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Ivors dished out in London
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Vaizey to have both culture and business remit
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N-Dubz Def Jam deal confirmed
Big Dada sign DELS
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Single review: Don't Wait Animate - 6174 (Genepool Records)
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Decca announce scheme to get OAPs downloading music
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Mobile downloads not taking off, say comScore
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BASCA chairman attacks BBC over 6music closure
Perez Hilton offered $20m for blog
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P Diddy praises BET for Bieber's award nom
Ronan Keating separates from wife


 
FRIDAY 21ST MAY
THE MUSIC WEEK IN FIVE
We're coming to you live from the Hard Day's Night Hotel today, one of the bases of the Liverpool Sound City conference, where I've been chairing and sitting on panels discussing all things digital this morning. There's our first batch of LSC reports in this edition of the CMU Daily. More will appear on the News-Blog over the next 24 hours, and those reports will also appear here in the Daily on Monday. So busy busy busy. But still time - just - for our review of the music business week.

 
01: Universal objected to the Mutya Buena's Sugababes trademark application. The former Babe, a founder member of the group, applied for the European trademark in her former band's name earlier this year. In a letter to the European trademark authority, Island said they had the contractual right to the name, and that if Buena was now given the trademark it would cause unnecessary consumer confusion. CMU report | BBC report

02: Axl Rose countersued Live Nation chief Irving Azoff, his former manager. Azoff previously sued Rose for a cut of the revenues from the last Guns N Roses tour, which he said he was contractually due. In his countersuit, Rose says Azoff screwed up the marketing of 'Chinese Democracy', mismanaged his tour, lied about the possibility of a Van Halen supertour, tried to force him into a reunion with the original GnR line up, and abused his position as an eminent artist manager and a senior Ticketmaster executive. Rose is trying to get out of paying Azoff a cut of tour revenues, plus he wants $5 million in compensation. CMU report | Guardian report

03: Spotify launched two new subscription packages, a five pounds a month package that gives ad-free streaming but without the mobile functionality of the ten pounds a month version, and a limited play freemium package for those who aren't currently signed up to the unlimited free version of the service. Some wondered if this was a step towards Spotify phasing out the totally free unlimited on-demand streaming package most of their users currently use, though bosses at Spot denied that was so. CMU report | BBC blog

04: The Pirate Bay moved to new servers after a German court ruled against their current server hosts. The Hamburg court told server firm CB3ROB they must block links on the Bay to films named in a lawsuit filed by the Motion Picture Association, or take the whole service offline. The Pirate Bay quickly responded by moving their whole site to servers owned by another company. The Swedish version of The Pirate Party later said the Bay was now using their servers, stored in a Cold War bunker under Stockholm. CMU reports | Register report

05: A Canadian court ruled thirty second clips on iTunes type servers should be royalty free. It was an interesting ruling because they said the preview clips were covered by a 'fair dealing' provision in Canadian copyright law (also found in English law) that says royalties may not need to be paid when people use or copy a work for research purposes. This has generally been interpreted as referring to academic or scientific research, but the Canadian court - upholding an early decision by the Copyright Board - said previewing music before you buy also counted as research for the purposes of fair dealing. In the UK, royalties are paid on thirty second clips. CMU report

And there you have it, another week in the music biz. Don't forget to look out for all the big artist stories of the week nicely summarised in the CMU Weekly this afternoon. Meanwhile, if you're at Liverpool Sound City today, come say hello!

Chris Cooke
Business Editor, CMU Daily

 
VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: UHMM at East Village
East Village brings yet another interesting night to Shoreditch, with UHMM returning this Saturday. The Underground House Music Movement present Dennis Ferrer protégé Andre Hommen, from the Objektivity and Plastic City labels, who is currently touring. He impressed the punters with his sets in Miami this year, and a sample mix can be found here.

 
He will be joined by Pytzek from Zagreb, Croatia. Pyztek is a main player in the burgeoning Croatian dance scene, and will be busting out some dirty groove-led tracks to rock the basement. Upstairs in the lounge, The Walking In Rhythm duo of Jimbo, aka Raw Deal (from Groove Sanctuary) and Fabricio Magal join the ever ready Soulsonic resident Stuart Patterson for a Latin-tinged mix of disco, boogie and funk till the wee hours. Should be a cracker, and the programming at EV remains as fresh as ever.

Saturday 22 May, East Village, 89 London EC2A, 9pm-5am. £8 before 11pm, £10 after, more info from www.eastvillageclub.com and www.uhmm.co.uk, press info from Rosalia at Ferrara.


 
  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
 
Music festival line-up update - 20 May 2010
Canada to take over London
The lady of the moon returns to the Fringe
 

IVORS DISHED OUT IN LONDON
British songwriters were honoured last night at the annual Ivor Novello Awards ceremony in London. That Lily Allen was the big winner of the night, taking the prize in three categories, including Best Song Musically And Lyrically for 'The Fear', which she co-wrote with Greg Kurstin. The pair were also named Songwriters Of The Year, and 'The Fear' was recognised as the most performed song of the last year. I'm never really sure if that last one really counts as a songwriting award.

Having dissed the BRITs recently (despite her winning a BRIT earlier this year), Lily later said that she thought the Ivors were the "real" awards. Which is what we all thought, until Lily Allen won three of them in one go.

Paul Weller was given the Lifetime Achievement Award, recognising 33 years of writing songs. The award was presented by Noel Gallagher, who proclaimed: "This is a man who is rock". Weller added: "I've enjoyed the last 33 years I've been writing songs and hopefully, with God's good grace, I'll do some more".

Trevor Horn won the Outstanding Contribution To British Music Award (which is different to the Lifetime Achievement Award) and Johnny Marr won the Inspiration Award (which is different to the Outstanding Contribution To British Music Award).

Here are all the winners in full:

Best Contemporary Song: Bat For Lashes - Daniel (Natasha Khan)

Best Song Musically And Lyrically: Lily Allen - The Fear (Lily Allen/Greg Kurstin)

Best Television Soundtrack: Desperate Romantics (Daniel Pemberton)

Album Award: Paolo Nutini - Sunny Side Up (Paolo Nutini)

PRS For Music Most Performed Work: Lily Allen - The Fear (Lily Allen/Greg Kurstin)

Best Original Film Score: Ice Age 3: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs (John Powell)

Best Original Video Game Score: Killzone 2 (Joris de Man)

International Achievement: Imogen Heap

Lifetime Achievement: Paul Weller

PRS For Music Outstanding Contribution To British Music: Trevor Horn

Songwriters Of The Year: Lily Allen and Greg Kurstin

Special International Award: Neil Sedaka

The Academy Fellowship: Tim Rice

The Ivors Classical Music Award: Peter Maxwell Davies

The Ivors Inspiration Award: Johnny Marr

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BRET MICHAELS SUFFERS STROKE
Having only very recently been discharged from hospital after surviving a brain haemorrhage, Poison frontman is back there again having suffered a Transient Ischemic Attack, or mini-stroke. Doctors have also now discovered that he has a hole in his heart.

Michaels apparently claimed of numbness down his left side yesterday and was taken to hospital, where he was diagnosed as having had a mild stroke. Tests to search for blood clots then uncovered the hole in his heart. However, according to his doctor, Dr Joseph Zabramski, the musician and 'Celebrity Apprentice' contestant is confident of making a full recovery.

Zabramski said in a statement yesterday: "There is no doubt that the positive Patent Foramen Ovale [hole in the heart] is devastating news to Bret and his family. The good news is that it is operable and treatable and we think we may have diagnosed the problem that caused the Transient Ischemic Attack or warning stroke. However, we feel it is highly unlikely this is connected to the brain haemorrhage he suffered just a few weeks earlier. Once again it is great that he quickly reacted to the severe numbness and got to the hospital immediately".

He continued: "I realise Bret wants to make a full recovery so that he can be active with his family, attempt to attend the finale of 'Celebrity Apprentice' and especially get back on the road to continue making music. Without a doubt he is very determined to get healthy and make a 100% recovery. Medically speaking, it is a fantastic attitude both mentally and physically for him to have. However, Bret's brain and body are not quite 100% yet, especially with the hole found in his heart. Further tests will be conducted throughout the week".

Michaels' spokesperson, Janna Elias added: "Even though these last few months have been tough on him and his family, especially this most recent setback, he is in good spirits, great medical hands and is positive and hopeful that everything is going to be OK. He is up, walking, talking, continuing his daily rehab and very happy to be alive but he has made it clear he is sick and tired of being in the hospital and is ready to rock again".

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VAIZEY TO HAVE BOTH CULTURE AND BUSINESS REMIT
Tory man Ed Vaizey, who kept his culture brief when his party formed government last week being appointed a junior Culture Minister, will report in to not one but two government departments, it has been confirmed. As well as reporting the Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt in the Department Of Culture, Media & Sport, he will also have a line to the Department For Business, Innovation & Skills, and its top man Vince Cable.

This has been welcomed by lobbyists in the music business who often have to double up their lobbying efforts, because the cultural dimension of the music world falls under the DCMS's remit while the creative economy really falls on the BIS, and on many issues, including copyright extension, piracy and business support form smaller music businesses, it's not entirely clear which government department should take the lead. Which can let ministers pass the buck. It's hoped that the nature of Vaizey's new role will mean cultural businesses will have one entry point when talking to government, and deciding whether something is primarily a cultural or business issue can be his problem.

Elsewhere in political shenanigans, the new coalition government has pledged to "cut red tape to encourage the performance of more live music". Although this commitment is rather vague in its wording, it is hoped it means some of the measures but forward by the Liberal Democrats under the last parliament to reduce the licensing obligations for promoters of small gigs will be on the agenda.

Labour supported some reform of their 2003 Licensing Act, but not as much as promoted by the Lib Dems in their unsuccessful private members Live Music Bill. The Tories said nothing about grass roots live music in their manifesto, but it looks like it's possible their Liberal partners might persuade them to give some quality time to reviewing live music licensing rules anyway.

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N-DUBZ DEF JAM DEAL CONFIRMED
It has now been officially confirmed that N-Dubz have signed a US deal with Universal division Def Jam, after singer Tulisa Contostavlos accidentally let the cat out of the bag on Twitter earlier this week. There had been speculation that some of the various controversies surrounding members of the group, in particular Dappy, might scupper the deal, but the label's vice president of A&R Max Gousse told BBC Newsbeat that this was all "part of the appeal".

Gousse also confirmed that the trio's debut release for the label would combine material taken form their first two albums with newly recorded songs, saying: "We're going to get them [into the studio] with Dr Luke and Jim Johnson and some of the other top producers in the US and work on a worldwide push".

Referencing the band's tendency to get themselves into trouble and his decision to sign them, he added: "They can get in trouble - it's OK, I don't mind. It's part of the appeal. I flew over a few months ago and checked out a show - the fact they're really great entertainers really sold me".

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BIG DADA SIGN DELS
Big Dada have announced that they have signed upcoming Ipswich-based MC DELS, real name Kieren Dickins, to a three album deal.

Will Ashon, Head Of A&R at the label, says of their new signing: "He's the perfect Big Dada artist really - a very talented MC who pushes what he can say with words as hard as he can and combines it with a really adventurous attitude towards music. Oh, and he does his own artwork and videos, too, which makes things much easier!"

The rapper's debut album is expected to be released early next year, and will feature production from Hot Chip's Joe Goddard, Micachu, Kwes and Sampha. His debut single, 'Shapeshift', which was produced by Goddard, is due for release on 23 Aug.

DELS said of working with Big Dada and the producers they've hooked him up with: "I am so happy to be joining a record label with such a rich musical heritage. I have always felt it was important that I signed to a label that wouldn't attempt to compromise my vision. I think that my music has finally found the perfect home in Big Dada. The likes of Joe Hot Chip, Kwes and Micachu are all artists/producers that I loved before I began working on my debut album. So I feel incredibly lucky to be working with such a talented group of producers. Really excited about finishing the album and getting it out there".

You can catch DELS live in London tonight, at Cargo in Shoreditch, as part of the Stag & Dagger festival.

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ARCADE FIRE PREVIEW NEW SINGLE
Following the vague hint that a new Arcade Fire twelve inch single might be upon us as soon at 1 Jun earlier this week, the band have but thirty second previews of both tracks from the double A-side up on their website. Except, because they're all quirky and that, they've made it sound like they're being played off scratched vinyl.

As a result, there's not a huge amount of information to be gained from the preview except that 'Suburbs' is a jaunty little number but a bit disappointing (at least in part), and 'Month Of May' is faster, louder, sounds like Neil Young and has awful lyrics (at least in part). In fact, the lyrics you can hear in the track are "gonna make a record in the month of May", which makes it sound like the whole thing may have been thrown together at the last minute to lower expectations for the new album. Or something.

Judge for yourself here: www.arcadefire.com/vinyl

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FUTUREHEADS ANNOUNCE NEW SINGLE
The Futureheads have announced that they will release a new single, 'I Can Do That', on 28 Jun via their own Nul Records label. The track is taken from their fourth album, 'The Chaos', which was released last month.

The band will also be playing numerous festival dates around the UK and Europe over the summer, including Reading and Leeds.

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EELS ANNOUNCE UK TOUR
To mark the release of the final part of a trilogy of albums, Eels have announced a world tour, which will include a number of UK dates. The album, 'Tomorrow Morning', will be released on 23 Aug, and is the follow-up to 2009's 'Hombre Lobo', and 'End Times', which came out in January.

Tickets for all shows are on sale now, except Brixton Academy, which will be available from 28 May.

Tour dates:

21 Aug: V Festival (Stafford)
22 Aug: V Festival (Chelmsford)
24 Aug: Glasgow, Academy
26 Aug: Birmingham, Academy
1 Sep: London, Brixton Academy
3 Sep: Electric Picnic
4 Sep: Manchester, Academy

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SCROOBIUS PIP ANNOUNCES CAMP BESTIVAL POETRY PODCAST
Scroobius Pip is obviously best known as one half of hip hop duo Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip, but you're probably also aware that his roots lie in the spoken word and poetry scene. In this guise, he curates the spoken word stage at Camp Bestival, and has launched a new podcast to showcase some of the talent you can expect to see at the festival this year.

Made up of performances at his Satin Lizard Lounge gigs, held at Pure Groove in London last year, the podcast features contributions from Ventriloquist, Kate Tempest, Kid Carpet, The King Blues' Itch and Scroobius Pip himself.

Download the podcast at besti-blog.blogspot.com/2010/05/scroobius-pips-camp-best-of-all-podcast.html

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FESTIVAL LINE-UP UPDATE

END OF THE ROAD FESTIVAL, Larmer Tree Gardens, nr Salisbury, Wiltshire, 10-12 Sep: Jonquil, Pulled Apart By Horses and Trembling Bells are amongst the latest acts announced to play at End Of The Road, with Duotone, The Wolf People, Olivia Chaney and many more also added to the bill. www.endoftheroadfestival.com

OXEGEN, Punchestown Racecourse, Naas, 8-11 Jul: Ash, Kele Okereke, Cathy Davey and Mystery Jets head up the latest acts confirmed for the Irish fest, along with the likes of We Are Scientists, Shed Seven, Example, Yeasayer, Villagers, Frightened Rabbit and many more. 2010.oxegen.ie

SOLFEST, West Cumbria, 27-29 Aug: Subsource, Eat Static and The Japanese Popstars are amongst the latest acts confirmed the Dance tent at this summer's Solfest, along with Utah Saints, Digital.is and Echaskech. www.solwayfestival.co.uk

SUMMER MADNESS, Carisbrooke Castle Fields, Isle Of Wight, 29 Aug: The Coral have been added to the Summer Madness line-up, joining the likes of Paul Weller, Brand New Heavies and Imelda May. www.summermadness.co.uk

THE WICKERMAN FESTIVAL, Dundrennan, South West Scotland, 23-24 Jul: Fabio heads up the first set of acts announced to play the Bass Camp area at this year's Wickerman, along with Utah Jazz, Mr Chipp, Tim Forrester and many more. www.thewickermanfestival.co.uk

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SINGLE REVIEW: Don't Wait Animate - 6174 (Genepool Records)
"Things will only get worse/before they get better" is the cry from Steve Lamacq faves Don't Wait Animate on their debut single. How apt that seems with a new government on the block who somewhat lack the optimism that persuaded New Labour to adopt D:Ream' biggest hit as their anthem. Starting with a spaghetti Western style guitar, and then jerkily bouncing into life with a dubstep bassline and shouty vocals caustically analysing survival on Jobseekers Allowance and the wider state of the economy, this is a fascinating slice of intelligent yet still party-centred indie. Perhaps these guys are the new Klaxons but with more to say for themselves. We shall see, but this is a good start. IM

Physical release: 17 May
Press contact: Raw Materials

Buy from iTunes
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LIVERPOOL SOUND CITY: CMU'S TOP TIPS FOR NEW BANDS
Liverpool Sound City this year included a specific strand aimed at aspiring artists and songwriters called Create Sound City, filled with practical tips for new talent looking to make it in the music industry, with the likes of the Musicians' Union, Music Managers Forum and something called CMU on hand to dish out advice

For its very first year, Create Sound City kicked off with two workshops from CMU, where CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke discussed old and new ways of launching a band, outlined the various ways you can make money from music, and finished off by providing ten tips for unsigned bands, ten things they should be doing right now.

For those new bands not able to make Create Sound City this year, here are the ten tips you missed, in a friendly cut-out-and-keep format:

1. Choose a good band name, that is likely to come up in Google searches. Register your band name (or a variation of) as a dot com URL, and get the slash names with every social network going (so myspace.com/yourname, facebook.com/yourname etc). Try to have the same slash name with all services.

2. Recruit a team. You don't just need a drummer and a bassist, you need someone who knows how to set up websites, someone who can be funny on Twitter, someone who can get you gigs. One of these people might want to become your initial manager.

3. Be clear with everyone involved what they are getting in terms of future revenue splits, ie if and when revenue starts to come in, are they going to get paid for past free work, will they get a cut of the money. Be very clear on who owns the copyrights in any songs you write or tracks your record, make sure band members, mangers and producers don't have any unspoken expectations about future copyright ownership.

4. Join PPL and PRS (or sign up to Sentric Music, who will manage your PRS membership). Whenever your music is performed or played on the radio or in a bar, chances are you are due some money. PPL and PRS collect this money for you (the former royalties due on your recordings, the latter royalties due on your songs), but can only pass it on to you if you are members.

5. Set up your online presence - you need to be on MySpace, Facebook and Twitter, and a SoundCloud profile is increasingly popular. Other social networks are available! Decide who will manage your social network presence, someone need to keep things updated. MOST IMPORTANT, make sure you have a band website or blog and band email address and that someone manages these. Even if your website only has links to your social network pages, you should have your own home on the internet.

6. Gig and/or DJ as much as you can. And make sure you promote and document all your gigging on your website and/or social network profiles, so outsiders (labels, journalists, potential fans) can see what a busy popular band you are.

7. Set up a mailing list. Take email addresses at gigs, and via your website. People like Music Glue and Reverb Nation and Topspin can help you with this process. The current currency is one free MP3 in return for an email.

8. Engage, enthuse and involve your fans. Once you have your mailing list, use it responsibly. Don't spam people, but send occasional emails, offering fans something special or, even better, involving them (ask them for feedback, ideas, input - it's free market research and they'll love you for it).

9. Strategically approach media and label people. Approach DJs or journalists who you really think will like your music based on what they already play or write about. Pander to their ego, tell them you love their show/panel, that you heard them play/saw them write about band x and that's why you think they'd like your music. If you are aiming for a record deal (ie you want investment from a record company), approach label people in a similar way.

10. Think about self-releasing an EP or album, most bands do these days before signing a record deal. If you do, are you going to give it away or sell it. If you latter, will you sell direct using Topspin or Music Glue, or will you finding a distributor like CD Baby or Tunecore to get your stuff in iTunes, Spotify etc. Either way, this self-released album isn't going to make you rich, it's about building fan-base. Make sure the music is brilliant. If you have four brilliant tracks and six OK ones, do an EP and work on making the other six songs brilliant for future release. And if some money would help at this stage, look into fan-funding via Pledge or Slice The Pie to raise some small initial investment.

Easy. Though, as The Orchard's Scott Cohen said yesterday at another Liverpool Sound City session, don't forget there is still a little bit of magic involved in all this. "You see bands who do all the right things and it doesn't take off, other bands, there's a spark and suddenly they're a buzz band. As a manager you need to know what tools are out there and how to use them, though you still need that little bit of magic which it is impossible to define". But still, up there are ten things to be getting on which while your wait for the magic to happen.

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LIVERPOOL SOUND CITY: THINK BIG BY THINKING SMALL
While music marketers are paid to think big, when you're launching a new band you need to think small, too. That was the key message from the digital marketing panel at Liverpool Sound City yesterday.

"The old model in the music business was based on selling one record to as many people as possible", The Orchard's Scott Cohen observed. "Because you only had one thing to sell any one fan, that was your latest album. Once you sold a new fan your record they were no use to you, unless they could persuade someone else to buy your record. Bands and labels were therefore seeking audiences of thousands and millions for commercial success. But many fans are willing to buy more than one product from you, if you only provide the right kind of products. Why go to the effort of selling two CDs to two fans, when you can sell two CDs to one?"

The importance and potential of a band finding and engaging a core fanbase, even if that fanbase is relatively modest in size, has been a key theme at LSC this year. "You increasingly meet new bands at events like this who have been sold on the importance of a big sync deal, and who are therefore desperately hoping to get the call from a TV boss or gaming exec", SliceThePie's David Courtier-Dutton added.

"But lets be realistic about this", he continued, "there are 100 million tracks out there competing for a sync deal, the chances of a new band getting that kind of deal are remote. What new bands should be doing is building and learning about their fan base. That's the starting point for everything that can follow. Even a modest fan base can be enough to turn your band into a viable business".

And the "learning about" bit is very important. As with the similar panel at The Great Escape this year, the importance of fan analytics dominated as a key message. "Understanding your fanbase is key", says Topspin co-founder Shamal Ranasinghe. "Know who your fans are, where they are, how they differ. Use free stuff to hook in casual fans, work out who will pay more, and who will pay most, and consider what products they will pay for, and make those products".

Cliff Fluet of legal firm Lewis Silkin agreed. "We hear a lot about the monetisation of music, but we need to think about the productisation of music. Whether you're the label working with recordings, or the artist with a wider range of things to sell, we need to get away from one size fits all, and when people want to spend more money, make it easy for them to do so".

So, how do you use the internet to launch your band? Use analytic tools to find and learn about both your core and casual fanbase, and then devise products that the will buy and which some will pay a premium for. Thinking small in that way, it seems, could create big results.

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DECCA ANNOUNCE SCHEME TO GET OAPS DOWNLOADING MUSIC
While teenagers and young adults are able to enjoy the wealth of music available for free online, via lovely sites like The Pirate Bay, the elderly are still stuck paying for CDs. It is a very sorry state of affairs. Luckily, the ninth annual Silver Surfers' Day intends to redress that balance today.

Okay, maybe they're not actually going to help old people start using LimeWire, but Digital Unite, which organises the annual programme to get people aged between 50 and 120 online, have teamed up with Decca Records for an event aimed at teaching the 'elderly' (I'm sure all you 50 year olds reading this will love me for calling you that) about iTunes and that, the first time digital music has been included in the day's inventory.

Launching the partnership, 93 year old Vera Lynn recorded a special video to explain the initiative, which you can watch here: www.decca.com/silversurfersday/index.html

For more information on other Silver Surfers' Day events, take a look at www.silversurfersday.net

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MOBILE DOWNLOADS NOT TAKING OFF, SAY COMSCORE
New stats from research company comScore claim that over-the-air downloads to mobile phones have failed to take off in North America and Western Europe, with less than two percent of people polled downloading music direct to their mobile in the last quarter, even though 24% said that they listened to music on their phones.

OTA downloads have been available for some years, of course, but data cost and speed issues stalled the system initially. However, it was thought that the new generation of smart phones, and in particular the addition of the mobile iTunes store to the iPhone, may see users more readily adopting the technology. But it seems that is yet to happen.

Of course, while mobile a-la-carte download stores may not have taken off, the mobile app market is booming, with the vast majority downloaded direct to mobiles. In-app downloads may also prove more successful for music - new tracks can very easily be downloaded to iPhone-based rhythm game Tap Tap Revenge (and getting them is very much part of your progression through the game), and music apps such as Spotify and We7's may yet become a primary way for many to access music.

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BASCA CHAIRMAN ATTACKS BBC OVER 6MUSIC CLOSURE
Sarah Rodgers, chair of the British Academy Of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, used her opening speech at yesterday's Ivor Novello Awards to attack the BBC's proposed plan to close down 6music, Music Week reports.

Addressing the audience, though aiming her words directly at the BBC, she said: "The end of 6music is an act of cultural vandalism. [The BBC's role is to] enrich people's lives with programmes that inform, educate and entertain. That sounds to me like 6music. Your mission is to be the most creative organisation in the world. What more could be more creative than 6music?"

If you have not yet submitted your views on the BBC's current strategic review, including the closure of 6music and The Asian Network, you have until Tuesday. To do so, go here: www.bbc.co.uk/bbctrust/consultations/departments/bbc/bbc-strategy-review/consultation/consult_view

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PEREZ HILTON OFFERED $20M FOR BLOG
Perez Hilton has reportedly been offered $20 million for his website, PerezHilton.com, according to Gawker.

The deal has apparently been proposed by Avid Life Media, who paid the same amount for HotOrNot.com in 2008. The deal would see Hilton, real name Mario Lavandeira, paid $18 million up front, plus a further $2 million a year later.

Avid Life Media would apparently bring in fellow celebrity gossip blogger Zack Taylor and Nik Richie, who runs adult gossip site TheDirty.com to operate the site, with Gawker speculating that the PerezHilton.com URL would used as a "sort of massive traffic-forwarding address to a new gossip site".

No word yet on whether Perez plans to cash in.

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P DIDDY PRAISES BET FOR BIEBER'S AWARD NOM
Sean Combs, or P Diddy as he insists on being called, has praised Black Entertainment Television for giving Justin Bieber a nomination for Best New Artist at their annual awards ceremony this year. There has been some controversy over Bieber's inclusion in the nominations this week, which, according to some, stem from him being white. Although it's probably more to do with him being a bit shit.

Anyway, Bieber said via Twitter: "Thank you to BET for nominating me for Best New Artist at the BET Awards this year! This is an incredible honour and I'm very grateful. Read some articles about my BET nomination and I think this goes to show that music is colour blind. Music is the universal language no matter the country we are born in or the colour of our skin. [It] brings us all together".

Backing up Bieber, Diddy later added: "The awards are important to hip hop and to show [hip hop artists] in the right light. But the beauty of BET is, if Justin Bieber's hot, then he deserves to be on that stage. Sometimes, at other award shows, the colour of your skin or the type of music you make takes away from getting the accolade you deserve".

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RONAN KEATING SEPARATES FROM WIFE
Boyzone's Ronan Keating and his wife of twelve years, Yvonne, have announced that they have separated.

An official statement on behalf of the couple said: "The separation is amicable and they will continue to work together in order to provide the best for their children. The family ask for privacy at this difficult time".

However, some of the tabloids are claiming that things came to an end far from amicably, with The Sun saying: "Yvonne threw him out, with all his clothes on the doorstep. She was screaming at him and accusing him of cheating on her".

The Mirror claimed that Yvonne had discovered this week that Keating had slept with one of Boyzone's dancers, who is now attempting to sell her story. A source added: "Yvonne was heartbroken but she made her mind up on the spot. The cracks were there already, but this was the final straw. She isn't the sort of person to forgive and forget. Ronan has accepted her decision".

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