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Post-takeover changes begin at MAMA, Driscoll departs
All kinds of 6music rage
BPI and AIM comment on 6
BECTU comment on the cuts
Phil Jupitus comments on 6
Sophie Heawood comments on 6
Andrew Collins comments on 6
CMU publisher writes to Tory Vaizey about 6, he responds
EU would block efforts to put three-strikes into ACTA
Reunions & Splits
Tyler to front Aerosmith Europe tour in June
In The Studio
The Big Pink working on album #2
Festival News
Lily delays retirement for Jay-Z
HMV confirm Next Big Thing to return in 2011
Festival line-up update
Reviews
Gig review: 30 Seconds To Mars at Wembley Arena in London on 23 Feb
Brands & Stuff
Depeche Mode and sponsors donate £400k to Teenage Cancer Trust
The Music Business
WeGotTickets sign up to gig going survey
Integral launch global offering
The Digital Business
MOG planning UK launch
mflow announce media partnerships
A third of YouTube viewing is music based
Chart Of The Day
Chart update
And finally...
Carly Simon reveals who's so vain


 
MONDAY 1ST MARCH
FIVE DAY FORECAST
Hey, hello. It's Monday again. And you all know what that means, right? Yes, of course it's time to take our usual (okay second) look at the week ahead.

The five things I was looking forward to changed a little last week - George and I both ended up going to the NME Awards, but the Alexander Tucker gig I dwas planning to attend was cancelled - so it'll be interesting to see what happens this time around. Who can say? No one, that's who. Especially as I haven't told you what the things I'm looking forward to between now and Friday are yet. Best get on and do that.

 
01: The Great Escape's conference line-up announcement. The Great Escape is not only a great place to check out all the latest and greatest new musical talent on offer, it also features one of the most interesting conference schedules around. Over the course of this week, CMU will exclusively be revealing the initial line-up for this year's talks, debates and seminars. Stay tuned to CMU Daily for each announcement, or you could spend the rest of your week refreshing this page over and over and over again: www.thecmuwebsite.com/thegreatescape

02: CMU's music rights seminar. This Wednesday sees the first in our new line of music business seminars, hosted by CMU Business Editor, Chris Cooke. This one takes look at music rights, providing 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. If you fancy it, there are limited spaces left: www.thecmuwebsite.com/events/

03: Gorillaz video premiere. A new Gorillaz video is always worth a look, isn't it? I'm not sure I'll be logging on to YouTube at exactly 5am tomorrow morning when the video for 'Stylo' is due to go live, but I might have a watch while I drink my morning cup of tea slightly later on. The video apparently follows bassist Murdoc through a dangerous trip to the mainland from his new home on Plastic Beach - the namesake of the new album. You'll be able to find that, along with a load of other stuff, at www.youtube.com/gorillaz

04: Alphabeat's Powers Of Ten playlist. Alphabeat's new album, 'The Beat Is...' is out today via Polydor. So, we got co-frontperson Anders SG to put together a Spotify playlist for this coming Friday's CMU Weekly. Now, the lists we've had so far have been diverse and wide-ranging in the music they cover, but no one is going to argue when I say that this is the most pop of them all. It's got everything from Britney and N Sync to Fred Falke remixing Gossip. Oh, and an Italian group we all thought was a one hit wonder. Sign up for CMU Weekly here: www.thecmuwebsite.com/weekly

05: Crookers album launch. Crookers will officially launch their debut album, 'Tons Of Friends', on 6 Mar at Fire in Vauxhall, London. If accounts of their last two London shows are to be believed, there will be a whole load of great tunes, which will at some point soundtrack the removal of the Italian duo's clothes. The album will be released via Southern Fried on 8 Mar, and will include their latest single, 'Remedy', which features Miike Snow, is out now and can be heard here: www.crookers.net/miikesnow/remedy.html

So, there you have it. There are some things we can all enjoy. I might do a little dance to celebrate. Or I might not - you'll never know.

Andy Malt
Editor, CMU Daily

 
SHANE MACGOWAN & FRIENDS - I PUT A SPELL ON YOU
It's one thing to be able to get a load of musicians into a studio to record a collaborative charity single, but it's quite another to come up with something good. And Lord alone knows how difficult it must be to do all that and be Shane MacGowan at the same time. But, my, has he risen to the challenge and come up with something quite brilliant.

 
Recorded to raise money for the work of Dublin-based charity Concern in Haiti, and with a line-up featuring Nick Cave, Johnny Depp, Bobby Gillespie, Mick Jones, Glen Matlock, Chrissie Hynde, Paloma Faith and more, MacGowan chose to cover 'I Put A Spell On You' because he has always felt was a modern day "hymn for hope and love". Also, its writer, Screamin Jay Hawkins, died ten years to the day that the earthquake which devastated Haiti hit earlier this year.

The song will be available as a download from Sunday. You can pre-order it from 7digital or by texting SPELL (all in capitals) to 78789 (the text cost £1.50). In the meantime, watch the video at the link below.

YouTube Video - http://bit.ly/cZ6Qqe
Facebook Group - http://bit.ly/9ZMxWA
7 Digital Pre-order Page - http://bit.ly/bj2ieH



 
  ANORAK LONDON SEEK BRAND PR
Anorak London, one of the UK’s leading independent music PR companies is looking for someone to head up a new Brand PR department. The ideal applicant will have at least 4 years experience as Senior Account Manager working in a PR role with brands, and an obsession with music. Experience working with youth brands would be an advantage. This is a hugely exciting opportunity for someone who is a fountain of knowledge of all things PR, is extremely creative and innovative and is ready to take the next step in their career - heading their own department. Proof of winning new business in the past is a must, as is proof of successful, creative campaigns. Agency experience will be beneficial.

Salary dependent on experience. Please apply in writing with covering letter and CV to: laura@anoraklondon.com

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  INTERESTED IN SELLING YOUR RECORD LABEL?
Music Gain is acquiring record labels and catalogue. If you are thinking of selling, or have a large catalog you want managed on your behalf, then please contact us. Introduction and spotters fees also paid. Please visit us - www.musicgain.com
       
  LET THE MAKERS OF CMU DO SOMETHING CREATIVE FOR YOU
UnLimited Creative is the creative services agency owned by CMU publishers UnLimited Media. We work with music and media companies, consumer brands, and other marketing and PR agencies, providing these services:

Marketing & PR: We devise and run marketing and PR campaigns, specialising in the youth and student markets, music and cultural products and marketing partnerships.

Content: We provide entertainment content to brands and media. We develop content strands. We produce original content. We manage content delivery.

Design & Print: We provide design, print and contract publishing services. We create brand identities. We design and produce websites. We produce & print marketing materials and corporate media.

Media & PR Training: We provide PR, media and music business training. We offer a menu of seminars. We develop bespoke courses. We develop out-reach training as part of CSR programmes.

To read about past projects click here. To discuss how we can help your company or project, email chris@unlimitedmedia.co.uk
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Lost Musicals to stage two runs at Sadlers Wells
Sanjeev Bhaskar to star in new BBC drama
Irish music showcase at Luminaire next month
 
Times report says 6music might close
Spotify announce Hendrix video exclusive
MUZU launch new jukebox service
 
Udderbelly to return to South Bank
Big Weekend goes to Bangor
Get paid to trek round thirty festivals this summer
 

POST-TAKEOVER CHANGES BEGIN AT MAMA, DRISCOLL DEPARTS
The MAMA Group announced on Friday the resignation of their co-CEO Adam Driscoll, who will depart the live music and artist management business following its acquisition by HMV.

Driscoll, of course, was key in the development of the Channelfly empire that preceded MAMA, helping take a Camden club and its promotional fanzine and transform it into one of the UK's most important independent music companies; cleverly moving the firm away from its original dot.com ambitions just before all things dot.com crashed, and instead expanding the Barfly network of clubs, buying into artist services, and setting up youth marketing and brand partnership spin offs.

When Channelfly merged with MAMA in late 2005 Driscoll became CEO of the combined company, soon being joined by former Mean Fiddler boss Dean James, with the two men becoming co-CEOs of the group. They have since together overseen a prolific acquisition spree, in particular buying up much of the venue network owned by James' previous employer, and expanding their company's interests in festivals and artist management, and striking up strategic alliances with Nettwerk, ATC Management and HMV. The latter, of course, led to the music retailer's acquisition of MAMA last month.

James will stay with MAMA now that it is a division of HMV and, confirming Driscoll's departure on Friday, told CMU: "Adam has been a driving force behind the development of MAMA over the past five years and it has been a privilege to work with him. I look forward to the next five years with HMV being as rewarding as the last five years as we continue to develop MAMA into one of the UK's leading music businesses".

It's not yet clear how MAMA will operate under the HMV banner, ie whether it remain a stand alone entity within the HMV Group, or whether MAMA's constituent parts - live, management and marketing services - will be split up into separate HMV divisions. That said, changes confirmed this weekend at MAMA's principle artist management agency, Supervision, possibly suggest the latter.

According to a statement, Supervision is set to begin a "new era as a streamlined business with its profitable core group of managers", whatever that means. It will be headed up by two of its long-standing artist managers, Cerne Canning and James Sandom, while Nigel Templeman and Dave Cronen will remain part of the company, joined by former Interscope/Geffen marketing man Deb Fenstermacher. Canning and Sandom will report to both the aforementioned James and HMV top dog Simon Fox.

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ALL KINDS OF 6MUSIC RAGE
So, there was plenty of internet rage on Friday about the news BBC policy twonk John Tate has proposed shuttering digital music stations 6music and the Asian Network as part of sweeping cuts at the Beeb designed to reduce expenditure and satisfy critics of the Corporation in the commercial media and within the Tory party. Tate's an expert on placating Tories, of course, having previously headed up the political party's policy unit.

While Tate's proposals, which are now expected to be rubber stamped by the BBC top guard before being passed to the BBC Trust for consultation, suggest cuts across the BBC, especially in the Corporation's online operations, youth output and commercial division Worldwide, it is the proposals to shut the two digital radio stations that have proven most controversial.

In music circles most of the rage has been about 6music, widely seen as the BBC's principle serious music channel. Opponents point out that 6music is relatively cheap to run and a wholly non-commercial service (despite claims made by Absolute Radio that they could run it on a commercial basis), therefore its closure satisfies neither of Tate's aims, ie significant cost-savings and new friends in the commercial sector.

Various journalists, bloggers and interest groups have ranted on the issue this weekend, and we'll focus on six of them. Meanwhile, as previously reported, support for 6music can be expressed by joining this Facebook Group here. An online petition about the proposals to cut the station has also been set up at www.petition.fm/petitions/6musicasiannet/1000/

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BPI AND AIM COMMENT ON 6
First, the bosses of record label trade body the BPI, chairman Tony Wadsworth and CEO Geoff Taylor, have joined forces with the boss of the Association Of Independent Music, Alison Wenham, to pen an open letter to BBC top man Mark Thompson expressing their concern about the plans to close both 6music and the Asian Network.

They write: "Although 6music's audience share remains relatively modest, it is the fastest growing of the BBC digital radio channels and its on-demand usage online is high. It clearly has significant potential for further growth. The Asian Network also provides an important channel for exposure for Asian music in the UK, which does not gain exposure on many major commercial stations".

They continue: "As the UK's main public sector broadcaster, the BBC has a unique capability and responsibility to promote music that has yet to develop a significant commercial following. Closing 6music and the Asian Network would substantially reduce the opportunities for exposure for many new British artists and also for artists who do not fit into the commercial mainstream, but who still need to reach an audience".

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BECTU COMMENT ON THE CUTS
Second, the chief of technicians union BECTU, Gerry Morrissey, accused the BBC of kowtowing to the Rupert Murdochs of this world, telling reporters: "When you consider the available information, it is obvious that the BBC is being bounced by its competitors and by the political climate ahead of the upcoming General Election. Let there be no misunderstanding, BECTU will be opposing the closure of the services identified as at risk. These proposals are unnecessary and it is not acceptable to us for the BBC to be offering up services and jobs as some kind of sacrifice ahead of the General Election".

You can read BECTU's full statement here: www.bectu.org.uk/news/646

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PHIL JUPITUS COMMENTS ON 6
Third, in a piece for The Guardian, former 6music breakfast show host Phil Jupitus says: "As I listen to 6music today, I keep hearing tracks and thinking, where else would I hear this kind of radio during the day? The tragic answer to that question is nowhere. The end of 6music at this moment in the BBC's history is not only an act of cultural vandalism, it's also an affront to the memory of John Peel and a slap in the face to thousands of licence-payers".

You can read Jupitus' article here: www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/feb/26/bbc-6-music-licence-payers

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SOPHIE HEAWOOD COMMENTS ON 6
Fourth, and with another mention of the legendary Peel, freelance music journalist Sophie Heawood mused in the Independent this weekend: "Given that John Peel's death left so many musical mourners worried that nobody could replace him, it would be idiotic to get rid of a station that embodies a large part of his values. Especially when Simon Cowell is still filling ITV with the notion that music is a competition to be won or lost, with fame and fortune its only accompanying goal. In an age of rapped knuckles and endless accountability, the BBC needs to take a deep breath and stand up for something that doesn't want to shout about itself. And where people are happy. Not shouting, but quietly enjoying themselves".

You can read Heawood's article here: www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/sophie-heawood-john-peel-would-have-loved-6music-and-now-its-going-1912930.html

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ANDREW COLLINS COMMENTS ON 6
Fifth, a current 6music presenter, Andrew Collins, who, with comedian Richard Herring, is filling in for 6music stars Adam & Joe on the station's Saturday morning shift, who blogged on Friday: "I love the BBC to the very marrow of my bones and always have done. Anything that chips away at its authority, its creativity, its inclusivity, its ability to inspire, its mission to serve and its dominance in the specialist fields of excellence and stimulation is, to my mind, bad. If they'd announced that they were closing 1Xtra and CBeebies I'd be just as pissed off, and they literally do not cross my radar. It's not just about my friends losing their jobs, it's about a prevailing storm".

He continues: "Batten down the hatches, lovers of diversity and cleverness. As I always say, those who seek to give the BBC a good thrashing for being a Communist and having some croissants at its meetings and paying really good presenters some money for doing their job will be the first to write to the letters pages of The Times and The Mail and The Telegraph when the 'Today' programme is sponsored by Immodium Plus".

You can read Collins' blog here: www.wherediditallgoright.com/BLOG/2010/02/nooooooooooooooooo.html

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CMU PUBLISHER WRITES TO TORY VAIZEY ABOUT 6, HE RESPONDS
And finally CMU Publisher Chris Cooke this weekend wrote an open letter to Ed Vaizey, a culture spokesman for the Conservative Party, who was quoted by The Guardian on Friday as referring to the proposals to axe 6music and the Asian Network as being "intelligent and sensible".

Cooke wrote: "I've been to many schmoozing fests where political types from all parties have stood up and told us how proud they are of Britain's music industry, which is one of the most prolific and successful in the world. But take a look at the telly pages in the Radio Times. Try to find the TV programmes representing the British music community on BBC television. If it wasn't for Jools Holland, there wouldn't be any. Now look at the radio listings. Even on the music stations, we all know the daytime shows aren't really about the music. And yes, Radios 1 and 2 have specialist shows, but they squeeze entire alternative genres into tiny time slots, mostly in the middle of the night. Surely the BBC has a duty to represent, showcase and celebrate this great British music industry of ours? Well, it does. Through 6music".

Noting Vaizey's regular appearances on Radio 4's political magazine 'Westminster Hour', he continued: "6music is to the music fan what Radio 4 is to the political community. The place where their passion - good music, new and old - gets the airtime it deserves, where informed and intelligent people can discuss the good, the bad and the ugly, and where the music of today can be put into its historical context. Is it perfect? No. Could costs savings be made? Probably. Should it be better promoted? Definitely. But to tell a music fan that 6music will close is like telling a parliamentarian that all of Radio 4's political output is to be cancelled. Don't worry, GMTV and TalkSport will pick up the slack".

Vaizey responded by stressing that his remark that the leaked proposals seemed "intelligent and sensible" referred to Tate's entire proposition, and not specifically the shutting of 6music or the Asian Network. He writes: "As I have been cast as the man who wants to close 6music, let me put my remarks in context. The BBC has undertaken a strategic review because it recognises that some of [the commercial media's] concerns are legitimate. I have only read the leak in The Times, and perhaps I should have kept my mouth shut".

He adds: "I had no strong views on 6music on Friday, [but] what struck me as 'intelligent and sensible' was the recognition that the [BBC] website is causing problems for national newspapers; [the proposal to] cap on the sports budget, so that competitors like ITV and Channel 4 can get a look in; a reduction in investment in imported American programmes, again so others can bid for successful shows, and so that more money can be spent on UK originated content. I decided to support the general thrust of the proposals in public because there are others who want the BBC to go much further in terms of reducing their service. I thought it would be helpful to the BBC to signal that their efforts - in trying to reduce the scope of some of their services - were recognised".

On 6 more specifically, he adds: "Several things have happened since I spoke out. I am now an avid listener to 6music. I suspect that 6music has doubled its audience. I strongly suspect 6music will be saved. I should emphasise that any decision on 6music is firmly that of the BBC and the BBC Trust. Also, one quote of mine that was not picked up is that this is the beginning of the debate - there is no reason to assume that what is proposed is what will happen. So, to sum up - I had no strong views on 6music on Friday, I now know it is brilliant with a passionate and articulate fan base. [But] its future is not down to me. And I remain firmly committed to the BBC looking carefully at how its services affect its commercial competitors".

You can read the Cooke Vaizey correspondence here:
www.stuffbyme.co.uk/post/An-open-letter-to-Ed-Vaizey-Six-reasons-to-save-BBC-Six.aspx

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EU WOULD BLOCK EFFORTS TO PUT THREE-STRIKES INTO ACTA
As previously reported, rumours that the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement currently being negotiated by key nations around the world might sneak three-strikes into law through the back-door, by obligating signatories to introduce systems whereby internet service providers are forced to disconnect persistent file-sharers, now seem unfounded. Canadian copyright expert Michael Geist recently posted a leaked version of what seems like the relevant section of the draft treaty, and there is no mention of three-strikes.

However, if any of those countries who do advocate tougher systems for combating illegal file-sharing do hope to force such systems on others via the ACTA, they will have the recently refreshed European Commission to fight. A spokesman for the EC's newly appointed Commissioner For Trade, Karel De Gucht, told ZDNet last week: "We are not supporting and will not accept that an eventual ACTA agreement creates an obligation to disconnect people from the internet because of illegal downloads. The 'three-strike rule' or graduated response systems are not compulsory in Europe. Different EU countries have different approaches, and we want to keep this flexibility".

The EC is negotiating the ACTA on behalf of European Union members, including the UK.

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TYLER TO FRONT AEROSMITH EUROPE TOUR IN JUNE
Steven Tyler has confirmed that not only will he appear with Aerosmith at the Download Festival, he will front the band for their entire European tour in June.

As previously reported, there was speculation that Tyler would be replaced as Aerosmith frontman, for a time anyway, while he took a sabbatical from the band, though Tyler himself always denied he was stepping down, even on a temporary basis. Anyway, Tyler joked in a video on the band's website last week: "I just auditioned and I got the gig. We're coming your way and rocking your world".

The band will play a gig at The O2 Arena in London on 15 Jun in addition to their Download set as part of the European tour.

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THE BIG PINK WORKING ON ALBUM #2
The Big Pink have revealed that work has begun on writing the follow-up to their debut album, 'A Brief History Of Love'.

Speaking to Xfm at the NME Awards, the duo's Robbie Furze said: "We've been writing a few things. We've got a new record coming at the beginning of next year. We're going to try and write it by the end of this year.

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LILY DELAYS RETIREMENT FOR JAY-Z
Lily Allen's retirement (or at least hiatus) from the music biz isn't really going very well. I keep seeing her singing all over the place. Now she's revealed that she's going to hang in there for a little while longer in order to support the king of failed retirements, Jay-Z, at the Wireless festival in July. Which will follow her March tour with Dizzee Rascal. Then she's definitely quitting. Definitely.

It seems Lily was personally requested as a support act by Jay-Z, which I guess is the sort of thing you don't turn down. She'll perform immediately before him on Sunday 4 Jul.

Lily told CMU: "I was very flattered to hear that Jay-Z wanted me to support him at Wireless and, combined with my dates in March with Dizzee Rascal, I am excited to end my current string of live shows in such prestigious company".

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HMV CONFIRM NEXT BIG THING TO RETURN IN 2011
hmvlive, which is possibly the new name for the live music bit of the MAMA Group, have confirmed they will stage another Next Big Thing Festival in 2011. As previously reported, Next Big Thing took place in most of MAMA's central London venues last month and consisted of 27 gigs showcasing the buzzy bands which appeared in many media's end of year 'ones to watch' lists. Ellie Goulding, Erik Hassle and Marina And The Diamonds were among the 80 artists to appear this year.

Music Week quote hmvlive's Jason Legg thus: "It's hugely gratifying that the Next Big Thing was such a hit and that our instincts that there was space for such a festival have been proved correct".

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FESTIVAL LINE-UP UPDATE

2000 TREES FESTIVAL, Upcote Farm, Withington, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, 16-17 Jul: Bombay Bicycle Club are the latest to be added to the 2000trees line-up, along with Metronomy, Crazy Arm, Kill It Kid, Maybeshewill and The Xcerts. www.twothousandtreesfestival.co.uk

BESTIVAL, Robin Hill Country Park, Isle Of Wight, 10-12 Sep: Roxy Music and Tricky head up the latest acts confirmed for Bestival this summer. Other additions to the line-up include Mumford & Sons, Cornershop, The Jim Jones Revue, Everything Everything and Chic featuring Nile Rodgers. www.bestival.net

END OF THE ROAD FESTIVAL, Larmer Tree Gardens, nr Salisbury, Wiltshire, 10-12 Sep: The New Pornographers have been announced for this year's End Of The Road. Also added to the line-up are Citay, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Emily Loizeau, Iron And Wine and Phosphorescent. www.endoftheroadfestival.com

SUNRISE CELEBRATION, nr Frome and Bruton, South Somerset, 3-6 Jun: Syd Arthur, Vid Warren, The Amigos and The Shadow Orchestra are amongst the latest acts to be confirmed for this year's Sunrise Celebration. They will join the already confirmed Alice Russell, Mark Thomas, Rory Mcleod, Cocos Lovers and many more. www.sunrisecelebration.com

WAKESTOCK, Abersoch Bay, Wales, 2-4 Jul: Maximo Park, N-Dubz and Mr Hudson are the first acts to be announced for this year's Wakestock. www.wakestock.co.uk

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LIVE REVIEW: 30 Seconds To Mars at Wembley Arena in London on 23 Feb
I had the following conversation with a fellow journalist as we were exiting Wembley Arena - is Jared Leto the ultimate frontman? Quite possibly. Maybe. Whatever, we came to the conclusion that he is, without a doubt, a brilliant frontman; whether this stems from his background in the performing arts or the genuine love he has for what he does, I'm not really sure, but what I do know is that he's the heart and soul of 30 Seconds To Mars, and good grief, does that man have lungs.

The atmosphere on Tuesday night at Wembley began as it ended - alive, ever so slightly dramatic, ever so slightly hyper. At the start of the show, a dark grey curtain separated crowd from band during most of 'Escape', only to drop down at the fan-sung crescendo of those famous three words: "THIS IS WAR". What do we have here? Two Letos, a Milicevic, the rest of their band, and some of the biggest LCD screens I've ever seen. Yeah - this is quite a show.

Wasting no time and jumping straight into 'Night Of The Hunter' - arguably the best track from their latest, very commercial but very excellent LP, 'This Is War' - Jared leaps around the stage like an epileptic frog, donning a black knee-length military coat and that infamous new mohawk. The man commands the crowd, commands the stage, and commands his band. Many, I've found, have been a little cynical about Mars since their inception, seeing Leto's band as another case of actor-wants-to-be-a-musician-too. But he's a born performer - so what's the harm in that? And his voice is astounding.

Treating the crowd to an excellent mix of old and new - everything from the ear-shattering space-metal of 'Buddha For Mary' and 'ATTACK' to poppy numbers 'The Kill' and 'Closer To The Edge', and, a personal favourite 'From Yesterday' (to which they played the video on the screens behind them - resulting in a little bit of an inward swooning session on my part - do not judge me, good people, I have eyes). Reminding us how much they love their fans and how often they encourage involvement, the band pulled about thirty of them onstage for the 'Kings And Queens' encore, joined by support LostAlone and Street Drum Corps; an encore that, in everyone's opinion, came way too soon because no one seemed to want this to end.

"Look at you all," Jared says, addressing the crowd. "This is it right here. This is the Mars fucking Army." And what a perfect general he is. TW

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DEPECHE MODE AND SPONSORS DONATE £400K TO TEEAGE CANCER TRUST
Depeche Mode and their tour sponsors, watchmakers Hublot, presented the Teenage Cancer Trust with a £400,000 cheque last week, which was nice of them.

The Mode have been doing various fundraising things during their Hublot-sponsored tour, including auctioning off twelve unique Depeche Mode watches made by the sponsor.

They presented the big fat cheque at a concert in aid of the Trust at the Albert Hall last week. The Mode gig was part of the Roger Daltrey's annual fundraising concert programme, even though it preceded the others by a month.

By the way, during that show former Moder Alan Wilder joined the band on stage during their encore, the first time he has appeared with the band since quitting fourteen years ago.

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WEGOTTICKETS SIGN UP TO GIG GOING SURVEY
Ticketing agency WeGotTickets has announced it will participate in a thing called The Live Music Study, a bit of research being undertaken by a company called Wittdo, who describe themselves as "a not-for-profit social enterprise spanning the tourism, leisure and music communities providing businesses with customer intelligence".

This particular study will investigate the habits of British gig goers, and look into what genres work best on what days of the week, at how prices affect advance ticket sales, and at how far music fans will travel to concerts. An exec summary of the report will be available for free, while subscribers to Wittdo will get access to all the data they compile.

Confirming their involvement, WeGotTickets Business Development Director Dave Newton told CMU: "When you consider how other industries rely so heavily on customer data, it's incredible that the live music industry which has so much readily available has never undertaken a study of this kind before. The Live Music Study is a long overdue step in providing venues and promoters with the kind of information they need to improve their businesses and as a company that has always strived to improve the sector WeGotTickets are proud to be involved".

Wittdo's Chris Jenkins added: "We all know we need to be more intelligent with our marketing. The Live Music Study will help the industry understand customer behaviour, to help businesses of all sizes provide more relevant communication and programming. This ongoing study unlocks the value of your customer data, creating real behavioural patterns based on real data to benefit the industry".

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INTEGRAL LAUNCH GLOBAL OFFERING
[PIAS] has announced it's UK-based marketing services division Integral will start offering internationally focused services, devising and running marketing campaigns for their artist and label clients in multiple markets. The first band to benefit from such a campaign will be We Are Scientists whose new album 'Barbara' is released on the band's own label Masterswan Recordings. Integral's international operation will be based in London, but will benefit from [PIAS] marketing teams all over Europe and beyond.

[PIAS] International Director, Edwin Schroter, told CMU: "With our own in-house marketing and promotion teams in all the major European territories, [PIAS] is uniquely positioned to offer fully co-ordinated marketing campaigns on a truly pan-European and international basis. The calibre of artists we are working with justifies a dedicated international team that can work with the Integral UK team and expand the services Integral has been so successful with in the UK. We Are Scientists are the perfect act with which to launch this new service and we will be utilising this excellent new album to provide the band with success across many different territories".

Confirming their involvement in all this, Ian Jenkinson of We Are Scientists' reps Outlawz Management added: "We are looking forward to working closely with [PIAS] and Integral on the new We Are Scientists record. [PIAS] are in a great position in a fast changing and moving marketplace and the focus that we've already received from their teams in all areas around the band's release will make it a great campaign for both parties".

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MOG PLANNING UK LAUNCH
US-based online music service MOG has secured another ten million in venture capital funding, and plans to use some of it to enter the UK market in early Summer.

As previously reported, MOG was originally a music-based social networking and blogging service with parallels to Last.fm, but last Autumn it announced plans to launch a subscription-based streaming music service with similarities to American services like Rhapsody and Pandora, and elements of European streaming supreme Spotify. That service launched in the US in December with all four majors plus Beggars and aggregators IODA and The Orchard onboard as content partners.

With only a subscription option, MOG will enter an increasingly crowded market place in the UK, and with little existing brand recognition.

Although MOG will undercut the Spotify subscription service in terms of monthly fee, with no ad-funded freebie option MOG will be more competing the likes of Sky Songs and the revamped Napster, who currently offer combined unlimited-streaming and limited-download packages for £6.50 and £5.00 a month respectively. MOG will probably argue that they offer more social networking and Last.fm-style tracking functionality than Sky, Napster and Spotify, though it remains to be seen how attractive a USP that is to streamers, especially given how well Spotify and Last.fm work in unison.

MOG boss David Hyman has previously been quite dismissive of its biggest European rival Spotify, predicting that it won't launch a free service in the US, and that the free model is untenable even in Europe in the long term. He recently told PaidContent: "We'd like to do free, but the model doesn't work - Imeem went out of business - these services are haemorrhaging money. The labels won't let them continue to do free. Contrary to what you read, I don't think you'll be seeing [free Spotify] in the States at all. Free's cool, [but] free's like crack".

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MFLOW ANNOUNCE MEDIA PARTNERSHIPS
A new music recommendation service called mflow has announced a number of media partnerships ahead of its April launch.

mflow is a bit like a music-specific version of Twitter, users can recommend favourite tracks to their followers, who can then stream the recommended track in full once and, if they like it, buy the track, all via the one mflow widget. The recommender then gets 20% of the download fee as a credit to spend on other music recommended to them by the people s/he follows. The service has been in beta for a while, and will properly launch next month.

The media partnerships are with Bauer titles Q, Kerrang! and Mojo plus the NME and Clash, and will see the digital firm profiled across those partners' media. Each media will also start recommending top tunes via mflow.

mflow marketing man Atan Burrows told CMU: "Reaching users through major music titles is a key part of our marketing strategy pre-launch. The titles we are partnering with are all trusted sources and play a vital role in the recommendation of new music. [And] all the titles we will be working with will also have their own profiles on mflow, which will allow them to recommend and share new music with their readers".

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A THIRD OF YOUTUBE VIEWING IS MUSIC BASED
Music videos account for nearly a third of all traffic on YouTube, apparently. Or at least that's what research company Sysomos says. Entertainment videos are the second most watched, even though I've no idea what an "entertainment video" is. Are music videos not entertaining? Perhaps that means all the videos of people falling over and pulling funny faces.

Music videos are the most viewed content type for all YouTube users, though the percentage that music content accounts for declines as users get older, if that makes sense.

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CHART UPDATE
I'm sure one day someone will actually win this game, but it's been going on for some time now, and no one seems to be able to stay in the number one position long enough to bring the competition to an end once and for all. Maybe Jason Derulo will manage it. He's new at number one this week, and has the look of a winner about him. Well, he's wearing a tie on the cover artwork, at least.

Also new in the top ten this week is Ellie Goulding, at four with 'Starry Eyed', and Sugababes at seven with 'Wear My Kiss'. Outside the top ten, where the runners-up reside, Chiddy Bang are new at twelve with 'Opposite Of Adults', Alphabeat are at 29 with 'Hole In My Heart', Pixie Lott is at 35 with 'Gravity' and finally, Muse's 'Resistance' is in at 38.

Now, over in the album chart, Lady Gaga is continuing the theme of albums released last year getting to number one this year, following on from Paolo Nutini and Florence And The Machine. Her debut album 'The Game' first went to the top last April, and is back again this week after 59 weeks on the chart. I think it's fair to say Lady Gaga is quite popular.

Actual brand new, never before seen albums in the top ten are Marina And The Diamonds with 'The Family Jewels' at five, The Courteeners with 'Falcon' at six, and some young tyke called Johnny Cash, with 'American VI: Ain't No Grave', at nine.

Further down, Michael Jackson's 'This Is It' compilation is back in the chart at 24, sandwiched between 'Midas Touch: The Very Best Of The Hollies' at 23 and Timbaland's 'Shock Value 2' at 25. Gracie Fields is also new this week, with her own best of at 29.

The charts are compiled by The Official Charts Company. This coming Friday's CMU Weekly Powers Of Ten playlist is compiled by Alphabeat. These two things aren't really related, but they sound nice together, don't they?

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CARLY SIMON REVEALS WHO'S SO VAIN
Carly Simon has apparently revealed, after nearly 40 years of staying tight-lipped on the issue, who the subject of her 1972 hit 'You're So Vain' is.

Speaking to Uncut Magazine, Simon said: "You know what, I'm just going to tell you this. The answer is on the new version of 'You're So Vain', on my new record 'Never Been Gone'. There's a little whisper and it's the answer to the puzzle".

The Sun then promptly went and played the record backwards and discovered that you can hear her say "David Geffen" if you do so. Geffen was head of Simon's label, Elektra, at the time she released the song, and apparently her resentment relates to Geffen's decision to put more effort into promoting Joni Mitchell.

I would go and corroborate this for you, but I am with Bill Hicks regards playing records backwards: www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YiPKy1NO3A#t=3m15s

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