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TODAY'S NEWS

More ISPs agree to step up their anti-P2P roles

50 Cent sues Taco Bell

Wood and Boosh postpone search for wild things
Kid Rock convicted over waffle fight
Kerrang! Awards nominations in
George Michael discusses depression and arrests
Love gets blogging again
Westerberg sells album for 49 cents
Neil Young re-thinks blu-ray releases
Psychedelic horseshit scrap single
Joe Lean & The Jing Jang Jong scrap album
Kapranos reveals Cribs/Marr collaboration
MIA and Santogold collaboration online
Deerhoof leak new song
EP review: Thee Earls - Bombs To Fall Mixes
Glastonbury tickets to go on sale early
A Fistful Of Fandango returns
Daniel Johnston to play Rough Trade show
Take That to quit after next tour
Bravado get Killers merchandise partnership
Iovine not fired by Interscope
Ministry sue Asylum man
Esquire to feature electronic cover
BBC controller stands down
Single Review: The Shortwave Set - Now 'Till 69
Winehouse waxwork unveiled
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THURSDAY 24TH JULY

THOSE DANCING DAYS
Formed in 2005, Those Dancing Days have so far had to plan their world domination around the Swedish school year. But with their latest single, 'Run Run', out this month, their debut album on the way, and various festival dates over the summer, including the Underage festival and Summer Sundae in the UK, those plans seem to be taking shape. We spoke to guitarist Rebecka Rolfart about musicals for teddybears, ear transplants and making everyone live for a hundred years.

 

Q1 How did you start out making music?
At the very very beginning Cissi and Rebecka wrote musicals for their teddybears in Rebecka's garden. Then Cissi got a plastic drumset. And then they all grew older. Lisa's older brother started to play in a band and so had Cissi's brother already done. Then Lisa and Cissi thought if their brothers played in bands they should do, too. And then Rebecka came back in the picture. The three started a band but then they started another one with Linnea and Mimmi. And they wanted to play perfect pop music that put a smile to their faces. And here we are, end of story.

Q2 What inspired your latest album?
Since it has taken some time we have experienced a lot of different things that inspired us to write. It's hard to put your finger to what it is... And since we are five different people writing the lyrics it's hard to know what everyone gets inspiration from because we don't really share the same brain and body. And since we are five young girls it's quite lot about things spinning around in our confused heads at the moment. I would say it is influenced by life and pretty boys.

Q3 What process do you go through in creating a track?
It depends from time to time. Sometime one of us writes a song at home and tell the other ones how it should be, the feeling in it and so on. But it's never just one person who decides what everyone should play. It's like we all give our personal spice to the songs, that is good because then you really feel it is a Those Dancing Days song. Often we start with guitar and drums and sooner or later the rest of us play along. But the best songs that we make are the ones we all come up with together. It's the same as every songwriter, I guess. Write a lyric, feeling in the mood of it, put it together with the right mood of music, play the pieces you've made up over and over, change a bit, add a bit and so on. Then we record it, put some extra sugar to it and then hope everyone will love the track as much as we do.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
Hard question... I don't know. We just play.

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
Love it or we will put some new ears on your head! No, I don't know we would say anything, really. Try us, have a listen. Hopefully they will like it. Or they don't have to like it. As long as they get a feeling from our music we are satisfied.

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest single/album, and for the future?
Play until we are 100 years old. Because a good laugh makes you live longer. And we get happy off our music, and of course while playing it. And by making people happy we will make everyone live until they are 100 years old. I think that is a good goal.

MORE>> www.myspace.com/thosedancingdays

 

PLANET EARTH
I think it's clear from previous SNAP entries that this column has a penchant for many of the acts released by those lovely folks over at indie label Young And Lost Club, and low and behold, here's another affiliated band today, Planet Earth, who have already supported Noah And The Whale, Johnny Flynn and recent Mercury nominee Laura Marling. Plying a similar anti-folk sound to some of their Y&LC contemporaries, there's a sweetly sardonic humour to their songs, including the excellent 'Cactus' and the Adam Green-aping 'Bergman Movies'. And though both are accompanied by particularly odd pictures on their Myspace (also see the image for 'Castles' regarding this), it's merely a small gripe to get over. See the link below as your starting point.

www.myspace.com/planetearthsongs

 
 

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MORE ISPS AGREE TO STEP UP THEIR ANTI-P2P ROLES
Record label trade body the BPI have announced a "ground breaking" agreement. Which is good news. Well, possibly not for the ground. The agreement is between the record industry and those pesky internet service providers, and has been brokered by the government who, it turns out, aren't totally incompetent at everything.

But let's do the back-story first. As much previously reported, the record companies have long claimed the internet service providers should take on a more proactive role in combating the illegal distribtion of content on the net by their customers. The ISPs have in the main resisted taking on such a role, but some in the internet provision industry have started to come round to the idea that they will, in the end, have to do more than in the past, partly because the government have indicated they will force them to do so through new laws if they don't do it voluntarily.

As also previously reported, Virgin Media agreed to get a little more proactive recently by agreeing to send out warning letters to any of its customers who the BPI believed were accessing illegal sources of music. Today's announcement sees five other ISPs - BT, Tiscali, Orange, Sky and, most interestingly (given they've been most resistant so far) Carphone Warehouse - basically sign up to similar programme of letter sending. In addition to that they will sign a Memorandum Of Understanding under which they will pledge to work with the music and film industries in a bid to gain a "significant reduction" in illegal filesharing.

The agreement has been facilitated by the government's Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, and interestingly media regulator OfCom is likely to get involved in coordinating any combined efforts involving all the internet service providers. That news follows recent comments made by OfCom chief Ed Richards in which he said he saw a role for his organisastion in policing copyright on the net.

Announcing the expansion of the ISP letter sending programme, and the wider 'memorandum of understanding', BPI chief Geoff Taylor told CMU: "This MOU represents a significant step forward, in that all ISPs now recognise their responsibility to help deal with illegal filesharing. Government has played an important role in bringing all parties together to arrive at this point, but the work really begins now. We look forward to creating the procedures necessary to effectively tackle repeated unlawful filesharing with the other signatories and Ofcom".

He continued: "BPI has always believed that a partnership approach is the best way forward, as we showed with our education campaign with Virgin Media, launched in May. This has demonstrated that ISPs and the music business can work together positively to raise awareness about illegal filesharing. And, working with government, we have been able to build on that progress and encourage other major ISPs to start taking a responsible approach. In addition, the music business is constantly innovating to offer new, safe and legal ways to enjoy music online, and to create a future for digital music where creativity and copyright are respected. This MOU will help to create an environment in which such new digital services models can flourish".

It's not clear what all this means for the ISPs who are not signatories of the memorandum. And of course there remains doubt that the letter sending in itself will seriously discourage file sharers. It is true there is still some ignorance of the illegality of file sharing and letters like these may persuade the ignorant to switch to legitimate digital music services. But unless the BPI is willing to take another load of file sharers to court, or the ISPs can be persuaded to implement the BPI's full plan - whereby those who ignore the warning letters would have their net connections cut off - many filesharers who receive the letter may well ignore it and carry on regardless.

And even if lawsuits or disconnections occur, serious file sharers will find ways to access illegal music without detection. The long and the short of it is that P2P file sharing will never be eradicated, but the record companies know that. The aim of initiatives like this is to persuade casual file sharers to go legit, and to stop those new to online music to go down the file-sharing route for the first time. The question is how many people do the record companies want to see put off file sharing in order to be satisfied that there has been a "significant reduction" in online piracy. At that point is not yet clear.

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50 CENT SUES TACO BELL
50 Cent is suing Taco Bell for using his name without permission. As previously reported, The fast food company wanted the rapper to change his name for a day to 79, 89 or 99 Cent to coincide with a value meal promotion which is making food available at those prices. They also wanted him to go to one of their stores and order some food using his temporary name. Fiddy wasn't impressed with the proposal, or, more so, the fact that they sent it to the media but not him.

The rapper's lawyer, Peter D Raymond, said Fiddy only learned of the letter's existence and that he was featured in the ad campaign when he saw a news report about it and is now seeking $4 million in damages.

A spokesman for Taco Bell, Rob Poetsch told reporters: "We made a good faith, charitable offer to 50 Cent to change his name to either 79, 89 or 99 Cent for one day by rapping his order at a Taco Bell, and we would have been very pleased to make the $10,000 donation to the charity of his choice".

Fiddy said last month: "When my legal team is finished with them, Taco Bell is going to have a new corporate slogan: 'We messed with the bull and got the horns!'"

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WOOD AND BOOSH POSTPONE SEARCH FOR WILD THINGS
Ronnie Wood's trip to rehab to sort out his drinking problem has put plans to publish a new version of the popular children's book 'Where The Wild Things Are', which he was working on with The Mighty Boosh, on the back burner.

A source told The Sun: "Ronnie and Noel [Fielding] had come up with some fantastic illustrations and the project was well on course to being a major part of the book. But with Ronnie back on the drink he is uncontactable and deadlines are looming".

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KID ROCK CONVICTED OVER WAFFLE FIGHT
Kid Rock has been give a year's probation, a $1000 fine, 80 hours of community service and ordered to attend anger management classes following that fight in a waffle house in Atlanta last October. The singer and five members of his entourage were arrested after a fight with another customer in said waffle house. All six men appeared in court on Tuesday but three had all charges against them dropped.

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KERRANG! AWARDS NOMINATIONS IN
What with the Mercury nominations and now the Kerrang! Award nominations, this is becoming quite an award-y week. I hope everyone's got their back-patting hands at the ready. This year's reader-voted awards sees Lostprophets in line to win Best British Band for the third year in a row.

The awards ceremony takes place in London on 21 Aug. The full nominations are as follows:

Best British Newcomer: Dead Swans, We Are The Ocean, Slaves To Gravity, Elliot Minor, Go:Audio

Best International Newcomer: Kill Hannah, A Day To Remember, Four Year Strong, Black Tide, All Time Low

Best British Band: Lostprophets, Bring Me The Horizon, You Me At Six, Bullet For My Valentine, Biffy Clyro

Best International Band: 30 Seconds To Mars, My Chemical Romance, Madina Lake, Coheed And Cambria, Avenged Sevenfold

Best Single: 30 Seconds To Mars - From Yesterday, Bullet For My Valentine - Waking The Demon, Simple Plan - Your Love Is A Lie, Kids In Glass Houses - Give Me What I Want, Pendulum - Propane Nightmares

Best Video: Bullet For My Valentine - Waking The Demon, 30 Seconds To Mars - A Beautiful Lie, Weezer - Pork And Beans, Coheed And Cambria - Feathers, Gallows - Starin' At The Rude Bois

Best Album: Bullet For My Valentine - Scream, Aim, Fire, Avenged Sevenfold - Avenged Sevenfold, In Flames - A Sense Of Purpose, Mindless Self Indulgence - If, Cancer Bats - Hail Destroyer

Best Live Band: 30 Seconds To Mars, Lostprophets, Machine Head, The Dillinger Escape Plan,
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GEORGE MICHAEL DISCUSSES DEPRESSION AND ARRESTS
In the first of a two part interview with US breakfast TV show Good Morning America, George Michael has spoken openly about his sexuality, depression and brushes with the law.

Speaking about his late twenties and the death of his then boyfriend Anselmo Feleppa, he said: "It was a terribly depressing time. I had my very first relationship at 27 because I really had not actually come to terms with my sexuality until I was 24. I lost my partner to HIV then it took about three years to grieve, then after that I lost my mother. I felt almost like I was cursed. The only thing that got me through it was my music. It survived. I wrote very, very little, but the little I wrote did well and kept my head above water. It was depression and shock which just went on for years. As the 24 or 25 year old that could not believe how quickly all of his dreams had come true, could not believe how blessed he'd been, and then just this absolute nightmare. You have to believe that there's some reason it happened in that order. I was supposed to learn those things a bit earlier than other people so I could put it in to work".

He also spoke about his 1998 arrest in public toilets in Beverly Hills for engaging in a 'lewd act', claiming that he had actually got himself arrested on purpose. He said: "It was a very eventful and bizarrely dark period for me that I actually thought was going to go on forever. It was a huge relief and it took me about a year to admit to myself that I had done it, deliberately. The truth is, cruising has gone on for as long as there have been men trying to hide their sexuality".

On to more recent trouble with the law, he spoke about his arrest after being found unconscious at the wheel of his car, which resulted in him being banned from driving for two years: "When you know you've done something really stupid, then the punishment doesn't really feel inappropriate. And it's a weird thing, because I think I really learned something from that, because I did something that I'd never done in my life, which is take risks with other people".

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LOVE GETS BLOGGING AGAIN
Courtney Love has been blogging again. Although this time she seems a lot less angry and a little less incoherent. In the lengthy ramble, she discusses why she won't write about her sex life, her sex life, various feuds (or lack of them), and tells a couple of British comedians that she's spending Christmas with them this year "just cause I have to hang with your mums".

Slipping seamlessly from the subject of not talking about her sex life to that business of Ryan Adams allegedly funding one of his albums on her credit cards, which we reported on earlier this week, she said: "I'm a bit of a total prude about that topic [her sex life]. It's no one's business. It never will be. Back in 2003, I pimped my then, lizard-like, foul 'boyfriend' onto [Ryan] Adams, who admittedly knows that record has far too much high-end and not enough mid range. 'Luminol' could've been a fine song and there are a few others, but their sheer hamfistedness and steroid jangle. ... I generally like to listen to it and until a few days ago I considered him a sort of friend. ... I just didn't think I'd be charged nearly a million dollars to finance some indie record, some bogus 'career'. If he knew about these cards - and I believe he did - I have a really good reason to believe he did, simply because so much was used to pay for his 'comforts'".

But, she insists, she is not starting a feud with Adams, claiming that the only feud she's ever had was with Trent Reznor. She continued: "I don't like to have 'feuds' anymore than I like to stage dive. I'm older now, and it's stupid. Besides, the only real 'feud' I ever had was with Mr Self Destruct back in the 90s and he started it".

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WESTERBERG SELLS ALBUM FOR 49 CENTS
Former Replacements frontman Paul Westerberg is selling his latest solo album via Amazon US and Tunecore.com for 49 cents. The album, '49:00', is 49 minutes long and is delivered as a single MP3 file. Westerberg has also made downloadable artwork and liner notes available on his website www.paulwesterberg.com.

The album is sold with the following disclaimer: "Warning: Do not listen while operating a motor vehicle. This product is not faulty - all sounds are intentional and valid as a work of art". Make of that what you will.

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NEIL YOUNG RE-THINKS BLU-RAY RELEASES
As we reported earlier this year, Neil Young is no fan of MP3s, with their low bitrates. He had planned to force people to upgrade sound quality wise by making upcoming archive releases (starting with a ten disc collection of live performances from between 1963 and 1972) only available on super quality Blu-Ray disks. However, it seems Young has had a change of heart, possibly because only about four people in the world would be able to play the albums. He has now announced that the archive recordings will be made available on CD and DVD, too. My plan is to buy the CD version and then rip the tracks onto my MP3 player at the lowest possible bitrate.

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PSYCHEDELIC HORSESHIT SCRAP SINGLE
Psychedelic Horeshit have demanded that their UK label Half Machine Records destroy all copies of their 'New Wave Hippies EP', which was due to be released on 28 Jul. The label apparently shipped 50 copies of the 7" over to the band in the US and received back the following email from frontman Matt Whitehurst:

"Dude, got the EPs today. What the fuck is with the spaces in between the tracks? They were strung together with care. There are guitar and drum parts chopped in half. I am beyond pissed off. This is why bands are supposed to get test pressings. This thing is a piece of junk now, completely worthless, and all copies must be burned or otherwise destroyed. I am deadly serious about this. If this gets out I will personally make it my job to see to it that every copy is retrieved and destroyed. Starting at your offices".

Half Machine Records responded with the following statement: "As requested we'll be setting all copies we can get our hands on alight. We'll film it and post it on YouTube to prove to Matt (and you) that we really have thrown just over a grand down the drain. We're kind of like a poor mans KLF".

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JOE LEAN & THE JING JANG JONG SCRAP ALBUM
Joe Lean & The Jing Jang Jong have shelved their debut album, which was due for release on 4 Aug. The band's manager, Raye Cosbert said: "They've grown as musicians, the album was recorded too early in their career. The band have all agreed that's it's the best thing to do".

A spokesman for the band's label Vertigo said, "We completely respect our artists' creative decisions. Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong are a great band and we look forward to releasing their first album in the near future".

Promo copies of the album have already been sent out and the NME gave it 8/10 in this week's issue, which either means they're wrong or Joe Lean et al have very high standards.

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KAPRANOS REVEALS CRIBS/MARR COLLABORATION
Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos has revealed that The Cribs have recorded a number of songs with Johnny Marr. He told BBC 6music: "Ross [Jarman, drums] played me a few songs that they'd recorded with Johnny, about four or five songs and they sound amazing. He had them on his ipod and it was funny because the guitars were panned hard right and left and it's amazing - in one ear you've got this very distinctive Johnny Marr style, and in the left ear you've got this very distinctive Ryan Jarman style. It's cool, it really works".

Kapranos also said that producing the last Cribs album, 'Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever', had given him a taste for working on other people's recordings and that he hoped to be able to do more once his day job had becomes less time consuming. He said: "I'd love to do more producing. We built a studio in Glasgow as well which was where we recorded all of [the new Franz Ferdiand] record. I was talking to Sons And Daughters recently and I'd love to go in and record them. And Panico, the band from Chille, who are now in Paris, that we toured with recently - I'd love to record them. If there's a band that excites me and thinks it could work with me then I'd love to, it's just a case of time as for a while we're gonna be busy touring".

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MIA AND SANTOGOLD COLLABORATION ONLINE
A collaboration between MIA, Santogold and Radioclit has been made available on the latter's MySpace page. In a post on their blog, Radioclit said: "Finally you have a chance to hear what we did with MIA and Santogold last year".

To listen go here: www.myspace.com/radioclit

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DEERHOOF LEAK NEW SONG
Deerhoof have made 'Fresh Born', a song from their forthcoming album, 'Offend Maggie', available as a free download. The only catch is that it comes in the form of sheet music, rather than a handy MP3 - you'll have to make that yourself. The band are encouraging fans to record their own versions of the song and then share them online.

Download the sheet music here deerhoof.cashmusic.org

'Offend Maggie' will be released via ATP Recordings on 6 Oct.

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EP REVIEW: Thee Earls - Bombs To Fall Mixes (Transmitter Recordings)
I initially thought Thee Earls were one of those self-gratifying bands I oft despise and usually try my hardest to avoid. But fortunately, it seems, I am at least partly wrong. This remixes EP seems to have been something of a bona fide labour of love - certainly time has been taken in picking the remixers, and lead singer and well-known DJ Justin Robertson has even done one himself. Originally a piece of 80s-inspired post-punk sitting comfortably between Joy Division and A Certain Ratio, here 'Bombs To Fall' is transformed into something contemporary and fresh. The mixes themselves are quite set apart from each other, and none rely too much on the original track. In fact, it's often hard to tell if it's the same track at all. Of all the mixes, New Kid Craze's mix is the most impressive, evoking a New Order-style 80s electro pop beat thumping in a wonderfully angular fashion whilst the vocals are echoed sparsely over the top like a spaced out Devo. These mixes offer an excellent addition to Thee Earls' catalogue but we will have to wait until the album is released to delve in further. SJS
Release Date: 28 Jul.
Press Contact: Trailer Media [all]

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GLASTONBURY TICKETS TO GO ON SALE EARLY
Worried about getting hold of tickets for next year's Glastonbury Festival? Well, you know how quickly these things sell out. But never fear, you will be able to reserve tickets for next year's event in October for a deposit of £50. The first 100,000 tickets will be available six months earlier than normal, with those taking advantage paying the rest of the ticket price on 1 Apr (or given a £40 refund if they decide not to go ahead, losing them £10). It's hoped that this will ensure sales pick up more quickly by putting tickets on sale before the other major festivals.

That said, Michael Eavis, expects demand to be higher for his 2009 festival anyway, after the success and relatively good weather of this year. "Everybody wants to come", he told the BBC. "Everywhere I go people say 'oh we should've been there and we're so fed up about it' because it was so good. There was so much stuff going on - Trash City, Shangri-La, The Park - there's all these other things that are going on as well as the main stages and everywhere I go people are kicking themselves because they didn't go, so there really will be a big demand".

Demand, he hopes, despite a rise in the ticket price. Eavis says there will have to be an increase next year because this year they struggled to cope with rising costs, which this year included an unexpected £160,000 on fuel. He said: "We actually did [this year's festival] cheap - we couldn't cover the costs at that price. It wasn't a loss but it wasn't as good as it should've been".

Looking back at 08, he admitted the slow ticket sales had proved stressful: "I've never enjoyed it [the actual festival] so much, although I've had a lot of worries this year with the tickets not selling - I lost half a stone in weight at one point. I was so scared but it came through. So when you get so scared like that and then when it comes right in the end it's fantastic. It's completely different to how we're talking six months ago when we were saying 'oh no is this the end? It's on its way out because we didn't sell out straight away...' So we had all those stories about the demise of the festival and they were completely wrong. We completely changed it around".

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A FISTFUL OF FANDANGO RETURNS
A Fistful Of Fandango, organised by those Club Fandango types, returns to 'home of CMU Social' 229 this September, with 30 bands playing on two stages over five days. Amongst the bands on this year's line up are Yacht, Camera Obscura, Fionn Regan, Frightened Rabbit and The Clientele.

The gigs take place between 2-6 Sep and tickets for each night cost £12. More info here.

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DANIEL JOHNSTON TO PLAY ROUGH TRADE SHOW
Cult indie icon Daniel Johnston will perform a free in-store gig at Rough Trade East this Saturday. If you're a fan, you'll already know that live performances from Johnston a few and far between, so you should already be excited. But I haven't even finished yet because he will also be joined by Scout Niblett, Teenage Fanclub's Norman Blake, Sparklehorse's Mark Linkous, Yo La Tengo's James McNew, and Jad Fair of Half Japanese. It all kicks of at 11.45am and I would advise you to get their early.

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TAKE THAT TO QUIT AFTER NEXT TOUR
Take That's Jason Orange has told The Daily Star that he thinks his band will only do one more tour before calling it day again. He said: "I think we have one more tour left in us. I sound old saying that but I can't see us being like the Rolling Stones and being in Take That when I am 40 or 50 years old. After the [last] tour it was weird to go cold turkey but my body did appreciate the rest. I was knackered. I booked into a health farm and ended up staying for two months".

Take That's next album is due for release later this year.

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BRAVADO GET KILLERS MERCHANDISE PARTNERSHIP
Bravado, the music merchandising company owned by Universal since its acquisition of Sanctuary, has entered into an agreement with those Killers. Bravado boss Tom Bennett says this: "Merchandise goes hand in hand with CD sales, especially with a band this popular. The Killers are a perfect example of who the merchandising business was built for and we're thrilled to be creating innovative merchandise offerings that will help them further connect with their avid fan base".

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IOVINE NOT FIRED BY INTERSCOPE
A spokesman has denied rumours that Jimmy Iovine has been fired as head of Universal's Interscope, the label he founded. The rumour stems from earlier claims that the label is currently in turmoil after a number of artists, including Busta Rhymes, were dropped from its roster.

Peter LoFrumento, Executive VP for Universal, told AllHipHop.com: "The story is complete nonsense and it is utterly untrue".

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MINISTRY SUE ASYLUM MAN
According to Music Week, Ministry Of Sound is suing Ben Cook, MD of Warner Music's Asylum UK and a former MoS employee. Ministry allege he was in breach of contract and fiduciary duties when he moved from their company to the major last summer, where he became involved in the relaunch of the Asylum imprint earlier this year.

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ESQUIRE TO FEATURE ELECTRONIC COVER
Esquire magazine has announced that its October edition (which will hit shelves in September) will feature an electronic cover, using E-Ink's electronic paper technology, which is used by ebook readers, such as Amazon's Kindle. This doesn't come cheap, though. It cost a six figure sum just to have the battery designed in order to power the 100,000 special copies of the magazine. Part of the cash was stumped up by Ford, who will have a moving car ad on the inside cover.

Esquire's editor-in-chief David Granger told The New York Times: "Magazines have basically looked the same for 150 years. I have been frustrated with the lack of forward movement in the magazine industry. The possibilities of print have just begun. In two years, I hope this looks like cellphones did in 1982, or car phones. We are trying to combine a 21st century technology with a 19th century manufacturing process".

Kevin O'Malley, Esquire's publisher, added: "This is really the 1.0 version. Imagine when the consumer walks by a newsstand and sees that it is alive. Part of the iconic DNA of the magazine is our covers. I fully expect that in 25 to 30 years, this cover will be in a museum".

Of course, given the battery life of these covers is only 90 days, it might not look so impressive by then.

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BBC CONTROLLER STANDS DOWN
BBC2 controller Roly Keating is standing down, and will leave the channel in October. He will move within the Corporation to the new job of Director Of Archive Content. The BBC2 top job will be advertised.

Confirming Keating's new role, BBC DG Mark Thompson said this: "Roly is passionate about the potential of the archive and with his fantastic track record as a programme-maker and channel controller, he is ideally placed to lead this exciting project".

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SINGLE REVIEW: The Shortwave Set - Now 'Till 69 (Wall of Sound)
Now this I like: sheer summer escapism. Listen to this and you can just imagine riding shotgun on a David Bowie roadtrip with The New Pornographers crammed into the back, top down and stereo blasting. The goodtime vibes will appeal to fans of Supergrass and the slightly psychedelic poppy edge sooths the listener. The two B-sides are more easy-listening; sounding like a stoned picnic with Simon and Garfunkel. Danger Mouse's production works beautifully, replacing the more sample driven songs of previous work with shining string arrangements. Sure, the DIY ethic of the first album has suffered at the hands of such a mega-producer, but when the result is something that still feels this natural it's hard to take any such complaints seriously. ME
Release Date: 4 Aug
Press Contact: Motion PR

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WINEHOUSE WAXWORK UNVEILED
The new Madame Tussauds waxwork of Amy Winehouse has been unveiled by the singer's parents Janis and Mitch. Her father denied reports that Amy had called the waxwork "crap" and said she was keen to see the finished version but had been unable to attend the unveiling because she is working on her new album.

Mitch told the BBC: "It captures her totally... but she's not that skinny anymore. I can't get over the tattoos. They are perfect."

Janis told WENN: "It's unbelievable. I feel like I'm touching her".

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POP MUSIC 1 CATHOLIC CHURCH 0
Alanis Morissette has revealed that she embarrassed Vatican cardinals after she met the Pope in 2000. She said: "I'm post-Catholic; I don't know how it works anymore, so there was this awkward moment and I walked in front of them. They were all French and they were speaking about me behind me, saying how rude and horrible I was. I speak French, so I bit my tongue the whole way out and they were just ripping me apart, and then right at the tail end... I just turned back and spoke to them in French and said, 'Thank you so much for your kindness'".

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