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US court rules against LimeWire
6music sees 50% audience boom in latest RAJARs
BPI reveal results of 6 fans survey
Great Escape kicks off today
In The Pop Courts
Lil Wayne caught with contraband in jail
Pop Politics
Hunt appointed Culture Minister
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Corrosion Of Conformity reform classic line-up
In The Studio
The Roots and John Legend working on covers album
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Katy Perry announces new album
Gigs & Tours News
Scissor Sisters tour dates
Festival News
Glade cancelled
Album review: Tiefschwarz - Chocolate (Souvenir Records)
Talks, Debates & Conventions
Mike Pickering to deliver IMS keynote
Next MusicTank line up confirmed
Eurosonic Noorderslag 2011 registration opens
The Digital Business
Kudos to bring original radio shows to Spotify
50% of dance labels support three-strikes
The Media Business
College radio station let off by Ofcom for shoddy phone in
And finally...
Britney and boyfriend split up in order to stay together

Named after the West London street they were born and raised, Goldhawks were formed by frontman and songwriter Bobby Cook. Starting out as a three-piece consisting of Bobby, his younger brother Jack on guitar and Nick Mills on keyboards, the band were later joined by bassist Colin Straton and drummer Graham Smith. Their sound is a mixture of vintage Americana and quintessential British fare, with their influences lying amongst Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen. In the past few months the band have carried out headline shows and supported The Courteeners on their most recent UK tour. They released their debut single 'Where In The World' back in March through Vertigo, and are all ready to play at the Great Escape this Friday. Before heading off to the seaside we caught up with Goldhawks to ask the Same Six.

Q1 How did you start out making music?
I met Colin and Graham when we were kids and we formed a punk band together. Later, I recruited them as well my brother Jack and his mate Nick to help me out with some of my solo material. The songs then were along the lines of Ryan Adam but never really went anywhere. Later on the songs got bigger and bolder and the all round dynamic of the group felt like a band. That's when we became Goldhawks.

Q2 What inspired your latest album?
I can't really think of one thing that inspired our debut album because it came down to a lot of things. Recording your first record it's more like a greatest hits of what you have up to date. I would say all round that there is strong message of hope in this record.

Q3 What process do you go through in creating a track?
I start out writing most of our songs by myself, almost like creating a blueprint. Then the band all get stuck in and help with musicality and throwing different ideas to the table. We build the songs up into their finished form together.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, plus early U2 and Echo And The Bunnymen. Mostly bands which we all grew up listening to on long car journeys.

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
Enjoy... and forget everything else.

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest album, and for the future?
We just want to get our music out there as far and wide as possible and play it to as many people as we possibly can.

MORE>> www.goldhawks.co.uk


Jarvis Cocker has produced a new album for the National Trust, which features field recordings made at some of the organisation's numerous British beauty spots. Available as a free download from the Trust's website, it has apparently been produced in response to research by the Trust that revealed 83% people are left distracted and unable to concentrate on a daily basis by sounds made by technology, while 88% said they find it easier to think when surrounded by natural sounds such as birdsong and the sea.

Cocker told CMU: "I hope this album is a 'holiday for the ears'. It's not really meant to be listened to intently, like a piece of music, but more as something to have on in the background to aid relaxation or contemplation. Plus, you get to visit thirteen National Trust properties in the space of 30 minutes. No mean feat. I hope it has the feel of one continuous journey and conjures up an image in the mind's eye of the places featured. I also hope it could inspire the listeners to then visit the sites for themselves".

I've been listening to the album, and have now found that instead of being distracted by technology, I get distracted by disembodied geese and people playing billiards. You can make up your own mind if that's a good thing or not. You can download the album for free until the end of June.



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According to C-Net, a US judge has ruled in favour of the Recording Industry Association Of America in its very long running lawsuit against LimeWire.

As those with very long memories will remember, the LimeWire case is the most recent in a long line of lawsuits launched by the RIAA against companies providing P2P file-sharing software and services in the US.

A lot of US-based P2P companies left the market after the landmark Supreme Court ruling in the Grokster case in 2005 made it pretty clear that anybody providing file-sharing software which didn't include the sort of content filter systems that would put off most file-sharers could be held liable for contributory copyright infringement.

LimeWire, however, decided to fight the legal action against them. Which was significant because by the time Grokster et al went offline, the file-sharing client most popular in the middle of the last decade, Kazaa (tackled legally by the record industry in Australia), was falling out of fashion and LimeWire was becoming the P2P network de jour.

Even now, despite everyone getting distracted by The Pirate Bay and other BitTorrent trackers and communities, LimeWire still powers a large amount of file-sharing (58% in the US, according to an NPD report).

LimeWire's responses to the RIAA's litigation were never great, in the main relying on arguments that had been presented and rejected in the Grokster case. But LimeWire did somehow manage to make the litigation against them incredibly drawn out, allowing them to continue distributing their P2P client in the meantime.

After initially being bullish about their chances of defeating the record industry's legal action, more recently LimeWire have been trying to build up the legitimate side of their business - in particular a licensed (by some indies) download store - seemingly in a bid to persuade the more corporate end of the record industry to partner with them, rather than sue them out of business.

It's not clear what the summary judgement issued in the record industry's favour on Tuesday will mean for those ambitions to turn LimeWire into primarily a legit digital content service. According to CNet, the judgement says it believes Lime Group and the company's founder Mark Gorton are liable for contributory and inducing copyright infringement as well as engaging in uncompetitive practices.

The ruling says: "The evidence demonstrates that [Lime Group] optimised LimeWire's features to ensure that users can download digital recordings, the majority of which are protected by copyright, and that [LimeWire] assisted users in committing infringement".

It's assumed the RIAA will now apply for an injunction to have the P2P software bit of LimeWire shut down, though the file-sharing firm have indicated they plan to keep on fighting despite this latest legal set back.

Of course, the record industry has generally been successful when fighting those who provide P2P services through the courts, though past legal wins in Napster, Groskter, Kazaa and The Pirate Bay have done little to curtail the growth of illegal file-sharing. It's true LimeWire is still a lot more popular than any of those other services were at the point at which they were shut down, though it seems certain that even if the RIAA does successfully stop LimeWire distributing new file-sharing software, those who really want to continue to illegally file-share will find a way to do so.

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If only it had all been an elaborate ruse to lure a whole new audience to their most credible of music services, then BBC bosses would deserve a gold star. But Mark Thompson's ship of fools just aren't that clever, so instead just look a bit silly.

Yes, it's RAJARS day, the day the latest lot of listening figures for British radio shows and stations are released, and the stand out story this time round is that BBC 6music, earmarked for closure by the BBC top guard, has seen its overall audience rise by an unprecedented 50% in the last quarter, presumably thanks to the mega-campaign to save the digital music station.

Given one of the justifications for shutting 6, despite it epitomising what the BBC should be about, was the modest size of its audience, so the sudden growth in listening figures - to over a million - will put yet more pressure onto the Corporation's bigwigs to backtrack on this particular cutback plan.

The BBC Trust's consultation on all of the Corporation's cutbacks and rejigs reaches its conclusion at the end of the month, and some had worried that the Save 6 campaign was slowly starting to lose momentum. But with the station scoring such a good RAJAR just three days after winning two gongs at the Sony Awards, 6 fans are going to be increasingly optimistic that the Trust will now have to force a u-turn on this particular bit of the BBC's strategic review.

BBC presenter Richard Bacon, who hosts a show on 6 as well as 5Live, indicated late last night that the music station's latest RAJAR - made public at midnight - was going to be impressive. He subsequently tweeted: "A BBC Trust review said that not enough people had heard of 6music. The decision to close the station meant that everybody heard about it. And guess what - they love it".

There was some good news for BBC radio twonks in the latest RAJARS. Chris Evans has brought in over a million more listeners to the Radio 2 breakfast show since taking over from Terry Wogan at the start of the year, despite worries ratings for the nation's biggest radio show might slump following Wogan's retirement.

With a weekly reach of 9.53 million, the Chris Evans show is now the biggest breakfast show in Europe, and considerably bigger that Chris Moyles' show over on Radio 1, despite him also seeing an increase in listeners. You'll remember Moyles welcomed the news that Evans would succeed Wogan by announcing it would enable his show to become biggest at breakfast.

Vindicated by their brave decision to replace Wogan with Evans, BBC bosses will also be keen to point out the average listening age of his breakfast show listeners is 51. There were fears Evans would bring the age of Radio 2 listeners down, making the station compete even more head on with commercial rivals.

We'll have a scan of the rest of the RAJARs later today and update you on anything else interesting tomorrow. Normally we'd note that the RAJARs are statistically rather suspect, but given they've just given 6music a very good bill of health (I think you all know how we feel about the plans to shut 6) and have boosted the status of Chris Evans at Radio 2 (he's one of my favourite radio presenters) we'll gloss over that for now.

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Talking of the save 6 campaign, record label trade body the BPI has been surveying listeners of the BBC digital radio station via its previously reported website http://www.thejoyof6.com, and has published some of its findings. The BPI, like the rest of the music industry, want BBC bosses to rethink their plans to shut the music station, or for the BBC Trust to block the proposals.

Unsurprisingly, nearly everyone surveyed on the joyof6 site said they liked discovering new music, and 70% strongly disagreed with the suggestion they "preferred music they were familiar with". Nearly a half of those surveyed said they listened to 6 daily, while a further third said they listened several times a week. Pretty much everyone said 6 played a lot of music they just didn't hear on other stations, and three quarters said they had been to see bands play live after hearing them on 6.

I'm not sure any of that is much of a surprise. Perhaps more surprising is that 80% of those surveyed said they listened to 6music, at least some of the time, via the DAB digital radio network, compared to 53% who accessed the station via the web, and 36% who listened through their TV.

That stat would possibly suggest one proposed compromise to put to BBC bosses who want the station closed - that 6 become a cheaper-to-run internet only service - wouldn't be very satisfactory to a large part of the station's most dedicated listeners. It possibly also adds credence to the argument that now - when the wider radio industry is desperately trying to persuade more people to buy DAB radios - is precisely the wrong time to be turning popular DAB-based services like 6music off.

Commenting on the stats, BPI CEO Geoff Taylor told CMU: "6music's listeners have told us that they love discovering new bands, and, for them, the station is airing new music that isn't getting playlisted elsewhere. The proposed closure of 6music would mean less exposure for new music, which would have a significant and negative impact on Britain's cultural heritage".

The survey stats were published as another string of big name artists added their support to the BPI-organised Save 6 website. Coldplay, La Roux and some decent bands are among the latest artists to go public with their 6 support, though our favourite of the latest quotes comes from Icelanders Sigur Rós, who write: "Take it from a country who knows a thing or two about both financial ruination and cultural isolation, do not cut this service. Britain needs this grass roots exposure for new music and great old music, or else it's going to be wall-to-wall X-fucking-factor and the 'consumer-analysis' marketing nincompoops will have won".

In related news, the Association Of Independent Music earlier this week gave its support to a poster campaign being organised by perennial campaigners 38 Degrees calling on the BBC to rethink its plans to close both 6 and the Asian Network. The campaigning group have put up billboards in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leicester, London and Manchester, where possible in the vicinity of BBC buildings

AIM boss Alison Wenham said she liked the fact the 38 Degrees campaign in particular was involving people from the comedy and journalism communities as well as musicians and music fans, observing: "So many different groups are going to be badly affected by the proposal to axe 6music, so we felt it was [right] to join forces [with 38 Degrees] to make a general point on behalf of the creative community".

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So yes, The Great Escape kicks off in Brighton today. In fact, by the time you read this the three day music business convention will probably have started. We've already plugged the events being led by CMU publisher Chris Cooke but let's do it one last time. He interviews HMV chief Simon Fox today at 12.30, music lawyer and author Steven Machat tomorrow at 12.30pm, and Association Of Independent Music boss Alison Wenham on Saturday at 2.30pm. See you there.

As for other recommended panels, gigs and showcases, well we've tipped quite a few already this week, and you can recap all that here. If you are heading to the convention, make sure you look out for the CMU Guide To The Great Escape when you get there, a four page supplement of TGE tips and recommendations which also comes with a copy of ThreeWeeks in Brighton, the preview guide to the wider Brighton Festival of which TGE is part. Why not take in some comedy, theatre, art or cabaret while you're in town? All you need to know is in ThreeWeeks. Look out for your copy in your delegates bag, or check out the digital version here - the CMU guide to TGE is in the middle: http://www.threeweeks.co.uk/brighton/inprint.html.

But how about some last minute recommendations here in the Daily?

Well, some of the other Q&A interview sessions look particularly interesting. On Friday at 2.30pm Rob Challice of London-based booking agents Coda will be chatting to Tom Windish, the man behind the mighty American booking agents The Windish Agency, who handle the live music activity of over 300 artists globally, including Justice, Hot Chip, Girl Talk, Pink Martini and Jose Gonzalez. Rob told CMU: "I have a great deal of respect for Tom Windish and the way he has built his agency over the last six years. As a co-owner of an independent agency, Coda, I am very interested in how he has grown his company at a time when various corporate entities have been extending their reach. And I look forward to hearing Tom's perspective on the future of the live business and the music business as a whole".

On Saturday at 3.15pm two Martins will meet - Great Escape co-founder Martin Elbourne will be chatting to Cooking Vinyl's Martin Goldschmidt. The former told us: "Martin and I have known each other for virtually all of our careers. We rarely meet, and when we do we always say we really should sit down and have a proper catch up. But it never happens. Well, now it is! And you can join in. We will be looking back over the past and look to the future".

For more conference and artist tips check out the following links on the aforementioned ThreeWeeks website, or pick up that also aforementioned CMU guide to TGE. Meanwhile, keep an eye on the CMU News-Blog - newsblog.theCMUwebsite.com - for TGE updates and reports throughout the next three days. Hoopla.

Conference tips: brighton.threeweeks.co.uk/feature/9107
Gig tips: brighton.threeweeks.co.uk/feature/9108

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Rapper Lil Wayne has been reprimanded by prison authorities after being caught with "unauthorised earphones" and a watch which doubled up as an MP3 player. The items were apparently found wrapped in foil and hidden in a bin.

A source told NY Daily News: "He was found with a charger for an MP3 player and unauthorised earphones". Which is basically what I just said but with slightly less detail. These sources really should keep up with all the latest info. Oh, speaking of which, he had a charger, too.

Lil Wayne is in prison cos he did some crimes.

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Jeremy Hunt, possibly rhyming slang in the making, has been appointed as the new UK government's minister for culture, media and sport, which presumably means he'll have the music business in his remit. Though his initial job title will specifically namecheck the Olympics too, which makes you think the world of sport will be getting a lion's share of his attention for at least two years.

Hunt already had the cultcha brief in the shadow cabinet so will already have been heavily lobbied by the music industry before the General Election, not least because the support of Hunt and his colleagues was crucial in getting the three-strikes part of the Digital Economy Act onto the statute book before the big vote.

When dissing the outgoing Labour government for letting the then Digital Economy Bill slip right to the end of the last parliament, Hunt said that, if the Tories formed government, they would use "every parliamentary means at our disposal" to remove any aspects of the DEB that proved to have "unintended consequences". So, do look out for any unintended consequences once three-strikes goes live, and see just what parliamentary means Hunt employs.

Of course during the election Lib Dem leader and now Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said he thought the Digital Economy Act should be repealed and started again anew, arguing that in the end it had all been far too rushed to be good law. But it's possible that in his big new job, and with this crazy 'Tory Boys feat MC Lib Dem' collaboration to work out, he'll have other things on his mind than the tricky old digital economy laws and the three-strikes system they introduce.

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American metallers Corrosion Of Conformity have announced the reformation of the line-up of the band which recorded the band's 1985 'Animosity' album - bassist and vocalist Mike Dean, guitarist Woody Weatherman and drummer Reed Mullin. To confuse matters, Mullin will continue to perform with Corrosion Of Conformity - Blind, a separate band which performs COC's 1991 album, 'Blind'.

The 'Animosity' version of the band are now working on a new album and will perform live later this year. Ahead of all that, Sony Music/Legacy Recordings will release a best of spanning the band's entire career, entitled 'Playlist: The Very Best Of Corrosion Of Conformity', on 1 Jun.

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Roots drummer ?uestlove has revealed that the band have been working on a covers album with John Legend. The collection originally began as one track, a version of Arcade Fire's 'Wake Up', but quickly span out of control to the point that, while the album will share its name with the track that started it all, that track won't actually appear on the final release. Instead, it is made up of songs from the 60s and 70s.

?uestlove told Rolling Stone: "People tend to frown on the cover album. So, I wanted to choose cover songs that were so under the radar, so uniquely interpreted, that it would take you a second to realise that these are cover songs". He adds that he worked hard to take the usual shine off Legend's voice, adding: "I wanted this to be his worst performance ever. The side I wanted to expose was very raw, so for every vocal take he did, I tried to choose the one with the cracks".

Amongst the songs they have recorded are Marvin Gaye's 'Wholy Holy', Roberta Flack's 'Compared To What', and Nina Simone's 'I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free".

While working on 'Wake Up', The Roots have also been working on another new album of their own, 'How I Got Over', which will feature two guest appearances from Legend. According to ?uestlove, the band are hoping for a June release for the album, despite the fact that it's less close to being finished than 'Wake Up', which is due in September. But, says the drummer: "We play it very close to the edge. I won't turn in any record before its time, before I get goose bumps and I get that feeling in my stomach. I definitely have it with both albums".

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Katy Perry has announced details of her second album. It'll be called 'Teenage Dream' and will be released on 30 Aug. The first single from it, 'California Gurls', will be out on 20 Jun, and is apparently a response to Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' 'Empire State Of Mind', which is nice.

Speaking to BBC Newsbeat, Perry said of the single: "I decided that we needed to make a response. I want people to want to book a ticket to California the first time they hear it".

While we're on the subject of responses, you may have noticed that 'Teenage Dream' is also the title of the most recent album by dream poppers Beach House. Even if you haven't, they have. Linking to the Wikipedia page for Perry's album, the duo tweeted this week: "Can't believe this. And not in a good way, guess we have to write a song called 'I Kissed A Girl'".

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Scissor Sisters have announced their first UK shows for three years, to coincide with the release of their previously reported new album, 'Night Work', on 28 Jun.

Tour dates:

16 Jun: Glasgow, Barrowlands
22 Jun: London, BrixtonAcademy
23 Jun: London, BrixtonAcademy
25 Jun: Birmingham, Academy
28 Jun: Manchester, Apollo

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Glade Festival organisers have announced that this year's event has been cancelled, blaming increased security costs stemming from restrictions placed on them by police and the local council.

In a statement, organisers said: "As many Glade fans will know, over the years we have fought hard to maintain the integrity of the event against steadily increasing restrictions imposed by local authority and police. The resulting compromises have led to increased costs, increased ticket prices and a throttling of the very essence of what we wanted to do. It led to us finally having to move from the lovely Wasing estate [to last year's site, the Matterley Bowl near Winchester] due to late night noise restrictions and the police's demands for an ever-increasing security and police presence at the event".

They continued: "We have explored every way we can to keep the event going and, unfortunately, have been unable to find a solution. We have been unable to secure sufficient financial backing and scaling back the event, to a level where we can be confident we could pay all our bills, would mean losing smaller venues and the quirkiness that make up the heart and soul of the festival".

Ticketholders should return to the point of sale to claim a refund. Anyone who bought their tickets via Ticketline will also be given the opportunity to swap their tickets for entry to this year's Big Chill festival instead.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Tiefschwarz - Chocolate (Souvenir Records)
Brothers Ali and Basti Schwarz return with their third album, and this time on their own label, with production from Philip Maier aka Santé.

Previously carving a niche within house, the duo mix things up on this record, with a range of styles within the genre across the album. Tracks like the chilled 'Home', the edgy 'Kraft' and 'Black Tick', the latter with its odd but catchy cacophony of samples, work well. As does the thumping pulsating beat of 'What You Want', which takes things back to basics.

However, the decision to mix up the styles has also resulted in a mixed bag of sounds. 'Trust' with Seth Troxler is very much out of place on this disc - a step too far and the start of a long run downhill - 'Babel' clicks along awkwardly alongside 'Stones', and 'Find Me' with Cassy is only just about passable, 'The Whistler' goes mad for the snare and a rather trying whistle sample.

Overall, there are definitely more misses than hits - one for those who are already into this alternative techy Teutonic sound.

Physical release: 31 May
Press contact: EPM [all]

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Legendary DJ, Head Of A&R at Sony Music/Columbia and owner of the recently relaunched DeConstruction label Mike Pickering will give the keynote address at this year's International Music Summit in Ibiza, it has been announced.

Also newly added to the bill is producer Tommy D, who will speak on a subject recently debated on the website of the Music Producers' Guild: the fact that producers, writers and even artists are credited for their work less in the digital domain, where there are no liner notes and meta data that comes with tracks isn't always comprehensive or accurate. Which means up and coming names in dance music are frequently not getting the recognition, and even payment, they are entitled to.

Tommy told CMU: "It's an honour to speak to, and hopefully galvanise, the IMS. The dance community has always embraced new and exciting ideas within music and often led the way. With the collapse of the physical CD market it is now essential that we demand official and accurate metadata to be included right across the digital spectrum. Crediting your work enables accurate royalty accounting, personalises the music we listen to and helps to inspire for years to come. Where's the app for that?"

IMS 2010 runs from 26-28 May. For full details and the final running order of the convention, head over to www.internationalmusicsummit.com

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As previously reported, the next MusicTank debate will be calling itself 'Never Mind The Boxset: The Album Post-iTunes', and will, as you may already have guessed, discuss the future of the album in the new digital world.

A full line up for the event has now been confirmed. Providing the keynote speech will be industry veteran Stuart Batsford, who was formerly Rock & Pop Product Manager for the Virgin Our Price Group and later Catalogue Manager at Warner. Also speaking will be strategy consultant Keith Jopling, HMV's Gennaro Castaldo, Sony Music's Mark Uttley and Emma Pike, Warp Records' Steven Hill, MusicDNA's Dagfinn Bach, Pure Groove's Simon Singleton, Universal's Catalogue and Box Set Consultant Paul Conroy and Union Square's Steve Bunyan.

It all takes place in the basement of the PRS For Music HQ in west London on 20 May. More info from www.musictank.co.uk.

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Getting in early, Eurosonic Noorderslag has announced that registration is now open for the Dutch conference and showcase festival's 25th anniversary edition, which will take place from 12-15 Jan 2011. Bob Lefsetz has also been announced as the first of the keynote speakers.

Creative Director of EuroSonic Noorderslag, Peter Smidt told CMU: "EuroSonic Noorderslag celebrates 25 years in business. Together with the fact that there are a lot of very interesting and happening acts, this is a good reason to put the focus on the exciting and vibrant Dutch music scene".

For more info, head to www.eurosonic-noorderslag.nl

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Independent music distributor Kudos Records is setting up a new digital platform that will utilise Spotify to enable bedroom presenters to legally webcast their own online radio shows with music without having to worry about PRS and label licences.

Basically, Kudos will distribute spoken word links on behalf of said presenters in the same way they distribute music tracks, making them available to the Spotify catalogue. Utilising Kudos' proprietary Playdio system, presenters can then set up playlists that include all the spoken word links that belong on one 'show' and the music that is meant to be heard each link. Listeners set the playlist in motion and hear it as if it was a radio show. Which is simple but clever, don't you think?

And because the presenters links will be distributed via Spotify in the same way as music tracks, the presenters will be due the same albeit nominal royalty that an independently distributed artist gets whenever their content is streamed.

There are, of course, weaknesses with the proposed Playdio system.

If listeners access a 'show' using the free version of Spotify random ads will appear, and while ads on radio shows aren't out of place per se, it will seem odd if the DJ says "now some Jedward" and then an ad kicks in. The ad might be a blessed release in that example, but in normal circumstances Spotify's ads might prove to be even more irritating than normal if they break what should be a seamless link.

Plus even where ads aren't a factor, there are likely to be moments of silence as spoken word tracks make way for music tracks make way for spoken word tracks. And it's not clear how quickly new programmes could be entered into the Spotify system going through the traditional distribution route.

Still, if Spotify could be persuaded to create some way by which a playlist maker could control where ads appear, and if the Spotify player ever gets the sort of cross-fade function available in iTunes, and if they would fast track such spoken word content, all those problems might be overcome.

And, even with those slight issues, the whole Playdio thing is definitely interesting. Former and current BBC presenters Phill Jupitus, Peter Curran and Mark Webster obviously think so, because they'll be among the first to make Playdio shows.

Kudos Records MD Danny Ryan told CMU: "We are always keen to work with service providers to find new and interesting ways to reach the consumer. Adding value to legal services is the key way our industry can successfully compete with file sharing and torrents".

In other Spotify news, the streaming music service yesterday updated its iPhone app to incorporate some of the social networking functionality recently added to the main PC-based player. The iPhone app only works, of course, for premium users of the streaming music service.

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Dance music website Data Transmission recently surveyed 200 label execs, pluggers, publicists and producers about all things piracy and digital, and found that, while often not so vocal about these things, the independent dance sector is facing much of the same issues as the rest of the music industry.

While some dance labels that have traditionally sold more vinyl than CD may be slightly less badly hit by the boom in digital piracy in the last ten years, and despite certain niche dance download stores doing very well, just under 75% of those surveyed said they felt their businesses had been adversely affected by the growth of online piracy.

With regards solutions to the piracy problem, just over half backed the three-strikes system lobbied for by the major labels and some rock indies, which will theoretically see persistent file-sharers have their net connections suspended. However, more of those surveyed felt there were other ways that internet service providers and search services like Google could and should help content owners track and reduce online piracy.

In theory the non-three-strikes bit of the copyright section of the DEA (which was heavily watered down, of course), could be used to force those who run file-sharing services to make efforts to stop the transfer of illegal content via their systems. However, it is unlikely such legal pressure could be put onto ISPs and search engines under the current wording of the DEA.

Some search engines, of course, already operate 'takedown systems', usually based on their obligations under US copyright law. Asked by Data Transmission about such systems - where copyright owners can ask the likes of Google to remove links to illegal sources of their content - only 38% said they knew how said systems worked.

Despite their concern about rampant online piracy, most of those surveyed did obviously also recognise the potential of the internet as a sales and marketing tool. The survey specifically asked about the potential of services like Spotify. 44.2% said they thought they were beneficial, 15.6% damaging and 40.3% neither one or the other.

You can read the survey results and comments at: www.datatransmission.co.uk/Features/596/

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Well, student radio is all about learning how the media works, so every college station should probably make an effort to fall foul of broadcasting rules once in a while, just so they can learn how the OfCom complaints procedure works. Though if said stations are going to be let off so easily, that's not proper experience of regulator compliance is it?

But, to be fair, this was a minor error on the part of Cambridge University Radio, though one that would have been very 'of the moment' a couple of years back. A complaint was made to the broadcasting regulator about the way a competition was run on the student station's lunchtime show during a recent 'restricted service licence' broadcast.

The complainant said the student presenter didn't properly explain on air how a competition called 'Music & Lyrics' worked, and therefore it wasn't clear how someone won. They were also guilty of the old chestnut of mistakes with regards phone-in competitions - inviting new entrants when a winner had already been selected.

But CUR stressed that the incident had occurred when a very new student presenter stood in at the last minute, and that all members of the station had been subsequently briefed on rules regarding competitions. The station's manager and the presenter who screwed it all up have also been on an OfCom training course.

Though the regulator mainly let CUR off on the basis that "there was likely to have been limited harm caused to a very small number of listeners". I'm not sure if that's OfCom having a dig at college radio's assumed low listening figures, or reference to the fact daytime competitions on any local radio station get relatively modest uptake.

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Britney Spears and her agent Jason Trawick have decided to end their professional relationship in order to concentrate on their romantic one. How lovely.

A spokesperson for the singer told reporters: "Britney Spears and her long time agent, Jason Trawick, have decided to end their professional relationship and focus on their personal relationship. Since wrapping her recent world tour, Spears has been busy in the studio working on her next album".

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