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HMV chief on diversification, iTunes and extending his brand
The future's listed: music in the cloud
Make some noise at the Great Escape tomorrow
In The Pop Courts
Apple rival wants iPhones banned in the USA
German court says web-users obligated to make wifi secure
Awards & Contests
Classical BRITs winners
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Killers frontman reveals solo album details
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Au Revoir Simone announce remix album and London show
Anathema return
Porn star Ben Dover to release World Cup single
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New York musicians appear in new film
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Broken Bells announce UK dates
Kissy Sell Out announces label launch party
Festival News
Band spend Brighton Fringe in an egg
Reviews
Album review: Delorean - Subiza (True Panther)
The Music Business
Sony Music flat in 2009
The Digital Business
Apple streaming launch rumoured next month
The Media Business
Digital stations do well in RAJARs
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I Blame Coco "scared" of getting into charts


 
FRIDAY 14TH MAY
THE MUSIC WEEK IN FIVE
So, we're coming to you live from The Great Escape in Brighton this morning. Well, actually from a cafe in the Lanes, where the wifi doesn't wobble quite so much as at TGE Central. If you're down in Brighton today or tomorrow do come say hi, if nothing else you will find us in The Dome Founders Room today at 12.30pm and tomorrow at 2.30pm where I'll be interviewing music lawyer and author Steven Machat and AIM boss Alison Wenham respectively. But for now, let's get on with this 'week in five' thing, before I finish this croissant and the café staff start to suspect I'm just here for their web connection and not their fine drinks and lovely cakes. So, here goes...

 
01: A US judge ruled against LimeWire in the Recording Industry Association Of America's long running legal battle with the file-sharing company. Presumably applying the principles of the 2005 Grokster ruling, the judge said the Lime company was liable for contributory and inducing infringement. Unlike when the record industry had court success against Napster, Grokster and Kazaa, LimeWire is still actually used by a lot of people, so if the RIAA can now get it shut down that could have an impact on a significant slice of the file-sharing community. Though LimeWire has vowed to keep on fighting. CMU report | C-Net report

02: It was a good week for 6music, the doomed BBC digital radio station. First they took two gongs at the radio industry's big awards event the Sonys, then the RAJAR radio listening figures came out and revealed the music station's audience was up 50%. The various Save 6 campaigns also stepped up their action as the deadline for the BBC Trust's consultation on the closure approaches. Whether the Trust will do the right thing, though, still remains to be seen. CMU report | Guardian report

03: EMI is now unlikely to be put up for sale. According to reports, its owners Terra Firma managed to persuade their investors to cough up £105 million in cash, and to let the equity group's bosses lend that money to the music firm. It means EMI should now be able to pay the loan fees due to Citigroup next month, meaning the bank won't seize control. So, all good. Except Terra Firma have not, as they hoped, raised enough money to ensure next year's loan fees are also covered. So, things are still a bit uncertain at EMI. CMU report | Guardian report

04: Loads of music companies released financial updates. Universal Music had a disappointing first quarter, with revenues and profits down. The recently merged Live Nation/Ticketmaster saw both revenues and losses rise. Sony Music had a "flat" 2009, which was seen as good news in some circles given trends elsewhere in the record industry, though what success the major had was in a big part down to the Susan Boyle phenomenon and Michael Jackson dying. CMU reports: Universal Music | Live Nation | Sony Music

05: YouTube and GEMA's licensing talks faltered. The video service has been in dispute with the German collecting societies over royalties for a while now, and the two company's last licensing arrangement has expired. GEMA requested 600 videos of songs by its members be removed this week, while both sides issued strong statements defending their viewpoint. YouTube think GEMA want far to much money per play, while GEMA think the Google-owned website is profiting at their members' expense. CMU report | PaidContent report

And there you have it, the week in five. Look out for a summary of artist stories in the CMU Weekly this afternoon, and if you're in Brighton, enjoy the rest of the Escape.

Chris Cooke
Business Editor, CMU Daily
 
VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: Ekstravaganza 4 at Corsica Studios
A good natured vibe is generally to be had at this stripped down no frills club, tucked away just underneath the Elephant & Castle mainline rail station. I like the venue a great deal; the outdoor terrace is a great place to socialise and its sound systems are good.

Tonight, in Room 1, Norwegian electro tech chap Prins Thomas goes up against fellow countryman Blackbelt Anderson, while the Full Pupp label crew join forces with Gallic duo Parisian producers Nicholas Chaix (aka I:Cube) and Gilbert Cohen, going live as Chateau Flight, which should be très intéressente.

 
Room 2 hosts the trio of Tothebone DJs with Achim Brandenburg, aka Prosumer, going all out with a four hour set. Brandenburg is a resident at Berlin's trendy techno leaning Panorama bar, so this should be a good one. Some other great nights are scheduled here - be sure to check the website for more details.

Friday 14 May, Corsica Studios, Elephant Road, London, SE17 1LB, 10pm -5am, £8 door, £10 advance, more info here.


 
 

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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
 
Hemingway adaptation gets Argus Angel
Music festival line-up update - 12 May 2010
Latest 7 festival awards return
 

HMV CHIEF ON DIVERSIFICATION, ITUNES AND EXTENDING HIS BRAND
And we're off. The Great Escape 2010 has begun, and the first CMU-hosted event of the convention saw CMU Publisher Chris Cooke chatting to Simon Fox who, as the boss man at HMV, is now not only in charge of the high street's only surviving music retail chain, but also oversees the mega MAMA Group empire, which includes The Great Escape itself.

"I definitely saw the opportunities that were there, given the history of the brand", Fox said, discussing his appointment in 2006 as CEO of what was then a struggling retail company. Though he admitted that the opportunities he initially grasped involved reinventing his company's high street operations, rather than the subsequent diversification out of retail.

"My initial business plan focused much more on the stores, and making those better. While we no longer think of music in terms of plastic boxes at HMV, our initial strategy was focused on selling physical products in our shops. But I think that was the right thing to do. We needed to strengthen our offer and brand on the high street, to increase our profits, and boost shareholder confidence, before pursuing more ambitious plans".

Those more recent "ambitious plans" have seen HMV expand its digital operations by taking a stake in 7Digital, move into film screenings through a partnership with Curzon, and enter the live market by partnering with and then acquiring MAMA.

"I think we were very clear where our expertise lay", Simon admitted, when asked why his diversification strategy centred on partnership and acquisition rather than launching brand new digital or live ventures. "HMV had tried to launch itself in the download space, without success. When you have companies like 7Digital doing all the interesting stuff they are already doing, it makes sense to work with them rather than to try and go it alone".

Of course, while a 50% stake in 7Digital, and the relaunch of the now 7Digital-powered HMV.com service, sees Fox's company step up its game in the digital music domain, that is still a market dominated by one big competitor, Apple.

"Apple, with the iPod and iTunes, they have a great service. It wouldn't be wise to take them head on", he admits. "But there are lots of other ways we can engage with consumers through digital, and 7Digital are active in many of these areas. There's no point trying to punch iTunes, but I do believe we can compete by providing new and innovative services, and that's where 7Digital lead".

The diversification continues, with fashion departments due to open in HMV stores this year, the first one in Leeds today.

"HMV is an entertainment brand first and foremost", Fox observes, "games, films and especially music. That will always be at the heart of what we do. Our job is to provide entertainment products and services to consumers in the way they want - on the high street, via the net or mobile, and in the live domain. In terms of growing out of music, film and games; well, fashion is a logical step, music and fashion go hand in hand. But our fashion ranges will be strongly linked to music, and entertainment will always be key".

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THE FUTURE'S LISTED: MUSIC IN THE CLOUD
"In the future we'll own lists". That was the message from The Great Escape's session on the big bad 'cloud', and the growth of music services where users access tunes over the net rather than from a locally stored MP3 collection.

Some reckon that, in the same way many music fans have moved from owning physical CDs to possessing a folder of digital music files on their PC, the growth of Spotify and other so called 'cloud-based services' will mean that in the near future music fans won't even own MP3s. Instead, a music fan will have a personal database of meta-data which will link to music files that may be locally stored, or may be accessed from an online 'data locker', or maybe streamed via a Spotify or We7. Time investment aside, the playlist will be free to create, but pressing play might instigate ads or require a subscription to be paid.

But where will these playlists be hosted, and what happens if your playlist platform of choice suddenly goes offline, as happened to US-based music network Imeem last year?

"Each user's playlist will eventually exist outside any one music service", We7 chief Steve Purdham reckons, "and users will be able to use one playlist to power their listening on whatever device or service is most convenient at any one time. If one streaming service disappears, users will be able to import their lists into another and carry on. As things progress, the process of exporting and importing playlists will become easier, or even automatic. It used to be that moving your email data from a Mac to a PC was a nightmare - my wife did that recently and it was really easy. Your playlist data will soon be able to easily move from one service to another".

How far in the future are we talking for such portable playlists, and will all services comply? "Not that far into the future", Steve continues, "and yes, I think everyone will adapt to share data in the same way. We have to. No one service can own their users' data, success will be based on us utilising a user's data in the most compelling way".

So, will this mean users will be able to move their playlists between arch rivals like We7 and Spotify? "I think so, yes", Purdham concludes, "the flexibility to be able to access your playlists anytime anywhere will become such the norm, every service provider will have to participate".

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MAKE SOME NOISE AT THE GREAT ESCAPE TOMORROW
Looking ahead to what's still to come at The Great Escape now, and tomorrow we:LIVE, the newish association for independent venue owners and promoters, will be our hosts, which means there'll be some interesting live music discussions in the programme.

Talking through some of tomorrow's events, we:LIVE's Dominique Czopor told CMU: "We kick off with a very current topic - the issue of noise. On the panel we'll be chatting to the owners of [Brighton venue] Freebutt, who are currently facing serious issues concerning noise breakout, and discussing possible solutions for anyone facing issues with any types of noise disturbance at their premises".

She continues: "We have also collaborated with Association Of Independent Festivals to present a panel bursting full of festival owners and agents that will be discussing the very current issue of 'festival exclusivity' [in headline act deals]".

And finally: "One panel I advise every artist and manager to attend is the funding one. We hope to find out exactly how artists can access funding, and have some real experts on board to offer advice".

And somewhere in among all that CMU Publisher Chris Cooke will be chatting to Alison Wenham, boss of the Association Of Independent Music, at 2.30pm. More at www.escapegreat.com, and look out for reports on the CMU News-Blog throughout today and tomorrow.

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APPLE RIVAL WANTS IPHONES BANNED IN THE USA
Our favourite litigation of the week, this: Taiwanese mobile handset maker HTC has filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission requesting that Apple be banned from selling iPhones, iPads and iPods in the American market. I think it's what might be called an "optimistic" claim.

This is HTC bouncing back after Apple hit it with a patent infringement claim back in March, just the latest in a long line of patent squabbles relating to so called smart phones; Apple and Nokia have been particularly proactive in suing each other over handset patents.

When Apple sued HTC, who, they allege, have infringed no less than 20 of their iPhone patents, top man Steve Jobs told reporters: "We can sit by and watch competitors steal our patented inventions, or we can do something about it. We've decided to do something about it. We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours".

According to documents seen by Reuters, HTC are now accusing Apple of infringing five of their patents. Among the allegedly infringed patents are bits of technology which enable the iPhone to manage power supply and phone directories, and another that enables the iPad to store data when in the sleep mode. If HTC had their way, which they won't, they'd stop Apple from importing their devices from China where they are made.

HTC US VP Jason Mackenzie said this: "We are taking this action against Apple to protect our intellectual property, our industry partners, and most importantly, our customers that use HTC phones".

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GERMAN COURT SAYS WEB-USERS OBLIGATED TO MAKE WIFI SECURE
So, this is interesting. Few legal systems around the world are web savvy enough to say anything about wifi. But once the three-strikes anti-piracy system is up and running, someone will plead innocent with a "someone else did it on my wifi network" excuse. And what then? Are wifi hub owners liable for any copyright infringement committed by others on their wireless network? And if so, what can they do passwords wise to avoid liability.

Germany's top criminal court has ruled that wifi hub owners do have a duty to secure their wireless connections so that others can't access the internet via their hubs. What's more, anyone who fails to secure their wifi could face a hundred euro fine if their net connection is then used by another to infringe. Although the court did add that the fined wifi owner could not actually be held liable for any infringement others committed on their network.

The ruling came in a case where an internet user was sued directly by a musician who could show his music had been illegally downloaded and then shared via said user's IP address. But the accused user showed he had been away at the time of the infringement, so it must have been done by another person using his unprotected wifi network. But the court ruled: "Private users are obligated to check whether their wireless connection is adequately secured to the danger of unauthorised third parties abusing it to commit copyright violation".

That said, setting up a basic login and password when installing a wifi network would, the German court said, be sufficient to avoid liability for both fine and infringement. Which means German wifi users will not be legally required to constantly upgrade their security settings.

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CLASSICAL BRITS WINNERS
First all those paedophile priests, and now this, it's not a good year to be Pope. Yes, the pontiff had all his hopes of BRIT stardom dashed last night when BBC 'Last Choir Standing' winners Only Men Aloud took the Album Of The Year prize at the Classical BRITs. I sense an excommunication order is on its way for those guys.

Meanwhile, here are the Classical BRIT winners in full:

Young British Classical Performer Or Group: Jack Liebeck (Sony Classics)

Composer Of The Year: Thomas Ades - The Tempest (EMI Classics)

Soundtrack Of The Year: Thomas Newman - Revolutionary Road (Nonesuch)

Female Artist Of The Year: Angela Gheorghiu (EMI Classics)

Critics' Award: Roma Orchestra - Verdi's Messa Da Requiem (EMI Classics)

Male Artist Of The Year: Vasily Petrenko (Naxos/EMI Classics)

Ns&I Album Of The Year: Only Men Aloud - Band Of Brothers (Decca)

Lifetime Achievement: Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

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KILLERS FRONTMAN REVEALS SOLO ALBUM DETAILS
Killers frontman Brandon Flowers has revealed that his upcoming solo album has seen him working with producers including Stuart Price (Madonna, Kylie Minogue and, er, The Killers), Daniel Lanoid (Bob Dylan, U2) and Brendan O'Brien (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen).

Speaking to the NME, he added that the album will be called 'Flamingo' and one song on it, 'Hard Enough', will feature guest vocals from Rilo Kiley frontwoman Jenny Lewis.

Flowers was keen to stress that his solo album, due for release in the autumn, did not mark the end of The Killers. He said: "This is something that will only make us stronger. I want the next album to be a wonderful collaboration between four guys who are ready to make the best record they possibly can".

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AU REVOIR SIMONE ANNOUNCE REMIX ALBUM AND LONDON SHOW
Brooklyn indie pop trio Au Revoir Simone have announced details of a new remix album, which will be released via Moshi Moshi on 5 Jul. Entitled 'Night Light', the album features reworked versions of tracks from their third and most recent album, 'Still Night, Still Light', by the likes of Neon Indian, Jens Lekman, Dam Mantle, Bass Clef and Aeroplane.

The band will also be in the UK next month to play at The Scala in London on 10 Jun. Tickets are available... NOW!

Here's the tracklist for 'Night Light':

Another Likely Story (Neon Indian Remix)
Shadows (Jens Lekman Remix)
All Or Nothing (Jensen Sportag Remix)
Knight Of Wands (Dam Mantle Remix)
The Last One (Mack Winston Dub Remix)
Trace A Line (Montag Remix)
Only You Can Make You Happy (Deradoorian remix)
Take Me As I Am (Max Cooper Remix)
Anywhere You Looked (Your Twenties Remix)
Organized Scenery (Bass Clef Remix)
We Are Here (Silver Columns Remix)
Tell Me (Clock Opera Remix)
Another Likely Story (Aeroplane Remix)

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ANATHEMA RETURN
Doom metal legends Anathema have announced the release of their first album for seven years. 'We're Here Because We're Here' will released via Kscope on 14 Jun. The band will also play a one-off show in London at the Islington Academy on 21 May.

For a free download, album previews and all kinds of other stuff, head over to www.kscopemusic.com/anathema/wereherebecausewerehere/

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PORN STAR BEN DOVER TO RELEASE WORLD CUP SINGLE
Having tried his hand, fairly successfully I think, at performing a one man spoken word show at last year's Edinburgh Festival, porn star Ben Dover, real name Lindsay Honey, has now recorded a World Cup single. Actually, he started out in music before becoming an adult movie star, so maybe you could say he's going back to his roots. But maybe I should just get on with telling you about this single.

Entitled 'England Expects', Dover reckons the catchy chorus of "England expects to see the ball in the back of the net" will be a winner amongst football fans. And if that fails, the video full of glamour models might help it along a bit. Whatever, it's out on 7 Jun.

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NEW YORK MUSICIANS APPEAR IN NEW FILM
Norah Jones, MGMT's Ben Goldwasser and Yeasayer's Ira Wolf Tuton all appear in new film, 'Wah Do Dem', directed by Sam Fleischner and Ben Chace. The story follows a recently dumped skateboarder who travels to Jamaica.

Yeasayer and MGMT both feature on the film's soundtrack, too, alongside Santigold and Bones And Suckers. You can see it when it's released on DVD on 26 Oct.

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BROKEN BELLS ANNOUNCE UK DATES
Broken Bells, you know, that Danger Mouse guy and him out of The Shins, have announced a few UK dates to take place next month. They will also release a new single, 'The Ghost Inside', on 28 Jun.

Tour dates:

21 Jun: London, Royal Festival Hall (Meltdown Festival)
22 Jun: Brighton, Digital
24 Jun: Eden Project
25 Jun: Glastonbury Festival

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KISSY SELL OUT ANNOUNCES LABEL LAUNCH PARTY
Kissy Sell Out will officially launch his previously reported new record label, San City High, next week, on 19 May, at The Den in London.

Performing at the event will be Hot Pink Delorean, Lazy Flow, The Squatters, Urchins, Sly Fly DJ's, Nero and Kissy himself.

Tickets cost just £4 in advance from www.ticketweb.co.uk/user/?region=gb_london&query=detail&event=388440

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BAND SPEND BRIGHTON FRINGE IN AN EGG
So, with half the UK music industry in Brighton at the moment, one up and coming folk-rock band have locked themselves inside an egg. Not to hide from the pluggers, promoters, A&Rs and music hacks in town, but in a bid to attract their attention. The Myst are self-releasing their debut album 'White Buffalo' this month, and are living in an egg on Brighton prom for a week to promote it. On Saturday afternoon they will break out of the egg and perform an impromptu gig of songs from the album.

The whole thing is being staged as part of the Brighton Fringe, the arts festival that takes place in the seaside city throughout May. CMU's sister media ThreeWeeks covers the Fringe, and The Myst's front woman Natasha Wilson told them: "My degree, from Brighton University, was in Visual & Performance Art, and, while I've mainly concentrated on music projects since then, I've always been keen to find a way to incorporate my performance art side into the band. With our new album 'White Buffalo' coming out, now seemed as good a time as any to stage an art-meets-music project, and so the 'band living in an egg' idea was born".

She continues: "Because we are releasing the album on our own label, and therefore have a limited budget, the whole thing did initially seem rather ambitious. But I really wanted to make it happen, and so embarked on an exciting journey to bring the egg to reality. There's been highs and lows, but it's all been worth it. Nearly everything about this project has now been sponsored, from the egg build, stage, lights, land hire and generators, to the eco toilet. The support we have received has been mind blowing, especially due to the current economic climate. We have been deeply touched!"

The egg is parked across from Brighton's West Pier (that's the collapsed one). It's also just outside our hotel, so we can report that the egg is smaller and has fewer windows than any of us would be comfortable with. The breakout will happen tomorrow at 2pm. If you're not in Brighton you can check it all out via webcam at www.ustream.tv/channel/themystbreakout

You can read the full ThreeWeeks interview with Natasha here: brighton.threeweeks.co.uk/feature/9171

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ALBUM REVIEW: Delorean - Subiza (True Panther)
The legacy of the house scene that emerged from Ibiza and elsewhere in the late 1980s has manifested itself in strange ways, influencing many contemporary indie/alternative bands. In the right spirit, these bands have absorbed many aspects of house music from two decades previous and made it a focal point of their sound.

In particular, this has occurred amongst Scandinavian bands, mainly on the Sincerely Yours label, including acts such as The Tough Alliance, jj and Air France. Their influence has spread back to the motherland at last. Delorean are a four piece from the Basque Country whose music sits easily alongside the aforementioned bands. All the more surprising is their roots in no-frills indie rock, but somewhere along the line, a conversion to more electronic music took place and we should be thankful for this.

'Subiza' works as a collision of two cultures, that on paper seem polar opposites - house music and indie-pop, but Delorean pretty much nail it. Opening track 'Stay Close' is the first single from the album, featuring ethereal female vocal samples and shimmering synths. 'Real Love' treats its vocal samples as though they'd been lifted from the previous Burial album, giving them a ghostly, otherworldly dimension to compliment its breathless, ravey vibe. 'Simple Graces' kicks off with heavy percussion and a piano breakdown that's pure 1987, whilst 'Infinite Desert' combines vocal harmony with dizzying dance rhythms that even Animal Collective would be proud of.

Whilst Delorean arguably aren't accomplishing anything too radical - after all, plenty of bands, like Phoenix, Animal Collective and the bands on the Sincerely Yours label, have been integrating different genres of music together for some time now - it's hard to argue with the results. 'Subiza' reflects nostalgically upon the past, evoking memories we or they have had with its hypnotic, blissed-out quality, yet it also looks forward and always leaves a strong impression. KW

Physical release: 7 Jun
Press contact: 4AD IH

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SONY MUSIC FLAT IN 2009
Sony Music had an OK 2009 thanks to Michael Jackson dying and Susan Boyle staying alive.

According to Billboard, Sony's music company had what might be called a "flat year" revenue-wise. It's all a bit confusing because Sony's acquisition of Bertelsmann's half of the old SonyBMG in 2008 is still making backwards comparisons slightly difficult, plus Sony Music has its base in New York but is owned by a parent company which reports in yen. But everyone seems to think things could have been a whole lot worse given the performance of Sony's rivals, including Universal who, as previously reported, have seen revenues slump.

But if you're the sort of person who prefers their major label updates to be doomy and gloomy, analyst types might make much of the fact Sony's relatively good fortune had a lot to do with Simon Cowell discovering a funny looking showtunes warbler from Scotland, and Michael Jackson discovering how much propofol is too much propofol. While Alicia Keys and the 'Glee' franchise are also performing well, doom merchants question who the big earners in 2010 will be. Perhaps Elvis could die again.

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APPLE STREAMING LAUNCH RUMOURED NEXT MONTH
Apple will launch its much rumoured though often denied streaming music service next month, according to new reports. The tech company are due to make an announcement of some sort at the San Francisco Apple World Wide Developers Conference on 7 Jun and, it's claimed, the new music service, which will integrate streaming music into iTunes, is that announcement.

As previously reported, Apple announced earlier this month that it would be closing its recently purchased streaming service Lala.com. There have been various postulations as to what Apple would do with the company after it bought it, with many assuming it would use its tech to add new streaming features to iTunes.

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DIGITAL STATIONS DO WELL IN RAJARS
6music wasn't the only digital radio station to have a good RAJAR week.

As previously reported, the doomed BBC digital station saw its audience grow by 50% in the latest set of official radio listening figures. But NME Radio, Absolute Classic Rock and Jazz FM, all digital-only stations, also all saw their listening figures rise, by 16.5%, 37.1% and 15.4% respectively.

Back at the BBC, digital stations Radio 7 and 1Xtra also saw their audiences rise, though the Asian Network - the other digital only service facing closure - suffered a slight decline.

The Digital Audio Broadcasting network, which is still struggling to go properly mainstream, nevertheless accounts for the majority of this increased digital radio listening, as opposed to internet listening or accessing digital stations via the telly. Which is good news for those charged with the task of turning us all over to DAB by 2015.

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I BLAME COCO "SCARED" OF GETTING INTO CHARTS
I'm writing this in a noisy café in Brighton, and George CMU thought I said that Sting's daughter was "scared of getting into sharks" when I told her about this story. That would, admittedly, be more interesting. But anyway, I Blame Coco, aka Sting's daughter, has revealed that the idea of having a song in the charts scares her. It would be mean of me to say that she needn't worry herself too much, particularly as there's been so much Coco bashing in our sister publication The Remix Update of late. But she needn't worry herself.

Here's what she told The Daily Star: "The idea of my music charting freaks me out a bit. I'm scared. On stage I become someone else, so I like performing live because I can feel confident. I change into a completely different person and then snap back into being myself. You always have to be yourself even if you are shy. If people are going to like you then they're going to like you, if not, then fuck em".

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