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Dio dies
EMI confirms Terra Firma cash injection to pay bank fees
In The Pop Courts
German court orders Pirate Bay hosts to shut it down
Kiss man Simmons denies humping assault allegations
Artist Deals
Sparks sign to Imagem
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Lightbody lines up friends for country project
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Three Lions rework out today
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Festival review: The Great Escape
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Line-up confirmed for CMU's Liverpool panel
The Music Business
UK music entrepreneurs on the potential of China
PRS man on the continued growth of live
Wenham will still oppose major label mergers that are without remedies
Music Business School finalists picked out of the 'glass' at TGE
Radio 3 chief to address PPL AGM
The Digital Business
Five digital tips from The Great Escape
The Media Business
Absolute 80s goes nationwide
Chart Of The Day
Chart update
And finally...
Moyles says RAJARs are unfair to him

Phew, I've just about recovered from three days spent in Brighton for The Great Escape. It was a lot of fun and heard a lot of great music and some interesting talks from some interesting people. There are worse ways to spend your time. As a result, I've decided to do it all again this week, but in a different city this time. More on that in a moment. I wouldn't want to ruin your enjoyment of my Five Day Forecast by putting in spoilers.

01: Liverpool Sound City. Having spent the last two weeks checking out music industry seminars and new band showcases at City Showcase in London and The Great Escape in Brighton, we thought it might be nice to see how they do it further north. So, we'll be heading to Liverpool for this year's Sound City. Oh, and as we're there, we thought we'd run some events. CMU's Chris Cooke will be speaking on a number of panels and running a workshop (there's more on one of them below).

02: MusicTank debates the future of the album. The next MusicTank Think Tank event will focus on the future of the album format in this here pick-n-mix I'll-only-have-the-good-tracks-thanks digital age. Called 'Never Mind The Boxset: The Album Post-iTunes', speakers will include Paul Conroy, the once boss of Virgin Records who, in his role as a music business consultant, now advises Universal Music on catalogue releases and box sets. It all takes place at PRS For Music's HQ in London town on 20 May at 6.30pm.

03: Ivor Novello Awards. There are various songwriting awards out there, but I think it's fairly safe to say that the Ivor Novellos are the big boy in that field. This year's take place at Grosvenor House in London this Thursday, with Lily Allen, Dizzee Rascal, La Roux, Bat For Lashes, Paolo Nutini, and The Duckworth Lewis Method all up for awards, plus there's a surprise nomination for last year's surprise nominee, The Leisure Society's Nick Hemming. This year's "you won't have heard of them yet, but they've been nominated" band are Patch Williams, who are up for Best Song.

04: New releases. Well, this week's most anticipated release is probably the new LCD Soundsystem album, 'This Is Happening', which may or may not be their last (I've given up trying to remember what James Murphy is saying this week). Also in stores and worth a look are new albums from IAMX and Chrome Hoof, a new EP from The Get Up Kids, and John Otway's new book, 'I Did It Otway', in which he tells of how he attempted to charter a jumbo jet to take his fans with him on a world tour and failed.

05: Gigs. It's another big week for gigs this week, without even mentioning Liverpool Sound City. The Chemical Brothers will be taking up residency at The Roundhouse in London from 20-23 May, The Clean will be playing a rare UK show at The ICA on Wednesday, plus Jamie Lidell, Tamikrest and Dirtmusic, and Here We Go Magic will all be playing elsewhere in the capital. Out on UK tours this week are Holy Fuck, Soulfly, The Bundles, Japandroids and A Place To Bury Strangers. That should keep you going.

There you go. If you're going to be in Liverpool this week be sure to wave at me as you go past. Or say hello. I'll be the guy with my face (like the one above but bigger).

Andy Malt
Editor, CMU Daily

Fox Gut Daata, aka Glasgow-based producer Rickie McNeil, has been quietly building a profile for himself over the last three years or so, slowly leaking out a series of great tracks and generally being unforthcoming with any sort of biographical information (except that he has a "wonderful sense of mutant ninja majik, plus extreme shark strength" and is very good at mind-reading).

His instrumental hip hop mixed with synth funk says enough, though. Matching up to the already impressive line up of Glasgow-based electronic producers, like Dam Mantle, Hudson Mohawke and Rustie, Fox Gut Daata's music will appeal to fans of Daedelus and Luke Vibert. His MySpace page holds a whole load of tracks, and a root around in the blog there throws up links to remixes and live sets that are also worth checking out.


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'Bellamy's People' dropped by Beeb
Sheen to play Hamlet at the Young Vic
'Mock The Week' creators plan new improvised TV show
BBC cuts leaker leaves the Corporation
Absolute and Absolut reach settlement
Bauer launch revamped online player
Escape to Japan this weekend
The Aussies bring their BBQ to The Great Escape
Brighton Little Theatre bring a Beautiful Thing to the Fringe

Ronnie James Dio, best known as number two frontman for Black Sabbath, has died after losing a fight with stomach cancer, which he was diagnosed with last November. He was 67.

As online speculation grew that Dio had died yesterday, his wife and manager Wendy Dio posted a statement on the metaller's website reading: "Today my heart is broken, Ronnie passed away at 7:45am 16 May. Many, many friends and family were able to say their private goodbyes before he peacefully passed away. Ronnie knew how much he was loved by all. We so appreciate the love and support that you have all given us ... Please know he loved you all and his music will live on forever".

Dio first rose to fame in the mid-seventies as the lead singer of Rainbow, replacing Ozzy Osbourne as frontman of Black Sabbath in 1980 ahead of the recording of one of the metal band's most critically acclaimed albums 'Heaven And Hell'.

He had three relatively short stints with the Sabbath, but in that time won over a significant portion of the fans, some of whom still see Dio as the better of the band's frontmen, quite an achievement given the default tendency of fans to prefer original band members. During Dio's latest stint fronting the Sabbath the band toured as Heaven And Hell, named after that seminal album to avoid confusion with recent Osbourne-fronted Sabbath reunions.

Earlier this month, Heaven And Hell cancelled an upcoming European tour, telling fans: "Sadly, Ronnie isn't well enough to tour this summer".

Outside of his times with Black Sabbath, Dio enjoyed success as a solo artist, releasing music under just his surname. Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French played with Dio on his solo tours, and was due to join him at some festival shows this summer. He told Billboard yesterday: "He possessed one of the greatest voices in all of heavy metal, and had a heart to match it. He was the nicest, classiest person you would ever want to meet".

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EMI late last week confirmed that its owners Terra Firma had come up with the goods and handed over the £100 million plus needed to pay banking fees to Citigroup next month.

Terra Firma needed to demonstrate to Citigroup last week how EMI would pay the fees, otherwise the bank would have begun proceedings to foreclose on its multi-billion pound loan and to take ownership of the music firm; something which would have almost certainly resulted in EMI being sold off.

Terra Firma boss Gary 'The Guy' Hands had to convince his equity group's backers to stump up the cash and approve said cash being leant to EMI. That was seemingly all done early last week, enabling EMI Exec Chairman Charles Allen to write in a memo to his staff on Thursday: "We are very pleased to have received this confirmation of an additional investment, which is a vote of confidence in EMI from Terra Firma and its investors, following the significant improvement in the company's operating performance".

As previously reported, Hands had wanted to raise £360 million in new monies, partly to cover the bank fees which will have to be paid in June 2011 and partly to plug a hole in EMI's pension fund, thus ensuring the music company had a couple of safe years without Citigroup's bailiffs knocking on the door. But it doesn't seem like his financial backers were that keen in stumping up the cash. That could cause problems earlier that June next year, given The Guardian has just reported that The Pensions Regulator has been asked to order EMI/Terra Firma to stump up to £250 million to solve pension fund issues.

Elsewhere in EMI news, Paul McCartney has again blamed the major for the lack of Beatles music on digital services like iTunes and Spotify. The Beatles remain one of the few remaining hold-outs in the download domain thanks to ongoing contractual wranglings between EMI and the Fab Four's company Apple Corps.

Asked again about the lack of Beatles music on iTunes, Macca told Radio 1's Newsbeat last week: "To tell you the truth, I don't actually understand how it's got so crazy. I know iTunes would like to do it, so one day it's going to happen. It's been business hassles, not with us, or iTunes. It's the people in the middle, the record label. There have been all sorts of reasons why they don't want to do it".

Of course, EMI more than anyone would like to see their most valuable catalogue on iTunes et al, so, whatever Macca says, it seems certain Apple Corps are making some pretty big demands at the negotiating table, even if EMI bosses are, in turn, being unreasonable. Though Macca is right that the Fab Four's music will appear online "one day". And one day quite soon possibly, given The Beatles' catalogue starts to come out of copyright in 2013, and then anyone can start selling the early tunes online without going to the hassle of doing a deal with either EMI or Apple Corps.

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A German court has ordered the firm that currently hosts The Pirate Bay website to either stop the rogue BitTorrent search service from linking to copyright infringing content or to take it offline.

The ruling was the result of the latest attempt by one of various content industry trade bodies - this time the Motion Picture Association - to stop The Pirate Bay from operating by pursuing copyright litigation.

Net firm CB3ROB and its owner Sven Olaf Kamphuis, the Bay's most recent server hosts, claimed that the Bay had legitimate uses and could not therefore be held liable for its users' copyright infringements, and even if it could, as an ISP, CB3ROB was protected from liability for any illegal acts by its clients.

But the Hamburg court hearing the case did not concur, and ordered CB3ROB to ensure the Bay block any torrents linking to pirate copies of the films named by the MPA in their litigation, or to just take the BitTorrent search service offline completely. The net firm could be fined 250,000 euros per infringement and Kamphuis could face a jail term if the company does not comply.

If CB3ROB and the Bay complied with the first order - blocking links to named infringing content - to avoid having to completely shut down the service, it would basically set a precedent that the file-sharing site was now operating a Google-style take-down system, which would ultimately strip the search service of the vast majority of the content it currently links to.

Of course, this is just the latest in a string of Pirate Bay related litigation against server companies hosting the service, ISPs who allow their customers to access it, and the Bay itself, most of which have been successful in court, but none of which have stopped the rogue file-sharing site from operating. If CB3ROB did take the Bay off its servers, the search service's operators would almost certainly find an alternative place to host their site, and pretty damn quickly. They always have done before.

The jurisdiction of the German courts over CB3ROB's servers is also questionable. Although Kamphuis's company is based in Berlin, it is very much linked to the Cyberbunker server operation which is actually based in the Netherlands. Although the Hamburg court can fine and try to imprison Kamphuis, it is likely the Bay is actually physically hosted in the Netherlands, out of the reach of any German judges if they decided to order servers be seized.

Even if the Dutch courts were willing to make such orders, any legal action involving the Cyberbunker set up would be complicated, mainly because the owner of the former NATO bunker in which the firm's servers are stored has declared the site an independent state not under Dutch jurisdiction, I think on the basis that the Netherlands never formally repatriated the site after it stopped being used by NATO.

Cyberbunker's owner Herman Johan Xennt says he is King of the site, while the aforementioned Kamphuis is listed as the 'country's' Minister Of Foreign Affairs & Telecommunications. While the independence of the site is a bit of a fantasy, it would mean any legal action against the server firm through the Dutch courts would touch on constitutional as well as copyright issues. And given Cyberbunker's staff-list-come-government also includes a Minister Of Warfare, it might be that any attempt to raid the server site could turn violent.

All of which is familiar territory for those who have been following the Bay story closely. In 2007, the then top team at the Bay looked into buying Sealand, the former military platform off the British coast of unclear constitutional status, with the idea of basing the piracy service there, putting it outside the jurisdiction of any courts.

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Kiss man Gene Simmons has filed legal papers disputing allegations he "humped" and "grinded" against a TV make-up artist while appearing on ESPN show 'SportsCenter' earlier this year.

Lawyers representing telly worker Victoria Jackson reportedly wrote to Simmons formally communicating their client's allegations, and threatening to sue the rocker for assault. Presumably they were seeking a cash settlement without taking the case to court. According to TMZ, Jackson's lawyers said she was due at least $185,000 for the "humiliation, shame, embarrassment, anger, anxiety, loss of sleep and depression" she suffered after her run in with Simmons.

But he denies all the allegations made against him, and has filed a complaint with the LA County Superior Court to say so. Part of his defence includes the fact he was wearing his Kiss outfit throughout his appearance on the show which, Simmons' attorneys say, would prevent him for humping and grinding in the way Jackson claims.

The legal complaint explains that Simmons' stage costume is "a suit of armour, particularly around his groin area, making it impossible for Simmons to have done the kind of grinding that Jackson claims to have experienced".

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Independent publishers Imagem have announced a long-term global publishing deal with the wonderful Sparks which will cover the whole of the genre-jumping electro duo's back catalogue.

Imagem UK MD Tim Smith told CMU: "It's a real privilege to be working with [Sparks brothers] Ron and Russell [Mael] and such an iconic canon of music. We have already got lots of ideas of how we can reinvigorate what we feel is an undervalued and underexploited catalogue in sync and other areas. Sparks are not content to rest on their laurels, they are always moving forward and we have already had some great discussions about how we can help them put together a range of really interesting projects".

The Maels added: "We are extremely happy that our catalogue is now with Imagem Music Group. It's great to be working with people who understand our legacy and genuinely appreciate our music. We have been hugely impressed with Imagem Music's enthusiasm and ideas - they are an innovative and forward thinking team and we look forward to working with them".

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Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody has confirmed some of the people he has involved in his previously reported country-esque supergroup project Tired Pony. REM's Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey and Belle & Sebastian's Richard Colburn will all be part of the new outfit, while Iain Archer, Zooey Deschanel, Jacknife Lee, and Editors' Tom Smith will all have bit parts.

The first Tired Pony album will be out on 12 Jul via Fiction.

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Robbie Williams, Russell Brand, Trevor Horn, John Motson and soprano Olivia Safe have all teamed up with David Baddiel, Frank Skinner and The Lightning Seeds' Ian Broudie to record a new version of the England football anthem 'Three Lions', which is out today. As well as being released as a single, 'Three Lions 2010' will also appear on a World Cup-themed compilation album released by EMI next week, called 'England The Album 2010'.

Commenting on his involvement in the re-work of the track, the Robster told reporters: "I've always been approached to write football songs but have always declined as I thought 'Three Lions' could never be beaten - so I am really happy to be part of this record. I am counting down the days until the start of the World Cup".

As previously reported, there is no official England team song this year, but various artists have recorded unofficial ones. Sadly, there is to be no re-worked version of this for the 2010 World Cup: www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBkTSCLrMIA

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Mary J Blige will star in a new Nina Simone biopic which will go into production later this year. The film, written by Cynthia Mort, will focus on Simone's relationship with her assistant Clifton Henderson, who will be played in the movie by 'The Last King Of Scotland' star David Oyelowo.

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LIVE REVIEW: Thursday at The Great Escape
We went to The Great Escape last week. Have we mentioned it? Oh, we have. Well, some of the CMU team thought to write a few words about the bands they saw, which we'll be running over the next few days. Here's what happened on Thursday...

Pulled Apart By Horses at Concord 2
Undoubtedly one of the best bands at The Great Escape this year, this alternative outfit proves that rock is not only about thrashy guitar riffs and gruff voices, but about putting real energy and passion into your performance too. With catchy and instantly likeable songs, such as 'E=MC Hammer', this Leeds-based foursome had their audience truly enthralled with their astonishingly provocative music. Frontman Tom Hudson is immediately disarming with his enthusiasm and incredible stage presence, and the band's commitment to the music they make is undoubtedly apparent, as they demonstrate what The Great Escape festival is all about. JTP

Tinie Tempah at Coalition
Tinie Tempah proved himself to be a lot more than a one hit wonder at Coalition tonight. The South London rapper sent his crowd into a massive frenzy just by walking onstage, and was able to keep their support throughout his set. Wearing a red jacket and glittering sunglasses, Tempah proved himself to be a real showman as he played through his fun tracks, including 'Frisky'. With heavy basslines and incredibly catchy melodies, this rapper is certainly much more than "just another MC from London". His clever musical fusion left the crowd feeling totally energised and buzzing for more. JTP

King Charles at The Queens Hotel
International Songwriting Competition winner King Charles certainly made a good impression at the Queens Hotel today, despite the small size of the venue. In fact, he and his band managed to use the room to their advantage, creating an intimate atmosphere and providing an energetic performance that made up for the lack of space. With a mixture of influences from reggae to rock to rap, the music was a diverse and eclectic mix, but still easy to lose yourself in. That said, while this fusion was interesting and different, it did begin to feel a bit repetitive towards the end of the show. However, the intensity of the performance and the enthusiasm of the group managed to keep even the most apathetic audience member entertained. JTP

Fionn Regan at Terraces
With his extremely beautiful voice and incredibly charming melodies, Fionn Regan managed to leave every audience member awestruck. The Irish folk singer gave a great performance in the packed out Terrace, his brilliant music combining with his clever lyrics. Romantic, poetic and entirely moving, songs such as 'Lines Written In Winter' show how talented the pint-sized singer really is. As charming and as captivating as the greats, such as Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton, Regan is one to watch and definitely not one to miss. JTP

More Great Escape reviews tomorrow.

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It's Liverpool Sound City week, and alongside the many many many gigs and showcases taking place this year are three days of panels, debates and workshops.

The Liverpool Sound City daytime programme consists of three strands. First, the Sound City music conference strand (Wednesday and Thursday at the Liverpool Hilton) will tackle all the key issues affecting the music industry in 2010. Second, the Create Sound City conference strand (Wednesday and Thursday at the Hard Day's Night hotel) is aimed at those embarking on a career in music and will offer practical tips and advice through a number of workshops and seminars. And third, the Sound City technology conference (Friday at the Hard Day's Night hotel) will look at all things digital.

CMU will be leading workshops and panels in all three strands this year, though our flagship event is in the main conference, and will be looking at the future of music radio. This is the panel topic voted for by you the CMU reader, and will look at the latest radio technologies and what they mean for the radio sector, and what that means for the music industry; and if, say, we decide the traditional radio sector is doomed as barriers to entry for new rivals fall away, is that good or bad news for artists and labels?

Lined up to offer their viewpoints will be Xfm Head Of Music Mike Walsh, the boss of pioneering online radio station Radio2XS Jeff Cooper, Manchester-based radio plugger Liam Walsh of Ask Me PR, and, giving an international perspective, A&R Worldwide and Passport Approved host Sat Bisla. It will all take place on Thursday at 10.30am at the Liverpool Hilton.

Look out for a report from the panel in Friday's CMU Daily, plus news on other CMU-organised and recommended Liverpool Sound City events throughout the week. Meanwhile, full details of this year's LSC, which kicks off tomorrow evening and runs through to Saturday at venues across Liverpool, is online at www.liverpoolsoundcity.co.uk

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The potential of the Chinese music market fell under the spotlight at The Great Escape last Thursday via a panel involving four of five people who recently spent some time in the country at the British Council's expense, meeting music companies based there and working out where the opportunities lie.

The five people were participants in the Brit Council's UK Young Music Entrepreneur Award, and were selected for their Chinese visit from a shortlist of twelve young(ish) entrepreneurial business types. All five then provided the British Council with a proposal for a project relevant to their own business that would build links between the UK and China, one of which would receive a five grand grant from the Council to help make the proposed business idea a reality. At TGE last week not only did four of the five report on their experiences of the country, but the winner of that five grand bursary was revealed.

Presenting were Nikil Shah from Mixcloud, the webcasting platform; Karen Piper from digital marketing firm Radar Maker; Storme Whitby-Grubb from live music company Little Touring Ltd; and Ian Hogarth from Songkick, a fan-generated live music website.

Much of the talk centred on the challenges of the Chinese market, of which there are many.

Shah, with market stats in hand, reminded TGE delegates that, while China has a population of around one billion, that doesn't equate to a market of one billion, and that while the music scene in the country has grown a lot in the last five years, it remains primarily an underground movement. Both he and Piper then noted that in the digital domain the global power-brands of the internet were not so powerful in China, where domestic services like Youku, Douban and Baidu have enjoyed more success.

On the live front, Whitby-Grubb and Hogarth noted that the number of gigs in China had increased five-fold in the last five years, but still only stood at 5000 a year, with Western ex-pats still the biggest consumers of live music. And politics also still play their part in live events, of course. Whitby-Grubb and Hogarth discussed some of the last-minute government-forced cancellations, and the continued impact of Bjork's infamous and previously reported "Free Tibet" remark at a 2007 gig in Shanghai.

Nevertheless, despite all the challenges, all four said that the emerging Chinese market offered great opportunities, especially for smaller entrepreneurial companies, because the traditional major players that can dominate the market in the West are simply not there in any real force. And whereas in the West the industry is having to do a balancing act, launching new digital services while maintaining old business models which, while ultimately doomed, still bring in most revenues, in China, with its lack of a traditional industry, there is less to lose by developing new ventures.

Talking of such ventures, TGE boss Martin Elbourne, who is also a judge of the UK Young Music Entrepreneur Award, then announced the winner, with the five grand going to Ian Hogarth of Songkick.

He told CMU: "Music, technology and China are three of my deepest passions, so when I heard that the British Council was organising a delegation of British entrepreneurs to travel to China and meet the music industry there I jumped at the opportunity. My love affair with China started eleven years ago when I made my first trip to Beijing to study Mandarin and has only grown since then. Beijing is the city that continues to inspire and excite me the most".

He continued: "I'm honoured to have been chosen as the UK Young Music Entrepreneur 2010 and plan to develop Songkick in China with the prize money. Unconstrained by an incumbent structure, China's nascent music industry has leapfrogged that of the West. In China recorded music is a promotional loss leader, deals are 360 degree by default, and live and online are the core growth areas of the industry. Songkick plays at the intersection of live music and the web, helping fans to track their favourite artists and never miss an amazing concert, so China is a place for us to learn, and a place to grow. I'd like to thank the British council teams in China and London for creating such a fantastic opportunity".

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Elsewhere during the first day proceedings at The Great Escape, PRS For Music stats man Will Page gave a little insight into the buoyant live music sector which, his organisation has previously declared, started to outperform the recorded music sector in terms of revenues in 2008. According to Page and his PRS stats team, 2009 was another good year for live, with revenues up an inflation beating 4%. Primary ticket sales were up 3.4% while, according to ticketing stats people Tixdaq, the secondary ticketing sector saw its revenues shoot up 15%.

Page told TGE delegates: "The UK live music industry continues to exceed expectations, especially during an economic downturn. In a week when it was shown that recorded music revenues [according to BPI stats] may be starting to turn a corner, it's important to 'follow the money' and appreciate the consumers insatiable appetite for live music, with more bands and more tickets than ever before. It's fascinating to consider that events-based industries such as live music have succeeded in growing their overall pie, whilst so much of the digital media debate is about cannibalisation".

Though while the live sector at large is doing very well thank you very much, Page's stats do confirm what some promoters and venue managers in the grass roots live sector will tell you, that things aren't so rosy there. Nearly 50% live of revenues were generated in stadium and arena venues, while another 20% went to middle-sized venues and 20% to festivals, leaving the grass roots live sector accounting for just 10% of revenue. Meanwhile the festivals sector accounted for most of the market growth in 2009.

In related news, Page used TGE to announce an alliance with the aforementioned fan-generated live music website Songkick which the collecting society will be utilising to expand its intelligence on the live sector.

Page: "Songkick is one of the leading innovators in the live music space; connecting more fans with the music they love thus getting more people to more gigs. By collaborating with this technology company we can work together to identify ways to continue improving our service to our songwriters, composers and publishers. Songkick's breadth of data will help us improve how we match what is from the smallest unsigned band right through to those hitting the UK's stadiums".

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Alison Wenham, the boss of the Association Of Independent Music, told The Great Escape on Saturday that she still believed that there should be "no mergers without remedies" in the recorded music domain. That means that if EMI were to merge with another major music company, AIM and their pan-European counterparts IMPALA would lobby EU competition regulators to ensure any combined music major at least made concessions to ensure independent music firms' were not unfairly hindered.

Of course, as of Friday it was confirmed that EMI had managed to raise the money it needed to pay its bank fees, meaning a forced sell off by money lenders Citigroup will now not happen for at least a year. But some - Wenham included - seem to think that an attempted merger between EMI and another music major is probably inevitable. Warner has always seemed like the obvious suitor, not least because they tried to buy EMI before Terra Firma took over in 2007, but there have been rumours that Universal and especially Sony might also bid if EMI was to go on the block, a deal which would create a super-major.

AIM and IMPALA have always spoken out against past major label mergers, though the market has changed somewhat since the last EMI/Warner merger attempt in 2007, with Live Nation, AEG, Apple and, in the UK, HMV now increasingly competing with the record companies as the make up of the wider music industry changes. But, when interviewed by CMU Publisher Chris Cooke on Saturday, Wenham said she still opposed mergers.

"There are few industries where four, maybe three, big companies have such dominance over the market. We've always gone with the mantra 'no mergers without remedies', and we stick by that, and would lobby for that if an EMI merger was to happen".

Wenham said that one of the greatest achievements of AIM in its first decade was the fact it still existed over ten years after its original launch in 1998, particularly as, she claims, rival record label trade body the BPI tried its best to put the body out of business. The indie sector has also grown its market share in the last decade, though Wenham has much bigger ambitions in that regard.

"My aim remains to get the indie sector back up to a 40% market share", she said, "where it peaked in the early eighties. And that might be ambitious, but I genuinely believe that in the next decade, as the digital era takes shape, it will be independents who best capitalise on the new opportunities, and start to lead this industry's new growth".

Following her TGE interview at the weekend, Wenham will give a keynote speech at Liverpool Sound City on Wednesday.

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On Friday lunchtime at The Great Escape, the convention's co-founder and Creative Director Martin Elbourne pulled three names out of a hat (well, a beer glass) to be finalists in an online competition being run by the previously reported Music Business School.

The MBS has been founded by music industry veteran Steve Melhuish, and will offer an intensive fast-track course for aspiring music business professionals staged in central London from later this year. The course will include many of the elements of the music business university courses Melhuish has been involved in, but will deliver the information in a much more concise way as a professional training rather than higher education programme.

Over 280 people entered the competition to win a free place on the course (worth £1295). Three finalists were picked out of the glass who will now be interviewed by Melhuish. The best candidate will win a free place while the other two will get a 50% discount. And the finalists are: Ashpaul Ahdan, Tom Rose and Claire Thorn.

For more info on the Music Business School check www.musicbusinessschool.co.uk

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Recording royalties people PPL have announced that Radio 3 controller Roger Wright will give a keynote speech at the collecting society's AGM next month. As Radio 3 top man, Wright also oversees the Beeb's own orchestras and the Proms programme.

PPL boss Fran Nevrkla says this: "I am delighted that Roger Wright has agreed to be our keynote speaker at PPL's AGM this year. His crucial role as Controller of BBC Radio 3 and Director of BBC Proms, coupled with the enormous wealth of previous experience, makes him one of the leading experts when it comes to the subject of music, in particular classical music and jazz".

He continues: "His intimate knowledge and passion for music and his warm empathy with performers make him ideally qualified to speak with authority about the subject of music and its crucial value to our society. It will be a real pleasure to hear Roger sharing with us his thoughts and experiences which I have no doubt will make a tremendous contribution towards ensuring that the PPL AGM this year is another memorable event".

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So, for an hour on Friday all talk at The Great Escape went digital, with a panel of artists and label reps discussing how bands should be using the internet to market themselves, sell their music and track their fanbase.

Lots was discussed by High Rankin and Sinden on the artist side, Deadly People's Radha Medar and [PIAS]'s Caitlin Lock from the label perspective, and moderator Mike Pailthorpe of Northbrook College, but I noted down five particularly useful nuggets of advice.

First, Twitter is still the fan engagement tool du jour it seems. "Artists have to except they can't just stay in the studio all day making tunes", Sinden observed, "all artists have to interact with their fans now, and Twitter is the key tool for doing this". And to properly engage their fans artists need to be tweeting regularly, and in a personalised rather than promotional way. "People joke about Twitter being filled with the mundane" Pailthorpe observed, "but for artists, that doesn't necessarily matter. If you're a fan of an artist you are interested in what they have for breakfast, or where they're travelling to, or what they are thinking at any one time".

Second, the quirky digital tool of the moment is ustream. Although established for a couple of years now, an increasing number of artists are now using the live streaming platform to entertain fans. "Basically, if you have a computer with a webcam and internet connection, you can broadcast live", explained High Rankin. "I know an increasing number of DJs are streaming their sets in this way. It's a fun way to connect with fans that's still a little bit different".

Third, artists should aim to sell their own music direct through their own website, but should probably look to a Topspin or Bandcamp to help with that, even though those services may cost money to use. "Topspin is an intelligent direct selling and fan engagement tool", Lock explained, her company now representing the US-based firm in the UK, "it's a very powerful tool that can be fully integrated with your own web presecnce". High Rankin added: "Services like Topsin are important. It's really hard to sell MP3s without them. Just try speaking to your bank about being able to take credit card payments and the like. It's not worth it, and that's before you even try to do the download bit".

Services like Topspin also provide very good stats, which brings us to point four. Use fan analytics to keep track of where your fans are and what they are engaging with. "Some artists are unnerved by web analytic tools", Lock observed, "whether that be the stats you can pull out of Facebook and MySpace, or Google Analytics on your own website or blog. But that information is really interesting and can provide invaluable insights into where you should be gigging, what tracks you should be releasing as singles, which songs or videos really work".

Taking that theme, and proving he isn't unnerved by such things, High Rankin provided our fifth recommendation - use Google Alerts - set them up with your artist or album names to keep track of people who are writing or blogging about your music, and when you find out people like your stuff make a formal connection. "You'll probably find half the links that come through are torrents illegally distributing your content, or Russian bloggers writing stuff you'll never understand", the producer joked, adding: "but it is good for keeping track of who likes your stuff, and can be quite good for the ego too!"

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Absolute Radio's digital-only eighties channel Absolute 80s is now available via the DAB network nationally; previously it was only accessible via DAB in London, but it is now broadcasting on the nationwide Digital One network. The radio firm has also announced it will launch an Absolute 90s service next month.

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It's chart time again. It comes around so quickly, doesn't it? This week, Roll Deep remain at number one for the third week in a row. And speaking of things coming in threes, Jason Derulo has also scored his third top three hit, with 'Ridin Solo' rising up from twelve to two after eleven weeks on the chart.

Also moving up into the top ten from lower positions are Fyfe Dangerfield, up seven places to seven with 'She's Always A Woman', and Alexandra Burke, up eight places to eight with 'All Night Long'. New entries come from Edward Maya with 'Stereo Love' and the Glee cast with their version of 'Total Eclipse Of The Heart'.

New outside the top ten are Christina Aguilera at twelve with 'Not Myself Tonight', Fugative with 'Crush at 26, and the Glee kids (again) with 'Run Joey Run' at 27.

Over in the album chart, there are new entries left right and centre, starting with Keane at number one with their fourth album 'Night Train', and Lady Gaga's 'The Remix', featuring remixed version of tracks from 'The Fame', which is new at three (one place ahead of 'The Fame' itself). Most exciting, though, is the appearance of The National's new album 'High Violet' at number five. I said recently it was likely to be the album that nudged the band's popularity over into a new realm, but going top five completely exceeds my expectations. Well done them, it is a very fine album.

Moving on, Foals are new at number eight with 'Total Life Forever', Celine Dion's 'Taking Changes World Tour - The Concert' live album is at eleven (despite the title, I think she did perform more than one show on her world tour), Slash's eponymous new solo album is in at seventeen, Alicia Key's 'Platinum Collection' compilation is at 20, Toni Braxton's 'Pulse' is at 28, and The Dead Weather's 'Sea Of Cowards' is at 32.

The charts are marinated for seven days by The Official Charts Company.

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Chris Moyles has blamed the fact that his Radio 1 show is so far behind the Chris Evans' Radio 2 breakfast show in terms of listeners on the way the RAJAR radio ratings are calculated.

As previously reported, when Evans took over from Terry Wogan on Radio 2's main show earlier this year Moyles said this was his chance to move ahead in the breakfast show ratings awards. But then, in last week's RAJAR report, it turned out Evans has, in fact, increased the Radio 2 breakfast audience by over a million, meaning that while Moyles' own audience is up, the difference between the Radios 1 and 2 breakfast show audiences has grown. So Evans has 9.5 million listeners, compared to Moyles 7.9 million.

But, the only slightly bitter Moyles man argues, that is only because RAJARs do not account for listeners under the age of fifteen. He told the Mirror: "There aren't many thirteen and fourteen year olds listening to Radio 2, so their figure's fairly accurate. We're on 7.88m, but if you add on the fourteen, thirteen and twelve year olds, do you know what that figure is? It's nine million, over a million more. That is cos we're wicked and bad".

A Radio 1 spokesman has confirmed that by their reckoning if you counted the under fifteens Moyles' breakfast show has 9.1 million listeners. Though by my reckoning, based on the fact the RAJARs are pretty much made up stats, and my own made up stats aren't that much less reliable, Moyles only has 3.9 million listeners, while Evans has 4.6 million listeners, and most people are actually listening to Rob Cowan on Radio 3.

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