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Bay supporters take to the Swedish streets
Paige bigs up YouTube star
In The Pop Courts
Henley sues over political spoofs of Eagles songs
Process server serves Ghalib with civil suit
In The Pop Hospital
Madonna falls off horse
Sound Of Music star has vocal chord trouble
Awards & Contests
MOBOs go to Scotland
Artist Deals
New Raekwon album to come out following EMI distribution deal
In The Studio
My Bloody Valentine's Shields plans radical future
Gigs N Tours News
Juliette Lewis announces gigs
Blur to play club gigs
Festival News
First acts announced for Standon Calling
Reviews
Album review: The Horrors - Primary Colours (XL)
Brands N Stuff
Barclaycard to sponsor global events
New gum brand employs Vice senses for launch
The Music Business
Sony relaunch Jive UK
New recruits at WeGotTickets
New ASCAP chairman appointed
MMF Ireland to launch later this month
The Digital Business
Nokia profits down, a lot
Google, revenues down, profits up
Ministry re-launch e-commerce platform, more in-house
The Media Business
Brand calls Ross on radio comeback
Moyles not being axed, OK?
Chart Of The Day
Chart update
And finally...
Glasvegas say they were rubbish at festivals
Ice-T outs fake Twitterer
Morrissey made sick by Coachella meat
Baron Cohen apologises for Madonna mockery

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MONDAY 20TH APRIL

ADAM FREELAND
Adam Freeland, producer, DJ and record label owner (he heads up the brilliant Marine Parade Records) has long been an innovator in the dance genre, often instigating new musical domains where others quickly follow, only to see Freeland innovating anew and taking us all on the next stage of an exciting musical journey. His DJ sets, mix albums and remixes (his 'Fever' and 'Hello, I Love You' reworks are masterpieces of the remix discipline) are legendary, but it's his artist albums that we find most exciting.

 

Which is why we're so looking forward to his new long player 'COPE(tm)', the follow up to 2003's 'Now & Then', which is out this summer. This album is from Freeland the band, and sees Adam collaborating with the likes of The Pixies' Joey Santiago, Spinnerette's Tony Bevilacqua, DEVO's Jerry Casale and the legend that is Tommy Lee, as well as newcomer Kurt Baumann, who is the main vocalist on the album. Kurt joined Adam and drummer Hayden Scott for a storming live Freeland show in London (and elsewhere) recently, and that live show is set to tour the festivals this summer. With that, and the album, you're all if for quite a treat I can tell you. And the treat starts now.

REMIX UPDATE FREELAND SPECIAL - SIGN UP!
With the first single from the album, 'Under Control', now available from freeland.fm, Adam guested on Xfm's The Remix on Friday night to talk through 'COPE(tm)'. You can listen to that show all week via the Xfm website, plus CMU's sister e-bulletin, the Remix Update, will have a special Freeland theme when it comes out tonight, featuring some exclusive audio and video previews from the new album and the new Freeland live show, and the chance to win tickets to see them play at next month's Remix All-Nighter. Make sure you subscribe at www.remixupdate.co.uk. Meanwhile, to get the proceedings going, we got the man himself to answer our Same Six Questions.

Q1 How did you start out making music?
I simply couldn't face the idea of working in an office, so I decided there was no other option but to do so.

Q2 What inspired your latest album?
Shoe-gaze drone, psychedelic desert rock and crazy distorted dance-floor disco madness. And fine Mexican fish tacos.

Q3 How do you go about creating a track?
My manager force feeds me an 'heroic' dose of West Country magic mushrooms and locks me in a room with a bass guitar, a Korg Ms20 and a Mac and I fuck around till it sounds good. He doesn't let me out till he and I are both happy that I've created consciousness-expanding greatness.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
Real ones. Ones that come from a place of passion, artists who try to push boundaries and tap into a higher plane. I'm equally inspired by Led Zepplin, King Crimson, Nick Cave and My Bloody Valentine as I am by Laurent Garnier, Soulwax, noisy french electro, deep slow jacking house music, Kraut Rock. DFA, Panda Bear, Talk Talk's Spirit of Eden, Holy Fuck, Prins Thomas, Trans Am, Modeselektor, Carl Craig and Evil Nine. Listing any more names gets kinda ridiculous.

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
Where the fuck have you been man?

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest album, and for the future?
Well, of course for it to blow up. For it to be heard as the ' album', not single tracks. And for it not to be shoved into lame restricting genre pigeon-holes (it's a grower, it needs to be more than skipped through, it needs to be listened to repeatedly to be enjoyed for what it is). And to put on a ridiculously kick ass live show that melts faces at festivals around the world, but ultimately... to fry brains, open minds, touch souls, pop ear drums, to keep listening, keep evolving, have a farking great time and do my very best to be a beacon of light to help elevate the consciousness of mankind to realize we are all one, not separate units, as our egos try to tell us, and that happiness can ONLY ever be found in the total acceptance of the present moment right here right NOW. And to spend less time checking MySpace (since you asked :).

MORE>> www.freeland.fm and www.myspace.com/adamfreelandmusic

 

NITEJEWEL
Non-believers have been quick to declare the disco revival of 2008 all but over already, but while labels like Italians Do It Better continue to unearth gems like Nitejewel then the genre's demise seems, at best, ill conceived. Still though, it would be wrong to lump Nitejewel's lo-fi electro (via cosmic) into a pure disco category, what with the popping synths and drifting vocals of 'Want You Back' reaching far beyond that. For analogical sake, if I were ever to soundtrack the melting of glaciers, this would make it into the top 5.

www.myspace.com/nitejewel

 

 

FULL TIME FESTIVAL PR ASSISTANT NEEDED
DeSylva PR is the freelance venture of Holly de Sylva who has spent 5 years at leading music and festival agencies across London. A young, hard working and dynamic PR looking after 4 festivals, plus leading, innovative venues and bands and i need an assistant now! Someone who can hit the ground running, loves mucking in, will work across all accounts on admin, press releases and negotiating press plus doing mail outs to journalists. Other tasks include assisting managing interview schedules on site at festivals, assisting managing guest lists and much more besides.

This is an amazing opportunity for a dedicated, ambitious and enthusiastic person to gain hands on and invaluable contacts and experience in music PR. Main requirements are: focus, creative and clever ideas, happy to muck in, enthusiasm, capacity of working and thinking quickly, excellent social skills, excellent organisation skills and time management, keen dedication to learning skills of Music PR, reliability and an interest in Climate and political issues and urge to change the world for the better using events and positive, call-to-action PR. (we look after some green / eco events). Applicant will be expected to work unsupervised sometimes and a sense of responsibility and desire to work with 100% reliability is necessary.

Based in Shoreditch this Full-time freelance contract runs until September. Applicants will be expected to work at the festivals as part of the full time position, expenses will be paid.

Please send CV's and intro email to holly@desylvapr.com

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INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY
with a London based charity, unpaid though travel and lunch expenses paid.

This national employment charity is looking for a bright, enthusiastic graduate to intern with them for 3-6 months. You will be responsible for a research assignment for its regional operations. You will spend some time conducting desk research in London and the rest of the the time you will be making site visits to locations which include Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool, Plymouth, Bristol, Hastings and Brighton. Travel, lunch and accommodation expenses will be paid for those trips.

You will conduct one-to-one interviews with key senior management and local operations staff and then prepare a first stage feedback paper per operational region to be used as the basis for the development of a business strategy.

You will need plenty of common sense, confidence and the ability to deliver to deadlines. You should be prepared to work autonomously and have lots of get up and go. Reporting to the Marketing Director, you will be expected to have strong writing and research skills.

This is a fabulous opportunity to gain experience at a national level in the charitable sector.

To apply, send your CV and covering letter to jobs@unicornjobs.com quoting reference SS64

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INTERNSHIP AT UNLIMITED MEDIA
UnLimited Media is seeking an intern to begin working with us this Spring/Summer. The successful candidate will work primarily on CMU projects, helping process and manage review CDs, update databases, expand the CMU Directory and assist on upcoming marketing programmes. These are unpaid positions, but interns will get an unrivalled introduction to the music and media businesses, editorial, administration and marketing experience, and the opportunity to make great contacts.

To apply send a CV and a short note telling us what you'd like to get out of an internship to recruitment@unlimitedmedia.co.uk.

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INTRODUCING LEYLINE PUBLICITY
Leyline Promotions - better known as one of the capital’s leading independent promoters (The Remix, Kill All Hippies, Insomniacs Ball, Twisted Licks, Breaking Ground) - have created a new publicity department headed up by Nick Bateson and Adrian Leigh. The pair have worked on major campaigns including a-ha, Glade Festival, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Standon Calling Festival and Hervé amongst others.

In addition to their wealth of experience in the live arena, Leyline Publicity now specialise in bespoke PR services including online and offline music and lifestyle press, radio plugging, brand development, digital marketing and blogging. For further information please contact: nick@leylinepromotions.com or adrian@leylinepromotions.com t: 020 7575 3285

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DESK SPACE
Leyline Promotions has two desk suites available in a well-appointed courtyard studio in Westbourne Studios, W10. Ideal for a small creative agency in a very friendly and professional environment. Rent includes: storage, broadband connections, business rates, insurance, 24 hr access, restaurant and bar, conference facilities, natural sunlight. 4 mins walk from Westbourne Park tube station. Call Adrian for more info on 07971 555 020 / adrian@leylinepromotions.com

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BAY SUPPORTERS TAKE TO THE SWEDISH STREETS
With the entertainment industry applauding the decision, the blogosphere divided to an extent, but mostly convinced the whole thing proved the movie and music firms still don't "get the internet", and with the four pirates themselves vowing to appeal, supporters of rogue BitTorrent tracker The Pirate Bay actually took to the streets in Sweden this weekend to demonstrate against the court ruling that will put four men associated with the controversial search service in jail.

As much previously reported, on Friday morning three of the men who helped create the tracker service, Frederik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg and Peter Sunde, and their chief funder Carl Lundstrom, were all sentenced to a year in jail for their role in enabling vast amounts of copyright infringement online. They were also ordered to pay £2.4 million in damages to the various claimants in the civil part of the case, a sum only Lundstrom could actually even conceive of paying.

Some seemed surprised by the ruling, perhaps because the Pirate Bay four, and especially spokesman Peter Sunde, had been bullish about their chances of defeating the combined criminal and civil case against them, until the final stages of the proceedings when he became a bit more pessimistic. Or perhaps because the prosecution's case was hindered at the outset of the actual trial when prosecutors were forced to drop a load of charges relating to unprovable direct infringement claims.

But The Pirate Bay's defence was very weak, relying chiefly on hard to believe claims of ignorance regarding the levels of piracy the tracker service enables, stressing the chaotic nature of The Pirate Bay organisation as if that was a good excuse, and relying on the common defences in contributory/authorising infringement cases - we don't host any infringing content ourselves, and our service has legitimate uses.

But such defences have failed in a number of high profile lawsuits against the makers of P2P file-sharing software, who also don't host any infringing content and whose software has legitimate uses. The key to liability for so called contributory infringement in the internet age is whether an organisation which enables file-sharers responsibly communicates copyright law to its consumers, and whether they make reasonable efforts to restrict illegal usage. The Pirate Bay does neither. You might not agree with the way copyright law has developed in this domain, but - while previous key cases have been elsewhere in the world - the Swedish judge's ruling on Friday was wholly predictable, given the lack of a killer defence from the Four.

The jail sentences were possibly more surprising than the guilty verdict and multi-million dollar damages. They certainly set The Pirate Bay case apart from past headline grabbing file-sharing lawsuits, which were wholly civil affairs. Bankruptcies often followed, jail time did not. Though I suspect the jail time for The Pirate Bay four has as much to do with their attitude to the legal system as the seriousness of their copyright crimes.

The Pirate Bay team have frequently circumvented, dissed and generally laughed at past court rulings and legal efforts designed to restrict their copyright infringing services, and I think it's fair to say they have been contemptuous towards Sweden's copyright laws and the businesses that benefit from them. Such contempt might actually be healthy in a democracy, and in The Pirate Bay's case it was certainly funny at times, but judges generally like the law and don't like people who think it's a bit of a joke. That's not the say the Four were necessarily ethically wrong to laugh, diss or circumvent, but you have to accept that if you do so, you're not gonna enjoy much leniency should you find yourself at the mercy of a judge.

So, given the way copyright law has been going, and the way The Pirate Bay has been behaving, no surprise at all really. For a different ruling you'd really need a change in the law. Which is, of course, what the Swedish based Pirate Party, sort of the unofficial political wing of the Bay (though they're not formally affiliated), is lobbying for. And it was they who organised this weekend's protests in Stockholm, Goteborg, Karlstad and Lund.

The Pirate Party, which wants file-sharing to be legal where sharers do not profit from their sharing, called the ruling "a gross injustice" and "judicial murder". They argue that the trial wasn't a real criminal trail but, rather, a political trial, and that the defendant's jail sentences are designed to make a political point rather than punish any real crime. The 500 odd supporters at the Stockholm rally, dressed in bandanas and carrying skull and crossbones flags, cheered Pirate Party founder Rickard Falkvinge as he addressed the crowd in the Swedish capital's Medborgarplatsen. He positioned The Pirate Bay debate as being one between the old and the young, telling the crowd "the establishment and the politicians have declared war against our whole generation".

In a blog entry on their site this weekend, confirming their intent to appeal, The Pirate Bay returned to bullish form, insisting the convictions were just a wobble and that they will win the legal fight eventually. Continuing their contempt for the law thing, they formally confirmed they will resist paying any of the damages awarded to the content owners, and urged Bay fans not to start raising funds to help them do so (as some already had). They urged said fans to, instead, fileshare more than ever, to encourage friends to start filesharing and, perhaps, buy an official Pirate Bay t-shirt.

It's not yet clear how long the appeals process will take, the Bay's blog says it could be two to three years before the next court hearing. They seem adamant the tracker will continue to operate in the meantime, though one would assume the content owners will at least try to enforce the court ruling and have the service closed down. Not that that's ever worked before. Time will tell I guess.

Meanwhile, for all those in the blogosphere and mainstream media wondering whether The Pirate Bay ruling, because it extends the contributory infringement concept to internet search services (whereas previously it was mainly used against makers of P2P software), might result in Google and the likes being sued for infringement by the movie studios and record companies, well let me answer that question for you. No. Not unless they launch a specific MP3 search service like those operated by Baidu and Yahoo! in China. I refer you to my previous comments about 'responsible communication' and 'reasonable efforts to restrict'. Thank you and good night.

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PAIGE BIGS UP YOUTUBE STAR
So, the Susan Boyle story continues, mainly because the weekend columnists were out in force to discuss what exactly the whole thing tells us about our sinister brains which are programmed to assume that if a woman isn't conventionally beautiful she shouldn't be able to sing. The comment pieces followed the transformation of the 'Britain's Got Talent' wannabe show tunes singer into a global internet sensation, helped by Twittering celebrity endorsement and appearances on some of America's biggest talk shows.

But what about the celebrity that Boyle said she most admired when questioned by a then cynical Cowell ahead of her 'BGT' turn (well, I say 'then cynical', the whole thing was obviously orchestrated by the show's producers, and I wonder if the exec producer of the show was really left in the dark until Boyle started singing). I'm talking about musicals queen Elaine Paige.

She commented on the story on her radio show this weekend, and even proposed a possible duet with the YouTube star, which would might be a good career move - I suspect Boyle currently has a bigger fan base than the Radio 2 presenter and West End veteran. Paige told her listeners: "It seems her performance has really captured the hearts of everyone who saw it, me included. Ever since Susan's appearance on 'Britain's Got Talent' my inbox has been flooded with e-mails. Perhaps we should record a duet? I will continue to watch and I hope you make it to the final. I wish you every success".

Boyle will reappear on the ITV talent show as it moves into its second stage next month. Cowell insists there are more great acts still to come, presumably keen for the contest not to be perceived as a simple one horse race.

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HENLEY SUES OVER POLITICAL SPOOFS OF EAGLES SONGS
More from the world of politicians pissing off musicians by using their music for political campaigning. This time it's The Eagles man Don Henley who's pissed off.

As previously reported, numerous musicians complained when their music was used at political rallies in the run up to last year's US Presidential elections, mainly when it was used by Republicans. More often than not the political parties in question are covered by blanket licences that allow them to use the music, and over which the musicians have no control, even though the use of a recognisable song by a recognisable artist at a political event might imply some kind of endorsement by said artist of the political party holding the rally.

Henley is protesting against a Republican contender in California who is already campaigning for the 2010 US senate elections. Charles DeVore is running against existing Democrat Senator Barbara Boxer, and has recorded an alternative version of The Eagles song 'All She Wants To Do Is Dance' with the new name 'All She Wants To Do Is Tax'. He also reportedly reworked the song 'The Boys Of Summer' so to have anti-Obama lyrics.

Henley reckons the use of his music for these reworks of his songs, and the posting of them on YouTube and Facebook, constitutes copyright infringement, and that he therefore has a legal case against the Republican candidate. His spokesman told reporters: "Don Henley has brought this action to protect the song, 'The Boys Of Summer', which was taken and used without his permission. The infringers have vowed to continue exploiting this and other copyrighted works, as it suits them, to further their own ambitions and agenda. It was necessary to file a lawsuit to stop them".

Vowing indeed, DeVore responded to Henley's lawsuit thus: "We're responding with a counter-claim, asserting our First Amendment right to political free speech. While the legal issues play out, it's time to up the ante on Mr Henley's liberal goon tactics. By popular request, I have penned the words to our new parody song".

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PROCESS SERVER SERVES GHALIB WITH CIVIL SUIT
Ram Moskowitz, the 'process server' who was allegedly run over by Adnan Ghalib, has launched a lawsuit against the photographer.

It's alleged that Moskowitz was attempting to serve Ghalib a restraining order barring him from contact with his ex-girlfriend Britney Spears when the incident occurred. The paparazzo is accused of hitting Moskowitz with his car, sending him flying onto the hood of the vehicle, and was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, battery and hit and run following the altercation, which took place in California in February, and in which Moskowitz claims to have suffered cuts, abrasions and a fractured wrist.

Moskowitz is seeking unspecified damages. Meanwhile Ghalib is scheduled to answer the criminal felony charges relating to the incident on 4 May.

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MADONNA FALLS OFF HORSE
Madonna fell off a horse while riding on Long Island this weekend and suffered "minor injuries". Her spokeswoman said that she was thrown from the horse when a paparazzo startled it by jumping out of the bushes to take a photo. That said, another photographer who was observing the singer riding from a distance says he didn't see any pap around to cause the fall. Whatever, the singer's injuries don't seem to be serious, and are certainly not as bad as when she fell off a horse in 2005, when she cracked three ribs and broke her collarbone.

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SOUND OF MUSIC STAR HAS VOCAL CHORD TROUBLE
Connie Fisher, the singer who won the role of Maria in 'The Sound Of Music' via that BBC talent show 'How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria', of course, has been forced to cancel a solo tour after being diagnosed with a vocal chord condition called congenital fusion anomalies. Vocal specialists have said that Fisher will need surgery if she's ever to perform again, adding that the condition has been with her since birth and that it's a miracle that she's ever been able to sing.

Her management company released a statement saying everything that I've repeated above: "Following consultations with vocal specialists in the US it has been decided that for Connie Fisher to have any chance to perform again a procedure on her vocal cords has to be carried out. Connie's doctor has advised her that the situation she finds herself in has been with her from birth. This condition is known as 'congenital fusion anomalies', he has said that it is not uncommon in general, however, in singers, he has never experienced or heard of this situation before. Effectively how Connie Fisher has ended up having a singing career is nothing short of miracle. Connie is obviously very disappointed and upset that she is not be able to do the concert tour, but we wish her a full recovery".

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MOBOS GO TO SCOTLAND
This year's Music Of Black Origin Awards are to take place in Scotland for the first time. The event was launched last week by Lemar and X-Factor types JLS at the Scottish Exhibition And Conference Centre in Glasgow, where the ceremony will also take place.

The previous thirteen Mobo award shows have taken place in London, so not sure why the sudden change, but here's what the aforementioned Lemar says about it: "Bringing the Mobo Awards here to Glasgow, a city with such a strong and vibrant music scene, is the perfect fit. I love touring in the UK and the welcome I receive when I come to Scotland is incredible".

Marvin Humes of JLS, who are currently supporting Lemar on his UK tour, had this to say: "Supporting urban music talent is vital to the industry and the Mobo Awards does an outstanding job of nurturing new talent and recognising the icons of music which inspire artists today".

Awards founder Kanya King added: "Throughout Mobo's history we have prided ourselves on finding innovative ways to bring Mobo music and stellar artist performances to our audience. This year we are making another unprecedented move by bringing the awards to Scotland".

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NEW RAEKWON ALBUM TO COME OUT FOLLOWING EMI DISTRIBUTION DEAL
Wu-Tang man Raekwon has entered into a distribution deal with EMI which will see the major distribute his first solo album in six years, 'Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II'.

The rapper had previously discussed releasing his new work via Universal's Interscope through a JV between his label ICEH20 Records and Interscope's Dr Dre headed Aftermath division, but talks fell through in 2007. The EMI partnership is the latest in a number of high profile distribution deals entered into by the major in recent months, part of its efforts to boost its music services division, under which distribution sits, part of EMI's attempts to become as much a 'music services' provider as a content owning record label.

Confirming the deal, Raekwon told reporters: "The wait is finally over. Words cannot describe how extremely happy I am to work with EMI Music to put out my album".

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MY BLOODY VALENTINE'S SHIELDS PLANS RADICAL FUTURE
My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields has spoken to the Dallas Observer about his plans for the future of the band, who are currently on tour in the US following their decision to reform in 2007. Speaking about what's on the cards when the tour ends, Shields said: "After the end of August, we'll have a radical change... line-up, we might expand a bit. In that respect, we'll add another member to the group, just to do more stuff. And sound-wise, absolutely. You know, it'll be...taking a different approach".

Shields also spoke about the possibility of the band's completing their latest album, which was begun, pre-reunion, and Chinese-Democracy-stylee, back in 1993. The group did not manage to get it finished during studio sessions earlier this year, but they are planning to have another go this summer, and may road test the tracks on their remaining tour dates. He added that the band are really enjoying the tour, saying: "The great thing is playing together, we're just doing it the way we were planning to do it at the time, except with the right equipment and the right sounds".

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JULIETTE LEWIS ANNOUNCES GIGS
Juliette Lewis has announced that she's to play a handful of UK gigs with her previously reported new band The New Romantiques. These are the dates:

15 May London Koko - Club NME
16 May Brighton Great Escape Festival - Concorde 2
18 May Not In Kansas Anymore @ Hoxton Bar & Kitchen
21 May Liverpool Sound City Festival - Stanley Theatre

Lewis releases her next album in the autumn. Here's what she says about it, and the new band name: "Because my next album will be so sonically different than anything I've done before and captures many flavours of my emotional life and voice, it needed an entirely new name. Do I have fear? Of course, but it is exactly what gets me going. Because I L O V E what I'm doing".

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BLUR TO PLAY CLUB GIGS
Blur have announced that they will play two club gigs ahead of their big Hyde Park shows and festival appearances this summer. The reunited group will appear at the East Anglian Railway Museum in Chappel, Colchester on 13 Jun and at Goldsmith's College in London on 22 Jun. Tickets have gone on sale to members of the band's fan club, who've also been told that more preview dates are to be announced.

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FIRST ACTS ANNOUNCED FOR STANDON CALLING
The first acts have been announced for Standon Calling, which takes place in Hertfordshire from 31 Jul - 2 Aug. Amongst those set to perform are Ladytron, Femi Kuti, Tony Christie, Ed Harcourt, The Whip, Eddy Temple-Morris, A Human and Citadels.

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ALBUM REVIEW: The Horrors - Primary Colours (Beggars/XL)
The Horrors, a band perhaps better known for their hair than their music, return with sophomore release 'Primary Colours', a graceful migration from the more commercially-geared, sadly dismissed, but nevertheless brilliant 'Strange House'. Slick yet preserving a scuzzy, fuzzy outline, the new album reeks of growth and progression, and is truly the work of a group of individuals who know their influences clearly: it scopes from the eerie gentleness of The Cocteau Twins to the innovative, dynamically dark sounds made famous by the likes of The Velvet Underground over four decades ago. 'Sea Within A Sea', the first single from the album, is, like most of the songs on 'Primary Colours', more focussed on instrumentation than frontman Faris' vocals, which have been toned down considerably since the band's last release. Echoing and rich, it offers a range of peculiar sounds, not unlike the darkly dazzling 'New Ice Age' with its slow build up of jarring, resonating guitar hooks and an oddly hypnotic set of verses. But it's the ethereal, hazy melody of 'Do You Remember' that steals the show - and what a creepshow it is. To those who have dismissed them in the past: The Horrors are bloody amazing. Already hailed as a contender for album of the year, 'Primary Colours' is a testament to what this band have to offer underneath pure image - talent and downright know-how. TW
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BARCLAYCARD TO SPONSOR GLOBAL EVENTS
Barclaycard, it seems, are moving into music bigtime. Following the announcement they will become the new sponsors of the Mercury Music Prize, the credit card firm last week confirmed a new sponsorship deal with Global Radio which will see it sponsor major events organised by the radio firms various stations and networks, including Capital, Xfm, Heart and Galaxy. The first big event under the sponsorship will be Capital FM's Summertime Ball in June. In recent years, of course, Barclaycard's rivals Mastercard have had the higher profile in the music space.

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NEW GUM BRAND EMPLOYS VICE SENSES FOR LAUNCH
Gum makers Wrigley have teamed up with Vice magazine to find five up and coming creative types to participate in a launch party for a brand new gum brand called, yeah, 5. The new chew material is, and I quote "the new premium gum from Wrigley [that] takes inspiration from the five human senses and, through its unique mouth-watering and long-lasting flavours, delivers a full and intriguing sensorial experience". Make of that what you will.

The five human senses thing is at the heart of the Vice tie up (actually, most scientists would say there are at least eleven human senses, but we're happy go with Aristotle on this if Wrigley and Vice are). The party, on 4 Jun, will be called Creating Sense5, and the aim is to showcase creatives from different genres who satisfy different senses. One, of course, is hearing, which is where music comes into the picture. Five judges have been recruited, one for each sense, and they will pick which new creative types appear at the party - the judges are food-meets-architecture duo Bompas and Parr (smell), fashion girl Nova Dando (touch), video maker Kinga Burza (sight), weird food type Rachel Edward Stuart (taste) and Hot Chip (sound). The latter will also play at the party.

For details of how to put yourself forward, go see www.viceland.com/creatingsense5.

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SONY RELAUNCH JIVE UK
Want a jive anyone? Well, good news people, because Sony are re-launching the Jive UK label.

Although originally founded by South African Clive Calder in London in the mid-seventies, Jive, initially the music publishing company and later the main record company of Calder's Zomba Music Group, is best know for its US operations, firstly as a pioneering hip hop label, and later as the home of America's biggest pop acts like R Kelly, Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys and Nsync. Nevertheless, it maintained a UK office and A&R team until finally begin absorbed into BMG after the major bought Zomba in 2002. Whereas in the US Zomba and Jive remained as stand alone divisions within BMG, and then SonyBMG, and now Sony Music, both disappeared as frontline operations in the UK.

Until now. The all new Jive will be headed up by Nick Burgess, a former Virgin Records A&R chief who signed The Thrills and The Kooks to the EMI division. The first signing to the division will be Daisy Dares You. The all new Jive will have Silvertone - another former Zomba-owned UK label - as an imprint.

Confirming all this, Sony top man Ged Doherty told reporters: "Nick is one of the most artist-friendly A&R men in the UK and I am delighted he has joined us. It is equally thrilling to be re-launching the Jive label under his direction".

Burgess said this: "I'm thrilled to be joining Sony Music at this time. Like many in the industry I've been a big admirer of what Ged and his team have been achieving. It's a massive opportunity to take on a label with a rich heritage of artists associated with it. I hope to build up a roster every bit as varied and successful".

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NEW RECRUITS AT WEGOTTICKETS
Independent ticketing types WeGotTickets have announced the recruitment of two new execs, Ben Eppel joins as an IT Developer while Lucy Wise joins as Customer & Client Support.

Confirming the new recruits, the company's Biz Development Director David Newton told CMU: "We're really pleased to welcome our two new recruits to WeGotTickets - extending our team to eleven people. We moved into our current offices a little over three years ago when there were just four of us on the team and we're relishing the challenge of rearranging the furniture, once more, to squeeze in yet another two people. Having set new standards in online event ticketing over the past 9 years, it's exciting to know that there is still so much more we want to do both in terms of developing the services we offer and expanding the range and depth of our client-base".

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NEW ASCAP CHAIRMAN APPOINTED
US publishing royalty society ASCAP has confirmed the identity of its new chairman following the previously reported news that Marilyn Bergman is standing down from the post after fifteen years.

And the new chief is the society's former Vice-Chairman, Paul Williams, the songwriter behind songs like 'Rainy Days And Mondays', 'An Old Fashioned Love Song' and 'Let Me Be The One', and whose worked has been performed by the likes of Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Willie Nelson, Ella Fitzgerald, David Bowie, Ray Charles, REM, Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughn, Johnny Mathis, Luther Vandross and even Kermit the Frog.

Williams was appointed at a board meeting of the collecting society in Nashville last week. Songwriter Jimmy Webb was also elected into William's old Vice-Chair role, while on the corporate side of the operation, Irwin Robinson of music publishing firm Paramount Allegra Music was re-elected to his Vice-Chairman role.

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MMF IRELAND TO LAUNCH LATER THIS MONTH
Brian Message, co-manager of Radiohead and current Chair of the UK's Music Managers Forum, will speak at the official launch of MMF Ireland later this month. The new trade body for Irish artist managers was formally constituted in January, but will properly launch on 29 Apr at an event at the Dublin offices of the Irish Music Rights Organisation, the Irish version of PRS. The new body will be initially headed up Alan Cullivan, manager of The Thrills (who, somewhat spookily, started playing on my iTunes just as I wrote that sentence).

Commenting on the launch of the new MMF Ireland body, Keith Johnson of IMRO said: "Ireland has always been awash with a broad spectrum of incredible songwriting and performing talent. A vital component in making the leap from the initial creative output to national and international success is the ability of any artist or band to get the business end of things right. The role of the manager is a key element in this process. The foundation of MMF Ireland is a very welcome development. Through their ongoing support mechanisms and training programmes for music managers in the years ahead, music creators and the industry as a whole will undoubtedly benefit greatly".

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NOKIA PROFITS DOWN, A LOT
The mobile music sector may be growing still, but the mobile sector itself is likely to take a hit as years of price cutting starts to hurt in bleaker economic times. Certainly Nokia are suffering on the handset side of the industry, their profits for the first quarter of 2009 are down 96% year on year, a sign that consumers are not upgrading their handsets so often as the recession bites.

That said, proving the doom and gloom need not spread to the mobile music domain - an important future revenue stream for record companies and their like - the phone firm reports that sales of its XpressMusic handsets were strong. Of course not as strong as sales of newish rival the iPhone, but Nokia say that it's sold 3 million of its new music-enabled handsets since they were launched last November, 2.6 million in the last quarter. The phone firm adds that its other music devices and still-a-bit-rubbish Comes With Music service were also performing well.

Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo told reporters: "In what has been an exceptionally tough environment, we continue to invest in a focused manner in consumer internet services delivered across our broad portfolio of mobile devices. As an example in Q1, I am especially pleased with the performance of our first mass market touch product, the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic. Together with Comes With Music, it is a great example of Nokia providing solutions that consumers value".

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GOOGLE, REVENUES DOWN, PROFITS UP
Even web giant Google is suffering slightly as a result of the recession, with its quarter on quarter revenues falling for the first time in five years, though profits were still up to $1.42 billion for the first quarter, which is only going to make songwriters of the UK and Germany stand their ground even firmer for a better royalty settlement from the web giant's YouTube service (even if the video platform is almost certainly a loss leader).

Among the measures that helped Google secure better profits from less revenue was better management of currency fluctuations, something which had previously hindered its UK division as the value of the pound against the dollar plummeted.

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MINISTRY RE-LAUNCH E-COMMERCE PLATFORM, MORE IN-HOUSE
Ministry Of Sound last week relaunched its e-commerce website at ministryofsound.com which, of course, previously closed somewhat abruptly in February following the surprise collapse of music e-commerce specialists Trinity Street, who powered the service. As previously reported, Ministry owners MSHK Group plan to sue Trinity's backers Ingenious Media over the way they closed down the e-commerce company so suddenly.

Having been burned in the Trinity debacle, Ministry will now manage more of their online operations in house, and have recruited a four strong development team who built the bespoke e-commerce system that launched last week. New partnerships with Dx3 and EC Group will be used for digital and physical fulfilment respectively.

Confirming the new platform, Ministry's Head Of Internet Rudy Tambala told reporters: "Disruptive technologies [he means new 'market-redefining' technologies there, in case you wondered] have reduced time, cost and technology barriers to DIY systems and services. Just six months ago the outsourcing model made sense, but with so many small to medium sized platform providers at risk of collapse, and the major players still charging absurdly high licensing, build and management fees, it make perfect sense to ride this new wave and bring it all in-house. Lohan Presencer, our CEO, has encouraged us to take responsibility for our own fate and reduce dependency on those suppliers that cannot adapt their models to the changing technological and economic landscape".

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BRAND CALLS ROSS ON RADIO COMEBACK
Not pissing anyone off at all, Russell Brand has used his first radio show since his Sachsgate caused resignation from BBC Radio 2 to make a phone call to Jonathan Ross. As previously reported, Brand presented a one off show with Noel Gallagher for commercial station Talksport. Ross, who has, of course, returned to BBC 1 and Radio 2 after being suspended post-Sachsgate, began his phone conversation with Brand by saying: "You're not back on the radio, are you?" Gallagher joked "This is two people who haven't learnt their lesson", to which Ross responded: "We'll listen to it very carefully before it goes out. Noel, you can sit back and be the grown up one".

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MOYLES NOT BEING AXED, OK?
Radio 1 is not about to axe the Chris Moyles breakfast show, OK, so stop saying they are. The Sun last week claimed the Moyles show would be axed as part of a probably long overdue schedule overhaul later in the year, but the Beeb station says those rumours are untrue. Certainly Moyles continues to perform well in the ratings, even if the presenter is long past his prime, so it would be a brave move for Radio 1 bosses to move their peaktime presenter until, at least, he gets bored of the early starts. A spokesman told reporters this weekend: "There are no plans to take Chris off the breakfast show. He has a hugely successful show with over seven million listeners, and he added more listeners in the last RAJAR figures".

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CHART UPDATE
Not a whole lot has gone on in the singles top 10 this week. Calvin Harris remains at number one, while La Roux shifts up from four to two. Lily Allen also moves into the top 10 from last week's 11 with 'Not Fair'.

New entries are a little thin on the ground, too. The Enemy are in at 16 with 'No Time For Tears', Miley Cyrus climbs up to 24 from 49 with, er, 'The Climb', Frankmusic is in at 26 with 'Better Off As Two', Green Day go straight in at 30 with 'Know Your Enemy', the first single from their new album, and Girls Aloud's 'Untouchable' moves from being just outside the top 40 last week to just inside it this week at 36. 'Daniel' by Bat For Lashes is down to 38 this week, which is a travesty if I ever saw one.

The album chart is in a pretty sorry state this week. That woman is still at number one. You know the one. You might have seen her on 'Friday Night With Jonathan Ross' on Friday failing to either reply to questions properly or control her own neck. And if that wasn't enough, the only new entry in the top 10 this week is Chris De Burgh. Chris. De. Burgh.

And there are just three more new entries as we move down the chart. Madeleine Peyroux goes in at 12 with 'Bare Bones', there's a new Dusty Springfield compilation, 'Just Dusty', at 18, and Super Furry Animals' new album, 'Dark Days/Light Years', is at 23. Bat For Lashes' new album is at 11 this week, which is down on last week. This is unacceptable.

The chart is compiled, even though they needn't have bother this week, by The Official Charts Company.

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GLASVEGAS SAY THEY WERE RUBBISH AT FESTIVALS
Glasvegas have said that their 2008 festival appearances were a bit rubbish, but that they expect to be better at it this year.

Guitarist Rab Allan told Music Minded: "Last year we were really unprepared and terrible. That was purely lack of experience and we didn't know what to expect. This time around we're probably more experienced as a band and we know what we're going into. To be honest [festivals can be like a] cattle market. Every band gets thrown onstage then dragged back off. It's so quick. I think if you go into it looking at it like that, you won't be too disappointed. The most important thing is that everyone at the front enjoys it".

The band appeared at Coachella at the weekend, and are set to appear at Leeds and Reading later in the year.

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ICE-T OUTS FAKE TWITTERER
Ice-T has revealed that when he acted on friends' advice and went and signed up to Twitter, he discovered that there was already someone on there posing as him and saying stupid things he'd never say. People pretending to be celebs on Twitter is quite common of course. Our favourite pretender is the Notorious BIG. Well, we assume he's a pretender - I'm not sure Twitter's been launched in hip hop heaven yet.

Anyway, on his pretender, Ice-T says: "I went on Twitter... I found a dude on there named Ice-T, and he aint even cool. Dude's got my name and he's got a picture of me from Law & Order, but I'm looking at what he's writing and it's real corny and whack. And I'm like, if you're going to represent me, at least have some flavour player".

On the drawbacks of using the site, he adds, "I get on Twitter and it's kind of like, there are people stalking me now? Because I'm saying stuff like, 'I'm going to the movies.' And then I'm like, 'Why did I just do that?'"

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MORRISSEY MADE SICK BY COACHELLA MEAT
Morrissey walked off stage part way through his performance at Coachella at the weekend, because the smell of barbecued meat invaded his nostrils. The vegetarian former Smiths man stopped half way through a song, and told the audience, "I can smell burning flesh and I hope to God it's human", before making his way off stage.

He returned after a few minutes to continue his performance, explaining: "The smell of burning animals is making me sick. I just couldn't bear it".

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BARON COHEN APOLOGISES FOR MADONNA MOCKERY
Sacha Baron Cohen has apologised to Madonna for mocking her in his new film 'Bruno'. In the movie, the film's fictional central character, an Austrian fashion correspondent, collects an African baby from a box on an airport baggage carousel, then turns to the camera to say "Angelina's got one, Madonna's got one, now Bruno's got one".

Baron Cohen previously appeared, of course, in Madonna's 'Music' video back in 2000 in his Ali G guise, which is possibly why he's feeling a little more sensitive about reports the singer is pissed off by the Bruno line. It's also possible that he feels particularly bad about it all because the singer's recent bid to adopt a second Malawian child failed. Whatever, he's sent Madge a note and some flowers. A source told The Daily Mirror: "Sacha is always out to make great comedy - and if he upsets people along the way, so be it. But when word reached him that Madonna thought his sketch was insensitive, he sent her a bouquet of flowers to say, 'No hard feelings'".

By all accounts, Madonna plans to appeal to the Malawian courts who recently refused her permission to take Chifundo ('Mercy') James out of the country.

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JACKSON TOLD TO BULK UP FOR COMEBACK
The Mirror claims that Michael Jackson has been told that he needs to bulk up a bit if he's to be healthy enough to perform for his forthcoming 50 date residency at the O2. The report suggests that the singer's BMI (Body Mass Index) is too low and that he will be too fragile to go ahead with the gigs if that doesn't change. A source is quoted as saying: "Docs are worried he won't have the strength to perform. He's been told to drink protein drinks called Metric to beef up".

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