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Barker and Goldstein stable after plane crash

George Michael arrested, apologises
OCC launch subscription service chart
Earl Palmer dies
Amy makes slow album progress
Stolen REM guitar returned
Gene Simmons sex tape woman says she's the victim
Beck blasted by anti-Scientology lot
Single review: The Qemists Feat. Mike Patton – Lost Weekend (Ninja Tune)
Franz Ferdinand strip back set after drummer's wife goes into labour
Duran Duran's 'Rio' voted best video
Bloc Party not rockin' in the free world
Brian Wilson takes a black cab
Busta moves to Motown
Christina Milian signs to MySpace label
Weezer to head back into the studio
Eminem on his new material
Could Led Zepp reunion go ahead without plant?
Reading to get new festival
Millencolin announce UK tour
Line up announced for MUSEXPO
Speakers announced for In The City
Q-prime launch record label
EMI Classics chief resigns
Exec changes at Warner Bros US
Exec changes at Live Nation US
Sandisk launch pre-loaded flash memory cards
Clip royalty discussed in us court
Commercial radio sector reveals plans to advertising industry
Album review: Gregory & The Hawk – Moenie And Kitchi (FatCat Records)
Chart update
Total Rock world album chart
Hince and Moss have split for good, apparently
Liam criticises Noel's singing
50 Cent and Jadakiss end beef
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MONDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER

LELE[SPEAKS]
It would be easy to compare lele[SPEAKS] to Uffie, Charli XCX, or Lily Allen. But something tells me that doing so without qualification would be doing her a disservice. If anything, she comes across like Lily Allen's smarter, angrier, rappier little sister. She also moonlights as a member of The Sick Kids, with her real big sister JacksonKiD and her best mate GoldieLocks. You can catch Lele on tour with Crystal Castles and Iglu & Hartly in September and October and her debut mixtape, 'The Mentalist Daily', is available now. We got in touch with Lele to find out more.

 

Q1 How did you start out making music?
I starting just writing songs and poems at first, then learnt a few chords on the guitar and wrote a few simple songs. But then I started to really enjoy writing rap lyrics because I found I could say a lot more in a rap than I could singing a song.

Q2 What inspired your lyrics?
Life and people.

Q3 What process do you go through in creating a track?
I need to be on my own to write, most the time. If I have a few ideas saved up, the lyrics just roll out, but sometimes if my mind is too busy I can't get started. When I'm in the mood I will stretch myself, so I will start writing three or four songs. Then it's easy for me to come back, pick them up, improve and finish them.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
Lyrically, I get influence from people and comedy, but I guess my flow has a lot of influence from American rap, particularly Southern. I also listen to a lot of punk. I love the punk attitude and that they have a such strong message in the music, I think it's important as an artist to have a point of view! I can't stand wishy washy music, it just sucks.

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
Really listen to the lyrics. I can't say much else, I like people to make up their own minds.

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest single/album, and for the future?
I want to world to hear lele[SPEAKS], I want to bring the class back to female artists!

MORE>> http://www.myspace.com/leleisbanging

 

TV ON THE RADIO
TV on the Radio are the week's most obvious choice for Snap Of The Day, given that the column inches generated by the buzz around their new album, 'Dear Science', are vast enough to fill Wembley Stadium two times over. For once, most of the good word is justified, with the record – now streaming at MySpace – sounding every bit the forward thinking art rock masterpiece that it's been hyped as. Although, notably, it's also their most pop and accessible work to date. The single, 'Dancing Choose', is a fine example of this, a cascade of thrilling synth funk that skittles over the signature trumpet solos on the way to an oddly danceable rock song. It's a release of timely brilliance and already a firm contender for album of the year, which is high praise after just two full listens.

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Candidates should have a minimum of 5 years' experience developing and implementing sales and marketing strategies. Experience in the digital music environment is also very helpful. Some appreciation of classical music is ideal. This part-time position is based in central London and requires availability 20-25 hours per week. Salary upon application.

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BARKER AND GOLDSTEIN STABLE AFTER PLANE CRASH
Former Blink 182 star Travis Barker, and celebrity record spinner DJ AM, aka Adam Goldstein, are in a critical but stable condition after being injured in a Learjet crash in Columbia on Friday.

The medic treating them, Dr Fred Mullins, said that both had suffered second and third degree burns in the crash, but are expected to make a full recovery. Barker's burns are on his torso and lower body, whilst Goldstein's are on his hands and head, and could take up to a year to heal. The doctor added: "Anybody who can survive a plane crash is pretty lucky".

Sadly, the remaining four people on board - two passengers, the pilot and co-pilot - were not lucky, and all died from their injuries. Officials have confirmed the plane came off the runway as it was taking off, coming to a stop engulfed in flames on the embankment of a nearby five lane motorway. Air traffic controllers had reported seeing sparks coming from the plane during the attempted take off.

Barker and DJ AM, who perform together as TRVSDJ-AM, had played at a free concert in Columbia before the incident.

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GEORGE MICHAEL ARRESTED, APOLOGISES
George Michael was arrested for drugs possession again on Friday, and has released a statement apologising for this. The singer was apprehended in a public toilet in London, and cautioned for possessing Class A and Class C drugs. And a Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed so, saying that "a 45-year-old man was arrested on 19 September on suspicion of possession of drugs in the Hampstead Heath area".

Michael said in a statement: "I want to apologise to my fans for screwing up again, and to promise them I'll sort myself out. And to say sorry to everybody else, just for boring them".

It's thought the drugs included crack cocaine, so it's unclear why the star got away with just a caution. Home Office minister Tony McNulty says that different rules apply to different circumstances, telling the BBC that he wasn't aware of the particulars of this case but that "the biggest message is that drugs are wrong and people will be punished, but it must be right that there is flexiblity in the law".

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OCC LAUNCH SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE CHART
The Official Charts Company has announced it is officially launching that new chart to track the music being consumed on music subscription services - ie those where consumers pay a monthly fee in return for access to a multimillion track catalogue of music which they can stream and download, but only continue to listen to while their subscriptions are up to date. The companies who will provide data from their subscription services for the chart at launch are Napster, HMV, Nokia and Omnifone, the latter of which operates the Music Station service on Vodafone.

A subscription-service-based music chart has been discussed for some time, because these services - because they don't charge users on a per-track basis like iTunes - aren't able to provide data to either the download chart or the singles chart. As music charts - aside from giving record companies an indication of how they're doing compared to their competitors - provide a useful weekly marketing tool for the music industry, the subscription services will presumably hope that a chart based around music consumed by their customers will give the subscription bit of the digital music sector - whose performance has been somewhat lacklustre to date - a bit of a spark.

A Top 500 of the new chart will be published for the industry, with top-line stats made public. The data will be incorporated in the OCC's online database next year, giving industry users various tools for processing the data. Other subscription service providers are expected to be invited to participate moving forward.

Confirming the new chart, OCC MD Martin Talbot told CMU: "We are not aware of another chart which tracks subscription usage like this anywhere in the world, so this is a genuine first. The data which is emerging from this weekly survey is a fascinating insight into the behaviour of subscription service users, and emphasises the benefits of such services in offering the opportunity to sample from a vast range of music. And, for an organisation such as OCC - which gathers data both for the creation of charts and industry-focused intelligence on music consumption - the provision of this kind of data is an essential next step after several decades of tracking sales of vinyl, cassette, CD and digital downloads".

Welcoming the new chart, the boss of Omnifone, Rob Lewis, added: "As the international music market evolves, consumers will come to expect subscription based unlimited music services as part of their digital music experience. The OCC's introduction of the Official Subscription Plays Chart is testament to the success of today's subscription based unlimited download services including our own multi-award winning direct-to-mobile service MusicStation. With subscription based music service revenues set to eclipse a-la-carte revenues globally within the next five years the Official Subscription Plays Chart is set to chart the future of digital music consumption".

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EARL PALMER DIES
Veteran session drummer Earl Palmer has died at the age of 84 at his home in LA, following a long illness. The musician, born in New Orleans in 1924, worked with a host of music legends over the course of his career, bringing his pioneering backbeats to such tracks as Little Richard's 'Tutti Frutti', The Righteous Brothers' 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin', and Ike and Tina Turner's 'River Deep, Mountain High'. Over the years he also worked with the likes of Fats Domino, Smiley Lewis, The Monkees, Frank Sinatra and Neil Young.

Inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame in 2000, Palmer was referred to in Little Richard's autobiography as "probably the greatest session drummer of all time." He is survived by seven children.

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AMY MAKES SLOW ALBUM PROGRESS
According to reports, Amy Winehouse has only recorded two songs in the last six months, prompting talk that a third album will not be released this year as expected. An insider source allegedly told The Sun: "With all the problems surrounding her personal issues and addictions, we are really concerned it will never get finished. If six months produces two half-baked tracks, how long will an album take? Unless she sorts herself out and gets some focus it might never happen".

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STOLEN REM GUITAR RETURNED
That guitar belonging to REM's Peter Buck, stolen after a gig in Helsinki on 9 Sep, was returned anonymously to a Luxembourg venue ahead of the band's concert there last night. In a statement, Buck said of the instrument, a Rickenbacker that he's has owned since 1982: "It's great to have it back in my hands. I'm looking forward to playing it tonight in Luxembourg".

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GENE SIMMONS SEX TAPE WOMAN SAYS SHE'S THE VICTIM
Traci Anna Koval, who appeared on video having sex with Kiss frontman Gene Simmons, has said that she was the real victim in the scandal. Simmons has previously claimed that he had no knowledge of the tape, which appeared on the internet in February, being filmed and accused Koval of being the person who leaked it to adult website Avn.com, saying that he had been "blackmailed" and "extorted" before it went online.

However, Koval says in a new interview with, er, Hustler, that she is the one who has been wronged. Not only did she sign the rights to the video away in 2003, she says its appearance has caused her to lose a number of celebrity friends. She said: "I'm the victim. I didn't try to capitalise on this situation... I've lost long-time friends like Michael Bay and Crispin Glover. I was at one of Ja Rule's houses in Southern California, just chilling with him and his friends, and he freaked out about the Gene Simmons sex tape. He kicked me out of the house".

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BECK BLASTED BY ANTI-SCIENTOLOGY LOT
An anti-Scientology mob demonstrating outside New York's Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre where Katie Holmes, wife of notorious Scientologist Tom Cruise, was making her Broadway debut, also had a go at Beck as well, one demonstrator carrying a placard bearing the words "Run, Katie, run! And take Beck with you". Beck, as you may know, is a long term follower of the faith (or should that be 'cult'? I'm never sure), and is married to a second-generation Scientologist, actress Marissa Ribisi.

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SINGLE REVIEW: The Qemists feat. Mike Patton - Lost Weekend (Ninja Tune)
This initially sounds like it's going to be just one more down 'n' dirty dancefloor epic from yet another outfit of adrenaline-injecting deck monkeys; that is until Mike Patton's influence starts to bare its teeth. Providing suitably intense vocal accompaniment to what can only be described as a total riff, his Midas touch shines through the grime. The end result sounds like what Rob Zombie might end up doing if he swapped necrophilia for narcotics. It should be noted, The Qemists themselves also do well to avoid the trap of riff-led dance music and mix it up enough to keep it interesting; the song changes from body-popping drum and bass to fists-in-the-air riffage and the tempo never seems to stay still. A worthy addition to both artists' catalogues. ME
Release Date: 13 Oct
Press Contact: Press Contact: Ninja Tune IH [NP, CP, RP], Cool Badge [NR, CR, RR]

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FRANZ FERDINAND STRIP BACK SET AFTER DRUMMER'S WIFE GOES INTO LABOUR
Franz Ferdinand played a semi-acoustic set at the Glastonbury Festival site on Friday night after only three quarters of the band showed up. Though drummer Paul Thomson skipped the gig because his wife went into labour, which is a pretty good excuse I suppose. Because of the stripped down nature of the set, the Ferdinand decided to swap places on the bill with Ting Tings, giving the newer outfit the headline slot. Despite it being stripped down, the band were able to do full versions of some tracks, thanks to some drumming assistance from their drum tech Alan Johnston and former The Fall drummer Nick Dewey.

The band were playing the Equinox Pilton Party, an event staged on Worthy Farm by the Eavis family, but aimed exclusively for locals, and staged as a thank you to said locals for putting up with all the stress of the main Glastonbury Festival in June.

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DURAN DURAN'S 'RIO' VOTED BEST VIDEO
Duran Duran's 'Rio' has been voted the greatest music video of all time by viewers of MTV. Which is possibly the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard. And I've heard some ridiculous things in my time, I can tell you. 'All Is Full Of Love' by Bjork, A-ha's 'Take On Me', Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' and 'Svefn-g-Englar' by Sigur Ros came in second, third, fourth and fifth respectively, which almost makes it okay. But it's quite obvious that 'Sugar Water' by Cibo Matto has the best video every made. So, why not watch the actual greatest video of all time here, and let's forget all about this horrible MTV vote: www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlR1NijJxV4

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BLOC PARTY NOT ROCKIN' IN THE FREE WORLD
Bloc Party aren't going to start giving their music away for free any time soon. Speaking to Xfm, Kele Okereke said: "We don't live in a world where things are given to people for free... Radiohead were in a very specific position - they didn't have a record deal and they could do what they wanted. We have an obligation to sell records because we're contractually obliged to Wichita to sell records and not give them away. I'm not entirely sure I'd want to either".

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BRIAN WILSON TAKES A BLACK CAB
We like the Black Cab Sessions website here at CMU. It's the kind of idea we wish we'd come up with. In fact, we're seriously considering stealing it and then claiming we did. It's so simple, it's perfect. You put a member of a band or two into a black cab and then film them performing a song or two. Some very fine artists have taken part but hooking those really big names for something like this is often tricky. But not always, it seems. At the request of one visitor to the site, a request was put in with Brian Wilson. And Brian Wilson only went and said yes.

See Brian and an alarming number of members of his band crammed into the back of a taxi to perform 'That Lucky Old Sun' and 'California Girls' here.

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BUSTA MOVES TO MOTOWN
That Busta Rhymes chap has announced he will switch Universal labels prior to the release of his new album 'Blessed', or so hip hop site SOHH says. The rapper is reportedly moving from Universal's Interscope division to its Motown label because he's fallen out with Interscope boss Jimmy Iovine over the release schedule for the new long player.

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CHRISTINA MILIAN SIGNS TO MYSPACE LABEL
US R&B singer Christina Milian, who was dropped by Universal's Def Jam in 2006, has announced she has signed a deal with MySpace Records, the record label spin off of the social networking flim flam. The label will release her next album next Spring.

Confirming her new deal to Billboard, Milian says she chose MySpace as a label because they are willing to let her keep artistic control, something Def Jam seemingly weren't willing to do. She told the US trade mag: "I've been out of the game for one-and-a-half years, and I think I'm long overdue for a comeback, so I'm treating this album like it's my last chance to make an impression. I'm competing with myself and being very detailed. Before, I had a label telling me what direction to go in. Now, it's my choice, so I'm being very particular about it and I'm really excited. MySpace is allowing me to do tons of different things creatively".

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WEEZER TO HEAD BACK INTO THE STUDIO
The dust may barely have settled on their latest album, 'Weezer' (aka 'The Red Album'), which was released in July, but the band will be back in the studio recording the follow-up in November.

Drummer Pat Wilson told Billboard: "A week after we get off tour, we're gonna be in the studio with Jacknife [Lee] again. We send him stuff that we've got, ideas that we have, whether it's a whole song or a killer riff we can build around or something, It's all going to him right now".

He also said that all four members would be writing songs for the new album, and swapping instruments: "It just seemed like that was the healthy way to keep everything feeling fresh. After 15 years of doing it the other way, it just felt like it was time. Now that we've got more writers, we don't have to wait for Rivers [Cuomo] to have a bunch of songs he's happy with. We used to take forever to make a record, then tour on it forever and be burnt out and not do anything for two years. This is a lot better".

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EMINEM ON HIS NEW MATERIAL
How about we hear about the new Eminem album from Eminem, rather than that loud mouthed 50 Cent? Here's what Slim Shady has said about work on his new album, the follow up to 2004's 'Encore': "I'm concentrating on my own stuff right now - just banging out tracks. The more I keep producing, the better it seems I get. I start knowing stuff, learning the boards like the back of my hands". So, there you have it, from the man himself.

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COULD LED ZEP REUNION GO AHEAD WITHOUT PLANT?
Now, this is an interesting spin on the "will Led Zep reunite again" story.

As previously reported, ever since Led Zeppelin reunited for that high profile The O2 show last year there has been speculation that a more full-on reunion is in the pipeline, beginning with a world tour. But Robert Plant has been doing his best to deny that's ever going to happen - although last week he did say he would consider another reunion but for all the paperwork that comes with such a venture, describing the bureaucracy that preceded The O2 show as being like something out of 'This Is Spinal Tap'.

But now the Sun reckons that the rest of the band - so Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and John Bonham's son Jason, presumably - are thinking about doing some stuff together with or without paperwork-hating Plant, even if that means bringing in another vocalist.

They quote a source thus: "They [the rest of the band] have been rehearsing frequently in London and the band is really gelling. There's an American guy who has been standing in for Robert regularly and doing a great job. Obviously they want the original frontman to join them on the road but he still won't commit. They will be finalising plans for shows over the next couple of months and will tell Robert that if he doesn't want to be involved they will go ahead without him".

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READING TO GET NEW FESTIVAL
The people behind the Reading Festival are planning a new festival, also to take place in Reading, and to be called the Also In Reading Festival. Oh no, they're going to call it the Heavenly Planet Festival. I think my name is infinitely better.

Anyway, Reading/Leeds promoters Festival Republic are teaming up with Reading Borough Council and Thomas Brooman, the former artistic director of the WOMAD festival, to launch a new family-targeted event on the Reading Festival site in the Rivermead part of the town. It's hoped the new event will fill the gap in the town's calendar left after WOMAD departed for a bigger site in Wiltshire. Obviously having a former WOMAD planner on board will help with that aim.

Festival Republic top man Melvin Benn told reporters: "For two years now the council and I have been discussing the idea of a new, innovative, diverse and outward-looking festival. But it was only when I ran the idea by Thomas and established that it was possible to bring his ideas into the structure as Artistic Director and joint shareholder, it became a must. Thomas brings everything we were looking for to the table and the partnership is now complete. It will make for a very exciting future - a heavenly future I hope!"

Explaining their support for the new event, the Borough Council's Culture & Sport Leader, Graeme Hoskin, is quoted by the Reading Chronicle thus: "When WOMAD left there was real disappointment in Reading and many people were telling us they hoped we could introduce a new family friendly, internationalist festival. There has been a huge amount of work behind the scenes and we have faced some big challenges, but I believe Heavenly Planet fits that bill".

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MILLENCOLIN ANNOUNCE UK TOUR
Swedish punk legends, Millencolin, who are good at doing songs and generally being excellent, have announced a UK tour, which begins in Birmingham tomorrow, to promote their most recent album, 'Machine 15'.

Tour dates:

23 Sep: Birmingham, Academy
24 Sep: Bristol, Academy
25 Sep: London, LA 2
26 Sep: Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms
27 Sep: Nottingham, Rock City
28 Sep: Manchester, Academy 3
29 Sep: Glasgow, Garage

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LINE UP ANNOUNCED FOR MUSEXPO
Time to mention some upcoming music industry events I reckon. First up, the line up for the inaugural MUSEXPO Europe conference has been announced, and it sort of reads like a who's who of the music industry.

Speaking at the event, which brings the popular MUSEXPO format from the US to the UK for the first time, and which takes place in London from 27-29 Oct, will be SonyBMG UK chief Ged Doberty, rather famous promoter man Harvey Goldsmith, new EMI A&R boss Nick Gatfield, EA Games Head Of Music Steve Schnur, Universal top digital man Rob Wells, Nokia Senior Music Manager Steven Stewart, Wall Of Sound chief Mark Jones, Atlantic exec Max Lousada, Radio 1's George Ergatoudis, Radio 2's Jeff Smith, the only surviving Ramone - Tommy, and a whole load of music mangers, including Bruce Flohr (Dave Matthews Band), Doug Mark (Motley Crue, The Game), Jonathan Shalit (Myleene Klass, N-Dubz), Adam Tudhope (Keane) and Iain Watt (Mika). Add to that the evening proceedings, where bands from all the world will play showcases at Metro and Borderline.

Here's what the man behind it all, A&R Worldwide founder Sat Bisla, has to say: "This event is all about bringing creative people together so they can share ideas, music and new business opportunities. It's the people who attend who have made MUSEXPO so successful in the US and I'm delighted we've got such a great line-up for our first European event, with more names due to be announced over the next few weeks. The whole point of the artist showcases at MUSEXPO is to present artists who we believe have exciting international potential in front of a tastemaker audience. Katy Perry performed as an unknown at MUSEXPO in Los Angeles earlier this year and I'm sure that other artists performing in London will follow in her footsteps into the charts around the world".

You'll find more info at www.musexpo.net, and can get press info from info@wiredpr.co.uk.

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SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED FOR INTHECITY
Sooner than all that, Manchester music convention In The City is just two weeks away, and they announced their line up of speakers last week.

On Sunday 5 Oct you'll get an opening address from legendary artist manager Andrew Loog Oldham, who is the "official host" of ITC this year, of course. Culture Minister man Andrew Burnham will then give a keynote speech, before attention is focused on the festivals sector, with Green Man Festival MD Fiona Stewart, Tixdaq's Steve Machin, DF Concerts/T In The Park chief Geoff Ellis, Primary Talent MD Peter Elliott and Heather McGill of 2 Rock all set to participate. There'll also be a session on the marketing challenges for the modern music industry, with Virgin US Co-President Ray Cooper, ad agency KLP's Natasha Kizzle and Henry Semmence from Absolute Marketing all taking part.

On Monday 6 Oct it will be onto management, and therefore the return of Loog-Oldham to the stand, where he'll be joined by Supervision Management's James Sandom and Cerne Canning and the current chair of the IMMF, Petri Lunden, who will all be giving their respective viewpoints. The afternoon will then be dedicated to all things digital with Tim Hadley (Vodaphone), Tim Grimsditch (Nokia), Edward Averdieck (Real World), Ben Drury (7 Digital), Graeme Ferguson (SonyBMG), Mark Mulligan (Jupiter Research), Steve Purdham (We7) and Charles Caldas (Merlin) among those taking part.

And finally, on Tuesday 7 Oct, the development of music TV will be under the spotlight with former TOTP producer Chris Cowey, Phil Poole (Box TV), Chris Price (MTV), Symon Hallam (Joost), Martin Talbot (Official Charts Company), Emma Smithwick (BBC Switch) all offering their take.

These, I should add, are just the highlights. You'll find full info at www.inthecity.co.uk, and if you're a press type you should get in touch with andy@velocitypr.co.uk.

Meanwhile, here's what In The City co-founder and Director Yvette Livesey says: "It is a really strong line-up of panels this year. We have deliberately widened our focus and have tried to give people a big picture view of where the music business is heading. We have a whole host of industry heavyweights lined up to debate some of the biggest issues facing our industry and I'm sure we're going to have an extremely educational and inspirational three days in Manchester".

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Q-PRIME LAUNCH RECORD LABEL
More diversification for you. New York based management firm Q Prime, best known for managing the on-a-real-roll-just-now Metallica, but also reps for the likes of Shania Twain, Snow Patrol and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, have announced they are launching a record label. It's called Mom&Pop Music Company, and here's what Q Prime's Cliff Burnstein told FMQB: "Our ambition is not to be indie or major. Instead, we are striving toward what would now be considered a boutique label, taking our inspiration from great historical music companies like A&M, Chrysalis, Sire and Island - labels that maintained the best balance of cultural importance and commercial appeal".

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EMI CLASSICS CHIEF RESIGNS
EMI have announced another high profile departure. Costa Pilavachi has left his post of President of EMI Classics with immediate effect. Until a replacement can be found the business affairs of the major's classical division will be headed up by Pat O'Driscoll, Deputy Chairman of the EMI Music board. EMI Classics A&R directors Alain Lanceron and Stephen Johns will head up A&R tasks.

Specifics reasons for Pilavachi's departure are not known, though he said in a statement: "Now that most of the restructuring has been completed and the future of EMI Classics is secure, it is time for me to move to new challenges".

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EXEC CHANGES AT WARNER BROS US
More major label exec changes, this time at the US division of Warner Music, and at the Warner Brothers label to be precise. The imprint's COO, Diarmuid Quinn, has been made President of Reprise Records, it's Senior A&R VP Craig Aaronson has been made President of Sire records, and VP Of Promotion Tom Biery has been given the additional job of GM for WBR. Lovely.

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EXEC CHANGES AT LIVE NATION US
And another exec promotion for you, this time at live music conglom Live Nation where Jason Garner has been made CEO of Global Music, which means he'll oversee the firm's live music operations at a global level, as opposed to overseeing the firm's live music operations at an international level, which CEO of International Music Alan Ridgeway will continue to do, albeit reporting in to Garner.

Garner, previously CEO of North American Music, will report directly to overall Live Nation boss Michael Rapino. The top man said this of the exec rejig: "This move reflects our goal of providing artists with global touring plans that leverage our vast global distribution pipe in 57 countries".

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SANDISK LAUNCH PRE-LOADED FLASH MEMORY CARDS
SanDisk, who are apparently the target of a hostile takeover bid by Samsung just at the moment, have announced the launch of a little memory device that comes pre-loaded with a stack of DRM-free music which can be transferred directly onto a mobile phone or, via a handy USB stick device, onto a PC.

The 1GB memory cards will be sold in the US via Best Buy and Wal-Mart and, according to Digital Music News, the tech company says all four major record companies are involved, though it's not clear what albums will be made available via the cards.

DMN report that the pre-loaded mini-cards have been on SanDisk's agenda for a while, but that they are making them a much higher priority just at the moment, possibly because, with the willingness of major record companies to now make music available without DRM, the whole proposition is now more attractive to consumers.

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CLIP ROYALTY DISCUSSED IN US COURT
Also in the US, there was much debate last week as to whether download stores should have to pay a royalty to music publishers in order to make 30 second clips available of music they sell. Well, I say debate - the Digital Media Association and National Association Of Recording Merchandisers were presenting their opinions on the matter to a federal court that is considering a royalty claim by collecting society ASCAP - so I doubt there was much debate. They, obviously, think no royalty should be paid on such clips. The publishers disagree.

Jonathan Potter of the DiMA said this: "DiMA members pay tens of millions of dollars in royalties to songwriters and publishers for online music sales. If ASCAP succeeds in pressing its demand for a new payment for these previews, internet music retailers would be disadvantaged simply because they are selling online, and songwriters and music publishers would be getting a royalty for the preview on top of the appropriate and well-deserved royalty that is paid when the music itself is sold".

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COMMERCIAL RADIO SECTOR REVEALS PLANS TO ADVERTISING INDUSTRY
The bosses of commercial radio in the UK last week addressed the advertising industry to tell them what the sector had planned for the future. Following lots of changes of ownership in British radio in the last year, there was quite a few new faces at the table - or at least new company names on their badges.

Dee Ford of Bauer Radio, Donnach O'Driscoll of Absolute Radio, Scott Taunton of UTV, Stuart Taylor of GMG Radio and Ashley Tabor and Richard Park of the now rather large Global Radio joined the boss of commercial radio trade body RadioCentre, Andrew Harrison, and Simon Redican of the Radio Advertising Bureau, to tell 150 advertisers just how exciting a time it is for commercial radio in the UK. They also revealed a £3 million 'advertiser partnership fund' which will help advertisers get more out of their radio advertising.

Andrew Harrison told delegates: "We now have a once in a lifetime opportunity as an industry to reinvigorate Commercial Radio. This is a new era for our industry - in the last year £1bn of private money has been invested into radio groups and this ownership change provides an ideal opportunity for re-evaluation and revitalising the medium for advertisers. Radio has been fantastically resilient during the growth of digital - it is still the second most consumed medium after TV and reaches younger audiences more cost effectively than any other medium. Now our industry is moving forward to make it more valuable to advertisers and collectively we wanted to spell out to our major customers what radio is able to offer their brands".

Simon Redican added: "Strategically, we need to make sure that our customers get the most from the medium and we can only do that together - the advertiser partnership fund is aimed at making sure we do just that. We're currently seeing transformatory investment in brands and content together with collective will from the groups to collaborate more which will without doubt benefit advertisers".

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ALBUM REVIEW: Gregory & The Hawk - Moenie And Kitchi (FatCat Records)
It's the kind of connection you wait and wait for - that moment when a piece of music you've never heard before entangles you to such an extent that listening five times an evening seems necessary rather than excessive. Gregory & The Hawk, the project of singer-songwriter Meredith Godreau, delivers the kind of songs that call to mind the wistful moments of fellow FatCat artist Nina Nastasia or Emily Haines, with the sweetness of Joanna Newsom. Over the course of eleven tracks, 'Moenie And Kitchi' wraps the listener up like a favourite blanket on a cold evening, enveloping with the swirl of wind outside and the stories of relationships and memories. Opener 'Oats We Sow' is a perfect example of the talent Godreau has for writing melodies; the lyrics are simple poetry and carried naturally by a sweet, smooth voice. On 'Wild West' her delicate vocals are backed with buzz and hum to send tingles down the spine, while 'Harmless' drapes her in distorted guitar. Elsewhere, the suspicion and secrets of 'Stonewall, Stone Fence' alternately brood and then burst in swathes of percussion and radio noise. Single 'Ghost', on the other hand, is an upbeat affair, a brass-tinged track allowed to reach its full potential with careful production and drumming that brings every ounce of energy to the forefront. 'Moenie And Kitchi' is a record born of emotional investment; it has been made to fall in love to, and fall in love with. HB
Release Date: 13 Oct
Press Contact: FatCat Records IH [all]

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CHART UPDATE
Well, there's no change at the top of the chart this week, with Kings Of Leon sticking at number one and Katy Perry holding off all comers at number two. The Pussycat Dolls rise one place from four to three, making way for McFly at number four, who make a notable leap up from 23, while Rhianna holds fast at number five. Three other artists move into the top ten; Gym Class Heroes, who move from 12 to six; Ne-Yo, who moves from 14 to nine; and Will Young, whose new single 'Changes' enters at number 10.

Elsewhere on the new entry front, Jennifer Hudson goes in at 15 with 'Spotlight', Jay-Z only manages to make it to number 33, despite help from Kanye West and Lil Wayne, on 'Swagga Like Us', The Streets' 'Everything Is Borrowed' is at 37 and Fall Out Boy only just make it in at 40 with 'I Don't Care'.

In the album charts, Metallica stick at number one, but last week's number two, Glasvegas slip to number six. Ne-Yo's 'Year Of The Gentleman' takes their place as a new entry at number two. Queen and Paul Rogers also go straight into the top ten with their new album, at number five, and The Streets, who performed disappointingly in the singles chart, go straight in at number seven in the album chart.

There are four other new entries on the album chart. The Coral's 'Singles Collection' is at 13, Bryn Terfel's 'First Love - Songs From The British' is at 16, Nelly's 'Brass Knuckles' goes in at 20, and David Essex brings up the rear at 23, with 'All The Fun Of The Fair.

The chart comes from the Official Chart Company - www.theofficialcharts.com

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TOTAL ROCK WORLD ALBUM CHART
It's the Total Rock World Album Chart, as counted down on Total Rock over the weekend - www.totalrock.com. And boy are Warner Music doing well this week. New entries and re-entries marked with a *.

1. Kid Rock - Rock - N Roll Jesus (Warner/Atlantic)
2. Slipknot - All Hope Is Gone (Warner/Roadrunner)
3. Dragonforce - Ultra Beatdown (Warner/Roadrunner)
4. Disturbed - Indestructible (Warner/Reprise)
5. Linkin Park - Minutes To Midnight (Warner Bros)
6. Underoath - Lost In The Sound Of Separation (Solid State)*
7. Staind - The Illusion Of Progress (Warner/Roadrunner)
8. Nickelback - All The Right Reasons (Warner/Roadrunner)
9. 3 Doors Down - 3 Doors Down (Republic)
10. The Offspring - Rise And Fall, Rage And Grace (SonyBMG)
11. Motorhead - Motorizer (SPV)
12. Queen - Greatest Hits 1,2,3 (EMI)
13. Weezer - Weezer (Universal/Interscope)
14. Led Zeppelin - Mothership (Warner/Atlantic)
15. Lynyrd Skynyrd - Greatest Hits (Universal/MCA)
16. Black Stone Cherry - Folklore & Superstition (Warner/Roadrunner)
17. Journey - Revelation (Frontiers)
18. Simple Plan - Simple Plan (Warner/Atlantic)
19. Daughtry - Daughtry (SonyBMG)*
20. Backyard Babies - Backyard Babies (Spinefarm)*

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HINCE AND MOSS HAVE SPLIT FOR GOOD, APPARENTLY
OK! magazine says that The Kills' Jamie Hince has split from girlfriend Kate Moss for good following those July reports that the couple had split, but only briefly, before getting back together.

A source says the problem is about Moss's inability to "focus on normality". Not really sure what that means, to be honest, but this seems to make a bit more sense: "They just don't see eye-to-eye. When their relationship is good it's amazing but when it's bad it's a tragedy".

Ah well, another day, another indie boy. I'm sure a replacement will come along soon.

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LIAM CRITICISES NOEL'S SINGING
Liam Gallagher has said that he thinks his brother Noel's singing on the new Oasis album 'Dig Out Your Soul' isn't very good, and it should have been left to him, Liam, to do the vocals by himself. He went on to say that although he dabbles in songwriting, he sees himself purely as a singer. The implication being, presumably, that Noel should also stick to what he knows about. "I'm into writing songs, but I'm not going to freak out about it and go, 'Whoa, these songs...'. I know there's all this spiritual nonsense that people go on about, but I'd be more worried about losing my voice than losing my ability to write a fucking song. I'm a singer, man, that's it".

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50 CENT AND JADAKISS END BEEF
I know lots of you have been worrying about this of late, so I know you'll be relieved to know that 50 Cent and Jadakiss have ended their feud. The two have dissed each other on record numerous times since 2004 when the beef erupted, but now everything's fine. Phew.

Jadakiss told Hip Hop Weekly that he'd recently met up with 50 Cent and straightened everything out. He said: "We hollered like grown men, kicked it, and hopefully there's a good outcome off of this".

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