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Jarvis demands quick resolution to save 6music
In The Pop Hospital
Madina Lake bassist seriously assaulted
In The Studio
Wentz's new project very different
Kings Of Leon preview new material
Films & Shows News
Black Eyed Peas go 3D
Katherine Jackson involved in Jacko film venture
Gigs & Tours News
Drake cancels European gigs
Get Cape single, tour
Festival News
Festival line-up update
Festival review: Hard Rock Calling 2010
The Music Business
PRS international revenues up 250% in a decade
The Digital Business
GEMA boss says Google must pay proper price for content
AWAL launch buzz tracking tool
Android users less likely to pay for apps
Disney buy Tapulous
Spotify's payments to STIM up eight fold
The Media Business
Red Dragon PD goes to the Beeb
And finally...
Brown accused of using eye-drops to cry on stage
Dolly defends Miley

So, Glastonbury is over, the festival season is well and truly under way, and someone carelessly let July start without even consulting those of us who have an awful lot of work to do before August, and who could really have done with a few more days of June. August is a big deadline round here because our other media, ThreeWeeks, is the biggest reviewer at the biggest festival on the planet, the Edinburgh Festival of theatre, comedy, literature, dance, art, musicals, music and cabaret, which kicks on 4 Aug this year. If you're not familiar with all things Edinburgh, keep an eye out for updates here in the CMU Daily next week. While not considered a particularly big deal in the music community, the Edinburgh Festival's music strand is huge, and when combined with the theatre, comedy and all the other stuff, it is one of the most exciting things on the planet. But more on that, as I said, next week. Meanwhile, back to now, and the also exciting business of the biggest five stories in the music industry this week.

01: Rumour had it 6music might be saved, in the short term at least. The rumours started in a report in The Times, the paper which originally leaked the BBC strategic review that proposed axing the digital music station in the first place. The paper said that the BBC Trust, which must approve the proposals in the review, had been overwhelmed by the Save 6 campaign. It is thought they will green light most of the plans in the strategy document, but will order that 6 not be axed, but rather that a new consultation be set up to assess the value of the service. The BBC are yet to comment. CMU report | Clash report

02: HMV sales and profits were up, and the firm confirmed it would pay its shareholders a dividend similar to last year in November. This despite some City types making gloomy predictions about the music and entertainment firm. Some City commentators remained cautious about the company despite the healthy financial report published this week. This is mainly because analysts look at the struggling music industry and the struggling retail sector, and put the two together to make double gloom, ignoring HMV's expansion out of traditional retail into the live entertainment, artist management and the brand partnership domain. CMU report | Telegraph report

03: Warner announced an advertising partnership with MTV. The music TV company will handle the ad and sponsorship sales for all of Warner Music's own online output, including its label and artist websites. It's thought the deal probably also covers ad spots next to Warner owned videos on YouTube, which the major now controls as a result of its 2009 deal with the Google-owned video site. Warner and MTV are also expected to collaborate on new ad-funded online ventures as part of the partnership. CMU report | LA Times report

04: Every artist sued another artist. Well, not really, but rapper Vince P accused Kanye West of stealing one of his songs and turning it into West's hit single 'Stronger', folk singer Jake Holmes took legal action against Jimmy Page claiming that Led Zepp's 1969 song 'Dazed & Confused' should belong to him, and Playboy sued rapper Drake claiming his track 'Best I Ever Had' samples a soft rock song from the 1970s that was released by the top shelf magazine's record label spin off. Less successful artists frequently accuse more successful artists of nicking their songs, but three such lawsuits in a week is pretty impressive. The pop attorneys will be busy. Kanye sued | Jimmy sued | Drake sued

05: Radio stations started streamlining, thanks to a change in rules governing local radio in the Digital Economy Act. Basically stations don't need to be so local any more. We already knew Global would merge many of its Heart stations, so that 33 Heart outputs will become fifteen. This week Global also confirmed its various Gold stations around the UK would merge so that there was one service for the whole of England and one for Wales (some in the Midlands operated by Orion Media under licence would keep opt out programmes). And the Guardian's radio firm said its Smooth FM stations will all merge into one channel, which will also broadcast on the national DAB network. CMU report | Guardian report

And that's you're lot. For a digest of this week's artist stories, subscribe ye to the CMU Weekly here: www.theCMUwebsite.com/subscribe.

Chris Cooke
Business Editor, CMU Daily

VIGSY'S LIVE TIP: Gilles Peterson & Roberto Fonseca present Havana Cultura Live at the Barbican
I've been raving on quite a bit about the 'Havana Cultura' album, originally released last year, which melded standard Latin sounds with Cuban hip hop and rap, classical Cuban Son rhythms, and even a little bit of R&B, with remarkable results. You may remember a remixed version of the album was released just last month.

Well, now the man behind it all, Gilles Peterson, is taking the 'Havana Cultura' vibe live at the Barbican, where he will be joined by a stack of great talent. On stage will be Roberto Fonseca's acclaimed band and Cuban star Danay (described by Gilles as 'Cuba's Jill Scott' - we will have to wait and see if this comparison is correct), plus an all-star group featuring old school woodwind master Javier Zalba, top bass player Omar Gonzalez, percussionists Ramses Rodriguez and Vince Vella, and Joel Hierrezuelo on congas. Gilles will also be on hand to add some remix flavs into the mix. All in all, highly recommended.

Tuesday 6 Jul, Barbican Hall, London, EC2Y, 7.30pm, £10-£20, press info from Barbican or Gerry Lyseight at gerry@mambo.eclipse.co.uk, more info at www.barbican.org.uk


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Jarvis Cocker yesterday cautioned the Save 6 brigade about getting too excited about the news 6music might get a stay of execution courtesy of the BBC Trust, saying the digital station could do without a sustained period of insecurity.

As previously reported, The Times yesterday predicted that the BBC Trust will tell management at the Corporation that they can't shut down the digital music station - as they have proposed - but must instead undertake another consultation to assess the value of the service. Jarvis worries that although this will save 6 in the short term, it will extend the period of insecurity for the people who work there, because the Trust instigated consultation could still result in the service being ultimately closed.

Pulp man and 6music presenter Jarvis was speaking at the Annual General Meeting of the Association Of Independent Music in London yesterday. According to Billboard, he joked that "I only started working there in January and then it was about three weeks later they decided to close it down - I did try not to take that personally".

On the Times report, he continued: "They [the Trust] may try to stall and say we need longer to think this over. But they should stick with the [original] timetable [and make a final decision]. It would be unfair on staff at the station to have to continue working under such uncertainty. And it would be a slightly dirty trick if they tried to prolong [the process] and hope everyone forgets about it, [so they can quietly shut it down in eighteen months time]".

Of course, the quick decision Cocker wants is that 6music will live on. He told the AIM event that "it really is the only place a lot of bands are going to get played" and that shutting it down "would have a detrimental effect".

Elsewhere at the AIM AGM, the boss of the trade body, Alison Wenham, also had some strong words for the BBC. In a speech that also took a swipe at Google and the government's plans to turn off the FM radio network in 2015, she was most angry about the Beeb's plans to shut 6, saying BBC bosses had provided only "poor excuses" for shutting down their only truly eclectic music service. She also disputed the idea that only younger listeners were interested in music-heavy radio. According to Music Week, she concluded: "I am of a certain age. By rights I should have stopped listening to music by now. I should be drinking Ovaltine. [But I am not]. Wake up and listen to people like me".

Although covering a number of challenges facing the wider music industry, and especially the independent sector, in her AGM address, Wenham ended her speech on a high, telling the indie label types in the room "the cult of personality over, a subculture is growing, this is the time for the independents to rise again".

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Matthew Leone, bassist with US alt rock types Madina Lake, is in a serious condition in hospital after being savagely attacked after trying to stop a wife beater who he caught in the act.

According to Madina Lake frontman Nathan Leone, his bandmate and brother witnessed the man beating a woman, seemingly the attacker's wife, in a street near his home in Chicago. He tried to intervene to save the woman, but the attacker turned on him instead, beating him so badly he has subsequently had to have a third of his skull removed to relieve the pressure on his swollen brain. Having beaten the bass player to a pulp, the attacker and his wife left Leone in the street.

Writing on the his Tumblr blog, Nathan said: "I'm afraid I have some of the worst news that has ever hit our lives. A few nights ago Matthew ... saw a man severely beating his wife. Being the most amazing, strong, heroic and incredible person I know, even though the guy was twice his size, Matthew intervened. He managed to subdue this guy for a second and since his wife was beat up pretty good called the cops. As he did so, the guy jumped him from behind and beat him. This guy did things I can't even type".

He continued: "I'd rather not share any additional information at this time. He acted as a hero (as he always would in any of these situations) and is paying a horrific price. ... It has shocked, stunned, disgusted our best friends, family and band. ... The world can be evil beyond belief and as much as we want this evil eliminated, right now our hearts, heads and energies need to go to my best friend, soul mate, hero, and angel, Matthew".

The good news is that Matthew's condition, which was very poor earlier in the week, does seem to have improved in the last 24 hours. Meanwhile police in Chicago have made an arrest in connection with the assault.

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Pete Wentz is working with a new band called Black Cards, and it's sounding rather different than his former band. So much so, he's taken to his blog to warn fans of Fall Out Boy they might not like his new stuff. He wrote: "If it's not for you then we understand. [But] if you enjoy it, keep coming back".

There's a sample of a first track called 'Club Called Heaven' at www. Bl4ckc4rds.com. There is no specific word on when this or any other tracks are likely to be released, though Wentz implies it will be imminently.

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Kings Of Leon played four songs from their in-development new album at their Hyde Park gig in London on Wednesday night.

According to the NME, frontman Caleb Followill told his audience: "Since we saw you guys last we went and made a record. That's what we put a lot of work into. Just yesterday some people at the record label got to hear a couple of songs from it. I don't know if they want us to play a bunch of new songs but I think, 'fuck it' - we're gonna do it!"

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That Will.i.am bloke has told Vibe that the Black Eyed Peas are set to work with James Cameron on a 3D tour DVD, Cameron being the go-to guy for 3D since he made that silly 'Avatar' film.

Discussing the project, the always modest Peas man said: "We have the biggest director, because we are the biggest group on the planet. The Peas are filming it in South America. People will be able to see us in the theatre with the 3D glasses and everything".

So that's exciting isn't it? Imagine that people, not just shit songs, but shit songs in 3D. That's three times as shit. Good times.

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Michael Jackson's mother Katherine is reportedly involved in a film project that will look back at Jacko's life using family videos. According to TMZ, producer Howard Mann has agreed to an eight figure sum to secure the rights to the private footage of Jackson. I

t's not entirely clear what form that film or films will take, though there is speculation there may be more than one edition, presumably with each one documenting a different bit of Jackson's life - you know: child star, young adult star, weird star, weird.

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Canadian rap man Drake has called off a mini European tour, which included two London dates, so he can be with his mother as she undergoes emergency surgery to treat an undisclosed ailment.

The actor turned hip hopper revealed his mother was ill in a recent MTV documentary, where he said: "My mum is sick. So that scares me a lot. She's been the most supportive person I've ever had in my life - the only person that loves me unconditionally, really. I know a lot of people love me and I love a lot of people. But to love somebody unconditionally is different".

In a statement announcing the cancellation of this month's live shows, he said this week: "Despite my best hopes, it is apparent that my mother will need surgery earlier than anticipated. In light of this news, I have made the difficult decision to cancel my European tour in order to support her during her recovery. I ask everyone to please respect my family's privacy during this time".

As of the moment, Drake does plan to go through with a handful of upcoming gigs in his home country of Canada.

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Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly has a whole stack of gigs booked in for the summer and early Autumn, all of which will be preceded by the release of a new single called 'Collapsing Cities', which is a collaboration with drum & bass type Shy FX.

On the single, Cape man Sam Duckworth tells CMU: "I've been working on and off with Shy FX for about two years and if I'm going to do a track like this - kind of big beat, slightly slower than jungle but quite up-tempo - then he should be the guy to do it with. It's about two visions of what people think poverty is. If all the buildings fell down we'd all be alright but what would be the ethos we should take - that of community or that of greed?"

Tour dates as follows:

10 Aug: Manchester, Deaf Institute
11 Aug: London, The Borderline
12 Aug: Nottingham, Rock City Basement
13 Aug: Edinburgh, Electric Circus
11 Sep: Ivybridge, Ivy Live Festival
16 Sep: Kingston, The Hippodrome
17 Sep: Southend, Chinnerys
18 Sep: Cambridge, St Pauls Church
19 Sep: Oxford, Academy 2
21 Sep: Leicester, University
22 Sep: Liverpool, Academy 2
23 Sep: Carlisle, The Brickyard
25 Sep: Glasgow, Garage
26 Sep: Aberdeen, Warehouse
27 Sep: Newcastle, Cluney
29 Sep: Leeds, Cockpit
30 Sep: Manchester, Academy 3
1 Oct: York, Fibbers
2 Oct: Milton Keynes, The Pitz
3 Oct: Birmingham, Rainbow Warehouse
5 Oct: Bristol, Thekla
6 Oct: Yeovil, Orange Box
8 Oct: Falmouth, Pavilion
9 Oct: Barnstaple, The Factory
10 Oct: Cardiff, Ifor Bach
12 Oct: Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms
13 Oct: London, Electric Ballroom

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KENDAL CALLING, Lowther Estate, Kendal, East Cumbria, 30 Jul - 1 Aug: The Heartbreaks, Birds Vs Planes and Burn The Negative are amongst the latest additions to the Kendal Calling line-up. Other acts confirmed to play include The Resistance, Wild Palms, Robb The Brave and Matthew P. www.kendalcalling.co.uk

LATITUDE, Henham Park Estate, Suffolk, 16-18 Jul: Tom Jones has been announced to play at this month's Latitude, with Les Clochards, David Ford, The Lost Levels, I Blame Coco, Steve Mason and Gentleman's Dub Club also added to the bill. www.latitudefestival.co.uk

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FESTIVAL REVIEW: Hard Rock Calling 2010

Pearl Jam (Friday)
The first to headline this year's Hard Rock Calling, ultimate 90s grunge rockers Pearl Jam took to the stage on a perfectly sunny Friday evening to a sell out crowd of 50,000; putting this straight up there as one of the biggest shows of their career. Having heard several of my fellow Hard Rockers say throughout the day that they were "finally seeing Pearl Jam play live having been fans for over fifteen years", you could feel the excitement and atmosphere building amongst the crowd as they waited for Vedder et al to appear.

Kicking things off with 'Given To Fly' and 'Why Go', the band went on to play a crowd-pleasing set, mainly filled with songs from their first three albums, as well as their latest record 'Backspacer'; from the rugged 'State Of Love And Trust' and 'Even Flow' to the slower, more touching singalong songs like 'Elderly Woman Behind The Counter' and 'Better Man'.

The band were the epitome of cool throughout - Eddie's effortlessly charming persona and Mike McCreedy's Hendrix-inspired guitar playing standing out in particular. Vedder won the crowd over by declaring: "Somehow we've been given licence to come into this royal park and make as much noise as we like", before telling us tales of skateboarding in Hyde Park and his time working as a roadie for Joe Strummer... all told whilst swigging from a bottle of red wine.

Musical highlights were a cover of Joe Strummer's 'Arms Aloft In Aberdeen', an energetic 'Do The Evolution', and a guest appearance from Ben Harper on 'Red Mosquito' (returning the favour after Eddie had joined him on stage to sing 'Under Pressure' during his support slot earlier that evening).

With two encores, totalling an epic fifty minutes, the band finished with fan favourites 'Alive' and 'Yellow Ledbetter'; whether a long term hardcore fan or a relatively new one, you couldn't help but feel that the majority left on a high and with a new found love for Pearl Jam. GS

Stevie Wonder (Saturday)
Another sunny day in London's Hyde Park and it's day two of the Hard Rock Calling festival, with today's headliner being the legend that is Stevie Wonder. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the atmosphere is rather different to the previous day - less rock, and more of a party vibe.

Warming up the stage for Mr Wonder were the likes of Corinne Bailey Rae and Jamiroquai. CBR played a touching set which didn't ultimately grab the full attention it deserved from the crowd, but was suitably chilled out for a sunny Hyde Park afternoon. Funksters Jamiroquai picked up the pace, complete with hat and armed with their abundance of 90s hits, they didn't fail to get the crowd on their feet ready for Stevie.

Entering the stage with an unexpected high energy, the soul superstar came on playing a lead solo on a keytar, dropping to the floor and laying on his back; it was amazing, and set the tone for rest of his set. Kicking off with 'My Eyes Don't Cry', Stevie instantly interacted with the crowd, teasing them with a "sing after me" line that they attempted but were never going to get.

Charming his audience with his playful manner, Stevie went on to play an uplifting set filled with the classics like 'Master Blaster', 'Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours', 'I Just Called To Say I Love You' and 'Superstition', along with covers aplenty, including versions of the Beatles' 'We Can Work It Out', Alicia Keys' 'Empire State Of Mind' and The Temptations' 'My Girl'. Stevie also paid tribute to Michael Jackson, it being the first anniversary of the singer's death, playing his version of Jacko's song 'Human Nature' on harmonica with his backing singers taking care of vocals. At one point in the set he had the whole crowd singing "We love you Michael Jackson", even though I, for one, don't really.

Finishing off with 'Happy Birthday', and despite no encore, Hard Rock Calling 2010's second headline performer certainly didn't leave his audience unsatisfied; with the previous day being a lot more 'grr', Saturday felt more like a massive party, with Stevie willing us along to simply celebrate life. A little corny, perhaps, but uplifting all the same and definitely a show I wont forget. GS

Paul McCartney & Others (Sunday)
Forgive me for pointing out the lack of 'hard rock' on display at the erstwhile mega-successful theme restaurant's festival; I heard one happy punter fondly utter 'Dad Rock Calling', and you know what, he was about half right, for Sunday's proceedings at the very least. With someone like Paul McCartney headlining a string of radio-friendly nostalgia acts, such as the likes of Elvis Costello and Crowded House, one has to wonder where and when AC/DC's invitation was lost in the mail. Does anyone really care, though? It's Macca, for fuck's sake. He may be the second-to-uncoolest Beatle (sorry Ringo), but the plethora of fans who were there to support him is proof of his prevalence in the music world, from his days in the planet's biggest pop group onwards (although some might argue not necessarily upwards - but my point is, the devil isn't always in the detail, here).

The main stage started off on wobbly legs with bedwetting soft-rock from American superwimps More Than Me, but was thankfully saved by the time I was close to drowning my sorrows in cider by the legendary Elvis Costello, who must have been baking like a potato in tin foil wearing his blue velvet suit in over thirty degrees heat. Now that's dedication, non? Bizarrely sprightly and keen to charm the crowd, that he did, churning out old favourites including my personal favourite 'Alison', right before the heat got a little bit too much for some people and the crowd began to, sadly, stagnate.

Onto the Bandstand, where, I'm unashamed to say, I spent the majority of my time from then onwards; how can one resist such a perfect line-up in such an intimate environment? The stand, which was no bigger than my kitchen (which is pretty damn tiny, in case you've never been lucky enough to be in my flat), was host to some of the best faces in indie, and amongst them I was able to catch Pearly Gate Music, Here We Go Magic, John Grant, and the stellar Beach House.

Pearly Gate Music, who deserve a special shout for being the early highlight of the festival, are an intriguing little bluesy, indie folk band from the States, who garnered more eager, jumping-in-the-grass fans the further their set progressed. A peak in energy, they set the bar for acts to follow, a bar that, unfortunately, Here We Go Magic - despite their decent set - weren't quite able to reach. A big fan of the band, I like to think that the intense heat of the day had a strong affect on their playing which, at times, came across as slightly lulled and forced, but nevertheless under-layered with the magic of their amazing sound.

John Grant was next, a casual, dry-witted type of fellow, a sort of cross between Jonathan Coulton, Ben Folds and Grizzly Bear; his set was, in a word, tight. Charming the crowd with both his startlingly-honest humour and talent for putting a good old tune together, his efforts paid off as crowds of people flocked to the stand post-set to pay a princely sum of fifteen pounds for his debut LP, 'Queen Of Denmark'.

And then there was Beach House. Oh, Beach House, how perfect you are to me. Front-lady Victoria's vocals are haunting on record, but translate perfectly onstage, and enraptured the crowd who were, by this point, tightly packed around the stand to admire a band who may just be peeping their heads up from the fog of obscurity. And rightly so.

To end the night, Paul McCartney's main stage performance was, as predicted, raucously crowd-pleasing and - very long. Over two hours, to be precise. Well, like I said earlier, he's a legend, and you should know that whether you like him or not. I've always been a George Harrison girl myself, but there is something to be said about taking away that little slice of music history. Hard rock it wasn't, but good rock and a bloody good day - yeah, okay, I'll give you that. TW

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Collecting society PRS For Music has announced that the royalties it collects for UK songwriters from non-UK broadcasters and promoters has risen 250% in the last decade, so that it is now worth £166.9 million a year. The huge rise is mainly down to the society getting better at collecting monies from non-UK licensees.

In its stats-filled statement, PRS revealed that the US, France, Germany and Japan continue to provide the most royalty revenues, that Brazil and Romania have been the fastest growing markets for UK songs, that royalties from music used on TV shows is now worth over £50 million a year in itself, partly due the success of TV formats like 'X-Factor' and the work of British broadcasters selling their programmes (complete with soundtracks) abroad, and that publishing revenue from non-UK digital services, while growing rapidly, was still just £1.8 million in 2009.

PRS CEO Robert Ashcroft told CMU yesterday: "These are very strong figures which reaffirm the success of British songwriters and the British music industry on the global stage. Even in a recession, British musical talent is able to the make money in markets ranging from Brazil to Romania. Music is a great British success story around the globe and we are working hard to continue this growth throughout 2010".

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While AIM boss Alison Wenham was criticising Google for their (mis)treatment of music creators in London this week, the boss of the main German collecting society was saying similar things at his AGM in Berlin. Though officially he was holding out an olive branch.

As previously reported, GEMA fell out with Google over YouTube royalties around about the same time as PRS last year. However, unlike PRS in the UK, GEMA never resolved its royalty dispute, meaning premium videos have never returned to YouTube in the country.

According to Billboard, GEMA boss Harald Heker called on YouTube to return to the negotiating table this week in a serious bid to get music back on the video site in Germany, but, he added, the web firm would have to be willing to budge on the royalty issue first.

Heker said: "Any author wants his work to be heard as much as possible and YouTube has become an important marketing instrument for many artists. [But] music has a value - YouTube knows that and it benefits from this. That's why YouTube must pay for the content which it uses. This is what we are aiming to achieve".

The GEMA boss revealed that after a year of wrangling, the collecting society's talks with YouTube officially broke down back in May.

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UK-based digital distributors AWAL have launched a new bit of software called BuzzDeck designed to enable labels and managers to better track and respond to any buzz growing for their artists or releases online. The real-time analytics platform can be used to identify interest globally, and can inform marketing and promotional work accordingly. A free version will be available to all AWAL customers, while a more advanced pro version is also available for a monthly subscription.

Music Week quote AWAL co-founder Kevin Bacon (not that one) as follows: "The online music audience is notoriously fragmented and hard to quantify, but BuzzDeck offers a depth of analysis that we've proven can significantly boost the impact of artist campaigns".

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Android users are less likely to pay for mobile apps than iPhone users. Nearly half as likely, in fact. That probably isn't a huge surprise, but it's a stat that has been handed to us anyway by AdMob, the mobile advertising company owned by Android-makers Google.

According to the latest AdMob report, iPhone users download on average 8.8 apps a month, of which 1.8 are paid for. Users of Android-powered smart phones download 8.7 apps a month and only pay for 1.1 of them.

Some in the content industries see mobile - and the possible growth of iPad-style tablet devices - as a possible way to nurture the subscription model for content-based services, ie get people to pay for services users expect to get for free on the conventional internet. Though some worry the plethora of free services already available for smart phones will mean consumers come to expect those content channels to be free also.

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Disney have bought Tapulous, the maker of those play-along music games on the iPhone. You know, 'Tap Tap Revenge' and such like. It's part of Disney's efforts to expand their mobile content operations.

Tapulous reportedly has 30 million users of its games on Apple devices, and has released versions of its games including music from the likes of Metallica, Coldplay, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber.

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Perhaps aware that the sort of Spotify backlash that has occurred in the artist community this year was in part motivated by the rumour Lady Gaga had earned just pennies from the streaming music service via the Swedish songs collecting society, despite her being one of the most played artists, said society, STIM, has announced an eightfold increase in Spot royalty revenues in the last year.

The collecting society itself is tight lipped on exactly how much that increase equates to in hard cash, though Swedish paper The Local says that STIM took in about half a million krona from Spotify for the year up to June 2009, so it must have take in about four million in the last year. Which would be just under £350,000.

Given that is just the publisher's royalty for just Sweden, that might go some way to silencing critics who claim Spotify is anti-artist and is failing to sufficiently pay back creators for the use of their music. Or perhaps not.

Either way, those cynical about Spotify's long term business model will probably question where the digital service plans to make that sort of money (and a whole lot more, record label royalties are likely to be much higher) once venture capital funds run out, given it's likely neither ad nor subscription revenues are generating that sort of cash as yet

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The Programme Director at Global Radio's Cardiff-based Red Dragon Radio, Colin Paterson, is to leave commercial radio to become an Executive Producer over at BBC Radio Wales.

Paterson moved to the Cardiff FM in 2008 after launching the ultimately unsuccessful Talk 107 in Edinburgh. In his new job he will oversee the day-to-day operations of the BBC regional station, with particular responsibility for scheduling and music policy.

Whether Paterson is leaving Red Dragon aware Global may, at some point in the near future, rebrand it as Heart and network in more programmes from London, isn't known. In his statement on the matter he simply spoke about his excitement at becoming part of the Beeb.

He is quoted by Radio Today as saying: "This is an exciting and challenging period for BBC Radio Wales. I look forward to working with the hugely talented team as well as engaging with listeners to ensure audience growth for years to come".

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Now there are rumours circulating that one of Chris Brown's bodyguards gave the singer some tear-inducing eye drops backstage before he appeared at last weekend's BET Awards.

As previously reported, Brown made something of a comeback appearance at the big awards bash earlier this week performing a Michael Jackson tribute. But he had to stop half way through when he broke down during a rendition of 'Man In The Mirror'.

Earlier in the week there were allegations Lloyd, another tedious R&B crooner and a friend of Brown (and not really a rapper, despite what we may have said on Wednesday), had suggested to his pal that he well up during his BET show in a bid to win some sympathy and help mend his career which, of course, has been flagging ever since he beat up then girlfriend Rihanna. Lloyd subsequently took to his blog to deny those allegations.

Now Us Weekly have said that one of Brown's bodyguards helped the singer manufacture some tears during his Jacko routine. They cite a source who says that just prior to starting his performance of 'Man In The Mirror' Brown took some eye-drops from his security man and, "he rubbed it in and he started crying".

But a spokesman for the R&B thugster denied the story last night, insisting Brown's emotional tears were a genuine spur of the moment thing.

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Dolly Parton has defended Miley Cyrus who, as I'm sure we've mentioned before, has come in for some criticism since adopting a more raunchy image to promote new album 'Can't be Tamed'.

Responding to the critics, Parton told Fox News this week: "I've known her since she was a baby. I hate it when people criticise her. She is a great singer; she has a great voice. She's a great little entertainer and she can speak to you like she is 50 years old. She'll land in the right place. I really know she has everything it takes. She is just trying to find her way and she will".

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