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BBC dominates at Sonys, Jarvis has a save 6 rant
In The Pop Courts
Is Boyle trying to silence siblings with legal action?
Obituaries
Lena Horne dies
Charts, Stats & Polls
Brookstein tops talent show flop poll
Release News
Ninja Tune announce 20th anniversary boxset
Lissie announces debut album
Godflesh to re-issue Streetcleaner
Gigs & Tours News
Rage support confirmed
Gorillaz to play first UK arena tour
Yuck announce tour dates
Festival News
Festival line-up update
Reviews
Album review: Booka Shade - More! (Co-Operative/Get Physical Music)
Talks, Debates & Conventions
Aussie BBQ comes to Great Escape
CMU Publisher gets ready for his TGE interviews
Brands & Stuff
Uniqlo launch Domino t-shirt range
The Music Business
Music games market down but still buoyant
Digbeth Institute to re-open in September
Sony say they're not actively considering EMI buy
Live Nation revenues and losses up
Chart Of The Day
Total Rock World Album Chart
And finally...
Walsh says no Girls Aloud feuding
This year's Sony Award winners in full


 
TUESDAY 11TH MAY
TUNNG
Formed back in 2003, Tunng are an experimental folk band, often associated with the folktronica genre. The band released their debut album 'Mother's Daughter And Other Songs' in 2005 via Caravan, and have, in total, released three albums and numerous singles, while their cover of Bloc Party's 'The Pioneers' was featured in 'The OC'. In the past year they have performed with three members of Tuareg desert blues band Tinariwen, as well as releasing their fourth album 'And Then We Saw Land' via Full Time Hobby. Ahead of their show at The Great Escape on Saturday, we spoke to frontman and guitarist Mike Lindsay to find out more.

 
Q1 How did you start out making music?
I started making music with a drum machine, a four-track and a guitar when I was fourteen. It wasn't all good, but a remember loving making tunes. I did a great metal version of the 'Neighbours' theme tune...

Q2 What inspired your latest album?
Adventures and new creative challenges. Also, the desire to make a bigger sound whilst still remaining Tunng-like.

Q3 What process do you go through in creating an album?
All the Tunng albums have been put together in my basement studio in east London. I use the computer as a tool for putting together music like a jigsaw puzzle, people come with ideas or come and bounce off ideas that I've stuck in the computer, and we use trial and error. Some songs were written independently and then we worked out how to produce them and some kind of wrote themselves on the computer. That said, it's not a very electronic-sounding music.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
Nick Drake, Serge Gainsbourg, Cornelius, ELO, Tinariwen and Isan.

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing Tunng's music for the first time?
Be patient. When you finish the record, play it again immediately!

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest album, and for the future?
I hope this record takes people to another place when they listen to it, and I hope it takes us to many places we've never experienced...

MORE>> www.tunng.co.uk

TUNNG AT THE GREAT ESCAPE: Upstairs at Komedia at 10pm on 15 May
 
JOSEPHINE
Listening to 'I Think It Was Love' by Josephine Oniyama, or just Josephine as she is known on stage, you'd be forgiven for thinking you'd stumbled upon some lost classic soul recording, rather than a young musician from Manchester yet to release her first album. Her voice is something incredible; warm, wise, confident and able to stop even the hardest of cynics in their tracks.

 
She recorded her first demos with Elbow's Guy Garvey and released her first EP, entitled 'In The Labyrinth' and recorded by producer Ben Hillier (Blur, Doves, Depeche Mode), in December 2008 via Universal/Island. Now preparing for the release of her debut album, due out via Ark Recordings later this year, Josephine will be playing a handful of gigs this month, including one at Liverpool Sound City next week where she will be supporting Rox. Head over to her MySpace page now to hear three tracks, including a gorgeous cover of Robert Wyatt's 'Shipbuilding'.

www.myspace.com/thisisjosephine


 
 

IBIZA INTERNATIONAL MUSIC SUMMIT
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.

HELP SHAPE THE FUTURE OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS & PERFORMERS INCLUDE:
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.

LAST FEW REMAINING PACKAGES AND DELEGATE BADGES ON SALE NOW.

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

       
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'Mock The Week' creators plan new improvised TV show
Christopher Eccleston on playing John Lennon
John Hurt gets TV Bafta nod
 
BBC cuts leaker leaves the Corporation
Absolute and Absolut reach settlement
Bauer launch revamped online player
 
Latest 7 festival awards return
Karen J Jones to launch new book while spilling ink at the Fringe
Cuddly loser arrives at the Brighton Fringe
 

BBC DOMINATES AT SONYS, JARVIS HAS A SAVE 6 RANT
As usual, the BBC dominated at the radio industry's big night out last night, the Sony Awards, taking 23 of the 37 awards on offer, though given quite a few awards are for comedy and drama and quality news, there's a few categories where 'pile em high sell em cheap' commercial radio stations are never going to get a look in. Still, assuming you count British Forces Radio and community group Hackney Podcast, the commercial sector did take fourteen prizes in total, including three of the five all important station of the year gongs for Planet Rock, Moray Firth Radio and Kiss FM.

6music, nominated seven times in six of the main categories, scored just one Gold award, but that was for the best show on the radio ever, 'Adam & Joe', who won the Best Comedy prize. 6 also won the periphery Rising Star award for Jarvis Cocker (who is still rising as a radio star, of course), taking their awards haul to two. The other doomed BBC digital station, the Asian Network, also won a prize, for Best Speech Programme.

Jarvis used his acceptance speech to diss the BBC for its plans to shut down his station. According to the Telegraph, he told the Sonys audience: ''Since I am an elected majority, you will forgive me if I have a little rant. I said that a vote for me was a vote for 6music. The show that I do couldn't exist on any other station. I'm allowed to play whatever music I like, interview whoever I like and record jingles in my cellar".

He continued: "The presenters of 6music are music makers as well as music presenters. The BBC must offer licence players value for money. I'm not saying what we get paid, but they do it for the love of music and it is certainly value for money. 6music is never going to be the biggest station in the UK but it would be devastating if it was to close. 6music isn't going to change the world, it just wants to make it a bit nicer. Rant over, thank you very much".

Elsewhere, commenting on this year's awards, Tim Blackmore, chairman of the event, told CMU: "Having been associated with these awards since their inception in 1983, I remain immensely proud to be part of an industry that continues to deliver high quality audio on an ever increasing range of platforms. Radio is truly one of our most creative industries and the proof is in the work of this year's gold, silver and bronze winners".

For fans of long lists, there's the full list of this year's Sony gold winners at the bottom of today's CMU Daily. Meanwhile, to watch footage from the bash and interviews with nominees and guests conducted by the fabulous Marsha Shandur and wonderful Nick Wallis (OK, so they're both very long term friends of CMU, but scientific research has shown they are both fabulous and wonderful respectively) go to www.radioawards.org.

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IS BOYLE TRYING TO SILENCE SIBLINGS WITH LEGAL ACTION?
According to the Sunday Express, Susan Boyle has instructed her lawyers to sue her two brothers, John and Gerry, after they told reporters that they were concerned about their sister's well-being, and accused the people managing the 'Britain's Got Talent' warbler of "controlling" her and keeping "her family away".

The tabloid says Boyle's lawyers might try to silence the singer's siblings with a breach of privacy action though, while I'm no expert on privacy laws, especially if this action had to be taken north of the border, I'm pretty sure you can't use privacy laws to stop people from expressing concern.

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LENA HORNE DIES
Jazz singer and actress Lena Horne died this weekend, aged 92.

Horne enjoyed success on Broadway, in Hollywood and in the music charts, and, in the 1940s, was one of the first black singers and actresses in America to achieve mainstream stardom, to front a major white band, and to get a contract from one of the major movie studios, MGM. Able to lend her voice to a wide range of musical styles, songwriter Buddy de Sylva once called her "the best female singer of songs".

That said, Horne was still a victim of the racism that was the norm at the time. While she was allowed to perform at some of the biggest concert halls, black people were not allowed into her shows, and in many of her movies Horne's musical numbers were designed to be independent of the plot, so they could be edited out when the film was screened in more racially sensitive Southern states.

As her career progressed, Horne grew frustrated that her success was tainted by the bigotry of the world around her. According to Billboard, she once said that she sometimes felt like a novelty act because of her skin colour, saying: "I was unique in that I was a kind of black that white people could accept. I was their daydream. I had the worst kind of acceptance because it was never for how great I was or what I contributed. It was because of the way I looked".

She later began to refuse to play venues which adopted racist admission policies, even though doing so hindered her career, and in doing so became associated with the growing civil rights movement, which she began to actively support.

She recalled in the book 'I Dream A World: Portraits Of Black Women Who Changed America': "I was always battling the system to try to get to be with my people. Finally, I wouldn't work for places that kept us out ... it was a damn fight everywhere I was, every place I worked, in New York, in Hollywood, all over the world".

Despite the set backs associated with the politics of the middle decades of the twentieth century, Horne continued to be successful throughout her life, enjoy new successes in the 1980s and becoming even more prolific as a recording artist in the 1990s. Plans to make a biopic of her life with Janet Jackson playing Horne were shelved after the 2004 Nipplegate incident. Horne requested that Jackson not be cast to play her and, while the studio making the film didn't comply, Jackson herself did.

Horne died at New York Presbyterian Hospital on Sunday, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

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BROOKSTEIN TOPS TALENT SHOW FLOP POLL
Steve Brookstein has been voted the biggest reality TV pop flop of all time, which is something for him to tell the grandkids.

The first ever 'X-Factor' winner was considered the biggest reality show flop of them all in a survey of 1300 people regards the acts which have enjoyed big success on telly talent shows but then zero success in the world of pop. Brookstein, of course, has made no secret of the fact he blames 'X-Factor' chief Simon Cowell for screwing up his career, and, if I remember rightly, he has a book in the pipeline about the whole ordeal.

The top ten biggest reality show flops are given below. Poor old Joe McElderry is at number nine even though his post-'X-Factor' career hasn't even started yet. To be declared a bigger flop than One True Voice without having even finished recording your debut album has got to be a bit depressing.

1. Steve Brookstein
2. Leon Jackson
3. Hear'Say
4. Rik Waller
5. Andy Abraham
6. Gareth Gates
7. Michelle McManus
8. Same Difference
9. Joe McElderry
10. One True Voice

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NINJA TUNE ANNOUNCE 20TH ANNIVERSARY BOXSET
Ninja Tune can't be twenty years old. It just can't. I remember going out and buying the label's tenth anniversary compilation just after it came out and I'm pretty certain that was only two or three years ago. Four at a push. If it was ten years ago then there's a chance I might be getting old. But, hey, if they want to celebrate 20 years in the business, who am I to stop them?

To mark the end of Ninja Tune's second decade, there are a whole load of events and more planned over the next few months, with the centrepiece being a massive boxset featuring loads of classic Ninja tunes and all kinds of exclusive stuff. The boxset comes in three sections, all featuring artwork by Openmind. Each section, or "case", consists of the following:

Case 1: Six CDs of music (Two CDs will be material only available in this box set)
Case 2: Six seven-inch singles in a hardback book (all material only available in this box set), plus a Ninja family tree poster by Nigel Peake, sleeve cover poster and Ninja Tune XX sticker sheet
Case 3: Exclusive hardback edition of anniversary book 'Ninja Tune: 20 Years Of Beats & Pieces' by Stevie Chick (hardback edition only available in this box set)

The whole shebang will be released on 20 Sep and can be pre-ordered at a special early bird price from here.

For news of everything that's going on as part of the 20th anniversary celebrations, plus some exclusive content, check out www.ninjatunexx.net

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LISSIE ANNOUNCES DEBUT ALBUM
Hotly tipped newcomer Lissie has announced that she will release her debut album, 'Catching A Tiger', on 21 Jun via Sony/Columbia. So, that's good news.

If you're yet to hear her rather lovely voice, why not start by checking out her cover of Metallica's 'Nothing Else Matters' here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewM29vjE1W4

Also, Lissie is playing pretty much every festival going over the next few months, so if you fail to see her live this summer you really aren't trying.

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GODFLESH TO RE-ISSUE STREETCLEANER
Earache Records have announced a remastered and expanded re-issue of Godflesh's 1989 album, 'Streetcleaner', which will be released on 21 Jun.

Former Godflesh frontman Justin Broadrick said of the release: "Long awaited, and now fleshed out to the max, 'Streetcleaner' [is] the most direct statement of intent we made as Godflesh, [and is now] finally presented as it should be..."

The full tracklist is as follows:

Disc 1:
Like Rats
Christbait Rising
Pulp
Dream Long Dead
Head Dirt
Devastator / Mighty Trust Krusher
Life Is Easy
Streetcleaner
Locust Furnace
Tiny Tears
Wound
Dead Head
Suction

Disc 2:
Like Rats (Original Unreleased Mix)
Christbait Rising (Original Unreleased Mix)
Pulp (Original Unreleased Mix)
Dream Long Dead (Original Unreleased Mix)
Head Dirt (Original Unreleased Mix)
Streetcleaner (Live In Geneva 1990)
Head Dirt (Live In Geneva 1990)
Pulp (Rehearsal May 1989)
Dream Long Dead (Rehearsal April 1989)
Christbait Rising (Rehearsal April 1989)
Deadhead (Original Demo Guitar & Machine 1988)
Suction (Original Demo Guitar & Machine 1988)

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RAGE SUPPORT CONFIRMED
Following lots of speculation and rumours, Rage Against The Machine have confirmed who will support them at their upcoming free London gig to celebrate last year's Christmas number one victory.

Gallows, Roots Manuva and Gogol Bordello will all also appear at the gig on 6 Jun in Finsbury Park, tickets for which have already been distributed by lottery.

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GORILLAZ TO PLAY FIRST UK ARENA TOUR
Gorillaz have announced their first ever UK arena tour. Seriously, they've never played one before. I know, that's what I thought, but it's what I was told. Well, look it up if you don't believe me. Pah!

Tour dates:

10 Sep: Birmingham, NIA
11 Sep: Newcastle, Metro Arena
12 Sep: Manchester Evening News Arena
14 Sep: London, O2 Arena
15 Sep: London, O2 Arena

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YUCK ANNOUNCE TOUR DATES
Indie rockers Yuck have announced a whole load of tour dates, including shows with the likes of Japandroids, Dinosaur Jr, Avi Buffalo and Teenage Fanclub. Yeah, that's right, be impressed.

If you'd like to hear some Yuck, head over to their blog for free downloads: yuckband.blogspot.com

Tour dates:

13 May: Brighton, The Great Escape
17 May: Sheffield, The Harley (with Japandroids)
18 May: London, Shepherd's Bush Empire (with Dinosaur Jr and Built To Spill)
19 May: London, Joiners (with Japandroids)
22 May: Glasgow, Stag & Dagger Festival
24 May: London, Old Blue Last (with Avi Buffalo)
26 May: Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
27 May: Manchester, Academy 2 (with Teenage Fanclub)
28 May: Sheffield, The Leadmill (with Teenage Fanclub)
29 May: Bristol, Dot To Dot Festival
30 May: Nottingham, Dot To Dot Festival
31 May: Manchester, Dot To Dot Festival
1 Jun: Aberdeen, The Warehouse (with Teenage Fanclub)
5 Jun: Manchester, The Deaf Institute
16 Jul: Latitude Festival
31 Jul: Field Day

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FESTIVAL LINE-UP UPDATE

CREAMFIELDS, Daresbury Estate, Halton, Cheshire, 28-29 Aug: The Bang Bang Club and Grum have been added to the Creamfield's line-up, along with David E Sugar and Zoo Brazil. www.creamfields.com

HIGH VOLTAGE, Victoria Park, London, 24-25 Jul: Joe Elliott's Down N Outz have been announced to play at the new rock fest this summer, joining the previously confirmed ZZ Top, Foreigner, Saxon and Joe Bonamassa. www.highvoltagefestival.com

WIZARD, New Deer Show Ground, Peterhead, North East Scotland, 27-28 Aug: Alabama 3, The Complete Stone Roses and Peatbog Faeries have all been confirmed to play at the two-day music and arts festival this summer. www.wizardfestival.com

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ALBUM REVIEW: Booka Shade - More! (Co-Operative/Get Physical Music)
It's hard to believe that this is already Walter Merziger and Arno Kammermeier's fourth album, as the Berlin duo have enjoyed a rapid rise in the last few years to become simply one of today's best electronic dance acts.

From the glistening dancefloor sophistication of 'Donut' to the dreamy melodic glitchery of 'Regenerate' and 'Teenage Spaceman' (both of which are imbued with a subtle melancholy amid their pulsing synths and insistent beats), 'More!' is a polished album that touches on house, electro, techno and dubstep whilst transcending those genres to create a compelling listening experience.

Yello's Dieter Meier, fresh from his appearance on Headman's 'Gimme', turns in another effortlessly charismatic delirious vocal performance on the acid-tinged 'Divine', making it exactly the kind of thing Yello should be doing these days (although to be fair, they effectively are).

Sonically inventive, progressive yet accessible, 'More!' is as addictive a listen as its title suggests. MS

Release date: 3 May
Press contact: Darling Dept

Buy from iTunes
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AUSSIE BBQ COMES TO GREAT ESCAPE
More Great Escape previewing, and another international showcase event to make you aware of, partly because Australia is the featured country at this year's TGE, partly because the bands that will play there sound especially interesting, and partly because there's free food, and we love free food.

Yes, with all things Aussie in the spotlight at this year's Great Escape, Sounds Australia are bringing the 'Aussie BBQ' event to Brighton for the first time. And if you are wondering what that is, well, the event's organisers told CMU: "The Aussie BBQ is a travelling live showcase of fine Australian musical talent which is generally presented at international music conferences. It was started by two music fans from Melbourne, known as Stage Mothers, who also work in the industry, to flag the presence of Australian music overseas and to help artists build their international profiles. Since launching in 2003 The Aussie BBQ has become one of the biggest and most popular day parties at South By Southwest, and we also present events in Los Angeles, New York, and at Canadian Music Week".

The Aussie BBQ will also be happening in London this weekend, and at Liverpool Sound City next week. But at TGE it all happens on Saturday, 15 May, at Digital from midday. Bluejuice, Dappled Cities, Hungry Kids Of Hungary, Bridezilla, Teenagers In Tokyo and Blackchords will all play.

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CMU PUBLISHER GETS READY FOR HIS TGE INTERVIEWS
CMU Publisher and Business Editor Chris Cooke has been talking about the three interviews he will be conducting as part of The Great Escape this year.

On Thursday, he will be talking to the boss of HMV, Simon Fox, in what will be a rare opportunity to hear from the man leading one of the most upwardly mobile companies in the music industry just now. Chris says: "When Simon joined HMV as CEO three and a half years ago it was hardly the dream job everyone aspired to do, entertainment retail was in decline everywhere, and HMV was struggling as much as the rest of them. But here we are, in 2010, with Woolworths and Virgin gone from the high street, and HMV has suddenly become one of the most interesting and exciting of all the music companies, with its newly found interests in digital, live, management, film and ticketing, and a high street retail presence that seems more resistant than most. And should EMI fall into American ownership later this year, it will be the last big British music company".

He continues: "Of course, challenges remain. The most recent set of sales figures from the HMV shops were down slightly, and high street retail remains an insecure place to be just now. And you do wonder, just how far the HMV brand - traditionally a recorded music brand - can be extended. I look forward to talking Simon through HMV's renaissance to date, and where he sees the whole thing heading in the next five years".

On Friday, Chris will speak to music lawyer Steve Machat about his recently published book 'Gods, Gangsters & Honour'. Chris: "Say 'music lawyer' and you probably think of the one suit wearing exec at the major record label who spends his life writing and checking lengthy tedious recording contracts. But in most cases you'd be wrong. In Steve Machat's case you would be totally wrong".

He adds: "It's hard to know where to start when questioning Steve about his long career representing and working with some of pop, rock and hip hop's biggest personalities. What to talk about? Him trying, albeit unsuccessfully, to help his dad win the Sinatra account? Winning over Suge Knight simply by persuading the prison guards to let him take his diabetes medication, needles and all, into jail with him while visiting the hip hop mogul? Dining with an unconscious Rita Lee who had just slumped out after a heroin high? I have so much to ask him about! But by Thursday I'll have it down to just 20 minutes of questions, promise".

On Saturday, Chris will be chatting to Alison Wenham, head of the Association Of Independent Music. Says Chris: "In the early days, AIM often found itself at odds with the major labels over issues like DRM and sue-the-fan litigation, though more recently the independent sector has lobbied alongside its major label counterparts on things like the new anti-piracy laws. I want to know what issues most concern indie labels in 2010, and about the role the independent community in particular can play with regards big issues, like the fight against piracy. And, in an age where some predict the demise of the record label, what the future holds for the all important independent record companies. Alison, more than anyone, should have the answers!"

Chris chats to Simon Fox of HMV on Thursday at 12.30pm, to Steve Machat on Friday at 12.30pm and to Alison Wenham on Saturday at 2.30pm, all in the Dome Founders Room.

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UNIQLO LAUNCH DOMINO T-SHIRT RANGE
Clothing store Uniqlo has launched an exclusive range of t-shirts in collaboration with Domino Records featuring artists such as Franz Ferdinand, Four Tet, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Wild Beasts, Juana Molina, Clinic, Mouse On Mars, The Kills, Archie Bronson Outfit, Max Tundra, and lots more.

To check out the t-shirts and download an MP3 sampler of the artists involved, take a look at www.dominorecordco.com/uniqlo.

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MUSIC GAMES MARKET DOWN BUT STILL BUOYANT
More sales stats anyone? Record label trade body the BPI published its annual book of facts and stats yesterday, and in it we discover that Ubisoft's 'Just Dance' was the biggest selling 'music game' in 2009, despite it only being launched in the latter part of the year. It seems more people would rather dance for real than pretend to play guitar.

That said, various incarnations of the 'Guitar Hero' franchise filled six slots in the music game top ten last year, while it's 'DJ Hero' pretend-to-DJ sister title came in at eleven. Though the much hyped Beatles edition of rival pretend-to-play game 'Rock Band' only came in at number fifteen, which is surely a bit of a disappointment to EA, MTV Games and EMI, who surely thought they'd have the biggest music game of the year on their hands. Singing along also proved popular in 2009, with 'Lips', the Take That version of 'SingStar' and a 'High School Musical' sing-along game all appearing in the top fifteen.

The music games market was worth £95.1 million in 2009, down from £107.7 million the year before, proof music gaming has peaked following those few months two years ago when everyone was saying "gaming is the future of music". Still, it's still a sizable earner for both the music and gaming industries, the former benefiting in particular from the growth in the download stores that accompany the main gaming franchises, meaning labels and music publishers continue to earn from gameplay even after the initial game has been sold.

Commenting on the music games market in 2009, BPI boss Geoff Taylor told CMU: "The most encouraging trend is the growth of a market for music track purchases direct to consoles to use with existing games and peripherals. 'Rock Band' now has over a thousand tracks available to buy, and more than 60 million have been downloaded worldwide in the last two years".

On developments in the music gaming market, he continued: "Not only is the genre expanding into artist-specific titles - including [those involving] UK acts [like] Take That and Queen - but the enormous success of 'Tap Tap Revenge' and 'Riddim Ribbon' shows that mobile is also proving its worth as a platform for music-based games".

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DIGBETH INSTITUTE TO RE-OPEN IN SEPTEMBER
The HMV owned MAMA Group has announced that Birmingham venue the Digbeth Institute will reopen on 17 Sep following a multi-million refurb. The new look venue will be called the hmvInstitute, and tickets for Autumn gigs there will go on sale this week.

MAMA chief Dean James told CMU: "The Institute is a fantastic venue with a great heritage unique in Birmingham as a wonderful live and club space. We are hugely excited at the prospect of the reborn building opening its doors for the first time as the hmvInstitute".

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SONY SAY THEY'RE NOT ACTIVELY CONSIDERING EMI BUY
Well, we said Sony Music boss Rolf Schmidt-Holtz had probably been quoted somewhat out of context when he told a German newspaper "We are in a position that allows us to seize every opportunity in the market - including EMI". Some saw that as an indication Holtz was actively preparing a bid for EMI, should it come up for sale this summer. But a spokesman for the major has now said that is not the case, rather that Holtz was talking in general terms about the potential for Sony Music to further expand through acquisition.

EMI might come up for sale, of course, if its current owners Terra Firma can't secure investor support to cover the music major's upcoming loan fee commitments to Citigroup by Friday. Failing to do so will result in the bank foreclosing on its loan and putting EMI up for sale, maybe as soon as next month.

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LIVE NATION REVENUES AND LOSSES UP
As UK bosses at Live Nation and Ticketmaster meet this week to discuss merging their operations, the UK merger having only just got regulator approval, the combined LiveMaster in the US has published its first financial report since the creation of the combined company.

The first quarter report, and accompanying investor call, included news on the progress that has been made in combining the two companies, a summary of recent debt refinancing, and updates on the firm's tour promotion and ticketing businesses, which generally saw revenues rise, but overall losses rise also.

However, most press attention went on two bits of periphery information. First, that Ticketmaster's US-based secondary ticketing website TicketsNow has seen revenues slump since American regulators forced the ticketing giant to stop promoting its resale service on the main Ticketmaster website. So much so, it looks increasingly likely LiveMaster might sell the secondary site off.

Second, that there are now some concerns that the mega-bucks 360 degree deals Live Nation did with four major league artists a couple of years back - deals that were, at the time, spun as being the future direction of the live music firm - may not pay back quite as well as originally hoped. Analysts say that some figures in the latest financials suggest that Live Nation is preparing itself to make a loss on at least one of its multi-million dollar 360 degree deals. Such deals were done with Jay-Z, Madonna, Shakira and Nickelback.

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

1. Slash - Slash (Warner/Roadrunner)
2. AC/DC - Iron Man 2 (Sony)*
3. Jeff Beck Emotion & Commiotion (Atco)
4. Muse - The Resistance (Warner Bros)
5. Coheed & Cambria - The Year Of The Black Rainbow (Warner/Roadrunner)
6. Jimi Hendrix - Valleys Of Neptune (Sony)
7. Nickelback - Dark Horse (Warner/Roadrunner)
8. Ratt - Infestation (Warner/Roadrunner)*
9. Sevendust - Cold Day Memory (7 Bros/Asylum)*
10. Train - Save Me, San Francisco (Sony/Columbia)
11. Foo Fighters - Greatest Hits (Sony)
12. Free/Bad Company - Best Of (Warner/Rhino)
13. Airbourne - No Guts, No Glory (Warner/Roadrunner)
14. Meat Loaf - Hang Cool, Teddy Bear (Universal/Mercury)*
15. Scorpions - Sting In The Tail (Sony)
16. Bullet For My Valentine - Fever (Sony)*
17. Kiss - Sonic Boom (Warner/Roadrunner)
18. Billy Talent - Billy Talent III (Warner/Atlantic)
19. Paramore - Brand New Eyes (Warner/Atlantic)
20. Alice In Chains - Black Gives Way To Blue (EMI/Parlophone)*

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WALSH SAYS NO GIRLS ALOUD FEUDING
Kimberley Walsh says that while she has "grown apart" from Nadine Coyle, there is no feuding going on in Girls Aloud. She told Cosmo: "People look for conflict where there isn't any. In any group, there will be people you are really on the same wavelength as and others where it's different. But it doesn't mean we're not friends. Nadine lives in LA now, so it's inevitable you grow apart".

She said she was closest to Cheryl Cole and Nicola Roberts, adding: "I don't know why we've bonded like we have but I'd count them among my best friends. I look back at certain moments and think, 'What would I have done without them?' I wouldn't have coped".

So that's nice, isn't it? That's given you all a warm glow, right? And yes, we really struggled to find a decent 'and finally' story today.

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THIS YEAR'S SONY AWARD WINNERS IN FULL

Breakfast Show Of The Year (Big Stations): Today, BBC Radio 4

Breakfast Show Of The Year (Small Stations): Dixie & Gayle, Real Radio Yorkshire

Best Music Programme: Dermot O'Leary Show, Ora Et Labora for BBC Radio 2

Best Specialist Music Programme: Zane Lowe, BBC Radio 1

Best Entertainment Programme: Capital Breakfast Show, 95.8 Capital FM

Best Speech Programme: Nihal, BBC Asian Network

Best Sports Programme: Sportsound, BBC Radio Scotland

Best News & Current Affairs Programme: Newshour, BBC World Service

Best Breaking News Coverage: Alzheimer's Tragedy, BBC Radio Ulster

Best Live Event Coverage: Absolute Blur, Absolute Radio

Best Community Programming: The New Ballads Of Reading Gaol, BBC Radio Berkshire & Company Paradiso for BBC Radio Berkshire

Best Internet Programme: Hackney Podcast, HackneyPodcast.co.uk

Music Radio Personality Of The Year: Scott Mills, BBC Radio 1

Music Broadcaster Of The Year: Zane Lowe, BBC Radio 1

Speech Radio Personality Of The Year: Frances Finn, BBC Radio Nottingham

Speech Broadcaster Of The Year: Sir David Attenborough, BBC Radio 4

News Journalist Of The Year: Lyse Doucet, BBC World Service

Best Specialist Contributor: Mark Kermode, BBC Radio 5 Live

Best Interview: Jenni Murray interviews Sharon Shoesmith on Woman's Hour, BBC Radio 4

Station Programmer Of The Year: Euan Mcmorrow, Radio City 96.7

Best Use Of Branded Content: NME Radio for Skins Radio

Best Single Promo/Commercial: Dear Stan, Talksport

Best Promotional/Advertising Campaign: Vote Joe, Real Radio North East

Best Competition: Who's Calling Christian? Absolute Radio

Best Station Imaging: Oxfordshire's 106 JACK Fm

Best Music Special: Elvis By Bono, White Pebble Media and Ten Alps Radio for BBC Radio 4

Best News Special: Crossing Continents: Chechnya, BBC Radio 4

Best Feature: Archive On 4 - Working For Margaret, Brook Lapping Productions for BBC Radio 4

Best Comedy: Adam And Joe, BBC 6music

Best Drama: People Snogging In Public Places, BBC Radio 3

Station Of The Year (up to 300,000): Moray Firth Radio (MFR)

Station Of The Year (300,000-1 million): BBC Radio Derby

Station Of The Year (1 million plus): Kiss 100

Digital Station Of The Year: Planet Rock

UK Station Of The Year: BBC Radio 5 Live

Sony DAB Rising Star Award: Jarvis Cocker, 6music

Special Award: British Forces Broadcasting Service

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