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Freebutt forced to cancel all live music
Faxon's EMI business plan expected this month
In The Pop Courts
Tenenbaum damages slashed
In The Pop Hospital
Cole to sit out boot camp stage of X-Factor to recover
Doherty better, or possibly never ill
Pop Politics
J-Lo caught up in Cypriot politics
Reunions & Splits
Chas & Dave planning a final tour
Is full Take That reunion coming this year?
Release News
Wiley gives away hundreds of unreleased tracks
Deerhunter promote new album with photocopied flyer
Gigs & Tours News
Madina Lake vow to play upcoming UK shows
OK Go UK tour
Festival News
Festival line-up update
Single review: She & Him - Thieves (Domino)
Talks, Debates & Conventions
In The City announce first keynotes
The Music Business
Rogue Geordie jukebox men sentenced
Proper to distribute Big Chill releases
Essential sign up three more labels
Anorak announce appointments
The Media Business
Five pull out of Canvas
Chart Of The Day
Chart update
And finally...
Ronson's not a celebrity DJ, OK?

Hello, I hope you just spent two days sitting outside doing as little as possible, as I did. I hope you're not suffering with frisbee related injuries and a sunburnt burnt arm, though. Carelessness with frisbees and sunshine is no joking matter. Especially when my ankle and arm are involved. Anyway, here are some things to help you get through this week while you (I) nurse your (my) injuries.

01: Communion takes over The Flowerpot. This week Communion, the record label owned by Mumford & Sons' Ben Lovett with Cherbourg's Kevin Jones and producer Ian Grimble, will take over Kentish Town's Flowerpot venue for seven days for a special multi-artist collaboration project thing. Artists involved - including the likes of Mt Desolation, Lissie, Angus & Julia Stone, Kill It Kid, Matthew & The Atlas and members of Mumford & Sons - will spend the week writing and recording songs for a forthcoming album and then perform together in the evenings. Stay tuned for SSQs from artists taking part here in the Daily this week and also have a listen to Lovett's CMU Weekly Powers Of Ten playlist.

02: Festivals beginning with L. This weekend on the festival front Team CMU is torn between two: Latitude and Lovebox. You can expect to see reviews of both in your Daily in the not too distant future. If you going to the latter, why not get yourself in the mood with a special playlist complied by Lovebox co-founder Tom Findlay, he of Groove Armada? We'll have that for you in this week's CMU Weekly. Meanwhile, if you're heading to Latitude, be sure to check out the brilliant PLAYlist, which features short plays based on pop songs, in the Theatre Arena at 4.25pm on Sunday.

03: African Music Awards launch. This year's O2 African Music Awards will launch this Wednesday evening with an event at the Africa Centre in Covent Garden. There will be some sneak previews of artists due to perform at the ceremony, which takes place at Wembley Arena on 15 Oct, including an a capella version of Toto's 'Africa' by Perpetuum Jazzile, which is due to be released next month with all proceeds going to charity.

04: New releases. This week the long-awaited 'Dark Night Of The Soul' album finally gets its official release. The collaboration between Danger Mouse and Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse, which features guests including The Flaming Lips, Gruff Rhys, Julian Casablancas, Black Francis, Iggy Pop, Suzanne Vega and Vic Chesnutt, was shelved due to legal issues over a year ago. Sadly, since then, both Linkous and Chesnutt have died but the album works as a fine tribute. Also out this week is the excellent second album from School Of Seven Bells, 'Disconnect From Desire', and east London rapper Cyrus Malachi is giving away a free mixtape as a precursor to his forthcoming debut solo album.

05: Gigs. As well as all that Communion business going on in north London this week, Klaxons will be playing a few low-key shows to air a bit of new material from their forthcoming second album and the mighty Converge will be touring the UK, with a show at ULU in London this Friday that should be amazing.

And there you go. I'll see you again in Friday's CMU Weekly along with the aforementioned Groove Armada playlist - if you're not subscribed go to theCMUwebsite.com/subscribe right now and stop being so silly.

Andy Malt
Editor, CMU Daily
You can tell dubstep's come a long way when it's possible for the genre to have its own supergroup. Magnetic Man are dubstep's biggest name and remixer du jour Skream, along with two of the men responsible for shaping the genre's sound, Benga and Artwork. Their debut single, 'I Need Air', is set for release on 26 Jul via Sony/Columbia and features vocals from Angela Hunte, who co-wrote Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' 'New York State Of Mind'.


The video for the track (linked below) was filmed at the trio's recent live performance at Manchester's Parklife festival, and gives a taste of what to expect from their forthcoming tour in October - flashing lights and anthemic dance music aplenty. The single comes backed with remixes from Redlight and Digital Soundboy, both of which are also worth checking out.


Fancy seeing the Edinburgh Festival right from the inside, while picking up invaluable experience in how the publishing industry works? As part of the ThreeWeeks media-skills programme we still have opportunities available for students or aspiring media or publishing people to work at ThreeWeeks HQ in Edinburgh as on editorial or admin assistant.

These are voluntary roles, but you get to work alongside leading media professionals, who will provide formal training and on-the-ground advice and guidance. You'll also get to be part of a hugely exciting Edinburgh Fringe project and may have the option to review a show or two.

To apply send a CV, 100 words on why you want to join the team and a 120 word review of something cool to recruitment@unlimitedmedia.co.uk. Put 'Editorial Team' in the subject line.
Academy Music Group is currently recruiting for the following positions:

O2 Academy Leicester: Venue Manager, Venue Marketing Co-ordinator, Technical Manager (2011 start).

O2 Academy Islington (London): Assistant General Manager, Bars Manager.

O2 Academy Oxford: Technical Manager (immediate start).

Academy Music Group: Nationwide
AMG welcomes interest from candidates with at least three years experience of live and club venue management to join the expansion of its venue estate across the UK. Individuals must be enthusiastic about the industry and hold the following roles or equivalent: General Manager, Assistant General Manager, Technical Manager, Bars Manager.

Forward CV, covering letter and position you wish to apply for to: Rita Garavan, Human Resources Manager at rita@academy-music-group.co.uk or Academy Music Group, 211 Stockwell Road, London, SW9 9SL

Closing date: Friday 23 Jul 2010
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
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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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Brighton venue The Freebutt has announced that it will no longer be able to put on live music after it was ordered to reduce the cut-off level on its volume limiter by the local council.

As previously reported, The Freebutt was served with a noise abatement notice in February this year after the council received just one complaint from a neighbouring resident. Various steps were taken to remedy the issue, though the venue, the council and audio consultants brought in on either side found it hard to properly diagnose and monitor the problem because the complainant refused them all access to their property.

Apparently this situation changed earlier this month, when audio consultants were finally allowed access to the complainant's home. They found that there were, indeed, still sound leakage issues, and the venue's owners estimate that it will cost twenty grand to address them - twenty grand they don't have. The result is that the council is now strictly enforcing its noise order, basically making it impossible for Freebutt gigs to go ahead.

In a statement last week, the venue's owners said: "It's with huge regret that we have to announce that the volume limiter installed in the downstairs live room of The Freebutt has been reduced to a level of just 94dBA rendering it impossible for live unamplified drums or backline amplified guitars to perform in the building".

They continued: "The immediate repercussions of this are that we are unable to host live bands in the venue. Currently booked shows (with the exception of Adelaide's Cape on Friday 16 Jul) at the Freebutt have either been re-housed or are in process of being re-housed ... We have also been forced to make redundant fourteen members of staff".

The venue will stay open, with their penthouse bar still open seven days a week. Meanwhile efforts will be made to address the noise leakage problems, though given the immediate nature of the council's order, it will be hard for the venue to raise the funds to install any further sound proofing.

The venue's owners continued: "It's difficult for us to determine the long term effects of this as obviously a substantial amount of sound proofing works must be carried out at vast expense; the initial estimate is in the region of twenty thousand pounds. Frustratingly this is very much beyond our reach, particularly when we are unable to have any of our current 2010 bookings (which totals around 100 confirmed shows) perform in our venue".

For further information on the venue and where its shows have been moved to, head to www.thefreebutt.com

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According to the New York Post, newly appointed EMI Group CEO Roger Faxon could have his new business plan ready to share with owners Terra Firma within the month. As previously reported, Faxon, formerly the boss of EMI Music Publishing, was rather suddenly elevated to a group-wide role last month, meaning he now oversees the London major's flagging recordings business too.

At the time Faxon's sudden promotion was spun as a well thought out strategic move to bring the major's recordings and publishing businesses closer together - previously EMI's two main divisions, in common with all of the music majors, operated pretty autonomously.

While there is a logic to such a strategy, insiders say talk of EMI becoming an integrated "comprehensive rights management company" was a last minute bit of spin to justify why Terra Firma were suddenly pushing out Charlie Allen - who had only been running EMI's recordings division since March - and to cover up for the fact that Faxon had been moved into his new central exec role with just a few days notice, basically because the equity group had run out of ideas.

All of which means Faxon now has to write yet another new business plan for EMI, which needs to satisfy Terra Firma's increasingly tetchy financial backers, and match the "comprehensive rights management company" press release already issued.

It was thought Faxon planned to have that business plan ready for September, but according to The Post it could, in fact, be ready to share with Terra Firma twonks, including top twonk Guy Hands, by the end of the month. Although there will presumably be at least one section outlining how EMI plans to become a "comprehensive rights management company", the Post reckons the main part of the plan will deal with raising quick cash and cutting costs.

In that regard, variations of two previously mooted plans are expected to dominate.

First, EMI recordings will look to do distribution deals with other majors in certain territories, reducing the company's own costs in those regions and possibly resulting in an upfront advance from the distribution partner. Second, EMI publishing will securitise some of its catalogues, allowing stakes to be sold in those catalogues to third parties in return for upfront cash.

Both proposals are watered down versions of previously discussed cash solutions for EMI, ie doing a licensing deal for the entire EMI recordings catalogue in North America, and spinning off the whole of EMI Music Publishing and selling a stake in it to another equity group.

As previously reported, while Faxon is actually quite a popular choice to lead the whole of EMI, and while on paper both the company's publishing and recordings divisions are doing quite well, the major's financial position remains wobbly, because of that three billion pound debt to Citigroup, the bank Terra Firma will see in court this Autumn. Even optimists are now seeing Faxon's business plan as EMI's very last chance to remain a stand alone entity.

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Now a judge has reduced the damages due to the record industry from Joel Tenenbaum, too.

As previously reported, one of the most famous defendants of a Recording Industry Association Of America file-sharing lawsuit, Jammie Thomas, saw the damages she must pay the US record industry cut from a mind blogging $1.92 million to $54,000 at the start of the year. The RIAA has since offered to settle for less than half that, though Thomas is returning to court to push for an even lower damages figure.

Meanwhile, when Boston student Tenenbaum lost his RIAA litigation last year he was ordered to pay $675,000 in damages. As with Thomas, the figure was substantial because US copyright law allows juries to set damages in copyright cases of anywhere between $750 to $150,000 per infringement. Tenenbaum was specifically sued for infringing the copyrights in thirty songs by making them available via file-sharing networks.

But as with the Thomas case, the judge overseeing the Tenenbaum litigation ruled last week that six figure plus damages were inappropriate. In a 64 page ruling, Judge Nancy Gertner wrote: "[These damages are] far greater than necessary to serve the government's legitimate interests in compensating copyright owners and deterring infringement. In fact, it bears no meaningful relationship to these objectives".

She reduced Tenenbaum's damages obligations to $67,500, or $2250 per infringement, but added that that figure was still substantial, and enough to deter others from illegally file-sharing. She continued: "It not only adequately compensates the plaintiffs for the relatively minor harm that Tenenbaum caused them; it sends a strong message that those who exploit peer-to-peer networks to unlawfully download and distribute copyrighted works run the risk of incurring substantial damages awards".

The RIAA, however, did not concur. Despite initially offering a generous out of court settlement when Thomas' damages were slashed, this time the trade body seems more willing to fight, vowing to appeal Gertner's latest ruling. The body told reporters: "With this decision, the court has substituted its judgment for that of ten jurors as well as Congress. The judge appropriately recognised the egregious conduct of the defendant, including lying to the court about his behaviour, but then erroneously dismisses the profound economic and artistic harm caused when hundreds of songs are illegally distributed for free to millions of strangers on file-sharing networks".

Speaking to the Boston Globe, Tenenbaum welcomed Gertner's ruling, but said that, given he's broke, paying a five figure settlement isn't all that much more achievable than a six figure one. The student has previously said he would declare himself bankrupt if ordered to pay major damages to the record companies.

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Cheryl Cole has pulled out of a V Festival appearance and the whole 'boot camp' stage of the next series of 'The X-Factor' to give her time to recover from her previously reported bout of malaria.

According to a spokeswoman, Cole is "making good progress" after being diagnosed with the disease at the start of the last week, but has been advised to rest in the coming months. It was initially thought the Girl Aloud was suffering from exhaustion when she collapsed at a photo shoot last weekend, but it was subsequently discovered she was suffering from malaria, which she seemingly picked up while in Tanzania recently. The singer left intensive care on Friday and subsequently checked into a private clinic to fully recover.

A spokesman for 'X-Factor' confirmed this weekend that Cole would be absent from the boot camp stage of the next series of the talent show, which is currently being recorded. Said spokesman told reporters: "Our priority is to ensure Cheryl is fit and well before she returns to work and to give our contestants a fair and proper opportunity to compete in the show".

It is not clear if a guest judge will now take part in the boot camp component of this year's 'X-Factor'. Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger joined the judging panel at a recording in Manchester this weekend, though she was technically filling in for Dannii Minogue rather than Cole. Minogue, who gave birth to her first child last week, has sat out the audition stage of this series of the show because of her pregnancy, but is due to return for boot camp.

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Pete Doherty is out of hospital. Or very possibly never went there. As reported on Friday, Doherty pulled out of a gig in Nice last minute on Thursday last week, with the Babyshambler's people reportedly giving the excuse that the singer had been hospitalised.

But Le Parisien is reporting that, while the singer did visit a clinic in Paris during the day on Thursday, he wasn't actually hospitalised, and instead of playing his scheduled gig in Nice on Thursday spent the evening with friends in the French capital.

Either way, Doherty was well enough to join his band at the French Festival Terres de Son in Monts on Friday, and subsequently at T In The Park this weekend.

At the latter, the Babyshambles boys got a bit pissed off when some crowd members started throwing bottles in the general direction of the stage, so much so guitar man Mick Whitnall at one point suggested to the T audience: "Next person who throws a bottle, beat the fuck out of them, I dare you!"

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Jennifer Lopez has called off a show in North Cyprus after she found herself caught up in the Mediterranean island's long running political conflict.

J-Lo had been due to play at the launch of a new luxury hotel in the Turkish-controlled North of the country on her birthday, 24 Jul. But the plans caused outrage among Greek Cypriots, who do not recognise the legitimacy of the independently controlled North of the island, which has been separately controlled by Turkish Cypriots since 1974. They argued that J-Lo playing in the region gave credence to what they still consider an illegal country.

Despite relations between the North and South of Cyprus being less aggressive in recent years, tensions still very much exist. As soon as Lopez's appearance at the hotel launch was announced, Greek Cypriots began an online campaign pressuring the singer to cancel her performance. The campaign included various claims of human rights violations by the rulers in the North of the island.

Lopez was initially quiet about the campaign, but last week a statement was posted on her website confirming she'd cancelled the Cypriot booking. The statement said the singer had decided against performing at the hotel launch after undertaking "a full review of the relevant circumstances in Cyprus", adding: "Jennifer Lopez would never knowingly support any state, country, institution or regime that was associated with any form of human rights abuse".

Greek Cypriots hailed Lopez's decision as a "victory", while Turkish groups criticised both the campaign and the singer's resulting decision, claiming things like this only hinder efforts to reunite the island.

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Chas & Dave, who officially split last year, will reunite for a finale tour, probably next spring. As previously reported, the seminal duo announced they were splitting last September after Dave decided he wanted to retire from music following the death of his wife Sue from cancer. Dave's other half had been very involved in managing the duo's careers.

Speaking to the Mirror, Chas explained how the final tour came about, telling the tab: "I was sat at Dave's house having a cup of tea and out of the blue he said he wanted to do a farewell tour. Dave felt he left in unavoidable circumstances and wanted to come back for one final tour".

The official statement from the duo was even non-committal on whether the tour would actually be a true finale. It read: "After Dave's much-publicised retirement from the band following the death of his wife Sue last year, the boys recently decided to get back on the road for possibly the last time together next year with a 30+ date tour".

Dates and venues for the tour are to be confirmed, though it will include a show at the Indigo2 venue under the Dome.

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Could Robbie finally be about to return to Take That? Gossipers seem to be saying that the long anticipated and often denied reunion of the full original line up of Take That could happen within the year, with a new album including Robbie out in time for Christmas followed by a 2011 stadium tour.

As previously reported, Williams has certainly become more matey with his former bandmates in the last eighteen months, and previously admitted he had spent time with them in the studio.

In the meantime, Gary Barlow will guest on Robbie's greatest hits album, which is due out in October. As previously noted, the double CD collection is called 'In And Out Of Consciousness - The Greatest Hits 1990-2010', so presumably includes early Take That songs as well as Robbie's solo hits.

One of the compulsory new tracks on the hits collection was co-penned and features vocals from Barlow and, according to The Sun, addresses the two popsters' rock relationship. The tab adds that the video for the song has a 'Brokeback Mountain' theme. I'm not sure what they are trying to say with that. Possibly that one of them will die in tragic circumstances in two years time?

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Wiley's Twitter feed went into overdrive at the end of last week, starting with a tirade against his former manager John Woolf, who he had apparently just sacked, followed by the rapper uploading twelve zip files of music from Thursday evening and on through Friday, totalling around 200 tracks, including completed tracks, demos, a capellas and instrumentals.

He told fans he was getting rid of everything he had so that he "can go and start a new album and hide it all then release it next year".

As the tweets were coming thick and fast, Grimeforum.com handily collected all the files together in one place, generating so much interest that the site was at times unable to cope with the number of people attempting to access it.


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Deerhunter are encouraging their fans to help them promote their new album 'Halcyon Digest' by pinning a home-made poster up at independent record shops and gig venues around their home towns.

Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox has designed a cut-and-paste style flyer for the new 4AD released album, aping the designs used back in the day by the new wave bands he used to follow. Though, while the flyer is very old school, its distribution will be more modern.

Fans are encouraged to download the flyer, print it out, distribute it around their local town, and then photograph the pinned up flyers and email the photos in to the band. Said photos will be displayed on a website, and everyone who sends one in will get priority access to the band's next single.

Explaining the inspiration for the promotion, Cox told reporters: "I was always fascinated with the ephemera of 70s and 80s art rock in record stores like Wuxtry in Athens, where I hung out as a kid, or Wax N Facts in Atlanta. You'd see a photocopied faded B-52s flyer next to a poster for Lou Reed or XTC. It was like an art punk scrapbook on those walls. It made my head spin. Who are these people? Who are the fucking Residents with these weird-ass eyeball faces?"

You can download the flyer at www.halcyondigest.com. The new album is released on 27 Sep.

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Madina Lake have announced that they will play their upcoming UK tour dates, despite the fact that bassist Matthew Leone is currently out of action awaiting brain surgery.

As previously reported, Leone was savagely attacked last month after he attempted to intervene when he witnessed a man beating a woman, seemingly the attacker's wife, in a street near his home in Chicago. The attacker then turned on Leone 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. A man has been arrested on suspicion of being the attacker.

Speaking about the band's upcoming UK shows, Madina Lake frontman (and Matthew's brother), Nathan Leone told MTV: "We have the Sonisphere Festival coming up in the UK and a few headlining dates around that. We decided last night that we're going to commit to playing them, and we're not going to hire a bass player to fill in. Instead, if it's possible, we're going to try to have Matthew record his bass tracks here, and then run them when we play live. We're not going to hire a new bass player [for the shows] ... we don't want anyone to take his place. So, if he can pick up a bass, he's going to play his parts".

Tour dates:

1 Aug: Sonisphere
2 Aug: Cardiff, Barfly
3 Aug: Kingston, Hippodrome
4 Aug: London, Barfly
5 Aug: York, The Duchess
6 Aug: Poole, Chords
7 Aug: Boardmasters Festival
8 Aug: Hevy Festival

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OK Go will be in the UK later this month for a handful of headline shows and festival dates. The band are also currently preparing to release a deluxe edition of their third album, 'Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky', via their own label, Paracadute, after being released from their deal with EMI.

Tour dates:

24 Jul: Splendour Festival
25 Jul: Manchester, Academy 3
27 Jul: Bristol, Fleece
28 Jul: London, Electric Ballroom
30 Jul: Y Not Festival
31 Jul: Kendal Calling

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LATITUDE, Henham Park Estate, Suffolk, 16-18 Jul: Eleanor Lou, Rachel Furner, Samuel Chase and The Agitator have all been confirmed to play The Lake Stage at this weekend's Latitude, joining previously confirmed Vampire Weekend, Florence And The Machine, Laura Marling and Mumford & Sons. www.latitudefestival.co.uk

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SINGLE REVIEW: She & Him - Thieves (Domino)
I have a massive girl crush. It lays somewhere between admiration and homage (with a tinge of envy).

I don't mind confessing this to you, as I'm sure you can appreciate what I'm feeling upon knowing that the object of these affections is Zooey Deschanel, one half of American pop duo She & Him. It seems to be a common affliction. Everyone I know who has come across this woman at the very least likes her, more commonly they tend towards love.

This new single will only continue that trend, it being the epitome of charm. With a lilting folk melody, the lyrics communicate the rusty story of love and its loss ("a love like ours is terrible news/but that wont stop me crying over you") in Zooey's unique vocal style, which is capable yet candid.

'Thieves' is a dreamy, unhurried serenade. It is, for want of a better word, 'nice'. That's a tough word to use, it having both positive and negative connotations. I use it because this song isn't totally perfect - it's bursting with promise of what is to come but, in itself, falls just short of delivering goose-bumps. But, nevertheless, I do mean all the good things that come with the word 'nice' too.

I should stress again, this is not a one-woman show (even if you'd be forgiven for assuming it is). Also here is Matthew Ward (more commonly known as simply M Ward), on guitar and in charge of production duties. It's a collaboration that really works and, while the results may not be 100% perfect here, you should still definitely check this and them out. SK

Digital release: 5 Jul
Press contact: Domino IH

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Organisers of In The City have announced details of three events that will take place as part of this year's convention.

First up, Jay-Z's right hand man Jay Brown, President and Co-Founder of Roc Nation, will appear in conversation with Epic Records MD Nick Raphael.

Next, Graphite Media's Ben Turner will lead a session on the dance music industry, featuring contributions from dance music experts Nick Halkes (co-founder of Positiva and XL), Jho Oakley (Pendulum, Chase & Status and Noisia manager) and Caroline Protheroe (David Guetta's manager).

Third, Mike Pickering will be talking to Paul Morley about the recently relaunched Deconstruction Records, and his long career in dance music, from DJing at The Hacienda in the 90s, to his work with In The City founder Tony Wilson at Factory Records, through to his later major label ventures.

As previously reported, In The City will this year take place from 13-15 Oct in various hotels around Manchester's Piccadilly Square. The gigs strand will include the usual In The City Unsigned segment, and bands wanting to put themselves forward have until 6 Aug to do so. More info at www.inthecity.co.uk, where you will also find an early bird discount on full delegate tickets that will save you £200.

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Record label trade body the BPI and collecting society PPL last week welcomed the custodial sentences dished out to the three men who ran that previously reported jukebox racket in the North East.

As previously reported, Malcolm Wylie, his son Peter Wylie (not the Mighty Wah frontman) and William Ross, were arrested in 2008 for their role in running an unlicensed jukebox company operating in the Newcastle area called Access All Areas. For seven years the three men implied to their clients that they ran a legit jukebox service, but they pocketed over half of million in revenues that should have gone to PPL and onto the owners of the sound recordings being played.

They were found guilty of copyright crimes in March and sentenced for those crimes last week. Malcolm Wylie got three years and was banned from being a company director for ten. His son Peter will spend fifteen months in prison, while Ross got 36 weeks. When sentencing, Judge Guy Whitburn reportedly said that "a clearer more flagrant breach of copyright law is hard to find".

Welcoming the sentencing, PPL's Richard Stewart told reporters: "The judge clearly recognised the significant value and importance of intellectual property rights and sentenced the defendants accordingly", while BPI piracy man David Wood added: "The defendants made a considerable income from supplying unlicensed and illegally downloaded music to pubs and clubs in the North of England and their actions have not only harmed the music industry but also those landlords who, in difficult economic times, believed they were paying for a legitimate service when in fact they were also being exploited".

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Proper Distribution has entered into an exclusive distribution deal with the Big Chill record company, the label that span off from the festival of the same name, and which has recordings by the likes of Tom Middleton, Sneaky and John Metcalfe on its roster. The new distribution deal will include a new Chris Coco album, due to be released alongside this year's Big Chill festival in August.

Confirming the distribution deal, the Big Chill label's boss man Eugenie Arrowsmith told CMU: "It is a joy bringing this eclectic roster to Proper. Their commitment and enthusiasm is tangible. I love the responsive way the company is set up where everything is housed under one roof. It is that coherence that has made them the best at what they do and I look forward to a long and fruitful working relationship".

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More distribution, and Essential Music Services has announced new distribution and marketing deals with three North American record companies: the Arts & Crafts, Vagrant and Dine Alone labels.

London-based Essential, a sister company to Cooking Vinyl, will represent Canadian label Arts & Crafts, and their artists Jason Collett, Dan Mangan and Zeus, across Europe. The arrangement will Vagrant, which will include working on the latest project from Broken Social Scene collaborators Stars, will also be pan-European. Meanwhile, the distributor's relationship with Dine Alone, who have just signed Hot Hot Heat, will cover the UK and Ireland.

Essential Music Director Mike Chadwick told reporters: "The fact we have signed three of the best American labels goes to show their faith in Essential and this increases out standing in the States which is fantastic".

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London-based music PR company Anorak have made two senior appointments.

Sinead Mills has just joined the agency as a Senior Press Officer, having previously worked for Six07 with artists like Stornoway, Kate Nash and Yasmin, the latter of which will join the Anorak roster of artists. Meanwhile, in September, Mercury Records promotions man Josh Nicoll will become Anorak's Senior TV Plugger. He will initially cover for agency director Emily Cooper while she goes on maternity leave, though his appointment is permanent.

Cooper, and her fellow Director Laura Martin, told CMU in beautiful harmony: "We've looked long and hard for the right people to join our team and we found them. Sinead is an excellent addition to our four strong press team and we are very excited about her development in the company. Josh brings a wealth of pop experience and contacts which will be a great asset to the company".

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Channel Five has pulled out of Project Canvas, the previously reported collaboration between the BBC, ITV and BT, and others, to develop a standard platform for providing video-on-demand services to Freeview and Freesat viewers.

The move, which comes just days after the BBC Trust approved the Corporation's involvement in the initiative, isn't really Five communicating any dramatic disapproval of the venture, but more part of owners RTL Group's preparations to flog the channel. The TV station's Director Of Strategy Charles Constable insisted the firm would "continue to support the objectives of Project Canvas".

That said, both Sky and Virgin Media oppose the Project Canvas initiative, and Sky has been mooted as a possible buyer of Five. It's therefore possible that Five bosses have decided to stop putting money into the Canvas pot believing their future owners may force them to withdraw anyway.

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So, the World Cup is over for another four years, during which time Spain will officially be the best football team in the world, no matter what that octopus says. But four years is a long time, and a lot can happen in that period, surely Spain shouldn't just have that title by default until 2014?

Which is why I am proposing a new system for deciding which nationality is best at kicking balls around fields. Rather than waiting every four years, every national side should have to play ever other national side every seven days, so we have an accurate survey of each country's ball skills on a weekly basis. The winner of this weekly tournament would be announced every Sunday afternoon on Radio 1, as part of the Top 40 show.

Given football players will now have to play 195 games a week, on top of all their normal league matches, there's bound to be quite a lot of injuries and maybe even some deaths. I've not done the maths, but it's possible they'll have to play 24/7. But if that means the average footballer only lasts a few weeks, during which time they experience a constant threat of heart failure, at least they'll finally be earning those stupid salaries. And they won't have time to cheat on their pop star girlfriends.

I suspect FIFA aren't up to running such a project, so I'm proposing the Official Charts Company take over the World Cup, given they're used to overseeing weekly competitions. Then if times get even harder than they are now, we have the option of just merging the football with the music charts.

Anyway, while we're waiting for the OK on that from Gary Lineker (he runs football, right?), let's take a look at the aforementioned music top 40. Topping the singles chart this week are a bunch of plucky newcomers from the south east who've been making big waves of late, JLS. Despite picking up a yellow card for overuse of Autotune and references to 'The Sound Of Music', the team pulled ahead of the previously unbeatable Katy Perry and Snoop Dogg to take the trophy.

Also new in the league (by which I mean chart) this week are 'We No Speak Americano' by Yolanda Be Cool Vs D Cup at five (as opposed to 'We No Speak Americano' by Marco Calliari, which was last week's 26 and this week falls to 63), 'My First Kiss' by 3OH!3 feat Ke$ha at seven, 'Pack Up' by Eliza Doolittle at twelve, and 'I Am Who I Am' by Lee Ryan at 33.

Over in the album chart, as predicted (by me, not the psychic octopus), Kylie Minogue's 'Aphrodite' has gone straight in at the top, kicking Eminem's 'Recovery' down into the gutter (or number two, as it is also known).

Other new entries this week come from Enrique Iglesias at six with 'Euphoria', 'Renegades' by Feeder at sixteen, 'Rock Choir Vol 1' by the Rock Choir at nineteen, 'Sky At Night' by I Am Kloot at 24, and 'Beneath This Burning Shoreline' by Cherry Ghost right down the bottom at 40.

Some people are on the chart, they think it's compiled by The Official Charts Company. It is now!

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Celebrity DJ Mark Ronson says he hates being dubbed a 'celebrity DJ', because he reckons it damages his rep. He says the term was applied to him by the media because he started DJing at celebrity parties, most notably Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' 2006 wedding, but adds that he wants us to all remember all the proper DJing he did before the c'leb gigs.

He told Digital Spy: "I made my name and reputation DJing in hip hop clubs in New York. 'Celebrity DJ' is a term that I hated. To me a celebrity DJ is someone that's on 'Big Brother' or in some kind of B-movie who gets a gig to DJ even though they're not talented enough to do it".

He continued: "DJing is an art that I have the utmost respect for and I've been practising it since I was seventeen years old. Doing Tom Cruise wedding-type things becomes the focal point of every interview and you realise that you have to cut it [DJing celebrity parties] out if you don't want to be answering questions about that".

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