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Sparklehorse Linkous dies
Media insiders still optimistic that Digital Bill will make it
CMU to debate music radio at Liverpool Sound City as 6music review climaxes
Gang Gang Dance singer on Flo's homage theft
In The Pop Courts
US judge to rule on location of Citigroup/Terra Firma squabble
Rock denies assault, and using "corny" lines
D'Angelo arrested for kerb-crawling
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Musical Oscar winners
In The Studio
Rolling Stone talks to Rolling Stone about future of Rolling Stones
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Bloc Party man's side project album
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Dizzee planning autobiography
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Dag för Dag cancel UK shows after one half falls
Jermaine planning another Jacko tribute
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Single review: Liars - Scissor (Mute)
The Music Business
Olympic studios sold
19 London downsizing
The Digital Business
Napster Japan to close
MOG mobile to be launched at SXSW
Warner do deal with Dailymotion
iPad to launch in US next month
The Media Business
More vocal support for Asian Network
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Corgan on Love


 
MONDAY 8TH MARCH
FIVE DAY FORECAST
It's Monday, and it's hopefully somewhere around midday, so that must mean it's time for another round-up of exciting things that are happening between now and Friday.

Actually, right this second it's time to talk about something that isn't exciting at all. Yesterday it was announced that Mark Linkous, best known for his Sparklehorse project, committed suicide on Saturday. It was not the best news to hear first thing on a Sunday, and our condolences go out to his friends and family. More on that story in a minute, but first this week's five tips.

 
01: Liars' new album. Liars release their fifth album, 'Sisterworld', today. Apparently inspired by the contrast of the optimism presented by the city of LA (where the band live) to the outside world and the violence that can be seen on its streets on a daily basis, it's not the most cheerful album you'll hear this year, but I'll bet on it being one of the most exciting. It's a tense, often aggressive, sometimes sombre record that has a point to make but can't quite sit still long enough to say it. www.liarsliarsliars.com

02: MusicTank: Is pre-release killing music? The latest MusicTank Think Tank debate takes place at the PRS For Music HQ in London this Wednesday, and the topic is a bit of a contentious one. It will ask if the system whereby the record industry marketing-machine builds up to every new release over several weeks, even several months, contributes to the rise of illegal downloading. The answer, by the way, is "yes". Many people download brand new albums illegally simply because they want them now - ie as soon as they start reading about them, or hearing lead tracks on the radio. If these albums were up on iTunes, or Spotify, many would go there instead. And in the digital age, there's no reason why an album can't be available almost as soon as the final master is delivered. Agree? Well, join the debate on Wednesday. www.musictank.co.uk

03: CMU's music promotions seminar. We're only going and doing another bloody training seminar. Well, CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke is. Following on from last week's beginner's guide to music rights, Chris will be looking at the past, present and future of all things music publicity. If you want to come, there are limited spaces left this week, or you can book yourself in for when the seminar runs again on 31 Mar. For details of that and the entire programme of music seminar's we're currently running, check www.theCMUwebsite.com/events

04: Laura Mulvey discusses the Hitchcock blonde. There are all manner of elements that feature in Alfred Hitchcock's films that can be discussed in detail. One is his use of blonde actresses. Tonight, professor of film and media studies Laura Mulvey will look at just that, exploring the relationship between the Hitchcock actresses who inspired her article 'Visual Pleasure And Narrative Cinema', and the director's preoccupation with vulnerability. The lecture is followed by a showing of his 1964 film 'Marnie'. Nothing to do with music I grant you, but one of the cultural highlights of my week to come. bit.ly/mulveyblondebfi

05: Shane MacGowan's charity single. We've mentioned this so many times in the last week that you must have noticed by now that we like it quite a lot. Curated by Shane MacGowan and featuring Nick Cave, Johnny Depp, Bobby Gillespie, Mick Jones, Glen Matlock, Chrissie Hynde, Paloma Faith and more, all proceeds from this brilliant cover of Screamin Jay Hawkins' 'I Put A Spell On You' - out today - will go to Dublin-based charity Concern for their work in Haiti. Here's the video, where you can also find details of how to buy the track. www.youtube.com/watch?v=cf69vIQL_u8

Andy Malt
Editor, CMU Daily

 
BROKEN BELLS
Danger Mouse and James Mercer from The Shins may not immediately seem like an obvious pairing, but listening to the debut album from their joint project Broken Bells confirms that it wasn't such a crazy idea after all.

The first taste of their collaboration, of course, was on a track on 'Dark Night Of The Soul', an album written and produced by Danger Mouse and the sadly departed Mark Linkous, which last week received the long-awaited go ahead for a proper release, after a legal dispute with EMI was settled.

 
The complete Broken Bells album allows the duo to explore fully a sound that meets their differing styles beautifully. Mercer's guitar and vocals are given a more pacey backing than his main band usually offers, while Danger Mouse is brought a fragility and quiet subtlety in stark contrast to something like Gnarls Barkley.

The album can be heard in full on the duo's MySpace page.

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South Bank Show archive series to be aired
GMTV's Smith resigns
Corden says sketch show was a mistake
 
Cream get three year licence
Music festival line-up update - 5 Mar 2010
Forest Fringe to stage mini fest at BAC
 
BBC Radio chief defends cuts
Eddy says: Save BBC 6music
New digital radio EPG incorporates FM stations
 

SPARKLEHORSE LINKOUS DIES
Mark Linkous, aka Sparklehorse, has committed suicide, a spokesman confirmed to Rolling Stone magazine this weekend. He was 47. His manager told reporters yesterday that he had shot himself in the heart in an alleyway next to a friend's house in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday afternoon. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Linkous began performing as Sparklehorse in 1995, having previously been a founder member of eighties indie band Dancing Hoods, before undertaking a number of solo projects using his own name. There were four Sparklehorse albums in total, projects resulting in numerous collaborations which saw Linkous work with the likes of Tom Waits, PJ Harvey, Vic Chesnutt, Nina Persson, Dave Fridmann, Christian Fennesz and Danger Mouse.

His hook up with the latter on the fourth Sparklehorse album, 'Dreamt For Light Years In The Belly Of A Mountain', led to last year's 'Dark Night Of The Soul', a multi-media project also involving director David Lynch, which never got a full release because of legal issues with EMI. Those issues have only just been resolved, and the full album is now due to be released later this year. As well as collaborating with other producers, Linkous also sometimes took that role himself on other artists' projects, in particular producing an album by Nina Persson and collaborating with Daniel Johnston. A new Sparklehorse album was also reportedly close to completion prior to his death.

Linkous had a near-death experience in 1996 while supporting Radiohead. He overdosed on valium, alcohol and antidepressants in a London hotel, and his heart stopped for a few minutes during that incident. In the fourteen hours he lay unconscious, the blood supply to his legs was cut off, almost resulting in the loss of both limbs and leaving him wheelchair bound for six months. Some commentators said they felt the subsequent and somewhat sombre 1998 Sparklehorse album 'Good Morning Spider' had been influenced by that experience, though Linkous always said much of the long player had been written before the overdose.

A statement from Linkous' family issued via the Sparkklehorse website this weekend read: "It is with great sadness that we share the news that our dear friend and family member, Mark Linkous, took his own life today. We are thankful for his time with us and will hold him forever in our hearts. May his journey be peaceful, happy and free. There's a heaven and there's a star for you".

He is survived by his wife, Teresa, his mother, Gloria Hughes Thacker, his father, Frederick Linkous; and his brothers, Matt, Paul and Daniel Linkous.

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MEDIA INSIDERS STILL OPTIMISTIC THAT DIGITAL BILL WILL MAKE IT
Speculation remains as to whether the slightly controversial Digital Economy Bill will make it onto the statute book before parliament is dissolved for the General Election. The copyright section of this Bill, of course, introduces a three-strikes system for combating illegal file-sharing into UK law and, as of last week, formalises the powers of the High Court to shut down websites which are guilty of widespread copyright infringement.

The Bill has begun in the House Of Lords, and is expected to be passed by that chamber this week. Of course once passed by the Lords, it is always easier for the government to force legislation through the House Of Commons where they automatically have the majority vote. However, with the Tories opposing some aspects of the Bill (though not really the copyright section), opposition MPs might try to do everything they can to ensure the proposed legislation isn't approved before Election time.

That said, the Media Guardian reports that some senior media industry types have said they are still confident the Bill will get through parliament in time, with some speculating that the government may drop the bit most strongly opposed by the Tories - proposals for a new way of providing local news on ITV - in order to get approval for the rest of the Bill during the "wash up", the period of wheeling and dealing that goes on in parliament ahead of an uncertain election in which the government tries to get as much of its outstanding legislative proposals on the statute book before they are shown the door.

The Guardian quote one media insider who says he is impressed with the speed in which the proposals - which cover a wide range of issues and topics - have got to the final stage in the Lords, adding: "The government deserves credit for pushing through a proposal that is not a vote-winner. They recognise that the creative industries are a huge asset for the country".

Much of the music industry, of course, supports the copyright section of the Bill, and some industry groups have been fiercely lobbying for three-strikes and website shutting injunctions for some time. That said, not the whole music industry is completely on board. Many in the artist, producer, songwriter and management communities still have big reservations about the introduction of what are perceived by many as overly draconian laws, especially as many are convinced said laws won't actually make much of a difference in the fight against piracy.

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CMU TO DEBATE MUSIC RADIO AT LIVERPOOL SOUND CITY AS 6MUSIC REVIEW CLIMAXES
Given how the emotions have been flowing in the music community since the announcement that the BBC's digital station 6music faces closure, I think it's fair to say the industry still considers radio as an important platform for showcasing new and alternative music, and that there are too few radio stations and programmes providing that platform, both within the BBC and the commercial sector.

But, in the Spotify and Last.fm era, is music radio still the important platform for breaking new talent that it used to be? If so, is there a commercial model for radio services that champion new and alternative music and, if not, what are the obligations of the BBC in this domain? Or does the future of music discovery lie on the internet, and if so, do the killer discovery platforms already exist, or should the radio and web sectors be combining their skills to create that platform? And what does all of this mean for new bands trying to reach a wider audience in 2010?

Questions, questions. Well, people, we'll be endeavouring to provide you with some answers, because CMU Daily readers have voted the music radio issue as the one they want discussed in the CMU session of this year's Liverpool Sound City in May. And that debate will occur just before the BBC Trust ends its consultation on the recommendations that 6music and the Asian Network be closed.

CMU Publisher Chris Cooke says this: "Perhaps the news of 6music's pending demise rallied the vote for this topic to be the focus of CMU's panel a Sound City this year, though the music and radio industries have always been intrinsically linked, and the role of the latter as a platform for championing the new talent being fostered by the former has been a hot topic for some years. I think some in the music industry ultimately feel radio's key role in music discovery will be replaced by the internet, though the reaction to BBC 6's closure among the music community shows that, for now at least, radio remains important. I look forward to debating with key players in the radio, digital music and record industries on where they see the future of music discovery heading".

Sound City Director Dave Pichilingi added: "The response to the CMU Sound City panel picker has been phenomenal. In light of everything that is going on at the BBC, the choice of subject is quite apt. The Liverpool Sound City conference is all about challenging and confronting the big issues - we only truly move forward if we do this. This panel will certainly be one that gets the temperatures in the room rising!"

For more information about this year's Sound City, and details on how to book tickets, get your web browser tuned into this station: www.liverpoolsoundcity.co.uk

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GANG GANG DANCE SINGER ON FLO'S HOMAGE THEFT
Gang Gang Dance have said they wish Florence Welch had given them earlier credit for the bit of their music sampled in her And The Machine hit 'Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)'.

As previously reported, the New York experimentalists recently accused Florence and her record label of plagiarism after hearing the 'Rabbit Heart' for the first time. Welch's label and publisher quickly acknowledged that the Gang Gang Dance track 'House Jam' was sampled in the opening of the Flo hit, apologised for not previously crediting them, and agreed to a royalties settlement. Welch then said she was big fan of the New York outfit, and that the use of the sample was a tribute to them, and that she had never made any secret of the fact the 'House Jam' snippet had been used.

Gang Gang Dance singer Liz Bougatsos has now told 6music that she wishes such comments had come from Flo directly to the band much sooner. She told the BBC station: "If she [Welch] would have mentioned it in the beginning, in the press, which we never saw, that would have definitely made a difference. And if she was speaking of 'an homage' at that point, that would have helped as well".

But the singer admitted that her anger towards Flo and the song theft has cooled since a settlement was reached. She continued: "I'm happy now for sure. I think I was annoyed in the beginning because other people's reactions were affecting the way I was thinking about it - it's not a natural way for me to come out at somebody. I hope there's no hard feelings".

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US JUDGE TO RULE ON LOCATION OF CITIGROUP/TERRA FIRMA SQUABBLE
A US judge has said he will rule within the month on whether Citigroup can have their legal fight with EMI owners Terra Firma moved to London.

As previously reported, the private equity firm are suing the US bank over allegations the bankers withheld crucial information when advising them on their 2007 acquisition of the music major, possibly because, as advisors to both Terra Firma and EMI, there was a conflict of interest. Had said information been provided, Terra Firma will claim, they probably wouldn't have proceeded with the EMI takeover that has resulted in a major slump in the value of the equity group's wider investment portfolio.

Citigroup indicated that they wanted to fight the Terra Firma litigation - originally filed in New York - in London back in January. Conspiracy theorists reckon the bank wants a UK court battle because that will cause problems for Terra Firma boss Guy Hands, who recently stomped off to the Channel Islands in protest at the UK government's increase in high end taxation, and who can therefore only spend a limited number of days in this country for tax reasons.

Both sides presented their case for where the legal dispute should be heard in a US court last week. Judge Jed Rakoff said he recognised both sides needed a quick resolution on this, but added that the issues around the two sides' arguments were complex. But he said he hoped to make a ruling by the end of the month.

As previously reported, relations between Terra Firma and the bank who financed their EMI acquisition froze last year when Citigroup execs refused to write off a big chunk of the music company's debts. Some reckon Terra Firma may soon fail to meet EMI's loan commitments to the bank, enabling Citigroup to seize ownership of the music company.

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ROCK DENIES ASSAULT, AND USING "CORNY" LINES
Kid Rock was in court on Friday to face allegations he assaulted three fans at an LA hotel back in 2006.

Rock, real name Robert Ritchie, denies that he and members of hip hop outfit Boo-Yaa Tribe lashed out at Michael Medlin, Jose Perez and Carlos Bonilla outside the Roosevelt Hotel's Teddy's nightclub in March 2006. The three men, two of whom are 'celebrity photographers', are suing for millions in damages in relation to the incident, which they say left them traumatised. Despite their occupation, the claimants say they weren't attempting to snap Ritchie, but were asking for autographs when he and the hip hoppers attacked.

Ritchie, though, denied any wrong doing when he took to the stand on Friday, at the end of a week of court hearings regarding the three men's claims. He said the scene outside the club that night was "chaotic", and that if anyone was hurt it was as a result of the chaos rather than any violent actions on his part.

Meanwhile, responding to allegations he had been heard saying "who wants a piece of me next?" during the alleged brawl, he told the judge: "I wouldn't say something corny like that. It was kind of chaotic. There were cameras everywhere and people yelling".

The case continues.

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D'ANGELO ARRESTED FOR KERB-CRAWLING
R&B and 'neo-soul' type D'Angelo was reportedly arrested in New York this weekend after allegedly approaching an undercover policewoman and offering her forty dollars for oral sex. I'm assuming he thought she was a prostitute, not that he's got a thing for paying for sex with police officers.

US reports say the incident happened at 2.30am in the morning, and that when police searched the singer's car they found twelve grand in cash. At forty dollars a time, that would pay for a lot of oral sex.

The singer songwriter's manager declined to comment on the story when approached by the New York press.

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MUSICAL OSCAR WINNERS
So, it was a big night for 'The Hurt Locker' at the Oscars last night, it picking up six gongs, including the all important Best Film and Best Director prizes. But what about the music categories? Well, Michael Giacchino won the Best Original Score prize for his music to the Pixar film 'Up', while Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett got the Best Song gong for their song 'The Weary Kind', which is the main theme to the 'former country star hits hard times' flick 'Crazy Heart'.

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ROLLING STONE TALKS TO ROLLING STONE ABOUT FUTURE OF ROLLING STONES
Keith Richards has said he wouldn't be surprised if the Rolling Stones head back into the studio later this year to record new material, though he speculated that a major stadium tour akin to the 2007 Bigger Bang worldwide trek would be unlikely to follow any new album.

On the possibility of some new material he told Rolling Stone: "There's no definite plans, but I can't [see us] stopping. I wouldn't be surprised if we did some recording later this year".

But asked about future live shows he said: "Maybe we'll search for a different way for the Stones to go back on the road. Maybe not the football stadiums anymore. Maybe something different. You can't go around there in lemon-yellow tights forever".

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BLOC PARTY MAN'S SIDE PROJECT ALBUM
The side project of Bloc Party guitar man Russell Lissack, Pin Me Down, have announced they will release an eponymous album on 19 Apr. And if you don't believe me, look, here's a tracklisting and everything.

Cryptic
Treasure Hunter
Boy Who Cried Wolf
Ticking
Oh My Goddess
Pretty In Pink
Curious
Time Crisis
Meet The Selkirks
Everything Is Sacred
Fight Song

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DIZZEE PLANNING AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Dizzee Rascal is planning an autobiography, which seems logical, him now being the grand old age of 24. As you might expect, Dizzee won't be doing a deal with one of the big publishing houses. Rather, the book will be co-published by his own Dirtee Skank business in association with rather cool Edinburgh-based indie publisher Canongate.

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DAG FÖR DAG CANCEL UK SHOWS AFTER ONE HALF FALLS
Swedish-American indie duo Dag för Dag have been forced to cancel their previously reported gigs in the UK this week because the female half of the brother/sister set up, Sarah Snavely suffered a slight fall at a gig in Sweden last week. Normally you'd be forgiven for telling Snavely that the "show must go on" and to just get up and get on with it, but if you did you'd feel like an inconsiderate fool once you realised that Sarah is eight months pregnant.

Snaveley told CMU: "It caused quite a fright. My body has grown so much over the past couple weeks and I've been caught totally off guard by the way I feel - both physically and emotionally. So out of safety for me and the mini guy still growing in the belly, I've decided to spend the next seven weeks at home".

The duo hope to return to the UK in July and August once Sarah has recovered from that child birth ordeal thing. Their debut album was released two weeks ago by Cargo Records.

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JERMAINE PLANNING ANOTHER JACKO TRIBUTE
Jermaine Jackson is having another go at staging an all-star tribute show to his late brother Michael.

As you'll remember, Jermaine was behind plans to stage such a show last year, but it all fell to pieces after half the acts announced to play told the press they'd agreed to no such thing.

The new tribute gala is set to take place at London's Wembley Arena on 8 Jun, two weeks before the first anniversary of the late king of pop's sudden death. It will be filmed for later TV transmission. It's thought Janet Jackson will sing with the rest of the Jackson brothers as part of the show.

Jermaine said the tribute was "the best way and most suitable way" to pay tribute to "a man who moved the hearts and souls of an unimaginable" number of people.

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SINGLE REVIEW: Liars - Scissor (EMI/Mute)
'Scissor' marks the first single proper from Liars' latest album, 'Sisterworld', which apparently explores "the underground support system created to deal with loss of self to society". So far, so bleak: and this sort of introspective apocalypticism is a fair indication of their sound. Self-imploding, ear-corroding, synapse-wrenching and utterly thrilling; 'Scissor' ticks all the boxes of what we have come to expect from these guys.

Solemnly processing in - like a spectral, chilling paean - the track lulls the listener with funereal sincerity before lurching into Liars' trademark sonic detritus. Reeling back and forth from pallor to triumphant, and acerbic noise collisions, further turmoil arrives with the cameo of a Nick Cave-style murder ballad moment. "I dragged her body to the parking lot/I tried to find her saviour amongst the cars", vocalist Angus Andrew drawlingly confesses, delving into terrifying pits of guilt, mournful cellos and white noise. Liars, you frighten us. This is why we love you. EG

Digital release: 15 Feb
Press contact: Mute IH [NP] Sonic PR [RP]

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OLYMPIC STUDIOS SOLD
EMI finally sold off its Olympic studios complex in South West London last week.

The Barnes-based studios, which some in the industry would argue were more significant in the history of rock music than the more famous Abbey Road Studios, were closed down last year as part of wider cuts within the struggling EMI group. Like Abbey Road, Olympic had not been making a profit for some time.

According to the Telegraph, an unnamed business man has now bought the buildings that housed the former studios for £3.5 million, and is considering various options for the property, including turning it into a cinema complex.

As previously reported, EMI have denied recent reports that they are also considering selling off the iconic Abbey Road studio complex.

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19 LONDON DOWNSIZING
Simon Fuller's former company 19 Entertainment is downsizing its London operation, it has been revealed. According to Music Week, 19's American parent company since 2005, CKX, is discussing the plans with its London workforce. Although the telly, music and management firm is doing well, the reduction of the London team is a sign that more of CKX and 19's operations are now run out of the US.

As previously reported, Fuller recently announced he was stepping down from his role within CKX to set up a new company, XIX, although he will continue to work on some of his bigger 19 projects, such as the 'Idol' franchise, in a consultancy role. It has been speculated that Fuller might now take on some of the London-based 19 staffers laid off by CKX.

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NAPSTER JAPAN TO CLOSE
Napster Japan, a JV between the US version of Napster and Tower Records Japan, will close down at the end of May, bringing to an end the country's first subscription-based online music service.

I think it's closing because the new model being employed by Napster elsewhere in the world - so unlimited on-demand streaming coupled with five MP3 downloads a month - won't work in Japan, where labels are still rather nervous about anything involving the distribution of digital rights management free music files. Those crazy Japanese folks, hey.

Actually, it seems Napster Japan struggled to get a number of labels on board at all, which made it hard for them to build market share in a territory where a la carte mobile music services dominate.

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MOG MOBILE TO BE LAUNCHED AT SXSW
MOG, the US-based music blog network which moved into on-demand music streaming last year, will launch a mobile version of its service at this month's SxSW, it has been revealed. As previously reported, MOG also plans to use a recent round of new investment to expand into the UK market.

Both MOG boss David Hyman and Spotify chief Daniel Ek will speak at the Austin music convention. The former has been publicly critical of the latter's free-to-use service, which Hyman says is untenable long-term and will never launch in the US as a result of nervousness in the major record companies, who are yet to licence a Spotify USA.

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WARNER DO DEAL WITH DAILYMOTION
The Warner Music Group has followed EMI and Universal into doing a licensing deal with video sharing website Dailymotion. So that's nice. As with Warner's more recent YouTube deal, the major will handle the sales for advertising that accompanies their videos in the US themselves, though in Europe and elsewhere they will work on such things in collaboration with Dailymotion's sales teams.

Dailymotion General Manager Joy Marcus told CMU: "We are delighted that our large and growing repertoire of quality music videos includes content from Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group, EMI and leading independent [aggregator] The Orchard. This breadth and depth of repertoire is a big win for our users who, quite simply, love music. Advertisers will also be pleased with new opportunities to reach a large audience of highly-engaged music fans".

Warner's VP Commercial Leanne Sharman added: "Dailymotion understands that offering official artist content is one of the most powerful ways to attract an interested, interactive audience. This partnership further strengthens our premium video strategy, which provides our roster of artists a flexible, wide-reaching distribution footprint through which to monetize and promote their music. At the same time, it builds our ability to present brands with a spectrum of possibilities for connecting with a diverse online population".

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IPAD TO LAUNCH IN US NEXT MONTH
Apple's previously reported tablet computer the iPad will go on sale in the US on 3 Apr. A UK launch is expected later the same month, though non-US release dates and pricing are yet to be confirmed.

As previously rambled, it remains to be seen if the iPad can kick start the long established tablet computer market by offering an internet and entertainment-based device that benefits from a bigger screen than the iPhone and iPod touch. Though some reckon it will struggle to find an audience, given it is less portable than a mobile, and less capable than a laptop. But this is Apple, so never say never.

As also previously commented, so far the iPad offers more potential for newspaper and book publishers than the music industry, though some music-based app makers might find a use for the bigger screen somewhere along the line.

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MORE VOCAL SUPPORT FOR ASIAN NETWORK
Following all the noise being made last week to try and save BBC 6music, supporters of the Asian Network are getting more vocal. As previously reported, the BBC is planning on shutting both digital radio services.

Among those to put their name to an open letter to the BBC Trust supporting the Asian service were actors Laila Rouass, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Meera Syal, Olympic medal-winning boxer Amir Khan, 'Bend It Like Beckham' director Gurinder Chadha, England cricketer Vikram Solanki, singers Jay Sean and MIA, and Bollywood and 'Big Brother' star Shilpa Shetty.

The letter, published in full in The Guardian, says that the Asian Network is a "key platform" for the national Asian community "and offers creative British Asian talent an outlet which is demonstrably under-represented in the more mainstream BBC. This would all be tragically lost if these proposals are agreed". The letter adds that the signatories were "shocked" by proposals the station be closed.

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CHART UPDATE
Well, look at that, Tinie Tempah doesn't hang about, does he? His debut single, 'Pass It Out', has gone straight in at number one, sending Jason Derulo careening down to number three after just one week.

Also new in the top ten this week are Wiley at eight with 'Never Be Your Woman', and Boyzone at nine with 'Gave It All Away', which has been released in tribute to Stephen Gately, who recorded vocals for the track (one of two on which he appears on the band's new album) prior to his death last year.

Outside the top ten, new entries come from Gramophonedzie with 'Why Don't You' at twelve, Daisy Dares You with 'Number One Enemy' at thirteen, The Black Eyed Peas with 'Rock That Body' at 23, Mary J Blige with 'I Am' at 34, Mumford & Sons with 'The Cave' at 37, and those bleedin 'Glee' kids with 'Defying Gravity' at 38.

Over in the album chart, another British new kid on the block is at the top, this time Ellie Goulding with her debut album, 'Lights', knocking Lady Gaga down to two. Also new in the top ten is Jason Derulo with his eponymous debut at eight.

Moving on, John Barrowman is at eleven with his eponymous third album, and Sharleen Spiteri is at thirteen with 'The Movie Songbook', before a cluster of new entries between 25 and 28, which come from Simply Red, Groove Armada, Dean Martin and Joanna Newsome respectively. Quite a mix. Rounding things off, Alphabeat come in at 39 with 'The Beat Is...' and 50s crooner Matt Monro is at 40 with 'The Greatest'.

The charts are compiled by The Official Charts Company. This week they launch the originally titled Official Chart Update, which will reveal who's where in the charts every Wednesday. We might now rename this column The Unofficial Chart Update. Or maybe The Renegade Chart Update. Or we might just leave it as it is. Find out next week!

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CORGAN ON LOVE
A future candidate for the CMU Weekly's Beef Of The Week, aka The Courtney Love Column? Smashing Pumpkins type Billy Corgan has been talking about his recent work with the Hole frontwoman, and questions as to whether their collaborations would ever be released.

Corgan told Rolling Stone he never wants anything to do with Love ever again, adding: "I have no interest in supporting her in any way, shape or form; you can't throw enough things down the abyss with a person like that".

As for the chances of their work together being released, he said any moves by Love to make their collaborations public "would be a real big problem, because I haven't given my permission".

We look forward to Love's allegations that Corgan stole her credit cards, offended her daughter and burned down her house.

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