CMU Daily - on the inside 8 Dec 2003
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Five more broadcasters join Hall Of Fame
- Eminem track causes Secret Service concern
- Seether man reckons evanescence better off without moody
- Jacko video not likely to be released
- 50 cent loses some fans after melbourne gig
- Gay rights group claim victory over cancelled reggae show
- Metallica announce mega-US tour
- US record fans can expect a tenner from the majors
- Mel C doesn't rate Posh's new track
- Album Review: Dogs Die In Hot Cars - Man Bites Man 
- Pop Idol tops both charts
- Warners prepare for post-takeover restructure
- Coke chart deal causes more controversey
- Westlife win Record Of The Year award 



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Another five leading names in broadcasting were added to the Radio Academy's Hall of Fame last week. The scheme was launched by the industry body back in April to recognise life time contributions to British broadcasting - with Tony Blackburn, Alan Freeman, Alistair Cooke, Noel Edmonds and John Humphrys the first broadcasters to be awarded a place in the Hall of Fame. Last Thursday Chris Tarrant, John Peel, Sue MacGregor, Radio 2's John Dunn and LBC's Douglas Cameron were added.

Announcing the latest additions the Radio Academy's director John Bradford told reporters: "These five names have set the standard others follow. Their voices have helped make radio today more popular than it has ever been, even as media diversifies beyond all recognition." 


More controversy surrounding the lyrics of Eminem - this time concerning those smoky offices of the US Secret Service. The controversy is over a new track that has surfaced on the internet called 'We Are Americans' in which Slim Shady raps: "Fuck money, I don't rap for dead presidents. I'd rather see the president dead." It seems high-level security officials fear fans may interpret Eminem's sentiments as an instruction. 

A spokesman for the US Secret Service told reporters this weekend: "We are aware of the lyric and are in the process of determining what action, if any, will be taken." A spokesman for Eminem told CNN: "This is an unfinished song, either lost or stolen. There was no determination where, when, how or if it was going to be used."

Meanwhile Eminem has again apologised for that freestyle rap track he recorded as a teenager which contained a number of racist comments against black women. The track was released last month by US hip hop magazine The Source, whose editor Benzino has a long running feud with Eminem. In addition to a statement apologising for the track on its unofficial release, Eminem told reporters this weekend: "I think common sense tells you not to judge a man by what he may have said when he was a boy, I will say it straight up: I am sorry I said those things when I was 16. That tape in no way represents who I was then or who I am today".


The frontman of rock band Seether, label mates of Evanescence, reckons he might have been responsible for the departure of co-founder Ben Moody from the chart topping band. Seether's Shaun Morgan has been dating the other co-founder of Evanescence, Amy Lee. He reckons it was their relationship that angered Moody, leading to the guitarist to break his creative partnership with Lee and quit the band midway through their European tour.

Writing, somewhat vitriolicly, on his band's website Morgan writes an open message to Evanescence fans: "Right now you need to A.)Blame Ben Moody's shitty attitude, and subsequent leaving of Evanescence on somebody, namely me. (Feel free to look up any big words in the dictionary or ask your Mommy). B.) Consider the fact that the guy really isn't the greatest guitar player in the world and that Evanescence might be better off with somebody else. (Oh my God, did I actually dare to write that about the great Ben Moody?) C.)Grow the fuck up. The only person I have to care about in Evanescence is Amy, and I really couldn't care less about Ben Moody or any of the skanky hoes he bangs on the road. Get a life and try to understand that your hero is nowhere near as cool as you think he is."

He ends up his rant with a message to Moody: "Now, drink your milk, have your cookies and go to bed before Mommy gets angry".


We reported last week that, while she said she believed in the philosophy of "innocent until proven guilty, BBC 1 controller Lorraine Heggessey admitted she would have to discuss with Top of the Pops producer Andi Peters as to whether or not it was appropriate to screen the video to Michael Jackson's new single 'One More Change' given the current scandal surrounding the singer. The pop show had planned to premiere the video on its relaunch edition last month, but the video wasn't ready. 

Well, it seems that conversation won't have to take place because on Friday Sony said there were no plans to finish the video, which Jackson had been filming as the latest child abuse allegations broke. Given that Jackson's own people seem too busy managing the current legal situation to be worrying about finishing a pop promo it is unlikely the video will ever see the light of day.


Obie Trice increased his fanbase at the expense of 50 Cent and G Unit at a Melbourne gig this weekend. Trice was supporting his label mate and proved popular with the crowd as he performed his stripped down set. But his act stood out as the particular highlight after 50 Cent's set suffered a number of impromptu breaks, apparently because Fiddy was losing his voice. The MC had to halt his performance twice and leave the stage due to throat problems. Although sympathetic of Fiddy's medical condition, the Aussie press weren't impressed that his support posse G Unit were unable to fill in while he lost the stage. They also criticised the commercial nature of the 50 Cent show, which was clearly floggin his clothing and footwear merchandise and actually ran a TV commercials for his new line of Reeboks. Aussie music website Undercover summarised local media sentiment by saying: "Obie Trice was exactly what the audience expected 50 Cent to be - stripped back and to the point - not glamoured up with back-drops, TV commercials and incessant costume changes. Obie was the rapper we first heard on Eminem's 'Without Me'. He stole the show in Melbourne."


Peter Tatchell's gay rights group OutRage! proclaimed victory this weekend after a controversial Jamaican reggae star cancelled two UK gigs at the last minute. The campaign group had called on the police's Hate Crime unit to arrest reggae artist Bounty Killer when he arrived in London claiming the lyrics in at least four of his songs incite homophobic violence. In an open letter to the UK police's Hate Crime unit Tatchell said "people have a right to criticise homosexuality, but they do not have a right to encourage queer-bashing violence and murder". He referred in particular to four tracks which, according to Tatchell, "call for gay people to be burned, drowned, wiped out, stoned and murdered". 

Following OutRage!'s campaign Bounty Killer, real name Rodney Price, cancelled the two gigs due to take place this weekend, one at Birmingham's White Pearl Club, the other at East London's Rex Club. On hearing about the cancellations Tatchell told reporters: "This is a fantastic victory over homophobia. Bounty Killer has chickened out and dared not show his face. He knows what he is doing is wrong, and he is terrified of facing a gay rights protest. His macho bravado is in ruins."

However a spokesman for the Rex Club said the cancellations were because Price had missed his flight from Jamaica, and not because of the OutRage! campaign. Rex Club's Sheldon Atkinson said he had spoken to police about the artist's London appearance in light of OutRage!'s campaign. He said police had told him that, while they would discuss Price's lyrical content with him prior to any performance, no actual arrest would take place. Atkinson now hopes to reschedule Bounty Killer's performance in London.

OutRage! have increasingly turned their attention to the homophobic lyrics of certain reggae artists - often hitting out at UK based black music media and awards who champion the artists who they reckon incite anti-gay violence. 


Metallica announced a mega 73 show tour of the US on Friday. The tour, which will kick off on 2 Mar, will take in all major US cities, and quite a few smaller ones too. 

The original plan had been to link the US gigs with screenings of the new rock-umentary 'Metallica: Some Kind of Monster'. But that film is unlikely to be ready meaning that any cross-promotion will have to wait until the latter half of the tour. 

The film's director, Joe Berlinger, told reporters this weekend: "We're going to figure out a way to roll out the film from city to city with the tour. It's probably not going to be in every city on the tour, but we will be able to hit a lot of the dates."


A federal judge in the US has approved a $143-million settlement of a lawsuit between consumer groups and the major labels and music retailers over allegations of price fixing in the music sector. 3.5 million consumers were listed on the antitrust lawsuit which claimed the majors were using their monopoly to keep the price of music artificially high. The multi-million pound settlement will bring the action to an end - the profits being divided between all those named on the suit - meaning each consumer should receive $12.60 in the post!


According to the Daily Mirror, former Spice Girl Mel C has told Heart 106.2 that the new material from former bandmate Victoria Beckham is "atrocious and weak".

Commenting on 'Let Your Head Go' - the R&B track that appears on Beckham's new double a-side single - Mel C says: "I thought it was atrocious - I'm not being horrible, I'm just giving my opinion. I thought it was a terrible song. Lyrically it was weak."

She added: "If I was Victoria I would enjoy my husband, enjoy my family, enjoy the money that they've got and give the music a rest. She's got such a great life - I don't know why she doesn't just sit back and enjoy it. But she's very headstrong - she does exactly what she wants."


ALBUM REVIEW: Dogs Die In Hot Cars - Man Bites Man (EP) (V2)
The snappily titled 'Dogs' are a Scottish quintet who are releasing this EP as a follow-up to their debut single 'I Love You, Cause I Have To'. The title track is a typically melodic and tuneful number, not a million miles away from the likes of I Am Kloot. They show distinct art-pop leanings on the whimsical 'Queen of the Pumpkin Plukes' (er?) and along with American bands like Stellastarr*, they share an XTC influence. So not only is their name a useful public service announcement but they're also a band who can be arsed to give value for money with decent B-sides, hurrah! JW
Release date: 9 Feb
Press contact: Impressive [all]


Whoever wins the current series of Pop Idol, which is now very close to its grand final, will be taking heart at the success of Will Young's second album. The first Pop Idol converted the critical acclaim for his new material into commercial success, topping both the single and album charts this weekend. Young managed to hold off competition from former chart toppers Black Eyed Peas and fellow Pop Idol Gareth Gates to enjoy a second week at the top of the singles chart. Album wise Young also took the number one spot, albeit with very little competition in the new entry stakes - closest new entry came from Alicia Keys at 13. 

Elsewhere in Pop Idol news, it was Chris Hyde who dropped out of the running on Saturday night, despite a general media consensus (shared by the show's judges) that it would be Mark who would go out this week. The show is now down to three finalists with Sam still favourite to win, though Michelle could put up quite a fight. 


More major label gossip - this time over what changes are most likely when the inevitable post-takeover restructure takes place at Warner Music. Needless to say overlapping divisions are likely to be merged and under-performing units closed down. But word on the inside says those units who specialise in non-English speaking artists, who have less global potential, are likely to be most hardest hit, with some saying the group may close down all it's A&R functions outside the US and UK, turning its international offices into licensing-only outfits. 

Meanwhile Edgar Bronfman Jr and his father Edgar Sr last week officially resigned from the board of Vivendi, which they have sat on ever since they sold the group its Seagram company back in 2000. Bronfman Jr couldn't continue to hold a high level post in the parent company of Universal Music if he wants to take the post of CEO at the newly acquired Warner Music once the takeover is complete in the New Year.


The deal between the UK Charts Company and Coca Cola continue to course controversy, mainly because of the mentions the drinks brand will receive in the BBC's coverage of the main album and singles charts. Although the BBC continues to point out it does not profit from any sponsorship deal, and that it will only mention Coke's involvement on air as a 'statement of fact', MPs, child health campaigners and the BBC's commercial rivals are all still laying in to the Beeb, arguing it was kept fully abreast of the sponsorship talks with Coke and should have realised the controversy any deal would cause. 

Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell told reporters last week that the Coke deal was a topic for broadcasting watchdogs and not government. But Debra Shipley, a Labour member of the Commons media select committee, wasn't impressed: "The secretary of state has said this is a matter for the television regulator and BBC board of governors - a very disappointing response. The distinctiveness of the BBC is being eroded by product placement of this type. By advertising products in this way, it is in real danger of jeopardising its right to a TV licence fee." 

Meanwhile former BBC music entertainment boss Trevor Dann has said a similar deal a few years back with music website was as controversial internally as the Coke deal is externally now: "I opposed the deal but we were overruled by his superiors who feared that the record industry would take the "official" chart to ITV and the commercial radio stations. I can't believe they've done it again."


The moral of a story - even a shit version of a Barry Manilow classic will sell well to ITV viewers. Westlife's cover of 'Mandy' was named Record Of The Year by the ITV viewer-vote music poll this weekend, pushing our favourites, Busted, into second place for their track 'Year 3000'. On winning the award the band told reporters: "This year, honestly we didn't know what was going to happen - we haven't been nominated for the past two years. It's unbelievable."

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