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Ed O'Brien and Lily Allen respond to BBC Strategic Review
Exclusive: Music Ally to award best British start-ups at The Great Escape 2010
Sony Music to drop promo CDs
In The Pop Courts
Buena applies for Sugababes trademark
Rapper sued for bragging about shooting
In The Pop Hospital
Guru out of coma, issues statement
Pop Politics
Clause 17 out, infringement injunctions in, DEB update
Awards & Contests
Juno noms out
Artist Deals
Patch Williams sign to Chrysalis
Chiddy Bang sign to EMI
Gigs & Tours News
Kiss choke on stage show
Ja Ja Ja announce ILMC showcase
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Festival line-up update
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Single review: Belleruche - Liberty EP (Tru Thoughts)
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Sean Lennon defends Yoko putting his dad into Citroen ad
The Music Business
seOne to Debut next month
The Media Business
New digital radio EPG incorporates FM stations
ITV profits up, woo
And finally...
Simpson refuses Mayer's apology


 
THURSDAY 4TH MARCH
LIARS
Formed back in 2000, Liars are a three-piece American band, consisting of Angus Andrew, Aaron Hemphill and Julian Gross. Despite initially being lumped into the New York post-punk revival scene of the early 21st century, Liars have come to be categorised more by their dramatic stylistic shifts between albums, a shift achieved while retaining a consistent interest in rhythm and sound texture. The band are set to release their fourth album 'Sisterworld' on 8 Mar via Mute, and have just announced that they will be playing SXSW, as well as a headline gig at Shepherd's Bush Empire in London on 27 May. We caught up with Angus Andrew to find out more.

 
Q1 How did you start out making music?
By diving in head first. We met at art-school and began working with sound. We'd throw instruments in our studio and document them. That led to making noise on breaks between classes. Eventually, when we got hold of a four-track recorder everything changed. We began writing songs and really understanding the potential of the medium.

Q2 What inspired your latest album?
We thought about what it's like to not fit in. How people deal with that by creating their own spaces. We wanted to try to acknowledge, explain and confront unhappiness and alienation in an environment where these subjects are mostly encouraged to be glossed over - both physically and musically.

Q3 What process do you go through in creating a track?
We compose songs individually, sometimes taking pieces from each others work, so that in the end we bring finished demos to each other for further revisions and suggestions.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
With this new album, none directly, but we're interested in artists who promote idea over technique. Artists like Lawrence Weiner, Paul Kelly and Vitto Acconci.

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
Wear headphones please.

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest album, and for the future?
At the moment we're working on how to translate our new album to the stage. It's ambitious and quite tricky. In the future, we'd like to keep doing things that are challenging, scary and uncomfortable. Making sure we're never resting on what we've done, but continuing to push ourselves further from our comfort zones.

MORE>> www.liarsliarsliars.com

 
DANIEL JOHNSTON PLUS ORCHESTRA
Oh, how I love cult indie singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston. Last year he released his seventeenth studio album, 'Is And Always Was', and remains one of the few musicians of whom you can say that none of the charm and excitement has been lost over so many recordings. Featuring full band backing and polished (by Johnston standards) production, it also saw him skirt the closest he ever has to full-scale "proper" production, while his continued love of songwriting is as apparent as it is infectious.

 
This year, Daniel is embarking on a tour, which will see him performing with backing from the eleven-piece Dutch orchestra, BEAM, next month, in a unique performance of his material (for an idea of what to expect, watch the trailer below). For the sole UK show, which will take place at The Troxy in London on 2 Apr, Feraltone Records and promoters Platforms:live have announced a special deal, which will get you a ticket for the show, plus a copy of 'Is And Always Was', all for £20. Standard tickets are available from Ticketweb now for £16.50, with the album and ticket bundle going on sale tomorrow.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=auf5ERUPLzc



 
  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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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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London Burlesque Festival 2010 announced
Jermyn Street Theatre alive and well, okay?
Howard et al set off on Sport Relief bike ride
 
Pocket TV looking for runner
Creative Student publisher corresponds with Tory culture man over 6music
mflow announce media partnerships
 
London Burlesque Festival 2010 announced
Music festival line-up update - 03 Mar 2010
Lily delays retirement for Jay-Z
 

ED O'BRIEN AND LILY ALLEN RESPOND TO BBC STRATEGIC REVIEW
Godwin's Law states that the longer any online argument continues the higher the probability of a comparison involving Nazis becomes. And you can see that law in action on Radiohead's blog, where guitarist Ed O'Brien yesterday referred to Mark Thompson as "Herr Director General".

But anyway, this is my way of telling that O'Brien, also a director of the Featured Artists Coalition, has responded to the whole BBC 6music thing, as has his former sparring partner Lily Allen (who clashed with FAC over the proposed three-strikes system last year, I'm sure you remember).

In a letter to the BBC Trust, O'Brien said: "I wonder if those who made this decision are actually aware of the hugely important role that 6music plays in fostering and promoting new bands, as well as still playing the likes of the band that I am in. It literally is the radio lifeblood for music outside of the mainstream. Not to denigrate Radios 1 and 2, but it really is the only station that puts music first, and that's from a punters point of view and not some bloke in a band. Nowhere else can you hear an archived session track from T Rex juxtaposed next to Midlake's latest release? As David Bowie put it, it keeps the spirit of John Peel alive".

He continued: "Please realise the impact and severity of closing this station down. It will be a huge blow for new bands and their labels. It's not enough to 'refocus' Radios 1 and 2 as 6music does a very specific thing. What you have with 6music is a gem of a radio station, it is doing what no other station in the world does or can possibly do. Remember it is also still relatively young, give it time. You also finally have a fantastic and seemingly settled line up of DJs. Please get behind it and from what I can gather about its annual budget of £6m, it surely punches way above it's weight in terms of cultural relevance and importance".

Writing for The Guardian, Lily echoed O'Brien's sentiment, writing: "What is happening now reflects a huge, politically motivated reshuffle.It will be awful if they do decide to close BBC 6music, and I hope that the backlash they've received so far will make them think twice. Clearly it will continue to cause uproar, which is the last thing the BBC want. Perhaps they weren't expecting this level of interest in a niche station".

She continued: "If they close 6music, instead of acts like Seasick Steve and presenters like Lauren Laverne, it will be the Pussycat Dolls and Fearne Cotton on Radio 1. The only way this decision will be palatable is if they incorporate the elements of BBC 6music that strike a chord with the public into one of their other channels, such as Radio 2.That would mean making a commitment to showcasing new and unsigned bands, not just bands on major labels, and giving space to bands who haven't got a platform anywhere else, not just the next hyped act. But honestly I don't feel very hopeful that this will happen. Closing BBC 6music is bad news for unsigned acts and new British music".

You can give your own feedback to the BBC Trust on the Strategy Review here: www.bbc.co.uk/bbctrust/consultations/departments/bbc/bbc-strategy-review/consultation/consult_view

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EXCLUSIVE: MUSIC ALLY TO AWARD BEST BRITISH START-UPS AT THE GREAT ESCAPE 2010
CMU can exclusively reveal that day two of this year's Great Escape festival and convention on 14 May will feature a special event to find the best British music start-ups, hosted by Music Ally.

The event will see the digital music business information and strategy company hosting a session on the Best oOf British Start-Ups, featuring some of the most innovative homegrown companies operating in the digital space. The companies will pitch their offerings to a 'jury' of entrepreneurs, VCs and analysts with one successful company being voted The Great Escape Best British Start-Up 2010. Music Ally will also be hosting a keynote interview session.

Music Ally CEO Paul Brindley told CMU: "Music Ally is delighted to be collaborating once again with The Great Escape. We're particularly looking forward to being able to showcase some of the best of breed UK-based companies that are driving innovation in the digital arena. It is these new young companies that are likely to be the motors of the music industry going forward so it's important to offer a platform to encourage a greater dialogue between rights owners and these companies".

As well as the traditional convention panel discussions and speeches, The Great Escape will be introducing some more focussed discussions with industry leaders this year, including a series of short Q&As running throughout the event that will feature Alison Wenham (Chairman & Chief Exec of AIM) with many more names to be announced soon.

Educational level sessions will be hosted at Northbrook College - affiliated with University of Brighton. The leading music business and production education centre will be the key education partner of this year's Great Escape delivering a series of interactive workshops and stimulating debates on contemporary issues and innovative business models that are essential to catapult your music projects into the next decade.

And there will, of course, be plenty of informal and formal networking opportunities that will be hosted variously by AIM, Bristol Music Foundation, Generator, Catalan! Music, Featured Artists Coalition, French Music Bureau, Music Managers Forum, PRS For Music, Sounds Australia and UK Trade & Investment.

Earlybird delegate tickets are now on sale for £150 and there are also discounted three-day hotel and ticket packages available at www.escapegreat.com. But if you want to stay in the festival's main hotel Queens Hotel - where much of the convention takes place - you'll have to be quick as rooms are almost all sold out.

Check tomorrow's CMU Daily for one more Great Escape line-up announcement.

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SONY MUSIC TO DROP PROMO CDS
So, this has been a long time coming, no? Sony Music will stop sending out promo CDs to journalists on 1 May, forcing all reviewers to use the major's digital previews system instead.

I've wondered for some time how long major record companies could justify the cost of pressing up extra CDs for reviewers, while subsidising the jiffy bag industry and the Royal Mail. We've surveyed reviewers on this issue a couple of times and found a more or less 50/50 split between those who prefer to get MP3s or streaming links to review, and those who still want the physical product in an nice envelope.

Having just carried three bin bags full of old promo CDs down three flights of stairs for the recycling men (yes, the lift's not working again at CMU HQ) the digital thing is sounding good to me, though if I'm being honest, I think disks in envelopes still have a bigger impact, and I rarely check out promo e-cards from record companies, though that's partly because most of their preview track systems are rubbish.

Whatever, Sony is the first record company to make the leap into digital-only promos. According to those Music Week dudes, the major's top man chief bloke Ged Doherty said in an email recently: "Digital promo is set to become an industry standard as other major and independent music companies also make the switch. Physical stock is expensive, difficult to store and environmentally unfriendly. The digital e-card system that we have developed and tested in-house will provide all our partners across radio, television, press and retail with the same sound quality you are used to as well as artist images, pack shots, press clippings and other content to give you a complete picture of each release".

As I say, I think the music media will be split on this development. The music journalism legend that is David Hepworth, now overseer of The Word and Mixmag, of course, wrote on his blog this week: "I know all the arguments about the decline of physical product but this move shows that record companies don't understand what goes on in the head of a hack who gets scores of new records every day, most of them by people he's never heard of. I'm sure there are lots of good reasons for Sony making this move. Should send a shiver through the Jiffy Bag business for a start. I also predict that within a year when they want reviewers to take notice of something they'll start sending out copies again".

Presumably all of this will also mean the disappearance of new Sony CDs from certain second hand record shops in central London.

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BUENA APPLIES FOR SUGABABES TRADEMARK
Mutya Buena has applied for ownership of the Sugababes name, her legal team has told the BBC. Buena, an original member of the group, of course, who quit in 2005, submitted an application to the European Trademarks Authority earlier this week. I've no idea why no one thought to register it before.

The singer's lawyers, Kilburn and Strode told the BBC that they were "hopeful" that the application would be approved and added that, although the other two founder members of the group, Keisha Buchanan and Siobhan Donaghy, were named on the application, Buena is the "sole applicant".

As previously reported, Buchanan was replaced in the group by Eurovision singer Jade Ewen last year, meaning that there are now no original members in the line-up. At the time, Mutya said: "It kind of doesn't make sense that there is Sugababes any more", which is syntactically awful but a good point nonetheless.

The current Sugababes line-up released their latest single, 'Wear My Kiss', last month, and are set to release the group's seventh album, 'Sweet 7', later this year.

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RAPPER SUED FOR BRAGGING ABOUT SHOOTING
US rapper Plies is facing litigation from five people who were injured during a club shooting in Florida in 2006 involving the hip hopper's entourage. They are suing the rapper over the incident now because they allege he has since used the incident to boost his credibility in the hip hop community, presumably because every rap star these days feels they need as many bullet-related anecdotes as 50 Cent.

The lawsuit names Plies and his brother Ronell Levatte, and the two guys' company Big Gates Records, as defendants. At the time of the shooting Plies pleaded no contest to charges of illegal possession of a concealed weapon, while his brother served three years inside in relation to the incident. Two other members of the Big Gates posse were also jailed.

The lawsuit involves five people who suffered non-life-threatening gunshot wounds after a falling out between Plies' team and a rival rap gang got out of hand. The legal papers claim that since 2006 Plies has made references to the shooting in his lyrics, and frequently alluded to the incident to boost his street cred. Presumably they reckon Plies has therefore profited from their suffering, and they want some cash to compensate for that fact.

I have no idea how US law will approach what seems to me to be a very optimistic legal claim, but if it does get to court it could be an interesting case.

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GURU OUT OF COMA, ISSUES STATEMENT
Rapper Guru is now out of the coma he fell into after suffering a heart attack last week. He also underwent surgery earlier this week, which seems to have been successful, if the short statement issued to AllHipHop yesterday is anything to go by.

The Gangstarr man said: "I am doing fine and I am recovering! I'm weak though. [Current production partner] Solar is the only person who has the accurate info on my situation. Any info from anybody else is false! I appreciate your well wishes and all the love!"

Solar added: "Guru is resting and doing well after his surgery. The doctors say that he will fully recover from his illness. We thank everyone who send prayers our way and we appreciate the outpouring of love from around the world!"

The "anybody else" referred to in Guru's statement, it seems, also includes members of his direct family. In a video statement issued yesterday on YouTube, the rapper's nephew, Justin Nicholas-Elam Ruff claimed that Solar was "manipulating" Guru, withholding information about his health and blocking his family from visiting him.

He said: "[Solar] has primary control over the decisions made for Guru's health in the hospital. Now, last I checked, it was the family's right to have a say on what goes on in the hospital when a family member falls ill". He also claimed that Guru was admitted to hospital on 2 Feb "for reasons I will not disclose", but the family were not notified until 16 Feb.

If genuine, the statement is a pretty damning account of Solar's handling of Guru's affairs. Watch it in full here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TNkP4pH6-0

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CLAUSE 17 OUT, INFRINGEMENT INJUNCTIONS IN, DEB UPDATE
The most controversial part of the Digital Economy Bill - the copyright clause which (sort of) gave powers to future ministers to introduce new copyright rules without going through the proper parliamentary process - was dropped last night following a last minute move by the Liberal Democrats to amend the proposed legislation as it was heard for the final time in the House Of Lords. So, that's groovy news for all those that opposed that particular proposal.

Except said DEB opponents say that the clause the Lib Dems successfully got put in its place is even more dangerous. Their clause proposes giving the High Court the right to issue injunctions that can shut down websites which make available large amounts of copyright infringing content. This is sometimes seen as an alternative to the three-strikes system that targets individuals who file-share, and is at the heart of new anti-piracy rules in Spain. Though in the UK it will operate alongside three-strikes.

But some reckon that is too great a power to give to a judge, and that such injunctions would be misused by content owners - some of whom, it is alleged, misuse the similar (though less extreme) take-down notice system that exists under US copyright law, by demanding content be taken down when it is not, actually, infringing their rights.

And because the proposed infringement injunctions are more extreme that the US take-down system, some also fear it could be used against video-sharing sites like YouTube, who do host infringing content its users upload until they are made aware of its presence on their platform (though, in reality, I don't think any judge would issue such an injunction against that kind of service, but whatever).

Open Rights Group director Jim Killock says this: "This would open the door to a massive imbalance of power in favour of large copyright holding companies. Individuals and small businesses would be open to massive 'copyright attacks' that could shut them down, just by the threat of action. This is exactly how libel law works today: suppressing free speech by the unwarranted threat of legal action. The expense and the threat are enough to create a 'chilling effect'".

It would be interesting to know whether such injunctions could be used against sites that enable others to infringe, but which host no actual infringing content, ie the Pirate Bays and Oinks of this world. If so, that would mean the DEB would be formalising so called 'authorising infringement', something the existing UK Copyright Act says only a few words on, and on which the DEB currently says nothing, and yet which is a crucial copyright principle when it comes to taking on services that assist in the file-sharing process but don't host any actual content.

The DEB will continue to be considered by the Lords on Monday. Once they are happy with it all it will have to go to the House Of Commons. Ultimately they would probably pass the proposals, though it seems increasingly unlikely it will get through the second parliamentary chamber before the General Election.

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JUNO NOMS OUT
It's time for the Juno Awards again. How lovely. Leading the pack in the nomination stakes for the Canadian music industry's big awards bash is Michael Buble, who is up for six awards. Following the Bubulator are Billy Talent, Drake and country singer Johnny Reid, who are all in line for four. K'Naan, Classified and that Justin Bieber all have three nominations.

In the oh-shit-we'd-better-give-them-something categories are Bryan Adams, who will receive the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award, former Universal Music Canada chairman Ross Reynolds, who'll get Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award, and April Wine, who will be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall Of Fame.

Full nominations and other details at junoawards.ca

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PATCH WILLIAMS SIGN TO CHRYSALIS
The boss of the Music Producers Guild, Steve Levine, has predicted a growth in entrepreneurialism among the record producer community, as a band he has helped develop scored a publishing deal with Chrysalis.

Of course, some record producers have always taken an active interest in helping develop and launch the careers of the new talent they discover, especially in the hip hop domain, though it's true that said producers have often been pushed into the back seat once a record deal comes along. Levine, though, has signed his latest protégés - Patch Williams - to his own label Hubris Records and plans to play an active role in bringing the band to wider attention.

Levine told CMU: "It's no longer just a question of [producers] working with a band once they are signed and ready to go into a studio. The industry has changed and so has our role within it. We're now actively looking for new talent and, in my case at least, signing them to our own record labels".

He continued: "This new business model means that we can react much more quickly if we are approached for a licensing deal. In point of fact this happened last week: not only have we licensed a track, but I was also able to supply the music supervisor with an instrumental version and a recently recorded acoustic version. They were impressed with the speed and ease with which we completed the deal and sent the master recordings to them. As a result we get more exposure, which we really need at this early stage of the band's career".

Interestingly, Patch Williams' newly announced relationship with Chrysalis will also see the publisher work with Hubris Records, and represent the band's sound recordings for licensing and sync rights and such malarkey. Levine: "They have a very strong international synchronisation licensing team and this way we can offer music users a one stop licensing solution. I strongly believe this is the way forward for artists who work outside the major label environment".

Confirming their deal with the band, Chrysalis A&R man Ben Bodie told CMU: "We are all very happy to be working with Patch William and Steve Levine and believe that Chrysalis is in a position to take the group to the next level".

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CHIDDY BANG SIGN TO EMI
Super-duper all-new (sort of) Philadelphia-based hip hop duo Chiddy Bang - who built a nice big fanbase for themselves by posting a mixtape on that thing called MySpace - have signed a worldwide deal with EMI's Parlophone division.

I know this because Parlophone chief Miles Leonard just send CMU HQ the following telegram: "Chiddy Bang have the potential to be a global success and both Parlophone and EMI globally are committed to making this happen".

The band's second single 'Truth' will be released on 17 May, with an album to follow in the summer time.

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KISS CHOKE ON STAGE SHOW
Kiss were forced to cut short their encore at a gig at London's Islington Academy on Tuesday night after they set off too many pyros at the crescendo of the main set.

The show at the 800 capacity venue was the smallest the band have played in nearly 25 years, and it appears not to have occurred to anyone that a large pyro set up might not be such a great idea in the circumstances.

According to Kerrang!, when a number of confetti cannons were set off as the band performed the final song in the main set, 'Rock And Roll All Nite', the stage was flooded with carbon dioxide. Gene Simmons reportedly almost collapsed, while Paul Stanley said that he was finding it difficult to breathe and may not be able to return for an encore.

The band did eventually return, but only played one more song, 'Detroit Rock City', rather than the four they had planned on the setlist.

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JA JA JA ANNOUNCE ILMC SHOWCASE
Ja Ja Ja, a monthly night featuring some of the best in Nordic music, supported by Nordic Music Export, has announced that it will host a special showcase at this year's International Live Music Conference in later this month.

The show at The Tabernacle in London on 11 Mar will feature a line-up of Hjaltalin (Iceland), Megaphonic Thrift (Norway), Lucy Love (Denmark), Husky Rescue (Finland).

More info from www.jajajamusic.com

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FESTIVAL LINE-UP UPDATE

BOARDMASTERS, Watergate Bay, Cornwall, 4-8 Aug: Newton Faulkenr and Seasick Steve have been added as headliners at this year's Relentless Boardmasters, joining the previously announced Leftfield. www.relentlessboardmasters.com

SUMMER SUNDAE WEEKENDER, De Montfort Hall, Leicester, 13-15 Aug: The first acts for this years Summer Sundae have been announced with Tinchy Stryder and Mumford & Sons confirmed to play, along with The Sunshine Underground, The Wave Pictures and The Whip. www.summersundae.com

THE WAREHOUSE PROJECT PRESENTS, Platts Field Park, Manchester, 11 Jun: Ian Brown has been confirmed as the headliner for the new event in Manchester celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Platts Field Park. Joining the ex-Stone Roses frontman will be Unkle, Bad Lieutenant, The Whip and many more. www.thewarehouseproject.com

ØYA FESTIVAL, Middelalderparken, Oslo, Norway, 10-14 Aug: MIA, Paul Weller, LCD Soundsystem and Robyn have all been added to the bill for the Norwegian fest. They will join previously announced acts such as Pavement, Iggy & The Stooges, La Roux and The xx. www.oyafestivalen.com

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SINGLE REVIEW: Belleruche - Liberty EP (Tru Thoughts)
Pigeonholing Belleruche, a trio of Kathrin deBoer, Ricky Fabulous and DJ Modest, is no easy task, with their sound fitting somewhere between jazz, blues and folk with dance beats. This ten track EP (that's right, ten track EP; two original tracks, two acoustic versions of other tracks and six remixes of yet more tracks that aren't the main two) kicks off with soulful stomper of '56% Proof', on which deBoer proves, if you were in any doubt, that she is a great vocalist, with a voice reminiscent of early work from Bajka Pluwatsch.

The acoustic versions of 'The Duck' and 'The Itch' are both good with lush acoustic guitar, though there's little more to say about them than that. One of the best tracks on here, and also one of the best tunes I've heard so far this year, is Hint's remix of 'Anything That You Want'. It features an awesome broken beat bassline, which is futuristic and funky, while the lyrics hook brilliantly onto their new backing track.

The other remixes of the same track don't compare as well - The Cinammon Kings go electro-pop and Aldo Vanucci goes for a more downtempo flavour, while Scott Whyte goes for the harder electro tech aspect. All in all, though, it's a nice little package, and well worth checking out for that Hint mix. He's someone I will be watching closely this year. PV

Physical release: 1 Mar
Press contact: DEC promotions [all]

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SEAN LENNON DEFENDS YOKO PUTTING HIS DAD INTO CITROEN AD
Sean Lennon has been defending his mother Yoko Ono's decision to let carmakers Citroen use Beatles-era footage of John Lennon in a TV advert. Some have accused Yoko of cheapening Lennon's legacy by allowing the commercial use of his image.

But Sean insists Yoko didn't give her approval to the ad for financial reasons, but to keep his father in the public consciousness. He tweeted this week: "She did not do it for money. [It] has to do [with] hoping to keep dad in public consciousness. [There are] no new LPs, so [a] TV ad is exposure to young [people]. Look, [the] TV ad was not for money. It's just hard to find new ways to keep Dad in the new world. Not many things [are] as effective as TV".

It must be hard for Yoko to keep John Lennon's profile up. If only someone would release some new Beatles products, or perhaps make a film or two about Lennon himself. Bloody world, not doing its bit, leaving it all to poor old Yoko and French carmakers.

It seems Sean hadn't seen the ad when he did his original tweeting, but he stands by his mother's decision to collaborate with Citroen, even though he's not so keen on the advert itself. He tweeted later: "Having just seen [the] ad [and] I realise why people are mad. But [the] intention was not financial, [it] was simply wanting to keep him out there in the world".

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SEONE TO DEBUT NEXT MONTH
Having ceased trading last week, London club seOne will reopen next month under the name Debut. Apparently the club is now under new management and will undergo a full refurbishment before it's relaunched.

In a statement issued last week, seOne spokesman Marcus Kay said that the club had ceased trading on 22 Feb after falling "victim to the recession and hard times felt in nightclubs all over the UK". He told Mixmag later: "The club couldn't run on Saturdays alone and filling the Fridays and Thursdays became harder and harder. The overheads could not be met".

However, yesterday the club's PR informed Mixmag that it would be reopened as "more of an event space and music venue rather than a club" on 9 Apr.

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NEW DIGITAL RADIO EPG INCORPORATES FM STATIONS
A company called Frontier Silicon has developed a little flim flam - to use the technical jargon - that will enable radio listeners to access FM and DAB radio services via one electronic programme guide, which would be incorporated into DAB radio sets.

It's an important development because one of the objections to the proposals to switch off most of the FM network in 2015 is that a handful of smaller and community radio stations won't be able to make the switch to the digital network at that time - mainly because of a lack of capacity on DAB - and some fear that that would basically be a deathblow for those stations as the population at large stop tuning into the FM waveband (or, even worse, bin all their FM radio sets).

The combined EPG would mean that those services left on FM after the digital switchover could appear in the same programme guide as the DAB services, even though they are broadcasting on another network. The EPG would even put all the stations in alphabetical order, so it's not like all the FM stations would be stacked at the back.

The new technology is being supported by Digital Radio UK, the body charged with the task of turning us all digital in a radio stylee. The organisation's CEO Ford Ennals told reporters: "It's really exciting to see this project make such rapid and significant progress. Creating a secure and thriving future for all sectors of the radio industry is our primary objective, and ensuring that listeners can navigate with ease between their chosen stations, regardless of platform, is crucial to delivering that".

Frontier Silicon's Anthony Sethill added: "Our engineers have already made great progress in the development of the integrated guide. The prototype that we've demonstrated gives a really good working impression of how we can effectively and simply eliminate the need for a button or switch to navigate between digital and analogue".

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ITV PROFITS UP, WOO
Obviously it's great for his ego, but I wonder if Simon Cowell ever wakes up in the middle of the night and gets a little nervous about the fact that a major record company and one of the world's oldest commercial broadcasters are pretty much only surviving because of his projects?

Anyway, ITV yesterday revealed a pre-tax profit of £25 million for 2009, which is pretty good when put alongside the £2.7 billion loss they made the previous year. The recovery of the ad market helped, but it was mainly due to the mega-viewing figures of 'Britain's Got Talent' and 'X-Factor' that things were looking so rosy. Basically, Britain's most famous commercial TV network did well last year because of Simon Cowell, Susan Boyles and John and Edward Grimes. Classic.

The improvement in the broadcaster's fortunes is nice for Adam Crozier, the Royal Mail chief who is about to become ITV CEO. Though the company's newish Chairman, Archie Norman, was cautious about the turn round in his company's fortunes, and said the telly firm still had a lot to do to safeguard its long term future. Presumably he's keen to convince the City and ITV workforce that there is still a need for the radical restructuring he and Crozier probably have planned.

In related news, Cowell has told Piers Morgan during the filming of one of those terrible interview programmes for ITV that he considered canning his UK telly career last year when he realised just how busy he was going to be once his British and US TV commitments were put in his diary.

Cowell says: "I came close [to giving up work] last year when I looked at about June/July and my PA showed me I had an eighteen month schedule which took me all the way up to December of this year and every single day was practically planned and that really depressed me. I was kind of being pulled along rather than doing what I want to do".

Fortunately for Adam and Archie, Cowell continued with his ITV ventures.

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SIMPSON REFUSES MAYER'S APOLOGY
Jessica Simpson has refused to accept an apology from ex-boyfriend John Mayer after he described her as "sexual napalm" in his now infamous interview with Playboy last month.

When not firing off racist and homophobic epithets and professing that his love of internet porn sometimes leads him to see "300 vaginas before I get out of bed", he said of Simpson: "Drugs aren't good for you if you do lots of them. Yeah, that girl is like crack cocaine to me".

Appearing on Oprah Winfrey's show this week, Simpson revealed that Mayer had sent her a written apology for the comments he made about her. She said: "I haven't written back... I don't accept it. I don't resent him. I'm just gonna let that go. I couldn't read the article. I heard about it. I was so disappointed in him. It made me so sad and it was really discouraging because that's not the John that I knew. I guess it could have been a lot worse; my phone is ringing off the hook, I have to say".

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