CMU Daily - on the inside 24 Feb 2004
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In today's CMU Daily:
- BPI settle with Play.com over CD sources
- Travis tour
- Pixies US dates sell out in minutes
- Black Eyed Peas have eye on London base
- Mud man Gray dies
- Live Review: Wax Poetic @ Ronnie Scott's 
- Bobby Vinton collapses on stage
- Radiohead rant against reality pop makeovers
- Top UK soul names team up
- Gigs in the forest
- Festival news
- Muzicall sign up n2k
- Album Review: Clouddead - Ten 
- Morrissey Manchester date
- Goldie Lookin Chain on tour
- Bid for Seal's best seats
- Timbaland on Timberlake crying a river

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BPI SETTLE WITH PLAY.COM OVER CD SOURCES
The BPI has reached an out of court settlement with online retailer Play.com as part of its campaign against those devious etailers who source CDs from outside the European Union in a bid to undercut the high street record shops. The BPI's campaign against Play.com mirrored its successful action against CD Wow! earlier this year.

In order to avoid a costly legal fight Play.com, like CD Wow, have pledged to only source CDs from within Europe from now on. For CD Wow that initially meant a £2 price increase across its catalogue, although subsequent deals with distributors in Europe has enabled them to return to something nearing their original prices.

Announcing the latest agreement BPI chairman Peter Jamieson told reporters: "All British-based record companies and all retailers - offline or online - are adversely affected when product specifically designated for markets outside of Europe flows back into the UK. It is impossible to invest in, develop and market new British talent if we do not protect our legal rights to prevent parallel importing." 

As previously reported, the BPI is currently investigating the American division of Amazon to see if they act unfairly in sourcing CDs from outside the EU to sell to UK consumers. 

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TRAVIS TOUR
The next single release from Travis will be 'Love Will Come Through' - the track given an online release last Nov in order to raise funds for the Spinal Injuries Association. The single will coincide with a UK tour throughout March. And there'll be more charity shenanigans - that tour includes a Glasgow gig as part of the Barfly's Back To The Bars programme in aid of War Child and Shelter on 10 Mar - more on that at http://www.musicpassport.org

6 Mar: Blackpool, Empress Ballroom
7 Mar: Manchester, Apollo
8 Mar: Manchester, Apollo
10 Mar: Glasgow Barfly
11 Mar: Glasgow, Secc
12 Mar: Glasgow, Secc
14 Mar: Newcastle, City Hall
15 Mar: Aberdeen, Aecc
17 Mar: Birmingham, Nia 
18 Mar: Bridlington, Spa 
20 Mar: Reading, Rivermead 
21 Mar: Bournemouth. International Centre 
22 Mar: Cardiff, Arena
24 Mar: Plymouth. Pavilions
25 Mar: Brighton. Centre
27 Mar: Doncaster, Dome 
28 Mar: London, Hammersmith Apollo
29 Mar: London, Hammersmith Apollo

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PIXIES US DATES SELL OUT IN MINUTES
The popularity of the Pixies remains big in the States too. Following those speedy sell out UK dates, news from America that tickets for 11 of the 12 reunion dates over there sold out within in minutes this weekend. Tickets for the twelfth show are yet to go on sale. One venue - the 1,600-seat Prairieland venue in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - is rejigging things inside so they can double their capacity for their Pixies gig. 

Rehearsals have already begun in LA for the comeback tour. Frank Black told reporters: "We were all a little nervous when we first got together, but within maybe five minutes, everything felt completely comfortable, and it was like the last 11 years had never happened." 

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BLACK EYED PEAS HAVE EYE ON LONDON BASE
The Black Eyed Peas have told Radio 1 they'd like to base themselves in London so they can do the European festival circuit and record their next album here. 

Will.i.am told Radio 1: "What we have planned is to come and do all the European and UK festivals, have our home base in London, get a house, record our next record. Every Wednesday we'd have this thing we call the Pea Pod, which is basically a free event, local musicians come, play with us, jam with us, write new material as we're recording our record, and have this ongoing jam session based out in London, the place that supported us the most."

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MUD MAN GRAY DIES
Les Gray, the lead singer with seventies glam rock band Mud, has died aged 57. He died of a heart attack in his home in Portugal after a long running battle with throat cancer. That illness had led to doctors suggesting he should have his voicebox removed, however Gray opted for more painful chemotherapy instead so he could continue to sing.

Gray had been due to perform at a charity concert in Scotland this weekend alongside fellow seventies acts Alvin Stardust, Marmalade and Middle of the Road. That gig will now be staged as a tribute concert for Gray.

Event organiser Caroline McFarlan told reporters: "He was using this concert to give him a focus for his recovery, and offered to MC for the event and sing if he felt up for it. It will now be a fitting tribute to a very popular star."

Mud had three UK number ones in the mid-70s with 'Lonely This Christmas', 'Oh Boy' and 'Tiger Feet - the latter the biggest-selling single of 1974.

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LIVE REVIEW: Wax Poetic @ Ronnie Scott's Feb 2004
At the very salubrious venue of Ronnie Scott's, Ilhan Ersahin - complete with his New York collective (that's the same collective that first brought Norah Jones to the world) - brought a touch of his Nublu club night to London. With only three key members plus the help of N'Dea Davenport (Brand New Heavies), Wax Poetic managed to create a lot of noise as band members leapt from laptop to Moog while playing guitar - Ilhan himself played sax and keys almost simultaneously. WP's live show is closer to the truth of the band than their forthcoming 'Nublu Sessions' albums admits: with long and improvised jams through live jazz hiphop and electronically assisted house beats. All the time the truly forward thinking blend had soul and intricacy: Davenport's endless soul-strain, the guitarist's beautiful muted fret-sliding, and Ihan's key-note sax solos. The warmth, proficiency and variety of WP's sound will surely make them a ticket-selling hot-cake on the contemporary jazz-beat circuit. JG

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BOBBY VINTON COLLAPSES ON STAGE
Singer Bobby Vinton collapsed onstage on Sunday night during a performance at the American Music Theatre in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The 68 year old singer had been performing for about an hour when he sat down beside the piano player and dropped his head toward the keys. However his condition seemed to improve backstage and he refused hospital treatment. 

A local newspaper reported that an ambulance was called to the venue but Vinton's health improved so he simply returned to a nearby hotel to rejoin his family. 

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RADIOHEAD RANT AGAINST REALITY POP MAKEOVERS
Johnny and Thom from Radiohead have hit out at all the reality TV show pop stars or, more to the point, at how those pop singers are packaged once they've been discovered - "they're trying to make them all 40 year-old stars like Annie Lennox". 

That said, they seem to rate Fame Academy winner Alex Parks: "She's got a fuckin great voice and if this is the only way she can get out to people it's a shame because there's really something going on there and people will dismiss it because it's that. If that's the only way to get exposed now then there's something seriously wrong with the music industry. I'm against the safety of it all. The industry sort of eating itself whole seems to be depressingly pointless."

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TOP UK SOUL NAMES TEAM UP
Two of the big names in UK soul are collaborating on a new single. CMU favourite Terri Walker guests on the next single from Jaimeson - the soul man whose debut album 'Think On Your Feet' was released last week. The collaboration - 'Common Ground' will be released on 26 Apr.

Jamieson told CMU: "Working with Terri was truly inspiring. She is one of the greatest vocalists in the country right now and her performance on 'Common Ground' proves it. I'm just really excited to have her on the record."

April also sees Jaimeson release the vinyl only mini-album 'Think On The Street' - a collection of four new tracks, and four from the current album. Press info from Darling.

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GIGS IN THE FOREST
Paul Weller, Bryan Ferry, The Sugababes and the Fun Lovin Criminals are all lined up to play a series of live shows in Britian's forests. Organised by the Forestry Commission the Music In The Forest season lines up as follows:

Paul Weller 
12 Jun: Bedgebury Pinetum, Cranbrook, Kent
13 Jun: High Lodge Visitor Centre, Thetford Forest, Suffolk
19 Jun: Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire
20 Jun: Delamere Forest, Cheshire
26 Jun: Sherwood Forest, Notts

The Sugababes 
31 Jul: Thetford Forest 

Fun Lovin' Criminals 
1 Aug: Thetford Forest

Bryan Ferry 
12 Jun: Thetford Forest
13 Jun: Bedgebury Forest
19 Jun: Delamere Forest, Cheshire
20 Jun: Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire
24 Jun: Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire

More at http://www.forestry.gov.uk

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FESTIVAL NEWS
More festival updates.

First of all, another load of acts have been added to the line up of the Donington bit of the Download Festival - we're talking The Hives, Korn, Slipknot, The Distillers, Machine Head and Iggy Pop and The Stooges. They join headliners Metallica and Linkin Park on 5 and 6 Jun. No word on how many of those acts will also appear at the Glasgow Green Download Festival on 2 and 3 Jun.

Second of all, the Isle of Wight Festival have just added two - yes two - CMU favourites to the bill. Both Snow Patrol and the Delays will play alongside David Bowie, The Who, Stereophonics, Manic Street Preachers, The Charlatans and Groove Armada. The IOW Festival takes place from 11 - 13 June. 

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MUZICALL SIGN UP N2K
A new company that aims to be a link between the music industry and the mobile sector yesterday announced it has signed a deal with a leading back catalogue company, giving them access to thousands of tracks from many of the musical greats.

Muzicall is a new company that hopes to fill the gap between the music space and the ever music-hungry mobile sector. At launch their primary service is the supply of tracks for use as what T Mobile have called 'caller tunes' - ie bits of music that can be set to play instead of the 'ringing' tone when people call you. Caller tones run for about ninety seconds so Muzicall re-edit the tracks of their partner labels down to that size. They then make said tracks available to Tel Cos who can sell access to the Muzicall database to their customers. 

Following a similar deal earlier this month with V2, Muzicall yesterday announced it has signed up n2k - specialists in catalogue releases. The deal gives the Muzicall system access to tracks from the likes of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, The Bee Gees, Glen Miller, Jerry Lee Lewis, Quincy Jones and Marilyn Monroe.

Announcing the deal Muzicall's Nick Price told CMU: "n2k's catalogue features some legendary names and classic tracks that will undoubtedly be meaningful to a huge percentage of subscribers looking to choose the right 'Ring Back Tone' for their friends and loved ones. Being able to provide the widest range of content available is an essential part of Muzicall's service."

n2k chairman Colin Ashby added: "We are delighted to be signing with Muzicall. We feel that their knowledge of the music industry and ability to re-edit the original tracks into 'synopsis' tracks is a big advantage. Muzicall's technical expertise also means our product is accessible to the Telecom industry."

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ALBUM REVIEW: Clouddead - Ten (Ninja/Big Dada)
Like 'Dead Dogs Two', the wonderful single which preceded it, 'Ten' is one of those albums which sounds like nothing on Earth. It's hip-hop, although in the loosest possible sense, and as far removed from 50 Cent and the like as is humanly possible. 'Ten' actually has more in common with likes of Beck and The Flaming Lips...eccentric American indie folk-rock, although, with its murky, reverb-drenched production and ghostly noises, the influence of Warp/Skam Records is very much in abundance too. It's as if the tracks have had their whimsical Americana corrupted beautifully by the likes of Four Tet ('Son Of A Gun'), the Aphex Twin ('Rifle Eyes') and Andrew Weatherall ('Our Name', 'Twenty'). Boards of Canada (who remixed 'Dead Dogs') are another obvious reference point, but they never wrote lyrics referencing Abraham Lincoln, the Wright Brothers and Elvis. Whilst some of 'Ten' is a bit too out there for its own good, for the most part it proves an intriguing listen. Definitely the best ambient alt-rap album you'll hear all year then. MS
Release date: 8 Mar
Press contact: Hermana [CP, RP, NP] Ninja IH [CR, RR, NR]

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MORRISSEY MANCHESTER DATE
Morrissey will play a one off concert at Manchester's MEN Arena on 22 May - his first gig in his home town for twelve years. The gig will coincide with the release of his first album in seven years - 'You Are The Quarry' is released on Sanctuary imprint Attack! on 17 May.

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GOLDIE LOOKIN CHAIN ON TOUR
With the buzz growing on Newport's finest, the Goldie Lookin Chain have announced details of a UK tour. Following a number of guest appearances with The Darkness and The Streets, the Welsh hip hop posse will tour throughout April - dates as follows:

1 Apr: Gloucester Guildhall 
2 Apr: Cardiff CIA (with Super Furry Animals) 
3 Apr: Middlesbrough Empire 
4 Apr: Glasgow Cathouse 
5 Apr: Leeds Cockpit 
6 Apr: Leicester Charlotte 
7 Apr: Bristol Bierkeller 
8 Apr: London Carling Hammersmith Apollo (with Super Furry Animals) 
10 Apr: Exeter Cavern 
13 Apr: Manchester University 
14 Apr: Oxford Zodiac 
15 Apr: London Mean Fiddler 
16 Apr: Tunbridge Wells Forum 
17 Apr: Birmingham Carling Academy 2 
19 Apr: Sheffield Fez Club
20 Apr: Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms 
21 Apr: Reading Fez 
22 Apr: Norwich Arts Centre 
24 Apr: Nottingham Rock City 

Confirming the tour, GLC's Chon Benwa Balls told reporters: "We're on a Starbucks-style mission to invade all the regional territories of this country. It's an experiment in terror. We want to bring the same amount of angst and fear that we experience in Newport to places like Norwich, Middlesbrough and Tunbridge Wells - our brothers in concrete."

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BID FOR SEAL'S BEST SEATS
Seal is offering fans the chance to bid for the best seats in the house and backstage passes on his up coming European Tour. The auction programme is being staged in aid of Barnardos in the UK - with similar auctions being held in aid of SOS Kinderhof in Germany and Enfance et Partage in France.

UK dates as follows: 
12 Mar: Brighton Centre 
13 Mar: Plymouth Pavilions 
14 Mar: Bournemouth International Centre 
16 Mar: Cardiff Arena 
18 Mar: Birmingham NIA 
19 Mar: Glasgow, Clyde Auditorium 
20 Mar: Manchester Apollo 
22 Mar: London, Hammersmith Apollo 

Details of how to bid at: http://www.seal.com

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TIMBALAND ON TIMBERLAKE CRYING A RIVER
Producer Timbaland has told Radio 1's Tim Westwood about how Justin Timberlake's 'Cry Me A River' came into being. Recalling his time in the studio with Mr Timberlake, Timbaland explains: "How that came about was Britney did a show - he came in mad because she said something about him on stage. I had the beat already there and he started humming the words and said 'I'm gonna get her...'"

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