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More jobs cuts likely in Allen's grand plan to rescue EMI
Privacy concerns over Irish three-strikes dismissed by judge
In The Pop Courts
No Doubt score double win in Activision dispute
Obituaries
You Say Party! drummer dies
Awards & Contests
Buble dominates at Junos
Charts, Stats & Polls
Led Zepp top Absolute best rock song poll
Release News
Singer-songwriter pledges naked manifesto
Festival News
Festival line-up update
Reviews
Album review: The National - High Violet (Beggars/4AD)
The Music Business
CMU supports music here
Clegg says three-strikes should be repealed
Former MAMA chief joins Chrysalis board
Liverpool's Korova badly damaged by fire
The Digital Business
Omnifone appoint new CEO
Apple patent mobile ticketing system
The Media Business
Rolling Stone relaunches website, puts up pay-wall
Chart Of The Day
Chart update
And finally...
Dappy apologises for bully texts


 
MONDAY 19TH APRIL
FIVE DAY FORECAST
Hey, ain't no volcano ash cloud gonna stop this week from getting started, despite my requests to various world leaders over the weekend. So, people, here are some totally amazing and generally brilliant things that are happening this week that you will definitely enjoy to almost dangerous levels.

 
01: AIM celebrates women in entertainment. For all its pretence of being cool and forward-thinking, entertainment remains a male-dominated industry in many ways. At Cargo in London on Wednesday (21 Apr), the Association of Independent Music, in association with The National Skills Academy and MIDEM, will examine this imbalance with talks from speakers, including Rough Trade founders Geoff Travis and Jeannette Lee, Visible Noise's Julie Weir, Matador Records' Natalie Judge and Jongleurs founder Maria Kempinska.

02: New York Dolls to pay tribute to Malcolm McLaren. The New York Dolls have announced that they will pay tribute to their former manager Malcolm McLaren, who died earlier this month, during their encore at their gig at Koko in London tonight. The band will dedicate their song 'Jet Boy' to McLaren, and will be joined by a number of special guests, too. As well as this, McLaren's funeral takes place on Thursday, and the Humanade charity are asking fans to mark the occasion with a 'minute of mayhem'.

03: CMU promoting music seminar. Due to popular demand, we're giving this seminar a third outing. It looks at the future of music PR, and will cover the role of traditional music promotion techniques in the internet age, the rising importance of news in getting coverage, the role, power and etiquette of social media and a web journalist's guide to how to PR a web journalist. Plus, we'll reveal more results from our recent survey of 100 music media people. Very limited spaces are available, so book quick!

04: Fantastic new releases. Assuming you managed to not bankrupt yourself during Record Store Day on Saturday, there are a whole load of new releases out this week that deserve your attention. Former Depeche Mode man Alan Wilder has a retrospective of his brilliant Recoil project, called 'Selected', Caribou's beautiful new offering 'Swim' is out, there's a new single from The Fall, 'Bury', and more, including Sparrow & The Workshop's 'Crystals Fall', Mr Fogg's 'Moving Parts', The Radio Dept's 'Clinging To A Scheme', Sam Amidon's 'I See The Sign', and the eponymous debut from Bloc Party guitarist Russell Lissack's Pin Me Down.

05: Amazing gigs. Top of my list this week is Chrome Hoof's gig as part of the Ether festival on London's Southbank, which will not only feature a set by the 25th century sacred knights themselves but also an aftershow performance by Health and DJ set from Andrew Weatherall. And if that's not enough, Fuck Buttons, Bass Clef, and Three Trapped Tigers all kick of UK tours this week. Peter Hook and Howard Marks will also be continuing with their spoken word tour.

What fun. Now, why not enjoy this account of what it's like to fly a plane through a cloud volcanic ash. Apparently it's "a bit like negotiating one's way up a badger's arse".

Andy Malt
Editor, CMU Daily

 
BLUR - FOOLS DAY
You're no doubt aware that a new Blur song was released this weekend as a very limited edition seven inch single for Record Store Day. All 1000 copies were, of course, snapped up in a matter of minutes, with some people, let's call them "wankers", now listing their copies on eBay for up to £200. In addition to this, badly recorded MP3s of the song also started appearing online from the moment the track was premiered on BBC 6music on Saturday morning. As a result, the band are giving the track away for free via their website in both MP3 and WAV format.

 
To be honest, I'm still a little unconvinced by Daman Albarn's vocals, but Graham Coxon's guitar playing, the first to appear on a new Blur track since 2003, in the last part of the song is brilliant, exactly the sort of smart, innovative sound that you'd hope for. In the event that this does lead to more new recordings, as the band's label Parlophone are hoping it will, it looks possible that a reformed Blur could actually come up with something pretty good.

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Malian actor Sotigui Kouyate dies
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75% of UK music journalists against digital promos
New MPs will rely more on social media
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Music festival line-up update - 16 Apr 2010
Spiegeltent may be absent from Edinburgh again this year
City Showcase announces classical strand
 

MORE JOBS CUTS LIKELY IN ALLEN'S GRAND PLAN TO RESCUE EMI
Hundreds more EMI staffers could be for the axe as part of the London major's last ditch attempt to stop its bankers foreclosing on their multi-billion dollar loan.

As previously reported, recently appointed Executive Chairman Charles Allen has been putting together a report that it's hoped will persuade investors in EMI owners Terra Firma to stump up the cash needed to meet a £120 million loan payment due in late May. He is trying to convince them that EMI management could still make the flagging music firm profitable, and that therefore now isn't the time to cut their losses and bail on the major.

According to the Times, Allen is trying to show that EMI's recorded music division could be making profits of £300 million a year by 2015. That will require not only a boost in income, probably in part by going through with the plan to licence out the major's catalogue in the North American market, but also further cuts in overheads.

In fact, up to another £100 million may need to be cut from EMI's running costs. While it is true that the other three majors have been quietly streamlining their operations since EMI's last dramatic staff cull in 2008, the London-based major is probably still the most lean of all the big music firms. Another £100 million in cuts has therefore got to hurt.

But on the upside, the broadsheet says that Guy Hands, who it was thought had all but washed his hands of EMI, is increasingly confident he can raise enough new money to give the music firm two year's grace with its bankers, giving Allen the time he needs to get things working.

Some reckon that EMI is benefiting from Hands' growing feud with bankers Citigroup; as previously reported, he is suing them in relation to the advice they gave him ahead of his purchase of the music company. The Terra Firma chief is reportedly increasingly bitter regards how the US bank have treated him post-credit crunch, and he therefore sees rescuing EMI as one way to kick it to the shady bankers.

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PRIVACY CONCERNS OVER IRISH THREE-STRIKES DISMISSED BY JUDGE
A judge in Ireland has given the all clear for plans to introduce a three-strikes system to combat illegal file-sharing in the country, though at the moment the ruling will only affect one ISP, albeit the biggest.

As previously reported, Irish tel-co Eircom agreed to introduce a so called 'graduated response' system to combat piracy on its network sometime ago, as part of an out-of-court settlement to a wider legal action taken by the Irish record industry. That will mean the ISP sending out warning letters to any customers the record labels reckon are illegally accessing or sharing music online. Customers who ignore warnings could have their net connections suspended or disconnected.

However, Eircom's three-strikes system is yet to go live, mainly because the country's Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawke raised concerns that the system proposed by the Irish Recorded Music Association and Eircom contravened data protection rules.

Because the Irish three-strikes system was created through voluntary agreement and not a change in copyright law, any contravened data protection rules would prevail. But Judge Peter Charleton last week said there were no legitimate data protection concerns relating to three-strikes, and in doing do basically gave judicial support for the anti-piracy system.

According to SiliconRepublic.com, the judge said last week: "The right to be identified with and to reasonably exploit one's own original creative endeavour I regard as a human right. It is completely within the legitimate standing of Eircom to act, and to be seen to act, as a body which upholds the law and Constitution. That is what the Court expects of both individuals and companies".

He continued: "The internet is only a means of communication. It has not rewritten the legal rules of each nation through which it passes. It is not an amorphous extraterrestrial body with an entitlement to norms that run counter to the fundamental principles of human rights. There is nothing in the criminal or civil law which legalises that which is otherwise illegal simply because the transaction takes place over the internet".

Welcoming the judicial support for three-strikes, IRMA chief Dick Doyle told reporters: "We are very pleased with this decision today. Resolving this issue has caused six months of disruption to the IRMA/Eircom agreement. We will now proceed immediately to implement the full agreement".

The ruling does not, however, force other ISPs in Ireland to operate a similar three-strikes system. IRMA has been lobbying the other net firms to follow Eircom's lead, partly because their original agreement with Eircom said the music association would try to ensure other service providers would also have to operate three-strikes. However, the other net firms, like ISPs in the UK, are resistant to all and any proposals that they should get involved in policing online piracy.

Whether Charleton's ruling will give IRMA any more sway in forcing three-strikes on the other net firms remains to be seen. Insiders at those other ISPs insisted this weekend the ruling did not affect them in any way.

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NO DOUBT SCORE DOUBLE WIN IN ACTIVISION DISPUTE
Two efforts by gaming giant Activision to defend themselves against No Doubt's previously reported lawsuit in relation to the 'Band Hero' game have been knocked back by the US courts.

As previously reported, No Doubt objected to the way their avatars in the pretend-to-play game could be 'unlocked' to play songs other than their own. The band say the gaming firm didn't have the rights to use their likenesses in that way.

As with when Courtney Love raised similar objections to the fact Kurt Cobain's likeness could be made to perform non-Nirvana tracks, Activision denied any wrongdoing, claiming the artists knew what they were signing up to. That said, it's thought the agreement between Activision and its artist partners doesn't actually specifically cover the use of an artist's avatar in songs other than their own, so this whole area is a bit greyer than the gaming firm originally implied.

This is possibly why Activision's bounce back to No Doubt's lawsuit included a claim that their use of Gwen Stefani's avatar in tracks other than her own was covered by their First Amendment freedom of speech rights, and that the dispute was a copyright issue, not a right-of-publicity issue, and should therefore be moved to the Federal courts.

An LA judge last week refused both of those claims by the gaming company, meaning No Doubt's action will now proceed as they originally planned; though Activision have said they do plan to appeal last week's rulings.

Given that it seems Activision's contracts weren't especially explicit on the use of an artist's likeness in songs other than their own, some are wondering why the gaming company is trying so hard to fight this dispute in the courts. Presumably they fear No Doubt will demand mega-bucks in any out of court settlement, and that such a deal would lead to similar claims from other previously featured artists. But by fighting No Doubt in this way, some industry insiders say the games firm could find it increasingly hard to sign up acts for future editions of their 'Hero' franchise.

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YOU SAY PARTY! DRUMMER DIES
The drummer in You Say Party! We Say Die!, Devon Clifford has died after dramatically collapsing onstage during a show in Vancouver on Friday night. He was just 30. The band's lead singer Becky Ninkovic shouted for audience members to call 911 after Clifford collapsed on stage, and he was rushed to a local hospital where he died on Sunday morning. The cause of his death hasn't been officially confirmed, though Spinner has reported he died after suffering a brain haemorrhage

A spokesman for their label, Paper Bag Records, said yesterday: "It is with absolute sadness to report that our dear friend Devon Clifford passed away just hours ago in a Vancouver hospital surrounded by his family and friends. He will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him. I request that we respect the family's privacy during this incredibly difficult time".

A childhood friend of bandmate Derek Adam, Clifford grew up in the Canadian city of Abbotsford, where You Say Party! We Say Die! emerged out of a bike gang in 2003. Having been slowly building a fan base since the release of their debut EP in 2004, the band's most recent album, 'XXXX', released in Canada last year and due out over here next month, has enjoyed much critical acclaim around the world. The band are due to begin a European tour on Monday.

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BUBLE DOMINATES AT JUNOS
It was Canada's big music awards bash this weekend, the Junos, but there were lots of gongs and the award's organisers haven't published them anywhere where it's easy for me to grab them and paste them here into your CMU Daily, so if you're interested you'll have to go to this webpage to see the winners list: junoawards.ca/nominees/

If you're not that interested, I can tell you that Michael Buble dominated, picking up four of the six awards he was nominated for, including the Fan Choice Award. Elsewhere, Toronto-based rapper Drake won two prizes, including the Best New Artist award, while rock outfit Metric won Best Group.

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LED ZEPP TOP ABSOLUTE BEST ROCK SONG POLL
Led Zeppelin dominate in a 'favourite rock song' poll undertaken by the Absolute Classic Rock radio station, with three of their songs in the top ten, including a number one placing for 'Stairway To Heaven'. Here's the full top ten.

1. Led Zeppelin - Stairway To Heaven
2. The Who - Wont Get Fooled Again
3. Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
4. Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love
5. Deep Purple - Smoke On The Water
6. The Who - Baba O Reilly
7. Led Zeppelin - Rock N Roll
8. Free - All Right Now
9. The Beatles - Revolution
10. The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter

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SINGER SONGWRITER PLEDGES NAKED MANIFESTO
London-based singer songwriter Will Rendle - aka Will And The People - says he is frustrated with the lack of bold ideas being presented by political types during the current General Election campaign, and that he'll present his own manifesto for a better world, while playing songs naked, in late May if more than 10,000 people download his new single 'Mr Sketchy'.

I'm not sure he's totally grasped how the British political process works. You can check out Will's pledge and, presumably, find out more about the single at www.myspace.com/willandthepeople

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FESTIVAL LINE-UP UPDATE

ATP BOWLIE 2, Butlins Resort, Minehead, Somerset, 10-12 Dec: Teenage Fanclub and Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan are amongst the latest artists announced for the Belle & Sebastian curated Bowlie 2. Other acts confirmed include The New Pornographers, Vashti Bunyan, The Apples In Stereo, The Dutchess & The Duke and Silver Columns. www.atpfestival.com

CAMP BESTIVAL, Robin Hill Country Park, Isle Of Wight, 9-12 Sep: Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip are amongst the latest additions to the Camp Bestival line-up, along with Sound Of Rum, Lissie, The Widowmakers, Jaguar Skills, Rev Milo Speedwagon, Sombrero Sound System and Mix It Up DJs. www.campbestival.net

NASS, Royal Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, 9-11 Jul: General Fiasco, Morning Parade and The Dead Formats will play at this year's National Adventure Sports Show, along with Maverick Sabre, Exit Ten, The Arusha Accord, Failsafe and The Postman. www.relentlessnass.com

REDFEST, Robins Cook Farm, Redhill, Surrey, 23-24 Jul: Hadouken!, The Sunshine Underground, Tiffany Page, Citadels and Twin Atlantic are amongst the latest acts announced to play at this summer's Redfest, along with Little Comets, Kurran And The Wolfnotes, Thom Stone, 6 Day Riot, Subsource, Little Fish, Lights Go Blue and Floor And Walls. www.redfest.co.uk

WIRELESS, Hyde Park, London, 2-4 Jul: Snoop Dogg, Slash and D12 head up the latest acts confirmed to play Wireless this summer. Also added to the bill are Dan Le Sac, Wiley, Roll Deep, Talay Riley, McLean, Chiddy Bang and Alphabeat. www.wirelessfestival.co.uk

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ALBUM REVIEW: The National - High Violet (Beggars/4AD)
While awaiting for proper exposure to The National's fifth studio album, I trawled the internet looking for an insight into what I might be able to expect. While doing so I stumbled across a YouTube comment, of all things, which summed up this band for me. There, typed in below a fuzzy, imperfect version of 'High Violet' opener 'Terrible Love', were the words "I don't think The National are capable of writing a song that isn't completely breathtaking". So very true.

Following two near-perfect albums, 'High Violet' maintains their record for creating songs of understated, modest, and yes, breathtaking beauty. And though first impressions of this new long player are that it sounds rather like last album 'Boxer' - with 'Bloodbuzz Ohio' and 'Anyone's Ghost' particularly similar in sound to their 2007 work - as with any of The National's output, first impressions count for nothing.

It's the more subtle details, heard first in the subconscious, that make their work so remarkable. Take a song like 'Little Faith', yes there's the similar line of dark, contemplation, coy, clean guitar and digitally perfect drumming, but there's something else in there too, which your heart knows to love long before your brain can work out exactly what is going on. Looking out for subtleties also makes you realise that this album contains the band's boldest moment to date, the track 'England', which looks to past collaborator Sufjan Stevens for influence, building to an epic crescendo.

An album to adore then. Though it may take six months to work out why. TM

Physical release: 10 May
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CMU SUPPORTS MUSIC HERE
For the next three weeks the CMU Daily will be celebrating the previously reported Music Supported Here campaign, and profiling some of the artists who have backed the initiative.

As previously reported, Music Supported Here is a grass-roots campaign backed by the Musicians' Union which encourages musicians and songwriters to engage directly with their fans on copyright and piracy issues, and to explain how the grass-roots music community relies on fans to buy their music in order to be able to dedicate their lives to music making. The theory is that such a message is better delivered by each artist to their specific fan base, rather than via glossy industry-wide initiatives which tend to confuse or alienate music consumes.

MSH is also working with the Musicians' Union and other trade bodies to help artists better engage directly with their fans over the internet, for example by promoting the idea that labels should enable artists to become retailers, selling their music directly to fans via their websites, and getting a retailer cut in the process.

At the heart of the MSH project is a gallery of 'music' logos that incorporate the copyright 'C' which have been drawn by each participating artist. We will be featuring a different music logo at the top of each edition of the CMU Daily for the next three weeks. Click on the logo and you can find out which musician created it, learn a bit more about that artist, and hear why they are backing the Music Supported Here project.

For more info on all things MSH, check www.musicsupportedhere.com

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CLEGG SAYS THREE-STRIKES SHOULD BE REPEALED
Given some newspapers seem to think Nick Clegg might take over from God come June, perhaps we should pay attention when he says the Digital Economy Act should be repealed. Because that's what the Lib Dem boss man told The Student Room website last week.

Though his people later clarified that the Lib Demmers did support much of the controversial Act, which was rushed through parliament earlier this month ahead of the Election. However, they confirmed that they remain concerned about its copyright and three-strike provisions which, they reckon, were not debated enough in the House Of Commons.

Clegg told the student website: "We did our best to prevent the Digital Economy Bill being rushed through at the last moment. It badly needed more debate and amendment, and we are extremely worried that it will now lead to completely innocent people having their internet connections cut off. It was far too heavily weighted in favour of the big corporations and those who are worried about too much information becoming available. It badly needs to be repealed, and the issues revisited".

Of course, those who campaigned against the DEB might point out that one of its most controversial provisions - Clause 18 - which in the end was cut, though essentially incorporated elsewhere, was criticised for being basically written by the "big corporations". And it was introduced in the Lords by the Lib Dems. Though to be fair to the third party, they did call for more time to discuss the bill in both the Lords and the Commons and, when it became apparent that would not happen, proposed it be scrapped and revisited after the upcoming General Election.

Given much is still to be worked out about exactly how the DEA's three-strikes provisions will work, and that at least one internet service provider plans to try and scupper all efforts to introduce the anti-piracy system, it would be interesting to see, if the Lib Dems did hold the balance of power after the election (because of a hung parliament), if they would use that influence on this issue.

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FORMER MAMA CHIEF JOINS CHRYSALIS BOARD
The former co-CEO of the MAMA Group, Adam Driscoll, who exited the live music and management firm after its acquisition by HMV, has just popped up as a non-exec director for music publisher Chrysalis. Driscoll will replace Geoff Howard-Spink on the Chrysalis board, who is stepping down after eleven years with the company.

Elsewhere at the independent publisher, Andrew Kitchen has been appointed to the job of Director Of Corporate Development. He advised the pubbery on its recent previously reported acquisition of First State Music Group, and it seems the company is keen to capitalise on the investment contacts he made as a result of that work.

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LIVERPOOL'S KOROVA BADLY DAMAGED BY FIRE
A popular gig venue in Liverpool, the bar and club Korova, was badly damaged by fire this weekend. The music venue was hit by a blaze which seemingly began in the offices of a legal firm above the bar that broke out in the early hours of Saturday morning. It's not yet clear exactly how badly damaged the building is, but it looks likely the venue will be closed for some months.

The venue's bookings man, Chris Tyler, told the Liverpool Daily Post yesterday: "There is basically loads of water inside and it is going to take a good number of months before it is serviceable again. But we are planning to rise from the ashes, so to speak, and reopen when it is sorted".

Korova only moved to its current location on Hope Street last year, after reportedly running into licensing problems with their previous venue and subsequently parting company with one of their directors. Aside from being an important gig venue in the city, the previous Korova venue's main claim to fame is that it is where Arctic Monkeys shot the cover image for their 2006 debut album 'Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not'.

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OMNIFONE APPOINT NEW CEO
Digital music service provider Omnifone announced on Friday that they had appointed a new Chief Executive, in the form of Jeff Hughes, a former EVP for BSkyB. Founder and previous CEO Rob Lewis will stay with the company but in an Executive Chairman role. Hughes will oversee the day to day management of the company while Lewis will now focus on "key stakeholder relations".

As much previously reported, although not consumer facing, Omnifone powers a wide range of digital music services around the world, and owns the MusicStation brand utilised by various mobile networks across the globe. Although initially specialising in mobile-based services, Omnifone have moved into the PC-based digital music market in the last year as well, powering the Sky Songs service and striking up a partnership with HP.

Confirming Hughes appointment, Lewis told CMU: "I'm delighted that Jeff has joined the Omnifone management team. Coming from one of the world's leading 'triple play' subscription businesses, which is used by some 25% of UK households today, Jeff brings a wealth of experience to Omnifone as it prepares for global expansion. His managerial skill set and experience, combined with our expanded executive team, will facilitate the rapid growth of Omnifone's cloud based digital content services internationally, ensuring that Omnifone is ready to deliver digital media services to tens of millions of subscribers on a global basis over the next few years".

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APPLE PATENT MOBILE TICKETING SYSTEM
At the end of a week in which both We7 and MySpace announced they were adding gig ticket sell-through to their streaming music services, there was much chatter that Apple are also planning on launching a ticketing platform, after the IT giant patented a software system called Concert Ticket+.

According to reports, the Apple system, should it come to fruition, would sell tickets via the iTunes Store which would then be downloaded to a user's iPhone. Other multi-media content or coupons for refreshments or merchandise could also be attached to the ticket.

Unlike We7, MySpace et al, for whom gig ticket sell-through is an obvious extra revenue stream, it seems Apple also have ambitions in the still emerging mobile ticketing market.

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ROLLING STONE RELAUNCHES WEBSITE, PUTS UP PAY-WALL
US music mag Rolling Stone today launches a new website which will have one of those crazy pay-walls in place, meaning users will have to pay a four dollar per month subscription fee to get access to the full site. Online-only content will still be free, but users will have to pay to access articles from the print magazine. A subscription will also get users access to the music mag's entire archive, which stretches back over 40 years.

Rolling Stone is unusual in the magazine world in that its print circulation is actually up, and its privately-owned publishers insist the title is still profitable. Still, it's known all important ad sales were down last year, so the subscription-based online service is presumably a bid to secure new additional revenues.

Given publishers across the newspaper and magazine industries are pondering over whether a subscription-based model could work for their online titles (given most original attempts at online subscriptions back in the day did not), I think it's fair to say a fair few media owner types will now be watching with interest how the all new Rolling Stone website fairs.

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CHART UPDATE
Okay, so you want to know what's going on in the UK charts? Well, you're in the right place, cos I'm the man who knows. Oh yes I am.

First, the singles chart, where Usher's 'OMG' has risen up one place this week to take the number one spot from Scouting For Girls, who are down to two. Rushing in right behind at number three is Professor Green, who goes straight in there with 'I Need You Tonight'. Also brand new and all shiny-looking is Kelis, with 'Acapella' at five, and Selena Gomez & The Scene at seven with 'Naturally'.

That's not all the new entries this week, though. No. There are flippin loads of the buggers. Kate Nash's 'Do Wah Doo' is in at fifteen, Eliza Doolittle is new at 22 with 'Skinny Genes' (see what she did there?), Paul Weller is at 26 with the double a-side 'No Tears To Cry/Wake Up The Nation', The Futureheads' 'Heartbeat Song' is at 34, and Jay-Z's 'On To The Next One' is in at 38. Also, Snow Patrol's 2006 collaboration with Martha Wainwright, 'Set Fire To The Third Bar', is back in the chart at 36, seemingly thanks to its use in the trailer for new film 'Dear John'.

Over in the album chart, Scouting For Girls are again relegated to the number two position, because that Plan B fella has pipped them to the top with his second album, 'The Defamation Of Strickland Banks'. Apparently sales were very close for the two albums mid-week, but Plan B managed to extend his lead on Scouting For Girls' 'Everybody Wants To Be On TV' by 40% come Sunday.

Other new entries in the album chart come from MGMT's 'Congratulations' at four, Joshua Radin's 'Simple Times' at nine, Jeff Beck's 'Emotions & Commotions' at 21, The xx's debut album, which seemingly hasn't charted before, at 31, and Coheed & Cambria's 'Year Of The Black Rainbow' at 35.

The charts are compiled by a group of primary school children and then posted up on the fridge by The Official Charts Company.

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DAPPY APOLOGISES FOR BULLY TEXTS
Dappy from N-Dubz has issued a late in the day apology for sending those abusive texts to the Radio 1 listener who was critical of the urban pop outfit while they were guesting on the Chris Moyles breakfast show back in January. The apology came as the band reappeared on the nation's favourite's prime time show.

The Dapster said: "Listen, I just want to say to everyone, Radio 1 listeners, all the N-Dubz fans, I am terribly, terribly sorry for what has happened recently with this whole text thing. I just want to say I feel empty, look how long N-Dubz haven't done a Radio 1 interview for. You lot have helped us get to this point where we are today. If it weren't for you lot we wouldn't be this high. I just want to say to the young lady that you can come with all your friends, ten friends, to an N-Dubz show front row and it's all on us. I'm terribly sorry, it won't happen again. Thank you very much - very sorry".

As previously reported, Dappy's abusive texting came as his band were fronting an anti-bullying campaign, part of which was focused on cyber-bulling. The listener, Chloe Moody, had texted into the radio show to say N-Dubz were "losers" and Dappy was "repulsive". He noted down her mobile number from the Radio 1 text system and SMSed back "Your [sic] gonna die". Presumably Moody will be thrilled with the offer of free tickets to see a band she thinks are "losers".

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