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MySpace Music could launch next week

MOBO and Aria shortlists announced
Vernon Handley dies
Brand invited back to VMAs, gets Jonas Bros approval
REM guitar stolen after concert
The Game beats Bow Wow, takes $100,000
BB King opens BB King museum
Single review: Sisters Of Transistors - The Don (This Is Music)
Gilmour puts paid to Pink Floyd reunion
Razorlight album stuff
The Raveonettes give away remix EP
Earth Crisis announce new album
Bestival to release early bird tickets this week
Glastonbury to allow bulk ticket purchases
Album review: Max Pashm – Never Mind The Balkans (Elektrikos Organikos)
Ronnie Scott's launch jazz youth programme
Sony launch Abba edition of Singstar
The Orchard sign up the Wu-Tang Clan
Chrysalis form partnership with CCL
Warner sign up to Deezer
MU call for consistency on airline's musical instrument rules
Planet Rock added to Freesat, Jenson joins the party
Date set for Student Radio Awards
Kings Of Leon didn't like their own song
Perry obsessed with Lewis
Wahlberg: New Kids were not good
Lily Allen turns physics expert
MOBO nominations in full
Aria nominations in full
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THURSDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER

PETE GREENWOOD
Heavenly Recordings' latest signing, Pete Greenwood recently released his debut album, 'Sirens', to high acclaim. No mean feat for someone who's only been writing songs for a couple of years. The album is packed full of folky stuff that make him sound like an old hand at constructing songs and clever melodies. You can catch Pete live as part of the Forever Heavenly festival at the Southbank Centre in London on 13 Sep.

 

Q1 How did you start out making music?
At about 13, I gave up piano for the guitar. My dad always had one lying around anyway and I really couldn't put it down once I'd figured out the basics. So, it just went from there, I guess.

Q2 What inspired your latest single?
I wasn't sure what the single ['Penny Dreadful'] was meant to be about when I wrote it, it just came out in one go. I've been told it's about Leeds, and I suspect I'd just come back from there when I wrote it, but it still doesn't make much sense to me. Then again, I thought it was about some fictitious Victorian gin for a while, I can never tell to be honest.

Q3 What process do you go through in creating a track?
I tend to have a few chords that I keep playing when I'm sat around, then eventually I'll get a verse done really quickly, then knock it into shape from there. Once I start one it's done within a day or two. It either works straight away or I just discard it. I've discarded more than I've finished, but I'm just fussy.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
Obviously there's the big ones like Dylan and Leonard Cohen, but I try not to think about that too much. I go through phases of listening to one or two people for a week or so, then move onto something else - it helps to be pretty eclectic, otherwise you'll get bogged down in some sort of weird competitive bent.

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
Probably give it another listen, they're quite condensed songs.

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest album, and for the future?
It's out there now, so that ought to take care of itself I suppose. As for the future, I'm happy to plough on and keep writing more, I'm pretty eager to get another album written now.

MORE>> www.myspace.com/petergreenwood

 

CHARLI XCX
Expect Charli XCX to be wildly derided as a needless addition to the London electro set, particularly given likely conservative impressions of her flamboyantly fluorescent stage outfits and slightly ridiculous name. It's a mindset we nearly entered here, but, like her stated primary influence, Uffie, beware dismissing her basic drum beats and glitchy synths as throwaway Hoxton trash. Indeed, there's an underlying pop brilliance to 'I Like You', which is steps away from being a fully blown chart crasher, though the tacky, hopefully sardonic take on 'The Imperial March' from Star Wars nearly ruined it for us. Either way, her MySpace is well worth investigating.

www.myspace.com/charlixcx

 

 



Don't forget you can now check out CMU favourites old and new on CMU-Tube, our online music video service powered by MUZU.

On there right now you will find music from Atomic Hooligan, Frightened Rabbit, Kraak & Smaak, IAMX, G Love & Special Sauce and The Robocop Kraus, plus old favourites from Ben Folds, Scouting For Girls, Coldcut, Leftfield and Fiona Apple and live performances from MGMT, The Futureheads and Glasvegas. Listen to videos on demand, or just let the channel play. Check it all out at www.cmumusicnetwork.co.uk. For details of how to put your new releases forward for inclusion on the CMU-Tube email cmutube@cmumusicnetwork.co.uk.

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MYSPACE MUSIC COULD LAUNCH NEXT WEEK
Music Week is reporting that the much talked about MySpace Music will go live next week, though the social networking conglom hasn't commented on the reports, and it's not clear if the service will go live globally in one go, or if it will launch in one territory first, probably the US.

As previously reported, MySpace is hoping to capitalise on its position as social-networking site of choice for bands to launch itself into the increasingly crowded digital music market, providing various ad-funded music services, including more of that 'share with friends' nonsense that's very much in fashion, plus a download store, possibly to be powered by Amazon's MP3 service, which is already live in the US.

The Rupert Murdoch owned social networking firm already has Universal, SonyBMG and Warner Music signed up as partners for its music service – the former, in particular, presumably keen to help MySpace cut into iTunes' market dominance in the download space (they usually are). EMI are not yet on board, nor are the indies, though talks continue with the London major and indie label digital body Merlin. The consensus is that MySpace would go live even if those deals weren't in place.

That said, MySpace is still looking for an exec to runs its music division – as previously reported, both former MTV man Andy Schuon and former Yahoo! exec Ian Rogers have been touted as possibles. Whether the company would go live without its CEO in place isn't clear.

Reports of a 15 Sep launch for the new MySpace music service have appeared in a number of places on the net, but with no official comment, I guess we'll have to just wait and see if there's any truth in the rumour.

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MOBO AND ARIA SHORTLISTS ANNOUNCED
What, more awards? Already? Yes, and two of them at that. The nominations for the MOBO Awards and the Australian equivalent of the Brits – the ARIAs – were announced yesterday.

Leading the proceedings on the former is that Estelle, who is shortlisted for no less than five awards - Best UK Female, Best Song, Best R&B/Soul, Best Video and Best Album. She's followed by Leona Lewis and Wiley, who are both up for three gongs each. Dizzee Rascal is on two shortlists.

Commenting on this year's shortlists, MOBO boss Kanya King told CMU: "Hip Hop and R&B have emerged as popular music, not just genres beloved by a minority, and British artists are at the forefront. It's fantastic to see artists like Estelle, who MOBO championed early on, get their due. I'd like to call on the music industry to keep up the good work and capitalise on this. There are still barriers out there. Estelle had to go to America to really break through and be given her big chance. The talent is undoubtedly here, let's get behind them".

This year's MOBOs take place at Wembley Arena on 15 Oct.

In the Aussie awards, Sydney boy Sam Sparro has done rather well, getting five nominations, though not as well as teenage singer Gabriella Cilmi, who is up for six awards, including Single Of The Year, Best Female Artist and two Breakthrough Artist awards (one for her debut single and one for her debut album). Other nominees include Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, Midnight Juggernauts, Silverchair and Kylie.

The ARIAs will be presented at the Acer Arena in Sydney on 19 Oct.

Full nominations lists for both the MOBOs and ARIAs are given at the bottom of today's CMU Daily. (Click here to jump to them now)

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VERNON HANDLEY DIES
British conductor Vernon Handley has died at his home in Monmouthshire at the age of 77.

Born in London and of Welsh parentage, Handley served in the armed forces and studied at Oxford before becoming a pupil of renowned conductor Adrian Boult. During the course of his career, he established the Guildford Philharmonic, was director of the Tonbridge Philharmonic, and was associate conductor of the London Philharmonic. He also worked with the Amsterdam Philharmonic and Ulster Orchestras and served as Conductor Emeritus of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. Handley had a prolific recording career, working on more than 150 albums, 90 of which featured the work of British composers. He also received numerous awards, including a Classical Brits lifetime achievement gong, and was appointed CBE in 2004 for his services to music.

Handley had been due to conduct at the 2008 proms in July, but had to withdraw because of his health problems. The Proms' director Roger Wright told the BBC: "I was sad that Vernon Handley was not able to appear as planned in the Proms this year because of illness and his death today robs us of one of our most distinguished conductors. Vernon Handley was a wonderful musician and an extraordinary champion of British music. Audiences owe him a huge debt for his work in bringing the music of British composers of earlier generations to wider attention. His concerts and recordings of the music of Bax, Elgar and Vaughan Williams in particular were towering achievements. He will be sorely missed, not least by all those players in the BBC orchestras with whom he worked".

Last night's prom was dedicated to his memory.

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BRAND INVITED BACK TO VMAS, GETS JONAS BROS APPROVAL
Russell Brand may have shocked some people with his risqué comments while hosting the MTV VMAs on Sunday. But seemingly not the MTV execs, who, he says, have asked him to host the awards again next year.

Brand told The Mirror: "My phone hasn't stopped ringing. Most people thought it was great and I'm pleased with how it went. The executive producer came up to me straight after the show and asked me to sign up to do next year's awards too. The viewing figures went up 20 per cent on last year's show which is unbelievable. I'm really flattered. It is the hardest thing I've ever done and I will think very carefully about accepting. I spent a lot of time suppressing the urge to scream a career-ending remark during the show".

Meanwhile, the Jonas Brothers, who were the butt of many jokes about purity rings and abstinence made by Brand, also seemed to have enjoyed his performance. Nick Jonas told BBC Newsbeat: "For us, it's cool to see that he recognizes we are gentlemen. I think he did a good job. We saw him on Conan O'Brien and thought he was hilarious".

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REM GUITAR STOLEN AFTER CONCERT
Will everyone please stop stealing everyone else's guitars? In fact, it's not just guitars. Iron Maiden had a guitar stolen recently, but The Stooges had all their gear and their van thieved, Orange Amps had £50,000 of new amps whipped out from under their noses and someone made off with Ian Curtis' gravestone earlier this year. Now someone has pinched Peter Buck's famous Rickenbacker guitar, which he has been using since 1982, after a gig in Helsinki.

In a statement on their official website, the band said: "Needless to say, this instrument means a great deal to Peter and to REM. It is our sincere hope that whoever is responsible for the loss, or whoever has information which can help recover the guitar, will come forward to receive a generous reward, no questions asked".

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THE GAME BEATS BOW WOW, TAKES $100,000
The Game has beaten fellow rapper Bow Wow on video game Madden NFL 09, winning $100,000 and proving himself to be the undisputed king of the game.

As previously reported, Bow Wow challenged The Game to the $100,000 one-on-one challenge after The Game claimed on gaming website konsolekingz.com that he's "number one in Madden, in the world".

Bow Wow responded, saying: "I've seen you do your thing in Madden. But I wanna let you know I will bust your ass in that Madden. We can get it poppin, on $100,000 dollars. The winner can take the money and donate it to charity. Live on YouTube. We're all family. $100,000 ain't shit to you, let's do it! Soulja Boy's my lil homie, but I beat the shit outta that nigga in Madden". However, losing 55 to 23 suggests his claims were somewhat premature.

On his win, The Game said: "I'm the shit, man. I don't know what else to say".

Bow Wow added: "We had a lot of fun doing it. Money going to charity... The Game got me. Of course I gotta pay him".

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BB KING OPENS BB KING MUSEUM
BB King is set to open a new museum commemorating his life and work. The BB King Museum & Delta Interpretive Center is scheduled to open in Indianola, Mississippi on 13 Sep.

The 82 year old guitarist said: "I bought some land and was going to build me a house on it with the idea it could open as a museum after my demise. But some people said, 'Why wait until you die? If you open the museum now, you could see it'. I liked that idea. Like a fool, I let em come to my house and I said, 'Anything you want, you get it'. Well, they took damn near everything! But I'm glad to share everything and hope the museum will be good for the area".

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SINGLE REVIEW: Sisters Of Transistors - The Don (This Is Music)
This is a thrilling debut single, but even more impressive is the fact that this gothic disco music that's already excited the likes of James Ford and Simian Mobile Disco effectively carves its own niche, creating a new genre in the process. Masterminded by Graham Massey of 808 State (though sounding nothing like that group), The Sisters sound unlike anything else you'll hear this year. An all girl organ quartet, they specialise in nifty Baroque Disco Prog ('The Don') and amiable Party Horror Soundtracks (b-side 'Pendulum'). Yes, you could find some linkage to groups like The Black Ghosts (who are similarly fond of ghoulish dancefloor antics), or even early Broadcast, with their dusty retro keyboards, but that's about as far as it goes. This is simply bonkers, brilliant pop. MS
Release Date: 22 Sep
Press Contact: Bang On [all]

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GILMOUR PUTS PAID TO PINK FLOYD REUNION
David Gilmour says that he's not interested in another Pink Floyd reunion because he's having too much fun on his own.

Speaking to Associated Press, the guitarist said that the band's last reunion, at Live 8, was "excellent, really enjoyable," but added: "The rehearsals were less enjoyable. The rehearsals convinced me it wasn't something I wanted to be doing a lot of. There have been all sorts of farewell moments in people's lives and careers which they have then rescinded, but I think I can fairly categorically say that there won't be a tour or an album again that I take part in. It isn't to do with animosity or anything like that. It's just that I've done that. I've been there, I've done it".

Gilmour releases a new live album and DVD, 'David Gilmour Live in Gdansk' on 23 Sep.

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RAZORLIGHT ALBUM STUFF
Razorlight have confirmed that their third album will be called 'Slipaway Fires' and that it's scheduled for physical release in the UK on 27 Oct, preceded by a digital release on 26 Sep. And that's all, really.

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THE RAVEONETTES GIVE AWAY REMIX EP
The Raveonettes are giving away a free remix EP, the first in a series of EPs to appear over the coming months. 'Raveonettes Remixed' features remixes from 80Kidz, Nic Endo and Trentmoller and can be downloaded from the Vice Records website, here.

The band release their next EP, featuring new tracks this time, 'Sometimes They Drop By', on 23 Sep, followed by two more on 21 Oct and 25 Nov.

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EARTH CRISIS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM
Newly reunited straightedge hardcore kings Earth Crisis have announced that they are recording a new album for Century Media. What's more, they claim it's their hardest material yet, which is a pretty bold statement from a band who have released songs encouraging violence against drug dealers, fur farm owners and animal abusers.

Guitarist Scott Crouse said: "We are very excited to begin tracking our new record and even more excited that it will be released by Century Media. We have been working hard over the last year preparing new material and are scheduled to enter the studio in October. We will be producing this one ourselves and are extremely excited to have Tue Madsen mixing! The new songs are brutal and Century Media is the perfect label to handle them".

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BESTIVAL TO RELEASE EARLY BIRD TICKETS THIS WEEK
Bestival have announced that they're going to release tickets for their 2009 event this Friday at midday, for a limited period. Main man Rob da Bank says this: "We've already had literally hundreds of requests for tickets for next year and so are delighted to be going on sale again already. Come rain or shine, but preferably shine, see you next year!"

It all takes place on the Isle Of Wight, of course, from 4 – 6 Sep.

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GLASTONBURY TO ALLOW BULK TICKET PURCHASES
Glastonbury organisers say they're going to let people bulk buy tickets for next year's event when they go on sale next month. I don't think I really understand how it's going to work, but music fans will be able to buy an initial six tickets, but then will be given the opportunity to book more under the same registration number. Registration has already opened for Glastonbury 2009, which takes place from 26 – 28 Jun, and a first batch of tickets will go on sale at 9am on 5 Oct, with a second following on 5 Apr.

A festival spokesman said: "Lots of people have wanted to come in groups over the last couple of years and they haven't been able to. But the registration system has worked so well and we have the security in place to give us that option this time. So people can buy as many tickets as they want".

Up to 100,000 tickets will be made available in October but a second batch of tickets will also go sale from 9am on 5 April 2009.

Meanwhile, Emily Eavis has been talking about who she'd like to book for next year, saying: "Coldplay are a great Glastonbury band, as are Radiohead, but it's really hard to say at the moment for definite who's going to play next year. It would be really good to have an appearance by Led Zeppelin too, that's one band who haven't played here".

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ALBUM REVIEW: Max Pashm – Never Mind the Balkans (Elektrikos Organikos)
Max Pashm produces, in his own words, "KlezmerBlakanGreekGypsyPunk with electro beats", which is a pretty eclectic mix I think you'll agree, and that isn't even the start of it; this is a hectic mix of sound clips, digital effects and other technologically manipulated FX over exotic instrumentation and alluring vocals all spread out over a wide variety of genres. Pashm currently resides in Brighton, and no doubt enjoys the assorted mix of culture that exists there; the influences on this album express this diversity which includes lyrics in English, Yiddish, Bulgarian and Greek. 'Never Mind The Balkans' is a mish-mash of seemingly unconnected inspiration; the song 'Klezmernaki' is truly an enigma, opening with a breezy reggae guitar before dropping one of the biggest beats on record. It becomes even stranger when we hear the voice of Robert De Niro saying over and over again his iconic quote, "you talking to me?" Again on the track 'Fight On The Streets', we are witness to ever more intriguing samples, for example, Winston Churchill's famous 'we will fight them on the beaches' speech. The song is a perfect example of when Max Pashm gets it right and delivers a perfect mix-up of electronic pop with a heavy dose of Eastern Europe. The album is also littered with numerous examples of extended solo instrumentation guided by soft synths and wistful harmonies that provide a wonderful contrast to the darker side of the album. Through experimentation and unique composition Max Pashm has a created a record which is a wonderful electronic harmony of the light and the dark, the east and the west. SJS
Release Date: 29 Sep
Press Contact: Ilkamedia [all]

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RONNIE SCOTT'S LAUNCH JAZZ YOUTH PROGRAMME
Ronnie Scott's will next week launch a Jazz Youth programme which offers a range of workshops and courses for aspiring jazz talent. The Jazz Youth programme will be launched at the famous London jazz club on 16 Sep at 6pm.

The courses will be aimed at 11-16 year olds, and a spokesman for the scheme told CMU: "By letting these students learn at an early age, the Jazz Youth courses will allow them to explore the world of jazz music and expand upon their knowledge and ability in an environment that encourages, challenges and inspires them to keep striving for greater things. Jazz Youth aims to nurture a new generation of jazz artists, building both their personal and musical confidence and setting them on the path for future greatness".

Among the musicians who will be providing coaching are leading trombonist, singer and multi-instrumentalist Mike Mwenso, Ronnie Scott's Musical Director and pianist James Pearson, and Jay Phelps, who has already established himself as one of the foremost young trumpeters currently playing today.

For info on all this email joe.baxter@airtm.com

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SONY LAUNCH ABBA EDITION OF SINGSTAR
SingStar, Sony's innovative vocals-based take on the Guitar Hero phenomenon, or karaoke through your PlayStation if you prefer, has announced an ABBA edition which will be released for the Christmas market, giving consumers the chance to play the "who can sing ABBA better than Pierce Bronsan" game. Answer. Everyone.

Confirming the ABBA version of the game, which is sure to be a hit given the continued popularity of the Swedish fab four, especially since the 'Mamma Mia' film hit the cinemas, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe boss David Reeves told reporters: "We are thrilled to be collaborating with ABBA to bring their tracks to SingStar this Christmas. The popularity of this iconic band continues year after year, and we know SingStar fans will be delighted to add this selection of classic tracks to their collection".

Speaking for Universal, who own the ABBA catalogue, Universal International top man Lucian Grainge added: "ABBA have joined that elite club of musicians and artists whose popularity only grows with time, as new generations enjoy some of the most memorable music ever made. 'SingStar ABBA' will have the world singing along again".

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THE ORCHARD SIGN UP THE WU-TANG CLAN
Digital aggregator The Orchard has announced a deal with the Wu-Tang Clan to distribute its WU Music Group catalogue worldwide. The deal will see The Orchard distribute digitally new and old recordings from the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, U God, Wu-Syndicate, Killarmy, Shyheim, West Coast Killa Beez, Black Knights and others. They will also work with the Clan to launch the WU Music Mobile Fan Club.

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CHRYSALIS FORM PARTNERSHIP WITH CCL
Chrysalis has announced a deal with Corporate Creative Licensing who will look to licence music in the publishing firm's catalogue to brands and advertisers. Apparently Chrysalis were impressed with CCL's work with Mothercare and Marks & Spencer, presumably using tracks from the Chrysalis catalogue. The music company's top man Chris Wright confirmed the new partnership saying: "We see ourselves as copyright owners and a company that wants to develop talent from the ground floor through our ownership of copyrights. This partnership will provide incremental revenue and we are excited by this association".

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WARNER SIGN UP TO DEEZER
Warner Music has announced a partnership with online jukebox Deezer which will see the major make its content available via the digital music platform, initially in France, but also in the UK and Germany from early next year. Deezer offers a range of streaming services, plus users can make and share playlists and all that gubbins. As part of the deal Warner will be able to run promotions for its releases via the website.

Warner Music International Digital Business VP Eric Daugan, said this: "Deezer's compelling ad-supported platform offers its visitors the chance to explore our catalogue, discover new music and easily buy the tracks they love from affiliate services. We are now in a position to work with Deezer and third party advertisers to monetize a wide range of listening habits and to create online events and products that connect our artists with audiences in new, exciting ways".

Deezer top geezer Jonathan Benassaya added: "We are thrilled to welcome WMI onboard. This partnership will give our visitors access to the breadth and depth of Warner Music's catalogue – both international and local artists. The agreement represents a very important step in our business development and further strengthens Deezer's offering to its ever-widening community of users".

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MU CALL FOR CONSISTENCY ON AIRLINE'S MUSICAL INSTRUMENT RULES
The Musicians Union is putting pressure on the airlines to form a consistent policy regarding taking musical instruments onto planes as hand luggage.

As previously reported, musicians with valuable instruments they would have previously never put in the hold hit many problems when those stricter hand luggage rules were introduced two years ago after that terrorist plot, the criminal case from which has just reached its conclusion. For a while no instruments could be taken on board, leading some musicians – especially classical musicians with priceless instruments – to cancel performances they couldn't reach by land.

But a subsequent deal between the MU and the Department Of Transport saw an easing of those rules for musicians. However, the Union says that different airlines and airports are operating different rules and regulations meaning musicians are never sure what they will and won't be able to do – despite the agreement with the DoT.

Speaking at this week's TUC Conference, MU General Secretary John Smith told reporters: "We are calling for the TUC to lobby for a consistent policy across all airlines – in line with the Department for Transport recommendations. People don't always appreciate just how big a problem this is for working musicians – the extra costs they face are a real threat to their livelihoods. A consistent policy would make a huge difference to the lives of musicians. You shouldn't have to face a lottery every time you fly with an instrument".

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PLANET ROCK ADDED TO FREESAT, JENSON JOINS THE PARTY
The newly independent (from GCap) Planet Rock has announced it will appear on the Freesat network, the satellite version of the no-subscription-required Freeview digital telly service. The rock station will be available via the digital TV platform from 16 Sep.

The new outpost for the station comes at the same time as some new additions to its schedule, including the arrival of that David Jenson chap, who will present a weekend show called 'Another Dimension', a play on the fact Jenson's first ever radio show on Radio Luxembourg in the late sixties was called 'Jensen's Dimension'.

Commenting on his station's arrival on Freesat, new Planet Rock owner Malcolm Bluemel said: "Broadcasting on Freesat is all part of Planet Rock's expansion plans to build its audience across the UK and allow more opportunities to hear the station".

Jenson, meanwhile, told reporters: "I'm really looking forward to 'Another Dimension' on Planet Rock. It's going to be fun reviving my first ever radio Luxembourg series by showcasing rarely heard songs by significant artists".

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DATE SET FOR STUDENT RADIO AWARDS
The annual Student Radio Awards will take place on 6 Nov at the Indigo2 venue down there at the Dome. Judging is already underway for the awards, which include two new categories this year, including one named in the memory of the late, great Kevin Greening, who actively supported the awards for years, for many years acting as chairman of the judges. That award will go to the entry that showed the most innovation and creativity, while the other new award will go to the station who staged the best broadcast as part of the nationally syndicated Student Chart Show, which is hosted by a different station each week.

Confirming this year's awards, SRA Events Officer Kate Pringle told reporters: "The hottest event in the Student Radio calendar is shaping up to be the best yet. The excitement from student radio and industry people alike is perhaps only topped by my own".

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KINGS OF LEON DIDN'T LIKE THEIR OWN SONG
Kings Of Leon singer Caleb Followill has told NME.com that his band almost didn't bother to record their 'Sex On Fire' single, out this week, because they thought it was rubbish. The singer explained that he wasn't sure that he wanted to finish writing the track, saying: "I just had this melody and I didn't know what to say. Then one day I just sang 'this sex is on fire' and I laughed. I thought it was terrible, but the rest of the band were like, 'it's good, it's got a hook'. I was like 'fuck off!' but I ended up writing it".

He continued: "There's an element of sex that's expected in our songs so I tried to wrap it all up in one song. If you read the lyrics you'll find it's got some quite visual lyrics in it. It's a pretty sexy song actually, but I knew after writing 'Sex On Fire', I couldn't write verses about making out, or going to the movie theatre with a girl".

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PERRY OBSESSED WITH LEWIS
Chart topper Katy Perry has said that she is "obsessed" with popstar Leona Lewis, and in love with Russell Brand, so it's about time to stop buying the woman's single, y'all, because all this success has clearly turned her mind. Well, with regard to the Brand thing, certainly.

Telling Radio 1 about being backstage at those MTV VMAs at the weekend she said: "I met Leona Lewis, who I'm obsessed with, and I passed by the Jonas Brothers - they kept me 10ft away, though! I met Russell Brand, who I'm in love with. I love him, he's so great - he's got the worst sense of humour in the best sense... I got every single joke".

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WAHLBERG: NEW KIDS WERE NOT GOOD
New Kids On The Block's Donnie Wahlberg has said that he felt the press were sometimes justified in their past criticisms of his band. In an interview with AOL Music Sessions, he admitted that when the band were first together their songs and performances "weren't good". However, he's positive about the fans' reaction to the band's comeback, saying "For these fans to come back, it obviously speaks to the connection we had with them".

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LILY ALLEN TURNS PHYSICS EXPERT
But what does Lily Allen think about the Hadron Collider experiment? I haven't been able to sleep for days because that question has been rolling around in my head. Thankfully, on Tuesday evening, she broke her silence.

Writing on her MySpace blog, she said: "If these wormholes appear I will personally eat the hat I was given for my first birthday before I received it".

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MOBO NOMINATIONS IN FULL

Best UK Female: Adele, Duffy, Estelle, Leona Lewis, MIA.

Best UK Male: Dizzee Rascal, Jay Sean, Sway, Taio Cruz, Wiley.

Best UK Newcomer: Bryn Christopher, Chipmunk, DJ Ironik, Skepta, T2.

Best International Act: Akon, Alicia Keys, Chris Brown, Jay Z, Kanye West, Mariah Carey, Mary J Blige, Ne-Yo, Rihanna, Usher.

Best Gospel: Ekklesia, GreenJade, Jahaziel, Kirk Franklin, Tye Tribbett.

Best Reggae: Beenie Man, Busy Signal, Etana, Mavado, Tarrus Riley.

Best Jazz: Courtney Pine, Guy Barker, Lizz Wright, Tony Kofi, Yolanda Brown.

Best African Act: 9ice, Asa, D'Banj Mo Hits Allstars, Faze.

Hip Hop: Pantsula, Jozi, Jua Cali, Magic System, P-Square, Wahu.

Best Song: Estelle - American Boy; Dizzee Rascal - Dance Wiv Me; Lil Wayne – Lollipop; Flo Rida – Low, Wiley - Wearing My Rolex.

Best R&B / Soul: Usher, Chris Brown, Ne-Yo, Estelle, Jay Sean.

Best Hip Hop: Dizzee Rascal, Jay-Z, Lil' Wayne, Lupe Fiasco, Wiley.

Best Video in association with MTV Base: Bashy - Kidulthood to Adulthood; Estelle - American Boy; Leona Lewis - Bleeding Love; Tinchy Stryder – Stryderman; Will.i.am – Heartbreaker.

Best Album: Alicia Keys - As I Am; Estelle – Shine; Leona Lewis – Spirit; Lil' Wayne - The Carter III; Usher - Here I Stand.

Best Radio DJ in association with Sony Ericsson: DJ 279, Ace And Invisible, Masterstepz, Rampage, Robbo Ranx, Semtex, Shortee Blitz, Steve Sutherland, Tim Westwood, Trevor Nelson.

Best Club DJ: DJ EZ, Hotsteppa, Masterstepz, Rampage, Sarah Love, Scottie B, Semtex, Shortee Blitz, Steve Sutherland, Tim Westwood.

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ARIA NOMINATIONS IN FULL

Album of the Year: Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunnipingu – Gurrumul; Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson – Rattlin' Bones; Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Dig Lazarus, Dig; The Living End – White Noise; The Presets – Apocalypso.

Best Adult Contemporary Album: Clare Bowditch – The Moon Looked On; Jimmy Barnes – Out In The Blue; Katie Noonan – Skin; Robert Forster – The Evangelist; The Panics – Cruel Guards.

Best Blues and Roots Album: Angus and Julia Stone – A Book Like This; Jeff Lang – Half Seas Over; Mia Dyson – Struck Down; The Audreys – When The Flood Comes; The Waifs – Sun, Dirt, Water.

Best Children's Album: Hi-5 – Planet Earth; Jay Laga`aia – Come Dance and Sing; Justine Clarke – Songs To Make You Smile; The Fairies – Fairy Fun Fun Fun; The Wiggles – You Make Me Feel Like Dancing.

Best Comedy Release: Akmal - Akmal Live and Uncensored; Matt Tilley - Gotcha Calls Three's a Crowd; Merrick & Rosso - Live and Totally Wrong!; Shaun Micallef -The Expurgated Micallef Tonight; The Umbilical Brothers - Don't Explain.

Best Country Album: Catherine Britt - Little WildFlower; Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson - Rattlin' Bones; Melinda Schneider - Be Yourself; Sara Storer - Silver Skies; The McClymonts - Chaos and Bright Lights.

Best Dance Album: Cut Copy – In Ghost Colours; Mobin Master – Show Me Love; PNAU – Pnau; The Potbelleez – Don't Hold Back; The Presets – Apocalypso

Best Female Artist: Clare Bowditch, Gabriella Cilmi, Holly Throsby, Kylie Minogue, Missy Higgins.

Best Group: Angus And Julia Stone, Silverchair, Faker, The Presets, The Living End.

Best Independent Release: Ben Lee – Ripe; British India – Thieves; Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunnipingu – Gurrumul; Lior – Corner Of An Endless Road; Midnight Juggernauts – Dystopia.

Best Male Artist: Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunnipingu, Nick Cave, Paul Kelly, Pete Murray, Sam Sparro.

Best Music DVD: Hilltop Hoods – City of Light; Paul Kelly – Stolen Apples; Powderfinger/Silverchair – Across The Great Divide; John Butler Trio – Live at Federation Square; Wolfmother – Please Experience Wolfmother.

Best Pop Release: Gabriella Cilmi – Lessons To Be Learned; Kylie Minogue – X; Operator Please – Yes Yes Vindictive; Sam Sparro – Black and Gold; The Veronicas – Hook Me Up.

Best Rock Album: Eddy Current Suppression Ring – Primary Colours; Faker – Be The Twighlight; Gyroscope – Breed Obsession; Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Dig Lazarus, Dig; The Living End – White Noise.

Best Urban Release: A-Love – Ace of Hearts; Bliss 'n' Eso – Flying Colours; Kayalyst – What's Happening?; Muph & Plutonic - ...and Then Tomorrow Came; Spit Syndicate – Towards The Light; The Herd – Summerland.

Breakthrough Artist – Album: Angus and Julia Stone – A Book Like This; Gabriella Cilmi – Lessons To Be Learned; Midnight Juggernauts – Dystopia; Operator Please – Yes Yes Vindictive; Sam Sparro – Sam Sparro.

Breakthrough Artist – Single: Angus and Julia Stone – The Beast; Gabriella Cilmi – Sweet About Me; Sam Sparro – Black and Gold; The Panics – Don't Fight It; The Potbelleez – Don't Hold Back.

Single Of The Year: Faker – This Heart Attack; Gabriella Cilmi – Sweet About Me; Sam Sparro – Black And Gold; The Living End – White Noise; The Presets – My People.

Highest Selling Single: Delta Goodrem – In This Life; Gabriella Cilmi – Sweet About Me; The Potbelleez – Don't Hold Back; The Veronicas – Untouched; The Veronicas – Hook Me Up.

Highest Selling Album: David Campbell – The Swing Sessions 2; Delta Goodrem – Delta; Guy Sebastian – The Memphis Album; The Veronicas – Hook Me Up; Tina Arena – Songs of Love and Loss.

Best Classical Album: Brett Dean and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra – Brett Dean; Elena Kats-Chernin – Slow Food; Richard Tognetti, Neal Peres da Costa and Daniel Yeadon – Bach Sonatas For Violin and Keyboard; Roger Woodward – Jon Seb Bach Chromatic Fantasia Fugue, BVW 903; Slava Grigorian and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra – Baroque Guitar Concertos.

Best Jazz Album: Andrea Keller – Footprints; Deni Hines and James Morrison – The Other Woman; Grace Knight – Willow; Joe Chindamo – Duende, The Romantic Project; Mike Nock Project – Meeting of the Waters; Oehlers, Grabowsky, Beck – Lost and Found.

Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album: Night – Original Cast Recording; Summer Heights High – Chris Lilley; Pricilla The Musical – Original Cast Recording; The Square – OST; Various Artists – The Countdown Spectacular Live 2.

Best World Music Album: Archie Roach – Journey; David Jones – Colours of the Drum; Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunnipingu – Gurrumul; Joseph Tawadros – Angel; Watussi – Tequilla Sandre Fuego.

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