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Axl counter sues Azoff
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Yung Hott shot dead during video shoot
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The Big Pink to return to Electric Ladyland
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Avenged Sevenfold announce new album
earthtone9 to release best of
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Foals announce UK tour dates
Wave Pictures announce EP and tour
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Canada to take over London
Festival line-up update
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Festival review: Saturday at The Great Escape
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HMV commercial chief moved into MAMA
PPL reach new agreement with German counterparts
All-new Strictly Rhythm to open London office
The Great Escape: some legal thoughts
The Digital Business
Pirate Bay remains unsinkable
Shazam user-base soars
SoundCloud hits one million users
Chart Of The Day
This week's Subtv playlist
And finally...
Christina Aguilera doesn't hate Lady Gaga, right?


 
WEDNESDAY 19TH MAY
FUN
Hailing from New York, indie-poppers Fun came into being after founder Nate Reuss' previous band split up in 2008. He recruited Andrew Dost and Jack Antonoff to join him on a new adventure, and the trio were soon in the studio with producer Steven McDonald and arranger Roger Joseph Manning Jr (the former Jellyfish keyboardist) working on their first album 'Aim And Ignite'. Following a free download release and two years of touring, that album is now finally ready for release, via Hassle on 7 Jun. Ahead of that, the band will play at Liverpool Sound City this Friday night, 21 May. With that in mind we fired off our Same Six in Reuss' general direction.

 
Q1 How did you start out making music?
As soon as one of my older friends was able to drive, a group of us would go to concerts almost every night. A few of them knew how to play instruments and started a band, but excluded a couple of us other guys in the process So, out of anger, we started a Blink 182 type band. Even though we didn't know what we were doing, we were far superior, so they had no choice but come and join us!

Q2 What inspired your latest album?
Falling in love and moving to a new city, while trying to figure out if the friendships mentioned above were worth maintaining.

Q3 What process do you go through in creating a track?
I still don't play an instrument, so I write full songs in my head and then sing the melody and a few instrumental parts to Andrew and Jack. Then they start putting it together until it becomes something we've all written.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
Van Morrison, Dexy's Midnight Runners, XTC, Weezer, that type of stuff...

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
Give it a chance. Unless you don't like it.

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest album, and for the future?
To tour as much as possible, learn as much as possible, and stay true to ourselves.

MORE>> www.myspace.com/fun

FUN AT LIVERPOOL SOUND CITY: The Shipping Forecast on 21 May
 
FOL CHEN
Dark pop sextet Fol Chen return next month with their second album, 'Part II: The New December', the follow-up to last year's 'Part I: John Shade, Your Fortune's Made', through Asthmatic Kitty. A secretive lot, they wear masks and use pseudonyms. It's a gimmick employed by many, but in this case not one that overshadows the music, which is highly eclectic and draws on all corners of pop to create something both arty and accessible.

 
The new album features a variety of guest appearances, including singer-songwriter Kárin Tatoya, who provides vocals on the new album's first single, 'In Ruins', plus Angus Andrew and Aaron Hemphill of Liars, with whom Fol Chen are currently touring Europe. They'll make it to the UK later this week, supporting Liars at Shepherds Bush Empire on 27 May, followed by appearances in Bristol, Manchester and Nottingham for the Dot To Dot Festival.

Check out the band's Asthmatic Kitty mini-site for a number of free downloads (also streamable), including the aforementioned 'In Ruins'. If that peaks your interest, look up their MySpace page for intriguing covers of Prince and Pink Floyd.

asthmatickitty.com/fol-chen



 
  A STAR PR IS LOOKING FOR INTERNS!
Are you bright, enthusiastic, hard-working, love music... and great at making tea? A Star PR is looking for interns to work with us over the incredibly busy summer festival period. We'll cover your travel and lunch, and can promise a fun working environment with a young and exciting team.

If you're interested, send a brief email outlining why you're great and highlighting any relevant experience, tell us the top five bands you're into at the moment, what your dream music festivals would be this summer, and link us to your Twitter account, last.fm profile and any other exciting online presence you have; bundle it all up with your CV and send it over to hello@astarpr.com - we're looking for people to start as soon as possible, so the sooner you get in touch the better!
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  MUSIC EVENT ORGANISERS FOR 2010 OXJAM MUSIC FESTIVAL WANTED!
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
       
  IBIZA INTERNATIONAL MUSIC SUMMIT
Pete Tong and industry professionals Ben Turner, Danny Whittle, Mark Netto and Simeon Friend proudly present the third annual Ibiza International Music Summit from Wed May 26 - Fri May 28 at the FiveStar Ibiza Gran Hotel.

HELP SHAPE THE FUTURE OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC

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

LAST FEW REMAINING PACKAGES AND DELEGATE BADGES ON SALE NOW.

For more information and registration visit: www.internationalmusicsummit.com
       
  INTERESTED IN SELLING YOUR RECORD LABEL?
Music Gain is acquiring record labels and catalogue. If you are thinking of selling, or have a large catalogue you want managed on your behalf, then please contact us. Introduction and spotters fees also paid. Please visit us - www.musicgain.com
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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 lady of the moon returns to the Fringe
Music festival line-up update - 18 May 2010
The Fringe show must go on, burning venue or not
 

AXL COUNTER SUES AZOFF
The gloves are off it seems. Axl Rose has responded to that previously reported lawsuit from his former manager Irving Azoff with a nice fat countersuit.

As previously reported, Azoff, now a co-chief of the combined Live Nation Ticketmaster conglomerate, sued Rose back in March, claiming the Guns N Roses frontman had reneged on an oral agreement to pay him 15% of earnings from the band's 'Chinese Democracy' tour, which would come in at a smooth $2 million. Rose had previously parted company with Azoff and his Front Line management firm, which is now the management division of the aforementioned Live Master.

In his countersuit, Rose claims that Azoff tried to force him to reunite with the original Guns N Roses line-up for a world tour, and got so absorbed with those doomed plans that he failed to properly promote the 'Chinese Democracy' album as a result. He also alleges Azoff lied about the potential of a Van Halen/GnR supertour and then bungled the management of the tour that did, in the end, take place (sans Halen or Slash et al).

Just for good measure, and presumably capitalising on continued discontent in the music industry and among consumer rights types about the Live Nation/Ticketmaster merger, which included Front Line on its Ticketmaster side, Rose goes on to accuse Azoff of misusing his combined role of manager, promoter, venue owner and ticketing maestro to force artists into projects in which they'd rather not participate. Of course, Live Master didn't exist at the time of Azoff's alleged mishandling of Rose's career, though the implication is "he misued his influence then, and he's got even more influence now".

Referring to Azoff's failed plan to reunite Rose with his former GnR bandmates - who were, technically speaking, available following the implosion of the Velvet Revolver project - the countersuit says: "Upon realising that he couldn't bully Rose and accomplish his scheme, Azoff resigned and abandoned Guns N Roses on the eve of a major tour, filing suit for commissions he didn't earn and had no right to receive".

Which brings the action back to the $2 million Azoff claims he is due and the Guns N Roses man doesn't want to pay. Though Rose is asking for $5 million in damages too for good measure, claiming "breach of fiduciary duty, constructive fraud and breach of contract".

Azoff, Front Line and Live Nation are yet to properly respond, though, on hearing the long list of allegations in the lawsuit, Azoff's lawyer Howard King did ask Billboard: "He didn't accuse Irving of being on the grassy knoll in Dallas on 22 Nov 1963?"

I expect this will be settled out of court, which is a shame, this legal squabble would make for some fun times in court.

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YUNG HOTT SHOT DEAD DURING VIDEO SHOOT
Rising US rapper Yung Hott has been shot dead during the filming of his first ever music video, reports AllHipHop.

Hott, real name Jerode Paige, was killed instantly when a bullet hit him in the head during the attack in Griffin, Georgia on Saturday. Three other people, including a five year old girl, were injured. Local police have arrested four men in relation to the shooting. All have been charged with murder, aggravated battery and child cruelty.

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THE BIG PINK TO RETURN TO ELECTRIC LADYLAND
The Big Pink's Milo Cordell has revealed that the band will shortly return to New York's Electric Ladyland Studios, where they recorded debut album 'A Brief History Of Love', to work on the follow-up.

Cordell told 6music: "We're constantly thinking about it. Every day. What was so much fun about writing the first record was working out what was going to influence us; and not knowing. We didn't really know what we were doing. We didn't even know we were writing 'a record'. When we first started we were just writing songs, we weren't even a band. It was just me a Robbie writing songs. This time we want to make a record from beginning to end. Everything's written and ready to go, we just need to take it to a bigger studio than ours. We're going to record in New York, in Jimi Hendrix's' old studio Electric Lady for a month and just nail it. But we love our songs and they seem to be working".

The band are apparently hoping for a September release - the same month that their debut came out in last year - and also have a plethora of festival dates between now and then, too.

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AVENGED SEVENFOLD ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM
California metallers Avenged Sevenfold have announced that they will release their fifth album, 'Nightmare', on 26 Jul via Warner Bros Records.

The album will be the first the band have recorded without drummer James 'The Rev' Sullivan, who died in December last year. He is replaced by Dream Theatre's Mike Portnoy, who will also tour with the band to promote the album.

To mark the announcement of the album, the first single from it, also called 'Nightmare', will be available digitally from today. Like now, even.

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EARTHTONE9 TO RELEASE BEST OF
100% brilliant metallers earthtone9, who split in 2002, have announced that they will release a new compilation of sixteen of their very finest songs in July. The compilation will be available as a free download on the band's website, and on limited edition CD for £5.99.

Frontman Karl Middleton told Rock Sound: "Most of our releases are hard to find now, so we thought that a compilation would be a cool reminder of what we were about. The tunes that we've chosen are the ones that either still stand up or have an extra special place in our hearts... or both. I'm sure that some people will disagree with our choices, and that's cool, but we wrote the songs so we know best".

Bassist Dave Anderson added: "This is not a rebirth. We just got old and wise enough to appreciate that we did something pretty good together, and it was worth celebrating. We're not reforming as such. More reconnecting as friends, and leaving ourselves open to the occasional show to remind people that we fucking ruled once".

There are rumours that the band will perform at a handful of festival dates this summer, though there's no confirmation of that yet. While you wait to find out, and for the release of the compilation, you can download one free track, 'Evil Crawling I', right now from www.earthtone9.co.uk. Do it.

The full tracklisting for the compilation looks like this:

Evil Crawling I
Tat Twam Asi
I Nagual Eye
Revelation
Lo-definition Discord
Vitriolic HSF
PRD Chaos
Approx Purified
0..0..0..
Withered
Offkilter
Star Damage
Amnesia
Alpha Hi
Simon Says
Binary 101

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CRYSTAL CASTLES TO PLAY ROUGH TRADE EAST IN-STORE
Crystal Castles will play an in-store performance at Rough Trade East next Wednesday, it has been announced.

Wristbands for the show will be given out to anyone who buys the duo's eponymous new album on CD or vinyl from the shop between 8am on 24 May and 6pm on 26 May. Any remaining wristbands will then be handed out on a first come first served basis before Crystal Castles hit the stage at 7pm.

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FOALS ANNOUNCE UK TOUR DATES
Foals have announced a big stack of tour dates to promote their new album 'Total Life Forever'. The gigs will happen in October and November, which is a while away. While you wait, why not try learning to knit, or take up stamp collecting? I think it's important to have hobbies.

Tickets for the tour go on sale on Friday at 9am sharp.

Tour dates:

29 Oct: Leeds, Academy
30 Oct: Manchester, Academy
31 Oct: Edinburgh, Picture House
2 Nov: Glasgow, Academy
3 Nov: Birmingham, Academy
4 Nov: Bristol, Academy
6 Nov: Nottingham, Rock City
7 Nov: Southampton, Guildhall
8 Nov: Brighton, Dome
10 Nov: Norwich, UEA
11 Nov: Lincoln, Engine Shed
12 Nov: London, Brixton Academy

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WAVE PICTURES ANNOUNCE EP AND TOUR
The Wave Pictures will release a new EP, entitled 'Sweetheart', on 7 Jun via Moshi Moshi, which will be right slap bang in the middle of a run of UK tour dates.

Tour dates:

1 Jun: Nottingham, Spanky Van Dykes
3 Jun: Cardiff, Buffalo Bar
4 Jun: Canterbury, The Farmhouse
5 Jun: Manchester, Night & Day
6 Jun: Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete's
7 Jun: Aberdeen, Snafu
9 Jun: Newcastle, Head Of Steam
10 Jun: York, Stereo
15 Jun: Brighton, Freebutt
16 Jun: London, Bush Hall

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CANADA TO TAKE OVER LONDON
Canadian music showcasers Canadian Blast, in conjunction with London-based gig promoters The Local, has announced a new multi-venue festival showing off new talent from Canada. To ensure there's no confusion, they've simply called it CANADA.

Eight London venues will participate in the festival, which takes place from 29 Jun to 1 Jul, with music split into four genres: hip hop, folk, electro and rock. Artists on offer include Canadian Tenors, Hawksley Workman, Jully Black, Plants & Animals, Ruth Minnikin, Ghostcat, Diamond Rings, Richie Hawktin and Layo & Bushwacka.

All tickets will give purchasers access to free downloads of tracks by each of the artists performing, plus the chance to win an all expenses paid tip to Canada.

As well as this, Canadian Blast are putting on a party in Trafalgar Square to mark Canada Day on 1 Jul, with performances from The Canadian Tenors, Richie Hawtin, Hawksley Workman, Sarah Hermer and more.

For full details, and to buy tickets, go to www.canadianblast.com/Page.asp?PageID=924&ContentID=1610

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FESTIVAL LINE-UP UPDATE

CAMP BESTIVAL, Lulworth Castle, Dorset, 30 Jul - 1 Aug: Ellie Goulding, Tinie Tempah and Unicorn Kid are amongst the latest acts confirmed to play at Camp Bestival, along with David E Sugar, Summer Camp, Visions Of Trees, Soft Rocks and Jim Moray. www.campbestival.co.uk

GLASTONBURY, Worthy Farm, Somerset, 23-27 Jun: The Billy Bragg curated Leftfield tent has confirmed the likes of Carl Barat, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Frank Turner, The King Blues and Reverend And The Makers. www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk

HARVEST AT JIMMY'S, Jimmy's Farm, Suffolk, 11-12 Sep: Returning for a second year, Harvest At Jimmy's have announced The Zutons, The Futureheads and Newton Faulkner as part of their 2010 line-up, along with Kitty, Daisy And Lewis, Kate Rusby and Son Of Dave. www.harvestatjimmys.com

KENDAL CALLING, Lowther Estate, Kendal, East Cumbria, 30 Jul - 1 Aug: The Subways, Chiddy Bang, General Fiasco and Pulled Apart By Horses head up the latest acts confirmed to play at Kendal Calling this summer, with Erland And The Carnival, Danny Fontaine, Good Shoes, The Parlotones, Morning Parade, Sound Of Guns and many more added to the line-up. www.kendalcalling.co.uk

WOOD, Braziers Park, Oxfordshire, 21-23 May: The Candyskins, Cate Le Bon, Neil Halstead and 9 Bach are amongst the latest acts confirmed for Wood this weekend, as well as the likes of Timber Timbre, 6 Day Riot, Jaakko & Jay and Marmaduke Dando. www.thisistruck.com/about-wood-festival

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FESTIVAL REVIEW: Saturday at The Great Escape
And so it is that we come to the end of our Great Escape reviews. Wipe your tears, dear reader. We'll do it all again next year. But right now, don't frown, here's how it all went down on Saturday night in Brighton town...

Marina And The Diamonds at Concord 2
I was more than a little excited to see how Marina And The Diamonds fared in front of the crowded Concord 2 audience, with hundreds of fans desperate to see the undoubtedly talented Welsh star who has shot to fame rather suddenly in the last few months. It's no surprise why - she has a beautifully distinct voice and a soothing unique tone that made her cover of 'Starstruck' gorgeous and unforgettable. Despite a few static moments, which stood out against the overall perfect energy of the show, Marina managed to convince anyone remotely critical of her 'overnight' success that she has every right to take the stage and perform like a true star. Brave, charming and totally mesmerising. JTP

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Chase And Status at The Dome
It is no surprise that this London duo have been one of the most successful drum and base twosomes to appear on the scene in recent years. Saul Milton and Will Kennard know what to give their audience, and the completely packed out Brighton Dome was buzzing with excitement as Chase And Status dropped heavy beats and heavier bass lines. With dubstep and grime influences, it is perhaps strange that one would get goosebumps. However, the amazing atmosphere and the completely immersive music left me utterly awestruck. A brilliant performance and a fantastic reaction from the crowd - the pair have every right to be a bit smug about their TGE show. JTP

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HMV COMMERCIAL CHIEF MOVED INTO MAMA
HMV announced two internal appointments yesterday, which apparently further the growing entertainment firm's continued "strategic development as a multi-channel entertainment brand", which sounds like super good fun. It also sees further integration between the HMV Group and its recent acquisition, the MAMA Group.

HMV's former Commercial Director, Gary Warren, moves into a senior role at MAMA, as MD Of Content & Talent. He will oversee MAMA's artist management division and be responsible for promoting shows across the MAMA venue network, which covers rather a lot of the division's operations. He'll report to MAMA's existing CEO Dean James, though will presumably have a remit to HMVify the MAMA business.

Back in the main bit of HMV, Stephen Napelton, currently Supply Chain Director, will replace Warren as Commercial Director.

HMV top man Simon Fox told CMU: "Both these appointments are of strategic importance to HMV and potentially of significant value to our suppliers and their artists. In taking on this exciting new role at MAMA, Gary can play a key part in bringing our live and retail businesses more closely together, with all the benefits and synergies this will create".

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PPL REACH NEW AGREEMENT WITH GERMAN COUNTERPARTS
Recording rights collecting society PPL yesterday announced it had reached a new agreement with its German counterpart GVL regarding the payment of British rights holders by German media and venues for the use of their music. The agreement came about as a result of cross-Europe negotiations involving collecting societies in France, Spain, Ireland and Holland as well as GVL and PPL.

The talks addressed the slightly odd way in which the German society distributed royalties, which wasn't based on actual plays of sound recordings. Although the German system was cheaper to run, GVL have agreed that a system that links royalty payments to actual plays (where such data is available) is fairer.

Confirming the new arrangement, PPL boss man Fran Nevrkla told CMU: "We are pleased that, as the result of extensive discussions, an arrangement has been agreed with GVL over the payments to performers we represent. PPL's simple objective throughout this dialogue was to ensure that all the rights-holders we represent are properly paid for the use of their recorded music, wherever this use takes place. We will continue to pursue this simple objective as a key principle globally. We appreciate our German colleagues' willingness to address and resolve some of these long standing issues".

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ALL-NEW STRICTLY RHYTHM TO OPEN LONDON OFFICE
New York house label Strictly Rhythm has announced it is properly relaunching as an independent label, and will open a London office later this year.

Strictly Rhythm, which worked with the likes of Roger Sanchez, Barbara Tucker, Masters At Work, Erick Morillo, Josh Wink, Armand Van Helden, Danny Tenaglia and David Morales in the 1990s, spent much of the last decade on hiatus after a brief alliance with Warner Music. It reappeared on the scene in 2007 via a partnership with UK dance independent Defected, which led the way to a full relaunch now.

The label's founder Mark Finkelstein told CMU: "I would like to thank Simon Dunmore and the Defected team for all that they have done in helping to re-launch Strictly Rhythm. I look forward to a continued close relationship between Strictly Rhythm and Defected in the future".

Dunmore responded: "During the 20 years I have known Mark Finkelstein he has become a mentor and a close friend. It has been a pleasure to work with him directly and help re-establish Strictly Rhythm in today's market. I look forward to continuing our special relationship".

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THE GREAT ESCAPE: SOME LEGAL THOUGHTS
Time for our final panel report from last week's Great Escape now, and some tips and observations from those mighty mighty music lawyers, who turned off their clocks for fifty minutes to share some thoughts and advice on Saturday afternoon. Three particularly interesting themes covered were royalty cuts, 360 degree deals, and how new bands can find legal help.

First, royalty cuts, and an opening nugget of advice from Trevor Gale of America's third songwriter collecting society SESAC, who began the proceedings by telling any new bands in the room "make sure you have your splits sorted out". He was talking about copyright splits, and who owns a share of the lyrical, musical and sound recording copyrights any band creates as soon as they record an original song.

"Make sure you know from the word go which band members own which copyrights in your music", Gale observed. "Is the drummer getting a cut of the publishing [lyrics and melody], and if so how much? And before you have a label in place, think about who owns any sound recording copyrights, too".

Asked for advice on how rights in an original song might be split between band members, a manager, producer and mixer, Dean Marsh added: "It depends, and it is up to you what percentage of a copyright each person gets. For the actual songwriters, what is a fair split is more a musicology question than a legal question, what percentage of a song did each person create? As for the other people. Producers and mixers don't normally get a cut of the songwriting copyrights unless they are actively involved in the songwriting process. They might get a cut of the sound recording copyright. Whether a manager gets a share is really up to you and them".

Assuming a band and their manager has everything sorted out between themselves regarding royalty shares, what about the next bit of legal wrangling, the record deal? Focus quickly fell on the very in vogue '360 degree' record contract where a record company, as the initial cash investor in a new band, demands a cut of every revenue stream the band may create, and not just their record sales, as would have traditionally been the case. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the legal minds at the table weren't so keen on the 360 thing.

Ben Challis cautioned that if a band puts all its eggs in one basket - so that recordings, live, publishing, merchandise etc are all tied up in one deal - things could go horribly wrong. "What if that label turns out to be incompetent or lazy? Your entire career is then dependent on one company who might just keep on holding you back. If you can, it seems sensible to keep your options open by working with multiple companies on different parts of your career".

Marsh agreed he had some concerns about 360 degree deals where bands are asked to hand over the keys to all their future revenue, though did note that some multi-revenue stream arrangements that have emerged in recent years were more attractive than others. "Some labels are working with artists as investors, so they invest money into the artist's company and take a stake in that company. These deals are basically 360 degree deals, but have a lot more potential". Gale added a final piece of advice; if you are doing a 360 deal with a label, ask them for proof of similar deals they have already done, and see whether those deals have worked out for the artist.

Of course, all such negotiations are easier if a band has good legal guidance, but that doesn't come cheap. If new bands have tricky business decisions and tedious legal arrangements to make, where can they turn for legal advice? "Lawyers aren't generally cheap", Saranne Reid admitted, "and I've known bands who say to me, 'we don't know what to do, we have £1000, do we hire a lawyer to sort out our contracts or buy a second hand van?'. I can't really answer that question".

Some lawyers, the panellists said, are willing to agree to very flexible payment terms when working with new bands, or to take on a business manager role on a commission basis. And if you're lucky to find such a thing, said lawyer might be able to offer more than just legal advice. Music lawyers are generally very well connected, the panellists reckoned, and can put new bands they like in front of key decision makers at labels and other agencies. So, definitely worth looking for.

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PIRATE BAY REMAINS UNSINKABLE
The Pirate Bay has issued a statement to its users following that previously reported ruling by a German court which ordered the rogue file-sharing site's most recent server hosts to take the BitTorrent search service offline.

As previously reported, the ruling was the result of a lawsuit launched by the Motion Picture Association, one of the many entertainment industry bodies to have launched copyright litigation against the BitTorrent flim flam, or tech firms associated with it. In this case it was Berlin-based server company CB3ROB that was actually sued.

A Hamburg court 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 hosting company was told it could be fined 250,000 euros per infringement, and its owner Sven Olaf Kamphuis could face a jail term, if they did not comply. So, a win for the MPA then? Well, no.

Yesterday, The Pirate Bay announced that it had once again moved its site to new servers operated by a different company, in order to avoid CB3ROB incurring the wrath of the courts. In a brief statement, The Bay added that it is "an unsinkable ship".

Ensuring the entertainment industry knew exactly how serious attempts to bring it down were taken by its arch nemesis, the statement was issued by a Dr Lolcat (who seemingly speaks in capital letters), and read thus: "LOL! AS U MITE HAS READ OR NOTICD, PEEPS ONCE AGAIN R TRYIN 2 SHUT US DOWN. DIS WILL NOT SUCCED, LOL. OURS RLY NICE WEBHOST WUZ THREATEND WIF RLY HUGE FINE, SO WE DECIDD 2 MOOV TEH SIET SO DAT THEY DIDNT GOT INTO TROUBLE, LOL. TEH DECISHUN 2 MOOV WUZ TAKEN BY US, TEH PIRATE BAY, LOL. TEH PIRATE BAY IZ AN UNSINKABLE SHIP. IT WILL SAIL TEH INTERWEBS 4 AS LONG AS WE WANTS IT 2. REMEMBR DAT, K THX. TPB, ONLY IN IT 4 TEH LULZ SINCE 2003".

It's not clear what the next move on the part of the MPA, RIAA, IFPI and all the other trade bodies out for The Pirate Bay's blood will be. Presumably, the website has moved not only to new servers, but also to a new country, which would mean yet another expensive legal battle, started from scratch, if they were to target the search service's new web hosts. Perhaps they'll just wait for the biggest TPB legal case - the Swedish one against the service's founders and funder - to go back to court on appeal. Or perhaps they'll persist with yet more pointless litigation.

Hey, here's an idea. Maybe it's time to give up, stop spending so much money on fighting file-sharing and just accept that some people are going to do it, whatever you do to try to stop them. Why not concentrate on the many people who are willing to pay, instead?

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SHAZAM USER-BASE SOARS
Music identification whatnot Shazam has seen its user-base boom from 50 million to 75 million in the last six months, the London-based tech firm has announced. The company's platform is now operational in 200 countries, and has also recently identified its one billionth track, which turned out to be David Guetta's 'Gettin Over'. Which is all jolly exciting.

Shazam chief Andrew Fisher told CMU: "2010 marks ten years of Shazam's innovation and leadership. During this time, Shazam has become synonymous with music recognition and discovery on mobile phones. Shazam is now a brand that consumers know and trust and our one billionth tag is testament to our ever growing fan base of users that enjoy Shazam's unrivalled music experience. In the future, our fans will continue to see further innovation from Shazam as we continue to expand our service and maintain our position as the most popular music application for mobile phones in the world".

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SOUNDCLOUD HITS ONE MILLION USERS
Another landmark now, not quite as high as Shazam's 75 million users or 1 billion songs, but these guys are much younger. Audio streaming service SoundCloud yesterday welcomed the one millionth registered user to its website.

The music preview service of choice for an ever growing number of artists and labels, some reckon SoundCloud could eventually take over from MySpace in this domain, especially if the flagging social network platform bites the dust. And as more and more high profile artists use the site to promote new material and offer free track downloads, that prophecy looks more likely.

For more info check www.soundcloud.com

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THIS WEEK'S SUBTV PLAYLIST
Hey look, people, it's the music videos that are playing this week on the Subtv network of video screens in students' unions around the UK. New additions marked with a *. More info on all things Subtv from DavidLloyd@sub.tv.

A List
Aggro Santos feat Kimberly Wyatt - Candy*
Alicia Keys - Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart
Biffy Clyro - Bubbles
Dizzee Rascal - Dirtee Disco*
Drake - Over*
The Drums - Forever And Ever, Amen*
Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina - Stereo Love
Ellie Goulding - Guns and Horses
Faithless - Not Going Home
Jason Derulo - Ridin' Solo
Kelis - Acapella
Ke$ha - Your Love Is My Drug
Laura Marling - Rambling Man
LCD Soundsystem - Drunk Girls
The Pretty Reckless - Make Me Wanna Die
Roll Deep - Good Times
Taio Cruz feat Ke$ha - Dirty Pictures

B List
B.o.B feat Bruno Mars - Nothin' On You
Dennis Ferrer - Hey Hey*
Example - Kickstarts*
Florence And The Machine - Cosmic Love*
Iyaz - Solo
Jack Johnson - You And Your Heart
Kids In Glass Houses feat Frankie Sandford - Undercover Lover*
Lethal Bizzle & Nick Bridges feat Luciana - Go Go Go
Kele - Tenderoni
New Young Pony Club - We Want To*
Operator Please - Back And Forth
Pixie Lott - Turn It Up*
Stornoway - Zorbing*
We Are Scientists - Nice Guys

Tip List
Born Ruffians - What To Say
Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip - Sick Tonight
Field Music - Let's Write A Book
Hurts - Better Than Love*
The Like - He's Not A Boy
Matt Abbott - I Love This City
NightBus - I Wanna Be You
Smiler - Enza
The Temper Trap - Love Lost*

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CHRISTINA AGUILERA DOESN'T HATE LADY GAGA, RIGHT?
Christina Aguilera has said that a quote she gave in a recent interview, in which she was asked her opinion of Lady Gaga, has been taken out of context. According to Out magazine, Aguilera said of Gaga: "Oh, the newcomer. I think she's really fun to look at".

On Monday, Aguilera took to her blog to request that everyone stop claiming all female solo artists are at each other's throats all the time, writing: "I have absolutely nothing against Lady Gaga or any other female artist in this business. I think she is great, and I appreciate any woman fearless enough to go against the norm. She has earned her success with hard work and a clear focus and I have nothing but respect for that. There is room for all of us on everyone's iPods".

She added: "This is not the first time I have been unfairly pitted against another female artist but it will be the last time I comment on the matter".

Meanwhile, Kylie Minogue told MTV yesterday: "I think [Lady Gaga's] amazingly talented, I think that her look is an integral part of her as an artist". Wait, did she say Gaga's fun to look at? FIGHT!

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