CMU Daily - on the inside 26 Apr 2004
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In today's CMU Daily:
- No buyer for the face
- Jacko parts company with lawyers days before trial
- Cranberries singer denies mistreating nanny
- At least one more Wu Tang album planned
- Eamon still number one
- Next gen DVDs to be made of paper
- Stones drugs bust movie planned
- Suge Knight released
- Jet have another albums worth of music
- Blue wouldn't carry on as a threesome
- Album Review: Tramp Attack - Attack, Attack, Attack
- BMG exec follows Reid to Island Def Jam
- BMG may demand more from merger deal
- Homelands press launch
- Sophie gives birth prematurely
- Green man line up
- No age limit on Cowell's new pop reality show
- Radio 2 tell story of Creation
- AOL and cable company plan on demand music channel
- Michael cruised to "find normal people"
- Kylie starved herself to reach chocolate orgasm

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NO BUYER FOR THE FACE
Hopes that The Face could be reborn under the management of a different or new publisher were dashed on Friday when EMAP announced that, despite various signs of interest, no one had come forward with a suitable acquisition proposal for the style mag. With that in mind the most recent edition of the Face - published last month - will be the last. EMAP is now talking to the magazine's fifteen staff to see if they can rehouse them within the media group.

EMAP Consumer MD Dharmash Mistry confirmed no buyer had been found and, that while the group will maintain ownership of the trademark, it will not be published in the immediate future: "We still own the trademark and, if the right opportunity presents itself, it may reappear at some stage in the future. The key thing is we could not find a suitable buyer. Finding a suitable buyer was not only about price. It was also about ensuring that the staff are going somewhere with a future, with opportunities. That offer wasn't forthcoming. We got to the point where we decided, for clarity purposes, to close the title. It was important to give staff the option to be redeployed at Emap or pursue opportunities elsewhere."

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JACKO PARTS COMPANY WITH LAWYERS DAYS BEFORE TRIAL
With the Michael Jackson court case circus due to kick off properly on Friday, it was confirmed yesterday that two of the lawyers due to represent the singer were no longer working on the case. High profile entertainment lawyers Mark Geragos and Benjamin Brafman announced they would no longer be representing Jacko, though gave no reason for their decision. The responsibility of defending Jackson in his high profile court battle now falls to Thomas Mesereau - another well-known criminal defence lawyer.

Speaking for himself and Geragos, Brafman told reporters this weekend: "Based on recent developments and discussions with various persons in the Jackson camp, it became clear that it would be best if Mark and I decided to step down."

Just days before quitting Geragos had been speaking to the media about the pending trial. Although unable to say much given the gagging order on all involved in the case, he had indicated he would challenge the findings of that private Grand Jury investigation which looked into wide ranging sex abuse allegations made by several witnesses against Jackson on the grounds that the cloak-and-dagger atmosphere created by authorities in their management of the investigation intimidated both witnesses and grand jurors. That line of argument feeds on concern in some media and legal circles in the US regarding the secrecy that can surround Grand Jury investigations, like that undertaken regarding the Jacko allegations.

Whether that strategy will be adopted by Mesereau remains to be seen - though Jackson is likely to plead innocent to all charges - the original charges made by the Santa Barbara authorities, and any subsequent charges made by the Grand Jury.

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CRANBERRIES SINGER DENIES MISTREATING NANNY
Elsewhere in the pop courts, the lead singer with the Cranberries - Dolores O'Riordan - is vowing to fight attempts by her former nanny to gain £9000 in compensation over mistreatment allegations. Child minder Joy Fahy claims O'Riordan and husband Don Burton mistreated her while she cared for their baby, and that the couple broke contractual commitments.

Things came to a head during a holiday in Canada in 1999 where Fahy was on duty. The nanny claims she was told she would have to stay on there for another six weeks, that there was no food or provisions in the holiday home and that the couple would often leave her to go off on long shopping trips or drinking sessions. While dealing with those pressures, Fahy argues, she was abruptly fired.

But O'Riordan, who denies all the allegations, says Fahy quit mid-way through the holiday without warning. She told a court in Dublin: "It was very bad timing. I couldn't believe she would play around like this. It was the first time we had really relied on her and she was letting us down."

The case continues this week.

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AT LEAST ONE MORE WU TANG ALBUM PLANNED
RZA has said the Wu Tang Clan will go back into the studio to make at least one more album. With the Clan playing several festival dates over the summer - plus a one-off show in London in Jul - RZA says: "We are preparing to do one more album collectively. And that's for closure. I don't think the fans have closure on Wu Tang and I think they deserve it and I think one more album should fulfil it. If the group itself feels the vibe and wants to continue, then maybe two more albums but at least one more album that will give closure to the Wu Tang legacy."

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EAMON STILL NUMBER ONE
So no change at the top of the singles chart this week - Eamon is still fucking it at number one and Eminem is still rapping about his band (that being D12) at number two. Highest new entry goes to Maroon 5 at three, while Marillion prove the value of a dedicated fan base and a few words of encouragement on the web by scoring a new entry at number seven with 'You're Gone'. As for other new entries to get excited about - how about Franz Ferdinand whose 'Matinee' goes in at eight, The Bees who go in at 31 with 'Wash In The Rain' and Armand Van Helden, who has a new entry with 'Hear My Name' at 34?

Albums wise, and good news for Sony whose partnership with Prince delivers them the highest new entry - 'Musicology' goes in at three. Not too many new entries albums wise this week, though Abba's Agnetha goes in at 12 with her cover versions fest 'My Colouring Book' while the fabulous Zutons score a new entry at 13 with 'Who Killed The Zutons'.

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NEXT GEN DVDS TO BE MADE OF PAPER
One for the technology types - and according to a report by the BBC it seems the next generation of DVD discs will be made from paper - yep, that's right, paper.

Many of the major players in the electronics sector - including Sony, Philips, Hitachi and Samsung - are part of a consortium developing new discs with a working title of 'blu ray'. The name is based on the fact the new disks use so called blue-laser technology, which some reckon will soon replace existing red-laser technology in top of the range DVD players.

The new discs, made out of 51% paper, are possible because blue-laser technology allows DVD manufacturers to dispense with one of the layers currently required to make discs work - the substrate.

Although development is still at a relatively early stage the companies behind the new technology reckon, if mass produced, the blu-ray discs would be cheaper to make. What's more the disc could store up to 25GB of data - over five times the capacity of current DVDs.

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STONES DRUGS BUST MOVIE PLANNED
Reports this weekend suggest actor Nigel Havers has been booked to play his father in a US movie retelling the story of the notorious drugs bust which resulted in the arrests of Rolling Stones members Keith Richards and Mick Jagger - Lord Havers was the Stones' defence barrister in the 1967 trial.

Word is US TV network HBO are behind the movie and writer Nick Fisher, who wrote the BBC's drama Manchild (which starred Havers) is reportedly set to pen the script. Talking to the Independent this weekend Fisher explains: "It's a quirky bit of English history, but it has international appeal - 1967 was just an incredible year and this incident was a very significant turning point in history and the way the media works." Richards and Jagger were given prison sentences for possessing drugs, but those were later quashed, with Jagger given a conditional discharge. Both decisions caused much debate in the British media at the time.

Fisher also revealed the project was Havers' idea. "It's a bit of family history for him. Although Jagger and Richards are central, I'd like a lot of the story not to revolve around just them. The real key to it all is Michael Havers. It was a very life-changing experience for him. He was the most expensive silk in the country and the pinnacle of the establishment."

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SUGE KNIGHT RELEASED
With so many rappers being jailed of late, at least there's one spare bed in the hip hop prison this week. Death Row boss Suge Knight was released from Mule Creek State Prison in California on Thursday after serving a ten month sentence for parole violation. As previously reported, he was jailed last year when he was accused of punching a parking attendant while on parole, despite his lawyers providing several witnesses who testified Knight was not involved in the fight.

Knight spent the weekend with his family, and is due back in the Beverly Hills office of his music empire today. Among the projects he will be managing during his first weeks of freedom is a charity compilation in aid of the families of American soldiers currently in Iraq. Knight announced his intentions to create the charity album last week, explaining: "I'm not taking any kind of political stance on the war. However, with so many soldiers now in Iraq for more than a year, I'm concerned about the families they've left behind. So many of them are suffering, not only emotionally but also financially."

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JET HAVE ANOTHER ALBUMS WORTH OF MUSIC
Buzz band Jet have told the NME they have an album's worth of material to follow up their debut. The band's Chris Cester told NME: "The second record? Yeah, we all feel a bit of pressure, of course, because it came out of the blue for all of us, this huge thing. But at the same time we have enormous faith in each other as musicians and songwriters, which is what kept us together for the first seven years when nothing happened for our band. That kinda made us stronger. We have an album's worth of material lined up and ready to go. The only thing for me is whether we have time between albums to sit back and layer the songs, work them out, figure them out, so they're really comfortable."

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BLUE WOULDN'T CARRY ON AS A THREESOME
Following those promises from the Westlife boys last week that they'd split if their next single bombed - now Blue's Antony Costa has confirmed they would also split if rumours that bandmate Lee Ryan wants to leave to pursue a solo career turned out to be true. But don't get too excitable - Costa was adamant said rumours are rubbish.

Speaking to the Daily Record Costa said: "It's just rumours that Lee is leaving or that we are falling apart. Nearly three-and-a-half years down the line it is still upsetting that people put out these rumours because people believe them. It's hard on the fans but we are still together. If anyone left we would have to split because Blue are four. Westlife can get away with it because there are four of them left. If one of us left, it wouldn't work with just three of us. It's just not a nice number."

Presumably Busted would disagree.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Tramp Attack - Attack, Attack, Attack (Must Destroy)
A very novel album and something of a fresh new direction for the punk genre. Full of vicious 'Oooh's and Aaaahs', unkempt and shouted lyrics and typically punkish negativity, this album still brings a grin to my face with its subliminal happiness. Recorded on a portable 8-track desk that the Tramps hastily assembled in a squatted rehearsal studio, 'Attack...' has a resemblance to the Stripes, with a distinct and gritty vibe which compliments their original sound really well. That sound combines the edge that comes with some of the heavier rock bands with an amusingly poppy underlying theme. I can't wait to see Tramp Attack live because their ramshackle sound is very distinct and I am sure the resulting mosh pit will be as interesting. BS.
Release Date: 17 May
Press Contact: Work Hard [CP, RP, NP] Must Destroy IH [CR, RR, NR]

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BMG EXEC FOLLOWS REID TO ISLAND DEF JAM
More major label musical chairs. The former promotions head of BMG's Arista division in the US, Steve Bartels, has confirmed he will follow former Arista boss LA Reid to Universal's Island Def Jam outfit. Bartels will take over the post of President at Island Records, a post which fell vacant after Julie Greenwald followed her ex-boss Lyor Cohen over to Warner Music.

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BMG MAY DEMAND MORE FROM MERGER DEAL
Talking of major label shenanigans, interesting developments inside BMG, where execs are providing extra information to EU competition officials regarding their proposed merger with Sony Music. With EU investigations currently on hold, a decision regards the merger may be a few months off as yet. But insiders are already predicting problems even if the authorities give the merger plans the green light. Recent successes within BMG, and the continued success of its Jive division, coupled with the savings delivered by that recent restructure, has persuaded some there to conclude they are the stronger of the two labels proposing the 50/50 merger. Some reckon this will lead to demands a BMG exec takes the top job at any merged label, rather than Sony's Andrew Lack as originally proposed.

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HOMELANDS PRESS LAUNCH
Homelands organisers will hold a press conference at the festival's Winchester site on Wednesday to officially launch this year's proceedings. We Love Homelands promoter Darren Hughes, Mean Fiddler MD Melvin Benn, the Loose Cannons and DJs from the Sombrero Sound System will all be on hand. Anyone wishing to attend should contact Anglo (online and radio) or Spring PR (press).

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SOPHIE GIVES BIRTH PREMATURELY
Sophie Ellis Bextor has given birth to a boy named Sonny - eight weeks early. She underwent a Caesarean section after being diagnosed with the potentially life-threatening condition known as pre-eclampsia. Post-op both mother and baby were said to be "doing well" - though being so premature Sonny will have to stay in hospital for the next few weeks.

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GREEN MAN LINE UP
Initial line up details of the Green Man Festival were announced last week. Taking place at Baskerville Hall near Hay On Wye this has to be the only festival which has a bilingual Welsh/English policy on site - but don't concern yourself with that, here comes the line up: Four Tet, James Yorkston and the Athletes, It's Jo and Danny, Adem, The Memory Band, King Creosote, The Earlies, Field Trip, DJ Huw Stephens, M Craft, Brave Captain, Sweet Baboo, Culprit One, Chris T T, Charlotte Grieg, Alasdair Roberts, Jackie Leven, Daimh and Lucky Jim.

Press info from Hermana - more at http://www.thegreenmanfestival.co.uk

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NO AGE LIMIT ON COWELL'S NEW POP REALITY SHOW
Simon Cowell's next reality pop show will axe the age limit of Pop Idol - meaning anyone of any age (well, over 16) can enter. The move is said to be in recognition of the growing number of older artists, or artists designed to appeal to an older audience, in the charts these days. As previously reported the new show, called X Factor, will include Cowell, Louis Walsh and Scary Spice Mel B as judges.

Hyping up his show Cowell told reporters this weekend: "This show is going to be the biggest talent search the UK has ever seen, and maybe the world has ever seen. There will be no age limits in terms of the upper range. Absolutely none at all. We're not specifically looking for an 80-year-old pop star, but we have taken the age range off. We're trying to create a different competition, one that we haven't seen before, where 18-year-old artists will be competing against experienced older artists. Hopefully we're going to be able to appeal to somebody over the age of 35 who keeps saying to me there aren't any artists I like in the competition."

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RADIO 2 TELL STORY OF CREATION
The story of Creation records will be told (again!) in a special programme on Radio 2 next month. Steve Lamacq will present 'Biff Bang Pow: The Creation Story' which will chronicle the highs, lows and indifferents of the great label of Britpop that gave us Primal Scream, The Boo Radleys, The Jesus And Mary Chain, Super Furry Animals, Ride, Teenage Fanclub and some band called Oasis.

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AOL AND CABLE COMPANY PLAN ON DEMAND MUSIC CHANNEL
AOL and sister company Time Warner Cable have confirmed a partnership that will create a new on demand digital music channel. No word on exactly what they mean by on demand (ie The Box style jukebox TV or true video on demand as with Home Choice), but the service will carry music from all majors except EMI and will launch a limited service next month.

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MICHAEL CRUISED TO "FIND NORMAL PEOPLE"
Still hyping new album 'Patience', George Michael has told gay mag Attitude that he cruised the public toilets of LA in a bid to find 'normal' people. He explains: "One of the things about cruising and having a secret sex life for so long is that I think it helped me keep my feet on the ground. And it meant I was constantly meeting ordinary people. How else would I have done that? And be on their level?" Michael's cruising (and little hidden sexuality) came to light, of course, when he was arrested in LA in 1998 for indecent exposure.

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KYLIE STARVED HERSELF TO REACH CHOCOLATE ORGASM
Kylie Minogue has told the People that she almost made herself faint in a bid to create the raunchy vocals on new single 'Chocolate'. She starved herself of water and fresh air in a bid to reach a "near orgasmic state" - Kylie explains: "It was all about timing - how long I could go with little oxygen. I think it was worth it. It sounds really beautiful".

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