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Irish three-strikes to be tested in court this week
Murray's medical licence not revoked
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Bachman brother charged with sexual assault
John picket not guilty of terrorist threats
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Jimmy Dean dies
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Jay-Z refuses to publish autobiography
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Active Child announces UK tour dates
Pulled Apart By Horses on tour now
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Festival line-up update
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Album review: Au Revoir Simone - Night Light (Moshi Moshi Records)
The Music Business
Plastic Head open US office
The Digital Business
Sonicbids buys ArtistData
Tesco planning digital locker service
Is Google music service now really in development?
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News Corp want to own Sky outright
One Gold buy former Your Media stations
Chart Of The Day
Total Rock World Album Chart
And finally...
Football songs are "wrong", says Fatboy Slim


 
TUESDAY 15TH JUNE
RIZ MC
Riz MC, aka Riz Ahmed, released his debut single, 'The Post 9/11 Blues', in 2006, causing much controversy across the media, but also winning him a loyal following. Riz is also an acclaimed actor, and recently starred in Chris Morris' 'Four Lions'. His debut album 'MICroscope' is out in September, coupled with a groundbreaking high concept live show, set to tour at the end of the year (though you can catch it at Fabric in London on 17 Jun), an interactive live experience in which the audience become part of the show, with the music played through a themed storyline, complete with actors and musicians. With his new single 'Hundred & Thousands' out his week, we caught up with Riz to find out more.

 
Q1 How did you start out making music?
When I was young I would steal my older brother's mix cassettes and start memorising the lyrics. Then I was writing my own and performing them at raves that I'd put on (Hit&Run is still going strong in Manchester!), and on the odd pirate radio slot, and at MC battles like JumpOff and Battlescars. I started recording in 2006 when I wanted to write material beyond crowd hyping and punchlines.

Q2 What inspired your latest album?
It was recorded over two years, but the consistent vibe, both musically and lyrically, is, I guess, about being comfortable with not fitting in. It's about trying to be authentic and dealing with the social politics of that. The songs are about fake handshakes, social stereotypes, Facebook personas, the cult of cuntish cool, the autopilot rut of getting smashed at the weekend and trendy ghetto living. It's about negotiating these things to try and connect with something sincere and real in yourself and others. And failing! Musically, there's a mix of styles on there but they are all out of the box and don't fit neatly - I think it sounds fresh because of that.

Q3 What process do you go through in creating a track?
I usually have a few things in mind I wanna write about, things I've noticed or knots I need to untie for myself by writing about them. I let it sit for ages then it'll click one day and I'll finally write it. It's never just a matter of being sent a beat and writing to it. I like working closely with producers. With Lazersonic we worked hard on finding a distinctive sound for our stuff. Usually I'd have a song written and we make a track around that. With Redinho he had these amazing sketches already done and I wrote to them, we worked on the arrangements a lot. I like collaborating a lot with people; it focuses my head, I can be quite hyperactive.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
4hero, Björk, Prodigy, Mos Def, Massive Attack, Roots Manuva, DJ EZ, Andy C, Gil Scott-Heron and Talib Kweli, to name a few.

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
Hopefully it speaks for itself. I guess on one level it's more dancefloor but on another level it has lyrical substance, so if they didn't like it in one setting I'd say try it in another.

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest album, and for the future?
I want to push boundaries with the sound of the 'MICroscope' album and with the way I'm touring it. Hopefully people will respond to that. The live show is an interactive immersive experience and no one out there is really doing anything like it. I've been shooting films for it, directing video designers to actors and dancers - I think it'll be really exciting for people. I think it's up to independent artists to push things forward and I wanna keep doing that with my sound, my ideas, and with the range people I reach.

MORE>> www.myspace.com/rizmc
 
THOMAS TRUAX
Thomas Truax has been many things: magician; set builder; stop-motion animator. These days he travels around the UK with his family of self-invented instruments performing songs that document the daily goings on in the imaginary world of Wowtown. As we have informed you on approximately 507 separate previous occasions, he is amazing. Both his live performances and his studio recordings are completely idiosyncratic and inherently lovable.

 
Last week Truax released his fifth album, 'Sonic Dreamer', the follow-up to last year's 'Songs From The Films Of David Lynch'. The album features some of his finest songs to date, up there with classics such as 'Inside The Internet', 'My Wife Had A Dream' and 'Prove It To My Daughter'. One such new classic of the Thomas Truax oeuvre is 'Beehive Heart', which you can listen to and download for free at the link below.

soundcloud.com/charmfactory/thomas-truax-beehive-heart


 
  CHERRY RED RECORDS: PUBLISHING/LICENSING ASSISTANT
Cherry Red Records is looking for a Publishing/Licensing Assistant required for a part time role 2-3 days per week. Main duties to include increasing publishing catalogue by signing established writers/tracks and acquiring available catalogues of work, working both publishing and master catalogue in terms of compilation/sync licensing.

Ideal candidate will have several years experience in the publishing and/or licensing fields at established publisher/record label, an in-depth knowledge of music from the past 30-40 years, and an ability to self-motivate and come up with innovative ideas.

Please contact matt@cherryred.co.uk with a CV and covering letter by 30 Jun.
       
  OCEANIC MUSIC & MANAGEMENT: INTERN
Oceanic are an artist & producer management company and record label based in West London. Representing both new and established artists and award winning producers, the company are looking for an intern to help with a wide variety of management and label duties, including online marketing and PR, content generation and database maintenance, liaising with domestic and international partners, and day-to-day artist's diary co-ordination.

Applicants must be computer literate, have a very good understanding of social networks, have basic design skills, great spelling and grammar and a good overview of the music industry. Photoshop / audio editing skills would be highly advantageous.

Hours can be negotiated and salary is dependent on experience. Start date is ASAP.

Please send CV and covering letter to: intern@oceanicmusic.com
       
  OUTPOST MEDIA: ACCOUNT MANAGER
Outpost Media are looking for an ambitious Account Manager/Senior Account Executive to work across key music, brand and event campaigns at our Shoreditch offices. With a minimum of 2 years PR experience, you will have worked on a broad range of projects including brands, consumer PR and/or possibly other creative disciplines. You will have an excellent knowledge and passion for music, and know your Toddla T from your MGMT. A Bulging black book of press contacts is a must for this role. Experience of managing, producing and promoting events would be a distinct advantage, as is a keen eye for new business.

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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  DESK SPACE TO RENT IN SOHO, LONDON
We have a limited number of desks to rent in our central Soho offices, from 550 per month, all inclusive (excluding phone line). Access to our 100meg/sec broadband (download and upload) network included, along with sharing of our office facilities and services. Media Junction is the UK's leading arts and entertainment marketing agency, and our office contains an in-house green screen and photographic studio, including full online and offline post-production facilities. Minimum term is 3 months. To make an appointment to view our desk space, please contact Sophie on 020 7434 9919, mailbox@mediajunction.co.uk.

Media Junction, 2 Archer St, Soho, London W1D 7AW www.deskspacesoho.com, www.mediajunction.co.uk.
       
  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
       
  BESPOKE MUSIC, MEDIA AND PR TRAINING FROM CMU
The team behind CMU's acclaimed seminars programme are now offering their services to music and media companies, educational bodies and membership organisations looking for bespoke professional training courses. CMU's existing courses on music rights, music business models, music PR, media and social media can be run specifically for an organisation's employees, students or members, or bespoke courses can be developed according to an organisation's specific needs. For more information contact Chris Cooke on 020 7099 9050 or chris@unlimitedmedia.co.uk.
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IRISH THREE-STRIKES TO BE TESTED IN COURT THIS WEEK
The legal case for three-strikes will be tested in Ireland this week, even though the country's biggest tel co is already operating such a system to tackle online piracy.

As previously reported, unlike in the UK and France, efforts in Ireland to force internet service providers to take a more proactive role in policing piracy have not, so far, involved the crafting of new laws, but rather efforts to convince the net sector that an obligation to operate something like the three-strikes system exists under current copyright law.

One of the country's biggest net firms, Eircom, agreed to voluntarily launch a three-strikes system, which will see persistent file-sharers have their net connections suspended, as part of an out of court settlement to a wider dispute between the Irish record industry and the tel co. But in that settlement the Irish record companies pledged to try and pressure Eircom's rivals to introducing similar anti-piracy measures. Such pressuring is now underway.

And by pressuring, we mean legal action. And one bit of such legal action will head to court this week, as another Irish ISP - UPC (Chorus NTL until last month) - tries to persuade a judge that there is no obligation on them to operate a three-strikes system under existing copyright laws in Ireland.

The Irish record industry will be hoping that that previously reported Irish court ruling on three-strikes, in which Judge Peter Charleton ruled that concerns raised by Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner regarding Eircom's three-strikes system were unfounded, will give them a head start. Though while that ruling said that three-strikes didn't breach privacy laws, it didn't say there was any obligation on ISPs to operate such anti-piracy measures, which is the point at issue in the UPC case.

And UPC stand by their claim there is no obligation on them to operate three-strikes. They told the country's Sunday Business Post last week: ''UPC will continue to vigorously defend the ISP liability proceedings taken against it by the music companies. There is no basis under Irish or European law requiring an ISP to monitor or block subscriber traffic on its network. We do not condone piracy and we have always taken a strong stance against illegal activity on our network. But we will not voluntarily agree to implement measures such as a [three strikes] system in the absence of a legal obligation to do so".

Lawyers at all of Ireland's other ISPs and tel cos will be watching this week's court hearing with interest. Both O2 and 3 are facing similar action from the Irish record labels and plan to likewise fight in court any bid to force them to introduce three-strikes. Vodafone will also be viewing things carefully, though, according to The Post, they have indicated they are willing to enter into voluntary discussions with the record industry about anti-piracy measures, rather than automatically fighting any claim by the labels in court.

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MURRAY'S MEDICAL LICENCE NOT REVOKED
Doctor Conrad Murray can continue to work as a medic in California, if he so wishes, while he awaits trial over allegations his negligence caused the death of Michael Jackson.

As previously reported, Murray was back in court for a routine update hearing on the case against him yesterday, and ahead of the hearing both the Californian Medical Board and California's District Attorney requested that the doc be banned from practicing medicine in the state. He is already banned from administering anaesthetics in California, after the dose of propofol he gave Michael Jackson on 25 Jun last year killed the pop star.

But Judge Michael Pastor, who put off making a decision on a similar request back in April, yesterday said he didn't have to power to revoke Murray's medical license because a different judge in an earlier hearing on the matter had decided not to, and that decision must stand.

Murray's legal people oppose the moves to ban their client from working as a doctor in California, even though he has no intent to do so. But, they claim, such a move in that state would impact on his license to practice medicine in Texas and Nevada, where he is working.

Murray denies he acted negligently in administering the drug that killed Jackson. If found guilty of the charges he could face up to four years in jail.

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BACHMAN BROTHER CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT
One of the three Bachman brothers who co-founded the Bachman-Turner Overdrive has been charged with several sexual offences involving a minor.

According to the Abbotsford News, Tim Bachman was in court in the Canadian city yesterday to face charges of sexual interference of a child under fourteen, sexual assault and touching a young person for a sexual purpose. He is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a young girl for three years, starting when she was just eleven. The charges have come about because the girl, now in her early twenties, reported the one time guitarist and singer to the authorities last year.

Bachman co-founded BTO with his two brothers Randy and Robbie and Fred Turner in the early seventies. He left the band in 1974, but returned for a reunion tour in 1984 and played in a version of the band in the late eighties. Since then, however, he has stepped back from music and has most recently worked in real estate.

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JOHN PICKET NOT GUILTY OF TERRORIST THREATS
Charges against an American man who has been picketing the Atlanta home of Elton John after the singer made his "Jesus was probably gay" remark back in February have been dismissed.

65 year old Neal Horsley stood outside Elton's home waving a banner that said 'Elton John Must Die', and also ranted about the singer on a website. He was charged for making "terrorist threats", but a judge ruled yesterday that Horsley's actions "did not warrant criminal charges".

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JIMMY DEAN DIES
Country singer Jimmy Dean, best known for his big hit 'Big Bad John', has died, aged 81.

Dean started his career in the entertainment industry in the late 1940s after a time in the US Air Force. He hosted a radio show in Washington DC in the early 1950s, and scored one hit during that time in the form of 'Bummin Around', though it was when he started working for US broadcaster CBS and signed to its then sister record company Columbia Records that his music career started to take off properly. He had a number of hits in the sixties and seventies, though his 1961 hit 'Big Bad John' remained his most famous.

Although his music career grew, Dean continued to work in TV - including some stints on 'The Tonight Show' and some memorable sketches with Rowlf the Dog on 'The Muppet Show' - and later turned to acting. Also a business man, in 1969 he founded the Jimmy Dean Sausage Company, and became the face of his product by appearing in numerous TV ads. He sold the sausage company in 1984, though stayed involved in its running until the start of the last decade.

He was inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame earlier this year. He is survived by his wife, Mary Sue, and three children.

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EDWYN COLLINS ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM
Brilliant news, now. Edwyn Collins has announced details of his seventh solo album, the first written since the musician suffered two brain haemorrhages in 2005. 'Losing Sleep' will be released by Heavenly Recordings on 13 Sep and features collaborations with Johnny Marr, former Aztec Camera man Roddy Frame, Alex Kapranos and Nick McCarthy of Franz Ferdinand, Romeo Stodart of The Magic Numbers, Ryan Jarman of The Cribs, and The Drums.

Following his life threatening illness, Collins went through intensive rehabilitation before returning to the stage less than two years later in October 2007's BBC Electric Proms. However, it was another year before the desire to write new music returned. When it did, he and producer Sebastian Lewsley began work on what would become 'Losing Sleep' at Collins' own West Heath Studios.

Collins has just announced a number of live shows for August and September, including a headline show at Queen Elizabeth Hall on London's Southbank on 23 Sep.

The full tracklist for the new album is as follows:

Losing Sleep
What Is My Role? (co-written with Ryan Jarman)
Do It Again (co-written with Alex Kapranos & Nick McCarthy)
Humble
Bored
In Your Eyes (co-written with The Drums)
I Still Believe In You (co-written with Ryan Jarman)
Come Tomorrow, Come Today (co-written with Johnny Marr)
It Dawns On Me (co-written with Romeo Stodart)
Over The Hill
All My Days (co-written with Roddy Frame)
Searching For The Truth

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JAY-Z REFUSES TO PUBLISH AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Jay-Z has revealed that he's refused to allow an autobiography he wrote with journalist Dream Hampton four years ago to be published as he feels it reveals too much about his childhood and his father, who left home with Jay-Z was eleven years old.

The rapper told Rolling Stone: "It's too much. For the book, I was interviewed, people close to me were interviewed, so I was learning a lot of things I didn't know as a child. It's not anything I haven't said in the past, in songs. It's just more detailed... You can say exactly how everything went".

He added: "It was still wrong... that [my father] left, but he did stick around at a time when it wasn't cool or popular. He married my mom at a time when guys were just leaving, and you'd never even meet your dad. So [writing the book] made me ease up a little bit in how I felt about him".

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ACTIVE CHILD ANNOUNCES UK TOUR DATES
It's been nearly a month since any of us at CMU have seen Active Child play live and we're suffering from withdrawal symptoms a bit, so it's lucky he's decided to come back again next month. Actually, he'll be playing two dates with School For Seven Bells, creating a line-up so amazing that I'm still pretty sure I must have passed out on my keyboard and fallen into some brilliant dream.

Tour dates:

17 Jul: Latitude Festival
18 Jul: Bristol, Thekla
19 Jul: Manchester, Ruby Lounge (supporting School For Seven Bells)
20 Jul: London, The Scala (supporting School For Seven Bells)
21 Jul: Sheffield, The Forum
23 Jul: Nottingham, Red Room
24 Jul: Truck Festival
26 Jul: London, The Lexington

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PULLED APART BY HORSES ON TOUR NOW
With a reputation as purveyors of a fine live show spreading like wildfire, Pulled Apart By Horses start a UK tour this week. Actually, they started yesterday in Manchester. Sorry Manchester readers - though you can catch the band in your city again in September when they support Muse. I'm not too familiar with Manchester venues, but the Lancashire County Cricket Club is probably similar in size and atmosphere to the Deaf Institute, right? If anything, the Deaf Institute sounds bigger. Remember when Muse used to be able to sell out stadiums. What went wrong, eh?

Anyway, as well as being on tour, Pulled Apart By Horses also release a new single this week, 'Back To The Fuck Yeah', which precedes their eponymous debut album next Monday.

Tour dates:

15 Jun: London, 100 Club
16 Jun: Nottingham, Bodega Social Club
17 Jun: Glasgow, King Tut's
19 Jun: Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
26 Jun: Glastonbury
16 Jul: 2000 Trees
24 Jul: Off The Cuff
25 Jul: Truck Festival
30 Jul: Kendal Calling
7 Aug: Hevy Festival
4 Sep: Manchester, LCCC (supporting Muse)
12 Sep: End Of The Road

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FESTIVAL LINE-UP UPDATE

GARDEN FESTIVAL, Petrčane, Zadar, Croatia, 2-11 Jul: Hercules & Love Affair, Bonobo, Henrik Schwarz, Tensnake, Dixon, Breakestra and Norman Jay are among the latest editions to the line-up for the fifth Garden Festival in Croatia. www.thegardenfestival.eu

GLASTONBURY, Worthy Farm, Somerset, 23- 27 Jun: The line-ups for Glastonbury Festival's smaller stages have been announced; artists amongst the line-ups include Curved Air, Corinne Bailey Rae, Seth Lakeman, Andrew Morris Band, Filthy Kicks, Rob Reynolds, Kissy Sell Out, Rob Da Bank and 808 State. www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk

T IN THE PARK, Balado, Kinross-shire, 9-11 Jul: Editors, Frightened Rabbit, and Liverpudlian singer-songwriter Delta Maid have been added to the T In The Park bill, with the full line-up for the Ceilidh Tent also announced. www.tinthepark.com

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ALBUM REVIEW: Au Revoir Simone - Night Light (Moshi Moshi Records)
Brooklyn-based three piece electronic group Au Revoir Simone released their third album - 'Still Night, Still Light' - in 2009 to strong reviews. Before getting started on their next studio release, they've worked on a remix album of long player three, commissioning several important names in the alternative community to rework the original tracks from the album and put their own individual stamp on them.

In several instances, the changes are so radical as to be totally unrecognisable. Take the remix of 'Another Likely Story' by Neon Indian, who eschews the glacial, slow burning heart of the original, retaining only the vocals and using them to create a track that would have sat nicely in his own previous record, 'Psychic Chasms'. It's far more urgent and assertive than the original.

Jens Lekman completely changes the pace of 'Shadows' to something close to funereal, whilst adding the kind of musical touches to it that listeners of his previous albums would expect; string and vocal samples aplenty. It's a similar story on the remix of 'All Or Nothing' by Jensen Sportag, a duo of producers from Nashville. Whereas Au Revoir Simone underpinned their original with organs, Jensen Sportag throw the entire kitchen sink at the track, using horns with carefree abandon, as well as plenty of percussion.

'Still Night, Still Light' was a very impressive album in its own right. Although it didn't reinvent the wheel in terms of contemporary electronic pop, it had few rivals in terms of songwriting and arrangement. The band aren't precious about their own work, though. They clearly see the value of the remix as a positive, creative device rather than just a means of throwing out an extra track.

And by and large, the results are successful. We have a record that's been reworked beyond all comprehension, barely displaying any similarities to its sister album, which is always a good sign that remixing has worked. KW

Press contact: Anorak London
Physical release: 5 Jul

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PLASTIC HEAD OPEN US OFFICE
Music distributor Plastic Head Music has launched a North American office in Philadelphia. US-based Candlelight Records and EMI's Caroline Distribution will continued to handle Plastic Head's logistics in North America, but the new office will give the distributor a base on the ground to directly plan and manage the distribution of its clients' releases in the US and Canada.

Confirming the new office, Plastic Head director Steve Beatty told reporters: "The USA is a massive market with European labels finding it hard to get any distribution at all let alone one with a UK and American office that talks to each other constantly exchanging information and making the right decisions to maximize our efforts. Plastic Head has made a huge step in what it can offer its European labels".

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SONICBIDS BUYS ARTISTDATA
Sonicbids has announced it has acquired ArtistData, the web-service that helps artists manage their online presence. Sonicbids primarily exists to help unsigned bands score gigs, and hopes many of those bands will now use ArtistData to promote their shows.

Sonicbids founder Panos Panay told CMU: "We are hyper-focused on delivering value to our customers, and ArtistData was the most frequently requested partnership from our members. Helping bands connect with promoters is great, but we were missing a piece of the puzzle in helping bands and promoters get the word out about those gigs to bring in the fans. ArtistData's founder Brenden Mulligan really nailed this, and it's clear based on ArtistData's traction in the market. We're very excited to welcome him and his ideas to our company to help further grow our product".

The there mentioned Mulligan added: "The combined offering of Sonicbids and ArtistData is extremely powerful, as it makes it easier than ever for artists to manage their touring all in one place. Sonicbids has spent almost ten years growing a sustainable business around helping artists and constantly reinvests into the independent music ecosystem. I'm proud to join the team and can't wait to help Sonicbids make substantial progress and add lasting value to their platform".

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TESCO PLANNING DIGITAL LOCKER SERVICE
Tesco are reportedly planning to launch a 'digital locker' service which will enable people to access digital content they have bought, both audio and video, from numerous net-connected devices without having to actually move or copy their MP3 or MPEG files.

Digital content bought via the Tesco Entertainment site can be automatically saved into said locker, though whether users will be able to upload all their other music and video files into it as well isn't clear; though you'd think they could, otherwise it would be a bit of a rubbish service.

The idea of digital lockers has been around for years, but is possibly now gaining traction as consumers have more and more net connected devices through which they'd like to access the same content. Whether the internet can cope with us all suddenly streaming our MP3 collections from an online digital locker rather than playing them from a folder on our local PCs is another matter entirely.

Tech Digest says that the Tesco digital locker service could go live as soon as October, and will be promoted by retail chains in the Dixons group as well as in Tesco shops.

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IS GOOGLE MUSIC SERVICE NOW REALLY IN DEVELOPMENT?
How many times have we written about Google being rumoured to be on the verge of launching an "iTunes-killing" music service? Too many times. But C-Net reckons this time the web giant really is considering entering the digital music space with a combined streaming and download platform that could launch within the year, and which would be accessible via both the web and phones running Google's Android operating system.

Despite frequent rumours that a Google download service was in development, for years it seemed unlikely the web firm would enter a head-to-head battle with its then friendly rival Apple. But as the two tech giants become less and less friendly rivals, as they fight for dominance in the smartphone market, some sort of gTunes service has seemed more likely in recent times.

Though when Google announced it was launching a big new music service last year it turned out to just be OneBox, the enhanced music search service available to US Googlers, where users can play tunes that come up in a search via the Google platform. The actual streams are powered by MySpace's iLike and, until recently, the now Apple-owned and now defunct Lala.com.

But the new Google music service reportedly in development would be a full streaming and download platform, seemingly with the web giant licensing music directly from the labels and publishers rather than piggy backing on someone else's streaming platform.

Google, of course, have a brand, user-base and user-intelligence that could enable them to really make a mark in the digital music space if they launched with the right product, though - given their pile-em-high-sell-em-cheap advertising model, which has proven unable to pay the music industry what they think their content deserves in the YouTube domain - it remains to be seen if the web giant is really equipped to launch a free-to-use ad-funded digital music platform. It could go the a la carte download or subscription route, but Google has less pedigree when it comes to offering content-based retail or subscription services.

Still, after all the speculation over the years, it would be nice to finally see a gTunes style service actually launch.

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NEWS CORP WANT TO OWN SKY OUTRIGHT
Rupert Murdoch's News Corp is making moves to take complete ownership of satellite broadcaster BSkyB. Murdoch's US-based media firm currently owns 39% of the Sky TV and broadband business, but wants to buy out the other shareholders.

It originally offered the company's other shareholders 675p per share cash, but the BSkyB board said that was too stingy. According to The Guardian, News Corp have now upped their offer to 700p per share, though the Sky management team are likely to push for upwards of 800p, so there is still much wrangling to be done on this one.

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ONE GOLD BUY FORMER YOUR MEDIA STATIONS
One Gold Radio has bought the south west England radio stations Bath FM, Brunel FM, 3TR and QuayWest FM after their previous owners, Your Media, went under back in March. Your Media had only acquired the stations the previous summer before going under.

One Gold Radio, part of the same group as Cheltenham-based Total Star 107.5, has been in talks to buy the former Your Media stations ever since the previous owner went into administration, but the deal required OfCom approval, not least because the new owners plan to do more programme sharing between the stations.

According to Radio Today, the deal will see the newly acquired stations all rebranded as Total Star.

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

1. AC/DC - Iron Man 2 (Sony Music)
2. Rolling Stones - Exile On Main Street (Universal)
3. Slash - Slash (Warner/Roadrunner)
4. Stone Temple Pilots - Stone Temple Pilots (Warner/Atlantic)
5. Bullet For My Valentine - Fever (Sony)
6. Train - Save Me, San Francisco (Sony/Columbia)
7. Deftones - Diamond Eyes (Warner Bros)
8. Muse - The Resistance (Warner Bros)
9. Godsmack - The Oracle (Universal/Republic)
10. Nickelback - Dark Horse (Warner/Roadrunner)
11. Soulfly - Omen (Warner/Roadrunner)
12. As I Lay Dying - The Powerless Rise (Metal Blade)
13. Meat Loaf - Hang Cool, Teddy Bear (Universal/Mercury)
14. Guns N Roses - Greatest Hits (Universal/Geffen)*
15. Kiss - Sonic Boom (Warner/Roadrunner)
16. Paramore - Brand New Eyes (Warner/Atlantic)
17. Foo Fighters - Greatest Hits (Sony/Roswell)*
18. Daughtry - Leave This Town (Sony/RCA)
19. Scorpions - Sting In The Tail (Sony Music)*
20. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Best Of (Fantasy)*

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FOOTBALL SONGS ARE "WRONG", SAYS FATBOY SLIM
I'm currently doing my best to ignore the World Cup, and it's going fairly well except for the fact that pretty much everyone in the country has released a song to coincide with it. Maybe these people should have consulted Fatboy Slim first, he seems to have the right idea about it.

He told The Daily Record: "I will never, ever [release a football song]. I have been asked to do quite a few bits but I just think it's all a bit wrong. I love football and I love making my own music but I just think the two things should never come together".

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