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FRIDAY 16TH OCTOBER


BASSHUNTER
Basshunter, aka Jonas Altberg, is - whether you like it or not - currently one of the biggest selling dance producers in the UK. With a little help from music software Fruity Loops, he began making music in 1999, self-releasing two albums before signing his first record deal in 2006 with Warner Music, releasing his first single, 'Boten Anna', the same year. Now signed to Ministry Of Sound's Hard2Beat label, he has just released new single, 'Every Morning', as well as his fifth studio album, 'Bass Generation', and began a UK tour this week. We spoke to Basshunter to ask our Same Six Questions.
 
Q1 How did you start out making music?
I was at a LAN party when I was seventeen, and I downloaded a folder from my friend's computer containing the music program Fruity Loops 3. I installed it and realised very quickly that this [making music] was something that I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

Q2 What inspired your latest single?
I had a two month break earlier this year in which to produce the new album and rest my legs for a while, after three years on tour. So, I had plenty of time to meet my friends and people in general, and during this period I met a really sweet girl. The feelings and emotions grew strong very fast and that inspired me to write 'Every Morning'. Because every morning she got up from bed before me and made me a cup of coffee, and she was always happy with a big smile on her face... tada: "Every Morning she makes me a cup of coffee with a smile on her face. I'm a man in love". But it didn't work out though, so as soon as I was done with the album I was back on tour.

Q3 What process do you go through in creating a track?
I usually begin with the riff and the chorus, because if I can't get that to work it's just a waste of time producing the rest of it. Regarding inspiration, hmm, well if I need inspiration I usually go to a busy bar or pub, have a beer and just watch people enjoying themselves, listening to their conversations etc.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
Why would you think that any other artists influence my way of producing or writing? I'm better than that.

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
Hold on to your hat mate, because we are going on a wild ride packed full with wicked bass lines, awesome riffs and a powerful chorus!

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest single, and for the future?
My ambitions? Well, I always do the best I can, I can't do any more than that. But the most important thing for me are my fans, as long as they like my new stuff I'm happy. Without them, I would be just like a fart in the wind. That kinda speaks for itself, doesn't it?

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VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: Hi Tek Soul at Ministry
The original superclub celebrates the third birthday of the Hi Tek Soul night. In the box, Detroit legend Derrick May, the curator of the night, brings in the mighty mighty motor city man Carl Craig, who is a real character and generally rocks the house wherever he travels. I've seen him at the defunct Turnmills, and also the Bridge & Tunnel, and can confirm he's very good. He'll be followed by our own very good hard hitter, Jim Masters (who I used to follow in his Riki Tik days - I don't know if he still does that thing with the half tennis balls as shock absorbers on the feet of the 1210's - worth having a check). The bar line up has the almost ubiquitous Secretsundaze duo James Priestly & Giles Smith, being joined by the rather good Simple Records man Will Saul, and a live PA from Dan Berkson & James What. The line-ups of late at the Ministry show that this club is still up there among the best of the best.

Saturday 17 Oct, Ministry Of Sound, 103 Gaunt St, London, SE1, 11pm-7am, £6-£15, more info from www.ministryofsound.com, press info from ablackett@ministryofsound.com



 

 
SECRET PRODUCTIONS SEEKS OPERATIONS MANAGER
Secret Productions specialises in cutting edge outdoor & indoor event programming, design and production. Amongst the events it runs is The Secret Garden Party; twice voted the best festival in the UK. We are looking for a new Operations Manager who will primarily be focused on all areas of budget and systems management relating to production of Backwoodsman's projects, which includes the Secret Garden Party. In addition he/she will be required to oversee all back office processes and suggest and design improvements. Operations Manager will be also responsible for overall operational efficiency and general business administration eg PAYE, systems data integrity, providing accurate and timely forecasts and processing of customer invoices. They also need to offer input on decisions that require sound business practices and perspectives.

Please send CVs to James Brennan at brennan@secretgardenparty.com, or call 020 8617 3017 for more information.

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PARLIAMENTARY REPORT DOWN ON THREE-STRIKES
OK people, "we conclude that much of the problem with illegal sharing of copyrighted material has been caused by the rightsholders, and the music industry in particular, being far too slow in getting their act together and making popular legal alternatives available. We do not believe that disconnecting end users is in the slightest bit consistent with policies that attempt to promote eGovernment, and we recommend that this approach to dealing with illegal file-sharing should not be further considered".

Now, not my words, but the words of the All Party Parliamentary Communications Group, one of those cross-party clubs within parliament which concerns itself with issues relating to a certain theme, in apComms' case telecommunications, mobile phones and the internet (in fact three separate groups, one for each of those areas, merged to form the current apComms in 2007). Their thoughts on file-sharing appear in a general document discussing internet issues, and is based on evidence given by interested parties in July, ie before Peter Mandelson's Business Department started talking tough about online piracy.

Their viewpoint, which obviously differs from that held in government circles since August, probably isn't a surprise. All party groups, and to a certain if lesser extent parliamentary select committees, often tend to favour the viewpoints of their core target constituency. In apComm's case that is the internet service providers and tel cos, who have generally been very clear where they stand on this issue - piracy is all the record companies' fault, and net providers shouldn't have to step in to help combat it. That said, the net firms might point out they don't agree with everything in the new apComms report, so the group isn't that biased. And more optimistic music execs might say that neither they nor Mandelson are actually proposing all out "disconnection" for file-sharers, so the report's recommendations don't totally fly in the face of the Government's current thinking.

Is apComms' summary of the file-sharing situation fair? Well, as always, yes and no. Certainly the record industry floundered for years on the internet issue, throwing money in the direction of lawyers and digital rights management makers when they should have been supporting, honing and developing compelling legit digital services, and reinventing their artist partnerships to generate new income streams for both talent and label. And if only record label execs had paid attention to their CMU Daily, that's exactly what they would have been doing.

But for well over three years now the record industry has been making gallant moves towards licensing, enabling and supporting compelling digital music services, so that today there is a whole load of choice out there. True, issues remain. Gaps in digital catalogue, the big upfront payments the majors often demand from new digital services, and the inevitable truth that today's popular digital platforms will require the labels to radically rethink their licencing structures to be viable long term. Not to mention issues around the reporting and payment of digital royalties to artists.

But, nevertheless, the record labels have been playing ball for a few years now, and all the great new music services that have arrived in the last year are a result of that. If ISPs or political types refuse to act on online piracy simply because the labels were slow to respond to the internet, well you're basically beating record companies up for albeit bad decisions made five years ago, but since retracted. (It's also unfair to single out the music industry in the copright domain - if anything, the music business is way ahead of the TV and film studios, and book, magazine and newspaper publishers, who are only now grappling with the opportunities and threats of the net).

Either way, while the apComms report may not be overly favourable to the record industry, the Public Affairs chief at record label trade body the BPI, Richard Mollet, has found one reason to be optimistic about their findings. According to Music Week, he says that elsewhere in the report the group say ISPs should take proactive steps to detect and remove "inappropriate content". Mollet says that one of the MPs in the Group, Derek Wyatt, has told him unlicensed content would fall under that banner. Mollet adds: "The fact that [the report] recognises ISPs take increased responsibility for what goes on its network is positive". So there you go.

Of course none of this is hugely relevant really given Mandelson will almost certainly ignore most of what apComm's report says (let's remember, he's doing a pretty good job of ignoring much of a similar report his own government commissioned - Steve Carter's 'Digital Britain'). Not only that, but unless Mandy can get new anti-filesharing rules onto the statute book extra speedily, it looks increasingly likely that it will the posh boys of Team Cameron who will ultimately decide whether new laws are needed to enable copyright owners to thrive in the digital age.

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BUSTA RHYMES ORDERED TO PAY DAMAGES IN ASSAULT CASE
Busta Rhymes has been order to pay $75,000 in damages to a man who accused the rapper and one of his bodyguards of assaulting him at a concert in 2003. Alex Duncan told the court that the two men had sprayed water on him and then beaten him during the show at SUNY in Albany, causing psychological damage including nightmares.

Duncan said: "I wanted something to come out of it. I don't even go to parties anymore, because there's always someone asking, 'What happened to that Busta Rhymes case?'".

According to the New York Post, neither the rapper nor his lawyer appeared at the hearing.

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LEWIS ATTACKER SECTIONED
Peter Kopwalczyk, the man who attacked Leona Lewis at a book signing in London on Wednesday, has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act, a spokesperson for Scotland Yard confirmed yesterday. The reasoning behind the decision to section him is not clear, though I'm hopeful that it's based on a bit more than just the idea that 'you'd have to be mad to want to punch Leona Lewis'.

Kopwalczyk will appear at the City Of Westmister Court on 26 Oct to face charges of assault.

Writing on her website yesterday, Lewis said the attack "was a horrible shock and left me extremely hurt and upset". It was also announced yesterday that the singer had decided to cancel the rest of her book tour.

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SIXTIES HMV OXFORD STREET BOSS DIES
Former HMV executive Ken Whitmarsh has died after a year long battle with cancer.

Whitmarsh joined HMV as a sales assistant at the chain's flagship Oxford Street store at the start of the sixties, rising to be store supervisor and later store manager. He led the shop during the latter half of the decade, a key time for HMV's London base, it being a boom time for both British music and vinyl sales.

To illustrate the importance of the Oxford Street store during that period, at one point it alone sold 2.5% of all recorded music in the UK. With that in mind it's no surprise the store was a high priority for the buoyant London record industry, nor that Whitmarsh therefore became a prominent figure in the business. He continued to run the store through the early seventies, before moving to HMV HQ to help with the expansion of the company's UK wide chain.

Another former HMV exec, Mike Autton, has written a long tribute to his former colleague for Music Week. He remarks: "I had the good fortune of working with Ken for many years when we were both at the 363 [Oxford Street] store. Ken was mentor to a great many of us in the seventies and provided a very good start to many careers. He had a way of motivating us through his own enthusiasm. He was approachable and the door to his office was always open to anyone who wanted to speak with him. We all had a great respect for him. He was also good fun to be with".

You can read Autton's full tribute at this URL:
www.musicweek.com/story.asp?sectioncode=1&storycode=1038927&c=1

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A-HA SPLIT
A-ha have announced that they will split after one final tour, which will end with a show in Oslo on 4 Dec next year. The band originally formed in 1982, splitting in 1994 but getting back together in 1998. In that time they have released nine studio albums, with the most recent, 'Foot Of The Mountain', released this year.

In a statement, the band said: "We've literally lived the ultimate boy's adventure tale, through a longer, more rewarding career than anyone could hope for. Doing this now will give us a chance to get more involved in other meaningful aspects of life, be it humanitarian work, politics, or whatever else - and of course through new constellations in the field of art and music. We are retiring as a band, not as individuals. Change is always difficult and It is easy to get set in one's ways. Now it is time to move on".

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RIVERS CUOMO WORKING WITH KATY PERRY
Weezer frontman has revealed that he will be going into the studio with Katy Perry next week to work on songs, possible for her new album. Cuomo told Buzznet (in less detail than I just gave you): "We're writing together next week. Can't wait".

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NEW CARIBOU ALBUM NEARLY COMPLETE
Caribou, aka Dan Snaith, has revealed that he has nearly completed work on the follow-up to his 2007 album 'Andorra'. He added that it will be a departure from his previous work, taking more inspiration from dance music.

Snaith told Stereogum: "It just happens that some of the tracks that were supposed to be dance-y were the most interesting to me. They had elements that dance music wasn't supposed to have, or had sounds dance music doesn't traditionally have in it, or some beat or tempo that wasn't characteristic of dance music, or whatever. I've never been successful at being rigid and saying, 'OK, this track is going to be in this genre'. I always follow my nose and throw in any elements that appeal to me".

No title or release date have yet been set for the record.

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KATONA TO RETURN TO MUSIC
It's been a long time coming, but Kerry Katona has finally announced her return to music, after a number of years concentrating on a career in making herself look stupid on TV and developing well-documented drug and alcohol problems.

The former Atomic Kitten singer told the Daily Star: "I do not do drugs any longer. I am looking after myself mentally and physically as well as I can. Ideally I would like to have a single and an album out at some stage next year".

Great to have you back, Kerry. I'm sure whatever you come up with will be on a par with your reality TV shows.

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DOMINO TO REISSUE THE FEELIES
Domino have announced that they will reissue the first two albums by New Jersey indie-rockers The Feelies on 26 Oct. This is good news firstly because the albums have been out of print for a decade, and secondly because they are completely brilliant. Particularly their 1980 debut, 'Crazy Rhythms', which should be hailed by everyone as the classic it clearly is.

Both albums will come with a code that will give purchasers online access to bonus live track, b-sides and demos. Buy them.

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THE SLEW TO GET FULL RELEASE
Originally intended to only be sold at live shows, '100%' by The Slew will now get a worldwide release through Ninja Tune next month on account of it being amazing.

As previously reported, The Slew are turntablists Kid Koala and Dynomite D. A couple of years ago they were asked to record a soundtrack to a documentary, and had completed a whole psych rock-influenced score for the film before the entire project was shelved. More recently, the pair met former Wolfmother rhythm section Myles Heskett and Chris Ross, who convinced them to resurrect the music for a tour with Koala and Dynomite working across six turntables, and Keskett and Ross handling drums and bass.

'100%' will be released on download, CD and double vinyl on 24 Nov.

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STEREOPHONICS SELL ALBUM/LIVE BUNDLE
Those Stereophonics have launched a special ticket/CD bundle as part of the promotion of their next album, 'Keep Calm And Carry On', which is out next month. Fans buy the bundle from the band's people direct, via special links sent out via their mailing list and social networks. In one purchase they buy tickets for one of the Phonics' 2010 tour dates as well as pre-ordering the new long player, get a free live CD as part of the package too.

The bundle offer is powered by Digital Stores. Their Commercial Director, Simon Coates, told CMU: "Stereophonics care a great deal about their fans so it was great to be involved in a project where we were all working on rewarding their loyalty, as well as giving them access to tickets before anyone else. It goes without saying that the 'Keep Calm...' album is going to be a huge success, it's just good to be able to offer a pre-order bundle that goes that bit further".

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"EXCITING" SPICE GIRLS NEWS PROBABLY NOT ACTUALLY EXCITING
I'm sure you all remember earlier this week when Mel B revealed that the Spice Girls are currently working on a "really, really exciting" top secret new project. Well, according to The Mirror, they're just working on one of those tedious semi-autobiographical musicals that all aging pop groups have now.

The paper claims that Geri Halliwell will produce the show, which will chart the group's rise to fame over the course of two hours (I mean the show will last two hours, their rise to fame took slightly longer).

A source said: "The project is Geri's baby really but all the girls are backing it. The idea is for five relatively unknown actresses to take the parts and hopefully the girls will each have a say in who is cast".

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GAY FOR JOHNNY DEPP ANNOUNCE UK TOUR AND MANTHOLOGY
New York hardcore types Gay For Johnny Depp have announced that they will be returning to these fair shores to further spread their message of distrusting authority and taking Johnny Depp by force. As well as this, they'll be releasing a new download-only EP, 'The Ski Mask Orgy', and a 'best of' compilation entitled: 'Manthology: A Tireless Exercise in Narcissism Featuring Gay For Johnny Depp's Excellent Cadavers'.

Here are the tour dates. Support will come from Blakfish and Outcry Collective:

13 Nov: Plymouth, White Rabbit
14 Nov: Bristol, Louisiana
15 Nov: Southampton, Talking Heads
16 Nov: Birmingham, Flapper & Firkin
17 Nov: Nottingham, Seven
18 Nov: Brighton, The Engine Room
19 Nov: Guildford, Boileroom
20 Nov: Oxford, Bullingdon
21 Nov: High Wycombe, Nags Head Loft
22 Nov: Southend, Chinnerys
23 Nov: Bournmouth, iBar
24 Nov: Derby, The Royal
25 Nov: Glasgow, Ivory Blacks
26 Nov: Manchester, Satan's Hollow
27 Nov: Luton, UBSU
28 Nov: Sheffield, Leadmill
29 Nov: York, Fibbers
30 Nov: Newcastle, The Cluny 2
1 Dec: Leeds, Cockpit
2 Dec: Cardiff, Barfly
3 Dec: Exeter, Cavern
4 Dec: London, Borderline

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BANG BANG ECHE ANNOUNCE UK TOUR
CMU's favourite New Zealand-based dance-punk quartet Bang Bang Eche have announced a whole load of UK tour dates, which will coincide with their debut UK release, the 'Sonic Death Cuntttt EP'. You should go and see them, they are good.

Tour dates:

18 Nov: Cardiff, Ten Feet Tall
19 Nov: Bath, Moles
20 Nov: Cambridge, The Junction
21 Nov: London, The Fly
22 Nov: Brighton, Freebutt
23 Nov: Bournemouth, 60 Million Post Cards
24 Nov: Reading, Oakford Social Club
25 Nov: Birmingham, The Flapper
26 Nov: Derby, The Royal
27 Nov: Blackburn, Live Lounge
28 Nov: Carlisle, Brickyard
29 Nov: Newcastle, Kings Manor
30 Nov: London, Dublin Castle

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ALBUM REVIEW: Morrissey - Swords (Universal)
Culled from the former Smiths frontman's various single releases from his 2004 album 'You Are The Quarry' onwards, this collection of b-sides is a tad premature.

Had Universal waited a little bit longer, Morrissey may have released another batch of singles containing the sorts of b-sides that most other artists would be happy to have on their 'best of' albums. As it is, while tracks taken from the single releases that accompanied the soaring '...Quarry' and the biting 'Years Of Refusal' fit into this category, they are let down by the songs that came out of sessions for 'Ringleader Of The Tormentors' - Morrissey's dull, safe filler between those two great albums. Tracks which would otherwise have been sidelined, if not ditched altogether.

The dip in quality is all too evident when the likes of 'Munich Air Disaster 1958' and that anthem for virgins everywhere, 'The Never-Symphonies', put into context just what a remarkable selection of songs Morrissey had at his disposal five years ago. His interpretation of Bowie's 'Drive-In Saturday', though dry, is full of awe and becomes a rare treat in the latter part of this compilation. Some other tracks on here fail to match the highlights.

There'll be absolute no interest in 'Swords' for those who know and love the man, so it acts as more of a convenience, than a cohesive album, even if it is nice to hear 'My Life Is A Succession Of People Saying Goodbye' again.

Physical release: 26 Oct
Press contact: Universal IH [NP], La Digit [P]

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SENATE COMMITTEE APPROVE US RADIO ROYALTY PROPOSALS
Efforts to force terrestrial radio stations in the US to pay record labels royalties, like their counterparts do in most other Western markets, took another step forward yesterday.

As previously reported, for historic reasons, record companies don't earn any royalties when radio stations play their music in the US. Songwriters and publishers do get a royalty, but those who own the recordings do not, mainly because the radio industry has long successfully argued that when they play a record they are providing free publicity to the label and artist.

That argument has proved less effective in recent years, however, as record labels start to increasingly rely on royalty revenue to compensate declining record sales income. Plus rival radio services who don't enjoy the royalty-free provisions of US copyright law - including online and satellite radio services - have been rather vocal about how their AM and FM rivals have a rather unfair advantage costs wise.

A bill is working its way through US Congress in a bid to introduce recording royalties for US radio. Needless to say, the record industry think this is a swell idea, while radio firms are a lot less keen.

Before going to the two houses of Congress for a vote, the proposals need to be passed by two so called judiciary committees. The judiciary committee of the House Of Representtives have already approved the proposals, and this week their counterpart in the Senate did likewise. This means the proposed new laws can now go through the main chambers for a vote - although some tweaks are expected to be made to the proposals first.

Confirming his support for the new royalty, the chair of the Senate's judiciary committee, Patrick Leahy, said: "When we listen to music, we are enjoying the intellectual property of two creative artists - the songwriter and the performer". The latter, of course, is not currently paid a royalty.

The bill still has its opponents in Congress. Some say that smaller radio stations, already struggling in the recession, might be driven out of business by new royalty bills, or might opt to switch to an all-talk format to avoid paying them.

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ITUNES WILL SELL THIS IS IT
OK, so it seems iTunes will be selling the new Michael Jackson album, 'This Is It', which is basically the soundtrack to the new documentary film of the same name.

As previously reported, there was talk that Amazon MP3 would be the exclusive digital seller of the new long player, which is basically a greatest hits package, but with a couple of new tracks and rarities. We also reported that Digital Music News had speculated that that decision was in part because Sony and the Jackson clan didn't want individual tracks from the new album to be sold, insisting fans only get access to it as a whole album package. That, of course, contravenes iTunes rules that insist albums be available in a track by track fashion.

But after speculating thus, DMN reportedly got a snotty letter from Sony's legal department saying it was still in talks with Apple and no decision had been made about which download platforms would, and would not, being selling 'This Is It'. Adopting that immediately confrontational tone only used by idiot lawyers, Sony US's Deputy General Counsel Wade Leak apparently told the website: "Sony Music reserves all of its rights and remedies, including but not limited to the right to seek any damages resulting from this erroneous report".

So there you go. Anyway, it seems that Apple will be selling 'This Is It', but only as a complete album, which is a change of heart from the IT firm. That said, as a compromise, there will also be a special 'This Is It' EP which only includes the new content from the full album. This means that Jacko fans who don't want to have to re-buy all the greatest hits they already own will be able to buy just the new stuff, though they won't be able to pick and choose which of the new stuff they pay for.

In related news, Sony Pictures is reportedly claiming the 'This Is It' film is already in profit despite the movie firm's $60 million investment, such is public demand to pre-order tickets to see the documentary. Which is good news for both Sony and tour promoters AEG, the latter are using the movie as a way of recouping their estimated $30 million investment in the 'This Is It' live shows that never happened.

Interestingly, Nikki Finke of the Deadline Hollywood Daily has reported that the only reasons AEG is sitting on so much video footage is because Jackson insisted everything be filmed, mainly for his own personal collection. As costs on the planned O2 residency spiraled out of control in the week's before Jacko's death AEG bosses reportedly considered axing the HD film crew recording the backstage footage. As it turns out, it was a damn good job they didn't.

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SPAIN TO INVESTIGATE FILE-SHARING ISSUES
As previously reported, Spain has been one of those countries where the courts have not proved overly helpful in the fight against online piracy, with judges ruling that current copyright laws make it difficult to find those file-sharing unlicensed content guilty of infringement. So the music industry there will be pleased to know the country's government has announced plans to review copyright rules.

The country's Council Of Ministers announced yesterday it had set up a committee "to advise on the fight against the violation of intellectual property rights through internet pages, with the aim of dedicating as a priority the study of said violations". The committee will present on 31 Dec.

Spain will hold the presidency of the European Union for the first half of 2010, and during that time there will be a telecommunications convention for political types in Madrid where online piracy is likely to be discussed. It may be that Spain's moves in this domain now are to ensure the country doesn't seem completely backwards on piracy issues when that convention takes place.

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COMES WITH MUSIC STRUGGLING TO ATTRACT USERS
Nokia's rubbish mobile music service Comes With Music is struggling to attract users, according to MusicAlly, who claim the the service had just 107,000 subscribers worldwide as of July this year, with just under 33,000 of those in the UK where it was first rolled out in October 2008.

Commenting on the figures, a spokesperson for Nokia told MusicAlly: "Comes With Music has been a live service for twelve months in the UK and over the last eight months, has also gone live in eleven other countries. This is a very fast rollout for a service of its kind, especially when you consider the music is a mix of global and local content for each location. In terms of innovation, Comes With Music is a significant shift for both consumers and the industry alike".

They continued: "Nokia will continue to bring new services to market and we will continue to add further countries and partners to our Comes With Music rollout. We look forward to being able to share more details on this over the coming weeks. With regard to the statistics presented in your article, as per our longstanding policy we do not comment on industry speculation or rumours".

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SPOTIFY SIMPLIFY MP3 SELL THROUGH
Following a recent admission by Spotify boss Daniel Ek that his company's download sell through service, powered by 7Digital, was something of a hidden secret, the popular streaming player has rejigged a little, plonking 'buy' buttons all over the shop so that users who want permanent MP3 copies of songs they are listening to can download one with the simple click of a button.

It's a subtle change, but could revolutinise the sell-through component of the Spotify experience and make the Spotify/7Digital alliance a more serious competitor to Apple's iTunes.

I don't know how seemless the download experience is once you've made payment - I was going to check it out, but the OMD track I was going to download is £1.29 on 7Digital and 99p on iTunes, and my curiosity as to how it works didn't extend to thirty pence.

In other Spotify news, the digital music service has a new strategy for trying to turn free users into ten pound a month subscribers. They've sold an advertising package to the Conservative Party. Question is - will tedious Tories trying to win your vote in between your Spotify tunes make you pay a tenner to cut out all the politicking, or will it just send you back to your own politics-free MP3 collection, collated via legit or less legit means.

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CHANNEL 4 DO FULL PROGRAMME DEAL WITH YOUTUBE
Channel 4 has become the first broadcaster to make full TV shows available via YouTube, which means we'll be able to watch the latest episode of 'Hollyoaks' at any time via the Google-owned video site. So that's exciting. Some of the network's good shows will also be available, as will 3000 hours of archive programmes, including 'Brass Eye', which I haven't watched in years, so that's something to look forward to. Channel 4 and YouTube will share ad revenues generated by the content.

C4's outgoing CEO Andy Duncan confirmed the deal, saying: "Making our programmes directly accessible to YouTube's 20 million UK users will financially benefit both Channel 4 and our independent production partners and help bolster our investment in quality British content. It demonstrates our ability to strike dynamic commercial partnerships to help underpin our future as a commercially funded, not-for-profit multi-platform public service network".

Full C4 shows will start to appear on YouTube early next year. It's thought the network will continue to operate its own online on-demand service 4OD alongside its stepped up partnership with YouTube.

Outgoing ITV boss Michael Grade has admitted his company are also likely to do similar deals with YouTube and expanding US-based on-demand video service Hulu, though he added that he feared that such deals would see a sizable portion of online revenues from British television archives going to US companies who wouldn't be investing in future UK TV.

Still, given at least half of the decent shows on British TV are American anyways, I'm not sure that's a huge problem. Though I can see it's a concern in you're a UK-based indie telly producer. Perhaps British telly people will have to operate more like Grade's legendary uncle and become movers and shakers in the US telly industry too.

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FRED DURST FILES FOR DIVORCE
Fred Durst has filed for divorce following news last month that he was splitting from his wife of, erm, two months, Esther Nazarov. The divorce papers cite "irreconcilable differences", as you'd probably expect.

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KANYE NOT IN INDIA
Kanye West is not in India.

Perez Hilton confirmed yesterday: "A source very close to Kanye says there is absolutely NO truth to the ridiculous rumour surrounding Kanye and a trip to India".

So, just to confirm, Kanye West is not in India.

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MR HUDSON NOT DATING FEARNE COTTON
Mr Hudson is not dating Fearne Cotton.

He told The Daily Star: "Reports I'm dating Fearne Cotton are just rumours".

So, just to confirm, Mr Hudson is not dating Fearne Cotton.

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