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24 hours to save the BBC
Dio widow urges fans to ignore Westboro pickets
In The Pop Courts
Dolla shooter acquitted
Slash on Rose's Azoff lawsuit
In The Pop Hospital
Bono has back surgery, US concert postponed
Adam Ant sectioned again
Pop Politics
DEA will not be repealed, Penrose gets live licensing brief
Release News
Devo announce fan-selected tracklisting
Gigs & Tours News
Limp Bizkit cancel US tour - decide they don't like their venues
Reviews
Single review: The Pretty Reckless - Make Me Wanna Die (Universal/Interscope)
Brands & Stuff
John Barnes Mars rap unveiled
Graphite announce W Hotel partnership
The Music Business
Liverpool Sound City: Merseyside's urban scene active, if secret
Craig David launches publishing company
The Digital Business
Google possibly acquired content start-up as basis for Android music service
The Media Business
Liverpool Sound City: Radio will only get stronger
George Lamb quits 6
Chart Of The Day
Chart update
And finally...
McFly demand photo ban on gay message board
Ronan seeks priest's guidance, he says "remember to delete your texts next time"
Bieber and the revolving door


 
MONDAY 24TH MAY
FIVE DAY FORECAST
I spent an hour asleep under a tree yesterday afternoon, which can only mean summer's here. About bloody time. I just need every weekend for the next four months to be like the one just gone and I'll be happy. I'm sure that's what will happen. Of course, many of the events listed here involve going indoors, which might not be to your taste right now, but if you're heading the International Music Summit in Ibiza, there'll be plenty of sun to go around.

 
01: British Black Music Month. This Friday the Black Music Congress kicks off its fourth annual British Black Music Month. It launches at Willesden Green Library Centre, with an event featuring showcases from singer-songwriter Brie Boateng and rapper Tayshan, plus the official publication of new report, 'Copyright + Music Industry + Music Industry Education: 2010, Where Are We At?'. This will signal the start of, as you might have guessed, a month of gigs, seminars and other events celebrating British black music.

02: International Music Summit. While the rock-kids, pop-types and, erm, urban-sters might have dominated at recent music industry conventions City Showcase, The Great Escape and Liverpool Sound City, things go entirely electronic this week, with the dance music community heading over to Ibiza for its annual meet-up. Legendary DJ, Head Of A&R at Sony Music/Columbia, and owner of the recently relaunched DeConstruction label, Mike Pickering, will give the keynote address, and there are many more talks and live shows to be had, if you can tear yourself away from the pool.

03: OpenMusicMedia. The latest London-based edition of OpenMusicMedia, which meets semi-regularly to discuss the future of the music industry, this Wednesday will look at the role of record shops in an increasingly digital market. Director of Rough Trade Retail, Stephen Godfroy, will head the discussion, looking at the role of record stores in music discovery and as hubs for local music scenes, and at whether there is a sustainable business model in performing those roles. As ever, the event is open to all and this should be an interesting one.

04: New releases. Whether you're a supporter of real bricks and mortar record shops, or you're a digital convert, there are some records you should all be buying this week. Top of my list are the long-awaited re-issue of 'Disintegration' by The Cure, and the second album from Rolo Tomassi, 'Cosmology', which pushes their already impressive blend of hardcore and jazz to a whole new level. Also in stores today are the physical release of Crystal Castles' second eponymous album, 'At Night We Live', the new album from Far, and a new EP from A Place To Bury Strangers, 'Ego Death'.

05: Gigs. Assuming you can tear yourself away from the beautiful weather we're having, there are some great gigs going on this week. Tonight in London, you can choose between seeing Holy Fuck at Heaven or Shonen Knife at The Scala, which is a pretty hard decision. I've opted for the latter. Also this week, Yeasayer will be headlining Koko on Wednesday, Male Bonding get a UK tour to promote their debut album under way, plus Liars will be over for a headline London show on Thursday, and will be taking part in this week's Dot To Dot festival in Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham.

Right, now let's see if I can get everything else I need to do today finished fast enough to allow some more tree-based napping. Sod it, let's all just go and do that now, anyway.

Andy Malt
Editor, CMU Daily

 
WARPAINT
I'm not really sure why we've not written anything about Warpaint here before. It's certainly not because we don't like them. Actually, since Team CMU en masse caught them live for the first time at The Great Escape earlier this month, we've kind of gone a bit floppy armed for them. Maybe that explains why they're only entering the realm of the CMU Approved column now.

 
The band released their debut EP, 'Exquisite Corpse', at the tail end of last year, featuring six tracks of delicate ambient rock with ghostly vocals (a mood created largely with an effect that makes it sound like they're being sung into a fan). Live they rock out a bit more, taking songs written with a soft touch and kicking them a few times to teach them a lesson about what it's really like out there in the big bad world. You can see this in action for yourself tonight at The Lexington in London. Sadly, that's the last date on their current UK tour, but with their debut album due out via Rough Trade at the end of June, it shouldn't be too long before they return.

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  KUSU IS LOOKING FOR AN ENTERTAINMENT MANAGER - SALARY £23,344
We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced individual who will be responsible for managing a well established and respected licensed venue. You will primarily be responsible for planning and delivering a diverse events and entertainments programme to meet the needs of our students and external customers, offering quality services and facilities in a safe and enjoyable environment. You will have at least two years management experience in the entertainment industry. You must be capable of working within agreed budgets and be driven by quality and results. The position is a hands-on operational one and involves working nights and weekends.

If you have the skills to meet this challenge, please contact Keele University Students' Union on 01782 733 700 or see www.kusu.net/kusu_vacancies. Closing date: 9 Jun 2010. Interviews will be held week commencing 14 Jun 2010. KUSU is committed to being an equal opportunity employer.
       
  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
       
  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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Ivors dished out in London
Vaizey to have both culture and business remit
Parliament dishes out its jazz gongs
 
BASCA chairman attacks BBC over 6music closure
Perez Hilton offered $20m for blog
OFT won't investigate Project Canvas
 
Charleston Festival will take you to the end of May
Scroobius Pip announces Camp Bestival poetry podcast
Music festival line-up update - 21 May 2010
 

24 HOURS TO SAVE THE BBC
So, the BBC Trust's consultation on those proposals to shut BBC 6music, as well as a plethora of other services, ends tomorrow, making this your very very very last chance to protest.

As previously reported, former culture minister Ben Bradshaw said at a UK Music event earlier this year that he had been assured by the Trust's top man Michael Lyons that this was a genuine consultation and nothing in the Strategy Review written by BBC twonks was untouchable if the Trust believed management had got it wrong.

Much has been written since plans to shut 6 emerged as to why the BBC's only music-for-music's-sake service should be saved. As the Consultation deadline approaches, we summarise the argument in six sentences:

1. The UK has one of the most exciting, innovative and prolific music communities in the UK, contributing to ever expanding catalogues of great music across a plethora of genres; this cultural brilliance should to be represented by a truly eclectic media platform.

2. The commercial TV and radio networks represent only a tiny portion of this community, and do little to champion musical innovation, because the commercial sector struggles to monetise niche audience services, even when the niches together constitute a substantial number of people.

3. The BBC therefore has a duty to provide this truly eclectic media platform - and it does so through 6music - no other part of the BBC TV or radio network performs this task, despite the Corporation having an entire division with 'music' in its name (a division currently run by a fizzy drinks marketer).

4. The BBC Strategy Review is in part designed to placate the new Conservative government who are concerned about the Beeb unfairly competing with commercial rivals - but 6music competes with no one, and senior Tories have said they recognise 6 as an example of a great BBC service.

5. The Review is also in part designed to placate the commercial media moguls who accuse the BBC of using licence-fee funds to unfairly compete - but 6music does not compete with any commercial media, and shutting it won't placate any commercial player for even six seconds.

6. The BBC is committed to encouraging radio listeners to move to the DAB network; doing so requires providing compelling, innovative DAB-only programming - like 6music and The Asian Network - so the BBC's strategy review not only doesn't satisfy the aims of the Tories, or the commercial media barons, it doesn't even satisfy the aims of the BBC.

As the consultation deadline approaches, the Facebook group leading the campaign to rescue 6music staged a second demonstration outside the BBC's Broadcasting House on Saturday. Liz Kershaw, Cerys Matthews, Andrew Collins, Richard Herring, Shaun Keaveny, Matt Everitt, Lib Dem peer Tim Clement-Jones and comedian Ed Byrne were among those who spoke at the event, which - aided in part by the impromptu heatwave - saw an even bigger crowd of supporters gather than at the first rainy demo. After waving their fists in the general direction of BBC management, the always polite Save 6 protestors headed en masse to 229 for some quality music.

Speaking after the demo, one of its organisers, Georgina Rodgers, told CMU: "We believe that our responses to the BBC Trust consultation, our complaints to the BBC, and our public protests have put forward a compelling counter-argument to [that of] BBC management. We have provided hard evidence that, rather than being a station that can be sidelined, 6music is a shining example of the 'quality and distinctiveness' that the BBC is aspiring to with its Strategic Review. We are now hoping that the BBC Trust will make sure that the BBC listens to the voice of the public, which has spoken loudly and clearly".

If you haven't already, you can add your opinions to the debate at the BBC Trust website below. The Save 6 Facebook group also provides a bunch of email addresses we can all send our outrage to as the consultation deadline approaches, just so the Trust geezers' inboxes scream out "Save 6" this week.

BBC Trust consultation form

Facebook Group

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DIO WIDOW URGES FANS TO IGNORE WESTBORO PICKETS
The widow of Ronnie James Dio has urged fans and friends of the late Black Sabbath frontman to ignore the nutters who are planning on picketing his memorial service next weekend.

Members of the nutty Westboro Baptist 'Church' are reportedly planning to crash the memorial service after their chief nut, Fred Phillips, issued a statement accusing Dio of teaching "rebellion against God, in the form of glorifying atheism, promoting the devil horn hand sign and other such idolatries".

The memorial service will take place at LA's Forest Lawn Cemetery next Sunday. Responding to the expected picketing, Wendy Dio issued her own statement urging those fans who plan to attend or watch the memorial to take the moral high ground and ignore the Westboro posse.

She wrote: "Ronnie hates prejudice and violence! We need to turn the other cheek on these people that only know how to hate someone they didn't know. We only know how to love someone we know!"

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DOLLA SHOOTER ACQUITTED
The man accused of murdering rising rapper and Akon protégé Dolla just over a year ago has been acquitted by a court in Atlanta.

As previously reported, Aubrey Berry was charged with the killing of Dolla, real name Roderick Burton, soon after the shooting that left the aspiring rapper dead. The prosecution said Berry, who had had an earlier altercation with Burton at an Atlanta club, killed the rapper in revenge for the earlier fight, and then got a valet to bring him his rented sports car before driving around the dying Burton. Prosecutor Bobby Grace told the court: "Defendant Berry murdered Roderick Burton in cold blood, then tried to escape".

But from the start Berry said he acted in self defence. He said that shortly before the shooting Burton had threatened to kill him, and that he genuinely believed the rapper had a firearm. The defence also made much of the fact that the college-educated Berry had, until then, had a relatively violence-free life while Burton demonstrated a desire for a violent lifestyle through his rap lyrics. Despite reports at the time Berry was going to make bail, in the end the defendant spent a year in jail before being found not guilty of all charges last week.

Commenting on the verdict, Grace told reporters: "Obviously, I'm disappointed. I would hate to think that the jurors' decision was based solely on [Burton's] lyrics".

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SLASH ON ROSE'S AZOFF LAWSUIT
So, Axl Rose is countersuing his former manager, Live Nation big cheese Irving Azoff. The former manager claims he is owed a cut of the revenues from the most recent Guns N Roses tour. Rose says Azoff bungled the management of the tour and the marketing of his lacklustre comeback album 'Chinese Democracy', because he invested all his time and energy in a pointless bid to get the original GnR line up back together.

But, I hear you ask, what does Slash think about all this? Well, according to WENN, Rose's former bandmate is confused. He's quoted thus: "I don't know where Axl is coming from. I know where Irving is coming from - he's looking for commissions for a tour that he booked; a pretty reasonable kind of thing. Axl's [just] countersuing". So, that's that settled.

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BONO HAS BACK SURGERY, US CONCERT POSTPONED
Bono underwent emergency spinal surgery in Germany on Friday after suffering an injury while prepping for upcoming tour dates. The U2 frontman is expected to stay at a specialist neurosurgery clinic in Munich for several days, news which may result in those tour dates being affected.

A 3 Jun gig in the US has already been postponed, and speculation has begun that the injury may cause weeks worth of concerts to be cancelled, including U2's headline set at the Glastonbury Festival. A spokesman said any further announcements about Bono's injury and its impact on tour dates would be posted on the band's website.

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ADAM ANT SECTIONED AGAIN
Adam Ant has reportedly been sectioned again under the Mental Health Act. The singer suffers from bipolar disorder and was previously sectioned in 2003. Concerns for his mental well-being had been raised in recent weeks, not least following that charity gig in a church in Portsmouth where the singer told his shocked audience: "I'm a punk rocker, I don't do Christian, you can fuck off to the church".

According to The Music Fix, the singer, real name Stuart Goddard, was hospitalised this weekend and is now receiving treatment at the Chelsea & Westminster hospital. The music website has published a statement from Goddard, which reads: "I am having a well earned rest at Her Majesty's Pleasure and am painting and continuing being an art student. I have a great view and am considering gigs later in the year. Ant fans - please send me postcards at the Chelsea & Westminster hospital, Fulham Road. Please don't come down here as it may upset the staff who have been really pleasant".

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DEA WILL NOT BE REPEALED, PENROSE GETS LIVE LICENSING BRIEF
Despite both Tories and Lib Dems - including top Liberal man Nick Clegg - expressing concerns about the ways the former Labour government's Digital Economy Act was rushed onto the statute book earlier in the year, it seems unlikely anything in that eclectic bit of legislation will be repealed by the new government any time soon.

Despite Clegg saying during the election campaign that the Act should be scrapped and all of its measures - including the introduction of the anti-piracy three-strikes system - should be reconsidered afresh, the new coalition government's manifesto, published last week, says nothing about reviewing the DEA.

OfCom's consultation on how exactly three-strikes will work will presumably now continue as originally planned. Culture minister Ed Vaizey, meanwhile, will oversee the implementation of other parts of the Act.

As previously reported, the coalition's grand plan does give some time to reforming the 2003 Licensing Act to reduce the red tape smaller venues must navigate in order to stage live music - something that appeared in the Lib Dem's pre-election bumf, but which went unmentioned in the original Tory manifesto.

It was announced late last week that responsibility for doing just that will now fall on John Penrose, even though his exact role within the Department Of Culture, Media & Sport is more geared towards tourism and heritage than music.

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DEVO ANNOUNCE FAN-SELECTED TRACKLISTING
Devo have announced the track listing for 'Something For Everybody', their first studio album in two decades. The twelve songs that will appear on the album were selected by fans from a collection of sixteen tracks posted by the band on their website. The album will be released in the UK on 14 Jun. The twelve tracks that will appear - a list that will only really mean anything to any fans who took part in the vote - are as follows:

Fresh
What We Do
Please Baby Please
Don't Shoot, I'm A Man
Mind Games
Human Rocket
Sumthin
Step Up
Cameo
Later Is Now
No Place Like Home
March On

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LIMP BIZKIT CANCEL US TOUR - DECIDE THEY DON'T LIKE THEIR VENUES
Limp Bizkit have cancelled their entire US tour - not because of ill-health, or new recording commitments, or ticket sale issues - but because Fred Durst suddenly decided he wanted a mosh pit and therefore all the arena-style venues their promoters had booked weren't any good.

Durst explained last week: "Basically, Limp is not an amphitheatre band. We like to see less seats in front of the stage and more floor filled with fans going bananas. It's just more fun for all of us that way. Some bands are meant to be seen mainly sitting down, but definitely not Limp Bizkit. We want to give you the best experience possible so we will reroute to the venues we feel will work the best. High energy, good times. We want you to have the best time".

So, Bizkit fans, you'll have to wait a while to see your favourite band, but at least you won't be made to sit down once they're in town.

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SINGLE REVIEW: The Pretty Reckless - Make Me Wanna Die (Universal/Interscope)
Taylor Momsen is probably better known for saying stupid shit than her acting or music skills (and I'm not just talking about THAT breakfast TV interview); the raccoon-eyed, bleach-blond, mid-teen numpty is the latest in a long line of young actor/actresses turned rockstars (FYI, I use the word 'star' here without really meaning it), and, despite her stinking attitude and embarrassing run-ins with the press, she actually has a really decent voice - little J can roar.

'Make Me Wanna Die' is a hard - if a little too polished - pop-rock tune that only falls short of being really good when the overly-emotional strings come in and the backing singer ruins the tone of the song. Otherwise, it's fun and harmless, and as the lead song from the soundtrack to one of the best films of 2010, 'Kick-Ass', it's hard to argue with its, er, charms.

Am I intrigued enough to want to hear her album? Not really. I've never really had much time for mouthy teenagers, but if you can separate Momsen's celebrity persona from what clearly is a raw talent, then maybe you can give it a bash for me. TW

Physical release: 17 May
Press contact: Universal IH [all]

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JOHN BARNES MARS RAP UNVEILED
The reworking of John Barnes' rap from New Order's seminal football song 'World In Motion' is out. As previously reported, the former footballer's contribution to the 1990 official England team song re-appears in a pre-World Cup TV ad to flog Mars bars.

An older Barnes plus competition winners appear in the ad, which looks a little like the low-rent pop promo that accompanied the original song. The main difference being that Barnes seems to have been eating a fair few Mars bars in the twenty years since the original music vid was made.

The original rap: www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnUh5LlrPZ4

The new Mars-flogging rap: www.guardian.co.uk/media/video/2010/may/21/world-cup-john-barnes-rap

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GRAPHITE ANNOUNCE W HOTEL PARTNERSHIP
The global boutique hotel chain W Hotels has announced a strategic partnership with London-based Graphite Media as part of its "global entertainment and music strategy". Graphite will be charged with the task of facilitating "credible and unique links to the music industry" for the hotel chain.

The partnership will kick off at the chain's W Barcelona hotel where the previously reported International Music Summit, in which Graphite is a founder and partner, will host a party, with IMS's other founder, Pete Tong, on the decks.

Commenting on the alliance, Graphite founder Ben Turner told CMU: "This is a dream association for Graphite and IMS. Graphite and its clients represent the sophisticated end of electronic music, so to work with W Hotels so closely is a really inspiring scenario for me and my team".

He continued: "Electronic music has taken our scene to every corner of the globe, and hotels like W are an intrinsic part of our enjoyed experience. So much networking, creative thinking and socialising takes place in W Hotels, so we look forward to dreaming up unique music partnerships that complement both their hotel experience and our global industry".

The main IMS conference and festival takes place in Ibiza this week.

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LIVERPOOL SOUND CITY: MERSEYSIDE'S URBAN SCENE ACTIVE, IF SECRET
Think of Liverpool's music scene and you'd be forgiven for thinking of rock and indie before R&B and hip hop, but rising talent from Merseyside's urban music scene were out in force for a session at last week's Liverpool Sound City called 'Can Liverpool's urban underground scene go overground?'

Local urban promoter Yaw Owusu and DJ Spykatcha both reported that the black music scene in Liverpool was creatively very healthy, but expressed frustration that local venues and media failed to showcase local talent, either ignoring the urban scene completely, or focusing exclusively on big R&B and hip hop names from outside the region.

Jade Wright, music editor for local paper the Liverpool Echo, and the main representative of that local media in the room, admitted the region's media probably didn't do enough to represent the local urban scene, but encouraged said scene to engage more proactively. "Journalists and editors in local media have less and less resources", she explained. "So, we increasingly rely on you guys to come to us with your music and events, on a regular basis. To be honest, I get a barrage of music and press releases every week and I'd say less than 1% comes from the local urban scene".

Radio 1's Ras Kwame, the session's moderator-come-counsellor, asked the artists in the room what local infrastructure there was to help rising talent, and - occasional entrepreneurs like Owusu aside - there seemed to be very little. While there were plenty of creative workshops to help artists hone their performing skills, there seemed to be less support for those interested in forming the sort of grass roots management, live, label and publicity companies a scene needs to go mainstream.

"Is this something the local authority could help with?" Kwame pondered. "Yes", those who understood the way local government in Merseyside works reckoned, but it would require some proactive lobbying from the urban community. "Then that's what needs to happen" Kwame declared, rallying his crowd, "is for you all to start talking to each other, working together, speaking as one, and get help to build the kind of promotional and management infrastructure this local scene clearly needs".

CMU Publisher Chris Cooke, observing the proceedings, agreed with Kwame. "Many grass roots scenes face these issues", he observed. "It's not exclusive to urban music or Merseyside. But if you need help building and promoting an infrastructure, speak as one. Tell commercial media why covering your music will get them new readers or advertisers. Remind the BBC they have a duty to cover what you guys are doing. And if you want local government help to build a local industry, speak as one, devise a simple message, and find champions inside the local council to fight your cause".

Given the energy in the room on Thursday afternoon, with the right direction Liverpool's urban scene could definitely achieve a great deal, we reckon.

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CRAIG DAVID LAUNCHES PUBLISHING COMPANY
That Craig David chap has only gone and launched his own music publishing company. Bootyman Music, to be administered by Kobalt, will manage all of David's own songwriting copyrights and will also look to work with other songwriters, both new and established.

David told CMU: "The launch of Bootyman Music is hugely exciting and will allow me both the opportunity to control my own songwriting copyrights and to discover and work with both exciting new talent and established songwriters. I'm delighted to have Kobalt Music on board as a global administration partner and am looking forward to working with the team there to build a world class music publishing roster".

Koblat top geezer Willard Ahdritz told CMU: "We are delighted and honoured that Craig David has chosen Kobalt Music to administer his new music publishing company Bootyman Music. We are really looking forward to working with him moving forward".

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GOOGLE POSSIBLY ACQUIRED CONTENT START-UP AS BASIS FOR ANDROID MUSIC SERVICE
Google recently acquired an online content distribution start-up called Simplify Media, and now everyone seems to think the web giant plans to use the company's technology to launch some sort of music service accessed via an app on phones using its Android operating system.

The original Simplify Media service, which included an iPhone app, went offline in March promising an imminent relaunch. If Simplify is now used to power an Android-based streaming music service, the firm will be going in competition with the iPhone and any Apple-owned music services.

Speculation continues to be rife that Apple are about to launch a Spotify-style streaming music service that will be delivered to PCs via the iTunes player and to the iPhone via an app.

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LIVERPOOL SOUND CITY: RADIO WILL ONLY GET STRONGER
New technology will make radio stronger - providing new opportunities for both existing players and newcomers. That was the upbeat conclusion of CMU's radio panel at Liverpool Sound City last week.

"Internet radio has been around for over a decade now," CMU Publisher Chris Cooke observed, kicking off the proceedings. "But it's only now that we are starting to see the kind of technology emerging that could result in the net revolutionising radio. In the next few years we'll have radio sets that receive FM, DAB and internet-based services, and present those services in a way that means listeners won't need to know where their station of choice originates. As mobile internet technologies improve, that kind of radio set will become the norm in your car. Only then will internet radio, and net-based services like Pandora and Spotify go truly mainstream".

Won't that pose a big threat to traditional FM radio stations, which have previously been protected from new competitors because the small number of FM licences available pose a big barrier to market for start ups? Yes and no. Xfm music chief Mike Walsh argued that with an ever increasing amount of music and content available, listeners will rely more than ever on trusted brands to help them navigate what's on offer. And that's a great opportunity for traditional radio brands like Capital, Heart and Galaxy, other radio franchises owned by Xfm's parent company Global Radio.

"Yes, there will be lots of new rival music services", Mike admitted. "But for many radio listeners - most radio listeners - music is only one part of the equation. They are looking for personalities, for people and brands they can trust. And that's where the Xfms and Capitals of this world have the advantage".

But, for those who are primarily seeking music services, who may be increasingly frustrated with what's on offer on the FM dial, the new age of radio could be an opportunity to shun those traditional radio brands. Jeff Cooper, who set up his own online radio station Radio2XS back in 2002 after becoming frustrated with the homogenisation of the conventional radio sector, definitely thinks so.

"At the moment there is very little choice in radio" he explained. "Because there's a very limited number of stations on FM in any one area, and what stations any one region gets is decided on a pretty random basis by OfCom. So, a guy in a government department decides that Manchester should have an indie music station in the form of Xfm, but that the people of Liverpool don't want that kind of service. And then the stations you do get are controlled by one or two people in London, with very little local individuality or input".

But, Jeff hopes, the growth of internet radio will fix that, letting entrepreneurs launch nationwide niche services wherever they see the opportunity, and letting radio listeners in any one area pick from a much bigger range of stations. "It's important to remember this is all still in its infancy", A&R Worldwide's Sat Bisla, whose US radio show goes out on both FM and the net, reminded the panel, "FM radio still dominates. You see that when you run a promotion for a gig or artist. You get a much bigger response when you're working with an FM station than an online-only service".

But all panellists agreed exciting times are ahead, and are possibly just around the corner. "The other day I drove from North Wales back to Sheffield", Jeff added. "And with my Nokia phone in place, was able to listen to Radio2XS the whole way. Now, you need to have technical know-how to do that just now, but such things are only going to get easier".

"Labels are already seeing the potential of online stations to promote their music", plugger Ian Walsh of Ask Me PR added. "Whereas previously online radio would be down the bottom of the priority list, some labels now recognise that certain online services can be very valuable to reach certain audiences. And that's exciting for people like me, because over the last 20 years the numbers of people we can talk to in radio about our bands has declined greatly, as stations become more and more networked and controlled by central teams. Having more outlets for our music has got to be good news".

So, all in all a very positive hour for a session on the future of a terribly insecure industry about to undergo a period of radical change. It must have been the impromptu heatwave Liverpool Sound City delivered for its delegates. Or perhaps it's because a dangerous revolution is exactly what British radio needs just now.

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GEORGE LAMB QUITS 6
The axe may be hanging very perilously over BBC 6music just at the moment, but it's not all bad news for 6 fans. George Lamb is quitting the station. And his decision to go was partly motivated by the digital station's uncertain future. So, if the Trust do now save 6, the period of potential doom won't have been totally wasted.

Lamb, of course, was probably the most controversial hire at 6music, his laddish zoo-style show on daytime mornings not going down well at all with the majority of the 6 faithful. Once his champion at the station, former BBC Radio 2/6 boss Lesley Douglas, was pushed out of the Corporation post-Sachsgate, Lamb was sidelined to the weekend breakfast show slot. His decision to quit, therefore, comes as no surprise.

He said in a statement yesterday: "This isn't a decision we've taken hastily. We've been reviewing our situation for some time and we've always looked for opportunities to maximise the show's potential. I leave 6music with fantastic memories, and will always look back at my three and a bit years with great joy. [Co-presenter Marc Hughes] and I have been overwhelmed by the support we've had from the 6music management and our incredible listeners from day one. I wish everyone at the station the best of luck in this transitional period and my support for the station will always remain".

A statement from the Beeb read: "6music would like to thank both George and Marc for their commitment to the network over the past three years. We will miss their banter, tunes and air horns and wish them well in their future endeavours".

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CHART UPDATE
So, it's all change at the top of the singles chart this week, because BOB has only gone straight in at the top with his ditty 'Nothin On You'. Whether or not the involvement of Bruno Mars helped or hindered in that chart achievement isn't clear. Though Jason Derulo is 'Ridin Solo' without a Bruno, and he's had to make do with number two, so there's possibly a lesson in that. Former chart toppers Roll Deep slip to number three.

This week's other singles chart new entries include the Leeds United football anthem 'Marching On Together', re-released to celebrate the team's promotion to the premiership, which goes in at ten, Muse, who go in at eleven with 'Neutron Star Collision' despite having achieved no sporting triumph of note, the England-football-team-supporting The Squad, who go in at 21 with 'Three Lions 2010', despite their team probably set to achieve no sporting triumph of note, and The Pretty Reckless, who go in at sixteen with 'Make Me Wanna Die' despite having not achieved anything at all of note ever. The Glee cast are at 33 with 'Jessie's Girl', Katie Melua is new at 35 with 'The Flood' and Nas and Damian Marley go in at 39 with 'As We Enter'.

On the albums chart, the big if predictable news story is that The Rolling Stones have got their first number one in sixteen years with the re-release of their 1972 album 'Exile Of Main Street', a long player recorded in that period of the Stones' long career known by music experts as "when they weren't rubbish". The re-release was instigated by the release of a documentary about the making of the album, show at the Cannes Film Festival last week and on BBC 1 this weekend. See, the BBC doesn't just prop up the careers of aging theatre impresarios, they do their bit for aging rockers too.

The Stones re-release stopped Faithless's new long player 'The Dance' from going top; it had to make do with number two. Other album chart new entries are as follows: Baseballs at four with 'Strike', LCD Soundsystem at seven with 'This Is Happening', Band Of Horses at 21 with 'Infinite Arms', Tiesto at 27 with hits album 'Magikla Journey', Black Keys with 'Brothers' at 29, Nas & Damian Marley with 'Distant Relatives' at 30, and Train with 'Save Me San Francisco' at 33.

The charts are complied by a monkey called Maurice, who then scribbles them down on a piece of mauve paper in green crayon, and slides that piece of paper under the bedroom door of Martin Talbot, who takes it into work with him at the offices of the Official Charts Company.

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MCFLY DEMAND PHOTO BAN ON GAY MESSAGE BOARD
This is a strange one. McFly's management company have seemingly asked a popular gay message board to stop their users from posting pictures of the band - many clothing-lite photos - for other board-users to ogle at. This is presumably not the same McFly who once stripped naked on stage at GAY to celebrate their single getting to number one.

To be fair, the sort-of-boyband's managers aren't actually bothered that their act has a profile on a gay site like FM Forums (aside from that being homophobic, it would just be dumb, given presumably the band rely in part on a gay fanbase to shift records), but rather they are stressing about the number of private photos of the McFly boys that are appearing online. More for privacy reasons than because of any copyright claim, I think.

One of the moderators of FM Forums, which has kindly agreed to instigate a McFly snap ban, said that the letter from the band's managers said: "We are continuing to investigate how these pictures leak out". Helping in that regard, said moderator observed: "I think you'll find your band members are posting them on Twitter!"

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RONAN SEEKS PRIESTS GUIDANCE, HE SAYS "REMEMBER TO DELETE YOUR TEXTS NEXT TIME"
Ah, come on celebrities, this is getting silly. If you're going to cheat on your wives while on tour, don't leave your mobile full of saucy text messages lying around at home. Don't they teach you anything at celebrity school these days?

According to the always reliable Sun, reading texts on Ronan Keating's mobile is how his wife of twelve years, Yvonne, discovered he was shagging one of the women dancing on Boyzone's last tour. As previously reported, the Keatings announced they were separating last week and, while the official statement said everything was "amicable" between the couple, the tabs say otherwise, with Yvonne Keating reportedly livid after discovering her husband's alleged infidelities.

For his part, Ronan has reportedly asked his priest for forgiveness from God for his naughtiness. No statement forthcoming from the Lord on high as yet as to whether said forgiveness will be issued. Though the Almighty, like the rest of us, will presumably be mourning the fact that Ronan's screwing around brings to an end the happy ever after myth of heterosexual marriage.

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BIEBER AND THE REVOLVING DOOR
Now, I didn't go to school in Canada, but I have a feeling they must teach you how revolving doors work on the same day they discuss what the word 'German' means. And presumably Justin Bieber was off that day. Probably having his hair cut.

Here's what happens when the Biebster attempts to leave the building. It was captured on camera by a German TV company. Not that Justin will know what that means, presumably.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxSeCKwz-jw

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