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Jay-Z: Britain needs an inspirational Obama type
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Badlands wins best indie store vote
MPG award life membership to Keith Grant
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Tesco to be exclusive seller of new Simply Red album
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At The Gates release farewell DVD box
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Miike Snow announce London show
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Playaway festival cancelled
Album review: Owen Pallett - Heartland (Domino)
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The Music Business
Tesco director to chair Official Charts Company
Warner make promo appointments
The Digital Business
The Orchard confirm new CEO
The Media Business
BBC Worldwide to sell Glasto coverage worldwide
Rock Sound to showcase the toilet circuit
Chart Of The Day
Total Rock World Album Chart
And finally...
Bow Wow pays The Game
Sigur Rós raped on British TV

Formed in 2003, Oh No Ono are an experimental pop quintet from Denmark. Since releasing their EP 'Now You Know Oh No Ono' in 2005, the band have been highly influential on the Danish music scene. Debut album 'Yes' saw them mix alternative pop, electroclash, funk and new wave. Their latest album, the self-produced 'Eggs', was recorded over a period of nine months in various studios, as well as more unusual places like churches, forests, beaches and abandoned factories. With 'Eggs' out now on The Leaf Label, we spoke to frontman Malthe Fischer to ask the Same Six.

Q1 How did you start out making music?
My mother taught me to play the guitar a long time ago, around kindergarten. I wrote stuff then but it wasn't exactly songs. I dropped out of high school to play music full time when I was sixteen and aimed for being the best guitar player in the world. When I was around nineteen, Christian Hjelm (the singer of Figurines) moved in with me and I started getting more into songwriting. At the same time I met Aske and we started Oh No Ono with Kristoffer and our former organist Kristian Olsen.

Q2 What inspired your latest album?
We knew the songs were really good, but we inspired each other to take our ideas even further. It resulted in a long period of time without any personal life, especially for me and Aske. The only thing we did was work. Aske during the day and me during the night. It wasn't a healthy year and I don't think anyone in their right mind would choose to make a record that way!

Q3 What process do you go through in creating a track?
Most of our songs are small pieces written separately and glued together along the way. Some of the new songs have been developing over four or five years. We are all very shy and the only way we can present new songs to each other is by recording a demo first, to be sure it comes out like you intended it to. We work hard and a bit too slow.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
I'd like to think that I'm influenced by anyone I've ever heard. Both stuff I like and dislike, stuff I know well or have only heard once, and stuff I have heard both consciously and unconsciously. More specifically, I feel inspired by artists like David Lynch, Syd Barrett, John Lennon and albums like White Noise's 'An Electric Storm', My Bloody Valentine's 'Loveless', The Beatles' 'Revolver', Animal Collective's 'Strawberry Jam', Pink Floyd's 'Piper At The Gates Of Dawn', The Zombies' 'Odessey & Oracle', Scott Walker's '3' and '4', Serge Gainsbourg's 'Histoire De Melody Nelson', Talking Heads' 'Remain In Light', Dirty Projectors' 'The Getty Address', and so on...

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
Take your time. It's impossible to get all of it the first couple of listens, but I really think it's worth anyone's time. Especially yours!

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest single, and for the future?
Our latest single, 'Helplessly Young', is maybe the only obvious radio hit of 'Eggs'. When I recorded the vocal track I sort of tuned in to a 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun' mode and became Cindy Lauper for a short period of time. The song is a nice contrast to the dark sides of the album. Right now we're planning to record new songs as soon as we get the time. Maybe an EP in the fall!

MORE>> www.ohnoono.com

It's been far too long since Deftones have released any new material. Especially since the carrot of their sixth album has been dangled so many times.

Since 2006's 'Saturday Night Wrist' the band have been through a lot, of course. The original follow-up, 'Eros', was close to completion in late 2008 when bassist Chi Cheng was involved in a car accident, leaving him in the coma in which he still remains. Though work on the album continued, the band eventually decided last summer to shelve it and start again (a decision they say was artistic and nothing to do with Cheng's condition).

The result of these sessions is new album, 'Diamond Eyes', which is due for release in May. While it's too early to say if it'll have been worth the four year wait, the free download, 'Rocket Skates', which went online this morning certainly bodes well. In many ways it's classic Deftones, featuring the sharper, faster riffing of their eponymous 2003 album with echoes of the title track from 1997's 'Around The Fur'.



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Send a CV and an introduction email to jobs@goodlizardmedia.com. Closing date 4 Mar.

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Jacobi to play Lear for Donmar Warehouse
Polanski named best director at Berlin Film Festival
West End's 'War Horse' to get Broadway run
Former Oxford student station apply for format switch to 45+
Sky fall foul of OfCom's complicate telly sponsorship rules
Select committee to report this week on press standards review
Polanski named best director at Berlin Film Festival
Edinburgh investment firm to sponsor literary festivals
Tom Basden's Fringe First winning 'Party' to be broadcast on R4

With the General Election looming ever closer it seems increasingly doubtful the Digital Economy Bill, with its controversial three-strike provisions for combating online piracy, will become law before parliament is dissolved for the big vote. Nevertheless, those lobbying in favour of the legislation seem optimistic it can be pushed through the House Of Commons in time.

But doing so will probably need the cooperation of opposition parties, and the Tories, while basically supporting most of the Bill's copyright provisions, have issues with other aspects of the proposed legislation, which, as a real mish mash of a proposals, covers all sorts of things relating to the media, internet and telecommunications.

Nevertheless, the debate about the Bill's copyright section, in and around parliament, continues. Yesterday a letter signed by an eclectic bunch of creative industry men, including Simon Cowell, was sent to MPs and peers urging the political types to ensure the legislation gets through parliament before the election. Alongside Cowell, other signatories of the letter included author Terry Pratchett, Working Title Film chief Tim Bevan, film director Paul Greengrass and TV producer Stephen Garrett.

For a very brief moment yesterday it seemed that perhaps the efforts of that five, and a multitude of lobbyists from across the content industries, had been unsuccessful when 10 Downing Street responded to a petition on its website against the disconnection of file-sharers by saying the government would not allow those who access music off the internet illegally to have their internet connections disconnected.

Though that was a rather political statement allowing the prime minister's office to seem like it was responding to the petition but without having to change any policy. Unlike in France (and, for a time, Hull), full-on disconnections of internet access have never been part of the three-strikes proposals in the UK, where the ultimate sanction would be the suspension of a file-sharer's net access, not disconnection.

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In related news, rumours that a new global treaty might sneak three-strikes into law through the back door seem to be unfounded. As we reported back in November, ministers from various countries are currently involved in drafting an Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, and there was word that that treaty would oblige signatories to introduce a three-strikes style system for combating online piracy law into their own copyright systems

But Canadian academic and all round expert on these sorts of things Michael Geist has posted on his blog what seems to be the relevant section from a secret draft of the treaty, and there is no mention of three-strikes. Rather the agreement would oblige signatories to apply an approach similar to current US copyright law with regards online piracy.

For Geist's home country, Canada, the treaty might force the government there to tighten up their copyright laws, and in doing so that would overcome various issues raised by American copyright owners regarding the tendency of Canadian courts to find in the favour of file-sharers.

But for the UK, while it might ingrain a system for copyright owners issuing take-down notices to the likes of YouTube into law, and formalise the protections enjoyed by ISPs who inadvertently provide the infrastructure for copyright infringement, it probably wouldn't mean any noticeable difference to the way things work now. Certainly, in its current form, it wouldn't force the UK or anywhere else to introduce three-strikes (not that the current UK government needs forcing on such things, of course).

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Jay-Z has said that the rise of the BNP in British politics is a "problem", and that the UK needs a new leader with the charisma of Barack Obama to "galvanise" voters. Can Newsnight regular Dizzee Rascal be persuaded to fast track his inevitable move into politics?

UK politics expert Mr Z told The Sun: "Everyone needs new blood once in a while. And Britain needs it to shake up the country. People are calling it Broken Britain, so there's obviously a problem". I think it's mainly Daily Mail journalists who call it 'Broken Britain' isn't it?

Z adds that David Cameron does not constitute "new blood" in his eyes, with the hip hopper of the opinion that the leaders of neither of the main political parties are capable of engaging with young voters.

But he nevertheless called on the kids (well, the 18+ kids) to vote, if only to ensure Nick Griffin's We're Not Racist Honest Guvnor Party doesn't gain any more influence. He continued: "The rise of the BNP is also a problem. Power is dangerous in the hands of the wrong person and it's up to the people to get them out of there - which goes back to voting. We have to use that power. We can't just sit back and not vote - that's dangerous".

Back onto home politics, Jay renewed his support for the aforementioned Obama who, despite his continued popularity on the world stage, has come under increased criticism within the US of late, not only from the always right wing (and therefore automatically anti-Obama) news media, but also from some on his own side.

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The votes have been cast and the results are in and Cheltenham-based Badlands has been declared the best indie record shop in the UK, so well done them. As previously reported, a new website set up by the Entertainment Retailers Association to promote and support the UK's remaining 300 independent record stores recently encouraged music fans to vote for their favourite indie retailer.

Founded in 1986 by Steven and Philip Jump, Badlands is not only one of the largest CD sellers in the South West of England, but they also have a successful online and eBay operation, run a Bruce Springsteen fan club and since 2002 have run a travel agency that specialises in organising trips to concerts by major rocks acts, a service which grew out of them organising regular trips to see The Boss perform at various places around the world.

Commenting on his business' win in the indie store vote, Philip Jump told CMU: "We're thrilled to win this award especially in our 25th anniversary year and would like to thank all our loyal customers for voting for us. We'll invest the prize money in the pub with our staff on Saturday night!"

ERA chief Kim Bayley added: "We have been overwhelmed by the public reaction to the site which has revealed the genuine affection music fans feel towards indie shops. Badlands is a very worthy recipient of this honour".

ERA's indie store website is at indierecordshop.org while you can find out more about and buy a CD off Badlands at www.badlands.co.uk.

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Oh, another award from the Music Producers' Guild now, though this one is a lifetime membership rather than a gong at the recent MPG Awards. But its recipient was at the Guild's big night out earlier this month, to collect the Joe Meek Award on behalf of the family of the late great Les Paul.

The recipient of which I speak is record producer Keith Grant, who has worked with the likes of Dusty Springfield, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr, Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, Shirley Bassey, Cream, Pink Floyd, The Yardbirds, Sonny Boy Williamson, Procul Harum, The Faces, The Bee Gees, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, which, as CVs go, is pretty damn impressive. And if you're not yet impressed, then you should note his work as a film mixer on 'The Italian Job', 'The English Patient', 'Life Of Brian', 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show' and 'Jesus Christ Superstar'.

Confirming Grant was being awarded with life membership, MPG director Mick Glossop told CMU: "We were delighted to see Keith at our recent 2010 Awards, where he accepted the Joe Meek Award on behalf of the late Les Paul. We are also delighted that he has accepted a lifetime membership of the Music Producers Guild because he is a perfect example of the creativity and talent that this organisation aims to promote".

Grant himself added: "I am very honoured to receive a lifetime membership and to be asked to accept Les Paul's Joe Meek Award, especially as I worked with Joe - a man with whom I had many things in common".

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Universal Music have renewed and extended their worldwide recording and publishing deal with that Andrew Lloyd Webber chap, just as his new musical - 'Phantom' sequel 'Love Never Dies' -goes into preview in London's West End.

Look, here's Webber himself using words: "I am delighted to have renewed my partnership with Universal Music. They have been wonderful custodians of my music for over three decades, and it is a relationship that I and my colleagues at the Really Useful Group [Webber's company] value most highly. Together we have taken the music around the world, and it is exciting to be announcing this agreement on the eve of our latest collaboration, the 'Love Never Dies' album. I am grateful to my friends, and I really mean friends, at Universal for their loyalty and support over many years, and look forward to working with them in future, especially as we work together to explore the incredible possibilities that digital technologies will bring".

Universal International chief chap Lucian Grainge told CMU: "I am personally delighted that we have renewed our commercial and creative association with The Really Useful Group. To have a strategic business partnership with Andrew as well as a personal relationship is one of the things that really makes this business tick".

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Tesco have announced they will be the exclusive sellers of the next Simply Red album in the UK, and before you ask, no that's not because no one else would touch it with a barge pole thank you very much. The only slightly evil tea sellers will have exclusive rights to sell 'Songs Of Love', a collection of Mick Hucknall et al's best love songs, plus two new recordings, a song called 'I Have The Love' and a new version of the band's 'Beside You', a track which originally appeared on the soundtrack to the visually arresting depression fest that was 'What Dreams May Come'.

It's news, I suppose, because there have been very few exclusivity deals between artists and retailers in the UK. Such deals have become increasingly common in North America, after some initial controversies when specialist music stores objected to artists and labels doing such deals with supermarkets or chains like Best Buy, even going as far as to stop selling all products from said artists when the deals were struck. A few years on, though, everyone now seems to accept they are the norm, in the physical product domain anyways.

Confirming the deal, Tesco's entertainment boss Rob Slater told reporters: "Tesco already provides exclusive offers in almost every product category we sell. Extending this approach to entertainment is a logical step which reflects our customers' keen interest in music and films. We are thrilled to have to joined up with the legendary Simply Red to release an exclusive album. The new songs sound fantastic and it is sure to be a big hit".

No comment from Slater there on why the Shoreditch branch of Tesco has stopped stocking Cheshire cheese, my very favourite cheese, which I find very suspicious. Perhaps the plan is to stack the Simply Red album on the cheese shelf and they've had to clear some room.

Anyway, Simply Red's 'Songs Of Love' will arrive in Tesco stores next Monday, timed to coincide with Mothers Day on 14 Mar apparently, though I'm not sure who gives their mother romantic love songs for Mothers Day. Perhaps they should have called the album 'Oedipus Complex'.

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Influential Swedish melodic death metal band At The Gates have this week released a three disc DVD boxset, entitled 'The Flames Of The End', chronicling and bringing to a close their life as a band. Formed in 1990, the band split in 1996, but briefly reformed in 2008 for number of live shows.

The DVD set includes a two hour documentary on the band, a full live performance from The Wacken festival in 2008, plus 26 live performances recorded between 1991 and 2008.

Says At The Gates frontman Tomas Lindberg: "It was very important for all of us that this would be a fitting testament for the band, and a true disposition of our time in the scene. It brings a smile to me every time I think about the summer of 2008, a special moment that we now all can relive again and again, the feelings are so overwhelming. I am so proud to have been part of this".

Watch the trailer for 'The Flames Of The End' here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fa6PeVuSmI

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MGMT have announced that they will play Heaven on 18 Mar. That's it, really. Oh, and it's Heaven in London, not the sky, if you were wondering. The duo's new album will be out on 12 Apr. Did we tell you that before? Well, we definitely have now. Never let it be said that we aren't thoroughly informative.

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They've only just completed a sold out UK tour, but Miike Snow have announced plans to return already. This time it will be for a one-off headline show at The Forum in London on 21 May, a gig which will follow a US tour that will include SxSW and Coachella dates. Tickets for the show go one sale on Friday.

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Live Nation's move into the All Tomorrows Parties-style music festival in a holiday camp market has come to a sudden halt. The first ever Playaway festival in Skegness, due to take place in April, has been cancelled "due to unforeseen circumstances", which sounds a bit like a euphemism to me, but whatever. Refunds are available from point of purchase.

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ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL, Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle Of Wight, 11-13 Jun: Editors, The Courteeners and Reef have been added to the line-up for this year's Isle Of Wight fest, joining previously announced headliners Jay-Z, The Strokes and Pink. www.isleofwightfestival.com

LIVE AT LEEDS, various venues, Leeds, 30 Apr-2 May: Lightspeed Champion and The Sunshine Underground head up the latest acts announced for this year's Live At Leeds. Joining them are Goldheart Assembly, Handshakes (We're British), North Atlantic Oscillation, Lone Wold and many more. www.liveatleeds.com

NOZSTOCK FESTIVAL, Bromyard, Herefordshire, 9-11 Jul: The Blockheads have been announced to headline the intimate Nozstock festival this summer, adding to an existing line-up of Sub Focus, Caspa & Rod Azian and Sonny Wharton. www.nozstockfestival.co.uk

OFF THE TRACKS SPRING FESTIVAL, Donington Park Farmhouse Hotel, Donington, Leicestershire, 28-30 May: Martin Simpson, The Popes and The Ukrainians are amongst the latest acts to be confirmed for Off The Tracks. www.offthetracks.co.uk

SOUTH WEST FOUR WEEKENDER, Clapham Common, London, 28-29 Aug: Armin van Buuren and Fatboy Slim are set to headline the now two-day South West Four Weekender. www.southwestfour.com

EXIT FESTIVAL, Petrovaradin Fortress, Novi Sad, Serbia, 8-11 Jul: The Chemical Brothers have been confirmed to headline this year's Exit Festival, as well as Mika, Royksopp, Crystal Castles and Does It Offend You, Yeah? All being added to the line-up. www.exitfest.org

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ALBUM REVIEW: Owen Pallett - Heartland (Domino)
Formerly recording under the moniker Final Fantasy, Owen Pallett has dropped the homage to classic role-playing games, officially to avoid confusion in the Japanese market (where the game originates), though possibly also to capitalise on the reputation he has garnered in recent years under his real name through his orchestral and arrangement work for the likes of Arcade Fire, Grizzly Bear and Last Shadow Puppets.

When working on his own music, Pallett is a gifted composer of elegant modern indie-electro compositions with a classical twist, clashing the analogue with the digital, and knowing it'll work. He's Patrick Wolf without the constant need to scream "LOOK AT ME!" For, despite his many talents, and his real name being attached to this album, 'Heartland' is not his ego on display for all to see.

Instead, it is another trip through his fictional world, Spectrum, what would be this artist's Narnia, following Lewis, an inhabitant of this land, and contemplating his aggressions and confusions. The music reflects the process, beginning with dramatic, but steady stabs of reflection in 'Midnight Directives', then coming to the driving assertion of 'Lewis Takes Action', developing the lively fantasy of 'Flare Gun' and finding epiphany in the ethereal synths of 'Tryst With Mephistopheles'.

It's a bold album, attempting to unite old with new, and literature with music, but it works. Remarkable as both a Fantasia-like surreal electro-opera, or twelve songs of cutting-edge North American indie. TM

Physical release: 18 Jan
Press contact: Domino IH [all]

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The final programme is coming together nicely for the first ever CMU seminar on music rights, which takes place at CMU HQ in Shoreditch on 3 Mar. This will be a lively six hour exploration of the way music rights work in the UK, of issues affecting the industry, and of how such rights can still be monetised in the digital age. It will be headed up by CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke, a leading expert of music rights, who regularly speaks about the industry for other media, including the BBC, CNN and the Associated Press, as well as rambling on about it all here in the CMU Daily.

Chris told CMU: "Despite the increasing importance of the live sector, and the unstoppable rise of piracy, the music industry is still primarily an intellectual property rights business. But given the challenges caused by the internet, music firms needs to find new ways of utilising and monetising their music rights, no longer able to rely on the old fashioned tried and tested models of selling recordings".

He continues: "That means music people need a better understanding of what music rights are, how they work, and how they can be utilised and protected, from both a legal and commercial perspective. Unfortunately this involves talking about IP law a bit, but with our CMU seminar we will make all that stuff very easy to handle, and rather entertaining to discuss. If you plan to still be working in music in five years time, you need to come to this seminar!"

The full day seminar is just £75 plus VAT. A small number of spaces for the 3 Mar seminar are still available, and the whole thing will happen again on 24 Mar. More information and booking forms can be got at www.thecmuwebsite.com/events/musicrights.html

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The above quoted Entertainment Director of supermarket giant Tesco, Rob Salter, has become the new chairman of the Official Charts Company, the agency which calculates all the official British music charts.

He takes over from Universal UK CEO David Joseph who began his two year term chairing the chart firm in, erm, March 2007. Yeah, that's reassuring for a company whose primary role in the music business is counting.

The OCC is jointly owned, of course, by the aforementioned Entertainment Retail Association and record label trade body the BPI, meaning the chair position is normally occupied by a retail type and record label type on rotation.

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Warner UK division Warner Bros Records yesterday announced some movements in its radio and TV promotions team, with Jane Arthy promoted to the job of Head Of Radio Promotions, former Sony plugger Bryn Williams recruited to be Senior Manager, Radio Promotions, and Amanda Warren appointed as Head Of TV Promotions, she being a former EMI exec who has been fulfilling the TV plugging role at Warner for a year already, but previously covering for Claire LeMarquand who was on maternity leave. LeMarquand has now decided not to return.

Warner Bros Vice-Chairman Jeremy Marsh told CMU: "Broadcast platforms remain hugely powerful in reaching both mass and niche audiences, but to make the most of these opportunities we must be more strategic and creative than ever before. These latest moves extend our ability to provide a best-in-class promotions service for our artists, with a blend of fresh thinking, expertise and industry experience".

Warner also announced they have engaged the services of Neil Ferris, a former major label exec and now artist manager with over thirty years experience in music promotions and marketing, to works a consultant on plugging matters across the major's Warner Bros, Rhino and WME divisions.

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Independent digital distributor The Orchard has announced that Brad Navin will become the firm's permanent new CEO. He had been performing the role on a temporary basis since shortly after the company's former chief exec Greg Scholl departed the company in October.

In a statement Navin said yesterday: "We'll remain focused on what we do best: partnering with great clients, creating strategic marketing plans, and investing in artists we believe in".

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The BBC's commercial division Worldwide has signed a deal with the Glastonbury Festival, which will enable it to sell the Beeb's extensive coverage of the uber-music fest to broadcasters around the world. And might also help the BBC justify sending 9704 people to cover Glasto each year.

Confirming the deal with Glastonbury organisers, BBC Worldwide's music man John Mansfield told The Guardian: "In this momentous year, as Glastonbury celebrates its 40th anniversary, we are proud and privileged to bring the much celebrated BBC coverage to a global stage".

Glasto legal man Ben Challis added: "We have worked with the BBC in the UK since 1997 and the award winning coverage of Glastonbury just gets better and better".

According to The Guardian, Glasto footage will be added to BBC Worldwide's expanding catalogue of music assets, which includes 'Later With Jools Holland' content and the 'Top Of The Pops' brand, plus all of the Corporation's archive footage, which Worldwide is apparently packaging into artist strands along the lines of 'Best Of Blondie' etc.

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With the pro-file-sharing brigade always telling new bands that they should make all their money out of touring now that there's no money in recordings, Rock Sound's web TV service will this week start to show the world just how glamorous grass roots gigging can be with a new series of band interviews filmed on the road in the always luxurious back stage bathroom facilities provided by small gig venues.

For music fans they should be fun interviews, for aspiring rockers an important education of what you can expect for the next few years of your gigging life.

The Toilet Circuit is a series of 25 interview clips that will appear on the Rock Sound TV website each Thursday from this week. Valerie Poxleitner aka Lights appears this week, and look out for The Blackout, Thrice, Futures, Lights and Vessels in future weeks. You can follow it all at www.rocksound.tv

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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. Them Crooked Vultures - Them Crooked Vultures (Sony Music)
3. Foo Fighters - Greatest Hits (Sony Music)
4. Nickelback - Dark Horse (Warner/Roadrunner)
5. Bon Jovi - The Circle (Mercury)
6. Queen - Absolute Greatest (EMI)
7. Rob Zombie - Hellbilly Deluxe 2 (Warner/Roadrunner)*
8. Daughtry - Leave This Town (Sony Music)
9. Pearl Jam - Backspacer (Universal)
10. Lostprophets - The Betrayed (Visible Noise)
11. Guns n Roses - Greatest Hits (Geffen)
12. Paramore - Brand New Eyes (Warner/Atlantic)
13. Alice In Chains - Black Gives Way To Blue (EMI/Parlophone)
14. Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown (Warner Bros)*
15. Journey - Greatest Hits (Sony Music)*
16. Shinedown - The Sound Of Madness (Warner/Atlantic)
17. Billy Talent - III (Warner/Atlantic)
18. Kiss - Sonic Boom (Warner/Roadrunner)
19. The Who - Greatest Hits'/'Greatest Hits Live (Universal)*
20. Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of (Warner Bros)

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Bow Wow has finally paid off his debt to The Game, after losing a videogame tournament way back in September 2008. And about time, too.

As reported at the time, Bow Wow challenged his hop hop rival to a competition of American football videogame 'Madden NFL', after The Game claimed on gaming website konsolekingz.com that he was "number one in Madden, in the world. ... To be a 'konsole king' you gotta look like me".

Confident he could beat the former G-Unit member, Bow Wow announced that the winner of the contest would walk away with $100,000 of the loser's money (for charity, of course). When it came to it, though, Bow Wow's claims that he would "bust your ass in that Madden" seemed premature, as The Game beat him 55-23 in a live webcast. And so it was Bow Wow's wallet that would have to take the hit.

Now, after a year and a half, The Game announced at the weekend the debt had finally paid off in full, posting a picture of a suitably put out-looking Bow Wow handing over a rucksack presumably filled with cash: tweetphoto.com/11909670

Looking back, I'm reminded that Kanye West never took up my challenge on two player 'Tetris' for £15. I think that officially means that he's scared of me. Yeah, Kanye, you're my bitch now. I own you.

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Sigur Rós' Jónsi Birgisson has said that the band's song, 'Hoppípolla' has been a little overplayed on British TV. Actually, the word he used was "raped", which is probably fair, considering that the band are only rivalled by Snow Patrol when it comes to soundtracking overly sentimental moments of forced self-discovery on tedious telly shows.

Speaking to Gigwise, Birgisson said: "'Hoppípolla' has been raped on British TV. In some weird way, the national TV here in Britain doesn't have to ask permission to use songs if it's in the background of TV shows or whatever. So they can just take it and use it and that happened a lot with 'Hoppipolla'. The David Attenborough show ['Planet Earth'] was cool though. We're all big fans of his".

The "weird way" Birgisson talks about refers to the fact TV producers can licence music for their programmes via UK recording rights collecting society PPL, ie unlike movie makers and advertisers, the producers of telly programmes don't need explicit permission from labels and/or artists every time they use music in their programmes.

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