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CMU and friends to assess and advise on all things digital
Pop did well in 2009
In The Pop Courts
File-sharing case rejects privacy and fair use defences
In The Pop Hospital
Bret Michaels discharged from hospital
Awards & Contests
Commercial Radio Award noms out
Artist Deals
Kobalt sign Yeasayer
Release News
Deftones perform new album in live webcast
Grasscut announce debut album
Gigs & Tours News
We Are Scientists announce new UK dates
Juliette Lewis UK tour dates
School Of Seven Bells live dates and free MP3
Festival News
Festival line-up update
Album review: Ty - Special Kind Of Fool (BBE Records)
The Music Business
AIF to input on review of police costings at music festivals
The Digital Business
iPhone users download things, shocker
BandCentral opens for business
NME launch new social networking thing
MySpace loses lots of money
Chart Of The Day
This week's Student Radio Chart
And finally...
Bieber fans threaten Kardashian

Tamikrest are a group of young Touareg musicians from the far north of Mali, originally formed in the northern Malian city of Kidal when three of their members met at a guitar workshop. They decided to form a band despite only having two old homemade guitars to play with. Eighteen months later they are an eight piece with 25 original compositions in their repertoire. Inspired by another Touareg group, the long established and increasingly well known Tinariwen, and often tackling the political issues facing the Touareg people in their lyrics, the group's current album is called 'Adagh'. The band are touring with Dirtmusic (read their SSQ here.) and play The Borderline in London on 19 May. They have also just been confirmed for the Field Day Festival on 31 Jul. The band's Ousmane Ag Mossa took some time out to answer the Same Six.

Q1 How did you start out making music?
I started listening to music at the age of six, and even then I had a strong ambition to become an artist. At the age of eleven, I happened to get a guitar. I listened to cassettes of the great band Tinariwen and learned their songs. They went straight into my brain. I had to start playing for friends. And then, near the end of my schooling, I started the band Tamikrest.

Q2 What inspired your latest album?
I wanted to translate the suffering and dreams of the Touareg people into song. There is a great ignorance amongst the Touaregs about our rights and how we should protect them. There is also great ignorance in the rest of the world about what we are fighting for. Songs can educate. Songs can get the word out to both my people and the world beyond the desert. As artists, it's our duty to make our problems known to the world, to sing songs about the nomadic life, about our traditions and culture. But above all, revolutionary songs, about what we see, about what the government is doing to our people, things which make no sense to me.

Q3 What process do you go through in creating a track?
I write my lyrics by choosing words that I respect and that make personal sense to me. Words that speak about the troubles that surround my people. I write my music alone in a calm corner where I can think very deep, and I can slowly melt my lyrical ideas with the sound of my guitar. It begins very intimately, but then when I bring it to the band it transforms completely. It becomes stronger. It speaks louder.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
The artists that had influenced my music are Tinariwen, Bob Marley, Mark Knopfler and Jimi Hendrix. Tinariwen, of course, has been very important to me. They created the path and now it's up to the younger bands like us to walk down it and create the future

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
I would hope that they enjoy it and that they become fans. I would also hope that people will understand and react to the message we are sharing in our music. The Touaregs, as a people, do not have journalists, we do not have lawyers who represent us. Music is our voice.

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest album, and for the future?
My ambition is that 'Adagh' is an album heard all over the world and that it will be loved by fans everywhere. My intent is to have a career in this business and become one day an artist well known internationally. I know it will be hard. I feel like I have been preparing for this dream for a long time.

MORE>> www.myspace.com/tamikrest

Instrumental sextet Talons fuse all the best bits of post-rock, math-rock and hardcore and then top it all off with two violin players. It's a winning formula that makes for an exciting and energetic sound both on record and live. To date the band have released four limited edition singles through Big Scary Monsters. The latest, a split single with Chicago-based noisemakers Noumenon, came out just last month and will be the last standalone release before the band's debut album hits shelves this autumn.

But autumn, that's like forever away. The urge to hear this band that I have clearly awakened in you needs to be acted upon much sooner than that. Luckily, they've got quite a lot of songs up on that internet thing everyone keeps talking about, and you can catch them playing at The Great Escape and Nice Weather For Airstrikes festivals in Brighton, as well as at a show in London, later this month.


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Please send a covering letter and CV to gareth.smith@chrysalis.com. Closing date for applications is 7th May.
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Pete Tong and industry professionals Ben Turner, Danny Whittle, Mark Netto and Simeon Friend proudly present the third annual Ibiza International Music Summit from Wed May 26 - Fri May 28 at the FiveStar Ibiza Gran Hotel.


Artists: Mark Ronson. David Guetta. Sasha. Erick Morillo. Annie Mac. Heidi.
Synch: Alexandra Patsavas. Jason Bentley.
Brands: Burn. Coca-Cola Group. Deutsche Telekom. Google. Sprite. Beatport. Resident Advisor.


For more information and registration visit: www.internationalmusicsummit.com

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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 - 5 May 2010
Brighton Fringe kicks off
Brighton Festival kicks off

So, 6 May 2010 could be a day of change, a day of new direction, the start of a new era in the history of the British people. Because yes, today is the first day of CMU's first ever May-time Roadshow. The world may never be the same again.

Over the next three weeks the CMU team will be leaving their Shoreditch bunker to stage events at City Showcase in London, The Great Escape in Brighton and Liverpool Sound City in, well, Liverpool. Along the way we'll be talking to some leading music business people, offering some wonderful wisdom on how to make it as a band, and putting the future of music radio to rights.

But it all kicks off in London today with a workshop led by CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke at the Apple Store on Regents Street as part of this year's City Showcase. Called 'Famous For Fifteen Megabytes: Using the web to launch your band', it will look at all the many digital tools that are out there to help bands promote themselves, sell music and raise money, and ask which are worth the time and/or cash investment for artists at the start of their careers trying to get noticed, to build a fan base and to make some money.

Five better people to assess the digital space, and advise the artists, songwriters and students in the audience, you could not imagine.

Benji Rogers is a London-based independent musician who, as well as recording and performing as a solo artist and with his band, found time to conceive and create Pledge, a fan-funding service designed by an artist with an artist's needs very much in mind. Since launching in beta last year, Pledge has signed up artists including Tina Dico, Duke Special and, most recently, Gang Of Four.

Darren Hemmings is head of the [PIAS] group's Digital Marketing department, which offers centrally-managed digital marketing solutions to labels and clients, working with artists like We Are Scientists, Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip, New Young Pony Club and Young Guns. Prior to joining [PIAS], he worked at the Virgin Group's parent company, advising on their group-wide music/brand initiatives.

Dave Haynes is VP Business Development for SoundCloud, the 'cloud-based' music platform that allows music creators and professionals to easily distribute, share and stream audio over the web. He also organises the OpenMusicMedia and Music Hack Day events that take place across the world.

David Riley spent four years running the digital department at Cooking Vinyl, running digital campaigns from artists as diverse as The Charlatans, Dropkick Murphys, Nitin Sawhney and, most notably, the double-platinum selling album 'Invaders Must Die' from The Prodigy. Last year he launched his own digital marketing and consultancy firm Good Lizard Media.

Mark Meharry is the co-founder of Music Glue, a London based 'business to business' digital services company that specialises in online solutions for music artists, live event promoters and live venues. Music Glue works with up and coming acts like Enter Shikari, Mumford & Sons and The Joy Formidable, plus established artists such as Marillion, Justin Hawkins and The Magic Numbers. They also provide content management, website and ticketing solutions to half the venues in Camden, plus close to 100 other venues and promoters throughout the UK.

This all takes place at 4pm at the Apple Store on Regent Street. You'll need a City Showcase wristband to get in, but they're only a fiver and if you're London-based you'll be wanting one of those anyway. It also gets you access to a whole host of gigs, showcases and panels taking place around the West End (especially Regent Street and Carnaby Street) over the next four days, plus the City Showcase Rocklands festival in South East London and a bunch of stuff happening at The O2 and British Music Experience this weekend.

More info at www.cityshowcase.co.uk. Wristbands can be bought at the City Showcase hub in Kingly Court, off Carnaby Street, just around the corner from the Apple Store.

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Good news for fans of research that confirms the obvious, we have two lots of stats for you today. Hoopla. First up this. Pop music was big in 2009. You knew that. I knew that. But now we have stats from record label trade body the BPI to prove it's true, which is something we should all celebrate with a little dance.

Done that? Right. Well, according to the BPI's big book of record industry stats for 2010, which is out next week, pop music accounted for 29% of all album sales in 2009, up from 25.3% in 2008, and its biggest share of the overall market since 2003.

Of course, you could say that, by definition, any big selling album is 'pop music', in that it's clearly popular. But I think for these stats 'pop' means music that sounds, well, poppy. Lady Gaga, Paolo Nutini, Robbie Williams and Lily Allen albums all feature in these stats. The pop genre accounted for nearly 30% of album sales despite only accounting for just over 13% of new releases.

'Rock' remains the biggest album genre, both in terms of output and sales, accounting for 40.2% of releases and 31% of sales. Pop's rise was at rock's expense though, 31% is the smallest market share for the rock genre since 2004. R&B accounted for 9.6% of album sales, while dance was down slightly to 7.3%.

Stats fan and BPI boss Geoff Taylor told CMU: "There's no doubting that 2009 was a vintage year for pop - some fantastic records led to a strong performance by the genre in both albums and singles. British urban talent shone in the R&B sector, virtually doubling their sales last year thanks to Tinchy Stryder, Dizzee Rascal, Chipmunk, N-Dubz and Taio Cruz. This strong performance looks like carrying into 2010 with hits from Taio again, Tinie Tempah, Plan B and Professor Green, amongst others".

In singles, perhaps unsurprisingly, pop sales accounted for even more of the market, putting pop ahead of rock. Only one rock single made it into the Top 10 singles of the year chart, and that was Rage Against The Machine's 'Killing In The Name', which wasn't really meant to be there in the first place.

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So, the Recording Industry Association Of America may have officially stopped suing the fans, but some lawsuits are still working their way through the system. And that has led to clarification from the Second US Circuit Court Of Appeals as to whether or not privacy or fair use laws can be used to fight off file-sharing lawsuits in America. They can't.

According to Wired, a student from the State University of New York at Albany tried to fight an RIAA lawsuit first by claiming that his college revealing his identity to the record industry infringed his constitutional privacy rights (via the First Amendment), and then by claiming the relatively modest file-sharing of which the RIAA had evidence was covered by the 'fair use' provisions of US copyright law.

But both arguments failed. The court recently ruled: "To the extent that anonymity is used to mask copyright infringement or to facilitate such infringement by other persons, it is unprotected by the First Amendment".

Although the privacy issues around labels and/or internet service providers snooping on people file-sharing have been raised before, the obligation of the latter to reveal the identities of suspected file-sharers to the former, when ordered to do so by a court, has not been overly controversial. For a short while in the US, ISPs even had to provide such information without a court order, due to some disagreement regarding what the Digital Millennium Copyright Act really said on the issue.

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Poison frontman Bret Michaels was discharged from hospital on Tuesday, following the brain haemorrhage he suffered last month.

Dr Joseph M Zabramski told reporters: "Bret's sheer will to live and fully recover is undeniable. He's walking. He's not walking very well. He's talking very well, and he's very mentally aware", adding that he expected Michaels to make a "100% recovery".

Zabramski would not say how long a full recovery was likely to take, but Michaels has apparently been advised to rest for at least six weeks and will receive a daily check up for the next two weeks.

Michaels, meanwhile, has already done an interview with People about the medical drama. He told the magazine about arriving at the hospital: "I said in these exact words, 'Am I dying? If I'm dying, I want to see my kids, but if I have a chance, I don't want them to see me in this condition'". He's also apparently now thinking of marrying his long-term girlfriend, Kristi Gibson.

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Absolute Radio have done rather well in the nominations for the Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards, which are like next week's Sonys, but without the BBC competing, meaning commercial stations actually have a chance of winning, but they're not as prestigious as a result.

Absolute's national music station is up for six awards, including noms for presenters Christian O'Connell, Dave Gorman and Geoff Lloyd, while the wider Absolute group has a total of thirteen nominations, with others for its Dabbl digital service and some of its local stations.

That said, Bauer are actually one ahead in terms of overall noms, with their various stations appearing on the shortlists 14 times, while their biggest competitor Global is up for ten awards. The full lists of noms are below. The awards take place on 17 Jun in London town.

Best Presenter (small station): Tommo, 97.1 Radio Carmarthenshire; Kev Wilson, Dearne FM & Ridings FM; Knoxy Moray, Firth Radio.

Best Presenter (medium station): Trevor Marshall, 106 JACK fm; Rich Williams, 96.3 Radio Aire; Richard Straffon, Heart 97.6.

Best Presenter (large station): Geoff Lloyd, Absolute Radio; Dave Gorman, Absolute Radio; Ewen Cameron and Alan Rough, Real Radio Scotland.

Best Programmer: Duncan Campbell, 97.3 Forth One/1548 Forth2; Clive Dickens, Absolute Radio; Euan McMorrow, Radio City 96.7.

Newcomer: Lucy Jones, 107.6 Banbury Sound; Emma Bunton, Heart Network; Eleanor Noakes, Real Radio.

Best Journalist/News Presenter: Colin Mackay, Political Editor, Bauer Radio Scotland; Dearne FM/Ridings FM news team; Real Radio North West news team.

Best Small Station: 106.4 Andover Sound, Mansfield 103.2, Moray Firth Radio.

Best Medium Station: 106 Jack FM, Red Dragon, The Bay.

Best Large Station: Absolute Radio, Hallam FM, Wave 105.

Best Digital Station: Fun Kids, GaydarRadio, Planet Rock.

Best Breakfast Show: Christian O'Connell Breakfast Show, Absolute Radio; Steve and Karen Breakfast Show, Galaxy North East; Nick Ferrari at Breakfast, LBC 97.3.

Best Special Programme: Ali Booker's Cancer Diaries, 106 JACK FM; Live From The Summertime Ball, 95.8 Capital FM; Absolute Radio At The BAFTAs, Absolute Radio.

Best Feature: Heart's Love In An Elevator; Lincs FM's Band Camp, The Afghan Diaries - On the Front Line, Radio City 96.7.

Best Specialist Programme: Friday Night Sport Show with Bill & Ben, 102.5 Radio Pembrokeshire; Marion Scott, Moray Firth Radio; Girls Talk, Oxford's FM107.9.

Best Social Action: Giving For Living, Oxford's FM107.9; Real Radio Websafe, Real Radio North West, Help For Heroes Day, Real Radio, Smooth Radio & Rock Radio.

Best: Technical Innovation: The Big Top 40 Show 95.8, Capital FM; Dabbl Absolute Radio, Global Radio RadioVIS System.

Best Marketing: Get Me To The Church On Time 2, Hallam FM; The Real Radio Renegade, Real Radio Network; Kids Out for Summer with Change 4 Life, Real Radio North East, North West & Yorkshire.

Best Station Imaging: 106 Jack FM; Kiss Network; Real Radio North East Sport.

Best Local Sales Team: Global Radio Birmingham; The Bay; Wave 105.

Best National Sales Team: Bauer Radio, GMG National S&P, GTN.

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Yeasayer have signed a worldwide administration deal with Kobalt Music, which will see the publisher manage creative services and synch licensing for the band's current album, 'Odd Blood', and their debut, 'All Hour Cymbals'.

Kobalt CEO Willard Ahdritz told CMU: "I am very excited by this move. Yeasayer is fast gaining popularity in the US and abroad for their unique sound".

The company's Senior VP Of Creative, Bob Bortnick added: "Yeasayer write great songs, are forward-thinking and are entertaining live. What more could you want in a band?"

Indeed. You can catch the band being entertaining live at Koko in London on 26 May, followed by a number of other UK dates in July.

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Deftones performed their new album, 'Diamond Eyes', alive and in full in a live webcast from Dallas on Tuesday night.

You can watch it here: www.ustream.tv/recorded/6681343

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Grasscut, aka award-winning film and television composer Andrew Phillips and double bassist and keyboard player Marcus O'Dair, have announced that they will release their debut album, '1 Inch / 1/2 Mile', via Ninja Tune on 5 Jul. The album will be preceded by a single, 'Door In The Wall', on 14 Jun.

O'Dair told CMU last year: "We hope our debut album will be received as it is intended - as a transcendental journey through our land of oddness and wonder, past and present".

Get a taste on the duo's MySpace page at www.myspace.com/grasscutmusic

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We Are Scientists have announced some more UK shows to promote their forthcoming new album, 'Barbara', which is due out on 14 Jun. A week earlier, they will release the second single from the album, 'Nice Guys'.

Watch the video for 'Nice Guys' here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=8W4HKg7HjLY

Tour dates:

21 Jun: Cambridge, Junction
22 Jun: Wolverhampton, Wulfrun Hall
24 Jun: Sheffield, Leadmill
25 Jun: Oxford, O2 Academy
27 Jun: Glastonbury Festival
9 Jul: T In The Park
27 Aug: Leeds Festival
28 Aug: Reading Festival

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Juliette Lewis has announced a couple of UK shows to follow her appearance at this year's Isle Of Wight Festival.

Oh, and while we're talking about Juliette Lewis, why don't we all watch the video for her new single, 'Uh Huh': www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3zzaNqN2zU

Tour dates:

11 Jun: Isle Of Wight festival
29 Jun: Colchester, Arts Centre
30 Jun: London, Borderline

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School Of Seven Bells have announced some live dates to coincide with their second album, 'Disconnect From Desire', which, as previously reported, is due for release via Full Time Hobby on 12 Jul.

The band's label are also giving away a free MP3 of a track from the album, 'Babelonia', to anyone with an email address: www.fulltimehobby.co.uk/babelonia/

Tour dates:

17 Jul: Latitude Festival
18 Jul: Bristol, Thekla
19 Jul: Manchester, Ruby Lounge
20 Jul: London, Scala

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DOWNLOAD, Donington Park, 11-13 Jun: Napalm Death, The Plight and Rolo Tomassi are amongst the latest acts confirmed to play at Download this year, along with Switchfoot, Three Inches Of Blood, Sonic Syndicate, Your Demise, TAB and The Jim Jones Revue. www.downloadfestival.co.uk

GUILFEST, Stoke Park, Surrey, 16-18 Jul: The Wonder Stuff and Fucked Up have been confirmed to play at this summer's Guilfest, with My Passions, As I Watch You From Afar, The Soldiers, Ian King and Babylon King also added to the line-up. www.guilfest.co.uk

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ALBUM REVIEW: Ty - Special Kind Of Fool (BBE Records)
To be honest, hip hop isn't my favoured genre, but when someone personally recommends a CD I always try to make an effort to have a listen. And in this case, I am very glad I did. Ty is Vauxhall-based Ben Chijioke, who returns with an album on BBE after a stint on Big Dada. An incredibly talented rapper, he distils a cerebral social commentary throughout.

From the poppy aspects of 'Heart Is Breaking' to the beatsy 'Get To The Sky', with vocals from Terri Walker and Vula Malinga (who also appears on the swingbeat inflections of 'I'm Leaving'), Ty carries it off superbly. The highlight is the funky little roller 'Me', which talks about the music industry, and Ty trying to be himself; political and beatsy, it's simply infectious. Elsewhere, there's a nod to Marvin Gaye with 'Get Up', a more minimal pitched cut, but with crisp lyrics precisely delivered, and the title track itself is catchy too, with its throwback swing-based track.

In fact, there are no bad tracks on here, and there's an interesting variation of backdrops and melodies. A really impressive album then: Ty demonstrates himself to be a considerable UK hip hop talent. PV

Physical release: 19 Apr
Press contact: BBE IH [all]

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The Association Of Independent Festivals has issued a statement regards the Association Of Chief Police Officers' plans to review their guidelines regarding the fees charged for police services.

The government's Department Of Culture, Media & Sport plan to arrange for cultural groups who have to pay for the policing of their events to have an informal input on that review, and reps from AIF will be presenting their viewpoint as part of that process. They want the 'scoring system' used to work out how much organisations should pay for police support to distinguish between large and small festivals, because at the moment they are treated the same, despite the differences in scale, audience and budgets between major and indie festivals.

Following a report on the ACP review in Music Week this week, the AIF said in a statement: "We are anxious about the use of a scoring system for public events that lumps all music festivals together, without any reference to style, size or location. The score informs the level of charge and the guidance sees music festivals given the highest possible score - considerably above that of any football match. There is also no requirement for police forces to submit their costings in a timely manner; this can result in serious financial cash flow issues for what are already very expensive events".

AIF board member and Loud Sound Director Jim King told CMU: "The cost of policing has increased substantially over the last three to five years because of the 'full cost recovery' initiative and, importantly, the hourly rate tariffs for police officers. Our members' events are being charged using the most expensive tariff possible, which also includes provisions for a police force's overheads and pension contributions. The rate being charged works out at around £55 per hour for a police constable - which, on an annualised basis, makes them arguably the best paid staff on a festival site. Greater dialogue must be entered into between the police and the event industry to discuss what we feel is a very real threat to the viability of independent festivals".

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OK, here's the second story on some research that confirms the obvious. Owners of the iPhone and iPod Touch are the biggest downloaders of entertainment content and apps to non-PC devices. You could have guessed that, right? Well, you don't need to, because NPD Group have done some research, albeit in the US.

Their Entertainment Trends In America report says that 75% of iPhone/iPod Touch users download content to their devices, compared to 19% of net-connected games console owners and 17% of net-connected Blu-ray disc players. Of the content being downloaded, free apps account for the biggest percentage, while games and music downloads follow, in that order.

NPD analyst Russ Crupnick told reporters: "Music now competes with games and other apps for share of device, share of wallet, and share of time. Entertainment companies need to start thinking of apps in broader terms, not only as a way of garnering direct sales from downloads, but also as a pathway to paying for additional entertainment content".

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A new "web-based collaboration, organisation and management tool for musicians" called BandCentral went fully live this week, which, the blurb I have here tells me, means "artists, managers and labels can organise all the vital business aspects of band life - everything from tours and fan databases, to merchandise and money" in one place, "enabling them to develop and sustain successful careers".

The online system enables users to organise tours, fan lists, finances and merchandise stocks, to track money coming in and out, and to update their social networks. It also integrates with SoundCloud, so that bands can share and comment on mixes or works-in-progress with everyone in their entourage. There is a free-to-use and premium version of the service.

BandCentral has been created by Wil Padley, who has combined his skills and knowledge as a digital creative and a bass player in up-and-coming band The Domino State. Padley told CMU: "Right now it's vital that musicians who want to make it have a grip on the business of running a band as much as the creative side of things. But even the most internet-savvy artists face a challenge when trying to keep track of all aspects of online and offline promotion, management and communication. BandCentral exists to be the one-stop shop for any band looking to take their career to the next level".

It's all at www.bandcentral.com

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The NME have launched a new "innovative community platform", which is basically a user-generated content and band profile service that will sit under the NME.com banner. So, that's nice.

Called NME Breakthrough, it's a JV with UCG enablers Webjam. A bit like when MTV dabbled with the artist profile and social networking thing via the short lived MTV Flux, an incentive for bands to upload content to NME Breakthrough is that band tippers from the mag will keep any eye out on the website for fab new talent. Or so they claim.

NME.com Editor David Moynihan said this: "NME Breakthrough is a step for us in providing a channel for artists and our users to connect with each other. Our website and magazine play a key role in keeping our audience informed with the latest news and expert reviews, and this new social networking platform is giving our users direct interaction with bands".

He continued: "It also acts as an important medium for bands to listen to what their fans want, through a simple rating feature. In addition, we are going to offer amazing opportunities on the site; the rewarded artists will perform at an NME Radar event as well as a key festival this summer".

You can check this out at www.nme.com/breakthrough

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Talking of social networking, apparently MySpace lost $150 million in the last quarter, according to disclosures from parent company News Corp. That's nearly double the $88 million losses made a year earlier.

Unlike The Great War, MySpace could actually all be over by Christmas.

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The songs most rated by student radio stations around the UK. The Student Radio Chart is compiled by the Student Radio Association and aired on student stations across the country, hosted by a different affiliated station each week. More at www.studentradio.org.uk/chart

1. Ellie Goulding - Guns and Horses
2. Chiddy Bang - Truth
3. The Futureheads - Heartbeat Song
4. Foals - This Orient
5. Scouting For Girls - This Ain't A Love Song
6. LCD Soundsystem - Drunk Girls
7. Tinie Tempah - Pass Out
8. Usher - OMG
9. Mumford & Sons - The Cave
10. The Drums - Forever And Ever Amen
11. Owl City - Fireflies
12. Chiddy Bang - Opposite Of Adults
13. Professor Green - I Need You Tonight
14. Biffy Clyro - Bubbles
15. Kelis - Acapella
16. Blur - Fool's Day
17. Ellie Goulding - Starry Eyed
18. Beach House - Zebra
19. Hot Chip - I Feel Better
20. Chase and Status feat Plan B - End Credits

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After last week's Justin Bieber news overload, we weren't going to publish any this week. But with fans this loopy, it's difficult not to.

This week the Bieber Army (I refuse to call them by their chosen name, The Beliebers) has been sending death threats to reality TV star Kim Kardashian after Justin suggested that they might be dating. The pair met at a White House dinner on Saturday night and Bieber posted a picture of them together to Twitter with the caption: "Look it's my girlfriend". Kardashian responded by saying she had "Bieber fever", which I believe can be cleared up with antibiotics.

By Tuesday, Bieber's fans had worked themselves up into a frenzy at the idea of Justin being in a relationship with someone other than them. Kardashian tweeted: "Seriously Biebs! I'm getting death threats from your fans! This is unbelievable".

Bieber cooled the situation by posting: "Ladies, calm down. Kim Kardashian is a friend. A very sexy friend, but a friend. No need for threats. Let's all be friends and hang out often". By which he presumably means, "Let's continue to have an indirect connection via the internet, you people scare the shit out of me".

In other Bieber news, the tiny popster this week revealed that he doesn't know what "German" means. After failing to understand the word, even when it was written down, he told New Zealand TV show 'Select Live': "We don't say that in America", failing to remember that he's actually from Canada.

Here is the whole thing in video form: www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkKqihEUmH4

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