIVE REVIEW: Pretty Girls Make Graves at the Garage, London on Friday 29 Aug
Were it not for her colossal lungs, it would be hard to focus attention on Pretty front Girl Andrea Zollo. She is dwarfed by her male bandmates; they not only tower above her, they also convulse violently from start to finish, their shaking heads spraying a sweaty mist over the front row. But while she struggles to hold her own visually, Zollo sure belts out a holler. See, PGMG follow the pattern of any good post-hardcore band; fizzing, weaving guitars and bellowing vocals. Yep, it's music for being stern to. Even when the music attains an atmosphere of optimism on 'This is Our Emergency', it soon goes all serious and cross again, the very melodies seeping with anger. Their new material is arguably too similar to that of last year's 'Good Health' mini-album, the record that garnered the attention to fill the room tonight. As such it gets stale after about 25 minutes unless you really *listen*. Worse still, while the guitarists and their melodies move around constantly, Zollo's vocal lines match her stock-still stance. PGMG won't be everyone's cup of pus, but there's a lot on offer for hardcore fans with an auxiliary passion for Trail of Dead or Sleater-Kinney. Their live show doesn't disappoint. Oh, and if you were wondering, there are no pretty girls in PGMG, but then Four Average Blokes and One Average Girl Make Graves was never a Smiths song. DR

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RADIO ONE ANNOUNCE ONE BIG SUNDAY LINE UP
Radio One have confirmed Travis, Starsailor, The Thrills and The Darkness as among the artists due to appear at their One Big Weekend event in Cardiff on 13-14 Sep. Pink , Dido, Kosheen, Basement Jaxx, The Chemical Brothers, Erick Morillo and Seb Fontaine will put in an appearance at the event which is expected to attract over 20,000 music fans over the weekend. All tickets will be given away at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium this Friday.

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FORMER POPSTAR ON HIS NEXT PROJECT
Popstars finalist and former One True Voice member Anton Gordon is quick off the mark having already formed his next musical project. He plans to record with Ben from Phats and Small and Coree from Damage and is promising a 'Boyz II Men' style release out at Christmas time.

Speaking to Radio 1 Ben said: "Anton's voice is beyond Peter Waterman and it's beyond critics. He in the last six or seven years is one of the most remarkable singers I've come across, and I think the general public knew that and that's why they voted for him. What happened with One True Voice was what happened there, but I think that his talent outshines that whole situation."

The trio have a working name of ABC (their initials) though a certain eighties band may have something to say about that.

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OSBOURNE JUNIOR GETS CHANNEL 4 SHOW
Safely out of rehab, Jack Osbourne is making a TV show for Channel 4. The programme will be based around Jack's take on the A-list Los Angeles lifestyle and see him interviewing all of his celebrity friends (oh joy). The show, working title Union Jack, will feature on the T4 youth strand.

Announcing the show Channel 4's Jo Wallace told reporters: "Jack's original and irreverent style epitomises many Channel 4 values."

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JANES ADDICTION ANNOUNCE UK DATES
Jane's Addiction have confirmed their first headline tour of the UK in 12 years. The six date tour takes in:

31 Oct: London Brixton Academy
2 Nov: Manchester Apollo
3 Nov: Doncaster Dome
5 Nov: Glasgow Academy
7 Nov: Nottingham Rock City
9 Nov: Wolverhampton Civic Hall

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REVIEW: Chingy – Right Thurr (EMI/Capitol)
Chingy is the first release from Ludacris's new imprint and it's a bumping slice of hip-pop R&B swing beat. This track has already taken the Billboard chart by storm and is fast becoming a club anthem. With a hint of early Cube/Snoop/G-funk, coupled with Chingy's distinctive voice, the forthcoming album 'Jackpot' looks to do well. JG
Release date: Oct
Press Contact: EMI IH [CP, CR, RR, NR] Play Centre [RP, NP]

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WILLIAMS AND DURAN DURAN DOUBLE BILL PLANNED FOR OZ
Now this will be quite a show – Aussie based promoter Michael Chugg Entertainment has announced three dates to be co-headlined by Robbie Williams and Duran Duran. The three shows will take place in Auckland, Melbourne and Sydney on 6, 10 and 13 December respectively. Tickets will go on sale online on 11 Sep.

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MORE GLOOM AS US SALES CONTINUE TO SLIDE
More doom and gloom for the US music industry after the latest sales figures were released by the Recording Industry Association of America last week. According to the stats shipments of music products to retail outlets in the first half of 2003 declined nearly 10% through, which translates to a 9% drop in dollar value compared with the same period last year.

Needless to say illegal downloads and CD copying were blamed for the news. RIAA President Cary Sherman: "While there are other factors contributing to the decline of music shipments in 2003, including the fact that there are significantly fewer music retail locations, illegal 'file-sharing' continues to adversely impact the sale of physical CDs. We believe the use of these illegal peer-to-peer services is hurting the music industry's efforts to distribute music online in the way consumers demand."

Offering a more positive spin Sherman continued: "The number of ways fans can get music online in legal, consumer-friendly and high-quality sites is growing each week. In addition, we look forward to exciting releases from new and established artists in the second half of the year." Among the releases expected to boost sales are those from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Mary J Blige, David Bowie, Missy Elliott, Alicia Keys, Iggy Pop, Seal and Sting.

Interestingly the sales of singles in the same period shot up considerably – in contrast to sales figures over here – again reaffirming the theory that more frequent EP style releases may be the way forward for the US record industry in the internet age.

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TRUFEST READY TO GO
Eclectic music event Trufest is just round the corner – and the line up taking over Brick Lane's Old Truman Brewery for the whole of 7 Sep is looking good.

Talking about the Sunday Best Arena at the event Rob Da Bank has told drum & bass website burnitblue: "The show we've put together for Trufest represents what we've been doing in Ibiza over the last couple of months. And then some. I think it's something London needs right now and the boys behind Trufest are the right people to do it. Just look at the rest of the line up! My highlight of the day? There are so many, but Sunday Best is all about fun in the sun this summer and I guarantee the Cuban Brothers with Jocelyn Brown at Trufest will be the most bum shaking, hair raising fun you'll have all year... or your money back!"

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LIVINGSTONE SAYS FREE LONDON GIG A SUCCESS
Ken Livingstone has been waxing lyrical about the free gig he hosted in London's Trafalger Square this weekend – a joint bid to launch the revamped Sqaure and to reinvigorate central London's tourist industry. The free event saw David Gray, Morcheeba and Nitin Sawhney all take to the stage.

After the event Livingstone told reporters: "The first live concert with David Gray, Morcheeba and Nitin Sawhney was a spectacular success. Trafalgar Square is a square for Londoners and visitors to the capital, and we will be holding live concerts throughout the year, every year."

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CAREY'S LOOKING FOR A GOOD MAN
Mariah Carey has been bemoaning to German newspaper Bild about her struggle to find a good man.

She told the paper: "There have only been three men in my life. I was married to Tommy Mottola, then I was together with US footballer Derek Jeter and after that I went out with singer Luis Miguel."

Since her break up with Miguel in 2001 she says she hasn't managed to find a suitable partner – a problem she is putting down to her fame. "I think that must be it. My stylist, for example, is always meeting people and goes on loads of dates. I'm always asking myself why I never meet anyone. But that's how it is. Most men believe that I'm not interested in them."

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