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Guru family deny authenticity of final words
ACTA draft published
In The Pop Courts
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Joel settles with litigious drummer
Lil Wayne sued by Lollipop producer
Gallagher attacker sentenced to house arrest
In The Pop Hospital
Rihanna hospitalised in Switzerland
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Sage Francis gives away Yann Tiersen collaboration
Far album release date announced
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Festival line-up update
Album review: Cancer Bats - Bears, Mayors, Scraps & Bones (Hassle)
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Record Store Day a success
Best Buy promise "substantial" music departments
The Digital Business
Apple profits boom, is an in-car music platform in development?
The Media Business
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No clap for Rufus

Born on a small farm on the Kansas/Colorado border in 1985, conjoined twins Evelyn and Evelyn Neville grew up performing in Dillard & Fullerton's Illusive Traveling Show. In 2007, some of their original compositions made it into the hands of Dresden Dolls frontwoman Amanda Palmer and accordion player Jason Webley, who set about working on recordings with the sisters. The first results of these sessions came in the shape of their 'Elephant Elephant' EP, which was followed last month by their eponymous debut album.

Despite the cloud of volcanic ash that's been floating around generally causing chaos, the twins will still play their three night residency at Bush Hall in London from Friday to Sunday as planned. However, their show at Koko tonight will now be an Amanda Palmer solo show, as neither Jason Webley or the Evelyns will be able to get to Camden. But to make up for it, she will be joined by Melissa Auf Der Maur, Robots In Disguise and Bitter Ruin.

Meanwhile, some people have suggested that the Evelyn Evelyn act is just Palmer and Webley in an elaborate costume, but if that's true, how did we manage to get Evelyn and Evelyn to answer these questions, eh?

Q1 How did you start out making music?
Evelyn: Mr Dillard gave us the ukulele and made us play. So, we learned and started making songs. He actually maybe didn't give it to us but when we left the circus we took it. Don't tell him.

Evelyn: Mr Dillard gave us the ukulele and made us play. So, we learned and started making songs. He actually maybe didn't give it to us but when we left the circus we took it. Don't tell him.

Q2 What inspired your latest album?
Evelyn: Our life and our friends. And each other mostly.

Evelyn: Our life and our friends.

Q3 What process do you go through in creating a track?
Evelyn: Always we are scared at first, because what if we play it wrong? Then it will be wrong forever. And sometimes we fight about the words or how the song goes. And then we like it.

Evelyn: Always we are scared at first, because what if we play it wrong? Then it will be wrong forever. And sometimes we fight about the words or how the song goes. And then we like it.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
Evelyn: We don't really know what you mean by that, but we like all sorts of music including albums by Tegan and Sara and also Joy Division and musicals.

Evelyn: Jesus Christ Superstar and the Andrews Sisters. Have you heard them? We like all music, but those were first, so we love them more and sometimes we try to sound like them.

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
Evelyn: Thank you.

Evelyn: Oh, thank you.

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest album, and for the future?
Evelyn: We want to make some money so we can maybe move to another city. Walla Walla is really nice, but we are young still and want to try living somewhere else. Maybe. We like the sound of Baden Baden or Bora Bora.

Evelyn: We hope people like our record and also we hope that Amanda and Jason are happy because they hope our record does well and people like it. For the future, we would like to make music and make people happy.

MORE>> www.evelynevelyn.com

Surely I'm not the only one who's started to miss the Mystery Jets, I mean, 'Twenty One' was released two years ago now. But the good news is album number three is almost ready for release. Entitled, 'Serotonin', the recording of the album saw the band collaborate with producer Chris Thomas (Pulp, Sex Pistols, John Cale), and the finished product is set for a summer release, on 5 Jul via Rough Trade.

But why are we mentioning all this in the CMU Approved slot? Well, the guys are getting in a new release mood already, with a free download of 'Flash A Hungry Smile', the first track to be taken from the new album, available on their website right now. Although I'm not too fond of the artwork, which features a little too much chewed up food for my liking, the track shows the band at their quintessentially English indie-pop best, full of synths and catchy pop-ness.


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Helen Mirren on evil Brits
Cameron Douglas gets five years in prison
Work on next Bond film suspended indefinitely
Rolling Stone relaunches website, puts up pay-wall
Ofcom to reduce local output rules in commercial radio
75% of UK music journalists against digital promos
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Music festival line-up update - 21 Apr 2010

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The family of rapper Guru, who died earlier this week, have issued a statement refuting the former GangStarr man's ability to write down or communicate any final words in the run-up to his death.

As previously reported, immediately after Guru's death on Monday, his producer Solar issued a statement and a letter purporting to be the rapper's final wishes, which included the desire for Solar to bring up his son KC and run his charitable organisation, and a particularly vitriolic rant against his former GangStarr partner, DJ Premier.

However, the rapper's family say that they were not aware of any such charity being in operation, and claim that Guru had been in a coma since suffering a heart attack in February, so could not have written, or even dictated, the letter. Nor could he have issued the statement released via Solar in March assuring fans that he was recovering well.

The family's statement revealed: "Guru suffered from multiple myeloma for over a year. Accrued complications from this illness led to respiratory failure and cardiac arrest. As a result, Guru was in a coma from mid-February until his death and never regained consciousness. Early on the morning of 19 Apr, he became hypertensive due to low blood pressure. He again went into cardiac arrest and slipped away from us. Guru died far too young but he was, and we are, proud of all his many legendary musical contributions. The family is not aware of any foundations established by Guru".

Numerous members of the hip hop community, plus fans and critics were already questioning the validity of the letter supposedly written by Guru on his deathbed, and this statement will only fuel the animosity towards Solar. The producer himself said earlier this week that those who do not believe that the note was written by Guru have a "wicked agenda".

Meanwhile, DJ Premier issued his own statement yesterday, though refused to be drawn into the controversy surrounding Guru's death (although a few lines could be seen as subtle digs at Solar). Premier wrote: "I've been asked to comment on a letter speaking ill of me, which was supposedly written by Guru in his dying days. All I will say about it is that our time together was beautiful, we built a hip hop legacy together, and no one can re-write history or take away my love for him. One thing I would never do is play around with the truth about his life".

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A draft of the previously reported Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement has been made public following criticism that negotiations relating to the intellectual property treaty were being held in secret.

European Union officials, who are part of the negotiations, had called for a draft to be released, mainly to counter various rumours that had been circulating regarding more hardline proposals that were said to be under consideration. In particular, there had been speculation that the ACTA might bring in three-strikes style anti-piracy systems via the back door (in those countries where such systems are not already in development). That speculation continued despite EU types denying three-strikes was part of the talks, and despite a leak of the draft Agreement showing that was so.

The officially released draft also confirmed three-strikes is not part of the ACTA, though it does allow for countries who sign up to the treaty to introduce such systems for combating file-sharing if they wish to. But the Agreement is more about making it easier for copyright owners to take civil action in the courts of signatory countries to protect their IP rights, and ensuring that those countries with copyright laws written pre-internet clarify the liabilities of web-users who file-share. There is also some talk about systems whereby copyright owners can force websites to take down infringing content via injunction, and about the liabilities (or not) of internet service providers for the infringement conducted by their customers via their servers.

Many have pointed out that a lot of the ACTA's draft provisions are clearly based on America's Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which was one of the first bits of copyright legislation to take internet-related issues into consideration. Because of this, some see the whole Treaty as an effort by the US to force its copyright systems on the rest of the world, even though America has often been a reluctant participant in past global copyright treaties. Though others would argue the DMCA is the most developed bit of internet-focused copyright legislation, so it makes sense to take it as a starting point for the Agreement.

Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Morocco and the European Union are all involved in the ACTA talks, which will resume in June.

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Efforts by the film industry in Italy to basically force a three-strikes system through the courts have failed. As previously reported, while in New Zealand, France and the UK legislative change has been pushed through to force internet service providers to get more involved in policing online piracy, in some other countries copyright owners argue net firms already have such an obligation under existing copyright rules.

Said copyright owners are basically saying that when ISPs turn a blind eye to their customers' infringing activities, the net firms are guilty of a form of contributory infringement. However, contributory infringement is a bit of a vague concept, and not always that helpful when the alleged contributory infringers are primarily legitimate concerns providing legitimate services which might, inadvertently, infringe. ISPs would certainly argue they can't be held liable for their users' infringements, even if local legal systems don't formally provide them the sort of 'safe harbour' provisions that were written into the US's Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Anyway, Italian film industry anti-piracy group FAPAV took legal action against Telecom Italia, arguing that the ISP had a duty under copyright law to stop its customers from infringing, by monitoring the content its users accessed and shared, reporting infringers to the authorities, and blocking websites that enabled illegal file-sharing. Not only did they want the tel co to be forced to start policing piracy, they wanted the courts to fine them ten grand a day for every day the net firm refused to comply.

FAPAV were perhaps buoyed by recent Italian court rulings that have said ISPs in the country have a duty to block access to file-sharing enablers like The Pirate Bay, but still, their action was somewhat optimistic. So it's probably no surprise that a judge last week ruled ISPs couldn't be held liable for the content that is distributed across their networks, and that therefore most of the film trade body's demands were not justified. He did, however, say net firms should pass on infringement complaints to local prosecutors, though it's not clear to me in what circumstances they would do that, nor what the prosecutor would do with that information.

Needless to say, the Italian net sector welcomed the ruling, which possibly means the country's copyright industries will have to start lobbying for a change in the law - like in France and the UK - if they want ISPs to be forced to take a more proactive role in policing piracy. As previously reported, moves towards three-strikes have begun in Ireland without a change in the law, though that is via an out-of-court agreement between the record industry and ISP Eircom. It remains to be seen if the Irish record companies can persuade other ISPs there to play ball without pursuing court action or lobbying for law change.

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Billy Joel has reached an out of court settlement with his former drummer Liberty DeVitto who accused the singer and musician of failing to comply with royalty commitments.

As previously reported, DeVitto was kicked out of Joel's band in 2005 after thirty years performing with the piano man. The drummer reckons his surprise dismissal may have come about because he was involved in an intervention to force Joel to get help for his various addictions. That said, the legal action related to allegedly unpaid royalties.

We don't know what deal has been reached between the former collaborators, but a spokesman for the Joel said yesterday: "The case has been amicably resolved".

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With one royalty dispute settled, it's compulsory that we have a new one kick off, and here it is. The producer of Lil Wayne's 2008 hit 'Lollipop' has sued the incarcerated rapper for allegedly unpaid royalties. Jim Jonsin, who is credited as a co-writer on the track, says he's not receive any money for his work on the hit. According to the New York Post he's suing for $500,000.

Oh well, if it goes to court anytime soon, at least that'll be a nice day out away from jail for Wayne.

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The man who attacked Noel Gallagher on stage while Oasis were performing at the 2008 Virgin Music Festival in Toronto has been sentenced to twelve months under house arrest.

Daniel Sullivan admitted causing bodily harm to Gallagher in the Ontario Court of Justice last November, though said he was so drunk at the time he couldn't remember why or how he got to be backstage at the gig.

The court heard how Sullivan managed to get on stage, lunging towards Noel and then lining himself up to attack Liam Gallagher before being brought down by security guards. The guitarist was left with three broken ribs and continues to suffer after effects of the fall from which, he told the court last month in a "victim impact statement", he has been told he will never fully recover.

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Rihanna was reportedly rushed to hospital in Switzerland after a sold out show in Zurich on Monday night. Swiss newspaper Blick reports that the singer was taken from the Hallenstadion venue to the Hirslanden private clinic in a blacked-out Mercedes shortly after midnight, before being taken back to the venue at around 2.55am.

This is all very specific information. What could have caused such a thing to happen? Luckily, the clinic's head of corporate communications was on hand with a statement, telling reporters on Tuesday: "The singer Rihanna came to the emergency room yesterday evening. We do not know the details".

Oh, great. Thanks. Well, whatever, Rihanna flew to Lyon in France the next evening to continue her European tour.

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Hadouken!, Right Said Fred and upcoming grime outfit Nu Brand have taken part in a 'Newsnight' feature to try to create a pop anthem for each of the three main political parties ahead of next month's General Election. Doesn't that sound like fun?

And before you ask, it's Nu Brand who've drawn the short straw and are faced with the task of championing the will-never-be-cool Tories through the medium of song; rap in fact, because Shadow Housing Minister Grant Shapps, who contributed the parties musical desires to the project, is apparently a big fan of 'Rapper's Delight'. Well, what Tory isn't?

Hadouken! have written a pro-Labour track called 'Things Would Only Get Worse', a piss take, obviously, of the Tony Blair regime's use (and all out theft, if you ask me, I used to like this song) of the D:ream classic 'Things Can Only Get Better' as a party anthem back in 1997.

You can watch Newsnight's political pop songs in development here:

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Here's some news that will undoubtedly brighten your day. Seriously, I cannot imagine there's anyone in the world who won't be overjoyed to learn that Keane's main songwriter Tim Rice-Oxley has formed another band. He and fellow songwriter Jesse Quin have written a few alt-country tunes and pulled a few friends in to help them record an album, under the name Mt Desolation.

Also featuring in the line-up of the band are Noah & The Whale's Tom Hobden, Brigade drummer Fimbo, singer-songwriters Andrew Lowe, Pete Roe and Jessica Staveley-Taylor, plus Long Winters frontman John Roderick. Guests on the album include Killers drummer Ronnie Vannucci and Winston Marshall of Mumford & Sons.

The band will premiere some of their material at The Luminaire in London on 4 Jun. The album is expected to be released later this year.

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The release date for the digital version of Crystal Castles' new album has been brought forward to tomorrow "due to phenomenal demand and anticipation", which presumably means it leaked sometime this week. The physical release also moves forward by two weeks to 24 May.

As well as this, the duo's gig at Heaven in London, which was cancelled this week due to some problem with flights or something, will now take place on 19 May at the same venue. All tickets will be valid and all that.

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Rapper Sage Francis has released a free download of a track from his forthcoming new album, 'Li(f)e'. The track, entitled 'The Best Of Times', was co-written with French composer Yann Tiersen, best known for his soundtrack to the film 'Amelie' and for generally being awesome.

Speaking to CMU, Francis explained the album's title: "This is ass backwards, but the album title inspired a lot of the content I decided to dedicate to this album. The concept of the title, anyway. 'Li(f)e' is a title that derives from a lyric of mine that states: 'Life is just a lie with an F in it and death is definite'. The amalgamation is Li(f)e and that's something my fans came up with years ago. Some tattooed it on their body, some made shirts, some use it as part of their profile online, etc. It's popularity rose to the point where it made me question why this concept in particular has drawn so many people in".

He continued: "To me, it seems like my music has always been used as a way for me to expose myths and dispel falsehoods. A lot of my album takes religion to task, as I believe organised religion is the source to a lot of atrocious and hurtful lies. But the album isn't all about that, that's just an underlying theme. I'm pointing it out because I'd rather it go noticed than ignored. Whether that earns me friends or enemies".

You can download 'The Best Of Times' here: www.sendspace.com/file/bj57gm

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Far have announced that they will release their fifth album, 'At Night We Live', the first since 1998's 'Water & Solutions', via Xtra Mile Recordings on 24 May. The album follows the limited edition release of the band's cover of Ginuwine's 'Pony'.

Here's the tracklist for the LP:

If You Cared Enough
When I Could See
Give Me A Reason
Dear Enemy
Fight Song #16,233,241
At Night We Live
Better Surrender
Are You Sure?
The Ghost That Kept On Haunting

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BEAUTIFUL DAYS, Escort Park, Fairmile, Devon, 20-22 Aug: British Sea Power, Peyoti For President and Sub Focus have all been confirmed to play at this year's Beautiful Days, along with Stornaway, The Popes, The Fisherman's Friends, Duke Special and Adam F. www.beautifuldays.org

DOWNLOAD, Donington Park, 11-13 Jun: Skin, Suicidal Tendencies and Godsized head up the latest additions to the Download line-up, with the likes of Morning After, Killing For Company and Reckless Love also added to the bill. www.downloadfestival.co.uk

EDEN SESSIONS, Cornwall, 24 Jun: Vampire Weekend have been announced to play the opening night of this year's Eden Sessions, with support coming from Broken Bells. www.edenproject.com/sessions

GUILFEST, Stoke Park, Guildford, 16-18 Jul: The Twang, The King Blues and Tinie Tempah are the latest additions to the GuilFest line-up, along with Young Guns, Chickenhawk, We Are The Ocean and Turbowolf. www.guilfest.co.uk

LOUNGE ON THE FARM, Merton Farm, Canterbury, 9-11 Jul: These New Puritans, The Phenomenal Handclap Band and Hexstatic are amongst the latest acts announced to play at this summer's Lounge On The Farm. Other acts added to the line-up include Erland And The Carnival, Quantic And His Combo Barbaro, Rose Elinor Dougall and Wolf Gang. www.loungeonthefarm.co.uk

LOVEBOX, Victoria Park, London, 16-18 Jul: Bombay Bicycle Club, These New Puritans and I Blame Coco are amongst the latest acts confirmed to play at Lovebox this summer. Other acts added to the bill include The Invisible, Toro Y Moi, Man Like Me, Fenech Soler and Midnight Juggernauts. www.lovebox.net

OXEGEN, Punchestown Racecourse, Naas, 8-11 Jul: The Drums, Delphic and Wild Beasts head up the latest acts confirmed to play at Oxegen. Gabriella Cilmi, Chipmunk, Tinie Tempah, Dirty Projectors, Local Natives and Jamie Lidell have also been added to the bill. www.oxegen.ie

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ALBUM REVIEW: Cancer Bats - Bears, Mayors, Scraps & Bones (Hassle)
I was initially a little worried about playing this album. I desperately wanted 'Bears, Mayors, Scraps & Bones' to sound different from 'Hail Destroyer'. Not that I hated Cancer Bats' last album, quite the contrary, however, there's just something about hardcore punk that, to me, runs the risk of sounding too samey. Good, really bloody good, but not massively progressive (I mean, how much heavier can you actually go until you're considered a health hazard?).

I had nothing to worry about. Yes, they've gone heavier - face-meltingly heavier - but in the most exquisite and delicious ways imaginable. The Canadian foursome, who have a bit of a reputation for putting on a crazy show and turning crowds into wild animals, have found that progression that I so desire by not only encapsulating that infamous live energy into studio recordings, but raising the bar in terms of furious instrumentation.

'Scared To Death' and 'Drive This Stake' are amongst the album highlights, but it's the brilliant Beastie Boys cover, 'Sabotage', that cements 'Bears, Mayors, Scraps & Bones' in pure smartass splendour. Definitely a contender for album of the year. TW

Physical release: 19 Apr
Press contact: Trail Of Press

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Organisers of last weekend's Record Store Day have said their day of record shop-based promotions was a big success, with many stores reporting queues down the street and twice as many sales this year as last.

The worldwide promotion's UK coordinator, Rough Trade East's Spencer Hickman, told reporters: "Record Store Day is absolutely the best way to celebrate record store culture around the world. It has been amazing to see the genuine public warmth and excitement created by the event. In just its third year RSD has become the UK's biggest music event after the BRITs and Mercury Music Prize".

According to the Official Charts Company, the promotion resulted in a 466% increase in singles sales last week compared to the previous week, and a 96% increase on single sales achieved during RSD week last year. Albums sales were up 8.9% (obviously, most of the RSD exclusive releases were singles).

But based on his own shop's experience, Hickman says he thinks the promotion has been even more successful that those stats suggest, continuing: "If anything, these figures understate the huge upturn in sales. We had 800 people queuing when the store opened, and we were so busy in many cases we didn't even have time to scan the barcodes. Percentage-wise we were up 633% week on week and 340% up year on year". Managers of other shops around the UK were similarly positive of the result of the day.

Elsewhere, Kim Bayley, Director General of the Entertainment Retailers Association, commented on the previously reported appearance of various RSD exclusive releases on eBay. She commented: "We are not surprised at the number of eBay pirates out there, but we are disappointed. These exclusives were created as a thank you to genuine fans. It is a shame when people hijack collectibles like this".

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Entertainment investment fund Edge Performance has raise £32.1 million in its latest round of fundraising, which suggests the money people of the world are spending money once more, post the credit crunch wobble.

Though I'm sure Team Edge would like me to point out it also suggests everyone in the investment community thinks they are the dogs bollocks when it comes to investing in entertainment-based ventures. Either way, this year's fundraising efforts have put three times as much in Edge's investment pot than last year's. I hope they've got a pot big enough. If not, I'm sure I could store some of the excess cash in my desk drawer. You know, the big one designed to take to take files and stuff.

Anyway, we got Edge founder David Glick to say something. Here it is: "Too many great businesses in the entertainment industry struggle for want of the investment they need to grow. Edge's success in raising funds for the sector will allow us to play an increasing role in helping good executives reach their potential".

Explaining why this year's fundraising has gone so well, he continued: "Key to our success has been the timely, above target, return in June last year of cash to holders of Edge's original 2006 Ordinary share issue. When we started out, investors had long believed that the entertainment business was too risky a business to countenance. By leveraging our industry knowledge and targeting our investment on executives with a real track record we believe we have gone a long way towards reshaping that perception".

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US electronics retail giant Best Buy have confirmed they will be selling music in their UK stores which are due to open this summer, the first in Thurrock at the end of the month.

It's not entirely clear what kinds of music products will be on sale - ie albums, singles, devices, downloads - but a spokesman told Music Week that their British stores will have a "substantial music section". Presumably those music departments will, in some way, try to flog subscriptions to Napster, the digital music service Best Buy have owned since 2008.

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Apple enjoyed a 90% increase in net profits in the first quarter of their current financial year, which is nice. For them. Revenues were up 49% to $13.5bn resulting in $3.1 billion in profits. The iPhone and iPod continue to be key to the IT firm's success.

Although Apple's latest innovation, the iPad, doesn't have any specific musical innovations attached to it, there is speculation the computing firm has some new music ventures in the pipeline. As previously reported, they recently patented a new mobile ticketing system which would download gig tickets, and related coupons and multi-media content to an iPhone.

There is also new speculation that Apple's real interest in streaming music service Lala.com, which they bought last year, is to adapt the platform into a music service designed for in-car use, capitalising on the development of net connected dashboards in the US motor industry.

As previously reported, Pandora are already dabbling with an in-car version of their streaming service, and rumour has it Apple see Lala as their way to dominate that future market. Both of which would be innovations that, some reckon, could send the traditional radio industry over the brink.

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6music is giving four c'lebs the opportunity to present one of its specialist shows, for reasons of which I am not sure. The Sun's gossip monkey Gordon Smart will fill in for Steve Lamacq on the station's 'Roundtable' music review programme; then Top Gear's James May will fill in on Bruce Dickinson's 'Friday Night Rock Show'; Ruth Watson, who does home refurb shows apparently, will take over Craig Charles' 'Funk & Soul Show'; and Matthew Wright will present the 'Freak Zone'.

6music editor Paul Rodgers says: "Celebrity takeovers are fairly commonplace in radio, but at 6music, we wanted to add a bit more of a challenge to the usual celebrity plus a bunch of songs format. We wanted to find people who were able to demonstrate their passion and knowledge about music on our specialist music shows. Quite a tall order but having seen the music our celebrity guests plan to play, I think listeners will be impressed".

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Possibly influenced by the UK party leader debates, Rufus Wainwright has banned clapping from his current tour. Well, for the first half of each show.

A message has been posted on the warbler's website that reads: "Rufus has asked us to pass on this message to everyone attending his shows on the tour. The first part of the program will be performed as a song cycle with visuals by Douglas Gordon. During the first set, Rufus has asked that you please do not applaud until after he has left the stage. His exit is part of the piece. After a brief intermission, Rufus will return for the second part of the show during which you may applaud to your heart's content".

Rumours that fans who fail to follow Rufus' wishes will have their hands secured behind their backs for the first half of the show are made up, but that's a whole merchandising venture in the making: "get your official Rufus Wainwright souvenir handcuffs here".

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