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Bauer in dispute with music freelancers
Are Terra Firma actually ready to fight to keep EMI?
In The Pop Courts
More Death Row wrangling
In The Pop Hospital
Winehouse enlarged breasts cause more pain
Charts, Stats & Polls
Chili Pepper tops guitarist poll
Reunions & Splits
Cream won't ever reform, OK?
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Blur record new material for Record Store Day
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Chrome Hoof play London show next week
Get Up Kids announce UK dates
Festival News
Festival line-up update
Single review: The Fall - Bury (Domino)
Talks, Debates & Conventions
City Showcase hosts Christie at Apple Store this week
The Music Business
CreativeStudent compiling internships guide
Bloom Festival company goes under
The Digital Business
We7 launch new sell-through service
WaTunes sign up Warner for Facebook service
Outgoing Amazon man calls for more positivity
The Media Business
Radio 3 to air classical chart
Indy editor steps down
Ross on Sachsgate and being happy to leave the Beeb
Chart Of The Day
Chart update
And finally...
Stones forget how to Paint It Black

I finally watched 'Up' this weekend, which might explain the upbeat selections featuring in this week's Five Day Forecast. Or maybe this week is just a particularly celebratory one. Something to certainly look forward to is Record Store Day on Saturday, which dresses the gloomy stats on the dwindling number of independent record shops remaining in the UK in party hats and forces them to do a little dance. That's the way I like my gloom.

01: Record Store Day. The internet's nice and all, but there's something about flicking through the racks of a record shop that the digital world hasn't yet managed to replicate. This Saturday the fourth annual Record Store Day will celebrate that fact with all sorts of exclusive releases and in-store performances at independent record shops throughout the land (and indeed the world). Our local shop, Rough Trade East, has a whole load of great stuff going on, including performances from Ash, Laurie Anderson, Caribou and more. You'll also be able to buy a new Blur single, more on which later in today's Daily.

02: CMU promo survey. The way music is serviced to journalists is changing. Where once writers were buried under mountains of CDs, labels are more keen to lower costs, create less waste and most of all plug potential leaks by sending out new music digitally. Sony Music recently announced that they will no longer send out promo CDs, and only offer streaming audio. But how well does this work and what do journalists think of this new way of doing things? How about you find out when we announce the results of a recent survey of 100 music journalists on all things promo this week?

03: Awards frenzy. The music industry is not without its fair share of awards, and this week there will be events relating to a couple of the more frowny-faced on offer. First up, tonight some of the biggest names in classical music will gather at London's Mayfair Hotel to hear the nominations for the eleventh Classical BRIT awards. Then on Thursday this year's Music Week Awards will be dished out at the Park Lane Hilton, including a lifetime achievement gong for Universal Music International chief Lucian Grainge.

04: Exciting new releases. What new delights could you be feeding your stereo this week? Well, for fans of Latin accordion music (and why wouldn't you be?) the fantastic Analog Africa label steps out of its comfort zone to release 'Mambo Loco', a compilation of music by Colombian musician Anibal Velasquez. Meanwhile, Japandroids are ready with 'Art Czars', the first of a series of five single releases, and Cancer Bats' new album 'Bears, Mayors, Scraps & Bones' hits the shelves, as does MGMT's opinion-dividing 'Congratulations'.

05: Thrilling gigs. There are oh so many gigs happening this week. Gary Numan is playing The Scala in London tonight, while just up the road Band Of Horses will be noodling away in Koko. Ellie Goulding, Mos Def, Russian Circles and Rolo Tomassi will all be playing various shows around the country and new digital music service Mflow will be holding its launch party at Ronnie Scott's on Wednesday, with performances from Lauren Pritchard and Pete Lawrie. And, who knows, maybe Whitney Houston will actually get her European tour underway in Birmingham on Wednesday. Stranger things have happened.

Hey, this week sounds like fun. You may don the party hat, which should have been sellotaped to the top of your CMU Daily, right now.

Andy Malt
Editor, CMU Daily

There's something almost contradictory about Glasgow-based musician Dam Mantle, or Tom Marshall to give him his real name. He makes the sort of cut up, jerky electronica that you might associate with Warp Records. But when used as a description, that probably also conjures up images of a serious man in a dark room, hunched over a computer, obsessing over each millisecond of micro-editing.

Marshall's music isn't like that, though. It has an almost childlike, excited quality to it, particularly on 'A Statue That Is Perpetually Unveiled', the opening track from his debut EP 'Grey', which was released last week by Halleluwah Hits. You can find all four of the EP's tracks and a whole load of other stuff on Dam Mantle's Soundcloud profile, and he'll be heading out on tour around the UK with Gold Panda this week.



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BBC launches Drama Writers Academy for sixth year running
BBC commission another series of E20
Rare first edition of Kipling's 'Jungle Book' found
Ross on Sachsgate and being happy to leave the Beeb
Indy editor steps down
Digital radio types welcome Digital Economy Act
Music festival line-up update - 9 Apr 2010
Glastonbury renames Jazz World stage
Mantel and Harris set for Borders Book Fest

A stand-off has emerged between Bauer Media and up to 200 freelance writers and photographers who contribute to the publisher's three music titles Kerrang!, Mojo and Q. The freelancers object to a new contract being forced on them by the media firm, which gives the publisher ownership and control of all the rights in a contributor's work, but at the same time extends the liabilities of the writer or photographer if their work results in any legal action.

Bauer argue that they are simply trying to formalise what has been for sometime the slightly informal commissioning process employed by its music titles, and to ensure the firm has the rights in place to enable it to use content from its magazines in other undefined digital products and spin-off ventures, and to more prolifically syndicate content to other media around the world. They also say that the contract they are proposing will enable them to continue to use freelancers with the same frequency and on the same rates as in recent years, whereas, they claim, other publishers are looking to cut their use of and the fees they pay to freelance staff.

But a consortium of freelancers has hit out at Bauer's plans, arguing that a one-size-fits-all contract that assigns all rights to the publisher is unfair and unworkable, while a clause that requires a freelancer to indemnify the publisher against all or any legal action could potentially bankrupt a writer who, despite their best efforts, found themselves on the wrong side of a libel dispute. They also object to Bauer's approach to introducing the new contract, which they say has been presented to them as a non-negotiable fait accompli.

The new contract was put to freelancers in mid-February, with a request that contributors sign the agreement by the start of March if they wished to continue working for their music magazines. But most refused.

The consortium of journalists who oppose the contract, and who sent a joint letter to the publisher outlining their objections, claim all their efforts to enter into collective negotiations with Bauer bosses have been knocked back, with management there saying they will not budge on any of the issues raised by the writers. However, the aforementioned indemnity clause has since been tweaked, and a handful of the freelancers who signed the joint letter have reportedly been offered more favourable terms.

Of course, Bauer already re-use articles originally commissioned for their print magazines for spin-off products, and syndicate content to other media owners, but have previously done so in collaboration with the freelancers who wrote the original content, normally paying said writers a second fee for any re-use or syndication. The new contract would deprive freelancers of any additional re-use fees, and allow the publisher to re-use and re-work a writer's content in anyway it so wished.

Bauer also claim that the all-rights contract that they are trying to introduce is similar to that used by many other newspaper and magazine publishers in the digital age. But several freelancers have told CMU that while other media firms do often offer all-rights deals by default, in reality a number of differing model contracts exist allowing a commissioning editor the flexibility to negotiate terms with a freelancer on a case by case basis, depending on the nature of the piece of work. Such flexibility reportedly even exists at the likes of NME publishers IPC, despite them trying to introduce their own non-negotiable all-rights contracts nearly a decade a go. Such a flexible system is thought to operate elsewhere in the Bauer empire also.

As the freelancers made their battle with Bauer public last week, the publisher issued a statement reading thus: "Bauer Media has already seen a fundamental change in most of its brands from magazines to multi-platform products and has been extremely proactive in launching websites, live events, TV and radio stations. Consumer expectations and ways in which audiences choose to engage with our content will continue to change and Bauer Media needs to be firmly placed to take advantage of new revenue streams and opportunities as they arise".

It continued: "To that end, Bauer Media is seeking new standard contract terms with freelancers to enable us to re-use commissioned material across other brands, digital platforms, international editions and any new ways its consumers choose to engage with brand content. Bauer Media is famous for its multi-platform influential brands which touch nineteen million UK adults every week. Our goal is to inspire, entertain and connect passionate communities wherever, whenever and however they want".

But one of the freelancers opposing the new contract told CMU: "I think we all accept that the media is changing, and that titles like Mojo and Q have to adapt. But a big issue here is that Bauer seem to see their freelancers as part of the problem rather than part of the solution".

They continued: "If they'd come to us and said: 'We're looking for new ways to use your content to ensure the long term success of these magazines', we would have been very willing to talk about the options available and whether that required us to have a different relationship with the magazines. We want these titles to succeed more than anyone. But this is being forced on us without explanation, and without a willingness to negotiate. It says to me there is a lack of strategy at Bauer, so a message has come from high up that they need to own everything. But in doing so they will alienate some of their best contributors, irreparably damaging the very brands they are trying to save".


While starting off by painting the usual picture of doom and gloom regarding the future of a Terra Firma owned EMI, a report in the Wall Street Journal this weekend added that "investors still might agree to raise the money".

As previously reported, the London-based major must pay Citigroup £120 million in May to avoid the bank foreclosing on the multi-billion dollar loan Terra Firma used to buy the music firm in 2007; an eventuality that would result in the bank taking control of EMI and probably splitting it up for sale.

Efforts by EMI management to raise the money themselves have been unsuccessful, meaning the only remaining solution is for Terra Firma's backers to provide the cash. With that in mind, the major's recently appointed Executive Chairman, former ITV boss Charles Allen, has been charged with the task of persuading Terra Firma investors to part with more money to rescue the music firm.

Many reckon that is no easy task, with rumours Terra Firma boss Guy Hands has washed his hands of his disastrous music acquisition and that key financial backers in the equity outfit are ready to cut their losses on EMI. Added to that is the widely held assumption that if Terra Firma inject do £120 million into the music firm now, they will almost certainly have to hand over a similar amount in a year's time too.

However, according to the Journal, Terra Firma's top team are more willing to put up a fight to stop Citigroup taking control of EMI than has been previously indicated, hence the talk last week of them selling a stake in the music firm to a rival equity outfit in order to raise quick cash. Some are speculating that such talk is really a move to strong arm existing backers to stump up more cash, so their shareholding in the music firm isn't diluted.

Either way, it's thought Terra Firma bods will throw all their weight behind Allen's proposal to investors, which is expected to be circulated this week. The report is expected to make much of the revenue growth and increase in US market share achieved by EMI since Terra Firma took control, achievements that have generally been overshadowed by the music firm's crippling debt commitments. Allen and Team Terra Firma are expected to argue that, if only the equity group's investors will hang in there, EMI could still deliver a return on their original investment.

It's thought that Allen's report will also propose some other quick cash-raising initiatives to help raise some funds independent of Terra Firma's backers, if nothing else to meet the major's 2011 loan commitments. This might include the 'licence out the whole EMI recordings catalogue in North America' proposal that has been circulating for a while, and in which Sony are rumoured to still be interested. Plans to sell Sony's Japanese division and mainly US-based Christian music catalogue are also reportedly being considered.

So, perhaps things aren't quite so doomy and gloomy over at EMI HQ right now as has been assumed for the last few months. Though another report in the Times this weekend that the Pensions Regulator is likely to demand Terra Firma plug a £250 million hole in the EMI pension fund in June might help restore some of that gloom, not to mention make the task of convincing the equity fund's backers now isn't a good time to get out of the music business even more challenging.

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The latest legal battle over seminal hip hop label Death Row Records continues, with a date set for the next hearing in the New York strand of the dispute.

As previously reported, the lawyer who bought Death Row out of bankruptcy at the start of 2009, Lara Lavi, fell out with her financial backers, New Solutions Group, late last year. She tried to use a court injunction to stop them from interfering with decisions regarding the running of the label, meanwhile they fired her.

Lavi tried to pursue her litigation against New Solutions in the New York courts, while they have been suing her through the Canadian legal system, because both they and her company are actually registered in Canada. The Canadian case is ongoing, but the New York courts said last week they had set a hearing for the dispute for 12 May. So that's something to look forward to.

In related news, Lavi has told Billboard that the whole matter may as yet be settled out of court. She seems to think that New Solutions are ready to be bought out of the Death Row venture, and she is trying to raise the funds to do just that.

She told the US trade mag: "My focus remains fixed on preparing my settlement offer. [New Solutions' executive] Robert Thompson-So asked to be bought out and I am the only person likely to make a proper offer when I am ready".

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Amy Winehouse was reportedly admitted to hospital last Thursday because she was experiencing more problems with her recently enlarged breasts. Well, according to The Sun, she was suffering from chest pains that were being linked to the breast enlargement surgery she underwent last October. She suffered from similar pains related to the operation in November.

A source told the tab: "Amy was in agony and became convinced it was something to do with her boobs. She thought she would leave it for a while but the pain got worse. She went into the clinic on Thursday and they kept her under observation. She is waiting for a decision on whether the implants have to come out or not. Amy loves her curves and would hate to have to have them taken out. She is still her bubbly self but she is worried".

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Former Red Hot Chili Pepper John Frusciante has been named the greatest guitarist of the last three decades in a survey undertaken by 6music. It seems they forgot to include Danny from McFly on the shortlist. Slash came second, Muse's Matt Bellamy third, Modest Smiths Cribber Johnny Marr fourth and RATM's Tom Morello fifth. James from Busted wasn't shortlisted either. Criminal.

As previously reported, Frusciante confirmed last year that he will not rejoin his former bandmates on their next album, the second time he has left the Peppers. He now plans to return to his solo work. I'm not sure if it was his many past solo albums or his RHCP contributions that so impressed the 30,000 people who apparently voted in 6's Axe Factor poll. Perhaps they were attracted by his vaguely exotic surname.

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Jack Bruce has confirmed there will never ever ever ever ever ever be another Cream reunion.

You might remember a couple of years ago that Bruce said another reunion was being planned, following him, Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton getting back together for the first time in almost four decades in 2005. But that second reunion never materialised, and the bass man told 6music last week "there's a new story now - Cream is over".

It's presumably a story now, rather than at any other point since he last claimed a reunion was on the cards, because it's only now he has a book to push, biography 'Composing Himself'.

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There will be many exclusive and exciting releases made available through independent record stores on Record Store Day this weekend, but I think it's fairly safe to say that there's one release that will gain more attention than the rest. The four members of Blur recently went into the studio together for the first time since 2002 and recorded two new songs, which will be released as a seven inch single this Saturday.

As with all Record Store Day releases, the single will only be made available in physical form and will only be available for one day. In fact, given that the single will be limited to 1000 copies, I wouldn't expect it to be around for more than an hour at best.

Explaining the decision to record the single, Damon Albarn said: "We want independent record stores to continue - they're an important part of our musical culture. Music is a simple way for Blur to show our support and I hope people like it".

Spencer Hickman, who coordinates Record Store Day in the UK, and is London record shop Rough Trade East's store manager, told BBC 6music: "Blur went into the studio a couple of weeks ago. It's so close to the wire - it's literally two weeks from being recorded to turnaround to being in shops. I've no idea how they're going to get into shops. But we're confident that they will. They obviously think the track is good enough to release, which is exciting in itself, especially as nobody had any inkling that they'd gone back into the studio. For bands of that stature to do something like that for record store day can only help us grow".

The Blur single will come out as part of a series of exclusive Record Store Day releases from EMI's Parlophone, which will also include material from The Beatles, The Pet Shop Boys, Lily Allen, Bat For Lashes and Hot Chip, amongst others.

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How about this for a gig? As part of this year's Ether festival on London's Southbank, genre deniers Chrome Hoof will be showcasing material from their new album, 'Crush Depth', mixing metal, disco and electronica with the help of a ten-piece choir and a harpist. And with twelve people in the band already, all dressed as sacred knights from the 25th century, that's going to be one crowded stage.

Support will come from tropical rockers Zun Zun Egui, while LA noisemakers Health will ensure that there'll be no chance of your already melted mind recovering before you get home at a special after-show performance, which will also see Andrew Weatherall DJing.

Told you it was something special. It all takes place at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London on 22 Apr. You can download a new Chrome Hoof track, 'Crystalline', as well as 'Die Slow' by Health, from last year's 'Get Color' album for free, as well as booking tickets, here: www.southbankcentre.co.uk/find/music/gigs-contemporary/tickets/health-chrome-hoof-51376


The Get Up Kids have announced some extra UK dates to follow their sold out London show in June, including a second night at The Underworld in Camden.

The band are also set to release a new EP, entitled 'Simple Science', on 17 May via Hassle Records.

Tour dates:

23 Jun: London, The Underworld (sold out)
24 Jun: London, The Underworld
25 Jun: Birmingham, Academy 2
28 Jun: Glasgow, The Cathouse
29 Jun: Leeds, The Cockpit

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ATP NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, Butlins Resort, Minehead, Somerset, 3-5 Dec: Godspeed You! Black Emperor will curate and perform at this year's Nightmare Before Christmas. Joining them will be Bardo Pond, The Ex, Deerhoof, Tim Hecker, Mike Watt and Scout Niblett. www.atpfestival.com

GUILFEST, Stoke Park, Surrey, 16-18 Jul: Level 42, 10cc, The Blockheads and The Blackout are the latest acts confirmed to play at this year's Guilfest, joining previously announced headliners Orbital, The Human League and Status Quo. www.guilfest.co.uk

MELTDOWN, London's Southbank Centre, 11-21 Jun: Broken Bells, Elvis Costello, Paolo Nutini and Seasick Steve head up the first set of acts announced to play at the Richard Thompson directed Meltdown festival. Other acts confirmed to play include Emmylou Harris, Field Music, Codeine Velvet Club, Martha Wainwright and Beth Orton. www.meltdown.southbankcentre.co.uk

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SINGLE REVIEW: The Fall - Bury (Domino)
There's a lot of bluster touted over any and every a band's 'difficult' second album. However, when you get to a band's 28th album, difficulty becomes somewhat irrelevant. Especially in the case of The Fall.

However, this single proves that Mark E Smith has more than simply 'still got it'. For all its bubbling, tin-can-recorded intros, bizarre references and extra-terrestrial fuzz, 'Bury' is as much a straight up pop song as a rambling exercise in surrealism. The wilful weirdness remains ("one day a Spanish king with a council of bad knaves tried to come to Bury", Smith drawls, with perplexing conviction); yet a creaking, insistent rhythm section drives the song into a superbly catchy melody.

With 'Bury', Smith deadpans his way extra-syllabically over any doubts we may have had, proving that first, third, or 28th album, he remains the undisputed luminary of pop eccentricity. EG

Physical release: 19 Apr
Press contact: Domino IH [all]

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The next monthly event being organised by the team from City Showcase takes place at the Apple Store on Regents Street tomorrow night, 12 Apr, and will see the legend that is Tony Christie sharing some stories, answering some questions and singing some songs. It all kicks off at 7pm.

Meanwhile, the full City Showcase for 2010 is getting ever closer, with events taking place around the West End from 6-9 May plus, as previously reported, a whole programme of showcases also taking place on the East side of town at various venues around New Cross and Deptford, and under the O2 tent in North Greenwich.

More at www.cityshowcase.co.uk

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As we have previously mentioned here in the CMU Daily, our sister website CreativeStudent.net is this summer running an internships directory promoting work experience opportunities at music, media, marketing, PR and other creative companies to the thousands of creative students who visit the site each week.

Listing internship opportunities in the directory is free, all we need is details of what sorts of people you are looking for, what they will do, when and where you need them, and whether you offer any expenses. If you want to list your summer internship opportunities in the directory just email the details to internsguide@unlimitedmedia.co.uk.


Organisers of the Bloom Festival, one of a number of boutique festivals to bite the dust last year, have confirmed they have put their company, Extended Play Ltd, into liquidation.

The company, which also staged other smaller events under the Bloom banner, many championing new bands and DJs, struggling last year as the economic downturn damaged both ticket sales and sponsorship revenues. A last minute site move for the main festival, forced by licensing issues with their original site, pushed the company over the brink.

Despite initial hopes that Bloom would be able to return this year, it became clear last Autumn that the financial problems caused by the cancelled festival were insurmountable; and with debts unlikely to be paid the organisation quietly exited the Association Of Independent Festivals.

Confirming that they were putting their company into liquidation, Bloom organisers Olivia Chapman and Franc Gooding said in a statement: "Over the years we have had some real highs and some challenging lows, and it's a shame and with huge sadness that we are going out on the latter. However we hope that the majority of festival-goers see the value in small festivals and those that go out on a limb and risk absolutely everything to create a happy, fun and enjoyable environment for a few days each year".

They continued: "Those that attended earlier incarnations of Bloom will know how close we came to making our festival something special, and those that know us personally will understand how hard we have worked, how much we have invested both in time and money, and how much we have ultimately lost. We would like to thank all of the artists, sponsors, vendors, festival attendees, friends, families, media, industry colleagues, local businesses, community organisations and all the many volunteers and partners who have worked with us over the past five years".

Last year was not a good year for the more quirky boutique festivals. Brighton's Beachdown was cancelled last minute and seems unlikely to return, while the Big Chill festival went under, with the brand only living on thanks to a late in the day deal with Festival Republic.

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We7 last week announced the launch of a new sell-through platform which will upsell t-shirts, tickets and other merchandise to users of the music streaming platform based on the artists they are currently listening to. The new platform will also provide news content relevant to the artist and access to song lyrics.

And if you don't believe me, let me present you with We7 top man Steve Purdham, who has some words which may just convince you this is true. He told CMU: "Our vision is to bring music to life for fans providing a 360 degree view from one easy destination. This is the next step in the evolution of We7's music platform, which now provides a technology interface for specialist third parties to integrate into We7. This first release provides the harness for gig tickets, t-shirts, other merchandise, news and lyrics. We will continue to develop the platform to make sure that we are both connecting fans to the music they love and giving bands the chance to reach out to an engaged and enthusiastic online listener base. Ultimately, it's about offering fantastic choice in a familiar and safe environment".

GigJunkie will power the gig ticket bit, and their CEO Marc Bridgen also used words to confirm the partnership: "We're thrilled to be working with We7 to push the relationship between recorded and live music closer together and offer music lovers a one stop shop experience. We all want to know what our favourite bands are up to and where they are playing next. Simple, intuitive functionality like this simplifies the process and makes it easier for bands and fans to connect online".


US-based music service WaTunes, who last week announced the launch of an app which will let you buy music via Facebook, have announced Warner have signed up to sell their music via said Facebook widget. Universal and EMI are already on board.

WaTunes top dog Kevin Rivers told CMU: "This is an exciting time for us as we embrace a new channel to help drive Facebook users to purchase music. We've always wanted to bring the WaTunes Marketplace to social networks where people are able to express themselves and their music discovery without the hassle of leaving their social environments. With Universal, EMI, and now Warner Music Group, we are able to provide more music to millions of Facebook users while they communicate and share their taste with friends".

As previously reported, the WaTunes app will be the first time Facebook users have been able to buy music via the market leading social network. The widget will also enable people to preview and recommend tunes.


One of the people who oversaw the digital music division at Amazon in the US, Scott Ambrose Reilly, has moved to a new job at Amazon's Kindle unit, and sent a parting letter to his music business contacts last week.

Although generally a happy letter recalling his two decades working on music ventures, and thanking various people along the way, he does add: "A few of you have been a total pain in the ass and really should think about trying to make this business a better place once in awhile. Maybe listen to Elvis' 'If I Can Dream' on your way into the office. The music business and the world could use more positive energy".

So, you heard him, people; more positivity please.

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BBC Radio 3 is this week launching two new slots in its daytime programming where it will showcase the Official Charts Company's classical music chart.

On Monday afternoons the top five classical albums of the week will be revealed and a track will be played from the best seller. Meanwhile, thirty minutes of the Tuesday morning breakfast show will then be dedicated to discussing the full chart.

It's only a matter of time until the classical channel signs up Reggie Yates.


The Independent has announced its current Editor Roger Alton will step down following the recent purchase of the paper by Evening Standard owner Alexander Lebedev. This is not a surprise at all really, people had begun speculating who Lebedev would put in charge of the title long before his deal with former owners Independent News & Media had been done, the assumption all along being that former Observer Editor Alton would be for the axe.

The broadsheet's former Editor, Simon Kelner, who took on an MD and Editor In Chief role after handing over the actual editorship to Alton in 2008, will return to the editor's chair on a temporary basis until a replacement can be found. Standard Editor Geordie Greig will become Editorial Director of the Indy, though isn't expected to have much of a day to day role on the struggling national daily.


Possibly aware that since announcing he was leaving the BBC those tabloid journalists who have always despised him have had less to rant about, Jonathan Ross has given an interview to The Guardian seemingly designed to get those tabloid hacks all angry all over again.

In the interview, he made light of the Sachsgate scandal, despite originally claiming to be sincerely sorry for leaving lewd messages on Andrew Sachs' answer phone when he was suspended over the whole thing back in 2008. He told the broadsheet: "In a way, the whole experience has been quite fun. Because it's been really odd. And interesting. And fun. Life can sometimes potter along in the same direction and then something comes along over which you have no control".

He continued: "It was literally within about four days of it all kicking off that I just thought: 'You know what, there's no way I can control this, there's no way I can change this. So I've just got to not let it bother me'. And then it became almost like I was watching it happen to somebody else. And it was quite entertaining. It was weird watching people get themselves into a lather over something so intrinsically unimportant as that. It was just silly. Silly people writing silly things".

With Ross promising to one day give a full account of the Sachsgate scandal in all its "hilarious" detail, the tabloids obviously ran to Sachs to get his comment on Ross's latest remarks. He told The People: "My wife and I shared an empty laugh about it. It's a strange thing to say. It makes me wonder what the world is coming to. Yet it takes a lot more than that to upset me".

Ross also took time in the interview to diss the BBC, though given it's widely assumed it was they who let him go rather than the other way round once the controversial presenter's multi-million contract was up for renewal, that's probably not a surprise.

Ross told the Guardian: "I can't begin to tell you the relief I feel. I don't want to speak ill of people at the BBC because I've loved working there, and I still love working with them. But at the same time, oh man, I can't wait to get out. I think it's a shame that the people running it are always trying to second-guess what the newspapers will say about them - and whatever the next government we wind up with will say about them. The experience of being there isn't quite the place it was. And it's a terrible, terrible shame".

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Scouting For Girls are still at number one in the singles chart, despite a valiant effort by Usher to topple them. The R&B star's latest single, 'OMG', which features that Will.i.am guy, moved up six places to number two this week. Meanwhile, Timbaland's Justin Timberlake collaboration, 'Carry Out', slipped quietly into the top ten, moving up ten places to six.

In the exciting world of new entries, Joshua Radin went straight in at number eleven with 'I'd Rather Be With You', Paramore's 'The Only Exception' is new at 33, and Taio Cruz's latest offering, 'Dirty Picture', featuring Ke$ha, is in at 40.

Right, now we've got the formality of the singles chart out of the way, let's have a look at where Lady Gaga is in the album chart this week. Where do think? Two? Three? Eighteen? No! Lady Gaga is back at number one for the fourth bloody time. Well, at least she's being fair by letting other people have a go in between her stints at the top.

Those pitifully challenging Gaga's latest successful bid to get to the top with new releases this week were Doves with their new best of, which managed to claw its way up to twelve, Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi, who went in at 20 with his solo album 'Go', one place ahead of Rufus Wainwright with 'All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu'. And finally, Slash went straight in at 30 with his eponymous solo album.

The Gagas are compiled by the Official Gagas Company.

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The Rolling Stones have written a lot of songs, but you'd think after 44 years Keith Richards might be able to remember how to play one of their more famous singles, 'Paint It Black'. However, according to fellow guitarist Ronnie Wood, the rest of the band are never quite sure how things are going to go when it comes to performing that song live.

Wood said on his new Absolute Radio show yesterday: "We always have this moment of hesitation where we don't know if Keith's going to get the intro right".

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