CMU Daily - on the inside 4 May 2004
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In today's CMU Daily:
- V2 cut jobs in restructure
- Jacko pleads not guilty
- Love pleads not guilty
- Liam plans supergroup project
- Madonna hits out at Warner legal action
- Coachella a record breaking success
- Lollapalooza line up highlights announced
- Live Review: Von Bondies At The Astoria
- Ray Charles on hand as studios become 'historical monument'
- Bowie planning live DVD
- Numerous players face bad debt after 3MV collapse
- Radio 1 faces renewed criticism as Rajars approach
- Charlatans album preview online
- Ozzy collaborators denied right to appeal over royalties
- Durst responds to Limp Bizkit rumours
- G'n'R top riff poll
- Major sculpture to make political statement at Glasto
- Single Review: Minus - Romantic Exorcism
- Eamon remains at number one
- Ricky Martin has top night at Billboard Latin Awards
- MMF cover publishing in next training event
- Jagger and Stewart contribute to soundtrack of Alfie remake

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V2 CUT JOBS IN RESTRUCTURE
The Virgin Group's record label V2 has announced a global restructure which will include a number of job cuts across the company's operations - especially in marketing.

All US marketing will now be handled out of New York, with the label's two LA based marketing roles cut. The marketing functions in Holland and Belgium will be merged, while in Germany V2 will form an alliance with Ministry of Sound sharing, and therefore cutting back on, marketing and admin functions. Perhaps most high profile, the role of international marketing director, currently filled by Andy McMaughtan, will be abolished.

Announcing the cuts V2 boss, Tony Harlow, told reporters: "It is a sad day for us when we lose any of our friends, and some of these staff members have been with us for a long time, but we have to focus on continuing to move V2 forward in the best way we can."

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JACKO PLEADS NOT GUILTY
Michael Jackson was in court on Friday to plead not guilty to those various child molestation charges - including a new charge of 'conspiracy to abduct a child'. Although a number of children reportedly gave evidence to the recent 'in private' grand jury investigation into Jackson, all charges issued on Friday related to the one child who initiated the latest court proceedings.

Although fans gathered outside the court room as always, the affair was much more somber than the circus that occurred last time Jackson was in court, perhaps because the singer had asked fans to remain calm in a message on his website.

After putting in the not-guilty plea on his client's behalf, Jacko's new lawyer Thomas Mesereau told reporters: "This case is about one thing only. It's about the dignity, the integrity, the decency, the honour, the charity, the innocence and the complete vindication of a wonderful human being named Michael Jackson."

Jacko, for his part, added: "I would like to thank the fans around the world for your love and support from every corner of the earth, my family, my brother Randy who has been incredible, and the community of Santa Maria."

Jacko is now due back in court on 28 May when what could well be the media event of the year will kick off proper.

Meantime, some good news for Mr Jackson (there's a rare thing these days). Word is that following the global success of Jacko's most recent greatest hits release, coupled with the boost in back catalogue sales that followed that controversial Martin Bashir documentary, the singer is now close to recouping on his most recent recording contract with Sony - meaning he could expect up to $5 million in royalty payments this year. Coupled with a reported additional $3.5 million advance from Sony relating to a planned best of box set, Jacko's reportedly dwindling finances could soon get a bit of a refill. Good news for his clock watching legal team if nothing else.

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LOVE PLEADS NOT GUILTY
Elsewhere, in another Californian court room on Friday, the increasingly tedious Courtney Love drugs charge court case continued. Still relating to that incident last October when the singer was found acting erratically outside an ex-boyfriend's house, Love formally entered a not guilty plea on Friday on the grounds the drugs she possessed when discovered by police had all been given to her on prescription.

Despite cautioning the singer for arriving an hour late, Judge Elden S Fox said Love need not be in attendance for the next court hearing on the case on 4 Jun.

The legal process relating to these drug charges has rumbled on endlessly due to missed hearings and Love's decision to change legal representation half way through.

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LIAM PLANS SUPERGROUP PROJECT
There's new speculation as to whether the sixth Oasis album will see the light of day before the end of the year following reports that Liam Gallagher is getting excited about a new 'supergroup' side project.

Word is that Liam is teaming up with former Stone Roses' guitarist John Squire and the late Beatle George Harrison's son Dhani to form a new group. He is now looking for other established artists to join the trio in the studio later this year.

A source told reporters last week: "Liam is an ambitious lad and thinks the music scene needs an injection of something exciting. He knows Dhani and John and has huge respect for their talents. They have discussed getting together for a one-off album and are now interested in getting other big names involved. In the summer they will properly sit down and start writing some tracks together with a view to getting something out for Christmas."

It is unclear whether those plans will interfere with the Oasis recording schedule. Work on the sixth album faltered when the band parted company with the production talents of Death In Vegas earlier this year, essentially shelving most of what had been achieved to date. The band are due back in the studio very soon to continue work on the album, but relations between the two Gallagher brothers are rumoured to be on a low again.

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MADONNA HITS OUT AT WARNER LEGAL ACTION
Warner Music are still keen to stress that their legal wranglings with the other stakeholders of the co-owned imprint Maverick are in no way related to their ongoing A&R relationship with the most high profile of those stakeholders - Madonna.

However Madonna herself doesn't seem so convinced. Her manager Caresse Henry poured scorn on Warner's claim that they remained on good terms with Madonna despite suing her record label - telling reporters: "It's like serving somebody divorce papers and then asking them when they want to go to dinner."

Madonna herself has told the New York Times: "I find myself in the ludicrous position of being sued by my own record company, whom I have been loyal, industrious and reliable to for over 20 years. For them to behave this way is nothing short of treason."

No response from Warners to those comments as yet.

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COACHELLA A RECORD BREAKING SUCCESS
If you don't count All Tomorrow's Parties and Dedbeat as the official start of the summer festival season - but you're down with the global festival scene - then you will probably consider this weekend's Coachella festival in California as the official starting point.

If that is so - then from what we hear things kicked off in style. The word coming out of the West Coast is that the record 50,000 strong Coachella crowd enjoyed a string of fine performances this weekend - including new and classic tracks from the Cure, a greatest hits bonanza from the recently reformed Pixies, a twenty song set from the seemingly fully cured Thom Yorke and Radiohead and an extraordinary visual show from Kraftwerk.

Other highlights included the first live appearance of Desert Sessions led by Queens Of The Stone Age's Josh Homme; a guest appearance by the B-52s' Fred Schneider during Junior Senior's performance; and a very busy crowd for Beck's solo acoustic set.

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LOLLAPALOOZA LINE UP HIGHLIGHTS ANNOUNCED
Talking of big American festivals, the line up for the touring festival staged by Jane's Addiction's Perry Farrell - Lollapalooza - was announced last week. Highlights include The Flaming Lips, Sonic Youth, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, PJ Harvey and Gomez - plus a headline set from Morrissey.

Announcing the line up and dates for the 20 date touring festival Farrell told reporters: "This summer we will embody the spirit of the Gypsy, the sense of exhilaration; travelling by caravan! Thirty bands and buses of artisans sleeping over each and every city. The days and nights will be filled with mischief."

More at http://www.lollapalooza.com

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LIVE REVIEW: Von Bondies at The Astoria on 30 Apr
Since the release of their second studio album 'Pawn Shoppe Heart' the Von Bondies have emerged as one of the stand out bands among that flux of definitive article / garage rock outfits. What sets them apart from those other bands, both visually and soundwise is their male:female atio. Singer/guitarist Jason Stollsteimer is flanked by bassist Carrie Smith and guitarist Marcie Bolen, whose harmonies complete the band's unique sound, but who, when it comes to the live show, are happy to look cool and leave it to Stollsteimer to make all the stage moves. The Von Bondies show is a traditional rock affair with a twenty-first century twist, in which their great big bluesy sound and real power house tunes excel - the dramatic 'No Regrets', the sleazy 'Mairead' and the poppy 'Not That Social' among the highlights. If you're wondering how Jason's face is looking after that well-publicised pulping it received from Jack White - you'll be pleased to know he's looking much better now. Though post that event the lyrics to the barnstorming 'C'mon, C'mon' seem particularly relevant: "with my teeth knocked out, I could see the blood". The current single, meanwhile, says 'Tell Me What You See' - well, what I see is a very fine rock 'n' roll band. JW

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CHARLES ON HAND AS STUDIOS BECOME 'HISTORICAL MONUMENT'
Ray Charles was back in the public eye last week for an event that officially named the LA recording complex he founded in 1964 a 'designated historic monument'. Charles is recovering from complicated hip

eplacement surgery and has been out of the public eye of late - his ill health forced him to cancel a New York concert last month. However speaking at last week's event Charles said: "I'm a little weak now, but I'm gonna get stronger".

Speaking to press at the event, long time colleague Joe Adams denied reports that Charles was dying of liver cancer, but added: "I don't know whether he'll go back out [on tour] again or not. He wants to get out there now, because that his communication. It's his therapy. But he'll be 74 in September and it's kind of adding up."

That said, Charles is still working in the studio. He has been working on a CD of duets which, as previously reported, will be promoted via Starbuck's new instore music service later this year.

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BOWIE PLANNING LIVE DVD
Writing on his website, David Bowie has told fans he is currently looking through recordings of various dates on his current Reality World Tour with a view to getting together a live DVD for release later this year. He writes: "I'm spending much time at the moment looking through the DVD Dublin stuff. Good shows to pull from. I hope to have a final release date before the end of the year."

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NUMEROUS PLAYERS FACE BAD DEBT AFTER 3MV COLLAPSE
News that V2 and Ministry of Sound are merging their 'back room operations' in Germany to cut costs might relate in some way to a creditor's report into the recently collapsed 3MV distribution operation, which was published on Friday.

That report announced that the company, which declared itself bankrupt last month, has left debts in excess of £10 million. The biggest single creditor is Jazz FM / Hed Kandi which is owned £800,000. Close behind that in terms of monies are V2 and Ministry, both of whom are owed a reported £500,000. It is unclear if any creditors will see much cash from 3MV, with most outstanding monies in the bank likely to be used up on paying outstanding wages to staff, the tax man and the admin fees relating to the liquidation. Either way it could take up to two years to go through the liquidation process, and no payments are likely to be made for the best part of six months.

Kevin McKay, the MD of one of the group's smaller creditors, Glasgow Underground, told Music Week on Friday: "Not only have we lost that money, but people in general don't appear to want to do business with any labels associated with 3mv because they think those labels won't survive. Suppliers have already put us on a cash up front basis, so it's pretty tough at the moment."

Commenting via the creditors' report, 3MV's joint MDs Max Kenny and Dave Trafford attributed the failure of the UK company to excessive competition from cheap imported CDs, the effects of illegal downloading on the distribution sector, reduced margins and industry consolidation. The exchange rate and a number of bad debts from overseas customers also impacted on their international affairs.

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RADIO 1 FACES RENEWED CRITICISM AS RAJARS APPROACH
With the latest set of official radio listening figures due later this week, Radio-1-baiting seems to be coming an increasingly popular sport in media circles just now. Many seem to think the station's top guard won't survive another slump in listening figures, with all eyes across the Corporation on the performance of the new Chris Moyles breakfast show. How well they perform, we will see when the RAJARs are announced.

Meantime, interesting, reading in the Media Guardian on general perceptions of the nation's favourite among its 15-25 target age range - more at http://media.guardian.co.uk/site/story/0,14173,1205928,00.html

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CHARLATANS ALBUM PREVIEW ONLINE
Those impatient to hear the new album from the Charlatans can now preview tracks online at http://www.thecharlatans.net. The tracks will continue to stream over the next few days as things hot up for those up coming UK-tour warm up dates at the Islington Academy and the release of the album - 'Up At The Lake' - on 17 May.

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OZZY COLLABORATORS DENIED RIGHT TO APPEAL OVER ROYALTIES
Two former Ozzy Osbourne collaborators have been refused a chance to appeal a US court decision over claims they were entitled to a share of royalties from two of Ozzy's solo albums - 'Blizzard of Ozz' and 'Diary of a Madman'.

Bassist Robert Daisley and drummer Lee Kerslake lost a long-running legal battle with the Osbourne family after the courts sided with Sharon Osbourne who claimed the two musician's contributions on the albums were removed after they fell out with the Ozzy camp - barring them from any royalty payments.

Daisley and Kerslake had hoped to appeal that ruling, but the US Supreme Court last week ruled they did not have a strong enough case to qualify for an appeal.

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DURST RESPONDS TO LIMP BIZKIT RUMOURS
Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst has posted an online rant denying recent rumours in the US that the band were close to splitting up, and talk that label Interscope were close to dropping them. Durst: "Limp Bizkit is not breaking up for any reason. Limp has done very, very well for ourselves and our label, and we would never leave and they would never dream of getting rid of us. It's weird to hear silly shit like that from some poser with a keyboard." Just to confirm the Bizkit are as healthy as ever, Durst announced the band would embark on a US tour this summer, and that dates would follow soon.

Meanwhile the Limp Bizkit frontman has launched a new weblog where he can post rants not directly related to his band. Launching http://www.xanga.com/americanalien Durst explained: "Sometimes I don't want to take my frustrations, fears, or troubles out on the Limp site. I made American Aliens a place specifically for that. ... So just know Limp Bizkit is Limp Bizkit, and American Aliens is me and you. It's not very hard to grasp".

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G'N'R TOP RIFF POLL
Total Guitar readers have named that legendary guitar riff in Guns 'n' Roses' 'Sweet Child O'Mine' as the best ever - just ahead of the riff in Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'. The top twenty list is dominated by rock classics - with Muse and Queens Of The Stone Age representing the rock scene of recent years. The full list runs as follows:

1. Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine
2. Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
3. Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love
4. Deep Purple - Smoke On The Water
5. Metallica - Enter Sandman
6. Derek & The Dominoes/Eric Clapton - Layla
7. Metallica - Master Of Puppets
8. AC/DC - Back In Black
9. Jimi Hendrix - Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)
10. Black Sabbath - Paranoid
11. Ozzy Osbourne - Crazy Train
12. Free - All Right Now
13. Muse - Plug In Baby
14. Led Zeppelin - Black Dog
15. Van Halen - Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love
16. Aerosmith w Run DMC - Walk This Way
17. Cream - Sunshine Of Your Love
18. Queens Of The Stone Age - No-One Knows
19. Guns N' Roses - Paradise City
20. Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name

By the way, those that think Guns 'n' Roses are all guitars and attitude should track down a great little cover version of 'Sweet Child O'Mine' by a band called Flat Pack. Replace Axl's growl for some female vocals and suddenly you left with beautiful little track!

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MAJOR SCULPTURE TO MAKE POLITICAL STATEMENT AT GLASTO
Work has begun on a 70ft high sculpture which will feature as a centre point to the unions-run Left Field section at this summer's Glastonbury Festival and will supposedly represent the 'global struggle for social and economic justice'. Designed by Glastonbury man Michael Eavis and Cornwall-based artists Graham Jobbins and Kurt Jackson, the big construction is being built by apprentices at North Devon's Appledore shipyard, which recently faced threats to its economic future.

Eavis told reporters this weekend: "I came up with the idea of having 12 large figures cut out of steel plate revolving on a big cylinder pulling a rope which should indicate the need for all people around the world to work and pull together."

Geoff Martin, who runs the Left Field area of the Glastonbury Festival, explained: "We've timed the commissioning of the Left Field tower for this weekend to remind people what May Day is all about - international workers solidarity. This tower will rise from the Somerset fields this summer like the Labour movement's Angel of the North. We aim to inspire people to get involved and get active."

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SINGLE REVIEW: Minus - Romantic Exorcism (Smekkleysa)
Personally I find 95% of heavy metal unlistenable, but Minus (pronounced mee-nus), although rooted in old skool rock (they wear Guns 'n' Roses t shirts and pose for photos with huge pythons draped around them), are, fortunately, more influenced by some of the cooler music makers. Their noisy guitars blister along at 100mph, then stop, then suddenly start up again, giving them a melodic sensibility akin to that of the Queens of the Stone Age or Muse. All in all, well worth checking out. Anything else? Well, the band are from Iceland, which explains their odd names: the singer is called Krummi (he's not at all) and one of the guitarists is called Frosti! JW
Release date: 3 May
Press contact: Mercenary [all]

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EAMON REMAINS AT NUMBER ONE
Well, Busted might swear more than your average boy band when giving interviews, but in this day and age you've got to swear in your songs to top the charts. If only they'd called their latest single 'Fuck It Air Hostess' they might have managed to knock Eamon's 'Fuck It, I Don't Want You Back' off the top of the charts. As it is they had to make do with a highest new entry at number two in this weekend's singles chart - pushing D-12's 'My Band' down to number three, and beating The Streets, whose excellent 'Fit But You Know It' goes in at four. It's possible I missed something (the Boogie Pimps at 10, or Dogs Die In Hot Cars at 24 perhaps), but frankly I can't see any other new entries to get excited about in this week's Top 40.

Albums wise, D-12 may have failed to beat Eamon to the top spot in the singles chart, but they go straight into the top of the albums chart with 'D-12 World', pushing the Guns 'n' Roses best of into second place. Only other new entry of note albums wise is the welcome return of the Beta Band, whose album 'Heroes To Zeros' goes in at 18.

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RICKY MARTIN HAS TOP NIGHT AT BILLBOARD LATIN AWARDS
Ricky Martin - remember him? Well, he picked up three gongs at the Latin Billboard Awards in Miami last Thursday, making him one of the big winners of the night alongside Colombian singer Juanes and the late salsa singer Celia Cruz.

Martin took the awards for Latin Track Of The Year, Top Male Latin Pop Airplay Track and Top Latin Album - describing his triple win as "beautiful, beautiful, beautiful".

Cruz, who died of a brain tumour aged 78 last Jul, took awards for Top Latin Albums Artist, Top Female Tropical Album and Top Latin Greatest Hits Album. Her awards were accepted by her tearful widower, trumpet player Pedro Knight.

Juanes shared two awards with Canadian/Portuguese singer Nelly Furtado for their stylish duet 'Fotografia', as well as picking up a solo award for Songwriter Of The Year.

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MMF COVER PUBLISHING IN NEXT TRAINING EVENT
The Music Management Forum has released details of two training events covering the key issues surrounding music publishing and composer/songwriter agreements. The two events will take place in London next week, and will feature contributions from Pete Cornish (Westbury Music Consultants), David Ferguson (ACS), Peter Jenner (Sincere Management), Irving David (David Wineman Solicitors) and Chris Mileson (EMI Music Publishing). More details at http://www.mmf-training.com

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JAGGER AND STEWART CONTRIBUTE TO SOUNDTRACK OF ALFIE REMAKE
Mick Jagger and Dave Stewart will both contribute to three new tracks that will appear on the soundtrack to the remake of the classic Michael Caine movie 'Alfie'. The duo have been working with composer John Powell to create the new tracks - called 'Old Habits Die Hard', 'Blind Leading the Blind' and 'Let's Make It Up' - which will feature in the movie and on the official soundtrack.

Commenting on Jagger and Stewart's involvement, the film's director, Charles Shyer, told reporters last week: "There's a stylistic, thematic and visual vibe throughout this film that Mick and Dave have captured perfectly in their songs, and I believe audiences are going to connect with the music in a very personal way. It's truly beyond extraordinary to be working with Mick Jagger - one of my all-time idols. I'm honored that he and someone the calibre of Dave Stewart have agreed to be a part of this film."

The remake, starring Jude Law, will be in cinemas later this year.

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