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Lib Dems to amend amendment as DEB heads for final Lords vote
Might Warner and KKR mount joint bid for EMI
Brazilian GNR fans riot, Slash on the t-shirt ban rumours
South American Metallica fans riot, again
In The Pop Courts
Team Spector file appeal claim
Rock guilty of fan assault
Date set for Pirate Bay appeal
Apple fail to protect 'i' in Australia
Awards & Contests
Jay Sean dominates at Asian Music Awards
ILMC dish out Arthur Awards
UK Eurovision singer selected
In The Studio
Five tracks done for Friendly Fires' second album
Festival News
Festival line-up update
Single review: Fr3E - I Got My Beads On (We Make Entertainment)
The Music Business
PRS revenues up up up
Max Hole promoted to COO at Universal International
The Media Business
NME appoint new Deputy Editor
Save 6 rally planned
Chart Of The Day
Chart update
And finally...
Mark Owen goes into rehab

It's a new week, and I'm pleased to say it's a very sunny day in London today. I know it's not the done thing to talk about the weather, but I only mention it because it sort of makes up for the fact that I'm one of the four people in the UK music industry not jetting off to Texas to consume my weight in meat for every meal for the next few days.

There are plenty of things to entertain yourself with if you're staying behind, too. Some of them are included in my weekly round-up of stuff that's happening in the time it takes to get from here to the weekend. Though some may involve the thing you're not doing in Texas. Don't say I didn't warn you

01: NewIslands' debut single. It's nearly a year since I first heard the early output of NewIslands, a matter of weeks after frontman David Jones and producer Luke Shoesmith began working together. Since then, things have moved quickly, the line-up has grown into a five-piece, and they've supported the likes of Dan Black and Miike Snow. This week they release their debut single, the excellent 'Out Of Time', which has been circulating online in various remixed forms for the last few months. www.myspace.com/newislands

02: CMU making money out of music seminar. In the latest of our current season of seminars this Wednesday, CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke will be looking at how artists, rights holders and music companies can raise investment and make money in 2010. This will provide a review of the revenue potential of intellectual property, performance and fan-relationships at different stages of an artist's career, and evaluate new investment and revenue models, including fan funding and brand partnerships. Limited places are available. www.theCMUwebsite.com/events/

03: Hidden Cameras at Shoreditch Church. Our very favourite gay church folk troupe, The Hidden Cameras will be in the UK over the next couple of weeks to promote their new album, 'Origin: Orphan', which is out today via Arts & Crafts. The band will also release a double-A side single, 'Underage/Origin: Orphan', next Monday. The tour kicks of in Brighton on Wednesday, with the highlight being a show in St Leonard's church in Shoreditch on Thursday. www.thehiddencameras.com

04: CreativeStudent's internship guide. CMU's sister website CreativeStudent.net, which (as you might have already guessed) provides resources for students of a creative bent, is putting together a directory of internships for its membership. If you're running any internship programmes over the summer and would like to be included (thus gaining access to the very finest students in the land), please get in touch and let Creative Student know by emailing internsguide@unlimitedmedia.co.uk

05: South by Southwest. It's SxSW this week, I'm sure you've noticed. Some of you are already out there, some of you will be going over the next few days. All of you will be faced with the perplexing dilemma of what to go and see from a programme so long it makes you want to hide in a corner. It would be totally unfair to single just one thing out, which is exactly why I'm going to. I think you should go and see Roger Holt of legendary New Zealand indie label Flying Nun Records being interviewed on Friday morning. my.sxsw.com/events/event/7302

Those are the things you should definitely be paying attention to this week. All the rest is optional.

Andy Malt
Editor, CMU Daily

Sod Lady Gaga, the main music video event for us last week was the long-awaited release of the video for 'Flush', the first proper single from Losers, aka DJ Eddy Temple-Morris and former Cooper Temple Clause man Tom Bellamy, featuring the artwork of Dan Hillier, which perfectly combines Victorian England with the tentacles it has for so long been lacking, and animated by the also very talented Tom Werber.

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Lucas quits 'Shooting Stars'
John Malkovich to appear at the Barbican
Former prisoners to appear in show at Trafalgar Studios
Facebook may sue Daily Mail
BBC executive says something stupid, shocker
Former PRS chief to head up Digital Radio UK
Muse to play SxSW
Music festival line-up update - 11 Mar 2010
Cream get three year licence

As the Digital Economy Bill heads to the House Of Lords for its third reading today, the amendment to the controversial Clause 17, the just as controversial Amendment 120A, is likely to be amended. Which is fun.

Clause 17 was the provision within the copyright section of the DEB that would give future ministers the power to introduce new anti-piracy systems without going through the full parliamentary process. Amendment 120A removes that provision, but instead gives the High Court the right to shut down (and force ISPs to block access to) websites that prolifically infringe copyrights.

It is widely believed that record label trade body the BPI initially supported Clause 17 because they saw it as a way to get the proposals set out in Amendment 120A put into law after the Bill had been passed by parliament. With Clause 17 obviously likely to be cut for the Bill, the BPI threw the more specific Amendment 120A into the mix and the Lib Dems formally proposed it. The BPI want to ensure the new copyright rules introduced deal with more than just P2P file-sharing.

But Amendment 120A has caused just as much outrage from the anti-DEB brigade, who claim the High Court injunction system would be misused, and could be utilised by content owners against the likes of Google and YouTube. That seems really rather unlikely, but concern in the web community was enough to persuade the major web firms to join the internet service providers in formally opposing the amendment in a letter in the Financial Times last week.

Responding to that opposition, the Lib Dems are planning to amend the amendment. In particular, they plan to put increased liability for the legal costs of applying for a shut-down injunction on the content owners, so that said companies don't start applying for High Court orders on whim. The tweaked provision will also clarify how accused websites can appeal, and obligates content owners to alert website operators of their intent to apply for an injunction, and to provide a list of all infringed copyrights, before going to court.

According to a confidential BPI update on its lobbying activity intended for the trade body's members, which was leaked on the internet this weekend, it's not only web giants, ISPs and Stephen Fry who are opposed to Amendment 120A. Apparently MI5 are as well, though quite why isn't clear. Given the scale of the opposition, even some political types who generally support the copyright section of the DEB reckon the shut-down injunctions provision will have to be dropped in order to get the rest of the proposed legislation through parliament before the looming deadline of the General Election.

Speculation remains as to whether or not any of the Bill will make it onto the statute book before parliament is dissolved for the latest series of 'Politician Idol'. Assuming it gets through the Lords this week it will then progress to the House Of Commons. The aforementioned leaked BPI email is quite positive about the chances of the Bill slipping through the Commons on the nod, with the trade body reporting that opposition to the new copyright laws among MPs is isolated, and many Members accept that, given the looming deadline, the legislation will have to be voted on with relatively little debate.

So much so, the BPI email reports that meetings have already occurred between them, the Music Publishers Association and ISPs Sky and Virgin, on how the three-strikes system the DEB will make law might work on a practical basis. Consumer rights group Which? - who have said they believe a well run three-strikes system for combating file-sharing is better than the current system where file-sharers in theory face direct infringement litigation - are also said to be inputting on these discussions.

But, with opposition outside parliament still pretty damn vocal, and many of the groups opposing the DEB calling on their supporters to start bugging their election-sensitive MPs on this issue, some reckon there may be more shenanigans to be had in the House Of Commons on these proposals than some lobbyists currently expect. And while Sky and Virgin maybe willing to start considering how three-strikes will work already, as content owners themselves they've always been the more friendly ISPs on this issue. TalkTalk, for one, will continue to fight this until the final parliamentary vote is cast.

And, probably, beyond, because even if the DEB and three-strikes become law, TalkTalk are expected to hinder the new copyright system at every possible opportunity. Proving they still see this as a fight worth fighting, TalkTalk published research on Friday which claimed that 80% of 18-34 year olds who currently file-share said they would continue to do so even if three-strikes becomes law, and that they would circumvent the new net suspension system by using the various software systems out there will hide a user's online activity.

The ISP's Director Of Strategy, Regulation & Record Company Baiting Andrew Heaney told reporters: "Whatever measures are taken it will have little impact on the music industry's coffers but will leave in its wake innocent customers disconnected from the internet".

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It's taken as a given that Warner Music would like to acquire EMI if it falls onto the market, either because current owners Terra Firma decide to cut their losses and instigate a quick sale, or because the equity firm defaults on its loan agreements with Citigroup and the bank seizes ownership of the music major.

It's also widely assumed that regulatory problems that might have stopped a Warner EMI merger five years ago - over concerns there being just three major record companies would be bad for competition - would prove less problematic now, given the declining dominance of the record industry in the wider music business, and the arrival of a combined Live Nation/Ticketmaster and the influence of the likes of Apple in the music sector.

But could Warner Music afford to buy EMI? Well, the rumour this weekend was that Warner are in talks with private equity house KKR about mounting a joint bid for the London-based major. If successful, Warner would absorb EMI's recordings catalogue, while KKR would take EMI Music Publishing.

The equity firm is known to be eager to expand its music publishing interests, and has already bought into BMG Rights Management. It's not clear if the EMI Publishing catalogue would be merged with BMG (such a deal has already been mooted), or whether KKR would keep the EMI publisher as a separate company.

Of course, it's EMI Music Publishing that most people would want to buy, it being rather successful, while EMI Music - the recorded music company - makes all the losses. Which might make you wonder why Warner would want that bit of EMI without the publishing assets. Though the major probably believes that economies of scale may overcome most of the losses, while certain key EMI Music assets - the Beatles catalogue in particular - and the actually-doing-quite-well EMI Music Services business, are probably worth having. Plus, despite what I just said about the competition authorities, a merger of market-leading EMI Publishing with the Warner Chappell publishing firm might just cause some regulatory concerns.

Whatever, according to reports Warner and KKR have been busy discussing a joint bid since the shock departure of EMI Music chief Elio Leoni-Sceti last week, an exit that left many - well, us at least - concluding that Terra Firma now want well and truly out of the music business.

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The last time we reported on Guns N Roses - about those rumours Axl Rose had banned Slash t-shirts from a gig in Canada - we pissed off a lot of Axl fans on one of the band's more active message boards, and much CMU dissing took place until we corrected an error we had made regarding which specific message-boarders Rose had been ranting about.

Still, it seems we got off lightly, and it's lucky the Guns N Roses fans in question weren't Brazilian. A bunch of rich concertgoers in Sao Paulo went on the rampage on Friday after it was announced a planned Guns N Roses gig would not go ahead. The band were due to play at an invite-only show at a top club in the city, at a night hosted by Brazilian supermodel Ana Beatriz Barros. But at 3am it was revealed the gig would not - for reasons of which I am not certain - go ahead.

According to the New York Post, the club goers got really rather pissed off on hearing this news, and decided to take it out on each other, leading to one almighty punch up. A source told the paper: "The audience got angry and started to mount the stage, and fight and destroy everything. It was wild. There were fights everywhere, on the dance floor, in the bathrooms, outside the club. Crazy. I guess the free drinks didn't help".

In related news, Slash has commented on the aforementioned Canadian t-shirt ban when the topic was brought up in an interview he was doing during Canadian Music Week this weekend. He said he was willing to believe the rumours were of the untrue variety. He told news agency QMI: "I give him [Axl] the benefit of the doubt. I hate to think someone would be that petty, so it might be more of a rumour".

The most convincing sounding explanation for the rumour we heard, which I think came from someone in the security firm working at the Canadian show, was that bouncers had been told to look out for a gang of fans who, it was thought, planned to cause trouble at the gig, possibly as part of rivalries between those GnR fans who think Axl is great, and those who blame the frontman for bringing to an end of the band's classic line-up. That heightened awareness among security for troublemakers got spun into the Slash t-shirt ban rumours. Slash admitted to QMI: "There is a little bit of infighting between fans now, too. There's like Guns fans who support the Axl thing and then there's Guns fans who support the Slash thing. And God knows where it originated".

On continued frosty relations between him and his former bandmate, Slash concluded: "We obviously haven't actually sat together and talked so there's definitely some bad blood there but at the same time it's been, you know, fifteen years and I don't like to perpetuate the negative stuff because I don't really have the kind of harsh feelings for him that the media exaggerates".

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Of course, if those Guns N Roses fans were hoping to win some sort of award for their raucousness, well they picked the wrong week to riot, because the rock fan riot stakes had already been set quite high last week, again in South America. This time it was Metallica fans causing trouble.

This riot was between the rock fans and the authorities, rather than involving fans beating up each other. At least a hundred fans were arrested after violence erupted outside the venue in Bogata, Columbia where Metallica were playing last Wednesday.

Local media report that a large number of fans without tickets tried to force their way into the venue but - following similar violence outside a Metallica gig in Chile back in January - the local military had been shipped in, meaning the rioting fans were rather outnumbered by the 1500 officials patrolling the streets.

Water cannons and tear gas were unleashed as fans tried to force their way into the show, with a total of 160 fans being detained. Justifying their pretty heavy handed response local police official Ruben Castillo told Sky News: "Those people that did not get in wanted to get in by force. The presence of police and riot teams was necessary because these misfits - there's no other name for them - damaged some windows in the surrounding area".

Despite the hoo haa outside, the gig inside went ahead as planned.

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Phil Spector's legal team have asked a US appeals court to throw out the legendary producer's second-degree murder conviction on two grounds: judicial error and prosecutorial misconduct. Basically they don't think the producer got a fair trail, and have written a 148 page report on why that is, which they then submitted to the California Second District Court Of Appeal last week.

As much much much previously reported, Spector was found guilty of murdering actress Lana Clarkson at his Beverly Hills home back in 2003. He was accused of shooting Clarkson dead, probably accidentally while negligently playing with one of his guns. He always claims she shot herself.

At his first murder trial the jury couldn't reach a unanimous decision on whether he was guilty or innocent, but second time round a guilty verdict was delivered quite quickly. He is currently serving a life sentence, with no chance of release for nineteen years, which realistically probably means the 70 year old is set to die behind bars.

As you'll remember, key to the prosecution's case was the testimony of five women who claimed they too had had late night run-ins with the producer during which he had suddenly turned violent, and often threatened them with a gun. The argument was that Clarkson had died during one such late night run-in, and that one of these altercations was bound to end in tragedy eventually.

But Spector's defence team said the prosecution used these testimonies inappropriately so to secure a conviction "based on his bad character and evil propensities". Such an approach is not allowed by Californian criminal law, the defence attorneys now argue.

The appeal document also says that judge Larry Fidler was wrong to show the jury in the second trial a video of him discussing key forensic evidence with a witness at a periphery session during the first trial. The defence team say this involved Fidler giving an opinion on the forensics that favoured the prosecution, and that no such opinion should be shared with the jury because the defence have no facility to cross-examine the judge about his viewpoint.

The State Attorney General's Office will now file a reply brief on behalf of the prosecution sometime next month, before the Appeals Court considers its position on the case.

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Kid Rock was found guilty on Friday of being involved in the assault of three fans outside an LA hotel back in 2006.

As previously reported, Michael Medlin, Jose Perez and Carlos Bonilla, at least two of whom were photographers, claimed that Rock and members of the hip hop outfit Boo-Yaa Tribe attacked them when they approached the rocker for an autograph outside the Roosevelt Hotel's Teddy's nightclub in March 2006. The claimants sued for an optimistic $15 million claiming the incident had left them traumatised.

Rock claimed that there had been general chaos outside the LA hotel's club venue that night, and the three claimants had just been caught up in a fracas in which he did not have a central part. However, the jury hearing the case did not except this version of events, and found Rock and his Boo-Yaa Tribe cohorts guilty.

However, the damages awarded - $35,000 - while sizable, were nowhere near the multi-million pay out the claimants were looking for.

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A date has been set for the appeal of The Pirate Bay Four, the four men who founded and funded the rogue BitTorrent tracker and file-sharing search engine. The four men were found guilty in a combined civil and criminal case just under a year ago, and ordered to pay uber-damages and serve a year in jail. But, with an appeal pending, no money has changed hands, none of the four have served any jail time and The Pirate Bay is still operating.

The four men set an appeal in motion as soon as the guilty verdict was delivered last April. Their case is now due to be heard by the appeal court in Stockholm on 28 Sep. One of the defendants, and the service's former spokesman, who has since quit the Bay, Peter Sunde, said via Twitter this weekend that the timing of the appeal had been politically motivated.

Implying he had hoped for an earlier appeal hearing, he reckons that the appeal has been pushed back so it occurs after the Swedish parliamentary elections on 19 Sep. The Pirate Party, which campaigns for radical copyright reform, is particularly active in Sweden and enjoyed a flurry of extra votes in the European elections last June, buoyed, many said, by the high profile coverage of The Pirate Bay trial and the various accusations of judicial bias that followed it.

Sunde reckons that if their appeal went ahead before the elections, and they lost, The Pirate Party would enjoy a boost at the polls, and may get formal representation in national as well as European politics.

Sunde also made an appearance at the internet-focused strand of South By Southwest yesterday, which kicked off this weekend ahead of the main music proceedings later this week. Speaking via satellite (he admitted he couldn't come to the US because he'd be served with legal papers), Sunde was unrepentant during a session on the impact of The Pirate Bay on the record industry, telling his audience that the music business needed to find a new way of working, and had to accept it could no longer fund the millionaire rock star lifestyle for the few.

On the chances of him and his fellow founders ever paying the $3.6 million in damages the labels were awarded in the aforementioned trial, he again said he had no intention of handing over a penny. According to Billboard, he told the SxSW session: "Nobody's going to pay anything. There's no money to pay. Nobody's interested in giving money to big corporations that are just greedy and stupid".

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Apple failed to enforce its ownership of the 'i' prefix in Australia last week. The computer firm tried to stop an Australian company who makes bags for Apple kit from registering the trademark DOPi, which is iPod backwards, of course.

Part of Apple's case involved the argument that the use of the little 'i' in that way, in the IT market, was so associated with their goods, that rivals shouldn't be allowed to use it, otherwise consumers may think they are buying official Apple products when they are not.

But the Australian intellectual property tribunal said that enough other companies operating in the IT and web domain were already using the 'i' prefix to make it ridiculous to say Apple had some sort of exclusive right to the letter. And I should think so too.

On the up side for the IT giant, as iPads became available to pre-order in the US late last week, Apple was declared the third biggest company in America, in that only two companies trading on the New York Stock Exchange had bigger 'market caps' (basically the result of the sum share price x number of shares). A slip in the Walmart share price helped Apple take third place, behind only Exxon and Microsoft.

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It was the Asian Music Awards last week, and it was Jay Sean's night by all accounts, he winning all the prizes he was nominated for, including Best Male and Best Album. The strangely popular R&B star from Hounslow told the BBC Asian Network: "It's a great feeling to get four out of four".

The full list of winners was as follows:

Best Album: Jay Sean - All Or Nothing
Best International Album: Miss Pooja - Romantic Jatt
Best Female Act: Amar
Best Male Act: Jay Sean
Best Alternative Act: Natasha Khan (Bat For Lashes)
Best Urban Act: Jay Sean
Best Newcomer: JK
Best Desi Act: Imran Khan
Best International Act: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
Best Producer: Sukshinder Shinda
Best Club DJ: DJ H
Best Radio Show: Nihal - Radio 1
Best Video: Jay Sean - Down
Outstanding Achievement: Biddu
Commitment To Scene: Talvin Singh

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So, it was the International Live Music Conference in London last week, the annual event that is huge in certain parts of the live sector, but which goes totally unnoticed in much of the rest of the music industry. Given the successful future of this business involves more collaboration between the copyright and live performance parts of the wider industry, one would have thought the two sub-sectors might want to start attending the same conferences.

Anyway, ILMC is big news for the big tour and festival promoters, and in among all the schmoozing and debate some awards get dished out. They are called the Arthur Awards, and the winners this year were as follows (in case you wondered, they have slightly flippant names):

First Venue To Come Into Your Head: The O2, London
Services Above And Beyond: Rock It Cargo
Liggers' Favourite Festival: Glastonbury
Best In Show: Cirque Du Soleil
Least Painful Tour: Pink

Most Professional Professional: David Bishop
The Promoters' Promoter: Barrie Marshall
Plumber Of The Year: Mike Scoble (Tour Manager, Leonard Cohen)
Tomorrow's New Boss: Natasha Bent
Second Least Offensive Agent: Emma Banks
The Bottle Award: John Giddings

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It would be far too easy to start this story with a joke based on the title of this year's UK Eurovision song, but by writing a track as awful as 'That Sounds Good To Me', Mike Stock and Pete Waterman have made it very difficult not to. I'll have to restrain myself.

With the song already selected, this year's pre-Eurovision phone vote show turned its attention to the singer, with three hopefuls in line to represent their country at the main event. Josh Dubovie, a nineteen year old from Basildon, was the eventual winner, announced after the (current) Sugababes, who now, of course, feature last year's Eurovision entrant Jade Ewen amongst their number, performed their latest single.

Dubovie said of his win: "I'm so so happy, I really can't believe it. Is this real? I never believed I'd come this far. The minute I heard the song I thought it was a definite winner".

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Friendly Fires have already recorded half of their second album, apparently, and the tracks will be a lot "more focussed" and "thicker" than those on the band's debut. I'd have settled for "as good" myself.

The band's Ed Macfarlane told BBC Newsbeat: "This next record, we don't want to wait too long that people forget about us, but we don't want to rush out an album we're not happy with. So we're going to have to try and get the happy medium. We've got about five tracks done already. It's sounding really good. I can't wait to start playing it live".

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2000TREES FESTIVAL, Upcote Farm, Withington, Cheltenham, Cloucestshire, 16-17 Jul: Flashguns, Your Twenties, And So I Watch You From Afar and Three Trapped Tigers are amongst the latest acts confirmed to play 2000Trees. Skeletons & The Empty Pockets, Little Fish, Vessels and Lo-fi Culture Scene have also been added to the bill. www.twothousandtreesfestival.co.uk

CORNBURY MUSIC FESTIVAL, Cornbury Park, Charlbury, Oxfordshire, 3-4 Jul: David Gray, Squeeze, Jackson Browne and The Feeling are amongst the first acts announced for the Cornbury Music Festival. Also confirmed to play are the likes of The Noisettes, Buddy Guy, Imelda May, Candi Staton, Reef and Newton Faulkner. www.cornburyfestival.com

ENDORSE IT IN DORSET, Shaftesbury, Dorset, 6-8 Aug: Macka B, Symarip, Henry's Phonograph and Purple Purge have all been announced to play at this year's Endorse It. www.endorseit.co.uk

HEVY MUSIC FESTIVAL, Lympne Wildlife Park, Kent, 6-8 Aug: Gallows, The Subways and Sepultra head up the first acts confirmed to play the now three-day fest, along with Rolo Tomassi, Napalm Death, Polar Bear Club, Dead Swans, Lower Than Atlantis and Feed The Rhino. www.festival.hevy.co.uk

LIVERPOOL SOUND CITY, various venues, Liverpool, 19-22 May: Liverpool legend Ian McCulloch will close this year's Sound City with a special solo performance. Other acts confirmed for this year's line-up include Gil Scott-Heron, Blood Red Shoes, Titus Andronicus, Max Tundra and Holy Fuck. www.liverpoolsoundcity.co.uk

IBIZA ROCKS, Ibiza Rocks Hotel, 8-14 Jun: The Prodigy, Dizzee Rascal and Calvin Harris head up the acts announced to perform at Ibiza Rock's 5th birthday this summer, along with Kele Okereke, Florence And The Machine, The Courteeners, Delphic, The Kooks, Pendulum and Example. www.ibizarocks.com

WICKHAM FESTIVAL, Hampshire Village, Wickham, Hampshire, 5-8 Aug: The Undertones, Hazel O'Connor and The Treacherous Orchestra have all been added to this year's Wickham Festival line-up, as well as Rachael MacShane, Dervish, and Asere. www.wickhamfestival.co.uk

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SINGLE REVIEW: Fr3E - I Got My Beads On (We Make Entertainment)
UK funky house has really come into it's own of late and surely Fr3E have had a helping hand in this. Last summer saw duo Shaun White and Big Ven release 'Tribal Skank' which had crowds across the country doing what can only be described as the 'Urban Macarena', getting down, causing chaos and seeing the kids really get stuck in with choreographed dance. Additionally, the video attracted over half a million hits on YouTube.

Their follow up track, 'I Got My Beads On', picks up nicely where the previous left off. It has no hidden sentiment and really is a song about beads, but that's not the point of it all. It encompasses the factors that have made the UK funky scene's popularity increase. It's vibrant, bouncy and young with an abundance of percussion that has been intertwined with a hard bass line and hooks to have fun to. This is a track that will have dancefloors filled in a matter of seconds and the youth everywhere trying out their best moves. SD

Release date: 15 Mar
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Collecting society PRS For Music this morning announced a rise in annual revenues of 2.6% to £623 million, which is good news for them and the publishers and songwriters they represent, probably less good news for the lobbyists trying to convince political types that the music industry is facing its doom as a result of booming piracy. Trust the PRS to publicly do well while the record industry is trying to get some political advantage out of its downwards spin.

Of course, while the ongoing decline in record sales does impact on PRS, given its publishers and songwriters get a royalty from the sale of recordings of their songs, this bit of the industry also earns revenues of the booming live sector, and benefits from the increasing number of digital services looking to licence their collected catalogues. PRS say that their increased productivity in ensuring its members get their royalties from those using their songs outside the UK has also helped ensure the society's revenues are up despite the struggling record industry.

PRS top man Robert Ashcroft told CMU: "In a tough trading year for all of us I'm pleased we were able to deliver a small increase in royalty revenues, allowing the nation's music creators to keep creating music that is heard and appreciated around the world. This growth reflects in particular our increased efforts to license those benefiting from the use of British music overseas, our continued pursuit of legitimate alternatives to online piracy and, as always, the creative talent of our authors, composers and publishers".

He continued: "2009 was the first year in which the growth in revenues from the legal digital market compensated for the decline in revenues from traditional CDs and DVDs, though we remain cautious as to whether this represents a true turning point. The next decade does however promise further growth in earnings from the legal digital market as well as the use of British music overseas".

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Universal Music International have announced that Max Hole has been promoted to the role of Chief Operating Officer, having previously been Exec VP and President of the major's Asia Pacific region.

I've no idea what this promotion means, but I am pretty sure that there is no one better suited to lead UMI. And if you don't believe me, look what UMI chief (and soon to be overall Universal Music boss) Lucian Grainge told CMU this morning: "No one is better suited to lead UMI than Max Hole". See, told you.

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NME have appointed a new Deputy Editor, Martin Robinson. He was previously a freelancer who contributed to Wired, Shortlist and FHM as well as NME.

NME Editor Krissi Murison told CMU: "Martin has been a core contributor to NME for some time now, and I am absolutely thrilled to welcome him onto the team full-time in such a prominent role at such a crucial time as we prepare to unveil some exciting changes".

Robinson added: "I'm chuffed to bits to have bagged my dream job and be joining Krissi and the team at NME. The magazine has already improved dramatically under Krissi's editorship and is about to step up to a whole new level. I'm delighted that I'm going to be a part of it".

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A Save 6music rally will happen outside BBC Broadcasting House in London on Saturday 27 Mar at midday. The plan is to raid the recently refurbished building and completely trash it. No, not really, it's gonna be peaceful and all that, because, as is widely known, every single 6music listener is a lovely lovely person. Though some pan hats may be worn, and toast may be present. The rally is being organised by members of the Save 6 Facebook Group, which currently has 160,000 members.

In related news, the BBC has admitted it has now received 8000 formal complaints about its plans to can 6music as part of wide-ranging cuts. I think that is in addition to the formal submissions made by listeners to the BBC Trust, who are reviewing the cutback proposals put forward by BBC bosses.

In other 6music news, Steve Lamacq and Jo Whiley will reunite for one show together on the digital station on Good Friday, a nod to the days in the 1990s when they co-presented Radio 1's new music evening show, the Evening Session.

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Last week saw the launch of The Official Chart Update, Radio 1's midweek breakdown of how things are shaping up on the record sales front ahead of the final result, announced on Sunday night. Aside from the fact that they've given it a title that clashes with the name of this column, it gives the public a whole new insight into how the charts change over the course of a few days, a privilege previously saved only for those industry people who could be bothered to look.

On Wednesday, it was announced that Tinie Tempah was looking set to remain at the top of the singles chart for a second week, while Gorillaz would smash their way to the number one spot in the albums chart following the release of their third long player, 'Plastic Beach'. So, what changed?

Well, in the singles chart, Tinie Tempah held firm, and should now be on the phone to his aunt telling her to expect a new shipment of his clothes some time very soon. 'Pass Out' is still the number one single in the UK and there's nothing you can do about it.

And are Gorillaz at number one in the album chart? No, they are not. They are at number two. See, that's how much things can change in a few days. The cartoon types were pipped at the post by Boyzone with 'Brother', their first album since the death of Stephen Gately last year. Both albums sold in excess of 100,000 copies, which is nice.

Also new in the singles top ten, it pains me to say, is Justin Bieber, who is at number three with 'Baby', a song which, it pains me even more to say, features a guest rap from Ludacris. Below them, Gabriella Cilmi is in at nine with 'On A Mission' and Mclean is in at ten with 'My Name'. The only other new entry in the whole chart is 'I'm In The House' by Steve Aoki featuring Zuper Blahq at 29.

Back to the album chart and in at four, with her new album 'A Curious Thing', is Amy MacDonald, who spent all last week staring at me through my Spotify player. I'm not sure if there was some kind of hypnosis involved there, but if there was, it didn't work on me. In at ten is the cast recording of Andrew Lloyd Webber's new musical, 'Love Never Dies', which is, of course, the sequel to 'Phantom Of The Opera', and which has opened to what are best described as "mixed reviews", but is still seemingly doing rather well.

Moving on, Lemar enters the chart at eighteen with 'The Hits', new Jimi Hendrix compilation 'Valleys Of Neptune' is in at 21, Australian hard rockers Airbourne are at 31 with 'No Guts No Glory', and The Dinnington Colliery Band stumble in at the bottom with 'A Band For Britain' at 40.

The charts are compiled by The Official Charts Company. And don't they do it well?

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Mark Owen checked into rehab on Friday following those revelations last week that he's a piss-head and a love-rat. I think it's hoped the rehab will cure the former, and that might help him overcome the latter personality trait. A spokesman for the Take Thater said on Friday: "I can confirm Mark checked into a private clinic on Friday".

Owen's (much) better half Emma Ferguson, who was seemingly totally unaware of both the affairs and the drinking before the singer was forced to fess up ahead of The Sun publishing its big scoop last week, has been totally bowled over by the revelations and is trying to decide what to do next, after telling close friends that she no longer knows the man she married. I can help with that. He's the cute, innocent, cheating piss-head out of Take That.

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