CMU Daily - on the inside 27 Apr 2004
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- Jacko comments on changes in legal team
- Ivor Novello nominees announced
- Timberlake to play Rotten?
- MTV sign up octogenarian
- Billy Joel in third car crash in two years
- Prince takes over MTV in the US
- Gomez offer added value gig tickets
- Top line up for Breakbeat weekender
- Book release for Beatles cartoon
- Busted and Avril most hated
- Busted and Avril headline Party In The Park
- Britney fans annoyed at live miming
- Supergrass may funk it up
- Music DVD sales double
- Album Review: The Fades - Social Misfits
- Boyzone reunion possible
- Chikinki tour
- Albert Hall joins arena association
- Radiohead call off Melbourne gig
- Guided By Voices call it a day


Michael Jackson has spoken to the media about his decision to part company with two key players in his legal team just days before his court case on those child abuse allegations kick off in California. As reported yesterday, both Mark Geragos and Benjamin Brafman announced this weekend they would no longer be working on the case.

Jacko yesterday said he had decided to replace Geragos and Brafman with defence lawyer Thomas Mesereau because he needed a lawyer who could give the case his "full attention". Again stressing his innocence, Jackson told reporters: "It is imperative that I have the full attention of those who are representing me. My life is at stake. Therefore, I must feel confident that my interests are of the highest priority. And, contrary to reports, this is a decision that I have personally made."

Whether Jacko has made the right decision in terms of legal representation is yet to be seen - though switching lead attorneys at this stage in the game poses problems for the singer's PR team with many in the media keen to interpret moves like this as a sign of turmoil in the Jackson camp.


The big event in the UK songwriting calendar is looming, and yesterday the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters announced the nominations for this year's Ivor Novellos. And it was a good day for new artists, old songs and Warner Chappell.

New British singer/songwriter talent is well represented in the list. Best Contemporary Song nominations go to both Amy Winehouse for co-writing her hit 'Stronger Than Me' and to Dizzee Rascal (real name Dylan Mills) for co-writing his track 'Jus A Rascal'. Other contemporary British artists nominated for their song writing skills this year include Goldfrapp, Moloko, Belle & Sebastian and Dido.

The old songs bit comes into play in the category of Best Selling UK Single. Obviously based on stats rather than judges' opinions, as it happens two of the best selling singles of the last year in the UK were Gary Jule's 'Mad World' and the Ozzy Osbourne / Kelly Osbourne duet of 'Changes', both tracks written some years ago - the former by Roland Orzabel, the latter by the members of Black Sabbath.

In terms of the publishing companies who represent the songwriters nominated, Warner Chappel came out top with eight nominations, including those for Dido (on her own track 'White Flag'), Dan Carey (on the Kylie track 'Slow'), Alison Goldfrapp (on her track 'Strict Machine') and Jonny Greenwood (nominated for his score to he film 'Bodysong').

The 49th Ivor Novellos take place at London's Grosvenor House Hotel on 27 May. Full nominations list is at the bottom of today's Daily - more info at


What's odder? Rumours that John Lydon has asked Justin Timberlake to play him in a film based on his autobiography, or reports that the former Nsyncer - currently making his film debut in 'Edison' - has accepted? Scary.


80 year old Leslie Phillips has got himself an MTV gig. The iconic British actor will narrate a new MTV show called Blag which will follow a team of four unknowns as they try to gatecrash celebrity parties.

The new show is one of eleven commissioned by MTV with a global audience in mind. Word is MTV is keen to develop formats that can be tweaked in each different territory akin to the Big Brother and Pop Idol formats of their rivals.


Billy Joel has been involved in his third car accident in two years - though the good news is no one was seriously injured. In the latest incident Joel's car skid off a wet road in Long Island, New York on Sunday and hit a house. Police confirmed Joel had been involved in the crash, that he suffered only a small cut, and that the incident was being treated as a simple accident (ie no drink, drugs or recklessness were involved).

Joel had a similar lucky escape when his car hit a tree on Long Island last year, and again escaped serious injury in a crash in East Hampton in Jun 2002.

Thomas Phillips Jr, who witnessed Joel's latest crash, told reporters the singer: "seemed embarrassed that he lost control of the car - he said: 'I can't believe I got in another accident'"


Well, if you're not a Prince fan don't tune into the MTV network in the US tomorrow night. Thanks to a deal with US media giant Viacom, TV channels MTV, MTV2, VH1, VH1 Classic and BET will all simultaneously broadcast a special thirty minute show dedicated to the singer on Wednesday night at 8.30pm.

The show, called 'The Art of Musicology', was recorded in front of a live audience at New York's Webster Hall and features music from the new Sony released album 'Musicology' and a melody of his greatest hits.

Commenting on the show Prince told reporters: "The support for Musicology is wonderful. We're pleased to broadcast the Musicology special throughout the Viacom music channels. It is great to see audiences around the country embracing music again."


Talking of Prince, following his decision to give every ticket holder on his current US tour a free copy of new album 'Musicology', another band has announced plans to integrate its live and recorded operations.

Gomez are giving fans who have tickets for one of three American gigs due to take place in June the chance to 'upgrade' for ten dollars. Those fans will receive a copy of the band's upcoming Virgin album 'Split The Difference' and three live tracks available to download via an email sent to them within days of the gig.

No word yet where the motivation for the promotion has come from (ie label or promoter), or whether it will be extended to other Gomez live dates. It is unlikely anything could be organised in time for the band's eight day UK tour next month.


Details of a Breakbeat Weekender in London arrived yesterday, and what a weekend. Two nights - one a top line up for breakbeat talent at the Rocket on Holloway Road, the other a Finger Lickin all nighter at The Coronet on New Kent Road.

The Breakbeat Connection night at the Rocket on 4 Jun features no less than The Freestylers, Skinnyman, Deekline, Arthur Baker, Skool Of Thought, Shut Up and Dance, Ed209, Ollywood, Mr Thing, Donna Dee and Oris Jay - plus there will be some open air fun in the courtyard with Eastpak Transition Session Skaters and Pro-BMX riders and a tasty Jamaican Bar-B-Q!

The Finger Lickin night at the Coronet on 4 Jun features more or less the label's full roster, including the Plump DJs, Soul Of Man, Lee Coombs, Slyde, Drumattic Twins, Stereo 8, Brothers Bud and Krafty Kuts plus a live injection from Dreadzone, live PA from Shades Of Rhythm as well as a 4-deck explosion from A Skillz and Krafty Kuts who will be joined by hip hop legend Kurtis Blow, Ashley Slater and The Real Elements.

A ticket for both events will only set you back twenty quid - more at


The Beatles' cartoon The Yellow Submarine is being made into a kids book which will be released in Sep, 36 years after the original film. The idea for the book follows the success of the DVD release of the feature back in 1999.

Commenting on the book, a spokesman for Beatles company Apple Corps told reporters: "The Yellow Submarine was made as a psychedelic film in the Sixties, but it has had a timeless appeal, particularly for children, over the last four decades."


Ah, so the Busted backlash has well and truly arrived. We'll start the backlash to the backlash next week, but in the meantime a survey published yesterday pronounced the Busted boys the most hated music act in the world. A third of those surveyed by Sky's rock station Skuz said they couldn't stand to watch the group perform. The Darkness came second, Avril Lavigne third and Courtney Love fourth.


Given that survey, Capital FM's Party In The Park is all set to be the most hated event of the summer - though then again Scuz viewers are not really a target audience for the charity gig. Anyway - Busted and Avril Lavigne will top the bill at the pop fest alongside Will Young, The Calling, The Corrs and Nelly Furtado. Tickets go on sale today.


According to the Sun, Britney Spears mimed her way through some of her Wembley show the other night. Arriving on stage with a dazzling display of pyrotechnics, she then proceeded to sing along to a backing track. One fan told the paper: "If I wanted to see somebody mime to music, I would have gone to Top of the Pops." No word from Britney on the claims - it's possible she's waiting for someone to pre-record a response.


Supergrass' Gaz Coombes has told Xfm his band's next album may be a little bit "funkier". He told the station: "We recorded a couple of new songs in January for the 'Supergrass Is Ten' best of, including the new single Kiss Of Life. We were restless in the studio with ants in our pants and were stuck for a direction, so we just stripped it down and funked it out. Whether that sound will stick around for our next studio album, we'll have to see," he continued. There's always been elements of that sound in there and we're keen to get going on another record as soon as possible. We don't like to leave big gaps between albums."

Supergrass' tenth anniversary best of is out on 7 Jun, new single 'Kiss Of Life' is released on 24 May.


Sales of music DVDs have almost doubled thanks to high profile live releases from the likes of Coldplay, U2 and Robbie Williams. According to stats from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry 6.4 million music DVDs have been sold in the UK in the past year - an increase of 95% - and, of those sold, 60% are of live performances.

Commenting on the stats the IFPI said: "The music industry has both fuelled and responded to consumer demand for DVD music video by providing both quality and quantity. Strong growth is expected again in 2004 as consumers extend DVD buying beyond just their favourite artists and choice is widened."

A key industry figure added: "the growth of sales in things like music DVDs shows we don't need to be so damn paranoid about the inevitable decline in CD sales." Oh hang on, no, we said that.


Album Review: The Fades - Social Misfits (Genepool Records)
Some Fades facts for you. They were previously known as Molotov Cocktail. They have been championed by Lamacq (of course). Judging by the photo that came with this CD, they have something of a distinct style. And they make very catchy music. In fact 'Social Misfits' - both the title track and the album as a whole - is the kind of music that slips into your mind and stays there - only escaping when you find yourself singing their songs on the tube. A powerful rock filled album that - while unlikely to change your life - after just a few listens is sure to stay with you (and everyone who travels on the same tube as you) for quite some time. BS
Release Date: 6 Jun
Press Contact: Zen Media [all]


Well there might not be a Take That reunion on the cards - but, erm, Boyzone might be getting back together. Former Boyzoner-come-Corrie-star Keith Duffy has told the Daily Record that, if the fans demand it, the boy band may reform.

"We've not been together for almost five years and since our appearance on The Games, there's been a lot of stories about us reforming. We never really broke up. There was a bit of a war between members, which had been exaggerated by the press but we all said 'fuck what happened, let's move forward and forget the bad times'. Since then there's been a lot of interest from promoters. This Christmas we've been offered a lot of money to perform. Although doing it for the money is the wrong reason, we aren't stupid. We would like to put closure on the band and have a farewell tour. But it would be a project, not a career."

On his falling out with Ronan Keating, Duffy continued: "I did have a clash with Ronan, but there is a fine line between love and hate. The easiest way is to get angry, but life is too short to hold a grudge and everyone has now reached the point where we want to move forward."

Other form boyzoner Shane Lynch confirmed his interest in a reunion project - though he added: " I'm not sure I want to ponce around on stage as a grown man. I think we'd all need to sit on stools and sing songs like five Val Doonicans in a row. We could hardly be called Boyzone anymore since we've all grown up. We'd need to change our name to something like Manzone but that sounds like a New York gay club."


CMU favourites Chikinki are setting off on a UK tour under the Drowned In Sound banner, supported by The Koreans and The Kaiser Chiefs. The tour will promote their single and album releases due in Jun.

Dates as follows:

4 May: London Metro
5 May: Plymouth University Students Union
6 May: Taunton Mamba
7 May: Leeds Joseph's Well Tavern
9 May: Sunderland Bar 36
10 May: Sheffield Casbah
11 May: Stoke The Underground
12 May: Manchester Jabez Clegg


The Royal Albert Hall has joined the National Arenas Association. To qualify for the Association a venue must hold over 12 events a year and have a capacity in excess of 5000. The Albert Hall currently hosts some 320 events a year and following a recent refurbishment now holds 5200 people.

Confirming their membership, the Albert Hall's Head Of Business Development And Marketing Tracy Cooper told reporters: "The Royal Albert Hall frequently plays host to shows that have taken place in other similarly-sized venues around the country and we are looking forward to taking part in future meetings with our fellow venues."


What is it with ill singers at the moment? They should all be drinking more cranberry juice.

Anyways, Radiohead have had to cancel a gig in Melbourne because Thom Yorke has a poorly throat. An statement released by the gig's promoter and Radiohead's management explained: "Thom was examined by an ear, nose and throat specialist in Melbourne after developing significant loss of vocal quality and volume at the first Radiohead concert in Melbourne Monday night. Thom was barely able to finish the concert. Today he has a marked hoarseness of voice and a significant upper airway infection and heavy inflammation of his vocal chords. If he was to sing in the next few days he would cause irreparable damage to his vocal ability in the future. Consequently and regrettably we have to cancel tonight's show. Tickets can be refunded at point of purchase".

The band hope Thom will be fit again in time to perform at the Coachella Festival this weekend.


Seminal band Guided By Voices have announced they are splitting after nearly twenty years - new album 'Half Smiles Of The Decomposed', due for release in Aug, will be their last.

In a statement on their website the band said: "After almost 20 years, assorted lineups, and countless albums, EPs, singles, triples, stolen bases, misdemeanor convictions, and broken hearts, Dayton, OH's fortunate sons are taking leave of your senses."




Song: White Flag
Writers: Dido Armstrong; Rollo Armstrong; Richard Nowels
Performed By: Dido
Publisher: Warner/Chappell Music; BMG Music Publishing; EMI Music Publishing

Song: Leave Right Now
Writer: Francis Eg White
Performed By: Will Young
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing

Song: Step Into My Office Baby
Writers: Stuart Murdoch; Stephen Jackson; Christopher Geddes; Richard Colburn; Michael Cooke; Sarah Martin; Robert Kildea
Performed By: Belle And Sebastian
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing


Song: Jus' A Rascal
WriterS :Dylan Mills; Tesmond Rowe; Vanguard Vardoen
Performed By: Dizzee Rascal
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing; Hero Music

Song: Stronger Than Me
Writers: Amy Winehouse; Salaam Remi
Performed By: Amy Winehouse
Publisher: EMI Music Publishing

Song: Slow
Writers: Dan Carey; Emiliana Torrini; Kylie Minogue
Performed By: Kylie Minogue
Publisher: Warner/Chappell Music; International Music Network


Broadcast: Second Generation
Composer: Nitin Sawhney
Publisher: Zomba Music Publishers

Broadcast: The Young Visiters
Composer: Nicholas Hooper
Publisher: Trackdown Music

Broadcast: The Key
Composer: Anne Dudley
Publisher: BBC Worldwide Music


Song: Shining Through
Writers: Layo Paskin/Matthew Benjamin
Performed By: Layo & Bushwacka
Publisher: Chrysalis Music

Song: Familiar Feeling
Writers: Roisin Murphy/Mark Brydon
Performed By: Moloko
Publisher: Chrysalis Music

Song: Strict Machine
Writers: Alison Goldfrapp; William Gregory; Nick Batt
Performed By: Goldfrapp
Publisher: Warner/Chappell Music Publishing; Reverb 3 Music


Film: In America
Composer: Gavin Friday/Maurice Seezer
Publisher: Blue Mountain Music

Film: Max
Composer: Dan Jones
Publisher: Rights Worldwide Ltd

Film: Bodysong
Composer: Jonny Greenwood
Publisher: Warner/Chappell Music


Song: Clocks
Writers: Guy Berryman; Jonathan Buckland; William Champion; Christopher Martin
Performed By: Coldplay
Publisher: BMG Music Publishing

Song: Superstar
Writers: Mich Hansen; Joseph Belmaati; Mikkel Sigvardt
Performed By: Jamelia
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing; Warner/Chappell Music

Song: Hole In The Head
Writers: Miranda Cooper; Brian Higgins; Timothy Powell; Nicolas Coler; Niara Scarlett; Keisha Buchanan; Mutya Buena; Heidi Range
Performed By: Sugababes
Publisher: EMI Music Publishing; Warner/Chappell Music; Universal Music Publishing


Song: Feel
Writers: Robbie Williams/Guy Chambers
Performed By: Robbie Williams
Publisher: EMI Music Publishing / BMG Music Publishing

Song: Slow
Writers: Dan Carey; Emiliana Torrini; Kylie Minogue
Performed By: Kylie Minogue
Publisher: Warner/Chappell Music; International Music Network

Song: White Flag
Writers: Dido Armstrong; Rollo Armstrong; Richard Nowels
Performed By: Dido
Publisher: Warner/Chappell Music; BMG Music Publishing; EMI Music Publishing


Song: Leave Right Now
Writer: Francis Eg White
Performed By: Will Young
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing
Record Company: S Records

Song: Mad World
Write: Roland Orzabal
Performed By: Michael Andrews Featuring Gary Jules
Publisher: Chrysalis Music
Record Company: Sanctuary Records

Song: Changes
Writer/S: Ozzy Osbourne; Tony Iommi; Bill Ward; Geezer Butler
Performed By: Kelly Osbourne Duet With Ozzy Osbourne
Publisher: Onward Music
Record Company: Sanctuary Records

Other awards announced on the day include: Outstanding Song Collection; International Achievement; The Ivors Classical Music Award; Prs Outstanding Contribution To British Music; Songwriter/s Of The Year; and The Special International Award

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