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TODAY'S NEWS

Travis Barker speaks about crash

Britney case will come to court
Linkin Park cancel China dates
The Kills find tour bus
Frankie Knuckles corrects amputation rumours
Fran Healy loves piracy
Depeche Mode sign global deal with EMI
Single review: Hot Melts - (I Wish I Had) Never Been In Love (Epitaph)
Coldplay team up with Jay-Z
Weezer break five records with new video
Mastodon quieten down after head injury
Mixmag announce secret headliner
Levi's OnesToWatch tour starts tonight
Bring Me The Horizon UK tour
Live review: CSS at Shepherd's Bush Empire on 6 Oct
Grainge leads London music power list
ACM goes USA
More on (RED) downloads
YouTube to does sell through
Spotify launches with everyone on board
Ioda announceds new euro-deals
London Connected website goes live
ITV could be allowed to show more ads
BBC 7 adds radio to name
Legal highs come under fire
10cc man Gouldman thinks he's due more praise
Madonna bans Palin from shows
Noel shies away from sitcom
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WEDNESDAY 8TH OCTOBER

CMU SOCIAL: EPISODE SIX
Is it that time of the month again? You know, the bit where everything is good and right. Yes. Yes, it is. It's nearly time for another CMU Social. We still have goosebumps from The Deer Tracks' performance last month, but we managed to hold ourselves together enough to put together another excellent programme for this month (even if we do say so ourselves). To get on the free guestlist, just email social@cmumusicnetwork.co.uk.

Playing live for you this month will be Post War Years and Gillan Edgar, both of whom are currently on track to be big names by this time next year. And if that wasn't enough cutting edge, ahead of the zeitgeist music for you, the CMU:DJs will be spinning all the latest and best tunes for you, too. "But what else can I do at CMU Social except listen to the best music on offer?" I hear you cry. Well, if you're one of our fast-growing and much-loved regular crowd, you'll already know that you can enjoy our happy hour and reasonably priced food from 7-8pm, as well as taking part in the CMU Pop Quiz, which could win you a crate of beer.


 

Now, let's find out a little about who's playing the night...

POST WAR YEARS:
Post War Years have been causing quite a stir this year, thanks to shows with the likes of MGMT, Tom Vek and Does It Offend You, Yeah? They have also just completed a UK tour with White Lies, which ended with a sold out show at the ICA. Their single, 'Black Morning', received airplay on BBC Radio 1, BBC 6music and Xfm earlier this year, as well as picking up glowing reviews from the likes of The Times, Fader and Artrocker. Their live performances are a whirlwind of racing synths, samplers, and vocal harmonies with band members switching instruments, while their sound sits somewhere between Joy Division and Talking Heads. We can't wait.

www.myspace.com/thempostwaryears

GILLAN EDGAR:
Hailing from Manchester, Gillan is getting noticed in all the right places at the moment, including the CMU office, where it was quickly decided that he's exactly the kind of guy we want playing for us. His music recalls The Beatles, Ryan Adams and Elliott Smith with great lyrics and hooks so large they probably shouldn't be allowed. He recently supported Pete Doherty in London, where he went down a storm, and we expect the same when he plays for us.

www.myspace.com/gillanedgar

CMU Social is free to all CMU Daily readers and any guests they might want to bring along with them. All you have to do is email social@cmumusicnetwork.co.uk with your name, company name and the names of any guests you'd like to bring and we'll sort you out. See you on 14 Oct.

 

SNAP OF THE DAY: JAY JAY PISTOLET
Another artist I can't believe we haven't tipped before - so thanks to the PR for reminding us - Jay Jay Pistolet is someone that personally ticks a lot of boxes, having toured with both Laura Marling and Noah And The Whale, and chosen to release his single through one of my favourite 'rising' labels, the James Yuill-affiliated Chess Club records. Now he has an EP out, the oddly named 'Happy Birthday You EP', through punk outlet Stiff, which meets with further approval by having Charlie from Noah And The Whale on production duties. This, thankfully, is a fine move with the end result being tracks like 'We Are Free', a bold slice of melodious, atmospheric folk with enough cross-over appeal to attract more discerning record buyers, and perhaps even land him an appearance on 'This Morning'.

www.myspace.com/jayjaypistolet

 

 



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OFFICE MANAGER
Cooking Vinyl are looking for an Office Manager / PA to MD. The ideal candidate is organised, works well under pressure and has an impeccable phone manner. You will also have to be familiar with Word, Excel and Outlook. The role includes full reception responsibilities, and also assisting the marketing, international and production departments when needed, as well as ensuring the office is running smoothly. Cooking Vinyl's office is in Acton, West London. Please send CV and covering letter to david@cookingvinyl.com. Closing date 10th October.

 

 

TRAVIS BARKER SPEAKS ABOUT CRASH
Travis Barker has spoken to Us Weekly magazine about surviving that recent and much previously reported plane crash. The former Blink-182 drummer said in the interview: "I hate planes. My biggest fear ever is to be involved in a plane crash, so when that happened ... well, I'm just thankful to be alive! I'm just grateful to be here at all".

Barker was released from hospital in Georgia last week, but was too afraid to fly home, and instead travelled by bus with his father and ex-wife Shanna Moakler. He is now being treated at a burns centre in Los Angeles, and is expected to leave the facility within two weeks. Speaking about the treatment he's been having, he continued: "I am doing the best I can possibly be. I'm so anxious to get out of here ... I've just been in surgery after surgery. I have third-degree burns basically from my feet up to my waist and both hands. One of my hands has second-degree burns and one has third-degree burns. I'm trying to have a quick recovery and play the drums again and be able to hold my kids again". Barker has two children, aged five and two, with the aforementioned ex-wife Moakler.

You'll no doubt remember that Barker's fellow survivor DJ AM, aka Adam Goldstein, was released from the hospital in Georgia a few days before the drummer, so it would seem that his injuries were less severe. Four people died in the 19 Sep crash, of course, passengers Chris Baker and Charles Still, pilot Sarah Lemmon and co-pilot James Bland.

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BRITNEY CASE WILL COME TO COURT
Britney Spears will still have to appear in court to face charges of driving without a valid licence, despite that previously reported request filed by her attorney J Michael Flanagan asking that she not have to face trial over the issue, especially in light of her recent difficulties.

The hearing has been scheduled to go ahead later this month, and relates to an August 2007 incident in which the singer hit a parked car in LA then left the scene. A three judge panel rejected Flanagan's motion to seek a delay in the trial, and a reduction in the charge.

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LINKIN PARK CANCEL CHINA DATES
Linkin Park have announced that they're cancelling their upcoming tour of China because of an unspecified back injury suffered by lead singer Chester Bennington. A statement on the band's official website confirmed that shows scheduled to take place in Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhan and Macau would now not take place. A show set to take place in Taiwan's capital Taipei has also been cancelled.

The concerts planned were intended to raise funds for victims of the earthquake that hit China's Sichuan province back in May, and Linkin Park say they and the promoter will still make a donation, which will be matched by the World Bank.

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THE KILLS FIND TOUR BUS
The Kills have tracked down their tour bus, which, as we reported last week, went missing in the US in September along with its driver, prompting a nationwide search by police and the FBI. According to reports, the bus was apparently found on Monday in an LA car park. Further details, including whether the duo got any of their luggage back, are not yet clear.

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FRANKIE KNUCKLES CORRECTS AMPUTATION RUMOURS
House music pioneer Frankie Knuckles has issued a statement to clarify rumours claiming that he has had one of his legs amputated due to complications arising from his diabetes. Knuckles said that he was forced to have one of his feet amputated in July, but this was not diabetes-related.

Knuckles said: "Recently there has been a lot of scuttle-butt going around on the internet about me and my health. Apparently, someone perpetrating that they are a friend or someone close to me felt it necessary to use me and my personal health in an open forum for public discussion. I feel violated and disrespected. But, to put these rumors to rest, here's what's been going on; Almost 10 years ago I broke my right foot. And instead of sitting still and allowing it to mend properly, I returned to the road and continued to travel during the healing process. Well, the foot never really healed properly and over the past 10 years continued to give me great difficulty. Throughout that period I developed a disease in my foot called osteomialitis (it's a disease of the bone). For years I worked with my doctors to combat this illness and they informed me (to a degree) that all this work was pretty much the equivalent of putting a bandaid on the situation. Eventually, it was going to get the better of me and I'd be left with no other choice but to have my foot amputated".

He continued: "Well, I praise my doctors for helping me put up a good fight. But what was inevitable came to fruition on July 3rd. I didn't lose my leg but I did lose my foot. It was necessary because the disease was beginning to travel up my leg, threatening my heart. I didn't have a problem losing my foot. After all, I still have another. But I did have a problem losing my life. This is the only one I have. This disease I developed wasn't diabetic related. The fact that I have diabetes may have compounded it to a degree (in its latter stages). But you'll all be happy to know that I'm doing very well. I'm 1000% better now that my body is rid of the disease and I'm no longer living in pain. I lived with that pain for almost 10 years and most of you never knew it. And you weren't supposed to".

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FRAN HEALY LOVES PIRACY
Travis frontman Fran Healy has said that he doesn't care if people download his band's new album for free because they will be promoting the record for him.

Speaking at the Q Awards on Monday, he said: "If someone downloads an album, if they search for that record, they're a fan of the band. They download that record, that record [that's] 76p to manufacture. They get it for nothing - really you're paying the 76p for doing the most important job there is in the business which is word of mouth. If you made a great record and they are gabbering about it, these are the people that create the hype you know that's kind of important".

He also admitted to downloading music illegally himself: "Generally people who don't buy music are 12 year old kids who can't afford it. I did it, you know. So there's two schools - the ones that do buy and the ones that don't buy it. There will always be people that don't buy it and there will always be people that do buy it. It's fine. The people that do buy it will prop up the industry and keep it all going". Wait, Fran Healy is a 12 year old?

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DEPECHE MODE SIGN GLOBAL DEAL WITH EMI
Depeche Mode, signed in the UK to EMI's Mute Records, have signed a global deal with the major record company, meaning that EMI will now release their tunes in the US, where the Mode have previously been released by Warner's Reprise label.

EMI's new A&R chief for the US and UK, that Nick Gatfield fella, told reporters: "We are delighted to be extending our relationship with Depeche Mode, and to be supporting them in the US for the first time. They are one of the world's most innovative and successful bands who continuously push boundaries and excite fans with their recording and live work".

Mute man Daniel Miller added: "I am really happy to be continuing to work with the band. They have been reaching new creative heights in the studio and they have one of the most devoted fanbases of any band in the world today. I believe that the Mute and EMI teams are extremely well positioned to help Depeche Mode build on their success".

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SINGLE REVIEW: Hot Melts - (I Wish I Had) Never Been In Love (Epitaph)
The Hot Melts offer a blast of up-tempo pop-punk called '(I Wish I Had) Never Been In Love'. It starts off well, evoking Ikara Colt in the intro. Unfortunately, it gets slightly staid and boring after that. It is hook laden and the singer has a that-guy-from-Muse-who-looks-like-a-chipmunk's vocal mannerisms. There are even some ooos and arrrs and a middle eight breakdown with a twinkly guitar and a chugging rhythm guitar that dives into a thrashey bit. Therefore, it could be a moderate hit. However, to sound like a snob, it comes from the abhorrent vein of lowest common denominator rock that inexplicably sells by the bucket loads. The Jeremy Clarkson of music. You know what I mean? They are proficient but uninteresting and allow opportunity for moderate jollity; moderate. I bet the A&R man saw ££ signs when he first heard these. Not that inspiring, though. PG
Release Date: 20 Oct
Press Contact: Nile-on [all]

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COLDPLAY TEAM UP WITH JAY-Z
Coldplay have revealed that they will release 'Lost!', the next single from their 'Viva La Vida' album on 10 Nov. The single will feature the album version of the track, an acoustic version, a live version and a version with Jay-Z rapping on it. So, all bases covered, there.

Also in November, the band will release a new eight track EP, called 'Prospekt's March', which will feature eight tracks that weren't finished in time to be included on 'Viva La Vida'. The EP will be released digitally, and as a bonus disc in a repackaged release of 'Viva La Vida' which will also feature the Jay-Z version of 'Lost!'

'Prospekt's March' tracklist:

Life In Technicolour II
Postcards From Far Away
Glass Of Water
Rainy Day
Prospekt's March/Poppyfields
Lost+
Lovers In Japan (Osaka Sun Mix)
Now My Feet Won't Touch The Ground

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WEEZER BREAK FIVE RECORDS WITH NEW VIDEO
It's lucky Weezer happened to have a representative of Guinness World Records on hand at the shoot of the video for their song, 'Troublemaker', because they went and broke five world records during the filming.

The band set new records for largest game of dodgeball, most people in a custard pie fight, most people riding on a skateboard, largest air guitar ensemble and longest 'Guitar Hero: World Tour' marathon. The band's Pat Wilson is also shown playing the world's smallest drum kit in a music video, which wasn't allowed by the official. However, the band are appealing the decision not to recognise this as a record.

Watch the video here

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MASTODON QUIETEN DOWN AFTER HEAD INJURY
Mastodon frontman Brent Hinds has revealed that the metal band's fourth album is more mellow and melodic than the band's previous outings. This change of style stems from a head injury Hinds received after he was attacked outside the 2007 MTV VMAs, which caused a brain haemorrhage and left him with severe vertigo for several months.

Hinds told Rolling Stone: "I was dizzy for eight months. During those months, I just sat with my acoustic and a little marijuana, and wrote all the music. I wanted a more melodic, easy-listening situation, and that definitely came from having head trauma".

Bassist Troy Sanders added: "Musically and lyrically, this is the record we'd be writing if we weren't going to exist tomorrow. We don't feel like we have to do a certain type of record to please a certain group. We're free to change".

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MIXMAG ANNOUNCE SECRET HEADLINER
Mixmag have announced the secret headliner for the launch night of the dance mag's new upcoming club tour. Though it's not that much of a secret, because it's Friendly Fires who join the already very exciting line-up of HervŽ, Riton, Little Boots, Appleblim and Hatcha. It all takes place at Pacha in London on 17 Oct from 10pm to 5am. All this costs just £12, which sounds very reasonable to me.

Full Mixmag tour dates:

17 Oct: London, Pacha - Friendly Fires, Herve, Riton, Little Boots, Appleblim, Hatcha
18 Oct: Leicester, Restless - Darren Emerson, Meat Katie
7 Nov: 2020, Bournemouth - Kissy Sell Out
14 Nov: Manchester, Warehouse Project - Sven Vath, Extrawelt, Tobi Neumann, Raresh, Rhadoo, Pedro
28 Nov: Glasgow, The Arches - Slam, Carl Craig, Boys Noize
5 Dec: London, Pacha - Mixmag Xmas Party
12 Dec: Bristol, Motion - Kissy Sell Out

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LEVI'S ONESTOWATCH TOUR STARTS TONIGHT
Following on from the Levi's OnesToWatch Five Night Revue at the Macbeth in Shoreditch last month, the Levi's OnesToWatch Tour kicks off tonight at the Old Blue Last in Shoreditch, with live sets from CMU Favourite Josh Weller, Derek Meins and La Shark. It will then snake around the country showing off new bands, who are mainly Bombay Bicycle Club and Flashguns.

Tour dates:

8 Oct: London, Old Blue Last - Derek Meins. Josh Weller, La Shark
19 Oct: Brighton, Audio - Bombay Bicycle Club, Flashguns
20 Oct: Camden, Barfly - Bombay Bicycle Club, Flashguns
21 Oct: Birmingham, Barfly - Bombay Bicycle Club, Flashguns
22 Oct: Liverpool, Barfly - Bombay Bicycle Club, Flashguns
23 Oct: Glasgow Barfly - Bombay Bicycle Club, Flashguns
28 Oct: London, The Fly - Rogues, Broadcast 2000

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BRING ME THE HORIZON UK TOUR
Metallers Bring Me The Horizon return to the UK from Europe later this month to play a few dates in support of their acclaimed second album 'Suicide Season'.

Tour dates:

16 Oct: Newcastle, Academy
17 Oct: Dundee, Fat Sam's
18 Oct: Glasgow, Garage
19 Oct: Stoke, Sugarmill
20 Oct: Sheffield, Academy
21 Oct: Oxford, Academy
22 Oct: Nottingham, Rock City
23 Oct: Norwich, Waterfront
24 Oct: Liverpool, Academy
25 Oct: Wrexham, Central Station
26 Oct: Brighton, Concorde 2
27 Oct: Leeds, Cockpit
28 Oct: Cardiff, Ifor Bach
29 Oct: Yeovil, Orange Box
20 Oct: Bristol, Academy
31 Oct: Southampton, Uni
1 Nov: London, Astoria
2 Nov: Manchester, Academy
3 Nov: Birmingham, Academy

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LIVE REVIEW: CSS at Shepherd's Bush Empire on 6 Oct
I'm stood on a first floor balcony watching as the crowd below bat balloons around and admiring the ridiculous amount of pedals waiting on stage, when finally it goes dark and the band emerge to rapturous applause and cheers, launching straight into 'Jager Yoga', the first track from new album 'Donkey'. As ever, singer Lovefoxxx is dressed to impress, in a black Lycra catsuit - looking prepared to do some new age dancing - with silver and woollen tassels and a wrap over her shoulders which make her look a bit like a fashionista Hunchback Of Notre Dame, but needless to say this is soon tossed aside.

The band effortlessly rip their way through hits from both their albums, including 'Paris Hilton', 'Left Behind' and 'Off The Hook', and it's quite apparent that CSS are one of the most entertaining and impressive live acts around - you'd have to try pretty hard to leave a CSS gig disappointed. And you can see that they are enjoying themselves as much as the crowd. As if to prove just how over-excited she is to be here, Lovefoxxx rolls around on the floor from time to time and occasionally screams into her mic - she must have such a sore throat by the end of a gig.

Announcing that the next song tastes like "pineapple and grapes with Nutella and mushrooms, like a mushroom risotto" they play next single 'Move', by which point it's all neatly fallen into place; everyone's dancing around and having the time of their life. Next is 'Music Is My Hot Hot Sex', with the crowd singing along that, indeed, music IS their boyfriend. Lovefoxx removes the upper part of her catsuit to reveal another one underneath, this time floral. It must be hard work squeezing into all those layers, and the poor thing must get rather hot. Next comes 'Alcohol', and then Lovefoxx tells us that the next song, 'Reggae All Night', is their last. The band have the crowd eating out of their hands and people are dancing around like maniacs - it's a wonderful sight to behold.

The band return for an encore of 'Air Painter', followed by everybody's favourite, 'Let's Make Love And Listen To Death From Above', accompanied by a mirrorball to set the mood. Lovefoxxx takes off the rest of her first catsuit to reveal the rest of her floral one, a manoeuvre which requires removing her shoes. Proving that CSS have really made it, she gets a long suffering roadie to tie her shoe laces, while she's singing and, not making the task especially simple, dancing. Somehow he manages it without being kicked in the face, and then, suddenly, it's the final song, 'Alala', and I don't want it to end. Confetti cannons fire off into the revellers below and Lovefoxxx partakes in a little crowdsurfing. As the band take a bow there's plenty of feedback in the background, one hour after the party began it's over and reality has taken over again. But in that time, where CSS rule the world and Lycra is high fashion, it's a fantastic place to be. DH

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GRAINGE LEADS LONDON MUSIC POWER LIST
Universal Music International boss Lucian Grainge is the most influential person in London. I blame him for my train being so slow this morning - surely he could be doing something useful with all that influence.

I should qualify this story by saying Grainge has been identified as the most influential 'music person' in London in the latest 'London's Most Influential People' lists from the Evening Standard. In the overall top 50 most influential people Simon Cowell comes higher than Grainge, but he doesn't top the music list because his influence comes more from his TV work than all the dreadful pop nonsense he inflicts upon us via his Syco record company.

After Grainge, the other most powerful music people according the Standard are: Royal Opera House Music Director Antonio Pappano, 19 Entertainment CEO Simon Fuller, Coldplay and BBC Radio 3 Controller and BBC Proms boss Roger Wright.

Other artists considered to have some kind of influence on the capital are Amy Winehouse, Radiohead's Thom Yorke, Dizzee Rascal, Madonna, Mark Ronson, Damon Albarn, Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney, while other industry types lower down the list are MySpace UK MD Travis Katz and Live Nation UK President Paul Latham.

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ACM GOES USA
The UK's Academy Of Contemporary Music has announced a new partnership with the University Of Central Oklahoma which will see the ACM provide courses on music making and the music business in the US too. The partnership will also mean students in both the US and UK will be able to benefit from new exchange programmes. Scott Booker, manager of The Flaming Lips, will be Director of ACM@UCO.

ACM Founder and Director Phil Brookes told reporters: "We are delighted to be working with UCO, to bring ACM's unique brand of music industry education to America. The people involved with UCO are some of the most creative and forward thinking individuals we have had the pleasure of meeting. Everyone at ACM is looking forward to a great partnership and future with UCO, training tomorrow's musicians, producers and music business leaders".

University of Central Oklahoma President W Roger Webb added: "This is one of the most exciting and creative ventures I've been involved with in many years in higher education. Through this unique partnership with the Academy of Contemporary Music, UCO will provide an opportunity for students to receive hands-on learning about everything they need to know to succeed in the music industry".

Meanwhile, Booker says: "This is a fantastic opportunity. ACM@UCO has found a way to reach out to people interested in music and the music business that has not existed before. I am excited and honoured to be involved in this truly innovative programme".

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MORE ON (RED) DOWNLOADS
For those who prefer their downloads to help combat disease in Africa, we have more details about the new download service being planned by the Bono-backed (RED) charity whatnot.

According to Digital Music News, (RED)Wire will provide curated packages of downloads on a monthly basis to those who pay a monthly subscription. The tracks will be DRM-free MP3s meaning you can play them on your (RED) iPod, or any other less charitable digital music player. Initially available in the US, the service will cost five dollars a month, half of which will go to (RED) charitable efforts fighting AIDS, TB and malaria in Africa, which is pretty good given that other (RED) initiatives often give just a few percent of revenue to charity.

The operation will be headed up by Don MacKinnon, who created the original Hear Music music offer which was subsequently acquired by Starbucks. Talking about (RED)Wire he says: "The idea is not to create a one-off. People want a bite-sized feed of great music, pushed to them from artists they know and artists they get to discover from someone they trust. This is not thirty songs on a sampler, but a very hand-picked, exclusive piece of music coming to them in a push".

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YOUTUBE TO DOES SELL THROUGH
YouTube is planning on adding music sell-through into the mix in a bid to generate more revenues from its market-leader video sharing platform. Music is just one of the things the Google owned video site will start to sell-through, with films, TV shows, books, games and gig tickets also being flagged up when thematically linked to a video streaming on the website. Digital content sell-through will be provided by both Amazon and iTunes, users will be able to choose which service they opt for. In both cases YouTube will get a share of any revenue created.

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SPOTIFY LAUNCHES WITH EVERYONE ON BOARD
How about another music streaming service? Well, you're in luck, because Spotify launched across Europe yesterday, and they not only have all four major record labels on board, but indie label digital rights body Merlin are in support too, and we all know how hard to please they are.

I think users will be able to stream music on demand via the service, and make playlists and recommend tracks to friends. I say 'I think', you can choose to pay a monthly subscription or use a free ad-funded service, though the latter currently requires submitting your email address and awaiting a login code, and I got bored waiting.

But hey, here's what Charles Caldas, the boss of the aforementioned Merlin who, as previously reported, have been rather vocal in their disgust at the offer being made to the indie labels by the recently launched in the US MySpace Music service, has to say about lovely Spotify: "We are pleased that Spotify quickly recognised the true value that Merlin has brought to the market and has worked hard with us to ensure that the independent labels that constitute our membership are available to their users from day one". Storming.

Spotify boss Daniel Ek adds: "We believe that everyone loves music, and we're thrilled to partner with all major content owners already at launch".

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IODA ANNOUNCES NEW EURO-DEALS
Indie digital distributor IODA has announced deals with several European music distribution firms. The deals will see the US-based digital company distribute digitally music represented by the European firms, which include France's Discograph and Harmonia Mundi, UK-based Forte Music, and the Music Information Center Austria. IODA announced the new deals ahead of European music business conference Popkomm which kicks off in Berlin later today.

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LONDON CONNECTED WEBSITE GOES LIVE
The London Connected website from the Association Of Independent Music is now fully up and running. For those that don't know, this is a new service targeted at music businesses and entrepreneurs and enabled by funding by the London Development Agency, which aims to provide said businesses and entrepreneurs with free advice and assistance to help them get the most out of digital. There are online resources, plus a range of workshops, training and expert advice available.

Remi Harris the GM of AIM, told CMU: "The constantly evolving digital music landscape can often seem tricky to negotiate for those looking to harness its numerous benefits. We've consulted with experts in digital music to design first-class help to the businesses and individuals involved in London's music industry to guide them through the wealth of opportunities that are available".

To get the most out of London Connected you need to register, and if you do so quick quick quick you could get a free copy of that previously reported MusicTank report by Nettwerk's Terry McBride called 'Meet The Millennials' which gives advice on how labels and artists can connect with young music consumers in the digital age.

More at www.londonconnected.org

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ITV COULD BE ALLOWED TO SHOW MORE ADS
Commercial TV channels, including ITV, could be allowed to broadcast up to an extra 20 minutes of adverts in prime time each evening, which could bring in an extra £85 million in ad revenues a year. Media regulator OfCom has announced it has launched a consultation on changing advertising regulations that govern channels like ITV, who find they don't have enough ad space to satisfy demand around peak shows like 'X-Factor', while they'll struggle to fill ad spots during some off-peak shows. ITV are proposing a system whereby the actual amount of advertising in peak time over the week stays the same, but that daily quotas would be more flexible, so they could have more ads on high audience nights like Saturday and less on less busy nights like a Monday. UK rules governing the amount of ads allowed per hour are generally pretty restrictive compared to elsewhere in Europe.

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BBC 7 ADDS RADIO TO NAME
If you've ever wondered why the BBC's digital comedy and drama radio station is called BBC7 rather than Radio 7, well, obviously you're not the only one.

The Beeb has announced it will start calling the station BBC Radio 7, saying that without the 'radio' word some people are under the impression the digital service is a TV channel, especially as it can be accessed by TV networks like Freeview. Radio 7 programmes chief Mary Kalemkerian told reporters: "As many regular listeners already refer to the station as Radio 7, it seemed the right decision to incorporate the magic word 'radio'".

In related news, Radio Today reports that BBC local radio stations, which generally have the word 'radio' in their names, are going to do the opposite and drop the 'radio' word.

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LEGAL HIGHS COME UNDER FIRE
Legal highs, such as those you see sold at festivals across this land, have come under fire because they're rubbish and don't even work. No, that's not it, apparently they're bad for you.

Harry Shapiro of drugs charity Drugscope told the Today programme on BBC Radio 4: "The message is: legal doesn't necessarily mean safe. These drugs often mimic quite closely the effects of controlled drugs like ecstasy, LSD and amphetamines. So it's perfectly legitimate for the government through its advisory council to look at the clinical evidence and decide if they merit any clinical control. Although they are always going to be playing catch up, people will always try and tweak the chemistry".

John Ramsey of the TICTAC Drugs Database added: "There are packets of tablets and capsules that are sold as herbal highs, but are in no way herbal. It is lying about what it contains. The content on the packet bears very little relation to what's in them".

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10CC MAN GOULDMAN THINKS HE'S DUE MORE PRAISE
10CC's Graham Gouldman has said that he thinks his band don't get the credit they deserve, and says that they were just as important as Queen and David Bowie. He admits that possibly the band's image or a lack of leadership in the group might be at the root of it, but adds: "I'm not happy with our place in pop hierarchy. I think it should be more recognised. I was reading an old music magazine's article, Important Records From the Seventies, and we never seem to get mentioned in those things. It's always Bowie and Queen and that gets on my nerves a bit".

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MADONNA BANS PALIN FROM SHOWS
It's not often I think to myself, 'Yeah, Madonna did something quite cool, there', but banning the rather scary Sarah Palin from attending any of her US concerts seems like a cool thing to do. Of course, I then read what Madonna actually said and stopped thinking she was cool. But, hey, that's the way it rolls round here. And I'm not even sure Sarah Palin wanted to come to one of her shows.

Anyway, at a show in Meadowlands, New Jersey the singer told the audience: "Sarah Palin can't come to my party. Sarah Palin can't come to my show. It's nothing personal. Here's the sound of Sarah Palin's husband's snowmobile when it won't start [makes loud screeching noise]".

FYI, neither Sarah Palin nor Madonna are allowed to come to CMU Social. Or Bono, but that just goes without saying.

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NOEL SHIES AWAY FROM SITCOM
Noel Gallagher has backed off from his idea of working on a sitcom with Russell Brand after Comic Relief asked the pair to actually do it.

Speaking to Xfm, Gallagher said: "A journalist asked me what I'd do if Oasis finished. I was out with Russell Brand the previous night, so I just said I'd be in a team of scriptwriters with Russell. [Then] I was on his radio show on Saturday, we were chatting away about it and we flippantly said it would be a great idea to do for Comic Relief. Now, all of a sudden Comic Relief have gone bananas. I'm like, 'Wow, hang on a minute!'"

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