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Digital growth offsets CD decline in six markets, but slump overall
Fiddy reckons Hollywood will sort out file-sharing
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Politicians break copyright and licensing rules (allegedly)
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More Silver Clef winners announced
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Macca glad Beatles never reformed
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Fall man records World Cup song
New Florence album not about the periodic table
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Reznor and Maandig announce new project
Ou Est Le Swimming Pool announce debut album
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Robyn announces UK show
Erykah Badu announces London show
Thomas Truax announces new album and tour dates
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Festival line-up update
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Album review: Saint Etienne - Tiger Bay/Finisterre Deluxe Editions (EMI/Heavenly)
Talks, Debates & Conventions
PRS Foundation support women in music debate
The Music Business
UK Music call for job creation schemes for creative industries
Frankmusik launches label
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Chart Company revamp website
More chatter on Pirate Bay acquisition
The Media Business
BBC cuts leaker leaves the Corporation
Absolute and Absolut reach settlement
And finally...
More Bieber fans run riot


 
THURSDAY 29TH APRIL
WE ARE SCIENTISTS
Formed by Keith Murray and Chris Cain after meeting at Claremont College in California in 2000, We Are Scientists' breakthrough success came with the release of their second album 'With Love and Squalor' in 2005. As well as their musical talents, WAS have also created and starred in their own short film 'Steve Wants His Money', which aired on MTV last year. The band are now set to release their fourth album 'Barbara' on 14 Jun via Masterswan Recordings, and more imminently headline the Roundhouse in Camden this Sunday (2 May) as part of this year's Camden Crawl. We caught up with Keith to ask the Same Six Questions.

 
Q1 How did you start out making music?
My musical career was, essentially, parentally-imposed. My folks bought my older sister, Caroline, an electric guitar for her fifteenth birthday and, when she gave up the instrument two months later, they, in the interest of legitimising their investment, demanded that I pick up where she'd left off. Unfortunately, the guitar was designed for a right-handed player, so, as a lefty, I was saddled with a bit of a glass ceiling on my abilities. Had I been given a left-handed guitar, I'd surely be ranked much higher than my current #14 on the official list of Greatest Guitarists Of All Time [no citation given].

Q2 What inspired your latest album?
Our last album was largely designed with the studio in mind, and was written to sound as lush and commanding as possible in the recorded form. As a three- (and occasionally four-) piece band, however, we found some of the tunes somewhat tricky to replicate live. Where are the violins? The tubas? How do you effectively produce a mountain cat's growl live, on stage, in time, every night? It proved taxing, to say the least.

This time, we decided to write an album to be played live by a three-piece. Short, fast, hook-riddled tunes aimed at filling the dancefloor. The mountain cat can stay at home (his home, on the mountain - not our home, thanks).

Q3 What process do you go through in creating a track?
The songs usually begin their lives as crude demos performed, by me, in our practice space. These are shown to Chris [Cain, bass & vocals] and our producer, Ariel Rechtshaid, who make helpful suggestions, most of which I reject wholesale, throwing a fit and stamping around the room like an infant. They then outvote me, implement their changes, and improve the song immeasurably. Next, they usually implore me to write actual lyrics for the song, despite my protests that nonsense syllables are the future of pop music lyricism.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
We'd like to think we're influenced by Velvet Underground, Pavement, Hall & Oates, and Poison. Sadly, when critics claim that we're derivative, those are rarely the bands they cite.

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
I would say: "Now? You're only just hearing us for the first time, NOW?! You, my friend, need to spend less time at work or with your loved ones and more time watching MTV and reading music magazines!"

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest album, and for the future?
As we come from an indie background, our ambitions for this album are fairly humble. We'd be happy if the record were only, say, the third best-selling release of 2010.

MORE>> www.wearescientists.com

 
DEFTONES - DIAMOND EYES
It has by no means been an easy journey, with bassist Chi Cheng still in a coma and one entire record shelved along the way, but Deftones finally release their sixth album, 'Diamond Eyes', on Monday. However, it seems the rocky events of the last few years have galvanised the band again, after 2006's disappointing 'Saturday Night Wrist', with the band back on full form.

 
The latest offering may not be their most inventive or experimental (which is not to say it is not either of those things), but it is a very solid album. Tracks like 'CMND/CTRL', and the single 'Rocket Skates', particularly stand out, with the band's trademark deep-toned riffs and tightly locked drums undercutting Chino Moreno's soaring vocals. You can hear this all for yourself on We7 right now, and the band have also just announced a small (for them) show at ULU in London on 12 May as part of the MT Presents series.

www.we7.com/#/album/Diamond-Eyes!albumId=468249


 
 

SYNCH ASSISTANT WANTED - CHRYSALIS MUSIC PUBLISHING
Chrysalis Music Publishing is looking for someone with supreme organisational skills, a strong work ethic and plenty of common sense to support the running of a busy department. Someone who has undertaken work experience or an internship in a music company is preferable but not essential - a love of music and an understanding of synchronisation and music publishing are, however.

Please send a covering letter and CV to gareth.smith@chrysalis.com. Closing date for applications is 7th May.

       
 

IMAGEM MUSIC, JUNIOR CREATVE ASSISTANT
Imagem Music is looking to employ a Junior Creative Assistant. Duties include: Supporting the Creative/A&R team in areas including the maintenance of databases, keeping up to date gig lists of our acts, liaising with managers, labels, promoters & agents and taking responsibility for the smooth running of the department; Liaising with our international offices on creative matters; and some basic office management.

A sound knowledge of social networking is essential therefore a basic knowledge of HTML, FTP and Photoshop would be useful. This is an ideal first job for somebody who has had work or intern experience at a music company. A basic understanding of music publishing would be preferable as would the ability to communicate positively and organize effectively.

Please send a covering letter and CV to careers@imagem-music.com. Closing date for applications is 21st May.

       
 

SENIOR NATIONAL TV PLUGGER AT ANORAK LONDON
Anorak London, the UK's leading PR company specialising in TV, press, radio and online promotion, are looking to appoint a Senior National TV Plugger with a view to head the department in 2011. The successful applicant will be driven, passionate about music, and have a wealth of TV contacts. You must have at least 3 years experience at national TV promotion.

Please send CV along with covering letter to Emily@anoraklondon.com. Closing date 23 May 2010.

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A Star PR is a dynamic creative arts company, at the forefront of innovations within the music and entertainment industry. The exceptional quality of our past PR, marketing and creative campaigns speak for themselves, with coverage in major print, online, digital and broadcast media outlets. From broadsheets to tabloids; social networks to mobile platforms - A Star PR have it covered.

Our team is comprised of passionate creatives, with unrivalled knowledge and expertise in their particular fields. Be it print press, digital, mobile or marketing consultancy, we are able to offer effective bespoke campaigns to all of our clients. If you are interested in an effective affordable campaign please contact ian.roberts@astarpr.com or ben.allen@astarpr.com or call 020 7836 1122 and quote CMU ad.

       
  INTERESTED IN SELLING YOUR RECORD LABEL?
Music Gain is acquiring record labels and catalogue. If you are thinking of selling, or have a large catalogue you want managed on your behalf, then please contact us. Introduction and spotters fees also paid. Please visit us - www.musicgain.com
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John Otway announces new book
Jay-Z confirms Wireless support
Corrie's Peacocks on their way out
 
6music hand over shows to c'lebs
Bearded man launches indie-focused podcast
Rolling Stone relaunches website, puts up pay-wall
 
STAR reissue dodgy ticket agent warning
Music festival line-up update - 28 Apr 2010
Festival Republic again warn of dodgy ticket sellers
 

DIGITAL GROWTH OFFSETS CD DECLINE IN SIX MARKETS, BUT SLUMP OVERALL
The UK wasn't the only market to see digital sales start to compensate for the ongoing slump in CD sales in the recorded music space in 2009.

As previously reported, UK record label trade body the BPI revealed at the start of the week that the British record industry saw albeit modest market growth for the first time in a while last year, with the market up 1.4% overall. According to the International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry, which published its own book of 2009 sales stats yesterday, India, South Korea, Thailand, Mexico and Australia all also saw the growth in digital sales offset physical decline.

Nevertheless, on a global level record industry revenues fell once again, down 7.2% to $17.03 billion. Worldwide, although digital revenue was up 9.2%, and physical sales decline slowed down on recent years, the 12.7% drop in CD sales meant an overall slump. And declining CD sales in the two largest music markets in particular, so that's the US and Japan, offset successes in those other six territories to ensure another revenue slide overall.

In Europe, the UK did well and Sweden saw its recorded music market soar 11.9%, possibly because of the previously reported new IPRED law which made it easier for copyright owners to identify online infringers, and which did seem to result in a slump in illegal file-sharing in the country (though it's possible that was partly because more prolific file-sharers got better at hiding their infringement).

Another country that has been getting hardline about online piracy, France, saw its record industry decline 2.7%, though that's a modest slide compared to recent years. In Germany, where the record industry is lobbying political types for French-style three-strikes legislation, the market was down, but only by 3%. Spain and Italy, meanwhile, suffered yet more serious decline, down 14.3% and 17.4% respectively.

As always, most markets relied heavily on big sales of a small number of albums. Worldwide the big bank roller was Susan Boyle, who sold 8.3 million copies of her debut album in 2009, despite it coming out pretty close to the end of the year.

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FIDDY RECKONS HOLLYWOOD WILL SORT OUT FILE-SHARING
Talking of anti-piracy laws, which we sort of were, 50 Cent has said America should pass three-strike type laws to (try to) curtail illegal file-sharing, and he reckons said laws will become a reality just as soon as Hollywood starts seeing new films tank because of online leaks.

Sort of stating the obvious, Fiddy told MTV News this week: "I don't think the music business is dying. I think we're just experiencing technology and we just have to pass new laws, eventually, to change how music is being distributed. There's no lack of interest in great material. I don't see people not going to the nightclub or enjoying themselves when the song comes on. It's just about redeveloping what the music business is. It's easier to download a song that's three minutes long, probably about three or four seconds for you to download it, it's easier to steal".

He continued: "When you got your blockbuster film doing $120m in a weekend and then that blockbuster film that they spent $120m comes out and nobody goes to see but everybody watched it because they could pull it off their computer and see it on HD at home on a theatre. They'll change those laws".

I'm not sure file-sharing etc is ever going to have such a major impact on actual cinema ticket sales, but it is obviously already hitting the DVD market on which the film industry also depends. And he's right that any lobbying efforts to get a law change are more likely to be successful once the powerful film studios and TV networks are in there with the record companies demanding new copyright rules. Of course, whether those laws will actually help turn around flagging content industries - well, let's not get back into that debate just now, not when we've got big important stories like "Justin Bieber loses hat" to write.

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POLITICIANS BREAK COPYRIGHT AND LICENSING RULES (ALLEGEDLY)
The Live Music Forum, which monitors the impact of the 2003 Licensing Act on the grass roots music community, has accused the Labour-controlled Corby Borough Council of turning a blind eye to strict licensing rules by allowing an Elvis impersonator to perform at a Labour Party election rally.

Mark Wright did his Presley turn as part of a lunchtime election event at Corby's Lodge Park Technology College at which that Gordon Brown fella also gave a speech. But, according to Music Week, the LMF says the college only has a licence for live entertainment between 6am and midnight, so organisers of the Labour rally should have applied for a separate licence for their event.

Of course the Labour government have generally resisted efforts to relax some of the rules introduced by the 2003 Act which affect smaller music events like this, and opposed a Liberal Democrat's led Bill in parliament that would have removed some of the rules governing grass roots gigs. The LMF, therefore, is implying Labour is being hypocritical by not obeying their own stupid rules.

But Corby Council tried to justify turning a blind eye to the mini gig by declaring the musical turn as "incidental music" which, they say, doesn't required a licence. We asked Brown for a comment, but he just said "fuck off, you bigot". Which is fair enough, I suppose.

Earlier this week The Pirate Party, who want radical reform of copyright laws, of course, issued a statement outlining how both Labour and the Tories - both supporters of tougher copyright laws - had themselves arguably infringed copyright during their campaigns. As was widely reported earlier in the month, both parties used a photo belonging to the makers of BBC TV show 'Ashes To Ashes' without permission, the Pirate Party say Labour used it twice. According to the pirates, Team Gordon have also used a photo taken by a blogger without permission, meaning three copyright violations so far this campaign.

The Pirate Party say: "Under the 'three-strikes' principle implicit in the Digital Economy Act, Labour could already be 'cut off' from the internet. Furthermore, their claim that it was an 'innocent mistake' would not stand up as a defence under the Act". The first part of that statement, that these three infringements alone would result in "disconnection", isn't true, but they are right to say "I didn't realise, guvnor" wouldn't be a defence under the DEA's anti-piracy provisions.

The pirates added: "Whilst the Pirate Party UK believes that derivative works like this should not necessarily be unlawful, they currently are. The use of copyrighted imagery in this manner highlights the disconnect between what people commonly think the law should be and what it actually is - even the campaign managers for major political parties seem to agree the law is out of line with common sense".

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MORE SILVER CLEF WINNERS ANNOUNCED
The Nordoff Robbins charity has announced three more acts who will get themselves one of their Silver Clef Awards at the charity's annual fund-raising awards lunch in July. Scouting For Girls will get the Best British Band Award, Russell Watson the Classical Award and JLS the Newcomer prize.

The Silver Clef Awards, which now have an O2 attached to their name, take place on 2 Jul in London.

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MACCA GLAD BEATLES NEVER REFORMED
Paul McCartney says he's well glad The Beatles were never tempted to get back together in the late 70s before John Lennon's untimely demise.

The Fab Four were, of course, together a relatively short time given the scale of their output, and broke up in 1970. In an interview with Q, Macca reveals the band did consider reforming later in the 70s, but says that, with hindsight, he's glad they never did.

McCartney: "There was a bit of talk of The Beatles [reforming] at certain points. What used to happen was three of us would fancy it and then maybe George or John or I wouldn't. In a way it was a blessing. We'd done it, why spoil it?"

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FALL MAN RECORDS WORLD CUP SONG
Mark E Smith has been working on an unofficial World Cup song. He teamed up with former Fall bandmate Ed Blane and one Jenny Shuttleworth to make the track, called 'England's Heartbeat'. It will be released using the moniker Shuttleworth, on 4 May digitally and on 7 Jun physically.

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NEW FLORENCE ALBUM NOT ABOUT THE PERIODIC TABLE
Florence & The Machine's second album will contain songs about crystals and atomic particles, but it won't be entirely about the periodic table. I'm sure that's a weight off your mind.

Florence Welch told BBC Newsbeat: "There's a song called 'Spectrum', which has a lot to do with rainbows and prisms - so it has taken on a lot more of a crystal theme. I did a song inspired by these two atomic particles called strangeness and charm, now everyone thinks I'm going to do an album about the periodic table - which I'm not. But that would be a good concept album though. You could go into schools and get people back into science".

Sticking with the science theme, she said her new lyrics are more "chemical" than on her debut album, 'Lungs'. I have no idea what she's banging on about, but this is what she said: "The atmosphere is quite tough but the lyrics are moving away from gothic horror toward something that's slightly more chemical. It's ages away from finished yet though".

To fill in the time, Flo will release 'Cosmic Love', the sixth single from 'Lungs', on 12 Jul via Universal/Island and play some gigs in May.

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REZNOR AND MAANDIG ANNOUNCE NEW PROJECT
Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and his wife Mariqueen Maandig, who formerly fronted the band West Indian Girl, have announced a new project together, called How To Destroy Angels.

The duo will release a six song EP at some point over the summer, but for now you'll have to make do with this 40 second clip on Vimeo. It features a hand. A HAND!

www.vimeo.com/11250462

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OU EST LE SWIMMING POOL ANNOUNCE DEBUT ALBUM
Ou Est Le Swimming Pool have announced that they will release their debut album on 28 Jun. Disappointingly, they have dropped the album's working title, 'Jesus Died For Your Synths', and gone with 'The Golden Years' instead.

You can catch the band performing live when they support Example around the UK in May and June, as well as at festivals and even the odd headline show of their own. Imagine!

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ROBYN ANNOUNCES UK SHOW
Robyn will play her first UK show for two years at Heaven on 14 Jun. Her new album, 'Body Talk Part 1', the first of three albums the singer plans to release this year, will hit stores the same day.

Tickets for the gig go on sale tomorrow.

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ERYKAH BADU ANNOUNCES LONDON SHOW
Erykah Badu will perform a one-off show at London's Brixton Academy on 24 Jul to promote her latest album, 'New Amerykah Part II: The Return Of Ankh'.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow.

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THOMAS TRUAX ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM AND TOUR DATES
CMU favourite Thomas Truax has announced that he will release his fifth album, 'Sonic Dreamer', on 7 Jun. It sees the musician and inventor get back to performing his own songs, after last year's 'Songs From The Films Of David Lynch'.

Truax is also preparing a DVD compilation of music videos and live footage for later in the year. However, if you've not yet seen him perform live, that is the thing you should most concern yourself with right now. Luckily, he will be touring in support of the new album, so you can sort that out fairly soon.

Tour dates:

6 May: Preston, The Continental
7 May: Hull, Adelphi
9 May: Stockton, Waiting Room
10 May: Aberdeen, Tunnels
12 May: Inverness, Market Bar
14 May: Glasgow, 13th Note
15 May: Edinburgh, The Roxy Rooms
16 May: Newcastle, Cumberland Arms
23 May: London, The Spice Of Life (monthly residency)
28 May: Derby, Bar One
29 May: Oxford, Jericho Tavern
30 May: Manchester, Hungry Pigeon Festival

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FESTIVAL LINE-UP UPDATE

THE APPLE CART FESTIVAL, Shoreditch Park, London, 25 Jul: Saint Etienne will be making their only UK performance at the new London festival this summer, with the likes of Gilles Peterson, Edwyn Collins, Steve Mason and Clinic also confirmed to play. www.eatyourownears.com

GLADE FESTIVAL, Matterly Bowl, nr Winchester, Hampshire, 15-18 Jul: Hybrid, Dreadzone, Etienne de Crecy, Freq Nasty and Scratch Perverts are amongst the latest batch of artists added to the Glade line-up. Also added to the bill are Alex Metric, Killaflaw, Jim Masters, Doorly and Yousef. www.gladefestival.com

GUILFEST, Stoke Park, Guildford, 16-18 Jul: Seth Lakeman, Dreadzone, Pama International and Sub Focus have all been confirmed to play at Guilfest this summer, with Fucked Up, Nero and Rock Choir also added to the line-up. www.guilfest.co.uk

SUMMER SUNDAE WEEKENDER, De Montfort Hall, Leicester, 13-15 Aug: Chart-topper Diana Vickers has been announced to play at this year's Summer Sundae Weekender, with Devlin, Spotlight Kid, Little Night Terrors, Red Shoe Diaries and David Gibb also added to the bill. www.summersundae.com

TRUCK FESTIVAL, Steventon, nr Abingdon, Oxfordshire, 23-25 Jul: Teenage Fanclub have been announced as Sunday night headliners at this summer's Truck Festival. Other acts announced to play include Dave House, Blood Red Shoes, Is Tropical, Chapel Club and La Shark. www.thisistruck.com

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ALBUM REVIEW: Saint Etienne - Tiger Bay/Finisterre Deluxe Editions (Heavenly)
Next up in the Great Saint Etienne Reissue Programme are albums from 1994 and 2002. The lush 'Tiger Bay', their folk album, remains a curious but compelling mix of acoustic laments and electronic odysseys (either technofied by Underworld's production or dubbed-out by Birmingham's Original Rockers). It also includes three of their best singles ('Pale Movie', 'Hug My Soul' and 'Like A Motorway') and has aged remarkably well.

2002 'Finisterre', meanwhile, was a return to form after two slightly underwhelming albums. A love/hate letter to London, it has everything you'd want from a Saint Etienne album - brilliant, fizzy pop, oddball instrumental experimentation, humour (courtesy of Michael Jayston's voiceover), and, like 'Tiger Bay', a nod to the de rigeur dancefloor sounds of the day (in this case, electroclash).

Both albums feature a host of curios on their respective accompanying bonus discs; 'Tiger Bay' being served well in particular by a couple of classic b sides ('My Christmas Prayer', 'I Buy American Records'), whilst 'Finisterre' is worth hearing alone for the perfect pop of 'Fascination' and the astonishing Dr Who-themed 'There There My Brigadier'. MS

Physical release: 3 May
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PRS FOUNDATION SUPPORT WOMEN IN MUSIC DEBATE
Following the Association Of Independent Music's recent discussions about the lack of women, and diversity in general, in the music industry, especially at the higher executive level, the PRS For Music Foundation is now involved in an event which will "explore why women are outnumbered six to one amongst registered music creators and songwriters".

The panel debate is being staged as part of the Sound & Silents programme - a series of events staged by Bird's Eye View featuring live scores for films all written by cutting edge female artists - and will feature contributions by Speech Debelle, Mira Calix, Rachel Portman and Janis Susskind. Miranda Sawyer will chair.

Confirming their support for the event, PRS Foundation Co-Director Vanessa Reed told CMU: "If we want women to maximise their creative talent, we need to work across the creative industries so that we can understand the barriers and to raise awareness of the current status quo".

The panel takes place on 24 May at 7pm at Kings Place in London.

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UK MUSIC CALL FOR JOB CREATION SCHEMES FOR CREATIVE INDUSTRIES
UK Music and an organisation called New Deal Of The Mind have written an open letter to The Times calling on whoever forms the next government to support job creation programmes in the creative industries.

The letter says that the UK's creative sector relies on a grass root community of freelancers and self-employed creators working for a minimal wage, or no wage at all, and adds: "Such creators and creative entrepreneurs need practical help: space to rehearse, viable apprenticeship schemes as well as access to equipment, business advice and finance".

Referencing past government programmes to support early-career creative types, including the Thatcher government's Enterprise Allowance Scheme, the letter continued: "New Deal Of The Mind's latest report, 'Creative Survival In Hard Times', calls on whoever wins the election to reintroduce a similar scheme - to provide a simple mechanism for creativity to bloom and entrepreneurialism to thrive. [Meanwhile] UK Music's blueprint for the commercial music industry, 'Liberating Creativity', calls for similar support - to ensure that creative entrepreneurs have fair access to schemes like the Enterprise Finance Guarantee, that public spending on the arts is properly targeted, and the establishment of a Creative Industries Cabinet Committee to strategically prioritise our shared ambitions for a creative Britain".

The letter concludes: "The impact of such changes would be profound and far-reaching. They would stimulate investment, employment and art. Creativity remains one of the UK's greatest social and cultural assets. By implementing such straightforward and affordable actions, it could also help drive our economic recovery".

Responding to the letter, David Cameron said "what, Thatcher did something good for the arts? Wow, sorry about that"; while Nick Clegg mused "who'd have thought you'd be caring about what I think, it's a crazy world"; and Gordon Brown observed of the creative industry campaigners, "what a bunch of bigots". Well, they probably did, unlike Sky News we're not in a position to staple a mic to any of them to find out these things.

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FRANKMUSIK LAUNCHES LABEL
Frankmusik has announced that he is launching a new record label, calling itself Killpop, alongside producer Eli Smith.

The musician said via Twitter: "A new chapter of my life has begun. To find, build up and expose undeniably good, exciting talent to the world. Killpop aims to change the landscape of what popular music is today. The name Killpop does not come from the idea that pop music is inherently bad but rather that it just ends up being bad far too often".

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CHART COMPANY REVAMP WEBSITE
The most official of chart companies, The Official Charts Company, has launched a lovely new website full of chart-related nonsense. So, the charts themselves (slightly confusingly dated by the end rather than the start of the chart week), download sell-through via 7Digital and TuneTribe, videos courtesy of MUZU, and ticket offers for the British Music Experience. There's also a stack of chart trivia, including past chart data for hundreds and hundreds of artists, which is how I know Black Duck's one song 'Whiggle In Line' peaked at 33 in December 1994.

Launching the new webby site, OCC MD Martin Talbot told CMU: "As the home of the UK's Official Charts, it was important that our new site was as advanced as the charts now are - it is designed to be the ultimate destination site for anyone looking to find out what is happening in music right now, as well giving the option to delve into five decades of British music history. Even before the launch of our new site, music and chart fans descended on our old website in their millions every year. But now we have added so much new functionality, we expect to see even more of them turning up - and staying for longer".

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MORE CHATTER ON PIRATE BAY ACQUISITION
So, there were reports yesterday that the much previously reported (though not much of late) acquisition of The Pirate Bay by Swedish tech firm Global Gaming Factory would be completed before the end of June, but also that they'd then sell the company on at a $2 million mark up to an American start-up with some common ownership called Business Marketing Services.

As previously reported, when GGF first announced its intent to buy The Pirate Bay last year it led to much speculation about the financial position of the tech firm and its ability to raise the $8 million asking price. It was also unclear how GGF would make the Bay a legitimate concern in a way that would enable them to recoup their multi-million dollar investment.

GGF's top man initially talked about monetising bandwidth sharing between Pirate Bay users as well as selling advertising around a licensed music exchange website, but it always seemed doubtful any of that would really work, even if any new owners could persuade the record companies to licence a legit version of the Bay.

Either way, none of this is probably relevant, given The Pirate Bay themselves have just announced they're not planning on selling themselves to either GGF or Business Marketing Services, and that yesterday's rumours were all "lies".

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BBC CUTS LEAKER LEAVES THE CORPORATION
A senior BBC manager has left the Corporation following an investigation into how The Times got a leaked copy of the Beeb's big cut plans, which included the news 6music and The Asian Network would be axed.

The paper got a copy of the highly confidential and slightly secret document eleven days before it was due to be published. Once The Times ran with their story in February, the Beeb were forced to release their plans over a week early, and face a whole bunch of media backlash without their complete PR plan in place. BBC top man Mark Thompson was reportedly furious about the leak.

An internal investigation reportedly identified with BBC-er had passed a copy of the document to The Times. In a statement yesterday, the BBC said, simply: "An investigation has been satisfactorily concluded and an individual has now left the BBC".

Elsewhere, the record industry stepped up its campaigning against the proposals to close 6music yesterday by launching an artists endorsement filled website at www.thejoyof6.com.

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ABSOLUTE AND ABSOLUT REACH SETTLEMENT
Absolute Radio has settled its trademark dispute with Absolut vodka. Those with good memories will remember the vodka company objected to Virgin Radio being rebranded with the Absolute name in 2008, despite the difference in spelling and the fact they sell booze rather than radio shows.

The drinks company said they believed there could be confusion between their two brands, and also pointed to their music sponsorship activity and an Absolut branded music website as an area where the two firms had operations in common. Trademark infringement and passing off litigation followed.

But both companies confirmed an out of court settlement had been reached this morning. The terms of the deal aren't known, but Absolute Radio boss Clive Dickens said: "Absolute Radio is pleased with this settlement which will see us continue to build our music radio brand and advance our position as one of the leading commercial radio networks in a digital age".

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MORE BIEBER FANS RUN RIOT
What is it about Justin Bieber that incites such rabid insanity amongst his fans? Is his haircut really that good? Maybe it's just the hat. Someone certainly thought so yesterday.

As the singer arrived at New Zealand airport he was mobbed by fans, one of whom stole his hat while others knocked down his mother. The Bieber was not impressed. He tweeted after the incident: "Not happy that someone stole my hat and knocked down my mama. Come on people".

And, yes, you're right, it really does look like there might be a Bieber story in every CMU Daily this week. Is he the new Pete Doherty? Well, get that boy a smack habit, and he might just rise up to that giddy status in CMU's all time column inch charts.

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