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Barry Ashworth and Jason O'Bryan aka the Dub Pistols have spent the best part of a decade at the forefront of bass culture. From their early singles for Concrete Records to their recent acclaimed album 'Speakers And Tweeters', Barry and Jason have gone from playing intimate venues to headlining festival around the world mutating from a studio based duo into a fully fledged live act featuring guest vocalists, Sugardaddy horn-blower Tim Hutton and scratch maestro DJ Stix. The Dub Pistols' latest album 'Rum & Coke', which features guest vocals from Ashley Slater, Lindy Layton, Justin Robertson, Gregory Issacs, Rodney P, TK Lawrence and Red Star Lion, is released on 25 May. We spoke to Jason to find out more.


Q1 How did you start out making music?
Just from being a music lover really. I was heavily into hip hop when I was at school in the late eighties and I started to mess around with tape recorders, DJ mixers and drum machines trying to work out how to overdub things and recreate whatever I was hearing Mike Allen play on the radio.

Q2 What inspired your latest album?
'Rum & Coke' is a pretty self explanatory title. It's inspired by all things Caribbean - sun, bass, spice and alcohol.

Q3 What process do you go through in creating a track?
Me and Barry normally spend time in the studio sketching out ideas, using loops to get a vibe and then we go about taking it somewhere by getting the live musicians involved. Usually we end up working on about ten different ideas at once which can be quite a pain until the end of the process when the album all comes together at once.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
I guess the Beastie Boys' 'Paul's Boutique' album was a big influence with the humour and also the way they link songs together with interludes and stuff. Way before that I was obsessed with Malcolm Mclaren's 'Duck Rock' album, which came out when I was 11 in '83. The album mixes a lot of styles, hip hop... Zulu... Latin... and also links the songs with dialogue etc.

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
Just to try and listen with an open mind, we are not a typical band, our albums are a reflection of our influences and we are trying to hopefully do something a bit different.

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest album, and for the future?
Just to get on with it really! We are slowly slipping into the festival season and it could get messy.


VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: The Gallery at Ministry Of Sound
The Ministry puts on The Gallery, and I've not checked it out at its new home yet. Turnmills and the Ministry didn't have much in common to be honest - but the Box room in the Ministry does kick ass because the sound system is par excellence... In the mighty Box is headlining techno legend Joey Beltram, who gave us the amazing track Energy Flash back in 1992 and is an original back-in-the-day techno artist. Gallery big hitter Tall Paul comes in and Fergie are down too, alongside Gallery residents Gavyn Mytchel and Viceroy. In the Bar, the Berwick Street Sessions take over with Spooky and resident Timo Garcia playing an extended 4 hour set. The Loft has Clare Spooner with Ben Spalding and friends from the Plastic Fondu crew, and Dirty Ego host the Baby Box, with Jez Pereira and De Project.

Friday 15th May, Ministry of Sound, 103 Gaunt Street, London SE1, 10.30pm-6am, £10 NUS, £13 in advance and £15 at the door, info Press info Andy / Angelique at Ministry HQ




It's The Great Escape this week in Brighton, and to celebrate each day we will be chatting to one of the artists playing, plus delving into the Same Six Question archives to find out what some of the other bands playing would say to you if you were hearing their music for the very first time at the convention.

John Leckie is one of Britain's most prolific record producers. Cutting his teeth at Abbey Road Studios in the 1970s he has worked with three Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Fall, Public Image Ltd, Muse, The Verve, The Stone Roses and Radiohead, amongst many others. His latest project is India Soundpad, which sees him teaming up with four bands from India - Medusa, Swarathma, Advaita and Indigo Children - who released music recorded with Leckie this week and are in the UK for showcase performances at The Great Escape. We will also be speaking to John as part of the CMU Insights seminars at the festival and caught up with him recently to ask a few questions to get things started.

Q1 How did you start out making music?
I record music and musicians, though not a musician myself. I started out as an engineer at Abbey Road Studios in London and learnt to make quality recordings of many different types of music. After some five years engineering in the studio I took on the responsibility of producing albums and have probably produced over 100 released albums many of which I recorded and mixed myself.

Q2 What inspired the India Soundpad project?
I was curious about the Indian music scene and after visiting in December 2006 I was asked by British Council to seek out some new Indian 'rock' bands and produce recordings with them in India. As I learnt more about the Indian scene and met some of the bands I was excited by the diversity of styles and also their full knowledge of our own UK music and artists.

Q3 What process do you go through in creating a track?
Depending on the artist, firstly I will hear the song they want to record in a rehearsal room or on a simple demo. If the song is good and complete we would discuss instrumentation and how to approach the track. If it was a band I'd make sure musicians all have parts and are capable of playing those parts and the singer is comfortable with the vocal and hopefully written all the words ! There are many ways of creating a track: from beats and loops in a computer to building up the instruments one at a time with a click track. For me the best results are obtained by recording a group of musicians playing well together and capturing the magic take. I always record a guide vocal and with some artists this is often used as it captures something special with everyone playing together. If a backing track is good then any overdubs are easy. Much time is often spent on overdubs, choosing the right sound and part and making it all fit. Often time is spent editing parts especially drum hits to 'tighten the groove'. Vocals can either be the guide or first take or you could spend days trying it and end up with a 'composite' lead vocal track that is edited to be just all the good bits. This can then be double tracked and backing vocal harmonies added and any other instrumentation. Then you mix it...

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
Beatles, Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Dub Reggae, anything on Chess records, Buddy Holly, Sun Ra, Stockhausen...

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
Well, it's not my music. But yes, I'd like someone to experience the music. Producing is only to enhance the music...

Q6 What are your ambitions for India Soundpad, and for the future?
I hope that what we've recorded and with the live experience of the bands coming over to UK that it'll awaken people to new music in India.

INDIA SOUNDPAD AT THE GREAT ESCAPE>> Medusa - 15 May at Ocean Rooms, Indigo Children - 15 May at Providence, All Soundpad bands - 15 May at Horatio's Matinee



TGE-SSQ: What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
From the SSQ archives, bands playing TGE tell us what they'd say to people hearing their tunes for the very first time.

Crystal Antlers: "Listen to the whole record all the way through at least three times" Hector's House, 15 May; Pavilion Theatre, 15 May.

Times New Viking: "Where have you been?" The Providence, 15 May.

The Deer Tracks: "That music is pretty much all that meant something in our lives. Music is more about the overall feelings you can share or get from the songs. That we try to make the songs sound the way certain experiences sound in our world of perception. That we love what we do and love doing it for anyone who it may concern" Parlure Spiegeltent, 16 May.

Peggy Sue: "Don't try to compare it to something else because you'll just miss all the other stuff that's in there" Po Na Na, 16 May.

Don't forget, The Great Escape is one part of the wider Brighton Festival, that is taking place in the seaside city all this month, offering an urivalled programme of theatre, comedy, dance, literature, art and, of course, music. CMU's sister publication ThreeWeeks is reviewing it all once again, with a team of 45 reviewers hitting the streets every day. You can check the ThreeWeeks preview guide to the Brighton Festival here, ready our coverage of it here, and check out a selection of our Brighton music reviews here each day in the Daily...

Magical Mandolin Orchestra And Quire Concert at St George's Church on 11 May
Back to the Brighton stage for the 13th time, the Fretful Federation plucked and picked their way through a range of pieces which showcased the beautiful mandolin 'tremolo'. It was all rather restrained, and delicate though and I waited in vain for the piece that would make me sit up and really take notice. That said, the community based Hullabaloo Quire added a splash of fun to the proceedings; they're no Brighton Festival Chorus, but they sang and swayed with gusto and the result was pleasant enough. For the not-so-grand finale, a half-hearted audience sing-along to 'I have a Dream' (backed by orchestra and quire), where musical director Ian Harris quite successfully managed to produce an accompanying tune by running a violin bow across a saw. Certainly intriguing, but it sounded like some sort of woodwind instrument gone wrong. A quirky entertaining show in parts, but at over two hours, I got more than a bit fidgety. tw rating: 3/5; Reviewer: [Yemisi Cookey]

The Levellers Acoustic Set at The Parlure on 11 May
The Levellers brought the tent down last night. Twenty years on and they still have it! Brighton’s very own legendary folk-rock band performed a rare acoustic set of early classics to an audience of hardened enthusiasts. Support band Drookit Dogs, who are themselves storming the Brighton music scene with their funky folk-punk second album, 'Call The Guards', were a perfect match for The Levellers who are showing no signs of slowing down, despite sitting for the entire gig, ensuring only those energetic enough to join the happy hitchers in the front could see the band play. Nevertheless, a raucous knees-up ensued in which fans of all ages stomped relentlessly to the music. The Parlure will take some recovering. tw rating: 4/5; Reviewer: [Nicola MacEvilly]

Charlotte Glasson Band and Shadowdance at Latest Music Bar on 12 May
Oh! The joys of a tuba solo, a rare treat which only an eclectic artist such as multi-instrumentalist Charlotte Glasson could offer. Part of the Lost and Found Orchestra, and a recent Ladyhawke collaborator, Glasson manages to travel through many variations of jazz (New Orleans Jazz, Dixieland, Gypsy, you name it) and a plethora of instruments in quirky fashion. Beginning with a Brazilian prologue that sounds more Vince Guaraldi than Getz/Gilberto, the rest of the show is a lively demonstration of the band’s individual and cooperative talent, drowning the intrusive country music coming from upstairs of Latest Music Bar (implementing a noise insulation system wouldn’t be such a bad idea) with swagger. A pleasant night full of knack and charisma. tw rating: 4/5; Reviewer: [Cam Chiappe]

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A new study by PRS For Music and media tracking firm Big Champagne has found that rather than opening up a world of choice to music fans, file-sharing websites tend mostly to make already popular acts more so, with the tracks most often downloaded illegally mirroring those at the top of the charts. While this should come as no real surprise, the research also claims that despite the range of choice on offer, illegal downloading does not help smaller artists to find a wider audience in the same way.

Will Page, chief economist at PRS, and Eric Garland, head of Big Champagne, who carried out the research, say that the volume on offer for free on the internet means most people have neither the desire or the inclination to start searching through it to find something new. Instead, they will rely mostly on recommendations from friends and what they see in the media. As a result, they claimed, there has never been a big hit on illegal sites that has not also done well legally.

The report states: "Much of the volume (sales or swaps) is concentrated amongst a small proportion of the available tracks. After taking into account some geographic differences, the top of the many music charts, from licensed and unlicensed venues, are markedly similar".

This, it claims, shows that there is no evidence that the 'long tail' theory is currently operating. That theory says that in the internet age, because you can offer entire catalogues of content all the time, you might sell less of each product, but as a catalogue owner you'll sell more overall - ie more people will buy old stuff, even if fewer people are buying new stuff. But, as we've said before, this only works if these catalogues are properly promoted in a timely way, something for the most part the music industry is yet to do.

Despite this, the report did find that people are more likely to occasionally try out something they don't know already on illegal sites than via paid for services. It says: "If the sellers sell it, it might never be bought; but if the swappers offer it, at least one person will likely take it". For this reason, it continues, content owners may serve themselves better by view file-sharing sites services comparable to broadcast networks like radio and TV, rather than competitors to legal download stores.

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According to reports, the father of Madonna's 22 year old lover Jesus Luz has confirmed that his son is to marry the singer, as previously reported, in a 'secret' Kaballah ceremony in New York. Of course, if you read enough reports, you discover that Luis Heitor Pinto da Luz probably knows this from reading other magazine reports; he told Brazilian magazine Quern: "My understanding is that this is just a consequence of what is happening. He is already living with her. I don't know if there will be an actual wedding. From what I have read there could be a sort of ritual, but I don't know Kabbalah enough to know if it's valid and legal". So, not altogether conclusive. And it may have lost something in translation. He added that Jesus "loves children", and as well as living full time with Ms Ciccone these days, he is helping her to look after her offspring, Lourdes and Rocco, and adopted son David Banda.

Elsewhere in the world of Madonna, Mr Paul Oakenfold has been talking about the new material he's been working on with her. He confirmed that he spent a week in the studio with the singer last month producing tracks for an upcoming hits package, and described the result as "cutting edge sounds combined with classic Madonna". He added that the new material will get a preview when he opens for the star when her 'Sticky And Sweet' world tour starts in London on 4 July.

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Earl Simmons, aka DMX, has been released from prison in Arizona, after serving more than 90 days in relation to convictions on fraud, drugs and animal cruelty charges. As you might expect from such a seasoned celebrity criminal, he stands to be rewarded for his recent troubles with TV publicity. As previously reported, the rap-type is to join VH1 reality show 'Celebrity Rehab', now in its third season.

Simmons also revealed whilst in prison that he was intending to start a Christian TV show when he got out; he told "I'm gonna start a TV show called 'Pain and Perseverance', it's about how I can reach people that the average person can't reach because I'm grounded. I'm going to give my first sermon, in the church. That's going to be incredible for me and hopefully the congregation of that church".

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It's emerged that Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament was mugged at the end of last month outside a studio in Atlanta where the band are currently working on their new album. According to reports, he and employee Mark Anthony Smith arrived at the Southern Tracks studio in a rented Jeep, and, as they did so, three masked men dressed in black emerged from woods behind the building and smashed three of the vehicle's windows. The assailants got away with a blackberry, two computers, other equipment valued at more than $4,000, and $3,000 in cash.

Ament apparently got out of the car and attempted to run away, but was knocked to the ground by the muggers, who then stole his passport. He was later treated by paramedics for head injuries. No suspects have been apprehended.

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Depeche Mode have cancelled five more shows on their European tour following frontman Dave Gahan's hospitalisation with gastroenteritis.

In a statement, the band said that they were still unsure if the dates would be rescheduled, but urged fans to hold onto their tickets for the time being. They said: "Ticket holders for the [cancelled] shows are advised to hold on to their tickets as an announcement will be made shortly in regard to rescheduled dates or final cancellation".

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The Classical Brit Awards have taken place, and the big news is that soldiers from the Royal Scots Dragoon Guard have beaten the likes of Andrea Bocelli and Katherine Jenkins to take the award for Best Album. Their LP, 'Spirit Of The Glen: Journey', is the first record by non-professional musicians, as well as the first completely instrumental one, to win the gong, and was partly recorded whilst the troops were serving in Iraq. The recording of the album began in Edinburgh, but when the regiment were sent out on a six month tour, producers followed them to their camp in Basra to complete the process. It's thought to be the first album recorded in a war zone.

Accepting the award, Major Angus Benson Blair said: "Tonight's award is obviously about the album but I know everyone in the armed forces will see also each vote as supporting us in everything we do. So on behalf of every single soldier, sailor and airman I would like to say a huge and heartfelt thank you for every vote for the pipes and drums of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards. Thank you so much".

Other winners on the night included Alison Balsom, who became the first British musician to win the Female Artist Of The Year award, Howard Goodall, who was pronounced Composer Of The Year, and Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard, who took the Soundtrack Of The Year award for their musical score for The Dark Night. As previously reported, Jose Carreras received a lifetime achievement award.

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Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner has revealed that recording for the band's latest album almost suffered a major setback after his lyric book was stolen last year. But it turned out to be a good thing, as having to start again from scratch helped him to produce something better.

Turner told the NME: "I got my bag robbed six months ago, I lost this notebook. I lost loads. [It was] this brown book with a picture of a fox on it. I went the morning after and bought a couple of Moleskines and sat around for a couple of hours trying to remember it all. But I found the whole process made me write more things, complete things that I wouldn't have otherwise".

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The Beastie Boys have hidden the surprise gift of a vinyl 7" single in some versions of their new collectors' edition box set reissue of 1992 LP 'Check Your Head'. The record features two new songs, 'Lee Majors Comes Again' and 'B Boys In The Cut', clips of which are being streamed at music blog It's not clear if the tracks are to appear on the band's new album, due later this year.

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According to reports, new Manic Street Preachers album 'Journal For Plague Lovers' is being distributed in plain slipcases, because it's thought the album's artwork - a portrait by artist Jenny Saville - is inappropriate because it looks as though it's spattered in blood. To my mind, it's clearly not intended to look blood-spatter, but all things are, of course, open to interpretation.

Speaking to 6Music, singer James Dean Bradfield said: "We just thought it was a beautiful painting. We were all in total agreement. It is her brushwork. If you're familiar with her work, there's a lot of ochres and browns and reds and browns and perhaps people are looking for us to be more provocative than we are being. We just saw a much more modern version of Lucian Freud-esque brush-strokes. That's all we saw". He added the following, very reasonable comment: "You can have lovely shiny buttocks and guns everywhere in the supermarket on covers of magazines and CDs, but you show a piece of art and people just freak out".

All the big supermarkets - Sainsburys, Tesco, Asda and Morrisons - will be concealing the cover. Nicola Williamson, Sainsbury's music buyer, said: "We felt that some customers might consider this particular album cover to be inappropriate if it were prominently displayed on the shelf. As such, the album will be sold in a sleeve provided by the publisher".

As previously reported, the new album has been put together using lyrics written by late/missing former member Richey Edwards.

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Eminem's rare debut album, 'Infinite', released in 1996 by Web Entertainment and subsequently deleted has been made available as a free download by that 50 Cent guy. The album also features guest appearances by D-12 members Kon Artis, Eye-Kyu and Proof, who was of course shot dead in 2006.

With Eminem's latest album, 'Relapse', due for release on Monday, it's looking like being a bumper few days for fans of the rapper. To download 'Infinite', get yourself over to

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Continuing his recent move into films about music, Martin Scorsese has been announced as the director of a biopic based on the life of Frank Sinatra in a co-production between Universal Pictures and Mandalay Pictures.

Mandalay Entertainment Group chairman, Peter Guber told reporters: "We have dreamt of making a movie about Frank Sinatra, and Marty Scorsese is undeniably the perfect vision keeper for this project".

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As part of the ongoing 50th birthday celebrations for Island Records, singers from the label's roster from across the half decade - Grace Jones, Aswad, the i-Threes, VV Brown and Tinchy Stryder - will be the featured singers performing with Sly & Robbie and The Compass Point All Stars on 26 May, kicking off a week of shows at Shepherds Bush Empire. Each of the singers will perform a song or two (or even three) from Island's illustrious back catalogue with one of the most famous Jamaican rhythm sections of all time.

Here are the line-ups for all of the shows:

26 May: Sly & Robbie & The Compass Point Allstars With Grace Jones, Aswad, The i-Threes, Tinchy Stryder, VV Brown
27 May: The Fratellis, Steel Pulse & Bombay Bicycle Club
28 May: Cat Stevens/Yusuf, Baaba Maal
29 May: Paul Weller, Spooky Tooth, Ernest Ranglin
30 May: Keane, Tom Tom Club, Ladyhawke
31 May: Amy Winehouse, Toots & The Maytals, I Blame Coco

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The organisers of the Mercury Prize have announced a new monthly series of live performances by new and established acts from around the world. The first show will take place on 29 May and will feature a line-up of Lady Hawke and Blood Red Shoes. A pretty good start, if you ask me. Which you did.

The shows will take place in The Hospital Club's TV studio in London's Covent Garden in front of an audience of 250 competition winners and Hospital Club members, with content made available exclusively through MySpace and Xfm.

Producer for the Mercury Prize, Dan Ford told CMU: "It's great news that the Barclaycard Mercury Prize is extending its recommendation into live music in this way. These events are going to help produce some truly unique performances that music fans are really going to love".

Head Of Communication for The Hospital Club, Maria Nicholson added: "The best live music has always been at the core of our offering for our members, so we're delighted to be collaborating with the Prize to showcase some of the industry's most interesting talent in an intimate and unique way".

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SINGLE REVIEW: Ebony Bones - The Muzik (Sunday Best)
And how would you like your female-fronted pop today? Nu electro à la Little Boots/La Roux/Lady Gaga? Wrong. Kooky folk-pop of the Bat For Lashes kind? No thanks. I think instead we'll have a frenetic burst of genre-bending, 'crossover' box-ticking new wavey disco pop-punk please. Which, you'll be pleased to hear, is exactly what 'The Muzik' is (and if you're familiar with Santigold and MIA you'll know exactly where I'm coming from with that description). With its fearlessly impassioned vocals, spiky guitars and pummelling beats, there's an exuberance about 'The Muzik' which is as infectious as the flamboyantly-coutured group is colourful (they've enough visual appeal to suggest pop fame is not out of reach). The remixes are all fairly memorable too. Whilst The Krays (aka Yuksek and Brodinski) and Lacrate go laidback deep house and drum 'n' bass respectively, pick of the bunch is The Sunday Best remix, which throws a preppy spangley indie guitar riff into the shiny disco mayhem. The first anthem of the summer, then. MS
Release Date: 18 May
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The Liberal Democrat's Culture, Media And Sport Spokesperson, Lord Clement-Jones, has said that the Licensing Act, which was, as previously reported, the subject of a report by the Government's Culture, Media And Sport Committee released yesterday, is a "a total disaster".

In fact, here's all of what he said, not just the end bit: "The conclusions of this report are welcome and support what the Liberal Democrats have been saying for a long time. Despite government promises at the time of its introduction that it would lead to an explosion in live music, the Licensing Act has been a total disaster".

So that's them told.

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Sony Music Entertainment's pro-forma revenue (which we think means costs related to buying Bertelsmann out of SonyBMG are not counted) was down by 16% on the previous year in the final six months of the 2008 financial year, leading to profits being down 30%. Which is all a bit depressing, but in the wider scheme of things, Sony Corp, who lost $1 billion last year, mainly due to an under-performing electronics division, probably have bigger things to worry about.

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While Ticketmaster are going through the tedious process of trying to merge with Live Nation, their management division is still acquisition hungry. Front Line Management, headed by Irving Azoff, has bought Dale Morris & Associates, which brings them country music's current most popular touring artist Kenny Chesney, who has grossed $400 million and sold seven million concert tickets since 2002. Which is nice.

Chesney's representative at Dale Morris, Clint Higham told Billboard: "All of us at Morris Management Group are thrilled to be in business with Irving Azoff and the very smart people at Front Line. Irving is the face of the music business and with our new strategic partnership it gives us a further reach for our clients. We have had the great fortune of being able to go to the moon and back with our clients and this will ensure us that we continue to do so".

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Smaller US broadcasters scored a surprise win on Wednesday as the House Judiciary Committee voted 21 to 9 to send the Performance Royalties Act, those previously reported proposals to revamp America's somewhat lacking radio royalties system to the music business' advantage, to the House Of Representatives for a full vote. During a three hour hearing, three amendments to the bill were proffered, but only one, which reduced fees to smaller radio companies, was passed. The move, we think, could hinder or at least delay the US music business' attempts to establish a radio royalties environment in America that mirrors more closely that in Europe.

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Nokia ComesWithMusic has signed new deals with PRS For Music, Warner/Chappell Music, Sony/ATV, Peermusic and Chrysalis Music Publishing in order to roll the service out across Europe. Lucky Europe.

Andrew Shaw, MD of Broadcast And Online at PRS said: "We are always trying to offer new music services a comprehensive and simple licensing solution. The zeitgeist of the digital age is to provide licensing solutions for new business models. I'm pleased we can offer such a wide and diverse repertoire to help Nokia extend ComesWithMusic further. This follows a deal announced at MIDEM where a series of independent publishers agreed to license their multi-territory rights collectively through PRS For Music".

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UKRD has won its battle to gain control of The Local Radio Company after a two month bidding war with Hallwood Financial, with an offer of £2.88 million. Hallwood, which is headed by TLRC's chairman Anthony Gumbiner, pulled its rival offer of £3.6 million after UKRD secured the backing on 50.09% of shareholders at the company.

However, Hallwood said that it would not accept an offer by UKRD to buy it out of its 28% stake in TLRC, meaning it lacks the 75% of shares required to delist the last remaining publicly listed radio company in the UK.

Gumbiner told reporters: "It would be ungracious of me not to congratulate UKRD on its victory and I wish UKRD well. To fight and win a contested takeover battle is no small thing especially in the middle of the recession. I will do all I can to make the board transition as easy as possible".

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The Radio Advertising Bureau has launched a new competition as part of the Radio Advertising Awards, offering £1 million of airtime to its two winners. The money will be split equally between the best new radio advert that has not yet run on commercial radio, and the best existing advert.

Announcing the award, RAB Managing Director Simon Redican said: "We're really excited about the introduction of the creative challenge which is looking to inspire great radio advertising; not only does the client benefit from huge exposure reaching over 31.5m million adults a week, but each winning creative team also walks away with £20,000 cash - we're looking forward to hearing the entries".

The closing date for entries is 30 Jun and the winners will be announced at the Radio Advertising Awards on 17 Sep at The Room on London's South Bank.

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A number of members of the team behind the now defunct music magazine Blues & Soul are set to launch a new online title dedicated to urban music called Black Sheep Magazine. Set to launch in the next few week, Bob Kilbourn, who was Editor of Blues & Soul for nearly 30 years, will act as Consultant Editor on the new site.

Black Sheep Mag will be online at PRs and labels wishing to get in touch with the site ahead of the launch should email [email protected].

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These, in case you wondered, are the videos being played on the network of screens in students' unions around the UK this week. New entries marked with a *. More info from [email protected] Playlist: 2W/C 18th May, 2009

A List
Deadmau5 & Kaskade - I Remember
Dizzee Rascal & Armand Van Helden - Bonkers
Eminem - We Made You
Enter Shikari - Juggernauts
The Fray - Never Say Never*
Green Day - Know Your Enemy
Ironik feat. Chipmunk & Elton John - Tiny Dancer
Kasabian - Fire
Ladyhawke - Back Of The Van
Lily Allen - Not Fair
Little Boots - New In Town
The Maccabees - Love You Better
Maxïmo Park - The Kids Are Sick Again
The Prodigy - Warrior's Dance
Star Pilots - In The Heat Of The Night

B List
Black Lips - I'll Be With You
The Blackout - Children Of The Night
Daniel Merriweather - Red
Freemasons feat Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Heartbreak (Make Me A Dancer)*
Friendly Fires - Jump In The Pool
Hockey - Learn To Lose
Kanye West feat Kid Cudi - Welcome To Heartbreak
Kevin Rudolf - Welcome To The World
Kissy Sell Out - This Kiss
Metric - Sick Muse
Paloma Faith - Stone Cold Sober
Steel Panther - Death To All But Metal*
Toddla T & Herve feat Serocee - Shake It
VV Brown - Shark In The Water*
The Veronicas - Untouched
You Me At Six - Finders Keepers

Tip List
The Chapman Family - Kids*
The Dream - Rockin' That Thang
Elliot Minor - Discover
The Joy - Formidable Whirring*
Lazee feat Neverstore - Hold On*
Lenka - The Show*
Lissy Trullie - Boy Boy*
Matt and Kim - Lessons Learned*
Passion Pit - The Reeling*
The Phantom Band - The Howling*
Placebo - For What It's Worth
Team Waterpolo - Room 44
Thunderheist - Nothing 2 Step 2
The Yeah You's - 15 Minutes

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Lily Allen has said that she will still vote Labour in future, even despite the controversy surrounding Gordon Brown's government, and the fact that she's had some manner of personal contact with mop top Tory Boris Johnson; "I can't not vote labour", she told the times, and added "Boris wrote me a letter recently, but I'm not going to tell you what it's about".

Allen also explained that she is not hampered in her spending habits by the economic crisis. "I haven't lost any money, because I'm terrible. I spend, spend, spend", she said. "There are loads of Chanel jackets in my wardrobe. I am singlehandedly keeping the economy going".

So that's nice for her. Perhaps she could try putting some of that cash to a worthy use at some point, rather than spending it on clothes. Just a thought.

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