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TUESDAY 20TH OCTOBER


EASTSTRIKEWEST
Forming in late 2007, Essex six-piece eaststrikewest came together after the fragmentation of former project threemovements (who were awesome, incidentally). After building a strong following, the sextet were snapped up by UK hardcore label Thirty Days Of Night Records, who boast early releases from artists such as Bring Me The Horizon and Gallows. With influences coming from a multitude of genres, eaststrikewest's music has been described as anthemic-indie-shoegaze-pop and has caught the attention of the likes of Radio One's Steve Lamacq; who named them as his band to watch for 2009 after the release of their debut EP, 'Rosa'. The band have just released their debut mini-album, 'Wolvves', and are set to play London's Underworld on 21 Oct. We spoke to guitarist Jim Saddington to ask our Same Six Questions.
 
Q1 How did you start out making music?
One of us owned a guitar but didn't know how to play it. Another had a 'how to play guitar' video but didn't have a guitar. It seemed only logical that we should get together. Upon getting together we preceded to steal the best musicians from the best bands around. Ten keyboard players, four singers and four guitarists later, we are settled as eaststrikewest.

Q2 What inspired your latest album?
There is no overarching meaning or throughline, really. It's a ambitious pack of songs that have come together over a long time. The only thing we really wanted for this record is for it to sound big, like an orchestra playing pop songs. It's been created to prove that we have come a long way from previous projects, we have the ability to do more than people have given us credit for in the past.

Q3 How do you go about creating a track?
It varies. I have a limited technical knowledge, so if I get bored and can't write I mess about with tunings to find different sounds. From there I work it back into something we can play on our usual tunings (A,E,A,E,E). That's how the first track on the mini-album, 'God Can't Take His Eyes Off Me', began. The song 'Welcoming The Ghosts' started as a piece of tapping on guitar which was transposed onto keys, then reassigned as midi harp, then had the tunings shifted down for a 'bass harp' sound then had cut up beats added underneath it.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
Because there are six of us, influences are varied, personal and rarely agreed upon. It seems to be specific elements of songs we are inspired by, rather than an artist's back catalogue: the drums of 'In Utero', Sonic Youth's unconventional approach to guitars and tuning alongside the low end noises of Cult Of Luna, the choral sound and orchestration of Spiritualized and the 'wall of sound' heard on 'Pet Sounds'.

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
Believe the hype. Everything you've either heard or read about us is true, both good and bad.
We must also insist on the bass and treble positions of 2 and 5 respectively.

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest album, and for the future?
For this album... as a foot up into the spotlight. This mini-album is a calling card, or a promotional trailer for what is to come next. For the future... to be bigger and better than everything and everyone else.

MORE>> www.myspace.com/eaststrikewestband

 
MEMORY TAPES
Having released music under the names Memory Cassette and Weird Tapes, Dayve Hawke has now settled on Memory Tapes as the moniker under which to release his debut album, 'Seek Magic'. The obsession with a certain retro audio format isn't entirely accidental, either. There's a definite 80s edge to his hazy electronic tracks, nodding towards early New Order in particular, but also the likes of The Cocteau Twins and My Bloody Valentine. But this isn't some mindless recreation of music gone by (I'm looking at you, La Roux), it's lush bedroom production, that has clearly had time and love poured into it, make 'Seek Magic' an album that, while a little bit retro, is entirely new and refreshing. Already on sale in limited numbers through Rough Trade, the album goes on general release via the Something In Construction label on 16 Nov. Check out Hawke's blog for remixes and album tracks galore.

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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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PCC WILL INVESTIGATE GATELY COMPLAINTS
The Press Complaints Commission has said it will ask the Daily Mail to respond to complaints about the previously reported column by Jan Moir, in which she suggested there was more to the death of late Boyzoner Stephen Gately than had been so far reported, and that his sudden demise was probably due, in part, to a lifestyle influenced by his homosexuality. Moir added that his sudden passing brought to an end what she called the "happy-ever-after myth of civil partnerships".

As previously reported, by Friday lunchtime the Twittersphere was full of outrage over Moir's piece, not so much because it was a terribly written incoherent argument that even a Mail journalist should be ashamed off, but because of the homophonic undertones of her guess work and resulting observations. The more savvy outraged bloggers - and other journalists, including The Guardian's Charlie Brooker - urged everyone to target the Mail's advertisers and the UK newspaper industry's self-regulation body, the PCC.

This being the era of easy-complaint, by late Friday the PCC was reporting it had received over 1000 complaints about Moir's Gately piece, and that its website had collapsed because so many people were checking out how to formally complain. By Monday afternoon the Commission confirmed it had received 22,000 complaints, making Moir's column the most complained about article in the PCC's history - it generating more complaints in one weekend than the whole body had received in the last five years.

As reported yesterday, unlike, say, OfCom or the BBC Trust, the PCC is not mandated to respond to general public outrage and exists primarily to deal with complaints by people who feel they have themselves been unfairly treated in a newspaper. However, the Commission confirmed yesterday that it would ask for a response from the Mail regarding the piece even if no complaint was made by the Gately family.

A spokesman told reporters: "If, for whatever reason, those individuals [the Gatelys] do not wish to make a complaint, the PCC will in any case write to the Daily Mail for its response to the more general complaints from the public before considering whether there are any issues under the [PCC] code [of practice] to pursue".

The Commission added that it had been in touch with representatives of Boyzone regarding the piece, and that they were speaking to Gately's widower and family about the matter. The spokesman added: "Any complaint from the affected parties will naturally be given precedence by the commission, in line with its normal procedures".

Bloggers have identified a number of PCC rules that it could be argued Moir breached in her column, most notably, of course, the one that says "the press must avoid prejudicial or pejorative reference to an individual's race, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation or to any physical or mental illness or disability".

Former Fleet Street editor Janet Street-Porter used her own Daily Mail column to criticise Moir's comments. Noting that a number of bloggers accused Moir of basically saying Stephen Gately "died of being gay", and referencing the recent murder of civil servant Ian Baynham in a seemingly homophobic attack in central London, she wrote: "Being gay killed a man last week - but he wasn't Stephen Gately".

Meanwhile the Irish edition of the Daily Mail, possibly aware that if outrage takes off over there it could actually hit their sales, was keen to distance itself from the whole thing, with editors saying yesterday: "Comments made by journalist Jan Moir about Stephen Gately in her newspaper column caused controversy on Friday. Jan Moir's column has never been published in the Irish Daily Mail which, like the Irish Mail On Sunday, is edited and printed entirely in Ireland - independent of the UK titles - and does not have an online presence".

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696 TO BE FOCUSED ON HIP HOP NIGHTS
Having recently admitted after a review of their controversial 696 form that trouble was more prevalent at club type events than live music gigs in the capital, the Metropolitan Police have confirmed they are re-focusing their 'risk evaluation' procedures for music events, of which the 696 document is a key part.

The Met's new efforts to reduce crime and violence at music events will specifically focus on "large promoted events between 10pm and 4am which feature MCs and DJs performing to recorded backing tracks". It doesn't take much musical knowledge to spot that that means the police will be focusing on hip hop clubs.

That too, of course, could lead to accusations of racism being thrown at the Met (questions about genre on the 696 form previously led to claims racial prejudice could impact on the licensing process). Presumably pre-empting those accusations, a spokesman for the London police force told the BBC: "At the end of the day, you've got to say that certain events attract more trouble than others".

The Met's rep added: "We're shifting the focus away from live music. Originally the definition of what Form 696 applied to was extremely broad so by narrowing it down, it's thought that we can better tailor it to our requirements. Detailed research identified which events are most likely to attract crime and disorder".

One hip hop promoter interviewed by the Beeb didn't totally disagree with the Met's sentiments, though was cynical of their approach to tackling crime and violence in London's hip hop scene.

He told the BBC: "Reading between the lines, the indie kids are all right but we've got to look out for those black boys with microphones in their hands. Saying it's over recorded music with DJs and MCs really narrows it down"

He continued: "I'm keen for the dodgy promoters who get a bad crowd and therefore create this impression of evil urban music to be found out because that's the only way we're going to clean things up. Unless we keep our own house in order, we're all going to get tarred with that brush. If Form 696 was effectively closing down parties that had trouble, then I'd be more supportive of it. I'll fill it in when asked to but I don't think it's doing what it set out to".

As much previously reported, there have been numerous calls for the abolition of 696 in the last year. Whether the focusing of 696-type bureaucracy on hip hop clubs rather than all live music will soften those calls remains to be seen.

The Musicians' Union, who have previously been critical of the form, seem to be more open to the revised proposals. Their Assistant General Secretary Horace Trubridge says: "When the form was first introduced, it suggested it was for all live music events. That was something we were opposed to. We believe now that the form is much more focused and that the vast majority of our members are never going to come across Form 696. And perhaps the ones that do encounter it, they're working in an environment that needs police attention to ensure their safety".

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US JUDGE LETS EMI SUE ROBERTSON DIRECT OVER MP3TUNES.COM
A US judge last week gave EMI the OK to sue digital music veteran Michael Robertson over his MP3tunes.com service.

As previously reported, EMI has been pursuing litigation against MP3tunes.com since November 2007, arguing that the online storage system, which lets users store their MP3 collections on an external server which they can then access on any computer, infringes the music company's copyrights.

EMI's original lawsuit named MP3tunes.com and its founder Michael Robertson as defendants, but last year a judge ruled that the entrepreneur himself could not be targeted through the litigation. However, that ruling has now been changed. The court changed its mind because of a new deposition given by Emily Richards, the former President of MP3tunes.com.

She told the court that Robertson had a very hands-on involvement in the day to day development and running of MP3tunes.com, and often made decisions without consulting her. This, EMI successfully argued, backed up their viewpoint that Robertson should accept some personal liability for any infringement his new service may or may not be guilty of.

Because Richards' deposition differed, the judge concluded, from one she had previously given while still working for Robertson, and because the original decision regarding Robertson's liability had in part been based on that original deposition, he was happy to reverse the 2008 court ruling and restate Robertson as a defendant. If you follow.

Robertson, a long term adversary of the major labels ever since founding the original MP3.com in 1997, was unsurprisingly critical of the court's ruling and EMI's continued litigation.

He says that Richards' new deposition wasn't hugely different to her first statement, that the fact EMI paid his former employee ten grand to give a new statement throws doubt on her new deposition (the major hasn't commented on that allegation, though it seems they did cover Richard's legal fees and costs), and that EMI is targeting him in a bid to frighten any other entrepreneurs considering involvement in a new digital service where there may be an unclear copyright position

C-Net quote Robertson thus: "We want to argue the merits of the case. They want to drag it out ... people should be able to store their music online".

The case is due to go to court in March.

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DEBBIE ROWE SUES OVER CUSTODY CLAIMS
Michael Jackson's ex-wife Debbie Rowe has updated legal papers filed back in July for defamation and invasion of privacy, adding a figure of $500,000 in damages to her claim.

As previously reported, Rebecca White told entertainment news show 'Extra' that she had emails from Rowe, who she described as a 'close friend', in which Jackson's ex seemingly said she had no interest in caring for the couple's two children - Prince Michael and Paris - but that she was pretending she did on the advice of her lawyer, so as not to look heartless.

White's comments followed reports in the New York Post that claimed Rowe had accepted $4 million from the Jackson family in return for agreeing to give up her parental rights over the two children.

Although it is true that an out of court agreement was reached, so that Rowe would not contest Jackson's mother Katherine's custody claim over the children, it's believed that no money actually changed hands. Both Rowe and the Jacksons denied the Post's reports, with the former's lawyer calling them "blatant falsehoods", though the paper stood by its story, and Rowe has not started legal proceedings against it.

The Rowe v White case is due to be heard next month.

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COURTNEY LOVE ORDERED TO PAY MAID
So, Courtney Love just got a $300,000 tax bill, and she's also being pursued for nearly $400,000 in unpaid credit card charges, and now she's got to find even more money. Okay, it's not quite as much as those others, but she has been ordered to pay a company which provided her with a maid service over $3000 in unpaid fees.

Elite Maids filed a lawsuit against the singer back in February claiming that she owed them money for services rendered. Love failed to turn up for a court appearance on Thursday, so the judge ruled in the company's favour.

I believe Courtney wrote about the maid on her MySpace blog earlier this year. She may have accused said maid of stealing from her. I'm not certain but it's probably a safe bet to assume she did say that, it would be unusual for her not to.

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IRS CATCHES UP WITH NAS
Yeah, Courtney Love might be racking up those bills for unpaid fees on tax, credit cards, maids, etc, but she's got nothing on Nas, who is being pursued for the IRS for $2.5 million in unpaid taxes.

The money, impressively, relates to his 2006-2007 tax bill, which was boosted thanks to the release of his first album for Def Jam, 'Hip Hop Is Dead', in 2006 and a greatest hits package in 2007.

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BONO DEFENDS BARACK
Bono has been doing his bit to counter the emerging Obama-backlash, which has been lingering since the Prez was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, to general confusion of everyone I think, not least the US Commander In Chief himself.

Despite America being pretty damn divided on the merits of their current President, he has maintained a lot of support outside his home country. That support will inevitably wane, of course, as tricky decisions have to be made, and being presented the big Peace Prize while albeit reluctantly managing not one but two bloody wars provided ammunition for the President's detractors.

But Bono says he remains optimistic about the American President, adding that he believes Obama "might deserve the hype". Writing in the New York Times this weekend, and noting the President's commitment to ending global poverty, the U2 frontman wrote: "I think the virtual Obama is the real Obama and [I] think the man might deserve the hype. I [do] believe Mr Obama could well be a force for peace and prosperity - if the words signal action".

So that's nice. It should be noted Bono played down the significance of his own frequent political ramblings later in the piece by writing: "I don't speak for the rest of the world. Sometimes I think I do - but as my bandmates will quickly (and loudly) point out, I don't even speak for one small group of four musicians".

Elsewhere in U2 news, the band will make a live webcast of an upcoming date on their 360 degree tour - in Pasadena this Sunday - available for free via YouTube. It'll be in the middle of the night for UK fans, of course, but will presumably be subsequently available on demand.

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IMAGEM SIGN GENESIS
Increasingly busy independent music publisher Imagem have done a rather large administration deal with the three members of post-Gabriel Genesis: Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford. The deal not only gives Imagem an interest in the trio's Genesis catalogue, but also in Rutherford's Mike & The Mechanics songs, which is presumably what got the publisher interested in the first place. In a separate deal, Imagem has also bought a 50% share in Phil Collins' solo catalogue.

Imagem boss André de Raaff said this: "We are extremely proud that Tony, Phil and Mike have chosen us for their music publishing activities throughout the world. We feel that they are among the great writers and have written many outstanding songs which will live forever. Their catalogs are a great addition to the wonderful portfolio of Imagem".

Genesis and Collins manager Tony Smith said he'd been investigating publishing options for eighteen months before doing the deal with Imagem. He told CMU: "We were keen to find a company that would approach the issues of the decreasing physical market while embracing the challenges of maximizing the opportunities available to music copyrights in the digital and synchronization arena, as well as recognising that a large part of future income will be generated from these uses and that of performances. We think we have found the right combination of outstanding administration abilities and forward thinking partners in Imagem and André De Raaff, John Minch and their creative teams".

But what, I hear you all say, does Phil Collins make of this? Well, he told us:
"I am delighted and excited to be entering into this new partnership with Imagem and [their subsidiary] Boosey & Hawkes for the future, and look forward to working closely with them to get the best from all the songs that I've written over the years, along with any future projects I may enter into".

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MGMT RECORD "DARK" SECOND ALBUM
MGMT's second album, 'Congratulations', the follow-up to 2007's 'Oracular Spectacular', will have a dark edge, the band's Andrew Van Wyngarden told The San Francisco Examiner last week.

Of the album's title track, he said: "The song 'Congratulations' itself is pretty dark. It's us trying to deal with all the craziness that's been going on since our last album took off. Sometimes it just doesn't feel natural".

He also said that the album, produced by Spacemen 3's Peter Kember, featured guest vocals from Royal Trux's Jennifer Herrema.

He also spoke a little about the duo's previously reported legal battle with the French government, after President Nicolas Sarkozy's UMP party used their song 'Kids' in a video without permission. VanWyngarden said: "What made us decide to act was the fact that France was trying to pass this strict anti-piracy legislation at the same time that would punish illegal downloaders. It was pretty blatant of them to do that, so we tried to make a point of taking action".

'Congratulations' is due for release in March 2010.

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BOY GEORGE PREPARING PRISON SONGS
Boy George is putting together an album of songs he wrote while in prison earlier this year, including one, 'Your Pain Makes A Beautiful Sound', which was apparently inspired by Amy Winehouse.

He told The Times: "When I was away, I wrote a lot of stuff, which will be released next year. I wrote a diary and songs. I got into trouble because I wrote on the wall: 'Some things are past understanding, you just need a place to land'. It was part of a lyric. I actually wrote a song about Amy when I was in prison".

He can't have got in that much trouble for writing on the wall because, as previously reported, he was released early for good behaviour. The singer was, I'm sure you remember, locked up in January for the false imprisonment and assault of male escort Audun Carlsen at his Shoreditch home. He was released in May (Boy George, not Carlsen).

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KATY PERRY TO RELEASE UNPLUGGED ALBUM
Katy Perry will release her 'MTV Unplugged' performance, which was recorded back in July, as an album next month. The CD/DVD set features performances of all the singles from Perry's debut album, 'One Of The Boys', plus a cover of 'Hackensack' by Fountains Of Wayne and a previously unreleased song, 'Brick By Brick'. The DVD will also contain interview footage.

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RAVEONETTES TOUR DATES
The Raveonettes have announced a few UK tour dates to promote their new album, 'In And Out Of Control', which is very good, by the way. They've also announced that they'll be releasing a new single, 'Breaking Into Cars', on 25 Jan. So, er, put that in your diary too.

Tour dates:

14 Dec: Manchester, Ruby Lounge
15 Dec: Glasgow, Oran Mor
16 Dec: Newcastle, O2 Academy
17 Dec: Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
18 Dec: London, Islington Academy

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BEAK> TOUR DATES
Beak> released their debut album this week and they've just announced some tour dates, both of which are good things. In case you don't even know, Beak> are Billy Fuller, who has performed with Massive Attack amongst others, Matt Williams, aka Team Brick, and Portishead's Geoff Barrow.

It's possible, I suppose, that you missed this free track last time we gave you the link. You really should be paying closer attention, but here it is again anyway: www.zshare.net/audio/6718367263bad81e.

Asked what inspired the album, Williams told us recently: "Mackerel on toast, I think! I only say that as we had very little discussions during the creative process of the recordings, we just ate mackerel on toast and played music together. It was a very liberating and exciting time, we really enjoyed making this record".

Find out what a mackerel on toast-inspired album sounds like in our review of 'Beak>' below.

Tour dates:

4 Nov: London, Rough Trade East
11 Nov: London, The Garage
12 Nov: All Tomorrow's Parties
14 Nov: Glasgow, King Tuts
15 Nov: Nottingham, Stealth
16 Nov: Bimingham, Capsule
17 Nov: Manchester, Deaf Institute

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VIVIAN GIRLS TOUR DATES
Noisy Brooklyn trio Vivian Girls have announced some tour dates that will happen right here in the UK. Well, England. Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish fans of the band are getting nothing.

Tour dates:

15 Jan: Oxford, Jericho Tavern
16 Jan: Birmingham, Academy 3
17 Jan: Manchester, The Deaf Institute
22 Jan: Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
24 Jan: Southampton, Joiners

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ALBUM REVIEW: Beak> - Beak> (Invada Records)
Beak> is effectively a supergroup of Bristol musicians comprising Portishead's Geoff Barrow, bassist Billy Fuller and Matt Williams, who recorded this album "live in one room with no overdubs or repair, only using edits to create arrangements". More a collection of instrumental jams than an album of structured songs, there are nonetheless some intriguing and evocative moments to be found in amongst the mood of dark and murky desolation the album conveys.

A number of tracks, including the opening triptych, are wafts of late 60s experimental bad-trip psychedelia with their organ swirls and clattering percussion; even the likes of Broadcast or Stereolab come to mind with Beak's decidedly retro sound. 'Battery Point' is the standout: a shimmering slice of melancholia with shoegazy guitars and delicately caressed drums that quietly builds to something so impossibly iridescent, it would be pejorative to describe it as post-rock, given how bland and unemotive most of that genre is. 'Blagdon Lake' meanwhile is built on echoey plangent basslines, its post punk bleakness suggestive of Joy Division jamming to keep warm in a freezing cold derelict factory.

'Beak>' will not be quite to everyone's taste, but it's rewarding if you persevere with it. MS

Physical release: 19 Oct
Press contact: Bang On [O]

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BIG CHILL COMPANY GOES UNDER
The company behind the UK's Big Chill festival has entered into voluntary liquidation, though it won't affect the future of the main Big Chill event because, as previously reported, the festival itself and the core creative team behind it was recently acquired by Festival Republic.

Chillfest Limited entered into voluntary liquidation on 15 Oct, with the administration of the company being overseen by Ian Sykes of Vantis Business Recovery Services. Following the sale of the rights to the Big Chill name to Festival Republic, which happened before the liquidation, Sykes will now look to sell off any other assets that may help repay creditors. It's not clear how many suppliers to the festival will be negatively hit by the liquidation.

Confirming the closure, Sykes told reporters that a failure to make the 2009 event cover its costs led to the collapse of Chillfest Limited. Sykes: "The company sold insufficient tickets to cover the cost of the 2009 Big Chill festival and the parent company was unable to provide any further financial support".

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STAPLES FOREVER FOR LA VENUE
Stationery supplies company Staples has entered into an interesting deal which will see its name attached to the LA venue that recently hosted Michael Jackson's public memorial for the rest of its existence.

Staples Inc has been the headline sponsor on LA's Staples Center venue since it opened in 1999. The naming agreement was up for renewal this year, and according to Billboard the office supplies giant has reached a deal with venue owner AEG that will see the arena bear the sponsor's name until the day it falls down.

Financial terms of the deal are not known, but it's thought to be the first of its kind - ie no brand has ever bought rights to have their brand in a venue's name forever. The recession has really hit venue sponsorship deals of late, so it may be that Staples used that to their advantage to get a favourable deal on the LA building, which may be behind their interest to keep that deal going forever.

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VEVO SCORES ARABIC INVESTMENT
The Abu Dhabi Media Company has bought a stake in the much previously reported Universal Music led music video venture Vevo, the name of which I'm still trying to decide whether or not to write in capitals.

As previously reported, Vevo (or possibly VEVO) will be a music video website powered by YouTube technology but managed by the record companies, who reckon they can command higher ad rates than the Google-owned video site by only hosting official artist content. Yeah, good luck with that.

Sony Music are already JV partners with Universal in Vevo, but both partners have reportedly been seeking outside financial support to help develop and launch the new services, and ADMC will provide some of that funding. As also previously reported, Universal and Sony hope to get the other majors and indie labels involved in the new venture.

Confirming the deal, Vevo chief Rio Caraeff told CMU: "It's a credit to the music community, and to the global opportunity that Vevo represents, that we have been able to attract such a solid investment partner with the vision and track record of Abu Dhabi Media Company. Abu Dhabi Media Company brings to the venture important funding support and a team with enormous global media experience and insight, and we look forward to working with them to seize the many opportunities ahead of us".

Speaking for the investors, HE Mohamed Khalaf Al Mazroui, Chairman of ADMC, said this: "This global partnership flags Abu Dhabi Media Company's commitment to establish a leading position in the digital media industry. It is part of an integrated approach to expanding the global digital presence and brand portfolio of Abu Dhabi Media Company, and it illustrates our partnering approach with innovators in digital media services and technologies".

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[PIAS] DO YOUTUBE DEAL
[PIAS] have signed a global licensing and marketing deal with YouTube which will cover audio and video content owned by the independent music group's labels, and should lead to more YouTube-based promotions for artists signed to those labels.

I know this because YouTube's Director Of Video Partnerships, Patrick Walker, has just said: "We're thrilled to be partnering with [PIAS] to bring its music catalogue to YouTube and to help musicians make money from their work online. Some of the world's most iconic artists will now be able to engage with their existing fans and win new ones through the music-loving YouTube community".

[PIAS] digital man Adrian Pope added: "Providing a return on the investments made by our label and repertoire owners is paramount to the [PIAS] service. The YouTube agreement enables [PIAS] to monetise content on our labels behalf, whilst working with both rights owners and brands to drive traffic to artist channels and other initiatives on an international basis".

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BEATLES TO ADD ABBEY ROAD TO ROCK BAND
The Beatles' 'Abbey Road' album will be available in full for the band's 'Rock Band' game this week, the gaming venture's makers, Harmonix and MTV Games, have announced.

Six of the more popular songs from the album, including 'Come Together', have been available in the game since launch. The rest will reach the XBox and Wii versions of the game today, with Playstation 3 users brought up to speed on Thursday.

More of the Beatles' catalogue will make it into the game in the coming months, with 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' coming in November, and 'Rubber Soul' following in December.

In related news, although the new version of 'Guitar Hero' outperformed the Beatles 'Rock Band' game in some gaming charts on the week of their release, NPD report that the Beatles enterprise was, in the end, the best selling video game in September.

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TOTAL ROCK WORLD ALBUM CHART
It's this week's Total Rock World Album Chart, as counted down on Total Rock last weekend - www.totalrock.com. New entries and re-entries marked with a *.

1. Muse - The Resistance (Warner Bros)
2. Pearl Jam - Backspacer (Universal)
3. Megadeth - Endgame (Warner/Roadrunner)
4. Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown (Warner Bros)
5. Brand New - Daisy (Universal/Interscope)
6. Paramore - Brand New Eyes (Warner/Atlantic)*
7. Alice In Chains - Black Gives Way To Blue (EMI)*
8. AFI - Crash Love (Universal) - new entry
9. Daughtry - Leave This Town (Sony Music)
10. Nickelback - Dark Horse (Warner/Roadrunner)
11. Billy Talent - III (Warner/Atlantic)
12. Porcupine Tree - The Incident (Warner/Roadrunner)
13. Lynyrd Skynyrd - God & Guns (Warner/Roadrunner)*
14. The Used - Artwork (Warner Bros)
15. Five Finger Death Punch - War Is The Answer (Spinefarm)
16. Children Of Bodom - Skeletons In The Closet (Spinefarm)
17. AC/DC - Black Ice (Sony Music)
18. Pearl Jam - Ten (Sony Music)
19. Hatebreed - Hatebreed (Warner/Roadrunner)*
20. Rise Against - Appeal To Reason (Universal/Geffen)

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SHAKIRA DIGS FILE-SHARING
She's released one of the biggest-selling singles of the last decade, 'Hips Don't Lie', and sold more than 40 million albums worldwide, but if you're one of the people who bought any of those records, I'm sure you'll be pleased to know that Shakira would have been perfectly happy for you to have them all for free.

Asked about her opinion of illegal downloading, the singer told Sky News: "I like what's going on because I feel closer to the fans and the people who appreciate the music. It's the democratisation of music, in a way. And music is a gift. That's what it should be, a gift".

Right, that's it from us today. I'm off to download Shakira's back catalogue. What? She said it was okay!

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