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UK Competition Commission to reconsider LiveMaster
Veoh set to close, blames Universal Music
Conrad Murray returns to work
In The Pop Courts
Restraining order to keep Love from contacting daughter
Awards & Contests
Muse and Dizzee Rascal take top artist prizes at MPG Awards
Virgin Media Music Award winners
Gabriel not to attend Genesis Hall Of Fame induction
Reunions & Splits
Wobble comments on PiL reunion
Killers not splitting
Release News
Kate Nash new album and free download
Limp Bizkit reveal album title
Gigs & Tours News
Rage Against The Machine announce free show
Sia announces Roundhouse show
Mos Def announces UK dates
Three Trapped Tigers announce UK tour
Festival News
Glasto gets a six year licence
Brands & Stuff
Mastercard renew BRITs partnership
The Music Business
PPL launch new video library service
The Media Business
Music mags see more circulation decline
And finally...
Axl comments on Slash ban


 
FRIDAY 12TH FEBUARY
DON'T FORGET THE CMU SEMINARS
These are getting closer now, so I thought I'd remind you all about them one more time. We are in the process of launching an all-new CMU music business training programme, offering well-priced in-depth one-day seminars providing insights into and up-to-date information about a number of different parts of this here industry. And we've got three seminars coming up for you in the next two months, each of which will be staged twice.

 
The three seminars available are as follows:

24 FEB + 17 MAR: MAKING MONEY FROM MUSIC IN 2010
How artists, rights holders and music companies can raise investment and make money in 2010. This will provide a review of the revenue potential of intellectual property, performance and fan-relationships at different stages of an artist's career, and evaluate new investment and revenue models, including fan funding and brand partnerships. Perfect for artist managers, independent label owners, promoters or music publishers, self-managing artists, junior execs at bigger music firms, or more experienced music people looking for a catch up.

More info: www.thecmuwebsite.com/events/makingmoney.html

3 MAR + 24 MAR: MUSIC RIGHTS INSIDE & OUT
A beginners guide to music copyright: an introduction to copyright law, a review of music rights ownership, and guides to collective licensing, collecting societies and copyright enforcement. Plus a review of online copyright issues and solutions. Perfect for independent label owners or music publishers, self-managing artists, junior execs at bigger music firms, or more experienced music people looking for a catch up.

More info: www.thecmuwebsite.com/events/musicrights.html

10 MAR + 31 MAR: PROMOTING MUSIC - MEDIA, SOCIAL MEDIA & MORE
The future of music PR; the role of traditional music promotion techniques in the internet age; the rising importance of news in getting coverage; how to make your band/company newsworthy; the role, power and etiquette of social media; building a brand for your band or company; and a web journalist's guide to how to PR a web journalist. Perfect for anyone working in music PR, promotions or marketing, plus independent label owners, promoters and music publishers.

More info: www.thecmuwebsite.com/events/promotingmusic.html

All of these seminars are led by CMU Co-Publisher and Business Editor Chris Cooke, a leading expert on the music business, and the wider marketing, communication and media industries, who you'll often find discussing these sectors on various BBC news programmes, as well as here in the CMU Daily.

Each full-day seminar costs £75 per person. Follow the links for more information, or to download a booking form. These are going to be brilliant and hugely informative events, and we hope to see as many of you there as possible.

So, there you go. I'll see you back at the top of today's CMU Weekly later (The Maccabees provide us with an exclusive Powers Of Ten playlist this week - so do sign up if you haven't already), and then back here in the Daily on Monday.

Andy Malt
Editor, CMU Daily

 
VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: RBMA & RA at Royal Festival Hall
Resident Advisor team up with the Red Bull Music Academy - which, as I'm sure we've already mentioned, is happening in London this year - for a special one-off night at the Royal Festival Hall bringing together some bonafide pioneers from the world of experimental electronica. The future of techno is sort of the theme here, with four collaborative acts on show who are currently at the forefront of exploring the fringes of the genre - sci-fi electronics, discoball jazz, neo-classical laptop soul, 22nd century techno and other made up sub-genres.

 
The line up includes the massive Detroit techster Carl Craig, Francesco Tristano, Moritz von Oswald, Matmos, Jazzland label boss Bugge Wesseltoft, with Henrik Schwarz, and Terre Thaemlitz as DJ Sprinkles. This night has the potential to take you to sonic places you've never even considered possible before, but hopefully places that you'll be happy to go to.

Friday 12 Feb, Royal Festival Hall, London, SE1, 7pm-12am, £20, more info from www.redbullmusicacademy.com, press info from Danny at Pretty Green.



 
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Channel 4 to host comedy gala
O'Leary to host 'Question Time' for the young folks
Vanessa Redgrave to get Bafta fellowship
 
MP3 blogs on Blogger shut down over DMCA concerns
Guardian sell regional papers
Rivmixx launch new blogs
 
Southbank Centre launches Latin festival
Merton criticises film festival for allegedly dropping him
Zellweger to judge at Berlin Film Festival
 

UK COMPETITION COMMISSION TO RECONSIDER LIVEMASTER
The UK's Competition Commission yesterday announced it would be reconsidering the proposed merger of Live Nation and Ticketmaster after German ticketing giant CTS Eventim successfully appealed its original ruling on the deal.

As previously reported, despite initially raising concerns that a Live Nation Ticketmaster merger would give the combined company an unfair competitive advantage in the British ticketing market, the UK competition regulator subsequently gave the Live Master deal the go ahead just before Christmas, and ahead of the US regulator, who approved the deal last month.

The Commission's original concerns about the merger were based on CTS Eventim's arguments. Before the merger proposals were agreed, Live Nation was in the process of taking its ticketing in-house, having previously been a customer of Ticketmaster for years. Eventim were contracted to provide a range of services to Live Nation to enable some of the venue owner and tour promoter's new in-house ticketing operation. As part of that deal Eventim would enter the UK ticketing market for the first time.

Live Nation argue that it will stand by its contracts with the German firm despite its merger with Ticketmaster, and says it is happy to commit to sell a certain portion of tickets for its tours and events through rival ticketing companies, in particular Eventim - and that is why the Competition Commission ultimately approved the merger late last year. But clearly Eventim still feel hard done by, presumably because although Live Nation will fulfil its contractual obligations to the German company, the rosey longterm and wide-ranging partnership between the live music giant and the ticketing outfit originally envisaged probably now won't come to pass.

In their appeal, Eventim complained they hadn't been given the opportunity to respond to the Competition Commission's final decision to OK the deal, which came as a surprise to them given the regulator's provisional report had been critical of the merger. The Competition Appeal Tribunal agreed such an opportunity should have been provided, and so that is now what will happen - ie rather than appeal the tribunal's ruling, the Commission says it will now take Eventim's feedback and then re-consider its decision. That process could take up to three months.

That means that the Commission's approval of the LiveMaster deal is now provisional again, pending Eventim's final submission to the regulator.

What this means for Live Nation and Ticketmaster, who have had to secure regulator approval for their merger in a number of territories around the world, isn't clear. One assumes that having got the big one, US approval, LiveMaster - or Live Nation Entertainment to give it its proper name - will now come into being. If, ultimately, the UK Competition Commission don't now approve the merger, I'd expect LiveMaster to just reluctantly sell off as much of its UK operations as required in order to overcome any remaining competition concerns.

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VEOH SET TO CLOSE, BLAMES UNIVERSAL MUSIC
One of YouTube's original competitors, US-based Veoh, is reportedly about to file for bankruptcy, having, according to the AllThingsD blog, laid off its entire staff. And, according to Billboard, one of the video sharing company's board members has blamed Universal Music for Veoh's demise.

Like YouTube, Veoh was originally designed as a user-generated content platform, but quickly became a user-stolen content website. Certain features of Veoh, in particular the fact it always allowed longer videos while YouTube initially restricted uploads to ten minutes, made it even more attractive to those who were busy sharing entire series of TV shows with the rest of the internet, without the permission of the TV shows' owners, obviously.

Veoh also benefited when the rising profile of YouTube meant it, more than any other video sharing service of the time, faced legal threats from content owners, forcing them to crack down on unlicensed uploads. That meant that those uploading such content had to go elsewhere, and many went to Veoh.

So much so that Veoh started to face its own legal action from content owners. The most high profile was Universal Music's lawsuit, which was finally ruled on in court last September. They accused Veoh of infringing their copyrights by allowing people to upload music videos owned by the major onto their system. Veoh argued they were not liable for any infringing content posted by third parties on their site because they removed that content as soon as they were made aware of it by copyright owners, in line with the rules set out in the US's Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Given Veoh had, by this point, got an effective take-down system in place, and with the US courts agreeing that under the DMCA simply responding to take-downs was sufficient for a content-sharing service provider to avoid liability for infringement, the video-sharing firm won the case. But, Veoh director Todd Dagres argued this week, the costs of fighting that lawsuit destroyed the company. He tweeted: "Veoh is dead. Universal Music lawsuit was the main killer. Veoh won resoundingly but was mortally wounded by the senseless suit".

Of course, arguably, Veoh faltered as much because of its flawed business model as anything else. Once the take-down notices start to role in, forcing you to remove professionally made content, and because 98% of user-generated content is shit, you quite quickly find yourself owning a video platform with very little to offer other than free bandwidth to grass-roots content owners. And even if the content you have starts to generate traffic, your overall platform isn't necessarily an attractive place for advertisers to be seen to be.

Unless you can make a business out of selling premium services for video makers, ie charging for quality hosting and streaming, you really need to do content licensing deals with the big music, movie and TV companies to build a business attractive to potential subscribers and advertisers. But such deals don't come cheap - not yet anyway - meaning you need serious venture capital or someone as big as Google behind you to make it work. Google also brought to YouTube an established ad sales operation, and the ability to lump YouTube advertising in with the web giant's other products and advertising options.

Veoh never had any of that. Like many other YouTube-clones - and to an extent YouTube itself - they thought that if they built the infrastructure for an internet-era TV network then content would sort itself out, ignoring the fact that all the original TV networks back in the mid-Twentieth Century were programme makers as well as broadcasters, pumping much more money into risky programme making than the technology that enabled that content to reach users' homes.

Still, Universal's lawsuit, and a similar earlier and also unsuccessful legal action from porn firm IO Group, can't have helped as Veoh tried to work out its reason for being, and how it would ever make money.

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CONRAD MURRAY RETURNS TO WORK
Michael Jackson's personal doctor is back at work in Nevada after being bailed by the LA authorities, having been charged with involuntary manslaughter in relation to the late king of pop's death.

Dr Conrad Murray is allowed to continue practising while the criminal case against him goes through the motions, though there are some restrictions on the drugs he is allowed to administer. Presumably the authorities would rather he didn't go around pumping pop stars full of propofol, for example.

A spokeswoman for Murray said that he was making arrangements to practice at another doctor's office in Las Vegas, having shut down his own premises in the city last August, just as the negligence claims in relation to Jacko's death were starting to gain momentum.

It's thought the California Medical Board are preparing to remove Murray's medical licence for that state, but the doc also has licences for Nevada and Texas, using the latter for work in Houston.

In related news, an LA judge has postponed ruling on whether Jacko's father Joe Jackson can obtain copies of medical records relating to his son's death. It is thought Jackson Snr, who is currently tapping the Jacko estate for cash, is thinking about launching a wrongful death lawsuit against Murray and maybe others.

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RESTRAINING ORDER TO KEEP LOVE FROM CONTACTING DAUGHTER
The restraining order that prohibits Courtney Love from contacting her daughter Frances Bean Cobain has been extended to 9 Apr.

The restraining order was initially issued last December, shortly after custody of seventeen year old Frances Bean was temporarily transferred to her late father Kurt Cobain's mother Wendy O'Conner and sister Kimberly Dawn Cobain

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MUSE AND DIZZEE RASCAL TAKE TOP ARTIST PRIZES AT MPG AWARDS
It was the second ever Music Producers Guild Awards in London last night, and what a night, as the recording studio world amassed on the Café de Paris to celebrate their contemporaries and the role of the music producer in general.

Hosted by 6Music's Nemone, alongside the great and the good of the studio world, Muse were in the house to pick up the prize for Best Single, their self-produced hit 'Uprising', while Dizzee Rascal and his business partner Nick 'Cage' Denton got up on stage to collect the award for Best Album for 'Tongue N Cheek'. The latter was very keen to stress that Beggars label XL Recordings were not involved in this latest Dizzee release (as the awards show screens had suggested), after they allegedly decided to pass on the album, meaning it was fully released by his and the Rascal's own label, Dirtee Stank.

Other artists on hand included Jamie T, who presented Cenzo Townshend with the Mix Engineer Of The Year prize; Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos, who handed the Breakthrough Producer prize to his old friend, former Delgadoes drummer, Chemikal Underground founder and, now, increasingly prolific producer Paul Savage; and good old Florence Welch who handed over two awards to one of the producers on her debut long player 'Lungs', Mr Paul Epworth, who was named Producer Of The Year, getting himself both an MPG Award and a BRIT in the process.

Commenting on his band producing their own album this time round, in his short acceptance speech Muse boy Matt Bellamy thanked some of the producers the band worked with on earlier albums, including John Leckie, for "showing us how you do it", but then added "and thanks to Rick Rubin for showing us how not to do it". Muse's short-lived collaboration with the legendary American producer and Sony Music exec didn't go very well, of course. Alas, Rubin, who won the gong for Best International Producer, didn't make it to the Café de Paris to pick up his prize - sending fellow Sony exec Mike Smith in his place - so the potential for a proper awards show punch up never materialised.

The full list of winners from this year's MPG Awards were as follows:

Producer Of The Year - sponsored by the BPI: Paul Epworth
Recording Engineer Of The Year - sponsored by Prism Sound: Mick Glossop
Mix Engineer Of The Year - sponsored by Avid: Cenzo Townshend
Mastering Engineer Of The Year - sponsored by SADiE: Tony Cousins (Metropolis Mastering)
International Producer Of The Year - sponsored by Focusrite: Rick Rubin
Re-mixer Of The Year - sponsored by Discovering Arts: Simian Mobile Disco (James Ford & Jas Shaw)

Breakthrough Producer Of The Year - sponsored by Deep Recording Studios: Paul Savage
Breakthrough Engineer Of The Year - sponsored by TL Audio: Mark Rankin

Live Album Of The Year - sponsored by Shure: Van Morrison - Astral Weeks, Live at the Hollywood Bowl
UK Album Of The Year (09) - sponsored by British Grove Studios: Dizzee Rascal - Tongue N Cheek
UK Single Of The Year (09) - sponsored by Cream Studios: Muse - Uprising

Best Studio - sponsored by Robertson Taylor: Kore Studios

Outstanding Contribution To UK Music - sponsored by PPL: Chris Blackwell
Unsung Hero - sponsored by Alchemea: Chris Jenkins, Solid State Logic
The Joe Meek Award for Innovation In Production - sponsored by 'Joemeek by PMI Audio': Les Paul

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VIRGIN MEDIA MUSIC AWARD WINNERS
It's music awards season, of course, with the MPG Awards this week and the BRITs next. But if you'd rather have a punter-voted list of award winners, well here are the winners of the Virgin Media Music Awards 2010, in which three million music fans apparently voted. Announced earlier this week, the winners are as follows:

Best Solo Female: Britney Spears
Best Solo Male: Robbie Williams
Best Group: Take That
Best Newcomer: Pixie Lott
Best Comeback: Spandau Ballet
Legend Of The Year: Michael Jackson

Best Track: Lily Allen - The Fear
Best Album: Lady Gaga - The Fame

Hottest Female: Cheryl Cole
Hottest Male: Mark Owen

Twit Of The Year: Britney Spears
Loser Of The Year: Kanye West
Shameless Publicity Seeker: Lady Gaga
Worst Track: Maria Carey - Obsessed

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GABRIEL NOT TO ATTEND GENESIS HALL OF FAME INDUCTION
Peter Gabriel has confirmed he won't attend the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony in New York next month because of a "scheduling conflict", despite his former band Genesis being honoured there.

He had previously said he might not be able to make the awards show after denying rumours the event might see him perform once more with the band he quit in 1975. Organisers of the Hall Of Fame confirmed Gabriel would not be in attendance yesterday.

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WOBBLE COMMENTS ON PIL REUNION
Original Public Image Ltd bassist Jah Wobble, aka John Wardle, has been chatting about why he didn't get involved with the band's current reunion. He told the BBC that he was asked, but ultimately turned the offer down because he didn't agree with the way it was being put together.

Wardle said: "I was asked last July and I definitely did think about it and talk about it to an extent, but it just wasn't the right move for me. It just wasn't the way I would do it. I don't care, I think it's great and I'm not bothered at all. I suspect with John [Lydon] it's about two things - raising money efficiently and quickly, and reactivating the PiL brand as his vehicle. That's just business. I wasn't just going to go along with any old thing even when I was a teenager, so I ain't going along with him now".

He added that the band should have played some smaller venues rather than just Academy-sized set ups, saying: "No disrespect to the Academy scene - I'm going to the Academy to see Tinchy Stryder with my two boys - but I think PiL is quite a special thing. You shouldn't just take it to Academies or Apollos. You should put some special show on somewhere, really special. You go and do some very different venues. We could have done anything, I still think that. I actually think now is a great time to come back and shake things up politically a bit. You could get people going a bit and have a bit of fun with people".

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KILLERS NOT SPLITTING
It seems that no matter how many times people spread these rumours about The Killers splitting, they just won't take the hint.

The band have been performing in Australia this week, where an offhand comment about these being their last gigs "for a while" got blown out of proportion. So much so they felt the need to formally assure fans that there we no plans to "go on a break" once the current tour is completed. Which is just as well, given the closing dates of that tour have just been cancelled.

In their first statement, issued prior to the cancellations, a band spokesperson said: "They are all looking forward to some time off at the end of this tour as they have been on the road for a long time, but there are no plans for an indefinite hiatus".

Then yesterday it was announced that this weekend's shows would have to be postponed: "The Killers had hoped that the Australian leg of their current world tour would be completed as planned, but due to the severity of the illness of a close family member, they regretfully announce the cancellation of their Sydney Enmore show as well as their shows at Good Vibrations Festival".

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KATE NASH NEW ALBUM AND FREE DOWNLOAD
Kate Nash has announced that she will release her second album, 'My Ignorant Youth', on 19 Apr, and that she is giving away a track from it as a free download. The song, 'I Just Love You More', received its first airing on John Kennedy's Xfm show last night and is available from Nash's newly refurbished website until Monday. As well as that, she is asking fans to contribute stories and poems about falling in love for a book that will accompany the limited edition release of the album.

Find out how to contribute, and download 'I Just Love You More', which does indeed follow up on her earlier promises to be more punky this time around, from www.katenash.co.uk

Meanwhile, here's the album's tracklist, you lucky, lucky people:

You'll Never Listen
Kiss That Girl
Don't You Want To Share The Guilt?
I Just Love You More
Do Wah Doo
Higher Plane
I've Got A Secret
Oh Jay
Later On
Pickpocket
You Were So Far Away
I Hate Seagulls

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LIMP BIZKIT REVEAL ALBUM TITLE
Limp Bizkit have revealed that their forthcoming new album, which sees the return of original guitarist Wes Borland, will be called 'Gold Cobra'. I guess we should probably expect an exciting new musical direction from the band on their first album for seven years (and the first from the original line-up in a decade), shouldn't we? Not really, no.

Speaking to Guitar Edge, Borland said: "I think that everyone who hated Limp Bizkit before will continue to hate Limp Bizkit. It's not like we all of a sudden grew up and started making smarter music. It's definitely a fun party kinda vibe, it's a little like the old stuff but with a Daft Punk vibe thrown in. There's big huge riffs and hopefully catchy lyrics, it's still about halfway done so we're waiting to see how the rest of it goes".

'Gold Cobra' is currently scheduled for a spring/summer release through Universal/Polydor.

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RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE ANNOUNCE FREE SHOW
Rage Against The Machine have announced details of the free gig for UK fans, which the band promised they would play if their song 'Killing In The Name' reached the Christmas number one position last year. Which, of course, it did.

The show will take place in London's Finsbury Park on 6 Jun. Fans need to register for tickets at www.theragefactor.co.uk. Registration closes at midnight on Sunday, and tickets will be dished out on a lottery basis from 9am on Wednesday.

Announcing the show, guitarist Tom Morello said: "A historic grassroots rebellion made our song 'Killing In The Name' the number one Christmas single of 2009. The people of the UK toppled the 'X-Factor' giant, raised a great deal of money for homeless charities, and shocked the world. As a thank you to our UK fans and freedom fighters we promised to play a free show. Well... here we come. 6 Jun, Finsbury Park, the celebration/party/revolution is ON!"

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SIA ANNOUNCES ROUNDHOUSE SHOW
Having first come to public attention singing with Zero 7, Sia has built up a strong following as a solo artist in the last few years, and has just announced a European tour to coincide with the release of her new album, 'You've Changed', which is due out in the spring. The dates include one UK show at The Roundhouse in London on 27 May.

As well as standard tickets, a special VIP package for the show is available, which will include a limited edition live CD of the show, signed by Sia, access to an exclusive after-show party and goodie bag featuring a variety of Sia-related items.

The new album's first single, 'Clap Your Hands', will be released on 29 Mar.

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MOS DEF ANNOUNCES UK DATES
Mos Def has announced that he will play three UK shows in April, which is good of him. He'll no doubt perform some tracks from his latest album, 'The Ecstatic', and probably some other stuff, too. Maybe even the new Gorillaz single, 'Stylo', which he appears on. Probably not, though.

Tour dates:

13 Apr: Glasgow, Academy
14 Apr: Bristol, Academy
15 Apr: London, Shepherds Bush Empire

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THREE TRAPPED TIGERS ANNOUNCE UK TOUR
Instrumental rock weirderisers Three Trapped Tigers, who release their third EP, 'EP3', on 5 Apr, have announced some tour dates, also in April. Every single one of you should go and see them.

Tour dates:

23 Apr: Cardiff, Cardiff Arts Institute
24 Apr: Bristol, Start The Bus
25 Apr: Manchester, Deaf Institute
26 Apr: Edinburgh, Electric Circus
27 Apr: Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
28 Apr: Brighton, Freebutt
29 Apr: London, ICA

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GLASTO GETS A SIX YEAR LICENCE
Glastonbury Festival organisers have been given the go-ahead to stage the uber-fest at Worth Farm for another six years, meaning they won't have to go back to their local council for a licence until 2016. The six-year long licence has been granted without a full hearing after no locals submitted objections and some concerns by the local fire brigade were overcome.

There was a time when Team Glasto had to apply for a licence on an annual basis and the application would often result in heated scenes in the Mendip Council chamber. But since Mean Fiddler, now Festival Republic, were brought in to help with festival production the local community has been much less hostile, resulting in the festival's current four year licence being granted in 2007 and this new six year one now. Well done Team Glasto and Festival Republic.

Said team have confirmed 2012 will be a fallow year for the festival, partly to avoid competing with the Olympics hype, and partly to give Worthy Farm its traditional recovery year.

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MASTERCARD RENEW BRITS PARTNERSHIP
Good news for fans of credit cards, MasterCard have confirmed they will continue to sponsor the BRIT Awards for another three years. It's a good alliance for the record industry to have. Everyone hates the banks, even more than major record companies. Sit next to a financial services executive at dinner and you're bound to look good by comparison.

Confirming that the credit card firm still consider the BRITs to be a significant component of their global entertainment strategy and a way to meaningfully engage with the British public in a way that matters to them, not only through traditional media channels, such as print and broadcast, but also through developing unique content for digital activities and social media, Mastercard's VP Marketing Ben Rhodes told CMU: "The BRIT Awards is a significant component of our global entertainment strategy, allowing MasterCard to meaningfully engage with the British public in a way that matters to them, not only through traditional media channels, such as print and broadcast, but also through developing unique content for digital activities and social media".

Meanwhile, noting that the BRITs MasterCard tie-up was one of the longest and most immediately recognisable relationships in music, the boss of record label trade body and BRITs makers the BPI, Geoff Taylor, told us: "The successful BRITs partnership with MasterCard is one of the longest and most immediately recognisable relationships in music". When we asked him whether MasterCard appreciated the uniqueness and excitement of the BRITs and its ability to generate priceless moments, Taylor continued: "We know that MasterCard appreciates the uniqueness and excitement of the BRITs and its ability to generate priceless moments".

This year's BRITs take place on Tuesday. Your next Mastercard bill is due a week on Monday.

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PPL LAUNCH NEW VIDEO LIBRARY SERVICE
Recording rights royalty brigade PPL has launched an interesting new B2B content delivery service for TV broadcasters which will make it much easier for telly firms to access broadcast quality videos over the internet. The service, powered by French content delivery people Akamedia, has been developed in response to feedback from the collecting society's broadcast licensees who have requested quicker and easier access to content made available by PPL licences (well, technically speaking, by VPL licences, as this is video).

Confirming the new service, which will be at pplvideostore.com, PPL Director Of Licensing Tony Clark told CMU: "The great thing about PPL Video Store is the ease of service for customers. The store provides a one-stop-shop where users can browse, preview and download music videos for use in television broadcasting. It brings the distribution of music videos into the 21st century. Our broadcast licensees have confirmed to us there is a need for such a service and we hope to see growing use of music videos as a result".

The service will also be available to some PPL licencees outside the broadcast arena, including video jukebox companies. Of course the new service won't be available to online music video services, because PPL don't currently have the remit from record labels to licence content - audio or video - to internet-based music services. Which is a shame, because major labels are notorious for negotiating licencing deals with music video websites and then failing to provide half their content to their licencees.

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MUSIC MAGS SEE MORE CIRCULATION DECLINE
Mojo is the now the biggest newsstand music magazine in the UK, which is interesting. In the latest round of ABC magazine circulation figures, published this week, the Bauer-owned monthly scored an average circulation of 98,484, putting it ahead of sister title Q, which now sells 94,811 copies each month.

However, both Mojo and Q nevertheless saw their circulation figures fall year on year, a common theme across the printed music media. IPC's NME and Uncut, other Bauer title Kerrang!, Development Hell-owned Word and Mixmag, and even a recent success story in the music press, Future Publishing's Metal Hammer, all saw their ABC figures fall too. In fact, in terms of newsstand titles, only Future's other music mag, Classic Rock, had a good ABC result; they saw their circulation rise 1.3%.

MAMA Group-owned freebie The Fly remains the biggest magazine in terms of circulation, with 108,906 copies now going out each month.

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AXL COMMENTS ON SLASH BAN
Last month TMZ published a rumour that Guns N Roses fans who turned up to one of the band's gigs in Canada were asked by security staff to hide or remove any garments featuring or inspired by the band's former guitarist Slash. Axl Rose's PA's son, Fernando Lebeis, later issued a statement denying that any such thing had been requested by the GNR camp.

However, the debate has raged on in the forum on the band's official website, with one fan, who had won back stage passes to the show, claiming on the band's message board that he had personally witnessed the ban in operation and saying that he could provide the name and phone number of a security guard who would corroborate the story.

Although posted two weeks ago, it seems this claim has only just reached Axl Rose's attention, because on Wednesday he took to the message board to dispute it. Rose wrote: "What the fuck do you know? That's right! You don't know jack fucking shit you fucking ignorant, know it all, fucking deluded, misguided, self important, self righteous, pious, small minded, clueless, loud mouthed, arrogant cunt ... Your opinions of anything whatsoever don't count or mean jack shit to me or anyone in this camp. You're garbage, plain and simple. You're not a fan or a voice of reason... you're a sick [and] diseased mind spilling its bile over the internet".

So, that's him told. The fan in question subsequently removed his original comments, saying that his "memory ain't perfect".

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