CMU Daily - on the inside 20 Feb 2004
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Mark & Lard leave Radio 1
- Glasto line up news
- Beyonce dominates Soul Train nominations
- Wild launch street team
- Single Review: The Freestylers - Get A Life 
- Cash's family block joke ad soundtrack
- FBI & RIAA launch anti-piracy seal
- Ozzy on the future
- Aim's next big wednesday
- BMG Sony merger gossip
- Channel 4 look for new breakfast show
- New-look Witness headliner news
- Island Def Jam rumours
- Travel firm sue Jacko
- Skinner on Streets album two
- Hacks may make iPods Microsoft compatible
- Real make deal with Sony Ericsson
- Beastie Boys close to completing album six
- Single Review: Mekon Ft Afrika Bambaataa - D-Funktional 
- Gest rumoured to be marrying Diana Ross
- 46664 album / DVD release
- Police investigate photographer's 'Liam hit me' claims
- Charlie to quit Busted soon?
- LL Cool J on Justin the actor



VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: La Suisse presents Surburb at Cargo
La Suisse - "the contemporary, eclectic multi-genre, multi-venue fusion of Swiss, British and international DJ's, live acts, visual artists and multi-media" hijacks the rather excellent monthly Surburb, in the rather spacious arches of Cargo. West London future soul star Modaji (aka Dominic Jacobson) and the rather good funky techster Ian O'Brien, will be joining the top rate resident Patrick Duvoisin aka Rollercone who will be spinning all types of house and jazz influenced electronica as ever. Swiss Mr Mike will be also down with his blend of black dance music - apparently the best live Swiss dance music show on Groove Lift Radio, and one of Switzerland's biggest house DJ's, he will no doubt go down well with the friendly up for it Suburbians. PV
Sat 21 Feb, Cargo, EC2, 8pm - 3am, £6 before 9pm/£10 after, press contact Celeste 020 7690 4432, more at http:// or

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The long expected announcement that Mark & Lard were leaving Radio 1 was made yesterday. Their departure is no surprise - despite the duo's continued popularity their show has seemed ever more out of place as the BBC music station goes increasingly down the youth route. 

What's more surprising is that the duo do not plan to stay together in their future pursuits. Mark Radcliffe will, as expected, start a show over on BBC Radio 2. But Marc 'Lard' Riley won't join him - he'll get his own show on digital station 6Music.

Announcing the move Lesley Douglas - controller of both Radio 2 and 6Music - told reporters: "It's no secret that I've been talking to them for a long time and I'm delighted to have secured their talents. It makes perfect sense for them to move from Radio 1 to Radio 2 and 6 Music. I have been discussing this with Radio 1 Controller, Andy Parfitt, for some months now and I am pleased that BBC Radio can provide a home for such exceptional presenters." 

Possibly the most irritating duo in radio - Radio 1 weekend hosts Colin Murray and Edith Bowman - are expected to take over Mark & Lards afternoon slot.


Glastonbury man Michael Eavis broke with convention this week and gave a sneak preview of some of the artists booked to play at this year's festival. 

Traditionally Glastonbury has kept tight lipped about their line up until the last minute, normally long after the festival has sold out. But with an increasing number of artists announcing festival bookings before the promoters who book them, Eavis used a speech at the Oxford Union to preview the highlights of Glastonbury 2004 before anyone else did.

The two really big names on the bill are Paul McCartney and James Brown. The former, booked to headline Saturday night, apparently signed up just two days after last year's festival. Elsewhere, The Kings of Leon, who played the New Bands Stage last year, will play support on the main stage on the first day of this year's event.

Negotiations are also under way with The Strokes, Oasis and new British band Keane. 


Another night of adoration has been booked into Beyonce's diary. Having dominated this month's Grammys, Ms Knowles looks likely to repeat her success at the main US 'black music' awards event - the Soul Train Music Awards. Nominations for the awards were announced yesterday and Beyonce heads the list with four nominations - for Best Female Album, Best Female Single, Best Video and Album of the Year. 

Close behind is fellow Grammy winner Luther Vandross who has three nominations - Best Male Single, Best Male Album and Album of the Year. Other artists with multiple nominations include OutKast, Erykah Badu, B2K, Anthony Hamilton, R Kelly and the Isley Brothers.

The awards, voted for by an academy of artists, executives, retailers and radio people, will take place on 20 Mar in LA. Alicia Keys and Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds will co-host. Full nominations list at the bottom of today's Daily.


College promotions company Wild are planning on launching a new street team service - recognising that the traditionally American 'use the kids' approach to music marketing has really begun to take hold over here. Wild have recruited Kelly Ridgway - who headed up Warner Music's in house street team - to spearhead the venture.

Wild boss Dave Roberts told us: "This is a natural expansion for us. We can now offer an integrated street level campaign that is unrivalled in the UK".

More info from or


SINGLE REVIEW: The Freestylers - Get A Life (Against The Grain)
The Freestylers made the breakbeat genre their own in 1998, and the subsequent few years were a Brighton Pier roller-coaster ride of recording, remixes and festival headline sets. Of course the high was short-lived and the Stylers seemed to sell-out becoming a music brand akin to the Ministry Chill Out Sessions - pop-lite-breakbeat for kids. But this single shows a real return to form, and comes backed by support from Tong, Fabio & Grooverider and DJ Mag amongst others. It's easy to see why the kings-gone-underdog are getting love like it's 1999: this track's central hook is a massive twisted acid-line, and with 130bpm breaks and Onalee (Reprazent) at the mic, the track can't fail. This is a thacking great tune - lets hope there's more where it came from. JG
Release date: 23 Feb
Press contact: Emms PR [all]


The family of the late great Johnny Cash have blocked plans by advertising chiefs to use his track 'Ring Of Fire' in an ad for hemorrhoid-relief products. The idea came from American TV producer Sula Miller said she came up with the idea when she was struggling with that uncomfortable medical condition and heard the song on the radio. 

Word is songwriter Merle Kilgore, who co-wrote the track with Johnny's wife June Carter Cash, thought the idea was funny admitting he often joked about hemorrhoids onstage whenever he'd introduce Ring of Fire, which includes the words "burns, burns, burns." 

But after Kilgore spoke about the plans in an interview, Cash's children took moves to stop the plan. Daughter Rosanne Cash told reporters: "We would never allow the song to be demeaned like that. The song is about the transformative power of love and that's what it has always meant to me and that's what it will always mean to the Cash children. He [Merle] started talking about this moronic tie-in without talking to any of us." 

Kilgore has apologising stressing it wasn't his intention to upset the family


The FBI and the Recording Industry Association of America have officially unveiled the new anti-piracy seal which record labels are being invited to use on any copyright music releases. 

As previously reportered, the new seal fulfils the same role as the FBI notice that appears at the start of DVD and video releases in the US, warning people of the legal implications of copyright piracy. Industry execs hope that by attaching the FBI's name to the piracy warning it will have more impact with consumers. 

RIAA Exec VP of Anti-Piracy Brad Buckles told reporters: "It is our hope that when consumers see the new FBI warning on the music they purchase, both physically and online, they will take the time to learn the do's and don'ts of copying and uploading to the internet." 

Record labels do not have to use the seal, but many are expected to place it on the back of CD packaging, and at the start of any multimedia or online music sequences.


Following rumours that Ozzy Osbourne was considering ignoring doctors orders and performing at this year's Ozzfest despite still recovering from that quad bike accident, the singer has told a US TV show he fears he will never be able to perform again.

He told ABC's Primetime programme: "I'm really frightened, because music is the love of my life. And performing... the thought of not being able to do that anymore frightens me."

He also admitted he was frightened he may become addicted to the pain killers he is currently using, after two decades of fighting drug addiction. But he added: "I've been fighting that battle for nearly 20 years. I can't just stop." 


The Association of Independent Music's next Big Wednesday event takes place on 3 Mar and is all about Branding, Design, Packaging and Manufacturing - that is to say "adding value to artist and label product". Chaired by AIM boss Alison Wenham the debate will feature Karen Emmanuel from Key Production and Dave Dragon from Clinic Design. Tickets - free to AIM members, £20 to others - are available. Contact for more info.


Bits of gossip re the BMG Sony merger. First, insiders seem pretty confident that the two majors will eventually get the go ahead for the merger from European competition authorities - despite that announcement by the EU that they will undertake a four month review into the impact of such a merger before making a decision. Approval from US authorities would then, they believe, be a given. While most would agree with that latter point not everyone outside BMG and Sony reckon EU approval is quite so guaranteed - especially with the independent sector and some in rival majors briefing so proactively against the deal.

Meanwhile some inside BMG are starting to question the specifics of the current deal, which gives slightly more influence to Sony - if only by putting Sony boss Andrew Lack ultimately in charge. Although Sony is the bigger of the two globally, BMG insiders say they are performing much better at the moment and that should be represented in the power balance in any merger deal. If those concerns take hold at higher levels, even if EU approval is a given, the merger itself won't be 100% guaranteed until the ink has dried.


Despite saying he wasn't looking to replace defunct morning programme RI:SE, Channel 4 programming director Kevin Lygo has admitted he is speaking to some 30 production companies regards a new show to fill the breakfast slot - which currently contains a morning edition of The Salon and US sitcoms. 

That said Lygo says the new breakfast programme won't necessarily fill the whole two hour slot, and may be just a 30 or 60 minute show.


Organisers of Ireland's big music festival, Witness, which has been renamed Oxegen, have confirmed both David Bowie and The Darkness are booked for this year's event. More line up news is expected soon for the event, which will take place from 10 - 11 Jul licence permitting, Tickets should go on sale 5 Mar. 


More rumours from the world of Island Def Jam.

Firstly questions over the future of hip hop mogul Russell Simmons at the Universal division. Like former Def Jam boss Lyor Cohen, his contract is up for renewal. It is not yet clear if he plans to stay with the label under its new boss LA Reid - or whether he will choose to concentrate on his many other projects. Some suspect the latter.

Meanwhile Def Jam President Kevin Liles - rumoured to be at signing stage with BMG to take on a new urban music role - is still very much working at IDJ. Some say the BMG deal is faltering because of Liles' money demands. 


Another day, another lawsuit for Michael Jackson. The company who arranged the flight that took Jacko from Las Vegas to Santa Barbara on the day he was formally arrested on those child abuse charges is suing the singer, claiming that he still owes them the $18,000 they paid the private airline up front when they chartered the jet. 

While some say the new case is another sign of Jacko's financial problems, it is more likely Jackson's people are choosing not to pay the bill because they themselves are suing the jet company after one of their staff videoed a conversation between the singer and his lawyer on that flight. However that is no help to the middle-man travel agent who now hopes to get her cash reimbursed through the courts.


Mike Skinner has confirmed the new The Streets album is complete and should get a May release, with first single 'Fit But You Know It' out on 26 Apr.

Talking to the NME, Skinner has said the previously reported collaboration with Coldplay's Chris Martin won't appear and a different version of the song he collaborated on will be included. That decision seems to have come from Martin's people - Skinner: "I wrote the track and I thought that he would sound really good on it. I asked him to do it and he did. After that I don't really know. I don't think his record company liked it. But maybe he didn't like it."

On writing the second album following his rise to fame Skinner continues: "I'm as street as I've ever been because I still live in the same city and I still do the same things. I've just got a nicer floor and nicer wallpaper and I've got a telly in my kitchen now."


According to techy website, the chips used in iPods are actually designed to play three kinds of digital music files - Apple's AAC, the neutral MP3 and Micorsoft's WMA. iPod users will know, however, that the software on the players only allows MP3s or the AAC formats sold via Apple's iTunes service. 

Kenradio reckons that the news that the Portal Player chips used by Mac have WMA compatibility will encourage hackers to break Apple's code so iPod users can use Microsoft allied digital download services as well as iTunes.


As RealNetworks continue to fight Microsoft's dominance in the PC media player world, the company scored another coup in the mobile sector this week.

The company announced it has reached a deal with Sony Ericsson to include its 'Helix Platform' on their phones - meaning users can access audio and video footage on both 2.5G and 3G phones using Real Player technology. With deals already in place with Nokia, Motorola, Samsung and Siemens, Real Player will be hoping their mobile content distribution systems - which include digital rights management and systems for both account and pre-pay billing - can dominate the mobile media market if and when it takes off. 

Ian Freed - Real's VP of Mobile Products and Services - told reporters: "Sony Ericsson has been very successful in the feature-rich mobile phone market in Europe. By adding RealNetworks' technologies to those devices both companies will further the vision of ensuring consumers have the best multimedia experiences possible."


According to a fan email-out, the Beastie Boys are in the final stages of work on their sixth studio album - their follow up to 1998's 'Hello Nasty'. 

The band write: "We are in the studio finishing it right now. We're putting the final touches on the mixes right now and it will be out beginning of June, so we'll be seeing you in a hot New York minute. Until then cool your jets, step back, relax and ease off the throttle." 


SINGLE REVIEW: Mekon ft Afrika Bambaataa - D-Funktional (Wall Of Sound)
Between guesting on UK dance producers' 12"s and reminiscing about the old days for various Channel 4 documentaries on hiphop, Afrika Bambaataa can't be left with much time. This time Mekon has collared the Zulu Nation founder for a collaboration of shouty tech house-style dance (because, of course, 'Where's Your Head' at made it OK to shout on house records). Despite my head wanting to condescend the track's simplicity, my feet know what they want. JG 
Release date: 1 Mar
Press contact: WOS IH [all]


In the soap opera of diva-dom, David Gest, the estranged (soon to be ex) husband of Liza Minnelli is reported to have got engaged to Dina Ross. As the bitter Gest / Minnelli divorce battle continues, word is Ross turned to Gest during the fall out of those drink driving charges last year. 

The latest rumours follow comments by Gest that he planned to marry again within two years. Apparently Janice Min, editor of Us Weekly magazine, has told reporters: "Sources close to us have said it could be Diana Ross."


An album and DVD of that mega gig in South Africa to raise money for Nelson Mandela's AIDS charity will hit stores on 5 Apr. 

Part of Mandela's 46664 campaign the gig - despite initially being postponed because of funding problems - took place last November and brought together a string of global artists to raise awareness of and money to tackle Africa's AIDS epidemic. 

The album pack - released on Warner Music - features three CDs containing tracks from - among others - Anastacia, Annie Lennox, Baaba Maal, Beyonce, Bob Geldof, Bono, David A Stewart, Jimmy Cliff, Ms Dynamite, Paul Oakenfold, Peter Gabriel, Queen, The Corrs and Yusuf Islam. The DVD release features full coverage of the event.

Press info on the album from Warners (apparently Paul Oakenfold, Ms Dynamite, Anastacia, Bob Geldof, Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart, Bono, Peter Gabriel and Queen are all available for comments on the project). Press info on the DVD from LD Publicity.

More on the 46664 campaign at


Police are investigating claims that Liam Gallagher attacked a photographer outside a Brits aftershow party hosted by the Neptunes' Pharrell Williams. Apparently a tabloid photographer claims he was punched by the star in the early hours of Wednesday morning after the party. Of course some would argue tabloid photographers should know to stay out of Liam's way by now.

Elsewhere in Oasis news, the band have put a message on their website inviting fans to submit any footage they have of the band - especially from the 1992-1995 era - to be included on a forthcoming Oasis DVD. 

The DVD and the new album - currently in production - are now expected to get a Sep release.


According to Popbitch Busted boy Charlie is expected to quit the pop trio very soon in order to spend more time with his less pop-like indie band. Having predicted Charlie's imminent departure for some time now, they reckon the other Busted boys will carry on as a duo, or recruit a new set of eyebrows to take his place. Busted are expected to top the charts this Sunday with 'Who's David?'


LL Cool JJ has been talking about Justin Timberlake's potential as an actor. LL is due to star alongside Timberlake and Morgan Freeman and Kevin Spacey in new movie Edison.

Talking to Radio 1 about Justin the actor, LL said: "I think he'll be fine - I mean he's a star, you love him, the world loves him, so I don't see why he should have any problems. I'm sure he's studying hard and getting ready so, it'll be cool." 


Best R&B/soul single, female: Ashanti - Rain on Me; Erykah Badu - Danger; Beyonceé featuring Jay-Z - Crazy in Love; Alicia Keys - You Don't Know My Name 

Best R&B/soul single, male: Anthony Hamilton - Comin' From Where I'm From; Jaheim - Put That Woman First; Pharrell featuring Jay-Z - Frontin'; Luther Vandross - Dance With My Father 

Best R&B/soul single, group/band/duo: B2K - Girlfriend; Floetry - Say Yes; Isley Brothers featuring Ronald Isley & JS - Beusted; Jagged Edge - Walked Out of Heaven

Best R&B/soul album, female: Erykah Badu - World Wide Underground; Beyoncé - Dangerously in Love; Mary J Blige - Love & Life; Aretha Franklin - So Damn Happy

Best R&B/soul album, male: Dwele - Subject; Anthony Hamilton - Comin' From Where I'm From; R Kelly - Chocolate Factory; Luther Vandross - Dance With My Father 

Best R&B/soul album, group/band/duo: B2K - Pandemonium; Isley Brothers featuring Ronald Isley - Body Kiss; Kindred The Family Soul - Surrender to Love; The Neptunes - Neptunes Present... Clones 

Best R&B/sould or rap album of the year: Beyoncé - Dangerously in Love; R. Kelly - Chocolate Factory; OutKast - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below; Luther Vandross - Dance With My Father

Best R&B/soul or rap new artist: Chingy - Right Thurr; G-Unit - Stunt 101; Ruben Studdard - Superstar; Kanye West - Through the Wire 

Michael Jackson Award for best R&B/soul or rap music video: Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z - Crazy in Love; Missy Elliott featuring Ludacris - Gossip Folks; Lil' Jon & the Eastside Boyz featuring Ying Yang Twins - Get Low; OutKast - Hey Ya!

Best gospel album: Byron Cage - The Prince of Praise (Live at New Birth Cathedral); Donnie McClurkin - Donnie McClurkin... Again; Marvin Sapp - Diary of a Psalmist; Vickie Winans - Bringing It All Together

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