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LimeWire still "actively engaged" in reaching deal with labels
Jacko cemetery to be open to fans on anniversary of death
In The Pop Courts
Aerosmith sued over cancelled Canadian gigs
In The Pop Hospital
Avenged Sevenfold drummer died of accidental overdose
Pop Politics
Korn boycott BP
Whittingdale stays on as head of Culture Committee
Awards & Contests
MOJO dish out their Honours
Release News
The Vaselines announce second album
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs announce new EP
Gigs & Tours News
Wu-Tang reunite for UK shows
Monarchy attempt to corner alien market
Ninja Tune announce 20th anniversary shows
Festival News
Dizzee Rascal among the 2453 shows at this year's Edinburgh Fringe
Hovercraft company start IOW festivities on the boat
Festival line-up update
Reviews
Album review: Robyn - Body Talk Part One (Universal)
Brands & Stuff
Birmingham arena owners hope to secure headline sponsor
The Music Business
PRS offer free office licences for World Cup
And finally...
Ronson not responsible for Allen's success, alright?


 
FRIDAY 11TH JUNE
THE MUSIC BUSINESS WEEK IN FIVE
So, if you're heading to Download this weekend expect cloudy skies with sunny spells, while if you're at the Isle Of Wight Festival you should get ready for lots of sunshine and a high temperature of just under 70 degrees Fahrenheit. What you can expect from the music, well, lots of top turns I'm sure.

 
If you're planning to spend the weekend watching the World Cup, I'd prepare myself for disappointment; though apparently they reckon England could make it to the semis. If only you won the World Cup for having the most over-paid idiots on your team, we'd be a shoe in.

Of course, if you'd rather stay in and help me and my co-Publisher Caro Moses process the 2453 shows that will appear at this year's Edinburgh Fringe festival (programme now out!) as we prepare to cover it all through our other media, ThreeWeeks, well, you're welcome to do so. Meanwhile, here's your music business week in five...

01: LimeWire were told to respond to the RIAA's injunction application. Last Friday, the US record label trade body requested an injunction to force LimeWire to shut down its file-sharing services, following a recent US court ruling in their favour re Team Lime's liabilities for copyright infringement. A US judge gave Lime Group's lawyers a fortnight to respond to the injunction request. Meanwhile, the RIAA are reportedly mounting a bid to sue LimeWire for millions (may be billions) in damages. CMU reports | Guardian report on potential damages

02: EMI Music chief optimistic, while Publishing shuts Benelux office. Charles Allen, boss of EMI's recorded music division, told Radio 4 the record label was actually performing better than most of its rivals, and that the £100 million recently stumped up by owners Terra Firma to help EMI meet its bank loan commitments was a vote of confidence from its financial backers. EMI's more successful publishing division, meanwhile, confirmed a pan-European restructure which will include shutting its Benelux offices. While the tough economic climate has played its part, EMI Publishing chiefs insisted the revamp was more about the changing nature of music licensing. CMU reports | Radio 4 documentary (available until Monday)

03: Apple boss Steve Jobs launched the iPhone 4, but the much rumoured iTunes streaming music service didn't get a mention. The major labels insist there have been no talks between them and Apple to licence such a service, so that's not a surprise. The new iPhone is thinner, has a better battery life and enhanced motion-sensing. Jobs also announced an iAds network, offering app makers the option to incorporate Apple-sold advertising in their apps, receiving a revenue share. CMU report | C-Net video review of iPhone

04: Universal prepared to sue Abba tribute bands. Well, the ones who use the word 'Abba' in their name, because it infringes the trademark owned by Universal subsidiary Polar Music. Polar are in the process of extending the categories in which it holds the exclusive rights to the Abba name, which suggests some major brand extensions are in the pipeline and might be why Universal is getting tetchy about tribute groups also capitalising on the Abba name. CMU report | Telegraph report

05: Radio 3 chief defended the BBC, RadioCentre dissed it. Actually, Radio 3 boss Roger Wright did tell the AGM of collecting society PPL that all radio stations had to be ready and willing to change in the digital age, but stressed that while it was easy and fun to knock the BBC, it is still a hugely admired broadcaster. Commercial radio group RadioCentre said the BBC's much reported plans to reform and downsize its radio operations did not include enough on ensuring Radios 1 and 2, and local BBC stations, do not unfairly compete with commercial rivals. CMU reports | RadioCentre report

And that's it. Artist news round ups galore in the CMU Weekly this afternoon.

Chris Cooke
Business Editor, CMU Daily

 
VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: Gilles Petersen album launch at East Village
It's compulsory for me to tip something related to Gilles Petersen and an event at East Village at least once a month each, so today is a double whammy. Following the rather fine original 'Havana Cultura' album - which bought us a "new Cuban sound" encompassing everything from standard Latin, to Cuban hip hop and rap, to classical Cuban son rhythms, and even R&B, Gilles has roped in some big names for a collection of remixes of tracks from that compilation, which is due out on Monday and launches tonight at East Village.

 
Joining Gilles on the decks (well, maybe not at exactly the same time, but you never know) will be west London broken beat meister Paul Dolby, aka Seiji, one ninth of dance collective Bugz In The Attic, and the capital's foremost tropical sound system, Sofrito Sound System. Expect some heavy Afro-Latin sounds like you ain't never heard before.

Friday 11th June, East Village, London, EC2A 3HX, 9pm - 4am, £6 adv, £8 door, more info from www.eastvillageclub.com, press info from Gerry Lyseight


 
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Candidates must be ambitious and creative, with strong communication skills and be able to demonstrate excellent client and media relations. We are seeking candidates with a proven track record who can demonstrate these skills through successful examples and be able to show an impressive portfolio of coverage for innovative and successful PR campaigns .

Salary £22k - £24k. Please send CV with cover letter to david@outpostmedia.co.uk.
       
  AEI MEDIA LTD: DIGITAL MARKETING MANAGER
AEI Media is the company behind a number of award winning music brands, including Drum&BassArena, GetDarker and UKF. We are based in London's Old St, in a spacious open plan office with stacks of natural light. We're looking for a first rate digital marketer to take responsibility for planning, managing, delivering and tracking marketing activity through existing and emerging digital channels. Marketing activities could include but are not limited to: email, social media, blogging, consumer insight, mobile, SEO/CPC, conversion optimisation and multivariate testing.

The main of aim the role is to increase revenue across our D2C e-commerce channels. Salary is negotiable, and the successful candidate will be incentivised against their impact on revenue, conversion rates, customer lifetime value and other KPIs. If you feel you're up to the challenge please send a covering note along with your CV to careers@aeimedia.co.uk.
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Media Junction, 2 Archer St, Soho, London W1D 7AW www.deskspacesoho.com, www.mediajunction.co.uk.
       
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LIMEWIRE STILL "ACTIVELY ENGAGED" IN REACHING DEAL WITH LABELS
US-based file-sharing company LimeWire has told Computerworld it stills hopes it can amicably settle its dispute with the big bad record industry. Which is what I think is known in the trade as "wishful thinking".

As previously reported, there's been quite a bit of activity in recent weeks regarding the Recording Industry Association Of America's long running efforts to sue the Lime Group out of business. A US judge issued a summary judgement that ruled the LimeWire company and its founder Mark Gorton were definitely liable for copyright infringement, and the RIAA has now requested an injunction to force Team Lime to close down the P2P part of their operation. Assuming that is given, the RIAA will then go for damages that could, in theory, run into billions, though in reality would be just enough to bankrupt the Lime Group and possibly Gorton.

But prior to the latest developments in the RIAA's long running litigation it was known the Lime Group, who have been developing legitimate digital music services, were hoping to do a deal with the record industry that would presumably draw a line under the firm's file-sharing past, and settle any infringement claims in such a way as to not put the digital company out of business. Lime even hired some former major label execs, presumably in a bid to thaw the very frosty relations that have always existed between them and the bigger record companies. But with things now going very much in the RIAA's favour in court, it seems unlikely such a deal will be struck.

Nevertheless, a spokesman for LimeWire told Computerworld this week that the company was "actively engaged" in working with the industry to settle the labels' legal claims, and to then "move forward with a new way of working together that benefits all parties involved", presumably by further developing the Lime Group's legal services. Said spokesman added: "LimeWire absolutely does not encourage or condone the illegal copying or sharing of copyrighted material", pointing out that Team Lime had added an option to its P2P platform that could filter out unlicensed files, though said filter was dismissed by the aforementioned US judge in his recent ruling because it had to be activated by the user, and was disabled by default.

LimeWire now has just over a week to respond to the RIAA's application for an injunction. It remains to be seen what will happen if and when that injunction is issued by the court. As previously reported, while LimeWire remains a popular P2P tool and its closure might make a small dent in the continued growth of illegal file-sharing, in reality shutting down the Lime service will only have a nominal impact on the amount of online piracy that occurs.

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JACKO CEMETERY TO BE OPEN TO FANS ON ANNIVERSARY OF DEATH
Michael Jackson fans will be allowed into the cemetery where the late king of pop is buried on the anniversary of his death on 25 Jun.

A spokesman for LA police have confirmed an area will be set aside for Jacko's fans at the Forest Lawn cemetery, overlooking the mausoleum where the singer is interred. Fans won't be allowed all the way up to the mausoleum, and efforts will be made to ensure the gathering in Jackson's memory doesn't hinder the families of others laid to rest there trying to get to their loved one's graves.

Sergeant Tom Lorenz told the LA Times: "We understand that Forest Lawn is working with the Jackson family for some kind of commemoration. We will be working closely with Forest Lawn to ensure the safety of those who want to pay their respects to Michael Jackson, while [also] ensuring the safety of others who are coming to the cemetery to pay respects to their loved ones".

Other plans to mark the first anniversary of Jackson's sudden demise are to be announced, though they will include the singer being posthumously inducted into the Apollo Legends Hall Of Fame in New York.

Before then, the late singer's former private doctor Conrad Murray, who is accused of causing Jacko's death by negligently administering a dangerous drug, will be back in court next week for an update in the case against him. As that court date approaches, the Californian Medical Board has requested a judge permanently ban Murray from practicing as a doctor in the state. Murray is currently banned by administering anaesthetics, but - while he has chosen not to - could in theory continue to work as a medic in California if he so wished.

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AEROSMITH SUED OVER CANCELLED CANADIAN GIGS
Aerosmith have been sued for $6 million by a Canadian promoter after the band cancelled a 2009 tour and then allegedly refused to reschedule the dates.

The US rockers' five show Canadian tour was due to take place last August, but was cancelled after frontman Steve Tyler hurt himself falling off stage. As previously reported, there then followed a period of uncertainty regarding the future of the band after Tyler went into rehab and his bandmates said he was taking a sabbatical from performing. But all differences were resolved in the Aerosmith camp in late February, and the band have now announced European and American tour dates, including a set at Download this weekend.

But the new tour only includes one date in Canada, in Toronto, and none of the five shows that were cancelled last summer. Which has made promoters Keystone Entertainment Group angry, hence the $6 million lawsuit.

According to the QMI Agency, Keystone's lawsuit, recently filed in a Calgary court, says: "Following the [cancellations], Keystone approached Aerosmith in September, 2009, for purposes of negotiating alternate dates for the tour. To date, Keystone has received no response or acceptance from Aerosmith".

The promoter is suing to cover the costs it incurred in setting up the cancelled gigs, and for lost ticket sales and profits. The band are yet to respond.

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AVENGED SEVENFOLD DRUMMER DIED OF ACCIDENTAL OVERDOSE
It has been revealed that Avenged Sevenfold drummer Jimmy 'The Rev' Sullivan died from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs mixed with alcohol last December. Coroner Mitchell Sigal told Rolling Stone that toxicology results had revealed "acute polydrug intoxication due to combined effects of Oxycodone, Oxymorphone, Diazepam/Nordiazepam and ethanol".

As previously reported, Sullivan was found dead, aged just 28, on 28 Dec last year. Initially it was reported that his death appeared to be from natural causes. In a statement released at the time, the remaining members of Avenged Sevenfold, of which he was a founder member, said: "Jimmy was not only one of the world's best drummers, but more importantly he was our best friend and brother".

The band are due to release their fifth album, 'Nightmare', on 26 Jul via Warner Bros Records.

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KORN BOYCOTT BP
Korn have announced that they are boycotting BP, and will therefore not use the company's petrol to fuel their touring vehicles as they make their way around the US with the Mayhem touring festival, in the wake of the oil spill disaster in the Gulf Of Mexico. In a statement released yesterday, the band's frontman, Jonathan Davis, urged other bands to follow suit.

Davis said: "The daily images are hard to watch. We need to do our part to let BP know there are consequences for causing something like this. We want to send a message to corporations like BP so that they will take more preventative measures in the future. The more costly their punishment, the more money they will spend to make sure disasters like this don't happen again. It's plain and simple capitalism. We urge the other acts on Mayhem and anyone on tour this year to be with us on this".

The band release their new album, 'Korn III - Remember Who You Are', through Roadrunner next month.

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WHITTINGDALE STAYS ON AS HEAD OF CULTURE COMMITTEE
Tory man John Whittingdale has been reinstalled as chairman of the Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee in parliament. Select committees are responsible for holding government officials and departments to account on all issues relating to their area of remit, and often publish reports recommending changes to legislation or government operations, which the government can then choose to adopt or ignore.

Whittingdale's Culture Select Committee were very critical of the impact of the 2003 Licensing Act on the grass roots live music community, and made a number of recommendations for how the law should be changed to make it easier to stage small gigs. The Labour government pretty much ignored said recommendations, though the Liberals backed the proposed reforms and some should now happen now the Tory/Lib coalition is in power.

As a Tory with a culture remit, Whittingdale was also crucial in ensuring the Digital Economy Act became law during the wash up ahead of this year's General Election. Getting the DEA's more controversial elements - including the three-strikes anti-piracy system - onto the statute book required Tory support for the Labour government's proposals. Shortly before the DEA was passed by parliament, and with the deadline for getting it through getting very close, then Culture Minister Ben Bradshaw told a UK Music gathering "God and John Whittingdale permitting, we will get there". They did.

For the first time select committee chairmen are being appointed by a private ballot of MPs, rather than via back room deals between the key party's whips. That said, Whittingdale was unopposed in his bid to stay on as chair of the culture committee.

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MOJO DISH OUT THEIR HONOURS
So, MOJO magazine dished out its Honours List awards last night, and here's the list of winners, providing in the form of words, spaces and colons.

Breakthrough Act: The Low Anthem
Vision Award: Oil City Confidential
Best Live: Midlake
Compilation Of The Year: Amorphous Androgynous
Catalogue Release Of The Year: The Beatles
Song of the Year: Kasabian - Fire
Best Album: Richard Hawley - Truelove's Gutter

Classic Album Award: Stone Roses
MOJO Medal: Daniel Miller, Mute Records founder
Maverick Award: Hawkwind
Merit Award: Devo
Roots Award: Kate and Anna McGarrigle
Hero Award: Marc Almond
Classic Songwriter Award: Roy Wood
Les Paul Award: Richard Thompson
Inspiration Award: Teardrop Explodes
Lifetime Achievement Award: Jean-Michel Jarre
Icon Award: Duane Eddy
Hall Of Fame: Jimmy Page
Outstanding Contribution To Music: Sigur Ros

You've probably noticed there's a bit of an eighties theme going on with this year's retrospective winners. Well, actually, I didn't especially, but whoever wrote the awards press release did, and then demanded MOJO editor Phil Alexander explain himself.

He says: "The 80s are almost the new 60s. You can hear the influence of that decade everywhere. The aspects of the 80s we chose to celebrate at the MOJO Honours List reflect the genuine innovation of that period and I think you sense that the best music made at that time has had a massive impact on the musicians of today, in the same way that the 60s and 70s did previously. Somehow, there is a freedom in parts of 80s music that resonates among a new generation of musicians and fans, and it underlines the age old MOJO belief that music is a continuum and never stops evolving".

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THE VASELINES ANNOUNCE SECOND ALBUM
The Vaselines have announced that they will release their second album, 'Sex With An X', in September, more than 20 years after their debut, 'Dum Dum', which came out in 1989.

The band was formed in Glasgow in 1987 by Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee, released two singles and an album, and then split up in 1989 shortly (as in a few days) after the release of the long player. In the intervening years they gained a cult popularity, aided by Nirvana recording no less than three covers of their songs. Kelly and McKee toured together as solo artists in 2006, occasionally playing a few old songs here and there, but didn't resurrect The Vaselines until 2008, when they appeared unannounced a charity show in Glasgow. A world tour followed later and suddenly the ball started rolling.

'Sex With An X' is due for release on Sub Pop on 14 Sep and will be accompanied by a UK tour. You can download a free track from the album from the band's website: www.thevaselines.co.uk

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TOTALLY ENORMOUS EXTINCT DINOSAURS ANNOUNCE NEW EP
Lengthy in both name and gaps between releases (though not by Vaselines standards), Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs have announced the release of their second EP, almost a year to the day after their debut. 'All In Two Sixty Dancehalls' will hit shelves on 14 Jun, released through Grecho-Roman. Amongst the four tracks, you'll find guest vocals from Lulu And The Lampshades' Luisa Gerstein and Roll Deep's Riko.

The tracklist reads thus:

Garden (feat Luisa Gerstein)
Blood Pressure (feat Riko)
That One
Dipper

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WU-TANG REUNITE FOR UK SHOWS
The remaining members of Wu-Tang clan will return to the stage for two UK shows later this summer, it has been announced. Eight of the group's nine original members - RZA, Method Man, Ghostface, Raekwon, Mastakilla, GZA, U-God, Mathematics and Inspectah Deck - will appear with latecomer Cappadonna. The only name absent is Ol Dirty Bastard who, of course, died in 2004.

Here are the dates:

3 Aug: Manchester, Academy
4 Aug: London, Brixton Academy

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MONARCHY ATTEMPT TO CORNER ALIEN MARKET
Monarchy have announced that they aim to become the first band to broadcast a gig into space later this month. Presumably, with record sales falling on Earth, the duo hope to corner the potentially lucrative but hitherto untapped alien market.

The band will head to home of NASA (though I'm not entirely sure if NASA are involved) Cape Canavarel in Florida on 17 Jun to play the show, film of which will be bounced out into space via a satellite dish. And it's just in time, too, because their debut album, 'Love Get Out Of My Way', which promises to be filled with grand electronic pop tunes, will be released by Mercury on 2 Aug. I for one welcome our new alien record buyers.

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NINJA TUNE ANNOUNCE 20TH ANNIVERSARY SHOWS
Ninja Tune have announced a run of shows all over the world to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the iconic electronic label. Amongst the dates there are currently two UK gigs, both of which sound very exciting indeed.

For full details of all the birthday shows, check out www.ninjatunexx.com

Here are the UK dates:

2 Oct: London, Ewer St Car Park
Coldcut, Toddla T with Serocee, Amon Tobin, Daedelus, Roots Manuva, Mr Scruff, The Bug with Flowdan, Kid Koala, XXXchange, DJ Food & DK, Bonobo (DJ set), King Cannibal, Dorian Concept, Jammer, Floating Points, The Qemists Soundsystem, Eskmo and more to be announced

14 Nov: London, Royal Albert Hall
The Cinematic Orchestra and more to be announced

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DIZZEE RASCAL AMONG THE 2453 SHOWS AT THIS YEAR'S EDINBURGH FRINGE
Dizzee Rascal, Tinchy Stryder, Mika and Plan B are among the acts due to play at the Edge Festival this year, a musical strand of the Edinburgh Fringe, the official programme for which was published yesterday.

Also set to appear as part of Edge Fest this year are a big stack of CMU favourites like Eels, The Divine Comedy, Steve Mason, Broken Records, Kitty Daisy And Lewis and the wonderful Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip.

The festival takes place at venues around the Scottish capital throughout August, and forms part of the Edinburgh Fringe, the biggest fuck off festival on the planet, which this year includes 2453 separate shows (558 of them free) involving 21,148 performers at over 100 venues across the city. Comedy, theatre, dance, musicals, art, talks, cabaret, kids shows and music of all kinds makes up the programme.

Other music types set to appear at the Fringe this year include Beardyman, Blazin Fiddles, Bert Jansch, Shooglenifty, Orkestra Del Sol, The Tiger Lillies, Duke Special, the new folky project from Idlewild's Roddy Woomble, and Edinburgh Fringe favourites like Camille O'Sullivan, Dean Friedman, Nick Pynn, Moishe's Bagel and Kenny Young & The Eggplants. Oh, and cult indie folkster MJ Hibbett will be performing his two-man musical, 'Dinosaur Planet'. And let's not forget there are hundreds of classical concerts.

And this is all before you even start to browse the theatre, dance and comedy sections of the programme. The Edinburgh Fringe's comedy strand is, in itself, the biggest comedy festival on the planet, and to more or less randomly pick out eleven must see comedy shows set to appear this year, let's name check Jim Jeffries, Jason Byrne, Brendon Burns, Susan Calman, Phil Nichol, Nina Conti, Henning Wehn, Matt Green, The Penny Dreadfuls, Pappy's and improv group Noise Next Door

More about the Edge Festival at www.theedgefestival.com, more about the Fringe at www.edfringe.com.

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HOVERCRAFT COMPANY START IOW FESTIVITIES ON THE BOAT
The company that operates the hovercraft that goes across to the Isle Of Wight has teamed up with the local outpost of the Galaxy radio network so to entertain those using the boat service today to get to this weekend's IOW Festival. Hovertravel will host Galaxy DJs who will be playing tunes both at the hovercraft terminal and on the boats themselves. They're calling it HoverFest, obviously.

Hovertravel MD Neil Chapman told CMU: "Visitors to the Isle of Wight Festival often choose Hovertravel because we are the quickest way to travel to the island. This year to get the party started even faster we are launching the HoverFest to add to the excitement and help get our customers in the mood for the big event".

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FESTIVAL LINE-UP UPDATE

GLASTONBURY. Worthy Farm, Somerset, 23-27 Jun: Chew Lips, Sub Focus, NewIslands and Kid Adrift have all been confirmed to play the BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury next week, along with Roll Deep, Pulled Apart By Horses, The John E Vistic Experience plus many more. www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk

STANDON CALLING, Standon, Hertfordshire, 6-8 Aug: British Sea Power, Metronomy, Cleaning Women and Jeffrey Lewis are amongst the latest acts announced to play at Standon Calling this summer, with Alice Russell, Sleepy Sun, Steve Mason, Three Trapped Tigers and Sparrow And The Workshop also confirmed to play. www.standon-calling.com

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ALBUM REVIEW: Robyn - Body Talk Part One (Universal)
2008's 'With Every Heartbeat' was one of the most unlikely number ones of recent years, but it helped pave the way for today's female über-electro pop stars, from Little Boots to Lady GaGa (well, just those two, really).

So, for the follow up to her eponymous album, Robyn has thrown down the gauntlet to GaGa - if you can release a double album, then I'm going to release a "triple album in three installments" (well, three albums, in other words). And 'Part One', thankfully, is very good indeed.

The cold (wavey) 'Dont Fucking Tell Me What To Do' is not a RATM-style teenage anthem in waiting but a subtly attitude-heavy slice of minimal electro; but after that we're in full on pop mode, with an effortless triptych of 'Fembot', 'Cry When You Get Older' and 'Dancing On My Own', the latter being right up there with the best edgy pop of Kylie and Madonna's recent past. Meanwhile the closing 'Jag Yet En Dejlig Rosa' has a touch of Björk mystery and melancholy about its sparse moodiness.

With only eight tracks it feels a tad insubstantial, but if parts two and three are as much fun as this, it'll all be worth it. MS

Physical release: 14 Jun
Press contact: Universal IH [NP], Bang On [O]

Buy from iTunes
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BIRMINGHAM ARENA OWNERS HOPE TO SECURE HEADLINE SPONSOR
The owners of the NEC complex in the Midlands, who rebranded the complex's arena as the LG Arena in 2008, are now looking for a brand interested in taking the naming rights on one of their other big venues, the NIA Arena in central Birmingham.

The NEC Group is currently planning a major revamp of the Birmingham arena, which originally opened in 1991, and they are hoping to score an LG-style sponsorship on the revamped venue once it is ready to launch.

NEC Group's arenas boss Phil Mead told Music Week: "We recently launched the brand new LG Arena to critical acclaim from pop stars to concert goers. We are now taking the first steps to propelling The NIA to the top of the UK's premier arenas, by finding an architect who can make our hopes and dreams into a reality".

It is hoped work on the new look NIA Arena can begin as early as next summer.

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PRS OFFER FREE OFFICE LICENCES FOR WORLD CUP
Collecting society PRS For Music is offering companies who want to turn the office telly on during the World Cup a free one month music licence, so they can do so legally.

The promotion suggests that employers should let their staff watch key World Cup matches that take place during the daytime at their offices, to avoid football fanatical staff from skiving off work. But, of course, whenever you turn on the telly in a public space, some music is likely to pour out of the speakers at some point, and for that you'll need public performance licences from both PRS and PPL.

But for the month of the World Cup the former comes free. Though PRS obviously hope that offices keep their televisions on even after England are knocked out of the football tournament (so, next Friday?) and then start paying for their music licence.

The aim, presumably, is to introduce the concept of offices needing PRS and PPL licences to play music - including radio and TV shows containing music - while trying to look like a more friendly organisation. Though the fact a licence is needed at all will come as such a shock to many smaller employers, they'll probably not consider either collecting societies to be their friends.

Offices wanting to take up the offer should call 0800 694 7332.

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RONSON NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ALLEN'S SUCCESS, ALRIGHT?
Lily Allen is fed up of people saying that she's only famous because she did that Kaiser Chiefs cover with Mark Ronson. So stop saying it, alright?

Ronson told The Guardian: "I know Lily is quite proud, and rightly so, she is very talented. There is no one behind Lily Allen, it's all her. She would just get mad, and I would say, 'Well I didn't write that'. She would then hang up".

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