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Yes, it's a damn busy weekend in music this one. Plus it's the grand finale of the Edinburgh Fringe. Which is why we take Tuesday off as well as the Bank Holiday Monday. See you back here on Wednesday morning.
After hearing The Heavy and their sound, which kicks blues, garage punk and rock n roll at each other, it's hard to believe that they were formed in a tiny hamlet just outside Bath. But they were, I assure you. They released their debut album, 'Great Vengeance And Furious Fire', via Ninja Tune's Counter Records sub-label in late 2007. On 12 Oct they release the follow-up, 'The House That Dirt Built', again through Counter, and on Monday they release a double A-side single featuring remixes of album track 'How You Like Me Now?' by Joker and Solo. And you can catch them live all over the place between now and the end of the year. We spoke to vocalist Swaby to find out more.
Q1 How did you start out making music?
I remember always enjoying, hearing and dancing to music. Singing along to artists like The Coasters, Frankie Lymon and Al Green used to be commonplace in our family home. I think it was when I started digging in the crates independently, wherever I was, that I started to get a little more inspire, and booking studio time to get ideas down with my last pennies was how it was when I was 14 or 15.

Q2 What inspired your latest album?
'The House That Dirt Built' is influenced by the I-can't-seriously-believe-what-I'm-seeing-and-hearing-let-alone-feeling blues. A meander through the corridors and rooms in our heads while we've been touring 'Great Vengeance...' is a lot to do with it.

Q3 What process do you go through in creating a track?
Tracks come in a number of ways. From beaten up drum machines being pushed through seriously abused amps, a bass line that refuses to play clean or a melody sung into your phone, while waiting for your vice to arrive. They all get taken into the kitchen and seasoned with what's necessary. To talk process would compromise our special recipe.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
The likes of Little Walter, Howling Wolf, The Sonics, The Specials, King Jammys and Hi Records would be a good place to start...

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest album, and for the future?
There's still a lot of fuel in the tank, so I guess for this album to round up even more of a pack than we do already would be something that I would like to see from this offering. The future is still harbouring a whole heap of dirt for us to get under the fingernails of this beast. With that in mind, we keep on keeping on and continue to change the shape of the rooms.

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VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: Get Loaded In The Park
The line-up for this year's Get Loaded In The Park is looking great, with the likes of Orbital, Carl Cox and, best of all, Carl Craig on there. This is no good for me because I'm currently on holiday in Cornwall. I spent yesterday sitting on a beach. In a jacket and jeans. In the rain. The forecast for Sunday in London is looking much better, though. So you should get yourself down to Clapham Common for a bit of dancing and enjoyment, if you've already got a ticket. If not, sorry, it's just sold out. But there are still tickets for the also excellent-looking after party at Fabric, which will keep things going right into Bank Holiday Monday morning. Just try not to think of me, still on a beach in Cornwall. In a jacket and jeans. In the rain. You just have fun, I'll be fine.

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Mercury Records co-founder Berle Adams has died at the age of 92. He died in LA after battling a long illness. Adams worked in an assortment of music business roles over the years, as well as enjoying success in the TV industry and acting as an agent for the likes of Jack Benny and Alfred Hitchcock.

Born in Chicago, Adams' first experience of the music industry was as a band booker, first for school parties, and later for a string of community events. His first proper job was as a sales rep for Varsity Records, persuading jukebox owners to include the label's music alongside those of much bigger record companies.

In his mid-twenties he took an office job at the General Artists Corporation and began working towards becoming a fully fledged agent, gaining credibility in that domain through his representation of bandleader Louis Jordan. He also booked dates for the likes of Glenn Miller, Nat King Cole and the Andrews Sisters via GAC, before quitting in 1943 to set up his own Berle Adams Agency, with Jordan his main client.

Soon after, he became involved in the launch of the Mercury Radio & TV Company, which subsequently became Mercury Records, and he helped steer some of the record company's early success stories. That said, he only worked with Mercury for a few years, moving to LA in 1947 and returned to the life of a booking agent.

His big career leap came three years later when he was hired by MCA, where he continued to work as a booking agent for music acts, but also became a mover and shaker in the world of US television, and later the film industry following MCA's acquisition of Universal Pictures. He subsequently helped MCA expand its music interests, and launched a new label within the entertainment conglom, UNI Records, which signed, among others, The Who, Neil Diamond, Elton John, and Olivia Newton-John.

He was essentially pushed out of MCA in the early seventies after an internal power struggle, leading to the creation of another Adam's led company, BAC Inc, through which he pursued a wide range of music and TV projects for much of the rest of his life, particularly specialising in the creation and distribution of one-off TV specials for big time music stars.

He retired from both the TV and music industries some years before his death this month.

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Spotify's long-awaited iPhone app will appear on iTunes in the next few days after making it through Apple's review process, seemingly without any significant changes from the original submission.

A spokesperson for Apple told paidContent yesterday afternoon: "The current status as of right now is it's been approved and we hope to add the app to the more than 65,000 apps on the app store very soon. We've been in constant communication working with the developer and have already notified Spotify that the app will be in the app store very soon".

Spotify chief Daniel Ek added via Twitter: "Yes, I can confirm that Apple has approved the app. We're happy but have had a great dialogue with Apple all the way. They've been great!" And, although it's not yet available to the public, he posted 'I Gotta Feeling' by Black Eyed Peas to Twitter using the app. It's not clear if this is because he was hinting that there's more news on the horizon, or if he just has terrible taste in music.

As previously reported, the app will allow Spotify premium subscribers (that's the seven or so people who've opted to pay £10 a month to get the service ad-free) in the UK, Sweden, France, Spain, Norway and Finland to not only stream music, but also cache playlists for offline listening. This latter feature led some to call the app an "iTunes killer". But as we all know, people who use that phrase are usually idiots who don't know what they're talking about.

While it's unlikely that it will topple iTunes' dominance in the music download field, it is likely to sell a lot of iPhones, which is good news for Apple. It's even better news for Spotify, as this, and its other forthcoming mobile apps, are likely to be the key to convincing more people to sign up for their paid service.

Take a look at the app here:

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There's much speculation and doubt still surrounding the plans by Swedish tech firm Global Gaming Factory to buy rogue BitTorrent tracker The Pirate Bay.

As previously reported, GGF have said they will buy the copyright infringing music search engine for $8 million, with plans to turn it into a legit royalty-paying service funded by advertising and the resale of network members' bandwidth.

But, in addition to various criticisms of GGF's proposed business model for the Bay, there have been reports that the tech company won't be able to raise the money required to buy the tracker, and that some of its own shareholders are opposed to the acquisition anyway, scared of the liabilities that might come their way if they buy such a controversial web property. With so much speculation doing the rounds about GGF's plans, and their ability to go through with the controversial acquisition, the Swedish stock exchange suspended trading in the company's shares.

Nevertheless, GGF boss and majority shareholder Hans Pandeya remains optimistic about the planned Bay acquisition. Although admitting that the original financial backers of the deal had got cold feet, and that some of his own shareholders were against the transaction, he has told reporters that he yesterday got shareholder approval for the takeover and that he now has new sources of money in place to go through with the deal.

But the sceptics remain, well, sceptical. Pandeya seemingly got support from his minority shareholders by accepting personal liability for any losses the deal may cause. But some question whether Pandeye - who allegedly owes back taxes and is facing a lawsuit from a former CTO - can actually afford to take on such liabilities. Plus the aforementioned Swedish stock exchange remains angry that Pandeya has not revealed the names of the original financial backers who withdrew from the deal, nor the new backers he claims to have secured.

All of which tells us very little really. Though Pandeya is saying his takeover could now be completed in as soon as eight days. We'll see I guess. Certainly this attempted takeover is as pleasingly dramatic, chaotic and comical as pretty much every other development in The Pirate Bay's history.

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Madonna was booed by a large portion of her audience at a show in Romania on Wednesday after she spoke out against discrimination of the Roma people, Eastern European Gypsies. Prejudice against the Roma is strong in many Central and Eastern European countries, with six murdered and several injured in a recent series of attacks in Hungary.

As part of her current tour, Madonna is joined on stage at one point by Roma musicians and a dancer. After they had performed on Wednesday night, Madonna announced to the audience: "It has been brought to my attention that there is a lot of discrimination against Romanies and Gypsies in general in Eastern Europe. It made me feel very sad. We don't believe in discrimination, we believe in freedom and equal rights for everyone".

This was met with boos and jeers, with more when she went on to mention discrimination against homosexuals too.

One of those who booed, Ionut Dinu, told Associated Press: "I jeered her because it seemed false what she was telling us. What business does she have telling us these things?"

Radu Motoc, from the Romania branch of the Soros Foundation, which funds volunteer socio-political projects added on Thursday:"There is generally widespread resentment against Gypsies in Eastern Europe. They have historically been the underdog. Madonna is a pop star. She is not an expert on interethnic relations".

However, the singer's publicist Liz Rosenberg told reporters: "Madonna has been touring with a phenomenal troupe of Roma musicians who made her aware of the discrimination toward them in several countries, so she felt compelled to make a brief statement".

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Black Eyed Peas' tour manager Polo Molina will have to wait until next month to face charges of assaulting celebrity blogger Perez Hilton earlier this year. At a hearing on Wednesday, which Molina did not attend, the case was adjourned until 16 Sep.

As previously reported, Perez Hilton got punched by someone at the Cobra nightclub in Toronto after the MuchMusic Video Awards on 21 Jun. Hilton says it was says it wasn't. Whether or not threw any punches or not is still not clear. However, Molina, who Hilton also says hit him a few times, was charged with assault after the attack and promptly sued for damages by Hilton.

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Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump has been talking about his previously reported arrest for driving without a valid licence.

He told MTV: "All I really have to say is ignorance of the law isn't innocence. I didn't want to give up my Illinois driver's license and was unaware that was a crime. It is, by the way, in the state of California. Lesson learned. I technically broke a law, so technically I deserve whatever I get. But man, is my mom gonna be pissed".

Stump was released on $15,000 bail on Wednesday morning. If convicted, he could face six months in prison, or a $1000 fine.

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This year's MOBO nominations have been announced. Much has been said already about how mainstream they are this year, particularly with 'X Factor' contestants Alexandra Burke and JLS, and this year's UK Eurovision entrant Jade Ewen all featuring. But surely that's the point of awards. Imagine if one went to someone who deserved it, there'd be outrage!

Anyway, here are the nominations in all their glory:

Best UK Act: Alesha Dixon, Bashy, Beverley Knight, Chipmunk, Dizzee Rascal, DJ Ironik, Donae'o, Mr Hudson, N-Dubz, Tinchy Stryder

Best UK Newcomer: Alexandra Burke, Jade Ewen, JLS, Laura Izibor, Master Shortie

Best R&B/Soul Act: Beverley Knight, Ciara, Jeremih, Keri Hilson, Lemar

Best Hip Hop Act: Chipmunk, Dizzee Rascal, Drake, Eminem, Kanye West

Best Video: Dizzee Rascal - 'Bonkers', Alesha Dixon - 'Boy Does Nothing', Chipmunk - 'Diamond Rings (feat. Emeli Sande)', Beyonce - 'Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)', Mr Hudson - 'Supernova (feat. Kanye West)'

Best International Act: Akon, Beyonce, Ciara, Drake, Eminem, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Keri Hilson, Lady GaGa, Mariah Carey

Best Song: JLS - 'Beat Again', Chipmunk - 'Diamond Rings (feat. Emeli Sande)', KIG Family - 'Head, Shoulders, Knees And Toes', Tonchy Stryder - 'Number One (feat. N-Dubz)', N-Dubz - 'Strong Again'

Best Album: Kanye West - '808s And Heartbreaks', Tinchy Stryder - 'Catch 22', Bashy - 'Catch Me If You Can', Beyonce - 'I Am... Sasha Fierce;, N-Dubz - 'Uncle B'

Best Reggae Act: Movado, Sean Paul, Serani, Tarrus Riley, Vybz Kartel

Best Jazz Act: Diana Krall, Herbie Hancock, Madeleine Peyroux, Melody Gardot, Yolanda Brown

Best African Act: Amadou And Mariam, Baaba Maal, Eidee, Femi Kuti, K'Naan, Lira, Mujava, Nneka, Oumou Sangare, Salif Kelta

Best Gospel Act: Desire To Worship God, Kiki Sheard, Mary Mary, New Direction, Crew

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Basement Jaxx's forthcoming new album, 'Scars', which is released next month, will be their last for Beggars label XL Recordings. The duo signed a five album deal with the label just over a decade ago, releasing their debut album, 'Remedy' in 1999. That deal has now come to and end an will not be renewed.

Felix Buxton told Teletext's Planet Sound that he's not worried about the idea of being without a label, saying: "XL haven't offered us a new deal, but I didn't imagine they would. You don't need a record company now - they aren't so relevant. All you need is someone to distribute your music. Besides, you only make money through touring now".

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The release date of Mr Hudson's second album (and first since he dropped The Library), 'Straight No Chaser', has been pushed back to 19 Oct.

A message to the Mr Hudson mailing list yesterday read: "The release date of Mr Hudson's hotly-anticipated new album 'Straight No Chaser' has been pushed back to 19 Oct. But we promise it'll be more than worth the wait!"

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Dubstep label Hyperdub, owned by producer Kode9, has announced a compilation to mark the company's fifth birthday. The first disc of the two disc set will feature new material, most notably from Burial. Disc two will be a best of sort of affair, celebrating some of the label's finest moments. In the run up to the 19 Oct release date, a series of 12" samplers will be released for DJs and suchlike.

Here's the full tracklist:

King Midas Sound - Meltdown
Kode9 & The Spaceape - Time Patrol (feat. Cha Cha)
Darkstar - Aidy's Girl's A Computer
Samiyam - Roller Skates
Flying Lotus - Disco Balls
Black Chow - Purple Smoke
Burial - Fostercare
Cooly G - Weekend Fly
Zomby - Tarantula
Martyn - Mega Drive Generation
LV - Turn Away (feat. Dandelion)
Mala - Level Nine
LD - Shake It
Quarta 330 - Bleeps From Outer Space
Ikonika - Sahara Michael
Joker & Ginz - Stash

Kode9 - 9 Samurai
Burial - South London Boroughs
Kode9 & LD - Bad
The Bug - Money Honey Remix (feat. Warrior Queen)
LV - Globetrotting (feat. Erol Bellot)
Burial - Distant Lights
Kode9 & the Spaceape - Ghost Town
Kode9 & the Spaceape - Fukkaz
Samiyam - Return
Darkstar - Need You
Zomby - Spliff Dub (Rustie Remix)
Ikonika - Please
Zomby - Kaliko
2000F & J Kamata - You Don't Know What Love Is
Joker - Digidesign
Kode9 - 9 Samurai (Quarta 330 Remix)

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Sticking with dubstep, and Dutch producer Dave Huismans has announced that he will release a second album from his 2562 project, 'Unbalance', the follow-up to last year's 'Aerial', on 2 Nov via Tectonic.

Mixing dubstep and techno, 'Aerial' received high praise and featured in a number of end of year lists last year. However, Tectonic boss Pinch says that 'Unblanace' blows it out of the water. He told Resident Advisor: "I've worked closely with 2562 over the last few years and I can honestly say that 'Unbalance' is an incredible album - it's one of the most exciting releases that Tectonic has seen to date - it vastly exceeds the already high standard he set himself with 'Aerial'".

Here's the tracklist:

Like A Dream
Yes / No
Who Are You Fooling?
Love In Outer Space
Escape Velocity [digital release only]

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Kylie Minogue has joined the line-up for that previously reported Abba tribute concert that Radio 2 are putting together. The show will be the singer's only UK live appearance this year, and will see her perform two songs - 'Super Trooper' and 'When All Is Said And Done' - the latter of which she will be joined for by Abba's Benny Andersson.

Says Kylie: "The opportunity to perform classic Abba songs on stage with members of Abba really is a dream come true. Their music has played such a great part in my life from a very early age and I'm thrilled I'll be able to share that with them personally".

'Thank You For The Music... A Celebration Of The Music Of Abba' will take place in London's Hyde Park on 13 Sep.

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ALBUM REVIEW: FrYars - Dark Young Hearts (FrYarcorp)
With all the female electropop hype that has dominated 2009's musical landscape, FrYars has been a tad overlooked, which is a shame, since his compelling debut album fully realises the potential suggested by previous singles, presenting a window into the muse of a hugely talented individual. Essentially located at a grid point somewhere between the flamboyantly-coloured pop of Frankmusik and the windswept eccentric adventures of Patrick Wolf, 'Dark Young Hearts' is a frighteningly assured debut from 19 year old Ben Garrett. "You should have died that very night", he threatens menacingly on the chorus to 'The Ides', over plinky-plonk pianos and sprightly synths, capturing the essence of darkness that runs through Garrett's tales. Macabre revenge story 'Olive Eyes' remains a startlingly vivid piece of electro-pop, whilst the likes of 'Lakehouse' and 'Visitors' similarly demonstrate FrYars penchant for the genre, aided and abetted by the pedigree (Pet Shop Boys, OMD, New Order) of producer Stephen Hague (and vocals from Dave Gahan on the latter). Elsewhere 'DYH' is more rustic in sound (the gorgeously-crooned piano balladry of 'The Novelist's Wife' is redolent of Nick Cave or even Ed Harcourt) but it's all shot through with that same arty vision of spine tingling sonic beauty, story-telling drama and intelligence. Captivating stuff, all told. MS
Release Date: 7 Sep
Press Contact: Darling Dept [All]

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A new online store, offering artists the ability to upload and sell live recordings straight from the mixing desk has been launched in Australia. Owned by Sony Music Australia, Live (an offshoot of music discovery and etail site opened for business yesterday, with a five track EP by Newton Faulkner, recorded at his gig at the Oxford Arts Factory in Sydney the night before.

Sony Music Australia's GM digital and brand development Gavin Parry told Billboard: "The reality is that any recording can be uploaded and distributed via the service. It doesn't have to be live, but that's where we think the market is going in the future. We feel we have something here of real interest. A lot of artists no longer tied to labels will want to use this service. There's nobody in this space".

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Bauer Media have announced that Tom Etherington will take over as Editor of their weekly lads mag Zoo. Etherington, who has been helping launch the Australian edition of Zoo mag, will take over from outgoing editor Ben Todd on the UK version of the magazine.

Look, here's what he said about his new job: "There are some very exciting plans for Zoo, and I can't wait to be a part of them. It's going to be hard to leave Australia, especially at the start of summer, but there's only so much sun a pasty Englishman can take - and only so much Ashes-gloating the Aussies will bear".

Presumable, those "exciting plans" mean looking somewhere else for vaguely recognisable ladies willing to take their clothes off now that Channel 4 have axed 'Big Brother'.

Etherington has been with Bauer (well, EMAP originally) since 2005, and worked on the Australian editions of FHM and Zoo. Prior to that he worked on Zoo's IPC-owned competition Nuts.

As previously reported, the lads mags are among those print titles to see their circulations nose dive in the last year. It's certainly a tricky time to be taking one over.

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Newly formed radio firm Your Media has acquired the business assets of the defunct South West Radio Ltd, which gives them a network of stations including 3TR, Bath FM, Brunel FM and Quaywest FM. The new firm also have plans to launch four internet radio stations in addition to their local FM outlets.

The acquisition, though, is not without controversy. A rival bidder for the four FM licences claims that Your Media had an unfair advantage because they have a director in common with the defunct SWR Ltd. That, the boss of Glastonbury Broadcasting Ltd claims, means that Your Media would have had knowledge of his rival bid via the administrators of South West Radio.

Glastonbury Broadcasting's Ross Hemsworth has told Radio Today that he has lodged a formal complaint with both the administrators and media regulator Ofcom.

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Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo has revealed that the band's entire career stems from one unintentionally ripped-off Metallica riff, which slipped into the band's first song while he was intentionally trying to rip off The Velvet Undergound.

Cuomo told Rolling Stone: "'The Sweater Song' was the first Weezer song I ever wrote, back in 1991. I was trying to write a Velvet Underground-type song because I was super into them, and I came up with that guitar riff. I just picked up that acoustic guitar and the first thing I played was that riff. And it just feels so classic to me, even now when the band starts to play it, it just takes over the energy in the room and you're just transported into the world of Weezer. It wasn't until years after I wrote it that I realised it's almost a complete rip-off of 'Sanitarium' by Metallica. It just perfectly encapsulates Weezer to me - you're trying to be cool like Velvet Underground but your metal roots just pump through unconsciously".

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