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In The Pop Hospital
Doherty hospitalised in France
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Frank Sidebottom makes bid for number one
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Slum Village split
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I Like Trains join Pledge
Harry Hill signs to Universal
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Imagem announce South Pacific remake
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Mumford & Sons owned label to take over London venue
Lissie announces October tour dates
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Festival line-up update
Festival review: Hop Farm Festival 2010
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Co-op launch partnership with BME
The Music Business
BPI boss encourages labels to continue to invest
The Digital Business
MySpace not for sale, says News Corp man
Google invest more in Chinese download service
The Media Business
Vaizey says 2015 target remains, but digital radio switchover won't be forced on an analogue majority
And finally...
Snoop seeking Corrie cameo

Right, this is coming to you from sunny (well, cloudy) Liverpool, and a room in the rather wonderful Parr Street Studios, which doubles up as a bar and hotel these days. I'm here because last night I spoke at a Vision & Media event at the studios on the current state and future of creative industry business models. It was a fascinating night that resulted in my head spinning with a bunch of great ideas that I now hope I can still remember by the time I get back to London. Meanwhile, I've got to get across the Mersey for a family dinner on The Wirral by 1pm, so I might make this week's review of the week in music even more concise that normal. I mean, you wouldn't want me to miss out on a free feed, would you? So, here goes.

01: 6music was saved, after the BBC Trust said that the Corporation's radio bosses had failed to present a good enough argument as to why the digital music service should be axed. The Save 6 campaign had clearly had an impact on the BBC regulator. The Trust told the Beeb to do a full review of its whole digital radio output. In theory, BBC bosses could have another go at closing 6 at the conclusion of that review, but it seems unlikely that they will try. BBC Radio boss Tim Davie defended his original strategy plans, but admitted it was right the Trust had listened and responded to licence fee payer demands. CMU reports | BBC radio boss responds in The Guardian

02: The Live Music Bill was relaunched by Lib Dem lord Tim Clement-Jones. This is the Bill that intends to reduce the bureaucracy around grass roots (ie small) music events, most of which was introduced by the 2003 Licensing Act. A previous attempt to get the Bill through was halted when parliament was dissolved for the recent General Election, though even if it had gone through all the motions that time, the then Labour government would probably have blocked it. With the Lib Dems now in coalition government, Clement-Jones is more hopeful about getting it through. Elsewhere, campaigners who support the Bill presented a 17,000 signature petition to 10 Downing Street. CMU report | Morning Advertisers report

03: Terra Firma prepared the way for a future sale of EMI shares, by getting approval from its investors to sell up to £500 million in shares in Maltby Capital, the company through with the equity group owns the music major. Terra Firma insisted it wasn't planning a share sale at the moment, but that the resolution was designed to give EMI's top guard more flexibility in the future should it need to raise some serious cash. Meanwhile, newly appointed Group CEO Roger Faxon is reportedly busy writing a business plan that meets the waffle set out in a recent Terra Firma instigated press release declaring that EMI would become a "comprehensive rights management company". CMU report | Evening Standard report

04: Ed Vaizey supported digital switchover but not a firm FM turn off date. The Culture Minister said that the government were keen to see a move of radio listening from FM to the DAB network and that 2015 would remain the target for switchover, though added that the switchover would only go ahead if the market was ready - ie enough consumers owned DAB radios. The commercial radio industry is split on DAB switchover, some wanting it asap, others lobbying against the 2015 target date. CMU report | Guardian report

05: There was lots more MySpace speculation. TechCrunch reported that the floundering social network's UK traffic had halved in the last twelve months and that jobs were being cut at the firm's London office. Elsewhere, there were subsequently denied rumours that owners News Corp were looking to sell the web firm. Meanwhile, others reported a subscription version of MySpace Music is very much in the pipeline. CMU reports | City AM report

So there you have it. I'm off for lunch in Hoylake, while the rest of Team CMU busy themselves making you a CMU Weekly. Look out for that in your inbox later today.

Chris Cooke
Business Editor, CMU Daily
VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: We Fear Silence presents Metalheadz
London promoters We Fear Silence have taken over Saturday nights at south London's Cable, and their opening month has been immense, with the likes FACT:, Modular and Buzzin Fly providing the sounds. This Saturday sees the Metalheadz crew take over - Goldie leading from the front, plus Calyx & Teebee, Valve Recordings maestro Dillinja, Storm and Klute all on stage (set to drop his new album soon), with MC support from Moose and Fats.

In the bar, Geeneus & N-Type take control until the mighty Randall brings in the sounds of the old school. A must for any drum n bass head.

Saturday 10 Jul, 11pm-7am, Cable, 33A Bermondsey St, London SE1, £10 adv/£13 door, more info from www.cable-london.com and www.wefearsilence.com

Anorak London is the UK's leading PR company with four departments across, national press, radio, TV and online. We are looking for a dynamic and highly creative online marketing and PR person to join our fifteen-strong team. The successful applicant will have good online journalist contacts as well as experience in creating viral and digital tools, banners, media players, podcasts, viral games, applications as well as fanbase building, content management, website builds/maintenance. You should be proficient in HTML, be used to reporting on and analysing online activity and statistics. The successful applicant will have at least three years experience working in the online world. Salary: competitive.

Please send CVs to emily@anoraklondon.com
CMU's sister media ThreeWeeks, the biggest reviewer at the Edinburgh Festival, is looking for three people to join its team at this year's festival. These are paid roles, and provide an opportunity to be part of the flagship media at the world's biggest festival, and to support an acclaimed student media-skills initiative and cultural outreach programme. Although not paying massive fees, ThreeWeeks is an exciting project at the heart of the world's most vibrant cultural extravaganza, providing unique support for aspiring journalists and new cultural talent. A good time is had by all. All roles run from 1-29 Aug.

This is a role for someone with at least two years professional sub-editing experience. You will be supporting ThreeWeeks' chief sub-editor, and subbing and reworking both reviews and features. As the work you will be subbing will be written by participants on the ThreeWeeks student media-skills initiative you will also need to give feedback to the writers whose work you alter. This person can be based in Edinburgh or work remotely from any other location. It is a flexible part-time role, requiring four hours work daily from 1-29 Aug. Fee: £1000

This is a role for an organised person with experience of managing other people. You will manage the ThreeWeeks office in Edinburgh between 10am and 6pm daily (midday-5pm at weekends), looking after basic admin tasks, keep the space ship shape, and overseeing a team of student sub-editors and admin assistants. This is an Edinburgh based role, though accommodation may be provided if required. Fee: £800

This is a role for an organised person with lots of initiative, able to solve problems as and when they arise. You will be based partly in the ThreeWeeks office in Edinburgh, and partly on the ground overseeing the distribution and other logistics of ThreeWeeks' various media. You will run a street team, ensure people and products are in the right place at the right time, and fix technical or logistical problems as and when they arise. Some IT experience helpful but not essential. This is an Edinburgh based role, though accommodation may be provided if required. Fee: £800

To apply for any of these roles send a CV and covering note to recruitment@unlimitedmedia.co.uk.
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The team behind CMU's acclaimed seminars programme are now offering their services to music and media companies, educational bodies and membership organisations looking for bespoke professional training courses. CMU's existing courses on music rights, music business models, music PR, media and social media can be run specifically for an organisation's employees, students or members, or bespoke courses can be developed according to an organisation's specific needs. For more information contact Chris Cooke on 020 7099 9050 or chris@unlimitedmedia.co.uk.
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BT and TalkTalk yesterday announced they were going to court in a bid to persuade judges to overturn elements of the sometimes controversial Digital Economy Act, in particular those provisions relating to the three-strikes system for combating piracy, on the grounds they contravene various aspects of European Law.

The two net firms will take the in-development anti-piracy system - under which ISPs will be forced to send letters to suspected illegal file-sharers and, ultimately, suspend the net access of those who persist - to judicial review, arguing the new copyright laws fail to follow legal procedures set out in various European directives covering issues like privacy, proportionality, e-commerce and technical standards.

An English court can only overturn the decision of parliament in a handful of circumstances, the main one being when new UK laws conflict with European laws. Generally English judges will look to their counterparts in the European Courts Of Justice for guidance on issues like this.

In the past, the ECJ has been rather non-committal on the role ISPs can and should play in combating piracy, even when their customer's privacy rights are arguably contravened. In the previously reported 2008 Spanish file-sharing case of Promusicae v Telefonica, the ECJ advised that it was up to national courts to perform the balancing act of protecting both copyrights and privacy rights. In that case the ECJ was ruling on whether, under European law, there was any obligation on ISPs to reveal the identities of suspected file-sharers.

At a legislative level, there have been rumblings around the European Parliament for some time that some sort of directive should be passed specifically banning any anti-piracy system that ultimately results in individuals losing their net connections - more based on the argument that there is now a basic human right to internet access than on privacy grounds - but such rumblings have so far not resulted in actual law.

So, whether there is a case under European law for judges to intervene in the three-strikes bit of the DEA remains to be seen. Very possibly not. Though BT and TalkTalk's announcement shows that, as far as the ISPs are concerned, the fight against three-strikes is not over, despite parliament passing the Act in April.

BT's involvement is especially interesting. TalkTalk have been vocal opponents to the DEA from the word go, and have previously threatened legal action to try to block the three-strikes system. BT have been more guarded in their previous responses, partly because they - like ISP rivals Virgin Media and BSkyB - are increasingly playing in the content space themselves, in their case via BT Vision, so do have some vested interest in copyright protection measures.

BT's Industry Policy Director Simon Milner admitted yesterday that "every film downloaded from The Pirate Bay or the dozens of other sites offering unlicensed content is a lost sale for BT Vision", but added that when it came to the wider issue of online copyright protection "this is their [the copyright owners'] business: it's up to them to find a solution to their business problems, it's not principally our problem".

TalkTalk boss Charlie Dunstone, always vocal on this issue, gave a simple explanation to the two company's legal action yesterday, telling reporters: "We think the previous government's rushed approach resulted in flawed legislation. That's why we need a judicial review".

Record label trade body the BPI, who led the record industry's lobbying efforts with regards the DEA, said the legal challenge to the new law was "disappointed but not surprising", adding: "[BT and TalkTalk] appear desperate to protect their vast profits at the expense of musicians and creators. We are hopeful that this will not delay the implementation of the Act".

Media regulator OfCom is currently in charge of that implementation and is consulting all key interest groups on how three-strikes might work. They hope to have draft proposals ready for the Autumn. Whether the judicial review will slow that process down remains to be seen.

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Men At Work's Greg Ham has said that he fears he may have to sell his house, after it was ruled that his flute part in the band's 80s hit 'Down Under' was stolen from the 1934 song 'Kookaburra'. Although he is equally, if not more, upset at how the judgement will change people's perception of the song.

As previously reported, back in February an Australian court ruled that Men At Work's most famous track used a segment of the famous Aussie children's folk song without permission, and that the owners of that song were therefore due a cut of the pop hit's royalties. Independent music publisher Larrikin had previously convinced the Australian courts it was the legitimate owner of 'Kookaburra', which was written by the late Marion Sinclair in 1934.

Although EMI are appealing the original ruling - partly by claiming the use of a little bit of the 'Kookaburra' melody in 'Down Under' was at most a "tribute" to the folk song, and partly by again disputing Larrikin's ownership of it - it was ruled earlier this week that EMI and 'Down Under' writers Colin Hay and Ron Strykert (who in turn pay Ham a small royalty) will have to give Larrikin 5% of all money generated by the song since 2002, and 5% of all future royalties.

Ham told TheAge.com: "It has destroyed so much of my song. It will be the way the song is remembered and I hate that. I'm terribly disappointed that that's the way I'm going to be remembered - for copying something. I'll never see another cent out of that song again. We'll face massive legal costs. At the end of the day, I'll end up selling my house".

He adds that he still does not accept that he stole anyone else's material, saying: "No one detected it - I didn't detect it and I played the fucking thing. I was looking for something that sounded Australian [and] that's what came out. It was never 'Kookaburra Sits In The Old Gum Tree'. Music's always been about referring to what's already in our culture".

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Pete Doherty was hospitalised in France yesterday, according to reports. The Babyshambler was due to play a gig in Nice, but the show was cancelled at the last minute. No official reason for the cancellation was given - promoters simply said the show would be rescheduled - but WENN are reporting the singer was taken ill before the concert.

What caused the hospitalisation isn't known, though obviously there are already rumours of something drug related.

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Fans of Frank Sidebottom are making a bid to get the papier mache-headed creation of musician Chris Sievey, who sadly died of cancer aged 54 last month, to number one in the singles chart this weekend.

The track chosen, 'Guess Who's Been On Match Of The Day?', has been re-released digitally by Cherry Red Records, backed with another song, 'The Robbins Aren't Bobbins'. Having made a fast ascent up the iTunes chart the campaign is gaining speed as the cut-off point of midnight on Saturday approaches.

Buy the song on iTunes here: bit.ly/FrankNo1

For more information, head over to www.radiotimperley.com

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Slum Village's new album 'Villa Manifesto' will be the group's last, according to Hex Murda, the manager of rapper Elzhi.

As previously reported, 'Villa Manifesto', which has been created with a mixture of new and old recordings and is due for release in the US on 27 Jul, is the first to feature contributions from all four members of the group, despite two of them now being dead.

Originally, Slum Village comprised T3, Baatin and J Dilla. When Dilla left to pursue a solo career in 2002, he was replaced by Elzhi. Later that same year, Baatin also quit the group, citing health problems as his reason for leaving. As a result of all this coming and going, J Dilla and Elzhi, despite being key members of the group, never appeared on an album together. Both J Dilla and Baatin are now dead, the former in 2006, the latter last year.

Murda told XXL: "For all intents and purposes concerning Elzhi, Slum Village is defunct. This is the last SV LP. We look forward to bringing you Elzhi's solo project, The Feed".

There had been rumours that T3 had fired Elzhi from the group, though T3 has denied this.

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Post-rockers I Like Trains have announced details of their second album, 'He Who Saw The Deep', which will be released via their own label ILR. In order to fund the release of the album, and touring around it, the band have taken to fan-funding site Pledge Music.

The band say: "['He Who Saw The Deep'] is a progression from what has gone before it. Whilst still very much an I Like Trains record, we have taken this chance to re-invent. There is light and shade, hope and devastation, and we are taking a look at where we are heading instead of where we have been".

They continue: "With this new album comes a new approach in getting it out into the big wide world. We're looking to you our fans to participate in its release and promotion. In return we will be sending the album out to you before anyone else can get their hands on it, and we're offering you a whole host of other exclusive goodies".

Various packages of rewards are available, including the chance to own a couple of broken guitar pedals. Check them out here: www.pledgemusic.com/projects/iliketrains

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Harry Hill has signed a record deal with Universal, according to The Sun. The comedian is reportedly set to record an album of "comic songs, stories and jokes", the follow-up to his 2007 concept album 'The First Meeting Of The International Recipe Card Top Trump Society', which was released through Brown Dog Records.

A source told the tabloid: "Harry has always featured some daft songs in his act and this is his way to reach a new audience. There will be some familiar stuff and entirely new material".

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In the eighth instalment in its compilation series featuring 70s rock music from around Africa, the Analog Africa label has announced the release of 'Afro-Beat Airways: West African Shock Waves - Ghana & Togo 1972-1979'. As ever, label boss Samy Ben Redjeb's obsessive collection of African music is whittled down to a handful of pure gems.

Says Ben Redjeb: "I arrived in Ghana and, as on all my previous trips to Accra, the first person I paid a visit to was producer Dick Essilfie-Bonzie, who I simply call Mr Essiebons after his legendary label Essiebons Records. [He] explained that after more than a decade of being out of business he had decided 'to give it another shot' and thus digitised all his master tapes for future releases. He showed me the result: a box containing approximately 80 CDs, each with a tracklisting - a total of 800 songs".

He continues: "I was allowed to take the 'surprise' box to my hotel room and started listening. I had no idea what to expect, but I was in for a treat. Previously unreleased material by Apagya Show Band and Orchestre Abass were the first few amazing tracks that I discovered and that's when I decided to start working on this compilation".

The compilation will be released on 2 Aug. Here's the full tracklist:

Uppers International - Dankasa
Apagya Show Band - Ma Nserew Me
K Frimpong & His Cubano Fiestas - Me Yee Owu Den
Marijata - Break Through
African Brothers Band - Ngyegye No So
Orchestre Abass - Awula Bo Fee Ene
Ebo Taylor & The Sweet Beans - Odofo Nyi Akyiri Biara
Pagadeja Custom Band - Okpe See
De Frank Professionals - Afe Ato Yen Bio
Apagya Show Band - Mumunde
Rob - More
Cos-Ber-Zam - Ne Noya
Uppers International - Neriba Lanchina
Ebo Taylor & The Pelicans - Come Along
Orchestre Abass - Operation Bye-Bye (vinyl only)
Third Generation Band - Obiye Saa Wui (vinyl only)

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The very much CMU Approved Josephine has announced that she will release a new EP, entitled 'I Think It Was Love', via ARK Recordings on 26 Jul.

Listening to the title track, you'd be forgiven for thinking you'd stumbled across some lost soul classic, rather than a young musician from Manchester. But no, she really is that good. Have a listen here: www.myspace.com/thisisjosephine

Says Josephine of her songwriting process: "I put the guitar down and free write in my notebook, trying to get to the centre of the idea - I like to have strong melodies but lyrics that leave some suggestion for you to come back to on a second and third listen".

The EP's tracklist is this:

I Think It Was Love
One Princess of Cheetham Hill
One Song

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When the original 'South Pacific' film was made in 1958 the resulting soundtrack spent 115 weeks at number one in the UK album chart, 70 weeks consecutively, including an entire year. I wonder how it will do this time round.

Music publisher Imagem, who, as previously reported, now own the catalogue and company of the late 'South Pacific' writing Rodgers & Hammerstein, have announced they have entered into a deal with Amber Entertainment and Chicagofilms to make a new movi version of the Broadway musical, a move which will presumably result in a resurgence of interest in the show's soundtrack.

Confirming the deal, Imagem CFO Denis Wigman who, with his background in film, will oversee the publisher's involvement in the new movie, told CMU: "I am thrilled that Imagem will be a partner in this latest adaptation of 'South Pacific' for the screen. We see great opportunities to reintroduce this timeless classic to movie audiences all over the world".

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The label owned by Mumford & Sons' Ben Lovett, Cherbourg's Kevin Jones and producer Ian Grimble, Communion, has announced that it will take over Kentish Town's Flowerpot venue for seven days next week for a one-off collaborative recording project and a spate of evening live shows.

Mt Desolation, Lissie, Angus & Julia Stone, Kill It Kid, Matthew & The Atlas and members of Mumford & Sons will spend the week working on new songs together, alongside a host of Communion signings, such as Marcus Foster, Kyla La Grange and The Staves, for an album which will be released by the label this autumn. In the evenings, the venue will be opened to the public for a series of special free gigs featuring the artists working on the record that day and the occasional surprise guest.

Communion's Kevin Jones told CMU: "We wanted to do something a bit different and more challenging than just put on a bunch of cool gigs in a venue, and this definitely seems like a challenge. So many amazing artists are giving up their time to Communion and we're looking forward to hearing what comes out of these recording sessions as well as seeing some fantastic bands in a tiny venue. It's going to be chaotic, but definitely worth it!"

To mark the occasion, this week's CMU Weekly Powers Of Ten playlist has been compiled by Mumford & Sons' Ben Lovett, and we will be featuring some of the artists involved in the Same Six Questions sections of CMU Daily and CMU Weekly next week. To get all that delivered to your inbox, head over to www.theCMUwebsite.com/subscribe and sign up.

Here are the line-ups for the shows:

12 Jul: Mt Desolation, Lissie, The Staves, James Moss
13 Jul: Angus and Julia Stone, Sarah Blasko
14 Jul: Kill It Kid, The Joker And The Thief
15 Jul: Marcus Foster, Kyla La Grange, Matthew And The Atlas
16 Jul: Lyrebirds, The Agitator
17 Jul: Members of Mumford & Sons
18 Jul: Beans On Toast, Handshake, Crowns, Hot Feet, Tom Mckean And The Emperors, Monument Valle

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As well as taking part in Communion's upcoming recording and performance project, Lissie has announced a handful of headline dates for this October, following appearances at lots and lots of festivals over the summer.

Tour dates:

26 Oct: Glasgow, Oran Mor
27 Oct: Manchester, Academy 3
28 Oct: Bristol, Thekla
30 Oct: Norwich, Waterfront
31 Oct: Birmingham, Academy 2
1 Nov: London, Heaven

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BOOMTOWN FAIR, Buckinghamshire, 13-15 Aug: With the Arcadia installation announced for this summer's BoomTown Fair, the festival has added The Beat, Macka B & the Roots Ragga Band and RCola to the line-up. www.boomtownfair.co.uk

SUMMER SUNDAE WEEKENDER, De Montfort Hall, Leicester, 13-15 Aug: DM Stith, The Moulettes and Pete Molinari have all been added to the tenth anniversary of Summer Sundae, joining the previously announced Seasick Steve, Tinchy Stryder and Mumford & Sons. www.summersundae.com

V FESTIVAL, Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex and Weston Park, Staffordshire, 21-22 Aug: Norman Jay, Freestylers, Crystal Fighters and Kissy Sell Out are amongst the acts announced to play the Strongbow and Bacardi Arena at this year's V, along with the likes of Goldierocks, Fenech-Soler, Kid Adrift and the Dub Pistols' Barry Ashworth. www.vfestival.com

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FESTIVAL REVIEW: Hop Farm Festival 2010
Ah, a non-metal, non-rock, non-rave festival, and my first camping festival of the year. Somehow that pitch seemed to fit perfectly with my recent "I'm always tired and not sure I can do festivals any more" thinking. Heading off from my hometown of Feltham (or Filthtown as I like to call it) I couldn't wait to get to the festival site and reeelax, lay in the sun and listen to some folky tunes. Despite it being easy peasy to get there and park up, it didn't get off to a good start. Firstly I locked my keys in the car as soon as I arrived, doh, and secondly I couldn't find Box Office 2 (who, I was told, would have my wristband) anywhere. Why didn't ANYONE know where Box Office 2 was?!

Anyway, so I found it, got on site, set up camp, and headed into the arena - which was delightfully small. Wandering around the array of stalls in search for a drink and maybe some good old festival food, I stumbled across Liz And The Ligers playing the Bread & Roses stage. I hadn't heard of them before and couldn't work out if I liked them or not, but ultimately decided I did - they sounded like a band from the early 60s and not really like anyone around now, and Liz herself was rather intriguing, so that was a good accidental watch.

After buying a massive bag of fudge, and finding out that 'hot hot chocolate' meant spicy chocolate, I headed over to the Big Top tent to have a listen to my dad's recommendation, Peter Green & Friends. As a big Fleetwood fan I kind of knew I'd like this already, and I certainly did.

With so many distractions, it was the evening before I got to the main stage, just in time for Blondie, yay. How is Debbie Harry 65? She sounded and looked amazing. Pouring out hits 'Call Me', 'Maria', 'Heart Of Glass' and 'The Tide Is High', haing Blondie on the bill may have looked ever so slightly out of place for Hop Farm, but it really worked.

I then caught some of Van Morrison's headline set, before running back to the Bread & Roses stage to watch The Ruskins - a local band for me and one I've seen several times. Performing
with loads of energy, as usual, The Ruskins really shook up the stage - playing an unexpected old skool garage medley, and by the end of their set the crowd had doubled and were even singing along to 'Old Isleworth' and invading the stage for the final song.

Day two, another blisteringly hot day, started off at the well-placed campsite stage where I could eat brekkie. As we headed back into the arena we were just in time for the lovely Magic Numbers. Next up were two of my favourites, Johnny Flynn and Laura Marling. Whilst both played amazing sets and showed off their talent, I couldn't help feeling disappointed that they didn't use the opportunity to duet! Plus the sound from the main stage was definitely on the quiet side - with the sound from one of the funfair rides just a little too close for comfort.

Despite wanting to see Villagers and curious as to check out the Jim Jones Revue, mismatched stage times meant I completely missed them both, nooo. However, Seasick Steve definitely made up for it, with his raw performance and tales of homemade instruments.

The new poster boys of folk, Mumford & Sons, were up next on the main stage, and completely charmed the crowd, getting everyone up on their feet for their latest singles.

Following on was the legend that is Bob Dylan, sounding gruffer than I'd expected. Despite it being an amazing performance to watch, I only stuck around for the first half an hour, running off to the Big Top tent hoping that I hadn't missed my favourite of favourites, Devendra Banhart. I was greeted with the sounds of Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (yep the stage times were still all muddled). A nice surprise though, as they were completely different from any other bands I'd watched that weekend, all playing brass instruments with some hip-hopping over the top. The crowd went wild.

Finally taking to the stage, an hour late I hasten to add, Devendra was the perfect finale to the festival. Playing his new stuff and slightly jazzed up older material, he was incredible and adorable to watch, especially with his random cover of Taylor Dane's 'Tell It To My Heart' - "Tell it to my heart, tell me I'm the only one..." GS

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Franz Ferdinand chappy Alex Kapranos was at the O2 Dome yesterday to help launch a new brand partnership between the British Music Experience exhibition and The Co-operative.

The tie up will see the supermarket chain give away 15,000 free tickets to the exhibition to young people around the country as part of its 'Inspiring Young People' campaign. With that in mind, as part of the launch Kapranos gave kids from schools based near The O2 complex a free music business masterclass.

Confirming the partnership between BME and the retail company, The Co-op's CEO Peter Marks told CMU yesterday: "The partnership with the British Music Experience is a natural fit for The Co-operative. We are committed to inspiring young people and already have a number of programmes which engage with them - whether it's through sport, music or education. The British Music Experience is dedicated to inspiring young people through music so we're delighted to partner with them on creating experiences and opportunities for young people".

Speaking for the BME, its Chairman Harvey Goldsmith added: "We are delighted to have The Co-operative on board with the British Music Experience. Their initiative to inspire young people through education is an admirable commitment and something we aim to achieve at the British Music Experience every single day".

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It was the annual shindig type gathering of UK record label trade body the BPI yesterday - aka the BPI AGM - and the organisation's chairman Tony Wadsworth used it to give a rallying call encouraging British record companies to continue to properly invest in new talent.

While admitting that the sometimes painful streamlining that the record business has been forced to go through in the last decade had actually resulted in a "fitter and more efficient" industry over all, he cautioned that "this streamlining must not go so far as to have a negative effect on one of our most important functions: investing in new artists".

According to Billboard, the BPI chief said that while cutting back on the number of bands labels invest in would achieve short term cost cutting goals, such a strategy could harm the industry long term, because today's new signings are tomorrow's multi-million generating global acts.

He told his record industry audience: "There may not be as much money to invest as there used to be, but I believe that shouldn't mean that we support fewer artists. Let's not go down the route of focusing the investment into fewer and fewer artists. It may serve a short term need to consolidate, but I feel that in the long-run we will live to regret it".

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News Corp's top digital man Jonathan Miller has denied reports that his company is thinking about selling off its flagging social networking flim flam MySpace. He responded to rumours that the media giant was trying to off load the web company at a conference in the US this week, saying reports that he was in talks with possible buyers were total "fabrications".

Speculation has been rife, of course, about the social networking business, which has seen its user base and traffic slump in recent years, and which is about to lose a favourable ad sales partnership with Google. Many reckon the service will eventually be axed by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, though obviously, if anyone would buy it, a sell off would be more attractive than a shut down. Which is possibly why the sale rumours began.

Miller didn't comment on other rumours circulating this week that MySpace's music division is now seriously considering launching a subscription-based service, to run alongside and possibly ultimately replace its ad-funded streaming music offer. According to C-Net, MySpace is now in active talks with the major labels about such a service. MySpace has previously sent out mixed messages about its subscription model ambitions in the music space.

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Google has reportedly increased its investment in a Chinese digital music service called Top100.cn, a licensed download service which links download sell-through to search results.

The web giant previously put money into the China-based service in 2007, and, according to PC World, has now invested more cash. This is despite of, or perhaps because of, Google streamlining its other Chinese operations because of ongoing disputes with the country's government over search censorship.

Elsewhere in Google news, the web firm's President Of Global Sales Operations, Nikesh Arora, spoke at yesterday's BPI AGM. As expected, the Google man urged the music industry to simplify its global licensing systems, while the record industry audience urged the web exec to do more to combat online copyright infringement.

According to Music Week, with regards copyright protection, Arora said that while Google couldn't be expected to single-handedly police the internet for illegal content, it was happy to work with industries to ensure legit online services appeared higher up Google search results.

He noted that in the US the pharmaceutical industry has compiled a list of the sites licensed to sell medication on the internet, and that Google uses that to give legit services a higher search score. BPI CEO Geoff Taylor pointed out the kitemark element of the UK record industry's slighty rubbish Music Matters campaign offered a similar list for music sites, and Arora agreed that as that kitemark system gained momentum Google should look into using it as a scoring mechanic on its search service.

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As expected, Culture Minister Ed Vaizey yesterday said the new government would stick to their predecessors' 2015 target for getting the British population listening to radio via the DAB digital radio network rather than via FM, though insisted stations would not be forced off the old analogue network if the listening public were not ready to make the switch.

Speaking to an audience of radio industry execs, the minister said while the government was keen for a speedy switchover to DAB, it stood by recommendations in the previous executive's 'Digital Britain' report that said switchover should only happen once at least 50% of radio listening in the UK is on digital. However, 2015 "remains a target we aspire to".

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Snoop Dogg recently approached Granada TV in an effort to secure a cameo role in ITV1's long-running soap opera 'Coronation Street', he revealed ahead of a free gig for Orange Rockcorps volunteers at Manchester's Apollo venue.

A fan of the soap for more than a decade, the rapper sent a video message to congratulate the show on its 50th anniversary earlier this year. Yesterday he told the BBC: "I had my agent reach out to [Granada TV] to see if they could try to get me on and they said they were interested, so hopefully it might happen. It would be perfect for me to be on the show. I love the whole dynamic, the way it is put together, it is my world, it is something I could fall into".

However, a spokeswoman for Granada said, quite disappointingly: "He's obviously a great character but [it's] hard to see how he'd fit into Weatherfield".

Snoop is also a big fan of former middle of the road BBC comedy series 'Keeping Up Appearances', and told The Sun last year that he considered lead character Hyacinth Bucket to be "one of the funniest people on TV".

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