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MU back complaint over Jersey tax loophole
Lib Dems want DEB to be held off until after election
Sony and Universal possibly bidding for EMI USA licence
Jacko bodyguard dismissed by Jackson family
In The Pop Courts
Newzbin lose interesting copyright case
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Liam G tops Q best frontmen ever poll
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Glasvegas drummer quits
Refused not reforming
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Ozzy fans name new album
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Shonen Knife announce UK tour dates
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Lords committee call for more clarity on digital radio switchover
Men & Motors closes tomorrow
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This week's Subtv playlist
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RATM request SuBo duet
Gaga definitely writing Bond theme


 
WEDNESDAY 31ST MARCH
CAPPO
Born and raised in Nottingham, Cappo's first release was a three track demo in 1998 called 'First Knight', which was followed up by a self-produced fifteen track demo album, 'The Cap Tape Volume One'. This led to an approach from Son Records, who then released a number of Cappo EPs, though it was Zebra Traffic who released his debut album 'Spaz The World'.

 
Various other releases and projects followed, including a track on The Herbaliser's 'Take London' album and a number of releases with producer Styly Cee. He's now back with his second long player, again working with Son. 'Genghis' is out on 5 Apr. We caught up with Cappo for a chat.

Q1 How did you start out making music?
I was heavy into graffiti and I would draw constantly after I left school. I had been listening to rap music for a while and used to record freestyles with Labels and Stryder McCloud, who were friends from school. I borrowed my friend The Theorist's Ensoniq ASR 10 keyboard sampler while he was on holiday and I went to work on the beats. I came up with fifteen tracks and sent the tapes off around the country. It was called 'The Cap Tape' and that's how I hooked up with Son Records, and with my mentor, the legendary Styly Cee.

Q2 What inspired your latest album?
The inspiration for my new album was simply the pure necessity to bring out another solid product, that I would be able to leave as part of my legacy for when I pass on. I was determined that this album would be my best work to date and I'm confident I have achieved that.

Q3 What process do you go through in creating a track?
I've been working on the MPC 2000XL for over a decade now and I have found out, through trial and error, that I have a formula to producing and writing. My lyric writing process is done in bulk; I write extensively for a certain length of time and compile the verses together after writing more than I will need for a track.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
Stage presence-wise I'd say Run-DMC, KRS One, Jay-Z. Production-wise it's Pete Rock, Vinny Idol, J Dilla, Premo, Hi Tek, Rick Rubin, 9th Wonder. Lyric-wise it has to be PUN, Kool G Rap, Notorious BIG, Rakim, Raekwon, Jada, Kurupt, Outkast, Jay Electronica - the list goes on and on...

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
Don't be alarmed by the nosebleeds, continuous flashbacks and the night terrors. Be prepared to hear real hip hop music with no compromise. Real music full stop.

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest album, and for the future?
My ambitions are to bring the real music back and to bring a product to the table that has been sorely missed for too long. I hope that certain people will hear my album and know that there is still real hip hop thriving throughout the earth. I made this LP to the best of my ability, so expect to hear lyricism and soundscapes that haven't been done before. I just want to rhyme while the DJ cuts up the break. Solidified hip hop with no compromise.

MORE>> cappo.bandcamp.com, plus read Cappo's answers in full here.
 
VUK
Finnish-American, Helsinki-based solo artist Vuk's music is a pretty special find. Seemingly the kind of annoying person who can play any instrument she finds, her songs are filled with layer upon layer of rich and varied sounds, the centrepiece being her stunning voice. Live, she's joined by a band who gather around her pump organ and play what she describes as "bare bones chamber music", but could equally be called baroque folk, and has seen her compared to PJ Harvey and Nick Cave.

 
Perhaps the most amazing thing about her is that neither of her two albums have been released outside Finland. This doesn't seem possible, particularly as her music is vastly superior to much of that imported from mainland Europe to these shores. She's currently at work on album number three - UK labels take note, please. She played two shows in London last month (news I only learned this morning), but will be back in the UK for The Great Escape in May, supporting Ellie Goulding.

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Claudia Winkleman to host Film 2010
Dennis Hopper gets Hollywood star
Avatar does well at Empire awards
 
Lords committe call for more clairty on digital radio switchover
The Times will charge for its websites from June
Lebedev buys The Independent
 
City Showcase announces classical strand
Music festival line-up update - 30 Mar 2010
Belle & Sebastian announce Bowlie 2
 

MU BACK COMPLAINT OVER JERSEY TAX LOOPHOLE
The Musicians' Union has made a submission to European Union's Taxation Directorate in support of a complaint regarding the much reported tax loophole that exists on the Channel Islands which lets mail-order CD operations undercut mainland record sellers because they don't have to pay VAT on sales.

This is a long running story. Companies selling goods that cost £18 or less from a Channel Islands base to customers in the UK do not have to pay VAT on the sale. The loophole exists because of the Channel Islands' quirky status, outside the UK and European Union, but under the British crown and within the European Community customs zone.

The loophole has been particularly utilised by mail-order enterprises which sell products that usually retail below £18, and especially the mail-order CD business. Most of the bigger online CD sellers base their actual mail-order operations on Jersey or Guernsey (or, more often these days, outsource the fulfilment to another company based there), which means they don't have to charge VAT on CDs sold, enabling them to automatically undercut mainland based retailers by 17.5% without cutting their profit margin.

CDs get shipped over to the islands in bulk from the UK, and then mailed back to the mainland one by one. The extra logistical costs doing that causes are more than compensated for by the competitive advantage not having to pay VAT gives those retailers who use the loophole.

As it is generally the bigger retail firms who can afford to have Channel Island-based operations - so the HMVs, Tescos and Play.coms of this world - it is generally smaller independent retailers who have lost out as a result of the loophole (well, them and the British tax payer, who are losing 17.5% of income from every CD sold). So much so, many reckon the loophole has played a key role in the widely reported decline in the number of independent music shops operating in the UK in the last five years, because for indie retailers to compete with the bigger online operations they'd have to forego pretty much their whole profit margin on a CD.

Both the British and Jersey governments have, at times, criticised the loophole and implied they would do something about it, though the whole thing has since been conveniently forgotten. After getting increasingly frustrated with the attitude of the British tax authorities to the loophole, a group who have long campaigned against the tax fudge recently took their complaint to the European authorities.

They reckon the British government has failed to fulfil a duty set out in the European directive which governs the 'VAT relief' in question. In particular, the group says that the directive obligates tax authorities in each EU state to implement the relief in a way that "prevents evasion avoidance and abuse", something they feel the UK Inland Revenue has failed to do. The same directive gives UK tax officials the power to reduce the maximum price point that could benefit from the VAT relief or to exclude whole categories of trade, in other words the UK Government could reduce the price point to £7, ie less than most CDs, or just exclude all mail-order if the relief is clearly being used for tax avoidance.

It is that complaint to European tax bosses that the Musician's Union this month formally supported. Their submission says: "Not only has this practice created a tax loophole that costs HM Treasury a significant amount of money, it also, we believe, constitutes an abuse of rights because it uses legislation for a purpose contrary to the original purpose of the legislation". The submission adds that the practice has had a number of detrimental effects on the UK music market, mainly by giving larger retailers a considerable unfair competitive advantage over independent retailers and artists wishing to sell their own music via their own websites.

Welcoming the MU's support, one source close to the complaint told CMU: "This VAT avoidance arrangement has been the main reason that UK mainland-based music retail has been collapsing since 2005. The effect of VAT abuse on UK retail has been masked by the media's obsession with downloads. The reality is that the major retailers continue to make healthy profits from the sale of hard physical product, hence the reason they have been so keen to rush offshore to sell it VAT-free back into the UK. We hope that the European Union will take clear action on this abuse of core EU VAT legislation and rule it as the abuse it clearly is. If they don't do so, then essentially VAT in the EU on mail order will be a meaningless concept, as it has already become in the UK due to the inaction of HM Treasury".

The EU's Taxation Directive is expected to respond to the complaint later this year.

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LIB DEMS WANT DEB TO BE HELD OFF UNTIL AFTER ELECTION
So, this could throw a spanner in the works. Well, not really, if the Tories play ball, but still, it will add further momentum to those who oppose the controversial Digital Economy Bill becoming law during the so-called wash-up.

As previously reported, the DEB - which includes the three-strikes proposals in its copyright section - won't be passed by the House Of Commons before parliament is dissolved for the General Election. However, if the Tories back the Labour government's proposals, it can become law anyway during a period called the wash-up, where government legislation that is approved by the main opposition party can still become law, albeit without any amendments being made, on the basis that if the top guard of both the Labour and Conservative parties are in agreement, that the proposals would be passed by the Commons can be taken as a given.

Those who oppose the Bill have been very critical of the proposal that such a controversial bit of legislation be passed during the pre-Election parliamentary fudge. And now the Lib Dems, who have been generally supportive of the Bill to date, have joined that opposition. They want the DEB to be set aside, and re-introduced in the next parliament.

The Liberal's chief whip Paul Burstow told the Guardian: "During the negotiation and discussion in the wash-up we will make it clear that we think that it isn't a suitable way to deal with the issues remaining such as site blocking. We will put amendments down and make the case and hope that the government and the Conservatives will agree that it shouldn't proceed at this stage".

The 'site blocking' issue relates to Clause 18 (formerly Clause 17), the part of the copyright section of the Bill that isn't concerned with three-strikes, but rather other websites which host or link to infringing content. The clause is in there because organisations like record label trade body the BPI want the DEB to help them tackle companies who own infringing websites, as well as individual web-users who file-share.

It was the Lib Dems who put forward Clause 18 in the first place (as amendment 120a) with wording pretty much based on the BPI's own proposals. However, following a backlash from the wider web industry - including giants like Google and eBay - the Liberals tried to amend their amendment in the Lords. However, the government said there wasn't time, and got the Lords to pass the clause as it was currently written, promising to give the provision more consideration at the Commons stage.

That consideration has now happened, and an alternative Clause 18 was put forward by government yesterday, ahead of the next Commons reading of the Bill next week. The government says their new amendments should overcome concerns that the powers given to the courts by Clause 18 could be used to block access to legitimate search engines like Google, who sometimes inadvertently link people to unlicensed content sources.

Whether the content industries or the web lobby will be happy with the reworked Clause 18 remains to be seen. It also remains to be seen if the Lib Dems joining the 'this needs more debate' campaign will influence Tory support for the Bill during the wash-up. As previously reported, given the Tories support the DEB's copyright proposals, which are unpopular in many circles, it's in their interest to see them passed on Labour's watch, rather than in the early months of the next government, when they may well be in charge, and would therefore be deemed responsible for the unpopular legislation.

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SONY AND UNIVERSAL POSSIBLY BIDDING FOR EMI USA LICENCE
There has been much chatter in the last 48 hours about EMI's previously reported plans to sell a five year licence on its whole catalogue for the North America market in a bid to raise half a billion pounds, at least £100 million now, in an attempt to help the major meet its loan commitments to Citigroup come May.

Initially the gossipers said that Sony Music had expressed the most interest in the licence arrangement, but then the Wall Street Journal yesterday cited sources that said they'd walked away from the deal, but then Hits Daily Double cited sources who said they hadn't.

Then yesterday afternoon people started saying that it was Universal Music who were most likely to do the licensing deal, despite them last week saying they weren't actively considering any EMI deals (though that might have been in reference to rumours they were interested in buying some of their rival, rather than in reference to the licensing proposal).

There remains some confusion as to whether Citigroup would have to OK any such licensing deal. Though many reckon that if their approval is required, according the loan agreements between the bank and the major and its owners Terra Firma, the bankers are quite likely to block the arrangement. Not least because it possibly hinders a future sale of the EMI recordings catalogue, most likely to Warner Music, who don't seem to be in the frame for the licensing arrangement.

It is also still unclear whether any of EMI's artist agreements would block their inclusion in such a licensing arrangement. If key artists couldn't be part of the licensing deal, it might seriously impact on the attractiveness of the proposal.

As previously reported, although the big £120 million loan repayment deadline that could instigate a sale of EMI isn't until May, the major must demonstrate to its bank this week that it is operating within the financial boundaries set by the original loan agreement, and is therefore on track to meet May's repayment. Meeting that test in the past has often required Terra Firma to inject more cash into EMI's recorded music business. It seems unlikely they will do that this time around.

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JACKO BODYGUARD DISMISSED BY JACKSON FAMILY
The bodyguard who alleged that Dr Conrad Murray rushed to hide drugs at Michael Jackson's home as the late king of pop was dying has been dismissed by the Jackson family.

Alberto Alvarez, who had the title Logistics Director, was at Michael Jackson's home on the morning the singer died, and made the 911 call. He told police that Murray wasted time removing drug vials from Jacko's bedroom as the popstar lay dying; a claim that implies the doctor knew he had been negligent to administer the singer with a shot of the dangerous drug propofol, the drug which ultimately killed him, and was keen to remove evidence of his negligence before paramedics arrived.

Alvarez's claims were revealed earlier this month when the Associated Press saw a copy of his police statement. But Murray's lawyer threw doubt on Alvarez's claims, noting that the security man had changed his testimony between his first statement to the police and his second. Legal man Ed Chernoff told reporters: "He didn't say any of those things [in his original statement], then two months later, all of a sudden, the doc is throwing bottles into the bag. Alvarez's statement is inconsistent with his previous statement. We will deal with that at trial".

According to TMZ, Alvarez continued to work for the Jackson family after Michael's death, but has now been dismissed. It is not known why he has been let go by the Jackson clan, nor whether his departure is anything to do with the leaked police statement made public by the AP last week.

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NEWZBIN LOSE INTERESTING COPYRIGHT CASE
Newzbin, a search service which makes it easier to navigate the Usenet online discussion network, has lost a High Court battle with the Motion Picture Association, accusing it of enabling its users to more easily access copyright infringing content linked to by users of the Usenet system.

The specifics of the case, and the court order against Newzbin, are not yet known, however it could be a key case regards English copyright law in that it focused on a service which linked to rather than hosted infringing content.

The owners of file-sharing services like Limewire and BitTorrent links services like The Pirate Bay always claim they can't be held liable for the infringement of their users, because they never actually host any of the unlicensed content which is illegally copied, they just help the actual infringers connect over the internet.

In most jurisdictions that defence has ultimately been rejected, providing such services are aware of the infringement they enable, and especially if they could introduce filters to stop such infringement but choose not to. Liability for so called contributory or authorising infringement is even more likely if a service is primarily used for infringing purposes and/or if it is marketed for such activity.

Which is all well and good, but there haven't really been any test cases regarding the liabilities of those web services who enable others to infringe in the English courts. Although the specific details are not yet clear, this could be that case.

Certainly Ted Shapiro from the European arm of the MPA seemed to think so. He told reporters: "This is an important decision and it sends a clear message that websites focusing on providing viewers with pirated film and TV programmes infringe copyright and are liable for their actions - even where those websites don't themselves host the content. This decision will help to support the continued investment in new legal online services and the creation of new films and television shows for enjoyment by audiences both in the UK and around the world".

It is unlikely the court ruling will force Newzbin to close down, given it also searches for legit content on the Usenet system. However, some damages may have to be paid, and some sort of filters that, in theory at least, will stop the sharing of links to infringing content will have to be introduced.

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LIAM G TOPS Q BEST FRONTMEN EVER POLL
Oh, you Q readers and your Oasis and U2 fixations, what is it about fleetingly great, and subsequently dependable but dull bands that get you so excited? Liam Gallagher and Bono have topped a Q readers' poll of the greatest frontmen (or women) ever.

Talking of dependable but dull bands, Kasabian's Tom Meighan, himself voted nineteenth best frontman, said of the poll's overall winner: "Chris Martin is all right if you're 35 and feeling sad that your mortgage repayments have gone up, but Liam is the voice you want if you're free and up for anything". Actually, I suspect Gallagher is want you want if you're 37 and you're planning on spending the interest on your latest ISA on one of those England football shirts that Tom's been flogging as a pre-World Cup present for your nine year old son. But life's too short to analyse these things in any detail.

Anyway, here is the Top 20 best frontmen (and women) ever.

1. Liam Gallagher
2. Bono
3. Freddie Mercury
4. Damon Albarn
5. Chris Martin
6. Matt Bellamy
7. Jim Morrison
8. Bob Marley
9. Paul McCartney
10. John Lennon
11. Robbie Williams
12. Debbie Harry
13. Mick Jagger
14. Morrissey
15. John Lydon
16. James Brown
17. Bruce Springsteen
18. Robert Plant
19. Tom Meighan
20. Joe Strummer

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GLASVEGAS DRUMMER QUITS
Glasvegas drummer Caroline McKay has left the band, part way through the writing of their second album.

Frontman James Allan said in a statement: "We are really sad Caroline has decided to leave as she is one of the coolest drummers around but we respect her decision and say goodbye with all our love and luck".

Prior to joining Glasvegas, McKay had never played drums before. Allan explained to The Mirror in 2008 that he had met her while she was working in a Glasgow record shop: "Caroline had never played before but I thought, 'She should be in the band, she's a brave girl'".

According to reports, she is leaving to pursue other interests, though it's not clear if these will be based in music. The rest of the band are due to begin recording their new album in the summer.

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REFUSED NOT REFORMING
Hey, another week and another band aren't getting back together. This time it's Refused, who various people thought were reforming because the words "coming soon" were added to the front page of their official website.

Though the idea that they were going to resurrect Refused seemed kind of unlikely, and now the band's former frontman Dennis Lyxzén has confirmed that nothing of the sort is going to happen. He told Buddyhead: "No, we are not reforming. Me and [Refused drummer] David [Sandström] are going on tour next week with our new hardcore band AC4 - sleeping on kids floors and playing door deals, that seems to be more in line with what we deserve... haha".

The band's US label Epitaph confirmed earlier this week that the message in fact related to a deluxe reissue of the band's influential 1998 album 'The Shape Of Punk To Come', which is due out in June. Outside the US, the band were signed to Swedish label Burning Heart, although it's not been confirmed whether or not that label will be involved in the release of the reissue.

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KATY PERRY DISCUSSES NEW ALBUM
Katy Perry has let slip a few details about her second album, which is set for a summer release.

Are you ready? Okay, here's what she told MTV: "I'm so excited! It's so exciting. It's coming out this summer. It's a summer record. We nailed it: It's roller-skating! It's '90s! It's Ace Of Base! It's Cyndi Lauper!"

If your brain has now put those things together and started playing its own interpretation of what Perry's new songs might sound like at you, I'm sorry.

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OZZY FANS NAME NEW ALBUM
Ozzy Osbourne has announced that, following a consultation period with fans, his new album will be called 'Scream'.

As previously reported, when Ozzy announced earlier this year that he was planning to call the album 'Soul Sucka', there was outcry from fans, who thought that name was a bit shit. And rightly so. As a result, he published a list of other possible names and asked fans to vote. And the fans decided on 'Scream', which is less offensive, if a little unimaginative.

The first single from the album, 'Let Me Hear You Scream', will be premiere in US in an upcoming episode of 'CSI:NY' on 14 Apr.

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CHERYL COLE ANNOUNCES PICTURE BOOK
I don't know about you, but not a day goes by when I don't wish I could have a hardback book full of old pictures of Cheryl Cole in my hands. Imagine how useful and interesting that would be. It would sit nicely on my bookshelf next to my book of old pictures of Leona Lewis and autobiographies by Gareth Gates and So Solid Crew's Asher D.

So, the good news is that on 30 Sep, Cheryl will be publishing 'My World', which promises to be "an intimate glimpse behind the scenes of her busy and fascinating life".

Says Cheryl: "Sometimes I look at old pictures and I can't believe that was me. I think we all do that. I went through a phase of being a bit tomboyish when I loved trainers and Timberland boots and baggy trousers. I had pink streaks in my hair at one point, but I was experimenting and at the time I liked it. I can look at photos and straight away they'll bring back loads of memories.That's really why I wanted to do this book, so I could choose pictures that mean something to me and tell the stories that go with them".

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SHONEN KNIFE ANNOUNCE UK TOUR DATES
Long serving Japanese pop-punk band Shonen Knife have just announced some UK tour dates, which is good news. As well as a number of headline shows around the country, the band will be performing at the Matt Groening-curated edition of ATP, and will also release their fifteenth studio album, 'Free Time', in May.

Tour dates:

6 May: Bristol, Thekla
7 May: Matt Groening's ATP
10 May: Glasgow, King Tut's
11 May: Leicester, The Musician
12 May: Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
23 May: Brighton, Freebutt
24 May: London, Scala

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FESTIVAL LINE-UP UPDATE

DOT TO DOT, 29-31 May: Wild Beasts, Fionn Regan and Field Music have been confirmed to play at this year's Dot To Dot, along with 80s Matchbox B-Line Disaster, Lights, Wolf Gang, Dead Confederate and The Ruby Suns. www.dottodotfestival.co.uk

THE GREEN MAN FESTIVAL, Glanusk Park, Usk Valley, Powys, Wales, 20-22 Aug: Doves have been announced as the Friday night headliner at this year's Green Man. Other acts added to the line-up include Wild Beasts, Fuck Buttons, Girls, These New Puritans and Darwin Deez. www.thegreenmanfestival.co.uk

SELLINDGE MUSIC FESTIVAL, Hope Farm, Sellindge, nr Ashford, Kent, 11-13 Jun: The Sugarhill Gang, Goldie Lookin Chain and The Rumble Strips head up the latest bunch of acts announced to play at Sellindge. Other acts confirmed to play include Tom Middleton, The Qemists, Jack Beats and Horse Meat Disco. www.sellindgemusicfestival.co.uk

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ALBUM REVIEW: Sam Amidon - I See The Sign (Bedroom Community)
Sam Amidon's 2007 album 'This Chicken Proved Falsehearted' brought his often cracked and fractured voice to the fore, set against a fairly sparse accompaniment, while it's follow up 'All Is Well' pushed the boat out with a lush backdrop of strings and horn. This album sees that sonic sensibility continued and expanded upon, featuring some incredibly well-crafted string, brass and piano arrangements from Amidon's labelmate Nico Muhly and immaculate production from Valgeir Sigurðsson (owner of Bedroom Community).

Known for his idiosyncratic re-workings of both old folk songs and more contemporary popular tunes, here you'll find Amidon duetting with Beth Orton on their own version of various children's singing games, croaking out an ultra mournful version of the traditional song 'Rain And Snow' and even managing to take an R Kelly(!) song, 'Relief', and turn it into a pretty little paean of hope. 'Pretty Fair Damsel' encapsulates everything that makes this album a real pleasure to sit and listen to; the strings and piano soar and swell, but in such an understated way you immediately want to go back in and pick out all the fine details.

The way Amidon takes centuries old tunes and re-configures them to reflect his own maturing worldview is always inspiring, but here it's his collaborators who really help to lift his vision up to something pretty special. TH

Release Date: 19 Apr
Press Contact: Hermana PR

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LORDS COMMITTEE CALL FOR MORE CLARITY ON DIGITAL RADIO SWITCHOVER
The House Of Lords' Communications Committee earlier this week published a report on the much previously reported plan to move most of the FM radio network over to the DAB digital radio network in 2015, leaving just a handful of local and community stations on the analogue radio platform, which would eventually be turned off.

As previously reported, the BBC and some of the bigger commercial radio firms are basically in support of the relatively brisk move of UK radio to DAB, the 2015 deadline appearing in the always controversial Digital Economy Bill. However, some of the smaller radio groups, including TalkSport owners UTV, say the 2015 deadline is unrealistic.

The Lords report also expressed some concern for the deadline, saying that awareness of the move to DAB among the general public is poor, and as a result people are still buying FM-only radio sets which could become redundant in five years time. This is a problem, of course, because a lot of people keep radio sets a lot longer than other home electronics kit.

The Lords didn't actually call for the deadline to be changed, but said the government should step up customer education about the digital switchover, and suggested moves be made to ensure all new radio sets can receive FM and DAB (and so called DAB+). They also backed the FM radio scrappage programme first mooted by the government body spearheading the switchover, Digital Radio UK.

Under that scheme, customers would get a discount on their new DAB radio if they handed in an old FM set when they buy it, a move designed to take FM-only radios out of circulation. The scheme would be unpopular with those stations that will be left on FM in 2015, unless all DAB sets also pick up the FM network.

The Lords report concludes: "If the UK is to go ahead with digital switchover, there needs to be the utmost clarity as to what will happen, in order that the consumer and the industry can proceed with confidence".

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MEN & MOTORS CLOSES TOMORROW
ITV's digital channel Men & Motors goes off the air tomorrow. I'm not sure that's really relevant to you CMU readers, but it's the end of an era, Men & Motors being one of the classic cable channels from back in the early days of multi-channel TV, almost a TV version of Loaded.

The channel has been in decline for sometime, possibly because it slowly moved away from its original simple format of cars by day, girls by night. Arguably the launch of Dave in 2007 didn't help, with its mix of Top Gear repeats by day and BBC panel shows by night. Who'd have thought men liked other men being funny as much as girls being suggestive.

Men & Motors, originally part of Granada's digital portfolio, but part of the ITV network since Granada merged with Carlton to create ITVplc, is being canned to make way for an HD ITV channel.

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THIS WEEK'S SUBTV PLAYLIST
Hey look, people, it's the music videos that are playing this week on the Subtv network of video screens in students' unions around the UK. New additions marked with a *. More info on all things Subtv from DavidLloyd@sub.tv.

A List
Black Eyed Peas - Rock That Body
Florence & The Machine - Dog Days Are Over
The Futureheads - Heartbeat Song
Gorillaz - Stylo
Hot Chip - I Feel Better
Ke$ha feat 3OH!3 - Blah Blah Blah
Kids In Glass Houses - Matters At All
Lady Gaga feat Beyonce - Telephone
Lostprophets - For He's a Jolly Good Felon
Mumford and Sons - The Cave
Paramore - The Only Exception
Plan B - She Said
Pixie Lott - Gravity
Tinie Tempah - Pass Out
Vampire Weekend - Giving Up The Gun
Yeasayer - O.N.E.

B List
Alex Gardner - I'm Not Mad*
All Time Low - Lost In Stereo
Arctic Monkeys - My Propeller*
Audio Bullys - Only Man
Diana Vickers - Once*
The Drums - Best Friend
Goldfrapp - Rocket
Hadouken! - Mic Check
Jay-Z - On To The Next One
The Joy Formidable - Popinjay
OK Go - This Too Shall Pass
Scouting For Girls - This Ain't A Love Song
Shakira - Gypsy*
TV Rock feat Rudy - In The Air (Axwell remix)*
We Are Scientists - Rules Don't Stop
The xx - Crystalised

Tip List
Adam Lambert - For Your Entertainment*
Akala - XXL
Boys Like Girls - Love Drunk
Chew Lips - Karen
The Courteneers - Take Over The World*
Joshua Radin - I'd Rather Be With You
Lisa Mitchell - Oh! Hark!*
Lone Wolf - Keep Your Eyes On The Road*
Naïve New Beaters - Live Good*
Phonat - Love Hits The Fan

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RATM REQUEST SUBO DUET
Rage Against The Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha has said that he bears Simon Cowell no ill will after the band and 'X-Factor' winner Joe McElderry went head to head for the Christmas number one last December, and to prove it he's asked Cowell to let them duet with Susan Boyle at their free gig in Finsbury Park later this year.

De la Rocha told The Sun: "I really hope there are no hard feelings with Simon. He seemed to think that it was a bullying campaign but the truth is the British people wanted a change.I don't think anybody has heard anything of that Joe guy since Christmas, but we have nothing against him".

He continued: "The truth is Simon's shows occasionally produce talent. We love Susan Boyle, she is hot. To show there are no hard feelings we would like her to perform with us on stage this summer.She is a great vocalist and we would love to perform 'Killing In The Name' with her. Everybody knows her in the US and she can add her vocals to anything. It would be an honour for us".

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GAGA DEFINITELY WRITING BOND THEME
Lady Gaga has been asked to write the theme tune to the next James Bond film. Or so says The Sun.

A source told the tabloid: "Bond bosses are all huge Gaga fans. Her sound and sense of drama make her the top choice. Gaga has the look as well as the voice to tackle a thundering ballad. She's a great songwriter too. This is perfect on every level".

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