CMU Daily - on the inside 2 Sep 2003
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In today's CMU Daily:
• Spree on their 679 departure
• MOBO nominations out
• Visa issues for Cuban nominees at Latin Grammys
• Darkness on their festive track
• BBC regional radio added to Freeview
• SFA on their Macca collaborations
• Review: Nelly, P.Diddy & Murphy Lee - Shake Ya Tailfeather (Universal / Island / Bad Boy)
• What's the future of the IPC Tower?
• Parton tribute album finalised
• Jacko celebrates 45th birthday with fans
• Ozzy cancels two UK dates
• Atlanta paper apologise after printing Madonna / Britney kiss pic
• Vivendi still to decide on successful bidder
• Doors rave about their new frontman
• Creamfields go Turkish
• Blur announce UK tour
• Review: Unkle - Eye For An Eye Remixes (Universal / Island)
• US rapper gives up after three hour police standoff

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SPREE ON THEIR 679 DEPARTURE
The Polyphonic Spree have published an official statement with regards their departure from Warners affiliate 679 Recordings. The label dropped the Spree last week claiming record sales had not been big enough to justify investment in a second album. At the time sources close to the band disputed that claim and seemed disappointed at 679's decision.

However the official statement posted of the Spree's website yesterday was more gracious: "We are here to say, yes, it is true that we have parted company with 679 in the UK. They are a wonderful label who have spent the last year promoting our band in every way possible. They truly went out on a limb to spread the gospel of The Polyphonic Spree. However, in a world where there are no guarantees and change is constantly upon us all, the reality takes place. We wish them well in their journey as a label in the business we call rock 'n' roll."

On the second album, and the search for another label outside the US, they added: "On the near future of the group, we are finishing the mixes on our new record. So far, the beautiful sonics we were hoping to achieve are coming along quite nicely. We will be putting this latest effort out on Hollywood Records in North America and a soon to be mentioned label abroad. Sorting it out."

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MOBO NOMINATIONS OUT
Beyonce, Big Brovas and CMU favourite Terri Walker each got four nominations in the short list for this year's Mobo Awards, announced yesterday.

Beyonce is nominated for best album for 'Dangerously In Love', best video and single for the chart-topping 'Crazy In Love' and best overall R&B act.

Big Brovaz compete with her in the best video and album categories - they're also up up for UK act of the and best newcomer.

Walker is shortlisted for best R&B act, UK act of the year, best newcomer and best album for Untitled.

Also up for awards in the event that celebrates 'music of a black origin' are Justin Timberlake, Mis-Teeq and Lisa Maffia. The event - now in its sixth year - takes place at the Royal Albert Hall on September 25.

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VISA ISSUES FOR CUBAN NOMINEES AT LATIN GRAMMYS
As previously predicted, a fracas is developing between US and Cuban authorities over the admission of Cuban artists into America this week to attend the Latin Grammys in Miami. A Florida paper reported last month that visa applications for a whole string of Cuban musicians - including Latin jazz stars Chucho Valdes and Los Van Van - had not been received as the deadline for turning the visas round passed. Now, with it looking likely those visas won't be granted in time, the Cuban government is accusing the US of deliberately delaying visas for their stars. The US claim it was a fault at the Cuban end that delayed the visa applications reaching America in time.

Even if the visas are some how processed in time there will still be problems. The Cuban exile community in Miami is threatening to boycott the awards if Cuban artists are there in any sort of official capacity. A protest against the country is already planned for outside the event.

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DARKNESS ON THEIR FESTIVE TRACK
Following the news yesterday that the yet-to-be-decided Pop Idol is the bookies favourite to get the Christmas number one, The Darkness's Justin Hawkins yesterday revealed details of his band's festive number, due for release later this year. The band are off to America soon so we might not hear from them for a while, but it looks like they could have their sights on the Christmas No.1, as Justin told us:

He told the NME: " The Christmas single looks to have a chorus that reads - 'Christmas time, don't let the bells end, just let them ring in peace.' That's moving for me. There's no shame in doing a Christmas single. It is a special period of time. I think it gets a bit desperate when you do Mother's Day songs, or Father's Day songs, but Christmas is different. Who doesn't like having an excuse to receive presents?"

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BBC REGIONAL RADIO ADDED TO FREEVIEW
Following the addition of the BBC's Welsh radio services to the Freeview network, the BBC announced yesterday that its Scottish services - BBC Radio Scotland and Radio Nan Gaidheal, and its Northern Irish services BBC Radio Ulster and Radio Foyle have now been added to the service.

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SFA ON THEIR MACCA COLLABORATIONS
The Super Furry Animals have been talking to Aussie website Undercover about their recent collaborations with Paul McCartney. Apparantly their relationship with the band began when keyboard player Cian ran into Macca at an industry bash. "After a few drinks Cian went up to Sir Paul McCartney and persuaded him to let us remix The Beatles" SFA frontman Gruff Rhyss says. "He didn't remember much about it but a few weeks later a few boxes of Beatles masters turned up at out office so we made a 20 minute piece of music. It was released as the Liverpool Sound Collage".

Once the connection was made the SFA Macca relationship got even more bizarre: "Seeing we had access to Paul McCartney we asked him to return the favour for our last album. We wanted him to recreate vegetable munching, which he did on the song 'Vegetables' by the Beach Boys. We got him in to chew some carrots and some celery. It was on our last album 'Rings Around The World' on the track 'Receptacle for the Respectable'".

So now you know.

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REVIEW: Nelly, P.Diddy & Murphy Lee - Shake Ya Tailfeather (Universal/Island/Bad Boy)
This hooky hip-pop swing cut comes straight from the Bad Boys II soundtrack, and despite having the potential to be the single worst release of the year, Nelly's distinctive voice (that we seem not to tire of) and Puffy's executive producer gold touch make for a dirty dancefloor jiggy cut. JG
Release date: 8 Sep
Press Contact: Universal/Island IH [all]

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WHAT'S THE FUTURE OF THE IPC TOWER?
Much talk at IPC with regards the future of their London home - the Kings Reach Tower. The lease expires in 2007 and word is parent company AOL Time Warner currently has two proposals on the table - firstly knocking down the tower, building a mega complex in its place, and bringing together all of Time Warner's London operations into one place, secondly leaving the tower completely and basing its publishing operations outside the capital. We'll let you know when the JCBs arrive.

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PARTON TRIBUTE ALBUM FINALISED
Norah Jones, Shania Twain, Joan Osbourne and Sinead O'Connor are among the artists who have put down a Dolly Parton cover to appear on a special tribute album designed to mark the 35th anniversary of Dolly's first album 'Just Because I'm A Woman'. The full line up is as follows:

1. 9 To 5 - Alison Krauss
2. I Will Always Love You - Melissa Etheridge
3. The Grass Is Blue - Norah Jones
4. Do I Ever Cross Your Mind - Joan Osborne
5. The Seeker - Shelby Lynne
6. Jolene - Mindy Smith
7. To Daddy - Emmylou Harris
8. Coat of Many Colors - Shania Twain with Alison Krauss & Union Station
9. Little Sparrow - Kasey Chambers
10. Dagger Through The Heart - Sinéad O'Connor
11. Light Of A Clear Blue Morning - Allison Moorer
12. Two Doors Down - Me'Shell N'dedgéOcello

They will be accompanied by a new recording by Dolly herself of 'Just Because I'm A Woman' The album will be released through Shock Records on 13 Oct.

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JACKO CELEBRATES 45TH BIRTHDAY WITH FANS
Michael Jackson yesterday celebrated his 45th birthday with a party for his fans in LA. Organised by his fan club the Jackson was only present for a little bit of the three hour event - during which fans sang Happy Birthday and presented the star with a big birthday cake. Jackson, for his part, managed not to accept a non-existent MTV award while thanking his fans.

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OZZY CANCELS TWO UK DATES
Following Kelly's cancellation of her European tour now Ozzy has had to cancel two UK dates - though his ailment is a bit more specific. He told reporters: "I f***ed up my foot on Ozzfest and I need to get it fixed so I can be fighting fit when I come home to the UK." The Wembley and NEC dates, due to take place this week, will now be slotted in to the end of his UK tour later this year.

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ATLANTA PAPER APOLOGISE AFTER PRINTING MADONNA/BRITNEY KISS PIC
The Atlanta based local paper - the Journal-Constitution - has had to apologise to its sensitive readership after it led with a big picture Britney Spears kissing Madonna at the VMAs on Monday. Following many complaints from shocked readers managing editor Hank Klibanoff was forced to publish an apology saying: "I wish I had limited its display to the inside of the Living section".

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VIVENDI STILL TO DECIDE ON SUCCESSFUL BIDDER
This is just getting boring now. Vivendi bosses are expected to meet again this week to again discuss the bids by General Electric 's NBC and a group led by investor Edgar J Bronfman Jr to buy Universal's entertainment companies (record labels excluded). Insiders reckon the NBC deal is the favourite, mainly because of criticisms made against Vivendi by Bronfman in the financial press last week.

Even if Vivendi do pick a winner this week negotiations are still likely to drag on. The NBC deal would see Vivendi holding on to a 25% stake in the merged company - Vivendi will need to safeguard themselves in case the merged conglom doesn't perform so well in the future. Plus there's Barry Dillier - former chairman of Vivendi's entertainment assets - who still has some say over the sale of Universal Entertainment after his own company was swallowed up by the major.

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DOORS RAVE ABOUT THEIR NEW FRONTMAN
Pleased to not be talking about looming lawsuits - the two original members of The Doors who are back on the road with the band have been raving about The Cult's Ian Astbury - who has taken on the frontman position in the band.

Keyboard player Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger have told reporters they believe he fits in well with the revived group: "I suppose there's always going to be those hardcore naysayers who believe that if it's not Jim Morrison, it's not the Doors. I don't really care what those people think. If they don't want to come to the show, they don't have to. It's not a problem. Believe me, those who have come to see us have loved it."

Of course The Doors reunion tour has been dogged by legal action by original drummer John Densmore who claimed he didn't given permission for them to use the band's name - and later by fill-in drummer Stewart Copeland who claimed Manzarek and Krieger had broken contract commitments to him.

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CREAMFIELDS GO TURKISH
Creamfields is going Turkish debut on 13 Sep by staging a 17,000-capacity festival in Istanbul. Way Out West, Hybrid and Timo Maas will be amongst those joining a host of Turkish DJ talents on the day.

The event follows the sixth successful UK Creamfields last month in which 35,000 punters flooded in to see Massive Attack, UNKLE , Paul Oakenfold and Tiesto among many others.

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BLUR ANNOUNCE UK TOUR
Blur have announced details of a UK tour visiting somewhat smaller venues than you might expect. Dates as follows:

21 Nov: Glasgow Barrowlands
24 Nov: Liverpool Royal Court
25 Nov: Wolverhampton Civic Hall
28 Nov: Manchester Apollo
2/3 Dec: London Brixton Academy
7/8 Dec: Dublin Olympia
11 Dec: Brighton Centre
12 Dec: Bournemouth BIC

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REVIEW: Unkle - Eye For An Eye Remixes (Universal/Island)
Remix culture is obviously still a healthy mentality amongst the beat butchers - and here is the remix 12" of Unkle's brilliant 'Eye For An Eye' which comes with remixes from Force Mass vs Dylan Rhymes and Mode. The former, with its driving half step beats and deep dirty bass will fit right in with the re-emergence of dance music's equivalent of emo, moody breakdowns, and build up's to white noise in a minor chord. The Mode Remix is a deeper smooth tech house work out with ambient chimes and the usual array of house noises: a nice fit. There are a whole host of remix releases surrounding this track, including those from Meat Katie, Swain & Snell, 2 Sinners and Tyrant. The Album promises to be outstanding. JG
Release date: 25 Aug
Press Contact: Universal/Island IH [all]

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US RAPPER GIVES UP AFTER THREE HOUR POLICE STANDOFF
US rapper Tah Tah, aka Tyran Moore, handed himself over to NYPD last week after a three-hour standoff at a Brooklyn apartment. The MC is a suspect a shooting of a police captain that took place last week. Moore has in the past been linked to the alleged crack dealer and Murder Inc money-launderer Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff.

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