CMU Daily - on the inside 8 Apr 2004
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Face buyer likely
- Snow Patrol blame gig cancellation on police
- Muzicall sign up Ninja
- Single Review: Snow Patrol - Chocolate
- NME readers continue to download
- Wilco man receives treatment over painkiller addiction
- New Datsuns track online
- Defected launch soulful imprint
- Hip hop space day planned
- C-murder granted retrial
- Sigel will plead guilty to gun / drugs charges
- Five AM launch preview club
- Darkness to play Soccer Six
- Apple vs Apple to be heard in UK courts
- Jazz FM plan mini-festival
- Album Review: The Mendoza Line - Fortune
- Dell drop MP3 player prices
- Mel C plans intimate track preview gigs
- Mark Owen goes it alone
- Andre Insania track previewed
- Support act carry on after another Amen cancellation
- JXL to remix Buble

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HAPPY EASTER
No Daily tomorrow or Monday given that it's that chocolate eating festival. The CMU Weekly will go online later today at http://www.cmuonline.co.uk as normal, and we will return with the CMU Daily on Tuesday. See you then.

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CMU'S (NOT QUITE) FRIDAY TIPS
VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: Milk 'N' 2 Sugars 9th Birthday at The End
Can you believe this event is nine?? I sure for one can't. It only seems like yesterday I was chortling at the odd choice of name when this club night was first advertising on the then great Kiss 100 FM. Oh but what quality it has represented. Hosted at super club The End, with its awesome sound rig, the birthday party features house legend Sandy Rivera in the main room with Joeski and Tom Neville, and in the bar area Grant Nelson will be representing with Knee Deep and Alan 'Jinx' Chamberlain. Expect the best in the more funky, never moody, clubbier house - the sort of tunes that Defected are best known for.
Fri 9 Apr, 10pm-6am, 18a West Central Street, WC1 , £10 before 11, £12 after, £8 concs all night. More at the revamped website http://www.mn2s.com. Tel 020 8767 9925

Put your club night up for the tip - vigsy@unlimitedmedia.co.uk

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FACE BUYER LIKLEY
The Face may, as yet, survive. Latest word is that, since its announcement that it was ending its relationship with the former style bible, media giant EMAP has been inundated with offers to buy the loss-making mag. While most of those offers have come from smaller publishers or venture capitalists, it is thought that French-owned publishing house Hachette Filipacchi, who own Elle and Red magazine, have expressed an interest. EMAP are expected to take firm offers until end of play today, and then make a decision on who to sell to by the end of the month.

Assuming a sale goes through, it remains to be seen what that means for the mag. While current editor Neil Stevenson is reportedly being involved in the sale, the magazine's name and heritage may be more attractive to a new owner than its current workforce, so it is hard to say what would happen to the format of the magazine, or who would be involved in making it, should a sale go through.

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SNOW PATROL BLAME GIG CANCELLATION ON POLICE
Bad news for our Arran readership. Snow Patrol have cancelled their two planned gigs there. According to the band they were forced to cancel their plans when restrictions placed on them by local police made the gigs impractical.

Frontman Gary Lightbody explains: "We're really disappointed that we are unable to play on Arran. These shows were booked before we released 'Run', and things have obviously gone a bit mad for us since then. The local police on Arran now think that they will have a mini Woodstock on their hands and the conditions they have imposed on us at this late stage make it impossible to play there. They already made us change the venue once - we had to change the venue because apparently the first venue was too close to a main road, which doesn't make sense."

The band will now play a show at Glasgow University's QMU union instead and they hope fans on Arran will be able to travel to the city for the event. All tickets for the Arran shows will be valid at the Glasgow gig. Lightbody: "We hope that everyone who planned to go to Arran will be able to make it to the new show at the QMU, and we'll do our best to make sure that it's a brilliant show - we may even throw a few surprises into the set".

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MUZICALL SIGN UP NINJA
Muzicall, the agency representing record labels in the ever-expanding world of ringtones and caller tunes, have confirmed they have signed up one of CMU's favourite labels, Ninja Tune. As previously reported, Muzicall specialises in making edited versions of actual recordings of artist's music (ie not polyphonic representations) available to mobile phone companies - primarily for use as caller tunes (the one you hear when you phone someone instead of a ring ring tone).

Confirming their relationship with Muzicall Ninja Tune / Coldcut man Matt Black told reporters: "The mobile phone is the future for music and will become the most important communication device on the planet. We felt our vision was shared by Muzicall so we decided they would be our preferred partner in the mobile space".

Muzicall's Nick Price added: "This is a fantastic signing for us. Ninja Tune has been pushing the boundaries of how music is used for over a decade and set the standards when it comes to innovation. I believe that having world class content covering all genres is crucial to our success, and the signing of Ninja Tune underlines this commitment".

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SINGLE REVIEW: Snow Patrol - Chocolate (Polydor Records)
The adopted Glaswegians prove themselves once more with a track that has such striking vocals and instrumentals it's no wonder their top three album 'Final Straw', (their first offering for Polydor Records' offshoot Black Lion) proved so successful. Last single 'Run', with its melodic Coldplay like sounds, gave the band much radio play (at long last!) and 'Chocolate' looks set to do the same. There's a beautiful combination of chimes, and Gary Lightbody's harmonious voice creates mesmerising and soulful music. And the video's not too bad either - so lots of play on music television too we hope. DJ
Release date: April 12th
Press Contact: APB PR

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NME READERS CONTINUE TO DOWNLOAD
Of course they may change their tune if and when the litigation begins, but for the time being young music fans seem to be resisting moves by the BPI to crack down on illegal file sharing.

A survey published by the NME this week suggests young music fans in the UK will continue to download music via P2P networks like Kazaa, despite indications by the music industry in Britain that they will follow the lead of the Recording Industry Association of America and take legal action against individual file sharers.

The survey follows that announcement by the BPI that they are embarking on a final warning campaign against individuals who illegally download music, and moves by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry last week to begin its own legal action elsewhere in Europe.

The survey of 1000 readers who use file sharing networks like Kazaa found that a massive 78% said they were angry with the BPI's recent moves into RIAA-style action against individual music fans, and that they would carry on illegally downloading music for free regardless.

As we say, that might change if actual litigation begins, but - while not the most scientific survey in the world - it suggests that hopes a final warning campaign might, in itself, cut illegal downloading levels may be unfulfilled.

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WILCO MAN RECEIVES TREATMENT OVER PAINKILLER ADDICTION
American label Nonesuch have pushed back the release of a new album by US rock band Wilco because front man Jeff Tweedy has been admitted to a rehab clinic to overcome an addiction to painkillers.

Following what a spokesman called "a well-documented history of battling with migraine headaches", Tweedy was admitted to the clinic this week. New album 'A Ghost is Born', due out in the UK on 7 Jun, now has a provisional release date of 22 Jun to give the singer more time to recover.

The "well-documented history" most probably refers to the film 'I Am Trying to Break Your Heart', which followed the band as they recorded their fourth studio album 'Yankee Hotel Foxtrot'. In it Tweedy was seen being physically ill from the effect of a migraine.

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NEW DATSUNS TRACK ONLINE
Various websites, including http://www.nme.com, are making a new track by The Datsuns available to download for a pound (you pay via your mobile). The MP3 track is called 'That Sure Ain't Right' and comes from new album 'Outta Sight/Outta Mind' which is released on 7 Jun.

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DEFECTED LAUNCH SOULFUL IMPRINT
Dance label Defected are launching a new imprint around their In The House brand. Defected have a long running compo series under than name and also produce a radio show on Ministry of Sound radio called In The House. The label will specialise in releasing "soulful and vocal sounds". The first release on the imprint will be the Copyright remix of 'I Can't Get No Sleep', originally created by the Masters at Work and featuring India.

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HIP HOP SPACE DAY PLANNED
God hip hop is getting all grown up. Organisers of the seventh annual Hip-Hop Appreciation Week are planning a day at NASA's headquarters in Washington DC to promote maths and science to the kids. The one day event on 19 May will involve key members of the hip-hop community, social activists, spiritual leaders and NASA scientists - with Nas, Chuck D and Afrika Bambaataa among those who may speak. 100 school and college students from the Washington area will also participate.

KRS-One - whose Temple of Hip Hop organisation organisers the Appreciation Week - told reporters: "It's a two-way marriage attracting more inner-city kids to the space program. I've had scientists tell me NASA is not doing enough to attract the inner-city mind. Math and science students are getting dissed [in school]. We want to make sure kids with science minds are given sustenance. We want to show them that they can have a career in science, math, engineering, physics and space exploration. We want to raise children's interest. Why not get in on the ground level right now?"

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C-MURDER GRANTED RETRIAL
Back to old fashioned hip hop territory - murder allegations and prison terms.
Rapper C-Murder has been granted a new trial to appeal against his conviction of second-degree murder. The rapper, real name Corey Miller, was last Sep found guilty of shooting a fan back in 2002. However his legal people claim some of the key witnesses in that trial had criminal records and were told they would get special consideration in their own cases in exchange for testimony against C-Murder. The prosecution deny any knowledge of such tactics, but Louisiana State District Judge Martha Sassone yesterday said she would allow another court hearing to properly discuss those claims and review the murder allegations.

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SIGEL WILL PLEAD GUILTY TO GUN / DRUGS CHARGES
Talking of rappers in jail, Beanie Sigel's legal people yesterday told reporters their client will plead guilty to federal drug and weapons charges today. The plea relates to an incident in Apr 2002 when the rapper ditched his car while fleeing police. Officers found a loaded handgun and various illegal drugs in the vehicle. Legal people reckon by pleading guilty Sigel will get off with a three year jail sentence - whether his existing house arrest will be counted as part of that sentence is unclear. That said, he may well be in prison much longer depending on how two pending court cases go. Sigel is in court next week to face allegations he shot and seriously injured a man outside a bar last year and he is awaiting a trial date over allegations he beat up a 53-year old man in Jan 2003. Needless to say, even with the guilty plea today, Sigel's lawyers will remain quite busy for a while yet.

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FIVE AM LAUNCH PREVIEW CLUB
Dance label Five AM Records is offering music fans the option to join a new mailing list which will mean they receive CD previews of forthcoming releases two weeks before DJ/press promos are distributed and four weeks ahead of retail release. Subscribing to the service will cost £25 for three releases, £35 for five releases and £50 for ten releases.

Announcing the scheme the label's Gareth Emery told reporters: "This is a fantastic way for up and coming DJs who are comfortable with CDs to get hold of our releases at a similar time to the big names and well before the vinyl release. We're keeping the numbers on the list fairly limited so subscribers can be sure they're getting a real exclusive. You only have to glance at the last ten releases on Five AM to see the consistent quality the label has delivered and there's more of the same lined up for 2004".

More info at http://www.fiveamrecords.co.uk/paidlist

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DARKNESS TO PLAY SOCCER SIX
The Darkness are among the celebs lined up to play at the Liverpool edition of the annual Soccer Six charity football contest. The band will play at the tournament at Everton's Goodison Park ground on 9 May.

Confirming the band's inclusion a spokesman for the tournament told reporters: "We are delighted that The Darkness have reinforced the high quality of big named acts that play in Soccer Six year on year."

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APPLE VS APPLE TO BE HEARD IN UK COURTS
Apple Corps, the music company owned by former Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, and the estates of John Lennon and George Harrison, has won the first stage of its legal fight against Apple Computers.

As previously reported, the two Apple companies are in dispute over the computer firm's iTunes venture. Back in 1991, after a long running trademark dispute over the use of the Apple name, Apple Corps, the older of the companies, gave Apple Computers permission to use the Apple name and logo providing they did not trade in the music business.

When the IT firm launched their digital music platform iTunes last year the Beatles' company deemed they had broken that agreement and began legal action. Apple Computers argue that iTunes is in fact a content distribution system that just happens to be used in this instance to distribute music - ie they are still operating in the computing business.

London based Apple Corps began its legal proceedings through the British courts. However the US firm has been attempting to move any court case to the US where, many think, they would have a better chance of winning their case. It is on this point that Apple Corps had its first victory yesterday.

In the High Court in London Mr Justice Mann ruled that the trademark agreement between the two Apple companies was governed by English law and that a trial in the US was likely to last longer and prove more expensive than a hearing in England. On those grounds he ordered the legal dispute be fought in the British court room.

He did, however, give Apple Computers the right to appeal that decision meaning it could be a long drawn out process before this case even gets to court.

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JAZZ FM PLAN MINI-FESTIVAL
Jazz FM is hosting a new two day festival at London's Alexandra Palace in Jul. The event - 'Soul and Jazz at the Palace' - will present, erm, soul and jazz at the palace. Artists already lined up include Amy Winehouse, Jamelia, Al Jarreau and Angie Stone. Organisers hope to give the event a real buzz with much more than just the music - a gourmet food court, cocktail and champagne bars, photography exhibition and good old fashioned record fair will also feature.

Announcing the event Horace McDonald, boss of Jazz FM parent company GMG Radio, told reporters: "We are very excited by the prospect of bringing together so many of the legends of soul and jazz music along with many of the newer talented artists who have recently emerged onto the UK music scene."

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Album Review: The Mendoza Line - Fortune (Cooking Vinyl)
Bear with me while I fill you in on a little narrative of my life - London by route of Miami by route of North Carolina by route of London. North Carolina is key here. While, Miami excluded, I was not that keen to reside anywhere all that much South of the Masons Dixie line, prior to living in North Carolina I must admit there was strange and rather sadistic attraction to living in the South - I wanted to live among the redneck fraternity and see what really makes them tick. I was hoping for some stereotypical southern country/folk, some fine small town country rock with a hint of pop and plenty of gigs that ended up in a drunken brawl. What I got was something much less stereotypical, much more normal and, to be honest, really rather dull. But now, two years on and over a thousand miles away, I think I've found a band something like that which I was looking for in the deep South. The Mendoza Line are, beyond a shadow of a doubt, a small town group showing true to form country roots mixed with good pop traditions and the kind of lyrics that make a little snicker pop out once and a while. Worth the wait? Well, (before I have second thoughts) yes, yes and yes again. They have a zeal that you only find in country and folk music (though I am not a true fan of either) - their music is resplendent with killer hooks and has melody oozing from every orifice, demonstrating the musical skills more often associated with the likes of Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson and, of course, my personal favourite Dolly Parton. But not only that - the Mendoza Line have inserted a truly relevant and modern beat making it pop-rock in every sense. So, erm, damn! I trekked across the South for nothing, here I am at my desk in London and I finally find the true cross-over, country pop-rock group that are about as cool as they come. None the less, the Mendoza line are the best thing since corn bread, a genuine and original band, something that is becoming harder and harder to say as the time goes by... "So, shucks Billy-Bob I am gonna have to give them two - Two Thumbs Up!" BS.
Release date: 3 May
Press Contact: Cooking Vinyl [all]

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DELL DROP MP3 PLAYER PRICES
Computer firm Dell are lowering the price of their MP3 player in the US by nearly a fifth, most likely to better compete with Apple's iPod. While the iPod currently retails for similar sums as the Dell player the Apple kit benefits from the hype and coolness that surrounds it. Dell will be hoping by undercutting Apple - by $100 on their 15GB model - they will gain some competitive advantage.

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MEL C PLANS INTIMATE TRACK PREVIEW GIGS
Mel C has confirmed her new record label will be called Red Girl. As previously reported, the former Spice Girl parted company with Virgin Records earlier this year after disappointing record sales, and now plans to release her own music.

Mel C has also announced a number of intimate gigs at Barfly venues to showcase new material. On the gigs Mel writes on her website: "The writing of the third album is going great and I thought it was time to showcase some new stuff to see what ya think. Can't wait to see you all."

Dates as follows:
12 Jun - Glasgow Barfly
13 Jun - York Fibbers
14 Jun - Liverpool Loft
16 Jun - Cardiff Barfly
17 Jun - London Barfly

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MARK OWEN GOES IT ALONE
Talking of artists going it alone - Mr Mark Owen has parted company with Universal Island after his come back album 'In Your Own Time' failed to capitalise on the hype surrounding the former Take That boy post-Celeb Big Brother. Despite the single sales success of 'Four Minute Warning' and the much reported cameo at Robbie Williams' Knebworth gig, the album failed to go Top 20. Word is Mark now plans to set up his own label and self-release new material.

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ANDRE INSANIA TRACK PREVIEWED
Peter Andre's jungle-penned track 'Insania' was due to get its first radio play on Chris Moyles' Radio 1 breakfast show this morning, with a release date set for 31 May. Oh joy. The track was famously written during Andre's stay in the jungle on 'I'm A Celeb, Get Me Out Of Here' - although there was a rumour circulating that the publishing rights for the track had been registered before the show even aired! Elsewhere in Andre news, the singer has added a Croydon date to his upcoming UK tour on 22 Jun.

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SUPPORT ACT CARRY ON AFTER ANOTHER AMEN CANCELLATION
Following the reports yesterday that rockers Amen had had to cancel a Birmingham gig and instore appearances due to the ill health of singer Casey Chaos, confirmation this morning that last night's Bristol gig was also cancelled. Word is the Chaos hopes to be fit enough for tonight's gig in Stoke.

Despite the Amen cancellation in Bristol, support band Ikara Colt were due to perform last night anyway. The band's Paul Resend told the NME: "I have never pulled a gig ever and I never intend to. We heard from the label that fans have been ringing up trying to find out what's going on, and I can resolutely say that we will never let them down. We're on tonight at The Fleece And Firkin in Bristol and we're really excited about playing tracks from the new album as well as all the fans favourites."

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JXL TO REMIX BUBLE
Junkie XL is planning to turn his hands to popular crooner Michael Buble by remixing his new single 'Sway'. We're yet to hear it here - but will be interesting to see if it captures the imagination as much as JXL's Elvis remash.

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CAPITAL FM AWARDS
Another day, another awards ceremony. This time the Capital FM Awards.
And it was a good day for Will Young who took two of the four awards he was nominated for - Favourite UK Male Vocalist and Best Album; and also for the Busted boys who were named Favourite UK Group and Favourite Pop Act.

Elsewhere, Beyonce beat Christina Aguilera, Kylie and Justin Timberlake to win Favourite Solo Artist, the Black Eyed Peas beat Evanescence, Outkast and Westlife for Favourite International Group and Lemar beat the Darkness to the title of Favourite UK Newcomer.

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