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Terra Firma predict good return for EMI rescuers
More research says file-sharers big music consumers
In The Pop Courts
Lil Wayne hit with another Lollipop lawsuit
Obituaries
Former Jackson lawyer commits suicide
Gerry Ryan dies
Awards & Contests
MOJO award noms out
Reunions & Splits
New Busted reunion rumour - wooooooooooo
In The Studio
Friendly Fires fear "doing an MGMT"
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Flying Lotus interactive artwork
A Greener Festival to release compilation
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Former Oasis drummer to publish tell all book
Gigs & Tours News
Kele Okereke announces first solo tour
Crystal castles announce some gigs
Festival News
Festival line-up update
Reviews
Album review: Caribou - Swim (Universal/Cooperative Music/City Slang)
The Music Business
Best Buy have big first weekend in Britain
The Media Business
Kelner to be the Indy's editor permanently
Jarvis backs 6
Chart Of The Day
This week's Subtv playlist
And finally...
Stolen transmitter takes radio station off air


 
WEDNESDAY 5TH MAY
SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR
One time indie girl Sophie Ellis-Bextor first arrived on the pop scene a whole ten years ago now, reaching number one with Groovejet's 'If This Ain't Love', and has been cropping up ever since with her mix of mainstream pop, disco and electro. To date she has released three albums and a string of top 10 UK hits, including 'Take Me Home', 'Murder On The Dancefloor' and 'Catch You'. After spending the best parts of 2007 and 2008 supporting George Michael and Take That on tour, Ellis-Bextor is now back with her new album 'Straight To The Heart' which is set to be released in July. With her first single from the album 'Bittersweet' out now, Sophie took some time out to tackle our Same Six Questions.

 
Q1 How did you start out making music?
God, I haven't been asked that for years. That's a bit of a retro question. I started out when I was sixteen, I was in a band called theaudience, kind of like an indie-pop band. I was pretty fortunate because that band got scouted when we were doing gigs round Camden and we got a record deal. I signed the record deal in May and I sat my A-levels in June, and left school and went on to become a full-time popstar.

Q2 What inspired your latest single?
The single is about the beginning of a love affair where you are aware that you might get really hurt and it might be bad for you but you are in over your head and intoxicated by it and can't do anything about it.

Q3 What process do you go through when creating a track?
It depends who I'm working with, but generally we start out with nothing, or maybe just a few chords and then my job is top-line, so I do all the melody and lyrics and stuff, and just start noodling little melodic ideas and see what catches, and then start putting lyrics to it after lunch normally. Usually we spend the morning doing the noodling and the afternoon doing the writing. I'm better at night time actually.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
I've been influenced by loads of folk over the years. The best pop songs are by people like David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Madonna and Prince. I also like the more synthy dance edge of artists like Daft Punk and Basement Jaxx, the 70s discopop of Georgio Moroder and the wistfulness of bands like Goldfrapp.

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
I wouldn't talk I'd let them listen. I'd hope that it would speak for itself.

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest single, and for the future?
Just to keep doing what I'm doing. With every album I always hope that it gives me the opportunity to make another. Anything on top of that is a bonus, but that's kind of what I always hope to get out it.

MORE>> www.sophieellisbextor.net

 
HOW TO DESTROY ANGELS - A DROWNING
After announcing its existence with as little information as possible last week, Trent Reznor and his wife Mariqueen Maandig yesterday revealed the first full track from their new project, How To Destroy Angels, via Pitchfork. Seven minutes in length, 'A Drowning' sounds like a downtempo mesh of 'The Great Below' and 'Right Where It Belongs' by Nine Inch Nails with silky vocals from Maandig draped over the top.

 
That the track sounds like Nine Inch Nails is perhaps to be expected, though that Reznor hasn't moved out of his comfort zone is a little disappointing initially. But it's hard to remain downhearted for long when the results of this new track are so good. If the rest of the debut EP from the duo (or trio, as the picture posted with the track would suggest) lives up to this, then it'll be something worth paying attention to, even if it is simply an extension of the Nine Inch Nails brand.

pitchfork.com/news/38686-how-to-destroy-angels-a-drowning/


 
  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 CREATIVE 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.
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Turner Prize short list announced
Denise van Outen has baby girl
Lynn Redgrave dies
 
BBC cuts leaker leaves the Corporation
Absolute and Absolut reach settlement
Bauer launch revamped online player
 
Music festival line-up update - 4 May 2010
Brighton Fringe kicks off
Brighton Festival kicks off
 

TERRA FIRMA PREDICT GOOD RETURN FOR EMI RESCUERS
Terra Firma's fat controller Gary 'The Guy' Hands has reportedly told investors in his equity outfit that they could make a 58% rate of return on any money they put into the Save EMI pot, which is quite a bold promise.

As you all know, Terra Firma must find £120 million to pay to the suits at Citigroup by the end of the month, otherwise the bankers are likely to step in and seize ownership of EMI, probably to split it up and sell it off. Gary wants £360 million, enough to cover next year's loan fees too and to plug a hole in the EMI pension fund. Even if he can raise that much (word has it he only has commitments for £105 million so far) he'll need the OK from 75% of Terra Firma's investors to continue to subsidise the flagging music giant.

A report shared with those investors last week, and obtained by Bloomberg, makes the 58% rate return claim. It also updates investors on previously reported plans to do one big licensing or distribution deal with another major for the whole EMI catalogue in North America, reducing US overheads and bringing in a large annual cheque. As previously reported, EMI bosses considered such a deal to bring in the £120 million that needs to be paid to Citigroup next month. However, talks with both Sony and Universal fell through.

The Terra Firma report says a key problem with those talks was concerns on Sony and Universal's part of what would happen to their licence if Citigroup stepped in and took over. One of the reasons Hands is keen to get £360 million, it seems, is to reassure possible licensees the major has a secure-ish future. Then, the report seems to suggest, a mega-licensing deal might be possible.

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MORE RESEARCH SAYS FILE-SHARERS BIG MUSIC CONSUMERS
There's been loads of research over the years that shows that those pesky file-sharing kids are also some of the entertainment industry's best customers. But hey, there's always room in your CMU Daily for another report saying much the same stuff as all the other ones.

That file-sharing music fans might invest their pocket money into gig tickets, t-shirts and other more tangible band-related gubbins is unsurprising, though the latest bit of research on this issue suggests file-sharers are also pretty big customers of the sorts of content-based products they are actually nicking off the net, which presumably backs up the much touted theory that many use file-sharing for the purposes of previewing before purchase. That said, the new research from the University of Amsterdam says that file-sharers subsequently spending money on content-based products is more common in the film and gaming space than with music.

But even in music, where easy access to free tracks via online sharing networks probably is in part responsible for declining record sales, money consumers save by nicking digital versions of albums is often then spent on other music products, or so reckons Professor Nico van Eijk. Although based primarily on a study of Dutch file-sharers, his report also looked at the Swedish industry, where record sales have, until recently, been steadily declining amid rampant online piracy. But, van Eijk says: "Total revenues [in Sweden] from recorded music, live concerts and collecting societies remained roughly stable between 2000 and 2008".

Of course, a boom in live and merchandise revenues is no good for record companies, whose interests are solely in recorded music, but, as we have rambled on many occasions before, that's mainly the fault of labels for not diversifying their interests ten years ago when it first became clear that record sales were going to go into terminal decline.

Looking back at the record industry's initial mad panic when the internet arrived on the scene, van Eijk is predictably critical, writing: "Labels tried to stem the tide of unlicensed music file-sharing with their conservative strategy of abstaining from innovation, promoting legal measures against supposed offences, and digital rights management. This strategy resulted in the current backlash, providing space for a new entrant establishing a major brand in the online music business: Apple's iTunes. Reinvention of the business model looks like the only way out for the traditional players in the music industry".

Of course, such reinvention has been underway for a few years now, even if it's taking quite a bit longer than everyone would like. It's certainly too soon to say which sorts of new business models are going to work, and van Eijk doesn't give any real opinions on that issue, except that current digital price points are almost certainly too high.

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LIL WAYNE HIT WITH ANOTHER LOLLIPOP LAWSUIT
Poor old Lil Wayne, I bet he thought he'd be able to finally get a bit of peace and quiet in prison, catch up on some reading, maybe do a few crosswords. But, no, everyone keeps suing him and it's ruining everything.

As previously reported, producer Jim Jonsin is already claiming that he is owed half a million dollars in unpaid royalties for his work on Wayne's track 'Lollipop', on which he is credited as a co-writer as well as producer. Now rapper Dirahn Gilliams is claiming that the same track uses portions of one of his own musical works without permission.

As is the norm in these lawsuits, Gilliams claims that he distributed his track, 'Grindin Like A Goon', to various record label execs in 2007, heard nothing back and then recognised elements of it in Lil Wayne's 2008 hit. In court documents filed on Friday, which also names Jonsin, his co producer Darius 'Deezle' Harrison and writer Raz Zamor, Gilliams is demanding an injunction blocking all further sales of 'Lollipop' and the album it features on, 'Tha Carter III', plus a share of all monies earned from it so far.

In addition to this pair of 'Lollipop' lawsuits, Harrison, is suing Wayne over royalties from another track he produced, 'Mrs Officer'. Oh, Lil Wayne, what are we to do with you?

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FORMER JACKSON LAWYER COMMITS SUICIDE
US music industry lawyer Peter Lopez committed suicide outside his home in the Encino district of LA on Friday. He was 60. The LA coroner's office confirmed yesterday that the cause of death was self-inflicted gunshot wounds. According to TMZ, Lopez left a suicide note asking for forgiveness but no reason for his decision to end his life has been made public.

A founder of the Kleinberg, Lopez, Lange, Cuddy And Klein law firm, Lopez represented a number of high profile musicians over the years, including Andrea Bocelli, The Eagles, Julio Iglesias, Michael Buble and, most famously, Michael Jackson. He was also appointed to the California State Athletic Commission by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2007.

Lopez married actress Catherine Bach, best known as Daisy Duke in 'The Dukes Of Hazzard', in 1990 and the couple had two daughters, Sophia and Laura. He is also survived by a son from a previous marriage, Michael, a brother, Arthur, and his parents, Eleanor and Arturo.

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GERRY RYAN DIES
Irish broadcaster Gerry Ryan died on Friday, aged 53. His body was found in his Dublin flat after he failed to turn up to present his morning radio show on RTE's 2fm, where he had been a presenter for more than two decades.

Starting out on pirate radio, Ryan joined RTE in 1979, becoming known as an outspoken and often controversial figure. In his career he had many complaints upheld by the Broadcasting Commission Of Ireland, though escaped punishment for one of his best known quotes: "Would it be considered blasphemous if someone said on air that God is a bollocks?"

2fm launched its flagship morning show, 'The Gerry Ryan Show', in 1988, which quickly became one of Ireland's most popular radio programmes, airing every weekday between 9am and midday up until Ryan's death. He also fronted a number of TV shows and hosted the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest.

He separated from his wife Morah in 2008 after 26 years of marriage and is survived by their five children.

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MOJO AWARD NOMS OUT
I was briefly very confused a moment ago when I thought that Kasabian had been nominated for several MOBO Awards. Turns out these are the nominations for the MOJO Awards, though. This still doesn't really explain why Kasabian are up for any awards.

Anyway, now in its seventh year, the MOJO Honours List, as it likes to be known, has announced its 2010 nominees, as voted for by readers of the magazine. Kasabian are up in three categories, while Florence and that machine or hers are up for four and The Arctic Monkeys are in line for two. Also announced yesterday was the winner of this year's MOJO Maverick Award, aka the lifetime achievement gong, which goes to Hawkwind.

Says MOJO Editor-in-chief, Phil Alexander: "As the list of previous winners ably proves, The MOJO Maverick Award is reserved for those that have cut across genres, shattered taboos, and that have made music on their own terms. In their rich, eventful and illustrious career Hawkwind have done all these things and quite a lot more. ... In fact Hawkwind are more than just a band, they're a mindset, a way of life. Four decades on they continue to be one of the most vibrant and uncompromising bands in Britain. Long may they remain 'out there'!"

The overall winners will be revealed at a ceremony at The Brewery in London on 10 Jun.

Here are the full nominations:

Best Album: Kasabian - West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum, Richard Hawley - Truelove's Gutter, Joanna Newsom - Have One On Me, Florence And The Machine - Lungs, Paul Weller - Wake Up The Nation

Best Live Act: Kasabian, Midlake, Rufus Wainwright, Arctic Monkeys, Florence And The Machine

Breakthrough Act: The Jim Jones Revue, John Grant, Florence And The Machine, The Low Anthem, Mumford And Sons

Compilation Of The Year: A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble Exploding In Your Mind
Vol 2: Pagan Love Vibrations Compiled And Mixed By The Amorphous Androgynous, Can You Dig It? The Music And Politics Of Black Action Films 1968-1975, Where The Action Is: Los Angeles Nuggets 1965 - 1968, Charlie Gillett's Radio Picks From Honky Tonk, Island Records Reggae Box Set: War Ina Babylon

Song Of The Year: Richard Hawley - Open Up Your Door, Florence And The Machine - You've Got The Love, Kasabian - Fire, Arctic Monkeys - Crying Lightning, Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name

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NEW BUSTED REUNION RUMOUR - WOOOOOOOOOOO
In our continued effort to have every single probably untrue Busted reunion rumour in our news archive, here's the latest round of stuff said to The Sun by someone who has no name. This time, the news is that, with Charlie Simpson point blank refusing to join in any reunion fun, his former Busted bandmates Matt Willis and James Bourne are now planning to launch a reality TV show to replace him.

An unnamed source told The Sun: "Matt and James are determined to get the band together but have realised there is no way to change Charlie's mind.So instead, they are planning a reality TV show. It will be a documentary following them up and down the UK in their search for a third man. The series will then climax with a live arena event, which fans will be able to buy tickets for. If the show sparks enough interest they'll take themselves out on a wider UK tour".

To be honest, I'd rather see James Bourne's musical based on Son Of Dork's 'Welcome To Loserville' album finally move to the West End where it surely belongs. Just look at this video: vimeo.com/10906298

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FRIENDLY FIRES FEAR "DOING AN MGMT"
Still hard at work writing songs for their second album, Friendly Fires' Edd Gibson says the band are hoping to learn a few lessons from MGMT's recent comeback.

He told The Daily Record: "I really hope we are not going to do what MGMT did.Whatever it is they have done, we want to steer well clear of it.I don't understand why they would make such a leap, go from great pop songs to just any old acoustic music played in anyone's bedroom".

In a addition to not changing their sound too much, the band have also kept their recording set up much the same as before, with frontman Ed Macfarlane continuing to produce new recordings in his garage. Gibson explained: "As we speak we are in Ed's garage, where we did the first album, trying to write new songs.We haven't moved on to some lavish studio, we're back where it all began. It's nice we are still doing it that way, we're our own bosses.I'm in the garden, there are birds tweeting, it's really nice. I don't think we are ready for the high gloss studios yet.We haven't really changed anything dramatically apart from the gear that we are using".

He added that the band have currently completed four new songs for the album, and will air at least one of them live this summer.

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FLYING LOTUS INTERACTIVE ARTWORK
To coincide with the release of Flying Lotus' third album, 'Cosmogramma', which is out via Warp this week, the producer has made available a free augmented reality application based on the album's artwork.

Calling itself 'Cosmogramma Fieldlines', the software allows users to manipulate Leigh J McCloskey's pen and ink drawing of a sun and planets, as well as accompanying harp sounds, using a mouse or their own hands via a webcam (we recommend the webcam option, it's dead cool).

Download it here: flying-lotus.com/fieldlines

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A GREENER FESTIVAL TO RELEASE COMPILATION
A Greener Festival, which encourages festivals to reduce carbon emissions, has announced a new compilation featuring bands tipped by bookers at City Showcase, Glastonbury, the Isle Of Wight Festival, T In The Park, Kendal Calling and Solfest. Entitled 'Festival Harvest', it has apparently been produced in the greenest manner possible and will be available as a double CD and download.

A Greener Festival co-founder Ben Challis told CMU: "Working with six of the top music festivals and two regional music initiatives really unearthed some magical talent. It is an added bonus for us that they all have agreed to support green festivals and the fight against climate change".

Producer Luke Westbury said of the bands on the album: "We asked everyone to put forward their top tips - in any genre - and it was interesting to see that some of the acts like Lincoln's Changing Horses, Kent's Tom Williams & The Boat and Leeds-based Tiger Shadow were tipped by two or more different festivals. Regional music groups Music South West and Doncaster Music Week both put forward some fantastic choices and the festivals' choices, including Glastonbury, T In The Park and City Showcase, really helped us to cover the length and breadth of Britain in our search for the best new talent".

The compilation will be officially launched at The Great Escape on 14 May and released on 1 Jun. The 28 acts included on it are: Ellen & The Escapades, Changing Horses, Mirrors, Scott Raba & The Ace, Hereldeduke, The Morning Orchestra, Rebecca Mayes, Family Machine, My Luminaries, Tom Williams & The Boat, The Shutes, The Secret Cinema Band, Mayhew, Faded Cadence, Fangs, A Band Called Quinn, The Beaus, Lykez, Goodbye Stereo, Lightguides, Tiger Shadow, Washington Irving, Montage Populaire, The Orkid, Woodenbox With A Fistful of Fivers, Yearner Babies, and The Moles.

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FORMER OASIS DRUMMER TO PUBLISH TELL ALL BOOK
Former Oasis drummer Tony McCarroll is planning to dish the dirt on Noel Gallagher in a new book, which he's subtly called 'Oasis: The Truth, The Noel Truth, Is Nothing Like The Truth'.

Given that he was only a member of the band between 1991 and 1995, it's difficult to see how much dirt he could actually have to dish, or why it's taken him so bloody long to write a book about it. Presumably it will contain a lot of detail on his 1999 lawsuit, in which he attempted to sue the band for £18 million, claiming he was owed royalties from all five of the albums the band were contracted to record for Creation, even though he only played on three of them. McCarroll eventually received an out-of-court settlement of £600,000.

Sounds exciting, doesn't it? Sadly, we'll all have to wait another five months to read it. The book will be published by Blake Publishing on 4 Oct.

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KELE OKEREKE ANNOUNCES FIRST SOLO TOUR
Bloc Party's Kele Okereke will embark on his first solo tour in July. He will also perform two one-off shows as warm-ups ahead of his slot at Glastonbury. As previously reported, Kele is due to release his debut solo album, 'The Boxer', on 21 Jun via Universal/Polydor/Wichita.

Tour dates:

11 Jun: Sheffield, Plug
24 Jun: Brighton, Digital
1 Jul: Leeds, Cockpit
2 Jul: Oxford, Academy 2
3 Jul: Southampton, University
5 Jul: Norwich, Waterfront
6 Jul: London, Village Underground
8 Jul: Newcastle, Digital
12 Jul: Bristol, Thekla
13 Jul: Nottingham, Ultra
14 Jul: Birmingham, Academy 2

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CRYSTAL CASTLES ANNOUNCE SOME GIGS
Crystal Castles have announced UK and Ireland tour dates for October to promote their second eponymous album. As previously reported, the album was released digitally last month, with the physical version to follow on 24 May.

Tour dates:

8 Oct: Belfast, Mandela Hall
9 Oct: Dublin, Academy
11 Oct: Wolverhampton, Wulfrun Hall
12 Oct: Bournemouth, Academy
15 Oct: London, Roundhouse
16 Oct: Bristol, Academy
18 Oct: Liverpool, Academy
19 Oct: Glasgow, ABC
20 Oct: Nottingham, Rock City
22 Oct: Manchester, Academy 2
23 Oct: Leeds, Metropolitan University
24 Oct: Norwich, UEA

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FESTIVAL LINE-UP UPDATE

BLISSFIELDS, Bradley Farm, Airesford, Hampshire, 2-4 Jul: Stereo MCs have been announced as main stage headliners at this year's Blissfields, with Peggy Sue, Laurel Collective, SixNationState and Port Eden. www.blissfields.co.uk

SOUTH WEST FOUR WEEKENDER, Clapham Common, London, 28-29 Aug: Last year's headliner, Sasha, is returning to the main stage at this summer's South West Four, joining the previously announced Fatboy Slim, Paul Oakenfold and Carl Cox. www.southwestfour.com

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ALBUM REVIEW: Caribou - Swim (Universal/Cooperative Music/City Slang)
The Ontario-born Dan Snaith originally recorded two albums under the pseudonym Manitoba, before the threat of legal action prompted a change to the more pastoral, peaceful sounding Caribou. Whilst his earlier albums were associated with the burgeoning folktronica genre, which was flavour of the month in the early years of the century, the psychedelic-influenced 'Andorra' (2007) proved a watershed moment for Snaith. It could almost have been a lost record from the late 1960s. He changes tack once more with 'Swim', investigating trends in past and contemporary dance music culture and allowing them to influence what he laid down on 'Andorra'.

Lead single 'Odessa' sounds like a 1980s uptempo Arthur Russell production; even the vocals are a dead ringer for Russell's wistful tones. The prominent bassline gives way to flute and subtle use of guitar. This is an electronic record that uses much more diverse instrumentation than you'd imagine. 'Sun' features the kind of jazz-influenced percussion that his friend, Kieren Hebden (aka Four Tet), is widely known for, as well as more woozy, seasick snatches of synths.

Whilst 'Swim' probably lacks the obvious immediate punch of 'Andorra', there are probably more ideas and sounds within this record than its predecessor, although whether it feels quite as coherent is another matter. It's not that the album leaps in different directions from one track to another, but individual tracks themselves refuse to be rooted and effortlessly change at a second's notice. There are still plenty of great moments; the flute-led 'Leave House' returns to Arthur Russell territory, whilst 'Jamelia' is less a tribute to the R&B singer but a densely textured, downtempo piece of electronica.

As you might imagine from a recent PhD graduate in mathematics, 'Swim is more meticulously prepared and produced than anything Snaith's worked on previously and demonstrates a rich understanding of dance music in its many forms, most of which find their way into this album. KW

Physical release: 19 Apr
Press contact: Cooperative IH, Dog Day Press

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BEST BUY HAVE BIG FIRST WEEKEND IN BRITAIN
US electronics retail giant Best Buy arrived in the UK at the weekend, with its first British store opening in Thurrock on Friday, and it seems the first weekend all went rather well.

The out-of-town retailer's CEO Of Branded Operations, Paul Antoniadi, told reporters: "Today is on track to be the biggest ever opening day for a Best Buy store anywhere in the world by volume of sales. Everyone on the Best Buy team is delighted with the start of this new chapter in Best Buy's story".

Unlike most UK electronics retailers, Best Buy also stock entertainment products like CDs, DVDs and games, meaning they compete with the HMVs and Games of this world as well as shops like Currys. However, in an interview with Music Week this week, HMV boss Simon Fox played down the threat of the new competitor, arguing that he doesn't think British consumers will trek out of town to big warehouse-style stores if its CDs they are looking for.

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KELNER TO BE THE INDY'S EDITOR PERMANENTLY
The Independent has announced that Simon Kelner will stay on as the title's editor. Kelnor originally stood down as the struggling broadsheet's editor two years ago, moving up to an editor-in-chief type role instead. But with the departure of his replacement, Roger Alton, following the purchase of the paper by Standard owner Evgeny Lebedev, Kelner jumped back into the editor's chair. That was originally meant to be a temporary arrangement while a new editor could be found, but it now seems Kelner will perform that role again on a permanent basis.

Kelner will continue to be Editor In Chief for the Indy's Sunday edition, as well as being a director of the new Independent Print Ltd company. Speculation remains as to whether Lebedev and his team have any bold plans for the Indy. They've denied they plan to make the paper free - a la the Standard - though the fact they decided to give away the paper around London in the run up to the election makes you think going the freebie route is still on the 'under consideration' list.

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JARVIS BACKS 6
Jarvis Cocker has said that he still thinks there's hope for the future of BBC 6music, on which the former Pulp frontman presents a show, ofcourse.

Speaking to music blog My Chemical Toilet, he said that the station's closure was far from a foregone conclusion, saying: "Well, I'm not giving up. I think it's an ongoing fight. The public consultation process doesn't end until 25 May, so people have got until then to contact the BBC Trust. I would encourage people to do that. The Sony Awards are next week, which I think will be another opportunity to get it into the public eye. Obviously, there was a big outcry when they first said the axe was going to fall, but then it died down a bit, and I think it would be good to raise its visibility again towards the end of the consultation period".

He continued: "It's a weird thing, you know. [The proposed closure] doesn't seem to make much sense to me. It seems [6music] is doing what the BBC is supposed to do, which is to provide something you wouldn't get otherwise. There's no way that a commercial radio station would play alternative music - there's no money in it. So it's that kind of thing the BBC should be doing, really. We shall see. I don't think it's a foregone conclusion and I think it's something worth fighting for".

Speaking of the Sony Radio Academy Awards, Jarvis and his 6music show are nominated there in the Rising Star category. On that subject he said: "Yes, at the age of 46, to be nominated as a rising star - it's quite good. I consider it to be interlinked with the 6music question, because there's no way I would have been given the freedom to play what I wanted, inviting guests that I wanted, and talking about what I wanted on any other station. The fact that the show's been nominated is a vindication of the 6music policy. To get people who are interested in whatever, and just let them do it, without any play list... it's quite a rare thing, and I think that's why it's precious and worth fighting for".

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THIS WEEK'S SUBTV PLAYLIST
Hey look, people, it's the music videos that are playing this week on the Subtv network of video screens in students' unions around the UK. New additions marked with a *. More info on all things Subtv from DavidLloyd@sub.tv.

A List
Biffy Clyro - Bubbles*
Diana Vickers - Once
Ellie Goulding - Guns and Horses*
Faithless - Not Going Home
Foals - This Orient
Hot Chip - I Feel Better
Laura Marling - Rambling Man
Marina and The Diamonds - I Am Not A Robot*
MGMT - Flash Delirium
Pendulum - Watercolour
Plan B - She Said
Professor Green - Need You Tonight
Scouting For Girls - This Ain't A Love Song
TV Rock - In The Air (feat. Rudy) (Axwell remix)
Usher - OMG (feat. will.i.am)*
You Me At Six - Liquid Confidence

B List
Akala - XXL
Alicia Keys - Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart*
Blood Red Shoes - Don't Ask
B.o.B - Nothin' On You (feat. Bruno Mars)*
Bullet For My Valentine - The Last Fight
David Guetta - Memories (feat. Kid Cudi)
The Dead Weather - Die By The Drop
Doves - Andalucia
Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina - Stereo Love
Jay-Z - On To The Next One
Kelis - Acapella*
The Joy Formidable - Popinjay
Performance - The Living
Roll Deep - Good Times
Villagers - Becoming a Jackal

Tip List
General Fiasco - I'm Not Made Of Eyes
Good Shoes - The Way My Heart Beats
Jack Johnson - You and Your Heart
Jamie Lidell - The Ring*
Lethal Bizzle & Nick Bridges - Go Go Go (feat. Luciana)
Lone Wolf Keep Your Eyes On The Road
Naïve New Beaters - Live Good
Operator Please - Back and Forth*
Sidney Samson - Shut Up and Let It Go (feat. Lady Bee)

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STOLEN TRANSMITTER TAKES RADIO STATION OFF AIR
Lanarkshire radio station L107 has gone off air after its transmitter was stolen from the roof of its building while presenter Mike Smith was broadcasting his lunchtime show inside.

An unnamed source later told Radio Today that the equipment, worth £50,000, had been taken by one of the station's creditors. According to rumours, the station is currently £300,000 in debt and staff have complained of delays in being paid.

Strathclyde Police have said that they are investigating the theft. Meanwhile, a message on the station's website simply reads: "Opps! ... try back later"

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