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Spotify launch new subscriptions, freemium is open but limited
Ulrich pays tribute to Dio
In The Pop Courts
Canadian court says thirty-second clips royalty free
Awards & Contests
Björk and Morricone win Polar Music Prize
Reunions & Splits
Weiland buries the hatchet with Velvet Revolver
Artist Deals
Social Distortion sign to Epitaph
Wall Of Sound confirm three signings
In The Studio
Tired Pony update
Release News
Arcade Fire single due next month
Class Actress announces new EP
Films & Shows News
Marilyn Manson to star opposite fiancé in new horror film
Gigs & Tours News
James Yuill announces gigs and single
Sleigh Bells gigs
Festival News
Festival line-up update
Festival review: Friday at The Great Escape
Talks, Debates & Conventions
MUSExpo line up announced - EMI A&R boss to keynote
More CMU at Liverpool Sound City 2010
The Music Business
Edge back new Driscoll venture
The Digital Business
HP say ownership still more important than access for digital music fans
YouTube servicing two billion videos a day
Chart Of The Day
Total Rock World Album Chart
And finally...
Bieber fans adapt hashtags after Twitter change trending rules

The Sunshine Underground are an indie rock four-piece based in Leeds. Their debut album, 'Raise The Alarm', was released in 2006 on City Rockers, followed by appearances on the European festival circuit as well as a sold out headline tour and support slots for LCD Soundsystem, which saw them earn 'Live Band Of The Year' at the Leeds Music Awards. The band have just released their new single 'Spell It Out', taken from second album 'Nobody's Coming To Save You', again via City Rockers. Amongst a string of UK dates over the next month, The Sunshine Underground are set to play at Liverpool Sound City on 22 May. We caught up with bassist Daley Smith to ask the Same Six ahead of Saturday's gig.

Q1 How did you start out making music?
I started learning an instrument when I was twelve or thirteen. Luckily there was a youth club near my house that had practice rooms and amps, which were free to use. We were encouraged to get into bands by the youth workers really early on.

Q2 What inspired your latest album?
We wanted the album to be an extension of the first album, only better, faster and stronger. We wanted bigger songs and louder guitars, and harder beats.

Q3 What process do you go through in creating a track?
When writing the last album we got through lots of songs that just didn't make the grade. Someone would bring an idea to the practice room, and we would bash it out until it reached its conclusion - and then dump it.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
We all have very different influences, but meet somewhere in the middle. We all appreciate bands with longevity. Blur and Radiohead are both bands who have changed and experimented with their sound and that's something we admire too.

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
I would probably steer them in the direction of my favourite songs. Probably 'Spell It Out' then 'The Messiah'. Then probably point out my favourite bits from every song.

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest album, and for the future?
We have just released the last single 'Spell It Out' from the second album. So we are playing all over to promote it. We should be touring again towards the end of the year. We are also working on new material for our third album. We're trying out new directions, keeping things fresh, and seeing where we can take it. It will be a nice surprise for everyone. We just want to continue progressing artistically and reach new heights.

MORE>> tsuarmy.blogspot.com

Brooklyn quartet Miniature Tigers have announced that they will release their second album, 'Fortress', in the US on 27 Jul via Warner Music/Independent Label Group/Modern Art. The follow-up to their 2008 debut 'Tell It To The Volcano', production on most of the new record is handled by Morning Benders frontman Chris Chu, though the first single, 'Gold Skull', available now as a free download from Stereogum, was handled by Alan Palomo, aka Neon Indian.

Palomo's involvement brings something very different to the Miniature Tigers sound. Relentlessly upbeat indie-pop still underpins it, but 'Gold Skull' is washed in blinking synths that sound like the soundtrack to a montage of daily life in some future city - cars hover past, tiny robots attempt to sell you newspapers. Meanwhile, frontman Charlie Brand sings only to you, oblivious to the bustle of life around him.


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Sign up before the 31 May and you'll get to go to a free event training day run by Live Nation and the O2 academies near you in June. Industry experts will help you to plan, promote and raise money at your Oxjam event. You'll also get to meet other amazing Oxjam Event Organisers from around the country to swap ideas and advice, and together form the biggest line-up of any music festival in the UK!

Don't miss out, sign up on the Oxjam website today... www.oxfam.org.uk/oxjam
Pete Tong and industry professionals Ben Turner, Danny Whittle, Mark Netto and Simeon Friend proudly present the third annual Ibiza International Music Summit from Wed May 26 - Fri May 28 at the FiveStar Ibiza Gran Hotel.


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


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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
The Fringe show must go on, burning venue or not
Noise Next Door on those 'Whose Line' comparisons
Escape to Japan this weekend

Spotify have launched two new subscription models this morning, a cut-price version of its premium service and a streamlined version of its free service.

Spotify Unlimited will retail at five pounds per month, rather than the current ten pounds per month for premium, and will provide ad-free access to unlimited streaming music, but not the mobile functionality of the full premium package.

Spotify Open is a limited version of the current ad-funded free service, and offers free access to up to 20 hours of listening a month, with ads. Spotify Open is aimed at new subscribers who can't currently access so called Spotify Free - with its unlimited free listening - without an invite.

The service's existing seven million free unlimited subscribers across Europe will continue to have access to unlimited free music, and any unused invites to Spotify Free can still be distributed and taken up, meaning several million more people will be able to access the unlimited gratis service.

But once all invites have been taken up it's thought that no new Spotify Free subscriptions will be offered, meaning the streaming music platform will then offer three main levels of service to new customers: limited ad-funded streams for free, unlimited ad-free streams for five pounds month, and unlimited and mobile streams for ten pounds a month.

Whether Spotify Free will ultimately be phased out altogether at some point in the future - for existing users also - remains to be seen, though that's certainly not on the table at the moment. But presumably the new limited-play free version will help Spotify further expand its market share. The Swedish service, like all its competitors, have to control their growth carefully, given limited ad income means too many free users will result in losses (or even bigger losses) being made.

It will be interesting to see whether the limited-listen free model wins any label support in the US, where record company resistance to freemium has delayed the launch of Spotify there. As previously reported, the boss of rival streaming music service MOG, a US-based company, has said he doesn't believe Spotify will be able to launch their free service at all in the US, and that ultimately the major labels will lobby for the phasing out of free in Europe too.

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Metallica drumming man Lars Ulrich has paid tribute to the late Black Sabbath frontman Ronnie James Dio, who died of stomach cancer last weekend.

Penned in the form of a letter to Dio on the Metallica website, Ulrich writes: "I just got off stage in Zagreb. I was met with the news that you've passed on. I'm kind of in shock, but I wanted you to know that you were one of the main reasons I made it onto that stage to begin with".

He continues: "When I first saw you in Elf, opening for Deep Purple in 1975, I was completely blown away by the power in your voice, your presence on stage, your confidence, and the ease with which you seemed to connect to 6000 Danish people and one starry-eyed eleven year old, most of whom were not familiar with Elf's music. The following year, I was so psyched when I heard the results of you joining forces with my favourite guitar player [Deep Purple's Ritchie Blackmore]. You guys sounded so right for each other and I instantly became Rainbow's number one fan in Denmark".

He then recalls meeting Dio for the first time outside a hotel in Copenhagen, where fanboy Ulrich was seeking an autograph. "You came out and were so kind and caring", he says. "Pictures, autographs and a couple minutes of casual banter. I was on top of the world, inspired and ready for anything".

He adds: "When we finally got a chance to play together in Austria in 2007, even though I may not have let on, I was literally transformed back to that little snot-nosed kid who you met and inspired 31 years earlier and it was such a fucking honour and a dream come true to share a stage with you and the rest of the legends in Heaven And Hell".

He then concludes: "A couple of weeks ago when I heard that you were not going to be able to make it to the Sonisphere shows that we would be sharing this June, I wanted to call you and let you know that I was thinking of you and wish you well, but I kind of pussied out, thinking the last thing you needed in your recovery was feeling obligated to take a phone call from a Danish drummer/fan boy. I wish I'd made that call. We will miss you immensely on the dates. It seemed so right to have you out on tour with the so-called 'Big Four' [Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth] since you obviously were one of the main reasons that the four bands even exist".

Elsewhere in Dio tributes, organisers of the Download Festival have announced they will rename their second stage The Ronnie James Dio stage this year as a mark of respect. The Download main stage has already been renamed The Maurice Jones Stage in memory of the late festival promoter who co-founded the Monsters Of Rock festival franchise that preceded Download and who, as previously reported, died last year.

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The Canadian federal appeals court has ruled that no royalty is due on thirty-second clips on iTunes-style digital music services, where the clips act as a preview ahead of possible purchase.

The royalty status of such preview clips varies from country to country, but according to the Canadian courts, in Canada no royalty is due at all. The appeal court was upholding a ruling made by the Copyright Board Of Canada last year. That original ruling was appealed by the country's songwriter collecting society SOCAN.

Interestingly, the Copyright Board said that no royalty is due on preview clips because such things are covered by the 'fair dealing' provisions in Canadian copyright law. The concept of 'fair dealing' is found in both the Canadian and English copyright systems, and is a narrower version of the more commonly discussed 'fair use' concept that exists in the US.

A key fair dealing provision allows for the use of copyright material without licence in certain research circumstances, and it's on these grounds that the Board ruled that thirty second clips required no royalty, on the basis thy were used by consumers to research what music they might want to buy. SOCAN argued that research-based fair dealing only applied to proper academic or scientific research which, to be fair, is the traditional interpretation of that provision.

But the Board said research did include circumstances when a "consumer is searching for an object of copyright that he or she desires and is attempting to locate and wishes to ensure its authenticity and quality before obtaining it".

Canadian copyright rulings can be persuasive in English law, so it will be interesting to see whether any download stores in this country might try to circumvent their royalty obligations on thirty-second clips by applying the 'research fair-dealing' argument.

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Björk and Ennio Morricone have been named the winners of this year's Polar Music Prize, which is handed out annually in Sweden to two artists, typically a pop artist and a classical composer. The pair will be invited to receive the one million kronor (£89,000) prize from Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf on 31 Aug in Stockholm.

The award's judging panel said of Björk in a statement: "With her deeply personal music and lyrics, her precise arrangements and her unique voice, Björk has already made an indelible mark on pop music and modern culture at large, despite her relative youth. No other artist moves so freely between avant-garde and pop. With her albums and videos, Björk has taken avant-garde to the top of the charts. She has also always embraced technological advances, combining computers with ancient sounds. Björk has introduced an arctic temperament to popular music and shown how passionate and explosive it can be. Björk is an untameable force of nature, an artist who marches to nobody's tune but her own".

As for Morricone, they added: "Ennio Morricone's congenial compositions and arrangements lift our existence to another plane, making the mundane feel like dramatic scenes in full Cinemascope. When, in 1964, Ennio Morricone scored the soundtrack for the Western 'A Fistful Of Dollars', budgetary constraints prevented him from using a full orchestra. Instead, he built up a brand new kind of music that set the tone for half a century of film music, but also influenced and inspired a number of musicians in the spheres of pop, rock and classical music".

Previous winners of the prize, which was launched in 1992, include: Paul McCartney, Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, Elton John, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen, Ray Charles, Ravi Shankar, Iannis Xenakis, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Burt Bacharach, Robert Moog, BB King, Led Zeppelin, Sonny Rollins, Steve Reich, Pink Floyd and Peter Gabriel.

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Scott Weiland and his former Velvet Revolver bandmates (former Guns N Roses guitarists Slash and Dave Kushner, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Matt Sorum) said all kinds of nasty things about each other after their acrimonious split in 2008. But now Weiland says he's not bothered any more, partly because he's having such a fun old time with the reformed Stone Temple Pilots. So that's nice.

Weiland told Kerrang!: "It was a great experience [in VR] until near the end. I think we made some great music - and I actually prefer our second album to our first - and I don't hold any resentment towards any of the guys in the band. I really wish them all the best".

Speaking about his return to STP, he continued: "I always kinda felt like our story wasn't over and we still had more music to contribute. So, when I got a call from Dean [DeLeo, guitarist] saying we got offered a few summer festivals I said: 'Count me in!' Ever since the first rehearsal, it felt like coming home".

Stone Temple Pilots release a new album on 25 May. It's called 'Stone Temple Pilots'. After all this time, you'd have thought they'd have been able to come up with something a little more imaginative.

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Long-serving Californian punks Social Distortion have announced that they have signed a new deal with Epitaph to release their first studio album since 2004.

Revealing the news, frontman Mike Ness told CMU: "We feel that Epitaph has a natural understanding of Social Distortion; both the history of the band and the direction we want to go. Combine that with their successful track record and it felt like a good next step for us. We've always been open to new ideas and pushing the envelope, but we have also been very conscientious about the decisions we've made. We considered a lot of options, but in the end, Epitaph feels like the right home for us. We're looking forward to taking this step forward, opening some new doors with this upcoming album and this next chapter of Social Distortion".

Epitaph owner Brett Gurewitz added: "My relationship with Mike goes way back to the beginnings of our careers in the LA music scene. Through the years Social Distortion have been a matchless voice in American rock and roll and I couldn't be more thrilled to play a part in the next chapter for this great band".

The band's as-yet-untitled seventh album was recorded in March and is set for an autumn release.

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Wall Of Sound have just announced not one, not two, but three whole new signings, though one is the latest venture from existing WoS signee Jon 'Reverend' McClure, so that possibly only counts as half a signing.

The London-based independent confirmed yesterday that it had signed in-demand Belgian production duo Aeroplane, electro pop types Kids On Bridges, and the afore-alluded Reverend Sound System, which sees McClure teaming up with Ocelot and the mighty Jagz Kooner.

Both the Reverend Soundsystem and Kids On Bridges will be on show at a Wall Of Sound showcase at Liverpool Sound City this week, at the Haigh Building on 21 May.

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Now, somebody somewhere - we don't know who, someone said it might be CMU Daily, but that's not proven - is spreading vicious rumours that singer songwriter chappy Iain Archer and producer man Jacknife Lee will have "bit parts" in Gary Lightbody's new country-esque supergroup Tired Pony. Turns out they're core members of the new outfit. So, note that, people. Note it right now.

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

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Arcade Fire will release a new twelve inch single on 1 Jun, according to reports. A listing for a single entitled 'Suburbs/Months Of May' appeared on Amazon US yesterday, and then a message from the band confirming that they are up to something appeared on their website.

The release, despite only currently being available on the American Amazon website, is listed as an 'import', implying it will be released somewhere other than the US. Meanwhile, one Arcade Fire blog claims that a "band rep" has said that the published title is completely wrong. Yes, I am trying to build a bit of mystery and possibly even a conspiracy theory into this story.

What's fairly certain is that a release really is coming soon. The band also posted on their official website yesterday: "Howdy, y'all. Just finishing up pressing our new twelve inch. Should be in stores in the next couple weeks. God willing".

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Class Actress have confirmed their new EP, 'Journal Of Ardency' will be out on 5 Jul via Chris Taylor from Grizzly Bear's label, Terrible Records. The Brooklyn-based Italo disco-influenced synth-poppers will also play some gigs this week, three of them in London and one at Adventures In The Beetroot Field in Leeds.

You can watch the video for the EP's title track here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEwgCHL_o88

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Marilyn Manson will star opposite his fiancé, Evan Rachel Wood, in a new horror film, 'Splatter Sisters', which is being directed by David Gordon Green on 'Pineapple Express' fame.

Green told reporters: "This is a role Marilyn Manson was born to play, and with Evan Rachel Wood bringing dramatic gravity to the ensemble, I have no doubt this will take the horror genre to a new level".

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James Yuill has announced some gigs to coincide with the release of his new single, 'On Your Own', which is due out on 14 Jun via Moshi Moshi. We like James Yuill. We also like Moshi Moshi. There's basically nothing about all this that is bad.

Tour dates:

29 May: Trip Festival
9 Jun: London, Hoxton Bar & Kitchen
10 Jun: Birmingham, Island Bar
11 Jun: Leeds, Nation Of Shopkeepers
12 Jun: Parklife Festival
17 Jun: Glasgow, ABC2

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Brooklyn duo Sleigh Bells will play some UK gigs this week in the run up to the digital version of their debut album 'Treats', out on 24 May via Mom+Pop Music/NEET. The album will arrive in physical form next month.

Tour dates:

18 May: London, The Macbeth
19 May: Manchester, Deaf Institute
20 May: Liverpool, Sound City
21 May: Leeds, Cockpit
22 May: Glasgow, Stag & Dagger
24 May: Oxford, Jericho
25 May: Bristol, Louisiana

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THE BIG CHILL, Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire, 5-8 Aug: Newton Faulkner, Explosions In The Sky and Morcheeba have all been added to the Big Chill line-up, joining the likes of MIA, Massive Attack and Roots Manuva. www.bigchill.net

SOUTHERN FRIED, Perth & Kinross, Scotland, 30 Jul - 1 Aug: Seasick Steve has been announced as a headliner at this year's Southern Fried. Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Holmes Brothers and Phantom Limb have also been added to the line-up. www.myspace.com/southernfriedfestival

TRAMLINES, Sheffield, 23-25 Jul: Echo And The Bunnymen, Mystery Jets, Simian Mobile Disco and Future Of The Left have all been confirmed to play at Tramlines this summer. Also added to the line-up are Darwin Deez, The King Blues, The Hoosiers, Craig David, Dum Dum Girls, Annie Mac and Toddla T. www.tramlines.org.uk

WICKERMAN, Dundrennan, South West Scotland, 23-24 Jul: The Charlatans, Buzzcocks, Pama International and Tony Christie head up the latest acts announced for this summer's Wickerman festival, along with 808 State, Goldie Lookin Chain, Fenech-Soler, Erland And The Carnival and The Raw Kings. www.thewickermanfestival.co.uk

WYCHWOOD, Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire, 4-6 Jun: Martha Tilston heads up the latest bunch of artists confirmed to play at Wychwood this year, along with Rusty Shackle, Joe Summers, La Heroine, Tom Hollister Trio and many more. www.wychwoodfestival.com

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FESTIVAL REVIEW: Friday at The Great Escape
We're back at The Great Escape again. Well, we're not, we're in London. But today and also tomorrow, the CMU reviews section will continue to look back to last week's frivolities in Brighton, today casting our minds back to Friday and these gigs here...

Ellie Goulding at Concord 2
Taking the large crowd in her stride, Ellie Goulding's confidence made her stage presence magnetic and hugely involving. Singing her hit single 'Starry Eyed' and the fantastically gentle 'Your Biggest Mistake', she showed that she is much more than a one trick pony. Although the performance was completely sold to the crowd, at times Goulding seemed bored and somewhat disinterested in the music she sang. That said, when given the chance to passionately play percussion or pick up the guitar, the singer radiated warmth and commitment, and made it known that she was a talented all-round musician. An easily enjoyable performance. JTP


Ellen And The Escapades at The Prince Albert
Ellen And The Escapades were a delightful addition to The Great Escape line-up this year, exposing those at The Prince Albert to some beautiful melodies and flawless vocals, and displaying an astonishingly rare quality. The shy and instantly likeable frontwoman, Ellen, has a magnificently soothing tone and the delicate songs contrast beautifully with her husky voice. The warmly energetic 'Without You' and the gorgeous 'Preying On My Mind' stood out as two well-written tracks, but the whole set was a wonderful slice of indie-folk. Unmissable - hopefully there is a lot more to come from this talented group. JTP


The Dirty Disco at The Basement
Waiting alongside a host of The Dirty Disco's fans to enter the great space that is The Basement, it seemed that this quirky electro-pop band had a large following, which I assumed ensured that the show would be excellently interesting. Unfortunately, I was severely disappointed. The group used wacky costumes and excessively strange make up in order to distract from their repetitive and similar tracks, and the two female dancers with their choreographed movements were less than impressive. Rather than letting the audience focus on the music, The Dirty Disco relied on heavy visual distractions that left me feeling, on the whole, quite cheated. An attempt to be significantly 'different' left the group looking samey and unoriginal. JTP

More Great Escape reviews tomorrow.

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Although we (and many others) have been talking in recent weeks about EMI needing an extra hundred million to meet "fee obligations" to Citigroup, if we are being precise about these things we should really say that EMI needed the loot to "meet loan commitments" to the US bank, which is subtlety, but importantly, different - and with the cash now found, it's probably important to stress that difference.

Had EMI owners Terra Firma not agreed to inject the cash last week the distinction would have been irrelevant, commitments would not have been met and the bank would have seized ownership of the music company. But now Terra Firma has stumped up the cash it is an important distinction.

As reported way back when, Citigroup demand that EMI's revenues stay within a certain minimum ratio of their debt to the bank, which is what the hundred million plus was needed for, to boost EMI Music's coffers so that that minimum revenue level was met. This is an important distinction because it means the hundred million, now it's been found, stays within EMI, it doesn't get handed straight over to the evil bankers.

I'm mentioning this now because EMI's chief A&R man Nick Gatfield has just been announced as a keynote speaker at next month's MUSExpo event in London. And while EMI's financial situation remains very unstable, because of that very public three billion pound plus bank loan, the major will actually be quite cash rich for the next few weeks. So, the drinks are on Nick, I reckon.

So, yes, not only are the MUSExpo team in Liverpool this week, helping curate and stage the Liverpool Sound City music business and technology conferences, but next month they will stage their own event in London, the European edition of the brilliant MUSExpo conference programme. And Gatfield isn't the only senior player lined up to speak.

Linkin Park's manager Rob McDermott, Radio 1 music chief George Ergatoudis, Epic Records President Nick Raphael, mflow CEO Oleg Fomenko, AEG Live MD Jessica Koravos and Vodafone's music head Morgan Donaghue will all also be in the house on 14 and 15 Jun, the house being the Cumberland Hotel in London. On top of the daytime panels, keynotes and debates, in the evening things will shift to the Borderline venue for new band showcases.

Announcing his 2010 MUSExpo line up, the man behind it all, Sat Bisla, told CMU: "Over the last two years we have shown that there is a gap in the market for a truly international event in London that combines music and business and is all about connecting people and ideas. The upbeat mood at our recent MUSExpo event in Los Angeles highlighted just how much of a hunger there is in the business for people to make new contacts, share ideas and explore new ways of working together with new music. We're sure the atmosphere in London will be every bit as positive and focused on delivering tangible outcomes for all who attend".

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Back to Liverpool, and yesterday we revealed the line-up for the CMU panel at this year's Liverpool Sound City, which takes place on Thursday morning at the Liverpool Hilton. But that's not the only CMU event taking place at LSC this year, oh no.

Tomorrow morning CMU will take part in Create Sound City, an exciting new strand to Sound City this year which offers aspiring music people with a load of practical advice and information, all at the Hard Day's Night Hotel. CMU Publisher Chris Cooke will run three sessions starting at 10am tomorrow.

The first (at 10am) will look at how unsigned bands can connect with, engage and sell to fans, and create media and label interest. The second (at 11am) will look at how you can make money out of music in 2010, and offer advice to music entrepreneurs hoping to run the successful music companies of the future. The third (at midday) will offer tips on getting a job in the music business.

Meanwhile, on Friday, CMU will be at the Liverpool Sound City technology conference. Chris will be leading a discussion on new digital services and business models at 10am, and then contributing to a panel on the future of digital licensing at 11am. Both look likely to be brilliant events.

And, of course, the CMU workshops and panels are just the tip of the iceberg at Liverpool Sound City this year, for full details on all of this year's panels and showcases check www.liverpoolsoundcity.co.uk. For some band tips, check out some recommendations from Peter Guy from Liverpool music blog GetIntoThis in the form of a CMU Powers Of Ten playlist: www.thecmuwebsite.com/playlists

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Well, we didn't think it could be long before MAMA Group co-founder Adam Driscoll reappeared on the scene. Driscoll, of course, stood down as co-CEO of MAMA shortly after its acquisition by HMV.

But he already has a new venture in development, a music and media outfit to be called Granon Entertainment. We know this because entertainment investment outfit Edge Performance yesterday announced it was investing in the new business.

Edge Group founder David Glick told CMU: "Adam Driscoll is a first-rate entrepreneur with a great track record and we are delighted that he has turned to Edge for this new venture".

There are few details of what the new company will do, with Driscoll simply saying: "Changes in the entertainment industry mean there is no shortage of opportunity out there".

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A new survey by PC firm HP suggests music fans still want to own music, despite some saying "access" rather than "ownership" will be the key thing in the future.

The distinction between "access" and "ownership" is important in the digital domain; consumers who want the former are more likely to opt for subscription-based digital services, while those opting for the latter will want iTunes-style a la carte downloads where they get an MP3 to keep at the end of the transaction.

Obviously, a la carte services have enjoyed more success to date, though some still reckon that subscription services will dominate in the future, sometimes justifying that viewpoint by saying that the kids prefer access to ownership.

In HP's survey 64% of respondents said they preferred to own music than pay to access a subscription service with a vast catalogue of tunes, while 73% said they didn't expect to completely shift to a subscription model and stop collecting MP3s.

The report also says that, while 16-34 year olds were unsurprisingly the most digital savvy of respondents, 39% of that group were still buying CDs.

Commenting on his company's research, HP Home Server Manager Shaun Hobbs told reporters: "In this technologically driven age it is easy to get carried away and think that everybody is embracing digital and leaving physical behind. Our survey shows that this isn't the case. Britons are on an evolutionary journey with digital media still being bought on multiple formats and enjoyed using a variety of devices".

As previously reported, HP recently launched a new digital service powered by Omnifone which offers both access and ownership, with subscription-based unlimited listening plus ten MP3s a month.

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YouTube announced yesterday that it is now servicing two billion video streams a day. The stat was revealed in a post on the company's blog that was talking about the web service's fifth anniversary. Said blog noted that two billion clicks a day was "nearly double the prime-time audience of all three major US television networks combined", though that would involve equating clicks for viewers, which isn't necessarily right.

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

1. AC/DC - Iron Man 2 (Sony)
2. Slash - Slash (Warner/Roadrunner)
3. Hole - Nobody's Daughter (Universal)*
4. Muse - The Resistance (Warner Bros)
5. Jimi Hendrix - Valleys Of Neptune (Sony)
6. Train - Save Me, San Francisco (Sony/Columbia)
7. Bullet For My Valentine - Fever (Sony)
8. Jeff Beck Emotion & Commiotion (Atco)
9. Nickelback - Dark Horse (Warner/Roadrunner)
10. Coheed & Cambria - The Year Of The Black Rainbow (Warner/Roadrunner)
11. Meat Loaf - Hang Cool, Teddy Bear (Universal/Mercury)
12. Free/Bad Company - Best Of (Warner/Rhino)
13. Kiss - Sonic Boom (Warner/Roadrunner)
14. Sevendust - Cold Day Memory (7 Bros/Asylum)
15. Foo Fighters - Greatest Hits (Sony)
16. Deftones - Diamond Eyes (Warner Bros)*
17. Peter Gabriel - Scratch My Back (EMI/Virgin)*
18. Billy Talent - Billy Talent III (Warner/Atlantic)
19. Scorpions - Sting In The Tail (Sony)
20. Ratt - Infestation (Warner/Roadrunner)

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Check out Twitter's global 'trending' top ten this morning and you'll notice Justin Bieber isn't in there for the first time in, well, ages. However, there is a suspicious looking "Jieber".

This is apparently because Twitter has changed the way it compiles its list of most talked about topics, which appears across the micro-blogging service's website, so that spikes in chatter about new topics over short periods of time score higher, rather than overall chatter around existing topics.

The switchover resulted in Bieber falling out of the trending top ten for the first time in months, something the squeaky hair cut himself spotted. He tweeted this weekend: "I heard you changed your system to stop my fans from making trending topics?? Really?? Where is the love??"

Having seen their hero fall out of the Twitter trending chart, it seems Bieber's ever faithful (scary?) fanbase all started referring to him by the abbreviation Jieber, ensuring a sudden spike around a new key word.

How said fans plan to organise themselves to agree a new trending word each day isn't clear, but I'm sure they'll figure out a way. If only such industriousness could be channelled into something worthwhile.

I think the fact "Jick Nonas" is trending is also a result of the new system, though its not clear if that is Jonas Brother fans responding to ensure their heroes still trend, or whether that particular search term is being used by Bieber fans as a diss to the rival teen pop outfit, who apparently slightly dissed Justin recently.

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