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TODAY'S NEWS
Live Nation sign Nickelback
EMI confirm outsider to take on CEO job at recorded music
Term extension proposal plans on schedule
Former rapper sues Biggie documentary makers
Village Person cancels tour after surgery
Led Zep resist game offers, apparently
Vines stream new album
Boosh to work with Ronson
Faces reunion rumoured
Fans and bands slam 'worst festival ever'
Meat Loaf on fan walk-outs
British Sea Power launch festival
Album review: Utah Jazz - It's A Jazz Thing

EMI settle with Infospace

Warner promote Wolk to lead indie distributor division
7Digital confirm MP3 sale boom
Universal to expand deluxe edition releases
New investment network for creative sector launches
Cheaper chart data available for indies
Global Radio axe jobs
Arquiva awards round up
Festival review: The Mighty Boosh Festival at Hop Farm on 5 Jul
Matt Willis marries
Duffy denies Tom Jones claims
Kanye to have help with his anger, or not
Donovan broke rules when backing Boris
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TUESDAY 8TH JULY

MICAH P HINSON
Micah P Hinson's road hasn't been an easy one. He's been through an addiction to prescription drugs, jail and chronic back pain, and he's not yet out of his twenties. Somewhere amongst all this, he's managed to write and record three albums, the latest of which, 'Micah P Hinson & The Red Orchestra', is released by Full Time Hobby on 14 Jul. Produced by John Congleton (Explosions In The Sky, The Polyphonic Spree, Vessels), it is Hinson's most accomplished work yet, taking his sparse, beautiful country songs to a whole new level.



 

Q1 How did you start out making music?
My pops bought me a guitar in third grade. I didn't practice much until my brother got an almost fatal sickness and started kicking ass at it. I didn't appreciate that, so I practiced and practiced.

Q2 What inspired your latest album?
I suppose it would be the same answer if you asked about any of my albums: life. I know it sounds retardedly simple, but it's true. I would say though, with this record I approached it from a different angle as in the past year I had a lot of cleaning up to do with my life. In the end, that's what you hear.

Q3 What process do you go through in creating an album?
Process? Hmmm... I generally try to get a good 20 or so songs, record them all and see where they stand when I am done. The recording process is a bit tough, as some of my favourite songs turn out right shit when I get them done. Making a record, for me, is a stressful process, as a record can be screwed on many different levels and various times. Then, when it's done, you gotta worry about whether you made the right one and if people are going to appreciate it.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
I would say a wide variety of bands and such influence my music, but not directly. I don't sit in the studio and say, "hell, let's make this songs sound like blah blah." I dig Patsy Cline, Velvet Underground...the list goes on and on.

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
It just depends. If they saw me live, I would warn them that the record doesn't sound like this.
If they heard an album, I would warn them that live it is completely different.

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest album, and for the future?
Hell, just to keep doing what I have been doing and hoping people and labels and such still have faith in me and my work. I am a lucky guy for being able to do this.

More: www.micahphinson.com and www.myspace.com/micahphinson

 
 

TIEDYE
Recently tied to the Italians Do It Better label, mysterious Swedish duo TieDye are proving as elusive in the digital space as they are in the real world, with only a simple website available (ie no MySpace or Last.fm profile) alongside a number of reviews when their name is Googled. Describing their music as ''dreaming disco, windblowing pop and gruyeresmelling rock'', you can get a taster for them at said site with three free cover version downloads, including a tropical remix of Rubies' 'I Feel Electric' and a Balearic disco version of Metallica's 'Nothing Else Matters', which nearly extends into the 7 minute realm. The third track, a cosmic dub mix of Tom Petty's 'Don't Come Around Here No More', has already done the rounds on the blogs, but if you're not in ownership of it already then it is certainly a worthy addition, mixing in as little of Petty's soft-rock tones as is humanly possible, thank God. Their site is linked below.

http://tiedye.se/


 
 

JOBS AT THE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL
We are recruiting for the following four jobs to work on our ThreeWeeks team at the Edinburgh Festival - the largest and most exciting festival on the planet - during August 2008, from Monday 28 July to Tuesday 27 August. All Edinburgh based. They are not the biggest paying jobs in the world, but you get to be part of the team behind one of the most exciting media projects around, a not-for-profit venture that exists to discover, champion and support cultural innovation at the largest arts festival in the world.

DISTRIBUTION MANAGER
To drive our van, and make sure our papers get to our 75 plus distribution points around Edinburgh, and keep our distribution racks nice and tidy. Approx 40 hours a week for four weeks, £1000 fee.

WEB MANAGER
To manage the ThreeWeeks websites and podcasts, including entering lots of content into a CMS, and coordinating our student podcast team. Some Photoshop, CMS and/or sound editing experience an advantage though not essential. Fee approx £500.

REVIEWS COORDINATOR
To manage our team of six student sub-editors and 100 student reviewers, liaise with press offices and PRs, run the massive ThreeWeeks review database and support the Editors. Good organisational and people skills a must, database skills an advantage. Fee approx £750.

LOGISTICS MANAGER
To support the publishers and editors, run the ThreeWeeks Edinburgh office and support the Distribution Manager with the task of getting the newspapers out there. Fee approx £500

To apply for any of these jobs, or for more information about them, email a CV or questions to recruitment@unlimitedmedia.co.uk.

Applications to join the student review team at the Edinburgh Festival 2008 are now closed. However, we are still recruiting for student members of our Production and Admin & Liaison teams. These are voluntary roles, but offer unrivalled experience for anyone considering a career in the media. Full details at www.collegemedianetwork.co.uk

   
Advertise your jobs in CMU Daily for just £100 a week (five editions) - more info at www.cmumusicnetwork.co.uk/advertising, or email ads@unlimitedmedia.co.uk to book.
 

LIVE NATION SIGN NICKELBACK
Well, that was confirmed quickly. After all that recent speculation that Nickelback would be the fourth band to sign a multi-million dollar 360-degree style deal with Live Nation, the live music conglom have announced they have, indeed, done a deal with Chad Kroeger et al. The deal will, as expected, include recordings, video projects, merchandising, sponsorship, and endorsements as well as touring. That said, the band have two more albums to deliver to their current record label - Warner label Roadrunner - so they won't start releasing records via Live Nation Artists for a while. The deal is reportedly worth somewhere between $50 million and $75 million. Live Nation boss Michael Rapino has previously said that the company would sign up four major artists to its new 360-degree deal division this year, which presumably means the Nickelback deal is the last for a while.

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EMI CONFIRM OUTSIDER TO TAKE ON CEO JOB AT RECORDED MUSIC
As expected, EMI have appointed the Executive VP Europe of cleaning products and healthcare firm Reckitt Benckiser, Elio Leoni-Sceti, to the job of Chief Executive at EMI Music, the major music firm's recorded music division, which Terra Firma chief Guy Hands has himself been heading up since his private equity outfit acquired the major last year. The move will enable Hands to take a more backseat, group level role at the company.

As a healthcare firm Reckitt Benckiser make several drug brands, which presumably is why Leoni-Sceti is ideal for the job. A drugs specialist in charge of a music firm - perfect match - Strepsils all round I say. Of course, some of you out there will be suspicious of a non-music man taking the top job at a major record company, but let's not forget former EMI chief Eric Nicoli worked for United Biscuits before moving into music, and his time leading EMI worked out, erm, real good.

Hands had reportedly been sounding out Leoni-Sceti regarding the top job for a short while now, he being eager to take that more back seat role at the company once his restructuring programme was complete. As expected, the new recruit will head up the EMI record company, leaving EMI Music Publishing in the hands of incumbent CEO Roger Faxon.

With Leoni-Sceti's appointment confirmed, Hands put in a call direct to Team CMU to wax lyrical about how delighted he was. Here's what he said. "I am delighted that Elio is joining as Chief Executive of EMI Music to lead the most exciting business transformation in the music industry. His career achievements and outstanding leadership qualities are ideally suited to ensuring that EMI is a successful business. Elio has the passion, drive and belief in the future of the music industry to realise the ambitions we all have for EMI. Having completed the organisational restructuring at the end of June and finalised our strategic work, Elio joins at the right time to shape, drive and lead EMI to become the world's most artist focused and consumer friendly music company. With Elio's arrival as Chief Executive, I will be stepping back to become Non Executive Chairman of EMI. I would like to thank all our artists, staff and business partners for their continuing support and hard work to effect the changes underway and the positive results being achieved. Now where's my Mr Sheen, I need to get this office nice and clear for Elio".

Leoni-Sceti was also in quote-giving mood, telling us: "This is a hugely exciting time for the music business and for EMI. EMI is the world's longest established music company operating in over 40 markets globally with a roster of some of the most successful artists in the world. They range from long established names such as The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Queen and The Beach Boys to contemporary singers such as Kylie Minogue, Lily Allen and Norah Jones. Its current successes include Coldplay and Katy Perry topping both the UK and US charts. The potential that can be realised in this industry is massive, music consumption is growing more than ever across the world and I cannot wait to get started and to be working with EMI's artists and employees. Now, Lemsip anyone?"

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TERM EXTENSION PROPOSAL PLANS ON SCHEDULE
According to Music Week, plans at a European level to extend the recording copyright term are on track. As previously reported, while the UK government's Gowers Review of copyright laws said the term should remain at the current 50 years, much to the disappointment of recording copyright owners, European Internal Market Commissioner Charlie McCreevy has proposed an increase to 95 years. As any change in UK law would require European buy-in anyway, moves to extend the term at a European level have been pleasing record company types. McCreevy has previously promised to publish his formal proposals this August, and Music Week say that insiders have told them he is still on schedule to do so. That said, even once the proposals are formally on the table the pro-extension lobby will still have to persuade other EC Commissioners, some of whom represent lobbies who will oppose a longer term, which may not be a breeze.

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FORMER RAPPER SUES BIGGIE DOCUMENTARY MAKERS
A former New York rapper, one William Troy McCune, once known, I think, as 'Supreme', is suing the producers of 2007 Biggie Smalls documentary 'Notorious BIG: Bigger Than Life For $5million', claiming that footage of him battling the late hip hop star was used without his permission.

McCune's complaint says of the DVD release: "This segment of the plaintiff (McCune) and Christopher Wallace is shown throughout the video and is a dominant feature in the extras portion. The use of the photograph, image, and likeness of the plaintiff, in the video by the defendants, jointly and severally, and acting in active concert was unauthorised."

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VILLAGE PERSON CANCELS TOUR AFTER SURGERY
Former Village People lead singer Victor Willis (he was the policeman) has postponed his upcoming tour dates because he is recovering from surgery on his vocal chords. The vocalist had an operation on Monday to remove nodules from his throat, and he is now resting in a San Diego hospital, according to his spokeswoman Linda Smith. He is expected to reschedule the dates.

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LED ZEP RESIST GAME OFFERS, APPARENTLY
The Wall Street Journal reports that Led Zeppelin have refused frequent requests from the makers of 'Guitar Hero' and rival 'Rock Band' to release a Zep version of their respective game, a la Aerosmith et al, who released a version very recently. Peter Mensch from Q Prime Management, who represent Jimmy Page, is quoted as saying "it ain't about the money", while explaining that the group are not happy with the idea of giving away the master copies of their songs via a video game.

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VINES STREAM NEW ALBUM
The Vines have made their forthcoming fourth album (fourth?), 'Melodia', available to stream in full on their MySpace page. The album is the follow-up to 2006's 'Vision Valley' and will be released by Australian label Ivy League. Listen to 'Melodia' here: www.myspace.com/thevines

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BOOSH TO WORK WITH RONSON
Noel Fielding has revealed that Mark Ronson has expressed an interest in producing a single for the newly incorporated Mighty Boosh Band, who headlined The Mighty Boosh Festival this weekend (more on which in a minute). Speaking to BBC Newsbeat, Fielding said: "Mark Ronson did genuinely say he would do a single with us. He had his eye on 'Captain Cabinets' which I think is hilarious, because it's a tiny crimp about five seconds long. But if he wants to make that into a Number One single, then he can".

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FACES REUNION RUMOURED
The Sun is reporting that a reunion of The Faces may be on the cards, claiming that Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart lunched together last week in London to discuss it.

As I'm sure you're aware, the band began as The Small Faces back in 1965, with frontman Steve Marriot. When Marriot left, his bandmates Ian McLagan, Kenney Jones and the late Ronnie Lane recruited Stewart and Wood and relaunched as The Faces. The band broke up in 1975, Wood joining the Rolling Stones, whilst Stewart went on to a highly successful solo career, of course.

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FANS AND BANDS SLAM 'WORST FESTIVAL EVER'
There were a huge number of festivals this weekend, but the one everyone is talking about is the first ever Zoo8 Festival. Although, not for the reasons the promoters would have liked.

Fans, bands and even the owners of the venue, Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, complained of poor organisation and a number of acts pulled out at the last minute, angering the fans even further. Dizzie Rascal, Athlete, The Rascals and Wiley all cancelled their sets. Lethal Bizzle stepped in to replace Dizzie Rascal and Ash only performed because the managers of the Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, who did not organise the event, stepped in and paid the band themselves in order to secure their performance. Ash bassist Mark Hamilton told BBC Radio Kent: "We didn't know if it was going to go ahead earlier on. There were a lot of issues with the promoters".

So, with everything going wrong on the main stage, at least there was a second stage to enjoy. Except that it was closed for a lot of the weekend after its structure because unstable. A spokesman for the event said: "The Tap 'n' Tin Tent, which was the second stage, had to close temporarily on Saturday and permanently on Sunday. On Saturday the infrastructure became insecure and was then fixed and the evening went ahead in there. When the high winds picked up on Sunday, it was necessary to close that down".

But, hey, it couldn't have been all that bad, could it? I mean, it was a festival in a zoo, after all. Perhaps not - some festival-goers have described the event as a "complete shambles". One told the BBC that there were only four toilets with no taps in the campsite and those in the main arena were "full to overflowing". The mother of another person at the event summed it up saying: "Hours of queuing, campsite dreadful, bands didn't show up or moved stages, staff very rude or unhelpful", while another who was actually there simply said: "Badly organised, badly informed. Worst fest ever!"

All that said, a spokeswoman for the park, while not defending the promoters, who they too had problems with, told reporters that the event wasn't, in the end, all that bad. She said: "As with all music festivals, there were some hiccups. This being the first Zoo8 at the park, there were bound to be some problems but they were all resolved quickly and efficiently, mainly by our own staff who stepped in to sort things out. According to St John Ambulance, Health and Safety, the licensing office, environmental health and the police, they were all happy".

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MEAT LOAF ON FAN WALK-OUTS
More (allegedly) rubbish events, and Meat Loaf, or rather his spokesman, David Cox, has responded to criticism of the star's recent gig in Hampshire, which saw loads of concert-goers leaving before the end due to an allegedly dire performance. Some fans said there were problems with the sound, but Cox blamed the weather. "The sound at the front of the stage was fantastic, ask anyone who was there," he said. "[However], every now and then the wind got up and it distorted the sound [at the back]. Meat Loaf is a great performer and he was up there giving it his all, but he can't control the weather".

Some fans dispute this, however, and say that the support acts could be heard just fine, and therefore the problems must have been with Meat Loaf's performance. The organisers of the series of gigs taking place at the Broadlands venue have also questioned the excuse - and while downplaying the extent of complaints regarding Meat Loaf's set, stress that any problems were not down to them. David Heartfield of The Rival Organisation said: "I don't know why the sound would have been any different for Meat Loaf's show - it was exactly the same equipment used for the other shows. I was aware of 20 or 30 people who left early but we certainly weren't talking many. Obviously the weather was not great, but it had been like that all weekend".

Despite the fan complaints and promoter claims, Cox concluded: "Since last year he has had vocal training to get his voice back up to scratch and his real fans will have heard that on Sunday. Meat Loaf put on the kind of fantastic show fans have come to expect".

As previously reported, the singer has suffered from a number of health problems recently, including a cyst on his vocal chords.

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BRITISH SEA POWER LAUNCH FESTIVAL
I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, there just aren't enough festivals around at the moment. Or not enough good festivals anyway (or at least that's how it seems today). So, why doesn't someone set up a new one? Maybe hold it in Yorkshire? Well, you're in luck, because British Sea Power have just announced that they're launching their own festival, Sing Ye From The Hillside!, which will take place in the grounds of The Tan Inn pub in the Yorkshire Dales - notably the highest pub in England. The event will take place on 29-31 Aug. The line-up is yet to be announced (although British Sea Power have confirmed that they will play), but the band have revealed that they are creating a new beer with the local Dent Brewery, which will be available throughout the weekend.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Utah Jazz - It's a Jazz Thing (Liquid V)
North Londoner Luke Wilson, aka Utah Jazz, presents a solid debut drum and bass album, cutting the edge just right - not too poppy or soft, yet not too harsh or soulless. From the opener 'Feeling Inside' he throws us into some summery jump up vibes with a touch of soul. 'Back In Time' rolls sweetly with lyrics that fit, rather than being OTT; 'Cloud Nine' is a little melancholy; while the highlight 'Funkless Life' has some funky touches and a rolling bassline, which give it all the makings of a summer smasher. 'Riddim Track' leans on reggae with its cornet and other samples, and 'La Cinta' is somewhat staccato in its step (and a bit average to be honest). 'River Theme' is relaxed and downtempo, being introspective with quality production, whereas 'Acoustic Jam' leans heavily funk - with slow BPMs and guitar and keys. 'The Only One' sounds too much like 'Funkless Life' and isn't as good, while 'The Message' just doesn't quite cut it for me. 'Sultry Interlude' really should have been a full track with its trumpet and vocals and would have been a great outro. That said, all in all this is a really good debut, and will bring some dnb sunshine into your summer. PV
Release Date: 14 Jul
Press Contact: Electric PR [all]

Buy from iTunes - Buy from Amazon

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EMI SETTLE WITH INFOSPACE
More EMI, and the major has settled a previously reported lawsuit with InfoSpace which centered on allegations the company was selling ringtones of music owned by the major's publishing division without having the right licences or paying the appropriate royalties. Or something like that. Since the lawsuit InfoSpace's mobile content division was sold to Motricity. The terms of the settlement have not been revealed.

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WARNER PROMOTE WOLK TO LEAD INDIE DISTRIBUTOR DIVISION
Warner Music US has announced that Mitchell Wolk has been appointed president of its independent label distribution division, the Alternative Distribution Alliance. He will report to Andy Allen, who himself has been promoted to the job of Chairman of Independent Music for Warner Music Group. ADA distributes for indies like Domino, Matador, Beggars, Saddle Creek and Sub Pop.

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7DIGITAL CONFIRM MP3 SALE BOOM
Independent download platform 7Digital have reported a 300% increase in MP3 sales in the first half of the year, though given the arrival of Warner Music's catalogue as MP3 to add to the existing EMI catalogue in that period that's perhaps not too much of a surprise. Confirming the boom in the sale of DRM-free MP3s, 7Digital top man Ben Drury told reporters: "High-quality, DRM-free MP3 downloads have really sparked a new wave of digital music take up. It is now clear that MP3 downloads represent the future for digital music. With two of the four major labels now supporting MP3 in the UK, we expect to see the whole market supporting MP3 in the not-too-distant future".

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UNIVERSAL TO EXPAND DELUXE EDITION RELEASES
Universal is planning on expanding the release of so called deluxe editions, the system where labels re-release an album with a few extras giving said album a second sales boost, and sending completist music fans back into the shops to buy an album for a second time. Having enjoyed chart success with deluxe editions of Take That and Amy Winehouse's most recent albums, Music Week report that such editions of albums by Keane, The Killers, Razorlight, Snow Patrol and U2 will all be released ahead of Christmas in a bid to engineer a festive season boost for CD sales.

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NEW INVESTMENT NETWORK FOR CREATIVE SECTOR LAUNCHES
A new national 'business angel' network for the creative arts sector launched yesterday, and new music ventures are among those the investment outfit plans to support. Called The Creative Arts Investment Network, the organisation will identify and work with entrepreneurs looking for investment for new creative businesses and help them put together the best possible investment proposals before putting them in front of investors affiliated to the network, which include Ingenious Media, Paramount Pictures, The South East Media Network, Clive Chenery Theatre Production & Management and Peter Jones TV.

Founder and MD of the network, Nicki Hattingh, told CMU: "CAIN is serious about the business and commercial opportunities that exist within the UK creative arts sector and we are committed to increasing the level of business angel investment into this diverse and interesting sector. There is a wealth of creative talent in the UK, which often struggles to find appropriate funding, particularly in the early and pre-production stages of the company or project development. There is a real need for private equity investment into creative arts projects and CAIN aims to help address the equity gap in this sector. We hope that CAIN will become the mechanism of choice to bring together creative arts companies looking for investment and investors with an interest in the creative arts".

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CHEAPER CHART DATA AVAILABLE FOR INDIES
Good news for cash-strapped fans of record sales statistics. Record label trade body the BPI has announced that it has arranged with the Official Charts Company - of which it is a co-owner - so that indie labels can buy ad-hoc sales reports from the stats firm at a reduced rate.

BPI Director of Independent Member Services Julian Wall explains: "The chart database is incredibly sophisticated in what it can do, but up to this point a lot of the OCC data has been a little outside of the smaller independent labels budgets because of the premium cost of developing bespoke reports. Having consulted the independent membership, we now have a range of packages that deliver essential sales information in a more cost-effective way".

More details of the packages available and how they work will be announced at the BPI's AGM which takes place in London tomorrow.

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GLOBAL RADIO AXE JOBS
Global Radio has announced it will axe about 30 jobs in what it calls a "prudent reaction to the current economic climate". No indication has been given as to where the cuts will take place, but the Guardian reckons HR, IT, programming and news will all take a hit at the firm's three main stations, LBC, Galaxy and Heart. The cuts don't affect GCap, the radio giant Global is in the process of taking over, though some downsizing is expected there too once the merger is complete. Some reckon the cuts at Global could see LBC's AM news channel become a completely automated service with no live presenters.

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ARQUIVA AWARDS ROUND UP
Away from the doom and gloom in the radio industry, some happy news for you, with the big awards bash for commercial radio types, the Arquiva Commercial Radio Awards, held in London yesterday. And the winners are...

Station of the Year < 300,000 TSA: 97.2 Stray FM
Station of the Year 300,000 - 1 million TSA: GWR Bristol
Station of the Year > 1 million TSA: Magic 105.4
Digital Station of the Year: GaydarRadio

Presenters of the Year: Jo & Twiggy - Trent FM
Presentation Newcomer of the Year: Chris Wise - 107.4 The Quay
Programmer of the Year: Andy Roberts - Kiss 100
Programme or Feature of the Year: 'V Festival 2007' - Virgin Radio

News Award: Nomia Iqbal & Katie Collins - 107.6 Juice FM
IRN Newslink Special Award: Ralph Bernard CBE

Social Action Initiative Award: Severn Sound - The Floods 2007
Schools Radio Award: Becky Hardesty - Royal National College for the Blind

Commercial Radio Station Sound Award: talkSPORT Creative
Creative Award: Andy Griffiths & Mike Doyle - 102.1 Swansea Bay Radio
Technical Innovation Award: Juicetube - 107.6 Juice FM

Marketing Award: Gavin Bruce & Jay Crawford - Real Radio Scotland
Sales Team of the Year: talkSPORT
Local Sales Team of the Year: Central FM

Gold Award: Neil Fox - Magic 105.4
Neil Robinson Memorial Award for Marketing Excellence: Vicky Sanders - Key 103
The RadioCentre Chairman's Award: Global Radio

PPL Most Played Artist on Commercial Radio: Take That

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FESTIVAL REVIEW: The Mighty Boosh Festival at Hop Farm on 5 Jul
Comedy has always flirted with rock & roll and musical stardom. Comedy has a fine lineage of being funny in time with a beat. But an open air festival with a comedy band headlining is unexplored, exciting territory - though perhaps it would have been better left unexplored...

As the voice of John Cleese guided us to Kent (oh the wonders of Tom Tom satnav) I was feeling relaxed enough to declare it was going to be, as the website assured, "a fun day in the country". But when we eventually walked into the main arena, it was underwhelming to say the least. It had the layout of a large scale, high capacity festival but the stage, the centre-piece for any good event, looked like it could barely accommodate a Rolf Harris tribute band, let alone an international rock god. Still, stiff upper lip, don't judge a book by its cover and all that. But try as we might, we couldn't find the festival spirit. With the main stage full of has-beens or going-nowheres and a comedy tent that required a twenty minute wait to get in, all the usual overpriced festival burger vans, herbal-E stalls and horrible toilets seemed to be tacked on to give the festival some credibility. And when a chemical toilet is relied on to provide a sense of atmosphere, the stink will hang heavy on the air.

The bands (apparently all booked by Noel Fielding) failed to grasp anyone's attention, and the crowd, a group of arty adults and giggling kids in fancy dress, wandered about aimlessly with nothing to do but buy merchandise. And what merchandise there was to buy! Surrounded by Mighty Boosh Hats, Mighty Boosh T-Shirts, Mighty Boosh Hot Pants, Mighty Boosh Bags, Mighty Boosh Flags, Mighty Boosh Banners, Mighty Boosh Programmes and Mighty Boosh aficionados dressed as their favourite characters, it was like being at some strange, commercial occultist rally co-organized by Salvador Dali and Gok Wan.

With the ostentation of the event clear to all, I wondered what its purpose was. No one was really interested in the bands and the comedy tent was far too small. Watching Ross Noble in that tent, with his virtuoso handling of the absurd, surreal and tangential, I wondered where the Boosh are heading. So far the progression of Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt's brainchild has been natural enough, but now they're up to more theatre shows at bigger venues, a Mighty Boosh night on BBC3, DVDs, a festival, an upcoming book, an upcoming album, rumours of a film, gratuitous merchandise and, if you can believe The Sun, a musical starring Alice Cooper. Meanwhile Ross Noble, who has an equally solid hold on absurd comedy, is happy to give his audience free ninja monkeys to sell on eBay (check it out) whilst playing a midday slot at another comedian's festival. Perhaps the Boosh should take note.

After three series of their TV show and a few appearances on late night TV quiz shows, it seems the Boosh believe they can take on the world, or at least milk their success 'til the cows come home. Perhaps if the festival had been delivered with more parody and less earnestness, focusing on comedy instead of the music, the day would have been more memorable. Sure, the Boosh's music is funny in context, but it lacks the Eric Idle quality of being able to survive outside of a sketch. 'Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life', 'The Penis Song', 'The Meaning Of Life', they're all good songs that are funny standing by themselves. 'Future Sailors'? 'Electro Boy'? 'Eels'? Not exactly Grammy-winning material that will have Winehouse hurrying back to the studio in fear of being overshadowed. So why wait all day to watch two men fulfil some adolescent rock & roll yearnings?

Sunburnt, broke and bored, musing on how The "Mighty" Boosh "Festival" failed to live up to its name, we left before the headliners appeared. RL

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MATT WILLIS MARRIES
Former Busted star Matt Willis has got married to TV presenter Emma Griffiths, which isn't surprising, as she was his fiancée. The ceremony took place at Rushton Hall, Northants, and featured fellow I'm A Celebrity star David Gest (who I weirdly saw hanging around at Cambridge station recently) as best man. Guests at the wedding included Holly Willoughby, Myleene Klass and fellow Busted star James Bourne. Wasn't Charlie there? Why ever not?

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DUFFY DENIES TOM JONES CLAIMS
According to reports, US Duffy fans think she is the love child of Tom Jones because of her powerful voice. Well, they are both Welsh, I suppose, and there are only about five people living in Wales, so you can see how that rumour came about. Anyway, she's somewhat unsurprisingly denied it. "I'm dealing with this every day here [in the US]", she says. "It's kind of bizarre. You've got to laugh".

Duffy's actual father apparently runs a bar in North Wales. So now you know.

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KANYE TO HAVE HELP WITH HIS ANGER, OR NOT
The Sun claims that Kanye West is going to attend anger management classes because he's worrying those closest to him with his outbursts and mood swings. The 'source' explained: "Kanye's management team came up with the idea. His mood swings were beginning to play a part in his commercial enterprises as people felt he was miserable all the time. The rapper is in line for deals with two big firms but both have started asking how easy he would be to work with".

Which is all a bit sad. And completely untrue, according to Kanye, who posted this response to the report on his website yesterday: "Do yall remember when people said my fiance was pregnant? What happened to that rumor? I guess after we broke up it was just forgot about? I'm just using that as an example of how people make up stuff and everybody runs with it. I had my own family asking me about that. Now the media is saying I'm going to anger management something or 'nother. I have never had any conversations about anger management. If anything, I need anger enhancement! lol! I get off the plane in Hawaii today and the world is saying my management team said blah blah blah... SIIIIIIGGGHHHH! I told the media you can't make up lies about me because I have a media outlet myself. Oh and sidebar I don't know if everyone has realized this yet but I don't do interviews if there's anything I wanna say I'll say right here on my own blog".

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DONOVAN BROKE RULES WHEN BACKING BORIS
Ofcom has said that Jason Donovan broke the rules when he spoke in favour of Boris Johnson on his radio show during the run up to the Mayoral elections. The singer(?) backed the Tory candidate on his Sunday Night With Jason Donovan show, which is syndicated to 37 different local stations, saying: "It's time for a change. It's definitely time for a change. Boris Johnson. I have to say it. That's my political message".

GCap, who just got a warning, said an apology had been read out on air. Ofcom said: "A presenter endorsing a political candidate at a time of an election is a clear and unambiguous breach of the due impartiality requirements of the broadcasting code. A presenter, albeit relatively new to his role as a radio presenter, was allowed to use his programme to promote an unchallenged political message in favour of a candidate for the 2008 London mayoral elections".

Ah well, at least he didn't get fired, like James Whale did.

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