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Much chatter over BPI takedown notice
Stuart Cable cremated in Aberdare
Slipknot bassist died from accidental overdose
In The Pop Courts
Bronfman denies insider info dished out at 2001 Vivendi meeting
Frank Sidebottom creator Chris Sievey dies
Charts, Stats & Polls
Peas single hits one million UK downloads
Reunions & Splits
Sugababes not competing with Keisha
Artist Deals
Cooking Vinyl sign Get Cape, Underworld and The Charlatans
Bon Jovi sack manager
In The Studio
New Radiohead album nearly complete
Release News
Violens announce debut album
Gigs & Tours News
Scarlet Soho announce summer party
Magnetic Man announce tour
Festival News
Festival line-up update
Single Review: Fabrice Lig - Digital Forest (R&S Recordings)
The Music Business
SEG UK recruit manager and digital expert
Johnny Depp launching label
The Digital Business
INgrooves sign up to Vevo
The Media Business
Heart network streamlines - 33 stations become fifteen
Chart Of The Day
Total Rock World Album Chart
And finally...
Gaga is modeling herself on Jacko

Hasidic Jewish rapper Matisyahu, aka Matthew Paul Miller, is known for blending traditional Jewish themes with reggae, rock and hip hop sounds. Since 2004, he's released three studio albums, with the latest, 'Light', out this week through 100% Records. On the album Matisyahu worked with producer David Kahne, as well as collaborating with Sly & Robbie, Akon and Fishbone, to name a few. We caught up with him to find out more.


Q1 How did you start out making music?
I always listened and loved music as far back as I can remember. I was also into acting and performing as a kid. When I started to get into high school I began beatboxing and freestyling with friends, then when I was seventeen, I would perform on the street and in parking lots at concerts for spare change. When I was eighteen, I started a band and played at coffee shops, open mics and local venues.

Q2 What inspired your latest album?
It's hard to pin down one thing and say that was the inspiration. My songs are based on the ideas, struggles, ups, downs, life experiences, etc over a several year period leading up to and during the writing and recording of the record. Though, one place I did draw inspiration from was from the teaching of a famous Rabbi named Nachman who was know for his stories, in particular the story of the seven beggars.

Q3 What process do you go through in creating a track?
It varies, sometimes I have a melody or a beat that lays the foundation, sometimes someone plays me a track they've been working on, or sometimes I will sit with a guitar player and we will 'jam', for lack of a better word, then go back and listen to the recording and find a part we liked and use that to lay the groundwork for a song. The next step might be programming drums around it, then laying vocals, then having musicians play parts, then mix it, then play it live for several months on the road, at which point my taste in music may have changed, so we completely change the feel and vibe, then record it. My songs are pretty much always a work in progress, changing and evolving even after they've been recorded and released on a record.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
At the moment my biggest influence is the band I've been blessed to tour with. They are called The Dub Trio.

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
Nothing, the music must speak for itself. I'm not trying to sell a car over here.

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest album, and for the future?
I am hoping the record will get some attention in the UK and then hopefully we will come do a proper tour. Besides that, I am on tour this summer with Sublime in the US and am getting ready to start writing and recording again this fall.

MORE>> www.matisyahuworld.com

I thought we'd already covered Brooklyn duo Blondes in this section, but apparently I dreamt it. So, I'm quickly going to rectify the situation and hope no one notices my mistake. It's possible I started writing about them before but was sent into a trance by their swirling electronic music, which they fitting describe as "ecstatic trance".

Zach Steinman and Sam Haar set about creating their semi-improvised sound in 2008, taking in all manner of experimental electronica genres, as well as a bit of krautrock and half a teaspoon of pop to ensure that the occasional hook appears. The highlight of their debut EP, 'Touched', which is released this week through Merok Records [insert obligatory reference to the label releasing the first singles by Klaxons and Crystal Castles here], is 'Moondance'. Just shy of twelve minutes in length, it's easy to lose yourself in the track early on, only to wake up dancing three quarters of the way through.


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There has been much online chatter in the last 24 hours about a 'takedown request' sent by record label trade body the BPI to Google, requesting that the search engine block access to eighteen illegally posted MP3s which can be accessed via the search service by doing relatively straight forward key word searches involving artist and song names and then a word like 'MP3', 'download', 'upload' or the name of a file-transfer service.

It is widely known that copyright owners and their trade bodies frequently issue takedown requests to video sharing websites like YouTube and Vimeo when they believe their rights have been infringed (ie a video or track they own has been uploaded to a content sharing site which is not licensed by said content owner). Such takedown notices are usually submitted according to the takedown system set out in US copyright law, because the owners of such sites are usually American, even if the copyright owners themselves are not.

But the BPI takedown request being discussed online yesterday, which was leaked by the Chilling Effects website, relates to searches on Google rather than content uploaded to a YouTube style platform, which some tech journalists and bloggers claim is much more unusual, leading some to speculate this is a new more aggressive initiative on behalf of the BPI.

Some also note that the document includes not only a list of specific links to infringing content, but also a list of home page links to the services that have aided the infringement, such as MegaUpload, leading to additional speculation that the BPI is stepping beyond the strict remit of America's Digital Millennium Copyright Act and calling on Google to block access to whole website rather than just infringing content.

For their part, the BPI has denied there is anything out of the ordinary about their latest takedown notice to Google, other than that it has been leaked, of course. Spokesman Adam Liversage told C-Net that such documents were filed with Google on a regular basis by bodies like the BPI and that "in most cases, Google takes down the links in question, following its own internal procedures". While, perhaps unsurprisingly, not everyone in the tech blog community seems convinced by Liverage's explanation, I tend to think what he says is correct.

Although not as obvious as the takedown orders issued to Google's video site YouTube - where any resulting removal of content is apparent for all to see because the page that previously hosted the infringing video explains what has happened - notices requesting the Google search engine remove links to infringing MP3 files are by no means uncommon. Indeed, Google has previously discussed that kind of takedown notice (mainly to complain about the labels trying their luck on occasion), and then there was that time when the whole piratebay.org site was temporarily removed from the Google system in error while someone was dealing with a copyright owner's takedown notice.

As for the list of home page links in the BPI's document, the notice clearly follows a set format, and that section seems to simply be a summary of the sites that appear in the longer list of specific content links above it - ie that list is there for information, not because the BPI is asking Google to remove said content sharing websites from their search results completely.

So, all in all, possibly a bit of a non-story, though for those not directly involved in the DMCA takedown process, it is still interesting to see the documents used by copyright owners. The one that has created so much chatter this week is at this URL:


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Former Stereophonics drummer Stuart Cable was cremated in Aberdare yesterday following a private funeral service. Hundreds of fans lined the streets as his horse-drawn hearse was led through the town in south Wales.

As previously reported, the musician and broadcaster was found dead at his home in the Welsh village of Llwydcoed in the early hours of 7 Jun. He turned 40 last month. A post mortem was carried out two weeks ago but no cause of death has yet been announced as doctors are still awaiting the results of toxicology tests.

Those in attendance at Cable's funeral included his former Stereophonics bandmates Kelly Jones and Richard Jones, actor Rhys Ifans and comedian Rob Brydon. After the service at St Elvan's Church, which was broadcast to those outside via a PA system, the coffin - black with a lightning flash carved into it - was carried from the church to AC/DC's 'Back In Black'.

Kelly Jones told The Sun: "It's hard to walk out crying when they're playing 'Back In Black'. This was a celebration of Stuart's life".

As Cable's body was taken away to be cremated, Gary Marsh, editor of local newspaper the Cynon Valley Leader and spokesman for the Cable family, read a statement to fans and press waiting outside. It read: "We wish to convey our sincere thanks to everyone for their kind words and messages of sympathy during the past three weeks. We also ask that our wishes be respected today of all days and we be left alone to say goodbye to a father, son and brother who we loved very much".

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Toxicology results following a post mortem examination of the body of Slipknot bassist Paul Gray have found that he died from an accidental overdose of morphine and fentanyl, a synthetic morphine substitute. Signs of significant heart disease were also discovered.

A police spokesman said that Gray did not have a prescription for either of the drugs found in his system and that attempts were being made to ascertain how he had obtained them. He added that there was a possibility of charges being brought against the supplier.

As previously reported, Gray's body was found at the Town Plaza Hotel in the Iowa city of Des Moines, where Slipknot were based, on 24 May by a member of hotel staff. The remaining members of the band later held an emotional press conference minus their trademark masks.

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Warner Music Group top man Edgar Bronfman Jr last week said that he was surprised when Universal Music Group parent company Vivendi initiated a share sale just after he began exercising his family's share options in the conglom in 2002, options that he received as part of the French firm's acquisition of his former entertainment firm Seagram, aka the Universal empire.

As previously reported, Bronfman has been caught up in a criminal court case in France which is mainly focused on Jean-Marie Messier, the former Vivendi chief accused of misleading investors at the start of the last decade as he went about running the conglom into the ground. Bronfman, who was Vivendi's Vice-Chair at the time, is accused of misusing insider information that meant he exercised his share options at just the right time.

But Bronfman denies he had any such information. A court hearing last week centred on a board meeting the defendant attended in December 2001 where prosecutors say Bronfman would have been exposed to some of the alleged insider information. But he says the meeting focused more or less exclusively on Vivendi's purchase of the entertainment assets of USA Networks, and nothing much else.

Elsewhere, Bronfman's lawyers argued that when the former Vivendi board man decided to sell his own shares in the firm, the company's subsequent share sale hadn't even been confirmed, and therefore there isn't a legal case against him for insider dealing, even if there was evidence he had access to insider information, which Bronfman says there isn't.

As previously reported, Bronfman's legal team previously tried to have the case against their client, which is really a side show to the main Messier trial, thrown out of court, but said efforts were not successful.

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The man inside the papier mache head of comedian Frank Sidebottom, Chris Sievey died yesterday at Wythenshawe Hospital after collapsing at his home in Hale, Greater Manchester. He had been recovering from surgery to remove a cancerous tumour from his chest. He was 54.

Frank Sidebottom became a familiar character on TV in the 80s and 90s, instantly recognisable by his massive head and unshakable enthusiasm for everything. He first appeared on one of a number of tracks by Sievey's band The Freshies, which came free with a videogame he designed for the ZX Spectrum called 'The Biz'. Originally the Sidebottom character was meant to be a one off creation as a fan of The Freshies, but he quickly became hugely popular and took on a life of his own.

Such was the appeal of the Frank Sidebottom act, he went on to appear on both adult and childrens' TV and radio shows, including Channel 4 gameshow 'Remote Control', hosted by Tony Wilson, and on various radio stations with Mark & Lard, including Radio 1.

As well as his comedy career, Sievey was also heavily involved in music. He formed DIY record label Razz Records in 1974, putting out over 60 releases. In the late 70s he formed The Freshies, who released a string of EPs mainly through Razz, though he did sign to MCA and later Stiff Records in the early 80s. Their best known song, 'I'm In Love With The Girl On A Certain Manchester Megastore Checkout Desk', reached number 54 in the singles chart in 1981.

As well as this, Sievey released records as Frank Sidebottom, most recently a World Cup single, 'Three Shirts On My Line', which he launched just last week.

Journalist and musician Rhodri Marsden, a current member of Frank Sidebottom's Oh Blimey Big Band, wrote on the Guardian website this morning: "I've never played on stage with such a buoyant, upbeat bloke. If we hadn't managed to learn the songs he wanted to play, well, that was funny. If we didn't have time to soundcheck - which, in already-busy venues, he would do while hiding behind an amplifier with gaffer tape wrapped around his face - that was 'brilliant'".

He adds: "Any pre-gig discussions would inevitably be concluded by Chris saying 'Don't worry, it'll be fine!', accompanied by a wide, reassuring grin. And it always was, because even after we'd all had a few drinks, he was an utter professional. Blundering, unpredictable, impulsive, but a professional. And incredibly funny. So funny. The repetition and apparent simplicity of Frank's stage act masked some off-the-cuff comic timing that would leave me agog".

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The Black Eyed Peas' track 'I Gotta Feeling' has become the first ever single to be downloaded more than one million times in the UK. Why? No one can say. People must be downloading it accidentally or hacking into their enemies' computers and buying it multiple times. Or a million people may have downloaded it because they actually want to listen to it, although that seems quite unlikely.

The band's Will.i.am said of the achievement: "Wow! Out of all the artists in the world? I had a feeling I was supposed to move to the UK".

Singer Fergie added: "It's exhilarating to know we are so connected to our Peabodies [she means BEP fans]. Hopefully, the good vibes from that song will continue to brighten people's lives".

Official Charts Company MD Martin Talbot then butted the pair of them out of the way and screamed: "Many congratulations to the Black Eyed Peas for an incredible achievement which is all the more impressive for being a record which can never be taken away from them. Black Eyed Peas will forever be able to state that they scored the UK's first million-selling download and 'I Gotta Feeling' is now firmly established as one of the defining tunes of our time".

He continued: "Their landmark also represents a coming of age for digital downloading, six years after music downloading moved into the UK mainstream in 2004 through the launch of services including 7Digital, iTunes and MyCokeMusic - and underlines the enduring, and growing, popularity of legitimate digital music today".

'I Gotta Feeling' was originally released in June last year and became the group's third UK number one single. They also currently stand as the group who have sold more downloads than any other in the UK too, having racked up sales of over 3.3 million tracks in total.

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The current batch of Sugababes aren't competing with former member Keisha, who is preparing to launch her solo career. That's such a silly idea. I mean, come on, why would there be any animosity between the founder of the group and the latecomers who forced her out of it? It's so far fetched as to be ridiculous.

The most recent Babe (and Keisha's replacement), Jade Ewen told Bang Showbiz last week: "Keisha is a solo artist and we're a group so we're not in competition with each other at all. That would be ridiculous - I've never even met her".

Oh, yeah, I forgot about that whole thing with pop groups and pop solo artists being segregated, too.

Anyway, Ewen also revealed that the Sugababes next album might be different from the critically panned last long player, 'Sweet 7', saying: "We're keeping to our Sugababes sound but we're also hoping to try new things too".

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Cooking Vinyl has been busy already this week, announcing yesterday that the company had signed Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Underworld and The Charlatans to its "service deal" system, which sees bands' releases fully marketed and promoted by the company on a revenue share rather than royalty-based deal.

Previous artists to take advantage of this scheme include Groove Armada, Suzanne Vega and The Prodigy, the latter for their 2009 album 'Invaders Must Die'. All three of the new signings will release new studio albums in September this year.

Underworld's co-manager, Mike Gillespie told CMU: "It's great to be working with the Cooking Vinyl team on our new record. Martin, Anette and Rob lead a highly motivated enthusiastic team of 'do-ers' - very refreshing and so no surprises they're as hot as they are right now!"

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly manager Paul Bonham added: "It's pleasant to work with a team who genuinely understand the important role they play in providing a service to enable the facilitation of music to fan bases both new and old. Too many labels currently are forgetting the record. You can tell Cooking Vinyl loves them and wants to sell them to you".

Cooking Vinyl founder Martin Goldschmidt said: "The success of the Prodigy record has really helped us attract some great artists. I like the services model because it aligns our interests with the artist and creates a strong partnership. The accounting is very transparent and everyone knows how much all parties have made or lost from the deal".

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Bon Jovi have parted ways with their manager Jack Rovner, though Jon Bon Jovi has been quick to deny any bad blood exists between Rovner and the band.

It had been rumoured that Bon Jovi were upset with Rovner over a number of issues, not least an incident when fans who had paid $1000 for VIP tickets on the band's recent US tour were refused a promised meet-and-greet session, and an "artist in residence" deal with NBC, which stopped the band from promoting their latest album, 'The Circle', on any other US TV stations.

But in an email to the New York Post's Page Six gossip column, Jon Bon Jovi wrote: "The boring truth is we decided to go in different directions and thanked both Jack and his team for a great job. He is and will remain a close friend and someone who I will be very grateful to for his dedication".

A spokeswoman for Rovner's Vector Management company added: "Jack and everyone at Vector are very proud of the work they did together [with Bon Jovi] over the last five years, including their first Grammy Awards [performance in January this year], first number one chart debuts globally, and even a number one on the country charts".

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Radiohead guitarist Ed O'Brien has revealed that the band are "a matter of weeks" away from completing work on their eighth solo album. He also said that the music on it is a change in direction from 2007's 'In Rainbows'.

Appearing on BBC 6music show, 'Adam Buxton's Big Mixtape', O'Brien said: "Ideally, it'd be great if it came out sometime this year. It's got to. I hope so. We're at the studio at the moment. We're in the heart of the record. I'm really excited. I feel like this is the best record we ever made. It really is genuinely exciting. It's very different from what we did last time".

He added that the album is not only musically different to 'In Rainbows', but that the process of recording that album caused the band to change the way they approach recording altogether. He said: "[Recording 'In Rainbows'] was such a slog. We decided at the end of the record never to do it like this again. That was kind of the end of Radiohead mark two".

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At bloody last, New York indie types Violens are back, and this time they're bringing with them their debut album. The LP, 'Amoral', will be released through Static Recital in September.

Ahead of that, the band will release new single 'Acid Reign' on 26 Jul, the b-side of which, 'Space Around The Feel Station', is a collaboration with Washed Out.

They also plan to release a free mixtape later this summer, featuring remixes, covers and new collaborations. Go and download their recent 'Winter Mixtape' and hit refresh repeatedly until the summer edition appears at www.violens.net.

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Electro trio Scarlet Soho have announced a very special party in London next week to coincide with the release of their new single, 'Satellites', taken from their excellent second album 'Warpaint'. It'll also be the band's last gig for a while before they head into the studio to record album number three.

As well as a full live set from the band themselves, there will be DJ sets from legendary Blitz Club DJ and Visage co-founder Rusty Egan and Sarah Blackwood of Dubstar and Client. Earlier in the evening, there'll be more live music from electronic duo The Unkindness Of Ravens, and keeping the party going up to 1am will be the No Fiction DJs.

It all takes place at The Rhythm Factory in east London a week today (29 Jun). Advance tickets are available right now from here: www.wegottickets.com/event/81632

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I feel wrong typing the words 'dubstep supergroup', but when you get Benga, Skream and Artwork all performing together, what else can you call it? Well, anyway, they've got some tour dates coming up ahead of their debut album, both of which will be preceded by a new single, 'I Need Air', on 26 Jul via Sony/Columbia.

Says Skream: "With all three of us doing it it's going to get ultra-no-holds barred. This is Magnetic Man. It's no longer three people: it's a whole".

Tour dates:

26 Oct: Norwich, Waterfront
28 Oct: Bristol, Trinity
29 Oct: Manchester, Warehouse Project
30 Oct: Glasgow, Sub Club
2 Nov: Brighton, Concorde 2
3 Nov: London, Heaven
4 Nov: Leeds, Cockpit
5 Nov: Nottingham, Trent University

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JERSEY LIVE FESTIVAL, Royal Jersey Showgrounds, Jersey, Channel Islands, 4-5 Sep: The View, Professor Green and Switch have all been confirmed to play this year's Jersey Live, joining the previously announced Paul Weller, Groove Armada, Chase & Status, Plan B and Darwin Deez. www.jerseylive.org.uk

STOP MAKING SENSE FESTIVAL, The Garden, Petrcane, Croatia, 3-5 Sep: Django Django, Son Of Dave, Joana & The Wolf and Friendly Fires DJs have all been announced to play at Croatia's Stop Making Sense Festival this September. www.sms-2010.com

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SINGLE REVIEW: Fabrice Lig - Digital Forest (R&S Recordings)
I have been an avid follower of Fabrice Lig since I came across his superb melodic techno-with-soul track 'Walking On A Cloud' - released on F Com nearly a decade ago under his Soul Designer moniker. This Belgian ex school teacher has since toured around the globe with his lush blend of tech and has gained a strong following. Here he records for the resurrected R&S Recordings - a seminal label back in the day.

'Digital Forest' is a tad harder than previous offerings. It bumps along with pace, featuring tight programming and a smattering of intricate bleeps. It's not instantly accessible but is definitely a grower. It may not be Lig's best track but it's certainly good enough to nestle amongst his impressive catalogue.

The remix on the b-side is quite impressive. Put together by up and comer Space Dimension Controller, a 20 year old Ulsterman known as Jack Hamill, apparently influenced by Juan Atkins, Aphex Twin and Drexciya, he mixes it up in a less formulaic techno style, with a pinch of tribal soul and even a few little funky bits and bobs in there. With some cool melodic keys, it then becomes even pacier. SDC could be one to watch and steals some of Lig's thunder with his rework. Worth checking if quality future techy grooves are your bag. PV

Physical release: 5 Jul
Press contact: Maouris PR

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Management firm SEG Entertainment UK, the London-based music-focused division of the Dutch company Sports Entertainment Group, has announced the recruitment of Mark Denby, a former digital exec at Universal and currently manager of rising singer-songwriter Kirsty Almeida. Denby will continue to manage Almeida under the SEG banner while helping the management firm launch a digital division.

SEG Entertainment UK boss Marc Marot told CMU: "Mark Denby typifies the kind of hungry young manager best placed to flourish under the SEG umbrella. The fact that Mark will be not only plugging Kirsty into SEG's existing infrastructure, but also helping us develop our digital offering makes his appointment even more significant".

Denby himself added: "Kirsty is a classic songwriter who has created a magical debut album, and we are both very excited about working with SEG. The combination of artists from Leftfield to Billy Ocean, from William Orbit to Shy FX and Mica Paris means it is a very creative place right now".

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Johnny Depp is planning to launch his own record label, Unison Music, according to The Sun. The actor has also performed as a musician for many years and recently worked with Babybird on their new album.

A source told the tabloid: "Johnny has always been passionate about music. He's taking a really hands-on approach to signing acts. Obviously he can't get to as many gigs as he would like but he's got a good team around him and will personally vet any signings that they make".

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Digital distributor INgrooves announced yesterday that it had done a deal with Vevo, which means that videos from labels distributed by the San Francisco-based firm will now appear on the US-based music video platform.

INgrooves top bod Robb McDaniels told CMU: "At INgrooves we continue to seek opportunities to better serve our artists and labels. We've utilised our proprietary, cutting-edge technology to deliver our music video content to Vevo and couldn't be happier to lead our labels onto one of the most viewed entertainment websites on the web".

Vevo boss man Rio Caraeff added: "We're thrilled to welcome INgrooves' thriving roster of artists to Vevo. A digital distribution leader, INgrooves adds depth and breadth to Vevo's music programming, thereby enhancing the fan experience across our entire network".

As much previously reported, Vevo is the music video service owned by Universal Music, Sony Music and the Abu Dhabi Media Company. It is powered by YouTube, and can be accessed via the YouTube website in the US, where it launched last year. A Middle East launch is planned next.

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Global Radio is capitalising on a relaxation of radio regulations initiated by the Digital Economy Act to streamline its Heart FM operations, by turning what are currently 33 separate local stations into just fifteen regional services.

As previously reported, Global rebranded a string of stations from what had been GCap's local FM network so that they became Heart operations in the first half of 2009, enabling stations to share more programming and marketing initiatives. Two more local FMs, Crawley's Mercury Radio and Harlow's Ten 17, will also be rebranded Heart ahead of the upcoming revamp.

Because these stations all now share the same name, and already carry networked Heart programming, presumably Global hope listeners won't especially notice the fact their local radio stations are becoming less local. Those working within the Heart network will notice though, given the streamlining effort is expected to result in about 200 job losses.

The move will also see numerous local radio studios close as the areas those facilities service get merged with neighbouring regions. Among the towns due to lose their local studios are Bangor, Barnstaple, Bedford, Birkenhead, Bournemouth, Cambridge, Colchester, Crawley, Ipswich, Northampton, Oxford, Plymouth, South Hams, Taunton and Torquay. Though Global say that those Heart studios that do stay open will benefit from a network-wide multi-million upgrade of facilities.

Confirming the changes, Global top man Ashley Tabor told reporters: "[The recent change in OfCom rules] enables commercial radio to organise itself more efficiently and take advantage of new technology to enable our people to work smarter. Although this has meant some brave decisions for our business, these changes considerably strengthen our company by providing listeners with higher quality programming and our customers with a far superior service".

According to Radio Today, the new OfCom rules will also have an impact on Global's Gold network, which mainly broadcasts on AM, often using the AM sister frequencies of the old local FM stations that are now part of the Heart network. It seems the more relaxed OfCom rules mean that Gold stations won't have to carry any locally made programmes, meaning breakfast shows previously produced on a frequency by frequency basis will be removed.

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

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Lady Gaga says she wants to model herself on Michael Jackson. You can insert your own gag here. Mine involves Universal Music not being able to afford that much propofol. I bet yours involved kids, didn't it? Sick minds.

Actually Gaga was really talking to Rolling Stone about how she will always be in character when in front of her fans, even if she's injured or something horrible like that. She was referencing how Jacko maintained his public persona when leaving a hospital in 1984 after the now legendary hair burning incident that occurred while Jackson was filming a Pepsi ad.

Gaga said: "If I were to ever, God forbid, get hurt onstage and my fans were screaming outside of the hospital, waiting for me to come out, I'd come out as Gaga. Michael got burned, and he lifted that glittered glove so damn high so his fans could see him, because he was in the art of show business. That's what we do. I don't even drink water on stage in front of anybody, because I want them to focus on the fantasy of the music".

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