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Hands to bug investors for £360 million for EMI
Guru dies
In The Pop Courts
Kelis asks for quick settlement of ongoing divorce proceedings
Pop Politics
Ringo not impressed with Vatican's latest Beatles big up
Awards & Contests
Underwood is Country Academy's Entertainer Of The Year, again
Reunions & Splits
Run-DMC not reforming
Artist Deals
Ninja Tune sign Toddla T
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Kylie to make extra special announcement
New MIA in June
Chris Cunningham's Rubber Johnny re-released
Here We Go Magic announce new album
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Boyle signs book deal
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Paloma Faith announces Oct/Nov tour
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Kendal Calling looking for arty types
Festival line-up update
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Album review: Cappo - Genghis (Son Records)
The Music Business
BPI postpone sync mission to LA because of ash cloud
Live Nation step up Aussie ops
BMG launch in Nashville
The Digital Business
Last.fm scrobble 40 billionth track
The Media Business
Bearded man launches indie-focused podcast
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Total Rock World Album Chart
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Watch the fans waiting for Bieber


 
TUESDAY 20TH APRIL
65DAYSOFSTATIC
Starting out back in 2001, 65daysofstatic are an instrumental electronic and post-rock band from Sheffield. They mix heavy, progressive, guitar-driven instrumental sections with both off-beat sampled drums and live drums; creating a distinctively gritty, industrial sound. The band released their debut album 'The Fall of Math' in 2004, and went on to release LP's 'One Time For All Time' and 'The Destruction Of Small Ideas', all through Monotreme Records. They release their fourth long player 'We Were Exploding Anyway' on 26 Apr via Hassle Records, with the album streaming exclusively on MySpace for the rest of this week. We caught up with the band's Joe Shrewsbury to ask the Same Six.

 
Q1 How did you start out making music?
We started out making music together out of a basic desire to create something for ourselves that we really really liked, and that maybe other people would like too. I met Paul in a bedsit in Sheffield entirely by coincidence. And I met Rob before that when we were fifteen at a gig, and Rob crowdsurfed onto my head. Si was introduced to us by some other very tall people. I don't know how something like actually starting to make music happens, to be honest. It would probably be different for all of us. Maybe you get born and just love music and are able to make it yourself. Maybe you just realise one day that everything else you're doing isn't as good as music.

Q2 What inspired your latest album?
Uncertainty. Daft Punk. Noise Complaints. Gregory Crewdson. A lack of funds. 4/4 Time. The Master and Margarita. 17/8 Time. Super Hero Names. Moby Dick. Motown Top 100.

Q3 What process do you go through in creating a track?
If we could really answer that question comprehensively, we'd write more music. With this album, most of the initial ideas came from the electronics. We tried to make the tracks more like 'songs' even though there's no singing, while retaining some of the better elements of good dance music, ie repetition and hooks. We were more interested this time round in harnessing what in the past has been barely controlled chaos - we wanted to direct the listener's ear towards fewer but stronger melodies and rhythms. While this album is by no means minimal, we feel it doesn't over play it's hand in terms of the amount of stuff going on at any one time, which may have been the case in some of our previous music.

Honestly though, we go to a room in an ex-industrial part of Sheffield, fill it with instruments and drink a lot of tea. We do this for nine months. We write maybe sixty tracks. Nine of them are on the record. Maybe six more will be released in the future. The rest are in the great audio dump in the sky.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
Last summer, a couple of months before we went in to make the new record, we all saw Radiohead headline Reading Festival. It was an incredible set. They didn't play a crowd-pleasing show, they played an esoteric, 'we're Radiohead, deal with it', slow-burning kind of show. And they got away with that because their back catalogue is so accomplished, and well-written, and they have evolved themselves as a band in increments, to be able to do whatever they want, and for that to be accepted by everybody.

To be as big as they are and to be doing what they are doing, head and shoulders above most other bands out there, is incredibly inspiring for us.

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
Turn it up, yeah?

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest album, and for the future?
Our ambitions are the same as they always were, really. And if we've lost some of the naivety we had when we were twenty, we simply pretend we haven't and practice 'enforced naivety'. Our current priority is to get on the road and play as many shows as possible.

Writing this record has taken a really long time, and it was good for us to re-evaluate how we make music and what music we want to make, but now it's time to play it. This has always been something the four of us have really enjoyed doing, and maybe that's why we've stuck together for so long. Sleeping in a car park in Antwerp or a stable in Belgium, being awake for 30 plus hours in Moscow, trying not to get in trouble in the bad part of Texas - these things are very different experiences depending on whether you actually want to be there or not. We tend to always want to be there, even if we haven't been home for ages.

Obviously, we're hoping this album will capture people's imaginations and make them feel good, or at least have a really great 52 minutes listening to it. Everything else that happens will be a bonus.

MORE>> www.myspace.com/65propaganda

 
THE RUMOUR SAID FIRE
Currently Denmark's hottest new property, The Rumour Said Fire's download-only mini-album, 'The Life And Death Of The Male Body', has been in the iTunes top ten in the country since its release last September, peaking at number one. Originally planned as a low-key digital taster to test reaction to the band, it was pressed on vinyl a month after release due to overwhelming demand.

 
The simple guitar lines and vocal harmonies that form the basis of their songs call to mind Simon & Garfunkel, and there's also a bit of a Sufjan Stevens vibe, too. Wrapped around all this is more of an indie-rock influence, reminiscent of The Decemberists and maybe Mew (though that could just be the accent).

Signed to A:larm Music in Denmark, a full-length LP from the band, and a proper introduction to the UK, is expected this autumn. In the meantime, 'The Life And Death Of The Male Body' is available through iTunes.

www.myspace.com/therumoursaidfire


  INTERNSHIP AT UNLIMITED MEDIA
We are looking for a student or recent graduate who is keen to get some experience working in a publishing environment to join the team at our London HQ for 3-4 weeks from next week working on our ThreeWeeks in Brighton title, which covers the Brighton Festival and Fringe.

You will help out with the production of online content, both audio and text, and be responsible for inputting content into the ThreeWeeks website.

This is an unpaid internship, but will be a great opportunity to get some real-world experience, and there'll be plenty of careers advice thrown in. If you are interested, just bung a CV over to georgina@unlimitedmedia.co.uk

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Malian actor Sotigui Kouyate dies
British 'Neighbours' fans offered chance to win role
Glee star Groff to appear with Simon Russell Beale in 'Deathtrap'
 
75% of UK music journalists against digital promos
New MPs will rely more on social media
Ofcom tell off Penk over Jump, let off 5live over RATM
 
Music festival line-up update - 19 Apr 2010
Spiegeltent may be absent from Edinburgh again this year
City Showcase announces classical strand
 

HANDS TO BUG INVESTORS FOR £360 MILLION FOR EMI
That guy, you know, that guy... the guy... you know, Guy, right? Guy. Him, yes, you know. Mr Hands to his children. Him. Yes, well, he's apparently hoping to persuade his financial backers to not only stump up the £120 million EMI must pay Citigroup in June, but another £240 million as well, partly to cover the next loan fee payment, presumably due in twelve months time, and partly to help plug that previously reported hole in the major music company's pension fund.

As previously reported, Guy Hands and his top team at EMI owners Terra Firma seem to be increasingly optimistic of late that they can persuade the equity group's investors to provide the flagging music company with a multi-million pound cash injection to help keep the bankers away from the door. If they don't, Citigroup is likely to foreclose on the major's multi-billion dollar loan, taking control of the music company and probably splitting it up for sale.

As also previously reported, EMI's Executive Chairman, Charles Allen, has penned a report into how he plans to turn round EMI's fortunes in the next five years, so that the major can start to pay its own bank fees sooner rather than later, while starting to generate the kind of profits that will make a serious dent into the £3.2 billion the music firm owes its bankers, so that Terra Firma might actually start to see some pay back from it's big musical experiment one day.

With that report pretty much complete, Hands, although apparently stranded in New York because of the ash cloud (though he's unable to come to London anyway, for tax reasons), is now expected to start sweet talking Terra Firma's backers with the aim of getting approx £360 million in place by the end of next month.

According to the Financial Times, Hands will tell his backers that he and the top team at the equity firm will personally put £58 million in the pot, almost three times more than they would be due to pay under existing allocation agreements. Presumably Hands wants to demonstrate his confidence in Allen's grand plan via his wallet.

It's thought that grand plan will propose further job cuts, more outsourcing of back office activity, the sale of some stand alone divisions and the much reported licensing out of the major's recordings catalogue in North America. As well as resulting in significant savings, it's now thought the plan might also propose using some of the money generated by selling off recording assets to buy new catalogues for the more stable EMI Music Publishing.

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GURU DIES
According to a statement from his most recent collaborator MC Solar, rapper Guru, best known as one half of Gang Starr, has died. He underwent surgery last month, having slipped into a coma after suffering from a heart attack; though the most recent report before this one said the rap man was conscious again and on the mend. It seems, however, that Guru was very ill after battling cancer for a year.

Solar said this morning that Guru died yesterday. His statement reads: "The world has lost one of the best MCs and hip hop icons of all time - my loyal best friend, partner, and brother, Guru. Guru has been battling cancer for well over a year and has lost his battle! This is a matter that Guru wanted private until he could beat it, but tragically, this did not happen. The cancer took him. Now the world has lost a great man and a true genius".

A statement from Guru shortly after his operation said that Solar was to be considered his official spokesman on his health, after family members of the rapper said they had been denied access to him.

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KELIS ASKS FOR QUICK SETTLEMENT OF ONGOING DIVORCE PROCEEDINGS
Kelis has asked a US court to finalise her divorce from Nas "as soon as possible". It's almost a year since the R&B star began divorce proceedings against the hip hopper, and the subsequent maintenance payment squabbles have been widely documented.

Because of various complications, the actual divorce is still working its way through the system, but not fast enough for Kelis. In legal papers submitted this week she's asked for her marriage to be fully terminated asap, even if all matters relating to the separation are not fully resolved.

For his part, Nas has reportedly written the ninety grand cheque he was told by the courts to give his ex-wife last week. He will have to now make good on other overdue payments to his estranged wife by handing over larger monthly alimony cheques for the foreseeable future.

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RINGO NOT IMPRESSED WITH VATICAN'S LATEST BEATLES BIG UP
It's wasn't the first time in recent years that the Vatican's official newspaper had been complimentary towards The Beatles, despite the Catholic church being very down on the Fab Four back in the day, not least because of Lennon's famous "we're bigger than Jesus" remark.

But apparently last week's article in L'Osservatore Romano, which basically absolved Lennon et al for their rock star decadence, high profile drug use and even that "bigger than Jesus" remark, was formally sanctioned by Pope Benedict XVI, who's possibly aware his church needs all the friends it can get at the moment.

The latest pro-Beatles article in the Catholic newspaper remarked: "The Beatles said they were bigger than Jesus and put out mysterious messages, that were possibly even Satanic... [but] what would pop music be like without the Beatles?"

Alas, the article has failed to win the friendship of a certain Ring Starr, who doesn't seem especially impressed by the Vatican's latest remarks. He told reporters this week: "Didn't the Vatican say we were Satanic or possibly Satanic? And they've still forgiven us? I think the Vatican, they've got more to talk about than the Beatles". I think that's basically "Ringo says fuck off".

I don't know whether the Vatican's latest remarks mean that Lennon has now been given a ticket upwards from hell to heaven, though I did hear somewhere that above us was only clouds. Well, clouds and volcanic ash.

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UNDERWOOD IS COUNTRY ACADEMY'S ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR, AGAIN
Carrie Underwood is the first female artist ever to win Entertainer Of The Year at the Academy Of Country Music Awards for a second time. Which I think tells us more about the Academy Of Country Music than it does about Underwood, but there you have it.

The former American Idol was also presented with a Triple Crown Prize in recognition of the fact that, over her career, she has won the Best Newcomer, Best Female and Entertainer Of The Year prizes at the awards.

So, a good night for Underwood, though it was possibly Nashville-based trio Lady Antebellum who had the best evening, them taking no less that five prizes away from the Sunday night awards fest, including Best Vocal Group, Best Song and Single Of The Year.

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RUN-DMC NOT REFORMING
Today's reunion that's not happening is Run-DMC. So that's exciting. ?uestlove of The Roots recently sent out some mysterious messages about a festival organised by the hip hop combo, saying this year's event would include "a reunion we thought we would never get". That led to speculation that Run-DMC would reform for the event, the first time Joseph 'Rev Run' Simmons and Darryl 'DMC' McDaniels would have performed together since the death of their DJ Jam Master Jay back in 2002.

But McDaniels has denied any such reunion is on the cards and has said that, while he may perform with his former bandmate again in the future, he wouldn't do so under the Run-DMC banner.

He told BoomBox: "That's not gonna happen. For me, personally, I'll put it like this... As of now, a reunion is possible, but it's really got to make bigger sense, because a lot of people say Run-DMC was much more than just a rap group to them. People hit me with all the groups that did get back together after death, but I just feel I can't replace my drummer. Do you really want to see me and Run running around without Jay back there? With some other DJ? It'll be disrespectful".

He concluded: "We can probably get back together, but it's got to be in a different form. So it's not going to happen yet".

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NINJA TUNE SIGN TODDLA T
Ninja Tune announced yesterday that they have signed up Toddla T for a three album deal, while sister company Just Isn't Music will take control of his publishing. The indie will also assist with distribution, manufacture and marketing for the producer's own label, Girls Music.

With a style that spans various urban and dance genres, Toddla T is also highly in demand as a DJ, and regularly features in Radio 1's In New DJs We Trust slot. He has also produced the likes of Tinchy Stryder, Bashy and Jammer, and has collaborated with artists including Hervé, Ross Orton, Diplo and Switch. Toddla's second album, the follow-up to last year's 'Skanky Skanky', which was released through Sony Music/1965, is now expected to be released by Ninja later this year.

He told CMU: "I'm so happy with signing with Ninja. Not only have they got a ridiculously good background but they're such good people and so enthused by me joining. I'm really looking forward to getting stuck into the next album with them as well as working on my Girls Music label alongside them. Dutty!"

Ninja boss Peter Quicke added: "We're delighted to have added Toddla to our roster. As we approach our 20th anniversary, it's great to find someone who was four when we started out and yet who shares our original ethos while updating it and making it new again".

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KYLIE TO MAKE EXTRA SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT
Kylie Minogue will make an "extra special announcement" at midday today. So, either imminently or earlier on, depending on when you're reading this.

What will it be? Who knows? Well, if it's after 12pm now, you probably do. So, to find out what Kylie's got up her sleeve, head over to www.kylie.com and wait, or see what's been announced. You know, depending on the things already discussed.

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NEW MIA IN JUNE
Didn't MIA retire, or did I make that up? Anyway, Mathangi Arulpragasam has a new album ready to go, and according to Rap-Up hired a blimp to fly over last weekend's Coachella Festival to announce "New Album 6.29.10." Which presumably means a late June release over here also.

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CHRIS CUNNINGHAM'S RUBBER JOHNNY RE-RELEASED
Chris Cunningham's short film 'Rubber Johnny' is re-issued by Warp Films this week, with new packaging and a 40 page book of sketches and photography by the director himself.

Best known for his music videos, such as Aphex Twin's 'Come To Daddy', Squarepusher's 'Come On My Selector' and Madonna's 'Frozen', Cunningham's controversial short film was originally released in 2005. The story of a sixteen year old, inbred mutant's solitary existence, locked in a pitch-black basement by his ashamed parents, the film is shot entirely in infra-red and is soundtracked by Aphex Twin's track 'Afx 247 v.7'

Cunningham will also perform his acclaimed audio/visual live show in Manchester and London later this week. Here are the details:

22 Apr: Manchester, Opera House (support from Lonelady and BEAK>)
23 Apr: London, Royal Festival Hall (support from BEAK>, plus an afterhours DJ set from Squarepusher)

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HERE WE GO MAGIC ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM
Brooklyn quintet Here We Go Magic have announced that they will release their new album, 'Pigeons', via Secretly Canadian on 7 Jun. I'm listening it right now and can report that it's very good.

You can get a taste of the new album yourself by downloading the lead single, 'Collector', which will also be released on 7 Jun, from SoundCloud: soundcloud.com/createspark/here-we-go-magic-collector

The band also have some gigs coming up in the UK, at festivals, in venues, and at festivals in venues. Here are the dates:

13 May: Brighton, The Loft (The Great Escape)
15 May: Brighton, Digital (The Great Escape)
16 May: Bristol, Start The Bus
18 May: London, The Lexington
19 May: London, Electric Ballroom (supporting The New Pornographers)
26 Jun: Glastonbury (Q Queens Head Stage)
27 Jun: Glastonbury (Park Stage)
16 Jul: Jersey Live
11 Sep: Bestival

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BOYLE SIGNS BOOK DEAL
Susan Boyle has struck a publishing deal with Transworld for her autobiography, which will be out in time for Christmas. It may or may not run as follows: "I was a miserable nobody, I went on telly, I became an overnight megastar, now I'm a miserable celebrity".

Boyle said in a statement: "When I strutted onto the stage for that audition, I was a scared wee lassie, still grieving for my mother, not caring how I looked. I think I've grown up a lot in the last year, become more of a lady, and I'm not so frightened any more".

She continued: "I'm writing this book to try to show that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, and I hope it will benefit other people. My story demonstrates that you shouldn't just look at the label, you should look at the whole person, emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually. I hope that telling it will show that dreams are not impossible, if you've got courage and a willingness to go on no matter what the circumstances".

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PALOMA FAITH ANNOUNCES OCT/NOV TOUR
Following her sold out UK tour last month, Paloma Faith has announce a new round of dates for October and November. Tickets go on sale on Friday.

You can also catch Paloma at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, the Isle Of Wight Festival and at Glastonbury.

Tour dates:

30 Oct: Newcastle, City Hall
31 Oct: Manchester, Apollo
1 Nov: Wolverhampton, Civic Hall
2 Nov: Edinburgh, Corn Exchange
4 Nov: Plymouth, Pavillions
5 Nov: Leiceister, De Monfort Hall
7 Nov: Portsmouth, Guildhall
8 Nov: London, Hammersmith Apollo

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KENDAL CALLING LOOKING FOR ARTY TYPES
Feeling arty this morning? Fancy seeing your artistic efforts displayed at Lake District music fest Kendal Calling? Well, here's your chance.

Past artworks displayed at the festival apparently include: Uncle Monty's living room from 'Withnail & I' recreated for festival goers to sit back and recline in; a set of white furniture painted by the festival goers throughout the event; a giant UV canopy; a water monster and scrap metal robots.

If you would like to put your arty endeavours forward for the fest, you have until 10 May to pitch your ideas. An application form is at this URL: www.wearecalling.com/artform.doc.

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FESTIVAL LINE-UP UPDATE

ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL, Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle Of Wight, 11-13 Jun: Little Boots has been confirmed to play this year's Isle Of Wight festival, making a special one-off performance on the Acoustic Stage. Boots joins the previously announced headliners Jay-Z, The Strokes and Paul McCartney. www.isleofwightfestival.com

ROCK NESS, Loch Ness, Inverness, Scotland, 11-13 Jun: Aphex Twin has been announced as headliner for this summer's Rock Ness, with Any Color Black, The Ray Summers, Monochrome, Killa Kela, Steve Mason and The Boy Who Trapped The Sun also added to the line-up. www.rockness.co.uk

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ALBUM REVIEW: Cappo - Genghis (Son Records)
If you believe the essay, written by Ringo P, which accompanies it, Cappo's second album has been 4000 years in the making. It's not quite been that long, but fans of the Nottingham rapper have been waiting for a follow-up to his debut album, 'Spaz The World', since 2003. There have been numerous collaborations since then, including two tracks on The Herbaliser's 'Take London' album, 2008's brilliant 'H-Bomb' EP with Styly Cee and, most recently, the 'Needle Point' EP with Endemic.

But while good, these brief appearances always result in a desire for something a bit longer, something for both Cappo and his listeners to really get their teeth into. And 'Genghis' does exactly that.

It's clear that Cappo approaches production and rapping with equal levels of diligence, treating each as a separate task to be perfected. Lyrically he's as smart as ever, and delivers his words in his distinct voice, drenched in a heavy Midlands accent. And, far from simply creating beats to go behind his voice, each track on the album is expertly crafted and has been designed to work as an instrumental in its own right. It's also clear that a broad and deep knowledge of music has influenced those instrumentals, both in the samples used to create them and Cappo's approach to production - noted in 'Most Wanted', where he likens himself to both Brian Wilson and a young Rick Rubin.

But, despite this eclectic range of influences and samples, the result is pure, focused hip hop. Heavy beats and an old school vibe run throughout. All sixteen tracks work together as one finished product, and any could be held up as a perfect example of a great album. Though equally, all have their own individuality. 'Genghis' is certainly one of the best hip hop albums you will hear this year. AHM

Physical release: 5 Apr
Press contact: Son Records IH [all]

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BPI POSTPONE SYNC MISSION TO LA BECAUSE OF ASH CLOUD
How quickly did those "celebrity X stuck in city Y because of ash cloud" stories get old? Who cares? Though we will report on this ash cloud story, but it's the only one, OK? Record label trade body the BPI has had to cancel a 'Sync Licensing Mission' to LA which was due to take place this week involving reps from 40 UK music firms, because of the airspace shut down.

The trade body's Director Of International Events, Julian Wall, told CMU: "With the travel situation being so uncertain, there was no choice but to look at postponing the event. It is with great reluctance that we took this decision and obviously this is a huge disappointment for everybody concerned. I am optimistic that we can reschedule and look forward to announcing another date soon".

He added: "In the meantime, I am now a firm believer in that part of chaos theory which states that the outpourings of a 1000 year old plus volcano in Iceland can affect the gathering of a few UK music people in a city 5000 miles away..."

And that's it, no more ash cloud stories from us, thank you very much. Even though we had the total exclusive on Andy CMU's girlfriend being stranded in New York. But we're not going there, you'll just have to hope one of the tabloids runs with that story later.

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LIVE NATION STEP UP AUSSIE OPS
Live Nation is stepping up its presence in the Australian market by setting up a division that will specifically focus on tour promotion in the country. Well, Australia and New Zealand.

The new division will be led by Luke Hede, who heads up Live Nation's Hong Kong-based Asia division, and who will also continue to be involved in the live music conglom's operations elsewhere in the Pacific Rim region. He will be joined by Roger Field, who is moving to Live Nation from Aussie-based live music firm Michael Coppel Presents.

Live Nation International top man Alan Ridgeway told CMU: "Over the last decade, Live Nation has been involved with some of the most successful tours throughout Australia and New Zealand, including: U2, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Prince, Nickelback, The Police, and many others. We now feel that the time is right to establish our own presence and further monetise our global tours in this particularly strong and growing live music market".

He continued: "After working closely with two of Australia's most highly regarded promoters in Paul Dainty and Michael Coppel respectively, both Luke and Roger have vast experience and knowledge in the local market and we are thrilled to have them leading our Australian launch".

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BMG LAUNCH IN NASHVILLE
What is it with Nashville-based news just now? There's loads of it. Now BMG Rights Management have opened a new division in the home of country music. Guess what they've called it. Go on, guess. BertieNash? BlimNash? KateNash? No, BMG Rights Nashville. They're crazy crazy guys over at the all new BMG music rights company, that's for certain.

BertieNash will be headed up by producer Dann Huff and music publishing exec Darrell Franklin. BMG's COO Laurent Hubert said something about the new venture yesterday, but nothing interesting enough to quote here.

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LAST.FM SCROBBLE 40 BILLIONTH TRACK
Last.fm has just scrobbled it's 40 billionth track, which is pretty good going for a made up verb. The digital music service, which says it has enjoyed particular growth in terms of traffic and users in the US market in the last year, reports that at its busiest the music service is scrobbling, or recording stats relating to, 800 songs per second.

The Killers, Oasis, Muse and Coldplay are the most scrobbled artists overall, apparently, which tells us Last.fm really should be doing more to vet new users.

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BEARDED MAN LAUNCHES INDIE-FOCUSED PODCAST
Bearded magazine founder Gareth Main has teamed up with James Elliman from music blog MonoMusic and Anthony Chalmers from music promoters God Don't Like It to launch a new weekly podcast dedicated to independent music called, wait for it, the Independent Music Podcast.

All the music played will come from labels "100% independent from the majors", and the show will also champion some unsigned artists too. The show is accessible via MixCloud or can be downloaded via iTunes.

More at www.independentmusicpodcast.com

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TOTAL ROCK WORLD ALBUM CHART
It's this week's Total Rock World Album Chart, as counted down on Total Rock last weekend - www.totalrock.com. New entries and re-entries marked with a *.

1. Muse - The Resistance (Warner Bros)
2. Jimi Hendrix - Valleys Of Neptune (Sony)
3. Slash - Slash (Warner/Roadrunner)*
4. Journey - Greatest Hits (Sony)
5. Nickelback - Dark Horse (Warner/Roadrunner)
6. Scorpions - Sting In The Tail (Sony)*
7. Train - Save Me, San Francisco (Sony/Columbia)
8. Foo Fighters - Greatest Hits (Sony)
9. Guns N Roses - Greatest Hits (Universal/Geffen)*
10. Paramore - Brand New Eyes (Warner/Atlantic)
11. Free/Bad Company - Best Of (Warner/Rhino)*
12. Shinedown - The Sound of Madness (Warner/Atlantic)*
13. Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of (Warner Bros)
14. Daughtry - Leave This Town (Sony)
15. Kiss - Sonic Boom (Warner/Roadrunner)
16. Pearl Jam - Backspacer (Universal)
17. Billy Talent - Billy Talent III (Warner/Atlantic)
18. Coheed & Cambria - The Year Of The Black Rainbow (Warner/Roadrunner)*
19. Disturbed - The Sickness (Sony/J Records)
20. Dillinger Escape Plan - Option Payalysis (Season Of Mist)*

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WATCH THE FANS WAITING FOR BIEBER
There's something completely hypnotic about this website, Waiting For Bieber, which simply displays Justin Bieber fans on Twitter pleading with him to follow them. As we watch them slowly fade in and out, one question repeats itself over and over in our heads: Why?

waitingforbieber.com

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