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Marshall relaunches Infectious
Lily resents promoting a loss-leader
Alphabeat not dropped by EMI, but have left
Fiddy talks about Jay, collaborates with Robbie
In The Pop Courts
Illegal downloads don't equate to lost sales, says US judge
Awards & Contests
Elbow get South Bank Show award
Reuions & Splits
Harvey leaves Bad Seeds
Artist Deals
New management for PSB
In The Studio
Green Day rumoured to have finished work on new album
Eminem album almost done, says Fiddy
Glasvegas man may record Suicide song
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Iron Maiden announce documentary
Gigs N Tours News
Islamic leaders push for Rihanna ban in Malaysia
Snow Patrol to play Apple Store
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Album review: Wintersleep - Welcome To The Night Sky (One Four Seven Records)
The Music Business
MIDEM attendance down
The Digital Business
New music networking site launches
Bacardi and Groove Armada encourage fans to share
New web service offers full operas
Microsoft launch world's worst download store
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Moyles criticised for camp remarks
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THURSDAY 22ND JANUARY

FRIDA HYVÖNEN
Swedish singer-songwriter Frida Hyvönen's delicate yet sometimes deeply haunting music has been winning her much acclaim among music types for some time, and with the imminent release of her second album, that excitement isn't going away.

Having toured with the likes of Jose Gonzalez and Jens Lekman, it would perhaps be too easy to put her in a very clear box, but Frida is something slightly different, drawing upon all aspects of life and culture amongst confessional and fictional lyrics.

Frida's third album 'Silence Is Wild' is released on 2 Feb, and in anticipation of that, here are her answers to the Same Six Questions.

 

Q1 How did you start out making music?
I've been singing and playing piano since I was a kid, started recording and playing pop-poetry at parties sometime in my mid twenties. From there, it just took off.

Q2 What inspired your latest album?
People, signal substances, and civilisation seen from the forest through the eyes of a moose.

Q3 What process do you go through in creating a track?
On this album I was alone in the countryside for five months working, getting up early, writing in the morning, being worried in the nights. I had a deadline which was a concert at the opera on 9 May. When the songs survived the concert I felt like they had been born.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
Nina Simone, Hilma af Klint, Aleksander Sokorov, Janis Joplin, Fernando Pessoa.

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
I would probably not say much, you know, perhaps I'd pour her a glass of bubbly to enhance the thrill. Hopefully I'd get to play it live, I mean, the records are great but I would prefer to present it in the flesh.

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest album, and for the future?
On this album I engaged some other musicians, so one of the ambitions has been to begin playing live with a band for the first time. We began last week and it feels magical. We'll be out playing the whole spring and summer of 2009. Also, in March I have another thing coming out, it's a book, a photo book that I made music to. The photographer is Elin Berge, and we've been following a group of Thai women who live in the Swedish countryside.

MORE>> www.fridahyvonen.com and www.myspace.com/fridahyvonen

 

CRYSTAL STILTS
Brooklyn's musical offerings certainly haven't diminished this year, but I think I'm right in saying that Crystal Stilts are CMU's first tip of the year from the area, which makes today's SNAP extra special. Sounding mostly like English stoner noise-niks The Jesus And Mary Chain, every song seems to be an experiment in creating a contemporary version of the Glasgow alt-rockers debut album 'Psychocandy', with cascades of moody garage-pop through 60s style drum beats, reverb-fuelled guitars and grumbling organ. Currently in the midst of a European tour, they'll in be playing live in the UK during February.

www.myspace.com/crystalstilts

 

 

MARSHALL RELAUNCHES INFECTIOUS
Korda Marshall, the former MD of Warner Music UK, is going all indie again by re-launching his label Infectious, perhaps best known for its work with Ash.

Marshall, as fans of indie label history will know, originally formed Infectious in 1994 after over a decade working in A&R for RCA Records, part of BMG by the time he left the company. He later merged Infectious with Australian independent music firm Mushroom to create Mushroom UK, of which Infectious became an imprint. Warner acquired Mushroom UK in 2003, with Marshall becoming MD of the division into which the indie was merged, then EastWest, soon to rebranded Atlantic. He later became MD of Warner Music UK, where he stayed until last October when he announced he was leaving the major. It seems Marshall left Warner because he'd been approached by investors with the idea of relaunching Infectious.

Among those investors are Marshall's former business partner Michael Gudinski of the Mushroom Group in Australia, plus a music, sport and theatre producer called Michael Watt. Both are minority shareholders in the new label.

The new company, which will have music publishing and management divisions as well as being a record label, will, I think, sign UK acts plus work with bands signed to Aussie labels in the Mushroom group. Certainly the first band on the new Infectious roster, Aussies The Temper Trap, are signed to Gudinski's Liberation Music label in their home country.

Confirming the relaunch of Infectious, Marshall told CMU: "Having spent the last six years working within a big organisation, where I had a great time and learnt a lot, I'm incredibly excited about going back to running an independent label. These are really interesting times for the music industry, which continues to evolve and although there are still big challenges to overcome I believe there are fantastic opportunities for labels who are willing to embrace new ideas and new ways of working with artists".

He continued: "As well as being a record company we plan to launch music publishing and artist management arms in due course and will be looking to embrace new ideas wherever possible. I'm also really lucky to have investors who believe in me and my vision for Infectious. In the 25 years that I have been finding artists and helping develop their careers the most exciting and creative period was when I was working with Michael Gudinski. I am delighted to have him and Michael Watt on board as they will both bring a wealth of experience, enthusiasm and support to our new company. It's great to have made The Temper Trap our first signing. They are an amazing band with fantastic songs and a brilliant live show and if early reactions are anything to go by they are going to provide the perfect debut release for our company".

Former Infectious execs Pat Carr and Mirelle Davis, now of Remote Control and Wind Up Bird respectively, will consult for the new label on general management and international marketing respectively, while Sound Advice will handle the label's legal and financial affairs.

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LILY RESENTS PROMOTING A LOSS-LEADER
Lily Allen says she resents having to do heavy promotion on her second album because she doesn't expect to make any money from it. Earlier this month she claimed in an interview with Word magazine that she had only made £50,000 from her debut album, 'Alright, Still', despite shifting 2 million units worldwide. She said the majority of her income comes from touring and licensing music to TV shows.

Now she's told Q Radio: "I don't make any money out of record sales at all. I make money out of touring and syncs, publishing. My songs being put on Grey's Anatomy, things like that. I don't make any money at all from selling an album, which is probably why I feel so angry about doing all this promotion because I am not earning any money out of it, someone else [is] and they don't have to live with the lasting effects".

Of course, and without wanting to sound too corporate here, most of the money from her record sales are repaying EMI for their original investment in her, without which she'd not have the public profile she currently enjoys, nor much of the sync, publishing or live income she's living off. And by going on telly to plug the album she's keeping that profile up, so the sync and live money continues to flow in. To be honest, I'm not convinced she's really thought this through.

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ALPHABEAT NOT DROPPED BY EMI, BUT HAVE LEFT
Alphabeat have denied rumours that they have been dropped by EMI, although they revealed that they did part ways with the label in December. The band say that they collectively decided that it would be best for the band if they sought alternative record label partners, adding that they are currently in the process of signing a new deal.

Writing on their MySpace blog, they said: "You may have read rumours about us being dropped by EMI on several blogs in the last couple of weeks. Have we been dropped? Nope. But before Xmas we had the opportunity to leave - and we did. We (this means us - Alphabeat) sat down round a table before we went on [our] Xmas] holiday and decided that we needed a change before starting recording our new album and one of the major changes would be a new label. We're back in the UK and we're happy to say that we're signing with a new label as we speak. ... We're heading in to studio to start recording our new album as soon as possible. We hope to release it during 2009".

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FIDDY TALKS ABOUT JAY, COLLABORATES WITH ROBBIE
50 Cent has spoken to the New York Daily News about the influence Jam Master Jay had on his career. He was talking about the late producer because he's planning on releasing a film about the Run-DMC man via his new film production company Cheetah Vision.

Fiddy says of Jay: "He's the first person I went into the studio with, with the intention of producing a song for an album which was never released because Jay's touring schedule was so hectic he wasn't able to focus on it".

Despite the fact that album never saw the light of day, Jay's advice provide vital for Fiddy: "I learned to market myself, like Jay had done. A lot of the major labels and companies were ignoring me because they were only looking at my street life. It makes me rub it in now. Right in their faces. I want to go into their offices and say, 'I remember you. Didn't they fire you yet?'"

Elsewhere in Fiddy news, there are reports that a collaboration with Robbie Williams will feature on the hip hopper's upcoming new album 'Before I self Destruct', despite the fact that the pair had something of a falling out back in 2005.

You may remember, because I think we reported on it, that the artists clashed when they were both staying at a hotel in Germany at the same time. Williams said Fiddy was pissed off the he was greeted with chants of "Robbie, Robbie" on his arrival at the hotel. Elsewhere, it was reported Williams complained when Fiddy's G-Unit Crew made a lot of noise at 4am; though Fiddy maintained that Williams complained because he was upset that the rapper had not been able to meet up with him.

Anyway, 'Before I Self Destruct' is expected to land in March, and is set to feature a number of collaborations with the likes of Eminem, Dre, Nate Dogg, and Swizz Beatz, and maybe Mr Williams.

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ILLEGAL DOWNLOADS DON'T EQUATE TO LOST SALES, SAYS US JUDGE
A sort of interesting ruling in the US courts now which may have an impact on how content owners calculate their losses in online piracy cases.

The ruling comes from a criminal copyright action against Daniel Dove, who ran the Elite Torrents message board in 2004 and 2005, providing access to illegal sources of both music and movies. He's already been jailed for 18 months for his involvement in the infringing torrent group, and was ordered to pay a $20,000 fine.

However, two parties, the Recording Industry Association Of America and movie makers Lionsgate Entertainment, have also made claims for 'restitution'; basically they want to be compensated for the losses they claim they suffered as a result of Dove's torrent service (legally speaking, restitution is subtly different to compensation, but that's in essence what they want).

They calculated what they were due by doing sums involving how many bits of their content were featured on Elite Torrents, how many times that content was downloaded, and what the wholesale value of that content would have been. The RIAA managed to work out it was owed over $124,500, while the somewhat optimistic Lionsgate reckoned it was due $880,000.

But, according to Ars Technica, Judge James P Jones says content owners can't equate every download to a lost sale when working out what they lost in online infringement cases. He wrote: "Those who download movies and music for free would not necessarily purchase those movies and music at the full purchase price. Although it is true that someone who copies a digital version of a sound recording has little incentive to purchase the recording through legitimate means, it does not necessarily follow that the downloader would have made a legitimate purchase if the recording had not been available for free".

Content owners often calculate the compensation they reckon they are due in online infringement cases by equating the the number of tracks or movies downloaded with lost sales. In reality few defendants pay anyway near the amounts of compensation those equations often result in (often because of some out of court settlement), but Jones' comments could render such calculations even more obsolete in future copyright litigation. That said, it should be noted Jones' ruling technically only applies to claims of restitution in criminal cases, and may not apply in civil cases like those pursued by the RIAA against individual file sharers. Though defendants' lawyers may refer to Jones' ruling when trying to force down any damages their clients are liable to pay.

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ELBOW GET SOUTH BANK SHOW AWARD
Elbow have won the South Bank Show's pop gong at their annual awards ceremony in London, beating competition from Laura Marling and Estelle. The cross-genre awards also recognised classical pianist Alfred Brendel and the English National Opera. Theatre Producer Cameron Mackintosh, who does mostly musical theatre, really, got an outstanding achievement award.

Non-music related winners on the night included the Donmar Warehouse for a revival of 'Othello', and urban artist Mohammed Ali, who got the diversity award. Entertainment on the night came from the likes of Michael Ball, Razorlight and Nigel Kennedy. The awards will be broadcast on ITV1 on 28 Jan.

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HARVEY LEAVES BAD SEEDS
Mick Harvey, a founding member of Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, has left the band.

Here's what he says: "For a variety of personal and professional reasons I have chosen to discontinue my ongoing involvement with Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. After 25 years I feel I am leaving the band as it experiences one of its many peaks; in very healthy condition, and with fantastic prospects for the future. I'm confident Nick will continue to be a creative force and that this is the right time to pass on my artistic and managerial role to what has become a tremendous group of people who can support him in his endeavours both musically and organisationally. It was a fantastic experience to finish my touring days in the band with the recent shows in Australia and the unique events that took place in conjunction with All Tomorrow's Parties, especially Mt. Buller, which was one of the many highlights of my involvement with the band throughout the years. I shall continue working on the Bad Seeds back catalogue re-issues project over the coming year and look forward to the new opportunities I shall be able to accommodate as a result of my changed circumstances".

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NEW MANAGEMENT FOR PSB
The Pet Shop Boys have announced they have hired new management ahead of their upcoming BRIT Outstanding Contribution prize and the release of new album 'Yes' in March. The duo will now be represented by veteran manager Angela Becker of Becker Brown.

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GREEN DAY RUMOURED TO HAVE FINISHED WORK ON NEW ALBUM
Green Day are rumoured to have finished their new album, though the rumours are based completely on the fact that the band no longer have reserved car parking spaces at the Ocean Way studio they were working at. Presumably that could mean that they have gone somewhere else to work on the LP. But yes, I suppose it could mean that the band have finished altogether.

Anyway, here's what a posting at fan site Green Day Authority says about it: "Back in November we learned that the band was recording at the same studio where they recorded 'American Idiot', Ocean Way Recording in Hollywood, California - the same place where they recorded previous albums as well. Someone decided to go check it out, and found the guys' parking spaces reserved, pretty much confirming the band was definitely there recording. A few days ago another visit to the studio showed the parking spaces were no longer reserved, leaving us to assume that recording is done; though, with no official word from the band, we can't really make any promises".

The band are also rumoured to be planning their live comeback at this year's Coachella, but they haven't reserved any parking spaces at the festival site, so it's possibly too early to tell.

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EMINEM ALBUM ALMOST DONE, SAYS FIDDY
According to 50 Cent, Eminem will announce a release date for new album 'Relapse' within a few weeks. The rapper is quoted as saying: "His new album is almost actually done. I went to Detroit to mix my song 'I Get It In' with Dr Dre [and] Eminem is currently mixing his album right now. It won't be more than maybe two weeks before they start trying to figure out when they will start scheduling the release of his actual project".

Asked if he appears on 'Relapse' he answered: "Of course! I will be all over the record, you kidding me? You think I won't take advantage of the opportunity for everybody to look at me and listen to me? Yes I will!"

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GLASVEGAS MAN MAY RECORD SUICIDE SONG
Glasvegas man James Allan says that Bobby Gillespie has approached him to ask if he'll record a cover of a song by Suicide, possibly to appear on a commemorative EP to mark Suicide frontman Alan Vega's 70th birthday. Allan told NME.com: "I'm not sure but I might be doing a cover of Suicide for Bobby Gillespie because he's been doing one as well. I don't know yet if it'll happen but I hope it does because I really respect the band".

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IRON MAIDEN ANNOUNCE DOCUMENTARY
British metal legends Iron Maiden have announced details of their first fly-on-the-wall documentary, which will be screened in cinemas from 21 Apr. The film, 'Flight 666', follows the band as they flew around the world in their very own jumbo jet (frontman Bruce Dickinson works as a commercial pilot as a hobby) during last year's 'Somewhere Back In Time' tour.

Speaking to Kerrang!, Dickinson said: "'Flight 666' is a snapshot of life in a rock band. We've never given anybody access to everything and they had access to everything, 24/7. When we went out for a beer, they'd be there. The only thing they didn't do was film us having a shit".

He also revealed that the band haven't seen the finished product yet, instead waiting to see it on the big screen. He said: "I've got no idea what it's going to be like. I genuinely have no idea. So I'm just waiting to see what they make of us".

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ISLAMIC LEADERS PUSH FOR RIHANNA BAN IN MALAYSIA
Islamic leaders are pushing the Malaysian government to ban US star Rihanna from performing in the country, despite the fact that she has promised to tone down her act for her forthcoming gig in Kuala Lumpur on 13 Feb. The Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) claims that her performance would be an insult to Asian values, and has urged the body that issues concert permits to reject her promoter's application.

Presumably noting Rihanna's commitment to abide by the country's decency laws, campaigners have found other reasons to hate the singer. PAS youth wing leader Kamaruzaman Mohamad told reporters: "Whether Rihanna realises it or not, we know that the taxes she has paid also contributed to the war in Gaza," adding that the gig would be "akin to insulting Eastern culture, belittling local artistes, internationally causing losses to the country's economy and supporting Israel's war policy, which is supported by America."

Rihanna has agreed to abide by the laws of the country regarding live performances, meaning that she would have to abandon her usual costumes of PVC corsets and knee-high boots for her gig, and promoters Pineapple Concerts say the star and her managers are "aware of the country's regulations and the difficulties of doing a show".

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SNOW PATROL TO PLAY APPLE STORE
Snow Patrol have announced that they will play an exclusive iTunes Live show at the Apple Store on Regent Street in London on 13 Feb. Just 30 free tickets will be made available on the door on a first-come-first-served basis, with another 50 given away to competition winners. If you fancy it, it would probably be advisable to get there early. Hey, why not spend the day, the Apple Store is full of stuff to play with. For those who are unable to get in, the show will be recorded and sold through iTunes.

The band embark on a 20 date tour of the UK and Ireland next month, with a range of support acts, including White Lies, Duke Special and Annie.

Tour dates:

20 Feb: Bournemouth, BIC (with Fanfarlo)
24 Feb: Glasgow, SECC (with White Lies & The Ads)
25 Feb: Glasgow, SECC (with Fanfarlo & The Hazey Janes)
26 Feb: Aberdeen, AECC (with Fanfarlo & The Ads)
28 Feb: Dublin, O2 (with White Lies & Iain Archer)
1 Mar: Dublin, O2 (with White Lies & Concerto For Constantine)
4 Mar: Sheffield, Hallam Arena (with Fanfarlo & Lowly Knights)
6 Mar: Liverpool, Arena (with White Lies & Lowly Knights)
7 Mar: Manchester, MEN (with White Lies & Cashier No 9)
8 Mar: Cardiff, Arena (with White Lies & Cashier No 9)
10 Mar: Newcastle, Arena (with Annie & Fanfarlo)
11 Mar: Birmingham, NEC (with Annie & Fanfarlo)
12 Mar: Nottingham, Arena (with Annie & Fanfarlo)
14 Mar: London, O2 Arena (with Annie & Fanfarlo)
15 Mar: London, O2 Arena (with White Lies & Concerto For Constantine)
16 Mar: London, O2 Arena (with Fanfarlo & Animal Kingdom)
19 Mar: Belfast, Odyssey (with Iain Archer & Lowly Knights)
20 Mar: Belfast, Odyssey (with Cashier No 9 & Burning Codes)
21 Mar: Belfast, Odyssey (with General Fiasco & Ed Zealous)
22 Mar: Belfast, Odyssey (with Duke Special & Iain Archer)

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ALBUM REVIEW: Wintersleep - Welcome To The Night Sky (One Four Seven Records)
Wintersleep recently received the Juno Award for Best Group after the release of this, their third album. 'Welcome To The Night Sky' is certainly deserving of this accolade, and will hopefully elevate the band to greater success. In part, it sounds like a mixture of songs from the first four Snow Patrol albums and there are times when this feels like a compilation charting the evolution of Snow Patrol, such is the likeness; Paul Murphy's vocals would fit perfectly over tracks like 'Run' or 'Chasing Cars'. The band also take cues from early masters of shoegaze and epic indie, retracing the steps of Pavement and Mogwai to reach a sound comparable to Broken Social Scene, adding their own unique pop spin. Stand out tracks include the melancholy, organ-driven 'Weighty Ghosts' and the funky shoegaze of opener 'Drunk On Aluminium'. Although not entirely original, 'Welcome To The Night Sky' performs well and is consistent enough to keep its audience's interest. SJS
Release Date: 2 Feb
Press Contact: Triad Publicity [all]

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MIDEM ATTENDANCE DOWN
Attendance at this year's MIDEM shindig was down 12%, from 9100 to 8000. The conference's director, Dominique Leguern, seemed upbeat despite the fall in delegate numbers, adding that the drop off was mainly in delegates from the record industry - ie labels, distributors and CD manufacturers, which isn't much of a surprise really. She noted that interest in the event from brands and technology firms continued to grow - also not much of a surprise I suppose.

With that in mind she said that the convention's digitally-focused offshoot MidemNet may be merged with the main conference from next year. Given that digital has been such an important part of the music industry for years now, I've long wondered why the digital stuff was sidelined into its own event, except, I suppose, it allows double the sponsorship positions.

Commenting on what declining attendance figures says about the music industry, Leguern remarked "It's not a music industry crisis, it's a CD crisis", adding: "The growing presence of brands at MIDEM is an indication of what the future holds for the music industry. These are exciting as well as challenging times and [at this year's conference] we had the great opportunity of sharing the experiences of two emblematic artists at the forefront of building new business models, Radiohead and Trent Reznor. At the international manager summit, Brian Message (manager of Faithless, Kate Nash and Radiohead) clearly said that flexibility and creating value are today's tools for success and a Trent Reznor/Nine Inch Nails case study presented the artist's huge creativity in building new ways of connecting with fans".

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NEW MUSIC NETWORKING SITE LAUNCHES
A new online service for music people and music fans has launched aiming to give artists the facility to profile themselves in more sophisticated ways, fans the ability to navigate all the content by setting up their own personal magazine, and industry people the tools to network with each other. Called Rivvmix, it's a bit like MySpace, Facebook and Linked-In combined, with some original music editorial thrown into the mix too.

The industry networking component is perhaps most interesting, as it pulls together a range of digital tools used by music people into one place, including 300MB file transfer and business to business instant messaging. Artists and producers, meanwhile, can include lots more information about themselves than most artist profile sites allow, and are encouraged to embed players from other social networks and download stores.

Commenting on the new service, co-founder Danny McMillan told CMU: "[Co-founder] Steve Travell and I wanted to create something that could be more focused towards the music industry and their fans. We liked elements of other online music networks but nothing quite hit the mark and was tailored enough to be a all-in-one solution. Also, we thought we could offer a different approach - as it seems most start ups seem to be tech heavy with an interest in music rather actually coming from the music industry".

Go play: www.rivmixx.com

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BACARDI AND GROOVE ARMADA ENCOURAGE FANS TO SHARE
The latest stage of Groove Armada's much previously reported partnership with Bacardi has been announced, and it involves encouraging fans to share the dance duo's new EP on the net.

The new EP is out this week, and fans are encouraged to share the tracks through a special Bacardi website or through widgets that can be embedded on to blogs and social networks. Fans who do so will win access to additional tracks. The artists and their publishers won't lose out, of course, because distribution of the tracks is being funded by the drinks brand.

Talking up the promotion, Groove Armada's Andy Cato told CMU: "Sharing music has always gone on. It's giving music away that's the problem. We wanted to come up with a 21st century version of what we used to do with cassette tapes. When you give music away for free it's disposable. When you share it, it's done with love".

Go play: www.bliveshare.com

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NEW WEB SERVICE OFFERS FULL OPERAS
A new webcasting service will offer access to opera and ballet productions from leading production companies, including New York's Metropolitan Opera and London's English National Opera.

Each show will be available to stream on-demand on a pay-per-view basis - access to each opera will cost $9.99. So users can see what they'll get, some archive footage will be available to stream for free.

Each new show will be available for a fortnight. It's thought straight theatre productions may also be made available. The first show is the English National Opera's new production of Puccini's 'La Boheme', directed by Jonathan Miller, which will be online from 9 Feb.

Go play (actually, there's not much to play with yet, I'd wait till 2 Feb): www.classicaltv.com

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MICROSOFT LAUNCH WORLD'S WORST DOWNLOAD STORE
Microsoft have launched a new mobile download service in the UK called MSN Mobile Music, run by those folks at Vidzone Digital Media. The service will work on 130 handsets at launch, with access to around one million tracks, 25,000 ringtones and 10,000 music videos from Sony Music, EMI and Warner Music (although not Universal, as far as we can tell). Signed up users will be charged via their existing mobile phone contract, thanks to the UK PayForIt billing system.

Lacking Universal catalogue is already a downside to the new system, but other factors are bigger flaws. Like many previous mobile music offers, the tracks are more expensive than those sold by internet-based stores. Labels and mobile firms have often argued consumers will pay more for mobile music because of the convenience, though that's not an argument that has really stacked up. Tracks from the new MSN store also come with some pretty horrible digital rights management.

Full tracks will cost £1.50 (ie double online store rates), ringtones £3 and videos £2. And the DRM will reportedly mean tracks only work on the handset it is downloaded to. So, if you upgrade your phone, or it gets stolen, or you drop it down the toilet, you can say goodbye to all that overpriced music you bought.

While mobile music offers have never been especially user-friendly, the MSN service launches as DRM disappears completely from online downloading, and Apple lead the way in making mobile downloading more like internet downloading, especially in terms of price.

But whatever. Let's have some quotes from the guys behind the new offer shall we?

Hugh Griffiths, director MSN Mobile UK, said: "With over 130 handsets having access to the music store from day one, this is an exciting proposition that for the first time provides consumers a network agnostic service with a vast array of new and old music from major music labels. In the 12 months since launch, MSN Mobile has already become the UK's largest commercial non-operator mobile portal. This is another step in its development".

Michael Russo, CTO of VidZone Digital Media added: "This partnership builds upon the existing relationship we have with Microsoft's Xbox Live service and the MSN Video portal. This deal not only highlights the importance MSN is putting on music content, but is also an example of music monetisation that has chart effect".

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STANDARD SALE CONFIRMED
Former KGB agent Alexander Lebedev's takeover of the London Evening Standard was confirmed yesterday to both the City and the paper's employees. The Russian has bought 75% of the paper for a nominal sum (probably £1), but will take over the liabilities of the title, which is thought to lose up to £25 million a year. Although old owners the Daily Mail & General Trust will retain 25% of the paper they will not be actively involved in running it, except for providing printing and other logistical resources, for a time at least. And presumably office space.

The sale means current editor Veronica Wadley is out the door. Tatler editor Geordie Greig will replace her - in fact according to Private Eye he's been involved in Lebedev's takeover talks with DMGT since the start and will take a stake in the new company Lebedev will form to hold its 75% of the paper. PR man Matthew Freud is also involved somehow.

Interestingly, DMGT will keep ownership of London Lite, the Standard's freesheet sister title, which has been moved into the same division of DMGT's Associated Newspapers as its other freesheet Metro.

This is interesting because the most obvious thing for Lebedev to do in a bid to compete with News International's free London evening title The London paper would have been to merge Lite and the Standard, and make the more content-rich evening paper a free title. He won't be able to do this. However, it's reported that the deal between Lebedev and DMGT stops the latter from relaunching Lite as the Evening Metro, another obvious thing to do given the popularity of the Metro brand and the general ambivalence towards both The London Paper and Lite brands.

While this feature of the deal may stop the Standard's owners from driving competitor The London Paper out of business, some point out that that is possibly not on Lebedev's agenda anyway, given Freud's involvement. He, of course, is married to Elisabeth Murdoch, daughter of New International owner Rupert Murdoch.

What all of this means for the Standard editorially isn't clear - though other editorial staff, especially those close to Wadley, are expected to go. It's thought the paper may become less right wing now it is no longer aligned to Associated's Mail titles. It was thought the paper would continue to support Boris Johnson - many reckon the Standard's consistent and sometimes vitriolic editorials against his predecessor Ken Livingstone won Johnson the London Mayoral election last year. However, Private Eye point out Freud is no fan of Johnson, not least because he lost a £100,000+ a year account advising City Hall on PR issues after Livingstone lost office. While it's not clear that Freud is so involved with the deal that he'd have any active influence over editorial policy, some reckon on big issues like that he may do.

Whatever, interesting times are definitely ahead for the London print media.

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MOYLES CRITICISED FOR CAMP REMARKS
Chris Moyles has been criticised for separate comments he made on his Radio 1 breakfast show about Auschwitz and Will Young. I say criticised, no one actually complained to the Beeb about the former, and only five people did regarding the latter, but the BBC has had to apologise anyway.

The Auschwitz concentration camp came up in a discussion about family tree show 'Who Do You Think You Are?', an edition of which will look into Moyles' family history. He remarked: "Unlike a lot of the 'Who Do You Think You Are?' shows I didn't go to Auschwitz ... pretty much everybody goes there, whether or not they're Jewish... they always kind of end up there, you know, if they just pass through on their way to Florida or something".

The Will Young remarks came up because it was the former Pop Idol's birthday. To celebrate the gay singer's special day, Moyles sang along to his song 'Evergreen' in something of a camp voice, using the alternative lyrics: "It's my birthday, gonna wear my new dress tonight".

A spokeswoman for the Beeb says this: "Anyone who listens to the Chris Moyles Show will know he has an irreverent style. However, we regret that on this occasion his comments were misjudged and we are speaking to Chris and his team about them".

Perhaps Moyles would be advised to avoid all things camp on his show in the future.

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THIS WEEK'S SUB.TV PLAYLIST
These, in case you wondered, are the videos being played on the Sub.tv network of screens in students' unions around the UK this week. New entries marked with a *. More info from DavidLloyd@sub.tv.

A-List
The Airborne Toxic Event - Sometime Around Midnight
Beyonce - Single Ladies
Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip (ft Pos Plug Won) - Thou Shalt Always Kill (De La Edit)*
David Guetta - Everytime We Touch
DMT - Touch Me
Franz Ferdinand - Ulysses
The Fray - You Found Me
Keane - Perfect Symmetry
Kevin Rudolf ft Lil Wayne - Let It Rock
Kid Cudi vs Crookers - Day 'N' Nite
La Roux - Quicksand
Lady GaGa - Just Dance
Lily Allen - The Fear
Pink - Sober
Tinchy Stryder ft Taio Cruz - Take Me Back
White Lies - To Lose My Life

B-List
Bloc Party - One Month Off
Britney Spears - Circus*
Colin MacIntyre - You're A Star*
Eagles Of Death Metal - Wanna Be In LA
Emmy The Great - First Love*
Frank Turner - Reasons Not To Be An Idiot
Ida Maria - Oh My God
Innerpartysystem - Don't Stop
Jordin Sparks - One Step At A Time
The Joy Formidable - Cradle*
Katy Perry - Thinking Of You*
The King Blues - Save The World, Get The Girl
Madcon - Liar*
Sway ft Akon - Silver & Gold
Tommy Sparks - I'm A Rope
The View - Shock Horror

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LATOYA LEAVES THE HOUSE
LaToya Jackson is the latest contestant to leave the 'Celebrity Big Brother' house. Jackson, sister of Michael, and all the other myriad of Jacksons, of course, left as part of a double eviction that also saw MP Tommy Sheridan ejected to the sound of booing. There are now five housemates left, including former boy-bander Ben Adams and US rap star Coolio. The remaining non-music celebs are Ulrika Jonsson, Verne Troyer and Terry Christian.

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