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Detroit-based musician Randolph Chabot, aka Deastro, has been making albums since he was 13 years old, but, now 22, it's his latest work 'Moondagger' (released this week) that is bringing him to wider attention. Based on a dream he once had, the first single from the album, 'Vermillion Plaza', is a perfect introduction to his music, filled with plucky synths, epic choruses and joyous melodies. We caught up with Chabot to ask our Same Six Questions.
Q1 How did you start out making music?
I started making music when I was 13 I finished an electronic album and called myself DJ Shield Wolf. I have always been into music, I have sung in a choir since I was in preschool.

Q2 What inspired your latest single?
'Vermillion Plaza' was inspired by this dream I had of these two old men who are best friends. They both had a grandson who was sent off to war and both of their grandsons die. In their sadness they take all of the things that belonged to their grandsons into the woods at night and bury them to mourn their loss. The next night they go back to dig the stuff back up but their keepsakes have turned into these glowing orbs that they set free into the night sky.

Q3 What process do you go through in creating a track?
It depends on the song really, sometimes it will start with lyrics that I happen to sing in the car while I'm driving, or I will just be playing piano and a melody will jump out at me that slowly becomes a song. A lot of the songs are very impulsive I feel like if I don't finish it in one day it usually doesn't materialise.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
I would say Steve Reich, Aphex Twin, Venetian Snares, Brian Wilson, Danielson Family, M83, classical music of all kinds, Starflyer 59, Ariel Pink, Boards Of Canada, Sufjan Stevens, Fleetwood Mac, Flaming Lips, Hans Otte, John Adams, Vangelis, John Brion, Michael Andrews, Stars Of The Lid, and Vashti Bunyan.

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
Read 'The Third Policeman' by Brian O'Nolan and it might make more sense.

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest album, and for the future?
To make enough money out of it to fund a not-for-profit all ages art centre in Detroit.


It's officially summer and I've been listening a helluva lot to bands with Beach Boys-style harmonies because, y'know, they're the band that best encapsulated sunny weather in sound. Which leads me to Pearly Gate Music, a lovely little project from Zach Tillman, brother of Fleet Foxes' drummer J Tillman, who also features in the band. It's similar stuff to his sibling's project, so expect Crosby, Stills and Nash style alt-folk, soaring vocals and delicate acoustic instrumentation throughout, though there's a slightly melancholic undertone. 'I Woke Up' is a particularly good number to start with, so head to the link below for your first steps.

ThreeWeeks is CMU's sister media, the biggest reviewer at the Edinburgh Festival, the biggest cultural festival on the planet. ThreeWeeks is based around a unique media education programme involving 100 students each year. Between them they review more shows than any other media at the Festival, ensuring hundreds of grass roots shows that would otherwise go unreviewed get the coverage they deserve. ThreeWeeks runs a four week operation in Edinburgh during August, and is looking for the following temporary staff to join the team.

Office Manager
This person will run the ThreeWeeks Edinburgh offices from Friday 31 July to Tuesday 1 September, helping set up and wind down the office space, manage a team of student volunteers, and manage and in part undertake project administration and logistics. Must be energetic, consciencious, Microsoft Office and email literate, and a real people person. Previous knowlege of the Edinburgh Fringe an advantage. Core offices hours are 9am-6pm. Fee: £1000.

Distribution Manager
This person will handle all the distribution of the ThreeWeeks weekly edition and one other magazine from Tuesday 4 August to Tuesday 1 September. It basically means driving around a network of distribution points across central Edinburgh and dropping off papers. It is a flexible role. A full distribution run is required on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning, but 3-4 other drop off runs per week can be timed to suit the Distribution Manager. You will drive and care for the ThreeWeeks van so need a full clean driving licence, and will need the patience required for central Edinburgh driving. Knowledge of the city centre an advantage. Fee: £1000

Junior Designer
This person will assist on the design and production of ThreeWeeks' daily print and online publications - typesetting the former in InDesign and the latter in Dreamweaver. Photoshop will also be used. Will suit someone looking for a stepping stone into a media production career with previous experience using these applications. You will be required daily from Thursday 6 to Monday 31 August from 10am-5pm (11-3pm last Bank Holiday weekend). This job is based in the ThreeWeeks Edinburgh office. Fee: £750

To apply for these roles send a CV and covering note to [email protected] stating in the subject line the job title of the role you are applying for.

Limited space is available in the ThreeWeeks flat in Edinburgh, so it may be possible to accommodate good candidates not based in Edinburgh who apply for these roles. If you are not based at an Edinburgh address you should state if you would need accommodation in your application.


The Jackson family last night announced a preliminary list of the music types who will take part in the big Jacko memorial show in LA today, with Mariah Carey expected to kick off the proceedings and Lionel Richie, Usher, Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder all set to appear.

Reports also suggest that a certain Shaheen Jafargholi will perform, he being the kid who appeared on the last outing of 'Britain's Got Talent' performing a version of 'Who's Lovin Who', a track actually penned by the aforementioned Robinson but, of course, best known for its Jackson Five version. If he really is taking part that's a pretty big deal for him, making the slot at the Royal Variety Performance he'd have got had he won the talent show seem a little like a runner up prize.

You may remember that when Jafargholi first went before the 'BGT' judges he sang The Zuton's 'Valerie' in an Amy Winehouse stylee, but that Simon Cowell halted his performance and told him to sing something else, leading to him singing the Jacksons song, which made more sense given that he'd already played a young Michael Jackson in the Jacko tribute musical 'Thriller Live!' And what a good job Cowell made that call, because, I mean, Amy Winehouse isn't dead. Well, not as I write this.

Non-musical types due to take part in the Jackson memorial show include Brooke Shields, the Rev Al Sharpton, and basketball star Kobe Bryant who will all presumably say a few words. Well, unless Bryant is going to shoot some hoops.

Elizabeth Taylor will not, however, take part or attend. Commenting on her decision to not participate she wrote on Twitter (and for the purposes of this paragraph I am assuming, as the Times do, that the Dame Elizabeth feed on Twitter really is from the actress): "I cannot be part of the public whoopla. I just don't believe that Michael would want me to share my grief with millions of others. How I feel is between us. Not a public event".

There had been speculation as to whether Jackson's former wife and the mother of his two eldest children (or 'mother' if TMZ is to be believed) Debbie Rowe would attend, with some reports saying she would, though those reports overnight saying she wouldn't seem more credible.

As previously reported, 5500 Jacko fans have been given a pair of tickets to the show at LA's Staples Centre, and another 3250 pairs were distributed for seats in the Nokia Theatre next door where the event will be simulcast. The whole thing will also be made available to media worldwide via a free stream - and both MySpace and Facebook plan to make the stream available to their users in what could be one of the most watched webcasts ever - I do hope the internet's up to it. It starts at 6pm London time if you're planning on adding to the net strain by tuning in.

As also previously reported, those without tickets for the Staples Centre or Nokia Theatre are being encouraged to stay at home and watch the event online or on TV, rather than flocking to the LA streets where no formal proceedings will take place. Nevertheless the city's police are getting ready for hundreds of thousands of fans to amass in the area around the memorial show.

In related news, the private family funeral that will precede the public show is expected to take place at the Forest Lawn Cemetery in the Hollywood Hills, though there has been no official word on that, possibly to throw the paps off the scent. It's not clear if that would mean Jackson would be buried at the cemetery. It is the last resting place of a string of top American stars including Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Sammy Davis Jr, Nat King Cole, Sam Cooke and Marvin Gaye.

And in other related news, Jermaine Jackson has said he expects there to be a number of different tribute events for his brother in the coming weeks, around America and the world. With some complaining that today's memorial event favoured LA residents, and to an extent Americans, who didn't need to make rush arrangements to get to the country and/or city if and when they won tickets for the memorial (which a stupid thing to complain about, but there you go), I think Jermaine was basically saying fans who just can't get to LA for today can hopefully go to a tribute bash somewhere nearer where they live. In that domain, the mayor of Gary, Indiana, where Jackson was born, has said he is already in talks with the family regarding doing a tribute event there.

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Despite the Jackson family pleading with touts to not apply for free tickets to the Jacko memorial with a view to selling them on for profit to desperate fans of the late singer, tickets have started to appear for sale on the net.

Most auction websites, like eBay, are taking Jacko ticket sales down as they discover them, with one US rep at the flagship auction site quoted by USA Today as saying: "We believe it would be inappropriate to allow the sale of tickets for the Michael Jackson memorial service".

However, new tickets are going on sale as quick as the auction sites take them down. Some fans of the singer have seemingly adopted vigilante tactics by making totally over the top bids from fake accounts to thwart attempts to sell the memorial show tickets. The bidding for one pair had thus reached $49 million.

It remains to be seen how effectively the ticket distribution system works once Jacko fans start to arrive at the Staples Centre and Nokia Theatre later today.

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Back to legal matters, and an LA court yesterday put the estate of the late singer into the hands of attorney John Branca and music business exec John McClain who, as previously reported, were named executors on Jackson's will.

Previously a court had put the singer's mother Katherine in control of her son's affairs because at that point the 2002 will in Branca's possession had not been officially filed with the court. Katherine tried to block Branca and McClain from taking control, arguing that the will in which they are named is out of date, and that Branca had been long removed from Jackson's affairs. He, though, as previously reported, claims he had been rehired by the singer in the months before his death. Plus, legally speaking, if Jackson hadn't wanted Branca to be named as his executor once the lawyer stopped working for him, he should have amended his will to say so.

The Jackson family had hoped to postpone yesterday's court hearing to after today's memorial service, partly for logistical reasons, and partly because there are still rumours a second more recent will may exist somewhere. Another hearing is due to take place about Jackson's estate and the custody of his children in early August, but Katherine Jackson's lawyer said yesterday that Branca and McClain being in charge in the meantime could result in "irreparable damage".

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As more time passes since Michael Jackson's, erm, passing, more time will inevitably be dedicated to considering the controversial parts of the singer's private life over his musical genius.

Some who believe the worse about Jacko's certainly unusual relationships with young teenagers have already complained that much of the media coverage of the singer following his sudden death glossed over past controversies, and in particular the allegations made against him by the Chandler and Arvizo families. Though, of course, media have to be careful discussing such things, especially the Arvizo cases, given the singer was acquitted of all charges when they, unlike the Chandler allegations, were heard by a criminal court.

Getting in there early with regards more negative assessments of the late Jackson, Republican politician Peter King, who sits in the US House Of Representatives, posted a video on YouTube ahead of the singer's big memorial bash, calling the king of pop "a pervert, a child molester; a paedophile".

Criticising the amount of media coverage dedicated to Jackson since his death, King says: "He died, he had some talent, fine. [But] there is nothing good about this guy. He may have been a good singer, done some dancing, but the bottom line is would you allow your child or grandchild to be in the same room with Michael Jackson. That would be horrifying. Let's knock out the psychobabble. He was a pervert, a child molester; he was a paedophile. And to be giving this much coverage to him, day in and day out, what does it say about us as a country? I just think we're too politically correct".

So, that's us told.

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And finally from the Jacko file today, more reports on AEG Live's insurance in relation to the fifty night Jacko residency that never was.

As much previously reported, the extent and nature of the promoter's insurance policy has been much debated, with speculation that only a portion of the production was insured at all, and what insurance was in place may not pay out depending on the results of the toxicology tests being undertaken by the LA coroner investigating the cause of the singer's death.

However, according to new reports, the insurance policy that we do know was in place, through Lloyds Of London, reportedly did allow for the singer to die from an accidental drugs overdose, the current favoured theory for Jacko's demise. That would mean that if a shot of one of the prescription drugs Jacko was rumoured to rely on caused his cardiac arrest, the insurers may well pay out. If, however, he is shown to have died from a existing medical condition of which the Jackson clan were aware, a payout is less likely.

It's thought that policy would be worth a total of £11.7 million. It's also thought AEG spent up to £25 million on its preparations for the Jacko residency. However, with the promoter expected to make millions from its previously reported 'keep your ticket for fifty quid' scam, plus the potential of earning from the rehearsal footage the promoter says it owns, AEG could as yet profit from the whole Jacko venture.

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So, how exactly is the government going to meet those previously reported and rather ambitious targets for cutting online piracy? I know, change the targets.

As previously reported, this time last year the government said it wanted to cut the amount of unlicensed content shared on the internet by 70% in 2-3 years. It set that target as record companies and internet service providers reached that memorandum of understanding which led to the six biggest ISPs sending letters to customers who were believed to be sharing unlicensed content alerting them to the fact their activity was illegal.

But with the warning letter programme not achieving a great deal - because, record companies argue, without the threat of suspension or disconnection of net access file-sharers will just ignore the warnings - very little has been achieved one year on in terms of cutting P2P-based piracy.

With that in mind the Liberal Democrats culture spokesman Don Foster wrote to the government's new culture chief Ben Bradshaw for an update on the 70% cut pledge. Bradshaw's letter, published this weekend by the Times, attempts to push back the initial target deadline, saying that 2-3 year timeline was based on the assumption the record companies and ISPs would agree on more productive measures to combat piracy last summer.

Of course no such measures have been introduced. And, given that the government's 'Digital Britain' report was so lacklustre on the issue, suggesting, in the short term, the record companies return to the widespread sue-the-fans system that achieved precisely zero in the US, no measures are currently on the agenda. With the one exception of the previously reported agreement between Universal Music and Virgin Media, in which the ISP will introduce some stricter measures against piracy as part of its agreement with the major to launch an all you can eat download service for its customers.

As Bradshaw seems to want to start counting the 2-3 years once such measures are live, presumably the clock will only start ticking once the Virgin/Universal agreement goes live. Or, perhaps, when the government's own measures to put more pressure on the ISPs to act on piracy come into play - which will be next year at the earliest, or possibly never. Of course if the aim is to cut online piracy by 70% 2-3 years after never - well, that probably is achievable.

Responding to Bradshaw's letter on the piracy issue, Lib Dem Foster said: "This is another example of the Labour government's total inability to meet its own targets. Having wasted years, they now want to move the goalposts and hope we don't notice".

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Bret Michaels of Poison has been involved in a traffic collision, just weeks after his accident at last month's Tony Awards, in which a piece of the show's set landed on him and left him with a broken nose and split lip.

According to a statement on his website, the singer was travelling from Toronto to St Paul, Minnesota, when a car "lost control and slid into the side of Mr Michaels' tour bus causing a five car pile-up on the roadway". No-one was injured, however, and Michaels and his crew were released from the scene following an investigation. So this story should really be in the 'Could Have Involved The Pop Hospital But Didn't' section.

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David Ferguson, the former chairman of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, died on 5 Jul after suffering from cancer. Beginning his tenure in 2002, during his time as chair of the organisation, Ferguson created the European Composer And Songwriter Alliance and also launched Academy Recordings to help Basca members release their own material.

Sarah Rogers took over Ferguson's role earlier this year, when he became too ill to continue. She has paid tribute to her predecessor, saying: "Passion, determination and grit were the hallmarks of his term as chairman of Basca. He put Basca on the political map and welded the writing community into a unified body. Today, because of David, composers and songwriters have a far better understanding of the challenges and threats we all face in a highly competitive environment. Within the profession and throughout our industry, David was known to all and a friend to many".

Ferguson is survived by his wife, Silvina, and a son, Sam.

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Panic At The Disco have announced that two members of the band, guitarist and lyricist Ryan Ross and bassist John Walker, have quit, leaving lead singer Brendan Urie and drummer Spencer Smith to continue on their own.

A statement on the group's website explains that Ross and Walker plan to "embark on a musical excursion of their own", with the remaining pair explaining: "Though the four of us have made music together in the past, we've creatively evolved in different directions which has compromised what each of us want to personally achieve. Over the years, we have remained close and honest with each other, which helped us to realise that our goals were different and that parting ways is truly what is best for each of us. We are all excited for the future, you should be too".

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Universal Music Publishing has confirmed it has re-signed Paul Weller to a new worldwide administration deal which actually extends its involvement in the former Jam man's music catalogue. The deal covers all of Weller's songs, including those he wrote for the Jam and Style Council, and his solo catalogue, including future work.

Confirming the new deal, Universal Publishing's European President Paul Connolly told reporters: "Paul Weller remains one of the UK's most talented songwriters and has a truly magnificent canon of work to his name. He has consistently delivered quality songwriting and shows no sign of slowing down with his most recent material sounding as fresh and vital as it has been throughout his long and illustrious career".

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Thrashers Megadeth will be giving away a free download of a track from their new album today. So that's nice. 'Headcrusher' will go online at from 4pm and will be available for 24hrs only.

Says frontman Dave Mustaine of the new album, 'Endgame': "This new album is my proudest moment since the famous (or infamous) 'Rust In Peace' album. With this album I am also very excited to be introducing my new lead guitarist Chris Broderick to the world. I have always felt lucky to have had top shredders in that position but after touring with Chris in support of my last album, I couldn't wait to get into the studio and see what he could do".

You can kind out just how good Chris is at shredding when the band tour the UK next year. Or even sooner than that, as the album will be released via Roadrunner Records on 14 Sep. Look, here's a tracklist to prove its existence:

Dialectic Chaos
This Day We Fight!
44 Minutes
Bite The Hand That Feeds
Bodies Left Behind
The Hardest Part Of Letting Go... Sealed With A Kiss
How the Story Ends
Nothing Left To Lose

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Jesu and Godflesh's Justin Broadrick and Diarmuid Dalton, Isis frontman Aaron Turner and Head Of David's Dave Cochrane have teamed up to form a new band, Greymachine. The results, as you would expect, are heavy. Very, very heavy.

You can check out, 'Vultures Descend', a track from their forthcoming debut album, 'Disconnected', which is due out via Hydra Head on 4 Aug, here:

Here's the full tracklist for 'Disconnected':

Wolf At The Door
Vultures Descend
When Attention Just Ain't Enough
We Are All Fucking Liars
Just Breathing
Easy Pickings

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Shakira has announced the release of a first single from her forthcoming new album. 'She-Wolf' will be out on 21 Sep, ahead of the as yet untitled new LP, which is set for release in October, and features a tracklisting of mostly English-language songs. The singer is planning another album in Spanish, to be released in 2010.

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Emmy The Great is to release her new 'Edward EP' on 10 Aug via her own label, Close Harbour. The four track selection features songs written some time ago, but which were only recently recorded for an upcoming deluxe version of her debut album, and which have become popular during the singer's recent live sets. Emmy explains: "When we were touring the album, people kept asking for these songs and they developed into encores... we did the EP with those fans in mind".

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Aussie indie three-piece The Grates have released a tracklisting for their second album, 'Teeth Lost, Hearts Won', which is scheduled for release on 15 September. The LP has been produced by Peter Katis, who has previously worked with The National and Interpol. Here's what's on it:

Burn Bridges
Carve Your Name
The Fun In Every Start
Two Kinds of Right
Aw Yeah
Milk Eyes
The Sum of Every Part
Storms and Fevers
Not Today
When You're Scared of Dogs
Let It Die
The Biggest and Longest Adventure Ever

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Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus have confirmed that they will take part in a Radio 2 concert recognising their body of work. 'Thank You For The Music... A Celebration Of The Music Of Abba' will take place in Hyde Park on 13 September, and the group's two songwriters are planning to be there to see guest vocalists performing material from their back catalogue.

Andersson and Ulvaeus said in a statement: "This must be the greatest honour that can be bestowed on any songwriter. We are absolutely delighted and we hope thousands of Radio 2 listeners will join us there."

As previously reported, the duo have denied reports that the whole band were considering reforming to take over some of the O2 slots left vacant by Michael Jackson, telling Jonathon Ross that the tabloid reports to that effect were all hooey. At the Swedish premiere of Mamma Mia! Last year, Ulvaeus told reporters: "There is simply no motivation to re-group. Money is not a factor and we would like people to remember us as we were. Young, exuberant, full of energy and ambition".

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Take That have just played to over a million people on their 20 date UK tour, which finished at Wembley Stadium on Sunday night, but they're already planning to get out and play again.

Gary Barlow told BBC Radio 1: "We want to do some more, we want to go back out again. We'll come at it fresh next time and see where we go. [Sunday] was an emotional night for us - this isn't the end".

Fans on mainland Europe, though, shouldn't assume that means they'll be getting to see the most recent UK show closer to home. Barlow added that that show couldn't go across the English Channel because it is "just so expensive to travel it".

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The 1234 Festival, which hits Shoreditch Park for the second time on 26 Jul, has announced twelve after parties that will ensure the music and fun continues long after the outdoor event's curfew has kicked in. What's more, access to all of them is including in your £15 festival ticket.

Performing at the festival itself are The Rakes, Patrick Wolf, Polly Scattergood, Hatcham Social, Crome Hoof, SCUM, A Place To Bury Strangers, Kasms, autoKratz, Cystal Fighters, and many more.

For full details of the line-ups for the festival and the after parties, go to

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LIVE REVIEW: Why? at The Garage in London on 6 Jul
The history of Why? can, on the face of it, seem a little confusing. Yoni Wolf, under the name Why?, came to prominence as a member of experimental hip hop outfit cLOUDDEAD, before going solo, releasing a couple of EPs and an album, 'Oaklandazulasylum'. Then he was joined by his drummer brother Josiah and keyboard player Doug McDiarmid, at which point the band Why? came into being and Why? the man went back to being Yoni. Not that you necessarily need to know this, because this show was performed with no reference to the pre-band past, save for the disparate collection of influences collected in the years leading up to the band's formation. But, ignoring that, the songs played came mostly from last year's 'Alopecia' album, with a handful from Why? the band's 2005 debut 'Elephant Eyelash', and one from the forthcoming 'Eskimo Snow' (due in September). Boosted to a four piece by guitarist Austin Brown for the live show, they have nailed a sound that is completely unique to them. It's stripped down and simple on one hand, but complicated in both its mixture of hip hop, folk, psychedelia and pop and the need for everyone on stage to play various different instruments. In fact, it was worth attending just to watch Josiah playing drums, xylophone and singing all at the same time on 'A Sky For Shoeing Horses Under'. But that was just one part of a finely-crafted live show, balancing Yoni's lyrics, which always manage to make even the most mundane things seem utterly beautiful, and music that is never afraid to take it slow where it could race off into the distance. As they finished on a grand-sounding rendition of 'By Torpedo Or Crohn's', they had the audience eating out of their hands and I stood praying that they wouldn't crack and play any more. Thankfully, they brought things to a close at the perfect moment, pushing the audience back into the world with those last notes still ringing happily in our ears. AHM

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UK Music chief Feargal Sharkey has written to the boss of the Metropolitan Police to dispute claims made by the police force in relation to the controversial 696 form, which has to be filled in by people staging live music events in the capital as part of the licensing process and which, live music types argue, asks for far too much irrelevant information about artists and their genres.

Managers and promoters have questioned what the police does with the personal data it gathers on artists, and whether it makes judgements about a gig's possible audience, and the likelihood of trouble, based on prejudicial judgements against certain genres. Sharkey has been leading the campaign against the form, which has also been criticised by a parliamentary select committee.

The police have agreed to review the form but, Sharkey says, when announcing the review the Met's Assistant Commissioner Central Operations Chris Allison made five errors in his statement. Sharkey has written to Met boss Paul Stephenson about the matter, saying he feels it is important Allison's alleged inaccuracies are challenged before the police force's review committee re-consider the form.

According to Music Week, the letter says: "Policy making must be founded upon accurate evidence. In light of the forthcoming review of Promotion and Event Assessment Form 696 and for the sake of information integrity we believe it is entirely necessary to correct the erroneous statements recently provided to Met Police Authority members".

Among the inaccuracies Sharkey then mentions are Allison's claim the 696 form only is only conditional for 70 premises (UK Music say they know of over 100), and his claims that the form had led to a reduction in the number of violent incidents in clubs (UK Music say there is no evidence to link the form to that stat).

The Met types are yet to respond.

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ATC Management, the MAMA Group and Nettwerk Music Group have announced that they are together investing $20 million into a new start-up music company, a sort of next generation record label to be called Polyphonic, which will aim to find new and innovative ways to promote and monetise acts, but by working 'in partnership' with the artists and their managers. That basically means investing in new talent as business partners, rather the traditional record label model of providing start-up capital in return for ownership of sound recording copyrights.

All three partners are in the business of artist management already, of course, though all three also have experience in other domains of the music business: MAMA especially in live, Nettwerk in recordings and publishing, and ATC, while primarily a management firm, has been investing its own money in new artists of late and, of course, as Radiohead's managers, spearheaded the high profile pay-what-you-want self-release of 'In Rainbows'. MAMA and Nettwerk already have a business partnership, of course.

Confirming the JV, MAMA Group's Adam Driscoll told CMU: "It has been apparent for some time that there is a real barrier to artist development - and that is a lack of available investment capital. Through our SuperVision Management businesses, we have been making funds available to our clients to help them at the early stages of their careers for some time. The launch of Polyphonic will enable us to make many more such investments in both emerging artists and those further down their career path. This investment will not just apply to the artists that we manage, but also to artists that excite us who are not necessarily part of our management structure. The contract that we have structured brings more business and creative freedom to artists and managers than has ever been offered before."

ATC man and Radiohead manager Brian Message added: "Polyphonic, an investment vehicle driven by alignment of interest rather than tax structuring or the maximising of any one particular revenue stream, is an important funding option for artists. More and more artists are directly engaging with their fans in a way that enhances that unique relationship and enables the artist to have much more say in the way in which their business is built. ATC and MAMA have co-invested in a number of new artists over the last 3 years and Polyphonic marks the next iteration of that business. Now, together with Nettwerk, we want to be working with a much bigger group of artists and managers and the capital we have available makes that achievable".

Finally Nettwerk's Terry McBride said: "Over the last few years we have found new ways to enable our management clients to take more control of their careers. We launched a number of artist imprints to allow bands to take a bigger stake in their recorded music and have engaged fully with digital distribution platforms to ensure that we get their music to their fans in as many ways as possible. Polyphonic will enable us to make further strides in enabling artists and managers to build businesses that control all aspects of the artists' career and their assets. Having shared objectives is paramount if any business in any sector is to work. That hasn't been readily delivered by the old industry investment model - it will be through Polyphonic".

No word on what artists will be involved in the new venture, though a first album is expected to be released by Polyphonic later this year. Perhaps they could sign the Polyphonic Spree.

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Music publicist Paddy Davis, who has led music PR campaigns for some sixteen years as part of the Bad Moon Publicity team, has been head hunted by another long established music PR firm, Hall Or Nothing. Davis will take a number of his clients from Bad Moon with him to Hall Or Nothing, including The Cribs and Kaiser Chiefs.

Confirming his new job, Paddy Davis told CMU: "This is a really exciting opportunity for me and I'm delighted to be joining one of the most respected and successful companies in the UK music industry. I spent 16 happy years with Anton and the team at Bad Moon and I'm hoping that this new phase will be just as enjoyable and fulfilling".

Hall Or Nothing MD Terri Hall added: "Paddy has an amazing reputation as one of the best PR's in the business so it is a real coup for us that he has agreed to join our team. He is going to bring experience, energy and some great artists with him and will, I'm sure, add an exciting new dimension to our company".

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Streaming music service Spotify is seeking a further round funding of between £20m and £30m, as it aims to bring its valuation up to a sweet £200 million, or so says The Sunday Times.

Of course many wonder whether the hugely popular on-demand jukebox can make either its subscription or advertising-based services commercially viable by the time start up money runs out - given the royalties they must be paying out to labels and publishers oblivious of paid sign-ups and ad revenue. New investment would, of course push back the crunch moment.

Nordic private equity firms Northzone Ventures and Creandum, who provided the initial funding, will be very pleased if the £200 million valuation can be achieved. According to the Times they will retain control of the company despite there being potential new investors.

Meanwhile, with UK users expected to hit two million, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek says he remains optimistic about his company's long term success, saying recently: "We are probably in better shape than most other companies in this market".

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It's this week's Total Rock World Album Chart, as counted down on Total Rock last weekend - New entries and re-entries marked with a *.

1. Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown (Warner Bros)
2. Chickenfoot - Chickenfoot (Edel)
3. Nickelback - Dark Horse (Warner/Roadrunner)
4. Marilyn Manson - The High End Of Low (Universal/Interscope)
5. Incubus - Monuments & Melodies (Sony Music)*
6. Taking Back Sunday - New Again (Warner Bros)
7. Iron Maiden - Flight 666 (EMI)
8. AC/DC - Black Ice (Sony Music)
9. Theory Of A Deadman - Scars & Souvenirs (Warner/Roadrunner)
10. Rancid - Let The Dominoes Fall (Epitaph)
11. Shinedown - The Sound Of Madness (Warner/Atlantic)
12. Bruce Springsteen - Working On A Dream (Sony Music)
13. Bruce Springsteen - Greatest Hits (Sony Music)
14. Kid Rock - Rock - N' Roll Jesus (Warner/Atlantic)
15. Meat Loaf - The Best Of (Disky)*
16. Rise Against - Appeal To Reason (Universal/Geffen)*
17. All American Rejects - When The World Comes Down (Universal/Interscope)
18. Led Zeppelin - Mothership (Warner/Atlantic)
19. Heaven & Hell - The Devil You Know (Warner/Roadrunner)
20. Manic Street Preachers - Journal For Olague Lovers (Sony Music)

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The Metro claims that Madonna was booed by fans attending her Sticky & Sweet show on Saturday at The O2, because she kept them waiting for an hour in "sweltering conditions" before appearing in a mocked up white Rolls Royce, and saying "All right London, get up". I'd've booed, if I'd been there. Actually, I think I'd have booed anyway, whether I'd been kept waiting in sweltering conditions or not.

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Patrick Wolf has said that if he gets a positive response from the crowd at Latitude to one of the songs on his forthcoming new album, he'll enter it for Eurovision.

Speaking about his plans for his performance at the festival, the singer told Uncut: "There is a big hit song that I have been sitting on for the sequel to 'The Bachelor' that I have plans to debut at Latitude. If it goes down well, then I will enter it into the Eurovision Song Contest. No joke".

He also talked about the thrill of performing on the same stage as Grace Jones at the cross-genre festival, saying: "To play on the same stage as Grace Jones is such an honour, its like winning a spiritual Grammy. I cannot express what this existence of her artistic output means to me in words, so I am going to be expressing it through music and passion on the night and yes, I plan to cover a Grace classic".

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Courtney Love has been accused of trashing a hotel room in New York, causing $5000 worth of damage. The allegations follow rumours that the singer recently trashed an LA apartment, and is generally up to no good again, fuelling speculation that she's gone back to her old drinky, druggy, hellraising ways.

A source at New York's Inn Hotel is quoted as saying: "She caused so much damage in eight hours and wreaked so much havoc. It was actually kind of funny... minus the $5,000 in repairs".

Actually, it's not funny at all. That's disgraceful behaviour. If it's true.

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Noel Gallagher has revealed that he spent around £1m on drugs before giving them up in the late 90s. And that, dear readers, is what makes him better than Chris Martin.

The Oasis guitarist told Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera: "I look at Chris Martin, who says he has never taken drugs in his life, and I think he is an idiot. Doing drugs is the most beautiful thing about being in a rock band. Up until 1998 I must have spent £1 million on drugs - then I stopped, because it is bad for your health, brain, life and for people around you. But while you use them - except for heroin which kills people and which I have never tried - as you lot would say, 'Mamma Mia'".

He added that he's not keen on bands who preach to their audiences either, saying: "We get on the stage and play. I have been to loads of concerts where bands don't play, they just talk about politics. At a U2 or Coldplay concert there is always a message about poor people or people dying from hunger. OK, but can't we just have a nice evening? Do we always have to feel guilty?"

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