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Nas agrees to pay Kelis' mortgage
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Laurie Anderson talks recording with husband and pets
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Arcade Fire album to have eight covers
Röyksopp to release instrumental album
Blonde Redhead announce new album
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FRIDAY 25TH JUNE
THE MUSIC BUSINESS WEEK IN FIVE
So, is every single one of you heading to Worthy Farm right now? I'm on a train to Edinburgh as we speak for a working weekend among our Scottish brethren who, I suspect, will have suddenly become devout fans of the German football team this week. So I won't be partaking in all the Glasto nonsense, 40th birthday or not. Team CMU will have their eyes on the proceedings though, and we'll be keeping a good watch on the other big festival this weekend too, London's Hard Rock Calling. Reports on all those things (especially my weekend in Edinburgh) on Monday perhaps. Meanwhile, the biggest stories of the last seven days music business wise...

 
01: YouTube defeated Viacom's long running lawsuit, relating to allegations by the MTV owner that the video website deliberately ignored the copyright infringing content its users uploaded because they knew it generated most of their viewing traffic. Google-owned YouTube countered that it operated a rigorous enough take-down system, that removed infringing videos from its website, to get protection from America's Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Viacom said YouTube only paid lip service to the take-down system in its early days. But the judge hearing the case disagreed, finding in Google and YouTube's favour this week via a summary judgment. Viacom will appeal. CMU report | Google blog

02: There was more speculation about Google's planned music service, which, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal this week, will launch in two stages later this year. First, a download option will be added to enhanced music searches which, in the US, already provide streaming previews when you search for artists or songs. Later a full-on Google streaming service will launch, though this may be primarily targeted at owners of phones that use Google's Android operating system. Elsewhere, a take-down notice from the BPI requesting Google block links to a set of illegal music files was leaked, and the IFPI called on the search engine to stop linking to content files on The Pirate Bay. CMU report | WSJ report

03: Fabric confirmed they were out of administration. We reported last week that the troubled London club had reportedly come out of administration, with the clubbing company's assets having been sold to a new business entity called Fabric Life, which was incorporated in May. The club's administrators and management both confirmed this to be so yesterday, so it is business as usual at the popular venue. Still no word on the future of Matter, the sister club under the O2 dome whose financial problems caused the whole Fabric business to collapse in the first place. CMU report | City AM report

04: AEG were rumoured to be in talks with the big labels about equity partnerships. The New York Post claimed last weekend that the live entertainment giant had been in talks with Universal Music for up to a year about them taking a stake in AEG Live, the tour promotions bit of the AEG group. The Post also reckoned that similar talks had now begun with Sony and Warner, and that AEG might ultimately consider completely offloading its gigs and tour business to a major record company eager to get into the live music space. The allegedly talking music firms issued denials, vague non-committal confirmations or a nice neat "no comment". CMU report | New York Post report

05: Trois strikes got approval from French data protection people. Data protection agency CNIL had to give the all clear for record companies to snoop on the IP addresses of suspected file-sharers. Now that's been granted, the French three-strikes system for combating piracy is almost ready to go, pending a little bit of government paperwork. The body who will oversee trois strikes says it will be ready to send out the first warning letters to suspected online copyright infringers as soon as next month. CMU report | Techdirt report

And that's your lot until the CMU Weekly lands in your inbox with a round up of artist news this afternoon - sign up at www.theCMUwebsite.com/subscribe if you haven't already.

Chris Cooke
Business Editor, CMU Daily
 
VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: Nu Position at Life
Sunday we take on the Germans - but whatever the result, take your mind off it with the music of Prince. Not the man himself, no, but deep house legend Osunlade, the Yoruba Records founder and Prince expert. Growing up in Missouri, Osunlade was exposed to the sounds coming out of nearby Minneapolis from a very young age and instantly recognised Prince as the most important thing to happen to soul music since James Brown.

 
This Sunday he will be sharing his extensive knowledge of (and record bag filled with) the music of Prince, Minneapolis and so called renegade funk (expect The Time, Madhouse, Jesse Johnson, Jill Jones etc) at this rather good sounding night in Shoreditch. Resident Kyri (R2 records) and Chris Philips (ex-Kiss100 ) will also be on the decks, while Minneapolis funk freaks Playing With Knives will also be in the house. An interesting twist to an already impressive regular night.

Sunday 27 Jun, Life, Old Street, London, EC1, 9pm-2am, £3/£5


 
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FABRIC SALE CONFIRMED
The sale of London nightclub Fabric has now been confirmed. As previously reported, the faltering club was recently sold to a newly incorporated company called Fabric Life. We now know that company's main investor is a guy called Gary Kilbey, though a number of other people have put money into the new entity as well. The club will continue to be run by the same team as it was before its former parent company, Fabric 591, was dragged into administration by the spiralling debts of its other nightclub, Matter.

Administrator David Chubb of PricewaterhouseCoopers said in a statement yesterday: "This ensures that Fabric, an iconic London club, will stay open and continue to entertain. Through the sale of the business, the jobs of over 100 people will be saved. We kept the club open during the administration and this would not have been possible without loyal employees, clientele and suppliers. We would like to thank them for their support over this period".

In a statement of its own, Fabric said: "The Fabric family is delighted to announce that Fabric is no longer in administration. Fabric has been bought by a consortium who fully back founders Keith Reilly and Cameron Leslie's vision; nothing within the scope of the Fabric ethos or team shall change. The consortium has formed a new company called Fabric Life Limited. After ten and a half brilliant years, we look forward to many more".

As do we. There is still no official word on what fate will befall Matter, the website of which is still claiming that its closure will only last the summer.

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GLASTONBURY 40TH ANNIVERSARY UNDER WAY
Despite the fact that over 120,000 people were already on site by Wednesday afternoon and bands started playing last night, Glastonbury's 40th anniversary only officially kicks off today. Which would usually be a cue for the hot weather to break and a massive rain cloud to park itself above Somerset, but the forecast is looking pretty good, especially Sunday.

Perhaps the Queen had a special word with the weather gods, this being a special year and all. Or just so Prince Charles wouldn't get wet. Because yes, the Prince Of Wales was at Worthy Farm yesterday as the pre-festival events got under way. Which possibly caused at least a few festival-goers to be disappointed after hearing the rumour "Prince was on site".

Charlie lamented those who "only come here for the music, man" because they, like "completely miss the fact it's an 'experience' right, a crazy mind fuck that will change your life". Though the future king was reportedly spotted half naked at the Stone Circle at 6am this morning shouting something about the "flowers whispering the truth none of us will admit", so I'm not sure we should listen to anything he says.

Before all that, Michael Eavis took the prince on a tour of the festival site, with Charles frequently stopping (or being stopped) to chat to festival goers. Eavis told reporters: "They're a classless society. The prince seems to be really enjoying his visit". So that's nice.

Now the prince is out of the way, the serious music can begin, with day one heading towards Gorillaz's headline set tonight, which they promise will be a bit special. According to reports, the cartoon band (last minute replacements for U2, of course) have managed to convince every single guest musician who contributed to their recent 'Plastic Beach' album to come along and recreate their parts live.

That means Snoop Dogg, Lou Reed, Mos Def, Gruff Rhys, Bobby Womack, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Mark E Smith, which is pretty impressive. Although Damon Albarn doesn't want anyone to get their hopes up too much. He told Xfm earlier this week: "At this moment, on Tuesday, everyone is coming, but that doesn't mean by Friday we [won't] have a few casualties on the way".

Snoop Dogg, of course, is due to perform on the Pyramid Stage not long before Gorillaz. And he's managed to secure a guest for himself. According to Sky New, Willie Nelson will make an appearance during the rapper's set.

Going one better, Sister Sisters are apparently going to be joined on stage by Ian McKellen and Kylie Minogue. Kylie was, of course, set to headline the 2005 Glastonbury festival, but was forced to pull out after being diagnosed with breast cancer. A source told The Sun earlier this week: "The Scissors are pulling out all the stops to make this the performance of the festival. They're commissioning outrageous costumes and they've lined up Kylie and Sir Ian. It's going to be quite a party".

Also performing today is Florence And The Machine, who is also promising a big surprise, though she's keeping it under wraps, telling Bang Showbiz: "Obviously I've got a big surprise at Glastonbury but I don't want to tell you any more because I want it to be a surprise".

But enough surprises. This is the 40th birthday festival, so let's finish things off with some retrospective nonsense. First, Eavis has been speaking to Reuters about the first ever festival back in 1970, saying: "I instantly fell in love with the idea after 20 years of hard work and milking cows twice a day seven days a week all year round. I had a sudden vision of our land being used in a different way and I fell hook, line and sinker for it".

Meanwhile, 6music listeners have been looking back at festivals of the (mainly recent) past and have voted for their favourite Glastonbury headline sets of all time. Last year's Blur set tops the list, which looks rather like this:

1. Blur (2009)
2. Radiohead (1997)
3. Radiohead (2003)
4. Pulp (1995)
5. David Bowie (2000)
6. Orbital (2004)
7. Coldplay (2000)
8. The Cure (1990)
9. REM (2003)
10. Elbow (2004)

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JACKSON ESTATE CONCERNED ABOUT MRS JACKSON BOOK
So, on the anniversary of the death of Michael Jackson, a legal squabble and TMZ exclusive. That's apt, right?

A legal rep of the Michael Jackson estate has hit out at the previously reported Howard Mann, who has gone into business with the late king of pop's mother, accusing the Canadian businessman of potentially misleading the Jackson family matriarch, and potentially infringing copyrights or trademarks owned by the estate. Or something like that.

As previously reported, Mann has collaborated with Katherine Jackson on a new photo book called 'Never Can Say Goodbye', featuring words and pictures for Jacko's mother. Mann claims Mrs Jackson has received a record breaking advance from the publisher of the book, which is useful for her, he says, because she is yet to see any serious income from the Jacko estate, despite their various multi-million dollar deals they've done, because so many creditors and legal claimants have had to be dealt with first.

Mann also claims to be sitting on 273 previously unreleased Jacko recordings that he acquired when he bought the contents of a Jackson family lock up, sold by a storage company after Joe Jackson failed to keep up to date with payments. TMZ say he has suggested he and Katherine Jackson might release some of those recordings, without involving the estate. Most date from between Jacko's Motown and Epic record deals, so neither label would have a claim to them.

Commenting on Mann's projects with the Jackson matriarch, Jacko estate lawyer Howard Weitzman said this week that the Canadian "may be using his relationship with Mrs Jackson to infringe upon Michael Jackson's copyrights ... to the detriment of, among others, Michael's three kids. He has no right to exploit any estate assets and we will take whatever action is necessary to prevent him from unlawfully profiting".

But Mann is not impressed with Weitzman's implied threats. He told TMZ yesterday: "The comments by the lawyers for the estate of Michael Jackson are designed to create fear and ambiguity and may impede our ability to maximize the profits that Vintage Pop [the publisher] and the beneficiaries of the estate are entitled to enjoy. These actions are torturous interference and will NOT be accepted and will result [in] litigation to recover the damages against our company".

So, one year on from his untimely death, Michael Jackson is still able to contribute to more than his fair share of lawsuits. Away from the legal squabbles, thousands of Jacko fans are expected to pay tribute to the late singer later today on the first anniversary of his passing.

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ILLINOIS DA TO INVESTIGATE LILLAPALOOZA RADIUS CLAUSES
Festival promoters around the world are known for pressuring artists to steer clear of their direct competitors, or playing in a locality near the festival for a set time period before and after the event, when they are negotiating bookings. Said demands are often contractual with bigger bands and events. Which makes this investigation in the US especially interesting.

According to a Chicago-based blogger called Jim Derogatis, US promoters C3 Presents are being investigated by the Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan with regards limitations put on artists when they are booked to play the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago, with regards said artists playing other gigs and festivals; so called 'radius clauses'. It's thought Madigan thinks those clauses could breach American competition rules.

Derogatis claims that a VP of the William Morris Endeavor Entertainment booking agency has been subpoenaed to provide information to the investigation, while Billboard says C3 themselves have also received a subpoena. Derogatis adds that promoters in the Chicago area have long complained about the radius clauses C3 put into Lollapalooza artist contracts, though Billboard says that many artists break those clauses anyway and that the festival promoter has never been known to enforce them.

Either way, given such clauses are pretty common across the industry it will be interesting to see what the conclusions of Madigan's investigation are. Although her rulings will only affect the state of Illinois, any moves there to ban such limitation clauses in artist contracts could lead to pressure being put on promoters elsewhere.

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NAS AGREES TO PAY KELIS' MORTGAGE
In the latest instalment of Nas and Kelis' long running divorce battle, the rapper has now agreed to pay $52,989.22 in mortgage payments on the home where his ex-wife and their child live.

As previously reported, the couple's marriage was officially dissolved last month. The mortgage payment, which will come in an upfront payment of $17,500 followed by monthly instalments of $7800, is one of a number of outstanding payments owed to Kelis. The main one is over $200,000 in overdue child support. In relation to this, Nas handed over $90,000 back in April.

Kelis began divorce proceedings against Nas in April last year, just three months before the birth of their son. After Kelis won a custody battle over the (then still unborn) child, Nas was later ordered to pay Kelis $44,000 per month in child support, but she has continually pushed for more.

In August, her lawyer filed a motion demanding $72,728 per month in spousal support, plus back payments on both child and spousal support that would exceed $300,000. Team Kelis claim that the demands are reasonable given the $240,000 they reckon the rapper earns each month.

Last year, Nas was also pursued by the IRS for $2.5 million in unpaid taxes.

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AGUILERA TAKES BIGGEST CHART NOSEDIVE EVER
Christina Aguilera has broken a new chart record, though I don't imagine it will be making its way onto any of her press releases any time soon.

Having gone straight in at number one last week, her new album 'Bionic' dropped down to number 29 this week, the biggest single-week fall in the album charts ever. Not only that, but having shifted just 24,000 copies to get to the top spot in the first place, it's also the lowest selling number one album for eight years.

Meanwhile, it has been announced that the next single from the album will be 'You Lost Me', which was written in collaboration with Sia, in September.

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ONLINE GROUP HOPE TO STORM THE CHARTS
An online campaign is hoping to have a big impact on next week's singles chart, by encouraging people to download tracks from forty unsigned or independently signed artists in the same week, with the aim of getting as many of the selected songs into the chart as possible.

Inspired by last Christmas's 'Get RATM to number one' Facebook campaign, but with the focus this time on brand new music, organisers of the Storm The Charts venture have selected forty songs from new artists who have never charted before from hundreds of submissions and suggestions. A Storm The Chart panel, music fans signed up to the venture's Facebook page and guest judges like Huw Stephens and Emily Eavis have all helped pick the final forty tracks, which have now been listed at the URL below.

Storm The Charts followers are now urged to download as many of those tracks as they can after midnight on Saturday, from chart-returning download stores, with the aim of influencing the singles chart published on 4 Jul.

Check the forty tracks and get more info from: stormthecharts.wordpress.com/the-bands-in-our-final-40/

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WILL KEITH RICHARDS GATE CRASH FACES REUNION?
According to the Express, Keith Richards might appear at the previously reported Faces reunion show, due to take place at the Vintage At Goodwood festival on 13 Aug.

As previously reported, original Faces members Ronnie Wood, Kenney Jones and Ian McLagan will play together at the August festival this summer, with Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock filling in for the late Ronnie Lane and Mick Hucknall for the too-busy-to-take-part-apparently Rod Stewart. A 2011 tour with that line up is also being mooted.

But according to the Express, Wood's Rolling Stones bandmate Keith Richards might also appear on stage, though it does all seem rather speculative at the moment. They quote a source as saying that Richards is getting bored waiting for Mick Jagger to commit to more Stones activity, and is looking for other projects.

Said source says: "Ronnie and Keith have talked about Keith coming on board for a guest appearance with the Faces. At the end of the day Keith just wants to play and he enjoys playing with Ronnie more than most people".

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LAURIE ANDERSON TALKS RECORDING WITH HUSBAND AND PETS
Laurie Anderson has given a little insight into the recording process for her recently released new album, 'Homeland'. Built out of material developed during various live shows around the world, she says that piecing it all together when she got back home only really got under way when her husband, Lou Reed, stepped in.

Anderson told Spinner: "I really would sit there all day, tinkering with a violin line, like two bars of it. I'm easily entertained. I'd still be doing that this afternoon unless he said, 'I'm sick of your complaining'".

She continued: "He would say, 'Be there until you're finished,' and I was like, 'Um, OK, I guess that's good'. But it was fantastic, because really good producers can move you along. He'd listen to something and say, 'That's done. Let's go on'. I'd say, 'But this is not done', and he'd say, 'It's done. Let's move on'. It was really, really great working with him".

As well as her husband, Anderson also spoke about contributions to the album made by their dog. She explained: "She's a rat terrier and when she got very advanced cancer, we got someone to take care of her and she said, 'I taught my dogs to play piano', so I said, 'Teach our dog!' Our dog has been playing piano for a year, and she's a fantastic player, actually. She does notes and chords. She kind of walks up and down the keyboard once in a while, which a lot of keyboard players don't do".

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ARCADE FIRE ALBUM TO HAVE EIGHT COVERS
Choosing artwork can be so tricky, can't it? Who's to say if one thing is better than anything else? Not Arcade Fire, that's for sure. It has been revealed that the CD version of their new album, 'The Suburbs', will be made available with eight different covers. That leaves you to choose a favourite, or buy them all. Or just eat some biscuits and have a cup of tea. It really is up to you.

The album will be released on 2 Aug via Mercury.

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RÖYKSOPP TO RELEASE INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM
Röyksopp have announced that they will release an album of instrumental tracks later this year. The tracks were recorded at the same time as last year's 'Junior', though its musical focus is different.

The duo explain: "The two albums have a kinship, in that they represent Röyksopp's two very different artistic expressions. 'Junior' [has its] emphasis on vocals, accessible melodies and harmonies, has the energy, the inquisitive temper and confident 'hey-ho, let's go!' attitude of youth, whereas 'Senior' is the introverted, dwelling and sometimes graceful counterpart - brim full with dark secrets and distorted memories, insisting 'I'm old, I've got experience...' 'Senior' is furthermore an album about age, horses and being subdued - with devils breathing down your neck".

'Senior' is due for release through Wall Of Sound on 13 Sep. Here's the tracklist:

...And The Forest Began To Sing
Tricky Two
The Alcoholic
Senior Living
The Drug
Forsaken Cowboy
The Fear
Coming Home
A Long, Long Way

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BLONDE REDHEAD ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM
Blonde Redhead have announced that they will return later this year with their eighth studio album. Entitled 'Penny Sparkle', the album was recorded in Stockholm and New York with production duo Van Rivers and The Subliminal Kid, who also worked on Fever Ray's album. It's due for release on 13 Sep via 4AD.

You can download the album's opening track, 'Here Sometimes', for free right now at www.blonde-redhead.com. The band will also play a one-off UK show at London's Shepherds Bush Empire on 29 Sep.

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CAST ANNOUNCE TOUR DATES
Following the announcement that they are to reform for a tour later this year, Cast have announced those very tour dates. Tickets go on sale on 2 Jul.

Tour dates:

26 Nov: Manchester, Academy 2
27 Nov: Glasgow, ABC
29 Nov: Liverpool, Academy
3 Dec: London, Shepherds Bush Empire

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MURCOF TO TOUR WITH FRANCESCO TRISTANO
Experimental electronic musician Murcof has announced a collaborative tour with Luxembourg-based virtuoso pianist Francesco Tristano. It will be amazing.

Tour dates:

14 Oct: Leeds, Howard Assembly Rooms
15 Oct: Stirling, Le Weekend
15 Nov: Manchester, Band On The Wall
16 Nov: London, Queen Elizabeth Hall

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FESTIVAL LINE-UP UPDATE

T4 ON THE BEACH, Weston-Super-Mare, 4 Jul: Kelis and Faithless are amongst the final acts confirmed to play at this summer's T4 On The Beach, with Gabriella Cilmi and Tinchy Stryder also added to the line-up. They join the previously announced Dizzee Rascal, Alexandra Burke, JLS and Ellie Goulding. www.channel4.com/entertainment/t4/t4otb/2010/lineup.html

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AMERICAN INDUSTRY GROUP LOBBIES FOR THREE-STRIKES STYLE ANTI-PIRACY SYSTEM IN US
US VP Joe Biden may have been talking tough about intellectual property protection earlier this week, but some key players within the US record label community reckon more lobbying is needed to ensure political types step up their game when it comes to helping copyright owners fight online piracy.

Universal Music exec Jim Urie is leading a campaign encouraging US record industry types to start more proactively lobbying the American parliament and government regards the file-sharing issue. Ultimately the Music Rights Now group want US politicians to start investigating the measures being instigated by their counterparts in the UK, France and New Zealand regarding tackling piracy, ie three-strikes style systems that force internet service providers to get more actively involved in trying to stop file-sharing.

Although Urie says he still supports efforts to get a voluntary agreement between the record industry and the net firms regarding anti-file-sharing measures, government needs to put the pressure on to make that happen, presumably, ultimately, by threatening to force three-strikes through legislation if no voluntary set up can be agreed. Urie wants record industry types to start writing to their reps in Congress about the issue.

The campaign follows a speech made by Urie a convention for US music retailers last month. He told CMU yesterday: "I've received hundreds of emails enthusiastically reacting to my 'call to action' at the National Association Of Recording Merchandisers Convention last month. The music business is facing huge challenges from piracy and theft. Never before in American history has an entire industry been so decimated by illegal behaviour. Yet the government has not responded in a meaningful way to help us address this crisis".

He continues: "My call to action is for all of us to become more aggressive in lobbying our government, more outspoken in drawing attention to the problems caused by piracy and more actively engaged. We cannot win this fight alone. Governments outside the US are legislating, regulating and playing a prominent role in discussions with ISPs. Sales have dramatically improved in these countries. How is it that the US - with the most successful music community in the world - is not keeping up with places like South Korea, France, the UK and New Zealand?"

Confirming that he hopes "the industry can negotiate a voluntary deal with the ISPs" he adds: "[But] we need our government representatives to encourage this".

Any US-based record label types wanting to take part in Urie's lobbying efforts should go to www.musicrightsnow.org, where all is explained. Those American's who would oppose any efforts to put a three-strikes style system into effect in the US can start rehearsing being very angry, just in case the Music Rights Now campaign works and gets enough congressmen supporting new anti-piracy measures.

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IFPI CHIEF STEPS DOWN
I suppose there are only so many times you can ramble on about how illegal file-sharing is preventing labels from investing cash into new musical talent before you send yourself to sleep. Whether that's behind John Kennedy's decision to step down as CEO of the International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry I don't know, but he is leaving the global trade body, that much is certain. Frances Moore, currently IFPI's Exec VP and Europe Director, will takeover.

Various record industry chiefs lined up yesterday with quotes saying what a wonderful job Kennedy had done in his five years in the top job at the trade body, but I won't bore you with them. Instead, here's some words from the man himself: "I leave behind a fabulous team at IFPI well qualified to deal with the many and complex issues the recording industry has to deal with. Frances Moore will be the perfect successor to me at IFPI, and she is uniquely qualified to make a success of her new role. I wish IFPI continued success in assisting the recording industry with the ongoing challenges".

Outlining his future plans, Kennedy added: "I am now going to pursue a plan I had before I was asked to take on this role - I am going to start a business management/agency business representing talent in the world of music, film, sport, TV and theatre. Artistic talent is, of course, at the heart of the music industry and I am looking forward to enjoying the commercial environment that this new venture will be operating in".

His official statement concluded: "I promise not to mention piracy for a while!" We'll be holding you to that John.

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NEW CHARITABLE DOWNLOAD SERVICE LAUNCHES
A new download store launched earlier this week aiming to raise money for charidee, which is nice. Currently in beta, Fair Share Music operates like pretty much every other download store, with over 8.5 million MP3s to choose from, except that half the profit on every track sold will go to charity.

It's not the first time a charitable initiative has used downloads to raise money, though said ventures don't usually offer quite such a big catalogue of music. This site will also support a multitude of charities, including Amnesty, Oxfam, Sue Ryder Care, British Heart Foundation, the Red Cross, Friends Of The Earth and the NSPCC.

The service's co-founders Jonny Woolf and Lee Cannon hope that, as well as raising money for the various charities who will benefit, the charitable element of their service might encourage people who currently access music illegally to go the legit route, which will benefit artists, songwriters and the music industry too.

Cannon told CMU: "While there has been a great deal of excitement around music streaming services, it is clear to us that they provide neither a commercially viable business model nor an experience that will replace music ownership. It is also clear to us that the music industry needs to motivate people into purchasing music rather than prosecuting people that don't. Our unique music platform is a step forward in the download-to-own market - not only doing good for recording artists and song writers, but is also doing good for a wide range of extremely worthy causes".

Go see at www.fairsharemusic.com

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GARAGEBAND TO SHUT
MySpace-owned GarageBand, an online community for unsigned and independent artists, is to shut next month after ten years online. The GarageBand website, not to be confused with the sound editing software of the same name, went online in 1999 and was one of the first websites that helped independent musicians network with each other and their fans.

It was created by the people who subsequently launched iLike, and eventually became a secondary service to its newer sister platform. iLike was acquired by MySpace last year, making the future of GarageBand uncertain; while it never directly competed with MySpace Music, there are a lot of similarities between what the two platforms offer unsigned bands. That said, GarageBand users are being encouraged to switch their allegiances to iLike rather than to MySpace Music.

In a statement on their home page confirming GarageBand will be turned off on 15 Jul, the team behind the service say: "The landscape of how music is discovered and delivered has changed drastically over the last decade. We are proud to have been a part of that change -- first with GarageBand.com and then with iLike.com, and today with MySpace. As part of the effort to deliver the best user experience, we're focusing our resources on MySpace and iLike, and retiring GarageBand".

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RADIO 1 WERE TOO POTTY FOR POTTER
The BBC Trust has criticised Radio 1 bosses for giving far too much exposure to the film 'Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince' via the station's Harry Potter Day. It's the third time in a year that Radio 1 has been criticised by the BBC regulator for giving undue exposure to commercial entities through its programmes. At the start of the year a Radio 1 Coldplay promotion and the wider BBC's U2 love-in around the release of Bono et al's last record were likewise criticised.

BBC radio stations are not meant to get involved in commercial promotions, of course. When they do, commercial radio trade body RadioCentre will be quick to shop them to the Trust. That body's boss Andrew Harrison told reporters yesterday: "This decision is the latest example of the BBC falling under the spell of celebrity and being hijacked for the promotion of an already successful commercial product".

He continued: "For the BBC to break its own rules repeatedly is bad enough, but more importantly it is selling listeners short if its radio stations are allowed to move yet further away from their public service remit. As the Trust prepares its report on the BBC Strategy Review, we are urging it to be more ambitious and to put a stop to this kind of excessively commercial behaviour once and for all".

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TI LOOKING TO GET OUT OF HIP HOP WITH HIS YOUTH
TI has said that he doesn't want to grow old as a rapper, hinting that he may instead move into acting.

The 29 year old told CNN: "I'm not going to be the 40 year old rapper. That's Jay. He's doing it very well. Hats off, but I just don't see that for me. If I had the option to be Jay-Z or Will Smith, I think I'd go with Will".

He added: "I'm a Jay-Z fan. I have a lot of admiration and respect for Jay and his legacy. But I feel like Will, he gets to spend more time with his family. He gets to be home more and actually raise his kids. I feel like he has more of a home life and the money don't hurt. Twenty million dollars a flick ain't bad".

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