CMU Daily - on the inside 15 Apr 2004
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Lil Kim denies perjury claims
- Telstar up for sale
- EMI Warners merger talks may be rekindled
- Pixies reviews in
- Move Festival headliners
- Download Barfly line up
- EMAP encourage more Anglo-French liaison
- GLC fashion ramblings
- Midweeks update
- US trade bodies form coalition
- Eavis to investigate Glasto ticket sales problems
- Single Review: The Distillers - The Hunger
- Hope of the States tour
- Sophie B sues over promo eBay auction
- Aftershock raise four grand for medical charity
- Bands donate exclusives for Amnesty auction
- Source sued over debts
- Blue boy plans solo project
- Ultimate football song?
- Darkness pine for a decent curry
- MTV Brazil reality show has political edge

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LIL KIM DENIES PERJURY CLAIMS
Lil' Kim, real name Kimberly Jones, has pleaded not guilty to a string of charges relating to evidence she gave to a grand jury investigation into a New York shooting back in 2001. Jones was yesterday charged on one count of conspiracy, three counts of perjury, three counts of making false statements and one count of obstruction following allegations that she, and three of her associates, lied during police investigations into a shootout involving members of her entourage outside a Manhattan radio station.

Bailed for $500,000 Lil Kim told reporters she had been advised not to comment on the charges, however speaking for the rapper Gerald McKelvey said she and her manager and co-defendant Damion Butler had: "pleaded not guilty and expect to be vindicated in court."

The grand jury investigation in question was that investigating a shooting that took place outside the Hot 97 radio station in Feb 2001. The shootout followed an appearance by Jones and rap group Junior MAFIA on the station, and various members of Jones' entourage, including Butler, were said to be involved. Under oath Jones distanced herself from the incident, and said Butler was not involved. Police reckon some or all of what she said at that time was false. If found guilty of 'obstruction' Lil Kim could face up to ten years in jail.

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TELSTAR UP FOR SALE
Quick, let's have a whip round, Telstar Records is up for sale. Following the news last week that the independent was to cease trading, the joint administrators Andrew Stoneman and Paul Williams have placed an ad in the Financial Times advertising the service as "a going concern" with "a significant back catalogue" of "internationally renowned artists". No mention of rumours in last week's Popbitch that the label spent a £22 million A&R budget in three years signing such classic artists as B*witched, Vinnie Jones, Claire Sweeney and Victoria Beckham. And before you all rush to buy - remember Craig David and the Dum Dums back catalogue aren't included in the sale - the Wildstar imprint is still trading as a stand alone company.

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EMI WARNERS MERGER TALKS MAY BE REKINDLED
As reported yesterday, EU officials have requested further information from both BMG and Sony regarding their merger proposal - in doing so most likely putting back the 22 Jun deadline for making a decision on whether or not to approve the proposal. That has led some to suggest the expected green light for the deal from the EU's competition authority may not be forthcoming. And that in turn has led to speculation that the previously favourite major label merger combination of EMI and Warners may again become a possibility.

Warner Music owner Edgar Bronfmann Jnr has reportedly put re-opening merger talks with London based EMI high up on his agenda. It was Bronfmann Jnr's sudden acquisition offer to Time Warner for their music operations last year that halted previous merger negotiations between EMI and Warners. But some say Bronfmann Jnr hasn't ruled out the merger from taking place, and word is he may be willing to sell off Warner's publishing division Warner Chapell in order to aid any merger plan (competition authorities would almost certainly demand such a move to green light any merger).

It is unlikely EU authorities would approve another major label merger if the Sony / BMG proposal does go ahead. However if that merger was to falter, through lack of EU approval or for other reasons, then EMI / Warners merger talks may reopen. While EMI say they have heard nothing from Bronfmann Jnr to date, they haven't ruled out such talks, and some point out that as both Warners and EMI are now essentially independent from any major entertainment or technology groups they would be more likely to get EU approval for a merger than any other combination of labels.

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PIXIES REVIEWS IN
Reports in yesterday of a storming 27 song set at the first night of the Pixies long awaited reunion tour, which kicked off Tuesday night in Minneapolis. Much of the set came from the band's earlier albums - with nine tracks coming from album 'Doolittle' but only one each from final releases 'Bossanova' and 'Trompe le Monde'. The gig was long sold out, tickets had been selling for $400 on eBay, and the pre-orders for the 'instant live recording CDs' we reported on last week are already sold out on the band's first three US dates.

Those in the UK who have to wait for those Brixton or festival appearances can satisfy their appetites in the meantime with a new website dedicated to the band. Among the features are a 20 question Pixies quiz, a facility for sharing pictures and memories of the band and an exclusive digital single to download. It's all at http://www.ilovepixies.com

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MOVE FESTIVAL HEADLINERS
If you're yet to get your Pixies tickets, well some good news for you. The Virgin Trains Move Festival 2004 (rolls off the tongue doesn't it?) have confirmed some of the headline acts due to appear during the four day event this year - and The Pixies are on there. They feature on a headline bill that also includes Morrissey, The Cure, Stereophonics, Madness, Ocean Colour Scene and Elbow.

Commenting on securing Morrissey as headliner for the final night of the festival, a spokesman for promoters SJM told Xfm: "Morrissey's love affair with Manchester is legendary. And having sold out 15,000 tickets for his MEN Arena gig in two hours, this will no doubt prove to be the hottest ticket of the summer."

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DOWNLOAD BARFLY LINE UP
Elsewhere in festival news, the line up has been announced for the Barfly stage at this year's Download Festival at Donington. On the bill are the very excellent Young Heart Attack plus The Glitterati, Surferosa, Ikara Colt, Dirty, Span, The Holiday Plan, Fire Apple Red, Danko Jones, Your Code Name Is: Milo and Do Me Bad Things. Download takes over Donington on 5-6 Jun - press info from LD Publicity.

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EMAP ENCOURAGE MORE ANGLO-FRENCH LIAISON
With the development of new titles on hold, there are moves at EMAP to encourage more liaison between the group's French and British divisions - perhaps with the intention of developing titles established in one country in the other. New Woman editor Sara Cremer has been promoted to the new role of Executive Editor Special Projects with a specific remit of looking into how the group's womens titles in each country could benefit from what is being done in the other. Announcing the appointment internally EMAP Elan MD Dawn Bebe explained: "Sara will be working closely with Ian Birch in the UK to look at strategically crucial linkages and magazine opportunities between France and in the UK."

Although the project will concentrate on womens titles, both mens and entertainment titles may well be considered too. The FHM franchise has gone down well in France, and some wonder if other similar EMAP titles - and maybe the ever mighty Heat magazine - might work well in the French market.

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GLC FASHION RAMBLINGS
Given that the Goldie Lookin Chain are still raising a smile in the CMU office over a year after Gill first eagerly downloaded their back catalogue (personally I give it five weeks till it starts to get irritating), and with the Newport posse in town tonight, let's dedicate a few lines of the Daily to more humorous ramblings from the GLC members Dwane Zane and Billie.

Offering fashion advice to Radio 1 this week they said: "Supermarket chic, leisurewear chic, yeah, we're gonna bring it back, man. Everyone's gonna be wearing shellsuits. Get down the Cat Protection League - it's the best charity shop. They'll sort you right out. Four quid, get yourself some shellsuit - wicked! You get up in the morning, you're like 'I'm a bit wasted,' right? Put your leisurewear on. That's what it's all about. Nylon next to the skin - wicked. Have a bath, don't put any pants on, no t-shirt, and put a leisure suit on, gold chain, you'll feel like a million dollars! Well, you'll feel like about 57 pence."

Those who fall in the 'GLC are genius' camp might want to catch them at London's Mean Fiddler tonight, or at one of the following dates:

16 Apr: Tunbridge Wells Forum
17 Apr: Birmingham Academy
19 Apr: Sheffield Fez Club
20 Apr: Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
21 Apr: Reading Fez Club
22 Apr: Norwich Arts Centre
24 Apr: Nottingham Rock City

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MIDWEEKS UPDATE
Midweeks suggest the McFly boys will most likely be pushed out of the top three in this week's singles chart with Eamon's 'F**k It (I Don't Want You Back)', D12's 'My Band' and Wolfman / Peter Doherty's 'For Lovers' all currently competing for the top spot. Current reckoning is they will fill the top three in that order.
Albums wise Guns 'n' Roses' greatest hits looks likely to slide up to number one for the first time since its release last month.

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US TRADE BODIES FORM COALITION
Five US entertainment retail associations have formed a coalition to represent their mutual interest - most prominently content piracy in all its forms. The five associations forming the Coalition of Entertainment Retail Trade Associations are the National Association of Recording Merchandisers, Video Software Dealers Association, National Association of Theater Owners, Digital Media Association and Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association.

Confirming the joint venture National Association of Recording Merchandisers acting President Jim Donio told reporters: "We first met after participating in a Federal Trade Commission workshop. It was apparent that we could maximize our influence on common issues by combining our voices. A key issue will be how to innovatively combat piracy in the marketplace through both enforcement and education."

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EAVIS TO INVESTIGATE GLASTO TICKET SALES PROBLEMS
Glastonbury man Michael Eavis has promised to hold talks with the agency who sold passes for this year's event following all those complaints from music fans who missed out on tickets. As previously reported, despite new measures to prevent ticket touts from making block bookings, all 112,000 Glastonbury tickets still sold out within 24 hours leaving many ticketless as they dealt with a cripplingly slow website and constantly engaged telephone system.

Michael Eavis has told Music Week: "I'm very sorry that so much trouble has been caused by the serious delays within the phone lines and website. Clearly the engineering specification was well short of what was needed."

However the MD of the company charged with the task of selling Glastonbury tickets has defended his operation. Nick Blackburn told reporters: "It is a huge event with huge demand, 20 times the demand we had last year," adding it would take an additional "one million telephone operators" to provide a regular service while selling Glastonbury tickets. Although guilty of slight hyperbole there, poor Blackburn does have a point, without major major (ie unviable) investment no phone or web system could properly cope with such great demand for tickets in such a small period of time.

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SINGLE REVIEW: The Distillers - The Hunger (Sire Records)
Led by the iconic vocalist/guitarist Brody Dalle, the mellow acoustic opening to this powerful and aggressive track only acts as a weapon of disguise leaving you all unprepared for the wailing shriek that follows. 'The Hunger' quickly careers into a maelstrom of heavy drum rolls and sharp guitar rifts and Brody further demonstrates just how effective her rough, yet tuned voice, when combined with Michigan-based guitarist Rose Casper's playing, can create truly unique (and very fine) punk rock. At this rate The Distillers will very soon be achieving much more than headline slots at the NME Awards Shows - so if you haven't already now is the time to become acquainted and get all fanged up. DJ
Release date: 29 Mar
Press contact: Pomona [CP, RP] Sire IH [NP, CR, RR, NR]

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HOPE OF THE STATES TOUR
Hope Of The States - the up and coming band who caught the headlines when their guitarist committed suicide midway through recording their debut album - have announced details of a new tour to promote single 'The Red The White The Black The Blue' - out 24 May. Dates as follows:
16 May: Oxford Zodiac
17 May: Nottingham Rescue Rooms
18 May: Leicester Charlotte
19 May: Birmingham Academy 2
21 May: Glasgow King Tuts
22 May: Sheffield Leadmill
23 May: Liverpool Academy 2
25 May: Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
26 May: London Scala

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SOPHIE B SUES OVER PROMO EBAY AUCTION
Media readers beware - before you log on to eBay and flog that collectable promo only version of Atomic Kitten's greatest hits or the McFly pre-release CDR (any offers anyone?) - read on.

Singer Sophie B Hawkins - she of 'Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover' - has won a small claims judgement in the LA courts against a man selling promo copies of her new album on eBay (although the win did come by default).

Hawkins has set up her own record label and funded the production of new album 'Wilderness' herself. Having thrown her own cash into the project, she objected to one man selling promo copies of the album to her fans via the auction website several weeks prior to the record's actual release. She went to court to get back the $346 she knew fans had paid for the albums.

The small claims case was heard by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Roberta Kyman. She ruled in favour of Hawkins because the defendant failed to show up to the hearing.

Commenting on her win Hawkins told reporters: "He was making easy money off something that's my blood and guts. I had invested all of my life savings into this record and he wouldn't stop."

Hawkins said she would pass on the money to the fans who bought the records via the online auction. eBay had already closed down the album sale after being made aware of the singer's grievances.

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AFTERSHOCK RAISE FOUR GRAND FOR MEDICAL CHARITY
The pre-Easter Aftershock 5 event featured in our weekly club tip feature a couple of weeks back raised a very fine £4225 for the Medicins Sans Frontieres charity. So well done to all concerned.

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BANDS DONATE EXCLUSIVES FOR AMNESTY AUCTION
Talking of good causes (and auctioning off collectables for that matter), Radiohead, The Cure, Blink 182 and System Of A Down have all donated exclusive prizes for an online charity auction in aid of Amnesty International. The auctions are running at http://www.amnestyusa.org/musicforhumanrights - though a lot of the prizes are exclusive gig or festival tickets for US dates, so not so appealing for UK fans perhaps.

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SOURCE SUED OVER DEBTS
Eminem's favourite hip hop magazine The Source has been sued four times in the last six weeks via the New York State Supreme Court by various creditors who claim they have not been paid. According to the ever insightful Smoking Gun website (TheSmokingGun.com), the magazine's paper supplier, Gould Paper Corp is suing for over a million, while Tzell Travel agency says it's owed more than $142,000 for hundreds of airline tickets bought since August 2002. The word from inside The Source is that attorneys are on the case.

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BLUE BOY PLANS SOLO PROJECT
Probably very depressed by that boy bands documentary on Channel 4 the other night (you know, they all end up broke, you've got to get out early to have any solo success), word is Lee Ryan is on the verge of quitting Blue, who are currently hard at work on album number four.

Although the boy band's management deny Ryan is planning to make the jump to solo career, a musician who has been working with the singer has told the Daily Mirror: "Lee's working on his own album and he's really excited about the songs he's come up with. He's been at it solidly for six months. I've never seen him so dedicated to one thing. Nobody knows about it officially, but at last he's doing what he wants to do. The style is still very much R&B, but with more edge. He's written a beautiful song called Time Flies, which he may release early next year."

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ULTIMATE FOOTBALL SONG?
Well, with the news that Blazin Squad were being considered to perform a new song for the England football team for the Euro 2004 championships, we passed comment that the only footie songs worth any air time were New Order's World In Motion and the Lightning Seeds' 'Three Lions' - suggesting the FA should alternate between them. Well, thanks to remixer IDC they don't even have to do that - he's mashed them together to create what he calls "the ultimate football song" - 'Lions In Motion'. He's planning to lobby the FA to get them to adopt the track. See what you reckon...

http://www.btinternet.com/~boots2003h/idc_-_3_lions_in_motion.mp3

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DARKNESS PINE FOR A DECENT CURRY
The Darkness' Justin Hawkins has told the Sun about his plans to fly out his favourite curry chef to the US, where he is pining for some decent Indian food: "I started fantasising and dreaming about this particular Indian restaurant I used to eat at in North London. We're trying to fly the restaurant boss and his whole team out. We want a huge banquet for all the band and crew. It just seems like the rock 'n' roll thing to do. If possible we would like to sort it for the end of the week - when the current leg of our US tour ends in Los Angeles. Nowhere in the world, with maybe the exception of India, can you find curry like you get in the UK - that's what we're missing".

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MTV BRAZIL REALITY SHOW HAS POLITICAL EDGE
MTV Brazil's equivalent of The Osbournes could make for interesting viewing. It will follow the real life of rock musician Supla, which means the cameras will be following his parent's lives too - and his mother Marta Suplicy is Mayor of Sao Paulo while his father Eduardo Suplicy Sr represents the city in the country's Senate.

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