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Jacko comeback put back five days
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Bob Dylan poem to go on sale
In The Pop Courts
Prosecutors call for 19 years for Spector
Possible death sentence for killers of Lebanese pop star
In The Pop Hospital
Winehouse hospitalised, upcoming gig may be cancelled
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New Blur best of next month
Take That do an iTunes pass thing
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Eminem does free show
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1234 Festival back for 2009
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CMU Insights tomorrow
CMU's Big Great Escape Review
Album review: Speech Debelle - Speech Therapy (Ninja Tune)
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Boosey & Hawkes launch music supervision service
Roc Nation chatter
Anorak announce new radio head launch royalty credit card
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Labels push for more Bay fines
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Future Publishing profits fall
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Singer, songwriter and all round multimedia artistic type Fredo Viola entered the world via London, but has lived for much of his life in the US; and he studied at the Tisch Film School in New York. He's rather talented in both music and visuals, and has created a number of great video projects that have caught many people's attention online, plus his music has already been picked up by a number of film types, most notably the producers of the remake of 'The Manchurian Candidate' who used his song 'Let The Sad Out' on their soundtrack, and Mike Binder's film 'Man About Town', for which Viola created a special version of his track 'Sad Song'. He signed to French label Because Music in 2007, and released two EPs via them last year, including December's 'Red States EP', though it's his debut long player that we're concerned with today - 'The Turn' - it getting its UK release next week. With that in mind we posed Fredo our SSQ.
Q1 How did you start out making music?
I started making music just to keep myself creative. I'd planned to be a film-maker, but at that time it was a very expensive art form. Still is, actually, although computer software and high quality cameras have made it a bit easier. Anyway, I decided music was a more affordable medium where the imagination isn't limited by budget. So I bought Logic and started off just looping bits of my favourite orchestral music. After a year I bought a microphone and transitioned away from loop-based music, making everything with my voice and some basic instruments that come with Logic. Later on I started working with musicians I met through the internet, adding bits of cello, guitar, harp, upright bass...

Q2 What inspired your most recent single, 'Red States'?
I had ended a very long-term relationship that came to a very painful and drawn-out end... The song tries to play against the pain of a screwed up relationship with a lot of catchiness and harmonizing. Around the time I wrote it I had been listening to a lot of gospel and bluegrass music and really got into the full voice sound, so I suppose I was really influenced by those musical forms.

Q3 How do you go about creating a track?
Usually a melody will pop into my head during the most banal moments of the day. That's always when the really good material comes up, when you are running out to buy cat food, or milk... I have a little voice recorder which I record ideas into and then I'll take it into Logic and just start to experiment building voice lines against it. Usually there's one important counterpoint voice line, which usually is more interesting melodically, or at least more complex, than the melody. I have the most fun building harmonies though. And then I consider how much backing orchestration it needs. Instruments and sound effects are the absolute last stage part of the arranging process for me.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
Federico Fellini has inspired me quite a lot. I love his most fantastic works and have tried to structure many of my songs in a somewhat similar way, using sound effects symbolically. Also, I have been very inspired by Benjamin Britten's opera works, as well as Harry Nilsson, Radiohead, Boards of Canada and Belle And Sebastian. I love Biff Rose. Joni Mitchell. Odetta. The list is endless and I feel like I have been influenced by all of them in one way or another.

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
I would suggest listening in headphones and to pretend they have gone to see a movie.

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest album, and for the future?

I hope to reach an emotional catharsis with most of the songs. They're all meant to be excursions into different emotional states and states of the imagination. And for the future... well I have a lot in the works. I'm really drawn to the interactive experience of making music and having completed a very interactive website ( I'd like to continue developing a lot of those ideas much further. On top of that, I recently started performing and have quite enjoyed that, so hopefully there will be a lot of performances in my future.


'Daniel Johnston Was Stabbed In The Heart With The Moondagger By The King Of Darkness And His Ghost Is Writing This Song As A Warning To All Of Us' puts today's artist up there with Fiona Apple in the giving things long-title stakes and is perhaps an indication that 22-year-old wunderkind Randolph Chabot wants us to view his alter-ego Deastro as a little bit of an oddball. Or he just is. New album 'Moondagger' doesn't suggest anything unhinged, however, sounding like a learning curve in distorted electro-pop, taking the quiet/loud rousing elements of post rock and the irreverent experimentalism of Dan Deacon, though without ever quite hitting the heights you'd like it to (unlike Deacon's 'Bromst', for example'). It's glistening and bleepy, then the band enter and it's shoegaze on serotonin - youthful and dreamlike, and teetering on the edge of Explosions In The Sky-style towers of sound. 'Toxic Crusaders' is probably the track to get first and also investigate 'Spritle', which was something of a preview release and exemplifies the post rock references perfectly.



The music business this week turns to Merseyside where Liverpool SoundCity is now up and running for 2009, promising no less than four days of talks, debates, panels and networking opportunities for music people, alongside a whole barrage of brilliant music showcases, featuring no end of great bands. You can check the full line up at (check out CMU's sessions in the 'Special Events' section), meanwhile we'll be picking out some of our favourite bands who are playing SoundCity here in the Daily each day, throwing our same six questions at five of them, and digging into the SSQ archives to get a little insight from some more.

Formed almost exactly a year ago when ex-members of London-based indie band The Furies teamed up with bass player and vocalist Lizzy Ford, these guys are doing some interesting stuff. They teamed up with producer Simon Hayes at the end of last year after he saw them gigging at London's Luminaire, and they've since been putting tracks down on record at the Mayfair Studios in Primrose Hill. You'll get a chance to find out what all this sounds like when the guys take to the stage at Liverpool's Heebie Jeebies on the last night of SoundCity, Saturday. Keen to chat to the band before their SoundCity gig, we threw our Same Six Questions in the general direction of their manager's Blackberry and got the band's Nicholas E Gledhill to provide us with some quick and to the point answers. Hurrah.

Q1 How did you start out making music?
We were all given little guitars for Christmas when we were seven.

Q2 What inspired your latest album?
J G Frazer's 'The Golden Bough'.

Q3 How do you go about creating a track?
We all get together in our room, get really drunk and then hit the record button.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
The Velvet Underground. Maybe Pixies?

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
I hope you think it's good.

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest album, and for the future?
Finishing the album, having a future.


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

The Hot Melts: "Nothing at all before they heard it. Afterwards I'd ask them if they liked it" 22 May, Barfly Theatre.

80Kids: "We are sparking heavy distortion and moody beats on the dancefloor, just dance to it!" 22 May, Chameleon.

Nancy Wallace: "SHHH!" 23 May, The Leaf Tea Shop.

We Have Band: "Keep your ears open" 22 May, Barfly Loft.

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So, this is a good start don't you think? The launch of Michael Jackson's much much hyped comeback will now take place five days later than originally planned, with the 8 Jul launch show now taking place on 13 Jul. The next three editions of the 'This Is It' residency at The O2, due to take place on the 10, 12 and 14 Jul, will be pushed back all the way to March 2010, by which point the one time king of pop will almost certainly be dead.

Well, perhaps not, though given how many people are betting against Jackson completing his 50 date residency at the Dome, having your start-of-run tickets switched to end-of-run tickets has got to hurt. Given Jackson's doctor was so keen to tell us how healthy the singer is when denying those skin cancer reports last week, couldn't Jacko reschedule the postponed shows sooner onto one of his many days off? Seemingly not.

Anyway, anyone thinking the postponement of the launch of This Is It is a that sign Jackson is not at the peak of health as his doctor suggested, or that the usual Jacko politics is threatening this big show from happening at all, should go and sit on the 'too-cynical-for-their-own-good' step and read this official statement from promoters AEG Live. They delay is, of course, simply because the "sheer magnitude of the concerts" means a few more days are needed to make it work.

The promoter and Dome owner said in a statement yesterday: "AEG Live and Kenny Ortega, Michael's directorial partner and creative collaborator, have elected to move back a few of the opening shows in order to meet the challenges presented by such a massive and technically complex show Organisers are determined that all Michael's legions of fans attending the opening nights get to experience the same high quality staging that is planned for all of the spectacular shows".

The boss of AEG Live, Randy Phillips, added, "Kenny and Michael are, at the same time, both creative pioneers and perfectionists. This show has grown in size and scope, thereby necessitating more lead time for manufacture of the set, programming the content for the massive video elements, and, most importantly, more time for full production and dress rehearsals in the world's busiest arena, the O2".

He continued: "As much as we agonised over this change in the original schedule, we are sure the fans will understand when they experience the level of entertainment Michael Jackson intends to deliver while also ensuring the safety of the musicians, cast and crew and the crisp execution of the production. It is AEG Live's sincere hope that those lucky enough to have purchased tickets will have enough time to change their personal schedules and travel plans if they are coming from outside of London. We do not want anyone to miss this once in a lifetime experience".

Full refunds are available for anyone who can't make the rescheduled shows. Not sure what odds you'll get at the bookies on this whole thing collapsing into one big sorry mess now, though I'm not letting you leave the cynic step to go find out.

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Reports claim that Rihanna has put Chris Brown behind her and got herself a new man. The singer was allegedly seen kissing Canadian actor and rapper Aubrey Graham, aka Drake, at The Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge bowling alley in New York on Monday night. Graham first found fame on teen drama series 'Degrassi: The Next Generation'.

As much, much previously reported, Rihanna broke up with Chris Brown following the incident in which he is accused of beating her up the night before the Grammys. The case comes to court in June.

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A handwritten version of a poem previously thought to have been penned by a sixteen year old Bob Dylan is to go on sale at Christie's in New York. The auction house initially marketed the item as Dylan's own original work, but it's since transpired that the poem, although written down by the young Robert Zimmerman, as he was then known, was actually the work of late Canadian country singer Hank Snow. The track bearing the lyrics, which are about a small dog who meets a tragic end, was apparently released in November 1948.

Christie's said in a statement: "Additional information has come to our attention about the handwritten poem submitted by Bob Dylan to his camp newspaper, written when he was 16, entitled 'Little Buddy'. The words are in fact a revised version of lyrics of a Hank Snow song. This still remains among the earliest known handwritten lyrics of Bob Dylan and Christie's is pleased to offer them in our Pop Culture auction on June 23".

The item was originally expected to fetch from $10k - $15k. It's not clear how much it's expected to raise now.

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LA prosecutors are asking the courts to put legendary producer Phil Spector behind bars for at least 19 years following his conviction for the murder of former actress Lana Clarkson. Spector, who is already in jail, is due to be properly sentenced next week.

The prosecution called for a tough sentence in legal papers filed this week. Justifying their claim, prosecutor Alan Jackson recalled the various testimonies he presented during both of Spector's trials recalling previous incidents where the sometimes loopy producer made violent threats against other women. Jackson writes: "Lana Clarkson was the last in a series of victims to suffer homicidal assaults at the hands of Phil Spector. This court heard from six women - each of whom recounted the chilling details of their encounters with Spector in which Spector pulled guns on them and promised that he could and would kill them".

In addition to the recommendation on sentencing, Jackson proposes the producer be forced to pay £11,200 to the Clarkson family, in addition to the £6,500 to cover her funeral and burial costs. This would, presumably, be in addition to any damages awarded in the civil case the family are pursuing against the producer.

As much previously reported, Spector maintains that Clarkson shot herself at his Beverly Hills home back in February 2003. He is expected to appeal the guilty verdict.

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An Egyptian business man and former police officer have been found guilty of the murder of a Lebanese pop star called Suzanne Tamim, who, as previously reported, was found dead in Dubai last July.

Egyptian real estate mogul Hisham Talaat Moustafa was arrested last September for hiring a hitman to kill Tamim, who rose to fame in her home country after appearing on a TV talent show in the 90s. This week he, and the man it's claimed he hired to do the killing, Muhsen el Sukkari, were found guilty of the crime in an Egyptian court.

The judge sent the case to the country's highest religious official, Grand Mufti, for sentencing, which is bad news for the defendants because being sentenced under Islamic law means they almost certainly face the death penalty, most likely by hanging.

The story has been big news in Egypt because of the celebrity status of the victim, and the fact Moustafa sat in the country's parliament. It's claimed the businessman loved the singer but couldn't take her as a second wife, despite polygamy being allowed in the country, because his family disapproved. He ordered her killing, the prosecution claim, out of revenge.

The two defendants said that the prosecution's case was weak because it was based mainly on evidence amassed by the United Arab Emirates police force which, they argued, was not reliable enough to be credible in an Egyptian court. The duo were tried in Cairo instead of Dubai because there is no extradition arrangement between the two countries.

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According to tabloid reports, Amy Winehouse's upcoming London comeback gig may have to be cancelled after the singer became unwell at her St Lucia holiday home and had to be taken to hospital. It's not clear what the problem was, but she was released the same night. She was also briefly taken to hospital on the Caribbean island last month, and that time a rep said that it had been because of dehydration.

It's been suggested that she's not ready for a comeback anyway, given her recent, botched attempt to headline at the St Lucia Jazz festival; it was, as you may remember, troublesome weather conditions that brought that gig to an untimely close, but spectators claimed that the short performance she did give was seriously below par. A source told The Sun, "Amy's gig might as well be cancelled now. She's not going to make it. It's not worth her while - even if she does make it, it will be a shambles. She is not ready for it and she proved it at the festival".

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Radiohead are back working with producer Nigel Godrich on their next album. Bassist Colin Greenwood told NME: "It's early days and it is a bit like having a scrapbook at the moment because everything is up in the air, but it's good to be back in the studio".

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A new best of Blur compilation is out next month. 'Midlife: A Beginners Guide To Blur', double disc collection of twenty five tracks, will be out on 15 Jun. A statement said that the new release is for those who missed the band first time around, to coincide with their much previously reported reunion, saying: "The collection has been designed as an introduction for those who might have missed out on Blur's prolific recording career".

The tracklisting is as follows:

Girls & Boys
For Tomorrow
Coffee & TV
Out Of Time
Blue Jeans
Song 2
He Thought Of Cars
Death Of A Party
The Universal
This Is A Low

She's So High
Chemical World
Good Song
Trimm Trabb
Strange News From Another Star
Battery In Your Leg

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The next artist to feature in the previously reported iTunes Pass programme, which gives users access to a range of digital content over a period of time for a one-off subscription fee, will be Take That.

The 'Circus Live iTunes Pass' will give fans access to a range of behind-the-scenes footage and other exclusive relating in the main to the group's upcoming stadium tour. A lot of content will be created during the tour itself.

Fans can buy the pass from iTunes from today, with the first bit of content due to arrive on 6 Jun. There's more info, should you want it, at

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No Doubt fans caused chaos on the set of 'The Ellen Degeneres Show' on Monday, after being turned away from an open air gig being performed by the band for the TV programme. To be fair, it sounds as though they had some cause for complaint; many loyal fans waited more than seven hours in the sweltering California heat to enter, and despite the fact that they all had reserved tickets, around five hundred of the would-be gig goers were refused entry to the performance.

One fan told Perez Hilton: "At 4:15pm an Ellen rep with tons of police came out to say they had underestimated how many people could fit in the venue and (told us to) go home".

Surely that should be 'overestimated'...? Well, anyway, it seems that the fans who made it to the concert didn't have much fun either, one of the 'lucky' few saying: "My nose started bleeding and no one even bothered to see if I was OK. The security guy just gave me a napkin. Two other girls fainted because of the heat".

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Eminem performed a free show in Detroit on Tuesday to mark the release of his new album. The gig took place at the city's 1500 capacity Sound Board theatre, where the hip hop star performed eight tracks, most of which were new.

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Following its 2007 debut, London's 1234 Festival has announced that it will be back for 2009, taking place on Sunday 26 July at the city's Shoreditch Park. The event, organised by 1234 Records' Sean McLusky, featured the likes of Har Mar Superstar and The Strokes Fab Moretti two years ago, and will this year play host to acts such as S.C.U.M, Ipso Facto, Flashguns, Kasms, Televised Crimewave, Ulterior and Lion Club. There will also be ten after-parties at various Shoreditch venues, full line-ups to be announced, entry to which is included in the cost of the festival's tickets.

Tickets are £15, see for more info.

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CMU will stage the second edition of its Insights programme at Liverpool SoundCity tomorrow. The event sees CMU Co-Editor Chris Cooke interviewing music practitioners about their careers to date, their current projects and their opinions on the current music industry.

Among the interviewees offering Insights tomorrow will be Mickey Dale, a former CUD member and Embrace's keyboardist, who will be talking us through his two decades in music, supporting and working with numerous different bands, and updating us on his current projects.

Also in the chair will be Tim Dalton, a former studio engineer, producer and artist manager whose production credits over the years include work for artists as diverse as Atomic Kitten, Faith No More, Kula Shaker, Simple Minds and Public Enemy. Having worked in both the UK and US music industries, Tim is now Liverpool based, utilising both his music and academic credentials as a senior lecturer in popular music at Liverpool John Moores University.

Look out for CMU Insights interviews with Mickey, Tim and more music people at St Georges Hall in Liverpool from 2-5pm tomorrow. Entry is free.

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Soaked through (and my hair well and truly ruined) I decided that this Friday there was only one thing for it, to find the sweatiest gig and dance the night away. Aussie band The Temper Trap were a hopeful start but the crowd only mustered a few shakes and stamps, then unfortunately the Golden Silvers show - I'd been anticipating their set as sure-fire dance material - was cancelled. Nothing a quick scan of the programme couldn't solve though, and I headed to the intriguing sounding Phantom Band at the Pavilion Theatre. Their self-described 'proto-robofolk' was an exciting teaser ahead of the summer festival season. Still no dancing though, so I just prepared myself to accept a less energetic evening and headed to the most unlikely Great Escape 09 venue, the Sandringham suite at the Queens Hotel. How wrong I turned out to be; things significantly hotted up there with the funky De Staat. The appreciation of their Dutch pop music was tepid, however, compared to the blistering reception that met Dananananaykroyd in the crammed basement. Forget simply dancing, on Friday night, this was the sweatiest, sexiest, most raucous room in Brighton. I left the gig exhausted, exhilarated, and probably as drenched as I had been in the rain. [cs]

Some Great Escape reviews from CMU's sister publication ThreeWeeks...

The Phantom Band
Club Uncut
Just when you think you've pinned down The Phantom Band's sound, it defies common genre-making sense and alters completely in the very next track. For definition's sake though, theirs is a kind of folksy electronica come bluesy rock, heavy at moments, delicate at others, but thoroughly eccentric throughout. The Glaswegian collective walk onto a stage which is scattered with bizarre percussion instruments and high tech electrical equipment; things which are picked up from the floor every now and again and banged, plucked or programmed, amidst organised chaos. To say the least, their show is difficult to comprehend but rationality isn't the name of The Phantom Band's game, and they are as elusive live as they sound in name.
Pavilion Theatre, 15 May, tw rating 4/5, [cs]

The Temper Trap
Drowned In Sound
Too many indie bands try too hard to be different. Some bands never perform without their cuddly toy mascots, some feel the need to invent ridiculous fashion trends. But forget the gimmicks, Melbourne based Temper Trap do 'different' like it should be done because their originality is in the music. The snare with which the band entrapped their audience was front man Dougie's sultry voice; over intense and undulating guitar noise, his melancholy wailing was utterly haunting. Giving a thrilling live performance, Temper Trap seemed possessed by the huge music that they made - and you'll never see a man move the way their bassist does. This was music for the soul; it was only a shame that the crowd hadn't had time to learn the words.
The Honey Club, 15 May, tw rating 4/5, [cs]

The Fly
"Da-na-na-na-NAAAKROYD" sang the crowd. At their second gig of the weekend, Dananananakroyd proved that the best cure for a hangover was to do it all over again. Given the preponderance of check shirts, if you hadn't heard the hype about this band (ie, you've been stuck face down in a hole for the last six months) you might expect twee indie. But when the shirts came off, and the shirts did come off, two drum-kits drove pure ruckus. They scream, they stage dive, and spend most of their set among the audience. Plaster was literally falling off the walls, but the only reason I felt sympathy for the people in the hotel above was because they'd missed the most electrifying performance of the festival.
Queens Hotel - Sandringham Suite, 15 May, tw rating 5/5, [cs]

De Staat
The Fly
Think heavy funky pop with a vocalist who could probably out-do Alex Kapranos in the snappy dressing stakes. All the way from the Netherlands, De Staat ominously warned that they were going to rock like Bon Jovi. Fortunately this wasn't the case, but although they won their crowd over eventually, their music was a little too mechanical for their performance to be more than average. The big drum solo, undertaken by a drummer with even bigger hair, was a little over the top in a set that otherwise reached its climax with the excitable clanging of a cowbell. But the band were gracious, with catchy riffs and a definite swagger. De Staat looked dapper even if the music was a little bit dishevelled.
Queens Hotel - Sandringham Suite, 15 May, tw rating 3/5, [cs]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Speech Debelle - Speech Therapy (Ninja Tune)
This is an incredibly moving album from a young south London rapper with a delicate, affecting voice which tugs the heartstrings over a mainly acoustic backing with tales of tough times and a search for redemption and catharsis. 'Better Days', featuring the vocals of Micachu, and 'Spinnin' are both prime examples of the theme, as the world keeps turning regardless of the tough times; 'Go Then, Bye' charts a break up, and describes the emotions of love and hate at the same time, at not being able to carry on but not wanting to split up. This leads into 'Daddy's Little Girl', which is about how her relationship with her father has affected her relationships with other men and how she struggles to trust. Roots Manuva guests on 'Wheels in Motion' and brings in some political aspects, but the lyrics on this album, although inspired by living in an unfair society, are a deeply personal response to the world Speech Debelle finds herself living in. 'Live and Learn' and 'Working Weak' offer a reflective and amusing take on the world of work and getting by - "like Jackie from HR drinks 2 litres a day" - whilst 'Finish this Album' is a brilliant evocation of the creative process, inspiring and self deprecating in equal measure, speaking of the need to live better and do it on her own terms to achieve the goal of what we are listening to. I am extremely glad she got here, and I hope she has massive success, because there is a real talent here. IM
Release Date: 1 Jun
Press Contact: Ninja Tune IH [all]

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Music publishers Boosey & Hawkes, who have been branching out quite a bit of late into the sync and brand partnership domain, have launched a new music supervision division which will aim to help film producers source and clear music. Projects already completed include soundtracking the feature-length TV adaptation of 'Skellig', the Italian arthouse film 'I Am Love' and the Cannes film festival's closing movie 'Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky'.

Music Week quote B&H's Jen Moss, who will lead the music supervision services, as follows: "Our ability to help film production companies source and secure the best music for their projects coupled with our knowledge and experience of copyright clearance will make Boosey & Hawkes a highly compelling offering. We already have an excellent roster of our own highly talented composers and a huge and diverse catalogue but in addition we will be looking beyond our own company to secure the right music to fit individual requirements".

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Interest is rising in the development of Roc Nation, the new music venture being launched by Jay-Z via his multi-million dollar partnership with Live Nation.

It is likely to be the first Live Nation division to really get into the business of recorded music - although their high profile deals with Shakira, Nickelback and Madonna all also include recordings, they are all still fulfilling their recording obligations to their old labels. Actually Jay-Z still technically speaking has to make one more album for Universal's Island Def Jam before switching to Roc Nation, though word has it he's just bought himself out of his existing record contract with Universal Music.

Most of the speculation re Roc Nation is whether the company will actually do a deal with an existing major record company to handle certainly the distribution and maybe some of the marketing of any Roc Nation and future Jay-Z releases - and HitsDailyDouble reckons all four majors would be interested in such a deal - or whether Mr Z will try and keep as much of his new operation in-house as possible, perhaps tapping into the marketing and PR expertise of Live Nation's live music division.

Some say Jay Brown, the man who will oversee the new venture day to day, wants to model the company on the old Motown, where all the marketing, management and creative development happened within the unit. With everyone looking for new business models that capitalise on the new opportunities of the digital age, it would be interesting if this new venture chose one of the modern music industry's oldest business models, and even more so if they made it work.

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London-based music publicity firm Anorak London, previously Scruffy Bird for those not keeping up, have announced the appointment of a new recruit to head up their radio promotions. That recruit is Hannah Parkin, formerly Head Of Radio at the Beggars Group. Anorak director Emily Cooper, who has previously headed up the company's radio promotions team, will move over to TV promotions and other areas of the business.

The other Anorak director, Laura Martin, told CMU: "We are extremely pleased to have Hannah joining us here at Anorak London - she's going to be a brilliant addition to our ever expanding team. We're very excited about 2010 and beyond - we have big plans".

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E-tailer have launched their own credit card. Which is nice. For them. Punters will get credits every time they use their card (and double credits every time they use it on itself) which can be used against purchases on the e-tail website. Confirming the new card, the company's COO told reporters: "The card will be another way of rewarding our customers for their ongoing loyalty".

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According to a Swedish news site, the four majors have filed new legal papers in the Stockholm District Court calling on the judge there to put in place a daily fine against Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg and Peter Sunde for every day The Pirate Bay continues to operate.

The record companies are presumably pissed off that the rogue BitTorrent tracker continues to operate, and its founders continue to torment the content industries, despite the three men behind the P2P service, and their financial backer, being found guilty of mass copyright infringement. None of the four guilty men have begun the prison sentences that were ordered, nor paid any of the massive damages payments they were told to pay.

In fact Neij, Warg and Sunde have specifically said they have no intention of ever paying the money, and to be fair probably don't have the funds to do so even if they wanted to. To that end I'm not sure what good the daily fines the labels reportedly want charges would make any difference, given that ultimately the Bay men will presumably declare themselves bankrupt and get out of any debts that way. The fact the fourth defendant in the original trial, Carl Lundström, the only man with funds available to pay damages, is interesting.

As previously reported, the Bay mens' lawyers are appealing the ruling against their clients, and also calling for a mistrial in relation to the original court hearing on the basis the judge was biased in favour of the copyright owners.

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Future publishing, who own Metal Hammer and Classic Rock, have posted revenues down 2% for the half year ending 31 Mar, despite its two music titles actually doing quite well in the ABC circulation figures. The revenue slide is even more if currency fluctuations are taken into account, and operating profits fell by 50%, from £5.2 million to £2.6 million.

The firm's CEO Stevie Springer blamed the falls on the market, giving a somewhat pessimistic view of the immediate future of her industry, though, obviously, assuring investors she and her team will succeed in the face of such adversity.

Springer: "At the end of last year, I stated my belief that Future was in the best shape it could be to deal with whatever challenges lay ahead in 2009. Since then the macroeconomic environment has continued to deteriorate - the general advertising market has declined steeply, consumer confidence has weakened and we've seen exceptional challenges at newsstand. These factors have without doubt tested our mettle, most notably in the US. In spite of these conditions we're managing the challenge, and we're doing it in a way that is proportionate and does not damage our prospects for the future. Our strategy remains on track and we continue to make real progress in the development of our digital network".

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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]

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 ft 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 ft Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Heartbreak (Make Me A Dancer)*
Friendly Fires - Jump In The Pool
Hockey - Learn To Lose
Kanye West ft 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 ft 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 ft 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 - 5 Minutes

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Liam Gallagher has completely overreacted to something that The Enemy's Tom Clarke has said about Oasis. The Enemy, FYI, are due to support Oasis on their upcoming tour. Here's what Gallagher said via his Twitter page: "Having read an interview with Tom Clarke from The Enemy apparently Oasis are past it? Do you want to go on 1st or what you little fucker?"

Now, this is the comment by Clarke that this angry statement is a response to: "I don't think Noel needs to do it any more [for the money]. He is doing it for the love of it. That's the dream. That's when you can say you've made it".

I know. Makes you wonder if Gallagher can actually read, doesn't it? Well, poor Tom Clarke has been moved to release a statement refuting Liam's wilful misinterpretation of his words, saying: "That's complete and utter bollocks! Oasis have been and still are one of my favourite bands ever. The comment was intended to be a compliment for Oasis and Noel Gallagher's continuing success, but has instead been misinterpreted as criticism. It's an absolute honour for them to invite us onto their tour, I can't wait! Oasis passed it? Not a fuckin' chance!"

Honestly, what a kerfuffle about nothing.

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Lily Allen has denied allegations that she trashed her hotel room in Paris recently, and blithely blamed her band for the whole affair. The singer told Capital FM: "They did a pretty good job of it in Paris. TVs out of the window and everything, but I wasn't there. I wasn't involved. I was in a different hotel. It was a day off. When I have a day off and you're in a European city the band tends to be a write off. I didn't see them for that whole day, I didn't want to. They sounded like they were in a state".

Honestly, what a snitch.

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