CMU Daily - on the inside 27 Nov 2003
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Glastonbury gets green light
- Jacko news
- Trouble at Jay Z gig
- Congress agree on new US media ownership rules
- Research group say digital take up will slow down
- Bravecaptain release EP online
- Glen Campbell apologises for drunk driving incident
- Norwegian teenager cracks iTunes protection
- Live Review: Suede At Republicca, Valencia
- US ambassador's anti-piracy plea to Russians
- Z Bar is one
- Pacha is two
- Elton plans orchestral gigs
- Quick, get your bassoon out

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GLASTONBURY GETS GREEN LIGHT
What ... no arguments, no five hour debates, no rejections, no last minute appeals? Nope, Glastonbury 2004 got the green light at a pretty uneventful meeting of the Mendip District Council last night - a fact that suggests the various security initiatives of recent years have paid off. Last year the Festival was refused a licence at the first hearing and had to reapply in the Spring.

In recent years the festival's founder and promoter Michael Eavis has introduced a number of measures to overcome previous security concerns at the Festival. These really took effect when London promoters Mean Fiddler were appointed to oversee security and logistics. In 2002 a number of measures successfully stopped the 'fence-hopping' tradition that frequently doubled the number of people on the Glastonbury site. Last year a number of new measures overcame the fall-out of 2002's success - the proliferation of disgruntled non-ticket holding music fans in local villages. One new idea currently being developed by Eavis, maybe for 2004, is an airline style check-in system for ticket holders in a bid to combat ticket touts.

Music-wise Paul McCartney, Doves and Damien Rice are among the names already rumoured to be on the bill for next year's event, which will take place from 25 to 27 Jun.

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JACKO NEWS
And now, some more Jacko news...

Firstly the FBI is reportedly investigating those reports that a private jet company recorded a conversation between Michael Jackson and his attorney that took place on one of their planes, and then tried to sell the tape to the media. The Bureau's spokesman Matthew McLaughlin yesterday told reporters that agents had visited headquarters of the company - XtraJet - to "assess if a federal violation has occurred."

Secondly, the Santa Barbara media reckons local prosecutors won't officially charge Michael Jackson with child molestation until 15 Dec, mainly so the local District Attorney's office have time to set up a web site to deal with the hundreds of media enquiries expected.

Thirdly, there was a financial profile of Jacko in yesterday's New York Times that suggests looming court cases aren't the singer's only problems. The paper says he is "tethered to a boulder of debt totalling near $200 million that comes due in several years".

And finally Jacko's best of album 'Number Ones', which topped the UK album chart despite the latest scandals, hasn't even made the Top 10 in the US. The album, released in the States a mere 24 hours before Jackson's Neverland home was raided by police, sold just over 121,000 copies and appears at number 13 in the Billboard chart. That said, some reckoned the album would struggle to sell 100,000 copies in light of the scandal, and Sony remain confident the album will sell significant amounts between now and Christmas.

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TROUBLE AT JAY Z GIG
There was some trouble in New York on Tuesday night during a Jay-Z gig when hundreds of ticketless fans attempted to get into the Madison Square Garden show. The anticipation for the gig was high given Jay-Z's past announcement that he will retire once the promotional schedule for current album 'The Black Album' is complete.

One security officer on duty at the event told the New York Daily News: "They tore down the gates and hit the alcohol concessions, We had to shut all the entrances down. It was crazy. Absolute mayhem."

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CONGRESS AGREE ON NEW US MEDIA OWNERSHIP RULES
US Congress has reached a compromise with the White House over media ownership laws in the States. As reported, the major media congloms have been pushing to increase the amount of local media they are allowed to own in any one area. The White House gave the OK for a rise from the current 35% maximum to 45%. But then at the last minute, Congress kicked up a fuss concerning on the impact on independent media companies. This week a compromise of 39% was reached - which is just as well because both Viacom and Murdoch's News Corp had already extended their dominance over 35% in some areas in anticipation that a change in the law was looming.

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RESEARCH GROUP SAY DIGITAL TAKE UP WILL SLOW DOWN
Research group Informa Media delivered some bad news for the government over digital TV take up yesterday. The powers that be are still hoping that 95% of households will be using digital by 2010 enabling them to turn off analogue broadcasts. But Informa reckon the government have overestimated the future take-up of the Freeview system, meaning the number of households in the digital age by the 2010 cut off may be as low as 68%.

Despite being a relative success, and having made up for the ground lost by the ITV Digital debacle, Informa say the BBC backed Freeview system, which offers free digital TV via a one-off purchase set top box, will see new consumer take-up decline considerably in the next few years as the 'digitally curious' market becomes saturated. They reckon it will be hard to persuade those consumers who are left of the merits in investing in digital TV.

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BRAVECAPTAIN RELEASE EP ONLINE
The new band of former Boo Radley Martin Carr - Bravecaptain - launch a new EP on Friday via their website http://www.bravecaptain.co.uk. Described as a "mischievous mix of heavy electro-shock beats against delicate melodies, balanced with a lyrical rage against the politics of our current time" Carr says of the new tracks: "The EP is music I recorded over a year ago but which was never released for various reasons - so we decided to release it to coincide with my twin brother's 35th birthday."

The online release precedes a planned new album in 2004. Press info from Excess Press on 020 7405 6226.

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GLEN CAMPBELL APOLOGISES FOR DRUNK DRIVING INCIDENT
Country singer Glen Campbell yesterday apologised to his wife, family, friends and fans over that drink drive incident earlier this week. As reported yesterday Campbell faces a range of charges after driving under the influence, driving off after crashing into a wall, and allegedly kneeing a police officer in the thigh.

Campbell told reporters: "Even at my age I learned a valuable lesson".

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NORWEGIAN TEENAGER CRACKS ITUNES PROTECTION
Jon Johansen, that Norwegian teenager who was (unsuccessfully) sued by the film industry earlier this year when he managed to by-pass copyright protection technology on DVDs, has devised a new programme that side-steps usage-limitations on tracks downloaded from Apple's iTunes network. The programme, which he calls QTFairUse, intercepts the music file as iTunes streams it, before Apple's digital rights management system gets locked on. That system enforces the albeit limited restrictions Apple places on the music it sells.

The programme only works on the Windows version of iTunes and using it reportedly requires some programming knowledge. Plus, of course, the user who intercepts the track would have had to have paid for it before it starts to stream to their computer. Apple are yet to comment on the new programme.

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LIVE REVIEW: Suede at Republicca, Valencia on 21 Nov
Its hard to imagine a more atmospheric or impressive set opening; Suede are playing the ominous droning 'Introducing the Band', the first track from 'Dog Man Star'. As dry ice pumps out and the stage is bathed in purple light, Brett Anderson stalks on to stage several minutes after his band mates to recite the song's ridiculously over-the-top lyrics ("Steal me a savage subservient son, Get him shacked up, bloodied up and sucking on a gun.") The effect is utterly amazing. As they storm with typical swagger into 'We Are the Pigs', it's difficult to believe that this is a band who a few weeks ago announced their decision to split at the end of this tour. Anyone expecting a eulogy would be mistaken, tonight is a mad, wild, celebration and the Spanish audience are determined to make the most of it. Brett's every mic swing and podium pose is greeted with general hysteria. The fans' warmth and enthusiasm is infectious and it makes a refreshing change from the cool to the point of jaded London audiences. The set is mainly the singles from their current compilation but also includes the nine minute guitar opus 'The Asphalt World', during which Brett leaves Richard Oakes and Alex Lee duelling with their axes, disappears off stage to have a cup of tea, and then returns to resume vocal duties. His voice is on fine form tonight, especially on 'The Wild Ones' and a solo acoustic ''The Living Dead'. Muchas gracias indeed. It would be a tragedy if Suede never make another album, not just because the jewel in the Brit-pop crown are such a superb live band but also as their latest hit 'Attitude' proved they can still write infectious, exciting songs. On a positive note the band have written some new songs, one of which 'Music Like Sex' was meant to be played tonight but was scuppered by technical difficulties. But catch them while you still can, it might be your last chance. JW

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US AMBASSADOR'S ANTI-PIRACY PLEA TO RUSSIANS
The US ambassador to Russia has written a plea to his host country's authorities to step up the fight against copyright theft. Writing in the Moscow Times Alexander Vershbow says Russia is soft on CD and DVD piracy because they perceive the only losers to be rich Western entertainment companies. But, he warns, creative talent in Russia is being badly hit too.

Vershbow says he has asked a number of Russian musicians where he can buy their music and most reply "not in Russia". Vershbow: "sadly, the overwhelming response has been that it is simply not profitable to record their works in Russia due to current piracy levels."

Vershbow reckons Russia produces more than 320 million pirated discs a year, and that more than 90% of them were exported. The ambassador warns that, while figures remain that high, the effects will be even more far reaching: "Russia could become a major innovative country if it could attract overseas investment. But that is unlikely to happen unless piracy is curbed."

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Z BAR IS ONE
Brixton's Z Bar (the bar-come-club-come-restaurant opened by DJs and club promoters Gordan Mac, Nick Tsolkas and Ord Henry) is one year old today, and tonight they are hosting a party to celebrate. Mistri, Keith Lawrence, Choice FM's Jigs, Mike Gee, Davey Diamond, Jerry Bascombe plus Z bar's very own Gordan Mac and Nick Tsolkas will all be on the decks, and we're told the cocktails will be "mouth-watering" and the food "100% Caribbean". Doors open 6.30pm - press list is being handled by Elle J Small on 07970 841 906 or ellejsmall@yahoo.com

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PACHA IS TWO
Talking of birthday celebrations - Pacha London is two years old next month and will be celebrating with a special night on 12 Dec featuring New York city house music legend and half of the Masters at Work duo; Kenny 'Dope' Gonzalez. He'll be joined by Pacha residents Mickey Richards and Johnny Landers, with F B Hawkes presenting Sound Sprawl ("an eclectic journey through twisted rhythms, seventies beats and sixties swing") in the VIP room.

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ELTON PLANS ORCHESTRAL GIGS
Elton John is planning two mega-concerts next summer involving his full band and the Royal Academy of Music Orchestra and Choir. The two shows (in Birmingham on 29 Jun and London on 1 Jul) will see John accompanied by 108-piece orchestra and 50-voice choir.

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QUICK, GET YOUR BASSOON OUT
Youth Music, the government backed body which aims to encourage young people to take up music, is launching a campaign to encourage people to take up what they are describing as "six endangered musical instruments". The six instruments in questions are the bassoon, double bass, French horn, oboe, trombone and tuba/euphonium. Under the scheme music groups in the education sector can apply for up to 70% off the purchase price of instruments. Music teachers will be given coaching on these instruments, existing players will be encouraged to teach others, high-profile musicians will appear in schools as ambassadors and specially-designed free "gig-bags" will be available to give musical instruments a cooler image among pupils.

Youth Music's Gavin Henderson told reporters: "The whole future of traditional music-making is at stake. We hope to inspire children and young people to learn these instruments and encourage a new generation of musicians".

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